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by J.Durham
July 26th, 2020, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Insurance
Replies: 35
Views: 1862

Re: Cellar Insurance

Anyone use American Collectors Insurance? That's who USAA sends you through when you try to add-on. Couldn't find much online to tell me if it's good or not. I’m curious about these guys as well. They came in at $0.58 per 100, which is quite a bit lower than my AIG policy. USAA member also. USAA ha...
by J.Durham
July 26th, 2020, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Insurance
Replies: 35
Views: 1862

Re: Cellar Insurance

Jidhin R. wrote:
July 26th, 2020, 6:44 am
Anyone use American Collectors Insurance? That's who USAA sends you through when you try to add-on. Couldn't find much online to tell me if it's good or not.
I’m curious about these guys as well. They came in at $0.58 per 100, which is quite a bit lower than my AIG policy. USAA member also.
by J.Durham
July 4th, 2020, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 999
Views: 58438

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Sc0tt F!tzger@ld wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 6:19 pm
Total Wine sold out of 2019 Pichon Lalande in all sizes.
I’m shocked they are still taking orders for Canon. That was the one that I jumped on given the excellent pricing
by J.Durham
June 28th, 2020, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving a wine cellar across the country Asap
Replies: 14
Views: 1022

Re: Moving a wine cellar across the country Asap

Scott Jameson wrote:
June 28th, 2020, 4:36 am
Here's a recent thread ... viewtopic.php?f=1&t=167091

It's been many years, but I've used Western twice. Not cheap, but no issues either.
I’ve also used Western with a good experience.
by J.Durham
June 28th, 2020, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ‘74 Villa Mt. Eden - anyone have info?
Replies: 20
Views: 762

Re: ‘74 Villa Mt. Eden - anyone have info?

Wow! No idea this was such a well known winery. I picked it up at auction just to complete a case. Will definitely seek out more in the future.
by J.Durham
June 27th, 2020, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ‘74 Villa Mt. Eden - anyone have info?
Replies: 20
Views: 762

Re: ‘74 Villa Mt. Eden - anyone have info?

CJ Beazley wrote:
June 27th, 2020, 3:54 pm
Is that a Rudy?! That color is amazingly young looking-congrats
This was my thought as well, but why would anyone spoof this one? The cork looked appropriate but I couldn’t find a vintage on it. Even so, it was worth the $80 I paid at auction—no matter what it was.
by J.Durham
June 27th, 2020, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ‘74 Villa Mt. Eden - anyone have info?
Replies: 20
Views: 762

Re: ‘74 Villa Mt. Eden - anyone have info?

1974 Villa Mt. Eden Cabernet Sauvignon - USA, California, Napa Valley (6/27/2020) High shoulder fill. Cork crumbled and small amount of seepage under the capsule, but seems well kept. Amazingly youthful. I would have guessed this was a mid ‘00’s wine. Vibrant dark color, no bricking. Elegant fruity...
by J.Durham
June 27th, 2020, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ‘74 Villa Mt. Eden - anyone have info?
Replies: 20
Views: 762

‘74 Villa Mt. Eden - anyone have info?

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I’ll post a TN a little later, but this was quite a surprise. I think the winery is defunct? Anyone have an idea where these grapes go now? I’ll post a TN later, but look at that color! Very much alive.
by J.Durham
June 19th, 2020, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 999
Views: 58438

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

I went for Denis Durantou "lesser" domaines and took 3 of each from Montlandrie and Les Cruzelles. Probably a good view on his style, good reviews for a cheap price. '14 L'Eglise Clinet still available on WS <$175 You cannot compare 14 with 19, 18, 16 or 15. They are not the same level of quality a...
by J.Durham
June 19th, 2020, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 999
Views: 58438

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

HMechbal wrote:
June 19th, 2020, 7:53 am
I went for Denis Durantou "lesser" domaines and took 3 of each from Montlandrie and Les Cruzelles. Probably a good view on his style, good reviews for a cheap price.
'14 L'Eglise Clinet still available on WS <$175
by J.Durham
June 19th, 2020, 6:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 999
Views: 58438

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

L'Eglise Clinet at around $265. Haut Bailly at around $90. The former is disappointing, but it will be around later, too. Curious pricing on the ‘19 L'Eglise Clinet, it’s $299 at millesema. I see the ‘16 in stock with WS-low of $246. It's last vintage of Denis Durantou, so if you view wine as if it...
by J.Durham
May 12th, 2020, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greer Cab 2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1536

