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by Siun o'Connell
September 19th, 2020, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desire Lines - Save the Date Sept 22
Replies: 10
Views: 512

Re: Desire Lines - Save the Date Sept 22

Such truly enjoyable wines ... so happy I have a stash of them.
by Siun o'Connell
September 15th, 2020, 6:02 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 124
Views: 4164

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

Covid-19 is far more than a respiratory virus. The respiratory tract is a key entry point, but hardly a terminus. False argument. These respiratory viruses enter and exit by the oral/nasal airway, as is contagion via exhaled virus-laden water droplets. Oh wait ... are you the Kim Zussman who writes...
by Siun o'Connell
September 14th, 2020, 9:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires-Oregon
Replies: 130
Views: 9749

Re: Fires-Oregon

Phew - glad you are home Doc!
by Siun o'Connell
September 14th, 2020, 7:22 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 124
Views: 4164

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

Look I totally disagree with Merrill’s position on the issue at hand but I am really f*ck tired of these attacks on her that imply all sorts of bad behavior but with not specifics for her to respond to . And each time you do this, it has a really rotten sexist tone to it.
by Siun o'Connell
September 13th, 2020, 11:00 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 124
Views: 4164

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

I suspect it was Kim’s winning personality rather than any price differences that led his customers to change providers. He is a modest guy; he has read the literature and knows more than Fauci. Wouldn’t you want to be treated by a guy who reads a little and can claim he is more informed than the l...
by Siun o'Connell
September 13th, 2020, 6:19 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 124
Views: 4164

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

I suspect it was Kim’s winning personality rather than any price differences that led his customers to change providers.
by Siun o'Connell
September 12th, 2020, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires-Oregon
Replies: 130
Views: 9749

Re: Fires-Oregon

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:
September 12th, 2020, 11:24 am
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Wait .... all this and you have to run up three flights?

Smh
by Siun o'Connell
September 12th, 2020, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Links redirecting to wine.com
Replies: 23
Views: 1370

Re: Links redirecting to wine.com

I’ve just gotten the same results on Safari on my phone - clicked a link to NYT and it opened Wine.com. Closed down and just tried again and it now opens the NYT link properly - this is in Megan Joy’s post under the QAnon thread in case you are trying to diagnose it.
by Siun o'Connell
September 11th, 2020, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires-Oregon
Replies: 130
Views: 9749

Re: Fires-Oregon

Does the hospital have good filtration? That sounds so horrid!
by Siun o'Connell
September 4th, 2020, 7:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The world’s greatest rye bread has been discontinued.
Replies: 6
Views: 514

Re: The world’s greatest rye bread has been discontinued.

I am quite fond of Whole Foods “Old World” Rye ... that’s not discontinued is it? I will cry ....

Slightly warm, thick slice, super good butter ... nothing more needed
by Siun o'Connell
August 27th, 2020, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Snoop Cali Red
Replies: 24
Views: 1437

Re: Snoop Cali Red

I’ve always thought Snoop was so cute .... but wow Anton! Next thing we know, you’ll be collabing with Megan Thee Stallion!
by Siun o'Connell
August 22nd, 2020, 6:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Freezing peaches
Replies: 7
Views: 517

Re: Freezing peaches

I used to use lemon and a tiny bit of sugar - 1/2 tsp sugar, 1 lemon for @ 8 peaches after they were peeled and sliced. (Peel by dipping in boiling water. Been a lot of years though since my old canning, freezing, bake all our bread days! If you may want to do more freezing etc, grab a copy of the B...
by Siun o'Connell
August 21st, 2020, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)
Replies: 151
Views: 3368

Re: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)

Andrew K. wrote:
August 21st, 2020, 4:38 pm
I feel like I'm in a 90s time warp. A debate this lively on the merits of a like feature hasn't been seen since R Kelly started dating 14 year olds. Where have half of you been for the past 25 years? deadhorse
I wonder if Kibo writes tasting notes?
by Siun o'Connell
August 21st, 2020, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)
Replies: 151
Views: 3368

Re: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)

Thanks Siun - one small, but important nit: Slack and Confluence, at least the paid versions which are most analogous to the community WB board, do not use these features to drive ads or monetize in any other way. They are used for what they are intended for: to provide information. The perversion ...
by Siun o'Connell
August 21st, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)
Replies: 151
Views: 3368

Re: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)

to all the like at-the-post level detractors: do you believe, on balance, the experience of reading threads would be worse with likes? I hear the beauty contest concern, but a few questions: 1. Is this just a dislike/worry about reactions? Would you prefer or be against other high density informati...
by Siun o'Connell
August 19th, 2020, 6:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anova's countertop combi steam oven is out
Replies: 30
Views: 1201

