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by Victor Hong
September 26th, 2020, 5:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1496
Views: 85624

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

mike pobega wrote:
September 26th, 2020, 4:52 am
And Victor, in honor of the week we are in, I see a Shofar in my pie...
Well, Jesus was Jewish, no?
by Victor Hong
September 26th, 2020, 5:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $1 per ton 2020 mt Veeder cab grapes for sale
Replies: 34
Views: 2982

Re: $1 per ton 2020 mt Veeder cab grapes for sale

Mark Golodetz wrote:
September 26th, 2020, 4:28 am
Rates have skyrocketed since the fires of a couple of years back. And they will go up again.
So have insurance premiums everywhere else.
by Victor Hong
September 25th, 2020, 4:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1496
Views: 85624

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

I see Jesus there.
by Victor Hong
September 25th, 2020, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 185
Views: 8160

Re: wine.com delivery fail

Your mistake was to rent the house, instead of buying.
by Victor Hong
September 25th, 2020, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $500 Heitz Martha's?!?
Replies: 24
Views: 1440

Re: $500 Heitz Martha's?!?

I am waiting for the library sale of the 2020 vintage.
by Victor Hong
September 24th, 2020, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will smoke ever become part of a region's terroir?
Replies: 24
Views: 647

Re: Will smoke ever become part of a region's terroir?

There's a lot of talk about changing the laws and policies to enable a much better job to be done with preventative controlled burns. The smart approach to doing controlled burns proximate to vineyards is do them the part of the year they won't effect the grapes. How about designating an official N...
by Victor Hong
September 24th, 2020, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 303
Views: 26576

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Why should I have to? I’m not producing/marketing/selling wines. Many producers I have heard from say they are including clean taint test results with their release information or they are not going to release the wine. It’s their job to educate their customers not mine. Would they have an incentiv...
by Victor Hong
September 24th, 2020, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 303
Views: 26576

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

If there is no taint there is no risk. Can you provide a definitive list of which wines? Why should I have to? I’m not producing/marketing/selling wines. Many producers I have heard from say they are including clean taint test results with their release information or they are not going to release ...
by Victor Hong
September 24th, 2020, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $1 per ton 2020 mt Veeder cab grapes for sale
Replies: 34
Views: 2982

Re: $1 per ton 2020 mt Veeder cab grapes for sale

Around here, the grapes will drop on their own or the birds will eat them if not netted. John Cabot just takes down the electric fence around the vineyard and the black bears clean up. Some of them probably don't even notice the smoke taint. [snort.gif] Smoking Black Bear.png https://www.wineberser...
by Victor Hong
September 24th, 2020, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is this a first??
Replies: 6
Views: 811

Re: Is this a first??

Yawn. Why do wine geeks pay dollars for points, when the points cannot be drunk?
by Victor Hong
September 24th, 2020, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 303
Views: 26576

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

and when one of your coveted small wineries goes under, will you miss it? A blanket statement of not buying any 2020s is going to hurt small wineries like mine and several others on this board. I will have an ETS lab report or not release. It would be wise to keep an open mind. Even if not smoke ta...
by Victor Hong
September 24th, 2020, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 303
Views: 26576

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

I am curious what everyone's thoughts are about some wineries potentially declassifying all modestly (but not severely) tainted SVDs into their $75-80 "Napa" blends, essentially trying to offset any potential taint with killer juice from vineyards that rarely make the lower-priced blends. If some w...
by Victor Hong
September 24th, 2020, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Need a cheap built in wine fridge for kitchen island
Replies: 10
Views: 165

Re: Need a cheap built in wine fridge for kitchen island

Given the absurd, IMHO, price for these things I would pass entirely on a built in wine fridge. One could easily design the space for a free standing unit and slide it in. Or simply put a small free standing one elsewhere. Or as a last resort get a regular small built in fridge and use it for drink...
by Victor Hong
September 24th, 2020, 5:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $1 per ton 2020 mt Veeder cab grapes for sale
Replies: 34
Views: 2982

Re: $1 per ton 2020 mt Veeder cab grapes for sale

davidlown wrote:
September 24th, 2020, 4:54 am
Is there a bbq product you could make with all of these grapes like jelly or sauce?
Parker Sauce.
by Victor Hong
September 22nd, 2020, 7:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Your goto dry rub recipe?
Replies: 15
Views: 468

Re: Your goto dry rub recipe?

Cinnamon, instant coffee, garlic powder, pepper, chili, and salt.
by Victor Hong
September 22nd, 2020, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone tried any of these recently?
Replies: 6
Views: 387

Re: Anyone tried any of these recently?

