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by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 17th, 2019, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Château Malescot St. Exupéry (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)
Replies: 6
Views: 441

Re: TN: 1999 Château Malescot St. Exupéry (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)

Rudi Finkler wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 11:23 pm
I opened a bottle of the 1999 Malescot in January. My short note:
“Sexy dark fruits, licorice, spring flowers and exotic spices in abundance. Delicious, delicious!” :-)
Our notes line-up remarkably well! [cheers.gif]
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 17th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No Screaming Eagle for 2017
Replies: 70
Views: 8665

Re: No Screaming Eagle for 2017

Nick Gangas wrote:
October 17th, 2019, 2:24 pm
why when a vintage is short or less than stellar do wineries only bottle in mag ?
Limited number of suckers.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 16th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16316
Views: 422417

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

I haven't bought or drunk a bottle or can of beer in months and months. My local watering hole has an 8 tap rotational program. They participate in the NJ Craft Beer Association program and offer $1 drafts and $2 off 32 oz. growlers. So if I want to drink beer at home, I get a growler, which costs ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 16th, 2019, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How bad is a wine if Suckling only gives it 92 points?
Replies: 22
Views: 1833

Re: How bad is a wine if Suckling only gives it 92 points?

Approximately 10.0 from the Russian judge.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 16th, 2019, 12:38 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16316
Views: 422417

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Nope. Not that one, Bud. It's called Hazy Memory. Crushable.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 16th, 2019, 12:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 911
Views: 47831

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Strongly recommend Playa Provisions. Seafood-centric.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 16th, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?
Replies: 56
Views: 1705

Re: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?

Ooooh! Can't wait for the smoked version, Rick!! And I'll be upfront with you, as I always am.with everybody: my viewpoint *is* based primarily on money, not passion. Not saying it's the only viewpoint, to be clear. I'd like to think that (nearly) every winemaker or high-level ITB person (read: not ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 15th, 2019, 5:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?
Replies: 56
Views: 1705

Re: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?

... Please note: "primary" is not the same as "only." [cheers.gif] ... Brian, primary very clearly refers to the characteristics imparted by the grapes/vineyard. Or have you not been paying attention to the other thread going on? neener https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=16409...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 15th, 2019, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?
Replies: 56
Views: 1705

Re: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?

Disagree! My personal bias is if you are ITB, that is your primary connection to wine for the purpose of this poll. I could have defined "primary connection" better, e.g., "what do you take most enjoyment from", but my primary goal was separating those ITB vs. lay folk. Reasonable, imo. After all, ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 15th, 2019, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1086
Views: 59945

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

It would appear part of Envoyer's tariff strategy is going to be a focus on Italy.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 15th, 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Château Malescot St. Exupéry (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)
Replies: 6
Views: 441

Re: TN: 1999 Château Malescot St. Exupéry (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)

Gemelli
braised goat, rapini, bread crumbs, poached egg, fresno chili


at Redbird, in DTLA. IIRC, I avoided the chiles.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 15th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?
Replies: 56
Views: 1705

Re: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?

I voted in the winemaker spot. If there were 2 options, I would definitely have included the consumer option, and I do not speculate, flip, or buy any wine for investment. I just drink the stuff, like most others here. Clearly a flawed poll, for which / @ g r @ \ should apologize profusely Disagree...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 15th, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Guiberteau - Saumur "Clos de Guichaux" (France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur)
Replies: 1
Views: 242

TN: 2016 Domaine Guiberteau - Saumur "Clos de Guichaux" (France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur)

2016 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Clos de Guichaux - France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur (7/2/2019) -- popped and poured -- -- tasted non-blind over a couple hours -- NOSE: light, typical, Chenin aromatics; seems tight. BODY: light bodied; pale yellow color with a hint of golden richness. TASTE...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 15th, 2019, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Château Malescot St. Exupéry (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)
Replies: 6
Views: 441

TN: 1999 Château Malescot St. Exupéry (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)

1999 Château Malescot St. Exupéry - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux (7/1/2019) -- popped and poured -- -- tasted non-blind over a couple hours -- NOSE: tertiary, with some black cherry fruit still hanging around; leather; clean. BODY: medium-light bodied. TASTE: good acidity; light oak; tannic a b...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 15th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16316
Views: 422417

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Lagunitas - their 2019 "One Hitter series" hazy IPA. It's actually pretty good, but more an unfiltered IPA than a full-on NEIPA.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 15th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16316
Views: 422417

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

robincooper wrote:
October 15th, 2019, 5:02 am
Brew Dog Dead Pony Club
Possibly the best session IPA I've had (iirc). It is about 3.6%, right?
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 15th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home
Replies: 60
Views: 2525

