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  • Huskee
    Pit Boss/Manager
    • May 2014
    • 13657
    • central MI, USA
    • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue
      Smokers / Grills
      • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
      • PBC
      • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
      • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
      • Dyna-Glo XL Premium dual chamber charcoal grill
      • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
      • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
      • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
      • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
      • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)


      Thermometers
      • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
      • (7) Maverick ET-732s
      • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
      • (1) Smoke by ThermoWorks
      • (1) Signals by ThermoWorks
      • Thermapen MkII, orange
      • ThermoPop, yellow
      • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
      • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
      • ThermoWorks Infrared IRK2
      • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well


      Accessories
      • Instant Pot 6qt
      • Anova Bluetooth SV
      • Kitchen Aide mixer & meat grinder attachment
      • Kindling Cracker King (XL)
      • BBQ Dragon
      • Weber full & half chimneys, Char-Broil Half Time chimney
      • Weber grill topper
      • Slow 'N Sear Original, XL, and SnS Charcoal Basket (for Jumbo Joe)
      • Drip 'N Griddle Pan, 22' Easy Spin Grate, and Elevated Cooking grate, by ABCbarbecue
      • Pittsburgh Digital Moisture Meter


      Beverages
      • Favorite summer beer: Leinenkugels Summer & Grapefruit Shandy, Hamm's, Michelob Ultra Pure Gold
      • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
      • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
      • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
      • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
      • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
      • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.


      About me
      Real name: Aaron
      Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

      Occupation:
      • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

    Wine talk 🍷

    I thought we could use a more focused thread for winos to strike up conversation and share a virtual glass. Let's talk about favorite types, vintages, appellations, food pairings, tasting notes, cellaring, etc etc etc.

    Snobs allowed! (Nice snobs, that is. Remember the Pit guidelines )
  • jgg85234
    Charter Member
    • Nov 2014
    • 733
    • Gilbert, AZ (Suburb of Phoenix)
    • *Cooking Equipment
      Kamado Joe Classic in Eucalyptus Table (2016)
      Kamado Joe Joetisserie (2017)
      Weber 22.5" Kettle (K Date Code - 1988) Wooden handles/wood side table
      Adrenaline BBQ Company Slow n Sear #61
      Adrenaline BBQ Company Drip n Griddle
      Weber Smokey Mountain 14.5" (2014)
      *Controllers
      Flame Boss 200
      *Thermometers
      Thermapen MK4 (Red)
      Thermopop (Red)
      Thermoworks TW8060 with grill and meat probes
      *Favorite Whisky - Knockando Speyside Single Malt
      *Favorite Red Wine - Clos du Bois Marlstone
      *Favorite White Wine - Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay
      *Favorite Beer - Budweiser Budvar (Czechvar in the US) frisch vom fass
      *Favorites to grill - New York Strips or Top Sirloins, pizzas are fun too
      *Favorites to smoke - Baby Back or St. Louis Ribs, Pork Butts, Standing Rib Roast, Strip Loin Roast, Tri-Tip, Chicken, Turkey, Pork Loin, Cornish Hens

    #2
    Wino? Aren't those the people who drink their wine (Boone's Farm, Thunderbird, Annie Green Springs, 20/20, etc. out of a paper bag? In a park?

    We're all wine connoisseurs around here.

    Or, at least oenophiles.

    OK, my favorites from California.

    Red - Marlstone from Clos du Bois.
    White - Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay.

    Those are both Russian River Valley (Sonoma).

    Since I got to meet lots of the owners of the wineries back in the 80s (Wine country tours were in their infancy), I like many wines from Napa as well.

    Grgich Hills makes terrific wines, as does Conn Creek, Beringer, Chateau Montelena and Mondavi. Margrit Mondavi introduced my wife and I to well aged Chardonnay when everyone thought they had to be consumed young.

    Jim

    Comment


    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
      Editing a comment
      Wino, connoisseur, winnoisseurs... it's all good.

