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by Tran Bronstein
November 19th, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 90
Views: 5508

Re: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year

San Leonardo is the brand name for Quinta do Mourao. Tasted at the Quinta. A blend of 7 wines ranging in dates from 1863 to 1872 with an average age of more than 150 years. 75 liters made and bottled in 500ml bottles. Enormous color. Darker than an old Malmsey Madeira. Aromas of smoke, earth, damp ...
by Tran Bronstein
November 19th, 2019, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!
Replies: 74
Views: 3214

Re: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!

It struck me last night that I might have too much wine. Or, I have too much wine that needs 10+ years. Perhaps both. Even though I just bought another 300-bottle fridge, with everything coming in this week and next, plus the deliveries last week, it is full. All my off-site lockers and my other fr...
by Tran Bronstein
November 19th, 2019, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!
Replies: 74
Views: 3214

Re: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!

Gentlemen, the solution is simple and requires 3 items: a long plank of flat plywood, a thick rope and a crate with a handle. The plywood goes on the stairs and serves as your ramp. Tie the rope to one end of the crate securely to the handle. Place the wine bottles in the crate, grab the rope, and ...
by Tran Bronstein
November 14th, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!
Replies: 74
Views: 3214

Re: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!

Gentlemen, the solution is simple and requires 3 items: a long plank of flat plywood, a thick rope and a crate with a handle. The plywood goes on the stairs and serves as your ramp. Tie the rope to one end of the crate securely to the handle. Place the wine bottles in the crate, grab the rope, and t...
by Tran Bronstein
November 14th, 2019, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zalto…takes a lickin…..
Replies: 78
Views: 6564

Re: Zalto…takes a lickin…..

Riedels are fragile insanely overpriced garbage. I bought two and broke two and will never buy ever again. I have broken a Zalto that belonged to somebody else and got sticker shock at the replacement price. I have Scott Zweisel itanium crystal glasses and I'm doing just fine with them.
by Tran Bronstein
November 8th, 2019, 9:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 90
Views: 5508

Re: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year

I always both love and loathe this thread. Love it because I enjoy reading about all the amazing wines people have tried during the year. Loathe it because it means I've gotten another year older. Ah well. Wines of the Year: * Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2008 Champagne * Argyros 20 Year Old Vinsanto * Po...
by Tran Bronstein
November 7th, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: TWEC (TM) Return to Core Restaurant in Toronto
Replies: 3
Views: 293

TNs: TWEC (TM) Return to Core Restaurant in Toronto

Berserkers, The Toronto Wine Elitist Cabal ™ returned to one of our favorite Toronto restos, Core Restaurant. They specialize in tasting menus which is always a fun and delicious time with all the different wines that we bring. General manager Alexandria Anthony and Raul handled the floor beautifull...
by Tran Bronstein
November 6th, 2019, 7:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: HALPERN 2019 GRAND CRU WINE FESTIVAL
Replies: 13
Views: 840

Re: TNs: HALPERN 2019 GRAND CRU WINE FESTIVAL

Agree with Mike but if you're after that Pinot like body in a Biale Zin, the Rocky Ridge and the Party Line are the ones you want to try.
by Tran Bronstein
November 2nd, 2019, 9:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: HALPERN 2019 GRAND CRU WINE FESTIVAL
Replies: 13
Views: 840

Re: TNs: HALPERN 2019 GRAND CRU WINE FESTIVAL

20191101_141813.jpg BRICK AND MORTAR: Winemaker Matt told me they are also OK from the fires though they came dangerously close to his home. 2015 SWEETWATER BLANC DE BLANCS – I told Matt if you’d told me this was NV Brut from France, I’d totally believe it. Rich, yeasty, baked green apples. Indisti...
by Tran Bronstein
November 2nd, 2019, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: HALPERN 2019 GRAND CRU WINE FESTIVAL
Replies: 13
Views: 840

TNs: HALPERN 2019 GRAND CRU WINE FESTIVAL

Berserkers, A number of board members here in Toronto attended the prestigious biennial Halpern Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival this past Friday. Halpern is one of the largest, if not THE flat out largest, wine agencies here in Toronto. This event is their prestigious charity portfolio wine tasting...
by Tran Bronstein
October 30th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Toronto Wood Oven Pizza Party Wines
Replies: 13
Views: 835

Re: TNs: Toronto Wood Oven Pizza Party Wines

Well, wonder of wonders! Guess what? In the November LCBO Classics catalogue that just came out, the Wieninger Nussberg Alte Reben we just had at the pizza party is coming this month! 2017 vintage.
by Tran Bronstein
October 29th, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 41
Views: 2141

