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by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 11th, 2020, 10:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine Selection Question
Replies: 33
Views: 2184

Re: Total Wine Selection Question

Tom, I edited my post immediately before your most recent one with some concrete pricing examples. Agree with your comments on Big Box store, and what they do, and do not, have to offer.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 11th, 2020, 9:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine Selection Question
Replies: 33
Views: 2184

Re: Total Wine Selection Question

Their Bordeaux pricing, which used to be good with a 20% coupon, has gone to absolute hell ever since they increased prices across the board when the tariffs hit. And the price increases, in many instances, were greater than the tariffs %. I have to believe anyone at TW corporate who is paying atte...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 11th, 2020, 9:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine Selection Question
Replies: 33
Views: 2184

Re: Total Wine Selection Question

TW beer can sit on the shelves for a long time... have frequently found six month old + IPAs. YMMV. Pretty cool for stouts and bourbon, although the latter is filled with their “selections,” similar to the wine. I have the same experience with old beer at TW, which is why I refuse to buy any beer t...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 11th, 2020, 9:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2090
Views: 217373

Re: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

I think WINEBID needs to update their info? PRODUCER Maison Ilan Maison Ilan is a Nuit-Saint-Georges negociant with a made-for-the movies backstory. It was founded in 2009 by a young American named Ray Walker who had been a stock broker until his late 20s, when he fell in love with the wines of Bur...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 7th, 2020, 4:32 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Brewery Buy-out Thread
Replies: 35
Views: 3311

Re: The Brewery Buy-out Thread

It's really hard to make exceptional beer on an industrial scale. First, you need to find and train people that are passionate about beer so that you can produce something consistently. Then you need to figure out how to keep the accountants from f*ck up the beer. Then you need to find a nationwide...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 6th, 2020, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay - why so hard to pair with food?
Replies: 50
Views: 1814

Re: Chardonnay - why so hard to pair with food?

Whole roasted chicken (lemons, fresh herb(s) of your choosing, salt, and pepper in the cavity; salt and pepper rubbed on outside) with roasted potatoes and roasted veggies underneath (carrots; onion; celery). Yes, it's simple. It's also amazing. Crab Any pasta tossed with butter and parmesan. Pan-se...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 6th, 2020, 1:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux
Replies: 40
Views: 1529

Re: TN: 2017 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux

+whatever we're up to on the idea that Baudry regularly strikes me as being at its best with multiple hours of air. That said, I, too, have come across some bretty Baudry bottles, and they're just not nearly as good as the clean ones. Now, get ready for the Baudry Brigade to come in here and tell yo...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 6th, 2020, 1:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need help Petit Manseng
Replies: 20
Views: 1744

Re: Need help Petit Manseng

it's sweet and from France (Jurancon), so perhaps this is more for others than you:

Charles Hours - "Uroulat"
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 5th, 2020, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine Selection Question
Replies: 33
Views: 2184

Re: Total Wine Selection Question

Their Bordeaux pricing, which used to be good with a 20% coupon, has gone to absolute hell ever since they increased prices across the board when the tariffs hit. And the price increases, in many instances, were greater than the tariffs %. I have to believe anyone at TW corporate who is paying atten...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 4th, 2020, 1:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine Selection Question
Replies: 33
Views: 2184

Re: Total Wine Selection Question

Their selection was better when the economy was in 'recovery' mode 5 or more years ago. That speaks to how they secure a lot of their wines. They also don't send any 20% off coupons out around here these days. If this year's economy drags things as hard as it might you will likely see better things...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 3rd, 2020, 10:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Wine Influencer” Charlie Fu featured on a podcast!!
Replies: 42
Views: 3100

Re: “Wine Influencer” Charlie Fu featured on a podcast!!

