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by Brian Lynch
December 14th, 2017, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two New Jaffurs....(short/boring)
Replies: 27
Views: 582

TN: Two New Jaffurs....(short/boring)

Do folks here prefer drinking the Jaffurs syrahs young or with Bottle age? If with age, what do you think the sweet spot is for the SBC and the single vineyards?
by Brian Lynch
December 10th, 2017, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11283
Views: 416408

What bottle of wine did you open today?

Latour Giruaud 01 Genevieres D’angerville 09 Volnay Fremiet Has these last night at a terrific French inspired BYO in Philly last night. Beautiful scenes outside with 3” of fresh snow framing Christmas lights and wonderful matches of wines with crudo, duck, mik fish dishes and small plates before ha...
by Brian Lynch
November 30th, 2017, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good wine lists in San Diego?
Replies: 21
Views: 1048

Good wine lists in San Diego?

Colin Haggerty wrote:A.R. Valentien (at The Lodge at Torrey Pines) is outstanding. The food, atmosphere and wine list are great. Jeff Jackson (executive chef) and Kelli Crosson (chef de cuisine) are extremely talented.

Cheers!

Colin [cheers.gif]
I agree Colin. Went there twice during my last trip.
by Brian Lynch
November 29th, 2017, 1:36 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Top 3 Beers in 3 Categories Please ...
Replies: 25
Views: 1631

Your Top 3 Beers in 3 Categories Please ...

I have been away from the What Beer Are You Drinking Thread for a while, so I thought I'd try to catch up by throwing this out there for those who want to play. No need to tie folks to three specific categories so you can pick three styles and/or geographic producers of your choosing and list your t...
by Brian Lynch
November 19th, 2017, 5:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Mike Smith wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 392
Views: 30446

What Mike Smith wine are you drinking tonight?

“Discovered” a half full Myriad I opened a week ago and put in a cabinet to stay cool.

More balanced but with equal power to what I recalled tasting a week ago. Dark fruits. Yum. Didn’t last long!
by Brian Lynch
November 15th, 2017, 12:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Reverse sear cooking method
Replies: 14
Views: 1178

Reverse sear cooking method

I really like this for primordial strip, tbone, file and ribeye. Does it work well for any other cut of meat?
by Brian Lynch
November 10th, 2017, 10:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: San Diego help
Replies: 76
Views: 4437

San Diego help

Enjoyed Sushi Ota (full on omikase recommended) and Herb & Wood on last visit. Locals at a wine bar said we should do Herb & Wood over Juniper & Ivy so we did - were very happy.
by Brian Lynch
November 8th, 2017, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 red Burgundies are plain gorgeous
Replies: 78
Views: 5754

2016 red Burgundies are plain gorgeous

[quote="Bob Hughes"]I honestly don't get it either, Pat. Rob sells wine for a living - he's got it right in his signature. Not sure how anyone can be "misled" about his status. He may be the only retail guy I deal with where, when he brings in something totally new to me like Dirler-Cade or Chappaz,...
by Brian Lynch
October 23rd, 2017, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 5 pinot noir wines from California
Replies: 163
Views: 9236

Top 5 pinot noir wines from California

Richard T r i m p i wrote:Loring - He can make them SO RIGHT and then (unapologetically) go so horribly WRONG!


RT
Did someone take over your computer or do you mean this ?

Curious what you like vineyard-wise.
by Brian Lynch
September 21st, 2017, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are the "great" roses you've had?
Replies: 127
Views: 4679

What are the "great" roses you've had?

Price is no object - PYCM and Ott

Almost as good and much less expensive -- Mordoree and Montinedoli
by Brian Lynch
August 10th, 2017, 1:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: NYC - Later-Night Dinner
Replies: 21
Views: 1258

NYC - Later-Night Dinner

Jorge Henriquez wrote:L'Express for 24 hour steak tartare and croque monsieurs plus Belgian beers. Park and 20th.
I saw that recently and wondered if they were connected with the one in Montreal. Any ideas?
by Brian Lynch
August 10th, 2017, 1:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Shake Shack coming to Seattle: what should I expect?
Replies: 41
Views: 2162

Shake Shack coming to Seattle: what should I expect?

