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by MBerto
January 12th, 2021, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Reconsidering my position on wax capsules
Replies: 21
Views: 1578

Re: Reconsidering my position on wax capsules

When I asked this question awhile back I received no consensus, although the group seemed to lean towards "wax does nothing".

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by MBerto
December 22nd, 2020, 4:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Fried eggs
Replies: 40
Views: 1332

Re: Fried eggs

The good news is all of you are correct! Rarely happens on the internet but here we are!
by MBerto
December 22nd, 2020, 1:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Fried eggs
Replies: 40
Views: 1332

Re: Fried eggs

I am firmly of the opinion that they should be fried, but beyond that am open to stylistic interpretation. Put another way - this ain't Beef Wellington, man, it's fried eggs! Eat 'em how you like 'em.
by MBerto
December 11th, 2020, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where to look to next, cellar development
Replies: 59
Views: 3106

Re: Where to look to next, cellar development

I'm just here to express mild amusement that the OP has but together a nice collection of German and Italian wines, but is lacking on France has "doesn't know where to begin". Meanwhile I find German wines utterly impenetrable and know squat about Italy (Barolo's good, right?). Meanwhile F...
by MBerto
December 2nd, 2020, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Littorai Special offer
Replies: 12
Views: 1960

Re: Littorai Special offer

Bumping this is light of the Littorai special offer today. Haven't bought off the list before, what do these typically go for on release?
by MBerto
November 18th, 2020, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Christmas Comes Early! WineBid Rebates ONLY for Wine Berserkers!
Replies: 111
Views: 9662

Re: Christmas Comes Early! WineBid Rebates ONLY for Wine Berserkers!

Brian S t o t t e r wrote: November 18th, 2020, 4:08 pm That's great! Does it have to be $150 in one purchase, or just $150 spent between now and 12/27? I tend to graze the auctions.
Also does the $150 only include wine, or Buyer's premium as well?
by MBerto
November 18th, 2020, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Christmas Comes Early! WineBid Rebates ONLY for Wine Berserkers!
Replies: 111
Views: 9662

Re: Christmas Comes Early! WineBid Rebates ONLY for Wine Berserkers!

How am I supposed to get my purchases down to $150?
by MBerto
November 17th, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1829
Views: 119040

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

hmmm I must have left "Blanc de Blancs" in my near, causing most of those not to show up.
by MBerto
November 16th, 2020, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1829
Views: 119040

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

What is this "2008 Pierre Legras Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Millésimé 'Idee de Voyage'" It appears to essentially not exist on CT. Even if I remove the vintage and idee de voyage, I only have a few hits, on some NV wine. Envoyer claims to have sold 75 cases of this stuff. What giv...
by MBerto
November 11th, 2020, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1523
Views: 96461

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

I asked for a new of the PCYMs yesterday, haven't received a confirm yet; anyone else get lucky? My order went in about 5 minutes after the email arrived
by MBerto
October 23rd, 2020, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real winenerd wines
Replies: 184
Views: 7069

Re: Real winenerd wines

R. López de Heredia's whites WHAT? I can get this at two (2) separate liquor stores within walking distance of my house. And there are what, 5,000 hectares of Virua planted in Spain? This is like calling Goose Island IPA a beer geek beer. I am of course, just messing with you - I actually plan to o...
by MBerto
October 23rd, 2020, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real winenerd wines
Replies: 184
Views: 7069

Re: Real winenerd wines

I disagree. I don't think of wines from mediocre wine grapes as wines for wine geeks. I think of great wines that are relatively unknown and reasonably priced are for wine geeks. These are all legitimately great wines at reasonable prices. Which would a wine geek not love? How many casual wine love...
by MBerto
October 19th, 2020, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real winenerd wines
Replies: 184
Views: 7069

Re: Real winenerd wines

Wes Barton wrote: October 19th, 2020, 1:51 pmSome grapes only existed in a small area where they're well suited. Some varieties are new. Some are being found only interplanted with several other varieties.
And yet...no one here has mentioned having a Marquette wine from the Alexandria Lakes AVA.
by MBerto
October 19th, 2020, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to tell architect for wine cellar - new construction?
Replies: 67
Views: 3543

Re: What to tell architect for wine cellar - new construction?

