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#1 Brian Robinson

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 06:28 PM

I hate tooting my own horn, but I guess I'll post this here, since I'm sure someone will.

Had a great time doing an absinthe tasting with Gary Vaynerchuck for WineLibraryTV last week. The episode got posted today. Looks like, from the comments, people liked it.

A big apology to Zman. They initially told me to bring 4 absinthes, then when I got there, they nixed one. Unfortunately it was yours. I did make sure to post info about your brand as well as the link to buy it.
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Posted 14 April 2009 - 06:42 PM

Toot away, big guy. In my individual opinion you did a tremendous amount of good for the world of absinthe with this episode. The WLTV forum reaches far and wide, and this was the perfect opportunity and you were the perfect individual to proselytize the good news of absinthe to the masses. :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:
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Posted 14 April 2009 - 06:58 PM

Great show--Gary's an effervescent, entertaining dude. Oh, and that other guy was okay, too. :fork:

Seriously, what jcbphd said! :cheers:

I'm glad they had the file for download, cos streaming that thing would have mucked up something on my end!
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Posted 14 April 2009 - 07:47 PM

Great show--Gary's an effervescent, entertaining dude. Oh, and that other guy was okay, too. :fork:


"effervescent" may be an undersctatement! Great job making your points, Brian. :cheers:
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Posted 14 April 2009 - 08:02 PM

Great job! :thumbup:

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 09:59 PM

Great job, Brian!

Nerdy absinthe talk here? I'm not buying it. I find it all fascinating.
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Posted 14 April 2009 - 11:24 PM

Very nice video- All those wine heads will get a proper introduction to Absinthe :)
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Posted 15 April 2009 - 04:37 AM

I can only agree with the posts above. Nice job Brian. Very nice.

Cheers!
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Posted 15 April 2009 - 04:52 AM

Gary's an effervescent, entertaining dude.


Yeah, jeez--in an almost Joe Pesci kinda way: "Whaddya mean, funny? Funny how? Like I'm a clown? I amuse you?"

Props to Brian for getting a word in edgewise! Good show--the truth marches on.
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#10 Brian Robinson

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 05:00 AM

I'd actually count myself lucky. For whatever reason, I think he gave me more opportunity than most to talk.
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Posted 15 April 2009 - 05:09 AM

It was a very good idea to make it with this guy who always talks about wine, which has a good image. It will show ppl that absinthe as well is a brand to be savour for his taste.

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 05:37 AM

Great show! :cheers: You're a natural, Brian, you two could be a play-by-play commentator duo! By the end you guys were like best buddies, ha ha. Gary is like me after a couple cups of coffee-eerily similar.

Just two questions:

What did your wristband say?

Why did the captions say "unavailable?"
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Posted 15 April 2009 - 05:49 AM

I was wondering when that would crop up!

Writbands are Gary's thing for the show. 'Bringing the Thunder'

As for the 'unavailable' comment, it's because their store doesn't carry those specific brands. That's one reason why I made sure to mention DUNY, even though they really didn't want me to. ;)
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Posted 15 April 2009 - 06:51 AM

I caught the DUNY thing but I felt you were kind of trapped when he asked availability. You had an answer and it was kind of quiet compared the overall tone. You looked like you didn't want to say it.

It was good.
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Posted 15 April 2009 - 07:04 AM

That video should be required viewing for all the frat boy flamer idiots.

Terrific job, Brian, and I definitely don't feel like that was a half hour of my life I'll never get back. :cheers:

Edjumacational, but pure fun!

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 07:18 AM

Awesome job. I see it didn't take the crapsinth folks long to start dissing you, but they are outnumbered by positive comments. :cheers:
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Posted 15 April 2009 - 08:13 AM

If there were Crapsinthe comments, I didn't see any. The only thing I saw was a guy who dissed me for not bashing Czechsinthe more than I did.

