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by Frank Drew
June 29th, 2020, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: sediment filters worth it?
Replies: 37
Views: 1301

Re: sediment filters worth it?

I don’t like sediment and used to carefully decant with a candle. It gives acceptable results but it’s needlessly fussy, IMO, and gives ok but not great results. I now use a possibly redundant double filter on every red wine I open and will never go back. Filter #1 is a Krups brand Melita-shaped reu...
by Frank Drew
June 22nd, 2020, 5:44 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Clear Ice
Replies: 38
Views: 1956

Re: Clear Ice

There’s something Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire about this thread.
by Frank Drew
June 22nd, 2020, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Remoissenet
Replies: 19
Views: 853

Re: Remoissenet

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by Frank Drew
June 12th, 2020, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virginia wineries worth visiting?
Replies: 33
Views: 1020

Re: Virginia wineries worth visiting?

I saw that too. Might be for a loophole in the law or might just be to keep the tour buses away until things settle down. I can't fault them for either reason. Linden is emerging from the lockdown like everyone else and right now visits are limited to their case club members. I don’t know if they’l...
by Frank Drew
June 12th, 2020, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best domestic Chardonnay?
Replies: 108
Views: 5458

Re: Best domestic Chardonnay?

It’s been a while since I’ve had one, but when they’re on Kalin chardonnays are terrific. I agree about Mt. Eden with some age. I don’t have enough experience with Oregon wines. I’m not wild about some of the well-known and pricey California labels; they can have too much Bourbon Butter Cream for me...
by Frank Drew
June 7th, 2020, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Screw cap Le Pin
Replies: 16
Views: 1514

Re: Screw cap Le Pin

Buzz, thanks for posting I have not had a chance to watch yet. Maybe it is just me, but I find it hard to believe that a domaine with the resources of Le Pin would have a “bottling line operator error” but I know absolutely zero about bottling line operations. That’s just what I think every time I ...
by Frank Drew
June 3rd, 2020, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Screw cap Le Pin
Replies: 16
Views: 1514

Re: Screw cap Le Pin

Bottling line operator error?
by Frank Drew
May 30th, 2020, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Modular Wine Rooms
Replies: 12
Views: 895

Re: Modular Wine Rooms

Jim - we had friends who had a huge house but didn't want to retrofit a room for their cellar. They bought a restaurant walk-in cooler which worked perfectly. Those are modular and you can take them apart when you move. And the cooling units are fixable by any qualified refrigeration repair company...
by Frank Drew
May 30th, 2020, 6:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What could cause Barbarescos to be valued more highly than Barolos in the future?
Replies: 21
Views: 1824

Re: What could cause Barbarescos to be valued more highly than Barolos in the future?

At several trade tastings, I was surprised that various Barbaresco producers more or less acknowledged the superiority of Barolo, if not in so many words. I’m generally happy with either.
by Frank Drew
May 26th, 2020, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com
Replies: 81
Views: 8646

Re: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com

i guess it’s nice that the liquor control board is already aware of the problem, but it would be a lot nicer of they had a plan for dealing with it.
by Frank Drew
April 26th, 2020, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Racines
Replies: 11
Views: 1431

Re: Racines

Ambitious pricing don’t need no stinking justification!
by Frank Drew
April 11th, 2020, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Prices Reset Due to Covid-19 Recession
Replies: 79
Views: 5129

Re: Wine Prices Reset Due to Covid-19 Recession

Based just on the frantic increase in retailer emails I’ve gotten over the past couple of years, I’ve thought wine retail has been hurting for a while now.
by Frank Drew
March 25th, 2020, 4:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Nals-Margreid Pinot Bianco Alto Adige - Südtirol Sirmian
Replies: 7
Views: 222

Re: TN: 2018 Nals-Margreid Pinot Bianco Alto Adige - Südtirol Sirmian

Thanks for your excellent note, Sean. Alto Adige whites are simply terrific — crisp, bright, pure.
by Frank Drew
March 15th, 2020, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Due' Baroli (and a late arriving Brunello)
Replies: 15
Views: 675

Re: TNs: Due' Baroli

Bob also inspired me, but it turns out I didn’t any older Baroli standing up. I almost opened a 97 Vietti Lazzarito, but I was worried about the sediment. am bummed about our dinner being canceled. Sediment can definitely be an issue. Perhaps it's sacrilege but I simply carried the bottle upstairs ...
by Frank Drew
February 9th, 2020, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When do you change your Coravin needle?
Replies: 4
Views: 418

Re: When do you change your Coravin needle?

