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by mmarcellus
October 18th, 2020, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real winenerd wines
Replies: 95
Views: 2648

Re: Real winenerd wines

I hesitate to mention it here, but Alice Feiring's newsletter, and wine club, is a good source for unusual and distinctive wines. She's controversial, but if your palate aligns with hers you'll find plenty to like. You can ask for a sample copy of the newsletter and see what you think. (No relations...
by mmarcellus
October 17th, 2020, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 288
Views: 14196

Re: wine.com delivery fail

Anyone else are experiencing this issue when they try to click on their pending orders? Same here. Only happened when I clicked on the order number for my one open order. I went to chat and was only number 12, so waited it out. According to the rep, my (long delayed) order is scheduled to be shippe...
by mmarcellus
October 16th, 2020, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 529
Views: 57569

Re: #GlassFire

It was initially rejected by WH because FEMA had determined the fires were not of sufficient magnitude to warrant the assistance (huh?). Newsome called the President and must have kissed the ring, because they reversed the decision. I don't think that any ring kissing by Newsom was necessary. There...
by mmarcellus
October 9th, 2020, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 288
Views: 14196

Re: wine.com delivery fail

For what it’s worth, every order I placed over the summer with codes have been shipped accurately and correctly over the last few weeks. My orders have also shipped accurately and correctly, though some late August orders were delayed. I currently have have one order sitting in limbo. (NY warehouse).
by mmarcellus
October 8th, 2020, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 288
Views: 14196

Re: wine.com delivery fail

As a positive data point, I just received a correctly-timed shipping notification for an order I'd placed this summer and held. My previous two orders were delayed by approximately two weeks each, and I'd had to email CS prior to those orders shipping. As I said before, inventory has seemed low, bu...
by mmarcellus
October 7th, 2020, 5:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 288
Views: 14196

Re: wine.com delivery fail

I wasn't charged, there's just a pending charge that won't go through until they ship. And this isn't a matter of some inventory not being present, they're putting a shipping hold on all inventory. First until Wednesday, now until Friday. Got it. I actually see Monday now for all inventory (my ware...
by mmarcellus
October 6th, 2020, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 288
Views: 14196

Re: wine.com delivery fail

As I detailed in the other thread, I placed an order from the NY warehouse with wine.com last Friday. The order went through with a scheduled ship date of Monday. Based on past experience, this was unusual. In the past, orders for anything other than pre-arrival wines would ship the next day, even ...
by mmarcellus
October 6th, 2020, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 288
Views: 14196

Re: wine.com delivery fail

As I detailed in the other thread, I placed an order from the NY warehouse with wine.com last Friday. The order went through with a scheduled ship date of Monday. Based on past experience, this was unusual. In the past, orders for anything other than pre-arrival wines would ship the next day, even o...
by mmarcellus
October 4th, 2020, 4:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1675
Views: 166353

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Latest update for the NY warehouse: I placed an order on Friday morning which was scheduled to ship Monday. That in itself was a little unusual. Before Armageddon, orders would typically ship next day assuming that no items on the order were slated for future arrival at the warehouse. This morning, ...
by mmarcellus
October 3rd, 2020, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1675
Views: 166353

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

For NY, things have slowed down since their recent debacle, which could well be a matter of them prioritizing fixing their system issues over putting new stuff on line. Same goes for the lack of new discount codes. That said, there's still some decent stuff there, including the recent arrival of the...
by mmarcellus
October 2nd, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1675
Views: 166353

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Chris Crutchfield wrote:
October 2nd, 2020, 9:50 am
JBrochu wrote:
October 2nd, 2020, 9:46 am
Anybody know where WineAccess ships from?
For east coast they ship from Latham, NY (UPS) or Cobleskill, NY (FedEx), I believe.
They also ship from Westbury, on Long Island, though that could just be for downstate NY.
by mmarcellus
October 1st, 2020, 4:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whatever happened to French Colombard wine ?
Replies: 26
Views: 1064

Re: Whatever happened to French Colombard wine ?

I sold an absolute boatload of Beringer French Colombard in the early/mid 1980s - it was hugely popular with the masses. Around the same time, Inglenook used to bottle a jug French Colombard that was also hugely popular. Never understood why it just went by the wayside, it was a huge step up from t...
by mmarcellus
September 24th, 2020, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will smoke ever become part of a region's terroir?
Replies: 24
Views: 706

Re: Will smoke ever become part of a region's terroir?

There are those who say that smoke has been part of the terroir in South Africa for years.

