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by mmarcellus
July 17th, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar thief emails?
Replies: 35
Views: 2056

Re: Cellar thief emails?

I would also like to know how they go about "hand selecting" staff. Isn't that what got Joe Biden in trouble?
by mmarcellus
July 17th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar thief emails?
Replies: 35
Views: 2056

Re: Cellar thief emails?

ybarselah wrote:
July 17th, 2019, 9:37 am
the website seems like a parody of every annoying wine trend. they are hip and fun - and we know this because they specifically say they are hip and fun.

https://www.cellarthief.com/
I have a feeling that most of us here are not part of the target demographic group.
by mmarcellus
July 17th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar thief emails?
Replies: 35
Views: 2056

Re: Cellar thief emails?

The are a new company being launched by the owners of the InVino site (at least that's what was claimed in an e-mail I received from InVino last week). InVino shut down as of this past Monday. This is the e-mail I received from InVino last week: Hi , Only FIVE more days until we launch Cellar Thief!...
by mmarcellus
July 16th, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 8851

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

Alan Rath wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 9:10 am
I ask because I can't make sense of the tax rates being charge by out of state retailers. Zachys, for example, charges 8.375%, which isn't their tax rate, and isn't our tax rate.
8.375% is indeed the White Plains sales tax rate.
by mmarcellus
July 10th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions
Replies: 56
Views: 2559

Re: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions

Tulocay. I've never visited the winery, but I've had the wines and they are definitely old school. I only wish they were more available here on the East Coast.

The web page indicates that the tasting fees (and probably the philosophy) meet your guidelines.

http://www.tulocay.com/
by mmarcellus
June 28th, 2019, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon
Replies: 47
Views: 2346

Re: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon

I thought TW direct are private brands (maybe wrong term) of which I have never heard ?? Am I mistaken/wrong ?? They're Direct Imports (a term that can apply to both foreign and domestic wines thanks to the peculiarities of the three tier system). I think there's always a real winery (or perhaps, s...
by mmarcellus
June 28th, 2019, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon
Replies: 47
Views: 2346

Re: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon

If you have a Chase credit card, you might be eligible for Cardlytics Chase Offer. They have 10% off at TW live right now. I used up one last month*, and they reloaded mine again. You can stack that with the coupon as well. (BOA, WF and some others also use that backend. These are like sad weak tea...
by mmarcellus
June 28th, 2019, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 8851

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

There is no doubt that competition is good, as it typically drives down prices, but when you competition closes up shop and nothing returns, that's a different story. On LI, I don't think there's been competition worthy of the name for a while, and this trend started well before Total showed up. Mo...
by mmarcellus
June 27th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 8851

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

Tom, NPR put out that this ruling could also change the limits on who can acquire a license, and that TN won't be allowed to place limits, thus allowing large chains to come in. Is this also true? I am certainly no lawyer but I live in Nashville and my understanding is that current TN law only allo...
by mmarcellus
June 26th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 8851

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

I suspect that it will be harder for wholesalers and retailers to build coalitions supporting anti-shipping measures now that Wayfair has significantly undercut the lost tax revenue argument. Yes. That and the fact that the Supreme Court just said that discriminatory laws must serve the purposes of...
by mmarcellus
June 11th, 2019, 4:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine with grilled octopus?
Replies: 47
Views: 1995

Re: What wine with grilled octopus?

Retsina. I'm half serious.

Sherry is an outstanding suggestion.
by mmarcellus
June 10th, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: a basement discovery
Replies: 22
Views: 2686

Re: a basement discovery

https://frommfoundation.fas.harvard.edu/celebrating-paul-fromm "[Paul] Fromm first hoped to become a patron of music in Germany; he was planning the establishment of a music foundation in his native land when he was forced to flee the Nazi pogroms in 1938. Settling in Chicago, he went into business...
by mmarcellus
May 21st, 2019, 5:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola - Amity Hills
Replies: 6
Views: 455

Re: TN: 2013 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola - Amity Hills

To answer both of you. Bruce, I have been recovering from a tweaked back and drink little now. I pour a glass a night and drink half and pour in the bottle and cork on the counter. I was a bit surprised that the wine did not crash, but got better. Mark, I like most of the wine from Eola-Amity Hills...
by mmarcellus
May 21st, 2019, 4:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola - Amity Hills
Replies: 6
Views: 455

Re: TN: 2013 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola - Amity Hills

Thanks for the note. This is one of many Vincent wines that Cellartracker is telling me I should drink up. I continue to ignore Cellartracker's advice.
by mmarcellus
May 4th, 2019, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?
Replies: 73
Views: 1700

Re: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?

