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  • David C
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 104
    • Bay Area, California
    • Cookers:
      Memphis Advantage w. Searing insert option
      Bradley 6-rack digital
      Thermal bath for sous vide, pressure cooker, etc.

      Time & Temp:
      iGrill2 & iGrill wireless thermometers used with iPhone 5
      Drawer full of various Maverick models

      BBQ Interests:
      Love smoking ribs, pulled pork, salmon, sablefish, rib roasts, sausages, lox, beef ribs, and brisket when I can -- strictly for friends, fun, etc.

      Websites:
      http://www.cardinalphoto.com
      http://www.sousvide.org

    #46
    The biggest change I've seen in wine over the last 10-20 years is how many places in the world are now producing excellent wine. You can't always find them "in your local store," but there are now world class wines from South Africa, several places in South America, New Zealand, Australia, and of course USA and Europe. Within the USA, more and more states are producing quality wines. That's great news for those of us who travel overseas a lot. There is always something to drink:-) And of course, great news for wine lovers everywhere, as it has kept prices down and quality up. The only issue is sorting through the many options!

    As a personal, non-scientific, observation, wine stores in NY/NJ feature a much greater percentage of European wines than wine stores on the West Coast that, logically, feature many more wines from California, and increasingly from other West Coast states, Australia, and New Zealand. Both tend to have a smattering of Chilean and Argentinian wines as well. Of course, I can see vineyards from my house, so there is no shortage of wine available here:-)

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    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
      Editing a comment
      Interesting observation. I don't have any wine shops w/in a reasonable distance form me, so I do my wine shopping at the local supermarkets which includes one big-box supermarket, and online.

      Of the two average-sized supermarkets near me, one is fantastic and has a large selection from the world over. The other store has far less, all US, all cheap. They put Woodbridge up on the top shelf (decent midweek cheap Cab but not great), along with Apothic Red & Williams Hill (which are just terrible if you ask me).

      Maybe I should be the guy to open the wine shop.......
  • Huskee
    Pit Boss/Manager
    • May 2014
    • 13797
    • central MI, USA
    • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue
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      Accessories
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      • 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.

    #47
    On the subject of aging/cellaring I thought this graphic was informative. Of course, this is a broad blanket statement and surely doesn't cover all wines. It's probably safe to assume we're not talking the $10 supermarket ones here.

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    • Henrik
      Henrik commented
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      Cool, thanks for posting! Do you possibly have a higher res version of that graphic? The text is a bit blurry with 640x800px (still readable of course), but I thought I'd ask.

    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      Henrik no I just copied it from their site, sorry. Maybe their site winefolly.com would show it better?

    • Henrik
      Henrik commented
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      Doh! I'll just go to the source, don't know why I didn't think of that. Thanks, Huskee.
  • MBMorgan
    Club Member
    • Sep 2015
    • 5607
    • Colorado
    • > Weber Genesis EP-330
      > Grilla Grills Original Grilla (OG) pellet smoker
      > Pit Barrel Cooker (gone to a new home)
      > WeberQ 2000 (on "loan" to a relative)
      > Old Smokey Electric (for chickens mostly - when it's too nasty out
      to fiddle with a more capable cooker)
      > Luhr Jensen Little Chief Electric - Top Loader circa 1990 (smoked fish & jerky)
      > Thermoworks Smoke
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      > Anova sous vide circulator
      > Searzall torch
      > BBQ Guru Rib Ring

      > Favorite Beer: Guinness Extra Stout, Fat Tire, Anchor Steam, or Alaskan Amber
      > Favorite Wine: Klinker Brick Old Ghost Zinfandel or Matetic Corralillo Winemaker's Blend
      > Favorite Whiskey: Balvenie Double Wood Scotch or Jameson Irish

    #48
    Huskee & others who like bolder wines with a bit of tannin on the side, I highly recommend Matetic Corralillo Winemaker's Blend from Chile. It's not too expensive and, if you can find it, is a pretty awesome choice ... either alone or paired appropriately with food.

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    • Huskee
      Pit Boss/Manager
      • May 2014
      • 13797
      • central MI, USA
      • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue
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        • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
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        • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)


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        Accessories
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        • 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.

      #49
      This is my current favorite cheaper cabernet. I buy it online for $11/bottle, and have seen it in the grocery store for about $13 (but alas, not a store near me). It's so hard to find a really good cabernet for that price range. This one has great tannins and good flavor. Not the slightest bit fruity or jammy, which I despise in cabs and zins. Their website is cool, it shows chickens and sheep roaming the vineyards, they're all organic. They sell through their website but shipping is crazy high, unless you buy 12 then it's free.

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      • fzxdoc
        Founding Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 4180
        • My toys:
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          Pit Barrel Cooker (which rocks)
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          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
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          Pit Viper Fan (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
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          Shun Classic 8" Chef's Knife
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          Shun Classic Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
          Shun Classic 3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

        #50
        Thanks for the tip, Huskee . I've added that wine to my shopping list. I hope the local grocery carries it.