I know that pinotage is allegedly naturally smoky, without any help from the atmosphere, but I've tried some that made me wonder.
by mmarcellus
September 22nd, 2020, 4:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 288
Views: 14196

Re: wine.com delivery fail

Got on the chat last night around 10pm and was number 4 in the queue. Still took roughly 30 minutes, but finally got through to CS. Long story short, most of my order placed a few weeks ago were wines that were already sold out when I placed the order. CS canceled the order and gave me a $100 credi...
by mmarcellus
September 21st, 2020, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 288
Views: 14196

Re: wine.com delivery fail

Peter C. wrote:
September 21st, 2020, 4:14 pm
I keep timing out. Forget to check back.
That happened to me too. However, I had explained my problem and referenced my order number in the chat box. Even though I never got to the actual chat, my problem resolved itself an hour later. Here's hoping you'll get lucky too.
by mmarcellus
September 17th, 2020, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 288
Views: 14196

Re: wine.com delivery fail

Just for fun, I posted a inquiry to CS chat about my open order, referencing the order number. I was number 137 in the queue, so I went about my business. I eventually received an e-mail from wine.com, with the transcript, notifying me that the chat had timed out. One hour later, I got an e-mail say...
by mmarcellus
September 17th, 2020, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 288
Views: 14196

Re: wine.com delivery fail

I'm not involved in the wine.com stuff at all, but it feels like there's a little bit of overreaction. As long as everyone is 'made good' at the end, does it matter? Cooked wines replaced, early shipped orders re-shipped in due course, double charges repaid (including any interest incurred). 'Faile...
by mmarcellus
September 16th, 2020, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 288
Views: 14196

Re: wine.com delivery fail

wine.com certainly messed up badly, but reading some of the comments here makes a lot of people look like over-sensitive jerks. "Heads should roll". "Addressed me by my first name, instead of mr. dr. so-and-so". Everybody chill! I'm also curious how many orders Victor placed. Or is he just commenti...
by mmarcellus
September 16th, 2020, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 288
Views: 14196

Re: wine.com delivery fail

We recently began a systems upgrade with the aim to better serve you through faster shipments.... They upgraded too much! The shipments are too fast! Hoping for a downgrade so I can get my wine in a couple of months like originally scheduled. Good point. Maybe we'll get a follow-up e-mail stating t...
by mmarcellus
September 16th, 2020, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 288
Views: 14196

Re: wine.com delivery fail

I just received an e-mail from wine.com, which is presumably being sent to everyone with pending orders. It comes a week later than it should have, expresses the bare minimum it should in terms of apology or how they're going to make things right, and doesn't tell me anything I didn't already know. ...
by mmarcellus
September 13th, 2020, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com duplicate charge for June Bordeaux futures purchase
Replies: 17
Views: 1131

Re: wine.com duplicate charge for June Bordeaux futures purchase

Now I wonder if a vendor may have accidentally imported malware into its systems. The lack of communication from the company means that anything is possible, but I think it's unlikely. Everything that's happened is consistent with a badly botched implementation, which should have been rolled back. ...
by mmarcellus
September 12th, 2020, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 288
Views: 14196

Re: wine.com delivery fail

Just curious, does anyone have the OPPOSITE issue regarding delivery? I have a couple orders that were supposed to ship yesterday and arrive today and only 1 did. Other orders haven't been shipped yet. Yes. I have an order from last week that had a "requested arrival" (assigned by their system) for...
by mmarcellus
September 11th, 2020, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 288
Views: 14196

Re: wine.com delivery fail

This will cost lots of money, and a few senior IT heads. No, the latter will not be cold-chain shipped to customers...........I hope. You can’t just blame this on IT. They run a business and should have the common sense to halt shipments in high heat, regardless of what any system is telling them. ...
by mmarcellus
September 11th, 2020, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 288
Views: 14196

Re: wine.com delivery fail

Thanks for the heads up. I also have duplicate wine.com charges. Did anyone contact them to get these removed? I have not. The duplicate charges are still showing as “pending” on my credit card, did your duplicate charges go through, or are they pending? I also got a duplicate charge, both "pending...
by mmarcellus
September 11th, 2020, 3:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 288
Views: 14196

Re: wine.com delivery fail

See the last week or so of posts in the "best coupons/deals" thread. Apparently they are in the midst of a botched software upgrade that is causing any number of delayed shipments to go out in the midst of the current heat, though you appear to be the first person reporting a box arriving while the...
by mmarcellus
September 10th, 2020, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires-Oregon
Replies: 130
Views: 9874

Re: Fires-Oregon

Alan Rath wrote:
September 10th, 2020, 12:57 pm
Is there word on how all these oregon fires started?
Portland General has received reports that some of the fires were started by their equipment, but so far this has not been confirmed.
by mmarcellus
September 9th, 2020, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1675
Views: 166353

