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by bradkaplan
October 2nd, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Good Tuesday, Vol III: The MixTape (Billecart, Rayas, ESJ (x2), Kalin, Shafer-Frolich GG, Noble Wine)
Replies: 7
Views: 504

Re: TN: A Good Tuesday, Vol III: The MixTape (Billecart, Rayas, ESJ (x2), Kalin, Shafer-Frolich GG, Noble Wine)

Btw, a note on the Noble Wine Petit Manseng - the vineyard is technically in North Carolina, within a mile or so of the GA-NC border, in an AVA (Upper Hiawassee Highlands) which spans the two... and the winemaker is based in Georgia and produced the wine in Georgia. For Atlanta peeps, I first tried ...
by bradkaplan
September 25th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard
Replies: 12
Views: 891

Re: TN: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard

I’ve only got one more! Day 2 by the way... more slate on the nose (and the savory notes are much more subdued), more mineral and steely overall, still a burst of lemon peel on the finish.
by bradkaplan
September 24th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard
Replies: 12
Views: 891

Re: TN: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard

Seriously, the nose on this? Insane. Now leaning in to chicken broth (what???) with sage, as much as any chardonnay can smell like chicken broth with sage. And the way the acid rounds out on the tongue is glorious. I'll probably be back in 15 minutes with an entirely new direction this wine is headi...
by bradkaplan
September 24th, 2019, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard
Replies: 12
Views: 891

TN: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard

2014 Dirty and Rowdy Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino County (9/24/2019) Y'all, I'm drinking this to the Dead on news of R Hunter's passing, to set the stage... the finish on this simply melts into your soul, a long lasting lemon wax and shine, that's what...
by bradkaplan
September 19th, 2019, 4:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life
Replies: 72
Views: 4989

Re: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life

Always fun to look at the by-the-glass menu - last time I was there you could get a '83 Bouchard Julienas for $4.55 a glass!!! Listed right above Apothic "Sweet Red Blend" at $6.90!!!
by bradkaplan
September 17th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine List of any US Brewery? Suggestions welcome on improvements.
Replies: 38
Views: 1375

Re: Best Wine List of any US Brewery? Suggestions welcome on improvements.

Wait a minute - is this for the brewpub that serves burgers, tacos, and flatbreads? It seems wildly off target if so. (but yeah, those are some nice wines!)
by bradkaplan
September 15th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: More Bottom Feeding @ Total Wine...(short/boring)
Replies: 33
Views: 1708

Re: TN: More Bottom Feeding @ Total Wine...(short/boring)

"Crafted by multi-talented winemaker, Allison Crowe for Plata Wine Partners, she has crafted a long-term relationship with the vineyards to craft wines that are unique to its appellations." - https://www.totalwine.com/wine/brand/buttercream OMG that sentence is quite possibly worse than the wine it...
by bradkaplan
August 31st, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Atlanta
Replies: 337
Views: 39943

Re: Atlanta

Redbird - $20, 2 bottle limit.

I have an ask out to Aziza to reconsider their $35 fee : )
by bradkaplan
August 23rd, 2019, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please Help me Navigate this Massive Wine List -- Roscioli Restaurant in Rome
Replies: 56
Views: 2039

Re: Please Help me Navigate this Massive Wine List -- Roscioli Restaurant in Rome

Their somm at Rimessa is great - tell him what your hoping for and he will find something cool.
by bradkaplan
August 22nd, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: A world's best list that is actually interesting...
Replies: 8
Views: 1070

A world's best list that is actually interesting...

Despite the awkward publishing of the list on two different websites (split in half by geography), this from Besha Rodell for Food & Wine + Travel & Leisure is a fascinating map to what is a clear departure from other world's best lists. For those of you not familiar, Besha is a fantastic food write...
by bradkaplan
August 16th, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release
Replies: 73
Views: 4202

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release

(by the way, I'm drinking a '18 Familiar Blanc right now and it is sooo nice, dynamic floral nose, super lush with the acid and stone to keep it in check - looking forward to the Chenin!)
by bradkaplan
August 15th, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1086
Views: 59995

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Props to Envoyer on including this note from Allen M on the latest wine... "This too displays a hint of the skunkiness that plagues several of the preceding wines so I repeat my advice to be sure to give this a thorough aeration as well as that my rating assumes that it will eventually dissipate"
by bradkaplan
August 2nd, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release
Replies: 73
Views: 4202

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release

(that was a very nice ten minutes plus 4:20)
by bradkaplan
July 31st, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tues Night Impressions: Dom, Veuve LGD, Trimbach 375, Dauvissat x2, Claire Naudin x2, Muller Catoir
Replies: 7
Views: 449

Re: Tues Night Impressions: Dom, Veuve LGD, Trimbach 375, Dauvissat x2, Claire Naudin x2, Muller Catoir

