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by bradkaplan
December 5th, 2018, 5:43 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Help me rank a few Bourbons...
Replies: 16
Views: 1250

Re: Help me rank a few Bourbons...

My top three would be Blanton's, Bookers, and 1920, in no particular order.
by bradkaplan
December 5th, 2018, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: We're not normal : )
Replies: 29
Views: 1781

We're not normal : )

I love this little WineBerserkers bubble, but just had to share what wines more "normal" people are wonderfully enthusiastic about, from a friend's Facebook post asking for favorite "red wines under $30." Here's a rundown and some key quotes on folks' recommendations, which are mostly a who's who of...
by bradkaplan
November 4th, 2018, 11:44 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Video: 2016 Maple's Spring St Petite Sirah
Replies: 3
Views: 240

Re: Video: 2016 Maple's Spring St Petite Sirah

Just put my order in, clearly a very special wine for Dirty & Rowdy, and therefor a very special wine for me : )

Hardy, anything else you can share about the history of the vineyard?
by bradkaplan
October 24th, 2018, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Good Tuesday ('09 Dom, '01 Prum, '01 Leflaive, '96 Giacosa, '68 F. Rinaldi, '07 Rousseau, '07 Drouhin)
Replies: 32
Views: 1137

Re: TN: A Good Tuesday ('09 Dom, '01 Prum, '01 Leflaive, '96 Giacosa, '68 F. Rinaldi, '07 Rousseau, '07 Drouhin)

Dennis Atick wrote:
October 24th, 2018, 11:22 am
I was using your scores [cheers.gif]
But then I just changed them all to 95.
Thanks for hosting. Good party.
Please let the record reflect, my scores ranged from 91 to 96 (the Rousseau), with only one 95 (the Musigny). [tease.gif]
by bradkaplan
October 24th, 2018, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Good Tuesday ('09 Dom, '01 Prum, '01 Leflaive, '96 Giacosa, '68 F. Rinaldi, '07 Rousseau, '07 Drouhin)
Replies: 32
Views: 1137

Re: TN: A Good Tuesday ('09 Dom, '01 Prum, '01 Leflaive, '96 Giacosa, '68 F. Rinaldi, '07 Rousseau, '07 Drouhin)

Good notes, thanks Dennis. The Rousseau Chambertin was spectacular, but this was a really excellent lineup all around. And I think your scores somehow got messed up copying over from Cellartracker?
by bradkaplan
October 8th, 2018, 5:12 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?
Replies: 34
Views: 2696

Re: Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?

Just back - quick report... Peche was not quite up to prior visits - still very good and worth the visit, but lacking the magic I had on my first visit. Brennan's on the other hand was fantastic, exceeded expectation - great service that perfectly balanced friendly/contemporary and old school classy...
by bradkaplan
September 21st, 2018, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1093
Views: 60803

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

The best and the greatest!
by bradkaplan
September 21st, 2018, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1093
Views: 60803

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Couldn't resist the Cacheux Vosne Suchots for $50, despite the warning on heavy-handedness. And I have no idea who Andreas Larrson is, but his little video tasting notes on youtube were reassuring. Quote: "bloody good!"

by bradkaplan
September 18th, 2018, 4:09 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3427
Views: 186801

Re: The Bourbon Thread

I've picked a barrel at Jack - it was a great experience and a seriously excellent whiskey as well (and I'm no fan of regular Jack). We tried 5 or 6 different barrel samples and there was a pretty significant range within those, even though they were all distilled and barrelled on same day, stored i...
by bradkaplan
September 15th, 2018, 8:21 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3427
Views: 186801

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Any thoughts on "store pick" single barrel bourbons? Visited a few distilleries a few weeks ago and got the impression that generally speaking the barrels chosen by stores/bars/individuals are a step up from what they offer as their generic "single barrel" offering. Just bought the Four Roses OESK ...
by bradkaplan
August 25th, 2018, 12:16 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Lisbon?
Replies: 45
Views: 4546

Re: Lisbon?

Was there this summer - had excellent dinners at Alma (1 star Michelin) and Taberna de las Ruas Flores (no reservations, get there early to get in line). Was honestly underwhelmed by Ramiro - good, not great. Sintra is definitely worth the day trip - and you can stop nearby at Viuva Gomes to taste s...
by bradkaplan
August 23rd, 2018, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs on a Motley Crew: Jerome Prevost, Casal Figueira, Scholium, Huet, Clos Rougeard
Replies: 4
Views: 376

Re: TNs on a Motley Crew: Prevost, Casal Figueira, Scholium, Huet, Rougeard

Great notes, Dennis, thank you for being the designated secretary. The Casal Figueira by the way was not even quite up to the other two bottles I've had - I think a bit more air and warming up would have benefitted it.
by bradkaplan
August 14th, 2018, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IG (Instagram) from WBers?
Replies: 170
Views: 8176

Re: IG (Instagram) from WBers?



