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Everything posted by pops9745

  1. Great speakers. If the Connect box becomes an orphan I might be interested
  2. That Willowlake is a bargain (if you like you Pinot on the feminine side).
  3. It would have been interesting to see how your tastes had changed since deciding to cellar these and what you would cellar today.
  4. I would say the numbers are not changing much. You do get to see a decent amount of quality Mataro in S.A. - usually blended but sometimes straight. Teusner, Hewitson, Duval, Aphelion, Tonic, D'Arenberg, Adelina, etc. Sangiovese seems mostly to come from the King Valley, some Beechworth (Castagna) and maybe Coriole. I don't know much about Barbera in Aust - possibly King Valley again. Tempranillo seems popular in the Granite Belt area.
  5. The McClay Rd Shiraz used to be good too - cut price Giaconda. My local Dans does not stock this but then again we are in Qld
  6. Just a six pack - this is better than last year.
  7. I could not wait. Beautiful, fragrant, fruit forward but not flabby - nice integrated tannin. Smooth (as much as I hate that word).
  8. I have had one of the Isle - and put the rest away for a long sleep ....very serious stuff.
  9. I am tempted to open one of my Little Wines - but feel free to do so first and let us know
  10. The Hitachi must be bullet proof - my dad had one 40 + years ago
  11. 7 was fine - probably because it was derivative (and a long time coming). 8 was almost criminally bad - enough to turn me off 9 (or maybe 8 was designed to jettison the old folk anyway). I grew up with 4, 5 and 6, suffered through the childish 1, 2 and 3 (and I could sort of forgive George as i knew he had not grown as a story teller) but 8 just seemed to take everything that I held dear and stamp on it like stubbing out a cigarette butt. Rather share my kids' interest in the Marvel Universe now.
  12. Can't imagine the Mt Pleasant is anywhere near ready yet - no wonder it tasted better on nights 2 and 3. Where did you buy it?
  13. Another Alon fan here. I have had the Pettites and the Alon 2 and both were great - the 2s especially.
  14. Beautiful wine (as are the rest of the range).
  15. My dad had a Hitachi receiver so when it came to buy my first system I went for a Hitachi mini system. Then when CD players were available I got a Sony like the one below (could not believe how much better it was at the time :))
  16. Down to the waterline - Dire Straits
  17. Welcome to Earth -A Sailors Guide to Earth (Sturgill Simpson) Welcome to the jungle - Appetite for Destruction (Gunners) Strangers when we meet - Especially for you (Smithereens) In the air tonight - Face Value (Phil Collins) Funeral for a friend - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Elton) Orleans Stomp - Honeymoon is over (Cruel Sea) Your Lies - I am Shelby Lynne Infected - Infected (The The) Black Dog - Led Zep 4 Folsom Prison Blues
  18. Maybe I should have suggested a thread about what tracks should have been the opening tracks - ie where an artist missed an opportunity to make a great first impression!
  19. Was just listening to Sledgehammer and thought Peter Gabriel should have opened "So" with that song as a first track. I guess albums mattered back then and the opening track set the tone so was thinking of the great opening tracks. You used to get the record (or cassette - or a bunch of them from the record club) and open it up and put it on and ....... that first track either got you or not. Remember Hells Bells! Pink Floyd (or maybe it was Roger Waters) seemed to understand the importance of an introduction (and a conclusion) and I always loved the opening lines for Animals and DSOTM but in terms of songs I can think of tracks such as Is This It from The Strokes debut or The Concept from Teenage Fanclub. I am sure there are plenty of others that made you sit up and take notice.....
  20. Hi Peter, I have the 200XD without a connect box and not had any issues apart from the "slave" speakers not going into standby (stays on) sometimes and occasionally having to tell them which input I am using. I have connected to them via digital and analog cables and run them wirelessly (ie not connected to each other with a cable).
  21. When I was a teenager he was the epitomy of cool. Even in dud movies. Watched Cannonball Run a dozen times (as much for the cars as anything). It is inevitable that your childhood heroes start dying off (or ducking off back down some alley with some roly-poly little bat-faced girl). Sad day. I guess Clint goes next. Read a story where he and Clint got fired from Gunsmoke and Rawhide on the same day. Burt for bad acting and Clint for having a skinny neck (!). Burt sees Clint in the car park and says "I don't know what you are going to do but I am off to get acting lessons"
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