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by Chuck Miller
March 29th, 2020, 10:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington Bordeaux Blends and Riesling
Replies: 35
Views: 1136

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: 164
Views: 12876

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: 464

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: 1872

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: 1872

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: 755

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: 2647

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: 1912

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: 22296

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: 2811

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: 1357

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: 1560

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: 589

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: 3414

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: 536

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: 1555

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: 2692

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: 1993

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: 1993

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: 1993

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: 1993

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: 1768

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: 1908

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: 2398

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: 2398

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: 5705

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: 448

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: 569

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: 1090

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: 1090

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: 1090

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: 277
Views: 7754

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: 1013

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: 654

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: 2541

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: 6841

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: 1013

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: 48
Views: 2799

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: 48
Views: 2799

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: 918

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: 1417

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: 1402

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: 2646

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: 1449

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: 228
Views: 16159

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.

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