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by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 19th, 2019, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Broken cork on champagne bottle
Replies: 13
Views: 306

Re: Broken cork on champagne bottle

Sabre. Learn now. It's easy, and fun.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 19th, 2019, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pisoni gets no love here
Replies: 28
Views: 814

Re: Pisoni gets no love here

Paul H Galli wrote:
June 18th, 2019, 9:28 pm
Arcadian produces a great version!

TTT
Yes! It just may be my favorite US Pinot. I'm praying Joe manages to regain access to that fruit some day.
[cheers.gif]
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 19th, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 68
Views: 1783

Re: Top US Syrahs

Arcadian
Rhys
Cayuse

To put 5 on my list would require me to add a couple names with whom I have extremely limited experience (Wind Gap; Halcon; Cabot; Qupe; Ojai; Ramey, for example)
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 18th, 2019, 2:01 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16155
Views: 381547

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Revision uses milk sugar in many of their hazies ---- a choice I typically prefer not be made.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 17th, 2019, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau Capbern, St. Estephe
Replies: 13
Views: 686

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau Capbern, St. Estephe

Thanks for the note, but even moreso for the oak comments. The one time I tried a Capbern (the 2009 a couple years ago) I found it oakier than I prefer. I thought the oak would melt away with time in a positive manner, but I didn't find the wine compelling enough to ever buy another bottle. Perhaps ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 16th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine to pair with Gazpacho?
Replies: 30
Views: 1527

Re: What wine to pair with Gazpacho?

Tried an En Rama Fino from Cruz Vieja last night. I thought it was okay pairing, but the wine was overpowered by the acidity in the soup, and the pairing made the wine's alcohol more pronounced.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 15th, 2019, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Wine Would you Get?
Replies: 34
Views: 1265

Re: What Wine Would you Get?

Very tough to pass on the Allemand at that price.
Baudry
Barthod
Cornellison

What kind of cuisine?
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 14th, 2019, 1:23 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 643
Views: 38675

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

JulianD wrote:
May 6th, 2019, 2:39 pm
Has anyone tried the new Longrow Sherry? Want to see if it suffers from sulphur that some of their bottlings seem to have
I've not, but would be extremely curious to hear others' opinions on it.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 14th, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16155
Views: 381547

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

https://i.imgur.com/nhPUO5fl.jpg Modern Times Beer. DDH Timewave Zero. DIPA. 8.5% ABV. Hopped with Eureka, Citra and Mosaic. The first batch of this was released a year ago as a standard hopped DIPA and it was excellent, this year they DDH'd this bad boy and it takes it to another level. Even thoug...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 14th, 2019, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine to pair with Gazpacho?
Replies: 30
Views: 1527

Re: What wine to pair with Gazpacho?

Thank you for the suggestions, everyone. For posterity's sake: sparkling Vouvray (2013 Huet Brut) works quite nicely. champagne.gif Seeing as how I made about two gallons, I'll have plenty of opportunity to try other selections over the next few days; will likely tee-up a Grenache rose next. [cheers...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 14th, 2019, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So...are beer/wine hyrbids a thing now? (Action Bronson 7000)
Replies: 11
Views: 457

Re: So...are beer/wine hyrbids a thing now? (Action Bronson 7000)

TR Barry wrote:
June 14th, 2019, 9:48 am
It's been years since I've had this but Dogfish was doing a hybrid as well with Viognier grapes out of Washington. Style wise it was similar to a Saison and was quite enjoyable. https://www.dogfish.com/brewery/beer/oak-aged-noble-rot
That beer was excellent.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 14th, 2019, 7:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So...are beer/wine hyrbids a thing now? (Action Bronson 7000)
Replies: 11
Views: 457

Re: So...are beer/wine hyrbids a thing now? (Action Bronson 7000)

It's a fruited beer, right? Nothing new about that. Some of them can be quite good. Others ... ehhhhhhh not so much.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 13th, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine to pair with Gazpacho?
Replies: 30
Views: 1527

Re: What wine to pair with Gazpacho?

{bump} Just made a fresh batch last night for eating tonight. Planning on a Manzanilla Fino or a Champagne, but open to any other suggestions. The recipe I used is extremely similar to the one Victor posted in post #11, but mine has cucumbers and does not have cumin, olive oil, or sugar. The recipe ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 12th, 2019, 2:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.
Replies: 39
Views: 1282

Re: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.

Fallot is my favorite.

For local-to-me, I love Phillippe's. Talk about a kick in the olfactories!!!
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 11th, 2019, 10:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another stupid poll about wine drinking
Replies: 56
Views: 1890

Re: Another stupid poll about wine drinking

I'll just break the seal right off the bat.and say BEER.

