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by Brian Gilp
July 12th, 2020, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Chateau Thébaud
Replies: 11
Views: 494

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Chateau Thébaud

Homemade crab cakes forced me to open this tonight. Very good and a wonderful match but should have decanted. Hopefully, I can keep my hands off my remaining bottles.
by Brian Gilp
July 11th, 2020, 5:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Sandlands Red Table Wine (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi)
Replies: 12
Views: 726

Re: TN: 2018 Sandlands Red Table Wine (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi)

Just in case there is confusion the 2017 and 2018 are completely different wines. Below is copied from the release e-mails for each. 2018 Lodi Red Table Wine – 8 barrels produced. An intentional blend of three varieties and three vineyards in three equal parts, this wine is composed of Cinsault from...
by Brian Gilp
July 10th, 2020, 9:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: In praise of leftovers
Replies: 17
Views: 513

Re: In praise of leftovers

I make cog au vin a day ahead so that it can sit overnight.

Beef curry is better on day two but it rarely lasts.
by Brian Gilp
July 10th, 2020, 5:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trying close down shipping to Ohio...again
Replies: 20
Views: 1001

Re: Trying close down shipping to Ohio...again

It’s not MacArthurs but if things get really desperate you might want to contact Eric at https://www.jerardislittlestore.com/ He carries more Bordeaux than Burgundy, Rhône, or Champagne but does carry some of all and has special ordered for me and others in the past. One of the things I did carry ba...
by Brian Gilp
July 9th, 2020, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trying close down shipping to Ohio...again
Replies: 20
Views: 1001

Re: Trying close down shipping to Ohio...again

I’ve never had a problem finding interesting wines when back in Dayton. On more than one occasion, I’ve brought wine back to Maryland from Ohio that I can’t find locally or that were cheaper in Ohio. I know it sounds odd but even with state minimum pricing I have at times found wine cheaper in Dayto...
by Brian Gilp
July 8th, 2020, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Musar on Winebid.com
Replies: 50
Views: 2709

Re: Buyer Beware 1990 Musar on Winebid.com (Broadbent Selections on front label)

I'd wager people will fake anything to make a buck. I laughed reading when people faked common Beanie Babies and that's not quite an aged Leroy lol. So nothing would surprise me. Musar has a following with a consistent demand, I can see some folks testing the waters on pushing some bottles through....
by Brian Gilp
July 8th, 2020, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spanish wines : Descendientes de Jose Palacios 2019s and Raul Perez
Replies: 7
Views: 366

Re: Spanish wines : Descendientes de Jose Palacios 2019s and Raul Perez

Which Raul Perez wines? He makes a number of them. I like most, if not all of them I have had but there are many I have never tasted. Also prices vary significantly as well.
by Brian Gilp
July 6th, 2020, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A question for our elder states(men/women)
Replies: 50
Views: 2486

Re: A question for our elder states(men/women)

I’ve thought about this before and I don’t know at what age I would adjust buying due to concerns about the wine outliving me. I’m not there yet. But wine buying is changing in response to changing tastes and pricing which is largely having the same effect.
by Brian Gilp
July 5th, 2020, 5:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine storage / temp control necessary?
Replies: 14
Views: 801

Re: wine storage / temp control necessary?

For the first 10 years my storage conditions were by decidedly suboptimal. Yet, I have had bottles that were aged under those conditions that were quite nice at 5-8 years. A few bottles moved to my current cellar and showed no issues related to the early storage conditions at 20+ years but those wer...
by Brian Gilp
July 4th, 2020, 1:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: MURCA! What're you making and drinking today?
Replies: 17
Views: 362

Re: MURCA! What're you making and drinking today?

Trying something new, “Acorn Fed Iberico Pork Baby Back Ribs”. Salted them yesterday afternoon and they have been air drying in the fridge. I’ll use a homemade rub before I put them on the smoker. To drink most likely a Zin. 23F1DAF4-A023-4172-9E63-3C7E83228F56.jpeg Those look great. I did two rack...
by Brian Gilp
June 25th, 2020, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?
Replies: 51
Views: 1845

Re: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?

