Comments on: Wine list of the day, Davos edition http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/01/28/wine-list-of-the-day-davos-edition/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: DFD http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/01/28/wine-list-of-the-day-davos-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-23591 Sat, 29 Jan 2011 18:35:19 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7108#comment-23591 Wait until these attendees find out that there is gambling in the back room of Rick’s Cafe Americain — the rush will be on to see and be seen — Nothing new for Davos Man (or Roman Man). Perhaps not so much a “yawn” as an affirmation.

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By: Curmudgeon http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/01/28/wine-list-of-the-day-davos-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-23586 Sat, 29 Jan 2011 17:30:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7108#comment-23586 I don’t agree with you all of the time, but I am all in favor of your observation that there is a fundamental incongruity between the kind of behavior you note at Davos and the purported conference goals. And it is laughable when you are criticized over style rather than substance. The wealthy and powerful are so often the biggest hypocrits.

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By: LadyGodiva http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/01/28/wine-list-of-the-day-davos-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-23584 Sat, 29 Jan 2011 15:38:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7108#comment-23584 Hey Felix,
I initially thought this piece was quite dorky, but have since changed my mind. That’s because I heard your fabulous BS-busting interview on Marketplace last night AND thanks to the candid update you posted of getting your chops busted.

In short, stand your ground my man! You may be the last honest men roaming amongst the global plutocrats. Poke your thumb in a few eyes for me. I haven’t been so angry since I was an undergraduate Marxist (and THAT was a long time ago).

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By: ARJTurgot2 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/01/28/wine-list-of-the-day-davos-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-23582 Sat, 29 Jan 2011 04:00:45 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7108#comment-23582 Well for starts, due to something called genetics, everyone’s sense of taste is unique. I’ve been a wino for over 40 years and have never been able to understand why anyone gives any credit to either Parker or Robinson. Who cares what they think.

Next, picked up an outstanding Cab Sauv at Costco today. 336 cases total produced from a small family owned vineyard in CA. Outstanding now (decanted for at least an hour), and in 5-10 years, poetry. Price at Costco $28.95. I don’t have a wine cooler either. Crawlspace and some shelves. Avg temp range 55-60F, at no additional expense. My +100 bottle cellar probably costs less than one of their bottles, and I wouldn’t trade or sell any of mine.

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By: IanFraser http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/01/28/wine-list-of-the-day-davos-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-23581 Sat, 29 Jan 2011 00:11:54 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7108#comment-23581 I’m with Eric Vincent; you are no dork for writing this.

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By: Bernanke http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/01/28/wine-list-of-the-day-davos-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-23579 Fri, 28 Jan 2011 23:44:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7108#comment-23579 Hinchman FTW. And FWIW, I think Parker’s palate has been scorched by so many California mega-cabs that his scoring is no longer worth a thing. Harlan? meh…

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By: EricVincent http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/01/28/wine-list-of-the-day-davos-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-23576 Fri, 28 Jan 2011 19:30:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7108#comment-23576 Felix: Thank you, this post made my day. Anthony Scaramucci accusing a reporter of being a “dork” because said reporter did actual reporting… isn’t that how the geniuses of high finance got us all into this mess, because they couldn’t tolerate actual reporting?

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By: ErnieD http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/01/28/wine-list-of-the-day-davos-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-23575 Fri, 28 Jan 2011 19:24:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7108#comment-23575 I suspect that these people are missing the point of much of wine tastings, as well as art or nature. Although, at least their herd instincts in this area don’t need to be bailed out by the taxpayer.

As somebody putting kids through college and living on a tight budget because of this, the search for decent wine (what these folks would turn their nose up at and call “plonk”)can actually be really fun. There are a lot of smaller vineyards from all around the world that produce inexpensive wines. One of the reasons that they are inexpensive is because they have not been “discovered” by the people with big bucks.

There are lots of places that have been making wines in their own traditions for 100 years plus or are new startups by experienced people in a new affordable locale. You have to have a feel for what years had good weather, which winemakers can produce some consistency, and then simply taste a bunch over time.

Some will be total duds but many will be quite nice. These bottles are inexpensive (say less than $25 at a liquor store) and so you can take a chance on soemthing you have never heard of (buy a back-up bottle of something you know you like just in case). If you are coughing up $500 or more for a bottle, then you really do need to stick with the names and known good years unless your hedge fund had a really good year.

Life can be quite good in the cheap seats.

BTW, this recent column on a very, very expensive wine tasting is fascinating reading as is the predecessor column that caused this tasting: http://www.slate.com/id/2282437/

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By: photoguy http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/01/28/wine-list-of-the-day-davos-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-23574 Fri, 28 Jan 2011 18:53:00 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7108#comment-23574 Felix, you were more than gracious. Thank you for sharing it.
This story is so rich in many ways. The “moosh” should be in pictures. You may remember his slap-down at the Obama press conference when he complained that Wall Streeters felt like pinatas and asking when the hitting would end. Obama answered well, but Jon Stewart’s answer was more memorable: “when the candy comes out.”

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By: johnhhaskell http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/01/28/wine-list-of-the-day-davos-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-23573 Fri, 28 Jan 2011 18:05:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7108#comment-23573 postscript: So, another hedge funder accustomed to uncritical adulation talks to a reporter and isn’t happy about how his event was characterized; resorts to namecalling. Yawn.

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