Table Wine Review: 2014 Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon Price: $15.99-18.99 The Basics: Nose is off putting, some blend of charcoal and dirty socks.   Palate is extremely boring without flavor.  Medium plus tannin, medium plus acidity.  Finish is non-exsitient Rating: 70 points My take: I cannot recommend this wine given the alternatives in this price point. Bottom line: I…

How to Start Your Woodfire Grill

Props to my brother-in-law who showed me this technique years ago.  This is so simple.  It requires no fire starters, no lighter fluid (please never use that), and no blow torch. What you need: wood/charcoal, paper towels, oil (I typically use vegetable but could be any kind) Step 1: Wrinkle paper towels in form as…

USMNT & the World of Complex Systems

*This is a longer post.  If you aren’t that interested in the study of how and why complex organizations/systems fail or my opinion of how that pertains to the current U.S. Soccer environment, this may not be your cup of tea… Failures of Complex Systems March 28, 1979 not far from where I currently live,…

Table Wine Review: 2014 Frei Brothers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Frei Brothers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Price: $18.99-$22.99 The Basics: 82% Cabernet, 10% Sarah, 8% Merlot.  Nose is blend of chocolate, berries.  Very smooth palate.  Medium tannin, low acidity.  Great finish. Rating: 90 points My take: Just an excellent Alexander Valley Cab mix. Bottom line: Absolutely wonderful wine that would very likely beat out $50-70…

Simple Salmon

Ingredients: Old Bay, Salmon, Lemon, Fire (not pictured) 1. Season Salmon with desired amount of Old Bay       2. Season Salmon with desired amount of Lemon Zest       3. Start your fire – This is on my Big Green Egg (look for future posts on how I like to start my…

Where in the world has Danny Williams been?

So I tried.  I really did, but as I watched the USMNT vs Portugal Tuesday afternoon I could not help but get more and more frustrated and ultimately outright upset. Not with our play for that match mind you, in fact I thought “the kids did ok”, which seems to be the overall consensus.  And…

Table Wine Review: 2014 William Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 William Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Price: $16.99-19.99 The Basics: Opens nice to nose, deep, smoky.  Cherry and oak palate.  Medium to medium plus tannin.  Medium to medium plus acid.  13.9% Rating: 89 points My take:  So if you search this wine online you will find very tepid reviews.  Some asking for more body, complexity, some…