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by Jim Brennan
June 28th, 2020, 7:25 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Road trip in the USA in the Covid world
Replies: 21
Views: 1236

Re: Road trip in the USA in the Covid world

Bars need to close. Too highly correlated with stupid behavior.
by Jim Brennan
June 22nd, 2020, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas pushback
Replies: 68
Views: 5292

Re: Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas pushback

I would humbly suggest that both this thread and the one about "ever boycott a winery" are political threads masquerading as wine threads, and it would be better for everyone if they were moved to another section of the forum. I'm not saying it was bad faith on the part of the folks who started the...
by Jim Brennan
June 18th, 2020, 9:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your German riesling breakdown
Replies: 73
Views: 2152

Re: Your German riesling breakdown

Too much work. I'm guessing I have about 250-300 bottles of German Riesling.... I'd say 35% Kabinett, 50% Spatlese, and 15% Auslese / BA / TBA
by Jim Brennan
June 17th, 2020, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 18846

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

I can never understand the push for economics to be considered before morals. Or even in place of them. That's a sort of bright light focus on the tenor of the times. In nearly every case using the term "virtue signaling" is actual virtue signaling. Whereas a boycott of one is not really much of a ...
by Jim Brennan
June 17th, 2020, 7:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1129
Views: 52472

Re: It's critic bingo! ('19 Haut Brion threatens to "go atomic")

Says someone who has never met the owner, or tasted those wines. I've met the owner, who is truly a one of a kind person, and perhaps the last of her generation still working at the property. She always calls it like she sees it. I have also tasted multiple vintages of Figeac from the '40s and '50s...
by Jim Brennan
June 16th, 2020, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1129
Views: 52472

Re: It's critic bingo! ('19 Haut Brion threatens to "go atomic")

But with Figeac, are you finding fault in my note? Or just my conclusion? FWIW, I imagine this is what the great old Figeac's were really like in their youth in the '50s, '40s, etc. That is what Madame Manancourt told me. She should know. Yeah, never in known history has someone with a financial in...
by Jim Brennan
June 16th, 2020, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 18846

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Nope.
by Jim Brennan
June 16th, 2020, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1129
Views: 52472

Re: It's critic bingo! ('19 Haut Brion threatens to "go atomic")

But with Figeac, are you finding fault in my note? Or just my conclusion? FWIW, I imagine this is what the great old Figeac's were really like in their youth in the '50s, '40s, etc. That is what Madame Manancourt told me. She should know. Yeah, never in known history has someone with a financial in...
by Jim Brennan
June 9th, 2020, 8:29 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Japanese Whiskey
Replies: 97
Views: 8445

Re: Japanese Whiskey

I find Irish and Japanese whiskey to often be similar, for obvious reasons. Ireland should have cooler bottles to drive increased growth. Maybe modern designs by Waterford. Would be great marketing.
by Jim Brennan
June 4th, 2020, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar
Replies: 201
Views: 7973

Re: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar

I have several things ('08 Magdelaine, various recent Kab/Spat,'12 Roty Gevrey) that I have full cases of, but nothing more. Huet Cuvee Constance 1989, close to two cases (well, maybe more like 20 bottles, I've been behind on logging). My favorite dessert wine of all time, and if you have 20 probab...
by Jim Brennan
June 4th, 2020, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar
Replies: 201
Views: 7973

Re: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar

similar thread years ago got the mic drop when Rosania said he had 500 cases of 96 Salon, admittedly 6 bottle cases, but geez . . . 3000 bottles, at that time about $200/b, now close to $1000/b. I've gotta ask, what's the end game in this situation? With 500 cases, as another poster pointed out, th...
by Jim Brennan
June 4th, 2020, 5:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar
Replies: 201
Views: 7973

Re: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar

Mark Golodetz wrote:
June 3rd, 2020, 6:07 am
Lately I have been on a quest to find VCC 2014; it is now at four cases, the largest single holding in the cellar. Yours?
Huet Cuvee Constance 1989, close to two cases (well, maybe more like 20 bottles, I've been behind on logging).
by Jim Brennan
May 27th, 2020, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Modular Wine Rooms
Replies: 12
Views: 887

Re: Modular Wine Rooms

Jim, I had one of those for about 30 years. Very happy with it. Not fancy but functional. Back then they had 2 BreezeAires in the 1900-bottle unit. The first Breezeaire sprung a coolant leak around 10 years. I had it repaired. The second did the same a few years later and I put in a CellarPro. If y...
by Jim Brennan
May 27th, 2020, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Modular Wine Rooms
Replies: 12
Views: 887

Re: Modular Wine Rooms

You can upgrade to a CellarPro in the options. You are correct... when I viewed via my phone, it only showed the standard option (Breezaire). Go figure. :) Thanks to the others as well. One reason I'm looking at this rather than some kind of custom wine room is that I expect to move in 2 or 3 years...
by Jim Brennan
May 27th, 2020, 5:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Modular Wine Rooms
Replies: 12
Views: 887

Modular Wine Rooms

Anyone aware of any modular wine rooms out there with capacity of 1500-2000? I've found these: https://www.winecabinets.com/Deluxe-Modular-Wine-Rooms-s/158.htm However, these use a Breezaire cooling unit, and I'm not willing to buy anything that involves that company, based on my first-hand awarenes...
by Jim Brennan
May 26th, 2020, 3:57 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Old Forester Bourbon: how is the whole lineup?
Replies: 14
Views: 921

Re: Old Forester Bourbon: how is the whole lineup?

