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by George R.
February 20th, 2017, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Help Killing Michigan Anti-Shipping Bill
Replies: 53
Views: 3113

Need Help Killing Michigan Anti-Shipping Bill

That's what they did in 2005, at least I thought. They said Michigan wineries could only deliver using their own trucks and couldn't use a common carrier. But there were plenty of out of state wineries that I was still able to order from for direct shipping via UPS/FedEx, so I'm not sure what was go...
by George R.
February 19th, 2017, 11:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Help Killing Michigan Anti-Shipping Bill
Replies: 53
Views: 3113

Need Help Killing Michigan Anti-Shipping Bill

Some updates: According to the following article: http://www.alcohollawadvisor.com/2017/02/the-uncertain-legal-future-of-wine-direct-shipping-by-the-retail-tier/ The Michigan law does not go into effect until March 29, 2017 . What I find very alarming in the above article is the following text (bold...
by George R.
January 15th, 2017, 1:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Help Killing Michigan Anti-Shipping Bill
Replies: 53
Views: 3113

Need Help Killing Michigan Anti-Shipping Bill

Good blog write up from Tom Wark (poster of this thread and Executive Director of The National Association of Wine Retailers):

http://fermentationwineblog.com/2017/01 ... consumers/

This needs to be repealed in Illinois and Missouri as well, as those lawsuits are already under way.
by George R.
January 15th, 2017, 12:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Help Killing Michigan Anti-Shipping Bill
Replies: 53
Views: 3113

Need Help Killing Michigan Anti-Shipping Bill

Got it, thanks! You should definitely be able to use Vinfolio / Stagecoach (or other third party shipper of your choice), or Domaine. I'm currently trying to find out more about Domaine as they have that whole shenanigans with the owner, but I think they will be useable. Of course that's going to c...
by George R.
January 14th, 2017, 9:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Help Killing Michigan Anti-Shipping Bill
Replies: 53
Views: 3113

Need Help Killing Michigan Anti-Shipping Bill

As long as this remains law, I will not give Michigan State distributors a single cent of my money. All in state alcohol purchases from me will stop until this law is repealed. I will only purchase wine and beer from out of state, and LEGALLY either ship it to myself or pick it up myself. This means...
by George R.
December 19th, 2016, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Help Killing Michigan Anti-Shipping Bill
Replies: 53
Views: 3113

Need Help Killing Michigan Anti-Shipping Bill

Which makes one wonder... if that's true, why would distributors spend all the time, effort, and dollars to lobby the state to create such anti-shipping law?
by George R.
December 18th, 2016, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Help Killing Michigan Anti-Shipping Bill
Replies: 53
Views: 3113

Need Help Killing Michigan Anti-Shipping Bill

I have nothing against my local retailer, but the fact is, if this law passes and I buy from them, I am supporting the state distributor that cut me off. The way I see it, it is the distributor that is punishing both local retailers AND consumers. And this actually holds true even without boycotting...
by George R.
December 18th, 2016, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Help Killing Michigan Anti-Shipping Bill
Replies: 53
Views: 3113

Need Help Killing Michigan Anti-Shipping Bill

Don't try to cellar here. It is a felony in IL for a retailer to ship it into the state. Now, you could try Indiana. There are Kinko/FedEx offices and UPS hubs that will take a shipment and hold it for 5 days. Good luck. I would think though you could use an Illinois celler service for wines purcha...
by George R.
December 18th, 2016, 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Help Killing Michigan Anti-Shipping Bill
Replies: 53
Views: 3113

Need Help Killing Michigan Anti-Shipping Bill

George, thanks for the wealth of information. I don't follow why stagecoach express can ship under these circumstances, but glad there is a workaround if this passes. I have no problem boycotting wine purchases from local retailers. Beer on the other hand is tougher- this is a great beer state and ...
by George R.
December 18th, 2016, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Help Killing Michigan Anti-Shipping Bill
Replies: 53
Views: 3113

Need Help Killing Michigan Anti-Shipping Bill

Retailers such as WTSO or even those in NY, NJ, etc., all know that they cannot ship to places like IL. So, if MI gets added to the list, you won't need to let them know. You misunderstand I think, I mean that Michigan residents should boycott Michigan retailers, because buying from them is giving ...
by George R.
December 18th, 2016, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Help Killing Michigan Anti-Shipping Bill
Replies: 53
Views: 3113

Need Help Killing Michigan Anti-Shipping Bill

I know this can be hard, but if this is signed into law, as a Michigan resident you can protest this anti consumer and unconstitutional law be refusing to purchase *any* wine and beer from *any* Michigan retailer. That's tough, unless you have a nice cellar to hold you over. :) You should also infor...
by George R.
December 18th, 2016, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Help Killing Michigan Anti-Shipping Bill
Replies: 53
Views: 3113

