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by Siun o'Connell
January 19th, 2019, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hangover Prevention - supplements
Replies: 14
Views: 461

Re: Hangover Prevention - supplements

I'm with Chuck on this but would also note that there were some reports of NAC increasing blood pressure. I'd just check on that if it's a potential issue for you. The research may have changed but caution is a good thing. NAC was given to me - with much success - to ease congestion and such, has be...
by Siun o'Connell
January 18th, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 10 years of Wine Berserkers--what does it mean to you?
Replies: 76
Views: 1478

Re: 10 years of Wine Berserkers--what does it mean to you?

I stumbled upon Berserkers more years ago than I realized when someone recommended the Rudy discussion as an interesting story unrolling in real time. I had no intention getting involved in wine - drank it, liked it, knew nothing - just looking for a good read. Initially it was that interesting tale...
by Siun o'Connell
January 17th, 2019, 11:53 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Any general advice and tips for first-timer ?
Replies: 17
Views: 486

Re: Any general advice and tips for first-timer ?

Definitely use Preview day to plan ... it's the only way to make a plan - but allow for sudden inspirations on the actual BD day. Many of my favorite discoveries happened because of discussions in the BD threads. Set a limit for yourself if you need to - it's like auctions, you will want everything!...
by Siun o'Connell
January 16th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Under The Wire Winter Release Save The Date
Replies: 6
Views: 493

Re: Under The Wire Winter Release Save The Date

So excited about this one - their sparklers have been a major favorite this year. (or should I not mention that since they say only a little bit available?)
by Siun o'Connell
January 9th, 2019, 3:05 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Chicago in January - Looking for a few recs
Replies: 16
Views: 342

Re: Chicago in January - Looking for a few recs

Museum of Science and Industry down in Hyde Park - or the Field Museum next to Shedd Aquarium are good. I'd definitely second the Shedd as a great visit. Where to eat? hmmm ... so many options. I love The Kitchen which is on the river, has a good varied menu that is actually rather kid friendly (gre...
by Siun o'Connell
January 8th, 2019, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: how has atrial fibrillation affected your wine activities
Replies: 24
Views: 1400

Re: how has atrial fibrillation affected your wine activities

I don't have af but did have a "widow maker" heart attack eight years ago (or should I say widower maker?) A few thoughts ... I was told not to drink but after a few months when I asked my cardiac care team, they said the "don't drink" advice was because they worry that people on blood thinners will...
by Siun o'Connell
January 8th, 2019, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemaker to Watch - Travis Allen - Kobayashi Wines
Replies: 24
Views: 1653

Re: Winemaker to Watch - Travis Allen - Kobayashi Wines

Lovely note in response to signing up - I look forward to trying these when the next batch is for sale.
by Siun o'Connell
January 6th, 2019, 8:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Favorite Paprika, anyone?
Replies: 17
Views: 516

Re: Favorite Paprika, anyone?

I use the Spice House sweet Hungarian Paprika for my chicken paprikash and it never disappoints. I love there spices in general and happily can walk there whenever I need.
by Siun o'Connell
January 2nd, 2019, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Frozen Wine
Replies: 26
Views: 1156

Re: Frozen Wine

jcoley3 wrote:
January 1st, 2019, 10:56 pm

... I advocate sticking partially consumed/used bottles in the freezer all the time...
Hey Jim - could you explain this? why freezer, how long, etc?
by Siun o'Connell
December 30th, 2018, 8:58 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28306

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

It's my daily peek behind the curtain to read this thread ... thank you for sharing the view!
by Siun o'Connell
December 26th, 2018, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 EMH ‘Black Cat’ Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 16
Views: 887

Re: TN: 2008 EMH ‘Black Cat’ Cabernet Sauvignon

Mark Y wrote:
December 25th, 2018, 7:44 pm
Dang. Maybe it’s bottle variation. :(.
I am not the most experienced taster Mark so it could be me but it sure was delicious for us. Happily we both have some to hold and taste in the future!
by Siun o'Connell
December 25th, 2018, 7:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 EMH ‘Black Cat’ Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 16
Views: 887

Re: TN: 2008 EMH ‘Black Cat’ Cabernet Sauvignon

We had a 2013 tonight and it was lovely ... gave it a few hours air and then loved it. I'm holding my other bottle but the wine tonight felt superbly balanced and subtle. My chef son in law said that if he was putting together a wine list for a restaurant he consulted with, he'd want this on it. Now...
by Siun o'Connell
December 25th, 2018, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are you serving with your holiday dinner?
Replies: 39
Views: 1362

Re: What are you serving with your holiday dinner?

