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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: 3161

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
Topic: If you were going to buy a grill today what would you buy?
Replies: 19
Views: 889

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: 2210

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: 55
Views: 5094

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: 2654

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: 2654

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: 2654

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: 5993

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: 285

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
Topic: Eggland’s Best Eggs
Replies: 72
Views: 2569

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: 26
Views: 1510

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
Topic: Help! Bumper Crop of Basil
Replies: 24
Views: 1062

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: 359
Views: 26909

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!
by Jim Brennan
August 10th, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better
Replies: 88
Views: 3275

Re: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better

Napa has hills Robert. You may want to get your brakes inspected...
by Jim Brennan
August 7th, 2019, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Hillsides
Replies: 69
Views: 5638

Re: Rhys Hillsides

Jeremy Holmes wrote:
August 7th, 2019, 4:16 pm
Jim Brennan wrote:
August 7th, 2019, 11:55 am
Has anyone heard what the tariff is going to be?
$3.76M
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by Jim Brennan
August 7th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Hillsides
Replies: 69
Views: 5638

Re: Rhys Hillsides

Yup, I loaded up on both Mags and 750s back then. Son is spending a year overseas, so trying to decide how much I can afford this go-around. :)
by Jim Brennan
August 7th, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Hillsides
Replies: 69
Views: 5638

Re: Rhys Hillsides

Has anyone heard what the tariff is going to be?
by Jim Brennan
July 28th, 2019, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?
Replies: 91
Views: 2605

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

Paul: My recollection is that they weren't at the same level as some of those I had mentioned, but it has been a number of years since I've had them, so I'd approach with an open mind. Leaving for the dinner right now. I’ll report back. 😉 Reporting back... Went to the wine dinner. If you live in Ch...
by Jim Brennan
July 27th, 2019, 5:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Alan Eden Memorial Poll - What Saxum Magnum should I open at BF 10.2
Replies: 56
Views: 2229

Re: The Alan Eden Memorial Poll - What Saxum Magnum should I open at BF 10.2

It's entirely appropriate to pillory the OP in an Alan Eden homage thread.
by Jim Brennan
July 24th, 2019, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?
Replies: 91
Views: 2605

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

Paul Miller wrote:
July 22nd, 2019, 9:18 am

Have you tried Shady Lane? Going to a wine dinner this Wednesday highlighting their wines.
Paul:

My recollection is that they weren't at the same level as some of those I had mentioned, but it has been a number of years since I've had them, so I'd approach with an open mind.
by Jim Brennan
July 16th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 87
Views: 6331

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: 1359

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: 943

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: 1359

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: 13943

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: 749

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: 10
Views: 855

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: 2018

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: 2018

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: 13943

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: 13943

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: 2922

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: 648

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: 9295

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: 9295

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: 1849

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: 578

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: 6661

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: 1373

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: 1373

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: 1373

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: 1373

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: 1373

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! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 828
Views: 39370

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! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 828
Views: 39370

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: 923

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...

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