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by Brent C l a y t o n
August 22nd, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: The New York City offline curmudgeon thread
Replies: 7
Views: 172

Re: The New York City offline curmudgeon thread

The organized chaos is not as fun as it used to be. Fewer people and more focused themes tend to be more enjoyable.

Let’s face it, for certain individuals/groups it’s also about being with the ‘right’ people and the ‘right’ bottles.
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 18th, 2019, 3:02 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto
Replies: 36
Views: 1501

Re: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto

I just checked the Blue Jays Schedule--The Indians are in town Fri-Sun and the Red Sox follow Mon-Wed! Looks like I'll be planning my stay into the following week.
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 18th, 2019, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Astralis
Replies: 20
Views: 1373

Re: Astralis

It's a polarizing wine, which does seem strange considering its provenance. I've never been a fan. I've had several 90's vintages and 2001, though all when they were quite young.
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 18th, 2019, 2:12 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto
Replies: 36
Views: 1501

Re: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto

LGA<-->YYZ tix to book right now for this date are more expensive than current fare. Any tips on finding a cheap flight? Set an alert on google flight. No need to keep checking. This is interesting. I don't fly much so am not sufficiently tech savvy. But It's about a week too early to set a reminde...
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 18th, 2019, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions
Replies: 108
Views: 4999

Re: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions

I agree. Robert Kacher would be a better bet for him as an importer to check out. Wrongo Dongo. Bobby is retired, and the 'Robert Kacher' portfolio as you know it is essentially gone. There are a few properties still hanging on with Domaine Select which carry his name and label, but most of the gre...
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 18th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO
Replies: 609
Views: 63098

Re: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO

Booked for Sojourn Wednesday and $25 corkage confirmed.
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 16th, 2019, 6:46 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO
Replies: 609
Views: 63098

Re: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO

Oh snap. Just checked in to see about options similar to Sutton Inn. Sad it’s gone.
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 15th, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best place to buy Bordeaux futures online?
Replies: 21
Views: 868

Re: Best place to buy Bordeaux futures online?

No love for Premier Cru? newhere
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 14th, 2019, 5:52 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Pouring In Nantucket? (Needs a MA Distributor?)
Replies: 7
Views: 1241

Re: Pouring In Nantucket? (Needs a MA Distributor?)

What Hardy said.

Can you do some sort of handshake/wink-nod deal with the venue to just pour the wine if you ship it in privately?
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 14th, 2019, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fedex Cold Chain shipping, worth it?
Replies: 33
Views: 1741

Re: Fedex Cold Chain shipping, worth it?

If regular shipping is $40-50 anyway, and you live in a place like south Florida which is not good for shipping year round, the upcharge, particularly for a high ticket wine like Spottswoode, sounds well worth it. Not when the final leg is on a truck without refer. I negates the whole process if th...
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 14th, 2019, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fedex Cold Chain shipping, worth it?
Replies: 33
Views: 1741

Re: Fedex Cold Chain shipping, worth it?

I don't know why more wineries don't utilize them... shipping door to door $70/case. If regular shipping is $40-50 anyway, and you live in a place like south Florida which is not good for shipping year round, the upcharge, particularly for a high ticket wine like Spottswoode, sounds well worth it.
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 13th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eggland’s Best Eggs
Replies: 58
Views: 1608

Re: Eggland’s Best Eggs

This thread is not all that it's cracked up to be.
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 13th, 2019, 12:55 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NY City 9/14 or 9/15?
Replies: 18
Views: 617

Re: NY City 9/14 or 9/15?

I could eat. Let's see how this shapes up.
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 11th, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Whistle Pig 18 Rye
Replies: 7
Views: 463

Re: Whistle Pig 18 Rye

It's price listed in NY but I haven't seen it on shelves yet. I only know what I know from social media posts by WhistlePig peeps. RE: Pricing--$399 retail would be normal markup based on cost but I expect to see it on shelves closer to $500 here because why not? That's the current trend with limite...
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 11th, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto
Replies: 36
Views: 1501

Re: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto

LGA<-->YYZ tix to book right now for this date are more expensive than current fare. Any tips on finding a cheap flight?
by Brent C l a y t o n
August 8th, 2019, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bourbon barrels not just for bourbon...
Replies: 21
Views: 1011

Re: Bourbon barrels not just for bourbon...

