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by Dale Williams
February 20th, 2020, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Domaine Auguste Clape Le Vin des Amis
Replies: 6
Views: 375

Re: 2017 Domaine Auguste Clape Le Vin des Amis

I had the Vin des Amis (bought on closeout rack at Posner's) last Fri, to me this was pretty hard, there’s a little bacon, herb, and black fruit, but closed. Only had the one but if I had more would hold or give long decant.
by Dale Williams
February 20th, 2020, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1971 wine - what to look for?
Replies: 43
Views: 1080

Re: 1971 wine - what to look for?

Great vintage for Barolo and Barbaresco, and they won't break the bank like some other regions. That would be my go-to. Yes, I've had good luck with '71 Piedmont even from lesser known/regarded producers (Barisone, Anforio, Ratti, Borgogno, etc). I'd check in with Jamie at Chambers St as to what th...
by Dale Williams
February 20th, 2020, 5:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1971 wine - what to look for?
Replies: 43
Views: 1080

Re: 1971 wine - what to look for?

I've had some very good '71 Cali cabs- Sterling, Charles Krug VS, and Mondavi Reserve. Not easy to find, but they should be on low end of your price scale- $50ish for the Sterling, $100-125 for others. Might be worth putting a WS alert on if you have pro. I haven't had the 71 Chappelet that someone ...
by Dale Williams
February 18th, 2020, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged wine - what am I missing?
Replies: 93
Views: 3971

Re: Aged wine - what am I missing?

I'm not sure modern Insignia ages well, but for my tastes the older ones do. I've not had '79 Insignia to memory, but have had the '78 (and own one), and it was great. I think '88 is a good solid(stolid) Medoc vintage, but Pontet-Canet was not great that era. But tastes vary, as do bottles. I'm curi...
by Dale Williams
February 18th, 2020, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The return of Friday night Pizza TNs (VDLT sampler)
Replies: 16
Views: 917

Re: The return of Friday night Pizza TNs (VDLT sampler)

I'm not a member, but went to a VDLT dinner last week -Tuscans and Piedmonts- that included the first 3 of these. . Greg dal Piaz selected the wines. I actually preferred the 2012 Fietri to the Pomona and Montefioralle, but was in minority, most found too lean.
by Dale Williams
February 18th, 2020, 5:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1979 Ch. Figeac - a wine from another era
Replies: 44
Views: 1428

Re: 1979 Ch. Figeac - a wine from another era

Mark Golodetz wrote:
February 17th, 2020, 6:43 pm
The other hidden vintage on the Right Bank is 1975- especially true in Pomerol.
I agree '75 Pomerols are great, but based on auction pricing over last few years not sure it's hidden!
by Dale Williams
February 16th, 2020, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: A couple Chiantis from the VDLT Sampler
Replies: 3
Views: 295

Re: TNs: A couple Chiantis from the VDLT Sampler

Thanks for notes. I had the 2016 Montefioralle CCR at a dinner a couple weeks ago, a bit big/ripe and woody for me, but thought it might age into something I liked more. Did your sampler include the 2012 Fietri> That was my fave at a VDLT dinner
by Dale Williams
February 16th, 2020, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Texas BYOB Let Down :(
Replies: 60
Views: 3530

Re: Texas BYOB Let Down :(

This! I call ahead to insure bringing a bottle is not an issue and not on their list . I’m curious how many people do this. I BYOB most times I go out to dinner and never do it. I just can’t picture either me, or the restaurant staff, spending the time on the phone confirming that some specific bot...
by Dale Williams
February 14th, 2020, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Texas BYOB Let Down :(
Replies: 60
Views: 3530

Re: Texas BYOB Let Down :(

Ok, I hate to be harsh, but forget state law, who carries a bottle of wine to a restaurant without checking on corkage? And most restaurants , even in states where corkage legal, don't allow corkage for wines on their list. I'm kind of surprised at idea of lugging a recent release Cab in a suitcase ...
by Dale Williams
February 14th, 2020, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73233

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

Interesting point in the article "75-85% of the selling price of a bottle of wine is profit or taxes taken by American entities". https://www.prnewswire.com/news-release ... 01880.html Profit? I can see 75% of some wines being taxes or markup, but for it to be profit the importer, distributor, and ...
by Dale Williams
February 13th, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for the board: what is the purpose to a 6 hour decant of a (very) well aged wine?
Replies: 7
Views: 599

Re: Question for the board: what is the purpose to a 6 hour decant of a (very) well aged wine?

