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by Dan Kravitz
November 18th, 2019, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 515
Views: 27863

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

to aaronfullen: Sorry. Mercantilism is any policy designed to maximize exports and minimize imports. Selling value-added goods is considered one reliable means to achieve the goal, but does not define the goal. Tariffs are one weapon in mercantilism. So is the production of value-added goods. Dan Kr...
by Dan Kravitz
November 18th, 2019, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 515
Views: 27863

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

I hadn't thought about it and did not realize Chinese tariffs on wines from everywhere were so high. Now that I think about it, they have a huge domestic industry to protect. Nobody thinks about it, but according to the FAO they are the 5th biggest wine producing country, right after the good old U ...
by Dan Kravitz
November 17th, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Corton-Charlemagne as grand a Grand Cru as the others? Please discuss!
Replies: 36
Views: 1794

Re: Is Corton-Charlemagne as grand a Grand Cru as the others? Please discuss!

Well, way back when the INAO said: Village 1er Cru Grand Cru And how much of it had to do with proximity, politics, who was making nice and who was making naughty in the day? To pull an example out of Bordeaux, in 1855 Lanessan refused to submit samples, their basic positions being: "We're so tired ...
by Dan Kravitz
November 17th, 2019, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California wine most like Latour?
Replies: 34
Views: 2159

Re: California wine most like Latour?

Ridge Monte Bello.

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by Dan Kravitz
November 16th, 2019, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Corton-Charlemagne as grand a Grand Cru as the others? Please discuss!
Replies: 36
Views: 1794

Re: Is Corton-Charlemagne as grand a Grand Cru as the others? Please discuss!

IMO absolutely. Part of the price discrepencies are scarcity... very roughly speaking, production of Grand Cru white Burgundy breaks down like this: Chablis - about half CC and related - about a third Montrachet and neighbors - about a sixth I think that Coche-Dury CC sells for about as much as any ...
by Dan Kravitz
November 15th, 2019, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '05 Pegau - 3L
Replies: 10
Views: 711

Re: '05 Pegau - 3L

commercial post: I import Pegau to most of the U.S. I agree that this is a tough, tannic vintage that will age almost forever in a large format. Two possibilities: 1) Buy and hold with the idea that a Special Occasion will Occur in the next 10 - 20 years, and it will be glorious. 2) Plan to crack it...
by Dan Kravitz
November 14th, 2019, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where do you get your bigguns?
Replies: 9
Views: 1193

Re: Where do you get your bigguns?

In general agree with Cellar-raiders, but have found him just a little spotty about provenance and conditions. This applies more to bottles than large formats; some bottles purchased at just over 10 years have shown up unannounced with fills below the neck. None has been bad enough for me to complai...
by Dan Kravitz
November 11th, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Buying and Consuming BURGUNDY
Replies: 132
Views: 13362

Re: Thoughts on Buying and Consuming BURGUNDY

to Marcus S,

When the cheapest DRC is well over $1000, as is Drouhin Musigny, and Rousseau Chambertin is at $2000 and I don't think the argument falls flat.

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by Dan Kravitz
November 11th, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Tasting with TNs
Replies: 45
Views: 2412

Re: Rhys Tasting with TNs

Brig,

Thanks for verifying the scoring system. I think it's a superbly precise way to score wines in a group tasting. I am not being sarcastic. 20 people milling around, 25 wines out there, everybody votes up if they like it, or ignores it.

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by Dan Kravitz
November 11th, 2019, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Tasting with TNs
Replies: 45
Views: 2412

Re: Rhys Tasting with TNs

Hi Frank, Many thanks for the notes on a fabulous tasting. Do I understand the scoring? Everybody basically voted up or down on every wine; if up, they put a dot on the bag; if down they didn't? How many total people attended? I understand your conflict. Hard to concentrate over that many wines in a...
by Dan Kravitz
November 10th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 515
Views: 27863

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

John, There were some very specific targets here. Airbus is France, Germany, UK and Spain and they were hit the hardest. If the inclusion of English wine is a thigh-slapper, especially with bubbly excluded, then clothing is not (Burberry was not insignificant in the U.S.). And above and beyond aircr...
by Dan Kravitz
November 10th, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Buying and Consuming BURGUNDY
Replies: 132
Views: 13362

Re: Thoughts on Buying and Consuming BURGUNDY

I have limits both on time and frankness in continuing to post on this thread, but here's one more: Shay, I cannot give you more than a smattering of more specific recommendations. As far as style, wines from my recommended vineyards are all over the map. A few specifics: Non-commercial post: I have...
by Dan Kravitz
November 9th, 2019, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Buying and Consuming BURGUNDY
Replies: 132
Views: 13362

Re: Thoughts on Buying and Consuming BURGUNDY

Michael,

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You are drinking really really good Champagne!!!