Need Help Killing Michigan Anti-Shipping Bill

I know that this has been tried in Michigan before, but was overturned. I can't determine when this was originally posted, but I want to say something like early 2011? http://www.wine.com/v6/MICHIGAN-BANS-WINE-RETAILERS-UPS-AND-FEDEX-FROM-SHIPPING-WINE-TO-ITS-RESIDENTS/learnabout.aspx?article=38 Tha...
by George R.
December 18th, 2016, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Help Killing Michigan Anti-Shipping Bill
Replies: 53
Views: 3113

Need Help Killing Michigan Anti-Shipping Bill

This is probably happening because distributors got similar laws successfully passed in Illinois and Missouri. Lebamoff Enterprises, Inc. is the law firm that has filed a lawsuit in Illinois, Sarasota Wine is the Plaintiff in Missouri (not sure if the law firm is Lebamoff there or someone else); I'm...
by George R.
December 18th, 2016, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Help Killing Michigan Anti-Shipping Bill
Replies: 53
Views: 3113

Need Help Killing Michigan Anti-Shipping Bill

You will still be able to get wine from out of state by using Vinfolio, which is located in California, but it takes longer and is more costly. I don't think Vinfolio ever shipped to Michigan, so if you order wine online, it will have to ship to Vinfolio, then you will have to have a third party pic...
by George R.
November 26th, 2016, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Attention Michigan residents: Shipping wine from out of state may soon become illegal
Replies: 4
Views: 780

Attention Michigan residents: Shipping wine from out of state may soon become illegal

http://fermentationwineblog.com/2016/10/michigan-politicians-wine-will-never-learn/ http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/Wine-Merchant-Shipping-Fight-Expands-to-Missouri-Michigan A bill like this was already introduced in 2008 and was deemed unconstitutional. They're trying it again and ...
by George R.
December 18th, 2015, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8783
Views: 1293787

RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

The maker of the documentary about Kurniawan (Sour Grapes) says he is shooting for a April 2016 release.

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by George R.
December 18th, 2015, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8783
Views: 1293787

RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

http://www.terroirist.com/2015/12/daily-wine-news-crushing-counterfeits/ Link to flikr pics from the destruction of the Rudy Counterfeit Wines The destruction of the fakes is a sad thing to hear. Wine fraud is something that needs to be investigated as thoroughly as possible and having in possessio...
by George R.
December 17th, 2015, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Vinfolio like service / storage on East Coast?
Replies: 2
Views: 1436

Vinfolio like service / storage on East Coast?

Thanks very much Poppy I really appreciate that. [dance-clap.gif]
by George R.
December 16th, 2015, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Vinfolio like service / storage on East Coast?
Replies: 2
Views: 1436

Vinfolio like service / storage on East Coast?

I'm currently looking for a service to ship wine to me in Michigan located in the New York / New Jersey / East Coast area, who will accept UPS or FedEx deliveries addressed to my name from retailers or auction houses. I don't really need storage. Just shipping. Any one shipment to me usually ends up...
by George R.
June 24th, 2013, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about weird Smith Haut Lafitte labels
Replies: 4
Views: 333

Question about weird Smith Haut Lafitte labels

I recently bought some bottles of 2009 Château Smith Haut Lafitte, and I am suspecting their authenticity because the bottle labels do not match all the other ones that I've seen. The key thing that is different is the omission of "De Graves" from the "Grand Cru Classé De Graves" on the front of the...
by George R.
October 8th, 2012, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Schott Zwiesel removes English site?
Replies: 1
Views: 224

Schott Zwiesel removes English site?

Does anyone know what is going on at the web site for Schott Zwiesel? http://www.zwieselkristallglas-shop.com Went there tonight to browse, and found that the English site that has always been online has been removed with no reason or explanation. Any link to their previous English site redirects to...
by George R.
January 2nd, 2012, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2,4,6-Trichloroanisole chemical as teaching aid
Replies: 9
Views: 513

2,4,6-Trichloroanisole chemical as teaching aid

Does anyone know if using 2,4,6-Trichloroanisole (CAS number 87-40-1) can help teach people to learn what to look for in a corked wine? I've seen it listed in both powder and liquid form. I'm thinking it could be applied to scent strips, or maybe a small amount could be mixed into some inexpensive w...
by George R.
December 24th, 2011, 12:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinfolio storage services problems
Replies: 13
Views: 946

Re: Vinfolio storage services problems

Randy Bowman wrote:It may well be the company shipping the wine to them is having problems. Make sure where the problem is.
Oh it's not, in my case it shipped UPS / FedEx and tracking shows when it was delivered there.
by George R.
December 21st, 2011, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinfolio storage services problems
Replies: 13
Views: 946

