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by Mark B
January 30th, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Chicagoland Pickup Only: Almost all French (good mix of stuff)
Replies: 4
Views: 641

Re: Chicagoland Pickup Only: Almost all French (good mix of stuff)

Nick F. wrote:
January 29th, 2019, 7:23 pm
Any champagne?

Sadly, I wasn't able to procure any Champers. If I come across any in the future, I'll be sure to shoot a PM your way.
by Mark B
January 23rd, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Update: Chicago - What to DO Question..
Replies: 35
Views: 1618

Re: Update: Chicago - What to DO Question..

Thanks again everyone. Will definitely post up some offline stuff once I confirm dates. Mark, Remind me where to get Montrachet for $60 a btl again? ;) If you're visiting during the day on a Saturday or Sunday, just wanted to throw out my roof deck is great for drinking wine and killer views of the...
by Mark B
January 23rd, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Update: Chicago - What to DO Question..
Replies: 35
Views: 1618

Re: Update: Chicago - What to DO Question..

Hey Mark, It's cool to hear you're looking beyond the obvious for your next trip to Chicago. Seeing as how we're a city of over 70 neighborhoods, I highly recommend exploring some that are easily accessed by public transit or a short Uber from where you're staying. A couple great areas to walk up an...
by Mark B
January 23rd, 2019, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: My Pouilly-Fuissé epiphany
Replies: 40
Views: 1145

Re: TN: My Pouilly-Fuissé epiphany

I'm not talking wines to compete at the bottom of the scale. How much is top end WB? A lot more than $30-40. But does top end WB really have a counterpart? I don't think decent Corton Charlemagne, top-tier producer Puligny 1ers, and the hyphenated Montrachets Grand Crus have non-Burgundy equivalent...
by Mark B
January 23rd, 2019, 4:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: My Pouilly-Fuissé epiphany
Replies: 40
Views: 1145

Re: TN: My Pouilly-Fuissé epiphany

Unlike red Burgundy, white Burgundy has many serious rivals around the world, like South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. I might be talking out my butt here, but, to me, good new world Chardonnay that rivals its white Burg counterparts ain't cheap. I could be off, but I'm guessing $30-$40 is abo...
by Mark B
January 22nd, 2019, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: My Pouilly-Fuissé epiphany
Replies: 40
Views: 1145

Re: TN: My Pouilly-Fuissé epiphany

So many great producers, and such a diversity of styles, to discover in the Mâconnais! Welcome to Chardonnay's secret garden. William, could you please recommend some of your favorite Mâconnais producers, maybe even a top 10? Very much respect your opinion and palate, would appreciate it! Thanks fo...
by Mark B
January 22nd, 2019, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: My Pouilly-Fuissé epiphany
Replies: 40
Views: 1145

Re: TN: My Pouilly-Fuissé epiphany

William Kelley wrote:
January 22nd, 2019, 5:38 pm
So many great producers, and such a diversity of styles, to discover in the Mâconnais! Welcome to Chardonnay's secret garden.
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by Mark B
January 22nd, 2019, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: My Pouilly-Fuissé epiphany
Replies: 40
Views: 1145

Re: TN: My Pouilly-Fuissé epiphany

I've had Chateau de Fuisse bottlings that were far, far better than most 'Village' Meursaults at about the same price. I think that because it was such a ridiculous fashion a few decades ago, it lacks credibility despite some great terroirs being farmed to their potential. Dan Kravitz Nailed it. [t...
by Mark B
January 22nd, 2019, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: My Pouilly-Fuissé epiphany
Replies: 40
Views: 1145

Re: TN: My Pouilly-Fuissé epiphany

Info on this specific bottling:
by Mark B
January 22nd, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: My Pouilly-Fuissé epiphany
Replies: 40
Views: 1145

Re: TN: My Pouilly-Fuissé epiphany

Found some great info on his website:
by Mark B
January 22nd, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: My Pouilly-Fuissé epiphany
Replies: 40
Views: 1145

Re: TN: My Pouilly-Fuissé epiphany

Hank Victor wrote:
January 22nd, 2019, 2:42 pm
Thanks for the note. What was the price of the 2015 Eric Forrest PF?

