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by Rob Lynch
November 18th, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .
Replies: 58
Views: 5635

Re: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .

Anyone notice our boy Brian Loring cracked the Top 100? And with an AVA wine nonetheless. #98 Loring Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills - Powerful, focused and well-spiced, with flavors of dark cherry, plum tart and dried beef that lengthen out nicely. Pastry notes linger midpalate, leading to a finish of c...
by Rob Lynch
November 13th, 2019, 5:07 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Favorite San Francisco Hotel?
Replies: 29
Views: 3129

Re: Favorite San Francisco Hotel?

The Fairmont for the view.
For similar view and cheaper, try the Hilton Financial District. They call it Financial District, it's really on the edge of Chinatown. That one's lower on the hill, so more centrally located.
by Rob Lynch
November 3rd, 2019, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Entire list by the glass with a catch...
Replies: 18
Views: 1490

Re: Entire list by the glass with a catch...

Love the concept, and I've seen it (Max's Wine Dive in Austin, I think)
The problem is the leftovers. If I'm not cracking it, I want to know when the bottle was opened and I need to trust your answer. Less of a concern with a limited by-the glass list.
I guess you could gas the open bottles.
by Rob Lynch
October 5th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 76
Views: 6331

Re: Winebid revised.....

The problem isn't the raised costs, it's the way it was sprung on us and applied to previous purchases, to wine they now hold captive. I've got a couple $20 bottles I wouldn't have bought at the new shipping rate.
by Rob Lynch
October 5th, 2019, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 76
Views: 6331

Re: Winebid revised.....

Jayson:BINGO!

I bought wines that I thought would ship at price X, now they're going to charge me 2X, without warning?

Bullshit way to treat customers
by Rob Lynch
October 3rd, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: bringing cheese through lax customs
Replies: 17
Views: 1110

Re: bringing cheese through lax customs

Where were you coming from and what kind of cheese?
Any chance the extra screening was random?
by Rob Lynch
September 14th, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Little Things Mean a Lot - the Travel Version
Replies: 38
Views: 2247

Re: Little Things Mean a Lot - the Travel Version

Corkscrew I've lost a couple via TSA when I wasn't checking bags. Just ordered a luggage scale. I’ve travelled a dozen times a year for the last 10 years, mostly domestically, and lost exactly one in carry-on. That coming home from Anguilla. This is the cheap plastic variety without a blade. Cost a...
by Rob Lynch
August 29th, 2019, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow OWC Issues?
Replies: 109
Views: 9160

Re: Scarecrow OWC Issues?

strawman Curious how this played out for people, as far as replacement boxes?
by Rob Lynch
August 28th, 2019, 6:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K & L Connecticut?
Replies: 3
Views: 676

K & L Connecticut?

So, it's now statutorily legal (independent of any recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions) for out-of-state retailers to ship into Connecticut. Yet I still can't get K & L to ship to me. When I contact them, I get some customer service dude who clearly has no idea what I'm talking about, and has no inf...
by Rob Lynch
August 22nd, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Last minute ideas: Bandol, Cassis, Provence in general
Replies: 7
Views: 1489

Re: Last minute ideas: Bandol, Cassis, Provence in general

Don't miss the Pont du Gard. Nearly on a scale with the Coliseum in Rome.
The Gorges du Verdon make for a spectacular drive if you get up that way.
by Rob Lynch
August 21st, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Greece
Replies: 6
Views: 1344

Re: Greece

Santorini is da bomb, love me some Asyrtiko too. Not sure I'd build a trip around a particular winery there, but the island is certainly worth seeing.
by Rob Lynch
August 13th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anthony Bourdain Wine List?
Replies: 22
Views: 2424

Re: Anthony Bourdain Wine List?

I've read a couple of his books and I'm pretty sure he admitted he really wasn't "much of a wine guy". I wouldn't put too much value on his choices.
by Rob Lynch
July 28th, 2019, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Reconditioned Wine
Replies: 24
Views: 1354

Re: Reconditioned Wine

Biondi-Santi does this from time to time for customers with older bottles of their Brunello, though it's been a few years I think. I believe they top up with current vintage. I like the idea of a fresh cork in bottles meant for ultra age.
by Rob Lynch
May 31st, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Piemonte Tastings
Replies: 21
Views: 3670

Re: Piemonte Tastings

Thanks for the replies guys. Some good points. We've got the housing worked out, a Villa outside Castino, so there will be a bit of driving no matter where we go. As to restaurants: Authentic Regional would be the primary concern. Maybe one Michelin and one more casual. Views would be a nice touch b...
by Rob Lynch
May 29th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Piemonte Tastings
Replies: 21
Views: 3670

Piemonte Tastings

OK guys, plan my itinerary for me. I've got a week in Piemonte in September, with two days set aside for tastings. Thinking one day for Barolo (or Brabaresco) and one day for Barbera. Not being one to rush it, I'm thinking one tasting in the morning, a leisurely but excellent lunch, and one tasting ...
by Rob Lynch
May 15th, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino
Replies: 20
Views: 718

Re: TN: 1995 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino

Never a better time to love Brunello! Problem with those mid to late 90s bottles however, is many producers were hardcore spoofing their Brunelli. There are a number of estates in Montalcino that have the same narrative of going all in on big, dark, barrique aged Sangiovese in the 1990s, and then d...
by Rob Lynch
April 10th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Suckling back at the WS? What's up with all the 94 plus scores for CCR lately?
Replies: 15
Views: 1670

Re: Is Suckling back at the WS? What's up with all the 94 plus scores for CCR lately?

