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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: 94
Views: 6111

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: 3
Views: 145

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: 1925

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: 808

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: 25
Views: 3581

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: 1184

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: 6157

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: 1644

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: 2150

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: 2150

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: 2150

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: 2716

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: 2592

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: 2716

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: 1411

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: 153

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: 153

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: 378

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: 6212

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: 268

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: 6157

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: 812

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: 457

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: 113
Views: 3332

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: 5279

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: 3501

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: 3501

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: 998

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: 287

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: 2910

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: 227

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: 1123

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: 164
Views: 8969

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: 164
Views: 8969

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: 164
Views: 8969

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: 3525

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: 3525

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...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
January 6th, 2019, 6:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's wrong with cherry-picking?
Replies: 95
Views: 3525

Re: What's wrong with cherry-picking?

So, you sell it to him or you don't. You name your price, if there is one, and he pays it or doesn't. There is no moral dimension to this equation so far as I can tell. Moral is too strong a word. There’s also etiquette and ethics (the philosophical kind; not the legal kind). You walk into the stor...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
January 6th, 2019, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's wrong with cherry-picking?
Replies: 95
Views: 3525

Re: What's wrong with cherry-picking?

Cherry-picking or a cherry-picker is generally meant to be someone who comes into your store and only wants to buy your Raveneau Clos, Allemand Reynards, Fourrier CSJ, etc. That is traditionally how the trade refers to customers like that. Yes, those are the wines I meant, just not solely in the re...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
January 6th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's wrong with cherry-picking?
Replies: 95
Views: 3525

Re: What's wrong with cherry-picking?

Neal.Mollen wrote:
January 6th, 2019, 10:43 am
At a retailer I am a paying customer and I am only concerned about myself. There is zero connection between these circumstances.
Are there really no relationship considerations? Don't retailers/distributors/wineries/etc steer their most prized wines to their best customers?
by Joe W i n o g r a d
January 6th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's wrong with cherry-picking?
Replies: 95
Views: 3525

Re: What's wrong with cherry-picking?

I like the creative answers (thanks Matt & Victor!) and appreciate the legit responses that expose some of the different contexts where this comes up (winery/collector direct purchase, retail/collector, collector/collector at offline, maybe importer/winery too). To be clear, I am thinking of social ...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
January 6th, 2019, 6:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's wrong with cherry-picking?
Replies: 95
Views: 3525

What's wrong with cherry-picking?

Asking for a friend.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
January 5th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Nikolaihof Riesling Federspiel Vom Stein (Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau)
Replies: 18
Views: 635

Re: TN: 2006 Nikolaihof Riesling Federspiel Vom Stein (Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau)

Hi Alan I haven’t done a travelogue. As much as I enjoy making the trips and reading others’ tales from the road, I always feel that recounting the trips in full would be boring. The thread drift police are going to take my WB posting license, but here are some quick takes, since you ask: - Th Feast...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
January 5th, 2019, 6:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Laurent Tribut Chablis 1er Cru Beauroy
Replies: 8
Views: 329

Re: TN: 2013 Laurent Tribut Chablis 1er Cru Beauroy

The 16 Tribut village was a disappointment; I think we poured it out. Looking forward to opening the 13 Beauroy now. I found these at Vinograf, Ilkka, visiting on your recommendation (!) but think the Beauroy at least is imported to the states.
by Joe W i n o g r a d
January 4th, 2019, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Nikolaihof Riesling Federspiel Vom Stein (Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau)
Replies: 18
Views: 635

Re: TN: 2006 Nikolaihof Riesling Federspiel Vom Stein (Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau)

By the way isn't the vineyard actually located on the other side of the border in the Kremstal region? Yes, it's in the Kremstal region adjacent to the Wachau/Kremstal border and directly across the river from the domain. The Austrian Wine folks publish great maps! https://www.austrianwine.com/pres...
by Joe W i n o g r a d
January 4th, 2019, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Nikolaihof Riesling Federspiel Vom Stein (Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau)
Replies: 18
Views: 635

Re: TN: 2006 Nikolaihof Riesling Federspiel Vom Stein (Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau)

Great read, thanks. I have a single bottle of the 2010 Steiner Hund but really have no idea when to drink it. The early notes were all full of praise but the more recent ones kind of seem to either indicate that the wine is going through a shut down period or that it will not be a long ager. I have...

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