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by Br1an Th0rne
November 27th, 2020, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?
Replies: 181
Views: 7048

Re: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?

We had:
2018 Realm Fidelio Sauv Blanc
1995 Pichon Lalande
by Br1an Th0rne
November 27th, 2020, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 95
Views: 3867

Re: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year

WOTY - 1988 Haut Brion, in a vertical of the ‘85, ‘88 and ‘95 Haut Brion, right before the pandemic, during a Chaîne dinner that I hosted. I had purchased all of the Haut Brion at auction over the years, and was blown away by how well all of the bottles showed. I double decanted and tasted all 12 o...
by Br1an Th0rne
November 26th, 2020, 6:29 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: 2003 Quilceda Creek
Replies: 1
Views: 234

Re: FS: 2003 Quilceda Creek

Updated for sold.
by Br1an Th0rne
November 23rd, 2020, 8:07 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: 2003 Quilceda Creek
Replies: 1
Views: 234

FS: 2003 Quilceda Creek

For sale, purchased from the mailing list. Bottles are pristine, and stored at 55/70 since release. Normal terms apply.

2002 Quilceda Creek (2 bottles) $150 SOLD
2003 Quilceda Creek (2 bottles) $200 WS-Low $249, RP 100

PM if interested!

Thanks,
Brian
by Br1an Th0rne
November 23rd, 2020, 2:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: God, I wish critics would stick to wines and not burden us with their musical preferences.
Replies: 91
Views: 3884

Re: God, I wish critics would stick to wines and not burden us with their musical preferences.

alan weinberg wrote:
November 22nd, 2020, 10:38 am
maybe he just wanted to use the word aleatoric.
My money is on fecund.
by Br1an Th0rne
November 22nd, 2020, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leoville Barton 1996 from half bottle.
Replies: 10
Views: 814

Re: Leoville Barton 1996 from half bottle.

Thanks for the data point Mark! Bought a handful of bottles from the original owner earlier this year, and am doing my best to be patient. 2025 seems like a good time to pop a cork.
by Br1an Th0rne
November 22nd, 2020, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another super dinner with amazing wines
Replies: 14
Views: 1347

Re: Another super dinner with amazing wines

What a lineup! I’ve always had a preference for the 90 Lynch Bages vs the 89.
by Br1an Th0rne
November 18th, 2020, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 67 Pall Mall - U.S. Equivalent
Replies: 17
Views: 1512

Re: 67 Pall Mall - U.S. Equivalent

Bumping this thread...the 67 Pall Mall virtual events continue to look amazing https://www.67pallmall.com/virtual-events/ Anyone aware of a club doing a similar sort of program in the USA? Pall Mall still isn’t shipping to the U.S. I did the vinous learn program for Napa Cabernet blends, and it was ...
by Br1an Th0rne
November 17th, 2020, 5:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ah So — Ah Sucks!
Replies: 47
Views: 2659

Re: Ah So — Ah Sucks!

I utilize the ah so component of the Durand, without the corkscrew, 90% of the time. And I only use it on 20+ year old bottles. If I get the slightest hint of the cork sinking, then it is time to go full Durand!
by Br1an Th0rne
November 17th, 2020, 4:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any tips on finding large lots of wine? (In particular, young ports)
Replies: 20
Views: 1230

Re: Any tips on finding large lots of wine? (In particular, young ports)

Am “just” getting into wines, and would love to figure out how to find larger lots of wine, especially young vintage ports. I did see someone posted a question about how to sell a 600 bottle VP collection a few years ago, but they ended up selling it to some auction house. Winebid seems to sell sma...
by Br1an Th0rne
November 15th, 2020, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cab Recommendations for an Old World Dude?
Replies: 29
Views: 1764

Re: Napa Cab Recommendations for an Old World Dude?

