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by Craig G
October 25th, 2020, 9:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alive and Kicking
Replies: 14
Views: 1510

Re: Alive and Kicking

alan weinberg wrote:
October 25th, 2020, 7:00 am
if I’m alive and kicking at age 96, I expect I’ll be leaking, too. And I hope my cork sticks out a bit also.
You might be nutty, too.
by Craig G
October 25th, 2020, 3:48 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3860
Views: 217462

Re: The Bourbon Thread

It was my understanding there would be no math.
by Craig G
October 24th, 2020, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14693
Views: 730699

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2004 VCC. Stinkin’ Alfert.
by Craig G
October 23rd, 2020, 10:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Archetype Wines for $150-350/bottle (drinking well now)
Replies: 48
Views: 1905

Re: Archetype Wines for $150-350/bottle (drinking well now)

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
October 23rd, 2020, 1:29 pm
I’ve had three bottles of the 2004 VCC in the last 12 mos. an excellent buy, and like half the price of the new releases.
Crap, now I have to delay my retirement again.
by Craig G
October 23rd, 2020, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Archetype Wines for $150-350/bottle (drinking well now)
Replies: 48
Views: 1905

Re: Archetype Wines for $150-350/bottle (drinking well now)

Chave is a fantastic choice for the Rhone, I think 2012 falls in the budget. I would go for a lesser year that’s more mature. Of all the wines I collect, Chave is the one I enjoy most in off years. 2002 is beautiful and well within the budget. Other possibilities are 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1...
by Craig G
October 22nd, 2020, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ten thousand bottles of fake Haut Brion, mostly 258ml
Replies: 10
Views: 953

Re: Ten thousand bottles of fake Haut Brion, mostly 258ml

Interesting. Does this mean that BDX chateaus produce wine in that format for the Chinese market instead of the standard 375ml? Apparently they don’t need to :-) Touche! I walked right into that one... Still legitimately interested in learning more this 258ml bottle format, it's the first time I've...
by Craig G
October 22nd, 2020, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ten thousand bottles of fake Haut Brion, mostly 258ml
Replies: 10
Views: 953

Re: Ten thousand bottles of fake Haut Brion, mostly 258ml

258ml is such an odd bottle size. Who even makes bulk orders of bottles that size? Feels like you'd need to special order something like that. It looks like it might be a standard bottle size in China. Interesting. Does this mean that BDX chateaus produce wine in that format for the Chinese market ...
by Craig G
October 22nd, 2020, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ten thousand bottles of fake Haut Brion, mostly 258ml
Replies: 10
Views: 953

Re: Ten thousand bottles of fake Haut Brion, mostly 258ml

Rodrigo B wrote:
October 22nd, 2020, 10:19 am
258ml is such an odd bottle size. Who even makes bulk orders of bottles that size? Feels like you'd need to special order something like that.
It looks like it might be a standard bottle size in China.
by Craig G
October 21st, 2020, 11:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lots of Les Suchots, what's your favorite and why?
Replies: 14
Views: 1137

Re: Lots of Les Suchots, what's your favorite and why?

Has anyone had Gerard Mugneret’s? I think I’ve only had the 2013 but it was excellent. I don’t have a lot to compare to.
by Craig G
October 21st, 2020, 10:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine which are NOT Grenache focused
Replies: 30
Views: 1586

Re: Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine which are NOT Grenache focused

Christian Obermanns wrote:
October 21st, 2020, 9:25 pm
HenryB wrote:
October 21st, 2020, 2:10 pm
Beaucastel itself is typically not a majority of Grenache either, FWIW
Am I wrong or doesn't the Beaucastel blend include all the allowed varieties of the Rhone Valley, including whites?
I don’t think this is true of the red wine. It’s true of their vineyards.
by Craig G
October 21st, 2020, 10:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Archetype Wines for $150-350/bottle (drinking well now)
Replies: 48
Views: 1905

Re: Archetype Wines for $150-350/bottle (drinking well now)

1990 Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape This is actually a great idea. It’s consistently awesome. If 1989 Lynch Bages is out of the price range, 1989 Pichon Baron or Pichon Lalande are great choices too. If sweet wines are of interest, something like 1988 Climens or a 1985 vintage Port might be...
by Craig G
October 20th, 2020, 11:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard
Replies: 9
Views: 653