I've always enjoyed Jadot PF for what it is and the price.
$30 full retail. I was able to scoop over a case for $16 each on clearance.

grouphug
by Mark B
January 22nd, 2019, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: My Pouilly-Fuissé epiphany
Replies: 40
Views: 1145

Re: TN: My Pouilly-Fuissé epiphany

Corey N. wrote:
January 22nd, 2019, 2:42 pm
Thanks for the note -- I ended up grabbing a bottle (last one) from Binny's.
Oh man, get at that. It’s mind-blowingly good for its modest status.

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by Mark B
January 22nd, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: My Pouilly-Fuissé epiphany
Replies: 40
Views: 1145

TN: My Pouilly-Fuissé epiphany

If you were anything like me, you’d never had a white Burgundy from south of the Côte de Beaune that really rocked your world. To me, these were always unassuming Chardonnays: component yet lacking any real depth or dinstinction. I’d always heard Pouilly-Fuissé was the top of the food chain down sou...
by Mark B
January 18th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: ASAP Chicago White Burgundy Bonanza Offline
Replies: 5
Views: 392

Re: ASAP Chicago White Burgundy Bonanza Offline

Just added four more bottles to the lineup: 2012 Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet La Garenne 1er Cru $59.97 (2 btls) 2013 Jean-Marie Bouzereau Meursault Les Narvaux $34.97 (3 btls) 2015 Michel Niellon Bourgogne Blanc $21.97 (3 btls) 2013 Guy Amiot Chassagne-Montrachet Les Vergers 1er Cru $44.97 (1+...
by Mark B
January 18th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: ASAP Chicago White Burgundy Bonanza Offline
Replies: 5
Views: 392

Re: ASAP Chicago White Burgundy Bonanza Offline

Mark Y wrote:
January 18th, 2019, 8:54 am
Would attending this event at your apartment secure a guaranteed viewing of the infamous toilet?!

if so i think you can sell tickets to this event..
;)
Man, I miss ol' Thunderbucket. [cry.gif]
The new place has two fancy Kohler toilets. flirtysmile
by Mark B
January 18th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Chicagoland Pickup Only: Almost all French (good mix of stuff)
Replies: 4
Views: 641

Chicagoland Pickup Only: Almost all French (good mix of stuff)

Clearing space in the storage locker. I'm looking to sell a few cases worth of French wines. Buy as much or as little as you'd like. Selling everything at wholesale cost. Everything purchased at retail with receipts and pictures. LIQUIDATION PRICING ON EVERYTHING. PM me for a list. Cash and carry on...
by Mark B
January 18th, 2019, 6:49 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: ASAP Chicago White Burgundy Bonanza Offline
Replies: 5
Views: 392

ASAP Chicago White Burgundy Bonanza Offline

So.... Yesterday I got a touch carried away with the end-of-bin clearance sales that have hit Binny's in full force. In total, I was able to purchase over 4 cases of white Burgundy at liquidation pricing. With my storage locker currently stuffed to the gills, I now have more wine than I'd like to de...
by Mark B
December 29th, 2018, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Why I would French kiss Kermit Lynch
Replies: 15
Views: 1475

Re: TN: Why I would French kiss Kermit Lynch

Jim Stewart wrote:
December 29th, 2018, 8:42 am
PnPnP !?
Pop ‘n pour? Pretty much. We drank this over 2ish hours. Only took about 5 minutes and some glass swirling to fully open up.
by Mark B
December 29th, 2018, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Why I would French kiss Kermit Lynch
Replies: 15
Views: 1475

TN: Why I would French kiss Kermit Lynch

Ok, maaaayyybbeee not with tongue, but that man definitely deserves some love for constantly knocking it out of the park with his Burgundy imports. He’s turned me on to so many over-performing bottles at various price points. Last night, I stumbled upon an absolute knock-out that easily drank at 2-3...
by Mark B
December 27th, 2018, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 64
Views: 4460

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

As this was an enriching and at times frustrating experience, I decided to compile a brief and approximate list of my material costs to build this cellar in hopes that it gives others better insights on what is to be expected if undertaking a similar project. While building in such a small space pr...
by Mark B
December 27th, 2018, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 64
Views: 4460

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

YLee wrote:
December 27th, 2018, 10:49 am
Do you have a finished pic?
Soon! I’ll be sure to post more when it’s done in about a month.
by Mark B
December 27th, 2018, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 64
Views: 4460

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

c fu wrote:
December 27th, 2018, 11:06 am
let's get us some finished closet cellar pics mark! thanks for all the detail!
Will do! As soon as the pros finish the door, I’ll be sure to include pictures of it both as empty and stocked to max capacity.

