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by John Danza
December 6th, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Speaking of Winebid...
Replies: 28
Views: 2764

Re: Speaking of Winebid...

One of the main reasons I decided to partner up with WineBid on the search bar function is because of Russ Mann. Since he's taken over as CEO he has been absolutely on FIRE to change things there - he listens, he truly cares about what customers like and dislike, what changes need to take place, et...
by John Danza
December 3rd, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: so who still gets wine spectator? and why?
Replies: 47
Views: 2377

Re: so who still gets wine spectator? and why?

I get mine for free as well using miles on an airline I haven't flown for years. It's about the right value for Wine Spectator.

I like keeping WS in the bathroom when I have a few minutes to kill every morning. [snort.gif]
by John Danza
November 26th, 2019, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 319
Views: 20838

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)

I'm guessing this move by Michelin is a lot about Asia, which is where TWA has clearly been targeting for years. Michelin has made some questionable moves in Asia with their ratings as far as I'm concerned, so perhaps getting a wine review brand that has more pizzazz in Asia than it does here any mo...
by John Danza
November 25th, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Inniskillin Vidal Ice Wine Oak Aged
Replies: 4
Views: 332

Re: TN: 1998 Inniskillin Vidal Ice Wine Oak Aged

Otto Forsberg wrote:
November 24th, 2019, 11:06 am
That most certainly looks like 2004, not 1998.
It's the Cellar Tracker photo. I can read the vintage on the bottles I opened. champagne.gif
by John Danza
November 24th, 2019, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Inniskillin Vidal Ice Wine Oak Aged
Replies: 4
Views: 332

TN: 1998 Inniskillin Vidal Ice Wine Oak Aged

1998 Inniskillin Vidal Ice Wine Oak Aged - Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Niagara Peninsula VQA (11/23/2019) Wow! Dark golden brown color. Really sweet and fruity, with an amazing amount of acidity that keeps this wine complex and not cloying. Flavors of extracted pineapple and apricots. This ...
by John Danza
November 16th, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Lolonis Winery Petite Sirah Winegrower Selection Sisters Blend
Replies: 4
Views: 220

Re: TN: 2003 Lolonis Winery Petite Sirah Winegrower Selection Sisters Blend

Tom, you're correct. It had a lady bug on the label. I gave the bottle to a friend who was at the tasting I brought the bottle to last night. Turns out she knew the owner/winemaker back in the day, but had lost touch. She's a ladybug fan. Andrew, I checked on them before going to the tasting party l...
by John Danza
November 16th, 2019, 7:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV G. H. Mumm & Cie Champagne Cordon Rouge Brut (France, Champagne)
Replies: 0
Views: 82

TN: NV G. H. Mumm & Cie Champagne Cordon Rouge Brut (France, Champagne)

NV G. H. Mumm & Cie Champagne Cordon Rouge Brut - France, Champagne (11/15/2019) This bottle was disgorged in September 2007. It shows why it's good to allow even basic NV champagne to get some bottle age to it. Dark golden color with a mousse of fine bubbles. Palate dominated by yeast and bread do...
by John Danza
November 16th, 2019, 7:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Lolonis Winery Petite Sirah Winegrower Selection Sisters Blend
Replies: 4
Views: 220

TN: 2003 Lolonis Winery Petite Sirah Winegrower Selection Sisters Blend

2003 Lolonis Winery Petite Sirah Winegrower Selection Sisters Blend - USA, California, North Coast, Redwood Valley (11/15/2019) The cork was a bear to get out. It ended up coming completely apart. Required decanting through cheese cloth to get everything out of it. Double decanted two hour before s...
by John Danza
November 16th, 2019, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Bleasdale Frank Potts (Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, Langhorne Creek)
Replies: 0
Views: 138

TN: 2004 Bleasdale Frank Potts (Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, Langhorne Creek)

