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by Brian Gilp
April 20th, 2021, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grenache Blanc recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 922

Re: Grenache Blanc recommendations

S teve R edenbaugh wrote: April 20th, 2021, 3:54 pm Beau Rivage, .... Sandlands
?????? Are you sure your not thinking Chenin Blanc?
by Brian Gilp
April 20th, 2021, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shout out to MacArthur Beverages
Replies: 44
Views: 3303

Re: Shout out to MacArthur Beverages

They don't ship to Maryland. The state right next door! [Throws hand up in the air in disgust] That’s due to MD law. Only wineries with DTC permits can legally ship to MD. https://wineinstitute.compliancerules.org/state/maryland/ https://law.justia.com/codes/maryland/2019/alcoholic-beverages/divisi...
by Brian Gilp
April 18th, 2021, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hillick & Hobbs Riesling
Replies: 6
Views: 368

Re: Hillick & Hobbs Riesling

Price seems to be on the higher end for a NY rieslings, but then again, it is Paul Hobbs, so it's not entirely unexpected or out of character. Might give it a go if I see it on a local shelf at a more attractive price. At $35, there's plenty of other rieslings competing for attention though. Price ...
by Brian Gilp
April 16th, 2021, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 9086
Views: 1430619

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

What would "appropriate seepage" be? I understand when it seems excessive (regardless of age). Was the suggestion that there was too little for a wine that old? But it's not really worth trying to parse that guy's self-defense. That’s how I took it and why I stated it makes sense but only...
by Brian Gilp
April 16th, 2021, 5:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 9086
Views: 1430619

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

.... The cork does not bear any resemblance to any 1955 cork he has ever seen -- not the appropriate seepage.... Appropriate seepage is a new concept to me. I don’t have experience with 70 year old corks but I think it makes sense but only as supporting data. I would expect that the variability is ...
by Brian Gilp
April 12th, 2021, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preparing joists/girders/etc under home for weight of a wine fridge...
Replies: 10
Views: 612

Re: Preparing joists/girders/etc under home for weight of a wine fridge...

I have no clue about pricing. The question as if it is needed is highly dependent on how your floor is supported and where the unit(s) will reside on that floor. If the units are to be placed near the existing beam or other load bearing structure that limits the moment arm, I wouldn’t expect signifi...
by Brian Gilp
April 12th, 2021, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Percentage of Your Gross Household Income is Spent on Wine?
Replies: 153
Views: 6997

Re: What Percentage of Your Gross Household Income is Spent on Wine?

With his and hers cellars and a wife who buys her own wine, I would have to ask her how much she spends on wine and there is no way I am opening that door. There’s got to be an interesting story about how that all works. Please elaborate if you feel like doing so. It just evolved over time. We have...
by Brian Gilp
April 10th, 2021, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Percentage of Your Gross Household Income is Spent on Wine?
Replies: 153
Views: 6997

Re: What Percentage of Your Gross Household Income is Spent on Wine?

With his and hers cellars and a wife who buys her own wine, I would have to ask her how much she spends on wine and there is no way I am opening that door.
by Brian Gilp
April 8th, 2021, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grenache Curious
Replies: 54
Views: 2309

Re: Grenache Curious

I have a strong dislike for Grenache but really like A Tribute to Grace. The only California Grenache that I like better is Hobo but unfortunately he stopped making it as I understand it didn’t sell well. Darn shame as it was great and I am holding my few remaining bottles.
by Brian Gilp
April 7th, 2021, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Solar powered generator for wine cellar backup
Replies: 32
Views: 1828

Re: Solar powered generator for wine cellar backup

I don’t know this product so no comments on it. I do have a Yeti1000 and solar panel from goal zero for the zombie apocalypse scenario but we sized it knowing that it is only going to power a few things and only for part of the day. It isn’t a whole house generator. But now that I have it I have fou...
by Brian Gilp
April 6th, 2021, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning first time trip to Santa Barbara County, tips/advice?
Replies: 42
Views: 1451

Re: Planning first time trip to Santa Barbara County, tips/advice?