Re: TN: 2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard

I still have two bottles of this. Back when the brett issues in the 2009 FF were clearly identified, Rhys said they'd swap them out for you, but would also let you just keep them and see how they turned out, and replace or credit bottles that turned out to be bad. Which was a fantastic policy, very...
by Craig G
October 20th, 2020, 10:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Burgundy (aka $100) Daily / Weekly Drinker
Replies: 108
Views: 4031

Re: The Burgundy (aka $100) Daily / Weekly Drinker

Like what? I am interested to know. La Tâche is always available. Even putting aside the fact La Tache blowing through the relaxed pricing bands of a couple hundred dollars, I am curious: are you saying you believe you can source cases of La Tache fairly easily and it would be your wine of choice m...
by Craig G
October 20th, 2020, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Burgundy (aka $100) Daily / Weekly Drinker
Replies: 108
Views: 4031

Re: The Burgundy (aka $100) Daily / Weekly Drinker

Alex Valdes wrote:
October 20th, 2020, 7:54 pm
Keith Levenberg wrote:
October 20th, 2020, 7:06 pm
there are a lot of things I'd be happy to drink every day if the price were irrelevant.
Like what? I am interested to know.
La Tâche is always available.
by Craig G
October 20th, 2020, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to Pair (Great) Wine With McDonald’s
Replies: 9
Views: 968

Re: How to Pair (Great) Wine With McDonald’s

Sometime I have to drink MacDonald with McDonald’s.
by Craig G
October 20th, 2020, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Burgundy (aka $100) Daily / Weekly Drinker
Replies: 108
Views: 4031

Re: The Burgundy (aka $100) Daily / Weekly Drinker

I’m with Michael that I’d rather drink village wines from solid producers than 1ers from Santenay, Savigny, or other more distant parts of Burgundy. I do drink both in fact because I like variety, but I find myself enjoying the CdN village wines more. And I’m talking producers like Bertheau, Fourri...
by Craig G
October 18th, 2020, 9:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you do with wines you’re not interested in drinking?
Replies: 28
Views: 1627

Re: What do you do with wines you’re not interested in drinking?

I had to warn my friends that the wines I was donating to charity auctions might not be as good as what I served them.
by Craig G
October 17th, 2020, 11:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1981 Help!
Replies: 57
Views: 1920

Re: 1981 Help!

It was actually a pretty good vintage in Bordeaux but tends to be lighter than the best years of the 80’s. I just opened a 1981 La Conseillante tonight and it’s an excellent, Burgundian styled wine. In the recent past, I’ve also enjoyed both Pichons, Haut Bailly, and Gruaud Larose. Farther back, Che...
by Craig G
October 16th, 2020, 8:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Ridge Geyserville
Replies: 11
Views: 957

Re: TN: 2017 Ridge Geyserville

Geyserville is the only Ridge I still buy. I always try one young, after decanting for hours and hours, and then I let them sit for years and years. After 10 years, they are amazing! But young, they kind of hurt to swallow. This seems weird to me. I’ve always enjoyed Geyserville right out of the ch...
by Craig G
October 14th, 2020, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trader Joes Overrated?
Replies: 82
Views: 3668

Re: Trader Joes Overrated?

My take is that Trader Joe’s buys wine based on a definition of value that’s not very customer friendly. They are looking for wines that are a “good deal” in the sense that they can buy a large volume at a low price for that wine or that type of wine, but this judgment is independent of quality. So ...
by Craig G
October 13th, 2020, 10:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me buy ~200 bottles of Bordeaux to drink by 2024
Replies: 23
Views: 1750

Re: Help me buy ~200 bottles of Bordeaux to drink by 2024

Lots of young Bordeaux drinks pretty well now, especially if you are not buying the top/most expensive wines. They may still be a bit tannic but can be really enjoyable. For example we had a recent tasting of six mid-priced 2016s including Cantemerle and Chasse-Spleen and I would have been happy to ...
by Craig G
October 13th, 2020, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 gonon rouge
Replies: 22
Views: 1484

Re: 2018 gonon rouge

Chave is also not single vineyard. Chave has been bottling a single vineyard St. Joseph Clos Florentin since 2015. I haven’t tasted it yet but it will be interesting to compare to the blend. At $125 (only one offer today in Wine Searcher, perhaps it will be lower when more widely released?) how int...
by Craig G
October 13th, 2020, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 gonon rouge
Replies: 22
Views: 1484

Re: 2018 gonon rouge

Carlos Delpin wrote:
October 13th, 2020, 2:58 am
Chave is also not single vineyard.
Chave has been bottling a single vineyard St. Joseph Clos Florentin since 2015. I haven’t tasted it yet but it will be interesting to compare to the blend.
by Craig G
October 8th, 2020, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is bordeaux price dropping ?
Replies: 76
Views: 4101

Re: Why is bordeaux price dropping ?

