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by R. Smith
November 18th, 2019, 6:28 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)
Replies: 29
Views: 908

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)

I spoke with the owner he is going to look at putting together a menu for us. Is everyone good with @$50 per person for dinner all in ? That should include tax and tip. We could also just order off the menu but figured this might be a nice option to have him curate it, try to pair a few things and ...
by R. Smith
November 16th, 2019, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $6500 for this poxed Monty?
Replies: 26
Views: 2923

Re: $6500 for this poxed Monty?

This one is downright terrifying! Image
by R. Smith
November 8th, 2019, 7:04 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)
Replies: 29
Views: 908

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Reisling-November 19th (Coalfire)

adam caldwell wrote:
November 7th, 2019, 11:47 pm
Ryan I think we are open, at least I am. Good Piedmont is always welcome wherever I’m at.
Thanks Adam! I’ll be bringing a TBD 1970’s Piedmont. How does 6 PM work for everyone?
by R. Smith
November 7th, 2019, 6:11 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)
Replies: 29
Views: 908

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Reisling-November 19th (Coalfire)

I’m excited to go but don’t have much in the way of Riesling in the cellar unfortunately. If you were open to also including Piedmont though, I have much to offer!
by R. Smith
October 8th, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 3159

Re: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
October 8th, 2019, 11:41 am
R. Smith wrote:
October 8th, 2019, 11:30 am
90 Points James Suckling for a $185 Cabernet...I'd recommend running far far away.
Do you otherwise follow/respect Suckling's ratings?
He's usually a few points high for my palate, I usually subtract 3-4 points.
by R. Smith
October 8th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 3159

Re: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines

90 Points James Suckling for a $185 Cabernet...I'd recommend running far far away.
by R. Smith
October 3rd, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: cheap wines
Replies: 9
Views: 1000

Re: TN: cheap wines

2017 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Noir: Fruity and jammy and on the sweeter side. Good structure that doesn't fall off, decent mouthfeel. For $6.99 at Albertssons, it's a steal. I've had $30+ PN's that were much worse. FWIW, the Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Noir is only ~75% Pin...
by R. Smith
September 21st, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines
Replies: 64
Views: 5887

Re: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines

Alan Rath wrote:
September 21st, 2019, 10:38 am
I’m shocked there could be a $75 chard from a dry creek producer. Haven’t been up there in years, used to be the place to tool around and find some good, affordable zins and red blends.
Me too! You can get Hanzell, Ridge, Mt. Eden and Stony Hill all day for under $75.
by R. Smith
September 13th, 2019, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?
Replies: 34
Views: 2322

Re: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
September 13th, 2019, 7:29 am
New releases not cheap, around $200+. I do not think she’s the winemaker now.
Kathryn Kennedy passed away in 2009. :(
by R. Smith
September 1st, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Viña Gravonia
Replies: 15
Views: 1036

Re: TN: 2010 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Viña Gravonia

Tight allocations. Even Gravonia getting parsed out. First time I can't get as much as I wanted. Vinopolis still seems to be most reliable source north of CA. I had the same experience with getting Gravonia this year. My usual source said she was unable to secure any for me even though I buy a case...
by R. Smith
August 27th, 2019, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Viña Gravonia
Replies: 15
Views: 1036

Re: TN: 2010 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Viña Gravonia

Where did you get the 2010? It's only showing at one store in California. Everyplace else has the 2009. Hi John, I got this wine and the 05 Tondonia Blanco At Vinopolos In PDX Tight allocations. Even Gravonia getting parsed out. First time I can't get as much as I wanted. Vinopolis still seems to b...
by R. Smith
June 20th, 2019, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Predictions for Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association v. Thomas
Replies: 2
Views: 452

Predictions for Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association v. Thomas

My prediction is Justice Alito will write the opinion affirming the Circuit Court's finding that Tennesse's Law violates the dormant commerce clause. What do the attorney's here think?
by R. Smith
June 16th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tobin James California Champagne? How?
Replies: 5
Views: 610

Re: Tobin James California Champagne? How?

