Welcome!


This is a membership forum. As a guest, you can click around a bit. View 3 pages for free. If you would like to participate, please join.

[ Lost Username or Password | Pitmaster Club Information, | Join 30 Days Free | Contact Us ]

There are 2 page views remaining.

Announcement

Collapse

Meat-Up in Memphis 2021

Join us in Memphis for our Meat-Up! Space is limited to 400, secure your spot by booking early!
Click here for details. (https://amazingribs.com/memphis)
See more
See less

Wine talk 🍷

Collapse
This is a sticky topic.
X
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • smokin fool
    replied
    This California Red will be my next victim.
    Attached Files

    Leave a comment:


  • obiQsmoker
    replied
    Engaging your Sommelier

    Can anyone else relate to my experience? ...
    I take my dear wife to a nice restaurant for a special occasion. I’m presented their wine list, 14-pages that feel like a wine tour around the world - and exactly ONE wine I even recognize. Their sommelier walks up; “Do you have any questions I can answer about the wine list?” My brain screams “yea, like where do I even BEGIN!!?” So I politely say “um, no thanks, give me a moment to decide on something”. I search for some glimmer of grape, region, and price range that might not be too embarrassing, toss the mental dart at the dartboard, and cross my fingers, thinking “if nothing else, we’ll try something new and I’ll learn a little something.

    I’ll admit, Somm’s really used to intimidate me. I didn’t really understand their role, assumed they would upsell, and frankly felt seriously lacking in enough wine knowledge to even begin a conversation with them.

    As I found a little more time to explore wine, I also wanted to understand what the hey a sommelier really is. I was tired of my embarrassing encounters with them. Why do they exist? Really?

    A friend recommended the book “Cork Dork” by Bianca Bosker, I watched the movie “Somm”, and Ding, Ding, Ding, there it was. THEY are wine experts, there to help us mere wine mortals navigate the crazy universe that is wine on planet earth.
    At my next nice dinner out, I ASKED for the somm, mentioned our basic flavor preferences in wine, dinner choices we were considering, and a clear price range. Cora jumped on an Oregon Pinot Noir she thought would fit perfectly, explained a bit about the wine maker, the region, and why she thought it would be a nice choice with dinner. Jumping to the ending, Wow, just Wow! The wine was delicious, one I knew nothing about and would have skipped easily, and paired perfectly with our dinners.
    I left elated, no longer dreading a Somm encounter, but rather looking forward to them.

    My epiphany:
    - Engage a Somm whenever one is available and you’re not familiar with the wine list. They know the wine AND the food!
    - Describe, in whatever terms you’re comfortable, the flavors you enjoy in wine - especially in this moment.
    - Be honest and open about your price range. They want you to ENJOY your evening and wine - hard to do if you’re stressing over the price.
    - Ask questions and learn if so inclined. Every Somm I’ve met loves to share their knowledge and are pretty pumped to get the opportunity.


    Anyone else out there have Somm encounters or tips to share?
    Any Somms in our community?

    Leave a comment:


  • obiQsmoker
    replied
    Whoa - thanks to ya’ll posting to this thread - just got my attention through the “Recent Posts” link.

    While I don’t consider myself a wine snob, I’m seriously a wine lover.

    After retiring, I took a couple of wine classes at a local college with a full wine program, learned tons, and got fired-up to the point I’m working part-time at the tasting room for one of Washington’s best/oldest wineries - DeLille Cellars. Having a blast, I learn something every single day, often from customers and of course our wine making team. Naturally, I’ve started a bit of a collection, mainly for two reasons: I’ve learned many wines benefit (get better - subjective) with some degree of cellaring, and it’s a way to stock-up on faves.

    Not intending to hijack the thread/topic, I do have a couple of topics I’d love to chat about - forthcoming.
    Last edited by obiQsmoker; July 15th, 2019, 11:58 PM.

    Leave a comment:


  • Greygoose
    commented on 's reply
    I pick up a bottle of 90+ Pinot noir from the Russian River Valley local now and again and I have to say some of the releases have been outstanding.
    You have to keep an eye on what lot you are drinking.

  • Richard Chrz
    commented on 's reply
    I am more of a white or Rosa for the middle summer months as well.

  • mountainsmoker
    replied
    Wow didn't even know this subject even existed. My wife and I like our wines. Started collecting back in the 1970's and have a couple of Chateau Laffite Rothschild 1975 that are worth mucho. Our collection is about 200 bottles and our drinking wine is a heavy Merlot. Some fruit, tannic about 5 years old. An all around wine that goes well with beef, pork and lamb. Our white is a sauvignon blanc although a good Chablis can also work if we are out. I will take a Trokenberenauslese or Eisvien for dessert. During the 70's and 80's we belonged to a number of wine clubs as we moved around the country while I was in the Navy and finally settled down for grad school and work.

    My main suggestion is find a wine you like and enjoy it with what ever your eating. There are to many out there to try and taste at one time. If you want to learn more join a wine club. You will learn new words like terroir, brix, and others. They also usually do a flight tasting of a type of wine.
    Last edited by mountainsmoker; July 15th, 2019, 03:42 PM.

    Leave a comment:


  • klflowers
    replied
    I know nothing about wine, so what did I do? Join the 3 quarterly bottle wine club at the GA winery in Ringgold, Ga. I need to pick up our next 3 bottles.

    Our first selection was a Merlot, a Chardonnay and a mixer for some Sangria. They were all pretty good.

    Leave a comment:


  • Huskee
    replied
    While I like big bold tannic reds, wife & I really like a good minerally sauvignon blanc on hot days.

