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Comments on Brooklynguy's Wine and Food Blog: Adventures in Wine Buying...The Final Chapter





Updated: 2017-12-04T00:10:19.575-05:00

 



UPDATE 12/6/07:An IM conversation just now with th...

2007-12-06T14:35:00.000-05:00

UPDATE 12/6/07:

An IM conversation just now with the former Esca sommelier, "Frank":

"Deetrane.....Frank here. that psycho Kosta texted me like a month ago. he wrote that he was sorry for what happened and that he got married and moved to Hawaii! he wanted to let me know i should come and visit him!! WHACK-O!!. Hope you are well......"

God, this guy is such a dipshi8t!



well alright then redwinebuzz. for now you can vis...

2007-03-30T19:20:00.000-04:00

well alright then redwinebuzz. for now you can visit here every now and then, and i will do the same for my southern cal kicks. take it easy.



Brooklynguy: Alas - I am tied to the west coast in...

2007-03-29T23:05:00.000-04:00

Brooklynguy: Alas - I am tied to the west coast in more than one way. (besides it's easier to hit wine country several times a month - which works out well for the website).
My fondest momories of the city are Pick a bagel bialys and Connecticut beaches. But I'll have to pass on the snow and humidity.
Look me up if youre in So.Cal.

deetrane - It's all good, I saw the attempt to return the wine. Don't blame you for feeling any pain when you made the offer.



Not to beat a dead horse, but in the next to last ...

2007-03-28T17:13:00.000-04:00

Not to beat a dead horse, but in the next to last paragraph of the first post, I mentioned that I did offer to give the wine back (if only half-heartedly).



Thanks for stopping in buzz. I was trying for the ...

2007-03-28T12:55:00.000-04:00

Thanks for stopping in buzz. I was trying for the noir thing on the intros (I can't get enough James Ellroy lately). Come on back east!Take it easy.



Niece series. It reads like fun detective noir. Al...

2007-03-28T12:46:00.000-04:00

Niece series. It reads like fun detective noir. Also makes me fondly remember my years on the east coast....



Hey Jack,Yes, gap there was. I can't help it, I ge...

2007-03-27T20:56:00.000-04:00

Hey Jack,
Yes, gap there was. I can't help it, I get defensive of my pals. I'm from Brooklyn! No harm, no foul.



Sorry if I sounded harsh, but their was a gap in s...

2007-03-27T16:08:00.000-04:00

Sorry if I sounded harsh, but their was a gap in story: I just could not understand why the wines hadn't been returned. Until the comment above, there was no explanation. I think it was great the Deetrane helped the restaurant out and am glad to see he now explains such.



Seems to me that offering to help the restaurant p...

2007-03-27T15:06:00.000-04:00

Seems to me that offering to help the restaurant put a stop to what was going on as soon as you discovered that you were buying hot wine is classy, and so is offering to return the wine once you knew it was purchased illegally. I also think it's classy to accept the restaurant's gift to you, once they offered it. Konstantin... definitely not classy.

Jack - interesting points and questions, but why the holier-than-thou tone? :)



Jack, thanks for the comments, I will try to addre...

2007-03-27T14:16:00.000-04:00

Jack, thanks for the comments, I will try to address them.

This was an awkward subject to write about. My original desire was to relate the strange twists and turns in my hunt for the ultimate wine bargain, but I also wanted to convey some of ambivalence, guilt, etc.
that arose during the whole experience. The story ultimately had a sad ending for Konstantin, a happy ending for the restaurant, and an even happier ending for me. Which is why I feel guilty.

I offered several times to return the wine to the restaurant, right
when I discovered the theft, as well as after the sting took place.
Not only did they refuse, but they hosted me and my wife for dinner
twice after the incident. Their response regarding the wine was
"that's very kind of you, but consider the wine our way of thanking you" for bringing the whole situation to light. I offered to testify in front of a grand jury as well, but no charges were ever filed.

What is clear is that Esca operates with incredibly high class, even in an adverse situation like this. Clearly the same cannot be said for me. Either way, after relating this whole ordeal, many readers asked what wines were involved, and whether or not I got to keep them.
So I shared this in the interest of not leaving everyone in suspense.

Last note - the former sommelier at Esca, who is mentioned in the
story, came for dinner at my house a few weeks back and I opened one of my most prized Italian wines - a 1990 Campogiovanni Brunello di
Montalcino. Which was my way of compensating him for the angst that this incident no doubt caused him.




2007-03-27T14:09:00.000-04:00

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"First of all, have this nagging guilt for turning...

2007-03-27T11:27:00.000-04:00

"First of all, have this nagging guilt for turning Konstantin in. I know what he did was wrong, but I was profiting from it, too. The restaurant’s take was that if I hadn’t happened to pop in, the theft could have continued indefinitely. So they were grateful."

The thing that's nagging me and I bet a few other readers is this whole third post. Like, where's the part where you feel guilty about purchasing stolen goods? And where's the part where you return the wine to the restaurant?

And, I can't even guess why you are listing the wines, quantity still not returned to the restaurant, and, most bizarrely, tasting notes from the WS for them.



And I can vouch for the fact that the Riedel glass...

2007-03-26T12:54:00.000-04:00

And I can vouch for the fact that the Riedel glasses arrived intact, and that no one went to jail or was deported (yet) as a result of Deetrane acquiring them.



Sonadora - Its hard to say when I'll be cracking w...

2007-03-26T10:01:00.000-04:00

Sonadora - Its hard to say when I'll be cracking what. I'm not a huge fan of big, young wines. I like them on he mellow side, so I will probably try to forget about most of these for at least three or four years. If anyone out there has tasted anything on this list and thinks that's a mistake, please let me know!



Really great story, enjoyed it a lot. Can't wait ...

2007-03-26T08:48:00.000-04:00

Really great story, enjoyed it a lot. Can't wait to read your tasting notes when you get to taste these wines.



Thanks for the ending! I've been looking forward ...

2007-03-25T20:23:00.000-04:00

Thanks for the ending! I've been looking forward to reading it. My overall thought was, if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Glad you are currently unscathed! Any plans to consume any of your "deals" any time soon?