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by AndrewH
January 9th, 2019, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sojourn Cellars - “Our Spring Wine Release Begins January 22nd”
Replies: 12
Views: 622

Re: Sojourn Cellars - “Our Spring Wine Release Begins January 22nd”

Don't jump on this Jan. 22 - Sojourn is a regular at Berserker Day, and usually throw in a free bottle with a purchase of 6 or 12 (I forget). Maybe shipping has an additional discount.
by AndrewH
January 6th, 2019, 1:02 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 10 Master Thread (as featured in Forbes!) - FAQ/Info/Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 4409

Re: BerserkerDay 10 Master Thread - FAQ/Info/Discussion

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
January 4th, 2019, 8:08 am
Brian Tuite wrote:
January 3rd, 2019, 6:13 pm
Why BD10 rather than BDX? Don’t want to confuse the Francophiles?
Yup
It’s still pronounced “BD ten”
by AndrewH
December 27th, 2018, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Transporting 18L wine Portugal -> US
Replies: 10
Views: 638

Re: Transporting 18L wine Portugal -> US

The few times I’ve had oversized or overweight items they were not placed on the luggage carouse. Baggage handlers took them to a separate area to be claimed from the carrier's baggage office. Then a cart or porter to help getting it to the car. Haven’t tried it on an international flight though, w...
by AndrewH
December 20th, 2018, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How old are your Riedels/Do they show signs of wear?
Replies: 22
Views: 1208

Re: How old are your Riedels/Do they show signs of wear?

I have a couple with a small chip on the rim or the base, but others are fine. How old, though? Could be 15+, or could be mostly new. I just buy a 4-pack or 6-pack when I get low because of breakage and replace like for like. I think the chipped ones may not be originals though, and most of the rest...
by AndrewH
December 20th, 2018, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How old are your Riedels/Do they show signs of wear?
Replies: 22
Views: 1208

Re: How old are your Riedels/Do they show signs of wear?

As a habit, I always left the glass(es) on the counter to be washed in the morning. Only a few years ago I realized the wine left in the glass overnight was staining the crystal. Now I rinse them and leave a little clean water standing in the glass overnight, but those stained glasses never came cl...
by AndrewH
December 13th, 2018, 5:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: United 1st class international wines
Replies: 25
Views: 1745

Re: United 1st class international wines

Sanjay Nandurkar wrote:
December 13th, 2018, 2:09 am
jordan whitehead wrote:
December 12th, 2018, 9:07 pm
Emirates has the best wine cellar in the sky.

recently saw 08 Valbuena, 15 Y by Yquem, 05 Figeac
They have moved to 16 Y now..
When I see United and 16 Y it worries me that they’re going to 16 across seating on their long haul planes.
by AndrewH
December 4th, 2018, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Consumption if wine had no alcohol
Replies: 46
Views: 1432

Re: Consumption if wine had no alcohol

And just to add to the conversation: Newly formed BevZero targets non-alcoholic bulk wine sector https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/12/newly-formed-bevzero-targets-non-alcoholic-bulk-wine-sector/ Feel free to create a separate poll on whether your wine consumption would increase/decrease if it ...
by AndrewH
December 4th, 2018, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Consumption if wine had no alcohol
Replies: 46
Views: 1432

Re: Consumption if wine had no alcohol

My initial reaction was yes, lots more, but on reflection, it occurs to me that the alcohol is an important part of the wine experience because it works to limit consumption and make the drinking of wine special: you can only drink (or remember) so much; you have to consider the post drinking windo...
by AndrewH
December 3rd, 2018, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Consumption if wine had no alcohol
Replies: 46
Views: 1432

Consumption if wine had no alcohol

More of a thought experiment, which we were discussing over dinner recently: If wine had no alcohol in it, but otherwise tasted/smelled the same in all respects, would you still drink the amount you do? Assume also no added or decreased nutritional benefits, such as fewer calories or less of the stu...
by AndrewH
November 29th, 2018, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying Non-750ml Formats...Regrets and Advice
Replies: 109
Views: 2303

