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Last night - sherry cask aged rice shochu. Truly delightful and better than any whiskey I’ve had in ages. Rich with lovely oloroso oily notes and a hint of PX sweetness. Great complement to the Sichuan/Hunan dinner we had.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Saturday, 3 March 2018 22:10 (two years ago) link

tap water, cold

bathed and ready for a snack (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 3 March 2018 22:11 (two years ago) link

Everything...
xpost in the shochu you could actually taste the PX and oxidation from the cask? That's awesome.

Yerac, Saturday, 3 March 2018 22:26 (two years ago) link

Just a hint, but definitely there.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Saturday, 3 March 2018 22:29 (two years ago) link

Last night we had chilean Riesling from the Casablanca region. Tonight will be chilean Semillon. Both are grapes that chile is only really starting to experiment with but they don't get really get that much production here and I feel like sometimes I am the only one buying them by the case. Both are extremely versatile, crisp and unlike some other chilean white varietals, not as herbaceous or overworked. Since it's summer here, I drink them like water.

Yerac, Saturday, 3 March 2018 22:34 (two years ago) link

Recently finished a half-bottle of my go-to better-than-everyday Sonoma pinot noir appellation (I think their interior rather than better coastal AVA), which I hadn't had in a long time. More everyday Oregon stuff will probably be next, though most of what I open for myself is white (pinot gris predominates) and often more local, better-suited to what I'm typically cooking. Don't drink much beer, but went out of my way for some mispaired Deschutes Fresh Squeezed last week, and pulled an FBS out the week before. There's a cask place in the neighborhood I may get back to before summer comes.

Elsewhere, I drink many more cocktails than I used to, near-exclusively whiskey- or agave-based, though they've driven an increasing interest in aperitifs, digestifs, and liqueurs. Amaro recommendations welcomed.

Moo Vaughn, Saturday, 3 March 2018 23:10 (two years ago) link

this stuff. it's pickled carrot juice with bulghur. it's not alcoholic, but it's very, very salty.

http://www.doganaygida.com.tr/

ziggy the ginhead (rushomancy), Saturday, 3 March 2018 23:25 (two years ago) link

For amaro, my at home go to is Cynar. Although most places I go to I typically just get Nonino

Yerac, Saturday, 3 March 2018 23:29 (two years ago) link

Ohh, two things of note: our houseguests visiting from Tuscon last week brought a bottle of Del Bac, Tuscon AZ mesquite smoked whiskey for us (haven't tried yet). And I also recently got a bottle of 1978 D'Oliveiras Madeira, Boal that I am going to taste on my 40th birthday this year and for every birthday after.

Yerac, Saturday, 3 March 2018 23:36 (two years ago) link

I've been drinking the Cigar City Jai Alai that's just made its way to Chicago, but also this nice bottle of Old Forester's Prohibition 1920 bourbon. Like too many shelf bourbons these days, there's no age statement, but this one boasts a complexity that puts it above the usual go-go and almost justifies the price.

My daughter (!) bought me that book Cork Dork, which made me want to drink wine, but my wine pallet is just not refined enough to appreciate good wine (which is sort of what the book is about).

I have a bottle of Cynar but don't use it for much. My wife *haters* amoros, and I've gotten pretty lazy with cocktails. Do I have to keep it cool, like vermouth, or does it keep pretty well at room temperature?

Oh, another thing I just got into is sotol, which is like a cousin to tequila that's made from a variant of agave called "desert spoon." It's made mostly in Chihuahua and until very recently was pretty hard to find in the US. Tastes more like tequila than not, perhaps a tad more viscous, but it's definitely vegetal and, like tequila and wine, terroir matters a lot and there is a lot of variation in flavor. Complex enough that I'm not sure it would be good to mix with, at least not as good as tequila or even mezcal.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 4 March 2018 00:02 (two years ago) link

Just drink the cynar! I usually have it before bed when I don't want to open another bottle of wine. If you add some soda water and ice, your wife might be into it as a hydrating digestif. You don't need to refrigerate it unless you plan to have it open for months and months sitting next to a heater. And even then I don't know if you would be able to taste any off notes. But it doesn't have the alcohol% or sugar to keep it ok forever.

