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by Chuck Miller
January 19th, 2020, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: storing wines vertically?
Replies: 53
Views: 3028

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: 6
Views: 517

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: 5
Views: 418

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: 32
Views: 1991

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: 1951

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: 1951

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: 1951

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: 1951

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: 1733

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: 1846

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: 1781

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: 1781

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: 64
Views: 4695

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: 443

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: 544

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: 1060

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.
by Chuck Miller
December 7th, 2019, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top ten wine producing countries ranked in million tonnes between 1961 - 2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1060

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

GregT wrote:
December 7th, 2019, 3:44 pm
Chuck - there are zillions and zillions of tons of wine produced!
No, Greg, there were 293 million hectoliters of wine produced in the world in 2018. That is roughly equivalent to 38 billion 750ml bottles. The graph shows Italy alone produced approximately 6.9 quadrillion bottles.
by Chuck Miller
December 7th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top ten wine producing countries ranked in million tonnes between 1961 - 2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1060

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

I love these timeline graphs. Not to take anything away from it, but the unit of measure used has got to be an error, listed as ‘million tonnes’, and them one country alone produced 6,900,000 units? That would be 6.9 Million Million tonnes, or to say it plainly, 6.9 Trillion tonnes. That's impossibl...
by Chuck Miller
December 7th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?
Replies: 247
Views: 4937

Re: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?

Chick-Fil- A
by Chuck Miller
December 5th, 2019, 12:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent tastings (Selosse, Duband, Rayas, ...)
Replies: 13
Views: 978

Re: Recent tastings (Selosse, Duband, Rayas, ...)

So, I opened a 2001 and 2003 Rayas last night as part of my tasting group’s last monthly tasting of the year. They were opened about 5:30, decanted, and served blind about 6:30, a little earlier than I thought they would be poured. Initially, a little colder than I wanted and they hadn’t had enough ...
by Chuck Miller
December 2nd, 2019, 11:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Ceritas Peter Martin Ray Chardonnay
Replies: 7
Views: 633

Re: 2015 Ceritas Peter Martin Ray Chardonnay

Not sure how you can extrapolate one corked bottle into your (invalid) conclusion. Feel free to peruse all the tasting notes on CT of 2015 Ceritas wines and see if you find a pattern. I did, you won’t see a pattern.
by Chuck Miller
December 2nd, 2019, 10:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPS story: To claim or not to claim?
Replies: 31
Views: 2516

Re: UPS story: To claim or not to claim?

Nola, it is illegal to use USPS to ship alcohol. Other liquids like olive oil are legal AKAIK, but you must declare it as a liquid, have it properly packaged, and probably waive damages if broken.
by Chuck Miller
December 1st, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Favorite Instant Pot recipes?
Replies: 109
Views: 6085

Re: Favorite Instant Pot recipes?

I made a really delicious carmelized carrot soup in my IP for Turkey Day. It was the hit of the meal. Simple and easy, only a few ingredients, including a little baking soda, which enhances the mailliard reaction. Basically carrots, butter, baking soda, a touch of salt. Under pressure 20 minutes, pu...
by Chuck Miller
December 1st, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent tastings (Selosse, Duband, Rayas, ...)
Replies: 13
Views: 978

Re: Recent tastings (Selosse, Duband, Rayas, ...)

Re: 2001 Rayas. I am opening my only bottle on Tuesday and will let you know. However, several recent CT TN’s mentioned tertiary, advanced characteristics.
by Chuck Miller
November 30th, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Layout my wine cellar
Replies: 47
Views: 2397

Re: Layout my wine cellar

I would think about double deep racking the entire length of wall 1, and NO racking/storage along wall 3. Your room is fairly narrow, and if you have single deep along both walls, the center will be tight and you’ll be bumping into bottles on one side or the other, with no room to turn around while...
by Chuck Miller
November 30th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Layout my wine cellar
Replies: 47
Views: 2397

Re: Layout my wine cellar

I would think about double deep racking the entire length of wall 1, and NO racking/storage along wall 3. Your room is fairly narrow, and if you have single deep along both walls, the center will be tight and you’ll be bumping into bottles on one side or the other, with no room to turn around while ...
by Chuck Miller
November 22nd, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Order to Serve these Dessert Wines?
Replies: 24
Views: 861

Re: What Order to Serve these Dessert Wines?

Make sure to have some insulin on hand.
by Chuck Miller
November 20th, 2019, 9:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New plantings in Barolo to be halted for 3 years starting in 2020
Replies: 18
Views: 1400

Re: New plantings in Barolo to be halted for 3 years starting in 2020

Seems kind of inconsequential (maybe). You plant, but can’t label the wine Barolo. It’s a 3 year ban. Most vines aren’t producing much in the first few years. Unless they mean forever, then maybe. More details needed.
by Chuck Miller
November 19th, 2019, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Storing OWC Make (Financial) Sense?
Replies: 20
Views: 1386

Re: Does Storing OWC Make (Financial) Sense?

