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by Jim Brennan
April 20th, 2019, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 67
Views: 2531

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: 67
Views: 2531

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: 1814

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: 178
Views: 8352

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: 2770

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: 2770

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: 2702

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: 3342

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 28th, 2019, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 463
Views: 31367

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

Seems like a lot of sour grapes for a guy who rebuilding a brand. I've known Ray personally for 25 years and I applaud him for trying to relaunch a career. What is sad is seeing personal attacks on him and his family. Bashing a product before you taste it... kinda short sided in my book. Jason, loo...
by Jim Brennan
March 25th, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine shop in Plymouth-Northville-Ann Arbor area
Replies: 37
Views: 911

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: 1444

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: 350

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: 4077

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: 1739

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: 1739

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: 1739

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: 1903

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: 1635

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: 1823

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: 580
Views: 25329

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: 458

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: 804

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: 286

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: 1870

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: 1375

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: 1405

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: 1870

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: 1190

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: 819

Re: Gobs of Elegance

fυckloads of elegance
by Jim Brennan
February 17th, 2019, 9:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 463
Views: 31367

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

Siun o'Connell wrote:
February 17th, 2019, 5:04 pm
How is it that Ray has the financial ability to launch a new luxury spirits line complete with fancy marketing videos and all but is not able to begin repayment?
That's simple... you form an LLC for your new business and get investors.
by Jim Brennan
February 16th, 2019, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 463
Views: 31367

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

Paul, I agree. But it is table stakes for folks here being willing to even consider whether Ray is a serious businessman or a modern PT Barnum.
by Jim Brennan
February 16th, 2019, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 463
Views: 31367

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

Ray, have all the BMW people been made whole? Have all the Maison Ilan buyers been made whole? I think all of that being confirmed is a precondition to anyone here taking you seriously.
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: 433

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: 199

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: 5074

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! (Furballs?)
Replies: 538
Views: 27362

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

Nothing like the taste of pedigree!
by Jim Brennan
February 3rd, 2019, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 11202

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

Lawyers ruining another thread... :-)
by Jim Brennan
February 1st, 2019, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for J.J. Prum Collectors...
Replies: 29
Views: 1789

Re: Question for J.J. Prum Collectors...

I'll bring the Willi Schaefer!
by Jim Brennan
February 1st, 2019, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coravin capsules on airplanes
Replies: 6
Views: 467

Re: Coravin capsules on airplanes

Is this as a replacement for doors?
by Jim Brennan
February 1st, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 11202

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

I won't give them credit for much, but so far they have largely avoided the vanity sports (luxury cars, wine, and gated suburban housing). We will see what happens if or when they start their prime earning years. They have definitely been spending money on beer and bourbon. Just infuse wine with an...
by Jim Brennan
February 1st, 2019, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2059
Views: 194796

Re: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

He needs to cross a Russian mobster.
by Jim Brennan
January 27th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please help me understand Huet
Replies: 26
Views: 1233

Re: Please help me understand Huet

yeah, it's a bit rich for that. Think dessert wine portions.
by Jim Brennan
January 27th, 2019, 6:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please help me understand Huet
Replies: 26
Views: 1233

Re: Please help me understand Huet

Richard Kelley's website is useful when it comes to understanding more about Huet: http://www.richardkelley.co.uk/vouvray_huet_index.htm If you're really interested in learning more about Huet, I'd recommend an old issue of John Gilman's View from the Cellar which gives an outstanding overview of Hu...
by Jim Brennan
January 23rd, 2019, 4:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 463
Views: 31367

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

NoahR wrote:
January 22nd, 2019, 7:03 pm
a cocktail of hubris, arrogance and fraud.
Since he's working with spirits, he should work this bit into his marketing message.
by Jim Brennan
January 12th, 2019, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10718
Views: 475468

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Clos du Jaugueyron Haut Medoc 2015 Domaine de la Pinte Arbois Poulsard "de l'Ami Karl" 2017 Domaine des Roches Neuves Saumur-Champigny Franc de Pied 2015 Nikolaihof Gruner Veltliner 'Zwickl' 2017 Clos Rougeard Saumur Champigny 2011 Moric Reserve (Blaufrankisch) 2012 Domaine de Majas Rouge 2016 Mouil...
by Jim Brennan
January 8th, 2019, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ‘05 Baumard Quarts De Chaume-Kick Ass!
Replies: 13
Views: 542

Re: ‘05 Baumard Quarts De Chaume-Kick Ass!

Too bad the modern iterations of this wine are all spoof / "freezer jam".

Reference for those with short memories: http://jimsloire.blogspot.com/2013/02/b ... e.html?m=1
by Jim Brennan
January 1st, 2019, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eric Asimov: NY Times, recommends Meiomi and Gallo!
Replies: 61
Views: 3136

Re: Eric Asimov: NY Times, recommends Meiomi and Gallo!

Does the g/L RS tell the whole story of a wine's "perceived" sweetness? Don't the other components of a wine such as , tannins, ph/acid , oak, etc. have an influence? I know I need more sugar in my tea than in my coffee, and even more in my lemonade to hit my sweet spot. There are other factors, su...
by Jim Brennan
December 31st, 2018, 10:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eric Asimov: NY Times, recommends Meiomi and Gallo!
Replies: 61
Views: 3136

Re: Eric Asimov: NY Times, recommends Meiomi and Gallo!

Kris Patten wrote:
December 31st, 2018, 9:21 pm
ky1em!ttskus wrote:
December 31st, 2018, 8:29 pm
Isn’t .08% or 8g/L right at the level of perception?
0.8% not 0.08%. 10g/L = 1% rs.
Right, but 3g/l or 0.3% is roughly the point where RS becomes detectable.

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