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by Edward H. Earles
January 12th, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 29
Views: 1137

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: 2003
Views: 119420

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: 2003
Views: 119420

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: 2003
Views: 119420

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: 89
Views: 2254

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: 89
Views: 2254

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: 2003
Views: 119420

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: 89
Views: 2254

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: 4697

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: 29
Views: 1137

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: 89
Views: 2254

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: 3180
Views: 157240

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: 590

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: 627
Views: 28306

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: 1533

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: 631
Views: 36393

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: 89
Views: 2254

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: 2368

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: 1318

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: 9343

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: 10218

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: 3269

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: 1626

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: 20
Views: 847

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: 6788
Views: 375744

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: 627
Views: 28306

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: 656

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: 2614

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: 2003
Views: 119420

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: 2003
Views: 119420

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: 627
Views: 28306

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: 2041
Views: 190707

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: 627
Views: 28306

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: 2041
Views: 190707

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: 2041
Views: 190707

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: 3180
Views: 157240

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: 3180
Views: 157240

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: 2041
Views: 190707

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: 2139

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: 2041
Views: 190707

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....
by Edward H. Earles
August 8th, 2018, 6:53 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3180
Views: 157240

The Bourbon Thread

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:He’s talking about stagg jr not gts.
Yes, I figured that out. But most Wine-Searcher prices for the Stagg Jr. are north of $75 pre-tax.

$41.99 at Total Wine in Louisville, but that's a long way from his neck of the woods.
by Edward H. Earles
August 7th, 2018, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2041
Views: 190707

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

I don't know. I was able to access them the last time I looked, which was what....10 days, 2 weeks ago?

Edit: I have "Block dangerous and deceptive content" checked on my Firefox Preferences Privacy page. Reckon that did it? [cheers.gif]
by Edward H. Earles
August 7th, 2018, 5:40 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3180
Views: 157240

The Bourbon Thread

What’s a decent price point on George Stagg Jr? Looking at $64.99 ($81 Post WA tax) which feels steep, given $28.99 Buffalo trace. Eagle rare at $32.99 feels a little better, but still high? Prices on Wine-Searcher are running $475-$700/bottle. I don't know anyone who'd turn down Stagg at $65. Edit...
by Edward H. Earles
August 7th, 2018, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2041
Views: 190707

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

Update on the Instagram account, 8:14PM EDT 8-7-2018:


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The link you followed may be broken, or the page may have been removed. Go back to Instagram.
by Edward H. Earles
August 7th, 2018, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2041
Views: 190707

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

I gave in and posted a "be careful" warning on the Vimeo promo, with a link to Bill Nanson's article. We'll see how long it stays up. 8:10 EDT 8-7-2018 update on the Vimeo page: Sorry, we couldn’t find that page Reasons you might be seeing this page It exists, but you don’t have permission to see i...
by Edward H. Earles
August 2nd, 2018, 2:10 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3180
Views: 157240

The Bourbon Thread

The tasting bar at Liquor Barn is at about 800% markup, as I recall. They seldom have the sought-after stuff (beyond the tasting bar); when they're about to receive something good (PPV, Stagg, Weller, etc), they send out an e-mail a couple of days in advance; you can line up at the door to draw a nu...
by Edward H. Earles
August 1st, 2018, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2041
Views: 190707

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

I assumed it meant date of distillation.
by Edward H. Earles
July 31st, 2018, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2041
Views: 190707

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

I am an active member of an organization concerned with Civil War history, and I've been researching this a bit. I've thus far been unable to substantiate Ray Walker's Claim. I'll look into it further. I did find a reference to a Louis Walker in the 47th Ohio Mounted Regiment. Edit: I found a Lewis ...
by Edward H. Earles
July 28th, 2018, 5:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2041
Views: 190707

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

On his whiskey web site, he says that his "2016 vintage" is scheduled for release in December, 2018. (Who assigns vintages to Bourbon? Maybe that's the "French Refinement" he is claiming.) The only possibility I can see here, if he actually does have whiskey, is that he showed up at Hartfield in 201...
by Edward H. Earles
July 27th, 2018, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2041
Views: 190707

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

Indeed. And I am surprised that this farce hasn't attracted the attention of larger media outlets. There is a comic movie screenplay here, just begging to be written.

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