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by Frank Drew
November 8th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping companies hates me
Replies: 60
Views: 2296

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: 513

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: 2238

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: 2238

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: 2317

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: 111
Views: 8352

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: 163
Views: 6257

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: 1761

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: 1761

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: 1761

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: 1761

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: 946

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: 546

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: 546

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: 71
Views: 10283

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: 3331

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: 1546

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: 40
Views: 2702

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: 3331

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: 3331

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: 1187

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: 339

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: 339

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: 1600

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 ...
by Frank Drew
August 25th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: LaClarine petite manseng '16...(short/boring)
Replies: 6
Views: 423

Re: TN: LaClarine petite manseng '16...(short/boring)

Thanks for your report, Tom. You’re more tolerant/forgiving of disappointment than I am.
by Frank Drew
August 22nd, 2019, 7:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sulfur isn't such a bad thing (TN: La Clarine Farm mourvedre)
Replies: 83
Views: 2840

Re: Sulfur isn't such a bad thing (TN: La Clarine Farm mourvedre)

I'm absolutely more partial to the AFWE side of the spectrum, with one exception... I largely avoid SS wines that aren't very young. Supply chain to consumer is way too variable. And, while I can't prove it, I also hold reduced S in combination with gentler pressing as a potential culprit for premo...
by Frank Drew
August 14th, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red/white blends have you tried?
Replies: 54
Views: 1561

Re: What red/white blends have you tried?

T Welch wrote:
August 10th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Chianti.
Not many winemakers in either appellation use white grapes in their red wines. It used to be required in Chianti but they wisely dropped that requirement some years ago.
Aside from Beaucastel, only a few producers in Chateauneuf use the allowed white grapes.
by Frank Drew
August 10th, 2019, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Felsina Fontalloro
Replies: 17
Views: 961

Re: 1997 Felsina Fontalloro

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by Frank Drew
August 10th, 2019, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Felsina Fontalloro
Replies: 17
Views: 961

Re: 1997 Felsina Fontalloro

I agree that 1997 is/was a superb vintage for many Tuscan wines. And its true that Fontalloro is often on a slightly faster evolutionary track than the Rancia. But the real deal is actually the CCR IMO. It is often almost as good as the Fontalloro and Rancia but not as dismissive as the other two l...
by Frank Drew
August 10th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Felsina Fontalloro
Replies: 17
Views: 961

Re: 1997 Felsina Fontalloro

I agree that 1997 is/was a superb vintage for many Tuscan wines. And its true that Fontalloro is often on a slightly faster evolutionary track than the Rancia. But the real deal is actually the CCR IMO. It is often almost as good as the Fontalloro and Rancia but not as dismissive as the other two l...
by Frank Drew
August 10th, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fedex Cold Chain shipping, worth it?
Replies: 33
Views: 2040

Re: Fedex Cold Chain shipping, worth it?

Interesting; I got an email from Benchmark on Aug. 1 saying that the weather in my area (Virginia) is ideal for shipping (August, in Virginia). No mention of Cold Chain, but I assume it was just a form email sent to all their customers with wines being held for shipping; Benchmark’s been very reliab...
by Frank Drew
August 10th, 2019, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge American Oak Article
Replies: 48
Views: 2581

Re: Ridge American Oak Article

When I visited Ridge many years ago most if not all of their American barrels were from World Cooperage.
by Frank Drew
August 7th, 2019, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How far do wineries routinely ship grapes to make wine???
Replies: 50
Views: 1862

Re: How far do wineries routinely ship grapes to make wine???

Quite a few Virginia wines use CA grapes. The winemakers have told me that is to meet demand since they don't have enough estate or other local grapes to meet the demand. In some cases, the wine are branded differently than the regular winery wines. A Fauquier Co. winery told me that their Albariño...
by Frank Drew
August 6th, 2019, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Additive curious, looking for a Mega Purple source.
Replies: 32
Views: 2178

Re: Additive curious, looking for a Mega Purple source.

