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by Matthew Brown
November 15th, 2021, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virginia Wines
Replies: 35
Views: 1320

Re: Virginia Wines

Bob Davis wrote: November 15th, 2021, 9:09 am
Brian Gilp wrote: November 15th, 2021, 8:41 am Under $30. Thibaut-Janisson Blanc de Chardonnay. https://tjwinery.com/our-wines/

I haven’t had this in a few years now. Hopefully, it’s still the same quality as before.
They also make a pretty good sparkling wine.
They make nothing but sparkling wines.
by Matthew Brown
November 15th, 2021, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virginia Wines
Replies: 35
Views: 1320

Re: Virginia Wines

One of my distributors want to start stocking some wines from Virginia and asked me to do some research for him. I quick looks shows a lot of interesting wines being made there, but like Long Island, I didn't see many wines under $30 let alone $20. Any advice and suggestions would be appreciated. S...
by Matthew Brown
November 10th, 2021, 7:14 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Casual/no res needed restaurants for family in Paris? (Staying in the 1st)
Replies: 24
Views: 1034

Re: Casual/no res needed restaurants for family in Paris? (Staying in the 1st)

def on the list - enjoyed it last time we went and it's close to our airbnb Just up from Comptoir is a tiny but excellent beer bar, La Robe & La Mousse, lots of excellent local stuff. Woo. 2 mins from our Airbnb. 👍👍 Galley setup upstairs with a bigger hangout space downstairs, very tidy 16 line...
by Matthew Brown
November 9th, 2021, 12:36 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Casual/no res needed restaurants for family in Paris? (Staying in the 1st)
Replies: 24
Views: 1034

Re: Casual/no res needed restaurants for family in Paris? (Staying in the 1st)

lunch at Le Comptoir du Relais Saint-Germain is a must. very casual, stand in line for a table. it will also be one of the best meals of your trip. def on the list - enjoyed it last time we went and it's close to our airbnb Just up from Comptoir is a tiny but excellent beer bar, La Robe & La Mo...
by Matthew Brown
November 9th, 2021, 12:28 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Casual/no res needed restaurants for family in Paris? (Staying in the 1st)
Replies: 24
Views: 1034

Re: Casual/no res needed restaurants for family in Paris? (Staying in the 1st)

Technically in the 5th, but just above the Pantheon so if you're doing a walking tour and hitting there and Luxembourg Gardins: (also from 3 years ago, before Notre Dame burned, etc....) Nouvelle Mairie- lots of natural wine influence to the list, a fair number of funky hipster names but also good s...
by Matthew Brown
November 9th, 2021, 11:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: I F'ing Love Breakfast
Replies: 55
Views: 2032

Re: I F'ing Love Breakfast

We used to do a holiday break 'Brinner'-breakfast foods at dinner time- with friends that have a daughter the same age as our son. Show up in our pajamas around 6pm, go nuts. Also makes it easier to work in some wine pairing you just can't justify at 9am. Now they're in college, may not be able to s...
by Matthew Brown
October 27th, 2021, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gigondas
Replies: 30
Views: 1441

Re: Gigondas

Domaine La Garrigue (not available in the US, though) Good producer, and definitely available in the US, just may not have much national coverage. The Vacqueyras and the CdR is here, not the Gigondas, unless something has changed in the last year or two. Pretty sure the NOVA/DC distributor offered ...
by Matthew Brown
October 27th, 2021, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gigondas
Replies: 30
Views: 1441

Re: Gigondas

Jonathan Loesberg wrote: October 26th, 2021, 10:53 am Domaine La Garrigue (not available in the US, though)
Good producer, and definitely available in the US, just may not have much national coverage.
by Matthew Brown
October 12th, 2021, 1:19 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Asheville and Staunton
Replies: 8
Views: 635

Re: Asheville and Staunton

Ox-Eye is just South; nice spread of varieties, unique limestone vein runs through their property, gives everything estate grown a bit of extra nerve. Rockbridge is down that direction as well, may seem a bit touristy and shabby but Shep is a legend and there are some hidden gems. If you want to hit...
by Matthew Brown
October 12th, 2021, 11:01 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Asheville and Staunton
Replies: 8
Views: 635

Re: Asheville and Staunton

Will be driving down the Blue Ridge Parkway. Wanted to see in one has any recommendations for wineries near Asheville (besides Biltmore)and Staunton VA. Are you trying to stay on the Valley side of the BRP for your winery visits? There are a bunch right around the town of Afton where it converts in...
by Matthew Brown
October 5th, 2021, 1:53 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: I have a bottle of creme de cassis...what to make with it?
Replies: 8
Views: 571

Re: I have a bottle of creme de cassis...what to make with it?

