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by Craig G
March 18th, 2019, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whats your favourite wine characteristic ?
Replies: 31
Views: 358

Re: Whats your favourite wine characteristic ?

For me it’s white wines that have a grippy texture on the palate (in addition to freshness and acidity - it probably wouldn’t interest me otherwise). Raveneau is my classic example. I’m not sure if this is actually tannin or something else.
by Craig G
March 15th, 2019, 4:40 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 304
Views: 23589

Re: Your Gin?

tried the new release of Roku Gin from Suntory. very floral and citrus nose and it made a very refined G&T I had Roku for the first time a while ago in Japan, and liked it a lot. It's now in our rotation, and one of my favorites. Just reloaded on another 6 pack. I just bought a bottle of this too a...
by Craig G
March 15th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine did you not buy today?
Replies: 67
Views: 2569

Re: What wine did you not buy today?

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
March 15th, 2019, 3:37 am
Craig G wrote:
March 14th, 2019, 6:51 pm
The one that made me look was 2014 Chevillon Cailles at $80. Did not buy, though.
I did! [cheers.gif]
Well, of course you did :-)
by Craig G
March 14th, 2019, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine did you not buy today?
Replies: 67
Views: 2569

Re: What wine did you not buy today?

The one that made me look was 2014 Chevillon Cailles at $80. Did not buy, though.
by Craig G
March 14th, 2019, 1:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Anchovies
Replies: 13
Views: 541

Re: Anchovies

BTW until I found the Donostia and Don Bocarte anchovies, I also preferred salt-packed, but I like these oil-packed versions more.
by Craig G
March 14th, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Anchovies
Replies: 13
Views: 541

Re: Anchovies

I use salt-packed anchovies that are repackaged for sale by my local market, so I don’t know what brand it is. Regardless, I recommend salt-packed over those kept in oil because I find the flavor to be far less fishy. Aren’t anchovies supposed to be (salty and) fishy? I guess I’ve never had high en...
by Craig G
March 14th, 2019, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next of Kyn #9 Wood Box....WOW!!
Replies: 23
Views: 1627

Re: Next of Kyn #9 Wood Box....WOW!!

I don’t need the wine but I might get the box to store my ashes.
by Craig G
March 13th, 2019, 8:57 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - April 1, Divino
Replies: 48
Views: 604

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - April 1, Divino

If this keeps up we’ll need to divert the magnums to this offline.
by Craig G
March 13th, 2019, 8:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2000 blind tasting
Replies: 24
Views: 1242

Re: Bordeaux 2000 blind tasting

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
March 13th, 2019, 4:03 am
It's just crazy how slow the evolution is for the 2000s. I can recall conversations at the old Squires/Parker board about how the 2000s were too ripe/modern, and would never age. I think all that talk pissed off the wines!
Sounds like people were right - they have not aged!
by Craig G
March 12th, 2019, 9:21 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - April 1, Divino
Replies: 48
Views: 604

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - April 1

I’ll add a +1 if that’s okay.
by Craig G
March 12th, 2019, 8:37 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - April 1, Divino
Replies: 48
Views: 604

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - April 1

I’ll try to make it. No travel so far.
by Craig G
March 12th, 2019, 3:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: SALAMI - What do you like? What producers?
Replies: 21
Views: 546

Re: SALAMI - What do you like? What producers?

Bill Buitenhuys wrote:
March 12th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Mole salami from Salumi is pretty wonderful too.
It must take quite a few moles to make a salami.
by Craig G
March 12th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post wines that tastes like cheese please!
Replies: 24
Views: 728

Re: Post wines that tastes like cheese please!

This may be the best thread title ever.
by Craig G
March 12th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Paulee: did anybody go to the gala dinner?
Replies: 65
Views: 3117

Re: La Paulee: did anybody go to the gala dinner?

