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Month April 2017

FedEx versus UPS…. Hands Down I Choose…. – James Melendez

I see these all the time… yawn… does UPS even need to print these for their business?

UPS … nowadays it is hardly a contest–it is a no brainer.

I get a fair number of bottles of wine delivered to my house.  The two main carriers are UPS and Federal Express for wines that I receipt.  Just a few years ago I had a nearly opposite view of both carriers than I have today.

Federal Express use to be my preferred shipper that I would get wine shipped to me.  And then suddenly something that happened; UPS took a very different approach to their delivery business and my experience has never been the same.

I had to get my UPS shipments redirected to the UPS Main Office frequently.  I use to complete the redirection routinely and then something changed dramatically.  I stopped having to get my packages redirected.  I started getting my packages delivered to me in the evening.  Not a problem–I like my home more than the UPS main office in San Francisco.  Like clockwork–I even know my primary UPS delivery person by his first name.

UPS incremental improvement makes business sense.  Getting your package at the time of it’s intended delivery date versus a carrier driving around countless packages, many times to many location wasting space and fuel and increasing the carbon footprint.  UPS has no doubt looked at their data set and have understood ways to optimize it’s deliveries.  Because of the ever increasing shipment DTC (Direct-to-Consumer) UPS has understood the importance of getting packaging to customers on first try.

I dread the FedEx door tags; dreaded because that is all I ever get.  I cannot recall the last FedEx delivery person—possibly many months… feels like years.  FedEx makes it hard–they need to look at the 5S for not just making work easier–it is a job for me to get packages….. and worse of all I don’t get paid for it but for a better customer experience.  When I call 1800GOFEDEX they ask for the tracking number as most of the time the DT (door tags they have generated doesn’t work) –someone keeps forgetting to scan them in.  So I spend an inordinate amount of time on the phone with FedEx and ever more time trying to collect in person.  It is less science more Byzantium when trying to collect a package.  I have had many occasion where the “package is here” when the FedEx office team said it wasn’t.  Hence FedEx hasn’t gotten the concept of more efficiency creates not just happy customers but more robust profitability—apparently someone hasn’t gotten the memo.

I am considering revising my sample policy to eliminate samples by FedEx–most likely decrease samples I receipt but the heartache of the FedEx dance is a pain and just a waste of my time.

What is your preferred carrier?  Let me know by listing in comments.

Santé,

James

James the Wine Guy

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Malbecs Tasted on World Malbec Day 2017 – James Melendez

Here are a few Malbecs I tasted for this years World Malbec Day 2017.

Graffigna Centenary Estate Bottle Reserve Malbec 2014

This wine is mineral forward, Waldo blackberry, clove, espresso and Thyme. 14% ABV

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Saurus Select Patagonia Malbec 2015

This wine is 14% ABV – Black cherry, cassis, bayberry, pepper, hint of graphite and violets and comes from Patagonia.

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Vaglio Argelo Chacra Malbec 2014

13.9%ABV – Even, balanced, rich and not over the top; delicate black/blue fruit, Bay leaf, mineral and espresso.

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Kaiken Ultra Malbec 2014 

14.5% ABV; black cherry, Lochness Blackberry, pepper, Bay leaf violets & dark chocolate.

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Catena Alta Historic Row Mendoza Malbec 2013  

Exacting wine of harmonious notes of forest floor, Tayberry, cardamom, rose petal & Tarragon.

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Wine courtesy of each producer.

Santé,

James

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In San Francisco “Do You Want a Bag” has replaced the Greeting “Hello” – James

San Francisco has has a bag charge ordinance since 2013 and ever since the greetings at any store checkout has never been the same.  I thought well all I have to do was to have a bag ready for the sales associate to take notice and so that perhaps a normal exchange could take place….. wrong.

I was in Target in the FinDi in San Francisco and had a bag ready to go but the associate shuffled through the bag, touched it and asked “do you want a bag” a bit too predictable.  I hear from people saying that San Francisco is amazing from those visiting.  I always say try living in this terribly expensive and rather unfriendly town.  Even before the bag ordinance you might find it difficult to get a hello in the past and today–another reason to not say hello.  When I travel I find people to be friendly everywhere when compared to San Franciscans.  No matter what there is always a 49er mindset in the City.

If you look at the ordinance it seems like it is filled with great intentions.  But I ask why the need to pay 10 cents per bag?  I do not know what the intention is and the need to charge.  I think what I have seen is that the bags people buy are not recycled, break often, and I see on the street.  I question if the bag ordinance is truly environmentally friendly and that if we have taken enough plastic off the street so to speak–I think it may be relative in the long run.

Don’t be surprised when shopping in San Francisco you are not greeted but asked “do you want a bag.”

Santé,

James

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Locations F Rosé and Corse Wines – James Melendez

I had the opportunity to taste two more Locations wines – F Rosé 5 and Corse White Wine (Corsica) Vermentino.  I rarely get to taste any wines from Corsica–so I am always thrilled to taste anything from this Mediterranean island.  Below are both of my reviews.

Corse White Wine – 100% Vermentino and 13.7% ABV.   SRP $18.99

Scent: Mix of gold and yellow citrus zest and peel, beeswax, crushed sea shells, and white floral tones

Flavour characterisation: Amalfi lemon, Comice pear, green apple and moist stones.

 

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The F Rosé 5 is 100% Grenache and an ABV at 14%

Scent: fresh strawberries, red flowers, tea, and moist stones

Flavour characterisation:  mountain strawberry, green citrus, white pepper, anise, and hint of violets

 

Santé,

James

James the Wine Guy

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