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by Chuck Miller
July 4th, 2020, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine storage / temp control necessary?
Replies: 14
Views: 771

Re: wine storage / temp control necessary?

For your needs as you describe them, you can get by without temp control. The question, IMO, is what are you trying to achieve by aging this type of wine, even if more short or medium term aging? They aren’t magically going to turn into 20-30 year old Grand Crus or First Growths by aging in less tha...
by Chuck Miller
June 23rd, 2020, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage
Replies: 43
Views: 1371

Re: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage

To be clear, if I am reading Steve correctly, he didn’t get wine coverage for $19/yr. He has sufficient blanket coverage from his homeowner’s policy. The $19 is only covering the $500 deductible. Still seems reasonable.
by Chuck Miller
June 18th, 2020, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which wine region would you live in?
Replies: 64
Views: 2043

Re: Which wine region would you live in?

San Sebastián area ... the food, the surf, the lifestyle This. Really anywhere on the northern coast of Spain. Visited 4 times in the last 10 years, at different months of the year. Terrific foodie place. But, the frequent rain, in that part of Spain, is always a pain. But doesn’t it fall mainly on...
by Chuck Miller
May 21st, 2020, 1:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Selling my wines and how to go about it
Replies: 16
Views: 1281

Re: Selling my wines and how to go about it

If you use CellarTracker, they have an easy tie in to Benchmark as well.
by Chuck Miller
May 18th, 2020, 5:11 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: life in Piedmont in 1 month
Replies: 22
Views: 1693

Re: life in Piedmont in 1 month

Doesn’t exactly qualify as essential travel.
by Chuck Miller
May 12th, 2020, 3:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2201
Views: 189580

Re: Steak Porn

Grass-fed NY strip steak sous vide at 114°F x 60min + 129°F x 60min in homemade "teppanyaki" sauce (butter, shallots, shiitake mushrooms, ginger, shaohshing rice wine, soy sauce, liquid smoke, white wine vinegar, veal demi-glace, sugar, xanthan gum, lemon juice, sesame seeds) Kevin, what’s your thi...
by Chuck Miller
May 11th, 2020, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone need a 1875 Château Mouton Rothschild...
Replies: 24
Views: 1783

Re: Anyone need a 1875 Château Mouton Rothschild...

It’s not ready to drink yet.
by Chuck Miller
May 10th, 2020, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8786
Views: 1294697

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

Jefery- You've made a strong argument based on the label, primarily, that HDH should have been suspicious. The one part I don’t think supports your argument is the fact that you paid half of what the wine went for at Acker. (You didn’t say how either price compared to other bottles at auction in re...
by Chuck Miller
May 1st, 2020, 5:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 422
Views: 26704

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Brian Tuite wrote:
May 1st, 2020, 1:58 pm
dteng wrote:
May 1st, 2020, 1:02 pm
So I guess no difference in cooking Flannery tri tips versus others...
Flannery has less moisture so they cook faster. Be careful.
The tri tip is not dry aged, so I don’t see why it would have less moisture. It is prime vs. your typical supermarket cut.
by Chuck Miller
April 20th, 2020, 4:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Dry aged steak umai bag
Replies: 25
Views: 1173

Re: Dry aged steak umai bag

Is the bag sealed? If so, where does the moisture go? Seems like a cross between wet and dry aging.
by Chuck Miller
April 18th, 2020, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Very Disappointing Showings of Raveneau and Ramonet
Replies: 60
Views: 2218

Re: Very Disappointing Showings of Raveneau and Ramonet

I’m in the camp that the bottles could have been affected by low level, below threshold TCA. As painful as it might be, when you have a lot of a particular wine and you have an off bottle, open a second bottle of the same wine side by side. Most often the second bottle will be much better, and you c...
by Chuck Miller
April 14th, 2020, 2:18 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Clear Ice
Replies: 38
Views: 1903

Re: Clear Ice

First, clean your eyeglasses...
by Chuck Miller
April 9th, 2020, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Tercero Cinsault Rosé (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County)
Replies: 21
Views: 1011