2004 Bleasdale Frank Potts - Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, Langhorne Creek (11/16/2019) Double decanted two hours prior to service. Dark, opaque red color with a lightening rim. Nose was initially a touch of green pepper and cassis, with the green pepper blowing off with air. Balance tannin...
by John Danza
November 13th, 2019, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trying to find Mumm Cordon Rouge disgorgement date
Replies: 4
Views: 290

Re: Trying to find Mumm Cordon Rouge disgorgement date

John, Depending on how old the bottle is, this may or may not work, but it should work for just about anything released since the late-90s. How to decode the disgorgement date from a bottle of Mumm or Perrier-Jouet (any cuvee) 1. On each bottle, there is a lot number printed on the glass. It is nor...
by John Danza
November 12th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trying to find Mumm Cordon Rouge disgorgement date
Replies: 4
Views: 290

Trying to find Mumm Cordon Rouge disgorgement date

I picked up some older looking Mumm Cordon Rouge at auction and am trying to find the disgorgement date. Does anyone know if there's a way to do this with the lot number on the bottle?
by John Danza
November 12th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping companies hates me
Replies: 60
Views: 2521

Re: Shipping companies hates me

In my experience, the UPS guys were better at their job than FedEx. I would agree with that based on my experience last week with FedEx Ground (the worst shipper ever, or since DHL). I had four boxes coming from WineBid. When it hit the local depot to go on trucks for delivery (to my office), the l...
by John Danza
November 12th, 2019, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping companies hates me
Replies: 60
Views: 2521

Re: Shipping companies hates me

In my experience, the UPS guys were better at their job than FedEx. I would agree with that based on my experience last week with FedEx Ground (the worst shipper ever, or since DHL). I had four boxes coming from WineBid. When it hit the local depot to go on trucks for delivery (to my office), the l...
by John Danza
November 12th, 2019, 6:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping companies hates me
Replies: 60
Views: 2521

Re: Shipping companies hates me

My home UPS guy often doesn't even ring my bell (for normal packages), presumably because of my dogs... but I wish he would so I know when the packages arrive. I set up online accounts with both UPS and FedEx. There's no cost. One of the advantages would solve J's problem, because I get texts when ...
by John Danza
November 11th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opening wines before reaching restaurant
Replies: 70
Views: 2465

Re: Opening wines before reaching restaurant

Second, there is a new requirement in CA that requires every person who may serve alcohol to go through some training. They're supposed to learn about the dangers of alcohol, etc. That's a brand new law and people have another year or two to comply. No clue whether that would be applicable in any w...
by John Danza
November 11th, 2019, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opening wines before reaching restaurant
Replies: 70
Views: 2465

Re: Opening wines before reaching restaurant

I’ve done it dozens and dozens of times, never had an issue (knock on wood). If a restaurant ever denied me drinking the bottle, I would laugh, walk out, and never ever go back. THIS ^^^^^^^^^^^ I'm in Illinois and bring wine to restaurants 99% of the time I go to restaurants. The vast majority of ...
by John Danza
November 7th, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 121
Views: 3679

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

My question would be: if the cork is the issue why is this confined to France?? Do they get the crummy corks?? Do we get the good ones?? The people here who make white wines that age well are not seeing any issues here. I've had plenty of premox'ed Kistler chards, but not from any other Cali produc...
by John Danza
November 6th, 2019, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 76
Views: 6349

Re: Winebid revised.....

Some stuff arrived today. The bottles were wonderfully chilly. My three boxes are on the way. Hopefully they escaped northern California safe while it was in the 70s on Monday. They're now in chilly Wyoming or Utah. Kind of strange how FedEx is routing two of the boxes in one direction and routing ...
by John Danza
November 6th, 2019, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 121
Views: 3679

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

The only way for any problem to be solved is to first identify the cause of the problem. Since the Burgundians haven't done that, or haven't admitted to doing that, I think any comment of "Eureka, we solved the problem" should be viewed with skepticism.
by John Danza
November 5th, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 121
Views: 3679

