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by K John Joseph
October 5th, 2020, 8:06 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 427
Views: 38772

Re: Your Gin?

Four Pillars Gin - Australia - Spicy potpourri nose with intense orange notes. Nice and smooth on the palate and solid in a gin and tonic. The orange and spice dominates the gin, with juniper sliding in late along with an herbaceous grassy note. Overall, a pretty solid gin that I'm enjoying. Gray W...
by K John Joseph
September 25th, 2020, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $500 Heitz Martha's?!?
Replies: 27
Views: 2172

Re: $500 Heitz Martha's?!?

It's not uncommon for wineries to high ball their library. That prevents it from selling out quickly. Sometimes they'll have a sale bringing the price of select wines down to a reasonable level. Otherwise, it's generally insane to pay that premium. Agreed. Beringer was aggressive about liquidating ...
by K John Joseph
September 25th, 2020, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Essential canon of mid-priced "value"
Replies: 49
Views: 2843

Re: Essential canon of mid-priced "value"

So Bob thinks I'm being low-brow (Frogs Leap) I don't think he's calling you low brow. I think he's saying that the term "cult" is usually attributed to a very specific thing in Napa that almost exclusively includes (i) famous winemaker; (ii) famous vineyard; (iii) extremely high price; (iv) relati...
by K John Joseph
September 25th, 2020, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Essential canon of mid-priced "value"
Replies: 49
Views: 2843

Re: Essential canon of mid-priced "value"

Yeah I don't get the "cult" reference but I'd add these guys:

Produttori Barbaresco
Vajra Barolo Albe
Bereche Brut Reserve Champagne
Ceritas Costalina Pinot Noir
by K John Joseph
September 17th, 2020, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Anniversary Wines - Recommendations?
Replies: 67
Views: 2504

Re: Auctions

Jadot’s 1997s are really good and very well priced. My recommendation would be Philip Togni. In a slightly hit and miss vintage, the Togni is not only fantastic for the vintage, b ut in my top five California wines, period. Interesting -- 1997 is excellent but I have preferred the 1992 and 2001 amo...
by K John Joseph
September 8th, 2020, 11:05 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Willett isn’t really Willett
Replies: 18
Views: 1187

Re: Willett isn’t really Willett

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/be ... om-n879651

This kind of stuff has been going on for a good while, and lots of good stuff has been churned out. High West and Whistle Pig, famously.
by K John Joseph
September 2nd, 2020, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Clos des Papes
Replies: 30
Views: 1832

Re: 2005 Clos des Papes

The change in Clos des Papes occurred with the handover of the winemaking from Paul to Vincent Avril (or at least roughly then), always a dangerous moment for a domaine. I haven't really had any since a bottle of the 06 (which I received as a gift) so I don't know what it's like these days, but I h...
by K John Joseph
September 1st, 2020, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1991 Penfolds Grange (and others Colgin, Abreu, HB, Dana Lotus)- decant suggestions
Replies: 7
Views: 413

Re: 1991 Penfolds Grange (and others Colgin, Abreu, HB, Dana Lotus)- decant suggestions

I probably wouldn't decant that grange near that long, but I would absolutely follow Brodie's other comments. Stand it up for ages before you open. The sediment and potential for cloudiness in Grange is brutal. Needs a long stand and a careful pour. The corks do tend to blow. Use a Durand for sure. ...
by K John Joseph
August 28th, 2020, 11:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When Your Neighbor Asks if You Like Wine
Replies: 39
Views: 2684

Re: When Your Neighbor Asks if You Like Wine

He told me his wine budget is about $15K a month Well, that rules out all of my neighbors. On another wine board, a guy posted this exact story about some guy named KJohn who rides peloton and drinks wine neener No I saw that one. It was slightly embellished. Something about me washing my car in a ...
by K John Joseph
August 28th, 2020, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When Your Neighbor Asks if You Like Wine
Replies: 39
Views: 2684

Re: When Your Neighbor Asks if You Like Wine

When people ask me if I like wine they usually offer me their grandfather's homemade port, or some other monstrosity. Yep. +2. The boot black at my Dad's prior office building found out that my dad had a passion for wine. At Christmas, she gave him a present. A jar of homemade raisin wine. Clear br...
by K John Joseph
August 28th, 2020, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The best seal
Replies: 46
Views: 2566

Re: The best seal

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Stelvin is the second best seal. Dude married prime-ish Heidi Klum.
by K John Joseph
August 28th, 2020, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When Your Neighbor Asks if You Like Wine
Replies: 39
Views: 2684

Re: When Your Neighbor Asks if You Like Wine

J Wei wrote:
August 28th, 2020, 6:01 pm
He told me his wine budget is about $15K a month
Well, that rules out all of my neighbors.
by K John Joseph
August 26th, 2020, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What other Champagnes are similar to Krug?
Replies: 35
Views: 2921

Re: What other Champagnes are similar to Krug?

Mitch, Are you asking about second fermentation aging (8 years vs. 3 years) or reserves in the blend (8 years worth of reserves vs. 3 years worth of reserves)? I just want to make sure I understand the question. With Charles Heidsieck, the big change has been the time aging on the lees during the s...
by K John Joseph
August 26th, 2020, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What other Champagnes are similar to Krug?
Replies: 35
Views: 2921

Re: What other Champagnes are similar to Krug?

