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by Dale Williams
September 10th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine insurance in NY
Replies: 9
Views: 471

Re: Wine insurance in NY

I'd be careful if offsite offers insurance to check that it is backed by a third party.
As most of the offsite horror stories involve malfeasance by owners (obviously a tiny minority of operators, but main need for insurance), them self-insuring isn't helpful.
by Dale Williams
September 6th, 2019, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1945 Vintage but New Looking Bottle
Replies: 7
Views: 1071

Re: 1945 Vintage but New Looking Bottle

As David notes, it's not unusual for Rivesaltes to be in foudre for decades. Kinda like Colheita port. I don't know Singla (my Rivesaltes experience is 80% Cazes) but assume these were late bottles. And even in places that bottle on a more normal schedule but hold wine, labels are often not applied ...
by Dale Williams
August 30th, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying wine with bitcoin?
Replies: 51
Views: 2518

Re: Buying wine with bitcoin?

Protection against fraud Any business that accepts credit cards or PayPal knows the problem of payments that are later reversed. Chargeback frauds result in limited market reach and increased prices, which in turn penalizes customers. Bitcoin payments are irreversible and secure, meaning that the c...
by Dale Williams
August 29th, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7025
Views: 589742

Re: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

I don't have Lexis/Nexis access, but from headline looks like AIG prevailed in suit from the Hasans who were suing their insurers over undelivered wines

https://www.law360.com/insurance/articl ... verage-row
by Dale Williams
August 29th, 2019, 9:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Westchester is finally getting some great restaurants
Replies: 4
Views: 375

Re: Westchester is finally getting some great restaurants

I'll second Mark on Ibiza (utterly brilliant is a good descriptor of Tue meal) and MP Taverna. Jay, Peter Kelly sold Xaviers & Freelance in Piermont a few years ago. I think he still has X as well as X2O in Yonkers . I loved the old Piermont Xaviers (I'm less enamored of X2O but should give it anoth...
by Dale Williams
August 26th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying wine with bitcoin?
Replies: 51
Views: 2518

Re: Buying wine with bitcoin?

Taking payment in Bitcoin is one thing.
But if it was being treated as a true currency (as opposed to a speculative investment, evasion scheme, or novelty) someone would price their wines in bitcoin. Not holding breath.
by Dale Williams
August 26th, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Herbert, the Suckling Pig, and 1977 Cabernets.
Replies: 25
Views: 1259

Re: Herbert, the Suckling Pig, and 1977 Cabernets.

So finally wrote up my notes (pretty different preferences from table I think) I seldom take lunch, much less long lunch with wine, but Mark & John offered me an irresistible chance to taste a lineup of 1977 CalCabs. I jumped the train 2 stops to Irvington, and crossed the tracks to MP Taverna. Whil...
by Dale Williams
August 25th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Herbert, the Suckling Pig, and 1977 Cabernets.
Replies: 25
Views: 1259

Re: Herbert, the Suckling Pig, and 1977 Cabernets.

Thanks Mark for including me, Herbert was delicious is so many different ways- skin, spiced skin and meat with lettuce wraps, tortillas with gyro-spiced pork, risotto, ribs, straight meat, and more. I don't usually do lunches but this was special Wines were really fine overall. My preferences didn't...
by Dale Williams
August 20th, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Château Canon (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Replies: 6
Views: 325

Re: TN: 1996 Château Canon (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)

That's wild, I don't ever remember hearing about a TCA problem at Canon. I've only had the '96 once, ok but didn't love, but that is '96 RB for me. I've certainly drunk lots of Canon 1970-1990, and don't remember many corked bottles. I don't think I have had any 1991-1995, but CT doesn't seem to sho...
by Dale Williams
August 20th, 2019, 7:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2004 Ch. Pontet Canet, 2003 Joguet Clos de la Dioterie
Replies: 58
Views: 1792

Re: TNs: 2004 Ch. Pontet Canet, 2003 Joguet Clos de la Dioterie

I had the 2003 Joguet Clos de la Dioterie a couple years ago and thought it a lovely bottle, with no roasted or stewed notes. I generally avoid 2003 Loire (and most of Europe) but this was quite good. Sounds like a cooked bottle.
by Dale Williams
August 20th, 2019, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 140
Views: 7997