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

I don't bite on the corks being the sole, or primary, reason for the issue (and there is an issue Stuart). How does that explain that there's a clear and definite timeline when this started, being the 1996 vintage. What, the cork producers just happen to start stripping the bark off of a batch of ba...
by John Danza
November 3rd, 2019, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Gunderloch Nackenheim Rothenberg Riesling Spätlese (Germany, Rheinhessen)
Replies: 5
Views: 304

TN: 2001 Gunderloch Nackenheim Rothenberg Riesling Spätlese (Germany, Rheinhessen)

2001 Gunderloch Nackenheim Rothenberg Riesling Spätlese - Germany, Rheinhessen (11/3/2019) A bit of petrol on the nose, which faded after a while. Medium gold in color. Still shows more sweetness than I would expect from a Spatlese, but the wine is very complex, so the sweetness just adds to the en...
by John Danza
November 2nd, 2019, 1:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 13th Street Gamay Noir Old Vines Sandstone
Replies: 0
Views: 147

TN: 2009 13th Street Gamay Noir Old Vines Sandstone

2009 13th Street Gamay Noir Old Vines Sandstone - Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Four Mile Creek VQA (11/2/2019) I finally opened another bottle, hoping the sulfur issue has resolved. Drunk 30 minutes after decanting. There's still some sulfur on the nose, but it's muted. There is lots of swee...
by John Danza
October 31st, 2019, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 121
Views: 3679

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

Right, Michael. That's not what a non-premoxed 15 year old GC Chablis tastes like. Some would claim that you had an appropriately oxed Chablis at that age, and not pre-moxed, but that's baloney. If you haven't had experience with aged white burg from before 95, I'm not sure how many folks know what...
by John Danza
October 31st, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: # 1840 Tokaji and # 1770 Madeira created one of the best ever emotions
Replies: 21
Views: 1217

Re: # 1840 Tokaji and # 1770 Madeira created one of the best ever emotions

Francois, can you post photos of the bottles? It would be great to see them. Drinking really old wines can be so magical, and a learning experience as well. Thanks for your notes. He did but the forum might be taking issue with some ssl aspects of where the pictures are hosted. Can you see these on...
by John Danza
October 30th, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: # 1840 Tokaji and # 1770 Madeira created one of the best ever emotions
Replies: 21
Views: 1217

Re: # 1840 Tokaji and # 1770 Madeira created one of the best ever emotions

Francois, can you post photos of the bottles? It would be great to see them.

Drinking really old wines can be so magical, and a learning experience as well. Thanks for your notes.
by John Danza
October 29th, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 76
Views: 6349

Re: Winebid revised.....

The state of California, for creating the environment that fuels these fires. But that's all I'll say, because then it will get political. How inconsiderate of them, there's wine to be shipped. By the way, the Kincade fire started on federal land. -Al It is inconsiderate of them, letting everyone's...
by John Danza
October 29th, 2019, 6:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 76
Views: 6349

Re: Winebid revised.....

At whom are you p.o.'ed? The state of California, for creating the environment that fuels these fires. But that's all I'll say, because then it will get political. That said, storing and shipping wine out of Napa significantly reduces the number of months in the year that Winebid can ship lots to c...
by John Danza
October 28th, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 76
Views: 6349

Re: Winebid revised.....

Jeez, I'm pretty p.o'ed right now. Winebid worked out the shipping charges issue, and the weather in Napa finally cooled down enough to schedule my shipping. That was supposed to be today. Then I get this email: You have a wine shipment scheduled for today, Monday 10/28, however the Napa area is cur...
by John Danza
October 24th, 2019, 10:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seepage on 1970 Taylor
Replies: 19
Views: 1264

Re: Seepage on 1970 Taylor

So I opened this to see about it, and although it has only been 30 minutes I am not that impressed... lets see what happens after I watch two episodes of the Purge! For a bottle in good condition without leakage, this wine would usually need to be decanted at least 8 hours before service for it to ...
by John Danza
October 6th, 2019, 10:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1979 Henri Maire Arbois Vin Jaune (France, Jura, Arbois)
Replies: 5
Views: 346

Re: TN: 1979 Henri Maire Arbois Vin Jaune (France, Jura, Arbois)

Otto Forsberg wrote:
October 6th, 2019, 1:25 am
The characteristic element in both Vin Jaunes and biologically aged Sherries is acetaldehyde, not acetone.

