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by ekovitch
November 29th, 2016, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: May buy a wine store. Insurance? Accounting/Sales Software? LLC?
Replies: 9
Views: 2510

May buy a wine store. Insurance? Accounting/Sales Software? LLC?

Thanks Peters J and H!

I'll look into S corps. Next call is to an insurance broker!
by ekovitch
November 23rd, 2016, 5:12 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: May buy a wine store. Insurance? Accounting/Sales Software? LLC?
Replies: 9
Views: 2510

May buy a wine store. Insurance? Accounting/Sales Software? LLC?

Hi folks, I have an opportunity to purchase an existing small wine shop, annual revenue about $350,000. (Thread on evaluation was helpful, thanks to those who contributed!) I have a couple of questions. In MI you can have tastings at the store, and I am concerned about liability (even if we didn't h...
by ekovitch
June 21st, 2016, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Jim Laube know how an old California wine should taste
Replies: 62
Views: 3769

Does Jim Laube know how an old California wine should taste

Mark, I was thinking the exact thing as I was reading the article. Absolutely amazing that there wasn't one wine earlier than 1991 that scored in the 90's. How many of these wines did Laube rate in the 90's when released? Are we to believe that these wines all fell apart? One of the best sites in th...
by ekovitch
January 20th, 2016, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does A Strong Dollar Really Make Wine Imported To The U.S. Cheaper?
Replies: 36
Views: 1340

Does A Strong Dollar Really Make Wine Imported To The U.S. Cheaper?

Since the pricing of wine is such an arbitrary practice, it would seem that any benefit of a strong dollar is minimal at best. With the combination of supply and demand and a three tiered distribution system, any currency advantages can easily be dissolved. Any thoughts on this? Thanks. It should c...
by ekovitch
January 10th, 2016, 12:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: costco duck breasts
Replies: 25
Views: 3356

costco duck breasts

Had many times before. Not a fan of the glaze, but the meat is very good.
by ekovitch
January 7th, 2016, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Lists you are dropping or getting on this year
Replies: 55
Views: 4918

Wine Lists you are dropping or getting on this year

On:
Rhys
Schrader
Rivers Marie
Le Prive (Oregon Pinot)
Tobin James
Calera
Sans Liege

Happy where I am. Not thinking of adding or deleting.
by ekovitch
January 7th, 2016, 12:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best gas barbeque grill?
Replies: 34
Views: 2609

Best gas barbeque grill?

Very good experience with Weber. Well built, and great customer service. If you need a replacement part, you just call them and they mail the new pieces to you, no charge.
by ekovitch
December 17th, 2015, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: $15 Burgundy Wine
Replies: 17
Views: 2674

$15 Burgundy Wine

My advice is to find a mentor with more Burgundy in his cellar than he will ever drink himself. Such people do exist. That's funny Peter! I would actually bet that there are more Burgundy collectors in this camp, than Burgundy collectors with LESS in their cellar than they will ever drink themselves!
by ekovitch
November 30th, 2015, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Schrader caution
Replies: 253
Views: 22710

Schrader caution

I am a bit surprised at people who are OK with paying $175 for a bottle of grape juice, but think that $225 is too much.

Is that like complaining that Bugatti charges too much for their vehicles ($2.4 million), so you buy something more reasonable, like a Pagani at $1.6?
by ekovitch
November 30th, 2015, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Schrader caution
Replies: 253
Views: 22710

Schrader caution

What I learned from this thread: Fred Schrader is a dick. I have been on the mailing list since almost the beginning (2001?). 3 years ago (2010 vintage), I logged in one day after allocations went live to put in my order, and some of the wine had sold out (the Old Sparky). I called Schrader and ask...
by ekovitch
November 16th, 2015, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying (young) DRC for Idiots
Replies: 31
Views: 2712

Buying (young) DRC for Idiots

Glad this turned into a discussion of birth year wines and how I'm an idiot to think about purchasing them. Bruce, Anton, your point is actually well taken, but I was merely looking for logistical information. I understand it may not be the most prudent financial decision. Too many people are glad ...
by ekovitch
November 5th, 2015, 5:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 12 Chappellet 'Mountain Cuvee' [Napa]
Replies: 6
Views: 792

TN: 12 Chappellet 'Mountain Cuvee' [Napa]

I tried this about 3 months ago at a tasting of Chappellet new releases. I agree with the B rating, but maybe a high B for me. I did get a more expansive, longer, and more complex finish than Arv described. The tannin was not as apparent as in the Signature Cuvee (we did not taste the 2012 Pritchard...
by ekovitch
October 20th, 2015, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not a Bad Flight at Buckingham Palace
Replies: 17
Views: 1376

