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by John Davis
June 19th, 2019, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pisoni gets no love here
Replies: 32
Views: 870

Re: Pisoni gets no love here

Huge fan and have been for years. Also great people.

JD
by John Davis
June 19th, 2019, 1:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 56
Views: 1583

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

In and Out and McDonald’s/BK aren’t in the same tier, in my opinion.

JD
by John Davis
June 16th, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?
Replies: 63
Views: 3088

Re: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?

Get a camera.
by John Davis
June 12th, 2019, 12:35 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Favorite San Francisco Hotel?
Replies: 15
Views: 359

Re: Favorite San Francisco Hotel?

Ritz and a Four Seasons are great. We recently really liked the Taj Campton and will definitely return. Really enjoyed the restaurant there, too. The Westin St. Francis is solid but can be pricey but, then again, it’s a great location if you want that area. Stayed at the Clift years ago a couple of ...
by John Davis
June 10th, 2019, 4:50 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: What to do with one day in Nashville?
Replies: 11
Views: 310

Re: What to do with one day in Nashville?

Sh@n has some good advice. The Johnny Cash museum is also great. Andrew Jackson’s home is great but make sure you have time to get out there and back. Do a search there are a ton of very, very good restaurants.
by John Davis
June 5th, 2019, 11:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Nashville and Surrounding area Eats?????
Replies: 73
Views: 4076

Re: Nashville and Surrounding area Eats?????

We like Martin’s a bit more than Sh@n A. But agreed, wouldn’t wait in line. Well, wouldn’t wait in line unless my wife, who loves bbq, told me I was waiting in line....
by John Davis
May 25th, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 2744

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

Probably not. But I have always assumed that if a producer went to the trouble of biodynamic they are going to put as much effort elsewhere in the wine’s production. And that they are trying, like organic & sustainable, to do right by the land and environment. Copper sulfate issue or not. I’ve had b...
by John Davis
May 25th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN's: Lunch at Marea
Replies: 13
Views: 1545

Re: TN's: Lunch at Marea

Love that place! Had a great long, though not 5 hour long, lunch there a few months ago.
by John Davis
May 17th, 2019, 7:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting
Replies: 44
Views: 2293

Re: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting

dsimmons wrote:
May 16th, 2019, 11:55 am
In my years of tastings I have never done it and never felt that it was customary or expected.
This.
by John Davis
May 16th, 2019, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 7109

Re: Robert Parker retires

Wish him the best. Remember reading The Wine Advocate as soon as it arrived. I think I may drink from as many regions as I do because of him.
by John Davis
May 14th, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?
Replies: 42
Views: 1183

Re: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?

Jay Miller wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 6:12 am
John Davis wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 4:56 am
Anyone have a source for non-Chinese pint nuts?
Buon Italia in Chelsea Market sells them. Not sure if they ship.
Thanks they are hard to find. I was in retail grocery for years and as soon as I would find a vendor they would disappear.

JD
by John Davis
May 14th, 2019, 4:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?
Replies: 42
Views: 1183

Re: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?

Anyone have a source for non-Chinese pint nuts?
by John Davis
May 9th, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Important vs. Unimportant tastings
Replies: 39
Views: 1685

Re: Important vs. Unimportant tastings

"Important" wines is one of the wine geek platitudes that I detest. Sorry. Just seems a bit pretentious and precious. So, to the OP, I can't help.

JD
by John Davis
May 7th, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Turley Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena)
Replies: 5
Views: 354

Re: TN: 2008 Turley Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena)

I find it hard to wait until this wine is in its sweet spot but when you do there is a reward.
by John Davis
May 7th, 2019, 6:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: How do you prepare popcorn?
Replies: 29
Views: 857

Re: How do you prepare popcorn?

Jay Miller wrote:
May 6th, 2019, 12:53 pm
I remember many years ago Keith Levenberg suggesting ground sichuan peppercorns and thinking I had to try it. But I never did [oops.gif]
It is good, we’ve done it for a few parties.

JD
by John Davis
May 4th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: How do you prepare popcorn?
Replies: 29
Views: 857

Re: How do you prepare popcorn?

