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by AndrewH
October 19th, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1629
Views: 91803

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Argh . . . have to wait even longer for all those Champagne orders!
by AndrewH
October 17th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to correctly pronounce Piper Heidsieck in French?
Replies: 34
Views: 1474

Re: How to correctly pronounce Piper Heidsieck in French?

It's a German name. Not sure the French pronunciation is any more relevant that the Brit or US version Yes but since it is Champagne I want to know how French pronounce it. A propos of not much - I recently went to the Taittinger house in Reims. They start the tour with a brief promotional film abo...
by AndrewH
October 16th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 66
Views: 1190

Re: What's the best Pinot Grigio?

Alois Lageder and Tiefenbrunner were going to be my suggestions. So I second those. Agree, and also Jermann mentioned above. That said, I suspect Jay's friends are really asking for a simple, not very interesting, light, flavor-limited wine that they happen to be able to name. So there may be no ri...
by AndrewH
October 16th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1629
Views: 91803

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

*pokes head in* hello, relative Champagne novice and Envoyer newbie here. does this site offer at lower prices in its mailing list? 2006 Comtes (which I very recently had and it made me actually revaluate my entire view on Champagne) is available on W-S, will this site periodically offer it cheaper...
by AndrewH
October 15th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: where to buy a magnum in Burgundy?
Replies: 3
Views: 368

Re: where to buy a magnum in Burgundy?

Obviously late, but for others - we were just in Beaune and there are wine shops everywhere. At least a dozen . . . all displayed magnums in their windows and on their shelves. Of course if you're looking for a particular bottle you might have to look around . . . but you shouldn't have any problems...
by AndrewH
October 15th, 2019, 9:18 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: PSA: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is nearly the perfect east coast beach town
Replies: 41
Views: 1862

Re: PSA: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is nearly the perfect east coast beach town

So if we went for a weekend in late Sept or Oct, where should we stay? Best hotel? Another alternative, down the road a bit, is Bethany Beach. You could get an apartment at Sea Colony for whatever number of days you want. (Wife's family has been going to Bethany Beach for decades . . . probably a b...
by AndrewH
October 14th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 410
Views: 20050

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

Well, I took care of my business, had my case of Magdelaine from the UK shipped in right before the tariff. Paid an extra 51 pounds for more expedited shipping plus styro and thermo-liner. Showed at 10:30 AM, perfect, cool to the touch. Hated the fire-drill, but glad to have done it this way. Cue t...
by AndrewH
October 14th, 2019, 7:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Pérignon
Replies: 67
Views: 6207

Re: 2008 Dom Pérignon

Only a deal if you would be paying for shipping and/or state taxes otherwise, but Zurich airport duty free had 2008 Dom for $168 (or a touch under - $ and ChF are about parity). With 10% sales tax in DC, I almost bit but figured the carrying hassle wasn't worth it . . .
by AndrewH
October 7th, 2019, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 410
Views: 20050

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

This goes back 15 years over a complaint to WTO over EU subsidies to Airbus. A couple of points. No one on this board is less of a fan of the current regime than me, but this is really not his doing. As indicated, this WTO proceeding has been pending forever (a tit-for-tat European complaint is als...
by AndrewH
October 4th, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 410
Views: 20050

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

based on Zachys prices you'd think they already had all kinds of tariffs priced in... Respectfully, I don’t get the logic of why the buyer gets a freebie on a tariff neither the seller nor buyer could have anticipated at time of contracting or had any control over it. The seller should give the buy...
by AndrewH
October 4th, 2019, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 410
Views: 20050

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

As an export/import professional in the aerospace industry, I can speculate with some basis. There is a clear difference between the Airbus subsidies and the Boeing defense contracts. Airbus received money from European nations in exchange for essentially nothing. Boeing has contracts that ultimate...
by AndrewH
October 4th, 2019, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 410
Views: 20050

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

People have been asking whether this is a brief, one-time $7.5 Billion or annual. The Office of the United States Trade Representative issued a press release that says it is annual. The award of $7.5 billion annually is by far the largest award in WTO history—nearly twice the largest previous award...
by AndrewH
October 3rd, 2019, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 410
Views: 20050

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

GregT wrote:
October 3rd, 2019, 10:09 am

But as far as people thinking it's Trump - this was a fifteen year old case that just got decided by the World Trade Organization. It just landed in Trump's lap.
The case is old. The tariff decision is Trump's, though.
by AndrewH
October 3rd, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 410
Views: 20050

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

I am too lazy to check it myself, but it would be interesting to check each of those items and see which states consume them the most. Perhaps the list was chosen to preferentially tax consumers in certain places? Usually these lists are developed with an eye towards maximizing the pain on producer...
by AndrewH
October 3rd, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 410
Views: 20050

