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  • HouseHomey
    Club Member
    • May 2016
    • 5209
    • Huntington Beach, Ca. Surf City USA.
    • Equipment
      Primo Oval xl

      Slow n Sear (two)
      Drip n Griddle
      22" Weber Kettle
      26" Weber Kettle one touch
      Blackstone 36” Pro Series
      Sous vide machine
      Kitchen Aid
      Meat grinder
      sausage stuffer
      5 Crock Pots
      Akootrimonts
      Two chimneys (was 3 but rivets finally popped, down to 1)
      cast iron pans,
      Dutch ovens
      Signals 4 probe, thermapens, chef alarms, Dots, thermapop and maverick T-732, RTC-600, pro needle and various pocket instareads.
      The help and preferences
      1 extra fridge and a deep chest freezer in the garage
      KBB
      FOGO
      A 9 year old princess foster child
      Patience and old patio furniture
      "Baby Girl" The cat

      Erik S.

    #16
    rickgregory Bottle cost averaging, who would have thought? Excellent point. I spend $250.00 a month on wine. Should I consider one of those mail order??

    i usually buy two bottles of wine at a time. Sophia has cut back considerably lately so I’ve spent less.

    I don’t drink any more but I cooked for the Opus One people and did participate In a tasting (ok maybe a little more than a taste) and had like 8 wines. Who knew they’ve been around so long. I’m not a wine enthusiast though. THAT STUFF WAS GOOD.

    other than that I but at the local grocery the regular brands. Sophia like Sterling Cab or a Syrah.

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    • CaptainMike
      CaptainMike commented
      Editing a comment
      Opus One, the Holy Grail of California cabernet. I've been told that at harvest time Franciscan monks pick the grapes one at a time then take each individual grape to the Holy See for a blessing before gently crushing (more of a strong hug, actually) then integrated into golden fermentation vats. At least that's what it tastes like.

    • HouseHomey
      HouseHomey commented
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      I don’t know about all of that but it sure was delicious. The old ones were a bit more of an acquired taste I think.

    • rickgregory
      rickgregory commented
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      You live in LA. Go hit up Woodland Hills (https://whwc.com), Hi Time Wine (https://www.hitimewine.net), etc. Tell them what you like, what you cook, ask them to do a mixed 6 bottle set. Then go back and tell them what you liked and what you didn't next time. For Napa stuff, hit up Napa Valley Wine & Cigar (http://www.napavalleywineandcigar.com) and have them ship down.

      DO NOT drink wines on rep. Is Opus One good? I suppose so... but there are a LOT of really good CA Cabs being made
  • 58limited
    Club Member
    • Dec 2018
    • 791
    • SE Texas
    • "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." ~Benjamin Franklin

    #17
    HEB, our Texas grocery chain, has a large selection and you get 10% off if you buy six bottles, even if the wine is already on sale. We also have a liquor chain called Spec's that has a good selection, case prices are discounted there. I often buy pretty good wines for under $20.00. Some of the South American and Australian wines are pretty good and are not expensive at all, often $10.00 or less.

    I've had $60-$100 bottles but many of the wines I've had for under $20 are just as good. Maybe aging the expensive ones will change my opinion but anything over $20 is a luxury I rarely indulge.

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    • Donw
      Donw commented
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      Our guests seem to really enjoy the Malbecs from Argentina, and their price points are really good for the quality of the wine.

    • CaptainMike
      CaptainMike commented
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      Many years ago I was in a grocery store and grabbed a bottle of Chilean Malbec off the shelf and put it in my basket. I rounded the aisle and ran into a longtime friend and grape grower. While we were visiting he noticed the contraband in my cart and, being an Italian-American, and as only an Italian-American can do, he gave me holy hell for not buying and supporting California wine!! To this day I think of that a$$ chewing every time I buy a foreign wine!
      Last edited by CaptainMike; January 19, 2020, 12:09 PM. Reason: Speeling and gramer
  • Skip
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 3236
    • Blue Earth, Minnesota
    • MAK Pellet Grill, Large BGE, Weber Kettle with SnS, Weber Gasser, Pit Barrel Cooker, Cast Iron Pans & Griddle, Grill Grates, Mostly Thermoworks Thermometers

    #18
    We have a city owned Liquor Store in our town of 3300 people. They have a very good selection. We belong to their Wine Club so we get a 10% discount on all purchases. Most of what we buy is from $10-$15 per bottle. We both prefer the Reds over the Whites.

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    • BBQPhil
      Club Member
      • Sep 2017
      • 191
      • San Diego, CA
      • Yoder480, BGE, WeberGO, WeberGas

      #19
      Living in CA we have a wide choice. But on advice from my son, a restaurant owner and chef near Sonoma, he likes to find wines that cost him under $20, that he can sell for $30 that provides good value to his customers. He recommends as example wines from Portugal (for white), Spain (red and white), CA’s Santa Barbara and Paso Robles area for Pinot and GSM. He avoids the large wine producers and looks for small family owned vineyards.

