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by Brian Lynch
August 31st, 2016, 10:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Menu Recos - Joe Beef & APDC
Replies: 11
Views: 717

Menu Recos - Joe Beef & APDC

Headed back to Joe Beef & Au Pied De Cochon after a three year respite. Had the pasta/lobster (Joe Beef) and guinea hen (APDC) entrees last time. Aside from a FG starter, is there any entrée or wine list recos I should zero in on while there? Many thanks!
by Brian Lynch
August 19th, 2016, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gilman is crazy about Rhys "Hillside" wines
Replies: 204
Views: 20276

Gilman is crazy about Rhys "Hillside" wines

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:I think I am priced out of these bottles.
Yes. I'm going to wait for the grey market price [cheers.gif]
by Brian Lynch
August 15th, 2016, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on the gray market
Replies: 264
Views: 15975

Thoughts on the gray market

Peter Chiu wrote:Freedom of choice and it is wonderful.....

Indeed ...
by Brian Lynch
August 15th, 2016, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Ramey Jericho Canyon and a Lesson Learned... Yet Again!!
Replies: 15
Views: 1181

TN: 2001 Ramey Jericho Canyon and a Lesson Learned... Yet Again!!

Had an '01 Ramey a month ago. Not sure if Jericho or another SV. It was pretty good but not what I expected. Think the OP is onto something. Drink up old Ramey :-)
by Brian Lynch
August 15th, 2016, 9:31 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Philadelphia, PA
Replies: 473
Views: 93691

Philadelphia, PA

Thanks for the intel!
by Brian Lynch
August 11th, 2016, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on the gray market
Replies: 264
Views: 15975

Thoughts on the gray market

I don't really don't "do" much oversees wine. Then why did you comment in this thread in the first place? Robert asked for opinions on the gray market, in which you don't seem to participate, so one would think you didn't have anything to offer. ***Not trying to antagonize you or defend Robert; jus...
by Brian Lynch
August 11th, 2016, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on the gray market
Replies: 264
Views: 15975

Thoughts on the gray market

My common sense rule of thumb: if you were put into a room with the grower whose life is entwined with making said wine, and you can't look them in the eye and say, "I buy and sell your wine" without being reprimanded, you are a dirty bird, and you MUST know this inside.....to then have the unmitig...
by Brian Lynch
August 5th, 2016, 6:02 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Philadelphia, PA
Replies: 473
Views: 93691

Philadelphia, PA

Laurel is a good restaurant, and very good for Philly. Using Per Se as a metaphor for "very top restaurant in the country," so we don't have to discuss its past or present merits or lack thereof , no - Laurel is not on par with Per Se. I ate there once with friends and enjoyed the meal, though I wa...
by Brian Lynch
July 19th, 2016, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum July 2016 Release
Replies: 91
Views: 8969

Saxum July 2016 Release

NED VALOIS wrote:
Andrew Kaufman wrote:
Alan Eden wrote:First wave starts july 19th
I have always been second wave. And I go on the 19th.

I put the "word" in for you !! [snort.gif] neener
That's hilarious.
by Brian Lynch
July 8th, 2016, 5:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Carlisle Zin Saitone
Replies: 12
Views: 674

2014 Carlisle Zin Saitone

Trust in

Mike

Mike's drinking notes
by Brian Lynch
June 29th, 2016, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1647
Views: 114620

Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2010 Sonoma Zin. Really good for a night cap. Left some in a glass accidentally after corking half the bottle. Absolutely stunning with overnight air. This has a pretty big PS component so don't be afraid to give it extended air as it will improve noticeably. Galloni way underrated this gem. The QPR...
by Brian Lynch
June 23rd, 2016, 7:58 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16726
Views: 445258

What BEER are you drinking?

Jolly Pumpkin/Tired Hands Alien Church 1004. Best of 2016 so far.
by Brian Lynch
June 9th, 2016, 6:42 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16726
Views: 445258

What BEER are you drinking?