Good point. Limited sample, but I've been impressed by the Gran Selezione stuff I've had.
by Rob Lynch
April 9th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle Heft- Do you care?
Replies: 65
Views: 2386

Re: Bottle Heft- Do you care?

Just had a box of Realm Fidelio delivered--11 bottles and heavier than most cases. Punt so deep you could raise a child in it. Shipping upcharge anyone?

Put it in a decent bottle that won't break during shipping and feels good in the hand, but wine doesn't need to come in mini amphora.
by Rob Lynch
April 8th, 2019, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Glasses for Rental Cabin
Replies: 50
Views: 2353

Re: Wine Glasses for Rental Cabin

I bring my own glasses (and a case plus of wine) if travelling by car. There's a villa outside Montepulciano with one (1) decent wine glass that I talked Poggio di Sotto out of after a tasting. The glasses at the villa were horrible. I tried to buy a glass at the tasting, fistful of euros in hand. T...
by Rob Lynch
April 4th, 2019, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing with liver
Replies: 48
Views: 1692

Re: Pairing with liver

Champagne
by Rob Lynch
April 2nd, 2019, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much do you drink
Replies: 54
Views: 2738

Re: How much do you drink

Can someone introduce me to Anton's wife?
by Rob Lynch
March 22nd, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow OWC Issues?
Replies: 109
Views: 9160

Re: Scarecrow OWC Issues?

If you're gonna cheap out on the wooden box, then skip it altogether and save me the shipping.
by Rob Lynch
March 21st, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT - Access Denied, you make me cry
Replies: 66
Views: 3422

Re: CT - Access Denied, you make me cry

Or maybe it's not that smart to link your CT handle with your name, on line.
by Rob Lynch
March 21st, 2019, 7:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Foreign Language CT Notes
Replies: 57
Views: 1885

Re: Foreign Language CT Notes

CT needs to decide on one universal language to be used by all.
I recommend Klingon.
by Rob Lynch
March 21st, 2019, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT - Access Denied, you make me cry
Replies: 66
Views: 3422

Re: CT - Access Denied, you make me cry

Yeah, I could do without the whole comment thing, even on tasting notes. I write a note you disagree with: write your own. You don't need to call me out because our palates disagree.
by Rob Lynch
March 21st, 2019, 5:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow OWC Issues?
Replies: 109
Views: 9160

Re: Scarecrow OWC Issues?

Interested to hear what Scarecrow does here.
I pay for the box, as well as a ludicrous, unavoidable amount for shipping that box whether I want it or not. It should come intact.
by Rob Lynch
March 13th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation
Replies: 166
Views: 17514

Re: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation

If he’s referring to shipping + tax, then he nailed it.


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The shipping really is the straw that breaks...
by Rob Lynch
March 5th, 2019, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Loring Futures
Replies: 14
Views: 899

Re: 2018 Loring Futures

Those are the AVA wines and a better value, in my opinion, than the single vineyard stuff that will come at another time, in a different offer. Expect fruit-forward Cali-style pinot. Brian will tell you to drink them young. They will mellow a bit with time, so it's a matter of preference.
by Rob Lynch
March 4th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gianfranco Soldera has passed
Replies: 7
Views: 1005

Re: Gianfranco Soldera has passed

Bought his 1998 for $149.99 off WTSO in 2011. Almost balked based on the vintage and because it was more than I was comfortable spending at the time. Still one of the best half dozen wines I've ever had, and a tragedy I didn't buy more. True testament to "Buy the winemaker, not the vintage."
by Rob Lynch
February 28th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gigondas is More Enjoyable than Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Fight me!
Replies: 66
Views: 3041

Re: Gigondas is More Enjoyable than Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Fight me!

