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by Tim McCracken
June 27th, 2020, 7:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping wine cellar from France to USA
Replies: 18
Views: 1136

Re: Shipping wine cellar from France to USA

I did get a quote that said I would be liable for tariffs. If that is the case, then I will hold off for awhile and just keep the wine in Europe.

Thanks for the reply!
by Tim McCracken
June 17th, 2020, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping wine cellar from France to USA
Replies: 18
Views: 1136

Shipping wine cellar from France to USA

Hi All,

I am likely moving back to the US from France in the near future, and I'd like to ship around 1000 bottles from my private cellar with me. Are there any good options for this that manage the entire process (i.e. packing, pickup, customs, delivery, etc)?

Thanks!
by Tim McCracken
April 14th, 2019, 6:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT handles
Replies: 429
Views: 21235

Re: CT handles

concorde
by Tim McCracken
March 23rd, 2019, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?
Replies: 66
Views: 3023

Re: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?

Those are my special occasion wines. I opened a couple of 3-5k wines for my 50th. Totally worth it.
by Tim McCracken
March 22nd, 2019, 5:52 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Advice re Normandy and Brittany
Replies: 68
Views: 5291

Re: Advice re Normandy and Brittany

So I've been to Normandy for visiting maybe five or six times. Each time we stay in Bayeux. It is a nice town with a few hotels, and overall central to where you want to be. Highly recommend it. And again, if anyone wants a tour guide, I can highly recommend Normandy Insight. HIGHLY recommended. We ...
by Tim McCracken
February 25th, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine drinking in France sucks
Replies: 291
Views: 17080

Re: Wine drinking in France sucks

Alex, I'm thinking of places like Les Papilles (yes it's tiny but the food is often hot and very good), Willi's, Fish la Boissonnerie, Juveniles, Verre Vole, Frenchie Wine Bar...the list is very long. Not the size of the place you appear to envision (100 - 200+ seats?). I don't tend to dine at the ...
by Tim McCracken
February 25th, 2019, 12:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine drinking in France sucks
Replies: 291
Views: 17080

Re: Wine drinking in France sucks

Ya'll need to just move on. Alan is ignorant about where to drink and eat in France. Even I am ignorant about where to eat and drink in the France or the US (in some respects), where markups are 3x and the wines I can afford are plonk. You want good wine (in France or US) - eat at a BYOB or find a ...
by Tim McCracken
February 15th, 2019, 6:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)
Replies: 102
Views: 5682

Re: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)

Just to add, specific to Merrill, is that part of her winery's customer experience is her participation on this board. Sure, she probably does it for personal enjoyment. But a winemaker spending his or her time (and time is money) on a public forum creates a connection with the customer base. I am p...
by Tim McCracken
February 15th, 2019, 5:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)
Replies: 102
Views: 5682

Re: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)

I see a few problems in this thread. First, this is not about customer service. It is about customer experience. And in today's marketing terminology, whether or not a customer is a net promoter of the product or brand. Thus, the gifts are part of the marketing strategy to keep customer promoting th...
by Tim McCracken
February 14th, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anybody buy Pride Wines anymore?
Replies: 37
Views: 2199

Re: Does anybody buy Pride Wines anymore?

Does anybody remember the late harvest dessert wine they used to make?I think it was Viogneir.Man that was some seriously good stuff, had a catchy name that I can’t remember. It is actually a fortified wine. You usually can only pick it up when visiting the vineyard and only certain times a year.
by Tim McCracken
January 16th, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: the elephant in the room...old wine at a tasting
Replies: 37
Views: 3242

Re: the elephant in the room...old wine at a tasting

Having tasted many older wines, I have a slightly different theory. Younger wines haven't developed many of the secondary or tertiary characteristics in their lifecycle. You taste the young wines, and your palate adapts to the power and the primary flavors of the wine. When you taste an older wine i...
by Tim McCracken
December 16th, 2018, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Somm 3
Replies: 100
Views: 10308

Re: Somm 3

Tim McCracken wrote:
December 16th, 2018, 10:07 am
Rich Brown wrote:
December 16th, 2018, 9:43 am
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
December 16th, 2018, 7:57 am
If you want to be amused check out jancis in the wine library tv episode with Gary v
Ha, I will definitely check it out! That has to be hilarious!


