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by Bryan Carr
January 22nd, 2020, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?
Replies: 60
Views: 2259

Re: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?

^ great post above mine!

I've had more natural wines that I've liked (>0) than zinfandels I've liked (0), so I can say with some authority that natural wine is at least better than zinfandel. Someone can add that data point to their thesis if they'd like. [cheers.gif]
by Bryan Carr
January 22nd, 2020, 10:53 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline - January 18, 2020
Replies: 73
Views: 2431

Re: Seattle Offline - January 18, 2020

Yeah that Roark, when tasted in California when we bought it, felt really light on its feet but, as I said to Mark, when sitting next to Chinon it definitely tastes New World. In a flight of CA stuff it would probably stick out on the light side but it's amazing how that perception changed for me wh...
by Bryan Carr
January 20th, 2020, 1:19 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline - January 18, 2020
Replies: 73
Views: 2431

Re: Seattle Offline - January 18, 2020

Thank you Jim & Yvette, great time, glad to see everyone! I think that it's hard to beat the combo of good company, lots of wine and crispy pork skin. I think it's no surprise, the '89s were our favorites, thought i think Lauren preferred the Breton and I preferred the Raffault. The Cuvee Constance ...
by Bryan Carr
January 13th, 2020, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Fantastic Value!"
Replies: 83
Views: 6072

Re: "Fantastic Value!"

Joh Jos Prum. Oh, wait, I already said that. Sounds like this is pretty much a "throw the dart and whatever it hits will be a fantastic value" producer for you, Dennis? Yes! Exactly. Drank '01 and '04 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese last week and they are still values now and probably qualify as ridicul...
by Bryan Carr
January 13th, 2020, 10:56 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline - January 18, 2020
Replies: 73
Views: 2431

Re: Seattle Offline - January 18, 2020

Mark Y wrote:
January 13th, 2020, 9:25 am
Oh will bring a Huet 1er Trie Molleux... and a white burgundy.
Very on brand, also I'm not complaining! w burg is my fav :D
by Bryan Carr
December 29th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline - January 18, 2020
Replies: 73
Views: 2431

Re: Seattle Offline - January 18, 2020

Hiya, just catching up after being home got the holidays, Lauren and i are free as well, so count us in if there’s room!
by Bryan Carr
December 10th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar
Replies: 258
Views: 12088

Re: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar

NV Icicle Ridge Winery Asian Pear Wagoner Family Orchard 80 pts Someone left it at our house after a party and it's been languishing in the cellar for the past 5 years. We keep forgetting to put it out at the holidays so it gets drank. This xmas may be our year! The worst rated wine we actually boug...
by Bryan Carr
December 10th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alice Quixote rides again
Replies: 54
Views: 2141

Re: Alice Quixote rides again

Natural wine: not dead at retail!
by Bryan Carr
December 10th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alice Quixote rides again
Replies: 54
Views: 2141

Re: Alice Quixote rides again

I actually think Natural wine is more prominent than ya'll think among the general population. Amongst the 30s crowd, the ones that drink wine are getting more and more into natural wine. It seems to be something they seek. But that could just be a major city thing as well. But there wouldn't be al...
by Bryan Carr
December 10th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alice Quixote rides again
Replies: 54
Views: 2141

Re: Alice Quixote rides again

much as when I grew up, the counter-culture and the peace movement were eventually coopted to become the Pepsi Generation Side note - The person who wrote that jingle was able to have a career because of it. She was a hard-working jazz musician. She would have had a career anyway because she's so g...
by Bryan Carr
December 10th, 2019, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alice Quixote rides again
Replies: 54
Views: 2141

Re: Alice Quixote rides again

I think I'm about to take a beating, but... Alice is a friend and someone I've enjoyed quite a few bottles with. Though I am happy to drink a less than natural wine - just needs to please my palate. But I like some surprise in my bottles so I am as happy to drink a Scholium Project Blow Out as I am...
by Bryan Carr
December 10th, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alice Quixote rides again
Replies: 54
Views: 2141

Re: Alice Quixote rides again

She's trying to toot her horn as having been somehow significant. Problem is that nobody cares. Disclaimer: I don't often find natural wine I like and wouldn't say that it's something I'm "into", and, frankly, after what happened with her discouraging a colleague from coming forward about a sexual ...
by Bryan Carr
December 9th, 2019, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alice Quixote rides again
Replies: 54
Views: 2141

Re: Well..

