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by Brian Gilp
August 19th, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CorkReport on BarboursvilleVnyds
Replies: 4
Views: 195

Re: CorkReport on BarboursvilleVnyds

My employer is blocking me from that site. I am sure to keep me safe. I have tasted many vintages now of Barboursville and will admit that I like the neb the best but it really is hit or miss. Recent vintages of Octagon haven't impressed me like older vintages but not sure if that is the wine or me ...
by Brian Gilp
August 18th, 2019, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A wine catalog from 1996
Replies: 6
Views: 798

Re: A wine catalog from 1996

Mark Golodetz wrote:
August 17th, 2019, 4:54 pm
Lots of Leroy 1991.
RSV and Richebourg $218. VR Beaumonts $85, and the Latriciere $149.
I attended a Chicago wine company auction in late 94 or early 95 where the 1991 Leroy Musigny went for $300 or $320. I forget the exact price.
by Brian Gilp
August 10th, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finger Lakes Updates?
Replies: 26
Views: 1345

Re: Finger Lakes Updates?

The fact that some of the wineries mentioned won’t take groups larger than 6 is a real PITA. I have a group of 8 for which I am making plans so some of those I want to visit are off the list. Planned 3 days for the same group in Napa/Sonoma a few years ago and was never told by any winery that they ...
by Brian Gilp
August 10th, 2019, 5:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Just hit the 1K milestone
Replies: 64
Views: 2755

Re: Just hit the 1K milestone

It's a matter of perspective and goals. 1000 bottles doesn't seem like a huge amount if you are aging a good percentage of that, enjoy a fairly broad range of regions and grapes, and sometimes buy more than 1 or 2 of things you like. Consumption is also a factor. If you stopped buying right now, ho...
by Brian Gilp
August 7th, 2019, 4:42 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Burgundy
Replies: 3
Views: 375

Re: Burgundy

I set up an appointment with Sabine at Marc Morey via e-mail and without any introduction three years ago. Wonderful visit and I am a big fan of her wines but they don’t get much love here.
by Brian Gilp
August 2nd, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: the perils of sharing allocations
Replies: 39
Views: 3617

Re: the perils of sharing allocations

Can retailers in Ohio sell wines that they didn’t procure via a wholesaler? The state minimum pricing and odd laws there make me wonder. But if they can, then I would maybe that’s an option to share allocations without the concerns you note. I know that I have bought a few things in When in Dayton t...
by Brian Gilp
July 31st, 2019, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: High Tanin Acidity Wine
Replies: 21
Views: 485

Re: High Tanin Acidity Wine

See if you can find an Etna rosso and a muscadet for a red and a white to try. Don't spend the money for a single vineyard Etna, just a basic rosso. I think you can still find basic rosso under $20/btl.
by Brian Gilp
July 31st, 2019, 6:45 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: High Tanin Acidity Wine
Replies: 21
Views: 485

Re: High Tanin Acidity Wine

For what you asked Otto's list is great. But based on what you listed as having liked I am not sure that you want high tannin and acidity without knowing more about what specific wines you have had. Lets use the Pinot Noir as an example. I don't find most of them to have high tannin and high acidity...
by Brian Gilp
July 29th, 2019, 4:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date
Replies: 182
Views: 11867

Re: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date

I have had allocations go up or down in the past if I wait to order. This has only happened on low allocations (1 or 2 bottles) and nothing for which there is an ample amount.
by Brian Gilp
July 26th, 2019, 3:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It was 107F in Champagne today
Replies: 36
Views: 4085

Re: It was 107F in Champagne today

The real concern is how long the heat wave will last. At these temperatures, the vines will shut down in order to preserve themselves, and no amount of irrigation will change that in the short term. This happened in our area in 2006 with extreme temperatures for quite some time in July. The vintage...
by Brian Gilp
July 25th, 2019, 4:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It was 107F in Champagne today
Replies: 36
Views: 4085

Re: It was 107F in Champagne today

That is sunburn ... basically the vine, in the interest of self-preservation, has abandoned those berries and stopped providing them with water so they shrivel. I've seen it happen here in Oregon in 2015 on vines with western exposure and limited water availability on days with 100+ F temps. It is ...
by Brian Gilp
July 24th, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?
Replies: 91
Views: 3149

Re: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?

Not ITB, but a few years ago decided to humble myself by growing grapes and making wine in my Dallas backyard. While on a biz trip this past week, the ~30lbs of grapes hanging were entirely eaten by squirrels. Had to vent. Now seeking local fruit so I can make something this year. I feel for you. I...
by Brian Gilp
July 24th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?
Replies: 91
Views: 2503

Re: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?

