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by Todd F r e n c h
April 23rd, 2019, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Terra di Lavoro
Replies: 3
Views: 102

Re: TN: 2004 Terra di Lavoro

Purchased on release. PNP. An excellent vintage for this wine. Smoke, graphite, and a whole lot of dirt. Like the dirt you smell when digging a garden in the spring and laying in dark soil. Wild and refined at the same time. Maturity wise, just starting the shift from primary to secondary aromas, a...
by Todd F r e n c h
April 23rd, 2019, 1:44 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Pacific Wine & Food Classic - anyone else going? (Aug 17-18, Newport Beach)
Replies: 4
Views: 126

Re: Pacific Wine & Food Classic - anyone else going? (Aug 17-18, Newport Beach)

Jay Selman wrote:
April 23rd, 2019, 12:51 pm
What day do you plan to attend?
I believe Saturday...
by Todd F r e n c h
April 23rd, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 506
Views: 33911

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

I like both the Rittenhouse and Bulleit Rye for Manhattans. The Four Roses and Bulleit Bourbons are sort of go tos at home. I am more of an orange twist kind of guy. Bulleit Rye for my Manhattans, as well. I'm ok with a 'perfect' Manhattan, in the summer, typically, when the traditional one seems a...
by Todd F r e n c h
April 23rd, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?
Replies: 28
Views: 1049

Re: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?

How has nobody mentioned Chile and Argentina? Both should be relatively inexpensive as wine destinations go!
by Todd F r e n c h
April 23rd, 2019, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 506
Views: 33911

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

Yeah, you can get an array of very good Bourbons, at least ones for cocktail making, for below $35. Bulleit, Four Roses regular label, Elijah Craig, hell even Makers. I’ve had plenty of alleged fancy, limited production, yada, yada, yada Bourbons that we’re $80+ that we’re trashy, new barrel-riddle...
by Todd F r e n c h
April 23rd, 2019, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 506
Views: 33911

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

Really? Why? He's saying that's all it is worth, as is most 'bulk juice' that is on the market - exactly what Ray procured, as obviously he wasn't distilling it and aging it in barrels while making wine in France. Maybe in a dream sequence he did age it, and that's why it justifies the price. It's ...
by Todd F r e n c h
April 23rd, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 506
Views: 33911

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
April 23rd, 2019, 6:42 am
Chris Blum wrote:
April 23rd, 2019, 6:20 am
I’m sure it’s a really good $35 bourbon.
Really? Why?
He's saying that's all it is worth, as is most 'bulk juice' that is on the market - exactly what Ray procured, as obviously he wasn't distilling it and aging it in barrels while making wine in France.
by Todd F r e n c h
April 22nd, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 506
Views: 33911

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

Jorge Henriquez wrote:
April 22nd, 2019, 12:14 pm


P.T. Walker stated...
Ah, so THIS is 'the Greatest Show'??

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by Todd F r e n c h
April 22nd, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 506
Views: 33911

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

Ok, I'm confused... Ray had announced on his Facebook page that his offer was fully subscribed but today he posted an ad that if anyone wanted one of 750 bottles, to shop his online store (which is the passion spirit site). So not fully subscribed clearly. This is a sales method brought on by socia...
by Todd F r e n c h
April 20th, 2019, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 127
Views: 5105

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

Philip N. Jones wrote:
April 20th, 2019, 9:40 am
Why did Squires ban an avatar?
He did this frequently, including mine
by Todd F r e n c h
April 19th, 2019, 9:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 127
Views: 5105

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

Victor Hong wrote:
April 19th, 2019, 6:56 pm
The deletion of the epic Negam-Aki Thread was an inexcusable loss of modern financial market history.
That was deleted? Have you reached out to ask if they have it in archive form? That was an incredible thread.
by Todd F r e n c h
April 19th, 2019, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How would you guys manage a four person tasting
Replies: 14
Views: 532

Re: How would you guys manage a four person tasting

Take your time, have plenty of food handy. To me, 4 btls for 4 people is fine (if anything, it’s on the low side). It may be more than you might usually drink, but don’t assume that applies to the others. Over 2-4 hours, you metabolize most of the alcohol. This. 4 bottles for 4 guys is no big deal....
by Todd F r e n c h
April 18th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Babcock Syrah BlackLabel '97...(short/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 177