Re: Vinfolio storage services problems

That's reassuring! Is it normal for it to take two weeks or longer at this time of year? newhere
by George R.
December 21st, 2011, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinfolio storage services problems
Replies: 13
Views: 946

Vinfolio storage services problems

I got turned on to using Vinfolio's storage services by several different people who highly recommended them. I had wine shipped there two weeks ago now and it still hasn't shown up in any of their website tools or reports. It wasn't cheap wine either! I'm starting to get pretty worried. So far they...
by George R.
November 28th, 2011, 11:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Caution: Wine Up Wine Merchant
Replies: 67
Views: 3018

Re: Retailer Caution: Wine Up Wine Merchant

What port was it? And what was the price quoted?
by George R.
November 28th, 2011, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Caution: Wine Up Wine Merchant
Replies: 67
Views: 3018

Re: Retailer Caution: Wine Up Wine Merchant

Wow is that inexcusable or what? I was gonna say put your comments in a negative review on Snooth, but that aren't profiled on Snooth. I guess I could see why given your experience. What is a business owner or employee thinking when they send out mails like that? Have they no clue what they're doing...
by George R.
November 27th, 2011, 11:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations please: Sweet white dessert wines
Replies: 18
Views: 602

Re: Recommendations please: Sweet white dessert wines

A very good inexpensive Sauternes is La Fleur D'or (The Golden Flower). The 2005 is especially good.
by George R.
November 27th, 2011, 1:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine making "kits" - Making wine from concentrated wine grape juice
Replies: 7
Views: 380

Wine making "kits" - Making wine from concentrated wine grape juice

Just wondering what people's opinions are on this? http://www.lakelandwinery.com/winelist/ He made five videos (they're three years old now) and I find some of the things he does curious, especially using a plastic bucket and adding "oak flavoring" !!! He really tries to sell his product... as far a...
by George R.
November 26th, 2011, 10:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alternatives to 90pluswine?
Replies: 14
Views: 1365

Re: Alternatives to 90pluswine?

Could someone please follow up?

Just so I'm clear... there's no "meta" search engine that can "search the critics"?

90pluswines was the only one I knew of. I've been unable to find anything else, so I'm just assuming there isn't any. Unless someone knows something they're not wanting to post?
by George R.
November 21st, 2011, 10:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alternatives to 90pluswine?
Replies: 14
Views: 1365

Re: Alternatives to 90pluswine?

Bump. The thing I liked about 90pluswines was I could do advanced searches. For a simple example, you could search for "malbec" and filter results to only show 95 point ratings or above. It seems they took away the ability to do this. I'm guessing their servers couldn't handle it? (The site seems mu...
by George R.
November 14th, 2011, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do we require enough disclosure of financial interest in TNs on Berserkers?
Replies: 90
Views: 2941

Re: Do we require enough disclosure of financial interest in TNs on Berserkers?

If you aren't in the business there is no need for disclosure. It has long been my experience on Internet forums that if you have an opinion that differs from majority opinion (at least on the forum), one gets accused of "having an agenda." I have yet to understand exactly what that is supposed to ...
by George R.
November 13th, 2011, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Share a controversial belief you have about wine
Replies: 469
Views: 17162

Re: Share a controversial belief you have about wine

Wine only seems to taste better after you've been drinking it for a while because you're getting drunk. [snort.gif]
by George R.
November 13th, 2011, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Share a controversial belief you have about wine
Replies: 469
Views: 17162

Re: Share a controversial belief you have about wine

James Wright wrote:on many occasions, beer is better
Or wine mixed with beer (in the same glass). [wink.gif]
by George R.
November 12th, 2011, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Share a controversial belief you have about wine
Replies: 469
Views: 17162

Re: Share a controversial belief you have about wine

Oh man is this thread troll bait or what. :) All wine goes with all food. Not only should one disregard traditional pairings, one should deliberately pair wines and foods that are said not to go together. In that same vein, pairing a $1,000 Bordeaux with Cheetos or Ranch Doritos is perfectly fine. :...
by George R.
August 11th, 2011, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Updated: Direct Wine Shipping Bill reintroduced H.R.1161
Replies: 436
Views: 39999

Re: Updated: Direct Wine Shipping Bill reintroduced H.R.1161

I still really don't see how this is even legal. Can't people from wineinstitute.org work with one or more lawyers to make a case on a Federal level to show that this is illegal racketeering? The fact that in the USA today, people can be charged with felonies because they bought wine in one state th...
by George R.
July 29th, 2011, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Forklift Fail at Mollydooker - MERGED
Replies: 103
Views: 4778

Re: Million dollar Mollydooker?

