And you really had to wonder about the bottles of 1923 Roumier Bonnes-Mares included in the sale. The domain was founded in 1924.
I somehow find myself laughing at the prospect of these obnoxious billionaires getting ripped off. There's a particular style of aggressive high-end frat-boy wine snob that just annoys the crap out of me, and I enjoy watching them get taken.
Bill Koch, brother of tea-party-funding Charles and David Koch
Well that certainly wasn't an important detail to add to a story about wine. If it was that important, couldn't the author just write Koch Industries?
lstanley: "Bill Koch, brother of tea-party-funding Charles and David Koch
Well that certainly wasn't an important detail to add to a story about wine. If it was that important, couldn't the author just write Koch Industries?"
Bernard: It's all waffle! Nobody is prepared to admit that wine doesn't have a taste.
Manny: Of course you can't taste anything, you smoke eighty bajillion cigarettes a day. What's that you're eating?
Bernard: It's some sort of delicious biscuit.
Manny: It's a coaster!
The hypothesis of very strong variations in representations, even among expert subjects, could also be demonstrated by a third experiment.
The real red wine was described from an olfactory and gustative point of view in classical red wine terms. Whereas the white wine was described in usual white wine terms during this first experiment. In a similar fashion the white wine of the second experiment was described with white wine terms, this opposed to the same white wine coloured red. The Chi test carried out on the descriptions permitted the affirmation that the subjects described the two wines of the colour red in an identical fashion whereas one of them presented the aromas of a white wine. On the contrary the presence of the colour red in the white wine reversed the description of its descriptive parameters. In this experiment the perception of fragrance and taste conformed therefore to colour.
It should absolutely not be imagined that the perceptive representation of great or small wines relies only on their label or their colour
He's (editor's note: pronoun refers to Jon Carroll of the SF Gate and everyone else who took the snippet and ran with it) absolutely full of shit, and I can't even begin to fathom why anyone would believe anything he wrote
I read "The Billionaire's Vinegar" (about the Hardy Rodenstock wine forgery case) about a year ago. It is so similar to this story that if this were fiction I'd accuse the author of ripping off "The Billionaire's Vinegar." I guess there's some cons that you can run over and over again without people catching on (except Mr. Koch - who has now sued Rodenstock three times but keeps running into jurisdictional issues).
If you try to fool someone, by selecting wines intended to deceive, you can. But if you serve wine in the condition (temperature, etc) in which it is designed to be served, with all the various sensory inputs untampered with (including the label!), the person tasting it stands the best chance of experiencing the wine honestly and directly.
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