Re: TN: Babcock Syrah BlackLabel '97...(short/boring)

Wow, I used to buy quite a bit of Babcock when I first started in wine. I'd NEVER have thought to let one sit long enough to age like this! I'm amazed it showed this well - what a fun surprise
by Todd F r e n c h
April 17th, 2019, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 184
Views: 9032

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

Jeff, how do you define your style? I'm responding to the comment you made, "If you or anyone likes the style of wine I do". Also, thank you for your tasting note contributions; they are appreciated. Shaun... If you ask me, I'd say, I like good wine. But with over 18,000 tasting notes on my site, t...
by Todd F r e n c h
April 16th, 2019, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 184
Views: 9032

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

Thanks Lee! Next week I will have about 600 notes up. I am editing now and I am more than slow :) I know there were other wines from 16 that popped as well, but I was not alone on those calls, for example, Canon. If you or anyone likes the style of wine I do, there are a lot of 2018 that rock from ...
by Todd F r e n c h
April 16th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 184
Views: 9032

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

I can't recall hype this intense on a Bordeaux vintage since probably 2005
by Todd F r e n c h
April 16th, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...
Replies: 161
Views: 3928

Re: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...

In a post over on the CT forums, someone re-posted a TN on a well-respected California Bordeaux-style blend (2012 Insignia). The original TN author was clearly not a fan of the wine and, among other things wrote, "I can't for the life of me understand how anybody could be willing to part with 250€ ...
by Todd F r e n c h
April 15th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille
Replies: 18
Views: 589

Re: TN: 2004 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille

Wow, blast from the past, this wine! I used to really enjoy this wine, and Betz, in particular, but haven't purchased in a decade. Might be worth a re-visit.
by Todd F r e n c h
April 15th, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: April Frost in Burgundy
Replies: 64
Views: 3611

Re: April Frost in Burgundy

Time for a few folks to grow up a bit. The immature name-calling does nothing to benefit the thread. Take it to PM if you want to sling names at one another, ok?
by Todd F r e n c h
April 13th, 2019, 10:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 506
Views: 33911

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

There's a 'Joseph Simon' spamming Facebook now, cursing all things WB and praising all things Saint Cloud...
by Todd F r e n c h
April 12th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Pacific Wine & Food Classic - anyone else going? (Aug 17-18, Newport Beach)
Replies: 4
Views: 126

Pacific Wine & Food Classic - anyone else going? (Aug 17-18, Newport Beach)

I'm headed to the Pacific Wine and Food Classic with Jen and her dad (because he's in town - he'd love this) - anyone else going? Get the VIP tickets before May 1 (Early Bird pricing) so you can have the one hour before the 'general admission' folks descend upon the tables of wine. Let me know if I ...
by Todd F r e n c h
April 12th, 2019, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys offer
Replies: 51
Views: 4057

Re: Rhys offer

Tonight’s 2013 Alpine Chardonnay was simply delicious. Reinforces my decision to stick with Alpine and Horseshoe. Opened a bottle of the '13 Alpine Chardonnay last night - still young, but so delicious with an hour of air. Can't wait to see what the next couple of bottles are like in a few years. O...
by Todd F r e n c h
April 10th, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: PAETRA Willamette Valley MONDAY (Bottling day) ROLL ON!
Replies: 128
Views: 3271

Re: PAETRA Willamette Valley MONDAY (Bottling day) ROLL ON!

Mine finally arrived, after FIVE attempts by UPS! Ugh. Hoping no wine was cooked in that long process...and I thought they gave up after 2
by Todd F r e n c h
April 10th, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which red burg vintage (1999-2010) showing well now?
Replies: 93
Views: 3603

Re: Which red burg vintage (1999-2010) showing well now?

