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by Doug Sher
August 8th, 2020, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I need 2015 Barolo and Barbaresco recommendations please...
Replies: 28
Views: 2396

Re: I need 2015 Barolo and Barbaresco recommendations please...

Albino Rocca 2015 Bric Ronchi is available at Wine.com currently for $45 and should be an excellent QPR, especially if you are able to use the various wine.com coupons and discounts.
by Doug Sher
August 7th, 2020, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Increased corkage post-COVID?
Replies: 179
Views: 5260

Re: Increased corkage post-COVID?

I can't believe that they are still charging 4x food costs. If they want my business, they should offer a discount to the greedy menu prices. If not, I will just bring my own food.
by Doug Sher
July 12th, 2020, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me get into Bordeaux
Replies: 54
Views: 2893

Re: Help me get into Bordeaux

Not sure if it has been mentioned above, but I think Chasse Spleen belongs on any great qpr list. I haven't bought any recently as I stopped buting Bordeaux due to age 10 years ago, but the last few vintages that I did buy (2000 and a surprisingly good 2002) are still excellent.
by Doug Sher
May 24th, 2020, 7:58 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 750
Views: 51200

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

Hart, Davis, Hart has several spirits auctions per year. Here's a link to the results from the most recent sale:

https://auction.hdhwine.com/auctions/1- ... -mar-19-20
by Doug Sher
May 8th, 2020, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Jean-Marc Millot Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots
Replies: 21
Views: 1240

Re: TN: 2017 Jean-Marc Millot Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots

Michael Heinrich wrote:
May 8th, 2020, 11:21 am
I'm always slightly amused when I read a tasting note after which I don't even know whether it was red or white.
I've never seen Vosne Romanee that was a white wine, let alone a Suchot. If a bottle can only be red, do you think it would help to include that in a tasting note?
by Doug Sher
May 1st, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Roasted Potatoes
Replies: 32
Views: 1770

Re: Roasted Potatoes

lots of articles re adding baking soda to the water, something about alkaline water to crisp up taters. came here to add this. game changer. here's the science: https://www.seriouseats.com/2016/12/the-food-lab-the-best-roast-potatoes-ever.html nice but not sure you also need all that salt if using ...
by Doug Sher
December 13th, 2019, 6:33 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Chicago and suburbs
Replies: 493
Views: 44829

Re: Chicago and suburbs

I've had a number of fine meals at a newly reopened place called In-On Thai. They used to be in the 3800 block of North Broadway and their building was razed about three years ago. The food is excellent. The glasses are not very good, but I have a tendency to bring my own glassware. BYOB and much of...
by Doug Sher
November 16th, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 F.X. Pichler Riesling Unendlich (Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau)
Replies: 12
Views: 740

Re: TN: 2017 F.X. Pichler Riesling Unendlich (Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau)

You may wish to seek out a bottle of their Gruner Veltliner M. It's the gruner version of the Unendlich. Here's a description of the wine from their site: "M" stands for "monumental" and serves to signify our Grüner Veltliner Smaragd® of exceptional complexity and concentration. The first gruner to ...
by Doug Sher
October 16th, 2019, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 69
Views: 2168

Re: What's the best Pinot Grigio?

It has been quite some time since I have had either of these but I remember liking both Livio Felluga and Vie de Romans versions of pinot grigio. My recollection is that they were very different expressions of the grape.
by Doug Sher
August 30th, 2019, 7:01 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3691
Views: 207264

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Drinking a barrel select Four Roses from Warehouse Liquors (Chicago). I think Four Roses single barrels may be the best deal going in bourbon right now. For my palate, which runs a little hot these days, only Bookers comes close. I'm a big fan as well. In truth though I'm usually happy with the nor...
by Doug Sher
July 24th, 2019, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Replies: 49
Views: 3006

Re: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Marcassin? No idea what winery DTC might be.
by Doug Sher
June 26th, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greatest field blend wines?
Replies: 55
Views: 2844

Re: Greatest field blend wines?

Doug Sher wrote:
June 26th, 2019, 6:35 am
Marcel Deiss wines are often brilliant examples of field blending.
Clearly, Alsace wines are dead at retail.
by Doug Sher
June 26th, 2019, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greatest field blend wines?
Replies: 55
Views: 2844

Re: Greatest field blend wines?