That aside, if it must be wine, probably Syrah or Sauvignon Blanc.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 9th, 2019, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fine Disregard Spring Release
Replies: 19
Views: 1043

Re: Fine Disregard Spring Release

Wow. That's pretty attractive pricing, indeed!
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 9th, 2019, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fine Disregard Spring Release
Replies: 19
Views: 1043

Re: Fine Disregard Spring Release

What are the prices? Couldn't find any on their website.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 8th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16155
Views: 381547

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Stopped in at Modern Times yesterday. Had tasters of: Foeder Ice - barrel-aged Pils: it was fine, maybe even very good, but it was too heavy and not crisp enough for my Pilsner preferences. Divergent Paths - NEDIPA: my favorite of the 4 beers I tried. It's a collaboration with a brewery I cannot rec...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 7th, 2019, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 103
Views: 4102

Re: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?

The most famous red wines of Bordeaux, the Lafites and Latours and Margaux and Moutons, are made to last and there is no doubt that they get better as they get older. But even these rare and expensive wines usually reach their peak at around 10 years of age. Some fine Burgundies will last for decad...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 7th, 2019, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 103
Views: 4102

Re: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?

I had the 2000 Pichon Baron a month or two ago and it was fantastic. Stored since release at 55 degrees, just emerging from its shell, lots of primary fruit and at the front edge of what will be a very long drinking window. My quick notes were: "A wow wine right out of the bottle, no decanting -- o...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 7th, 2019, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Arcadian Theresa-Noelle Rose of Pinot
Replies: 3
Views: 239

Re: TN: 2018 Arcadian Theresa-Noelle Rose of Pinot

Dang! Lightening-fast on the draw there! I put a bottle in the fridge this morning before heading out the door. [cheers.gif]
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 7th, 2019, 11:48 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16155
Views: 381547

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Mason Aleworks / Melvin Brewing - "Undercover Hoperative" IPA Really good IPA. Very juicy. Nu-school West Coast in style --- perhaps unfiltered? hop bill includes Vic Secret, Nelson, and Amarillo. I have been quite non-plussed by beers from both of these breweries in the past, but this one is straig...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 6th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What happened to all the love for Anthill Farms?
Replies: 37
Views: 1829

Re: What happened to all the love for Anthill Farms?

Darlings of the board can have a mercurial course. I was on the mailing list for one of the wineries you mentioned. I somehow missed a release and got cold shouldered. Asked to resume and was placed at the "first timer" level. So, screw them. No names. I am sure any of the three mentioned would hav...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 5th, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16155
Views: 381547

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

That TDH seemed a bit flat on the palate to me. I still thought it excellent, but at $1/oz it's not good enough. And that's been one of Monkish's biggest turn-offs for me: pricing. They have become more of a treat than a regular thing. Growlers approaching $30 just isn't something I'm used to, or cu...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 5th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16155
Views: 381547

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Really?!? You have heard other people expressing similar thoughts, huh? I thought the triple dry hopped with Citra and Galaxy was excellent, but I really wanted to match its palate with the nose on the single IPA they currently have on offer . The double IPA I thought was good, but not great - - - i...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 5th, 2019, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is too much good German Riesling available
Replies: 77
Views: 2763

Re: There is too much good German Riesling available

If you have the kind of relationship where she wouldn't mind a trick being played, and if her palate isn't already attuned, you can even try pouring it into a regular shaped bottle while she's not watching. It's funny the tricks our minds can play with expectations. I did this with a good friend wh...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 5th, 2019, 12:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 819
Views: 37843

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Maude has wide-open reservations?!? Damn. I've been wanting to go there for awhile ---- just haven't made the time. Sounds like now is as good a time as ever. Anyone know their corkage policy offhand?
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 4th, 2019, 11:53 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16155
Views: 381547

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

stopped by Monkish over the weekend. Three hazies, which ranged from very good to excellent (but all at least a notch or two below the best that I've had from them). The real highlights of the stop were a couple sour saisons. The collabo with Trillium is wonderful, and the one with peaches and necta...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
June 4th, 2019, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is too much good German Riesling available
Replies: 77
Views: 2763

Re: There is too much good German Riesling available

No. If anything, I dont buy enough.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
May 31st, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16155
Views: 381547

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Yum!!!
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
May 30th, 2019, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard
Replies: 30
Views: 1502

Re: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard

Wonderful! What are your thoughts on the future for the 2003?
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
May 30th, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: TZATZIKI
Replies: 6
Views: 748

Re: TZATZIKI

Tzatziki is absolutely wonderful! Amazingly, I hate yogurt, but absolutely adore tzatziki. Obviously, there's something magical and transformative about cucumbers, garlic, herbs, and acid. I usually go heavy on all additions, but for the salt and garlic, so I end up with an herb and cucumber heavy v...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
May 29th, 2019, 7:38 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16155
Views: 381547