        For sipping on the deck or while cooking, I like a full-bodied fruity wine with a bit of a tannin kick to keep it in balance, but for steak, a husky, no-messing-around, great tasting/good tannin wine tastes best.

        Kathryn

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        • Huskee
          Pit Boss/Manager
          • May 2014
          • 13797
          • 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.

          #51
          Originally posted by fzxdoc View Post
          Thanks for the tip, Huskee . I've added that wine to my shopping list. I hope the local grocery carries it.

          For sipping on the deck or while cooking, I like a full-bodied fruity wine with a bit of a tannin kick to keep it in balance, but for steak, a husky, no-messing-around, great tasting/good tannin wine tastes best.

          Kathryn
          Cool, I hope you can find it and if you do I wait your honest opinion.

          I'm sure you've heard of Beringer? They are quite ubiquitous in most grocery stores. They used to be my personal favorite cheap cab ($8-10), but the current vintage isn't that great IMO. However, Beringer's "Smooth Red Blend" is crazy good. I think it will fit the bill for exactly what you describe. And the shocker is that it's actually better (again, IMO) than their cab. I think this is because the blend contains a mix of merlot (smooth), syrah (tannins, similar to cab) and petite sirah (more tannins, and pepper). It is definitely worth a try!

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          • fzxdoc
            fzxdoc commented
            Editing a comment
            Thanks, @ Huskee ! Adding the Beringer red blend to my shopping list as well.
        • Huskee
          Pit Boss/Manager
          • May 2014
          • 13797
          • 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.

          #52
          I had the privilege to enjoy a couple nice bottles of wine last night with my brother in law, an avid wine connoisseur like myself and Pit Boss and many others of us here. He brought over a bottle of his favorite Napa vineyard, Castello di Amarosa, old vine Zinfandel. It was ok sipping it, got a little better after decanting, but wasn't amazing, were both agreed but knew we had to have it with food to really judge it. Then my ribs got done and it was amazing the difference in the wine while having it with barbecue. It really came alive on your tongue, the spice and pepper showed up like fireworks.

          After that was a bottle I'd been saving, Hailstone's "Impact" cabernet. Wow! It lived up to its name for sure. My wife made brownies and served them warm with ice cream, but all I wanted for dessert was another rib and more wine, it was such a great combo.

          Two wines that were absolutely incredible with wood smoked ribs!

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        • LA Pork Butt
          Charter Member
          • Dec 2014
          • 4449
          • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

          #53
          My simple wine philosophy is if you like it drink it. Who cares what anyone else thinks? Isn't that how BBQ should be. If you like it eat it.

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          • SlushDeezey
            Former Member
            • Apr 2016
            • 191
            • Texas

            #54
            I tried red wine once and I thought I was going to die. Bad stomach cramps and pain like getting jibbed in the stomach with a shank.

            Comment


            • Huskee
              Huskee commented
              Editing a comment
              I wonder if you're allergic or if it was a bad bottle? Usually I hear about folks getting flushed, sweaty & dizzy but I haven't heard about severe stomach cramps.. yikes!
          • SlushDeezey
            Former Member
            • Apr 2016
            • 191
            • Texas

            #55
            I've heard of people being allergic to the tannins in red wine and figured that was something to do with it. In any case, I haven't tried it since.

            Comment

            • fzxdoc
              Founding Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 4180
              • 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

              #56
              Good call, SlushDeezey . There are plenty of other good things to drink in this world besides red wine. No point in eating/drinking anything that makes you feel sick.

              Kathryn

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              • ecowper
                Founding Member
                • Jul 2014
                • 2614
                • Maple Valley, WA
                • Grill = Hasty-Bake Gourmet Dual Finish
                  Smoke = Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5"

                  Thermometer = FireBoard FBX11 with 2 ambient and 6 meat probes
                  Thermometer = Maverick ET732
                  Thermometer = ThermoWorks Chef Alarm
                  Thermapen Mk IV = Light blue
                  Thermapen Classic = Grey
                  PID Controller = Fireboard Drive + Auber 20 CFM Fan

                  Favorite cook = Tri-Tip for the grill, whole packer brisket for the smoker
                  Favorite wine = a good Bordeaux with steak, a good Syrah with pork, or a nice bottle of Champagne or California sparkling wine
                  Favorite beer = Sam Adams Boston Lager or Shiner Bock
                  Favorite whisky = Lagavulin 16 year old single malt

                  Best Cookbooks - Meathead's "The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", Chris Lilly's "Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book", Aaron Franklin's "Franklin BBQ"


                  Eric Cowperthwaite aka ecowper

                #57
                If you happen to have a Costco nearby and are a member, they have a fantastic, well curated, wine selection. With price ranges for everyone. I've found that if you are shopping in their $15/bottle (roughly) price range, it's all quite drinkable and I really don't hesitate too much over picking up a couple bottles whenever I'm at Costco, since I always need wine at the BBQ shindigs.

