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by K John Joseph
June 9th, 2020, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 6808

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

Exactly right, Scott and it is me who organises the event... (which originated as an extension of Clive Coates' Bordeaux blind tasting sessions) I get that but if, tasting across different producers from the same vineyard, one cannot identify to a commonality between the wines, surely one can make ...
by K John Joseph
June 6th, 2020, 5:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CHARITY RAFFLE NAACP LDF - super secret additional raffle run - we hit our max goal of $60,000!!
Replies: 327
Views: 14393

Re: CHARITY RAFFLE NAACP LDF - Check first post for live draw information - (DONATION CAP $60,000 REACHED!!)

What a brilliant idea this was, Charlie. And so well executed. Other than Alfert having a ticket pulled instead of me, this was really top shelf. Great work. “But how can I make a difference?” In five days you helped raise $60,000.
by K John Joseph
June 4th, 2020, 11:02 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 537
Views: 47435

Re: The Cocktail Thread

Now comes the monkey wrench. IMHO, what separates a true professional mixologist from just a hobbyist is the ability to take an ingredient that doesn't match the categories above and craft the cocktail around its specific flavors. For example, using an herb like basil or rosemary; a vegetable like ...
by K John Joseph
June 4th, 2020, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CHARITY RAFFLE NAACP LDF - super secret additional raffle run - we hit our max goal of $60,000!!
Replies: 327
Views: 14393

Re: CHARITY RAFFLE - INCREDIBLE RARE WINE/MAGNUMS INSIDE

Receipt on the way. I'm good for 12.5 tickets (round down to 12). Wonderful work, Charlie! I donated for 13 tickets, just to one-up my good friend, Mr. Kane! And his palate clearly needs these wines more than me. So that Kane's odds of winning are no less than mine, please give one of my tixs to Si...
by K John Joseph
June 3rd, 2020, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CHARITY RAFFLE NAACP LDF - super secret additional raffle run - we hit our max goal of $60,000!!
Replies: 327
Views: 14393

Re: CHARITY RAFFLE - INCREDIBLE RARE WINE/MAGNUMS INSIDE

Receipt on the way. I'm good for 12.5 tickets (round down to 12). NAACP LDF allows you to direct the application of your funds. If you'd like to give to help address policing reforms, you may select that option. Regardless of your political leanings, if you want to know why the NAACP LDF is importan...
by K John Joseph
May 29th, 2020, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Salt Vine Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley, Calistoga)
Replies: 14
Views: 1216

Re: TN: 2015 Salt Vine Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley, Calistoga)

T. Altmayer wrote:
May 29th, 2020, 4:53 pm
Man, I signed up for this winery a long while ago and then again recently and never heard back. Glad to hear it is living up to the promise.
Fu, do this bro right!
by K John Joseph
May 28th, 2020, 8:20 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 537
Views: 47435

Re: The Cocktail Thread

Gin is one of my favorite spirits and Aviations are a go-to cocktail/guilty pleasure for me. Anyone have a great recipe for this or a gin they recommend in the recipe to elevate the drink a little? St. George Terroir gin. Gin is my least favorite spirit but if you want to 'elevate' your aviation th...
by K John Joseph
May 28th, 2020, 8:09 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 537
Views: 47435

Re: The Cocktail Thread

Death & Co is definitely one of the top cocktail books out there. Also near the top for me is a book by the late Sasha Petraske called Regarding Cocktails. Almost every cocktail in the book is very approachable in terms of ingredients (unlike some books like PDT, for example). https://www.amazon.co...
by K John Joseph
May 10th, 2020, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Fu's blind tasting around the country with a vertical of Levet with French, Henriquez, Alfert, Carnes , Kane
Replies: 11
Views: 1087

Re: TN: Fu's blind tasting around the country with a vertical of Levet with French, Henriquez, Alfert, Carnes , Kane

Extremely fun tasting, and a great idea by Charlie. I never would have guessed each wine was by the same producer as the vintage variations made the wines each remarkably different. I popped these a few hours before the tasting and took notes, then supplemented the notes during the "official" tastin...
by K John Joseph
April 5th, 2020, 3:35 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 406
Views: 36809

Re: Your Gin?

