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by Rick Gregory
January 7th, 2013, 12:44 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Russian River Brewery possible expansion
Replies: 39
Views: 1009

Re: Russian River Brewery possible expansion

In the context of the OP, what I wonder about is whether the newer markets will grow enough to make distribution worthwhile for people like Russian River. It's one thing to embrace a few local beweries, another to have a population that's interested in what else is out there and to buy it and try it...
by Rick Gregory
January 7th, 2013, 10:55 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Russian River Brewery possible expansion
Replies: 39
Views: 1009

Re: Russian River Brewery possible expansion

Minnesota recently passed a law that will promote microbrewery growth. "Minnesota breweries were not allowed to serve pints of their beer on site because of a "three-tier" system that strictly separated the roles of alcohol manufacturers, distributors and retailers."* * http://www.startribune.com/p...
by Rick Gregory
January 7th, 2013, 9:26 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Russian River Brewery possible expansion
Replies: 39
Views: 1009

Re: Russian River Brewery possible expansion

Found it here . This is based off of dollars spent rather than barrels sold which skews the numbers favorably for craft brewing. National-wide average for craft beer sales is 10.8% share. The three highest regions are the West except CA (OR, WA, NV, ID, MT, CO, NM, AZ, UT, WY) at 18% share (keep in...
by Rick Gregory
January 6th, 2013, 10:24 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Russian River Brewery possible expansion
Replies: 39
Views: 1009

Re: Russian River Brewery possible expansion

I'm somewhat surprised craft breweries aren't bigger in Minneapolis, Chicago etc and in the urban north east.
by Rick Gregory
January 6th, 2013, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Len Evans THEORY OF CAPACITY
Replies: 5
Views: 504

Re: The Len Evans THEORY OF CAPACITY

Or as I think of it... you only have so much liver. Why waste it on plonk?
by Rick Gregory
January 5th, 2013, 8:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone here like Mondeuse?
Replies: 34
Views: 1266

Re: Anyone here like Mondeuse?

George,

Not seeing much on winesearcher except for a 2005 at Wallys. K&L doesn't have any. Are these around right now?
by Rick Gregory
January 5th, 2013, 8:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: White Burg question
Replies: 15
Views: 623

Re: White Burg question

I'm with Chuck. Opening GC white burgs this young is a waste of potential. If you want a great wine experience you're more likely to get that with a 10-15 year old 1er cru than a 2 year old GC. Now, if you just really want to try a GC... fine, go for it. Before people get their hackles up, I'm not s...
by Rick Gregory
January 5th, 2013, 12:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Antonio explains score inflation...
Replies: 221
Views: 18479

Re: Antonio explains score inflation...

But it would be nice to know if a given wine got a low score. That would certainly play a role in my deciding whether to buy it or not. Are you saying a score without a note should impact your buying decisions? Of course it will impact many, and that is a very good reason (perhaps the only one I ca...
by Rick Gregory
January 4th, 2013, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Antonio explains score inflation...
Replies: 221
Views: 18479

Re: Antonio explains score inflation...

... I am interested in the reviewer’s opinion on wines that I may have in my cellar or am interested in acquiring. I understand that but aside from Gilman most people don't do retrospectives so you usually won't get the first of those (current opinions on cellared wines). As for the second, you can...
by Rick Gregory
January 4th, 2013, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Antonio explains score inflation...
Replies: 221
Views: 18479

Re: Antonio explains score inflation...

This issue really falls out of what a person wants from the critic. If you're looking for things that are recommended, you get those. By definition, 85 and above means that they recommend all of the wines to some degree. If you're looking for wines to avoid, you don't get those... but you don't know...
by Rick Gregory
January 4th, 2013, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Food pairing question
Replies: 11
Views: 400

Re: Food pairing question

Jane - I'd go toward Tuscan flavors and the like. Mushrooms. Roast chicken. Roasted lamb. What I'd avoid are big, powerful flavors. They might work but they can also drown out the wine unless the match really works. I've not had any 01s lately but the 95s I've had and the 97s are fairly subtle wines...
by Rick Gregory
January 4th, 2013, 1:57 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Slate on Beer Flipping...
Replies: 36
Views: 967

Re: Slate on Beer Flipping...

Oh please. So, what is the objection? Russell Wilson thinks flipping beer is crappy too. I'm not objecting to the posting of the thread. I think it's silly to get worked up about flipping beer is all. I buy the beer, it's mine. If I want to resell it, I can. Putting some in a carafe? douchy. But se...
by Rick Gregory
January 4th, 2013, 1:48 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Slate on Beer Flipping...
Replies: 36
Views: 967

Re: Slate on Beer Flipping...

