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by Dan Kravitz
March 30th, 2020, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nice article by wine writer Laura Ness on Ken Burnap and Jeff Emery of Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard
Replies: 25
Views: 639

Re: Nice article by wine writer Laura Ness on Ken Burnap and Jeff Emery of Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard

I am reading this and crying in my beer. I've been a huge fan of SCMV almost literally forever. I was in California three weeks ago, was going to have dinner with my friend Barry Jackson who has a winery a block from the complex that has SCMV. The idea was we would have dinner and maybe get to visit...
by Dan Kravitz
March 29th, 2020, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Non-commercial but emotional post, long – a Greek wine
Replies: 6
Views: 510

Non-commercial but emotional post, long – a Greek wine

Being a small-d democrat, I’ve loved Greece forever, after all they invented my favorite form of government. First tasted Greek wines in my ‘teens. I don’t remember what, but it had to be Boutari, as they dominated the market. The wines were OK or better, but not where I was focused. Attention retur...
by Dan Kravitz
March 29th, 2020, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Lopez Heredia - deal or no deal
Replies: 7
Views: 547

Re: 2005 Lopez Heredia - deal or no deal

Sorry, also (probably better deal) 2005 Tondonia for EUR 64.

Obviously my scheduled trip is postponed indefinitely. This is a European restaurant price.

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by Dan Kravitz
March 29th, 2020, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Lopez Heredia - deal or no deal
Replies: 7
Views: 547

2005 Lopez Heredia - deal or no deal

On a European wine listw:

2005 López De Heredia ''Viña Bosconia-Reserva'' 58 euros

I should be there in a month or so, but of course I won't be! With perfect luck, this fall.

Whaddaya think?

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by Dan Kravitz
March 27th, 2020, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Sandlands Refosco (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 14
Views: 419

Re: TN: 2017 Sandlands Refosco (USA, California, Napa Valley)

to Tom Hill, Thanks for enlightening this poor old soul! I've heard for half a century that Refosco and Mondeuse (Mon Dieu! It's a Mongoose!) are the same grape. Having just Googled this I now learn from another reliable source that they are in fact different. Over the decades I've sold a bit of Mon...
by Dan Kravitz
March 27th, 2020, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France
Replies: 52
Views: 1333

Re: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France

Haven't read the whole thread, but on the whole I approve. The term had no legal definition... I'm quite surprised that Gallo Hearty Burgundy, Franzia Chablis, Apothic Cabernet Sauvignon and Middle Sister Pinot Grigio are not currently labeled 'natural', which, unless I'm mistaken, they could be tod...
by Dan Kravitz
March 26th, 2020, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...
Replies: 58
Views: 4549

Re: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...

Maine is allowing retail wine sales by restaurants. Haven't seen any screaming bargains yet, but one local place is offering a bottle of the wine from my vineyard for $25. It's the better of my two bottlings and that's about average retail price. I think this is a good idea, I just hope enough resta...
by Dan Kravitz
March 26th, 2020, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hacks for evaluating current release wine
Replies: 39
Views: 1547

Re: Hacks for evaluating current release wine

Markus, When I began drinking wine, red Bordeaux was the world standard. In fact, I almost named my business 'The Red Bordeaux Wine Company' because it was then over 90% of what I sold. I'm very glad I didn't go there, it's now about 1% of sales. France was the unquestioned center of the world of wi...
by Dan Kravitz
March 26th, 2020, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hacks for evaluating current release wine
Replies: 39
Views: 1547

Re: Hacks for evaluating current release wine

Markus, I use 'Atlantic varietals' as shorthand for the red Bordeaux grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet France, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Carmenere. With Bierzo 150 miles from the Atlantic (Ribeira Sacra and Valdeorras are a little closer), I don't think I would call Mencia an 'Atlantic' grape...
by Dan Kravitz
March 26th, 2020, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN:2017 Produttori Langhe Nebbiolo - New Balloons
Replies: 4
Views: 313

Re: TN:2017 Produttori Langhe Nebbiolo - New Balloons

It's an odd descriptor for what could possibly be mercaptans?