      I get ideas from looking at his and other wine lists in high-quality locally-owned restaurants and ask for recommendations from my small, locally owned wine shops. It’s easy to find $20 wines, but it’s more challenging to fine great wines under $20. Since some very good restaurants do a lot of research to create their list, leverage off of their work to begin your search. I’ve used Wine.com but they often take orders, then tell you they are out of stock and try to substitute or ship partial shipments. Lastly I recommend the app Vivino that lets you photograph a label in the wine store and gives you an instant rating from other customers.
      Last edited by BBQPhil; January 19, 2020, 01:01 PM.

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      • HouseHomey
        Club Member
        • May 2016
        • 5209
        • Huntington Beach, Ca. Surf City USA.
        • Equipment
          Primo Oval xl

          Slow n Sear (two)
          Drip n Griddle
          22" Weber Kettle
          26" Weber Kettle one touch
          Blackstone 36” Pro Series
          Sous vide machine
          Kitchen Aid
          Meat grinder
          sausage stuffer
          5 Crock Pots
          Akootrimonts
          Two chimneys (was 3 but rivets finally popped, down to 1)
          cast iron pans,
          Dutch ovens
          Signals 4 probe, thermapens, chef alarms, Dots, thermapop and maverick T-732, RTC-600, pro needle and various pocket instareads.
          The help and preferences
          1 extra fridge and a deep chest freezer in the garage
          KBB
          FOGO
          A 9 year old princess foster child
          Patience and old patio furniture
          "Baby Girl" The cat

          Erik S.

        #20
        Now I know why I drank Buffalo Trace and the like.

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        • smokinsteve
          Charter Member
          • Nov 2014
          • 325

          #21
          Total Wine.

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          • Arsenlael
            Club Member
            • Oct 2015
            • 93
            • Rio Rancho NM

            #22
            I've got a thing for Rioja. It works out for me because I find it delicious and usually reasonably priced (<$20). Every once in a while Costco has some. Total Wine has some but I get annoyed with their labeling gimmicks so don't like to shop there. There are a couple of decent wine shops around but they have limited options. Feels like a bit of a wine desert to me.

            I should add that I have splurged at times for some pretty expensive Riojas and they never seem as good as the regulars. Now when I find a good cheap one, I buy two and stash one for a long time in the hopes it turns in to a sort of Gran Reserva.

            Maybe I should try online at some of the shops recommended in this thread.
            Last edited by Arsenlael; January 19, 2020, 05:10 PM.

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            • Santamarina
              Club Member
              • Aug 2018
              • 701
              • Wildomar, CA

              #23
              Most often Costco or one of the local wineries (Temecula, CA).

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              • surfdog
                surfdog commented
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                Some very decent wines available in Temecula.
                Definitely worth exploring.

              • surfdog
                surfdog commented
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                One of our latest “memberships” is to Oak Mountain Winery in Temecula.
                Worth a visit...and they have some great food available as well.
            • ATX_Ben
              Club Member
              • May 2020
              • 7

              #24
              Sorry to dig up the thread, but try lastbottle.com. let me know if you want to order and I'll send you a referral code (hook me up man!).

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              • Attjack
                Club Member
                • Aug 2017
                • 3886
                • 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

                #25
                We have a couple of wine clubs we're members of. One of which is a family operation where she is a Cordon bleu chef and he has a gigantic offset smoker. When we go pick up wines the food is amazing and complimentary. We also buy from the Grocery Outlet store, I used to buy from Trader Joes but don't often go there for anything anymore. We also buy from the nicer market nearby. Today my girlfriend bought 2 boxed wined from there.

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                • ColonialDawg
                  Club Member
                  • Oct 2017
                  • 484
                  • Coastal VA

                  #26
                  I’m not a big wine drinker but I usually get mine from Trader Joe’s or a small local restaurant that finds really good inexpensive ($10-$12) wines before they become popular.

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                  • Pobeque
                    Club Member
                    • Jun 2016
                    • 42
                    • Long Island, NY

                    #27
                    I buy from local shops around the area. Here in NY we cannot sell wine/liquor at supermarkets, they have to be their own standalone store. As for pricing, when you buy a wine $75-$100 plus per bottle, what you are usually paying for is ageworthyness (if that's a word). Most of the wines at this price point are not even ready to be drunk upon release and they need 5-10 years to mature. That being said, there are deals and good wines to be had at nearly any price point. I find the real values & sleepers fall into the $20-$30 range where you can find gems that drink like $100 bottles if you do your research and taste new/different wines and get out of your comfort zone.

