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by Mark B
April 20th, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Bevy of Bedrocks in Milwaukee (Unicorn Sightings)
Replies: 33
Views: 1075

Re: A Bevy of Bedrocks in Milwaukee (Unicorn Sightings)

5 bottles for two people?! You guys deserve Wineberserker medals of honor. Us mere mortals:

“We’re not worthy!”
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by Mark B
April 18th, 2019, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [ Yellow Tail ]: Tastes Like Happy "Me Time"
Replies: 4
Views: 457

Re: [ Yellow Tail ]: Tastes Like Happy "Me Time"

[cheers.gif] Nah, I was just coming to see if your toilet was faring any better since I figured you’d be pouring Yellow Tail down it. [cheers.gif] Why would I pour something so delicious down my toilet? It’s my go-to drink when I’m not pounding a six pack. Also pairs perfectly with grilled hamburge...
by Mark B
April 18th, 2019, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [ Yellow Tail ]: Tastes Like Happy "Me Time"
Replies: 4
Views: 457

Re: [ Yellow Tail ]: Tastes Like Happy "Me Time"

Henry Kiichli wrote:
April 18th, 2019, 4:46 am
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by Mark B
April 17th, 2019, 10:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [ Yellow Tail ]: Tastes Like Happy "Me Time"
Replies: 4
Views: 457

[ Yellow Tail ]: Tastes Like Happy "Me Time"

You're just as guilty for clicking this as I am for posting it. [crazy1.gif]

by Mark B
April 15th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Favorite (non-psychedelic) mushrooms to eat?
Replies: 32
Views: 661

Re: Favorite (non-psychedelic) mushrooms to eat?

How do you guys like to prepare them? I usually find myself sautéing them in butter with a pinch of salt and then topping them with a red wine and “steak juice” reduction served alongside said pan fried steak.
by Mark B
April 14th, 2019, 5:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Favorite (non-psychedelic) mushrooms to eat?
Replies: 32
Views: 661

Re: Favorite (non-psychedelic) mushrooms to eat?

For anyone who has the time, this is a fascinating deep dive into all things fungi:

by Mark B
April 14th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Favorite (non-psychedelic) mushrooms to eat?
Replies: 32
Views: 661

Favorite (non-psychedelic) mushrooms to eat?

Starting to get more into mushrooms for their taste and health benefits. Not balling in the truffle zone anytime soon, but definitely have Cremini as a go-to and starting to branch out into Shiitake. Any others you enjoy? Expecting Portabello and Oyster to come up but almost never find myself eating...
by Mark B
April 14th, 2019, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)
Replies: 36
Views: 1554

Re: TN: 2015 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
April 14th, 2019, 1:41 pm
Mark B wrote:
April 14th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Hate to highjack the thread but has anyone had any Domaine Maume Bourgogne rouge lately? I love that producer but haven’t tasted their entry level in a few years. Always seemed reasonably priced to me.
The 2014 was delicious, and elegant. I drank all my bottles much too quickly.
Same!
by Mark B
April 14th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)
Replies: 36
Views: 1554

Re: TN: 2015 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)

Hate to highjack the thread but has anyone had any Domaine Maume Bourgogne rouge lately? I love that producer but haven’t tasted their entry level in a few years. Always seemed reasonably priced to me.
by Mark B
April 12th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A dinner with the 5 whites of Curnonsky and a prephylloxeric DRC Richebourg
Replies: 14
Views: 960

Re: A dinner with the 5 whites of Curnonsky and a prephylloxeric DRC Richebourg

François Audouze wrote:
April 12th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Concerning Coulée de Serrant, I prefer generally the older ones which were made by the mother of Nicolas Joly.
This wine takes advantage of age.
Good to know! I’ll cellar for at least a few more years. Maybe holding onto one for much longer. Thanks!
by Mark B
April 12th, 2019, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)
Replies: 36
Views: 1554

Re: TN: 2015 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)

Not that red Burgundy is really my forte but I think this is the best one I've had right after Coche-Dury's. I picked this bottle at Caves Madeleine in Beaune and I think I made a huge mistake not buying more. A learning experience, if anything. 2015 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Bourgogne - France, Burgun...
by Mark B
April 12th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?
Replies: 71
Views: 2249

Re: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?