Ever evolving it has been different things at different times. It’s a memory of a special event, history of time and place, science but with a touch of art. It is a puzzle of tastes and smells. It reports on the weather of the vintage and sometimes more (fires, hurricanes, and squirrels to name thre...
by Brian Gilp
June 22nd, 2020, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Belle Pente Vineyard
Replies: 2
Views: 261

Re: TN: 2012 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Belle Pente Vineyard

I found these at a wine store at a good price and picked up a few plus some Murto. Tried one of each and while I enjoyed them, the others are going to sit for a few more years.
by Brian Gilp
June 22nd, 2020, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Domaine de la Pépierè Clos des Briords
Replies: 16
Views: 662

Re: TN: 2017 Domaine de la Pépierè Clos des Briords

I opened one of these a few days ago. I stopped taking notes years ago but yours seems spot on except I never really get that much fruit or at least nothing that I can pin down. Regardless, I love this wine every vintage but do prefer the racier vintages such as this one.
by Brian Gilp
June 20th, 2020, 5:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My first 6 months as a wine lover
Replies: 29
Views: 1590

Re: My first 6 months as a wine lover

4B18EB37-000A-4250-9333-A3BBC05B8FFD.jpeg When I started this vineyard, there was very few growers in the area and those that were here were mostly growing hybrids, so I had little idea what would work. The intent was to put in a test vineyard and then graft over to what was working best after 7-10...
by Brian Gilp
June 19th, 2020, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My first 6 months as a wine lover
Replies: 29
Views: 1590

Re: My first 6 months as a wine lover

It’s nothing exciting but I will try to get some pictures taken and posted over the weekend.
by Brian Gilp
June 18th, 2020, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel
Replies: 81
Views: 3158

Re: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel

Not that I ever plan out purchases but if I did it should look similar to One case Hobo. $300-$360 Half case Wilde Farm. $120. Note historically been able to get this price. Half case Bedrock OV. $120 Half case Bedrock SVD mainly Bedrock and Monte Rosso $250 Leaves roughly $150 for shipping and rand...
by Brian Gilp
June 18th, 2020, 4:39 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Mead --- is it supposed to age well?
Replies: 8
Views: 384

Re: Mead --- is it supposed to age well?

In my limited experience mead can age but it’s questionable as to if they improve. When I was making mead, I read a lot that says they need age and will improve. My experience was that they didn’t get worse but they also didn’t get noticeably better. Could easily be attributed to my skill level.
by Brian Gilp
June 18th, 2020, 3:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My first 6 months as a wine lover
Replies: 29
Views: 1590

Re: My first 6 months as a wine lover

I guess where I want to get to is this: it is totally possible for someone to pickup this hobby and, in a relative short amount of time, taste extensively, learn about the classic wine regions, and participate in a forum full of geeky nut-heads. The generosity and warmth within the wine community i...
by Brian Gilp
June 12th, 2020, 4:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me pick wines off a wine list
Replies: 39
Views: 1455

Re: Help me pick wines off a wine list

I haven’t had the zilliken but I love the 2012 vintage. I don’t think I’ve had a wine from that vintage I haven’t liked and I do like zilliken so would be assume it’s good Thanks Brian. They don't mention any Prädikat level on the list, is this dry or off-dry? I have no idea. They make 5 wines from...
by Brian Gilp
June 11th, 2020, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me pick wines off a wine list
Replies: 39
Views: 1455

Re: Help me pick wines off a wine list

I haven’t had the zilliken but I love the 2012 vintage. I don’t think I’ve had a wine from that vintage I haven’t liked and I do like zilliken so would be assume it’s good
by Brian Gilp
June 11th, 2020, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Chateau Thébaud
Replies: 11
Views: 494

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Chateau Thébaud

Thanks. I keep looking at these and waiting. I should have bought more and am afraid that if I open one they will all be gone before the end of summer.
by Brian Gilp
June 11th, 2020, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virginia wineries worth visiting?
Replies: 33
Views: 1022

Re: Virginia wineries worth visiting?

Unpopular opinion here, but I think Linden is skippable. The wines are nice but my experiences there have been pretty awkward or even unpleasant due to the absurd levels of snobbery from the people working the tasting room. Not a reason not to drink the wines, but in my opinion a reason not to visi...
by Brian Gilp
June 11th, 2020, 4:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: American Cancer Society - no drinking allowed
Replies: 55
Views: 2338

Re: American Cancer Society - no drinking allowed

Roughly 38% of the US population will eventually be diagnosed with cancer. If we round that up to 40% and for the sake of discussion assume that is the 0 drink baseline, I real the graph to indicate that 2 drinks per day raises that ~10% to 44% and 3 drinks per day raises it ~25% to 50% disregarding...
by Brian Gilp
June 10th, 2020, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virginia wineries worth visiting?
Replies: 33
Views: 1022

Re: Virginia wineries worth visiting?

Most of my favs are already listed. Agree with bypassing the normal tasting for the cellar tasting at Linden. Also same At Barboursville where it’s better in the Library. I will add that Pollak has a pinot Gris that can be good depending on the vintage and the tasting room generally doesn’t resemble...
by Brian Gilp
June 10th, 2020, 6:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virginia wineries worth visiting?
Replies: 33
Views: 1022

Re: Virginia wineries worth visiting?