Napue Gin from Kyro Distillery in Finland. Very nice gin with traditional juniper notes married with citrus, and some light berry notes, and a hint of grass and spice. Well balanced, bright, and botanical without being overbearing. Recommended. Pretty good stuff. Fever Tree Indian Tonic, small rose...
by K John Joseph
March 17th, 2020, 12:25 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Loring - AVA Pinots Added - 30% Off - Free Ground Shipping!
Replies: 10
Views: 1560

Re: Loring - Tough Times, Discounted Wines, Free Ground Shipping!

Getting a "no offers available at this time" message when I log in.
by K John Joseph
March 17th, 2020, 9:29 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 406
Views: 36809

Re: Your Gin?

Napue Gin from Kyro Distillery in Finland. Very nice gin with traditional juniper notes married with citrus, and some light berry notes, and a hint of grass and spice. Well balanced, bright, and botanical without being overbearing. Recommended. Pretty good stuff. Fever Tree Indian Tonic, small rose...
by K John Joseph
March 17th, 2020, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Philip Togni vertical with new notes
Replies: 33
Views: 1429

Re: Philip Togni vertical

Mark Golodetz wrote:
March 15th, 2020, 8:14 pm
Looking forward to tasting the 1997 as I have only had it once before, out of magnum, and thought it was one of the greatest California wines I have ever had.
Curious to hear your thoughts on this.
by K John Joseph
March 16th, 2020, 12:50 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Halcon Rhone Pack
Replies: 73
Views: 6723

Re: Halcon Rhone Pack

I'm in for one too. Couple of ding dongs on this site said some very nice things about these wines and lordy, the price is right.
by K John Joseph
March 6th, 2020, 6:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine Shops for Shipping to Texas??
Replies: 29
Views: 1815

Re: Best Wine Shops for Shipping to Texas??

Anyone have experience with having Pogo's ship outside of Dallas? They actually have a decent deal or two online it appears, but won't let you ship outside the area on the website. I assume it would be illegal for them to ship anywhere outside Texas, Tom R. probably knows for sure. Every morning I ...
by K John Joseph
March 4th, 2020, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ageability of Cali Pinot
Replies: 81
Views: 3818

Re: Ageability of Cali Pinot

Mom was a big fan of Kosta Browne pinots. She's been buying them since the 2006 vintage or so, and still has a bunch as that style isn't really my dad's favorite. We occasionally pull, pop, and pour the 12-14 year old bottles. Based on my experience, they age fine. That being said, they're aging fro...
by K John Joseph
March 3rd, 2020, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Screw the three tier system: 2006 Clos de Goisses $120 UK $180 USA
Replies: 22
Views: 1579

Re: Screw the three tier system: 2006 Clos de Goisses $120 UK $180 USA

We are paying 50% here to keep the system going thanks to entrenched interests and huge amounts of lobbying. Consumers have been consistently screwed for decades and I can’t begin to calculate the money that i have paid out to the greedy sods who pay off the politicians to fatten their bank account...
by K John Joseph
March 3rd, 2020, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best $20 dollar bottle you know of?
Replies: 97
Views: 5435

Re: What's the best $20 dollar bottle you know of?

I would go pure sangiovese for this tasting because, as John Morris notes, if you're going three totally different types of wines and styles, the tasting results will be largely irrelevant. If the idea is to compare quality at price points, go with a $20 chianti, an $80 chianti classico riserve from...
by K John Joseph
February 28th, 2020, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 445
Views: 36460

Re: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?

anybody have a live code? CRUSHED was aces, think it expires today.
by K John Joseph
February 27th, 2020, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 445
Views: 36460

Re: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?

