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by Brian Gilp
October 18th, 2018, 5:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestions for wine cellar insurer
Replies: 42
Views: 1099

Re: Suggestions for wine cellar insurer

Looked up Chubb and AIG. Both seem to be about 1/2% per year. So a $100,000 cellar is $500/yr. Not cheap. I disagree on the value. My AIG policy covers fire, theft, a dropped bottle (or lots of dropped bottles), earthquake, and even cooling unit failure cooking the wine. If you have a $100,000 cell...
by Brian Gilp
October 18th, 2018, 12:49 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Vegas - lunch and late night spots?
Replies: 6
Views: 112

Re: Vegas - lunch and late night spots?

For tapas I prefer Serrano’s over Jaleo and it should be open for lunch or at least it was in the past.
by Brian Gilp
October 17th, 2018, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Its all Greek to me. A tasting of 16 Greek wines
Replies: 7
Views: 317

Re: Its all Greek to me. A tasting of 16 Greek wines

I don’t have a lot of data points myself but the Xinomavro and Santorini that I have been drinking are all 2012 and 2013 vintages and I prefer them now over when they were younger. I haven’t noticed any stewed fruit or oxidation.
by Brian Gilp
October 15th, 2018, 5:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lutum 2013 Sanford and Benedict pinot
Replies: 7
Views: 303

Re: Lutum 2013 Sanford and Benedict pinot

If you like the Lutum, hunt down the Chanin as well. Same winemaker and overall I give the nod to the Chanin wines over the Lutum.
by Brian Gilp
October 5th, 2018, 2:04 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: one dinner in Arlington or D.C.?
Replies: 15
Views: 279

Re: one dinner in Arlington or D.C.?

Had a great meal at Red Hen as well. Very thoughtful wine list. I love Red Hen but it’s a tough reservation. There are none for the day in question. I’ve never tried to go without one. They claim to keep a few tables for walk ins but when I have been there they are always full so not sure how that ...
by Brian Gilp
October 3rd, 2018, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine Futures - Nondelivery of '15 VCC - possible resolution
Replies: 129
Views: 5606

Re: Total Wine Futures - Nondelivery of '15 VCC

1. This "terms and conditions" page is not on, or linked to, the bdx futures page. I did not click through all the way to the end of the purchase process, of course, and it is possible that a link appears later in the purchase process, but the futures page has its own "how it works" page and these ...
by Brian Gilp
October 3rd, 2018, 5:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine Futures - Nondelivery of '15 VCC - possible resolution
Replies: 129
Views: 5606

Re: Total Wine Futures - Nondelivery of '15 VCC

There’s the teaser. And then there’s the contract itself that likely says all prior oral and written representations are null and void, and the contract is the entire agreement between the parties. Still if the agreement doesn’t align with this quoted teaser, TW could open itself to other liability...
by Brian Gilp
September 30th, 2018, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery suggestions for upcoming Santa Barbara & Paso trip
Replies: 27
Views: 926

Re: Winery suggestions for upcoming Santa Barbara & Paso trip

First thing that comes to mind is Foxen. Same day that you do Zaca Mesa. Do both Foxen tasting rooms. The shack is a photo op by itself. Good scenery on the way to Foxen and by the new tasting room. Wines on the bigger side but I still find them balanced. I am a sucker for the Julia’s Pinot which sh...
by Brian Gilp
September 30th, 2018, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine Futures - Nondelivery of '15 VCC - possible resolution
Replies: 129
Views: 5606

Re: Total Wine Futures - Nondelivery of '15 VCC

Are these futures or pre-arrivals? I thought there was a difference and given that it’s not all paid up front I’m assuming these are not futures.
by Brian Gilp
September 30th, 2018, 5:15 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Water-filled wine bottles in storage
Replies: 10
Views: 360