Not a Bad Flight at Buckingham Palace

It looks as if the Queen has descended into the Cellar and carried up the good stuff for Xi Jinping's State Banquet this evening. Can you imagine the absolute fit if the White House announced that they were serving '89 H-B or '77 Warre's! God save the Queen! The White House should serve only US win...
by ekovitch
October 12th, 2015, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7043
Views: 607799

Why does Premier Cru take so long

While I have been using PC as offsite storage, this thread has pushed me to ask them to deliver 38 bottles that were showing available to ship. I have 8 bottles left of pre-arrivals, just over $1K worth. When I called PC to arrange shipment of the 38, I didn't ask about the outstanding bottles, but ...
by ekovitch
September 24th, 2015, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 4
Views: 386

TN: 2005 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Arv R wrote:I've always liked their wines, but haven't tried this year.
I really loved their 2012 Mountain Cuvee, about $30.
by ekovitch
September 21st, 2015, 11:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Honeycrisp apples
Replies: 48
Views: 3485

Honeycrisp apples

Just a thought? Could there be such a thing as "terroir" for apples? Is a honeycrisp apple grown in Michigan different than a honeycrisp grown in Minnesota?
by ekovitch
September 21st, 2015, 5:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Honeycrisp apples
Replies: 48
Views: 3485

Honeycrisp apples

FWIW, I planted a Honeycrisp tree 4 years ago. Good harvest this year in Michigan from what is still a very small tree. So many apples, that I needed to cut off about a third of the crop so the tree wouldn't fall over, or lose branches. My Cortland tree had a great year, my Golden Russet has plenty ...
by ekovitch
September 20th, 2015, 4:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So Who Expresses Terroir Most Purely In Calif???
Replies: 66
Views: 3212

So Who Expresses Terroir Most Purely In Calif???

How about Diamond Creek? My personal experience with then up to the early 90's, was that their 3 vineyard bottlings were consistently and uniquely different from each other. Although in close proximity to each other, the 3 vineyards have different soil types and exposures.
by ekovitch
September 3rd, 2015, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer check: Wine Transit in Buffalo?
Replies: 4
Views: 251

Retailer check: Wine Transit in Buffalo?

Agree that Premier is the best retailer in Buffalo, but if another hour's drive is possible, you need to get to Century Wines in Rochester NY.
by ekovitch
September 3rd, 2015, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recos needed on Dry Creek Zinfandel
Replies: 40
Views: 1558

Recos needed on Dry Creek Zinfandel

I had a bottle of 2012 Forchini Dry Creek Zinfandel at a restaurant recently. Absolutely incredible wine, especially at the sub $30 price on the wine list. No other retailers in town had any left, and the restaurant had a case left, and I bought it all from them. I also recently bought 6 bottles of ...
by ekovitch
September 3rd, 2015, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ridge Carignane Buchignani '04..(short/boring)
Replies: 8
Views: 354

TN: Ridge Carignane Buchignani '04..(short/boring)

Ridge Carignane got me to exit their ATP club. Waste of good money.
by ekovitch
September 3rd, 2015, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First I Steal From the LCBO, Now I Work for Them!
Replies: 8
Views: 873

First I Steal From the LCBO, Now I Work for Them!

I had a similar experience with a magnum of Bonnes Mares many years ago. They had the bottle priced at 750ml. They did honor the price, but it was the last one. Too bad.

Did you pick up a few more bottles?
by ekovitch
September 1st, 2015, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nicely written article about Dunn
Replies: 31
Views: 1353

Nicely written article about Dunn

Also, anyone know what year Dunn started removing alcohol? I have Dunn in my basement going back to '84s, which I assume is well before the reverse osmosis practice. I have never thought that any of the Dunn wines prior to had an excessive alcohol problem.
by ekovitch
September 1st, 2015, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nicely written article about Dunn
Replies: 31
Views: 1353

Nicely written article about Dunn

Any comments out there on how reverse osmosis impacts the wines taste? If removing 1 or 2 percent is good, why not take it down to 10%, or 5%? Not trying to be a wiseass, but I think that I would prefer the grapes picked at the ripeness that the winemaker is trying to get and then not manipulating it.
by ekovitch
August 26th, 2015, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fine Wine Prices and the Latest Economic Uncertainty
Replies: 10
Views: 1024

Fine Wine Prices and the Latest Economic Uncertainty

The Lafite bubble has burst in the past couple of years.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/ ... au-lafite-
by ekovitch
August 26th, 2015, 5:25 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: So Who Likes to Offline? City-by-city "database" PLEASE PM IF YOUR CITY HAS CHANGED
Replies: 266
Views: 26858

So Who Likes to Offline? City-by-city "database"

Great idea Mike, thanks for doing this. I don't suppose that you want to reorder the list alphabetically, eh?

