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by Jim Brennan
March 28th, 2020, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??
Replies: 36
Views: 1829

Re: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??

What a cool thread. Thanks!
by Jim Brennan
March 13th, 2020, 8:51 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 213
Views: 7819

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

The flights and the airports. My son is doing his sophomore year of college in Salzburg Austria. We're keeping him there... he's young, healthy, and hopefully the Uni in Salzburg will figure out some remote learning since they are temporarily closed. Putting him on a plane seems unnecessary and, if...
by Jim Brennan
March 9th, 2020, 10:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Rhys/Aeris release - Stunning Customer Appreciation
Replies: 58
Views: 2663

Re: New Rhys/Aeris release - Stunning Customer Appreciation

Who does the email originate from... I've not see anything in my email from either Rhys or Aeris on this.
by Jim Brennan
February 8th, 2020, 5:25 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Brief article: "Is Brett adapting to our winemaking practices?"
Replies: 2
Views: 461

Re: Brief article: "Is Brett adapting to our winemaking practices?"

Eric Lundblad wrote:
February 7th, 2020, 11:10 pm
I just read an article that there's a fungus growing inside the building at Chernobyl, and the fungus has adapted to live off the radiation from the destroyed power plant.
Sounds like Proto-molecule.
by Jim Brennan
February 3rd, 2020, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Aeris Etna Bianco Superiore - DRINK UP!
Replies: 32
Views: 2087

Re: 2014 Aeris Etna Bianco Superiore - DRINK UP!

I've had one and it was enjoyable, no issues.
by Jim Brennan
February 2nd, 2020, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your SUPER BOWL WINES and PICKS here
Replies: 44
Views: 1701

Re: Post your SUPER BOWL WINES and PICKS here

Spicy Palomas followed by a High West Rye on a little ice.

Love the Groundhog Day commercial!
by Jim Brennan
February 2nd, 2020, 5:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Marcel Juge, Cornas - Stream of Consciousness Thoughts
Replies: 36
Views: 1882

Re: TN: 2014 Marcel Juge, Cornas - Stream of Consciousness Thoughts

Lots of frankenwine resulted from the hot '03 vintage in France.
by Jim Brennan
February 1st, 2020, 5:57 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Irish Whiskey Thread
Replies: 49
Views: 2816

Re: Irish Whiskey Thread

I feel like Irish Whiskey threads tend to begin and end with Redbreast (unfortunately). Good stuff, no doubt, but there are so many others. Some others I enjoy are Powers, Tyrconnell Sherry Cask Finish, and Glendalough.
by Jim Brennan
January 31st, 2020, 4:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?
Replies: 149
Views: 9000

Re: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?

Scott Brunson wrote:
January 30th, 2020, 3:01 pm
Brian Tuite wrote:
January 30th, 2020, 12:01 pm
Jim Brennan wrote:
January 30th, 2020, 11:32 am
I took everything, even the Chardonnay and Trousseau
What Trousseau?
The one in the next offering I guess. neener
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by Jim Brennan
January 30th, 2020, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?
Replies: 149
Views: 9000

Re: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?

I took everything, even the Chardonnay and Trousseau
by Jim Brennan
January 7th, 2020, 4:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 2695

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.



And for the record, the idea of putting ketchup on a hot dog is disgusting.
by Jim Brennan
January 2nd, 2020, 5:06 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Japanese Whiskey
Replies: 89
Views: 7633

Re: Japanese Whiskey

I recently discovered that and liked it! (Great value, in my opinion.) I like their gin, as well! Does it drink closer to a bourbon or a scotch? More like a gin, I expect :-) Coffey Grain is more like American Whisky than Scotch. Actually I think it's more like Irish Whiskey, but a bit sweeter on t...
by Jim Brennan
January 1st, 2020, 9:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?
Replies: 37
Views: 2501

Re: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?

Zin.

