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by Frank Drew
January 4th, 2021, 5:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Refinishing a Le Creuset Cast Iron Skillet??
Replies: 4
Views: 543

Re: Refinishing a Le Creuset Cast Iron Skillet??

Arthur, I’m fairly certain that Le Creuset doesn’t re-enamel their cookware but your idea to get down to the bare cast iron is interesting and might work but sandblasting generally leaves a somewhat rough surface so finish smoothing would probably be necessary. As Yaacov suggests, LC might simply re...
by Frank Drew
January 2nd, 2021, 6:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Creuset 6.75 quart on sale
Replies: 23
Views: 2372

Re: Creuset 6.75 quart on sale

Big LC fan. We’ve got multiple round and oval dutch ovens and braisers. Best feature is how easy it is to clean the enameled interior. Probably not absolutely necessary, but I love them and I like the idea of passing them on to the children. Steve, I’ve got a couple that belonged to my mother, and ...
by Frank Drew
January 2nd, 2021, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Upright or on its side: A Theory
Replies: 62
Views: 3589

Re: Upright or on its side: A Theory

it's insanely more efficient for storage - pic below from Beaucastel; you can stack as high, wide, and deep as you'd need. the rest of the analysis doesn't change for up and down. https://i.imgur.com/iQeC37X.jpg?1 I agree, and storing bottles vertically is hugely inconvenient when you have to get t...
by Frank Drew
December 31st, 2020, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand Thierry Allemand Cornas Reynard
Replies: 60
Views: 4249

Re: Help me understand Thierry Allemand Cornas Reynard

Some people here are simply price insensitive, but I envy those lucky private clients who pay 1/6 of what’s asked here.
by Frank Drew
December 30th, 2020, 3:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - 2016 Trimbach Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg
Replies: 11
Views: 821

Re: TN - 2016 Trimbach Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg

Benchmark Wine has a few bottles of the 2012 Geisberg @ $250. [swoon.gif]
by Frank Drew
December 28th, 2020, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - 2016 Trimbach Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg
Replies: 11
Views: 821

Re: TN - 2016 Trimbach Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg

I’m going to have to try to find this; I think that Schlossberg is one of the world’s very top Riesling vineyards.
by Frank Drew
December 28th, 2020, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the size and weight of a wine bottle matter?
Replies: 55
Views: 2189

Re: Does the size and weight of a wine bottle matter?

It’s like they say in Texas about those exaggerated cowboy belt buckles: “The bigger the buckle, the littler the peter.”
by Frank Drew
December 21st, 2020, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Flitering vs Decanting for older wines?
Replies: 23
Views: 1183

Re: Flitering vs Decanting for older wines?

For the record, and for those who consider filtering during winemaking essentially a crime against nature, there’s no comparison between the kind of filtering we might do at home and the gear we’d use to do it, and what even sensitive winemakers might do and the filter medium they’d employ.
by Frank Drew
December 16th, 2020, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zachy’s DC
Replies: 8
Views: 1297

Re: Zachy’s DC

Ian, that’s the number I’ve been using. I just sent you a PM.
by Frank Drew
December 14th, 2020, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zachy’s DC
Replies: 8
Views: 1297

Re: Zachy’s DC

Thanks, Paul, I’ll do that.
by Frank Drew
December 14th, 2020, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Zind-Humbrecht - Muscat (France, Alsace)
Replies: 6
Views: 443

Re: TN: 2015 Zind-Humbrecht - Muscat (France, Alsace)

Zind-Humbrecht’s Muscat Goldert can be excellent and can easily improve for a decade or more.
by Frank Drew
December 14th, 2020, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Never received shipment
Replies: 51
Views: 3369

Re: Never received shipment

UPS stores are franchises, aren’t they?

I regularly bring a local one high quality bubble wrap from packages we get at work, and they love it. I never considered using them for a shipping drop but now I think I’ll give it a try.
by Frank Drew
December 14th, 2020, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zachy’s DC
Replies: 8
Views: 1297

Zachy’s DC

Does anyone have an inside number to reach an actual live person there, maybe an extension#? Phoning their regular number is an exercise in phone hold hell, as, it seems, is getting them to deliver an order to DC itself, the reason for my numerous unsuccessful calls. Thanks for any help.
by Frank Drew
November 27th, 2020, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Benchmark bin sale
Replies: 67
Views: 4594

Re: Benchmark bin sale

2017 Ciacci Piccolomini Rosso @ $25 is a very nice deal, IMO. At checkout, however, I got a notice that they couldn’t ship to Virginia, which is surprising since they shipped to me a few weeks ago. I changed ship to to my locker in DC. but, still, wtf?
by Frank Drew
November 8th, 2020, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Change address with Marcassin?
Replies: 11
Views: 1082

Re: Change address with Marcassin?

