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by Victor Hong
October 17th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 34
Views: 1153

Re: TN: 2016 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

I literally have a over a case of Caymus in my bedroom closet. When people hear I enjoy wine, this is the bottle I am usually gifted. Us too...we have an almost complete vertical going back to 2011. There is very little worse than getting wine as a gift from a non-wine geek, esp. one who likes wine...
by Victor Hong
October 17th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 34
Views: 1153

Re: TN: 2016 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

JBucholz wrote:
October 17th, 2019, 12:52 pm
.......... Her knowledge of wine is mainly drawn from 80’s and 90’s California Cabernet so I know her heart was absolutely in the right place.....
flirtysmile
by Victor Hong
October 17th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines
Replies: 55
Views: 4358

Re: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines

I have all but sworn off buying wine at a winery. Apart from the fact that I’m almost certainly paying more than I need to pay, I find that the romance of tasting the wine at the winery adds three to five points to what I would normally score the wine if I were drinking it at home. Time to re-model...
by Victor Hong
October 16th, 2019, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 34
Views: 1153

Re: TN: 2016 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Kris Patten wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 7:43 pm
99.9% of the wine consumers disagree with this post.
The original post?
by Victor Hong
October 16th, 2019, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: John Fox (PC) Update
Replies: 22
Views: 2038

Re: John Fox (PC) Update

ybarselah wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 9:32 am
lol.... john fox is on pre-arrival
Bottle condition: slightly depressed cork.
by Victor Hong
October 16th, 2019, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 34
Views: 1153

Re: TN: 2016 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

2016 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon - USA, California, Napa Valley (10/10/2019) 2019 Hennepin Lake Charity Event (Minneapolis, MN) : A slam dunk for worst wine of the year. Brown sugar! This could have passed for a cheap port. The last several vintages of this wine seem like the wine maker for Prisoner ...
by Victor Hong
October 16th, 2019, 4:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Where Does Dessert Go For You?
Replies: 10
Views: 252

Re: Where Does Dessert Go For You?

Thighs and butt(s).
by Victor Hong
October 16th, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines
Replies: 55
Views: 4358

Re: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines

Just drink the old, cheap stuff.......like me (double entendre).
by Victor Hong
October 16th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are the signatures on this Antinori?
Replies: 4
Views: 524

Re: What are the signatures on this Antinori?

Hello everyone, first post here. I am a fan of Villa Antinori as an any occasion wine. (I know it's probably nothing special to you all.) One of the bottles I bought recently is a 2012 with a pair of signatures in pen on the lower of the label. I'm just wondering if anyone has seen this before. I'm...
by Victor Hong
October 16th, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: John Fox (PC) Update
Replies: 22
Views: 2038

Re: John Fox (PC) Update

This time, we all would appreciate delayed delivery.
Perhaps, James Gillerman can provide a useful excuse.
by Victor Hong
October 16th, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Barney Greengrass
Replies: 4
Views: 332

Re: Barney Greengrass

Could be both........a revenue grab and a rat grab.
by Victor Hong
October 15th, 2019, 4:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers respond to climate change.
Replies: 7
Views: 416

Re: Winemakers respond to climate change.

Mark Y wrote:
October 14th, 2019, 8:58 pm
U create an account and can read it. U don’t have to subscribe.
Interwebz is complicated.
by Victor Hong
October 14th, 2019, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No Screaming Eagle for 2017
Replies: 59
Views: 7815

Re: No Screaming Eagle for 2017

DanielS wrote:
June 16th, 2018, 12:30 pm
SE did not bottle flagship wine in 2000 either (think it was smoke then also). Interesting though Cellar Tracker shows 21 bottles of this wine in cellars and 4 consumed??
I am sure that the Chinese will figure out how to plug this vintage gap. [wow.gif]
by Victor Hong
October 14th, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers respond to climate change.
Replies: 7
Views: 416

Winemakers respond to climate change.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/201 ... -wine.html

Happening globally, except perhaps Virginia.
by Victor Hong
October 14th, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 52
Views: 3748

Re: Winebid revised.....

Very dependent on individual cellar liquidations and which auction house gets the assignments.
by Victor Hong
October 13th, 2019, 7:17 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris and Normandy in late March, early April
Replies: 6
Views: 222

Re: Paris and Normandy in late March, early April

Between JFK and Paris, any airline to recommend or avoid, based on business or first-class accommodations?
Is Air France more perhaps strike-prone? Thank you.
by Victor Hong
October 12th, 2019, 3:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fave Champagne stopper?
Replies: 21
Views: 663

Re: Fave Champagne stopper?

