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by Mark B
June 15th, 2019, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another stupid poll about wine drinking
Replies: 56
Views: 2660

Re: Another stupid poll about wine drinking

Jim Stewart wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 3:21 pm
edible !
Only if it’s a long weekend and you’re looking to explore the depths of your mind.

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by Mark B
June 15th, 2019, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another stupid poll about wine drinking
Replies: 56
Views: 2660

Re: Another stupid poll about wine drinking

I'll just break the seal right off the bat.and say BEER. That aside, if it must be wine, probably Syrah or Sauvignon Blanc. I see your beer and raise you cannabis. I don’t like approaching wine from a “I need a drink” standpoint. A drink to de-stress is added calories and the alcohol seems to compr...
by Mark B
June 14th, 2019, 6:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So...are beer/wine hyrbids a thing now? (Action Bronson 7000)
Replies: 11
Views: 741

So...are beer/wine hyrbids a thing now? (Action Bronson 7000)

https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/22150/352676/ I have to admit, this is the first time I've heard of a cross/fusion between beer and wine. The brewers, Stillwater Artisanal Ales, claim it is like a "beer/orange wine fusion" more closely defined as a "dry-hopped sour ale with muscat grapes."...
by Mark B
May 28th, 2019, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner at Vinnie's again - a great glass list
Replies: 10
Views: 1254

Re: Dinner at Vinnie's again - a great glass list

Thanks for the notes. I think I have a couple of those exact same bottles of Gigondas in the cellar. Gotta pop one soon.
by Mark B
May 27th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Oak monster recedes? 2010 Henri Clerc Volnay ready to drink?
Replies: 0
Views: 344

TN: Oak monster recedes? 2010 Henri Clerc Volnay ready to drink?

Can’t say if bottle variance is at play, but the last bottle of this about 3 years ago was obliterated by oak. Could’ve been corked as the fruit was just buried in globs of oak. I had a bunch more in the cellar and was hoping for a miracle. Much to my delight, the bottle I opened yesterday was a com...
by Mark B
May 12th, 2019, 10:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?
Replies: 62
Views: 1949

Re: Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?

Sake does share some similarities - there are different procedures and processes the maker can apply, where the rice and water are from is important, and there are some very serious artisans out there. And many of those differences flow through into the flavours. Plus, of course, it taps into that ...
by Mark B
May 12th, 2019, 8:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?
Replies: 62
Views: 1949

Re: Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?

IMO, dry apple cider is the hands-down answer here. Many are single-variety, just like with wine. And many of them have wonderful complexity and even a touch of funk that is strongly evocative of red wine. If you do a search in the Beer and Spirits sub-forum, and choose to search only thread titles...
by Mark B
May 12th, 2019, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?
Replies: 62
Views: 1949

Re: Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?

Anton D wrote:
May 12th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Michael Martin wrote:
May 12th, 2019, 11:35 am
I think the closest “thing” to wine without grapes is Apothic Red.
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by Mark B
May 12th, 2019, 6:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?
Replies: 62
Views: 1949

Re: Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?

If we’re strictly talking about “taste”, which is closer to grape wine: sake or cider? Curious for both sake and cider Recommendations.
by Mark B
May 12th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?
Replies: 62
Views: 1949

Re: Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
May 12th, 2019, 11:18 am
No. Sake isn't much like wine at all, except some similarities in the way it's packaged, served and talked about.

FWIW melon is a very common thing to smell in sake of a certain type.
For being unalike, the back labels read eerily similar.
by Mark B
May 12th, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?
Replies: 62
Views: 1949

Re: Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?

To save someone the explanation time, I'm well-aware sake is "rice wine" just as there are "wines" made from various other fruits besides grapes.
by Mark B
May 12th, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?
Replies: 62
Views: 1949

Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?