Re: Water-filled wine bottles in storage

I’m having a hard time with a scenario where this is worth the effort. I have empty bottles, old corks, and a corker since I also make wine so could do this rather quickly. But unless the unit was less than half full, the best one could do would be a fractional increase in the overall thermal mass. ...
by Brian Gilp
September 30th, 2018, 4:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cyprien Arlaud
Replies: 14
Views: 930

Re: Cyprien Arlaud

Bassins still has 2015 village wines if your interested. Bill Nanson has stated on multiple occasions that Arlaud’s quality is seen through the whole lineup in 2015. Or something like that. It’s on here somewhere. I have no experience with this producer prior to 2015. I read Bill’s comments and plac...
by Brian Gilp
September 30th, 2018, 4:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Calluna Vineyards Cuvée "CVC"
Replies: 4
Views: 190

Re: TN: 2013 Calluna Vineyards Cuvée "CVC"

Don’t forget it’s a crazy good price for the value that hasn’t changed for at least 5 vintages. I just went back through my orders and the 2015 is the same cost as the 2011 - 2014. I consider this one of the best bargains in California wine. Based on the recent release e-mail it sounds like the word...
by Brian Gilp
September 28th, 2018, 4:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Wine regions have the broadest range of vintage expression.
Replies: 1
Views: 108

Re: Which Wine regions have the broadest range of vintage expression.

Years like this and 2011 really show how low the downside can be in Virginia and Maryland. In those years, its hard to get a crop (especially reds) and what is harvested isn't high quality. The drought year of 2007 was the opposite extreme with high sugar levels and in some cases overripeness. And t...
by Brian Gilp
September 27th, 2018, 4:42 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Decent wine shop near Nashville airport?
Replies: 5
Views: 209

Re: Decent wine shop near Nashville airport?

Thanks Adam. Its only a week and 4 couples so I don't need a huge selection. Especially if I buy in multiple bottle increments which I will probably do. I think Woodland looks like the choice for me. The only risk there is that I go over my target and buy too much.
by Brian Gilp
September 26th, 2018, 5:50 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Decent wine shop near Nashville airport?
Replies: 5
Views: 209

Re: Decent wine shop near Nashville airport?

Matt Mauldin wrote:
September 25th, 2018, 9:24 pm
Woodland Wine Merchant in East Nashville. About 10-15 mins from the airport.
Thanks. Looks to be right off my route so adds only a few minutes. No on-line inventory but from the blog and Instagram I don’t think there should be any problem filling out a few cases. Looks like a winner.
by Brian Gilp
September 26th, 2018, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ghostwriter Wines
Replies: 11
Views: 405

Re: Ghostwriter Wines

The Ghostwriter wines have never been available via the Hobo website. At least not since I have been buying them which goes back a number of years now. I thought that was because they are two seperate businesses. When we visited Hobo in Fall of 2016, Kenny poured us a Ghostwriter wine and talked abo...
by Brian Gilp
September 23rd, 2018, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Disappointing Huet
Replies: 12
Views: 512

Re: Disappointing Huet

Not happy to read this. I haven’t touched my 2010s yet.
by Brian Gilp
September 23rd, 2018, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 2003 Pontet Canet & 2015 Black Ankle Crumbling Rock
Replies: 25
Views: 857

Re: TN 2003 Pontet Canet & 2015 Black Ankle Crumbling Rocka

Have to say, I don't fully trust assessments of interesting underdog local wine vs celebrated high-end region like Bordeaux unless they are blinded...not that people deliberately tilt anything but wine tasting is just too subjective. Still makes me interested in trying out a Black Ankle though. A n...
by Brian Gilp
September 23rd, 2018, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 2003 Pontet Canet & 2015 Black Ankle Crumbling Rock
Replies: 25
Views: 857

