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by mmarcellus
January 16th, 2021, 8:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: best pairings
Replies: 76
Views: 2637

Re: best pairings

I think champagne should get a separate thread - which lists the foods that don't pair well with it. Much more efficient.
by mmarcellus
January 16th, 2021, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: best pairings
Replies: 76
Views: 2637

Re: best pairings

Sushi and fino sherry.
by mmarcellus
January 14th, 2021, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2369
Views: 269463

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Every so often I switch my location to NY or CA and get jealous at the good stuff they have in stock. FL warehouse is like one of those cartoon deserts with a tumbleweed moseying through it That's interesting. I live in NY and my kids live in CA. Virtually everything I've recommended to them that I...
by mmarcellus
January 12th, 2021, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would a repeal of 230 affect Wine Berserkers?
Replies: 33
Views: 2294

Re: Would a repeal of 230 affect Wine Berserkers?

Re the potential for being harassed by meritless lawsuits, I think it's worth noting that many states, including California, have anti-SLAPP statutes which are meant to prevent that sort of thing.
by mmarcellus
January 6th, 2021, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Links redirecting to wine.com
Replies: 36
Views: 2265

Re: Links redirecting to wine.com

For whatever reason, this is now happening again for me when I click on links. It looks like the viglink service somehow got re-enabled and is hijacking some of the links on this forum. Anybody else experience this recently? Yes, it happened to me yesterday. I was logged in as a GCC member at the t...
by mmarcellus
January 5th, 2021, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2369
Views: 269463

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

$40/bottle is a pretty standard price for Geyserville. A lot of the bargain spots have it though in the $35 range. i don't see Geyserville selling at wineaccess, hard to find a wine at wineaccess. they are very limited They're sold out now, they might get some back in stock. wine.com in NY has it f...
by mmarcellus
January 2nd, 2021, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine tasting “course”
Replies: 2
Views: 343

Re: Wine tasting “course”

You might be thinking of Tom Maresca's book "Mastering Wine", which fits your description. He's still active and blogging at https://ubriaco.wordpress.com/ . It's possible he could suggest modern substitutes. A more recent book that you might find useful is Jancis Robinson's "How To T...
by mmarcellus
December 31st, 2020, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2369
Views: 269463

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

YLee wrote: December 31st, 2020, 12:18 pm What are the cheapest items at wine.com? I need a filler.
In NY I would go for the $6.99 Corkscrew.

Or just click on "Discover" at the top of the page, sort by low price to high, then pick the first thing that strikes your fancy
by mmarcellus
December 29th, 2020, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 398
Views: 23972

Re: wine.com delivery fail

Since I had a successful recent test order, I thought I might use a few of the $50 off coupons for some daily drinkers. But the NY warehouse seems to be mostly barren. Not a single Cru Beaujolais, only two Loire Cab Franc (and both over $199/btl), and a very small number of Oregon Pinots. Seems lik...
by mmarcellus
December 24th, 2020, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie
Replies: 8
Views: 612

Re: TN: 2019 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie

Thoughts on ageability? I have bought 2018 and 2019 based on tasting one bottle...excited to learn if these evolve/improve. As stated above, this wine ages beautifully. Regarding these two, out of the gate I loved both but actually liked the 2018 better than the 2019, which I believe is a minority ...
by mmarcellus
December 23rd, 2020, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2369
Views: 269463

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

uncork50 $50 off $200, expired in 5 days. Thanks. What are people getting at wine.com (CA)? Seems like their stock is super low. My "$50 coupon staples" are all out (Comtes, Krug halfs, Vietti, ...) In NY things have slowed down, with a lot of the new stuff being either mass market plonk,...
by mmarcellus
December 19th, 2020, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2369
Views: 269463

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Jolly50 as well 50/200 Exp 12/20 Wait--did you figure out jolly50 by going though all the random permutations of holly50? Did your grandfather help crack the Enigma code? Thanks in any case! Ha! You can thank my shaky hands from too much wine last night and H being right next to J on the keyboard! ...
by mmarcellus
December 17th, 2020, 4:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Esther Mobley on Shipping Costs, Supporting Small Wineries
Replies: 134
Views: 7922

Re: Esther Mobley on Shipping Costs, Supporting Small Wineries

Yes for a large majority of what they sell WTSO is getting a good deal. The 2009 Cristal with free shipping today is not one of those wines getting dumped nor is the large amount of Sojourn they have been selling. 09 Cristal is now two releases ago for just the Brut. If the importer is still sittin...
by mmarcellus
December 13th, 2020, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Esther Mobley on Shipping Costs, Supporting Small Wineries
Replies: 134
Views: 7922

