@CorTot@ScottW58 So you’re saying it’s shallow-fried rather than deep-fried? So many bazillions of recipes and methods out there…
Honey’s Kettle in Culver City is solid…everything was juicy and crispy.
Yup shallow fry in cast iron is the way to go although sometimes I do both when doing corn fritters. Need to try the Barberton recipe soon. Nice Cory that you still have someone around to do it old school
@ScottW58 For one still finding it difficult to like the Aussie style, pretty damn good. Seems an '04 under a screwcap ages pretty slowly; think of those '08 BV PN’s.
It doesn’t taste young, nor like a 15 year old either.
Dark fruit still lively, but showing secondary notes, tannins pretty much resolved, still has some acid. For me it could go for another 10 years.
@klezman I am no expert but I think its was good - a nice pairing with an excellent steak - certainly better than the other bottle which I drank a year or so ago. I think it will probably improve further but I am now out of it! FYI - some of the other black tie cab offers that I really liked on the old site were from Charnu, Corison, Ladera and Tara Bella
@rjquillin it was amazing, yes. It was poured via coravin so it needed time to open. At every point during its short life the flavors and aroma were great. The tannins seemed to come out after maybe 30 minutes as it was impressively lacking before that. It occasionally goes on sale during the TWE sale, right?
Some good drinking going on in June! We are enjoying a variety of wines while chilling in myrtle beach this week. So far we polished off a 2009 Juan Gil Monastrell Jumilla and had most of a 2007 Tor del Colle Montepulciano with pizza last night. This morning made mimosas with a 2015 La Tordera Prosecco de Valdobbiadene Brut Brunei, now sipping on some 2013 Jana Rose of Pinot Noir on the lawn area between the hotel and the beach.
Since the last post we have polished off the rest of the montepulciano and prosecco as well as a 2007 R Merlo Family Estates Syrah, a 2009 Iron Horse Brut X and a 2007 Renwood Viognier. All 2007s and 2009s so far in SC except the Jana Rose we had the other day.
2016 Markus Molitor Hays Klosterberg Reisling and 2014 Ty Caton Petite Sirah tonight with grilled New York Strip, Asian inspired grilled chicken thighs, Asian slaw salad, corn and broccoli. The food and wine were exceptional!
My first Moroccan wine!
2017 La Ferme Rouge La Petite Ferme
Apparently it’s Cabernet, Carignan, and Marselan. Or maybe Merlot and Marselan. Depends on which source I look at.
But it’s tasty! Light, fruity, floral, but with something else interesting going on behind the scenes. I bet Rimmerman would love this one!
My note in paticular…And that score was WAY too high
Not sure what the hell I was thinking when I bought this sour mess…should force myself to drink the whole bottle so as not to make this mistake again.
2013 Keller Estate Rotie. My tasting is not in synq with those on the offering’s thread. I found this to be young, even at 5 y/o, in need of cellaring, tart and not complex. It was almost pinot-like. I got this with the 2011-2012-2013 casemates offer from earlier this year. Paired with a wedge salad and leftover ribeye.
2015 Casa Vinicola Bennati Piemonte Barbera
at a little Italian restaurant with arancini, lasagna and penne arrabiata. I had brought a bottle of 2008 Enos Girasole to drink as this place was advertised as BYOB but upon arrival we were informed that is no longer the case and they made us put our bottle in a bag and stick it under the table.
2007 Kunde Estate Zinfandel Sonoma Valley
I think I purchased this based on a suggestion from @rpm on one of the tours and it has done well with it’s additional 7 years post purchase in the cellar.
Not suggesting drink up, but it currently is in a very happy place.
Need to check out some Mother Clone soon.
@chipgreen hasn’t progressed much either way since my last bottle nine months ago. I’m gonna hold back a glass for science and try it tomorrow. It’s very bright with mostly cranberry / high raspberry notes. Not a strong, rich cab by any stretch. I’m hoping with the extra air it might present something deeper.
Grilled oysters (butter, lemon, garlic, topped with parm.)
Farfalle pasta in a tomato creme sauce with grilled calamari, sauted sweet peas and topped with crispy pancetta (parm over the top).