I just haven't found the higher price of vintage champagne to be justified. I get enough enjoyment out of aged domestic sparklers like Domaine Carneros, Roederer L'Ermitage and even NV Rodederer Estate. Yeah, I'm the one vote (currently) in the $25-$39 bracket. Cheers! You're not alone. I'm also ri...
by Mark B
April 12th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A dinner with the 5 whites of Curnonsky and a prephylloxeric DRC Richebourg
Replies: 14
Views: 960

Re: A dinner with the 5 whites of Curnonsky and a prephylloxeric DRC Richebourg

I have 3 bottles of 2013 Nicolas Joly Coulee de Serrant. Any recommendations on when to drink them? I have only had the 3 vintages in my closet: 2002, 2004, and 2005, the first seemed better in 2018 than 2015, but certainly ready, the 2004s were very enjoyable and drunk young (at about 6 years), bu...
by Mark B
April 12th, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?
Replies: 71
Views: 2249

Re: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?

AndrewH wrote:
April 12th, 2019, 10:54 am
Mean or median cost?
Mean. Total cost of all Champagnes, divided by total bottles. The "true" average cost.
by Mark B
April 12th, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?
Replies: 71
Views: 2249

What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?

Sadly, Champagne makes up the smallest part of my cellar. Currently, I'm only sitting on four bottles. I used to have 3-4ish times that amount back when I was scoring cheap bottles on Winebid before they cut off their free local pickup. These days, I'm really only picking up bottles when I'm lucky e...
by Mark B
April 12th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A dinner with the 5 whites of Curnonsky and a prephylloxeric DRC Richebourg
Replies: 14
Views: 960

Re: A dinner with the 5 whites of Curnonsky and a prephylloxeric DRC Richebourg

I have 3 bottles of 2013 Nicolas Joly Coulee de Serrant. Any recommendations on when to drink them?
by Mark B
April 10th, 2019, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Questions for Bern's steakhouse
Replies: 35
Views: 2560

Re: Questions for Bern's steakhouse

First went to Bern’s in 2014. 2000 La Tâche was $800 on the list at the time. Was way out of my price range but stood out as a stupid good deal for those who played in those leagues. Needless to say, the pricing has long since flown the coop.
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by Mark B
April 9th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berlin and Austria Visit - Wine/Beer Help Please
Replies: 16
Views: 373

Re: Berlin and Austria Visit - Wine/Beer Help Please

We visited Vienna a few years back . . . For wine tasting: Vinothek W-Einkehr ; anything from an introduction to a focused tasting. Tell Roland your interests and approx price range and he will take the lead from there. Cheese and charcuterie to accompany. For Beer and some food: We enjoyed the bee...
by Mark B
April 9th, 2019, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berlin and Austria Visit - Wine/Beer Help Please
Replies: 16
Views: 373

Re: Berlin and Austria Visit - Wine/Beer Help Please

You're gonna have a blast. Definitely get your hands on some local Grüner Veltliner in Vienna. Not a terribly complex white, but always dry, refreshing, and well-made. Salzburg is a beautiful and charming little city. Highly recommend this tourist district branch of Wein & Co (Austrian wine store ch...
by Mark B
April 3rd, 2019, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On-Site vs Off-Site Storage Strategy
Replies: 48
Views: 1639

Re: On-Site vs Off-Site Storage Strategy

I’ve just recently gotten seriously into wine and have also started to slowly collect some bottles that I want to age for various amounts of time. I’m currently particularly interested in Bordeaux-style blends and Champagnes that I’d like to cellar for 10+ years. I plan on amassing a fairly large c...
by Mark B
April 1st, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Pinot noir you wouldn’t serve to your worst enemy
Replies: 22
Views: 2172

Re: Good TN...

Shout out to Tom Hill for inspiring this brief yet passionate note. Certain wines are memorable for all the wrong reasons. Who in the world greenlighted this abomination? Wrong soil, wrong winemaking, wrong everything. The only sensical thing I get from this 2016 “Vampire” Pinot noir is the light b...
by Mark B
April 1st, 2019, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Pinot noir you wouldn’t serve to your worst enemy
Replies: 22
Views: 2172

Re: TN: Pinot noir you wouldn’t serve to your worst enemy

Kris Patten wrote:
March 31st, 2019, 8:52 pm
Note doesn't count without historical thunder bucket dump photo....

Just sayin.