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by Dan Kravitz
March 25th, 2020, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hacks for evaluating current release wine
Replies: 39
Views: 1547

Re: Hacks for evaluating current release wine

to Will Vetzi, I like young wines, especially if they are not impenetrably tannic. But most of my greatest wine experiences have been wines with secondary characteristics, a subtlety and length that simply does not happen any other way. Of course I'm old, but I noticed this when I was young and my t...
by Dan Kravitz
March 25th, 2020, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hacks for evaluating current release wine
Replies: 39
Views: 1547

Re: Hacks for evaluating current release wine

I don't use the glass a day for four days. My basic technique for Bordeaux or other reds based on Atlantic varietals is to pull the cork, drink an ounce, and revisit 24 hours later, finishing the bottle over the course of an evening. The second taste show some of the potential development, IMO most ...
by Dan Kravitz
March 24th, 2020, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, La Ferme du Mont ‘Cuvee Capelan’
Replies: 4
Views: 298

Re: 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, La Ferme du Mont ‘Cuvee Capelan’

Thanks for the note. Interesting that you liked this better than the 05 Voillot Volnay. Not Apples and Oranges, more like Apples and Pork Chops! I don't compare Volnay and Chateauneuf. What was weird is that the Chateauneuf, based on memory over a few days, was lighter and lacier than the Volnay. Y...
by Dan Kravitz
March 23rd, 2020, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, La Ferme du Mont ‘Cuvee Capelan’
Replies: 4
Views: 298

2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, La Ferme du Mont ‘Cuvee Capelan’

Seems like a good time to revisit the topic… it’s snowing in Maine and we ain’t goin’ nowhere. Dense ruby color with slight bricking at the edges. The aromas feature very ripe red plums, concomitant alcohol and a lot of refreshing garrigue. The label reads 14.5% alcohol, which doesn’t make sense to ...
by Dan Kravitz
March 22nd, 2020, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Volnay
Replies: 9
Views: 852

Re: 2005 Volnay

refrigerated the bottle and finished today. Much better, thank you. The slight loss of freshness more than compensated by the better softness, breadth and subtlety. Rated 90.5 tonight. Really lovely with the used meat loaf. IIRC I have two more in the basement, penciled in for 2024 at the earliest. ...
by Dan Kravitz
March 21st, 2020, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Volnay
Replies: 9
Views: 852

2005 Volnay

2005 Voillot Volnay 1er Cru ‘Fremiets’ – Healthy medium garnet color to the rim. Aromas feature strong red cherries and more than a touch of sous-bois. This looks and smells much younger than 15 years. The palate is equally young and firm. The cherries are still foremost, there is surprising vigor a...
by Dan Kravitz
March 20th, 2020, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Mount Eden Chardonnay Estate, Santa Cruz Mountains
Replies: 13
Views: 667

Re: 2010 Mount Eden Chardonnay Estate, Santa Cruz Mountains

Kevin, When you say the 2013 was a little more advanced, do you mean just color or also aromas and flavors? I find that Mount Eden Chardonnays pick up color faster than top Burgundy used to and also faster than other top California Chardonnays, but that this does not affect aromas, flavors or longev...
by Dan Kravitz
March 18th, 2020, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Video Offline, tonight, 7pm PDT - JOIN US!
Replies: 54
Views: 1358

Re: Video Offline, tonight, 7pm PDT - JOIN US!

Todd,

Waaah!

That's 10PM East Coast time.

People have time at home. I love the idea, but can we please move it up by at least an hour next time?

Thank you.


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by Dan Kravitz
March 17th, 2020, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 EMH Black Cat Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Replies: 18
Views: 993

Re: 2004 EMH Black Cat Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

And just realized that it was 7 years almost to the day since my last bottle (depends on how you count Leap Days). Now I want to find a vertical and learn how this develops, but with the tiny production, it's probably not easy.

