Showing posts with label Wine Talk. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wine Talk. Show all posts
Just a quick update from I've recently relocated to Huntington Beach, California and all that has to offer. In the coming days/weeks I'll start posting reviews again after a more than lengthy layoff. Life has a way of getting in the way of a good blog. I hope to find some decent wines and decent prices and share those with you. Stay tuned.


Not a lot of time for posting of late as the new year has been somewhat hectic. I've added a YouTube player on my site after having an opportunity to review the type of videos that they are carrying these days. Just a neat little addition where we can all pick up some new information that we might not know about otherwise. I wanted to mention that I came across an ad in an HDTV magazine that showed up, unexpected, in my mail box the other day. It was an ad for eSommelier Wine Cellar Management. Now as some one who doesn't presently maintain a wine cellar I probably wouldn't have a huge need for this system but I know that a lot of my readers would. I haven't personally used it but it does look like an interesting system. You can check it out at and see if it is something any of you could use. If you've tried this let me know your thoughts. Stay tuned as I've got a back log of items to write about including a recent trip to the east coast of central Florida where I'll give you a couple of restaurant and hotel tips should you be heading that way. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!


Wednesday, November 7, 2007
I received this notification yesterday regarding a new wine search engine that I've had an opportunity to try out and wanted to share with everyone. A great search engine to find the best price on wine that also has a review component were users can post their own reviews of an individual wine. Check it out if you get a chance. I've included their press release that describes their site in detail. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November. 6, 2007 --, a San Francisco based wine portal, today unveils a free wine search engine enabling users to search for wines at over 3,300 U.S. wineries and retailers. Vinquire inventories over 500,000 wines and offers users the ability to find virtually any wine at competitive prices.

Unlike other wine search engines, Vinquire displays all wine search results available every time, regardless of site sponsorships. In addition, the search engine is constantly updated with fresh wine inventory data via Vinquire's proprietary web crawling technology. And, much like Google™ search, users can employ advanced requests to fine tune results.

Vinquire also offers social networking features enabling users to submit wine reviews, participate in forum discussions, and receive wine recommendations that are based entirely on other users' reviews. Additionally, the site is able to deliver customizable wine recommendations which can be optionally limited to wines available at chain stores such as BevMo, Albertsons, and Trader Joe's.

Vinquire is the first wine site that merges both a powerful wine pricing search engine with community-centric features. This enables Vinquire to not only deliver recommendations based on user-reviewed wines, but also help users find those bottles at the best prices. Based in San Francisco, CA, John Kleven and Andy Hund founded Vinquire in late 2005 and the site officially launched in 2007.


Monday, 10/15/07, Little Rock, AR
As I mentioned in one of my postings last week, I've discovered a wine accessories site that I think everyone should know about. And just in time for the holidays! was founded by a group of entrepreneurs who are enthusiastic about wine and the accoutrement's that are needed to fully enjoy the wine experience. I had a chance to test out their Wine Tube and, needless to say, was very impressed! Made from strong, very stylish, stainless steel, the Wine Tube holds twelve bottles of your wine collection which can be displayed in a way that allows you to easily view the labels. Not to go overboard with hyperbole, but the Wine Tube is truly a work of art. Very easy to install as well and will fit in with any decor. I understand that they've got some great deals on a variety of items that will make great gifts for your favorite oenophile. I liked this site so much that I've added them to my Must Have Accessories list. Drop by their site when you get a chance and see for yourself. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine and Check out


Just a short post but I came across a site that I think everyone should check out. Dover Canyon Winery out near Paso Robles has a great web site and a great blog. I haven't tasted their wines as of yet, but was really impressed with the blog and wanted to let everyone know about it. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!


Just a short post today as I haven't had any "new" wines to review in the past week. I picked up a case of the Blue Moon Pinot Noir that I reviewed last week and we've been tasting that most nights. I'm going to try and stock up on some new finds this week and will get back to reviewing. I did want to mention a new site I came across and thought I'd share it with everyone. Nirvino is a new site that takes print and web wine reviews and tries to come up with a consensus on a rating for individual wines. Check it out if you get a chance. I've added them to my Wine Joints I Like List as I think the more wine resources you can pull from the better. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!