Re: TN: 2016 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

J. Rock wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 5:47 pm
Hm, I do like brown sugar and port...
Me too! In actual brown sugar and Port wine. I am amenable to accepting brown sugar flavors in my aged rum, though.
by Tran Bronstein
October 29th, 2019, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Toronto Wood Oven Pizza Party Wines
Replies: 13
Views: 835

Re: TNs: Toronto Wood Oven Pizza Party Wines

Mike Grammer wrote:
October 28th, 2019, 10:33 am
But he didn't taste the blue cheese or the Moroccan lamb pizzas. Fail.
Actually Indid taste the blue.cheese pizza. It was my fave of the night.
by Tran Bronstein
October 27th, 2019, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Toronto Wood Oven Pizza Party Wines
Replies: 13
Views: 835

Re: TNs: Toronto Wood Oven Pizza Party Wines

So everyone brought a very eclectic selection of wines to go with the pizza. Let’s take a tasting of them all: VEUVE AMBAL NV CREMANT DE BOURGOGNE -- A nice little sparkler that goes all in on the green apple and unripened pineapple flavor. Quite fruit forward and flavorful. HUGUES GODME NV BLANC DE...
by Tran Bronstein
October 27th, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Toronto Wood Oven Pizza Party Wines
Replies: 13
Views: 835

TNs: Toronto Wood Oven Pizza Party Wines

Berserkers, 20191026_145904.jpg 20191026_145930.jpg Fellow board member Dylan Provencer and his lovely wife Chelsea held a wine and food gathering last night to commemorate the second of their two recent new babies. The first being their recently newborn second son and the second being their brand n...
by Tran Bronstein
October 24th, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: LCBO Rioja Revelation Walk-Around Tasting Event
Replies: 23
Views: 1035

Re: TNs: LCBO Rioja Revelation Walk-Around Tasting Event

I just checked on a hunch, there is some Vega Rioja Blanco available in Montreal at the SAQ if anyone is visiting Quebec this Fall.
by Tran Bronstein
October 21st, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNS: GALLEON FINE WINES ODYSSEY 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 387

Re: TNS: GALLEON FINE WINES ODYSSEY 2019

Thanks, Ian. At large tastings, I am always able to maintain focus by setting a good pace and following some simple rules for myself: 1. Never have a full serving of wine. Ever. Number one rule for me. Reps I find are always generous to a fault when pouring and give full wine servings I would have w...
by Tran Bronstein
October 20th, 2019, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: LCBO Rioja Revelation Walk-Around Tasting Event
Replies: 23
Views: 1035

TNs: LCBO Rioja Revelation Walk-Around Tasting Event

Berserkers, 20191016_184245.jpg This past week I pinch hitted for fellow board member Michael Grammer at the LCBO’s Rioja Revelation tasting event. He had a family matter conflict and asked me if I’d step in for him. In gratitude for his generosity, I am fulfilling his duties and filing a full repor...
by Tran Bronstein
October 19th, 2019, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNS: GALLEON FINE WINES ODYSSEY 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 387

TNS: GALLEON FINE WINES ODYSSEY 2019

Berserkers, 20190924_175945.jpg 20190924_180106.jpg I recently attended the Galleon Fine Wines annual Odyssey wine event. Galleon Fine Wines is a local wine agency here in Toronto, Canada and they show off all the wines they represent at their exclusive annual event. The wines represented are quite ...
by Tran Bronstein
October 14th, 2019, 8:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine consumption a defense against opioid addiction?
Replies: 36
Views: 1271

Re: Wine consumption a defense against opioid addiction?

I'm a little confused by the idea that the wine/opioid addiction correlation is actually a socio-economic relation. Please feel free to correct me, but my impression of the opioid epidemic was always that it was highly unusual in that due to opioids being spread by prescriptions and medical drugs no...
by Tran Bronstein
October 14th, 2019, 8:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mike on Mini-Tour--Blinds at Randy's Place
Replies: 13
Views: 936

Re: Mike on Mini-Tour--Blinds at Randy's Place

Sounds like it was a fun time. I love blind tastings. They are both very humbling and very surprising at what you find yourself knowing.
by Tran Bronstein
October 14th, 2019, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: PELLER ESTATES CLARITY 2017 RUBY RED; SURPRISE, A NIAGARA OFF-DRY TABLE RED!
Replies: 4
Views: 297

Re: TN: PELLER ESTATES CLARITY 2017 RUBY RED; SURPRISE, A NIAGARA OFF-DRY TABLE RED!

