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by Brent C l a y t o n
February 27th, 2021, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Bit of a Shocker:- Les Ormes de Pez 1970
Replies: 5
Views: 284

Re: A Bit of a Shocker:- Les Ormes de Pez 1970

Thanks for the note. It's always about provenance with a wine like this.
by Brent C l a y t o n
February 27th, 2021, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever want to hear the history of Wine Berserkers? Greg Norton just published a blog article on it!
Replies: 16
Views: 750

Re: Ever want to hear the history of Wine Berserkers? Greg Norton just published a blog article on it!

It's a nice little PR blurb but not quite the cogent history some might like to hear. Plus, it leaves out a lot of the fun details.
by Brent C l a y t o n
February 27th, 2021, 8:12 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Peter Luger is not letting COVID stop the restaurant filling up
Replies: 4
Views: 396

Re: Peter Luger is not letting COVID stop the restaurant filling up

Yes, a brilliant PR move for sure, and I'm sure Madame Tussaud's was more than happy to be included. They must be hurting from the lack of tourism.
by Brent C l a y t o n
February 27th, 2021, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine collecting!
Replies: 24
Views: 1886

Re: Wine collecting!

Scores/ratings should be at the bottom of your criteria list. Buy what you like. If you buy what other people rate highly you will likely end up with a bunch of wine you don't enjoy.
by Brent C l a y t o n
February 27th, 2021, 7:49 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: New York City hotels
Replies: 34
Views: 4284

Re: New York City hotels

I live on the Hudson right across from nyc in NJ. A lot of people will get a hotel in Jersey city or weehawken and take the path train or ferry over. It’s a quick ride, and hotels are much cheaper Of course, then you'd be in Jersey At this point Jersey City should be declared the official sixth bor...
by Brent C l a y t o n
February 27th, 2021, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Occhipinti...talk to me!
Replies: 35
Views: 1342

Re: Occhipinti...talk to me!

There is no doubt the wines are good but they are totally overhyped. COS is just as good, and there are other producers also doing good work.
by Brent C l a y t o n
February 22nd, 2021, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Uncommon wine varietals for everyday drinking
Replies: 52
Views: 1821

Re: Uncommon wine varietals for everyday drinking

Ruche
Freisa
Lacrima di Morro d'Alba
Aglianico
Negramaro
Mondeuse
Fiano
Falanghina
Verdicchio
by Brent C l a y t o n
February 20th, 2021, 7:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Stanley Tucci "Searching for Italy"
Replies: 54
Views: 2218

Re: Stanley Tucci "Searching for Italy"

Watching episode one now. I think it’s pretty meh. He touched a few fine points of Naples/Campania but it’s much more exciting to me than he’s making it out to be.
by Brent C l a y t o n
February 19th, 2021, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DRC 2018
Replies: 21
Views: 3953

Re: DRC 2018

DRC is not overrated. It's overpriced. Not so much at the release level as the end retail level. So yes, more for those of you who can afford it.
by Brent C l a y t o n
February 18th, 2021, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tempting wine purchases you’ve passed on—give others a shot
Replies: 95
Views: 7905

Re: Tempting wine purchases you’ve passed on—give others a shot

Wow...and $200 seems be be a really good price. To go back in time...all of 7 years: bought the 2008 Burlotto Monvigliero for $60 at HiTimeWine in CA in 2013. It seemed a fair a deal at the time for a solid, traditional producer, and there were still several bottles left in the bin. Also, I remembe...
by Brent C l a y t o n
February 18th, 2021, 12:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Las Vegas Suggestions
Replies: 12
Views: 479

Re: Las Vegas Suggestions

Robert, I don't know which spot, if any, has a better German selection. While Bank is no longer there, I'm sure he probably still has some insight on wine selections at LoS if you wanted to reach out to him. Sushi Kame would be a great addition to NYC top spots. I wish they would relocate here. The...
by Brent C l a y t o n
February 18th, 2021, 11:41 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What COGNAC/ARMAGNAC Are You Drinking?
Replies: 150
Views: 16130

Re: What COGNAC/ARMAGNAC Are You Drinking?