Robert M yers wrote:
February 24th, 2020, 8:08 pm
How about Roederer Brut 2012 $50 after discounts, has anybody liked?
Yes. Good stuff, buy away.
by K John Joseph
February 25th, 2020, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?
Replies: 106
Views: 5908

Re: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?

When I was in law school I worked nights for a while at a great wine bar and retail shop in west Austin. I personally did things with wine--always at the customer's request--that were quite iffy. We did 2 oz and 5 oz pours. I had many folks ask to combine pours of two different reds and, on occasion...
by K John Joseph
February 24th, 2020, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged wine - what am I missing?
Replies: 105
Views: 5992

Re: Aged wine - what am I missing?

Here's how I feel about aged wine. Most wine is not good wine. Aging it for a really long time does not do much to make it better. Many long-aged or even just 30+ year old wines are just not good wines that are now old. If they were lean, they're still lean. Expecting a middling wine to blossom into...
by K John Joseph
February 24th, 2020, 12:39 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 739
Views: 50513

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Lady of The Glen Fairly classic Bunna flavor profile despite the wood age, though with sweet vanilla bean and spice notes likely attributable to the bourbon casks. Honeysuckle, dried apricot, golden raisin, hint of wood, vanilla bean ice cream. Nice dram, but by no means a worl...
by K John Joseph
February 24th, 2020, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1269
Views: 86659

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

2008 Dom Perignon Very nice wine with a bit of fresh bread, pear, lemon curd, vanilla, and that hint of mint. A solid showing, perhaps with less stony cool mint and more fresh bread, but a really nice wine with good cut and perfect balance. Always cool and delicious. 96 this bottle. 2008 Cristal So...
by K John Joseph
February 20th, 2020, 3:02 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 406
Views: 36809

Re: Your Gin?

So, uh, anyone else like gin?
by K John Joseph
February 20th, 2020, 12:08 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 406
Views: 36809

Re: Your Gin?

Koval Dry Gin -- From a distillery in Chicago I've been wanting to try. Had this at The Mitchell in Dallas, served with a tonic I did not catch and a lemon wedge. The notes coming off the gin are really nice, with warm spice, citrus, and a hint of floral sweetness. I picked up rose, pepper, lemon, ...
by K John Joseph
February 20th, 2020, 9:46 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Irish Whiskey Thread
Replies: 49
Views: 3107

Re: Irish Whiskey Thread

I found yellow spot too “clean”, and too high toned. What's that mean? I think it's silky smooth, rich and malty, with vanilla, pecan toffee and spice notes. I agree that it lacks the green apple tang. My complaint is that the vanilla and sweetness are a little much for me sometimes in the same way...
by K John Joseph
February 18th, 2020, 3:11 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Irish Whiskey Thread
Replies: 49
Views: 3107

Re: Irish Whiskey Thread

M.Kaplan wrote:
February 18th, 2020, 2:58 pm
John,
I find Yellow Spot to be too soft, too sweet, and showing too much obvious cask influence and too little green apple, spice, and tang.

As always, YMMV
Thanks for the follow up. I totally get that.
by K John Joseph
February 17th, 2020, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Over 30 champagnes for a tasting group's annual Valentine event
Replies: 11
Views: 851

Re: Over 30 champagnes for a tasting group's annual Valentine event

I'm a really big fan of the 2002 Dom Ruinart BdB. I thought that was one of the stars of a very good vintage. As an aside, Starck's influence on the Roederer Brut Nature is not limited to label design. As I understand that relationship, Starck refused to play ball unless they let him work with the c...
by K John Joseph
February 17th, 2020, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Texas BYOB Let Down :(
Replies: 60
Views: 4297

Re: Texas BYOB Let Down :(

Pappas Bros is a fascinating place. Great steaks, best and deepest list in town, and they'll run crazy deals at times. They were selling half bottles of Krug for $75 a pop for a while. No shit. At a steakhouse. Burg and Rhone are the best around, and only place remotely close on Burg availability is...
by K John Joseph
February 17th, 2020, 7:49 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 406
Views: 36809

Re: Your Gin?

