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by Eric LeVine
September 9th, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Making a good Vesper
Replies: 4
Views: 321

Re: Making a good Vesper

R@y.Tupp@+sch wrote:
September 9th, 2019, 11:56 am
I use Cocchi Americano in lieu of Lillet.
You are a winner as far as this is concerned: https://www.thrillist.com/spirits/aperi ... ubstitutes
by Eric LeVine
September 6th, 2019, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 113
Views: 4490

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

I would be curious about the LIQUID temperature and not the AIR temperature, as it should fluctuate much less. Even so, in that temperature range, I don't think a cooler is capable of killing wines that quickly.
by Eric LeVine
August 30th, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What price per bottle do you use in cellar tracker?
Replies: 73
Views: 1711

Re: What price per bottle do you use in cellar tracker?

I'm starting to give up tracking cost or even tracking inventory at this point. It's nice to see what's ready to drink, but it's starting to get time consuming entering in ~300 bottles per year! If you enter it as you buy it, it is not very time consuming. Probably less time consuming than pulling ...
by Eric LeVine
August 30th, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying wine with bitcoin?
Replies: 51
Views: 2542

Re: Buying wine with bitcoin?

How much work is it to implement? Seems a definite edge case for now at least, but if it is fairly quick and easy to implement and maintain... but guessing there are far better ways to spend developer time right now. Pulling in the actual exchange rate tables is trivial--in fact we filter them out ...
by Eric LeVine
August 29th, 2019, 6:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying wine with bitcoin?
Replies: 51
Views: 2542

Re: Buying wine with bitcoin?

If one person buys a bottle ex-domaine for €10 and someone from a high imported alcohol tax country, say Brazil, pays the equivalent of four times that price, what is the average price? Does this figure mean anything in the real world for, say, someone in the States where, for example, the wine usu...
by Eric LeVine
August 28th, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying wine with bitcoin?
Replies: 51
Views: 2542

Re: Buying wine with bitcoin?

If one person buys a bottle ex-domaine for €10 and someone from a high imported alcohol tax country, say Brazil, pays the equivalent of four times that price, what is the average price? Does this figure mean anything in the real world for, say, someone in the States where, for example, the wine usu...
by Eric LeVine
August 28th, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying wine with bitcoin?
Replies: 51
Views: 2542

Re: Buying wine with bitcoin?

I dont use bitcoin but I do like the average price feature. Which makes me wonder, if someone puts in EUR as their currency for a bottle when its 1.3 USD to EUR, and a year later it drops to 1.1 USD to 1 EUR, that makes the same bottle look more expensive in USD terms. Is the average price going to...
by Eric LeVine
August 27th, 2019, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying wine with bitcoin?
Replies: 51
Views: 2542

Re: Buying wine with bitcoin?

[*]When adding a purchase to your cellar, allow you to track a specific currency. So for example, the vast bulk of my purchases are in US dollars, but over the years I have purchased plenty of wine in Euros, Swiss Francs, New Israeli Shekels and Canadian dollars. The system will allow me to track t...
by Eric LeVine
August 5th, 2019, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 26922

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

I don't mean to be rude, but is this the portfolio of a business which can sit down and write a check for $3.76M, given just the cash on hand? Are California wineries routinely sitting on that kinda coin? . xxxx_VINTAGE-CHARTS.png . This is not a typical winery and not a typical founder. You really...
by Eric LeVine
July 22nd, 2019, 9:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 136
Views: 8504

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

That is awful. I hope this was something that we convinced him otherwise over his final month. :-( A lot of people seem to hate me, should i go away https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=161470 Eric, I actually reached out to Alan about that thread and I can say with certainty th...
by Eric LeVine
July 22nd, 2019, 9:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You can all kiss my Welsh ass
Replies: 75
Views: 6238

Re: You can all kiss my Welsh ass

Damned sad.
by Eric LeVine
July 22nd, 2019, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best review site
Replies: 33
Views: 2315

Re: Best review site

Vivino is the 800lb Gorilla sitting over in the corner of the room. Somehow they materialized out of nowhere [at least from my vantage point], and now they dominate the marketplace. I use a mix of Berserker searches, Cellar Tracker, Vivino, and Free Wine-Searcher [for price comparison]. I'm very fo...
by Eric LeVine
July 22nd, 2019, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 136
Views: 8504

