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by Edward H. Earles
March 21st, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best Scotch Under $100
Replies: 101
Views: 2861

Re: Best Scotch Under $100

Highland Park is $42-ish at our local Total Wine. Really smooth....disappears quickly. Hard to beat in its price range.
by Edward H. Earles
March 8th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 378
Views: 21632

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. Which fami...
by Edward H. Earles
March 6th, 2019, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 378
Views: 21632

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

Hey! Why didn't one of you folks ping me to this thread? Somehow I missed it. I could have added a few useful and timely comments. It looks as if the denizens of the board have sniffed out most of the available information, so I'll just add that, in the previous Bourbon website (L'Americaine), there...
by Edward H. Earles
February 28th, 2019, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?
Replies: 62
Views: 1475

Re: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?

Speaking of competing with more expensive French wines, I'm surprised that no one has yet mentioned Assyrtiko. Competes with Chablis at 1/4 or 1/5 the price, and ages really well.
by Edward H. Earles
February 26th, 2019, 6:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does my cellar need birth control or is my wife sneaking wine into it?
Replies: 20
Views: 1780

Re: Does my cellar need birth control or is my wife sneaking wine into it?

My be cellar gremins. I've had all sorts of problems with them at my place. Usually they take more than they leave, but once 8 bottles of Gigondas magically appeared. Got some free Baudry too.
by Edward H. Earles
February 26th, 2019, 5:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The search for a “wow” Rosé
Replies: 113
Views: 2911

Re: The search for a “wow” Rosé

The Dominio Dostares Tombú Rosado, made from the Prieto Picudo grape, was excellent, and worth a bulk purchase. Sadly, they lost their U.S. importer a couple of years back, and it no longer comes into our country. If it ever reappears, buy a case. C.V.N.E. makes a very creditable rosado that I like ...
by Edward H. Earles
February 22nd, 2019, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?
Replies: 62
Views: 1475

Re: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?

Aglianico. I have....not a few bottles, but a whole rack full, always, and for the life of me, I can't understand why it isn't the main topic of discussion on wine boards. I'm drinking a luscious Aglianico as I write this, which is at least 3 times better than the St. Emilion I opened before it, tha...
by Edward H. Earles
February 22nd, 2019, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Crap Alert! 2016 TJ’s Platinum Reserve Yountville Cabernet
Replies: 41
Views: 3103

Re: Crap Alert! 2016 TJ’s Platinum Reserve Yountville Cabernet

Babe in the woods. I had a good laugh imagining her allocating space in her closet to TJ "Yountville Cab".
by Edward H. Earles
February 22nd, 2019, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best $20 Rioja
Replies: 71
Views: 5048

Re: Best $20 Rioja

See if you can find the 2013 Bodegas Ramon Bilbao Rioja Limited Edition. $17 at Total Wine locally (while they had that vintage), excellent, worth a bulk purchase at that price.
by Edward H. Earles
January 26th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best Scotch Under $100
Replies: 101
Views: 2861

Re: Best Scotch Under $100

BlaineRyanHunt wrote:
January 20th, 2019, 10:09 pm
I agree with Highland Park being too sulphury. I like all the other components, but the sulphur is distracting to the point of being unenjoyable.
I've had a lot of HP, and have never once detected a Sulphury note.
by Edward H. Earles
January 12th, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 98
Views: 4370

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

https://www.windy.com/ is a useful interactive site that shows animated weather for a 10-day stretch. You can click on the "rain and thunder" icon on the right to make that the active field, then click the red arrow at the bottom left to start the animation. You can use the cursor to grab the view ...
by Edward H. Earles
January 6th, 2019, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2084
Views: 124701

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

This was the only time I've had that bottling, but if it is representative, I'd say it's well into its drinking window. Meaning drink sooner than later or do you think it has a long life ahead of it? It was not showing tertiary characteristics yet, but it seemed to me that it didn't have enough tan...
by Edward H. Earles
January 6th, 2019, 7:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2084
Views: 124701

