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by Siun o'Connell
December 1st, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/22 - 12/1)
Replies: 144
Views: 4726

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/22 - 12/1)

We forgot to take any photos on Thanksgiving but we did not forget to polish off a bottle of 2013 Berserkers Cuvee from Patricia Green. I am amazed over and over how very wonderful this wine is -- and how much everyone I pour it for loves it. Cranberry, spice, cherry ... perfect match to our SunWah ...
by Siun o'Connell
November 28th, 2019, 10:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Scrambled eggs
Replies: 29
Views: 905

Re: Scrambled eggs

A tiny bit of milk or cream in well whisked eggs ... hot pan, good amount of butter, do not stir but "pull" the set egg portions to the center as the remaining liquid progressively sets. Liberal pepper, a bit of salt ... and all good. Oh and cooked ideally in a copper clad reverware frying pan. I wa...
by Siun o'Connell
November 28th, 2019, 10:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2317
Views: 151411

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

We drank a 2017 Ode to Lulu Rose amongst other things over dinner and it was really lovely. I was actually not a fan when it first arrived - just not quite my type of rose but almost two years on it's really doing nicely. Glad I have a few here. Lovely balance of dry without being too much so ... st...
by Siun o'Connell
November 28th, 2019, 9:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: time to talk turkey
Replies: 29
Views: 1260

Re: time to talk turkey

First for us .. we ordered a turkey from the wonderful Chinese bbq restaurant SunWah and it was amazing. Great deal for a huge bird which was so tasty. Sides by my daughter and son in law, both chefs, were a neat mix (fry bread, mashed potatoes, wild rice with cranberries, Brussels sprouts with guan...
by Siun o'Connell
November 27th, 2019, 9:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 78
Views: 4203

Re: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)

Mark - go to Board Index and you will see a section for BerserkerDay 10 with all the related posts. Very handy for getting an idea of what the madness is like. Most years it's a lot of previous sellers participate but there's always some turnover and definitely interesting new offers.
by Siun o'Connell
November 23rd, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Favorite San Francisco Hotel?
Replies: 25
Views: 2983

Re: Favorite San Francisco Hotel?

Like the Palace but make sure you get a decent size room ... some are a bit claustrophobic. I've stayed a lot at the Grand Hyatt on Embarcadero - annual conference there etc - and it is very business conference style but the rooms with balconies overlooking the water are pretty nice and it's fun to ...
by Siun o'Connell
November 19th, 2019, 4:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Thanksgiving turkey, done Chinatown style.
Replies: 1
Views: 383

Re: Thanksgiving turkey, done Chinatown style.

We ordered a turkey from Sun Wah ... nice day off for the chefs in the family.
by Siun o'Connell
November 10th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Wings - positive review
Replies: 14
Views: 1037

Re: Wine Wings - positive review

I've used Wineskin (8 for $20 @ Amazon) very happily ... mostly able to reuse them, packed up to 6 bottles in a small roller with a few essential clothes for trip to a family dinner. I used to just wrap the bottles in something but this is easier and seals nicely. (Oh, I have never seen magnum sized...
by Siun o'Connell
November 5th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19124

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Not sure if this will embed so you can see the animation ... if anyone else can make it display, please do:

http://berkeleyearth.lbl.gov/downloads/ ... kyoxMHVZ8I

Tracking temperature rise since 1895 in the area.
by Siun o'Connell
October 29th, 2019, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19124

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Some thoughts on PG&E quoting a friend who is evacuated ... https://truthout.org/articles/climate-crisis-stokes-flames-in-california-putting-disabled-people-at-risk/ “We have moved from the era of everyday wildfires to the era of fire storms, and PG&E has an ethical obligation to adjust accordingly,...
by Siun o'Connell
October 27th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19124

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Friend was evacuated twice overnight ... ended up with dogs, chickens and relatives in a La Quinta in Berkeley ... sounds horrible. Brian, Paul and all the WB's ... hoping for best possible news for you all.
by Siun o'Connell
October 26th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19124

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Years ago I twice lived in places with fire issues and I keep thinking of that because the fear is so primal when you see it nearby ... I hope everyone is doing ok.
by Siun o'Connell
October 24th, 2019, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19124

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

A friend was evacuating over night ... photos of the fire which was still far away - were scary.
by Siun o'Connell
October 17th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 355
Views: 18361

Re: Ravenswood library offer

There was a followup message from Joel Peterson saying there would be another sale and that there would be lower allocations for that to spread the joy a bit further. Looking forward to that ... I was tied up in work meetings and missed out myself.
by Siun o'Connell
October 16th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 355
Views: 18361

Re: Ravenswood library offer

Opened a 2015 O&F Mataro last night ... delicious and interesting, evolved nicely during the evening ... glad I have a few bottles because it was really wonderful wine.
by Siun o'Connell
October 14th, 2019, 7:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Barney Greengrass
Replies: 4
Views: 843

Re: Barney Greengrass

Many years ago I lived around the corner ... and the original Zabars was just a few blocks away ... heaven.
by Siun o'Connell
October 12th, 2019, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 355
Views: 18361