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Sweet! I love that one, too.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
May 29th, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leaving wine overnight versus aging
Replies: 37
Views: 1767

Re: Leaving wine overnight versus aging

Think where people get their dander up is to try and say you can approximate aging wine, which you obviously can't - and that would blow the purpose of much of the hobby for collectors. An analogy that might get more agreement is, to give a young wine extended air is something like microwaving vers...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
May 29th, 2019, 6:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard
Replies: 30
Views: 1502

Re: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard

Quick little drift... the 2000 Francesca's is in the conversation for best Arcadian I've had. It's a gobsmacking knee-buckler.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
May 29th, 2019, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s that last wine you will not drop despite price run-ups?
Replies: 68
Views: 2853

Re: What’s that last wine you will not drop despite price run-ups?

I’d say “try” broadly before “buy” broadly. Lots of folks that have gone deep on wine list wines and other darlings only to learn later that they don’t hit the spot. Subtle distinction, especially because trying broadly requires buying, but I agree. Like many here, I failed to follow this advice, a...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
May 29th, 2019, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s that last wine you will not drop despite price run-ups?
Replies: 68
Views: 2853

Re: What’s that last wine you will not drop despite price run-ups?

So I buy for my cellar (in quantity when possible) mostly what I know I love - those things that "hit me a certain way," - to be sure and always have those things available, properly stored and aged. They never bore me, since they are never truly the same from bottle to bottle. I think of it as hav...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
May 29th, 2019, 5:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Speaking of Saveur
Replies: 11
Views: 769

Re: Speaking of Saveur

What, specifically, did you guys like about the Saveur of old?
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
May 29th, 2019, 3:33 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16155
Views: 381547

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Cool. Thanks for the info. I really do need to find my way there for the first time sooner rather than later.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
May 29th, 2019, 3:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leaving wine overnight versus aging
Replies: 37
Views: 1767

Re: Leaving wine overnight versus aging

For context at the same tasting/flight, a 2011 Bartolo was considered by (more than a few others, albeit not all) to be the worst of the flight, for exhibiting some of the sweet traits of the Cappellano. It had the same treatment. Ie, I don’t think folks considered the cappellano to be a flawed bot...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
May 29th, 2019, 3:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leaving wine overnight versus aging
Replies: 37
Views: 1767

Re: Leaving wine overnight versus aging

For context at the same tasting/flight, a 2011 Bartolo was considered by (more than a few others, albeit not all) to be the worst of the flight, for exhibiting some of the sweet traits of the Cappellano. It had the same treatment. Ie, I don’t think folks considered the cappellano to be a flawed bot...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
May 29th, 2019, 3:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leaving wine overnight versus aging
Replies: 37
Views: 1767

Re: Leaving wine overnight versus aging

larry schaffer wrote:
May 27th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Brian,

Did you try the wine prior to slow oxing? Had you had the wine before?

Cheers.
No. And No.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
May 29th, 2019, 3:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s that last wine you will not drop despite price run-ups?
Replies: 68
Views: 2853

Re: What’s that last wine you will not drop despite price run-ups?

This is kind of like asking, "Which of the current wines you buy do you think represents the best value?" Of course, the question as I put it focuses more on %price increase, whereas the question as Robert posted it focuses more on hard number of pricing units increase. But, then Robert muddied the ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
May 29th, 2019, 2:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing
Replies: 72
Views: 3978

Re: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing

Allemand. Last I bought was Chaillot at $140 and Reynard at $220. My tolerance might be 10% - 15% above that, but that pricing doesn't seem to exist these days. Rochioli. West Block when it moved beyond $100. The Chards. when they passed low $60s; admittedly, there is a palate shift factor at work h...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
May 29th, 2019, 2:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard
Replies: 30
Views: 1502

Re: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard

The 2000 is marvelous right now. 2003 is, possibly, as good as it's ever going to get; if it gets better, I'll be surprised if it's drastic. As crazy as it may be to say for an 18 yo Pinot, I believe the 2001 is still somewhat closed. 2005 needs more time. 2007 will benefit from more time, too, but ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
May 27th, 2019, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Clos des Carmes Monopole
Replies: 14
Views: 879

Re: TN: 2010 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Clos des Carmes Monopole

Welllllll ... shit. I think I have some '13s either laying down or on order. Please let us know what you find when you pop one. [cheers.gif]
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
May 27th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leaving wine overnight versus aging
Replies: 37
Views: 1767

Re: Leaving wine overnight versus aging

I'll chime-in re the 2011 Capellano Rupestris because I was one of the folks who banged on it hard at that tasting where it saw extended air. It struck me as noticeably oxidized ---- brown sugar, vegetal. It was also a bit bretty. But for another wine that I thought had slight TCA, it was probably m...

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