It was good for a solid belly laugh.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 2nd, 2020, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese
Replies: 11
Views: 608

Re: TN: 2016 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese

I would have no.problem panic-buying a lifetime supply of Prum, but for my preference to have a range of age in our collection. One of the greatest things about Riesling is that one can lazily acquire mostly everything at reasonable prices.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 2nd, 2020, 4:52 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Mead --- is it supposed to age well?
Replies: 11
Views: 643

Re: Mead --- is it supposed to age well?

Thanks, Martin. [cheers.gif]
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 2nd, 2020, 4:50 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16724
Views: 445031

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Brewery X
Out of Anaheim
Never tried them before this weekend.
Thought both their NEIPA and their Mosaic W. Coast IPA were very good. Will buy again.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 2nd, 2020, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1448
Views: 86888

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Wanted some 375s. Proudly, willpower won, however.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 1st, 2020, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese
Replies: 11
Views: 608

Re: TN: 2016 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese

So, do I need to start panicking about Prum pricing?
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 1st, 2020, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Turley bottles finally slim down
Replies: 30
Views: 1900

Re: Turley bottles finally slim down

Turley just got me back as a customer. Although I'm not a huge Zinfandel guy, I do enjoy many of theirs quite a bit. The old bottles were just too damn irritating, though.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 1st, 2020, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Haskells sale on JJ Prum
Replies: 9
Views: 1040

Re: Haskells sale on JJ Prum

I remember some years ago looking at older CNDPs they had, and doing some cursory googling on them, and realizing I should just walk way. There should be no shortage of warnings on their temperature issues. Also I could swear some years ago there was a long thread here of someone who had stored the...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
July 30th, 2020, 9:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Halcon 2018s
Replies: 21
Views: 987

Re: Halcon 2018s

Had the '18 Grenache a couple months ago. Very good, but I think best to wait at least a couple years.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
July 30th, 2020, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Rhys Home Vineyard
Replies: 4
Views: 411

Re: TN: 2004 Rhys Home Vineyard

Brian, I've been fast-tracking all of my 2011 Rhys Pinots and tried the Home back in March. It is much better than its vintage peers at this point and I'd go for it if you have one to try. I haven't had other vintages of Home to compare, so the 2011 may not be a great representative, however it is ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
July 30th, 2020, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Rhys Home Vineyard
Replies: 4
Views: 411

Re: TN: 2004 Rhys Home Vineyard

Are there any vintages of Home, 2010 onward, that are drinking particularly well right now?
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
July 30th, 2020, 2:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most reds don’t benefit from room temp????
Replies: 53
Views: 1789

Re: Most reds don’t benefit from room temp????

I'll nominate traditionally-styled Rioja as a region whose wines benefit from warmer-than-usual serving temperatures.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
July 30th, 2020, 1:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Wine Influencer” Charlie Fu featured on a podcast!!
Replies: 42
Views: 3100

Re: “Wine Influencer” Charlie Fu featured on a podcast!!

Cool interview! Fun to hear a little behind-the-scenes stuff about Berserkers, and literally LOL'd @ "Is he a dick in real life?" line. [rofl.gif]
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
July 30th, 2020, 1:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Haskells sale on JJ Prum
Replies: 9
Views: 1040

Re: Haskells sale on JJ Prum

Go into Haskell's during summertime; it's not cool.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
July 24th, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Gonon in the bargain bin at K&L
Replies: 14
Views: 1562

Re: PSA: Gonon in the bargain bin at K&L

What a deal! rolleyes
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
July 24th, 2020, 3:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: If Everything were Normal, and Teleportation were Possible....
Replies: 45
Views: 1312

Re: If Everything were Normal, and Teleportation were Possible....

with very little thought having been put into my answer, The French Laundry.

