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by Dave McCloskey
November 21st, 2020, 6:53 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 439
Views: 40516

Re: Your Gin?

Glad to have you and some activity in the gin thread! Glad to be here and hope this thread continues. I tried Ransom Old Tom last night for the first time and was impressed... very different, but I liked it. I've been to the UK twice over the last two years and Gin is incredibly popular. Last year ...
by Dave McCloskey
November 21st, 2020, 6:45 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3968
Views: 222074

Re: The Bourbon Thread

New Pappy or stitzel-Weller juice? New Pappy? [scratch.gif] New Pappy = Buffalo Trace distillate. Pappy garnered cult status on the basis of Stizel-Weller distillate. All Pappy has been without SW for a few years now. The ultra limited Pappy 25 that was released a few years ago was probably the las...
by Dave McCloskey
November 18th, 2020, 10:27 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3968
Views: 222074

Re: The Bourbon Thread

I've had every offering from Van Winkle including Pappy's 20+ year old Bourbon. I've also had a boat load of other Kentucky boutique label Bourbon's. I recently bought a bottle of Weller's 12 year old and am hard pressed to identify something I like better. Unfortunately, it's super hard to find. N...
by Dave McCloskey
November 17th, 2020, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite Thomas Rivers Brown wine?
Replies: 58
Views: 3353

Re: Your favorite Thomas Rivers Brown wine?

NickRut wrote:
November 15th, 2020, 12:27 pm
Rivers Marie
Outpost True
Maybach
Schrader rarely disappoints as well
Agree. [cheers.gif]
by Dave McCloskey
November 17th, 2020, 10:34 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 439
Views: 40516

Re: Your Gin?

K John Joseph wrote:
August 22nd, 2018, 9:15 am
Q Tonic is focused on low sugar.

The Fever Tree Medi tastes more like club soda.
I agree and I kind of like that about it. There's enough tonic taste, but it comes across a little more clean/fresh. It doesn't take away from the gin.
by Dave McCloskey
November 17th, 2020, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?
Replies: 46
Views: 2739

Re: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?

Great report, Dave! And I'm going to repeat my prior request for those looking to do this test. Phase 1 is to do something like what Dave just described. This leads to a hypothesis that, for example, Grassl Liberté is better for both Chablis and California chardonnay and that Grassl Cru is better f...
by Dave McCloskey
November 17th, 2020, 10:09 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3968
Views: 222074

Re: The Bourbon Thread

I've had every offering from Van Winkle including Pappy's 20+ year old Bourbon. I've also had a boat load of other Kentucky boutique label Bourbon's. I recently bought a bottle of Weller's 12 year old and am hard pressed to identify something I like better. Unfortunately, it's super hard to find. W...
by Dave McCloskey
November 16th, 2020, 10:00 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3968
Views: 222074

Re: The Bourbon Thread

I've had every offering from Van Winkle including Pappy's 20+ year old Bourbon. I've also had a boat load of other Kentucky boutique label Bourbon's. I recently bought a bottle of Weller's 12 year old and am hard pressed to identify something I like better. Unfortunately, it's super hard to find.
by Dave McCloskey
November 16th, 2020, 9:54 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 439
Views: 40516

Re: Your Gin?

Scottish gin seems to be 'in' this year, I tried the Botanist at the Whiskey Live event here in NYC. There was also Caorunn Gin, which is really nice. I also like the Botanist. To me it's not over Botanical. Some of these new gins taste like a botanical chemistry lab. Sometimes too much of a good t...
by Dave McCloskey
November 16th, 2020, 9:24 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 439
Views: 40516

Re: Your Gin?

adam landa wrote:
September 15th, 2010, 6:55 am
Another fan of Hendricks.
I was a fan of Hendricks until a friend said, "You know this has a Palmolive dishwashing soap smell." Done, over and out. He was dead on and from then on out that's all I smelled. Now their new Gin with Wormwood doesn't have any of that soapy smell and is very good.
by Dave McCloskey
November 16th, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 439
Views: 40516

Re: Your Gin?

Monkey 47 is my favorite gin (Wine Spectator rated it the best Gin in the world), but I recently purchased Drum Shanbo out of Ireland that's very interesting and makes a great G&T when combined with Fever Tree's Mediterranean tonic water.
by Dave McCloskey
November 16th, 2020, 9:04 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Need A Driver In Ireland
Replies: 11
Views: 827

Re: Need A Driver In Ireland

Michael Sopher wrote:
November 3rd, 2020, 2:28 pm
My boss sits in Dublin, he is a huge Rugby fan as well. I will get some recs
Thanks, I appreciate it. [cheers.gif]
by Dave McCloskey
November 16th, 2020, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?
Replies: 46
Views: 2739

Re: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?