Yerac, Sunday, 4 March 2018 00:37 (two years ago) link

Mango Habanero Rita with dinner

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/vnvegdqyro39t51/20180303_190021.jpg?dl=0

Moodles, Sunday, 4 March 2018 01:03 (two years ago) link

tapwater from a volvic bottle

(i am back off coffee for a bit)

mark s, Sunday, 4 March 2018 11:54 (two years ago) link

Strongbow, ginger beer snowballs, jaegerbombs, rum and coke, rum and rum, brandy, rum, vodka and red bull, some other stuff

Under the influence of the Ranters (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 4 March 2018 11:58 (two years ago) link

what vintage red bull

imago, Sunday, 4 March 2018 12:00 (two years ago) link

Oh, another thing I just got into is sotol

I didn't even know that it existed until spending a couple of weeks in Northern Mexico last year, and hitting a couple of sotolerias in Chihuahua itself for tasting flights.

I think you're right in characterising it as somewhere between tequila and mezcal, and closer to tequila. And, much like mezcal, not a good mixer because the terroir affects it far more than it does for tequila - challop: tequila has by far the least variation in taste of the three agave spirits (at least once you get beyond the Sauzas etc) and the element of 'good' comes from the quality and style of aging; with sotol and especially mezcal the difference between, say, vegetal and mineral types makes them virtually different drinks. (Source: a reckless night in a hipster mezcaleria in San Cristobal de Las Cases.)

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Sunday, 4 March 2018 12:12 (two years ago) link

been drinking a lot of tea and yaupon recently having cut out 90% of my coffee consumption.

sibilla is my fav. amaro right now.

call all destroyer, Sunday, 4 March 2018 15:03 (two years ago) link

How has cutting out coffee worked out for you? I usually need about 2 1/2 a day, and definitely in the morning. I feel like my intake is increasing.

Re: sotol, there are actually a bunch of mysterious agave drinks:

http://mezcalphd.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Mezcal-Hierarchy-Picture-v6.png

Bacanora? Raicilla? I don't know these. More here: http://mezcalphd.com/2013/10/mezcal-tequila-sotol-bacanora-raicilla-pulque-and-more/

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 4 March 2018 15:16 (two years ago) link

Interesting stuff. Not been to those states so they have eluded me. Unfortunately I didn't read this before some friends were in Jalisco or else I would have got them to bring back some raicilla.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Sunday, 4 March 2018 16:24 (two years ago) link

My favorite mezcal is Del Maguey but I am a sucker for interesting bottles. The only mixed agave based drinks I like are ones that are smokey, spicy or have egg whites in them.

I gave up coffee, caffeine and alcohol for a year once. My skin looked amazing and I was sleeping so well at night.

Yerac, Sunday, 4 March 2018 16:46 (two years ago) link

re giving up coffee: i only gave up yesterday! today i am mildly headachey and will be for a few days i imagine

when i've done it before i sleep really well and feel much less sluggish (on the downside i don't get to drink lovely coffee which i love)

mark s, Sunday, 4 March 2018 16:56 (two years ago) link

same old. one cup of coffee with breakfast. lots of water all day. one glass of wine with supper. some more water after supper. occasional cup of tea.

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 4 March 2018 18:35 (two years ago) link

Two cups of coffee with/for breakfast, lots of water throughout the day (had a kidney stone years ago), beer/glass of wine or two between 5 and 8, sometimes a small glass of bourbon later, or more often Sleepytime herbal tea. Have started running regularly relatively recently, and that seems to have had more of an effect on sleep habits and general wakefulness than anything else ever has.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 4 March 2018 19:04 (two years ago) link

I had a little glass of this at lunch. It was delicious.

https://www.ratebeer.com/beer/center-of-the-universe-shut-up-barrel-aged-doppelbock/576697/

El Tomboto, Sunday, 4 March 2018 19:32 (two years ago) link

Sounds about as appetizing as a Stella.