I personally don’t like driving from LAX, so I always fly to SBA. I find it way more relaxing. Then, it’s just 45 minutes from the airport to Buellton.
by Brian Gilp
April 3rd, 2021, 5:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Accidental Wine Pairing Successes?
Replies: 19
Views: 803

Re: Accidental Wine Pairing Successes?

It obvious to me now but wasn’t many years ago when discovered. It was late and I didn’t feel like cooking or have time really so as I threw together a quick queso, asked the wife to go grab a wine from the cellar. She arrives with a vintage champagne and when I gave her a look, she shot back this i...
by Brian Gilp
April 2nd, 2021, 6:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Issues with Grassl glasses breaking?
Replies: 91
Views: 4286

Re: Issues with Grassl glasses breaking?

Use my Grassl glasses 3-4 days a week for over a year now. Always dishwasher (Bosch). Have broken 2. One mystery break in the dishwasher and one related to human stupidity. I have given these glasses as gifts to friends and they all are scared to use them for fear of breakage. It doesn’t matter how ...
by Brian Gilp
April 2nd, 2021, 4:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?
Replies: 71
Views: 3210

Re: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?

Had my first taste of the 2018 Hobo zin last night. In 2018, Hobo made only one zin blending the rockpile (branham vineyard) wine, which is normally a separate bottling, into the Sonoma county bottling. Labeled at 13.0 alcohol. This taste to me like what I remember from Zinfandel from the 1990s. Pro...
by Brian Gilp
March 31st, 2021, 5:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "If You Irrigate, It's Not Terroir..."
Replies: 258
Views: 9781

Re: "If You Irrigate, It's Not Terroir..."

I've had this discussion a number of times with Oregon winemakers (See: Dry Roots Coalition). In its very simple form, without irrigation, roots are forced to dig deep into the ground, thus encountering various geological layers of soil and minerals which impart more complex flavors to the grapes a...
by Brian Gilp
March 23rd, 2021, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grape best suited to transmitting terroir
Replies: 54
Views: 2426

Re: Grape best suited to transmitting terroir

I guess I’m just in a mood today but the use of the word best bothers me when I think normally it wouldn’t. I don’t know that there is a best and I don’t even know if there is better. Consider Cabernet from Napa which according to many isn’t at all close to the best at letting place show through. Ho...
by Brian Gilp
March 21st, 2021, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine Arlaud Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Les Ruchots
Replies: 1
Views: 200

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine Arlaud Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Les Ruchots

I have only opened the Bourgogne so far but have opened at least half a case of those. They were really good out of the gate but then shut down. The most recent a month or so ago was better and seemed to indicate that they might be coming around. Extrapolating from that I think your spot on that the...
by Brian Gilp
March 17th, 2021, 4:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine did you serve at your wedding ceremony and... would you serve it again?
Replies: 54
Views: 2188

Re: What wine did you serve at your wedding ceremony and... would you serve it again?

20s and poor as well. Wine was from the Winery I was working at then with custom labels for the wedding. Decent enough but nothing I would repeat now. Still have one bottle of the Chardonnay in the cellar but no plans to open it as it should be long past dead.
by Brian Gilp
March 17th, 2021, 3:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for a California Syrah tasting?
Replies: 91
Views: 3828

Re: Recommendations for a California Syrah tasting?

Lagier Meredith. Recent notes here indicate that the 2016 is drinking well young.
by Brian Gilp
March 14th, 2021, 5:30 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Green harvest - and the bizarre world of dropping fruit.
Replies: 19
Views: 1337

Re: Green harvest - and the bizarre world of dropping fruit.

Not exactly the same but there was some research done in Virginia on different trellis methods using different split canopy methods and compared to VSP. Results were that in our east coast climate were vigor can be a challenge, it is possible to increase both quantity and quality. I don’t recall the...
by Brian Gilp
March 13th, 2021, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's International Riesling Day?
Replies: 22
Views: 711

Re: It's International Riesling Day?