On Saturday we conducted our glass comparison test with 8 wines and 1 Champagne. The wines generically fit within the categories of Red & White Burgundy, Bordeaux and Piedmont. We tested Grassl (Cru, Liberte and 1855), Zalto (Burgundy and Bordeaux) and Reidel (Montrachet, Burgundy, Champaigne, Borde...
by Dave McCloskey
November 11th, 2020, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine aging and group think
Replies: 141
Views: 5958

Re: Wine aging and group think

Bill Sweeney wrote:
November 10th, 2020, 4:18 am
I think Bordeaux and burgundy almost always profit from age. Barolo too. But California and Oregon wines don’t necessarily need age. I think the myth that all red wines improve with aging arises from experience with European wines.
^^^This^^^
by Dave McCloskey
October 30th, 2020, 5:45 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?
Replies: 46
Views: 2739

Re: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?

Last night I opened a very nice Chardonnay from Burgundy and poured it into a new Liberté glass. My initial impression was that I liked the look and feel of the glass design in my hand, however it seemed a tad short in it's height and wondered how that would impact the aroma experience. After a few ...
by Dave McCloskey
October 26th, 2020, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine Room Cooling Systems
Replies: 0
Views: 272

Wine Room Cooling Systems

We are building a dedicated wine room in the basement. The custom wine racks have arrived and will be installed this week. We experimented with a portable cooling unit, but without venting the room shot up to 94 degrees. Thankfully no wine was stored in the room. We're now looking at other approache...
by Dave McCloskey
October 26th, 2020, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?
Replies: 46
Views: 2739

Re: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?

Thanks for your test and comments, Dave. You're welcome. I'm adding another glass to the test. I'm picking up 2 Zalto Bordeaux's to compare with the Grassl 1855. Over the weekend I watched a Somm from the original "Somm" movie do a wine glass comparison. It was not blind and all glasses were of the...
by Dave McCloskey
October 26th, 2020, 8:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2427
Views: 205685

Re: Steak Porn

I also have the kick ash baskets....they certainly make clean up of spent charcoal a bit easier. Are they designed specifically for the BGE? I have a Kamado Joe and this looks like a handy device. Hi Dave - they are generically made for all the big name Kamado manufacturers (including of course Kam...
by Dave McCloskey
October 23rd, 2020, 9:08 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Need A Driver In Ireland
Replies: 11
Views: 827

Re: Need A Driver In Ireland

Rugby? That’s an English sport, so said our polish taxi driver in Cork. BTW, you’re quite the optimist. A lot of Poles in Ireland these days. Didn't find them to be very well informed. Not surprising though, it's not their country. At this point nobody really knows if the Six Nations Tour will star...
by Dave McCloskey
October 23rd, 2020, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?
Replies: 46
Views: 2739

Re: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?

The Grassl glasses arrived yesterday and unbeknownst to me my wife picked up two extra of the 1855, so now I have 4 of them. We did a preliminary test last night with the Cru against a Penner Ash Pinot Glass. The wine was a 2012 Rhys Alpine Vineyard PN. Both my wife and I thought the Grassl Cru was ...
by Dave McCloskey
October 21st, 2020, 8:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2427
Views: 205685

Re: Steak Porn

Rick Joyer wrote:
October 6th, 2020, 9:11 am
I also have the kick ash baskets....they certainly make clean up of spent charcoal a bit easier.
Are they designed specifically for the BGE? I have a Kamado Joe and this looks like a handy device.
by Dave McCloskey
October 21st, 2020, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?
Replies: 46
Views: 2739

Re: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?

Assuming your goal is to pick wines that "should" show better in different glasses than the other wines in the tasting (and that may well not be your goal), I would suggest changing 3 to something old world and from some place cooler than CdP - Burgundy or Piedmont, or the more traditional higher-a...
by Dave McCloskey
October 20th, 2020, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?
Replies: 46
Views: 2739

Re: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?

The glass comparison has been set for Saturday Nov. 14. I was able to pull in four members from our wine club, including the owner who has an encyclopedic knowledge of wine. We'll compare at least two Riedel glass designs, three from Grassl and the Zalto Burgundy. Category of wines included in the t...
by Dave McCloskey
October 15th, 2020, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?
Replies: 46
Views: 2739

Re: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?

