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by Jim Brennan
June 10th, 2021, 10:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Montrose just passed $1,000 a bottle
Replies: 23
Views: 1466

Re: 1990 Montrose just passed $1,000 a bottle

Time to create some new 1989s and 90s, eh?
by Jim Brennan
June 6th, 2021, 5:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Detroit Shop
Replies: 6
Views: 349

Re: Detroit Shop

Don't know about delivery or how they'd align to what you're looking for, but recommend Elie's or Old Woodward Cellar in Birmingham, Red Wagon in Rochester Hills, Western Market in Ferndale.
by Jim Brennan
June 3rd, 2021, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: German and Austrian Wines - what to look for
Replies: 26
Views: 1186

Re: German and Austrian Wines - what to look for

Thanks for the clarification Brian. You might be able to work in a cruise on the Danube in wine country (since what kid doesn't like a boat ride) and then have lunch or dinner in Krems where many of the wineries are located and where the wines are widely available. PS - Austrian white wines are gene...
by Jim Brennan
June 2nd, 2021, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYT: How Income Inequality Has Erased Your Chance to Drink the Great Wines
Replies: 198
Views: 10685

Re: NYT: How Income Inequality Has Erased Your Chance to Drink the Great Wines

This is why we need a new Robert Parker, to guide these people towards soulless, expensive wines that I don't care about, and away from wines of character.
by Jim Brennan
June 1st, 2021, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your suggestions for soulless wines with poor QPR
Replies: 79
Views: 4202

Re: Your suggestions for soulless wines with poor QPR

. . . Cris had me at "Monbousquet". . . . There is a huge difference between wines people do not like and wines that are soulless and bad QPR. My wife would suggest that you should add "You know, what's that wine called that tastes like horse manure?" and I will say, as I did ye...
by Jim Brennan
May 28th, 2021, 7:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinous subscription abruptly terminated.
Replies: 132
Views: 7816

Re: Vinous subscription abruptly terminated.

Neal.Mollen wrote: May 28th, 2021, 4:56 pm
GregT wrote: May 28th, 2021, 3:38 pm
Markus S wrote: May 27th, 2021, 11:15 am Ghosted by Galloni.
This is a great thread.

Big shout out to Markus for a nice turn of phrase, although apparently untrue.

A pity. Great title for future use.
Galloni Ghosting Gaslight
Great galloping ghosts of Gehenna
by Jim Brennan
May 28th, 2021, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinous subscription abruptly terminated.
Replies: 132
Views: 7816

Re: Vinous subscription abruptly terminated.

Marc Hauser wrote: May 27th, 2021, 12:38 pm Dammit - where now can I direct my moral outrage at something that doesn’t affect me?!?!?!
Irony... meet Marc.
by Jim Brennan
May 26th, 2021, 6:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it right for Antonio Galloni to give early access to scores to those who pay $2000/month?
Replies: 253
Views: 15388

Re: Is it right for Antonio Galloni to give early access to scores to those who pay $2000/month?

Hi Jim, The graph is directly related to the dataset and there is no perfect scoring curve... and most good producers, which is where we focus, don't tend to make wines professional reviewers would rate in the low 80s. I'll say this, if a histogram of our reviews ever starts to look like a true bel...
by Jim Brennan
May 25th, 2021, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it right for Antonio Galloni to give early access to scores to those who pay $2000/month?
Replies: 253
Views: 15388

Re: Is it right for Antonio Galloni to give early access to scores to those who pay $2000/month?

Hi John, For the Washington report, which is a cherry-picked selection of the top producers, there were 15 wines rated 97 points or higher, which is 2% of the wines reviewed. I've linked to the below graph in the past but it shows the scoring distribution for last year. I'm happy to provide the sam...
by Jim Brennan
May 25th, 2021, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your suggestions for soulless wines with poor QPR
Replies: 79
Views: 4202

Re: Your suggestions for soulless wines with poor QPR

Jay Miller wrote: May 25th, 2021, 6:16 am
Jim Brennan wrote: May 24th, 2021, 4:47 am Calling Jeff L!
True, you can just select any wine he gave 95+ points [stirthepothal.gif]
He's our resident Wine Wraith, a highly reliable predictor of wines with oodles of points, but no soul.
by Jim Brennan
May 24th, 2021, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whatever Happened to The Zucc??
Replies: 52
Views: 3965

Re: Whatever Happened to The Zucc??

Bill Tex Landreth wrote: May 24th, 2021, 6:00 pm I’ve been party to plenty of train wreck threads, but this one might just win.
You're right on the monie with that analysis!
by Jim Brennan
May 24th, 2021, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whatever Happened to The Zucc??
Replies: 52
Views: 3965

Re: Whatever Happened to The Zucc??