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

Beware the credit card fees for currency exchange. I was researching a new Visa, and in particular, a citibank 2% cash back. What I had to pry out of them was a 3% fee for exchanging dollars into pounds. Amex does not, and the rate is excellent. Not sure if current but Amex has different cards, som...
by Dale Williams
August 19th, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trying to locate a 2008 Domaine de Chevalier rouge.
Replies: 10
Views: 701

Re: Trying to locate a 2008 Domaine de Chevalier rouge.

If you have WS Pro can set up an alert
2008 DDC has been available at auction several times, sure eventually some small lots will appear (Winebid or whatever) if this is not for a near term tasting or whatever.
Is there a particular reason for the 2004-2018 vertical?
by Dale Williams
August 16th, 2019, 7:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Italian wine list assistance
Replies: 17
Views: 818

Re: Italian wine list assistance

. I'm pretty sure the Fèlsina Rancia is always a Chianti Classico Riserva and it is indeed a beautiful wine - definitely one of the highlights of the list that plays it safe as far as I can see. Rancia is indeed always CCR, the discussion above was simply about whether the wine offered is indeed th...
by Dale Williams
August 16th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: why won't wine.com ship to me?
Replies: 28
Views: 1658

Re: why won't wine.com ship to me?

They are in lots of states, but probably have 6 locations where they (or affiliated or subsidiary companies) have distributor licenses. Then they (again, or affiliated) have retail licenses in each state. Inventory will be similar within each region. And you pretty much pay sales tax everywhere now ...
by Dale Williams
August 16th, 2019, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Italian wine list assistance
Replies: 17
Views: 818

Re: Italian wine list assistance

If you order the Rancia I'd look closely at bottle before opening. At that pricing vs rest of list I'd not be surpised if it's actually the regular CCR (or CC).
by Dale Williams
August 9th, 2019, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1979 Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches
Replies: 34
Views: 1240

Re: TN: 1979 Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches

Had a '91 a few years back, was dead a doorknob for me.... I'm a huge Mouches fan, and like a lot of '91s, but didn't love the '91 Mouches. At a vertical about 10 years ago it wasn't dead, but was a bit short and hard. It's the only CdMouches I ever remember being disappointed in (other than corked...
by Dale Williams
August 7th, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 26834

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

My limited knowledge based on village enforcement of acquaintances is that the property owner is responsible for any infractions, unless a contractor filed the permit (and since no permits apparently were filed here, not pertinent). I'm sure if property owner had a contract with a licensed contracto...
by Dale Williams
August 7th, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1979 Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches
Replies: 34
Views: 1240

Re: TN: 1979 Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches

Nice post. I've only had this once 3 years ago, carried to 10th anniversary of my Westchester wine group (I had brought the 79 Drouhin CdBeze to the initial meeting in 2006, this was closest thing I had left). Showed well. Drouhin did well overall in '79 I think, not usually a vintage I really look ...
by Dale Williams
August 7th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness
Replies: 35
Views: 2950

Re: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness

Le Secret des Grands Chefs (‘SGC’) is a good example of this sort of thing. As far as I can tell, SGC only lasted two vintages. A massive amount of hype around them but very little in terms of real tasting notes. I'd never heard of this, just read Jancis and Decanter articles, from CT looks like on...
by Dale Williams
August 6th, 2019, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness
Replies: 35
Views: 2950

Re: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness

The story behind it is quite interesting. 2015 is the first vintage in which they've used varietals not approved by INAO - Castet, Marselan and Tarney Coulant. Given the step change in climate conditions between now and when they were "outlawed", can they honestly claim they're a true representatio...
by Dale Williams
August 6th, 2019, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness
Replies: 35
Views: 2950