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

After the wine.com debacle I described above, I received an email from my local wine storage stating that the rest of my wine.com orders (supposed to deliver later this fall), were delivered today in the heat. This was about $1K worth of wine. I won’t order from them again unless I can take the shi...
by mmarcellus
September 8th, 2020, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1675
Views: 166353

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

No question they're having issues with the transition. I just received two bottles which, according to their website, haven't shipped yet. It's not a big issue with me, since I get next day delivery. I'm about 15 miles from the delivery center wine.com ships from (although for reasons known only to ...
by mmarcellus
August 30th, 2020, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nick Poulos RIP
Replies: 14
Views: 1475

Re: Nick Poulos RIP

I was an in-store customer for almost 30 years. The sale of the shop may have marked the end of an era. I can think of only one other independent in Nassau County that is primarily a wine shop. The other stores are all clones of each other, with little if interest. Great respect for what Nick built...
by mmarcellus
August 29th, 2020, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nick Poulos RIP
Replies: 14
Views: 1475

Re: Nick Poulos RIP

I was an in-store customer for almost 30 years. The sale of the shop may have marked the end of an era. I can think of only one other independent in Nassau County that is primarily a wine shop. The other stores are all clones of each other, with little if interest. Great respect for what Nick built...
by mmarcellus
August 21st, 2020, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)
Replies: 151
Views: 3440

Re: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)

Agree with a lot of the above sentiments against the social feature and even the like/dislike. I left Facebook over 10 years ago and never really took to Reddit for similar reasons. People tailor their posts to get likes and shares more than actual content and in-depth commentary (which is why I si...
by mmarcellus
August 20th, 2020, 4:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)
Replies: 151
Views: 3440

Re: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)

Being afraid of being having one's name on popular social media platforms certainly falls under the category of "a person opposed to new technology or ways of working". Pretending not having a button to carry out that task is a shield against it is only doubling down on that fear. Ease of sharing i...
by mmarcellus
August 19th, 2020, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)
Replies: 151
Views: 3440

Re: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)

Both changes just sound like a further move towards a single mega platform model. If I wanted my detailed tasting notes on Facebook I would post them there. I don’t need a share button here to do that. +1 I'm not interested in sharing my thoughts with the world. And while, of course, I would opt ou...
by mmarcellus
August 2nd, 2020, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: www.wine.com worth $1bln?
Replies: 22
Views: 1902

Re: www.wine.com worth $1bln?

Amazon didn't fail per se - they gave up. When they were selling wine, they were making money on it. They wanted to sell a lot more of it and to do that they wanted to change the laws. From what I heard at the time, the overhead for "rocket prep" (lobbying/legal/fighting regulators in multiple stat...
by mmarcellus
August 1st, 2020, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: www.wine.com worth $1bln?
Replies: 22
Views: 1902

Re: www.wine.com worth $1bln?

They're looking to raise money at this valuation, and only looking to raise 50-75mm. This is a bit like when NFL agents brief the media about player contracts - the full value is a fund headline grabbing number, but it's not terribly meaningful. Yes, there’s some hype involved, but the $1B number i...
by mmarcellus
August 1st, 2020, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: www.wine.com worth $1bln?
Replies: 22
Views: 1902

Re: www.wine.com worth $1bln?

Let me start by saying there’s no way I personally would invest in this right now, it’s completely speculative. However, if I were a VC type, it’s something I would look at. Wine.com strikes me as very much like an on-line version of Total Wine. The generally high pricing, with the aggressive use of...
by mmarcellus
July 31st, 2020, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: www.wine.com worth $1bln?
Replies: 22
Views: 1902

Re: www.wine.com worth $1bln?

Without doing any due diligence at all, I will opine that wine.com is, on the face of it, a much better investment than Lot 18 ever was. For that one it was impossible to conceive of any way they would ever be profitable, or even attractive to an acquirer. They were really good at burning cash though.
by mmarcellus
July 27th, 2020, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is this a wine?
Replies: 53
Views: 2176

Re: Is this a wine?

Al Osterheld wrote:
July 27th, 2020, 2:04 pm
I suspect the timing arose for the obvious reason.

-Al
Yes, Neal was a victim of the NYT who failed to post a trigger warning before they recommended a cloudy, and sometimes explosive, Pet-Nat.
by mmarcellus
July 26th, 2020, 5:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is this a wine?
Replies: 53
Views: 2176

Re: Is this a wine?