I've mixed it into some various chocolate recipes, occasionally into batters, but have made some pretty decadent icings for cakes. It can make them dry a little harder than normal, so not the greatest for leftovers, but served night of it was outstanding. No specific recipe comes to mind, I always j...
by Matthew Brown
September 9th, 2021, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Use of “old library book” in a tasting note
Replies: 32
Views: 1041

Re: Use of “old library book” in a tasting note

Another reference doomed to go by the wayside.
by Matthew Brown
August 30th, 2021, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineslash
Replies: 72
Views: 5077

Re: Wineslash

Neal.Mollen wrote: August 30th, 2021, 1:12 pm
But I always trust John Glenn, even if he died 5 years ago. [snort.gif]
Nah, he directed 'Moonraker'. Still trustworthy though.
by Matthew Brown
August 20th, 2021, 3:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help - Looking for Black Pork Substitute
Replies: 5
Views: 937

Re: Help - Looking for Black Pork Substitute

Can't give you help personally, but would recommend these two as probably the best potential contacts in Virginia
https://www.autumnolivefarms.com/aof
https://www.terradisienausa.com/
by Matthew Brown
July 27th, 2021, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visited a couple VA wineries
Replies: 26
Views: 901

Re: Visited a couple VA wineries

How's Veritas these days? I remembering liking some whites, even a cabernet franc some years ago and a beautiful setting as well. Let's not forget weed is legal in VA and I see prime wine growing plots being converted don't you? Would still be land cost issues, as well as those areas being very gen...
by Matthew Brown
July 27th, 2021, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visited a couple VA wineries
Replies: 26
Views: 901

Re: Visited a couple VA wineries

IMO the ones to watch are starting to really test the boundaries with petit manseng and petit verdot. Which ones would you say are the best in that regard, considering PQR? Beyond Petit Manseng and Petit Verdot, do you think Nebbiolo is the future around here, as in Barboursville? I really like wha...
by Matthew Brown
July 27th, 2021, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visited a couple VA wineries
Replies: 26
Views: 901

Re: Visited a couple VA wineries

Octagon is great for what it is and the PQR isn't totally obscene. the problem in VA is the price is out of control ( part of this is taxes for sure ). a lot of these local wineries i'd like to support for just a whatever table wine are $25-35 a bottle. the truly great stuff in VA like RdV is eyepo...
by Matthew Brown
July 25th, 2021, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Ott Etoile at $170: what am I missing?
Replies: 7
Views: 792

Re: Domaine Ott Etoile at $170: what am I missing?

Ott is the template all those brands used to pound out successful fakes at 1/4 the price. Knock off Gucci bags can fool a lot of people too.
by Matthew Brown
July 22nd, 2021, 12:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Mozzarella Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Replies: 13
Views: 1352

Re: Mozzarella Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Simple, with fresh ingredients. Don't tamper with perfection.
by Matthew Brown
July 21st, 2021, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer check: EmpireWine.com
Replies: 175
Views: 6959

Re: Retailer check: EmpireWine.com- Buyer Beware

... I send out emails constantly for allocated beers and say in the first line 'confirmation of allocations usually go out within 24 hours of our sending the email' ... Today I learned ... that there are allocated beers. Do you have to wait years to get on the breweries' lists? At the brewery, it's...
by Matthew Brown
July 21st, 2021, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help Me Understand a Wine Critic: Tom Hill
Replies: 59
Views: 2378

Re: Help Me Understand a Wine Critic: Tom Hill

Bdklein wrote: July 21st, 2021, 10:18 am
Marshall Manning wrote: July 21st, 2021, 10:01 am We know he's been following them all from the very start. But what's up with all the slashes?

[scratch.gif]
This is way too short/boring
Always thought this was self-effacing of him.... newhere
by Matthew Brown
July 21st, 2021, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer check: EmpireWine.com
Replies: 175
Views: 6959

Re: Retailer check: EmpireWine.com- Buyer Beware

A disclaimer/note in their order page would be worthwhile, something to the effect of 'Online purchases verified within X hours; some allocated or low volume items may be limited depending on demand' Or notate those wines in the item line itself. It may even already be there, not having looked at th...
by Matthew Brown
July 6th, 2021, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to pour with shakshouka?
Replies: 34
Views: 1355

Re: What to pour with shakshouka?

When given a trickier dish to pair by customers, especially with some exotic spicing, my brain usually goes to Alsace. Not knowing the richness of the dish, I'm landing in between a better quality Pinot Blanc that has some better site character and weight or a more basic Pinot Gris (in my mind a Cru...
by Matthew Brown
June 20th, 2021, 3:53 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 17277
Views: 525457

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

No problem. Plenty of ‘crossing the streams’ instances in the beer world from region to region. Thankfully B United is on fairly stable ground, even able to be innovative in their Tanker program, bringing over some hard to get Euro beers that wouldn’t come over otherwise.
by Matthew Brown
June 16th, 2021, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Always running low on Chardonnay...any reccs for an 'in between'?
Replies: 104
Views: 4524

Re: Always running low on Chardonnay...any reccs for an 'in between'?