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

That is awful. I hope this was something that we convinced him otherwise over his final month. :-(
Alan Eden wrote:
June 14th, 2019, 10:06 pm
A lot of people seem to hate me, should i go away
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=161470
by Eric LeVine
July 15th, 2019, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 13943

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)

Gray G wrote:
July 15th, 2019, 7:52 pm
thank you Jeb

having your health is often taken for granted just like many things

hope RP regains his health and enjoys his wine everyday forever and ever

cheers
Cheers to that.
by Eric LeVine
July 14th, 2019, 9:57 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Switzerland Recs
Replies: 11
Views: 987

Re: Switzerland Recs

In Zurich: BÜ‘S RESTAURANT BAR & BÜTIQUE - https://buetique.ch/ Lucerne: Restaurant Red at the KKL center: https://www.kkl-luzern.ch/de/your-visit/restaurants/restaurant-red For the kids (and the adults), the amazing Verkehrshaus (transportation museum) https://www.verkehrshaus.ch/startseite.html In...
by Eric LeVine
July 6th, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Pasta maker
Replies: 9
Views: 1117

Re: Pasta maker

Mike Rodgers wrote:
July 6th, 2019, 1:20 pm
Check KitchenAid, they have an attachment for the stand mixer. If you have a sur la table store in you area, go and check it out. Sure is faster then the hand cranked one.
If you already have a KitchenAid sitting on your counter, their pasta attachment is indeed quite useful.
by Eric LeVine
July 4th, 2019, 9:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 13943

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

Horse dead, I keep beating it: To Gray G: As I think Eric made very clear: 1) CellarTracker is free. 2) Eric encourages voluntary payments so he can earn his living. 3) Eric makes CellarTracker free to encourage the widest possible involvement of the wine community. It's as easy as 1-2-3, and it wo...
by Eric LeVine
July 4th, 2019, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 13943

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

hahaha, you guys need a life or 2 hypocrisy must be a touchy one when dancing on the WA/MS BB's grave when talking about $$$ a celebration of life would be more appropriate add that to being offended or someone will be offended for you cheers PS. there is no regular programming anymore, Cronkite is...
by Eric LeVine
July 4th, 2019, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 13943

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

My newsletter from 4/29/2010 is apropos: https://www.cellartracker.com/classic/newsletter/4-29-2010.htm During my personal wine evolution over the past decade, I have been a very active participant on a number of wine bulletin boards. In fact this is what led me to create CellarTracker as I saw oth...
by Eric LeVine
July 4th, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 13943

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

My newsletter from 4/29/2010 is apropos: https://www.cellartracker.com/classic/newsletter/4-29-2010.htm During my personal wine evolution over the past decade, I have been a very active participant on a number of wine bulletin boards. In fact this is what led me to create CellarTracker as I saw othe...
by Eric LeVine
June 15th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Percent holding on cellartracker
Replies: 15
Views: 1810

Re: Percent holding on cellartracker

There are lots of other interesting things to see though, for example how much various bdx is sitting in negociant warehouses or in chateau cellars. For example 2010 vs 2015 PLL has about 1500 bottles each on CT. For Cos, otoh, there are about 1000 bottles of 15 but 5000 of 10. Really? That is not ...
by Eric LeVine
June 14th, 2019, 12:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Percent holding on cellartracker
Replies: 15
Views: 1810

Re: Percent holding on cellartracker

I used to track this early on for things like Quilceda, SQN and Pavie and figured out 10%. It doesn't surprise me that it might have risen, but as already noted you have to look at the correlation to more geeky, online driven wines and lists. About half the CT user base is in the US.
by Eric LeVine
June 4th, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Impossible burgers
Replies: 40
Views: 1797

Re: Impossible burgers

I did Beyond Burgers recently for the family -- went for a classic cheeseburger with a thin patty. It was pretty good, oddly a little crispy/crunchy. The other thing is the smell of the raw patty which is quite sharp and pungent, almost chemical. There is a lot written about the pea protein and why ...
by Eric LeVine
May 30th, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine searcher
Replies: 30
Views: 2555

Re: Wine searcher

Apparently it was just a brief, unintentional glitch. (Sometimes is makes sense to ask someone if they meant to do something...) Hi Eric, Sorry, it was a software bug. [oops.gif] Fixed straightaway. Apologies to all. We are rolling out an optional free account sign-in. Really useful if you change y...
by Eric LeVine
May 28th, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine searcher
Replies: 30
Views: 2555

Re: Wine searcher

Apparently it was just a brief, unintentional glitch. (Sometimes is makes sense to ask someone if they meant to do something...)
by Eric LeVine
May 25th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next of Kyn #9 Wood Box..WOW!
Replies: 28
Views: 2874

Re: Next of Kyn #9 Wood Box....WOW!!