Re: Buying Non-750ml Formats...Regrets and Advice

They’re more expensive than 750 per mL and don’t age as well. I typically get them for current drinking and 750s-mags to age but like I said, that’s just me. By don't "age as well" do you mean "age more quickly" or actually age in a chemically different way, leading to a different flavor profile? I...
by AndrewH
November 29th, 2018, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying Non-750ml Formats...Regrets and Advice
Replies: 109
Views: 2303

Re: Buying Non-750ml Formats...Regrets and Advice

Why would you buy 375 to age 10-20 years? Makes no sense. Why does this make no sense? Please elaborate. So that in 15-20 years you have the option of opening an aged Bordeaux (or other wine) in 375, not wasting the other 375 because you don't drink that much, your spouse doesn't drink/etc. Put dif...
by AndrewH
November 24th, 2018, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Perignon
Replies: 28
Views: 2051

Re: 2008 Dom Perignon

Neal.Mollen wrote:
November 24th, 2018, 9:02 am
c fu wrote:
November 24th, 2018, 8:22 am
Had it last night. Great champer.
Baller
How does it pair with cigars?
by AndrewH
November 23rd, 2018, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: most compact way to store wine under the stairs
Replies: 24
Views: 1146

Re: most compact way to store wine under the stairs

Tubes would work well I would think. Yeah, PVC or solid cardboard tubes would be super easy, stackable, and 2-5 bottles deep, depending on your space. Trying to imagine getting your arm in 5 bottles deep to a tube. Early on I bought a wood racking kit that's basically a bunch of dowels and wood tha...
by AndrewH
November 19th, 2018, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Top 10 2018
Replies: 83
Views: 7224

Re: Wine Spectator Top 10 2018

There’s a lot of good wines on that list. I don’t see why you couldn’t use it as a shopping list. Only problem is so do a lot of other people. Most wine stores might have 10-15 of the bottles in the top 100 beforehand, and probably will sell out the top 10 (except maybe the one mass-produced one), ...
by AndrewH
November 19th, 2018, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1162
Views: 57768

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Practical question - how does shipment work? I've only jumped on the Envoyer train recently. On my account it shows a couple of bottles available, and the rest still pending (confirmed orders). Does Envoyer propose shipping when it gets to a case? is it on you to schedule?
by AndrewH
November 15th, 2018, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Top 10 2018
Replies: 83
Views: 7224

Re: Wine Spectator Top 10 2018

Christian Becker wrote:
November 15th, 2018, 1:53 pm
WOTY will be announced at 7AM EST on CNBC Squawk Box. Interesting venue to announce it but good for them.

[winner.gif]
Before the market open?

My man Beeks has already told me what it is.
by AndrewH
November 13th, 2018, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar build: Choosing AC
Replies: 6
Views: 398

Re: Cellar build: Choosing AC

Thomas K. wrote:
November 13th, 2018, 7:26 am
, but I think I'm also done with tricking my Kenmore to go lower than 60F.

Have you considered adding a Coolbot to your Kenmore? For $300 it does the tricking for you . . . quite effectively in my case.
by AndrewH
November 9th, 2018, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Neat/New UPS Service.....
Replies: 32
Views: 1718

Re: Neat/New UPS Service.....

This is great! Been able to watch the driver be within 2 minutes of my house several times, each time thinking I am next, then see them drive miles away from it. I guess its good to know they are close, but if I were out and keeping an eye on this I would have raced home 2 hours ago. Instead I sit ...
by AndrewH
November 6th, 2018, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cooling Unit Replacement
Replies: 10
Views: 431

Re: Cooling Unit Replacement

Honestly, I would look into a Coolbot. Only 300 bucks + a normal window AC unit. Much, much cheaper, and you can set the temp colder than 55. I've had it for about 8 months now after my breezaire died. I have mine set at 52 deg and with the Coolbot, a 8,000BTU AC unit keeps a 900 cubic foot cellar ...
by AndrewH
November 6th, 2018, 7:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPS Shipment Damaged in Transit
Replies: 8
Views: 912

Re: UPS Shipment Damaged in Transit

Markus S wrote:
November 6th, 2018, 5:52 am
Victor Hong wrote:
November 6th, 2018, 5:46 am
From a Pennsylvania retailer?
Where did you get that from? [bye.gif]
Presumably because Pennsylvania has very restrictive shipping laws from out of state and OP lists location as PA.
by AndrewH
October 31st, 2018, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Neat/New UPS Service.....
Replies: 32
Views: 1718

Re: Could Be...

