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by Matthew Brown
June 29th, 2020, 6:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Importer of Joh Jos Prum. How to buy on release?
Replies: 37
Views: 2843

Re: Importer of Joh Jos Prum. How to buy on release?

You may want to be proactive and speak with stores about special ordering, especially if you are looking for specific bottlings. Most of the time retailers are offered a list of wines they can pick from once their importers have compiled their orders for their territory. There may be 6-8 weeks to po...
by Matthew Brown
June 12th, 2020, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virginia wineries worth visiting?
Replies: 40
Views: 2251

Re: Virginia wineries worth visiting?

My neck of the woods! I'm local to Charlottesville. Unfortunately, there's not a lot of places to visit that nail the "experience" of the tasting (comfortable, nice views, etc) AND have wine I'd seek out to taste as the region's best. You have places like Pippin Hill that are purpose buil...
by Matthew Brown
June 12th, 2020, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virginia wineries worth visiting?
Replies: 40
Views: 2251

Re: Virginia wineries worth visiting?

The most interest VA wines are being made by Lightwell Survey in Waynesboro. Mentioned them in post #7, made by Early Mountain winemaker Ben Jordan, along with his Midland Construction label from his family vineyards in Ft Defiance. Since what’s in Waynesboro is a remote tasting room, may want to r...
by Matthew Brown
June 11th, 2020, 8:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virginia wineries worth visiting?
Replies: 40
Views: 2251

Re: Virginia wineries worth visiting?

The most interest VA wines are being made by Lightwell Survey in Waynesboro. Mentioned them in post #7, made by Early Mountain winemaker Ben Jordan, along with his Midland Construction label from his family vineyards in Ft Defiance. Since what’s in Waynesboro is a remote tasting room, may want to r...
by Matthew Brown
June 10th, 2020, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virginia wineries worth visiting?
Replies: 40
Views: 2251

Re: Virginia wineries worth visiting?

We'll probably head out to the Linden area in the next few weeks to hit up a couple restaurants. Might see what the winery is up to then as well. Curious what restaurants you are considering ‘in the area’. Other than the Inn at Little Washington, most other places are a good hour drive from there. ...
by Matthew Brown
June 10th, 2020, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virginia wineries worth visiting?
Replies: 40
Views: 2251

Re: Virginia wineries worth visiting?

We'll probably head out to the Linden area in the next few weeks to hit up a couple restaurants. Might see what the winery is up to then as well. Curious what restaurants you are considering ‘in the area’. Other than the Inn at Little Washington, most other places are a good hour drive from there.
by Matthew Brown
June 10th, 2020, 5:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virginia wineries worth visiting?
Replies: 40
Views: 2251

Re: Virginia wineries worth visiting?

Spend more time focusing on ‘where’ than ‘who’ you want to visit. Many of the wineries that will be recommended will be 1+ hour apart, and you may miss out exploring an area. Also don’t spend too much time bagging on prices; frost damage this spring was so bad there are a number of wineries that are...
by Matthew Brown
May 30th, 2020, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery
Replies: 67
Views: 3215

Re: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery

Known Claude since he was first brought to VA by Kluge when she started her sparkling wines. We were among the first retailers to carry TJ, as well as the Janisson Champagnes that he and his wife imported and Claude helped to make. Claude is the exception to the rule because he is Champagne trained,...
by Matthew Brown
May 29th, 2020, 9:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery
Replies: 67
Views: 3215

Re: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery

Like most Virginia wines our here in Charlottesville, the reds are pretty forgettable. Drinkable but not interesting. Their whites, Ok. The sparkling wines are their best but overpriced for what you get. Curious who you would put into the category of ‘their best’ when regarding sparkling wines. For...
by Matthew Brown
May 29th, 2020, 9:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery
Replies: 67
Views: 3215

Re: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery

Kelly Wine from the state of Virginia is another topic that was discussed on another thread on this forum. A number of folks think that these wines in general pale to fine wines made in other regions of the US. Trump and other producers may be challenged from the start by the terroir +1. Trump or o...
by Matthew Brown
May 28th, 2020, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery
Replies: 67
Views: 3215

Re: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery

Winery is about 15 minutes from my house but I haven't had one in a number of years. The Trump brand took over a label that had sunk a ton of money into the project and had a decent sparkling program. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a wine person/somm who would be excited about any of the win...
by Matthew Brown
May 14th, 2020, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin
Replies: 284
Views: 54381

Re: Marcassin

A lot of restaurant allocations go out early, and with them closed the distributors are probably getting permission to put more out the their retail accounts. Many wines that were on fairly strict non-retail programs are going to see more retail presence in the coming months.
by Matthew Brown
March 7th, 2020, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Dave Phinney wines?
Replies: 35
Views: 3832

Re: Thoughts on Dave Phinney wines?