I'm not saying this wine didn't have "acetone" aromatics (VA, ethyl acetate), but you seem to be talking of another thing.
Uh, whatever.
by John Danza
October 5th, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 76
Views: 6349

Re: Winebid revised.....

PUBLIC APOLOGY: Hi everyone, I don't want to be "commercial" here but since everyone is discussing this, let me just make a public apology. We screwed up on this one and we know it. We should have communicated earlier and given everyone more heads-up on the shipping changes. Unfortunately, the ship...
by John Danza
October 5th, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 76
Views: 6349

Re: Winebid revised.....

I too have had no issues with wines from WB. I like to use them because of the good volume of aged Cali Cabs and other out-of-the-ordinary stuff I tend to get. I agree that the timing of this change sucks. I locked in with them years ago because of the Elmhurst warehouse, 15 miles from my house. I w...
by John Danza
October 5th, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1979 Henri Maire Arbois Vin Jaune (France, Jura, Arbois)
Replies: 5
Views: 346

TN: 1979 Henri Maire Arbois Vin Jaune (France, Jura, Arbois)

1979 Henri Maire Arbois Vin Jaune - France, Jura, Arbois (10/4/2019) The cork was soaked through, but the wax capsule prevented leakage. Very solid wine on a par with the 1976 and 1978 I've had previously. Medium brown color with the appropriate yellowish rim. The Sherry-like acetone notes were def...
by John Danza
October 2nd, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seepage on 1970 Taylor
Replies: 19
Views: 1264

Re: Seepage on 1970 Taylor

Seepage generally won't hurt port too badly because of the sugar content, but the fill level you describe is a lot of seepage. Good bottles of 1970 Taylor or most other first tier ports are still on the upswing, it's that good of a vintage. That said, I would recommend you open yours, because you've...
by John Danza
September 29th, 2019, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Allegrini Valpolicella (Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella)
Replies: 2
Views: 283

TN: 2017 Allegrini Valpolicella (Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella)

2017 Allegrini Valpolicella - Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella (9/28/2019) An excellent wine that performs the role it's designed for perfectly. It's fruity, with balanced tannins and acidity that lets the wine drink easily. It pairs extremely well with southern Italian red sauce dishes. Stock up (I did...
by John Danza
September 24th, 2019, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone done business with Old Liquors?
Replies: 0
Views: 265

Has anyone done business with Old Liquors?

Hello all,

Has anyone done business with Old Liquors? I'm looking at some old port that they're about to get in, but I've never dealt with them before. Any warnings on them?

Thanks!
by John Danza
September 5th, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Normal wine mark-ups at restaurants?
Replies: 50
Views: 1904

Re: Normal wine mark-ups at restaurants?

It seems to depend on the general cost of the wine. Less expensive wine get a higher markup, while more expensive wines will see a lower markup.
by John Danza
September 3rd, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whats the Earliest White Burg PreMox?
Replies: 31
Views: 1620

Re: Whats the Earliest White Burg PreMox?

Having opened a lot of cases of white Burgs over the years, the phenomenon really started to come on with the 1996 vintage. I've found that there's general safety with vintages previous to that, but you never say never.
by John Danza
August 29th, 2019, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best cheap glasses?
Replies: 17
Views: 862

Re: Best cheap glasses?

