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by AndrewH
August 20th, 2019, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Off mailing lists to buying retail?
Replies: 22
Views: 1816

Re: Off mailing lists to buying retail?

Our buying patterns change over time. When the price goes up and it crosses that mythical line in the sand, we move on and that spend goes to another winery. I've been buying older vintages to drink now while I wait for the newer releases to get some age. Going to win more then you lose on the qual...
by AndrewH
August 19th, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: OK to store long-term in OWC?
Replies: 36
Views: 1742

Re: OK to store long-term in OWC?

^ +1 to the prybar approach, and +1 to verifying contents. If it's something you plan to sell, even as OWC to a collector, that collector would be insane not to verify. I can't see why a collector would pay more for the privilege of cutting a 10c shipping band that any fraudster could apply around a...
by AndrewH
August 8th, 2019, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1571
Views: 86288

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

I gave in and again (3rd time) asked to be put on ALL lists even though all I want is ALL champagne. I have the right boxes checked but the only offer I can be assured of is 06 Comte’s. I have been reassured several times that we have received the last offers of 06 Comtes. And again! We really mean...
by AndrewH
August 5th, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: the perils of sharing allocations
Replies: 39
Views: 3605

Re: the perils of sharing allocations

Yes, like many here I have cut back on some lists recently. I used to get 60 plus bottles of Cayuse a year. Now I have scaled back a lot - not because I dont like their wines, but I was realizing that my cellar was getting close to 1/3 Cayuse. I love lots of other types of wines -- French, Italian,...
by AndrewH
August 2nd, 2019, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kosta Browne
Replies: 16
Views: 1544

Re: Kosta Browne

I bought some of the Chardonnay que it was first introduced. Realized not soon enough that it’s 180° opposite the style of Chardonnay I like (although I think it’s well made). Still like the Pinot noirs though - just getting a lot harder to afford.
by AndrewH
August 2nd, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Update: FEDERAL INDICTMENT - Safe Harbour Wine Storage and Bill Holder – CRIMINAL
Replies: 140
Views: 26447

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

Article in Washington Post today: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/a-man-told-wine-fanciers-hed-store-their-pricey-bottles-instead-he-sold-them-and-pocketed-proceeds/2019/08/02/317a9a62-b241-11e9-951e-de024209545d_story.html?utm_term=.e0790868dc3b tl;dr sentencing: Holder admitted ...
by AndrewH
August 1st, 2019, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1571
Views: 86288

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Feeling a bit like I have winner's curse after getting a bottle of the 2006 Billecart Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois Brut even after responding 24+ hours after email.
by AndrewH
July 29th, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Summer Heat: Who has the Most Wine 'Pending Delivery'?
Replies: 97
Views: 3267

Re: Summer Heat: Who has the Most Wine 'Pending Delivery'?

Not to rain on anyone's parade but getting a couple dozen shipping boxes grosses me out. A couple years back I received about that many in a week during the fall shipping window and looking at all the boxes and inserts made me feel shitty. Luckily, I have a local friend who is an importer and can r...
by AndrewH
July 29th, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 512
Views: 25607

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

PaulMills wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 6:59 pm
We have consumed 13 fewer bottles and purchased 36 fewer bottle than this time last year. Drinking less and buying less.
Seems like that's a half-right approach.

You can reduce inventory quite easily just by drinking more!
by AndrewH
July 17th, 2019, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Kosta Browne "Estate Offering"
Replies: 21
Views: 2746

Re: Thoughts on Kosta Browne "Estate Offering"

I finally got an email but was told I don’t have an allocation. Went to my order history to see if my order from last year was there and it says “due to brand transition, we were unable to transfer previous orders, but will do so moving forward.” Seems surprising that they can’t keep previous custo...
by AndrewH
July 17th, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Kosta Browne "Estate Offering"
Replies: 21
Views: 2746

Re: Thoughts on Kosta Browne "Estate Offering"

Cirq offering is now live. They also have a limited number of library bottles. Interesting. I bought 4 bottles last year but didn’t get an email offer today. Logged in and I can only wish list one of each Pinot. I bought 4 last year and was offered 1 of each, plus wishlist for one of each. I've bou...
by AndrewH
July 17th, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Kosta Browne "Estate Offering"
Replies: 21
Views: 2746

Re: Thoughts on Kosta Browne "Estate Offering"

John M Richards wrote:
May 31st, 2019, 5:45 pm
Any thoughts/ideas on how these wines will differ from two different wine makers?
I think the Cirq will drink about $10 better.
by AndrewH
July 4th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone opening good wine for the 4th, or is it a beer day ?
Replies: 57
Views: 2049

Re: Anyone opening good wine for the 4th, or is it a beer day ?