Re: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness

"In 2005, about 5 kilometers northwest of Landiras (see map above), he found and bought what looked like an abandoned parcel of old vines planted on gravel and sandy soils, atop a small mound at about 80 meters above sea level, which became Liber Pater." https://www.ledomduvin.com/2018/11/liber-pat...
by Dale Williams
August 6th, 2019, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness
Replies: 35
Views: 2950

Re: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness

It does seem to have gotten more attention from luxury/investor sites than wine-centric ones It's interesting that he was convicted of fraud by misusing EU funds(he's appealing) Two serious wine questions: One reason he was challenged by the INAO was his plan to plant 30,000 plants per acre. He scal...
by Dale Williams
August 6th, 2019, 5:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness
Replies: 35
Views: 2950

Re: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness

I've seen a couple of articles about this. But the term "worth" in title is misleading. His release price is his release price. But the comparables they are using are bached by auction pricing. It's possible that he does sell out his 220 released bottles. But who would know? Only when there are mult...
by Dale Williams
August 2nd, 2019, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 140
Views: 7997

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

Gary York wrote:
August 2nd, 2019, 7:24 am
g

The bottle below about 142 and with VAT came to about 170. Should I consider myself lucky?
Did you like it?
I don't know anywhere in US you're going to find an '06 Amoureuses for $200 on a list
by Dale Williams
August 2nd, 2019, 6:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 140
Views: 7997

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

Markus S wrote:
August 2nd, 2019, 5:43 am
Well, looks like you get to make out like a bandit, just like Soros. He was British too.
????
Mark's ability to "make out like a bandit" is exactly the same as anyone whose assets are in dollars.
And obviously US buying of British assets helps the UK and actually strengthens the pound.
by Dale Williams
August 2nd, 2019, 5:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Outside of the Northern Rhone Box: Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes
Replies: 25
Views: 1721

Re: Outside of the Northern Rhone Box: Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes

I didn't realize at first this was a 6 year old thread, can't really understand OP as I read through the linked (also 6 year old) thread without seeing the piggishness. I like the Barou "Vernes" syrah, but it's only a few dollars cheaper than their St. Joseph. I bought a case of '01 Ogier Rosine for...
by Dale Williams
July 31st, 2019, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle weight
Replies: 40
Views: 1438

Re: Bottle weight

Wow, if you want heavier bottles because they are less likely to break when you drop them, you should figure out why you are dropping them! I just had the heaviest still 750 bottle I’ve ever seen- 2 lbs 12 ounces empty. 2012 Maravalle Francisioni ”1897 Tenuta Vitalonga” Some kind of super-Umbrian bl...
by Dale Williams
July 26th, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Complex wines and simple ingredients are kind of boring!
Replies: 33
Views: 1339

Re: Complex wines and simple ingredients are kind of boring!

I do care a lot about matching, but quite enjoy tasting a variety of wines, including those that work more with diverse foods such as Riesling (young or mature), rose, Beaujolais, etc. If we are serving mature claret, Burg, Piedmont I do generally suggest that we stay away from the more problematic ...
by Dale Williams
July 20th, 2019, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Older Bordeauxs 50+ years vs newer <50 year old?
Replies: 37
Views: 2250

Re: Older Bordeauxs 50+ years vs newer <50 year old?

yep, people with perfect provenance '47 First Growth sell them through Winebid.
That's the ticket!
by Dale Williams
July 19th, 2019, 5:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there a lead concern with neck foil?
Replies: 22
Views: 1071

Re: Is there a lead concern with neck foil?

I just routinely wipe any 1990 and earlier bottle with a damp towel after cutting or removing capsule. But I think exposure from an occasional bottle of old wine is far less than other environmental exposures, though getting rid of leaded gasoline has made a huge difference. I'm a pretty dedicated r...
by Dale Williams
July 17th, 2019, 6:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: An excellent lunch with even better wines
Replies: 1
Views: 565

Re: An excellent lunch with even better wines

Mark Golodetz wrote:
July 17th, 2019, 3:29 am
Lunch began with Taittinger Brit.
This is their joint project with Nyetimber? :)
Nice notes thanks
by Dale Williams
July 11th, 2019, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 18 lobsters hanging on the wall..
Replies: 47
Views: 2440

Re: 18 lobsters hanging on the wall..

