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by gene keenan
May 1st, 2013, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Parker on Twitter
Replies: 45
Views: 2310

Parker on Twitter

If you don't follow Robert Parker on Twitter, you should. He's really on a roll today with his "thoughts... about today's wine market". My fave so far: "wines ratings and scores still matter as much as ever, but only from a few select sources as the ocean of numbers,etc...has caused a tone deafness...
by gene keenan
May 1st, 2013, 10:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Coffee
Replies: 149
Views: 6847

Coffee

We only drink coffee once a week, usually on Sunday. I use a Simonelli "Oscar" espresso maker to make double espresso for Carollee's Cappucino and my tall Latte. We generally use Lavazza Bar or Crema e Gusto ground espresso coffee, but sometimes we use our Cuisinart Grinder to grind whole beans. I ...
by gene keenan
April 30th, 2013, 5:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: growing tired of nespresso
Replies: 95
Views: 3423

growing tired of nespresso

anyone looking to upgrade should look hard at brevelle's double boiler machine for $1000 (and often discounted). PID, double boiler, digital temp control with 2 thermostats, programmable pre-infusion, really impressive stats. i've always wondered why a larger appliance company didn't tackle high-en...
by gene keenan
April 29th, 2013, 5:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Coffee
Replies: 149
Views: 6847

Coffee

Brent C l a y t o n wrote:Spreading the gospel! Interview with George Howell.

Time for cupping to evolve. Calling Mr. Riedel: The Kenyan Coffee Glass...
by gene keenan
April 29th, 2013, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do Wine Retailers in Your Town Suck, Too . . . .
Replies: 91
Views: 3184

Do Wine Retailers in Your Town Suck, Too . . . .

K&L
Wine Club
Jug Shop
D&M
North Berkeley
Premier Cru
Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant
Cask
Kermit Lynch
San Francisco Wine Trading
etc. etc. etc.

No, they don't suck.
by gene keenan
April 28th, 2013, 10:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicken & Green Chile and Pork & Red Chile Tamales and Avocado with a Margarita each
Replies: 3
Views: 141

Chicken & Green Chile and Pork & Red Chile Tamales and Avocado with a Margarita each

Carrie found some canned Tomatillo sauce that we have started using for dipping burritos and now we use it on grilled chicken breasts with or without smoked mozzarella. And now that you made me think about it, it could be another dipping sauce for mozzarella sticks besides ranch, BBQ and marinara. ...
by gene keenan
April 28th, 2013, 10:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicken & Green Chile and Pork & Red Chile Tamales and Avocado with a Margarita each
Replies: 3
Views: 141

Chicken & Green Chile and Pork & Red Chile Tamales and Avocado with a Margarita each

Tonight's dinner was shared Chicken & Green Chile and Pork & Red Chile tamales with sliced avocado, with Green Chile, Chipotle Chile, and Tomatillo sauces. We started with tortilla crumbs and the little remaining cheese & green chile sauce. We each had a Margarita made with Triple Sec, fresh-squeez...
by gene keenan
April 28th, 2013, 10:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Gary danko corkage
Replies: 9
Views: 600

Gary danko corkage

Does it really say "fourty dollars"? [pwn.gif] "Our corkage policy is fourty dollars per 750 ml bottle; the limit per party is two bottles. The corkage for magnums is seventy five dollars; the limit per party is one bottle respectively." http://www.garydanko.com/site/winelist.html after reading thi...
by gene keenan
April 28th, 2013, 1:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Gary danko corkage
Replies: 9
Views: 600

Gary danko corkage

It's 2 750 or 1 1500 only.

We broke the rule once but we had the private dining room. Not a fan of GD.
by gene keenan
April 26th, 2013, 9:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: growing tired of nespresso
Replies: 95
Views: 3423

growing tired of nespresso

Gene - after doing a lot of reading, I think I might take the plunge with you on this machine. I only want it for espresso (at least for me) and it looks like it delivers the performance of the very top machines for a fraction of the cost. Chris Check out this Vine vid of the crema: http://vine.co/...
by gene keenan
April 25th, 2013, 5:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer responsibility for secondary market wines
Replies: 116
Views: 2577

