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GDP's Tuesday Rants

Posted by EMark, Sep 21, 2011.

I sat in on Greg DP's rant session last night (I won't be on, tonight.  Believe it or not, even us retirees some times have prior commitments.)  A couple Mark comments:

I have no sympathy for people who gripe about the humidity giving them hair problems.  You can probably guess why.  The green-eyed monster is a terrible thing.  I am OK with griping about humidity , in general.  High humidity does suck.

The rant about the larger, heavier bottles has merit.  They do not stack very well.  As you say, of course it does help the top line of FedEx, UPS and the like.  I have found one benefit of the larger bottles, though.  They can be tough.  Last week a couple bottles rolled out of my storage unit onto the cement floor of my garage.  (There is no need to ask me how I allowed this to happen.)  A bottle of Chappellet (big, heavy bottle) survived.  A bottle of Smith-Madrone (closer in shape, size and weight to the old traditional standard) did not.  It was very disappointing.


Reply by JonDerry, Sep 21, 2011.

Sorry to hear about the mishap there in the garage Mark, but the benefits to large formats don't end there.  They are better for long term storage and can serve more people. I actually find them more festive and collectible as well, but of course the downside is they can be more difficult to store, and it is more of a gesture to open so one should also have good opportunity's to open them. I plan on opening a couple for a friends christmas party in a few months.

Reply by EMark, Sep 21, 2011.


I guess I did not write that very well, but by way of clarification, GDP's rant was not about large format bottles, but, rather, the trend to make "standard" 750 ml bottles, heavier, bigger, broader shouldered, punted.  Clearly, the glass thickening and punting improve bottle strength in spite of the down sides, and that was my point.

I also agree 100% with your comments about the large format bottles.  They definitely create an occasion when you bring them out.

Reply by Richard Foxall, Sep 21, 2011.

Recently, I received a nice bottle of Chilean Cab (thanks, guys!) that weighed a ton.  So much that my kids could barely lift it to pour me a second glass at dinner time.  So there's a huge drawback there:  My efforts to teach them a valuable skill they can use to earn a living, and that will benefit me personally are being compromised. 

EMark, go to a carpet remnant place and get a little piece of padding and cheap carpet.  Don't let this happen again.  There are thirsty children in developing countries who have no idea what a "midpalate" is.

Reply by napagirl68, Sep 22, 2011.

Hey!! Humidity DOES bother my hair, and I don't wanna hear any crap about it!!!!

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