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by Jim Brennan
July 16th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 79
Views: 5229

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

In for a case
by Jim Brennan
July 8th, 2019, 5:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Fraud Prevention Survey
Replies: 17
Views: 1206

Re: Wine Fraud Prevention Survey

Thanks for the updated background Ashley.
by Jim Brennan
July 8th, 2019, 5:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Self-Disgorgement?
Replies: 21
Views: 806

Re: Self-Disgorgement?

Oops, I thought this was about something else.
by Jim Brennan
July 8th, 2019, 5:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Fraud Prevention Survey
Replies: 17
Views: 1206

Re: Wine Fraud Prevention Survey

Per Markus' comment, it would be helpful to provide a little info about your project, what institution you're at or working on behalf of, etc.
by Jim Brennan
July 7th, 2019, 10:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 13001

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

Closing the board to non-subscribers. Agree, if asked to point out their biggest mistake, this would be it. Number 2: not replacing Mark Squires with a more professional moderator when he proved incapable of moderating. David, it's a mistake to think that way. All of the editing, time outs, and ban...
by Jim Brennan
July 6th, 2019, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Schott Zwiesel bar glass deal
Replies: 3
Views: 662

Schott Zwiesel bar glass deal

Drop / Massdrop
6 for $30
https://drop.com/buy/schott-zwiesel-bar ... s-set-of-6 (may have to sign up to see the offer)
by Jim Brennan
July 6th, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Ethiopian wine
Replies: 9
Views: 683

Re: Ethiopian wine

The Yirgacheffe grape produces my favorite Ethiopian wine.
by Jim Brennan
July 4th, 2019, 5:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New grapes approved for Bordeaux
Replies: 32
Views: 1799

Re: New grapes approved for Bordeaux

Much as we are enjoying scoffing at Liber Pater, he did get thousands of dollars of free PR from his absurd pricing. Once it hits the Robb Report, he may sell a few cases and get back his investment. The article on Bordeaux grapes is far more important. Bordeaux used to be brilliant because the cli...
by Jim Brennan
July 4th, 2019, 5:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New grapes approved for Bordeaux
Replies: 32
Views: 1799

Re: New grapes approved for Bordeaux

Wow! Isn't this a national outrage, allowing immigrant grapes -- Iberian ones! -- to take root? It is certainly generous of Decanter to call castets and arinarnoa (a cross between tannat and cabernet) "lesser known." And let's not forget the whites, where alvarinho, petit manseng and Liliorila, a c...
by Jim Brennan
July 2nd, 2019, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 13001

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 6:45 pm
Tom G l a s g o w wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 6:31 pm
My post about not opening it up was a joke.
I rest my case.
Damn you Tom, I'm sure he would have opened it too, had you not made that joke. [snort.gif]
by Jim Brennan
July 1st, 2019, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 13001

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

Just FYI, it was announced earlier today that the Mark Squires' BB will close for good on or around July 15th (if someone else has already posted about this, my apologies). It had been limping along for several years, so no real loss, but I couldn't help feeling a little nostalgic when I read the n...
by Jim Brennan
July 1st, 2019, 5:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What meals did you grow up on
Replies: 72
Views: 1869

Re: What meals did you grow up on

George Hejna wrote:
June 30th, 2019, 4:27 pm
Kraft Mac and cheese
Me too, I have to admit.
by Jim Brennan
July 1st, 2019, 5:17 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: sold
Replies: 6
Views: 587

Re: 2013 GTS

Can't get Porsche out of my head to actually figure out the wine referenced... Burg?
by Jim Brennan
June 26th, 2019, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 8887

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

I suspect that it will be harder for wholesalers and retailers to build coalitions supporting anti-shipping measures now that Wayfair has significantly undercut the lost tax revenue argument. Yes. That and the fact that the Supreme Court just said that discriminatory laws must serve the purposes of...
by Jim Brennan
June 24th, 2019, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 8887

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

Doesn't look like anything today on wine either.
by Jim Brennan
June 22nd, 2019, 3:13 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs
Replies: 26
Views: 1099

Re: CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs

May want to list where you're staying, as you may have some choices that are walking distance that will be more 'worth it' than trying to schlep all over just to get to one that might be the 'best'. Driving can be a real headache there. I am going to be all over the place. Staying by the O'Hare Air...
by Jim Brennan
June 22nd, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: F. Haag, Lieser, & Zilliken @Spectrum
Replies: 6
Views: 547

Re: F. Haag, Lieser, & Zilliken @Spectrum

Yup, a bad actor.
by Jim Brennan
June 22nd, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Ghosting Incident
Replies: 79
Views: 6351