Early Mountain has a broad spectrum of reds, their Quaker Run sourced wines are among the better ones in the state the last few years. Winemaker Ben Jordan has two experimental labels, Lightwell Survey and Midland Construction, that may be for sale there as well, but may be small retailer only.... ...
by Brian Gilp
June 9th, 2020, 1:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Gorgeous leg of lamb- what can I do with it?
Replies: 16
Views: 962

Re: Gorgeous leg of lamb- what can I do with it?

Made an amazing ragu with leftover lamb this weekend. Not sure that it will replace the standard rabbit for ragu but would definitely make again.
by Brian Gilp
June 8th, 2020, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux - WOW WOW
Replies: 42
Views: 1702

Re: TN: 2010 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux - WOW WOW

I had this and the 2009 in my hands to take upstairs just a few days ago and changed my mind to something else. Sounds like my first instinct was right. Will move them to top of the list for this weekend.
by Brian Gilp
June 7th, 2020, 4:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Experimental cultivars?
Replies: 6
Views: 304

Re: Experimental cultivars?

The only recent work (20-30 years) that I am aware of was to produce hybrids that are more cold hardy. Frontenac and Marquette are the ones that I recall but the Minnesota grape growers association lists a few That I was unaware existed. https://www.mngrapes.org/page/varieties BTW, most states have ...
by Brian Gilp
June 3rd, 2020, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $25 Zinfandel
Replies: 40
Views: 1658

Re: Sub $25 Zinfandel

Hobo
by Brian Gilp
June 2nd, 2020, 11:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Making meatballs: techniques for "loosening" up the mixture before balling?
Replies: 24
Views: 1061

Re: Making meatballs: techniques for "loosening" up the mixture before balling?

I make a lot of meatballs but almost always from leftover meat thats been cooked already. Way different than starting from uncooked ground meat. To help with the consistency I put everything through the food processor. I don’t want any big pieces of anything. Generally the meat comes out looking lik...
by Brian Gilp
June 2nd, 2020, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Retailer Quoting a 79 Point Rating?
Replies: 18
Views: 1414

Re: Wine Retailer Quoting a 79 Point Rating?

2011 Lagier Meredith Mondeuse. Parker panned it, wonderful wine. This is the one Parker 70-something that I remember buying because he scored it that low. There may have been others given his lack of love for ESJ.
by Brian Gilp
June 2nd, 2020, 8:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Gorgeous leg of lamb- what can I do with it?
Replies: 16
Views: 962

Re: Gorgeous leg of lamb- what can I do with it?

Henry Kiichli wrote:
June 2nd, 2020, 7:38 am
Bone out, Stuff with mix of chèvre, garlic, EVOO, and spinach. Tie up, and do your normal outside.
This. But I add a bit (probably a bunch for most folks) of red chili flakes as well.
by Brian Gilp
May 30th, 2020, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1988 Gruaud
Replies: 11
Views: 598

Re: 1988 Gruaud

I found a large amount of bottle variation with this wine. Sounds like you got lucky or at least on the lucky side with yours.
by Brian Gilp
May 30th, 2020, 5:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery
Replies: 67
Views: 2791

Re: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery

The problem seems largely to be that that people are growing "familiar" grapes that have a recognizable brand, but those grapes don't do well in the climate, largely due to their susceptibility to rot (Virginia is very humid) and the common coincidence of their ripening with the arrival of tropical...
by Brian Gilp
May 29th, 2020, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery
Replies: 67
Views: 2791

Re: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery

Childress in North Carolina is hit or miss but when good can be very good. I had a really good Viognier from them and carried home half a case. Next time in NC, I went to the local wine shop for more and it was the next vintage. Let’s just leave it at those bottles we’re not nearly as pleasant. The ...
by Brian Gilp
May 29th, 2020, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery
Replies: 67
Views: 2791

Re: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery

Are you interested in wines or money laundering operations? If wines, you might try some of the quarterback wines- Passing Time, Doubleback. Much more about wine if you are into that. Anyone tried Vermeil? Or changing sports, Yao? I tried Vermeil once towards the end of the MacArthurs barrel tastin...
by Brian Gilp
May 28th, 2020, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery
Replies: 67
Views: 2791

Re: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
May 28th, 2020, 4:24 pm
Brian Gilp wrote:
May 28th, 2020, 4:18 pm
Been there and tasted. Found nothing of note. Wife found one item but forget now what it was. On the other hand, there is worse in Virginia.
And also much better.
Agreed.
by Brian Gilp
May 28th, 2020, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery
Replies: 67
Views: 2791

Re: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery

Been there and tasted. Found nothing of note. Wife found one item but forget now what it was. On the other hand, there is worse in Virginia.
by Brian Gilp
May 24th, 2020, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dry high acid white recommendations?
Replies: 30
Views: 1142

Re: Dry high acid white recommendations?