Marcel Deiss wines are often brilliant examples of field blending.
by Doug Sher
June 14th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 810
Views: 43418

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Has anyone gone to Stone Flower and/or planning on it? It looks AMAZING but this is the former chef at 42 grams that was convicted of hitting his ex-wife. My initial instinct would be to stay away, no matter how good the food is. OTOH, it sounds like he has gone out of his way to make amends by rai...
by Doug Sher
May 29th, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 810
Views: 43418

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

I went to Passerotto last night for the third time and I'm a big fan. Four of us ordered everything on the menu except the whole fried branzino and dessert. The wine list is on the small side but corkage is $15. I'm still thinking about the short rib. We had a bottle of champagne, a dry riesling, a ...
by Doug Sher
May 14th, 2019, 3:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 810
Views: 43418

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Dined at PST last weekend on Friday night and enjoyed. I thought it was on the 'very good' end vs excellent, but still very enjoyable. I thought the pita was a little weird, but still delicious. Pizza, very good. All the veg items were excellent. Duck entree was very unique and the highlight of the...
by Doug Sher
March 6th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Proprietà Sperino Uvaggio
Replies: 10
Views: 524

Re: TN: 2015 Proprietà Sperino Uvaggio

Markus S wrote:
March 6th, 2019, 11:49 am

Surprised. I opened a San Francesco or Osso San Grato (can't remember which at the moment) last year and it seem unresolved. Was hoping for better things, which I'm sure will come out with age.
Markus,

For what it's worth, it was the "regular" gattinara.
by Doug Sher
March 6th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Proprietà Sperino Uvaggio
Replies: 10
Views: 524

Re: TN: 2015 Proprietà Sperino Uvaggio

I recently opened a bottle of the 2010 and found it fiercely tannic and will wait a few years before I try that again. On the other hand, the 2008 Antoniolo Gattinara consumed alongside it was in a very good place.
by Doug Sher
March 6th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: laissez les bon temps rouler. What is everyone drinking for Marid Gras
Replies: 16
Views: 619

Re: laissez les bon temps rouler. What is everyone drinking for Marid Gras

Anton D wrote:
March 6th, 2019, 8:20 am
Doug Sher wrote:
March 6th, 2019, 6:59 am
We had a few beers
What did the other people drink?
That bottle of 08 Gimonnet 2008 Special Club on the left.
by Doug Sher
February 21st, 2019, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie Street Lock-Up
Replies: 34
Views: 1623

Re: Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie St Lock-Up

I have a locker at East Bank on Lake and I am pretty sure that the temperature is kept at 55 degrees and humidity at 70 %. No clue what temps are at Domaine. I believe my card enables me entrance until 9:00 pm. I've thought about asking why I can't have 24 hour access on a number of occasions but do...
by Doug Sher
February 6th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rush Creek Reserve!
Replies: 226
Views: 13855

Re: Rush Creek Reserve!

That is very interesting. I also buy their Harbison and I have noted the herbaceous mustard profile you identify. It is outstanding and why I got hooked on this style of cheese. Maybe a good reason some folks choose to age their wheels a few months more. I regret to inform you that Harbison is made...
by Doug Sher
January 8th, 2019, 7:27 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Chicago and suburbs
Replies: 493
Views: 44829

Re: Chicago and suburbs

Hi John, I'm new to the forum but love that you have such an extensive list. Can you add Bavette's? Also, please remove Boarding House. Sadly, the restaurant closed this past summer. Bavette's Bar & Boeuf Corkage fee is sharing 1 glass per bottle with a table of your choice Nice stems 218 W Kinzie ...
by Doug Sher
December 9th, 2018, 8:46 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Chicago and suburbs
Replies: 493
Views: 44829

Re: Chicago and suburbs

I've been to Jade Court three times in the last month and have really enjoyed it. The two course service of Peking Duck is very good. I have also enjoyed the beef in XO, pork belly over pickled greens, whole pike and a number of other dishes. The stems are borderline acceptable (I still bring my own...
by Doug Sher
December 9th, 2018, 8:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 810
Views: 43418

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

I made it to Paserrotto last week and thoroughly enjoyed my meal. For of us ordered the entire menu except for the seafood stew as we thought it might be difficult to share. I enjoyed everything, especially the short rib. I brought my own glasses as I don't care for Riedel O glasses at all. I'm goin...
by Doug Sher
November 27th, 2018, 8:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 810
Views: 43418