2016 Forge Les Allies. Much better than the Riesling Classique opened two years ago and seems there is more upside still. I bought a mixed half to sample and liked those I tried but saved a couple and glad I did as this wine is way better. Not sure if it’s the extra age or just the different bottling.
by Brian Gilp
March 11th, 2021, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Domaine Marc Morey & Fils Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets
Replies: 3
Views: 287

Re: TN: 2017 Domaine Marc Morey & Fils Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets

Jayson Cohen wrote: March 11th, 2021, 10:27 am Sabine seems to be at the top of her game.
Yes she does and I don’t understand why the wines don’t get more love here. Personally, I generally prefer the Ev Virondot to the Caillerets and it’s generally cheaper as well. So didn’t buy the Caillerets in 2017 and I am regretting that now.
by Brian Gilp
March 11th, 2021, 4:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This and that
Replies: 4
Views: 539

Re: This and that

Thanks for the note on the Isa. I really enjoyed the first few bottles I opened and then caught one in a bad phase and was holding my last in hopes time fixed it. Sounds like that was the right call.
by Brian Gilp
March 1st, 2021, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are any hybrid grapes worthy?
Replies: 52
Views: 1734

Re: Are any hybrid grapes worthy?

Concerning cold hardiness only, chambourcin is basically the same as Cab Franc.
by Brian Gilp
March 1st, 2021, 5:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are any hybrid grapes worthy?
Replies: 52
Views: 1734

Re: Are any hybrid grapes worthy?

You need to assess both the need for cold hardiness and length of growing season if you are considering putting in some vines. There are some vinifera that have decent cold hardiness (Riesling and Cabernet Franc) that might work. Of the hybrids, Vidal is probably the best and works well in a variety...
by Brian Gilp
September 19th, 2020, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Montelena no red wine produced in 2020
Replies: 33
Views: 3192

Re: Chateau Montelena no red wine produced in 2020

Not sure about wineries. But, I would hope the vineyards have crop insurance that covers the winery not purchasing their fruit. In general crop insurance covers crop loss from listed natural issues. ... This is interesting. So what if a fire was not caused by "natural issues", such as ars...
by Brian Gilp
September 19th, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chinn Vineyards Petit Verdot
Replies: 6
Views: 306

Re: Chinn Vineyards Petit Verdot

Petit Verdot generally has small clusters with small dark berries, so high skin to juice ratio makes dark wine. Most have good tannin and acidity. Wines can be quite big but a little less complex than other Bdx varieties. There is a reason it’s generally used for blending and in small percentages as...
by Brian Gilp
September 19th, 2020, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Montelena no red wine produced in 2020
Replies: 33
Views: 3192

Re: Chateau Montelena no red wine produced in 2020

Guessing answer is NO but do some winery's have insurance for this kind of thing? Not sure about wineries. But, I would hope the vineyards have crop insurance that covers the winery not purchasing their fruit. In general crop insurance covers crop loss from listed natural issues. I don‘t Know how s...
by Brian Gilp
September 19th, 2020, 3:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Montelena no red wine produced in 2020
Replies: 33
Views: 3192

Re: Chateau Montelena no red wine produced in 2020

I was reading Flawless and he mentioned that there isn't any carryover effect of taint but it can or does cause smaller yields the following year so 2021 should be interesting. I'm curious if anyone will decrease price knowing their grapes have some issues or would they just sell them as normal. Ma...
by Brian Gilp
September 18th, 2020, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ordering wine for delivery across the US?
Replies: 12
Views: 732

Re: Ordering wine for delivery across the US?

Okay, I was just reacting to your specific question regarding a retailer who can deliver to most states in the US and thought Zachys would fit that description as they ship retail wine nationwide. Why would you think they could not do it? I've never done what you are describing, but would think ask...
by Brian Gilp
September 14th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Some things you have learned about wine drinking?
Replies: 16
Views: 3144

Re: Some things you have learned about wine drinking?