Edinburgh Gin Classic Gin This is a nice, classic dry gin. Notes of juniper and pine flow into bright citrus, backed by a nice warm spicy finish. Hits all of the regular notes for a classic dry gin. Nice and smooth, not particularly sweet, well layered, moderately complex. This is not going to blow...
by K John Joseph
February 17th, 2020, 7:44 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Irish Whiskey Thread
Replies: 49
Views: 3107

Re: Irish Whiskey Thread

M.Kaplan wrote:
January 28th, 2020, 3:45 pm

I'm not at all a fan of Yellow Spot
Love to hear your thoughts on Yellow Spot and why you are not a fan.
by K John Joseph
February 14th, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 406
Views: 36809

Re: Your Gin?

Glendalough Distillery Wild Botanical Gin - A nice, layered, fairly complex gin with no too-loud notes shouting over the others. Smooth, with just a hint at sweetness, this shows nice soft floral notes that remind me of the faint scent of roses, backed by fruit, citrus, and a hint of licorice on th...
by K John Joseph
February 13th, 2020, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for the board: what is the purpose to a 6 hour decant of a (very) well aged wine?
Replies: 7
Views: 721

Re: Question for the board: what is the purpose to a 6 hour decant of a (very) well aged wine?

Yao C wrote:
February 13th, 2020, 2:23 pm
I recommend taking a bit of time to read through this thread: viewtopic.php?t=120801
Lol that was not the decanting thread I thought was going to get linked.
by K John Joseph
February 12th, 2020, 12:34 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 406
Views: 36809

Re: Your Gin?

Ki No Bi Kyoto Dry Gin - The nose on this smacks of sake, but is layered with clean citrus notes, juniper, and an herbal earthy base, livened up on the back with a bit of fresh ginger spice. I was a bit hesitant after getting the sake whiff, but it is nice and clean in a gin and tonic. Silky smooth...
by K John Joseph
February 12th, 2020, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does fruit forward wine always mean it's "Modern" in style?
Replies: 35
Views: 1892

Re: Does fruit forward wine always mean it's "Modern" in style?

PS. Younger John loves 2005 Cos d’Estournel, so one can surmise that his definition of fruit forward may in fact mean modern. Well that is true, I suppose, and yet comparing an 05 Cos with an 09 Le Dome suggests that even among Bordelais, "modern" and "fruit forward" are subject to massive differen...
by K John Joseph
February 11th, 2020, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does fruit forward wine always mean it's "Modern" in style?
Replies: 35
Views: 1892

Re: Does fruit forward wine always mean it's "Modern" in style?

I'm curious what the membership thinks. There are plenty of wines which are very fruit forward that still have structure, and will age wonderfully. No. I have had many wines from all over the world that are traditionally made but have plenty of fruit. A few examples would be Ridge Geyserville, Ducr...
by K John Joseph
February 11th, 2020, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Rosé Champagne ever
Replies: 13
Views: 1464

Re: Best Rosé Champagne ever

mdavis wrote:
February 10th, 2020, 11:02 pm
Move on, nothing to see here. Fu bought them all already.

-mark
My first thought was..."let's all thank Fu for ensuring these are impossible to find for a reasonable price."
by K John Joseph
February 11th, 2020, 9:25 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 406
Views: 36809

Re: Your Gin?

Edinburgh Gin Classic Gin This is a nice, classic dry gin. Notes of juniper and pine flow into bright citrus, backed by a nice warm spicy finish. Hits all of the regular notes for a classic dry gin. Nice and smooth, not particularly sweet, well layered, moderately complex. This is not going to blow...
by K John Joseph
February 11th, 2020, 9:15 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 406
Views: 36809

Re: Your Gin?

