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by Matthew Brown
October 5th, 2018, 5:13 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Fruity, non-dry, low-tannin, low-acidic Super Tuscans
Replies: 10
Views: 185

Re: Fruity, non-dry, low-tannin, low-acidic Super Tuscans

Don't ask a wine to be what it isn't supposed to be. Italian reds are traditionally built to be fairly dry, especially the classic areas like Tuscany, and generally have food in mind. If you think most Californian Cabs are too tannic, chances are most Super Tuscans will be by a factor of 2 or 3. Fro...
by Matthew Brown
September 26th, 2018, 1:19 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 73
Views: 1428

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

Tracy and I stayed in the 5th Arr. in April, very close to the Luxembourg Gardens and the Pantheon. Very easy subway access from CDG in that area, lots of hubs for buses to go in every direction.More of a residential vibe with the University there. Lots of good restaurants that aren't touristy, a ve...
by Matthew Brown
September 22nd, 2018, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don't like QPR
Replies: 51
Views: 1905

Re: I don't like QPR

Sean Malloy wrote:
September 22nd, 2018, 10:16 am
Matthew Brown wrote:
September 22nd, 2018, 5:32 am
You aren't alone. Nobody likes Queens Park Rangers.
Agreed. Spurs all the way.
Let's not get hysterical now....
by Matthew Brown
September 22nd, 2018, 5:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don't like QPR
Replies: 51
Views: 1905

Re: I don't like QPR

You aren't alone. Nobody likes Queens Park Rangers.
by Matthew Brown
September 13th, 2018, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $50k worth of grapes stolen from Virginia vineyard
Replies: 35
Views: 1584

Re: $50k worth of grapes stolen from Virginia vineyard

Some white varieties get harvested around here before the end of August. Cooler areas like Blacksburg likely would be pushing it, but the hurricane threat probably 'encouraged' more wineries to do an earlier harvest. Wouldn't surprise me if that's how they found out about the theft if it wasn't adja...
by Matthew Brown
September 13th, 2018, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $50k worth of grapes stolen from Virginia vineyard
Replies: 35
Views: 1584

Re: $50k worth of grapes stolen from Virginia vineyard

Lots of organization involved here too. Bins, man power, escape vehicle. For Virginia grapes, way out near Virginia Tech, which isn't prolific wine making country.
Worst script submitted for 'Ocean's 11' remake?
by Matthew Brown
September 9th, 2018, 7:11 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Driving south on I-95 in the fall
Replies: 10
Views: 294

Re: Driving south on I-95 in the fall

The actual number of cars may be similar on the weekend, it's just spread out over several more hours. The pacing is a lot more steady so there's not really a time you have to avoid in any one direction.
by Matthew Brown
September 8th, 2018, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DRC ‘treasures’ from Drouhin’s cellar to be auctioned
Replies: 68
Views: 5828

Re: DRC ‘treasures’ from Drouhin’s cellar to be auctioned

Why wouldn’t a wine fund just buy the whole lot and hold it “hostage” until a new billionaire decides they like wine? You're referring to the "black lotus strategy" https://www.businessinsider.com/magic-the-gathering-collectors-pay-thousands-cards-compare-investment-to-bitcoin-2018-8. Sidebar, but ...
by Matthew Brown
September 8th, 2018, 8:48 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Driving south on I-95 in the fall
Replies: 10
Views: 294

Re: Driving south on I-95 in the fall

cjsavino wrote:
September 8th, 2018, 7:51 am
Ever consider taking the eastern shore and across the bay bridge tunnel
Definitely better scenery but a lot more stop and go on the VA Beach side, plus a fair amount of back tracking to get to I-95 again.
by Matthew Brown
August 9th, 2018, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with an insane (mostly Spanish) list
Replies: 34
Views: 991

Help with an insane (mostly Spanish) list

Both the Txakoli (sp) are very solid, dry and Provence like fruits with a touch of savory meatiness. The Muga is quite restrained as well. Thanks Matthew. Is the Muga dry (really dry)? Semi-sweet won't get me to my next anniversary Tasted the Muga not too long ago, they are definitely moving their ...
by Matthew Brown
August 9th, 2018, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with an insane (mostly Spanish) list
Replies: 34
Views: 991

Help with an insane (mostly Spanish) list

Both the Txakoli (sp) are very solid, dry and Provence like fruits with a touch of savory meatiness. The Muga is quite restrained as well.
by Matthew Brown
August 9th, 2018, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with an insane (mostly Spanish) list
Replies: 34
Views: 991

Help with an insane (mostly Spanish) list

If your special bottle is a red, my first thought would be a nicer Galician white or the Godello. The white Riojas are a bit more barrel-y, unless you spend up and get some with age, which can be fascinating if you're into that. The white Peiorats are like white CNDP, and can be a bit high octane. N...
by Matthew Brown
August 4th, 2018, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 100 point Chardonnay
Replies: 10
Views: 967

100 point Chardonnay

An argument can be made for Mt Eden as the greatest VALUE in the world of elite Chardonnay.
by Matthew Brown
August 2nd, 2018, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best bottle you’ve ever received as a present?
Replies: 77
Views: 2430

Best bottle you’ve ever received as a present?