Well, Bryan... I was only trying to understand your definition of “horrible”. Tom Lets add everything that's drinkable but utterly charmless onto that pile too, life's too short ;) I like to think of myself not as a snob but as a hedonistic aesthete champagne.gif Actually, when i was talking about ...
by Bryan Carr
December 9th, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alice Quixote rides again
Replies: 54
Views: 2141

Re: Alice Quixote rides again

I can’t throw a tube of cultured yeast 5 feet without hitting a natural wine program or pop up these days. It feels to me like it’s all anyone talks about anymore. I would humbly suggest you and Alice go hang in a Total Wine for a couple hours, and observe the buyer habits of those not bee-lining f...
by Bryan Carr
December 9th, 2019, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alice Quixote rides again
Replies: 54
Views: 2141

Re: Hmmmm...

Bryan, I would not equate orange wine to natural wine. Most orange/skin-contact whites (which are not one & the same) are not natural in the strict sense of the word. Do you regard CharlesShaw wines or Rombauer Chard as “horrible”??? Tom I think the upswing in interest in orange wine and skin-conta...
by Bryan Carr
December 9th, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alice Quixote rides again
Replies: 54
Views: 2141

Re: Alice Quixote rides again

I wish I liked "Natural Wines" more. I completely understand the innocence and romanticism of it all, but still waiting for that "ah ha" moment taste wise... It’s not about it tasting better is the thing, so you might be waiting a while unfortunately. I've had good ones and bad ones. Though there's...
by Bryan Carr
December 9th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alice Quixote rides again
Replies: 54
Views: 2141

Re: Alice Quixote rides again

Don't really want to pile on to what is sure to be a train wreck of a thread, but even granting a decent amount of poetic license, opening with "By now pretty much everyone on earth, save for those caught in a Yellow Tail time warp, has heard of “natural” wine." is not even remotely true and absurd...
by Bryan Carr
December 9th, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alice Quixote rides again
Replies: 54
Views: 2141

Re: Alice Quixote rides again

As someone who has mourned the commodification of his own special thing in the last decade or so I understand where she's coming from at least, and anyone who thinks she's just being elitist is misunderstanding her. At the risk of sounding elitist myself, it's hard to explain unless you've been there.
by Bryan Carr
December 3rd, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: N.V. Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Edition 167eme
Replies: 32
Views: 2325

Re: TN: N.V. Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Edition 167eme

Got accidentally shipped 166th recently and reached out for a replacement on the 167th, glad i didn't let inertia just let me cellar it and shrug it off.
by Bryan Carr
December 3rd, 2019, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Layout my wine cellar
Replies: 47
Views: 2398

Re: Layout my wine cellar

We've finally got a room in our new place we've dedicated to a cellar and are finalizing our buildout as well. Ours isn't for entertaining (it's 55 degrees, who wants to hang out down there?!?) but we've built in a little elbow room as well and while it feels nice when you're in there picking someth...
by Bryan Carr
December 2nd, 2019, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12603
Views: 607670

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

We went a little crazy this weekend on the deals... NV Krug GC 167th x 1 NV Francois Bedel Vin Secret x 1 NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose x 1 2008 Cristal x 1 2015 Muller Catoir Burgergarten Im Breumel Spatlese x1 2015 Muller Catoir Mandelgarten Auslese x 1 2015 JJ Prum Bernkasteler Badstube Kabinett ...
by Bryan Carr
November 27th, 2019, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 80
Views: 5788

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

^ ^ ^ ^ looks like i got beat to the punch! ^ ^ ^ neener

The basic Au Bon Climat is generally $25 and is a good balance of thinker and drinker for the price as well.
by Bryan Carr
November 26th, 2019, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."
Replies: 61
Views: 2246

Re: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."

I'm not sure I've used 'undrinkable' in a TN either, but to me it would either mean a serious flaw (too much brett/tca/mouse) OR it could mean a winemaking style that is aggressively not to my taste. I've had wines that tasted like pure oak chips that i just couldn't drink, and that would be 'undrin...
by Bryan Carr
November 26th, 2019, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup
Replies: 139
Views: 6079

Re: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup

needs more gamay folks. not sure how we're starting but im bringing a magnum of clos de la roilette 2014 tardive. Given free reign i'd probably drink ONLY gamay on Turkey day but alas, we're hosting a mixed crowd so allowances have to be made [wink.gif] Haven't made our picks yet (too much new-hous...
by Bryan Carr
November 26th, 2019, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yet Another Reason Not to Have a Government Monopoly Selling Wine
Replies: 19
Views: 1393

