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by HoosJustinG
January 23rd, 2021, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Proof that coravin does not corrupt
Replies: 31
Views: 1522

Re: Proof that coravin does not corrupt

I’ve had great luck w/ Coravin ... I purge the needle before insertion, I don’t leave the needle in that long (not because of any specific direction but IMO just stands to reason that the cork will “snap back” both better and faster if the needle is out as quickly as possible) and I always use the s...
by HoosJustinG
January 22nd, 2021, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.
Replies: 1190
Views: 92040

Re: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.

I’ve had more hits than misses with WA this year, but tonight I have a definite miss. 2016 Canonica y Ceretto Chianti Classico could be a ringer for a very modern Napa cab. I’ve never tasted so much new French oak on a Chianti. Big, sweet vanilla oak completely obscured everything else that might b...
by HoosJustinG
January 22nd, 2021, 12:42 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB or Trade: 1971 Ridge Eisele (I know)
Replies: 24
Views: 1201

Re: WTB or Trade: 1971 Ridge Eisele (I know)

It wasn’t my intention to throw shade either. I know Winebid to be a legit operation as a buyer and a seller. I was simply stating that as a matter of preference, I would rather buy such a wine from an individual who may have a more detailed provenance history than is often provided with online auct...
by HoosJustinG
January 21st, 2021, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Scarecrow Release
Replies: 59
Views: 4610

Re: 2018 Scarecrow Release

Please PM if interested in selling your allocation this year (at cost, ships direct to me) - thanks!
by HoosJustinG
January 21st, 2021, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.
Replies: 1190
Views: 92040

Re: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.

Seems that the Ringer = Bryant’s Pritchard Hill fruit My personal view on the sources for these wines: Ringer -- Bryant Family Commission -- Bryant Family but winemaker is Fayard (per release) Yesterday Oakville -- Bond Matriarch Yesterday Howell -- Dana Estates, Hershey Vineyard, VASO label but wi...
by HoosJustinG
January 21st, 2021, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offsite Wine Storage
Replies: 72
Views: 3631

Re: Offsite Wine Storage

Now that I’m moving to Florida, I’m considering moving on from Domaine due to high cost and mediocre (at best) customer service. Currently I use them because they’re 2 hours from my house in VA and are the closest “serious” wine storage facility. Do any dedicated wine storage facilities check all th...
by HoosJustinG
January 20th, 2021, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine rules you should break
Replies: 42
Views: 2450

Re: Wine rules you should break

It’s not so much that TCA reacts with other compounds (it is present in vanishingly small quantities compared to some odorants), but rather that it actually affects your nose’s ability to smell other things. Which is why corked wines often seem muted, even if they don’t smell overtly of TCA. The se...
by HoosJustinG
January 19th, 2021, 7:06 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB or Trade: 1971 Ridge Eisele (I know)
Replies: 24
Views: 1201

Re: WTB or Trade: 1971 Ridge Eisele (I know)

I had never heard of this bottling. Just saw it on WineBid today and my jaw dropped. It’s not my preference to buy such a bottle from WineBid. I’d rather buy from a WB’er who can tell me more about the provenance than “stored in temperature controlled cellar” or similar. there's a certain cost incl...
by HoosJustinG
January 19th, 2021, 4:18 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB or Trade: 1971 Ridge Eisele (I know)
Replies: 24
Views: 1201

Re: WTB or Trade: 1971 Ridge Eisele (I know)

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote: January 19th, 2021, 1:23 pm There’s one listing on wine searcher
Had not seen that ... at that price, the bottle had better be pristine (with a great story of provenance) and that one is ~mid shoulder with no listed provenance.
by HoosJustinG
January 19th, 2021, 4:12 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB or Trade: 1971 Ridge Eisele (I know)
Replies: 24
Views: 1201

Re: WTB or Trade: 1971 Ridge Eisele (I know)

TimF wrote: January 19th, 2021, 12:56 pm I had never heard of this bottling. Just saw it on WineBid today and my jaw dropped.
It’s not my preference to buy such a bottle from WineBid. I’d rather buy from a WB’er who can tell me more about the provenance than “stored in temperature controlled cellar” or similar.
by HoosJustinG
January 19th, 2021, 9:22 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB or Trade: 1971 Ridge Eisele (I know)
Replies: 24
Views: 1201