lleichtman wrote:
June 16th, 2019, 2:38 pm
France will stop this. Champagne is a protected name.
They can't, Tobin James has been making this since before the US/EU Labeling agreement. It's perfectly legal. Korbel, Andre, and Cooks do the same thing.
by R. Smith
June 15th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Owner (most of you already know him) suing police deputy
Replies: 40
Views: 4046

Re: Winery Owner (most of you already know him) suing police deputy

Looks like John hired an incredible law firm to take his case. They only have 2 attorneys but specialize in so many things! AREAS OF LAW General Practice Civil Litigation Personal Injury Automobile Accidents Dog Bites Head and Spinal Injuries Motorcycle Accidents Nursing Home Litigation Railroad Acc...
by R. Smith
June 15th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Owner (most of you already know him) suing police deputy
Replies: 40
Views: 4046

Re: Winery Owner (most of you already know him) suing police deputy

Here’s the towns response to John’s lawsuit:
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by R. Smith
June 15th, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Owner (most of you already know him) suing police deputy
Replies: 40
Views: 4046

Re: Winery Owner (most of you already know him) suing police deputy

Here’s a link to John’s complaint. It is well worth reading.

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by R. Smith
May 24th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who’s the reddest of red Bordeaux :)
Replies: 17
Views: 1413

Re: Who’s the reddest of red Bordeaux :)

Brane-Cantenac would be my vote.
by R. Smith
April 9th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Questions for Bern's steakhouse
Replies: 35
Views: 2956

Re: Questions for Bern's steakhouse

Hi Dan,

Your best bet would be to email the Somm, Brad Dixon in advance with a budget and what you're interested in. He's been very helpful in picking out wines for us. His email is: bshsommelier@bernssteakhouse.com
by R. Smith
March 16th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $3000 bottle
Replies: 89
Views: 9186

Re: $3000 bottle

The picture above accompanied the pitch, cropped at the neck, but I have also cropped off that bottle with its zinc pewter label.


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by R. Smith
March 16th, 2019, 6:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $3000 bottle
Replies: 89
Views: 9186

Re: $3000 bottle

If you have any questions, go to the web site: https://www.ghosthorseworld.com/ 2014 Cabernet $500 2014 Fantome $1500 2014 Apparition $2000 2014 Spectre $3500 2014 Premonition $5000 & Membership Into The Challenge Syndicate 2014 Zinfandel $600 2016 Chardonnay $400 Winemaker Dinner In Your Home $900...
by R. Smith
February 14th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2019 release date
Replies: 81
Views: 6203

Re: Sandlands 2019 release date

Vince T wrote:
February 14th, 2019, 1:34 pm
Can someone describe the style of the Sandlands wines, as compared to other board favorites that make Mataro, Chenin and Carignane, eg Bedrock, D&R, Etc.

Thanks!
They're in a similar wheelhouse to Arnot-Roberts or Birichino in terms of style.

Riper than Arnot but less so than a Ridge.
by R. Smith
February 6th, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2019 release date
Replies: 81
Views: 6203

Re: Sandlands 2019 release date

took a case but left bottles on the table. Have been on the list since the second release was allocated one of the mission and Refosco Similar (I think third release for me), and got 1 and 1. Been with Sandlands since the First release, allocated 1 Mission and 1 Refosco. Very Excited to try both!
by R. Smith
January 14th, 2019, 9:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Update: Chicago - What to DO Question..
Replies: 35
Views: 2020

Re: Chicago - a few Qs

Hi Mark,

Chez Simo is a great BYOB French restaurant in Chicago that I frequent. Please let me know when you're in town. I'd be happy to meet up.

Ryan
by R. Smith
January 13th, 2019, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who will be the next Cornas and who will be the next Australia?
Replies: 29
Views: 2147

Who will be the next Cornas and who will be the next Australia?