You will want to go the first month it is open

After you experience it, not so much
by Brian Lynch
August 2nd, 2017, 10:14 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16508
Views: 431354

What BEER are you drinking?

Had Stickee Monkee on tap this summer. Excellent.

Other beers I have enjoyed this summer that are worth grabbing if you see them:

Sumerian IPA, Stone Pilot series

The Pupil, Societe San Diego

Islands in the Sun, Conshohocken Brewing

Lawson's Sip o' Sunshine

Tropicalia, Creature Comforts
by Brian Lynch
August 1st, 2017, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Becklyn Release
Replies: 44
Views: 4401

2015 Becklyn Release

Is this allocation guaranteed for some period of time?
by Brian Lynch
July 5th, 2017, 5:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any Insights- '2016 Cali Chards-
Replies: 8
Views: 642

Any Insights- '2016 Cali Chards-

Lauren - loads of fruit; GC quality, but California for sure, but the best Cali IMO; same (but second /third place) goes for Sugar Shack and the one with Roman numerals

Ritchie - structure and minerality; more Burgundian; aging pays dividends
by Brian Lynch
July 5th, 2017, 4:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tire Company buys 40% of The Wine Advocate
Replies: 44
Views: 3910

Tire Company buys 40% of The Wine Advocate

Ever eat at a 3 star tire company restaurant?
by Brian Lynch
June 12th, 2017, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ranking 90s California Vintages
Replies: 76
Views: 3872

Ranking 90s California Vintages

Best vintages - the ones with the heaviest graphite component.

Worst vintages - the ones with the heaviest saline component. :-)

Seriously though, I probably find Johngonz's description about as close as the experience I've had in general.
by Brian Lynch
June 2nd, 2017, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Likes St Aubin?
Replies: 58
Views: 6405

Who Likes St Aubin?

Anyone try/have thoughts on the '15 Pierre-Yves Colin Morey Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Perrieres 2015? Although I have not tried the Perrieres yet, I've tasted 3 of the PYCM 2015s and am not super excited about the vintage. The wines are fairly simple, low acid and underwhelming. We blind tasted a flight ...
by Brian Lynch
June 2nd, 2017, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate
Replies: 14
Views: 843

TN: 1994 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

I had the 94 and 97 within a few weeks of each other recently. Really enjoyed both (duh) but found the 94 better. To Howard's point, I think the 78 Sonoma was my favorite of all the CMs but I plan to test many in the future to hopefully find a better vintage !
by Brian Lynch
May 25th, 2017, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Likes St Aubin?
Replies: 58
Views: 6405

Who Likes St Aubin?

Anyone try/have thoughts on the '15 Pierre-Yves Colin Morey Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Perrieres 2015?
by Brian Lynch
May 25th, 2017, 7:43 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16508
Views: 431354

What BEER are you drinking?

Une Annee guava wild ale. 6.5%. Tasty, balanced, and like a great white burg/champ, the flavors really emerged as the beer warmed towards room temp. Recommended!
by Brian Lynch
May 24th, 2017, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Likes St Aubin?
Replies: 58
Views: 6405

Who Likes St Aubin?

+1 on OP!
by Brian Lynch
April 20th, 2017, 7:34 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16508
Views: 431354

What BEER are you drinking?

San Diego beer help needed -

I am visiting from 5/5- 5/12 and will be in North County area. Would love recos on the best beers there these days (especially the smaller local ones that may not make it to the East coast) and places where I might be able to try many of the best in one setting. Thanks!
by Brian Lynch
April 17th, 2017, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1512
Views: 104196

Which Carlisle are you drinking?

'15 SC Zin. Upfront fruit with excellent underlying acidity. Lots of stuffing too. If you have a few, pop one early. Glad I did.
by Brian Lynch
April 11th, 2017, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You know you're a wine geek when...
Replies: 147
Views: 7005

You know you're a wine geek when...