WTB or Trade: 1971 Ridge Eisele (I know)

I know this one is hard to find, but have had some luck finding other unicorns here, so why not ... If you have a bottle (or more) you'd be interested in moving, please let me know. Will want to know all relevant details as to provenance (dating back as far as possible), storage, fill, etc. Can do c...
by HoosJustinG
January 16th, 2021, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K&L No Longer Shipping to Washington State
Replies: 43
Views: 3043

Re: K&L No Longer Shipping to Washington State

Is it possible to still buy from K&L and have a third party shipper send the wines to WA? Per a thread on the cellartracker forums, they will no longer use third party shippers either. Curious what this means for sales tax on purchases. It’s my understanding that in a scenario where I enlist a ...
by HoosJustinG
January 13th, 2021, 12:23 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grand Reserve World Mastercard - Earn up to 8x Points On BD12
Replies: 76
Views: 4281

Re: Grand Reserve World Mastercard - Earn up to 8x Points On BD12

Quick peek tells me point values are around 0.5c/ea to 0.75c/ea in most cases. Let’s call it 0.67c for the sake of easy math. So sign up bonus is 75-85k (worth roughly $500-550) + 2 Grassl Glasses. Maybe around $600 or so of value in the sign up bonus. Then BD 6x and normally 3x points on wine purch...
by HoosJustinG
January 13th, 2021, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wait list times
Replies: 151
Views: 17238

Re: Wait list times

Kinsman is already on a waitlist I believe I’d get on it ASAP ... One of the 16’s just got 100 from Galloni (along with being a top 10 or 20 or something wine of the year for 2020), and that list isn’t going to get any shorter. I got on the list shortly after tasting a Sleeping Lady ‘16 I got in a ...
by HoosJustinG
January 13th, 2021, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: argon/coravin issues
Replies: 7
Views: 398

Re: argon/coravin issues

Argon is a noble gas, meaning it has very low chemical reactivity. I've never heard of issues with argon specifically muting the flavors or aromas of wine. Sometimes people use the coravin incorrectly, for instance by not purging the needle of oxygen before they puncture the cork. If you do it that...
by HoosJustinG
January 12th, 2021, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Effect of wine storage at 45 degrees?
Replies: 43
Views: 2189

Re: Effect of wine storage at 45 degrees?

Also, colder temperatures are more difficult to maintain humidity I'm not following that. As the air cools, it has a harder time absorbing the existing humidity, so you reach 100%. I had that problem in a friend's very damp passive cellar. Normally a standard air conditioner would dehumidify a spac...
by HoosJustinG
January 11th, 2021, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to pack hand blown glass stems?
Replies: 3
Views: 316

How to pack hand blown glass stems?

Luckily I have (most of) the original boxes for my Glasvin glasses, but I have about 2 dozen mixed Zalto/GGG with no protection. The moving boxes from Lowe’s + glass packs are basically cardboard dividers with foam sleeves for glasses. I packed my universal Riedels in there because 1) I don’t really...
by HoosJustinG
January 11th, 2021, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Effect of wine storage at 45 degrees?
Replies: 43
Views: 2189

Re: Effect of wine storage at 45 degrees?

RE: the choice of 55 degrees ... isn’t 55F also the temperature at which the pressure inside the bottle/headspace neither exerts outward OR inward forces on the cork? I would think that in terms of maintaining a proper seal, the most advantageous temperature (all else equal) would be the one that do...
by HoosJustinG
January 9th, 2021, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1991 Beringer Private Reserve
Replies: 11
Views: 683

Re: 1991 Beringer Private Reserve

30 years old Cali and not mountain fruit to me = follow in the glass unless tons of CT reviews tell you it needs to soften. A glass is just a small decanter if you have time...
by HoosJustinG
January 2nd, 2021, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your cellar's core strength?
Replies: 104
Views: 4684

Re: Your cellar's core strength?

American and French Bordeaux style wines, American and French Syrah-based wines and Champagne probably represents 75%+ of my cellar. I’m working on building my collection of older (‘65-‘95) Napa which is bringing me a lot of drinking pleasure these days. The rest is mostly Pinot, Chard (again, both ...
by HoosJustinG
January 2nd, 2021, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Glass Help?
Replies: 15
Views: 948

Re: Wine Glass Help?

