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by Richard Leland
April 19th, 2019, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Cognac eventually go bad ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1485

Re: Does Cognac eventually go bad ?

Odds are that you'll go bad before the Cognac does.
by Richard Leland
February 4th, 2019, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kosta Browne vs Quivet, only buying one.
Replies: 18
Views: 1298

Re: Kosta Browne vs Quivet, only buying one.

One of my tasting groups tasted eight high-end 2015 California Pinot Noirs last week. The tasting was blind and there were two wines from Kosta Browne - the Sonoma Coast and the Russian River. Both wines fell into the pinot-on-steroids camp and both had too much oak and too much alcohol. I ranked t...
by Richard Leland
February 4th, 2019, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kosta Browne vs Quivet, only buying one.
Replies: 18
Views: 1298

Re: Kosta Browne vs Quivet, only buying one.

One of my tasting groups tasted eight high-end 2015 California Pinot Noirs last week. The tasting was blind and there were two wines from Kosta Browne - the Sonoma Coast and the Russian River. Both wines fell into the pinot-on-steroids camp and both had too much oak and too much alcohol. I ranked th...
by Richard Leland
January 30th, 2019, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Storage Near Berkeley
Replies: 4
Views: 320

Re: Wine Storage Near Berkeley

I stored my wine at Subterraneum for 20+ years and was very happy. Joe is great and it's an excellent facility.
by Richard Leland
December 24th, 2018, 9:53 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27
Replies: 49
Views: 2103

Re: Older Australian reds SF Bay Area late January

If it ends up in SF please count me in.
by Richard Leland
December 12th, 2018, 10:58 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: 2012 Marcassin Pinot Noir - SF Bay Area
Replies: 0
Views: 213

2012 Marcassin Pinot Noir - SF Bay Area

4 bottles @ $150.00 cash. Shipping is a real pain so I'd like to hand these off to someone in the Bay Area.
by Richard Leland
December 3rd, 2018, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Total wines Illinois
Replies: 9
Views: 1723

Re: Total wines Illinois

Thomas Keim wrote:
December 3rd, 2018, 2:58 pm
They are crushing Beverages and More in California
I'm curious why you say that since BevMo appears to be holding their own. Is this insider gossip or have you seen some actual numbers?
by Richard Leland
October 17th, 2018, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "The Man" is blocking wine shipments from NY to CA
Replies: 37
Views: 2829

Re: "The Man" is blocking wine shipments from NY to CA

Morrell should never have shipped the package. And whoever decided to ship it a second time using the same carrier but expecting different results should be taken out back and shot. My (educated) guess is that a UPS employee in their Oakland warehouse thought the shape of the shipping carton indicat...
by Richard Leland
October 16th, 2018, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Buying and Consuming BURGUNDY
Replies: 132
Views: 13599

Re: Thoughts on Buying and Consuming BURGUNDY

Buying and consuming Burgundy? In my rather extensive experience I'm very clear about one thing: the "consuming" part is much more fun than the "buying" part.
by Richard Leland
August 15th, 2018, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Update on Bob Cabral, former winemaker for Williams Selyem
Replies: 16
Views: 977

Re: Update on Bob Cabral, former winemaker for Williams Selyem

John Ammons wrote:
August 15th, 2018, 3:30 pm
Gotta love Michael Jordan, MS, for this impressive bit of schooling:
Cabral is also the only person in the world to make a 100 point Pinot Noir from California, and there has only been one ever.
That's nonsense - I've given lots of California Pinots 100 points, especially after the 5th glass.
by Richard Leland
August 14th, 2018, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FONT HAS BEEN CHANGED!!! Information on last post (now that you all know how to do that)
Replies: 58
Views: 1606

Re: IMPORTANT! Possible font change - (EDITED POLL - PLEASE RE-VOTE!!)