Re: Anova's countertop combi steam oven is out

K_F_o_l_e_y wrote:
August 18th, 2020, 3:23 pm
... you won't be able to call yourself a serious home chef without one.
A lot of “serious home chefs” don’t require or use a lot of fancy new options - just sayin.’ Use whatever you like or need to cook as you want, but let’s not make “serious” equal “expensive new tools”
by Siun o'Connell
August 19th, 2020, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)
Replies: 151
Views: 3368

Re: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)

I think both change the tone of the community in ways that feel unnecessary. Back in the early days of DailyKos, I refused to participate because of the rankings and see no reason to agree to this now. It shifts the community dynamic dramatically, making it more intimidating for new people to post a...
by Siun o'Connell
August 19th, 2020, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires - Walbridge and Meyers - Sonoma County
Replies: 110
Views: 9123

Re: Fires 13-4/11-5 Sonoma County

Following the news ... hoping everyone stays safe and gets through this round ok.
by Siun o'Connell
August 17th, 2020, 11:51 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 283
Views: 15186

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

The photos on that article don’t seem to show many “kids” but lots of supposed “adults” ignoring social distancing, masking and such. I feel bad for all folks in the typical summer tourist locations who are hit with lower earnings but more idiots.
by Siun o'Connell
August 16th, 2020, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Heatwave......
Replies: 120
Views: 7366

Re: Napa Heatwave......

G. Bienstock wrote:
August 16th, 2020, 4:58 pm


The Loyalton fire is only about 3 miles from my house just north of Reno. Lots of smoke and I am packed to evacuate.
Good luck! Hoping it stays away!
by Siun o'Connell
August 14th, 2020, 9:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Heatwave......
Replies: 120
Views: 7366

Re: Napa Heatwave......

Have to say ... I am really uncomfortable with the Tex and Casey attacks on Merrill. Merrill has always been lovely to me, I’ve enjoyed the bottles I have bought from her and I appreciate her notes on weather. I have no idea what “Ray Ray” style activities you are hinting at but this hinting and tra...
by Siun o'Connell
August 5th, 2020, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Commercials
Replies: 16
Views: 880

Re: Wine Commercials

The Meiomi ads have been really frequent the past few weeks ...otherwise the only one I see is the Kim Crawford one. I’m on YouTubeTV too so assume Google thinks I drink crap wine.
by Siun o'Connell
July 31st, 2020, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WINE and WAR - Lebanon Wine Documentary
Replies: 28
Views: 1565

Re: Lebanon Wine Documentary - "WINE and WAR"

Looks fascinating!
by Siun o'Connell
July 30th, 2020, 7:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Open Table vs. tock Vs. Resy
Replies: 17
Views: 933

Re: Open Table vs. tock Vs. Resy

I only use OpenTable to book, never to choose a restaurant.

And somehow I lost all my OT points so I really don’t care at all about using them.
by Siun o'Connell
July 29th, 2020, 8:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Salt & Pepper - What do you use?
Replies: 90
Views: 4250

Re: Salt & Pepper - What do you use?

Becoming quite attached to Maldon’s ... hitting just the right levels of salt and texture for me.
by Siun o'Connell
July 22nd, 2020, 2:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44548

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Oh no .... that is so sad.
by Siun o'Connell
July 21st, 2020, 8:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Keto diet tips
Replies: 28
Views: 1243

Re: Keto diet tips

Sarah - totally with you on no fake foods etc ... the simpler I eat the better. I track carbs only and also aim around 30..
by Siun o'Connell
July 20th, 2020, 8:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Keto diet tips
Replies: 28
Views: 1243

Re: Keto diet tips

I have never done actual Keto which seems to involve a lot of complex math and some weird foods - there are multiple keto groups on facebook who are very eager to help but ... I do like Atkins generally - and my main doc encourages ... the key when I’m on it is finding the amount of carbs where I be...
by Siun o'Connell
July 3rd, 2020, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okanagan (Western Canadian) Superlative Wines
Replies: 31
Views: 933

Re: Okanagan (Western Canadian) Superlative Wines

A waitress at the Fairmont at Whistler suggested a glass of Tantalus Riesling to me a bunch of years ago and that glass actually is why I started paying attention to wine. I used to go up to Vancouver and Whistler often for work and would always haul back 3 or 4 bottles of their wines including the ...
by Siun o'Connell
June 30th, 2020, 10:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1645
Views: 88136

Re: What did you cook tonight?

@Scott ... wow!
by Siun o'Connell
June 29th, 2020, 6:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44548

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Oh no.


