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by Dan Kravitz
January 17th, 2020, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1114
Views: 57745

Re: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

As mentioned, the additional tariffs can go into effect at any time. The only thing legally required is the signature of the President on the appropriate piece of paper. A period of 120 days from the previous imposition is customary but not mandatory.

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by Dan Kravitz
January 11th, 2020, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Goerge DuBoeuf
Replies: 1
Views: 271

RIP Goerge DuBoeuf

Not a great admirer of his wines, but an admirer of the man.

Bojolay Noovo was then. This is now.

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by Dan Kravitz
January 11th, 2020, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 32
Views: 1946

Re: 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape

PS: In response to overwhelming demand (2 posters IIRC), I hereby disclose the food match for this Chateauneuf: Chicken pot pie. A wine and food match made in heaven for a Maine winter evening. Do not try this in Florida in August. Sally had major surgery last month (she's doing well now), but is st...
by Dan Kravitz
January 11th, 2020, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 32
Views: 1946

Re: 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Thanks to all who answered. My comment about 'reasonable' alcohol was part troll for the low-alc folks and part a serious comment. I don't care if my wine is 7% or 17% alcohol, as long as it is balanced. This wine was balanced. The troll was for the first phrase of the sentence, the serious part abo...
by Dan Kravitz
January 10th, 2020, 6:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fat Cork- A great new Champagne retailer
Replies: 30
Views: 1941

Re: Fat Cork- A great new Champagne retailer

Chuck,

WA may have high taxes, but when it comes to Champagne pricing, they are a small pimple on the ass of Godzilla, ie, irrelevant.

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by Dan Kravitz
January 10th, 2020, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1114
Views: 57745

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

There are an almost infinite number of permutations here. If it's Boeing vs American wine importers, Boeing wins. It it's Boeing vs the entire European agriculture and luxury industry, it's closer to a level playing field. Please remember that the EU combined is a larger economy than the US. Even af...
by Dan Kravitz
January 10th, 2020, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 32
Views: 1946

2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Non-commercial post: I imported this wine, about 5 cases. The grower produces mostly Cotes du Rhone. This was the last vintage I imported. I liked the people and the wines, but they were not commercially viable for my business. There have been a lot of comments in a recent thread about the 2007 vint...
by Dan Kravitz
January 7th, 2020, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1114
Views: 57745

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

Mr. Earles, Please explain to me what skin Facebook has in this game? I am also a little puzzled by the mention of Google and Microsoft in your post. I understand the interest of Boeing, but I apologize for my ignorance about the involvement of the other mentioned corporations. I should also point o...
by Dan Kravitz
January 5th, 2020, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your favorite part of drinkin Bubbly?
Replies: 17
Views: 839

Re: What's your favorite part of drinkin Bubbly?

It gets me, or you (or him or her or them) drunk really fast champagne.gif neener flirtysmile grouphug [rofl.gif]
These facts have been alluded to in other posts.

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by Dan Kravitz
January 5th, 2020, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ok to ship FedEx Ground from east coast to west coast this time of the year?
Replies: 41
Views: 1425

Re: Ok to ship FedEx Ground from east coast to west coast this time of the year?

Even I wouldn't want to ship 3 day from Seattle to Maine through Spokane, Malta, Williston, Minot and Grand Forks.

But all the other routes look fine.

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by Dan Kravitz
January 4th, 2020, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then
Replies: 131
Views: 5082

Re: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then

As mentioned, my Chateauneuf experience is so skewed to Pegau that I hesitate to comment about vintages in general. About a year ago, I posed on 33 vintages of Pegau, ranking them from 1 - 10 (1 the worst), trying very hard to average 5.5 (a true average) and coming very close. Obviously what's true...
by Dan Kravitz
January 3rd, 2020, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ok to ship FedEx Ground from east coast to west coast this time of the year?
Replies: 41
Views: 1425

Re: Ok to ship FedEx Ground from east coast to west coast this time of the year?

I just approved shipping from St Louis to Maine ground service, to leave early next week. to Larry Link, I am sorry about your experience, but in my opinion this is extremely rare, for the following reason(s): YLee, you wrote: "Wine that has about 13ish% alcohol freezes around 20 degrees F." This se...
by Dan Kravitz
January 1st, 2020, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two great California Cabs at a quarter century
Replies: 6
Views: 1076

Re: Two great California Cabs at a quarter century

Slight correction:

The 1994 Mount Eden Cabernet Sauvignon is Old Vine Reserve. I didn't notice last night on the somewhat moldy label, but did today.