We celebrated a friend's birthday last night. Someone brought a very bright/crisp/clean/melon-flavored sake. Melon notes were perceived by me, not added to the sake. This style, for me, almost shares a similar flavor profile of certain dry, white wines. Out of my mind, or an apt comparison? Also, mo...
by Mark B
May 9th, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone really into drinking Tea?
Replies: 201
Views: 10906

Re: Anyone really into drinking Tea?

Tea seems to be a drink that attracts people named Mark (and with a "K" no less! Astounding! - we are a dying breed). Mark³ [cheers.gif] [cheers.gif] [cheers.gif] Edit: just realized Mark cubed is technically four Marks... 2nd edit: then realized the number "1" cubed is still "1". I think I broke m...
by Mark B
May 9th, 2019, 5:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone really into drinking Tea?
Replies: 201
Views: 10906

Re: Anyone really into drinking Tea?

Oh you just haven’t gone deep enough yet. I’ve heard people paying thousands for discs of pu’er hahaha Tea seems to be a drink that attracts people named Mark (and with a "K" no less! Astounding! - we are a dying breed). Mark³ [cheers.gif] [cheers.gif] [cheers.gif] Edit: just realized Mark cubed is...
by Mark B
May 9th, 2019, 5:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone really into drinking Tea?
Replies: 201
Views: 10906

Re: Anyone really into drinking Tea?

Seems spot-on. At least a tea habit won’t financially ruin me the way Burgundy does. [snort.gif] Oh you just haven’t gone deep enough yet. I’ve heard people paying thousands for discs of pu’er hahaha Tea seems to be a drink that attracts people named Mark (and with a "K" no less! Astounding! - we a...
by Mark B
May 9th, 2019, 12:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone really into drinking Tea?
Replies: 201
Views: 10906

Re: Anyone really into drinking Tea?

Does anyone have experience with this stuff? It appears to be the zenith of quality tea. The prices they command are mind-blowing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Da_Hong_Pao Yah. Good DHP is Greatness. Problem is there are different levels of it. And some label fraud etc. I’m no expert but I do know...
by Mark B
May 9th, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone really into drinking Tea?
Replies: 201
Views: 10906

Re: Anyone really into drinking Tea?

Does anyone have experience with this stuff? It appears to be the zenith of quality tea. The prices they command are mind-blowing.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Da_Hong_Pao
by Mark B
May 9th, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone really into drinking Tea?
Replies: 201
Views: 10906

Re: Anyone really into drinking Tea?

Also, this may sound a bit crazy to most, but it's piqued my interest. Taken from Reddit, the idea is infusing catnip into tea as a night cap for enhancing your sleep. Curious to know if anyone besides this Reddit user has tried it. "I like to steep Catnip in my nightly tea for a a drowsy effect as ...
by Mark B
May 9th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone really into drinking Tea?
Replies: 201
Views: 10906

Re: Anyone really into drinking Tea?

English breakfast drinker here as my daily 3 cups ... with cream. I do enjoy finer teas at times and am quite fond of Kusmi tea's Tchai. They are a historic brand and have some very interesting offerings. They sell a wellness tea sampler at a reasonable cost if you want to experiment - https://us-e...
by Mark B
May 7th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone really into drinking Tea?
Replies: 201
Views: 10906

Re: Anyone really into drinking Tea?

Mark, check out Postcard teas website. It has a lot of background but it’s unlikely you can buy the same tea in the US. Of course they will deliver (well they do to me...) Worth bearing in mind that you get 3-6 cups from the same leaves, so it may appear expensive but on a ‘per cup’ basis, all but ...
by Mark B
May 7th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone really into drinking Tea?
Replies: 201
Views: 10906

Re: Anyone really into drinking Tea?

Yeah the answer to milk and sweetener is never. I like greener Oolongs, mostly from Taiwan. I buy via Postcard Teas in London and usually have 2-3 on the go. Im gathering your a Southern UK woosie who would not understand us council house kids drinking our PG tips Anyone else in the dark on "PG tip...
by Mark B
May 7th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone really into drinking Tea?
Replies: 201
Views: 10906

Re: Anyone really into drinking Tea?

