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by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 10th, 2018, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When a Burgundy producer's pricing increases astronomically
Replies: 42
Views: 1758

Re: When a Burgundy producer's pricing increases astronomically

Just a single data point but I believe representative. The retail price I have paid for the Dujac Clos de la Roche has gone up about 35% in the last five years. For the 2015 and 2016 my prices were between US$250 and US$270. Only minuscule amounts of the Dujac GC come into my local market but becau...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 8th, 2018, 1:15 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15798
Views: 368859

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Scott, how was that LambicXX? I've looked at that beer many times, but have never pulled the trigger. I had never heard of that lambic before. Terrence brought it and IIRC it was given to him by another Berserker. As for the lambic itself, I thought it was interesting, but nothing spectacular. I’d ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 8th, 2018, 12:05 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15798
Views: 368859

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Scott, how was that LambicXX? I've looked at that beer many times, but have never pulled the trigger.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 8th, 2018, 12:04 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15798
Views: 368859

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Bud, is the line for Monkish can releases still crazy AF? The craziness has definitely subsided, remind you that I have only "intentionally" gone to two can releases and that was for both the 100% Nelson beers, the few other times I have gotten cans was being in the right place at the right time, I...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 6th, 2018, 11:17 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15798
Views: 368859

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Bud, is the line for Monkish can releases still crazy AF?
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 5th, 2018, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Consumption if wine had no alcohol
Replies: 46
Views: 1371

Re: Consumption if wine had no alcohol

Interesting point. Who drinks non alcoholic craft beer? There is no mass market. Would be interesting this same question on a craft beer forum to see results. NA beer tastes bad. Brewdog's "Nanny State", which might have been 0.5%, rather than 0.0%, is the best one I've had, and it paled in compari...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 5th, 2018, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 920
Views: 99567

Re: Official Costco Thread

Bought a bottle of the Kirkland-branded 10 Tawny Port to cook with. Only needed about half the bottle for cooking. Drank the other half. I thought it quite good, and a steal at $17. Label says Fonseca is responsible for the juice.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 5th, 2018, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Consumption if wine had no alcohol
Replies: 46
Views: 1371

Re: Consumption if wine had no alcohol

if wine didn't have alcohol, but was otherwise the same, the average quality of my lunches would skyrocket! I frequently think about what wine I'm going to open when I get home for dinner later, and then --- when I get home later, help with kids' dinner, bathe kids, get kids in bed, cook our dinner ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 5th, 2018, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much did you pay for your wine collection?
Replies: 64
Views: 2798

Re: How much did you pay for your wine collection?

I hadn't realized we now have the Useful Police in the house. rolleyes I'm sorry. [truce.gif] newhere
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 4th, 2018, 6:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 624
Views: 29199

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Hey, the *Los Angeles* Angels of Anaheim play there. LOL!!
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 4th, 2018, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much did you pay for your wine collection?
Replies: 64
Views: 2798

Re: How much did you pay for your wine collection?

The poll is a fairly silly unless you know how long someone has been collecting. Someone spending $250,000 over two years is different than a collector paying the same amount for wine over 30 years. Then, to really make it interesting, you would also need to know the level of income of the collecto...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 4th, 2018, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 504
Views: 22206

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

I think more people should follow David_K's lead! :D
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 4th, 2018, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much did you pay for your wine collection?
Replies: 64
Views: 2798

Re: How much did you pay for your wine collection?

It doesn't matter how quickly folks spent the money, or the extent to which folks got great deals. The poll simply reflects how much was spent for what's there. The poll question isn't flawed. The "buckets" aren't all the same size, although it does bear noting that, somehow, the chosen buckets have...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 3rd, 2018, 10:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 624
Views: 29199

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Will be going to Factory Kitchen for the first time on Fri Dec. 14th. Any recent diners have food recs? Yes, the casonzei. I think it's a family recipe from where the chef grew up. The porchetta is good. Haven't had the cotechino there, but that's a great winter dish. The wine list is decent as wel...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 3rd, 2018, 10:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 624
Views: 29199

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Ate at Catal in downtown Disney this past weekend. My suckling pig was excellent. The wine list was very reasonably priced (2005 Beychelle for $139 just about jumped off the page at me; there were plenty of other very reasonable options, too). If, in the future, I ever find myself needing dinner in...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 3rd, 2018, 3:20 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15798
Views: 368859

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Keep in mind, I haven't had most of these beers, so I'm going off Beer Style more than I am Actual Beer. I'd keep the Pilsner, Saison, Golden Strong Ale, and Dark Strong Ale together because their flavor profiles are all more malt-driven. Frankly, starting with the Saison might be a good idea, depe...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 3rd, 2018, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How Long Lived Are Top Brunellos From Outstanding Vintages?
Replies: 42
Views: 1504

Re: How Long Lived Are Top Brunellos From Outstanding Vintages?

mmmmmm ... just last week I purchased a 23 yo bottle and a 25 yo bottle. I sure hope what you've heard doesn't apply to me!
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 3rd, 2018, 11:47 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15798
Views: 368859

