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by Edward H. Earles
October 13th, 2019, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10827
Views: 392731

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

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From an event at our house this evening.
by Edward H. Earles
October 13th, 2019, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10827
Views: 392731

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

https://i.postimg.cc/3whgYyfK/Patricia-Green-Volcanic.jpg Berserker-Day purchase, showing well. Generous black cherry, with hints of cocoa, leather, and cigar ash. Acids and tannins are in perfect balance....well made. Drink now. One of my favorites! What’s in those canning jars in the pic? Habaner...
by Edward H. Earles
October 10th, 2019, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 406
Views: 19218

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
October 10th, 2019, 5:06 pm
How are you getting Syrian oils? They are essentially forbidden from US markets due to sanctions.
I don't know, I hadn't thought about that. They're on the shelf.
by Edward H. Earles
October 10th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 406
Views: 19218

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

As regards olive oil: I've taken to buying Lebanese and Syrian olive oils from a Persian grocery. Great oil, of high quality, and less expensive than oil from European countries. I buy big bottles (1.5 liters and larger) and we use a lot of it now.
by Edward H. Earles
October 10th, 2019, 4:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 491
Views: 49880

Re: Official WTSO thread

Did anyone bite on the Travaglini Gattinara 2009 yesterday? It looked like a great deal, but it's moratorium time for me, so I resisted.
by Edward H. Earles
October 9th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a great American wine suggestion
Replies: 52
Views: 2144

Re: Need a great American wine suggestion

Victor Hong wrote:
October 9th, 2019, 8:33 am
Nobody has yet suggested any wines from Virginia.
Nor will we.
by Edward H. Earles
October 8th, 2019, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 406
Views: 19218

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Nola, would this tariff apply to your Jamon Iberico?
by Edward H. Earles
October 8th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a great American wine suggestion
Replies: 52
Views: 2144

Re: Need a great American wine suggestion

I agree that Ridge Monte Bello is a good choice, provided that it's well-aged.

For a younger Cab, look at Altamura.
by Edward H. Earles
October 8th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10827
Views: 392731

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2014 Mending Wall Petite Sirah. I love this wine and vintage. Each bottle should also come with a pack of crest teeth whitening strips. It'll make your entire mouth, tongue and teeth completely black. I tasted that vintage at the Mending Wall winery, and regret not loading up on it at the time (I w...
by Edward H. Earles
October 8th, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10827
Views: 392731

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

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Berserker-Day purchase, showing well. Generous black cherry, with hints of cocoa, leather, and cigar ash. Acids and tannins are in perfect balance....well made. Drink now.
by Edward H. Earles
September 16th, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 832
Views: 40083

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

RichardFlack wrote:
September 12th, 2019, 7:42 am

I’m guessing you dont like kippers either? But you probably love Stilton or Roquefort? [stirthepothal.gif]
I love kippers, and eat them frequently.
by Edward H. Earles
September 11th, 2019, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 832
Views: 40083

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

Oxford marmalade is one of those Brit things that make no sense to most rational people. Like beans on toast or marmite or Scotch eggs or steak and kidney pie. Any of those in a tasting note and I'm running far away. You forgot cold bathrooms (which, thankfully, are rarer now than they used to be).
by Edward H. Earles
September 11th, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 832
Views: 40083

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

Can you actually ping someone that is 103? Marmite is nasty nasty stuff. On our trip to New Zealand in 2002, at one B&B our hostess served us toast, and there was a jar of Marmite on the table. I'd never tasted it before. It looked like peanut butter, so I spread it on my toast as if it were peanut...
by Edward H. Earles
September 4th, 2019, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 832
Views: 40083

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

Bruce Sanderson should be forcibly retired, he's now well into the "subtract 5 points" category, soon to go the way of James Suckling. As an example, I see he gave the Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico 2017 94 points. CT average is about 89, and I think that's about right, having tasted it a...
by Edward H. Earles
September 3rd, 2019, 4:49 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3413
Views: 185420

Re: The Bourbon Thread

I'm into another bottle of Old Forester 1920...this is quite enjoyable.
by Edward H. Earles
August 21st, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3413
Views: 185420

Re: The Bourbon Thread

To whomever it was, a few pages back, who recommended the Old Forester 1920, thank you.
by Edward H. Earles
August 10th, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 156
Views: 11203

Re: Top US Syrahs

I am very surprised that Petrichor has received no mention here (someone please correct me if it was mentioned, and I missed it....)....after drinking much American Syrah, I think that Petrichor may be at the top of the heap.

