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by Nathan Smyth
October 21st, 2019, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Upright or on its side: A Theory
Replies: 29
Views: 972

Re: Upright or on its side: A Theory

S. Stevenson wrote:
October 21st, 2019, 3:22 pm
Good points here. It's akin to the myth that many still adhere to is that wine needs to 'breath'.
No it doesn't. P&P.
/FACETIOUSNESS ???
by Nathan Smyth
October 21st, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries Suing Insurance Companies Over Smoke Taint Claims
Replies: 1
Views: 328

Re: Wineries Suing Insurance Companies Over Smoke Taint Claims

Well I guess everyone will have to get out their copies of Blackstone, bone up on the Common Law, and start quarreling with one another about whether or not Diablo* winds blowing dry tree limbs into hot PG&E power lines [or vice versa - hot PG&E power lines being blown into dry tree limbs] constitut...
by Nathan Smyth
October 16th, 2019, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 66
Views: 1199

Re: What's the best Pinot Grigio?

A bit like my approach to Malbec, which I do not like but which makes up about 0.1% of my cellar so I have something when people ask for it. There are two shops in NY claiming to have the 2012 Vinalba Gran Reserva in stock: https://www.wine-searcher.com/find/vinalba+grand+rsrv+malbec+mendoza+argent...
by Nathan Smyth
October 15th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 61
Views: 3677

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

*I suppose the other possibility would be that because the sheriff does not have a license to distribute [or sell at auction] alcohol, some muckety-muck dressed up in a funny costume has declared that sheriffs are forbidden to seize alcohol as a means of remuneration in the state of California? Now...
by Nathan Smyth
October 15th, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestion for a red to serve at a party
Replies: 42
Views: 1459

Re: Suggestion for a red to serve at a party

If you throw white wines into the mix, Eric Texier made a wine, called "Cassis", which was outstanding with Indian food.

But Cellar Tracker seems to indicate that there was only ever one single vintage of it.
by Nathan Smyth
October 15th, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestion for a red to serve at a party
Replies: 42
Views: 1459

Re: Suggestion for a red to serve at a party

It's a shame that no one in New York seems to stock the old vine Zinfandels which Philippe Melka oversees for Andis.

They're like Treana for the AFWE.
by Nathan Smyth
October 14th, 2019, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestion for a red to serve at a party
Replies: 42
Views: 1459

Re: Suggestion for a red to serve at a party

The Treana Cabernet would have the "nose" to stand up to Indian spices, and the neophytes would love it. Plus it can double as an after-dinner Port. And you can even pour it over a custard & light it on fire & serve it as a flambé. https://www.wine-searcher.com/find/treana+cabernet/1/usa-ny It's a v...
by Nathan Smyth
October 14th, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 61
Views: 3677

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

We are no longer in the wine business. we surrendered our TTB and ABC licenses so we can't sell the wine. Thus, we are not interested in being "paid" in wine. Oh. Okay. I hadn't heard about that. Still, though, couldn't the sheriff seize some wine & send it [in-state] to a reseller like K&L or Bren...
by Nathan Smyth
October 14th, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 61
Views: 3677

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

SECOND QUESTION: Let's assume for the sake of discussion that the winery is still active, and still making wine, and still has its production lines up & running. And let's suppose that the winery's production lines produce [filled] bottles of wine, which are then placed in cardboard [or wooden] case...
by Nathan Smyth
October 14th, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 61
Views: 3677

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

FIRST QUESTION: If the civil court judgment is in the state of California, and the webserver is in another state, and the bank which handles the VISA [or Mastercard] payments is in yet another state, then how does a California state court have authority to intercept payments which have nothing to do...
by Nathan Smyth
October 13th, 2019, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 61
Views: 3677

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

You can have the sheriffs stand at the till in a debtor restaurant and collect the money as the patrons pay. That is VERY effective. I know because I did that once for a client in California. A certified check for the full amount -- a six-figure sum -- arrived at our law firm in a couple of hours. ...
by Nathan Smyth
October 13th, 2019, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 61
Views: 3677

