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by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 17th, 2020, 11:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Fantastic Value!"
Replies: 79
Views: 5194

Re: "Fantastic Value!"

Most recent: 2016 Senejac. $15 from Costco. Bought one to try. Went back and bought 9 more. Just showed up at my Costco. I not familiar with the label, but it seemed like a no brainer alternate to Lanessan. It's more red-fruited, lighter, and polished than Lanessan. I like them both, but typically ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 16th, 2020, 9:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I guess they don’t want you bringing mags
Replies: 24
Views: 1865

Re: I guess they don’t want you bringing mags

That does not make sense.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 14th, 2020, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1115
Views: 57776

Re: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Presuming this tariff isn't resolved, where do our dollars and importers go? I suspect I'll probably investigate WA and OR wines more deeply. Not because they're equivalent to French and Italian wines, but for the sake of variety. Importers probably will have to focus on South America if they have ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 13th, 2020, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit
Replies: 72
Views: 4349

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

In the area, I strongly recommend Peake Ranch Winery.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 10th, 2020, 11:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decant advice: 2000 La Mission Haut Brion
Replies: 10
Views: 648

Re: Decant advice: 2000 La Mission Haut Brion

If you have more than one bottle, this decision gets a lot easier. But, if you have only one, you have to ask yourself, "Why did I buy this wine?" If the answer is anything along the lines of, "So I could, one day, enjoy a glorious wine in all its aged glory." then you're really cheating yourself b...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 10th, 2020, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decant advice: 2000 La Mission Haut Brion
Replies: 10
Views: 648

Re: Decant advice: 2000 La Mission Haut Brion

If you have more than one bottle, this decision gets a lot easier. But, if you have only one, you have to ask yourself, "Why did I buy this wine?" If the answer is anything along the lines of, "So I could, one day, enjoy a glorious wine in all its aged glory." then you're really cheating yourself by...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 10th, 2020, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 32
Views: 1946

Re: 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Yeah, but how much unreasonable alcohol is in there, too. [wink.gif]
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 10th, 2020, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decant advice: 2000 La Mission Haut Brion
Replies: 10
Views: 648

Re: Decant advice: 2000 La Mission Haut Brion

My only advice would be to wait another 10 years. If not 20. If not 30.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 10th, 2020, 2:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Questions you ask on a winery tour/tasting visit?
Replies: 26
Views: 965

Re: Questions you ask on a winery tour/tasting visit?

[dance-clap.gif] "OTOH, rather than ask for scripted questions, you can just have a real conversation" bingo! [dance-clap.gif] Exactly. Unless you plan on speaking in a language that you don't know well, the idea of planning questions strikes me as awfully odd/awkward. Frequently, whatever conversa...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 8th, 2020, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?
Replies: 54
Views: 2747

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

But white Rhone can do that! Whether you look or not, they can transform. Ones that I had written off sometimes will come back to a life you wouldn't have envisioned earlier. I might just try this with my last bottle of 2001 Beaucastel Blanc, the last two bottles of which have been massively disapp...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 8th, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Fantastic Value!"
Replies: 79
Views: 5194

Re: "Fantastic Value!"

Most recent:
2016 Senejac. $15 from Costco. Bought one to try. Went back and bought 9 more.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 8th, 2020, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I want to make Red wine vinegar from leftovers
Replies: 26
Views: 1356

Re: I want to make Red wine vinegar from leftovers

{bump}

I just found this thread helpful. Thank you to all who posted directions and tips! [cheers.gif]
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 7th, 2020, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?
Replies: 54
Views: 2747

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

Tom Blach wrote:
January 7th, 2020, 9:07 am
If corked wine is boiled the TCA will be driven off. If however it is added unheated to a pan in which fat is present the TCA will bind to it and be unremovable.
Interesting. Thank you.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 6th, 2020, 10:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Ultimate Backfill Thread
Replies: 62
Views: 3085

Re: The Ultimate Backfill Thread

Focused (vintage and region/appellation) back-filling: 2008 Burgundy --- I've loved this vintage for a long time; it gets mixed reviews. Perfect recipe for back-filling. :) 2010 & 2015 German Riesling --- until further notice, German Riesling will continue to be one of the mysteriously awesome deals...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 6th, 2020, 8:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Favorite Wines Inroduced to You by a Fellow Board Member - Top 3-5?
Replies: 74
Views: 3499

Re: Your Favorite Wines Inroduced to You by a Fellow Board Member - Top 3-5?

