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by brigcampbell
July 15th, 2019, 4:03 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 319
Views: 26254

Re: Your Gin?

Fords is the staple in my cabinet. Great for mixing. Isle of Harris is another great bottle (UK only) which makes a killer G&T with a slice of grapefruit. I recently picked up a bottle of Hardshore Original, which is very herbal/aromatic and dials back the juniper quite a bit. Not really a G&T bott...
by brigcampbell
July 14th, 2019, 8:29 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Switzerland Recs
Replies: 11
Views: 198

Re: Switzerland Recs

Wengen - cog wheel train to the Jungfrau through the face of the Eiger. Simply a must. Where you staying? Alpenrose? The food there is excellent. Murren on the other side is beautiful. Trümmelbach Falls are incredible, waterfall inside a mountain https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tr%C3%BCmmelbach_Falls ...
by brigcampbell
July 14th, 2019, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 6 TNs from last night: OLD Hanzell Pinot Noir, Vilmart and a few others
Replies: 12
Views: 711

Re: 6 TNs from last night: OLD Hanzell Pinot Noir, Vilmart and a few others

I wouldn't be surprised if those Hanzels saw 100% stem inclusion. That could explain the tannic structure and various spice and odd green (like dill) notes that can throw you off from thinking it's PN. I had a similarly mature CA PN last week that had some people commenting it didn't seem like PN (...
by brigcampbell
July 14th, 2019, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Disappointing Huet
Replies: 42
Views: 1468

Re: Disappointing Huet

Here's Frank's bottle. Really great wine tonight and same experience two years ago with the same vintage. 2005 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Clos du Bourg - France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray (7/14/2019) Blind: guessed Chenin with 10-15 years of age. FMIII handed this to me "what do you think?" love...
by brigcampbell
July 14th, 2019, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A consumer upside to selling your winery to a larger group
Replies: 15
Views: 1175

Re: A consumer upside to selling your winery to a larger group

larry schaffer wrote:
July 11th, 2019, 4:02 pm
Are you folks seeing much Brewer Clifton out there at retail yet?

Cheers.
They're in the Pavillion / Albertson stores in socal.

Clos Pepe in Costco in Dana Point.
by brigcampbell
July 13th, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The stunning beauty of Beaujolais
Replies: 24
Views: 1164

Re: The stunning beauty of Beaujolais

And it's a great stage.
by brigcampbell
July 13th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 6 TNs from last night: OLD Hanzell Pinot Noir, Vilmart and a few others
Replies: 12
Views: 711

Re: 6 TNs from last night: OLD Hanzell Pinot Noir, Vilmart and a few others

Crushed it! [whistle.gif] 2016 K Vintners The Boy - USA, Washington (7/13/2019) Guessed Pax Grenache Wow, when this hit the glass I said "Beaujolais - got a be Gamay." because of the translucent garnet color and clarity. The palate screamed Grenache to me - the candied cherry with cinnamon. The issu...
by brigcampbell
July 11th, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 6 TNs from last night: OLD Hanzell Pinot Noir, Vilmart and a few others
Replies: 12
Views: 711

Re: 6 TNs from last night: OLD Hanzell Pinot Noir, Vilmart and a few others

Where'd you get those old Hanzells?? What a treat Sean bought them from my buddy that sold me the DRC for $20 each. I think he paid $25 a piece the Hanzell? Really neat stuff, I'll get my notes up. The only thing tougher than tasting blind is tasting blind with some age. I had 3 guesses and wasn't ...
by brigcampbell
July 11th, 2019, 11:19 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: 11 nights in Sicily - Itinerary?
Replies: 15
Views: 614

Re: 11 nights in Sicily - Itinerary?

Back from Sicily and was really impressed. Lovely part of Italy - very diverse and easy to get around. We ended up with the following itinerary: 2 nights in Siracusa 3 nights in Taormina 2 nights in Sciacca at Verdura 2 nights in San Vito Lo Capo 2 nights in Palermo Could have easily spent another ...
by brigcampbell
July 11th, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: PSA- Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastián, Spain
Replies: 17
Views: 443

Re: PSA- Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastián, Spain

Todd stayed there and love it.

We stayed in the center of the old town area but walked over for cocktails in the bar. Really nice.