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by Dan Kravitz
March 17th, 2020, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle
Replies: 144
Views: 9239

Re: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle

So we're apparently going to be hibernating for a while, I'll dumpster dive in the basement for more good wine. I hate to drink great wine by myself (I'm back home, but Sally is essentially not drinking), but will be contributing to this thread for a while to come.

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by Dan Kravitz
March 17th, 2020, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 EMH Black Cat Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Replies: 18
Views: 993

Re: 2004 EMH Black Cat Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

OK, corrected my title from 7 years ago to avoid confusion. I actually did not know that there is also a winery named 'Black Cat' and hadn't really focused on Merrill's winery being named EMH. So I opened my last bottle last night with friends who provided the 2010 Mount Eden Chardonnay, a very grea...
by Dan Kravitz
March 16th, 2020, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle
Replies: 144
Views: 9239

Re: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle

Saw this thread after I posted on the 2010 Mount Eden Chardonnay, guess some precog there. he f I'm at a friend's house. The Mount Eden was her bottle (although it probably came through me). I was the one who brought the 2004 Black Cat Cabernet we also had, which I will post on tomorrow. Three of us...
by Dan Kravitz
March 16th, 2020, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Mount Eden Chardonnay Estate, Santa Cruz Mountains
Replies: 13
Views: 667

2010 Mount Eden Chardonnay Estate, Santa Cruz Mountains

This is very great wine. Medium gold color. The aromas are intense and intricate, featuring bosc pear, kumquat, conifer, and alpine flowers. The texture is incredible, voluptuous but light, thinly coating the mouth with what seems like just a few atoms of glycerine. The flavors mimic the aromas, mor...
by Dan Kravitz
March 15th, 2020, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best overperforming wine you’ve ever had
Replies: 98
Views: 4963

Re: Best overperforming wine you’ve ever had

No contest for first here, but I'll also mention a couple of runners-up: NV Gallo Zinfandel from gallon bottle in 1963. This superb bottling bears huge responsibility for my career, ie, for all of the P*trid Sw*ll I've foisted off on other people over the past 40 years. YMMV. To my eternal shame, I ...
by Dan Kravitz
March 6th, 2020, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying slowdown has commenced, and it shows!
Replies: 23
Views: 2741

Re: Buying slowdown has commenced, and it shows!

I bought 'til I was 65, then kept buying. Only slowing down very recently, because of relative lack of funds, due to lack of sales, due to tariffs. I expect to die with a cellar full of wine, which my heirs will magically transform into money, as they do not drink. The people who pay them money for ...
by Dan Kravitz
March 5th, 2020, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can someone please explain Louis Jadot?
Replies: 136
Views: 10895

Re: Can someone please explain Louis Jadot?

Since we're talking Jadot here, any thoughts on drink dates for the following? I feel like on Burgundy, CT isn't great for dates, for example, I can't imagine that that Beaux Monts is nearing the END of its drinking window 2010 Bonnes Mares 2009 NSG 1er Boudots 2008 GC 1er Clos St Jacques 2008 Vosn...
by Dan Kravitz
February 29th, 2020, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1314
Views: 76496

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

John Morris wrote: "Think there might be a little reclassification/relabeling going on?"

I have been told that it is counterindicated to observe the production of sausage.

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by Dan Kravitz
February 29th, 2020, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Better than OK Chardonnay
Replies: 0
Views: 392

Better than OK Chardonnay

2017 Benziger Sonoma – Driving home, needed to stretch my legs, stopped at a wine store… duhhh. Picked up an Old Reliable. Maybe not quite up to some previous vintages, or maybe I’m getting snobbish. Bright light gold color. Hesitant aromas are pure, with Rome apple, a hint of pear and some mineral....
by Dan Kravitz
February 25th, 2020, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A fantastic adventure at Wine Watch, wine merchant in Fort Lauderdale
Replies: 8
Views: 1088

Re: A fantastic adventure at Wine Watch, wine merchant in Fort Lauderdale

Wine Watch is wonderful, an Atlantic counterpoint to Bern's in Tampa. If there are any other must-taste wine destinations in Florida, please post!

