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by K John Joseph
January 17th, 2020, 7:42 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 376
Views: 31466

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: 376
Views: 31466

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...
by K John Joseph
January 15th, 2020, 5:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Leoville Poyferre
Replies: 4
Views: 807

2000 Leoville Poyferre

Quick drink at Grailey's on Monday 2000 Leoville Poyferre -- Big complex nose of kirsch, black cherries, cigar box, leather, and smoke. The palate is really lovely, and I predict this will age very well for a long time. While the fruit has a nice sweetness to it, there is nice acidity and great tann...
by K John Joseph
January 13th, 2020, 9:41 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 376
Views: 31466

Re: Your Gin?

The Gin Foundry - Europa Punchy profile with juniper, coriander, and fennel, and an aggressive citrus and bitter peel note on the back end. The best way to describe this gin is "too much of a good thing." It's like the distiller was determined that the consumer would be able to identify, on its own...
by K John Joseph
January 8th, 2020, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A scientist's view of the right Champagne glass
Replies: 36
Views: 1724

Re: A scientist's view of the right Champagne glass

I didn´t read all postings carefully, but if I´m not mistaken a certain point is missing here: Champagne/sparkling glasses always have a "pin point" at the bottom where the bubbles start to origine - wine glasses usually don´t have any - and therefore Champagne drunk out of wine (or brandy or whate...
by K John Joseph
January 8th, 2020, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A scientist's view of the right Champagne glass
Replies: 36
Views: 1724

Re: A scientist's view of the right Champagne glass

I didn´t read all postings carefully, but if I´m not mistaken a certain point is missing here: Champagne/sparkling glasses always have a "pin point" at the bottom where the bubbles start to origine - wine glasses usually don´t have any - and therefore Champagne drunk out of wine (or brandy or whate...
by K John Joseph
January 8th, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?
Replies: 54
Views: 2776

Re: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?

An extreme example (which I think I´ve told here already before): After a quite comprehensive tasting of Northern Rhone whites I put some bottles with remains into a cardboard case in standing position ... and forgot about it in my cellar for at least 8 months. When I found it eventually a bottle o...
by K John Joseph
January 8th, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?
Replies: 54
Views: 2776

Re: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?

Why do we drink wine? The taste and experience. If the taste and experience is displeasing, why keep drinking it? If you believe there is no hope of resuscitation, pour it down the drain. Corked 2008 Dom on new years eve was going right down the drain immediately. There is no curing the flaw. Stewed...
by K John Joseph
January 7th, 2020, 11:19 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 376
Views: 31466

Re: Your Gin?

Cotswold's Gin - Really pretty aromatic with distinct lavendar florals and grapefruit peel. Fairly heavy citrus notes go well with the florals, with just a hint of spice. Nice and complex. Probably better in a gin and tonic or gin cocktail than a martini. Might go with a blood orange or grapefruit ...
by K John Joseph
January 6th, 2020, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Help
Replies: 21
Views: 1099

Re: Champagne Help

Michael S. Monie wrote:
January 6th, 2020, 7:21 am
Just had the 2006 CdC and it continues to be glorious. Assuming that 3 bottles will serve everyone, why not get 3 08 Dom and 3 06 CdC?
Do this.
by K John Joseph
January 3rd, 2020, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne TNs from NYE: Krug, Vilmart, Comtes Rose, Laherte-Freres, Bouchard
Replies: 11
Views: 1090

Re: Champagne TNs from NYE: Krug, Vilmart, Comtes Rose, Laherte-Freres, Bouchard

[*] NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Edition 167eme - France, Champagne (1/1/2020) 118007. Blend of vintages from 1995 through 2011, composed of 191 wines. My notes from last night say lime, lime, lime! Apple tart, superb balance and an aroma of crushed rocks. Even at the 3 hour mark with this o...
by K John Joseph
January 2nd, 2020, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 962
Views: 64649

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

On NYE: 02` Taittinger Comtes de Champange BdB in Magnum 02` Gaston Chiquet BdB in Magnum 14` Pierre Peters L`Esptrit BdB NV Launois Veuve Clemence 06` Charles Heissieck Brut Rose in Magnum 2008 Dom Perignon - badly corked (noooooooooooo!) 2011 J. Schram Rose - Nice peach and underripe strawberry w...
by K John Joseph
December 30th, 2019, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 962
Views: 64649

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

2008 Bollinger Grand Annee - mid yellow/light gold in color with yeast roll and lees on the nose layered with apple tart and lemon oil and a nice finish of honeysuckle. Slightly oxidative, but just a touch. Big obvious note here is the rich biscuit, fruit, florals contrasted against a steely, crisp...
by K John Joseph
December 20th, 2019, 7:34 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 376
Views: 31466

Re: Your Gin?