When Prisoner was a selection of quality vineyards (Evangelho was one iirc) and Phinney was in control, it was a very good wine, just as Meiomi was a very solid Pinot when it was a true second label for Belle Glos and their single vineyard projects. Once they become a ‘brand’ and people don’t stop t...
by Matthew Brown
February 21st, 2020, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise / Michael Skurnik
Replies: 71
Views: 13886

Re: Terry Theise / Michael Skurnik

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Speaking of which.....
by Matthew Brown
February 21st, 2020, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise / Michael Skurnik
Replies: 71
Views: 13886

Re: Terry Theise / Michael Skurnik

The fact they've essentially scrubbed the site of everything with his name on it, including past catalogs, makes me worried it wasn't on good terms. It's like he's taking all his intellectual property and leaving, so to speak. Forgotten about Kronheim, I think he was transitioning away from them whe...
by Matthew Brown
February 21st, 2020, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise / Michael Skurnik
Replies: 71
Views: 13886

Re: Terry Theise / Michael Skurnik

At one point it probably was. If you look at their list of import partners, at least one (Brazos) has the autonomy to make distribution deals outside of the Skurnik network if they wish (which they do in Virginia) and my guess is that the others do as well. Terry is the curator and selector of the w...
by Matthew Brown
January 18th, 2020, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: to dump or not to dump?!
Replies: 5
Views: 5133

Re: to dump or not to dump?!

It's more likely to come up with nicer or older bottles, especially when you get to the last few ounces poured. It can sometimes make the wine more bitter or change the texture for that last few sips depending on how coarse the sediment is. If it bugs you, pour those last bits through a fine filter;...
by Matthew Brown
December 10th, 2019, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alice Quixote rides again
Replies: 54
Views: 2415

Re: Alice Quixote rides again

One of my frustrations with this piece is that there is no self reflection on the industry itself and the problems that continue to plague it by some of here biggest allies. if the idea here is to 'capture the purity of site', how does excess VA, brett, mousiness and other faults make this happen? ...
by Matthew Brown
December 9th, 2019, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alice Quixote rides again
Replies: 54
Views: 2415

Re: Alice Quixote rides again

Don't really want to pile on to what is sure to be a train wreck of a thread, but even granting a decent amount of poetic license, opening with "By now pretty much everyone on earth, save for those caught in a Yellow Tail time warp, has heard of “natural” wine." is not even remotely true ...
by Matthew Brown
December 2nd, 2019, 8:11 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Seeking Hardywood Gingerbread Stout
Replies: 12
Views: 774

Re: Seeking Hardywood Gingerbread Stout

There is literally a sea of it available. Palate loads went out to every chain store, more on the way. The Christmas Morning, however, is in tighter supply.
by Matthew Brown
November 28th, 2019, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Love a good screw
Replies: 15
Views: 2083

Re: Love a good screw

I’ve probably learned more about the potential of screwcap wines from Aussie Riesling than anywhere else. A credit to the industry that this was explored as early as it was. Wonderful stuff from the Clare Valley.
by Matthew Brown
November 26th, 2019, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine importing
Replies: 9
Views: 6884

Re: Wine importing

I think you’re asking the wrong question. Most importers I’ve been in contact with (20 years in the industry) have been passionate about wine first, then asked the question ‘how do I get these wines I love to where I want to sell them, and can I make a living at it?’ Your question seems to be ‘is sh...
by Matthew Brown
September 20th, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Puzzled by Pale Ales
Replies: 22
Views: 6190

Re: Puzzled by Pale Ales

Lower abv beers 'tend to be' less durable because of the lower alcohol and lower hop intensity, which act as preservatives. The New England style IPAs have always had the reputation of fading out quickly even if they are stronger because (and Rick can correct me if I'm wrong) the way they use the ho...
by Matthew Brown
August 17th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: OK to store long-term in OWC?
Replies: 37
Views: 3243

Re: OK to store long-term in OWC?

If you are handy with a flat head screwdriver you can pry the top off to check the contents and then tap it back into place. You can usually get it all off in one piece and then tap the staples back into their original holes.
by Matthew Brown
July 28th, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All Natural Wine
Replies: 99
Views: 4016

Re: All Natural Wine

I prefer wines with aged complexity and the risk associated with cellaring natural wines is too high. I'm starting to believe that being the antithesis to this sort of wine is exactly the appeal for a lot of natural wine fans in this new generation. The most famous wines for cellaring in Bordeaux, ...
by Matthew Brown
July 28th, 2019, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Report back on a few days in the Jura and Beaujolais
Replies: 10
Views: 992

Re: Report back on a few days in the Jura and Beaujolais

To answer your questions the next time you come by the store:
Yes
No
No
No
Maybe?
No
No
No, but yes to something similar
Yes, but the price will make you cry.
by Matthew Brown
July 23rd, 2019, 10:14 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Virginia winery suggestions?
Replies: 17
Views: 2853

Re: Virginia winery suggestions?

