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by Mike Miller
February 29th, 2020, 11:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is the Coronavirus economic impact slowing your buying?
Replies: 28
Views: 1745

Re: Is the Coronavirus economic impact slowing your buying?

For good or for I’ll, I’ve slowed down because I’m at an age where I’m nit expected to out live most red grand crus from great vintages. But my daughters text my resolve by pointing out new releases and claiming That “cellar is an inter-generational investment.”
by Mike Miller
February 14th, 2020, 10:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Texas BYOB Let Down :(
Replies: 60
Views: 4227

Re: Texas BYOB Let Down :(

There can be no defense of Texas' antiquated and anti-consumer wine laws. And frankly, I sense that the reataurant industry, especially good reastaurants with decent lists, aren't fans either. In addition to the strange "if you have a liquor liscense, no BYOW, but if you have a beer/wine liscence, i...
by Mike Miller
February 14th, 2020, 8:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dom. J. Voillot 2012 Volnay 1er cru Champan
Replies: 1
Views: 331

Dom. J. Voillot 2012 Volnay 1er cru Champan

Valentines’ dinner at Lucky Palace Chinese in Shreveport, La. Very clear, but slightly light color with the slightest fading on the edge. Moderate but pleasing notes of sous bois, and crushed blue and red fruits. Really a delicate but really nice nose. Medium body, but with plenty of fruit, includin...
by Mike Miller
February 14th, 2020, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm done*
Replies: 383
Views: 23278

Re: I'm done*

Every time I proclaim I’m done, one of my two daughters will say, “But dad, a cellar is an inter-generational investment!”
by Mike Miller
February 14th, 2020, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Montielle Volnay 2005 1er cru Taillespieds
Replies: 7
Views: 523

Re: de Montielle Volnay 2005 1er cru Taillespieds

Good to see others are finding these types of 2005s in a bit of an awkward place. I haven’t hit mine much since release, but pulled this one out because I had a good quantity, was curious, and had a worthy occasion.
by Mike Miller
February 13th, 2020, 11:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?
Replies: 86
Views: 6038

Re: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?

Hard to call out one wine. But if I had to,do so, I’d pick Domaine Aubert de Villaine Bourgogne Rouge. Three separate cuvées, but all excellent.

More generically, cru Beaujolais and Sauternes bury should be in he discussion
by Mike Miller
February 13th, 2020, 9:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Montielle Volnay 2005 1er cru Taillespieds
Replies: 7
Views: 523

de Montielle Volnay 2005 1er cru Taillespieds

Opened a bottle for the wake of a dear friend. Deep ruby color. No real evidence if bricking around the edge. Nose was still somewhat restrained, but with vigorous swirling revealed souis bios and a mixture of red and black fruits, with the red being slightly more prominent. Dusky tannins still ther...
by Mike Miller
October 28th, 2019, 1:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "What the . . . Where TF did this come from?"
Replies: 40
Views: 2562

Re: "What the . . . Where TF did this come from?"

When you have people over, they sneak into you cellar to leave “gifts” to make you wonder about your sanity. Somewhere in there, you’ll find a bottle of Boone’s Farm strawberry Hill!!
by Mike Miller
October 5th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1322
Views: 77143

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

Simple: thanks to everybody who voted for Trump .... This goes back 15 years over a complaint to WTO over EU subsidies to Airbus. A couple of points. No one on this board is less of a fan of the current regime than me, but this is really not his doing. As indicated, this WTO proceeding has been pen...
by Mike Miller
October 3rd, 2019, 12:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1322
Views: 77143

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

Dennis Atick wrote:
October 2nd, 2019, 4:25 pm
Jeez, how did we ever end up in this situation?
Pretty easy to figure out. I can’t spell it out because of guidelines. But it fairly obvious.
by Mike Miller
August 13th, 2019, 10:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Texas 2019 Weather and Prospective Vintage Report
Replies: 4
Views: 403

Re: Texas 2019 Weather and Prospective Vintage Report

Not upset. Just stunned that 1) there even is a pre-harvest report for Texas; 2) that a local newspaper in a rural East Texas town of 23,000 with one vineyard in a distant corner of the county would bother to print it. I pre-harvest report about Burgundy, i expect. About Harrison County, Texas — not...
by Mike Miller
August 13th, 2019, 3:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Texas 2019 Weather and Prospective Vintage Report
Replies: 4
Views: 403

Texas 2019 Weather and Prospective Vintage Report

Now I’ve seen everything! From my hometown fish wrap.

https://www.marshallnewsmessenger.com/b ... 0662d.html
by Mike Miller
August 5th, 2019, 10:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?
Replies: 90
Views: 4695

Re: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?

