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by Frank Drew
July 20th, 2019, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there a lead concern with neck foil?
Replies: 19
Views: 676

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: 1201

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: 1696

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: 134
Views: 7646

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: 822

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: 4010

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: 584

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
Topic: ALMOND CAKE MALLORCA
Replies: 4
Views: 334

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: 601

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: 601

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: 1635

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: 4056

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: 1635

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...
by Frank Drew
April 13th, 2019, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Earthquake Proofing Wine Cellar
Replies: 36
Views: 1485

Re: Earthquake Proofing Wine Cellar

alan weinberg wrote:
April 10th, 2019, 8:40 pm
there is a far easier, cheaper, low tech way to protect wine in racks. Nothing is earthquake proof, just resistant. D38A923A-3F75-41E5-8036-421AF82EE92C.jpeg
It’s a rubber band.
I like that, Alan, and it would work just as well on wire racking that couldn’t take a staple.
by Frank Drew
April 13th, 2019, 6:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?
Replies: 71
Views: 2598

Re: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?

I like Champagne and find a lot of enjoyment in bottles under $50, very much where most of my wine purchases are. I have bought some spendy bottles, as I have with still wines, but that’s not my norm. I’m pretty surprised at the poll results and wonder if $100 and up is the range for all wines among...
by Frank Drew
April 11th, 2019, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fedex Home Delivery
Replies: 42
Views: 1635

Re: Fedex Home Delivery

Does Walgreens accept wine shipments? I ask because the FedEx website list of Virginia locations that accept wine shipments seems to exclude Walgreens and most of the other locations that receive non-wine shipments.
by Frank Drew
April 11th, 2019, 5:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fedex Home Delivery
Replies: 42
Views: 1635

Re: Fedex Home Delivery

I’ll add that FedEx’s website and tracking feature are often worse than useless. 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, w...
by Frank Drew
April 10th, 2019, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fedex Home Delivery
Replies: 42
Views: 1635

Re: Fedex Home Delivery

I’ll add that FedEx’s website and tracking feature are often worse than useless.
by Frank Drew
April 10th, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Champagne?
Replies: 40
Views: 1833

Re: Decanting Champagne?

I always like Champagne more after the bottle’s been open for a while; I’ve only decanted once or twice but don’t object to the practice.. I’m just too lazy or unorganized to carry it out. I do try to open the bottle ahead of time, though; it might not affect the wine much but it does calm down the ...
by Frank Drew
April 10th, 2019, 5:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine-searcher pro price increase
Replies: 50
Views: 3829

Re: wine-searcher pro price increase

I’m no longer a subscriber because my buying has changed, but while I was I was always impressed by their customer service and responsiveness whenever I had a question.
by Frank Drew
April 8th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fedex Home Delivery
Replies: 42
Views: 1635

Re: Fedex Home Delivery

I’ve specified ground (vs air) and had packages arrive both FedEx Ground and FedEx Home. Other times I’ve specified FedEx Ground (“Pls. don’t ship FedEx Home”) and still had packages arrive via FedEx Home. Sometimes the FedEx tracking says Ground but it’s a Home truck that shows up. Now I just ask f...
by Frank Drew
April 7th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Stainless cookware options other than All-Clad
Replies: 79
Views: 3348

Re: Stainless cookware options other than All-Clad

8-1/2” is really small for a fry pan.
by Frank Drew
April 3rd, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much do you drink
Replies: 54
Views: 2582

Re: How much do you drink

How much your spouse, children, houseguests drink along with you really isn’t the question.

On nights I’m not working, I usually have a generous glass of wine with dinner, 1/3 of a bottle.
by Frank Drew
April 3rd, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Cuvée Ste. Catherine
Replies: 10
Views: 517

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Cuvée Ste. Catherine

I like Weinbach a lot and think that Schlossberg is among the top Riesling vineyards, anywhere. Unless they’ve changed, the Cuvée Ste. Catherine refers to a late-picked selection, though not officially a VT (St. Catherine’s day is in late November.)
by Frank Drew
March 21st, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Stainless cookware options other than All-Clad
Replies: 79
Views: 3348

Re: Stainless cookware options other than All-Clad

I’m a bit tempted by the 11” frypan; for some reason I gave my brother my 12” Demeyere (@ $400 the 12” Hestan isn’t feasible).
by Frank Drew
March 21st, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Stainless cookware options other than All-Clad
Replies: 79
Views: 3348

