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by M A T T H A R T L E Y
August 27th, 2019, 5:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $3000 bottle
Replies: 89
Views: 9118

Re: $3000 bottle

I love everything about this... The pewter, the Instagram pages of the founders at places like Hotel du Cap, the NY PR agent talking about wines selling out in minutes and just spinning a web of nonsense. It is very 2019. It reminds me of a higher budget version of this gem: https://www.youtube.com/...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
May 13th, 2019, 5:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: News from Harry Karis? Did you also buy Pure 2015 from him?
Replies: 16
Views: 3043

Re: News from Harry Karis? Did you also buy Pure 2015 from him?

His linkedin profile looks fairly current https://www.linkedin.com/in/harry-karis-67b95338/ 73 bottles is a lot of expensive wine, and if you believe you are not his only victim, my guess is you will never hear from him again. His website looking as it does, http://www.harrykaris.com/ - this guy is ...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
May 13th, 2019, 5:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: News from Harry Karis? Did you also buy Pure 2015 from him?
Replies: 16
Views: 3043

Re: News from Harry Karis? Did you also buy Pure 2015 from him?

73 bottles is a lot of expensive wine, and if you believe you are not his only victim, my guess is you will never hear from him again. His website looking as it does, http://www.harrykaris.com/ - this guy is long gone. I'm still sending friendly reminder to Harry Karis every 2 month... But it is abo...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
April 25th, 2019, 5:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 167
Views: 9235

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

That whole crew was so out of their mind at the time... To this day I'm not sure I have seen a company that had such a stranglehold on an entire industry literally destroy themselves by violating rule #1 in business - the customer always comes first. Their idea to try to compete with CT was wrong-he...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
April 17th, 2019, 6:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 450
Views: 44125

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

I designed this myself, including the box sizes and depths, in hopes of maximizing space. I like it a lot, but I wish I had a whole other room with just regular racking that would make it easier to get to some of the more "hard to reach" bottles... Nice cellar. What year did Andremily use OWC’s? Th...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
April 17th, 2019, 6:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 450
Views: 44125

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

I designed this myself, including the box sizes and depths, in hopes of maximizing space.

I like it a lot, but I wish I had a whole other room with just regular racking that would make it easier to get to some of the more "hard to reach" bottles...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
April 11th, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Make Wine.... Then Tell Lies....
Replies: 15
Views: 1869

Re: Make Wine.... Then Tell Lies....

I wish wholesalers marked up wines 50% as Tom asserts, 18-25% is more accurate. What I do agree with is this is not an accurate portrayal, my SIL is getting into wine and asked me if a few of these different clubs were worth it, so they do get people's attention and I am sure they recruit subscribe...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
December 15th, 2018, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine store in NC (Raleigh, Durham, Apex)
Replies: 50
Views: 1906

Re: Wine store in NC (Raleigh, Durham, Apex)

Shameless self promotion here, but I own two stores in the area - one in Chapel Hill and one in Morrisville. The company is called winestore. I would like to think we have a strong selection and very competitive prices :) I'm also available to help you find anything you are looking for! Just DM me a...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
October 20th, 2018, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Total wines Illinois
Replies: 9
Views: 1620

Re: Total wines Illinois

I would just operate under the assumption they (or many like them) will come to your city eventually, so begin planning accordingly.
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
August 30th, 2018, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Selling Wine
Replies: 105
Views: 6521

Re: Selling Wine

Thank you for your advice,as for storage,according to my husband his uncle had a proper wine cellar,we have had the wine about 6 weeks,we have it in a normal cellar. I think I will take the British guy up on his offer. One thing I do not understand is,people saying if it has been stored correctly,h...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
August 29th, 2018, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Selling Wine
Replies: 105
Views: 6521

Re: Selling Wine

Send them to an auction house
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
August 4th, 2018, 5:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 100 Most Influential People in the WineWorld
Replies: 55
Views: 2742

100 Most Influential People in the WineWorld

David Trone not in the top 5 is ridiculous...

Barbara Banke is top 10
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
July 6th, 2018, 5:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPS Really Sucks and should never be used to ship wine!
Replies: 110
Views: 6256

UPS Really Sucks and should never be used to ship wine!

