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by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 28th, 2020, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYTimes: Asimov on Grape Variety Caste System
Replies: 61
Views: 2808

Re: NYTimes: Asimov on Grape Variety Caste System

You pose a very good question, Scott (and I'm not sure my answer entirely belongs in this thread): is it just the novelty factor that people will try an 'odd" variety like Mission and then return to safer grounds once they've done so? I think yes, that's def the case. People are curious and will tr...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 27th, 2020, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your views on Australian wines now?
Replies: 36
Views: 1448

Re: What are your views on Australian wines now?

Love the Semillons. Just rarely drink new world reds - from anywhere really (outside of an occasional Cali/Oregon Pinot Noir). Haven't had 100% Semillon on the table in many moons (I recall Wente). Don't know why we got away from it. Can you name some Aussies to be on the lookout for? (Assuming you...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 27th, 2020, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1945 Calon-Segur
Replies: 21
Views: 821

Re: 1945 Calon-Segur

Wow --- that fill!!! What a cool experience!
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 27th, 2020, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 1999 Dom Perignon Heat Damage Challenge - The Results
Replies: 25
Views: 1373

Re: The 1999 Dom Perignon Heat Damage Challenge

My guess is that it will be heat-damaged, but, obviously, my hope is that it's not. And, my man, all those other wines in there! :-o [beg.gif] Happy momentous Birthday to Carly! champagne.gif Remember the heat damage challenge Bob did at OCPoker4Wine? 3 bottles of Avalon. One stored in his cellar, ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 26th, 2020, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 1999 Dom Perignon Heat Damage Challenge - The Results
Replies: 25
Views: 1373

Re: The 1999 Dom Perignon Heat Damage Challenge

My guess is that it will be heat-damaged, but, obviously, my hope is that it's not. And, my man, all those other wines in there! :-o [beg.gif]

Happy momentous Birthday to Carly! champagne.gif
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 26th, 2020, 1:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desperate for legit ideas on what to do with Stella Rosa semi-sweet wine
Replies: 20
Views: 581

Re: Desperate for legit ideas on what to do with Stella Rosa semi-sweet wine

Chris,
Mostly a clear conscience. I believe the giver put a lot of thought into giving it, and for whatever reason I feel compelled to put equal effort into personally enjoying it.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 26th, 2020, 1:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Entry-level Fino/Manzanilla? [Valdespino Inocente & El Maestro Sierra added. Poll Restarted]
Replies: 19
Views: 666

Re: Best Entry-level Fino/Manzanilla? [Valdespino Inocente & El Maestro Sierra added. Poll Restarted]

I voted La Gitana this time around; I think I voted for the same the first time, but there's a chance I voted Pepe.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 25th, 2020, 5:33 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16832
Views: 464452

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

friend recently shipped a birthday package containing Tree House's "Haze," "Julius," and "Very Green." My favorite was Very Green, followed by Haze, followed by Julius. I'd love to see Julius done as a hybrid style --- it's current formulation sits kinda funny in my stomach.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 25th, 2020, 5:32 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16832
Views: 464452

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Mumford Brewing - "The Method Method" NEIIPA --- my first time with a Mumford hazy, aaaaaannnd, damn. This is Monkish-good. Hopped with Mosaic and Motueka. Legit-excellent.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 25th, 2020, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desperate for legit ideas on what to do with Stella Rosa semi-sweet wine
Replies: 20
Views: 581

Re: Desperate for legit ideas on what to do with Stella Rosa semi-sweet wine

Thanks, everybody. Think I'll go with the mulled wine idea --- the weather is right for it. :)
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 25th, 2020, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JJ Prum Riesling -Are These a Good Deal?
Replies: 15
Views: 680

Re: JJ Prum Reisling -Are These a Good Deal?

