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by Matthew Brown
June 19th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs
Replies: 44
Views: 573

Re: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs

In Michigan, Old Nation Boss Tweed and M43 and some from HOMES I'm interested if there is anything I can pick up in the OBX, heading there for a week Saturday. On my way back I may make a quick stop at Aslin to bring home if they have anything interesting. Depending on how you're getting to OBX, yo...
by Matthew Brown
June 10th, 2019, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine with grilled octopus?
Replies: 47
Views: 1716

Re: What wine with grilled octopus?

Txakolina almost never fails with octopus. If you prefer lower acidity I like the whites from Campania; Falanghina, Greco and Fiano.
by Matthew Brown
June 10th, 2019, 7:23 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs
Replies: 26
Views: 610

Re: CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs

May want to list where you're staying, as you may have some choices that are walking distance that will be more 'worth it' than trying to schlep all over just to get to one that might be the 'best'. Driving can be a real headache there.
by Matthew Brown
June 10th, 2019, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: a basement discovery
Replies: 19
Views: 1906

Re: a basement discovery

Doubt there would be be much resale or auction value because of the provenance and low fills. I would plan to taste them for fun, picking maybe 3-4 bottles at a time and opening them together. I'm sure others will chime in, but I have had surprisingly random experiences with the exact same wine stor...
by Matthew Brown
June 2nd, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allocations from retailers
Replies: 19
Views: 1840

Re: Allocations from retailers

these days it seems like every email i get uses the word 'allocated' to describe what is on offer... 'Allocation' usually means that the wholesaler has a set amount that each retailer can buy. My allocation at store A may be 3 cases, another store may have a 6case allocation if they do more busines...
by Matthew Brown
June 1st, 2019, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes
Replies: 52
Views: 1839

Re: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes

JDavisRoby wrote:
June 1st, 2019, 8:21 pm
Ever been on a golf course and one hole is raining and another is not?
Pffft. Golf is a shepherd game. Wine is for aristocracy. What happens on the land is immaterial
by Matthew Brown
June 1st, 2019, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes
Replies: 52
Views: 1839

Re: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes

So if a lot of this is based on appearance of the grapes doesnt that mean the farming aspect is more important than the terroir ? Alan - terroir (in my book) is a combination of soil and weather. Farming is dictated by both these components. Bringing in good-looking fruit means that the farmer has ...
by Matthew Brown
May 2nd, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Best Area in Paris for Bistros
Replies: 20
Views: 664

Re: Best Area in Paris for Bistros

Loved what we found around the 6th last year. The neighborhood right below Luxembourg Gardens is more University crowd, a bit more affordable and pub-ish, but lots of choices up and down every street. Even found an excellent draft list of craft beers if that floats you at all. Up by the Pantheon is ...
by Matthew Brown
May 2nd, 2019, 4:54 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Keeping unopened white wine in the fridge
Replies: 11
Views: 701

Re: Keeping unopened white wine in the fridge

Cool/cold options are almost 100% of the time better options than warm/hot for wine. Repeated temperature changes from taking it in and out of storage can maybe dull a more delicate white wine over a shorter period of time. Also less filtered wines can throw more sediment when stored cold, which doe...
by Matthew Brown
April 30th, 2019, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: We Got Timorasso..
Replies: 27
Views: 978

Re: We Got Timorasso..

Got some of Gary's sloppy seconds this morning. Fascinating wines (the Cortese and Barbera were no slouches either). Apparently Elisa and Sam are Timorasso BFFs, and it's nice at least for VA that Colombera and Idlewilde have the same distribution. I'm sensing a Timorassa taste-off in Richmond some ...
by Matthew Brown
April 27th, 2019, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Clarendon Hills Syrah Moritz (Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, Clarendon)
Replies: 11
Views: 373

Re: TN: 2002 Clarendon Hills Syrah Moritz (Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, Clarendon)

I've had some Torbreck Shiraz with similar amounts of age to them that I would give similar praise to. Also have an 01 Kay Bros. Amery's Vineyard Hillside Shiraz I'm waiting to pass judgement on soon as it's a wedding year wine. Thinking it's got 2 years left...
by Matthew Brown
April 27th, 2019, 7:22 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Maturing Craft Beer Market
Replies: 43
Views: 885

Re: The Maturing Craft Beer Market

I've actually been a lot happier, at least in VA, with the quality of lager and English styles in the last few years. Hard for breweries to avoid the urge to put a craft spin on them to appeal to the hoppy or quirky crowd, but the import beer fans have been getting crowded out of the market with inc...
by Matthew Brown
April 26th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Maturing Craft Beer Market
Replies: 43
Views: 885