Agree with the winery insights for the most part, but I would put the King Family Viognier in the oakier, more voluptuous category, at least compared to other from VA. Interesting. The 2013 which I really enjoyed wasn’t that way and probably influenced my memory. Still have one bottle and checked l...
by Matthew Brown
July 22nd, 2019, 9:30 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Virginia winery suggestions?
Replies: 17
Views: 2853

Re: Virginia winery suggestions?

Is Crozet pizza still worth a stop? Loved prior visits but the last was many years ago and I understand they expanded and might have changed ownership to the next generation. Little late for wineries but a few thought on my favorites: King Family - have like Meritage and Viognier. Viognier made in ...
by Matthew Brown
July 22nd, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Virginia winery suggestions?
Replies: 17
Views: 2853

Re: Virginia winery suggestions?

If you are making good time Friday you should still hit Lovingston on your way up. Having made the slog to and from G'boro many times for youth soccer, it's worth getting out there just because the landscape is starting to get mountainous and interesting. The winery is on the family farm and there i...
by Matthew Brown
July 22nd, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Virginia winery suggestions?
Replies: 17
Views: 2853

Re: Virginia winery suggestions?

Be very aware of your drive times; Ankida Ridge is a healthy hour away from Charlottesville (beautiful mountains though, and likely cooler). May want to double check what their tasting room policy is, as they are small and may not be set up for drop in tastings. RdV doesn't do drop-ins either AFAIK ...
by Matthew Brown
July 18th, 2019, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?
Replies: 91
Views: 4005

Re: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?

Cleaning. As someone who makes a bit of wine as well as writing about it, I warmly second this. Though probably the least glamorous situation I ever saw in the wine world was a winery in Burgundy where the winery and neighboring house were plumbed into the same sewerage system, and that system back...
by Matthew Brown
July 10th, 2019, 4:29 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs
Replies: 68
Views: 10155

Re: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs

Don't blame you in the slightest. One of the arguments for drinking them fresher is as much about the appearance/texture as it is about flavor IMHO. The longer they sit the more the detrius can settle out and coagulate. I've had some NEIIPA I like better flavor-wise after 6-8 weeks, as long as they ...
by Matthew Brown
July 3rd, 2019, 5:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favourite Quality in a wine
Replies: 61
Views: 2249

Re: Favourite Quality in a wine

Robert.A.Jr. wrote: July 3rd, 2019, 5:06 am Distinctiveness
Was going to say thought-provoking, then ask for a ruling on the hyphenation.
by Matthew Brown
June 19th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs
Replies: 68
Views: 10155

Re: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs

In Michigan, Old Nation Boss Tweed and M43 and some from HOMES I'm interested if there is anything I can pick up in the OBX, heading there for a week Saturday. On my way back I may make a quick stop at Aslin to bring home if they have anything interesting. Depending on how you're getting to OBX, yo...
by Matthew Brown
June 10th, 2019, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine with grilled octopus?
Replies: 47
Views: 2551

Re: What wine with grilled octopus?

Txakolina almost never fails with octopus. If you prefer lower acidity I like the whites from Campania; Falanghina, Greco and Fiano.
by Matthew Brown
June 10th, 2019, 7:23 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs
Replies: 26
Views: 7951

Re: CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs

May want to list where you're staying, as you may have some choices that are walking distance that will be more 'worth it' than trying to schlep all over just to get to one that might be the 'best'. Driving can be a real headache there.
by Matthew Brown
June 10th, 2019, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: a basement discovery
Replies: 22
Views: 2973

Re: a basement discovery

Doubt there would be be much resale or auction value because of the provenance and low fills. I would plan to taste them for fun, picking maybe 3-4 bottles at a time and opening them together. I'm sure others will chime in, but I have had surprisingly random experiences with the exact same wine stor...
by Matthew Brown
June 2nd, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allocations from retailers
Replies: 19
Views: 2137

Re: Allocations from retailers

these days it seems like every email i get uses the word 'allocated' to describe what is on offer... 'Allocation' usually means that the wholesaler has a set amount that each retailer can buy. My allocation at store A may be 3 cases, another store may have a 6case allocation if they do more busines...
by Matthew Brown
June 1st, 2019, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes
Replies: 52
Views: 2378

