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by Scott G r u n e r
April 7th, 2020, 9:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Smoker - what to purchase?
Replies: 133
Views: 5200

Re: Smoker - what to purchase?

MBerto wrote:
April 7th, 2020, 9:11 am
You don't want a grill/smoker combo, but as a Big Green Egg owner, I would say: Don't get a BGE.
I feel that is the first BGE NON-recommendation I have ever seen- Would love to hear more on the subject if you are willing to elaborate?
by Scott G r u n e r
April 6th, 2020, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Facebook "10 things others like but I don't" challenge - adult beverage version
Replies: 143
Views: 3960

Re: Facebook "10 things others like but I don't" challenge - adult beverage version

"Would you like to try some peanut butter whiskey?," I obviously lead a very sheltered life. Me too! I eat peanut butter or almond butter every day, but that sounds disgusting. It is not nearly as bad as you think- not disgusting IMO but it is, for lack of better words, simply very very weird. A bi...
by Scott G r u n e r
April 6th, 2020, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Facebook "10 things others like but I don't" challenge - adult beverage version
Replies: 143
Views: 3960

Re: Facebook "10 things others like but I don't" challenge - adult beverage version

8. Flavored alcohols (infusions are fine) Totally forgot about this one. "Cinnamon whiskey," "peanut butter whiskey" (which, yes, is a thing in case you've escaped it). Definitely on my list. I need to make it a top 15 instead. Ha- I have a bottles of both fireball and screwball as jokes.
by Scott G r u n e r
April 6th, 2020, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Facebook "10 things others like but I don't" challenge - adult beverage version
Replies: 143
Views: 3960

Re: Facebook "10 things others like but I don't" challenge - adult beverage version

1) Facebook
2) Buttery Chardonnay
3) heavily oaked washington cabs/merlots
4) most anything Macallan has made in the past 15+ years
5) DIPA
6) most domestic saignee rose
7-10) Also Facebook
by Scott G r u n e r
April 6th, 2020, 8:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Smoker - what to purchase?
Replies: 133
Views: 5200

Re: Smoker - what to purchase?

I just did a brisket in a camp chef smoke vault last night. Great results, but none of that electronic stuff and certainly not a “set it and forget it”. For long smokes you have to check back and tend/add wood, but once you get a feel for it, it is pretty easy. Yes- it is LP gas tank- there might be...
by Scott G r u n e r
March 31st, 2020, 10:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: COVID19 wine consumption
Replies: 73
Views: 3270

Re: COVID19 wine consumption

Up a bit here. I feel I need a way to clearly delineate that the workday is done. A drink does that well and you know how lonely that one drink feels if not joined by a second.

Really need to transition with a workout. Working on that.
by Scott G r u n e r
March 31st, 2020, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you had to pick 2 Champagne Producers......
Replies: 101
Views: 3755

Re: If you had to pick 2 Champagne Producers......

Jayson Cohen wrote:
January 25th, 2020, 10:51 pm
Roederer and Vilmart
This
by Scott G r u n e r
March 31st, 2020, 11:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)
Replies: 90
Views: 5195

Re: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)

If you can please support and tip on take out to help keep restaurants open. Here is a comprehensive list. https://seattlecitygis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=1499ec293fed4fc587e2c559099a7e64 is there a similar one for east side? That was my question too! Eater did a crappy luttl...
by Scott G r u n e r
March 30th, 2020, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Started cellar construction
Replies: 14
Views: 1162

Re: Started cellar construction

I would recommend curved corner units and agree about nixing the diamond bins, but looks like you said you already have the racking so are pot-committed to it. Like any cellar it is wonderful to have and will fill up way sooner than you expect. :)
by Scott G r u n e r
March 29th, 2020, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying, selling or keeping out of the wine market?
Replies: 57
Views: 3447

Re: Buying, selling or keeping out of the wine market?