Never seen a hearse with a luggage rack or pulling a U-Haul trailer. Drink what you want. Post what you want.
by Mike Miller
May 18th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 8192

Re: Robert Parker retires

Gary York wrote:
May 16th, 2019, 3:58 pm
I wish him well in retirement. It must not be an easy thing to do knowing that your life's work will be destroyed.
I don't know. That's true for 99.99% of all humans. Including a vast majority commenting on this thread, no?
by Mike Miller
November 24th, 2018, 12:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 vintage throughout France.
Replies: 39
Views: 2463

Re: 2018 vintage throughout France.

I thought that this year's vintage was ALWAYS the vintage of the century??!!
by Mike Miller
November 15th, 2018, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So how about if the lawyers here get serious - Amicus Brief in Byrd v. Tennessee
Replies: 82
Views: 4159

Re: So how about if the lawyers here get serious - Amicus Brief in Byrd v. Tennessee

Every SCOTUS appellate team needs a broken down, sore back personal injury fact lawyer. I’m in!!!

Whose deposition do you need me to take? Or I can cross examine the other side’s main expert! Just show me a copy of what the jury charge looks like and I’m ready to go!!! ;).
by Mike Miller
October 24th, 2017, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 601066

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

I have privately contacted all who contacted me via PM about my response. If any Federal practitioners, especially bankruptcy practitioners are on the board, please check me on this. Would venue on a clawback action against a non-insider for less than $12,850 be governed by 28 USC 1409(b) 28 U.S. Co...
by Mike Miller
October 12th, 2017, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 601066

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Zealously representing his client??!!
by Mike Miller
October 12th, 2017, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 601066

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Well, they sue you (or me) in California. Hoping for 1) a default judgment; 2) that my transactions cost in presenting my meritorious defenses, if any, exceed my settlement costs: or 3) that at the very least my defeviency claim is disallowed allowing you other guys to chop up my $0.07 recovery amon...
by Mike Miller
October 12th, 2017, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 601066

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

The value of wine shipped in the 90 day period is what I read from their letter. There is an unitimized claim from the trustee as to its value and an offer to compromise for a substantial fraction of their claim. Total value is within a few bucks it $9,000. In an aboundance if caution, I don't want ...
by Mike Miller
October 12th, 2017, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 601066

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

I got a clawback letter claiming a 90 day preference under 11 U.S.C. 547(b) outside “ordinary course of business” today. I’m looking for information on or work product from others who may have already started researching this issue. I hope to speak with a good bankruptcy lawyer here in Texas early n...
by Mike Miller
October 10th, 2017, 12:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Et Fille Winemaker killed in Tractor accident (in May 2017)
Replies: 8
Views: 1019

Et Fille Winemaker killed in Tractor accident (in May 2017)

As a personal injury lawyer in a rural area, we have seen over the years a slow, but steady stream of products liability cases involving tractors. Farming is still, last I checked, the se ind most dangerous occupation in America (after commercial fisherman).
by Mike Miller
April 24th, 2017, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent vintage wines that are no longer made. Modern unicorns
Replies: 57
Views: 3073

Recent vintage wines that are no longer made. Modern unicorns

Merry Edwards Olivet Lane Vineyard Pinot, at least for now.
by Mike Miller
April 23rd, 2017, 10:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cheating in Burgundy
Replies: 56
Views: 3592

Cheating in Burgundy

The idea that terroir in Burgundy is static is a bit ludicrous. As the ground changes, the farming changes, the financial gain and loss changes...so will the terroir. Yes. Terroir changes every day. It changes when it rains (erosion) and when it doesn't rain. I changes when one uses chemical fertil...
by Mike Miller
April 12th, 2017, 8:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.
Replies: 440
Views: 107065

Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.