Any edge tool loses a bit of sharpness over time no matter what it’s cutting or piercing, and if it takes more force that’s a good sign that it has. If you’re up for DYI, and the needle is removable, can you lap the bevel on a whetstone? Or just order another?
by Frank Drew
January 31st, 2020, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving across country this summer: how to ship wine?
Replies: 18
Views: 1396

Re: Moving across country this summer: how to ship wine?

Vikrant, I agree with Nola; if possible, find a wine storage company near-ish to where you’ll be in California and ship sometime in the next month or two.
by Frank Drew
January 27th, 2020, 5:46 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Irish Whiskey Thread
Replies: 49
Views: 3120

Re: Irish Whiskey Thread

I’m a recent convert to Irish whiskey, much preferring it to Bourbon or Scotch/single malts, which I often find too oaky or peat
smokey for my tastes.

I recently had a bottle of Yellow Spot but didn’t feel that it deserved the premium over Redbreast or Green Spot.
by Frank Drew
January 27th, 2020, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can someone please explain Louis Jadot?
Replies: 136
Views: 11360

Re: Can someone please explain Louis Jadot?

Yes.

I’ve had some very enjoyable 1997s from Jadot but too often, in my experience, their wines punch below their weight.
by Frank Drew
January 25th, 2020, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Three overripe syrahs: 05 ESJ Parmalee, 10 Clarendon Hills, 10 Voge
Replies: 30
Views: 1472

Re: Three overripe syrahs: 05 ESJ Parmalee, 10 Clarendon Hills, 10 Voge

Dunnuck’s note reads like a re-hash of a typical Parker note: “Jaw dropping stuff; incredibly concentrated; [aromas] soaring from the glass; full-bodied... massive size and concentration.”
by Frank Drew
December 27th, 2019, 6:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whats your top 5 Clos saint denis?
Replies: 63
Views: 3680

Re: Whats your top 5 Clos saint denis?

William Kelley wrote:
December 27th, 2019, 5:41 am
YLee wrote:
December 27th, 2019, 5:01 am
What do you guys think about J. Drouhin and Nicalos Potel's CSD?
The Drouhin CSD comes from Jouan, he makes the wine and raises it in barrel for them, then they bottle it.
That’s interesting, I didn’t know that. Thanks for the clarification.
by Frank Drew
November 28th, 2019, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unfinished Pine vs. Redwood vs. Mahogany; another cellar question
Replies: 30
Views: 1692

Re: Unfinished Pine vs. Redwood vs. Mahogany; another cellar question

I completely agree that choosing a wood for wine racking should be pragmatic in the extreme; I love mahogany but I wouldn’t use it in that application. And if UV protection in a wine cellar is a concern then the effect on your racking is the least of your problems.
by Frank Drew
November 28th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unfinished Pine vs. Redwood vs. Mahogany; another cellar question
Replies: 30
Views: 1692

Re: Unfinished Pine vs. Redwood vs. Mahogany; another cellar question

Nowadays, a lot of what’s called mahogany really isn’t. What is it? Jason, for me, genuine mahogany is from the Western Hemisphere and is either Swietenia macrophylla (sometimes called Honduran mahogany but it also grows elsewhere in Central and South America) and Swietenia mahogoni (traditionally ...
by Frank Drew
November 22nd, 2019, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unfinished Pine vs. Redwood vs. Mahogany; another cellar question
Replies: 30
Views: 1692

Re: Unfinished Pine vs. Redwood vs. Mahogany; another cellar question

Genuine Mahogany - IMO the best all/around furniture wood - is pretty expensive now but even a good size cellar won’t be using that much material in terms of board footage; most of the cost of custom racking will be labor. Nowadays, a lot of what’s called mahogany really isn’t. I agree woth Greg tha...
by Frank Drew
November 21st, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Announcing the Formation of a Wine, Beer and Spirits Law Committee
Replies: 12
Views: 1112

