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by Dale Williams
July 17th, 2019, 6:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: An excellent lunch with even better wines
Replies: 1
Views: 199

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: 2171

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: 547

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: 134
Views: 7415

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: 1940

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: 2728

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: 2728

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: 2728

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: 1567

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: Age-worthy, classic Portugese wines, not Port?
Replies: 25
Views: 1128

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: 988

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: 1608

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: 1607

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: 543

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: 781

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: 1123

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: 8606

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: 1654

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: 1260

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: 925

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...
by Dale Williams
March 26th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Determining Resale Value Of Wine
Replies: 4
Views: 798

Re: Determining Resale Value Of Wine

If using Cellartracker you can sign up for Wine Market Journal auction values, which are way more useful than Winesearcher for more scarce items - Winesearcher just shows you what something doesn't sell for. :)
by Dale Williams
March 23rd, 2019, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite stemless wine glasses?
Replies: 24
Views: 971

Re: Your favorite stemless wine glasses?

The other time I thought Os were great when we did a blind dinner (not just wine, food). Patterned after a couple restaurants that serve in complete darkness. Stemless was helpful to reduce spillage.
by Dale Williams
March 23rd, 2019, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite stemless wine glasses?
Replies: 24
Views: 971

Re: Your favorite stemless wine glasses?

I don't ever use stemless at home , but have a few Os (thanks Ramon) that I find essential for concerts in the park. Os are perfect for setting down on uneven grass.
As to heat transfer, generally I set my glass down between sips, so hard to believe anything significant.
by Dale Williams
March 23rd, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coz it's time for Cos
Replies: 14
Views: 1434

Re: Coz it's time for Cos

6 of our Bdx group regulars and 2 guests met at Bobby Van’s for a Cos d’Estournel vertical Tues night Nice group, I enjoyed my crab cakes and ribeye( and B-sprouts, fries, hash browns, missed out on the spinach) as well as the company. 1995 Charles Heidsieck “Blanc de Millenaires” Champagne Apple, p...
by Dale Williams
March 20th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dishwasher and Wine Glasses
Replies: 56
Views: 2062

Re: Dishwasher and Wine Glasses

I wash all in dishwasher (GGG, Zalto, Spiegelau) 95% of time. Never had breakage nor spotting (soft water here). I'm more likely to get cabinet smell (on a stem that hasn't been used in months) than dishwasher smell, but a little "priming" takes care of that. I've run into plenty of soapy glasses a...
by Dale Williams
March 19th, 2019, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dishwasher and Wine Glasses
Replies: 56
Views: 2062

Re: Dishwasher and Wine Glasses

I wash all in dishwasher (GGG, Zalto, Spiegelau) 95% of time. Never had breakage nor spotting (soft water here). I'm more likely to get cabinet smell (on a stem that hasn't been used in months) than dishwasher smell, but a little "priming" takes care of that. I've run into plenty of soapy glasses at...
by Dale Williams
March 15th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!
Replies: 60
Views: 3411

Re: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!

If I'm not mistaken, in NYS you were always supposed to pay NYS tax on out of state purchases. I think my accountant just did an estimate most years. As to not bidding because of this "extra" cost (or because of "vig') one should always bid based on total cost. It's really not that hard to do. And a...
by Dale Williams
March 14th, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heeee's Back - Gary V.
Replies: 32
Views: 2284

Re: Heeee's Back - Gary V.

