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by John Danza
September 21st, 2020, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to pair with American Wagyu Ground Beef?
Replies: 31
Views: 1391

Re: What to pair with American Wagyu Ground Beef?

The best-laid plans of Berserkers. We had guests over to the back yard (masks, distance - she's a doctor; we were as safe as we know how to be) and I opened a 2016 Tynan Syrah based on comments here. Hilariously, it turned out...they don't drink wine. HOW DID WE NOT ASK THAT? We're out of practice....
by John Danza
September 19th, 2020, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8828
Views: 1321139

Re: $2.1 MILLION IN WINE OWNED BY RUDY SEIZED BY DOJ: CHRISTIE'S HOLDING MORE IN EUROPE

What would be the possible disposition of these wines? I suspect that the Marshal's Service will attempt to determine if the bottles seized from Wine Cellarage are authentic and, if they are, sell them. The money from the sale of those wines would then be used as restitution recovery funds to the v...
by John Danza
September 7th, 2020, 9:48 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Chicago and suburbs
Replies: 499
Views: 45781

Re: Chicago and suburbs

Yes we all need to support our favorite restaurants, or they won't exist by the time we can enjoy them fully. I've been in Chicago just one weekend since February (usually there at least once/month). Had Cafe Marbella take-away and it was fantastic! That's great. I love Cafe Marbella. However, many...
by John Danza
September 7th, 2020, 4:39 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Chicago and suburbs
Replies: 499
Views: 45781

Re: Chicago and suburbs

I went to Chez Simo Bistro on Saturday. I hadn't been there since "the Rona" started. The food was good, as always. But like other small restaurants, they're hanging on by a thread. I recommend everyone get out to all these little places as much as possible. While they're still around.
by John Danza
August 26th, 2020, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Double decant question
Replies: 20
Views: 1089

Re: Double decant question

I take wine to restaurants and friends' homes a lot. I never like to use the same cork or other corks because I don't want to introduce to a good bottle some potential cork taint. I have a bunch of silicone stoppers such as these . They're inert, and they're cheap enough where if I leave them with t...
by John Danza
August 20th, 2020, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8828
Views: 1321139

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

I don't know, but he might be locked up in an ICE facility on release from prison, because he was essentially a fugitive for years before he was caught, on the loose with a deportation order in effect. It would be surprising if he were just set free by the Bureau of Prisons and ICE. This is what wi...
by John Danza
August 11th, 2020, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming
Replies: 64
Views: 3118

Re: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming

i disagree. I think older wine actually needs air to shine. If it's a well stored wine of high quality, air won't hurt it. All anyone needs is a trip to Berns where they decant pretty much everything I guess if getting the beautiful old wine consumed quickly is your goal, then I agree with you. Dis...
by John Danza
August 7th, 2020, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming
Replies: 64
Views: 3118

Re: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming

If you have the comprehension of a five-year-old, you shouldn't be drinking alcohol. Sorry, I couldn't help it. [rofl.gif] You don't have to worry about standing the bottle up if you treat it properly when handling it. The act of standing it up is to get the sediment to fall to the bottom of the bot...
by John Danza
July 23rd, 2020, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8828
Views: 1321139

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Update: was sent this article when I emailed Christie’s. They seem to think the wine should be good based upon this article. Hmm... https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1979/05/13/the-label-scandal-whos-to-judge/217ce062-2bee-4464-9651-423e34533c19/ Funny that Christie's was relying on ...
by John Danza
July 7th, 2020, 6:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8828
Views: 1321139

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Brings to question also how it's possible that many major auction houses don't have photos of every lot, where minor auctions will have front/back/360-degree movable shots of every bottle. Lazy. Great point. I want to give kudos in this regard to Christie's. I'm looking at a couple of lots in their...
by John Danza
July 1st, 2020, 6:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8828
Views: 1321139

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Just checked the Catalogue of coming Sothebys auction The Summit in Hongkong. It's a complete cellar by an American collector who seems to like the really big formats from the rarest wines in the world. Metsulahs '99 Romanee-Conti, '95 Cathelin, jeroboams '93 Cros Parantoux Rouget, magnums '86 Cros...
by John Danza
June 23rd, 2020, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8828
Views: 1321139

