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by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 17th, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15902
Views: 372374

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Pizza Port - Swami's IPA (this 01/21/19 canning is the best Swami's I've had in recent memory)
Firestone - "Mind Haze" NEIPA (excellent QPR)
Beachwood - 28 Haze Later NEIPA (soooooo good!)
Avery - "Hazyish" IPA (good, but not as good as the Mind Haze, which is cheaper.)
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 16th, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15902
Views: 372374

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Had a 2016 Parabola today. Flipping. Fantastic!!
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 16th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 261
Views: 11413

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

Is anyone here unclear about what I've said? Anyone? I wouldn't want to be unclear about anything. I will say, There is one thing here that I must just be too stupid to figure out; maybe the nice folks here can help me out. Where did I say "con" or "fraud" here? I've tried to find it, but I must be ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 16th, 2019, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 261
Views: 11413

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

See how good Ray is at taking responsibility for his own choices, everybody? Magnificent!
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 16th, 2019, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 261
Views: 11413

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

Kevin You cannot convince that I lied. What I will say is that as a winemaker, I decided to further age my wines to allow them the ability to mature. I have that right. Anyone that makes wine has that right. It happens quite a bit actually. ... Additionally, you made promises to individual customer...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 15th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vintage-Dependent Wines/Regions
Replies: 7
Views: 182

Re: Vintage-Dependent Wines/Regions

I don’t drink a lot of it, but the region I’m most picky about vintages is Sauternes. Need those acid years to maintain freshness and lift! That's really a better way to state my inquiry, if I do say so myself! Good call on Sauternes, too! Mark, I've come to understand that "solar vintage" means su...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 15th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vintage-Dependent Wines/Regions
Replies: 7
Views: 182

Re: Vintage-Dependent Wines/Regions

Each of you hit on a couple of mine, although neither is a steadfast rule: for German Riesling, I have a strong preference for those off-the-charts-acidic years ('10; '15). I will nonetheless always "check out" a new vintage with a couple wines that are (nearly) yearly purchases. I've been coming to...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 15th, 2019, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Carl Loewen - Riesling Trocken "Alte Reben" (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)
Replies: 0
Views: 70

TN: 2017 Carl Loewen - Riesling Trocken "Alte Reben" (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)

2017 Carl Loewen Riesling Trocken "Alte Reben" - Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer (2/8/2019) -- popped and poured -- -- tasted non-blind over approx. 1.5 hours -- NOSE: no petrol; stone fruit; lychee; moderately expressive. BODY: lightly-colored; medium-light bodied. TASTE: dry; no petrol; medium acidity;...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 15th, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vintage-Dependent Wines/Regions
Replies: 7
Views: 182

Vintage-Dependent Wines/Regions

Many of us have wines we enjoy, if not buy, in nearly every vintage. This post isn't about those wines.

I'm curious to hear which wines folks enjoy (or pursue), but only in particular vintages (or in vintages generally yielding wines of a particular type).
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 15th, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 261
Views: 11413

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

I am but one former Maison Ilan customer. My story is similar to others. This post, from Nov. of 2014, sums-up the final chapter in my dealings with Ray: An update/review on/of my ongoing situation with Maison Ilan: Ray promised to me that he would do something on Oct. 7. Oct. 7 came and went withou...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 14th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Château Lanessan (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)
Replies: 28
Views: 2014

Re: TN: 2014 Château Lanessan (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)

2014 Château Lanessan - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc (2/6/2019) -- decanted one hour before initial taste -- -- tasted non-blind over 2 – 3 hours -- Ripe, purple-fruited Nose, with complications of wet stones and licorice; accessible aromas. On the palate, this has medium acidity, light tann...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 14th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Weingut Josef Leitz - Rüdesheimer Riesling trocken (Germany, Rheingau)
Replies: 1
Views: 75

TN: 2015 Weingut Josef Leitz - Rüdesheimer Riesling trocken (Germany, Rheingau)