No response, no trolling. You still haven't actually said anything on topic. WTF are you even posting here for? Just to whine at me? Here's a hint - posting just to get a reaction IS trolling. Go away troll. On Topic... it's beer. Really, aside from something like Westvleteren, how rare is beer? Ev...
by Rick Gregory
January 3rd, 2013, 6:13 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Slate on Beer Flipping...
Replies: 36
Views: 967

Re: Slate on Beer Flipping...

Really Joe? That's the best you can do? A lame, pathetic attempt at a personal attack... and one that's offbase and wrong to boot?

Troll harder.
by Rick Gregory
January 3rd, 2013, 6:05 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Slate on Beer Flipping...
Replies: 36
Views: 967

Re: Slate on Beer Flipping...

Oh please.
by Rick Gregory
January 3rd, 2013, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Big changes at the Wine Advocate- Parker reportedly cashes out and gives up editorial control
Replies: 759
Views: 39895

Re: Big changes at the Wine Advocate- Parker reportedly cashes out and gives up editorial control

David, short answer, yes, I think that people can behave ethically in the face of a conflict of interest. On the other hand, if enough money is involved or if there are other significant advantages to the person confronted with the ethical dilemma, then I think that the ethics generally become situ...
by Rick Gregory
January 2nd, 2013, 3:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Olive Oil -- It's Here, It's Here!
Replies: 129
Views: 12594

Re: Olive Oil -- It's Here, It's Here!

It's usually a steal because it's so damn fresh.
by Rick Gregory
January 2nd, 2013, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Big changes at the Wine Advocate- Parker reportedly cashes out and gives up editorial control
Replies: 759
Views: 39895

Re: Big changes at the Wine Advocate- Parker reportedly cashes out and gives up editorial control

Rick, what leads you to believe there are fewer wine geeks? I think there are more than ever and they are more open minded then ever. Just saw this. It's not what I believe... but it would be one possible explanation for the trendline. When I said 'wine geek' I really should have qualified that to ...
by Rick Gregory
January 2nd, 2013, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Big changes at the Wine Advocate- Parker reportedly cashes out and gives up editorial control
Replies: 759
Views: 39895

Re: Big changes at the Wine Advocate- Parker reportedly cashes out and gives up editorial control

David, short answer, yes, I think that people can behave ethically in the face of a conflict of interest. On the other hand, if enough money is involved or if there are other significant advantages to the person confronted with the ethical dilemma, then I think that the ethics generally become situ...
by Rick Gregory
December 30th, 2012, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Big changes at the Wine Advocate- Parker reportedly cashes out and gives up editorial control
Replies: 759
Views: 39895

Re: Big changes at the Wine Advocate- Parker reportedly cashes out and gives up editorial control

Presuming the graph is accurate (and remember this is a trendline of how often these terms were searched for, not a trendline of traffic to their sites), it could indicate one of a couple things: 1) Interest skyrocketed in the 90s and is tapering off as those of us who got into wine then have flatte...
by Rick Gregory
December 30th, 2012, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Big changes at the Wine Advocate- Parker reportedly cashes out and gives up editorial control
Replies: 759
Views: 39895

Re: Big changes at the Wine Advocate- Parker reportedly cashes out and gives up editorial control

Screenshot of the trends link above for those who didn't click through. Interesting data as it indicates a decline in interest well before the recession hit.
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by Rick Gregory
December 30th, 2012, 12:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Antonio explains score inflation...
Replies: 221
Views: 18479

Re: Antonio explains score inflation...

From here, for those who still subscribe: http://www.erobertparker.com/bboard/showthread.php?t=243418 I suppose this is the statement that offers the most concise summary: At the outset, my writing focused on a fairly small number of Piedmont estates that are mostly well-known today, with the excep...
by Rick Gregory
December 29th, 2012, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1988 Burgundies: your experiences?
Replies: 48
Views: 1278

Re: 1988 Burgundies: your experiences?

Let me put it this way... I found an '88 Bourgogne from Montille in the cellar a few weeks ago and while it was FULLY mature... it was just mature and in no way dead. A Bourgogne...
by Rick Gregory
December 29th, 2012, 8:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Big changes at the Wine Advocate- Parker reportedly cashes out and gives up editorial control
Replies: 759
Views: 39895

Re: Big changes at the Wine Advocate- Parker reportedly cashes out and gives up editorial control

A TWA Database feed tied into an internet retailer's inventory and pricing mgmt system could be leveraged to instantly reprice highly rated wines, for instance... The temptation would be unbelievable. How many $s would one more point on a given wine be worth? Endless possibility for corruption... i...
by Rick Gregory
December 29th, 2012, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Big changes at the Wine Advocate- Parker reportedly cashes out and gives up editorial control
Replies: 759
Views: 39895

Re: Big changes at the Wine Advocate- Parker reportedly cashes out and gives up editorial control

Right now many major retailers have dedicated employees who do nothing but chase down WA and WS reviews to integrate into their own databases to show on their websites. Right now there is no way to get a commercial license to the WA database, and yet I suspect that a big chunk of their subscribers ...
by Rick Gregory
December 29th, 2012, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs. Varietal Typicity???
Replies: 63
Views: 1364

Re: Terroir vs. Varietal Typicity???

