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by Bryan Carr
April 3rd, 2020, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Tasting
Replies: 11
Views: 618

Re: Wine Tasting

Blind tasting is mostly a crapshoot for most people, even people who are incredibly knowledgeable and practice a lot and are presented with not off-the-wall wines. Blind tasting with the intention of guessing the wine correctly is a bit of a parlor trick, but blind tasting to prevent yourself from a...
by Bryan Carr
April 3rd, 2020, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3804
Views: 379586

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

Mont Stern wrote:
April 3rd, 2020, 12:19 pm
Any idea what brand of harissa they are offering?
99% sure Villa Jerada
by Bryan Carr
April 2nd, 2020, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked!
Replies: 33
Views: 1470

Re: Corked!

Years ago, before i really knew that much about wine and was just getting into the hobby, we signed up for a wine club while wine touring in Red Mountain. A few months later the first shipment came, 6 bottles, and the first couple were very disappointing, not at all what I had experienced at the win...
by Bryan Carr
April 1st, 2020, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)
Replies: 27
Views: 1617

Re: TN: 2016 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)

Desert Island bottling for me. If I only bought 3 different wines a year this would be one of them. Same for sure. I had it early in my wine journey and thought 'WOW Cru Beaujolais is amazing!' but outside of maybe a half-dozen other bottlings from various producers (that C Thevenet Grain & Granit ...
by Bryan Carr
March 31st, 2020, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington Bordeaux Blends and Riesling
Replies: 54
Views: 2301

Re: Washington Bordeaux Blends and Riesling

Sort of controversial opinion, I don't think there's a single white wine in WA worth drinking for the money*. There's a lot of great red wine in the state to suit most palates, but I think the whites are a really tough sell for me. Oregon Chardonnay and Riesling crush WA whites up and down the price...
by Bryan Carr
March 20th, 2020, 10:27 am
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Cadence Winery, Red Mountain - 25% off, includes ground shipping or local delivery
Replies: 5
Views: 807

Re: Cadence Winery, Red Mountain - 25% off, includes ground shipping or local delivery

Cadence makes great wine, and we've had a few '07s recently that were some of the best bottles out of WA we've had in a long time. Ben's wine is wonderfully balanced and seems to last forever, we always recommend them when we get the chance!
by Bryan Carr
March 19th, 2020, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2001
Views: 258008

Re: Official Costco Thread

Went a couple nights ago close to closing, other than being out of TP and dry grains, it really wasn't that crazy here in Seattle. It FELT super weird, social distancing inasmuch as it is possible in a Costco was in full effect, and everyone was avoiding eye contact but it wasn't what I would call b...
by Bryan Carr
March 19th, 2020, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 154
Views: 10422

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

What's BBX shipping to the states like? I'm trying to use their calculator but it's not working for me.
by Bryan Carr
March 18th, 2020, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1448
Views: 86876

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Ahh I see, well, I think we're on the hook for a couple, I'll report back whenever I pop one!
by Bryan Carr
March 18th, 2020, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1448
Views: 86876

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Anyone had anything from Charles Noellat? This '02 is tempting, especially at that price, but the internet is largely a graveyard with regards to tasting notes. I know it's a negociant, but has anyone had experience with them?
by Bryan Carr
March 12th, 2020, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine cellar progress
Replies: 100
Views: 4954

Re: Wine cellar progress

Wow, that dusky stain looks really sharp!
by Bryan Carr
March 6th, 2020, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: dropping old lists only to join new ones???
Replies: 14
Views: 1339

Re: dropping old lists only to join new ones???

When we bought our house we were pretty sanguine about shedding our lists to reclaim some cash flow. We only have a couple now and they're ones that, like others said, you can't get cheaper in the secondary market, we will drink through, and don't drop us for skipping. There's so much wine out there...
by Bryan Carr
March 6th, 2020, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Extended barrel age VS early bottling
Replies: 28
Views: 1486

Re: Extended barrel age VS early bottling

In Bennett Valley there's a small producer called Westerhold who has Russell Bevan make their wines and they were doing dual bottlings of their syrahs one bottled standard and one with extended barrel age for a while, they might have some library ones available if you shoot them an email.
by Bryan Carr
March 5th, 2020, 10:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can someone please explain Louis Jadot?
Replies: 136
Views: 11469

Re: Can someone please explain Louis Jadot?