Rhys ---- the board collectively; have now been buying for the lion's share of a decade. L. Aubry & Fils --- this was either this board or Envoyer. This board introduced me to Envoyer (another outfit from which I've been buying longer than I thought), so, either way, WB is to thank. Extra Brut growe...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 4th, 2020, 7:41 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16473
Views: 428809

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Scott, I will add this re: canning/bottling dates: 1. I'll extend more time for cans than I will for bottles of the same; 2. I'll extend more time for West coast IPA than I will for NEIPAs. ... I *really* prefer to buy my hazies within one month of canning because I like to drink.them, typically, wi...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 3rd, 2020, 11:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Rochioli - Pinot Noir River Block (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 0
Views: 165

TN: 2010 Rochioli - Pinot Noir River Block (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

2010 J. Rochioli Pinot Noir River Block - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (1/3/2020) -- popped and poured -- -- tasted non-blind over approx. 1.5 hours -- Ripe, concentrated red berries --- mostly raspberry. Medium bodied. Not tannic. Medium-low acidity. Still entirely primary,...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 3rd, 2020, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Solaria - Brunello di Montalcino (Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino)
Replies: 2
Views: 168

Re: TN: 1995 Solaria - Brunello di Montalcino (Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino)

Cheers, Doug! [cheers.gif]

This was a recent-ish purchase from the affordable old/reserve room at Wine House; the $50 I paid seems about right.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 3rd, 2020, 1:29 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16473
Views: 428809

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

My cut-off for IPAs is usually 2 months, and that's the vast majority of beer I drink. Stouts and Porters --- I don't mind buying stuff that's months old, and -- in some cases -- I'd actually *rather* have some months on them already. It's also *very* rare for me to buy a hoppy beer that doesn't hav...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 3rd, 2020, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Domaine Beaurenard - "Boisrenard" CdP
Replies: 2
Views: 290

Re: TN: 2004 Domaine Beaurenard - "Boisrenard" CdP

2004 Domaine de Beaurenard (Paul Coulon et Fils) Châteauneuf-du-Pape Boisrenard - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (12/22/2019) -- decanted 15 min before initial taste -- -- tasted a couple glasses non-blind over 1 - 2 hours -- NOSE: smoky; dark red fruits/light purple fruits; hin...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 3rd, 2020, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Karthäuserhof - Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Spätlese (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)
Replies: 2
Views: 155

TN: 2005 Karthäuserhof - Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Spätlese (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)

2005 Karthäuserhof Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Spätlese - Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer (12/19/2019) -- popped and poured -- -- tasted non-blind over 2 - 3 hours -- -- AP #: … 09 06 -- NOSE: some age creeping-in; liquid oranges, with a light mark of botrytis; very little petrol. BODY: rich,...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 3rd, 2020, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Dirty and Rowdy - Sémillon (USA, California, Napa Valley, Yountville)
Replies: 4
Views: 400

TN: 2018 Dirty and Rowdy - Sémillon (USA, California, Napa Valley, Yountville)

2018 Dirty and Rowdy Sémillon - USA, California, Napa Valley, Yountville (12/8/2019) -- decanted for about one hour before first taste -- -- tasted non-blind over 2 - 3 hours -- NOSE: light apple cider; Saison beer. BODY: lightly hazy maize color of medium intensity; light bodied. TASTE: lightly ta...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 3rd, 2020, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Solaria - Brunello di Montalcino (Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino)
Replies: 2
Views: 168