Re: Greer Cab 2018

I was referring to Rob’s neighbors to the north, or is it south? North West I think scarecrow doesn't share a 'fence' border with greer, between the two of them is coppola. but yes scarecrow is NW of greer. Nice Map from website. I believe JJ Cohn is Scarecrow https://www.greerwine.com/the-domaine ...
by J.Durham
May 10th, 2020, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greer Cab 2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1536

Re: Greer Cab 2018

? I don’t think I’ve even been offered the ‘17’s. 2016 was my first year buying though.
by J.Durham
April 16th, 2020, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kelley Fox v. Grivot: 2012 edition
Replies: 9
Views: 677

Re: Kelley Fox v. Grivot: 2012 edition

I tend to find that U.S. pinots, even including Oregon pinots, almost always have more overt sweetness than Burgundy. I wonder if that was the case here. How you feel about that depends on your taste. I often find that for the first glass or so I like the U.S. pinot just as much in the different st...
by J.Durham
April 6th, 2020, 5:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '98 Figeac and '06 Leoville Poyferre
Replies: 6
Views: 280

'98 Figeac and '06 Leoville Poyferre

With everything going on no excuse not to open good bottles. It has been 5yrs from my last Figeac bottle and it's showing great. Really impressive old school style. I haven't tried any recent vintages and I bought the '16 after all the raves--but I doubt it'll taste like this once at 22 years old. T...
by J.Durham
March 31st, 2020, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge 2019 Monte Bello Futures
Replies: 43
Views: 2919

Re: Ridge 2019 Monte Bello Futures

these are starting to get a little close to market price for some years. all sounds like 2019 will be a pretty good year and the initial assemblage note sounds good... but I do wonder at what point the futures isn't worth it? I think it depends on what part of the country you’re in. The Monte Bello...
by J.Durham
March 31st, 2020, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge 2019 Monte Bello Futures
Replies: 43
Views: 2919

Re: Ridge 2019 Monte Bello Futures

I’m really excited to be able to increase my allocation for the first time in years. Maybe since the 2014 release?
by J.Durham
March 31st, 2020, 5:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Shipments During Warm Weather
Replies: 4
Views: 395

Re: Wine Shipments During Warm Weather

Joel, I'm also in a warm weather state and have about 10yrs of experience of now of drinking heat damaged wine on store shelves. But sometimes have to make some compromises otherwise the shipping window is just too short. My cutoff for shipping is 80. I generally have wine delivered to my house, whi...
by J.Durham
February 23rd, 2020, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eurocave failure help
Replies: 33
Views: 9535

Re: Eurocave failure help

Cool post Bill. I replaced that blue one as well but recall soldering at that location was challenging. I didn’t have a volt meter at the time but could also use that to assess the caps. Agree those black ones look swollen—hopefully that’ll fix the issue. 10yrs and counting for me, no issues!
by J.Durham
February 23rd, 2020, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eurocave vs La Cache vs ???
Replies: 66
Views: 3809

Re: Eurocave vs La Cache vs ???

I have both. I think the eurocave is able to run a bit cooler and more efficient. I don’t notice much variation in temps on the eurocave except on top rack under the fan seems a bit cooler. I have had issues with moldy labels when a bottle accidentally touches the back wall. Over time, I find the st...
by J.Durham
February 14th, 2020, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Texas BYOB Let Down :(
Replies: 60
Views: 4340

Re: Texas BYOB Let Down :(

Texas liquor laws are weird (and generally terrible). A restaurant can be BYO if it has a beer/wine-only license, or if it has no alcohol license at all. If a restaurant serves hard alcohol, BYO is prohibited. It's mildly infuriating. This is correct. No point in even asking if they have a full bar.
by J.Durham
February 1st, 2020, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eurocave failure help
Replies: 33
Views: 9535

Re: Eurocave failure help

Ha! Pretty funny this thread pops up from time to time. Almost 10yrs ago and still running great for me!
by J.Durham
January 27th, 2020, 7:03 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: It's Coffee Time Again--some Micro Lot beauties
Replies: 20
Views: 1649

Re: It's Coffee Time Again--some Micro Lot beauties

Ordered, but couldn’t figure out how to get the free shipping.
by J.Durham
January 22nd, 2020, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When is it too cold to ship wine?
Replies: 26
Views: 1472

Re: When is it too cold to ship wine?

Agree. Should be fine. Much preferable to trying to get wine shipped to Texas.

