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by John Morris
October 13th, 2019, 8:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 40
Views: 2663

Re: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?

Nathan Smyth wrote:
October 13th, 2019, 5:51 pm
But now let me ask you this: If the winery is accepting VISA/Mastercard payments from "mailing list" customers all over the country, then wouldn't the plaintiff have to get an order from a federal court to intercept the interstate payments?
No
by John Morris
October 11th, 2019, 4:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 75
Views: 2875

Re: Barolo Sediment

I find that all sediment in reds tends to leave the wine tasting more bitter. Sometimes, with very old wines, the best part is around the sediment. Or, the wine settles in layers that show differently. With our twice weekly blind tasting group it just isn't practical to decant. Wines have been stoo...
by John Morris
October 11th, 2019, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18291

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

I would guess they won't bother collecting it on wine you bring in, since they never collected the duty on personal imports in the past.
by John Morris
October 11th, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best place to sell a few cases of wine?
Replies: 32
Views: 1429

Re: Best place to sell a few cases of wine?

AndyK wrote:
October 11th, 2019, 7:27 am
It may be a felony to ship wine as an individual without proper license and you’ll never be able to work again blahblah
Congrats! You both channeled Nathan and preempted him! champagne.gif
by John Morris
October 11th, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia
Replies: 10
Views: 524

Re: TN: 2004 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia

2004 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia - Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG (10/11/2019) The second of two bottles that I purchased from two different sources on release. The prior bottle was shot, clearly a victim of heat damage. This one was heavenly. Red ...
by John Morris
October 11th, 2019, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 75
Views: 2875

Re: Barolo Sediment

I just ordered 6 of these ($5.99 ea) for my "on deck" Nebs. I think they will be a better alternative to standing upright in the cellar for a couple of weeks. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RMTPXGF/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Thanks. Just ordered a couple. But how did you get...
by John Morris
October 11th, 2019, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wölffer Estate-NY
Replies: 6
Views: 310

Re: Wölffer Estate-NY

Even though many had a slow start to the growing season this past Spring the near perfect summer sunshine and heat with timely rain cycles helped things move along well this year. We are picking our chenin blanc(22 brix) next Monday and that will be followed quickly by cabernet franc(~24brix) and t...
by John Morris
October 10th, 2019, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone ever come across this bottle before
Replies: 8
Views: 1207

Re: Has anyone ever come across this bottle before

Nah, much cooler because it is probably real. Were those bottles etched in Germany along with the 1787 Lafitte which sold with a laurel and Hardy handshake ultimately to an insurance company after a waiter at a cocktail party smashed into it and broke the unauthenticated bottle. Oh, My! I don't kno...
by John Morris
October 10th, 2019, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent visit in Piemonte - some thoughts
Replies: 30
Views: 1814

Re: Recent visit in Piemonte - some thoughts

Are you being facetious? "Easy-to-please ripe voluptuousness"? 1989?

It's been a long time since I had an '88. That was a lesser vintage, and the wines were less concentrated than the '89s, but some evolved very nicely. An Aldo Conterno and a Giacosa I had in the mid-2000s were excellent.
by John Morris
October 10th, 2019, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Climate change is changing the flavor of French wine
Replies: 22
Views: 975

Re: Climate change is changing the flavor of French wine

Not much on actual taste though. Mention of alcohol, but also acknowledgement that winemaker / consumer preference might be a factor. (No, I’m not a climate change denier). I’d be interested in people’s comments on wine taste over say the last few decades. My sense is that climate change gives pote...
by John Morris
October 10th, 2019, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent visit in Piemonte - some thoughts
Replies: 30
Views: 1814

Re: Recent visit in Piemonte - some thoughts

Comparing '13 to '89 seems odd since '89 was ferociously tannic, which is not a characteristic of the '13s.
by John Morris
October 9th, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Climate change is changing the flavor of French wine
Replies: 22
Views: 975

