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by Jim Brennan
January 14th, 2021, 5:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Do you like any Girl Scout cookies? (Poll Added)
Replies: 31
Views: 711

Re: Do you like any Girl Scout cookies? (Poll Added)

Just got the notice and of course buy them for support of the scout in the family. The first year I donated them back, but last year I bought the whole range but the only ones I went back to were the Samoa and Lemon. Thinking of going all Samoa (or donating again). What’s everyone’s choice. Flawed....
by Jim Brennan
January 12th, 2021, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("a little thunder of volatility in the tannins")
Replies: 1389
Views: 66136

Re: It's critic bingo! ("a little thungder of volatility in the tannins")

What is the risk that a little thunder of volatility transfers to my intestines upon consuming the wine?
by Jim Brennan
January 10th, 2021, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rofl... New Bottle Stopper
Replies: 2
Views: 450

Re: Rofl... New Bottle Stopper

You'll never believe this doc!
by Jim Brennan
January 10th, 2021, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP
Replies: 145
Views: 8888

Re: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP

I haven't even read the story yet, but my god is that awful! Frank seemed like a very cordial nice guy. Damn
by Jim Brennan
January 10th, 2021, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rofl... New Bottle Stopper
Replies: 2
Views: 450

Rofl... New Bottle Stopper

Came across this ad on Facebook... rofl... should have a Tengu bottle stopper option for Japan
Bottle Stopper
Bottle Stopper
by Jim Brennan
December 28th, 2020, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be
Replies: 147
Views: 5681

Re: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be

A exceptionally-wise man once asked me, "How many times do you need to try a wine before you know you don't like it?"
by Jim Brennan
December 23rd, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4104
Views: 233658

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Agree with all the above, but I was thinking the other day that I get much more bang for the buck out of a $75 bottle of bourbon than I do out of a similar priced wine. And even with secondary pricing the same goes for a $200 bourbon vs a typical Napa cab. Maybe if the only options are Napa Cabs. T...
by Jim Brennan
December 23rd, 2020, 7:47 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4104
Views: 233658

Re: The Bourbon Thread

To be clear, there are many offerings available from both the large distilleries and smaller craft distillers that provide quality at a reasonable price (~$35-75). But the surge of higher priced offerings (from both craft and major distillers) continues to expand at a very rapid pace. It doesn't see...
by Jim Brennan
December 21st, 2020, 9:30 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4104
Views: 233658

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Is it just me, or is the whiskey / bourbon market totally overheated, with far too many new offerings in market (or coming) and many at prices that are too high?
by Jim Brennan
December 6th, 2020, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1st taste after Covid
Replies: 22
Views: 1910

Re: 1st taste after Covid

Keep this up and you're gonna lose that AFWE card Robert... :D
by Jim Brennan
December 1st, 2020, 9:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AMA - William Kelley edition - 12/09/2020 5:30PST
Replies: 175
Views: 9988

Re: AMA - William Kelley edition - 12/09/2020 5:30PST

John Morris wrote: November 2nd, 2020, 2:25 pm American Medical Association, William Kelley edition? [scratch.gif] [scratch.gif]
AMA = Ask Me Anything (get with the program, Boomer!)
by Jim Brennan
December 1st, 2020, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do world-class California Rieslings exist?
Replies: 106
Views: 4586

Re: Do world-class California Rieslings exist?

Never had a world class Riesling from California. While I'm sure that someone can point to some climates here and there that could be conducive, in general the Rieslings I've had that I would seek out again have been from regions that are somewhat farther north (Oregon, Niagara, Washington, Michigan...
by Jim Brennan
November 27th, 2020, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Isolating in a Materium world...
Replies: 15
Views: 1076

Re: Isolating in the Materium world...

That's pretty cool. Good to hear you're back in the house tho!
by Jim Brennan
November 27th, 2020, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Isolating in a Materium world...
Replies: 15
Views: 1076

Re: Isolating in the Materium world...

As folks here know I had what has turned out to be a low-risk, vocational, SARS-CoV-2 exposure last Weds. Isolating in our yurt for seven plus days, on the western edge of our property, isn’t a sharp stick in the eye. Still, there is no contact and you just read a lot and blow thru downloaded compu...
by Jim Brennan
November 19th, 2020, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: God, I wish critics would stick to wines and not burden us with their musical preferences.
Replies: 91
Views: 4144

Re: God, I wish critics would stick to wines and not burden us with their musical preferences.

The idea that one can love music and dismiss all jazz as if it is monolithic seems like enough of a flaw that I agree with Mark's premise.
by Jim Brennan
October 4th, 2020, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traverse City Area
Replies: 25
Views: 1261

Re: Traverse City Area

Didn't manage to connect with Jim Lester at Wyncroft?
by Jim Brennan
October 3rd, 2020, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jancis R says riesling is better
Replies: 45
Views: 1903

Re: Jancis R says riesling is better

I prefer both Riesling and Chenin Blanc over Chardonnay, so I'm on board!
by Jim Brennan
September 30th, 2020, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Distinctive Malbec from the New World?
Replies: 29
Views: 1496

Re: Distinctive Malbec from the New World?

