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by Hank Victor
September 19th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The best italian sparkling wine
Replies: 5
Views: 173

Re: The best italian sparkling wine

If you want some knockout traditional method Italian sparkling wines check out Majolini Franciacorta 2009. Sub $40 and punches well above it's weight class.
by Hank Victor
September 19th, 2019, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Grenache Blanc...Who Knew??
Replies: 18
Views: 625

Re: Ridge Grenache Blanc...Who Knew??

Thanks for the update Tom.
by Hank Victor
September 19th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Announcing the Launch of To Kalon Vineyard Company
Replies: 50
Views: 4376

Re: Announcing the Launch of To Kalon Vineyard Company

wow what a joke.
by Hank Victor
September 19th, 2019, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Grenache Blanc...Who Knew??
Replies: 18
Views: 625

Re: Nope...

Maybe they had to agree to buy extra fruit (white rhone varietals) with their Paso Zin contracts. Decided to make a "bulk" white and sell it all through wholesale btg. /shrug Nope...their "Paso Zin contract" for Zin is only with Beni Dusi. In fact, I doubt there's actually a contract w/ Beni. These...
by Hank Victor
September 19th, 2019, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Grenache Blanc...Who Knew??
Replies: 18
Views: 625

Re: Ridge Grenache Blanc...Who Knew??

Maybe they had to agree to buy extra fruit (white rhone varietals) with their Paso Zin contracts. Decided to make a "bulk" white and sell it all through wholesale btg.

/shrug
by Hank Victor
September 19th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Grenache Blanc...Who Knew??
Replies: 18
Views: 625

Re: Ridge Grenache Blanc...Who Knew??

Markus S wrote:
September 19th, 2019, 12:15 pm
Does it have the typical simple RIDGE label?
Looks like it.

https://www.ridgewine.com/wines/2018-grenache-blanc/
by Hank Victor
September 19th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?
Replies: 32
Views: 1896

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

I was fortunate to have started my wine career at Kathryn Kennedy. I had just returned from the first Gulf War, and was celebrating my return with a friend who opened a 1985 Kathryn Kennedy (and 1986 Gaja Barbaresco...it was a fun night!). Let's just say I got the "wine bug" that all of us are all ...
by Hank Victor
September 19th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot
Replies: 61
Views: 2136

Re: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot

"Viticulture: An introduction to commercial grape growing for wine production" by Stephen Skelton MW is on sale at Amazon for $28. But will Otto buy it? Why not? It might come handy since I have couple of hybrid vines growing nearby. :D I'm sure Otto has read that book from front to cover at least ...
by Hank Victor
September 18th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11690
Views: 558058

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Pax's fall release.

Probably shouldn't have, but free shipping a 25% discount, and splitting it with two friends who are getting into wine made it worth it.

Don't see myself buying much wine the remainder of the year.
by Hank Victor
September 18th, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot
Replies: 61
Views: 2136

Re: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot

"Viticulture: An introduction to commercial grape growing for wine production" by Stephen Skelton MW is on sale at Amazon for $28.
by Hank Victor
September 18th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot
Replies: 61
Views: 2136

Re: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot

[snort.gif]
by Hank Victor
September 18th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine List of any US Brewery? Suggestions welcome on improvements.
Replies: 35
Views: 1025

Re: Best Wine List of any US Brewery? Suggestions welcome on improvements.

I think the list is great. As a consumer I would love a brew pub like this near me.
by Hank Victor
September 17th, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let Your Saxums Age!
Replies: 20
Views: 1047

Re: Let Your Saxums Age!

Sounds like a great time minus the Jet's performance...
by Hank Victor
September 17th, 2019, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $3000 bottle
Replies: 89
Views: 8934

Re: $3000 bottle

Ancient. Rare. Almost dead but bleeding. This wine is tradition. This bottle is tradition.....
by Hank Victor
September 13th, 2019, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard
Replies: 58
Views: 4652

Re: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard

I had to stop the Jeremy Nickel video half way it was so cringe worthy. If somebody had to ask what is wrong with wine and the industry I would show them that video. Coincidentally, I had a bottle of Nickel & Nickel Stelling Vineyard 03 this past April and it was great lol. Was it the part where gu...
by Hank Victor
September 12th, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard
Replies: 58
Views: 4652

Re: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard

I had to stop the Jeremy Nickel video half way it was so cringe worthy. If somebody had to ask what is wrong with wine and the industry I would show them that video. Coincidentally, I had a bottle of Nickel & Nickel Stelling Vineyard 03 this past April and it was great lol.
by Hank Victor
September 10th, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendation on a white burgundy
Replies: 14
Views: 640

Re: Recommendation on a white burgundy

Don't think you can go wrong with your choice. Ticks all the boxes
by Hank Victor
September 10th, 2019, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTN: Syrah Tasting (Benetiere, Allemand, Lagier Meredith, Enfield, etc.)
Replies: 15
Views: 1271

Re: WTN: Syrah Tasting (Benetiere, Allemand, Lagier Meredith, Enfield, etc.)