Re: Stainless cookware options other than All-Clad

It looks like they’re maybe a bit less expensive than Demeyere but in that price range; what they call “nanobond” seems to be (essentially) electroplating chromium and titanium onto an aluminum core stainless steel pan. Getting away from non-stick coatings for cooking fish and eggs would be nice alt...
by Frank Drew
March 11th, 2019, 8:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Food Refrigerator as Wine Storage
Replies: 29
Views: 1653

Re: Food Refrigerator as Wine Storage

If a restaurant is closing near you and they are selling their equipment, grab all their refrigeration. Everything is heavy duty and stainless or aluminum. Thermostats are easily replaced or set. The may use a little more electricity, but generally they are better insulated, offsetting the amount o...
by Frank Drew
March 11th, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Food Refrigerator as Wine Storage
Replies: 29
Views: 1653

Re: Food Refrigerator as Wine Storage

If you want to see mold, go into some European winery cellars. Doesn’t hurt the wines at all and if you install them in your garage, or even outdoors, there’ll be no ill effect on your home.
by Frank Drew
March 5th, 2019, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar
Replies: 84
Views: 4882

Re: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar

I went to a school in NYC that occupied a couple of older townhouses that had sub-basements (directly below the regular, normal depth basements), down in that sweet spot of constant ideal cellar temp shown in the Gold chart that John posted. If I was a millionaire that’s what I’d do, have the builde...
by Frank Drew
March 2nd, 2019, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you double decant before BYO to restaurants?
Replies: 57
Views: 2161

Re: Do you double decant before BYO to restaurants?

I don't often double decant, but I always open the bottle at home first to see if the wine is corked or otherwise tainted. I also don't trust most restaurants to get old corks out. They use waiter's friends and destroy corks quite frequently (of course, they do then decant through a filter). So I h...
by Frank Drew
March 2nd, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you double decant before BYO to restaurants?
Replies: 57
Views: 2161

Re: Do you double decant before BYO to restaurants?

I don't often double decant, but I always open the bottle at home first to see if the wine is corked or otherwise tainted. I also don't trust most restaurants to get old corks out. They use waiter's friends and destroy corks quite frequently (of course, they do then decant through a filter). So I h...
by Frank Drew
February 26th, 2019, 5:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Food Refrigerator as Wine Storage
Replies: 29
Views: 1653

Re: Food Refrigerator as Wine Storage

Beer-making supply stores usually carry replacement thermostats that can keep a home fridge at a wine-appropriate temperature.

I agree with Tom that vibration isn’t an issue in a modern refrigerator; I’ve confirmed that belief to my satisfaction.
by Frank Drew
February 25th, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jamie Goode reviews natural wines
Replies: 12
Views: 842

Re: Jamie Goode reviews natural wines

It gave me a chuckle; I thought it was a pretty clever parody that never got mean-spirited.
by Frank Drew
February 15th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner with an emotional Romanée Conti and a very great white Musigny Vogüé
Replies: 5
Views: 893

Re: Dinner with an emotional Romanée Conti and a very great white Musigny Vogüé

Excellent report, François. But tell me about the juniper wood sauce with the scallops; how is that done (wood for a sauce)? Not juniper berries?
by Frank Drew
February 13th, 2019, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: La Tache '15
Replies: 8
Views: 1131

Re: TN: La Tache '15

Thanks for the note, Edan, and my condolences that you own only a few bottles of La Tâche. [cry.gif]
by Frank Drew
February 13th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 132
Views: 2995

Re: Diam corks?

Almost all Champagne corks (and all that I’ve ever seen) are composites but with a double disk of solid natural cork on the end that’s exposed to the wine. Do the Diam Champagne corks have those disks?
by Frank Drew
February 10th, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My first Keller gmax
Replies: 86
Views: 4260

Re: My first Keller gmax

For me the greatest white wines are just as great as the greatest reds. If not more so. Not that I'd pay $2K for any bottle of wine unless I win the lottery... Totally agree with you on both counts, Jay. But I’m very happy that there are so many red-only drinkers; takes some of the pricing pressure...
by Frank Drew
January 26th, 2019, 6:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1991 Musar
Replies: 16
Views: 603

Re: TN: 1991 Musar

Kirk, the 1995 wholesale price of $92 that you cite was years after release, right?
by Frank Drew
January 20th, 2019, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unfashionable Alsace making a comeback?
Replies: 45
Views: 2573

Re: Unfashionable Alsace making a comeback?

