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by Dustin Buchko
December 9th, 2019, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?
Replies: 246
Views: 4520

Re: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?

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by Dustin Buchko
December 9th, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?
Replies: 246
Views: 4520

Re: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?

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by Dustin Buchko
December 9th, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?
Replies: 246
Views: 4520

Re: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?

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by Dustin Buchko
November 11th, 2019, 9:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?
Replies: 101
Views: 4807

Re: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?

R@y.Tupp@+sch wrote:
November 11th, 2019, 3:10 pm
Another LVMH winemaker confirmed to a friend that there would not be any 2008 Krug.
No 2008 Krug will be a bummer but at least we have the 2008 based 164 and plenty of other options from the vintage.
by Dustin Buchko
November 11th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?
Replies: 101
Views: 4807

Re: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?

Michael S. Monie wrote:
November 11th, 2019, 2:16 pm
No vintage 2008 Krug, according to AG.
Yea I did see that posted here. FWIW I asked the Krug rep at a champagne tasting last month and he could neither confirm nor deny but said he would be surprised if the vintage isn't declared.
by Dustin Buchko
November 11th, 2019, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?
Replies: 101
Views: 4807

Re: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?

Cristal, Dom, Bonville Belles Voyes, Launois Special Club, Comtes when it is released, possibly Krug if it is released. Trying to get a jump on the grower 2012s.
by Dustin Buchko
November 7th, 2019, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100
Replies: 45
Views: 2105

Re: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100

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by Dustin Buchko
September 22nd, 2019, 12:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is Fyé Gris? Anyone have insights about this wine?
Replies: 2
Views: 344

Re: What is Fyé Gris? Anyone have insights about this wine?

I believe that is Sauvignon Gris which is one of the permitted grapes for the Saint-Bris appellation. That is a name used for the grape in the Loire where it is more widely known but I think the spelling is Fié Gris.
by Dustin Buchko
September 18th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 149
Views: 12210

Re: 2008 Salon

So it is 2 bottles each of 2004, 2006, 2007 and 1 mag of the 2008? That is equivalent to $1000+ a bottle. Big Yikes.
by Dustin Buchko
September 10th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Avocados. What a pain.
Replies: 36
Views: 2389

Re: Avocados. What a pain.

They require a TON of water to farm. Can confirm, I am watering my avocados about 15 gallons a day during the summer and they are only juvenile trees. I expect them to need 2-3 times that much at maturity. Have not tracked how much that is per avocado but there are reports it is around 60 gallons p...
by Dustin Buchko
August 8th, 2019, 10:42 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Whistle Pig 18 Rye
Replies: 7
Views: 1807

Re: Whistle Pig 18 Rye

I would say something like the Lock Stock & Barrel 18yr Rye is a better buy. Both are sourced Canadian ryes although the malt bills are different. Looks like the Whistle Pig is actually not 100% rye, it's 79% rye, 15% malted rye, 6% malted barley. The LSB is also quite a bit stronger than the WP, 54...
by Dustin Buchko
July 16th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do I remove this cork ?
Replies: 12
Views: 944

Re: How do I remove this cork ?

I would just take a straight slot screw driver to one of the gaps on the side of the hook and carefully pry away from the bottle while holding a hand over the cork.
by Dustin Buchko
July 14th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit
Replies: 87
Views: 3027

Re: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit

c fu wrote:
July 14th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Alpine Nelson released on 1/13/2015
Brilliant choice. The memories of that beer in peak form still haunt me.
by Dustin Buchko
June 27th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16419
Views: 426536

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Tiger Millionaire must be close to three months old at this point? I would not be surprised if a 10% ABV Hazy IPA was a malt bomb at this age. I thought the beer was great on release fwiw.
by Dustin Buchko
May 20th, 2019, 8:45 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: LA beer help
Replies: 31
Views: 992

Re: LA beer help

It is Modern Times, they have several locations. Portland, LA, three in the San Diego area (started here). As Bud says these guys are on point and highly recommended.
by Dustin Buchko
February 10th, 2019, 6:36 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Brewery recommendations for Asheville and San Diego?
Replies: 20
Views: 1093

Re: Brewery recommendations for Asheville and San Diego?