Change is good. Especially when it's a change back to the way I liked it in the first place,
by Richard Leland
July 20th, 2018, 10:08 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Quick Question Regarding Delivery Issues
Replies: 6
Views: 708

Quick Question Regarding Delivery Issues

Larry,

Was this GSO? We had a similar issue last week but we realized just in time that they were one case short and made them change the paperwork. The winery was about to send a replacement and then GSO found the "missing" case.
by Richard Leland
July 3rd, 2018, 5:02 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mike on Tour--California 2018--July 14, SF Dinner
Replies: 37
Views: 1443

Mike on Tour--California 2018--July 14, SF Dinner

Mike - You can take me off the list. I'll be way too hungover from lunch to even think about starting again.
by Richard Leland
June 8th, 2018, 12:28 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: A Parcel of Old Joseph Swan Wines - SOLD
Replies: 1
Views: 344

A Parcel of Old Joseph Swan Wines - SOLD

There are 11 bottles and all are from my personal cellar : Pinot Noir - 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1985 Zinfandel - 1974, 1976, 1981, 1982, 1984 $400 These wines all came directly from Joe and have been cellared properly, but at best they’re old and tired (although hopefully interesting), and at ...
by Richard Leland
May 22nd, 2018, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1989 spottswoode-paging Blake brown
Replies: 11
Views: 648

1989 spottswoode-paging Blake brown

Keep in mind that 1989 was "the vintage from hell" in the north coast - it started raining early and never stopped. The vineyards were full of rot and grocery stores ran out of their 10 pound bags of sugar. While there were a few decent wines made, none of them had any aging potential.
by Richard Leland
May 16th, 2018, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vice Versa
Replies: 14
Views: 1181

Vice Versa

I'm a fan and think the wines are terrific. What I especially like is that they strike a good balance between the sexy/drink me now style and the structured/cellar me style.

[Full disclosure: I've sold Vice Versa in my shop in the past but it's been a few years.]
by Richard Leland
May 15th, 2018, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Was The Single Greatest 1970s CA Wine?
Replies: 121
Views: 4766

What's Was The Single Greatest 1970s CA Wine?

Two somewhat obscure favorites from the 70's: 1970 Mount St. John Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes were from the Bosche vineyard and the wine was made for the old Esquin Imports on Townsend Street in San Francisco. 1970 Joseph Swan Gamay. It was the Dorian Gray of wines - with every passing y...
by Richard Leland
May 10th, 2018, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Louis Martini Sonoma Cab '15
Replies: 13
Views: 1093

Louis Martini Sonoma Cab '15

Bill Tex Landreth wrote: ..... and they tried to replicate the scores through manipulation in 2015.
Manipulation? Gallo?? Say it ain't so!
by Richard Leland
March 12th, 2018, 10:24 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: UPS Approved Wine Shipping Services - Napa or SF area
Replies: 4
Views: 794

UPS Approved Wine Shipping Services - Napa or SF area

We've used Wine By Air International in Belmont: 650-508-9631. We've worked with both Michael & Stephanie and both were professional and efficient.
by Richard Leland
February 14th, 2018, 9:48 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wine Storage in (or around) SF?
Replies: 6
Views: 764

Wine Storage in (or around) SF?

Poppy Davis wrote:Subterraneum in Oakland is great.
+1
by Richard Leland
February 5th, 2018, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Has anyone used sevenfifty
Replies: 23
Views: 4924

Has anyone used sevenfifty

Anyone use it on the west coast? Looking at signing up as a wholesaler over here but not sure if it's used? I've got a small wine shop and I use it on a fairly regular basis. It's useful when I've forgotten which wholesaler or broker carries a particular wine and also when a customer asks for an ob...
by Richard Leland
November 10th, 2017, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VA
Replies: 47
Views: 1903

VA

Merrill Lindquist wrote:So what is that that blew off the bottle of Cameron that Richard Trimpi opened for me in NY? "Oooh, what's that smell?"
That was Richard's aftershave.
by Richard Leland
September 12th, 2017, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Screaming eagle second flight
Replies: 15
Views: 1299

Screaming eagle second flight

Michael S. Monie wrote:So the short answer is that there are so many better California Cabernets available at a fraction of the price.
Isn't this primarily merlot?
by Richard Leland
September 5th, 2017, 2:14 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mike on East Coast Tour--Raleigh-Durham Oct 8
Replies: 4
Views: 381

Mike on East Coast Tour--Raleigh-Durham Oct 8

Mike Grammer wrote:I will be likely staying with my very good friend Nick Christie for this part of the trip.
You may want to exercise a bit of caution there Mike. The last person who stayed with Nick woke up in the morning with pierced ears and a tattoo of Mick Jagger on his butt.
by Richard Leland
August 11th, 2017, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: In search of small lot Distributors
Replies: 6
Views: 841

In search of small lot Distributors

Is it branded or are they shiners?
by Richard Leland
July 28th, 2017, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: mPower Beverage Software
Replies: 0
Views: 496

mPower Beverage Software

We're in the market for a new POS system and it's been suggested that we consider mPower Beverage Software. Does anyone here have any experience with it?

