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by Edward H. Earles
June 18th, 2019, 4:30 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3360
Views: 168205

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: 3360
Views: 168205

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: 3360
Views: 168205

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: 4375

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: 2063
Views: 197096

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: 7720

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: 3837

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: 441
Views: 42883

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: 54
Views: 2525

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: 225
Views: 10618

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: 16155
Views: 381817

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: 3360
Views: 168205

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: 441
Views: 42883

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: 225
Views: 10618

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: 225
Views: 10618

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: 225
Views: 10618

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: 3360
Views: 168205

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: 441
Views: 42883

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: 3360
Views: 168205

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: 441
Views: 42883

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: 3691

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: 1763

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: 1875

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: 123
Views: 4284

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: 1763

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: 3408

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: 5326

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: 105
Views: 3691

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: 225
Views: 10618

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: 2128
Views: 130891

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: 2128
Views: 130891

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: 2128
Views: 130891

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: 105
Views: 3691

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: 105
Views: 3691

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: 2128
Views: 130891

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: 105
Views: 3691

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: 4964

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: 225
Views: 10618

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: 105
Views: 3691

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: 3360
Views: 168205

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: 678

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: 30987

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: 1704

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: 643
Views: 38682

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: 105
Views: 3691

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: 90
Views: 4375

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: 1395

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: 144
Views: 10584

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: 10458

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: 3882

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.

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