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by Neal.Mollen
July 19th, 2019, 5:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impression of 2015 Meyney....and thinking back to the ‘86
Replies: 6
Views: 201

Re: Impression of 2015 Meyney....and thinking back to the ‘86

Thanks for posting. As I suspect you know, the 86 was the worst possible (decent) vintage you could have tried young, for a test drive. I am not sure the stablemate 86 Gruaud will ever be "ready" to my tastes. I'd love to be alive and kicking long enough to test 15 Meyney in its prime. If I can find...
by Neal.Mollen
July 18th, 2019, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar thief emails?
Replies: 30
Views: 1675

Re: Cellar thief emails?

mmarcellus wrote:
July 17th, 2019, 5:43 pm
I would also like to know how they go about "hand selecting" staff. Isn't that what got Joe Biden in trouble?
if you're rich you can grab anywhere you want
by Neal.Mollen
July 17th, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar thief emails?
Replies: 30
Views: 1675

Re: Cellar thief emails?

Lousy name for a business. Is the owner named Fox by any chance?

No, I have not gotten an email from them
by Neal.Mollen
July 17th, 2019, 5:19 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: PSA- Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastián, Spain
Replies: 26
Views: 664

Re: PSA- Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastián, Spain

Disgusting is a hot take. What about it earns your ire? The food. They are very focused around challenging the diner with all sorts of offal you may have never thought to eat before. The results (to us) didn't taste good and were frequently nauseating. It is a beautiful restaurant with innovative p...
by Neal.Mollen
July 17th, 2019, 5:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 12872

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)

Bam! Jeb's answer isn't very helpful. If he knows, he should enlighten. If he's not free to tell us more, than just saying "you're wrong", but not about which aspect, is not much help. Not that it matter much to me either way, I don't believe Parker is coming back as a force in the wine world. Why ...
by Neal.Mollen
July 16th, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Selosse, Gosset, Valentini, 98 Cheval Blanc, 04 Rougeard Poyeux, 82 Mouton
Replies: 20
Views: 834

Re: TN: Selosse, Gosset, Valentini, 98 Cheval Blanc, 04 Rougeard Poyeux, 82 Mouton

Interesting note on the Gosset. I bought a bunch of them in 375; I've only had 2 bottles but neither seemed as clumsy as the one you described. Thanks for posting
by Neal.Mollen
July 16th, 2019, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 170
Views: 8653

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

In California the law until recently was that you needed to report and pay use tax for out of state purchases that did not collect California sales tax, but you received a credit for any sales tax paid to another state (not to exceed the CA use tax). Now, out of state sellers are required to collec...
by Neal.Mollen
July 16th, 2019, 5:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 170
Views: 8653

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

Victor Hong wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 4:33 am
Neal.Mollen wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 4:12 am
As long as I only pay sales tax in one state! I am waiting for the situation in which both the shipping and receiving states claim the right to tax.
Nothing to stop both from taxing.
I don't claim to be an expert in the field but I know of nothing.
by Neal.Mollen
July 16th, 2019, 4:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 170
Views: 8653

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

As long as I only pay sales tax in one state! I am waiting for the situation in which both the shipping and receiving states claim the right to tax.
by Neal.Mollen
July 15th, 2019, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10564
Views: 351262

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Mark Golodetz wrote:
July 15th, 2019, 4:52 am
Lots of Champagne. Mostly Taittinger which even with shipping is so much cheaper in the UK. Just bought the 2005 Comtes for $85 delivered.
Wow. Well done.
by Neal.Mollen
July 15th, 2019, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 170
Views: 8653

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

Yeah, on one hand, the no sales tax days were nice while they lasted (notwithstanding that we're all supposed to declare sales taxes we didn't pay on our state returns). But it never made sense, essentially cannibalizing the taxes that pay for the services we all want (again, notwithstanding that s...
by Neal.Mollen
July 15th, 2019, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006, 2009, 2015 Ridge Monte Bello
Replies: 11
Views: 873