"Gigondas" is more fun to say. That's why I prefer it.
by Rob Lynch
February 26th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Food Refrigerator as Wine Storage
Replies: 29
Views: 1770

Re: Food Refrigerator as Wine Storage

Re: Vibration.
take it for what it's worth, but if I'm storing big $, or for long periods, I'm not taking a chance.

https://www.winespectator.com/drvinny/show/id/5460
by Rob Lynch
February 25th, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Food Refrigerator as Wine Storage
Replies: 29
Views: 1770

Re: Food Refrigerator as Wine Storage

Vibration can be a problem
by Rob Lynch
February 20th, 2019, 6:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage
Replies: 58
Views: 4652

Re: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage

Actually I have an interesting story about that. A few years ago I was bringing a case of old Italians and Bordeaux in a wine check that my father in law gave me as he was not drinking wine anymore for health reasons. I checked in in a small airport where I could see the TSA behind the counter swab...
by Rob Lynch
February 13th, 2019, 5:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you still read Wine Spectator?
Replies: 41
Views: 1871

Re: Do you still read Wine Spectator?

Every few years I catch a ridiculous deal (like less than $1 an issue), or I need to keep a frequent flyer account alive, so I subscribe. In those circumstances, it's worth it just for the pictures.
by Rob Lynch
February 8th, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurant - Waiter pouring etiquette
Replies: 104
Views: 4138

Re: Restaurant - Waiter pouring etiquette

... I rarely have trouble, but the worst was at a high-end place that insisted on keeping the bottles at a separate serving table. They served my 1982 Haut Brion to another table while we were eating our salads and appetizers. hitsfan How did you and the restaurant deal with that problem?!? WOW, te...
by Rob Lynch
February 8th, 2019, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation
Replies: 166
Views: 17514

Re: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation

My understanding is that buying M. Etain does nothing for you as far as the Scarecrow list.

And I think Screaming Eagle 17 was scrapped, hadn't heard anything re: Scarecrow, maybe I missed it.
by Rob Lynch
February 8th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurant - Waiter pouring etiquette
Replies: 104
Views: 4138

Re: Restaurant - Waiter pouring etiquette

OK I get that it’s obnoxious to have waiter fill your wine glass two thirds to the top. I get that it’s annoying to have a waiter hovering about and disrupting the flow of conversation with flitty filling and refilling of various glasses over the course of a meal. But devils advocate time here: How...
by Rob Lynch
February 8th, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Screaming Eagle offer
Replies: 38
Views: 5152

Re: 2016 Screaming Eagle offer

Smoke taint could be covered under crop insurance, which has been underwritten for a long time so I don't think it would be much of a challenge to insurers.
by Rob Lynch
February 8th, 2019, 6:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurant - Waiter pouring etiquette
Replies: 104
Views: 4138

Re: Restaurant - Waiter pouring etiquette

I was at a high end restaurant in Paris 2 weeks ago. Wife wanted a glass with dinner so I got a bottle. Waiter kept filling both glasses every 5 minutes and kept putting more and more in hers. I poured some in mine, he came over and scolded me, took the bottle away from me and put in on a chair 10 ...
by Rob Lynch
February 5th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FedEx question
Replies: 25
Views: 1002

Re: FedEx question

Works really well for me. Biggest problem is waiting in line at the counter: Some locations are busier than others.
I don't think you can read too much into the dropoff schedule. It seems to vary.
by Rob Lynch
January 11th, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPS Really Sucks and should never be used to ship wine!
Replies: 110
Views: 6335

Re: UPS Really Sucks and should never be used to ship wine!

If you've been made whole, then it sounds like Rivers-Marie has elected to self insure. They've taken care of the loss without you having to go through much of a formal claims process. Probably a lot simpler for all involved than if you had insurance via FedEx. Might be cheaper this way, too.
by Rob Lynch
December 17th, 2018, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA sassetti
Replies: 3
Views: 344

Re: PSA sassetti

Fantastic Brunello in many vintages. Have not had the 2013, but it's doing very well on CT.
And FWIW, I paid 59.99 via JJ Buckley for the 2013.
by Rob Lynch
December 14th, 2018, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opus One suing barrel supplier over TCA contamination
Replies: 36
Views: 2304

Re: Opus One suing barrel supplier over TCA contamination

Matt: I think that restaurant disclaimer is a statutory requirement. It does nothing to reduce liability. Liability is a jury decision.
by Rob Lynch
December 14th, 2018, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opus One suing barrel supplier over TCA contamination
Replies: 36
Views: 2304

Re: Opus One suing barrel supplier over TCA contamination

Product defect = strict liability. If they can prove the barrels were contaminated, and barring any contractual insulation...
by Rob Lynch
December 14th, 2018, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 100k Wine and Spirits Package
Replies: 23
Views: 1289

Re: 100k Wine and Spirits Package

I want vintages.
by Rob Lynch
December 14th, 2018, 7:22 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Is France Safe for Travel
Replies: 53
Views: 2608

Re: Is France Safe for Travel

I'm betting this runs its course by February. Of course, in France, another strike/civil disruption is just around the corner.
Matter of scope, I guess.
Might want to buy the trip insurance though.
by Rob Lynch
December 3rd, 2018, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine Deals this year! 2018 Edition
Replies: 78
Views: 6247

Re: Best Wine Deals this year! 2018 Edition

1998 Biondi Santi riserva $249.99
That vintage is under-rated, at the high end at least.

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