Anchorage / Mikkeller Invasion IPA

Light and refreshing on the palate. Good balance and flavor profile. Pretty pricey at around $20 for 750ml. Good to try it, but it's not the gotta have beer like I heard it was.
by Brian Lynch
June 6th, 2016, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Bordeaux releases
Replies: 273
Views: 20326

2015 Bordeaux releases

Has Parker yet to review a BDX vintage in bottle that he has not reviewed EP?
by Brian Lynch
May 26th, 2016, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 45 Day Wine Fast
Replies: 18
Views: 1202

45 Day Wine Fast

I may take up the suggestions of Dennis and Chuck in July. I've given up on trying to figure out computer theory so I won't drink what Jay's friend drank - thankfully :-). Bob and Bud, I think the Phils are playing with house money so I am not going to go the route of Philly fans like De Niro in Sil...
by Brian Lynch
May 25th, 2016, 6:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 45 Day Wine Fast
Replies: 18
Views: 1202

45 Day Wine Fast

I recently had a one week wine sabbatical. When I returned to drinking wine, nothing tasted right for nearly a week. In retrospect, instead of going back to my big fruit favorites, I should have revisited the European wines with their lower ABV and more subtle flavors . I'll put that on my bucket l...
by Brian Lynch
May 23rd, 2016, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 45 Day Wine Fast
Replies: 18
Views: 1202

45 Day Wine Fast

I started this on May 19 and my goal is to go wine-free until July 2. Nothing off the charts health-wise causing, this but I know I can and should be healthier, so I am giving this my best shot. I also plan to be virtually alcohol free in this period. I have some work/social events in that time fram...
by Brian Lynch
May 14th, 2016, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux
Replies: 4
Views: 334

TN: 2001 Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux

I had the '99 three weeks ago. Pretty good on opening. Got better as the night went on but not outstanding. Forgot about the last three ounces in the bottle and went to bed. Discovered it the next day -- quite outstanding. These really show well with extended air. If you have a '99 check in every ho...
by Brian Lynch
May 4th, 2016, 10:58 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Philadelphia, PA
Replies: 473
Views: 93691

Philadelphia, PA

I second Kevin's thoughts on Blackfish ^^^ Also was quite pleased last night that Laurel is still living up to its press clippings two year's removed from the Chef's Bravo Top Chef award. There were many notable dishes last night, but the Wagyu add-on course was the best I've ever had. Why travel to...
by Brian Lynch
May 3rd, 2016, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Blind 2007 California Pinot Tasting (Littorai, Rhys, Copain, Kutch, Rivers-Marie and Ringers)
Replies: 10
Views: 1361

TN: Blind 2007 California Pinot Tasting (Littorai, Rhys, Copain, Kutch, Rivers-Marie and Ringers)

Good stuff. Made even better by the fact that the only wine I own from the lineup was WOTN :-)
by Brian Lynch
April 28th, 2016, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BYOB coming to Boston!
Replies: 7
Views: 606

BYOB coming to Boston!

Gotta love progressive cities. They think of everything!
by Brian Lynch
April 18th, 2016, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Checking in on some California Cabs at Blackfish
Replies: 3
Views: 790

Checking in on some California Cabs at Blackfish

FWIW, I had the wines rated from most favorite on were as follows: 1991 Ridge Monte Bello. Agree with Bob on this one. Really beautiful. The deepest and most powerful of all wines, yet it had excellent balance. Many years of life ahead of it. 97 points. 1987 Montelena. Close to the '91 MB, but witho...
by Brian Lynch
March 9th, 2016, 9:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 255
Views: 16281

Coffee maker recommendations?