William Kelley tipped Instagram followers off to Alfaro Trout Gulch. To my palate, and more importantly my girlfriend's, this walks the line you're talking about. On it, thanks - we'll see, as my wife is picky (except about husbands, where there she obviously settles easily) Along this line (love a...
by Matthew Brown
June 2nd, 2021, 5:52 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 17277
Views: 525457

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Had a couple amazing beers at Monk's in Philadelphia yesterday. Both by Brouwerij De Dolle. Arabier, a Belgian Strong and Oeral, a Pale Ale. First time trying anything from this brewery and was really surprised by the depth and complexity of both. The Ara was absolutely delicious and classic nose o...
by Matthew Brown
May 31st, 2021, 5:51 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Napa trip professional planner?
Replies: 12
Views: 2487

Re: Napa trip professional planner?

Early on we learned to not do too many tastings in one day. My general rule is 3 wineries at most. Many folks on their first trips try to do way to much. Your palate will get fatigued and you'll be rushing around and trying to keep to a schedule. I made that mistake and it's just not fun. Also make...
by Matthew Brown
May 30th, 2021, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Third Party Shipping to Virginia ???
Replies: 10
Views: 613

Re: Third Party Shipping to Virginia ???

I'm surprised and disappointed to hear that shipping to VA is a problem. The state has a wine industry of its own (to an extent) and I would have thought it would look for reciprocity to foster shipping out of VA. It's been many years since I bought any wine directly from a CA producer but at the t...
by Matthew Brown
May 26th, 2021, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whatever Happened to The Zucc??
Replies: 52
Views: 4205

Re: Whatever Happened to The Zucc??

Bill Tex Landreth wrote: May 26th, 2021, 8:11 pm
Matthew Brown wrote: May 26th, 2021, 8:10 pm
Bill Tex Landreth wrote: May 26th, 2021, 8:03 pm Mental Health Nurse Practitioner?
Didn’t Brian Wilson have one or three of those?
His bro had Charlie Manson
Are you equating him with Rush Limbaugh?
Careful.....
by Matthew Brown
May 26th, 2021, 8:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whatever Happened to The Zucc??
Replies: 52
Views: 4205

Re: Whatever Happened to The Zucc??

Bill Tex Landreth wrote: May 26th, 2021, 8:03 pm Mental Health Nurse Practitioner?
Didn’t Brian Wilson have one or three of those?
by Matthew Brown
May 21st, 2021, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why do pro critics think Orin Swift Wines are good?
Replies: 210
Views: 11210

Re: Why do pro critics think Orin Swift Wines are good?

Just received this in a retailer's e-mail. It's undated. "Readers looking for personality filled wines of considerable character and complexity need to check out the Orin Swift offerings. They are not shy wines in any respect, but the quality is obvious, and if you are like me and believe that...
by Matthew Brown
April 29th, 2021, 5:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Siema Wines from Italy
Replies: 3
Views: 279

Re: Siema Wines from Italy

Lots of great regional wines with character that work for daily drinkers or btg restaurant programs. Fan of Alsesti (don’t see many Frappato or Zibbibo for under $15), and the Kaltern co-op from the Alto Adige, a step below Terlan but also better priced.
by Matthew Brown
April 29th, 2021, 3:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Siema Wines from Italy
Replies: 3
Views: 279

Re: Siema Wines from Italy

Have worked with Siema for decades. Nothing but great things to say about the people and their wines.
by Matthew Brown
April 18th, 2021, 11:37 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 17277
Views: 525457

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

I have a brief update in regard to the question I posted above. Today I made a visit to The Beer Trappe over in Lexington, which has a very large selection of gourmet beers, in an attempt to source some of my British favorites. To my surprise there were none of those present, in fact they only had ...
by Matthew Brown
April 17th, 2021, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LT Robert Parker LB red Bdx scores
Replies: 71
Views: 5043

Re: LT Robert Parker LB red Bdx scores

HenryB wrote: April 17th, 2021, 12:35 pm
Todd F r e n c h wrote: April 17th, 2021, 12:23 pm
RTP Latham Richard wrote: April 17th, 2021, 11:02 am To Todd French: As i said before, Y P M M S (amI trying to get banned or not??)
I don't know what this means, sorry
the only thing I can find is 'Your presence makes me smile'
Pretty hip for an octogenarian.
by Matthew Brown
April 17th, 2021, 5:00 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 17277
Views: 525457

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

I have a brief update in regard to the question I posted above. Today I made a visit to The Beer Trappe over in Lexington, which has a very large selection of gourmet beers, in an attempt to source some of my British favorites. To my surprise there were none of those present, in fact they only had ...
by Matthew Brown
March 11th, 2021, 2:23 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Old 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze - still good to drink?
Replies: 10
Views: 2092

Re: Old 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze - still good to drink?

