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by wspohn
March 2nd, 2021, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1997 Ojai Syrah Roll Ranch Vd.
Replies: 14
Views: 489

Re: TN: 1997 Ojai Syrah Roll Ranch Vd.

Adam Tolmach's Syrahs have been reliably great for as long as I have been tasting wine. I have never been good about keeping them this long though! A cluttered cellar and spotty record keeping helps a great deal, but so does intentional patience. Having a 1990 Barolo tonight that many didn't like m...
by wspohn
March 2nd, 2021, 8:25 am
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 10435
Views: 62603

Re: What are you listening to right now?

James Wright wrote: March 2nd, 2021, 2:56 am it was The Band that rescued me from the artsyfoo clutches of King Crimson
You fripped them off, did you...? [thumbs-up.gif]
by wspohn
March 1st, 2021, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1997 Ojai Syrah Roll Ranch Vd.
Replies: 14
Views: 489

Re: TN: 1997 Ojai Syrah Roll Ranch Vd.

The Ojai was 14.5%. If anything I think they have dropped a tad since then.
by wspohn
March 1st, 2021, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1997 Ojai Syrah Roll Ranch Vd.
Replies: 14
Views: 489

Re: TN: 1997 Ojai Syrah Roll Ranch Vd.

I still have a bottle of 93 Swanson that has also shown well.
by wspohn
March 1st, 2021, 1:56 pm
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 10435
Views: 62603

Re: What are you listening to right now?

Love classic Santana - hate 'Africa Speaks' Not up to his standard.
by wspohn
March 1st, 2021, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1997 Ojai Syrah Roll Ranch Vd.
Replies: 14
Views: 489

TN: 1997 Ojai Syrah Roll Ranch Vd.

This is one of the best Californian Syrahs I’ve had the pleasure of tasting. It has been in my cellar since release and I have been eying it for some years now and finally decided to pull the cork. Still quite a dark colour, the age betrayed only by some lightening at the edges. The nose was all abo...
by wspohn
February 28th, 2021, 11:55 am
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: Ongoing Hi Fi thread. Today, I think this is cool...
Replies: 3492
Views: 31567

Re: Ongoing Hi Fi thread. Today, I think this is cool...

The Gyrodec is a great looking turntable. Sounds like you did a very major upgrade all at once. Enjoy!
by wspohn
February 27th, 2021, 2:08 pm
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: Ongoing Hi Fi thread. Today, I think this is cool...
Replies: 3492
Views: 31567

Re: Ongoing Hi Fi thread. Today, I think this is cool...

I usually try and source NOS tubes for my gear and it took me some critical listening sessions to find the best sounding tubes. You don't have those options with those tubes as aside from Sovtek, I think I have only seen Electro-Harmonix and I don't know that they are any better (and may not last as...
by wspohn
February 27th, 2021, 8:16 am
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 10435
Views: 62603

Re: What are you listening to right now?

Eugene Bayani wrote: February 26th, 2021, 9:28 pm
This music is supposed to make you calm and hungry [rofl.gif]
Which is not in the nature of the average North American. We are far more hamburger/BBQ and large amounts of it, that we are Tafelmusik
by wspohn
February 26th, 2021, 12:23 pm
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 10435
Views: 62603

Re: What are you listening to right now?

On another Japanese note, the theme song from a guilty pleasure of mine, the show Midnight Diner on Netflix

by wspohn
February 26th, 2021, 9:53 am
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: Your dream car collection
Replies: 82
Views: 1288

Re: Your dream car collection

Yeah - I sometimes wish I'd kept the Islero, but I had too many cars, and was moving....

And my garage is still full, though of British rather than Italian cars (with overflow parking outside for the German and American portion of the fleet).
by wspohn
February 26th, 2021, 8:06 am
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: Your dream car collection
Replies: 82
Views: 1288

Re: Your dream car collection

1967 Iso Grifo GL, the Italian Muscle. Fusion of American horsepower and the sleek Italian beauty! The guy I bought my Lamborghini from had found the car in the US in a garage beside an Iso Grifo. It was a Chev 327 powered car (as most of the were) and the widow offered him both cars but he decline...
by wspohn
February 25th, 2021, 1:16 pm
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 10435
Views: 62603

Re: What are you listening to right now?