There were ladies having high tea along the tables of the hallways - first time I had seen that if you're into such things.
by brigcampbell
July 8th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone up for 200% new oak
Replies: 27
Views: 1470

Re: Anyone up for 200% new oak

fermenting in new wood and then aging in separate/distinct new wood is not unheard of. are we calling this 200% new wood? Yes, that's the term that has been used, at least with respect to Dominique Laurent in France, who used that technique back in the 1990s. And from what I understand, this techni...
by brigcampbell
July 3rd, 2019, 8:24 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Japan Experts Help Please
Replies: 13
Views: 555

Re: Japan Experts Help Please

She is more of a fine dining, outdoors kind of person than temple tours and museums. Well, we walked all over Kamakura - probably 10 miles and it was quite fun. The place is loaded with temples but you can just walk on by as you get your exercise. https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2166.html I had frie...
by brigcampbell
July 3rd, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Japan Experts Help Please
Replies: 13
Views: 555

Re: Japan Experts Help Please

She is more of a fine dining, outdoors kind of person than temple tours and museums. Well, we walked all over Kamakura - probably 10 miles and it was quite fun. The place is loaded with temples but you can just walk on by as you get your exercise. https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2166.html I had frie...
by brigcampbell
July 1st, 2019, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 232
Views: 11596

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

WB needs cutting software that has a "comments field"

Instructions on how to use will be sent soon.

LOL
by brigcampbell
July 1st, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Where should we go in Italy?
Replies: 26
Views: 1219

Re: Where should we go in Italy?

Walt Hoehler wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 8:24 am
Lake Como. Amazing place. You won't be disappointed.
Or go to the lake no Americans visit and I think is better than Como, Lake Garda.

Better towns, more activities, and more sights to see.
by brigcampbell
July 1st, 2019, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 232
Views: 11596

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

Brig, CT integration for ebob would have been fantastic for both It was discussed between the parties but again, I think one side didn't really understand the new world order. The deep integration, not just tasting notes, but content, education and the possibility for cross-selling/etc. Powerful st...
by brigcampbell
July 1st, 2019, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 232
Views: 11596

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

Sheer Stupidity; what an asset and then it was allowed to fizzle and die. "Allowed" seems too passive to me. Parker and Squires killed it. Bob got tired of people taking pot-shots at him on his own board and reacting in kind to his vehement hot takes. His choice, of course, but it was a shame for t...
by brigcampbell
June 27th, 2019, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friend of a Friend wants to park his RV at Barefoot Cellars
Replies: 41
Views: 2962

Re: Friend of a Friend wants to park his RV at Barefoot Cellars

J. Rock wrote:
June 27th, 2019, 2:47 pm
I don't read many things, especially on message boards, that make me laugh out loud, but this did it.
May want to visit the 16 bottle chardonnay blowout challenge thread.
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by brigcampbell
June 26th, 2019, 10:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat
Replies: 67
Views: 3661

Re: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat

Bryan Price wrote:
June 26th, 2019, 9:59 pm
Feels like winter here in Southern California. All those Teslas are starting to reverse global warming locally!
Rained on my way to work in Irvine today. Crazy,
by brigcampbell
June 26th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...
Replies: 131
Views: 5585

Re: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...

Side drift, do you get stuffy noses with drinking wine? If so, does it seem to have a greater response to higher ABV wines? I know people like saying it's sulfites but that's BS for 99% Are there people that are sulfite sensitive? Sure. Way more people are sensitive to histamine. Histamines are the...
by brigcampbell
June 26th, 2019, 6:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...
Replies: 131
Views: 5585

Re: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...

Robert, the issue with electronics before bed is there's a concern, and lots of marketers product claims, that blue light emitted from your device suppresses the production of melatonin.

I need to read more.
by brigcampbell
June 25th, 2019, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...
Replies: 131
Views: 5585

Re: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...

Ian, I understand what you're saying. Alcoholism / dependency is a serious issue but what we're talking about is the change in the affects of alcohol as you age. Ethanol is metabolized into acetaldehyde which is highly toxic and then broken down to acetate. Drink a single beer and you're making pois...
by brigcampbell
June 25th, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...
Replies: 131
Views: 5585

Re: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...

In the last 5 years the negative affect on quality of sleep has accelerated.