. . . You can identify most wines on tv/movies with a glimpse of the label You race to WB so you can be the first to post that the wine they stole on the Sopranos was Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. And that that part of the script was a total brain fart because they were in NW PA and there...
by Brian Lynch
March 31st, 2017, 6:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Price of 2016 Monte Bello Futures Rises to $115
Replies: 102
Views: 5688

Price of 2016 Monte Bello Futures Rises to $115

Alan, would you recommend popping a '14? Based on your note, I wouldn't mind opening a 375 unless you thought it wasn't in a good place for trying.
by Brian Lynch
March 21st, 2017, 5:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your go-to snack.
Replies: 55
Views: 2606

Your go-to snack.

Hot pockets (in Jim Gaffigan voice)
by Brian Lynch
March 15th, 2017, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monte Bello Futures
Replies: 7
Views: 1529

Monte Bello Futures

Does anyone know if there is a waiting list to join (and if so, how long)? Thanks
by Brian Lynch
March 15th, 2017, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1991 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon 'Montelena Estate'
Replies: 33
Views: 2689

1991 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon 'Montelena Estate'

Had the '94 recently. Bordeaux-like. Pencil shavings and velvety blackberry pi. I gave it 93.14159265359 with a chance for an additional pi.
by Brian Lynch
March 7th, 2017, 4:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where is 2016 shaping up to be a top vintage?
Replies: 45
Views: 4004

Where is 2016 shaping up to be a top vintage?

Justin Wittkopf wrote:I know it seems Napa is often a "four letter word" on this board, but 2016 may be better than 2001, or 2013. Far better than the over-hyped 1997 vintage.
Sounds interesting. What are you basing this on?
by Brian Lynch
March 6th, 2017, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nor Cal 2016 Vintage Thoughts
Replies: 6
Views: 613

Nor Cal 2016 Vintage Thoughts

OK, any thoughts on '16 vintage in California above Paso?
by Brian Lynch
March 6th, 2017, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nor Cal 2016 Vintage Thoughts
Replies: 6
Views: 613

Nor Cal 2016 Vintage Thoughts

Evaluating Monte Bello future offer and wondered what any insiders think of '16. Thanks
by Brian Lynch
February 17th, 2017, 11:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Paris -- 2017 recommendations!
Replies: 50
Views: 4531

Paris -- 2017 recommendations!

Thanks for the recommendations. In terms of 3*** I prefer to do them for lunch. You still get the experience but don't have to pay 300euro for a tasting menu. This trip we have reservations at Arpege and Pre Catelan. Will hit up Jin for Sushi and then probably just fill in with casual bistro fare.....
by Brian Lynch
February 17th, 2017, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1512
Views: 104196

Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:Sometimes in my gig you get home and just grab the first Carlisle you see, uncork it, and pour 4-5 oz in your gullet.
QID
by Brian Lynch
February 1st, 2017, 9:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: 2 Beef Aging questions
Replies: 11
Views: 785

2 Beef Aging questions

Interesting. HAs anyone done a combo of wet age and then dry age or is that too crazy?
by Brian Lynch
January 31st, 2017, 8:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: 2 Beef Aging questions
Replies: 11
Views: 785

2 Beef Aging questions

Makes sense

Thanks all
by Brian Lynch
January 31st, 2017, 9:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: 2 Beef Aging questions
Replies: 11
Views: 785

2 Beef Aging questions

1) I just ordered some 30 day Flannery dry aged strips on BD that should arrive later this week. Once they arrive, is there a recommended period of time to cook them by (or not so much since they have been aged)? 2) Periodically Costco has really good pricing on whole prime strips in vacuum seal pac...
by Brian Lynch
January 19th, 2017, 8:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Is Philly this Country's 3rd best food city?
Replies: 102
Views: 3638

Is Philly this Country's 3rd best food city?

Question:

If four Berserkers from this thread met by chance in person for the first time in NYC and decided to have dinner, how long do you think it would take to decide on the best place to go?
by Brian Lynch
January 18th, 2017, 11:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Is Philly this Country's 3rd best food city?
Replies: 102
Views: 3638

Is Philly this Country's 3rd best food city?

