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Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?

#1 Post by Alan Eden » July 4th, 2019, 3:33 pm

Last night when arriving home basically trashed i thought a nightcap of Champagne was a good idea. I placed a 2008 Agrapart in the freezer to chill for a few minutes, promptly then passed out until this morning my lovely bubbly having exploded in the freezer sending glass everywhere with a nice coating of vintage bubbly slurpie !!!

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#2 Post by Neal.Mollen » July 4th, 2019, 3:37 pm

well, I've done this ^^ (without the passing out part, but forgetting I had done it) so I suppose . . . that!
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#3 Post by Jason T » July 4th, 2019, 3:53 pm

I have also blown up the bottles, though not due to drunken jackassery but to... drunken jackassery. But hey, it wasn’t Agrapart. So there’s that.
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#4 Post by Mark Golodetz » July 4th, 2019, 4:12 pm

Small fry my friends, small fry. How about standing next to Marius Gentaz on the point of retirement, who tells me he has some wine to sell. I have a prearranged game of golf, and I am already late. I pass...😭
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#5 Post by Jayson Cohen » July 4th, 2019, 4:19 pm

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Small fry my friends, small fry. How about standing next to Marius Gentaz on the point of retirement, who tells me he has some wine to sell. I have a prearranged game of golf, and I am already late. I pass...😭
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#6 Post by Michael Martin » July 4th, 2019, 4:45 pm

Joined the Tobin James wine club.

Rectified that a few months later.

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#7 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » July 4th, 2019, 4:57 pm

Traded Chave Hermitage for SQN.
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#8 Post by Ed Steinway » July 4th, 2019, 5:02 pm

Not buying 1990 Bordeaux and 1990 DRC when they were first available for sale.

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#9 Post by Rauno E (NZ) » July 4th, 2019, 5:04 pm

I bought some of the fancy Chapoutier cuvees at peak pricing in the mid-late 90s.

I have also had that moment in the cellar of an acquaintance pulling the bottle for dinner. A 1978 La Chapelle I would have really, really liked to drink. He dropped it (his last bottle). Apparently, the cellar smelled great for months...
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#10 Post by Kris Patten » July 4th, 2019, 5:23 pm

Couple come to mind, not buying a DRC mixed case years ago.

Probably the dumbest was deciding to make a barrel of Mouvedre in WA after trying quite a few from Spain that were from 70 to 100 year old vines, this was 5th or 6th leaf. Then putting it in a new American oak barrel, like somehow it would turn out like an old vine Jumilla Monastrell.....what came out instead was a white pepper bomb that couldn't even be blended away, just tossed. Idiot.
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#11 Post by Nate Simon » July 4th, 2019, 6:10 pm

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#12 Post by Charlie Carnes » July 4th, 2019, 7:03 pm

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
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Traded Chave Hermitage for SQN.
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#13 Post by Charlie Carnes » July 4th, 2019, 7:05 pm

Alan Eden wrote:
July 4th, 2019, 3:33 pm
Last night when arriving home basically trashed i thought a nightcap of Champagne was a good idea. I placed a 2008 Agrapart in the freezer to chill for a few minutes, promptly then passed out until this morning my lovely bubbly having exploded in the freezer sending glass everywhere with a nice coating of vintage bubbly slurpie !!!

Whats the dumbest thing youve done ?
Alan, we got a brand new camper. Went on our first trip. Put a bottle of rosé Champagne in freezer for quick chill. Got sidetracked. It blew up and got into every crease and corner in the freezer.
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#14 Post by Craig G » July 4th, 2019, 7:12 pm

Charlie Carnes wrote:
July 4th, 2019, 7:03 pm
D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
July 4th, 2019, 4:57 pm
Traded Chave Hermitage for SQN.
That hurts!
Indeed. I traded SQN for Bonneau Celestins.
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#15 Post by Alan Eden » July 4th, 2019, 8:28 pm

Spirit of thread is not things that you wish you had done, such as buy DRC when it was cheap.

Its dumb things you actually did, like put bubbly in freezer or new camper !!
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#16 Post by MikeHill » July 4th, 2019, 9:09 pm

Well I have blown up the bubbly in the freezer, but the dumbest thing was several years ago, getting talked into buying an 82 Margaux at a Tokyo restaurant after we had already had too much wine and whisky. Can’t tell you what it tasted like, but I can tell you what I paid for it...