Tier 1 only, and ordered by the quality of the best of the best: Vinifera: CA, OR, NY, ID, WA, MI, NM Hybrid: VT, CT(marginally in Tier 1 due to 1 specific wine) VA seems to be getting some love, but I haven't yet found a wine from VA which qualifies. Maybe it's because I haven't tried Trump Wine ye...
by mmarcellus
May 3rd, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed
Replies: 69
Views: 3828

Re: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed

Assuming that there is a problem with 2012, could this be a one year issue due to Pinguet's sudden resignation? What's the consensus on 2013's and later? I did stop buying after 2011, because that whole episode didn't sit well with me, and there are plenty of other (and cheaper) Vouvray producers th...
by mmarcellus
May 2nd, 2019, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jackson Family Wines CEO calls for protections against imports
Replies: 23
Views: 1435

Re: Jackson Family Wines CEO calls for protections against imports

We need a better, higher pricing structure and tariff protection to compete with rising imports," he said at a Santa Rosa meeting of local business and community leaders. "So how do we get a tax on wine imports to achieve a fair playing field around the globe?” We already have a higher pricing stru...
by mmarcellus
April 12th, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What green vegetable goes best with red wine
Replies: 56
Views: 1585

Re: What green vegetable goes best with red wine

Haricot vert (or even regular string bean) vinaigrette?
by mmarcellus
April 5th, 2019, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 3307

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!

Interesting move and interesting timing. Richard Sands is completing the elimination of the market segment his father Marvin built the company on, most notably with Wild Irish Rose. Word is that Constellation was looking for 3 billion but had to settle for much less. I agree that Gallo has made a sa...
by mmarcellus
February 11th, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Attn NYC residents
Replies: 13
Views: 772

Re: Attn NYC residents

The argument is that the traditional method of raising the geese who produce the foie gras (including forced feeding) is inhumane. and we're turning a blind eye to the massive amount of steroids fed to livestock in order to produce $1 hamburgers? ..or to the dairy 'farms' that give rise to the famo...
by mmarcellus
February 11th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Attn NYC residents
Replies: 13
Views: 772

Re: Attn NYC residents

Why would they even do this? Seems strange. Maybe im missing something. remember, part of deBlasio's platform when he ran for mayor was to ban carriage horses. thankfully he failed, hopefully this will fail as well. Banning the carriage horses would be a net positive for the City. Those horses look...
by mmarcellus
February 2nd, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Italy: cheap grapes in fancy wines
Replies: 7
Views: 617

Re: Italy: cheap grapes in fancy wines

"The suspected fraudulent wines are fortunately not dangerous to drink—nor are they necessarily even bad tasting—but they aren't worth what they are being sold for." Well, kudos to the winemakers for making the cheap grapes taste good enough to cuvée into the meld with the more expensive ones so th...
by mmarcellus
January 24th, 2019, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1374
Views: 155232

Re: Official Costco Thread

Thrilllist's best guesses as to who actually produces some of the Kirkland branded spirits.

https://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/co ... ol-spirits
by mmarcellus
January 5th, 2019, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 R. LOPEZ de HEREDIA VINA BOSCONIA RESERVA RIOJA
Replies: 16
Views: 969

Re: 2005 R. LOPEZ de HEREDIA VINA BOSCONIA RESERVA RIOJA

For those who feel they haven't sufficiently stocked up on this, First Bottle has it for 29.95.
by mmarcellus
January 2nd, 2019, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eric Asimov: NY Times, recommends Meiomi and Gallo!
Replies: 61
Views: 3374

Re: Eric Asimov: NY Times, recommends Meiomi and Gallo!

While brett in WINE is still considered a major flaw. This is wine board last I checked. Some consider the presence of botrytis in wine a major flaw - and some winemakers test to make sure it's not present. And let's not even start on Madeira. Brett is a flaw if the winemaker doesn't want it to app...
by mmarcellus
December 19th, 2018, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Riesling from USA ?
Replies: 84
Views: 3533

Re: Favorite Riesling from USA ?

As an FYI for those who live on Long Island, Total Wines in Westbury has a NYS section which has bottles from most, if not all, of the FLX producers mentioned in this thread.

No affiliation or axe to grind, other than my hope that people buy these wines so that Total will keep on stocking them.
by mmarcellus
December 18th, 2018, 2:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2081
Views: 118564

Re: New York City Restaurants

Jay, This looks to be the ticket for Sunday roast dinner on the Sunday before Christmas. Do you know their corkage policy? Thanks. until you read this... https://ny.eater.com/2018/12/18/18143635/bluebird-london-restaurant-review-nyc-time-warner-center It's been a very bad day for Bluebird London: h...
by mmarcellus
December 12th, 2018, 4:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Riesling from USA ?
Replies: 84
Views: 3533

Re: Favorite Riesling from USA ?