I completely agree that investing in decent glasses now is worth every dime you’ll spend on them and then some. Also agree with other posters that you need to decide if you want to now/eventually have multiple different glass types for different styles of wine or if you want to stick with a universa...
by HoosJustinG
January 1st, 2021, 6:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Latkes
Replies: 5
Views: 581

Re: Latkes

Latkes and Champagne is a yearly favorite for me.
by HoosJustinG
December 28th, 2020, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPDATE: Auction purchase - wine beyond damaged
Replies: 65
Views: 4291

Re: Auction purchase - wine beyond damaged

Just looks oxidized. I think you've just been lucky previously to never have encountered a wine like this. Which is going to be hard for OP to prove should have been obvious when it was purchased at auction. Auction house may well claim it oxidized in OP’s cellar after purchase (and to be clear, th...
by HoosJustinG
December 28th, 2020, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BILD 800 Wine Room - Anyone know anything about these?
Replies: 48
Views: 6141

Re: BILD 800 Wine Room - Anyone know anything about these?

I’m looking into this unit for a temporary housing situation of about 2 years before moving into our home with a dedicated cellar. What would the mechanics of selling this beast look like? Would one need to disassemble and re-build? Do the construction materials lend themselves to being rebuilt? I’m...
by HoosJustinG
December 27th, 2020, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8148
Views: 573149

Re: de Negoce offer

Constellation owns Mondavi. The Grand Cru of Napa is To Kalon ... https://www.winespectator.com/video/play/id/0190Hcuv/title/Napa%27s+Grand+Cru+Vineyard+for+Cabernet%3A+Beckstoffer+To+Kalon From Mondavi's own site: 'the To Kalon Vineyard was named ‘Vineyard of the Year’ by the California State Farm...
by HoosJustinG
December 27th, 2020, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8148
Views: 573149

Re: de Negoce offer

When I read this I thought about Inglenook. Maybe Grgich Hills too... BV is another option I didn’t think of but does fit.
by HoosJustinG
December 25th, 2020, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Embrace your cellar diversity
Replies: 114
Views: 4792

Re: Embrace your cellar diversity

Holdings would paint a distorted picture. I buy and drink tons of Bojo all year, but as a *collector,* I primarily collect California (older the better), so my holdings will skew USA something like 75+%, but consumption is probably more like 40% France, 40% USA and 20% Italy/Argentina/Chile/Spain/Au...
by HoosJustinG
December 25th, 2020, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Authenticity of Petrus Bottles
Replies: 54
Views: 4168

Re: Authenticity of Petrus Bottles

HK auction provenance during the height of the Rudy era + a seller proactively offering a discount below market both set off alarm bells for me. Assuming these bottles are authentic, any auction house would love to have them. [Seemingly] Not wanting a professional authenticator to take a close look ...
by HoosJustinG
December 22nd, 2020, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Chardonnay Recommendations
Replies: 57
Views: 3705

Re: California Chardonnay Recommendations

To the OP, I think it's of critical importance that you narrow down your style preferences dramatically. While I haven't had a lot of these wines I think you'd be hard pressed to think that Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay or Martinelli are remotely similar in style to Rhys or Kutch. The last ti...
by HoosJustinG
December 21st, 2020, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Flitering vs Decanting for older wines?
Replies: 23
Views: 1184

Re: Flitering vs Decanting for older wines?

I usually do a traditional decant (visually) then filter the dregs through a 300 mesh filter into a separate glass. Why 300 mesh? Because the particle size that can get through 300 mesh is too small for humans to see - so that means I’d miss it visually anyway, and particles of that size probably a...
by HoosJustinG
December 21st, 2020, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Flitering vs Decanting for older wines?
Replies: 23
Views: 1184

Re: Flitering vs Decanting for older wines?