Ok, that was funny. Gary v is so out of his league.
"rather vile tablecloth"
by Tim McCracken
December 16th, 2018, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Somm 3
Replies: 100
Views: 10308

Re: Somm 3

Rich Brown wrote:
December 16th, 2018, 9:43 am
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
December 16th, 2018, 7:57 am
If you want to be amused check out jancis in the wine library tv episode with Gary v
Ha, I will definitely check it out! That has to be hilarious!


Ok, that was funny. Gary v is so out of his league.
by Tim McCracken
December 8th, 2018, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At the Château d'Yquem, one of the greatest dinners with exceptional wines
Replies: 23
Views: 1817

Re: At the Château d'Yquem, one of the greatest dinners with exceptional wines

Wow, an absolutely magical evening. Now I understand why you wanted to make the long drive to hand deliver the wines two months ago. Amazing! Even though I wasn't there, I feel a connection to this dinner, even if peripheral. :) (and apologies for having to bail on the Academie, unfortunately had to...
by Tim McCracken
December 4th, 2018, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Somm 3
Replies: 100
Views: 10308

Re: Somm 3

For someone that doesn't have any wine background, you really nailed Somm 2. It is the perfect selection of the great wine regions of the world. And including aged wines is something truly special. FWIW, I opened a 69 Dom Ruinart with a friend while we watched Somm 2. It was amazing (although not as...
by Tim McCracken
December 4th, 2018, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Somm 3
Replies: 100
Views: 10308

Re: Somm 3

Director of the films here, thanks for watching. A couple things - completely agree with a lot of this thread, but understand we did not redo the judgement of paris. We tried (and may have failed) at trying to show the importance and futility in judging wine. Hopefully it was at least entertaining....
by Tim McCracken
December 3rd, 2018, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Somm 3
Replies: 100
Views: 10308

Re: Somm 3

My other complaint is that I adore d'Angerville Volnays. I worry the impact on the price (which were already expensive).
by Tim McCracken
December 3rd, 2018, 1:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Somm 3
Replies: 100
Views: 10308

Re: Somm 3

I made a similar comment on this thread. Was a disappointment, especially given the hype in the trailer.
by Tim McCracken
December 1st, 2018, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SOMM 3 screening in SF with cast and crew
Replies: 10
Views: 1603

Re: SOMM 3 screening in SF with cast and crew

For those who already put somms up on a pedestal, this will be a good movie to watch. For those who want to learn more about some domestic pinot producers who can go 'toe to toe' with Burgundy, at least according to the 'experts' in the movie, then it's probably worth watching. For most others, it ...
by Tim McCracken
November 30th, 2018, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SOMM 3 screening in SF with cast and crew
Replies: 10
Views: 1603

Re: SOMM 3 screening in SF with cast and crew

It's available on iTunes and Amazon now. Just watched it. Honestly, it was kindof a letdown. I was expecting something much more akin to recreating the Judgement of Paris. Instead, it seemed like more of a promotional video of some of the businesses of people from the first film. The conclusions wil...
by Tim McCracken
November 17th, 2018, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Bordeaux to open?
Replies: 35
Views: 1379

Re: Which Bordeaux to open?

I would do the two Gruaud Larose.
by Tim McCracken
November 9th, 2018, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Geeky stuff: archaeology and the origins of wine
Replies: 3
Views: 387

Re: Geeky stuff: archaeology and the origins of wine

I love archeology, look forward to watching it!
by Tim McCracken
November 3rd, 2018, 9:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Master Somm Invalidation
Replies: 207
Views: 17854

Re: Master Somm Invalidation

The offender has essentially been outed on social media. The CMS is probably being quiet for legal reasons.
by Tim McCracken
October 21st, 2018, 3:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Buying and Consuming BURGUNDY
Replies: 132
Views: 16867

Re: Thoughts on Buying and Consuming BURGUNDY

I have a slightly different strategy than most of what has been written above. Besides looking at great producers, I like to explore an appellation that I have consistently liked. This means multiple producers, and in particular smaller domaines that are not mentioned among the big ones. My top thre...
by Tim McCracken
October 15th, 2018, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Master Somm Invalidation
Replies: 207
Views: 17854

Re: Master Somm Invalidation

This brouhaha involved the blind tasting portion. While I'm always impressed when people in the wine world can identify wines blind, it has almost nothing to do with being a practicing somm. Whether you can identify blind some high falutin' big name wine isn't that important. Whether you can quickl...
by Tim McCracken
October 15th, 2018, 8:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Master Somm Invalidation
Replies: 207
Views: 17854