We are a good three years into liquor barrel aged wines. Yuck.
by Brent C l a y t o n
July 28th, 2019, 6:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserkerfest 10.2 photo thread!!
Replies: 101
Views: 5230

Re: Berserkerfest 10.2 photo thread!!

Brent C l a y t o n wrote:
July 27th, 2019, 4:38 pm
Brent C l a y t o n wrote:
July 27th, 2019, 4:29 pm
[training.gif] updates from Jay’s!
by Brent C l a y t o n
July 27th, 2019, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserkerfest 10.2 photo thread!!
Replies: 101
Views: 5230

Re: Berserkerfest 10.2 photo thread!!

Brent C l a y t o n wrote:
July 27th, 2019, 4:29 pm
[training.gif] updates from Jay’s!
by Brent C l a y t o n
July 27th, 2019, 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserkerfest 10.2 photo thread!!
Replies: 101
Views: 5230

Re: Berserkerfest 10.2 photo thread!!

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by Brent C l a y t o n
July 24th, 2019, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 136
Views: 8209

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

Just catching up to this, very unfortunate. RIP Alan.
by Brent C l a y t o n
July 15th, 2019, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA - Donnhoff wines 2018 through Pluckwines.com
Replies: 1
Views: 511

Re: PSA - Donnhoff wines 2018 through Pluckwines.com

Next time maybe try posting a link or the proper website address.

https://www.pluckywines.com/websearch_r ... w=donnhoff
by Brent C l a y t o n
July 15th, 2019, 6:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano
Replies: 34
Views: 1426

Re: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano

Go south to the Cilento and you won't be disappointed. Positano and Amalfi are super-touristy. The best seafood I had in Amalfi was the cuoppo fritto misto.
by Brent C l a y t o n
July 15th, 2019, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Boston Retail Scene?
Replies: 34
Views: 1844

Re: Boston Retail Scene?

Thread drift - Just got back from 10 days in the Berkshires suffering through the adverse effects of no BYO. You can't bring your own wine to a restaurant, so there is no incentive for the restaurant to exert any effort to have a good wine list. Yes, I know, the lists at Blantyre and The Inn on the...
by Brent C l a y t o n
July 15th, 2019, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Boston Retail Scene?
Replies: 34
Views: 1844

Re: Boston Retail Scene?

Gordon's does a great job with their emails also. It's easy to stay on top of the latest offers.

If you're working downtown, go to Federal Wine on State St and introduce yourself to Len.

Also, go eat at Troquet and get friendly with Chris Campbell.
by Brent C l a y t o n
July 12th, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Penfolds Yattarna chardonnay
Replies: 9
Views: 532

Re: 2016 Penfolds Yattarna chardonnay

The 1996 was $69.99 and I thought that was expensive!
by Brent C l a y t o n
July 12th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?
Replies: 40
Views: 1266

Re: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?

I hope wine regions everywhere disallow growing of cannabis. It makes zero sense to be using land, water, and human resources that compete with high end grape growing. This is an arbitrary argument that could easily be used in reverse. In fact, I think there are probably far more cannabis consumers...
by Brent C l a y t o n
July 10th, 2019, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Is CT free?
Replies: 6
Views: 677

Re: Is CT free?

Sigh.
deadhorse
by Brent C l a y t o n
July 9th, 2019, 8:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Berlin food reccos?
Replies: 7
Views: 580

Re: Berlin food reccos?

Doesn't board member Martin Zwick do something in Berlin?
by Brent C l a y t o n
July 9th, 2019, 8:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping wines from NC to NY
Replies: 8
Views: 547

Re: Shipping wines from NC to NY

90's highs and mid-high 70's lows, plus high humidity in the whole corridor; pretty much the worst possible conditions to ship wine in this week.
by Brent C l a y t o n
July 9th, 2019, 5:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping wines from NC to NY
Replies: 8
Views: 547

Re: Shipping wines from NC to NY

I'd send a PM to Matt Hartley...
by Brent C l a y t o n
July 8th, 2019, 11:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Flannery "rich blend" cooking question
Replies: 16
Views: 1059

Re: Flannery "rich blend" cooking question

Alan,

The obvious answer here is to not use this blend. It doesn't seem to work for the level of doneness you prefer. I haven't checked the recipe of this blend, but get one with more meat and less fat.
by Brent C l a y t o n
July 7th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Philadelphia, PA
Replies: 468
Views: 88292

Re: Philadelphia, PA

We tried to book many of the top choices for Saturday but everything is already booked! I'm a little surprised all the top restaurants are totally packed on a Saturday in July. We have a reservation for Helm, the BYO on 5th St not the full bar location. Any tips/info/suggestions? ***EDIT*** We moved...
by Brent C l a y t o n
July 7th, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Self-Disgorgement?
Replies: 21
Views: 883

Re: Self-Disgorgement?