If it’s this: https://www.fingerlakesdailynews.com/2019/06/15/burdett-winery-owner-sues-schuyler-deputy-town-of-hector-for-14-million/ Then who knows? From what little I could glean of him from his posts and our interactions this sounds like par for the course. Could be more to it but certainly rea...
by Jim Brennan
May 21st, 2021, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What does 100 point score mean?
Replies: 94
Views: 3936

Re: What does 100 point score mean?

Personally I do not agree with the concept of a 100 point wine as some sort of objective standard based solely on technical criteria. I think it's silly, and mostly marketing nonsense sold to us by the trade and critics. It's impossible to eliminate the experiential aspects of drinking wine. The 100...
by Jim Brennan
May 20th, 2021, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can a wine be accurately described as feminine or masculine?
Replies: 169
Views: 5909

Re: Can a wine be accurately described as feminine or masculine?

As much as I don't find the descriptors 'masculine' and 'feminine' helpful, I also don't think we need to resort to personal attacks on those that do use them. I’m not reacting to the use of a wine descriptor. I’m reacting to those who think they’re morally superior and use lazy terms like “politic...
by Jim Brennan
May 19th, 2021, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can a wine be accurately described as feminine or masculine?
Replies: 169
Views: 5909

Re: Can a wine be accurately described as feminine or masculine?

The war over control of language to manage thought and exercise power leads IMO directly to the sort of disingenuousness that now infects the kind of discourse we talk about in another (very special) forum here. So, personally I don't go out of my way to use gendered language most of the time when s...
by Jim Brennan
May 17th, 2021, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why do pro critics think Orin Swift Wines are good?
Replies: 209
Views: 10148

Re: Why do pro critics think Orin Swift Wines are good?

Basically we’re talking about a cocktail wine. Beaujolais is a nice food friendly wine but not what I want as a cocktail wine. Michael, not to give you shit, but I have no idea what you mean by this. :) Just think of what you’d order at an industry event with an open bar. Gin and tonic, beer, white...
by Jim Brennan
May 17th, 2021, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why do pro critics think Orin Swift Wines are good?
Replies: 209
Views: 10148

Re: Why do pro critics think Orin Swift Wines are good?

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote: May 17th, 2021, 9:54 am
Basically we’re talking about a cocktail wine. Beaujolais is a nice food friendly wine but not what I want as a cocktail wine.
Michael, not to give you shit, but I have no idea what you mean by this. :)
by Jim Brennan
May 17th, 2021, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why do pro critics think Orin Swift Wines are good?
Replies: 209
Views: 10148

Re: Why do pro critics think Orin Swift Wines are good?

They’re a good wine for an outdoor bbq where you’re drinking with plastic glasses and the emphasis isn’t on the wine. You won’t feel like you’re drinking utter swill. Would bedrock ovz be better in that situation? Of course, but I wouldn’t turn it down if offered. Yes they’re likely not a good valu...
by Jim Brennan
May 17th, 2021, 6:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why do pro critics think Orin Swift Wines are good?
Replies: 209
Views: 10148

Re: Why do pro critics think Orin Swift Wines are good?

The issue Robert is that they aren't "sucky." They are just made in a style that is not preferred here. Mmm...not sure I agree with that. I think they spend their time coming up with branding and labels, and the wines are pretty “manufactured”. They’re not a style I like either, but that ...
by Jim Brennan
May 15th, 2021, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Antonio Galloni launches preview scoring.
Replies: 574
Views: 40109

Re: Antonio Galloni launches preview scoring.

This is what I read to reach that conclusion. I closed the threads because they were bad for my mental health. Since you mention RP, at the end I saw him become very bitter. I am determined to not let that happen to me. But it is very easy to see that path. Very easy to see how that can happen when...
by Jim Brennan
May 11th, 2021, 5:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it right for Antonio Galloni to give early access to scores to those who pay $2000/month?
Replies: 253
Views: 15388

Re: Is it right for Antonio Galloni to give early access to scores to those who pay $2000/month?

Updated Every long thread needs a summary, here is my ten point version. 1. Antonio can do what he wants with his business. 2. However he is a bit of a dick for charging people a lot of money for early access. 3. He would be less of a dick if he charged a lot less money and the whole thing was more ...
by Jim Brennan
May 10th, 2021, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why do pro critics think Orin Swift Wines are good?
Replies: 209
Views: 10148

Re: Why do pro critics think Orin Swift Wines are good?

Chris Crutchfield wrote: May 10th, 2021, 8:20 am This implies that wine critics rating Orin Swift is like beer critics rating Bud Light. Why do wine critics feel obligated to shill for crap wine?
Probably for custom bespoke reasons...
by Jim Brennan
May 10th, 2021, 6:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why do pro critics think Orin Swift Wines are good?
Replies: 209
Views: 10148

Re: Why do pro critics think Orin Swift Wines are good?