Re: Master Somm Invalidation

Stepping out of character and getting serious for just a minute, the value of a Sommelier to me is helping me chose a good bottle of wine from a restaurant wine list. Something that will compliment the meal and not break the bank. Most of the time I’m in a familiar place and I can get along on my o...
by Tim McCracken
October 15th, 2018, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Master Somm Invalidation
Replies: 207
Views: 17854

Re: Master Somm Invalidation

Wine geeks that trash blind tasting in general and the Master Sommelier program in particular remind me of non-wine-geeks who trash the idea that there is a difference between expensive wine and plonk. I very much respect their ability to identify wine. But like my dad the expert on railroad pocket...
by Tim McCracken
October 14th, 2018, 11:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Master Somm Invalidation
Replies: 207
Views: 17854

Re: Master Somm Invalidation

Wine geeks that trash blind tasting in general and the Master Sommelier program in particular remind me of non-wine-geeks who trash the idea that there is a difference between expensive wine and plonk.
by Tim McCracken
October 10th, 2018, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Master Somm Invalidation
Replies: 207
Views: 17854

Re: Master Somm Invalidation

From a press release: Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas Board of Directors Establishes Parameters for Retests for Candidates Affected by Voided Exam Following its decision to void the tasting portion of the 2018 Master Sommeliers Diploma Examination, the Board of Directors for the Court of Master...
by Tim McCracken
September 8th, 2018, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acker Merrall vs HDH auction experience as seller
Replies: 91
Views: 5660

Re: Acker Merrall vs HDH auction experience as seller

John, I thank you so much. I never, ever dreamed my simple question would ignite such a “discussion”. WOW 🤕 I also went with HDH, just shipped 15 cases of First Growths for November auction. We are downsizing and all of my wine was stored here. too much to drink in 2-3 lifetimes. keeping our finger...
by Tim McCracken
September 1st, 2018, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind Tasting Swings and Misses
Replies: 67
Views: 2547

Re: Blind Tasting Swings and Misses

My failures are too numerous to count, including many failures to even come close on the variety. Someone once slipped an MD 20/20 into a blind lineup. It tasted like antifreeze. I politely opined that it was not my style. I’ve never completely and perfectly nailed a double blind wine. My broken cl...
by Tim McCracken
August 28th, 2018, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acker Merrall vs HDH auction experience as seller
Replies: 91
Views: 5660

Re: Acker Merrall vs HDH auction experience as seller

Since I was mentioned in a public Facebook post as a result of this thread, I am reposting that Facebook post here for posterity: For the wine friends- I don’t know who this nut job Tim McCracken is supposed to be, but thanks to our little fight on a certain wine forum I got 3 new cellar leads this ...
by Tim McCracken
August 28th, 2018, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acker Merrall vs HDH auction experience as seller
Replies: 91
Views: 5660

Re: Acker Merrall vs HDH auction experience as seller

Hmmm, so Tom is an Acker apologist. Got it. No interest in engaging further. This answer the question why an auction house would knowingly sell counterfeit wines. Because they can, and apologists like Tom will continue buying. And people wonder why counterfeiting continues to be a problem. Note to ...
by Tim McCracken
August 27th, 2018, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acker Merrall vs HDH auction experience as seller
Replies: 91
Views: 5660

Re: Acker Merrall vs HDH auction experience as seller

A few reminders about Acker: 1. The Rudy Cellar I and Cellar II sales put Acker on the auction map. 2. The Acker catalogues made clear misrepresentations for those sales. 3. One of Acker's biggest sales was the Eric Greenberg sale. You may recall, Greenberg was found liable "“by clear and convincin...
by Tim McCracken
August 26th, 2018, 11:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acker Merrall vs HDH auction experience as seller
Replies: 91
Views: 5660

Re: Acker Merrall vs HDH auction experience as seller

A few reminders about Acker: 1. The Rudy Cellar I and Cellar II sales put Acker on the auction map. 2. The Acker catalogues made clear misrepresentations for those sales. 3. One of Acker's biggest sales was the Eric Greenberg sale. You may recall, Greenberg was found liable "“by clear and convincing...
by Tim McCracken
August 26th, 2018, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acker Merrall vs HDH auction experience as seller
Replies: 91
Views: 5660

Re: Acker Merrall vs HDH auction experience as seller

Tim, I don’t understand why an auction house would knowingly sell counterfeit wine. It would come to light eventually and ruin their reputation. The operative word is knowingly, meaning they were aware beforehand. I would agree that companies do really dumb things, VW “dieselgate” or Wells Fargo. T...
by Tim McCracken
August 26th, 2018, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acker Merrall vs HDH auction experience as seller
Replies: 91
Views: 5660

