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by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 7th, 2019, 8:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paso Robles Trip Suggestions
Replies: 15
Views: 563

Re: Paso Robles Trip Suggestions

Tablas Creek --- best CA Rhone winery, imo.

--- if you searched all.past Paso threads then you already know everything else I would say.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 7th, 2019, 8:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Schrader
Replies: 3
Views: 192

Re: 2018 Schrader

$1,575.00 is not an "odd" number, although it is an odd number; $225/btl..
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 6th, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 684
Views: 34840

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Right about now I am very happy we have a good stockpile wine. For as long as the tariffs remain in place (assuming it's not many years) I anticipate a net reduction in our holdings, which would be the dawn of a new era for our household.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 4th, 2019, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 684
Views: 34840

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Stopped in to my local Total Wine today. Found the head wine guy. He confirmed the obvious: prices on Bdx raised bc of tariffs, even on existing stock. I told him TW lost me due to that move, and that I'm far from the only one. Told him.about the negative chatter re: this move on the wine boards. In...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
December 4th, 2019, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 684
Views: 34840

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Oh no. 100% tariff on Champagne will,.potentially, sink Envoyer, for example. At the very least, Greg will have to quickly re-think whatbhis offerings will be. N And incredibly sad that this would be the end of small.growers in our market, which would bring my Champagne purchases back to about zero.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 30th, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16407
Views: 426092

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

I.liked that 100% Mosaic a lot.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 30th, 2019, 8:17 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16407
Views: 426092

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

We see a lot of MT, I’m batting ~ .500 with them. I’m not a huge fan of what I see on the store shelves. Have tried Ghost Mountain a couple of times now and it’s not my jam. Telesto is o.k., but really enjoyed Space Ways. We’ll see what’s in the care package in 90 mins :) I agree re: Telesto and Gh...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 29th, 2019, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Black Friday Deals
Replies: 78
Views: 7550

Re: Black Friday Deals

Anyone know if Chris is running a deal on Zaltos, GGG, or his own line?
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 29th, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Black Friday Deals
Replies: 78
Views: 7550

Re: Black Friday Deals

Have received a couple attractive emails from Flickinger. 2007 and 2006 Dom Ruinart for $119/ bottle, or $99/bottle if you buy 6. 2016 Insignia for $215/bottle, or $204/bottle if you buy 6. The Dom Ruinart offer seems pretty nice, but only 36 bottles avail..
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 27th, 2019, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alcohol and Oak
Replies: 13
Views: 736

Re: Alcohol and Oak

Mel Knox wrote:
November 27th, 2019, 4:11 pm
I have helped do experiments showing how seasoning impacts wine flavor but that is another story.
I would love to hear what you have to say on this topic.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 27th, 2019, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting recent experience at a restaurant that allowed corkage...
Replies: 33
Views: 2019

Re: Interesting recent experience at a restaurant that allowed corkage...

I wish every waiter would let me pour my own wine. Typically they pour every glass too full, and keep on refilling as fast as the wine is consumed. This. Unless it is a high-end restaurant, I don't think you can expect proper wine service; the fact that you got zero wine service is probably better ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 25th, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?
Replies: 65
Views: 3075

Re: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
November 25th, 2019, 8:10 am
I have a lot of d’Armailhac. No worries, I’m thinking prime at age 20. Sorta my target for wines like that, Sociando, La Louviere, Gloria, Cantemerle, etc. incidentally, I was not too enamored with Cantemerle in this vintage.
Bummer about Cantemerle. Why did you not love it?
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 25th, 2019, 1:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weightless, Red Fruited and Pure....Name Your Poison
Replies: 50
Views: 2167

Re: Weightless, Red Fruited and Pure....Name Your Poison

Many of the Mourvedres from Dirty & Rowdy.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 22nd, 2019, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Futures
Replies: 31
Views: 2791

Re: Rhys Futures

Cool. I'm curious about the Mt. Pajaro.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 22nd, 2019, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Futures
Replies: 31
Views: 2791

Re: Rhys Futures

The 2017 Chardonnay sampler packs haven't been received by anyone yet, right?
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 20th, 2019, 10:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1148
Views: 64004

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Looks like you got a helluva bargain on your Tempier. I wouldn't let one outlier dictate the quality of others' pricing. Flip it around for a moment: if there was one store selling it for $60, would Envoyer's pricing then be excellent? No. Tempier's rose runs $35 - $45 these days, so Envoyer's prici...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 20th, 2019, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1148
Views: 64004

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

YLee wrote:
November 20th, 2019, 3:02 pm
Envoyer's prices hasnt been that good these days.
2018 tempier rose for $40? Got mine almost 40% cheaper.
Tempier? Not Terrebrune?
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 19th, 2019, 10:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges Vieilles Vignes
Replies: 9
Views: 839