Re: TN: 2019 Tercero Cinsault Rosé (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County)

I’ve popped one of each over the last few days, and while both are excellent, the Cinsault rose was simply delightful. The rest of my Mourvedre will be consumed later this summer, but the Cinsault will disappear fast.
by Chuck Miller
April 2nd, 2020, 1:28 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: SOLD!
Replies: 9
Views: 1194

Re: FS: 2016 DRC La Tache

Is this 2016 or 2017? Title says one thing, body of post says another.
by Chuck Miller
March 31st, 2020, 10:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked!
Replies: 33
Views: 1451

Re: Corked!

I guess my experience is different from yours, John. I have never seen anyone claim an 8-12% TCA taint, even in the old days. My experience was 3-5% back then, less now for current releases. Regarding sensitivity, yes it varies dramatically, but some can detect at the 2-3 parts per trillion, I pers...
by Chuck Miller
March 31st, 2020, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked!
Replies: 33
Views: 1451

Re: Corked!

Were these current releases? I ask because TCA taint used to be in the 8-12% range, but the rate is far, far lower in the last 10-12 years. I host regular tasting groups, and it’s pretty rare now that we have a corked current-release wine. We used to average one in every tasting of eight wines. Als...
by Chuck Miller
March 29th, 2020, 10:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington Bordeaux Blends and Riesling
Replies: 54
Views: 2251

Re: Washington Bordeaux Blends and Riesling

For my money, the best maker and blender of Bordeaux varietals in the state is Chris Camarda at Andrew Will, and his son, Will Camarda.
by Chuck Miller
March 11th, 2020, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will stock market collapse equal lower prices at wine auctions?
Replies: 212
Views: 16359

Re: Will stock market collapse equal lower prices at wine auctions?

If (as?) the general market and economy continue to worsen, eventually a large amount of wine in private cellars will be puked to auction. There is, however, a delay due to the time necessary to select wines to sell, get auction estimates, ship the wine, and then have the auction company inspect and...
by Chuck Miller
March 9th, 2020, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse weekend pickup party April, 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 502

Re: Cayuse weekend pickup party April, 2020

Mark Stevens wrote:
March 9th, 2020, 7:54 pm
Cancelled due to Covis9- sigh....
Oh shoot, I thought COVID-19 was bad enough. Now we have another new virus?
by Chuck Miller
March 6th, 2020, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 d'Yquem 750s for $199
Replies: 25
Views: 1889

Re: 2005 d'Yquem 750s for $199

I understand that. It’s a good price. So why does a merchant need to blatantly lie?
by Chuck Miller
March 5th, 2020, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 d'Yquem 750s for $199
Replies: 25
Views: 1889

Re: 2005 d'Yquem 750s for $199

Such BS - the merchant claims it is 75% off THE ORIGINAL RELEASE PRICE. Yeah right.
by Chuck Miller
February 29th, 2020, 8:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Delete
Replies: 5
Views: 765

Re: Is is just me, or have CellarTracker searches gotten slowwwwww?

It’s just you. Clear your cache, reboot, whatever you need to do.
by Chuck Miller
February 22nd, 2020, 10:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment
Replies: 72
Views: 2763

Re: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment

Unless you are only DTC, you are selling a $50 retail wine to a wholesaler for let’s say $25. Let’s assume you are making a profit at that price. Now you want to charge your high margin DTC client a surcharge instead of eating that cost. Sorry, you just lost me as a customer.
by Chuck Miller
February 15th, 2020, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help! How to get a Vega Sicilia visit
Replies: 21
Views: 2011

Re: Help! How to get a Vega Sicilia visit

Don’t take it personally, Blake (not that you are). I recall a story from what was likely the early ‘90s from a fellow AOL wine board member, Gerry Dawson. He was the first person outside the estate/employees to taste the then unreleased 1970 Unico, some 20+ years after vintage. They have always bee...
by Chuck Miller
February 10th, 2020, 11:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]
Replies: 294
Views: 24696

Re: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach?