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by Dan Kravitz
December 31st, 2019, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then
Replies: 131
Views: 5082

Re: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then

Once again, my comments are mostly about Pegau because that's what I know best. Yes, I drink other CdPs, for pleasure and knowledge, but not enough to think of myself as an expert. For Pegau, I consider 2003 and 2007 both fine (not great) vintages, I prefer 2003. In general, based on about 6 - 8 oth...
by Dan Kravitz
December 31st, 2019, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two great California Cabs at a quarter century
Replies: 6
Views: 1076

Two great California Cabs at a quarter century

Chuck and Bonnie were over for an early New Year’s Eve dinner. It’s celebratory… not for the New Year. Sally isn’t here, but will be at noon on Thursday after almost four weeks away (I was with her much of the time) and a vast amount of medical stuff, all of which has thankfully gone well. She doesn...
by Dan Kravitz
December 30th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Wine Tasting Room rule
Replies: 13
Views: 1463

Re: Napa Wine Tasting Room rule

$5 million to build a winery? I looked into this in France. The wine from my 28 acres is made at the local cooperative, which has custom crush capabilities, but I was curious. To build on land I already owned, with a test drill indicating water was available not too far down, my total cost, includin...
by Dan Kravitz
December 30th, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then
Replies: 131
Views: 5082

Re: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then

Thanks to all for the interest in Pegau. I can shed light on some of the questions raised. Here's background: I first visited Pegau in March, 1988. Some of the 1985 had already been sold in bulk, but there were still (IIRC) 5 foudres in the cellar. I tasted them all. In theory they were all the same...
by Dan Kravitz
December 29th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then
Replies: 131
Views: 5082

Re: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then

Vineyard practices are right up there to wit: Field blends, multiple harvest passes, green harvest, leaf thinning, biodynamic, machine or hand harvest, sorting techniques, time from picking to crushing, transport, etc. to Arv R: Thank you so much for emphasizing what's important. Sure, you can ruin...
by Dan Kravitz
December 29th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: In Memoriam: A Tribute to my best friend, Claudine Kargere
Replies: 52
Views: 2275

Re: In Memoriam: A Tribute to my best friend, Claudine Kargere

I am grateful and amazed at the response to my post. It was important to me to write carefully, as much to preserve my memories of Claudine as to encourage people to read this. I am astonished at almost 2000 views and almost 50 replies, all of them supportive. I also have received some replies by PM...
by Dan Kravitz
December 28th, 2019, 5:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 2
Views: 357

1997 Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon

Medium dark ruby color to the rim. The aromas are muted on opening but quickly come forward with black currant and red plums. The palate is medium-bodied with a pleasing texture, tannins almost fully resolved but with enough acidity and grip to make for fine balance. The flavors are rather simplisti...
by Dan Kravitz
December 27th, 2019, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then
Replies: 131
Views: 5082

Re: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then

I have to say that my knowledge of Chateauneuf is mostly based on Pegau. Having said that, and with only a few other producers to compare so far, IMO 2016 is the best vintage since 1989. For me, 2001 is truly excellent, but slightly below 1998 overall (I've probably had about 15 different bottlings ...
by Dan Kravitz
December 27th, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1114
Views: 57745

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

The current administration's tariffs are designed to hurt the four countries that are part of the Airbus consortium and also designed to hurt Blue states.

European tariffs are designed to hurt Red states and swing states.

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by Dan Kravitz
December 26th, 2019, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Everybody wants a wine to show well . . .
Replies: 23
Views: 1424

Re: Everybody wants a wine to show well . . .

Sick = palate off
Antibiotics = palate off
Thanksgorging season - palate off

Plan accordingly.
Pace yourself.

