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by Chris Blum
February 17th, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 263
Views: 11736

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

Who/what is to blame for the failure of Maison Ilan: I started a list but I'm sure I'm leaving someone out. Ray (and others), please feel free to add to the list... haters racists investors/lenders Zach Velcoff The Camus family The French & their fiscal reporting deadlines various growers Casey Cow...
by Chris Blum
February 16th, 2019, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 263
Views: 11736

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

What happened to the l’americaine brand and the whole Paris, KY story? Are we talking bourbon now? Wish I could be open about this since it is an interesting story. I’m not going near it on this forum. So you don’t think that the huge rollout for a product that seemingly never existed and certainly...
by Chris Blum
February 16th, 2019, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 263
Views: 11736

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

What happened to the l’americaine brand and the whole Paris, KY story?
by Chris Blum
February 16th, 2019, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 263
Views: 11736

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

Anton is right. Narcissists are transactional people. Ray would not be posting on this thread if he didn’t need to. He wants something, and it sure as hell ain’t a clear conscience.
by Chris Blum
February 14th, 2019, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 263
Views: 11736

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

Actually, that’s not really what “irony” means.
by Chris Blum
February 14th, 2019, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 263
Views: 11736

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

C’mon Ray, you can BS rubes who haven’t seen your act....that’s truly your highest calling. But this group has witnessed you in all of your duplicitous glory. You are a huckster. You’re good at it. It’s a valuable skill. Go be the best huckster you can be; whether it’s bourbon or car parts, wine, lu...
by Chris Blum
February 3rd, 2019, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Super Bowl Wine Pairings
Replies: 32
Views: 1089

Re: Super Bowl Wine Pairings

06 Prüm Graacher-Himmelreich auslese. Shocker...still primary, but delicious.
by Chris Blum
January 31st, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quivet wines
Replies: 14
Views: 1143

Re: Quivet wines

The SB is pretty nice. It’s a nice balance for me when I’m in the mood for that profile - slightly ripe flavors but a nice acidic backbone.
by Chris Blum
January 31st, 2019, 6:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: passive cellar too cold?
Replies: 33
Views: 1426

Re: passive cellar too cold?

Mine (mostly below grade) is colder than usual but nothing to worry about.
by Chris Blum
January 30th, 2019, 7:05 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Cristal 2008 - Re-Load
Replies: 9
Views: 924

Re: Cristal 2008 - Re-Load

I think he’s extending the 4-pack pricing of $229.99 to all quantities, even if you only buy a single bottle.
by Chris Blum
January 30th, 2019, 7:03 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Incredibly rare imperial of Ridge Monte Bello 2014
Replies: 4
Views: 680

Re: Incredibly rare imperial of Ridge Monte Bello 2014

I’d pop it at age 50 and not look back, but you are right
by Chris Blum
January 27th, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: EXTENDED- LORING WINE COMPANY BD10 OFFERS - ** NEW OFFER ADDED **SAVE 50%
Replies: 39
Views: 1967

Re: LORING WINE COMPANY BD10 OFFERS - SAVE 50%

As somebody who keeps finding these in the cellar, I will vouch that these wines do age really nicely. Very different than the young versions. I initially bought them a value clear defenders, but they are delicious with some time.
by Chris Blum
December 9th, 2018, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2059
Views: 193192

Re: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

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by Chris Blum
December 9th, 2018, 6:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best torch for searing etc.
Replies: 13
Views: 513

Re: Best torch for searing etc.

No problem. My point is that cheap is good. Go to any commercial kitchen and you’ll find torches from a hardware store, not from Williams-Sonoma.
by Chris Blum
December 7th, 2018, 6:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What to do with organic virgin coconut oil?
Replies: 10
Views: 342

Re: What to do with organic virgin coconut oil?

Do we still have an NSFW forum?

In all seriousness... make a buttload of popcorn?
by Chris Blum
December 3rd, 2018, 8:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best torch for searing etc.
Replies: 13
Views: 513

Re: Best torch for searing etc.

I’m not joking..
by Chris Blum
December 2nd, 2018, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paging Brad Baker: is this in any way real?
Replies: 30
Views: 2735

Re: Paging Brad Baker: is this in any way real?