TN: 1995 Solaria - Brunello di Montalcino (Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino)

1995 Solaria Brunello di Montalcino - Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino (11/23/2019) -- decanted immediately before first taste -- -- tasted non-blind over a couple hours -- NOSE: smells aged --- stony and minty; hint of pizzelle; flowers that are just starting to rot; medium+ expr...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 3rd, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Psa: envoyer
Replies: 18
Views: 1211

Re: Psa: envoyer

Thanks, guys. This was enough to get me to go dig that email out of the Trash bin and request a few.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 3rd, 2020, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Solminer Wines - Syrah deLanda Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley)
Replies: 0
Views: 110

TN: 2014 Solminer Wines - Syrah deLanda Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley)

2014 Solminer Wines Syrah deLanda Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley (11/22/2019) -- popped and poured -- -- tasted non-blind over a couple hours -- Dark-fruited with medium+ acidity. Very grapey and oaky; a touch earthy. Hint of cocoa powder on the Nose. Not funky or pepp...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 3rd, 2020, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Billard-Gonnet - Pommard 1er Cru Rugiens-Bas (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Pommard)
Replies: 2
Views: 383

Re: TN: 2008 Billard-Gonnet - Pommard 1er Cru Rugiens-Bas (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Pommard)

2008 Domaine Billard-Gonnet Pommard 1er Cru Rugiens-Bas - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Pommard 1er Cru (11/14/2019) -- popped and poured -- -- tasted non-blind over a few hours -- NOSE: medium+ expressiveness, with red fruits, damp forest floor, and medium-light pine note; pleasant, light stra...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 30th, 2019, 8:17 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Pretty good Christmas tap list
Replies: 9
Views: 548

Re: Pretty good Christmas tap list

MT - Open in Oakland NEIIPA .... really good. Probably the best cans I've had from MT over the past few months, as this wasn't trending as far into the sweet/heavy territory as other recent-ish cans have. ESBC - Mayberry IPA ... seems to be a really good batch. Dont know the hop.bill off the top of ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 28th, 2019, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tomato/Sundried tomato Aroma and TN -- help!!
Replies: 17
Views: 932

Re: Tomato/Sundried tomato Aroma and TN -- help!!

J. Ashourian wrote:
October 7th, 2019, 8:55 am
I know what you're talking about. I get it too in older rioja. No clue what it is.
I've noticed it in older Rioja, too. I actually enjoy it.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 28th, 2019, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?
Replies: 100
Views: 6297

Re: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?

assuming the tariffs hit, my only definite buys will be the domestic lists/clubs I'm on/a part of.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 27th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Psa:wallys
Replies: 8
Views: 1162

Re: Psa:wallys

I would have bought-out that Lumpp had I seen it soon enough. Crazy-good deal! And, I just found out: their Westwood location is now closed. I have **zero** interest in browsing their other locations, which requires one to basically walk the outer edge of a dining area, with patrons inches away, in ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 25th, 2019, 9:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Better Than Average Kabinett
Replies: 49
Views: 1657

Re: Better Than Average Kabinett

What do you mean by "better"? Your.post strikes me as weird ... ?
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 23rd, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you serve at parties?
Replies: 46
Views: 2025

Re: What do you serve at parties?

PeterH wrote:
December 22nd, 2019, 9:19 pm
My formula is to serve guests wines of a style I think they will enjoy, but better than what they usually drink.
This.