I noticed that with the Summer flying by I have been complacent in posting my monthly recaps. I always enjoy doing the recap as it reminds me of the good, and the bad, wine I drank in any given month. Looking at May I saw that we drank a lot of good Pinot Noirs and a few mediocre-to-bad, Chardonnays. Without further ado, here is the recap for May:



2002 Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon
2005 La Crema Pinot Noir
2005 Hayman & Hill Pinot Noir
2005 Saurus Patagonia Pinot Noir

2005 Casamatta Toscana White
2005 Pepperwood Grove Pinot Grigio
2003 Georges DuBoeuf G.D. White
2006 Don Raphael Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
2004 King Estate Pinot Gris

2002 Screw Kappa Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
2005 Le Grand Pinot Noir

2004 Chateau Souverain Chardonnay
2005 Jewel Viognier
2006 Pasqua Pinot Grigio

2002 Novella Synergy
2004 Glass Mountain Chardonnay
2005 Pepperwood Grove Chardonnay
2006 Black Opal Chardonnay


2004 Goiya Chardonnay/Sauvignon Blanc Blend (terrible)


Tues, 7/24, Little Rock, AR
A reader from Canada sent links to a couple of videos he produced regarding wine. The first shows how to get a cork out of a bottle when you're without a corkscrew. A great idea at that!
The second explains how to get red wine stains out. Another great little video with a good idea. I'll finish up my posts about the Geneva, Illinois portion of our trip tomorrow then its back to reviews. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine and Toast Sorin Mihailovici for his excellent, entertaining videos!

Open A Bottle Of Wine Without Corkscrew - The best home videos are here

How To Remove Red Wine Stains - More amazing videos are a click away


Friday, 7/6, Little Rock, AR & Chicago, IL
After having some really top notch wines of late, two of which I gave 5 Corkscrews, I'm excited about possibly finding some more 5 Corkscrew contenders during our trip to Chicago. A family outing to our old home town commenced this morning as we rousted both kids, got them fed then it was off to Little Rock National Airport. I'm not sure who named it a "National" airport but it is somewhat false advertising. You can hardly fly anywhere direct and I don't think you can fly direct to any other country. Oh well. Our flight today was direct, on my favorite airline Southwest, and we landed in Chicago a few minutes early which is par for the course with Southwest. We got to our hotel, and after grabbing a quick lunch, we checked in to our room. I promptly went down to a store a block and a half from our hotel, just off Michigan Avenue, and grabbed four bottles of wine, three white and one red. I picked up a 2005 Rubeus of Lore Pinot Noir, a 2006 The Frenchhouse Sauvignon Blanc, a 2006 Jenica Peak Pinot Grigio and a 2005 Hogue Fume' Blanc, all at very reasonable prices compared to what I normally pay for wine in Arkansas. I've not seen any of these wines in Arkansas, hence my choosing them. I'll post a full report on these, any other wines we try while in the Windy City, and a complete recap with photos of our trip. Until then. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!



I received a boxed Vinturi, by Rio Sabadicci, from the inventor about two weeks ago. In an earlier posting I had mentioned that I'd like to try it, I was somewhat skeptical of its claims, and provide an honest review, good or bad. With one in, I was given that chance. My initial impression out of the box was that I loved the design! Sleek and elegant looking with raised lettering and a black band for gripping, makes this wine accessory look like an item from one of the Museum's of Contemporary Art. It comes with a black, velvet-like, cloth bag to store the Vinturi in and a stand for displaying in your cellar or on your counter when you're not traveling with it. I thought to myself that if it worked as good as it looked, I was really going to like it. I decided to test it with ten, long-time, vinophiles. I didn't tell them that I was conducting a review so that I would get good, honest feedback. We tried six different reds, some cabernets and some pinot noirs, all from different vineyards and at different price points. Each wine was tried with and without the Vinturi. To a person, men and women both, it was agreed that this sleek little piece of art, made a world of difference in taste! The aroma and flavor of each wine was exceptionally better when poured through the Vinturi first. Since it worked so well with reds we had to try whites as well. We tried chardonnays, sauvignon blancs and pinot gris, and noticed that they were also much more aromatic and flavorful. There really is something to this whole aeration thing! I can honestly say that I will not drink a wine at home that hasn't been through the Vinturi from now on. It's my understanding that more and more tasting rooms are using the Vinturi and once you try it yourself, you'll know why. If you want one of your very own, please visit their website at I don't get a commission or finders fee on any purchase what so ever. I just really like this product and think it's a great addition to the world of wine. I liked it so much that I've added a "Must Have Accessories" section and listed it as the first item. Try this, you'll thank me! Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine Poured Through the Vinturi!