I'm with you on most of the above, but we tried the Xoriguer Mahon over the weekend on a friend's recommendation and we both found it pretty objectionable due to the heavy pine scent. Our G&T's went down the drain and the almost full bottle to the back of the liquor cabinet. Different strokes, of c...
by K John Joseph
December 19th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 376
Views: 31466

Re: Your Gin?

We were discussing gins at home the other day, after surveying a small collection of about 25 - 30 different bottles we've accumulated on various trips. Jonathan asked what my choices would be if we had to limit to 3 for the 3 broad categories - a G&T gin, a martini gin, and a sipping gin. My answe...
by K John Joseph
December 19th, 2019, 1:29 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 376
Views: 31466

Re: Your Gin?

We were discussing gins at home the other day, after surveying a small collection of about 25 - 30 different bottles we've accumulated on various trips. Jonathan asked what my choices would be if we had to limit to 3 for the 3 broad categories - a G&T gin, a martini gin, and a sipping gin. My answe...
by K John Joseph
December 19th, 2019, 6:48 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 376
Views: 31466

Re: Your Gin?

Made myself a Gin Mare martini last night and have to reiterate that Gin Mare is really excellent, complex, balanced, and incredibly smooth gin. Had Highclere Castle Gin in a martini last Friday at dinner out. Had a Botanist martini before. I thought the Botanist was better than the Highclere Castle...
by K John Joseph
December 18th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 962
Views: 64649

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

2014 Schramsberg Juster Vineyard Blanc de Noir -- 100% pinot, inaugural vintage for this SV. Much better than the 16 BdB. Cherry, ruby red grapefruit, lemon, and a touch of vanilla. Very smooth and fairly layered. Hint of almond oil on the finish. Pretty nice. 91-92.
by K John Joseph
December 18th, 2019, 7:41 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 376
Views: 31466

Re: Your Gin?

Cotswold's Gin - Really pretty aromatic with distinct lavendar florals and grapefruit peel. Fairly heavy citrus notes go well with the florals, with just a hint of spice. Nice and complex. Probably better in a gin and tonic or gin cocktail than a martini. Might go with a blood orange or grapefruit ...
by K John Joseph
December 17th, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Caymus 2018 Cabernet on the shelf - 13.9%
Replies: 52
Views: 2857

Re: Caymus 2018 Cabernet on the shelf - 13.9%

Nevin I think we can all agree that Caymus Cab has turned into what some might call a high end grocery store/everyday wine shop wine.. that being said they have to adapt for those customers hence the lower alc. As far as releasing a product so early I would only assume that they have sold out of th...
by K John Joseph
December 17th, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1666
Views: 97393

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Warren Taranow wrote:
October 14th, 2019, 12:09 pm
Great price today on the ‘08 Cristal. I wish I had unlimited resources and storage.
I think this is my personal favorite post of the year. Boy I can really relate. I have the same feeling every time I see good champagne for sale.
by K John Joseph
December 17th, 2019, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Bit Of A Christmas Drink
Replies: 10
Views: 1332

Re: A Bit Of A Christmas Drink

Pre-Christmas get together with some great mates last night. We drank very well. 2012 Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Champagne Grand Cru Special Club Oger: A fine nose of buttered toast and lemon curd. It is rich, full and creamy, with a nice line of minerally acidity and good volume. It builds through the...
by K John Joseph
December 16th, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 962
Views: 64649

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Thursday at my monthly Burg group tasting I had a Pol Roger Champagne (did not write down cuvee) that was very nice. We also had a 2012 Marguet Champagne Ambonnay Rosé that I thought had very nice, rich flavors but that needed more acidity. The star to me of the Champagnes that night was a 2008 Del...
by K John Joseph
December 16th, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DRC vs Leroy
Replies: 11
Views: 1237

Re: DRC vs Leroy

Wonderful set of wines.

