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by Mike Davila
September 24th, 2020, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 304
Views: 26996

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

and when one of your coveted small wineries goes under, will you miss it? A blanket statement of not buying any 2020s is going to hurt small wineries like mine and several others on this board. I will have an ETS lab report or not release. It would be wise to keep an open mind. [/quote] Sorry if yo...
by Mike Davila
September 23rd, 2020, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 304
Views: 26996

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

I am curious what everyone's thoughts are about some wineries potentially declassifying all modestly (but not severely) tainted SVDs into their $75-80 "Napa" blends, essentially trying to offset any potential taint with killer juice from vineyards that rarely make the lower-priced blends. If some w...
by Mike Davila
September 23rd, 2020, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: New house, new wine room, cooling questions!
Replies: 9
Views: 305

Re: New house, new wine room, cooling questions!

John, Yes a bit noisy inside but you can’t really hear it outside the room. It’s also in a good location by my kitchen, laundry and garage but one side abuts my dining room. I also have the fan cycling with the outdoor condensing unit; a true walk-in would run the fan continuously. What does make a ...
by Mike Davila
September 23rd, 2020, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: New house, new wine room, cooling questions!
Replies: 9
Views: 305

Re: New house, new wine room, cooling questions!

Jeff, Sorry if my post wasn’t clear, I have a “commercial” evaporator like what you would find in a walk-in cooler. As for using a mini-split, if you increase airflow across the cooling coil (upsize the evaporator) the unit will not dehumidify the air as much. Here’s a pic of my evaporator, it’s not...
by Mike Davila
September 19th, 2020, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: New house, new wine room, cooling questions!
Replies: 9
Views: 305

Re: New house, new wine room, cooling questions!

I also have a split system and highly recommend it over a self-contained unit. Mine is a "commercial" system like what you would see for a walk-in cooler. The evaporator fan is noisy, but only inside of the room as the wall insulation and door seals keep my adjacent rooms quiet. As for servicing, if...
by Mike Davila
September 9th, 2020, 3:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 609
Views: 35129

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

Smoked some St. Louis style ribs for Labor Day, they had nice marbling. 6.5 hours at 225, no foil, used pecan wood, my rub and sauce. Turned out well, having the rest of them tonight. 6BCE0A3C-B2E3-41CF-B128-2E370D0320CB.jpeg E10F8BF1-B069-4EC6-A3EA-6F409BC88F8E.jpeg D2499568-20A2-4FFA-B6F6-9A034A7D...
by Mike Davila
September 7th, 2020, 3:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chef’s Table BBQ
Replies: 42
Views: 1943

Re: Chef’s Table BBQ

Thanks for the heads-up, was fun to watch the first three episodes as I’m smoking some St Louis spare ribs today.
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by Mike Davila
August 22nd, 2020, 8:14 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2341
Views: 199881

Re: Steak Porn

We've been seeing "American Wagyu" at our Costco. Some of it just appears prime or maybe prime+. This wasn’t labeled American Wagyu, just Costco prime but had good marbling, the wife really doesn’t care for the funkiness of aged beef and at $13/pound it’s hard to pass up. Did a direct sear over oak...
by Mike Davila
July 16th, 2020, 3:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2341
Views: 199881

Re: Steak Porn

Tried sous vide. Steak a little mushy. While I have not tried sous vide for a steak, I wonder if any “steak house” is cooking that way. It seems to me as it’s a solution looking for a problem, but again I’ve never tried it. I can direct sear, then cook over a low heat and get great results with no ...
by Mike Davila
July 11th, 2020, 2:54 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Charity Wine Raffle
Replies: 44
Views: 1970

Re: Charity Wine Raffle

In for 5 tickets - seems like a good cause.
by Mike Davila
July 9th, 2020, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SQN Spring 2020 offer
Replies: 66
Views: 8036

Re: SQN Spring 2020 offer

Just received an email yesterday expecting a “no wine for you message”, but instead it said I was close to receiving an offer and they wanted a response if I were still interested!
Not sure when I signed up.
by Mike Davila
July 9th, 2020, 8:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Potato Chips - What's your Favorite?
Replies: 66
Views: 3517

Re: Potato Chips - What's your Favorite?

