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by PaulM
April 8th, 2019, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Update: FEDERAL INDICTMENT - Safe Harbour Wine Storage and Bill Holder – CRIMINAL
Replies: 140
Views: 27354

Re: Update: FEDERAL INDICTMENT - Safe Harbour Wine Storage and Bill Holder – CRIMINAL

The FBI is still active on this. I moved my wine out years ago but got a call today from the investigating agent asking if I still had anything there. (Holder basically had no records, so they're working through bank records of anyone who paid him.) If anyone needs to be put in touch with the FBI te...
by PaulM
May 17th, 2018, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offline Etiquette
Replies: 229
Views: 10534

Offline Etiquette

Disagree on 4 (but like the rest). If a bottle is corked, I don't want it in my glass at all; at least stop it going around and have the discussion.

9. Don't overpour.
by PaulM
February 11th, 2018, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MARC LAZAR OF DOMAINE WINE STORAGE AND CELLAR ADVISORS CHARGED WITH TWO FELONY COUNTS
Replies: 1031
Views: 128109

MARC LAZAR OF DOMAINE WINE STORAGE AND CELLAR ADVISORS CHARGED WITH TWO FELONY COUNTS

If Don were to show that he spent a quarter the time fighting child sex abuse that he spends making ABC law complaints around the country against any business with any connection to Marc Lazar, this might not seem so hypocritical. But Don thinks Lazar screwed him on a wine deal (maybe he did; I don'...
by PaulM
February 8th, 2018, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MARC LAZAR OF DOMAINE WINE STORAGE AND CELLAR ADVISORS CHARGED WITH TWO FELONY COUNTS
Replies: 1031
Views: 128109

MARC LAZAR OF DOMAINE WINE STORAGE AND CELLAR ADVISORS CHARGED WITH TWO FELONY COUNTS

For some reason I can't reply directly to Eric's post, but he is correct. The DC complaints (which Don filed despite having no relationship with the DC business; I think that's illustrative of why words like "vendetta" get used) came to nothing, despite Don's categorical assertions to the contrary. ...
by PaulM
January 29th, 2018, 7:42 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Domaine Wine Storage - DC Thread
Replies: 2308
Views: 83108

Domaine Wine Storage - DC Thread

FYI on their regulatory status: 4. Review Request to Renew Storage Facility Permit originally issued March 13, 2012 and most recently renewed on February 9, 2017, for a facility located at 4221 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite E. ANC 3F. SMD 3F02. No outstanding fines/citations. No outstanding violation...
by PaulM
July 28th, 2017, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Building A Cellar - What Do You Wish You Knew Before?
Replies: 39
Views: 2404

Building A Cellar - What Do You Wish You Knew Before?

Lots of good advice here. I've found it useful to have some flexible spaces - it's mostly double-deep, a few rows of magnums, and a few X and rectangular bins for odd sizes. I've also found it very useful to leave the top row unfinished - you can efficiently fit fat Champagne bottles, etc. on the to...
by PaulM
June 29th, 2017, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard
Replies: 2
Views: 240

TN: 2014 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard

One of those boring, everybody knows about them producers that I'll buy year in and year out.
by PaulM
June 28th, 2017, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Luxury Car or Luxury Wine ?
Replies: 63
Views: 2973

Luxury Car or Luxury Wine ?

I buy luxury cars, but wait for them to be about a year old so that they've depreciated ~30%. This is akin to buying wine 2nd-hand or @ auction, at a discount! First world problems: solved. Lots of merit to that. I've done the exact same thing we the last 4 cars for my family. All with 1 year or le...
by PaulM
June 19th, 2017, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Cullen Wines Chardonnay Kevin John
Replies: 2
Views: 192

TN: 2015 Cullen Wines Chardonnay Kevin John

The Cullen wines used to be fairly widely available in the US (and good QPR), but i don't remember the last time I saw one.
by PaulM
June 15th, 2017, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you use to monitor temp and humidly in your cellar?
Replies: 206
Views: 13791

What do you use to monitor temp and humidly in your cellar?