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Obviously the penalties for violating the court injunction must not be that severe. Or else the responsible parties must feel that they have a way out. Or maybe crime is just too addictive to stop. Perhaps they should visit Mr Fox of PC fame. Seems like the only guys who actually went to jail over ...
by John Danza
June 12th, 2020, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Epic wine/port tasting with Dirk Niepoort and friends
Replies: 18
Views: 721

Re: Epic wine/port tasting with Dirk Niepoort and friends

The 1863 and the Scion are two different wines. The 1863 came from the purchase of Weise&Krohn a few years ago. They had 2 .5 pipes of the 1863! They also had single pipes of an 1892 and 1892 white. These were in the W&K lodge in Gaia. They had the foresight to register these wines with the Port Wi...
by John Danza
June 12th, 2020, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Epic wine/port tasting with Dirk Niepoort and friends
Replies: 18
Views: 721

Re: Epic wine/port tasting with Dirk Niepoort and friends

That's really great Tomas. I'm sure it was a helluva evening. Dirk is a great guy and I'm sure it was a great experience to taste the wines with him. I've had both of those ports. The Scion is an unknown vintage that the family had records for back to 1855, but there wasn't any information in those ...
by John Danza
June 9th, 2020, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New cool book on Champagne
Replies: 48
Views: 2574

Re: New cool book on Champagne

R M Kriete wrote:
June 9th, 2020, 12:21 pm
Book looks great, but I'll never forgive her for breaking up the Beatles [wink.gif]
Yeah, when Frank just called her by "Yoko", I thought "oh no, what does someone who sings like a cat being stepped on know about champagne"! Glad it's a different Yoko. champagne.gif
by John Danza
June 9th, 2020, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New cool book on Champagne
Replies: 48
Views: 2574

Re: New cool book on Champagne

I picked up three. It looks pretty cool.
by John Danza
June 7th, 2020, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8828
Views: 1321139

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Here is another example of a 1920's DRC -- this one from the 1926 DRC Les Gaudichots. This photo was provided by Doug Barzelay who, along with Allen Meadows, co-authored Burgundy Vintages - A History from 1845. This photo appeared in that book in a smaller format. https://live.staticflickr.com/6553...
by John Danza
June 5th, 2020, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8828
Views: 1321139

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Mark Golodetz wrote:
June 5th, 2020, 8:15 am
All for $7k of commission. Greed or stupidity, or both. Take your pick!
I'm not sure they're mutually exclusive with Kapon. [rofl.gif]
by John Danza
June 5th, 2020, 7:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8828
Views: 1321139

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

There's no surprise that this bottle would be sold in the HK auction, outside of the reach of the FBI. Maybe Kapon feels the Asians are an untapped group of people he can fleece?
by John Danza
May 21st, 2020, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged Cali Cab
Replies: 227
Views: 19152

Re: Aged Cali Cab

The early-1990s stuff has really disappeared from auction and retailer sites. Note the observation in Commerce Corner. https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=169982 I wonder why. My go-to for this stuff is typically Winebid. There seems to be a decent number of lots available this...
by John Danza
May 19th, 2020, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8828
Views: 1321139

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Robert M yers wrote:
May 19th, 2020, 7:06 am
If one knows the bottle is fake when it’s purchased are you still allowed to sue for damages?
Which bottle are you referring to, the single bottle Levy bought from HDH which is likely real, or the 12 bottles he bought fro Acker which were proven to be fake?
by John Danza
May 19th, 2020, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8828
Views: 1321139

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Don, I find it interesting that Mr. Levy would have purchased a bottle of the 1955 Leroy Chambertin from HDH expressly for the McInerney party considering that he had some parts of a case of the 1955 Leroy Chambertin from his purchase from Acker. I would think one friend would hold back a bottle fro...
by John Danza
May 17th, 2020, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 683
Views: 73749

Re: Official WTSO thread

Any insight into the Tedeschi wine up now? The only California cab sav I liked was a 14 silver oak, and I accidentally drank the entire bottle and was sad when I was gone, but I didn't like the price tag. It did leave me thinking it's not cab sav I'm not keen on; maybe I just don't like cheap cab s...
by John Danza
May 17th, 2020, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 683
Views: 73749

Re: Official WTSO thread

Just picked up another case of Philippe Prié Brut. It's a great QPR.
by John Danza
May 17th, 2020, 1:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pungo--a Coravin alternative
Replies: 156
Views: 13860