Thanks for the notes, Dennis. Just broke out the leftover Naudins from last night - the Myosotis is both lighter and cloudier in color than the Viola, with a nose that is pretty stunning on day 2, strawberry and lilac maybe? Something floral, followed by a light herbal hash-y note. Not sure if I've ...
by bradkaplan
July 28th, 2019, 3:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting Atlanta Retailers
Replies: 16
Views: 1015

Re: Interesting Atlanta Retailers

But damn I miss Le Caveau : (
by bradkaplan
July 26th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano
Replies: 37
Views: 2435

Re: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano

Just back from similar trip. Rome: - Emma: great pizza, good pasta, awesome burrata plate (surprisingly interesting Italian craft beer list, but went with a cheap white) - Rimessa Roscioli: excellent all around, especially enjoyed chatting w the somm and the wine list - Hostaria Farnese: simple and ...
by bradkaplan
July 16th, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Best of the Bay Area (SF and non-SF)
Replies: 5
Views: 1228

Re: Best of the Bay Area (SF and non-SF)

I really liked a visit to tiny little Fig & Thistle wine bar in Hayes Valley a couple months ago - they have a shop as well at their 14th St location.
by bradkaplan
July 8th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano
Replies: 37
Views: 2435

Re: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano

Glad you weathered the withering heat wisely with white wines. : )

Packing my bags next week...
by bradkaplan
June 18th, 2019, 6:29 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Rome: RIMESSA ROSCIOLI Wine Tasting Options
Replies: 8
Views: 1825

Re: Rome: RIMESSA ROSCIOLI Wine Tasting Options

I'll be there in July, no plans for what if any tasting we might do - definitely ordering a la carte for food. Please do report back!
by bradkaplan
May 29th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Savannah, GA
Replies: 31
Views: 1360

Re: Savannah, GA

Dennis Atick wrote:
May 29th, 2019, 1:08 pm
That is some funny shit! [cheers.gif]
No shit!
by bradkaplan
May 29th, 2019, 6:44 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Savannah, GA
Replies: 31
Views: 1360

Re: Savannah, GA

by bradkaplan
May 23rd, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 06 Billecart-Salmon "Cuvee Louis" Brut Blanc de Blancs
Replies: 4
Views: 549

06 Billecart-Salmon "Cuvee Louis" Brut Blanc de Blancs

Anyone tried this? Surprisingly few notes on CT, despite it being out for a little while now and some very nice critic reviews. I'm honestly not very familiar w B-S beyond the brut rose, so any intel appreciated.
by bradkaplan
May 22nd, 2019, 5:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1086
Views: 59995

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

I had to check my tasting notes because I know I've had a great Gaunoux... it was a Jean-Michel Gaunoux though, and not from Envoyer! ('95 Domaine Jean-Michel Gaunoux Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières)
by bradkaplan
May 8th, 2019, 2:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: How do you prepare popcorn?
Replies: 29
Views: 1212

Re: How do you prepare popcorn?

Semi-related - Rancho Gordo's popcorn is excellent (and really well priced for the quality vs. grocery store popcorn), we buy about six bags at a time, which lasts maybe a couple of months in our house!

https://www.ranchogordo.com/products/cr ... pping-corn
by bradkaplan
May 8th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Heresztyn Mazzini Gevrey Chambertin Clos Village
Replies: 9
Views: 692

Re: TN: 2014 Heresztyn Mazzini Gevrey Chambertin Clos Village

C Chen wrote:
May 8th, 2019, 11:04 am
Greg K wrote:
May 8th, 2019, 9:49 am
That's a really good description - also why I didn't like it. pileon
Same same.
Either of you got some I can take off your hands!? : )
by bradkaplan
May 7th, 2019, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Heresztyn Mazzini Gevrey Chambertin Clos Village
Replies: 9
Views: 692

Re: TN: 2014 Heresztyn Mazzini Gevrey Chambertin Clos Village

Just popped a 375 from Envoyer and thrilled with this wine, wish I had more. It's on the gulpable side, almost Cru-Boo'ish in that sense, but the floral/cherry notes with a touch of earthy funk are just fantastic.
by bradkaplan
April 23rd, 2019, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer
Replies: 37
Views: 2526

Re: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer

No intel on these, but just popped my last of 3 bottles of the 17 Alder Springs viognier and very happy with this wine. Ready for the new vintage. (17 felt a bit more typically viognier than 16 to me, loved them both). Haven't touched my 16 Enz yet.
by bradkaplan
March 31st, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1495
Views: 177107

Re: Official Costco Thread

Atlanta (Brookhaven) now with the 08 Dom at $138. Good deal.
by bradkaplan
March 29th, 2019, 8:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN's: Alesia/Rhys Tasting
Replies: 21
Views: 1430

Re: TN's: Alesia/Rhys Tasting

(I've got some '07 still! happily in!)
by bradkaplan
March 28th, 2019, 5:04 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tuscany
Replies: 43
Views: 2638

Re: Tuscany

(following - I'll be there a couple weeks after Dennis, a bit northeast of Montalcino, near town of Bettolle)
by bradkaplan
March 14th, 2019, 4:08 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?
Replies: 34
Views: 2685

Re: Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?