Stove top, canola oil, sometimes plain microwave or hot air. Always top with butter, sometimes add hot sauce and/or part. Oh, and black pepper sometimes. A great passed/casual appetizer is popcorn with crumbled bacon (2-3 strips) and black pepper.
by John Davis
April 30th, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Joseph Phelps...thoughts?
Replies: 23
Views: 1432

Re: Joseph Phelps...thoughts?

Moved away from that but cannot really remember why. I used to love their Napa cab when it was still a relative value. Bought Insignia every year for years but stopped at least in part because of cost. Been to the winery several times and have liked, though not loved, many of their wines.
by John Davis
April 30th, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vegas Dining....Wine Related
Replies: 12
Views: 1021

Re: Vegas Dining....Wine Related

We do our fantasy football draft in Vegas each year and I am in charge of the wine. I usually bring two 3L's to dinner for the group. Last year we did Delmonicos but the quality of the food was pretty far under our expectations and my previous experiences there. Delmonicos is the only place that i ...
by John Davis
April 29th, 2019, 4:02 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Burgundy restaurants?
Replies: 11
Views: 533

Re: Burgundy restaurants?

bweimer wrote:
April 29th, 2019, 3:22 pm
Just got back from a week in Burgundy. My favorite meal of the trip was a lunch at Le Millesime in Chambolle-Musigny. Very fair price for the quality.
We lucked into this place for lunch a few years ago. Loved it Restaurant Simon hasn’t been mentioned but it was great.
by John Davis
April 29th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would you rank the five first growths
Replies: 54
Views: 2134

Re: How would you rank the five first growths

Russell Faulkner wrote:
April 28th, 2019, 8:20 pm
Ranked based on what? Just personal preference for the way they taste? Probably

HB
Lafite
Margaux
Latour
Mouton

You could probably more or less swap the middle three in any order on any given day.
Same. Might switch Mouton and Latour.
by John Davis
April 28th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1914
Views: 153616

Re: Steak Porn

alan weinberg wrote:
April 27th, 2019, 4:12 pm
Brandon R wrote:
April 27th, 2019, 12:13 pm
Thanks for the pointers. Tonight is the night...is 12:13 p.m. too early for dinner?
not if the wine is open.
My sentiments exactly.
by John Davis
April 25th, 2019, 2:53 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Nashville music/club question
Replies: 23
Views: 807

Re: Nashville music/club question

Don’t forget the fried bologna sandwich at Roberts! I've heard/read about it. Is it actually good?? Maybe after enough beer and some great music I'll give it a try. I don't think I've had bologna since about the 4th grade! I’ve never had it without “enough” beer and great music. If you like fried b...
by John Davis
April 25th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Nashville music/club question
Replies: 23
Views: 807

Re: Nashville music/club question

Don’t forget the fried bologna sandwich at Roberts!
by John Davis
April 17th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Favorite (non-psychedelic) mushrooms to eat?
Replies: 32
Views: 825

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

Just ordered for Easter from Earthy Delights; MFM301 Fresh Western Dark Morel Mushrooms - per lb 1 MFM306 Fresh Midwest Blonde Morel Mushrooms - per lb 1 CHS108 Sottocenere Truffle Cheese - per lb 1 From where, if you don’t mind? We get some at out farmer’s market. When I had the grocery store we s...
by John Davis
April 15th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Favorite (non-psychedelic) mushrooms to eat?
Replies: 32
Views: 825

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

Morels? We saute them in butter & serve over asparagus or meat. We've made soup. Also make cream based mushroom sauces over meat or noodles. Our favorite way is likely to simply lightly flour and pan fry the in oil + salt and pepper.

JD
by John Davis
April 15th, 2019, 7:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Favorite (non-psychedelic) mushrooms to eat?
Replies: 32
Views: 825

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

Morels but like almost any mushroom.
by John Davis
April 10th, 2019, 7:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best Steak butcher in Chicago
Replies: 18
Views: 568

Re: Best Steak butcher in Chicago

Fox and Obel was great, good meat, fish, cheese and then loads of other stuff for fun. The wine was never great but that was OK. The wine selection was quite excellent when it first opened. Didn’t last long. It was a nice section in the beginning. I think they were a retailer who had issues figurin...
by John Davis
April 9th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Stone Crab claws: way overrated
Replies: 46
Views: 1328

Re: Stone Crab claws: way overrated

I would agree that the sustainability is a huge plus.
by John Davis
April 9th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle Heft- Do you care?
Replies: 65
Views: 1988

Re: Bottle Heft- Do you care?

