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by Joe W i n o g r a d
May 21st, 2019, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 207
Views: 11483

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

Suppose the business model is structured such that x% of the vintage is sold at futures price dtc, y% is sold to the trade at wholesale, and z% is sold at retail price dtc. If the total vintage quantity drops significantly, they have to cut back on the futures quantity offered. If they were to fulfi...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
May 19th, 2019, 7:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Impossible burgers
Replies: 28
Views: 821

Re: Impossible burgers

I can’t think of a worse way to market a product to vegetarians than to say “it bleeds”.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
May 19th, 2019, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Northern Rhone Documentary
Replies: 8
Views: 1172

Re: Northern Rhone Documentary

I watched this a few weeks ago and haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. On the surface it kind of seems like there’s no there there but as I went through it, it really worked as “good art” completely apart from the geekery. Who’s the hero? Which effort is more meaningful? How much responsibi...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
May 19th, 2019, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mystery champagne - Leclere-Minard
Replies: 6
Views: 338

Re: Mystery champagne - Leclere-Minard

I finally opened this at the start of a casual evening with friends so only had a glass. It was probably the right setting for this. It’s an undemanding drink. A reserved nose with rich lemon curd and modest sparkle in the mouth. Enough sweetness to bring to mind a limonata which is not usually my j...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
May 5th, 2019, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The most useful CT stat
Replies: 11
Views: 940

Re: The most useful CT stat

I poked around on the CT forums for more info on this. It looks like people have been asking for a way to use this data more effectively (sort, export, filter) for years and the answer is something like “no you can’t do it currently / yeah we understand it would be nice / it’s not easy to do with ou...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
May 5th, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The most useful CT stat
Replies: 11
Views: 940

Re: The most useful CT stat

You guys are funny. There are errors in the other direction as well (bottles sold, given away, dropped, or otherwise consumed by means other than drinking). You can draw inferences with certainty and make important decisions using sampled data sets with errors and bias. There’s math for it. The thin...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
May 4th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The most useful CT stat
Replies: 11
Views: 940

The most useful CT stat

For me this is “Community Holdings - Consumed %”. It has proven to me as a better guide for where a bottling is in its lifespan than any of the other metrics; “drinking window” “ready to drink” etc. Yet it is much less prominent and harder to use. If there is a way to sort or filter your cellar base...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
May 3rd, 2019, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mystery champagne - Leclere-Minard
Replies: 6
Views: 338

Re: Mystery champagne - Leclere-Minard

Thanks Brad. Will open next weekend and post a note.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
May 2nd, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mystery champagne - Leclere-Minard
Replies: 6
Views: 338

Re: Mystery champagne - Leclere-Minard

I am changing my name to Vinograf in protest. 8^>
by Joe W i n o g r a d
May 2nd, 2019, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mystery champagne - Leclere-Minard
Replies: 6
Views: 338

Mystery champagne - Leclere-Minard

I found this on a shelf in the Savoie right next to the Vouette et Sorbee. Anyone know anything about this?

I’ve been unable to find any info on web or CellarTracker. Maybe a one-off?

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by Joe W i n o g r a d
April 22nd, 2019, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Somm 3
Replies: 98
Views: 7077

Re: Somm 3

A Year in Burgundy
by Joe W i n o g r a d
April 22nd, 2019, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Should you buy most of your wine from one place?
Replies: 4
Views: 363

Re: Should you buy most of your wine from one place?

As in all things, relationships matter. Good business is personal. A personal relationship requires attention and reciprocity. You have to be willing to risk rejection and disappointment. Some relationships work out, some do not. Every relationship is unique. Let it develop organically.

Cheers
by Joe W i n o g r a d
April 19th, 2019, 11:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 48
Views: 2016

Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

I have a bottle each of the 2015 Prager Achleiten and Bodenstein Riesling Smaragds, if anyone could comment on these and drinking windows in context of the vintage. I haven’t tasted the 15 Austrians broadly but have had the Prager Achleiten Riesling twice; once in 2017 and once in 2018. It showed a...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
April 12th, 2019, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How is your average cost per bottle trending?
Replies: 27
Views: 850

How is your average cost per bottle trending?

I recently realized that the more I taste, the more I am able to find pleasing wine at a pleasing price. My per-bottle spend is trending down while my per-bottle enjoyment is increasing. How about you? You can see a CT report with annual averages at https://www.cellartracker.com/list.asp?table=Pivot...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
April 12th, 2019, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Inexpensive Sparklers
Replies: 26
Views: 3744

Re: Inexpensive Sparklers

This is a category where I generally get the least satisfaction from bottom fishing.

