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by John O'
January 21st, 2020, 3:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: storing wines vertically?
Replies: 47
Views: 2516

Re: storing wines vertically?

My cellar is a combination of bottles stored on their side and upside down in boxes. Started about 12 years ago and I've never had any leakage. I do often get a lot of gunk on the cork and around the opening. It's remedied by not putting the cork near anything that can be stained and cleaning the in...
by John O'
January 12th, 2020, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Dry January - Take an inventory
Replies: 1
Views: 371

Dry January - Take an inventory

Dry January turns out to be a great time to take my first inventory ever, after about 12 years of collecting. With nothing moving, it was easy to pick away at it. I have about 700 bottles and a boatload in and out over the years as we drink a lot of wine and I source a lot for friends and family. Ha...
by John O'
January 11th, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Niagara on the Lake Bed & Breakfast
Replies: 4
Views: 231

Re: Niagara on the Lake Bed & Breakfast

RichardFlack wrote:
January 10th, 2020, 7:21 pm
We had a great stay at the Butler House two or three years ago.
Looks nice and terrific reviews. We booked there.
by John O'
January 11th, 2020, 3:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine "budgeting" - tips?
Replies: 64
Views: 2990

Re: Wine "budgeting" - tips?

Tip: tell you’re wife how much you actually spent on wine in 2019. I just made that mistake and my 2020 budgeting concerns seem irrelevant all of a sudden. +1. Last fall, my wife shared a pie chart of her yearly expenses and asked to see mine. Turns out I spent more on juice than she spent on darn ...
by John O'
January 6th, 2020, 10:47 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Niagara on the Lake Bed & Breakfast
Replies: 4
Views: 231

Niagara on the Lake Bed & Breakfast

Our usual favorite B&B, Lakewinds, is booked the weekend we're going up in September. Can any one recommend a nice B&B? Something walking distance to the theaters.
by John O'
January 1st, 2020, 5:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 1720

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.

Let your freak flag fly
by John O'
December 22nd, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Fantastic Value!"
Replies: 83
Views: 5973

Re: "Fantastic Value!"

White
2016 El Enemigo Chardonnay - about $23
Any single vineyard Kumeu River Chard. Stay away from their "Village" wine. ( I paid $20 for the 2017). Seriously disappointed.
by John O'
December 21st, 2019, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gary V. Again.
Replies: 39
Views: 4697

Re: Gary V. Again.

Paul McCourt wrote:
December 21st, 2019, 8:35 am
John O' wrote:
December 21st, 2019, 8:27 am
jon leifer wrote:
December 19th, 2019, 7:39 pm
remember Gary V from way back when, used to watch his videos for a while then drifted away..used to buy from Wine Library on occasion until they had to stop shipping to NY..
they're shipping to NY again
Are they? Huh! Didn’t know that.
yep
by John O'
December 21st, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gary V. Again.
Replies: 39
Views: 4697

Re: Gary V. Again.

jon leifer wrote:
December 19th, 2019, 7:39 pm
remember Gary V from way back when, used to watch his videos for a while then drifted away..used to buy from Wine Library on occasion until they had to stop shipping to NY..
they're shipping to NY again
by John O'
December 18th, 2019, 2:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2053
Views: 173938

Re: Steak Porn

dteng wrote:
December 17th, 2019, 6:32 pm
Got a Flannery NY vs Costco Ribeye center (crazy marbling!)
Was the Costco Prime grade?
by John O'
December 4th, 2019, 7:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: BUTTERMILK CHICKEN
Replies: 8
Views: 696

Re: BUTTERMILK CHICKEN

Martin
I really appreciate you sharing these recipes.
by John O'
November 29th, 2019, 5:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the BEST wine holiday?
Replies: 26
Views: 984

Re: What’s the BEST wine holiday?