Yup, Joe...not very accurate predictor. I've yet to figure out how the UPS drivers choose their route. But when it goes to driverless UPS trucks, it'll be a whole lot more predictible I expect. Tom Not necessarily. Arent their routes currently dictated by some sort of route optimization algorithm? ...
by AndrewH
October 31st, 2018, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Neat/New UPS Service.....
Replies: 32
Views: 1718

Re: Neat/New UPS Service.....

Yup, Joe...not very accurate predictor. I've yet to figure out how the UPS drivers choose their route. But when it goes to driverless UPS trucks, it'll be a whole lot more predictible I expect. Tom Not necessarily. Arent their routes currently dictated by some sort of route optimization algorithm? ...
by AndrewH
October 29th, 2018, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Neat/New UPS Service.....
Replies: 32
Views: 1718

Re: Neat/New UPS Service.....

. Our driver is AWFUL. He knows my wife leaves at 3 to pick up the kids, and I think he frankly shows up then on purpose. It's in his interest though not to haul the wine to the door and then turn around with it if you're not there. That said, I've sometimes had that feeling - like they're waiting ...
by AndrewH
October 29th, 2018, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Neat/New UPS Service.....
Replies: 32
Views: 1718

Re: Neat/New UPS Service.....

I used it last week. I noticed he was less than and quarter mile away so decided not to leave the house. Then he turned a different direction and it was another two hours before he showed. Sounds great, but not a great predictor of when the package will be delivered, at least within a narrow timefr...
by AndrewH
October 3rd, 2018, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateaux Yquem Collector Case
Replies: 3
Views: 661

Re: Chateaux Yquem Collector Case

Vintages are: 1982 1983 1984 1986 1988 1989 CellarTracker reports auction prices for these to range from $250-$350 depending on the vintage, making the total lot somewhere around $1600-2000, plus whatever value you get from the unique boxing. Minimum auction bid is $5600. (BTW, the boxes have never ...
by AndrewH
October 3rd, 2018, 5:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you use to monitor temp and humidly in your cellar?
Replies: 197
Views: 11834

Re: What do you use to monitor temp and humidly in your cellar?

While I remain happy with my Wireless Tag sensors/set up, saw this that folks might be interested in:

Eve temperature/humidity/(+air quality) sensor for homekit.

https://www.macrumors.com/review/homeki ... -eve-room/
by AndrewH
October 2nd, 2018, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shelving/Racking Suggestions
Replies: 11
Views: 487

Re: Shelving/Racking Suggestions

I have been happy with wineracksamerica.com shelving. They have loads of options to fit spaces. More than utilitarian, but not super-expensive. Easy enough for your contractor to assemble.
by AndrewH
September 27th, 2018, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine shops DC/Alexandria area
Replies: 24
Views: 529

Re: Wine shops DC/Alexandria area

Yes, MacArthurs does deliver for what I recall is a nominal fee. Not to Virginia: https://bassins.com/shipping.php Local Deliveries: We offer delivery within the District of Columbia (it is not legal to deliver to the Maryland and NoVa suburbs). The fee for this service is $10 with a strict $100 mi...
by AndrewH
September 26th, 2018, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurants Keep Destroying my Corks - Help!
Replies: 39
Views: 1246

Re: Restaurants Keep Destroying my Corks - Help!

Is it illegal for you to bring a bottle you've already opened in the safety and comfort of your own home? Many CA restaurants believe that it is against state law to do so (the actual law seems to be unclear from various people who have tried to investigate it). 99% of the time I will open the wine...
by AndrewH
September 26th, 2018, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: At what age should your parents have given you birth wine?
Replies: 53
Views: 1142

Re: Poll: At what age should your parents have given you birth wine?