Throat.
by Victor Hong
October 11th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris and Normandy in late March, early April
Replies: 6
Views: 222

Re: Paris and Normandy in late March, early April

My wife wants to visit Brittany, which seems to a dreary, gray, rainy, cold mess still at that time of year.
True or not?
by Victor Hong
October 10th, 2019, 10:03 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris and Normandy in late March, early April
Replies: 6
Views: 222

Re: Paris and Normandy in late March, early April

Moms are slowing but not frail. So, our plan is to car-share from cafe, to park, to cafe,.......
by Victor Hong
October 10th, 2019, 7:44 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris and Normandy in late March, early April
Replies: 6
Views: 222

Paris and Normandy in late March, early April

My wife and our moms plan to visit, and wonder if that period is OK, especially in weather terms.
This may be a last big overseas vacation for my mom, as she is getting older. Thank you dearly.
by Victor Hong
October 10th, 2019, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a great American wine suggestion
Replies: 52
Views: 2194

Re: Need a great American wine suggestion

People who know Virginia wines know to grab them by the bush.
by Victor Hong
October 10th, 2019, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 406
Views: 19469

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Edward H. Earles wrote:
October 10th, 2019, 6:05 pm
D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
October 10th, 2019, 5:06 pm
How are you getting Syrian oils? They are essentially forbidden from US markets due to sanctions.
I don't know, I hadn't thought about that. They're on the shelf.
Easy. Italians export them as "bottled in Italy", and re-label them here as "hand-crafted in Syria". [highfive.gif]
by Victor Hong
October 9th, 2019, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 52
Views: 3748

Re: Winebid revised.....

Thank you.
by Victor Hong
October 9th, 2019, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 406
Views: 19469

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

As with wine or other food (saffron, honey, maple syrup), the more expensive is an olive oil, the greater is the temptation to stretch things.
by Victor Hong
October 9th, 2019, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 406
Views: 19469

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

At VinItaly several years ago, a well-known, higher-end olive oil merchant was boasting that he "sources" from the finest, family-run, hand-harvested olive groves in Italy. His stated volume sounded large, relative to those small groves. I asked if those groves grow and extract all their own oils, o...
by Victor Hong
October 9th, 2019, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a great American wine suggestion
Replies: 52
Views: 2194

Re: Need a great American wine suggestion

Nobody has yet suggested any wines from Virginia . Nor will we. But they're really perfect. Just so luxurious. Anyone will tell you. They're really fantastic, the very best wines. Try one. So perfect. I opened one and it's just perfect. Each time its perfect. Now I'll tell you, they're really somet...
by Victor Hong
October 9th, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Newark Airport
Replies: 40
Views: 1394

Re: Newark Airport

David K o l i n wrote:
October 9th, 2019, 10:53 am
Victor Hong wrote:
October 9th, 2019, 7:23 am
.............
Expense accounts? champagne.gif I thought that you had retired?
Wife’s
You are now an employee of your wife?
by Victor Hong
October 9th, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 406
Views: 19469

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Nola Palomar wrote:
October 9th, 2019, 10:00 am
.......... So adding this tariff to Spanish Olive Oil is a big deal.
Maybe, it is being confused with the Mexican stuff. [smileyvault-ban.gif]
by Victor Hong
October 9th, 2019, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NY sales tax now being applied to out of state purchases
Replies: 6
Views: 503

Re: NY sales tax now being applied to out of state purchases

Like other merchants already.
by Victor Hong
October 9th, 2019, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 406
Views: 19469

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Yeah, I have been saying this for forever. Italy does not produce enough olive oil for its own consumption. They buy Spanish Olive Oil, blend it, bottle it in Italy and sell it as Italian Olive Oil. You Spanish producers must be elated about the high---but hidden---regard among Italian merchants. n...
by Victor Hong
October 9th, 2019, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a great American wine suggestion
Replies: 52
Views: 2194

Re: Need a great American wine suggestion

Nobody has yet suggested any wines from Virginia.
by Victor Hong
October 9th, 2019, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 406
Views: 19469

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Uh-oh. Time to stock up. The US government announced this this afternoon. It's 10% on aircraft and 25% on other EU "industrial and agricultural products," including "Irish and Scotch whiskies; wine, olives, cheese; as well as certain pork products [OMG! Prosciutto??], butter and yogurt," to take ef...
by Victor Hong
October 9th, 2019, 7:23 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Newark Airport
Replies: 40
Views: 1394

Re: Newark Airport

$110 cab ride from Midtown to EWR on Sunday (Polish parade on 5th added to the gridlock). Thank goodness for expense accounts. Terminal C wasn't bad except the line to drop your bag off at United after you self checked in and tagged your bag already. And not many seats in the waiting area Expense a...
by Victor Hong
October 9th, 2019, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 3738

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

PGE is open to hearing better solutions.
by Victor Hong
October 9th, 2019, 6:38 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Milwaukee, WI
Replies: 10
Views: 248

Re: Milwaukee, WI

George Hejna wrote:
October 8th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Chicago.