For San Diego--Modern Times and Societe are the big two that I would highly recommend. Societe is pretty far from downtown however. Modern Times main brewery on Greenwood and Stone's Liberty Station location would be the two spots I would hit if you are just gonna be near the airport / downtown. If ...
by Dustin Buchko
February 6th, 2019, 10:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone really into drinking Tea?
Replies: 206
Views: 11129

Re: Any Tea Aficionados Out There?

Here is a link to one of the offerings, short answer, tea made from the dried flesh of the coffee berry, not sure if they offer prepared.

https://www.bodhileafcoffee.com/product ... -cascara-1
by Dustin Buchko
February 5th, 2019, 4:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone really into drinking Tea?
Replies: 206
Views: 11129

Re: Any Tea Aficionados Out There?

Does anyone have an experience with cascara coffee cherry tea? Bodhi Leaf coffee traders have a couple on sale right now and it sounds interesting.
by Dustin Buchko
November 5th, 2018, 3:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Jamon Serrano from Costco?
Replies: 40
Views: 13331

Re: Jamon Serrano from Costco?

Costco does a 10% markup on products across the board I believe. Helps explain why they have something like this so cheap, whatever the quality.
by Dustin Buchko
August 11th, 2018, 9:07 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Sparkling wine fault
Replies: 6
Views: 658

Sparkling wine fault

Are you factoring in the temperature that you are doing your bottle conditioning at? You will need to use less sugar the colder that temperature is. The type of sugar matters also, ie. less sucrose vs. dextrose. Ensuring the wine is dry (or factoring in the residual sugar) before conditioning so you...
by Dustin Buchko
January 28th, 2018, 12:08 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: WhistlePig The Boss Hog IV
Replies: 8
Views: 927

WhistlePig The Boss Hog IV

Well Boss Hog no longer sells for $200, it is now in the same realm as BTAC. If you’re opinion is that it is better than Sazerac 18 and Thomas Handy I respectively disagree. It is good whiskey don’t get me wrong, I just think there is some window dressing that you end up paying a lot for. I think a ...
by Dustin Buchko
January 5th, 2018, 9:41 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Kirkland Signature™ Glenlivet Distillery 40-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Replies: 18
Views: 2903

Kirkland Signature™ Glenlivet Distillery 40-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Finally caved and bought a bottle of the 18, glad I did, here is my take as posted in another thread... Just got into the 18 year Speyside single malt sherry finished over the last couple nights, this stuff is really good. Loaded with flavor in a smooth yet dense style. Coming from someone who likes...
by Dustin Buchko
January 5th, 2018, 9:38 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Recommend Me an Armagnac?
Replies: 22
Views: 1892

Recommend Me an Armagnac?

Cannot recommend the offerings from K&L enough, these guys are on top of their game when it comes to French brandies. Like Peter I have been swooning over the Darrimajou Armagnacs of late, the 95' is a rock star. I reluctantly recommend these spirits for someone looking for the next big thing.
by Dustin Buchko
January 5th, 2018, 9:29 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: WhistlePig The Boss Hog IV
Replies: 8
Views: 927

WhistlePig The Boss Hog IV

The Whistle Pig line is just purchased Canadian Rye with fancy cask wizardry yea? I strive to spend serious coin only on seriously crafted spirits. If you are going to offer me sourced spirits at least provide good value.
by Dustin Buchko
January 5th, 2018, 9:18 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Kirkland 27 Year Old Blended Scotch
Replies: 6
Views: 1061

Kirkland 27 Year Old Blended Scotch

Just got into the 18 year Speyside single malt sherry finished over the last couple nights, this stuff is really good. Loaded with flavor in a smooth yet dense style. Coming from someone who likes a lot of flavor in their spirits this one surprised me. Was expecting a watery approachable whisky but ...
by Dustin Buchko
January 5th, 2018, 9:10 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Peaty Whisky Advice
Replies: 51
Views: 2887

