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by Siun o'Connell
July 3rd, 2020, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okanagan (Western Canadian) Superlative Wines
Replies: 29
Views: 753

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: 1584
Views: 84384

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: 788
Views: 42397

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: 788
Views: 42397

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: 788
Views: 42397

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: 19132

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: 19132

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: 1383

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: 842

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: 14469

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: 14469

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: 990

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: 678

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: 678

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: 678

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: 4178

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: 1011

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: 282

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: 3066

Re: Wine And A-Fib?

Good luck Todd! Lots of friends have had ablations and been pleased with results.
by Siun o'Connell
May 21st, 2020, 9:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside
Replies: 194
Views: 8363

Re: Berserkers Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside

Tempting ... have a neighborhood call that might finish in time to join you.
by Siun o'Connell
May 16th, 2020, 6:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Your Favorite Gluten Free Products
Replies: 18
Views: 1021

Re: Your Favorite Gluten Free Products

Long Table makes amazingly tasty pancake mix ( and yummy syrups too!) http://longtablepancakes.com/ Thanks for the recommendation. I tried them this morning, but did not become a fan. Found them to be a bit dry and flat. The blueberry pancakes worked better, adding that pop of juice. Ah.... sounds ...
by Siun o'Connell
May 14th, 2020, 1:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What Restaurants Will Look Like In The Future
Replies: 4
Views: 640

Re: What Restaurants Will Look Like In The Future

My son in law and daughter, both accomplished Chicago area chefs, are discussing private meals for select customers going forward. Seems like a very good model.
by Siun o'Connell
May 11th, 2020, 4:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 788
Views: 42397

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

The Kitchen is doing varied menus to go but also having a “marketplace” which includes frozen quarts of their wonderful Bolognese and their amazing tomato soup. Planning my order!
by Siun o'Connell
May 9th, 2020, 9:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Atypical Email From Flannery
Replies: 4
Views: 892

Re: Atypical Email From Flannery

Got an email from Flannery this afternoon promoting the Hanger steak sale - nothing unusual about it. What made yours odd?

Checked 4:25 pm central
by Siun o'Connell
May 7th, 2020, 4:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Your Favorite Gluten Free Products
Replies: 18
Views: 1021

Re: Your Favorite Gluten Free Products

Long Table makes amazingly tasty pancake mix ( and yummy syrups too!)


http://longtablepancakes.com/
by Siun o'Connell
May 6th, 2020, 8:17 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Flour - Go big or go home
Replies: 62
Views: 2241

Re: Flour - Go big or go home

Ahhh but we should listen to your guidance on the safety of our flour sources. Got it.
by Siun o'Connell
May 4th, 2020, 9:19 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 266
Views: 13143

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Oh no Nola - all the stress and none of the fun bits!
by Siun o'Connell
April 30th, 2020, 7:55 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Fine Disregard Wine Co. Spring Release - $15 Shipping
Replies: 2
Views: 389

Re: Fine Disregard Wine Co. Spring Release - $15 Shipping

Fine Disregard Semillon is one of my top ten wines - just a lovely lovely treat to drink. When I bought my first bottles, the vineyard and the variety were completely new to me and I picked it up as an experiment but wow - truly a pleasure to drink.
by Siun o'Connell
April 28th, 2020, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 548
Views: 44876

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

I've been very glad I picked up a case of half bottles of 2016 Virage Rose of Cab Franc. Lovely little treats to enjoy during chats with friends online ... dry, crisp drinking best with a bit of air and not too cold. Fills out over the evening. And perfect to have half bottles for solo evenings in q...
by Siun o'Connell
April 28th, 2020, 2:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The "Flannery" for Chicken? Or Pork? Or Lamb?
Replies: 79
Views: 4377

Re: The "Flannery" for Chicken? Or Pork? Or Lamb?

Jason Crawford wrote:
April 10th, 2020, 4:28 pm
I used to get cold smoked frenched pork racks from Dean and Deluca. They were amazing. If I recall they were Niman Ranch. Anyone know of any sources?
Plum Market in Chicago and Ann Arbor carry Niman as their normal beef offering. Not sure if they ship.
by Siun o'Connell
April 27th, 2020, 12:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1584
Views: 84384

Re: What did you cook tonight?

No photos but made a big batch of Oven Barbecue Chicken Wings from a cooking page torn from NYT in ... I think ... 1980 (on the reverse side is a listing of various wines from 1980) by the wonderful Craig Claiborne and Pierre Franey. They plus James Beard definitely shaped my cooking skills and love...
by Siun o'Connell
April 23rd, 2020, 8:59 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Vegan Wines?
Replies: 10
Views: 380

Re: Vegan Wines?

