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by James Lyon
December 3rd, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Charlotte
Replies: 11
Views: 353

Re: Charlotte

want to throw in kindred in davidson. had a rather enjoyable meal there at the bar while on business in may. haberdish was also decent for southern food eats in a modern bar type of setting. Kindred is great and has received a few JB nominations. It's a long story, but I dined there with Sir Robert...
by James Lyon
November 24th, 2019, 5:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Andrew Will Ciel de Cheval
Replies: 4
Views: 378

Re: 2007 Andrew Will Ciel de Cheval

The composition of Andrew Will wines are always listed somewhere on the bottle. Funny, I considered opening an older Andrew Will wine tonight and went with a 2007 DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate.

James
by James Lyon
November 15th, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Charlotte
Replies: 11
Views: 353

Re: Charlotte

The wine list at the Fig Tree is quite extensive. Besides the big chain steakhouses (Del Friscos, etc.), I'm uncertain of a bigger wine list in Charlotte. I've attended a private wine tasting with Chef Greg and I know that he has a great appreciation for wine and the list shows it. I would also reco...
by James Lyon
November 15th, 2019, 7:49 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Charleston lodging and restaurants
Replies: 23
Views: 787

Re: Charleston lodging and restaurants

We visit Charleston once or twice a year and we always stay at the Fulton Lane Inn which is located downtown on King Street just south of Market Street. It appears that the shows are at the North Charleston Coliseum which is a little bit of a hike. There's a recent thread on the BYO Forum regarding ...
by James Lyon
November 14th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Charlotte
Replies: 11
Views: 353

Re: Charlotte

I'm probably too late with my post, but I would recommend the Fig Tree which is near uptown/downtown Charlotte at 7th Street and Louise Avenue.

Sorry, I typically BYOB and pay the corkage, so I don't really peruse many wine lists in the Charlotte area.

James
by James Lyon
November 13th, 2019, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite USA Gamay?
Replies: 39
Views: 1574

Re: Your favorite USA Gamay?

I'll be drinking a Walter Scott Gamay next Thursday or the following Thursday for Thanksgiving. If I'm not mistaken, Walter Scott started producing a Gamay in 2017.

In addition to the fine Oregon folks mentioned upthread, Evening Land and Chehalem make Gamay as well.

James
by James Lyon
November 7th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: time to talk turkey
Replies: 29
Views: 1279

Re: time to talk turkey

Heritage turkey around 12-15lbs. Brine for 12hrs. Dry in fridge for 1 day. Dry rub and evoo. Compound butter under skin. Beer can style (pear juice goes REALLY well) on the BGE, indirect - start with some mild apple smoke, raise temp to 325ish for majority of cook, hotter to finish/crisp skin towar...
by James Lyon
November 7th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: domestic whiskey hype, contemplation, Midwinter
Replies: 10
Views: 915

Re: domestic whiskey hype, contemplation, Midwinter

Midwinter is a ghost in North Carolina and I'm sure several other states, so consider yourself lucky and enjoy it. I like Midwinter and I try to acquire a few bottles every year. It's my understanding that the early releases of Midwinter were MGP juice, but at some point it changed to High West dist...
by James Lyon
November 6th, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Tale of Two Berserker 10th Anniversary Cuvees
Replies: 17
Views: 1224

Re: A Tale of Two Berserker 10th Anniversary Cuvees

Thanks for the notes. I can't wait to open a 2017 Goodfellow Berserker Cuvee in the next week or so. Speaking of the Goodfellow Cuvee, I've seen a couple of recent posts about availability including above. Marcus, is the 2017 Goodfellow Berserker Cuvee still available or sold out? Just asking for fo...
by James Lyon
November 5th, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16407
Views: 426087

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

If anybody’s wants to trade local beers for CBS I’ll have access probably today only...I’m not sure how limited it is really this year I also ran across bombers of Lagunitas Willettized coffee stout 2018. Beer Guy said he has a couple cases he forgot about in the cooler! $9 is the Best Buy in barre...
by James Lyon
November 1st, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Walter Scott X Novo and 2017 Kelley Fox Red Barn Blocks
Replies: 20
Views: 1184

Re: TN: 2016 Walter Scott X Novo and 2017 Kelley Fox Red Barn Blocks

Anyone cracked a 2017 WS X Novo? I've probably had it half a dozen times over the last 9 months at various tastings (my case is sleeping). It's superb but painfully young. The Seven Springs is also excellent and almost on a par with it. Ditto to Rick's comments. Young with a lot of promise. I taste...
by James Lyon
October 28th, 2019, 6:24 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Help Buying Four Roses Small Batch Select
Replies: 4
Views: 468

