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by Brian Lynch
February 1st, 2017, 9:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: 2 Beef Aging questions
Replies: 11
Views: 775

2 Beef Aging questions

Interesting. HAs anyone done a combo of wet age and then dry age or is that too crazy?
by Brian Lynch
January 31st, 2017, 8:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: 2 Beef Aging questions
Replies: 11
Views: 775

2 Beef Aging questions

Makes sense

Thanks all
by Brian Lynch
January 31st, 2017, 9:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: 2 Beef Aging questions
Replies: 11
Views: 775

2 Beef Aging questions

1) I just ordered some 30 day Flannery dry aged strips on BD that should arrive later this week. Once they arrive, is there a recommended period of time to cook them by (or not so much since they have been aged)? 2) Periodically Costco has really good pricing on whole prime strips in vacuum seal pac...
by Brian Lynch
January 19th, 2017, 8:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Is Philly this Country's 3rd best food city?
Replies: 102
Views: 3608

Is Philly this Country's 3rd best food city?

Question:

If four Berserkers from this thread met by chance in person for the first time in NYC and decided to have dinner, how long do you think it would take to decide on the best place to go?
by Brian Lynch
January 18th, 2017, 11:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Is Philly this Country's 3rd best food city?
Replies: 102
Views: 3608

Is Philly this Country's 3rd best food city?

Nolan E wrote:[youtube]3qeY0mIn1K0[/youtube]
This is funny. One of my friend's son worked on that show. I'm sure he gave the "Philly" expertise (no offense taken).
by Brian Lynch
January 17th, 2017, 4:39 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Is Philly this Country's 3rd best food city?
Replies: 102
Views: 3608

Is Philly this Country's 3rd best food city?

I think Chicago is third and that Philly is well above DC and above Boston, but my sample size in Boston is not great so if Kevin Foley thinks differently it is best to go by that. Can't speak to Portland in relative terms Philly's benefit (Byo) reduces the likelihood of two and three star destinati...
by Brian Lynch
January 12th, 2017, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 2017 Spring Release
Replies: 96
Views: 10853

Rivers-Marie 2017 Spring Release

Will, great post. Thanks for input on the Summa (at +5); subject to vintage variance exceptions, is there any rule of thumb on how many years out you find the Summas provide optimal drinking pleasure for you?
by Brian Lynch
January 9th, 2017, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert Chard Evolution
Replies: 12
Views: 1223

Aubert Chard Evolution

I agree Anton, but on day two it was completely smoking right out of the frig. I hadn't returned it to the cellar. Any other experiences are welcome. Thanks
by Brian Lynch
January 9th, 2017, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert Chard Evolution
Replies: 12
Views: 1223

Aubert Chard Evolution

Tasted an '11 Jadot Batard Montrachet GC at a late lunch Friday alongside a '13 Aubert Sugar Shack. After a quick taste comparison, I went with the Batard as more seemless, classy and food friendly. Tasted the Aubert later in the evening and it seemed way too "big" for my palate (even though I have ...
by Brian Lynch
January 4th, 2017, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 5 Chianti Classicos?
Replies: 95
Views: 7086

Top 5 Chianti Classicos?

Really enjoyed '06 and '07 vintages of Rancia last week. I drank the '07 over two days and it was pretty terrific on day 2. Based on past number of bottles and holdings, I'd rate my top 5 faves as

Felsina
Isole
Fontadi
di Ama
Coltibuono
by Brian Lynch
December 22nd, 2016, 9:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Rush Creek Reserve!
Replies: 211
Views: 11787

Rush Creek Reserve!

This is killing me - been in Asia for 2 weeks now, and, while I adore the food here, I'm missing cheese big time. A visit to DiBruno's is almost always one of the first stops after we get home from Asia. Black Betty....mmmm.....That was a new one for us this year, and we can't get over how good it ...
by Brian Lynch
December 22nd, 2016, 9:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Rush Creek Reserve!
Replies: 211
Views: 11787

Rush Creek Reserve!

M.Kaplan wrote:Yes, Black Betty is all that, too. Just finished a healthy portion and now I'm contemplating which other cheeses to snack on with my old Springbank 12 100 proof. I prefer most cheeses with whisky rather than wine.
Interesting

Please name a few you like and I will try them out.
by Brian Lynch
December 15th, 2016, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2016 Edition--TABULATION COMPLETE, Post #1
Replies: 100
Views: 8800

Post your WOTYs and Discovery(ies) of the Year, 2016 Edition

Sherri Shapiro wrote:
AlexO wrote:2013 MacDonald

#micdropped

Lol
Have to agree. This was an eye opener for me!
Is it worth drinking now? I thought many/most '13s will require patience
by Brian Lynch
December 14th, 2016, 5:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Costco Prime Boneless Rib Roast and Reverse Sear Questions
Replies: 65
Views: 3488