We got them directly from Jadot and they’ve been in our 55deg cellar ever since so I’d assume they’re in good shape
by Bryan Carr
March 5th, 2020, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2002 p2
Replies: 6
Views: 785

Re: 2002 p2

For a minute I thought you meant Copain P2 and was going to be like "that's gotta be sherry by now", carry on!
by Bryan Carr
March 5th, 2020, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2001
Views: 258008

Re: Official Costco Thread

Anyone tried the Don Melchior yet?
by Bryan Carr
March 5th, 2020, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can someone please explain Louis Jadot?
Replies: 136
Views: 11469

Re: Can someone please explain Louis Jadot?

Since we're talking Jadot here, any thoughts on drink dates for the following? I feel like on Burgundy, CT isn't great for dates, for example, I can't imagine that that Beaux Monts is nearing the END of its drinking window 2010 Bonnes Mares 2009 NSG 1er Boudots 2008 GC 1er Clos St Jacques 2008 Vosne...
by Bryan Carr
March 2nd, 2020, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ageability of Cali Pinot
Replies: 97
Views: 5360

Re: Ageability of Cali Pinot

I don't have a mountain of evidence, but I think folks discussing changes in winemaking that have occurred since the 90s is a good place to start. I should preface this by saying that I'm pretty sensitive to a wine having aged "too long" in ways that many people I've tasted with are not, so keep tha...
by Bryan Carr
February 24th, 2020, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying strategies
Replies: 29
Views: 2756

Re: Buying strategies

My wife and I are only now, probably 7 years into being completely absurdly nutty about wine, formulating what could be called a "strategy", and it's not all-encompassing. Everyone here has given good advice, but as someone who is likely you a few years in the future, trying to forecast what you're ...
by Bryan Carr
February 24th, 2020, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?
Replies: 106
Views: 5952

Re: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?

That first story kinda sucks but if I was going to make an epic meal I’d probably provide the wine, because if nothing else you’d know what would pair better with it. If they’d brought some Caymus 40th or something it might have been bad even if it were expensive. Yeah, it's kinda more that she dro...
by Bryan Carr
February 24th, 2020, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you do with wine you don't like?
Replies: 50
Views: 2165

Re: What do you do with wine you don't like?

Out of curiosity, which wines are they?
by Bryan Carr
February 24th, 2020, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?
Replies: 106
Views: 5952

Re: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?

Kinda had this in reverse. Invited to a Christmas party. Invite said bring a bottle of wine or a dessert. Contacted the hostess and learned that she was doing Italian cuisine, big-time, labor-intensive, homemade. So we brought 1 bottle of Barolo and 1 bottle of one Chard (maybe $20). Why Chard? Bec...
by Bryan Carr
February 20th, 2020, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine prices are falling
Replies: 40
Views: 5334

Re: Wine prices are falling

better tell Burgundy prices are falling. Did you see recent Arnoux pricing—$1000 for Reignots and $500 for Suchots 18. I got chest pain. I laughed and immediately deleted the email. The Suchots is is 2-2.5x times recent auction prices. The Reignots is 5x recent release prices I think? I assume they...
by Bryan Carr
February 19th, 2020, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Augustine Wine Bar (aka: if you like older wines...)
Replies: 16
Views: 1381

Re: Augustine Wine Bar (aka: if you like older wines...)

Always a "must visit" whenever we're in LA, food is always on point and the wines are a ton of fun. Congrats on the anniversary!
by Bryan Carr
February 19th, 2020, 4:07 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Redondo Beach 19 - 26 February
Replies: 14
Views: 1660

Re: Redondo Beach 19 - 26 February

It's pretty out of the way, but if you have time to pop up to Augustine in Sherman Oaks they always have lots of cool old stuff by the glass or half-glass, the staff is super nice, and the food is killer. My grandparents lived in Torrance and when I'd be down visiting I'd always make the trek up the...
by Bryan Carr
February 14th, 2020, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Montielle Volnay 2005 1er cru Taillespieds
Replies: 7
Views: 542

Re: de Montielle Volnay 2005 1er cru Taillespieds

We had an '05 Jadot Corton back in August and it definitely tasted like it was surrounded by a brick wall, with no real easing on day 2.
by Bryan Carr
February 14th, 2020, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Auction Pricing Question
Replies: 42
Views: 2773