Patiently awaiting the essence of Gwyneth Paltrow chip
by Mike Davila
July 8th, 2020, 1:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1496
Views: 85816

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

I’ve had issues dealing with the dough sticking to my peel. I can’t find the right combo to get it to slide off unless I overdo cornmeal or flour as can be seen from the pic in my last post. Using a metal peel. Does wood work better for releasing the dough? We have both wood and composite peels, an...
by Mike Davila
July 4th, 2020, 4:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: MURCA! What're you making and drinking today?
Replies: 17
Views: 928

Re: MURCA! What're you making and drinking today?

So We just finished dinner, the cook was right on, they were very tender. They are much thinner than normal baby backs so there is a greater crust to meat ratio, I also feel they have more fat. They were/are very rich, with a delicate texture, and I’m probably imagining it, but somewhat sweet and nu...
by Mike Davila
July 4th, 2020, 3:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: MURCA! What're you making and drinking today?
Replies: 17
Views: 928

Re: MURCA! What're you making and drinking today?

Interesting! Where did you get Iberico ribs?? A place opened up recently in Miami called Meat n’ Bone and they offer free delivery into southern Palm Beach County. I was intrigued by the idea so when my wife asked for baby backs for the 4th I decided to give them a try. I’ve also seen these on-line...
by Mike Davila
July 4th, 2020, 8:17 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: MURCA! What're you making and drinking today?
Replies: 17
Views: 928

Re: MURCA! What're you making and drinking today?

Trying something new, “Acorn Fed Iberico Pork Baby Back Ribs”. Salted them yesterday afternoon and they have been air drying in the fridge. I’ll use a homemade rub before I put them on the smoker.
To drink most likely a Zin.
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by Mike Davila
July 3rd, 2020, 4:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help me rub my butt
Replies: 17
Views: 1253

Re: Smoked Pork Butt question

My take is yes, but I would use a little more than just S&P. The last butt I smoked the wife “surprised” me with from the store and I didn’t have the ingredients to make my own rub. I had received a rub mix as a Christmas gift and decided to use that. The end product was saltier than my normal rub, ...
by Mike Davila
July 2nd, 2020, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum Summer 2020 Release
Replies: 46
Views: 3853

Re: Saxum Summer 2020 Release

I have 147 bottles of Saxum 19 of which are magnums. That number will be going up soon. That makes me feel better! Quite a few mags here too, but I’ve consumed many of them too. We visited/tasted with Justin 3 years ago and I mentioned I still had a 2005 JB 44 (extended aging) and asked if they pla...
by Mike Davila
June 30th, 2020, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum Summer 2020 Release
Replies: 46
Views: 3853

Re: Saxum Summer 2020 Release

Justin is only charging more for the bottles with increased barrel aging IIRC.
by Mike Davila
June 30th, 2020, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum Summer 2020 Release
Replies: 46
Views: 3853

Re: Saxum Summer 2020 Release

From CellarTracker, a Saxum search returns
155 Bottles of 55 wines......
I have a problem
by Mike Davila
June 28th, 2020, 11:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2341
Views: 199881

Re: Steak Porn

My new go-to technique is to first cook over oak to get a char, then finish on my gas grill Until 123-125 over low heat.
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by Mike Davila
May 31st, 2020, 3:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Smoker - what to purchase?
Replies: 133
Views: 6185

Re: Smoker - what to purchase?

Cooked a couple of birds on the Pit Barrel the other night came out fantastic, oh and the Cheez-its were good too [smileyvault-ban.gif] https://i.imgur.com/KheEoh0l.jpg Nice color on the chicken, I can only buy Cheez-its in the dollar package, I have no self control. Did baby back ribs from a local...
by Mike Davila
May 23rd, 2020, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Second Zoom tasting – Chave Hermitage
Replies: 44
Views: 1690

Re: TN: Second Zoom tasting – Chave Hermitage

Nice notes, I have several bottles of then 2010 that I’ve been wanting to try, maybe it’s time to crack one open.
by Mike Davila
May 23rd, 2020, 8:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Smoker - what to purchase?
Replies: 133
Views: 6185

Re: Smoker - what to purchase?