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#17 Post by Alan Eden » July 4th, 2019, 9:15 pm

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Well I have blown up the bubbly in the freezer, but the dumbest thing was several years ago, getting talked into buying an 82 Margaux at a Tokyo restaurant after we had already had too much wine and whisky. Can’t tell you what it tasted like, but I can tell you what I paid for it...
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#18 Post by Jason T » July 5th, 2019, 12:10 am

MikeHill wrote:
July 4th, 2019, 9:09 pm
Well I have blown up the bubbly in the freezer, but the dumbest thing was several years ago, getting talked into buying an 82 Margaux at a Tokyo restaurant after we had already had too much wine and whisky. Can’t tell you what it tasted like, but I can tell you what I paid for it...
My credit card shudders just thinking about that one.
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#19 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » July 5th, 2019, 3:37 am

Charlie Carnes wrote:
July 4th, 2019, 7:03 pm
D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
July 4th, 2019, 4:57 pm
Traded Chave Hermitage for SQN.
That hurts!
Yes, though the SQN was a ticket to a few really interesting offline dinners, one of which had not one but two bottles of older Chave. Dulled the pain a bit.
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#20 Post by Markus S » July 5th, 2019, 6:42 am

Looking at those funny old-school labels of 1970's and 80's Barolo and deciding to buy DeGrazia's imports instead. pileon
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#21 Post by etomasi » July 5th, 2019, 6:57 am

2 weeks ago, I mistakenly clicked (or my cat did, he was laying on my mouse) on the bid button during a live auction and ended up winning the 6 bottles of SQN Grenache. Literally the furthest style from my palate.
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#22 Post by Gray G » July 5th, 2019, 7:09 am

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#23 Post by Scott Brunson » July 5th, 2019, 11:01 am

Did anyone here buy that Burgundy, made by an American who learned to make wine by reading old books?
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#24 Post by Henry Kiichli » July 5th, 2019, 12:17 pm

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Did anyone here buy that Burgundy, made by an American who learned to make wine by reading old books?
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#25 Post by Steve Manzi » July 5th, 2019, 12:32 pm

when I was first getting into wine around '90, I bought cases of the '89 Rayas and a case of the '90 Rayas. When I went back for more '90 Rayas, the price jumped from $50/bottle to $55/bottle. I refused to pay the increase. I showed them.
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#26 Post by Chris V. » July 5th, 2019, 12:38 pm

Not that bad compared to others on here...

In the past few years I've been getting into PYCM whites. I've bought various Saint Aubins in France, the US and from the local importer here. Love the style for the $50 - $80 price point. While in New York last summer I decided I'd like to splurge on a Chassagne Montrachet 1er. Ponied up the $110 USD and took it home with me. I was totally surprised when I got home and realized it was a CM Rouge, not a blanc. Obviously too late to try to take it back. From what I've read the PYCM reds aren't all that special. I really wish something on the label or capsule would indicate whether it's red or white. The glass is so thick that you don't immediately notice.
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#27 Post by Henry Kiichli » July 5th, 2019, 12:39 pm

Only half-dumb.

I went to a tasting of 1990 Bx, and only bought 3 L Barton and 3 Troplong Mondot. In my defense, I knew my (now) ex-wife would kill me if she found out I had bought more.

On the good side - I still have the wine and not the ex. champagne.gif
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#28 Post by PaulMills » July 5th, 2019, 3:48 pm

We went to a wine dinner and there were a lot of bottles that had not been opened yet. The servers brought a big seafood dish for everyone to share and put it in the middle of the table. There was a bottle of 2007 Lillian Syrah tin my way that I did not think had been opened, so I laid it down. Dumped about a half glass of wine on the table before I could stand it back up. Oops.

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#29 Post by Chris H. » July 5th, 2019, 3:55 pm

Perhaps not the dumbest, but the most recent, was at a party I hosted, after dinner (and several bottles of wine, and cocktails with my friends), I decided to open up another bottle of wine. I was thinking, let's check in on the 2016 Myriad Napa Valley Cab, nothing crazy expensive, but quality. After decanting the wine, I noticed I had opened up a 2016 Myriad Steltzner Cab, instead of the Napa Valley bottling! Totally my fault, but considering the labels are nearly identical (minus the vineyard designation), I would warn others that this can happen (even after reading previous posts here and Cellar Tracker, of this very thing happening). It was a happy mistake ultimately, because the wine was great, and confirmed I need to order more for the 2017 offering (and scout a few more bottles out from the 2016 vintage).