Just had a Nathan Kendall 2016 Dry Riesling from the Finger Lakes. It ranks up there with Ravines and Wiemer offerings. Had a bit more complexity and seemed slightly more fruit driven than Ravines from the same vintage. One footnote on Nathan Kendall's wines. Like the Trinchero's in Italy, he is no...
by mmarcellus
December 10th, 2018, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Riesling from USA ?
Replies: 84
Views: 3533

Re: Favorite Riesling from USA ?

Many of my favorites (Ravines, Weimer, Dr. Frank, Paetra) have been mentioned above but I would add Teutonic Wine Company from Oregon plus Nathan K, Heart & Hands, and Bloomer Creek from FLX.
by mmarcellus
December 9th, 2018, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Crap Alert! 2016 TJ’s Platinum Reserve Yountville Cabernet
Replies: 41
Views: 3595

Re: Crap Alert! 2016 TJ’s Platinum Reserve Yountville Cabernet

Back in early '90s, when Trader Joe's was still a CA only company with not that many stores to fill they were incredible for wine and alcohol finds, they only needed to find small distributor closeouts to still be able to spread them across a limited number of stores and I recall buying good Bords,...
by mmarcellus
November 14th, 2018, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Patty Green/Winebid
Replies: 34
Views: 3906

Re: PSA: Patty Green/Winebid

PSA for people living on Long Island: Raeder's in Albertson has the 2006 Ribbon Ridge Estate for $25.99 (their extremely unreliable web site doesn't show it, but it's in the store). It's drinking beautifully. Raeder's is an odd little store. Every once in a while, things like this show up out of th...
by mmarcellus
November 13th, 2018, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Patty Green/Winebid
Replies: 34
Views: 3906

Re: PSA: Patty Green/Winebid

PSA for people living on Long Island: Raeder's in Albertson has the 2006 Ribbon Ridge Estate for $25.99 (their extremely unreliable web site doesn't show it, but it's in the store). It's drinking beautifully. Raeder's is an odd little store. Every once in a while, things like this show up out of the...
by mmarcellus
November 13th, 2018, 6:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tariffs on wine
Replies: 18
Views: 612

Re: Tariffs on wine

I hope this is not "political", but it does deal with wine. French wine in fact. See the latest tweet. I think the current EU tariff is about 10 eurocents, right? Good luck with this one. [cheers.gif] I think it's possible to keep this non political. I would be very interested in the wonky details ...
by mmarcellus
November 11th, 2018, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions
Replies: 87
Views: 3595

Re: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions

Marietta Old Vine Red (labeling itself as "OVR" these days) in the $10-$15 range is very good for the price

Same goes for Chateau L'Oupia les Heretiques from France, also in the $10-$15 range if you can find it.
by mmarcellus
November 10th, 2018, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Wine to Drink With Spaghetti Squash Jambalaya??
Replies: 19
Views: 410

Re: What Wine to Drink With Spaghetti Squash Jambalaya??

When going into uncharted territory sparklers are my default option, so I would pick the Cali sparkler from your list. If you feel like venturing out to Total, Cava might be an even better choice - the last time I checked they had Raventos, which is very good and very versatile. Total also has a fin...
by mmarcellus
October 30th, 2018, 10:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WS: NY Wineries Sued.....
Replies: 18
Views: 1038

Re: WS: NY Wineries Sued.....

It would be pretty strange in this day and age for a web developer to build a site that is not usable by screen reading software. It's straightforward, easy, and has had a standard methodology for well over a decade, maybe even two. And at this point any merchant who does not require ADA compliance...
by mmarcellus
October 17th, 2018, 7:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can you tell from only a blurry picture what wine this is?
Replies: 31
Views: 1887

Re: Can you tell from only a blurry picture what wine this is?

I think that logo is one used by Henri de Villamont at the time. I knew it looked familiar, but I can't take credit for remembering who it was. It was the V that helped me narrow down the google search.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/293437731961534925
by mmarcellus
October 17th, 2018, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Master Somm Invalidation
Replies: 207
Views: 15587

Re: Master Somm Invalidation

Yeah, if there is solid evidence that only 4 received the email and all 4 say they didn’t forward it, only those 4 should have their test invalidated. So you're going to invalidate their test for not being totally truthful, but you will take their word at face value that they didn't spread any info...
by mmarcellus
October 17th, 2018, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "The Man" is blocking wine shipments from NY to CA
Replies: 37
Views: 2728