Marcassin seems to defy the retail logic that people will work hard to make their money but don’t like to work hard to spend it.
by Frank Drew
November 8th, 2020, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: shipping routes from Los Angeles
Replies: 12
Views: 718

Re: shipping routes from Los Angeles

Yes, often different routes due to who-knows-what shipping logic. But don’t a lot of cross country shipments go by rail for most of the way?
by Frank Drew
October 24th, 2020, 4:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine which are NOT Grenache focused
Replies: 30
Views: 1797

Re: Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine which are NOT Grenache focused

Domaine Les Cailloux occasionally (1994, 1995, 2000?) produces an all-Syrah Châteauneuf-du-Pape bottling called Boréale, but the 1995 was affected by something, perhaps a spoilage yeast, and were undrinkable; my two bottles tasted like orange juice that had gone bad.
by Frank Drew
October 15th, 2020, 3:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Creuset 6.75 quart on sale
Replies: 23
Views: 2372

Re: Creuset 6.75 quart on sale a

EBAY, people!! I really like both Le Creuset and Staub, but it’s much easier finding very good condition used LC on the Bay than Staub which is decades newer to our market.
by Frank Drew
October 9th, 2020, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Sauzet
Replies: 11
Views: 1064

Re: 2018 Sauzet

I loved their wines back in the 90s until they got hit hard by premox; even then, the sound bottles Were terrific.
by Frank Drew
October 1st, 2020, 6:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Storage Facility Baltimore/Washington Area
Replies: 14
Views: 929

Re: Wine Storage Facility Baltimore/Washington Area

Adrian Wide World of Wines, the wine store on Wisconsin Ave. in Washington, has storage lockers in their basement, but I don’t know if any are currently available. 202-333-7500. The Wine Rack, also on Wisconsin Ave., is another, and they have a variety of storage options. Good storage conditions but...
by Frank Drew
September 27th, 2020, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Trimbach 2001 FE 375eme and regular
Replies: 17
Views: 697

Re: TN: Trimbach 2001 FE 375eme and regular

I’ve had both within the past year or so, on different occasions some months apart, and both bottles in top condition. I loved both; the 375 is richer, slightly late harvest, while the regular seemed more typically Trimbach, very dry and very intense. I found them similarly Trimbach Rieslings but qu...
by Frank Drew
September 27th, 2020, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about wine storage
Replies: 18
Views: 1666

Re: Question about wine storage

Another way to look at it: You’ve been offered two different lots of good quality, aged wines, 10-20+ years old for the most part. The lots are priced pretty much the same and you can only afford one lot. Lot A had been stored from purchase at 55-60 degrees, guaranteed. Lot B has been stored consist...
by Frank Drew
September 8th, 2020, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Chianti Classico Riservas drinking great
Replies: 16
Views: 1686

Re: 2010 Chianti Classico Riservas drinking great

Frank, 1988 was a fantastic vintage in Tuscany. Il Poggione Brunelli, normale and Riserva were fantastic as many other wines from the area. I am not surprised about the Felsina. BTW: I love the CCR more than Rancia because it is made with a lighter hand and not so extracted. I agree with you on all...
by Frank Drew
September 8th, 2020, 6:46 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Seattle PSA: Caol Ila 15 Year Unpeated for $68 AFTER TAXES!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 2129

Re: Seattle PSA: Caol Ila 15 Year Unpeated for $68 AFTER TAXES!!!