    • Meathead
      Meathead commented
      Editing a comment
      Difference between a connoisseur and a wino? $10 a bottle.
  • (Upnorth)
    Former Member
    • Nov 2015
    • 18
    • Darwin Australia

    #3
    Favourites.......
    Red - Rockfords Basket Press Shiraz from the Barossa Valley South Australia
    White - Any Savigion Blanc from the Malborough region in New Zealand.

    Have yet to have any American made wine that comes close to any of these......just saying )

    Comment


    • (Upnorth)
      (Upnorth) commented
      Editing a comment
      Huskee those 2 brands of wine are ...well what you might say the homeless drink, Aussie wines are some of the best in the world, if you get the oportunity try any Shiraz from the Coonawarra district is South Australia but spend a few dollars on the bottle.

    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
      Editing a comment
      Upnorth Lol, that's kind of what I thought. I have fond memories of Lindemann's but I realize it's not Australia's best. Kind of like American beers being judged by Budweiser....

      I promise you I will keep an eye out for some better Aussie wines. I was just looking at a Coonawarra wine on an online retailer I buy from.

      I know too that most supermarkets will never carry the good stuff, and that probably goes for American wines on Australia's shelves as well. Michigan USA makes some fantastic Riesling and Chardonnay, and Napa Valley in California is known for its and Cabernet Sauvignon, and Oregon for it's Pinot Noir. (To name a few)

    • theroc
      theroc commented
      Editing a comment
      Nice to hear another fan of Rockford. Had the pleasure of visiting the winery about 12 years ago during the harvest season. Really admired their vintage belt-driven power distribution system! Brought home a bottle of the Basket Press, back when you could still carry a bottle of wine on an aircraft. Alas, we drank it a couple of years ago. It was truly wonderful and brought back memories of our trip to the Barossa.
  • Huskee
    Pit Boss/Manager
    • May 2014
    • 13657
    • central MI, USA
    • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue
      Smokers / Grills
      • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
      • PBC
      • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
      • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
      • Dyna-Glo XL Premium dual chamber charcoal grill
      • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
      • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
      • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
      • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
      • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)


      Thermometers
      • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
      • (7) Maverick ET-732s
      • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
      • (1) Smoke by ThermoWorks
      • (1) Signals by ThermoWorks
      • Thermapen MkII, orange
      • ThermoPop, yellow
      • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
      • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
      • ThermoWorks Infrared IRK2
      • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well


      Accessories
      • Instant Pot 6qt
      • Anova Bluetooth SV
      • Kitchen Aide mixer & meat grinder attachment
      • Kindling Cracker King (XL)
      • BBQ Dragon
      • Weber full & half chimneys, Char-Broil Half Time chimney
      • Weber grill topper
      • Slow 'N Sear Original, XL, and SnS Charcoal Basket (for Jumbo Joe)
      • Drip 'N Griddle Pan, 22' Easy Spin Grate, and Elevated Cooking grate, by ABCbarbecue
      • Pittsburgh Digital Moisture Meter


      Beverages
      • Favorite summer beer: Leinenkugels Summer & Grapefruit Shandy, Hamm's, Michelob Ultra Pure Gold
      • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
      • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
      • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
      • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
      • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
      • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.


      About me
      Real name: Aaron
      Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

      Occupation:
      • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

    #4
    Does anyone save wine- whether for a year or two or actually cellar it for long term?

    Comment


    • fttank
      fttank commented
      Editing a comment
      I do. I have a 36 case locker at an off-site cellar about 10 miles from home, along with a small 48 bottle wine fridge at home. Staglin, Silver Oak, Phelps, a few others are sitting in the locker. I'll pull bottles out for special occasions.

    • Tim
      Tim commented
      Editing a comment
      I do. I have a irresponsible amount of wine. I use CellarTracker for inventory and drinking windows. I think most quality wines benefit from at least a little time. And some require it to really show their stuff. I'm super excited you started this thread!!!