I can add one small piece of knowledge. Right across the street from Rockers Oysterfeller in Valley Ford is the Valley Ford Market. Mom and pop type local market. But they have excellent house smoked salmon by the pound. We often grab some before heading to Hog Island Oyster farm in Marshall (which ...
by Mike Miller
April 11th, 2017, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Comte Armand Volnay 1999 1er Cru "Fremiets"
Replies: 2
Views: 396

TN: Comte Armand Volnay 1999 1er Cru "Fremiets"

Volnay, not Pommard. Sorry. I've updated the title. Posting under the influence, I suppose. And I did try to stick with her. She didn't stick with me, sadly. Greatest mistake of her life, but c'est la vie! And yes, the wine was surprisingly youthful, I thought. Ex-girlfriend has aged very, very well...
by Mike Miller
April 8th, 2017, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Comte Armand Volnay 1999 1er Cru "Fremiets"
Replies: 2
Views: 396

TN: Comte Armand Volnay 1999 1er Cru "Fremiets"

A really nice bottle. A birthday gift from a girlfriend about 16 years ago. It had a nice nose of exuberant cherries, oak, spice, and brandy. My friend the doctor, who Is sharing the bottle with me, says "my ethmoidal recesses screamed out in ecstasy." Little if any bricking. Deep purple that looks ...
by Mike Miller
April 7th, 2017, 1:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Comte Armand 1999 Pommard "Clos de Eppinaux"
Replies: 3
Views: 497

TN: Comte Armand 1999 Pommard "Clos de Eppinaux"

A really nice bottle. It had a nice nose of exuberant cherries, oak, spice, and brandy. My physician friend says "my ethmoidal recesses screamed out in ecstasy." Little if any bricking. On the palate red and black fruits are balanced, and the tannins are still apparent, but resolving. Really nice. I...
by Mike Miller
February 28th, 2017, 5:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bill Allows Wine Retailers to Ship to Texas
Replies: 65
Views: 4271

Bill Allows Wine Retailers to Ship to Texas

Mike, The bill will be referred to a committee. But much of what you say is correct. You never know what happens when a bill gets some momentum, but this year I want to see it get a hearing. We have not hired a lobbyist which will make it a bit tougher. However, I 'm working on getting some coverag...
by Mike Miller
February 26th, 2017, 4:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bill Allows Wine Retailers to Ship to Texas
Replies: 65
Views: 4271

Bill Allows Wine Retailers to Ship to Texas

Tom is exactly toy right. Few things get passed in one session, especially anything that comes up from the grassroots, versus something being pushed by a big lobby. But each member here contacting his individual a State rep (and Senator) is important. I'll do my part. I'll contact Rep. Chis Paddie (...
by Mike Miller
February 25th, 2017, 9:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Voillot 2005 Volnay Champans
Replies: 9
Views: 640

TN: Voillot 2005 Volnay Champans

I decided to open one of my first bottles of 2005 red burgs tonight as my daughter is in town getting ready to try a case next week. Thus far, I'd been able to show uncharacteristic restraint and haven't really begun plundering my 2005, the last vintage that I've purchased in any quantity. Voillot's...
by Mike Miller
January 10th, 2017, 10:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Julie Balagny Fleurie Chavot (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie)
Replies: 11
Views: 743

TN: 2014 Julie Balagny Fleurie Chavot (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie)

I saw her today at the reception
In her glass was a bleeding man
She was practiced at the art of deception
Well I could tell by her blood-stained hands
by Mike Miller
December 19th, 2016, 11:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are good wines to have with a city ham?
Replies: 21
Views: 817

What are good wines to have with a city ham?

A recent article in the NYTimes on the different types of hams and the derivation of the term "city ham." As Eric pointed out, it's to distinguish a wet cured ham from a dry cured "country" ham.

http://cooking.nytimes.com/guides/17-how-to-cook-ham
by Mike Miller
June 28th, 2016, 10:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grand Cru Red Burg Under Screwcap At Age 10
Replies: 7
Views: 1106

Grand Cru Red Burg Under Screwcap At Age 10

Thanks for the data point. Do you think it's "aging" appropriately for a ten year old GC? Or does it seem "behind schedule".
by Mike Miller
May 14th, 2016, 10:00 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Austin, TX
Replies: 16
Views: 5282

Austin, TX

Any top notch Austin food spots allow BYOW. Not sure what the best restaurants in town are these days. But my daughter is graduating from UT Law and I'd like to have a nice "pull out all the stops" dinner with some great food (which must be vegetarian, but not vegan, friendly, though not exclusively...
by Mike Miller
February 19th, 2016, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar in your will? What have you done?
Replies: 50
Views: 1883

Cellar in your will? What have you done?

