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by Richard Albert
January 15th, 2020, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Screaming Eagle
Replies: 60
Views: 6887

Re: 2017 Screaming Eagle

Curious:
Anyone know how many mags 2017 were produced?
Did Galloni comment on the wine?
by Richard Albert
January 9th, 2020, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone ever sold to wine.com?
Replies: 10
Views: 1475

Re: Anyone ever sold to wine.com?

Give K&L a call, they buy upfront as well.
by Richard Albert
January 9th, 2020, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Fantastic Value!"
Replies: 82
Views: 5501

Re: "Fantastic Value!"

Diego Molinari's final wine has a fascinating and tragic story, a NV Rosso di Montalcino. 2015, an excellent vintage, was to be his final production as he was retiring.. There were major issues with the sale of the winery which got out of hand. Allegedly, he walked out on the production mid stream, ...
by Richard Albert
January 8th, 2020, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Booze Spectator
Replies: 30
Views: 1709

Re: Booze Spectator

Al, true I have not been around the WS for many years.
It is much less appealing now when it is no longer loyal to its foundational intentions-evolution.
50% liquor ads in Dec. seems to undercut its foundations
by Richard Albert
January 8th, 2020, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Booze Spectator
Replies: 30
Views: 1709

Re: Booze Spectator

Thread got hijacked.
Those Wine Spectator liquor ads are not helping the wine business.
Is the WS still the most widely circulated wine publication?
by Richard Albert
January 7th, 2020, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Booze Spectator
Replies: 30
Views: 1709

Re: Booze Spectator

I am stating it was a good back scratch for the wineries contacted by the WS advertising staff when a good review or favorable article was in the offing, a low hanging fruit sale. That practice raised suspicions about the other way around with some of the more successful Napa wineries.
by Richard Albert
January 7th, 2020, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Game Changer Corkscrew - 5 bucks from Ebay!
Replies: 29
Views: 2092

Re: Game Changer Corkscrew - 5 bucks from Ebay!

Here are the early versions probably older than many Berserkers!
My father liked wine back in 50's and collected corkscrews along the way which I now have. Too busy to google them right now...

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by Richard Albert
January 7th, 2020, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Booze Spectator
Replies: 30
Views: 1709

Re: Booze Spectator

I do not know what full page ads cost these days, but it was $20,000+ in the 80's. Small fish were not players, even if they sold out and yes that still holds today. Back in those less sophisticated days, it was rather obvious to us that when an article mentioned a wine and there was a display for t...
by Richard Albert
January 7th, 2020, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Booze Spectator
Replies: 30
Views: 1709

Re: Booze Spectator

Its a given that they make their money selling advertising, but my point and the bottom line is the Spectator is eroding the wine biz client base The conclusion is there are not as many wine businesses willing to buy ads in the Spectator because if there were, the Spectator's selection of liquor ads...
by Richard Albert
January 6th, 2020, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Booze Spectator
Replies: 30
Views: 1709

Booze Spectator

Dec 15 Wine Spectator full page advertisers: Johnny Walker Remy Cazadores Crown Royal Grand Marnier Don Julio Hennessy Dewars Grey Goose back cover Bacardi first two pages Whisky Fest next two pages Big Smoke/Whiskey Fest two pages I received a free subscription after many years without and found it...
by Richard Albert
January 2nd, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle "oil-like" imperfections, a sign of seepage?
Replies: 19
Views: 730

Re: Bottle "oil-like" imperfections, a sign of seepage?

Hope there are no missing bottle plant employees, perhaps Graisseux Pierre did not just walk off the job. Ha!
by Richard Albert
January 2nd, 2020, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 Wine Resolutions
Replies: 60
Views: 2679

Re: 2020 Wine Resolutions

Enjoy more of the special wines stashed along my vinous path.
Drink less often and finish earlier in the evening to improve quality and duration of sleep
Back fill my favs, lower alcohol mature, old school gems.
by Richard Albert
December 14th, 2019, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Caymus 2018 Cabernet on the shelf - 13.9%
Replies: 52
Views: 2840

Re: Caymus 2018 Cabernet on the shelf - 13.9%

My error for conflating Wagner Family wines with Joe's wine pursuits, sorry. After thinking about this topic overnight, understanding the release of the 2018 Napa Cab just over a year from harvest is my main point, not the the financial aspects of the Wagner's wealth, their expansions of facilites a...
by Richard Albert
December 13th, 2019, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Caymus 2018 Cabernet on the shelf - 13.9%
Replies: 52
Views: 2840