An aside: I lived in Virginia for well over a decade. During most of that time, I was running my own wine business, as I do today. I sometimes hosted French winegrowers at my home. When I did, I would open a white wine as an aperitif and ask them where they thought it was from. I earned heated disc...
by Brian Gilp
July 23rd, 2019, 3:05 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Virginia winery suggestions?
Replies: 17
Views: 557

Re: Virginia winery suggestions?

Agree with the winery insights for the most part, but I would put the King Family Viognier in the oakier, more voluptuous category, at least compared to other from VA. Interesting. The 2013 which I really enjoyed wasn’t that way and probably influenced my memory. Still have one bottle and checked l...
by Brian Gilp
July 22nd, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Virginia winery suggestions?
Replies: 17
Views: 557

Re: Virginia winery suggestions?

Is Crozet pizza still worth a stop? Loved prior visits but the last was many years ago and I understand they expanded and might have changed ownership to the next generation. Little late for wineries but a few thought on my favorites: King Family - have like Meritage and Viognier. Viognier made in a...
by Brian Gilp
July 22nd, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 55
Views: 3231

Re: Another Flannery PSA

I cooked the first of the "short loin tail" that they threw in with my last shipment... I was blown away by this beef. As tender as any filet and among the most beefy, dry-aged flavor pieces of beef I've ever had. Will be getting more of this. Anyone else tried this cut? It's my favorite steak, and...
by Brian Gilp
July 22nd, 2019, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Growing Season (France/Italy)
Replies: 7
Views: 662

Re: 2019 Growing Season (France/Italy)

In general wrt both frost and heatwaves it depends on time of year, duration, and temperature extremes. With frost, it is common to kill off primary buds but the plant will push secondary buds. Impact later and smaller crop. The later or more sever the frost, the more sever the impact. So impact to ...
by Brian Gilp
July 19th, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?
Replies: 91
Views: 3149

Re: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?

Maybe not the worst thing, but I am not looking forward to putting on netting in the 100 degree heat this weekend.
by Brian Gilp
July 17th, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit
Replies: 57
Views: 2224

Re: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit

I love Urban Eats. I try to eat there once a day when I visit. For wineries there are obviously lots of options and many have already been mentioned. My favorites are Tyler and Chanin out in the ghetto. Believe tastings are by appointment only. Industrial Eats in Buellton is what I think you mean [...
by Brian Gilp
July 17th, 2019, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit
Replies: 57
Views: 2224

Re: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit

I love Urban Eats. I try to eat there once a day when I visit.

For wineries there are obviously lots of options and many have already been mentioned. My favorites are Tyler and Chanin out in the ghetto. Believe tastings are by appointment only.
by Brian Gilp
July 15th, 2019, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings
Replies: 53
Views: 2461

Re: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings

For pizza with tomato sauce or better yet, sliced fresh tomatoes, I prefer Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio. The greater the proportion of Piedirosso the better. If you start piling on meats like sausage or pepperoni then a basic aglianico can be nice. We often have a white pizza with bacon and mushrooms...
by Brian Gilp
July 7th, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Unposted Notes, Part 2: US
Replies: 2
Views: 519

Re: TN: Unposted Notes, Part 2: US

Thanks for the note on the peacock. You don’t see many mentions of them here. The way you describe the 14 is in line with how I remember the 12 & 13 although I haven’t tasted either recently. I think that the style of the winemaker. He also makes the Priest Ranch wines and gets you some of the same ...
by Brian Gilp
July 7th, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Self-Disgorgement?
Replies: 21
Views: 881

Re: Self-Disgorgement?

I have no clue. I do it because I am lazy and as noted don’t find there to be much impact from the yeast. Even the last glass of the bottle isn’t bad. I find the yeast in home brew to be more of an issue. I can’t explain why this would be as it makes little sense to me.
by Brian Gilp
July 7th, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Self-Disgorgement?
Replies: 21
Views: 881

Re: Self-Disgorgement?

FWIW Movia has been doing this for a number of years. I don’t remember when I first read about it but it had to be close to a decade ago. Also, not sure that disgorgement is required. I make a sparkling wine that I keep under crown cap until consuming and haven’t had any significant issues with the ...
by Brian Gilp
July 6th, 2019, 11:07 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Help with home vineyard issues
Replies: 8
Views: 727

Re: Help with home vineyard issues

That’s what I understand wrt oil and sulfur. I don’t use oil as it’s also not supposed to be mixed with captan. I haven’t had significant mite issues and little powder pressure so sulfur is sufficient for my needs.
by Brian Gilp
July 6th, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can I put a (small) wine cellar in this room?
Replies: 26
Views: 1867

Re: Can I put a (small) wine cellar in this room?