I recently pulled out a bottle of Puysegur 1983 Bas Armagnac that I had been ignoring in the closet for about 6 years. It has some nice, soft supple fruit. Interestingly, it was a bottle that was shop damaged and I had brought it home and ended up using a Lustau stopper cork to seal it. I definitely...
by Brent C l a y t o n
February 18th, 2021, 11:36 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What COGNAC/ARMAGNAC Are You Drinking?
Replies: 150
Views: 16130

Re: What COGNAC/ARMAGNAC Are You Drinking?

I've been sipping my way through a bottle of 2008 Chateau de Ravignan Bas-Armagnac. Absolutely in love with the cinnamon notes and earthiness. Will be looking for another bottle when this one is done. Got it on sale at Weimax in Burlingame on the SF Peninsula for about $80. Anybody have any favorit...
by Brent C l a y t o n
February 18th, 2021, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WE NEED ANOTHER BERSERKERFEST!
Replies: 100
Views: 4405

Re: WE NEED ANOTHER BERSERKERFEST!

They have a lot of good bread but the challah has always been my favorite. Looking forward to post-vaccine when I'm not scared to go back there. I also have an idea or two for a possible Bfest in NYC but don't know if lack of time/energy will overtake my enthusiasm so absolutely no comment until th...
by Brent C l a y t o n
February 11th, 2021, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanks, all. Scotch obtained (Orlando help - for scotch)
Replies: 9
Views: 459

Re: Orlando help - for scotch

Almost all of the national online clubs and sites ship to all states.

Caskers, Flaviar, Reserve Bar, etc.

You can also order on sites like Minibar and Drizly (you will get charged a vig vs ordering direct at the store) and have it delivered from whatever local store those platforms use.
by Brent C l a y t o n
February 11th, 2021, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Value Italian
Replies: 59
Views: 2973

Re: Value Italian

It's a big country. There is a lot to explore.

Try a Rosso Piceno from Marche, Sangiovese di Romagna, Aglianico from Campania, Primitivo or Negroamaro from Puglia.
by Brent C l a y t o n
February 11th, 2021, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Love for new world Sémillon?
Replies: 13
Views: 667

Re: TN: Love for new world Sémillon?

Kalin Semillon is probably their best wine IMHO, but they are too weird and unreliable in general so I tend to avoid them. Try L'Ecole 41's from Washington, Marty Clubb has been making Semillon since the 80's. I have not had a ton of US stuff but I would definitely prefer most things from Australia ...
by Brent C l a y t o n
February 11th, 2021, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wine Movie
Replies: 118
Views: 6851

Re: Favorite Wine Movie

If you have issues with insomnia, definitely watch Mondovino.
by Brent C l a y t o n
February 10th, 2021, 7:22 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Slim Sadie's Beef Jerky - 25% OFF
Replies: 77
Views: 2595

Re: Slim Sadie's Beef Jerky - 25% OFF

Hi Berserkers! Just wanted to jump on here and thank everyone for all the nice comments. And for all the comments that made me laugh :) Sorry I wasn't too responsive on here. I have been so busy trying to fulfill all the orders and I don't have a ton of experience with forums so this is a learning ...
by Brent C l a y t o n
February 8th, 2021, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 189
Views: 12296

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

New phone who this?
by Brent C l a y t o n
February 8th, 2021, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are the wines you try to buy in 375ml??
Replies: 55
Views: 2251

Re: What are the wines you try to buy in 375ml??

Why buy 375's when you can buy 750's and pour off into a 375 for drinking later? [training.gif]

Like you said, shop deals for 375's and snatch them up when you can find them but I wouldn't necessarily target a wine other than a dessert wine for buying in 375's.
by Brent C l a y t o n
February 8th, 2021, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12773
Views: 519535

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2016 Bibbiano Chianti Classico GS Capannino
2017 Luigi Maffini Kleos Aglianico Cilento
by Brent C l a y t o n
February 8th, 2021, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wine Movie
Replies: 118
Views: 6851

Re: Favorite Wine Movie

Sideways
A Good Year
A Walk in the Clouds

Sour Grapes was amazing, but as a documentary it's not quite the same as the above.