Christmas Eve with prime rib, Yorkshire pudding and all their usual accomplices
by John O'
November 28th, 2019, 4:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Scrambled eggs
Replies: 43
Views: 1885

Re: Scrambled eggs

I use the Gordon Ramsay method. Crack the eggs into a non-stick pan over medium heat and constantly stir with a spatula until they begin to cook and thicken a bit. Then toss in butter (tbsp to 4eggs) and continue to stir, remove from heat, add s&p to taste and continue to stir over heat until desir...
by John O'
November 2nd, 2019, 5:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7420
Views: 460690

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

YLee wrote:
November 1st, 2019, 4:58 pm
Mystery anything is for suckers.
Or people who like trying wines they haven't had before.
by John O'
October 31st, 2019, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7420
Views: 460690

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Has anyone had good luck with the mystery case before? Not surprisingly, my gut is yelling "no!"; however, I'm somewhat intrigued. I went for the 6 for $160 deal ($27 per). Have had good luck in that price range and my expectations aren't real high. I haven't been happy in the past with the level t...
by John O'
October 29th, 2019, 5:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Peter Luger NYT review.
Replies: 63
Views: 3031

Re: Peter Luger NYT review.

That’s just what USDA prime porterhouse costs, anywhere. If you are talking about a non-steak restaurant being cheaper, that’s fine, but it’s not comparing apples to oranges. Point taken. I guess I was referring to having a great steak dinner (albeit maybe not the same exalted raw materials), with ...
by John O'
October 29th, 2019, 4:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Peter Luger NYT review.
Replies: 63
Views: 3031

Re: Peter Luger NYT review.

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
October 29th, 2019, 4:49 pm
1/3 the price for what?

I have issues with people criticizing the pricing. ~100 for a 24-30 oz USDA prime porterhouse is not expensive, even for an uncooked steak.
Context: I live in Central NY where price are much lower. Wasn't comparing to NYC prices.
by John O'
October 29th, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Peter Luger NYT review.
Replies: 63
Views: 3031

Re: Peter Luger NYT review.

oh, and thanks Victor. You saved my son a lot of money and both of us a big disappointment.
Us Salomon guys gotta stick together.
by John O'
October 29th, 2019, 4:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Peter Luger NYT review.
Replies: 63
Views: 3031

Re: Peter Luger NYT review.

My son recently moved back to the general area and wants to take me to Peter Luger's as a thank you. Sent him this review and he called within 10 minutes ( a record by about 48 hours). We agreed we'd go somewhere more local that's just as good at 1/3 the price. My one and only time there, about 15 y...
by John O'
October 26th, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone going dry on Monday for Prohibition?
Replies: 8
Views: 440

Re: Anyone going dry on Monday for Prohibition?

Scott Brunson wrote:
October 26th, 2019, 8:40 am
John O' wrote:
October 26th, 2019, 6:24 am
I'll recognize by going dry until around 5:00PM
Time zone? [whistle.gif]
flexible
by John O'
October 26th, 2019, 6:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone going dry on Monday for Prohibition?
Replies: 8
Views: 440

Re: Anyone going dry on Monday for Prohibition?

I'll recognize by going dry until around 5:00PM
by John O'
October 16th, 2019, 3:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 23,000 Leflaive GC and Pucelles bottles pre 2014 reconditioned at the Domaine...
Replies: 32
Views: 3184

Re: 23,000 Leflaive GC and Pucelles bottles pre 2014 reconditioned at the Domaine...

R. Frankel wrote:
September 18th, 2019, 4:16 pm
I’m curious how they did all this tasting. A couple of milliliters times 23000 bottles is about 61 bottles. Palate fatigue? Hah a job that many here would apply for ;).
23,000 bottles were “reconditioned” over a period of three years. Equivalent to less than 2 bottles per month
by John O'
September 4th, 2019, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 530
Views: 55016

Re: Official WTSO thread

PSA: Kilikanoon Oracle Shiraz 2012 $35 (less $2 if you still have credits). Generally am over Aussie Shiraz, but I make an exception for Kilikanoon.
by John O'
September 4th, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Newark Airport
Replies: 41
Views: 2784

Re: Newark Airport

David K o l i n wrote:
September 3rd, 2019, 1:14 pm
Mark Golodetz wrote:
September 3rd, 2019, 11:55 am
La Guardia under construction is horrible
LaGuardia preconstruction was horrible
Laguardia premier club reconstruction was like Kansas City general admission.
by John O'
August 11th, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help! Bumper Crop of Basil
Replies: 24
Views: 2376

Re: Help! Bumper Crop of Basil

Marshall Gelb wrote:
August 11th, 2019, 11:11 am
John: It works. We make pesto "ice cubes" and freeze them for use during the winter. The only ingredient we leave out is the pine nuts which we add at the time of use.