I've enjoyed a number of Malbec from France, but find Malbec from new world producers to be largely nondescript and relatively uninteresting. Certainly I like the rusticity and eathiness of France Malbec, and don't necessarily expect that from the new world, but I'd settle for "interesting&quo...
by Jim Brennan
September 30th, 2020, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Distinctive Malbec from the New World?
Replies: 29
Views: 1496

Re: Distinctive Malbec from the New World?

Matt A u s t i n wrote: September 30th, 2020, 5:19 pm Savage Grace in Washington makes some extremely distinctive leaner-styled Malbecs (multiple single vineyard reds and also a rosé pét nat), but labels them under the grape’s other moniker, Côt.
Homage to the Loire... sounds up my alley!
by Jim Brennan
September 30th, 2020, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Distinctive Malbec from the New World?
Replies: 29
Views: 1496

Re: Distinctive Malbec from the New World?

Thanks for the insight Jim. Will have to see if they carry it around here!
by Jim Brennan
September 27th, 2020, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Must Buy People Behind the Wine!
Replies: 61
Views: 2816

Re: Must Buy People Behind the Wine!

Kevin Porter wrote: September 27th, 2020, 11:25 am Joe Dressner; Martine Saunier; Terry Thiese
Joe be dead (cancer sucks, and brain cancer sucks more than most). But his business lives on.
by Jim Brennan
September 27th, 2020, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Must Buy People Behind the Wine!
Replies: 61
Views: 2816

Re: Must Buy People Behind the Wine!

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote: September 27th, 2020, 6:54 am Michel Rolland
Philip Cambie
Dave Phinney

:popcorn:
[rofl.gif]
by Jim Brennan
September 20th, 2020, 5:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “The Discerning wines of Rajat Parr”
Replies: 16
Views: 1681

Re: “The Discerning wines of Rajat Parr”

T Welch wrote: September 19th, 2020, 4:49 pm
D@vid Bu3ker wrote: September 19th, 2020, 3:41 pm Sentient wines...we’re doomed.
I'm sorry Dave, but I can't open the cellar door.
Good one!
by Jim Brennan
September 6th, 2020, 9:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chef’s Table BBQ
Replies: 42
Views: 3158

Re: Chef’s Table BBQ

Watched the first episode this morning. Fantastic and so very genuine. Loved every second of it.
by Jim Brennan
August 22nd, 2020, 8:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Memphis restaurant recommendations
Replies: 26
Views: 1333

Re: Memphis restaurant recommendations

Todd Hamina wrote: August 22nd, 2020, 6:46 am Thank you Jim! Your detail is a wonderful surprise.
No worries Todd... happy to help / provide insight in whatever way I can. It's doubly challenging this year looking at schools (I know, my daughter is a Senior). :)
by Jim Brennan
August 22nd, 2020, 5:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Memphis restaurant recommendations
Replies: 26
Views: 1333

Re: Memphis restaurant recommendations

Went to Iris, Bari, and Hog & Hominy... enjoyed them all. Oh, and after Bari or Iris, make sure to head over to Lafayette's for music after dinner. My son decided to attend Rhodes College in Memphis, so this will probably become a regular thing for me. :) Anything new in Memphis that could be r...
by Jim Brennan
July 18th, 2020, 5:30 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4104
Views: 233658

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Andrew Kotowski wrote: July 18th, 2020, 4:56 pm 80 degrees, no clouds and plenty of bourbon.

Also put a dent into some Elijah Craig K&L Barrel Select. select.
Ummm... That's Four Roses.
by Jim Brennan
June 28th, 2020, 7:25 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Road trip in the USA in the Covid world
Replies: 22
Views: 3288

Re: Road trip in the USA in the Covid world

Bars need to close. Too highly correlated with stupid behavior.
by Jim Brennan
June 22nd, 2020, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas pushback
Replies: 68
Views: 5709

Re: Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas pushback

I would humbly suggest that both this thread and the one about "ever boycott a winery" are political threads masquerading as wine threads, and it would be better for everyone if they were moved to another section of the forum. I'm not saying it was bad faith on the part of the folks who s...
by Jim Brennan
June 18th, 2020, 9:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your German riesling breakdown
Replies: 73
Views: 2624

Re: Your German riesling breakdown

Too much work. I'm guessing I have about 250-300 bottles of German Riesling.... I'd say 35% Kabinett, 50% Spatlese, and 15% Auslese / BA / TBA
by Jim Brennan
June 17th, 2020, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 20998

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

I can never understand the push for economics to be considered before morals. Or even in place of them. That's a sort of bright light focus on the tenor of the times. In nearly every case using the term "virtue signaling" is actual virtue signaling. Whereas a boycott of one is not really ...
by Jim Brennan
June 17th, 2020, 7:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("a little thunder of volatility in the tannins")
Replies: 1389
Views: 66136

Re: It's critic bingo! ('19 Haut Brion threatens to "go atomic")