Kevin Porter wrote:
March 12th, 2019, 8:01 am
John Chapman wrote:
March 12th, 2019, 7:13 am
John Kapon was halfway down our table on the other side. At some point early on, I looked over and saw him unwrapping and eating what appeared to be a cheesesteak!
It was really seitan and cashew cream but he authenticated it to be a cheesesteak.
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by Craig G
March 11th, 2019, 11:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: SALAMI - What do you like? What producers?
Replies: 21
Views: 546

Re: SALAMI - What do you like? What producers?

Fatted Calf caters the Ridge events. They are always good.
by Craig G
March 11th, 2019, 10:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Bollinger Grande Annee
Replies: 44
Views: 2193

Re: 2008 Bollinger Grande Annee

I thought the official launch from Bollinger at the winery was next week, but they might be doing some other events prior. There have been sneak peaks and hype is high. I haven't tried it, but hope they have solved the oxidation issues (due to a mishandling of a low SO2 pursuit - especially at disg...
by Craig G
March 9th, 2019, 8:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 118
Views: 6634

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

40 degrees up there today.

I agree, 16 looks excellent for Estate Cab and MB. I usually find MB a bit hard to drink young but this one was an exception.
by Craig G
March 9th, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: What to do around the Mauna Kea Hotel
Replies: 11
Views: 284

Re: What to do around the Mauna Kea Hotel

I have no experience there, but the father/kid trip is a great idea. I took my daughters individually on a number of trips including NYC, Amsterdam, and Italy, and a couple of years ago I took both of them to Japan. My wife has done some similar things. We like traveling as a family but going with a...
by Craig G
March 9th, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3273
Views: 161825

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Has anyone tried David Nicholson 1843? I bought one because one of the K&L blurbs said it was quite similar to Weller Antique, which was the first Bourbon I found that I really liked. I haven’t had a chance to compare them directly but I do like the 1843 a lot (currently it’s my choice for an Old Fa...
by Craig G
March 7th, 2019, 1:39 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals
Replies: 153
Views: 3808

Re: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals

c fu wrote:
March 7th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Any word on shipping?
Your ham was delayed while they find a larger truck.

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by Craig G
March 6th, 2019, 8:33 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Faiveley Grands Cru 2005 - cheap!!
Replies: 13
Views: 873

Re: FS: Faiveley Grands Cru 2005 and 2009 - cheap!!

Alan Eden wrote:
March 6th, 2019, 3:10 pm
Jeez cant we have any fun at all
No. we are serious men here.
by Craig G
March 6th, 2019, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you double decant before BYO to restaurants?
Replies: 57
Views: 1698

Re: Do you double decant before BYO to restaurants?

I like to have the somm open my bottle the second I arrive so I can slo ox it while looking at the appetizers. I only double decant when my bottles are severely travel shocked, and on root days, especially if the wine is biodynamically farmed. You can avoid these latter risks if you ask the kitchen...
by Craig G
March 6th, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Herring
Replies: 12
Views: 257

Re: Herring

Pickled herring are everywhere. You guys are not helping :-)

I guess I will have to pay the egregious shipping to try the Russ & Daughters herring. I had a fantastic version at D’Chez Eux a couple years ago and can’t get it off my mind.
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by Craig G
March 6th, 2019, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JF Mugnier vs Chevillon Styles - newbie question
Replies: 41
Views: 2088

Re: JF Mugnier vs Chevillon Styles - newbie question

+1. The Cailles is easier, more feminine and does not need as much age as Vaucrains. Good as they are, Vaucrains has greater potential, Debatable. It depends on what you mean by potential or your preferences. I consistently prefer Cailles from Chevillon, even at maturity of both, and have for about...
by Craig G
March 5th, 2019, 11:25 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Herring
Replies: 12
Views: 257

Re: Herring

True uncooked kippers might work, but I think anything in a can has been cooked.
by Craig G
March 5th, 2019, 9:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Herring
Replies: 12
Views: 257