Re: Climate change is changing the flavor of French wine

Someone forwarded the underlying research to me not long ago, and it's ingenious research. I thought I'd launched a thread, but I can't find it. They checked the data on Burgundy harvest dates that had been compiled a century or so ago and compared the compilation to the underlying records and found...
by John Morris
October 9th, 2019, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics
Replies: 68
Views: 2119

Re: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics

German wines are a great choice also. My issue with German wines is that after 45 years or more of drinking them I still cannot decide whether I like them better when they are young and full of fruit or when they are older and have developed much more complexity but have lost some of the vibrancy o...
by John Morris
October 9th, 2019, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics
Replies: 68
Views: 2119

Re: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics

GregT wrote:
October 9th, 2019, 1:22 pm
And don't overlook Gamay. It's a great way to pick up those differences because its aging curve is a little quicker than others.
But it's harder to find gamay with more than a couple of years age, and a lot of them don't get that much more complex, so that's not where I'd start.
by John Morris
October 9th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NY sales tax now being applied to out of state purchases
Replies: 6
Views: 474

Re: NY sales tax now being applied to out of state purchases

Don't know if this is well known to many here but - I just called Millesima in NYC to arrange shipment of a few cases of 2016 Bordeaux purchased two years ago on futures. For the first time, Millesima is now charging 10% (still need to confirm) sales tax, which I was told went into effect in early ...
by John Morris
October 9th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NY sales tax now being applied to out of state purchases
Replies: 6
Views: 474

Re: NY sales tax now being applied to out of state purchases

Don't know if this is well known to many here but - I just called Millesima in NYC to arrange shipment of a few cases of 2016 Bordeaux purchased two years ago on futures. For the first time, Millesima is now charging 10% (still need to confirm) sales tax, which I was told went into effect in early ...
by John Morris
October 9th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent visit in Piemonte - some thoughts
Replies: 30
Views: 1814

Re: Recent visit in Piemonte - some thoughts

Lange ge like in "get" So "lan-geh" with a hard G? In Italian, a G followed by an E or an I is pronounced like a J in English. The H indicates it's a hard G. Etymological/pronunciation trivia: The same rule is carried over into English in words of Latin/French/Italian origin where a G is followed b...
by John Morris
October 9th, 2019, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics
Replies: 68
Views: 2119

Re: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics

I see this terminology a lot. I have only a very basic idea of what is being talked about. I am looking to go beyond this basic understanding to being able to recognize the characteristic(s) as they present themselves in a wine. I have a perhaps naive idea that a tasting of a few wines could be str...
by John Morris
October 9th, 2019, 7:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics
Replies: 68
Views: 2119

Re: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics

In wine talk, primary is pretty much a negative term, almost the opposite of complex. Simple, un-evolved. And we like our wine evolved and complex. I don't agree with that characterization. I don't think there's any negative connotation to "primary." Personally, I love the primary flavors of wines ...
by John Morris
October 9th, 2019, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 75
Views: 2875

Re: Barolo Sediment

I just responded over there.
by John Morris
October 9th, 2019, 7:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 50 italian wines (report in french)
Replies: 14
Views: 1271

Re: 50 italian wines (report in french)

The vintage was very warm, so perhaps the grapes were a little too ripe and low in acid? That's just speculation. Poor storage is obviously a possibility after 10 years. With respect to the riserva .... Personally, I find that some riservas that have been aged many years before bottling, like this o...
by John Morris
October 8th, 2019, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 3688

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

We can have a discussion about how much is climate related, and how much is the creep of human civilization out into rural areas more prone to fire. But the immediate cause is poor maintenance of power lines and the vegetation around them. If you run power lines through forested areas where trees c...
by John Morris
October 7th, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 40
Views: 2663

Re: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?

