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by Todd F r e n c h
December 12th, 2018, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: James Suckling Teaches Wine Appreciation | Official Trailer | MasterClass
Replies: 31
Views: 908

Re: James Suckling Teaches Wine Appreciation | Official Trailer | MasterClass

Maybe I'll get lambasted for this but I actually think it looks good - it will be quite helpful to the hopeful wine geek crowd.
by Todd F r e n c h
December 11th, 2018, 10:42 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Help me rank a few Bourbons...
Replies: 12
Views: 339

Re: Help me rank a few Bourbons...

Yeah, Old Forester 1920 is the best Old Forester since their Birthday Bourbon. That said, I'd put Blanton's on top, then Bookers, then 1920, Noah's Mill, Michter's, then 1897 which I feel it too 'banana-y', as can be an issue with Old Forester
by Todd F r e n c h
December 10th, 2018, 7:00 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Looking for a good sipping Tequila...
Replies: 103
Views: 6190

Re: Looking for a good sipping Tequila...

Just discovered Maracame Anejo - if you can find it, get it. By far the smoothest tequila I've enjoyed, full of cinnamon and creme brûlée - this is absolutely fantastic stuff in every way. $55-60 is a steal for juice of this quality.
by Todd F r e n c h
December 8th, 2018, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Sylvain Cathiard Chambolle-Musigny
Replies: 8
Views: 294

Re: Domaine Sylvain Cathiard Chambolle-Musigny

My limited experience with Cathiard (Vosne-Romaneé - and I enjoyed it immensely) showed a crazy amount of flint, which I found unusual in a red Burg. Did this have that quality? Is it more a factor of the vineyard than the producer, perhaps?
by Todd F r e n c h
December 8th, 2018, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy - why is it so often cloudy?
Replies: 30
Views: 1245

Re: Burgundy - why is it so often cloudy?

I don't really get this one. My Burgundy is hardly ever cloudy. Maybe clean your contacts? are you drinking young reds? Or maybe standing them up well in advance. Some producers’ wines throw little sediment. I'm drinking mostly 1993 on, but currently about 1/2 in the 1990's. I stand most up for a d...
by Todd F r e n c h
December 6th, 2018, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy - why is it so often cloudy?
Replies: 30
Views: 1245

Burgundy - why is it so often cloudy?

I’ve noticed that while all old wines have a tendency to be cloudy, burgundy is more often so than others like Cab or Bordeaux or Syrah. Is this a reality, or just my experience? If so, why?
by Todd F r e n c h
December 6th, 2018, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A trip through the "Golden Age" of California Cab - tasting of 60-70s California Cabernet
Replies: 28
Views: 1122

Re: A trip through the "Golden Age" of California Cab - tasting of 60-70s California Cabernet

Wow, too bad I couldn't make this.

Because I was invited (and didn't have a family holiday thing in the way - free calendar date, awesome)
by Todd F r e n c h
December 6th, 2018, 1:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Flannery Holiday Sale (some good stuff)
Replies: 17
Views: 596

Re: Flannery Holiday Sale (some good stuff)

William Segui wrote:
December 6th, 2018, 1:44 pm
I had to try a waygu rib cap. Merry Christmas to me!
I hope you have some wine you can enjoy with that! Maybe some bottles of 'poop'? [cheers.gif]
by Todd F r e n c h
December 6th, 2018, 12:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Flannery Holiday Sale (some good stuff)
Replies: 17
Views: 596

Re: Flannery Holiday Sale (some good stuff)

Different discounts (15% to 30%) on a bunch of meat. I love the Pave cut (8 oz.) and with the discount, a very nice price of $35. Sale ends Dec. 14. Been waiting for those Wagyu Pave nuggets to go on sale again - got a handful of the 6 and 8 oz. Hoping for a better deal on BerserkerDay (hint, hint,...
by Todd F r e n c h
December 6th, 2018, 10:12 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Sold
Replies: 3
Views: 635

Re: FS 2013 PGC Berserker Cuvee

I'd absolutely buy these, love them, but the shipping to CA will be almost the same price as the wine! This is a crazy good deal for a phenomenal wine, folks!!!!