Don't let the haters get you down Justin. If they can play hockey in Texas you can have your 18 ft wine cellar in Florida.
by MBerto
October 19th, 2020, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real winenerd wines
Replies: 184
Views: 7069

Re: Real winenerd wines

However, many varieties have fallen into obscurity because of the difficulty of cultivation or poor yields, not because of their poor quality. These were historically replaced by high-yielding workhorse varieties that churned out tons of boring, insipid wine just because it was easier. Other variet...
by MBerto
October 19th, 2020, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real winenerd wines
Replies: 184
Views: 7069

Re: Real winenerd wines

Unpopular opinion (for this thread at least): Obscure grapes used in winemaking are usually obscure for good reason.

Please note the used of the adverb "usually" in the preceding sentence.
by MBerto
October 13th, 2020, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IG (Instagram) from WBers?
Replies: 195
Views: 10946

Re: IG (Instagram) from WBers?

I don't have too many wine pics on the main feed, although I might if I had more fun, intelligent, and attractive followers from WB. Plenty in my stories though.
by MBerto
October 12th, 2020, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine in the rain?
Replies: 1
Views: 278

Wine in the rain?

So FedEx delivered a case of wine on a Sunday (???) to my house and no one signed for it (???) so I didn't notice it yesterday. Then last night a big storm came through. The exterior box is soaked and falling apart. Haven't inspected the bottles yet, but I know given the producer it's in cardboard, ...
by MBerto
October 7th, 2020, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Crowd Pleasing Wins to Pair with Tasting Menu
Replies: 20
Views: 994

Re: Crowd Pleasing Wins to Pair with Tasting Menu

Scott Brunson wrote: October 7th, 2020, 2:28 pm
MBerto wrote: October 7th, 2020, 2:16 pm 1 champers
2 champers
3 champers
4 rose champers
5 scotch
I would have said Pinot Gris on #1 and no wine on #3 but otherwise you nailed it.

Nice menu—what should I wear?
Fine, #1 can be a BdN.
by MBerto
October 7th, 2020, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Crowd Pleasing Wins to Pair with Tasting Menu
Replies: 20
Views: 994

Re: Crowd Pleasing Wins to Pair with Tasting Menu

1 champers
2 champers
3 champers
4 rose champers
5 scotch
by MBerto
October 7th, 2020, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette
Replies: 179
Views: 5489

Re: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette

I hear you, and I understand. Do you feel diners who order water, soda, tea, or coffee should also tip more, to make up for the fact that they're not ordering more expensive (alcoholic) drinks? <--- sincere question. No, because there's no potential lost sale there for the server - just like the pe...
by MBerto
October 7th, 2020, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette
Replies: 179
Views: 5489

Re: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette

[/quote] I hear you, and I understand. Do you feel diners who order water, soda, tea, or coffee should also tip more, to make up for the fact that they're not ordering more expensive (alcoholic) drinks? <--- sincere question. [/quote] No, because there's no potential lost sale there for the server -...
by MBerto
October 7th, 2020, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette
Replies: 179
Views: 5489

Re: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette

If people think restaurants offer corkage for any reason other than "they think it will make them more money" you're kidding yourself. Does it actually make them more money? No idea, although between the variance in corkage fees and policies (bottle limits, size limits, 'buy one off the li...
by MBerto
October 7th, 2020, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette
Replies: 179
Views: 5489

Re: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette

This is pretty straightforward IMHO. If a restaurant allows corkage, then bring whatever you feel like drinking as long as it isn't on their list. That's it. My wife used to work as a server in a reasonably nice restaurant. They actually put a lot of thought into their wine program, brought in dist...
by MBerto
September 23rd, 2020, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don’t trust my Coravin anymore
Replies: 57
Views: 4026

Re: I don’t trust my Coravin anymore

The trick is holding the gas button down as you actually push through the cork. If you don’t, you put in about a needle full of oxygen which can affect the wine in time. Especially if you pour a few times from the bottle using the Coravin. Once the needle is pushed a tiny bit into the cork, the pre...
by MBerto
September 21st, 2020, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Name a wine you consistently rate higher than the critics
Replies: 49
Views: 2853