Count me as another person who actually liked Bottle Shock even though it's laden with cliches and only vaguely factually correct.
by Brent C l a y t o n
February 7th, 2021, 5:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: NJ Impulse Purchase
Replies: 5
Views: 415

NJ Impulse Purchase

No Ragrets...
by Brent C l a y t o n
February 7th, 2021, 4:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 700
Views: 47898

Re: Another Flannery PSA

There are beans and I fart.
by Brent C l a y t o n
February 7th, 2021, 1:04 pm
Forum: Event Planner - Online or Offline
Topic: Berserkers 'Social' Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside
Replies: 336
Views: 19529

Re: Berserkers 'Social' Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside

Fairway Markets here in NYC used to have that kind of setup in a couple of their stores. Pricing is a little different here but plenty of access to prime beef here in NYC. 50% off at Eataly this weekend!
by Brent C l a y t o n
February 6th, 2021, 9:36 pm
Forum: Event Planner - Online or Offline
Topic: Berserkers 'Social' Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside
Replies: 336
Views: 19529

Re: Berserkers 'Social' Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside

A great chat, I was really happy I could meet some old and new members from near and far!
by Brent C l a y t o n
February 6th, 2021, 9:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoked meat/ Pastrami wine match?
Replies: 60
Views: 2277

Re: Smoked meat/ Pastrami wine match?

Why not Riesling?
by Brent C l a y t o n
February 6th, 2021, 9:10 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: *Flannery Beef* Back Again!
Replies: 226
Views: 11406

Re: *Flannery Beef* Back Again!

We had a big snow storm here and my box was delayed a day. But it’s winter here and the ice packs were still half frozen and the meats were fine. As Todd and others have said there is really nothing to worry about unless you live in a tropical location, your delivery took a week or more and your mea...
by Brent C l a y t o n
February 1st, 2021, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN:2016 Antinori Tignanello IGT
Replies: 10
Views: 782

Re: TN:2016 Antinori Tignanello IGT

My uncle popped a 1997 this weekend. He probably paid $32-36 after discount...He definitely was a bit more enthusiastic about the wine.
by Brent C l a y t o n
February 1st, 2021, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WE NEED ANOTHER BERSERKERFEST!
Replies: 100
Views: 4405

Re: WE NEED ANOTHER BERSERKERFEST!

I am in, whenever, where ever (ok, not harvest time). I've never attended a Berserkerfest, though I'm met many fellow Berserkers over the years. But Todd is absolutely, once we get past this, we need a big meet up and maybe more than one. [berserker.gif] It's kind of like dinner at the Count's Hous...
by Brent C l a y t o n
January 29th, 2021, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WE NEED ANOTHER BERSERKERFEST!
Replies: 100
Views: 4405

Re: WE NEED ANOTHER BERSERKERFEST!

RE: Themes

We have an 'Ugly Shirt' dinner theme which dates to the Squires days...
by Brent C l a y t o n
January 29th, 2021, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WE NEED ANOTHER BERSERKERFEST!
Replies: 100
Views: 4405

Re: WE NEED ANOTHER BERSERKERFEST!

PDH Midtown has a beautiful unheated open air shack for outdoor dining, perfect for the current 25 degree weather.

Who's in?
by Brent C l a y t o n
January 28th, 2021, 5:37 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB: 1982 Cheval Blanc
Replies: 5
Views: 645

Re: WTB: 1982 Cheval Blanc

Cheval Blanc is not a First Growth.
by Brent C l a y t o n
January 28th, 2021, 11:36 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Pliny the Yonger will be Bottled and Shipped in California
Replies: 35
Views: 2155

Re: Pliny the Yonger will be Bottled and Shipped in California

If anyone has some to trade let me know. I am picking up some Root + Branch In our Angelhood Triple IPA tomorrow.
by Brent C l a y t o n
January 27th, 2021, 2:55 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: *Flannery Beef* Back Again!
Replies: 226
Views: 11406

Re: *Flannery Beef* Back Again!