I have to say, this sounds great. NetAtmo is working perfectly well for me, but if I had it to do again this seems a little more powerful and flexible. Paul, is this what you have? I need something robust to monitor my cellar temperature, do not care for humidity. https://www.amazon.com/Netatmo-Wea...
by PaulM
May 28th, 2017, 8:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jadot is as good as ever.
Replies: 48
Views: 3281

Jadot is as good as ever.

I have been lucky to catch the few whites before they got premoxed. They were big solid whites - Chevy and Corton Charlemagne. The reds are up and down. Some are nice but not terribly exciting. Had a decent 2005 CdlR and CstD last year. Last month had a 2005 Suchots which was bit pedestrian (but it...
by PaulM
May 28th, 2017, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jadot is as good as ever.
Replies: 48
Views: 3281

Jadot is as good as ever.

alan weinberg wrote:
c fu wrote: The 13 BM is surprisingly approachable (tasted 03/05/13 out of btl at the domaine)
not possible.
Unless that's three vintages.
by PaulM
May 16th, 2017, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you use to monitor temp and humidly in your cellar?
Replies: 206
Views: 13791

What do you use to monitor temp and humidly in your cellar?

Sorry I was talking about wirelesstag.net which what I am using. Here's an example graph showing temp over time.... Utah cellar door is a reed sensor on the top of the door to the cellar room. Utah cellar rack is a tile directly attached to a bottle in the middle of the rack The other 4 sensors are...
by PaulM
May 9th, 2017, 8:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Home cellar
Replies: 56
Views: 4398

Home cellar

Looks great! We made many similar choices, though we have a lot more open bin storage for multiple bottles/cases and OWCs. All our racking is in as of last week and all our wine gets delivered today from offsite. In fact, the trucks may be at the house now!! We are struggling with how to log locati...
by PaulM
May 9th, 2017, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Home cellar
Replies: 56
Views: 4398

Home cellar

Looks really great. I have similar rackings (but more roughly built), and also didn´t treat the wood with varnish etc. - still fine after 15 years. One question: aren´t there any racks for multiple bottles - 6 or 12 bts. of the same wine? Or for full cases? It seems a bit inpractical to store multi...
by PaulM
May 5th, 2017, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Home cellar
Replies: 56
Views: 4398

Home cellar

Great cellar, Paul. I will chime in about CT. Each bottle in my cellar has a unique location and CT does an awesome job. That said, if your current spreadsheet works best for your situation, stick with it. Cheers, Colin [cheers.gif] Do you use it on-line or do you have a usable printout? What I hav...
by PaulM
May 4th, 2017, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Home cellar
Replies: 56
Views: 4398

Home cellar

Andy Steinman wrote:I recently did a functional in-home cellar as well.

Far smaller (2,200 bottles) and using powder coated metal double racking.

If I am judicious (doubtful), I won't outgrow it too quickly!
That's well done.
by PaulM
May 3rd, 2017, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Home cellar
Replies: 56
Views: 4398

Home cellar

Great job. I'm about to launch a similar project in Northern Florida (Ponte Vedra in case anyone can recommend a contractor). Can I ask what the total bill came to? I'm really struggling between metal and wood. How did you reach your decision, and if it was cost, what was the differential? What onl...
by PaulM
May 3rd, 2017, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7025
Views: 593709

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Only wine that customers had been told was physically present in the warehouse and ready for shipment or pickup was partially credited. The fraction returned depended on factors like whether there were sufficient bottles present to cover those orders, whether some bottles had already been set aside...
by PaulM
May 2nd, 2017, 9:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Home cellar
Replies: 56
Views: 4398

Home cellar

I may not be explaining well, but seven bin locations is seven lines on the printout, which gets unwieldy when each slot is a maximum of two bottles. In my spreadsheet, each wine is one line, and the bin cell just has as many codes as it needs. At the time (now a couple of years ago), Eric was super...
by PaulM
May 2nd, 2017, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Home cellar
Replies: 56
Views: 4398