Re: Help Buying Four Roses Small Batch Select

If you are in Charlotte, I can probably let go of a bottle at my cost for local pick up. There are a few folks that will ship spirits to NC. PM for more info.
by James Lyon
October 22nd, 2019, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 80
Views: 5609

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

Cristom's 2014 Estate Pinot Noir was offered on Wineaccess yesterday for $25 per bottle on case purchases. Unfortunately, it sold out quickly. And I would agree with Mike's suggestion and try a couple of different Pinot's versus one case of the same wine. And I would agree with Peter's suggestion re...
by James Lyon
October 2nd, 2019, 6:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau de Lamarque, Haut Medoc - Classic, Excellent QPR
Replies: 25
Views: 1081

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau de Lamarque, Haut Medoc - Classic, Excellent QPR

Thanks for the head's up. (Heads up?) Shame TW has not started requiring 8 bottles to get the 20% (here at least). It depends on the TW coupon. Sometimes it is 6 bottles, but I think that the current coupon is 8 bottles. last half dozen I have received have been 8. Hope it goes back to 6; 8 would r...
by James Lyon
October 1st, 2019, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looks like a lot of rainy cool weather in the Willamette Valley
Replies: 17
Views: 2009

Re: Looks like a lot of rainy cool weather in the Willamette Valley

Yeah, being on the East Coast I'm curious how the vintage plays out. The weather forecast is not good for the next week or so. Cooler temperatures and rain, but how much rain? Based on recent emails and the gram, some folks are still waiting a few more days or week(s) for some picks and some folks a...
by James Lyon
September 25th, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6516

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

The Robert E Lee stuff...what are they commemorating? Second place in the Civil War? By all accounts, he was a gentleman, but he led an army against my country and killed American soldiers, should I put up memorials to Isaac Brock, as well? It's a little more complicated. The Iron Chancellor, Otto ...
by James Lyon
September 6th, 2019, 5:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?
Replies: 92
Views: 5083

Re: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?

Somebody had a passion for WV Pinot https://www.ackerwines.com/content/livebidding/lots?auctionId=1232 Yeah, there were a couple of very active bidders in last months auction and some interesting bids. Do they publish what the lots sold for? I don't think that Acker posts the results from the month...
by James Lyon
September 3rd, 2019, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau de Lamarque, Haut Medoc - Classic, Excellent QPR
Replies: 25
Views: 1081

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau de Lamarque, Haut Medoc - Classic, Excellent QPR

Neal.Mollen wrote:
September 3rd, 2019, 8:19 am
Thanks for the head's up. (Heads up?) Shame TW has not started requiring 8 bottles to get the 20% (here at least).
It depends on the TW coupon. Sometimes it is 6 bottles, but I think that the current coupon is 8 bottles.
by James Lyon
August 31st, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?
Replies: 92
Views: 5083

Re: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?

Somebody had a passion for WV Pinot https://www.ackerwines.com/content/livebidding/lots?auctionId=1232 Yeah, there were a couple of very active bidders in last months auction and some interesting bids. There was a lot of Ken Wright 375's that sold for a higher per bottle price than a lot of 750's. ...
by James Lyon
August 23rd, 2019, 9:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?
Replies: 92
Views: 5083

Re: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?

I think it would be good to consider having an older flight at the Berserker tasting after IPNC. Have 10 people bring wines that are from a vintage that is at least 10-15 years old. Agreed, Vincent F. and I had a similar discussion during his NC visit in June, but I'm kinda surprised that the Berse...
by James Lyon
August 22nd, 2019, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon 2019 growing season update?
Replies: 30
Views: 1903

Re: Oregon 2019 growing season update?

2009: 10/7-10/18 For me 2003, 2006, and 2009 are all “over ripe” compared to 2014 and 2015. All were picked significantly later. Wasn't 2009 one of the hottest years in the last 10? Seems like it was in Seattle. I thought the wines would have shriveled up into raisins by October. Nearly all of the ...
by James Lyon
August 14th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 5 Oregon Producers Do You Think Are Firing On All Cylinders Over the Past Few Vintages for Under $65?
Replies: 110
Views: 5535

Re: 5 Best Oregon Pinot Noir Producers under $65

I'm looking to increase Oregon pinot buys. Who are your top 5 producers with multiple wines under $65 a pop? Interesting discussion with lots of great recommendations. KJJ, what do you consider multiple wines? 2+ or more. Full disclosure, I'm a mailing list member and really enjoy (John) Thomas win...
by James Lyon
August 7th, 2019, 7:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette wineries to visit in October???
Replies: 86
Views: 5102

Re: Willamette wineries to visit in October???