Togni is a ringer for Classic Bordeaux. In a Bordeaux blind tasting a few years ago, I swore the ‘92 Togni was the ‘82 Gruaud Larose.
by Br1an Th0rne
November 11th, 2020, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 193
Views: 11764

Re: Grassl Glassware

The only thing that is perhaps better than the Grassl stems, is Chris and his customer service. The level of service is unparalleled, and like nothing I have ever experienced in the wine industry. The 1855's and Liberte's are phenomenal, and the tasting/versatile glasses are perfect for casual / out...
by Br1an Th0rne
October 29th, 2020, 11:25 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: LTB info
Replies: 5
Views: 438

Re: LTB info

Thanks, I didn’t know that WMJ was so cheap (9.99) for a Month or that it was in included with CT. The WMJ "standard" tier is new, as are the monthly options. Used to be $199 for a year for professional, and that was it. I may consider downgrading to "standard" when my "professional" subscription, ...
by Br1an Th0rne
October 29th, 2020, 8:19 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: LTB info
Replies: 5
Views: 438

Re: LTB info

I’m in discussion to make a very large SQN acquisition and would like to know the most recent auctions. Is there a service so we can be assured fair price. TIA Pm for details You can look up the individual bottle values via CellarTracker, which will show the WMJ current average auction price, as we...
by Br1an Th0rne
October 26th, 2020, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: B21 Wine in FL - Major Disappointment, Ending my 25+ Year Relationship with Them
Replies: 127
Views: 11541

Re: B21 Wine in FL - Major Disappointment, Ending my 25+ Year Relationship with Them

Sorry to hear about the hassle, Robert. I well steer well clear of B-21 in the future.
by Br1an Th0rne
October 24th, 2020, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oct 24 - Dueling Auctions (Acker vs HDH)
Replies: 70
Views: 3103

Re: Oct 24 - Dueling Auctions (Acker vs HDH)

Just glancing over at acker some reasonable (in context) prices on top tier burgs. Definitely a discount for some of those huge 2case+ mixed lots. Everything needs to hammer ~10% lower to make it cost effective to buy from them in NY. If you are referring the fact that they charge tax, regardless o...
by Br1an Th0rne
October 17th, 2020, 3:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Realm save the date (Sept 1st)
Replies: 199
Views: 18286

Re: 2018 Realm save the date (Sept 1st)

ATaylor wrote:
October 17th, 2020, 12:48 am
K&L just put up over 4 cases of ‘17 Bard marked down to $108
Cheaper than release price on the mailing list....
by Br1an Th0rne
October 17th, 2020, 3:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8968
Views: 1354202

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Wine Spectator published its own article on Friday, October 16. https://www.winespectator.com/articles/italian-police-uncover-counterfeit-sassicaia-ring The Wine Spectator mostly repeats the details summarized above, but it contains one significant new fact. Wine Spectator interviewed Priscilla Inc...
by Br1an Th0rne
October 17th, 2020, 3:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fait-Main absurdly high shipping rates
Replies: 26
Views: 1818

Re: Fait-Main absurdly high shipping rates

$280 to ship approx 20 pounds, via ground, from northern CA to Oregon? Seems a bit high to me!
by Br1an Th0rne
October 15th, 2020, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Value plays in St. Julien...
Replies: 35
Views: 1760

Re: Value plays in St. Julien...

Branaire Ducru for sure...if you're looking to backfill with some mature vintages, the 2000 can be had for $90 all in at auction if you're diligent / lucky; classic wine that is singing right now. For recent vintages, I think I paid $39 for the '19 futures.
by Br1an Th0rne
October 15th, 2020, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid Shipping
Replies: 36
Views: 3070

Re: Winebid Shipping

One of the cases that I had with Winebid indicates it shipped from Palmetto Florida. Is that normal? It was in transit all day yesterday in high 80 degree weather and it's coming to DC all the way from Florida. The weather is less than optimal to ship from there right now. However, prior to shippin...
by Br1an Th0rne
October 10th, 2020, 12:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is bordeaux price dropping ?
Replies: 76
Views: 4319

Re: Why is bordeaux price dropping ?

Here’s the 5-year Bordeaux Index from WMJ. Represents five highly regarded and actively traded modern vintages of twenty chateaux often referred to as the 'super-seconds'. The vintages in the index are 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2005...index has risen from a value of 1757 in q1 2017 to a value of...
by Br1an Th0rne
October 9th, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is bordeaux price dropping ?
Replies: 76
Views: 4319

Re: Why is bordeaux price dropping ?

