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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: 50
Views: 4447

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: 2016 Hors Categorie
Replies: 0
Views: 194

2016 Hors Categorie

Hi all, anyone want our Hors Categorie allocation this time around? We're moving and can't really justify the expense right now. You just pay cost + shipping from winery, it will ship directly from the winery to you. Should be ~$650 after tax and shipping give or take for 2 bottles. There's only 100...
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: 721

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: 2650

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: 1841

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: 1562
Views: 185761

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: 1841

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: 158
Views: 7807

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: 2351

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: 6303

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: 593
Views: 30075

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: 1559

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: 593
Views: 30075

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: 3001

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: 1559

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: 3542
Views: 335649

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: 3355

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: 11331

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: 44760

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...
by Bryan Carr
August 2nd, 2019, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Outside of the Northern Rhone Box: Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes
Replies: 32
Views: 2628

Re: Outside of the Northern Rhone Box: Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes

We've had the '14 and '16 Rostaing Lezardes; the '14 was pretty amazing QPR and drank really well last year, but the '16s are babies and need a little rest before they show their stuff. We opened one from our case last week to test and it just started to get good after about an hour open but by then...
by Bryan Carr
August 2nd, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Williams Selyem Allocation Next Week
Replies: 22
Views: 2140

Re: Williams Selyem Allocation Next Week

KyleC wrote:
August 1st, 2019, 3:07 pm
Does anyone know if there's a way to check how much we're allocated of each wine, as well as pricing before the allocation opens?
I know you can check pricing by clicking through on each wine via the email they send around about it, but as far as allocation I think it's "wait and see".
by Bryan Carr
August 1st, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 451
Views: 44760

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

Those of you who have fully framed and finished basement cellars, how much did they cost to construct? If you didn't need to do any framing , just insulation, drywall, and racking (ie. turning an already existing basement room into a wine cellar), what do you suppose that might run if we weren't loo...
by Bryan Carr
August 1st, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Williams Selyem Allocation Next Week
Replies: 22
Views: 2140

Re: Williams Selyem Allocation Next Week

Yeah they're one of the sure-bets for us twice a year. Our favorite has always been their Bucher since we like a little funkiness, but I think we'll snag a few others as well. Do you think the Bucher is their funkiest cuvee? I've haven't had any WS yet, but my friend is letting me jump on his alloc...
by Bryan Carr
August 1st, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Low acidity, dry, but not super-dry wine?
Replies: 14
Views: 765

Re: Low acidity, dry, but not super-dry wine?

Hi, i think if you listed a couple things you've liked recently that would help us help you.
by Bryan Carr
August 1st, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Williams Selyem Allocation Next Week
Replies: 22
Views: 2140

Re: Williams Selyem Allocation Next Week

Yeah they're one of the sure-bets for us twice a year. Our favorite has always been their Bucher since we like a little funkiness, but I think we'll snag a few others as well.
by Bryan Carr
July 24th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Replies: 49
Views: 2767

Re: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

On a similar note, what's the most expensive bottle out of WA? Is it Hors Categorie at $250/pop? Also, to the point about whether you can make "as great" wine from Oregon or CA as you can from Bdx or Burgundy, no two wine regions are identical and that's all down to your taste I think. Can you make ...
by Bryan Carr
June 13th, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies
Replies: 87
Views: 2780

Re: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies

I always have just assumed it is some yeast-strain byproduct that doesn't manifest unless the wine sits on the lees, and only if some particular strain is present. Bryan, perhaps I missed this, but why did you think this? (this my speculation, re a particular strain). I just assumed that partially ...
by Bryan Carr
June 13th, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies
Replies: 87
Views: 2780

Re: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies

This thread is interesting to me because i have something similar though not identical in terms of triggers or symptoms. From some wines and some beers I get a reaction that ruins my night in its intensity. Itchy mouth, painful gums, severe swelling and pain in my lower esophagus and a painful, foam...
by Bryan Carr
June 12th, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another stupid poll about wine drinking
Replies: 56
Views: 2608