Coquine. And pre order some cookies to take with you for the week.
by James Lyon
August 6th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country
Replies: 41
Views: 2428

Re: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country

Yeah, I would recommend staying overnight in McMinnville. Lots of VRBO options and you should have plenty of time for your preferred visits. That's a great lineup for 24 hours with Biggio Hamina, Goodfellow on Day 1 and PGC on Day 2. And as others have mentioned, go see Rick at Heater Allen. Wonderf...
by James Lyon
July 30th, 2019, 5:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette wineries to visit in October???
Replies: 86
Views: 5102

Re: Willamette wineries to visit in October???

Ayoub is in the Dundee Hills. Beaux Freres and Brick House are in the Ribbon Ridge AVA, but not too far from Dundee. Yes, all 3 require reservations, but Beaux Freres and Brick House may allow drop in's depending on the day. It sounds like the OP wants to visit Eyrie. With Todd H.'s invitation, I wo...
by James Lyon
July 24th, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Replies: 49
Views: 2777

Re: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

The Eyrie Vineyards releases library wines from time to time. Currently available on the Eyrie website is the 1987 South Block Pinot Noir for $500. I have seen the older Eyrie bottles available at trusted retailers as well. Beaux Freres has a stash of library wines available at the winery. I haven't...
by James Lyon
July 18th, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12231
Views: 588151

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

I just blew through a local TW for a case with the 20% discount. 4 2016 Gloria 2 2014 Gloria 2 2014 Kirwan 2 2016 Lagrange 2 2016 Fonplegade 1 2014 Cantenac Brown 1 2014 D'Armailhac. One hour later they e-mailed me another. Decisions Decisions Decisions. Ron, you may want to double check your Total...
by James Lyon
July 18th, 2019, 7:02 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Charleston SC Restaurants Any Recommendations ?
Replies: 16
Views: 2260

Re: Charleston SC Restaurants Any Recommendations ?

I concur with the recommendations of Hardy W. and Scott B. We visit Charleston once or twice a year and our typical lineup includes FIG, Husk, McCrady's, Chez Nous, and the Darling Oyster Bar. During our last visit Easter weekend, we enjoyed lunches at Leon's and Little Jack's Tavern. As mentioned t...
by James Lyon
June 20th, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs
Replies: 68
Views: 3997

Re: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs

Heist - Citraquench'l, Blurred is the Word, MO-J

Per Scott T.'s post, Revision makes Disco Ninja which is currently available at my local watering hole. It's good, but not quite the level of the Heist beers.
by James Lyon
June 15th, 2019, 10:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette/McMinnville
Replies: 21
Views: 1858

Re: Willamette/McMinnville

So, today Sunday, June 16 through Tuesday, June 18. Might be difficult for appointments on short notice, but most tasting rooms should be open. I would suggest contacting wineberserkers Marcus G., Todd H., Vincent F., Jim A., etc. as soon as possible. In addition to Rick's list for Chardonnay, I wou...
by James Lyon
June 13th, 2019, 5:47 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Tennessee Valley
Replies: 2
Views: 2167

Re: Tennessee Valley

As a Tennessee native and UTK grad, I'll try to address your question. Yes, I have tasted a little bit of TN wine. A family friend started a winery in Northeast Tennessee 8-10 years ago. They had some red and white varietals growing at the "estate". I recall a white blend of Riesling and Viognier an...
by James Lyon
June 12th, 2019, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Patricia Green Estate
Replies: 5
Views: 858

Re: 2017 Patricia Green Estate

Mitch, great note. The Balcombe vineyard is in the Dundee Hills and the PGC Estate is in the Ribbon Ridge. The Bonshaw and Etzel bottlings are from the PGC Estate.

James
by James Lyon
June 6th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: 50th Birthday Whiskey Suggestions
Replies: 14
Views: 2732

Re: 50th Birthday Whiskey Suggestions

Depends on your whiskey preference. I'm not a peaty monster, but your dollars will go further with Scotch or Japanese whiskey for great and unique bottles. Great and unique bottles of bourbon and rye are hard to find and mostly available only at expensive secondary prices these days. I interpreted y...
by James Lyon
June 6th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: So Now Newcastle Is Lagunitas And Tastes Different
Replies: 6
Views: 2348

Re: So Now Newcastle Is Lagunitas And Tastes Bad

I did an impromptu side by side at a neighborhood bar a couple of weeks ago with their last bottle of the imported Newcastle. I thought that the American version was more bitter.