I know alot of folks in our local whiskey "society" who prefer the 1910 over 1920. Just saying. I've not had it yet.
by Jim Brennan
May 26th, 2020, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Relatively low RP rating but wine drops your jaws
Replies: 42
Views: 2245

Re: Relatively low RP rating but wine drops your jaws

All the best wines have low RP scores.
by Jim Brennan
May 23rd, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1989 Domaine de Chevalier (red)
Replies: 25
Views: 1129

Re: 1989 Domaine de Chevalier (red)

Andrew K. wrote:
May 22nd, 2020, 2:03 pm
Certainly a great value. I had to pick up a case of 2018 futures with all the 100 point ratings at that price point.
The new stuff is nothing like the old stuff stylistically.
by Jim Brennan
May 18th, 2020, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Just tried Caymus 40th.....
Replies: 497
Views: 45122

Re: Just tried Caymus 40th.....

For a label like Caymus, there’s a significant need for one vintage to taste a lot like the next. From the perspective of the average steakhouse Caymus drinker, when you go out to dinner and order your bottle of Caymus, you want to know what it’s going to taste like and not consider whether it’s a ...
by Jim Brennan
May 15th, 2020, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Deals at Binnys (for the midwesterners on here)
Replies: 22
Views: 1200

Re: Great Deals at Binnys (for the midwesterners on here)

K Kl@dder wrote:
May 15th, 2020, 7:03 am
Jim Brennan wrote:
May 14th, 2020, 8:27 pm
K Kl@dder wrote:
May 14th, 2020, 10:01 am
would love to know the strategy of when they add these. I shop the St Charles Binnys and don't think I've ever seen any.
Same here... Went up there and grabbed a few bottles... Did you make it up there?
No yet, swinging by this weekend
I'd be quick, there wasn't a ton.
by Jim Brennan
May 14th, 2020, 8:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Deals at Binnys (for the midwesterners on here)
Replies: 22
Views: 1200

Re: Great Deals at Binnys (for the midwesterners on here)

K Kl@dder wrote:
May 14th, 2020, 10:01 am
would love to know the strategy of when they add these. I shop the St Charles Binnys and don't think I've ever seen any.
Same here... Went up there and grabbed a few bottles... Did you make it up there?
by Jim Brennan
May 10th, 2020, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.
Replies: 92
Views: 6220

Re: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.

And then on the other side you've got Caymus who would destroy Napa by making it into the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg of wine. Certainly the shit Caymus sells now would fit right in next to Cotton Candy flavored wine.

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by Jim Brennan
May 7th, 2020, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A blast from the past - '01 Rosemount GSM
Replies: 8
Views: 375

Re: TN: A blast from the past - '01 Rosemount GSM

Nice, had many of these back in the day.
by Jim Brennan
May 6th, 2020, 9:07 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Breezaire failure
Replies: 4
Views: 552

Re: Breezaire failure

Ditto. Unethical company with subpar quality. Wouldn't piss on them to put out a fire.

If you have to replace it, buy from someone else.
by Jim Brennan
April 27th, 2020, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12008
Views: 447917

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2001 Malartic Lagraviere. Totally outperformed my expectations.
by Jim Brennan
April 25th, 2020, 6:35 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 266
Views: 12994

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Macron just extended their internal travel restrictions to May 11th. He said the cafes won't open until mid July. My wonderful early June trip to France is now cancelled. Refunds are interesting. The government in March made keeping your deposit for 18 months legal. Most are keeping the money and s...
by Jim Brennan
April 25th, 2020, 6:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stu Yaniger??
Replies: 51
Views: 2466

Re: Stu Yaniger??

Eric Ifune wrote:
April 23rd, 2020, 3:37 pm
Best tasting note ever.
http://www.the-stupids.com/?p=1387
That was a hoot, thanks for posting! I don't recall having seen that previously!

Brad, you should tell us more about the thong.
by Jim Brennan
April 20th, 2020, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Clos Rougeard (Foucault) Saumur-Champigny
Replies: 21
Views: 834

Re: TN: 2014 Clos Rougeard (Foucault) Saumur-Champigny

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
April 19th, 2020, 5:53 pm
Ah, the d’Yquem of Loire.
Umm... That would be Huet Cuvee Constance. Dude, i totally expect better analogies from an attorney!
by Jim Brennan
April 17th, 2020, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Today's Game: UPS vs The Mrs.
Replies: 63
Views: 2945

Re: Today's Game: UPS vs The Mrs.