2015 Weingut Josef Leitz Rüdesheim Riesling trocken - Germany, Rheingau (2/3/2019) -- wine opened approx. one hour before tasting (screwcap) -- -- tasted non-blind on Days 1 and 2 -- NOSE: surprising hint of petrol, which I normally would expect from a wine this young; very powdery; lychee and papa...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 14th, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Sweetzer Cellars - Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley)
Replies: 0
Views: 38

TN: 2015 Sweetzer Cellars - Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley)

2015 Sweetzer Cellars Chardonnay - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley (2/3/2019) -- wine opened approx. one hour before tasting -- -- tasted a single pour non-blind over approx. 30 minutes -- Hazy, bright golden yellow color. Light, tropical-leaning aromatics. Medium-full bodied, wi...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 14th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Neal Martin have “121 mutual friends including Christ”
Replies: 11
Views: 956

Re: Neal Martin have “121 mutual friends including Christ”

Dennis Atick wrote:
February 14th, 2019, 8:37 am
Christ is dead at retail.
Was.

He made a comeback.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 13th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 132
Views: 2322

Re: Diam corks?

John, I'm not sure. Now I'm tempted to buy another one just so I can have the answer to your question ... plus, it's always nice to have a couple cheap bottles of bubbles around for mimosas. :)
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 13th, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Rhys Horseshoe Syrah--a tour de force?
Replies: 22
Views: 1202

Re: 2011 Rhys Horseshoe Syrah--a tour de force?

Could be, Frank. Could be. I'll think more closely next time I pop a Horseshoe Syrah (don't have any more of the '11s, though).
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 13th, 2019, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 132
Views: 2322

Re: Diam corks?

Diam makes a champagne cork as well...I forget what they call it. TCA can get into a wine in the cellar. Also, reduction can sometimes be confused with TCA...the rule is that TCA gets worse with air time, reduction gets better (reduction reduction!). Mytik is the Diam Champagne cork. We import thou...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 13th, 2019, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 132
Views: 2322

Re: Diam corks?

What’s the oldest wine anyone here has had that was under a Diam? I think mine is 2007 Ramey Chardonnay. 2007 Antonio Vallana e Figlio Gattinara Had it in 2017. My TN indicates a pleasant primary/tertiary mix. I never had this wine in its youth, so it's just a data point without context. unfortunat...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 13th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Johan Vineyards - Blaufränkisch (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)
Replies: 0
Views: 70

TN: 2014 Johan Vineyards - Blaufränkisch (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)

2014 Johan Vineyards Blaufränkisch - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (1/31/2019) -- decanted 15 minutes before initial taste -- -- tasted non-blind over a few hours on Day 1; re-visited on Days 2 and 7 -- -- score is from Day 1 -- NOSE: cherry, with a hint of citrus; pleasant spices (likely oak-deri...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 13th, 2019, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Domaine de Chevalier - L'Esprit de Chevalier Blanc (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 2
Views: 82

TN: 2013 Domaine de Chevalier - L'Esprit de Chevalier Blanc (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

2013 L'Esprit de Chevalier Blanc - France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan (1/29/2019) -- popped and poured -- -- tasted non-blind over a couple hours -- -- 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 50% Semillon -- NOSE: "green"; peas; tropical; pleasantly expressive, although not terribly complex. BODY: pale green-ye...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 12th, 2019, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys offer
Replies: 50
Views: 3534

Re: Rhys offer

At this point, all I can say with certainty is, More than 10 years. And that's fine--- in fact, for me, it's preferred. Thing is, my current guess is they'll need 20+. Hell , I'll probably have 40+ cases by then ... need to start drinking these on the "too young" side ... but that seems stupid ... a...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 12th, 2019, 6:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings
Replies: 18
Views: 579

Re: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings

In-N-Out fries went from terrible to edible when I started ordering them "well done." It's a good thing the burgers are delicious.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 12th, 2019, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys offer
Replies: 50
Views: 3534