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Keep in mind, I haven't had most of these beers, so I'm going off Beer Style more than I am Actual Beer. With that lineup, I'd be tempted to do the following: 1. Hackensack Lager/Gun Hill Pilsner 2. Dupont Saison 3. North Coast Brewing PranQster 4. Brasserie Des Rocs Grand Cru 5. Duchesse De Bourgog...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 3rd, 2018, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 504
Views: 22206

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Dale Bowers wrote:
December 3rd, 2018, 10:56 am
Has anyone else's account suddenly not listing any of your past purchases?
If you would have asked me this yesterday, my answer would have been "No." As for today: workplace firewall prevents me from checking.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 3rd, 2018, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Consumption if wine had no alcohol
Replies: 46
Views: 1371

Re: Consumption if wine had no alcohol

Increase. I believe.

I *rarely* reach for wine when it's the alcohol I'm after, instead preferring beer or a liquor-based drink.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 3rd, 2018, 1:44 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15798
Views: 368859

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Stone - FML Unfiltered IPA (surprisingly good for the price; will buy again) El Segundo - Mayberry IPA Fair State - Saison Tilquin - Quetsche lambic (a couple different vintages, poured gratis by a bartender in D.C.. He got tipped very nicely) Tilquin - Oude Gueuze (same DC bartender) {various DC/VA...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 3rd, 2018, 1:41 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15798
Views: 368859

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Saw this (Modern Times Bedrock) on the shelf, had to pick-up as I could hear Bud whispering in my ear, “Andrew, it has coffee and coconut... and it’s Highly Recommended!” Toffee-caramel color, with a nitro-head, clear coconut on the nose with light coffee on the back end. Nice stout, but man I’ve a...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 3rd, 2018, 1:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much did you pay for your wine collection?
Replies: 64
Views: 2798

Re: How much did you pay for your wine collection?

It's an anonymous poll. I see no harm in asking.

****

And Charlie's questions are good ones.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 2nd, 2018, 3:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 624
Views: 29199

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Will be going to Factory Kitchen for the first time on Fri Dec. 14th. Group of 10 diners. Any recent diners have food recs. and/or know of current corkage policy? Obviously, I can simply call the restaurant about the corkage, but thought I might as well ask here, too.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 2nd, 2018, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hey Joe - Where'd you go with that fruit in your hand? Part II.
Replies: 10
Views: 787

Re: Hey Joe - Where'd you go with that fruit in your hand? Part II.

A few months ago I was lucky enough to enjoy a stupendous bottle of the 01 Sleepy --- definitely the best bottle I've had to date ... gut: mid 90's, if you must.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 2nd, 2018, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Sociando Mallet
Replies: 19
Views: 693

Re: 2001 Sociando Mallet

I saw those 95 and 96 at k&l. Obviously, your purchase answers my question of whether you feel those are fairly priced.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 2nd, 2018, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Sociando Mallet
Replies: 19
Views: 693

Re: 2001 Sociando Mallet

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
December 1st, 2018, 5:50 pm
Brian I would say no. I have bought a lot of it but never over $50. It’s very good but is emblematic of a very ripe vintage. Grab 2001 or 2000 for that price, or two bottles of the 2014.
How about the '00 for $87?
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 2nd, 2018, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Incredible interview with Bobby Stuckey
Replies: 100
Views: 3978

Re: Incredible interview with Bobby Stuckey

Jim Brennan wrote:
November 28th, 2018, 4:38 am
Interesting read, but a bit redundant, as he kept mentioning that same point over and over and over.
Thanks for posting, Ian. My response is basically an echo of Jim's.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 2nd, 2018, 10:27 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 624
Views: 29199

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I would certainly enjoy that! (The get together, not the Starbucks. [berserker.gif] )
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 1st, 2018, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Sociando Mallet
Replies: 19
Views: 693

Re: 2001 Sociando Mallet

Marc Frontario wrote:
November 26th, 2018, 1:03 pm
Great to hear....fyi '03 is better than '05
'03 worth buying at $75?
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 1st, 2018, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shameless point chaser 100 point CDP question
Replies: 26
Views: 1236

Re: Shameless point chaser 100 point CDP question

I'd do the 07 Boislauzon Quet and 07 Clos des Papes.

Who gave 100 to the Clos des Papes? I didnt know somebody gave that one the perfect score.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 30th, 2018, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 504
Views: 22206

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Frank Murray III wrote:
November 29th, 2018, 7:41 pm
Reynard is now $300+ with CA tax. What happened to the days of $140?
Right?!? This represents a 100% increase over the past -- how many? -- 4?, 5?, years. Unfortunate.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 30th, 2018, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "There are truly amazing wines meant to consume very young."
Replies: 81
Views: 3672

Re: "There are truly amazing wines meant to consume very young."