Had a Sorachi Ace last night, which was nice enough but not really the sour pairing I was looking for. After another in what seems to be at least a personal trend towards coffee-flavored cocktails, which are a little weird, but feel called for when you've skipped your espresso.

Moo Vaughn, Sunday, 4 March 2018 19:50 (two years ago) link

I hate peppers in beer, and I hate beer in cocktails. I do, however, like peppers in cocktails.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 4 March 2018 19:52 (two years ago) link

Waikiki Brewing makes a jalapeno beer. It's always fine for me for two sips and then I am done. I lean towards darker or cream ales, porter/stouts, cask conditioned beers. I would try that doppelbock.

Yerac, Sunday, 4 March 2018 20:57 (two years ago) link

xpost I am a bit obsessed with sleepytime teas. I really like the one Clipper makes that has the citrus notes.

Yerac, Sunday, 4 March 2018 20:59 (two years ago) link

i cut back on coffee because it was fucking with my stomach/digestion. i don’t really notice a difference beyond feeling better in that department. caffeine has never had much of an impact on me.

call all destroyer, Sunday, 4 March 2018 21:27 (two years ago) link

From the Wine I Don't Pay For Dept., a 2001 Cote Rotie

Moo Vaughn, Monday, 5 March 2018 02:49 (two years ago) link

I’m in Kanazawa drinking local sake made from the lauded rice here in Ishikawa prefecture.

droit au butt (Euler), Monday, 5 March 2018 13:39 (two years ago) link

I've had a chai latte AND a matcha latte today

imago, Monday, 5 March 2018 13:41 (two years ago) link

overlooking Hammersmith roundabout

imago, Monday, 5 March 2018 13:42 (two years ago) link

What was the Cote Rotie (if you remember)?

Yerac, Monday, 5 March 2018 13:47 (two years ago) link

Don't know

Moo Vaughn, Monday, 5 March 2018 13:55 (two years ago) link

Chilean old vine carignan (chilled) tonight.

Yerac, Friday, 16 March 2018 19:03 (two years ago) link

we are drinking negronis, good local gin plus campari plus carpano antica = mmmmmm

sleeve, Friday, 16 March 2018 19:05 (two years ago) link

Chilean old vine carignan (chilled) tonight.

― Yerac, Saturday, 17 March 2018 6:03 AM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Snap except it was blended with Cabernet Franc and it was two nights ago.

Last night was びびび Honjozo Sake. To which I have to say I am somewhat ambivalent and I wish I hadn’t bought a whole sho based on the label. I have a sake tasting class on Sunday which I’m pretty excited about.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 16 March 2018 20:29 (two years ago) link

I did a session with a sake samurai (master) once trying to get prepared for a test. I am actually not too into sake as a preference for drinking; I like the unfiltered nigori well enough. I probably had way too much terrible, old sake earlier in life.

Yerac, Friday, 16 March 2018 20:40 (two years ago) link

Take a pic of what you taste on Sunday if you remember.

Yerac, Friday, 16 March 2018 20:41 (two years ago) link

We drink a lot of sake at home. Partly because my wife is allergic to sulphites so we don’t often drink wine.

Last weekend we had a truly fantastic Dewazakura Junmai Ginjo from Yamagata. We spent some time in Yamagata in January and it’s the first time I got a sense of regionalist in sake. There’s a signature note in a lot of Yamagata sake, a somewhat citrusy mildly acidic note that is very pleasant.

http://i68.tinypic.com/2r3cuxk.jpg

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 16 March 2018 20:55 (two years ago) link

If I lived in Japan, I would be drinking sake all the time. I do believe a lot that the wine of an area (like food) has it's best showing when consumed in the area. That looks good. I usually like very high acid wines.