As for sparklers, I'm with Michael Powers on this and would choose options from the Loire and a few other European regions over CA at the lower price points, and then Champagne at higher prices.
by Jim Brennan
December 23rd, 2019, 5:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Fantastic Value!"
Replies: 83
Views: 6594

Re: "Fantastic Value!"

Apologies in advance for being a wet blanket, but I struggle to see the merit in tossing out a bunch of wine names without explanation regarding why it's a fantastic value. For those of you who have done that, bravo.
by Jim Brennan
December 22nd, 2019, 4:33 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: When to Book Airfare ???
Replies: 7
Views: 1059

Re: When to Book Airfare ???

Hopper is useful for finding out when fares are low.
by Jim Brennan
December 20th, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3584
Views: 198632

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Have we had a discussion of how long an opened bottle of whiskey lasts? I was always under the impression that once you open, the only real risk is slow evaporation, but recently I heard someone argue that it changes once you open it, and that it drinks best in the first 3 or 4 months.
by Jim Brennan
December 14th, 2019, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wife Just Got A Case of Wine Delivered, Am I alllowed to look?
Replies: 56
Views: 2433

Re: Wife Just Got A Case of Wine Delivered, Am I alllowed to look?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
December 14th, 2019, 8:05 am
Jim Brennan wrote:
December 14th, 2019, 8:04 am
Those wines seem like grounds... just sayin'.

Yea, but then doesn’t she get 1/2 of my really good stuff?
Yeah, but she doesn't know what really good stuff is. Offer to give her all your new world stuff, minus Ridge, and she'll think she scored bigtime.
by Jim Brennan
December 14th, 2019, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wife Just Got A Case of Wine Delivered, Am I alllowed to look?
Replies: 56
Views: 2433

Re: Wife Just Got A Case of Wine Delivered, Am I alllowed to look?

Those wines seem like grounds... just sayin'.
by Jim Brennan
December 14th, 2019, 4:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Forbes: The “naughty truth” about wine tasting
Replies: 38
Views: 2786

Re: Forbes: The “naughty truth” about wine tasting

The writer comes off as someone who is burned out on their job but has yet to realize it. His anger at fellow writers and critics is kinda comical. The overall premise, "anyone who tastes wine differently than I do, is wrong" is just silly. Perhaps the biggest head scratcher is how this piece got g...
by Jim Brennan
December 9th, 2019, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alice Quixote rides again
Replies: 54
Views: 2258

Re: Alice Quixote rides again

I'm all for natural winemaking right up to the point where they decide how much sulfur to use (or not use) for bottling. The supply chain is generally insufficient for no (and maybe low) sulfur wines IMO. Having said all that, the amount of hand-wringing is totally out of proportion to the impact of...
by Jim Brennan
December 8th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunnuck Top 100 2019
Replies: 50
Views: 4806

Re: Dunnuck Top 100 2019

I generally do not like these lists (purely selfish reasons), but for critics and retailers - and for some buyers - they are great. I don't like these lists for precisely this reason... They aren't about or for consumers. If anything, they actually have an adverse impact for consumers, in some case...
by Jim Brennan
December 8th, 2019, 5:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1420
Views: 77293

Re: What did you cook tonight?

I was thinking Manhattan, thanks for the confirmation!
by Jim Brennan
December 7th, 2019, 9:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1420
Views: 77293

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
December 7th, 2019, 9:42 pm
Chris Lilly’s Mac and Cheese, with crumbled Benton’s bacon on top (and a little fat in the mix).
Totally missed telling us what you're drinking on the right.
by Jim Brennan
December 2nd, 2019, 5:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: so who still gets wine spectator? and why?
Replies: 47
Views: 2534

Re: so who still gets wine spectator? and why?