Sending PM - maybe I can buy for my FIL
by Todd F r e n c h
December 6th, 2018, 8:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?
Replies: 15
Views: 383

Re: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?

geoffpm wrote:
December 6th, 2018, 5:38 am
Buy an inexpensive one on Amazon, I paid $15 and it has lasted a long time and rarely needs sharpening
A $15 Chinese cleaver??
by Todd F r e n c h
December 5th, 2018, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Toddlering" dot com - yes, 2013 Ridge Monte Bello...had to do it, and NOT disappointed
Replies: 60
Views: 1915

Re: "Toddlering" dot com - yes, 2013 Ridge Monte Bello...had to do it, and NOT disappointed

Mark Golodetz wrote:
December 5th, 2018, 7:14 pm
I think toddlering works beautifully but we need to have a special name and award for the most frequent toddlerer every calendar year.
[rofl.gif]
by Todd F r e n c h
December 5th, 2018, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine
Replies: 50
Views: 1801

Re: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine

I heart this thread
by Todd F r e n c h
December 4th, 2018, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 9892
Views: 315218

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2008 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Meh. I know why I stopped buying CDP years ago. Just don't get it
by Todd F r e n c h
December 4th, 2018, 8:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?
Replies: 15
Views: 383

Re: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?

Check out Epicurean Edge. They have a great selection of Japanese knives. I just picked up a really nice nakiri from them on Cyber Monday which is in the realm of what you're looking for. You can get some great knives from small makers for a little more than half the price of that Shun. The Shun Cl...
by Todd F r e n c h
December 4th, 2018, 6:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?
Replies: 15
Views: 383

Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?

I've put a Chinese Cleaver on my gift list, so far my favorite is the Shun DM0712 Classic, but wondered if others had recommendations. $239 on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Shun-DM0712-Classic-Chinese-Vegetable/dp/B0000Y7L6W I've never used one but after seeing how well they cut vegetables and how y...
by Todd F r e n c h
December 3rd, 2018, 9:37 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Krug Vertical Tasting: Longo Seafood, Rosemead CA 12-1-18
Replies: 107
Views: 2665

Re: Krug Vertical Tasting: LA area

Why don't you come join us?! now todd can't complain that he wasn't invited way to break the local custom jeff Well it's not like he accepted! He missed out. It was a heck of a lineup, of both food and wines. It would be hard to do much better, but I'm already scheming on how to top it for the next...
by Todd F r e n c h
December 3rd, 2018, 7:37 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Dana Point/Laguna Niguel
Replies: 7
Views: 168

Re: Dana Point/Laguna Niguel

Tons of trails out here in Talega, off La Pata - nice seaside walking along Capistrano Beach For a cool experience, go south past San Clemente to 'Trails' - it's right near the power plant, untouched, cliffside where you walk down to a beach that has nobody on it, just people setting up their stuff ...
by Todd F r e n c h
December 3rd, 2018, 5:46 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Dana Point/Laguna Niguel
Replies: 7
Views: 168

Re: Dana Point/Laguna Niguel

Wow, loaded question. Plenty of folks here can help! For fine dining, Steak and Bourbon at Monarch Beach Resort. Any of the restaurants in South Laguna at Montage are great. The pier in Dana Point has some fun new restaurants, and a sports bar that's supposedly good, but I've not been there. Luciana...
by Todd F r e n c h
December 3rd, 2018, 9:56 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 71
Views: 1768

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

Andrew Christiansen wrote:
December 2nd, 2018, 11:06 pm
Cris Whetstone wrote:
December 2nd, 2018, 10:24 pm
Oh boy. Lets please have some more provincial South OC sniping from you ladies. I'm sure one of you gained a better dog stylist or botox 'n peel shop out of the deal.