Corey N. wrote:A board member gave me a bottle of 2014 Juge Cornas, but I had to do unspeakable things to earn that wine.
I've been to Orlando, done unspeakable things. No Juge.
#LivingLifeWrong
by Matthew Brown
July 29th, 2018, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long can recorked wine last ?
Replies: 20
Views: 734

How long can recorked wine last ?

The big help is to cork and fridge the bottle immediately after opening. If you know you're saving it for later, don't dilly dally. Another route I recommend to customers, and I'm sure I've heard thrown out by others here so not claiming to invent this, is to buy a 375ml bottle (or more if you're ne...
by Matthew Brown
July 23rd, 2018, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have a "what would you do?" scenario (heat shipping)
Replies: 28
Views: 1245

Have a "what would you do?" scenario (heat shipping)

I would do it and ask them to use an ice pack Condensation can become an issue with humidity so if the label is worth protecting you might want to wrap it the bottle in a towel and/ make sure the bottle is packed without being in direct contact with the ice pack. Second question: is the wine SO rar...
by Matthew Brown
July 14th, 2018, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Recs for a Gateway Red (Zinfandel?)
Replies: 57
Views: 1077

Need Recs for a Gateway Red (Zinfandel?)

Also would throw some South Italian/Puglia/Calabria reds into the mix, depending on the availability. Less acidity and generally good values when you can find them, but the wines are built to be food friendly versus cocktails, so the residual sugar is lower.
by Matthew Brown
July 14th, 2018, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Recs for a Gateway Red (Zinfandel?)
Replies: 57
Views: 1077

Need Recs for a Gateway Red (Zinfandel?)

Was going to throw in my .10 worth and say Shebang, but beaten out. Spanish Garnacha, and Monastrell if feeling bold, can be a broad category to play with. Lots of versions in most markets so you don't have to find 'this producer', and the acidity is generally lower even when not necessarily sweet. ...
by Matthew Brown
July 13th, 2018, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: More Saturday Retail Funnies
Replies: 1811
Views: 163987

More Saturday Retail Funnies

I was in a well known wine shop in Napa recently enjoying a tasting of their daily wines when a tourist came in with her husband. She expressed interest in the tasting but added, “I like sweet wines.” To which the wine monger said, “Well, you’ve come to the wrong place." Randy Bowman can be a bit o...
by Matthew Brown
June 22nd, 2018, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MASSIVE site overhaul (finished!!!) THANK YOU!!!
Replies: 190
Views: 7761

MASSIVE site overhaul coming soon... (please read)

As long as we FINALLY get that thread search function we've been wanting for years, I'm good.
by Matthew Brown
June 8th, 2018, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock’s new tasting room at the General Joseph Hooker House
Replies: 24
Views: 1587

Bedrock’s new tasting room at the General Joseph Hooker House

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Chris definitely has a fuzzy, out of focus, Bigfoot-on-the-run quality to him, even in real life.
by Matthew Brown
June 3rd, 2018, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IsaacBaker on Virginia Wines
Replies: 38
Views: 552

IsaacBaker on Virginia Wines

Living here in the heart of the Virginia wine country and seeing so much of the same old same old competent-but-unexciting wines being made year after year, it’s awesome when you do get some experimentation. King Family does a thriving event business and could probably strictly sell “good enough” c...
by Matthew Brown
June 3rd, 2018, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IsaacBaker on Virginia Wines
Replies: 38
Views: 552

IsaacBaker on Virginia Wines

JPWilley wrote:PS - Governor's Cup? So if you don't send them free shit, you're not in the contest. Not a representative sample.
There are problems with the Gov Cup, sending them free shit is the least of their issues
by Matthew Brown
June 3rd, 2018, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IsaacBaker on Virginia Wines
Replies: 38
Views: 552

IsaacBaker on Virginia Wines

Early Mountain actually makes some 'Pet-Nat' wine, but the volume is extremely low because they don't have enough juice to spare for experiments like that. The type of wines people on this web site look for are made barrel by barrel, not on a mass consumer level. The public think VA wine is vastly o...
by Matthew Brown
June 3rd, 2018, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IsaacBaker on Virginia Wines
Replies: 38
Views: 552