Like already stated, you need to remove the flooring before you can assess the real status. John maybe right in that you don’t have enough floor space to compensate. I hadn’t considered that when I responded previously but I have significantly more floor area and my cellar is at 64 measured at eye l...
by Brian Gilp
July 6th, 2019, 4:06 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Help with home vineyard issues
Replies: 8
Views: 727

Re: Help with home vineyard issues

I wouldn’t expect mummies from phomopsis this early in the season. It usually doesn’t hit the berries until they start to ripen.
by Brian Gilp
July 5th, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Help with home vineyard issues
Replies: 8
Views: 727

Re: Help with home vineyard issues

The first picture looks like black rot to me. Looking at the dry shriveled black mummy in the upper left. The bottom picture may also be from black rot as well but I am not positive. https://grapesandwine.cals.cornell.edu/newsletters/appellation-cornell/2014-newsletters/issue-17/managing-black-rot/ ...
by Brian Gilp
July 4th, 2019, 3:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: North Coast wines in $30-$50 range?
Replies: 23
Views: 1048

Re: North Coast wines in $30-$50 range?

In Santa Rosa there is Hobo which IMO is putting out some really good stuff at great prices. My preference is for the Hobo label but drink a good amount of the Folk Machine as well. Alcohol levels are on the low side for most wines and some will be below 12%. https://www.hobowines.com/collections/ T...
by Brian Gilp
July 2nd, 2019, 12:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Recirculating range hoods... worth anything?
Replies: 11
Views: 905

Re: Recirculating range hoods... worth anything?

A single 90 turn and out gives you lots of options even if the run is fairly long. I’ve got something similar but with a few more challenges and still move 1200 CFMs. If you pursue this, the first thing to do is to verify that you have a run that isn’t obstructed. Ceiling/floor joists don’t always r...
by Brian Gilp
June 17th, 2019, 9:10 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Really expensive Cast Iron Skillets
Replies: 49
Views: 2561

Re: Really expensive Cast Iron Skillets

My 100+ year old Griswold cracked this year, which was my fault as I took it out of a cold cabinet and put it on too high of heat. So I researched replacements thoroughly. I considered Finex, Field, Smithey, Stargazer, and a few others. Ultimately I settled on Stargazer. The reviews were great and ...
by Brian Gilp
June 17th, 2019, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Owner (most of you already know him) suing police deputy
Replies: 40
Views: 3998

Re: Winery Owner (most of you already know him) suing police deputy

I'm trying remember how far back it was this individual started posting stuff that had me looking for the law enforcement agency of jurisdiction to both request a welfare check and warn that agency of potential hazardous situations involving John. He needed help but I couldn't determine his potenti...
by Brian Gilp
June 15th, 2019, 4:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Owner (most of you already know him) suing police deputy
Replies: 40
Views: 3998

Re: Winery Owner (most of you already know him) suing police deputy

I hope he doesn’t close the winery before I get to the finger lakes this fall. I’ve always been interested in trying his wines after reading his posts for years.
by Brian Gilp
June 13th, 2019, 5:41 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Tennessee Valley
Replies: 2
Views: 938

Re: Tennessee Valley

I haven't had any wine from Tennessee. I have a good friend whose daughter worked at one of the Tenn wineries for a couple of years when she went to Tenn Tech but I can't remember which one. Most of the wines had various levels of RS. The feedback I got from my friends was that they liked to visit t...
by Brian Gilp
June 12th, 2019, 4:37 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: What to do with one day in Nashville?
Replies: 13
Views: 1236

Re: What to do with one day in Nashville?

Adam Noble wrote:
June 11th, 2019, 9:41 am
If you're seriously into beer, I can recommend Southern Grist brewing. Some fascinating and delicious brews, particular the sours.
Is Margot Cafe still good? I am thinking about just doing the East Nashville area for the day.
by Brian Gilp
June 12th, 2019, 4:35 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: What to do with one day in Nashville?
Replies: 13
Views: 1236

Re: What to do with one day in Nashville?

Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow wrote:
June 11th, 2019, 10:32 am
I would make sure to get to one (or two )of the hot chicken places...and see if anything is going on at the Grand Ol' Opry.....that day...I'm not a fan of that music, but going there last year for a show was a great experience on many levels.
Unfortunately it's Alice Cooper that night.
by Brian Gilp
June 11th, 2019, 9:33 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: What to do with one day in Nashville?
Replies: 13
Views: 1236

Re: What to do with one day in Nashville?

Thanks all. The wedding is out in Hendersonville, so will be moving hotels for Sunday. Not sure what part of town yet so appreciate all the ideas.
by Brian Gilp
June 10th, 2019, 5:50 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: What to do with one day in Nashville?
Replies: 13
Views: 1236

What to do with one day in Nashville?