Tuesday, 6/19, Las Vegas, NV
Final day in Vegas! We started our day at Riva Poolside overlooking, appropriately, The Venetian pool. #1 ordered the salmon pizza scramble while I went for the omelette filled with all kinds of good stuff. Both were extremely tasty! One word of caution, however, pick one or the other and share. Both offered huge portions, neither of which we could finish. If I had a do over we would have split the salmon dish. Light, chewy flat bread, topped with a dill cream sauce, thinly-sliced, smoked salmon, and scrambled eggs. I'm salivating as I write this! A day of shopping, yes shopping, was followed up with drinks by the pool and a later, light appetizer dinner at Tao Asian Bistro which is a really "happening" place. Great light steamed dumplings and a little sushi made for a great stop here. Try it out next time in Vegas. After we finished here we headed back to Pinot Brasserie where we had the cheese plate and cabernet sauvignon from the night before. More of the same tonight! #1 headed back to the room and then I stayed in the casino for what turned out to be a losing night. My problem was that I hit the blackjack table after poker and promptly gave all my poker winnings back to The Venetian. Nothing but Texas Hold 'Em for me from here on out. A great trip none the less! Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine, Stay Away from the Casino Table Games!


Sunday, 6/17, Little Rock, AR & VEGAS
Just a short post to wish all a Happy Father's Day and to say that I won't be posting any reviews until Thursday or so of this week. #1 and I are headed to Vegas for a little fun in the sun, some fine dining, a little card playing and whatever else we decide to do. I'll post reviews of any interesting wines we try out there when we return. I've also got several interesting articles I've come across of late that I want to share. I received a Vinturi last week and after some exhaustive research over the last few nights I'll be ready to post a full review of it. I think you'll want to read about it. We're off to the city that never sleeps. Wish me luck! Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine & Protect Pocket Aces!


Monday, 6/10, Little Rock, AR
I don't know why but articles about wine and counterfeiting always grab my interest. An article by Michelle Locke of the AP ran in our local paper today about that very subject. Ann Colgin, of Colgin Cellars, was referenced as having recently inked a deal with Eastman Kodak to employ invisible markers on her product. Her wines sell for hundreds of dollars a bottle at auction, which explains why I haven't heard of, nor tried, their wines. Some of the other high-tech, anti-fraud measures discussed in the article included employing tamper proof seals, radio frequency identification (RFID) chips sunk into corks and the use of special ink that only shows up under special lighting. The Kodak technology used by Colgin and three other high-end, Napa wineries, involves putting proprietary markers into things such as inks, varnishes and paper that can only be detected by Kodak handheld readers. Jerome Zech, CEO of , which had $22.5 million in sales last year, doesn't think wine fraud is prevalent. He does say that with some high-end wines starting at $500 a bottle for pre-release prices, he's all for the move toward anti-counterfeiting measures. If anyone out there has tried Colgin Cellars, or any $500+ bottles of wine, please e-mail or post a comment and let me know how it was and if it was worth it. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!