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

This was the only time I've had that bottling, but if it is representative, I'd say it's well into its drinking window.
by Edward H. Earles
January 5th, 2019, 6:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2084
Views: 124701

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

It was the "Ancient Vines", 2013. It was given to a member of our wine group on a vineyard visit. It showed well....feminine, perfumed, floral.
by Edward H. Earles
January 5th, 2019, 5:41 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best Scotch Under $100
Replies: 101
Views: 2861

Re: Best Scotch Under $100

Doesn't seem to be much mention of Highland Park here. Why is that?

The Signatory bottling of Highland Park that was released a few years ago was extraordinary.
by Edward H. Earles
January 5th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best Scotch Under $100
Replies: 101
Views: 2861

Re: Best Scotch Under $100

Yeah, I agree. MacAllan 18 all day if someone else is buying.
by Edward H. Earles
January 5th, 2019, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2084
Views: 124701

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

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Great lineup here. The magnum of Bedrock on the left, is an extremely limited bottling that isn't sold, it is only given (by MTP) as a gift, or donated to charity. 100% Syrah.
by Edward H. Earles
January 4th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best Scotch Under $100
Replies: 101
Views: 2861

Re: Best Scotch Under $100

I cannot recall ever tasting a blend that satisfied me sufficiently, that I wanted to acquire more of it. They all strike me as bland and homogenous.
by Edward H. Earles
January 4th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker archetypes
Replies: 121
Views: 4825

Re: Cellar Tracker archetypes

The Lazy Bastard: "Consistent with prior notes." This is the type who annoys me (and, I suspect, many more of us).
by Edward H. Earles
January 4th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 98
Views: 4370

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

(Bump for bookmark.)
by Edward H. Earles
January 4th, 2019, 11:41 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best Scotch Under $100
Replies: 101
Views: 2861

Re: Best Scotch Under $100

The truth is there are plenty of people who don't like oaky Cabernets but who do enjoy Islay whiskies and are even able to detect the underlying flavors and intricacies. -Al That would be me. Don't like oak in wine (and just cannot tolerate it at all in a white), but love Islays, and am happy with ...
by Edward H. Earles
January 4th, 2019, 3:50 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3281
Views: 161978

Re: The Bourbon Thread

David B wrote:
January 3rd, 2019, 7:54 pm
Costco in San Jose has Blanton's for $47.
Can't find it at any price here, close to where it is made..... [swearing.gif]
by Edward H. Earles
December 30th, 2018, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Korean food matching (not korean bbq)
Replies: 29
Views: 636

Re: Korean food matching (not korean bbq)

I love Korean food (my favorite cuisine), and when I'm cooking for myself only, that's all I cook. I don't even attempt to match wines. Take a tip from the Koreans....beer, or hot tea. Ginseng tea or ginger beer if you want to branch out.
by Edward H. Earles
December 30th, 2018, 6:11 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 29764

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

I read it every day. I'm not on the West coast, or "in the biz", so I rarely have anything to post.
by Edward H. Earles
December 28th, 2018, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why doesn't Cabernet Sauvignon impress me...ever?
Replies: 45
Views: 1623

Re: Why doesn't Cabernet Sauvignon impress me...ever?

Dan Sch wrote:
December 28th, 2018, 4:50 pm
I tend to prefer my bigger wines from the old world -- N Rhone syrahs, S Rhone grenache, Loire Cab Francs, Etnas.
My palate gravitates toward Northern Rhone Syrahs, Loire Cab Francs, Etnas, and Napa Cabs. De gustibus non disputandam.
by Edward H. Earles
December 28th, 2018, 6:08 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 638
Views: 37122

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

(Reviving this thread.....)