I have used a stick burner for roughly 25 years years and it took me 15 of those years to develop proficiency. They are definitely more time intensive and require a much higher skill set than a pellet smoker. The crux of the arguments against pellet smokers tend to fall into 2 categories. One of th...
by Mike Davila
May 15th, 2020, 3:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grill Question: Do I need an infrared burner?
Replies: 3
Views: 1126

Re: Grill Question: Do I need an infrared burner?

I have a Lynx, and opted not to get the IR burner. With all three burners on and the lid closed it gets plenty hot but if I then want to cook with the lid up it doesn’t maintain the sear, dropping off somewhat. Can still get good grill lines but it’s not searing towards the end of the cook. If they ...
by Mike Davila
May 9th, 2020, 8:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Smoker - what to purchase?
Replies: 133
Views: 6185

Re: Smoker - what to purchase?

Doing a pork shoulder on the stumps tonight, resting right now, will pull in about 15 minutes. I so much want to smoke a high quality brisket, but have to wait for a crowd as it is only the two of us. E4AE7CE6-A634-4F2A-AD4E-6117394A884A.jpeg leftover BBQ rules Agreed. Even better than leftover piz...
by Mike Davila
May 9th, 2020, 8:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coq au vin
Replies: 15
Views: 752

Re: Coq au vin

The Wife uses the version from The best of America’s Test Kitchen with boneless thighs. One of my favorite things she makes, and she’s a good cook.
by Mike Davila
April 30th, 2020, 4:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Smoker - what to purchase?
Replies: 133
Views: 6185

Re: Smoker - what to purchase?

Doing a pork shoulder on the stumps tonight, resting right now, will pull in about 15 minutes.
I so much want to smoke a high quality brisket, but have to wait for a crowd as it is only the two of us.
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by Mike Davila
April 21st, 2020, 3:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Nespresso to Espresso
Replies: 21
Views: 2016

Re: Nespresso to Espresso

You might want to consider an automated espresso cappuccino type machine although they are not inexpensive. We went from a Kurieg to a meile cm6350 Over a year ago and are super pleased. We used a 20% off coupon from bed bath and beyond to help soften the $$$ blow. Uses whole beans plus there is a p...
by Mike Davila
April 10th, 2020, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Prices Reset Due to Covid-19 Recession
Replies: 79
Views: 5204

Re: Wine Prices Reset Due to Covid-19 Recession

I have a friend with a retail wine shop. We spoke yesterday and the distributors are offering very attractive pricing since they have no restaurant sales and need to raise cash. He also noted he’s being offered greater quantities of highly allocated wines they usually hold back for their best restau...
by Mike Davila
March 28th, 2020, 1:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1496
Views: 85816

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Made 4 pies a couple of nights ago, 2 for the freezer. Caputo 00 flour, followed their recipe, nothing fancy for the toppings this time around. Was surprised how hot the oven got, just had the flue cleaned so it probably got more air. 2A4A504C-7E3A-4489-BD89-ED03ED79454E.jpeg BCE9A188-A5C2-4929-80C8...
by Mike Davila
February 28th, 2020, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 8049
Views: 541157

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Also bit on the Clos des Papes, in for four, decent price with the free shipping
by Mike Davila
February 23rd, 2020, 9:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Charcoal Grill - Weber?
Replies: 58
Views: 2717

Re: Charcoal Grill - Weber?

The Webber is a solid choice, had one for many years.
Another option is the nearly indestructible PK Grill, they have been making them forever, my dad cooked on one.
by Mike Davila
February 16th, 2020, 8:40 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Boca Raton and Surrounding Areas
Replies: 14
Views: 2153

Re: Boca Raton and Surrounding Areas

A unique wine store in Boca with some pretty amazing but relatively small selection is inside an Italian men’s clothing store, Guys Wines in the Boca Center, usually has something on the corivan to try. Plenty of good places to eat in Boca, one of my favorites is Trattoria Romana. If your up for a s...
by Mike Davila
January 12th, 2020, 5:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2341
Views: 199881