Same as before. Buying wines I know I like at good deals for them.
by Scott G r u n e r
March 28th, 2020, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Started cellar construction
Replies: 14
Views: 1162

Re: Started cellar construction

With 4x8 will you do double depth on one side pr center aisle?
by Scott G r u n e r
March 28th, 2020, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington Bordeaux Blends and Riesling
Replies: 54
Views: 2253

Re: Washington Bordeaux Blends and Riesling

Greg, you are correct that Gramercy mostly makes Rhône style, but their cab work is not to be overlooked, and stylistically my cup o tea. Also not to be pedantic (or actually quite the opposite 😉 ) Kris did mention both Andrew Will and Cadence, as well as Jason R. Both are good call outs as they are...
by Scott G r u n e r
March 28th, 2020, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Started cellar construction
Replies: 14
Views: 1162

Re: Started cellar construction

Awesome! Look forward to progress reports.
by Scott G r u n e r
March 28th, 2020, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington Bordeaux Blends and Riesling
Replies: 54
Views: 2253

Re: Washington Bordeaux Blends and Riesling

My favorite Washington cab might be Gramercy Cellars right now.
by Scott G r u n e r
March 27th, 2020, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Horsepower and No Girls
Replies: 14
Views: 1804

Re: Horsepower and No Girls

I like these wines, but i like funky wines. I do think there is good fruit too.

My only issue is pricetag on horsepower. But they are dofferentiated and exciting wines that I am glad to own.
by Scott G r u n e r
March 27th, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 255
Views: 16023

Re: Coffee maker recommendations?

alan weinberg wrote:
March 27th, 2020, 11:01 am
Scott G r u n e r wrote:
March 27th, 2020, 9:31 am
Has anyone mentioned Technivorm Moccamaster yet? Now 6+ years and still happy with it.
you kidding? More recs on this thread than anything.
Yes. Kidding. :) I recommended it myself about 2 years ago on this thread.
by Scott G r u n e r
March 27th, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 255
Views: 16023

Re: Coffee maker recommendations?

Has anyone mentioned Technivorm Moccamaster yet? Now 6+ years and still happy with it.
by Scott G r u n e r
March 19th, 2020, 11:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Gourmet houses still shipping
Replies: 28
Views: 2064

Re: Gourmet houses still shipping

This would be a good place to let people know where you can order. Probably will need continual updating. D’Artagnan is offering free shipping, and there is a special deal on their excellent cassoulet kit. Flannery is still shipping. I got a d'Artagnan shipment literally a month ago. Though the cas...
by Scott G r u n e r
March 18th, 2020, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michael Broadbent RIP
Replies: 32
Views: 2318

Re: Michael Broadbent RIP

RIP. I have prints of his bordeaux and mosel maps hung in my dining room.

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by Scott G r u n e r
March 14th, 2020, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Woodinville
Replies: 12
Views: 776

Re: Woodinville

Kris Patten wrote:
March 14th, 2020, 1:52 pm
Scott G r u n e r wrote:
March 14th, 2020, 9:25 am
Savage Grace, Avennia, and Kevin White would make my list
Savage Grace is a bad recommendation based on his tastes leaning towards Napa Cab and CC Rhones, but I would stop there too for some Franc.
Fair point. Was going off my own lens.
by Scott G r u n e r
March 14th, 2020, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Woodinville
Replies: 12
Views: 776

Re: Woodinville

Savage Grace, Avennia, and Kevin White would make my list
by Scott G r u n e r
March 9th, 2020, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse weekend pickup party April, 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 503

Re: Cayuse weekend pickup party April, 2020

I would have liked to see them offer some sort of alternate pickup option for later in the year, even if drive thru or something.

Edited to include a qualifier I intended to include.
by Scott G r u n e r
March 5th, 2020, 8:31 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: SMWS --- what do you think of them?
Replies: 21
Views: 1683

Re: SMWS --- what do you think of them?