Re: Rhys offer

oy ... took a first stab at a conservative order and it ended-up being 13 bottles and more money than I want to spend; will have to find a way to cull a bit. Rhys is becoming a difficult thing for me to figure out: On one hand, prices continue to increase; but they *are* fairly-priced. They are now ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 12th, 2019, 5:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Gordon Ramsay and Hot Wings
Replies: 7
Views: 667

Re: Gordon Ramsay and Hot Wings

The episode with Charlize Theron is better.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 12th, 2019, 4:32 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15902
Views: 372374

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

... * @Brian - thoughts on the 2014 Alesmith Speedway? I'm drinking a Perennial Sump bottled in Jan 2016 and I'm not a fan... and this is usually one of my favorite beers. Could be heat damaged (although the rest of the beers stored with it were not), but the coffee has gone incredibly bitter and t...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 12th, 2019, 4:29 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Old Beer - Results
Replies: 97
Views: 5442

Re: Old Beer - Results

Alesmith's Speedway Coffee Stout ages admirably. same with Ballast point's Victory At Sea.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 12th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Baudry - Chinon "Le Clos Guillot" (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon)
Replies: 7
Views: 256

Re: TN: 2015 Baudry - Chinon "Le Clos Guillot" (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon)

Reeeeeallllly ... okay. I'll have to give one a shot. I liked the '14 Grezeaux, but it was a bit too "modern" for me to want to re-buy; I assume(d) (perhaps incorrectly) that the '15 would be even moreso in that direction.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 12th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Rhys Horseshoe Syrah--a tour de force?
Replies: 22
Views: 1202

Re: 2011 Rhys Horseshoe Syrah--a tour de force?

thanks, Chris. I wonder what the stemmy character derives from? It's a very strong element. Hopefully somebody in the know chimes-in.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 12th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Ch. Les Carmes Haut Brion: And, who made this wine?
Replies: 67
Views: 2479

Re: TN: 2014 Ch. Les Carmes Haut Brion: And, who made this wine?

2014 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion - France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan (2/10/2019) -- double decanted approx. 90 minutes before initial taste -- -- tasted non-blind over approx. 90 minutes -- NOSE: purple-fruited, with wet stones and oak. Fairly ripe fruit aromas, and the oak was stronger th...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 12th, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Rhys Bearwallow Vineyard Chardonnay
Replies: 1
Views: 250

Re: TN: 2015 Rhys Bearwallow Vineyard Chardonnay

2015 Rhys Chardonnay Bearwallow Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (2/10/2019) -- double decanted approx. 90 minutes before initial taste -- -- tasted non-blind over approx. 90 minutes -- NOSE: tight; lemon and orange oils; cilantro. BODY: medium-light bodied; pale yellow colo...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 12th, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Rhys Horseshoe Syrah--a tour de force?
Replies: 22
Views: 1202

Re: 2011 Rhys Horseshoe Syrah--a tour de force?

-- popped and poured -- -- tasted non-blind on Day 1 over one hour, and revisited on Days 2 and 3 -- NOSE: smoky with some light oak; very pepper; medium+ expressiveness; incense. Day 2: stemmy and red-fruited. Day 3: still stemmy, but now with a hint of oxidation. BODY: medium bodied. TASTE: drying...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 12th, 2019, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Baudry - Chinon "Le Clos Guillot" (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon)
Replies: 7
Views: 256

TN: 2015 Baudry - Chinon "Le Clos Guillot" (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon)

2015 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Clos Guillot - France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon (1/24/2019) -- opened 15 minutes before initial taste -- -- tasted non-blind on Day 1 over one hour, and revisited on Day 3 -- NOSE: plummy; garrigué; possibly a hint of brett (otherwise something a bit funk...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 11th, 2019, 8:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Electric Kettle
Replies: 23
Views: 606