Re: Yet Another Reason Not to Have a Government Monopoly Selling Wine

Mark Y wrote:
November 26th, 2019, 4:03 pm
U get DRC RC for like $3000 no? I'll peel glue for that.. i'll probably eat glue for that too ;)
Yeah gotta side with Mark on this one champagne.gif
by Bryan Carr
November 25th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 and 2017 Northern Rhone weekend. 2016 Xavier Gerard Landonne 2016 Allemand Reynard etc
Replies: 24
Views: 1837

Re: 2016 and 2017 Northern Rhone weekend. 2016 Xavier Gerard Landonne 2016 Allemand Reynard etc

DanielP wrote:
November 25th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Bryan Carr wrote:
November 25th, 2019, 1:45 pm
755 bottles total? Wtf how does one even source that?
Be really, really, really, ridiculously good looking.
But I'm already doing that!
by Bryan Carr
November 25th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 212
Views: 18458

Re: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?

I wish that some of that Cristal and Hudelot Noellat was eligible. Those all end in .97. Too bad... Yeah the '08 Cristal is what I specifically went searching for when I saw this thread. Still getting Krug for $30 below WS lowest price is nothing to sneeze at when I was already planning on buying it!
by Bryan Carr
November 25th, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 212
Views: 18458

Re: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?

Wow, excellent timing, stocking up on some bubs for xmas presents.
Grabbed some Krug 167th and some Billecart Salmon Rose.
by Bryan Carr
November 13th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?
Replies: 101
Views: 5025

Re: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?

So far have some of the following, but will be grabbing some LGD this weekend after tasting it last week.
2008 Larmandier-Bernier Grand Cru Vieille Vigne du Levant
2008 Mailly Grand Cru Brut Millésimé
2008 Pierre Gimonnet Special Club
2008 Dom Pérignon
by Bryan Carr
November 13th, 2019, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: N.Y. Times article on " the rising star sommelier" - Anthony Cailan
Replies: 51
Views: 5205

Re: N.Y. Times article on " the rising star sommelier" - Anthony Cailan

Markus S wrote:
November 8th, 2019, 11:44 am
Bryan Carr wrote:
November 6th, 2019, 11:29 am
...For every Beatles there are dozens of Monkees...
Hey, don't diss the Monkees! [diablo.gif]
Haha somehow i knew this one was going to draw some ire!
by Bryan Carr
November 6th, 2019, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: N.Y. Times article on " the rising star sommelier" - Anthony Cailan
Replies: 51
Views: 5205

Re: N.Y. Times article on " the rising star sommelier" - Anthony Cailan

Self-created social media stars sometimes forget that fame can expose, but not excuse, questionable behavior. that's what it is at this time - "self created social media " fame.. not fame from real accomplishment or achievement - but just as you state "self-created". I feel terrible for the young p...
by Bryan Carr
October 25th, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: SOLD
Replies: 0
Views: 227

SOLD

SOLD
by Bryan Carr
September 23rd, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind tasting of 6 Northern and 6 Southern red Rhones
Replies: 8
Views: 766

Re: Blind tasting of 6 Northern and 6 Southern red Rhones

Thanks for the notes, the Rhone is our favorite so it's always nice to see how stuff progresses. It's interesting, based solely on the descriptions in your notes I'd imagine my regular group would probably have the order of preference reversed from yours!
by Bryan Carr
September 12th, 2019, 4:21 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th
Replies: 81
Views: 3656

Re: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th

We would definitely like to but will be neck deep in moving hell, but count us as potentials! You know we're down af for N Rhone!
by Bryan Carr
August 30th, 2019, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday poll: Bordeaux Rouge vs. Burgundy Rouge
Replies: 52
Views: 1931

Re: Friday poll: Bordeaux Rouge vs. Burgundy Rouge

YLee wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 3:25 pm
Bryan Carr wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 3:23 pm
We're talking red Bordeaux and Burgundy of all quality levels or just basic "Bordeaux AOC" and "Bourgogne Rouge AOC"?
Whatever your heart desires.
It's weird for me because I like cheap bordeaux better than cheap burgundy, but above that I'm burgundy all the way.
by Bryan Carr
August 30th, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1749
Views: 212999

Re: Official Costco Thread

Anyone in Fairbanks, AK want to ship me 3 bottles of Krug? (I'm serious)
by Bryan Carr
August 30th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday poll: Bordeaux Rouge vs. Burgundy Rouge
Replies: 52
Views: 1931