However, the J Laurens Cremant de Limoux Brut is pretty good and for $14 beats anything else I’ve tried under $30.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
April 11th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Slowly Getting Priced Out Of The Wine Experience
Replies: 16
Views: 1350

Re: Slowly Getting Priced Out Of The Wine Experience

Every year my average purchase price goes down and my average rating goes up .... this is a game of skill, not of chance
by Joe W i n o g r a d
April 9th, 2019, 10:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 78
Views: 6343

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Made it to Lamaii tonight! Iffy strip mall location with several abandoned storefronts but a beautiful room once you go in. Really terrific service too. They are serving from a modest sized menu with a mix of common and unusual Thai selections. One dish was outstanding (salmon) and two were average....
by Joe W i n o g r a d
April 3rd, 2019, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On-Site vs Off-Site Storage Strategy
Replies: 48
Views: 1690

Re: On-Site vs Off-Site Storage Strategy

I’ve had great luck buying and selling wine fridges on Craigslist...
- got a 180 bottle Eurocave for $100
- got another 180 bottle eurocave for $200
- got a 600 bottle la cache for $1000
- sold the two eurocaves for $600

6 years into this and I haven’t had to get an offsite yet...but ya never know
by Joe W i n o g r a d
April 3rd, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your top italian whites ?
Replies: 92
Views: 2226

Re: What are your top italian whites ?

Lopez de Heredia Tondonia ? The GR 1973, drunk at the domaine, is a great white ... The Montenidoli whites that are on the market in SoCal are 10-15 years old and around $20. I don’t know if they are “top Italian wines”, but certainly not “ones to avoid.” That they would suggest tondonia blanco is ...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
April 2nd, 2019, 8:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your top italian whites ?
Replies: 92
Views: 2226

Re: What are your top italian whites ?

Generally, I avoid Tuscan whites and most vermentino, but I may be missing something. It has been interesting to me to explore the Montenidoli bottlings. I’ve especially liked the Vernaccia Tradizionale and Templare (vernaccia+trebbiano gentile+malvasia blend...the poor man’s tondonia blanco!). Bac...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
April 1st, 2019, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your top italian whites ?
Replies: 92
Views: 2226

Re: What are your top italian whites ?

Lots of great options above.

One additional wine that I have enjoyed quite a bit, particularly in the cooler vintages, is the Quintarelli Secco Ca de Merlo. It’s not as much of a bargain as some of the under the radar options but it puts a smile on my face
by Joe W i n o g r a d
March 27th, 2019, 3:06 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: San Diego help
Replies: 38
Views: 2791

Re: San Diego help

The clearance shelves today at Krisp

I’m ok with aged massican for $15, prieler for $10...yw
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by Joe W i n o g r a d
March 23rd, 2019, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any Wine related Podcasts worth giving a go?
Replies: 47
Views: 2659

Re: Any Wine related Podcasts worth giving a go?

IDTT is a treasure and I understand that it’s, at least in part, fan-sponsored.

As with WB and CT, I’ve given an amount equal to my average per-bottle spend annually for as long as I’ve been listening (5 years now).

I encourage all fans to do the same.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
March 21st, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: San Diego help
Replies: 38
Views: 2791

Re: San Diego help

Vino Carta for wine. So many restaurants down there now it’s ridiculous
by Joe W i n o g r a d
March 20th, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker: Entering Cost of Wine Shipments
Replies: 48
Views: 1464

Re: CellarTracker: Entering Cost of Wine Shipments

alan weinberg wrote:
March 20th, 2019, 12:52 pm
John Davis wrote:
March 20th, 2019, 7:47 am
I d include tax and shipping-because that is what it cost me. IIRC, this has been discussed before and results are mixed.
+1
Poll!
by Joe W i n o g r a d
March 19th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Berlin recommendations?
Replies: 7
Views: 200

Re: Berlin recommendations?

Russell Faulkner wrote:
March 19th, 2019, 7:48 am
Cordobar is now the restaurant Cordo.
Yes - it had already become Cordo when I visited.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
March 19th, 2019, 7:21 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Berlin recommendations?
Replies: 7
Views: 200

Re: Berlin recommendations?

I had an epic night at Cordobar during a visit last fall. The prix fixe dinner was excellent for what is essentially a geeky/natty and convivial neighborhood wine bar. Everyone in the place knew each other (or wanted to) and there was a lot of gregarious generosity going on. (“Hey, you wanna try my ...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
March 17th, 2019, 10:02 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Vegas Strip wine restaurants???
Replies: 9
Views: 424

Re: Vegas Strip wine restaurants???

I host several business dinners a year at restaurants at the big strip casino hotels and have never had any trouble finding decent wines to order at decent prices no matter where we were. Yes, you will (usually) pay 2x retail. No, you won’t (usually) find geeked out berserker stuff. (But that’s not ...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
March 17th, 2019, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?
Replies: 77
Views: 6275

Re: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?

NoahR wrote:
March 17th, 2019, 8:39 pm
Overnoy cheap? Several hundred a bottle here because of the unicorn status, and that’s if you can find a source.
I ran across the savagnin for about 30 gbp at London retail a few years ago. Have never seen it at retail in the US.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
March 13th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Anyone fly LH with a full winecheck?
Replies: 5
Views: 309

Re: Anyone fly LH with a full winecheck?