Prices went up from 2017 to 2018. 2019 EP was during Covid. There’s no mystery here.
by Craig G
October 7th, 2020, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Louis Roederer Brut Premier: alternatives to try?
Replies: 9
Views: 469

Re: Louis Roederer Brut Premier: alternatives to try?

I like Roederer Estate (all of their wines) quite a bit, but it doesn’t scratch the Champagne itch for me.
by Craig G
October 6th, 2020, 9:56 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3860
Views: 217462

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Robert M yers wrote:
October 6th, 2020, 7:44 pm
Craig, I can pick up and send you a bottle or two at cost if your having trouble sourcing.
That’s very kind, but I think I need to reduce the number of bottles sitting on the floor around the bar cart, or I won’t be around to post here! I do have two bottles of Weller saved from the olden days.
by Craig G
October 6th, 2020, 2:05 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3860
Views: 217462

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Yeah, the bottle of SR I bought was $40. I never paid that much for the OWA, but I saw the SR in a shop in Monterey and decided I’d probably never see it again for that price. K&L occasionally drops them on their site around MSRP but they sell instantly. I check the new product feed fairly often but...
by Craig G
October 6th, 2020, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine + Halloween Candy Pairings?
Replies: 14
Views: 623

Re: Best Wine + Halloween Candy Pairings?

Swedish fish and 2007 CdP “en magnum.”
by Craig G
October 6th, 2020, 11:57 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3860
Views: 217462

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Thanks, everybody. I had bought a bottle of Larceny to try. I’ll look into some of the others as well. I’m not sure the high proof is necessary for me. I’d probably prefer OWA slightly diluted. I have one bottle of the Weller Special Reserve that I picked up after things started getting scarce, but ...
by Craig G
October 5th, 2020, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Few TNs: Drouhin, Jouan, Mugneret
Replies: 6
Views: 603

Re: Few TNs: Drouhin, Jouan, Mugneret

Which two are the brace? [wink.gif]

I love Gerard Mugneret but haven’t tried any 17s yet.
by Craig G
October 5th, 2020, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Two birthday wines - 92 Carillon Referts and 13 Cacheux La Croix Rameau
Replies: 2
Views: 213

Re: TNs: Two birthday wines - 92 Carillon Referts and 13 Cacheux La Croix Rameau

My older daughter was born in 1992 so I have quite a bit of experience with the wines. There are a number of good options. Port is very good, as are reds from CA - most of the usual suspects are worth trying. There are some great deals like Beringer Bancroft Ranch Merlot. Red Burgundy can be surpris...
by Craig G
October 3rd, 2020, 10:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 265
Views: 15505

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

Chris Crutchfield wrote:
October 3rd, 2020, 10:10 pm
How are you getting it for $120/btl incl shipping and tax?
He’s a distributor in WA. He means that’s the total cost to his company.
by Craig G
October 3rd, 2020, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: more Sociando (short)...
Replies: 12
Views: 934

Re: more Sociando (short)...

Kelly Flynn wrote:
October 2nd, 2020, 6:54 am
Is this wine dying already, or did it just never come around? I would probably score it high 80s.
To me it sounds like a 1995 that hasn’t yet come out of its shell. Lots of them were like this and many have emerged, but it’s a tough vintage and it wouldn’t surprise me if Sociando acted like this.
by Craig G
October 3rd, 2020, 7:26 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3860
Views: 217462

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Speaking of, a few years ago I could get Weller Antique for around $30-35 most of the time locally and became very attached to it for mixing, mostly Old Fashioneds. That ship sailed and I switched to David Nicholson 1843, which I like quite a bit for that purpose. Does anyone have a better recommend...
by Craig G
October 3rd, 2020, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 59744

Re: #GlassFire

The purple air map for Napa and Sonoma looks really good right now. Is that real?
by Craig G
October 3rd, 2020, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best producers in Chambolle Musigny?
Replies: 58
Views: 3667

Re: Best producers in Chambolle Musigny?