Home cellar

Hey Paul - that's great. Curious why you'd opt for spreadsheet vs CellarTracker? Sure. I looked seriously at CellarTracker at some point, and Eric and his team were super-helpful with things like conversions. The main thing that was an issue for me was having wines in different locations show up as...
by PaulM
May 1st, 2017, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Home cellar
Replies: 56
Views: 4398

Home cellar

Paul, consider me jealous. How many bottles does it hold, is the wall racking single or double deep, and (because it's hard to see), what sort of options did you go with for the island? And how many sqft is the room? Here are some of the stats: Roughly 12 x 24, 2x6 framing with closed cell foam ins...
by PaulM
April 30th, 2017, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Home cellar
Replies: 56
Views: 4398

Home cellar

Literally the only aesthetically driven choice was to paint the walls. The biggest surprise was that cheaping out on anything non-functional still looks just fine.
by PaulM
April 30th, 2017, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Home cellar
Replies: 56
Views: 4398

Home cellar

The projections are vertical holders. The cellar should hold around 6000, so there's a lot of moving and logging to be done. No plans to stain - it's gonna look like a lot of bottles when I'm finished.
by PaulM
April 30th, 2017, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Home cellar
Replies: 56
Views: 4398

Home cellar

Finally up and running. Purely functional, but I think it looks fine. Happy to chat about choices and tradeoffs if anyone is interested.
by PaulM
April 26th, 2017, 10:53 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3428
Views: 186929

The Bourbon Thread

Finally found some Blanton's at the local WB Liquor store for a more realistic price ($59 vs the $75 and $130 I've seen locally). There were six on the shelf and they let me buy all 6 (3 for me and 3 for a friend who also wanted some, but was at work). Tried some last night and enjoyed it. :) Whoa!...
by PaulM
April 26th, 2017, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anybody buying Peay?
Replies: 29
Views: 3118

Anybody buying Peay?

Does anyone buy Peay's Cep wines? We really like their Rose, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and the Sauvignon Blanc. The price points are a bit lower and that's a plus for us to open on an average evening. I like the Rose a lot. Agree with those who find the Scallop Shelf a notch above, but they're all go...
by PaulM
April 25th, 2017, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you use to monitor temp and humidly in your cellar?
Replies: 206
Views: 13791

What do you use to monitor temp and humidly in your cellar?

Which Netatmo model are people buying for a wine cellar? Do they have one available that is batter powered? There seems to be limited information/reviews on Amazon about this, thanks! looks like the "weather" module would work. man that stuff is expensive tho - looks very pretty. That's what I have...
by PaulM
April 4th, 2017, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thomas vertical 2000-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1171

Thomas vertical 2000-2014

Thanks, John - would have loved to do this tasting.
by PaulM
February 15th, 2017, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion
Replies: 506
Views: 26595

Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion

Wine that has spent 30+ years in bottle is usually terrible. And the more expensive/rare the more likely people are to delude themselves that the time/money they spent on it was worth the time. I'll agree on the second point, 100%, and certainly by volume 99.9% of bottles produced can't last 30 yea...
by PaulM
February 8th, 2017, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MARC LAZAR OF DOMAINE WINE STORAGE AND CELLAR ADVISORS CHARGED WITH TWO FELONY COUNTS
Replies: 1031
Views: 128109

MARC LAZAR OF DOMAINE WINE STORAGE AND CELLAR ADVISORS CHARGED WITH TWO FELONY COUNTS

Don and Maureen, what is your take on this benign renewal? Victor: I would like to see the transcript of what was asked and what was said. Nevertheless, given what I know about the phantom retail and wholesale operations operating out of the Domaine DC warehouse this is disconcerting to say the lea...
by PaulM
January 10th, 2017, 9:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion
Replies: 506
Views: 26595

Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion

Most red Bourgognes are crap.... I both agree and back up the truck for the exceptions. To add an unpopular opinion: <$30: the right Bourgogne rouge. $30-60: Oregon. $60-$2000: premiers and grands crus. (Many exceptions in all categories; Oregon and Burgundy aren't wholly fungible; void where prohi...
by PaulM
January 10th, 2017, 9:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTSO in legal battle
Replies: 52
Views: 4405

WTSO in legal battle

This: I don't pay much attention to the comp price when I'm deciding anyway.... and this: With the information available to consumers, one would need to be willfully ignorant to not realize that the original price is usually inflated. When there are other retailers with the same wine, WTSO's prices ...
by PaulM
January 8th, 2017, 10:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MARC LAZAR OF DOMAINE WINE STORAGE AND CELLAR ADVISORS CHARGED WITH TWO FELONY COUNTS
Replies: 1031
Views: 128109

MARC LAZAR OF DOMAINE WINE STORAGE AND CELLAR ADVISORS CHARGED WITH TWO FELONY COUNTS

I don't know Don Cornwell, and I don't know Marc Lazar. But this is an important point. I agree with Keith L that many of the statutory readings that Don Cornwell is presenting as fact are quite strained (e.g., a DC retailer may not sell wine that is not physically located in the District of Columb...
by PaulM
January 8th, 2017, 10:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MARC LAZAR OF DOMAINE WINE STORAGE AND CELLAR ADVISORS CHARGED WITH TWO FELONY COUNTS
Replies: 1031
Views: 128109

MARC LAZAR OF DOMAINE WINE STORAGE AND CELLAR ADVISORS CHARGED WITH TWO FELONY COUNTS

I don't know Don Cornwell, and I don't know Marc Lazar. But this is an important point. I agree with Keith L that many of the statutory readings that Don Cornwell is presenting as fact are quite strained (e.g., a DC retailer may not sell wine that is not physically located in the District of Columb...
by PaulM
January 7th, 2017, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion
Replies: 506
Views: 26595

Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion

Biodynamics is a flaming pile of pseudoscientific horsecrap with no evidence of efficacy. It is as stupid a pseudoscientific enterprise as homeopathic medicine, which is extremely stupid, unless you practice homeopathy, in which case you are stupid but you think homeopathy makes perfect sense. FWIW...
by PaulM
January 7th, 2017, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion
Replies: 506
Views: 26595

Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion

Biodynamics is a flaming pile of pseudoscientific horsecrap with no evidence of efficacy. It is as stupid a pseudoscientific enterprise as homeopathic medicine, which is extremely stupid, unless you practice homeopathy, in which case you are stupid but you think homeopathy makes perfect sense. I di...
by PaulM
January 7th, 2017, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MARC LAZAR OF DOMAINE WINE STORAGE AND CELLAR ADVISORS CHARGED WITH TWO FELONY COUNTS
Replies: 1031
Views: 128109

MARC LAZAR OF DOMAINE WINE STORAGE AND CELLAR ADVISORS CHARGED WITH TWO FELONY COUNTS

I know you know I'm not a lawyer, so I have to ask this question since I THINK I read this correctly, and I now have a question. The way this reads, it sounds like any one offering wine via the internet for sale in Missouri, or Illinois for that matter, is violating the same law that you claim that...
by PaulM
January 6th, 2017, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about Zachys
Replies: 88
Views: 7636

Question about Zachys

Piling on - they're not bad people but the warehouse is a complete cluster and getting stuff fixed can take forever. I'm mostly an auction customer but it's all held the same place.
by PaulM
December 12th, 2016, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Favorite Tete de Cuvée Champagne?
Replies: 75
Views: 4438

Your Favorite Tete de Cuvée Champagne?