Re: Herring

You're sure its smoked herring? Jewish delis in NY usually sell smoked white fish, that may look like herring. And smoked mackerel, either cold or hot depending on season. I do home smoked mackerel, very easy to do and delicious. Smoked herring is usually a Western Europe staple. Try this link: htt...
by Craig G
March 5th, 2019, 9:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Herring
Replies: 12
Views: 257

Re: Herring

You're sure its smoked herring? Jewish delis in NY usually sell smoked white fish, that may look like herring. And smoked mackerel, either cold or hot depending on season. I do home smoked mackerel, very easy to do and delicious. Smoked herring is usually a Western Europe staple. Try this link: htt...
by Craig G
March 5th, 2019, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Legs form, the real answer...
Replies: 27
Views: 1022

Re: Why Legs form, the real answer...

Ron Slye wrote:
March 5th, 2019, 5:50 pm
I thought this was going to be a cutting edge article about biology.......
Me too.
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by Craig G
March 3rd, 2019, 7:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oh no, my tastes are changing
Replies: 23
Views: 1827

Re: Oh no, my tastes are changing

There’s a slippery slope here that could end up with Alan drinking weedy Chinon.
by Craig G
March 3rd, 2019, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gigondas is More Enjoyable than Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Fight me!
Replies: 66
Views: 2023

Re: Gigondas is More Enjoyable than Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Fight me!

I would be skeptical of 100% Syrah CdP without tasting it. It’s a long way from where the best Syrah is grown. Fonsalette Syrah is very good but those vineyards are well north of CdP and north facing.
by Craig G
March 3rd, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JF Mugnier vs Chevillon Styles - newbie question
Replies: 41
Views: 2088

Re: JF Mugnier vs Chevillon Styles - newbie question

FWIW that Dujac Cras is Dujac P&F, not Domaine.
by Craig G
March 3rd, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 8
Views: 453

Re: TN: 1995 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

It’s interesting to read the older notes on this wine and many other 1995 Bordeaux. Even a lot of the positive notes from 2000-2005 projected relatively short drinking windows. I bought half a case and drank one bottle in 2016, describing it as very young. To the first order I think you can treat Bo...
by Craig G
March 3rd, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Don't Stop Me Now... OR The Young and Spend-y Thread
Replies: 236
Views: 10553

Re: Don't Stop Me Now... OR The Young and Spend-y Thread

G. Keeler wrote:
March 3rd, 2019, 8:01 am
Strong duel income
That’s badass. I didn’t realize you could make money on it.
by Craig G
March 2nd, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Anchovies
Replies: 13
Views: 541

Anchovies

I’ve been in search of better anchovies recently and can report on two very good options. I’ve tried many other brands that are available locally including Ortiz and the two I’m recommending are several steps above. Jay Miller recommended the Don Bocarte anchovies from Despana. I ordered some and th...
by Craig G
March 2nd, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1226
Views: 56182

Re: What did you cook tonight?

For lunch today I made this spicy Sardine pasta from leftovers and a can of Donostia sardines. It has a shallot, capers, parsley, black pepper, couple of spoonfuls of crushed Bianco diNapoli tomatoes (left from pizza sauce), two chopped Calabrian peppers, and olive oil. One sardine was crushed into ...
by Craig G
March 1st, 2019, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 378
Views: 21591

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

Wow, you don't check in for a few weeks and... [popcorn.gif] I see more than a few mentions of "slander". Anyone get sued for libel yet? I also saw some random capitalization in the early posts and blame shifting that remind me of someone else on the Interwebs. Everywhere I go I get slandered, libe...
by Craig G
March 1st, 2019, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How about some good Vacqueyras?
Replies: 24
Views: 788

Re: How about some good Vacqueyras?

We had a small vertical of the Tours Vacqueyras last year and the 2001 was one of the favorites. 1998 was a bit tired but I’m not convinced it was ever as good as some of the more recent ones. 05, 06, 09 seem like they could age well for a long time, but in my experience you can enjoy these wines at...
by Craig G
March 1st, 2019, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How about some good Vacqueyras?
Replies: 24
Views: 788

Re: How about some good Vacqueyras?

