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by MBerto
October 14th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My Bedrock welcome shipment
Replies: 50
Views: 2386

Re: My Bedrock welcome shipment

I find all these "Let it age!" opinions to be interesting. I'll start by noting Bedrock is likely 2X the next most represented producer in my cellar. Maybe 3X. HOWEVER, this winery has only been around since what, 2007? And wasn't really getting noticed until 2010 or so? Given that so little is out ...
by MBerto
October 11th, 2019, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 257
Views: 11063

Re: Ravenswood library offer

Got to try the 94 RW Monte Rosso Zin at a Bedrock tasting a few years back. Extremely interesting wine. By far the oldest zin I've ever had. Still very clearly a zin, decent amount of fruit left, but with a lot of aged cab like features starting to show, leather, tobacco, spice. Count me in. 94 MR ...
by MBerto
October 10th, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 257
Views: 11063

Re: Ravenswood library offer

Got to try the 94 RW Monte Rosso Zin at a Bedrock tasting a few years back. Extremely interesting wine. By far the oldest zin I've ever had. Still very clearly a zin, decent amount of fruit left, but with a lot of aged cab like features starting to show, leather, tobacco, spice. Count me in.
by MBerto
October 9th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2201
Views: 130892

Re: New York City Restaurants

Anyone know how long in advance Daniel accepts reservations? Looking at early December.
by MBerto
September 18th, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Blood Sausage
Replies: 31
Views: 1054

Re: Blood Sausage

Further research indicates this stuff was called liver pudding.
by MBerto
September 18th, 2019, 3:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Blood Sausage
Replies: 31
Views: 1054

Re: Blood Sausage

Holy 7 year old thread batman! I used to eat this stuff at my grandmother's house in south carolina. It was something in the blood sausage/head cheese neighborhood. I recall my dad describing it as "everything leftover after they were done making hot dogs". She's fry it up and we'd mix it in the gri...
by MBerto
September 18th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Robert Parker" Wine Advocate
Replies: 62
Views: 3806

Re: "Robert Parker" Wine Advocate

What about Rick Steves? You think he's writing all those guidebooks (actually a recent profile in the NYT seems to indicate he's way more involved that you might think) but between the volume of books, TV shows, and other engagements there's no way he's not relying on assistants. And I just found o...
by MBerto
September 18th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Robert Parker" Wine Advocate
Replies: 62
Views: 3806

Re: "Robert Parker" Wine Advocate

What about Rick Steves? You think he's writing all those guidebooks (actually a recent profile in the NYT seems to indicate he's way more involved that you might think) but between the volume of books, TV shows, and other engagements there's no way he's not relying on assistants.
by MBerto
September 17th, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Robert Parker" Wine Advocate
Replies: 62
Views: 3806

Re: "Robert Parker" Wine Advocate

Henry Ford is dead but they didn't change the name of the company. Ditto Walt Disney. Seems to have worked out OK.
by MBerto
September 12th, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: If you were going to buy a grill today what would you buy?
Replies: 21
Views: 1339

Re: If you were going to buy a grill today what would you buy?

I got a Weber Summit S470 - $2K for this bad boy. Nothing wrong with it, but it's way too much grill for me, definitely wish I had a Genesis and $1,300.
by MBerto
September 9th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What's you favorite Vegetarian-qualifying food?
Replies: 24
Views: 900

Re: What's you favorite Vegetarian-qualifying food?

Can't ever miss with a Caprese salad (could do it with cherry tomatoes and small mozz slices to make more tailgate friendly).

Also no non-yak-palated person has ever complained about baugette, olives, and a well curated selection of cheeses.
by MBerto
September 4th, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!
Replies: 51
Views: 3084

Re: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!

Used to buy these wines, have liked the ones I still have. What's the tariff these days?
by MBerto
September 3rd, 2019, 1:25 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 32666

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

Chicken is just an absolute breeze. 24 hour dry brine, 2 hour cherry wood smoke at 300. Juicy and flavorful as hell, and pretty dummy proof.

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by MBerto
August 29th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best cheap glasses?
Replies: 17
Views: 803

Re: Best cheap glasses?

Got a few of those Ikea ones. Just be warned they're really beefy - good for durability, but the lip is wide it's like drinking out of a sippy cup. Never had a complaint about anything from C&B (or the Riedel ones they sell at Target for that matter).
by MBerto
August 26th, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 88
Views: 3774

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

bunch of places around town are trying to "upscale" fried chicken like everyone did for burgers. It's the small deal - it's a great food with a high floor and low ceiling. Waited two hours for one of them (no reso allowed) - was it 2 hours better than Popeye's? Hell no.
by MBerto
August 19th, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wine you don't want
Replies: 65
Views: 5762

Re: The wine you don't want

Neal.Mollen wrote:
June 21st, 2019, 11:25 am
The wine you don't want
That doesn't look like anything to me...
by MBerto
August 19th, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - One TV dinner for 5 Years
Replies: 26
Views: 1361