Re: Esther Mobley on Shipping Costs, Supporting Small Wineries

All this discussion just illustrates more clearly the pure madness that is wine.com's StewardShip deal. I fully expect it to be revamped or ended. I disagree. If you look at their prices, shipping is basically built in and then some. They don't lose money on Stewardship any more than Amazon loses m...
by mmarcellus
December 8th, 2020, 4:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Langhe Nebbiolo under $25 [Poll Added]
Replies: 88
Views: 4317

Re: Best Value Langhe Nebbiolo under $20

De Forville is 20ish, and doesn't suck. Not that you asked, but speaking as a dedicated bottom feeder I think limiting yourself to Langhe Nebbiolo at this price point is a mistake. There are other regions in Piedmont (e.g. Ghemme) that would probably serve as a better entry point for exploring the v...
by mmarcellus
December 7th, 2020, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Marvin Overton....
Replies: 10
Views: 1023

Re: RIP Marvin Overton....

... But he and famed UC/Riverside Physicist Bipin Desai were famous in their day for these extravagant/over-the-top wine tastings they would hold. I haven't heard much of Bipin of late. I was invited (by PaulDraper) to attend Bipin's Ridge Retrospective tasting in LA in the mid-'70's. Got to know N...
by mmarcellus
December 7th, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Marvin Overton....
Replies: 10
Views: 1023

Re: RIP Marvin Overton....

TomHill wrote: December 7th, 2020, 11:47 am he got on the wagon in the early '90's and sold off his wine collection, including some btls he'd acquired from RudyKirawan.
I think you meant Hardy Rodenstock there.
by mmarcellus
December 6th, 2020, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wazzat Mean...."Been Thanked"??
Replies: 18
Views: 1267

Re: Wazzat Mean...."Been Thanked"??

Jay Miller wrote: December 6th, 2020, 3:16 pm You may now thank the author of a post by clicking the thumbs up button on the top right of the post.
Should we save time and just move all this to Facebook right now?

(I know I should have posted this in the curmudgeon thread, but I'm old and lazy).
by mmarcellus
December 4th, 2020, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2369
Views: 269463

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

A new order for the 4 bottles did show up, and so did a Fed Ex notice that it shipped out. We will see what shows up today. I told them to send me a label so I could return the other bottles, but they have not done so. And there is a $40 gift card on my account. It looks like you might be the proud...
by mmarcellus
December 3rd, 2020, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2369
Views: 269463

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

So I opened all my wine.com boxes that arrived today, and wouldn't you know it, one box that was supposed to be 4 bottles of 2010 La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Seleccion Especial came with a packing slip with my name and those bottles, but instead, had 2 bottles of 2017 Occidental pinot noir, a Bollin...
by mmarcellus
December 2nd, 2020, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2369
Views: 269463

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Peter C. wrote: December 2nd, 2020, 7:57 am
Hao Lu wrote: December 2nd, 2020, 6:54 am wine.com one time use 100/300 code CM1R3F8BPJ1920
expires 12/7
Hmm don't recall using it before - perhaps it was a one time use meaning not shareable, but doesn't work for me.
See post #1892.
by mmarcellus
November 27th, 2020, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Entry Level Rioja
Replies: 31
Views: 1776

Re: Best Value Entry Level Rioja

Hermanos Pecina would probably be my choice. I like them much better than the others that fall in their price range. I could go either way on whether the LdH Cubillo is a better value at a price 50%+ higher. However, you really want to give LdH some additional time, which maybe disqualifies it from...
by mmarcellus
November 27th, 2020, 5:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Entry Level Rioja
Replies: 31
Views: 1776

Re: Best Value Entry Level Rioja

Hermanos Pecina would probably be my choice. I like them much better than the others that fall in their price range. I could go either way on whether the LdH Cubillo is a better value at a price 50%+ higher. However, you really want to give LdH some additional time, which maybe disqualifies it from ...
by mmarcellus
November 11th, 2020, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 398
Views: 23972

Re: wine.com delivery fail

Its a fraud issue, and redirects are a way to circumvent one defense some merchants use (ship to and bill address need to be the same). I actually had to go into the post office last week and fill out some forms to get deliveries (vis USPS) since there has been some issues at the address (previousl...
by mmarcellus
November 6th, 2020, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mendocino Carignan and Red Recommendations?
Replies: 81
Views: 5239

Re: Mendocino Carignan and Red Recommendations?