Good pricing. Buy them all.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 25th, 2020, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lopawines.com Thread
Replies: 177
Views: 16213

Re: Lopawines.com Thread

Had the pleasure of meeting Scott in person yesterday for the first time. Super nice guy. Looking forward to more great offers!
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 25th, 2020, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desperate for legit ideas on what to do with Stella Rosa semi-sweet wine
Replies: 20
Views: 581

Desperate for legit ideas on what to do with Stella Rosa semi-sweet wine

We received a bottle as a gift. The gift-giver is important to us. I would like to put it to good use, somehow. Any good cooking ideas, perhaps? It's a semi-sweet Red wine.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 25th, 2020, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard
Replies: 14
Views: 1469

Re: TN: 2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard

2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (10/22/2020) -- cork pulled one hour before initial taste; decanted immediately before first taste -- -- tasted non-blind over a couple hours -- NOSE: very expressive; warm red fruits; hint of cola; rhub...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 25th, 2020, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Château Sociando-Mallet (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)
Replies: 5
Views: 561

TN: 2016 Château Sociando-Mallet (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)

2016 Château Sociando-Mallet - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc (10/20/2020) -- decanted approx. 2 hours before initial taste -- -- tasted non-blind over 1.5 - 2 hours -- -- 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc -- NOSE: "dark"; purple-fruited; musky/smoky/leather; light oak; sli...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 23rd, 2020, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Doh! Ever do this before?
Replies: 34
Views: 2216

Re: Doh! Ever do this before?

Bob Ross coined it best, "Happy Accidents". Just roll with it, and yes to your question, it has happened. The specifics escape me. It was some night I wanted a white wine, and pulled a high-end pre-mature South African Chenin that was beautiful yet had room to run. I'd love to hear which SA Chenin ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 23rd, 2020, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Entry-level Fino/Manzanilla? [Valdespino Inocente & El Maestro Sierra added. Poll Restarted]
Replies: 19
Views: 666

Re: Best Entry-level Fino/Manzanilla?

Haven't had San Patricio or the Solear yet, so those were immediately out of the running for me. I voted for the Tio Pepe, but would quickly change my vote to La Gitana if such a vote could be cast for the Gitana En Rama bottling. ************************ All *that* having been said, a week ago I ha...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 22nd, 2020, 8:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Doh! Ever do this before?
Replies: 34
Views: 2216

Re: Doh! Ever do this before?

Bob Ross coined it best, "Happy Accidents". Just roll with it, and yes to your question, it has happened. The specifics escape me. It was some night I wanted a white wine, and pulled a high-end pre-mature South African Chenin that was beautiful yet had room to run. I'd love to hear which SA Chenin ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 22nd, 2020, 8:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: God, I wish critics would stick to wines and not burden us with their musical preferences.
Replies: 91
Views: 3884

Re: God, I wish critics would stick to wines and not burden us with their musical preferences.

I do wonder how many folks here who are trashing Neal for trashing jazz have ever, themselves, trashed heavy metal or rap/hip-hop ... [whistle.gif] Why, yes. Two Buck Chuck and Yellowtail deserve their own metaphors, too. [snort.gif] ok ... funny ... but only because I love you. [pillow-fight.gif]
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 22nd, 2020, 2:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: God, I wish critics would stick to wines and not burden us with their musical preferences.
Replies: 91
Views: 3884

Re: God, I wish critics would stick to wines and not burden us with their musical preferences.

I do wonder how many folks here who are trashing Neal for trashing jazz have ever, themselves, trashed heavy metal or rap/hip-hop ... [whistle.gif]
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 20th, 2020, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing Wine with Beer
Replies: 6
Views: 404

Re: Pairing Wine with Beer

Riesling and IPA
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 20th, 2020, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Solid entry-level priced Rieslings
Replies: 71
Views: 3353

Re: Solid entry-level priced Rieslings

Max, if you're asking about the Estate trocken it's excellent. I haven't had the QbA, however.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 20th, 2020, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Karthäuserhof Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Spätlese Auction
Replies: 12
Views: 496

Re: TN: 2001 Karthäuserhof Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Spätlese Auction

Nice. I've consistently enjoyed this producer's wines. And, for the very little it's worth, I like their understated labelling.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 20th, 2020, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Excellent read: The changing taste of champagne, the role of dosage
Replies: 4
Views: 418

Re: Excellent read: The changing taste of champagne, the role of dosage

Nice article. Thanks for posting, Blake.