:)


George
Madison.
by Victor Hong
October 8th, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living
Replies: 93
Views: 3625

Re: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living

So, what should wine-country hotel and restaurant operators do? Curtail development. It is the expansion of resorts that is applying the excessive pressure. We were fine without them. How would specifically you curtail them.... higher taxes, stricter zoning, outright bans? What would the then-unemp...
by Victor Hong
October 8th, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living
Replies: 93
Views: 3625

Re: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living

It seems odd that you have thousands of acres of AG land and there is a shortage of housing for AG workers and service industry folks. One of the reasons is AG zoning laws limit the number of worker houses and prohibit any other housing. In Santa Barbara County you can have one worker house for eac...
by Victor Hong
October 8th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living
Replies: 93
Views: 3625

Re: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living

It seems odd that you have thousands of acres of AG land and there is a shortage of housing for AG workers and service industry folks. One of the reasons is AG zoning laws limit the number of worker houses and prohibit any other housing. In Santa Barbara County you can have one worker house for eac...
by Victor Hong
October 8th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living
Replies: 93
Views: 3625

Re: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living

That was my point, about how NIMBY-ism will boomerang onto the children of NIMBY parents.
NIMBY-ism weaponizes zoning laws to keep out the riff-raff..........and inadvertently the children of NIMBY parents.
by Victor Hong
October 7th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a great American wine suggestion
Replies: 52
Views: 2194

Re: Need a great American wine suggestion

One of my co-workers is going to be sworn in as a US Citizen later this month. She's a French national and lives here with her husband and son. She is simply an amazing human being and several of us in the office are interested in giving her a gift. One of the items in the gift basket should be a g...
by Victor Hong
October 7th, 2019, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living
Replies: 93
Views: 3625

Re: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living

You’re missing my point that I’ve made repeatedly to you in other threads. You simply can’t build more housing, and expect that to have zero follow-on impact on the community/municipality. Using NYC as an example, demographically the population increase in the 5 boroughs increased from 1990 until n...
by Victor Hong
October 7th, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living
Replies: 93
Views: 3625

Re: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living

Those of you who don’t live in the area don’t get some of the basic problems. One of the largest is the fact the the last 2 years of major fires in the wine country and surrounding areas have destroyed much of the “affordable” housing, most of which has yet to be replaced. Those yelling “build more...
by Victor Hong
October 7th, 2019, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living
Replies: 93
Views: 3625

Re: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living

brigcampbell wrote:
October 7th, 2019, 10:43 am
Victor Hong wrote:
October 6th, 2019, 4:31 pm

Much of CA water comes from non-CA sources.
Please provide a reference this statement.

I'll say that's not the case
You are right. I am wrong.
by Victor Hong
October 7th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living
Replies: 93
Views: 3625

Re: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living

I know zilch about California but I would hazard a guess that it's a more attractive place to live than the Médoc. There is indeed social housing, as there is by law in every town or village in France, but the reason the cost of living is low is the distance to Bordeaux and the lack of any other pr...
by Victor Hong
October 7th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living
Replies: 93
Views: 3625

Re: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living

To take the subject elsewhere, in the Médoc the situation is reversed: the châteaux owners mostly don't live in the châteaux, they drive from their flats or houses in Bordeaux itself. This is their choice, because the Médoc is so deadly dull, especially in the winter. Some of the workers come from ...
by Victor Hong
October 7th, 2019, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living
Replies: 93
Views: 3625

Re: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living

Realistically, if they and their parents make correct life choices, then that’s an easy yes. Speaking of reality, going back to the original premise of this thread, you fail at it yet again. Your rote answers of “build more everything, and problems are solved” doesn’t easily apply in Napa/Sonoma. Y...
by Victor Hong
October 7th, 2019, 4:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living
Replies: 93
Views: 3625

Re: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living

Please quit regurgitating the same ol’ same ol’ generic pablum that you usually do. Instead, kindly and specifically advise us how an agricultural community that has metamorphosed into a luxury destination can solve issues around housing, infrastructure and transportation without resorting to emine...
by Victor Hong
October 7th, 2019, 4:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living
Replies: 93
Views: 3625

Re: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living

Your response fell right into my trap: That is the other-world, self-inflicted, conflicted nature of California policies. Zoning laws fight denser home construction at economic activity centers, while anti-pollution policies try to fight the resultant automobile sprawl for commuting to and from the...

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