Bought from Flannery, Tercero and Veleta on a Visa. No fraud.
by Chuck Miller
February 4th, 2020, 9:19 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Best Fine wine web offers
Replies: 7
Views: 3620

Re: Best Fine wine web offers

Hi William, A new one from California is called vinousreverie.com. They have interesting wines, mostly International. The prices are very reasonable. Take a look, you might like it. Since you appear to be associated with the store, being upfront about it will help you to establish credibility on th...
by Chuck Miller
January 31st, 2020, 11:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving across country this summer: how to ship wine?
Replies: 18
Views: 1390

Re: Moving across country this summer: how to ship wine?

The company in Utah is most likely Advantage Transportation, who will be far less expensive than the full service movers like The Wine Movers or Western Carriers, but it depends on what services you want. Advantage will only pick up and deliver an already palletized shipment, and there must be a loa...
by Chuck Miller
January 31st, 2020, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spaced BerserkerDay: Should I see a neurologist?
Replies: 28
Views: 1571

Re: Spaced BerserkerDay: Should I see a neurologist?

With all the money you saved, you can afford a neurologist.
by Chuck Miller
January 30th, 2020, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Help with cooling and storage
Replies: 1
Views: 1153

Re: Help with cooling and storage

Debbie, welcome. A couple of thoughts. First, a Eurocave where the ‘wine portion’ (whatever that means) only gets down to 50 degrees is perfect. For most people, serving temp should be warmer than that, the only possible exceptions are Champagne and wines that are too bad to drink without chilling t...
by Chuck Miller
January 19th, 2020, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: storing wines vertically?
Replies: 53
Views: 3542

Re: storing wines vertically?

John, my experience with very old, shrunken corks is that they shrink from the inside (wet) end of the cork, not the end exposed to the air. This would imply that something in the wine (acid?) gradually eats at the cork. I have never seen a cork shrivel up on the outside while maintaining a good sea...
by Chuck Miller
January 17th, 2020, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer check: Tipsy Knitter, Seattle
Replies: 7
Views: 716

Re: Retailer check: Tipsy Knitter, Seattle

Kris Patten wrote:
January 17th, 2020, 8:18 pm
I live in Seattle and haven't heard of them, their LLC is DDF Wines which is a residence in Capitol Hill.

Let us know how a transaction goes.
Ditto
by Chuck Miller
January 16th, 2020, 9:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Florida “Fish” of the Week - Revisited
Replies: 18
Views: 2055

Re: Florida “Fish” of the Week - Revisited

Craig G wrote:
January 16th, 2020, 5:55 pm
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LOL my friggin’ ass off! Better than Gary Larson’s boneless chicken ranch.
by Chuck Miller
January 12th, 2020, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 39
Views: 2721

Re: 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Opened a 2007 Charvin tonight. Initially pretty chunky on the palate, but with 30 minutes or so of air time, the nose started showing kirsch and the palate softened somewhat. Labeled as 15%, alcohol in balance.
by Chuck Miller
January 11th, 2020, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fat Cork- A great new Champagne retailer
Replies: 30
Views: 2017

Re: Fat Cork- A great new Champagne retailer

Sales tax has nothing to do with it, although WA does have a high sales tax rate (due to no income tax). Troy, the excise tax is not added at the retail level, but at an earlier tier, raising the cost at each tier, and getting marked up at each subsequent tier. The net effect might be more like 40-5...
by Chuck Miller
January 10th, 2020, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fat Cork- A great new Champagne retailer
Replies: 30
Views: 2017

Re: Fat Cork- A great new Champagne retailer

Chuck, WA may have high taxes, but when it comes to Champagne pricing, they are a small pimple on the ass of Godzilla, ie, irrelevant. Dan Kravitz Not following the logic here. Yes, we are a pimple, but whatever amount of Champagne we sell here in WA, no matter how small, is taxed at a fairly high ...
by Chuck Miller
January 10th, 2020, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fat Cork- A great new Champagne retailer
Replies: 30
Views: 2017