Thanks for asking Chris and for answering Adam ... I’ve been puzzling on this since last night. (Quarantines allow for long philosophical meditations)
by Siun o'Connell
April 21st, 2020, 8:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: my Jewish grandma’s stuffed cabbage
Replies: 16
Views: 1169

Re: my Jewish grandma’s stuffed cabbage

Hmmm ... I’m always trying to fine the version I grew up with where the tomato sauce was not sweet. I’ll have to try this and see. Thanks!
by Siun o'Connell
April 19th, 2020, 3:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 424
Views: 27475

Re: Another Flannery PSA

What's everyone's experience with the mismatched cuts? Are they so different that they are hard to cook evenly at the same time? Is there a big difference between the Midwestern and CA cuts? I’ve ordered mismatched a bunch and find them great ... the variation has not been that big and the flavor i...
by Siun o'Connell
April 11th, 2020, 3:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 788
Views: 42397

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Kitchen is doing nice “family” menus ... plus wine options.
by Siun o'Connell
April 10th, 2020, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desire Lines Wines reviewed by AG (Vinous)
Replies: 15
Views: 1243

Re: Desire Lines Wines reviewed by AG (Vinous)

Hooray! These are such favorites of mine ... nice to see them recognized!
by Siun o'Connell
April 1st, 2020, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cruse Tradition release
Replies: 2
Views: 243

Re: Cruse Tradition release

Oh ... if I had not been laid off, this would be getting an order (as would several other favorite winemakers!) Cruse sparklers always make me so happy!
by Siun o'Connell
March 31st, 2020, 7:52 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: anyone with experience using apple pay?
Replies: 5
Views: 366

Re: anyone with experience using apple pay?

The seller should give you their Venmo name - it's all very easy.

There's also Zelle which is through your bank but the same idea and just requires a phone number I think.
by Siun o'Connell
March 30th, 2020, 8:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Gourmet houses still shipping
Replies: 28
Views: 2081

Re: Gourmet houses still shipping

Just discovered a very cool listing of small Chicago businesses that will ship and it included a favorite of mine, Long Table Pancakes. They make three delicious pancake mixes and carry really good maple syrup (try the ginger root infused one!) One of the mixes is even gluten free and yet tastes gre...
by Siun o'Connell
March 24th, 2020, 4:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The joy of seeing your kids becoming interested in cooking...
Replies: 7
Views: 816

Re: The joy of seeing your kids becoming interested in cooking...

Thanks for taking it relatively easy on me with the writing lesson, Sarah! Siun, I never thought of actually having them serve the food they prepared, but I can totally see them really loving the "oohs" and "aahs" as they bring it to the table. Great suggestion, even if you didn't mean the literal ...
by Siun o'Connell
March 24th, 2020, 10:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The joy of seeing your kids becoming interested in cooking...
Replies: 7
Views: 816

Re: The joy of seeing your kids becoming interested in cooking...

It's just chance I think Sarah ... and later, you might be surprised. My brother was totally uninterested as well (and would not eat any veg, etc) yet is now a very competent cook and very engaged in food. He suddenly became interested when he first had his own place. My daughter and son-in-law are ...
by Siun o'Connell
March 23rd, 2020, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VIRUS-SMELL LOSS?
Replies: 34
Views: 2431

Re: VIRUS-SMELL LOSS?

Sarah Duke wrote:
March 22nd, 2020, 8:37 pm
I've had smell loss because of allergy 2 years ago. Salt and water mix helped a lot, sprayed it into my nose 3 times a day and after a week I was fine. Pretty sure it's temporary with corona too.
Welcome to the board Sarah!
by Siun o'Connell
March 21st, 2020, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spring wine shipments during shelter in place a.k.a lockdown
Replies: 23
Views: 1565

Re: Spring wine shipments during shelter in place a.k.a lockdown

Thanks to Emily Richer for helping to get my Rose to me when our office building shut down unexpectedly. FedEx was less than helpful.
by Siun o'Connell
March 19th, 2020, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Video Offline, tonight, 7pm PDT - JOIN US!
Replies: 54
Views: 1415

Re: Video Offline, tonight, 7pm PDT - JOIN US!

Alan Rath wrote:
March 19th, 2020, 12:26 pm
Zoom virgin here, do I need to download an app?
I missed these but love the idea and will join when I get a break ...

Alan, you need an app to "zoom" on your phone but on your computer, just click the link in the invitation.

I do zoom meetings all day - easy to use.
by Siun o'Connell
March 16th, 2020, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Quarantine Relief forum posted
Replies: 15
Views: 1630

Re: Berserker Quarantine Relief forum posted

Super cool idea - thanks Todd!
by Siun o'Connell
March 14th, 2020, 11:39 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 266
Views: 13143

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Following Slavitt and Juliette Kayyem ground me in fact ... even when I'd rather not hear them.
by Siun o'Connell
March 14th, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Interactive Tastings
Replies: 17
Views: 905

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Interactive Tastings

This is such a great idea! Thank you!
by Siun o'Connell
March 10th, 2020, 7:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sabelli-Frisch Wines
Replies: 39
Views: 2999

Re: Sabelli-Frisch Wines

Arrived today ... lovely bottles ... it will be wonderful to explore them! And lovely note with the shipment btw

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