Re: Steak Porn

Brian Tuite wrote:
December 25th, 2019, 10:19 pm
Low and slow Flannery Tenderloin. Finished off in a hot cast iron pan with brown butter and Thyme.
Those look greatBrian, that’s the only way I cook a whole tenderloin anymore.
by Mike Davila
December 21st, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12343
Views: 471618

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Drank the 2009 Abreu last night and all I can say is wow, what a wine, simply outstanding. My WOTY. Certainly has life left, but it is drinking really well.
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by Mike Davila
December 16th, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Looking for tenderloin roast rec
Replies: 13
Views: 2071

Re: Looking for tenderloin roast rec

Lonnie, Glad it worked for you. As for the above prime vs choice opinions I also have found the Costco prime fillet to be well marbled and personally believe it’s worth the cost difference if it’s a special occasion. My wife doesn’t care for the funky taste of aged meat so Costco works well in our c...
by Mike Davila
December 8th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Looking for tenderloin roast rec
Replies: 13
Views: 2071

Re: Looking for tenderloin roast rec

I have cooked some sort of beef roast (prime rib or tenderloin) for our holiday dinner for years, everything from roasted, grilled, smoked and in our wood fired oven. Last year I used this recipe for tenderloin and this may be the only way I cook it from here on. https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/...
by Mike Davila
December 5th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Protecting your $$$$$ wines
Replies: 53
Views: 3397

Re: Protecting your $$$$$ wines

Just unpacked my 2016 Greer, they ship with a plastic covering over the label portion of the bottle. I take it off, but I also don’t plan on resale. Agree with those who have posted about avoiding bottles with label stains, although you still don’t know the source of the stain. I had a wine cooler w...
by Mike Davila
October 13th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1496
Views: 85816

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Finally cooled off enough in south Florida to use the wood fired oven for some pizza.
Wife was inspired by some pie she had in Italy earlier this year.
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by Mike Davila
October 6th, 2019, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?
Replies: 52
Views: 2042

Re: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?

A couple of weeks ago, I received a call that some wine was being delivered to my residence. All I could think at the time was, sh!t why is anyone shipping wine to Florida in September. I had forgotten that Seven Stones was using a refrigerated shipping service, which is called Wine Vault. They use ...
by Mike Davila
September 21st, 2019, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VHR 2016 large-format release
Replies: 19
Views: 2139

Re: VHR 2016 large-format release

Have to give Bruce Phillips a lot of praise here, one of the good guys. I stepped away for lunch when the large format offer came out and when I returned to buy my 2 mags, the offer was sold out. I want to say it sold out in the first 2-3 hours of release. Anyways, my feedback of missing the releas...
by Mike Davila
September 14th, 2019, 9:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2341
Views: 199881

Re: Steak Porn

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by Mike Davila
September 4th, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 609
Views: 35129

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

Your welcome Sean, hope you give it a try and let us know what you think.
by Mike Davila
September 4th, 2019, 6:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: BBQ Tour
Replies: 24
Views: 2343

Re: BBQ Tour

Great Idea, I’m thinking bucket list.
by Mike Davila
September 4th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 609
Views: 35129

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

Could use a good recipe/method for great dry rub ribs. Wife and kids like sauced ribs which I feel good about my technique. But, I like dry rub ribs and would like to start experimenting with a few things. I typically buy racks of baby backs from Sam’s. I use this for both ribs and shoulders 1 Tbl ...
by Mike Davila
September 4th, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 609
Views: 35129

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

Baby backs for Labor Day, everything closed due to Dorian, wife said best yet. Injected set uncovered in fridge for 24 hours and a dry rub with no sauce. 580A5F30-3049-40A6-AF6F-8AA27DFC3884.jpeg 49AF2AE1-1BC4-4D67-90AC-322359B98B87.jpeg 33A5017E-6CFA-4690-B83C-F9D2B08F5B46.jpeg Those look awesome ...
by Mike Davila
September 3rd, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 609
Views: 35129

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

Baby backs for Labor Day, everything closed due to Dorian, wife said best yet. Injected set uncovered in fridge for 24 hours and a dry rub with no sauce.
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