I don't think secondary prices for Bordeaux have dropped at all since 2017, particularly for classic vintages (2005 and older) that are mature or approaching maturity. From my perspective, prices for those vintages have risen risen considerably over the last 3 years.
by Br1an Th0rne
October 8th, 2020, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7496
Views: 469490

Re: de Negoce offer

You certainly don’t see many top producers touting the fact that their wines are sterile filtered! This is demonstrably false. First of all, the frequency with which sterile filtration is applied is unknown, because the winery is not obligated in anyway to disclose it. While wineries may be relucta...
by Br1an Th0rne
October 8th, 2020, 4:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7496
Views: 469490

Re: de Negoce offer

On a side note, Cam admitted that THEY sterile filtered all of the wines , which as I previously mentioned, may make it slightly different in terms of aging potential compared to the original winery’s wine. I found the “we sterile filter all of our wines” comment by Cameron interesting. I understan...
by Br1an Th0rne
October 7th, 2020, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7496
Views: 469490

Re: de Negoce offer

My wife thought the Pinot No. 4 was too big / heavy for her tastes, and lacking in acidity, while my mom enjoys the more full bodied wines. So in the end, it is a win! The second bottle opened was a Brittain vineyards Pinot (willamette) that I bought from last bottle at $28, so double the price of ...
by Br1an Th0rne
October 7th, 2020, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7496
Views: 469490

Re: de Negoce offer

I purchased a case of the Pinot No.7 (Sta Rita Hills) for my wife, and placed a few bottles in her cellar. She opened a bottle last night while she was preparing dinner, without knowing anything more than it was a Pinot that I bought for her. When we sat down for dinner an hour later, I noticed she...
by Br1an Th0rne
October 7th, 2020, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7496
Views: 469490

Re: de Negoce offer

I purchased a case of the Pinot No.7 (Sta Rita Hills) for my wife, and placed a few bottles in her cellar. She opened a bottle last night while she was preparing dinner, without knowing anything more than it was a Pinot that I bought for her. When we sat down for dinner an hour later, I noticed she ...
by Br1an Th0rne
October 6th, 2020, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7496
Views: 469490

Re: de Negoce offer

Makes me think that there must have been some external pressure forcing dN to ship these wines now rather than wait a few weeks. These are not the standard industry shipping practices, and someone with Cam’s extensive background in wine is very much aware of that. This is my belief as well, they fe...
by Br1an Th0rne
October 4th, 2020, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Software for cellar inventory reccomendation?
Replies: 68
Views: 3095

Re: Software for cellar inventory reccomendation?

+ infinity for CellarTracker.
by Br1an Th0rne
October 2nd, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1879
Views: 195138

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

A.Altman wrote:
October 2nd, 2020, 4:43 am
$50 off $150 at WineAccess for first time orders.

Use link:
http://share.wineaccess.com/v/adam_30
The link takes me to wine.com pileon
by Br1an Th0rne
September 30th, 2020, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: deNegoce email re: heat stabilization
Replies: 30
Views: 1875

Re: deNegoce email re: heat stabilization

“The wine will be fine in temps to the mid-90’s” sounds like wishful thinking to me. Why the hurry by de negoce to ship when it’s been held this long? The weather will be so much more favorable for shipping in 3 or 4 weeks.
by Br1an Th0rne
September 29th, 2020, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7496
Views: 469490

Re: de Negoce offer

So any guess to the vintage is it NV? The label on picture on the offer says 2019. That's what I put in CT when I added my purchase. Seems odd that Cameron didn’t mention the vintage in the email or on the website. He seems deliberate in his choice of words, so I’m truly curious if this lack of vin...
by Br1an Th0rne
September 25th, 2020, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Essential canon of mid-priced "value"
Replies: 49
Views: 3186

Re: Essential canon of mid-priced "value"

For Bordeaux, Branaire Ducru and Grand Puy Lacoste are at the very top of my "value" list.
by Br1an Th0rne
September 23rd, 2020, 6:25 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Wine and War (book) [SOLD]
Replies: 3
Views: 296

Re: FS: Wine and War (book)

Hardcover or softcover?
by Br1an Th0rne
September 17th, 2020, 5:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 360
Views: 20528

Re: wine.com delivery fail

I'm not involved in the wine.com stuff at all, but it feels like there's a little bit of overreaction. As long as everyone is 'made good' at the end, does it matter? Cooked wines replaced, early shipped orders re-shipped in due course, double charges repaid (including any interest incurred). In the...
by Br1an Th0rne
September 15th, 2020, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Anniversary Wines - Recommendations?
Replies: 68
Views: 2736

Re: Auctions

Jadot’s 1997s are really good and very well priced. My recommendation would be Philip Togni. In a slightly hit and miss vintage, the Togni is not only fantastic for the vintage, b ut in my top five California wines, period. Interesting -- 1997 is excellent but I have preferred the 1992 and 2001 amo...
by Br1an Th0rne
September 15th, 2020, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Latour 2009 released
Replies: 53
Views: 4299