Beyond Petrichor, I like Reynvaan, Cabot, Nicora, and Halcon.
by Edward H. Earles
August 10th, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3413
Views: 185420

Re: The Bourbon Thread

I was treated to a shot of Old Pogue Master's Select last night, and thought it was quite good.
by Edward H. Earles
August 6th, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 491
Views: 49880

Re: Official WTSO thread

mattcitrang wrote:
August 6th, 2019, 6:45 am
Anything of interest in today’s Cheapskate Marathon?
Nothing yet, as far as I've seen (I'm just checking in periodically). Mostly brand-X stuff.
by Edward H. Earles
July 31st, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tell me what I should be looking for in California besides Cabs
Replies: 65
Views: 2991

Re: Tell me what I should be looking for in California besides Cabs

Start at Ridge. Visit their Lytton Springs winery just north of Healdsburg and taste through their wines. Most are $30-40. Their small-production single vineyard zins are all fantastic but Geyserville is the true star - beautiful young and even better with 10-20 years on it. Bedrock’s Old Vine Zin ...
by Edward H. Earles
July 30th, 2019, 3:26 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3413
Views: 185420

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Craig G wrote:
July 30th, 2019, 10:42 am
Foul odor and odd taste is exactly how I remember Jim Beam.
LOL!! Is this from on the way in, or on the way back out? [wow.gif]
by Edward H. Earles
July 30th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3413
Views: 185420

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Franklin County water customers tasting effects of Jim Beam fire https://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Franklin-County-water-customers-tasting-effects-of-Jim-Beam-fire-513388511.html By WKYT News Staff | Posted: Tue 11:40 AM, Jul 30, 2019 FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Some in Franklin County are complaining ...
by Edward H. Earles
July 20th, 2019, 4:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 491
Views: 49880

Re: Official WTSO thread

I on the other hand have had excellent results with Italian wines from WTSO. You just have to know which ones to buy.... [cheers.gif]
by Edward H. Earles
July 11th, 2019, 3:48 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3413
Views: 185420

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Jim Beam to face fines after fire leads to environmental problems

https://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Jim-B ... 47032.html
by Edward H. Earles
July 5th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3413
Views: 185420

Re: The Bourbon Thread

I imagine so. By the way, Jim Beam announced that those 45,000 barrels amounted to only 1% of their Bourbon inventory!!
by Edward H. Earles
July 3rd, 2019, 4:24 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3413
Views: 185420

Re: The Bourbon Thread

https://i.postimg.cc/hjdDT7kT/Jim-Beam-Spill.jpg This is turning into an environmental disaster. The non-muddy liquid you see in this photo of the Kentucky River is cask-strength Bourbon, mixed with some water from the fire department, and charcoal. Millions of fish will die, and the tens of thousa...
by Edward H. Earles
July 3rd, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3413
Views: 185420

Re: The Bourbon Thread

45,000 barrels up in smoke...
by Edward H. Earles
July 3rd, 2019, 2:21 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3413
Views: 185420

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Major fire at Jim Beam bourbon warehouse in Woodford County

https://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Barre ... 56632.html
by Edward H. Earles
June 18th, 2019, 4:30 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3413
Views: 185420

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Alan Eden wrote:
June 17th, 2019, 7:40 pm
Alan Rath wrote:
June 17th, 2019, 1:42 pm
Holy crap. Is land so expensive around there they they have to resort to a "structure" like this?
Scary, where are the floors !!
They are splinters amidst the fallen barrels.
by Edward H. Earles
June 17th, 2019, 2:02 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3413
Views: 185420

Re: The Bourbon Thread

I don't think the issue is land. Margins on Bourbon production used to be quite a bit lower than they are now. And building codes in decades past were pretty slack, compared to what they are now...so the structural supports in those rickhouses are all wooden (mostly oak), with no steel reinforcement...
by Edward H. Earles
June 17th, 2019, 11:43 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3413
Views: 185420

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Another Bourbon rickhouse collapsed about midnight last night. The O.Z. Tyler Distillery in Owensboro, Ky., appears to have lost about 4500 barrels; I don't know if they attempt to salvage any in such a situation. Fortunately no people were hurt or killed. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D9QojfiWkAEIdlH...
by Edward H. Earles
June 12th, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Accessible Barolo Vintages
Replies: 90
Views: 5228

Re: Accessible Barolo Vintages

We drank a 2010 Pietro Rinaldi last night that was delicious, tasting as if it had just entered its drinking window.
by Edward H. Earles
June 4th, 2019, 5:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2065
Views: 207130

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

What happened to all of the posts from between February 1st and June 3rd? Or am I confusing this with another thread?
by Edward H. Earles
April 19th, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?
Replies: 211
Views: 8745

Re: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?