Re: TN: 2006, 2009, 2015 Ridge Monte Bello

Really interesting post, Roy. Thanks
by Neal.Mollen
July 15th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: PSA- Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastián, Spain
Replies: 26
Views: 664

Re: PSA- Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastián, Spain

Agree that it's an amazing hotel. Their pinxtos guide was pretty spot on and allowed us to discover some things we wouldn't have tried otherwise. Favorite San Sebastian restaurants? Ours were Akellare (favorite restaurant anywhere) and the steak at Bar Nestor. We found Mugaritz disgusting. Disgusti...
by Neal.Mollen
July 15th, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Print version of WA: Dead
Replies: 13
Views: 1192

Re: Print version of WA: Dead

Killing the print version is truly a sign of the time having been passed because it was on hand in most retail wine shops in NYC at one point. The owners liked to know what scores where when placing orders. I guess w/out Bob, nobody really cares any more. The distributor just give you a shelf talke...
by Neal.Mollen
July 13th, 2019, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?
Replies: 57
Views: 2684

Re: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?

Hot wine is dead at retail
by Neal.Mollen
July 13th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Zind Lynch Palmer Mouton
Replies: 12
Views: 540

Re: TN: Zind Lynch Palmer Mouton

Thanks for the notes Bill. I've got 2 of the Mouton buried someplace. Maybe have to drag one out.
by Neal.Mollen
July 13th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1535
Views: 79536

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

EHeffner wrote:
July 13th, 2019, 12:18 pm
If Envoyer offers a 375ml for sub-$20, I will buy it.
Camille in 375? Yes please.
by Neal.Mollen
July 13th, 2019, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your recent auction purchase?
Replies: 41
Views: 1873

Re: What is your recent auction purchase?

maureen nelson wrote:
July 11th, 2019, 6:54 pm
Magnum of 2014 Monte Bello (birth year wine for grand-nephew)
It sure pays to be in your family
by Neal.Mollen
July 13th, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 12872

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

I could never find a way to sign on to the thing! Even when I was a subscriber. It was harder to get into than finding Waldo. that is funny, yes the interweb is a funny thing with the WA changes, need to be a IT software person Gary, Doesn't everyone have to have the full name somewhere? Maybe I am...
by Neal.Mollen
July 12th, 2019, 6:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 916
Views: 47178

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Who got my Rousseau magnum? Lookin' at you Fu I don't remember ever seeing a '99 Rousseau Clos St. Jacques with a gold and white capsule (which I associate with their Chambertin and Clos de Beze), rather than a red capsule. My experience with this wine, though, is extremely limited. I can say with ...
by Neal.Mollen
July 11th, 2019, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 916
Views: 47178

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Who got my Rousseau magnum? Lookin' at you Fu
by Neal.Mollen
July 10th, 2019, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your recent auction purchase?
Replies: 41
Views: 1873

Re: What is your recent auction purchase?

I'll let you know when I make one.
by Neal.Mollen
July 10th, 2019, 12:38 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?
Replies: 53
Views: 2073

Re: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?

Thanks to you both. Not sure I would dig going to a beach and not being able to get in the water.
by Neal.Mollen
July 10th, 2019, 4:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Americans dropping like flies...
Replies: 9
Views: 2073

Re: Americans dropping like flies...