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

Going to be some complicated situations with the likes of Envoyer. They have multiple shipments of some champagnes and provisionally allocate them. Difficult conversation to say “well you had your wine but you didn’t pick it up, so we gave it to someone else and now you need to pay 25% more when th...
by AndrewH
October 3rd, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 410
Views: 20050

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

Going to be some complicated situations with the likes of Envoyer. They have multiple shipments of some champagnes and provisionally allocate them. Difficult conversation to say “well you had your wine but you didn’t pick it up, so we gave it to someone else and now you need to pay 25% more when th...
by AndrewH
October 3rd, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 410
Views: 20050

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

Yup. If they haven't entered the country by Oct. 15, the tariff will have to be paid. I don't believe that is correct. The USTR notice is for Oct. 18, which is the earliest it would go into effect. And that's only if the WTO grants the US request for expedited approval on Oct. 14, which would other...
by AndrewH
October 3rd, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 410
Views: 20050

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

So what is the practical increase on the end-cost to consumers? If a bottle is $50 on the shelf now, and holding all other variables equal (exchange rate, markup, etc.), the next vintage is subject to the tariff, what will next year's shelf price be? I think the consumer and suppliers will share th...
by AndrewH
October 3rd, 2019, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 410
Views: 20050

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

Should I have concerns about price changes on '16 Bordeaux future that are paid for but still in France ? Yup. If they haven't entered the country by Oct. 15, the tariff will have to be paid. I don't believe that is correct. The USTR notice is for Oct. 18, which is the earliest it would go into eff...
by AndrewH
October 3rd, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 410
Views: 20050

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

Simple: thanks to everybody who voted for Trump .... This goes back 15 years over a complaint to WTO over EU subsidies to Airbus. A couple of points. No one on this board is less of a fan of the current regime than me, but this is really not his doing. As indicated, this WTO proceeding has been pen...
by AndrewH
September 27th, 2019, 12:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Delta Skyclub
Replies: 41
Views: 3336

Re: Delta Skyclub

Are you paying 10,000 points/glass or for a full bottle? From the "menu" it looks like that's for the bottle. BTW, how does one access this? Only if you go into Delta Sky Club (either as member or while flying and getting benefit)? I have some SkyPesos to burn and this is a better value than most a...
by AndrewH
September 22nd, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Minnesota Wine Cellar Home Assistance Requested
Replies: 12
Views: 891

Re: Minnesota Wine Cellar Home Assistance Requested

Don’t take it personal, just sell the house and move on.We did that with our last house.The people that bought it had no interest in the wine cellar but paid 20k over asking.We did the happy dance and moved on. Nice looking cellar! But agree with others - it's hard to face that something you put ti...
by AndrewH
September 18th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1629
Views: 91803

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Dale Bowers wrote:
September 17th, 2019, 12:45 pm
Those '08 Dom sure went fast.
Huh. The price isn't particularly favorable compared to what's available at various stores. Though I suppose if you're local and can pick up it's also not overpriced.
by AndrewH
September 15th, 2019, 3:02 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tasting Fees in Champagne?
Replies: 22
Views: 1426

Re: Tasting Fees in Champagne?

Did you pay a guide? When we went to Taittinger, there was a fee associated with the tour and baseline tasting, which was rolled into the cost of the guide. Bumping up to the higher-end wines resulted in an incremental cost. No guide. It was graciously arranged by someone ITB. We didn't pay a nicke...
by AndrewH
September 12th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tricky situation with long term CC deal- what would you do?
Replies: 12
Views: 1601

Re: Tricky situation with long term CC deal- what would you do?

I'm with Fu - take delivery and make a best effort to get the wine to the person. If that proves to be impossible, refund their money. Don't make them rescind the payment. I view this as one of the risks of Commerce Corner. You have to shoulder some responsibilities in the transaction that an aucti...
by AndrewH
September 9th, 2019, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retroactive Sales Tax
Replies: 50
Views: 2564

Re: Retroactive Sales Tax

They do now but seemingly only for wine, which for us could be a problem when each state starts staking it's claim. I’m all for paying fair tax, but don’t see how this one will be resolved once the receiving state realizes what’s going on. I think it's well beyond wine at this point - most major re...
by AndrewH
September 9th, 2019, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retroactive Sales Tax
Replies: 50
Views: 2564

Re: Retroactive Sales Tax

No. I spoke with the auditor on my file. The Florida DOR has agents at the truck weighing stations on the major Florida arterial and they spot check contents. Over that three year period, I had a lot of in-state shipments, including large-scale art that is hard not to see given the odd box size. It...
by AndrewH
September 9th, 2019, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retroactive Sales Tax
Replies: 50
Views: 2564