Re: Stranded on a deserted island - One TV dinner for 5 Years

Assuming the chicken isn't dry, I could make do with classic fried chicken. Also today i learned if you want a Hungry Man dinner without mashed potatoes you are very nearly (but not completely!) out of luck. I tried thinking of this through the lens of 'well that one's got green beans, would be nice...
by MBerto
August 16th, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5
Replies: 40
Views: 2148

Re: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5

I'm surprised to see so much love for the Food Lab. I think Kenji is a terrible writer, but I suppose I'm in the minority. I don't think people read the Food Lab for the writing, compared to other books where you might want to read about a chef or a restaurants history. It's a really good text book...
by MBerto
August 16th, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2267
Views: 146827

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Just email the tasting room and they'll mail one to you. Email is on the website.
by MBerto
August 15th, 2019, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2267
Views: 146827

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

A year of harassing Morgan on line finally pays off!
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by MBerto
August 9th, 2019, 8:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5
Replies: 40
Views: 2148

Re: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5

Anyone who says "TFL" is lying. I've got it - it looks wonderful on the shelf, but it's in no way functional. Ad Hoc is really good though. If I want to do something that will impress guests but not also require a micro-mandoline, sous vide machine, deep fryer, cheesecloth, 72 hour advanced prep and...
by MBerto
July 30th, 2019, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rejected Pétrus Bottles.
Replies: 37
Views: 3628

Re: Rejected Pétrus Bottles.

They used a V instead of a U in Petrus, idiots.
by MBerto
July 30th, 2019, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl
Replies: 93
Views: 10831

Re: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl

Did everyone have to pick 2-day air shipping? This better be one hell of a wood box.
by MBerto
July 30th, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle weight
Replies: 40
Views: 1475

Re: Bottle weight

I think Morgan has addressed this in the past - given the price point of a lot his wines, it helps to have a nice big bottle for market perception. It's an unfortunate reality that you have to deal with - I've heard other winemarkers say the same thing with respect to screw caps - can't sell a $50 w...
by MBerto
July 26th, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date
Replies: 182
Views: 12583

Re: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date

While I appreciate the offer of 120 bottles of the OVZ, that's not going to happen this time. Let me make a small pitch for the Gewurt - really punches way above it's weight for this grape. A little steep at 32 but absolutely worth it. Best thing about it is like almost all Bedrock wines it's not Al...
by MBerto
July 25th, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine list buying vs. corkage habit
Replies: 52
Views: 2016

Re: Wine list buying vs. corkage habit

I already own enough bottles that I'll probably die with some of them. I'm not buying something at a big markup when I've got better stuff at home that I need to drink, and I know I'll like it. There's definitely a trend at mid-high level restaurants of having esoteric wine lists, and I don't feel l...
by MBerto
July 22nd, 2019, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?
Replies: 91
Views: 2664

Re: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?

I've been to a winery in Alaska! Bear Creek Winery in Homer. Mostly fruit wines, I think the truck up some grapes though. Made a passable port, so add that to the list! I can speak with authority that nothing made in Minnesota or Wisconsin is worth spending your money on. Sorry if there are winemake...
by MBerto
July 15th, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?
Replies: 57
Views: 3070

Re: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?

Doesn't Syrah have to be a big thing before it can be de-throned from being the Next Big Thing?
by MBerto
July 12th, 2019, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red wine in cola: no longer a joke or stereotype
Replies: 18
Views: 1323

Re: Red wine in cola: no longer a joke or stereotype

In Rioja this was a huge hit in the local bars - they called it Rioja Libre (like a Cuba Libre). I didn't really care for it but I see the appeal.
by MBerto
July 11th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downstream Wines
Replies: 110
Views: 7115

Re: Downstream Wines

Anthony V wrote:
July 11th, 2019, 8:46 am
I can't even think of any Zin that costs more than $50-$60 (maybe Turley or Martinelli), much less $100-$200. Would this be a first for a Zin blend at this potential cost?
Last offering of Bedrock Monte Rosso was $60, and that's from 2017 to the list, retail it can hit $80.
by MBerto
July 9th, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions
Replies: 56
Views: 3060

Re: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions

I have nothing against the Montelena wines, they're still great, but our visit to the tasting room was not pleasant. "Will you be joining the wine club?", "How many futures would you like?", "Have you heard of the judgement of Paris?" - extremely sales-y, not at all designed to give us a sense of th...
by MBerto
July 8th, 2019, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions
Replies: 56
Views: 3060

Re: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions

Smith-Madrone, up Spring Mountain Road. Classic napa, old school, will probably taste with one of the Smith brothers, and great views.
by MBerto
July 3rd, 2019, 7:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?
Replies: 85
Views: 3715