Drew Goin wrote: November 6th, 2020, 4:56 pm
Oh, but you wanted direct experience with the Kivelstadt Charbono? Sorry, I dunno. pileon
I was looking for anything that might shed light on the style and quality of this producer. That was all good info, thanks.
by mmarcellus
November 3rd, 2020, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 398
Views: 23972

Re: wine.com delivery fail

I mean Wine Library has a similar program, except it's $99/year instead of $49, so it's not exactly without precedent. It makes buying wine much more convenient and ultimately drives volume and repeat business. I admit sometimes I even buy wine at their inflated prices without a coupon just because...
by mmarcellus
November 2nd, 2020, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 398
Views: 23972

Re: wine.com delivery fail

The bad news is that my latest order was supposed to arrive today and hasn't shipped (NY warehouse). The good news is I did not have to wait to get on chat. The rep said the warehouse is behind schedule, but my order should ship. That's what I was told last time and the order was ultimately cancell...
by mmarcellus
October 29th, 2020, 6:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 398
Views: 23972

Re: wine.com delivery fail

The bad news is that my latest order was supposed to arrive today and hasn't shipped (NY warehouse). The good news is I did not have to wait to get on chat. The rep said the warehouse is behind schedule, but my order should ship. That's what I was told last time and the order was ultimately cancelle...
by mmarcellus
October 27th, 2020, 3:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mendocino Carignan and Red Recommendations?
Replies: 81
Views: 5239

Re: Mendocino Carignan and Red Recommendations?

Is anybody familiar with Kivelstadt? They're a Mendocine winery which produces carignan and carignan blends, among other things. They recently hit my radar when Tom Maresca wrote up their Charbano, and I'm curious whether anyone has direct experience with any of their wines. They appear to be mostly...
by mmarcellus
October 23rd, 2020, 5:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let`s talk Scheurebe!
Replies: 31
Views: 1102

Re: Let`s talk Scheurebe!

Allow me to pause to wipe away a tear... When Hans Gunter Schwarz was the winemaker at Muller Catoir he had am amazingly deft hand for Scheurebe. I've never tasted any others half as good (well, maybe the 2002 Weegmuller). That said, I haven't given the more recent MC vintages a try and maybe they'...
by mmarcellus
October 21st, 2020, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 398
Views: 23972

Re: wine.com delivery fail

According to the rep, my (long delayed) order is scheduled to be shipped on Monday and I should see tracking information when it ships. When asked about why I was getting the error, the rep said it could be a "system glitch integration", and to try again in a couple hours. The most optimi...
by mmarcellus
October 21st, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 398
Views: 23972

Re: wine.com delivery fail

Yes, it appears that Clippy had a son and named him Jeff.
by mmarcellus
October 18th, 2020, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real winenerd wines
Replies: 184
Views: 7077

Re: Real winenerd wines

I hesitate to mention it here, but Alice Feiring's newsletter, and wine club, is a good source for unusual and distinctive wines. She's controversial, but if your palate aligns with hers you'll find plenty to like. You can ask for a sample copy of the newsletter and see what you think. (No relations...
by mmarcellus
October 17th, 2020, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 398
Views: 23972

Re: wine.com delivery fail

Anyone else are experiencing this issue when they try to click on their pending orders? Same here. Only happened when I clicked on the order number for my one open order. I went to chat and was only number 12, so waited it out. According to the rep, my (long delayed) order is scheduled to be shippe...
by mmarcellus
October 16th, 2020, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 61374

Re: #GlassFire

It was initially rejected by WH because FEMA had determined the fires were not of sufficient magnitude to warrant the assistance (huh?). Newsome called the President and must have kissed the ring, because they reversed the decision. I don't think that any ring kissing by Newsom was necessary. There...
by mmarcellus
October 9th, 2020, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 398
Views: 23972

Re: wine.com delivery fail

For what it’s worth, every order I placed over the summer with codes have been shipped accurately and correctly over the last few weeks. My orders have also shipped accurately and correctly, though some late August orders were delayed. I currently have have one order sitting in limbo. (NY warehouse).
by mmarcellus
October 8th, 2020, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 398
Views: 23972

Re: wine.com delivery fail

As a positive data point, I just received a correctly-timed shipping notification for an order I'd placed this summer and held. My previous two orders were delayed by approximately two weeks each, and I'd had to email CS prior to those orders shipping. As I said before, inventory has seemed low, bu...
by mmarcellus
October 7th, 2020, 5:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 398
Views: 23972