If I actually thought about it long and hard, I would probably come-up with some French or Japanese establishment I'd rather go to.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
July 23rd, 2020, 12:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Knives or wine glasses
Replies: 22
Views: 924

Re: Knives or wine glasses

Depends on destination. But, for the most part, I'd bring the glassware.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
July 23rd, 2020, 12:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1448
Views: 86888

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

The '06 Max Syrah at $60 is an absolute steal. If I wasn't on a strict buying freeze right now I would be all over that. It's probably the best domestic Syrah I've had.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
July 21st, 2020, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert or Rochioli Pinot offerings
Replies: 2
Views: 349

Re: Aubert or Rochioli Pinot offerings

The Rochioli SVD Pinots are *big*, and they are "very California." That said, that are actually well-balanced. I stopped buying a few years ago due to some palate shift and increasing prices. I do enjoy them when I open them, but I don't regret moving-on one bit.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
July 21st, 2020, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What happened with Arcadian??
Replies: 33
Views: 3329

Re: What happened with Arcadian??

The '06 Max Syrah at Envoyer for $60 is a steal. It's the best domestic Syrah I've ever had; think I've purchased approximately a collective case over the years, and would have quickly jumped at another case through Envoyer but for my strict buying freeze right now.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
July 21st, 2020, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux
Replies: 117
Views: 5380

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux

I had the 2016 Boisee this week and it was very pretty, but obv such a baby. I intend to bury remaining bottles. Also, Crush just came out with an offer on the 2018 Grezeaux, raving about the wine in that vintage. Baudry seems to be having a moment... I fear it's not a moment ... To answer an earli...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
July 17th, 2020, 8:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit
Replies: 92
Views: 6380

Re: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit

Super stoked to see Peake Ranch will be participating in BerserkerDay! That could represent the last opportunity for folks to "get in on the bottom floor," so to speak. Thanks, Todd! [cheers.gif]
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
July 17th, 2020, 8:44 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16724
Views: 445031

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Looks awesome, Bud! ... man, I don't know how you can drink those 10+ beers!
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
July 9th, 2020, 8:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Musar on Winebid.com
Replies: 50
Views: 2864

Re: Buyer Beware 1990 Musar on Winebid.com (Broadbent Selections on front label)

On a less serious note, what on earth would you put in the bottle if you were counterfeiting Musar? Not sure some other wine comes to mind that could pass for it. I'd mix a L bank Bdx. with a Cotes du Rhone or a red-fruited CdP. You'd still need to be quite careful which wines you'd need to use to ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
July 8th, 2020, 9:46 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Mead --- is it supposed to age well?
Replies: 11
Views: 643

Re: Mead --- is it supposed to age well?

Cool. Thanks. I'm still not convinced it *wasn't* whiskey in my bottle, although the maker insists it was mead, although he was not around to taste it with me. Besides tasting exactly like whiskey, smelling like whiskey, and looking like whiskey, it bears noting this facility also makes some of thei...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
July 8th, 2020, 9:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed
Replies: 116
Views: 5976

Re: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed

A. So wrote:
July 5th, 2020, 8:10 pm
...
2007 CdP
Kinda surprised it took 13 posts to get to this answer, which garners my vote, as well. Hon. mention to 2003 Bdx.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
July 8th, 2020, 9:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Musar on Winebid.com
Replies: 50
Views: 2864

Re: Buyer Beware 1990 Musar on Winebid.com (Broadbent Selections on front label)

Chris Seiber wrote:
July 8th, 2020, 10:01 am
On a less serious note, what on earth would you put in the bottle if you were counterfeiting Musar? Not sure some other wine comes to mind that could pass for it.
I'd mix a L bank Bdx. with a Cotes du Rhone or a red-fruited CdP.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
July 6th, 2020, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Vouette et Sorbée - Champagne "Fidèle" (France, Champagne)
Replies: 7
Views: 483

Re: TN: 2016 Vouette et Sorbée - Champagne "Fidèle" (France, Champagne)

Thanks for chiming-in, everybody, particularly you, Brad, with your commentary on your experience with ageing these --- very helpful! champagne.gif

