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by Victor Hong
July 4th, 2020, 1:39 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Travel insurance
Replies: 27
Views: 1037

Re: Travel insurance

Robert Pollard-Smith wrote:
July 4th, 2020, 12:45 pm
Check has been deposited. Just in time to be shelled out for the 17-y.o. wall oven that died.
Send that off on a Coronavirus cruise.
by Victor Hong
July 4th, 2020, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coravin @ Neiman Marcus
Replies: 9
Views: 605

Re: Coravin @ Neiman Marcus

Bankruptcy lawyers bought some of them, in order to Coravin the working-capital accounts of this retailer.
by Victor Hong
July 2nd, 2020, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Del Posto Selling Off Wine Cellar - Auction
Replies: 21
Views: 1696

Re: Del Posto Selling Off Wine Cellar - Auction

That operator has long been known for overcharging, in order to soothe diners and drinkers with their financial capacity to get fleeced. rolleyes I didn’t go to Del Posto all that often because the wine was so expensive (and they refused to do corkage), but there’s little question the food was exce...
by Victor Hong
July 2nd, 2020, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?
Replies: 36
Views: 3146

Re: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?

What is wrong with cinnamon-cola-cherry jam? Nothing at all Victor...as long as it's spread on toast! I apologize if Spectator posted the incorrect retail price...but i have noticed they have been aggressively raising their prices...just feels like the new owners are besmirching Micheal and Dan's l...
by Victor Hong
July 2nd, 2020, 6:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?
Replies: 36
Views: 3146

Re: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?

What is wrong with cinnamon-cola-cherry jam?
by Victor Hong
July 2nd, 2020, 6:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Del Posto Selling Off Wine Cellar - Auction
Replies: 21
Views: 1696

Re: Del Posto Selling Off Wine Cellar - Auction

Arv R wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 6:16 am
I wonder what all those high end, high rolling places in Vegas that are dependent on whales are doing. Gotta figure some of them are calling up the auction houses too.
Inviting us slot-machine minnows, or otherwise eventually becoming bankruptcy shark chum.
by Victor Hong
July 2nd, 2020, 5:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Del Posto Selling Off Wine Cellar - Auction
Replies: 21
Views: 1696

Re: Del Posto Selling Off Wine Cellar - Auction

Markus S wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 5:32 am
Two-three thousand dollars for what was highlighted??
Easy pass.
That operator has long been known for overcharging, in order to soothe diners and drinkers with their financial capacity to get fleeced.
by Victor Hong
July 1st, 2020, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?
Replies: 77
Views: 2193

Re: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?

Some white, which tasted like chlorine bleach.
by Victor Hong
July 1st, 2020, 4:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8781
Views: 1292872

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Just checked the Catalogue of coming Sothebys auction The Summit in Hongkong. It's a complete cellar by an American collector who seems to like the really big formats from the rarest wines in the world. Metsulahs '99 Romanee-Conti, '95 Cathelin, jeroboams '93 Cros Parantoux Rouget, magnums '86 Cros...
by Victor Hong
June 30th, 2020, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com
Replies: 81
Views: 7978

Re: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com

Back in 2005, I had forced the store to deliver a case of d'Armhailhac 2000, for $20 per bottle. it defaulted on every other part of my order.
by Victor Hong
June 29th, 2020, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1991 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Trailside Vineyard
Replies: 10
Views: 444

Re: TN: 1991 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Trailside Vineyard

So sorry that your friend died young.
by Victor Hong
June 29th, 2020, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: sediment filters worth it?
Replies: 37
Views: 1237

Re: sediment filters worth it?

Sediment never bothers me. I just slurp up the wine, sediment and all.
by Victor Hong
June 28th, 2020, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged Cali Cab
Replies: 219
Views: 18171

Re: Aged Cali Cab

It cleared at $80.
by Victor Hong
June 28th, 2020, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged Cali Cab
Replies: 219
Views: 18171

Re: Aged Cali Cab

P. Dias wrote:
June 28th, 2020, 3:29 pm
Victor Hong wrote:
June 28th, 2020, 3:19 pm
https://www.winebid.com/BuyWine/Item/7475462

A deal.
Thank for the tip, Victor. I haven’t used winebid before - want to send me a referral?
Register and bid. Even after premium and sales tax, the price would be well below retail.
by Victor Hong
June 28th, 2020, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged Cali Cab
Replies: 219
Views: 18171

Re: Aged Cali Cab

by Victor Hong
June 28th, 2020, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: sediment filters worth it?
Replies: 37
Views: 1237

Re: sediment filters worth it?

Use a metal screen coffee ground or tea leaf filter.
by Victor Hong
June 27th, 2020, 4:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Making bacon at home
Replies: 19
Views: 499

Re: Making bacon at home

I thought this was a revival of that NSFW sub-forum.
by Victor Hong
June 26th, 2020, 7:40 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC somewhere on the street?
Replies: 11
Views: 595

Re: NYC somewhere on the street?

