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by Siun o'Connell
March 20th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Consistently superb: Flannery
Replies: 14
Views: 341

Re: Consistently superb: Flannery

Just wanted to add my voice ... superb beef and even better customer service. All round best possible experience.
by Siun o'Connell
March 20th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Vancouver: where to taste/buy Okanagan, and YVR Buys
Replies: 3
Views: 50

Re: Vancouver: where to taste/buy Okanagan, and YVR Buys

Haven't been in a few years but the duty free was not helpful except for Ice Wine's. I don't see a wine list on their website but I had a wonderful meal at YEW at the Four Seasons - and they focus on local in food so their lounge may well do a good job with BC wines. Otherwise, I am just jealous sin...
by Siun o'Connell
March 17th, 2019, 4:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: SF lunch for 50 or so, near the Moscone Center
Replies: 10
Views: 331

Re: SF lunch for 50 or so, near the Moscone Center

Slanted Door does do private events ... blocking off part or all of their seating for it (I know because we were unable to eat there one night with a client thanks to a party they were hosting - I really don't think the room is designed well for such events imho) but the distance from Moscone is jus...
by Siun o'Connell
March 16th, 2019, 8:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: SF lunch for 50 or so, near the Moscone Center
Replies: 10
Views: 331

Re: SF lunch for 50 or so, near the Moscone Center

I've always had good experiences with Osha Thai though not been to that location. They'd be my likely first call about space.
by Siun o'Connell
March 13th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Egypt
Replies: 14
Views: 254

Re: Egypt

Some of my Polish coworkers go often for serious deep sea diving ... if that's of interest, let me know and I'll get you details.
by Siun o'Connell
March 13th, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fine Disregard Spring Release
Replies: 13
Views: 688

Re: Fine Disregard Spring Release

Thanks for the links Drew - so nice to have the extra info. I'm pretending I'm limiting my purchases but the Semillion is a must have for me - very special bottles.
by Siun o'Connell
March 13th, 2019, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fine Disregard Spring Release
Replies: 13
Views: 688

Re: Fine Disregard Spring Release

Release email yesterday ... you should contact them.
by Siun o'Connell
March 12th, 2019, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fine Disregard Spring Release
Replies: 13
Views: 688

Re: Fine Disregard Spring Release

Ah ... I am now rethinking my order! Got 4 Semillion since I've enjoyed it young ... trying one Grenache but may need to increase my one Mataro. Julian - how does their Mataro compare to Once & Future if you've had both? Adding - their Semillion has been one of my surprises in trying a few completel...
by Siun o'Connell
March 11th, 2019, 5:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Cat Cora storms out of Alinea: looks like a chef with too strong a sense of entitlement.
Replies: 26
Views: 1565

Re: Cat Cora storms out of Alinea: looks like a chef with too strong a sense of entitlement.

Who is she anyway ? What restaurant brought her to fame for her to be considered a celebrity chef ? There is a Cat Cora named restaurant in one of the SFO terminals. Does that help? I researched this once before and recall being somewhat unimpressed with her resume. In general it seems the American...
by Siun o'Connell
March 7th, 2019, 7:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Cat Cora storms out of Alinea: looks like a chef with too strong a sense of entitlement.
Replies: 26
Views: 1565

Re: Cat Cora storms out of Alinea: looks like a chef with too strong a sense of entitlement.

There were more than issues with Trotter ... for many of the young chefs who went through his kitchen.

I really recommend Achatz' autobiography Life on the Line.
by Siun o'Connell
March 6th, 2019, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 378
Views: 21632

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

So the DSE folks who develop beverages and bottle them for dreamers who want their own small production - and who appear on his filing (he does not) do not handle distribution.
by Siun o'Connell
March 2nd, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 378
Views: 21632

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

Would he source from Frank-Lin but bottle at the Epicenter place?

Now curious how this whole business works.
by Siun o'Connell
March 2nd, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 378
Views: 21632

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

That Distilled Spirits Epicenter and their Flavorman crew are quite the indulge your dream crew .... like a fancy vanity press for booze? Are any good brands developed there?
by Siun o'Connell
February 21st, 2019, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 378
Views: 21632

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

Wondering if the packaging designer was paid and by whom given that Ray owes some folks. Did notice he's not pre-selling the bourbon - phew!
by Siun o'Connell
February 18th, 2019, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 378
Views: 21632

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

Fyre Festival is a very apt analogy ... perhaps f*ck Jerry would like to produce a Ray documentary too?
by Siun o'Connell
February 17th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 378
Views: 21632

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

Not sure he promised to "repay" precisely ...he did mention making them whole *when he was able* but stressed the bad financial shape the closing of MI left him in (note that is all mentioned as if he had minimal active role in or responsibility for that closure) and gave no timeline or plan for act...
by Siun o'Connell
February 17th, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 378
Views: 21632