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                    • Mr. Bones
                      Birthday Hat Master
                      • Sep 2016
                      • 9145
                      • Kansas Territory
                      • Grills / Smokers
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                        Kingsford 24" grill (Free) 'Billy'
                        Brinkmann Smoke n Grill
                        Oklahoma Joe Highland, gaskets, LavaLock baffle / tuning plate. 'Big Joe'
                        Weber 18" Kettle ($30 CL) 'Lil' Feller'
                        Weber Smokey Joe ($25 CL) 'Lil' Brother'
                        Weber 22.5 Master Touch '93 P Code Blue($85) from fellow WKC member Bmitch 'Elwood'
                        Weber 22.5 Bar-B-Q Kettle '69-'70 "Patent Pending" Red ($80) from fellow WKC member dwnthehatch 'Maureen'
                        Weber 22.5 OTS DD Code Black ($40 CL) 'DeeDee'
                        Weber 22.5 OTS DO Code Black ($15 CL)
                        Weber 22.5 OTS E Code Black ($20 CL
                        Weber 22.5 OTS EE Code Black ($20 CL

                        Weber "C" Code 18.5" WSM '81 ($50 CL) 8-0!!!
                        Weber "H" Code 18.5" WSM '86 ($75 CL)
                        Weber " " Code 18.5" WSM

                        Weber 26.75, $199 NFM clearance !!!
                        Weber SJS AH 'Lil' Brother'
                        Weber SJS AT 'Lil' Sister'
                        Weber SJS DE Code (FREE) 'Lil' Helper'
                        Weber SJG M Code 'Lil Traveller'
                        Weber SJS AH Code 'Kermit'
                        (Lime Green)
                        Horizon 20" Classic, w/baffle/tuning plate (FREE)
                        Good One Open Range, (FREE), Monthly Prize from AR giveaway!!!!



                        Thermometers:
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                        Ol' Skool Bi-metal probe pocket thermo, that has checked / served ~ 1,000,000 meals in my possession, easily...
                        Maverick ET-732, (Black)
                        Thermopops, (Red, Yellow, Green)
                        ThermaPen Mk4 (Black), THANKS!!! to jgjeske1
                        Blue ThermaPen Mk4
                        Orange Thermapen Mk4
                        Pink Thermapen Mk4
                        ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S
                        ThermoWorks Smoke
                        ThermoWorks Open Box Smoke
                        4 Pro Series cable extensions
                        Smoke Gateway

                        Accessories:
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                        2 Slow 'N Sears, Slow 'N Sear XL, Grill 'N Griddle
                        BBQ Vortex, 2 Hovergrills, Top Deck
                        Warming shelf
                        MyWeigh KD-8000Kitchen Scale
                        Backyard Grill marinade injector
                        Acoustic Guitars/Electric Guitars/Basses/1928 National Duolian/Harmonicas/Banjo Washboard, Spoons, kazoos, pocket comb with wax paper, egg shakers ;-)
                        Bear Paws
                        Meat Rakes
                        BBQ Dragon/Chimley of Insanity, Dragon Wing Shelves (x2 ea.)



                        Cookware:
                        Probably a ton of cast iron, mostly very old...still cookin'
                        G'Ma's Piqua skillet, :-)( They went out of business in 1934~)
                        '60's Revere Ware (Mom's), + others found elsewhere
                        60's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (Mom's) Daily driver
                        50's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (G'Ma's), for a backup! ;-)
                        Carpy Wally World stock pots, in approx 2 gal/3gal sizes, blue speckledty-porcelain enameled
                        Tramontina 6.5 qt Dutch Oven

                        Cutlery, etc.:
                        Shi*-ton of kitchen/chef knives, most sharper than my straight-razors are. (Better steel!) Chicago Cutlery, Old Hickory, various, including some nice German stuff ;-)
                        Dexter 12" slicing knife, 6" Sani-Safe boning knife
                        Smith's Tri-Hone Natural Arkansas Knife Sharpening System
                        Multiple steels, from all over the planet
                        Crock sticks
                        Diamond stones, various
                        Lansky Sharpening System

                        Tableware
                        Daily driver:Washington Forge Mardi Gras, Navy / Cobalt Blue
                        Dinner: Guests: Washington Forge, Town and Country
                        Fancy / Formal: Family silverware

                      #28
                      Reckon this is a trick question, since I don't never buy no wine? Mebbe, once in a Blue Moon, I'll pick some up, to be used fer cookin certain receipts. Otherwise, not so much.

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                      • barelfly
                        Club Member
                        • Dec 2017
                        • 1039
                        • New Mexico

                        #29
                        I posted earlier, but reading through this again, I need to really explore the local wineries here in Albuquerque. There are probably 4 small wineries within 30 minutes of my house That I haven’t explored. Need to do that and try some new stuff.

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