2004 Locker Corte Pavone BdM
On the way home from work, I stopped at Costco to pick up a rotisserie chicken (no time to cook tonight). Checked to see what uninteresting wines they had. We don’t get the nice variety like the folks in CA get. But, I picked up these two:
2017 Route Stock Chardonnay, Carneros $15)
2014 Sinergis CS from Spain ($10)
Both of these were very, very good with excellent QPR; i.e. buy’em and try’em.
Spent the last week+ drinking fantastic wine with fantastic food all over Luxmbourg, Alsace, and Lausanne. Several new-to-us varieties, lots of tasting local wines. Swiss wines are awesome, both red and white, Alsatian Pinot Noir is very hit and miss, and Luxembourgish wine is very similar to Mosel wines, not surprising since they share the river.
@jmdavidson1 The food was super. I’m surprised that the best sauerkraut I’ve ever had was in Strasbourg, not anywhere in Germany. Charcroute garnie is shockingly good. Baekoeff is another Alsatian speciality that lived up to its billing.
Then there was the fondue. And the meat fondue. And the horse steak. And the rösti, especially with melted cheese on it.
Wines: Gewurtztraminer, Riesling, Chasselas, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Garanoir, Gamaret, Oeil de Perdrix (direct press rosé), Petite Arvine, Gamay, and a few other varieties I can’t remember.
Both regions are highly recommended for a slightly-off-the-beaten-path vacation.
We polished off the remainder of a North by Northwest Rosé from the other night, then we opened (and also polished off) a 2013 Denier-Handal Syrah Rosé. With sous-vided then pan-finished salmon fillet, and roasted cauliflower. Damn, I do love my own cooking!
Looks like I last opened one of the D-H two years ago. I didn’t even realize I had this one lurking. Seemed like there had been some extra fermentation when we first opened it, it was just a tiny bit fizzy, but that settled out by the second pour. Very intense Rosé.
2013 Juslyn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Spring Mountain District
2014 Chad Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Napa Valley
Dry rubbed Tri-Tip & various sides with a couple of my drinking buddies.
@jmdavidson1 Great QPR, wonderful nose of dark red fruits a little blueberry. Nice structure very smooth with a medium finish. Long life ahead for this, have a few more but at the price it was wish I had grabbed more.
The flat irons are not expensive, 1 fed me quite well, so $20 bones a head is not bad. Not to mention I had it side by side with a hanger and I liked it better, but both are great in their own way.
2011 Provenance P-Wave with (Costco) Steakhouse Marinated Tri-Tip, roasted over a bed of (Costco) funky colored carrots. I don’t often cook beef much larger than a strip steak, and I couldn’t find my meat thermometer, so I overshot my preferred medium rare a bit, but it was still tender and quite tasty. I shall procure a new thermometer and repeat again in the foreseeable future.
@karenhynes I love that Steakhouse Tri-Tip! I tried one (my wife and I got 4 meals out of it), then later bought the largest one I could find for when the family gets together for the “4th” on the 5th.
2017 Pacific Rim J Riesling. Very enjoyable at a local Thai restaurant. I never bit when WD sold Pacific Rim products, tempted as I was. I could never tell just how sweet it would be, and I was afraid to chance it. This one was labeled “medium dry”, which turned out to mean off-dry, not cloying, slightly but not overly sweet.
@winedavid49, I’d welcome the return of something from Pacific Rim, especially in the “medium dry” or dryer category.
@ScottW58 I’ve eyed that salmon at Costco (but not had an occasion where the size of the package can be justified). I’m curious about the glaze – can you provide any details? Although I suspect that it will have too much carbs (such as sugar, honey, syrup) for me to utilize it.
I am from Alaska (now live in Denver), and used to fish the Copper River every summer, for sockeye (Red) and king (Chinook) salmon. Nice to see them getting branding a PREMIUM down here in the Lower 48…because they are! Looks like sockeye on your grill - I am jealous!
zomg butter tarts. I made them for the first time today and damn they’re good. Almost enough sugar for @ScottW58
A few bottles vanished:
2018 version of Trader Joe’s Brut Rose
2017 Woodbridge Vermentino
2016 Dry Creek Fume Blanc
2016 Meh Zin
2016 Levesque Vineyards Vidal Icewine