Costco Prime Boneless Rib Roast and Reverse Sear Questions

Great thread. I bought a roast and will do the dry age treatement which I've never done before, so I had a few questions. Is this the suggested process or is there a better way: 1) rinse and pat dry beef with paper towels 2) triple wrap in cheese cloth 3) put on elevated rack and pop in frig 4) re w...
by Brian Lynch
December 8th, 2016, 11:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Costco Prime Boneless Rib Roast and Reverse Sear Questions
Replies: 65
Views: 3488

Costco Prime Boneless Rib Roast and Reverse Sear Questions

The good news is if you start dry aging it now you'll give yourself 18 days which is better than nothing. I buy those exact subprimals from Costco and dry age them and they are always fantastic. As far as cooking I would say you have the right method in mind. I would definitely pull the plug at 110...
by Brian Lynch
December 5th, 2016, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Napa Cab - Vintage Thoughts
Replies: 11
Views: 1523

2015 Napa Cab - Vintage Thoughts

For folks in the know, what is the general intel on the 2015 vintage? Is there any prior vintage you feel it is comparable to?
by Brian Lynch
November 30th, 2016, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TWA changes
Replies: 50
Views: 3189

TWA changes

If our Congress used detailed thought an analysis before spending taxpayer money the same way Berserkers do before spending $100 on a wine service, the US would be in really good shape
by Brian Lynch
November 26th, 2016, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Thackrey Orion
Replies: 6
Views: 547

TN: 2002 Thackrey Orion

Orions last forever. His nv field blends do not but are very good young. Fascinating winemaker
by Brian Lynch
November 26th, 2016, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Thackrey Orion
Replies: 6
Views: 547

TN: 2002 Thackrey Orion

Orions last forever. His nv field blends do not but are very good young. Fascinating winemaker
by Brian Lynch
November 17th, 2016, 9:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Rush Creek Reserve!
Replies: 211
Views: 11787

Rush Creek Reserve!

Had RCR last night + Black Betty (with Pistaschioso spread). Deelish. Sarah, what wine do you like to pair with RCR?
by Brian Lynch
November 15th, 2016, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Lewelling now live
Replies: 23
Views: 1144

2014 Lewelling now live

I find that these need air or decant time even for the vintages more than 10 years old. Patience, not pop 'n pour, works best for me across the board. Do others agree?
by Brian Lynch
October 20th, 2016, 9:16 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Boston-area--SQN dinner, Sat 12 November 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 1211

Boston-area--SQN dinner, Sat 12 November 2016

Sounds like a great event
by Brian Lynch
October 10th, 2016, 10:08 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Pennsylvania Beer Help
Replies: 10
Views: 762

Pennsylvania Beer Help

Weyerbacher (which is near Allentown) is really very good. Their Riserva raspberry sour can be mindblowing (varies a bit by vintage) and their Belgian styled brews are worth trying.
by Brian Lynch
October 10th, 2016, 10:06 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Pennsylvania Beer Help
Replies: 10
Views: 762

Pennsylvania Beer Help

Rick Allen wrote:My daughter says:

Forest and Main
Tired Hands

Both are in the suburbs of Philly. They do cask conditioned beers and saisons.
I second that. I like the TH a little better than F&M, which do a greater percentage of British styled brews relative to TH.
by Brian Lynch
September 20th, 2016, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MACDONALD on 9/20/16
Replies: 153
Views: 11197

MACDONALD on 9/20/16

Excellent customer service experience!
by Brian Lynch
September 15th, 2016, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Larkmead Fall offering
Replies: 36
Views: 2612

Larkmead Fall offering

Will be interesting to see if the money they lose from mailing list members dropping off the list (with big margins) will be made up for by profits from sales into broader distribution channels. If there is no Parker or other comparable cheerleader for future vintages, this could prove to be a painf...
by Brian Lynch
September 1st, 2016, 12:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Menu Recos - Joe Beef & APDC
Replies: 11
Views: 688

Menu Recos - Joe Beef & APDC

ok
by Brian Lynch
August 31st, 2016, 6:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Menu Recos - Joe Beef & APDC
Replies: 11
Views: 688

Menu Recos - Joe Beef & APDC



Risotto
by Brian Lynch
August 31st, 2016, 3:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Menu Recos - Joe Beef & APDC
Replies: 11
Views: 688

Menu Recos - Joe Beef & APDC

Love it ... keep 'em coming!
by Brian Lynch
August 31st, 2016, 10:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Menu Recos - Joe Beef & APDC
Replies: 11
Views: 688

Menu Recos - Joe Beef & APDC

Headed back to Joe Beef & Au Pied De Cochon after a three year respite. Had the pasta/lobster (Joe Beef) and guinea hen (APDC) entrees last time. Aside from a FG starter, is there any entrée or wine list recos I should zero in on while there? Many thanks!
by Brian Lynch
August 19th, 2016, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gilman is crazy about Rhys "Hillside" wines
Replies: 204
Views: 19858

Gilman is crazy about Rhys "Hillside" wines

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:I think I am priced out of these bottles.
Yes. I'm going to wait for the grey market price [cheers.gif]
by Brian Lynch
August 15th, 2016, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on the gray market
Replies: 264
Views: 15788

Thoughts on the gray market

Peter Chiu wrote:Freedom of choice and it is wonderful.....

