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by Richard Albert
May 13th, 2019, 6:28 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Shocking finds at a Miami Costco today
Replies: 11
Views: 1327

Re: Shocking finds at a Miami Costco today

I thought I saw KB was going to pursue traditional distribution on a small scale to diversify market avenues.
by Richard Albert
May 12th, 2019, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve
Replies: 6
Views: 335

Re: TN: 2005 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve

I am glad to hear how well their Cabs are aging have not having had much experience with them since the early days when Gus turned out some excellent wines starting with the surprising 1988, a vintage standout. I recall discussing the possibility of his producing Bordeaux blends as he had a wonderfu...
by Richard Albert
April 29th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would you rank the five first growths
Replies: 54
Views: 2024

Re: How would you rank the five first growths

if this is a ranking of the best of Bordeaux, it is incomplete without expanding to the big Eight as I see it.
Petrus and Cheval Blanc are superior to, or rival the FGs in too many classic vintages to not be included.
I do not have enough experience with Ausone to make a valid statement.
by Richard Albert
April 27th, 2019, 6:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why are you into wine ?
Replies: 35
Views: 1383

Re: Why are you into wine ?

I have been in the biz since '66. Wanting a job to help pay for college I started Thanksgiving break my freshman year at a one of the largest wine and liquor stores in New York. I had been sipping French and German wines for 6 six years prior whenever my father allowed. Living in Germany as a high s...
by Richard Albert
April 26th, 2019, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beautiful Tasting Room, Unique Wines, Gone in Hours
Replies: 14
Views: 1716

Re: Beautiful Tasting Room, Unique Wines, Gone in Hours

Some of the updated info above is not what I was told earlier this month, I am thinking of heading back up there this weekend and will find out what the employees know at this point.
by Richard Albert
April 13th, 2019, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How is your average cost per bottle trending?
Replies: 27
Views: 847

Re: How is your average cost per bottle trending?

After accumulating a sufficient supply of higher end(decades later substantially higher end) bottles I am stocking the cellar with near term drinkers from Italy, France and CA mostly in the $$20-$40 range and remain on a handful of prime mailing lists with more expensive wines. I also drink the bran...
by Richard Albert
April 12th, 2019, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What green vegetable goes best with red wine
Replies: 56
Views: 1422

Re: What green vegetable goes best with red wine

Try adding some sliced garlic to the B-sprouts' pan after a few minutes, as another layer of complexity. Slice not too thin, or they may blacken; brown crunchy and mild is the goal for the garlic.
by Richard Albert
April 11th, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beautiful Tasting Room, Unique Wines, Gone in Hours
Replies: 14
Views: 1716

Beautiful Tasting Room, Unique Wines, Gone in Hours

Too few knew the tasting room in Sonoma with a great bucolic hillside view and exclusively offering some of Joel Peterson's legacy wines. Gallo wasted no time last week, via a memo on Tuesday immediately after the purchase from Constellation, to announce the closing the tasting room in May to the em...
by Richard Albert
April 9th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: aging Aubert Chardonnays?
Replies: 32
Views: 1644

Re: aging Aubert Chardonnays?

He is just questioning the other post about an Aubert Chard encountering its demise so early via Pobega, or he could be a serial plagiarist displaying his talents.
by Richard Albert
April 8th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine as a Veblen Good?
Replies: 75
Views: 2160

Re: Wine as a Veblen Good?

Mel, a Sonoma Cab tied for 36th in a Spectator Top 50 CA Cab review in November a couple years back, rated very closely to #1 Screaming Eagle, was ahead of some big names and was one the least costly wines on the list, IIRC. Who cares? Probably just you and me as Sonoma is ridiculously underrated an...
by Richard Albert
April 7th, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where to keep wine purchased when tasting?
Replies: 29
Views: 1166

Re: Where to keep wine purchased when tasting?

For many years, I have transported wines in the trunk of my car during the hot weather for up to a day in wine country. I got a roll of R-15 insulation and put some under the carpet on the floor of the trunk--think exhaust system heat and potential heat from road surfaces being reduced. Take the car...
by Richard Albert
April 6th, 2019, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This seems a little excessive, no? (UPDATED - it's not)
Replies: 41
Views: 2789

Re: This seems a little excessive, no?