I can’t believe 2 other people besides me have watched “So I Married an Axe Murderer” enough to quote it.
by Chris Blum
November 26th, 2018, 7:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Incredible interview with Bobby Stuckey
Replies: 100
Views: 4344

Re: Incredible interview with Bobby Stuckey

Good read, thanks
by Chris Blum
November 21st, 2018, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1199
Views: 59808

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

I too didn’t get that mailing, so I’m thankful for this heads up. I’m trying to add various champagne mags.
by Chris Blum
November 21st, 2018, 7:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Thanksgiving for 10 (plus leftovers) for....$48?!?
Replies: 13
Views: 838

Re: Thanksgiving for 10 (plus leftovers) for....$48?!?

Turkey has traditionally been a loss leader in the grocery business but it’s changed a bit. The local Target has frozen turkeys at $1.34 for 10-14#. And that’ll be close to local grocery stores. The HyVee offered this: 223B7D48-7C98-411E-B4A1-DCAF0636DE80.png “Flyover country” is pretty cheap compar...
by Chris Blum
November 17th, 2018, 5:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemaker to Watch - Travis Allen - Kobayashi Wines
Replies: 24
Views: 1713

Re: Winemaker to Watch - Travis Allen - Kobayashi Wines

PaulMills wrote:
November 16th, 2018, 7:54 pm
As soon as they come out with a Maru counterpart, I will buy it.
I always thought Kobayashi wines were undrinkable. That was their whole point.

(But maybe I’m just thinking of Frank Cornelissen)
by Chris Blum
November 7th, 2018, 7:21 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Rick Allen ! I'll finally get to drink your beer !
Replies: 36
Views: 860

Re: Rick Allen ! I'll finally get to drink your beer !

It’s across the board really good, but the Czech style lagers are outstanding.
by Chris Blum
November 1st, 2018, 5:25 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: The best or memorable vacation spot was...
Replies: 47
Views: 1979

Re: The best or memorable vacation spot was...

A few come to mind, kinda ranked I guess...

Varenna, Italy
Chateau Lake Louise, Canada
Virgin Gorda, BVI
Chiapas, Mexico
Tokyo
Julian Alps & Lake Bled
Loire Valley
Paris
Hallstatt, Austria
Venice
Sedona
Amalfi Coast
by Chris Blum
October 31st, 2018, 8:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The best fast food burger I never heard of
Replies: 47
Views: 1920

Re: The best fast food burger I never heard of

Culver’s is bottom tier for me. Bland
by Chris Blum
October 29th, 2018, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 Gravner Breg Orange wine
Replies: 31
Views: 795

Re: 2004 Gravner Breg Orange wine

The orange wine thing is something she’s kinda stuck on. At least stylistically I need to stay in that lane. Thanks guys.
by Chris Blum
October 29th, 2018, 4:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 Gravner Breg Orange wine
Replies: 31
Views: 795

Re: 2004 Gravner Breg Orange wine

Any advice or recommendations for my friend’s Orange wine gift?
by Chris Blum
October 28th, 2018, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 Gravner Breg Orange wine
Replies: 31
Views: 795

Re: 2004 Gravner Breg Orange wine

What might be a safer option for the gift (under $40)?
by Chris Blum
October 28th, 2018, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 Gravner Breg Orange wine
Replies: 31
Views: 795

Re: 2004 Gravner Breg Orange wine

The deal is, a friend us trying to impress her wine geek SiL with a bottle and she’s focused on orange wines. I ordered these to sample one and provide one for the gift. BTW, She LOOOOVED it.

The Moroccan spiced chicken and root vegetables we ate with it were really good though.
by Chris Blum
October 28th, 2018, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 Gravner Breg Orange wine
Replies: 31
Views: 795

Re: 2004 Gravner Breg Orange wine

Opened a second bottle that was slightly more open and a bit less dark. It was still, for my palate, not worth the price of admission.
by Chris Blum
October 27th, 2018, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 Gravner Breg Orange wine
Replies: 31
Views: 795

2004 Gravner Breg Orange wine

I’m stumped. I don’t know if this wine is stylistically correct or oxidized.

Nose muted, oxidized stone fruit, tight waxy uninteresting finish.
by Chris Blum
October 26th, 2018, 11:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Suggested wine pairing for confit de canard ?
Replies: 20
Views: 903

Re: Suggested wine pairing for confit de canard ?

Best pairing I’ve ever had was a mature beaujolais. But it was in France and I was on vacation and the restaurant was quaint, so... YMMV
by Chris Blum
October 16th, 2018, 9:53 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Has the commerce corner jumped the shark at WB?
Replies: 119
Views: 4498

Re: Has the commerce corner jumped the shark at WB?