Indeed ...
by Brian Lynch
August 15th, 2016, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Ramey Jericho Canyon and a Lesson Learned... Yet Again!!
Replies: 15
Views: 1177

TN: 2001 Ramey Jericho Canyon and a Lesson Learned... Yet Again!!

Had an '01 Ramey a month ago. Not sure if Jericho or another SV. It was pretty good but not what I expected. Think the OP is onto something. Drink up old Ramey :-)
by Brian Lynch
August 15th, 2016, 9:31 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Philadelphia, PA
Replies: 468
Views: 88738

Philadelphia, PA

Thanks for the intel!
by Brian Lynch
August 11th, 2016, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on the gray market
Replies: 264
Views: 15788

Thoughts on the gray market

I don't really don't "do" much oversees wine. Then why did you comment in this thread in the first place? Robert asked for opinions on the gray market, in which you don't seem to participate, so one would think you didn't have anything to offer. ***Not trying to antagonize you or defend Robert; jus...
by Brian Lynch
August 11th, 2016, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on the gray market
Replies: 264
Views: 15788

Thoughts on the gray market

My common sense rule of thumb: if you were put into a room with the grower whose life is entwined with making said wine, and you can't look them in the eye and say, "I buy and sell your wine" without being reprimanded, you are a dirty bird, and you MUST know this inside.....to then have the unmitig...
by Brian Lynch
August 5th, 2016, 6:02 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Philadelphia, PA
Replies: 468
Views: 88738

Philadelphia, PA

Laurel is a good restaurant, and very good for Philly. Using Per Se as a metaphor for "very top restaurant in the country," so we don't have to discuss its past or present merits or lack thereof , no - Laurel is not on par with Per Se. I ate there once with friends and enjoyed the meal, though I wa...
by Brian Lynch
July 19th, 2016, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum July 2016 Release
Replies: 91
Views: 8853

Saxum July 2016 Release

NED VALOIS wrote:
Andrew Kaufman wrote:
Alan Eden wrote:First wave starts july 19th
I have always been second wave. And I go on the 19th.

I put the "word" in for you !! [snort.gif] neener
That's hilarious.
by Brian Lynch
July 8th, 2016, 5:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Carlisle Zin Saitone
Replies: 12
Views: 671

2014 Carlisle Zin Saitone

Trust in

Mike

Mike's drinking notes
by Brian Lynch
June 29th, 2016, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1442
Views: 96661

Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2010 Sonoma Zin. Really good for a night cap. Left some in a glass accidentally after corking half the bottle. Absolutely stunning with overnight air. This has a pretty big PS component so don't be afraid to give it extended air as it will improve noticeably. Galloni way underrated this gem. The QPR...
by Brian Lynch
June 23rd, 2016, 7:58 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16251
Views: 412408

What BEER are you drinking?

Jolly Pumpkin/Tired Hands Alien Church 1004. Best of 2016 so far.
by Brian Lynch
June 9th, 2016, 6:42 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16251
Views: 412408

What BEER are you drinking?

Anchorage / Mikkeller Invasion IPA

Light and refreshing on the palate. Good balance and flavor profile. Pretty pricey at around $20 for 750ml. Good to try it, but it's not the gotta have beer like I heard it was.
by Brian Lynch
June 6th, 2016, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Bordeaux releases
Replies: 273
Views: 20043

2015 Bordeaux releases

Has Parker yet to review a BDX vintage in bottle that he has not reviewed EP?
by Brian Lynch
May 26th, 2016, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 45 Day Wine Fast
Replies: 18
Views: 1183

45 Day Wine Fast

I may take up the suggestions of Dennis and Chuck in July. I've given up on trying to figure out computer theory so I won't drink what Jay's friend drank - thankfully :-). Bob and Bud, I think the Phils are playing with house money so I am not going to go the route of Philly fans like De Niro in Sil...
by Brian Lynch
May 25th, 2016, 6:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 45 Day Wine Fast
Replies: 18
Views: 1183

45 Day Wine Fast

I recently had a one week wine sabbatical. When I returned to drinking wine, nothing tasted right for nearly a week. In retrospect, instead of going back to my big fruit favorites, I should have revisited the European wines with their lower ABV and more subtle flavors . I'll put that on my bucket l...
by Brian Lynch
May 23rd, 2016, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 45 Day Wine Fast
Replies: 18
Views: 1183

45 Day Wine Fast

I started this on May 19 and my goal is to go wine-free until July 2. Nothing off the charts health-wise causing, this but I know I can and should be healthier, so I am giving this my best shot. I also plan to be virtually alcohol free in this period. I have some work/social events in that time fram...
by Brian Lynch
May 14th, 2016, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux
Replies: 4
Views: 333

TN: 2001 Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux

I had the '99 three weeks ago. Pretty good on opening. Got better as the night went on but not outstanding. Forgot about the last three ounces in the bottle and went to bed. Discovered it the next day -- quite outstanding. These really show well with extended air. If you have a '99 check in every ho...

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