I guess there you have the difference between NYC and Napa Valley. Restaurants here are at full capacity on weekends, and doing well during the week. Let us see how long that lasts. A brief, half-done lockdown may be less costly at outset than a long but thorough one, but yield far less infection p...
by Victor Hong
June 26th, 2020, 4:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can't make money selling liquor? Make hand sanitizer!
Replies: 22
Views: 976

Re: Can't make money selling liquor? Make hand sanitizer!

Mix with toast, for pain grille.
by Victor Hong
June 25th, 2020, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to respond to, " My X (friend or relative) wants to get into the wine business. What do you recommend?"
Replies: 35
Views: 1584

Re: How to respond to, " My X (friend or relative) wants to get into the wine business. What do you recommend?"

I have gotten this question many times over the years but twice in the past week. My normal advice is, "Don't. Having to earn money from it is a good way to ruin the fun." For the last two, I said, "Well, they'll be competing with thousands of out of work restaurant wine directors and sommeliers, s...
by Victor Hong
June 25th, 2020, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?
Replies: 51
Views: 1773

Re: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?

Stas Medvedev wrote:
June 25th, 2020, 6:39 am
I am doing research for my new articles and will highly appreciate for your self reflection on the subject.

Can you please elaborate on what do you see as the purpose of your wine hobby/passion?
To promote civil, and uncivil, discourse. Wine helps with the latter.
by Victor Hong
June 25th, 2020, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?
Replies: 51
Views: 1773

Re: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?

Wine collecting is defined as the interactive confluence of Obsessive-Compulsive, Hoarding, and Affluenza disorders.
by Victor Hong
June 24th, 2020, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your most consumed wine?
Replies: 54
Views: 1895

Re: What's your most consumed wine?

Old CA reds.
Almost no Bordeaux.
by Victor Hong
June 24th, 2020, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is a mouse in the cellar...
Replies: 53
Views: 2885

Re: There is a mouse in the cellar...

Redneck rap works in both venues.
by Victor Hong
June 24th, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Futures and chargebacks
Replies: 13
Views: 841

Re: Wine Futures and chargebacks

LMHB? Must be nice. [grin.gif]
by Victor Hong
June 24th, 2020, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is a mouse in the cellar...
Replies: 53
Views: 2885

Re: There is a mouse in the cellar...

We seem to have (or had) a mouse or chipmunk in our car. A sealed package of cookies in the glove compartment was nibbled ten days ago. Then a bag of garbage my wife foolishly left in the car overnight. A day or two later the foil from a piece of chocolate had been shredded on the passenger seat, a...
by Victor Hong
June 23rd, 2020, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage
Replies: 43
Views: 1351

Re: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage

Ironically, during delivery (highest potential for damage) from the winery to you, there is virtually no insurance for heat, freezing, popped corks, theft, non-delivery, lost in transit, etc. from FedEx or UPS "additional insurance". [swearing.gif] Just the same way lenders prefer to lend money to ...
by Victor Hong
June 23rd, 2020, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is a mouse in the cellar...
Replies: 53
Views: 2885

Re: There is a mouse in the cellar...

How long until we have another thread started asking if mouse poop in a cellar will affect flavor profiles when aging? I would have already started one if I was feeling extra-trollish. In regard to mouse control, the best offense is a good defense. Vermin proof construction goes a long way in keepi...
by Victor Hong
June 23rd, 2020, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage
Replies: 43
Views: 1351

Re: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage

A better commission may be his incentive. You're awfully cynical toward insurance professionals, Victor. Has it occurred to you that one might (or might not) be recommending a change because it's the best course of action for the insured? My agent is fantastic and, I happen to believe, he represent...
by Victor Hong
June 23rd, 2020, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage
Replies: 43
Views: 1351

Re: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage

A better commission may be his incentive.
by Victor Hong
June 23rd, 2020, 4:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinking Much 2003 Red Burgundy?
Replies: 42
Views: 1557

Re: Drinking Much 2003 Red Burgundy?

A. So wrote:
June 22nd, 2020, 9:47 pm
2nd worst red Burg vintage of the decade
Was 93 the worst vintage of the 2000 decade?
by Victor Hong
June 22nd, 2020, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage
Replies: 43
Views: 1351

Re: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage

Safe Harbour debacle is a good example whereby you can afford a luxury only if you can also afford to insure it properly.
by Victor Hong
June 22nd, 2020, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage
Replies: 43
Views: 1351

Re: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage

here's my strategy. I have insurance for $100,000. Now my cellar is worth much more and in 2 places. So if one burns down will I be made whole ? no. But I still have a lot of wine in another location. I then can spend what I want to replace on what I want but will probably bank a bunch. My cost is ...
by Victor Hong
June 22nd, 2020, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid site had problems tonight.
Replies: 53
Views: 2731

Re: Winebid site had problems tonight.