Re: Caymus 2018 Cabernet on the shelf - 13.9%

Greg, you are absolutely right, you "don't get this". A winery which hand crafted a cuvee of 1000 cases and less for 10 years under Charlie's watch is now cranking out majorly adulterated wine in huge quantities, making lots of money annually and they are asking their customers to buy a Napa Cab jus...
by Richard Albert
December 13th, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Caymus 2018 Cabernet on the shelf - 13.9%
Replies: 52
Views: 2840

Re: Caymus 2018 Cabernet on the shelf - 13.9%

Shameless money grabbing. The Wagners have more than enough money to not worry about aging their Cab hurting them and their cash flow. When was this Cab bottled is my question. Is it even out of bottle shock? It appears they have less respect for their consumers than previously, at least for those w...
by Richard Albert
December 12th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 13
Views: 575

Re: TN: 1990 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Thank for the mention, gentlemen. I thrive on positive feedback regarding the wines I have sold and resold. I usually know the seller and cellar of the wines I offer, having sold the owners many of their wines. The exception was the Davis Cellar which need no one to speak for it, a wine geek's heave...
by Richard Albert
December 11th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?
Replies: 61
Views: 2650

Re: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?

Fast rack or slow? Fastrack:In Russia with vodka is common, perhaps because the bubbly I found in the beryozkas(hard currency stores for tourists and dipolomatic corps) many moons ago used to be rather sweet. Low salt caviar,malossol, is my preference and no salty potato chips. Try it on melba toast...
by Richard Albert
December 5th, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Protecting your $$$$$ wines
Replies: 53
Views: 3182

Re: Protecting your $$$$$ wines

The "craze" I was referring to for perfect labels in the US, was not folks preferring perfect labels, it was referencing the demand by Asian buyers for perfection in label conditions. Exporters I dealt with refused to buy well stored bottles because of minor imperfections rendering them unsalable to...
by Richard Albert
December 4th, 2019, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Protecting your $$$$$ wines
Replies: 53
Views: 3182

Re: Protecting your $$$$$ wines

Unless they changed the formula of Saran wrap, it is not an archival tool. There are archival plastic wraps for your multi decade bottles which I learned from a gent preserving family heirlooms of paper and photos. He was also a Mouton collector starting with the 1928 The treasured bottles in Bord a...
by Richard Albert
November 23rd, 2019, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The label for 2017 Mouton is, well, titillating
Replies: 42
Views: 2390

Re: The label for 2017 Mouton is, well, titillating

Howz about Clos du Val, the Three Graces showing with full frontal, butts and breasts, same time as Kenwood's Naked Lady.

I guess you sorta know it when you see it, huh?
by Richard Albert
November 22nd, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The label for 2017 Mouton is, well, titillating
Replies: 42
Views: 2390

Re: The label for 2017 Mouton is, well, titillating

Here is the foundation of the ATF's wine label censorship, the 1975 Kenwood Artist Series "Naked Lady" label.
The artist, David Goines, was so infuriated, he thumbed his nose and produced the "Skeleton Lady" label which the AFT also banned in retaliation!

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by Richard Albert
November 20th, 2019, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Stream of Consciousness Wine Thread - or, a wine thread about nothing
Replies: 75
Views: 2393

Re: The Stream of Consciousness Wine Thread - or, a wine thread about nothing

Capsules were effective barriers against insects and vermin starting in the 18th century.
Their use/need today?
by Richard Albert
November 16th, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $6500 for this poxed Monty?
Replies: 27
Views: 3475

Re: $6500 for this poxed Monty?

The shame is on them if that photo is accurate.
Winebid just lost more cred for what? Could it be the status of offering a DRC, their commi$$ion, or is it the owner's personal wine?
by Richard Albert
November 15th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!
Replies: 83
Views: 4213

Re: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!