Tuesday, 6/5, Little Rock, AR
I know I wrote about the Art of Wine Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas that is scheduled for this weekend just a few days ago, but wanted to point all of you towards a website that does it more justice than I did. Check out the Liquor World site here and then click on the PDF download of all the wines that will be available for tasting. By my count there are some 54 tables set up with some excellent vineyards represented. My main regret, once again, is that I will not be able to attend. I can promise that next year, and every year thereafter, I will be front row and center at the event. They also have some excellent sounding wine dinners planned with Jim Concannon and Anthony Bell, which will feature both of those winemakers offerings, paired with the appropriate course. Sounds like a really great time. If anyone out there is able to attend, please drop me a note and let me know if it turned out as great as it sounds. On the home front a new Rhettism was uttered from my six year old. As he and I were driving to his baseball game he asked me, and very indignant, "Why do I have to spend "my" whole life in Arkansas"? Now this is from a boy who spent the first 5 + years of his life in Illinois and who still considers himself a Chicagoan. I told him that he didn't have to spend "his" whole life in Arkansas and then asked him where he would rather live. He thought for a minute and then replied, "Maybe California". Now this sounded about right to me as he may be being pulled by the vineyards of Sonoma and Napa or, better yet, it could be Silicon Valley calling him as he is already a little genius with the computer. I've started calling him Bill Gates, Jr. at times as he is constantly selling playmates on the wonders of computer games and web sites. We'll see. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!


Thursday, 5/31, Little Rock, AR
I checked my e-mail when I got home tonight and was surprised to see a message from Lee Edwards, one of the new, independent distributors in Arkansas. He's trying to bring some new, hard-to-find wines into the market. I've tried one, the 2005 Casamatta Italian White blend, and gave it 4 Corkscrews during my review. I'm anxious to try some of the other wines he's sourcing and review them as well. If the other wines he's decided to bring in are as good as the Casamatta, and I have no doubt that they are, he should be successful in his venture. One of his main challenges, as I see it, will be educating the retailers and customers and getting them to at least try something different. If he can cross that hurdle, he'll be on his way. I plan on attempting an interview with him regarding the wines he's sourcing, and will post that at a later date. If you've got a little time check out his website, Lee Edwards Distributing , and read about his philosophy. He's got a very unique vision, is very choosy in who he partners with and is passionate about wine! I'll post reviews of some of these new and interesting wines as I get a chance to try them. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!


Thursday, 5/31, Little Rock, AR
Just wanted to give a shout out and a thank you to a reader, Barbie Wawa, who let me know about the 2007 Art of Wine Festival that is going to be happening up in Fayetteville, Arkansas the weekend of June 8. It sounds like it will be a great time and I would love to attend and report back. Unfortunately #1 bought "show" tickets several months ago and therefore I will be watching a performance when I could be trying lots of wine. I will definitely attend next year and hopefully Barb will e-mail some information on wines she particularly likes and let me report second-hand. I will be attending a wine tasting of sorts on Saturday, June 9, at a friend's place where 15 couples have been invited and where we will be trying all types of Syrah. I'll let you know how that turns out and if I find any interesting, affordable wines. Thanks again Barb. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!


Tuesday, 5/22, Little Rock, AR
No wine reviewed today but did want to mention that I just ordered a case of the Domaine Alfred Pinot Gris that I wrote about a few weeks ago. It should be in sometime next week and I should be enjoying it throughout the summer. That is if I can keep from enjoying it "too" much! It is such a good wine that I am anxious for it to arrive. And since I'm getting it at cost, I'm sure it will taste even better. Link to my review above if you haven't already read it, and locate some of the Domaine Alfred Pinot Gris. You won't regret it. I promise! Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine (especially Domaine Alfred)!


Saturday/Sunday, 5/18-19, Little Rock, AR
No wine reviewed this weekend, but I did want to mention an item I saw in the Friday wine section of the San Francisco Chronicle that I picked up prior to leaving town. Under the "Why didn't I think of that" column, comes the Vinturi, a simple acrylic device that aerates wine in a hurry with no moving parts. It evidently takes advantage of the Bernoulli principle forcing air into wine using nothing more than a cleverly designed shape and the force of gravity. When you pour wine through it, you supposedly, and I say supposedly because I have never seen, nor tried one of these, hear a sucking sound like a wine taster inhaling. The reviewer claimed to have tried it on a red and stated that it instantly tasted better. They run $39.95 and are available at If any of you out there are familiar with it, please let me know what you think. And, if the inventor, Rio Sabadicci, wants a good, honest, straight-forward review of it, send me a sample and I would be more than happy to give a first hand review here at 365corks. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!