I tried to be as PC as possible.
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Posted 15 April 2009 - 09:58 AM

Excellent job, Brian! You do us proud! :cheers: I just now got a chance to watch it, because I found it literally the same time I was logging in to the Mixoloseum chat last night. I'll be posting it on the home page today.

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 10:23 AM

Oh yeah:
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Well done!

That totally put me on the spot. At first, I had no idea what he was talking about, since I rarely watch a show in its entirety.
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Posted 15 April 2009 - 12:53 PM

I have to run out right now, but I can't wait to watch this when I get back!!!

*EDIT* Watching this now... Wow! This should really be spread around to get people to really get to know absinthe. Great video!!! I love what I took as a huge dig on crapsinthe. Great push on the distilled vs. macerated wormwood distinction. I loved that!
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Posted 15 April 2009 - 06:24 PM

I enjoyed every moment, Brian. Even more, I'm looking forward to sharing a drink in September.

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 06:28 PM

Nice indeed. It was fun to watch the absinthe glow develop. *cheers*
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Posted 16 April 2009 - 01:48 AM

Interesting, very convivial; that Gary looks like a friendly, very crazy guy. Apart from bucket-thing which I in particular didn't like and the fact the choice of absinthe was limited to three only, it was a nice piece of watching (if slightly too long) and the wine afficionados should grasp some of the absinthe lure and in a positive sense.

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Something like: Unicum, Pelinkovac, Amarena di Spana, Stonsdorfer or a brand new fresh recipe and development? Who's behind and will it serve as a digestif (as proposed in the show) or will fit the line of Angostura, etc bitters chiefly used in cocktails?
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Posted 16 April 2009 - 02:38 AM

Definitely long (his normal episode is 15-20 min), but more brands would have made it even longer. I could have sat there for days talking green though.

The bucket is his normal wine tasting aparatus. Surprisingly he used it very little compared to his wine tastings.

The bitters is a new brand. My guess is that it will be used more like an Angostura. The whole idea with that was to just give him an idea of the difference between distilled and macerated without putting my neck on the line by giving him any certain brand that might try to argue that I was damaging them in particular, which I didn't want to do.
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Posted 16 April 2009 - 12:33 PM

Very, very well done. You seem very comfortable in front of the camera. You don't get flustered or tongue-tied when interrupted by the host, which gets most people off balance. You stay focused on what you want to say, as when Joe Pesci (a very likable host) kept taking you off point when you were talking about the Ted Breaux reproductions, but you aren't inflexible when the host wants to kid around.

What was that row of silver-label Helfrich bottles? Never seen those before, and you had like five of them!

Is there a street in New Orleans called Vieux Carré? I thought it was just the name for the French Quarter.


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Posted 16 April 2009 - 01:09 PM

Yeah, those bottle threw me for a loop when I first saw them!

And of course you're right about Vieux Carre. That was a fumble.
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Posted 16 April 2009 - 02:30 PM

Brian, that was a fantastic show! You were the epitome of wit and class and really represented absinthe well.

With the host's style, I was ready for you to be put off-balance at any moment, but you bore the brunt - I was impressed!

(EDIT: WBT said what I wanted to say but better)
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Posted 16 April 2009 - 04:43 PM

What was that row of silver-label Helfrich bottles? Never seen those before, and you had like five of them!

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Not to stray too far off topic (and Brian's continued kudos for scoring some major points for our favorite beverage), but the Helfrich Pinot Gris and Reisling are wonderful wines. They former is around $19 and the latter around $14, and well worth it. Perfect with spicier Asian fare. :cheers:
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Posted 17 April 2009 - 07:45 AM

Well done sir. A good watch for sure. :clap:
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Posted 17 April 2009 - 10:10 AM

Brian,

I must say, being new to the world of Absinthe, that show was very very well done and incredibly informative. I learned quite a bit!

You did well skirting around and interacting with his manner of reporting. Unfortunately a little bit of the information you were leading into never came to light due to a change in subject, still an amazing amount of info in such a short time.

Many kudos!

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