One pointer: it is "From magnum" unless it is 2007 CdP served with sushi, at which point it is "En Magnum"
by K John Joseph
December 16th, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Wand Wine Filter
Replies: 27
Views: 1197

Re: The Wand Wine Filter

OP, take Claritin D and drink the wine. It is almost never sulfites as very, very few folks have any allergy to them at levels found in wine from what I've read. I understand the headache issue to be a histamine issue, and was advised a decade ago to take an antihistamine before a big night of wine ...
by K John Joseph
December 16th, 2019, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 962
Views: 64649

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Couple from last night. The 2009 Cristal is simply genius, and if it wasn't 200 a pop, I'd probably buy a case of it for the cellar. Gotta live to a budget, thought. But, for the 4 times I have had it this year, inclusive of last night, I simply cannot think of anything better from anywhere I have ...
by K John Joseph
December 12th, 2019, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Caymus 2018 Cabernet on the shelf - 13.9%
Replies: 52
Views: 2857

Re: Caymus 2018 Cabernet on the shelf - 13.9%

Alcohol levels on wine labels are usually not as precise as people seem to think. Could be in this case, I don't know. But 13.9% screams of a producer wanting to have an answer for people who think 14+% is too high. But the people screaming that 14% is too high are not the people buying Caymus. Qui...
by K John Joseph
December 12th, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paying for Lennie Kravitz on my 2008 Dom
Replies: 15
Views: 956

Re: Paying for Lennie Kravitz on my 2008 Dom

I'm super pissed. I thought I was getting a mag of Dom Perignon and an elite, high quality butter churn. When it showed up I was dismayed to learn it's a candle! WHAT THE HELL LVMH! And if you're going to trick me, why make the candle smell like melting Kerrygold?
by K John Joseph
December 11th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11170
Views: 411750

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2016 Castello di Rampolla Chianti Classico - Nice expressive nose of black cherry, blackberry, tobacco, and pepper steak. Fairly deep, but with a nice acidic lift to keep it from being flabby. Overall, a nice wine with good structure and good complexity. Nice combination of good fruity, spicy, and ...
by K John Joseph
December 11th, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Never seen this Henri Jayer bottle before...
Replies: 4
Views: 809

Re: Never seen this Henri Jayer bottle before...

Ahh, the Hurrican Katrina bottling.
by K John Joseph
December 10th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?
Replies: 247
Views: 4931

Re: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?

Yep. Until I saw it enlarged on the computer screen, I didn't realize the winery name was in there, so I guess that didn't turn out to be a good one for this purpose. Well, it's only the third one I recognized, so for me it was great. I picked up Figeac, Tablas Creek, and Don Melchor pretty quick. ...
by K John Joseph
December 10th, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?
Replies: 247
Views: 4931

Re: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?

These two will be really hard so I’ll give clues. I picked them because I poured both last night and the bottles are sitting on my counter. From South America: 20B3B225-081D-4FCF-852B-83048A94CA24.jpeg From Burgundy: 62EA0592-F3D2-4749-8101-8E5297D24AE1.jpeg Pretty sure that top one's gate says Con...
by K John Joseph
December 10th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 376
Views: 31466

Re: Your Gin?

Alkkemist Gin - Gin and tonic with a lemon wedge. Interesting gin. Fairly dominated by citrus fruits and fennel. Finishes long with a nice citrus and juniper finish with some floral notes. Fairly complex and very smooth. Would be good in a martini with a twist, and held its own very well in a G&T. ...
by K John Joseph
December 10th, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?
Replies: 61
Views: 2669

Re: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
December 10th, 2019, 12:30 pm
I can't imagine a single situation in which I'd rather drink muscadet than champagne, certainly not with caviar. I'm sure it's a fine pairing. But not as fine. That's just me.
I could not agree more.

Though I also feel the same way re Gamay v. Pinot Noir.
by K John Joseph
December 10th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?
Replies: 61
Views: 2669

Re: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?

Comtes
Dom Ruinart BdB

Slightly less baller: 2009 Louis Roederer & Philippe Starck Brut Nature
by K John Joseph
December 9th, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 962
Views: 64649

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Louis Roederer Brut Premier is so good for an entry level Champagne. Really enjoying this for < $40. Bollinger NV Special Cuvee Brut - Typical to the point of being slightly boring. Spiced apples, lemon, biscuit, hint of nuts, acid. Nothing wrong here and it's a plenty nice wine. I just feel like t...
by K John Joseph
December 4th, 2019, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunnuck Top 100 2019
Replies: 50
Views: 4649

Re: Dunnuck Top 100 2019

I'd like a comparative analysis of his list's average listed ABV to that of WS, WE, JS, etc.
by K John Joseph
December 2nd, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What producers are you suprised dont get more mention on WB?
Replies: 187
Views: 11514

Re: What producers are you suprised dont get more mention on WB?