Re: Pungo--a Coravin alternative

I've used my Pungo for years and have had no issues. I've not had a hissing issue.
by John Danza
May 14th, 2020, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8828
Views: 1321139

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

It reminds me of the market for old Italian violins, in which the fundamental practical value of those instruments - the sound it produces - is completely irrelevant in determining its (obscenely high) value. Obscenely high, yes, but for a reason. The good and genuine ones at least really do sound ...
by John Danza
May 14th, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8828
Views: 1321139

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Wow, seems like a relatively minor amount of money (and possibly truths) for “Hollywood” to show up here and make his case. How he didn’t realize this would be the outcome is [scratch.gif] It all seems very calculated to try to 'extort' a settlement from HDH with attempted adverse publicity. He has...
by John Danza
May 13th, 2020, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8828
Views: 1321139

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Outstanding posts Don, as always. Best. Thread. Ever. [popcorn.gif]
by John Danza
May 8th, 2020, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 683
Views: 73749

Re: Official WTSO thread

I always slow down this time of year with temps rising. I know they will hold wine but hard to buy unless it is a silly deal. It's not warm enough yet to cut off shipping from these folks out of New Jersey, but we're getting there. This is why I'm not even looking at Winebid at this point, because ...
by John Danza
May 7th, 2020, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 683
Views: 73749

Re: Official WTSO thread

Canneta Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2013 is up now. It is the neighboring property to Pertimali (Livio Sassetti)--which is one of my favorites. I always slow down this time of year with temps rising. I know they will hold wine but hard to buy unless it is a silly deal. It's not warm enough yet t...
by John Danza
May 1st, 2020, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8828
Views: 1321139

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

It was certainly massive fraud and a significant crime, and Rudy was justly punished. Jeff briefly mentioned something slightly different. Given a fixed set of resources, how far should the authorities pursue people who might have helped him, or must have known, or should have known? I'm pretty sur...
by John Danza
May 1st, 2020, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8828
Views: 1321139

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Mark Golodetz wrote:
May 1st, 2020, 6:15 am
I really do not like the direction this thread is now heading. There is NO acceptable justification economic or otherwise for fraud. Period, stop.
The thread actually is fine, except for one guy living in fantasyland.
by John Danza
May 1st, 2020, 12:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8828
Views: 1321139

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

I don’t wish to downplay the responsibility of those involved in this fraud, nor the losses to some buyers and honest parties. Yet considering one subset of the victims, the economist in me comes out. Buyers who consumed the bottles they bought, and didn’t know the difference -- how much were they ...
by John Danza
April 17th, 2020, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Bellefont-Belcier
Replies: 2
Views: 183

TN: 2000 Château Bellefont-Belcier

2000 Château Bellefont-Belcier - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru (4/17/2020) Decanted and served. I've owned these from the beginning. The color is still excellent, dark red with little color loss. The palate is full of red fruit, with great tannins and acid. It's really amazing...
by John Danza
April 15th, 2020, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 683
Views: 73749

Re: Official WTSO thread

That is assuming I get them, since WTSO ships with FedEx Ground, the worst shipping company in the history of the world. FedEx and UPS is only as good as the employees that work for them. I have never once had an issue with FedEx and one with UPS when they delivered ironically (See the Napa Thread ...
by John Danza
April 15th, 2020, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 683
Views: 73749

Re: Official WTSO thread

I picked up six each of the Hornillos Ballesteros MiBal Joven Ribera del Duero 2015 and the Herdade Do Arrepiado Velho Alentejano 2015 in their $9.99 sales going on. These will be decent every day wines. That is assuming I get them, since WTSO ships with FedEx Ground, the worst shipping company in t...
by John Danza
April 9th, 2020, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 206
Views: 9612

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

Once & Future arrival from this week. 0DB8DE52-7593-4723-916D-AA0E8691300D.jpeg Not all styro shippers are made alike. I have received some like David received, where the bottoms blew out. These are useless. However I have some that were rock solid both top and bottom. Frankly, I don't care what th...
by John Danza
April 2nd, 2020, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Uncorked on Netflix
Replies: 62
Views: 6844

Re: Uncorked on Netflix

I'm glad I read the Wine Spectator article and the comments in this thread. It saved me a couple of hours of my life I wouldn't be able to get back. It sounds like it's a wine movie the way "Wine Country" (female attempt at "Sideways") was a wine movie. [scratch.gif]
by John Danza
March 30th, 2020, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 683
Views: 73749

Re: Official WTSO thread

John Glas wrote:
March 30th, 2020, 9:53 am
Qupe went quick. Just ate lunch and was about to buy. I guess I will have to wait until next week when they offer it again.
Yeah, I got tied up with work and missed it. I shot them an email to see if they have anymore left. If not, I'll keep on the lookout.
by John Danza
March 24th, 2020, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acker Merrall Condit (Are they working?)
Replies: 5
Views: 905

Re: Acker Merrall Condit (Are they working?)