Re: TN 2003 Pontet Canet & 2015 Black Ankle Crumbling Rock

David, The list price on the 2015 Black Ankle is $56. Do you think it compares to a French Bordeaux that would cost $56? I live in Columbia, but haven't explored the Maryland wines because the prices seemed high for a nascent wine region. Same issue here. I seem to remember most of their better win...
by Brian Gilp
September 23rd, 2018, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $50k worth of grapes stolen from Virginia vineyard
Replies: 35
Views: 1584

Re: $50k worth of grapes stolen from Virginia vineyard

https://www.roanoke.com/news/crime/a-wi ... 15619.html

Winery in Washington donating grapes to make up for lost crop.
by Brian Gilp
September 23rd, 2018, 5:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands Kirschenmann!
Replies: 14
Views: 639

Re: Sandlands Kirschenmann!

I’m guessing the Sandlands KMann Zin will be inbetween the translucent lighter bodied style of the Arnot Roberts, and the more liqueured bramble fruited style of Turley. Really looking forward to this!! Wish Tegan posted here...he has a lot of fans! grouphug Probably doesn't post because he wants t...
by Brian Gilp
September 23rd, 2018, 5:23 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How to handle FOMO
Replies: 6
Views: 327

Re: How to handle FOMO

This is a real problem that can adversely impact your enjoyment. Wine shouldn’t be something about which you stress. But I would guess that many here do/have suffered from some form of this. I hope I’m past that stage but time will tell. We like wine from all over so we don’t focus on only a few reg...
by Brian Gilp
September 22nd, 2018, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zinfandel Alcohol creep
Replies: 26
Views: 1118

Re: Zinfandel Alcohol creep

Pick up some Hobo. Alcohols in the 12% - 13% range for most vintages.
by Brian Gilp
September 20th, 2018, 1:47 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Champagne day trip from Paris
Replies: 9
Views: 360

Re: Champagne day trip from Paris

Avoid Mumm. We had limited options on the days we were there and this was within walking distance. Horrible tour. Cathedral is a must, especially to compare to Paris. There is one amazing butcher we found but I doubt you care if it’s only a day trip. I think I can find it again if you do have an int...
by Brian Gilp
September 20th, 2018, 12:28 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Yield Per Vine
Replies: 8
Views: 405

Re: Yield Per Vine

I think yield per linear foot of trellis is the only way to look at it. Otherwise, how does one compare vines spaced meter by meter with those spaced at 2 meters by 3 meters? I surely don't expect them to have equal yields per vine. On a per linear foot basis, I hope for 1.0-1.5 pounds per foot but ...
by Brian Gilp
September 20th, 2018, 4:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Classic French Wines <$100 | Dinner Budget Help
Replies: 65
Views: 1514

Re: Classic French Wines <$100 | Dinner Budget Help

I would consider adding a Loire white or Alsace Riesling if for no other reason to allow you to free up budget for other things. Where I woudl use this would depend on where you want to over spend your $100 target. If you want to keep both champagnes, then use for desert. Otherwise, remove one of th...
by Brian Gilp
September 19th, 2018, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hypothetical: If you're hosting a bunch of Berserkers...
Replies: 65
Views: 1293

Re: Hypothetical: If you're hosting a bunch of Berserkers...

K John Joseph wrote:
September 19th, 2018, 8:25 am
... do you pull wines to your taste or a smattering of things along a spectrum?
Seems like the perfect way for me to get rid of all of those bottles I bought because I read a great tasting note here. neener
by Brian Gilp
September 19th, 2018, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value $100-$150 US wines
Replies: 66
Views: 2696

Re: Best Value $100-$150 US wines

At that price point and with your stylistic preference, you may want to check out Peacock Family Vineryards. Bigger and fruit forward but also balanced. I prefer the 2013 to the 2012 but both are good and the 2012 may be more to your liking. Looks to be available from the winery and still via Bassins.
by Brian Gilp
September 19th, 2018, 1:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Poll: Pourover Coffee
Replies: 15
Views: 531

Re: Poll: Pourover Coffee

Why not french press? I have been using a French press for 20 years. Love it but with all the talk about pur over, I wanted to try it just in case it was better. I’ve brewed probably two dozen times and have completely given up. Like the OP I just don’t get the flavor or body that I do out of the F...
by Brian Gilp
September 18th, 2018, 10:39 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Decent wine shop near Nashville airport?
Replies: 5
Views: 209

Decent wine shop near Nashville airport?