Jamie (or someone) at Chambers has this on their website
https://chambersstwines.com/Articles/18 ... nting-wine

I've had lots of luck with fairly long decants on older Nebbiolo
by Dale Williams
February 13th, 2020, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are we seeing the end of the madness?
Replies: 25
Views: 2796

Re: Are we seeing the end of the madness?

Nathan Smyth wrote:
February 13th, 2020, 12:22 pm
Tom Reddick wrote:
February 13th, 2020, 10:29 am
But I have not touched the Big 3- those are still beyond what I am willing to pay.
Who are the Big Three?
I assume he means the Rousseau Big 3 (Chambertin, Beze, Clos St Jacques)
by Dale Williams
February 11th, 2020, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]
Replies: 215
Views: 12389

Re: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach?

David K o l i n wrote:
February 11th, 2020, 5:06 pm
Still waiting to hear from Flannery on which card I used
You can't look at your charges?
by Dale Williams
February 6th, 2020, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red Burgundy Help
Replies: 8
Views: 549

Re: Red Burgundy Help

I also see they have a lot of 1979's whats your opinion on this vintage? I've had some very enjoyable 1979 Burgundies in past, but they were fully mature years ago- and those were mostly good 1er and GCs from good producers. There are a couple good producers, Drouhin did well in '79, but the Drouhi...
by Dale Williams
February 6th, 2020, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Enthusiast has issue with phone lines
Replies: 14
Views: 725

Re: Wine Enthusiast has issue with phone lines

Nate Simon wrote:
February 6th, 2020, 11:28 am
I’ve had subscriptions to many magazines including WE and I cannot envision a scenario in which I would be compelled to make a phone call to any of them.
WE is largely a wine accessories retailer, which is source of what I'd assume is 99% of their phone calls
by Dale Williams
February 6th, 2020, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco - its all about BALANCE
Replies: 87
Views: 6412

Re: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco - its all about BALANCE

Surprised at prominent oak notes, I thought this was always fermented in steel and then into old large botti?
by Dale Williams
February 4th, 2020, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone buy from The Wine Cellarage?
Replies: 16
Views: 988

Re: Anyone buy from The Wine Cellarage?

I've gotten wine (mostly Champagne) from them and never had any condition issue. My impression from email offers is is that they have basically 3 types of wines available: Pretty standard retail offerings (by bottle) "Private Collection" by bottle, I believe on consignment from storage customers "Ex...
by Dale Williams
January 31st, 2020, 10:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: French Toast Anyone?
Replies: 27
Views: 1222

Re: French Toast Anyone?

I'm about to get myself banned but am I the only one who eats French Toast with salt and pepper rather than sweet? It's bread and eggs after all. We love to make savory French toast (but call it pain perdu, because we're frightfully snobby) and serve as a small dinner course with sauteed wild mushr...
by Dale Williams
January 29th, 2020, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Revisiting 1990 Bordeaux
Replies: 20
Views: 937

Re: Revisiting 1990 Bordeaux

I was on pro-Baron side, and I think I was lone participant to not have Clinet in top 3 Last night our Bdx group gathered at Bobby Van’s for a 1990 horizontal. I had wedge salad, a tomahawk, fries, spinach. Nice group 2010 Laherte Freres Les Vignes d'Autrefois Extra Brut Champagne Good acids, apple ...
by Dale Williams
January 21st, 2020, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73233

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

I feel sorry for those caught in this.But the math is the $12 bottle becomes $15 retail. Maybe some retailers would price it to be $20, but with those assumptions it would have previously been $16. Don't forget the excise tax the distributor pays when they purchase form me and the sales tax when th...
by Dale Williams
January 21st, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73233

