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by Matthew Brown
February 8th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Iceland on the Cheap?
Replies: 8
Views: 191

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: 1321

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: 336

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: 336

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: 1017

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: 3459

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: 93

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: 2884

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: 922

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: 922

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: 922

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: 922

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: 922

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: 922

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: 922

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: 922

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: 922

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: 852

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: 852

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: 852

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 ...
by Matthew Brown
November 14th, 2018, 8:17 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Seeking Hardywood Gingerbread Stout
Replies: 5
Views: 131

Re: Seeking Hardywood Gingerbread Stout

This is their first year making it in their new facility, also the first doing the non-barrel versions in 500ml, only the barrel aged ones in corked 750ml. No shortage of it this time.
by Matthew Brown
November 13th, 2018, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tariffs on wine
Replies: 18
Views: 528

Re: Tariffs on wine

Tariffs aside, there are several reasons already in place for why USA wines sell poorly overseas. 1) Wine already exists there as part of the everyday culture, so it's a bit of a coals to Newcastle thing to begin with. And it's already as inexpensive as it can be w/r/t taxes and any inherent shippin...
by Matthew Brown
October 30th, 2018, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries near Charlottesville VA
Replies: 34
Views: 852

Re: Wineries near Charlottesville VA

The hardest part about VA wines is that they are all 3x as expensive as they comparatively ought to be. If you can get past that, you can have fun. Nice scenery, good restaurants, pretty wineries, but very mediocre and ridiculously over-priced wines. I try to like them, since I live here now, but c...
by Matthew Brown
October 30th, 2018, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries near Charlottesville VA
Replies: 34
Views: 852

Re: Wineries near Charlottesville VA

Russ Williams wrote:
October 24th, 2018, 6:11 pm
Veritas...period. Don’t waste your time going elsewhere.
-100, simply because I know Andrew Hodson would never dump on his neighbors like that. Nor is it true.
by Matthew Brown
October 30th, 2018, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries near Charlottesville VA
Replies: 34
Views: 852

Re: Wineries near Charlottesville VA

I read through the recent thread on Virginia wineries. We are spending a few days in Charlottesville next month. We will do wine one or two days. Looking for recs on two or three wineries worth visiting that are relatively close together. The easiest loop with the most places to hit is West of C'vi...
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: 11
Views: 551

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: 101
Views: 2962

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: 1979

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: 1979

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: 1678

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: 1678

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: 422

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: 6007

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: 422

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: 1035

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: 1035

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: 1035

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: 987

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: 2502

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: 770

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: 1264

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: 1177

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: 1177

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: 1813
Views: 166730

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: 7875

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: 1636

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: 566

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: 566

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

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