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by Matthew Brown
December 10th, 2019, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alice Quixote rides again
Replies: 54
Views: 1961

Re: Alice Quixote rides again

One of my frustrations with this piece is that there is no self reflection on the industry itself and the problems that continue to plague it by some of here biggest allies. if the idea here is to 'capture the purity of site', how does excess VA, brett, mousiness and other faults make this happen? ...
by Matthew Brown
December 9th, 2019, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alice Quixote rides again
Replies: 54
Views: 1961

Re: Alice Quixote rides again

Don't really want to pile on to what is sure to be a train wreck of a thread, but even granting a decent amount of poetic license, opening with "By now pretty much everyone on earth, save for those caught in a Yellow Tail time warp, has heard of “natural” wine." is not even remotely true and absurd...
by Matthew Brown
December 2nd, 2019, 8:11 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Seeking Hardywood Gingerbread Stout
Replies: 8
Views: 338

Re: Seeking Hardywood Gingerbread Stout

There is literally a sea of it available. Palate loads went out to every chain store, more on the way. The Christmas Morning, however, is in tighter supply.
by Matthew Brown
November 28th, 2019, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Love a good screw
Replies: 15
Views: 1875

Re: Love a good screw

I’ve probably learned more about the potential of screwcap wines from Aussie Riesling than anywhere else. A credit to the industry that this was explored as early as it was. Wonderful stuff from the Clare Valley.
by Matthew Brown
November 26th, 2019, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine importing
Replies: 6
Views: 1297

Re: Wine importing

I think you’re asking the wrong question. Most importers I’ve been in contact with (20 years in the industry) have been passionate about wine first, then asked the question ‘how do I get these wines I love to where I want to sell them, and can I make a living at it?’ Your question seems to be ‘is sh...
by Matthew Brown
September 20th, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Puzzled by Pale Ales
Replies: 22
Views: 1198

Re: Puzzled by Pale Ales

Lower abv beers 'tend to be' less durable because of the lower alcohol and lower hop intensity, which act as preservatives. The New England style IPAs have always had the reputation of fading out quickly even if they are stronger because (and Rick can correct me if I'm wrong) the way they use the ho...
by Matthew Brown
August 17th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: OK to store long-term in OWC?
Replies: 37
Views: 2350

Re: OK to store long-term in OWC?

If you are handy with a flat head screwdriver you can pry the top off to check the contents and then tap it back into place. You can usually get it all off in one piece and then tap the staples back into their original holes.
by Matthew Brown
July 28th, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All Natural Wine
Replies: 99
Views: 3161

Re: All Natural Wine

I prefer wines with aged complexity and the risk associated with cellaring natural wines is too high. I'm starting to believe that being the antithesis to this sort of wine is exactly the appeal for a lot of natural wine fans in this new generation. The most famous wines for cellaring in Bordeaux, ...
by Matthew Brown
July 28th, 2019, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Report back on a few days in the Jura and Beaujolais
Replies: 10
Views: 701

Re: Report back on a few days in the Jura and Beaujolais

To answer your questions the next time you come by the store:
Yes
No
No
No
Maybe?
No
No
No, but yes to something similar
Yes, but the price will make you cry.
by Matthew Brown
July 23rd, 2019, 10:14 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Virginia winery suggestions?
Replies: 17
Views: 1872

Re: Virginia winery suggestions?

Agree with the winery insights for the most part, but I would put the King Family Viognier in the oakier, more voluptuous category, at least compared to other from VA. Interesting. The 2013 which I really enjoyed wasn’t that way and probably influenced my memory. Still have one bottle and checked l...
by Matthew Brown
July 22nd, 2019, 9:30 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Virginia winery suggestions?
Replies: 17
Views: 1872

Re: Virginia winery suggestions?

Is Crozet pizza still worth a stop? Loved prior visits but the last was many years ago and I understand they expanded and might have changed ownership to the next generation. Little late for wineries but a few thought on my favorites: King Family - have like Meritage and Viognier. Viognier made in ...
by Matthew Brown
July 22nd, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Virginia winery suggestions?
Replies: 17
Views: 1872

Re: Virginia winery suggestions?

If you are making good time Friday you should still hit Lovingston on your way up. Having made the slog to and from G'boro many times for youth soccer, it's worth getting out there just because the landscape is starting to get mountainous and interesting. The winery is on the family farm and there i...
by Matthew Brown
July 22nd, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Virginia winery suggestions?
Replies: 17
Views: 1872

Re: Virginia winery suggestions?

Be very aware of your drive times; Ankida Ridge is a healthy hour away from Charlottesville (beautiful mountains though, and likely cooler). May want to double check what their tasting room policy is, as they are small and may not be set up for drop in tastings. RdV doesn't do drop-ins either AFAIK ...
by Matthew Brown
July 18th, 2019, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?
Replies: 91
Views: 3491

Re: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?

Cleaning. As someone who makes a bit of wine as well as writing about it, I warmly second this. Though probably the least glamorous situation I ever saw in the wine world was a winery in Burgundy where the winery and neighboring house were plumbed into the same sewerage system, and that system back...
by Matthew Brown
July 10th, 2019, 4:29 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs
Replies: 68
Views: 4069

Re: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs

Don't blame you in the slightest. One of the arguments for drinking them fresher is as much about the appearance/texture as it is about flavor IMHO. The longer they sit the more the detrius can settle out and coagulate. I've had some NEIIPA I like better flavor-wise after 6-8 weeks, as long as they ...
by Matthew Brown
July 3rd, 2019, 5:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favourite Quality in a wine
Replies: 61
Views: 1935

Re: Favourite Quality in a wine

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
July 3rd, 2019, 5:06 am
Distinctiveness
Was going to say thought-provoking, then ask for a ruling on the hyphenation.
by Matthew Brown
June 19th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs
Replies: 68
Views: 4069

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: 2151

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: 2801

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: 22
Views: 2821

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: 2012

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: 2168

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: 2168

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Best Area in Paris for Bistros
Replies: 24
Views: 1274

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: 13
Views: 1342

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: 1116

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: 457

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: 1456

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: 1456

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: 1456

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: 1848

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: 3551

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: 551
Views: 31755

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: 1052

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: 1052

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: vegetables to accompany cheese and wine (burgundy)
Replies: 9
Views: 499

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: 1052

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: 1052

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: 1052

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: 1052

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: 1052

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: 342

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: 551
Views: 31755

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: 2234

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Iceland on the Cheap?
Replies: 8
Views: 395

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: 1421

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: 450

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: 450

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: 1234

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: 3981

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...

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