Tried a couple today. One a 13 year old glen grant speyside. Tasted a bit like a macallan fine oak, and was ok. The other a 10 year old Caol Ila that made up for it. I am a bit of a sucker for this style admittedly. Also tried a four year old texas malt whisky with a double oak aging. Balcones I thi...
by Scott G r u n e r
March 3rd, 2020, 7:11 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: SMWS --- what do you think of them?
Replies: 21
Views: 1683

Re: SMWS --- what do you think of them?

Thanks Sarah. Love to hear your thoughts!
by Scott G r u n e r
March 2nd, 2020, 4:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best $20 dollar bottle you know of?
Replies: 98
Views: 5756

Re: What's the best $20 dollar bottle you know of?

For me the best $20 bottle is Lopez de Heredia Vina Cubillo but it doesn't fit the game you are going for.
by Scott G r u n e r
February 29th, 2020, 7:50 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Total Wine Pappy Offer
Replies: 229
Views: 29636

Re: Total Wine Pappy Offer

David B wrote:
February 28th, 2020, 1:18 pm
Anybody in Northern California heard back? Haven't gotten an email yet either way
Check your spam/junk. Mine hit spam first.
by Scott G r u n e r
February 28th, 2020, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 445
Views: 36509

Re: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
February 27th, 2020, 5:20 pm
Bummer. Not letting me use the code for 2017 Beaucastel.
Yeah me either- which confuses me as the price ends in a 9?
by Scott G r u n e r
February 25th, 2020, 1:02 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: SMWS --- what do you think of them?
Replies: 21
Views: 1683

Re: SMWS --- what do you think of them?

Quality is good, but god it's expensive (and that's not even taking into account their yearly fee) Yeah- that's the piece I have to figure out- Based on the two tastes I had the other day, the quality jump may be worth it, plus they are cask strength so theoretically more quantity than a typical st...
by Scott G r u n e r
February 24th, 2020, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?
Replies: 106
Views: 5916

Re: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?

That first story kinda sucks but if I was going to make an epic meal I’d probably provide the wine, because if nothing else you’d know what would pair better with it. If they’d brought some Caymus 40th or something it might have been bad even if it were expensive. Yeah, it's kinda more that she dro...
by Scott G r u n e r
February 24th, 2020, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?
Replies: 106
Views: 5916

Re: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?

On a hot day in Bandol we ordered glasses of Bandol rose at a restaurant (no idea what specific wine at this point) and it came with cubes. It was delicious.
by Scott G r u n e r
February 24th, 2020, 10:11 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: SMWS --- what do you think of them?
Replies: 21
Views: 1683

Re: SMWS --- what do you think of them?

Dumpster dive- but have been looking at the SMWSA for a bit after hearing about them last year- Colleague just put on a small tasting of a couple of his recent bottles- all were excellent. Took the plunge this week on a membership and initial order. Shipping ain't cheap, but looking forward to tryin...
by Scott G r u n e r
February 23rd, 2020, 1:04 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: *** ASTREA CAVIAR - HIGH END CAVIAR DEALS FOR BD11- FRESHLY PACKED FOR THIS SALE PRICING GOOD ALL FEB***
Replies: 68
Views: 3116

Re: *** ASTREA CAVIAR - HIGH END CAVIAR DEALS FOR BD11- FRESHLY PACKED FOR THIS SALE PRICING GOOD ALL FEB***

Yes! We had a control sample of plaza de caviar osetra, and it was a literal salt lick in comparison and NEEDED the accoutrements to balance it, whereas this was delicious and complex straight from the spoon and we had to be careful to not over power the flavors
by Scott G r u n e r
February 23rd, 2020, 11:05 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16699
Views: 443166

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

They are bottling pliny the younger now? News to me!
by Scott G r u n e r
February 23rd, 2020, 10:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Charcoal Grill - Weber?
Replies: 58
Views: 2239

Re: Charcoal Grill - Weber?