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

I remember after the Chicago location burned down, there were annual rumors that they were going to reopen, usually in the mall. Loved the curried chicken and bbq pork puffs, as well as Mr. Weils shrimp and shredded boneless chicken. I've never had better hot and sour soup. I actually made the trek ...
by Doug Sher
September 14th, 2018, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine accessory hunter
Replies: 7
Views: 552

Wine accessory hunter

by Doug Sher
July 17th, 2018, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Terry Theise Catalog
Replies: 4
Views: 1800

2018 Terry Theise Catalog

Thank you very much for the links.
by Doug Sher
June 29th, 2018, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riedel Glassware Sale
Replies: 24
Views: 2297

Riedel Glassware Sale

Rich Brown wrote:Has anyone ever used the vitus chardonnay glasses for champagne? Look like they could potentially be a good fit from the pics, but pretty hard to tell since I've never ever seen them I'm person.
I think the Vinum XL Riesling glasses work well with champagne as I prefer a narrower bowl for bubbles.
by Doug Sher
June 28th, 2018, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riedel Glassware Sale
Replies: 24
Views: 2297

Riedel Glassware Sale

Here's a link to some Riedel glasses and decanters currently on sale at Barneys:

https://www.barneyswarehouse.com/catego ... toryId%7C0
by Doug Sher
June 21st, 2018, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: In which we blind taste Carricante among other enterprises
Replies: 37
Views: 1844

In which we blind taste Carricante among other enterprises

Was the Terre Nere the Calderara Sottana or the Santo Spirito? I wasn't there, but if i had to guess I would say that it was neither. More likely the entry level Etna bianco which consists of approximately 65% carricante and the remaining 35% is a blend of catarratto, inzolia, grecanico, and minnel...
by Doug Sher
May 17th, 2018, 9:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with a wine list
Replies: 35
Views: 1248

Help with a wine list

I was a bit concerned that the on line list might be out of date but the list at the bar looked to be pretty much identical. I started with a bottle of the Debize Apinost and moved on to a bottle of the 2005 Bongran. The Bongran was very rich, probably had a bit of botrytis and proved to be a perfec...
by Doug Sher
May 17th, 2018, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with a wine list
Replies: 35
Views: 1248

Help with a wine list

Thanks to all for your help, and Corey too.

The name of the place is Red and White, at 1861 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago. Hopefully looking forward to my first Allemand or Gonon tonight, although the Ott gruner in qvevre or Bongran look pretty ok if we opt for a white.
by Doug Sher
May 17th, 2018, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with a wine list
Replies: 35
Views: 1248

Help with a wine list

I'm heading out to a wine bar tonight with my kids who are much cooler than I am. I'm sure there are a number of really good options here, but most of these things are not in my wheelhouse. I'm willing to go in any direction. What looks like the best bet? https://static1.squarespace.com/static/58810...
by Doug Sher
March 29th, 2018, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Grower Champagnes
Replies: 60
Views: 3848

Great Grower Champagnes

Benoit Dehu is making some amazing meunier if you can find it.
by Doug Sher
January 4th, 2018, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you buy vintage Grand Cru champagne
Replies: 35
Views: 2191

How do you buy vintage Grand Cru champagne

Binny's shows about 422 listings when you search champagne. The Lincoln Park store, formerly Sam's, always has an excellent selection. This would be a good place to start.
by Doug Sher
December 12th, 2017, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Check - Wine Globe in Milpitas, CA
Replies: 1
Views: 179

Retailer Check - Wine Globe in Milpitas, CA

I purchased a few things from them last month and was very satisfied.
by Doug Sher
December 8th, 2017, 5:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few 1988s and a stunner: Dom P, Pichon Lalande, la Chapelle, Spottswoode , ZH
Replies: 6
Views: 523

A few 1988s and a stunner: Dom P, Pichon Lalande, la Chapelle, Spottswoode , ZH

Cary Rosner wrote:What store is NY is the ZH in? Tks
Chambers Street.
by Doug Sher
October 26th, 2017, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines of Domaine Dublere
Replies: 12
Views: 749