2005 Domaine Alfred Pinot Gris

2004 Big House Red
2004 Greg Norman Santa Barbara California Estates Pinot Noir

2004 Esser Vineyards Chardonnay
2004 Five Rivers Chardonnay
2005 Virgin Vines Chardonnay
2005 Montevina Pinot Grigio
2005 Luna Di Luna Pinot Grigio
2004 Greg Norman Santa Barbara California Estates Chardonnay


2004 Guenoc Chardonnay
2005 Montevina Sauvignon Blanc
2005 Tolosa Chardonnay
2004 Cheateau Potelle Sauvignon Blanc
2005 Bogle Chardonnay
2004 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay
2005 Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley Chardonnay
2005 Tamas Estates Pinot Grigio

2004 Mark West Pinot Noir

2006 Sebeka Sauvignon Blanc
2004 Angeline Chardonnay
2005 Candoni Organic Pinot Grigio


Friday, 5/4, Little Rock, AR
A very interesting article in the Wall Street Journal that I wanted to share with everyone. I could have summarized it but felt that I couldn't have done it justice. Cheers to Christina S.N. Lewis, the reporter!

The Château Mouton Lockdown
Wine-Theft Fears TurnCellars into Fortresses;Home Retina Scanners
By CHRISTINA S.N. LEWISMay 4, 2007; Page W1
When the wine bandits come, David Dorman will be ready for them. The former chairman and chief executive of AT&T has equipped the three-room wine cellar in his home outside San Francisco with video surveillance, infrared alarms and motion sensors. He keeps his most valuable bottles in a separate vault with its own five-number combination door.
"I wanted to be able to both ward off the professional who's looking for some kind of a score as well as the amateur who's trying to make a quick buck," he says.
Knock Knock: Gil Shapiro's wine collection is secured with alarms, a hidden camera, body-heat sensor, and an antique wrought-iron door.
A little paranoia is seeping into the wine world. At a time when a single bottle of new French Bordeaux can cost as much as $750 and some rare vintages sell at auction for more than $125,000, serious oenophiles aren't taking any chances. While insurers say thefts are still very rare and are most often committed by opportunistic housekeepers or even the resident teenagers, some wealthy collectors are spending as much as $50,000 to install locks that open only at the sound of the owner's voice and affix radio tags that trigger silent alarms when a bottle is removed. One cellar-maker now offers a $5,000 door that's disguised as a fireplace.
The gadgetry is getting so advanced that some collectors say the security bubble around the cellar provides just as much ego gratification as the wine. During tours of his 1,400-bottle wine collection in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., Gregg Marks, a 54-year-old executive for Jones Apparel Group, says he always makes a point to show off the biometric fingerprint-scanner he had installed on the cellar door. "You could have a million dollars worth of wine in there," Mr. Marks says, "but the lock is what guests remember."