Many thanks.
by Richard Leland
July 18th, 2017, 1:24 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Starting My Own Vineyard
Replies: 25
Views: 2179

Starting My Own Vineyard

W. Cable wrote:I have done research through UC Davis and it appears Zinfandel and Barbera grow really well here as well as Chenin Blanc.
Before you plant anything you may want to talk to some wineries in the area who make Barbera and Chenin Blanc and ask them how easy (or hard) it is to sell those wines.
by Richard Leland
July 17th, 2017, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You are the original retail purchaser - oldest wine in your cellar?
Replies: 97
Views: 4105

You are the original retail purchaser - oldest wine in your cellar?

Two wines from Joseph Swan - his 1969 Zinfandel and 1970 Gamay. Purchased directly from Joe in 1972.
by Richard Leland
June 28th, 2017, 1:47 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: FINAL UPDATE: San Francisco - Friday 6/30 @ 7pm - Please see post #41
Replies: 61
Views: 2255

UPDTATE: San Francisco - Friday 6/30 - Please see post #22

I'm in. I'll bring an old claret, so Ed Kurtzman please bring your (Kevin) Durand corkscrew.
by Richard Leland
June 23rd, 2017, 4:19 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: FINAL UPDATE: San Francisco - Friday 6/30 @ 7pm - Please see post #41
Replies: 61
Views: 2255

San Francisco - Friday 6/30

J. Galang wrote:Only thing is getting a decent wine friendly restaurant on a Friday in San Francisco is quite challenging, belive me I have tried. Anyone here have a venue in mind?
Maybeck's might work.
by Richard Leland
June 21st, 2017, 9:36 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: FINAL UPDATE: San Francisco - Friday 6/30 @ 7pm - Please see post #41
Replies: 61
Views: 2255

San Francisco - Friday 6/30

If George Chadwick is willing to drive to the City on a Friday night then I'd be a fool to miss the pleasure of his company.
by Richard Leland
March 12th, 2017, 8:24 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Concrete fermentors/aging vessels
Replies: 13
Views: 1856

Concrete fermentors/aging vessels

Ken Zinns wrote: That said, I think the minerality claim is nothing but sales BS. Whatever mineral character you may find comes from the grapes/wine and not from the vessel.
Could wine possibly leach something from the concrete that gives the impression of minerality?
by Richard Leland
March 2nd, 2017, 2:55 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mike on Tour--SF, March 4, 2017
Replies: 72
Views: 3805

Mike on Tour--SF, March 3 or 4, 2017

I'm bringing the 1999 Paloma Syrah.
by Richard Leland
March 2nd, 2017, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Single greatest American wine ever made?
Replies: 221
Views: 13777

Single greatest American wine ever made?

1970 Joseph Swan Gamay
NV Cresta Blanca Premier Semillion, Bin 953
by Richard Leland
February 26th, 2017, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: More Saturday Retail Funnies
Replies: 1814
Views: 177572

More Saturday Retail Funnies

Frank Drew wrote:I don't think I could ever do retail; I work in health care, which is no bed of roses, but at least we get to stick needles and other even more invasive objects into our customers!
Jealous.
by Richard Leland
February 23rd, 2017, 3:00 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mike on Tour--SF, March 4, 2017
Replies: 72
Views: 3805

Mike on Tour--SF, March 3 or 4, 2017

I'm in. Joel - when you confirm the reservation see if they're willing to give us the semi-private space on the left and ask if they can push the tables together to create one big table.
by Richard Leland
February 22nd, 2017, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sorry, but you didn't buy that corked bottle from us!
Replies: 218
Views: 16101

Sorry, but you didn't buy that corked bottle from us!

Edward H. Earles wrote:So now I, too, am anxious to find out which winery won't stand behind its wine.
That's a bit of a leap. The fault is more likely to be with a poorly-trained Tasting Room Manager.
by Richard Leland
February 17th, 2017, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sorry, but you didn't buy that corked bottle from us!
Replies: 218
Views: 16101

Sorry, but you didn't buy that corked bottle from us!