Re: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes

JDavisRoby wrote: June 1st, 2019, 8:21 pm Ever been on a golf course and one hole is raining and another is not?
Pffft. Golf is a shepherd game. Wine is for aristocracy. What happens on the land is immaterial
by Matthew Brown
June 1st, 2019, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes
Replies: 52
Views: 2378

Re: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes

So if a lot of this is based on appearance of the grapes doesnt that mean the farming aspect is more important than the terroir ? Alan - terroir (in my book) is a combination of soil and weather. Farming is dictated by both these components. Bringing in good-looking fruit means that the farmer has ...
by Matthew Brown
May 2nd, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Best Area in Paris for Bistros
Replies: 26
Views: 2130

Re: Best Area in Paris for Bistros

Loved what we found around the 6th last year. The neighborhood right below Luxembourg Gardens is more University crowd, a bit more affordable and pub-ish, but lots of choices up and down every street. Even found an excellent draft list of craft beers if that floats you at all. Up by the Pantheon is ...
by Matthew Brown
May 2nd, 2019, 4:54 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Keeping unopened white wine in the fridge
Replies: 14
Views: 4455

Re: Keeping unopened white wine in the fridge

Cool/cold options are almost 100% of the time better options than warm/hot for wine. Repeated temperature changes from taking it in and out of storage can maybe dull a more delicate white wine over a shorter period of time. Also less filtered wines can throw more sediment when stored cold, which doe...
by Matthew Brown
April 30th, 2019, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: We Got Timorasso..
Replies: 27
Views: 1280

Re: We Got Timorasso..

Got some of Gary's sloppy seconds this morning. Fascinating wines (the Cortese and Barbera were no slouches either). Apparently Elisa and Sam are Timorasso BFFs, and it's nice at least for VA that Colombera and Idlewilde have the same distribution. I'm sensing a Timorassa taste-off in Richmond some ...
by Matthew Brown
April 27th, 2019, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Clarendon Hills Syrah Moritz (Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, Clarendon)
Replies: 11
Views: 507

Re: TN: 2002 Clarendon Hills Syrah Moritz (Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, Clarendon)

I've had some Torbreck Shiraz with similar amounts of age to them that I would give similar praise to. Also have an 01 Kay Bros. Amery's Vineyard Hillside Shiraz I'm waiting to pass judgement on soon as it's a wedding year wine. Thinking it's got 2 years left...
by Matthew Brown
April 27th, 2019, 7:22 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Maturing Craft Beer Market
Replies: 43
Views: 2277

Re: The Maturing Craft Beer Market

I've actually been a lot happier, at least in VA, with the quality of lager and English styles in the last few years. Hard for breweries to avoid the urge to put a craft spin on them to appeal to the hoppy or quirky crowd, but the import beer fans have been getting crowded out of the market with inc...
by Matthew Brown
April 26th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Maturing Craft Beer Market
Replies: 43
Views: 2277

Re: The Maturing Craft Beer Market

Some chain grocery stores may give individual locations a certain amount of free reign, often depending on each manager and how hard they push. There are a couple Piggly Wigglys in Myrtle Beach, most of which are pedestrian, but one is loaded with spectacular hard to get stuff. Here in Charlottesvil...
by Matthew Brown
April 25th, 2019, 4:27 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Maturing Craft Beer Market
Replies: 43
Views: 2277

Re: The Maturing Craft Beer Market

Breweries can't make their existence based on the fetish of just one beer. Beer drinkers are incredibly finicky, and the instant a beer goes from rare to common is the moment they stop craving it. The miost important thing a brewery can do is satisfy the market that supports EVERYTHING they do, not ...
by Matthew Brown
April 6th, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acquisition vs Consumption
Replies: 29
Views: 1980

Re: Acquisition vs Consumption

todd waldmann wrote: April 6th, 2019, 7:05 pm
D@vid Bu3ker wrote: April 6th, 2019, 2:20 pm I fully admit that I love buying wine even more than I love drinking it!
^this.

As I am moving all the wine previously stored elsewhere into my new cellar, the depth of my derangement is becoming all too clear.....
Don't worry, brother. Help is on the way to sort it out. We're here for you.
by Matthew Brown
April 3rd, 2019, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 4029

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Ravenswood, and Others

The old vine Zins from Ravenswood still have major relevance, despite the shine that's been taken off since the high volume bottlings took precedence. The rest is just the same mouthful of mouthwash swishing to the other cheek.
by Matthew Brown
March 27th, 2019, 8:02 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 44060

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

At what point is all of this welcomed rain too much of a good thing? Most rain issues early on can be overcome by a warm dry stretch several weeks or so before harvest. Once the vines flower the issue is as much about how MUCH as it is how OFTEN, in order to prevent mold and for the fruit to ripen....

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