Security peddlers are doing a brisk business. Los Angeles-based Cellar Masters, which builds about 100 new cellars a year (average cost: $26,000) says a quarter of its recent projects include video surveillance, alarmed doors or motion sensors. Manhattan-based cellar-designer Lee Zinser says more than half of his new clients now ask for alarm systems, compared with almost none three years ago. Wine Enthusiast, an online retailer, says sales of its eSommelier product -- an inventory system that allows collectors to place bar codes on their wines and link them to their home alarm systems -- rose 30% last year.
These measures are a reflection of the booming wine market and the growing number of serious collectors, many of whom view wine more as an investment than a comestible. According to an estimate by Fireman's Fund, an insurer, as many as 10% of the nation's most affluent households have wine collections worth at least $100,000. Chubb Group, an insurer that focuses on wealthy clients, says the number of new policies covering wine collections doubled last year, according to Laura Clark, a vice president. Most collectors "think of wine as an asset on par with their homes, art collections, jewelry and cars," she says.
Veteran collector Gil Shapiro started his collection about 25 years ago when he began buying "cult" California Cabernets from vineyards such as Abreu and Dunn. After years of steady buying, Mr. Shapiro, 63, the owner of Urban Archaeology, a New York architectural salvage and reproduction company, had amassed some 8,000 bottles of rare California wines, many of them in the basement of his weekend home in Sagaponack, N.Y. When he built his first cellar in the mid-1990s for $125,000, he invested in the best security he could find: a wrought-iron door with a motion-sensitive alarm and reinforced concrete walls with sensors that would trip an alarm if someone hit them with a sledgehammer.
But as his collection grew in size and value in recent years, and as more delivery people set eyes on it, Mr. Shapiro says he started to get "more and more paranoid." He added a body-heat sensor to the basement entrance and a hidden camera inside the wine room that sends a live feed to a monitor in his New York apartment. "I'm from Brooklyn," Mr. Shapiro says, "I'm always looking over my shoulder."
W. Taylor Franklin's 450-bottle collection is only four years old, and at about $50,000 in value, not quite large enough to put him in collecting's big leagues. But the 25-year-old real-estate developer isn't taking security lightly. The 3,000-bottle cellar he's building at his new home in Norfolk, Va., will have a keypad lock for his wine-tasting room and a fingerprint scanner for his cellar, which will be encased in shatterproof glass. When it's finished, the $40,000 cellar will be worth nearly as much as the wine inside. "We looked into doing a retina scanner, but that got a little pricey," Mr. Franklin says.
Online Oenophiles
There is some evidence that wine collections are becoming a more popular burglary target. In California, the Napa County Sheriff's Department says it has investigated about seven wine thefts from private homes in the past year -- crimes that Capt. John Robertson says were "pretty rare" five years ago. Earlier this year in Atherton, Calif., police arrested a house cleaner and her boyfriend and charged them with stealing $140,000 in wine from a collector.
Police say the growing popularity of collecting has made it easier for crooks to operate. Free wine-valuation sites like WineSearcher and WineZap allow thieves to check labels or bone up on the going rate for a 1982 Pichon-Lalande, for instance. And sites like eBay and Craigslist make it easier for them to unload bottles anonymously.
The secret door to a wine cellar looks like a built-in wine rack.
But by most accounts, the security measures collectors are using are more intense than the threat. According to Fireman's Fund, only about 7% of all insurance claims involving wine are related to theft -- a number that's remained flat over the last decade. The biggest threats to wine collections, insurers say, are fires, floods, improper handling and any power failure or cooling-system glitch that causes cellar temperatures to fluctuate. Stephen Bachmann, chief executive of Vinfolio, a collector services firm, says "the best thing anyone can do to protect their wine is store it at the right temperature." (Many collectors spend thousands of dollars on anti-mold insulation, alarms that ring if a cellar door is left open too long and underground "wine caves" that don't require electricity to stay cool.)
When wine is stolen, experts say the thefts usually take place outside the owner's home while the wine is being moved or delivered -- or are perpetrated by insiders rather than organized professional thieves. Two of the recent heists in Napa, like the recent Atherton job, were pulled off by household workers. Chris McGoey, a Los Angeles-based security consultant who works for celebrities and corporations, says the average home invader wouldn't know a rare Burgundy from a bottle of mouthwash. "They're not sophisticated enough to know what a good label is," he says.
High School Capers
All of the security in the world might not have helped Susanna Kelham. When the vintner from Oakville, Calif., discovered that 47 cases of George de Latour private reserve, now worth about $175,000, had been removed from her cellar more than 10 years earlier, there wasn't much she could do. The culprits were her two teenage sons, Ronald, now 33, and Hamilton, now 30, who confessed to smuggling bottles out of the house throughout high school. "My father almost disinherited me," says Ronald, who claims it was only 20 cases.
As values soar, wine merchants and police are setting up informal networks to recover stolen bottles. Collectors are not only keeping better track of their inventory, they will notify auction houses and major sellers when unique wine goes missing. Some wineries are exploring the idea of embedding microtransmitters in corks. And police in Napa have organized a vintner email alert system to notify vineyards of burglaries and to catalogue the pilfered goods, Capt. Robertson says.
Despite all this commotion, some collectors say they're not ready to turn their homes into the Imperial Fortress of Leipzig. Three years ago, burglars broke into the home of Adam Belsky, a 44-year-old San Francisco lawyer, and stole his $15,000 collection -- 250 bottles of mainly French Bordeaux and Italian Tuscan. He later installed a house alarm and a better lock, but hasn't bothered to take it any further.
"It's a little bit silly to get attached to expensive wine," Mr. Belsky says. "Especially when you think about the fact that you drink it and it's gone."
Write to Christina S.N. Lewis at