Another fine memory, is that I hosted an Octoberfest party a few years back. Several of us left the party I was hosting, to make a short and quick trip to the local German restaurant close by, hear some of the Octoberfest music, and then return to the party. Upon returning, a few of my friends (albeit over served), had helped themselves into my basement Artevino wine fridge, and opened a 2005 Groth Reserve Cab! Keep in mind, they are not into wine, but enjoy it as a beverage. They had no idea what they were opening, but wanted more wine for the festivities....

Luckily, before opening more wine, they decided to look up prices online...I am pretty sure they were going to open up a 2002 Opus next.

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#30 Post by Marc Hauser » July 5th, 2019, 5:02 pm

Buy Australian Shiraz based on a certain critic’s scores.
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#31 Post by james l moleberg » July 6th, 2019, 6:57 am

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#32 Post by Gary York » July 6th, 2019, 7:34 am

Kept on buying Burgundy until I found one that was good. Now I have 200+ bottles. And no mention of PC ?
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#33 Post by Mike Davila » July 6th, 2019, 8:21 am

Not leaving a designated drinking wine for the wife when I went out for a wine dinner with the guys. When I got home she was drinking a 2005 Alban Lorraine.

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#34 Post by Steen T Olsen » July 6th, 2019, 8:46 am

Selling my assorted case of 1996 DRC, bought for $5000, in 2008..
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#35 Post by Alan Eden » July 6th, 2019, 8:49 am

Mike Davila wrote:
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Not leaving a designated drinking wine for the wife when I went out for a wine dinner with the guys. When I got home she was drinking a 2005 Alban Lorraine.
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#36 Post by alan weinberg » July 6th, 2019, 9:28 am

when my 1990 Rousseau Beze and Chambertin jumped in price from $100 to $250 per b, I sold at that peak! What is it now—$4000-5000 per bottle?

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#37 Post by JMFrawley » July 6th, 2019, 9:29 am

A few years ago, I scored a great deal on two bottles of 1990 Cos at a charity blind auction in NYC...and then left them in the cab...

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#38 Post by Ben M a n d l e r » July 6th, 2019, 9:43 am

There have been too many occasions to count on which, in high spirits among friends, I have opened too good a bottle of wine too late in the night after too many other bottles of wine, and woken the next morning with no memory of the wine and just an empty bottle.
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#39 Post by Anton D » July 6th, 2019, 9:56 am

My buddy moved from Northridge to SF in July one year, during the hottest hot spell, ever.

He had about 1500 bottles to move.

He loaded the world’s most rickety U-Haul type truck....after an extensive search for the cheapest truck. pileon

He loaded the truck early one morning and he didn’t get out of town until around 10 am.

He was about an hour north of Fresno at 3 pm, 100+ degrees....you guessed it....truck died.

No cell phone.

Finally to a phone about 4:30 pm. Company says they will be happy to bring a new truck and even help transfer the contents but not until Monday. He couldn’t find another rental anywhere.

Bottom line: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, most of Monday in hot hot heat.

He had one bottle of d’Yquem that the wine turned black.

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#40 Post by Mike Davila » July 6th, 2019, 10:19 am

Alan Eden wrote:
July 6th, 2019, 8:49 am
Mike Davila wrote:
July 6th, 2019, 8:21 am
Not leaving a designated drinking wine for the wife when I went out for a wine dinner with the guys. When I got home she was drinking a 2005 Alban Lorraine.
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None, I was toasted, but as I realized what she had opened she said something to the effect, You should try this it’s really good. We laugh about it to this day, and I always make sure there is a designated drinker or two on the cellar floor if I’m headed out with the guys.

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#41 Post by MikeHill » July 6th, 2019, 11:45 am

Mike Davila wrote:
July 6th, 2019, 8:21 am
Not leaving a designated drinking wine for the wife when I went out for a wine dinner with the guys. When I got home she was drinking a 2005 Alban Lorraine.
+1 I’ve learned this lesson as well. In my version the wife said, “we started grabbing from the bottom because we figured that’s where the crappy wine would be.” I told her the best stuff goes at the bottom precisely so it’s out of sight!

TNs from my wife included “I knew I was in trouble when my girlfriends started gushing about how good the wine was”.