Re: Acker Merrall vs HDH auction experience as seller

thank you both C Fu and David. I do know that Acker has no sellers premium. They do charge for shipping, which everyone does. They also charge a 3% “handling fee”. I don’t know about HDH, but I believe they, also, do not charge a sellers premium. I will call tomorrow to find out for sure, as their ...
by Tim McCracken
August 25th, 2018, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acker Merrall vs HDH auction experience as seller
Replies: 91
Views: 5660

Re: Acker Merrall vs HDH auction experience as seller

Depends, are you trying to sell authentic or counterfeit wines?
by Tim McCracken
August 11th, 2018, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why are corkscrews so short ?
Replies: 33
Views: 1267

Why are corkscrews so short ?

I'll admit that I really don't like Ah-So corkscrews, as they destroy the writing on the cork. I also don't like the way they scrape against the inside glass of the bottle neck.

Finally, they can create difficulties with older corks, hence why the Durand was invented.
by Tim McCracken
August 11th, 2018, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why are corkscrews so short ?
Replies: 33
Views: 1267

Why are corkscrews so short ?

Philip N. Jones wrote:This corkscrew looks like a copy of the Screwpull LeCreuset.
Phil Jones
Yes, there are lots of makers of these kinds of corkscrews. The Le Creuset is a bit pricey, though. Any solid one of similar style will do.
by Tim McCracken
August 11th, 2018, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why are corkscrews so short ?
Replies: 33
Views: 1267

Why are corkscrews so short ?

Here is an explanation video from Francois:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2H7SC7r2s0
by Tim McCracken
August 11th, 2018, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why are corkscrews so short ?
Replies: 33
Views: 1267

Why are corkscrews so short ?

Not to reveal a trade secret (sorry Francois) but there is a way to avoid this. First, use a regular waiter's corkscrew and gently pull the cork out about 1/4 of an inch (a little less than a cm). Remove the waiter's corkscrew from the cork, then grab one of these: https://www.amazon.com/Twister-Bla...
by Tim McCracken
August 6th, 2018, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Undercharged $100 for a bottle of Armagnac. WWJS do?
Replies: 43
Views: 2246

Undercharged $100 for a bottle of Armagnac. WWJS do?

Jancis would let them know about the mistake.
by Tim McCracken
July 8th, 2018, 6:13 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Advice re Normandy and Brittany
Replies: 68
Views: 5291

Advice re Normandy and Brittany

If anyone is planning a trip to Normandy and is a WWII buff, my best piece of advice is this: Visit WN-60 at Omaha Beach during low tide. It is by far THE best perspective of the entire beach and gives a great understanding of just how much exposure the soldiers had while landing. You can look up WN...
by Tim McCracken
June 30th, 2018, 4:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Auction large lot question
Replies: 33
Views: 1732

Auction large lot question

Many auctions are from estates where they received the entire collection. Those who work(ed) for an auction house could answer with certainty, but I'd be surprised if estates make up anything more than a very small fraction of consignments. Bingo. Very small percentage. Incorrect. Or I should say, ...
by Tim McCracken
June 28th, 2018, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riedel Glassware Sale
Replies: 24
Views: 2306

Riedel Glassware Sale

Out of stock :(
by Tim McCracken
June 28th, 2018, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Auction large lot question
Replies: 33
Views: 1732

Auction large lot question

Many auctions are from estates where they received the entire collection. They single out the most expensive bottles then group the other bottles together in a way that they will sell. Sometimes they will put a couple good bottles in with a bunch of lesser bottles so that they can sell the lesser bo...
by Tim McCracken
June 24th, 2018, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have we the same palates?
Replies: 46
Views: 1986

Have we the same palates?

I may be missing something, but it looks to my eye as though the first 4x4 grid aligns perfectly, with the "diagonal" dominating, and with appropriate fall-off as you move away from the diagonal. +1. There is always going to be variability, the question is the statistical significance. It seems to ...
by Tim McCracken
June 24th, 2018, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Chateau Smith Haut Laffite
Replies: 19
Views: 701

TN: 2000 Chateau Smith Haut Laffite

Although not specific to the 2000, I have to disagree about the overall impression of SHL. I have a sweet spot for wines of the Graves, and SHL is an example of solid, modern winemaking that captures the beauty of the terroir. Yes, it is different than wines of the Haut Medoc, and that is what I lik...

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