Re: The Maturing Craft Beer Market

Some chain grocery stores may give individual locations a certain amount of free reign, often depending on each manager and how hard they push. There are a couple Piggly Wigglys in Myrtle Beach, most of which are pedestrian, but one is loaded with spectacular hard to get stuff. Here in Charlottesvil...
by Matthew Brown
April 25th, 2019, 4:27 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Maturing Craft Beer Market
Replies: 43
Views: 885

Re: The Maturing Craft Beer Market

Breweries can't make their existence based on the fetish of just one beer. Beer drinkers are incredibly finicky, and the instant a beer goes from rare to common is the moment they stop craving it. The miost important thing a brewery can do is satisfy the market that supports EVERYTHING they do, not ...
by Matthew Brown
April 6th, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acquisition vs Consumption
Replies: 29
Views: 1686

Re: Acquisition vs Consumption

todd waldmann wrote:
April 6th, 2019, 7:05 pm
D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
April 6th, 2019, 2:20 pm
I fully admit that I love buying wine even more than I love drinking it!
^this.

As I am moving all the wine previously stored elsewhere into my new cellar, the depth of my derangement is becoming all too clear.....
Don't worry, brother. Help is on the way to sort it out. We're here for you.
by Matthew Brown
April 3rd, 2019, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 3045

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Ravenswood, and Others

The old vine Zins from Ravenswood still have major relevance, despite the shine that's been taken off since the high volume bottlings took precedence. The rest is just the same mouthful of mouthwash swishing to the other cheek.
by Matthew Brown
March 27th, 2019, 8:02 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 227
Views: 11268

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

At what point is all of this welcomed rain too much of a good thing? Most rain issues early on can be overcome by a warm dry stretch several weeks or so before harvest. Once the vines flower the issue is as much about how MUCH as it is how OFTEN, in order to prevent mold and for the fruit to ripen....
by Matthew Brown
March 19th, 2019, 7:26 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Beer people have OFFICIALLY lost their minds....
Replies: 21
Views: 711

Re: Beer people have OFFICIALLY lost their minds....

Not so much disgusting. Some breweries have done pretty decent beers in this vein (though calling them IPAs is stupid marketing since IPA drinkers will find them too sweet, and those that WOULD lime them are likely to avoid them because it says IPA on the can. But I digress...) I can even get behind...
by Matthew Brown
March 19th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Beer people have OFFICIALLY lost their minds....
Replies: 21
Views: 711

Re: Beer people have OFFICIALLY lost their minds....

THis is an IPA. With marshmallows.
by Matthew Brown
March 15th, 2019, 10:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: vegetables to accompany cheese and wine (burgundy)
Replies: 9
Views: 418

Re: vegetables to accompany cheese and wine (burgundy)

Salty/savory combos are usually the best bets, would avoid anything pickled or high vinegar because of abrasiveness. Mushrooms work great especially when stuffed, almost act as a red meat in terms of what you can stuff it with. Anything you can add a salty cheese to is possible as well.
by Matthew Brown
March 15th, 2019, 9:09 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Beer people have OFFICIALLY lost their minds....
Replies: 21
Views: 711

Re: Beer people have OFFICIALLY lost their minds....

Scott G r u n e r wrote:
March 15th, 2019, 8:12 pm
Sell sell sell

by Matthew Brown
March 15th, 2019, 6:49 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Beer people have OFFICIALLY lost their minds....
Replies: 21
Views: 711

Re: Beer people have OFFICIALLY lost their minds....

Corey N. wrote:
March 15th, 2019, 11:58 am
Matthew Brown wrote:
March 15th, 2019, 11:07 am
This is purely the mewling hoards following Instagram hype.
That Shenandoah Valley education is really paying off.
Sorry.

Peoplez be crazee. #nofilter
by Matthew Brown
March 15th, 2019, 11:07 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Beer people have OFFICIALLY lost their minds....
Replies: 21
Views: 711

Re: Beer people have OFFICIALLY lost their minds....

Rick Allen wrote:
March 15th, 2019, 11:01 am
Scarcity is an amazing thing.
No less scarce than any of their other pint can releases that we sold for $12.99/4pack, which were all better beers I was willing to sell. This is purely the mewling hoards following Instagram hype.
by Matthew Brown
March 15th, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Beer people have OFFICIALLY lost their minds....
Replies: 21
Views: 711

Re: Beer people have OFFICIALLY lost their minds....

ERPark wrote:
March 15th, 2019, 10:36 am
When I learned awhile back what aficionados were paying for certain Toppling Goliath stouts, I was literally gobsmacked.