Re: Fat Cork- A great new Champagne retailer

Maybe because they are in WA state, home of some of the highest alcohol taxes in the nation. On wine? I thought I was told WA had high spirit/liquor taxes , but not wine. If there is a high wine excise how does Garagiste exist- they are in WA I thinK? Yes, still high. More than 4 times the rate of ...
by Chuck Miller
January 10th, 2020, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fat Cork- A great new Champagne retailer
Replies: 30
Views: 2017

Re: Fat Cork- A great new Champagne retailer

Why not? I searched and found a thread on the topic I wanted to discuss. Damned if you search, damned if you don't. :) I ordered from them once because I wanted to try a wine that only they were importing. I found their customer service, packaging and accompanying materials really well done. That s...
by Chuck Miller
December 30th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 100% tariffs - effect on other regions’ prices ?.
Replies: 29
Views: 1793

Re: 100% tariffs - effect on other regions’ prices ?.

James Billy wrote:
December 30th, 2019, 4:58 am
How about if we just whisper?
Maybe just speak easy.
by Chuck Miller
December 27th, 2019, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Should Newly Releasd Wines Cost More Than 18 Year Old Whisky?
Replies: 43
Views: 1948

Re: Why Should Newly Releasd Wines Cost More Than 18 Year Old Whisky?

Because it's very cheap to grow corn and wheat and you can grow them almost everywhere, have you ever been to midwest? Grapes require much much more TLC and better the land higher the prices. 1 acre of land in midwest is from $5k to $10K for prime land. Prime land of vineyard costs you upwards of 5...
by Chuck Miller
December 21st, 2019, 7:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco 12lb A5 Kuroge Wagyu Ribeye
Replies: 27
Views: 2919

Re: Costco 12lb A5 Kuroge Wagyu Ribeye

Interesting that the paperwork says ‘Not For Retail Sale’. I wonder why that would be.
by Chuck Miller
December 21st, 2019, 7:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco 12lb A5 Kuroge Wagyu Ribeye
Replies: 27
Views: 2919

Re: Costco 12lb A5 Kuroge Wagyu Ribeye

Wow! Even for 12, that’s too much A5 for one meal, IMO. I would cut it in half while frozen and keep half frozen. That way you get 2 shots at it, and can learn from the first time if the method isn’t perfect. I have no suggestions to help you prepare it, having never done anything like that.
by Chuck Miller
December 21st, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco $550 Belota Iberico
Replies: 73
Views: 7520

Re: Costco $550 Belota Iberico

The Costco in Redmond, WA is selling the Covap Bellota Iberico for $350 thru 12/31. Not sure about other locations.
by Chuck Miller
December 20th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1970 Ch. Latour (magnum)
Replies: 5
Views: 449

Re: TN: 1970 Ch. Latour (magnum)

Bill, glad it was a great bottle. About 10 years ago, I was given a magnum of ‘70 Latour as a Christmas gift by a very generous client. I decided to open it for my blind tasting group, where the custom is to bring 2 bottles each, usually with a theme. I opened it mid afternoon and decanted into 2 se...
by Chuck Miller
December 15th, 2019, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Larger group visit to Napa / Sonoma
Replies: 9
Views: 586

Re: Larger group visit to Napa / Sonoma

Not really thought of as a mid/high end winery, but V. Sattui is set up for this. They are a tourist-centric winery that I believe only sells wine at the winery itself, which appeals to some more novice people. Tour bus stop, which is a negative for most experienced winos. They also have a wide vari...
by Chuck Miller
December 7th, 2019, 9:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top ten wine producing countries ranked in million tonnes between 1961 - 2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1114

Re: Top ten wine producing countries ranked in million tonnes between 1961 - 2018

Greg, my apology. I thought you had referred to gazillions, not just zillions. Zillions is extremely precise, while gazillion and bazillion have a more nebulous meaning. A gazillion apologies to you.

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