Horribly flawed poll: 1) My answer for the right age was 11. 2) A lot of people don't go to college. Dan Kravitz +1. Why no option for "before legal drinking age [in the U.S.]? It's not necessarily illegal to serve wine in the house to children in the U.S. (and often is legal at restaurants in Euro...
by AndrewH
September 20th, 2018, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cirq Act II (has begun)
Replies: 1
Views: 285

Cirq Act II (has begun)

Alright, the original thread noting this got deleted. I'm not ITB, like the wine, and enjoyed the input from others about Michael Browne's plans. The "new" Cirq site (cirq.com) is live and has information about the new project, as well as explaining how the wines will be distributed - 2015 is alread...
by AndrewH
September 20th, 2018, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cirq Post From 9-19-18
Replies: 7
Views: 455

Re: Cirq Post From 9-19-18

re: deleting the whole thread. Our system allows us to separate threads and create new topics but if you delete the initial post first it removes the whole thread. An error that was not intentional by any of the mods. Feel free to start a new thread on it. Our apologies. Yah, got it. Solutions for ...
by AndrewH
September 20th, 2018, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cirq Post From 9-19-18
Replies: 7
Views: 455

Re: Cirq Post From 9-19-18

What happened to it? Deleted due to commercial nature? Yes. [scratch.gif] I recognize posting a press release for commercial reasons might fit into some prohibition, but if anyone else posted it it would be considered informative, as was the subsequent discussion of Cirq's plans from others familia...
by AndrewH
September 19th, 2018, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preferred method of drinking (and saving) partial bottles
Replies: 21
Views: 822

Re: Preferred method of drinking (and saving) partial bottles

Of course this works best when you know from the beginning that you are only going to consume less than a full bottle of wine. That is rarely the case for me. That's definitely a problem - the only solution I've come up with is to discipline myself by pouring into the smaller bottle first and then ...
by AndrewH
September 18th, 2018, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preferred method of drinking (and saving) partial bottles
Replies: 21
Views: 822

Re: Preferred method of drinking (and saving) partial bottles

I pour 1/2 the bottle into an empty split and then re-cork with minimal air left in the bottle (just like they would do at the winery), then put it back in the wine cellar. I have not noticed any decline even after several months. I do this all the time and it works great. I have a friend who freez...
by AndrewH
September 17th, 2018, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1162
Views: 57768

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

I know nothing about the bottle contents, but this looks like a total PITA to cellar: De Venoge, Champagne ‘Louis XV’ - https://ci5.googleusercontent.com/proxy/mXEWsdwz1lfGYC1YrcFJH-E9VOpqaM05SRPCPFOJVgykv2_3I0kSNZLmNXr4Hg-ZnkdrgEDblZO-xV31DBEm45I3vCU3kQymolplqL32jez1dcPti1DaEyOfg4esjQVG7Lj1iNz63IQb...
by AndrewH
September 12th, 2018, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kosta Browne is live
Replies: 29
Views: 1485

Re: Kosta Browne is live

I’m cutting back. I used to order full allocations, which had gotten up to 50+ bottles a year. While I’ve enjoyed virtually every bottle I don’t have the wherewithal to drink $80-$100 bottles that many times a year (before drinking a single other label). I have to figure out how best to cut back - h...
by AndrewH
September 12th, 2018, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kosta Browne is live
Replies: 29
Views: 1485

Re: Kosta Browne is live

Yep - Couple of observations:

1) Prices steady from last year ($95) except for the new "Cerise", which is $110
2) I was offered a magnum that's not even wish list only - that's a first at least for me (although with a $35 premium over 2x750, it's likely a pass).
by AndrewH
September 10th, 2018, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Léoville-Barton 1996, Pontet Canet 2003 + Charles Orban Bl de Blancs
Replies: 18
Views: 683

Re: Léoville-Barton 1996, Pontet Canet 2003 + Charles Orban Bl de Blancs

Julian Marshall wrote:
September 10th, 2018, 5:43 am
I had explained to my wife that we were trying it in order to check whether or not it would be suitable for Emma's future birthdays.
How did Emma react to your checking on her wine? (I like you have a 2003 child).
by AndrewH
September 4th, 2018, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sorry, but you didn't buy that corked bottle from us!
Replies: 218
Views: 14686