Re: Auction Pricing Question

Nathan Smyth wrote:
February 14th, 2020, 10:25 am
jason stein wrote:
February 14th, 2020, 8:53 am
Where *is* the ideal place to fish, then?
The pond [or watering hole] with the great big hungry fish which no one else knows about.
Which, in this metaphor, is...?
by Bryan Carr
February 10th, 2020, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Williams Selyem Spring 2020 Release
Replies: 8
Views: 826

Re: Williams Selyem Spring 2020 Release

We've decided that for the 6 or 7 times a year we're craving CA pinot there's not really much point in drinking anything else so we usually get about a half case per release. I feel like every other Sonoma pinot we open we're just thinking "this is good, but for $10 more I could be drinking Selyem w...
by Bryan Carr
February 10th, 2020, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is too much good German Riesling available
Replies: 101
Views: 6550

Re: There is too much good German Riesling available

Two people that work in finance throw an algorithm and a spreadsheet at their wine purchasing, really riveting stuff, I know ;)
by Bryan Carr
February 10th, 2020, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is too much good German Riesling available
Replies: 101
Views: 6550

Re: There is too much good German Riesling available

We've started to take a more systematic approach in the last year or so. We're still in the learning phase so a lot of our purchases have been opportunistic and exploratory, but we're starting to really dial in what we do and don't like and to that end we're trying to put a system together to priori...
by Bryan Carr
February 10th, 2020, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zinfandel's rollercoaster popularity ride
Replies: 62
Views: 3322

Re: Zinfandel's rollercoasters popularity ride

I've been trying to find a Zin that I like ever since I started drinking wine. I try it with some regularity and outside of a few things that fall into the category of "would never put this record on, but if it came on the radio I wouldn't change the station" like the Ridge blends I just find Zin t...
by Bryan Carr
February 10th, 2020, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zinfandel's rollercoaster popularity ride
Replies: 62
Views: 3322

Re: Zinfandel's rollercoasters popularity ride

I've been trying to find a Zin that I like ever since I started drinking wine. I try it with some regularity and outside of a few things that fall into the category of "would never put this record on, but if it came on the radio I wouldn't change the station" like the Ridge blends I just find Zin to...
by Bryan Carr
February 7th, 2020, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1448
Views: 86876

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

How soon after are you replying to their offers? I have a special ringtone on my phone for when an e-mail comes in from them. Haha wow probably not as fast as you then, I usually have to gut-check whether I'm comfortable dropping a grand on back vintage burgundy, so maybe 15-20 minutes after it hit...
by Bryan Carr
February 7th, 2020, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1448
Views: 86876

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Thoughts on strategies to actually "get" some of the more limited stuff from them? I tend to email pretty quickly after the email hits my inbox but it always seems to fall into a void and by the time I get a response to my followup email the stuff I want is gone. Do I just have to call instead? How...
by Bryan Carr
February 7th, 2020, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1448
Views: 86876

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Thoughts on strategies to actually "get" some of the more limited stuff from them? I tend to email pretty quickly after the email hits my inbox but it always seems to fall into a void and by the time I get a response to my followup email the stuff I want is gone. Do I just have to call instead?
by Bryan Carr
February 4th, 2020, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1448
Views: 86876

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Thought i'd see this cellar mentioned here. If they're still around we bit on some of the d'As and a CdV, but no '07s. I know the vintage is spotty, is d'Angerville one of the exceptions in that year?
by Bryan Carr
January 31st, 2020, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need help finding the right Volnay.
Replies: 47
Views: 3073

Re: Need help finding the right Volnay.

why the name change?

EDIT: oh I see it got sold. do people have thoughts on what the new winemaking style is like?
by Bryan Carr
January 31st, 2020, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar
Replies: 263
Views: 13166

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 bou...
by Bryan Carr
January 31st, 2020, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need help finding the right Volnay.
Replies: 47
Views: 3073

Re: Need help finding the right Volnay.

I think everyone has their favorite volnay; mine are Rossignol (#1 burg producer in my cellar), #angerville, and Clerget. I have started getting into bouley and Clos de la chapelle shouldn’t be overlooked. What's the deal with Clos de la Chapelle? A retailer near us is pushing them super hard in th...
by Bryan Carr
January 22nd, 2020, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?
Replies: 60
Views: 2651

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: 4469

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: 4469

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: 6773

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: 4469

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: 4469

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: 263
Views: 13166

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: 2305

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: 2305

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: 2305

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: 2305

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...

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