Technivorm Moccamaster I like this as well. OT: the old coffee I used to like is not good with the high brewing temp of the Moccamaster. If you or other fans have a favorite bean or style that works well with this, I'd like your input. Still searching for an optimal bean match for the system. Thanks
by Brian Lynch
March 9th, 2016, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1647
Views: 114620

Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2008 Yorkville Highlands PS is just delicious. I have 3 bottles so I figured why not, so enjoyable already. Deep purple color (think Made in Japan if you are a fan) and expressive dark fruit nose with faint whiffs of leather and/or commercial garage. Palate dominated by powdery tannins and delivers...
by Brian Lynch
March 3rd, 2016, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 Tuscan Sangiovese (Ucceliera, Felsina Rancia, Flaccianello), etc.
Replies: 13
Views: 961

2004 Tuscan Sangiovese (Ucceliera, Felsina Rancia, Flaccianello), etc.

My kinda week you're having here! I opened the Flaccianello 2004 for the college football championship. Gave it an hour of air. Was powerful and clearly way too young, but it was less impresive as the night went on. Clampdown. A friend who joined us mid-game didn't care for it, which was pretty surp...
by Brian Lynch
March 3rd, 2016, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lynch Bages vertical (83, 85, 86, 88, 89, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97)
Replies: 13
Views: 1007

Lynch Bages vertical (83, 85, 86, 88, 89, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97)

Great notes.

I was a little surprised you found the 95, 96 and 97 comparable. I have found the 96 best, 95 very good and the 97 ok but a little thin in past tastings. Will have to pop a 97 to see if it has evolved since my last tasting. Cheers
by Brian Lynch
February 22nd, 2016, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1647
Views: 114620

Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Side by side 09s

Carlisle Vineyard. Beautiful, classy, great balance

Monte Rosso. Stunning. Already a top 5 wine of the year so far for me and the most impressive I've tasted alongside of many Montafis over 10 plus years on the mailing list. Unreal.
by Brian Lynch
February 11th, 2016, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Lucia Syrah Susan's Hill SLH aka The Dark Monster
Replies: 15
Views: 575

TN: 2013 Lucia Syrah Susan's Hill SLH aka The Dark Monster

I am a big fan of this wine. So much so that I overbought and still have a lot of 05, 06 and 07 left. It's a high class problem. Fwiw, these wines have the greatest wow factor for me 3-4 years out. Still great and more refined with more age, but like them younger. What do the folks here think on thi...
by Brian Lynch
January 28th, 2016, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 California Zin Off: Turley vs. Carlisle
Replies: 17
Views: 1363

2011 California Zin Off: Turley vs. Carlisle

Agree with Mike

Montafi is my favorite zin period
by Brian Lynch
January 19th, 2016, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle release this Tuesday
Replies: 77
Views: 6273

Carlisle release this Tuesday

I had an '08 Papa's Block last night to get ready for the offer. Absolutley outsanding and in a great spot. Picked up tasty olive notes on the initial pour, which gave way to a deliciously seamless and lush mouthfeel, black fruits and tar. Suffice it to say, I did many small pours.
by Brian Lynch
January 19th, 2016, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cos d'Estournal vertical
Replies: 13
Views: 834

Cos d'Estournal vertical

Excellent recap. I recently had one of the vintages you didn't cover, 2001, and it was pretty stunning if that helps provide another reference point.
by Brian Lynch
January 14th, 2016, 7:44 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Pliny vs Squatters Hop Risin?
Replies: 28
Views: 1679

Pliny vs Squatters Hop Risin?

c fu wrote:
Scott G r u n e r wrote:I don't find Stone Enjoy By similar to Pliny at all, but maybe that's just me. Granted has been a year or so since I have had either.
nothing alike. Stone goes for dank juice, Pliny goes for crisp bitter.
I agree with the thoughts above. IMO Pliny is top of the List; EB, meh
by Brian Lynch
December 11th, 2015, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Becklyn hits tomorrow (8/4)
Replies: 183
Views: 8874

Becklyn hits tomorrow (8/4)

Popped an NV last night. Young obviously but delicious right now as well. I wasn't turned off by what Alan mentioned although it does have serious stuffing that will pay dividends with patience. There is a lot of wine there for the money.
by Brian Lynch
October 28th, 2015, 6:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So what wine are you opening for the World Series?`
Replies: 32
Views: 988

So what wine are you opening for the World Series?`

Jay is 0-2 this year for eating pre-game cuisine designed to eat "his" opponents' hearts out. :-)
by Brian Lynch
October 7th, 2015, 6:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: This and that in Paris
Replies: 39
Views: 1875