There were many days in my understaffed wine shop phase in the 80's when I calculated lifting literally 2 tons of wine in wood cases which were stacked to about 5'. No mas, however, I still carry cases to the passive cellar downstairs to hold for clients and my own wines which do not fit in my cabin...
by Richard Albert
November 12th, 2019, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping companies hates me
Replies: 60
Views: 2660

Re: Shipping companies hates me

Isn't there a max weight of around 70 lbs per package that delivery folks are required to lift as per the job description? I do understand it can be rather physically demanding job, especially this time of year. Businesses get serviced first, so by the end of the day, multiple wine box deliveries to...
by Richard Albert
November 1st, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1985/1986 Opus One
Replies: 6
Views: 700

Re: 1985/1986 Opus One

Opening a mid shoulder fill bottle may not yield accurate info on the remaining bottles if it is off/compromised. If so, you may need to open a neck fill bottle. If it is also off you may a have a problem with all the bottles. If a neck fill bottle is good that would be encouraging but by no means a...
by Richard Albert
October 30th, 2019, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19510

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

In my little world, silence of the wind chimes on the deck was joyously observed last night as I tweaked Lennon's lyrics to PGE and cheered "Power to the people, right on!". Power stayed on all night = working furnace with temps in the 30's, yay! My heart and mind are on the people and the millions ...
by Richard Albert
October 30th, 2019, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "What the . . . Where TF did this come from?"
Replies: 40
Views: 2534

Re: "What the . . . Where TF did this come from?"

Neal, do you have any other $10 bottles in the cellar?
Just a starting point...
by Richard Albert
October 29th, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You’re being evacuated from your home, what wine do you grab?
Replies: 84
Views: 2951

Re: You’re being evacuated from your home, what wine do you grab?

No shit, Brian. Folks are having a problem staying with your premise, you did not ask what are the most important things to take with you, just for thoughts regarding a bottle of wine as a theoretical question. I looked at the question as the bottle I would want for a multi day evacuation. Only one ...
by Richard Albert
October 23rd, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 51
Views: 2258

Re: barcelona 3 nights enough?

An excellent moderately priced tiny restaurant is Viana, owner trained with Adria brothers. Always a line outside, make resi. Located just off plaza on Las Ramblas across from Western Union office. Very atypically, took a guided walking tour of Gothic Quarter with additional exposure to Picasso's ea...
by Richard Albert
October 22nd, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 03 Pavie Macquin
Replies: 20
Views: 777

Re: 03 Pavie Macquin

Joe, here you go: https://eos.org/articles/600-years-of-grape-harvests-document-20th-century-climate-change Forward thinking wineries and growers in Napa are looking into grape varieties other than Cab for the future, its been in the news. There were brutal heat spikes in 2017 around Labor Day which...
by Richard Albert
October 22nd, 2019, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 03 Pavie Macquin
Replies: 20
Views: 777

Re: 03 Pavie Macquin

16 of the 17 hottest years on this planet have been since 2000, where have you been?
by Richard Albert
October 22nd, 2019, 8:07 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Hawaiian island to visit
Replies: 38
Views: 1869

Re: Hawaiian island to visit

North Shore Kauai is lush, gorgeous and offers a glimpse of how Hawaii used to be. Once over the Hanalei Bridge, just past Princeville there are no buildings over two stories, no chain restaurants, no chain stores. There are hiking trails and beaches galore--starting just before Princeville you can ...
by Richard Albert
October 18th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to correctly pronounce Piper Heidsieck in French?
Replies: 39
Views: 2252

Re: How to correctly pronounce Piper Heidsieck in French?

Remulak, Ha!
That was the Coneheads home planet, oui?
by Richard Albert
October 10th, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone ever come across this bottle before
Replies: 8
Views: 1321

Re: Has anyone ever come across this bottle before

Nah, much cooler because it is probably real. Were those bottles etched in Germany along with the 1787 Lafitte which sold with a laurel and Hardy handshake ultimately to an insurance company after a waiter at a cocktail party smashed into it and broke the unauthenticated bottle. Oh, My! Since storag...
by Richard Albert
October 7th, 2019, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?
Replies: 52
Views: 1825

Re: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?

Jason, a couple of posts made me think use of rail was not universally known.
I think it is safe to assume that rail is used without crossing a time zone as well.
by Richard Albert
October 6th, 2019, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?
Replies: 52
Views: 1825

Re: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?

Unexpected BOOM!