Something doesn’t compute here: restaurant sommeliers are pushing orange, borderline flawed “natural” and other wierd-ass wines...and Alsatian wines are a hard sell? And for anyone who thinks that Alsace should get out of the Riesling business, put together a tasting of Schlossbergs from Weinbach, P...
by Frank Drew
January 20th, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 Fevre Les Clos
Replies: 11
Views: 700

Re: 2004 Fevre Les Clos

They bottled some terrific 2004s. Those that avoided the plague have remained terrific.
by Frank Drew
January 20th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premox'd White Burgs Turn Great? (per Jasper Morris)
Replies: 117
Views: 4474

Re: Premox'd White Burgs Turn Great? (per Jasper Morris)

Never mind having solved the problem, too many producers have insisted that their wines haven’t been affected by premature oxidation.
by Frank Drew
December 28th, 2018, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alsace is dead at retail
Replies: 24
Views: 1420

Re: Alsace is dead at retail

I’ve got Boxler, Weinbach, Mann, Blanck, Z-H, and Trimbach; maybe still a few bottles of Bott-Geyl and possibly Burn in off-site storage. Mostly, but not exclusively, Riesling from all. I agree that the sales are in a slump here in the U.S., but we’ve never been their major market.
by Frank Drew
December 18th, 2018, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At what age does Premox becomes just oxidation in white Burgs?
Replies: 35
Views: 1399

Re: At what age does Premox becomes just oxidation in white Burgs?

Does anyone believe that bottles that would eventually prematurely oxidize taste differently in their youth than bottles that wouldn't/don't? Jeremy, it would be hard to impossible to test for that, but as a point of reference both 1995 and 1996 white Burgundies were very promising early on and it ...
by Frank Drew
December 18th, 2018, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At what age does Premox becomes just oxidation in white Burgs?
Replies: 35
Views: 1399

Re: At what age does Premox becomes just oxidation in white Burgs?

Does anyone believe that bottles that would eventually prematurely oxidize taste differently in their youth than bottles that wouldn't/don't? Jeremy, it would be hard to impossible to test for that, but ad a point of reference both 1995 and 1996 white Burgundies were very promising early on and it ...
by Frank Drew
December 17th, 2018, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wine thief
Replies: 31
Views: 2191

Re: The wine thief

Guy was a dick and a thief, good thing about jumping he saved taxpayer money for jail. He was a grown man who deceived and stole. All this liberal crap is nonsense, just because someone doesnt miss something because they are wealthy it does not make theft anyless of a crime What “liberal crap”? I m...
by Frank Drew
December 17th, 2018, 7:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Speculators are ruining it for everybody”
Replies: 191
Views: 8257

Re: “Speculators are ruining it for everybody”

Mark, I don’t consider fine wine a commodity like soybeans or pork bellies. Those items are interchangeable, sold in bulk, and pretty far from any artisanal intent. I look to the maker of any (essentially) hand-made object for guidance how he or she would want their products regarded and treated; a ...
by Frank Drew
December 9th, 2018, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I've Never Had A Chianti That Excited Me
Replies: 75
Views: 3451

Re: I've Never Had A Chianti That Excited Me

Marcus Dean wrote:
December 7th, 2018, 4:12 pm
Stop drinking them young
Terrific advice, Marcus: In 2013 I had a bottle of Felsina’s 1988 CCR, and it was one of the most satisfying wines I’ve ever had, from anywhere.
by Frank Drew
November 17th, 2018, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why do people in Napa still do Sauv Blanc
Replies: 34
Views: 2205

Re: Why do people in Napa still do Sauv Blanc

Alan Eden wrote:
November 15th, 2018, 6:25 pm
Next question, why does SE SB fetch more than cab sauv on wine searcher ?
Some recent releases of Haut Brion blanc have sold for more than the red.
by Frank Drew
November 17th, 2018, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chest freezer experiment begins.
Replies: 32
Views: 3317

Re: Chest freezer experiment begins.

Collin, in my opinion vibration is non-issue, at least as far as a bottle of wine is concerned. Modern refrigerator compressors are mounted on rubber pads to dampen vibration; has anyone ever seen their bottle of orange juice shaking during a compressor cycle? Years ago, I answered the vibration que...

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