Peaty Whisky Advice

Laphroaig and Ardbeg if you really like peat, Lagavulin if you really like a little.
by Dustin Buchko
December 12th, 2017, 10:14 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Kirkland Signature™ Glenlivet Distillery 40-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Replies: 18
Views: 2903

Kirkland Signature™ Glenlivet Distillery 40-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

That one has been tempting but I haven't brought myself to grab a bottle yet. I would appreciate feedback from anyone who has had it.
by Dustin Buchko
December 10th, 2017, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Krug MV
Replies: 13
Views: 878

TN: Krug MV

Good catch Fred, did not see that they have format info for the iD codes.
by Dustin Buchko
December 10th, 2017, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Krug MV
Replies: 13
Views: 878

TN: Krug MV

Difficult to say for sure without the full iD code, here are all the batches...

113001 - 2005 Base
113002 - 2005 Base
113006 - 2006 Base
113007 - 2003 Base
113008 - 2003 Base
113009 - 2006 Base
113010 - 2007 Base
113017 - 2005 Base
by Dustin Buchko
December 10th, 2017, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Krug MV
Replies: 13
Views: 878

TN: Krug MV

Could be 2003, 2005, 2006, or 2007 base for the series of iD codes this bottle could be. Going off the Krug website it looks like this bottle would code somewhere in the range of 113001 - 113017. It appears as though 017 was the last batch number for the 113 series but not positive.
by Dustin Buchko
December 10th, 2017, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Krug MV
Replies: 13
Views: 878

TN: Krug MV

Ahh looks like a grey market import without the normal Krug back label which would include the iD code. Any chance that importer label is covering the normal back label?
by Dustin Buchko
December 10th, 2017, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Krug MV
Replies: 13
Views: 878

TN: Krug MV

Good info here...

https://winetomas.wordpress.com/2012/11 ... nde-cuvee/

Looks like your bottle was disgorged Jan/Feb 2013. I think there should be an iD code on the back label?
by Dustin Buchko
September 30th, 2017, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Virtual Offline--9/30, Saturday (List of committed wines in Post #1)
Replies: 124
Views: 6672

Rhys Virtual Offline--9/30, Saturday (List of committed wines in Post #1)

2006 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir Falstaff Road Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (9/30/2017) The cork just rips to shreds on this bottle, I seem to remember this issue with older Alesias. Strained the wine into glass, the color is ruby salmon and the nose is awesome with raspberrie...
by Dustin Buchko
May 6th, 2017, 10:41 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Vine Selection Help in SoCal
Replies: 13
Views: 1267

Vine Selection Help in SoCal

Good luck Chris, sounds like you have a great handle on putting together a nice little vineyard. There has to be some varieties in the sweet spot for your area. I am thinking of doing the same though it is a very rough plan for the distant future. I am more like 15 miles from the ocean, same area bu...
by Dustin Buchko
March 23rd, 2017, 9:16 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Any Beer Brewers Out There?
Replies: 17
Views: 1068

Any Beer Brewers Out There?

Do you use Whirlfloc in the kettle? This really helps with floccuating out proteins. Do you have temperature control for fermentation? This along with the yeast strain can have an affect on the quality of the ferment and the degree of floccuation. If you can do a hard chill before kegging / bottling...
by Dustin Buchko
March 23rd, 2017, 8:44 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Any Beer Brewers Out There?
Replies: 17
Views: 1068

Any Beer Brewers Out There?

Using kegs gave me the biggest jump in quality for homebrewing. Bottles are just too hard to keep from oxidizing on the home brew scale. I batch sparge with a simple bazooka screen and very little debris makes it into the kettle. What makes you think this is your issue? Debris in the fermenter is a ...
by Dustin Buchko
March 5th, 2017, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2005 - 12 Years On. Blind tasted.
Replies: 63
Views: 5594

Bordeaux 2005 - 12 Years On. Blind tasted.

Starting to hear more of these type of reports on 2005 St. Emilions. May be time to move on from the ones I purchased. Also happy to hear more glowing reports on the 2005 La Mission. I once sent some of my bottles to auction shortly after it was released. Ended up not meeting the reserve and they we...
by Dustin Buchko
March 2nd, 2017, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Levy and McClellan Offer
Replies: 39
Views: 3741

Levy and McClellan Offer

The first vintage (2004) was approximately $350 per as I recorded it in CellarTracker at $377 including tax and shipping.