I heard Collichio estimating that we’ll lose 85% of restaurants by the time this is all done ...
by Siun o'Connell
June 27th, 2020, 1:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44548

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

I was wondering the same ... in everything I found it’s just presented as Publican invited him into their operation. I’ll check with my SIL and see if he knows.
by Siun o'Connell
June 26th, 2020, 1:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 811
Views: 44548

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Staying in here as well... and this is not a restaurant suggestion but for Chicago folks, I just had a great experience skipping Instacart and using the Mercato service to order some really nice products from Local Foods. While not Flannery level, getting really great meats from Butcher & Larder ......
by Siun o'Connell
June 18th, 2020, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 20237

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

I have and I have never looked back. https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2013/08/bressan-racism-row-growing/ https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/forbeswineclub/2013/09/05/would-you-buy-a-wine-made-by-a-racist/amp/ That is wonderful to see - thanks for sharing the links Monica and for st...
by Siun o'Connell
June 17th, 2020, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 20237

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Having worked for twenty years in sustainability and corporate responsibility with a variety of major corporations(F100s), I've always advised that companies must understand that they do not operate in some bubble untouched by social and environmental concerns. Business success cannot be solely meas...
by Siun o'Connell
June 10th, 2020, 9:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another revolting American concoction-and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.
Replies: 51
Views: 2080

Re: Another revolting American concoction-and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.

Nope ... none of that chunky or healthy stuff. Skippy creamy peanut butter, Welch’s grape jelly (not jam), Pepperidge Farms Original White bread, side of Potato Chips (not baked), glass of cold whole milk. Heaven. The salt of the chips is crucial imho.
by Siun o'Connell
June 8th, 2020, 3:09 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: (COMPLETED) CHARITY AUCTION FOR RACIAL JUSTICE - Rare Floodland Brewing Magnums
Replies: 7
Views: 902

Re: (COMPLETED) CHARITY AUCTION FOR RACIAL JUSTICE - Rare Floodland Brewing Magnums

Very cool - thanks for doing this and for including such great groups in the recipients!
by Siun o'Connell
June 5th, 2020, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CHARITY RAFFLE NAACP LDF - super secret additional raffle run - we hit our max goal of $60,000!!
Replies: 327
Views: 15061

Re: CHARITY RAFFLE NAACP LDF - Check first post for live draw information - (DONATION CAP $60,000 REACHED!!)

Just adding another thank you ...to Charlie and all the donors. What an amazing effort.

Berserkers are pretty wonderful.
by Siun o'Connell
June 3rd, 2020, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CHARITY RAFFLE NAACP LDF - super secret additional raffle run - we hit our max goal of $60,000!!
Replies: 327
Views: 15061

Re: CHARITY RAFFLE - INCREDIBLE RARE WINE/MAGNUMS INSIDE

Wow! Like Sean, I’m in the out of work mode but will PayPal you for one.

Just so wonderful ....wow.
by Siun o'Connell
May 30th, 2020, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How are reoponed tasting rooms doing?
Replies: 8
Views: 1012

Re: How are reoponed tasting rooms doing?

A friend in Sonoma was pretty upset with the Sheriff's action but also statement about the public health head. Sounded bad.
by Siun o'Connell
May 29th, 2020, 6:58 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Massican Vermouths
Replies: 7
Views: 1140

Re: Massican Vermouths

T. Altmayer wrote:
May 29th, 2020, 6:22 pm
Siun o'Connell wrote:
May 29th, 2020, 12:53 pm
T. Altmayer wrote:
May 29th, 2020, 11:17 am


Thanks, red, white or both?
Red ... very herbal ...delish!
Sounds lovely, thanks for the recommendation

Enjoy! I was so happy when they started producing it ...real personality each year.
by Siun o'Connell
May 29th, 2020, 12:53 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Massican Vermouths
Replies: 7
Views: 1140

Re: Massican Vermouths

T. Altmayer wrote:
May 29th, 2020, 11:17 am
Siun o'Connell wrote:
May 27th, 2020, 9:46 am
Matthiasson also does a vermouth and it’s lovely.
Thanks, red, white or both?
Red ... very herbal ...delish!
by Siun o'Connell
May 27th, 2020, 9:46 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Massican Vermouths
Replies: 7
Views: 1140

Re: Massican Vermouths

Matthiasson also does a vermouth and it’s lovely.
by Siun o'Connell
May 26th, 2020, 11:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom Livestream Session - Bryan and Katie Flannery! May 23rd, 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern
Replies: 105
Views: 4320

Re: Zoom Livestream Session - Bryan and Katie Flannery! May 23rd, 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern

Just watched ... what a great video and what a treat to see Bryan’s knife work
by Siun o'Connell
May 24th, 2020, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tin City Documentary
Replies: 13
Views: 1041

Re: Tin City Documentary

Thanks for suggesting - adding to my list.
by Siun o'Connell
May 22nd, 2020, 11:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WB Zoom Chat Friday 5/22 6pm PDT
Replies: 9
Views: 288

Re: WB Zoom Chat Friday 5/22 6pm PDT

Thanks for organIzing Brian - nice to meet everyone inc great pups!
by Siun o'Connell
May 22nd, 2020, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine And A-Fib?
Replies: 37
Views: 3121

Re: Wine And A-Fib?

Good luck Todd! Lots of friends have had ablations and been pleased with results.

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