Mostly agree w Alan, but this is also not the point of the OP’s question. Charcoal is superior, gas is more convenient. That’s the trade off pure and simple. Some applications the trade off is narrow enough in flavor impact where convenience clearly wins, but taste is never better w gas IMHO. I have...
by Scott G r u n e r
February 18th, 2020, 1:57 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Total Wine Pappy Offer
Replies: 229
Views: 29636

Re: Total Wine Pappy Offer

Got selected for a George T Stagg. Feel lucky and a bit guilty based on all the disappointed folks here. Granted it is for $135 because Washington prices suck.
by Scott G r u n e r
February 16th, 2020, 9:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)
Replies: 90
Views: 5195

Re: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)

Had a nice meal at L’Oursin last night. Seems on the border of capital hill and the CD. Wine list seems to heavily favor small producers and “natural” wines, but seemed reasonably priced and had some interesting options, or corkage is $30.
by Scott G r u n e r
February 8th, 2020, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pacific NW Cabs/blends vs California - at the $50 price point
Replies: 45
Views: 3117

Re: Pacific NW Cabs/blends vs California - at the $50 price point

I dont really buy much in this category these days, i think gramercy cab is the closest. Used to buy betz, but feel they are over the price range now. A bit of an off the beaten path option, if you like more restrained models, I typically enjoy the Columbia Crest Walter Clore Reserve- I think normal...
by Scott G r u n e r
February 7th, 2020, 8:38 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Total Wine Pappy Offer
Replies: 229
Views: 29636

Re: Total Wine Pappy Offer

Corporate office is in Iowa...
by Scott G r u n e r
February 4th, 2020, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 15 liter sqn inaugural at upcoming auction!
Replies: 12
Views: 1794

Re: 15 liter sqn inaugural at upcoming auction!

David Kaufman wrote:
February 4th, 2020, 6:14 am
I was told by someone familiar with the consignor that the bottle has been pulled
Wonder if it was corked!
by Scott G r u n e r
January 27th, 2020, 4:28 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: *** ASTREA CAVIAR - HIGH END CAVIAR DEALS FOR BD11- FRESHLY PACKED FOR THIS SALE PRICING GOOD ALL FEB***
Replies: 68
Views: 3116

Re: *** ASTREA CAVIAR - HIGH END CAVIAR DEALS FOR BD11- FRESHLY PACKED FOR THIS SALE***

Just grabbed one of the packs. Starting a batch of creme fraiche. We hosted a caviar / champagne tasting at the local wine shop for the holidays. We did some creme fraiche and blinis for people but almost universally everyone enjoyed it without the creme fraiche for the kaluga and Schrenckii. I thi...
by Scott G r u n e r
January 25th, 2020, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?
Replies: 58
Views: 2561

Re: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?

No expert, I’ve enjoyed the rioja alta wines I have had and and they strike me as very traditional and in that vein similar to LdH, but less exceptional, granted not a ton of super aged experiences (yet). The old prado enea’s I have had on the other hand, have been great and memorable, so I would le...
by Scott G r u n e r
January 23rd, 2020, 8:56 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: DT Seattle
Replies: 7
Views: 1298

Re: DT Seattle

Hi David. I dont get down there much these days u fortunately, but in my experience you cant go wrong with le pichet and lecosho.

There are a bunch of seattle restuarant threads on here if you do a quick search.
by Scott G r u n e r
January 23rd, 2020, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: storing wines vertically?
Replies: 53
Views: 3542

Re: storing wines vertically?

I have a 30 year old cork bulletin board. Hasn't dried out yet.
by Scott G r u n e r
January 23rd, 2020, 8:49 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Ft: 10yr orvw ISO: 2010 gonon VV
Replies: 10
Views: 1068

Re: Ft: 10yr orvw ISO: 2010 gonon VV

Yet another case of bliteotb.
Click to see spoiler:
beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder
by Scott G r u n e r
January 21st, 2020, 7:39 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Ft: 10yr orvw ISO: 2010 gonon VV
Replies: 10
Views: 1068

Re: Ft: 10yr orvw ISO: 2010 gonon VV

Icymi, Old rip van winkle imho fwiw
by Scott G r u n e r
January 20th, 2020, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 165
Views: 8466

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

Parker used to say the same about 47? Cheval Blanc iirc

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