I have a bunch of the all-purpose white wine glasses sold at Bed Bath & Beyond. They work for pretty much anything. They cost $9.99 per dozen.
by John Danza
August 22nd, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ikea has a $1.49 decante/carafe that holds 34 oz. Great if you are having an event
Replies: 23
Views: 1878

Re: Ikea has a $1.49 decante/carafe that holds 34 oz. Great if you are having an event

Thanks for the recommendation. I just picked up 15 of them. I do port tastings once every 12-18 months, so these will be perfect for that.
by John Danza
July 26th, 2019, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Château Mont-Redon Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 1
Views: 262

TN: 2009 Château Mont-Redon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2009 Château Mont-Redon Châteauneuf-du-Pape - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (7/26/2019) Popped and poured from magnum. Dark red with no color change on the rim. Tannic, with good acidity that's pretty much in balance. Getting some black fruits on the palate, but the wine is sti...
by John Danza
July 26th, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Petite Sirah is pretty boring
Replies: 94
Views: 4793

Re: Petite Sirah is pretty boring

I'm glad to see so many people that don't like PS. More for the rest of us without upward price pressure.
by John Danza
July 11th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Americans dropping like flies...
Replies: 9
Views: 2280

Re: Americans dropping like flies...

That said, better that Gambal's (and Pethel's) kids do something with their lives that they'll enjoy rather than continue something they would find less rewarding out of a sense of duty. There are a lot of children of Burgundian families who are not given that choice. You need to explain this one a...
by John Danza
July 10th, 2019, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Brut champagne dying out?
Replies: 71
Views: 3130

Re: Is Brut champagne dying out?

It's not dying out. No dosage is just another fad that will either fade away (as some no dosage wines do before their time), or become part of the overall landscape, with less of the religious fervor, and more of a nod towards balance, regardless of dosage level. +1 It's known that the vast majorit...
by John Danza
June 25th, 2019, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Filtering wine sediment
Replies: 29
Views: 1217

Re: Filtering wine sediment

... I've never had any type of coffee filter work because the wine takes forever to get through the filter. If the bottle stood up for several days the wine is usually 90+% clear - so there is only need to filter the last 10-5 % .... through whatever, that takes no more than a minute. It´s funny: w...
by John Danza
June 25th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Filtering wine sediment
Replies: 29
Views: 1217

Re: Filtering wine sediment

I always stand the wine up for at least a couple of days, and then decant using cheesecloth sitting in a fine mesh strainer, sitting in a funnel. Then decant back into the bottle if traveling with it, only using the funnel. I've never had any type of coffee filter work because the wine takes forever...
by John Danza
June 21st, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Auction slowdown? (HDH today)
Replies: 66
Views: 3282

Re: Auction slowdown? (HDH today)

It's the Laffer Curve in action. People are going to pay what they want to pay. If the auction house wants to collect a higher buyers premium, or needs to add in sales taxes, people will find those funds by bidding less on the items.
by John Danza
June 16th, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Tawse Chardonnay Robyn's Block
Replies: 0
Views: 304

TN: 2010 Tawse Chardonnay Robyn's Block

2010 Tawse Chardonnay Robyn's Block - Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Twenty Mile Bench VQA (6/16/2019) One of 6,700 bottles produced. Bought from the winery in 2012. Medium yellow color. Palate is tart citrus and apples, with butteriness from the oak. Good acidity that is noticeable without be...
by John Danza
June 3rd, 2019, 1:18 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Chicago and suburbs
Replies: 491
Views: 40861

Re: Chicago and suburbs

Paul Miller wrote:
June 3rd, 2019, 12:11 pm
Dawali moved to the West Loop. Not sure if it’s still BYOB. Now out of my neighborhood.
The address on their website is the same that we have listed here. I'll leave them as is unless someone knows of a change in policy.
by John Danza
June 3rd, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Chicago and suburbs
Replies: 491
Views: 40861

Re: Chicago and suburbs

Hello all, I've removed HB Home Bistro from the list because I received an email from them last week stating that they were going to close at the end of the month. Also, I've got an email into the GM of the George Trois Group to get an updated policy since Restaurant Michael is no more and is replac...

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