I'll kick off Detroit.
by ekovitch
August 14th, 2015, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Needs J. Gilman?: Let's Start Our Own List of Classics < $60
Replies: 179
Views: 9081

Who Needs J. Gilman?: Let's Start Our Own List of Classics < $60

I like the calls for Mount Eden Chard. For the Cabernet, I think that you have to go Napa. How about either the basic Mondavi Napa Cabernet, or how about Chappellet Signature Cab.
by ekovitch
August 14th, 2015, 10:54 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Montreal or Quebec?
Replies: 20
Views: 642

Montreal or Quebec?

I grew up in Montreal, great food like everyone is saying. Montreal is a bigger city, more modern, and much more diverse. Quebec's economy is a bit more limited tourism and government. While the old city centers in both places are must visits, Quebec's is more quaint. You could easily spend a few da...
by ekovitch
August 14th, 2015, 5:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1982 Claret
Replies: 8
Views: 845

TN: 1982 Claret

Brad England wrote:Nice drinking Nicos. Echoing Howard, we had an 82 Canon this week which definitely surprised on the upside. While I agree with you on loving 82 claret, I'm also erring on the side of drinking, not holding.
Holding... still? 33 years now, it's probably ready to drink.
by ekovitch
August 11th, 2015, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What the heck is this?
Replies: 13
Views: 1712

What the heck is this?

If I were really onto figuring this out, I'd try to track down Hedges and Butler, the UK firm that first imported the bottling. My guess is that they'd have better chances of having the story than any vestiges of Parisot. fred 1973 Vintage, all this happened 40 years ago! Although the bottle and la...
by ekovitch
August 11th, 2015, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2002 Le Cadeau
Replies: 4
Views: 284

2002 Le Cadeau

Had one of these about a year ago. Agree that it is aging beautifully. I stopped buying Le Cadeau after they started making the vineyard designated bottlings; just too much to buy if I wanted multiple bottles of each.
by ekovitch
June 9th, 2015, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Durand is ridiculously good
Replies: 80
Views: 4813

Durand is ridiculously good

Rule of thumb calculations here... Seeing that they are selling at K&L for $125, I assume that the retailer is making about $25, so the wholesale cost is $100. Assuming a landed (variable) cost of $25 each, Don's friend is making $75 each. If they dropped the retail price by half to $63, The retaile...
by ekovitch
June 9th, 2015, 2:42 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Anything else like Yuengling?
Replies: 34
Views: 3034

Anything else like Yuengling?

I don't always drink beer. But when I do, I prefer Yuengling. Stay thirsty, my friends.
by ekovitch
April 7th, 2015, 1:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Olive Oil -- It's Here, It's Here!
Replies: 131
Views: 13621

Olive Oil -- It's Here, It's Here!

Score! A full palate (oops, pallet) of the Tuscan at the Downer's Grove (Chicagoland) Costco. $12.99/Litre.
by ekovitch
April 6th, 2015, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Just tried Caymus 40th.....
Replies: 497
Views: 45151

Just tried Caymus 40th.....

Caymus tasting on Thursday last week. All the Wagner family wines. I have been a Caymus fan from the early nineties, and I had a tough time believing that the 40th was as bad as everyone here is reporting, but after trying it, not to my taste either. The SS was much better, but still nowhere as grea...
by ekovitch
March 12th, 2015, 8:39 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Olive Oil -- It's Here, It's Here!
Replies: 131
Views: 13621

Olive Oil -- It's Here, It's Here!

Doing a lot of driving around the country lately. I have seen the Spanish in Michigan,and the Tuscan seems to be in the Illinois and Ohio Costcos.
by ekovitch
February 23rd, 2015, 7:45 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Montreal restaurants?
Replies: 23
Views: 1407

Montreal restaurants?tel

Montreal is the cleanest city I have ever been to. And it made me ashamed of our country for how disgusting our cities are, and since I live outside of NYC, I am most ashamed of it. WOW, it was shocking how clean it was. I could not find a piece of litter of you said you would give me $1000 if I br...
by ekovitch
February 16th, 2015, 1:53 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Any good Canadian Whiskey recommendations?
Replies: 20
Views: 1468

Any good Canadian Whiskey recommendations?

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Cheap for mixed drinks at Costco. $19.95 for 1500 ml.
by ekovitch
January 4th, 2015, 11:36 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Any good Canadian Whiskey recommendations?
Replies: 20
Views: 1468

Any good Canadian Whiskey recommendations?