Such an interesting thread - and an interesting concept as well. 'Truly Amazing' really is so darned subjective that it's difficult to give an answer that applies to anyone but yourself, right? Yes. I have had young wines that I found 'truly amazing' - yep, .. So have I. *But,* 2 things: 1. Part, i...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 30th, 2018, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ageworthiness of Modern versus Traditional Bordeaux
Replies: 86
Views: 2975

Re: Ageworthiness of Modern versus Traditional Bordeaux

RE: Cellar Temps A friend from an old tasting group visited from STL this past weekend. I showed him the new cellar and temperature came up. We both recounted how a friend kept his cellar really cold -- 50-52 degrees. His wines always showed much fresher and younger than they were. IMO, it really p...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 29th, 2018, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ageworthiness of Modern versus Traditional Bordeaux
Replies: 86
Views: 2975

Re: Ageworthiness of Modern versus Traditional Bordeaux

Bumped my wine fridges up to 58 last night, with this thread in mind. I have to admit I don’t get this. I have always set my self-controlled wine fridges over the years to 52-53 deg F and been very happy. I don’t like it that my offsite storage, where I don’t have any control, is a few degrees high...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 29th, 2018, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 504
Views: 22206

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Frank Murray III wrote:
November 29th, 2018, 3:44 pm
From this afternoon.....

2015 Thierry Allemand, Cornas

Cornas ‘Chaillot’ - $249.99 VM 96
Cornas ‘Reynard’ - $289.99 VM 98

OUCH! Makes me glad that I have let the N Rhone train pull over and let me jump off this bad trip. Sick.

Where's my Champagne? [drinkers.gif]
Pass.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 29th, 2018, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying Non-750ml Formats...Regrets and Advice
Replies: 109
Views: 2234

Re: Buying Non-750ml Formats...Regrets and Advice

You are absolutely correct.. 2 bottles could be different. 1 can be flawed and not the other. Leaving you with at least 1 750ml. Flawed Mag, go bye bye. [dance-clap.gif] 2 corks doubles the odds.of TCA taint, however. David, The "the same" point is the best practical point I've heard (aside.from sl...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 29th, 2018, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ageworthiness of Modern versus Traditional Bordeaux
Replies: 86
Views: 2975

Re: Ageworthiness of Modern versus Traditional Bordeaux

Bumped my wine fridges up to 58 last night, with this thread in mind.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 29th, 2018, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying Non-750ml Formats...Regrets and Advice
Replies: 109
Views: 2234

Re: Buying Non-750ml Formats...Regrets and Advice

Because the two bottles could be different, and one bottle is one bottle fewer to open. Filling glasses quickly is an objective? I suppose if the idea is to get trashed... You are absolutely correct.. 2 bottles could be different. 1 can be flawed and not the other. Leaving you with at least 1 750ml...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 28th, 2018, 11:33 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15798
Views: 368859

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Oooh!! I looooove that Beachwood! Thanks for the heads-up, Bud.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 28th, 2018, 11:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying Non-750ml Formats...Regrets and Advice
Replies: 109
Views: 2234

Re: Buying Non-750ml Formats...Regrets and Advice

To those who prefer to open one magnum rather than two 750s: why is that?

Also: why are magnums fun/interesting/always good (compared to two 750s)?
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 26th, 2018, 9:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Mushroom powder pasta?
Replies: 17
Views: 391

Re: Mushroom powder pasta?

Lol!! Fair enough.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 26th, 2018, 9:10 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: The Water Thread - Europe
Replies: 5
Views: 321

Re: The Water Thread - Europe

Portugal - F

I got a terrible stomach parasite when I mindlessly had some of the tap water. The water in question was, I believe, from a winery in the Douro Valley, fwiw. I doubt it's important to name the specific winery, so I'm not going to.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 26th, 2018, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines that requires 24 hours+ of air exposure before drinking
Replies: 10
Views: 798

Re: Wines that requires 24 hours+ of air exposure before drinking

Ian Sutton wrote:
November 26th, 2018, 9:01 am
Claus Jeppesen wrote:
November 26th, 2018, 1:59 am
I drank 2 yesterday:
2008 LDH Gravonia Blanco Crianza (24 hours in fridge)
Shows much more balance and intriguing acidity. A REAL bargain in white wine
... and never drink it cold.
+1. For my preferences, this is at its best above cellar temp. An annual purchase for me.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 26th, 2018, 8:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Mushroom powder pasta?
Replies: 17
Views: 391

Re: Mushroom powder pasta?

I would think this would 'work' if you processed the powder finely and consistently enough, and didn't use too much. It would probably take a bit of experimentation to determine what too much is, and if you can add real flavor below that level. It might be that it doesn't take much powder to mess w...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 26th, 2018, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ageworthiness of Modern versus Traditional Bordeaux
Replies: 86
Views: 2975

Re: Ageworthiness of Modern versus Traditional Bordeaux

Does advances in storage play a part here? It seems to me ---- don't know if it's true or not ---- that there is a much greater focus on proper storage now (with the modern wines) than there was previously (with the traditional wines). How long have actively-cooled wine cabinets, or actively-cooled ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 25th, 2018, 9:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: some wines
Replies: 1
Views: 269

Re: TN: some wines

Subtle.


Nice.

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