Polished off our wonderful Tercero Outlier Gewurztraminer that we began with Chinese last night then opened a 2013 EMH Black Cat for our Christmas dinner. My daughter and son-in-law, both chefs, cooked a stunning prime rib roast marinaded with an asian rub that was so good ... popovers and more on t...
by Siun o'Connell
December 21st, 2018, 7:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Animal Farm Butter For Sale
Replies: 42
Views: 2300

Re: Animal Farm Butter For Sale

R@y.Tupp@+sch wrote:
December 21st, 2018, 12:32 pm

Ordered three different types of their butter. While not the absolute best butter I've had, it definitely is very high quality and very fairly priced including the shipping.

Thanks for the rec.
Glad you liked them! I'm sure there are better ... but they make my food happy!
by Siun o'Connell
December 15th, 2018, 8:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: lunch in east village
Replies: 20
Views: 504

Re: lunch in east village

Ssam remains one of my most enjoyable meals - sitting at the counter with all those heritage hams to try ... and Milk Bar for desert ... hard to beat.
by Siun o'Connell
December 15th, 2018, 7:06 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: YOERG BREWING COMPANY: Now open
Replies: 9
Views: 187

Re: YOERG BREWING COMPANY: Now open

Bravo - sounds like a great project! Hope it's fun no matter how long the days!
by Siun o'Connell
December 13th, 2018, 5:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 536
Views: 21776

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Chef Thai of HaiSous was the chef my daughter cooked for when she first moved back to Chicago and he was chef at Embeya. His food is so very very good. His training was classic French, he was key to Laurent Gras's achievement of 3 Michelin stars for L20, was chef de cuisine at 2 star Ria before lead...
by Siun o'Connell
December 11th, 2018, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2041
Views: 190707

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

So I assume someone invested in this operation since the video, bottle design, etc took some cash.
by Siun o'Connell
December 10th, 2018, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Riesling from USA ?
Replies: 84
Views: 2754

Re: Favorite Riesling from USA ?

Paetra is superb .... and if you have connections in Canada, have them send you some Tantalus.
by Siun o'Connell
December 10th, 2018, 6:59 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Last Minute Holiday Packs! (Ends 12/17)
Replies: 3
Views: 304

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Last Minute Holiday Packs! (Ends 12/17)

Hardy did not mention that there's some of the Sparkling at the site too ... it is so good, if I did not have a good stash, I'd be skipping presents for the kids to buy myself more!
by Siun o'Connell
December 9th, 2018, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2041
Views: 190707

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

Bourbon has vanished completely from Ray's social media. He was still tweeting in late November about his lessons learned and plans to recover from MI but nothing since Nov 27.
by Siun o'Connell
December 7th, 2018, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Desire Lines Carignan Evangelho
Replies: 13
Views: 681

Re: TN: 2017 Desire Lines Carignan Evangelho

Couldn't resist - opened another and wish I had a lot more! I hesitate to say this since I'm not sure I can describe this properly. I was struck by an interesting level of sweetness that showed off the fruit -- and made the wine quite approachable. It's been a bunch of years since sweet was a positi...
by Siun o'Connell
November 27th, 2018, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Tercero Gewürztraminer The Outlier
Replies: 9
Views: 276

Re: TN: 2014 Tercero Gewürztraminer The Outlier

Have some on the way ... can't wait!
by Siun o'Connell
November 25th, 2018, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two NapaVlly Vermouths...(short/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 209

Re: TN: Two NapaVlly Vermouths...(short/boring)

