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by Alex Valdes
January 23rd, 2022, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 18674
Views: 1003566

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

hope they are right. Very surprising. Not a vintage I’ve ever really looked at. Let us know—soon. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how well the few 1998s I bought have aged and developed. A couple of the Pol Roger bottlings, Peters Cuvee Speciale (Chetillons), an Henriot going back a ways. I only ...
by Alex Valdes
January 22nd, 2022, 10:21 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Offer 2019 Arnoux-Lachaux, SOLD OUT, Sorry
Replies: 22
Views: 1205

Re: Offer 2019 Arnoux-Lachaux, SOLD OUT, Sorry

i've emailed erika a few times. nothing in return. Same here I see an email cc to me of an invoice sent to you for Arnoux, so you obviously are in touch with the staff. Hi William, I did successfully connect with Erika last year and purchased Arnoux last year. This year I emailed twice: once for Ma...
by Alex Valdes
January 21st, 2022, 3:33 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Offer 2019 Arnoux-Lachaux, SOLD OUT, Sorry
Replies: 22
Views: 1205

Re: Offer 2019 Arnoux-Lachaux, SOLD OUT, Sorry

ybarselah wrote: January 21st, 2022, 3:27 pm i've emailed erika a few times. nothing in return.
Same here
by Alex Valdes
January 21st, 2022, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2022 La Paulee
Replies: 17
Views: 868

Re: 2022 La Paulee

Perhaps the verticals, maybe the gala, assuming things are calm enough to do large group events again. Just as happy to do smaller dinners outside though. The LA Lafon dinner looks group, I wish the D'Angerville dinner had some back vintages! Evan and I were discussing earlier. I am not signing up ...
by Alex Valdes
January 19th, 2022, 8:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eleven Mad goes Vegan
Replies: 147
Views: 8953

Re: Eleven Mad goes Vegan

…”After years of using this system, we learned that it does not positively provide for anyone in this new normal. As times change, so must we. This adjustment will allow us to pay our dining room team more competitively, while also allowing us to increase the wages for all of those in our kitchen.....
by Alex Valdes
January 19th, 2022, 8:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eleven Mad goes Vegan
Replies: 147
Views: 8953

Re: Eleven Mad goes Vegan

…”After years of using this system, we learned that it does not positively provide for anyone in this new normal. As times change, so must we. This adjustment will allow us to pay our dining room team more competitively, while also allowing us to increase the wages for all of those in our kitchen.....
by Alex Valdes
January 14th, 2022, 7:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have wine auction lots become much more scarce....?
Replies: 277
Views: 19021

Re: Have wine auction lots become much more scarce....?

I won a case of 2005 Magdelaine at HDH! My first ever HDH Auction score. 20% over the top estimate, I think. Do they show how many bids the lot received somewhere? I don’t see that on the webpage. Also, is shipping a hassle there? Good job, that's an excellent wine. They don't show the number of bi...
by Alex Valdes
January 12th, 2022, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy Producers Who Raised Prices Crazy in 2019
Replies: 39
Views: 2526

Re: Burgundy Producers Who Raised Prices Crazy in 2019

Not quite. While the Volkswagen entity entity up as the corporate survivor, the Porsche family still control the entire combined company. Yes, Porsche automobile holding owns 53.3% of VW AG. VW AG owns the Porsche auto assets Yes - the Porsche family has put all of the auto assets they control unde...
by Alex Valdes
January 12th, 2022, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy Producers Who Raised Prices Crazy in 2019
Replies: 39
Views: 2526

Re: Burgundy Producers Who Raised Prices Crazy in 2019

The saga of Porsche and VW is incredible, with a classic short squeeze to boot (VW finally won out in 2012) Not quite. While the Volkswagen entity entity up as the corporate survivor, the Porsche family still control the entire combined company. Yes, Porsche automobile holding owns 53.3% of VW AG. ...
by Alex Valdes
January 12th, 2022, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy Producers Who Raised Prices Crazy in 2019
Replies: 39
Views: 2526

Re: Burgundy Producers Who Raised Prices Crazy in 2019

I also drive a VW, not a Mercedes, which doesn’t mean I think Mercedes are poor quality. Which is, of course, owned by Porshce, one of the world's great luxury brands. Much the same way that Lambrays is owned by LVMH. Actually, I think VW owns Porsche. From the interwebs: The Volkswagen Group, with...
by Alex Valdes
January 11th, 2022, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You Spent HOW MUCH ON WINE in 2021?!?!
Replies: 93
Views: 4538

Re: You Spent HOW MUCH ON WINE in 2021?!?!