The wines are very reminiscent of SQN. Maybe a tiny bit less polished and bit more complex and wild. If you enjoy SQN, then you will probably enjoy NOK equally,
by Eric LeVine
May 22nd, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Impossible burgers
Replies: 40
Views: 1797

Re: Impossible burgers

Tony is a good friend from high school and a crazily talented chef. Cool! I went to a wine dinner at Craigie with Jean-Francois Bourdy not too long ago and the food was spectacular. He's about to open a new burger-centric place in one of our food halls soon. I am just jealous that you get to eat at...
by Eric LeVine
May 22nd, 2019, 10:30 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Good beer website
Replies: 20
Views: 789

Re: Good beer website

Mike, if you want a $10 credit, plug in my promo code of 246916 or use this referral link to sign up. (I have no idea what I get when referring someone, but hey you get $10.)

https://www.tavour.com/referral?referred_by=246916
by Eric LeVine
May 22nd, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Impossible burgers
Replies: 40
Views: 1797

Re: Impossible burgers

Considering you can get one of the most famous burgers in America a couple of blocks away at Craigie on Main for $22, I think I'll save up my pennies. Speaking of which, Tony Maws of Craigie has recently started serving a vegetarian burger, which he says took 3 years to develop. Only 18 available a...
by Eric LeVine
May 21st, 2019, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?
Replies: 113
Views: 4053

Re: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?

1) I have a thousand bottles, and I shudder to think of the work it would take to go through them all 2) The idea of learning how to use a new program is a bit daunting to me, so I am not interested in going through that 3) My cellar has a very idiosyncratic design, and the idea of trying to design...
by Eric LeVine
May 20th, 2019, 8:34 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Good beer website
Replies: 20
Views: 789

Re: Good beer website

Joe, nice! I have a fridge that is constantly more full of beer than it should be thanks to Tavour. How does it work Eric? Are they located in Seattle? Thanks! Think Garagiste for craft beer. 2 offers per day of interesting, quirky things. You build up a crate and then ship it for a flat fee. You c...
by Eric LeVine
May 20th, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A pair of 2003 Pegau
Replies: 12
Views: 1005

Re: TN: A pair of 2003 Pegau

Great notes, but honestly the writing makes the Cuvee Reservee sound like a better wine than the da Capo, despite the scores. To me a "huge, freakish, incredibly assertive" wine with alcohol poking through sounds worse than a beautifully classic wine that is aging well but keeping great fruit. What...
by Eric LeVine
May 19th, 2019, 10:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A pair of 2003 Pegau
Replies: 12
Views: 1005

TN: A pair of 2003 Pegau

To honor Robert Parker's retirement, I opened a 2003 Pegau Cuvée da Capo. To enjoy the final episode of Game of Thrones, I decided to check in on the Pégau Cuvée Réservée. 2003 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée da Capo - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (5/16/2019) Robert ...
by Eric LeVine
May 19th, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?
Replies: 113
Views: 4053

Re: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?

ok I just have to ask: how can someone too tightfisted to cough up $25 A YEAR for CT even accumulate a 250+ bottle cellar? thats just a drop in the bucket if those wines are anything above 20 cases of yellowtail. If it were needed to help a fellow Berserker, I'd pay 4 times that not to have to inve...
by Eric LeVine
May 18th, 2019, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?
Replies: 113
Views: 4053

Re: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?

I have a several thousand bottles split between my home cellar and a storage facility, which are located thousands of miles apart. I manage them with two spreadsheets. Over the past decade, my experience is that the spreadsheets are wrong less than 5% of the time. Most of these errors are insignifi...
by Eric LeVine
May 18th, 2019, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?
Replies: 113
Views: 4053

Re: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?

The criticism here is totally fair. There are still way too many things one can only do in desktop, and the mobile app design predated bigger screens and needs to scale better across a wider range of form factors. We are just lining up a designer to kick off a mobile refresh. As Mark notes, right n...
by Eric LeVine
May 18th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?
Replies: 113
Views: 4053

Re: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?