IsaacBaker on Virginia Wines

Linden is the exception to most of the rules that govern Virginia wines.
by Matthew Brown
June 3rd, 2018, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IsaacBaker on Virginia Wines
Replies: 38
Views: 552

IsaacBaker on Virginia Wines

Ankida Ridge started doing Chard and Pinot as a focus about 6-7 years ago, but their site in the mountains is extreme, and so is the $$ for the quality. But at least they're trying, I guess.
by Matthew Brown
June 3rd, 2018, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IsaacBaker on Virginia Wines
Replies: 38
Views: 552

IsaacBaker on Virginia Wines

I once had a pinot noir from Afton Mountain Vineyards, west of Charlottesville. I asked how they could grow PN here in the east and the server told me they grow high up the mountains since it's cooler up there. Probably grape juice trucked in from CA. I started following Afton in 1989. It was not a...
by Matthew Brown
June 3rd, 2018, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IsaacBaker on Virginia Wines
Replies: 38
Views: 552

IsaacBaker on Virginia Wines

Lovingston Winery does an impressive job with Pinotage. The clusters are looser than Pinot Noir which helps with air flow (humidity is a B-atch here most summers) and the skins are tougher, yet it takes on more of the Pinot side of structure and tannins most vintages compared to the S African versio...
by Matthew Brown
May 30th, 2018, 7:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why Haven't The Food Police Critiqued Starbucks?
Replies: 57
Views: 1211

Why Haven't The Food Police Critiqued Starbucks?

todd waldmann wrote:This one page thread has everything that makes WineBerserkers great. Thank you, all!
Without a single mention yet of the EPL, Mark Squires, or the scientific data behind decanting? Surely you jest!
Walk alone, my friend. Walk alone.
by Matthew Brown
May 2nd, 2018, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Transition From Smoking to Non-Smoking
Replies: 43
Views: 2345

Transition From Smoking to Non-Smoking

Bill Tex Landreth wrote:
Randy Bowman wrote:
dteng wrote:So...can we finally get some fine Burgundy in that store??! ;) :P
[rofl.gif] [rofl.gif]
Again, drink more Maison Ilan
Why do you hate people?
by Matthew Brown
April 30th, 2018, 7:03 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Session beer, aka drinking by the poolside
Replies: 36
Views: 866

Session beer, aka drinking by the poolside

I like the Westbrook IPA but do not care for the Gose. I do not really care for Gose in general though. I would think Westbrook would have something in the Session/low abv category available, just that it isn't trade bait across the country so others haven't heard of it. Ask your local beer monger....
by Matthew Brown
April 29th, 2018, 6:56 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: NJ to Paris - better flight options for first timer
Replies: 46
Views: 1007

NJ to Paris - better flight options for first timer

Was just in Paris in early April. Would HIGHLY recommend getting one of these transit passes. IMG_2914.JPG You can pick them up at the airport before you get on the train into Paris. They cost @26€, plus an extra €5 for a picture (unless you bring one like we did) and get you on all buses and subway...
by Matthew Brown
April 22nd, 2018, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hey Alf - This Chinon was not half bad! TN: 2016 Alliet Chinon
Replies: 4
Views: 308

Hey Alf - This Chinon was not half bad! TN: 2016 Alliet Chinon

The Vieilles Vignes bottling is generally very similar with just a bit more stuffing, and usually just $6-$8 more a bottle.
by Matthew Brown
March 23rd, 2018, 5:02 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Glitter Beer
Replies: 6
Views: 250

Glitter Beer

As a man who already has his bowel movements affected by the beer he drinks, I can't imagine the horrors of the morning after...
by Matthew Brown
March 22nd, 2018, 10:55 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: ISO Beers: Aslin, The Veil, Bearded Iris
Replies: 7
Views: 266

ISO Beers: Aslin, The Veil, Bearded Iris

PM me if you are offered any other Virginia breweries, maybe to round out a package. Veil gets the most hype (met Matt Tarpey a few times, he deserves it), but there is some seriously good stuff getting packaged that's living under the radar
by Matthew Brown
March 22nd, 2018, 8:56 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: ISO Beers: Aslin, The Veil, Bearded Iris
Replies: 7
Views: 266

ISO Beers: Aslin, The Veil, Bearded Iris

I hear ya. But I find that the craft beer trading game is VERY regional (I for one hadn't heard of Aislin or Bearded Iris before you posted) and you'll have more success zeroing-in on groups located in that geographical area. Very much this. Try the Charlottesville Beer Elite FB group. Always group...
by Matthew Brown
March 13th, 2018, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2006
Views: 184690

Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

You would think someone with such a keen recollection for dialogue could remember to turn in a little paperwork.
by Matthew Brown
February 20th, 2018, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Say "GOODBYE' to coravin capsules
Replies: 34
Views: 3236

Say "GOODBYE' to coravin capsules

Andrew Dodd wrote: Knowing myself I'd find a way to blow up my kitchen with this thing
At least the crime scene would be preserved.
by Matthew Brown
February 10th, 2018, 6:00 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15646
Views: 361233

What BEER are you drinking?