You make a fair point. I completely forgot about Mavrodaphne. We can also thrown in Australian Port along with the South African versions. THey're usually made from Shiraz and Mourvedre.
by Tran Bronstein
October 13th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: PELLER ESTATES CLARITY 2017 RUBY RED; SURPRISE, A NIAGARA OFF-DRY TABLE RED!
Replies: 4
Views: 297

TN: PELLER ESTATES CLARITY 2017 RUBY RED; SURPRISE, A NIAGARA OFF-DRY TABLE RED!

Berserkers, CLARITY 2017 RUBY RED -- SURPRISE, A NIAGARA OFF-DRY RED TABLE WINE SUMMARY: A surprising and unexpected off-dry red from one of the better-known Niagara, Ontario wineries that's better than Cupcake and Georgian semi-sweet reds but still has an uphill mountain to climb to get drinkers. A...
by Tran Bronstein
October 11th, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6455

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

First, let's be clear that a wine being made from Zweigelt doesn't automatically make it a "Nazi wine." It's the intent and the beliefs of the wine's makers that would make it such. As such, I have drunk many Zweigelt wines and never drunk a Nazi wine. From a personal point of view, I believe the na...
by Tran Bronstein
August 25th, 2019, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 159
Views: 8156

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

On of my faults is I can't describe wines as well as many of you. Just don't have that gene that can distinguish 10 different tastes in a wine. I can only describe one or two. But to expand on the description; it as a harshness that reminds me of drinking aspirin. A chemical, medicinal taste. First...
by Tran Bronstein
August 11th, 2019, 10:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: FERMENTED PICKLES V: ENDGAME
Replies: 2
Views: 1079

Re: FERMENTED PICKLES V: ENDGAME

I have a clay pickling crock, I should make a batch. I want to do kraut too this fall. Btw I just reread that funny spouse swap thread from a few years back, it brought me back to a happy time (like most of my Juan memories). Such a funny thread!! Hi Nola. You should definitely make a batch. Glad I...
by Tran Bronstein
August 11th, 2019, 7:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: FERMENTED PICKLES V: ENDGAME
Replies: 2
Views: 1079

FERMENTED PICKLES V: ENDGAME

Hello Foodies, It's been a while since I've made a batch of fermented pickles and since then I've increased my knowledge substantially on fermentation and preservation and so I set out to make a new batch. There's a couple of major changes to the formula which I've listed below. Let's get into it: F...
by Tran Bronstein
August 8th, 2019, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--evening with Tim--Muga Rose, 14 Kutch McDougall, 12 Bedrock Heritage, 09 Rayne Vigneau
Replies: 1
Views: 361

Re: TNs--evening with Tim--Muga Rose, 14 Kutch McDougall, 12 Bedrock Heritage, 09 Rayne Vigneau

Bah! This deficient report does absolutely no justice to the very fine evening of food and wine at our American expat compatriot's humble abode! [swearing.gif] It falls yet again upon my weary shoulders to provide the photojournalistic truth in the same manner that J. Jonah Jameson reports the truth...
by Tran Bronstein
August 5th, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: -- Summer BBQ Wines
Replies: 2
Views: 392

TNs: -- Summer BBQ Wines

Berserkers, We are having a beautiful hot July and August up here in Canada after an unusually cold June. Perfect weather for barbecuing. So with that in mind, the Toronto Wine Elitist Cabal (TM) got together at our American expatriate member Tim Burnett's for an impromptu summer BBQ with the boyz. ...
by Tran Bronstein
July 27th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone else buy wine when they're STRESSED OUT?
Replies: 39
Views: 1726

Re: Does anyone else buy wine when they're STRESSED OUT?

That is exactly the time I purposefully and deliberately avoid buying wine.
by Tran Bronstein
June 25th, 2019, 5:20 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: UPDATED -- 2 DAY MICRO-DRIED FRUIT FORMULA: Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project
Replies: 22
Views: 893

Re: UPDATED -- 2 DAY MICRO-DRIED FRUIT FORMULA: Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Proje

I took another Glencairn of the Raspberry XO Marnier and my impressions are still the same. High heat, high acidity, bursting with raspberry flavor. Very potent stuff. While doing that, I couldn't help but notice that sediment was forming at the bottom of the mango infusion. Now this definitely wasn...
by Tran Bronstein
June 22nd, 2019, 3:09 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: UPDATED -- 2 DAY MICRO-DRIED FRUIT FORMULA: Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project
Replies: 22
Views: 893

