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by John Danza
May 21st, 2020, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged Cali Cab
Replies: 180
Views: 15125

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: 8666
Views: 1270850

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: 8666
Views: 1270850

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: 606
Views: 63389

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: 606
Views: 63389

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: 13330

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: 8666
Views: 1270850

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: 8666
Views: 1270850

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: 8666
Views: 1270850

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: 606
Views: 63389

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: 606
Views: 63389

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: 8666
Views: 1270850

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: 8666
Views: 1270850

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: 8666
Views: 1270850

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: 171

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: 606
Views: 63389

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: 606
Views: 63389

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: 9345

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: 6325

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: 606
Views: 63389

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: 872

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: 8666
Views: 1270850

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: 180
Views: 15125

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: 180
Views: 15125

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: 1636

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: 794

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: 794

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: 372

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: 372

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: 1828

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: 3594

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: 2550

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: 320
Views: 22623

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: 372

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: 372

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: 242

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: 130

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: 242

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: 195

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: 470

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: 470

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: 2825

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: 2825

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: 2825

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: 2652

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: 2652

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: 3967

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: 6839

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: 3967

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: 3967

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...

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