Headed to Nashville for a wedding this summer. The way the travel plans appear to be firming up, we will only have one day to see Nashville and its going to be a Sunday. Neither me or my wife have spent any time there at all, just passed through. Looking for something interesting to do and open to a...
by Brian Gilp
June 10th, 2019, 4:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Lagier Meredith Syrah (USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder)
Replies: 11
Views: 692

Re: TN: 2011 Lagier Meredith Syrah (USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder)

When released, they said this more closely resembled northern Rhone than anything they had made before, or something close to that. Given that sentence and how long they age, I figured this was best left buried for many more years.
by Brian Gilp
June 10th, 2019, 3:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 8819

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

I think the point about the steakhouses is a really good one - so many people are buying $175 cabs for much more than that at a restaurant, I don't think we're going to run out of rich people to buy Napa any time soon. Not unless other regions become much, much more famous, or Cab sees a drop in po...
by Brian Gilp
June 8th, 2019, 4:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ruppert-Leroy, Heidseick, Marc Morey, PYCM, Mouton, Pommard, By Farr, Barret, Pialade, Rhys
Replies: 5
Views: 883

Re: TN: Ruppert-Leroy, Heidseick, Marc Morey, PYCM, Mouton, Pommard, By Farr, Barret, Pialade, Rhys

The Marc Morley En Viriondot is a really good wine and given the prices of white burgundy these days a relative bargain. I really like the 2014.
by Brian Gilp
May 31st, 2019, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decent Chardonnay reccos?
Replies: 38
Views: 2320

Re: Decent Chardonnay reccos?

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
May 31st, 2019, 1:37 pm
Hartford Court, all day (but at grocery stores, where it's cheaper than Total Wine/Bevmo/shops, typically)
Forgot about this one. Agree with the rec and have used it for similar situations in the past.
by Brian Gilp
May 31st, 2019, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decent Chardonnay reccos?
Replies: 38
Views: 2320

Re: Decent Chardonnay reccos?

Don't hate on me, but Mer Soleil Chardonnay, Silver, Unoaked chard is quaffable. The wife brought one of these home recently and we both found it undrinkable. Bad bottle possibly but if there was a flaw, it wasn’t one I’m familiar with. Not sure if vintage but think it’s the current one. For the OP...
by Brian Gilp
May 28th, 2019, 5:08 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Old vines or old roots?
Replies: 4
Views: 1226

Re: Old vines or old roots?

If it’s rootstock, you will know soon enough. My rootstock, 101-14 and Riparian Gloria, have leaves that look nothing like the varieties grated to them.
by Brian Gilp
May 28th, 2019, 3:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 3299

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

Pontet Canet and Palmer both lost a substantial percentage of wine in 2018. Is there an article with any specifics on this. I read a few and they all cite the same thing which is that mildew then drought caused the crop loss. I’m trying to understand how this accounts for such substantial losses an...
by Brian Gilp
May 27th, 2019, 4:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Windward Vineyard Pinot Noir Monopole
Replies: 6
Views: 500

Re: TN: 2014 Windward Vineyard Pinot Noir Monopole

Did you try the barrel select bottling? I remember tasting there in 2011 and while the first few wines were solid they weren’t wow wines. The last bottle we tasted however, the 2007 barrel select, really impressed me and not just for being from Paso. Really a great wine. Still holding a single just ...
by Brian Gilp
May 25th, 2019, 3:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Low carb diet effects on wine
Replies: 13
Views: 1046

Re: Low carb diet effects on wine

I guess I’m the odd man out. I don’t notice a significant change when coming off a fast or with carb and/or fat levels in my diet. When I do notice a difference it’s related to allergies or mood. Somehow wine almost always taste a little better on Friday or Saturday than any other day of the week.
by Brian Gilp
May 21st, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 14 Portuguese wines, not Port?
Replies: 30
Views: 1440

Re: Age-worthy, classic Portugese wines, not Port?

Mike Grammer wrote:
May 21st, 2019, 9:47 am
The Redoma is a little more accessible but usually 7 years at least is always a good call with those.
The 2001 is still in good shape. The bottle I had a few months ago didn't show any signs of going over the hill any time soon. I'd guess it has at least 2 more years and probably 5.
by Brian Gilp
May 20th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 5-19-19
Replies: 12
Views: 939

Re: Wine Impressions 5-19-19

Seems like the selection at Total Wine is getting worse, at least for their Italian selection. It was never great but I was usually able to put together a decent case or so of Italian wine and felt the were strongest in the south. Just jumped on-line to check the inventory of the closest store and m...
by Brian Gilp
May 18th, 2019, 5:58 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: I suppose I'm a Philistine
Replies: 8
Views: 591

Re: I suppose I'm a Philistine

The test that I used back when working the tasting room was 1. Do you drink coffee or tea? If so do you add sugar, cream, honey or drink it black? 2. Do you drink hoppy beer. You already answered that as no. Generally, if the answer to both is no, then tannins are a real issue and no amount of tryin...

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