Just a heads-up (and I'm posting this now, since I bought a few) for those in Seattle willing to make the trek over to West Seattle, the liquor store under the QFC at 42nd and Alaska is selling Caol Ila 15 Year Unpeated for $54 pre-tax, and about $68 out-the-door. Brandon, A $14 tax on a $54 item? ...
by Frank Drew
September 7th, 2020, 5:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: HUMMUS
Replies: 9
Views: 1511

Re: HUMMUS

Oriental is a rug. [wink.gif]

As for hummus, I like to lightly roast the garlic, takes some of the sharpness out.
by Frank Drew
September 6th, 2020, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR: FX Pichler Riesling Unendlich 2005
Replies: 14
Views: 860

Re: TNR: FX Pichler Riesling Unendlich 2001

Alan, I’ve never tried the Unendlich but I’ve has several of his other ‘01s and liked them a lot; I actually can’t remember having had a disappointing F.X. Pichler. I’d be curious what you think of it.
by Frank Drew
August 29th, 2020, 5:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WINE THEFT: 2016 ALDO CONTERNO BAROLO ROMIRASCO
Replies: 16
Views: 2377

Re: WINE THEFT: 2016 ALDO CONTERNO BAROLO ROMIRASCO

Inside job, in Europe.
by Frank Drew
August 24th, 2020, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Boxes that smell corked
Replies: 26
Views: 1410

Re: Boxes that smell corked

I drive by paper/pulp plants every trip to walla walla, and used to smell them in everett and tacoma. If I had to compare to a wine flaw it would be reduced/reducted or brett, not corked. Corked carrots bug the heck out of me though. I find baby carrots, by dint of their manufacturing process, to b...
by Frank Drew
August 24th, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with VA/DC Wines?
Replies: 33
Views: 1368

Re: Help with VA/DC Wines?

As of a few weeks ago, MacArthur’s (Bassin’s) was continuing their curbside pickup only policy, no in-store browsing. Perhaps that’s changed. In order to maintain pandemic social distancing,Linden currently has very abbreviated hours and only for their case-club members. I think that RdV also suspen...
by Frank Drew
August 10th, 2020, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming
Replies: 64
Views: 3249

Re: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming

Marshall Manning wrote: August 10th, 2020, 9:57 am
Frank Drew wrote: August 10th, 2020, 6:57 am A quick rinse and maybe a little shake has always worked for me; like Charlie, I’ve never had tenaciously stuck sediment.
If you have some crusty sediment, I find that warm water usually breaks it free. Give it a good swirl in the bottle and it all comes out.
Exactly.
by Frank Drew
August 10th, 2020, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming
Replies: 64
Views: 3249

Re: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming

A quick rinse and maybe a little shake has always worked for me; like Charlie, I’ve never had tenaciously stuck sediment.
by Frank Drew
August 9th, 2020, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming
Replies: 64
Views: 3249

Re: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming

Jeff, I use a very simple, double ultra-fine filter setup for most red wines now and am very happy with the results — great clarity of the wine but no loss of aroma or flavor. Is it easy to buy or did you have to construct it. Ron, my slightly edited post from a June 28 thread “sediment filters wor...
by Frank Drew
August 7th, 2020, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming
Replies: 64
Views: 3249

Re: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming

Been using a wire mesh filter to catch larger pieces of sediment on pours of older reds. When I get to the bottom 1/3-1/4 of the bottle I am using the unbleached coffee filters. This worked well for an 84' Spottswoode I had two weeks ago. Jeff, I use a very simple, double ultra-fine filter setup fo...
by Frank Drew
August 5th, 2020, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When Will All White Burg Producers Begin To Use Diam?
Replies: 42
Views: 2379

Re: When Will All White Burg Producers Begin To Use Diam?

Diam also makes a 3, to my surprise. I had a Pouilly Fumé with one. Are they for wines with no expectation of aging even into the medium term?
by Frank Drew
July 27th, 2020, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Chianti Classico Riservas drinking great
Replies: 16
Views: 1686

Re: 2010 Chianti Classico Riservas drinking great

John, I had a 2010 Felsina CCR a couple months ago that was wonderful - but I also got the sense it would hang around for another 10 years easily. Was planning to pull some 2010 Fontodi CC out of storage the next time I’m allowed in. Vince, I had the ‘88 Felsina CCR in 2013 and it was one of the be...
by Frank Drew
June 29th, 2020, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: sediment filters worth it?
Replies: 37
Views: 1471

Re: sediment filters worth it?