    Leave a comment:


  • Tim
    commented on 's reply
    I love this post. You are spot on about a merchant. And my cellar approach is similar to yours, although I have a lot of whites, too.

  • Attjack
    replied
    I can't get enough Pinot Noir lately and have been keeping a few bottles, or even a box of rosé, chilled in the fridge for these sunny days.

    Leave a comment:


  • Tim
    commented on 's reply
    Boom!

  • Tim
    commented on 's reply
    Great call on the Nalle! Also, any and all zins from Ridge. Really any wines from Ridge.

  • Tim
    commented on 's reply
    If the wings are spicy a kabinett level German Riesling is perfect. Not too sweet but just enough to balance against the spice. I would avoid tannic reds.

  • Richard Chrz
    replied
    My Parents brought over a 2005 Franciscan Cabernet that was amazing last night. I felt a little guilty drinking it after having 4 IPA's prior to it. I don't think I got even close to the full enjoyment out of it. But, if my dad wanted to open it, who am I to say. (It was just to hot out for a cab last night)
    Last edited by Richard Chrz; July 15th, 2019, 04:24 PM.

    Leave a comment:


  • Huskee
    commented on 's reply
    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.

Announcement

Collapse

Meat-Up in Memphis 2021

Join us in Memphis for our Meat-Up! Space is limited to 400, secure your spot by booking early!
Click here for details. (https://amazingribs.com/memphis)
See more
See less
Working...
X
Meat-Up in Memphis

T-Shirts & More T-Shirts & More
Order men's and women's T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, Aprons, Mugs, Caps, Tote Bags, Flasks, and more, all imprinted with the Pitmaster Club logo. There's even a spiral bound journal where you can make notes on your cooks.

Cool Embroidered Shirt Cool Embroidered Shirt
This beautifully embroidered shirt is the same one Meathead wears in public and on TV. It's wash and wear and doesn't need ironing (really!), but it is a soft cottonlike feel. Choice of four colors and both men's and women's.

Click here for more info.

Support ARC

Many merchants pay us a small referral fee when you click our links and purchase from them. On Amazon it works on everything from grills to diapers, they never tell us what you bought, and it has zero impact on the price you pay, but has a major impact on our ability to improve this site! And remember, we only recommend products we love. If you like AmazingRibs.com, please save this link and use it every time you go to Amazon.

https://tinyurl.com/amazingribs

BBQ Stars

Spotlight

These are not ads or paid placements. These Are Some Of Our Favorite Tools And Toys.

These are products we have tested, won our top awards, and are highly recommend. Click here to read how we test, about our medals, and what they mean.

Use our links when you buy things

Many merchants pay us a small referral fee when you click our links and purchase from them. On Amazon it works on everything from grills to diapers, they never tell us what you bought, it has zero impact on the price you pay, but has a major impact on our ability to improve this site! If you like AmazingRibs.com, please save this link and use it every time you go to Amazon

https://tinyurl.com/amazingribs

 


If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the Slow 'N' Sear

slow n sear

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.

Click here for our article on this breakthrough tool


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

the good one grill

The Good-One Open Range is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. 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.

Click here to read our complete review


Griddle And Deep Fryer In One

Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, and home fries. Or pancakes, fajitas, grilled cheese, you name it. Why stink up the house deep frying and spatter all over? Do your fried chicken and calamari outside. Blackstone's Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer does it all!

Click here to read our detailed review and to order


The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

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 because temperature control is so much easier.

Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them


The Undisputed Champion!

thermapen

The Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 is considered by the pros, and our team, to be the single best instant read thermometer. The MK4 includes features that are common on high-end instruments: automatic backlight and rotating display. Don't accept cheap substitutes.

Click here to read our comprehensive Platinum Medal review


Grilla Pellet Smoker proves good things come in small packages

Grilla pellet smoker

We always liked Grilla. The small 31.5" x 29.5" footprint makes it ideal for use where BBQ space is limited, as on a condo patio.

Click here for our review on this unique smoker


Delta by Nuke,
Stylish and Affordable
Gaucho Grill

Weber Genesis Grill

Delta by Nuke burns wood or charcoal and comes with an adjustable height grill grate. This Argentinian grill will get your flame on!

Click here to read our complete review


Genesis II E-335 
A Versatile Gasser That Does It All!

Weber Genesis Grill

Weber’s Genesis line has long been one of the most popular choices for gas grillers. The new Genesis II E-335 offers solid performance, a sear burner for sizzling heat and an excellent warranty.

Click here to read our complete review


GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

grill grates

GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, kill hotspots, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily rmoved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke.

Click here for more about what makes these grates so special


Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

PK 360 grill

The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is beautifully designed, completely portable, and much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado.

Click here to read our detailed review of the PK 360

Click here to order directly and get an exclusive AmazingRibs.com deal


Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

kareubequ bbq smoker

The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.

Click here for our review of this superb smoker


Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

masterbuilt gas smoker

This is the first propane smoker with a thermostat, making this baby foolproof. Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

Click here to read our detailed review


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

maverick PT55 thermometer

A good digital thermometer keeps you from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and much more accurate than dial thermometers. YOU NEED ONE!

Click here to read our complete review


Track Up To Six Temperatures At Once

Grilla pellet smoker

FireBoard Drive 2 is an updated version of a well-received product that sets the standard for performance and functionality in the wireless food thermometer/thermostatic controller class.

Click here for our review of this unique device


The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

NK-22-Ck Grill

Napoleon's NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

Click here for more about what makes this grill special


Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order