Cheers!
Marshall [cheers.gif]
and use less olive oil, which you add when used
by John O'
August 8th, 2019, 3:35 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Michelin red guide 2019
Replies: 1
Views: 1801

Re: Michelin red guide 2019

having never seen one, but acutely aware of the stars they award, what intel (other than rating) do they provide?
by John O'
August 8th, 2019, 3:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Vanishing Corned Beef Rounds
Replies: 10
Views: 2073

Re: Vanishing Corned Beef Rounds

Is there any better breakfast on the planet than a good corned beef hash, poached eggs and rye toast?
by John O'
July 19th, 2019, 5:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pronunciation
Replies: 40
Views: 1620

Pronunciation

For a long time I pronounced Meritage - Meri-Tahj. When I learned it was pronounced to rhyme with heritage I felt foolish. Last night I was talking to someone in the biz about the vineyard To Kalon. I've always pronounced it (Too-Callin, emphasis on the Callin). He pronounced it Toe-Kulon, emphasis ...
by John O'
July 16th, 2019, 3:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2053
Views: 173938

Re: Steak Porn

Read an "expert"opinion recently that said:
1) Salt at the last minute as salting ahead just pulls moisture out
2) don't tent with foil when it comes off as it steams the crust

What says the WB experts?
by John O'
July 4th, 2019, 4:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recirculating range hoods... worth anything?
Replies: 11
Views: 2465

Re: Recirculating range hoods... worth anything?

We live in an old brick house and wifey didn't want to go through the wall. Pretty happy with the Wolf hood. The recirculating unit is separate, sits above, and adds 5 inches to the height
by John O'
July 4th, 2019, 4:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Favorite Waffle Iron ?
Replies: 14
Views: 2641

Re: Favorite Waffle Iron ?

waffle maker just died. These recommendations are a bit old. Any new rec's?
by John O'
July 1st, 2019, 6:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What meals did you grow up on
Replies: 72
Views: 4384

Re: What meals did you grow up on

Being Catholic, Friday dinner was always Thomas' English Muffin pizza.
by John O'
July 1st, 2019, 6:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: 2 Drawer Dishwasher - odd question
Replies: 12
Views: 2501

Re: 2 Drawer Dishwasher - odd question

I have a system that may sound confusing, but it is rather simple. I always use the top drawer first, and when I am going to run it and add the soap, I also add soap to the bottom. If there are dishes in the drawer, I check if there is soap, and if there is, the dishes are dirty and that drawer nee...
by John O'
June 25th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: 2 Drawer Dishwasher - odd question
Replies: 12
Views: 2501

Re: 2 Drawer Dishwasher - odd question

Ron Slye wrote:
June 25th, 2019, 3:02 pm
I have the same dishwasher and the display shows "0" when it has run. But mine is maybe 2-3 years old -- perhaps they changed that?
We got the model with unevenly sized drawers, which I think is new. Nothing shows when complete
by John O'
June 25th, 2019, 2:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: 2 Drawer Dishwasher - odd question
Replies: 12
Views: 2501

2 Drawer Dishwasher - odd question

Downgraded our Bosch DW to our lake house and picked up a 2 drawer Fischer & Paykel for our main casa. With the Bosch you could tell from the display if it had been run and the dishes were clean. With the 2 drawer we've resorted to sticky notes to indicate a clean drawer, which works but looks like ...
by John O'
June 17th, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee Filters
Replies: 10
Views: 2671

Re: Coffee Filters

alan weinberg wrote:
June 7th, 2019, 8:35 pm
Technivorm here, too, Number 4 unbleached Trader Joe filters.
Trader Joe's. The box of 100 coincides with the cleaning interval. New Box, time for descaling.
by John O'
June 12th, 2019, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 3 Napa Cabs walk into a bar
Replies: 2
Views: 1076