It’s a weird pricing structure, IMO. But they can price how they see fit, and you can either adapt to it or move to a different facility. It sounds as if you are in a managed facility as opposed to self storage.
by Chuck Miller
November 11th, 2019, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opening wines before reaching restaurant
Replies: 70
Views: 2608

Re: Opening wines before reaching restaurant

Neal, an employee would still have to open it, even if had been previously opened. Nice loophole to a poorly worded statute.
by Chuck Miller
October 31st, 2019, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Found bottle of 1969 Dom Perignon
Replies: 9
Views: 1406

Re: Found bottle of 1969 Dom Perignon

It’s hard to tell in pictures, but the color looks kind of dark, and the fill just OK. The storage conditions you describe are less than ideal. Personally, I wouldn’t disagree with what Tom said, but I would never pay $500 for a crap shoot. My advice is to talk to the other parties that have an inte...
by Chuck Miller
October 25th, 2019, 8:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 187
Views: 11737

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Ron Slye wrote:
October 25th, 2019, 6:04 pm
Ugh. Our deep freezer died a few days ago -- everything has thawed, including a number of Flannery steaks. Not clear how long it has been thawed, so unfortunately it is being thrown out!
I had that happen once as well. Very painful.
by Chuck Miller
October 25th, 2019, 8:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 187
Views: 11737

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Sounds right Chris. My flannery mismatched arrived defrosted....I know I saw a discussion in a thread here with a similar scenario. Were they supposed to be shipped frozen or fresh? Regardless, I saw a YouTube video of some guy that did a blind taste test comparison of a set of meat ranging from fr...
by Chuck Miller
October 22nd, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Canlis for dinner this evening.........
Replies: 26
Views: 1777

Re: Canlis for dinner this evening.........

Andy K wrote:
October 17th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Greg K wrote:
October 17th, 2019, 11:45 am
The 2011 Rupestris is drinking great, and that’s a very nice price for a restaurant.
That is pretty much a great price anywhere right now!

I will report back!


Thanks again.
Apparently Andy suffered amnesia after dining at Canlis and has forgotten to report back!
by Chuck Miller
October 21st, 2019, 11:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Ramonet Chassagne...thought blanc...got rouge.
Replies: 22
Views: 1398

Re: 2014 Ramonet Chassagne...thought blanc...got rouge.

The Ramonet reds are a hidden secret, and that’s a fair price. Enjoy, and then buy some blanc as well.
by Chuck Miller
October 14th, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1220
Views: 66643

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

I always thought that airport customs didn’t collect duty since it was pennies per liter, and not worth their time. Tariffs are 25% of the value, not per liter, and could be a significant dollar amount. If they are authorized to collect tariffs, I have a feeling they will.
by Chuck Miller
October 8th, 2019, 11:59 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: #
Replies: 3
Views: 418

Re: RAYAS-Fonsalette

It might help to know the vintage and where you are located.
by Chuck Miller
October 6th, 2019, 9:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wonder if they have any more of that Jayer Cros P
Replies: 9
Views: 937

Re: Wonder if they have any more of that Jayer Cros P

They spelled your name wrong. I’d never buy from them again.

Not too long ago, I had a client send off 6 bottles each of ‘85 Jayer Cros Parantoux, Echezeaux and Richebourg to auction. I guarantee they were authentic, but I also guarantee they didn’t hammer for $250!
by Chuck Miller
October 5th, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best brewpubs in Bend?
Replies: 14
Views: 1296

Re: Best brewpubs in Bend?

Crux has a charcuterie board that is killer. Also, while not a brew pub, check out a place called Primal Cuts. It’s a butcher shop on one side, and the other side has maybe 30 taps from all over the PNW, including when I was there last, a tab pouring a Heater-Allen beer. But the highlight is a sandw...
by Chuck Miller
October 4th, 2019, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 117
Views: 9919

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

Good sale prices, but I was honestly surprised at the regular non-sale prices they showed. Did people actually pay that much for Bonny Doon or did they inflate it to make the sale look better?
by Chuck Miller
October 4th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: aucwine.com
Replies: 14
Views: 2469

Re: Retailer Check: AUCwine

Never heard of them. After 30+ grammatical errors that I caught without working too hard, I am s k eptical of anything they represent. Claiming 6 locations and 60 employees for an outfit I've never heard of makes me even more s k eptical, but I look foward to being corrected by others with direct e...
by Chuck Miller
September 23rd, 2019, 12:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)
Replies: 57
Views: 2789

Re: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)

If Canlis is about anything, it is about service. This is a long-standing family owned restaurant, and their goal is to make everyone’s experience an ideal one. I have only dined there 3-4 times, but every one has been exceptional. If it isn’t special for you, they WANT you to give them feedback and...
by Chuck Miller
September 19th, 2019, 12:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)
Replies: 57
Views: 2789

Re: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)

I took a few friends to one of my favorite places, Nell’s at Greenlake. We started with an off the menu special order app of Chimney Smoked Lobster. Always special. We all did the tasting menu, I ordered a Champagne off the list, and brought in a 2000 Fichet Meursault Chevalieres and a 2007 Dujac Co...
by Chuck Miller
September 10th, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine insurance in NY
Replies: 9
Views: 659

Re: Wine insurance in NY

Sh@n A wrote:
September 10th, 2019, 6:29 am
I believe you have been searching for offsite for some time now; the offsite will offer insurance as well.
Not universally.
by Chuck Miller
September 10th, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 125
Views: 7014

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

Not trying to be pedantic, but everything that is warmer than air will be affected by "wind chill". In other words, the wine that's in front of the blower will cool fairly quickly since there's high air flow + lower temperature. So it could be conceivable that the liquid is actually fluctating in t...
by Chuck Miller
September 7th, 2019, 11:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 125
Views: 7014

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

i think you would get slightly cooked or stewy before you would get to maderized.

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