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

IIRC Ray did something similar when he was starting Maison Ilan - the implication was that around when he received investment funds for Ilan he "made whole" the people he had stiffed in the car parts thing.
by Siun o'Connell
February 15th, 2019, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon
Replies: 378
Views: 21632

Re: Ray Walker's New New Bourbon Company - Saint Cloud Kentucky Bourbon

So given what we have learned about Ray from the past years and folks' experience, I'm really wondering why he has decided to launch this thread at this time. Since he's had years in which to apologize (which I don't see a lot of above in the midst of the various for others), what makes this the mom...
by Siun o'Connell
February 12th, 2019, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy: Vosne
Replies: 32
Views: 1707

Re: Burgundy: Vosne

Ummm ... agree with David. This does not feel like participation in WB. Your threads do not include any contributions from you -- and ignore the wealth of knowledge already shared so graciously on this board by so many and available via Search. And your comment about 'free knowledge" is also odd - p...
by Siun o'Connell
February 12th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desire Lines Wine Release
Replies: 6
Views: 271

Re: Desire Lines Wine Release

Yep - took my six and 1 Syrah but rethinking that and may add ... I had ordered this fall on a complete whim and I'm now hoarding the few I have so I don't just drink them all like NOW!

Also, honestly love their release letter ... ;->
by Siun o'Connell
February 12th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys offer
Replies: 50
Views: 3697

Re: Rhys offer

Nodding ... I normally stick at lower prices and am really happy with my less expensive options. Will have to think about this one.
by Siun o'Connell
February 12th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys offer
Replies: 50
Views: 3697

Re: Rhys offer

Thanks David.
by Siun o'Connell
February 12th, 2019, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys offer
Replies: 50
Views: 3697

Re: Rhys offer

My first offer from them ... what one or two bottles would be a good introduction? Are any relatively young drinking options?

(I'm sitting here with Desire and Cruce as well so just dabbling.)
by Siun o'Connell
February 12th, 2019, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desire Lines Wine Release
Replies: 6
Views: 271

Re: Desire Lines Wine Release

My first bottles from them back in October were some of the loveliest wines I've ever had. Really looking forward not to trying the Riesling and Griffin's Lair. Ordering fast so some are left!
by Siun o'Connell
February 5th, 2019, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Under The Wire Winter Release Save The Date
Replies: 20
Views: 1530

Re: Under The Wire Winter Release Save The Date

Got my 1 requested too - so excited!
by Siun o'Connell
February 5th, 2019, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So, what's this new Cruse sparkling wine?
Replies: 6
Views: 461

Re: So, what's this new Cruse sparkling wine?

I've enjoyed the Cruse sparklers - can't wait to see the details of the offer.
by Siun o'Connell
February 2nd, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 327
Views: 10142

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

... and apparently we never have fun in bed coz we don't look as good as the millennials. Wow. I didn't say that. I'm sure you have lots of fun. They have just as much fun drinking their Trader Joe's as you do drinking the Ridge Monte Bello that they lust after. TJ's has some good wine and I don't ...
by Siun o'Connell
February 1st, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 327
Views: 10142

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

Mine could not and certainly not in a major city. We eventually had a house my father built in a rural area that was changing to suburbs. I'm not saying you should not be able to afford that but you have to acknowledge the choices made that are choices along with the larger changes that impact every...
by Siun o'Connell
February 1st, 2019, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 327
Views: 10142

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

Markus S wrote:
February 1st, 2019, 7:22 pm

That's what I was getting at about increased expectations being the new normal.
Yes ... you were right on the money.
by Siun o'Connell
February 1st, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 327
Views: 10142

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

Gosh, life is not worth living if you don't make partner track at one of the top firms eh? Only graduates of the top 25 schools ... middle class kids who got to state schools will land in mediocre jobs I think someone said above. Oh and I have decided to live in Seattle and must live downtown ... et...
by Siun o'Connell
February 1st, 2019, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2059
Views: 194145

Re: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

But but but ... he's got all these cool photos with sexy ladies swimming ... it's gonna be a great business!
by Siun o'Connell
February 1st, 2019, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 327
Views: 10142

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

That figure includes $11,000 room, board and $900 for health insurance. Just to be clear. Going to college fully paid with no financial aid and no need for a part time job, etc is ... a nice spot to be in. Lots of us never were there. Tuition: https://registrar.illinois.edu/tuition-fees/tuition-fee-...
by Siun o'Connell
February 1st, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 327
Views: 10142

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

Just to note - the University of Illinois is under $13,000 for a year. Many kids - including myself back in the day - have never been able to afford the expensive private schools. I'm not saying that's the way it should be but it's not a new development. I do think what is new is the image of what i...
by Siun o'Connell
February 1st, 2019, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer
Replies: 35
Views: 1814

Re: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer

The Semillion was mighty nice last time ... considering my mix now.
by Siun o'Connell
January 31st, 2019, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why don't more wineries use PayPal or other payment systems?
Replies: 75
Views: 1755

Re: Why don't more wineries use PayPal or other payment systems?