Steve Saxon wrote:I wonder if it was done on purpose.....who would pay that much for that wine?
???
by George R.
July 13th, 2011, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked Bottles: Post Yours Here For An Online Study
Replies: 575
Views: 31665

Re: Corked Bottles: Post Yours Here For An Online Study

What's the reason again why most wine producers don't use synthetic corks that don't rot or aren't affected by humidity?
by George R.
July 9th, 2011, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Updated: Direct Wine Shipping Bill reintroduced H.R.1161
Replies: 436
Views: 39999

Re: Updated: Direct Wine Shipping Bill reintroduced H.R.1161

Still cannot understand how the right to control the sale of alcohol outweighs the interference with interstate commerce. Whenever I am looking for a particular wine, and I find five or six sources for it, and find that all the sources list a number of states they can ship to, and mine is not inclu...
by George R.
June 14th, 2011, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Updated: Direct Wine Shipping Bill reintroduced H.R.1161
Replies: 436
Views: 39999

Re: Updated: Direct Wine Shipping Bill reintroduced H.R.1161

S. Lancaster wrote:Satisfied customer??
They always use Orwellian wording like this, regardless of whatever they are trying to regulate. "Consumer rights" actually means "Consumer restrictions," etc.
by George R.
June 5th, 2011, 2:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alternatives to 90pluswine?
Replies: 14
Views: 1365

Alternatives to 90pluswine?

Does anyone know any alternatives (besides CellarTracker) to 90pluswines.com? The site used to be great, but it's been getting slower and slower and slower over the previous months, until recently where it's now just stopped responding at all and just spits out server errors. I feel sorry for the pe...
by George R.
May 24th, 2011, 9:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lot18 "Lot-Off?"
Replies: 18
Views: 1120

Re: Lot18 "Lot-Off?"

I'm beginning (well, actually continuing) to think that I'll never use up my vouchers. First it was because I wasn't finding any wines of interest. Now it's that compounded with the sudden lack of shipping to VA. The other day 7 out 10 couldn't ship to VA and right now 5 out 7 can't. Unreal. And th...
by George R.
May 22nd, 2011, 12:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: John Gilman eviscerates 2010 Pavie
Replies: 405
Views: 24843

Re: John Gilman eviscerates 2010 Pavie

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by George R.
May 14th, 2011, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Updated: Direct Wine Shipping Bill reintroduced H.R.1161
Replies: 436
Views: 39999

Re: Updated: Direct Wine Shipping Bill reintroduced H.R.1161

Just got back from my local connoisseur wine shop. Asked if they had Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007. His response, "It isn't available, it hasn't shipped yet." An outright lie . Just a taste of what everyone will be subjected to by force if this bill passes, and is already what peopl...
by George R.
May 10th, 2011, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Royal Tokaji Essencia drinking temperature
Replies: 7
Views: 505

Re: Royal Tokaji Essencia drinking temperature

Wine & Spirits calls this a 100 point wine and I can see why after tasting. This really is ambrosia. Try to imagine eating a flawless and perfectly ripe fruit that is a cross between a peach, plum, orange, and fig. Now imagine doing so while standing in a bitter orange tree grove which is in full bl...
by George R.
May 8th, 2011, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Updated: Direct Wine Shipping Bill reintroduced H.R.1161
Replies: 436
Views: 39999

Re: Updated: Direct Wine Shipping Bill reintroduced H.R.1161

How likely would you say it is at this point that we will lose the ability to direct ship wine? Personally, if I lose this ability, I will no longer purchase wine. It is simply way too disappointing and depressing to have a hobby where you are severely limited in being able to participate. That will...
by George R.
May 8th, 2011, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paying thousands of dollars for <90 wines :)
Replies: 17
Views: 1483

Paying thousands of dollars for <90 wines :)

I have always assumed it's simply all in the name; the same way designer clothing can cost tens of thousands of dollars and not look that much different from designer clothing that costs hundreds of dollars. But, is there more to it than straightforward opulance? What do you think? Example: http://w...
by George R.
May 7th, 2011, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Royal Tokaji Essencia drinking temperature
Replies: 7
Views: 505

Re: Royal Tokaji Essencia drinking temperature

Thanks for the replies so far! I tend to like wines on the cooler side (even reds!), so I will probably chill it to around 45-50 F.

I like drinking maple syrup so I will probably like this. :)
by George R.
May 7th, 2011, 5:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Royal Tokaji Essencia drinking temperature
Replies: 7
Views: 505

Royal Tokaji Essencia drinking temperature

Have never had this before... am planning on opening my 1999 bottle for Mother's day. I understand this is pretty intense and is a sipping drink. I'm guessing it's probably best at room temperature. Would be interested hearing opinions on serving temperature. I will probably use Riedel 416 "Rheingau...

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