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by Jim Brennan
May 18th, 2019, 6:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 92
Views: 3765

Re: Robert Parker retires

I wish him well. I never subscribed to the WA nor did I buy much Bordeaux, and by the time I was willing to spend more than a few dollars on a bottle, I had decided what I liked. But I always respected what he brought to the world of wine. People blame him for "globalization" and such, but he force...
by Jim Brennan
May 16th, 2019, 6:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 9700

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

Josh, I am pretty sure that you can't be convinced otherwise, but these views really do not add up. Please read Eric's comments on copper sulfate and the excellent article from World of Fine Wine that he linked. Most growing regions in France (especially Champagne, Loire, Burgundy, and Bordeaux), a...
by Jim Brennan
May 16th, 2019, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 22
Views: 1239

Re: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

Opened my first bottle of the 2014 last night, and really enjoyed it. Agree that it should only get more complex over the next several years. Opened up nicely throughout the evening.
by Jim Brennan
May 11th, 2019, 9:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines
Replies: 75
Views: 2043

Re: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines

No need to apologize Jim - instead double down! Spell it in caps! It's the way we do it now. Anyway, we all read or misread things from time to time. But I can't imagine any sub-$20 Cab that I'd really want to drink. A few years ago maybe, but $20 is the new $15, so you really have to go over $20 u...
by Jim Brennan
May 11th, 2019, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines
Replies: 75
Views: 2043

Re: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines

Ones I've had at that price point, which you can still find, and which did not make me sad have been Chateau Senejac, Jax Y3 Taureau, The Fableist Paso Robles and Lanessan. He very clearly indicated that his interest was California wines. No, the op did not. You're correct... Man, I could swear I r...
by Jim Brennan
May 11th, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines
Replies: 75
Views: 2043

Re: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines

Glen Gold wrote:
May 11th, 2019, 9:55 am
Ones I've had at that price point, which you can still find, and which did not make me sad have been Chateau Senejac, Jax Y3 Taureau, The Fableist Paso Robles and Lanessan.
He very clearly indicated that his interest was California wines.
by Jim Brennan
May 11th, 2019, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 9700

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

Somewhat you are right but combined with trying to buy organic or biodynamic wines, I look at it as more akin to ethical consumerism. My cellar is very Eurocentric much because I shy away from the dominant American styles and farming practices though. Josh, I am pretty sure that you can't be convin...
by Jim Brennan
May 4th, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?
Replies: 69
Views: 1223

Re: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?

I had a Circa once that Putnam Weekley shared with me... Quality blaufrankisch, but no idea what happened to them.

Looks like they closed back in 2013... https://www.michiganbythebottle.com/cir ... te-winery/
by Jim Brennan
May 4th, 2019, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?
Replies: 69
Views: 1223

Re: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?

Tier 1: Calif, Oregon, Washington Tier 2: Arizona, NM, New York -- now we get into "drinkable" -- Tier 3: Texas, Colorado, Arkansas, Illinois, NC, Virginia, Missouri, RI, Penn -- and finally, hard to swallow -- Tier 4: Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Minn, Georgia Michigan is in Tier 2, you just haven't...
by Jim Brennan
May 3rd, 2019, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?
Replies: 69
Views: 1223

Re: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?

Tier 1: Calif, Oregon, Washington Tier 2: Arizona, NM, New York -- now we get into "drinkable" -- Tier 3: Texas, Colorado, Arkansas, Illinois, NC, Virginia, Missouri, RI, Penn -- and finally, hard to swallow -- Tier 4: Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Minn, Georgia Michigan is in Tier 2, you just haven't...
by Jim Brennan
May 3rd, 2019, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which varietal is least and which is best suited to new oak?
Replies: 55
Views: 1340

Re: Au Contraire...