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

...an active winery can't exactly hide their assets from a sheriff. Even posting that idea is nuts... I have a judgment and have garnished the winery's and owners bank accounts which is hit or miss. Per the plaintiff, the active winery is actively hiding its money from the sheriff. That's the entir...
by Nathan Smyth
October 13th, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great restaurant, fine tiny terrifying wine list, 3 tns.
Replies: 13
Views: 1776

Re: Great restaurant, fine tiny terrifying wine list, 3 tns.

We split a glass of 2017 Clusel-Roch Syrah ‘Serine’ that was lovely. Aromas of black cherry led to an intense mouthful of pure Syrah fruit, very open-knit, not totally primary a good match with both mains. Rated 90.5. Clusel-Roch was not at all what I had expected when I got a chance to taste it. V...
by Nathan Smyth
October 12th, 2019, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 italian wine suggestions
Replies: 23
Views: 863

Re: 2014 italian wine suggestions

There's somebody in England who claims to have both the 2014 Punggl & the 2014 Sirmian in 1.5L magnums: 2014 Punggl https://www.wine-searcher.com/find/nals+margreid+punggl/2014 https://www.cellartracker.com/notes.asp?iWine=2131875 https://www.vivino.com/nals-margreid-punggl-pinot-grigio/w/1923184?ye...
by Nathan Smyth
October 12th, 2019, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 italian wine suggestions
Replies: 23
Views: 863

Re: 2014 italian wine suggestions

Among their top bottlings , it does does appear that Mastorberardino made the "More Maiorum" in 2014, but it hasn't yet arrived in the USA: https://www.wine-searcher.com/find/mastro+berardino+more+majorum+docg+fiano+avellino+campania+italy/2014 And among their basic bottlings, the Taurasi Radici [No...
by Nathan Smyth
October 12th, 2019, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 italian wine suggestions
Replies: 23
Views: 863

Re: 2014 italian wine suggestions

Paolo Bea hasn't released much to the channel recently; other than the Santa Chiara, I can't see anything later than about the 2012 vintage. Fortunately, the 2014 Santa Chiara does have excellent reviews at both CT & VV: 2014 Paulo Bea Santa Chiara https://www.cellartracker.com/notes.asp?iWine=24702...
by Nathan Smyth
October 12th, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 italian wine suggestions
Replies: 23
Views: 863

Re: 2014 italian wine suggestions

I've never had it, but people at Cellar Tracker really like the 2014 Valentini Trebbiano d'Abruzzo; in fact, they like it so much that it's currently the highest ranked vintage of this century [which is saying something]: Valentini Trebbiano, all vintages https://www.cellartracker.com/list.asp?Tabl...
by Nathan Smyth
October 12th, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 italian wine suggestions
Replies: 23
Views: 863

Re: 2014 italian wine suggestions

I've never had it, but people at Cellar Tracker really like the 2014 Valentini Trebbiano d'Abruzzo; in fact, they like it so much that it's currently the highest ranked vintage of this century [which is saying something]: Valentini Trebbiano, all vintages https://www.cellartracker.com/list.asp?Table...
by Nathan Smyth
October 12th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 italian wine suggestions
Replies: 23
Views: 863

Re: 2014 italian wine suggestions

Claus Jeppesen wrote:
October 12th, 2019, 6:53 am
Giacosa Rabaja is a masterpiece
Who made it?
by Nathan Smyth
October 11th, 2019, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 3783

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

And to think that all y'all Big City types used to laugh at Preppers...
by Nathan Smyth
October 10th, 2019, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Gonon St Joseph Vieilees Vignes - and some side by sides
Replies: 33
Views: 1739