Ki No Bi Kyoto Dry Gin - The nose on this smacks of sake, but is layered with clean citrus notes, juniper, and an herbal earthy base, livened up on the back with a bit of fresh ginger spice. I was a bit hesitant after getting the sake whiff, but it is nice and clean in a gin and tonic. Silky smooth...
by K John Joseph
February 10th, 2020, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1269
Views: 86659

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

PSA - Piper Heidsieck "Extra Dry" means something very, very different than Extra Brut.

That is all.
by K John Joseph
February 10th, 2020, 7:11 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 406
Views: 36809

Re: Your Gin?

Bobby's Schiedam Dry Gin A gin with Indonesian flair that's been getting rave reviews and quite a bit of press. This gin is decidedly in your face, with massive lemongrass, cardamom, anise seed, and spice and floral notes. Spicy like a bazaar. The far-east flavors are really strong. This is complex...
by K John Joseph
February 7th, 2020, 2:20 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 406
Views: 36809

Re: Your Gin?

Also, the liquor store forgot to pack in my bottle of Bareksten. I noticed when I got home after work. Called today and they'd set it aside and apologized. Since I had to go back, may as well pick up something else... Grabbed a: Glendalough Distillery Wild Botanical Gin; and a Edinburgh Gin Classic ...
by K John Joseph
February 7th, 2020, 2:15 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 406
Views: 36809

Re: Your Gin?

Silent Pool Gin - Surrey, England. This gin has something like 24 botanicals, layered in during the distillation process. It is a hair sweet, and has a decidedly floral entry, but has nice underlying citrus notes, a bit of spice, and a touch of coriander. Only just a touch reminiscent of chamomile ...
by K John Joseph
February 6th, 2020, 3:04 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 406
Views: 36809

Re: Your Gin?

One of our local fine wine shops also has a badass spirits director. I stopped by to pick up some wine and took a gander at their gin selection. Easily the best I've seen in Dallas, and by a mile. I picked up: Bareksten Gin Bobby's Schiedam Dry Gin Monkey 47 Distiller's Cut Ki No Beh Silent Pool I h...
by K John Joseph
February 6th, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me convert my casita into a wine cellar/wine room!
Replies: 85
Views: 3797

Re: Help me convert my casita into a wine cellar/wine room!

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
February 6th, 2020, 12:16 pm
K John Joseph wrote:
February 6th, 2020, 12:13 pm
Todd F r e n c h wrote:
February 6th, 2020, 11:03 am

Doorway 4'11" (currently with French doors)
Must be a real bitch having to stoop so low to get into the casita. Our doorways are mostly around 7 ft.
Cute. OP changed
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by K John Joseph
February 6th, 2020, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me convert my casita into a wine cellar/wine room!
Replies: 85
Views: 3797

Re: Help me convert my casita into a wine cellar/wine room!

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
February 6th, 2020, 11:03 am

Doorway 4'11" (currently with French doors)
Must be a real bitch having to stoop so low to get into the casita. Our doorways are mostly around 7 ft.
by K John Joseph
January 29th, 2020, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?
Replies: 58
Views: 2558

Re: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?

Never been disappointed by any Ygay. I buy it almost every year in some small quantity. It ages beautifully and is, in my opinion, excellent young with a steak.
by K John Joseph
January 17th, 2020, 7:42 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 406
Views: 36809

Re: Your Gin?

The Gin expertise here is way over my head. I only drink Martinis. Maybe 3x to 4x per year but usually 2 - 3 glasses in an evening. Formed the habit 15+ years ago as a family gathering tradition. Seems like Gin options and quality have exploded. Some of the misc. aroma/flavor aspects sound quite co...
by K John Joseph
January 16th, 2020, 12:22 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 406
Views: 36809

Re: Your Gin?

Martin Miller's Westbourne Strength - Gin and Tonic, Fever Tree Classic, lime slice: After my first G&T with this I was not so sure. After the first bottle I was dead certain this is really delicious change of pace contemporary gin. Really fun floral nose with lychee and what almost smells like wat...

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