I decided US wine is the only proper choice, and we are doing a surf and turf with steamed lobsters and Flannery Pave Wagyu New York steaks. So US wine is the only proper choice, but Wagyu is okay? [scratch.gif] Flannery sells American Wagyu, which are merely a type of cattle originally bred in Jap...
by AndrewH
July 3rd, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1571
Views: 86288

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

^ Yeah, emailed last night to check on which lists I'm on. I gave in and again (3rd time) asked to be put on ALL lists even though all I want is ALL champagne. I have the right boxes checked but the only offer I can be assured of is 06 Comte’s. I have been reassured several times that we have recei...
by AndrewH
July 1st, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Different Disgorgement, Different Champagne?
Replies: 49
Views: 2111

Re: Different Disgorgement, Different Champagne?

This coding (to me at least) matters because if we're talking about NV bottlings, and one person digs it in CT and another does not, and I like both palates, how the hell do I know which vintage base is in play, even disgorge date? I'll continue to put all of this data in my CT notes, for those who...
by AndrewH
July 1st, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Different Disgorgement, Different Champagne?
Replies: 49
Views: 2111

Re: Different Disgorgement, Different Champagne?

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 4:17 am
Zombie thread alert!
So Zombie question - which is better, starting a new thread on what's basically the same subject or tacking onto an existing thread?
by AndrewH
June 30th, 2019, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Different Disgorgement, Different Champagne?
Replies: 49
Views: 2111

Re: Different Disgorgement, Different Champagne?

They can list the vintage blend on the back. And the disgorgement date, in a way you don't need a decoder ring to figure out. I turned up this decoder ring, at least for those that aren't obvious, while searching for the answers to these questions. Sorry if this has been posted a million times befo...
by AndrewH
June 30th, 2019, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar
Replies: 87
Views: 5532

Re: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar

BTW, short-run fluctuations in air temperature aren't that critical. It's the liquid temperature that matters. My non-passive cellar varies in air temperature +/- 1.5 degrees but the liquid varies less than 10% of that. I think if you put in a liquid probe you'll find the variation isn't much even i...
by AndrewH
June 28th, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?
Replies: 64
Views: 2264

Re: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?

they can also sell it to restaurants at a discount as they will sell at or above release by the bottle or much higher by the glass. Customers are happy to see a great bottle or glass at a fair restaurant list price and poof it's gone without showing up on wine searcher or internet searches. Ever be...
by AndrewH
June 28th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?
Replies: 64
Views: 2264

Re: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?

Matt Allen wrote:
June 27th, 2019, 6:21 am
I would drop any winery that did a Dutch Auction
A Dutch Auction would actually be better than individual negotiation - every buyer would get the same price, at whatever the clearing price turns out to be.
by AndrewH
June 26th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I've never read a more terrifying tasting note
Replies: 28
Views: 2865

Re: I've never read a more terrifying tasting note

Stephen Williams wrote:
June 25th, 2019, 9:02 pm
They now have a dedicated delivery service called GrabDurian for those who don’t want to pollute their cars on the way home (durians are banned on most public transport).
I have to assume that the cars used are used solely for durian delivery . . .
by AndrewH
June 26th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 9219

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

Mike Evans wrote:
June 26th, 2019, 10:17 am
I suspect that it will be harder for wholesalers and retailers to build coalitions supporting anti-shipping measures now that Wayfair has significantly undercut the lost tax revenue argument.
At a minimum any coalition will have the higher hurdle of "mor tax revenue" to overcome.
by AndrewH
June 20th, 2019, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Half-Bottles
Replies: 18
Views: 1102

Re: Aging Half-Bottles

The (unproven) theory is that half bottles will age more quickly than a full bottle (or a magnum). So the first question is whether the wines you're considering would age well over the next several decades in a 750. If the answer to that is yes, then chances are the 375 will age over that period, pe...
by AndrewH
June 20th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar
Replies: 87
Views: 5532

Re: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar

^ That's good data!
by AndrewH
June 20th, 2019, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar
Replies: 87
Views: 5532

Re: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar

I am interested to find out if you come up with a method to keep the basement floor heat from seeping into the cellar.... Hard to do without building an entire floor over the slab! I think the best you can do it put in some subflooring and flooring with a bit of R-value. The good thing is that the ...
by AndrewH
June 20th, 2019, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar
Replies: 87
Views: 5532