I was quite addicted to vermouths for a while and have to agree that the Carpano Antica remains a real favorite though I also really enjoy the Mathiasson. Nowadays I stick with one or the other if I'm not drinking wine.
by Siun o'Connell
November 19th, 2018, 9:57 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Millennials and Wine
Replies: 25
Views: 4757

Re: Millennials and Wine

I work in a coworking space with almost all millennials and there's a weekly happy hour every Thursday. The space puts out a ton of craft beer and a measly selection of wines - sometimes just a bland white and red, other times they may toss in a rose. I keep a stash at the office and open bottles fo...
by Siun o'Connell
November 17th, 2018, 1:52 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Victoria, Canada
Replies: 7
Views: 317

Re: Victoria, Canada

Pick up some wines by Tantalus while there - they are very good and not available in US. I'm a big fan of their Reislings.
by Siun o'Connell
November 7th, 2018, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Lioco Pinot Noir Saveria
Replies: 1
Views: 178

Re: TN: 2015 Lioco Pinot Noir Saveria

Nice to see a Lioco tasting note. I haven't had this but have enjoyed a lot of their wines ...I'll look for a chance to try this.
by Siun o'Connell
October 31st, 2018, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pick Up of Two Bottles At Flickingers
Replies: 22
Views: 1132

Re: Pick Up of Two Bottles At Flickingers

I had the wine I purchased from Flickingers messengered to me so I've never been to their location but is the issue on pick up dates more a question of not having retail style staff on site to accommodate your arrival at any possible time in the next few days? just a thought.
by Siun o'Connell
October 31st, 2018, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone drinking Oregon riesling?
Replies: 20
Views: 496

Re: Anyone drinking Oregon riesling?

Paetra here - need to get more next round of purchases.
by Siun o'Connell
October 30th, 2018, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pick Up of Two Bottles At Flickingers
Replies: 22
Views: 1132

Re: Pick Up of Two Bottles At Flickingers

Great expetience with them - very accomodating given the small order i was making
by Siun o'Connell
October 27th, 2018, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Desire Lines Carignan Evangelho
Replies: 13
Views: 681

Re: TN: 2017 Desire Lines Carignan Evangelho

Mike and Siun, we’re so glad to hear that you enjoyed the Evangelho! Thanks for sharing; it’s so gratifying knowing that our wines are being enjoyed. Evangelho is a special spot! Thank you Cody ... as we gave it a little time, the wine really did well. I opened the bottle for two coworkers (since I...
by Siun o'Connell
October 26th, 2018, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Desire Lines Carignan Evangelho
Replies: 13
Views: 681

Re: TN: 2017 Desire Lines Carignan Evangelho

Arrived on Tuesday, opened a few minutes ago ... we're liking it but all said "young" Of course, we're going pop and pour! But definitely blossoming even over a short time. Adding ... really wonderful with about an hour to develop ... this is good now and likely a real gem with decent decant or a li...
by Siun o'Connell
October 25th, 2018, 1:16 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Has the commerce corner jumped the shark at WB?
Replies: 119
Views: 4471

Re: Has the commerce corner jumped the shark at WB?

deleted so thread can fade away .
by Siun o'Connell
October 25th, 2018, 12:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?
Replies: 66
Views: 1938

Re: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?

About once a month the coworking place where our startup is - which is full of young tech startup folks - has Toast Wednesday for the free breakfast and it is insanely popular ... I don't get it. I do like the regular days which serve about 10 variations of bagels and cc. Then again, they also had a...
by Siun o'Connell
October 25th, 2018, 12:37 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Has the commerce corner jumped the shark at WB?
Replies: 119
Views: 4471

Re: Has the commerce corner jumped the shark at WB?