Then again, it’s like Jordans/Nikes or Yeezys. Doesn’t really impact the far majority of folks.....
Yeezys don't have a 10 week shelf life, either....
by Matthew Brown
March 15th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Beer people have OFFICIALLY lost their minds....
Replies: 21
Views: 711

Beer people have OFFICIALLY lost their minds....

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I initially was going to pass on the preorder for this, but I like the brewery and give everything a chance.

One month of Insta-hype later, and I could flip this case easily on the sly for $1,000 online. And this is with many reports that the beer is 'just OK'. [swoon.gif]
by Matthew Brown
March 1st, 2019, 3:14 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: TN: Oxbow Brewing First Fruits (Sour)
Replies: 4
Views: 215

Re: TN: Oxbow Brewing First Fruits (Sour)

Great brewery, just started getting the occasional release from them recently. Worth $15.50/500ml? Our disty just got about 12 different barrel releases from them, still sorting out what I want. While their barrel aged stuff is deservedly what gets traders hot and bothered, their basic farmhouse Pal...
by Matthew Brown
February 28th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 227
Views: 11268

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

How is this comparing to the last few floods there? Last bigger one was 3-4 years ago? I happened to be in RRV in 2004 right about this time of year for Premiere Napa Valley, and stayed at Hartford Court overnight. We left for Petaluma (Lagunitas tasting) about an hour before Martinelli Road was clo...
by Matthew Brown
February 16th, 2019, 10:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay Suggestions
Replies: 59
Views: 1880

Re: Chardonnay Suggestions

Neyers 304 unoaked. Have had several self proclaimed Francophiles slurp this up for $25ish range.
by Matthew Brown
February 8th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Iceland on the Cheap?
Replies: 8
Views: 326

Re: Iceland on the Cheap?

If you look through Iceland Air they do package deals as long as you stay at one of their prescribed hotels. It's essentially a layover incentive since so many N American flights are running through there. About 4 years ago we did one with about 8 people total, included 3 nights AND a selection of d...
by Matthew Brown
February 5th, 2019, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gronk has good taste. I think...
Replies: 9
Views: 1357

Re: Gronk has good taste. I think...

I would say that bus has the most shirtless men drinking a Hundred Acre at one time, but I've never been to one of Jay Hack's parties...
by Matthew Brown
January 25th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US Domestic Pesticide/fungicide- free vegan red&white?
Replies: 11
Views: 360

Re: US Domestic Pesticide/fungicide- free vegan red&white?

Understood, but point being wineries that are pursuing salmon safe designations aren't going to turn around after all that effort in the vineyards and sulfur bomb everything in the winery. The dogma behind doing things to be salmon safe are probably going to overlap with minimizing or eliminating as...
by Matthew Brown
January 25th, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US Domestic Pesticide/fungicide- free vegan red&white?
Replies: 11
Views: 360

Re: US Domestic Pesticide/fungicide- free vegan red&white?

In the Pacific Northwest I'm starting to see a lot of wineries designating themselves as 'salmon safe'. Not sure what the guidelines are for that certification but I've seen a fair amount of them also be vegan. May be a fair amount of overlap
by Matthew Brown
January 17th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting sticker - your thoughts?
Replies: 36
Views: 1062

Re: Interesting sticker - your thoughts?

As for retail, there used to be a great wine shop in Las Vegas called 55 Degrees where the whole store was kept at cellar temp. It was fun, sadly gone. It's way cool, but I don't think this retail model is workable in the long run. I have always thought an interesting project would be to check out ...
by Matthew Brown
January 6th, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's wrong with cherry-picking?
Replies: 95
Views: 3561

Re: What's wrong with cherry-picking?

Importers aren't really able to cherry-pick producers. Just as if you purchase directly from a CA winery, I doubt you'd last long only buying the cherries and not the whole range (e.g. "hostage wines"). Retailers are not able to cherry pick from wholesalers, because the wholesalers must buy an enti...
by Matthew Brown
January 1st, 2019, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Linden Hardscrabble Chardonnay 2008 and 2009
Replies: 1
Views: 101

Re: Linden Hardscrabble Chardonnay 2008 and 2009

Very short list of Virginia wines-reds or whites- with the track record of Hardscrabble Chard. If you get the chance, try the Early Mountain Quaker Run Chard. A bit more fruit now, but one that's built with Hardscrabble in mind wrt cellar potential. Ankida Ridge has some of that potential as well, b...
by Matthew Brown
December 12th, 2018, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Riesling from USA ?
Replies: 84
Views: 3269

Re: Favorite Riesling from USA ?