Go Hoos!
by J.Durham
January 12th, 2020, 6:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1982 Pichon Lalande
Replies: 20
Views: 1541

Re: 1982 Pichon Lalande

Michael O'Brien wrote:
January 11th, 2020, 9:56 am
I agree Kelly. The PL is one of my favorites from 1982 as well for 1989.
Agree with this 100%. The ‘89 is awesome. I’d Love to have them side by side but I suspect the ‘82 will just be a step ahead.
by J.Durham
October 25th, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Storage in VA Beach?
Replies: 8
Views: 322

Re: Wine Storage in VA Beach?

When I lived in Norfolk I used Fort Storage. Nice people but they were sold a couple times when I was there. Main issue is you have to have access to the office to get in so you are limited to office hours. But they would sign for my shipments which was nice. I don’t think the ocean storage place wa...
by J.Durham
June 29th, 2019, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine And A-Fib?
Replies: 37
Views: 3085

Re: Wine And A-Fib?

Clear link between alcohol consumption and Afib. Some studies show even light drinkers have increased risk. Also clear link with endurance athletes and Afib. Atrial flutter is a completely different animal and while it shares some risk factors with Afib (anything that causes atrial remodeling) is tr...
by J.Durham
June 16th, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau Capbern, St. Estephe
Replies: 19
Views: 1584

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau Capbern, St. Estephe

1) also love the ‘16 Capbern. ‘14 isn’t too shabby either, both slightly ahead of ‘15. Polished style makes this quite approachable—and agree a little less oak would be nice. 2) surprised on the ‘16 Lanessan comment. I really liked this one. Maybe a bit more forward but wasn’t “polished” or modern t...
by J.Durham
June 2nd, 2019, 6:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping into TX - Premium Wine Delivery
Replies: 0
Views: 457

Shipping into TX - Premium Wine Delivery

I just stumbled across this compan, Premium Wine Delivery, on the WineBid website. They have a pretty slick website https://www.premiumwinedelivery.com
Looks like a good solution for shipping into TX. Anyone use 5em before? Good/bad experience?
by J.Durham
May 12th, 2019, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are 1982 Bordeaux past peak?
Replies: 26
Views: 1846

Re: Are 1982 Bordeaux past peak?

I have VCC and Canon set for my 40th later this year. I certainly hope that aren’t (much) past peak!
by J.Durham
April 27th, 2019, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coravin old bottle
Replies: 20
Views: 1679

Re: Coravin old bottle

Don’t do it. I love my coravan but I reserve it for young bottles when my wife is out. Had one since the beginning. I don’t use it with anything over 10yrs. Just bring a backup bottle.
by J.Durham
April 20th, 2019, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine Futures - Nondelivery of '15 VCC - Happy Ending!
Replies: 135
Views: 7734

Re: Total Wine Futures - Nondelivery of '15 VCC - Happy Ending!

No “massive kudos” here. Customer service was initially terrible. Eventually I got plugged in with the guy in charge and things got fixed. I shouldn’t have had to spend as much time or effort as I did, but in the end they appologized and I got what I purchased. I updated this so people are aware.
by J.Durham
April 20th, 2019, 5:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine Futures - Nondelivery of '15 VCC - Happy Ending!
Replies: 135
Views: 7734

Re: Total Wine Futures - Nondelivery of '15 VCC - Happy Ending!

So happy to report this turned out ok. I got my wine today and was also given the option of buying another 6-pk at the initial release price. Everything worked out in the end, though I feel like I had to push harder than I should have to have them come through.
by J.Durham
February 28th, 2019, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 256
Views: 21325

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

K_F_o_l_e_y wrote:
February 28th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Jmigliano wrote:
February 28th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Thinking of joining futures of Monte Bello, about how long would I need to wait to drink them upon arriving.
Ideally, 10 years or more.
Agree.
I’ve had 3 bottles of the ‘06 in the past 2yrs. I found them quite enjoyable, but certainly still on the upswing.
by J.Durham
February 25th, 2019, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 256
Views: 21325

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

Despite the price increase, I was bummed I couldn’t increase my allocation slightly.
by J.Durham
February 23rd, 2019, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar moving company recommendations
Replies: 14
Views: 908

Re: Cellar moving company recommendations

I used western carriers when I moved from Virginia to Texas two years ago. Good experience but a bit expensive. My collection was around 1200 bottles.
by J.Durham
January 26th, 2019, 5:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real or Fake? ‘82 Ch Canon
Replies: 8
Views: 1016

Re: Real or Fake? ‘82 Ch Canon

Appreciate all the responses. A momnent of panic as I don’t usually play at this price level. Well known retailer that I have history with, so should have been comfortable.
by J.Durham
January 25th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real or Fake? ‘82 Ch Canon
Replies: 8
Views: 1016