And if you just bought some DRC, obviously your average Burg price will blow by your average Champagne price, effective immediately.

Enjoy.

Dan Kravitz
by Dan Kravitz
November 9th, 2019, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Buying and Consuming BURGUNDY
Replies: 132
Views: 13362

Re: Thoughts on Buying and Consuming BURGUNDY

Michael, Unless you're drinking only Tete de Cuvee Champagnes, you're drinking cheap Burgundy [wink.gif] Agreed with Marcus that Piedmont and Burgundy are different wines... even apples and oranges different. However I can see them serving similar roles at the table. I would hate to give up either c...
by Dan Kravitz
November 9th, 2019, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 515
Views: 27863

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Jud: Thanks for the kind words. to all: I don't want to whine. Regardless of what happens with my business, my family and I will be fine. The people I've had to lay off will all find employment. Nobody has suffered more than a moderate financial setback... literally billions of people are in worse s...
by Dan Kravitz
November 8th, 2019, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping companies hates me
Replies: 60
Views: 2409

Re: Shipping companies hates me

Our FEDEX driver loves us because he loves our dog, and our dog loves him and the cookies he brings. Doesn't matter to him if it's four boxes of white anchovies in one package weighing 5 pounds or four boxes of wine weighing 35 - 55 pounds (the latter if it's Champagne or wine bottled in war clubs)....
by Dan Kravitz
November 8th, 2019, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100
Replies: 45
Views: 2046

Re: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100

Haven't read the thread links, but I've been buying and loving Domaine de Chevalier for many decades. Thinking hard about cracking the first bottle of my case of 2005 as it is now getting cool here in Maine.

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by Dan Kravitz
November 8th, 2019, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 515
Views: 27863

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Markus, I have been in negotiations to sell the business to long-time employees. I really want to keep working part time, because I love selling good wine at fair prices and at 73 years of age I enjoy good health. I actually had a date of October 15th established to make an agreement with willing, i...
by Dan Kravitz
November 8th, 2019, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 515
Views: 27863

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Actually, reading as well as I can, it looks like most French cheeses escape. But it's so weird... Roquefort is not subject to the tariff, but apparently all other French blues cheese are. I don't see truffles or Foie Gras. Is this an effeteist conspiracy??? Champagne, truffles, foie gras, roquefort...
by Dan Kravitz
November 7th, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Paul Pernot et ses Fils Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos des Folatières
Replies: 6
Views: 361

Re: TN: 2012 Paul Pernot et ses Fils Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos des Folatières

With my very limited experience, I find '12 a fine to great vintage for white Burgundy, assuming no premox. Stern, firm, balanced and classic, it reminds me a little of '95.

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by Dan Kravitz
November 7th, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys
Replies: 70
Views: 4199

Re: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys

Greg, I know that Parker was buying wines to review later than that, I can't remember details but I think in the early 90s he would sometimes ask me to pick up something for him and he paid me for it. Of course the WS can't review everything, there are well over a million wines bottled for sale ever...
by Dan Kravitz
November 7th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who knows Jurançon Sec?
Replies: 13
Views: 774

Re: Who knows Jurançon Sec?

I am also a fan. I import a wonderfully bizarre wine from the south of France that is a blend of 50/50 Petit Manseng and Chenin Blanc. If anybody's interested, please PM me (I won't post on the public thread).

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by Dan Kravitz
November 6th, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines from a California old wines & old vines dinner in Oakland
Replies: 12
Views: 1322

Re: Wines from a California old wines & old vines dinner in Oakland

Seeing Harbor brings back great memories. Charles Myers was a great winemaker and a great man. I sold his wines for a while (or rather represented them and tried to sell them with just a few successes). I may have learned more about wine from him than from any other single person. One evening I cook...
by Dan Kravitz
November 6th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100
Replies: 45
Views: 2046

Re: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100

Why are you buying in London? Especially now... you say you'll wait out the tariffs, but that could be two days or two decades. Lanessan 1990, 1996, 2000 and 2005 are all available stateside for half the price you are willing to pay. The 1990 was fabulous earlier this year. Sociando Mallet is anothe...
by Dan Kravitz
November 6th, 2019, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amazing Rhones - so good, it ended with a Climax
Replies: 61
Views: 2693

Re: Amazing Rhones - so good, it ended with a Climax

You can drink Burgs with anyone with an 8 figure (or higher) net worth.