I usually do a traditional decant (visually) then filter the dregs through a 300 mesh filter into a separate glass. Why 300 mesh? Because the particle size that can get through 300 mesh is too small for humans to see - so that means I’d miss it visually anyway, and particles of that size probably al...
by HoosJustinG
December 19th, 2020, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Private Cellar of Joseph Phelps to be Sold
Replies: 45
Views: 6198

Re: Private Cellar of Joseph Phelps to be Sold

I love old California and was prepared to spend pretty big yesterday given provenance and some unicorns — as well as the winery recorked examples as I’m a drinker, not an investor and wouldn’t have to explain re-corking to anyone. I was involved on the Ridge Eisele bidding, but it got to an absurd p...
by HoosJustinG
December 18th, 2020, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Northwest Florida: Tasting groups, storage, restaurants, wine shops?
Replies: 31
Views: 1207

Re: Northwest Florida: Tasting groups, storage, restaurants, wine shops?

Was at Watercolor Wine world last night. Great dinner, but not a great wine selection. Pretty overpriced, nothing of note. Funny - almost ate there earlier this week when we were in town to look at houses ... ended up doing takeout from Perfect Pig. We ate at Wine World a good bit when we were “liv...
by HoosJustinG
December 17th, 2020, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Northwest Florida: Tasting groups, storage, restaurants, wine shops?
Replies: 31
Views: 1207

Re: Northwest Florida: Tasting groups, storage, restaurants, wine shops?

cafe 30a, cuvee 30a, pescado for view, shades for sports bar, Terraces (thurs, Fri and Sat only), paradis, Big Bad Breakfast, Back Beach BBQ are some decent food spots. Wine is another story. If it's decent, it's very expensive. Most everywhere will allow corkage. no Known storage facilities. We ar...
by HoosJustinG
December 15th, 2020, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Northwest Florida: Tasting groups, storage, restaurants, wine shops?
Replies: 31
Views: 1207

Northwest Florida: Tasting groups, storage, restaurants, wine shops?

Offer on house accepted, and just like Frank Constanza, we’re moving in lock stock and barrel to Inlet Beach, FL (not quite Del Boca Vista, but what is?). What do I need to know from WBers who may live in the area ... any offline tasting groups, restaurants with good wine service and corkage policie...
by HoosJustinG
December 13th, 2020, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Never received shipment
Replies: 51
Views: 3372

Re: Never received shipment

Not knowing what kind of mean streets you may actually live on, my guess is that it was more likely mis-delivered by human error than stolen. I’ve had ~5/6 packages in the last 9 months delivered to our house mistakenly and never had a single one in the 5 years before that in our neighborhood. I’ve ...
by HoosJustinG
December 12th, 2020, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 86’ Mouton or Lafite or ??
Replies: 44
Views: 2541

Re: 86’ Mouton or Lafite or ??

Also a birth year for me ... If your budget is a soft $1k (like $100-200 above is OK), you could get him a Margaux, LLC and Pichon Lalande (all of which I’ve had and all were exceptional) for your budget and both 1) have a wow first growth bottle AND 2) mitigate the risk of a bad bottle while giving...
by HoosJustinG
December 12th, 2020, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offsite storage rack ideas
Replies: 6
Views: 502

Re: Offsite storage rack ideas

I have a local unit that’s 3x5 and full height. I use a pair of these on wheels: https://www.costco.com/trinity-ecostorage-5-tier-wire-shelving-rack-with-wheels-%2c-36%22-x-18%22-x-72%22-nsf%2c-chrome-color.product.11541206.html Lay flat wine boxes or OWCs stacked 2 high per shelf and everything is ...
by HoosJustinG
December 5th, 2020, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Private Cellar of Joseph Phelps to be Sold
Replies: 45
Views: 6198

Re: Private Cellar of Joseph Phelps to be Sold

Interesting now that they’ve posted the lots, a lot of the Cali stuff from Phelps seems to have been recorked by wineries. Any thoughts on whether this is a good or bad thing from an auction value perspective? I would think that anything that makes the bottle “non-original” in any way wouldn’t be go...
by HoosJustinG
December 4th, 2020, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Half tonight; the remainder tomorrow night. Preservation?
Replies: 80
Views: 3130

Re: Half tonight; the remainder tomorrow night. Preservation?

