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by Scott G r u n e r
August 30th, 2019, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying wine with bitcoin?
Replies: 51
Views: 2724

Re: Buying wine with bitcoin?

How much work is it to implement? Seems a definite edge case for now at least, but if it is fairly quick and easy to implement and maintain... but guessing there are far better ways to spend developer time right now.
by Scott G r u n e r
August 26th, 2019, 4:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 121
Views: 5284

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

I will likely go to Popeyes sometime this week for a sandwich. But if you're in Seattle and need a good fried chicken sandwich, try Sodo Chicken located at the corner of 4th Ave S and Michigan in Sodo next to Katsu Burger. I had it today (all the talk of chicken caused a craving), and while the bun...
by Scott G r u n e r
August 25th, 2019, 5:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 121
Views: 5284

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

I wish there was a popeyes closer to me, we have a couple instances of that other gay-bashing chicken place that I wont give a penny to.
by Scott G r u n e r
August 17th, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: why won't wine.com ship to me?
Replies: 28
Views: 1755

Re: why won't wine.com ship to me?

I loved evineyard.com until the wine.com transition screwed it up. Prices immediately jacked up and they started charging sales tax. :)
by Scott G r u n e r
August 16th, 2019, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: why won't wine.com ship to me?
Replies: 28
Views: 1755

Re: why won't wine.com ship to me?

As I understood wine.com... they structure things is state to state, each state having a separate inventory (and presumably warehouse facility) enabling them to comply with rules for each state... Who the hell fronted them the money necessary to build/buy/rent warehouses in 50 different states? Tha...
by Scott G r u n e r
August 16th, 2019, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: why won't wine.com ship to me?
Replies: 28
Views: 1755

Re: why won't wine.com ship to me?

well, my point is that because it is legal to ship here, the "store" can comply with the rules while shipping wine from CA to me. You are correct, but that is outside of their model, hence the resistance. I would guess they have a very firm company policy against making exceptions, regardless of ac...
by Scott G r u n e r
August 16th, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: why won't wine.com ship to me?
Replies: 28
Views: 1755

Re: why won't wine.com ship to me?

As I understood wine.com (take that as a significant caveat) the way they structure things is state to state, each state having a separate inventory (and presumably warehouse facility) enabling them to comply with rules for each state. So if you say shipping to CA you will get a very different inven...
by Scott G r u n e r
August 9th, 2019, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have We Reached Peak Rosé?
Replies: 46
Views: 2139

Re: Have We Reached Peak Rosé?

This is a bit anecdotal, but in several higher end grocery stores, which used to have a reasonable selection of good quality rose options, now seem to have almost all gimmicky or crap domestic rose. “Mr. Pink” and the like, and only one or two of the type of rose that I would buy. Granted this is an...
by Scott G r u n e r
August 9th, 2019, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge American Oak Article
Replies: 48
Views: 2579

Re: Ridge American Oak Article

Older silver oaks I have had are like drinking from. Pickle barrel... no thanks. Of I had to choose lesser of two evils or a form of over oaked, will take vanilla over pickle any day of the week.
by Scott G r u n e r
August 8th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Vanishing Corned Beef Rounds
Replies: 10
Views: 1324

Re: Vanishing Corned Beef Rounds

The ruhlman cure is a winner IMO.

Now I have another reason to dislike Arbys
by Scott G r u n e r
August 6th, 2019, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Another lost Friday afternoon gathering – 88 DRCs, 90 Bordeauxs, Raveneaus, Dauvissats and etc.
Replies: 33
Views: 2389

Re: TN: Another lost Friday afternoon gathering – 88 DRCs, 90 Bordeauxs, Raveneaus, Dauvissats and etc.

I would say I am jealous of this tasting but that is forbidden.

Nice notes, heckuva tasting!
by Scott G r u n e r
August 6th, 2019, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: the perils of sharing allocations
Replies: 39
Views: 3879

Re: the perils of sharing allocations

Of the lists you mention, Alban is the only one who is a hostage mailer. In a sense you can call SQN eba release a hostage as it is essentially a six bottle bundle, and if you don’t buy you won’t get offered the next year. Cayuse similar but in 3 packs. You might contact HDH or similar retailers th...
by Scott G r u n e r
August 5th, 2019, 9:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Future of Oregon Wine: It Ain’t Pinot
Replies: 165
Views: 8137

Re: The Future of Oregon Wine: It Ain’t Pinot

Robert Grenley wrote:
August 5th, 2019, 1:47 am




I am late to this thread, but there is no greater red varietal than Pinot Noir, and there is no greater white varietal than Chardonnay, and that is that. Mike down.
What did Mike do to you? Seems uncalled for.
by Scott G r u n e r
August 5th, 2019, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?
Replies: 90
Views: 4515

Re: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?

You are allowed to post on ultra expensive wines and tastings permitted you ship me one representative bottle per occurrence. Thank you.
by Scott G r u n e r
August 3rd, 2019, 6:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have We Reached Peak Rosé?
Replies: 46
Views: 2139

Re: Have We Reached Peak Rosé?