    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
      Editing a comment
      Thanks Tim. I've been more into whiskey lately than wine, (re-aging my own, also aging gin in used whiskey barrels, etc) but I value your thoughts in this thread. I will likely get back into wine more in time, sooner than later probably, I tend to be kind of phasey. I only have maybe 3 reds on hand right now, a cab or two and a petite sirah I think. I just can't drink a whole bottle when I want a glass or two, and wine doesn't store after being opened like whiskey.
  • Craigar
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 956
    • Papillion, NE
    • * - Weber 26.75" OTG
      * - Weber 22.5" Premium cloaked in Crimson
      * - Slow 'N Sear
      * - Smoke E-Z - 26.75" (The Grain Silo)
      * - Lodge Sportsman Grill
      * - Weber Rapid Fire Chimney Starter
      * - Thermoworks ThermoPop
      * - Thermoworks Dot
      * - iGrill2 - 4 probes
      * - Favorite Beer - the cold one in my hand (craft beers of all flavors; haven't had a blue yummy in over 6 years) my tastes change with the season so it is difficult to name just a couple. However, I will occasionally have a vanilla porter float in the summer (Empyrean Vanilla Porter w/a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream) as I usually drink stouts & porters in the colder months, pale ales & IPAs in the warmer months. I have to add Not Your Father's Root Beer to beers I use for floats.
      * - Booze - I don't really have a favorite, but lean towards single malt Scotch & Irish whiskey
      * - Wines - Reds: mainly the heavy stuff mixed in with the occasional pinot noir ( I have yet to meet a malbec I didn't like); Whites: German & Nebraska (hey, I have to support the home team)
      * - Favorite Spice outlets - Frisco Spices in LaVista, NE (the local butcher supply shop); Volcanic Peppers in Bellevue, NE
      * - Current butchers: Just Good Meats & Fareway Foods

    #5
    Originally posted by Huskee View Post
    Does anyone save wine- whether for a year or two or actually cellar it for long term?
    I tried about 3 years ago as we have a dark corner in the basement that maintains 62-65 all year long. When we found a bottle we really liked, we would go to the store for 2 more bottles and 1 would go into the reserve wine corner in the basement. About a year later my wife had to have a knee replaced so my sister-in-law volunteered to stay with us for the first 2 weeks of my wife being home. Once she left I went downstairs and noticed that our secret stash that had been close to a full case was down to one lonely bottle. A bottle that she actually had given us for Christmas the prior year. Since then I haven't had intestinal fortitude to start a new collection. Maybe I will make this my New Year's resolution for 2016.

    Comment


    • Craigar
      Craigar commented
      Editing a comment
      No kidding. But it is half my fault as I was the one that successfully introduced her to red wines that didn't taste like diesel fuel, as she used to say. Live & learn.

    • Atalanta
      Atalanta commented
      Editing a comment
      That's sad. I'm sorry for your loss.

    • phecksel
      phecksel commented
      Editing a comment
      couple hundred bottles in my basement
  • bbqoaf
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 755
    • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    • Broil King Signet Gasser
      Weber 22.5" One Touch Gold

      Love all things Q, especially new ideas/techniques/recipes, always down for getting weird.

    #6
    The season and food pairing dictates my choice in wine. For casual siping spring to fall I like a crisp rose like domaine montrose or a nice NZ sauv blanc. For weather like right now (cold, snowy and little sunlight) it's tough to beat a big Amarone, Burgundy or Malbec.

    It's always the season for good bubbles.

    Comment

    • fuzzydaddy
      Charter Member
      • Nov 2014
      • 4921
      • Near my cookers...Pensacola FL
      • Hardware
        Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado.
        Weber Kettles: 2-22" & 1-26".
        Slow 'N Sear, DnG Racks/Pans, SnS GrillGrates, Easy Spin Grates, Elevated Cooking Grates. (Several of each)
        Chimney starters.
        PartyQ.
        Joule.
        GrillGrates, GrateGriddles.
        Maverick XR-50 [my favorite].
        ThermoWorks Smoke & Gateway, Thermapen, Thermapop, ChefAlarms, DOT, probes

        Consumables / Favorites
        KBB (short cooks), Weber (long cooks)
        Ribs (beef & pork), Pork Butts, Chuck Roasts, Pork Tenderloins.
        Adrenaline BBQ salt free rubs: Not Just for Beef & Rocky’s Rub.
        MeatChurch Holy Cow. MMD, BBBR, S&G, Herbs de Provence, SPOG.

