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Surely you know somebody who loves outdoor cooking who deserves a gift for the holidays, birthday, anniversary, or just for being wonderful. There he is, right in the mirror! Here are our selections of best ideas, all Platinum or Gold Medalists, listed by price.

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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 for more info on the Maverick PT-55 Waterproof Instant-Read Thermometer Review shown above. It may be the best value in a thermometer out there


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

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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.

Click here for our article on this breakthrough tool


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

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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.

Click here to read our complete review


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

the good one grill

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

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. Plus it has a built in cutting board, garbage bag holder, and paper towel holder. An additional work table on the left side provides plenty of counter space.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order


Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

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 9 delivered to your door!

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


The Swiss Army Knife Of Thermometers

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The smart folks at ThermoWorks have finally done it: The Swiss Army Knife of thermometers, two in one. Start with the industry standard food thermometer, the Thermapen MK4, (Platinum Medal winner) truly instant (2 to 3 seconds) precise (+ or – 0.7°F). Then they built in an infrared thermometer ideal for measuring the temps of pizza stones, griddles, and frying pans (also great for finding leaks around doors and windows in your house).

Click here to read our test results and comprehensive review and why it won our Platinum Medal.


Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater

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Char-Broil's Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you're off to the party! Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order


The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

NK-22-Ck Grill

Their 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


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G&F Suede Welder's Gloves

Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

If you're using oven mitts at the grill, it's time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder's gloves. They're heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

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GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

grill grates

GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.

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kareubequ bbq smoker

Our Favorite Backyard 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

The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes 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


Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

masterbuilt gas smoker

Our founder, Meathead, wanted the same steak knives used by steakhouses such as Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, Morton's, Kobe Club, Palm, and many others. So he located the manufacturer and had them stamp our name on some. They boast pointed, temper-ground, serrated, high-carbon stainless-steel, half-tang blades with excellent cutting edge ability. The beefy hardwood handle provides a comfortable grip secured by three hefty rivets. He has machine washed his more than 100 times. They have never rusted and they stay shiny without polishing. Please note that we do not make, sell, or distribute these knives, they just engrave them with our name.

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PK 360 grill

Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

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 much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.

Click here to read our detailed review of the PK 360

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Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

fireboard bbq thermometer

With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

Click here to read our detailed review


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.

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  • Huskee
    Pit Boss/Manager
    • May 2014
    • 13994
    • 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.

    Top | #91
    This past week I was able to try a Stag's Leap cab (Napa), an Italian cab/sangiovese blend called Poggio al Tufo, and a Peidmont/Alba nebbiolo. There was another in there too that I can't remember. All 4 of these were accompanied by beef tenderloin with truffles and a wine reduction.

    Wow. The flavors on this planet are astounding.

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    • EdF
      EdF commented
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      Not such a bad place!
  • Yno
    Yno
    Former Member
    • May 2015
    • 440
    • Do you know the way to San Jose?

    Top | #92
    Stag's Leap is a designated viticultural area in the Napa Valley. There are two wineries there, Stag's Leap Winery and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. I know more about the Stag's Leap Wine Cellars offerings, having been there quite a few times. Their Cask 23 is outstanding, at an outstanding price of $260 currently. I also like the SLV, but at $135 I don't get to try it very often. Their Artemis is actually very good, and at only (!) $60, I have had that a bit more often.

    Stag's Leap Winery also makes some fantastic wines, at up to $200 per bottle. I have not been to that tasting room, even though it is practically next to SLWC. I will have to plan a trip up there sometime. Maybe after I win the lottery.....

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    • Dewesq55
      Dewesq55 commented
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      I have always liked Artemis and consider it a value Napa cab.

    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      I'm not sure which it was, it was the one most likely to be in a restaurant! It was a 2013. I emailed the place to ask, as their wine list isn't on their website. I'll update when they reply.