Rick, On the last points, there are some sites that are exceptionally good...but not quite at the La Tache level....even those sites might not get there with better farming/winemaking? I am not thinking of taking a poor quality place and moving it up to top level...but someplace close and moving it...
by Rick Gregory
December 29th, 2012, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs. Varietal Typicity???
Replies: 63
Views: 1364

Re: Terroir vs. Varietal Typicity???

Kevin, I get it in a nebulous sort of way....but isn't the logical extension of the thought that La Tache would still be great if planted to Nebbiolo? Do you think that is true? Not Kevin, but I'd venture to say yes. More generally, I'd say that a) the grape variety one substitutes would need to ha...
by Rick Gregory
December 29th, 2012, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Big changes at the Wine Advocate- Parker reportedly cashes out and gives up editorial control
Replies: 759
Views: 39895

Re: Big changes at the Wine Advocate- Parker reportedly cashes out and gives up editorial control

I spoke with an ITB acquaintance from Singapore last week, who had recently met with one of the new WA investors. They are planning to monetize the brand in any possible way, and one method is that they are going to start charging wine distributors for the use of the brand on shelf talkers and any ...
by Rick Gregory
December 29th, 2012, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs. Varietal Typicity???
Replies: 63
Views: 1364

Re: Terroir vs. Varietal Typicity???

Terroir, though you can't really separate them (different grapes grown on the same soil will probably show different aspects of the terroir). Frankly, the basic fruit flavors of grapes aren't hard to get and really are the least interesting part of a wine. What makes wine fascinating are the complex...
by Rick Gregory
December 29th, 2012, 12:59 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Rye
Replies: 338
Views: 30836

Re: Rye

Hmmm have some 5 year old Willett Single Barrel. Nice stuff. The same store has the High West line and it sounds like those are next up.
by Rick Gregory
December 29th, 2012, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Big changes at the Wine Advocate- Parker reportedly cashes out and gives up editorial control
Replies: 759
Views: 39895

Re: Big changes at the Wine Advocate- Parker reportedly cashes out and gives up editorial control

No idea Eric, but were they employees or contractors? The right approach to going electronic would be to do an app so you could push content updates easily to everyone. But it kills me that PDF is seen as some arcane transformation rather than a simple export from whatever they use to generate the p...
by Rick Gregory
December 29th, 2012, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Big changes at the Wine Advocate- Parker reportedly cashes out and gives up editorial control
Replies: 759
Views: 39895

Re: Big changes at the Wine Advocate- Parker reportedly cashes out and gives up editorial control

Hell, for him a year on that would be fast. By the time he could actually do that, pdf would be extinct. Yeah, I would be surprised if it ends up in PDF, more likely an mobile/table apps based solution to stop sharing and to send banner ads to! Expecting the new mgmt team to really amp up the tech ...
by Rick Gregory
December 27th, 2012, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Turn a crawlspace room into a passive cellar?
Replies: 20
Views: 872

Re: Turn a crawlspace room into a passive cellar?

Any large space. Even an interior space would work. Now, if you don't have a way to vent into a larger space, that's an issue... but when the breezeaire in my Vinotemp died I stuck an AC unit in and it worked fine. After all, this is what wine compressors in cabinets do.. vent in to the room.
by Rick Gregory
December 27th, 2012, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Turn a crawlspace room into a passive cellar?
Replies: 20
Views: 872

Re: Turn a crawlspace room into a passive cellar?

Humidity is fine. temp is fine. Your issue will be July and August when the temps are in the 80s. In your shoes I'd find some way to incorporate an inexpensive 5000 BTU AC unit (a window one). That will cool to the mid 60s without modification which is fine for the 2 months a year when we have reall...
by Rick Gregory
December 27th, 2012, 12:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: help with scallops
Replies: 36
Views: 1047

Re: help with scallops

C. Grimm wrote:Lots of good advice here, but (I think Rick is suggesting this) I would definitely error on the side of slightly underdone rather than overcooking them. .
Absolutely. Keep in mind that a pre-heated pan on medium heat will easily cook the scallops (sea at least) in 2-3 mins per side.
by Rick Gregory
December 27th, 2012, 11:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: help with scallops
Replies: 36
Views: 1047

Re: help with scallops

A few observations... doneness : People too often pull them from a very cold fridge, saute them on a med-high temp and pull them when the outside is browned... and are surprised when the inside is cool. Do this: pull them from the fridge about 30 mins prior to cooking so they warm a bit. Dry them. U...
by Rick Gregory
December 26th, 2012, 10:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Big changes at the Wine Advocate- Parker reportedly cashes out and gives up editorial control
Replies: 759
Views: 39895

Re: Big changes at the Wine Advocate- Parker reportedly cashes out and gives up editorial control

Why are you surprised John? Parker's acolytes are just using the same tactics as RP himself. Don't acknowledge any valid criticism, just attack the people raising questions and assert that they have ulterior motives, preferably some kind of character flaw.
by Rick Gregory
December 26th, 2012, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine-Searcher selling info to eBay ???
Replies: 40
Views: 1626

Re: Wine-Searcher selling info to eBay ???