After giving them fair warning that I would make this post, I heard more corporate speak about logistics companies that occasionally make mistakes but that the complaint had to come from the shipper not the recipient (I had already alerted them but that's not going to do any good because UPS is not...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
June 4th, 2018, 5:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mega Purple and Pinot Noir
Replies: 206
Views: 9207

Mega Purple and Pinot Noir

Brian Ojalvo wrote:I have seen it used once about 2 years ago. I was aghast that it was being used on a Napa Valley Merlot by a high end producer. I have photographic evidence. Note the Tapatio hot sauce next to the 2 bloated purple jugs on the winery fridge door.
Tapatio is good hot sauce
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
May 1st, 2018, 5:29 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Pros/Cons of becoming a distributor
Replies: 20
Views: 2033

Pros/Cons of becoming a distributor

South Carolina is not a franchise state - so just keep that in mind. What does that mean? Can you elaborate? My guess is you have never been in the alcohol business, which is most likely why you are asking for answers to these basic questions: Did you get any trouble from the big distributors, how ...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
April 26th, 2018, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Pros/Cons of becoming a distributor
Replies: 20
Views: 2033

Pros/Cons of becoming a distributor

South Carolina is not a franchise state - so just keep that in mind.

Based on your questions above, I would hesitate making the leap.
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
April 3rd, 2018, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New buyers are going to be paying a lot more for their fine wine.
Replies: 238
Views: 11357

New buyers are going to be paying a lot more for their fine wine.

A quick summary from my end. 1. My initial statement is blindingly obvious. If you want to taste/collect/drink wines which are considered the best of their respective type, appellation etc, you will have to pay relatively more money than my generation did. If you don't think these are the best, how...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
March 8th, 2018, 3:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rich People Are Ruining Wine …and Napa Valley is forever changing as a result (The Atlantic)
Replies: 80
Views: 5391

Rich People Are Ruining Wine …and Napa Valley is forever changing as a result (The Atlantic)

I moved to California in 1984 to be an intern. I rented the small room from a guy in Noe Valley who had a bumper sticker that said welcome to California, now go home. He was convinced that the California he grew up in in the 60s had been ruined by people who had moved in over the preceding 20 years...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
March 6th, 2018, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine drinking in France sucks
Replies: 291
Views: 16359

Wine drinking in France sucks

Alan Eden wrote:if you want the best wines for the price drink US wines in the USA
ummmmm.....have you travelled anywhere other than France and the US?
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
February 16th, 2018, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vivino raises $20million (more) - or, how I'm doing it wrong...
Replies: 36
Views: 2164

Vivino raises $20million (more) - or, how I'm doing it wrong...

Raising money isn't the end-all and be-all. But Vivino is really different from WB. It's basically less good versions of CT + Wine Searcher combined with a fancy recommendation engine (that probably is junk) all wrapped in a pretty app. I bet it never makes any money, just blows through the capital...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
February 16th, 2018, 5:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vivino raises $20million (more) - or, how I'm doing it wrong...
Replies: 36
Views: 2164

Vivino raises $20million (more) - or, how I'm doing it wrong...

Eric LeVine wrote:They have raised 57 million dollars to date, and their goal is to sell ONE BILLION dollars of wine by 2020.
Are they already at like $300m and we just don't know about it or something?
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
January 27th, 2018, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 JJ Prum Wehlener Sohnenuhr Auslese - What happened?
Replies: 42
Views: 1703

TN: 2003 JJ Prum Wehlener Sohnenuhr Auslese - What happened?

I've found it helpful to avoid sweeping statements when it comes to wine...but that being said, I don't have a wine from 2003 in my cellar from anywhere. I've had good wines from this vintage in the past...but not enough that I'm interested in "seeing where it goes with the 2003 vintage". The 2003 ...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
January 18th, 2018, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Goldman Sachs Co-President has $1.2mm in wine stolen...
Replies: 74
Views: 6917

Goldman Sachs Co-President has $1.2mm in wine stolen...

Dying to know who the wine merchant in NC that bought all this stuff was...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
December 11th, 2017, 5:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Chimère #3
Replies: 14
Views: 1170

2015 Chimère #3

Jonathan Loesberg wrote:I wouldn't consider spending that much money for wine, which is just as well since this is one CdP that holds no interest for me. As people say frequently around here, more for the rest of you.
Thank you for the heads up :)
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
December 9th, 2017, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Chimère #3
Replies: 14
Views: 1170

2015 Chimère #3

Was in my spam folder as well!