Re: Retailer Ghosting Incident

If you want thoughts or insights, why not name the retailer? I never understand peoples reticence over outting problem merchants . That naming will help you gain better results. Jeff, the wording of your question largely answers it. Why not? Because having a problem with a merchant does not necessa...
by Jim Brennan
June 22nd, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Sandlands Chenin Blanc California (USA, California)
Replies: 22
Views: 1261

Re: TN: 2016 Sandlands Chenin Blanc California (USA, California)

I've got something like 25 cases of Huet, and then some other Loire chenins as well, so that might put my pickiness and attachment to more structure into context. I'd happily come drink at your house any day Jim! Dont worry....I won't bring a Sandlands ;) Oh I'll totally drink it, I'm always willin...
by Jim Brennan
June 22nd, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Sandlands Chenin Blanc California (USA, California)
Replies: 22
Views: 1261

Re: TN: 2016 Sandlands Chenin Blanc California (USA, California)

I've got something like 25 cases of Huet, and then some other Loire chenins as well, so that might put my pickiness and attachment to more structure into context.
by Jim Brennan
June 22nd, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Sandlands Chenin Blanc California (USA, California)
Replies: 22
Views: 1261

Re: TN: 2016 Sandlands Chenin Blanc California (USA, California)

I'm thinking about this relative to Loire Chenin. Sandlands chenins are pretty soft compared to Loire. That's why I stopped buying them, preferring their reds over the whites. Same here. I buy my complete allocation of Sandlands reds, but have stopped with the chenins a year or two back. In fact, I...
by Jim Brennan
June 22nd, 2019, 3:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Sandlands Chenin Blanc California (USA, California)
Replies: 22
Views: 1261

Re: TN: 2016 Sandlands Chenin Blanc California (USA, California)

I'm thinking about this relative to Loire Chenin.
by Jim Brennan
June 21st, 2019, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Sandlands Chenin Blanc California (USA, California)
Replies: 22
Views: 1261

Re: TN: 2016 Sandlands Chenin Blanc California (USA, California)

I generally find them soft and would prefer more structure. However, I've not had the most recent years. How would you say these fair relative to previous years?
by Jim Brennan
June 12th, 2019, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 786
Views: 36154

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

As we all know, some wines speak to you. This one seems like a downright chatterbox: The 2014 Barbera d'Alba is an intriguing wine in that it speaks more to the personality of the estate than to the year, or even to Barbera. The 2014 is a Cappellano wine, and that's pretty much all there is to it. ...
by Jim Brennan
June 8th, 2019, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 786
Views: 36154

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

Love your take... Welcome back Keith.
by Jim Brennan
June 7th, 2019, 10:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Sandlands Trousseau Sonoma County
Replies: 16
Views: 882

Re: TN: 2016 Sandlands Trousseau Sonoma County

My observation as someone who has been ordering since 2014 is that their normal allocation is 2 to 3 bottles of the Trousseau (although they did offer 4 of the 2013), depending on the vintage. In general, and especially for the reds, they don't produce a ton of wines, so allocations tend to be relat...
by Jim Brennan
June 4th, 2019, 5:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 786
Views: 36154

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

My scouts in other cities remain vigilant! We need to add "built like a brick house" to the Perotti-Brown bingo card: John, now you're just being persnickety. It's completely obvious that the wine is "mighty, mighty, just lettin' it all hang out" meaning bold, with robust tannins, and gobs of fruit...
by Jim Brennan
June 1st, 2019, 10:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it just me? Napa vs Bordeaux QPR
Replies: 56
Views: 4171

Re: Is it just me? Napa vs Bordeaux QPR

Non-modernist Bordeaux and some of the more reserved California wines aren't the same, but both can scratch my itch for nuanced cab driven wines with a sense of place. Of course, a few other regions can do that as well. Of course they are not the same. How could either scratch anyone's itch for win...
by Jim Brennan
May 31st, 2019, 10:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes
Replies: 52
Views: 2037

Re: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes

I win the lottery and have a bunch of money to make my own wine. Im standing in Napa and there are two massive bins full of grapes in front of me, one is filled with wonderful Screaming Eagle quality fruit, one s filled with $20 a bottle cab grapes. How would I with zero experience be able to tell ...
by Jim Brennan
May 31st, 2019, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Personal Collection of Rudi Weist @ Acker
Replies: 56
Views: 5077

Re: Personal Collection of Rudi Weist @ Acker

c fu wrote:
May 31st, 2019, 10:59 am
Upcoming auction at Acker 218 lots of German wine from Rudi Wiest's personal collection.