Oh yeah! Forgot about Lancers
by Scott G r u n e r
August 2nd, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wax manufacturer recommends.
Replies: 36
Views: 2045

Re: Wax manufacturer recommends.

I think foil is the way to go. Just one consumers vote. :)
by Scott G r u n e r
August 2nd, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have We Reached Peak Rosé?
Replies: 46
Views: 2139

Re: Have We Reached Peak Rosé?

I walked through the total wine Rose section not long back- An entire aisle devoted to pink stuff- There was maybe 1 or 2 that I would be willing to buy and I love good rose.
by Scott G r u n e r
August 1st, 2019, 9:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have We Reached Peak Rosé?
Replies: 46
Views: 2139

Re: Have We Reached Peak Rosé?

Mateus made rose before it was cool. That is true. Though this bottle style is new.

Sweet nasty rose, but nonetheless
by Scott G r u n e r
July 31st, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The true impact of berserkerfest...
Replies: 2
Views: 557

The true impact of berserkerfest...

https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2019/07 ... 564578341/
Binge drinking is increasing among seniors, study finds
by Scott G r u n e r
July 30th, 2019, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle weight
Replies: 40
Views: 1488

Re: Bottle weight

Many of these biggest offenders big ass bottles are on wines that never hit (or rarely hit or dont rely on) retail. SQN? Turley (sure the juveniles maybe).

Marketing at retail is a strawman argument for a large percentage of these offenders
by Scott G r u n e r
July 30th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Reconditioned Wine
Replies: 24
Views: 1344

Re: Reconditioned Wine

The major red flag here that no-one seems to have caught is they are saying the reconditioning process involved decanting the wine? That's not how you recondition wine. My immediate thought as well. Seems very different than the typical re-corking process and with much more impact to the wine itsel...
by Scott G r u n e r
July 29th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who's going to wear the black hat?
Replies: 121
Views: 4621

Re: Who's going to wear the black hat?

Image

Comes in black... with a beard.
by Scott G r u n e r
July 27th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Texas BBQ Spring Break
Replies: 17
Views: 1206

Re: Texas BBQ Spring Break

All I truly know about Texas BBQ is Killen’s but what I know is gooooooood.
by Scott G r u n e r
July 26th, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph)
Replies: 18
Views: 1431

Re: TN: 2017 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph)

YLee wrote:
July 26th, 2019, 9:33 am
Scott G r u n e r wrote:
July 26th, 2019, 8:39 am
Markus S wrote:
July 26th, 2019, 8:10 am
Yeah, that's not bad at all.
Disagree. It is a good $30 too much, but understand you are speaking relative to actual pricing in the market...
Where can we get it for $55?
You can't. Hence I no longer buy it. :)
by Scott G r u n e r
July 26th, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who's going to wear the black hat?
Replies: 121
Views: 4621

Re: Who's going to wear the black hat?

I simply do not understand the fairly common desire to have board trolls. The board is a better place when people are respecting each other instead of insulting one another. This is a persistent theme here, and I have never understood it. You can find assholes by the bushel-full everywhere you turn...
by Scott G r u n e r
July 26th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph)
Replies: 18
Views: 1431

Re: TN: 2017 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph)

Markus S wrote:
July 26th, 2019, 8:10 am
Yeah, that's not bad at all.
Disagree. It is a good $30 too much, but understand you are speaking relative to actual pricing in the market...
by Scott G r u n e r
July 24th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy - why is it so often cloudy?
Replies: 42
Views: 2316

Re: Burgundy - why is it so often cloudy?

I initially assumed that this thread was resurrected as an Alan Eden tribute... Somewhat classic for him. re: cloudiness- I had a 2017 Beaujolais that was reasonably cloudy the other day- it was a "natural" wine and unfiltered and un-fined so assume that had something to do with it. Have also had so...
by Scott G r u n e r
July 21st, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best review site
Replies: 33
Views: 2396

Re: Best review site

The one region every publication now misses though is under $25, they are all trying to out trophy taste eachother to some extent and highest score wins with retailers and general consumers. This is a great call out- easy to find reviews on the big names, well established names, and ultra expensive...
by Scott G r u n e r
July 21st, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 128
Views: 6298

Re: Worst wines you've had?

Have had a ton of bad, insipid, or sugary sweet industrial plonk at weddimgs or events primarily. Too many to remember and many were dumped and forgotten. The worst wines that I expected to be good were the clos st jean cdp from the mid 2000’s- just awful raisiny hot wines to my taste. And the 98 Ca...
by Scott G r u n e r
July 17th, 2019, 8:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What meals did you grow up on
Replies: 72
Views: 3596

Re: What meals did you grow up on

How many of your parents had a bowl of bacon grease or other grease that sat on the stove for easy access? Was there a huge can of Crisco in the pantry? I still keep the bacon grease. Though I filter it eith a coffee filter. Use it for bruss sprouts, roast potatoes, fried eggs.... i keep in coffee ...
by Scott G r u n e r
July 17th, 2019, 8:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What meals did you grow up on
Replies: 72
Views: 3596

Re: What meals did you grow up on

I keep a lot of traditionals in the mix that I ate and learned to cook as a kid.