Michael Sopher wrote: January 27th, 2021, 2:31 pm Really have a packed freezer now (with a lot of Flannery steaks but only 3 hangers....) maybe I get a forward delivery and focus on eating steaks and making space.
Dude you should know better, you need to consume your reserves in December to make space for BD!
by Brent C l a y t o n
January 25th, 2021, 7:30 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Irish Whisky Are You Drinking?
Replies: 12
Views: 687

Re: What Irish Whisky Are You Drinking?

I have not had anything from Waterford but the whiskey freaks I know are gushing over them.
by Brent C l a y t o n
January 25th, 2021, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storing wine in a passive cellar
Replies: 43
Views: 2316

Re: Storing wine in a passive cellar

Toby,

Your biggest concern in the garage would probably be the physical location of the bottles-you probably would want to try to put them near the south facing wall to minimize any additional solar heat the boxes could absorb through the walls during summer.
by Brent C l a y t o n
January 25th, 2021, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vermouth?
Replies: 77
Views: 2556

Re: Vermouth?

Kris,

Are you familiar with St Agrestis out of Brooklyn? They have really taken off. They started with an amaro, moved into RTD cocktails, and now have an apertivo and RTD spritz.

That is definitely the way to go!
by Brent C l a y t o n
January 25th, 2021, 10:49 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Irish Whisky Are You Drinking?
Replies: 12
Views: 687

Re: What Irish Whisky Are You Drinking?

Midelton is certainly the cream of the crop. I really like the Redbreast stuff and I am also a fan of Bushmills. I find the West Cork line to have pretty good value. There is a slew of new stuff coming out but if it's a brand from an actual distillery it is probably relatively young. I definitely su...
by Brent C l a y t o n
January 25th, 2021, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storing wine in a passive cellar
Replies: 43
Views: 2316

Re: Storing wine in a passive cellar

Hmm. 68 is getting on the warm side but if the temperature change is gradual and doesn't happen in spikes you are probably ok, but I would still be cautious and store the good stuff in the off site which I assume has more consistent temps. I am working on the assumption that your weather is similar ...
by Brent C l a y t o n
January 25th, 2021, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinsrare/ Vins Rare issue
Replies: 13
Views: 2502

Re: Vinsrare/ Vins Rare issue

Joseph,

Have you had the Morot Burgundies before? I loved them when the wines were with Bobby Kacher but they can be a little Bretty.
by Brent C l a y t o n
January 25th, 2021, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vermouth?
Replies: 77
Views: 2556

Re: Vermouth?

A couple of points: Red vermouth does not necessarily mean 'sweet' vermouth. There are red vermouths that are drier and I tend to prefer them. Carpano Antica is much too sweet for me. Also, 'red' vermouth is not necessarily made from red wine-Lustau is sherry based and Montanaro uses a Marsala base....
by Brent C l a y t o n
January 21st, 2021, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinsrare/ Vins Rare issue
Replies: 13
Views: 2502

Re: vinsrare/ Vins Rare issue

I'm not sure a separate thread was necessary when there was already one with a similar complaint, but thanks for sharing. The repeated hangups when calls were attempted adds another layer of depth to 'bad communication on the retailer's part.'
by Brent C l a y t o n
January 21st, 2021, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vins Rare wine shop
Replies: 119
Views: 8765

Re: Vins Rare wine shop

As a former retailer I can't imagine a situation where I would just decide on my own what a customer might want as a substitute for a wine he/she paid for, especially if it involved the hassle of shipping. Customers can have all manner of whacky complaints but I don't think that poor communication o...
by Brent C l a y t o n
January 19th, 2021, 8:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Mangalitsa boneless strip loin
Replies: 3
Views: 675

Re: Mangalitsa boneless strip loin

Nice. I grew up about 15min from their location.
by Brent C l a y t o n
January 19th, 2021, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vermouth?
Replies: 77
Views: 2556

Re: Vermouth?

Good luck
by Brent C l a y t o n
January 16th, 2021, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: News from Williams Selyem
Replies: 19
Views: 2417

Re: News from Williams Selyem

Let's get to the important stuff--do they still own Millbrook Winery in the Hudson Valley? LOL. I remember back in the day having my W-S wines shipped there. I figured it was a win-win; I could get my wine shipped for free and do some tasting while picking it up! After the first trip, I went with U...

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