Re: TN: 2010 Gonon St Joseph Vieilees Vignes - and some side by sides

This is a serious question [and I honestly don't know the answer to it]: What do you gain by committing infanticide on a $600 bottle of wine? Would it not be a vastly more satisfying experience if you were to hold the bottle for another 20 or 40 or 60 years, until it was actually ready to be consume...
by Nathan Smyth
October 9th, 2019, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine list help - Frasca October 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 373

Re: Wine list help - Frasca October 2019

Colle Stefano Verdicchio di Matelica, Le Marche, Italy 2018 $49 https://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=3222609 Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Abruzzo, Italy 2007 $231 https://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=1085809 Isole E Olena Vin Santo, Tuscany, Italy [375 ml] 2004 $121 https://w...
by Nathan Smyth
October 5th, 2019, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is 2000 Bordeaux actually approachable now?
Replies: 45
Views: 1371

Re: Is 2000 Bordeaux actually approachable now?

In the old days, a gentleman [of a certain age] would never open a bottle from a Bordeaux vintage of the caliber of A.D. 2000, simply because he [as a gentleman] understood instinctively that those wines were meant to be consumed by his grandchildren or his greatgrandchildren. But folks nowadays see...
by Nathan Smyth
October 4th, 2019, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 158
Views: 7689

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

There is an ocean of sub $30 bottles of chablis and macon that are very pleasant and enjoyable. That was true 20 years ago, but it is decidedly FALSE in 2019. At least in our market. Around here, you gotta work your little posterior off to find anything Chardonnay from France which is swallowable a...
by Nathan Smyth
October 4th, 2019, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mountain Lions
Replies: 34
Views: 2515

Re: Mountain Lions

Hey, if y'all Do-Gooders' greatest aspiration in life is to be harvested by Mountain Lions, then PLEASE, walk on up there with no armament whatsover, and let 'em harvest you to their hearts' content. Me? I'ma be quite well-armed when I head up into known [or even potential] Mountain Lion territory. ...
by Nathan Smyth
October 4th, 2019, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 61
Views: 3677

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

Maybe some lawyers can chime in, but you should be able to go back to court and get a lien on the winery. Then, if they still don't pay, you should be able to force a sale of the winery in order to collect. I don't anything about Crazyfornia "law" [or if it's largely lawless out there in Crazyforni...
by Nathan Smyth
October 4th, 2019, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 61
Views: 3677

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

Of course, possession being 9/10ths of the law, the sheriff & his deputies can't seize possession of a thing which isn't there. If this guy is sufficiently unscrupulous as to hide his money from the court, then he'd probably also be sufficiently unscrupulous as to physically hide [in various warehou...
by Nathan Smyth
October 4th, 2019, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Information on wine futures?
Replies: 24
Views: 1140

Re: Information on wine futures?

In conventional futures, the buyer has a legal claim to a particular case of wine. I don't know the Common Law case history up there in The Big City and the 2nd Circuit Court. But down here in Hicksville and the 4th Circuit Court, you have no rights whatsoever to any wine which is not in your physi...
by Nathan Smyth
October 4th, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 61
Views: 3677

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

You know, if you hired a really outstanding lawyer [such as the judge's brother-in-law], then you might even be able to convince the judge to order the sheriff to seize the labels with the best [relative] resale value at auction AND to value those seized labels at wholesale prices [rather than at re...
by Nathan Smyth
October 4th, 2019, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 61
Views: 3677

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

The consumers are paying with credit cards using Merchant Services or AM EX. Has anyone experience garnishing those credit card payments to Merchant Services or AM EX? Is there such a legal theory in the State of California - either in the statutory law or the Common Law case histories - which allo...
by Nathan Smyth
October 2nd, 2019, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mountain Lions
Replies: 34
Views: 2515

Re: Mountain Lions

Should I take this as a positive sign for the upcoming Harvest? Not if you're the one they're gonna harvest. As an adult male [simian], you ought to be able to fight off a single lion by yourself, at least if you have an aluminum baseball bat in your hands [or a nice heavy length of galvanized pipe...
by Nathan Smyth
October 2nd, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some of California's most famous wines came from a science experiment.
Replies: 28
Views: 1105

Re: Some of California's most famous wines came from a science experiment.