I don’t like sediment and used to carefully decant with a candle. It gives acceptable results but it’s needlessly fussy, IMO, and gives ok but not great results. I now use a possibly redundant double filter on every red wine I open and will never go back. Filter #1 is a Krups brand Melita-shaped reu...
by Frank Drew
June 22nd, 2020, 5:44 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Clear Ice
Replies: 40
Views: 3936

Re: Clear Ice

There’s something Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire about this thread.
by Frank Drew
June 22nd, 2020, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Remoissenet
Replies: 19
Views: 943

Re: Remoissenet

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by Frank Drew
June 12th, 2020, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virginia wineries worth visiting?
Replies: 40
Views: 1924

Re: Virginia wineries worth visiting?

I saw that too. Might be for a loophole in the law or might just be to keep the tour buses away until things settle down. I can't fault them for either reason. Linden is emerging from the lockdown like everyone else and right now visits are limited to their case club members. I don’t know if they’l...
by Frank Drew
June 12th, 2020, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best domestic Chardonnay?
Replies: 111
Views: 6766

Re: Best domestic Chardonnay?

It’s been a while since I’ve had one, but when they’re on Kalin chardonnays are terrific. I agree about Mt. Eden with some age. I don’t have enough experience with Oregon wines. I’m not wild about some of the well-known and pricey California labels; they can have too much Bourbon Butter Cream for me...
by Frank Drew
June 7th, 2020, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Screw cap Le Pin
Replies: 16
Views: 1566

Re: Screw cap Le Pin

Buzz, thanks for posting I have not had a chance to watch yet. Maybe it is just me, but I find it hard to believe that a domaine with the resources of Le Pin would have a “bottling line operator error” but I know absolutely zero about bottling line operations. That’s just what I think every time I ...
by Frank Drew
June 3rd, 2020, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Screw cap Le Pin
Replies: 16
Views: 1566

Re: Screw cap Le Pin

Bottling line operator error?
by Frank Drew
May 30th, 2020, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Modular Wine Rooms
Replies: 12
Views: 951

Re: Modular Wine Rooms

Jim - we had friends who had a huge house but didn't want to retrofit a room for their cellar. They bought a restaurant walk-in cooler which worked perfectly. Those are modular and you can take them apart when you move. And the cooling units are fixable by any qualified refrigeration repair company...
by Frank Drew
May 30th, 2020, 6:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What could cause Barbarescos to be valued more highly than Barolos in the future?
Replies: 21
Views: 1961

Re: What could cause Barbarescos to be valued more highly than Barolos in the future?

At several trade tastings, I was surprised that various Barbaresco producers more or less acknowledged the superiority of Barolo, if not in so many words. I’m generally happy with either.
by Frank Drew
May 26th, 2020, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com
Replies: 81
Views: 9777

Re: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com

i guess it’s nice that the liquor control board is already aware of the problem, but it would be a lot nicer of they had a plan for dealing with it.
by Frank Drew
April 26th, 2020, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Racines
Replies: 11
Views: 1518

Re: Racines

Ambitious pricing don’t need no stinking justification!
by Frank Drew
April 11th, 2020, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Prices Reset Due to Covid-19 Recession
Replies: 79
Views: 5306

Re: Wine Prices Reset Due to Covid-19 Recession

Based just on the frantic increase in retailer emails I’ve gotten over the past couple of years, I’ve thought wine retail has been hurting for a while now.
by Frank Drew
March 25th, 2020, 4:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Nals-Margreid Pinot Bianco Alto Adige - Südtirol Sirmian
Replies: 7
Views: 256

Re: TN: 2018 Nals-Margreid Pinot Bianco Alto Adige - Südtirol Sirmian

Thanks for your excellent note, Sean. Alto Adige whites are simply terrific — crisp, bright, pure.
by Frank Drew
March 15th, 2020, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Due' Baroli (and a late arriving Brunello)
Replies: 15
Views: 713

Re: TNs: Due' Baroli

Bob also inspired me, but it turns out I didn’t any older Baroli standing up. I almost opened a 97 Vietti Lazzarito, but I was worried about the sediment. am bummed about our dinner being canceled. Sediment can definitely be an issue. Perhaps it's sacrilege but I simply carried the bottle upstairs ...
by Frank Drew
February 9th, 2020, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When do you change your Coravin needle?
Replies: 4
Views: 445

Re: When do you change your Coravin needle?

Any edge tool loses a bit of sharpness over time no matter what it’s cutting or piercing, and if it takes more force that’s a good sign that it has. If you’re up for DYI, and the needle is removable, can you lap the bevel on a whetstone? Or just order another?

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