I ended my subscription in the late 1990s, lol. I know this will shock Corey and Todd to hear me say this, but I found it utterly pretentious, and of course, concluded The Suckles was a clown. And since Bordeaux was my region of preference, that was a fail. Pardon if this sounds jerkish, but I find...
by Jim Brennan
November 11th, 2019, 7:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicken Pie -- Filling, am I going to make people sick?
Replies: 14
Views: 1455

Re: Chicken Pie -- Filling, am I going to make people sick?

Bring anything up to the right temp for the right amount of time and it will kill everything. George This. And assuming proper refrigeration in the meantime. I do all sorts of things with leftover Turkey, gravy etc, from holiday feasts. By the final stage soup it’s probably a week. (Hot turkey, col...
by Jim Brennan
November 11th, 2019, 1:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicken Pie -- Filling, am I going to make people sick?
Replies: 14
Views: 1455

Re: Chicken Pie -- Filling, am I going to make people sick?

That's what I thought... just wanted to make sure. And, Yes, I'm going to thicken it with flour. Thanks!
by Jim Brennan
November 11th, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicken Pie -- Filling, am I going to make people sick?
Replies: 14
Views: 1455

Chicken Pie -- Filling, am I going to make people sick?

Ok, so I made Coq au Vin on Sunday. I'm going to turn the remnants of the Chicken into a pot pie. That's easy. The question I have... Can I use the leftover "gravy" from the dish to be the liquid to fill the pot pie, or am I going to make everyone sick if I do that? Seems like it should be ok, but n...
by Jim Brennan
November 4th, 2019, 9:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Austrian Reds?
Replies: 24
Views: 1271

Re: Austrian Reds?

Thanks for the suggestions so far!
by Jim Brennan
November 2nd, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Austrian Reds?
Replies: 24
Views: 1271

Austrian Reds?

So there's a thread about Austrian White Wines (https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=131518&p=2084495&hilit=austrian+whites#p2084495)... how about recommendations for Austrian Reds? They don't have to be budget busters... my son is spending the year there, and has started samplin...
by Jim Brennan
October 27th, 2019, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike on Mini-Tour--Dirty & Rowdy Comprehensive in Atlanta
Replies: 20
Views: 1098

Re: TNs--Mike on Mini-Tour--Dirty & Rowdy Comprehensive in Atlanta

Familiar Blanc / Familiar Mourvèdre (any vintage) and Especial wines. If you own them, drink them with gusto within a year of purchase (maybe 2) The Familiar and Especials are early drinking wines that get their wow from now. (made for early consumption) Hardy, an insight from one who misplaced and...
by Jim Brennan
October 4th, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Odd email from Aeris Wines re:2015
Replies: 29
Views: 2430

Re: Odd email from Aeris Wines re:2015

Thanks Kevin. Love the pragmatism!
by Jim Brennan
September 29th, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Really expensive Cast Iron Skillets
Replies: 77
Views: 4993

Re: Really expensive Cast Iron Skillets

If the iron is sourced from old 19th century dreadnaughts, I'm in. I've heard those provide the best sear. Gotta run now, I hear Riedel has a new plavac noir glass I need to order asap!
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by Jim Brennan
September 16th, 2019, 5:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: James Suckling Teaches Wine Appreciation | Official Trailer | MasterClass
Replies: 49
Views: 3469

Re: James Suckling Teaches Wine Appreciation | Official Trailer | MasterClass

I had forgotten about this until I saw it in my FB feed this morning. Honestly, I think you have to respect his ability to capitalize on the wine gigg without relying so much on the newsletter/subscription site schtick. He's the William Shatner of wine, and I mean that as an accolade.
by Jim Brennan
September 14th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: If you were going to buy a grill today what would you buy?
Replies: 21
Views: 2837

Re: If you were going to buy a grill today what would you buy?