I don't disagree with your first part that popular doesn't necessarily mean good. What I'm failing to realize is why we need to bash people for what they drink, or rate highly. What exactly does that accomplish? I'm sure there is people who lurk on this board, and drink these wines. And maybe one w...
by Jim Brennan
May 10th, 2021, 6:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why do pro critics think Orin Swift Wines are good?
Replies: 209
Views: 10148

Re: Why do pro critics think Orin Swift Wines are good?

So we bash the critics, and subsequently the people who drink this stuff since we don't like it? Despite the fact that they sell thousands and thousands of cases of these wines, and the people who drink it, like it? Popular != necessarily equal good. Fred Franzia sells a shit-ton of wine (and Parke...
by Jim Brennan
May 9th, 2021, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it right for Antonio Galloni to give early access to scores to those who pay $2000/month?
Replies: 253
Views: 15388

Re: Is it right for Antonio Galloni to give early access to scores to those who pay $2000/month?

* FWIW I think people have been far too trusting of critics being 'on their side'. You realize this forum came about largely because of criticism of Parker, his influence, over-weaning preference for a limited set styles, lack of tolerance for different points of view, etc etc... and how much of th...
by Jim Brennan
May 8th, 2021, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sweet Bordeaux Prices
Replies: 53
Views: 3251

Re: Sweet Bordeaux Prices

I think my Sauternes consumption rate is about a bottle a year. Sauternes has a double problem IMO. Not only are dessert wines of all kinds tough to find a place for these days, but frankly I'd rather be drinking Tokaji, a Kracher TBA, German eiswein, etc. etc., usually for less money too. Honestly...
by Jim Brennan
May 8th, 2021, 5:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Antonio Galloni launches preview scoring.
Replies: 574
Views: 40109

Re: Antonio Galloni launches preview scoring.

Antonio Galloni states; "Independence. From the beginning of my professional writing and tasting career I have valued editorial independence above all else. Vinous has no commercial ties, direct or indirect, to any part of the wine trade . We pay all of our expenses and do not accept sponsored...
by Jim Brennan
May 7th, 2021, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Antonio Galloni launches preview scoring.
Replies: 574
Views: 40109

Re: Antonio Galloni launches preview scoring.

What? He's just hosting a tasting with Acker Wines, a known and reputable organization... [snort.gif]
by Jim Brennan
May 7th, 2021, 4:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chubb experience: Perfect outcome. Wine lost, via human error.
Replies: 79
Views: 5335

Re: Ugh. Wine lost, via human error.

Ouch, sorry to hear this.
by Jim Brennan
May 7th, 2021, 4:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it right for Antonio Galloni to give early access to scores to those who pay $2000/month?
Replies: 253
Views: 15388

Re: Is it right for Antonio Galloni to give early access to scores to those who pay $2000/month?

It's not a moral issue. It's a business ethics issue. The Vinous core values specifically call out independence from the trade in ways that align with a consumer advocacy position (even if he never called himself a consumer advocate). Vinous can't claim this as a core value and then offer "spec...
by Jim Brennan
May 7th, 2021, 3:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Antonio Galloni launches preview scoring.
Replies: 574
Views: 40109

Re: Antonio Galloni launches preview scoring.

BTW, I didn't write that non-subscribers (and/or people who had never seen the page) shouldn't care, obviously some do. But, I think most of them would continue to care even if that text were modified. You may be an exception but it's not the text that's the main issue for most of them. -Al Entirel...
by Jim Brennan
May 6th, 2021, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Antonio Galloni launches preview scoring.
Replies: 574
Views: 40109

Re: Antonio Galloni launches preview scoring.

I'm sure Galloni doesn't consider it patently false.. the ability of people to rationalize sketchy practices in their own favor is amazing. What they're doing now is a business decision but it's also clearly breaking trust with the consumers who subscribed in part due to his positioning on point #2 ...
by Jim Brennan
May 5th, 2021, 10:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Antonio Galloni launches preview scoring.
Replies: 574
Views: 40109

Re: Antonio Galloni launches preview scoring.

Parker frequently and prominently claimed to be an advocate for the consumer. AFAIK, Galloni never has. The page about his values that was quoted is linked below. Brian implied that it states he is serving consumers and only them, I don't think it does. https://vinous.com/statics/approach I have no...
by Jim Brennan
May 5th, 2021, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Antonio Galloni launches preview scoring.
Replies: 574
Views: 40109

Re: Antonio Galloni launches preview scoring.

They're gonna need to update the "Core Values" page on the website https://vinous.com/statics/approach Somehow, this apparently does **NOT** amount to Galloni saying that he's serving *consumers* and only them, so no need for him to change anything. pepsi If you look on the page, it state...
by Jim Brennan
May 5th, 2021, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Antonio Galloni launches preview scoring.
Replies: 574
Views: 40109

Re: Antonio Galloni launches preview scoring.