Makes me think the Aubert Winery is protecting their wine/reputation with their expressed methodology for the impatient so their wines show in the best possible light. No, not excessive, just indirectly informing their clients they think the wine will be better down the road and will provide a bette...
by Richard Albert
April 5th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JamieGoode: The Privilege of Tasting BDX en Primeur
Replies: 27
Views: 1510

Re: JamieGoode: The Privilege of Tasting BDX en Primeur

My skepticism regarding Chateaux tastings is real, a marketing advantage to distinguish their brand from the pack of 1000+ wines and have tasters to themselves focused exclusively on their brand. The following comments were tongue in cheek extensions of the "out of the club" and the First Growth low...
by Richard Albert
April 5th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux
Replies: 162
Views: 5901

Re: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux

From the respected Ponzo Vineyard(Ridge, Carlisle and many other buyers), comes a micro production of "Old Vine Red", a field blend of 46% Carignan, 35% Zin and 19% Petite Sirah, made by a gent with a literal lifetime of winemaking experience, having helped his grandfather starting at age 5 in the o...
by Richard Albert
April 5th, 2019, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JamieGoode: The Privilege of Tasting BDX en Primeur
Replies: 27
Views: 1510

Re: JamieGoode: The Privilege of Tasting BDX en Primeur

Thank you for your efforts for a more realistic view of the event, John. I appreciate learning of Chateaux opening their doors and cellars to visiting participants, supporting the needs of the event, even if they provide less than perfect accommodations, as a counter balance to others offering a sta...
by Richard Albert
April 4th, 2019, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JamieGoode: The Privilege of Tasting BDX en Primeur
Replies: 27
Views: 1510

Re: JamieGoode: The Privilege of Tasting BDX en Primeur

I can get rather skeptical as well and am not surprised at the this new level of control and influence by a growing number of Chateaux. Bringing tasters to posh surroundings and out of a competitive tasting venue, where it is hard to differential your brand and face comparison and repeat tastings of...
by Richard Albert
April 3rd, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine as a Veblen Good?
Replies: 75
Views: 2160

Re: Wine as a Veblen Good?

It seems to me the apex examples given above in Bordeaux, Burgundy and California are all small production relative to region and are contrarian examples. Petrus second lowest production of the Big 8 with a 2500 average case production Romanee Conti averages 450 cases a year. Screaming Eagle is 550 ...
by Richard Albert
April 3rd, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When’s the last time you cracked 12% in Cali?
Replies: 25
Views: 1251

Re: When’s the last time you cracked 12% in Cali?

A couple of weeks ago I sampled a client's 2017, 11.9% Pinot Noir from Yorkville, eastern Anderson Valley. It offers strawberry and rose petal, is deceptively light hued and with a pleasant medium body which now I sell in the mid $20's.
by Richard Albert
April 1st, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine as a Veblen Good?
Replies: 75
Views: 2160

Re: Wine as a Veblen Good?

For the conspicuous side of conspicuous consumption, put OWC's in the cellar full or empty. Its all about perception, baby! We drink our treasures unlike many other Veblen goods; we piss away the ownership and the display factor, not like driving a Lambo, or having a substantial yacht, a $50M estate...
by Richard Albert
March 28th, 2019, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.
Replies: 49
Views: 2277

Re: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.

If one uses a local storage company in wine country which picks up your wine as part of its services, your wine will be handed over to that company at the fulfillment company last.
Safe shipping temps take priority.
by Richard Albert
March 28th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning Trip - Deciding on last winery
Replies: 15
Views: 855

Re: Planning Trip - Deciding on last winery

Been to Cade several times, very sophisticated, very Green winery structure and concept. On a very clear day you can see all the down the Napa Valley to the Bay.
Wines are consistently high quality, great management.
by Richard Albert
March 28th, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine shop suggestions @ Nice, France?
Replies: 1
Views: 160

Re: Wine shop suggestions @ Nice, France?