This and that in Paris

We've eaten at the Sola downstairs Japanese room. Very precise and clean presentations. The room is unique, as it has the feel of a cross between an upscale wine cellar cave and a traditional Japanese restaurant. Hard to explain beyond that, but intriguing and it's worth a try and it's certainly a 1...
by Brian Lynch
October 4th, 2015, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Chablis "La Forest" - Vincent Dauvissat
Replies: 8
Views: 770

2005 Chablis "La Forest" - Vincent Dauvissat

Had a 10 last month. Much better after90 minutes. Didn't last much longer. Based on that the '05 is probably in a very sweet spot
by Brian Lynch
October 3rd, 2015, 5:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Is Live
Replies: 106
Views: 5553

Cayuse Is Live

Two questions

Is the release party an event that is not to be missed? Have been on the list about 8 years but it is a long trip so I wanted some input for next year

If you get a wish list granted does that mean you get the wine on a regular basis in later years?
by Brian Lynch
October 3rd, 2015, 5:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Chambolle-Musigny
Replies: 6
Views: 619

TN: 2010 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Chambolle-Musigny

Just had a 13 in Paris last month. Pop it- you will be very happy!
by Brian Lynch
October 2nd, 2015, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Parker Diabetes? Monica Larner said: no!
Replies: 105
Views: 8813

Parker Diabetes?

I believe Jurgen's post was well intentioned but that a number of other posts approached or crossed the line. That happens here.
by Brian Lynch
October 2nd, 2015, 6:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: This and that in Paris
Replies: 39
Views: 1875

This and that in Paris

L'Ami Jean really is a treat. Is there any place in the US that stacks deuces and fours side by side along the length of the entire wall and people still line up to get in? Getting in and out of the bathroom is equally delicate, but you have to smile when you see the full wall mosaic featuring among...
by Brian Lynch
September 29th, 2015, 7:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: This and that in Paris
Replies: 39
Views: 1875

This and that in Paris

Keep them coming! We stayed near Semilla recently and really enjoyed it as our neighborhood destination. Love the shiitake mushroom side plate and I made it at home recently from a recipe published in Patricia Wells' book. We spoke with Juan Sanchez at the end of our meal and really enjoyed his comp...
by Brian Lynch
August 20th, 2015, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' Wine Bulletin Board
Replies: 259
Views: 19127

Mark Squires' Wine Bulletin Board

Who was it that repeatedly complained that he woud be losing his valuable intellectual property rights (i.e., his tasting notes) when he would no longer have access to the board if he didn't renew his subscription?
by Brian Lynch
August 19th, 2015, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Becklyn hits tomorrow (8/4)
Replies: 183
Views: 8874

Becklyn hits tomorrow (8/4)

First time buyer in this wave. If these are as good as the Myriad '12s, I will be a very happy guy.
by Brian Lynch
July 28th, 2015, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite Cali Wineries... that are gone now?
Replies: 175
Views: 6973

Your favorite Cali Wineries... that are gone now?

Patrick L a m b e r t wrote:Steltzner
Anyone know what happened there?

Great location
by Brian Lynch
July 28th, 2015, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite Cali Wineries... that are gone now?
Replies: 175
Views: 6973

Your favorite Cali Wineries... that are gone now?

ATaylor wrote:S. Anderson

The sparklers were some of the best around and the Richard Chambers Vineyard Cabs were really nice bottles.
+1.

Not many (if any) pull off that combo well.
by Brian Lynch
June 9th, 2015, 8:18 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Anything else like Yuengling?
Replies: 34
Views: 3188

Anything else like Yuengling?

Rick Allen wrote:A little brewing history:


I thought Yuengling was a small step up from most standard American lagers, but still not in the same class as the true craft lagers.
I agree
by Brian Lynch
May 4th, 2015, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1647
Views: 114620

Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Popped a '12 Gruner (unbelievable white), '06 Pietro Zin (fabulous and really holding up well with age) and '07 Pelkan syrah (in a great drinking state right now) last night.

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