neener
...the best is that he thinks I'm serious. That, and there's TWO gas stations!
AM/PM doesn't count
by Todd F r e n c h
December 2nd, 2018, 9:21 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 71
Views: 1768

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

Yup, about 4-5 minutes, or about 1.5 miles. With four roundabouts and a stoplight, it's about 50/50 you can reach the office from my house without stopping! We drive past the office on a regular and sometimes daily basis. I actually hand-deliver a check most years, usually not until I get around to...
by Todd F r e n c h
December 2nd, 2018, 9:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The best fast food burger I never heard of
Replies: 47
Views: 1655

Re: The best fast food burger I never heard of

Culvers was far better in the 90s when they first started. That said, they're still above most every other fast food burger for a chain of their size, at least in the Midwest. Is Kopp’s still good? I remember going there when I lived in Milwaukee. Kopp's is far better than Culver's, which has gone ...
by Todd F r e n c h
December 1st, 2018, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good news! Every single bordeaux in 2016 is perfect!
Replies: 44
Views: 2306

Re: Good news! Every single bordeaux in 2016 is perfect!

Really making a stretch there, Lisa - almost all First Growths get 100 points. Shocker.

This is turning into a circus.
by Todd F r e n c h
December 1st, 2018, 8:03 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 71
Views: 1768

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

BTW, Andrew, that is one helluva story. And the funny part, you of all 150 people I believe live the closest to the Laura's House corporate office. What is it, a 2 min drive? [rofl.gif] Yup, about 4-5 minutes, or about 1.5 miles. With four roundabouts and a stoplight, it's about 50/50 you can reach...
by Todd F r e n c h
December 1st, 2018, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dallas Offline - Post Your Notes Here
Replies: 36
Views: 1274

Re: Dallas Offline - Post Your Notes Here

wow, John...I can't even remember what happened last night. How are you able to pull out these notes weeks afterward? Must be because (as you so poignantly indicated) I was entering high school when you were born. Or I scribbled a bunch of shit down the next morning over coffee and a bagel. Sounds ...
by Todd F r e n c h
November 30th, 2018, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Toddlering" dot com - yes, 2013 Ridge Monte Bello...had to do it, and NOT disappointed
Replies: 60
Views: 1915

Re: "Toddlering" dot com - yes, 2013 Ridge Monte Bello...had to do it, and NOT disappointed

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
November 30th, 2018, 2:19 pm
How about Premature Poppaging?

I like baby seal clubbing, but that’s our cycling terminology when we put the hammer down on the Freds and crush them.
Premature Popping? Premature Particulating? Premature Pardoning Preservationist Popping?
by Todd F r e n c h
November 30th, 2018, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Toddlering" dot com - yes, 2013 Ridge Monte Bello...had to do it, and NOT disappointed
Replies: 60
Views: 1915

Re: "Babykilling" dot com - yes, 2013 Ridge Monte Bello...had to do it, and NOT disappointed

A couple of years back, there was a discussion to drop "babykilling" from the vocabulary on this board. I look forward to the day that actually happens. Surely, with a moments thought, one can identify a more appropriate descriptor. Louis CK: "It was so okay to beat your wife until so recently, tha...
by Todd F r e n c h
November 30th, 2018, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dallas Offline - Post Your Notes Here
Replies: 36
Views: 1274

Re: Dallas Offline - Post Your Notes Here

wow, John...I can't even remember what happened last night. How are you able to pull out these notes weeks afterward? Must be because (as you so poignantly indicated) I was entering high school when you were born. Or I scribbled a bunch of shit down the next morning over coffee and a bagel. And lef...
by Todd F r e n c h
November 30th, 2018, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Toddlering" dot com - yes, 2013 Ridge Monte Bello...had to do it, and NOT disappointed
Replies: 60
Views: 1915

