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by Siun o'Connell
October 17th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 265
Views: 11926

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: 265
Views: 11926

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
Topic: Barney Greengrass
Replies: 4
Views: 389

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: 265
Views: 11926

Re: Ravenswood library offer

+100
by Siun o'Connell
October 11th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 265
Views: 11926

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: 460

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: 373

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 Forum
Topic: bringing cheese through lax customs
Replies: 17
Views: 551

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: 4988

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: 992

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: 4988

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: 992

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
Topic: At What Age Did You Start Cooking?
Replies: 25
Views: 819

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: 992

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 Forum
Topic: Phoenix/Scottsdale Recs
Replies: 21
Views: 904

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: 2986

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: 2986

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: 2986

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
Topic: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5
Replies: 40
Views: 2198

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: 1117

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: 72
Views: 4120

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: 562

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: 9815

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: 1128

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: 3356

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: 1128

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
Topic: What meals did you grow up on
Replies: 72
Views: 3373

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
Topic: Epicurean reward for congeniality...
Replies: 5
Views: 1552

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: 3976

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 Forum
Topic: Favorite San Francisco Hotel?
Replies: 15
Views: 1925

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: 1204

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: 10850
Views: 393651

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
Topic: Nashville and Surrounding area Eats?????
Replies: 73
Views: 4849

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
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 646
Views: 34516

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
Topic: Maris Piper potatoes.....roger
Replies: 19
Views: 1456

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: 1059

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: 11916
Views: 570876

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.
by Siun o'Connell
May 19th, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting
Replies: 44
Views: 2618

Re: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting

I'm still wondering about Robert Creth tipping the cable guy .... and thinking the Brits know anything about good service.
by Siun o'Connell
May 16th, 2019, 9:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The search for a “wow” Rosé
Replies: 129
Views: 5396

Re: The search for a “wow” Rosé

I never get the Rose is only a porch drink ... then again I don't have a porch. I like Matthiasson Rose and I adore Tercero and drink it with real pleasure during all four seasons, with and without food. Beautiful balance and energy ... and very good wine.
by Siun o'Connell
May 16th, 2019, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting
Replies: 44
Views: 2618

Re: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting

I always assumed the staff at tasting rooms earned some type of commission - unless of course they were the owner?
by Siun o'Connell
May 16th, 2019, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10850
Views: 393651

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Two bottles of 2014 Paetra Riesling Eola-Amity Hills with a few colleagues and it was wonderful! Purchased at BerserkerDay ... I had been so glad that Bill offered it since I had finished my stash from his first release and the last bottle had been amazing. I was so glad I lightly chilled a second b...
by Siun o'Connell
May 8th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Anyone really into drinking Tea?
Replies: 201
Views: 10732

Re: Anyone really into drinking Tea?

English breakfast drinker here as my daily 3 cups ... with cream. I do enjoy finer teas at times and am quite fond of Kusmi tea's Tchai. They are a historic brand and have some very interesting offerings. They sell a wellness tea sampler at a reasonable cost if you want to experiment - https://us-en...
by Siun o'Connell
May 5th, 2019, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me with a sparkling wine tasting party
Replies: 36
Views: 1292

Re: Help me with a sparkling wine tasting party

I've been really enjoying both Cruse Pet Nat's and Under the Wire's sparklers. There are some of both listed on Wine Searcher ... worth trying both. I haven't opened any of my latest shipments of each yet but 2014's really drank well this year.
by Siun o'Connell
April 28th, 2019, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Under The Wire Winter Release Save The Date
Replies: 29
Views: 2318

Re: Under The Wire Winter Release Save The Date

I think mine arrived ... I'm back at my office tomorrow and will check.
by Siun o'Connell
April 13th, 2019, 7:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best Steak butcher in Chicago
Replies: 18
Views: 760

Re: Best Steak butcher in Chicago

I would also vote for Eataly and PQM as the best but priced so. One real find is the butcher counter at the back of Big Apple market at 2345 N Clark. All their beef is prime from a downstate IL supplier. Very good stuff and fair prices (below the fore mentioned above Costco/grocery). If anyone chec...
by Siun o'Connell
April 8th, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best Steak butcher in Chicago
Replies: 18
Views: 760

Re: Best Steak butcher in Chicago

Alan - they have a butcher and a separate fish counter. Towards the back on the second floor. A lot of Piedmont beef and some unexpected items -- and a cases of aged beef. I tend to pop in if I'm in the area and don't want to go grocery shopping - I know I can grab some good produce and a steak or s...
by Siun o'Connell
April 8th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Phoenix/Scottsdale Recs
Replies: 21
Views: 904

Re: Phoenix/Scottsdale Recs

The Montelucia is lovely - enjoy! No big suggestions since when I've been out there I tend to be at work events that include meals so not much time to explore. A few little tips: In Scottsdale in the Old Town area, there's a great little very casual pasta and bar spot called Evo - we've had fun meal...
by Siun o'Connell
April 8th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best Steak butcher in Chicago
Replies: 18
Views: 760

Re: Best Steak butcher in Chicago

Eataly's meat counter has some seriously aged beef - I have not tried it but have been pleased with the basics I've ordered. Their service is mixed with at times really knowledgeable folks and at others, meh

How's Gepperth's or Paulina - I'd likely head to either if I was not ordering from Flannery/
by Siun o'Connell
March 31st, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10850
Views: 393651

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

A 2015 Cruse Monkey Jacket at The Kitchen for a fun lunch yesterday ... gave it about 15 minutes to air and it was singing. Never had it before though I love their sparklers and now I'll need to add these next order. Funky at first sip shifts to deliciously light tart with nice minerals and vibrance...
by Siun o'Connell
March 29th, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.
Replies: 49
Views: 2590

Re: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.

First shipping season at this new job ... I am getting a few looks but since I happily share, no problems with arrivals yet. Then I have to schlep home the bottles I won't open quickly here.

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