On the other hand, we always obsess about when it’s the right time to drink, or if it’s as good as it’s supoosed to be. It was nice to come home to people just excited about good f*ck*ng wine!

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#42 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » July 6th, 2019, 12:25 pm

alan weinberg wrote:
July 6th, 2019, 9:28 am
when my 1990 Rousseau Beze and Chambertin jumped in price from $100 to $250 per b, I sold at that peak! What is it now—$4000-5000 per bottle?
Ha! Don't even ask what price we sold '85 Jayer Richebourg for, thinking we were doing great.

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#43 Post by Jayson Cohen » July 6th, 2019, 12:47 pm

MikeHill wrote:
July 6th, 2019, 11:45 am
Mike Davila wrote:
July 6th, 2019, 8:21 am
Not leaving a designated drinking wine for the wife when I went out for a wine dinner with the guys. When I got home she was drinking a 2005 Alban Lorraine.
+1 I’ve learned this lesson as well. In my version the wife said, “we started grabbing from the bottom because we figured that’s where the crappy wine would be.” I told her the best stuff goes at the bottom precisely so it’s out of sight!

TNs from my wife included “I knew I was in trouble when my girlfriends started gushing about how good the wine was”.

On the other hand, we always obsess about when it’s the right time to drink, or if it’s as good as it’s supoosed to be. It was nice to come home to people just excited about good f*ck*ng wine!
This all hits way too close to home: “You opened what?!”

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#44 Post by J a y H a c k » July 6th, 2019, 12:48 pm

"I just pre-ordered a case (6 bottles?) of 1989 La Tache. Would you like a bottle?"

What are you, crazy? $75 for a bottle of fermented grape juice.

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#45 Post by Mark Golodetz » July 6th, 2019, 2:10 pm

I have already had mine, but I figure I have been around long enough for a second go. In the days when you could bring bottles in your hand baggage when you flew, we returned to White Plains airport from Savannah with a bottle of Heitz Martha’s 1976, which I had bought down there. I had not zipped up my bag properly, and the bottle fell out and broke into pieces in the luggage area. Not only did I put my finger on the puddle of wine on the filthy floor, but someone came and asked me if it was good, I said yes, and he too put his finger in, tasted, and nodded his appreciation.
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#46 Post by Brady Daniels » July 6th, 2019, 5:17 pm

Ben M a n d l e r wrote:
July 6th, 2019, 9:43 am
There have been too many occasions to count on which, in high spirits among friends, I have opened too good a bottle of wine too late in the night after too many other bottles of wine, and woken the next morning with no memory of the wine and just an empty bottle.
I don’t remember several of the best bottles of Roumier I’ve ever had, for this exact reason.
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#47 Post by Alan Rath » July 6th, 2019, 6:16 pm

JMFrawley wrote:
July 6th, 2019, 9:29 am
A few years ago, I scored a great deal on two bottles of 1990 Cos at a charity blind auction in NYC...and then left them in the cab...

The hurt hasn’t dulled with time.
I hear ya. Years ago I bought a bottle of 2002 Lafite at Costco. Forgot to take it out of the trunk overnight, and someone stole it. $90 down the drain lol. But $500 today.
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#48 Post by Matthew King » July 6th, 2019, 6:25 pm

Alan Rath wrote:
July 6th, 2019, 6:16 pm
JMFrawley wrote:
July 6th, 2019, 9:29 am
A few years ago, I scored a great deal on two bottles of 1990 Cos at a charity blind auction in NYC...and then left them in the cab...

The hurt hasn’t dulled with time.
I hear ya. Years ago I bought a bottle of 2002 Lafite at Costco. Forgot to take it out of the trunk overnight, and someone stole it. $90 down the drain lol. But $500 today.
Look on the bright side, Alan. You saved yourself $410!
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Re: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?

#49 Post by Tony Toto » July 23rd, 2019, 6:55 am

We were having a memorial service for my step mom at my Dad's house. I was standing while trying to pull the cork out of a wine bottle. When I pulled to hard, the bottle slammed into the counter top, the bottle shattered and wine went everywhere.
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Re: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?

#50 Post by Richard Albert » July 23rd, 2019, 8:16 am

Put the 1948 Fonseca a fraction of an each too close to the cellar door on a concrete floor.

Importing and selling so many great ones from prime vintages from the 60's through the 90's and not keeping more Burgundies, getting more specific gets almost painful.

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