Yerac, Friday, 16 March 2018 21:01 (two years ago) link

Lots of wines (including sakes) don’t make it out of the region, because the locals drink it all. I brought home a bottle of sake from Kanazawa and looking online I could get it here but yeesh I’d have to pay

droit au butt (Euler), Friday, 16 March 2018 21:16 (two years ago) link

Yep, when I travel I try to only drink the local, village wines. And if I bring anything back I look it up first to make sure it isn't exported and I can't just get it near the same price range.

Yerac, Friday, 16 March 2018 21:21 (two years ago) link

You’re quite right it’s somewhat bizarre to be drinking a bunch of Sake that come a long way vs wine from world class winemakers from vineyards I can cycle to (Try some Mac Forbes Pinot Noir if you ever get the chance).

The sake scene in Australia here is reallyboomerang my with a number of new importers springing up dealin with smaller kura and bringing some really interesting stuff, but definitely at a price. Not a lot of focus on tohoku though, tends to be more southern kura. I’ve idly toyed with the idea of setting up a side-hustle importing sake with a couple of mates in the liquor industry, focussing on Tohoku and particularly Yamagata; mainly as an excuse to ramble around Tohoku meeting various Toji-san.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 16 March 2018 23:11 (two years ago) link

i've got this pfriem belgian style blonde. it's pretty good.

ziggy the ginhead (rushomancy), Friday, 16 March 2018 23:47 (two years ago) link

Pfriem rules, they've been doing great work

sleeve, Friday, 16 March 2018 23:49 (two years ago) link

currently: Stillwater "Strobe Lights" hazy DDH IPA

earlier today:

Omnipollo Beglo "post-skate" IPA

RAR Pencil Fight

Ocelot Jezmund

it's been a good day

El Tomboto, Sunday, 18 March 2018 03:58 (two years ago) link

On the train home from my sake class. Will have to sort through my notes but the stand outs were

Daruma Kosho 3 years old
Yamamoto Namazake
Nagaragawa Futsu-shu

Also a sparkling usunigori that wasn’t horrible as I’ve come to excellent etc from both cloudy and sparkly sakes.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 18 March 2018 05:51 (two years ago) link

Last night we opened a bottle of a Lustau dry oloroso which worked surprisingly well with a standard-but-delicious home-made beef chilli. (I like my oloroso cold, which seems to raise eyebrows with britisher sherry drinkers but that’s how I like it best.)

Tim, Sunday, 18 March 2018 07:50 (two years ago) link

oh ok good.

Yerac, Friday, 16 August 2019 16:33 (seven months ago) link

it didn't embed for me but i can see it in a new tab--jealous!!

call all destroyer, Friday, 16 August 2019 16:39 (seven months ago) link

oh i have images turned off so have to click all pictures as a link anyway

bookmarkflaglink (jim in vancouver), Friday, 16 August 2019 16:42 (seven months ago) link

Oh, I just found this on the front page of Eater. It does a good job of summarizing what we were talking about re: natural wine. Oddly enough, the first time I had a glass of orange wine was at Dell'anima..

https://www.eater.com/2019/8/16/20806841/what-is-natural-wine-organic-how-to-order

Yerac, Friday, 16 August 2019 19:32 (seven months ago) link

Yerac, I recognized the Patrick Piuze Chablis right away when your photo popped up.

I would totally host a weird ilxor wine tasting in nyc.

Weird ilxors or weird wines? ;)

I have had two of the wines in the photo at the top of the Eater article within the last month, so they have me pegged. I highly recommend the Swick Marsanne: just delightful.

Mazzy Tsar (PBKR), Friday, 16 August 2019 20:39 (seven months ago) link

I had a bottle of that Debut Sake last night and had forgotten just how good it was. Relatively high acid (for a sake) which makes it really light and lively at first with great citric notes but it still has the richness of a muroka nama genshu. Truly exceptional.