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

As I said, I feel sorry for everyone caught up in this. But saying because of 25% tariff "$20/bottle where before that rose wine was retailed out at $12.00 a bottle" is a statement that doesn't hold up. Sure, there are lots of variables that can affect, but saying "prices were going up anyway" doesn...
by Dale Williams
January 21st, 2020, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73233

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

I know that in theory, the "middleman" will absorb some of these cost by cutting their margin, but in control states, where does that start? If my rose wine normally sells to my distributor at $6 per bottle and now it is going to cost me $7.50 (wine cost ex-cellar Spain, + Freight + Duties & Custom...
by Dale Williams
January 20th, 2020, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 107
Views: 5025

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

I think Rougeard is currently over priced, but still a step above anything else. I love whites from Vatan and both Cotats, but have never been really convinced by their rouge (now Cotat rose on other hand) I guess CRB can't be included as defunct So for me, sticking to producers I've had multiple ti...
by Dale Williams
January 20th, 2020, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The repositioning of L’Evangile
Replies: 13
Views: 1212

Re: The repositioning of L’Evangile

Interesting. I like L'Evangile more than Mark, to me it's a strong 2nd tier (of course it depends on your tiers), for me on level of VCC, Trotanoy, Conseillante. I guess 1st tier is Petrus and Lafleur, though my Petrus experience is one vintage, and my Lafleur expeirences mixed. But this is based on...
by Dale Williams
January 17th, 2020, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lots of mature Rioja (1942-1996) in NYC
Replies: 20
Views: 1158

Re: Lots of mature Rioja (1942-1996) in NYC

Patrick was in town from Colorado, and some of the usual suspects and a few new friends gathered at Noreetuh, where we were very well treated. I enjoyed the walu dish, pork jowl musubi, ankimo torchon, tuna poke, truffle wontons, mentaiko spaghetti, and Wagyu beef with rice and mushrooms. I hear aft...
by Dale Williams
January 17th, 2020, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top three white Burgundy producers in your cellar
Replies: 107
Views: 5054

Re: Top three white Burgundy producers in your cellar

Richard T r i m p i wrote:
January 17th, 2020, 6:25 am
Jadot
Robert Chevillon
Pousse D'Or

RT
I've had the Pousse Santenay and the Chevillon white NSG, but surprising choices

For me
Drouhin/Laguiche
Jadot
Francois Carillon

but numbers are low, just too risky. Old days would have been Matrot and Pernot, but burned by pox
by Dale Williams
January 14th, 2020, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faury st. Joe vv brett
Replies: 16
Views: 881

Re: Faury st. Joe vv brett

YLee wrote:
January 14th, 2020, 2:30 pm
ybarselah wrote:
January 14th, 2020, 2:26 pm
where are you reading this?
Here and ct
I've mostly had the regular St Jo, and don't remember ever thinking brett.
But curious where on CT and Berserkers you saw this, as I don't see in quick searches either place? One would think commonplace if enough to start a thread.
by Dale Williams
January 10th, 2020, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fat Cork- A great new Champagne retailer
Replies: 30
Views: 1966

Re: Fat Cork- A great new Champagne retailer

Chuck Miller wrote:
January 10th, 2020, 4:08 pm
Maybe because they are in WA state, home of some of the highest alcohol taxes in the nation.
On wine? I thought I was told WA had high spirit/liquor taxes , but not wine. If there is a high wine excise how does Garagiste exist- they are in WA I thinK?
by Dale Williams
January 8th, 2020, 5:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1953 J.A.Harth & Co: Oppenheimer Krotenbrunnen Trockenbeerenauslese (Germany).
Replies: 11
Views: 613

Re: 1953 J.A.Harth & Co: Oppenheimer Krotenbrunnen Trockenbeerenauslese (Germany).