I think it's pretty simple, AG simply needs to remove / change his statement that there's no entanglement with the trade. Regardless of the fact that some people here are trying to word parse along the lines of "the meaning of is" (as a defense of AG), common sense says that the subscripti...
by Jim Brennan
May 5th, 2021, 5:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2127
Views: 239256

Re: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

Bill Tex Landreth wrote: May 5th, 2021, 5:02 am Rumor has it that Ray’s wife is back in the USA and looking for five years back dated child support, and he is claiming that he is poor.
Yet, again rumor has it, he has a new Porsche to drive around town in.
Hustlers gotta be hustlin'
by Jim Brennan
May 2nd, 2021, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it right for Antonio Galloni to give early access to scores to those who pay $2000/month?
Replies: 253
Views: 15388

Re: Is it right for Antonio Galloni to give early access to scores to those who pay $2000/month?

My guess is that he's had had some detailed statistical analysis done and may even promote and sell the service on the back of analysis that claims proven quantifiable impact from his scores.
by Jim Brennan
May 2nd, 2021, 5:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it right for Antonio Galloni to give early access to scores to those who pay $2000/month?
Replies: 253
Views: 15388

Re: Is it right for Antonio Galloni to give early access to scores to those who pay $2000/month?

why can't he be both? There is a wide breadth of coverage with some excellent reviewers. I really do have a hard time seeing how this decision really changes the market or what many of us pay for wines. After you start selling special early access to the retailer/distributor ecosystem (so that they...
by Jim Brennan
May 1st, 2021, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it right for Antonio Galloni to give early access to scores to those who pay $2000/month?
Replies: 253
Views: 15388

Re: Is it right for Antonio Galloni to give early access to scores to those who pay $2000/month?

I think this just makes the point that Galloni isn't a consumer advocate. He's a Galloni advocate. why can't he be both? There is a wide breadth of coverage with some excellent reviewers. I really do have a hard time seeing how this decision really changes the market or what many of us pay for wine...
by Jim Brennan
May 1st, 2021, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Antonio Galloni launches preview scoring.
Replies: 574
Views: 40109

Re: Antonio Galloni launches preview scoring.

If he really wants to turn the industry on its head, maybe he makes his newsletter free to consumers since it's not really their money he wants anyway. He wants to essentially sell influence, create market impact, and enable profit optimization to the big money end of that equation, so why not just...
by Jim Brennan
May 1st, 2021, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Antonio Galloni launches preview scoring.
Replies: 574
Views: 40109

Re: Antonio Galloni launches preview scoring.

Almost 10 pages of fury at Galloni doing this with his business and no one puts any blame on the retailer who will be doing the price adjustments on the fly? I'm not a subscriber, but feels a little like some are putting the cart before the horse. Because the wine critic is ostensibly publishing re...
by Jim Brennan
May 1st, 2021, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Antonio Galloni launches preview scoring.
Replies: 574
Views: 40109

Re: Antonio Galloni launches preview scoring.

How is this thread *still* going? Not to pick on you, Marc, but I have seen this in some other longer threads and I don't understand the purpose of posts like this. If you aren't interested in a post, then move on. Obviously some people are interested in the thread and want to keep it going. And by...
by Jim Brennan
April 29th, 2021, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Northern Michigan Wine Notes
Replies: 27
Views: 1296

Re: TN: Some Northern Michigan Wine Notes

Thanks Greg T., As many of you may know, (or not) my life was turned upside down by the loss of my partner and wife, Rae Lee in 2009. I can’t remember much about 2010- 2012 other than some wonderful people helped me make it through. I met Daun Page in 2012 and we married in the vineyard in 2013. Th...
by Jim Brennan
April 29th, 2021, 5:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Antonio Galloni launches preview scoring.
Replies: 574
Views: 40109

Re: Antonio Galloni launches preview scoring.

Marcus (and everyone else!), thanks for all the responses. I appreciate the less worried tone about the impact of this new data product on wineries like yours. And I think you're probably right - it's not a huge deal. My POV is that this particular change is a fairly small one - another little delt...
by Jim Brennan
April 28th, 2021, 2:52 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Irish Whisky Are You Drinking?
Replies: 40
Views: 2474

Re: What Irish Whisky Are You Drinking?

Yes... If I want inexpensive Irish, I head right for Power's.

Inexpensive meaning less than $40. :-)
by Jim Brennan
April 28th, 2021, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Antonio Galloni launches preview scoring.
Replies: 574
Views: 40109

Re: Antonio Galloni launches preview scoring.

That’s the thing though, it’s unclear that it impacts the customer. You are probably right. The people paying the 24K per year do it because they have too much money and prefer giving it away! Of course, it impacts the consumer. The consumer is not on equal footing as the person spending the 24 K, ...

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