Re: Latour 2009 released

Latour 2009 released ex-chateau Latour 2009 has been re-released from the cellars of the estate at €860 per bottle ex-negotiant, up 11.7% on the initial release (€770). Chateau Latour left the En Primeur system after the release of 2011 vintage. They had however, been gradually reducing the amount ...
by Br1an Th0rne
September 13th, 2020, 5:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 360
Views: 20528

Re: wine.com delivery fail

Was double charged for a different ‘19 Bordeaux futures order late last night, from an order originally made and paid for over three months ago. This is an addition to the duplicate charges they made on Friday. At this rate, they should seriously consider ceasing all operations until they can fix th...
by Br1an Th0rne
September 13th, 2020, 5:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com duplicate charge for June Bordeaux futures purchase
Replies: 17
Views: 1173

Re: wine.com duplicate charge for June Bordeaux futures purchase

I was double charged last night for a different futures order! I put a block on my credit card after the initial fiasco on Friday, and then wine.com attempted to charge my card again last night. What a hot mess.
by Br1an Th0rne
September 11th, 2020, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com duplicate charge for June Bordeaux futures purchase
Replies: 17
Views: 1173

Re: wine.com duplicate charge for June Bordeaux futures purchase

Looks like they have reversed the charges on my credit card.
by Br1an Th0rne
September 11th, 2020, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 291
Views: 18889

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

Received a few offers in the $180 range. Easy pass for me at this price, as I would be surprised if the market will stomach such a significant increase in these macabre times. No rush, there is an ocean of great champagne out there. If it falls to $130 I will buy in quantity; if $150 just a few bott...
by Br1an Th0rne
September 11th, 2020, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com duplicate charge for June Bordeaux futures purchase
Replies: 17
Views: 1173

Re: wine.com charged me again for June Bordeaux futures purchase

Have you spoken with them? I have attempted to speak with customer service, but have not been able to get through to them. I “chatted” with a wine.com bot, but that was an exercise in futility. Wine.com is having a host of shipping problems at present, which they are attributing to a software upgra...
by Br1an Th0rne
September 11th, 2020, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 360
Views: 20528

Re: wine.com delivery fail

Jeff_M. wrote:
September 11th, 2020, 7:07 am
Thanks for the heads up. I also have duplicate wine.com charges. Did anyone contact them to get these removed?
I have not. The duplicate charges are still showing as “pending” on my credit card, did your duplicate charges go through, or are they pending?
by Br1an Th0rne
September 11th, 2020, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 360
Views: 20528

Re: wine.com delivery fail

Mike R wrote:
September 11th, 2020, 5:44 am
Br1an Th0rne wrote:
September 11th, 2020, 5:37 am
wine.com just hit me with a duplicate charge of over $2400 for a Bordeaux futures order that I placed on the 9th of June. These guys are having some major issues.
Same thing happened to me, albeit for a much smaller futures order.
Did they charge you again today, or a while ago?
by Br1an Th0rne
September 11th, 2020, 5:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com duplicate charge for June Bordeaux futures purchase
Replies: 17
Views: 1173

wine.com duplicate charge for June Bordeaux futures purchase

wine.com just hit me with a duplicate charge of over $2400 for a Bordeaux futures order that I placed on the 9th of June. Would recommend that you check the recent activity of your credit card accounts if you purchased futures from them this year. What a mess.
by Br1an Th0rne
September 11th, 2020, 5:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 360
Views: 20528

Re: wine.com delivery fail

wine.com just hit me with a duplicate charge of over $2400 for a Bordeaux futures order that I placed on the 9th of June. These guys are having some major issues.
by Br1an Th0rne
September 10th, 2020, 5:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Latour 2009 released
Replies: 53
Views: 4299

Re: Latour 2009 released

Yeah...it is quite greedy. However, it will not be Latour who has to deal with fall out if the wines don’t sell. For me, this is a form of corporate bullying; a monopoly where if you don’t buy at whatever price the chateau decides on, you will lose allocation. So the negotiants end up paying. Enger...
by Br1an Th0rne
September 8th, 2020, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Latour 2009 released
Replies: 53
Views: 4299

Re: Latour 2009 released

Mark Golodetz wrote:
September 8th, 2020, 9:09 am
Ex chateau. Around $1230 a bottle. Easy pass for me; although the wine is quite good.
25% premium over recent auction prices; easy pass at this price.

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