Wish I could've dumped it down Thunder Bucket. The new toilet outclassed the wine.
by Mark B
March 31st, 2019, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Les Narvaux Meursault's best non-1er Cru Vineyard?
Replies: 19
Views: 985

Re: Is Les Narvaux Meursault's best non-1er Cru Vineyard?

You guys are a treasure trove of helpful insights. Most of this is over my head, but I’ll be sure to refer back to this thread for years to come as I continue to explore and drink through these wines when I can afford to do so.
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by Mark B
March 31st, 2019, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Pinot noir you wouldn’t serve to your worst enemy
Replies: 22
Views: 2172

TN: Pinot noir you wouldn’t serve to your worst enemy

Shout out to Tom Hill for inspiring this brief yet passionate note. Certain wines are memorable for all the wrong reasons. Who in the world greenlighted this abomination? Wrong soil, wrong winemaking, wrong everything. The only sensical thing I get from this 2016 “Vampire” Pinot noir is the light bo...
by Mark B
March 29th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Les Narvaux Meursault's best non-1er Cru Vineyard?
Replies: 19
Views: 985

Is Les Narvaux Meursault's best non-1er Cru Vineyard?

If my final and only bottle of non-poxed (1 for 3) [soap.gif] 2013 Jean-Marie Bouzereau Les Narvaux is any indication of how great this vineyard is, then the answer is a resounding "yes." Time has certainly served this wine well. Acidity and minerals are supercharged yet held in check with an unctuo...
by Mark B
March 29th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 7596

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Hi Mark, Congratulations on building your wine closet! It looks better than a stand alone unit tucked in there. I’m sure readers appreciate seeing your progress and learning about costs and process. Using closed cell spray foam for the entire closet was smart. It’s the best way to ensure an air tig...
by Mark B
March 20th, 2019, 6:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $3000 bottle
Replies: 56
Views: 4319

Re: $3000 bottle

Dude looks like a less cool version of Yul Brynner.
by Mark B
March 19th, 2019, 5:43 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Chicago Wholesale Clearance Wines 5+ Cases: $6 to $40 per = $10 to $70 per!!!
Replies: 0
Views: 324

Chicago Wholesale Clearance Wines 5+ Cases: $6 to $40 per = $10 to $70 per!!!

As a borderline compulsion, I drove to over 10 different Binny's locations multiple times over the last few months to source these wines on clearance. Clearance sales are never advertised so these are cherry-picked savings. Everything is rock bottom pricing that carries zero retail markups. As such,...
by Mark B
March 18th, 2019, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 7596

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Hey guys, sorry for the delayed response. Thanks to everyone for their kind words and insights. The cellar's been up and running at max capacity for about 3 weeks now. I bought two cheap digital thermometers from Home Depot the day after I first fired up the cooling unit. I love them as they both me...
by Mark B
March 4th, 2019, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 7596

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Just placed a half glass of water on the floor in an attempt to raise the humidity reading. Pre water was reading a paltry 35%. I'll post updates as they occur. It almost feels like I'm back in a high school science class. [snort.gif] use a bucket of water with a large towel half in and half out of...
by Mark B
March 2nd, 2019, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 7596

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Straight from Cellar Pro's owner's manual: T h e m o r e y o u k now pepsi "CellarPro cooling units are designed to maintain optimal conditions for wine storage and aging. These conditions include steady, cool temperatures, high humidity, minimal vibration and light, and clean air. The settings on y...
by Mark B
March 2nd, 2019, 6:45 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: ASAP Chicago White Burgundy Bonanza Offline
Replies: 6
Views: 618

Re: ASAP Chicago White Burgundy Bonanza Offline

I will be in Chicago from 2 to 5 May, and Boston until 9 May, coming over from Europe. If you organize something in that period, happy to join - I am accompanying my wife in Chicago who is participating in an alumni event at the UoC down south, and I am not planning on participating in every single...
by Mark B
March 2nd, 2019, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 7596

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Just placed a half glass of water on the floor in an attempt to raise the humidity reading. Pre water was reading a paltry 35%. I'll post updates as they occur. It almost feels like I'm back in a high school science class.