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by Edward H. Earles
December 28th, 2018, 5:59 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best Scotch Under $100
Replies: 101
Views: 2861

Re: Best Scotch Under $100

The more I think about buying for someone you don't know I really think Johnnie Walker Platinum is the way to go, it is neutral in style but extremely good. It would be a safe bet. Don't let Whiskey snobs talk you out of because its a blend, its a blend of single malts with a large component of 18 ...
by Edward H. Earles
December 28th, 2018, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Accessible Barolo Vintages
Replies: 73
Views: 2548

Re: Accessible Barolo Vintages

Subu Ramachandran wrote:
December 27th, 2018, 9:22 am
This is a tough call...I would go with 12s...but just regular barolo's not the single crus.

08s are closed at the moment. The Monprivato I had a month back was fast asleep.
A 2008 Rivetto Barolo Serralunga D'Alba we drank a couple of months back was open for business, and delicious!
by Edward H. Earles
December 28th, 2018, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alsace is dead at retail
Replies: 24
Views: 1356

Re: Alsace is dead at retail

Don't blame me, all of my Rieslings are Alsatian....
by Edward H. Earles
December 21st, 2018, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged Cali Cab
Replies: 140
Views: 9510

Re: Aged Cali Cab

The best Cab I ever tasted was a 1996 Altamura from a 6-L bottle that we drank in the summer of 2016. The wine was spectacular....hard to imagine that Cab could get any better than that one.
by Edward H. Earles
December 14th, 2018, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Beaujolais TN thread - post notes here
Replies: 114
Views: 10398

Re: 2015 Beaujolais TN thread - post notes here

2015 Domaine Lucien Lardy Fleurie Les Roches 4/16/2018 - I like this wine: NR (Edit) We first tasted this after a 1-hour decant. At that point, had I tasted it blind, I would have sworn it was a Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir. It was indistinguishable from same. After another 45 minutes of air, th...
by Edward H. Earles
December 14th, 2018, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Turley - the world's greatest Petite Sirah producer?
Replies: 76
Views: 3627

Re: Turley - the world's greatest Petite Sirah producer?

Kris Patten wrote:
July 20th, 2018, 9:32 pm

Modern day, Mending Wall is pretty phenomenal stuff.
Best I've had.
by Edward H. Earles
December 14th, 2018, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is "Never drink a Bordeaux that is less than 20 years old" just a silly idea.
Replies: 48
Views: 1751

Re: Is "Never drink a Bordeaux that is less than 20 years old" just a silly idea.

One of my cousins insists upon drinking Bdx young....2 to 3 years in bottle....even the high-end ones. Some folks just like 'em young...
by Edward H. Earles
December 14th, 2018, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chicago, are you ready for a Cider Bar with 100 choices?
Replies: 23
Views: 1061

Re: Chicago, are you ready for a Cider Bar with 100 choices?

If you like dry and tannic with body then look to English West Country. Last time I was in the U.K. I was in Wiltshire and Dorset, and drank a lot of English cider...mostly Thathcher's and Weston's, some Blackthorn, and some from small local producers whose names I cannot now recall. The latter wer...
by Edward H. Earles
December 14th, 2018, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 6859
Views: 384663

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

julianseersmartin wrote:
December 14th, 2018, 9:12 am
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
December 14th, 2018, 8:56 am
How much was the lopez? I already have about a case of the 05 Bosconia but probably would’ve bought more.
25 I think
Crap, I missed that one. Only thing I'm in the market for now! [swearing.gif]
by Edward H. Earles
November 24th, 2018, 7:23 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 29764

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

IMG_20181123_120051567.jpg Ok last non-farming pic for the year. Aged South Dakota backstrap from my recent trip. We'll have leftover turkey tonight, but venison rib eye tomorrow! Looking good there Casey. I used to kill a lot of deer. Back in October we hosted a dinner at our house featuring Itali...
by Edward H. Earles
November 16th, 2018, 5:59 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Visit to Madeira
Replies: 12
Views: 747

Re: Visit to Madeira

Madeira is also famous for great marlin and tuna fishing.
by Edward H. Earles
November 13th, 2018, 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent “Should’ve bought a case” wines?
Replies: 48
Views: 2708

Re: Recent “Should’ve bought a case” wines?