According to Bill Nanson and the local paper in Beaune, Alex Gambal is selling his business to Boisset. I assume neither of his children were interested in the wine business, as was the case with Domaine Dublere. It's a bit sad to see the efforts that went into creating these singular businesses re...
by Neal.Mollen
July 10th, 2019, 4:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR 2012 Rouget (Pomerol)
Replies: 2
Views: 206

TNR 2012 Rouget (Pomerol)

Anyone had this wine? Not much here.
by Neal.Mollen
July 9th, 2019, 4:15 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?
Replies: 53
Views: 2073

Re: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?

just back from las ventanas it is as good as the countless reviews, except you can't swim there you just stare at the beautiful ocean constantly reminded that you can't go in food, service and rooms are perfect imo only left to go to la lupita and while good was not worth leaving the property for f...
by Neal.Mollen
July 9th, 2019, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Auction Finds
Replies: 39
Views: 2409

Re: Auction Finds

I seem to remember something about the “coldest weather in Bordeaux in about a quarter millennium”. Parker's bdx book summarized the year as (paraphrasing) small quantities of vile, undrinkable wine. ”The wines were terrible, and the pours were too small.” Exactly. There's an old joke, surely in th...
by Neal.Mollen
July 9th, 2019, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon
Replies: 47
Views: 2324

Re: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon

Substance cab and Billecart Salmon rose are the only wines I consistently buy using WD coupons, or bdx Billecart Salmon is labeled as WD in your part of the woods? Sweet! It is. But the rose is still $89.99 before the discount. I usually just grab my bottles from Costco. My TW always has a ton of h...
by Neal.Mollen
July 9th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon
Replies: 47
Views: 2324

Re: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon

EHeffner wrote:
July 9th, 2019, 7:36 am
Substance cab and Billecart Salmon rose are the only wines I consistently buy using WD coupons, or bdx
Billecart Salmon is labeled as WD in your part of the woods? Sweet!
by Neal.Mollen
July 9th, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Auction Finds
Replies: 39
Views: 2409

Re: Auction Finds

Yes, very likely birthyear. I have a friend born in 57 and there’s not much available. We had a really good Madeira, though. 56 is even worse I seem to remember something about the “coldest weather in Bordeaux in about a quarter millennium”. Parker's bdx book summarized the year as (paraphrasing) s...
by Neal.Mollen
July 9th, 2019, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Auction Finds
Replies: 39
Views: 2409

Re: Auction Finds

Craig G wrote:
July 8th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Markus S wrote:
July 8th, 2019, 4:15 pm
Mark Golodetz wrote:
July 8th, 2019, 12:55 pm
Why is a bottle of Lynch from the mediocre 1957 vintage at $240 of interest?
History, man, history.

And perhaps it's a birthyear??
Yes, very likely birthyear. I have a friend born in 57 and there’s not much available. We had a really good Madeira, though.
56 is even worse
by Neal.Mollen
July 9th, 2019, 6:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11232
Views: 507973

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

1986 Heitz Napa cab
by Neal.Mollen
July 8th, 2019, 6:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dean & Deluca's St. Helena Store is Shuttered
Replies: 38
Views: 3049

Re: Dean & Deluca's St. Helena Store is Shuttered

The store in Georgetown appears to be open still. On the rare occasion that we were prowling GTown, we'd stop in but the prices made me choke, and we regularly shop at WF, Sutton Place (now Balducci's) and numerous bakeries/butcher shops/fish mongers that cater to the pay-any-price crowd. I was/am b...
by Neal.Mollen
July 7th, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Unposted Notes, Part 1: France
Replies: 3
Views: 556

Re: TN: Unposted Notes, Part 1: France

Great notes! Thanks for posting
by Neal.Mollen
July 7th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1535
Views: 79536

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Warren Taranow wrote:
July 6th, 2019, 8:27 pm
If the 2008 Guy Charlemagne is any indication, then today’s offered 2012 will be fantastic (but will need some time; the ‘08s still a baby).
Had the 08 last night. Very fine drink
by Neal.Mollen
July 7th, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NAPAleon complex
Replies: 12
Views: 1050

Re: NAPAleon complex

Looks delicious!
by Neal.Mollen
July 7th, 2019, 7:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone buying '08 Bollinger Grand Annee?
Replies: 8
Views: 839

Re: Anyone buying '08 Bollinger Grand Annee?