Hit them up two years ago at Thai Me Up when we were in Jackson Hole two years ago. I know their IPAs are what's hot, but their full lineup is definitely quality
by Matthew Brown
February 5th, 2018, 10:35 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Belgium breweries/beer bar recs
Replies: 14
Views: 376

Belgium breweries/beer bar recs

The city center squares in both Brussles and Bruges have several beer bars that are quintessential Belgium. Don't sweat which one is 'best', just pick one that suits your mood and enjoy the mussels, beer, and ambiance. But yeah for pure geekout DTs is a must. Lille is definitely a hotbed for Biere d...
by Matthew Brown
January 13th, 2018, 6:09 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15646
Views: 361233

What BEER are you drinking?

That's a possibility. Except it tasted really malty, as opposed to very hoppy. Oh well. I'll try again in the near future. Tonight, however, will be Monkish. The malt bill for the NE IPAs is more different than we realize since a lot of the weight and body comes from the unfiltered bits left behind...
by Matthew Brown
December 25th, 2017, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: More Saturday Retail Funnies
Replies: 1811
Views: 163987

More Saturday Retail Funnies

Did you really need the modifier?
by Matthew Brown
December 25th, 2017, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: More Saturday Retail Funnies
Replies: 1811
Views: 163987

More Saturday Retail Funnies

Advice please: What do you do when a customer INSISTS they bought a wine from you that, not only has never beer in your store, but never even EXISTED? Alvear 1927 Solera is real, 1924 is not. I found 1 link when googling, and it was to several different pictures of 2000 era single vintage ones. But ...
by Matthew Brown
November 22nd, 2017, 2:39 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Musings About Draft vs Packaged Beer
Replies: 6
Views: 380

Musings About Draft vs Packaged Beer

Preach
by Matthew Brown
November 8th, 2017, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 83858

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

Is the upcoming rainy stretch going to be gradual enough to be a good thing or will heavy erosion/mudslides be an issue?
by Matthew Brown
November 2nd, 2017, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone else tried wine tasting at a county fair?
Replies: 19
Views: 748

Has anyone else tried wine tasting at a county fair?

Some wines 'need' an award to help it sell. I have had more than a few customers that treat the delineation between a Gold and Double Gold more important than any Vinous or Wine Advocate score. Doesn't matter the competition, doesn't matter what other wines were entered. Hardware sells when you don'...
by Matthew Brown
November 1st, 2017, 11:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1725
Views: 137057

Steak Porn

Doing a whole sirloin cap for a family get-together this weekend. Been told it's a really good 'bounce for the ounce' cut for grilling with more than just a few people. Been given some basic tips: Warming in the oven to @125, resting, then cutting to thickness and grilling to order. Not planning to ...
by Matthew Brown
October 27th, 2017, 6:04 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: More Saturday Retail Funnies
Replies: 1811
Views: 163987

More Saturday Retail Funnies

Had a woman yesterday wanting me to recommend 'European wines' because she 'heard 2017 was a bad year and they were all going to be expensive soon.' What wines from Europe do you like? No idea. Well, what type of wine do you usually drink? Caymus Cab. A good sale in the end, but 15 minutes of my lif...
by Matthew Brown
October 25th, 2017, 12:05 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15646
Views: 361233

What BEER are you drinking?

I stopped by Allegory today to visit with the guys from the Commons who were doing a collaboration. I missed them (it was a brew day for us too) but I did taste a gin barrel IPA that I loved. Been liking several gin aged IPAs done in VA lately. Seems to work well on both West Coast and maltier/Engl...
by Matthew Brown
October 1st, 2017, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Making Sense Of Italian Wine: How Did You Do It?
Replies: 44
Views: 1856

Making Sense Of Italian Wine: How Did You Do It?

I was told early in my wine education that if you take any three towns in Italy within about 30-40 miles of each other and go back in their history, you can find a point where any two of the cities were at war with the third. Each city is its own entity, and wine is considered a big part of that ide...

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