Re: UPDATED -- 2 DAY MICRO-DRIED FRUIT FORMULA: Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Proje

I checked on the two infusions and saw something interesting in the raspberry one. After a mere two days, the micro-dried raspberries have given up all their color to the brandy, the brandy has fully changed color to a stunning topaz reddish color, the berries have begun to lose cellular structure, ...
by Tran Bronstein
June 20th, 2019, 9:23 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: UPDATED -- 2 DAY MICRO-DRIED FRUIT FORMULA: Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project
Replies: 22
Views: 893

Re: BOOZED AND INFUSED -- My Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project

John S wrote:
June 20th, 2019, 2:46 pm
I am not a brandy guy but wanted to say thanks for posting such an educational piece. I've enjoyed the entire process and learned a lot.
Thanks, John. I've enjoyed it and learned a lot from it too. I just added two more final flavors as you can see from my new posts.
by Tran Bronstein
June 20th, 2019, 9:22 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: UPDATED -- 2 DAY MICRO-DRIED FRUIT FORMULA: Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project
Replies: 22
Views: 893

Re: BOOZED AND INFUSED -- My Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project

Alright, I'm back home and time to get to work. So here I've collected the micro-dried raspberries and regular dried mango. Micro-dried fruit is fruit that uses microwaves and vacuums to dehydrate as opposed to the standard radiant heat method. Right away the characteristics are quite different as e...
by Tran Bronstein
June 20th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: UPDATED -- 2 DAY MICRO-DRIED FRUIT FORMULA: Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project
Replies: 22
Views: 893

Re: BOOZED AND INFUSED -- My Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project

You thought it was over? It's not over yet, kids! I found this on the Internet. Apparently it's not just me that likes the idea of fruit infused brandies: Fruit Brandies.jpg Now there's two flavors there I don't have: mango and raspberry. Well I was at the St. Lawrence Market today and Domino's bulk...
by Tran Bronstein
June 20th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--memorable all-whites evening at Langdon Hall
Replies: 10
Views: 1042

Re: TNs--memorable all-whites evening at Langdon Hall

It's true. Jay was drinking a GIN martini. Corrected above. My bad. I do most sincerely apologize... apologize for Jay's terrible taste in mixed cocktails! Blech! neener
by Tran Bronstein
June 16th, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--memorable all-whites evening at Langdon Hall
Replies: 10
Views: 1042

Re: TNs--memorable all-whites evening at Langdon Hall

20190615_183253.jpg So about that food. We did the full seasonal tasting menu. No amuse bouche this time, the staff just dove us right in. First up was the Taste the Garden course, which is composed of items taken directly from Langdon Hall's own gardens: baby radishes, honey butter made with honey...
by Tran Bronstein
June 16th, 2019, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--memorable all-whites evening at Langdon Hall
Replies: 10
Views: 1042

Re: TNs--memorable all-whites evening at Langdon Hall

Thanks for starting the thread, Michael, I am happy to embellish it with both my usual photography and food and wine notes. Yes, the original Toronto Wine Elitist Cabal (TM) founding members found ourselves at the beautiful Langdon Hall spa and hotel grounds in Cambridge for a fabulous tasting menu ...
by Tran Bronstein
May 23rd, 2019, 7:53 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: UPDATED -- 2 DAY MICRO-DRIED FRUIT FORMULA: Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project
Replies: 22
Views: 893

Re: BOOZED AND INFUSED -- My Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project

Alright, with the project complete it is now time for some proper tasting notes on the finished XO Marniers. You'll notice a change in the decanters, BTW. I did mention that I LOVE fancy flat decanters and I found another one I can use and transferred the Tart Cherry XO Marnier into that one and the...
by Tran Bronstein
May 23rd, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: UPDATED -- 2 DAY MICRO-DRIED FRUIT FORMULA: Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project
Replies: 22
Views: 893

Re: BOOZED AND INFUSED -- My Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project

What Chris said - enjoying this thread and commenting so I can continue to follow. I'm totally going to try this :D Thanks man. One quick note as I was going to post an update later tonight on this but since you said you were going to try: my Marniers have actually gotten sweeter on my last tasting...
by Tran Bronstein
May 22nd, 2019, 6:56 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: UPDATED -- 2 DAY MICRO-DRIED FRUIT FORMULA: Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project
Replies: 22
Views: 893

Re: BOOZED AND INFUSED -- My Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project