JDavisRoby wrote:
June 22nd, 2020, 11:02 am
Also a seller. I was surprised when the usual last minute uptick didn’t happen.

My wines seems to be selling at suggested reserve with some of the daily drinkers now seeing a lowering of the reserve. Other sellers seeing the same thing?
And the conspiracy begins....... neener
by Victor Hong
June 22nd, 2020, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage
Replies: 43
Views: 1351

Re: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage

ERPark wrote:
June 22nd, 2020, 9:50 am
Not certain anyone would like to get a fraction of the overall value of their collection, should it be stolen or lost due to some catastrophe........
As useful as a half-sunken sailboat.
by Victor Hong
June 22nd, 2020, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8781
Views: 1292872

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Larry Stein wrote:
June 22nd, 2020, 8:29 am
I assume since there's a federal injunction against Royal, this has been reported to the appropriate authorities?
SDNY, which is just a short car ride downtown, seems ideal. Oh, wait,.....
by Victor Hong
June 22nd, 2020, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8781
Views: 1292872

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Perhaps, Royal does its own re-corking?
by Victor Hong
June 22nd, 2020, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is a mouse in the cellar...
Replies: 53
Views: 2885

Re: There is a mouse in the cellar...

And pets and birds will not eat the poisoned vermin.
by Victor Hong
June 22nd, 2020, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mother-in-Law Drops Ice Cubes in my Mouchey :(
Replies: 41
Views: 2139

Re: Mother-in-Law Drops Ice Cubes in my Mouchey :(

R. Somerville wrote:
June 22nd, 2020, 7:03 am
...............


First rule of fine wine: never, under any circumstances, waste in on those who are *wine illiterate,......
Wait, wine illiteracy is how most of us started in this hobby. neener
by Victor Hong
June 22nd, 2020, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Higher altitude vineyards in Burgundy?
Replies: 12
Views: 909

Re: Higher altitude vineyards in Burgundy?

Rising altitudes? Another fictitious claim by Climate Change people. newhere
by Victor Hong
June 22nd, 2020, 5:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage
Replies: 43
Views: 1351

Re: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage

Get insurance from a carrier totally independent of your storage operator.
Chubb will cover for full replacement value, if declared in a rider to your home ownership or rental insurance with the company.
by Victor Hong
June 22nd, 2020, 4:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid site had problems tonight.
Replies: 53
Views: 2731

Re: Winebid site had problems tonight.

Now, my Tracking list shows items which have already been sold. But I can still bid on them. Well, I just bid on them, way below both their apparent sale price last night below their fair value. Let us see if I win too. neener https://www.winebid.com/BuyWine/Item/7475462/1992-Beringer-Private-Reser...
by Victor Hong
June 22nd, 2020, 4:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid site had problems tonight.
Replies: 53
Views: 2731

Re: Winebid site had problems tonight.

Now, my Tracking list shows items which have already been sold. But I can still bid on them.
by Victor Hong
June 22nd, 2020, 3:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid site had problems tonight.
Replies: 53
Views: 2731

Re: Winebid site had problems tonight.

Denial of service attack? I'd recommend looking at unusual big buyers who may have benefited. I was there to play. It cost me a couple snipe opportunities, but may also have saved a couple winning bids I had. It surely cost sellers. If you won some bids unexpectedly, that would be a Denial of Denia...
by Victor Hong
June 21st, 2020, 7:27 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC somewhere on the street?
Replies: 11
Views: 595

Re: NYC somewhere on the street?

ybarselah wrote:
June 18th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Next week I think will be easier.

As for alcohol consumption outside, there are no rules right now. It’s pretty amazing.
I have been used to that for a while. neener
by Victor Hong
June 21st, 2020, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8781
Views: 1292872

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Seeing several of these same bottles, lying about its Waterside apartment complex store in 1997, was appalling and amusing.
by Victor Hong
June 21st, 2020, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid site had problems tonight.
Replies: 53
Views: 2731

Winebid site had problems tonight.

Right as auctions closed.
by Victor Hong
June 18th, 2020, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged Cali Cab
Replies: 219
Views: 18171

Re: Aged Cali Cab

The problem with going for the great 91 or 94 vintages, or any 96 and earlier vintage is for the most part, they don't make wines the same way anymore. Seems to me that California Cab became much more Parkerized aroung 1997, and won't age the same way. I wonder if California winemakers might ever g...
by Victor Hong
June 17th, 2020, 8:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel
Replies: 81
Views: 3048

Re: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel

Re-purpose as high-alcohol disinfectant.

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