2013 Ramon Bilbao Rioja Limited Edition. Great QPR. Load up.

Oh, yeah....and just about everything from Huet.
by Edward H. Earles
November 11th, 2018, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2084
Views: 124701

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

We are attending a Zinfandel-themed "Bot Luck" tonight, and our contribution will be a Bedrock 2014 Evangelho Heritage. Pursuant to previous comments here about that vintage, I decanted the wine for 3 hours and then rebottled it. I'll post an addendum if I find anything noteworthy about our bottle,...
by Edward H. Earles
November 11th, 2018, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2084
Views: 124701

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

We are attending a Zinfandel-themed "Bot Luck" tonight, and our contribution will be a Bedrock 2014 Evangelho Heritage. Pursuant to previous comments here about that vintage, I decanted the wine for 3 hours and then rebottled it. I'll post an addendum if I find anything noteworthy about our bottle, ...
by Edward H. Earles
October 23rd, 2018, 5:06 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 29764

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Karen Troisi wrote:
October 22nd, 2018, 3:06 pm
And we’re done... harvest started for us on 9/7 and ended today with our last pick of cabernet sauvignon at Stagecoach Vineyard.

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Wow. I hope that fruit ends up on a Berserkerday offer..... [cheers.gif]
by Edward H. Earles
October 11th, 2018, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2059
Views: 194145

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

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
October 10th, 2018, 12:50 pm
Apparently James Molesworth is also racist, like the Wine Berserkers 'Cohorts'
James Molesworth majored in "African-American Studies" in college. Seriously.
by Edward H. Earles
September 20th, 2018, 4:20 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 628
Views: 29764

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

First speed bump today. Wanted to pick 72 bins of sparkling Chard but only did 58. The crew wasn't real motivated but the crop was quite good. Now we won't finish sparkling tomorrow and that crowds fruit into another day. Sounds trivial but it just cranks up the pressure to fulfill deliveries when ...
by Edward H. Earles
September 17th, 2018, 5:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2059
Views: 194145

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

To answer my own question above: The L'Americaine web site is still showing a December 2018 delivery date as of 9-17-2018.
by Edward H. Earles
September 17th, 2018, 5:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2059
Views: 194145

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

Is he still claiming December delivery for his Bourbon?
by Edward H. Earles
September 13th, 2018, 7:51 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3281
Views: 161978

Re: The Bourbon Thread

$48-ish at the local Total Wine.
by Edward H. Earles
September 13th, 2018, 5:53 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3281
Views: 161978

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Old Forester 1920 'Prohibition Style' (115 proof) - awesome stuff. Find it. This could EASILY be relabeled as some of the BTAC bottles, and frankly wouldn't surprise me if it was. Spectacular - better than Weller 12 by a long shot, to me. I may go buy several more just in case this gets 'discovered...
by Edward H. Earles
September 13th, 2018, 5:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2059
Views: 194145

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

Scott Brunson wrote:
September 13th, 2018, 5:38 am
Now I'm craving a little taste of Bourbon. Alas, I don't seem to have any... [whistle.gif]
At 7:38 AM?
by Edward H. Earles
September 12th, 2018, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ulises Valdez dead at 49
Replies: 27
Views: 2189

Ulises Valdez dead at 49

Per Wine Spectator online: Ulises Valdez is dead at age 49, of a heart attack.
by Edward H. Earles
September 11th, 2018, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2059
Views: 194145

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

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
September 10th, 2018, 5:59 pm
Craig G wrote:
September 10th, 2018, 5:57 pm
Todd F r e n c h wrote:
September 10th, 2018, 1:40 pm


I hereby make you a Todd French Cohort
That should be Cohört.
Côhört
Cahorst....

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