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by Siun o'Connell
August 12th, 2019, 4:53 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Phoenix/Scottsdale Recs
Replies: 21
Views: 728

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: 65
Views: 2168

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: 65
Views: 2168

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: 65
Views: 2168

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: 1354

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: 1005

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: 68
Views: 3260

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: 476

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: 136
Views: 8190

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: 1072

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: 3234

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: 1072

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: 2308

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: 840

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: 3919

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: 1221

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: 1169

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: 10681
Views: 370587

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: 4704

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: 631
Views: 32897

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: 1273

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: 1046

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: 11520
Views: 535527

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: 2574

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: 5298

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: 2574

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: 10681
Views: 370587

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: 10581

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: 1259

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: 2282

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: 728

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: 728

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: 728

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: 728

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: 10681
Views: 370587

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: 2560

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.
by Siun o'Connell
March 20th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Consistently superb: Flannery
Replies: 58
Views: 2825

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: 4
Views: 360

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: 13
Views: 732

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: 13
Views: 732

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: 17
Views: 639

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: 19
Views: 1169

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: 19
Views: 1169

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: 19
Views: 1169

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: 2081

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: 2081

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
February 12th, 2019, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy: Vosne
Replies: 32
Views: 1906

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: 345

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: 54
Views: 4807

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: 54
Views: 4807

Re: Rhys offer

Thanks David.

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