La Jota was great, although a bit riper and sweeter than earlier vintages.
by Victor Hong
September 22nd, 2020, 6:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 185
Views: 8160

Re: wine.com delivery fail

Something smells very odd to me.
by Victor Hong
September 22nd, 2020, 4:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 185
Views: 8160

Re: wine.com delivery fail

Got on the chat last night around 10pm and was number 4 in the queue. Still took roughly 30 minutes, but finally got through to CS. Long story short, most of my order placed a few weeks ago were wines that were already sold out when I placed the order. CS canceled the order and gave me a $100 credi...
by Victor Hong
September 21st, 2020, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw
Replies: 76
Views: 3172

Re: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw

BTW, talking of apostrophes why do both Sotheby’s and Christie’s have them? Same reason Macy's does: We tend to refer to sellers in the possessive. I suspect it's because, when the company name is a surname, we think of it once having been a person's establishment. It has become force of habit, so ...
by Victor Hong
September 21st, 2020, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw
Replies: 76
Views: 3172

Re: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw

Arv R wrote:
September 21st, 2020, 5:25 pm
All have (have not) arrived
Newly in stock! (Returned from summer shipment, for re-sale.)
by Victor Hong
September 21st, 2020, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw
Replies: 76
Views: 3172

Re: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw

Container on the way!
by Victor Hong
September 21st, 2020, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any recommended Wine Clubs for more novice drinkers?
Replies: 28
Views: 1109

Re: Any recommended Wine Clubs for more novice drinkers?

Judd’s Hill. (Full disclosure - they’re good friends). Highly-accessible, well-priced, and perfect for people wanting something special, well-made, family-owned, personable. The 1993 and 1994 cabernet sauvignon and merlot were stunners, especially for just $10 per bottle, when I cleared them off of...
by Victor Hong
September 21st, 2020, 10:03 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 124
Views: 4212

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

I just re-read all of Merrill's posts on this thread and frankly wtf is wrong with all of you with the piling-on? You guys sound like the "silence is violence" mob - making things up to thrust fists in the air while claiming hegemony over science and morals. I agree with her that in general it is b...
by Victor Hong
September 21st, 2020, 4:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?
Replies: 73
Views: 3827

Re: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?

I just ended up buying faster than I was drinking and eventually needed somewhere to put it so I bought a wine fridge. Then I built a cellar for the overflow. Then I got offsite storage. I couldn't care less about verticals, joined three or four CA lists and never bought anything from them, and jus...
by Victor Hong
September 21st, 2020, 4:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Giscours 2000 and Soc.Mallet Cuvée Jean Gautreau 2001
Replies: 7
Views: 297

Re: Giscours 2000 and Soc.Mallet Cuvée Jean Gautreau 2001

I bought a stack of the Giscours 2000 upon release for just $25 to $30 per bottle. Until three years ago, the wine will still around $50.

Just gorgeous and never shut down, since then. A poor-man's Leoville Poyferre.
by Victor Hong
September 19th, 2020, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?
Replies: 73
Views: 3827

Re: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?

Many here were diagnosed with interactive afflictions of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Affluenza, and Hoarding Syndrome.
by Victor Hong
September 19th, 2020, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question on Eurocave Placement
Replies: 18
Views: 665

Re: Question on Eurocave Placement

Ambient noise is super low. Basement placement poses flood exposure, and is not convenient.
by Victor Hong
September 19th, 2020, 4:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8829
Views: 1322816

Re: $2.1 MILLION IN WINE OWNED BY RUDY SEIZED BY DOJ: CHRISTIE'S HOLDING MORE IN EUROPE

What would be the possible disposition of these wines? I suspect that the Marshal's Service will attempt to determine if the bottles seized from Wine Cellarage are authentic and, if they are, sell them. The money from the sale of those wines would then be used as restitution recovery funds to the v...
by Victor Hong
September 18th, 2020, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8829
Views: 1322816

Re: $2.1 MILLION IN WINE OWNED BY RUDY SEIZED BY DOJ: CHRISTIE'S HOLDING MORE IN EUROPE

Here is some belated news about seizure of wine which formerly belonged to Rudy Kurniawan. According to the Declaration of Deputy US Marshall Crystal Vasquez which was filed in the Kurniawan criminal case on May 22, 2020, one year ago, on September 11, 2019, the United States Marshal's Service seiz...
by Victor Hong
September 18th, 2020, 3:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Best Pizza List
Replies: 22
Views: 729

Re: Another Best Pizza List

Pepe’s is always a stopover when going to and coming back from Block Island. Clam pie!
by Victor Hong
September 18th, 2020, 10:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Jennair range top?
Replies: 20
Views: 585

Re: Jennair range top?

Thank you all. We ended up having to buy, as any alternative was going to arrive at the beginning of November. Too long. I found plenty of ways to justify it. We made the guarantees as iron clad as possible, and the price was less than half $1500, etc etc. Want my carry-out menus, as back-up? neener
by Victor Hong
September 17th, 2020, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PHISHING/SPAM ALERT ORDERS@WINECOUNTRYSHIPPPING.COM
Replies: 1
Views: 294

Re: PHISHING/SPAM ALERT ORDERS@WINECOUNTRYSHIPPPING.COM

Bdklein wrote:
September 17th, 2020, 1:57 pm
Be careful!!
But the merchant holds off on shipping during the summer.