I always wonder how much of wine we drink is really 100% of what we think/hope it to be. More than we realize, I’m sure. And it wouldn’t surprise me if it was “far more”. That’s not knocking the producers we love. It’s acknowledging that as pure in intention as our favorite producers may be, at the...
by Frank Drew
July 28th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Dogfish Head- Sam Adams
Replies: 4
Views: 449

Re: Dogfish Head- Sam Adams

Dogfish Head’s 60 Minute is a fave of mine.
by Frank Drew
July 21st, 2019, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Castello della Paneretta Chianti Classico
Replies: 2
Views: 247

Re: TN: 2015 Castello della Paneretta Chianti Classico

I’ll have to look for this; thanks for the note, Dale
by Frank Drew
July 20th, 2019, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there a lead concern with neck foil?
Replies: 22
Views: 1126

Re: Is there a lead concern with neck foil?

Philip N. Jones wrote:
July 18th, 2019, 8:18 pm
Pencils are made with graphite.
Note that Ned placed “pencil” in quotes.
(“Here, try this, it’ll put a little lead in your pencil.”)
by Frank Drew
July 15th, 2019, 6:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quick thoughts on a Chevillon sale - other producers added
Replies: 29
Views: 1458

Re: Quick thoughts on a Chevillon sale

Those are super prices for Chevillon. I just had a very satisfying 2002 Nuits village, bought on release (and pointed in Chevillon’s direction by Dr. Weinberg.)
by Frank Drew
June 29th, 2019, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many wines a day?
Replies: 31
Views: 1876

Re: How many wines a day?

Normally, I don’t open more than one bottle, and that means I’ll drink 1/3 of a bottle with dinner. Wine dinners with friends, somewhat infrequent lately, we’ll probably open 4-6 bottles between 3-7 of us.
by Frank Drew
June 23rd, 2019, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 156
Views: 11338

Re: Top US Syrahs

In addition to many of the excellent producers already mentioned, I’ll add Cabot.
by Frank Drew
June 14th, 2019, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA
Replies: 5
Views: 854

Re: PSA

Oh, I thought you’d posted your GU lab report in the wrong forum.
by Frank Drew
June 2nd, 2019, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I won't go into specifics but...
Replies: 44
Views: 4145

Re: I won't go into specifics but...

Okay, I'll bite. Where is the one place on earth? Cheers! I would very much hope that Jim is referring to Alsace. Probably, but that wouldn't give enough credit to the Germans. I've generally preferred Grauburgunders (the German name) to most Alsatian pinot gris, as they have more acid. Sadly, they...
by Frank Drew
May 15th, 2019, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying online
Replies: 6
Views: 625

Re: Buying online

I don’t live in NY, but I know that a number of retailers, from California and elsewhere, who used to handle shipping themselves have turned it over to third party shippers.
by Frank Drew
April 28th, 2019, 3:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: ALMOND CAKE MALLORCA
Replies: 4
Views: 361

Re: ALMOND CAKE MALLORCA

Thanks for the recipe, Martin. I just fixed my oven (home repair job from hell) so this sounds like a great inaugural dessert.
by Frank Drew
April 21st, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cork recycling day
Replies: 13
Views: 640

Re: Cork recycling day

I’ll try WF; Bevmo is apparently Western states only.
by Frank Drew
April 21st, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cork recycling day
Replies: 13
Views: 640

Re: Cork recycling day

If I'm not mistaken, they can be composted. Not only can you compost natural corks, but they're "brown" and most of the food waste I've been composting is "green," so this will be a good addition to the mix. Thanks for the info. They certainly can be put in the compost pile but I’ve been surprised ...
by Frank Drew
April 15th, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fedex Home Delivery
Replies: 42
Views: 1764

Re: Fedex Home Delivery

Of course, your mileage (to the FedEx office) may vary.
by Frank Drew
April 15th, 2019, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: April Frost in Burgundy
Replies: 64
Views: 4222

Re: April Frost in Burgundy

For any of us non-farmers, imagine that whatever work you do you only get paid once a year, but that some years when that time rolls around, you don’t. Ag’s a bitch.
by Frank Drew
April 15th, 2019, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fedex Home Delivery
Replies: 42
Views: 1764

Re: Fedex Home Delivery

And I just rerouted an en-route FedEx Home package to a FedEx Office store in less than 1 minute . And I’ve had the same, unchanging FedEx notice all week that a package is due for delivery by the end of day on 4/11, which is today, but I can’t manage the delivery because the package apparently has...

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