I wonder what the grapes are?
Looks like a bottler/negoce wine to me, but things were less uniform back then.
by Dale Williams
January 7th, 2020, 4:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A scientist's view of the right Champagne glass
Replies: 36
Views: 1761

Re: A scientist's view of the right Champagne glass

god i love the internet. here we have a video made by a physicist specializing in bubbles of all things (with a phd in experimental explosives physics !!!) and in a few posts we have complete amateurs doubting her conclusions and observations. Well, it's not like she did (at least on video) double-...
by Dale Williams
December 27th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1959 Dinner - Comtes (‘06), Huet x 2, Imperial, 890, Cos, BAMA, Magdelaine, Coulee de Serrant
Replies: 26
Views: 1238

Re: TN: 1959 Dinner - Comtes (‘06), Huet x 2, Imperial, 890, Cos, BAMA, Magdelaine, Coulee de Serrant

Wow, great notes, sounds like a great dinner 1959 is not the best vintage in Rioja But I think a very good vintage, just overshadowed by 1958? At least I've had very good luck, with excellent bottles of MdM Ygay GR and the 890 (sad that yours was corked). I've gone through several half bottles of CV...
by Dale Williams
December 18th, 2019, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: why this auction bizot crazy?
Replies: 18
Views: 1602

Re: why this auction bizot crazy?

Deleted, Joel said much the same thing
by Dale Williams
December 14th, 2019, 4:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Scrambled eggs
Replies: 43
Views: 2101

Re: Scrambled eggs

Paul Miller wrote:
November 27th, 2019, 3:15 pm
I do like to add Ndjua. It’s a spicy prosciutto spread.
adding 'nduja to eggs sounds great. But (not to be internet scold), it ain't proscuitto.
by Dale Williams
November 29th, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Speaking of Winebid...
Replies: 33
Views: 3503

Re: Speaking of Winebid...

I always wait to the last 30 seconds to place a bid. If you bid early someone else bids up your price you want to pay for your item. It gives others less time to come back in and place a higher bid if you bid above their high bid number. I always wonder why so many people bid the price of an item u...
by Dale Williams
November 27th, 2019, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best new dishwasher for stemware
Replies: 51
Views: 3825

Re: Best new dishwasher for stemware

I'm also in the Broken a Lot More Handwashing than Dishwasher camp. Our fairly low end 42 db Bosch does fine. I don't regularly adjust height, in middle setting i can usually get in 10 or so in top rack (GG, GGG , various Zaltos, flutes) . After a dinner party if we need a second load and did lots o...
by Dale Williams
November 27th, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting recent experience at a restaurant that allowed corkage...
Replies: 33
Views: 2102

Re: Interesting recent experience at a restaurant that allowed corkage...

But it is a disappointment when a restaurant says it allows corkage but does its best to make you feel small for using it. That has rarely been my experience thankfully I don't think in this case the restaurant made anyone feel small. The waitress opened the bottle on request, and didn't say anythi...
by Dale Williams
November 27th, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting recent experience at a restaurant that allowed corkage...
Replies: 33
Views: 2102

Re: Interesting recent experience at a restaurant that allowed corkage...

I'm usually happier pouring my own, and at the only places in NYC that charge $10 corkage (usually Chinese restaurants) we open our own as well.
I wouldn't expect wine service/
And most places would have charged corkage per 750.
So you came out way ahead
by Dale Williams
November 24th, 2019, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What producers are you suprised dont get more mention on WB?
Replies: 187
Views: 11574

Re: What producers are you suprised dont get more mention on WB?

In Bordeaux given how much TLC Magdelaine gets, I'm surprised more people haven't tried Soutard, a sort of similar wine. I love Magdelaine, and like old school Soutard (I understand now it's pretty internationally/modern styled), but don't think they are that similar. I think Soutard is pretty mark...
by Dale Williams
November 24th, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Chateau Bourgneuf, Pomerol
Replies: 10
Views: 591

Re: TN: 1998 Chateau Bourgneuf, Pomerol

I always find Bourgneuf (aka Bourgneuf-Vayron, same wine, they used to have different labels for different markets) to be a good value. In 2008 our NYC Bdx group did 1998 horizontal, next morning 3 of us split the 14 bottles Chicago Wine Company had (this was before I could buy wine on my phone from...
by Dale Williams
November 17th, 2019, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please help me understand this flaw.
Replies: 19
Views: 925

Re: Please help me understand this flaw.