Re: Name a wine you consistently rate higher than the critics

Sc0tt F!tzger@ld wrote: September 20th, 2020, 7:40 pm I’d be curious to hear from others about those wines. For example, I really enjoy Corison and score it high (for me) but notice my ratings are typically higher than the critics. Other examples?
She doesn't charge enough to justify really high scores
by MBerto
September 9th, 2020, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Reviews of reviewers
Replies: 19
Views: 1922

Re: Reviews of reviewers

Is Brad Baker still publishing? Website says currently letter is something from 2017
by MBerto
September 8th, 2020, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ultramarine Email
Replies: 170
Views: 11811

Re: Ultramarine Email

Has anybody had a 2012 recently? I will be curious to see what the asking price will be for those. $110 BdB/BdN, $70 Rose (WL only). Note these are not convention 12's but late disgorged wines, and come with the following note: We have about a hundred bottles of both the Blanc de blancs and the Bla...
by MBerto
September 4th, 2020, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Reviews of reviewers
Replies: 19
Views: 1922

Reviews of reviewers

Inspired by the WA thread, I'm wondering if we can get a compendium going of your thoughts on various professional wine reviewers (ie you may love Keith L on CT, but that's not the subject here). Particular items of note: Do you find their notes/reviews useful in terms of understand what the wine wi...
by MBerto
August 17th, 2020, 10:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Interesting mushroom tip
Replies: 16
Views: 2072

Re: Interesting mushroom tip

Just the tip you say?
by MBerto
August 14th, 2020, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dear Abby; My wife's tastes are changing, and I don't like it!
Replies: 34
Views: 2406

Re: Dear Abby; My wife's tastes are changing, and I don't like it!

Merrill Lindquist wrote: August 14th, 2020, 2:43 pm This thread is unique in that people are referring to "my wife," instead of the dreaded "the wife" or "wifey." Thanks, gentlemen, for that.
What she really hates is "my first wife"
by MBerto
August 14th, 2020, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dear Abby; My wife's tastes are changing, and I don't like it!
Replies: 34
Views: 2406

Re: Dear Abby; My wife's tastes are changing, and I don't like it!

At the risk of piling on more "my wife" stories (and thanks to Sarah for keeping us honest) - my wife's got a better palate than me but doesn't geek out about it like I do. That said the other day she opened a bottle from the fridge without notifying me. She then went on to say "I goo...
by MBerto
August 11th, 2020, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Live & Direct - Antica Terra Offering, Summer 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 776

Re: Live & Direct - Antica Terra Offering, Summer 2020

I went for the Aequorin, Anitykthera, and the Angelicall - I totally get people would have a tough time spending $110 on a rose but this one is for sure worth it. Visited last summer but didn't' try the Obelin, so I passed out of a lack of familiarity.
by MBerto
July 17th, 2020, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl
Replies: 239
Views: 31263

Re: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl

Probably is I can't drink em - A) If they're really going for that much I gotta think about flipping B) Since they changed the name, I've now got a real collectors items - first edition, "old name", full boxed set. Gotta keep the full set together. Maybe I can coravin a tasting poor and se...
by MBerto
July 17th, 2020, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl
Replies: 239
Views: 31263

Re: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl

Currently 2 bottles of 2017 Faethm reds on winebid at $285 each, but no bids.
by MBerto
July 2nd, 2020, 8:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1829
Views: 119040

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

A little surprised these went in under 8 minutes but maybe I shouldn’t be. I asked for 3 and struck out. Then they raised the price $10. I’m pretty miffed by this. Asked for 2, was told there was a typo and it was actually $150 - did I still want it? I’ve seen them make pricing errors before, but i...
by MBerto
July 1st, 2020, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don't get the wine auction market
Replies: 50
Views: 2631

Re: I don't get the wine auction market

I keep seeing 2000 Pontet Canet selling offered for $135 plus premium and tax Thanks Brian, that's helpful. On the point above, I see it's still offered. I think what is going on in these cases is the seller keeps offering it at that price - and it's not selling. If it doesn't sell in a given week,...
by MBerto
June 30th, 2020, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don't get the wine auction market
Replies: 50
Views: 2631