      #7
      I know practically nothing about wines. I would probably try anything, but my favorite is a sweet red wine. I'll watch this thread and hope to learn something.

      Comment

      • Craigar
        Founding Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 956
        • Papillion, NE
        • * - Weber 26.75" OTG
          * - Weber 22.5" Premium cloaked in Crimson
          * - Slow 'N Sear
          * - Smoke E-Z - 26.75" (The Grain Silo)
          * - Lodge Sportsman Grill
          * - Weber Rapid Fire Chimney Starter
          * - Thermoworks ThermoPop
          * - Thermoworks Dot
          * - iGrill2 - 4 probes
          * - Favorite Beer - the cold one in my hand (craft beers of all flavors; haven't had a blue yummy in over 6 years) my tastes change with the season so it is difficult to name just a couple. However, I will occasionally have a vanilla porter float in the summer (Empyrean Vanilla Porter w/a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream) as I usually drink stouts & porters in the colder months, pale ales & IPAs in the warmer months. I have to add Not Your Father's Root Beer to beers I use for floats.
          * - Booze - I don't really have a favorite, but lean towards single malt Scotch & Irish whiskey
          * - Wines - Reds: mainly the heavy stuff mixed in with the occasional pinot noir ( I have yet to meet a malbec I didn't like); Whites: German & Nebraska (hey, I have to support the home team)
          * - Favorite Spice outlets - Frisco Spices in LaVista, NE (the local butcher supply shop); Volcanic Peppers in Bellevue, NE
          * - Current butchers: Just Good Meats & Fareway Foods

        #8
        Originally posted by fuzzydaddy View Post
        I know practically nothing about wines. I would probably try anything, but my favorite is a sweet red wine. I'll watch this thread and hope to learn something.
        We like to keep a bottle of Port (some labels say Oporto) around the house this time of year. Just a little nip before bed warms the bones and aids in a quick snore.

        Comment

        • Ernest
          Founding Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 3001
          • Dallas, Texas
          • Pit Barrel Cooker AKA The Chicken Whisperer, WSM 14.5 AKA Smokey, WSM 22.5 AKA Big Worm, Weber Performer Platinum. KARUBECUE

          #9
          I drink wine when it's in front of me. I do love this sweet red from LLano.

          Comment

          • fzxdoc
            Founding Member
            • Jul 2014
            • 4135
            • My toys:
              Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC) aka Mr. Fancypants
              Pit Barrel Cooker (which rocks)
              Weber Summit S650 Gas Grill
              Weber Kettle Premium 22"
              Weber Jumbo Joe Premium 22" (a weird little 22" kettle mutant on 22"-long legs) (donated to local battered women's shelter.)
              Camp Chef Somerset IV 4-burner outdoor gas range


              Adrenaline BBQ Company's SnS, DnG and Large Charcoal Basket for WSCGC
              Adrenaline BBQ Company's Elevated SS Rack for WSCGC
              Adrenaline BBQ Company's SS Rack for DnG
              Grill Grate for SnS
              Grill Grates: five 17.375 sections with GrateGriddle for Summit S650 gasser (they sit on top of existing Weber SS grates)
              2 Grill Grate Griddles
              Grill Grates: six 19.25 panels for exact fit for Summit S650 gasser

              Fireboard Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
              Fireboard Competition Probes 1" (two) and two more Ambient Probes
              Pit Viper Fan (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
              Thermoworks Thermapen MK5 (pink)
              Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 (pink too)
              Thermoworks Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
              Thermoworks Extra Big and Loud Timer
              Thermoworks Timestick Trio
              Maverick ET 73 a little workhorse with limited range
              Maverick ET 733
              Maverick (Ivation) ET 732
              Grill Pinz
              Vortex (two of them)