And I'm talking about two beers sometimes.

3am and I'll be staring at the ceiling and can't fall back to sleep. No REM for you!

Blows

Found that drinking tons of water helps a bit.
by brigcampbell
June 25th, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 46
Views: 2676

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

I got the email, I’m wondering about dosage, time on the lees etc, surely they’ll provide info prior to the actual offer, right? Last summer they were playing with dosage, really fascinating discussion, and had narrowed it down. I would have killed to be sitting at the table with Rudolph Peters and...
by brigcampbell
June 25th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 46
Views: 2676

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

Kevin talked about this on a visit last July. I posted this: https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=153042#p2547188 Okay, first bit of interesting news. Rhys is doing a California sparkler Yes, and it's like everything Rhys does. All in! Regular chardonnay grapes from their vineyar...
by brigcampbell
June 24th, 2019, 6:19 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Essential Italy: the less obvious list
Replies: 54
Views: 2618

Re: Essential Italy: the less obvious list

Does anyone have recommendations for sights to see along the way driving from Palermo to Taormina or vice versa. I'm not locked into the autostrada or the coastal route—would do either based on what there is to see en route. Well... Tough one. There's Villa Romana which is great. Kind of out of the...
by brigcampbell
June 20th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tablas creek now has complete collection of 14 CdP grapes.
Replies: 14
Views: 1112

Re: Tablas creek now has complete collection of 14 CdP grapes.

Brent C l a y t o n wrote:
June 20th, 2019, 9:27 am
Great stuff. Do they still have the 'original' vines lining the front walkway?
Been a while since I was there but they had actual clippings in a basket near the front door of the tasting room to take home.
by brigcampbell
June 19th, 2019, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 26
Views: 1486

Re: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
June 19th, 2019, 6:35 pm
Ridge is an interesting discussion. If you’ve seen some of my posts, I’m both positive about, and critical of, Ridge. I wish they’d tune down the use of new American oak, and would love to see them use French oak for the Cabs.
I don't like American oak.

There I said it.
by brigcampbell
June 19th, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pisoni gets no love here
Replies: 38
Views: 1619

Re: Pisoni gets no love here

I talk about them, and I still buy them, vintage after vintage. I have since 2003. Like with several other producers here on the Board that have been doing it well for some time, they are part of the rhythm of people's cellars, their tastings, etc. Lots of things are not talked around here like the...
by brigcampbell
June 18th, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pisoni gets no love here
Replies: 38
Views: 1619

Re: Pisoni gets no love here

Seems like nobody pays attention to Pisoni pinot’s yet i would suggest they are some of the best and most structured pinots in California. They age really well and do not fall into the cherry cola style in any way. The estate is an epic wine. Why arent they talked about more ? Probably because you'...
by brigcampbell
June 18th, 2019, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Management Systems that Map Bottle Locations
Replies: 10
Views: 935

Re: Cellar Management Systems that Map Bottle Locations

If you are looking for something more robust than the slotting function within CellarTracker!, why not just contact JDA and use SpacePlanning? This is already completely built out and quite capable of taking a dump from CellarTracker>>Excel>>JDA and almost instantly rendering an interactive 3D cell...
by brigcampbell
June 18th, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Management Systems that Map Bottle Locations
Replies: 10
Views: 935

Re: Cellar Management Systems that Map Bottle Locations

Ping Eric at Cellartracker
by brigcampbell
June 17th, 2019, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Forbes gives props to Lodi
Replies: 6
Views: 623

Re: Forbes gives props to Lodi

Anyhow, without an editor, you end up with lines like this: "The soil is comprised of Tokay sandy loam mixed with crushed granite, instilling balance in the soil that allows the fruit to retain its natural acidity." . That got me skeptical but I read the article anyway. The Tokay Loam is factually ...
by brigcampbell
June 15th, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Marcassin three sisters Pinot among others
Replies: 1
Views: 339

Re: 2005 Marcassin three sisters Pinot among others

Bill, nice. Great lineup covering the spectrum.

I've had marcassin a few times and people will say what they will but it's delicious.
by brigcampbell
June 15th, 2019, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tobin James California Champagne? How?
Replies: 5
Views: 585

Tobin James California Champagne? How?