Why isn’t “I have no idea, and I prefer it that way” an option? It also give me plausible deniability should my wife ever ask this question, which, thank god, she hasn’t. This is totally me. I have plenty of respect for people who budget and track, and then on top of that each of us has different f...
by Alex Valdes
January 11th, 2022, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You Spent HOW MUCH ON WINE in 2021?!?!
Replies: 93
Views: 4538

Re: You Spent HOW MUCH ON WINE in 2021?!?!

Dan Sch wrote: January 11th, 2022, 9:27 am Interested to hear what our $50k+ club is spending per bottle on average… care to entertain it?
$470 was my average in 2021. $340 in 2020.
by Alex Valdes
January 10th, 2022, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: when a picture is worth 1000 words
Replies: 7
Views: 733

Re: when a picture is worth 1000 words

I hope this is a mixed lot priced at like $1.000 NZD
by Alex Valdes
January 9th, 2022, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: William Kelley 2020 Burgundy vintage report
Replies: 69
Views: 6253

Re: William Kelley 2020 Burgundy vintage report

Quick summary:

These are going to be good and expensive. Buy with confidence.
by Alex Valdes
January 8th, 2022, 5:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spectrum Wine Auctions
Replies: 48
Views: 3100

Re: Spectrum Wine Auctions

For a website that lists 'Earth' as one item on their Country and Appellation list, I am surprised they are still in business. As a 2022 gift to their customers, I wish they would cancel the website and send out the inventory on mimeographed sheets. It'd still be a better experience than the websit...
by Alex Valdes
January 7th, 2022, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spectrum Wine Auctions
Replies: 48
Views: 3100

Re: Spectrum Wine Auctions

Winebid looks even more attractive. I disagree. Spectrum works better for me. Much better shipping prices, better customer service, easier to search for things I want. Better pictures. Those two thing are clearly untrue. The photo quality at Spectrum ranges from ok to it doesn't look like they are ...
by Alex Valdes
January 7th, 2022, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spectrum Wine Auctions
Replies: 48
Views: 3100

Re: Spectrum Wine Auctions

Joe W i n o g r a d wrote: January 7th, 2022, 5:19 pm The math above is not quite right.

It was previously $5 minimum and 20% premium so there was an excess charge for lots under $25

Now it’s an excess charge on lots under $41 (50/1.22)
How do you get $41? $41 x 22% is $9.02. $45 x 22% $9.90. Only at $46 do you cover the min
by Alex Valdes
January 7th, 2022, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spectrum Wine Auctions
Replies: 48
Views: 3100

Re: Spectrum Wine Auctions

Announcement from Spectrum today… - Good Afternoon, We are emailing today to apprise you of updates to our auction Terms of Sale as well as to encourage you to take a moment to familiarize yourself with them in their entirety. 2022 Terms of Sale Update: We made changes to reflect an updated buyer's...
by Alex Valdes
January 7th, 2022, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 18674
Views: 1003566

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

EvanLodes wrote: January 7th, 2022, 3:59 pm
Alex Valdes wrote: January 6th, 2022, 12:15 pm Plus some 82, 85 and 89 Krug (few each)
I sense a new group dinner theme…
Or a good warm up pre thematic dinner…
by Alex Valdes
January 7th, 2022, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acker still sucks
Replies: 32
Views: 2022