Bought three cases myself. It's a terrific wine and arguably a bit undervalued. Note that because of higher-than-usual demand they ended up having to disgorge more, sooner than they had planned, and it really does need some time to bounce back from disgorgement. The bottles I tasted in the US from ...
by Neal.Mollen
July 6th, 2019, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Ghosting Incident
Replies: 79
Views: 6306

Re: Retailer Ghosting Incident

Arv R wrote:
July 6th, 2019, 6:19 pm
Neal.Mollen wrote:
July 4th, 2019, 6:56 pm
Arv R wrote:
July 4th, 2019, 5:10 pm
I seem to remember Bill Klapp posting about issues with this seller as well.

Are you trying to make me feel sorry for Max?
I don't know what you mean by this.

(At one point Klapp and Max had some online argument about non delivered futures)
Sorry; poor attempt at humor on my part
by Neal.Mollen
July 5th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: New Orleans Hotels
Replies: 27
Views: 662

Re: New Orleans Hotels

Last time there I stayed at the Royal Sonesta, which is a very nice hotel. On the plus side, it is right in the heart of everything. On the downside IT IS RIGHT IN THE HEART OF EVERYTHING! You will be surrounded by drunks 24/7. I love, love, love New Orleans and the Quarter, but if I never hit Bourb...
by Neal.Mollen
July 5th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11232
Views: 507973

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2006 Paul Bara Champagne Grand Cru Comtesse Marie de France Bouzy
by Neal.Mollen
July 5th, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon
Replies: 47
Views: 2324

Re: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon

Total Wine is the Circuit City of wines. If you know what you want and look carefully, you can do yourself some good shopping there, but it is also a place where the unwary can get righteously fleeced.
by Neal.Mollen
July 5th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1535
Views: 79536

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

I have loved the Paul Bara Champagne Comtesse Marie de France in prior vintages, and the price for the 2006 seemed like a no-brainer. In for a few.
by Neal.Mollen
July 4th, 2019, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Ghosting Incident
Replies: 79
Views: 6306

Re: Retailer Ghosting Incident

Arv R wrote:
July 4th, 2019, 5:10 pm
I seem to remember Bill Klapp posting about issues with this seller as well.

Are you trying to make me feel sorry for Max?
by Neal.Mollen
July 4th, 2019, 6:53 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: New Orleans Hotels
Replies: 27
Views: 662

Re: New Orleans Hotels

Where do you like to stay? I haven't been there in 25 years. Ooooh, you are going to have such a great time! I've stayed at a bunch of places usually connected to some business event, where the choice wasn't mine, and every time I wish I had stayed at the Soniat House. https://www.soniathouse.com/ ...
by Neal.Mollen
July 4th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?
Replies: 47
Views: 2373

Re: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?

well, I've done this ^^ (without the passing out part, but forgetting I had done it) so I suppose . . . that!
by Neal.Mollen
July 4th, 2019, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 12872

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

hahaha, you guys need a life or 2 hypocrisy must be a touchy one when dancing on the WA/MS BB's grave when talking about $$$ a celebration of life would be more appropriate add that to being offended or someone will be offended for you cheers PS. there is no regular programming anymore, Cronkite is...
by Neal.Mollen
July 4th, 2019, 2:52 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: New Orleans Hotels
Replies: 27
Views: 662

Re: New Orleans Hotels

Where do you like to stay? I haven't been there in 25 years. Ooooh, you are going to have such a great time! I've stayed at a bunch of places usually connected to some business event, where the choice wasn't mine, and every time I wish I had stayed at the Soniat House. https://www.soniathouse.com/
by Neal.Mollen
July 4th, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 12872

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

You called Eric a hypocrite because CT is a pay site. It is not. Congratulations for donating though. not looking for congratulations, just following Eric's annual ask on CT, no brainer I think I typed "maybe" 4WIW thanks for being offended for him though and jumping my shit, just like society toda...

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