Retailer responsibility for secondary market wines

Good provenance does not guarantee the wine will still be good. All it means is it hopefully increases the odds that the wine will be good.
by gene keenan
April 25th, 2013, 10:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: growing tired of nespresso
Replies: 95
Views: 3423

growing tired of nespresso

Gene - after doing a lot of reading, I think I might take the plunge with you on this machine. I only want it for espresso (at least for me) and it looks like it delivers the performance of the very top machines for a fraction of the cost. Chris Check out this Vine vid of the crema: http://vine.co/...
by gene keenan
April 24th, 2013, 9:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: growing tired of nespresso
Replies: 95
Views: 3423

Re: growing tired of nespresso

I bought one of these as Kickstarter project: http://zpmespresso.myshopify.com/ kickstarter page http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/zpmespresso/pid-controlled-espresso-machine I won't get delivery for probably 6 months but I think it will kick a stock Rancilio's ass. It's a open source PID control...
by gene keenan
April 23rd, 2013, 11:59 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Wines For Sale - Cali PN
Replies: 0
Views: 255

Wines For Sale - Cali PN

Producer Bottling-----------Vintage------Final Price Each (3) Rhys----Bearswallow------2009--------$109.65 (2) Rhys----SCM Chardonnay-2009--------$93.5 (2) Rhys----Family Farm------2009--------$63.75 (1) Rhys----Skyline------------2009--------$75.65 (2) Rhys----Alpine Vineyard---2009--------$102 (2...
by gene keenan
April 20th, 2013, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: scarecrow
Replies: 45
Views: 4235

scarecrow

I had an 05 I bought last year and it was everything you want from a great wine. Is it worth the cost now? If you can afford it sure but count me out.
by gene keenan
April 20th, 2013, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Ducru-Beaucaillou the most overrated wine in Bordeaux?
Replies: 81
Views: 3060

Is Ducru-Beaucaillou the most overrated wine in Bordeaux?

I had the 2000 last month. Mind blowing delicious. So another no vote.
by gene keenan
April 18th, 2013, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Every collector has fake bottles !?
Replies: 41
Views: 1607

Every collector has fake bottles !?

Peter Kleban wrote:In the Rudy thread, there were reports of low-cost wine being faked--IIRC in China, but maybe elsewhere too. Anybody know about that?
I don't care if it's fake as long as it tastes good. champagne.gif
by gene keenan
April 18th, 2013, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Every collector has fake bottles !?
Replies: 41
Views: 1607

Every collector has fake bottles !?

A question to those avoiding auctions - do you purchase older vintage wines from retailers? I buy older wines at auction but I am a cheap bastard when it comes to auctions so i generally purchase 2nd labels, wines that are not winning popularity contests or wines that scored moderate points (87-91 ...
by gene keenan
April 18th, 2013, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Every collector has fake bottles !?
Replies: 41
Views: 1607

Every collector has fake bottles !?

Bill Tex Landreth wrote:I feel 100% confident I have zero fakes. But, then again, I am not a collector. I am a drinker and killer of babies.
This. I like killing babies too but nothing compared Eric LaMaster
http://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/vie ... 2#p1137362
by gene keenan
April 17th, 2013, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whole cluster / stem inclusion
Replies: 38
Views: 1878

Re: Whole cluster / stem inclusion

Incredible post, Jeff. Thank you. So how many years does it take for the stemmy flavors one often gets from young whole-cluster-fermented pinots to evolve into floral and forest floor notes? Does the transformation occur within the first few years or does it take a decade or more? Good question. Fo...
by gene keenan
April 16th, 2013, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: An issue of principle among friends..? (poll!)
Replies: 87
Views: 2130

An issue of principle among friends..? (poll!)

A work colleague of mine related this to me recently: his marine son recently returned from Afghanistan after a tour there (and previously in Iraq). When anyone asks the son how he's doing, his reply is "it's a great day, no one is shooting at me." I can't believe the pettiness of the premise for t...
by gene keenan
April 16th, 2013, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: An issue of principle among friends..? (poll!)
Replies: 87
Views: 2130

An issue of principle among friends..? (poll!)