Re: Ravenswood library offer

+100
by Siun o'Connell
October 11th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 355
Views: 18361

Re: Ravenswood library offer

Given the rarity etc, I'd expect higher ... but I've been loving the very nicely priced wines from Once and Future that really outperform their price points to me!
by Siun o'Connell
October 8th, 2019, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fine Disregard Fall Release
Replies: 4
Views: 490

Re: Fine Disregard Fall Release

Drank a 2017 Semillion last week and it was just beautiful ...
by Siun o'Connell
October 8th, 2019, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cruse Fall Release
Replies: 3
Views: 409

Re: Cruse Fall Release

I'm a fan ... love the sparklers and find Monkey Jacket an intriguing wine. I'm not currently buying anywhere but really tempted by their nouveau ... will power is fading!
by Siun o'Connell
October 3rd, 2019, 4:17 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: bringing cheese through lax customs
Replies: 17
Views: 1052

Re: bringing cheese through lax customs

Coming home from Mexico a month ago, I had two almost dried roses in my carryon ... the sign said flowers had to be declared, so I did and was sent to secondary screening where the roses were shaken a bit to make sure there were no insects. Took ten minutes. Was amusing. 40 minutes would not have be...
by Siun o'Connell
September 18th, 2019, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life
Replies: 72
Views: 5109

Re: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life

Siun - Hit the bar first and check out their "Wine by the Glass" section. They almost always have some really cool old stuff for dirt cheap. it's the Somms' way of clearing out old stuff that may be past prime and having fun. Last time I was there, had some very decent 1979 Cornas, 1974 Mondavi Zin...
by Siun o'Connell
September 18th, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desire Lines Save the Date
Replies: 16
Views: 1050

Re: Desire Lines Save the Date

I thought the 4 or more bottles for $30 shipping was a great deal - esp since the wine's price point is so low for such wonderful juice.
by Siun o'Connell
September 18th, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life
Replies: 72
Views: 5109

Re: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life

Just learned I'll be in Tampa soon with my two colleagues from Warsaw ... one asked me to come up with a restaurant list for us ... I immediately knew what would go on top. We won't however be matching your wine budget but I suspect we will have fun and amuse our uber driver.
by Siun o'Connell
September 17th, 2019, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desire Lines Save the Date
Replies: 16
Views: 1050

Re: Desire Lines Save the Date

4 Mourvedre ... having to be reasonable but an "experiment" from this team ... can't resist. Every bottle of their's I've opened has made me so happy.
by Siun o'Connell
September 16th, 2019, 9:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: At What Age Did You Start Cooking?
Replies: 25
Views: 1358

Re: At What Age Did You Start Cooking?

I was helping in the kitchen by age 3 but my first full meal was for visiting relatives and was from the Betsy Crocker Cookbook for Boys and Girls - I made the Swedish Meatballs (which included two varieties of Campbells soup). My daughter and her husband are both chefs and my three year old grandso...
by Siun o'Connell
September 10th, 2019, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desire Lines Save the Date
Replies: 16
Views: 1050

Re: Desire Lines Save the Date

I am in love with each of their earlier wines ... really special. I'm light on orders this year due to some other expenses but will definitely need some from this release.
by Siun o'Connell
August 12th, 2019, 4:53 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Phoenix/Scottsdale Recs
Replies: 21
Views: 970

Re: Phoenix/Scottsdale Recs

I had a wonderful steak dinner at the Fairmont Princess Bourbon Steak - really superb service and particularly enjoyable wine suggestions. I was less o a fan of Hacienda but I think that's because Chicago has some superb high level Mexican food.
by Siun o'Connell
August 10th, 2019, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 68
Views: 3054

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

And yes, an offer during Berserker Day is an ideal opening to build an initial following. What is this Berserker Day you speak of? newhere As Scott linked to below, Berserker Day is January 27th and happens right here. Todd organizes a long list of winemaker who put together an offer - typically so...
by Siun o'Connell
August 9th, 2019, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 68
Views: 3054

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

I'm not ITB, just a small occasional consumer and many here can give more info from experience --- but ... I'm a little concerned that you're going into this business without a grasp of basics of wine sales/marketing. It might make sense to hire a consultant (there must be some) who understand these...
by Siun o'Connell
August 9th, 2019, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 68
Views: 3054

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

Yep - no clubs for me. All my wine is bought from lists and my purchases vary a lot from release to release based on what we've been drinking and need to replace, finances and appeal of the offer. Even for winemakers I really like, I never join a club and won't. And while I like the sense the my pur...
by Siun o'Connell
August 6th, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5
Replies: 40
Views: 2710

Re: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5

Beard on Bread
an old Craig Claiborne New York Times Cookbook

Otherwise, no recipes.
by Siun o'Connell
August 6th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bourbon barrels not just for bourbon...
Replies: 21
Views: 1135

Re: Bourbon barrels not just for bourbon...