Weber. I've had a couple and they last forever and simply work well and all the time. My current ones are both 10+ years old and I've done zero to maintain them and they look and work like new. They have that "thunk" and "heft" that Mercedes Benz car doors once had. This. I have a Weber Genesis tha...
by Jim Brennan
August 28th, 2019, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Rapid, Unfortunate Decline of Bobby Orlando’s Palate
Replies: 40
Views: 2408

Re: The Rapid, Unfortunate Decline of Bobby Orlando’s Palate

Bobby, send me your Loire and AFWE-style Rhone wines... I'll find them a home with an owner they can still respect.
by Jim Brennan
August 25th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Japanese Whiskey
Replies: 89
Views: 7633

Re: Japanese Whiskey

Scott G r u n e r wrote:
March 27th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Was really impressed with Nikka Coffey Grain. If you see it, grab some.
Have to agree... A really nice pour!
by Jim Brennan
August 22nd, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sulfur isn't such a bad thing (TN: La Clarine Farm mourvedre)
Replies: 83
Views: 3079

Re: Sulfur isn't such a bad thing (TN: La Clarine Farm mourvedre)

Remind me again what's so incredibly horrible about sulfur that it needs to be avoided at all costs--I forget? The beer industry lobbied for warning label makes them sound scary. Tied into that is the myth that they're a major cause of "red wine headache" and the like. But, really, they have a big ...
by Jim Brennan
August 22nd, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sulfur isn't such a bad thing (TN: La Clarine Farm mourvedre)
Replies: 83
Views: 3079

Re: Sulfur isn't such a bad thing (TN: La Clarine Farm mourvedre)

I'm absolutely more partial to the AFWE side of the spectrum, with one exception... I largely avoid SS wines that aren't very young. Supply chain to consumer is way too variable. And, while I can't prove it, I also hold reduced S in combination with gentler pressing as a potential culprit for premo...
by Jim Brennan
August 22nd, 2019, 4:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sulfur isn't such a bad thing (TN: La Clarine Farm mourvedre)
Replies: 83
Views: 3079

Re: Sulfur isn't such a bad thing (TN: La Clarine Farm mourvedre)

I'm absolutely more partial to the AFWE side of the spectrum, with one exception... I largely avoid SS wines that aren't very young. Supply chain to consumer is way too variable. And, while I can't prove it, I also hold reduced S in combination with gentler pressing as a potential culprit for premox...
by Jim Brennan
August 18th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 128
Views: 7080

Re: Worst wines you've had?

2012 Caymus 40th Anniversary cabernet. Bought a bunch of liter bottles pre arrival for $60. It's like trying to pour a jar of grape jelly down your throat. Instant gag reflex. Good news is I had this wine. Just sold them all at auction at 2.5X what I paid. Not my problem anymore Worst wine I have e...
by Jim Brennan
August 17th, 2019, 4:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Huet Clos du Bourg Vouvray Sec
Replies: 2
Views: 359

Re: TN: 1999 Huet Clos du Bourg Vouvray Sec

'99 was a challenging vintage. Glad to hear this was good.
by Jim Brennan
August 12th, 2019, 9:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eggland’s Best Eggs
Replies: 72
Views: 4778

Re: Eggland’s Best Eggs

Maybe he was just yolking around?
by Jim Brennan
August 11th, 2019, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finger Lakes Updates?
Replies: 40
Views: 2897

Re: Finger Lakes Updates?

Rather feel the same way when I visit Ontario wineries. I don't know how you you define 'bowled over', but you tend to drink well. I give new regions some benefit of the doubt, and find Finger lakes wines maturing well since the 80's when I began following the region. Climate is a beast here, as in...
by Jim Brennan
August 11th, 2019, 7:12 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help! Bumper Crop of Basil
Replies: 24
Views: 2655

Re: Help! Bumper Crop of Basil

Another option would be to see if any nearby restaurants might be interested
by Jim Brennan
August 11th, 2019, 6:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 355
Views: 28388

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

GregT wrote:
August 10th, 2019, 2:00 pm

Without any further facts, there is only speculation and opinion left.
Greg, that is the internet's raison d'etre... This thread could continue for years!

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