So, last night, that meant a 2016 dry Riesling from Leitz, a 2016 Pinot Noir from Dierberg, a 2004 CdP, and a 2004 Priorat. They all went over very well.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 22nd, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16473
Views: 428809

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

ESBC/Device Brewing- "Dad Hat" IPA ---- a new collabo. In-school west coast IPA. Bright tangerine. 6.3% alc.. I like it. Pizza Port - Swami's IPA --- this is still a regular in my fridge MT - Mega Space Ways NEIIPA --- I like the big can, but, if I'm totally honest, I prefer the regular Space Ways m...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 20th, 2019, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1115
Views: 57776

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Read back further in the thread, and Total Wine has raised prices on existing stock of French wines based on the original 25% tariffs. So I think it can go either way. They DI most of their own goods, so they are responsible for the tariffs, they could have had some bad luck like we did and contain...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 12th, 2019, 11:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Schrader
Replies: 43
Views: 3133

Re: 2018 Schrader

This is how I "healed my affliction": one day, I realized I could, instead of buying Schrader, buy a bottle of Pichon Baron, or two bottles of Haut Bailly, or three bottles of Domaine de Chevalier, or two bottles of Leoville Barton, or a bottle of Montrose, or a bottle of Rauzan Segla, or a bottle ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 12th, 2019, 9:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Egon Muller pricing
Replies: 24
Views: 1804

Re: Egon Muller pricing

Status symbol pricing. Totally absurd. I will happily buy JJ Prum for a fraction of the price.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 12th, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 973
Views: 51920

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I want to go to Maude soooo badly ... it just hasn't worked-out the past few times we've had an.opportunity to go out.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 11th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Schrader
Replies: 43
Views: 3133

Re: 2018 Schrader

Bordeaux? yes. Very much so. Much like I like my cabs I won't drink them until they are at least 10 - 15 years old. I'm the same re: Cab. (-based) drinking windows. This is how I "healed my affliction": one day, I realized I could, instead of buying Schrader, buy a bottle of Pichon Baron, or two bo...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 10th, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Schrader
Replies: 43
Views: 3133

Re: 2018 Schrader

Don't forget the special shipping rates from Schrader...only 2x the typical freight. With tax that puts the per bottle px at $250, a bargain! Despite my disdain demonstrated above, the insanity still keeps me coming back. I passed on 2017 but am still on the fence over 2018. Better vintage plus sti...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 10th, 2019, 7:58 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16473
Views: 428809

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

MT - Space Ways IPA
MT - Mega Space Ways DIPA
RIIP / Brouwerij West - Space Criisp IPA
Bell's - IV To A Locomotive In Winter smoked porter
Founders - KBS
Monkish - Bon Bon NEIIPA
Monkish - Dribble Dreams NEIIPA
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 10th, 2019, 7:47 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16473
Views: 428809

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Wish I had some yo trade with you; alas. I don't.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 7th, 2019, 8:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paso Robles Trip Suggestions
Replies: 41
Views: 2268

Re: Paso Robles Trip Suggestions

Tablas Creek --- best CA Rhone winery, imo.

--- if you searched all.past Paso threads then you already know everything else I would say.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 7th, 2019, 8:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Schrader
Replies: 43
Views: 3133

Re: 2018 Schrader

$1,575.00 is not an "odd" number, although it is an odd number; $225/btl..
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 6th, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1115
Views: 57776

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Right about now I am very happy we have a good stockpile wine. For as long as the tariffs remain in place (assuming it's not many years) I anticipate a net reduction in our holdings, which would be the dawn of a new era for our household.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 4th, 2019, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1115
Views: 57776

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Stopped in to my local Total Wine today. Found the head wine guy. He confirmed the obvious: prices on Bdx raised bc of tariffs, even on existing stock. I told him TW lost me due to that move, and that I'm far from the only one. Told him.about the negative chatter re: this move on the wine boards. In...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 4th, 2019, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1115
Views: 57776

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Oh no. 100% tariff on Champagne will,.potentially, sink Envoyer, for example. At the very least, Greg will have to quickly re-think whatbhis offerings will be. N And incredibly sad that this would be the end of small.growers in our market, which would bring my Champagne purchases back to about zero.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 30th, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16473
Views: 428809

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

I.liked that 100% Mosaic a lot.

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