... and now I want to try a Drappier. [cheers.gif]
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 20th, 2020, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1500
Views: 93134

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

That 2015 Grande Mayne second on offer this morning is really damn good, particularly for $30. I bought six.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 18th, 2020, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ah So — Ah Sucks!
Replies: 47
Views: 2659

Re: Ah So — Ah Sucks!

I could never convince myself to pull the trigger on the expense of a Durand. So I just asked for it for Christmas from a family member since I'm not one to ask for things and they didn't know what to give me. It's been great. Now I'm less concerned about older corks. Juggling a regular wine opener...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 12th, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 193
Views: 11765

Re: Grassl Glassware

I'll go against the emerging grain and say I prefer the Mineralite over Liberte for sparkling wines. Don't know if it matters, but I tend to let sparklers sit in my glass for quite some time, as I tend to like them best when much of the bead has dissipated.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 9th, 2020, 11:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Most Noble Of The Noble White Varieties?
Replies: 29
Views: 1576

Re: The Most Noble Of The Noble White Varieties?

Riesling. but Chenin is in the conversation.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 6th, 2020, 11:58 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16832
Views: 464452

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Lagunitas - " Born Yesterday " Pale Ale Pariah - "Lebron Haze" NEIPA Pariah - "Catch Me Coastin West Coast IPA" Every year I find the "Born Yesterday" to be a solid value-play. This year is no exception. Clean, crispy, and green. The two Pariah beers were excellent. The " Lebron Haze " is a 7.5% DD...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 5th, 2020, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 11/8 @ 2PM EST : Bodegas Faustino Gonzalez Virtual Sherry Tasting for INT. SHERRY WEEK
Replies: 26
Views: 763

Re: 11/8 @ 2PM EST : Bodegas Faustino Gonzalez Virtual Sherry Tasting for INT. SHERRY WEEK

Cris Whetstone wrote:
November 4th, 2020, 2:54 pm
It's settled then. I has been a long time since I opened three bottles on the same night...in the name of science. [drinkers.gif]
I have faith in you. pepsi
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 5th, 2020, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If only one village/town/city in Italy...
Replies: 50
Views: 1783

Re: If only one village/town/city in Italy...

Rome.

Quite frankly, I think I could live there.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 4th, 2020, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Dönnhoff - Riesling trocken (Germany, Nahe)
Replies: 2
Views: 297

TN: 2019 Dönnhoff - Riesling trocken (Germany, Nahe)

2019 Dönnhoff Riesling trocken - Germany, Nahe (10/19/2020) -- cracked and poured -- -- tasted non-blind over approx. 1.5 hours -- NOSE: high-toned; lime seltzer water; medium to medium+ expressiveness; light white peach. BODY: medium-light bodied; no spritz; screwcap TASTE: lots of mineral; good, ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 4th, 2020, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Schäfer-Fröhlich - Bockenauer Felseneck - Spatlese
Replies: 1
Views: 203

Re: TN: 2005 Schäfer-Fröhlich - Bockenauer Felseneck - Spatlese

2005 Schäfer-Fröhlich Bockenauer Felseneck Riesling Spätlese - Germany, Nahe (10/17/2020) -- popped and poured -- -- tasted non-blind over approx. 1.5 hours -- NOSE: a bit reserved; moderate petrol; interesting/unusual note of honey-roasted peanuts. BODY: golden yellow color; no spritz; medium-full...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 4th, 2020, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The most helpful thing you can say in your tasting note...
Replies: 64
Views: 2473

Re: The most helpful thing you can say in your tasting note...