About 40% of the still whites we drink are Sauvignon Blancs, and the vast majority of them are from New Zeland. We drink them all year 'round. Lately, mostly the 2017 Whitehaven. NZ SBs are great values, generally.
by Edward H. Earles
April 18th, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: April Frost in Burgundy
Replies: 64
Views: 4211

Re: April Frost in Burgundy

Has anyone heard how vintners fared in Chinon and Bourgueil? Or Saumur? Was there frost damage there?
by Edward H. Earles
April 16th, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 491
Views: 49880

Re: Official WTSO thread

Anybody paying attention to their Magnum Marathon? I haven't seen anything I can't live without yet.
by Edward H. Earles
April 7th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is "Never drink a Bordeaux that is less than 20 years old" just a silly idea.
Replies: 57
Views: 3626

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

2014 Barde-Haut now, not even a decant, and it's kicking butt and taking names. Absolutely drinkable now, although it will age well and gracefully. [cheers.gif] Underappreciated wine that's still in its primary phase.
by Edward H. Earles
April 7th, 2019, 7:08 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 491
Views: 26039

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Are there Oregon participants on this thread? It looks like Oregon might get snow over the next couple of weeks. Is Spring late there this year?
by Edward H. Earles
April 5th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16296
Views: 422085

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

I have a new favorite local beer: West Sixth Berliner Weisse. (I'm sorry I don't have a good picture to post...it's in a rather generic-looking growler.) Highly recommended. [cheers.gif] ....I just found a picture of a can on the internet... https://liquorbarn.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/West-Six...
by Edward H. Earles
April 5th, 2019, 7:12 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3413
Views: 185420

Re: The Bourbon Thread

I tried a shot of Weller Antique 107 last night and found it quite to my liking. Of course, it's unobtainable here except by lottery, or through the "preferred customer secret handshake".
by Edward H. Earles
March 27th, 2019, 4:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 491
Views: 49880

Re: Official WTSO thread

CT community average beats any "professional" taster. Iwinereport and WineCellarInsider are the better choices among the professional reviewers. Within the bigger names, James Molesworth is the only one to whom I pay much attention. He overrates somewhat, but his palate does tend to track mine more ...
by Edward H. Earles
March 27th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 491
Views: 26039

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

I don't know exactly where you are, Casey, but the town of Philo is showing 150% of normal precipitation YTD, and about 125% of normal since October 1st, on the National Weather Service AHPS site. I was speculating based not upon what's fallen already, but the pattern I'm seeing in the western Pacif...
by Edward H. Earles
March 27th, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 491
Views: 26039

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Fungal disease pressure will increase considerably if the rain continues much past bud-break.
by Edward H. Earles
March 27th, 2019, 5:30 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 491
Views: 26039

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

I've been following the rain fronts working their way across the Pacific, and I see no end to them yet. This year is shaping up to be another 2011 for the West Coast.
by Edward H. Earles
March 26th, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3413
Views: 185420

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Oops, sorry. My comment still applies though; the hardest place to find it, is where it's made!
by Edward H. Earles
March 26th, 2019, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 491
Views: 49880

Re: Official WTSO thread

mike pobega wrote:
March 26th, 2019, 11:07 am
Is it me or was that 2010 Virna Barolo Riserva a decent deal for $29.99?
I bit on it. Good CT reviews.
by Edward H. Earles
March 26th, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3413
Views: 185420

Re: The Bourbon Thread

I wish they'd let me "stock up" on Blanton's and ER. When it does show up, it's 1 per customer and is usually hidden, so you have to be "in" with the store folks, and even then, it's hit or miss with who you ask. I can't remember that last time I saw Blanton's on a shelf in KY. Buffalo Trace is now...
by Edward H. Earles
March 26th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 491
Views: 49880

Re: Official WTSO thread

John Danza wrote:
March 14th, 2019, 11:01 am
I do this frequently with the Philip Prie champagne that I love. When I need some, I call them up and order it.
I do this with the Prie too, although I just use the Platinum feature. I think I've made 8 multi-bottle purchases of this sparkler. Great value.
by Edward H. Earles
March 21st, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best Scotch Under $100
Replies: 105
Views: 4635

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
February 28th, 2019, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?
Replies: 62
Views: 2131

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.

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