Just aesthetics, but since you’ve taken this project so far, would you using a fining agent to get rid of the cloudiness? A legitimate and interesting question, Sir! First of all, the cloudiness Chris is referring to is due to of course cellular material from the fruit making its way into the liqui...
by Tran Bronstein
May 21st, 2019, 9:20 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Dark Lord Day
Replies: 23
Views: 2353

Re: Dark Lord Day

I am absolutely not a beer drinker at all and I LOVE Dark Lord. Honest to God it drinks like a malt based dessert wine. Fabulous stuff and despite the above average sweetness for beer and full body, it goes tremendously well with grilled meats.
by Tran Bronstein
May 20th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: UPDATED -- 2 DAY MICRO-DRIED FRUIT FORMULA: Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project
Replies: 22
Views: 893

Re: BOOZED AND INFUSED -- My Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project

Here's another filled decanter: 20190520_151839.jpg And here is the complete set of final filled decanters with an extra bonus. You'll notice my affinity for flat style decanters over typical vertical bottles. I LOVE flat decanters. High end spirits should be served from something special that stand...
by Tran Bronstein
May 20th, 2019, 2:40 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: UPDATED -- 2 DAY MICRO-DRIED FRUIT FORMULA: Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project
Replies: 22
Views: 893

Re: BOOZED AND INFUSED -- My Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project

I've returned from a long holiday weekend in Montreal for my nephew's bar mitzvah during which the infusions were left undisturbed for four straight days. Time to check in and see how my babies are incubating: 20190520_144714.jpg The bouyancy of the fruit has increased dramatically which you notice ...
by Tran Bronstein
May 15th, 2019, 8:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Yellow Tail Sweet Red Roo (Australia, South Eastern)
Replies: 6
Views: 480

Re: TN: NV Yellow Tail Sweet Red Roo (Australia, South Eastern)

At first I somewhat thought this was an April Fool's Joke thread I had missed until I Googled up the product and it does indeed exist. I found it's a 4 on the Canadian wine sugar level scale which means it's got around 40 g/L of RS assuming that's an accurate measurement. Whereas I once might scoff ...
by Tran Bronstein
May 15th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: UPDATED -- 2 DAY MICRO-DRIED FRUIT FORMULA: Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project
Replies: 22
Views: 893

Re: BOOZED AND INFUSED -- My Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project

Quick check-in: Today's daily tasting shows a drastic improvement in all the infusions. Heat has mellowed down drastically and fruit flavor is much more intense now. A mere week to go for these lovelies to be done! Until then, I topped them each off with another 1/2 cup of leftover grappa. I will no...
by Tran Bronstein
May 14th, 2019, 5:31 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: UPDATED -- 2 DAY MICRO-DRIED FRUIT FORMULA: Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project
Replies: 22
Views: 893

Re: BOOZED AND INFUSED -- My Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project

Okay, time to check in after a week's infusing. The brandies and dried fruit went to infusion on Tues 5/7/19 and require two week's time to properly macerate, but let's check in at the halfway point, shall we? 20190514_192434.jpg The Apricot XO Brandy has darkened a bit but is still translucent. The...
by Tran Bronstein
May 14th, 2019, 7:12 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Looking for a good sipping Tequila...
Replies: 129
Views: 9411

Re: Looking for a good sipping Tequila...

Cava de Oro Extra Anejo. Full-bodied tequila that drinks like a Cognac but tastes like Tequila.
by Tran Bronstein
May 8th, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: UPDATED -- 2 DAY MICRO-DRIED FRUIT FORMULA: Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project
Replies: 22
Views: 893

UPDATED -- 2 DAY MICRO-DRIED FRUIT FORMULA: Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project

INFUSED XO BRANDY AKA HOMEMADE "CUVEE DE CENTENAIRE" GRAND MARNIER Boozehounds, the infusion formula below has been updated with the very happy discovery that using micro-dried fruit has resulted in an insanely fast infusion that literally took just two days to complete. You can read my updated pos...
by Tran Bronstein
April 30th, 2019, 8:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs -- Weekend at Berto's, Spring 2019: Day 2
Replies: 3
Views: 358

Re: TNs -- Weekend at Berto's, Spring 2019: Day 2

Oops, I forgot to post on the two bonus wines on the return trip home: 13th STREET 2012 METHODE TRADITIONNELLE PREMIER CUVEE -- 13th Street has long endeavored to make sparkling wine to rival Champagne quality before the region turned on to sparkling wine as a whole. Their 06 and 06 Blanc de Noirs w...

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