Great lineup and notes. Cool to see the Massican getting some love. Dan Petroski is a great winemaker.
by Hank Victor
September 9th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine dinner/event investment fraud scheme - Omar Khan
Replies: 25
Views: 2376

Re: Wine dinner/event investment fraud scheme

And in April, the owner of Cellaraiders, a rare wine store in Brewster, N.Y., filed a suit. According to Ben Wallace’s complaint, he and Khan partnered on a series of wine dinners in 2018, with Cellaraiders investing more than $250,000 as well as supplying more than $36,000 worth of rare wines. Kha...
by Hank Victor
September 9th, 2019, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The New Yorker on Orange Wines
Replies: 41
Views: 1706

Re: The New Yorker on Orange Wines

I've only had a few orange wines. Some have been amazing and some have been pretty bad... But I have noticed even the orange wines that I like I would only limit myself to a glass. It reminded me the first time I had purchased a bottle of Saxum and opened it with some friends. It was good, and had i...
by Hank Victor
September 5th, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Normal wine mark-ups at restaurants?
Replies: 50
Views: 1760

Re: Normal wine mark-ups at restaurants?

https://www.wine-searcher.com/find/labo ... albec/2016

Wine Searcher not Pro is showing 1 retailer in USA selling it for $30ish.
by Hank Victor
September 5th, 2019, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Normal wine mark-ups at restaurants?
Replies: 50
Views: 1760

Re: Normal wine mark-ups at restaurants?

That's ridiculous... I know alcohol sales help keep restaurants profitable but what happened to providing value for your customer.....
by Hank Victor
August 31st, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine growlers ?
Replies: 9
Views: 407

Re: Wine growlers ?

Check out VinGlace. Not exactly a growler but a great way to keep your bottles at the correct temps.
by Hank Victor
August 30th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Judgment of Paris Redux - Charity for Big Brothers Big Sisters
Replies: 11
Views: 765

Re: Judgment of Paris Redux - Charity for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Sounds like a fun tasting.

My predictions

Sparkling - USA
White 1 - USA
White 2 - FR
Red 1 - FR
Red 2 - FR
Red 3 - USA

Tiebreaker - FR

Overall Winner - FR
by Hank Victor
August 29th, 2019, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT attorneys, interest in helping a winery collect
Replies: 29
Views: 2975

Re: CT attorneys, interest in helping a winery collect

Is there no "blacklisting" a distributor in the three tier system?


If a retailer misses a payment for one distributor they can be blacklisted and unable to order from any other distributor until that debt is payed.
by Hank Victor
August 29th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best cheap glasses?
Replies: 17
Views: 747

Re: Best cheap glasses?

Red Wine Glass By Ikea- Svalka Series SET OF 6, 10 0Z via Amazon


sturdy and cheap

$2.58 a steam
by Hank Victor
August 28th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Constellation mute and clueless about losing 19K gallons of Mendo wine. The grower is selling her vineyard because she “
Replies: 8
Views: 1046

Re: Constellation mute and clueless about losing 19K gallons of Mendo wine. The grower is selling her vineyard because s

Looks like there was a breakdown in communication and the wine was destroyed. Makes sense for the Constellation reps to hush up and begin damage control.

Looks like the "paper trail" is favoring Constellation.

What a way to end your 53 year career.
by Hank Victor
August 28th, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Vintners in Savoy?
Replies: 22
Views: 837

Re: Favorite Vintners in Savoy?

Lambert de Seyssel for traditional method sparkling wines. KL imports it.
by Hank Victor
August 28th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Even more preposterous...new Napa Cabernet
Replies: 56
Views: 3459

Re: Even more preposterous...new Napa Cabernet

Whose buying this lol
by Hank Victor
August 19th, 2019, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 128
Views: 5966

Re: Worst wines you've had?

fortified Riesling matured in a tequila barrel.
by Hank Victor
August 19th, 2019, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cab under $100
Replies: 64
Views: 3410

Re: Napa Cab under $100

You can find a bunch of Spring Mountain Vineyard cabs under $100 with some age on it. A couple 1997's on winebid.com right now.
by Hank Victor
August 16th, 2019, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 780
Views: 50308

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 5:01 pm
Hank Victor wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 12:55 pm
jacquesson 741
I had this I think it was over the past weekend. I really enjoyed it, and particularly for the price. What did you think of it?
really nice wine based off the 2013 vintage. Very well balanced between fruit and autolytic notes.
by Hank Victor
August 15th, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vino-Voyage TSA-Approved Wine Suitcase
Replies: 37
Views: 1492