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by Dan Kravitz
November 5th, 2019, 8:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys
Replies: 70
Views: 4199

Re: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys

Commercial post: My company sends samples to the Wine Spectator. Some are reviewed, some are not. I agree that the Wine Spectator continues to have a great deal of influence on the American wine market. I have no idea if they give preference to advertisers in selecting what to review. They claim to ...
by Dan Kravitz
November 5th, 2019, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 515
Views: 27863

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Many thanks to David B for his knowledgeable comments. For people in the position of some ITB board members, me definitely included, you are a wonderful resource. I am grateful for your comments. Please continue to reply as specific things come up.

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by Dan Kravitz
November 5th, 2019, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to Explain Auction Prices of Terrible Wines?
Replies: 31
Views: 2051

Re: How to Explain Auction Prices of Terrible Wines?

Lemmings

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by Dan Kravitz
November 3rd, 2019, 7:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys
Replies: 70
Views: 4199

Re: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys

OK, Rhys is new and limited.

Mount Eden is an historically great winery. Their 'second label', Domaine Eden, was served at the Merkel - Wettin wedding, which got some press. The wines are probably available in about 25 states. What is the excuse here? This is shoddy.

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by Dan Kravitz
November 3rd, 2019, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys
Replies: 70
Views: 4199

Re: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys

There is a precise grand total of exactly one Pinot Noir from the Santa Cruz Mountains, California's greatest terroir for the grape... 2014 Black Ridge, rated 89. I have never heard of them, no surprise even though I am a Santa Cruz Mountain fanatic. Not only no Rhys, but no Mount Eden, Thomas Fogar...
by Dan Kravitz
November 2nd, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mostly fine Pinot with some excellent and bad outliers
Replies: 0
Views: 504

Mostly fine Pinot with some excellent and bad outliers

2013 Chaleur Estate Blanc – An excellent example of what is usually a wonderful wine. There is more Sauvignon Blanc and less Semillon character than I remember. The aromas are mostly ripe white fruit, with touches of hay and grass. The palate is rich, almost unctuous, but with plenty of balancing ac...
by Dan Kravitz
November 2nd, 2019, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 515
Views: 27863

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

to David Bueker, Is it possible that they simply are not looking at shipments to consumers, only commercial shipments? Just waving through shipments of 12 - 60 bottles and looking at pallets and containers? Despite being itb, I know almost nothing about customs and clearance. When I started the busi...
by Dan Kravitz
November 1st, 2019, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 515
Views: 27863

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Todd,

Sorry for the political post provoked by William's post.

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by Dan Kravitz
October 31st, 2019, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 515
Views: 27863

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Alan, This is theologically subtle. Under American law, you have flexibility of 1.5%, but not if you cross the 14% barrier! Then there is zero flexibility. Under French law, you have flexibility of 0.5%, they don't care about 14%. Last year the U.S. sensibly, finally changed the definition of 'table...
by Dan Kravitz
October 31st, 2019, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where are the Most off the beaten path and interesting vineyards
Replies: 42
Views: 2136

Re: Where are the Most off the beaten path and interesting vineyards

Marco Maiocco mentioned Carema. Been there, love that. But someplace a step beyond that I highly recommend... not-exactly-commercial-post: I would go further to Aosta. I import wines from this region. If you drive from France to Italy through the Mont Blanc tunnel, as soon as you get out, there are ...
by Dan Kravitz
October 31st, 2019, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 515
Views: 27863

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

The problem for me and other importers specialized in affected wines from France, Spain and German is that I foresee most consumers as being unwilling to pay. If a $20 wine is suddenly $25, then the consumer is more likely to try a different $20 wine than to pay $25 without searching for alternative...
by Dan Kravitz
October 30th, 2019, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 121
Views: 3371

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

Yes. I am really sad that I can't enjoy fine white Burgundy at 10 - 20 years of age. I substitute with Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnays, Savennieres, Roussannes from the south of France, Alsace and Alto Adige Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris, but of course they are not the same. I love fresh white wine wit...
by Dan Kravitz
October 30th, 2019, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where are the Most off the beaten path and interesting vineyards
Replies: 42
Views: 2136

