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by M A T T H A R T L E Y
December 7th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 726
Views: 37128

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

The 2020 WTO decision on Boeing subsidies will potentially force a compromise. Have to see how that WTO decision comes down. Possibly, although also throw the digital tax retaliatory 301 tariffs and the threatened EU counter-tariffs into the mix. But with a self-proclaimed “tariff man” in office it...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
December 6th, 2019, 3:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 726
Views: 37128

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

We went through this all many pages back. Yes, if everyone insists on maintaining their current profit margins (in percentage terms) , the retail price would double. But that is a big If and very unlikely. If sales fell by more than 50% after prices double, the middlemen would end up making less mo...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
December 5th, 2019, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 726
Views: 37128

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

Let's look at some numbers. You want to assume unchanged sales, but no company has unlimited funds to put into inventory. An importer has $100K open to buy, and before tariffs could purchase 500 cases at $200/case. Tariff raise the cost of the wine to $250/case. Now the importer can afford 400 case...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
December 3rd, 2019, 5:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 726
Views: 37128

Re: More tariffs?

This is up to 100% tariff on all French wine, cheese, and handbags. Wtf. Unless I misread, it's just sparkling wines, not still. I believe they are indicating that sparkling wines are going to get thrown into the mix - making is so the new tariffs will apply to ALL wines from France. Not good.
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
November 26th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 319
Views: 20827

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)

. . . How much longer will the Parker name be meaningful? . . . I suspect that the same will be true of RMP. He had way more than 15 minutes of fame, but it's waning fast. Parker will be important for decades to come mainly because he has a huge body of work that is easily available. Books, on line...
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
November 14th, 2019, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Raj Parr Wine Club?
Replies: 14
Views: 1197

Re: Raj Parr Wine Club?

$2,000 for 24 bottles of private label juice?

wowsa.
by M A T T H A R T L E Y
November 7th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 726
Views: 37128

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

Was just told by one of our freight forwarders that they are floating customers to the tune of $1m a day in tariffs (these tariffs are due 10 days after it hits port) and people are freaking out.
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: 9323

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: 3051

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: 3051

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: 9373

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: 451
Views: 45181

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: 451
Views: 45181

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: 1876

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: 1991

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: 1723

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: 6534

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: 6534

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: 2765

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: 6336

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: 9576

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: 2134

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: 2134

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: 11437

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: 5412

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: 16438

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: 2232

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: 2232

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: 1710

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: 6931

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: 1183

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: 1183

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: 4189

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: 916

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: 916

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: 5612

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: 5612

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: 819

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: 1190

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: 2852

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: 2152

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: 2152

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: 2152

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: 3912

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: 3912

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: 866
Views: 41754

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: 866
Views: 41754

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: 3908

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: 11497

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...

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