Re: Electric Kettle

My cheap Hamilton Beach does a fine job every single morning with our Chemex pour over. Of note: I have *not* done a comparative blind tasting with boiled water and water that has been warmed to, but not past, that 199 - 201 range.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 11th, 2019, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs from a blind tasting of 2010/2011 Piedmonts
Replies: 13
Views: 887

Re: TNs from a blind tasting of 2010/2011 Piedmonts

LOL! Hey, Rioja can be good!!
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 11th, 2019, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 608
Views: 27471

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

No dice on the '82 Gruaud Larose. By the time I got around to replying I knew it would be a shot in the dark, but still ... [swearing.gif]
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 11th, 2019, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs from a blind tasting of 2010/2011 Piedmonts
Replies: 13
Views: 887

Re: TNs from a blind tasting of 2010/2011 Piedmonts

Cool. I appreciate that, Andrew. Thank you for chiming in. [cheers.gif]
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 8th, 2019, 5:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurant - Waiter pouring etiquette
Replies: 104
Views: 3395

Re: Restaurant - Waiter pouring etiquette

That was a perfect way to deal with that mistake, imo, David. Good for them.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 8th, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs from a blind tasting of 2010/2011 Piedmonts
Replies: 13
Views: 887

Re: TNs from a blind tasting of 2010/2011 Piedmonts

Doug, I *promise* you have more experience with Piedmonts than I do, as I have very little. I believe the tasting was largely 2011-centric in hopes that they would be more open/accessible. The general consensus was that at least some of these wines shut-down as a result of extended air. I recommend ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 8th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs from a blind tasting of 2010/2011 Piedmonts
Replies: 13
Views: 887

TNs from a blind tasting of 2010/2011 Piedmonts

Thank you to our gracious host for including me in this fine tasting. I had a great time seeing familiar faces, as well as meeting a couple folks whom I had never met, as well as a couple folks whom I had met only in an online sense. My big takeaway from this tasting, for better or worse, is that I ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 8th, 2019, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Château Cantemerle (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)
Replies: 8
Views: 980

Re: TN: 2015 Château Cantemerle (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)

2015 Château Cantemerle - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc (1/19/2019) -- decanted 1.75 hours before initial taste -- -- tasted non-blind over 2 – 3 hours -- NOSE: concentrated, dark, rich red fruits; hints of espresso, caramel, and popcorn. BODY: lots of fine particulate matter present; blood r...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 8th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurant - Waiter pouring etiquette
Replies: 104
Views: 3395

Re: Restaurant - Waiter pouring etiquette

David Glasser wrote:
February 8th, 2019, 10:15 am
...
I rarely have trouble, but the worst was at a high-end place that insisted on keeping the bottles at a separate serving table. They served my 1982 Haut Brion to another table while we were eating our salads and appetizers.
hitsfan How did you and the restaurant deal with that problem?!?
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 8th, 2019, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurant - Waiter pouring etiquette
Replies: 104
Views: 3395

Re: Restaurant - Waiter pouring etiquette

Kirk,
That Sassicaia story is a good one, albeit heart-breaking.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 7th, 2019, 10:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Mixed bag - Burgs + Bords + others
Replies: 7
Views: 696

Re: TN: Mixed bag - Burgs + Bords + others

Thanks for the notes, Paul. Hope you and E are good these days. [cheers.gif]
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 7th, 2019, 8:48 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: German Wine Lovers, NYC?
Replies: 16
Views: 898

Re: German Wine Lovers, NYC?

CliftonD wrote:
January 30th, 2019, 8:13 am
Count me in, especially if there's a catchy group name. [thankyou.gif]
Pradi-cats is ingenious. [worship.gif]
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 7th, 2019, 8:45 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15902
Views: 372374

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Getting immense enjoyment out of my last 28 Haze Later can right now. Reminds me a lot of BW's "Ask the Dust", which must be about due for another release.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 7th, 2019, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 321
Views: 9368

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

That's fair, David. [cheers.gif]

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