Re: Acker still sucks

The chart shows they did about $100M in sales across HK, USA and Internet. They only publish their non-internet sales which, through the third quarter, comes to 83M. This is consistent with Acker’s statements that roughly 17% of their sales come from the weekly internet auctions. Of the 83M ex-inte...
by Alex Valdes
January 7th, 2022, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acker still sucks
Replies: 32
Views: 2022

Re: Acker still sucks

Well, you gotta remember, there are people like Jeffrois who backed Premier Cru as having "always delivered" right up until PC's failure as a business was effectively imminent (and many of these same people who regularly tried to undermine/criticize those who pushed back and questioned PC...
by Alex Valdes
January 7th, 2022, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acker still sucks
Replies: 32
Views: 2022

Re: Acker still sucks

Except that it omits any reference to Acker's history of selling fake bottles. I assume that's Adrian's beef. I noticed that the writer, a NYT editor, wrote a book on bourbon, so he might not be aware of Acker's role in wine fakery. Nor is it his job to satisfy Berserker vengeance needs. ;) Well su...
by Alex Valdes
January 7th, 2022, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acker still sucks
Replies: 32
Views: 2022

Re: Acker still sucks

Here comes another thread where half will like them and the other will not! There are people on here who like Acker? That's news to me. Well, you gotta remember, there are people like Jeffrois who backed Premier Cru as having "always delivered" right up until PC's failure as a business wa...
by Alex Valdes
January 6th, 2022, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 18674
Views: 1003566

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote: January 6th, 2022, 1:13 pm
M.Kaplan wrote: January 6th, 2022, 1:10 pm
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote: January 4th, 2022, 2:23 pm

I should’ve bought more from Kevin when I had the chance.
Wine.com sold ‘08 DP Luminous mags a year ago for $399, less $50 with new signup discount. My family all signed up…
Nice and perfect for the club too
We all need some Luminous in our lives. Esp Rose mags. Those are my favorite.
by Alex Valdes
January 6th, 2022, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 18674
Views: 1003566

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

6 pack of 2020 Donnhoff Hermannshohle GG

Plus some 82, 85 and 89 Krug (few each)
by Alex Valdes
January 4th, 2022, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine sightings in shows/film
Replies: 62
Views: 2602

Re: Wine sightings in shows/film

In Ratatouille there is a request for a bottle of Cheval Blanc 47 and the 61 Latour is poured

And in the recent Batman movie with Ben Affleck I believe there is are some bottles of old Margaux
by Alex Valdes
January 3rd, 2022, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What publication is best nowadays?
Replies: 76
Views: 3960

Re: What publication is best nowadays?

Second Gilman’s VFTC and my favorite, which I read cover to cover, is The World of Fine Wine. The app is great as well as it gives you access to all back vintages.
by Alex Valdes
January 3rd, 2022, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN Dom Perignon 2010
Replies: 25
Views: 998

Re: TN Dom Perignon 2010

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote: January 3rd, 2022, 7:28 am 02 is fabulous right now. So is the 12, though.
Agree 02 is drinking well and I’ve found 08 enjoyable as wel (even if a bit young for me).

I know I was drinking P2 so it’s not like-for-like but I found 2000 and 2003 more enjoyable today than the 2002.
by Alex Valdes
January 3rd, 2022, 4:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN Dom Perignon 2010
Replies: 25
Views: 998

Re: TN Dom Perignon 2010

Personally, I like Dom with a good amount of age. Start with 1998 (2000?) and work backwards. It’s definitely more than the 2010 will run you but I think you will see what it can be when you add a decade or more to the bottle.
by Alex Valdes
December 31st, 2021, 4:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seeking Advice: To be a snob or hold my tongue?
Replies: 56
Views: 2739

Re: Seeking Advice: To be a snob or hold my tongue?