(And forever.)
by Victor Hong
September 17th, 2020, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 185
Views: 8160

Re: wine.com delivery fail

John, I don't mean this as argumentative as it sounds, but just because someone who answers a customer service line says something doesn't make it true. As an example, the guys answering the phones at Premier Cru weren't very accurate with their feedback. Given how it appears these guys run the bus...
by Victor Hong
September 17th, 2020, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 185
Views: 8160

Re: wine.com delivery fail

Software upgrade meets climate downgrade.
by Victor Hong
September 16th, 2020, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged Cali Cab
Replies: 227
Views: 19177

Re: Aged Cali Cab

Whitehall Lane Merlot Leonardini Vineyard 1994 is a stunner.
by Victor Hong
September 16th, 2020, 6:05 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 124
Views: 4212

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

Science eschews luck! Not really appropriate for this forum but you can start with this from CDC (I can provide many more if the mob wants): https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/5/19-0994_article "evidence from 14 randomized controlled trials of these measures did not support a substantial effect o...
by Victor Hong
September 16th, 2020, 5:02 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 124
Views: 4212

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

Science eschews luck! Not really appropriate for this forum but you can start with this from CDC (I can provide many more if the mob wants): https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/5/19-0994_article "evidence from 14 randomized controlled trials of these measures did not support a substantial effect o...
by Victor Hong
September 15th, 2020, 1:20 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 124
Views: 4212

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

Covid-19 is far more than a respiratory virus. The respiratory tract is a key entry point, but hardly a terminus. That alone is to capitalize on the benefits of a mask. False argument. These respiratory viruses enter and exit by the oral/nasal airway, as is contagion via exhaled virus-laden water d...
by Victor Hong
September 15th, 2020, 12:52 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 124
Views: 4212

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

Covid-19 is far more than a respiratory virus. The respiratory tract is a key entry point, but hardly a terminus. That alone is to capitalize on the benefits of a mask.
by Victor Hong
September 15th, 2020, 11:04 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 124
Views: 4212

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

I just re-read all of Merrill's posts on this thread and frankly wtf is wrong with all of you with the piling-on? You guys sound like the "silence is violence" mob - making things up to thrust fists in the air while claiming hegemony over science and morals. I agree with her that in general it is b...
by Victor Hong
September 15th, 2020, 4:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Global 2020 wine harvest overview
Replies: 0
Views: 124

Global 2020 wine harvest overview

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... nd=premium

A polyglot of great, good, bad, and ugly.
by Victor Hong
September 14th, 2020, 7:02 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Remedies for Smoke Taint?
Replies: 13
Views: 613

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Shelf talker, citing "pain grille" tasting notes for 90+ score.
by Victor Hong
September 14th, 2020, 6:58 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 124
Views: 4212

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

I have been staying away from this thread as the antagonism is a bit much. But now that I am being quoted, please note that Larry was not forthcoming in his original post just what type of infraction he felt he was dealing with. It took 10 posts before he explained this was another to mask or not t...
by Victor Hong
September 13th, 2020, 6:50 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 124
Views: 4212

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

I have been staying away from this thread as the antagonism is a bit much. But now that I am being quoted, please note that Larry was not forthcoming in his original post just what type of infraction he felt he was dealing with. It took 10 posts before he explained this was another to mask or not t...
by Victor Hong
September 13th, 2020, 2:54 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 124
Views: 4212

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

If Merrill, Kim, or others have no problem with wineries violating nationwide health safety guidelines, would they object if such wineries were publicly named?
by Victor Hong
September 13th, 2020, 6:07 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 124
Views: 4212

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

- safety: literally, this winery has decided the safety of their team and guests - who may go visit other wineries in a given area - is not a priority and they can be spreading infections due to this carelessness. why should Larry, or anyone else, need to host guests who may have been exposed to C-...
by Victor Hong
September 13th, 2020, 6:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 185
Views: 8160

Re: wine.com delivery fail

Was double charged for a different ‘19 Bordeaux futures order late last night, from an order originally made and paid for over three months ago. This is an addition to the duplicate charges they made on Friday. At this rate, they should seriously consider ceasing all operations until they can fix t...
by Victor Hong
September 13th, 2020, 5:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com duplicate charge for June Bordeaux futures purchase
Replies: 17
Views: 1087

Re: wine.com duplicate charge for June Bordeaux futures purchase

Now I wonder if a vendor may have accidentally imported malware into its systems.
by Victor Hong
September 13th, 2020, 5:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 185
Views: 8160

Re: wine.com delivery fail

I forgot about that, and stand corrected.
by Victor Hong
September 12th, 2020, 5:24 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 124
Views: 4212

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

I believe that relationships within the community (winemaking) are important. Whether some one is wearing a mask or not at another winery, I would not consider my business. Minding your own business? Suppose that you were about to lend substantial money to somebody, whom everybody else---except you...

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