Tried reaching someone there this afternoon about a shipping questions. I know that NY is under the stay at home order, but does anyone know if they are still working remotely? Thanks, Alex Do you need to replenish your supply of 1945 DRC or get a vertical of Ponsot wines? [rofl.gif] [rofl.gif] [ro...
by John Danza
March 12th, 2020, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8828
Views: 1321139

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

There has been prior discussion in the thread about the genesis of the sale of the fake Ponsot wines in April 2008. As you may recall, the Kurniawan wines (from Ponsot, Roumier and Rousseau) were offered in the middle of an auction catalog of Rob Rosania wines. The Roumier and Rousseau wines offere...
by John Danza
February 14th, 2020, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged Cali Cab
Replies: 227
Views: 19152

Re: Aged Cali Cab

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
February 14th, 2020, 11:27 am
75 Charles Krug at Berns was nice.
I had a 1979 Charles Krug Zinfandel at Berns a couple of years ago that cost $29 for the bottle. It was outstanding and nowhere near over the hill. I know it's not a Cab, but it shows the ability for these older wines to stay the course over time.
by John Danza
February 11th, 2020, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged Cali Cab
Replies: 227
Views: 19152

Re: Aged Cali Cab

'84 and '87 are highly underrated vintages, and worth seeking out for all the names listed above - the '87 Montelena is still one of my all time favorite Cabs with a little bottle age - I grab 1984 vintage whenever I can get them at a decent price, since it's the year my wife and I were married. I ...
by John Danza
January 30th, 2020, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Value of knowing the date of disgorgement?
Replies: 43
Views: 1713

Re: Value of knowing the date of disgorgement?

When I buy NV champagne at auction, it's always a crap shoot on the disgorgement date. I would like to know so I can estimate the evolution of the wine in the bottle. But sometimes it's great not knowing because it becomes a surprise when you finally find out. A recent example was some bottles of Mu...
by John Danza
January 14th, 2020, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone done business with Old Liquors?
Replies: 4
Views: 820

Re: Has anyone done business with Old Liquors?

alan weinberg wrote:
January 14th, 2020, 7:24 am
thought heat didn’t hurt liquor. Does provenance matter then? Quite a cognac selection.
It sure hurts port, and that's what I was looking at.
by John Danza
January 13th, 2020, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone done business with Old Liquors?
Replies: 4
Views: 820

Re: Has anyone done business with Old Liquors?

TimB wrote:
January 10th, 2020, 7:14 am
I am just replying to see if you ever ended up buying anything from them.
No, I ended up taking a pass. I couldn't get a warm and fuzzy feeling from them on the provenance of the bottle I was looking at.
by John Danza
January 8th, 2020, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Styro shippers in Chicago area - anyone need them?
Replies: 6
Views: 377

Re: Styro shippers in Chicago area - anyone need them?

jordan whitehead wrote:
January 8th, 2020, 1:50 pm
where in the land are you John?
Jordan, I'm in Naperville.
by John Danza
January 8th, 2020, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Styro shippers in Chicago area - anyone need them?
Replies: 6
Views: 377

Styro shippers in Chicago area - anyone need them?

I've got probably 20-30 styro shippers in my basement that have to go. Before I put them out on the curb, I wanted to check to see if anyone on the board would like them. These are a combination of 12-pack, 6-pack, along with some 4, 2, and 1 boxes. Included is a number of boxes for magnums. If you ...
by John Danza
January 2nd, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Struggling with Wine Storage
Replies: 16
Views: 1873

Re: Struggling with Wine Storage

I went with offsite storage because of the need to store bottles for the long term until they get to their proper drinking window. This has the added benefit of keeping them away from me so I don't jump the gun. Then I keep my home storage for wines that can be drunk now or I'll want to drink within...
by John Danza
December 6th, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Speaking of Winebid...
Replies: 33
Views: 3683

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...

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