The secret is in selling wine quickly The problem is in letting people know that you have wine to sell [and in convincing anyone to try tasting it - God forbid that they actually purchase it from you]. That's where the Financialization comes in - these days, you might be able to get an idea up & ru...
by Nathan Smyth
October 2nd, 2019, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some of California's most famous wines came from a science experiment.
Replies: 28
Views: 1105

Re: Some of California's most famous wines came from a science experiment.

This is fascinating [especially, for me, the coincidence of it], and it's a remarkably honest concession on his part: Trump Ag secretary: No guarantee small farms will survive [/b] Posted: 11:24 AM, Oct 02, 2019 Updated: 2:46 PM, Oct 02, 2019 By: TODD RICHMOND, AP https://www.nbc26.com/news/state/tr...
by Nathan Smyth
October 2nd, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some of California's most famous wines came from a science experiment.
Replies: 28
Views: 1105

Re: Some of California's most famous wines came from a science experiment.

BTW, Michael and Richard Sanford were more in the hippy mode than anything else during this stage of their lives and did not have much more other than a lot of passion and heart. Money, not so much. That's pretty much exactly what I was envisioning - a couple of guys with [essentially] no money, bu...
by Nathan Smyth
October 2nd, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some of California's most famous wines came from a science experiment.
Replies: 28
Views: 1105

Re: Some of California's most famous wines came from a science experiment.

2) I have a memory [in the last few years] of reading about someone who was trying to grow grapes again out on Santa Cruz Island - I have a strong feeling that there was a thread about it here at Wine Berserkers - but my Google-Fu doesn't seem to be up to the task of finding that old thread. Rusack...
by Nathan Smyth
October 2nd, 2019, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Market Fatigue and the Tsunami Wave is coming Ashore
Replies: 47
Views: 3178

Re: Wine Market Fatigue and the Tsunami Wave is coming Ashore

Thank you for clearing that up, yes, I should have stated it is all of the U.S. wines.. you are right.. Absolute! The market is just fed up... I was in England a few weeks back and so many of the major California High end representatives were making the rounds, and I did not sense excitement at all...
by Nathan Smyth
October 1st, 2019, 7:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some of California's most famous wines came from a science experiment.
Replies: 28
Views: 1105

Re: Some of California's most famous wines came from a science experiment.

I don't know for sure but I heard from someone I trust that Daddy Warbucks is not a good business partner. Seriously, though, can you purchase any quality dirt in California these days for less than about $150,000 per acre? Because the pictures of that spread in the article do not look to me like a...
by Nathan Smyth
October 1st, 2019, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some of California's most famous wines came from a science experiment.
Replies: 28
Views: 1105

Re: Some of California's most famous wines came from a science experiment.

1) Does anyone know what the Santa Ynez dirt would have cost, back circa 1970, in terms of dollar per acre? [Because my impression is that, nowadays, you don't start an operation like that in California without Daddy Warbucks as a business partner.] 2) I have a memory [in the last few years] of read...
by Nathan Smyth
October 1st, 2019, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cab under $100
Replies: 77
Views: 4953

Re: Napa Cab under $100

I can barely sniff wines like Treana or Austin Hope [they burn my nostrils & my windpipe], and I sure can't swallow them [unless I want a sore throat & a hangover which lasts a couple of weeks]. If y'all can swallow the High Octane juice, then more power to ya. But Cathy Corison's wines are at about...
by Nathan Smyth
October 1st, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cab under $100
Replies: 77
Views: 4953

Re: Napa Cab under $100

T. Altmayer wrote:
August 22nd, 2019, 7:38 pm
I'd lean toward Myriad/Quivet/Switchback/Dakota Shy/Scarlett for the bigger style.