Working my way through Jarrett in the Sun Bear concerts. This is from an encore from his Tokyo concert (disc 5). Sometimes it is nice to just kick back and mellow out.

by wspohn
February 21st, 2021, 8:45 am
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: Recommend a Mini-Series
Replies: 1899
Views: 36872

Re: Recommend a Mini-Series

They have made the second issue of Lupin and will release it this summer. Presumably episodes 6-10, completing season 1. And the entire series being 10 episodes (supposedly). Yes, for some reason they split the first season of 10 episodes in half. Thay are also talking about future seasons as it se...
by wspohn
February 21st, 2021, 8:35 am
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: Recommend a Mini-Series
Replies: 1899
Views: 36872

Re: Recommend a Mini-Series

They have made the second issue of Lupin and will release it this summer. Presumably episodes 6-10, completing season 1.
by wspohn
February 19th, 2021, 10:26 am
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: Talent in the 'House'
Replies: 6
Views: 190

Re: Talent in the 'House'

Wow - I didn't know he was an oarsman - thanks.
by wspohn
February 19th, 2021, 9:51 am
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: Talent in the 'House'
Replies: 6
Views: 190

Talent in the 'House'

Anyone a fan of blues piano? If you haven't already discovered Hugh Laurie's two albums, this video may be interesting for you. Thought it might be better here than in the "what are you listening to" thread as some non-music geeks might see it. How you get from a bit player in Blackadder a...
by wspohn
February 19th, 2021, 9:42 am
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: Things that might get you divorced
Replies: 136
Views: 3335

Re: Things that might get you divorced

This morning I took a spoon from the drawer, and just put it straight into the dishwasher. :-) The safe way out? This morning I ground some coffee and dumped it into the French press pot and fortunately looked inside before putting the top on it. There was a pile of soap bubbles from being washed t...
by wspohn
February 18th, 2021, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is the most valuable bottle of wine in your cellar?
Replies: 86
Views: 5570

Re: POLL: What is the most valuable bottle of wine in your cellar?

I'm waiting for the record collection thread.......
by wspohn
February 16th, 2021, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is the most valuable bottle of wine in your cellar?
Replies: 86
Views: 5570

Re: POLL: What is the most valuable bottle of wine in your cellar?

I have a couple worth $2K+. The nice thing is that I didn't pay anywhere near that - my 85 Sassicaia was around $45 Can. and the 95 Petrus was $400 Can. or so. Bought a share in a mag of 1970 Latour - think it was around $1K at the time but it was shared among four of us, so not a big deal. It was w...
by wspohn
February 14th, 2021, 11:42 am
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 10435
Views: 62603

Re: What are you listening to right now?

Another Etta

by wspohn
February 14th, 2021, 8:11 am
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: Recommend a Mini-Series
Replies: 1899
Views: 36872

Re: Recommend a Mini-Series

Barry L i p t o n wrote: February 14th, 2021, 7:59 am Moby Dick with Patrick Stewart in 3 episodes.

Fabulous so far. On Amazon
Darn - doesn't seem to be offered in Canada!
by wspohn
February 13th, 2021, 1:02 pm
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: Jazz
Replies: 309
Views: 3442

Re: Jazz

RIP Chick

by wspohn
February 13th, 2021, 1:00 pm
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: Any advice repainting kitchen cabinets?
Replies: 17
Views: 322

Re: Any advice repainting kitchen cabinets?

On our last house I looked at new cabinets but they were lightweight and in some ways inferior to the 50 year old ones in place already so we just repainted. Bunch of work stripping sanding and painting, but worth it for the result.
by wspohn
February 13th, 2021, 12:55 pm
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 10435
Views: 62603

Re: What are you listening to right now?

Listening to the 3 disc set of Trilogy in honour of the late Chick Corea today.
by wspohn
February 12th, 2021, 7:40 am
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: What are you NOT into?
Replies: 98
Views: 1157

Re: What are you NOT into?

David K o l i n wrote: February 11th, 2021, 8:25 pm
wspohn wrote: February 11th, 2021, 9:46 am
C. Mc Cart wrote: February 11th, 2021, 9:41 am Daylight savings time.
Yes - this! What a PITA for someone that collects (and uses) antique clocks!
I love DST.
You must be one of them Swatch wearers.... neener
by wspohn
February 11th, 2021, 12:22 pm
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: What are you NOT into?
Replies: 98
Views: 1157

Re: What are you NOT into?