              Two Joule Sous Vide devices
              VacMaster Pro 350 Vacuum Sealer
              Instant Pot 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
              Charcoal Companion TurboQue
              A-Maze-N tube 12 inch tube smoker accessory for use with pellets

              BBQ Dragon and Dragon Chimney

              Shun Classic 8" Chef's Knife
              Shun Classic 6" Chef's Knife
              Shun Classic Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
              Shun Classic 3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

            #10
            I cellar or store about 200 bottles of wine, but some of them rotate out pretty quickly, especially the whites. Lately I'm in to drinking a glass of Prosecco or a really mineraly (not sweet) Reisling while cooking supper. Like you, Craigar , whenever we find a wine we like I lay in a few bottles of it.

            This Christmas we're opening a few bottles of hopefully nicely aged Amarone. One never knows with those older wines until they're uncorked and decanted how drinkable they are.

            For backup, there are several good reds and whites--not expensive, bought more for flavor like Marietta Old Vine Red and Cline Ancient Vine Zin, both of which are family favorites. For a lighter red, I like Meiomi Pinot Noir.

            Kathryn
            Last edited by fzxdoc; December 18th, 2015, 10:46 AM.

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            • Craigar
              Craigar commented
              Editing a comment
              If my SIL is ever in your town, don't mention your wine stash. Just sayin'...

            • Baker Dan
              Baker Dan commented
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              I adore Amarone
          • Huskee
            Pit Boss/Manager
            • May 2014
            • 13657
            • central MI, USA
            • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue
              Smokers / Grills
              • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
              • PBC
              • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
              • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
              • Dyna-Glo XL Premium dual chamber charcoal grill
              • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
              • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
              • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
              • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
              • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)


              Thermometers
              • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
              • (7) Maverick ET-732s
              • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
              • (1) Smoke by ThermoWorks
              • (1) Signals by ThermoWorks
              • Thermapen MkII, orange
              • ThermoPop, yellow
              • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
              • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
              • ThermoWorks Infrared IRK2
              • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well


              Accessories
              • Instant Pot 6qt
              • Anova Bluetooth SV
              • Kitchen Aide mixer & meat grinder attachment
              • Kindling Cracker King (XL)
              • BBQ Dragon
              • Weber full & half chimneys, Char-Broil Half Time chimney
              • Weber grill topper
              • Slow 'N Sear Original, XL, and SnS Charcoal Basket (for Jumbo Joe)
              • Drip 'N Griddle Pan, 22' Easy Spin Grate, and Elevated Cooking grate, by ABCbarbecue
              • Pittsburgh Digital Moisture Meter


              Beverages
              • Favorite summer beer: Leinenkugels Summer & Grapefruit Shandy, Hamm's, Michelob Ultra Pure Gold
              • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
              • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
              • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
              • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
              • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
              • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.


              About me
              Real name: Aaron
              Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

              Occupation:
              • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

            #11
            fzxdoc 200 bottles? Wow. You are my hero.

            Comment

            • Yno
              Yno
              Former Member
              • May 2015
              • 407
              • Do you know the way to San Jose?

              #12
              Many years I bought a Vinotheque 500 wine cellar. It actually only holds about 440 bottles, durn it. I have had some great parties from its contents, a few of which I even remember! While I still have some good bottles from the 80's, I go through periods where I like older reds and those all disappear. Then I have to build up again. Right now it is at a low point, but there are some exceptional California reds that will be coming out of the wineries in the next couple of years, so it might just reach capacity again. That being said, while I only call myself a snob with my tongue firmly in cheek, I generally don't drink much but California reds, and mostly those mostly only from wineries I have visited and like. I know little about wines from countries other than the Republic of Sunny California. Although I certainly do enjoy a Premier Grand Cru Classe when offered!