Muroka - not charcoal filtered
Nama - un pasteurised
Genshu - undiluted

Next weekend I am planning a trip to Kamikawa Taisetsu Shuzo, a brewery that opened in the last 5 years which is a rare thing.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 16 August 2019 21:12 (seven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Not quite made it to Kamikawa Taisetsu yet, Sunday for that along with Kunimare Shuzo. I’m hitting Niseko Shuzou tomorrow and did Kita no Nishiki last weekend. I will have done more than half the breweries on Hokkaido by the time I am done.

Most Bachanalian of all though was the sale festival last Sunday. Whilst in Australia at a Sake tasting it is all small pour, spit buckets and very decorous. This was all about cups on lanyards, ice sculptures, mountains of food and very well dressed people passing out on couches.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 6 September 2019 12:19 (six months ago) link

cup on a lanyard?!?

Yerac, Friday, 6 September 2019 12:29 (six months ago) link

I’ll have to take a photo, it was a little extra for the lanyard but it turned out to be useful in the eating and drinking melee, it would be a terrible thing to loose one’s ochocko.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 6 September 2019 12:32 (six months ago) link

Cheap IPAs and pale Ales. Closest off licence is LIDL supermarket.
Got into IPA a couple of months ago when i discovered it was one of the draught choices at a local venue/artspace. I think their one is a local firm whereas Lidl isn't.
Enjoy it though.

Stevolende, Friday, 6 September 2019 12:46 (six months ago) link

impulse bought a ancho chile liqueur just now. will try it neat, but it seems to have a lot of mixing potential (tequila, mezcal, rye/bourbon)

one charm and one antiup quark (outdoor_miner), Friday, 6 September 2019 19:20 (six months ago) link

Spicy liquers makes me think of egg white and lapscang tea combos.

Yerac, Friday, 6 September 2019 19:35 (six months ago) link

interesting. what is the purpose of the white, something to do with aesthetics or texture?

one charm and one antiup quark (outdoor_miner), Friday, 6 September 2019 19:37 (six months ago) link

it gives it that foamy head (must blend). I am pretty sure I have had a drink like that with a jalapeno tequila.

Yerac, Friday, 6 September 2019 19:39 (six months ago) link

yeah it adds a sort of foamy creamy-like texture to the drink.
or if you're vegan or not into eggs, you could use aquafava! garbanzo juice does the same job, as i learned at the house of an ilxor!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 6 September 2019 19:40 (six months ago) link

oops xp

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 6 September 2019 19:40 (six months ago) link

oh, that's a great suggestion, too xp

one charm and one antiup quark (outdoor_miner), Friday, 6 September 2019 19:46 (six months ago) link

hmmm, I was looking up the place (Mayamezcal) where I had this drink but it was a very very long time ago so of course it's no longer on the menu. It looks like there are a lot of egg white and mezcal cocktails out there.

Yerac, Friday, 6 September 2019 19:47 (six months ago) link

i made one with watermelon juice, mezcal, lime, garbanzo juice (or egg white)
it was pretty simple and good! i love mezcal

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 6 September 2019 19:49 (six months ago) link

a little cayenne on the top
mmmmm

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 6 September 2019 19:50 (six months ago) link

going to third the recommendation for mezcal/tequila with ancho chile!

untuned mass damper (mh), Friday, 6 September 2019 20:37 (six months ago) link

will do! am not very familiar w/mezcal. think i've had it once or twice a long time ago, but have been meaning to re-partake in some for awhile now.

made watermelon margaritas a few times a couple months ago, now i'm wondering why i didn't think to put any habanero in there. doy

one charm and one antiup quark (outdoor_miner), Friday, 6 September 2019 21:39 (six months ago) link

hmmm. interesting.