    • charlesSFG
      charlesSFG commented
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      Stags Leap Wine Cellars was the big winner that shocked the wine world in 1976 beating out the French at the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 also known as the Judgment of Paris. It put Napa and California on the map as world class wines, but we already new that.
  • Yno
    Yno
    Former Member
    • May 2015
    • 440
    • Do you know the way to San Jose?

    Top | #93
    You can't go wrong with either.

    Last night we opened a 1994 Silver Oak Alexander Valley. We have been to Silver Oak, both the Napa Valley and Alexander Valley facilities, many times. One trip, must have been 1998 or 1999, we met Justin Meyer, and got a few signed bottles. This was the second to last that I still have. It was very good, just a hair past it's peak, but still a medium ruby red, not turning 'brickish' yet. I got blackberry, leather, and a hint of chocolate, and my wife said she was tasting cherries. I am going to host a small BBQ next weekend, and one of my guests is a Certified Sommelier, so I will pop open the last bottle. My next oldest are some 1999's.

    The 1986 Silver Oak was the wine that my soon to be wife and I shared on our first date, and it has always been special to us.

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    • Huskee
      Pit Boss/Manager
      • May 2014
      • 13994
      • 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.

      Top | #94
      Dry Creek may honestly be my all time favorite 'best buy' wine out there. At ~$20/bottle it is absolutely fantastic. I would liken it to the Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, or Elijah Craig (bourbons) of the wine world. There are $40 & $60 bottles that I don't think are as good. And it is NO QUESTION THE single best $20 bottle I've ever had.

      Outstanding in its price range, whether red zinfandel or Cabernet sauvignon... EDIT: or petite sirah.

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      • DJBODA
        DJBODA commented
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        As I riffed through the comments, I was surprised no one mentioned the general vintage charts put out by various magazines (usually at no charge) or Google "wine vintage charts". This is a good starting point when buying wine to put away for a few months or years. If there is no wine shop near you, explore some when you're next in a larger city. DO NOT BE INTIMIDATED FROM ASKING QUESTIONS!!!

      • DJBODA
        DJBODA commented
        Editing a comment
        If you run into someone unhelpful, excuse yourself and find another employee, or go find another shop more interested in your needs. As a "geezer", I find a preference for European wines since they have been grown for centuries over New World Wines whose vines are usually younger. Quality wine is what you want regardless of where it comes from. Experiment; you try new things on the BBQ, wine is no different.

      • Potkettleblack
        Potkettleblack commented
        Editing a comment
        Spent some time in the DCV last year and it’s a hard place to make a bad wine.
    • phecksel
      Club Member
      • Jun 2019
      • 15
      • South East MI

      Top | #95
      My favorite pairing, luna bianca with turkey

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      • smokin fool
        Club Member
        • Apr 2019
        • 631
        • Mississauga, Ont

        Top | #96
        Boy this is an old neglected thread
        I’m pretty lucky Niagara wine country is a 25 min drive for literally dozens of boutique winery’s in the area to chose from.
        Norfolk county, an hour west is new to wineries. Pictured is a red from Burning Kiln called Harvest Party currently my one of my favs.
        Im kind of a wine snob, I try to only buy Canadian wines preferably from Ontario.
        Look forward to showing more wares from up here in “We the North”
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        • Huskee
          Huskee commented
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          Never once seen a Canadian wine in any store here. I theorize much like in Michigan's shorter growing season the Canadian reds aren't California or Italy- bold, but the whites are killer?

        • smokin fool
          smokin fool commented
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          Most peoples palette's are draw to white's so reds lag behind up here.
          I'm surprised Cdn wine isn't available in MI, your President has probably put a tariff on them....
          Take a rip across the border one weekend, Pelee Island has a fantastic VQA award winning winery within easy driving distance of the border. That used to be tabacco country, with its demise many farmers have switched to vineyards.
          Another reason for a visit....your dollar is worth around $1.40 up here....
      • Richard Chrz
        Club Member
        • Mar 2019
        • 477
        • La Crosse, Wi

        Top | #97
        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.