Re: Retroactive Sales Tax

I didn't think states had in the past tried to collect sales tax on sales leaving that state. That's what made buying out of state so attractive, not just for wine. They do now but seemingly only for wine, which for us could be a problem when each state starts staking it's claim. I’m all for paying...
by AndrewH
September 8th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retroactive Sales Tax
Replies: 50
Views: 2564

Re: Retroactive Sales Tax

Last year I had the State Dept of Revenue send me an audit letter for three years of out-of-state wine purchases. Evidently they had kept track of the many dozens of cases I had shipped in. Don’t know why, but I had operated with the understanding that internet sales were tax free. They are not. I ...
by AndrewH
September 8th, 2019, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 122
Views: 6009

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

Someone needs to find better reading material! Don't worry about the light. Nothing is happening to the wine because of it. Ever go into a wine store? https://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/the-increasing-problem-of-lightstrike Thanks, Ian. That's an interesting article. I was not a skeptic like G...
by AndrewH
September 8th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retroactive Sales Tax
Replies: 50
Views: 2564

Re: Retroactive Sales Tax

Why are retailers collecting tax for the state in which they reside? Wineries collect for the state they are shipping to, as does every other retailer (Amazon ect) I get that they claim the purchase is being made there, but that goes against all other commerce online. If I order from NY and pay the...
by AndrewH
September 7th, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 122
Views: 6009

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

A (somewhat) controlled experiment would be to buy two bottles from same source. Store one in the cooler, one on the counter, allow them both to come up to same temp, then taste and compare. I have noticed wines stored in the regular fridge too long can become off, but that takes longer than a mont...
by AndrewH
September 6th, 2019, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kosta Browne Single Vineyard Sept 4
Replies: 16
Views: 1500

Re: Kosta Browne Single Vineyard Sept 4

Anton D wrote:
September 6th, 2019, 5:08 pm
Phil Restine wrote:
September 6th, 2019, 4:56 pm
A case of Kosta Browne SVD’s are like a case of STD’s in that they are an easy pass for me.
Hmmmm.

Just how readily do you pass on your STDs?

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I used to load up on them, but then the STDs got too expensive.
by AndrewH
September 6th, 2019, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retroactive Sales Tax
Replies: 50
Views: 2564

Re: Retroactive Sales Tax

Has OP already received the order (it's not clear)? If so, I'd be more reluctant to pay as the transaction is complete. If not, then I think if you're upset about it you should cancel the order on the ground they changed the price (even if as a result of the state's greater enforcement) retroactivel...
by AndrewH
September 4th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kosta Browne Single Vineyard Sept 4
Replies: 16
Views: 1500

Re: Kosta Browne Single Vineyard Sept 4

$98 for the Pinot Noir (there's a Chardonnay in the release as well). $130 for 4-Barrel $240 for magnums of the PNs. Last year of Koplen, btw. To answer OP's question, yes, I'll order a few, but probably fewer than past years. Trying to trim purchases and budget, and still have plenty of back vintag...
by AndrewH
September 2nd, 2019, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Question - dual cooling units
Replies: 16
Views: 1055

Re: Cellar Question - dual cooling units

Revising this thread. Not many responses, so I’ll assume most fortunate to have wine rooms in their homes don’t have such redudancy in place. How many have experienced cooling uints malfunctioning to the point of damage to their contents? I've had failure, but no damage (and I could see the failure...
by AndrewH
August 28th, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1629
Views: 91803

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

I'm liking the offers for various 375s . . . Have you had the Hebrart? Yes. For what little it's worth, here's my note from the Spring. While not my most favorite ever, at the price it's pretty good. NV Marc Hébrart Champagne Sélection Brut Premier Cru - France, Champagne (3/1/2019) Light gold, nic...
by AndrewH
August 28th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1629
Views: 91803

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

I'm liking the offers for various 375s . . .
by AndrewH
August 27th, 2019, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Construction Question
Replies: 26
Views: 1016

Re: Cellar Construction Question

You need professionals to spray closed-cell foam. They use haz-mat suits. One can get DIY kits. But it is messy - really messy. You will probably conclude afterwards it would have been better to move the wine out and confine the mess to a closed, unfinished space rather than move everything out of ...
by AndrewH
August 27th, 2019, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1629
Views: 91803

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

🤔Billecart salmon rose in 750 or 375? Decisions, decisions. It’s tough bc this champagne is one of only ones I enjoy I can find locally, but Envoyers pricing is so much better! Well, the 750 price is more favorable per ml, but always nice to have 375s for when you don't need as much . . . (and hard...
by AndrewH
August 20th, 2019, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Off mailing lists to buying retail?
Replies: 30
Views: 2818

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: 37
Views: 2247

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: 1629
Views: 91803

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: 3862

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: 1692

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: 27078

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: 1629
Views: 91803

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: 121
Views: 4989

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: 562
Views: 28763

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: 2866

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...

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