Is there such a legal theory in the State of California - either in the statutory law or the Common Law case histories - which allows you to intercept 3rd party payments? Yup. Lots of statutes that allow that. Examples: 1. You can garnishee a debtor's paycheck by serving papers on the employer -- v...
by John Morris
October 7th, 2019, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18291

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

AndrewH wrote:
October 7th, 2019, 9:58 am
For better or worse, Trump's trade/tariff strategy has been to threaten to implement or actually implement and then reduce for concessions.
Not with China. He occasionally feinted but then ratched up the tariffs several times.
by John Morris
October 6th, 2019, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2002 Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne
Replies: 6
Views: 378

Re: 2002 Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne

Fascinating. Thanks for the report, John. It was a miserable, wet summer. But I was curious where the vineyards are, because there was awful hail along the ridge in Castiglione (which includes Villero) and in Annunziata in La Morra, near the winery, in early September 2002. I was there in mid-Septem...
by John Morris
October 6th, 2019, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is 2000 Bordeaux actually approachable now?
Replies: 45
Views: 1346

Re: Is 2000 Bordeaux actually approachable now?

Bu coincidence, I decanted the 2000 Montrose for about an hour at home and then we decanted it again at dinner. Ironically, we decanted the 2005 Montrose at dinner, and started enjoying it next to the 2000 after about 45 minutes open. These are both sarcastically gorgeous wines, with the 2000 start...
by John Morris
October 6th, 2019, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle
Replies: 29
Views: 1679

Re: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle

I was wondering about that, too. In 2017, sales by dollar value rose 3% while volume rose 1%, according to the Wine Institute . Last year, sales were up 3% by both measures , which means the average bottle price remained steady. Of course, this is all California wines, including Two Buck Chuck, not ...
by John Morris
October 6th, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle
Replies: 29
Views: 1679

Re: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle

Reading the story it seems that the low prices have very little to do with a slowing economy and everything to do with a bumper crop. Same thing happens with corn, wheat and cotton from time to time. As for slowing growth in wine sales (there is no drop), that may be due to the annual price increase...
by John Morris
October 5th, 2019, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18291

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

Thanks, David. I'd forgotten it was that long ago.
by John Morris
October 5th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18291

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

The WTO case only allows us to impose a 25% tariff, it doesn't require it. A more intelligent approach, I would argue, would be to take the WTO judgment and use it as a negotiating tool, with fairly short deadlines, and demand the elimination of some tariff, or non-tariff barrier to trade imposed b...
by John Morris
October 4th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18291

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

Of course Airbus has a large facility in Alabama, so that’s one way around the tariffs. It also lessens the impact on the $7.5B, leaving more for wine, olives and cheese. I think I read that they'd crafted the tariffs in a way that they wouldn't hurt the Alabama plant -- component parts imported fo...
by John Morris
October 4th, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18291

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

I just spoke to K&L about my pre-arrivals, and they intend to honor the price originally paid by the customer on all pre-arrivals, even those impacted by the tariff. Quality outfit. Just got email from Zachy’s saying there changing the language and gonna hit me with the extra tariff. They also said...
by John Morris
October 3rd, 2019, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18291

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

two things I don't understand about this whole situation: 1) the WTO also announced that they basically thought Boeing was also getting subsidies right? why not just announce them both getting subsidies, then say because of that no one can use tariffs? I guess we'd have to know something about WTO ...
by John Morris
October 3rd, 2019, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18291

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

Dan Kravitz wrote:
October 3rd, 2019, 5:36 pm
Stuff about tariffs:

I spent a fair amount of time today on the phone with our customs broker and a brief call with an attorney. . . . .
Thanks for a very informative post.
by John Morris
October 3rd, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18291

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

etomasi wrote:
October 3rd, 2019, 1:43 pm
yeah, I don't really want to back out of my purchases, even though its totalwine.
Usually there's a substantial penalty if you drop out. They committed to buy the wine, afterall.
by John Morris
October 3rd, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18291

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

Alan Rath wrote:
October 3rd, 2019, 11:48 am
Frank Murray III wrote:
October 3rd, 2019, 11:40 am
Is it accurate that Champagne is not part of the tariff?
That depends on how this wording is interpreted "Wine other than Tokay (not carbonated)".
I think if you look up the code number next to that in the table, you'll find more a detailed definition. Don't have time to check now.
by John Morris
October 3rd, 2019, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18291

