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by Rob Lynch
June 14th, 2020, 5:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help/advice, fake bottels Lafleur / Leroy / Leflaive
Replies: 28
Views: 2879

Re: Help/advice, fake bottels Lafleur / Leroy / Leflaive

Don't these kind of discussions, on a public forum, just train the next counterfeiter to do it "right"? I doubt it. Given the enormous variety in labels, paper, printing, capsules, bottles, importer strips, etc., unless you’re a professional authentication or someone like Don, there are always goin...
by Rob Lynch
June 12th, 2020, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help/advice, fake bottels Lafleur / Leroy / Leflaive
Replies: 28
Views: 2879

Re: Help/advice, fake bottels Lafleur / Leroy / Leflaive

Don't these kind of discussions, on a public forum, just train the next counterfeiter to do it "right"?
by Rob Lynch
May 26th, 2020, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most beautiful wine labels?
Replies: 130
Views: 5564

Re: Most beautiful wine labels?

Realm Fidelio
Valdicava BdM
by Rob Lynch
May 13th, 2020, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K & L Wines to Connecticut...NOT
Replies: 19
Views: 1267

Re: K & L Wines to Connecticut...NOT

Dan: Incredibly generous offer, thanks. I'm outside Hartford though and the stuff I'm buying won't justify the inconvenience to you or the drive for me.
by Rob Lynch
May 12th, 2020, 6:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K & L Wines to Connecticut...NOT
Replies: 19
Views: 1267

K & L Wines to Connecticut...NOT

Anyone know why K & L won't ship to Connecticut now that it's legal? Is it as simple as they don't want to do "the paperwork"?
I've tried asking their customer service, but I get non-answers, wrong\incomplete answers ("We legally can't") etc.
by Rob Lynch
April 8th, 2020, 5:18 am
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Brunello, Barolo, Barbera and more - Eric Guido just released review
Replies: 7
Views: 1372

Re: Brunello, Barolo, Barbera and more - Eric Guido just released review

"the requisite aging in mostly larger, used French tonneaux"
--Grazie! I really dislike new barrique on Brunello.
by Rob Lynch
February 24th, 2020, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?
Replies: 106
Views: 5952

Re: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?

When you're young and naive there's times you do things innocently. One of my first jobs many moons ago was waiting tables. I opened the wine and proceeded to pour a taste for the person that ordered the wine. Through my lack of experience I clumsily dripped it down the side of the bottle. In a spl...
by Rob Lynch
February 24th, 2020, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premiere Napa Valley - Previewing 2018 Napa Cabs
Replies: 16
Views: 1994

Re: Premiere Napa Valley - Previewing 2018 Napa Cabs

" superkalifragelistic", WAY underused in the wine world.
Gotta make a point of working on that...
by Rob Lynch
February 20th, 2020, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?
Replies: 140
Views: 13659

Re: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?

ChrisW wrote:
February 18th, 2020, 6:29 pm
J Cangiano wrote:
February 18th, 2020, 4:48 am
2015 Brunello's
Casanova Di Neri Tenuta Nuova
Dirty & Rowdy
As much Brunello as I can get my hands on
+1
From the RdMs I've tasted, 2016 will be better
by Rob Lynch
February 19th, 2020, 6:29 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Priceline - Beware
Replies: 16
Views: 3065

Re: Priceline - Beware

There's a syndicated consumer advocate column in the travel section of my local paper. 90% of the complaints involve third-party bookers like Priceline. No way I ever use them rather than book direct. The peace of mind is worth the extra money, especially if I'm not travelling alone.
by Rob Lynch
February 12th, 2020, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Auction Pricing Question
Replies: 42
Views: 2768

Re: Auction Pricing Question

Current vintages are over-priced so they sit around a bit before they sell. Auction prices represent the "sell now" price.
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: 6002

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: 30
Views: 5180

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: 1574

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: 6921

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: 6921

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: 2474

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: 3761

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: 116
Views: 10197

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: 694

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: 2841

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: 2295

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: 2879

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: 1405

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: 4708

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: 4708

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: 805

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: 1778

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: 2455

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: 2465

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: 2193

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: 2854

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: 116
Views: 10197

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: 3596

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: 1943

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: 3596

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: 116
Views: 10197

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: 18904

Re: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation

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


[rofl.gif]
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: 969

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: 1117

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: 3644

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: 1853

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: 1853

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: 4927

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: 1941

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: 4446

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: 18904

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.

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