Drink what you like, not what you think you are supposed to like. If the winemaker/owner is an a$$hole, the wine isn’t worth chasing. Plenty of good wine made by great people. Be willing to give second and even third chances. Sometimes first impressions are wrong. Spend time on what interests you an...
by Brian Gilp
September 14th, 2020, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: What is Cellartracke and Why Do I Need it
Replies: 18
Views: 3416

Re: What is Cellartracke and Why Do I Need it

I used Cellartracker in the past but deleted my account a few years ago. I haven’t missed it at all. I didn’t find it worth the time it takes to maintain inventory and I don’t take notes on what I drink. That makes it all seem like work that I don’t want to do. I haven’t yet lost track of bottles ev...
by Brian Gilp
September 11th, 2020, 4:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc
Replies: 79
Views: 3396

Re: Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc

I don’t drink much SB either but one I do like is Jean Edwards.
by Brian Gilp
September 11th, 2020, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Links redirecting to wine.com
Replies: 36
Views: 2313

Re: Links redirecting to wine.com

I had same link issues yesterday but it wasn’t consistent. Sometimes I could click back and hit the link again and it would work correctly. Other times doing so just retuned me back to Wine.com. After the third link that took me to wine.com, I just decided to ignore links.
by Brian Gilp
September 6th, 2020, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 3321
Views: 232420

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Opened the first of my 2013 Monte Rosso and found it to have too much raisin character. Looking at notes on the same wine, I’m assuming (hoping) that this was an off bottle as it doesn’t seem in line with others’ experiences.
by Brian Gilp
September 6th, 2020, 5:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A lovely Branaire Ducru 2005
Replies: 8
Views: 1001

Re: A lovely Branaire Ducru 2005

Opened a 2005 and a 2009 last night and agree that the 2005 is a wonderful wine with impeccable balance. The 2009 is not as refined or balanced in comparison and just seems a little rougher. The 2009 has more dark fruit and slightly more body and did pair well with the Flannery’s such that my wife f...
by Brian Gilp
September 4th, 2020, 5:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How good is the 2008 vintage in BURGUNDY
Replies: 56
Views: 4626

Re: How good is the 2008 vintage in BURGUNDY

Arnoux-Lachaux Clos de Vougeot last night was good to very good but probably better in a few years. Darker fruit than expected with the hallmark acidity of the vintage but just seemed to be lacking something that would make it special.
by Brian Gilp
September 3rd, 2020, 11:14 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Pet Peeves - Epicurian Division
Replies: 39
Views: 2743

Re: Pet Peeves - Epicurian Division

"two cloves of garlic? Don't mind if i add 8" - my general motto I remember the day I learned this. In college cooking for some friends. Misread mom’s recipe that called for one clove of garlic and used one head. Turned out way better than mom ever made it. I'm curious - do you remember w...
by Brian Gilp
September 2nd, 2020, 12:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Pet Peeves - Epicurian Division
Replies: 39
Views: 2743

Re: Pet Peeves - Epicurian Division

There are very few recipes on Earth calling for two cloves of garlic that are actually good with only two cloves. "two cloves of garlic? Don't mind if i add 8" - my general motto I remember the day I learned this. In college cooking for some friends. Misread mom’s recipe that called for o...
by Brian Gilp
September 1st, 2020, 8:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best carbonara recipe?
Replies: 56
Views: 5971

Re: Best carbonara recipe?

Thanks to everyone. I have never been fond of carbonara but my wife loves it and therefore she always ended up cooking it. I showed her this thread and I don’t know which recipe or recommendations she used but the improvement was amazing and now I’m craving carbonara.
by Brian Gilp
August 28th, 2020, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Cowan Cellars Syrah Moaveni Vineyard
Replies: 2
Views: 198

Re: TN: 2010 Cowan Cellars Syrah Moaveni Vineyard

Thanks. I think I have one or two of these left. Is Jim still making wine? I just did a quick web search and his web site didn’t come up.
by Brian Gilp
August 27th, 2020, 1:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mega Purple Question?
Replies: 31
Views: 1120

Re: Mega Purple Question?