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges Vieilles Vignes

Robert Pavlovich wrote:
November 7th, 2019, 10:21 am
Maybe better in its youth these days. Found the 10’ seemed past its prime on a couple occasions in recent years.
That was woefully surprising, I bet.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 19th, 2019, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Young cdp
Replies: 15
Views: 897

Re: Young cdp

Not the Beaucastel. Any of the others.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 19th, 2019, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Sea Smoke - Pinot Noir "Ten" (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)
Replies: 22
Views: 1564

Re: TN: 2007 Sea Smoke - Pinot Noir "Ten" (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)

2007 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Ten - USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills (11/16/2019) -- popped and poured -- -- tasted a couple hours non-blind over approx. one hour -- Stewed red fruits. Baked red fruits. Tasted a bit oxidized or heat damaged, but neither should have been the case. Others ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 18th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When your partner/SO goes dumpster diving in “your” cellar . . . .
Replies: 64
Views: 4720

Re: When your partner/SO goes dumpster diving in “your” cellar . . . .

Not yet, but I suspect the day will come when my kids get busted for doing this. They will do chores if not employed, or will use their wages to buy replacements if/when this happens; the goal is for them to think twice before doing that again. Restitution will only be part of the punishment --- aft...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 15th, 2019, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 La Dame de Malescot (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)
Replies: 0
Views: 190

TN: 2014 La Dame de Malescot (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)

2014 La Dame de Malescot - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux (11/12/2019) -- popped and poured -- -- tasted non-blind over 2 hours on Day 1; revisited on Day 3 -- NOSE: very ripe red fruits; no funk or pencil shavings; up-front fruit. Day 3 presentation was more savory and plummy. BODY: dark violet-...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 15th, 2019, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Domaine Guiberteau - Saumur Blanc "Clos des Carmes" (France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur)
Replies: 1
Views: 230

TN: 2012 Domaine Guiberteau - Saumur Blanc "Clos des Carmes" (France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur)

2012 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Blanc Clos des Carmes Monopole - France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur (11/11/2019) -- popped and poured -- -- tasted non-blind over 2 to 3 hours -- NOSE: honeysuckle; wooly mineral; mango – sweet potato combo; expressive. BODY: medium-light maize color; medium b...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 15th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .
Replies: 58
Views: 5621

Re: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .

Dammit. One of a very few producers I buy in most vintages. We'll see to what extent this impacts pricing, both on '16 and others.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 15th, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Night of Sherry
Replies: 9
Views: 568

Re: A Night of Sherry

{jealous} ...

I swear, life will someday give me the opportunity to crash one of these fabulous sherry outings you put together, Jay. Great notes! And now I sit here, barely 10am, finding myself pining for a glass.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 13th, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you always taste before you buy?
Replies: 27
Views: 1326

Re: Do you always taste before you buy?

Yes. I was referring to the illegal consumption in the parking lot.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 13th, 2019, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1148
Views: 64004

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Thank you, Andrew. [cheers.gif]
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 12th, 2019, 10:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opening wines before reaching restaurant
Replies: 70
Views: 2445

Re: Opening wines before reaching restaurant

GregT wrote:
November 11th, 2019, 11:52 am
...There's one near me who won't charge corkage as long as the wine is at least 10 years old and the owner gets to try it. Seems pretty fair to me.
O.K.. I'll play. Which restaurant? I like the policy.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 12th, 2019, 10:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Tasting with TNs
Replies: 45
Views: 2653

Re: Rhys Tasting with TNs

Sad to have missed this event, but I'm really appreciating the notes, everyone. Thank you!
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 12th, 2019, 9:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!
Replies: 83
Views: 4093

Re: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!

That is why I hate going to offsite; my back is older than I am, and I feel my offsite visits for at least a couple days afterwards.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 12th, 2019, 9:54 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16407
Views: 426092

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Matt Allen wrote:
November 12th, 2019, 7:31 pm
CBS, on nitro
now *that* sounds awesome!
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 12th, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1148
Views: 64004

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

AD Northup wrote:
November 12th, 2019, 5:17 pm
Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
November 12th, 2019, 5:06 pm
Anyone have experience with the Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso? Only thing giving me pause is some high(er) abvs listed in CT notes for some past vintages.
Didn’t get that offer. What’s the vintage/price?
2016
$100
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 12th, 2019, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1148
Views: 64004

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Anyone have experience with the Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso? Only thing giving me pause is some high(er) abvs listed in CT notes for some past vintages.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 12th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you always taste before you buy?
Replies: 27
Views: 1326

Re: Do you always taste before you buy?