Chateau des Tours, but it’s expensive. Sorry for the slight thread drift but I have a bottle of the 2011 vintage which I believe to be the most recent one. Any idea when this might be drinking well? I have had very variable experiences with young vintages of the producer's cheaper wines and even th...
by Craig G
February 28th, 2019, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How about some good Vacqueyras?
Replies: 24
Views: 788

Re: How about some good Vacqueyras?

Chateau des Tours, but it’s expensive.
by Craig G
February 28th, 2019, 12:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Beaucastel blanc - last 2 bottles were dead, should I do something different with bottle 3
Replies: 22
Views: 1034

Re: 2001 Beaucastel blanc - last 2 bottles were dead, should I do something different with bottle 3

Unfortunately it seems this is how the regular Beaucastel Blanc behaves now (after introduction of Roussanne VV). My bottles from the mid-90s were all oxidizing by age 10-15. I have a few left that I’m afraid to open. I need to eat a bit of crow here. I was taking a 1994 Beaucastel Rouge to a tasti...
by Craig G
February 27th, 2019, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 3 Balltearers
Replies: 15
Views: 1087

Re: 3 Balltearers

Sounds rupturous!
by Craig G
February 26th, 2019, 7:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Furballs?)
Replies: 508
Views: 25455

Re: It's critic bingo! "A magical infinity!"

For what I paid for 2016 Pichon Lalande, If it’s not a vivid, dramatically sweeping wine that will leave me weak at the knees, I will feel somewhat cheated.
by Craig G
February 26th, 2019, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ideas for Downsizing My Cellar
Replies: 30
Views: 1964

Re: Ideas for Downsizing My Cellar

Send HDH your list. Bet they'll want it. Worst case they say no or you don't like their terms. I agree. The high end wines will certainly be of interest for auction, but it seems like they also buy outright for resale, which is more likely for lesser bottles. I’m not familiar with the details for H...
by Craig G
February 26th, 2019, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine drinking in France sucks poll
Replies: 47
Views: 1676

Re: Wine drinking in France sucks poll

John Morris wrote:
February 26th, 2019, 2:50 pm
And no one has called you an *sshole.
You’re losing credibility here.
by Craig G
February 26th, 2019, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation
Replies: 166
Views: 14719

Re: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation

Why is the Magnum $1500? Did I read that correctly?? $1000 would be a premium of standard 750ml. This cracked me up, particularly after reading about Ridge MB with its $3 magnum premium. For better or worse, Scarecrow appears to want to take up most but not all of the slack between release price an...
by Craig G
February 26th, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 378
Views: 21591

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

Does anyone know what has happened with his wife Christian and kids in France?
by Craig G
February 26th, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I received an email today: Hart Davis Hart is diversifying
Replies: 6
Views: 773

Re: I received an email today: Hart Davis Hart is diversifying

David Baum wrote:
February 25th, 2019, 9:47 pm
Fake news! Hart Davis knows Alan is dead at retail
Crap. I came here to make a Welsh ass joke and I’ve been sniped.
by Craig G
February 26th, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine drinking in France sucks poll
Replies: 47
Views: 1676

Re: Wine drinking in France sucks poll

People like Alan remind me why I dropped out of wine boards 10 years ago. Drop off again, nobody will miss you You've done more than anyone else, including Nathan Smyth, to lower the quality of discussion on this board. Why don't you do us all a favor and keep your idiotic opinions to yourself? -1....
by Craig G
February 26th, 2019, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Cigare has Flown - No More GSM for Grahm
Replies: 7
Views: 695

Re: The Cigare has Flown - No More GSM for Grahm

Drew Goin wrote:
February 26th, 2019, 7:03 am
In short, no more GSM; now expect a <$20/btl Cinsault-based blend
Close but no Cigare?

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