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by Matthew Brown
October 14th, 2020, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trader Joes Overrated?
Replies: 82
Views: 3888

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: 871

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: 733

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: 721

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: 1431

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 2013 chardonn...
by Matthew Brown
August 23rd, 2020, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with VA/DC Wines?
Replies: 33
Views: 1297

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: 1640

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: 648

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: 1880

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: 1880

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.
by Matthew Brown
June 29th, 2020, 6:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Importer of Joh Jos Prum. How to buy on release?
Replies: 37
Views: 2714

Re: Importer of Joh Jos Prum. How to buy on release?

You may want to be proactive and speak with stores about special ordering, especially if you are looking for specific bottlings. Most of the time retailers are offered a list of wines they can pick from once their importers have compiled their orders for their territory. There may be 6-8 weeks to po...
by Matthew Brown
June 12th, 2020, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virginia wineries worth visiting?
Replies: 40
Views: 1880

Re: Virginia wineries worth visiting?

My neck of the woods! I'm local to Charlottesville. Unfortunately, there's not a lot of places to visit that nail the "experience" of the tasting (comfortable, nice views, etc) AND have wine I'd seek out to taste as the region's best. You have places like Pippin Hill that are purpose built luxury h...
by Matthew Brown
June 12th, 2020, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virginia wineries worth visiting?
Replies: 40
Views: 1880

Re: Virginia wineries worth visiting?

The most interest VA wines are being made by Lightwell Survey in Waynesboro. Mentioned them in post #7, made by Early Mountain winemaker Ben Jordan, along with his Midland Construction label from his family vineyards in Ft Defiance. Since what’s in Waynesboro is a remote tasting room, may want to r...
by Matthew Brown
June 11th, 2020, 8:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virginia wineries worth visiting?
Replies: 40
Views: 1880

Re: Virginia wineries worth visiting?

The most interest VA wines are being made by Lightwell Survey in Waynesboro. Mentioned them in post #7, made by Early Mountain winemaker Ben Jordan, along with his Midland Construction label from his family vineyards in Ft Defiance. Since what’s in Waynesboro is a remote tasting room, may want to r...
by Matthew Brown
June 10th, 2020, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virginia wineries worth visiting?
Replies: 40
Views: 1880

Re: Virginia wineries worth visiting?

We'll probably head out to the Linden area in the next few weeks to hit up a couple restaurants. Might see what the winery is up to then as well. Curious what restaurants you are considering ‘in the area’. Other than the Inn at Little Washington, most other places are a good hour drive from there. ...
by Matthew Brown
June 10th, 2020, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virginia wineries worth visiting?
Replies: 40
Views: 1880

Re: Virginia wineries worth visiting?

We'll probably head out to the Linden area in the next few weeks to hit up a couple restaurants. Might see what the winery is up to then as well. Curious what restaurants you are considering ‘in the area’. Other than the Inn at Little Washington, most other places are a good hour drive from there.
by Matthew Brown
June 10th, 2020, 5:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virginia wineries worth visiting?
Replies: 40
Views: 1880

Re: Virginia wineries worth visiting?

Spend more time focusing on ‘where’ than ‘who’ you want to visit. Many of the wineries that will be recommended will be 1+ hour apart, and you may miss out exploring an area. Also don’t spend too much time bagging on prices; frost damage this spring was so bad there are a number of wineries that are...
by Matthew Brown
May 30th, 2020, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery
Replies: 67
Views: 2972

Re: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery

Known Claude since he was first brought to VA by Kluge when she started her sparkling wines. We were among the first retailers to carry TJ, as well as the Janisson Champagnes that he and his wife imported and Claude helped to make. Claude is the exception to the rule because he is Champagne trained,...
by Matthew Brown
May 29th, 2020, 9:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery
Replies: 67
Views: 2972

Re: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery

Like most Virginia wines our here in Charlottesville, the reds are pretty forgettable. Drinkable but not interesting. Their whites, Ok. The sparkling wines are their best but overpriced for what you get. Curious who you would put into the category of ‘their best’ when regarding sparkling wines. For...
by Matthew Brown
May 29th, 2020, 9:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery
Replies: 67
Views: 2972

Re: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery

Kelly Wine from the state of Virginia is another topic that was discussed on another thread on this forum. A number of folks think that these wines in general pale to fine wines made in other regions of the US. Trump and other producers may be challenged from the start by the terroir +1. Trump or o...
by Matthew Brown
May 28th, 2020, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery
Replies: 67
Views: 2972

Re: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery

Winery is about 15 minutes from my house but I haven't had one in a number of years. The Trump brand took over a label that had sunk a ton of money into the project and had a decent sparkling program. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a wine person/somm who would be excited about any of the win...
by Matthew Brown
May 14th, 2020, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin
Replies: 124
Views: 26497

Re: Marcassin

A lot of restaurant allocations go out early, and with them closed the distributors are probably getting permission to put more out the their retail accounts. Many wines that were on fairly strict non-retail programs are going to see more retail presence in the coming months.
by Matthew Brown
March 7th, 2020, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Dave Phinney wines?
Replies: 35
Views: 3220

Re: Thoughts on Dave Phinney wines?

When Prisoner was a selection of quality vineyards (Evangelho was one iirc) and Phinney was in control, it was a very good wine, just as Meiomi was a very solid Pinot when it was a true second label for Belle Glos and their single vineyard projects. Once they become a ‘brand’ and people don’t stop t...
by Matthew Brown
February 21st, 2020, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise / Michael Skurnik
Replies: 71
Views: 10525

Re: Terry Theise / Michael Skurnik

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by Matthew Brown
February 21st, 2020, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise / Michael Skurnik
Replies: 71
Views: 10525

Re: Terry Theise / Michael Skurnik

The fact they've essentially scrubbed the site of everything with his name on it, including past catalogs, makes me worried it wasn't on good terms. It's like he's taking all his intellectual property and leaving, so to speak. Forgotten about Kronheim, I think he was transitioning away from them whe...
by Matthew Brown
February 21st, 2020, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise / Michael Skurnik
Replies: 71
Views: 10525

Re: Terry Theise / Michael Skurnik

At one point it probably was. If you look at their list of import partners, at least one (Brazos) has the autonomy to make distribution deals outside of the Skurnik network if they wish (which they do in Virginia) and my guess is that the others do as well. Terry is the curator and selector of the w...
by Matthew Brown
January 18th, 2020, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: to dump or not to dump?!
Replies: 5
Views: 2680

Re: to dump or not to dump?!

It's more likely to come up with nicer or older bottles, especially when you get to the last few ounces poured. It can sometimes make the wine more bitter or change the texture for that last few sips depending on how coarse the sediment is. If it bugs you, pour those last bits through a fine filter;...
by Matthew Brown
December 10th, 2019, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alice Quixote rides again
Replies: 54
Views: 2357

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: 2357

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: 12
Views: 679

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: 2002

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: 9
Views: 4337

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: 3744

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: 2721

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: 3622

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: 854

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: 2661

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: 2661

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: 2661

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: 2661

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: 3772

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: 7517

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: 2081

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: 7517

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: 2396

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: 5450

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: 2901

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: 2104

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: 2308

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

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