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by Brent C l a y t o n
September 16th, 2020, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Anniversary Wines - Recommendations?
Replies: 59
Views: 1867

Re: 1997 Anniversary Wines - Recommendations?

I wasn’t a huge fan of the 97 Chave hermitage I opened last year. What does that mean? I recall the 97 northern Rhones being a little on the lean side, especially when you compared them to the generally great to outstanding trio of 98-99-00. I don't see David chiming in here yet so I'll be the cont...
by Brent C l a y t o n
September 15th, 2020, 7:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chili Crisp - Different Brands & Uses
Replies: 38
Views: 1044

Re: Chili Crisp - Different Brands & Uses

Like everything else, sold out, but...
by Brent C l a y t o n
September 9th, 2020, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Six Figures Wine--New Field Blend Project
Replies: 34
Views: 1961

Re: Six Figures Wine--New Field Blend Project

Release price is $26/bot. That’s pretty reasonable. The shipping is a beast though, $44 for a six pack. I guess this is pretty standard these days.
by Brent C l a y t o n
September 4th, 2020, 8:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday Night Berserker Zoom Social: 6PM PST - 9PM EST
Replies: 9
Views: 434

Re: Friday Night Berserker Zoom Social: 6PM PST - 9PM EST

I'm sad that Todd, Chuck and Georgie were all too busy to check in with the little people. [cry.gif]
by Brent C l a y t o n
September 4th, 2020, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday Night Berserker Zoom Social: 6PM PST - 9PM EST
Replies: 9
Views: 434

Re: Friday Night Berserker Zoom Social: 6PM PST - 9PM EST

If I still have my faculties at 9pm Eastern I will tune in.
by Brent C l a y t o n
September 4th, 2020, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2 NJ Wholesalers fined big bucks
Replies: 10
Views: 1083

Re: 2 NJ Wholesalers fined big bucks

Yeah 90k is nuttin.
by Brent C l a y t o n
September 3rd, 2020, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine storage at a generic self-storage facility?
Replies: 19
Views: 901

Re: Wine storage at a generic self-storage facility?

Hey all, Longtime lurker, first time poster. Glad to be a part of the community. In the coming months we're making a move from Los Angeles to Raleigh, NC - where, based on my initial research, I can't seem to find a dedicated wine-storage facility. Even if we choose to build a cellar in our new pla...
by Brent C l a y t o n
September 1st, 2020, 2:18 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: RUM ... talk to me, people
Replies: 233
Views: 25023

Re: RUM ... talk to me, people

JM is great too!

Diamond Reserve is from El Dorado, it's their entry level well rum. Perfectly fine.

Overproofs are trickier to work with, you might want to stick with something more standard. I think JM is closer to 90pf, El Dorado is 80pf.
by Brent C l a y t o n
September 1st, 2020, 8:39 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: RUM ... talk to me, people
Replies: 233
Views: 25023

Re: RUM ... talk to me, people

Jay, Yes, there is a difference. What flavors do you like? Jamaican pot still or Rhum Agricole will give you richer texture and more of that gassy note. Basic stuff will be, well, basic. Don Q is solid for a basic one that you can find. Diplomatico Planas is a big step up but not quite to the pot st...
by Brent C l a y t o n
September 1st, 2020, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin, not so rare?
Replies: 11
Views: 1350

Re: Marcassin, not so rare?

Skurnik is the distributor of record in NY. I'm fairly confident the facts line up as discussed. Almost zero restaurants can afford to take these wines right now. Morrell is a sensible place to go to with this kind of wine, I'd guess they were offered a decent quantity just so Skurnik can clear it o...
by Brent C l a y t o n
September 1st, 2020, 8:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Jonah crab
Replies: 5
Views: 345

Re: Jonah crab

I've been getting claws for $7-10/lb. Just steam and eat!

There was a great Jonah crab dish I used to get from a now closed restaurant in Hell's Kitchen that served the crabmeat warm with some pea shoots and kohlrabi and a drizzle of olive oil with a little yuzu. It was great!
by Brent C l a y t o n
September 1st, 2020, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines for cellar
Replies: 29
Views: 1325

Re: Wines for cellar

Welcome!