Split between the two daughters. Unless they agree to the contrary, they pick bottle by bottle for the first 20 bottles, then 2 by 2 for the next 40, then six by six for the rest, first pick to be decided by a coin flip. But as a practical matter, I suspect they'll really just divvy up the DRC, d'Yq...
by Mike Miller
February 19th, 2016, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving to Dallas - What should I know??
Replies: 40
Views: 1866

Moving to Dallas - What should I know??

I'll chime in. I have a second home in Dallas. I live 2.5 hours east in a town that one could characterize as a "one horse town" is that wasn't unkind to towns that actually had one horse. The real question is "where are you going to work." The idea of living very far from where you work if you live...
by Mike Miller
February 19th, 2016, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chablis me please
Replies: 35
Views: 1801

Chablis me please

Fevre is my favorite non-Dauvissat/Raveneau Chablis producer and a very good value. At a lower price point, I tend to look for these names. I don't know if that is more a consequence of what's available in the markets where I buy or whether they are just better than the others I've tried. But I've b...
by Mike Miller
February 15th, 2016, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine list question for the Burgundy gurus
Replies: 45
Views: 2385

Wine list question for the Burgundy gurus

Rouget would be my strong off the cuff guess.
by Mike Miller
February 15th, 2016, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dujac 1990 CdLR and Confuron-Cotétidot 1996 VR "le Suchots"
Replies: 2
Views: 293

TN: Dujac 1990 CdLR and Confuron-Cotétidot 1996 VR "le Suchots"

Opened these two bottles tonight with a very nice Porterhouse steak from the local slaughterhouse/butcher. The Dujac Clos de la Roche was surprisingly over the hill and oxidized. I sensed the possibility of trouble when I started to open it. The cork was a bit lose, though not alarmingly so. But sur...
by Mike Miller
February 4th, 2016, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 601066

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

2/2/16 PC BANKRUPTCY UPDATE Judge: He got wine right, he didn't get cash? He didn't drink $25,000 of wine in 90 days. I got a chuckle out of this. I've seen more than a few threads here where people kill $25,000 worth of wine in a night. Well, we absolutely know that the Judge doesn't drink red Bur...
by Mike Miller
January 13th, 2016, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 601066

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Would anyone be at liberty to opine whether we creditors need to do anything to allege fraud to protect our claims from being discharged and then barred? I am not a bankruptcy lawyer. I'm not your lawyer. And I'm not licensed to practice in California. But I think you would have to raise the argume...
by Mike Miller
January 13th, 2016, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 601066

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Would it do any good to file a class action suit against the individuals or is it just more money going for attorneys with little to gain? Peaking as a lawyer who has handled a few class action suits, it's worse than "more money going for attorneys". No money will go to attorneys because the Defend...
by Mike Miller
January 13th, 2016, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru chargeback information (ONLY)
Replies: 443
Views: 50944

Premier Cru chargeback information (ONLY)

The bankruptcy trustee, credit-card lenders, and any other parties might cite customer posts here in litigation and other matters. How so? Setting aside the question of how to authenticate a posting on a bulletin board (request for admission, deposition of the poster, IP logs, etc.) anything you sa...
by Mike Miller
January 11th, 2016, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 601066

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

On a new question, what do the assembled multitudes think about starting a NEW THREAD that relates only to news on Premier Cru's bankruptcy case? No speculation about what happened, who's to blame, who should have warned who, etc. Not that I have any expectation that a unsecured creditor will receiv...
by Mike Miller
January 10th, 2016, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 601066

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

That so many people are willing to offer public opinions as to the financial details of a private company without ever seeing a single annual statement prepared by an independent CPA is sheer hubris. But please, do carry on....... Bruce I agree with this. Something is clearly amiss, but until someb...
by Mike Miller
November 25th, 2015, 6:28 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Dallas/Fort Worth offline now Nov. 14th?
Replies: 57
Views: 2777

Dallas/Fort Worth offline now Nov. 14th?

30th works for me.
by Mike Miller
November 24th, 2015, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NY SLA looking to slay NY restaurant wine lists
Replies: 51
Views: 2217

NY SLA looking to slay NY restaurant wine lists

I think it's a bad idea. Even if it effects only a few restaurants, they are the ones with the destination wine lists. Sure, maybe only a few people come to these places, but when they do, they probably stay for several days and then patronize other restaurants with good, but not off the charts wine...

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