Even though it doesn't get high critical scores, I have been really impressed by the Bertheau I have tried so far (limited amount). Not only is it good, it really lives up to the stereotype of Chambolle-Musigny in a good way -- a much lighter, more transparent, more elegant wine that still has a sn...
by Craig G
October 2nd, 2020, 4:40 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What's your favorite RYE-centric cocktail?
Replies: 47
Views: 903

Re: What's your favorite RYE-centric cocktail?

That monkey is a bit disturbing.
by Craig G
October 2nd, 2020, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: is Nuits les SAINT GEORGES worthy of grand cru status?
Replies: 45
Views: 2494

Re: is Nuits les SAINT GEORGES worthy of grand cru status?

Howard Cooper wrote:
October 2nd, 2020, 12:53 pm
Why do you people want more vineyards to get Grand Cru status? All it will do is make prices for the wines from those vineyards go up.
It seems to have already happened with Chevillon, though maybe it would go up even more if formalized.
by Craig G
October 2nd, 2020, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Site Is Broke. All links are sending me to wine.com
Replies: 23
Views: 1329

Re: The Site Is Broke. All links are sending me to wine.com

Neal.Mollen wrote:
October 2nd, 2020, 12:09 pm
The second attempt at every link seems to work for me. And I did not have this issue at first when others reported it.
Same for me (both parts).
by Craig G
October 1st, 2020, 11:59 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What's your favorite RYE-centric cocktail?
Replies: 47
Views: 903

Re: What's your favorite RYE-centric cocktail?

Brandon R wrote:
October 1st, 2020, 11:47 am
Josh Grossman wrote:
October 1st, 2020, 10:01 am
Craig G wrote:
October 1st, 2020, 9:54 am
Sazerac
My favorite cocktail of all.
John/Craig, what's a widely-available Absinthe that might play nicely with Sazerac Rye?
I use Lucid.

If you can find any Absinthe in 50ml bottles you can try those, since it takes very little to make a Sazerac.
by Craig G
September 30th, 2020, 1:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: MUNSTER RÖSTI
Replies: 10
Views: 480

Re: MUNSTER RÖSTI

“Spare him his life from this Munster Rösti.”
by Craig G
September 29th, 2020, 9:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bordeaux 2019 from barrel
Replies: 11
Views: 925

Re: TN: Bordeaux 2019 from barrel

JulianD wrote:
September 29th, 2020, 1:06 pm
Hearing GPL is 38euros ex-chateau makes me hate the US 3 tier system even more.
Doesn’t this mean the price to the Negociants? I think prices for Bordeaux EP in the US are generally pretty fair.
by Craig G
September 26th, 2020, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Match for . . .
Replies: 9
Views: 494

Re: Wine Match for . . .

2020 California
by Craig G
September 25th, 2020, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $500 Heitz Martha's?!?
Replies: 27
Views: 2172

Re: $500 Heitz Martha's?!?

Can’t increase current release pricing without increasing library release pricing Not to worry... some wine influencer will start posting on Instagram about drinking old Martha’s, and then it will fly off the shelves! [rofl.gif] Just look back a few days [cheers.gif] Don’t explain the joke.
by Craig G
September 25th, 2020, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $500 Heitz Martha's?!?
Replies: 27
Views: 2172

Re: $500 Heitz Martha's?!?

c fu wrote:
September 25th, 2020, 12:23 pm
Can’t increase current release pricing without increasing library release pricing
Not to worry... some wine influencer will start posting on Instagram about drinking old Martha’s, and then it will fly off the shelves!
by Craig G
September 24th, 2020, 7:54 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3860
Views: 217462

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Then maybe just buy some Weller.
by Craig G
September 24th, 2020, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14693
Views: 730699

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

jon leifer wrote:
September 24th, 2020, 3:57 pm
My house red and house white for the remainder of 2020
12 x 2017 Borgo Segreto Chianti Classico
12 x 2019 Domaine Michel Barraud Macon Villages
You understand we have twelve months this year, right?
by Craig G
September 24th, 2020, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is this a first??
Replies: 6
Views: 884

Re: Is this a first??

It’s 2020, man.

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