Re: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home

Around 250 - 300 at home, divided between large(r) wine fridge, small(er) wine fridge, and adult beverages fridge in the garage. The adult beverages fridge is too cold to be ideal, so I try to only put whites/sparklers intended for near-term consumption in there. My offsite has limited hours, and ta...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 14th, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Frank Cornelissen - "Susucaru" Rosso (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 18
Views: 858

Re: TN: 2017 Frank Cornelissen - "Susucaru" Rosso (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

i believe with this current release of wines he actually started adding sulphur and also did some filtering. i have never encountered brett in his wines but some volatility definitely seems to be the norm, but less so now than in the past. Yes, his philosophy has totally changed. He is now the post...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 14th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Frank Cornelissen - "Susucaru" Rosso (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 18
Views: 858

Re: TN: 2017 Frank Cornelissen - "Susucaru" Rosso (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

Different strokes Brian. I happen to really like the Susucaru and former Contadino bottlings (apparently a new Susucaru bottling has replaced the Contadino). Both wines are/were yearly purchases for me. Yes, Cornelissen is a natural wine poster child, but I don't think it's fare to blame natural wi...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 14th, 2019, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Frank Cornelissen - "Susucaru" Rosso (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 18
Views: 858

TN: 2017 Frank Cornelissen - "Susucaru" Rosso (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

2017 Frank Cornelissen Susucaru Rosso - Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC (10/11/2019) Well, can't say I'm too excited about my remaining two bottles. We have a plethora of things going on here --- Thanks, natural wine!! --- A light splash of brett on the Nose and the palate, some V/A, as well. There are som...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 14th, 2019, 12:14 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16316
Views: 422417

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Modern Times w/Bearded Iris - "Harvest of Memories" NEIIPA
Modern Times w/Pizza Port - "Gentle Reminder" hazy IPA
Deschutes - "Obsidian" Stout
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 13th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A pair of Louis Boillots
Replies: 4
Views: 548

Re: A pair of Louis Boillots

An '09 Cherbaudes was enjoyable, but still turned-in, earlier this year.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 11th, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1485
Views: 176000

Re: Official Costco Thread

2014 Pontet Canet - $90
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 10th, 2019, 8:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 911
Views: 47831

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I'd love to, Marshall. And, luckily, Ashley and I recently hired P.M. help with the kids, so we have pretty easy/regular access to a babysitter now. The challenge of shoehorning it into our terribly busy work schedules remains, but the new help has turned the situation from nearly impossible to mere...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 10th, 2019, 8:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: a couple Kabinetts; a few Verdets; old Ygay Gran Reserva; and a Jura Pinot
Replies: 16
Views: 757

Re: TNs: a couple Kabinetts; a few Verdets; old Ygay Gran Reserva; and a Jura Pinot

Thanks, Robert, for the reminder that one of those Verdet was from 375mL. And color me amazed that Ygay stayed strong for days --- now I'm tempted to source more.

Finally, and most importantly, thank you and Z for hosting us all! [cheers.gif]
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 10th, 2019, 8:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 3771

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

I don't remember the exact figures but a friend of mine that worked for PG&E told me their internal calcs had undergrounding every line in CA at 100 years & a trillion dollars. Well, then, better get at it already!! Seriously, though, by no stretch of the imagination do *all* power lines in CA need...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 10th, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1086
Views: 59945

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

I landed a couple of the Rougeards, much to my surprise. Cheap? No. But seemingly below market. Never owned one. Never even tasted one. So I'm stoked.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 9th, 2019, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV José Michel & Fils Champagne Cuvée du Père Houdart
Replies: 30
Views: 1293

Re: TN: NV José Michel & Fils Champagne Cuvée du Père Houdart

Very cool to see you over here, VM! I abandoned the slow WS board when they changed their platform a couple (few?) years ago and found it unpleasant. There are a few posters, yourself included, whose contributions I miss.

- Brashley
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 9th, 2019, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Champagne of the year?
Replies: 94
Views: 3667

Re: What is your Champagne of the year?

This has been the year I *finally* started following through on my annual promise to myself to buy more Champagne. I've purchased far more than I've drank. I'm torn between two nominations, both of which are quite lowly, given their company in this thread. For a real eye-opener, I nominate 2012 L. A...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 8th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1086
Views: 59945

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Were the Fourriers offered in an email? I dont think I got that one, and certainly would have been interested, depending on pricing.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 7th, 2019, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: a couple Kabinetts; a few Verdets; old Ygay Gran Reserva; and a Jura Pinot
Replies: 16
Views: 757

Re: TNs: a couple Kabinetts; a few Verdets; old Ygay Gran Reserva; and a Jura Pinot

I'd like to hear your thoughts when you taste. Hell, even I'm skeptical, as that was not what I was expecting. FWIW, this bottle was a recent-ish acquisition sometime in the past 2 years.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 7th, 2019, 6:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: a couple Kabinetts; a few Verdets; old Ygay Gran Reserva; and a Jura Pinot
Replies: 16
Views: 757