Easy answer for whites: Rieslings is the worst neener Oaked Riesling, now that’s a scary thought. Yes, I didn’t think about barbera, I agree it shows it’s oak well. Back in the early ‘70’s, David Bruce made his Estate Riesling in a ton of new Fr.oak. It was spectacular, but not what you’d recognize...
by Jim Brennan
May 2nd, 2019, 5:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kudos to Galloni- Unique approach to dealing with Bordeaux
Replies: 16
Views: 2006

Re: Kudos to Galloni- Unique approach to dealing with Bordeaux

Seems like marketing over substance.
by Jim Brennan
April 30th, 2019, 9:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Wyncroft Shou Blanc (USA, Michigan, Lake Michigan Shore)
Replies: 9
Views: 312

Re: TN: 2017 Wyncroft Shou Blanc (USA, Michigan, Lake Michigan Shore)

Nick, his wines are well worth trying, and he's really great to chat with about wines and winemaking.
by Jim Brennan
April 29th, 2019, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 611
Views: 29840

Re: It's critic bingo! ("pixelated fruit")

As for transparency vs translucency, since we've already established that Galloni uses words he doesn't understand, should we assume he mean the former but used the latter under the false assumption they mean the same thing? So if "transparency" is what he meant, I wonder how Mr. Galloni thinks it ...
by Jim Brennan
April 29th, 2019, 6:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 611
Views: 29840

Re: It's critic bingo! ("pixelated fruit")

I think "pixelated" is somehow meant to be an analogy for the fineness and precision of detail of the fruit, so like you are tasting each individual bit of fruit that makes up the whole, like pixels in a computer image. (Before you comment -- I didn't say it was a *good* analogy!) This really doesn...
by Jim Brennan
April 28th, 2019, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?
Replies: 53
Views: 2197

Re: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?

Trite and ignorant Marcus.
by Jim Brennan
April 28th, 2019, 5:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Friendly Restaurants in Seattle
Replies: 13
Views: 691

Re: Wine Friendly Restaurants in Seattle

Spinasse is fantastic and has a nice selection of wines (largely Italian I believe).
by Jim Brennan
April 21st, 2019, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 167
Views: 8206

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

OMG, that is really f-ing funny. Bringing up eBob here is like reminding someone of a marriage gone bad. Just when you think the pain and bitterness has been exhausted you discover there are new wells of it. I think that captures it. I mostly have stayed out of these conversations, mostly because I...
by Jim Brennan
April 20th, 2019, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 167
Views: 8206

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

Let's not forget Squires - and his shirts - when doling out accountability for what happened at eBob. https://www.dailydot.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/jeff-goldblum-jimmy-kimmel-live-1024x512.jpg And he banned my avatar! He was pretty solid for Port I have to admit though. Squires was just the h...
by Jim Brennan
April 20th, 2019, 5:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 167
Views: 8206

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

Let's not forget Squires - and his shirts - when doling out accountability for what happened at eBob. https://www.dailydot.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/jeff-goldblum-jimmy-kimmel-live-1024x512.jpg And he banned my avatar! He was pretty solid for Port I have to admit though. Squires was just the h...
by Jim Brennan
April 9th, 2019, 11:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle Heft- Do you care?
Replies: 65
Views: 1971

Re: Bottle Heft- Do you care?

To the original question:

1) If it involves a deathmatch, yes
2) If it can't fit into my racking as a result, yes
3) Otherwise, no
by Jim Brennan
April 9th, 2019, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 267
Views: 13882

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

Crop is indeed smaller with some (Palmer) coming in at sub 1/3 their normal production I'm here with a friend who owns a shop in Austria so he's getting pricing hints - 2016 plus a touch is the whisper figure FWIW, nobody knows anything about pricing. It’s all speculation. Do not believe the rumors...
by Jim Brennan
April 9th, 2019, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 2979

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!

In short, they do a great job stuffing restaurants and store shelves with the wines "brands" they own.
by Jim Brennan
April 8th, 2019, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 2979

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!

More than 30 brands will join the Gallo portfolio, including Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, and Ravenswood. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/e--j-gallo-winery-announces-deal-with-constellation-brands-300824259.html $1.7 Billion. Included in the purchas...
by Jim Brennan
April 7th, 2019, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This seems a little excessive, no? (UPDATED - it's not)
Replies: 41
Views: 2784

Re: This seems a little excessive, no?