Yerac, Saturday, 7 September 2019 16:03 (six months ago) link

Ok, I have decided I like it.

btw I finally got some WSET diploma results back and I passed the business unit exam and the tasting portion of the huge wine unit but didn't pass the theory. I think the global pass rate was around 35%. I know I was underprepared and had underestimated it too much but at least I don't have to retake the tasting portion again. In case anyone is interested here were the wines that were the blind tasting exam. It was four flights (3 wines per flight) over 2 hours. First flight was same grape, second same country or region, third quality assessment, fourth was whatever they wanted.

https://www.weinakademie.at/pdf/Unit3key.pdf

Yerac, Saturday, 7 September 2019 20:02 (six months ago) link

feel like the ABV on most of those is really high! i would have expected more of them coming in at 12-12.5

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 7 September 2019 21:13 (six months ago) link

How does the palate even recover after that monster from the Barossa in the first flight?

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Saturday, 7 September 2019 21:20 (six months ago) link

Tracer, I was even surprised when I saw the alcohol because I started second guessing myself when all the alcohol seemed medium+ to high over and over. But bottle labeling, depending on the country, can have a small error tolerance of +/- 1.5 percent alcohol sometimes. And places like Argentina, California and Australia, any hotter climate or a hot vintage will always have higher alcohol.

Ed, I know people were mad about the amount of red wines, especially at 10am in the morning, and that they put that Mosel (because it was semi sweet) right before the gruner veltliner.

Yerac, Saturday, 7 September 2019 21:27 (six months ago) link

That first flight I kind of screwed up. Like, I got the countries right but for some reason I got it into my head early on that it was cabernet sauvignon even though I knew it didn't have enough tannin and I was tricking myself into thinking the wine was redder than it was. But I think the rest of my tasting notes were good enough that it didn't matter. I had wanted to change it to syrah but ran out of time and I had written in pen. After that I switched to pencil.

Yerac, Saturday, 7 September 2019 21:49 (six months ago) link

Contrats Yerac! How was that syrah? We are Thanksgiving-ing not far from that producer...

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Sunday, 8 September 2019 00:25 (six months ago) link

Thx! (although I am only halfway done and am dreading trying to finish). You should to that producer and tell me what you think. I didn't know that them at all but I knew it was from the USA based upon the tasting notes (so it was definitely more fruit finesse, bold). All the wines I think I had as good or very good, with maybe two outstandings. The wines are chosen and sent out from London so they can control the availability and variation and they have the local schools and master of wine program people doing day of tasting notes to grade against.

Yerac, Sunday, 8 September 2019 01:26 (six months ago) link

Everything about that Barossa Shiraz screams ‘do not drink me’, I’m sure it was much better than i’m Imagining.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 8 September 2019 01:31 (six months ago) link

It seems to be heavily reviewed (favorably) and in the $50USD price range.

Yerac, Sunday, 8 September 2019 01:39 (six months ago) link

Oh, I am remembering this now. I thought it was a high alcohol bordeaux at first. It was good.

Yerac, Sunday, 8 September 2019 01:41 (six months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Spent a very enjoyable afternoon in Venice a couple weeks ago at the end of vacation. We walked eight miles all over San Marco, San Polo, and Dorsoduro popping into five different wine bars and visiting four churches in between. Venice has a great little natural wine scene. Brought home a bottle of cloudy prosecco.

Mazzy Tsar (PBKR), Monday, 23 September 2019 20:19 (six months ago) link

Planning to go to a fancy (for me) steak house tonight in DC (St Anselm's) and I'm most excited about the wine list. Already planning to have the Channing Daughter's Ramato orange pinot grigio, and...maybe...this carbonic cab franc from Maryland?

They serve my fave lambrusco but it's $14 a glass and I'm bringing a $15 bottle with me to drink at the hotel so thanks but no thanks.

There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Tuesday, 24 September 2019 16:57 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

https://m.imgur.com/a/O0ZpF2b

Picked up some dessert wine and vin jaune at auction for Christmas Day, and a few bits and bobs from Spain + Germany.