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

This is a UPS issue I believe. switched from UPS to FEDEX a while ago and this must be the reason why. They only told me that they had "issues" with UPS. I just received a 6 case shipment from CSW via FEDEX last week. I dislike FEDEX because they will deliver your wine early with only a 24 hour not...
by mmarcellus
October 14th, 2018, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Master Somm Invalidation
Replies: 207
Views: 15587

Re: Master Somm Invalidation

I have no affiliation and my knowledge only comes from TV/netflix/etc, but it seemed that several master sommeliers took mentorship seriously and helped these candidates because they themselves had a mentor who had a mentor, etc. You'll recall in the documentary Somm that Narito helps the protagoni...
by mmarcellus
October 14th, 2018, 8:44 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Long Island
Replies: 170
Views: 11386

Re: Long Island

Louie's in Port Washington corkage is $25. Stems are mediocre, BTG pours (based on observations of other tables) are good sized. Food is decent. I was there for PW Restaurant Week, which was a bargain. Regular menu not so much, you're paying for the view.
by mmarcellus
October 14th, 2018, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Master Somm Invalidation
Replies: 207
Views: 15587

Re: Master Somm Invalidation

It’s all about what Dad used to say. “First you need honest people” True to a point, but that will only take you so far. You also need proper incentives because human nature is human nature, and even normally honest people can succumb to temptation. It seems to me that allowing individuals to simul...
by mmarcellus
October 6th, 2018, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Suggestions for a Very Specific Venue
Replies: 74
Views: 2111

Re: Wine Suggestions for a Very Specific Venue

Sancerre? It seems to be the Pouilly-Fuisse of the new millenium and there are decent choices under $30. Unless you need producer name recognition, which does get tough.
by mmarcellus
October 2nd, 2018, 7:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Ct to hear another wine shipping case
Replies: 43
Views: 2042

Re: Supreme Ct to hear another wine shipping case

And then there's this: http://tax.illinois.gov/Publications/Bulletins/2019/FY-2019-10.pdf Does the actual law say the wine shipped has to be that "manufactured" by the license shipper? Wondering if a winery could ship wines other than it's own [wow.gif] Back in the Stone Age, Windsor Vineyards did ...
by mmarcellus
September 28th, 2018, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Ct to hear another wine shipping case
Replies: 43
Views: 2042

Re: Supreme Ct to hear another wine shipping case

As described it’s of little interest to the consumer; if Total wins it might put a slight wrench in a state’s right to regulate sales of alcohol, but apart from that it is one behemoth making its way into the system. No new here folks! I would be interested in hearing someone expand on that. My lay...
by mmarcellus
September 6th, 2018, 5:39 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Pfalz
Replies: 6
Views: 322

Re: Pfalz

I biked through the Pfalz a few years ago, suggestions from Berserkers and my notes are here: https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=70966 I'm not sure where you'll be, but the area around Bad Durkheim has several good choices for wineries. I especially recommend both Pfeffingen an...
by mmarcellus
August 28th, 2018, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pet-Nat recs
Replies: 54
Views: 1698

Re: Pet-Nat recs

Los Pilares Sparkling Muscat is weird but wonderful. Renardet-Fache refers to its Vin du Bugey-Cerdon as Methode Ancestrale but, as indicated above, it fits the category. If you don't like this wine, you don't like life. Lisa & Bertrand Jousset in the Loire also make good ones, though they were hit ...
by mmarcellus
July 26th, 2018, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Notes of Poo (NYMag on "Natural Wine")
Replies: 67
Views: 2412

Top Notes of Poo (NYMag on "Natural Wine")

"(As far as two-word phrases capable of ruining bourgeois dinner parties in New York go, natural wine is up there with Lena Dunham and democratic socialism.)" yuuup A strong endorsement of natural wine for those of us who support anything that is capable of ruining bourgeois dinner parties. QZfCoTv...
by mmarcellus
July 25th, 2018, 8:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Notes of Poo (NYMag on "Natural Wine")
Replies: 67
Views: 2412

Well...

That sounds like mouse taint. Alice Feiring has written about it quite a bit (and yes, she considers it a flaw) So why wasn’t it in the wine originally and what caused it?? Tom If it was mouse taint, it was in the wine originally but it may not have been all that noticeable at first. I believe ther...
by mmarcellus
July 25th, 2018, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Notes of Poo (NYMag on "Natural Wine")
Replies: 67
Views: 2412

Well...

Well...a quite interesting article, but, as these types of articles tend to be, a rather simplification of “natural” wines. What constitutes a “natural” wine is open for debate. My definition is pretty simple...if SweetAlice says it’s natural...then end of discussion. I applaud Jon’s stand on the s...

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