Drinking Aubert is excessibe
by Jim Brennan
March 29th, 2019, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine-related 'gadgets' you can't live without
Replies: 88
Views: 3486

Re: Wine-related 'gadgets' you can't live without

.....the Durand. The price is ridiculous for what it is, but it really is indispensable. An Ah So costs 10 bucks. A corkscrew costs 10 bucks. One of each that fit together costs $200!? Come on man. I want one, but I struggle with that. I sure wish I thought of it. Jeff the key is the "fit together"...
by Jim Brennan
March 25th, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine shop in Plymouth-Northville-Ann Arbor area
Replies: 37
Views: 947

Re: wine shop in Plymouth-Northville-Ann Arbor area

Len Lescosky wrote:
March 24th, 2019, 2:15 pm
Wow, so much memory in one thread. Village Corner was great when I lived in Ann Arbor in the 90's. If Ken is offering you a mead tasting take him up on it! In a town of many great mead makers, Ken was at the top. Hi Ken!
Ken wrote the book on Mead making... literally!
by Jim Brennan
March 21st, 2019, 5:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can Dave Phinney turn a SF island into a hipster Napa altrernative?
Replies: 22
Views: 1514

Re: Can Dave Phinney turn a SF island into a hipster Napa altrernative?

You guys should meet up at the old folks home on the Island and reminesce. ;)
by Jim Brennan
March 21st, 2019, 5:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Huet - Old Label Question
Replies: 10
Views: 386

Re: Domaine Huet - Old Label Question

I have bottles of Huet from 71 and earlier with the script label, bottles with labels that look like the one in Jayson's photos, but none where the font / text positioning looks like yours David.
by Jim Brennan
March 16th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Chenin Blanc are you drinking?
Replies: 118
Views: 4107

Re: Which Chenin Blanc are you drinking?

Had a 2010 Chidaine Choisilles last night that was drinking superb. That followed the 2008 from a few weeks ago that blew my mind in how good it was. I saved a glass for this afternoon so I can retaste it and then I'll add a TN. What Chidaine is doing with Chenin is really special to me. Chidaine s...
by Jim Brennan
March 16th, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next of Kyn #9 Wood Box....WOW!!
Replies: 23
Views: 1788

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

Eric LeVine wrote:
March 16th, 2019, 7:33 am
The box is dry and woody. It doesn't taste very good. I can't really find any vintage variation.
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by Jim Brennan
March 16th, 2019, 5:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next of Kyn #9 Wood Box....WOW!!
Replies: 23
Views: 1788

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

Eric LeVine wrote:
March 14th, 2019, 11:11 am
The box has been the same since #1 was released EIGHT YEARS ago.
Eric can you offer some notes on how older vintages of the box are aging?
by Jim Brennan
March 14th, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next of Kyn #9 Wood Box....WOW!!
Replies: 23
Views: 1788

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

How many points did the box get from Suckling?
by Jim Brennan
March 10th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looks like the organic trend isn't really catching on in California
Replies: 41
Views: 1942

Re: Looks like the organic trend isn't really catching on in California

You assumed more pesticide usage in Europe? I guess my assumption was just the opposite. There's more huge scale grape farming in the US, and there is still a lot of vineyard land in Europe that's been in the family for centuries and is managed quite conservatively. In general, there's a pretty hig...
by Jim Brennan
March 10th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much would you pay for ultimate wine ?
Replies: 29
Views: 1665

Re: How much would you pay for ultimate wine ?

Alex Rychlewski wrote:
March 10th, 2019, 3:43 am
That's like asking "How much would you pay for the ultimate woman?".

AR
The answer to that is well-known: half.
by Jim Brennan
March 7th, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?
Replies: 48
Views: 1879

Re: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?

Hands down: Fozen I'm surprised their's has not been mentioned herein [unless I missed it]. Its creamy, rich, as in cherimoya, tropical with kiwi, grapefruit, minerals and did I say, creamy and rich? Which is my problem with just about all the California Chenin Blancs mentioned. They all see oak - ...
by Jim Brennan
March 7th, 2019, 6:27 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 587
Views: 26491

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Given the complexities of running a kitchen/restaurant, one would expect Cat to be more understanding rather than less.
by Jim Brennan
March 7th, 2019, 4:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Need recommendations for places around Detroit
Replies: 20
Views: 513

Re: Need recommendations for places around Detroit

David K o l i n wrote:
February 26th, 2019, 7:08 am
Bdklein wrote:
February 26th, 2019, 7:05 am
You got to get a Coney in Detroit!!!

http://www.americanconeyisland.com/home.htm
Not here. Lafayette next door
+1
by Jim Brennan
March 3rd, 2019, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA 15% off day at Binnys Saturday
Replies: 12
Views: 813

Re: PSA 15% off day at Binnys Saturday

Jeff_D wrote:
March 2nd, 2019, 3:00 pm
Just wish their Rhone and Loire selections were better/bigger.
I find it fun to walk into the local Binny's and see if anyone can provide recommendations regarding the german wines.
by Jim Brennan
February 26th, 2019, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine is not the coolest thing that comes from grapes...
Replies: 1
Views: 290

Wine is not the coolest thing that comes from grapes...

