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by Frank Drew
September 12th, 2019, 3:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eggland’s Best Eggs
Replies: 72
Views: 2547

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: 1392

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
Topic: HORL - knife sharpener - Made in Germany
Replies: 36
Views: 2160

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
Topic: Eggland’s Best Eggs
Replies: 72
Views: 2547

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
Topic: Eggland’s Best Eggs
Replies: 72
Views: 2547

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: 1024

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: 298

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: 298

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: 1463

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: 389

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: 2646

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: 1486

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: 909

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: 909

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: 909

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: 1950

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: 2486

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: 1747

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: 2128

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: 406

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: 216

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: 1079

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: 1422

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: 1857

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: 154
Views: 10543

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: 845

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: 4122

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: 620

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: 357

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: 635

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: 635

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: 1738

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: 4193

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: 1738

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: 1596

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: 2763

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: 1738

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: 1738

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: 1738

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: 1977

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: 4063

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: 1738

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: 3868

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: 2715

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: 543

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: 3868

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: 3868

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: 1754

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: 1754

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.

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