I can taste it and I hate it. And it makes me feel like crap hours later. Even after a glass or two I get a particular type of semi-hangover feeling. Wretched stuff. Sometimes I wonder about this ... Mega Purple being a hangover catalyst ... I drink a lot of Napa cabs and sometimes I end up with ju...
by Brian Gilp
August 27th, 2020, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finger Lakes and NOTL trip/suggestions
Replies: 63
Views: 3312

Re: Finger Lakes and NOTL trip/suggestions

I have read this thread and others. Aside from recommendations for wineries to visit, there is not a lot of detail. I'd be interested to hear about individual wines. Twenty years ago it was strictly white grapes and a lot of sweet wines. The best quality dry wines were rieslings. I would hope there...
by Brian Gilp
August 27th, 2020, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finger Lakes and NOTL trip/suggestions
Replies: 63
Views: 3312

Re: Finger Lakes and NOTL trip/suggestions

I plan to be in the FLX region in mid-October for a short time. I was there 20 years ago and I'd like to see how things have changed. I will go back to Dr. Frank for sure, but I'd like to try some place that is new and different. Looking for decent wine and a good tasting experience. Previous posts...
by Brian Gilp
August 26th, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Sugar in pork chop (or any other) brine...
Replies: 14
Views: 2175

Re: Sugar in pork chop (or any other) brine...

Is there a difference between a dry brine and a rub? Length of contact before cooking? Not sure of any official difference. I think of a dry rub as just salt or a salt heavy seasoning applied prior to cooking, generally many hours up to a few days. I think of rubs as seasonings that may include sal...
by Brian Gilp
August 26th, 2020, 7:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Knives or wine glasses
Replies: 34
Views: 2996

Re: Knives or wine glasses

Really interestingly replies. I’m not a cook, so to me knives are utilitarian. Either they cut well or they don’t . Plus, I’ve never known food to taste different depending on the knife used to prepare it. So, pragmatically the availability of different knives are simply a matter of convenience. Do...
by Brian Gilp
August 25th, 2020, 12:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Sugar in pork chop (or any other) brine...
Replies: 14
Views: 2175

Re: Sugar in pork chop (or any other) brine...

Can’t answer any of your questions but I have eliminated any sugar from my pork chop brine and don’t notice any negative impact. Pork chops are the only thing that I still consistently wet brine as I have gone to dry brining most things these days and generally don’t add sugar to dry brine either.
by Brian Gilp
August 24th, 2020, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with VA/DC Wines?
Replies: 33
Views: 1578

Re: Help with VA/DC Wines?

I don't personally love Linden because they are pretentious and exclusionary and I don't like tasting at places where I literally have to hear someone say "we don't want *those kinds of people* here". That said, the wines are good, and Jim Law has been a very important part of improving t...
by Brian Gilp
August 24th, 2020, 10:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: East Dry Rub Baby Back Ribs on Gas Grill recipe ??
Replies: 5
Views: 1417

Re: East Dry Rub Baby Back Ribs on Gas Grill recipe ??

I usually do three hours and then check. Often I pull them at that point as I don’t like them dried out. For a gas grill, you might want to get a smoker box to get a little smoke on them. I’ve never used one before but I just picked one up for less than $10 to take to the rental house this year to s...
by Brian Gilp
August 24th, 2020, 4:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with VA/DC Wines?
Replies: 33
Views: 1578

Re: Help with VA/DC Wines?

I don't personally love Linden because they are pretentious and exclusionary and I don't like tasting at places where I literally have to hear someone say "we don't want *those kinds of people* here". That said, the wines are good, and Jim Law has been a very important part of improving t...

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