Oysters aren’t cheap. Did he harvest them himself? I was going to ask a similar question. Food ingredients can also be cheap or expensive, depending on what you are cooking. If they are into food, are they also using bottom barrel ingredients? If not, you might want to approach the conversation fro...
by Alex Valdes
December 30th, 2021, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about online sites and sales tax
Replies: 28
Views: 1108

Re: Question about online sites and sales tax

Amazon had started collecting sales tax on their sales to California long before SD vs Wayfair, I think they started in 2012. As mentioned, they decided they wanted the warehouses and fulfillment centers in CA, also now have delivery services, and have more than 150,000 employees in California (and...
by Alex Valdes
December 30th, 2021, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about online sites and sales tax
Replies: 28
Views: 1108

Re: Question about online sites and sales tax

Yes, the fraction of retailers with a nexus in California is also quite high. Amazon used to not collect (on their direct sales) but they decided it made more sense to collect the sales tax and be able to have warehouses in CA. California also passed a law to require a license to ship alcohol into ...
by Alex Valdes
December 30th, 2021, 6:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What did you purchase in 2021?
Replies: 72
Views: 2330

Re: What did you purchase in 2021?

% bottles purchased / % 2021 spend / # producers 50% / 66% / 26 Burg 12% / 15% / 9 Champagne 23% / 11% / 13 other French (Bdx, Rhone, Loire, etc) 7% / 2% / 4 American 5% / 2.5% / 3 German 3% / 3.5% / 2 Italian Total spend was roughly the same as 2020. The plan for 2022 is less overall and a continue...
by Alex Valdes
December 25th, 2021, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sharing the WB story
Replies: 34
Views: 2150

Re: Sharing the WB story

The book Mastering Dynamics of Innovation by Utterback is a helpful survey of many such instances and provides a helpful framework for thinking about where innovation typically comes from and what makes most incumbents vulnerable to be out innovated.
by Alex Valdes
December 24th, 2021, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The greatest meal.
Replies: 71
Views: 3904

Re: The greatest meal.

Was just having this convo with my wife last night. We were headed to Miami today to have a very traditional Cuban dinner with family. Roast pork (Lechon Asado) Yucca Fried plantains Black beans and rice. This is my perfect dinner. Yes I can and often do fancy, but this is classic feel-good, down h...
by Alex Valdes
December 19th, 2021, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your current oldest bottle in inventory?
Replies: 146
Views: 4820

Re: What is your current oldest bottle in inventory?

I don't have many bottles pre-2000's. 1975 Château Nairac right now oldest wine I have on hand, but plan on dabbling in some older ports next year. I was wondering where everyone's vintage distribution is sitting at generally. Follow up question which older wine have you tried recently that blew yo...
by Alex Valdes
December 15th, 2021, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Dom Perignon Dinner for the Ages
Replies: 25
Views: 1866

Re: A Dom Perignon Dinner for the Ages

Andrew K. wrote: December 15th, 2021, 4:59 pm
EvanLodes wrote: December 15th, 2021, 10:41 am Alex is too modest with the scoring of that ‘85 P3 mag
I was sure you were there! And I imagine it was at our friend's house? She has quite the cellar.
She sure does!
by Alex Valdes
December 15th, 2021, 4:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Dom Perignon Dinner for the Ages
Replies: 25
Views: 1866

Re: A Dom Perignon Dinner for the Ages

so there was a 96 Oenoteque and a 96 P2? Never seen the latter. How is it different re lees time? My understanding is bottles released prior to 2014 are labeled “Oenotheque” while those released after carry the P2 moniker. I think the first 96 late release was in 2010? Something like that. Anyway, ...
by Alex Valdes
December 14th, 2021, 4:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2002 Salon - Have you had it?
Replies: 26
Views: 1414

Re: 2002 Salon - Have you had it?

A few of us had the 02 Salon vs 02 Krug, Cristal and Dom P2. See notes.