Re: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar

I am interested to find out if you come up with a method to keep the basement floor heat from seeping into the cellar.... Hard to do without building an entire floor over the slab! I think the best you can do it put in some subflooring and flooring with a bit of R-value. The good thing is that the ...
by AndrewH
June 19th, 2019, 2:35 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Domaine Wine Storage - DC Thread
Replies: 2307
Views: 78050

Re: Domaine Wine Storage - DC Thread

R_Gilbane wrote:
June 1st, 2019, 10:18 am

‘80 Mayacamas
I take it the contributor of this left the Sale $15.95 sticker on for show?
by AndrewH
June 17th, 2019, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 9219

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

Neal.Mollen wrote:
June 17th, 2019, 5:03 am
I have a case up for cert; wish me luck.
Seeking or opposing? Either way, good luck (although luck likely better if opposing).
by AndrewH
June 17th, 2019, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?
Replies: 63
Views: 3808

Re: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?

I would just lock it. This Locking the cellar moves the issue to other parts of the house. Lock up everything in the house? You need to know exactly what is going on in the premises. +1. If the cellar is in a location where the cleaning person wouldn't go anyway you could also put the camera outsid...
by AndrewH
June 12th, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1571
Views: 86288

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

YLee wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 12:13 pm
I'm getting emails that reads "VIP LIST SPECIAL PRICING". Is everyone getting that or is it truly "VIP LIST"?
Either I'm a VIP or everyone. Or both.
by AndrewH
June 12th, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court Wine Shipping - any update?
Replies: 4
Views: 750

Re: Supreme Court Wine Shipping - any update?

Usually, I am all about states' rights but I am going to make an exception here. States' rights < Wine rights Specs and Total Wines dominates the market here in Texas...I am tired of it. I won't digress into the idea of states "rights" (vs. powers) but, it's notable in this case that the state itse...
by AndrewH
June 9th, 2019, 5:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coolbot Review
Replies: 25
Views: 3054

Re: Coolbot Review

Patrick, other than the noise, is there any problem with the a window AC unit venting into indoor space, or is yours vented outdoors? OP here with same basic setup and there's no issue with venting to inside space so long as there's some amount of air circulation (e.g., a larger basement). Wouldn't...
by AndrewH
June 2nd, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Cellar Organization
Replies: 15
Views: 1340

Re: Wine Cellar Organization

what's the size of the offsite space? my lockers i use tubes. Each cabinet can fit 40 tubes. Each tube is double deep. THen on top you can put magnums. There's enough space in the front to stand up bottles horizontal double deep Where do you purchase the tubes from? Do you have a link you could sha...
by AndrewH
May 29th, 2019, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scout and Cellar?
Replies: 15
Views: 875

Re: Scout and Cellar?

This started in Dallas. It’s a multi level marketing company using wine as the product. I can’t figure out how it’s legal for an individual to solicit people to attend tastings in facilities without proper permitting, take orders at said tastings, go pick up the wine (in some cases cross state line...
by AndrewH
May 29th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Kosta Browne "Estate Offering"
Replies: 21
Views: 2746

Re: Thoughts on Kosta Browne "Estate Offering"

R. Gleiberm@n wrote:
May 29th, 2019, 10:22 am
I called KB yesterday. Both KB and Cirq will be producing wines from both vineyards this year and for at least a couple into the future. The KB price will be $120.
Thanks for report.

while the price is higher than most other KBs, it's a touch lower than Cirq was the last couple of years.
by AndrewH
May 29th, 2019, 5:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Kosta Browne "Estate Offering"
Replies: 21
Views: 2746

Re: Thoughts on Kosta Browne "Estate Offering"

I believe this is part of the separation agreement between KB and Cirq (Michael Browne). Going forward, Cirq will deal with other sources than Treehouse and Bootleggers. We discussed this with Michael when we visited with him last summer. That's my understanding as well. I believe that KB and Cirq ...
by AndrewH
May 28th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Envoyer Website is Up
Replies: 14
Views: 1587

Re: New Envoyer Website is Up

Apparently you need to re-register on the website and all previous orders won't transfer over. Not a super duper outcome if you ask me but oh well. Still like them and their customer service. Yeah, seems to mean you can't even check your pending orders placed on the old site. Not surprised it's har...
by AndrewH
May 24th, 2019, 4:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1571
Views: 86288

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

As I mentioned upthread, their email system does seem to have an issue if you're not signed up to receive all offers. Not sure if they don't tick a box for some Champagne or what, but when I emailed they added me to all lists and I started getting a lot more Champagne offers (and a lot of others too...
by AndrewH
May 18th, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: OOPS! Diner gets wrong wine £4500 le Pin
Replies: 32
Views: 2575