Contact David at World Wine Services in Nice. Several somms run this high level biz catering to the sophisticated clientele along the Riviera. I worked with him at the wholesale level here in SF and visited with him two years ago. There is no shop, he is in an industrial zone between the downtown an...
by Richard Albert
March 27th, 2019, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offered to donate a wine tasting for charity - REJECTED!
Replies: 19
Views: 2024

Re: Offered to donate a wine tasting for charity - REJECTED!

David, I did the same several times at school auctions; have a shill get the prices to a high level for a stellar wine dinner in the winners' homes and then double the take by offering it to the second highest bidder as well. The subsequent years at the same school no shill was needed. An interestin...
by Richard Albert
March 26th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More reasons to hate FedEx
Replies: 53
Views: 2023

A UPS store in Raleigh told me they charge $5 to accept and hold a package. When my bud went to pick up the wine, it was $5 per day. I guess each store sets its own policy.
My local hub is free.
by Richard Albert
March 26th, 2019, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bottom Feeding at TotalWines...(short/boring)
Replies: 26
Views: 2108

Re: TN: Bottom Feeding at TotalWines...(short/boring)

A winery owner/winemaker friend had a long conference call a couple of weeks ago with the regional buyer and several dozen Whole Foods store wine managers. After the call with lots of winemaking details and their questions answered, the initial order tripled to three pallets.
by Richard Albert
March 23rd, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Latour rereleases the 2008
Replies: 33
Views: 2423

Re: Chateau Latour rereleases the 2008

"The market has peaked." are the words which stuck with me about high end wines after a conversation with a senior account manager at a major auction house two weeks ago.
by Richard Albert
March 22nd, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Roumier Musigny for only . . .
Replies: 31
Views: 2479

Re: 2016 Roumier Musigny for only . . .

Face it we are in wine wonderland in the time of fabulous wealth and micro productions. How many zeros? Fascinating to imagine how the perceptions of something one might have never experienced and the resulting powerful desire can be formed, no? Grape juice with a lifespan. Let the games begin! I th...
by Richard Albert
March 21st, 2019, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1969 vs. 1970
Replies: 27
Views: 1026

Re: 1969 vs. 1970

1970 Fonseca
1970 Palmer
1969 Heitz Martha's
by Richard Albert
March 20th, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker: Entering Cost of Wine Shipments
Replies: 48
Views: 1459

Re: CellarTracker: Entering Cost of Wine Shipments

Sorry i misunderstood the issue post deleted.
by Richard Albert
March 15th, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $3000 bottle
Replies: 56
Views: 4391

Re: $3000 bottle

Wow, the Barum Winery finally opened.
Step right up!
And we have a reserve.
by Richard Albert
March 15th, 2019, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SF Chronicle Article on World's Oldest Cinsault... In Lodi
Replies: 11
Views: 717

Re: SF Chronicle Article on World's Oldest Cinsault... In Lodi

Very cool story, thanks for the enlightenment. Now I want to try some.
by Richard Albert
March 15th, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SF Chronicle Article on World's Oldest Cinsault... In Lodi
Replies: 11
Views: 717

Re: SF Chronicle Article on World's Oldest Cinsault... In Lodi

Very cool story, thanks for the enlightenment.
by Richard Albert
March 15th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine did you not buy today?
Replies: 70
Views: 3038

Re: What wine did you not buy today?

Ned, sounds like you have tons o juice.
When did you start purchasing and has your palate shifted much? Was there a general progression from one style or region to another?
by Richard Albert
March 14th, 2019, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine did you not buy today?
Replies: 70
Views: 3038

Re: What wine did you not buy today?

Anton, Ned, I know another gent who also said no mas to some of California's best after years on the lists. I have reduced my quantities order,ed but stay on the lists. The wine market is softening finally and I think there may be better pricing coming. Back filling on older favs however...I do not ...
by Richard Albert
March 14th, 2019, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine did you not buy today?
Replies: 70
Views: 3038

Re: What wine did you not buy today?

2016 Scarecrow, but not for lack of trying.
Released in waves, eh? Sure that notice says you can "order from 3/13 to 3/19".
Orders were accepted before the official start time. Sold out within in a couple of minutes past 9 AM on 3/13.
Nice, wind 'em up with hope, then shut 'em down--a tease.
by Richard Albert
March 6th, 2019, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?
Replies: 211
Views: 7660

Re: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?