There are a lot of nice wines. There are always deals to be found. You are just one more guy who does this. The difference is that you are starting your business by antagonizing your customers in a very public way. And then when people point it out to you, you shrug and say “whatever, I gotta be me”...
by Chris Blum
October 16th, 2018, 8:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: D'Artagnan Flash Sale PSA
Replies: 28
Views: 1195

Re: D'Artagnan Flash Sale PSA

Mostly meat, isn’t it?
by Chris Blum
October 15th, 2018, 6:36 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Dandong, China /North Korea
Replies: 1
Views: 232

Re: Dandong, China /North Korea

I think DPRK is fascinating. And your trip sounds very cool. Sorry you missed the opportunity to go over for the day.
by Chris Blum
October 5th, 2018, 7:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the proper response when a vendor yanks you around?
Replies: 61
Views: 2667

Re: What's the proper response when a vendor yanks you around?

So the card was never charged?
by Chris Blum
August 19th, 2018, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1973 DOMAINE des BAUMARD QUARTS de CHAUME
Replies: 11
Views: 535

Re: 1973 DOMAINE des BAUMARD QUARTS de CHAUME

These old Baumards last a loooong time. I’d advise not drinking it all in day 1 1967 Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume - France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Quarts de Chaume (8/18/2013) Direct from Baumard cellar. Medium gold. Reticent oxidative, raisiny nose. Bruised apple, pleasantly oxidative,...
by Chris Blum
August 19th, 2018, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RHYS, Open Forum on Rhys and other Darlings
Replies: 282
Views: 11292

Re: RHYS, Open Forum on Rhys and other Darlings

Peter Petersen wrote:
August 16th, 2018, 1:37 pm
What happened to Kapcsandy? Wasn't that pretty popular here some years ago? Never tried it, but might as well add to the list.
Escalating release price, probably well deserved, happened. Lou probably figured he’d cut out the the flippers. In what way are they a “board darling” though?
by Chris Blum
August 13th, 2018, 3:49 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Maine Lobster Crawl
Replies: 78
Views: 2701

Re: Maine Lobster Crawl

A bunch of places, but notibly Red’s and Bite Into Maine. I remember Red’s being better on my last trip.
by Chris Blum
August 13th, 2018, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How I spent my time while WB was down
Replies: 58
Views: 1688

Re: How I spent my time while WB was down

Ended up with a case of acute tendinitis.
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by Chris Blum
August 13th, 2018, 1:45 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Maine Lobster Crawl
Replies: 78
Views: 2701

Re: Maine Lobster Crawl

After eating some form of lobster 8/9 days on our recent trip, I have to say there is one clear winner in my lobster roll derby....

Shannon’s Unshelled in Boothbay Harbor (just by the pedestrian bridge.) So sweet, and you get a nice side of slaw and chips thrown in.
by Chris Blum
August 11th, 2018, 7:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Salmon Wine Pairing
Replies: 8
Views: 378

Salmon Wine Pairing

Oregon Pinot. Young, old, pre-menopause, whatever.

Really fatty salmon like King needs acid
by Chris Blum
August 11th, 2018, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Vincent Chardonnay Tardive (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)
Replies: 7
Views: 400

TN: 2016 Vincent Chardonnay Tardive (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)

I have yet to buy a dud from Vincent. They are so consistently in my palate wheel house. I’m trying to let some age, but it ain’t easy.
by Chris Blum
August 11th, 2018, 7:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RHYS, Open Forum on Rhys and other Darlings
Replies: 282
Views: 11292

RHYS, Open Forum on Rhys and other Darlings

Loring a Board darling??? Loring wines have been exactly what they were advertised as; wines that pretty consistently punched at or above their super reasonable price point. I bought these as early drinkers, but I’ve been surprised how nicely they’ve evolved as they lost baby fat.
by Chris Blum
August 6th, 2018, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine book for newbies?
Replies: 74
Views: 2054

Best wine book for newbies?

Great Wine Made Simple was awesome for me.
by Chris Blum
August 5th, 2018, 5:44 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Sparkling wine fault
Replies: 6
Views: 397

Sparkling wine fault

I’m also guessing too much sugar. Especially if it tastes okay after you dry off. I found when I was kegging beer that I was always over no matter what the scale called for. I just started cutting my sugar by 25% (if memory serves) and it magically started working.
by Chris Blum
July 30th, 2018, 6:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Something fishy with H Jayer bottles in the UK...
Replies: 14
Views: 1185

Something fishy with H Jayer bottles in the UK...

Andrew Demaree wrote:That’s called bottle variation.
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