Re: Another stupid poll about wine drinking

Usually beer or a negroni is my answer here, but then I think Pinot if I want to crack something and that something was wine, it's usually enjoyable. I don't really crave Bordeaux varieties, Syrah might be up there along with some white, maybe Sauv Blanc or Chardonnay.
by Bryan Carr
June 7th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 86
Views: 5258

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

We can so rarely rationalize dropping $120+/750 on anything, even things we know we like so this was an easy pass for us. There's lots of sub $120 champagne we know and love that we're not buying that much of (larmandier bernier anyone?) so this wasn't even remotely tempting. Honestly Christophe's s...
by Bryan Carr
June 7th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The End Of Days
Replies: 17
Views: 1157

Re: The End Of Days

Woof
by Bryan Carr
June 7th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Percent holding on cellartracker
Replies: 15
Views: 1847

Re: Percent holding on cellartracker

Yeah, I'd imagine your suppositions to be correct, super-spendy cult CA wine only really has two consumer bases: the conspicuously wealthy and the conspicuously nerdy and one of those categories I'd think is much more likely to use CT than the average bear. I'd also imagine board darling types also ...
by Bryan Carr
June 6th, 2019, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: I suppose I'm a Philistine
Replies: 8
Views: 702

Re: I suppose I'm a Philistine

Maybe Malbec? Most Malbec from the new world is just absolutely lacking in any structure (acid, tannin, etc) which is why I usually hate it. I'm an acid freak and love some tannin in my red wines, so maybe you might like some Malbec! I'd second the suggestion for CA Zinfandel, I hate it for the same...
by Bryan Carr
June 6th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Expensive $200+ vs Moderately priced $40-$150 priced wines?
Replies: 17
Views: 2353

Re: Expensive $200+ vs Moderately priced $40-$150 priced wines?

My wine buddies once did a blind tasting of 6 California cabernet sauvignons. Five of them were under $15 (i.e. grocery store mass market) and one was $100. It was amazing how many people could not guess the $100 Cab. Last year I did something similar with opposite results. Had a $15,$30, $60 and $...
by Bryan Carr
May 31st, 2019, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Turley Cinsault Bechthold Vineyard (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi)
Replies: 12
Views: 875

Re: TN: 2018 Turley Cinsault Bechthold Vineyard (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi)

Bought a couple last month blind on a rec from someone who's palate I trust but haven't cracked one yet, sounds like a winner to me!
by Bryan Carr
May 24th, 2019, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1562
Views: 185761

Re: Official Costco Thread

William Segui wrote:
May 20th, 2019, 9:07 am
Found 3 btls of 08 Dom at the Fairfield Costco over the weekend, $149.99/ea. Bought them.
Got one at the SoDo location in Seattle this week as well. $135, is not too shabby.
by Bryan Carr
May 24th, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy treachery
Replies: 68
Views: 4269

Re: Burgundy treachery

nah, it was just that sweet stewed fruit zero complexity thing. I'd have given my left pinky for it to have only been reduction, i like reductive wines!
by Bryan Carr
May 24th, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy treachery
Replies: 68
Views: 4269

Re: Burgundy treachery

We opened a '90 Drouhin Volnay 1er Clos des Chenes last week and it was cooked, which makes no sense as it was bought at the Domaine along with other bottles that we've since drank and that were perfectly intact, so it was quite the confusing disappointment. Is it possible for ONE and only ONE bottl...
by Bryan Carr
May 24th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineFolly is a folly?
Replies: 10
Views: 1449

Re: WineFolly is a folly?