Mark, check out Postcard teas website. It has a lot of background but it’s unlikely you can buy the same tea in the US. Of course they will deliver (well they do to me...) Worth bearing in mind that you get 3-6 cups from the same leaves, so it may appear expensive but on a ‘per cup’ basis, all but ...
by Mark B
May 7th, 2019, 10:14 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone really into drinking Tea?
Replies: 201
Views: 10906

Re: Anyone really into drinking Tea?

Also, something that caught my attention was the claim that some teas from 500+ year old trees possess psychoactive properties. This would make sense in a religious/spiritual context. Hate to say I know knowing beyond that. If anyone has experience with this kind of stuff, I'm all ears.
by Mark B
May 7th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone really into drinking Tea?
Replies: 201
Views: 10906

Re: Anyone really into drinking Tea?

Yeah the answer to milk and sweetener is never. I like greener Oolongs, mostly from Taiwan. I buy via Postcard Teas in London and usually have 2-3 on the go. Sounds really cool. The video said Oolongs are a very broad class of tea ranging anywhere from 10% oxidation to 85%. Do you know approximatel...
by Mark B
May 7th, 2019, 10:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone really into drinking Tea?
Replies: 201
Views: 10906

Re: Anyone really into drinking Tea?

Betty C wrote:
May 7th, 2019, 9:53 am
My daily go-to is organic English Breakfast with a heaping spoon of dried goji berries. When I'm feeling fancy I will whisk some matcha powder with soy milk.
Sounds awesome. I should really explore matcha more, but it's so damn expensive. Well, at least the higher grade stuff is.
by Mark B
May 7th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone really into drinking Tea?
Replies: 201
Views: 10906

Re: Anyone really into drinking Tea?

Well first thing is get a kettle, nobody microwaves tea !!! Second thing is get a nice teapot, only yobs and peasants use teabags when they are doing serious tea drinking Learn the art of pot warming, steeping and when to use milk and sweetener Isn't the answer to milk "only if you're British"? Not...
by Mark B
May 7th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone really into drinking Tea?
Replies: 201
Views: 10906

Anyone really into drinking Tea?

I hate to admit knowing next to nothing about the various types of teas. As my curiosity grows, I think I'm going to start learning a whole lot more about it in the coming years. As of right now, I drink a few cups a week. I usually just microwave a mug of water for a few minutes and then steep a ba...
by Mark B
April 20th, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Bevy of Bedrocks in Milwaukee (Unicorn Sightings)
Replies: 33
Views: 1305

Re: A Bevy of Bedrocks in Milwaukee (Unicorn Sightings)

5 bottles for two people?! You guys deserve Wineberserker medals of honor. Us mere mortals:

“We’re not worthy!”
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by Mark B
April 18th, 2019, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [ Yellow Tail ]: Tastes Like Happy "Me Time"
Replies: 4
Views: 505

Re: [ Yellow Tail ]: Tastes Like Happy "Me Time"

[cheers.gif] Nah, I was just coming to see if your toilet was faring any better since I figured you’d be pouring Yellow Tail down it. [cheers.gif] Why would I pour something so delicious down my toilet? It’s my go-to drink when I’m not pounding a six pack. Also pairs perfectly with grilled hamburge...
by Mark B
April 18th, 2019, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [ Yellow Tail ]: Tastes Like Happy "Me Time"
Replies: 4
Views: 505

Re: [ Yellow Tail ]: Tastes Like Happy "Me Time"

Henry Kiichli wrote:
April 18th, 2019, 4:46 am
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by Mark B
April 17th, 2019, 10:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [ Yellow Tail ]: Tastes Like Happy "Me Time"
Replies: 4
Views: 505

[ Yellow Tail ]: Tastes Like Happy "Me Time"

You're just as guilty for clicking this as I am for posting it. [crazy1.gif]

by Mark B
April 15th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Favorite (non-psychedelic) mushrooms to eat?
Replies: 32
Views: 1158

Re: Favorite (non-psychedelic) mushrooms to eat?