If someone uses CT to track the who and the where that doesn’t bother me. That note isn’t for the rest of us, but sheesh, let people use the tool the way they want. That is what the private notes feature is for. We'll have to agree to disagree. There aren't any fixed rules or requirements for how t...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 4th, 2020, 1:16 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16832
Views: 464452

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Cool beans, Bud. A Nelson-hopped West Coast IPA I recently enjoyed was Brewery X's "First Anniversary" "Slap & Tickle". You tried that one? It is *not* their normal "Slap & Tickle." I've really enjoyed most of what I've tried from Brewery X so far --- will definitely check it out next time I'm in An...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 4th, 2020, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brief TN impressions--Uccelliera, Felsina, Conterno, Ridge, Pousse d'Or, Rhys
Replies: 14
Views: 842

Re: Brief TN impressions--Uccelliera, Felsina, Conterno, Ridge, Pousse d'Or, Rhys

Good to hear. If I remember this conversation the next time I'm at offsite I'll grab one of my bottles to see what's up. I'll say this: If I ever have a 7 yo wine that, if I tasted it blind, I would confuse for a magnificent 20+ yo wine , then I'd be all over it and would *not* be discounting it on ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 4th, 2020, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brief TN impressions--Uccelliera, Felsina, Conterno, Ridge, Pousse d'Or, Rhys
Replies: 14
Views: 842

Re: Brief TN impressions--Uccelliera, Felsina, Conterno, Ridge, Pousse d'Or, Rhys

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
November 4th, 2020, 12:59 pm
Well despite it being a 7 year old wine, a 2013 Swan Terrace actually hit some of those heights the other week. Maybe it doesn't have to take 20 years...
Did it have tertiary characteristics? I certainly wouldn't expect any yet.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 4th, 2020, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brief TN impressions--Uccelliera, Felsina, Conterno, Ridge, Pousse d'Or, Rhys
Replies: 14
Views: 842

Re: Brief TN impressions--Uccelliera, Felsina, Conterno, Ridge, Pousse d'Or, Rhys

... Rhys 2009 Pinot Noir Horseshoe – Very tasty, with moderate tannin and acid structure that complemented the juicy fruit. Perhaps surprisingly, this has entered its prime drinking window, but no rush. Regards, Peter A 2009 Alpine Pinot left me with the same impression a couple weeks ago. I have t...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 4th, 2020, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brief TN impressions--Uccelliera, Felsina, Conterno, Ridge, Pousse d'Or, Rhys
Replies: 14
Views: 842

Re: Brief TN impressions--Uccelliera, Felsina, Conterno, Ridge, Pousse d'Or, Rhys

... Rhys 2009 Pinot Noir Horseshoe – Very tasty, with moderate tannin and acid structure that complemented the juicy fruit. Perhaps surprisingly, this has entered its prime drinking window, but no rush. Regards, Peter A 2009 Alpine Pinot left me with the same impression a couple weeks ago. I have t...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 4th, 2020, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 11/8 @ 2PM EST : Bodegas Faustino Gonzalez Virtual Sherry Tasting for INT. SHERRY WEEK
Replies: 26
Views: 763

Re: 11/8 @ 2PM EST : Bodegas Faustino Gonzalez Virtual Sherry Tasting for INT. SHERRY WEEK

gotcha. My experience with dry Oloroso, Amontillado, and dry Palo Cortado is that they'll hold just fine for multiple weeks. I'm currently on about week 3 with a bottle of Valdespino Amontillado and it doesn't appear to be any worse off for it.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 4th, 2020, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 11/8 @ 2PM EST : Bodegas Faustino Gonzalez Virtual Sherry Tasting for INT. SHERRY WEEK
Replies: 26
Views: 763

Re: 11/8 @ 2PM EST : Bodegas Faustino Gonzalez Virtual Sherry Tasting for INT. SHERRY WEEK

Ahhh, o.k.. Quite frankly, they'd be fine out of the fridge, too. I'd echo what Jorge said, but some producers do sometimes mix a little PX into their Oloroso and/or Palo Cortado; I don't recall ever having an Amontillado that had noticeable sweetness. Of the three sherries in the 3-pack here, I've ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 4th, 2020, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The most helpful thing you can say in your tasting note...
Replies: 64
Views: 2473

Re: The most helpful thing you can say in your tasting note...