71 Egon Scharzofberger Beerenauslese GK
71 Prum TBA GK

gonna be some monster prices on these wines
Disappointing that he would consign with those shitheels.
by Jim Brennan
May 30th, 2019, 5:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it just me? Napa vs Bordeaux QPR
Replies: 56
Views: 4171

Re: Is it just me? Napa vs Bordeaux QPR

Non-modernist Bordeaux and some of the more reserved California wines aren't the same, but both can scratch my itch for nuanced cab driven wines with a sense of place. Of course, a few other regions can do that as well. Of course they are not the same. How could either scratch anyone's itch for win...
by Jim Brennan
May 27th, 2019, 5:16 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Traverse City, Mackinac Island tips
Replies: 14
Views: 574

Re: Traverse City, Mackinac Island tips

And if you decide to go journey north as far as Pictured Rocks, consider visiting the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. Also fairly easy to hit Tahquamenon Falls from there.
by Jim Brennan
May 27th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Changes Afoot in NM: Gruet/NoisyWater
Replies: 9
Views: 866

Re: Changes Afoot in NM: Gruet/NoisyWater

I'd say the move with the Gruet wines is a lot deceptive, and frankly, I wish the authorities who approve labeling wouldn't allow that sort of thing.
by Jim Brennan
May 27th, 2019, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next of Kyn #9 Wood Box..WOW!
Replies: 28
Views: 2775

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

Let us know how the box tastes!
by Jim Brennan
May 27th, 2019, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it just me? Napa vs Bordeaux QPR
Replies: 56
Views: 4171

Re: Is it just me? Napa vs Bordeaux QPR

Non-modernist Bordeaux and some of the more reserved California wines aren't the same, but both can scratch my itch for nuanced cab driven wines with a sense of place. Of course, a few other regions can do that as well.
by Jim Brennan
May 26th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Impossible burgers
Replies: 40
Views: 1664

Re: Impossible burgers

I think we're mostly on the same page... my point (which you did support earlier) was that GMOs are a phony boogeyman. I'm really just re-emphasizing my point, since there's really nothing here so far that can actually be attributed as a specific problem of GMOs.
by Jim Brennan
May 26th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Impossible burgers
Replies: 40
Views: 1664

Re: Impossible burgers

Sarah, I don't think that's accurate either. We've had industrial scale cropping of all of those for years through hybridization.
by Jim Brennan
May 26th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is Sauv Blanc so much cheaper ?
Replies: 37
Views: 1584

Re: Why is Sauv Blanc so much cheaper ?

Doesn't look cheap to me: 2006 Chateau Laville Haut Brion Blanc $499.00 2017 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc $119.00 Haut Brion Blanc 2017 $849.00 The grape could be Catawba and people would be conned by the Bordeaux marketing machine that it's the best thing since sliced bread. The most remarkabl...
by Jim Brennan
May 26th, 2019, 6:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Impossible burgers
Replies: 40
Views: 1664

Re: Impossible burgers

Agree with your comment about the sodium. Virtually all of us get far too much as it is. GMOs are a bullshit Boogeyman however, with most of the objections being little different than anti-vax. I'd rather avoid them whenever possible. Fortunately, that is relatively easy as industrial farming is so...
by Jim Brennan
May 20th, 2019, 9:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Morgan’s Shirt??
Replies: 22
Views: 1965

Re: Morgan’s Shirt??

By now, most all of you have seen the WineSphincter cover of Morgan & Joel. For you fashionistas our there, what kind of flannel shirt is Morgan wearing?? Seems to have some reinforcement patches or something on it, the shoulder and the forearms. Just kinda curious! Maybe a Gucci? If I wore one of ...
by Jim Brennan
May 19th, 2019, 8:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Impossible burgers
Replies: 40
Views: 1664

Re: Impossible burgers

and while on the subject are they actually good for you? In my opinion, no. It is not a healthy choice. I'm all for eating less meat, or eating none at all, if you prefer and are still getting your nutrients. But these meat alternatives are highly processed and contain questionable ingredients, som...
by Jim Brennan
May 19th, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you sort of loose your producer label mojo drinking in Europe?
Replies: 21
Views: 1180

Re: Do you sort of loose your producer label mojo drinking in Europe?

Thankfully Europe hasn't been infected with inexpensive table wine being left slightly off dry. In the US I've pretty much stopped ordering wine at the lower end unless I'm somewhere that takes an active hand in their wine list.
by Jim Brennan
May 19th, 2019, 6:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Update on Safe Harbor
Replies: 25
Views: 2998

Re: Update on Safe Harbor

As threads on this forum attest, plenty of people think crimes against people of means are a lesser offense.
by Jim Brennan
May 18th, 2019, 6:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 7646

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: 10538

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: 1347

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: 2361

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...

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