Yes, it is fabulous. Go. Go again.
by bradkaplan
March 9th, 2019, 8:44 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Flight Itinerary Question- Second Leg
Replies: 13
Views: 618

Re: Flight Itinerary Question- Second Leg

Funny, we're planning a trip to Rome also. Same issues. Booked a not great trip via JFK using miles (got a crazy good deal actually), but not happy with the layover/timing. Would bite on a direct flight in a heartbeat if it got closer to $1200.
by bradkaplan
March 8th, 2019, 6:42 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Restaurants in Dolomites area?
Replies: 8
Views: 470

Re: Restaurants in Dolomites area?

Loved our stay and dinner at Terra a couple years ago. Up in the hills near some gorgeous hikes (not that those are hard to find!). https://terra.place/en/restaurant.html
by bradkaplan
February 20th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: 2008 dom 149 at bassins
Replies: 32
Views: 1674

Re: PSA: 2008 dom 149 at bassins

Also, why the heck is Zachy's so high on this!? $230?? https://www.zachys.com/dom-perignon-2008-750ml.html
by bradkaplan
February 20th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: 2008 dom 149 at bassins
Replies: 32
Views: 1674

Re: PSA: 2008 dom 149 at bassins

I got lucky and found some 08 at the 09 price at my nearby Total (went in hoping for that exact outcome, I never shop there). Online they show it at $169 but I got it at $139.
by bradkaplan
February 19th, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Chile Recs
Replies: 9
Views: 622

Re: Chile Recs

Jeff, I've been spending some time on business in Santiago and did an overnight in Valparaiso, with a trip through Casablanca Valley on the way. Bodegas Re is worth a visit, nice personal tour, interesting wines - love the Re Velado (I brought a bottle home). Heard good things about Villard and Atti...
by bradkaplan
February 13th, 2019, 4:38 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Memphis Resturants
Replies: 6
Views: 307

Re: Memphis Resturants

A few favorites - Payne's for lunch (chopped sandwich w slaw and hot sauce), Hogs & Hominy, Las Tortugas. BBQ is a must, and if not Payne's, there are plenty of others.
by bradkaplan
February 7th, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11929
Views: 571294

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

After trying the 08 Dom the other night and being super impressed, found a 2009 price for the 2008 at my local Total (which I NEVER go into, but had a feeling...) and grabbed a few.
by bradkaplan
February 5th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Bern's Reservation Question
Replies: 25
Views: 1539

Re: Bern's Reservation Question

YES, think of the MILLIONS of dollars Bern's has collectively saved its happy patrons! This is the ultimate place for wine shopper math. : )
by bradkaplan
February 4th, 2019, 6:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Bern's Reservation Question
Replies: 25
Views: 1539

Re: Bern's Reservation Question

I have also learned through the years to skip the cheap bottles at Berns - yes it seems cool to drink a 79 Beaujolais for $30 from a producer you have never heard of or a 65 Charbono but in all honesty those are still on the list for a reason. I had a 1983 Saint Amour for $27 there twice (a couple ...
by bradkaplan
January 24th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Argentina, Brazil, Chile...
Replies: 4
Views: 392

Re: Argentina, Brazil, Chile...

Thanks, Alan - good points on the state of the Argentina economy and what that could mean for both restaurants and wineries.
by bradkaplan
January 22nd, 2019, 5:09 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Argentina, Brazil, Chile...
Replies: 4
Views: 392

Re: Argentina, Brazil, Chile...

A quick report back... after roughly a week each in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile. Argentina - I had a good list of mostly natural(ish) producers to seek out, but didn't find any of them in my (limited) meals in Buenos Aires, El Chalten, El Calafate, and Iguazu. My list included Alberto Cecchin Graci...
by bradkaplan
January 22nd, 2019, 4:24 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3417
Views: 185695

Re: The Bourbon Thread

ooh, that's a good price, I need to see if my (not quite) local Costco has that in (at that price).
by bradkaplan
December 23rd, 2018, 8:44 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Argentina, Brazil, Chile...
Replies: 4
Views: 392

Argentina, Brazil, Chile...

I'm hitting all three over the next few weeks - any particular wines you would seek out on restaurant lists that are A) not often found in US, and B) holy shit that's good!

: )

Broad question, I know, and I've got several names written down already, but curious what the Berserkers have to offer.
by bradkaplan
December 5th, 2018, 5:43 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Help me rank a few Bourbons...
Replies: 16
Views: 1211

Re: Help me rank a few Bourbons...

My top three would be Blanton's, Bookers, and 1920, in no particular order.
by bradkaplan
December 5th, 2018, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: We're not normal : )
Replies: 29
Views: 1760

We're not normal : )

I love this little WineBerserkers bubble, but just had to share what wines more "normal" people are wonderfully enthusiastic about, from a friend's Facebook post asking for favorite "red wines under $30." Here's a rundown and some key quotes on folks' recommendations, which are mostly a who's who of...

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