They took my full wine check but charged me for my carry on because it weighed more than 18 lbs
by Joe W i n o g r a d
March 11th, 2019, 11:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 78
Views: 6343

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

James Cross wrote:
March 11th, 2019, 9:18 am
Bank's new place is open. Some friends went there last night and I'm awaiting their report.
What’s its name?
by Joe W i n o g r a d
February 28th, 2019, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine check-in from London to NY
Replies: 26
Views: 823

Re: Wine check-in from London to NY

Another tip that I can share is to avoid making your plane changes too tight when checking wine. You may be able to hurry to make a tight connection but the wine might not. It’s no big deal for your wrinkled suit to spend a day sitting on the Heathrow tarmac waiting for the next day’s flight back to...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
February 28th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wine Shop Recommendations - International
Replies: 14
Views: 527

Re: Wine Shop Recommendations - International

It obviously depends on what you are looking for but I have been very pleased with what I have found at Enoteca Costantini and Trimani in Rome (central location / broad selection of the quality italians / good pricing)
by Joe W i n o g r a d
February 25th, 2019, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The search for a “wow” Rosé
Replies: 123
Views: 4208

Re: The search for a “wow” Rosé

I have found unexpected bliss in

Girolamo Russo Etna Rosato

and

Forlorn Hope Touriga Nacional Ukiyo Dewitt Vineyard
by Joe W i n o g r a d
February 22nd, 2019, 9:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best $20 Rioja
Replies: 71
Views: 5320

Re: Best $20 Rioja

+1 Gravonia (blanco)
by Joe W i n o g r a d
February 16th, 2019, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)
Replies: 95
Views: 3546

Re: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)

But are they correlated? I love family domaines and am not one to run a small business through the wringer, but Won’s experience with Halcon is not unfamiliar. I think the basic service level is too often overlooked even by those who cater well to their die-hards. In the age of social media, it can...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
February 16th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)
Replies: 95
Views: 3546

Re: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)

The behavior that TCV is engaging in is discriminatory and intentionally so. I don’t mean this in a prejudicial way; businesses discriminate between their customers all the time through loyalty programs, volume discounts, clubs and so forth. But it’s important to not confuse a company’s preferential...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
February 10th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Piemonte
Replies: 25
Views: 1110

Re: Piemonte

by Joe W i n o g r a d
February 3rd, 2019, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Blanc (France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur)
Replies: 4
Views: 291

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Blanc (France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur)

I opened a few bottles of the 14 base bottling early last year that were picked up stateside and found them to be much as Ilkka describes the 15; savory, with some complexity, and food friendly. A good buy.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
January 17th, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: the elephant in the room...old wine at a tasting
Replies: 37
Views: 2924

Re: the elephant in the room...old wine at a tasting

Rating at a tasting is as much about “quality of the experience” as it is about “quality of the wine.” The rarity and uniqueness of an experience can easily overwhelm any objective assessment of the wine. The wine I open every Tuesday may be an objectively better wine than the rare old bottle I will...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
January 16th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Alzinger GrunerVeltliner Durnstein '17..(short/boring)
Replies: 5
Views: 233

Re: TN: Alzinger GrunerVeltliner Durnstein '17..(short/boring)

Tasted 8 of the 2017 wines at the domain in Nov and this was in my top 2. Good pick, Tom.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
January 15th, 2019, 6:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Replies: 16
Views: 1133

Re: 2013 Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

Over on Instagram, the good folks of Agriturismo Emidio Pepe have announced that they are taking action to end the confusion between their domestic and export releases by labeling the export release as “vecchie vigne.” A welcome move, imo. https://www.instagram.com/p/BsppimxHfN_/?utm_source=ig_share...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
January 13th, 2019, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]
Replies: 185
Views: 10601

Re: Grassl glass eval/feedback

We received a liberte for evaluation (thanks Chris!) and the packing was fine. (At least I think it was the liberte; it didn’t say in the packaging anywhere.) Our first trial was Alessandria Pelaverga 2016 side by side with a Gabriel Glas gold. These glasses are very similar; Chris’ has a smaller m...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
January 12th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]
Replies: 185
Views: 10601

Re: Grassl glass eval/feedback

Liberte (in large print!)
by Joe W i n o g r a d
January 12th, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]
Replies: 185
Views: 10601

Re: Grassl glass eval/feedback

We received a liberte for evaluation (thanks Chris!) and the packing was fine. (At least I think it was the liberte; it didn’t say in the packaging anywhere.) Our first trial was Alessandria Pelaverga 2016 side by side with a Gabriel Glas gold. These glasses are very similar; Chris’ has a smaller mo...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
January 9th, 2019, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's wrong with cherry-picking?
Replies: 95
Views: 3552

Re: What's wrong with cherry-picking?

Why is this thread focused solely on retail customers buying from retailers. Importers cherry-pick. Certainly, I would hope that most top quality importers would stand behind the wines they sell and so would not buy wines from producers they don't think are top. In fact, don't most high quality imp...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
January 6th, 2019, 9:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's wrong with cherry-picking?
Replies: 95
Views: 3552

Re: What's wrong with cherry-picking?

Most stores don't put the real cherries out on the shelf to be snatched up by first-time customers or those with no loyalty. Yes. Why do sellers of wine need to bundle? Are they all just selfishly exploiting their best customers or protecting themselves from a harmful effect? If it’s selfish exploi...

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