Re: wine.com delivery fail

I wasn't charged, there's just a pending charge that won't go through until they ship. And this isn't a matter of some inventory not being present, they're putting a shipping hold on all inventory. First until Wednesday, now until Friday. Got it. I actually see Monday now for all inventory (my ware...
by mmarcellus
October 6th, 2020, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 398
Views: 23972

Re: wine.com delivery fail

As I detailed in the other thread, I placed an order from the NY warehouse with wine.com last Friday. The order went through with a scheduled ship date of Monday. Based on past experience, this was unusual. In the past, orders for anything other than pre-arrival wines would ship the next day, even ...
by mmarcellus
October 6th, 2020, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 398
Views: 23972

Re: wine.com delivery fail

As I detailed in the other thread, I placed an order from the NY warehouse with wine.com last Friday. The order went through with a scheduled ship date of Monday. Based on past experience, this was unusual. In the past, orders for anything other than pre-arrival wines would ship the next day, even o...
by mmarcellus
October 4th, 2020, 4:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2369
Views: 269463

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Latest update for the NY warehouse: I placed an order on Friday morning which was scheduled to ship Monday. That in itself was a little unusual. Before Armageddon, orders would typically ship next day assuming that no items on the order were slated for future arrival at the warehouse. This morning, ...
by mmarcellus
October 3rd, 2020, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2369
Views: 269463

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

For NY, things have slowed down since their recent debacle, which could well be a matter of them prioritizing fixing their system issues over putting new stuff on line. Same goes for the lack of new discount codes. That said, there's still some decent stuff there, including the recent arrival of the...
by mmarcellus
October 2nd, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2369
Views: 269463

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Chris Crutchfield wrote: October 2nd, 2020, 9:50 am
JBrochu wrote: October 2nd, 2020, 9:46 am Anybody know where WineAccess ships from?
For east coast they ship from Latham, NY (UPS) or Cobleskill, NY (FedEx), I believe.
They also ship from Westbury, on Long Island, though that could just be for downstate NY.
by mmarcellus
October 1st, 2020, 4:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whatever happened to French Colombard wine ?
Replies: 26
Views: 1166

Re: Whatever happened to French Colombard wine ?

I sold an absolute boatload of Beringer French Colombard in the early/mid 1980s - it was hugely popular with the masses. Around the same time, Inglenook used to bottle a jug French Colombard that was also hugely popular. Never understood why it just went by the wayside, it was a huge step up from t...
by mmarcellus
September 24th, 2020, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will smoke ever become part of a region's terroir?
Replies: 24
Views: 773

Re: Will smoke ever become part of a region's terroir?

There are those who say that smoke has been part of the terroir in South Africa for years.

I know that pinotage is allegedly naturally smoky, without any help from the atmosphere, but I've tried some that made me wonder.
by mmarcellus
September 22nd, 2020, 4:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 398
Views: 23972

Re: wine.com delivery fail

Got on the chat last night around 10pm and was number 4 in the queue. Still took roughly 30 minutes, but finally got through to CS. Long story short, most of my order placed a few weeks ago were wines that were already sold out when I placed the order. CS canceled the order and gave me a $100 credi...
by mmarcellus
September 21st, 2020, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 398
Views: 23972

Re: wine.com delivery fail

Peter C. wrote: September 21st, 2020, 4:14 pm I keep timing out. Forget to check back.
That happened to me too. However, I had explained my problem and referenced my order number in the chat box. Even though I never got to the actual chat, my problem resolved itself an hour later. Here's hoping you'll get lucky too.
by mmarcellus
September 17th, 2020, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 398
Views: 23972

Re: wine.com delivery fail

Just for fun, I posted a inquiry to CS chat about my open order, referencing the order number. I was number 137 in the queue, so I went about my business. I eventually received an e-mail from wine.com, with the transcript, notifying me that the chat had timed out. One hour later, I got an e-mail say...
by mmarcellus
September 17th, 2020, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 398
Views: 23972

Re: wine.com delivery fail

I'm not involved in the wine.com stuff at all, but it feels like there's a little bit of overreaction. As long as everyone is 'made good' at the end, does it matter? Cooked wines replaced, early shipped orders re-shipped in due course, double charges repaid (including any interest incurred). 'Faile...
by mmarcellus
September 16th, 2020, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 398
Views: 23972

Re: wine.com delivery fail

wine.com certainly messed up badly, but reading some of the comments here makes a lot of people look like over-sensitive jerks. "Heads should roll". "Addressed me by my first name, instead of mr. dr. so-and-so". Everybody chill! I'm also curious how many orders Victor placed. Or...

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