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by Dan Kravitz
February 25th, 2020, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Il Chiosso Gattinara Riserva
Replies: 1
Views: 174

2008 Il Chiosso Gattinara Riserva

A very good wine that sure had me fooled… and I was looking at the label. If I’d had it blind, I would not have guessed Gattinara. I would not have guessed Nebbiolo and with a lot of luck I just might have guessed Piedmont. The very dark color is the first misdirection. Next come the aromas. They ar...
by Dan Kravitz
February 22nd, 2020, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged wine - what am I missing?
Replies: 105
Views: 5856

Re: Aged wine - what am I missing?

to Mike R, Yet one more response, with specific suggestions: 1) Rioja - Without remotely breaking the bank, you can try Reservas (I would suggest Riservas over Gran Reservas) at 10, 20, 30 and even 40 years of age and see what you think. 2) For California, please try Santa Cruz Mountain, or any moun...
by Dan Kravitz
February 22nd, 2020, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise / Michael Skurnik
Replies: 64
Views: 6178

Re: Terry Theise / Michael Skurnik

I know something about the way-back story: From 1982 - 1984 I worked for Gordon Palmateer, who established a wine distributorship in Washington, D.C. under the name Mar-Salle Imports, financed by a distiller of that name in the Midwest. During that time (I would guess 1983) we were approached by Ter...
by Dan Kravitz
February 21st, 2020, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: HDH Auction Move
Replies: 39
Views: 2854

Re: HDH Auction Move

I guess you need an answer from an Attorney admitted to the Bar in the State of Illinois. If I knew, I would tell you for free.

Good luck.

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by Dan Kravitz
February 21st, 2020, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WS: To-Kalon as vineyard vs brand
Replies: 17
Views: 1950

Re: WS: To-Kalon as vineyard vs brand

Does anybody remember when Donn Sebastiani trademarked a brand named 'Domaine Chardonnay', for a wine made from Chenin Blanc and Colombard? That did not work out too well for him. Not sure if it was the ostracism by his neighbors, the threats to burn down his winery or the death threats that caused ...
by Dan Kravitz
February 21st, 2020, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: HDH Auction Move
Replies: 39
Views: 2854

Re: HDH Auction Move

IMO the three tier system is in a period of excruciatingly slow collapse, it will finally take half a century or more. As it is, the incumbents throw everything they can at anybody who tries to bypass the system. I would guess that the state of Illinois and/or many other states simply told HDH that ...
by Dan Kravitz
February 20th, 2020, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?
Replies: 86
Views: 6015

Re: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?

Can't believe I left out Rioja.

I like wine with bottle age and secondary character. Mid-level Crianzas can be found for $10 and abound for ~$11 - 20. For Riservas, add five bucks. Unreal values.

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by Dan Kravitz
February 20th, 2020, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What was your wine board path to Wine Berserkers
Replies: 174
Views: 7517

Re: What was your wine board path to Wine Berserkers

Parker suggested I go on line in the early 'Prodigy' days. I stayed on the Parker board despite the execrable Squires, then migrated when the Parker board was murdered.

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by Dan Kravitz
February 14th, 2020, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?
Replies: 86
Views: 6015

Re: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?

I didn't mention it, but +1 me on old vine Zin. And taking into account global warming, red Bordeaux from basic Appellation, moving through places like Castillon and Fronsac and getting to places like Satellite Saint-Emilion and Graves (not Pessac-Leognan) can be part of the conversation. Dan Kravitz
by Dan Kravitz
February 14th, 2020, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1314
Views: 76496

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

I believe that the 'carousel' for changing tariffs rotates every 120 days, not every six months. Thus today's announcement came ~120 days after October 18th. Also, this is customary. Legally, the occupant of the oval office can declare a national emergency and change the tariffs tomorrow. In theory,...
by Dan Kravitz
February 14th, 2020, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1314
Views: 76496

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2020/february/ustr-revises-75-billion-award-implementation-against-eu-airbus-case That's the Press Release, starting with kudos for our Maximum Leader. From there, you click to read the actual legal Notice of Modification (which de...
by Dan Kravitz
February 14th, 2020, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1314
Views: 76496

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

From a very quick reading of the announcement by the USTR 10 minutes ago, it looks like there is no change to the current tariffs on wines from France and Spain.