Re: "Toddlering" dot com - yes, 2013 Ridge Monte Bello...had to do it, and NOT disappointed

BTW, Pobega-ing is completely different, as no way Mike Pobega lets a wine age 6 years, much less 30 or so that these babies need. Pobega-ing is when you blast open a bottle fresh from the FedEx delivery - open the box, open the wine.
by Todd F r e n c h
November 30th, 2018, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Toddlering" dot com - yes, 2013 Ridge Monte Bello...had to do it, and NOT disappointed
Replies: 60
Views: 1915

Re: "Babykilling" dot com - yes, 2013 Ridge Monte Bello...had to do it, and NOT disappointed

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
November 30th, 2018, 12:19 pm
Craig G wrote:
November 30th, 2018, 12:11 pm
Toddlering.

This wins. Multiple meanings.
HA! Awesome! Potential to catch on, though 'babykilling' is obvious, 'toddlering' is similar and non-offensive. Ok, folks, use it in social media! Make it stick

#toddlering
by Todd F r e n c h
November 30th, 2018, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Toddlering" dot com - yes, 2013 Ridge Monte Bello...had to do it, and NOT disappointed
Replies: 60
Views: 1915

Re: "Babykilling" dot com - yes, 2013 Ridge Monte Bello...had to do it, and NOT disappointed

Saying 'babykilling' in another language is not a good substitute. I like twilighting but that sounds more like the END of a wine's life, not early, particularly as the movie/books Twilight are losing impact.

Budding Bottle?
Fledgling-ing?
Tenderfooting?
Pubescicide?
by Todd F r e n c h
November 30th, 2018, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dallas Offline - Post Your Notes Here
Replies: 36
Views: 1274

Re: Dallas Offline - Post Your Notes Here

wow, John...I can't even remember what happened last night. How are you able to pull out these notes weeks afterward? Must be because (as you so poignantly indicated) I was entering high school when you were born.
by Todd F r e n c h
November 30th, 2018, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Toddlering" dot com - yes, 2013 Ridge Monte Bello...had to do it, and NOT disappointed
Replies: 60
Views: 1915

Re: "Babykilling" dot com - yes, 2013 Ridge Monte Bello...had to do it, and NOT disappointed

Rick Allen - yes, I have the go-ahead, fortunately. This was one vintage I was able to double up on ordering, too, so I purchased 4 instead of 2. Alan, not disturbing at all, actually. I was scared, and regretted it at first but once I experienced it, I couldn't have been happier. That said, I'm goi...
by Todd F r e n c h
November 29th, 2018, 7:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Toddlering" dot com - yes, 2013 Ridge Monte Bello...had to do it, and NOT disappointed
Replies: 60
Views: 1915

"Toddlering" dot com - yes, 2013 Ridge Monte Bello...had to do it, and NOT disappointed

2013 Ridge Monte Bello - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (11/29/2018) Yes, 'toddlering' (substitute for babykilling)...I know...but 'the boss' (my wife) insisted on drinking a Monte Bello if I was to keep buying them vintage after vintage, and this was the first vintage I b...
by Todd F r e n c h
November 29th, 2018, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FINAL TALLY Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4
Replies: 101
Views: 2269

Re: Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4

OMG I didn't see this! I love you, Brian Tuite, and I know Jason will be ecstatic about this.

I will have a Zin queued up to spend Brian's money, putting it toward Jason's GoFundMe. Thanks, Brian. That's why you are BOTY 2017, fo sho
by Todd F r e n c h
November 29th, 2018, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinking Rudi's treasures in NYC
Replies: 89
Views: 3948

Re: Drinking Rudi's treasures in NYC

damn, I should look at the possibility to fly out for this, but only if it's during the week (daughter has a dance event on Saturday the 12th) Plenty of places for you to land your helicopter too. Airwolf. I'll be landing Airwolf, specifically. Cuz cello. https://i.pinimg.com/236x/a9/ed/fa/a9edfaf4...
by Todd F r e n c h
November 29th, 2018, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinking Rudi's treasures in NYC
Replies: 89
Views: 3948

Re: Drinking Rudi's treasures in NYC

damn, I should look at the possibility to fly out for this, but only if it's during the week (daughter has a dance event on Saturday the 12th)
by Todd F r e n c h
November 28th, 2018, 9:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying wine with bitcoin?
Replies: 20
Views: 889

Re: Buying wine with bitcoin?