I am sitting on some 2005 Vatan because the last time I tasted it in 2015 it was stunning, atypically rich and complex, but I was told I slayed a puppy.
Ouch, a Vatan rookie error; tick tock...
by Richard Albert
March 4th, 2019, 10:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?
Replies: 211
Views: 7660

Re: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?

Kalin with age, very impressive.
by Richard Albert
March 3rd, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grand Vin Wine Merchants
Replies: 13
Views: 816

Re: Grand Vin Wine Merchants

Go order already, they are a well run company.
by Richard Albert
February 26th, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats
Replies: 49
Views: 2307

Re: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats

Venice and cruise ships make for ugly scenes, the city is being loved to death. Hit the Peggy Gugenhiem Museum for a change to modern art, right on the Grand Canal for a few hours respite. She bought major works during times of upheaval in Europe, excellent collection. Day trip on the Lagoon to Bura...
by Richard Albert
February 25th, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: Retsina?
Replies: 15
Views: 494

Re: POLL: Retsina?

Is that stuff exposed to hemlock or...
by Richard Albert
February 25th, 2019, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can old wine ever make you sick
Replies: 28
Views: 1428

Re: Can old wine ever make you sick

Regarding old ports, 25 years ago a client told me he had a bottle of port take him and a friend to hallucinationville, as opposed to the mere headache mentioned above. Upon questioning this fellow's experience, I asked if he had consumed other possible intoxicants to which he replied a white Burg, ...
by Richard Albert
February 25th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?
Replies: 62
Views: 1737

Re: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?

Randy, regarding Syrah and Cab blend 20 years ago, been there and did that with Melka and Caldwell with his superb vineyard; very delicious and successful blend, well received, sold easily rapidly. 1998 first vintage, should not have been an easy sell, right?
by Richard Albert
February 25th, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The dawn of restraint? Passed on most of my allocations
Replies: 12
Views: 1473

Re: The dawn of restraint? Passed on most of my allocations

Remember how the Beatles "When I'm 64" seemed unfathomable and inapplicable. Ha!
Then, you realize your storage is maxed out.
So much wine, so little time, enough already!
(Sh)It happens.
by Richard Albert
February 22nd, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Take out options for napa
Replies: 23
Views: 1125

Re: Take out options for napa

Merrill, what restaurants are decent in Calistoga to eat in as opposed to take out.
by Richard Albert
February 22nd, 2019, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many bottles of 750ml bottles for 35 people?
Replies: 62
Views: 2067

Re: How many bottles of 750ml bottles for 35 people?

Another factor I overlooked in consumption (vs amount poured) is the restaurant and staff will probably be paid according to the number of bottles poured, right?
by Richard Albert
February 22nd, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many bottles of 750ml bottles for 35 people?
Replies: 62
Views: 2067

Re: How many bottles of 750ml bottles for 35 people?

06, 08, 11 Special
by Richard Albert
February 22nd, 2019, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many bottles of 750ml bottles for 35 people?
Replies: 62
Views: 2067

Re: How many bottles of 750ml bottles for 35 people?

Be sure not to run out of your excellent wine, but also consider some of the recommendations made above are for mixed gender wine lovers in wine tasting or wine dinner settings vs a group of women executives with unknown interest and experience levels with wine, who may also be networking/partially ...
by Richard Albert
February 17th, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "one liver, one life"
Replies: 13
Views: 1512

Re: "one liver, one life"

Thanks for the link to some well put sentiments reminding me the simplistically put phrases "Life is too short for cheap (or "bad") wine".
by Richard Albert
February 15th, 2019, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More cab than zin in California?
Replies: 7
Views: 373

Re: More cab than zin in California?

Follow da money, once again.
by Richard Albert
February 13th, 2019, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Monte Bello. Putting it back on the shelf.
Replies: 23
Views: 2206

Re: Ridge Monte Bello. Putting it back on the shelf.

Robert, I was relieved to see your prognosis is good. Confronting your mortality via unexpected illness is incredibly powerful and shakes you to your core; those who have not experienced it cannot understand and empathize. I know from two genetically inspired heart attacks, one month apart while in ...

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