Throw in a penny. If disulfide bonds haven't formed, it will often clean up the wine remarkably. Is there copper in pennies any more? Of course if you have an Indian Head penny, you're good. modern pennies are copper coated zinc, which works just fine for this purpose, as only the surface matters
by Dale Williams
November 11th, 2019, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beychevelle 2010
Replies: 3
Views: 609

Re: Beychevelle 2010

I had stopped by Mark's before dinner, and tasted this. I was surprised how approachable it was- there was structure, but balanced so well that it didn't get in the way of enjoyment. Lovely blackcurrant and black cherry fruit.
by Dale Williams
November 9th, 2019, 4:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping companies hates me
Replies: 60
Views: 2697

Re: Shipping companies hates me

Delivery drivers are unionized and do just fine for themselves compared to many other workers. UPS drivers are unionized, Fedex aren't. But they are comparatively well paid. If I driver was rude or angry simply because I had heavy boxes, I'd report to management. I think the the whole 'I tried to d...
by Dale Williams
November 8th, 2019, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping companies hates me
Replies: 60
Views: 2697

Re: Shipping companies hates me

If I read the OP correctly, there is not actually evidence of an angry driver, just a "tried to deliver" when someone was actually home. I've had those on deliveries of quite light items , so think there's some projection going on here. Plus, most routes have same driver, so delaying a delivery does...
by Dale Williams
November 5th, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to Explain Auction Prices of Terrible Wines?
Replies: 31
Views: 2131

Re: How to Explain Auction Prices of Terrible Wines?

And tastes vary (and wines develop differently than expected- can find positive notes on 1980 Petrus and 1964 Mouton here and on CT. I've had neither, but have had unexpected surprises from "off" vintages.
by Dale Williams
November 5th, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New to the forum have aquired some old wines looking for information about them
Replies: 4
Views: 597

Re: New to the forum have aquired some old wines looking for information about them

I don't think any of those have any real value. The Rieussec is the only "name" wine, and it's from a very off vintage (I'm a '60, and its definitely not a Sauternes vintage). Even better vintages of the 60s often auction for less than $100. Best thing to do is drink them, with limited expectations....
by Dale Williams
October 29th, 2019, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! (but do you care?)
Replies: 12
Views: 796

Re: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! (but do you care?)

It's probably pretty simple - if it's a good producer, they probably put out a good nouveau.
I've enjoyed Brun (Terres Dorrees) and Chermette (Vissoux) in past. Never seen Foillard but if I did I'd probably buy a bottle
by Dale Williams
October 28th, 2019, 5:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offsite storage NYC - Specific Questions
Replies: 16
Views: 969

Re: Offsite storage NYC - Specific Questions

And I'd add River Valley in Hawthorne (Westchester). I'm local and can easily pick up, but have friends in city who have used and been happy with deliveries.
And both River Valley and Wine Cellarage are located near hilltops.
by Dale Williams
October 27th, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1989 bordeaux
Replies: 12
Views: 851

Re: 1989 bordeaux

The muted Ducru could well be TCA just under detection level, '89 was certainly subject to it, unless this was a recently reconditioned bottle
I really am a fan on 1989 Bordeaux, though most aren't quite at peak yet.
by Dale Williams
October 27th, 2019, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dom Perignon 2006 and Palmer 1966
Replies: 5
Views: 573

Re: Dom Perignon 2006 and Palmer 1966

Thanks Mark for the Palmer and lunch. I didn't get the ginger, but definitely thought it an interesting bottle, with the leather, spice, and a slight feral note. A bit tired, but still plenty to offer. I have a bottle of Palmer 1966 that I am going to drink soon. The fill is high neck so not perfect...

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