What does payment gateway have to do with inventory control? Have no idea what you are describing above, doesn't make any sense to me. Maybe I do not have proper understanding of technology, like you do, I have only been coding for a living since 1977. Cart processor keeps track of inventory, payme...
by Siun o'Connell
January 30th, 2019, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why don't more wineries use PayPal or other payment systems?
Replies: 75
Views: 1755

Re: Why don't more wineries use PayPal or other payment systems?

I work these days for an app company with most of our customers being small (often one person) businesses (not in the wine industry). For our customers, we offer a payment option that matches PayPal and Square fees but integrates automatically with an inventory (and in our case, booking calendar) sy...
by Siun o'Connell
January 30th, 2019, 3:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: First attempt at apple pie
Replies: 25
Views: 654

Re: First attempt at apple pie

started with a google search and used Grandma Ople’s Allrecipes.com recipe. Apples are put into the crust, lattice top then bathed with concoction of white and brown sugar, butter, water, and flour. I added lemon juice to replace some of the water and made the volume more because in addition to Gra...
by Siun o'Connell
January 30th, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineSlash
Replies: 5
Views: 843

Re: WineSlash

Gosh you sure are picky about customer service. At least they respond?


newhere
by Siun o'Connell
January 30th, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long should you let wine rest after shipping?
Replies: 48
Views: 1562

Re: How long should you let wine rest after shipping?

When I first started reading WB, it took me ages to figure out the technical term "to pobega" a wine.

Now I have to admit to following his lead more than once.
by Siun o'Connell
January 29th, 2019, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Why “Short/Boring” or “Long/Boring?”
Replies: 6
Views: 577

Re: Why “Short/Boring” or “Long/Boring?”

I always assumed Tom got it from early Usenet/internet usage where similar was often used in headers of messages.
by Siun o'Connell
January 27th, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Johan Vineyards--BD Wines from the Van Duzer Corridor!
Replies: 14
Views: 626

Re: Johan Vineyards--BD Wines from the Van Duzer Corridor!

Any thoughts on how the traditional compares with your PetNat? Thanks! Hi Siun! Thanks for your interest, as I know you've purchased our Pét-Nat in the past. Unfortunately we're sold out of that wine this year and were unable to offer it on BDX. The Pét-Nat of Pinot Noir is a Rosé, picked at nearly...
by Siun o'Connell
January 27th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to drink under $50?
Replies: 34
Views: 1430

Re: What to drink under $50?

Take a look at all the great Berserker Day offers - tons of great wine way under $50. Taste around the great options there.
by Siun o'Connell
January 27th, 2019, 9:11 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Art+Science .... CIDER, PERRY AND WINE.... OH MY!
Replies: 5
Views: 423

Re: Art+Science .... CIDER, PERRY AND WINE.... OH MY!

Shipped these two years ago to my son who is a big Cider fan and he loved them!
by Siun o'Connell
January 27th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: PAETRA Willamette Valley MONDAY (Bottling day) ROLL ON!
Replies: 99
Views: 2354

Re: PAETRA Willamette Valley riesling, pn rose, orange wine, gewürz

I had just drunk my last 2014 a few weeks ago and it was so superb ... being able to restock (at this insanely low price too) was wonderful!
by Siun o'Connell
January 27th, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: newbie BEVELA WINES BD10 offer 35% off and more!!
Replies: 8
Views: 690

Re: newbie BEVELA WINES BD10 offer 35% off and more!!

Really intrigued by these ... and saw Tom Hill was a fan. Adding to my list!
by Siun o'Connell
January 27th, 2019, 8:31 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 10 (as featured in Forbes!) Master Thread - MASSIVE RECORDS SET!!!
Replies: 219
Views: 13224

Re: BerserkerDay 10 Master Thread (as featured in Forbes!) - Read This Post for FAQ

No matter how much I plan on Preview Day ... I always end up rereading all the offers on BD itself and looking at ways to enhance that so-called budget a bit more!

I'd be completely frazzled without being GCC!
by Siun o'Connell
January 27th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 10 (as featured in Forbes!) Master Thread - MASSIVE RECORDS SET!!!
Replies: 219
Views: 13224

Re: BerserkerDay 10 Master Thread (as featured in Forbes!) - Read This Post for FAQ

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
January 27th, 2019, 8:09 am
What are you listening to during BerserkerDay 10??

I need some calming music, so I'm playing 'Brazilian Soul' via Pandora - gentle Bossa Nova is perfect for a day like today...
Bossa Nova makes everything all right.

Amazing sale Todd!
by Siun o'Connell
January 26th, 2019, 5:29 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 10 (as featured in Forbes!) Master Thread - MASSIVE RECORDS SET!!!
Replies: 219
Views: 13224

Re: BerserkerDay 10 Master Thread (as featured in Forbes!) - PREVIEW DAY HAS ENDED!

I am being restrained ... and repeating need whites, not red or rose this year but wow, so many great offers!

All the Berserker Businesses really showing the love in their offers!

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