Wines of Domaine Dublere

Any thoughts on whether to try 08 volnays vs 09 now? Someone left an 09 Pitures at my home and I drank it about a month ago. My recollection was that it was primary, but very good. I have no experience with any Dublere 2008s. If you have a number of bottles, it would be worth opening a 2009 to chec...
by Doug Sher
October 23rd, 2017, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Briceland Vineyards Petit Verdot Ishi Pishi Ranch (My American WOTY)
Replies: 9
Views: 390

TN: 2012 Briceland Vineyards Petit Verdot Ishi Pishi Ranch (My American WOTY)

This bears a strong resemblance to the 1986 La Mission Haut Brion . How can a 100% Petit Verdot from Humboldt County be so similar to a First Growth Bordeaux (that doesn’t contain PV)? Yet this Wine is also quite unique. Genuinely mind-blowing. 12 cases made from Organic grapes. 13.4%ABV. (94 pts.)...
by Doug Sher
October 23rd, 2017, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Briceland Vineyards Petit Verdot Ishi Pishi Ranch (My American WOTY)
Replies: 9
Views: 390

TN: 2012 Briceland Vineyards Petit Verdot Ishi Pishi Ranch (My American WOTY)

This bears a strong resemblance to the 1986 La Mission Haut Brion. How can a 100% Petit Verdot from Humboldt County be so similar to a First Growth Bordeaux (that doesn’t contain PV)? Yet this Wine is also quite unique. Genuinely mind-blowing. 12 cases made from Organic grapes. 13.4%ABV. (94 pts.) ...
by Doug Sher
September 25th, 2017, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dinner w/ Doug & Sena & Alex & David...Sadly, Rob Was There Too (Lots of Corton)
Replies: 13
Views: 630

TN: Dinner w/ Doug & Sena & Alex & David...Sadly, Rob Was There Too (Lots of Corton)

Didn't try it...I think you only offered a swig to David, but maybe that's because you like me better? Since David brought it, I offered it to him first. He felt that it was not worth serving to the group as a whole and I deferred to his judgment. As an aside, it was consumed the next day. It was n...
by Doug Sher
September 25th, 2017, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dinner w/ Doug & Sena & Alex & David...Sadly, Rob Was There Too (Lots of Corton)
Replies: 13
Views: 630

TN: Dinner w/ Doug & Sena & Alex & David...Sadly, Rob Was There Too (Lots of Corton)

No more mushroom tarts for you!

Where's the note on the 2012 Maison Ilan Chambertin?
by Doug Sher
September 17th, 2017, 9:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Maume Mazis Chambertin
Replies: 36
Views: 2059

TN: 2001 Maume Mazis Chambertin

Because of this thread, I tried a 2006 Maume Mazis. Giving some pleasure now, more to come.
by Doug Sher
August 31st, 2017, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1989 Pichon-Lalande
Replies: 36
Views: 1243

1989 Pichon-Lalande

I sold the '90, even though it was a birth year wine for my daughter. I had it a few times and thought it was wrong. Still have a few '89.
by Doug Sher
August 21st, 2017, 9:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Maume Mazis Chambertin
Replies: 36
Views: 2059

TN: 2001 Maume Mazis Chambertin

Anyone have any thoughts on the 2006? My gut feeling is that it would be very young, but I need a GC Burg or two for dinner on Friday. This and the Rossignol Trapet 2007 Chambertin are near the top of the list. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
by Doug Sher
August 9th, 2017, 11:48 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Zalto Beer Glasses PSA
Replies: 27
Views: 2206

Zalto Beer Glasses PSA

Out of stock.
by Doug Sher
August 8th, 2017, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Big bar tab thread
Replies: 23
Views: 2269

Big bar tap thread

The Boston Bruins ran up a 156k bar tab after winning the Stanley Cup, including a 30L Midas of Ace of Spades for a mere 100k. Here's a link to the story, including the bar tab:

https://www.boston.com/sports/bruins-bl ... ig_bad_bru
by Doug Sher
August 5th, 2017, 3:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: My first attempt at cooking octopus
Replies: 8
Views: 882

My first attempt at cooking octopus

I also just attempted to cook an octopus for the first time. I was going to cook it sous vide at 171 for five hours, but I happened upon an old Harold Mcgee recipe from the New York Times. I would post a link but unfortunately this MacBook Air is too foreign for me to do that. The recipe was incredi...

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