: )
by bradkaplan
August 6th, 2018, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berns suggestion
Replies: 10
Views: 1019

Berns suggestion

That last comment rings true... the dessert wine (and spirits) list is off the charts. Madeira, old TBA, crazy Scotch, etc. If you're into any of those things, save some room and some $$$ for the amazing experience upstairs in the dessert room. Maybe not quite the bargains as the main wine list, but...
by bradkaplan
August 4th, 2018, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?
Replies: 154
Views: 8935

The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?

Don't drink much Cali chard, but big fan of all of these (mostly older vintage that I've had in past couple years):

2005 Salinia Chardonnay Heintz Ranch
2006 Salinia Chardonnay Heintz Ranch
2013 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard
1995 Kalin Cellars Chardonnay
by bradkaplan
July 28th, 2018, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Notes of Poo (NYMag on "Natural Wine")
Replies: 67
Views: 2559

Top Notes of Poo (NYMag on "Natural Wine")

I always appreciate a good John Zorn reference. Thank you for that. (seriously, one of the most amazing live performances I have ever seen, back in NY at the Knitting Factory in the mi-90s)
by bradkaplan
July 25th, 2018, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Notes of Poo (NYMag on "Natural Wine")
Replies: 67
Views: 2559

Top Notes of Poo (NYMag on "Natural Wine")

I might just leave this here and let everyone fire away. Some decent thoughts, and a good deal of head scratching. From NY Magazine/Grub Street ... Top Notes of Poo: Natural wine is weird, funky, even dirty. Sommeliers are obsessed. but does it actually taste good? http://www.grubstreet.com/2018/07/...
by bradkaplan
July 25th, 2018, 4:38 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3427
Views: 186801

The Bourbon Thread

I currently have the following bottles opened and sitting bedside.... 2017 FR SMBLE, Kentucky Owl Rye batch 1, 2017 Michters 10, WT Decades, A117 Elijah Craig BP, Joe Magnus, OF 1920, Belle Meade 10 year single barrel pick, Michters Toasted Rye and A Midwinter Nights Dram. And for the past 3 weeks,...
by bradkaplan
July 24th, 2018, 5:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy Under the Radar BY NEAL MARTIN
Replies: 34
Views: 3424

Burgundy Under the Radar BY NEAL MARTIN

I like Bizot but the rapid price increase was always puzzling to me. I always thought it was due to his “natural” wine making but the “hint” of Henri Jayer makes sense too. I was wowed by my first Bizot, a 2014 Vosne Romanee that Brad Kaplan brought to a dinner back in the fall. I immediately went ...
by bradkaplan
July 9th, 2018, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Clothing Optional Wine Co. Muscat (USA, California, Central Coast, Chalone)
Replies: 7
Views: 492

TN: 2015 Clothing Optional Wine Co. Muscat (USA, California, Central Coast, Chalone)

Just enjoyed my last bottle tonight. Dang good. Musk melon all the way.
by bradkaplan
July 4th, 2018, 4:41 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3427
Views: 186801

The Bourbon Thread

To give y'all and idea of how crappy Seattle is for liquor purchases, I saw McKenna 10 at Costco today. With tax is was $48! It was Costco, by the way, that was responsible for privatizing liquor sales which drove the prices up 40%. Thanks guys! Your comment got me curious about the state liquor ta...
by bradkaplan
June 14th, 2018, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A 6.75€ stunner from Portugal
Replies: 10
Views: 793

A 6.75€ stunner from Portugal

Eric Ifune wrote:If you ever get a chance, go to Caves Sao Joao in Bairrada. A warren of old wines. Got a magnum of the 1978 Frei Joao for 80 euros. Terrific old school whites as well.
Would love to visit - have had the 95 Poco do Lobo (love it!) and the 90 Frei Joao.
by bradkaplan
June 14th, 2018, 4:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A 6.75€ stunner from Portugal
Replies: 10
Views: 793

A 6.75€ stunner from Portugal

Thanks, Don. And Eric, yes, insanely good prices. We visited Adega Viuva Gomes (Colares), and tasted the lineup - ending with the 1969 (priced at 60 euro, which is a heck of a bargain), but starting with their entry label blanco that's just 6 euro. Bought one bottle to enjoy by the beach, but I'd bu...
by bradkaplan
June 13th, 2018, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1093
Views: 60803

Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Just turned on my email filter so I don't see any more Envoyer emails! (for the time being) I'm too easily tempted.
by bradkaplan
June 13th, 2018, 6:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A 6.75€ stunner from Portugal
Replies: 10
Views: 793

A 6.75€ stunner from Portugal

I've got no problem with a 19 euro markup at a fine dining restaurant. Same as typical corkage.
by bradkaplan
June 13th, 2018, 5:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A 6.75€ stunner from Portugal
Replies: 10
Views: 793

A 6.75€ stunner from Portugal

Just back from a week in Portugal, and had to share a crazy wine story. It started at Michelin 1star restaurant Alma in Lisbon (great meal, highly recommended), when I engaged the sommelier and said simply "do you have anything funky from a producer you admire with a natural-wine bent"? I hadn't rea...
by bradkaplan
May 30th, 2018, 5:13 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Tel Aviv Beer/Wine Bars + Stores
Replies: 2
Views: 227

Tel Aviv Beer/Wine Bars + Stores

A few years old data, but... cocktail bar: The Imperial. Or great wine bars:
The Tasting Room in Sarona Market, Par Derriere in Yafo area
by bradkaplan
May 28th, 2018, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy White Oak Flats Mourvedre
Replies: 23
Views: 1215

2014 Dirty and Rowdy White Oak Flats Mourvedre

Dennis Atick wrote: Man, that sounds great.
Just checked, I have no more. Only 16s.
You have more, Brad? You have my email. [cheers.gif]
Same. : (
Only '16s left now for the White Oak Flats.
by bradkaplan
May 28th, 2018, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy White Oak Flats Mourvedre
Replies: 23
Views: 1215

2014 Dirty and Rowdy White Oak Flats Mourvedre

FYI, night two felt a bit off - more grippy, slightly more sour - but saved just enough for a small glass night 3 and it came back with a vengeance. So good.
by bradkaplan
May 26th, 2018, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy White Oak Flats Mourvedre
Replies: 23
Views: 1215

2014 Dirty and Rowdy White Oak Flats Mourvedre

Holy cow this is singing now. One of my favorite D&R reds to date. Props to Hardy, and I wish I had more! Note from CT: Pomegranate syrup nose with hibiscus floral notes, a touch of cinnamon and a hint of eucalyptus (?). Supple yet light-bodied, a bit of tannin hanging in there (popped and poured) o...
by bradkaplan
May 21st, 2018, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1093
Views: 60803

Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:How much Berserkers competition for the '15 Baudry Croix Boissee? I asked for six. No response yet.
How'd you know which one I'd go for? Got 2 btls.
by bradkaplan
May 18th, 2018, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Advice for wine in Montreal
Replies: 20
Views: 755

Advice for wine in Montreal

Very fun list of local-ish wines (and awesome food) at Maison Publique. And, as mentioned, any of the Joe Beef empire will treat you right - we had a blast out on the back patio at Liverpool House.
by bradkaplan
May 18th, 2018, 4:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1093
Views: 60803

Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Thread drift.... note above got me curious about my Envoyer purchases + CT data. I started buying from them in July 2010, and for the next two years bought a bit over 10 cases total (50+ different wines). Mostly Burgundy, some Champagne, a little Loire, Beaujolais. Avg price? $38, with several <$20 ...
by bradkaplan
May 16th, 2018, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1093
Views: 60803

Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

So I wonder if these Barisones are THESE Barisones??? Probably same source?
https://www.rarewineco.com/articles/osv ... ne-barolo/
by bradkaplan
May 16th, 2018, 1:01 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Vermouth - How To Store?
Replies: 9
Views: 783

Vermouth - How To Store?

Half bottles, fridge, vacuvin or similar.
by bradkaplan
May 9th, 2018, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1093
Views: 60803

Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

The 2009 Cocito/La Spinetta Barbaresco Riserva ‘Baluchin’ from a few days ago sounded more up my alley - awaiting response (speaking of which, what's a typical response time to get a confirmation?)
by bradkaplan
May 5th, 2018, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1641
Views: 93211

Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Been back on Envoyer for a few weeks now and finally bit - on the 2012 Paul Dethune Millesime. Crazy enough I haven't bought any vintage champagnes past 2002 vintage (and only have that and 96 among the half dozen vintage bottles I've got left) - time to start stocking up again!
by bradkaplan
May 4th, 2018, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: '14 Prevost, '99 Haut-Brion Blanc,'95 Kalin, '05 BdM, '78 Parent Corton, '85 Drouhin SLB...
Replies: 6
Views: 541

TNs: '14 Prevost, '99 Haut-Brion Blanc,'95 Kalin, '05 BdM, '78 Parent Corton, '85 Drouhin SLB...