              Comment

              • fzxdoc
                Founding Member
                • Jul 2014
                • 4135
                • My toys:
                  Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC) aka Mr. Fancypants
                  Pit Barrel Cooker (which rocks)
                  Weber Summit S650 Gas Grill
                  Weber Kettle Premium 22"
                  Weber Jumbo Joe Premium 22" (a weird little 22" kettle mutant on 22"-long legs) (donated to local battered women's shelter.)
                  Camp Chef Somerset IV 4-burner outdoor gas range


                  Adrenaline BBQ Company's SnS, DnG and Large Charcoal Basket for WSCGC
                  Adrenaline BBQ Company's Elevated SS Rack for WSCGC
                  Adrenaline BBQ Company's SS Rack for DnG
                  Grill Grate for SnS
                  Grill Grates: five 17.375 sections with GrateGriddle for Summit S650 gasser (they sit on top of existing Weber SS grates)
                  2 Grill Grate Griddles
                  Grill Grates: six 19.25 panels for exact fit for Summit S650 gasser

                  Fireboard Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
                  Fireboard Competition Probes 1" (two) and two more Ambient Probes
                  Pit Viper Fan (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
                  Thermoworks Thermapen MK5 (pink)
                  Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 (pink too)
                  Thermoworks Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
                  Thermoworks Extra Big and Loud Timer
                  Thermoworks Timestick Trio
                  Maverick ET 73 a little workhorse with limited range
                  Maverick ET 733
                  Maverick (Ivation) ET 732
                  Grill Pinz
                  Vortex (two of them)

                  Two Joule Sous Vide devices
                  VacMaster Pro 350 Vacuum Sealer
                  Instant Pot 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
                  Charcoal Companion TurboQue
                  A-Maze-N tube 12 inch tube smoker accessory for use with pellets

                  BBQ Dragon and Dragon Chimney

                  Shun Classic 8" Chef's Knife
                  Shun Classic 6" Chef's Knife
                  Shun Classic Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
                  Shun Classic 3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

                #13
                All it takes, Huskee , is a place to put them. I have a wine rack wall from Wine Enthusiast built into in a dark cool area of the house--nothing as fancy as you have, Yno , but it suits our needs.

                I have about a dozen bottles from the '80s and '90s, mostly cabs and amarones. Every now and again we'll open one. Sometimes they're vinegar; other times, they're the nectar of the gods. My husband always makes me take the first taste and then judging on the type of face I make or , he'll decide whether or not to join me.

                Kathryn

                Comment

                • Huskee
                  Pit Boss/Manager
                  • May 2014
                  • 13657
                  • central MI, USA
                  • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue
                    Smokers / Grills
                    • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
                    • PBC
                    • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
                    • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
                    • Dyna-Glo XL Premium dual chamber charcoal grill
                    • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
                    • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
                    • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
                    • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
                    • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)


                    Thermometers
                    • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
                    • (7) Maverick ET-732s
                    • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
                    • (1) Smoke by ThermoWorks
                    • (1) Signals by ThermoWorks
                    • Thermapen MkII, orange
                    • ThermoPop, yellow
                    • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
                    • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
                    • ThermoWorks Infrared IRK2
                    • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well


                    Accessories
                    • Instant Pot 6qt
                    • Anova Bluetooth SV
                    • Kitchen Aide mixer & meat grinder attachment
                    • Kindling Cracker King (XL)
                    • BBQ Dragon
                    • Weber full & half chimneys, Char-Broil Half Time chimney
                    • Weber grill topper
                    • Slow 'N Sear Original, XL, and SnS Charcoal Basket (for Jumbo Joe)
                    • Drip 'N Griddle Pan, 22' Easy Spin Grate, and Elevated Cooking grate, by ABCbarbecue
                    • Pittsburgh Digital Moisture Meter


                    Beverages
                    • Favorite summer beer: Leinenkugels Summer & Grapefruit Shandy, Hamm's, Michelob Ultra Pure Gold
                    • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
                    • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
                    • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
                    • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
                    • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
                    • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.


                    About me
                    Real name: Aaron
                    Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

                    Occupation:
                    • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

                  #14
                  Yno fzxdoc I am new to wine storage, just realized I should buy a few and save instead of always buying and drinking new wine dated 2013, 2014 like what's on supermarket shelves. My question is, is it worth buying the $13-20 bottles and trying to save them? You know- Decoy, Cline, Coppola, etc, stuff that's really good but likely not 'great' to wine connoisseurs. Or are those simply not of the caliber that will benefit from storage? By storage I don't mean cellaring for 10-15yrs, I mean saving 3-5 years, maybe 7 or 8 if I can make it that long. I have a few Napa cabs that i think will be good for that, but I'm curious about the less luxury but still really good wines.