Maybe we have two categories of wine drinkers. 1/wine snobs...us...we want 'normal;' wine from vineyards better than the average vineyard 2/people who drink to party, to have fun, get buzzed...maybe this direction includes txakolina, pet nat, piquette, Sangria etc and ends God Knows where...white P...
by mmarcellus
July 25th, 2020, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Peter Green
Replies: 16
Views: 1319

Re: RIP Peter Green

Steve Cushing, the host of Blues Before Sunrise (a great radio program that delves deeply into pre-war and post-war Chicago Blues) is a big Peter Green fan, and uses Albatross as the theme for his show. He tells the story of how, as a callow youth, he bought a Fleetwood Mac album and was hugely impr...
by mmarcellus
July 24th, 2020, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is this a wine?
Replies: 53
Views: 2176

Re: Is this a wine?

More pointedly, is this a wine you would put in your mouth? https://static01.nyt.com/images/2020/07/23/dining/23pour-jBrix/23pour-jBrix-articleLarge.jpg?quality=90&auto=webp If so, let me know what you think, because it gets a big no-no-no from me There you go, reading the NYT again. [wink.gif] I w...
by mmarcellus
July 22nd, 2020, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1675
Views: 166353

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Wine.com just sent me a code for $30 off $200: HAPPY30. Not great, but better than anything else I've seen lately. Thanks that's a decent one to use with the RMN 20%. Any expiration date? RMN exports 7/31 and was going to wait until the end of the month to use it. Sorry, should have thought to chec...
by mmarcellus
July 22nd, 2020, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1675
Views: 166353

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Wine.com just sent me a code for $30 off $200: HAPPY30. Not great, but better than anything else I've seen lately.
by mmarcellus
June 19th, 2020, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to keep wine glasses immaculate???
Replies: 39
Views: 2638

Re: How to keep wine glasses immaculate???

So I'll admit I didn't take such great care of a couple glasses when I first got into this hobby. Despite using a warm water/white vinegar bath, or doing vinegar + baking soda, I can't get the small stains in the bottom of the bowl out. Anything else I could try? Try using a microfiber cloth design...
by mmarcellus
June 10th, 2020, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Those Damn Wax Capsules....
Replies: 59
Views: 3023

Re: Those Damn Wax Capsules....

Man up and just put the corkscrew through the wax, and pull. That has been my strategy when a wax capsule is completely unyielding to other means. Today was a first. I put the corkscrew through the capsule and pulled. The corkscrew broke. It was another half hour of chiseling away wax and then care...
by mmarcellus
May 10th, 2020, 5:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.
Replies: 92
Views: 6432

Re: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.

"The generation born between 1981 and 1996 has been blamed for killing everything from napkins to homeownership, and thanks to its passion for hard seltzer, liquid marijuana and other drinkable novelties, it’s been cast as the murder hornet of the wine industry as well" When reading this, I couldn'...
by mmarcellus
April 29th, 2020, 7:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Flour - Go big or go home
Replies: 62
Views: 2938

Re: Flour - Go big or go home

alan weinberg wrote:
April 28th, 2020, 8:53 pm
ClarkstonMark wrote:
April 28th, 2020, 4:08 pm
How long can you store flour before it goes bad? I know I have used expired flour and not really noticed it,
till moths come flying out.
Wouldn't that be a positive if you're looking for higher protein? newhere
by mmarcellus
April 28th, 2020, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ruby Cabernet?
Replies: 19
Views: 992

Re: Ruby Cabernet?

I have a book, "The Fine Wines of California" by Hannum and Blumberg, published in 1971. It's a pretty good snapshot of California wine producers in the mid to late 60's. Regarding Ruby Cabernet, they say "while nowhere near the creatness of Cabernet Sauvignon [it[ can be a light, fruity, pleasant r...
by mmarcellus
April 27th, 2020, 5:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: How to turn your AP flour into Bread Flour
Replies: 16
Views: 1934

Re: How to turn your AP flour into Bread Flour

I would just use that flour at the 11.7 mark. Have added gluten before and it's not worth the effort. The difference is too minor. +1 They call themselves all purpose, but King Arthur and Heckers are both used by a lot of home breadmakers with perfectly fine results. Save the gluten flour for this ...
by mmarcellus
April 26th, 2020, 7:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: How to turn your AP flour into Bread Flour
Replies: 16
Views: 1934

Re: How to turn your AP flour into Bread Flour

I would just use that flour at the 11.7 mark. Have added gluten before and it's not worth the effort. The difference is too minor. +1 They call themselves all purpose, but King Arthur and Heckers are both used by a lot of home breadmakers with perfectly fine results. Save the gluten flour for this ...

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