ETA: thanks for the data point re: the '13 Fidele, Marshall. :)
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
July 4th, 2020, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Vouette et Sorbée - Champagne "Fidèle" (France, Champagne)
Replies: 7
Views: 483

TN: 2016 Vouette et Sorbée - Champagne "Fidèle" (France, Champagne)

I'd been looking forward to trying this ever since I took delivery a few months back. First time with this producer. My note is extremely brief, below, but hopefully this kick-starts some nice commentary, nonetheless. I was immediately struck by how strong the red berry flavors are --- tastes like a...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
July 4th, 2020, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Brut Rosé (France, Champagne)
Replies: 32
Views: 2005

Re: TN: NV Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Brut Rosé (France, Champagne)

Have a couple of these pending with Envoyer. Excited to see if it can unseat, or take a seat alongside, Goutorbe for House rose. Hebrart's BdB has already pushed L. Aubry's 1er Brut to second-place status for House Champagne at our address.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 29th, 2020, 8:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Rhys Chardonnay ‘Horseshoe Vineyard’ - headed for perfect?
Replies: 14
Views: 1033

Re: 2012 Rhys Chardonnay ‘Horseshoe Vineyard’ - headed for perfect?

This is the wine that prevented me from completely abandoning Rhys Chardonnays. We had our last bottle of the '10 a couple nights ago ---- very good, but not even close to the same level as the '12. Thanks for the note, Dan!
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 26th, 2020, 6:07 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16724
Views: 445031

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Swami's
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by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 26th, 2020, 6:06 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 750
Views: 51188

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

A few **cases** of a whisky!!??!! Dang. Did you buy for personal consumption, investment, some of both, or something else? That quantity strikes me as crazy. I was a whisky drinker before I became a whisk e y drinker. The GlenDronach fell into my lap at an amazing price point, so I would’ve been fo...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 26th, 2020, 6:03 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Spirits Throwing off my CT Weights!
Replies: 4
Views: 509

Re: Spirits Throwing off my CT Weights!

I put my whisky and ageable beers into CT. I wouldn't be surprised if, sometime in the future, users will have the opportunity to exclude things/categories from Sorts/Reports.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 26th, 2020, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Keller Silliness
Replies: 147
Views: 6428

Re: Keller Silliness

Keller became a Veblen good.

How, exactly ... I don't know. Nor do I care.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 24th, 2020, 12:59 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 750
Views: 51188

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

A few **cases** of a whisky!!??!! Dang.

Did you buy for personal consumption, investment, some of both, or something else? That quantity strikes me as crazy.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 24th, 2020, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Covid Cassoulet - Les Cailloux, CalSegur, LeoPoyferre, LeoBarton, GrPuyLacoste
Replies: 11
Views: 835

Re: TN: Covid Cassoulet - Les Cailloux, CalSegur, LeoPoyferre, LeoBarton, GrPuyLacoste

Nice notes, Cris! Thank you for posting. And Thanks, also, to Robin and Todd for their follow-up, too. It's awfully nice to see the good showing from Leoville Poyferre, which is frequently shat-on by fellow Berserkers. I'm not a fan, per se, but it's great to see some of these "big" "modern" Bdxs ag...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 23rd, 2020, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard
Replies: 7
Views: 451

Re: TN: 2012 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard

Welllll, hell. I was going to keep holding this one, but now you've made it sound criminal to not enjoy one now. Thanks for the note!
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 22nd, 2020, 1:14 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Mead --- is it supposed to age well?
Replies: 11
Views: 643

Re: Mead --- is it supposed to age well?

Thanks, Doug. Did any of them age into something remotely resembling whiskey?
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 19th, 2020, 3:48 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16724
Views: 445031

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Arrow Lodge Brewing - "Dank Goodness" west coast IPA hopped with Nelson and Mosaic Seems to be a hybrid style. Juicy with a hint of snap. Lovely combination of Nelson and Mosaic, two of my most favorite hops; this beer finds a way to let them both shine. First time with this brewery; won't be the la...

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