The Tasting Room Manager is in the wrong line of work.
by Richard Leland
February 15th, 2017, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Price Adjustments on Wine
Replies: 109
Views: 6103

Price Adjustments on Wine

Ahh, the joys of being a wine merchant. This thread would fit nicely in the "More Saturday Retail Funnies" in the Wine Pimps forum where retailers discuss the ridiculous things we have to deal with on a regular basis.
by Richard Leland
February 3rd, 2017, 12:55 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mike on Tour--SF, March 4, 2017
Replies: 72
Views: 3805

Mike on Tour--SF, March 3 or 4, 2017

Pencil me in please. I've got a couple of bottles from Mike's birth year and unlike Mike, they're not getting any better so we might as well open them.
by Richard Leland
February 2nd, 2017, 1:36 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mike on Tour--SF, March 4, 2017
Replies: 72
Views: 3805

Mike on Tour--SF, March 3 or 4, 2017

Your memory seems to be fading with age, my friend. May I remind you that after your last visit to our fair city the SF Sheriff's office told you in no uncertain terms that you were never to set foot in San Francisco again. Hell, there are a couple of neighborhoods and several restaurants that I sti...
by Richard Leland
January 26th, 2017, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Looking for a new everyday Pinot
Replies: 56
Views: 8572

Looking for a new everyday Pinot

C. Bowman wrote:Thanks Stephanie. I will look for it.
Good wine and Mary is terrific. Revel represents her in NoCal.
by Richard Leland
January 21st, 2017, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Looking to buy a wine store - what is the best way to come up with valuation
Replies: 42
Views: 4990

Looking to buy a wine store - what is the best way to come up with valuation

Karl K wrote:Met with owner, he is not offering a realistic price. Store does 1.7m, net discretionary income some where around 130k, he's asking 1-2m. Has 200k inventory.
Fantasyland.
by Richard Leland
December 23rd, 2016, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Looking to buy a wine store - what is the best way to come up with valuation
Replies: 42
Views: 4990

Looking to buy a wine store - what is the best way to come up with valuation

'Zackly. You pay for total inventory, fixtures/coolers/computers etc - and if the store is making money - three years of profit. If they grossed $350,000 a year, and brought in a net profit of $75,000, then $225,000 plus inventory/fixtures is the starting point. $75,000 net profit on gross sales of...
by Richard Leland
December 15th, 2016, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Opus One order scam
Replies: 14
Views: 2912

Opus One order scam

And then there's this: Greetings to you ,I am sure I got the right email address, I am interested in placing an order of your Cocktails and I need you to email me with the types and prices of your Cocktails you have in store and also I would like to know whether or not if you do accept credit card p...
by Richard Leland
December 1st, 2016, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Off we go ... 2015 Red Burg releases
Replies: 83
Views: 8697

Off we go ... 2015 Red Burg releases

I'm going to be a bit cautious. I haven't tasted anything from the Cote d"Or yet but we tasted two 2015 Macons this week, both from decent producers. One was boring and the other was flabby.
by Richard Leland
November 22nd, 2016, 2:11 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Rhys Chardonnay - Two Mini-Verticals - SOLD
Replies: 0
Views: 252

Rhys Chardonnay - Two Mini-Verticals - SOLD

Rhys Alpine Vineyard Chardonnay - 2010, 2011, 2012 - 1 bottle each
Rhys Horseshoe Vineyard Chardonnay - 2010, 2011, 2012 - 1 bottle each

$300 for 6 bottles.

Note: I'm ITB but have been on the Rhys list from the beginning and these are from my personal cellar.
by Richard Leland
November 17th, 2016, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vintuition - WB competition?
Replies: 32
Views: 1755

Vintuition - WB competition?

Sherri Shapiro wrote:My email about vintuition also came from Siduri. I deleted it, assuming it was a kendall jackson marketing thing.
Bingo.
by Richard Leland
August 29th, 2016, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It is now a felony for out-of-state retailers to ship into Illinois
Replies: 87
Views: 5605

It is now a felony for out-of-state retailers to ship into Illinois

I do wonder what the real effect of this bill is, though. If Joe, from Joe's Wine Shop in Georgia, ships wine to a Illinois resident, I assume he commits a felony. Can IL extradite Joe ? Convict Joe in absentia ? Can IL cause any trouble for Joe in GA ? I seem to recall that similar laws could caus...
by Richard Leland
July 29th, 2016, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Old California Cabs
Replies: 18
Views: 1889

Two Old California Cabs

Richard - I forget - was the Gemello a one shot wonder? I always get that one mixed up with Gan Eden. Lots of history. I need to dig up my book by Misters Hannum and Blumberg. Two wonderful guys who never made wine their business, hence, I think, their continued passion. Hardly a one shot wonder - ...

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