2-4 days: Silicone "cork" 2-4 weeks: Repour 2-4 months: Coravin Anything else and I just start to feel like I'm pushing my luck. I would probably transfer into smaller tasting bottles with something super special, but honestly if it's *that* special, it's not making it past night 1 anyway!...
by HoosJustinG
December 4th, 2020, 8:14 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Old for New Napa (everything from $30 to Screaming Eagle)
Replies: 4
Views: 1185

Re: Old for New Napa (everything from $30 to Screaming Eagle)

Christian Becker wrote: December 3rd, 2020, 8:46 pm Where are you located ?
Virginia, though most of the wine listed is located at Domaine’s DC storage facility.
by HoosJustinG
December 4th, 2020, 5:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wirecutter on stemware...
Replies: 16
Views: 1150

Re: Wirecutter on stemware...

Would a $100 USDA Prime Ribeye taste just as good on a paper plate balancing on your lap at a backyard bbq as it would at a white tablecloth steakhouse? In theory, yes. But food and wine is experiential, and I find the same to hold with stemware. If I’m drinking Coors Light and watching football, dr...
by HoosJustinG
December 2nd, 2020, 8:48 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Old for New Napa (everything from $30 to Screaming Eagle)
Replies: 4
Views: 1185

Old for New Napa (everything from $30 to Screaming Eagle)

Posted before and got some fun offers and made some great trades. Looking for 2010 and before, and even better if you have 70s-90s with good provenance. Looking for wines across all price points (as you can see from what I have posted as available), with a general skew toward higher end bottles -- a...
by HoosJustinG
December 2nd, 2020, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why are auction prices on Wine Searcher listed without VIG?
Replies: 36
Views: 1050

Re: Why are auction prices on Wine Searcher listed without VIG?

I've also noticed that W-S either lags real time or just lists the opening bid which further distorts the price difference between "list" price and actual price paid. That said, I usually just hide auctions if I'm trying to get a sense for whether a retail price is good or not. As an aside...
by HoosJustinG
December 1st, 2020, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!
Replies: 283
Views: 25213

Re: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!

It takes up a lot of space in the DW, but I angle the glasses like so. Then I just make sure nothing is within 1 “peg” of the stems (and if I’m washing >2, that they’re at least 1 peg from each other) and I’ve never had an issue. Regular (non-delicate) cycle with heated dry and they come out crystal...
by HoosJustinG
November 30th, 2020, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.
Replies: 1190
Views: 92040

Re: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.

I think the 2018 basically has to be Harlan if the description is accurate. $1500 is roughly the price you’ll see Harlan sold for at the retailers that get an allocation (thought it’s about 50% higher than even the high mailing list price). Even Dalla Valle’s MDV (only made in 13, 16 and now 18) doe...
by HoosJustinG
November 30th, 2020, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Small under the radar high quality Napa area wineries
Replies: 32
Views: 1875

Re: Small under the radar high quality Napa area wineries

I don't know if they have a winery to visit, but Pilcrow is smaller and enjoyable for me. More red fruit and acidity than a huge super fruit bomb of black fruit and oak. Kinsman Eades also comes to mind, but their wine is harder to acquire. Cost of land/fruit being what it is in Napa, I don't know t...
by HoosJustinG
November 30th, 2020, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone else really look forward to Monday AM on CellarTracker?
Replies: 10
Views: 1228

Does anyone else really look forward to Monday AM on CellarTracker?

The weekend often offers either an opportunity or an excuse to open pricier bottles, and I always look forward to the right hand side of CellarTracker ("Community Notes on My Wines") on Monday morning when tasting notes from the weekend have been updated. It looks like this weekend in part...
by HoosJustinG
November 29th, 2020, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!
Replies: 283
Views: 25213

Re: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!

Have been a big supporter of these glasses and thought I’d do a side by side with a Zalto Bordeaux and new Glasvin Expression (went in hard and got 16 for whenever we’re back allowed to entertain again...). The wine I picked was a 2017 “The Bard” by Realm which has been open for 2 days and re-corked...
by HoosJustinG
November 29th, 2020, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4096
Views: 431017

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Almost went in for those Riedel stems but then remembered someone mentioning the absurd shipping costs on those (thank you for the heads up on that btw). Can prob find some good glass deals with free shipping btwn Cyber Monday / year end sales Per stem price on David’s Glasvins are barely more with...

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