Nolan E wrote:[youtube]3qeY0mIn1K0[/youtube]
This is funny. One of my friend's son worked on that show. I'm sure he gave the "Philly" expertise (no offense taken).
by Brian Lynch
January 17th, 2017, 4:39 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Is Philly this Country's 3rd best food city?
Replies: 102
Views: 3638

Is Philly this Country's 3rd best food city?

I think Chicago is third and that Philly is well above DC and above Boston, but my sample size in Boston is not great so if Kevin Foley thinks differently it is best to go by that. Can't speak to Portland in relative terms Philly's benefit (Byo) reduces the likelihood of two and three star destinati...
by Brian Lynch
January 12th, 2017, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 2017 Spring Release
Replies: 96
Views: 10952

Rivers-Marie 2017 Spring Release

Will, great post. Thanks for input on the Summa (at +5); subject to vintage variance exceptions, is there any rule of thumb on how many years out you find the Summas provide optimal drinking pleasure for you?
by Brian Lynch
January 9th, 2017, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert Chard Evolution
Replies: 12
Views: 1229

Aubert Chard Evolution

I agree Anton, but on day two it was completely smoking right out of the frig. I hadn't returned it to the cellar. Any other experiences are welcome. Thanks
by Brian Lynch
January 9th, 2017, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert Chard Evolution
Replies: 12
Views: 1229

Aubert Chard Evolution

Tasted an '11 Jadot Batard Montrachet GC at a late lunch Friday alongside a '13 Aubert Sugar Shack. After a quick taste comparison, I went with the Batard as more seemless, classy and food friendly. Tasted the Aubert later in the evening and it seemed way too "big" for my palate (even though I have ...
by Brian Lynch
January 4th, 2017, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 5 Chianti Classicos?
Replies: 95
Views: 7232

Top 5 Chianti Classicos?

Really enjoyed '06 and '07 vintages of Rancia last week. I drank the '07 over two days and it was pretty terrific on day 2. Based on past number of bottles and holdings, I'd rate my top 5 faves as

Felsina
Isole
Fontadi
di Ama
Coltibuono
by Brian Lynch
December 22nd, 2016, 9:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rush Creek Reserve!
Replies: 226
Views: 13428

Rush Creek Reserve!

This is killing me - been in Asia for 2 weeks now, and, while I adore the food here, I'm missing cheese big time. A visit to DiBruno's is almost always one of the first stops after we get home from Asia. Black Betty....mmmm.....That was a new one for us this year, and we can't get over how good it ...
by Brian Lynch
December 22nd, 2016, 9:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rush Creek Reserve!
Replies: 226
Views: 13428

Rush Creek Reserve!

M.Kaplan wrote:Yes, Black Betty is all that, too. Just finished a healthy portion and now I'm contemplating which other cheeses to snack on with my old Springbank 12 100 proof. I prefer most cheeses with whisky rather than wine.
Interesting

Please name a few you like and I will try them out.
by Brian Lynch
December 15th, 2016, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2016 Edition--TABULATION COMPLETE, Post #1
Replies: 100
Views: 8866

Post your WOTYs and Discovery(ies) of the Year, 2016 Edition

Sherri Shapiro wrote:
AlexO wrote:2013 MacDonald

#micdropped

Lol
Have to agree. This was an eye opener for me!
Is it worth drinking now? I thought many/most '13s will require patience
by Brian Lynch
December 14th, 2016, 5:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco Prime Boneless Rib Roast and Reverse Sear Questions
Replies: 65
Views: 4185

Costco Prime Boneless Rib Roast and Reverse Sear Questions

Great thread. I bought a roast and will do the dry age treatement which I've never done before, so I had a few questions. Is this the suggested process or is there a better way: 1) rinse and pat dry beef with paper towels 2) triple wrap in cheese cloth 3) put on elevated rack and pop in frig 4) re w...

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