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

It all depends on the fine print of the consumer's order. The retailer may well have included language giving it the right to tack on the extra charge to existing purchases. I checked a couple sites and did not see any such terms mentioned. Which would suggest there are no outs. But presumably they...
by John Morris
October 3rd, 2019, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18291

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

Alan Rath wrote:
October 3rd, 2019, 11:21 am
I see some retailers already adjusting to this.
How so?
by John Morris
October 3rd, 2019, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18291

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

I wonder what retailers that are waiting for shipments to leave France will do... there is no contract for passing through a +25% price increase to a credit card that has already been charged ... they should offer (i) free storage abroad or (ii) cancelling the order entirely. But can they absorb th...
by John Morris
October 3rd, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18291

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

I know that the original justification for the Airbus project was in no small part to compete with the big US companies that had defense contracts. But it's one thing to buy finished products from a manufacturer and something quite different for governments to provide seed money to start up a compa...
by John Morris
October 3rd, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18291

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

If retailers are willing and able to 100% refund futures and pre-arrivals impacted by this tariff, that is a much less contentious scenario. I guess much depends on what retailers have committed to the negociants and importers. Sure, we want our wine at the price we originally (thought) we paid for...
by John Morris
October 3rd, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18291

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

Why don't you think Champagne is included? Good question. My guess is that it's legally in a different category for duties anyway, plus they were limited to $7.5 billion of goods in total. The real question to me is why Italian wines were not covered. Anything to do with Mike Pompeo and Bill Barr b...
by John Morris
October 3rd, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18291

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

Can anyone provide any insight on what happens with wines that are being imported within the secondary market rather than the primary market? If a wine is being sold ex cellar, through the importer, then the distributor, etc. ok, then we understand the tariff will apply to whatever price the import...
by John Morris
October 3rd, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18291

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

Should I have concerns about price changes on '16 Bordeaux future that are paid for but still in France ? Yup. If they haven't entered the country by Oct. 15, the tariff will have to be paid. I don't believe that is correct. The USTR notice is for Oct. 18, which is the earliest it would go into eff...
by John Morris
October 3rd, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18291

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

etomasi wrote:
October 3rd, 2019, 7:06 am
Whelp,

This sucks. Anyone want to go in on a storage locker in the EU, then slowly ferry them back on flights?
Or wait for a change in policy.
by John Morris
October 3rd, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18291

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

Re futures, isn’t the whole point of futures contracts to insure you against unexpected changes in price? Seems pretty useless if the merchant then refuses to absorb them Price changes in the market are what you’re buying protection from, not regulatory changes. Read the terms of your contract. Als...
by John Morris
October 2nd, 2019, 9:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18291

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

that is a great question. I have a ton of 2018 futures waiting too. One would think that when you bought your futures, your price was fixed, so its up to the retailers and everyone else up the value chain to sort that one out. I am assuming that since I paid a fixed price for my EPs, its up to the ...
by John Morris
October 2nd, 2019, 9:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18291

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

An importer generally increases her price to at least 33% over her cost. The importer pays all duties and fees associated with the shipment. Then she sells to the wholesaler at the price x. Those duties will be passed on to the wholesaler and then on to the retailer and ultimately to the consumer. ...
by John Morris
October 2nd, 2019, 9:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18291

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

NED VALOIS wrote:
October 2nd, 2019, 9:11 pm
Should I have concerns about price changes on '16 Bordeaux future that are paid for but still in France ?
Yup. If they haven't entered the country by Oct. 15, the tariff will have to be paid.
by John Morris
October 2nd, 2019, 9:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18291

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

Yes. I went back and looked at that post again. My apologies. You are correct that he did state assuming the markups stay the same. I agree with you that $62.50 is correct under that assumption. However, I believe you and I are both in agreement that particular assumption is a bad one. Yup.

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