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        • Attjack
          Club Member
          • Aug 2017
          • 3253
          • Primo XL
            Weber 26"
            Weber 22"
            Weber 22"
            Weber 18"
            Weber Jumbo Joe
            Weber Green Smokey Joe (Thanks, Mr. Bones!)
            Weber Smokey Joe
            Orion Smoker

            DigiQ DX2
            Slow 'N Sear XL
            Arteflame 26.75" Insert

            Blaze BLZ-4-NG 32-Inch 4-Burner Built-In
            - With Rear Infrared Burner
            - With Infrared Sear Burner
            - With Rotisserie
            Empava 2 Burner Gas Cooktop
            Weber Spirit 210
            - With Grillgrates
            ​​​​​​​ - With Rotisserie
            Weber Q2200

            Blackstone Pizza Oven

            Portable propane burners (3)
            Propane turkey Fryer

            Fire pit grill

          Top | #98
          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.

          Comment


          • Greygoose
            Greygoose commented
            Editing a comment
            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.
        • Huskee
          Pit Boss/Manager
          • May 2014
          • 13994
          • 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.

          Top | #99
          While I like big bold tannic reds, wife & I really like a good minerally sauvignon blanc on hot days.

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          • Richard Chrz
            Richard Chrz commented
            Editing a comment
            I am more of a white or Rosa for the middle summer months as well.
        • klflowers
          Club Member
          • Sep 2015
          • 1966
          • Tennessee

          Top | #100
          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.

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          • mountainsmoker
            Club Member
            • Jun 2019
            • 1254
            • Bryson City, NC

            Top | #101
            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.

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            • obiQsmoker
              Club Member
              • Jul 2018
              • 143
              • Seattle Area
              • Started this tasty craziness in 2018.
                Using a Traeger Silverton pellet smoker.
                Home is the Seattle area...
                So much to learn, but it’s a helluva fun education!

              Top | #102
              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.

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              • obiQsmoker
                Club Member
                • Jul 2018
                • 143
                • Seattle Area
                • Started this tasty craziness in 2018.
                  Using a Traeger Silverton pellet smoker.
                  Home is the Seattle area...
                  So much to learn, but it’s a helluva fun education!

                Top | #103
                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?

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                • smokin fool
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                  In our case we don't frequent establishments that have a Somm on staff, but this is excellent advise a bottle of wine can detract from a dining experience as fast as enhancing it.
                  Gets ones self out of those wine ruts every so often, same brand because I like it.
              • smokin fool
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                • Apr 2019
                • 631
                • Mississauga, Ont

                Top | #104
                This California Red will be my next victim.
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                • obiQsmoker
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                  A friend brought a Josh Sauv Blanc to a BBQ last month - delicious! Will seek them out to try more. What can you tell me about this winery?

                • smokin fool
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                  Other than its a California Red not to much at this point, blended & bottled by Joseph Carr at Josh Cellers in Hopeland. CA. No vintage marked on the label.
                  I usually only but Ontario VQA reds, this was a fathers day gift and the next bottle up on the rack.
                  Give me a few days and I will come back with my thoughts.
                  Last edited by smokin fool; July 16th, 2019, 07:45 PM.
              • mountainsmoker
                Club Member
                • Jun 2019
                • 1254
                • Bryson City, NC

                Top | #105
                @ObiQmoker if you are in a restaurant with a 14 page wine list and a Somm always take advantage of there experience. Quietly let them know your price range, your preference in taste and what you are leaning towards having for dinner. Strike up a conversation, how long have they been there, have they passed the Somm exams, are they studying for them, how many bottles are in the cellar, what temp do they keep it at. It will make you sound like you know something about wine. Never drink any wine at room temp. A red should be drank at around 60-65 degrees and whites at 50-55.

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                • smokin fool
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                  I go against the grain on temps, I prefer my reds chilled and whites closer to room temp.
                  My sister absolutely loses her mind at me about chilling my reds.

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