Taittinger's reserve wines are predominatnly only 1-2 years older than the base vintage and usually make up only 20%-30% of the final blend (with closer to 20% being more common). A lot of producers don't hold their reserve wines separately all that long (cost, space) or choose to start a perpetual...
by K John Joseph
August 22nd, 2020, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and the NBA bubble in Orlando
Replies: 59
Views: 4628

Re: Wine and the NBA bubble in Orlando

Let us get to the key question. How do we get Popovich, Reddick, Hart, etc., to participate in Wine Berserkers. They would learn a lot and we would have a ton of fun getting to know them. Remember when Keyshawn posted here for a short time? He and I PMd a few times. Don't know that I ever saw those...
by K John Joseph
August 22nd, 2020, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Cult Of Champagne
Replies: 53
Views: 2459

Re: The Cult Of Champagne

Lastly, reds-only folk wear it as a badge of pride "I only drink red!" as if that made them superior, which is very odd to me, This is, to me, a huge marker of a wine poser. If you act like you know wine and then "only drink red" it's pretty certain that you have very little actual knowledge or exp...
by K John Joseph
August 21st, 2020, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Cult Of Champagne
Replies: 53
Views: 2459

Re: The Cult Of Champagne

Expensive Champagne seems to be a "waste" for me - Champagne invariably is a prelude to the night's red wines, and thus are finished off in 15 -30 minutes. A bit like caviar - an expensive frivolity to start things off. The reds are allowed much more time in comparison. Having said that, the brandi...
by K John Joseph
August 19th, 2020, 2:51 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 427
Views: 38772

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
August 19th, 2020, 2:29 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 427
Views: 38772

Re: Your Gin?

Orbium is a more Fall/Winter robust cocktail addition for me to make more distinctive Negroni's and the such. Orbium gets pretty mixed reviews, but I think it's absolutely sensational in a G&T. Its combo of a firm bitter note from quinine mixed with sweet floral aromas and decent citrus undertones ...
by K John Joseph
August 19th, 2020, 2:27 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 427
Views: 38772

Re: Your Gin?

Finally got around to finding Monkey in the L bottle so I could try at home. It is definitely quite good, but I'm not sure I would put it above Old Raj, which is my #1. My current rank: 1. Old Raj 2. Monkey 3. Junipero This is a fun game. Mine change over time, but I think my top 3 over the past fe...
by K John Joseph
August 6th, 2020, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and the NBA bubble in Orlando
Replies: 59
Views: 4628

Re: NBA Player’s Unofficial Wine Club

Reddick should have just called Carnes and Alfert to bring him some stuff. Between the two, they could have sourced great rhones and burgs. But then again, they'd have to know who Redick is. Enter Fu and me.

Clearly Redick needs to get on Wineberserkers so he can get his fix same-day.
by K John Joseph
July 28th, 2020, 7:57 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 427
Views: 38772

Re: Your Gin?

Got a new batch try this weekend. So far, we’ve opened the Dingle and like it a lot. We’ll be ordering more of this. Any insights into the the rest of the batch? Hayman makes a solid standard London Dry. It's good, not great, but a really solid gin that makes a good G&T, a decent martini, and is go...
by K John Joseph
July 28th, 2020, 7:50 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 427
Views: 38772

Re: Your Gin?

We sell it so beware, but just started drinking Empress 1908 from Canada. Crazy blue color from Butterfly pea blossom, and more citrus forward with the grapefruit peel and Empress Hotel house tea as core components. Great summer G&T, we grab a grapefruit and then pick an herb or peppercorn and add ...
by K John Joseph
July 24th, 2020, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is this a wine?
Replies: 53
Views: 2182

Re: Is this a wine?

I think Petnat tastes kind of like grape beer
by K John Joseph
July 21st, 2020, 10:34 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 427
Views: 38772

Re: Your Gin?

Leopold's American Small Batch Gin This is a fun gin. Wife got me a six month gin club membership from Mash & Grape and this was the first delivery. A gin I've not had, and that's a good start. The nose has some nice underlying juniper and lovely punch or orange, followed by nice spice and citrus p...
by K John Joseph
July 20th, 2020, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WILLIAM KELLEY!
Replies: 231
Views: 10343

Re: WILLIAM KELLEY!

we 30 somethings have a lot to offer to the wine world ALfert, stop trying to age shame us Like significantly better palates. Take that, Owlman. Fu does, that's for sure. I just cannot read any of his labels. You still like big boozy wines. Must be a Texas thing. From the dude who keeps buying OVID...
by K John Joseph
July 17th, 2020, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WILLIAM KELLEY!
Replies: 231
Views: 10343

Re: WILLIAM KELLEY!

c fu wrote:
July 16th, 2020, 4:33 pm
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
July 16th, 2020, 4:26 pm
I didn’t know he was such a pup
we 30 somethings have a lot to offer to the wine world ALfert, stop trying to age shame us
Like significantly better palates. Take that, Owlman.
by K John Joseph
July 7th, 2020, 9:02 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 764
Views: 53107

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

I’ve been at this longer than most. 20 or so years ago it became clear that whisky quality was heading into the outhouse and I stocked up on the whiskies I liked. At one point I owned more than 100 bottles of the old Springbank 12/100 (if you know, you know); now I’m down to my last dozen. Similarl...
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: 7465

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: 15146

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: 644
Views: 52186

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: 15146

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: 15146

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: 1273

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: 644
Views: 52186

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: 644
Views: 52186

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: 1116

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: 427
Views: 38772

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: 1668

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: 427
Views: 38772

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: 1471

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: 7282

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: 1842

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: 97
Views: 5542

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: 1603

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: 98
Views: 6269

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: 446
Views: 37615

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: 446
Views: 37615

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: 6064

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: 6118

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...

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