Says someone who has never met the owner, or tasted those wines. I've met the owner, who is truly a one of a kind person, and perhaps the last of her generation still working at the property. She always calls it like she sees it. I have also tasted multiple vintages of Figeac from the '40s and '50s...
by Jim Brennan
June 16th, 2020, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("a little thunder of volatility in the tannins")
Replies: 1389
Views: 66136

Re: It's critic bingo! ('19 Haut Brion threatens to "go atomic")

But with Figeac, are you finding fault in my note? Or just my conclusion? FWIW, I imagine this is what the great old Figeac's were really like in their youth in the '50s, '40s, etc. That is what Madame Manancourt told me. She should know. Yeah, never in known history has someone with a financial in...
by Jim Brennan
June 16th, 2020, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 20998

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Nope.
by Jim Brennan
June 16th, 2020, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("a little thunder of volatility in the tannins")
Replies: 1389
Views: 66136

Re: It's critic bingo! ('19 Haut Brion threatens to "go atomic")

But with Figeac, are you finding fault in my note? Or just my conclusion? FWIW, I imagine this is what the great old Figeac's were really like in their youth in the '50s, '40s, etc. That is what Madame Manancourt told me. She should know. Yeah, never in known history has someone with a financial in...
by Jim Brennan
June 9th, 2020, 8:29 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Japanese Whiskey
Replies: 97
Views: 9497

Re: Japanese Whiskey

I find Irish and Japanese whiskey to often be similar, for obvious reasons. Ireland should have cooler bottles to drive increased growth. Maybe modern designs by Waterford. Would be great marketing.
by Jim Brennan
June 4th, 2020, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar
Replies: 241
Views: 11910

Re: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar

I have several things ('08 Magdelaine, various recent Kab/Spat,'12 Roty Gevrey) that I have full cases of, but nothing more. Huet Cuvee Constance 1989, close to two cases (well, maybe more like 20 bottles, I've been behind on logging). My favorite dessert wine of all time, and if you have 20 probab...
by Jim Brennan
June 4th, 2020, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar
Replies: 241
Views: 11910

Re: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar

similar thread years ago got the mic drop when Rosania said he had 500 cases of 96 Salon, admittedly 6 bottle cases, but geez . . . 3000 bottles, at that time about $200/b, now close to $1000/b. I've gotta ask, what's the end game in this situation? With 500 cases, as another poster pointed out, th...
by Jim Brennan
June 4th, 2020, 5:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar
Replies: 241
Views: 11910

Re: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar

Mark Golodetz wrote: June 3rd, 2020, 6:07 am Lately I have been on a quest to find VCC 2014; it is now at four cases, the largest single holding in the cellar. Yours?
Huet Cuvee Constance 1989, close to two cases (well, maybe more like 20 bottles, I've been behind on logging).
by Jim Brennan
May 27th, 2020, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Modular Wine Rooms
Replies: 12
Views: 951

Re: Modular Wine Rooms

Jim, I had one of those for about 30 years. Very happy with it. Not fancy but functional. Back then they had 2 BreezeAires in the 1900-bottle unit. The first Breezeaire sprung a coolant leak around 10 years. I had it repaired. The second did the same a few years later and I put in a CellarPro. If y...
by Jim Brennan
May 27th, 2020, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Modular Wine Rooms
Replies: 12
Views: 951

Re: Modular Wine Rooms

You can upgrade to a CellarPro in the options. You are correct... when I viewed via my phone, it only showed the standard option (Breezaire). Go figure. :) Thanks to the others as well. One reason I'm looking at this rather than some kind of custom wine room is that I expect to move in 2 or 3 years...
by Jim Brennan
May 27th, 2020, 5:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Modular Wine Rooms
Replies: 12
Views: 951

Modular Wine Rooms

Anyone aware of any modular wine rooms out there with capacity of 1500-2000? I've found these: https://www.winecabinets.com/Deluxe-Modular-Wine-Rooms-s/158.htm However, these use a Breezaire cooling unit, and I'm not willing to buy anything that involves that company, based on my first-hand awarenes...
by Jim Brennan
May 26th, 2020, 3:57 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Old Forester Bourbon: how is the whole lineup?
Replies: 27
Views: 3545

Re: Old Forester Bourbon: how is the whole lineup?

I know alot of folks in our local whiskey "society" who prefer the 1910 over 1920. Just saying. I've not had it yet.
by Jim Brennan
May 26th, 2020, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Relatively low RP rating but wine drops your jaws
Replies: 42
Views: 2515

Re: Relatively low RP rating but wine drops your jaws

All the best wines have low RP scores.
by Jim Brennan
May 23rd, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1989 Domaine de Chevalier (red)
Replies: 25
Views: 1185

Re: 1989 Domaine de Chevalier (red)

Andrew K. wrote: May 22nd, 2020, 2:03 pm Certainly a great value. I had to pick up a case of 2018 futures with all the 100 point ratings at that price point.
The new stuff is nothing like the old stuff stylistically.

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