Re: Announcing the Formation of a Wine, Beer and Spirits Law Committee

So it’s another's tasting group but with the occasional but obligatory “professional” interruptions?
by Frank Drew
November 8th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping companies hates me
Replies: 60
Views: 2849

Re: Shipping companies hates me

I don't get it. Their job is to deliver packages. You get one, your neighbor gets one, and three other neighbors get one each. How is that better or worse than delivering five to you? You're providing a job for the guy. As far as tipping, he's doing his job. He gets paid for it. He should be tippin...
by Frank Drew
November 2nd, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru
Replies: 2
Views: 569

Re: TN: 2002 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru

Good to know, and thanks for the note, Martin; I think I have one bottle and have wondered how it might be now.
by Frank Drew
October 29th, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Peter Luger NYT review.
Replies: 63
Views: 3621

Re: Peter Luger NYT review.

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by Frank Drew
October 29th, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Peter Luger NYT review.
Replies: 63
Views: 3621

Re: Peter Luger NYT review.

I haven’t yet read all the comments to Wells’ review, but so far the clear majority agrees with him.
by Frank Drew
October 23rd, 2019, 6:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Upright or on its side: A Theory
Replies: 56
Views: 2616

Re: Upright or on its side: A Theory

As for storage orientation, you could probably store an equal number of bottles either vertically or horizontally in a given space, but individual horizontal slots are by far the more convenient method if the wines aren’t all the same and you need to pull a certain bottle (without having to move man...
by Frank Drew
October 18th, 2019, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Styro Shippers - Finally some data on their effectiveness
Replies: 114
Views: 9604

Re: Styro Shippers - Finally some data on their effectiveness

Brown UPS trucks can absorb a lot of heat on a sunny day, and afaik there’s no a.c. anywhere in those trucks.
by Frank Drew
October 18th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 206
Views: 9492

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

None of the shipping services or wineries I've contacted want my used styro. And even if they did, I suspect they would only get used one more time before the next person puts them in a landfill. So while a minor victory, that's still a loss in my book. If every disposable plastic that’s now used o...
by Frank Drew
October 6th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?
Replies: 52
Views: 1934

Re: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?

As for wine’s alleged robustness, is there anyone here who would willingly choose a wine that had been exposed to temperatures in the 80s and above for at least a few weeks vs one known to have been kept below, say, 60-65 it’s entire life? If so, please raise your hands. Frank, I'm sure the questio...
by Frank Drew
October 6th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?
Replies: 52
Views: 1934

Re: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?

A lot of importers do ship temperature controlled. You can’t compare the logistics of the food industry to retail wine shipments. You think milk and butter are shipped via UPS or FedEx? Do you think that any but a small fraction of wine gets shipped by UPS or Fed Ex? Even those of us here still buy...
by Frank Drew
October 6th, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?
Replies: 52
Views: 1934

Re: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?

As for wine’s alleged robustness, is there anyone here who would willingly choose a wine that had been exposed to temperatures in the 80s and above for at least a few weeks vs one known to have been kept below, say, 60-65 it’s entire life? If so, please raise your hands.
by Frank Drew
October 6th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?
Replies: 52
Views: 1934

Re: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?

You know, eggs, milk, ice cream, produce, meat gets shipped all over the place with no concerns about outside temps or the season. Why can't wine be treated as well as milk? That’s exactly the answer; those and dozens of other temperature sensitive but often much less expensive commodities get ship...
by Frank Drew
October 4th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: shipping during the heat snap -- frustrating
Replies: 10
Views: 991

Re: shipping during the heat snap -- frustrating

It’s not the temperature outdoors, it’s the temperature inside the dark brown truck that counts.
by Frank Drew
September 29th, 2019, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Trimbach Riesling Cuveé “M” 2008
Replies: 10
Views: 601

Re: TN: Trimbach Riesling Cuveé “M” 2008

Thanks for the link, Laurent.
by Frank Drew
September 28th, 2019, 9:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Trimbach Riesling Cuveé “M” 2008
Replies: 10
Views: 601