So to get it to $20 someone would have to buy 3 solid cases, of a red, a rose, and a white. A couple of his wineries seem to sell $11-14 roses based on cellartracker prices. What does the Marietta Old Vine red go for these days- $12-14? From the blends it sounds like he might be taking each farmer's...
by Dale Williams
March 11th, 2019, 7:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Digioia Royer Haut Cotes de Nuits 2016
Replies: 13
Views: 669

Re: Digioia Royer Haut Cotes de Nuits 2016

I thought this lovely and a fine value. Crunchy red Chambolle-ish fruit, some light leather and earth notes. Quite fun, thanks Mark.
by Dale Williams
March 5th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burglary bait
Replies: 21
Views: 1775

Re: Burglary bait

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
March 5th, 2019, 7:01 am
Bold price increase from 2010 to 2014; Reno can’t have cost more than 1m probably.
The 2010 price was the original unit, they bought multiple units (6 or 7 I think) and renovated
by Dale Williams
February 21st, 2019, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opinions on Bouzy rouge still wine
Replies: 18
Views: 674

Re: Opinions on Bouzy rouge still wine

I've had some delicious Coteaux Champenois wines, though value can be questionable for me. I'm a big Camille Saves fan (mostly the NV rose and the vintage GC Bouzy, though I just discovered the Les Loges this week) but have never seen their still Bouzy, would love to try. Chambers often has good Cot...
by Dale Williams
February 15th, 2019, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WINEBID-Is this auction wine a BUY?
Replies: 16
Views: 1557

Re: WINEBID-Is this auction wine a BUY?

Perhaps the question was a joke. The condition on this bottle is beyond troubling and I wouldn't touch it, even were it a wine I'd quite like to cellar. I wouldn't bid on this, because I don't like Tertre Roteboeuf. Strange label condition. I tend to bid fairly high on damp stained labels and good ...
by Dale Williams
February 12th, 2019, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11220
Views: 506506

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
February 12th, 2019, 4:55 pm

So I bought a few bottles of Billecart Salmon Rouge, a
B-S makes a Coteaux Champenois? New to me. Please post a TN when you try. What was price? Not usually a Coteaux Champenois fan, but occasionally find one that appeals.
by Dale Williams
February 8th, 2019, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurant - Waiter pouring etiquette
Replies: 104
Views: 3673

Re: Restaurant - Waiter pouring etiquette

Dale, that's terrible service; I hate when that happens. What would have made it right by you; to get you to return? Initially I would have been fine with just correct charges. Even if 1st attempt at correcting bill had done a correct bill, I would have been irritated but maybe returned (at time pr...
by Dale Williams
February 8th, 2019, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My first Keller gmax
Replies: 86
Views: 4145

Re: My first Keller gmax

I didn't notice any overt botrytis but one person at table immediately said CSH VT when the rest of us were guessing CSH. This had tropical fruit but a lot of minerality, and did remind me of ripe vintage CSH.
by Dale Williams
February 8th, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My first Keller gmax
Replies: 86
Views: 4145

Re: My first Keller gmax

This was the first G-Max I had with any age (I'd had a tiny pour at a dinner 10 years ago, when I thought it was expensive but nothing like current pricing). I thought incredible. Intellectually I don't have any reason to spend less on whites than reds- some of my greatest wines have been whites- bu...
by Dale Williams
February 8th, 2019, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurant - Waiter pouring etiquette
Replies: 104
Views: 3673

Re: Restaurant - Waiter pouring etiquette

In the summer of 2007, the only table I regret was a couple that came in, ordered a 1999 Sassicaia and had their meal. At the end of the meal the man called me over and asked me to take a photo of them for their 5th anniversary. After taking the photo he said that they went to Sassicaia for their h...
by Dale Williams
February 6th, 2019, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind tastings study
Replies: 8
Views: 531

Re: Blind tastings study

Interesting, indeed - particularly doing the test with novices and more experienced tasters. Very interesting is this: An interesting finding of this research is that even when tasted blind, there was a positive correlation between preference and price—the higher the price, the more positive respon...
by Dale Williams
January 28th, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please help me understand Huet
Replies: 26
Views: 1273