Truffle Oil. One of the only, if any foods I despise. So strong and pungent and is unnecessary in a lot of dishes that shine on their own. Smells like rotting flesh... Most of it has zero truffle in it - it is a concoction of oil and chemicals that are supposed to ape the actual taste and smell of ...
by wspohn
February 11th, 2021, 11:34 am
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: What are you NOT into?
Replies: 98
Views: 1157

Re: What are you NOT into?

Daylight savings time. Yes - this! What a PITA for someone that collects (and uses) antique clocks! You know. It means the cows get one hour less of sleep and generate less milk. You bet! See https://www.hobbyfarms.com/time-change-affects-livestock-routines/#:~:text=As%20debates%20over%20the%20effe...
by wspohn
February 11th, 2021, 9:46 am
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: What are you NOT into?
Replies: 98
Views: 1157

Re: What are you NOT into?

C. Mc Cart wrote: February 11th, 2021, 9:41 am Daylight savings time.
Yes - this! What a PITA for someone that collects (and uses) antique clocks!
by wspohn
February 11th, 2021, 8:49 am
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: What are you NOT into?
Replies: 98
Views: 1157

Re: What are you NOT into?

Kelly Walker wrote: February 11th, 2021, 8:47 am Beer. I will drink one but that is it.
Me too - and that one beer was in 1972.
by wspohn
February 10th, 2021, 6:52 pm
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: What are you NOT into?
Replies: 98
Views: 1157

Re: What are you NOT into?

Zero interest in sports, country music or trucks. Will avoid all with a passion.
by wspohn
February 10th, 2021, 5:28 pm
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: Ongoing Hi Fi thread. Today, I think this is cool...
Replies: 3492
Views: 31567

Re: Ongoing Hi Fi thread. Today, I think this is cool...

I have found Jim McShane to be excellent for tube information and sales. He was able to not only sell me a set of Genalex Gold Lion KT88 power tubes

http://www.mcshanedesign.net/

The Tube Store is also good https://www.thetubestore.com/ as is https://www.vivatubes.com/
by wspohn
February 9th, 2021, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1989 Château de la Gardine Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 11
Views: 514

Re: TN: 1989 Château de la Gardine Châteauneuf-du-Pape

I continued my cellar cleaning exercise last night and had a bottle of 1990 Jean Deydier et Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Clefs d'Or. Wasn't a patch on the Gardine!
by wspohn
February 8th, 2021, 5:49 pm
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: Jazz
Replies: 309
Views: 3442

Re: Jazz

mmarcellus wrote: February 8th, 2021, 5:09 pm If discogs is blocking it, it's a bootleg.
Is that common? https://www.discogs.com/Stan-Getz-Quart ... se/8332708

Also available here https://www.jazzmessengers.com/en/5326/ ... ncert-1965 and Tidal offers it.
by wspohn
February 8th, 2021, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Ch. Magdelaine (St. Emilion)
Replies: 12
Views: 535

Re: TN: 1995 Ch. Magdelaine (St. Emilion)

Informal intraprovincial wine movement happens but it is still illegal. Is it the same in the US?
by wspohn
February 8th, 2021, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1989 Château de la Gardine Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 11
Views: 514

Re: TN: 1989 Château de la Gardine Châteauneuf-du-Pape

At least much of the wine going into the old goat scrotum bottles isn't that ageworthy - a few Franken wines I guess, but the rest are Mateus quality. I even dislike the slope sides cabernet bottles the Americans started using for premium wines to set them apart - and make them hard to stack. And do...
by wspohn
February 8th, 2021, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1989 Château de la Gardine Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 11
Views: 514

Re: TN: 1989 Château de la Gardine Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Maybe the same guy came up with this idiotic design as suggested that Faustino glue fake cellar dust to their bottles, or the Gattinara guys (Travaglini) should use this bottle (Gardine has their bottles made in Italy, perhaps by the same outfit that does Travaglini's): https://www.travaglinigattina...
by wspohn
February 8th, 2021, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1989 Château de la Gardine Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 11
Views: 514