Don't ask, don't tell.
by Jim Brennan
April 17th, 2020, 5:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Halcon Vineyards Mourvèdre Halcon Vineyard
Replies: 7
Views: 470

Re: TN: 2018 Halcon Vineyards Mourvèdre Halcon Vineyard

Had this last night and really enjoyed it. As David notes at the top, it really seemed to evolve in the glass... starting out fairly light and cool (even a little green streak on the finish), but I found that within 20 minutes it had filled out on both the nose and palate. A few hours later I found ...
by Jim Brennan
April 14th, 2020, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?
Replies: 107
Views: 2195

Re: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?

My taste in wine tends toward the AFWE -- higher acid, not heavily extracted, less oak, blah, blah, blah. I also like robust IPAs. But these days there's a great deal of shaming of people who like hoppy, fruity IPAs. Should I be embarrassed about liking them? Will this undermine my reputation for b...
by Jim Brennan
April 11th, 2020, 6:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Falkenstein Krettnacher Euchariusberg Riesling Kabinett (AP 12)
Replies: 56
Views: 2374

Re: TN: 2017 Falkenstein Krettnacher Euchariusberg Riesling Kabinett (AP 12)

I should do a better job reading about the wines I drink... Lars, I didn't realize your role in making Falkenstein. Love the wines, cheers!
by Jim Brennan
March 28th, 2020, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??
Replies: 36
Views: 1889

Re: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??

What a cool thread. Thanks!
by Jim Brennan
March 13th, 2020, 8:51 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 266
Views: 12994

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

The flights and the airports. My son is doing his sophomore year of college in Salzburg Austria. We're keeping him there... he's young, healthy, and hopefully the Uni in Salzburg will figure out some remote learning since they are temporarily closed. Putting him on a plane seems unnecessary and, if...
by Jim Brennan
March 9th, 2020, 10:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Rhys/Aeris release - Stunning Customer Appreciation
Replies: 58
Views: 2763

Re: New Rhys/Aeris release - Stunning Customer Appreciation

Who does the email originate from... I've not see anything in my email from either Rhys or Aeris on this.
by Jim Brennan
February 8th, 2020, 5:25 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Brief article: "Is Brett adapting to our winemaking practices?"
Replies: 2
Views: 947

Re: Brief article: "Is Brett adapting to our winemaking practices?"

Eric Lundblad wrote:
February 7th, 2020, 11:10 pm
I just read an article that there's a fungus growing inside the building at Chernobyl, and the fungus has adapted to live off the radiation from the destroyed power plant.
Sounds like Proto-molecule.
by Jim Brennan
February 3rd, 2020, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Aeris Etna Bianco Superiore - DRINK UP!
Replies: 32
Views: 2104

Re: 2014 Aeris Etna Bianco Superiore - DRINK UP!

I've had one and it was enjoyable, no issues.
by Jim Brennan
February 2nd, 2020, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your SUPER BOWL WINES and PICKS here
Replies: 44
Views: 1737

Re: Post your SUPER BOWL WINES and PICKS here

Spicy Palomas followed by a High West Rye on a little ice.

Love the Groundhog Day commercial!
by Jim Brennan
February 2nd, 2020, 5:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Marcel Juge, Cornas - Stream of Consciousness Thoughts
Replies: 36
Views: 1942

Re: TN: 2014 Marcel Juge, Cornas - Stream of Consciousness Thoughts

Lots of frankenwine resulted from the hot '03 vintage in France.
by Jim Brennan
February 1st, 2020, 5:57 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Irish Whiskey Thread
Replies: 49
Views: 3107

Re: Irish Whiskey Thread

I feel like Irish Whiskey threads tend to begin and end with Redbreast (unfortunately). Good stuff, no doubt, but there are so many others. Some others I enjoy are Powers, Tyrconnell Sherry Cask Finish, and Glendalough.
by Jim Brennan
January 31st, 2020, 4:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?
Replies: 149
Views: 9140

Re: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?

Scott Brunson wrote:
January 30th, 2020, 3:01 pm
Brian Tuite wrote:
January 30th, 2020, 12:01 pm
Jim Brennan wrote:
January 30th, 2020, 11:32 am
I took everything, even the Chardonnay and Trousseau
What Trousseau?
The one in the next offering I guess. neener
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by Jim Brennan
January 30th, 2020, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?
Replies: 149
Views: 9140

Re: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?

I took everything, even the Chardonnay and Trousseau
by Jim Brennan
January 7th, 2020, 4:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 3140

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.



And for the record, the idea of putting ketchup on a hot dog is disgusting.
by Jim Brennan
January 2nd, 2020, 5:06 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Japanese Whiskey
Replies: 97
Views: 8445

Re: Japanese Whiskey

I recently discovered that and liked it! (Great value, in my opinion.) I like their gin, as well! Does it drink closer to a bourbon or a scotch? More like a gin, I expect :-) Coffey Grain is more like American Whisky than Scotch. Actually I think it's more like Irish Whiskey, but a bit sweeter on t...
by Jim Brennan
January 1st, 2020, 9:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?
Replies: 52
Views: 3833

Re: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?

Zin.

As for sparklers, I'm with Michael Powers on this and would choose options from the Loire and a few other European regions over CA at the lower price points, and then Champagne at higher prices.

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