Am i the only one here who cares where the lobster is sourced from when buying retail? There is a HUGE difference between cold water lobster and warm water lobster. For example: most lobster in Whole Foods is from south america. and i dont mean South Africa which is extremely cold water and the gre...
by Dale Williams
June 24th, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Figeac 1998, Leoville Poyferre 1990, Pascal Cotat Mont Damnees 2008
Replies: 11
Views: 619

Re: Figeac 1998, Leoville Poyferre 1990, Pascal Cotat Mont Damnees 2008

Really fun evening, Mark opened great wines. I thought the Cotat was long and lovely. The Figeac was enjoyable now, and I think spectacular in future. The Poyferre was already spectacular. Thanks Mark.
by Dale Williams
June 19th, 2019, 5:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 154
Views: 10529

Re: Top US Syrahs

Dennis Atick wrote:
June 19th, 2019, 3:09 am
Edmunds St. John
85% of my CA Syrah.
Also like Copain, Arnot_Roberts, Rhys
by Dale Williams
June 12th, 2019, 6:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This puts Spinal Tap to shame
Replies: 20
Views: 2031

Re: This puts Spinal Tap to shame

GregT wrote:
June 11th, 2019, 7:11 pm

9 Luca Gardini?

33 Luca Gardini
So Luca Gardini is both you're never heard of AND might make you look closer? :)
I've also never heard of the first 11 (or Guía Peñín)
by Dale Williams
May 31st, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chelsea Wine Storage sued again for disposing of customer wine
Replies: 37
Views: 2891

Re: Chelsea Wine Storage sued again for disposing of customer wine

here's the lawsuit
https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/fbem/D ... ystem=prod

I know this is one side, but still looks pretty damning.

and it turns out the plaintiff is Pablo Alvarez's (Vega Sicilia) wife.
by Dale Williams
May 30th, 2019, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chelsea Wine Storage sued again for disposing of customer wine
Replies: 37
Views: 2891

Re: Chelsea Wine Storage sued again for disposing of customer wine

I'd assume bare minimum would be
emails to every address you have for person (over a period of months)
certified letter to last address
simple google search (Eliza Kwon de Alvarez is not exactly common name, and she seems to have active social media presence) -hard to believe couldn't contact
by Dale Williams
May 30th, 2019, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chelsea Wine Storage sued again for disposing of customer wine
Replies: 37
Views: 2891

Chelsea Wine Storage sued again for disposing of customer wine

Another Chelsea lawsuit (see Safe Harbour thread for post about M. Moriarty lawsuit) https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/05/wine-storage-company-sued-after-disposing-of-customers-collection/ https://nypost.com/2019/05/25/storage-company-dumped-womans-wine-after-credit-card-error-suit/ You'd think...
by Dale Williams
May 24th, 2019, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is Sauv Blanc so much cheaper ?
Replies: 37
Views: 1666

Re: Why is Sauv Blanc so much cheaper ?

Markus S wrote:
May 24th, 2019, 12:47 pm
Doesn't look cheap to me:


2006 Chateau Laville Haut Brion Blanc $499.00

2017 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc $119.00

Haut Brion Blanc 2017 $849.00
LavilleHB and HBB are mostly Semillon, no?
Though I get the point
by Dale Williams
May 21st, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 14 Portuguese wines, not Port?
Replies: 30
Views: 1476

Re: Age-worthy, classic Portugese wines, not Port?

Definitely Caves São João. I've had their basic Reserva 2000 vintage, 1982 Bairrada Frei João Reserva and 1985 Dão Porta dos Cavaleiros Reserva and they were all amazing! And they aren't even expensive. A friend opened the 1985 Frei Joao Bairrada Tinto Saturday, it was interesting and had plenty of...
by Dale Williams
May 17th, 2019, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ISO Wine Shops: Northern NJ / New York
Replies: 29
Views: 1081

Re: ISO Wine Shops: Northern NJ / New York

Many good wine shops not too far from Tarrytown along 287. Westchester Wines in White Plains is another one of them - a very large store but local. You mean Westchester Wine Warehouse? A few years ago while wasting time (wife was getting fish/vegs at Apple Farm in same plaza) I told aggressive mana...
by Dale Williams
May 12th, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are 1982 Bordeaux past peak?
Replies: 26
Views: 1725

Re: Are 1982 Bordeaux past peak?