Traveling to Kentucky via Nashville. Don’t want to check 2-3 cases. Shipping to KY doesn’t appear to be much of an option either. So might there be a good wine shop near the airport or close to my drive out on 24?
by Brian Gilp
September 16th, 2018, 6:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Kitchen Appliance Recommendations
Replies: 44
Views: 1009

Re: Kitchen Appliance Recommendations

Do any of you with 4-digit CFM hoods have powered make-up air systems (as opposed to a passive "hole" in your house)? If so, what sort of person designed it? Sorry but I can’t help. My house is about as far as one can get from air tight so we ignored the make-up air without any noticeable impacts.
by Brian Gilp
September 13th, 2018, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 2003 Pontet Canet & 2015 Black Ankle Crumbling Rock
Replies: 25
Views: 857

Re: TN 2003 Pontet Canet & 2015 Black Ankle Crumbling Rock

Have you had other vintages of the crumbling rock? The 2015 should be the 10th vintage and I wonder how much the quality has changed over time.
by Brian Gilp
September 13th, 2018, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $50k worth of grapes stolen from Virginia vineyard
Replies: 35
Views: 1584

Re: $50k worth of grapes stolen from Virginia vineyard

From the local press: "Allison Dunkenberger said the value of the stolen fruit was about $20,000 or $25,000, but if the time and materials used in caring for them was included, the loss was closer to $50,000. Firefly Hill’s insurance does not cover theft of the crop, she said." Still doesn't make s...
by Brian Gilp
September 13th, 2018, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $50k worth of grapes stolen from Virginia vineyard
Replies: 35
Views: 1584

Re: $50k worth of grapes stolen from Virginia vineyard

Sorry for being cynical but something doesn't seem right. Math doesn't work unless they are really making $30/bottle profit. Also, its on the early side for harvest in VA. I harvested my home vineyard on the 7th at 18 brix to make sparkling because the rain that was in the forecast and the uncertain...
by Brian Gilp
September 13th, 2018, 7:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Cast iron: Butter Pat or Finex?
Replies: 23
Views: 909

Re: Cast iron: Butter Pat or Finex?

Just wondering why I don't hear anything about Le Creuset. On cooking programs, see this used a lot. Is something wrong with them? I have a smaller Le Creuset frying pan and a dutch oven as well as some specialty pieces. I have an issue with chipping on my dutch oven and one mystery spot on my tea ...
by Brian Gilp
September 12th, 2018, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2006
Views: 184692

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

I do not believe this is correct. Neither would Blair Pethel. His Corton Charlemagnes are pretty great. They were made before Ray Walker set foot on Burgundian soil Wasn’t Domaine Newman even earlier? I know they have GC vineyard holdings but unsure who actually made the wines. Pretty sure Chris ma...
by Brian Gilp
September 12th, 2018, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2006
Views: 184692

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

I don’t think the Times cares about being “wrong” here. They wrote up his story as mostly human interest, not as investment/drinking advice. First American to make grand cru burgundy is interesting! I do not believe this is correct. Neither would Blair Pethel. His Corton Charlemagnes are pretty gre...
by Brian Gilp
September 11th, 2018, 6:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Karl Lawrence Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 9
Views: 337

Re: TN: 1999 Karl Lawrence Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

I don’t believe that the 1999 vintage gets enough love. It’s my second or third favorite vintage from the 1990s behind 91 and maybe 94 but ahead of 95, 96, and 97
by Brian Gilp
August 31st, 2018, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: An interesting white burgundy offer...
Replies: 8
Views: 804

Re: An interesting white burgundy offer...