A friend and I were recently discussing trends in wine, namely the stratospheric rise of Cornas and the decline of Australia form its highs in the late 1990's. What's your prediction on which regions will encounter a similar rise/fall next?
by R. Smith
December 9th, 2018, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2065
Views: 207694

Re: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

Siun o'Connell wrote:
December 9th, 2018, 8:50 am
Bourbon has vanished completely from Ray's social media. He was still tweeting in late November about his lessons learned and plans to recover from MI but nothing since Nov 27.
I hope Ray wasn't able to convince anyone to invest in his "business."
by R. Smith
December 9th, 2018, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When a Burgundy producer's pricing increases astronomically
Replies: 65
Views: 4062

Re: When a Burgundy producer's pricing increases astronomically

But even more so producers like Arnaud Ente, whose prices went up 3-4 times seemingly all at once. I couldn't agree more about Ente. Until recently, his Bourgogne Chardonnay was trading around $40 on release. The $199 being asked for the 2015 is downright insulting, especially considering Burghound...
by R. Smith
November 20th, 2018, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suckling's Napa 16' Report
Replies: 9
Views: 1211

Re: Suckling's Napa 16' Report

Bdklein wrote:
November 20th, 2018, 10:44 am
Or yours? Or anyone's ? Just so subjective .
Except no one is lining Mike's pockets in exchange for a high score. Objectivity is everything.
by R. Smith
November 15th, 2018, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2018 Edition -- TABULATIONS COMPLETE
Replies: 120
Views: 7169

Re: WOTYs--2018 Edition and your Discovery of the Year

2002 Krug 2001 Ramonet Montrachet 2001 Leflaive Chevalier Montrachet 2010 Coche Dury Corton Charlemagne 1959 Faiveley Corton Clos des Cortons 1985 Pousse d'Or Volnay Clos de la Bousse d'Or 1980 Pousse d'Or Volnay Clos de la 60 Ouvrees 2000 JF Mugnier Musigny 2007 Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Beze 20...
by R. Smith
November 11th, 2018, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent “Should’ve bought a case” wines?
Replies: 48
Views: 3013

Re: Recent “Should’ve bought a case” wines?

M. Dildine wrote:
November 11th, 2018, 6:58 pm
Arnot-Roberts 2017 Kirschenmann Zinfandel. Unusually focused, savory and lively.
Agreed! The 12.6% Alc. and bright acid is so refreshing. I was glad I bought half a case. Next time you're in Chicago, I'd be happy to open one for you.
by R. Smith
October 26th, 2018, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about MonteBello labels
Replies: 7
Views: 648

Re: Question about MonteBello labels

Hi Aaron,

From what Eric Baugher has told me, Ridge switched to a new label design around this time. The new labels have slightly darker, bolder fonts. Perfectly normal.
by R. Smith
October 17th, 2018, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Master Somm Invalidation
Replies: 207
Views: 16533

Re: Master Somm Invalidation

Cameron Pilkey wrote an excellent response to the CMS decision: Dear Somm's & fellow Wine Knerds, Behind every good man is a great woman! And so if any of you have had the chance to meet mine - well then, you definitely know that expression to be true. She compiled her thoughts that summarize my sit...
by R. Smith
September 16th, 2018, 8:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2065
Views: 207694

Re: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

Thanks for posting that, Bill - I forwarded it to Charles Taylor, Myles' father, as I'm sure he'd be interested in Ray's threats. Amazing he claims that those SITES cause him harm - not his neglect of his business or his failure to satisfy contracts. Always somebody else's fault. I backed up the ar...
by R. Smith
September 16th, 2018, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2065
Views: 207694

Re: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

I don’t think the Times cares about being “wrong” here. They wrote up his story as mostly human interest, not as investment/drinking advice. First American to make grand cru burgundy is interesting! I do not believe this is correct. Neither would Blair Pethel. His Corton Charlemagnes are pretty gre...
by R. Smith
September 10th, 2018, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2065
Views: 207694

Re: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

Oh and there's a long ... very long ... video that seems new in which Ray tells his story. Same website. (and no mention in the site content (not sure about the video) about the Bourbon project) Has anyone made it through the entire video? I watched the first six minutes and all he did was talk in ...
by R. Smith
September 10th, 2018, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2065
Views: 207694

Re: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

Gary York wrote:
September 10th, 2018, 9:19 am
He could/should write it because this is a monster he helped create. And if everything he published was "true" he has no problems. But that might require real journalism, so the Times is not the place for such things.
+1
by R. Smith
September 8th, 2018, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2065
Views: 207694