I recently thought '82 Cos was showing a bit tired, but assumed just that bottle. Ducru, Poyferre, L'Evangile, VCC, and several others have all showed well with no sign of fading. I've thought Sociando, Branaire-Ducru, Meyney all better a decade ago. As mentioned though obviously storage history pla...
by Dale Williams
May 6th, 2019, 5:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: An important tasting of Chateaux Magdelaine and Bel-Air Monange, 1970-2014 with a 1971 Figeac "ringer"
Replies: 36
Views: 1799

Re: An important tasting of Chateaux Magdelaine and Bel-Air Monange, 1970-2014 with a 1971 Figeac "ringer"

Wow, those are notes. I hate to follow that, but these were my impressions: ith the demise of Ch. Magdelaine and its incorporation into Belair-Monange, Tom and John set up a tasting. Originally set for Dec, we finally convened last night. Tom had sent a case of the younger Magdelaines and some Belai...
by Dale Williams
May 5th, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cotat & Snapper
Replies: 11
Views: 569

Re: Cotat & Snapper

Still I like fresh, fruity, and crisp whites more. I've not had much luck with Sauvignon Blancs in the last few months other than an excellent bottle of young Cloudy Bay. I guess this vineyard is vinified by both the Cotat cousins? Both Pascal and Francois make Les Monts Damnes (and Grande Cote, th...
by Dale Williams
April 30th, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 13 vintages of Sociando-Mallet
Replies: 10
Views: 840

TN: 13 vintages of Sociando-Mallet

A nice group - old friends and new- met at Sutton Inn last night for a Sociando-Mallet vertical. Restaurant did a nice job- we shared a couple of charcuterie platters, then I had a pea soup with pinenuts and quail egg, onion gnocchi with gruyere, and lamb shank. 2013 Montbourgeau L'Etoile (Jura) Nut...
by Dale Williams
April 29th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pitching in to buy a rare bottle (questions?)
Replies: 16
Views: 1203

Re: Pitching in to buy a rare bottle (questions?)

Beyond the super-expensive wine, a couple of my tasting groups have done group buys when there was a gap in a tasting. Despite fairly deep cellars sometimes there is an iconic wine that is missing after everyone declares for a vertical or horizontal. Then group buys (or sometimes part of the group b...
by Dale Williams
April 24th, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 167
Views: 9178

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

He did that parlor trick thing on TV in France, where he picked the correct wine and vintage for something like 24/25 bdx wines. I am not sure what a "super palate" is, but that sounds pretty close. I think according to Parker it was 9 out 11 (with a Montus ringer). Except..... it doesn't seem to h...
by Dale Williams
April 19th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dig through this wine list challenge.
Replies: 41
Views: 1795

Re: Dig through this wine list challenge.

That's not bad for a restaurant price for the Abbatucci, which might not be a bad match if you wanted red, but still would lean toward the roses or the Monchhof
by Dale Williams
April 15th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's with K&L and all those six-packs?
Replies: 6
Views: 1286

Re: What's with K&L and all those six-packs?

The pricing on the recent special order 6packs ( Faiveley, Pousse d'Or, Taylor Fladgate ) is good without being sharp, so they can offer after confirming availability. So if someone bites they do ok without tying up any more. If they offered the '12 Pousse d'Or CdlR at $245 and one or two people bou...
by Dale Williams
April 12th, 2019, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bordeaux 1989 Right Bank wines in NYC
Replies: 9
Views: 1061

Re: TN: Bordeaux 1989 Right Bank wines in NYC

I like when there's some disagreement A nice group got together at Quality Italian for a 1989 Right Bank Bordeaux tasting last night. The main room at QI is quite loud, but service was good and so was the food. As we gathered and chatted, a couple of bubblies and a couple of still whites 1995 Charle...

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