TGigante wrote:
May 24th, 2020, 7:15 am
Tinah
Albarino could scratch your itch
I popped a Crawford Family yesterday and it had a nice brazen acidity to it

Currently a 6 pack special @ $20 per
I have only had two vintages but one wasn’t very acidic, the other had acid in spades. Not sure which one was the outlier.
by Brian Gilp
May 22nd, 2020, 3:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot Noir vine genetics in Burgundy: some photos
Replies: 34
Views: 1873

Re: Pinot Noir vine genetics in Burgundy: some photos

Like everything else, it’s hard to discuss vine genetics without regard for other factors. Before I planted a few Chardonnay vines for my wife, she asked a number of California growers/winemakers what to plant. Given the small number of vines I planted, A single clone was all that was feasible. Ever...
by Brian Gilp
May 21st, 2020, 4:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: French Press recommendation
Replies: 20
Views: 944

Re: French Press recommendation

Agree that presses all seem about the same. Using one now that I got from a restaurant supply store and it’s fine. For grinders, I’ve been using a hand crank burr grinder (Hario) for the past few years and like it a lot but it’s only me that drinks coffee. It might be a bit much to hand ground for a...
by Brian Gilp
May 21st, 2020, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Ser Winery Syrah Coastview Vineyard:
Replies: 15
Views: 699

Re: TN: 2015 Ser Winery Syrah Coastview Vineyard:

That's a great, fascinating vineyard. Ridge top on the Gabilan Mountains. (Not far from the Calera vineyards, which are down on the lee side.) Two soil types. You can walk around to see every direction, including over the Salinas Valley to the coast. Vines following the contours, facing every direc...
by Brian Gilp
May 19th, 2020, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Economics of second wines / regional cuvees
Replies: 12
Views: 663

Re: Economics of second wines / regional cuvees

This thread also has a lot of info. Not sure if the video is still available. viewtopic.php?f=1&t=123600&hilit=Cost
by Brian Gilp
May 19th, 2020, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Economics of second wines / regional cuvees
Replies: 12
Views: 663

Re: Economics of second wines / regional cuvees

There is a better discussion of Napa cost somewhere on here (Roy maybe) but heaven help me I can’t find it. I did find this where Russell addresses some of his costs. viewtopic.php?f=1&t=99896&p=1459006#p1458172
by Brian Gilp
May 17th, 2020, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Calafè Greco di Tufo Ariavecchia (Italy, Campania, Greco di Tufo DOCG)
Replies: 4
Views: 123

Re: TN: 2007 Calafè Greco di Tufo Ariavecchia (Italy, Campania, Greco di Tufo DOCG)

I love Greco but have never had one with any age as I drink them up too quickly. Look for Ferraara http://www.benitoferrara.com/index.php/en/ as another to try.
by Brian Gilp
May 16th, 2020, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1132
Views: 91912

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Wine.com mailed me the crappy coupons Wine30 : $30 off $250 Summer10 : 10% off $150+ Both expire June 30 Same crappy codes I received. I wonder what spending tier one needs to be in to get the $100 off $300 coupons? Have never orders and got that coupon in the mail. Actually it came to my wife who ...
by Brian Gilp
May 15th, 2020, 6:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Whites -- What Are You Drinking?
Replies: 42
Views: 1949

Re: California Whites -- What Are You Drinking?

Chanin Bien Nacido Chardonnays. Haven't found anything domestic that touches them in the $30-35 range, when I usually go for 1er Chablis at that price point. You should try their Solomon Hills. I prefer the SH vs the BN. Esp the 16 vs the 17. the 18 BN Chard are shipping to members next month so we...
by Brian Gilp
May 15th, 2020, 5:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Earn your stripes, nouvelle vague Burgundians.
Replies: 18
Views: 1119

Re: Earn your stripes, nouvelle vague Burgundians.

Pricing of luxury items is a fascinating topic to me. There is often no connection between price, quality, and pricing. I always find it funny how a producer can be an unknown for years witH incredible product that won’t sell because they are not “known”. Then something happens and they get attentio...
by Brian Gilp
May 15th, 2020, 5:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Importance of the first impression
Replies: 3
Views: 303

Importance of the first impression

Last night, I opened a wine that I have had at least a half dozen times and this bottle was just meh. I realized as this is a relatively new producer to me that if I had tried this bottle first I would likely have never bought more. Likewise a number of years ago I bought a mixed case from a winery ...
by Brian Gilp
April 26th, 2020, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Racines
Replies: 11
Views: 1431

Re: Racines

Interesting but I wonder about the pricing as well. I can get Tyler cheaper and sometimes way cheaper. What do the others bring to the table (besides name) that accounts for the price difference?

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