Found a bottle of Monarch at the Sarnia Ontario duty free for $70 cdn. With a 15% exchange rate and no taxes, l couldn't resist. Very smooth, but a bit disappointed in its limited complexity. I think that the 2 40 Creeks listed by Tran are the best Canadian Whiskies I have had, but no luck ever find...
by ekovitch
December 21st, 2014, 11:09 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Any good Canadian Whiskey recommendations?
Replies: 20
Views: 1468

Any good Canadian Whiskey recommendations?

Recently finished a bottle of Canadian Club Small Batch Classic 12 year old. As Tran said delicate, but nice complexity.
by ekovitch
December 11th, 2014, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New York Times article in defense of Bordeaux blanc
Replies: 7
Views: 398

New York Times article in defense of Bordeaux blanc

I guess there is enough demand to eat up the supply. I was surprised to see that the second label of Haut Brion blanc goes for $99. I found a bottle of 2007 Lagrave Martillac (second label of Château Latour-Martillac) for $14 locally on AMEX small business Saturday. Probably been on the shelf too lo...
by ekovitch
December 11th, 2014, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trader Joe's and 2012 west coast USA
Replies: 17
Views: 898

Trader Joe's and 2012 west coast USA

I have picked up three cases of TJ's 2012s in the past few months. They just had a platinum label Grand Reserve Spring Mountain Cab for about $15, you might still find some. A month earlier, there was a black label Grand Reserve Napa Cab for (I think) $12-$13. And maybe a month prior to that a Russi...
by ekovitch
November 11th, 2014, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 85 Mesnil, 74 Lafite, 00 Brane, 49 Leroy Moose, 64 Vigneau and more
Replies: 31
Views: 1291

85 Mesnil, 74 Lafite, 00 Brane, 49 Leroy Moose, 64 Vigneau and more

Isn't "74 Lafite" a little deceptive? Wrong century, biatch! Some funky, cheesy, nutty things happening the nose. The palate is better than the nose and actually sweetens up in the glass. It has some florals that build and the aroma develops a passionfruit vine smell that is quite pleasant. It is s...
by ekovitch
November 10th, 2014, 5:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: An apple thread
Replies: 36
Views: 1420

An apple thread

I wish that heirloom apples were more available. I make a trip to local orchards in fall to fill my fridge for a couple of months. I have also planted 4 trees on my lawn, but haven't quite mastered the spraying to protect against bugs and fungus. With pruning too, I have gained respect for how hard ...
by ekovitch
November 5th, 2014, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 Gallo Family Vineyards / Gallo of Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
Replies: 47
Views: 2566

TN: 1994 Gallo Family Vineyards / Gallo of Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

I haven't seen a bottle of the "Estate", maybe since the 1994 was released. On wine searcher they list it up to 1997. Looks like you can get most at around $45-$50 a bottle. Probably some steals if bottles ever come up at auction.
by ekovitch
November 4th, 2014, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge 2012 Lytton Springs- $29.99
Replies: 14
Views: 1577

Ridge 2012 Lytton Springs- $29.99

Binny's website now says $36.99. Oh well.
by ekovitch
October 20th, 2014, 4:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Declassified d'Yquem exist?
Replies: 71
Views: 8357

Does Declassified d'Yquem exist?

Found a small stack of 2009s at Century Wines in Rochester NY a month ago. At $35 a bottle, considering some of the posts on cellartracker, I am not sure that this was a screaming buy for anything other than for curiosity sake. (I was curious enough to buy 2.) The knowledgeable sales associate would...
by ekovitch
October 17th, 2014, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "How to throw away $173" or "I am a dumbass"
Replies: 51
Views: 6137

"How to throw away $173" or "I am a dumbass"

Glad that you had a great bottle. This story is why we all love wine.
by ekovitch
August 6th, 2014, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Is Two Buck Chuck So Cheap???
Replies: 48
Views: 2186

What goes into a bottle of 2 Buck Chuck?

On a somewhat attached topic (TJ Wines), I can recommend 2 wines I have had lately: 2012 Trader Joes Reserve Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - A steal at $9.99 a bottle. Real Pinosity for under $10??? Yes!!! 2012 Tribunal North Red Wine North Coast. Forget the price, but I think under $10. Dense ripe red.
by ekovitch
August 6th, 2014, 1:29 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Any Love for Canadian Whisky?
Replies: 14
Views: 1055

Any Love for Canadian Whisky?

Have they been around for 21 years??? Wow, time flies. When was the Century 21 available? What was the cost? What kind of amazed me about 40 Creek was that the distilled materials are the basically the same for each cuvee. They only differ in wood treatment and aging. Seems a bit weird for a Burgund...

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