TN: 1989 Château de la Gardine Châteauneuf-du-Pape

1989 Château de la Gardine Châteauneuf-du-Pape – I enjoy the wine though I absolutely loathe the bottles, which make it impossible to stack in a bin. If you haven’t seen one, it looks as if they designed it to be an irregular polygonal shape that is completely unstackable on their sides. The next w...
by wspohn
February 7th, 2021, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Ch. Magdelaine (St. Emilion)
Replies: 12
Views: 535

Re: TN: 1995 Ch. Magdelaine (St. Emilion)

The personal allowance is 2 bottles (750 ml) only if you have been down at least 48 hours. Short of pitching a tent at Liquor Barn, that isn't a fiscally sensible way to do it. I do bring in some wine once in awhile when I happen to have been down long enough, but as most of my overnight stays are o...
by wspohn
February 6th, 2021, 3:38 pm
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: Jazz
Replies: 309
Views: 3442

Re: Jazz

Speaking of Getz, I just received the CD of he and Gary Burton in Vancouver in 1965. Well worth hunting for! https://www.amoeba.com/sized-images/max/500/500/uploads/buystuff_items/8436028692910.jpg I am on the lookout for this. Not on any of the streaming services that I can find. I just picked it ...
by wspohn
February 6th, 2021, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Ch. Magdelaine (St. Emilion)
Replies: 12
Views: 535

Re: TN: 1995 Ch. Magdelaine (St. Emilion)

I found both the 95 and 96 hard to love early on, but bought on faith and early tastings. Owning quite a bit of 1986 claret had taught me that!
by wspohn
February 6th, 2021, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Ch. Magdelaine (St. Emilion)
Replies: 12
Views: 535

Re: TN: 1995 Ch. Magdelaine (St. Emilion)

In my market (British Columbia) we have a government monopoly, so if one wants a wine, they are well advised to grab them when they show up as they will very likely never come again. Although I buy very little Bordeaux any more, I used to regularly attend a tasting of barrel samples here in Vancouve...
by wspohn
February 6th, 2021, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Ch. Magdelaine (St. Emilion)
Replies: 12
Views: 535

TN: 1995 Ch. Magdelaine (St. Emilion)

1995 Ch. Magdelaine (St. Emilion) – I bought this wine in release and this is the first bottle out of the case that I have opened – I thought it might be time to check it out. Dark colour, a very pleasant cedary red fruit nose, with tobacco and mint hints – quite interesting. On palate I was expecti...
by wspohn
February 6th, 2021, 8:51 am
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: Jazz
Replies: 309
Views: 3442

Re: Jazz

That series was a mixed bag for me. The early episodes were excellent but later ones omitted too many artists and was ROTFLOL when Wynton? said there was no good jazz after 1960. Not one of Burns best, IMHO. Everybody knows that jazz didn't go off the rails until Miles made Bitches Brew in 1970....
by wspohn
February 6th, 2021, 7:43 am
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: Jazz
Replies: 309
Views: 3442

Re: Jazz

Speaking of Getz, I just received the CD of he and Gary Burton in Vancouver in 1965. Well worth hunting for!

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by wspohn
February 5th, 2021, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Mas del Périé Cahors Les Acacias
Replies: 0
Views: 127

TN: 2012 Mas del Périé Cahors Les Acacias

2012 Mas del Périé Cahors Les Acacias - I have always been interested in the 'Black wine of Cahors, made from Malbec, often with an addition of up to 30% merlot and/or tannat. We travelled there some years ago to investigate the wines as few were making it into our local Canadian marketplace. While...
by wspohn
February 4th, 2021, 5:00 pm
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 10435
Views: 62603

Re: What are you listening to right now?

thats the last time i use the T-word in this forum! ~ Not at all! I come across an unfamiliar word that I have to look up about once a year and you rang that bell. I love making my acquaintance with new (to me) words, or even those I once knew but through lack of use I no longer recognize. I will s...
by wspohn
February 4th, 2021, 4:17 pm
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 10435
Views: 62603

Re: What are you listening to right now?

Brad England wrote: February 4th, 2021, 4:12 pm I thought politics got you banned?
No, they just ostracize your tessitura.......
by wspohn
February 4th, 2021, 3:43 pm
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 10435
Views: 62603

Re: What are you listening to right now?

So a question - is Sergeant Pepper a baroque rock album, or...something else?
by wspohn
February 4th, 2021, 1:35 pm
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 10435
Views: 62603

Re: What are you listening to right now?

Does anyone remember 'baroque pop'?

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