Re: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
July 3rd, 2019, 2:21 am
David Wright wrote:
July 2nd, 2019, 8:30 pm
avacado = vegan avocado
But toast doesn't = vegan toast.
Or the bread is buttered, or it comes with an egg, or...
by MBerto
July 2nd, 2019, 7:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What meals did you grow up on
Replies: 72
Views: 3306

Re: What meals did you grow up on

Oh I got another - Tuna and/or Hamburger Helper. My parents would eat it too! We've all moved on.
by MBerto
July 1st, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What meals did you grow up on
Replies: 72
Views: 3306

Re: What meals did you grow up on

Spaghetti with Prego sauce, baby.
by MBerto
July 1st, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?
Replies: 85
Views: 3715

Re: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?

This one's for Victor:

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by MBerto
June 28th, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Good thing I’m paying corkage.
Replies: 17
Views: 2329

Re: Good thing I’m paying corkage.

Dan Hammer wrote:
June 28th, 2019, 7:48 am
I'd love to sell them one of my Old Sparky's that cost $400. Yikes > $2000 on the list. I often wonder if wine prices can be negotiated.
I'd think at the 4 figure level there's wiggle room, but you probably have to call ahead. Anyone ever try this?
by MBerto
June 26th, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Good thing I’m paying corkage.
Replies: 17
Views: 2329

Re: Good thing I’m paying corkage.

Sometimes Manny's does Coravin style pours of nicer BTG selections - see what they've got when you're in there. Otherwise yeah, it's an expense account only place. Pro tip - last time I went Murray's had $15 corkage, and I think it's better regardless.
by MBerto
June 25th, 2019, 7:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Breakfast This Morning: Spanish Tortilla
Replies: 14
Views: 1895

Re: Breakfast This Morning: Spanish Tortilla

I always use onions in mine, but otherwise looks good. Best thing is you can serve this 10 different ways - by itself, over greens, on toast, etc.
by MBerto
June 13th, 2019, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine with grilled octopus?
Replies: 47
Views: 2131

Re: What wine with grilled octopus?

grape
by MBerto
June 7th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 32666

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

Anyone used an integrated propane grill smoker? My new grill (weber s-470) has a small smoker box in the main chamber, designed to be filled with chips, with a small dedicated burner. Seems like it could be a good for a dummy proof thing like pork butt.
by MBerto
June 7th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 3770

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

You need to get out more. [snort.gif] Looks like the LA Times agrees with me, and YOU need to get out more. While they've got 130 domestic locations, if you don't live in one of like 6 metro areas Shake Shack really isn't an option for most. https://www.latimes.com/food/la-fo-french-fry-rankings-20...
by MBerto
June 6th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 3770

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

Didn't even see John G's post which already mentioned McD's. I also whole heatedly co-sign his "burgers are all pretty good" these, which I've started a thread about already but the snobs around here weren't ready to accept my truthbombs.
by MBerto
June 6th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 3770

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

Michael Martin wrote:
June 6th, 2019, 10:02 am
Best mass produced fries (and perhaps arguably the best burger) is Shake Shack.
Hold on to your butts...

Best mass produced fries are........

.....

McDonald's. I'll die on this hill so be ready.
by MBerto
June 5th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1627
Views: 91415

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

New website seems to be live. My account is not recognized. Tried PW recovery and no dice. Anyone have any info? I just noticed this. Didn't recognize me either. I signed up for a new account, using same email as before. It works, but doesn't show my orders. I emailed and the basic response is "you...
by MBerto
June 4th, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Impossible burgers
Replies: 50
Views: 2251

Re: Impossible burgers

I grilled a couple of the Beyond Meat burgers last night. If you served it to me blind I might have thought it was a bit odd, but with some cheese pickles etc it definitely passed for meat. There's a local shop that specializes in meat substitute products, and this beat the vast majority of their pr...
by MBerto
May 22nd, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Morgan’s Shirt??
Replies: 22
Views: 2030

Re: Morgan’s Shirt??

Morgan how about a few of those Bedrock hats on the website eh? Can I get an allocation?
by MBerto
May 22nd, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2201
Views: 130892

Re: New York City Restaurants

A co-worker recently came back from a fancy dinner in NYC - I asked where exactly and he said "Let me check; let's see, invite doesn't say, but address is 11 Madison Park".
by MBerto
May 17th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?
Replies: 42
Views: 1655

Re: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?

The only appropriate time for cheese is before the meal. Although I will make exceptions for "during the mean", "including in the dishes served", "after the meal", exclusively for breakfast and lunch, and of course, night cheese. https://media1.tenor.com/images/a8d949e843be74624e6a3bb43380625e/tenor...
by MBerto
April 26th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Anyone use a June Oven?
Replies: 1
Views: 369

Re: Anyone use a June Oven?

I use my oven year round, although less in June because it heats up the house too much.

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