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                  • richinlbrg
                    richinlbrg commented
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                    Huskee , we selectively store/age SOME.
                    We have a great little vintner in town and they really know their stuff. I take seriously their warning to turn the stock over or you'll have a high loss ratio. BUT, they sometimes get some wines in before they are really ready. When that happens, they'll send us an email and let us know when the wine will be at its peak.
                    If you can find a good little wine shop, they are worth their weight in gold.

                  • Tim
                    Tim commented
                    Editing a comment
                    Best thing in the world you can do to get wine figured out is to find a trustworthy and knowledgeable wine merchant in your town. They should be tasting what they buy and should have a sense of how long a wine would improve.
                    I find that non-luxury priced wines can definitely age, if you find the right ones. Value-driven, fruit forward CA cabs can do OK for a few years but they are produced for early drinking so you don't need to.
                • Nate
                  Charter Member
                  • Apr 2015
                  • 3608
                  • Pawnee, Indiana
                  • INFO
                    ~Known as: Nate
                    ~Location: Cornfield in Southwestern Indiana
                    ~Credit Manager for an Agriculture Coop.


                    SMOKERS & GRILLS
                    ~Grilla Original Grilla
                    ~Char-Broil Commercial Tru-Infrared Gas Grill
                    ~Pit Barrel Cooker
                    ~Brinkmann Trailmaster Vertical Offset Smoker
                    ~Weber Kettle 22.5" Original
                    ~Weber Q1000


                    THERMOMETERS
                    ~Thermoworks Thermapen MX4
                    ~Thermoworks Thermapen
                    ~Thermoworks ThermoPop
                    ~Thermoworks ChefAlarm TX-1100-XX (Orange and black)
                    ~Thermoworks DOT TX-1200-XX (Black)
                    ~Thermoworks IR-Gun-S Industrial Infrared Thermometer
                    ~Maverick ET-733
                    ~Maverick XR-50


                    ACCESSORIES
                    ~Stanley T-Stak mobile tool box for BBQ Supplies
                    ~Slow 'n' Sear
                    ~Drip 'n' Griddle
                    ~Weber Rapid Fire Chimney Starter
                    ~Pro-Series Probes for Thermoworks
                    ~Humphrey's Rib Spatula


                    DRINKS
                    ~Sweet Tea
                    ~Bourbon
                    ~Craft Beers or whatever is in your fridge

                  #15
                  Huskee , I was recently at French Lick Winery in French Lick, IN (home of Larry Bird) and doing a sampling. I tried one wine that I just seemed to like and asked what they recommended to pair it with... Their immediate recommendation was BBQ! The wine was FOCH. I haven't been able to pair it myself yet but I'm looking forward to trying it with my next batch of Q.

                  Other than that I am always up for a good Port with some Chocolate for dessert.

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                  Digital Thermometers Are Your Most Valuable Tool And Here's A Great Buy!

                  maverick PT55 thermometer

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                  The Slow 'N' Sear turns your grill into a first class smoker and also creates an extremely hot sear zone you can use to create steakhouse steaks.

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                  Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet's Dual Tube Burners

                  the good one grill

                  The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King's proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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                  The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

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                  The Good-One Open Range is a charcoal grill with an offset smoke chamber attached. It is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. The grill sits low in front and doubles as a firebox for the smoke chamber which is spliced on above and behind so it can work like a horizontal offset smoker only better. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

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                  Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

                  Griddle And Deep Fryer All In One

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                  The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

                  The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier. Best of all, it is only $299 delivered to your door!

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                  The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

                  NK-22-Ck Grill

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                  G&F Suede Welder's Gloves

                  Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

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                  grill grates

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                  Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

                  fireboard bbq thermometer

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