Re: TNs: a couple Kabinetts; a few Verdets; old Ygay Gran Reserva; and a Jura Pinot

2007 Prüm past peak? Highly unlikely. Yes, that would have been my reaction, too, had I seen it written by somebody else. But, I am committed to TNs that are an honest reflection of my impression of what was in the glass. I just don't see that wine getting better, and actually believe it's best day...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 7th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: a couple Kabinetts; a few Verdets; old Ygay Gran Reserva; and a Jura Pinot
Replies: 16
Views: 757

Re: TNs: a couple Kabinetts; a few Verdets; old Ygay Gran Reserva; and a Jura Pinot

Probably the Beaux Monts. But I am curious to see how the Chambolle develops.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 7th, 2019, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My First Musar
Replies: 37
Views: 1719

Re: My First Musar

The '99 is stunning. Hope it showed well, Jim!
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 7th, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: a couple Kabinetts; a few Verdets; old Ygay Gran Reserva; and a Jura Pinot
Replies: 16
Views: 757

TNs: a couple Kabinetts; a few Verdets; old Ygay Gran Reserva; and a Jura Pinot

Catching up on old notes, as per my usual. The notes here are from a small afternoon gathering with a couple of good friends. We enjoyed a varied mix of wines, red and white, blind and not blind. The Rioja stole the show for me, but that's pretty much exactly what I would expect considering my prior...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 7th, 2019, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any must have rieslings on this list?
Replies: 22
Views: 1383

Re: Any must have rieslings on this list?

Y0ng, What are your stylistic preferences when it comes to Riesling? Are you buying these to drink or for investment? What is the source (specifically, or generally)? What do you know about provenance? To the extent the seller is different than the source, who is selling? (In other words, are there ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 5th, 2019, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1086
Views: 59945

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Russ Williams wrote:
October 5th, 2019, 11:29 am
My issue is the pricing for a lot of the offers. If the dollar is so strong why are wine prices going straight up? Europe is in a recession, China’s economy is slowing dramatically and wine prices are at all time highs.
The obvious: people are paying it.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 3rd, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Headed to Treehouse this Saturday any advice?
Replies: 22
Views: 714

Re: Headed to Treehouse this Saturday any advice?

Make sure to try the beer.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 2nd, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 911
Views: 47831

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

johngonzales wrote:
October 2nd, 2019, 1:15 pm
Just a nit that somehow started and is running: It''s Hatchet Hall, not Hatchett.
Duly noted.

And it's "It's," not "It''s." [wink.gif]
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 2nd, 2019, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 407
Views: 19822

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

Section 7 – Products of France, Germany, Spain or the United Kingdom described below are subject to
additional import duties of 25 percent ad valorem:
2204.21.50 Wine other than Tokay (not carbonated), not over 14% alcohol, in containers not over 2 liters
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 2nd, 2019, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 407
Views: 19822

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

Lovely. This is really going to put a serious hurtin' on wine retailers throughout the country.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 1st, 2019, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another blind Sunday
Replies: 8
Views: 835

Re: Another blind Sunday

Bubbly Fino sounds tasty, but not so much if I was hoping for Champagne!

Bummer on the Barolo, but, given the age, I suppose it was a known crapshoot.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 1st, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Has anybody ever encountered this Scotch?
Replies: 16
Views: 535

Re: Has anybody ever encountered this Scotch?

A 12 yo Macallan that's not even labelled as Macallan? LOL!! This strikes me as a classic case of, "A fool and his money ..." I'm no fan of Macallan, and don't care much for anything they've released in recent memory, but as to the not being labelled part, that isn't odd or objectionable to me. The...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
October 1st, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 911
Views: 47831

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Loved Hatchett Hall! Had a small table outside, and glad we did because it was quite noisy inside. As mentioned by others, good-sized portions. $20 corkage on first 2 bottles, $40 thereafter, will waive one if you buy from their list. We ordered 4 dishes: 1 was very good (pork chop, which was cooked...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
September 30th, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Arcadian Pence Ranch Pinot Noir
Replies: 7
Views: 533

Re: TN: 2012 Arcadian Pence Ranch Pinot Noir

Thanks for chiming-in, Joe. Helpful instructions. [cheers.gif]
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
September 30th, 2019, 2:51 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Has anybody ever encountered this Scotch?
Replies: 16
Views: 535

Re: Has anybody ever encountered this Scotch?

A 12 yo Macallan that's not even labelled as Macallan? LOL!! This strikes me as a classic case of, "A fool and his money ..."
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
September 30th, 2019, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another blind Sunday
Replies: 8
Views: 835

Re: Another blind Sunday

Notes? Comments on guesses vs. reveals?
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
September 30th, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lots of good, not so much great
Replies: 54
Views: 1842

Re: Lots of good, not so much great

The existence of great requires the existence of terrible. Sounds like you need more terrible in your glass.

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