I'm picking up thru Chris' company two each of the Grassl Liberte, 1855 and Cru. I'll be interested in doing a blind comparison of the Cru and 1855 with the Zalto Burgundy. And this leads back into what I was hypothesizing about in my earlier post. Let's accept that we all prefer nice glasses to cr...
by Dave McCloskey
October 14th, 2020, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?
Replies: 46
Views: 2739

Re: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?

I'm picking up thru Chris' company two each of the Grassl Liberte, 1855 and Cru. I'll be interested in doing a blind comparison of the Cru and 1855 with the Zalto Burgundy.
by Dave McCloskey
October 12th, 2020, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?
Replies: 46
Views: 2739

Re: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?

Great discussion. For you Grassl fans, what's your favorite glass from them? I'm open minded and would have no issue checking them out.
by Dave McCloskey
October 12th, 2020, 11:04 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Need A Driver In Ireland
Replies: 11
Views: 827

Re: Need A Driver In Ireland

My wife and friends used paddyosullivan95@yahoo.com (not too Irish, eh), who is a remote cousin of one of the friends. My wife said he was great. I hope that the planning and trip go well Thank you. We've looked into match tickets and they're not on sale. It appears the schedule hasn't been set. It...
by Dave McCloskey
October 9th, 2020, 9:36 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Need A Driver In Ireland
Replies: 11
Views: 827

Re: Need A Driver In Ireland

SZZimmermann wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 10:27 pm
We used Martin Hurley and we were pleased. Very experienced. But you will need to figure out what you want to visit. His telephone is +353 (0) 872833436
Thank you!
by Dave McCloskey
October 7th, 2020, 11:57 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Need A Driver In Ireland
Replies: 11
Views: 827

Need A Driver In Ireland

In either Feb. or March my Rugby group plan on going to Dublin to see a Six Nations Tour match. This time we'd like to hire a driver to take us from Dublin to Belfast and points of interest in between. I understand people hire drivers to take them all the way around the Ireland. Has anyone here done...
by Dave McCloskey
September 24th, 2020, 11:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: FRENCH PIZZA
Replies: 7
Views: 1049

Re: FRENCH PIZZA

The last days of summer......a fine meal together with a tomato-rocket-salad on the countryside. Arugula/Rocket from the garden with lovely peppery flavor. What a difference to the supermarket stuff. https://www.wineberserkers.com/content/?p=6087 B2D3E26D-E766-4E64-B72F-519EE40E7573.jpeg P.S. 35F13...
by Dave McCloskey
September 24th, 2020, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: central coast GSM vs. Rhone
Replies: 6
Views: 1314

Re: central coast GSM vs. Rhone

Vince L. wrote:
September 14th, 2020, 11:27 am
Look into Tablas Creek.

They were started by a CdP and an importer. I haven't had much experience with Rhone but I enjoy TC
I've been a wine club member of Tablas Creek for many years.
by Dave McCloskey
September 24th, 2020, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Some things you have learned about wine drinking?
Replies: 16
Views: 1475

Re: Some things you have learned about wine drinking?

Do buy a bunch of something you really like. You'll miss it when it is gone. Do not be afraid to pass on a "great" deal. There will be another one tomorrow. Do travel to a wine region, at least once. Do not follow the crowd, unless that crowd is Oregon Pinot Noir. :) Do check Cellartracker, especia...
by Dave McCloskey
September 21st, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Why does wine often taste better the next day (or after)
Replies: 26
Views: 1538

Re: Why does wine often taste better the next day (or after)

This topic has been discussed in the past. Within the last year someone posted a scientific article about the affects of decanting and air on wine. According to science there's no measurable impact of air on improving and or changing the flavor and or aroma of wine. That said, I too have experienced...
by Dave McCloskey
September 17th, 2020, 7:14 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: New York City hotels
Replies: 19
Views: 2851

Re: New York City hotels

The Nomad on Broadway. It's interior design is modeled on the Hotel Costes in Paris and they have a 1 star Michelin restaurant. Since it's located in the model photography area of NYC the women who come in for cocktails will take your breath away. Their omelet is the best I've ever had - simple, fre...
by Dave McCloskey
September 17th, 2020, 6:52 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Pergola *** Rome - wine list
Replies: 12
Views: 1471

Re: Pergola *** Rome - wine list

I had a phenomenal dinning experience at La Pergola in 2016. I chose the wine for our table and worked with the Somm to find offerings that would appeal to the majority of our party and the food being served. I went Italian throughout the meal and was not disappointed. Unfortunately, I don't recall ...
by Dave McCloskey
September 17th, 2020, 6:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taco Bell Jalapeño Noir
Replies: 38
Views: 2380