For more restrained, I would go for Corison...
If Corison is "more restrained", then I doubt I'd be able to swallow "the bigger style".
by Nathan Smyth
September 30th, 2019, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lots of good, not so much great
Replies: 54
Views: 1850

Re: Lots of good, not so much great

the world has gotten wealthier post Bretton-Woods The Elites [with access to Fake Money] have gotten vastly wealthier since Bretton-Woods. But all of the available statistical data show: 1) At best a plateau of MEDIAN incomes [with many sectors showing an outright collapse in median incomes], 2) A ...
by Nathan Smyth
September 30th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lots of good, not so much great
Replies: 54
Views: 1850

Re: Lots of good, not so much great

The existence of great requires the existence of terrible. Sounds like you need more terrible in your glass. Back in the day, you could stumble upon affordable Great in almost any hole-in-the-wall wine store of the First World. But these days, with all the Fake Money flooding the system, and with t...
by Nathan Smyth
September 30th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lots of good, not so much great
Replies: 54
Views: 1850

Re: Lots of good, not so much great

Nope - we self-sabotage more than the average consumer. We set even more unreasonable expectations. For those of us who are not in the Top 1% of 1% of 1% financially, the unreasonable expectation was that the phenomenon of the world's Central Banksters, acting in unison, to flood the world with Fak...
by Nathan Smyth
September 30th, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine fridge move
Replies: 11
Views: 616

Re: Wine fridge move

500 bottle fridge... down stairs... 9-12 bott. at a time... then back up the stairs... 500 / 12 = 41 & 2/3rds round trips 500 / 9 = 55 & 5/9ths round trips Moral of the story: Never run the numbers on a wine project beforehand, or else the looming enormity of it will discourage you from ever undert...
by Nathan Smyth
September 30th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lots of good, not so much great
Replies: 54
Views: 1850

Re: Lots of good, not so much great

I don't find it surprising at all. Great/excellent/superb or whatever other synonym thereof you choose *should* be a a rare occurrence. If it's not, I think we're calibrating wrong, or indulging in hyperbole. Most wine, even the wine we tend to drink on this board, doesn't have that gear, and that ...
by Nathan Smyth
September 30th, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lots of good, not so much great
Replies: 54
Views: 1850

Re: Lots of good, not so much great

I think I found the problem California Pinot Noir 1) Ouch. 2) California seems to be a work in progress. I think it might be another century or more before the industry has had enough empirical trial & error experience to get a handle on some quality recipes. And it might come from a combination of...
by Nathan Smyth
September 30th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lots of good, not so much great
Replies: 54
Views: 1850

Re: Lots of good, not so much great

$50 for the bottle. It was very good, but not great. Which got me to thinking...of all of the wines we've consumed, most have been good to very good, but few have been extraordinary... Do others feel the same? For us, $50+ is a special occasion: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or similar. And the ...
by Nathan Smyth
September 30th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts
Replies: 43
Views: 2885

Re: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts

Is that official? Scaglione is back in the fold?

Also, have you had a chance to sample any of Scaglione's work with Barbera these last few years?
by Nathan Smyth
September 26th, 2019, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYT: The future of wine: Very very dry
Replies: 13
Views: 944

Re: NYT: The future of wine: Very very dry

the vines froze I was wondering how they could avoid Pierce's disease in Ohio - it's said that every winter, you need at least three consecutive nights with low temperatures at 15F in order to reliably kill all of the Leaf Hopper eggs. and it is now a soybean field I love a story with a Happy Endin...
by Nathan Smyth
September 26th, 2019, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYT: The future of wine: Very very dry
Replies: 13
Views: 944

Re: NYT: The future of wine: Very very dry

The Great Lakes... region should be making world class wine in the '19 vintage. In spring, we had a ton of rain and it was early with no frosts followed by a hot dry summer. It's in the 90's and mostly dry until at least the first week of October. A very 'Mediterranean' climate so far this year... ...

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