Little plasma bombs in the microwave is way cooler than wine!



And now physicists think they know why: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-bri ... HXxX_ZFyUl
by Jim Brennan
February 25th, 2019, 5:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: Which type of German rieslings do you usually prefer?
Replies: 86
Views: 1917

Re: Poll: Which type of German rieslings do you usually prefer?

Maybe we need to start a separate thread to actually discuss Riesling, because apparently many joiners on this thread left their big boy pants at home. Ian S, relative to your implied question... Kung Fu Girl is mass produced and is really more of a marketing concept wine. If you've had ones you enj...
by Jim Brennan
February 25th, 2019, 4:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Caymus 2012 surprisingly re-selling for a few multiples???
Replies: 30
Views: 1397

Re: Caymus 2012 surprisingly re-selling for a few multiples???

Gray G wrote:
February 25th, 2019, 4:27 am
Chr!s G|@rn3r wrote:
February 25th, 2019, 2:10 am
JohnP wrote:
February 24th, 2019, 11:27 pm


I was thinking that too, but can only imagine production by then will be well over 100k. I think right now it's around 60k.
They produced over 122K cases of the 2012.
a LOT of people love it obviously, non-AFWE folks, supply/demand
PT Barnum would be proud.
by Jim Brennan
February 24th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can old wine ever make you sick
Replies: 28
Views: 1427

Re: Can old wine ever make you sick

I've found if I drink a lot of old wine, that I feel woozy, and sometimes have a headache the next morning.
by Jim Brennan
February 24th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: Which type of German rieslings do you usually prefer?
Replies: 86
Views: 1917

Re: Poll: Which type of German rieslings do you usually prefer?

A related question: what Pradikatt is Kung Fu Girl? None, as it is not German. (And not all that good either...) Ian, only German wines use that system. You could be asking where they would fall in that system, but it doesn't really work that way, since the German system has origin requirements (an...
by Jim Brennan
February 18th, 2019, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine List Help - Jiko (Disney Animal Kingdom)
Replies: 24
Views: 1211

Re: Wine List Help - Jiko (Disney Animal Kingdom)

So went last night. Food was quite good (and a nice escape from the multiple force feeding character meals I had to endure throughout the previous three days). The Raats Chenin was interested - closer to Sauvignon Blanc in aroma, with a lot of grapefruit and grass and a little bit of tropical overt...
by Jim Brennan
February 17th, 2019, 9:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gobs of Elegance
Replies: 9
Views: 822

Re: Gobs of Elegance

fυckloads of elegance
by Jim Brennan
February 14th, 2019, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Cap de Faugeres - lends new meaning to "spoofification"
Replies: 10
Views: 438

Re: TN: 2005 Cap de Faugeres - lends new meaning to "spoofification"

A friend served the '05 Ch. Cap de Faugeres - Cotes Castillon blindly last night. What a nasty wine -- inky, somewhat hot, somewhat raisiny, somewhat oaky, astringent, and with no identifiable grape signature. Where could this be from? Perhaps the Midi, I thought. Priorat on a bad day? I finally gu...
by Jim Brennan
February 12th, 2019, 6:38 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Memphis Resturants
Replies: 6
Views: 236

Re: Memphis Resturants

What is your goal? Fine dining? Wine? Good and hip?
by Jim Brennan
February 8th, 2019, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2019 release date
Replies: 81
Views: 5172

Re: Sandlands 2019 release date

Ordered all the reds w/max wish lists, can never have enough Sandlands. Just wish the Chenin appealed more to my palate, although my wallet is glad it doesn't. Btw, if anyone's ever stranded in Milwaukee and wants to do a Sandlands tasting, would be a great excuse for me to open up multiples...whic...
by Jim Brennan
February 3rd, 2019, 8:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 611
Views: 29840

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

Nothing like the taste of pedigree!

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