Worst wine purchase I have ever made. Literally any other wine at that price point would have been a better decision. Still pissed at myself for that one.
by Dustin Buchko
February 23rd, 2017, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Microwaving your wine to kill brett
Replies: 44
Views: 2095

Microwaving your wine to kill brett

Your right Nolan. Yeast is also far too small to be affected by microwaves directly.

What would work is a gamma radiation source, I believe they use that form of radiation to sanitize food.
by Dustin Buchko
February 23rd, 2017, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Microwaving your wine to kill brett
Replies: 44
Views: 2095

Microwaving your wine to kill brett

This has to work through heat, microwaving boils the water in the sponge thus heating it up and killing the bacteria. You would have to get the wine up to a temperature where the bacteria dies. The wine would be ruined and the bottle would explode. The wavelength of microwaves is something like a ce...
by Dustin Buchko
January 18th, 2017, 8:37 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: And if things aren't bad enough for Alpine Beer Co.
Replies: 10
Views: 1056

And if things aren't bad enough for Alpine Beer Co.

Not surprising, the Green Flash acquisition has been a nightmare from the beginning. My hope is that when the inevitable fold happens the Alpine brand reverts to the original owners and they decide to start it back up again.
by Dustin Buchko
December 19th, 2016, 8:33 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Boubon Experts - Elmer T Lee Question
Replies: 3
Views: 1574

Boubon Experts - Elmer T Lee Question

There should be a date code etched or printed on the glass somewhere on the bottle. Been awhile since I've looked at one but probably something like B1526512:00. So bottled 265th day of 2015 at 12:00pm.
by Dustin Buchko
October 28th, 2016, 10:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: BEEF ROULADEN
Replies: 3
Views: 365

BEEF ROULADEN

Thanks Martin. My family has a tradition of doing a simpler version of this. Gonna try some of the additional things you do in your recipe next time. We usually do spätzle and croutons to accompany. Just mix however many eggs with enough flour to form a thick paste-like batter and spoon into salted ...
by Dustin Buchko
September 27th, 2016, 9:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Booker Coming Up
Replies: 7
Views: 520

Booker Coming Up

Oublie was the most interesting thing I tasted at Booker when I was last there about six years ago. Would be interested to know if that wine is still made in a somewhat balanced style with the big slug of Counoise.
by Dustin Buchko
September 16th, 2016, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vintage charts - an alternative
Replies: 36
Views: 2341

Vintage charts - an alternative

Great method for comparing vintages although like you mention it is important for terrible or top vintages to be noted. I'm sure you will catch some flak for the 2007 CDP ranking. Also, where would you rank 2005 for BDX? What about expanding back to 2000?
by Dustin Buchko
August 28th, 2016, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please help identify this stemware. Thanks!
Replies: 23
Views: 1639

Please help identify this stemware. Thanks!

I think Steve nailed it. Looks like the Intermezzo Blue Aroma.
by Dustin Buchko
July 31st, 2016, 8:33 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Rye
Replies: 338
Views: 30838

Rye

I will echo Scott, the new single barrel rye from Jack Daniel's is great stuff. Packed with flavor, vanilla & spices, in a smooth yet lingering style. Acceptable at the $50 tariff.

I also have a bottle of their single barrel proof whiskey on deck, though that will be hard to tame at 66.4%. [wow.gif]
by Dustin Buchko
June 8th, 2016, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your worst wine deal
Replies: 37
Views: 2596

Your worst wine deal

2004 Levy & McClellan, among others, got caught up in the Napa Cult Cab bullshit when I should have been buying Burgundy. SMH.
by Dustin Buchko
May 31st, 2016, 7:09 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16419
Views: 426536

What BEER are you drinking?

Only three, not sure what was up with the limit? Sign said three and I asked for max. Wishing I went back in line for more now, was already there a bit longer than I planned though.

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