Randy - I didn't mention it above but to make this work you'll want to clear the third party cookies out. You can delete all cookies but then you'll have to relogin to sites like WB. Sadly, there's no easy way to tell a browser to delete all third party cookies. Check out Ghostery (link above) to se...
by Rick Gregory
December 26th, 2012, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine-Searcher selling info to eBay ???
Replies: 40
Views: 1626

Re: Wine-Searcher selling info to eBay ???

No, but I've worked in and around the online marketing and e-commerce industries for a long time. And this is a labor of love? A charitable endeavor? Maybe a 501C3 that you volunteer your time for? Jesus Christ, you people are pathological liars. You're a paranoid idiot Nathan. Welcome to the ignor...
by Rick Gregory
December 26th, 2012, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine-Searcher selling info to eBay ???
Replies: 40
Views: 1626

Re: Wine-Searcher selling info to eBay ???

JKim wrote: What I don't understand is...why are you still interested in Saab? ;)
What, you'd like to hear my [sunglasses] Saab story?
by Rick Gregory
December 26th, 2012, 12:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine-Searcher selling info to eBay ???
Replies: 40
Views: 1626

Re: Wine-Searcher selling info to eBay ???

James,

Agreed. I was just trying to give a high level explanation of what's happening with the overall point being that people can disallow 3rd party cookies and escape much of this.
by Rick Gregory
December 25th, 2012, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine-Searcher selling info to eBay ???
Replies: 40
Views: 1626

Re: Wine-Searcher selling info to eBay ???

Loren, No, but I've worked in and around the online marketing and e-commerce industries for a long time. Really, the advertising relationship that I outlined isn't that different from traditional advertising, it just adds in the ability to target individually. For example, EPSN has a lot of commerci...
by Rick Gregory
December 25th, 2012, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine-Searcher selling info to eBay ???
Replies: 40
Views: 1626

Re: Wine-Searcher selling info to eBay ???

No one's selling information. Well they're not giving away the information for free. [Or if they are, then they're fools.] They're getting something in return for it. Sigh. read the post and learn something. You have a tendency to spout off tinfoil hat crap as if it's reality. I should have known b...
by Rick Gregory
December 25th, 2012, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pierre Ponnelle Help
Replies: 7
Views: 305

Re: Pierre Ponnelle Help

Assuming decent storage, I'd jump on the reds. Had a '62 Gevry 1er that was amazingly good a few weeks ago.
by Rick Gregory
December 25th, 2012, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine-Searcher selling info to eBay ???
Replies: 40
Views: 1626

Re: Wine-Searcher selling info to eBay ???

No one's selling information. Both sites probably use one or more ad networks in common and if an ad network drops a cookie on your computer on WS and then sees that cookie when you're on eBay the ad network knows you have a interest in wine so... boom. Obviously this can help you see more personali...
by Rick Gregory
December 21st, 2012, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine writing scandal of the week...
Replies: 97
Views: 5107

Re: Wine writing scandal of the week...

[snip] Can't how this could possibly be considered "fair use" although I haven't seen her Web site No. Fair use doesn't allow for wholesale copying the entire work. Certainly there's some wiggle room (is excerpting 2 paragraphs of a 5 paragraph article too much?) but simply reproducing the entire w...
by Rick Gregory
December 20th, 2012, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Passive vs. Active Storage
Replies: 9
Views: 1715

Re: Passive vs. Active Storage

Yeah if you're around 62 you would probably see that drop a few degrees if you isolated a section that was up against outside underground walls inside of insulated walls. One word of advice on collecting... don't buy too much stuff just because you loved one bottle and don't age stuff without trying...
by Rick Gregory
December 20th, 2012, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Passive vs. Active Storage
Replies: 9
Views: 1715

Re: Passive vs. Active Storage

I guess I'd think about it this way: 1) How much warmer is a 'little' warmer? 58? 68? 2) What the fluctuation from deep winter to high summer? What's the warmest it gets and for how long? 3) Are the wines to drink or resell? If the temps generally stayed in the high 50s-low60s never getting above 65...

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