How do you guys like to prepare them? I usually find myself sautéing them in butter with a pinch of salt and then topping them with a red wine and “steak juice” reduction served alongside said pan fried steak.
by Mark B
April 14th, 2019, 5:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Favorite (non-psychedelic) mushrooms to eat?
Replies: 32
Views: 1158

Re: Favorite (non-psychedelic) mushrooms to eat?

For anyone who has the time, this is a fascinating deep dive into all things fungi:

by Mark B
April 14th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Favorite (non-psychedelic) mushrooms to eat?
Replies: 32
Views: 1158

Favorite (non-psychedelic) mushrooms to eat?

Starting to get more into mushrooms for their taste and health benefits. Not balling in the truffle zone anytime soon, but definitely have Cremini as a go-to and starting to branch out into Shiitake. Any others you enjoy? Expecting Portabello and Oyster to come up but almost never find myself eating...
by Mark B
April 14th, 2019, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)
Replies: 36
Views: 1840

Re: TN: 2015 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
April 14th, 2019, 1:41 pm
Mark B wrote:
April 14th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Hate to highjack the thread but has anyone had any Domaine Maume Bourgogne rouge lately? I love that producer but haven’t tasted their entry level in a few years. Always seemed reasonably priced to me.
The 2014 was delicious, and elegant. I drank all my bottles much too quickly.
Same!
by Mark B
April 14th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)
Replies: 36
Views: 1840

Re: TN: 2015 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)

Hate to highjack the thread but has anyone had any Domaine Maume Bourgogne rouge lately? I love that producer but haven’t tasted their entry level in a few years. Always seemed reasonably priced to me.
by Mark B
April 12th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A dinner with the 5 whites of Curnonsky and a prephylloxeric DRC Richebourg
Replies: 14
Views: 1064

Re: A dinner with the 5 whites of Curnonsky and a prephylloxeric DRC Richebourg

François Audouze wrote:
April 12th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Concerning Coulée de Serrant, I prefer generally the older ones which were made by the mother of Nicolas Joly.
This wine takes advantage of age.
Good to know! I’ll cellar for at least a few more years. Maybe holding onto one for much longer. Thanks!
by Mark B
April 12th, 2019, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)
Replies: 36
Views: 1840

Re: TN: 2015 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)

Not that red Burgundy is really my forte but I think this is the best one I've had right after Coche-Dury's. I picked this bottle at Caves Madeleine in Beaune and I think I made a huge mistake not buying more. A learning experience, if anything. 2015 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Bourgogne - France, Burgun...
by Mark B
April 12th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?
Replies: 71
Views: 2800

Re: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?

I just haven't found the higher price of vintage champagne to be justified. I get enough enjoyment out of aged domestic sparklers like Domaine Carneros, Roederer L'Ermitage and even NV Rodederer Estate. Yeah, I'm the one vote (currently) in the $25-$39 bracket. Cheers! You're not alone. I'm also ri...
by Mark B
April 12th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A dinner with the 5 whites of Curnonsky and a prephylloxeric DRC Richebourg
Replies: 14
Views: 1064

Re: A dinner with the 5 whites of Curnonsky and a prephylloxeric DRC Richebourg

I have 3 bottles of 2013 Nicolas Joly Coulee de Serrant. Any recommendations on when to drink them? I have only had the 3 vintages in my closet: 2002, 2004, and 2005, the first seemed better in 2018 than 2015, but certainly ready, the 2004s were very enjoyable and drunk young (at about 6 years), bu...
by Mark B
April 12th, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?
Replies: 71
Views: 2800

Re: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?