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by Mark B
December 27th, 2018, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 64
Views: 4460

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

As this was an enriching and at times frustrating experience, I decided to compile a brief and approximate list of my material costs to build this cellar in hopes that it gives others better insights on what is to be expected if undertaking a similar project. While building in such a small space pro...
by Mark B
December 27th, 2018, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 64
Views: 4460

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

since the final product is going to use what looks to be a wine fridge door.. i'm just wondering if the cash spent, plus equivalent dollars in your time invested.. could you just have bought a 180 bottle VinoTemp or Similar and stuffed it in that closet? Yes the door opening would be smaller than t...
by Mark B
December 27th, 2018, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 64
Views: 4460

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Stock photos of our soon-to-be-made door in stainless and black finishes:
by Mark B
December 27th, 2018, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 64
Views: 4460

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Another factor that contributed to the lengthy delay was my prolonged inability to find a maker of custom glass doors that are well insulated, and provide a truly air-tight seal. Luckily, a gentleman working at Hines lumber was able to refer me to a suburban Detroit company called SRC refrigeration ...
by Mark B
December 27th, 2018, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 64
Views: 4460

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Photos of the dried layers of Red Guard vapor barrier and self-leveling concrete floor:
by Mark B
December 27th, 2018, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 64
Views: 4460

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

So...after much procrastination, I’m finally nearing the end of our cellar project. After racking my brain over how to do the floor, I decided that tile was a poor option due to too small a height differential between the plywood subfloor and the finished hardwood in the hallway. This would’ve cause...
by Mark B
December 27th, 2018, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy is dead at retail
Replies: 88
Views: 4941

Re: Burgundy is dead at retail

Alan, the selection of Burgundy at most Chicagoland Binny’s is anemic at best. For breadth of selection, their flagship store in Lincoln Park is your best bet. Pricing is usually pretty meh, but they have been known to fire sell back vintages en masse around January and June to make way for newly re...
by Mark B
July 18th, 2018, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: We need more volume-marked wine glasses in US restaurants!
Replies: 4
Views: 396

We need more volume-marked wine glasses in US restaurants!

While dining at a quaint restaurant in Salzburg this evening, I was struck by their ingenious wine glasses that were marked with both 1/8 liter and 1/4 liter lines. Granted, while Americans rarely view volume in liters, I still found this incredibly helpful as all by-the-glass selections were liste...
by Mark B
July 18th, 2018, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: We need more volume-marked wine glasses in US restaurants!
Replies: 4
Views: 396

We need more volume-marked wine glasses in US restaurants!

While dining at a quaint restaurant in Salzburg this evening, I was struck by their ingenious wine glasses that were marked with both 1/8 liter and 1/4 liter lines. Granted, while Americans rarely view volume in liters, I still found this incredibly helpful as all by-the-glass selections were listed...
by Mark B
June 25th, 2018, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chicagoland cellar: shopping for a skinny glass door
Replies: 10
Views: 622

Chicagoland cellar: shopping for a skinny glass door

As the studs on my closet cellar measure only 70 5/8 x 23 7/8, I’m finding it incredibly difficult to track down a supplier who carries a weather-grade door in this smaller size. Looking for an insulated glass center with either a wood or aluminum border. Any insights would be greatly appreciated. T...
by Mark B
June 25th, 2018, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1970 Chateau Cantemerle (375)
Replies: 14
Views: 495

TN: 1970 Chateau Cantemerle (375)

My mind just flashed back to some ‘70 Brane-Cantenac I had a fews years ago. Doesn’t get much sweeter than fully-mature Bdx from a classed growth.
by Mark B
June 25th, 2018, 6:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: ’13 M. Niellon Les Chaumées Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru
Replies: 8
Views: 362

TN: ’13 M. Niellon Les Chaumées Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru

Howard Cooper wrote:
Mark B wrote: 2013 had me concerned over quality.
Why?
Not saying this is the be-all-end-all, but a quick check of JR’s website is saying 2013 was quite erratic with careful grape selection holding paramount to a producer’s success.
by Mark B
June 25th, 2018, 6:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: ’13 M. Niellon Les Chaumées Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru
Replies: 8
Views: 362

TN: ’13 M. Niellon Les Chaumées Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru

William Kelley wrote:Notice much botrytis influence? The 2013 Chevalier is very marked by botrytis, but I haven't tried the '13 Les Chaumées.
Didn’t really notice any botrytis. Wine is full but perfectly balanced. The acidity ensures the wine is neither cloying nor goopy.
by Mark B
June 24th, 2018, 9:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: ’13 M. Niellon Les Chaumées Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru
Replies: 8
Views: 362

TN: ’13 M. Niellon Les Chaumées Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru

I had to pick this up on a Binny’s closeout for $50. 2013 had me concerned over quality. Thankfully, this bottle more than delivered. The power, distinction, and concentration could go toe-to-toe with many a decent bottle of Corton Charlemagne. Elegantly refined, aromas of white flowers and oily sto...
by Mark B
June 23rd, 2018, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 64
Views: 4460

DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Sadly, I had to cut two columns off my racking yesterday to ensure an easy fit through the doorframe. That said, I’m quite pleased with the asthetics. Plus, I have the piece of mind that comes with being able to easily remove the racking if need be.
by Mark B
June 21st, 2018, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chicago Wine Storage at the LockUp (Strongbox on Irving), asbestos!
Replies: 66
Views: 2643

Chicago Wine Storage at the LockUp (Strongbox on Irving), asbestos!

I have around 100 bottles in their basement. Just seeing this thread for the first time. Made my night.
:x
by Mark B
June 19th, 2018, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine tasting descriptors that make you RUN
Replies: 148
Views: 4035

Wine tasting descriptors that make you RUN

Jay Miller wrote:
Marc Breitenmoser wrote:---- freshness ---- ughhhh!
Bring me the freshest wine you have!
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by Mark B
June 18th, 2018, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 64
Views: 4460

DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Also, I decided to pick up a lot of 6 various wine case panels for my flooring on good ol' eBay. Any insights on how to best install these would be greatly appreciated.
by Mark B
June 18th, 2018, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you or someone you know run a cellar fan for label preservation and/or other reasons?
Replies: 4
Views: 346

Do you or someone you know run a cellar fan for label preservation and/or other reasons?

Wanted to pick some brains on this one. I remember talking to a gentlemen a few years back who claimed running a fan to greatly increase air circulation in his cellar was a suitable alternative to shrink wrapping labels for long-term preservation. Any info that can confirm or debunk this claim would...
by Mark B
June 18th, 2018, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 64
Views: 4460

DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Very pleased with the look of the exhaust cover I installed today. Struck out at Home Depot. Luckily, Menard’s had the exact shape and size I was looking for.
:)
by Mark B
June 17th, 2018, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 64
Views: 4460

DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Wow. That's really turning out very nice. I may have to try that myself. Thanks. Thanks, Matt. I've been pretty happy with the results thus far, though I must caution that the limited space has made most of the construction a royal PITA due to the fact that I had to install the cooling unit support...
by Mark B
June 16th, 2018, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 64
Views: 4460

DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Got a bit of work done today. Fit the Durock, cut my tiles, and put a plate over the electrical outlet. I bought my racking preassembled off craigslist for $300. Unfortunately, I will have to cut a column or two out of the rack for it to fit through the door frame. Total bottle capacity will be eith...
by Mark B
June 15th, 2018, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 64
Views: 4460

DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

After many months of being swamped with worked, I’ve finally gotten back on track. Nearing the finish line, all that’s left is tiling the floor, putting a plate over the electrical outlet, putting in the racking, putting a vent cover over the exhaust for asthetics, and installing the glass door. I’l...
by Mark B
June 13th, 2018, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 'The idea that storing a wine on its side to stop the cork drying out is bullsh•t.'
Replies: 68
Views: 3109

'The idea that storing a wine on its side to stop the cork drying out is bullsh•t.'

FWIW, I have always been amazed at the conditions of the corks at Bern’s. 9 times out of 10, the corks are so well-preserved on old bottles that they can simply remove them carefully with a regular hinged corkscrew. Wines, to the best of my knowledge, are all stored on their sides at around 50 degre...
by Mark B
June 13th, 2018, 6:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Don't Stop Me Now... OR The Young and Spend-y Thread
Replies: 197
Views: 7843

Don't Stop Me Now... OR The Young and Spend-y Thread

29. No kids. Finishing my closet cellar conversion over the next few weeks. champagne.gif

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