                Of everything they carry, for easy drinking red, I really like the Coppola Claret. Nothing better on a Saturday afternoon while I'm tending to the BBQ and chatting with my neighbors or family who are over.

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                • MBMorgan
                  Club Member
                  • Sep 2015
                  • 5607
                  • Colorado
                  • > Weber Genesis EP-330
                    > Grilla Grills Original Grilla (OG) pellet smoker
                    > Pit Barrel Cooker (gone to a new home)
                    > WeberQ 2000 (on "loan" to a relative)
                    > Old Smokey Electric (for chickens mostly - when it's too nasty out
                    to fiddle with a more capable cooker)
                    > Luhr Jensen Little Chief Electric - Top Loader circa 1990 (smoked fish & jerky)
                    > Thermoworks Smoke
                    > 3 Thermoworks Chef Alarms
                    > Thermoworks Thermapen
                    > Thermoworks IR-GUN-S
                    > Anova sous vide circulator
                    > Searzall torch
                    > BBQ Guru Rib Ring

                    > Favorite Beer: Guinness Extra Stout, Fat Tire, Anchor Steam, or Alaskan Amber
                    > Favorite Wine: Klinker Brick Old Ghost Zinfandel or Matetic Corralillo Winemaker's Blend
                    > Favorite Whiskey: Balvenie Double Wood Scotch or Jameson Irish

                  #58
                  Originally posted by ecowper View Post
                  If you happen to have a Costco nearby and are a member, they have a fantastic, well curated, wine selection.
                  By coincidence, a friend just recommended a good zinfandel that Costco carries: OZV Old Vine Zinfandel. I'm headed there shortly to pick up a bottle or two and will report back. FWIW you don't have to be a Costco member to shop their liquor store ... at least here in Colorado.

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                  • ecowper
                    ecowper commented
                    Editing a comment
                    Love to hear how that Zin is ... I think that must be a Colorado thing .... Liquor laws are so different from state to state.

                  • MBMorgan
                    MBMorgan commented
                    Editing a comment
                    ecowper - yeah liquor laws are anything but standardized. Here in CO, apparently if you are issued a license you can only sell to the public ... no private club stores allowed. At Costco, their liquor store is just outside the main store.
                • David Parrish
                  Founding Member - Pit Boss Emeritus
                  • May 2014
                  • 5034
                  • Charlotte, NC
                    • Slow 'N Sear Kamado (SnSK)
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                  #59
                  Originally posted by Mbmorgan View Post
                  By coincidence, a friend just recommended a good zinfandel that Costco carries: OZV Old Vine Zinfandel. I'm headed there shortly to pick up a bottle or two and will report back. FWIW you don't have to be a Costco member to shop their liquor store ... at least here in Colorado.

                  If your Costco has it grab several bottles of Precessi. It's less than $20 each, bottled in 2007, and if you like Zin you will love it.

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                    Just got back and saw your recommendation. It's on my to-do list now. As luck would have it, the OZV Zin that I bought is also from the Oak Ridge Winery.
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                  #60
                  I'm partial to a few things. But I find my palette changes or regions have better seasons, or both.
                  So, zinfandel grown in the Dry Creek AVA or the neighboring Rockpile AVA (especially) always does it for me. I like a zin that trends towards jammy rather than spicy, but if you can't grow good zin on Dry Creek road, you're likely in the wrong business. Mauritson is a nice winery that I've visited, good pricing and they have vineyards in both. Nalle is my favorite though. Doug makes a nice pinot as well, and fantastic chard.

                  Pinot noir is my other thing that I might know something about. Wife and I go to Pinot Days in Chicago every year for the past three, so have learned a bit about it. Three years ago, I was really loving the Russian River Valley AVA and Sonoma Coast AVA. Bright red fruit, really pleasant drinking. Was not enjoying Carneros AVA pinots at all, blue fruits weren't doing it for me. And the Oregon pinots were hit and miss. Last year, I was not liking the RRV/SC that I thought I loved, but was grooving the Carneros, loving the blue fruits... not liking a lot of the Oregon that year either, though I liked a couple from Aberrant Cellars, including a white Pinot. This year, I went four days after having my wisdom teeth yanked, so my palatte was a mess, but I was grooving on these more mild fruited pinots and not liking the big flavors.

                  So, Belle Glos makes a solid product, regardless of the year, but some years, I like Dairyman better and others I like Telegraph better. Always like Meiomi for a value priced pinot.

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                    Domaine Carneros (obviously in the Carneros AVA) is very consistent on their Pinot Noir. A bit lush for my taste, but you may enjoy it if you like RRV

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