Re: Where are the Most off the beaten path and interesting vineyards

to Jason T, "What did you think of the wines of Crete in comparison to Santorini?" Really tough question as there are so many wines in Crete and so few in Santorini, but I would have to say that the best Santorini wines are still better. However on Crete, things are improving. Lyrarakis has some out...
by Dan Kravitz
October 30th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 515
Views: 27863

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

William, I am sorry about your bill. I managed to stop some shipments, but as much of my business is with distributors that put my wines on their own containers I'm getting hit regularly as shipments of from 1 - 10 pallets on their containers come in and we negotiate spreading the pain. In most case...
by Dan Kravitz
October 30th, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where are the Most off the beaten path and interesting vineyards
Replies: 42
Views: 2136

Re: Where are the Most off the beaten path and interesting vineyards

Great question, lots of great answers. For California, the Santa Cruz Mountains are hard to beat. You need appointments to visit some of the best producers. Mount Eden is an all-time favorite. Please note that if you get an appointment at Mount Eden, do not trust the driving time given on Google Map...
by Dan Kravitz
October 29th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 515
Views: 27863

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

My business cannot afford to absorb these tariffs. Apparently some divisions of the multinational drinks companies have assured their American distributors that their prices would not change, meaning that the importers are absorbing the hit. If you're big and diversified enough, I guess you can affo...
by Dan Kravitz
October 28th, 2019, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Pegau - Not a TN, a comment about pricing
Replies: 53
Views: 3611

Re: 2017 Pegau - Not a TN, a comment about pricing

Good for you, and thank you for appreciating Pegau.

Right now, there is virtually no availability below $60 at retail, at least on Wine-Searcher.

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by Dan Kravitz
October 28th, 2019, 6:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 163
Views: 6270

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

In general, deserts don't burn, because there is very little there to burn. Forested hills above deserts are another story. Deserts that are artificially packed tightly with flammable materials are also another story. Whether or not you consider areas made more flammable by human intervention a nega...
by Dan Kravitz
October 28th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Pegau - Not a TN, a comment about pricing
Replies: 53
Views: 3611

Re: 2017 Pegau - Not a TN, a comment about pricing

to Charlie Carnes, As the importer, I don't ever want to say anything bad about Pegau, but yes, there is brett. It ranges from completely imperceptible (at least to me, like the 2015) to overwhelming (2008). And of course, as always with brett, there is bottle-to-bottle variation. If you are hyperse...
by Dan Kravitz
October 27th, 2019, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fave Champagne stopper?
Replies: 37
Views: 1472

Re: Fave Champagne stopper?

By the way, my recommendation is serious. I've used them for decades. So much better to have the stopper inside the bottle than on top. They may not work with all shapes of Champagne bottles, but if these cheap soda stoppers fit yours, your Champagne will retain fizz for a week or more. Dan Kravitz
by Dan Kravitz
October 26th, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fave Champagne stopper?
Replies: 37
Views: 1472

Re: Fave Champagne stopper?

to Danius Barzdukas:

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by Dan Kravitz
October 26th, 2019, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What US State Grows Your Favorite Grapes?
Replies: 6
Views: 374

Re: What US State Grows Your Favorite Grapes?

Cab: Washington
Pinot Noir: California
Zinfandel: California
red blends: Washington
Sauvignon Blanc: California
Riesling: New York
Semillon: Washington
Rkatsiteli: New York

I'm not a big Merlot fan and have too little experience with American Syrah.

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by Dan Kravitz
October 26th, 2019, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Chateau La Louviere Pessac-Leognan Blanc
Replies: 0
Views: 199

2010 Chateau La Louviere Pessac-Leognan Blanc

This is the oldest white I’ve ever had under screwcap. Light to medium gold color, looks less than 9 years old. The aromas are enticing, fresh, with notes of lemon, hay, cactus flower and ground coriander seed. The palate is also fresh and balanced, but the flavors are a little dull; the hay has bee...
by Dan Kravitz
October 26th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you going to stop buying European tariff affected winei
Replies: 81
Views: 3953

Re: Are you going to stop buying European tariff affected winei

to Jeremy Holmes, Many thanks for your note, insights and good wishes. I agree with some of what you wrote, not with other parts. I am going to gauge the market for the wines from my mid to upper range wines from Burgundy, Savoie and Bordeaux. I have some stocks, I'm not increasing prices but am ask...
by Dan Kravitz
October 26th, 2019, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fave Champagne stopper?
Replies: 37
Views: 1472

Re: Fave Champagne stopper?

Cheap too, and easily replaceable.

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