Classic (to me) Beef Stew
Betty Crocker Pork Fried Rice
My mom’s lasagna
American “Italian” Spaghetti- made with ground beef and mccormick spaghetti with mushrooms seasoning packet.
Meatloaf
by Scott G r u n e r
July 14th, 2019, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downstream Wines
Replies: 168
Views: 13296

Re: Downstream Wines

After reading this and the faethm thread I think I am finally cured of FOMO as I felt nothing. I suppose Cambie’s name involved helped somewhat too. Add Rolland for the trifecta.
by Scott G r u n e r
July 9th, 2019, 7:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon
Replies: 47
Views: 2753

Re: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon

I’m 90% convinced that a fair number of “winery direct” wines are essentially private label wines that have no business existing- think two buck chuck. Stick with known producers.
by Scott G r u n e r
July 9th, 2019, 6:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: James Molesworth on Natural wine
Replies: 31
Views: 2487

Re: James Molesworth on Natural wine

Was at a restaurant recently that focuses on “natural” wines and discussing why and what they look for and why. Boiled down to balance, interesting complexity, freshness, pairing well with food, etc. My comment was that they were really looking for good wine, not necessarily natural wine.
by Scott G r u n e r
July 7th, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 350
Views: 30015

Re: Your Gin?

Just got some genever from amsterdam. Curious how it is in drinks
by Scott G r u n e r
June 27th, 2019, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It`s time for Rosé - summertime and the living is easy
Replies: 20
Views: 1668

Re: It`s time for Rosé - summertime and the living is easy

I don’t believe I’ve had a white wine I consider “refreshing” on a hot day. When I drink white wine, it’s because the food I’m eating calls for it. I reach for rosé when the weather calls for it. That said, my rosé palate is pretty specific (Bandol, preferably Domaine Tempier). If the rosé on offer...
by Scott G r u n e r
June 24th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wine you don't want
Replies: 65
Views: 5907

Re: The wine you don't want

Welcome Russ. Love to hear what regions/wines float your personal boat.
by Scott G r u n e r
June 24th, 2019, 2:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Why sous vide?
Replies: 244
Views: 11200

Re: Why sous vide?

Sous Vide is most useful to me in up leveling tougher cuts (e.g. getting a choice grade tri-tip prime tender) or cuts that tend to dry out easy (e.g pork chops)

Personally I prefer traditional cooking methods with high quality cuts and chicken.
by Scott G r u n e r
June 22nd, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wine you don't want
Replies: 65
Views: 5907

Re: The wine you don't want

I sold my unwanted SQN at HDH. They will arrange/assemble bull shipments from various regions to simplify the shipping process.
by Scott G r u n e r
June 19th, 2019, 12:10 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs
Replies: 68
Views: 3558

Re: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs

Fremont Head Full of Dynomite- though not the current release
Fremont Sky Kraken is decent for a regular release
Currently have a Pfriem on tap which is OK
Everything I have had from Fieldwork in Berkeley is great.
by Scott G r u n e r
June 19th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 4020

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

I had a burger and fries at 5 Guys last week. Picked them up from the counter immediately and opened the bag quickly. They were really good. I wouldn’t call them crispy but they were not limp at all. Length is good and quantity excellent. I only have two issues: 1. They need a bun capable of holdin...
by Scott G r u n e r
June 19th, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 86
Views: 5181

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

Pretty sure it will all be 1 per for this year.
by Scott G r u n e r
June 19th, 2019, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Broken cork on champagne bottle
Replies: 16
Views: 1625

Re: Broken cork on champagne bottle

Why no corkscrew? Seems The most obvious thing to try, just keep your face away, maybe cover your hand with a towel. It’s not like this is an M-80, it isn’t going to blow your hand off, so what am I missing?
by Scott G r u n e r
June 17th, 2019, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Owner (most of you already know him) suing police deputy
Replies: 40
Views: 4041

Re: Winery Owner (most of you already know him) suing police deputy

Scott, That's still recent stuff. He was way over the line long before those reports. Agree- the thread is recent (assuming 2014 is considered recent) but it references stuff going back to the early 2000's. Plus a data point that goes beyond Berserkers and eBob- I am sure there are are other boards...
by Scott G r u n e r
June 11th, 2019, 7:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Case of the Clape
Replies: 29
Views: 2030

Re: TN: Case of the Clape

I am 93 points on the clape joke and the 93 points schtick
by Scott G r u n e r
June 10th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Inexorable Rise of Wine Prices
Replies: 30
Views: 2767

Re: The Inexorable Rise of Wine Prices

The average price of wines I bought today is $10
by Scott G r u n e r
June 9th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 4020

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

Shake Shack is meh. Chick fil A awful. In N out is mediocre- prefer well done with lots of salt and some peppers. I am with Michael. Best are 5 guys. Not always perfect, but twice fried and when fresh and properly salted.... I ate at Five Guys once. The burger was Ok, but the fries were a bag of gr...

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