I find tasting notes most helpful when they include most or all of the following: - How was the wine handed? (Decanting, stems used, how long it was open before serving, serving temp etc.) - Some comment on the nose - expressive, mute, any offensive notes? - Some comment on the body and weight - So...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 4th, 2020, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The most helpful thing you can say in your tasting note...
Replies: 64
Views: 2473

Re: The most helpful thing you can say in your tasting note...

I find tasting notes most helpful when they include most or all of the following: - How was the wine handed? (Decanting, stems used, how long it was open before serving, serving temp etc.) - Some comment on the nose - expressive, mute, any offensive notes? - Some comment on the body and weight - So...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 3rd, 2020, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 CT Barrel Project (Rasa) - Cabernet Sauvignon "Hommage a' Drycab" DuBrul Vineyard (USA, WA, Columbia Valley)
Replies: 2
Views: 209

Re: TN: 2016 CT Barrel Project (Rasa) - Cabernet Sauvignon "Hommage a' Drycab" DuBrul Vineyard (USA, WA, Columbia Valley

Ron F r e e d wrote:
November 3rd, 2020, 5:15 pm
Appreciate you taking one for the team...

I typically don't, but (1) nobody else was doing it, and (2) I was just having a day of missing Brad, which inspired me to pull the cork. What an incredible, kind, and gentle soul he was. R.l.P., friend. [cheers.gif]
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 3rd, 2020, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 7
Views: 763

Re: TN: 2005 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2005 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (10/14/2020) -- decanted immediately before initial taste -- -- tasted non-blind over approx. 2 to 3 hours -- NOSE: ripe red/purple fruits; youthful; not funky; a touch fumey; hint of Italian dressing herb...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 3rd, 2020, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 CT Barrel Project (Rasa) - Cabernet Sauvignon "Hommage a' Drycab" DuBrul Vineyard (USA, WA, Columbia Valley)
Replies: 2
Views: 209

TN: 2016 CT Barrel Project (Rasa) - Cabernet Sauvignon "Hommage a' Drycab" DuBrul Vineyard (USA, WA, Columbia Valley)

2016 CT Barrel Project Cabernet Sauvignon Hommage a' Drycab DuBrul Vineyard - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley (10/3/2020) -- decanted 30 min. before initial taste -- -- tasted non-blind over 2 to 3 hours -- -- 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot -- NOSE: tight; "dark" -- stony/pencil...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 3rd, 2020, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Farewell wines...
Replies: 9
Views: 1241

Re: Farewell wines...

So, are you just asking folks what wines they have gotten priced-out of?

If "yes," Allemand fits the bill for me. Same with Fourrier and some Bdx producers, too.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 3rd, 2020, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brief TN impressions--Uccelliera, Felsina, Conterno, Ridge, Pousse d'Or, Rhys
Replies: 14
Views: 842

Re: Brief TN impressions--Uccelliera, Felsina, Conterno, Ridge, Pousse d'Or, Rhys

... Rhys 2009 Pinot Noir Horseshoe – Very tasty, with moderate tannin and acid structure that complemented the juicy fruit. Perhaps surprisingly, this has entered its prime drinking window, but no rush. Regards, Peter A 2009 Alpine Pinot left me with the same impression a couple weeks ago. I have t...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
November 3rd, 2020, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Vintners 4th Wine BID
Replies: 34
Views: 1714

Re: Santa Barbara Vintners 4th Wine BID

Ha! That I know quite well. [cheers.gif]

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