Don't overthink it. Buy some stuff. Have some meals. You'll figure it out.
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 30th, 2020, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WINE THEFT: 2016 ALDO CONTERNO BAROLO ROMIRASCO
Replies: 16
Views: 2273

Re: WINE THEFT: 2016 ALDO CONTERNO BAROLO ROMIRASCO

For additional context: Aldo Conterno’s top wine is the Granbussia, and this year’s release *would* line up with the 2013 vintage, which was meh and Granbussia was not produced. So this was the most expensive wine in the container. You can all go back and forth with your subjective opinions of the w...
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 28th, 2020, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WINE THEFT: 2016 ALDO CONTERNO BAROLO ROMIRASCO
Replies: 16
Views: 2273

WINE THEFT: 2016 ALDO CONTERNO BAROLO ROMIRASCO

YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST FOLKS!!! There were 120 bottles allocated to the US market. An enterprising thief broke in to our shipping container, unpacked all the bottles, and repacked the empty wood cases on to the pallet. We found out the wine was gone when they went to break down the pallet here in t...
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 25th, 2020, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Six Figures Wine--New Field Blend Project
Replies: 34
Views: 1961

Re: Six Figures Wine--New Field Blend Project

Marc, I haven't asked about the price point in private and it's not on the website so I guess we will find out when the offer goes live. I also can't say for certain it is not a single vineyard wine, but I agree they are playing a little loose with the term if the varieties are all sourced from diff...
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 25th, 2020, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Six Figures Wine--New Field Blend Project
Replies: 34
Views: 1961

Re: Six Figures Wine--New Field Blend Project

Mark,

Interesting feedback. I think that's a generational thing.

Marc,
I guess this is another reason to get myself into that show, which I have not watched!
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 25th, 2020, 8:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: French Press, what am I doing wrong
Replies: 33
Views: 1060

Re: French Press, what am I doing wrong

You will always have a little sludge with French Press, but grind is definitely the issue if you have too much. Lots of good tips here already to tweak your method.
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 25th, 2020, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Six Figures Wine--New Field Blend Project
Replies: 34
Views: 1961

Six Figures Wine--New Field Blend Project

A little plug for a new project. The group includes Rande Feldman and Aaron Cherny who do Source & Sink wines, which my company Massanois, sells. This is a commercial list and I have no affiliation with Six Figures. The first wine is a 2019 field blend that includes 46% Sangiacomo Merlot. Six barrel...
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 17th, 2020, 9:16 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 283
Views: 15126

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Crazy Kids are destroying poor Uncle Victor's summer habitat.
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by Brent C l a y t o n
August 12th, 2020, 11:01 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Whistle Pig Rye
Replies: 8
Views: 558

Re: Whistle Pig Rye

Also, they do a good job on their private barrel program, those are the bottles you should look for. Any of the cask strength 10yr or custom pick barrel finish 12yr offerings.
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 12th, 2020, 10:59 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Whistle Pig Rye
Replies: 8
Views: 558

Re: Whistle Pig Rye

The whiskey is great, but I think they have been too aggressive with pricing. I used to sell it and when the 10yr was $60-70 I thought it was fair. Not at $85-90 which is what the 12yr used to cost. The last two offerings of Boss Hog have sat on the shelves because people won’t pull the trigger at $...
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 11th, 2020, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?
Replies: 225
Views: 15115

Re: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?

Passed on the Chenin for the first time. The style just isn’t for me.
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 6th, 2020, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Increased corkage post-COVID?
Replies: 265
Views: 10203

Re: Increased corkage post-COVID?

Robert, Dinesh, and all-- This is a bit of thread drift, but since the topic came up here, I thought I'd mention that Steve Plotnicki posted this article on Facebook yesterday and started an interesting conversation about the term 'ethnic' in relation to restaurant descriptions. https://www.nrn.com/...
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 5th, 2020, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestions for purchase/delivery in Manhattan
Replies: 20
Views: 985

Re: Suggestions for purchase/delivery in Manhattan

Better to shop directly with the stores than via Drizly, Minibar, et al. You'll end up paying much more on Drizly (most stores tend to just raise their prices by 10-12% two cover the Drizly fees). Skip the middle man and support a local business directly, not Drizly's VC backers or the Wine & Spiri...
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 5th, 2020, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you can "afford"?
Replies: 159
Views: 7520

Re: Wines you can "afford"?

Yeah, well you can buy a lot more DRC when you chisel restaurants to waive that $30 corkage fee, right Andrew?
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 5th, 2020, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you can "afford"?
Replies: 159
Views: 7520

Re: Wines you can "afford"?

As a related but separate issue, I started buying a lot of singles in order to curb not only spending, but just to limit the sheer number of wines I'm buying, and I'm a fan of the strategy. The more singles you have and open, the less "anxiety" you have about opening a bottle just because it's the ...
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 5th, 2020, 12:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee
Replies: 13
Views: 917

Re: Coffee

Another problem is that we don't have many European members any more so most of the recommendations will be American, shipping costs are certainly going to skew the prices for you.