Re: Please help me understand Huet

According to Broadbent, the '89 Constance has 162 g/l rs Tasting note: Made from botrytis affected grapes from Huet's three vineyards, Le Haut Lieu, Le Mont and Le Clos de Bourg. Yield only 5 hl/ha, 309 g/l sugar in the juice, long fermentation in the barrel just achieving 10.9% alcohol, leaving 162...
by Dale Williams
January 26th, 2019, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please help me understand Huet
Replies: 26
Views: 1273

Re: Please help me understand Huet

89 Constance is my favorite dessert wine of all time, though not sure I'll ever taste a mature bottle.
I do think of Moelleux as less sweet than most Sauternes, more Auslese than BA, unsure of technical sweetness levels,
by Dale Williams
January 26th, 2019, 7:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please help me understand Huet
Replies: 26
Views: 1273

Re: Please help me understand Huet

Well I'm pretty sure the 400 g/l is a typo. That's approaching essencia level, and I've never seen that at Huet (or in Loire).
by Dale Williams
January 18th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to do with an antiquated wine book collection?
Replies: 14
Views: 770

Re: What to do with an antiquated wine book collection?

Too bad about Wayward Tendrils, sounded interesting! Poppy, if you don't want to go to hassle of selling individual books (probably hard to find someone who wants entire collection), why not find a good bookseller who will take on consignment? As a former auction person, sure you realize worth is us...
by Dale Williams
January 18th, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]
Replies: 198
Views: 12740

Re: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]

Kirk.Grant wrote:
January 18th, 2019, 10:03 am
This is pretty neat! Can I ask how folks got invited to try these glasses?
viewtopic.php?f=7&t=157200
by Dale Williams
January 17th, 2019, 5:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]
Replies: 198
Views: 12740

Re: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]

Enjoyed test driving the Liberte. Compared to Gabriel Gold, the '14 Pepiere Gorges was even more focused and mineral in the Liberte. I confess I couldn't really notice any difference with an '11 Drouhin Morgon. I liked the way it feels, though aesthetically the wide base looks odd to me, but probabl...
by Dale Williams
January 13th, 2019, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11220
Views: 506506

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Jay Miller wrote:
January 13th, 2019, 6:59 pm
1999 Drouhin Beaune Clos does Mouches
Betsy was just saying it's been a while since we had Jay and Arnold to dinner...... :)
by Dale Williams
January 11th, 2019, 7:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Favorite Paprika, anyone?
Replies: 17
Views: 723

Re: Favorite Paprika, anyone?

I do not use a lot. Occasional Goulash and smoked pastrami, along with adding some to cole slaw, deviled eggs and tuna salad. While all spices fade, few do as fast as paprika. I'd aim for smaller containers. I like Szeged, but often throw out half a box (we use paprika a lot, but more smoked than h...
by Dale Williams
January 10th, 2019, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar
Replies: 186
Views: 7982

Re: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar

Andrew Dodd wrote:
January 10th, 2019, 9:53 am
All joking aside, this is just clearly not my style.
I'm sure if this is your thing, it is probably a respectable wine. (50 pts.)
You do realize this isn't wine?
by Dale Williams
January 9th, 2019, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar
Replies: 186
Views: 7982

Re: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar

1982 Domaine de Chevalier 55 points '82 DDC is a famous underachiever, but this is about CT average, which for '82 DDC is 88.9. I'm a big fan of DDC in general, own quite a few vintages from 60s through 80s, but wouldn't buy the '82 except at a fire sale- it's variable, but the better bottles might...
by Dale Williams
January 4th, 2019, 6:14 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner Feedback
Topic: Erik Coley A+ Seller
Replies: 2
Views: 151

Re: Erik Coley A+ Seller

Add me to the satisfied buyers list, A+
by Dale Williams
January 3rd, 2019, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Haut Bailly: style?
Replies: 11
Views: 1103

Re: Haut Bailly: style?

I've only had the 2008 a couple of times, liked a lot, didn't find spoofy at all, very balanced (but much tighter in mag than 750). Whether that holds true in uberripe vintages I don't know

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