Glad I saw this!
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
November 16th, 2017, 5:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weird Customer Service Experience
Replies: 60
Views: 4176

Weird Customer Service Experience

You post their responses to e-mails that you also don't post?

Would provide some context for everyone if you posted the e-mails you had sent them RE your orders and inquiries.
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
October 24th, 2017, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Liquor Law in WA state Question
Replies: 31
Views: 904

Liquor Law in WA state Question

WAC 314-11-065 allows for:

(b) Restaurant licensees may allow patrons to bring wine into the premises for consumption with a meal; and

so if your wine is decanted and put back in the bottle and re-corked and you pull the cork when you arrive can't imagine anyone having a problem with that.
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
October 24th, 2017, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Liquor Law in WA state Question
Replies: 31
Views: 904

Liquor Law in WA state Question

Just curious but did you bring in the wine in a decanter?
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
October 23rd, 2017, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Wine Advocate Service - Wine Benchmarking...
Replies: 101
Views: 5590

New Wine Advocate Service - Wine Benchmarking...

Neal.Mollen wrote:
M A T T H A R T L E Y wrote:Looks like the killed off the benchmarking service one day after launching it...

Train is officially off the rails over there...
Where was this announced?
Lisa posted the announcement on the Parker board...and the announcement was comical.
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
October 23rd, 2017, 7:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Wine Advocate Service - Wine Benchmarking...
Replies: 101
Views: 5590

New Wine Advocate Service - Wine Benchmarking...

Looks like the killed off the benchmarking service one day after launching it...

Train is officially off the rails over there...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
September 13th, 2017, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need help identifying a wine's value
Replies: 13
Views: 817

Need help identifying a wine's value

Mike Francisco wrote:
Kevin Wa l d i wrote:Thank you all very much! The vineyard is Salvano. I'll give my buddy first dibs. When I got it my plan was to do something with the wooden box!
Sell it to him for $90 and keep the box!
Sell the wine with the box for the love....
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
September 12th, 2017, 7:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any Thoughts on the Silicon Valley Bank Blog?
Replies: 14
Views: 1188

Any Thoughts on the Silicon Valley Bank Blog?

From our perspective, $50 and up of anything (other than a few exceptions here and there) is dead. Movement is SLOW, the market is extremely crowded, and there is a TON of inventory in the pipeline - even with short vintages like 2015.
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
September 1st, 2017, 6:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unfashionable Alsace making a comeback?
Replies: 45
Views: 2811

Unfashionable Alsace making a comeback?

Kuentz Bas makes white wines that rival some of the best in the world...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
July 23rd, 2017, 5:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The myth of travel shock
Replies: 26
Views: 1962

The myth of travel shock

Having studied Chemistry I also can't explain travel shock, but having had wine shipped to Denmark from USA by plane for at least the past ten years really have caused me to believe in the phenomenon. I have had countless bottles of rather dull Carlisle's when opened upon arrival, that have tasted ...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
July 22nd, 2017, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The myth of travel shock
Replies: 26
Views: 1962

The myth of travel shock

How about a bottle of 1990 Beaucastel that is shipped overnight. Bottle arrives with its very fine and abundant sediment shaken and mixed into the wine to the point where it is almost undrinkable. Stand said bottle up for 48 hours in your cellar and the sediment collects at he bottom, and the wine ...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
July 22nd, 2017, 3:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The myth of travel shock
Replies: 26
Views: 1962

The myth of travel shock

How about a bottle of 1990 Beaucastel that is shipped overnight. Bottle arrives with its very fine and abundant sediment shaken and mixed into the wine to the point where it is almost undrinkable. Stand said bottle up for 48 hours in your cellar and the sediment collects at he bottom, and the wine l...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
July 9th, 2017, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Galloni on CBS was a roll out for a subscription Delectable.
Replies: 61
Views: 3902

Galloni on CBS was a roll out for a subscription Delectable.