My broad brush stroke thoughts, mainly at village and Premier level. 1999 - great vintage, starting to drink really well after sullen period. 2000 - delicious - a point 2001 - a bit leaner and finer, some blossoming, some yet to fully unfurl. 2002 - fleshy, sweet fruited, ageing nicely 2003 - surpr...
by Todd F r e n c h
April 9th, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 375
Views: 30734

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

Claus Jeppesen wrote:
April 9th, 2019, 10:45 am
Did anyone consulted a professional designer / architect???
Most are really bad taste [rofl.gif] [rofl.gif]
Just kiddin
A little
Wow, that's unnecessarily harsh, and frankly nothing more than your opinion. I think there are some really stellar designs here
by Todd F r e n c h
April 8th, 2019, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Napa Wines From Last Night
Replies: 2
Views: 475

Re: TN: Napa Wines From Last Night

I'd think nearly all 2009 Napa Cabs are at their 'peak' right about now (particularly Napa Valley fruit) - with the exception of those built to go the long haul. I presume these prices are full release retail?
by Todd F r e n c h
April 8th, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 375
Views: 30734

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

We built a small cellar that holds just under 900 bottles. The racks are all-heart redwood from Apex (via Costco). The floor is a ceramic tile that looks like wood. Walls are Densarmor drywall. The cooling unit is from Cellarpro. Insulation is 3.5" of closed-cell spray foam in the walls, 5" or so i...
by Todd F r e n c h
April 8th, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike (and Heather) Mini-Tour--Long-Delayed notes on Dinner at Paul Hiyake's
Replies: 8
Views: 509

Re: TNs--Mike (and Heather) Mini-Tour--Long-Delayed notes on Dinner at Paul Hiyake's

You always make the most of your trips, Mike!! Joe Davis really has it dialed in - who else in that region consistently makes wines that age so well? It's really quite amazing. I had that same Mayacamas Chardonnay a few times - some bottles were pineapple tropical explosions and others were so flat ...
by Todd F r e n c h
April 8th, 2019, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lunch break wines - White Burg, Washington reds
Replies: 12
Views: 816

Re: Lunch break wines - White Burg, Washington reds

I'm shocked at the number of Washington wines that I've never seen nor heard of - perhaps it's an issue of living in another wine region, California, but it's crazy how few Washington wines find they way here. Is it like that nationwide?
by Todd F r e n c h
April 8th, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The Night I Gave Out My First Perfect Score(s)
Replies: 15
Views: 1488

Re: TN: The Night I Gave Out My First Perfect Score(s)

Lovely, Jonathan. You tempt me---and that's *hard* to do with any CdP/Grenache-based wine. I, too, have only given out a single 100 point score so far in my career---that to the 2001 D'Yquem a few years ago. Like you, I do hope to find more perfect wines out there. Same - I'm definitely intrigued, ...
by Todd F r e n c h
April 8th, 2019, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Magdelaine
Replies: 46
Views: 1639

Re: 2000 Magdelaine

I'm STILL chasing down some Magdelaine because WB has made it the most desirable wine I've not yet found...
by Todd F r e n c h
March 29th, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine-related 'gadgets' you can't live without
Replies: 88
Views: 3385

Re: Wine-related 'gadgets' you can't live without

Nobody mentioned a credit card. ??? No, because then you'll post a new thread on the evils of consumer credit and how it's killing us all. We don't need any more negativity neener Pay off the balance every month, or suffer Wine Negam-Aki! neener neener I always do...but that won't stop you from pos...
by Todd F r e n c h
March 29th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine-related 'gadgets' you can't live without
Replies: 88
Views: 3385

Re: Wine-related 'gadgets' you can't live without

Victor Hong wrote:
March 29th, 2019, 5:40 am
Nobody mentioned a credit card. ???
No, because then you'll post a new thread on the evils of consumer credit and how it's killing us all. We don't need any more negativity neener
by Todd F r e n c h
March 27th, 2019, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bulk Wine Sales
Replies: 9
Views: 1172

Re: 2018 Bulk Wine Sales

C Chen wrote:
March 26th, 2019, 9:30 am
So much hype with 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. Now 2018?
Buy em ALL!!!! Don't forget 2005, 2007, 2009, and, before that...
by Todd F r e n c h
March 27th, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 431
Views: 41771

Re: Official WTSO thread

Opera Super Tuscan Toscano Rosso IGT 2015 $12.99 and 98 points from Luca Maroni. That has to be 5 points higher than Suckling. Even if it is 90 points good deal with free shipping. Who was the old guy they used to have that would give out those inflated scores? Some quick research on this guy shows...
by Todd F r e n c h
March 27th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1996 Clos Saron "Once Upon a Time" cabernet sauvignon
Replies: 7
Views: 374