CWun wrote:Can't A just return it to Costco? Jkjk
best post. Use it for 5 years first and then return it.
by gene keenan
April 16th, 2013, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Low Auction Prices in Sweden
Replies: 13
Views: 793

Low Auction Prices in Sweden

Of course Sweden is a small market, but through internet the whole world is able to buy the wines. I don´t think the storage is any worse in our cold climate than in the rest of the world. Still La Tache 2005 is less than USD 2000 ! Which is about half the price, if you look it up on Wine-Searcher ...
by gene keenan
April 16th, 2013, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Definition of Everyday Wines - "Daily Drinkers"
Replies: 64
Views: 1824

Definition of Everyday Wines - "Daily Drinkers"

My daily drinkers are anything in the cellar that will pair well with what I am cooking that day. As the average price of the wines in my cellar have risen, so has the average price of my daily drinkers. This week was pretty typical: Monday - 09 Aubert Sonoma Coast Chard Tuesday - 10 Bevan Ontogeny...
by gene keenan
April 16th, 2013, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Definition of Everyday Wines - "Daily Drinkers"
Replies: 64
Views: 1824

Definition of Everyday Wines - "Daily Drinkers"

Sutter Home White Zinfandel or any good $5 rose But seriously. We have stopped drinking wine on a daily basis and when we do we may opt instead for a cocktail or a beer. In the process we have upped the quality of the wines we drink when we choose to do so (a few times a month). It has substantially...
by gene keenan
April 16th, 2013, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8478
Views: 1220889

RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

M Champney wrote:
SteveC wrote:Everything in Las Vegas is fake anyhow [snort.gif]
+1

One of my goals in life is to never ever go there and I am thus far successful.
You are not missing much. I am not religious but the first time I saw Vegas I thought this must be one of the planes of Hell.
by gene keenan
April 16th, 2013, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sucking on a lemon before tasting
Replies: 23
Views: 1142

Sucking on a lemon before tasting

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by gene keenan
April 16th, 2013, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone going to the WS Grand Tasting in SF?
Replies: 25
Views: 898

Anyone going to the WS Grand Tasting in SF?

Yeah, 'cause what wine geek would want to try Aldo Conterno, Krug, Cos and Williams-Selyem in the same room. And how is that Disznókő tasting room? Crowded on weekends? Mixing wines as different as those five in the same tasting is moronic, it tells you nothing about how Krug compares to other Cham...
by gene keenan
April 16th, 2013, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7179
Views: 437747

LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Time to ditch this offer for a few weeks: Lamborghini Campoleone 2006
by gene keenan
April 15th, 2013, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7179
Views: 437747

LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

What does "best web" price mean for them? They say Hauth Kerpen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2002 has a best web price of $22 but when you search for it, the first link that comes up, K&L, has it for $19.99. To quote todays offer... "Did you know? We include shipping in our price to calcula...
by gene keenan
April 15th, 2013, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8478
Views: 1220889

RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

On a different note: I doubt Koch will have much of an effect on wine counterfeiting other than to make the counterfeiters be better at what they do. It's like putting up a wall. Someone else will come along with a taller ladder. Forgeries are still rampant across all collectibles that are valuable....
by gene keenan
April 14th, 2013, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7179
Views: 437747

LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

I was also a bottle short after the marathon shipment. I said I'd take the bottle. I was short something like 13 bottles after the first marathon. I have not participated as heartily since. Cory did reimburse me and give me a certificate good towards my next purchase along with a couple bottles of ...
by gene keenan
April 14th, 2013, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8478
Views: 1220889

RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

In recent eBob post Gil also claims to have been an "operative" in North Korea in the 1990s, where he wined and dined with Kim Jong Il, his gorgeous Russian blondes, and his highly Parker-rated wine cellar. And then hit the Pyong Yang casinos afterward. Adjunct professors have all the fun, no? Hmm,...
by gene keenan
April 14th, 2013, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lists You're Adding / Dumping in 2014
Replies: 178
Views: 13147

Lists You're Adding / Dumping in 2013

Mary
Saxum
Eric Kent

f*ck
RM
KB
Aubert (chard only)

Kill
Rhys
Copain
William Seylem
Sea Smoke
by gene keenan
April 13th, 2013, 10:35 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco Offline- April 23rd
Replies: 52
Views: 1496

San Francisco Offline- April 23rd

Can't make it. Going to see Rodriguez at the Warfield.
next time.
by gene keenan
April 13th, 2013, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 A shitty Oregon Vintage?
Replies: 30
Views: 1598

TN: 2007 A shitty Oregon Vintage?