Drink the Envinate reasonably often, but I’m excited to try the others - hardly ever drink godello so particularly curious about the Del Vivo.

Anyone in London got recommendations for good independent wine shops? Something interesting/unstuffy etc. Italian deli near me (Bambuni in Nunhead) is my go-to if I run out and need a bottle, but their selection isn’t massive and a bit of variety would be great.

Blandford Forum, Thursday, 21 November 2019 19:57 (four months ago) link

Wow, where do you go for wine auctions? I always assume they're for £50000 bottle of 150 year old stuff that's for investment rather than drinking.

I too am interested in London wine shop recs. Locally to me and BF I like Terroirs on Lordship Lane, which can tend to the expensive but they're also happy to enthuse about the cheaper end of their range. I find Theatre of Wine on Trafalgar Road in Greenwich pretty good, they keep an interesting range of sherry.

Tim, Friday, 22 November 2019 09:33 (four months ago) link

I love wine auctions. I used to have friends do Christies a lot and we had a group of friends that would split the cases between ourselves so we had more buying power and flexibility. I got a bottle of Maison Surrenne Unblended 1946 grande champagne COgnac and paid ~$45 for my bottle. I think it's $400-600 usually. I think I have about 4 inches in the bottle left.

Yerac, Friday, 22 November 2019 12:14 (four months ago) link

just picked up a bottle of Patxaran

L'assie (Euler), Friday, 22 November 2019 16:40 (four months ago) link

old friend of mine i worked with at a wine shop in sf lives in London now and works at this place that is probably really nice
https://www.bbr.com/ Berry Bros. and Rudd on St. James St.
xpost

one charm and one antiup quark (outdoor_miner), Saturday, 23 November 2019 14:10 (four months ago) link

yeah, I always have people say Berry Bros, Philglas & Swiggot, and Hedonism for London. I think Majestic is also completely fine in a pinch and they have good deals. I always end up just going to whichever wine store is closest to wherever I am that day in London. The last time I wanted to try a bottle of Nyetimber and I ended up at Amathus Soho on Wardour and they seemed pretty knowledgeable and nice.

Yerac, Saturday, 23 November 2019 14:41 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

Antiques Roadshow expert drinks 180-year-old urine, rusty nails and a human hair after mistaking liquid for port https://t.co/pSYSdCfnyY

— The Independent (@Independent) December 30, 2019

mark s, Tuesday, 31 December 2019 17:43 (three months ago) link

I am now thinking of whether it would be better or worse if the urine was fresher.

Yerac, Tuesday, 31 December 2019 18:03 (three months ago) link

mmm, rusty nails. i need to get some scotch and drambuie

medicate for all (outdoor_miner), Tuesday, 31 December 2019 22:10 (three months ago) link

t/s: sarcophagus juice vs 180-year-old urine, rusty nails and a human hair

hot nuts (small) (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 31 December 2019 22:16 (three months ago) link

coffin liquor ftw

mmmmmmm

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 31 December 2019 22:36 (three months ago) link

old urine would have far less microplastics, I guess.

Yerac, Wednesday, 1 January 2020 19:15 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

not drinking them yet, but today i happened to be driving by a liquor store i was familiar with from when i lived closer to it. unfortunately, it's going out of business and they were selling their inventory at cost. grabbed a couple bottles of rittenhouse rye for 20 bucks each, a 2012 domaine vieux telegraphe chateauneuf-du-pape for $60 (down from $100) and a 2001 (!) domaine jean-louis chave hermitage that, based on other pricing online, i got for cheeeeaaaap.

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 21 January 2020 01:44 (two months ago) link

oh that Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe is a really good price. I have two bottles of the 2012 vintage too and I think I got it at a steal even at like $70.

Yerac, Tuesday, 21 January 2020 04:22 (two months ago) link


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