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by Mark B
March 2nd, 2019, 6:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 7596

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Tom Reddick wrote:
March 1st, 2019, 8:55 pm
In my appraisal work, I have seen countless wine cellars built inside homes using a spare closet or other small space. This is about as nice an outcome as I have ever seen. Great job.
Thanks, Tom!
by Mark B
March 2nd, 2019, 6:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 7596

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Bob Martin wrote:
March 1st, 2019, 1:56 pm
I think that looks way better than a freestanding unit. As long as you didn’t mortgage the farm to pay for it you will never regret it

Bob
Thanks, Bob!
by Mark B
March 2nd, 2019, 6:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 7596

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

I would give it a few days to settle in before getting too concerned. It may have gotten to 55 quickly, but that is just the air temp. The bottles are going to warm the air until they and their contents get down to your set temperature. The cooling unit is designed to cool slowly to avoid sucking t...
by Mark B
March 1st, 2019, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 7596

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Looks good! I had a similar cellar built, but in a large walk in closet. I sketched it out, was really detailed on researching and adding up how much I thought it would cost to build, then had our contractor build it out. It turned out to be well over 2x what I was expecting, but it looks great and...
by Mark B
March 1st, 2019, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 7596

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Might it be advantageous to put some cans of sparkling water on the floor underneath the rack? My understanding is that this lessens the amount of airspace, adds more liquid heat sink, and might have additional benefits for it being aluminum and covering some flooring that has a poor R value?
by Mark B
March 1st, 2019, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 7596

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Also, this may sound crazy, but is there any chance adding some aluminum to the cellar will help to create a bit of a heat sink for the air temperature?
by Mark B
March 1st, 2019, 6:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 7596

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

CJ Beazley wrote:
March 1st, 2019, 5:52 am
I forgot to ask how many bottles does it hold? Is there ‘bulk stortage’ above the racking?
170 bottles in total (5x2x17). Unfortunately, it's lacking bulk storage room as anything on top of the rack would block the cooler's fan and not clear the top of the door frame.
by Mark B
March 1st, 2019, 5:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 7596

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

ykwon wrote:
February 27th, 2019, 7:18 pm
Man that looks legit. Great job.
Thanks!
by Mark B
March 1st, 2019, 5:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 7596

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Here is the bottle probe: http://www.cellarprocoolingsystems.com/bottle-probe?sc=109&category=639370 I use one in my cellar and it keeps the temp very constant without a lot of cycling on and off. Guys, thanks for the recs on the bottle probe. I may have to go that route as it is still cycling too ...
by Mark B
February 27th, 2019, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 7596

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

CJ Beazley wrote:
February 27th, 2019, 4:34 pm
Mark B wrote:
February 27th, 2019, 2:27 pm
mattcitrang wrote:
February 27th, 2019, 2:23 pm
Excellent. Great job! That looks fantastic.
Thanks!

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You’re ALREADY done?!? Kidding, I kid. I think it looks great, good job and satisfying to know you did it yourself.
Thanks, CJ! What are you talking about?! It only took two years...

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by Mark B
February 27th, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 7596

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

ky1em!ttskus wrote:
February 27th, 2019, 3:24 pm
Damn, dude; that looks slick! And, you're pumped about it, which is all that matters. [cheers.gif]
Thanks, man! I know it sounds cliché, but it’s uniquely statisfying to look at something nice and say “hey, I built that!”
by Mark B
February 27th, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 7596

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

julianseersmartin wrote:
February 27th, 2019, 2:51 pm
Looks great.

Out of interest, what did you determine as the cooler "cycling too frequently"? Just curious, wondering whether my unit goes a bit too much.
Don’t have much to base it off. Seems to kick on every 20-30 minutes. Runs for about a minute and shuts off.
by Mark B
February 27th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 7596

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Jeffrey Neal wrote:
February 27th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Looks great 😀

Are you using a bottle sensor for temp control? That generally reduces cycling.
Thanks! Not familiar with the workings of a bottle sensor. I think it’s currently just sensing air temp and cycling every time it hits 60.
by Mark B
February 27th, 2019, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 7596

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

c fu wrote:
February 27th, 2019, 2:32 pm
Mark B wrote:
February 27th, 2019, 2:22 pm
More pics
looks even better from a distance. I like the location and how well it meshes into the space. Doesn't seem obtrusive. Great job Mark!
Thanks for the support, Fu! If you’re ever back in Chicago, I’ll let you raid a bottle or two from it for immediate consumption.

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by Mark B
February 27th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 7596

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

mattcitrang wrote:
February 27th, 2019, 2:23 pm
Excellent. Great job! That looks fantastic.
Thanks!

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by Mark B
February 27th, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 7596

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

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