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by Alex Valdes
December 13th, 2021, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Dom Perignon Dinner for the Ages
Replies: 25
Views: 1866

Re: A Dom Perignon Dinner for the Ages

Hang out with Todd, Meats, Jorge and Kane, that’s about the right ratio! Then we move to the whiskey. What an extraordinary tasting, Alex! Thanks for sharing that evening and a note with us. I have never seen a bottle of the P3, but has been joyed a couple of bottles of the P2 this year, excellent ...
by Alex Valdes
December 13th, 2021, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Dom Perignon Dinner for the Ages
Replies: 25
Views: 1866

Re: A Dom Perignon Dinner for the Ages

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by Alex Valdes
December 13th, 2021, 6:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Dom Perignon Dinner for the Ages
Replies: 25
Views: 1866

Re: A Dom Perignon Dinner for the Ages

Amazing lineup. I know that 28 bottles for 12 guys would put me out of action for days! …and for fun there were 4 blind reds at the end. I was gassed by then. Hang out with Todd, Meats, Jorge and Kane, that’s about the right ratio! Then we move to the whiskey. What an extraordinary tasting, Alex! T...
by Alex Valdes
December 13th, 2021, 6:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Dom Perignon Dinner for the Ages
Replies: 25
Views: 1866

Re: A Dom Perignon Dinner for the Ages

AndrewH wrote: December 13th, 2021, 6:14 am Sounds like an amazing experience, and amazing friend with quite a cellar of DP!
It absolutely was. She did an excellent job ensuring we all brought bottles that fit the vision for the evening.
by Alex Valdes
December 13th, 2021, 3:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Dom Perignon Dinner for the Ages
Replies: 25
Views: 1866

Re: A Dom Perignon Dinner for the Ages

Peter Hirsch wrote: December 13th, 2021, 3:09 am Amazing lineup. I know that 28 bottles for 12 guys would put me out of action for days!
…and for fun there were 4 blind reds at the end. I was gassed by then.
by Alex Valdes
December 12th, 2021, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Dom Perignon Dinner for the Ages
Replies: 25
Views: 1866

A Dom Perignon Dinner for the Ages

DOM PERIGNON P2/P3 DINNER - New York City (12/10/2021) Dinner for 14 at a friend's residence. An evening exquisitely produced with the singular goal of honoring these exceptional wines. The wines all came from the attendees private cellars making it an evening of not just great wine and great food,...
by Alex Valdes
December 4th, 2021, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 18674
Views: 1003566

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

[thumbs-up.gif] If you open the 99 soon please do post a note on CT. Which one? The Roumier or AL? For the Roumier I am planning to open at a Les Cras vertical in the Spring. Edit: realized I only posted about 96 Les Cras not the 99 as well. Yes, will post when I drink the 99 AL There was just a Cr...
by Alex Valdes
December 4th, 2021, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 18674
Views: 1003566

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

96 Roumier Les Cras (love these baby Bonnes Mares) 99 and 02 Arnoux Lachaux Les Suchots [thumbs-up.gif] If you open the 99 soon please do post a note on CT. Which one? The Roumier or AL? For the Roumier I am planning to open at a Les Cras vertical in the Spring. Edit: realized I only posted about 9...
by Alex Valdes
November 29th, 2021, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: undervalued but not for long? (edited)
Replies: 218
Views: 15196

Re: undervalued but not for long? (edited)

3. Is a singular producer under priced relative to their peers? it is interesting to note that, at least from my casual observations, roulot has seemingly fallen down the hype ladder a bit. sure, a village meursault is expensive in the secondary market compared to other less lauded producers, but c...
by Alex Valdes
November 29th, 2021, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: undervalued but not for long? (edited)
Replies: 218
Views: 15196

Re: undervalued but not for long? (edited)

Value is the perception of what a fair price is based on the perceived usefulness of the item. The market determines the price, NOT the value. A market is never certain of a value but is constantly evaluating. Price is proxy for value determined by some such market, and it is often a very good one,...
by Alex Valdes
November 29th, 2021, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: undervalued but not for long? (edited)
Replies: 218
Views: 15196

Re: undervalued but not for long? (edited)

A word on demand pressure Most wine sold is immediately consumed - very little is stored. So, when we discuss wine prices we are simultaneously talking about spot prices (what we would pay for current release) and held wine prices (which mostly trade on the secondary market). There is an interestin...

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