A local source does a very nice maple syrup aged in bourbon barrel - now that makes sense to me. We lacquered a turkey with it one year ... yum.
by Siun o'Connell
August 2nd, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release
Replies: 73
Views: 4719

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release

Can't wait ... but I am disappointed it's not Paul Butterfield Blues ...

by Siun o'Connell
August 1st, 2019, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okanagan Valley, BC Recommendations?
Replies: 19
Views: 589

Re: Okanagan Valley, BC Recommendations?

I've considered going just to taste at Tantalus and bring a bunch home since I no longer travel to BC frequently for business and so get to carry back a supply every few months.

Jealous of you all!
by Siun o'Connell
July 22nd, 2019, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 138
Views: 9968

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

RIP
by Siun o'Connell
July 8th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy celebrate July 4th! Today only!
Replies: 10
Views: 1133

Re: Dirty & Rowdy celebrate July 4th! Today only!

Amazing - Hardy and Kate! Email today showing this great effort: With your help on July 4th, we donated 100% of our Familiar Wine sales to charities committed to reuniting families that have been separated at the border. After sending out our initial email, a customer reached out to let us know abou...
by Siun o'Connell
July 5th, 2019, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dean & Deluca's St. Helena Store is Shuttered
Replies: 38
Views: 3392

Re: Dean & Deluca's St. Helena Store is Shuttered

I worked in Soho late 80s and we would run to their original shop for such good food all the time ... and birthday cakes with the most amazing floral hand crafted decorations that I dream of to this day. Sad to see them go this way.
by Siun o'Connell
July 4th, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy celebrate July 4th! Today only!
Replies: 10
Views: 1133

Dirty & Rowdy celebrate July 4th! Today only!

Order in! Lovely offer by Dirty & Rowdy: In 2013, we named our "FAMILIAR" tier of wines after the Spanish translation of the word, "family." These drink now wines are meant to be generously shared with those that you love. With the holiday and family on our mind, this July 4th, Dirty and Rowdy will ...
by Siun o'Connell
July 1st, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What meals did you grow up on
Replies: 72
Views: 3923

Re: What meals did you grow up on

Kraft Mac & cheese as well Really good Italian bread from a bakery in Bridgeport Shepherds Pie (not backed like UK version but fresh mashed pots, peas and ground beef in gravy over the top) Ham and Cabbage Lots of scrambled eggs Corned Beef Hash and for truly special occasions, Appiza with Schmoz fr...
by Siun o'Connell
June 26th, 2019, 3:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Epicurean reward for congeniality...
Replies: 5
Views: 2049

Re: Epicurean reward for congeniality...

That's wonderful! and Bravo to your son!
by Siun o'Connell
June 24th, 2019, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat
Replies: 67
Views: 3989

Re: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat

My colleagues at our Warsaw HQ have been dealing with 30C for a bit ... and from my experience there last July, the AC is not quite like AC here ... they are not looking as crisp as usual this week.
by Siun o'Connell
June 12th, 2019, 1:42 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Favorite San Francisco Hotel?
Replies: 25
Views: 2983

Re: Favorite San Francisco Hotel?

Fairmont if you get the right room .... I've stayed there a lot and their larger rooms with huge windows looking over the city and the Bay are stunning. The Intercontinental near Moscone is lovely and convenient if you need to be in that location. My real favorite though is the Hotel Kabuki - fun fu...
by Siun o'Connell
June 9th, 2019, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fine Disregard Spring Release
Replies: 19
Views: 1214

Re: Fine Disregard Spring Release

Haven't opened the Mataro yet but the Semillion was amazing.
by Siun o'Connell
June 8th, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10978
Views: 401394

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2014 Under the Wire Sparkling Zinfandel which continues my love of their sparklers

2016 Tercero Rose magnum - just wonderful
by Siun o'Connell
June 5th, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Nashville and Surrounding area Eats?????
Replies: 73
Views: 4876

Re: Nashville and Surrounding area Eats?????

The only reason I miss my last job was that I'd go to Nashville a few times a year and always ate at the Red Pony in Franklin. Such a wonderful spot - great hospitality, great food and quite nice wine list.
by Siun o'Connell
June 5th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 660
Views: 35788

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

My daughter was a line cook for Chef Thai and will be so glad to see this. He was a tremendous mentor to her.
by Siun o'Connell
June 4th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Maris Piper potatoes.....roger
Replies: 19
Views: 1545

Re: Maris Piper potatoes.....roger

Another option - Beatrix restaurant here (casual but good place near my old office) makes their fries -- and a potato salad stuffed deviled egg - with Kennebec potatoes and they are really good. Just such clear potato flavor ... really extra good. I'll ask my SIL if he knows a Maris Pipers source - ...
by Siun o'Connell
May 26th, 2019, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Low carb diet effects on wine
Replies: 13
Views: 1062

Re: Low carb diet effects on wine

How does one drink any wine on a Keto diet? There are plenty of carbohydrates in wine. Is it just for a “splurge”, or do you all do this on a regular basis with Keto diets. This is one thing that makes Keto dieting difficult for me. I did one years ago and lost a bunch of weight but during that tim...
by Siun o'Connell
May 24th, 2019, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12213
Views: 587423

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Cruse Monkey Jacket - had a bottle recently at The Kitchen and it was really interesting ... had to get some of my own.

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