The bottle has to be super cold or you're gonna wear most of it. It's fun if you do it right!
by Brent C l a y t o n
July 1st, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 13690

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

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by Brent C l a y t o n
June 22nd, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Sandlands Chenin Blanc California (USA, California)
Replies: 22
Views: 1349

Re: TN: 2016 Sandlands Chenin Blanc California (USA, California)

Hate hate hate that he uses oak on the Chenin. Needs another year or two to burn off the oak. I had one in March/April.
by Brent C l a y t o n
June 21st, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs
Replies: 66
Views: 2206

Re: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs

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by Brent C l a y t o n
June 21st, 2019, 7:03 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16237
Views: 399128

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

I am not a big fan of Revision based on what I've had.
by Brent C l a y t o n
June 21st, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tablas creek now has complete collection of 14 CdP grapes.
Replies: 14
Views: 1206

Re: Tablas creek now has complete collection of 14 CdP grapes.

Tablas also has a big nursery arm and they sell cuttings of the Beaucastel clones. I grafted a few vines when I visited!
by Brent C l a y t o n
June 21st, 2019, 9:37 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs
Replies: 66
Views: 2206

Re: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs

Edson, I think the consensus would be that Heady Topper is the 'OG' Hazy IPA and 10-12 years ago they were the only game in town. Little by little that has changed. I wouldn't argue that the west coast stuff is better as any Monkish I've had has been amazing. I'm not really into cross country tradin...
by Brent C l a y t o n
June 21st, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DELETE THREAD
Replies: 32
Views: 2402

Re: DELETE THREAD

That Bella Callia is some good shit!
by Brent C l a y t o n
June 21st, 2019, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DELETE THREAD
Replies: 32
Views: 2402

Re: DELETE THREAD

Who's got their finger on the button?
by Brent C l a y t o n
June 20th, 2019, 10:09 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs
Replies: 66
Views: 2206

Re: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs

It's hard to keep track. So many options in NYC. Usually I just make the rounds to my trusted beer shops, try a few new things on draft and pluck some cans to go. If you look at the general beer thread, I just loaded up on Root + Branch. Some regular go to's: Other Half Finback Hudson Valley (sour I...
by Brent C l a y t o n
June 20th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tablas creek now has complete collection of 14 CdP grapes.
Replies: 14
Views: 1206

Re: Tablas creek now has complete collection of 14 CdP grapes.

Great stuff. Do they still have the 'original' vines lining the front walkway?
by Brent C l a y t o n
June 19th, 2019, 6:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pisoni gets no love here
Replies: 38
Views: 1718

Re: Pisoni gets no love here

I've met Gary several times while hanging with Adam Lee. The estate wines were always a bit over the top for me. I generally prefer the wines from people who source their fruit. I drink very little CA Pinot these days, and when I do it's generally Santa Barbara or Sonoma Coast producers.
by Brent C l a y t o n
June 15th, 2019, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 750Daily: The Next Big Thing: Mondeuse
Replies: 13
Views: 1093

Re: 750Daily: The Next Big Thing: Mondeuse

I don't remember the name of the one Dan sells but I know I've bought it before when I was in retail. My company represents Charles Gonnet from Savoie and the 2018 Mondeuse is bangin'. But will it really catch on? I don't know but it's a great fit in that middle range for a chillable red in warm wea...
by Brent C l a y t o n
June 13th, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WA vs NAPA wine
Replies: 12
Views: 1305

Re: WA vs NAPA wine

I think NAPA has better auto parts, but I could be wrong.
by Brent C l a y t o n
June 13th, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another stupid poll about wine drinking
Replies: 56
Views: 2552

Re: Another stupid poll about wine drinking

Brett Favre.

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