No, not all the wines I buy come with screw caps. That's why you need to carry a corkscrew when you shop! I want to try before buying but can't always. If I know the producer, I'm usually OK buying blind, but wouldn't buy anything in quantity from a producer I don't know pretty well. But that's whe...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 12th, 2019, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Château Pontet-Canet (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 2
Views: 482

Re: TN: 2014 Château Pontet-Canet (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

Hi Bob, re: 2014 Bordeaux, you are not alone. I absolutely *love* the '14s. I cracked into this one because my local Costco has had them at $90 a pop, which struck me as a good deal; I've put at least a bottle in my cart on three separate occasions, and I finally decided it would be wise to actually...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 12th, 2019, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Château Pontet-Canet (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 2
Views: 482

TN: 2014 Château Pontet-Canet (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

2014 Château Pontet-Canet - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac (10/28/2019) -- decanted immediately before initial taste -- -- tasted non-blind over a couple hours -- NOSE: smoky oak; black cherry Twizzlers; raspberry reduction; hints of cumin and bitter orange peel. BODY: superfine particulate matt...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 12th, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Domaine Grand Veneur - Châteauneuf-du-Pape (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Replies: 0
Views: 190

TN: 2005 Domaine Grand Veneur - Châteauneuf-du-Pape (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

2005 Domaine Grand Veneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (9/22/2019) -- decanted immediately before initial taste -- -- tasted non-blind over a couple hours -- NOSE: stinky cheese --- epoisses; dark, tanned leather; dark strawberry jam; some alcohol fumes n...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 11th, 2019, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you always taste before you buy?
Replies: 27
Views: 1326

Re: Do you always taste before you buy?

That's a lot of bottles for only $65 worth of wine.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 11th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16407
Views: 426092

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Mark Y wrote:
November 10th, 2019, 9:19 am
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As good as beer gets pretty much...
Reputation preceeds it, but it still lives up to the hype.
Thanks for sharing Travis!
What is it?
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 11th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Château Castegens (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)
Replies: 2
Views: 177

Re: TN: 2016 Château Castegens (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)

Yep. I'll try one from time to time to see if I can find a diamond in the rough; notsomuch this time, but at $11 I can't really be disappointed, either.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 11th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Château Castegens (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)
Replies: 2
Views: 177

TN: 2016 Château Castegens (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)

2016 Château Castegens - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux (11/10/2019) -- popped and poured -- -- tasted a couple small pours non-blind on Day 1; re-visited on Day 4 -- -- 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc -- -- Diam 3 closure -- Terribly oaky --- unpleasantly so on Day 1, but...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 11th, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 0
Views: 270

TN: 2015 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

2015 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac (11/10/2019) -- popped and poured -- -- tasted non-blind over approx. 3 hours -- Very approachable --- more approachable than I'd prefer for a GPL of this age. Red-fruited, mostly, with medium-low acidity. Not tannic. Clean. Sweet, ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 8th, 2019, 1:06 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 937
Views: 50324

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Any thoughts on Manuela? Corkage policy? Thanks! Cheers! Marshall [cheers.gif] Just dined there last Friday night. Loved the vibe and food was good - flavorful and well portioned. However, service can be hit or miss. Our particular server really wasn't feeling it that day and acted like he didn't w...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 8th, 2019, 1:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 937
Views: 50324

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Is that Fu picking his nose but just so warmed-up he missed?!?

Cool pic. Michael. [cheers.gif]
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 8th, 2019, 1:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN fun: what variety is this?
Replies: 36
Views: 1327

Re: TN fun: what variety is this?

Would have guessed Cab Franc
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 7th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine de Chevalier (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 28
Views: 1573

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine de Chevalier (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

I had essenti6y the same impression of this wine. I bet it will age amazingly well.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 5th, 2019, 11:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 937
Views: 50324

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
November 5th, 2019, 4:59 am
Was browsing through old pics and came across a gem with fu and Jonathan gold candidly in the same picture at majordomo.
Pic or didn't happen. [snort.gif]
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 5th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16407
Views: 426092

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

For a long while (a year or two?) In the recent past CBS bombers were always stocked on WF shelves. They pretty much dried up earlier this year, though
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 4th, 2019, 11:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No more space, do you keep buying?
Replies: 53
Views: 2310

Re: No more space, do you keep buying?

I chose the top 3 options: Yes, when I have willpower. No, expand storage (during wintertime; and this is usually accompanied by a slow-down in purchasing) No, add off-site (when the problem has become exceedingly bad; this level of bad behavior has only been reached three times --- my initial foray...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 4th, 2019, 11:11 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16407
Views: 426092

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Damn!!! Yay!!!! I have been waiting for CBS 4packs! I bought 24, Ha! Over a hundred dollars in beer, but Screams like a deal when you don’t have to look at those bombers... Great Sunday brunch beer. It is my second-favorite breakfast beer, behind only Aecht Schlenkerla's Urbock Rauchbier. I, too, w...

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