Re: Friday poll: Bordeaux Rouge vs. Burgundy Rouge

We're talking red Bordeaux and Burgundy of all quality levels or just basic "Bordeaux AOC" and "Bourgogne Rouge AOC"?
by Bryan Carr
August 30th, 2019, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 163
Views: 9375

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

Ignore the Cooper behind the curtain. He lives for the ability to complain about wine not made in Burgundy. I think the answer is that the American palate, especially the American female palate (anyone who disagrees with my guess than 80%+ of all Rombauer Chardonnay is drunk by women can accuse me ...
by Bryan Carr
August 23rd, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Is Pronunciation Such An Issue??
Replies: 71
Views: 2454

Re: Why Is Pronunciation Such An Issue??

I think it's just another thing on top of the trepidation most non-nerds feel about wine in general. Many people feel intimidated by wine even with grape names they recognize, why add the fear of mispronouncing something on top of all the other psychological baggage ordering wine has for most people...
by Bryan Carr
August 21st, 2019, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 128
Views: 6766

Re: Worst wines you've had?

I think it's hard for me to rag on cheap wine as truly hateful, it's doing its thing and it's not for me, but it doesn't really have any pretensions to anything else. Two Buck Chuck and I don't hang out but he's an honest enough guy. I honestly don't think that there is a Zinfandel I've ever thought...
by Bryan Carr
August 12th, 2019, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 657
Views: 33071

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Turns out we've bought 30% less wine so far this year than any year since we started collecting!! But you've got 30% of the year left to go! [snort.gif] I scaled it relative to the other years to come up with my comparison, I’m not doing YTD compared to the full years I’m comparing to, I’m doing YT...
by Bryan Carr
August 12th, 2019, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red/white blends have you tried?
Replies: 54
Views: 1609

Re: What red/white blends have you tried?

Sanguis in Santa Barbara makes a few, all their blends are sort of wacky. I had a Cote Rotie in 2017 called Marions Les! from Domaine Corps de Loup which was a full 20% Viognier so I think it counts. Wow, that’s a lot of Viognier for a C-R - I agree that could be included in this category. Did the ...
by Bryan Carr
August 12th, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 657
Views: 33071

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

In January we sort of half-heartedly mumbled something about buying less wine this year and it doesn't feel like we have been buying less, but after reading Sarah's posts about the direction her buying has gone I decided to run the numbers to see if we actually moved the needle at all. Turns out we'...
by Bryan Carr
August 12th, 2019, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Just hit the 1K milestone
Replies: 64
Views: 3128

Re: Just hit the 1K milestone

Congrats on passing the 1k mark (or condolences depending on how you look at it!). We've been looking at our storage and consumption as well and trying to reckon with it. We've been bouncing between 500 and 550 for a while now. As we've sort of been in the "discovery" phase in the 5 years since we s...
by Bryan Carr
August 12th, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red/white blends have you tried?
Replies: 54
Views: 1609

Re: What red/white blends have you tried?

Sanguis in Santa Barbara makes a few, all their blends are sort of wacky.
I had a Cote Rotie in 2017 called Marions Les! from Domaine Corps de Loup which was a full 20% Viognier so I think it counts.
by Bryan Carr
August 9th, 2019, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3589
Views: 346143

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

M a t t W e i n s t e i n wrote:
August 9th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Today's mystery pinot should be the Angela Estate “Abbott Claim” 2015, for any interested. Would be a good price for $16-17 delivered.
Yep. In for 3 as well.
by Bryan Carr
August 9th, 2019, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better
Replies: 88
Views: 3599

Re: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better

I'll happily admit that I really dig a lot of Priorat and that's turned into my go to when I want a bigger wine. It may not be full on AWFE, but it's a region that seems to be thrown into the purple drank category when that isn't the case for a lot of wines IMO Same. When we were in SB last year we...
by Bryan Carr
August 7th, 2019, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 156
Views: 11597

Re: Top US Syrahs

No personal tasting experience, but I have read some good comments elsewhere on Kevin White Winery (Washington state). Has anyone tasted their Syrah? Their En Hommage is quite the deal. Not profound but VERY good for the money and fairly "French" tasting (ie mineral-driven, lighter body, no obvious...
by Bryan Carr
August 7th, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 451
Views: 45689

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

I have an unfinished basement, with part of it framed and dry walled off for storage. I recently converted it myself into a wine cellar. Involved putting in insulation and sealing it up and putting a wine cooler unit into the wall. Also have 3 wine racks, with room for more as I build my collection...

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