AndrewH wrote:
April 12th, 2019, 10:54 am
Mean or median cost?
Mean. Total cost of all Champagnes, divided by total bottles. The "true" average cost.
by Mark B
April 12th, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?
Replies: 71
Views: 2800

What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?

Sadly, Champagne makes up the smallest part of my cellar. Currently, I'm only sitting on four bottles. I used to have 3-4ish times that amount back when I was scoring cheap bottles on Winebid before they cut off their free local pickup. These days, I'm really only picking up bottles when I'm lucky e...
by Mark B
April 12th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A dinner with the 5 whites of Curnonsky and a prephylloxeric DRC Richebourg
Replies: 14
Views: 1064

Re: A dinner with the 5 whites of Curnonsky and a prephylloxeric DRC Richebourg

I have 3 bottles of 2013 Nicolas Joly Coulee de Serrant. Any recommendations on when to drink them?
by Mark B
April 10th, 2019, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Questions for Bern's steakhouse
Replies: 35
Views: 2976

Re: Questions for Bern's steakhouse

First went to Bern’s in 2014. 2000 La Tâche was $800 on the list at the time. Was way out of my price range but stood out as a stupid good deal for those who played in those leagues. Needless to say, the pricing has long since flown the coop.
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by Mark B
April 9th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berlin and Austria Visit - Wine/Beer Help Please
Replies: 16
Views: 554

Re: Berlin and Austria Visit - Wine/Beer Help Please

We visited Vienna a few years back . . . For wine tasting: Vinothek W-Einkehr ; anything from an introduction to a focused tasting. Tell Roland your interests and approx price range and he will take the lead from there. Cheese and charcuterie to accompany. For Beer and some food: We enjoyed the bee...
by Mark B
April 9th, 2019, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berlin and Austria Visit - Wine/Beer Help Please
Replies: 16
Views: 554

Re: Berlin and Austria Visit - Wine/Beer Help Please

You're gonna have a blast. Definitely get your hands on some local Grüner Veltliner in Vienna. Not a terribly complex white, but always dry, refreshing, and well-made. Salzburg is a beautiful and charming little city. Highly recommend this tourist district branch of Wein & Co (Austrian wine store ch...
by Mark B
April 3rd, 2019, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On-Site vs Off-Site Storage Strategy
Replies: 70
Views: 3326

Re: On-Site vs Off-Site Storage Strategy

I’ve just recently gotten seriously into wine and have also started to slowly collect some bottles that I want to age for various amounts of time. I’m currently particularly interested in Bordeaux-style blends and Champagnes that I’d like to cellar for 10+ years. I plan on amassing a fairly large c...
by Mark B
April 1st, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Pinot noir you wouldn’t serve to your worst enemy
Replies: 22
Views: 2363

Re: Good TN...

Shout out to Tom Hill for inspiring this brief yet passionate note. Certain wines are memorable for all the wrong reasons. Who in the world greenlighted this abomination? Wrong soil, wrong winemaking, wrong everything. The only sensical thing I get from this 2016 “Vampire” Pinot noir is the light b...
by Mark B
April 1st, 2019, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Pinot noir you wouldn’t serve to your worst enemy
Replies: 22
Views: 2363

Re: TN: Pinot noir you wouldn’t serve to your worst enemy

Kris Patten wrote:
March 31st, 2019, 8:52 pm
Note doesn't count without historical thunder bucket dump photo....

Just sayin.

Wish I could've dumped it down Thunder Bucket. The new toilet outclassed the wine.
by Mark B
March 31st, 2019, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Les Narvaux Meursault's best non-1er Cru Vineyard?
Replies: 19
Views: 1303

Re: Is Les Narvaux Meursault's best non-1er Cru Vineyard?

You guys are a treasure trove of helpful insights. Most of this is over my head, but I’ll be sure to refer back to this thread for years to come as I continue to explore and drink through these wines when I can afford to do so.
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