Re: Taco Bell Jalapeño Noir

Dell Taco and Pup N Taco are each coming out with competing offerings. Dell Taco is releasing 'Ghost Pepper' Cabernet and Pup N Taco is has 'Smokey Salsa' Sauvignon Blanc. Sign up for your allocation ASAP, because offerings are limited.
by Dave McCloskey
September 17th, 2020, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MacDonald, Realm and Greer offerings
Replies: 14
Views: 1865

Re: MacDonald, Realm and Greer offerings

I grabbed close to a full allocation of Realm and Aubert. I just signed up for MacD, so my guess is my Great Grandchildren will be reaping the rewards of that offering. ;-)
by Dave McCloskey
September 16th, 2020, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MacDonald release is imminent!!!
Replies: 184
Views: 17802

Re: MacDonald release is imminent!!!

Just put my name on the mailing list. I take this is a long process! ;-) I just signed up my first grandchild, hope it’s a he and is named Michael too. Maybe he will make the list in 2055 now that I’ve signed him up! Maybe I should sign up a granddaughter just in case. [thumbs-up.gif] Yeah sounds l...
by Dave McCloskey
September 14th, 2020, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: central coast GSM vs. Rhone
Replies: 6
Views: 1314

Re: central coast GSM vs. Rhone

This is a good question. I would suggest moving it to the "Wine Talk" forum. It will get more eyeballs and comments. I second this recommendation. There's a huge thread on Rhone Syrah's that's very informative. In general... very general, Central California GSM's tend to have higher alcohol content...
by Dave McCloskey
September 14th, 2020, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine Aromas
Replies: 1
Views: 915

Re: Wine Aromas

Rick what would also help is associating a varietal to the aroma wheel.
by Dave McCloskey
September 14th, 2020, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?
Replies: 46
Views: 2739

Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?

I'm going to answer my own question. Yes! I've tried every manufacturer of wine glasses on the market... I think. A couple of months ago I bought a Zalto 'Burgundy' glass and poured a 2012 Aubert Sugar Shack into it and was blown away. That juice was singing an opera out of the glass. I can see why ...
by Dave McCloskey
September 14th, 2020, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14883
Views: 742883

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Allocations from Morlet, Realm Cellars and Aubert.
by Dave McCloskey
September 14th, 2020, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release
Replies: 95
Views: 4554

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release

Brian Tuite wrote:
September 10th, 2020, 5:46 am
Jayson Cohen wrote:
September 9th, 2020, 9:18 pm
larry schaffer wrote:
September 9th, 2020, 5:52 pm
Who's on third?
No, he’s on first.
What?
by Dave McCloskey
September 14th, 2020, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MacDonald release is imminent!!!
Replies: 184
Views: 17802

Re: MacDonald release is imminent!!!

Just put my name on the mailing list. I take this is a long process! ;-)
by Dave McCloskey
April 21st, 2020, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Tablas Creek Picardan
Replies: 6
Views: 383

Re: TN: 2018 Tablas Creek Picardan

I’ve been on the ‘white’s wine only’ club for several years. Six bottles two times a year. The Picardan is wonderful. There are so many white varietals they produce. And, the different white blends are fascinating after trying the main component grape wines. I have gone through a few cases of their...
by Dave McCloskey
April 21st, 2020, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast
Replies: 178
Views: 11151

Re: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast

PeterH wrote:
April 19th, 2020, 1:41 pm
New world Syrah is not my thing, but I'm surprised not to see Alban, Booker, or Saxum on anyone's list. For that matter Christophe Baron is missing too.
Nicora is another one you can add to the list above.
by Dave McCloskey
April 21st, 2020, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast
Replies: 178
Views: 11151

Re: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast

Well for all the Cali-fans, I'll counter with WA and add K Vintners, WT Vintners, Gramercy, and Betz. Honestly, I don't think anyone on West Coast truly produces Syrah like Northern Rhone and they shouldn't , they should produce true to place and philosophy wines, just like the great diversity in N...
by Dave McCloskey
March 20th, 2020, 8:27 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: BIRYANI
Replies: 3
Views: 1256

Re: BIRYANI

I recently had two different Biryani's at Chutney Mary's in London. Both were delicious.
by Dave McCloskey
March 20th, 2020, 5:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14883
Views: 742883

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

'15 Shafer Hillside Select

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