I thought The Marc Morey wines didn’t suffer so bad from the Pox. That’s what I gatherd from the limited notes here, mainly those from The white burgundy retrospective tastings. I thought Don categorized the estate as better than average. Of course 2005could still be a problem.
by Brian Gilp
August 31st, 2018, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sta Rita/Los Olivos Winery Recs
Replies: 11
Views: 391

Re: Sta Rita/Los Olivos Winery Recs

If you can work Tyler in when you do Chanin, do it.
by Brian Gilp
August 30th, 2018, 4:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 60
Views: 4257

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Figured as much but it is less than Guy Savoy. I can’t help with that part of the strip then.
by Brian Gilp
August 30th, 2018, 2:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 60
Views: 4257

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Is Picasso off the table as an option? It’s doesn’t have the buzz it once did but I haven’t had a bad meal there yet. Note I haven’t been there the past two years so if it’s turned downhill since then I am unaware.
by Brian Gilp
August 29th, 2018, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best village burg producers for 2015 vintage
Replies: 38
Views: 2107

Re: Best village burg producers for 2015 vintage

Any favorite Burgs at $25-40 price point with a bit of earth/forest floor in them out of the 2015s you folks would recommend for 5YR+ aging potential? Would the Arlaud 'Ronceive' fit this bill (the CT notes aren't convincing here). Thanks! I don’t foresee any issues with 5YR+, it really could use s...
by Brian Gilp
August 28th, 2018, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 DRC
Replies: 48
Views: 4176

Re: 2015 DRC

So a 2018 Honda Civic is cheaper than one bottle of Romanee Conti? That’s messed up.
by Brian Gilp
August 28th, 2018, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Valley’s Stony Hill Vineyard sells to Long Meadow Ranch -- SF Chronicle
Replies: 18
Views: 979

Re: Napa Valley’s Stony Hill Vineyard sells to Long Meadow Ranch -- SF Chronicle

Long Meadow Ranch made one really good Cab back in the 1990s when Cathy Corison was the wine maker. Once they parted ways, I haven't kept up.
by Brian Gilp
August 26th, 2018, 4:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Kitchen Appliance Recommendations
Replies: 44
Views: 1009

Re: Kitchen Appliance Recommendations

Very happy with subzero Fridge. Thinking of adding a subzero built in wine cabinet. Anyone have any experience? Only for a few months. Got a 27 inch that’s been discontinued for a good price. No problems yet. Reviews say that capacity is based on Bdx bottles and larger bottles result in less but th...
by Brian Gilp
August 26th, 2018, 12:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Kitchen Appliance Recommendations
Replies: 44
Views: 1009

Re: Kitchen Appliance Recommendations

Any ideas about a vent hood? Can you place the motor near the exhaust so as to minimize the noise? Remote mount fans are an option on many hoods. I know the blue stars offer it and whatever my brother has does as well. We didn’t go that way due to where we duct out and my hesitation of mounting the...
by Brian Gilp
August 26th, 2018, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery recommendations in Virginia near D.C.
Replies: 22
Views: 508

Re: Winery recommendations in Virginia near D.C.

I’d avoid Linden on a holiday weekend. It will be crowded and one can’t reserve a cellar tasting ahead of time so all you can get is the open tasting which rarely showcases the wines worth buying. If you want an experience and don’t mind the price, reserve a tasting at RdV. They priced me out many v...
by Brian Gilp
August 26th, 2018, 5:30 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Kitchen Appliance Recommendations
Replies: 44
Views: 1009

Re: Kitchen Appliance Recommendations

If the blue star cooktops are made to the same standard as the range then it’s worth it. I have some issues with the oven but nothing but praise for the burners. Hi Brian - We also had oven issues with our old Blue Star, but the company claimed, and reviews supported, that those heating problems (e...

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