Here's something I don't understand. If I decide to start a business in an area and requiring skills I do not have, does that mean I don't have to run that business competently? Oh gee, I don't know anything about marketing ... Oh gee, I've never done sales before ... hmmmm - you owe your customers ...
by Siun o'Connell
October 22nd, 2018, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '15 PG Marine Sedimentary thoughts
Replies: 32
Views: 1501

Re: '15 PG Marine Sedimentary thoughts

I'm not a tasting note pro so I'll defer to the comments above for specifics and simply say wow, what a wine! Deep color, serious flavor - not fruity, more spicy as Mitch mentions. This feels like a decidedly grownup wine to me - one I took time to savor and explore but still fun. I wish I had bough...
by Siun o'Connell
October 19th, 2018, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Master Somm Invalidation
Replies: 207
Views: 14300

Re: Master Somm Invalidation

I always wish the movies on these tests focused more on the service section - I think that would be much more interesting to watch than the blind tasting that ends up feeling more like a parlor trick to me. (ducking)
by Siun o'Connell
October 19th, 2018, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best North American sparklers?
Replies: 100
Views: 3000

Re: Best North American sparklers?

Opened a 2017 Sparkling Deming Valdiguié today from Cruse ... poured for colleagues who range from a serious champagne lady to young guys who mostly drink beer ... everyone smiled soooooo much! What a lovely sparkler ... and the Fall Cruse allocations are still open ... heading there now!
by Siun o'Connell
October 19th, 2018, 5:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best North American sparklers?
Replies: 100
Views: 3000

Re: Best North American sparklers?

Ultramarine and Under the Wire and Dirty and Rowdy Pet Nat for me. Seconding Dirty and Rowdy with a sigh ... I did find a few extra bottles via Flickingers, so that pleasure is not gone completely yet. My first Under the Wire is shipping now - really looking forward to it - and I enjoy Cruse ... in...
by Siun o'Connell
October 15th, 2018, 9:36 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Has the commerce corner jumped the shark at WB?
Replies: 119
Views: 4471

Re: Has the commerce corner jumped the shark at WB?

Tom - when you are digging a hole, know when to stop. I am happily on the "tightly allocated" lists that interest me and nothing in your posts have suggested any particular expertise or taste that makes me want your guidance in my purchases to be blunt. As a consumer, it is not my responsibility to ...
by Siun o'Connell
October 15th, 2018, 7:07 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Has the commerce corner jumped the shark at WB?
Replies: 119
Views: 4471

Re: Has the commerce corner jumped the shark at WB?

Seems less an issue of BerserkerBusinesses model and more an issue of some new BBs being super inept at how they market their businesses - for example, see the Tom K contribution above and several times in recent CC threads. I'm fine with scrolling past ... but I do take note of those businesses tha...
by Siun o'Connell
October 2nd, 2018, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desire Lines Fall Release - October 2nd
Replies: 20
Views: 680

Re: Desire Lines Fall Release - October 2nd

Thanks much Mike! off to order!
by Siun o'Connell
October 2nd, 2018, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desire Lines Fall Release - October 2nd
Replies: 20
Views: 680

Re: Desire Lines Fall Release - October 2nd

Any thoughts on drinking the Syrah young?
by Siun o'Connell
September 23rd, 2018, 8:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2041
Views: 190707

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

Oh ... I was wondering why he was suddenly posting headshots ... guess the Bourbon biz is fizzling.
by Siun o'Connell
September 19th, 2018, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2041
Views: 190707

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

I made it through the entire 40 minute video -- surely there must be a prize or trophy for this accomplishment? Incredible that he still can't find it within himself to take responsibility for anything, and has now resorted to labeling anyone who doesn't share his twisted recollection of what happe...
by Siun o'Connell
September 10th, 2018, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2041
Views: 190707

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

(and no mention in the site content (not sure about the video) about the Bourbon project) Has anyone made it through the entire video? I watched the first six minutes and all he did was talk in circles. [/quote] I lasted about as long even after shifting it to background sound while doing some work...
by Siun o'Connell
September 8th, 2018, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2041
Views: 190707

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

Oh and there's a long ... very long ... video that seems new in which Ray tells his story. Same website.

(and no mention in the site content (not sure about the video) about the Bourbon project)
by Siun o'Connell
September 8th, 2018, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2041
Views: 190707

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

Ray has just posted two blog posts at https://www.raywalkerwine.com/new-blog/. One is titled "The Maison Ilan Smear Campaign" the other is "The Black Card - Racism in the World of Wine"

off to read now

I am sure it will be enlightening.

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