Re: Sorry, but you didn't buy that corked bottle from us! ROUND 2

So I dropped in today, corked 2010 Syrah in tow, and presented the bottle to the tasting room associate telling him it was corked. His response, “Ok, would you like to swap it out?” as he proceeded into the back of the facility. A few minutes later he comes back with a matching vintage replacement ...
by AndrewH
September 1st, 2018, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1162
Views: 57768

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Blake Brown wrote:
September 1st, 2018, 7:40 am
SeanHarding wrote:
September 1st, 2018, 7:35 am
I requested the Krug within 30 minutes of the email and was told it was gone.
Not good news
Wine searcher shows it to be available at a similar price from several other retailers.
by AndrewH
August 28th, 2018, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1162
Views: 57768

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

You can also go to their website and click through the inventory. It emails them that you are interested in buying a wine. I've bought a fair amount from Envoyer in that way e.g. https://www.envoyerfinewines.com/modules.php?name=Live_Inventory&page=9&item=26952 How long does it take for a wine to h...
by AndrewH
August 27th, 2018, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Cellar Help Needed (Mildew)
Replies: 12
Views: 649

Re: Wine Cellar Help Needed (Mildew)

Seems that the humidity inside is under control via the dehumidifier but outside of that door there is a problem. Corroded hinges, swelled wood making the door casing misaligned this difficulty with the lockset and mold growth on the surface. Yeah, flip my earlier comment around. Looks like the col...
by AndrewH
August 27th, 2018, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery recommendations in Virginia near D.C.
Replies: 22
Views: 533

Re: Winery recommendations in Virginia near D.C.

Your expectation should be to see the area, have fun with friends and family. If a nice day, pack a picnic lunch and buy a bottle to enjoy the view. Bluemont is closer, sits up on the mountain, and has the best views. Why not just get some wine at a decent store, pack a picnic and enjoy the Blue Ri...
by AndrewH
August 27th, 2018, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Cellar Help Needed (Mildew)
Replies: 12
Views: 649

Re: Wine Cellar Help Needed (Mildew)

I can't see the pictures either, but if you are getting mildew near the door my guess is that you have a bit of an air leak and that the warm, humid air outside the cellar is getting into the cellar just enough that the moisture condenses on the cooler walls/door, allowing mildew to accumulate. I wo...
by AndrewH
August 24th, 2018, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zero tolerance: no safe level of alcohol, study says
Replies: 70
Views: 2730

Re: Zero tolerance: no safe level of alcohol, study says

Chris Seiber wrote:
August 24th, 2018, 12:08 am
There’s no completely safe level of anything. It’s a stupid and pointless way to think of risk and decisions.
+1. The safe level of skiing, driving, and eating steak is probably zero as well. But I enjoy those things, which counts for something.
by AndrewH
August 24th, 2018, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zero tolerance: no safe level of alcohol, study says
Replies: 70
Views: 2730

Re: Zero tolerance: no safe level of alcohol, study says

Directly from the first link: Citing one of two dozen health problems: "914 out of 100,000 teetotallers will encounter those problems, compared to 918 people who imbibe seven times per week." Looking at Figure 5 in the study, the relative risk between 0 and 1 drink per day is the same. Overall, meh...
by AndrewH
August 21st, 2018, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wannabe Wine Connoisseurs Can Now Buy Instant Cellars for $5,000
Replies: 36
Views: 1633

Re: Wannabe Wine Connoisseurs Can Now Buy Instant Cellars for $5,000

Devils Advocate Question: What if you try one of the new to you pre-selected bottles leaving you two or maybe five more and you dislike the wine? I did not see that addressed and we all know how different palates can be particularly for newcomers. Can you exchange them? If so and you are not local,...
by AndrewH
August 17th, 2018, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your dumbest purchase
Replies: 206
Views: 9813

Re: Your dumbest purchase

A 6L of 1989 Guiraud here. Sent to auction when I realized I was never going to open it. It’s an endless cycle. The next person will have the same realization Purchased a 6L Riessec as a birth year for my daughter... No regrets here just yet... haven't even taken delivery... but she may be posting ...

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