Small production, but Union Sacre makes a great one from Happy Canyon, iirc. Also have a really good skin contact Alsatian style Gewürztraminer.
by Matthew Brown
November 24th, 2018, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Burgundy/Great Appetizer Combo?
Replies: 28
Views: 1000

Re: Great Burgundy/Great Appetizer Combo?

Stuffed portobellos w/ duck confit, cherries, butter, crumbled crackers, and a few drops of cranbetry pear balsamic vinegar.
by Matthew Brown
November 22nd, 2018, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Burgundy/Great Appetizer Combo?
Replies: 28
Views: 1000

Re: Great Burgundy/Great Appetizer Combo?

A Songeur wrote:
November 22nd, 2018, 7:45 am
Epoisses is the cheese to choose!
Strongly considered this, but as a cheese it would be too strong for this group to enjoy once the Burguny was done. I could polish off the leftovers by myself, but my wife would be avoiding me for about a week afterwards.
by Matthew Brown
November 22nd, 2018, 6:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Burgundy/Great Appetizer Combo?
Replies: 28
Views: 1000

Re: Great Burgundy/Great Appetizer Combo?

Sh@n A wrote:
November 19th, 2018, 3:54 pm
Sautéed mushrooms in butter, herbs, splash of red wine, lamb crumble, truffle oil, topped by a sunny side egg and crispy fried onions. Just a thought on the subway.
Your thinking on the subway is better than most. Well done
by Matthew Brown
November 18th, 2018, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Burgundy/Great Appetizer Combo?
Replies: 28
Views: 1000

Re: Great Burgundy/Great Appetizer Combo?

Matthew King wrote:
November 18th, 2018, 2:10 pm
Scott G r u n e r wrote:
November 18th, 2018, 10:52 am
Gougeres
Epoisses
Smoked duck breast
Mic drop!
Found a Gougeres recipe that isn't complicated, and good for prep early/reheat on site. Proper.
by Matthew Brown
November 18th, 2018, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Burgundy/Great Appetizer Combo?
Replies: 28
Views: 1000

Re: Great Burgundy/Great Appetizer Combo?

My experience with MM wines is that they tend to be relatively tannic for Burgundy, even at 17 years old - although I have not had any of their 2001s. While I agree with others that duck and mushrooms are generally great companions to Burgundy, I might recommend in this case a beef or lamb dish, wh...
by Matthew Brown
November 18th, 2018, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Burgundy/Great Appetizer Combo?
Replies: 28
Views: 1000

Re: Great Burgundy/Great Appetizer Combo?

Like the addition of cherries there.
My thyme went rogue and had to dig it out. Substitute w/sage, lavender, or rosemary if given a choice?
by Matthew Brown
November 18th, 2018, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Burgundy/Great Appetizer Combo?
Replies: 28
Views: 1000

Re: Great Burgundy/Great Appetizer Combo?

Mmmm, confit stuffed portobello, easier on me. Even better. Any 'trigger' ingredients that would be good to add? By which I mean something to throw in that always seems to bring out strengths in the wine. Nutmeg, for example, I find works tremendously in matching Alsatian wines. Memories of a lamb s...
by Matthew Brown
November 18th, 2018, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Burgundy/Great Appetizer Combo?
Replies: 28
Views: 1000

Re: Great Burgundy/Great Appetizer Combo?

Mongeard-Mugneret
by Matthew Brown
November 18th, 2018, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Burgundy/Great Appetizer Combo?
Replies: 28
Views: 1000

Great Burgundy/Great Appetizer Combo?

For my parent's 50th wedding anniversary later this week, I'm breaking out what amounts to my 'big guns' to share with them and my family. For the red I have an 01 Richebourg GC. Because of the circumstances for their party it won't be done with a sit down main course but we can share it among 5 peo...
by Matthew Brown
November 16th, 2018, 6:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries near Charlottesville VA
Replies: 34
Views: 938

Re: Wineries near Charlottesville VA

Well that's a bit much, but Lord it was soggy this year.
by Matthew Brown
November 16th, 2018, 6:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries near Charlottesville VA
Replies: 34
Views: 938

Re: Wineries near Charlottesville VA

If you got a good red from this vintage, Matthieu is a wizard of the highest order and should be packing his bags for Hogwarts.
by Matthew Brown
November 15th, 2018, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries near Charlottesville VA
Replies: 34
Views: 938

Re: Wineries near Charlottesville VA

Mt. Alto is as I understand it under the management of Monticello grounds and gardens, not necessarily a commercial venture. The varieties there are more a nod to Jefferson era wine sentiments than the idea of growing the best possible wines on that site, and they have some logistic issues to deal ...

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