In Burgundy, I'm surprised Domaine de Montille doesn't get more attention. In California, Littorai, ABC and Williams Selyem aren't mentioned as much as they probably should be - agree with Mel. Bordeaux in general gets surprisingly little attention outside of the First Growths but that's not unique...
by K John Joseph
December 2nd, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Layout my wine cellar
Replies: 47
Views: 2391

Re: Layout my wine cellar

I use double deep racking because we store a lot of Ayoub bottles which are huge and champagne. I would do that anyway simply because your tastes may change of you might buy something like Ayoub which come in large sized bottles. The world is so full of wine. I would just rule out oversized bottles...
by K John Joseph
December 2nd, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 226
Views: 19427

Re: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
December 1st, 2019, 9:59 am
Ridge is in!!!!!
You've convinced them to sell their library offerings of 96 and 91 for $125 a piece, right?
by K John Joseph
December 2nd, 2019, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup
Replies: 139
Views: 6070

Re: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup

What are you popping? I'm thinking our lineup will look about like this for a slow burn lead up to brined, injected, roasted turkey and smoked pork ribs (with traditional fixings). 2009 Louis Roederer Brut 2012 Roederer Estate L'Ermitage 2008 Billecart Extra Brut 2016 Franny Beck La Chenaie 2008 Be...
by K John Joseph
November 26th, 2019, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 962
Views: 64649

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Bereche Brut Reserve NV - 7g dosage, 7/19 Disgorgement. My first Bereche and I did not see the disgorgement date until I was pouring glasses for my wife and me. This is a light golden color with the faintest pink hue. The nose is intense, with chalky minerality transitioning swiftly into intense vi...
by K John Joseph
November 25th, 2019, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Champagne of the year?
Replies: 120
Views: 6137

Re: What is your Champagne of the year?

A little surprised by the number of posts for very young or recently disgorged Champagne. My wine buddies and I had this conversation at dinner on Saturday. We talked about finding some famed older champagnes for our next dinner. I was so so on that proposal. I've had a good number of champagnes fr...
by K John Joseph
November 25th, 2019, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Legend - 1969 Chappellet
Replies: 15
Views: 1424

The Legend - 1969 Chappellet

On Saturday night, James Kennedy and I joined a couple of wine goons for Philip Togni mini-retrospective, highlighted by Togni's self-proclaimed all time greatest hit, the 1969 Chappellet. We held our event at Petra and the Beast in Dallas, which is really an exceptional restaurant. Dinner service i...
by K John Joseph
November 25th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 962
Views: 64649

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

08 Dom and 06 Cristal last night. As anyone who read my La Fete du Champagne post will predict I liked but wasn't greatly impressed by the Dom. I greatly preferred the gorgeous Cristal though it's not up to the 08 version. I had the Krug 166 and Dom 08 at dinner on Saturday with friends. Table was ...
by K John Joseph
November 25th, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 962
Views: 64649

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

2008 Billecart Salmon Extra Brut - Round 2 here - Green apples, lemon curd, hint of fresh baked yeast roll, hint of flowers and good chalky minerality. This bottle seemed a little more crisp than the previous bottle, and maybe a hair less complex. Good, young, will benefit from time. 93 . Goutorbe-...
by K John Joseph
November 22nd, 2019, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup
Replies: 139
Views: 6070

Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup

What are you popping? I'm thinking our lineup will look about like this for a slow burn lead up to brined, injected, roasted turkey and smoked pork ribs (with traditional fixings). 2009 Louis Roederer Brut 2012 Roederer Estate L'Ermitage 2008 Billecart Extra Brut 2016 Franny Beck La Chenaie 2008 Ber...
by K John Joseph
November 21st, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 199
Views: 17298

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

YLee wrote:
November 21st, 2019, 11:47 am
Isnt $320 for 2 bottles the regular going price?
In Texas, Wine.com has a terrible selection and even worse pricing. The only time I buy anything from them is when this sale comes out. With $100 off a $300 purchase, I can beat out local retail by about 10-15% once shipping is added back on.
by K John Joseph
November 21st, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Stream of Consciousness Wine Thread - or, a wine thread about nothing
Replies: 75
Views: 2396

Re: The Stream of Consciousness Wine Thread - or, a wine thread about nothing

I love shopping season. Daily presents! Our new house has a "homework room" for the kids. Small room that is a rather narrow rectangle with a built in desk, above desk cabinets and the like. I proposed we turn it into a wine cellar. Wife disagreed. So now there are about 120 bottle of wine in it in...
by K John Joseph
November 20th, 2019, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- 2015 Vietti Barbaresco and Barolos, 2016 Barbera, 2018 Roero Arneis
Replies: 13
Views: 1307

Re: TN- 2015 Vietti Barbaresco and Barolos, 2016 Barbera, 2018 Roero Arneis

On the TNs- you guys are quoting for the Rocche di Castiglione which is also a single-vineyard priced like its 3 peers. We had the regular Castiglione at the tasting I attended. I have not had the Rocche and so cannot offer a comparison there. While I cannot speak to the Vinous note, the Wine Advoc...

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