Re: TN: Trimbach Riesling Cuveé “M” 2008

The same for me, even if I often visit the domaine (last time, I thus tasted excellent Schlossberg 2015 and Geisberg 2012, before an extraordinary verticale of FE and CSH - ending with FE 1990 and CSH 1967, both unforgettable). I had no idea that Trimbach now has a Schlossberg Riesling; I consider ...
by Frank Drew
September 27th, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin
Replies: 115
Views: 20878

Re: Marcassin

I guess it’s an acquired taste (I haven’t).
by Frank Drew
September 12th, 2019, 3:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eggland’s Best Eggs
Replies: 72
Views: 4857

Re: Eggland’s Best Eggs

The hens’ diets can’t help but influence the eggs; do you also think that there are no flavor differences in the meat from one chicken to the next, from Bresse to Springdale (Arkansas)? I put those egg tasting reports you cite in the same category as the report here that wine doesn’t continue improv...
by Frank Drew
September 9th, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will there ever be another vintage like 1992 White Burgundy?
Replies: 19
Views: 1654

Re: Will there ever be another vintage like 1992 White Burgundy?

Ian, I enjoyed a number of ‘92s back when, but explain what you consider unique about the vintage.
by Frank Drew
September 8th, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: HORL - knife sharpener - Made in Germany
Replies: 41
Views: 5498

Re: HORL - knife sharpener - Made in Germany

Will Alan yell at me if I sharpen my Japanese knives with this set-up? It looks too easy... I wouldn’t use this sharpener for most traditional Japanese kitchen knife blades which have a wide bevel on one side and a flat or slightly hollow face on the other side so aren’t sharpened symmetrically. Ja...
by Frank Drew
September 8th, 2019, 3:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eggland’s Best Eggs
Replies: 72
Views: 4857

Re: Eggland’s Best Eggs

"It was pretty clear evidence that as far as eggs go, the mindset of the taster has far more bearing on the flavor of the egg than the egg itself. So, pick your eggs based on tight whites, or animal rights, or color. But any differences in flavor is probably in your imagination. Kevin, This is, IMO...
by Frank Drew
September 8th, 2019, 2:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eggland’s Best Eggs
Replies: 72
Views: 4857

Re: Eggland’s Best Eggs

alan weinberg wrote:
August 13th, 2019, 8:39 am
you guys have been cooped up too long.
Eggzackly!
by Frank Drew
September 3rd, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Question - dual cooling units
Replies: 16
Views: 1802

Re: Cellar Question - dual cooling units

Jeremy C wrote:
September 2nd, 2019, 7:19 pm
We simply do not have natural disasters here and I cannot recall a single outage of any significant duration.
Jeremy, you suck! [wink.gif]
by Frank Drew
September 2nd, 2019, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 1997 Ciacci Brunello Pianrosso & 2012 JP Fichet Puligny 1er Referts
Replies: 6
Views: 386

Re: TNs: 1997 Ciacci Brunello Pianrosso & 2012 JP Fichet Puligny 1er Referts

Doug, I had a really knockout bottle of their 2005 Meursault Le Tesson earlier this year: pale brass color, fresh as a daisy, an all around excellent white Burgundy.
by Frank Drew
September 1st, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 1997 Ciacci Brunello Pianrosso & 2012 JP Fichet Puligny 1er Referts
Replies: 6
Views: 386

Re: TNs: 1997 Ciacci Brunello Pianrosso & 2012 JP Fichet Puligny 1er Referts

Thanks for the note, Doug. I’ve had nothing but terrific bottles from Fichet although I don’t see them around much anymore.
by Frank Drew
September 1st, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whats the Earliest White Burg PreMox?
Replies: 31
Views: 1693

Re: Whats the Earliest White Burg PreMox?

2002 was the year I noticed an issue with some 1996s; I posted a query on the Squires’ board but the consensus was that there wasn’t an issue. I pretty much forgot about it but not too long after that Lou Deizel(sp?) posted that he’d definitely seen an abnormally high rate of premature oxidation in ...

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