My shipper has told me that UPS uses lots of trains for ground service transportation.
by Richard Albert
October 6th, 2019, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trezin
Replies: 6
Views: 659

Re: Trezin

Funny I thought this was in the wrong forum and was about Trumpski.
by Richard Albert
October 2nd, 2019, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seepage on 1970 Taylor
Replies: 19
Views: 1301

Re: Seepage on 1970 Taylor

Alex, thanks for the 70 Fonseca mag note as it is one of my favs. I am cellaring one with a neck fill and will will not touch it.
Fortunately, I have a 750 ml.
by Richard Albert
September 25th, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6670

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

Nazi origin impact is minimal, IMO. People drive Volkswagens, the world's largest selling brand in 2017, 80 years after it's Nazi inception. The current push for a name change may be a reaction to the recent rise of Austria's Freedom Party. They have the horrific Mauthausen camps as reminders, but n...
by Richard Albert
September 13th, 2019, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: thoughts on decanting a 1975 Yquem?
Replies: 22
Views: 1253

Re: thoughts on decanting a 1975 Yquem?

I agree a great complex Sauternes shows better not too cold. I have not decanted one to this point. The early descriptor of development as glacial has applied perfectly for my 1975 over the decades buried in the cellar. However, Greenland just crossed my mind, so I checked on my half bottle. It is a...
by Richard Albert
September 12th, 2019, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard
Replies: 58
Views: 5298

Re: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard

Pipe dream time:
I was thinking of offering a one hit pipe branded "Tok Alone"
Now I am concerned there may be a lawsuit.
by Richard Albert
September 11th, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1968 Chateau Souverain Zinfindel
Replies: 11
Views: 670

Re: 1968 Chateau Souverain Zinfindel

How cool that their Zin is showing so well too. Yay! Those are very special moments enjoying 12% ABV, 40+ year old Napa gems. A couple of us jumped on the 68 and 70 Cabs at BP as I was blown away by a previous 70. I believe the source was the Barney Rhodes cellar. We paid about $100 per. The 70's ha...
by Richard Albert
September 10th, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYC Retailer: Royal Wine Merchants
Replies: 18
Views: 1513

Re: NYC Retailer: Royal Wine Merchants

Deny deny deny in public.
Oops.
Settle, settle , settle as privately as possible

Continuation=short public memory and ducking neg press.
Sorta like tRump think/do.
by Richard Albert
September 5th, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1983 dunn napa
Replies: 26
Views: 1571

Re: 1983 dunn napa

Agreed, I have saved 1984 and 1986 and 1987 Howell Mountain Cabs from that era. A 1986 is on deck as an anniversary wine.
I drank a 1985 Napa a couple of years ago and it was excellent, a shame about the 1985 Howell.
by Richard Albert
September 5th, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 14
Views: 920

Re: TN: 2005 Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon

Nevin and I had a 2001 Reserve Cab three weeks ago:, classic Sonoma Cab, plenty of fruit, cassis, with earth, cedar and touch of herbs.
We raved and lamented it was my last bottle. Sonoma can definitely rock your Cab foundations.
by Richard Albert
September 5th, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1983 dunn napa
Replies: 26
Views: 1571

Re: 1983 dunn napa

I believe the vineyard name showed on the Pahlmeyer label for a few vintages and other than that there was little recognition.
by Richard Albert
September 5th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1983 dunn napa
Replies: 26
Views: 1571

Re: 1983 dunn napa

The under the radar stellar vineyard source is in Coombsville, the Caldwell Vineyard.
I believe that vineyard became the first all French clone vineyard in Napa and it was also the regional nursery for ENTAV clones coming from a well known repository in Bordeaux.
by Richard Albert
September 4th, 2019, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1983 dunn napa
Replies: 26
Views: 1571

Re: 1983 dunn napa

So where in Napa did the Dunn Napa grapes grow and in whose vineyard?

Hint: If I am not mistaken all, or a significant percentage came from the same vineyard sourced for Phelps Insignia, Viader, Merus, Newton, Pahlmeyer and a few others.
by Richard Albert
August 30th, 2019, 6:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best of Class restaurant dishes
Replies: 42
Views: 3260

Re: Best of Class restaurant dishes

Abalone: panko, hints of salt, garlic, lemon, diver/chef Robbie Burns, Salt Point Woodside Campground, Sonoma.
Tried and confirmed two dozen times, best paring 2002 Ramonet Ruchottes.

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