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by Dan Kravitz
December 26th, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Robert Hunter Malbec, Sonoma
Replies: 0
Views: 246

2012 Robert Hunter Malbec, Sonoma

Medium deep ruby color. The aromas are classic, featuring violets and blackberries, with some red fruit hints. The palate is medium to full-bodied, the substantial tannins are mostly resolved. There is reasonable density, hints of spice (ground coriander seed) and pleasing intensity of mostly black ...
by Dan Kravitz
December 26th, 2019, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bizarro Wine Cartoon
Replies: 21
Views: 3453

Re: Bizarro Wine Cartoon

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by Dan Kravitz
December 26th, 2019, 6:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corkage according to the value of your bottle
Replies: 90
Views: 5074

Re: Corkage according to the value of your bottle

The correct glassware for two buck chuck is a jelly jar, but it has to have an enameled cartoon character on it. Bugs Bunny will enhance the flavor of your wine far better than Mickey Mouse, and Superman will flat-out ruin it. When I lived in Virginia a million years ago, there was a restaurant in M...
by Dan Kravitz
December 25th, 2019, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then
Replies: 131
Views: 5082

Re: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then

commercial post: I import Pegau to most of the United States. If you ask Paul or Laurence Feraud the 'secret' of the quality of Pegau, they willingly divulge it: The grapes are grown and wine is made exactly as it was in the late 1800s. Of course the current fermenting tanks were installed between 1...
by Dan Kravitz
December 25th, 2019, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Everybody wants a wine to show well . . .
Replies: 23
Views: 1424

Re: Everybody wants a wine to show well . . .

Just (let it) breathe! That's my default solution and it's a good one. If it's too young, let it breathe a lot. If it should be at peak, but it's sullen, decant it and give it an hour. If it's too old and seems too old, still let it breathe. My own version of Audouze is to open the wine 24 hours ahe...
by Dan Kravitz
December 25th, 2019, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: In Memoriam: A Tribute to my best friend, Claudine Kargere
Replies: 52
Views: 2275

In Memoriam: A Tribute to my best friend, Claudine Kargere

Very long post. My gratitude to anybody who reads this. Claudine died this month. Few if any people who read this will have had the good luck to meet her. She was unique, a kind and gentle wild child; a soul filled with love and mischief. When I called her my best friend, people would ask me: Your b...
by Dan Kravitz
December 23rd, 2019, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Foris Pinot Gris, Rogue Valley Oregon
Replies: 3
Views: 278

Re: 2017 Foris Pinot Gris, Rogue Valley Oregon

Jason,

It opened a little sullen, I'm now on 2nd day and it gets better with air.

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by Dan Kravitz
December 23rd, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Foris Pinot Gris, Rogue Valley Oregon
Replies: 3
Views: 278

2017 Foris Pinot Gris, Rogue Valley Oregon

Pale gold color, light for Pinot Gris. The aromas are ripe, almost heavy, featuring honeysuckle, a hint of rose, a hint of ginger. The palate is moderately rich, lacking the oiliness of much Alsace Pinot Gris, but far closer to that model than to anything from Italy, even Alto Adige. The texture doe...
by Dan Kravitz
December 19th, 2019, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1114
Views: 57745

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

Long live the corporates! Despite the talk that small-business is the business of the US, modern life has been taken over more-and-more by corporations, so I am not surprised if this not a ploy to help them. Larger begets larger. Are the larger importers (and possibly retailers) actually behind lob...
by Dan Kravitz
December 19th, 2019, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1114
Views: 57745

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

The mostly-unnoticed situation here is that this is hugely (intentional use of word) and intentionally skewed towards eliminating small businesses and handing their market share, by brute force, to big corporations and multinationals that can afford to both finance the tariffs and wait it out. Don'...
by Dan Kravitz
December 19th, 2019, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gary V. Again.
Replies: 36
Views: 4161

Re: Gary V. Again.

Michael Feldman wrote:
December 18th, 2019, 5:53 pm
On further research (GaryV.com) it would appear that he grew Wine Library from his father’s liquor store. Not sure if hype or if true.
True. I was ITB and watched as the business and store grew.

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by Dan Kravitz
December 18th, 2019, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gary V. Again.
Replies: 36
Views: 4161

Re: Gary V. Again.

I'm sure that as President, Gary V is a salaried employee of Wine Library. I have never heard that he and his family are not the owners. One does not preclude the other.

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by Dan Kravitz
December 18th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux Night: 78 Margaux, 2000 Palmer, 89 Montrose, 96/98 Calon Segur
Replies: 12
Views: 736

Re: Bordeaux Night: 78 Margaux, 2000 Palmer, 89 Montrose, 96/98 Calon Segur

Great notes, and useful.