Re: Vino-Voyage TSA-Approved Wine Suitcase

I haven’t had a problem with the vgv being over 50 lb either. Same. I usually pack it with 12 bottles too. Most of the time from Napa Same... never have had an issue coast to coast or internationally. My only complaint with VGV was my handle getting jammed after a year of use. On the bright side th...
by Hank Victor
August 15th, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Haut Brion
Replies: 11
Views: 695

Re: 2005 Haut Brion

How much air time did you give it?
by Hank Victor
August 15th, 2019, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 780
Views: 50308

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

jacquesson 741
by Hank Victor
August 15th, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vino-Voyage TSA-Approved Wine Suitcase
Replies: 37
Views: 1492

Re: Vino-Voyage TSA-Approved Wine Suitcase

Blake Brown wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 10:52 am
Hank Victor wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 8:38 am
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
August 14th, 2019, 6:00 pm
I like my vinguard valise.
Same. A full case of 750ml non-champagne bottles comes to about 47-48 lbs with the VGV.
Are we talking the Grande model or the Petit? $300 vs. $350
Grande model.
by Hank Victor
August 15th, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vino-Voyage TSA-Approved Wine Suitcase
Replies: 37
Views: 1492

Re: Vino-Voyage TSA-Approved Wine Suitcase

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
August 14th, 2019, 6:00 pm
I like my vinguard valise.
Same. A full case of 750ml non-champagne bottles comes to about 47-48 lbs with the VGV.
by Hank Victor
August 13th, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: South African Cabs really a contender?
Replies: 39
Views: 1351

Re: South African Cabs really a contender?

Since the end of apartheid the wines have become better every year. Shockingly better. And don't overlook Syrah. May be better than the Cab blends. There's even some good Pinotage, of all things. And Chenin Blanc of course. Some killer Syrah is coming out of SA. Bellinghams Bernard Series SMV is su...
by Hank Victor
August 13th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anthony Bourdain Wine List?
Replies: 22
Views: 2329

Re: Anthony Bourdain Wine List?

by Hank Victor
August 8th, 2019, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 33
Views: 2155

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

Took my porter bass Chardonnay offering.
by Hank Victor
August 1st, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2432

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

Every black friday weekend Coravin does a 50% off sale. You can snag a coravin and 4 capsules for about $199. If you're in no rush and have the option to wait until November.
by Hank Victor
August 1st, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 33
Views: 2155

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

Tom DeBiase shared a nice write up about the 2017 vintage wines in this post.

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=161214&p=2781899&hi ... s#p2781899

I'm excited for the chardonnays.
by Hank Victor
August 1st, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas Wines Pick Up and Open House
Replies: 6
Views: 1246

Re: Ceritas Wines Pick Up and Open House

Fall release opens up next Thursday. 08/08/2019
by Hank Victor
July 31st, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: South Florida BYO (Palm Beach, Broward & Miami-Dade Counties)
Replies: 60
Views: 4115

Re: South Florida BYO (Palm Beach, Broward & Miami-Dade Counties)

Sherri S h a p i r o wrote:
July 17th, 2019, 3:25 pm
Anybody know what the corkage policy is at Il Gabbiano in Miami?
I am pretty sure they don't allow BYOB.
by Hank Victor
July 31st, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies
Replies: 87
Views: 2718

Re: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies

Massimo Clerico uses cultured yeast for their fermentation.
by Hank Victor
July 31st, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Boston/Cambridge restaurant recommendations ?
Replies: 9
Views: 721

Re: Boston/Cambridge restaurant recommendations ?

Neptune Oyster Bar is an awesome spot for lunch. Some days you can get lucky and avoid a line. Lobster rolls with butter are great as well as their oysters which you can mix and match. Wine list is decent but pricey. You can find a solid rosé or picpoul for a decent price. Barcelona wine bar is a re...
by Hank Victor
July 31st, 2019, 10:57 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split
Replies: 33
Views: 2141

Re: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split

Btw Will doesn’t have a background or degree in business. His degree is in hospitality and hotel management from Cornell. It’s not a business degree. Cornell is the #1 Hospitality & Tourism management degree in the United States. If I need somebody to run my restaurant I am taking that degree over ...
by Hank Victor
July 31st, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yountville - Favorite Restaurants and Tasting Rooms
Replies: 30
Views: 1581

Re: Yountville - Favorite Restaurants and Tasting Rooms

Went last year and really enjoyed Brix for lunch and Bottega for dinner.
by Hank Victor
July 31st, 2019, 6:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wait is over for Saxum.......
Replies: 17
Views: 1489

Re: The wait is over for Saxum.......

Shoot I just checked when I signed up thinking it was 2-3 years ago and it was only last August. I have a long long ways to go. Anyone not taking full allocations, I would love to get my hands on anything to add to my small collection. Cheers. Can’t wait to get on this and SQN check commerce corner...

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