I’ve had some Cantillon that was treated a bit roughly, still showed wonderfully after a decade. Because of the high acidity, Gueuze is probably one of the most durable beer styles. Maybe not to the extent of a Madeira, but they’re relatively bulletproof unless you want to go for really extended cel...
by Matthew Brown
January 8th, 2021, 1:49 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Old Sour Brown Ale - still ok?
Replies: 9
Views: 2400

Re: Old Sour Brown Ale - still ok?

NEVER pour a beer or wine straight down the sink without tasting it (unless you’re Charlie Fu and a baller). Really good sours and barley wines can easily do a decade if stored well. JW Lees used to have vintage releases that were 15+ years old; once you got too far past 10 years the year tended to ...
by Matthew Brown
October 14th, 2020, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trader Joes Overrated?
Replies: 94
Views: 6070

Re: Trader Joes Overrated?

There is a bit of ‘cult of personality’ to their wine program. Always going to be a hit-or-miss aspect to wines that are always going to be sourced versus estate or contracted vineyards. There used to be a lot more hits as well when they weren’t in so many states, needing to make much larger batches...
by Matthew Brown
October 3rd, 2020, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: East Coast Retailers?
Replies: 17
Views: 1011

Re: East Coast Retailers?

May also need to check with what NH laws are and how restrictive they may be. Doesn’t matter how good a retailer is if they don’t have reciprocal rights in that state.
by Matthew Brown
September 23rd, 2020, 8:15 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Which is your favorite US brewed Octoberfest Marzen?
Replies: 6
Views: 3253

Re: Which is your favorite US brewed Octoberfest Marzen?

Of the ones listed, only tasted 2 or 3, would put Great Lakes at the top of those. Would add Left Hand Oktoberfest to that list for breweries that have a moderate number of states to ship to. LOTS of really good regional and state level breweries that have really upped their lager game over the last...
by Matthew Brown
September 23rd, 2020, 4:35 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Which is your favorite German brewed Marzen Oktoberfest bier?
Replies: 5
Views: 3245

Re: Which is your favorite German brewed Marzen Oktoberfest bier?

Ayinger probably still the most interesting year to year. THE others are SO overproduced for worldwide production. Good American craft versions are a lot maltier, definitely fresher, and much more worthy of your time and money if you enjoy the style
by Matthew Brown
September 1st, 2020, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin, not so rare?
Replies: 11
Views: 1723

Re: Marcassin, not so rare?

$200 is about the going rate for the pinot. The chardonnay is much more expensive. And as Victor pointed out, the 2013 pinot got an initial rating of 90 from Parker, which he raised the next year to a 94. Jeb also gave it a 94. It's hard to sustain a "culty" price with that score. The 201...
by Matthew Brown
August 23rd, 2020, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with VA/DC Wines?
Replies: 33
Views: 1700

Re: Help with VA/DC Wines?

Don’t bother with trying to categorize or pigeonhole wineries around here into categories. Approach them fresh and for what they are. It’s more about exploring an area and how much you want to drive between visits. If you do a search there’s been a few threads recently that can sum up a lot of what ...
by Matthew Brown
August 15th, 2020, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: central coast GSM style vs. actual Rhone
Replies: 31
Views: 1735

Re: central coast GSM style vs. actual Rhone

You also don’t tend to find as many producers in California working with the full spectrum of Rhone varietals in their blends, tending to focus mainly on the ‘Big 3’ of Grenache Syrah and Mourvèdre. Those other varieties usually carry more savory, herbal tones in the blends, reduce a lot of the frui...
by Matthew Brown
August 5th, 2020, 6:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sancerre
Replies: 9
Views: 741

Re: Sancerre

What vintage was the Monts Damnes you had? Perhaps not to the extreme of Burgundy, but Sancerre can definitely have vintage distinction as much as producer distinction. You may find success more broadly across that same year. If it’s an older vintage, say 4-5 years past, you may prefer them as they ...
by Matthew Brown
July 25th, 2020, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virginia wineries worth visiting?
Replies: 40
Views: 2222

Re: Virginia wineries worth visiting?

Went to Ankida Ridge today. Sort of near Lexington, east of I-81. Nice lineup of wines. The Chardonnay was pretty good. Decent fruit and acidity. 10/90 new/neutral oak. Their Pinot Noir was excellent for Virginia and would hold its own with some form the West Coast. I would characterize it more in ...
by Matthew Brown
July 25th, 2020, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virginia wineries worth visiting?
Replies: 40
Views: 2222

Re: Virginia wineries worth visiting?

Russ Williams wrote: July 24th, 2020, 4:10 pm Visit Veritas and forget the rest.
I’ve known Andrew Hodson for a long time, and even he would say you are WAY off base.

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