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by Dan Kravitz
February 14th, 2020, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?
Replies: 86
Views: 6015

Re: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?

There has been a mention of Languedoc (Roussillon)... Early-on for Lafage. I have a few dozen other Languedoc - Roussillon reccos that I have to prune drastically because I'm the importer, but Chapoutier's Bila Haut, many wines at many different price levels, belongs in the conversation. As does Pue...
by Dan Kravitz
February 12th, 2020, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1314
Views: 76496

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

Nola,

Thanks for the encouragement. I'm not giving up, not even close. If the tariffs go to 100%, that would almost certainly close the doors, but I don't expect that.

Thank you also for your work in helping to avert the worst. I'm doing what I can here as well.

Dan Kravitz
by Dan Kravitz
February 11th, 2020, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I love these American pinot noirs. Maybe only these.
Replies: 80
Views: 5624

Re: I love these American pinot noirs. Maybe only these.

Sean, Many thanks for your correction. Wes is right, I am out of date. I spent a fair amount of time there 10 - 20 years ago and saw much more Chardonnay, did not realize how much Pinot has been planted since then. I am astonished that there are barely 100 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. When you consi...
by Dan Kravitz
February 11th, 2020, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1314
Views: 76496

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

Desperate people will say anything to prove their point. My ox has been gored and may well be dying, but that doesn't mean such ridiculous statements should go unchallenged.

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by Dan Kravitz
February 10th, 2020, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1314
Views: 76496

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

David, I do not know of any importers who ship Italian, French and Spanish wines together on a single container. In the 18 years since I added Spanish wine to my portfolio I have never once shipped even French and Spanish wines together. The consolidation costs could make tariffs look like pocket ch...
by Dan Kravitz
February 10th, 2020, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I love these American pinot noirs. Maybe only these.
Replies: 80
Views: 5624

Re: I love these American pinot noirs. Maybe only these.

to George Chadwick, I haven't had most of the Pinots on your list, but very generally I am on the same page about California Pinots I do not enjoy. I try not to post disagreements with other board members, each to their own taste, but I found one comment in a later post too shocking to pass up: You ...
by Dan Kravitz
February 10th, 2020, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Terlan Pinot Bianco 'Vorberg' Riserva
Replies: 35
Views: 1380

Re: 2015 Terlan Pinot Bianco 'Vorberg' Riserva

The English used in the article in 'callmewine.com' is of very poor quality, so I hesitate to take their use of the word 'cooperative' at face value. According to the website, the Abbey remains an Augustinian facility, in other words, very much the property of the Catholic Church. I have no easy way...
by Dan Kravitz
February 9th, 2020, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine challenges another retail restriction, this time in NY
Replies: 28
Views: 1585

Re: Total Wine challenges another retail restriction, this time in NY

Markus, from your name and photo I always assumed you were Scandinavian, but g-d if that doesn't look just like upstate NY, a place where I misspent some of my youth, much of that time in hamlets. And of course it's a long and winding road from Hartsdale to Wawbeek to Honeoye to Wellsville to Olcot...
by Dan Kravitz
February 9th, 2020, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Terlan Pinot Bianco 'Vorberg' Riserva
Replies: 35
Views: 1380

Re: 2015 Terlan Pinot Bianco 'Vorberg' Riserva

Chris.C. - I did find your comment offensive, but after your explanation, I understand that I took it the wrong way. I apologize. I agree that the list of the best wines of their type made by Cooperatives is very short. And I am far from sure that the best wines of the Cave de Tain are better than t...

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