I don't have a problem with paying for content. I do have a problem with paying for it twice. I already subscribe to Vinous, so paying another $70/yr to see the same content isn't attractive to me. Neither is paying $70 to stop seeing ads on a platform that was entirely ad-free before Vinous bought...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
July 8th, 2017, 3:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Galloni on CBS was a roll out for a subscription Delectable.
Replies: 61
Views: 3902

Galloni on CBS was a roll out for a subscription Delectable.

$72 per year seems steep - is this in addition to the Vinous subscription? My Print Edition Subscription to The Washington Post is $14.99 per month and it comes with daily content, all sorts of apps, reviews etc. just as a reference point. Digital only is $9.99 per month. I'll be interested to see i...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
July 7th, 2017, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 832
Views: 40121

It's critic bingo! Gentian, buddleia and clam broth

Who knows - here is the tech sheet

Also - not questioning whether you heard what you heard - just stating there could be more than one set of data disseminated on this item.
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
July 7th, 2017, 6:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 832
Views: 40121

It's critic bingo! Gentian, buddleia and clam broth

Who do you believe? I just received a pitch for the 2015 Jaboulet - Dom. Thalabert - Crozes-Hermitage from Zachy's. While both Dunnuck and Reynolds give the wine high points, they disagree on the elevage and there is no overlap at all in their specific descriptors! Jeb Dunnuck, WA: 93-95. "Brought ...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
July 5th, 2017, 5:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tire Company buys 40% of The Wine Advocate
Replies: 44
Views: 3904

Tire Company buys 40% of The Wine Advocate

Ever eat at a 3 star tire company restaurant? The subject line was meant to be a little tongue-in-cheek... The way the TWA worded their version of the release, it sounds like they actually raised new equity vs. Michelin buying existing shares...which is interesting. Also wonder if this deal getting...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
June 17th, 2017, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Schrader sold to Constellation
Replies: 209
Views: 11451

Schrader sold to Constellation

You might be right, but they'll lose a significant portion of their customers if they do. At this point, people will buy a wine or brand simply because TRB makes it. I don't think anyone buys a wine because Genevieve makes it (which is not a knock on her skill set). You're operating under the assum...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
May 31st, 2017, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunnuck leaving WA to launch own website
Replies: 156
Views: 12179

Dunnuck leaving WA to launch own website

Good for him. Never should have joined TWA in the first place.
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
May 26th, 2017, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shattering the 100 point barrier
Replies: 29
Views: 2499

Shattering the 100 point barrier

I want to congratulate the entire Futo Team for another incredible, quality driven year. In case you missed it, the four wines we make at Futo received a total of 392 points from James Suckling in his current review of the 2014 Napa Valley Wines. Don't mean to rain on your parade, but doesn't this ...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
May 19th, 2017, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any views of Lillian from Oregon
Replies: 26
Views: 1374

Any views of Lillian from Oregon

If you can find some 2004-2006, those are special. Amen. I was on the list early, and encouraged everyone to get on the list as the wines have remained very fairly priced over the years. The Roussanne is CRAZY good. Don't over look it, even if you say you're not a white wine person (it's really bui...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
May 18th, 2017, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Flipping
Replies: 181
Views: 10354

Flipping

Lots of strong feelings on this topic, especially given it impacts probably 0.00001% of wine made. Oddly, most wineries spent all their time trying to keep the prices from going DOWN, not stopping the price from going up. Any winery that is not thrilled with there being a secondary market for their ...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
May 18th, 2017, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunn Howell Mountain vertical
Replies: 20
Views: 1458

Dunn Howell Mountain vertical

Jay Miller wrote:Nice tasting, but...

"1984 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain - USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain
Corked. 93-"

A little harsh on the rating, don't you think?
Tasting note of the year
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
May 6th, 2017, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: William & Mary Wine Co.
Replies: 117
Views: 10184

William & Mary Wine Co.

Bud Carey wrote:Dammit... now I may have to unhide a bottle!!
It's worth popping one!
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
May 6th, 2017, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: William & Mary Wine Co.
Replies: 117
Views: 10184

William & Mary Wine Co.

Opened a bottle of this last night not really sure what to expect. While $110 is certainly not inexpensive, this is one of the better Cabs I have had this year...and I would stack it against some Cali Cab I have had @ $250+ any day of the week.

Awesome stuff.

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