Did Tobin James buy somebody to get a grandfather exemption?
by brigcampbell
June 12th, 2019, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?
Replies: 69
Views: 2836

Re: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?

I have not had any recent vintages of Andrew Will, so cannot comment. But as noted above I have loved their wines from the 90s. I must say that I have not been that impressed with WA cab and cab blends either. The one recent exception was JB Neufeld -- if I were buying WA cab blends to age that wou...
by brigcampbell
June 11th, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?
Replies: 53
Views: 1987

Re: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?

SeanHarding wrote:
June 7th, 2019, 12:14 pm
I've never been to Las Ventanas, so I have no feedback there, but I have heard great things about it. Please report back!
It's fairly amazing. Might have been watching Jennifer Aniston in the pool and the tequila talking. LOL
by brigcampbell
June 10th, 2019, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Percent holding on cellartracker
Replies: 15
Views: 1756

Re: Percent holding on cellartracker

CT users are dominated by Americans. Think of all the wine consumed just in France, an incredibly small number are in CT. I played around with this years ago in discussions on the CT forum with Eric and others regarding expanding CT. My position was automatic translation was critical to driving non ...
by brigcampbell
June 8th, 2019, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Gimmonet, Roederer, Jacquesson, Rivers-Marie +
Replies: 18
Views: 1102

Re: TNs: Gimmonet, Roederer, Jacquesson, Rivers-Marie +

Interesting story about the Roederer/Starck. When Steve revealed the wine and started telling the story I thought "I've had this wine before" so I looked in CT and nothing. But that ugly cartoon label... I know I've seen it before. Last year I was in Budapest in a wine bar which I picked up a couple...
by brigcampbell
June 7th, 2019, 9:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 400YR Old Wine Goes Up For Auction
Replies: 25
Views: 2362

Re: 400YR Old Wine Goes Up For Auction

Parker claims to have barrel tasted this vintage.

I'd corvain it
by brigcampbell
June 7th, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me with a sparkling wine tasting party
Replies: 36
Views: 1176

Re: Help me with a sparkling wine tasting party

S teve R edenbaugh wrote:
May 5th, 2019, 4:04 pm
For Oregon sparkling, gotta be Argyle Extended Tirage...
That is a fantastic bottle.
by brigcampbell
June 6th, 2019, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Gimmonet, Roederer, Jacquesson, Rivers-Marie +
Replies: 18
Views: 1102

Re: TNs: Gimmonet, Roederer, Jacquesson, Rivers-Marie +

When I get out of rehab I'll post my thoughts.

#blakebrown
by brigcampbell
June 4th, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sunday TNs: Cristal, Vilmart, Rivers-Marie, Sanford +
Replies: 8
Views: 891

Re: Sunday TNs: Cristal, Vilmart, Rivers-Marie, Sanford +

Just wanted to chime in on the 2017 Rivers-Marie Platt Vineyard PN. Completely agree with you. Truly excellent. Agree. It's was not as fruit driven as the "house style" which I do like regardless. Good stuff. And the 09 cristal. That is damn near perfect. It was a clear winner in the blind format.
by brigcampbell
June 4th, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: The 2017 Clarice Wine Company Pinot Noirs
Replies: 5
Views: 913

Re: TNs: The 2017 Clarice Wine Company Pinot Noirs

I don't have any pictures of Adam... 2017 Clarice Wine Company Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands (6/4/2019) Well, this was impressive. I didn't have any real expectations other than I was told it was made by Adam. The wine is very well structured, com...
by brigcampbell
May 27th, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Windward Vineyard Pinot Noir Monopole
Replies: 6
Views: 474

Re: TN: 2014 Windward Vineyard Pinot Noir Monopole

Here's from a visit and the tasting room people swore "no doctoring" of the wines when I called them out on the low ABV. I blinded FMIII at a dinner and he thought it was terrific. I had this on my list to hit up. Not many people make Pinot Noir in Paso and even fewer make a decent one. Windward adv...
by brigcampbell
May 27th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SF Chronicle Article on World's Oldest Cinsault... In Lodi
Replies: 27
Views: 1222

Re: SF Chronicle Article on World's Oldest Cinsault... In Lodi

G. Bienstock wrote:
May 26th, 2019, 9:42 pm
What is the ABV?

The Michael David 2014 was
14.7 IIRC.

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