Re: I don't get the wine auction market

The CT price is an average of the price people actually bought the wine for, whenever they bought it. Since wine prices have been steadily rising in recent years it will be lower than current prices, as it reflects prices that existed years ago. It's the average THE USERS entered into CT - which ma...
by MBerto
June 30th, 2020, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don't get the wine auction market
Replies: 50
Views: 2631

Re: I don't get the wine auction market

1) the CT community price is based on what people report. If you are buying older wine then yes it would make sense prices are lower. Solely with respect to this point, the only time I can touch this value is when I buy direct from the mailing list, AND the mailing list prices are lower than what i...
by MBerto
June 30th, 2020, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don't get the wine auction market
Replies: 50
Views: 2631

I don't get the wine auction market

So I'm perusing Wine Bid looking at some classified Bdx. Names don't really matter, other than that it's stuff that's pretty widely available, and has a reasonably liquid secondary market (but not 1st growths or something that would show up at Christies). As I'm spot checking the prices with Wine-Se...
by MBerto
June 22nd, 2020, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 21013

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Perhaps my original reply to this topic (#5) would have better been stated as follows: An certain winery sent an unsolicited email supporting a social activist movement that has become divisive and politically volatile. As my email address was provided for business purposes only, I was annoyed and ...
by MBerto
June 12th, 2020, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best domestic Chardonnay?
Replies: 111
Views: 6761

Re: Best domestic Chardonnay?

As I person who does not really like most Oregon chards, I'd put Antica Terra chards in my top 5 domestic.
by MBerto
June 5th, 2020, 5:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: recorked bottle - how long?
Replies: 11
Views: 574

Re: recorked bottle - how long?

To be clear, no wine was taken out of the bottle, so 2 hours of air exposure is pretty minimal. That said, I just coravin'd it tonight, and will probably cash it over the weekend.
by MBerto
June 4th, 2020, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: recorked bottle - how long?
Replies: 11
Views: 574

Re: recorked bottle - how long?

Really? I'd expect 4-5 days out of a bottle that has been open and half full for 12 hours, if sealed with my vacuvin.
by MBerto
June 4th, 2020, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: recorked bottle - how long?
Replies: 11
Views: 574

recorked bottle - how long?

I opened (but did nothing else to) a 2014 Thomas PN last night around 7:30. Call it a slow-o or audouzing. After an hour long work call at 8, the bottle was recorked around 10 as it became the case there would be no drinking that night. How long do you think I've got with this bottle?
by MBerto
May 21st, 2020, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Large-format wine bottles, amid social distancing.
Replies: 10
Views: 667

Re: Large-format wine bottles, amid social distancing.

How hard is it go get 3 people together?
by MBerto
May 19th, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A lot of praise for Cellartracker
Replies: 143
Views: 8274

Re: A lot of praise for Cellartracker

I got a complaint! I occasionally forget to remove bottles from CT (Not CT's fault per se, except perhaps tangentially as an enabler of my habit...). When I realize this 2 years later ('hey wait there's no way I still have 6 bottles of that'), my only option to remove that's appropriate is "Mi...
by MBerto
May 19th, 2020, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A lot of praise for Cellartracker
Replies: 143
Views: 8274

Re: A lot of praise for Cellartracker

I got a complaint! I occasionally forget to remove bottles from CT (Not CT's fault per se, except perhaps tangentially as an enabler of my habit...). When I realize this 2 years later ('hey wait there's no way I still have 6 bottles of that'), my only option to remove that's appropriate is "Mis...
by MBerto
May 19th, 2020, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8975
Views: 1376748

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

If one knows the bottle is fake when it’s purchased are you still allowed to sue for damages? Knowingly transacting in stolen, fictitious, or misrepresented goods is a felony. Doing so across state lines means federal felony. Good thing the guy who sold me my Rolex in Battery Park gave me a Certifi...
by MBerto
May 19th, 2020, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon Tasting Rooms Reopening
Replies: 29
Views: 2423

Re: Oregon Tasting Rooms Reopening

GregT wrote: May 18th, 2020, 8:30 pm I assume no masks?

Because how do you spit?
The tastings will be swirl and sniff only. All you need if you're really a connoisseur.

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