Good notes. I really liked that Kalin - no idea it was Charles Heintz! That makes sense. The 78 Corton, 99 Haut Brion, and the 05 Bonneau du Martray were all pretty spectacular and in great form. I think the Pousse d'Or felt a little baked if I remember right - didn't match up to its potential for s...
by bradkaplan
April 25th, 2018, 9:12 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3427
Views: 186801

The Bourbon Thread

FYI, Rowan's Creek (like Noah's Mill) is bottled by KBD/Willett, but sourced from elsewhere. I don't think there's been a definitive answer on who the distilleries are that go into these (and it may have changed over time).
by bradkaplan
April 20th, 2018, 4:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1641
Views: 93211

Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

I've been off their list for five years since it was costing me too much $$$ - just re-signed up. Uh oh.
by bradkaplan
April 12th, 2018, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Caves São João Quinta do Poço do Lobo - Arinto (Portugal, Beiras)
Replies: 9
Views: 297

TN: 1995 Caves São João Quinta do Poço do Lobo - Arinto (Portugal, Beiras)

I've been drinking these over the past two and a half years, one of my best bang for the bucks wines over that period, though it's certainly a weird one. I think it will go several more years, but no reason to hold. In my experience, it does best between cellar and room temp - too cold kills the aro...
by bradkaplan
March 16th, 2018, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next to each other on the wine list...
Replies: 8
Views: 990

Next to each other on the wine list...

IMG_0258.jpg Things to notice... Why did they leave out the vintage on the Apothic??? Is it 2017? Or maybe 1978? The prices at this joint are not very good - $33 for the wine we get for $10 at the gas station? There is some shade being thrown here with "sweet red blend." Who likes dusty old cru Bea...
by bradkaplan
February 19th, 2018, 4:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie)
Replies: 12
Views: 1080

TN: 2013 Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie)

Don, you convinced me to track some down. Now if only we could get the entry Jamet blanc here in Atlanta. (I know it comes to the States, but pretty sure it doesn't have Georgia distribution)
by bradkaplan
February 9th, 2018, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Clothing Optional Muscat
Replies: 31
Views: 1328

2015 Clothing Optional Muscat

LOVE this stuff. I'm a sucker for floral, herbal whites, and this fits the bill. Awesome with a middle Eastern fennel salmon.
by bradkaplan
January 26th, 2018, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1998 Pera-Manca - the Portuguese answer to Barca Velha?
Replies: 10
Views: 351

1998 Pera-Manca - the Portuguese answer to Barca Velha?

Mont Stern wrote:They have the Mouchao Tonel 3-4 at a great price in the Lisbon Duty Free shop if it isn't all gone. They will be impressed that you are bypassing all of the overpriced stuff. I bought a bottle after my cycling trip in Portugal. Unfortunately, I didn't have room for more.
Do you remember the price?
by bradkaplan
January 25th, 2018, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1998 Pera-Manca - the Portuguese answer to Barca Velha?
Replies: 10
Views: 351

1998 Pera-Manca - the Portuguese answer to Barca Velha?

I've heard good things on Mouchao - will track some down in Lisbon.
by bradkaplan
January 25th, 2018, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1969 Viuva José Gomes da Silva & Filhos Colares Reserva Tinto. [now a blanc, 2/22/17]
Replies: 21
Views: 1144

TN: 1969 Viuva José Gomes da Silva & Filhos Colares Reserva Tinto. [now a blanc, 2/22/17]

Really hoping to hit Gomes and try their older wines this summer on a trip to Portugal. Thanks for the notes.
by bradkaplan
January 25th, 2018, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1998 Pera-Manca - the Portuguese answer to Barca Velha?
Replies: 10
Views: 351

1998 Pera-Manca - the Portuguese answer to Barca Velha?

Hoping to visit the winery in June, though it looks like they don't pour Pera Manca for visitors (only the reservas).
by bradkaplan
December 15th, 2017, 5:25 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3427
Views: 186801

The Bourbon Thread

^ Not impressed w Little Book. Found it disjointed and anything but easy.
by bradkaplan
December 14th, 2017, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Serious champagne: 2008 R&L LEGRAS SAINT VINCENT BLANC de BLANC BRUT
Replies: 15
Views: 608

TN: Serious champagne: 2008 R&L LEGRAS SAINT VINCENT BLANC de BLANC BRUT

The following thread is a few years old, but I remember its brief discussion of 1996 Legras: https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=89554 Hmmm, interesting notes, thanks. Don't think I ever saw those. Didn't take notes on the bottle I opened in 2013, but I did score it... a 91 (no...

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