I have an untapped case of '00 Palmer (actually Sally has one, but I am the sommelier). Was thinking about dipping in. Will wait.

Anybody have any recent notes on the '99?

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by Dan Kravitz
December 18th, 2019, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1114
Views: 57745

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

I can zest an orange and dissect a chicken as fast as I can carve a duck. Plus, my son owns a home only 45 miles west of Washington, and I'm sure he will give me an advantageous rent on his basement apartment. Count me in!

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by Dan Kravitz
December 18th, 2019, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1114
Views: 57745

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

I can carve Peking Duck as fast and as accurately as anybody you've ever seen!

And I can safely assume that the salary Victor pays will easily cover the cost of my new New York lodgings. [thankyou.gif]

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by Dan Kravitz
December 18th, 2019, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1114
Views: 57745

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

Neal and David, Thanks for the Good Thoughts. My business is fragile right now. We're planning for the worst: On the day the 100% tariffs hit, I will go into liquidation (which as you know is not the same as bankruptcy). I could not survive even 6 months of that. As previously stated, I'm not Crying...
by Dan Kravitz
December 18th, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1114
Views: 57745

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

Wine is not a "pyramid scheme". It is a beverage produced from an agricultural product. The wine industry in this country has problems that go far beyond tariffs. In a nutshell, per-capita consumption has been dropping. Not by much, but still. There is some talk that younger people are simply drink...
by Dan Kravitz
December 17th, 2019, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1114
Views: 57745

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

If Donald Trump does everything he says he is going to do, why is there not a 30 foot wall from Gulf to Shining Sea?

This is not a political comment, it is a question.

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by Dan Kravitz
December 17th, 2019, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1114
Views: 57745

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

Victor Hong wrote:
December 16th, 2019, 7:02 pm
I was being sarcastic.
Victor, I'm shocked, shocked... you, sarcastic? Almost impossible to imagine.

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by Dan Kravitz
December 16th, 2019, 6:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1114
Views: 57745

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

60% of the wine sold in the U.S. is from California. Add in at least another 20% from other states. Take into account that if European wine goes up in price, wines from the U.S. and the southern hemisphere will see big sales increases. The distributors, who have no national power, don't give a rat's...
by Dan Kravitz
December 16th, 2019, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Everyday whites
Replies: 1
Views: 380

Everyday whites

I am trapped in a Boston hotel. The city is obviously not a wine desert, but I can't travel much, dealing with Family Stuff. Mostly drinking my own wines, at the hotel and in restaurants, but have run out of whites, so here's notes on a few basics: 2018 Bordeaux Blanc Jean-Marc Barthez – This has a ...
by Dan Kravitz
December 15th, 2019, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wife Just Got A Case of Wine Delivered, Am I alllowed to look?
Replies: 56
Views: 2304

Re: Wife Just Got A Case of Wine Delivered, Am I alllowed to look?

No.

NOYFB.

But it's too late.

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by Dan Kravitz
December 14th, 2019, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1114
Views: 57745

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

Wine is not a "pyramid scheme". It is a beverage produced from an agricultural product. The wine industry in this country has problems that go far beyond tariffs. In a nutshell, per-capita consumption has been dropping. Not by much, but still. There is some talk that younger people are simply drinki...
by Dan Kravitz
December 14th, 2019, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1114
Views: 57745

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

to jbray, The administration has not started a serious trade war with Europe... yet. A 100% tariff on all European wines and foods would be a huge deal for international commerce (it would put me out of business instantly, ending the jobs of my 9 remaining employees), but I don't find the rest of yo...
by Dan Kravitz
December 13th, 2019, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1114
Views: 57745

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

'Embraer' not 'Embrair'. I think it's short for Em presas Br asileiros Aer onauticos. David, you wrote: "European wine and food is not truly fungible with U.S. products, even at the same qualitative level." I disagree. If the preferred product at the same quality level costs twice as much as the les...
by Dan Kravitz
December 10th, 2019, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top ten wine producing countries ranked in million tonnes between 1961 - 2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1056

Re: Top ten wine producing countries ranked in million tonnes between 1961 - 2018

Greg, you wrote: "desert nomads in the vast desert regions, who tended to fight with each other now and then, even though they were all moslem." [inquisition.gif] In Europe, different tribes tended to fight with each other now and then, even though they were all christian. Seems some of them were Ca...

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