Re: OOPS! Diner gets wrong wine £4500 le Pin

Here's their wine list:

https://thehawksmoor.com/locations/manc ... /rarities/

(Don't see the 2001 P-L though - maybe they're out!)
by AndrewH
May 16th, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: OOPS! Diner gets wrong wine £4500 le Pin
Replies: 32
Views: 2575

Re: OOPS! Diner gets wrong wine £4500 le Pin

I would imagine le Pin isn't much 'better' than '01 Pichon Lalande, but haven't had any le Pin to compare. The restaurant handled it with amazing professionalism, and completely turned it into a marketing boon. Smart! I'm a bit surprised the customer didn't notice . . . the '01 Pichon isn't exactly...
by AndrewH
May 13th, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Using corked wine making Coq au vin
Replies: 44
Views: 1634

Re: Coq au vin

I use bottles of so-so wine brought by guests to parties for cooking, but I realize that's not OP's question.
by AndrewH
May 9th, 2019, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 446
Views: 42614

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

Worked in construction to pay my way through college and med school and now a physician. It’s rustic but fits the house well. Thanks for the praise. "It's rustic" reminds me of the Rusticators who lived in "cottages" on Mt. Desert Island. https://www.instagram.com/p/BZW2P6zBUpF/?utm_source=ig_embed
by AndrewH
May 7th, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Ladd Cellars Chardonnay (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)
Replies: 10
Views: 381

Re: TN: 2014 Ladd Cellars Chardonnay (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)

I'm bottling my second Cuvee Voile Chardonnay when I bottle my 2017's this Friday, now that I've figured out what sous voile wants to get started (in a chard happy way). Glad to hear this! I really enjoyed the 2014 iteration . . . 2014 Ladd Cellars Chardonnay Cuvée Voile - USA, California, Sonoma C...
by AndrewH
May 7th, 2019, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Ladd Cellars Chardonnay (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)
Replies: 10
Views: 381

Re: TN: 2014 Ladd Cellars Chardonnay (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)

GregP wrote:
May 7th, 2019, 11:42 am
I rarely drink CA Chard, but Eric's are ones I enjoy, every one I have tried so far. Great fruit and great wine making on top of that.
Same . . . I enjoyed the 2013 and 2014 ones I picked up on previous Berserker Days. Looking forward to getting the 2015s from this year's BD order.
by AndrewH
May 6th, 2019, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 446
Views: 42614

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

Dan Kravitz wrote:
May 5th, 2019, 4:23 pm
I am very impressed by Casey Shupe's cellar for one reason: He built it himself!?!!! Don't know what he does for a day job, but this is beautiful.
+1 to that. Really excellent DIY outcome!
by AndrewH
May 6th, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 446
Views: 42614

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

John Peacock wrote:
April 10th, 2019, 10:04 am
the floor is plywood panels covered in corks from all the bottles of wine we have ever opened (so I can take the panels with us when we buy a new house).
I really like the flooring idea. How did you make the flooring panels (or how did you attach the corks)?
by AndrewH
May 3rd, 2019, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar rack individual bottle slot sizes?
Replies: 25
Views: 1170

Re: Cellar rack individual bottle slot sizes?

But my wife was adamant that she doesn't want a compressor running in the basement or right outside our bedroom's exterior wall Honestly it's not so bad. With the temps you say you have, you don't need really serious cooling equipment so the smallest room air conditioner will be more than adequate ...
by AndrewH
May 3rd, 2019, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Riedel on sale
Replies: 6
Views: 1052

Re: PSA: Riedel on sale

Yeah - looking at it, the Heart to Heart series is Buy 2 get second at 50% off, and then add 30% off "Friends" code that can stack. The 2/50% off applies only to Heart to Heart; Friends code applies to all.

BTW, is the Heart to Heart series similar to Vinum?
by AndrewH
April 17th, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar rack individual bottle slot sizes?
Replies: 25
Views: 1170

Re: Cellar rack individual bottle slot sizes?

The most common bottle sizes are between 3 and 3 1/2 inches diameter. You can build to fit both Bordeaux bottles and Rhone bottles. You have troubles with some Turleys, some Beaujolais, and a few other big fat types. Depends on the size of your rails. Here are your bottle sizes: http://www.winerack...
by AndrewH
April 17th, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1571
Views: 86288

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Matt, just call and talk to Carina. It's never hard to reach them. Or email. I had this problem as well. They added me to all lists, using a different email address. So, now I get doubles of some email and singles of others. For sure I don't get doubles of all Champagne offers. My suspicion is that...

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