Interesting post Loren. It's been my experience that 07 has been shitty good not shitty bad. The Dom Serene's I have had have been great across the board. Haven't had any 07 in the last year so perhaps they have shifted to being shitty bad?
by gene keenan
April 13th, 2013, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8478
Views: 1220889

RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

While I'm very unlikely to ever drink or even taste any of the wines that are subject to these legal actions and it's equally unlikely that anyone will fake the low to mid priced small winery stuff I drink on a daily basis the issue of stealing someone elses good name and hard work ought to mean so...
by gene keenan
April 13th, 2013, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8478
Views: 1220889

RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Koch is on the front page of the tabloid New York Post this morning. I never thought I'd see the day. The Daily News also has a story. It takes a crazy-billionaires-fight-over-lunch-money approach to the case. I couldn't find a single word in the New York Times this morning. I think the Times is th...
by gene keenan
April 13th, 2013, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8478
Views: 1220889

RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Koch is on the front page of the tabloid New York Post this morning. I never thought I'd see the day. The Daily News also has a story. It takes a crazy-billionaires-fight-over-lunch-money approach to the case. I couldn't find a single word in the New York Times this morning. I think the Times is th...
by gene keenan
April 12th, 2013, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Wine Falling out of favor in the USA??
Replies: 89
Views: 2419

Is Wine Falling out of favor in the USA??

SteveC wrote:Maybe Americans are drinking a lot more alcohol period and that wine's share is falling. Is this the case?
Market share perhaps but overall consumption of wine continues to rise.
by gene keenan
April 12th, 2013, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8478
Views: 1220889

RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

<snip> “I’m thirsty, I want a glass of wine,” Koch said. “ And if it’s not a good bottle, I’m going to sue them. ” PR fail [head-bang.gif] Really. As much as he has done other rich buyers of wine all a big favor he is not a sympathetic character in any way. Of course, neither was Greenberg. Perhaps...
by gene keenan
April 12th, 2013, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Wine Falling out of favor in the USA??
Replies: 89
Views: 2419

Is Wine Falling out of favor in the USA??

I find it odd that everyone on WB is so hypercritical of the noticeable presence of oak in wine, yet most of these craft beers (particularly the Pacific Northwest ones) taste like glass of carbonated 2 x 4 juice. Michel Rolland and Randy Lewis never dreamed of making something so woody and brawny t...
by gene keenan
April 11th, 2013, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8478
Views: 1220889

RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

NEW YORK – A federal jury in New York City has sided with a Florida billionaire, finding that a California businessman defrauded him by selling bottles of phony vintage wine. The jury in Manhattan federal court returned its verdict late Thursday. It then was sent back to determine how much businessm...
by gene keenan
April 11th, 2013, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Wine Falling out of favor in the USA??
Replies: 89
Views: 2419

Is Wine Falling out of favor in the USA??

Look at consumption, not sales. Wine consumption has slowed but nothing compared to past history. http://www.wineinstitute.org/resources/statistics/article86 Gallons per capita: 2012 2.73 2% 2011 2.68 6% 2010 2.53 2% 2009 2.49 2% 2008 2.45 -0% 2007 2.46 3% 2006 2.40 3% 2005 2.34 4% 2004 2.26 3% 2003...
by gene keenan
April 11th, 2013, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Wine Falling out of favor in the USA??
Replies: 89
Views: 2419

Is Wine Falling out of favor in the USA??

I find it odd that everyone on WB is so hypercritical of the noticeable presence of oak in wine, yet most of these craft beers (particularly the Pacific Northwest ones) taste like glass of carbonated 2 x 4 juice. Michel Rolland and Randy Lewis never dreamed of making something so woody and brawny t...
by gene keenan
April 11th, 2013, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8478
Views: 1220889

RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

cbehensky wrote:
Keith Levenberg wrote:I'm dying to know what an $18,000 pen can do.
Bah! It's not even in the top ten most expensive pens. Must be a worthless piece of junk.
1.5MM for a pen?!??!??!?!?! YES PLEASE!
by gene keenan
April 10th, 2013, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ponsot & Synthetic Corks
Replies: 51
Views: 2586

Ponsot & Synthetic Corks

I was thinking no way until I read the article and the associated pieces including material available on the producers web site. I am a buyer of this design.
by gene keenan
April 10th, 2013, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8478
Views: 1220889

RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

While I have no direct knowledge of any kind, my inference/speculation from reading the Superseding Indictiment is that the government and Mr. Kurniawan have likely agreed on plea deal in which Kurniawan will plead guilty to the three counts in return for Kurniawan's testimony against others. That ...
by gene keenan
April 10th, 2013, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Wine Falling out of favor in the USA??
Replies: 89
Views: 2419

Is Wine Falling out of favor in the USA??

I love craft beer but it messes with my gut. There is also the calorie consideration I have that issue with beer now as well. It must be in the "Genes." I used to be into Single Malt, and I had quite a collection. The problem with those is you can't drink very much, and the bottle hangs around fore...

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