Hi Eric, I am a huge CT fan, a technology investor, and have dabbled in bitcoin. But, at least for now, I would not consider using bitcoin for wine purchases--it is just to volatile to be a good store-of-value, which makes any purchases difficult. This is a great answer, IMHO - would be so difficul...
by Todd F r e n c h
November 28th, 2018, 9:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinking Rudi's treasures in NYC
Replies: 89
Views: 3948

Re: Drinking Rudi's treasures in NYC

From what we've discovered, it's not fake, folks - we check each registration, this one several times/ways
by Todd F r e n c h
November 28th, 2018, 6:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 9892
Views: 315218

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

'06 Faiveley Vosne Romanée - pretty funky nose at first which I'm sure will blow off - massive acidic grip, pretty well fruited overall. I think tomorrow this will shine

by Todd F r e n c h
November 28th, 2018, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The perfect red wine glass?
Replies: 71
Views: 2332

Re: The perfect red wine glass?

And Ginger/Sophienwald will be participating in BerserkerDay this year, by the way...so as others have said, THIS Is how to introduce oneself to this community. Well done. As to my 'perfect red wine glass' it's the same as my 'perfect white wine glass' and my 'perfect Champagne glass' - it's the Gab...
by Todd F r e n c h
November 28th, 2018, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying wine with bitcoin?
Replies: 20
Views: 889

Re: Buying wine with bitcoin?

Currency overhaul meaning allowing people to pay for the annual 'suggested' service with bitcoin, or adding purchasing options (freakin' cool, if so) on the site, including bitcoin/crypto currency as payment through CT?
by Todd F r e n c h
November 27th, 2018, 10:53 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 71
Views: 1768

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

Marshall Gelb wrote:
November 27th, 2018, 10:49 am
Booked the King Suite at $124.... Thanks Mike!

Cheers!
Marshall
With the whirlpool????

flirtysmile
by Todd F r e n c h
November 27th, 2018, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Flowers Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch
Replies: 4
Views: 248

Re: TN: 2002 Flowers Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch

Always a fan of Keefer fruit, particular Ed Kurtzman's work with it. Didn't know Flowers did one!
by Todd F r e n c h
November 26th, 2018, 11:39 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 71
Views: 1768

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

Anybody visit Heritage auctions in Beverly Hills from time to time? If so, could I ask a favor and have you pick up my case of Lanessan that's there, bringing it to Falltacular?
by Todd F r e n c h
November 21st, 2018, 4:20 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: More football torture - Jets/Pats
Replies: 5
Views: 363

Re: More football torture - Jets/Pats

I have money on the Jets to cover the spread. We'll see.
by Todd F r e n c h
November 21st, 2018, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: most compact way to store wine under the stairs
Replies: 24
Views: 1116

Re: most compact way to store wine under the stairs

Jeremy C wrote:
November 20th, 2018, 6:35 pm
Tubes would work well I would think.
Yeah, PVC or solid cardboard tubes would be super easy, stackable, and 2-5 bottles deep, depending on your space.
by Todd F r e n c h
November 21st, 2018, 10:54 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 71
Views: 1768

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

Jim Burk wrote:
November 21st, 2018, 10:46 am
Check went out yesterday for myself + 1. Will be there with camera.....
Yay! Love your pics, Jim!

BTW, speaking of pics...your avatar isn't working. You'll need to re-upload that cheesehead

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