Comtes for me too - I'm surprised how strong the support is even though I agree. No surprises in the others - Krug, Dom, Ruinart BdB. I have a bit of Salon but I haven't dug in. Old LGD can be surprisingly good. I'm optimistic on Peters Chetillons but don't think I've had one older than 05 (and I kn...
by PaulM
December 5th, 2016, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MARC LAZAR OF DOMAINE WINE STORAGE AND CELLAR ADVISORS CHARGED WITH TWO FELONY COUNTS
Replies: 1031
Views: 128109

MARC LAZAR OF DOMAINE WINE STORAGE AND CELLAR ADVISORS CHARGED WITH TWO FELONY COUNTS

Thanks for your summary, Paul, it's very helpful. Considering the speed at which they filled up the space, I can't imagine that the DC storage facility isn't profitable and that's without know a thing about their costs. Just curious, if you feel like sharing, why did your friend sever his relations...
by PaulM
December 4th, 2016, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thomas 2014 Release
Replies: 141
Views: 9304

Thomas 2014 Release

In this age of instant gratification and compulsive 24/7 mobile connectedness, there's something quaint and reassuring about this low-key process. It's really very civilized and simple. I know others may disagree but I enjoy waiting for the offer to come in the mail, the tactile feel of opening the...
by PaulM
December 4th, 2016, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MARC LAZAR OF DOMAINE WINE STORAGE AND CELLAR ADVISORS CHARGED WITH TWO FELONY COUNTS
Replies: 1031
Views: 128109

MARC LAZAR OF DOMAINE WINE STORAGE AND CELLAR ADVISORS CHARGED WITH TWO FELONY COUNTS

I need to correct some incorrect factual statements that have been made in the thread in response to my original post. First, the statement that there are multiple owners of the various LLCs in question is incorrect. According Marc's deposition testimony on February 13, 2014, Marc's family trust is...
by PaulM
November 15th, 2016, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This is SO freaking cool!! Wish we could get a group buy together...
Replies: 22
Views: 2848

This is SO freaking cool!! Wish we could get a group buy together...

Craig G wrote:Hmm... Secret room filled with old wine. Sounds familiar.
Sad that was also my first thought.
by PaulM
October 8th, 2016, 10:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Other than Cellar Tracker
Replies: 33
Views: 3293

Other than Cellar Tracker

Yes, that makes sense if you're only storing wine in one area. I have a mishmash of storage. One fridge in the garage, two inside, a wine rack and off-site storage. It would just be more convenient to know which fridge as an open slot, or in the off-site, which box I can put a bottle in or if every...
by PaulM
October 7th, 2016, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Other than Cellar Tracker
Replies: 33
Views: 3293

Other than Cellar Tracker

I'm not sure what problem this solves - or at least it doesn't solve a problem I have. I record bottles by row and column, so there will be 2 bottles with the same coordinates. When I pull one bottle out of a slot, I push the other one back. I can see just by looking where there are open spaces, and...
by PaulM
August 26th, 2016, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is your wine really getting better?
Replies: 79
Views: 3977

Is your wine really getting better?

The use of scores, reviewer or CellarTracker, and their description as meaningful or so subjective as to be worthless, provides excellent empirical evidence for confirmation bias (i.e., scores that are as the poster expects will be found meaningful). In other words, the scores are "just going throug...
by PaulM
July 21st, 2016, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2065
Views: 207643

2012 Maison Ilan

And that he was fine losing his investment? Must be nice.......... I understand why people assume Ray's investor(s) would feel swindled/pissed/litigious. But I think a lot of that is projection by Ray's wine buyers. Obviously, it is possible that Ray found investors who were as gullible as the folk...
by PaulM
July 18th, 2016, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you use to monitor temp and humidly in your cellar?
Replies: 206
Views: 13791

What do you use to monitor temp and humidly in your cellar?

I set up a NetAtmo and am very happy with it. Couldn't have been easier. I happen to have a La Crosse indoor/outdoor clock/weather station in my office, and I'm not a fan. They're not terribly accurate (the unit doesn't agree with itself if you put the outdoor sensor in the same room as the indoor s...

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