Are you using the mobile app for input? Or the desktop site and the shopping cart as shown here (about halfway through): https://support.cellartracker.com/article/51-interface-overview I primarily input on the mobile app, e.g. I'm receiving deliveries and inputting them at a remote storage site. I ...
by Eric LeVine
May 18th, 2019, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?
Replies: 113
Views: 4053

Re: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?

I have a several thousand bottles split between my home cellar and a storage facility, which are located thousands of miles apart. I manage them with two spreadsheets. Over the past decade, my experience is that the spreadsheets are wrong less than 5% of the time. Most of these errors are insignifi...
by Eric LeVine
May 18th, 2019, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?
Replies: 113
Views: 4053

Re: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?

I'm at about 300ish bottles and I use CT, but the input process (even with barcode scanner/photo image recognition) is slow and not optimized for bulk options, and I'm considering dropping it. I still maintain a Google spreadsheet just because it's so much faster. Are you using the mobile app for i...
by Eric LeVine
May 18th, 2019, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?
Replies: 113
Views: 4053

Re: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?

I have always said that my two biggest competitors are (1) APATHY and (2) MICROSOFT EXCEL. Craig, thanks for the plug. We are always here to help anyone who wants to get online. I have seen people bang out 1,000 bottles in a short afternoon if they have some friends to do a call and response and hel...
by Eric LeVine
May 17th, 2019, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 7954

Re: Robert Parker retires

in some ways his strongest asset was his timing. I emailed him a note yesterday congratulating him and wishing him well. Again, if not for his bulletin board, I doubt I ever would have had the idea to create CellarTracker. Part of his very gracious response: "a million thanks Eric....we both were f...
by Eric LeVine
May 16th, 2019, 10:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 7954

Re: Robert Parker retires

Kris Patten wrote:
May 16th, 2019, 8:54 pm
Eric LeVine wrote:
May 16th, 2019, 8:36 pm
I am working a 2003 Pegau da Capo -- via Coravin. Both Bob suggestions.
Eric,

I'll come over and we can just remove the cork vs. Coravin.
Hah! We should get together. It has been way too long. Bisato sometime?
by Eric LeVine
May 16th, 2019, 8:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 7954

Re: Robert Parker retires

I am working a 2003 Pegau da Capo -- via Coravin. Both Bob suggestions.
by Eric LeVine
May 16th, 2019, 8:34 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Good beer website
Replies: 20
Views: 789

Re: Good beer website

Joe, nice! I have a fridge that is constantly more full of beer than it should be thanks to Tavour.
by Eric LeVine
May 16th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 7954

Re: Robert Parker retires

Here is a toast to Bob, his health and more time with family and friends.
by Eric LeVine
May 16th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: OOPS! Diner gets wrong wine £4500 le Pin
Replies: 32
Views: 2584

Re: OOPS! Diner gets wrong wine £4500 le Pin

BUT did Eric arrive at Le Pin in a helicopter???? Haha, nope. Not even a little. I arrived there in 2010 to speak at the MW Symposium on a panel about wine and the Internet. Fiona Morrison was one of the co-organizers of the conference that year, and she and Jacques had all the speakers over for di...
by Eric LeVine
May 16th, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: OOPS! Diner gets wrong wine £4500 le Pin
Replies: 32
Views: 2584

Re: OOPS! Diner gets wrong wine £4500 le Pin

I had the 2001 Le Pin once, poured by the winery owner, sitting overlooking his vineyard, from 3.0L no less. I love Pichon Lalande more than most, but the Le Pin was at a whole different level. Call it modernist or what you want, but it was some of the best Merlot I have ever tasted. Events - 0527.J...
by Eric LeVine
April 28th, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Celebrating CellarTracker's Fifteenth Anniversary
Replies: 60
Views: 1559

Re: TN: Celebrating CellarTracker's Fifteenth Anniversary

c fu wrote:
April 28th, 2019, 9:43 am
Remember when everyone was angry with the new interface? Ha!
Trust me, I remember...
by Eric LeVine
April 26th, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Celebrating CellarTracker's Fifteenth Anniversary
Replies: 60
Views: 1559

Re: TN: Celebrating CellarTracker's Fifteenth Anniversary

Trust me, I am familiar with the fact that all holidays are one day shorter in Israel. Also, let's not forget that the law of the land there allows kitniyot (rice, beans etc.) whereas Ashkenazi Jews outside of Israel are SOL.

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