James
by James Lyon
June 4th, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TotalWine BDX Futures LIVE
Replies: 22
Views: 2263

Re: TotalWine BDX Futures LIVE

I just happened to check the website yesterday afternoon and most of the futures were already available.
by James Lyon
May 18th, 2019, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3552
Views: 338708

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

... I think that the Vivino offer included free shipping, so it was a much better deal than the Garagiste offer unless you can pick up. Garagiste at under $14/btl plus (for me a couple states away) under $3/btl shipping gets me the delivered bottle at $16-$17, which by my math beats $20 with free s...
by James Lyon
May 18th, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3552
Views: 338708

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

I think decent chance it’s Angela Estate “Abbott Claim” pinot 2014 - Vivino offered it for around $20 back in november and pretty much fits all the other hints (Vivino rating above 4.0, just over 400 reviews for that specific year) Not sure I’m buying any of the guesses so far. Is Angela Estate as ...
by James Lyon
May 17th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3552
Views: 338708

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

My revised guess based on your notes is the 2014 WillaKenzie Pierre Leon Pinot Noir. It was offered on WTSO a time or two (I don't know about three times, definitely once) in the last four to five months for $25. It retails for $50. I would imagine that WTSO has a large mailing list. Not sure about ...
by James Lyon
May 17th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3552
Views: 338708

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

I was removed and I was never added back to the mailing list despite my requests. What are the details of the offer? Probably Scott Paul related.
by James Lyon
May 17th, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?
Replies: 82
Views: 4315

Re: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?

This is an interesting topic that I've spent a fair amount of time pondering. Probably more than is healthy. My wife grew up in the heart of the Yakima Valley with a father who worked in the business. I've now gotten to know a number of producers in the valley pretty well. Most of the ones I've got...
by James Lyon
May 17th, 2019, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette Valley Memorial Day weekend events?
Replies: 36
Views: 1735

Re: Willamette Valley Memorial Day weekend events?

We're having our 12th Anniversary Celebration on Monday. We'll be pouring all our beers, tapping a hoppy (massively dry-hopped) lager, and selling a limited edition 12th Anniversary clay stein. We also will have Goodfellow Chardonnay and Cameron Spritz on tap. That's awesome. I should have included...
by James Lyon
May 17th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3459
Views: 188830

Re: Old Fitzgerald bib 9 year

Cant seem to find for under $240. Any secret sources? $240?? For OFBIB, seriously. Come to WA and I can help you out. Ridiculous pricing. If I recall, I got a bottle of the 11 yr for around $150, so I can easily see the 9 (95 more. I got a bottle thanks to a board member elsewhere for not much less...
by James Lyon
May 17th, 2019, 6:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette Valley Memorial Day weekend events?
Replies: 36
Views: 1735

Re: Willamette Valley Memorial Day weekend events?

Sure, most folks that are appointment only or that are never open are open Memorial Day (and Thanksgiving Day) weekend(s). As a mailing list/club member, I know that Goodfellow will be open next Saturday, 11 - 4, and Patricia Green will be open next Saturday and Sunday, 10 - 3. There also appears to...
by James Lyon
May 10th, 2019, 6:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Chateau Sociando Mallet, Not Sung by OutKast or Alfert, except for praise
Replies: 16
Views: 977

Re: TN: 2014 Chateau Sociando Mallet, Not Sung by OutKast or Alfert, except for praise

A hint of green in a young, cabernet-based wine can become a hint of eucalyptus, with the passage of time. I'm interested. Been meaning to get some S-M in the cellar for a while, anyway. (Yes, I know, S-M, ha-ha). I like that very much, especially in Heitz. The green notes that Sociando throws in m...
by James Lyon
April 24th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 514
Views: 52995

Re: Official WTSO thread

Torii Mor 2015 "Reserve Selection" Pinot Noir up now for $15. I've been to the winery before and enjoyed some of their pinots. This "reserve selection" seems to not exist elsewhere, though, which makes me very skeptical. Almost certainly surplus wine bottled specifically for WTSO. I think it is a f...
by James Lyon
April 22nd, 2019, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Work is lots of Oregon Pinots
Replies: 12
Views: 1410

Re: Work is lots of Oregon Pinots

That's a nice lineup of wines with some newish producers in the mix. Thanks for posting and sharing some thoughts on the wines. How about a similar tasting the last week of June? Just kidding... I've been wanting to visit Flaneur the past few years, but we always run out of time. We were fortunate t...
by James Lyon
April 18th, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 390
Views: 25283

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

Anderson Family is another producer that makes an elevated Oregon Pinot Gris.

Richard, Pinot Gris and PGC? I wasn't aware of Patty Green producing a Pinot Gris. Perhaps a long time ago or maybe thinking about PGC's Sauvignon Blanc?

James
by James Lyon
April 16th, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Walter Scott X - Novo Chardonnay
Replies: 13
Views: 1236

Re: TN: 2017 Walter Scott X - Novo Chardonnay

Rick has me by a year, but I can go back to 2012 with Walter Scott wines. I think that I mentioned it in another thread, but we opened a 2014 Walter Scott Cuvee Anne Chardonnay a few weeks ago for some friends that were planning their first trip to Oregon wine country next month. It was fantastic an...
by James Lyon
March 28th, 2019, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 390
Views: 25283

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

And don't forget the baseball bat magnums. After all, it's opening day...

James

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