Re: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

I had to stop reading at this part:
With me, I have a history with Todd French, the racist owner of the site.
by R. Smith
August 1st, 2018, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8478
Views: 1225204

RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Spanish Authorities Bust Wine Counterfeiting Ring Allegedly Producing Fake Vega Sicilia and Pingus

https://www.winespectator.com/webfeatur ... iting-Ring
by R. Smith
July 30th, 2018, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And it all started in a small wine shop in Springfield NJ
Replies: 8
Views: 1274

And it all started in a small wine shop in Springfield NJ

I remember shopping for wine at the old Wine Library back in the day, and a young Gary V helping me find that bargain Cabernet I had read about in Wine Spectator..... What a difference a few decades makes..... https://finance.yahoo.com/video/why-investor-gary-vaynerchuk-thinks-192840545.html?.tsrc=...
by R. Smith
July 28th, 2018, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Place which Shall Not Be Named
Replies: 32
Views: 2584

The Place which Shall Not Be Named

1979 Mondavi Zin BTG @ $5.99 Has anybody ever tried the "453 Trenton Cellars Zinfandel, non-vintage 1977 & 1978 vintage grapes, by Joe Swan $28.95"? I have, it was well past prime unfortunately. The Mondavi and Ridge Zins are both holding up extremely well. If they have anymore of the Ridge Coast R...
by R. Smith
July 3rd, 2018, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fake 1987 Petrus Being Sold at Auction
Replies: 9
Views: 1202

Fake 1987 Petrus Being Sold at Auction

Ian Dorin wrote:How do you alter the seller? :)

Horrible fake.
It has something to do with Hardy Rodenstock's ghost and an ancient ritual.
by R. Smith
July 3rd, 2018, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fake 1987 Petrus Being Sold at Auction
Replies: 9
Views: 1202

Fake 1987 Petrus Being Sold at Auction

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Just a heads up, I noticed an obviously fake 1987 Petrus being sold at auction in Brazil. I've tried alerting the seller, who has been unresponsive.

Here's a link to the offending lot: https://m.superbid.net/#!/lote/1403662
by R. Smith
June 29th, 2018, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Wine Banned in Europe (EU Vote) Unconfirmed
Replies: 16
Views: 1207

California Wine Banned in Europe (EU Vote) Unconfirmed

This is trending on twitter, but I'm so far unable to locate the original source, so call it unconfirmed at this point. This is fake news . Someone posts something "trending on twitter" without bothering to verify the story. I have searched both Google News and the BBC and there is nothing on eithe...
by R. Smith
June 27th, 2018, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bern’s Recommendations
Replies: 16
Views: 1719

Bern’s Recommendations

Your best bet is to ask for Brad Dixon and let him know your looking for aged Bordeaux/Barolo etc. I've done this many times and he never disappoints.

They still have a deep Bordeaux section and we've enjoyed some great bottles there.
by R. Smith
June 16th, 2018, 4:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mega Purple and Pinot Noir
Replies: 206
Views: 9417

Mega Purple and Pinot Noir

I actually am firmly against mega purple. 99% of the wines I buy are what some would call wines of terroir. I am also against stirring the pot and creating suspicion with no specificity. Provide concrete examples of quality Pinot Noir producers using MP, and you might change more minds. David, It s...
by R. Smith
June 7th, 2018, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mega Purple and Pinot Noir
Replies: 206
Views: 9417

Mega Purple and Pinot Noir

I think the interesting questions on additions to a wine and an "Ingredient" Listing would be adding tartaric acid and chaptalization. Tartaric acid occurs naturally in all wines and yet by most "standards" that I've seen would only be listed if it is added to a wine. In such a case the wine that w...
by R. Smith
June 7th, 2018, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mega Purple and Pinot Noir
Replies: 206
Views: 9417

Mega Purple and Pinot Noir

Let's say a winery uses egg whites to fine a wine. Now, the traditional way of doing this is to stir them into a barrel then, after the egg whites have settled to the bottom and removed unwanted tannins / bitter compounds, the wine is 'racked off' of these and they do not remain in the wine. Should...

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