Re: TN: 3 Napa Cabs walk into a bar

Andrew Demaree wrote:
June 11th, 2019, 4:28 pm
I’ve never had a Kelly Fleming cab but have always wanted to try one. Your note on the 2016 sounds delicious, Nick.
picked up a few 2012 Kelly Fleming Wines Big Pour's as part of a Wine Library mystery pack. Had never heard of them but was blown away.
by John O'
May 31st, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: PSA - Flannery sale
Replies: 60
Views: 6195

Re: PSA - Flannery sale

Best way to cook the hanger steak? just straight salt/pepper grill? Liberal salt. Med-Hot grill about 5-6 minutes per side. Take off, pepper and let sit for 5 - 10 minutes. A hangar varies in thickness, so degrees of doneness vary across it. Perfect in my household as some like it rarer and some mo...
by John O'
May 30th, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Locker at Restaurant
Replies: 25
Views: 1966

Re: Wine Locker at Restaurant

I wish our club did the same. Do you think it makes economic sense from the clubs perspective? Our Club does it and we provide the wines (wouldn't do it based on the OP's deal). They get $100 per year + $10 / bottle. The other locker owners I speak with all agree that we dine there more frequently ...
by John O'
May 29th, 2019, 3:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: PSA - Flannery sale
Replies: 60
Views: 6195

Re: PSA - Flannery sale

Love, love the Hangars
by John O'
May 29th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Announcing the Launch of To Kalon Vineyard Company
Replies: 67
Views: 7700

Re: Announcing the Launch of To Kalon Vineyard Company

Color me intrigued! We have a dog named To Kalon. This is him guarding some pinot noir last night... https://photos.smugmug.com/History/Hillary-Agog/i-QVsQq32/0/f3b7b13d/L/2019052912160777-IMG_6637-L.jpg This was the sky... https://photos.smugmug.com/History/Hillary-Agog/i-RgtMmBT/0/585b753a/L/2019...
by John O'
May 19th, 2019, 3:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?
Replies: 113
Views: 4258

Re: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?

1) You won't need to enter the details about the wines, since we have 3 million of them. 2) You benefit from the wisdom of the community: millions of images, tasting notes, drinking windows 3) We partner with 25 different professional wine publications, perhaps some of which you subscribe to. The c...
by John O'
May 18th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?
Replies: 113
Views: 4258

Re: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?

I have always said that my two biggest competitors are (1) APATHY and (2) MICROSOFT EXCEL. Craig, thanks for the plug. We are always here to help anyone who wants to get online. I have seen people bang out 1,000 bottles in a short afternoon if they have some friends to do a call and response and he...
by John O'
April 13th, 2019, 4:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How is your average cost per bottle trending?
Replies: 27
Views: 1078

Re: How is your average cost per bottle trending?

I thought it had to be up, but the data shows it flat over the last 5 years. The top amount I've been paying for bottles has been going up, but it's being offset somehow by more at the lower end (Summer drinkers?).
by John O'
February 16th, 2019, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay Suggestions
Replies: 59
Views: 2315

Re: Chardonnay Suggestions

Kumeu River from New Zealand
by John O'
February 5th, 2019, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need to win a $50 max blind tasting red wine
Replies: 63
Views: 2919

Re: Need to win a $50 max blind tasting red wine

Best under $50, 2009 Bordeaux you can find
by John O'
February 5th, 2019, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dry January: Lessons Learned
Replies: 51
Views: 2885

Re: Dry January: Lessons Learned

My second year of Dry January and had all the same experiences. I drink a lot of wine and it's good to know I can put the brakes on for a month.

I joked with my wife (but it's true) that Dry January is a lot easier than 1 glass a day January.
by John O'
January 27th, 2019, 3:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rochester NY, Favorite Wine Shop and Wine Restaurants?
Replies: 15
Views: 610

Re: Rochester NY, Favorite Wine Shop and Wine Restaurants?

This place (Redd) is getting a lot of buzz. Opens in April, and assume they're building their list.
https://www.wxxinews.org/post/famed-che ... rant-space
by John O'
January 17th, 2019, 2:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Starting New
Replies: 20
Views: 1407

Re: Starting New

My advice would be to lower your price point to the $15 - $35 or so range. With the advice of a good wine shop, this Board, etc. you can find terrific wines in that range. On a price / quality graph, the quality line flattens very quickly as prices go beyond $50 or so. Drink lots of different wines,...

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