Also, you might want to do a search and check out the existing coffee threads.
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 5th, 2020, 9:05 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: 1989 Chalk Hill Estate Bottled Cabernet 3L
Replies: 3
Views: 362

Re: 1989 Chalk Hill Estate Bottled Cabernet 3L

Matt, I believe she is in New Mexico.
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 5th, 2020, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ISO Boston wine friends
Replies: 16
Views: 1017

Re: ISO Boston wine friends

There are some Boston peeps who check in here on occasion, but most of the OG crew has migrated off the board and even social media.
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 5th, 2020, 9:01 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Espresso "Brick" Coffee Recommendations
Replies: 5
Views: 501

Re: Espresso "Brick" Coffee Recommendations

If you are in MA you should be buying from George Howell. Forget about the bricks. They will (reluctantly) grind whole beans for you.
by Brent C l a y t o n
July 28th, 2020, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Wine Influencer” Charlie Fu featured on a podcast!!
Replies: 42
Views: 3218

Re: “Wine Influencer” Charlie Fu featured on a podcast!!

I'll make sure to forward this to Lyle so he can tune in.
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by Brent C l a y t o n
July 22nd, 2020, 7:39 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Brewery Buy-out Thread
Replies: 50
Views: 4110

Re: The Brewery Buy-out Thread

I don't have stats, but the local crafts in NYC seem to be chugging along just fine. They've pivoted to canning more beer since on-premise business is a fraction of what it was, but Other Half still can sell out of limited releases within hours or a day. Some releases that used to last only a day or...
by Brent C l a y t o n
July 9th, 2020, 4:48 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31690

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Have I posted this recently?

by Brent C l a y t o n
July 9th, 2020, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Cult
Replies: 113
Views: 8460

Re: California Cult

Sorry if someone has already mentioned this but if you like these wines or any other expensive wines there is great benefit to joining a tasting group so you can pool your expensive stuff and get a chance to taste a nice cross section of wines a few times a year. That is, assuming we eventually get ...
by Brent C l a y t o n
July 9th, 2020, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Cult
Replies: 113
Views: 8460

Re: California Cult

Abreu and Araujo-era Eisele wines are worth the tariff. Do you think Araujo's style changed since the takeover? They aren't Araujo, since that family kept their name. Chateau Latour took it over and it's very much their style. They sell more of it in France than the U.S. Very classic, structured, a...
by Brent C l a y t o n
July 9th, 2020, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Cult
Replies: 113
Views: 8460

Re: California Cult

MikeL238 wrote:
July 6th, 2020, 5:07 pm
Brent C l a y t o n wrote:
July 6th, 2020, 2:31 pm
Abreu and Araujo-era Eisele wines are worth the tariff.
Do you think Araujo's style changed since the takeover?
Mike,
I don't swim in those waters any more. My general experience with Eisele is the older the better, love the old Phelps bottlings. I drank my stash way too soon.
by Brent C l a y t o n
July 6th, 2020, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Cult
Replies: 113
Views: 8460

Re: California Cult

Abreu and Araujo-era Eisele wines are worth the tariff.
by Brent C l a y t o n
July 6th, 2020, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Cult
Replies: 113
Views: 8460

Re: California Cult

macdonald does not belong in that grouping Nor Piper. I am not sure who else is on the cult list in order to discuss further. Spottswoode is great, is it a cult wine? I wouldn't call it a cult wine. While some of these 'cult' wineries now have a track record going on 30 years, I wouldn't classify a...
by Brent C l a y t o n
July 6th, 2020, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Cult
Replies: 113
Views: 8460

Re: California Cult

They all suck don't waste your money.
by Brent C l a y t o n
July 6th, 2020, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1865 Lafite
Replies: 18
Views: 2402

Re: 1865 Lafite

Did Maureen Downey check it?
by Brent C l a y t o n
July 3rd, 2020, 6:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Searcher Pricing
Replies: 15
Views: 778

Re: Wine Searcher Pricing

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by Brent C l a y t o n
June 24th, 2020, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage
Replies: 43
Views: 1505

Re: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage

I have not been to the lower levels but I assume they use the same heavy duty industrial racking that they have installed on the main floor.
by Brent C l a y t o n
June 24th, 2020, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage
Replies: 43
Views: 1505

Re: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage

You would have to drop a bomb on VWW to even have a chance of your collection being impacted. It's a former supermarket warehouse. Reinforced concrete. Of course they have temp control but it stays naturally cool most of the year. The only scenario as Michael probably described to you is accidental ...
by Brent C l a y t o n
June 22nd, 2020, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Fougas Maldoror, Côtes de Bourg
Replies: 7
Views: 358

Re: TN: 1998 Fougas Maldoror, Côtes de Bourg

If you bought this on futures it was something like $8. A friend who had bought some 2000 told me he opened one a couple years ago and it was falling apart. Nice to hear a positive note.
by Brent C l a y t o n
June 22nd, 2020, 1:31 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC somewhere on the street?
Replies: 11
Views: 1305

Re: NYC somewhere on the street?

Agreed that consuming outside is no issue right now. In the same sense, you are a special kind of *sshole if you BYO at a restaurant that serves alcohol. Just get take out. Don’t monopolize one of the few tables they have if you’re not going to buy booze too. These people are hurting. At least get a...

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