I found this interesting... Not sure about the first and third comment. Deeper color is more indicative of age/oxidation and are you really getting your butter from oak? How about diacetyl from malolactic fermentation... Oak will give you vanilla, caramel, etc. https://winefolly.com/episode/chablis...
by Bryan Carr
May 22nd, 2019, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay is the New World equivalent of Chablis
Replies: 52
Views: 3021

Re: Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay is the New World equivalent of Chablis

I thought something similar when I first started drinking Santa Cruz chards, I was really impressed with them! So I put some up blind vs Oregon and Chablis and thought it was going to prove something. It did prove something alright, but not what I assumed it would! If by "equivalent" meaning it's th...
by Bryan Carr
May 22nd, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Driving beer cross country this weekend. Please help
Replies: 36
Views: 1672

Re: Driving beer cross country this weekend. Please help

I drove from Paso to Seattle with 4 cases of wine when the ambient temps were 108, I just bought half a dozen bags of gas station ice and put them inside plastic lawn bags to prevent leakage, stashing them all around the wine. The wine was cellar temp the whole way home, easy peasy.
by Bryan Carr
May 17th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3542
Views: 335649

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

Could be the 2014 St Innocent Zenith that Full Pull is also currently offering?
by Bryan Carr
April 24th, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine stores in Paris and Beaune
Replies: 32
Views: 2388

Re: Best wine stores in Paris and Beaune

At Le Grand they have a great snacks and by-the-glass menu in their tasting bar, they often have rare or old stuff open for tasting btg, and the current-vintage stuff they're pouring is no slouch either. It's a great place to drop in for an afternoon cheese-and-wine break, and if you're using the Wi...
by Bryan Carr
April 24th, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?
Replies: 53
Views: 2658

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

While Croatia is a terrific country to visit and the wines are outstanding at best, I wouldn't call it inexpensive during the high season, especially in the more touristy places. We were in Dubrovnik some years ago and it was one of the more expensive places we've visited in the recent past. I high...
by Bryan Carr
April 23rd, 2019, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?
Replies: 53
Views: 2658

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

Some of the smaller regions in the Southern Rhone Valley are excellent, Vacqueyras, Cote du Ventoux, Luberon and the poorman's CDP: Gigondas. Great food as well. You can drink very good wines for $20 - $25 and great ones for $50 - $70. The Provence' area should be visited by anyone interested in go...
by Bryan Carr
April 23rd, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stand aside Tyrannosaurus Rex, the new dinosaurs may be Bordeaux and Burgundy
Replies: 11
Views: 1270

Re: Stand aside Tyrannosaurus Rex, the new dinosaurs may be Bordeaux and Burgundy

I mean for me, I mostly have just written it off and don't sweat it. If it happens, it happens, it's like seeing a corpse flower bloom.
by Bryan Carr
April 23rd, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stand aside Tyrannosaurus Rex, the new dinosaurs may be Bordeaux and Burgundy
Replies: 11
Views: 1270

Re: Stand aside Tyrannosaurus Rex, the new dinosaurs may be Bordeaux and Burgundy

I think DRC and things of that tier aren't there yet, but it is going that way, and if they lose some of their luster among people who actually care about wine and only become this thing people in the VIP pop to impress their friends, I do think something substantive about them will be lost You kno...
by Bryan Carr
April 23rd, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stand aside Tyrannosaurus Rex, the new dinosaurs may be Bordeaux and Burgundy
Replies: 11
Views: 1270

Re: Stand aside Tyrannosaurus Rex, the new dinosaurs may be Bordeaux and Burgundy

"The "older" generations, the Boomers and Gen X, will always think of Burgundy and Bordeaux first, presumably because they still have some chance of affording them. However, Millennials and Gen-Zers I've spoken to in the trade have almost given up on ever owning such wines – to many, that's as remo...
by Bryan Carr
April 23rd, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?
Replies: 53
Views: 2658

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

The Mosel has got to be the value of the century, but surprisingly the Northern Rhone can be quite inexpensive, and if you stay away from some of the larger negociants (Guigal, Delas, etc) and prestige names (Jamet, Allemand, etc), you can get world class wine ex cellar for less than €40/bottle. In ...
by Bryan Carr
April 22nd, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 451
Views: 44760

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

I have always hesitated to post a picture of my cellar, because I don't have one. I have a basement. Here's a recent pic of part of it.basement 4-17-19.jpg Dan Kravitz Ours is just racks in our basement as well, we'd pulled everything from our offsite and got it racked up and sorted and it felt rea...

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