Re: 1996 Clos Saron "Once Upon a Time" cabernet sauvignon

What a fun note!!! Makes me want to go find a bottle...or taste one of Sieber's!
by Todd F r e n c h
March 26th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3309
Views: 164495

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Michael Sopher wrote:
April 9th, 2015, 6:19 am
Just picked up a Jefferson's Ocean Aged at Sea Bourbon ($70). We'll see if it is more than just a marketing ploy.
I was just gifted a bottle of Batch 17 - wonder how it is?
by Todd F r e n c h
March 25th, 2019, 2:25 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 139
Views: 6561

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Please, the two of you play nice to one another. Casey throws barbs, Merrill replies with her own - let's dial it back and type what you'd likely say to each other in person in a public setting, please.
by Todd F r e n c h
March 21st, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: REDUCED...Verticals Herb Lamb Vineyard
Replies: 3
Views: 264

Re: Verticals Herb Lamb Vineyard

Moving from 'commerce corner feedback' to Commerce Corner
by Todd F r e n c h
March 19th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Bordeaux Tasting at Mark Taylor's in Honor of Yves Day Two
Replies: 8
Views: 529

Re: TN: 2000 Bordeaux Tasting at Mark Taylor's in Honor of Yves Day Two

dcornutt wrote:
March 19th, 2019, 3:17 pm
BTW Greg Lambreth who invented the Coravin was there. If you ever get a chance to share some wine with him, this is one fun guy!
Didn't he show up day two last year, also?
by Todd F r e n c h
March 19th, 2019, 2:34 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Downtown Los Angeles Offline Location Recommendations?
Replies: 7
Views: 195

Re: Downtown Los Angeles Offline Location Recommendations?

APL was AWESOME - the steaks are insane, and they know wine. They have decanters, cheesecloth if you need to filter, etc.
by Todd F r e n c h
March 19th, 2019, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)
Replies: 273
Views: 9344

Re: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)

After having gone a few weeks without any notice of posts on the college basketball thread on Asylum, I checked in only to find many have occurred since last on. How does that happen? Yes, I've selected to be notified. I wonder how many other threads I've missed and what do I need to do to avoid th...
by Todd F r e n c h
March 19th, 2019, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)
Replies: 273
Views: 9344

Re: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)

Gordon Fitz wrote:
March 19th, 2019, 12:09 pm
Todd;

I do that and the page that comes up says statistics, then who is on line! It does bring up the old board index page.
Clear your cache for this website - the hyperlink is set as the home page/index page
by Todd F r e n c h
March 19th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)
Replies: 273
Views: 9344

Re: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)

After having gone a few weeks without any notice of posts on the college basketball thread on Asylum, I checked in only to find many have occurred since last on. How does that happen? Yes, I've selected to be notified. I wonder how many other threads I've missed and what do I need to do to avoid th...
by Todd F r e n c h
March 19th, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)
Replies: 273
Views: 9344

Re: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)

Gordon Fitz wrote:
March 19th, 2019, 8:25 am
Perhaps I’ve missed this from before, but when I hit the Board Index tab, as before, the index page no longer appears but an “ active topics” page appears in its place. What do I need to do to just get the index page?
Click the logo - that takes you to the index page
by Todd F r e n c h
March 18th, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Bordeaux Tasting at Mark Taylor's in Honor of Yves
Replies: 11
Views: 735

Re: TN: 2000 Bordeaux Tasting at Mark Taylor's in Honor of Yves

Thank you Don - killed me not to be there, but I had a wonderful experience with my daughter's National Dance competitions - all 4 days' worth, with a bad cold - but I love your notes, and have to keep an eye out for some '00 Leoville Poyferre. I opened an '02 Pichon Lalande the other day in homage...
by Todd F r e n c h
March 18th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Bordeaux Tasting at Mark Taylor's in Honor of Yves
Replies: 11
Views: 735

Re: TN: 2000 Bordeaux Tasting at Mark Taylor's in Honor of Yves

Thank you Don - killed me not to be there, but I had a wonderful experience with my daughter's National Dance competitions - all 4 days' worth, with a bad cold - but I love your notes, and have to keep an eye out for some '00 Leoville Poyferre. I opened an '02 Pichon Lalande the other day in homage ...

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