Real or Fake? ‘82 Ch Canon

I picked this up at a well known DC retailer. It was delivered to my room so I didn’t see before hand. I was sent a pic ahead of time and didn’t notice anything obvious. The thing that bothers me is the label and the importer are a single label. Not 2 separate labels. I’ve never seen that before. Ha...
by J.Durham
January 8th, 2019, 8:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: how has atrial fibrillation affected your wine activities
Replies: 27
Views: 2141

Re: how has atrial fibrillation affected your wine activities

I’d stick with spitting or using coravin (despite its warts) so you can still enjoy the exceptional bottles.
PM me for other thoughts.
by J.Durham
October 18th, 2018, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Weekend with the Webbers in Toronto
Replies: 7
Views: 615

Re: TNs--Weekend with the Webbers in Toronto

Wow great notes! Definitely come down to San Antonio. We throw good parties.
by J.Durham
October 15th, 2018, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More Cab from Carlisle!
Replies: 21
Views: 1741

Re: More Cab from Carlisle!

Certainly wasn't trying to call you out Drew. My apologies if it came across that way. Was only trying to allay your fears about a loss of focus. We're doing it because it is our focus! However, I don't think it will be a Cabernet for everyone. It's about 13.8% alcohol and has plenty of herbaceousn...
by J.Durham
October 4th, 2018, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine Futures - Nondelivery of '15 VCC - Happy Ending!
Replies: 135
Views: 7734

Re: Total Wine Futures - Nondelivery of '15 VCC - possible resolution

I have no opinion on whether there was really a warehouse loss or not, but it's a better story than nothing. Any story is better than imcompetence. -Confirmed that they had secured more '15's today, so fingers crossed for Nov/Dec delivery. -Also got to keep the Eglise-Clint at "release price" though...
by J.Durham
October 3rd, 2018, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine Futures - Nondelivery of '15 VCC - Happy Ending!
Replies: 135
Views: 7734

Re: Total Wine Futures - Nondelivery of '15 VCC

So, after a more terse email last night got a call from Cyrus who runs the program(he’s also the one who processed my order). He reported a breakage in the warehouse as the culprit and they had oversold so had no extras. They were working on getting more, which should be confirmed this week. Wine sh...
by J.Durham
October 3rd, 2018, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine Futures - Nondelivery of '15 VCC - Happy Ending!
Replies: 135
Views: 7734

Re: Total Wine Futures - Nondelivery of '15 VCC

Thanks for the review of terms. If you are interested my order was not processed online was a direct transaction with the concierge service via email. I’ll re-engage and report back. That “guaranteed” line on the website really pissed me off. Hadn’t seen that before. That offline processing sounds ...
by J.Durham
October 3rd, 2018, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine Futures - Nondelivery of '15 VCC - Happy Ending!
Replies: 135
Views: 7734

Re: Total Wine Futures - Nondelivery of '15 VCC

Thanks for the review of terms. If you are interested my order was not processed online was a direct transaction with the concierge service via email.

I’ll re-engage and report back. That “guaranteed” line on the website really pissed me off. Hadn’t seen that before.
by J.Durham
September 30th, 2018, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine Futures - Nondelivery of '15 VCC - Happy Ending!
Replies: 135
Views: 7734

Re: Total Wine Futures - Nondelivery of '15 VCC

They should have bought on open market and made good your paid and confirmed purchase. +1. If theycan’t Find the wines stateside Total wine is in contact with the European trade. I gather you don’t have much time, but you were sold wine as a future on the basis that you had locked wine in at a cert...
by J.Durham
September 30th, 2018, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine Futures - Nondelivery of '15 VCC - Happy Ending!
Replies: 135
Views: 7734

Re: Total Wine Futures - Nondelivery of '15 VCC

WS shows 2015 VCC availability at multiple merchants. TW could honor your purchase if they wanted to. But if they dropped the ball on hundreds of cases, they would have good reason to prefer just refunding your money. Not criticizing or suggesting you do more Josh, but I agree with others that the ...
by J.Durham
September 30th, 2018, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine Futures - Nondelivery of '15 VCC - Happy Ending!
Replies: 135
Views: 7734

Re: Total Wine Futures - Nondelivery of '15 VCC

They should have bought on open market and made good your paid and confirmed purchase. This. For a company with the resources of TW, making right on the undelivered wine would be a drop in the bucket. Agreed. I would have accepted just swapping for 16 if they ate the cost difference. Though would h...

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