Not a fan of heavy or odd shaped bottles. Like so many others, I care what is in the bottle and not really about the bottle. The bottle needs to serve its purpose obviously.
by John Davis
April 9th, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Stone Crab claws: way overrated
Replies: 46
Views: 1328

Re: Stone Crab claws: way overrated

I am not a huge fan but my wife loves them. So, we’ll get some if they are fresh.
by John Davis
April 8th, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best Steak butcher in Chicago
Replies: 18
Views: 568

Re: Best Steak butcher in Chicago

I remember Fox & Obel. Neat grocery store. And yes, good meat.

JD
by John Davis
April 8th, 2019, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 3040

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!

A Gallo - Constilation deal is a big deal in the wine world. No, they may not make the wines you drink but the ripples deals like this can send affect a lot of the wine world. As pointed out before some of these wines are wines many of us cut our teeth on when discovering wine. And we can remember a...
by John Davis
April 5th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing with liver
Replies: 48
Views: 1291

Re: Pairing with liver

I like Rhione varieties. Beaujolais works, too. We’ve played with more fruit forward reds like zin, too, and enjoyed it. I am partial to reds with beef/calf’s liver. With chicken livers we like bubbles or high acid white or Rose.

JD
by John Davis
March 31st, 2019, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Sandlands Chenin Blanc Lodi (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi)
Replies: 4
Views: 354

Re: TN: 2017 Sandlands Chenin Blanc Lodi (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi)

Got three. Won’t make it to summer. May is in question. Great stuff.

JD
by John Davis
March 29th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 459
Views: 34387

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

Gewurztraminer is one we buy by the case.
by John Davis
March 29th, 2019, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 459
Views: 34387

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

Tearing through a bunch of Tecero white. Really enjoying them!

JD
by John Davis
March 26th, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More reasons to hate FedEx
Replies: 53
Views: 2041

Re: More reasons to hate FedEx

My FedEx is great (FedEs store across the street from us in SC). UPS not so much. I have culled wineries who choose UPS as their only shipping option. I think it depends on where you live. UPS is great here and FedEx, well, not so much. Though getting better. As I said before, I owned a grocery sto...
by John Davis
March 26th, 2019, 12:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Consistently superb: Flannery
Replies: 58
Views: 2285

Re: Consistently superb: Flannery

Thread convinced me to have one tonight!

JD
by John Davis
March 24th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Say you know someone and they only think wine is red...
Replies: 52
Views: 1859

Re: Say you know someone and they only think wine is red...

I think a lot of the issue with “I don’t like white wine” is the person might very well have little to no exposure to decent white wines. The cheap white wines of college started it and the (generally) bad white wines at wedding receptions and business conventions/conferences. So, as the many differ...
by John Davis
March 24th, 2019, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste yesterday
Replies: 19
Views: 2018

Re: How I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste yesterday

You couldn’t take them to the register and ask the staff to hold them for you? [scratch.gif]

JD
by John Davis
March 24th, 2019, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Say you know someone and they only think wine is red...
Replies: 52
Views: 1859

Re: Say you know someone and they only think wine is red...

Depends on what kind of red wine he/she likes to drink. If they are more into the Burgundy (Pinot Noir) camp, I would recommend a Chenin from Loire, or GG Rieslings. If they drink more Bordeaux varietal (Cab/Merlot), go with Rhone whites, or even some new world Chardonnay. I like this ideal. Rose i...
by John Davis
March 20th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Napa First timer
Replies: 21
Views: 1226

Re: Napa First timer

For your first visit, I would visit some of the classic wineries - Chateau Montelena, Ridge (if you want to drive to Sonoma County), Forman and Heitz would all fit the bill. I would skip Montelena. The grounds are beautiful, no doubt, but the tasting experience is very, very mediocre. I would say S...
by John Davis
March 20th, 2019, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker: Entering Cost of Wine Shipments
Replies: 48
Views: 1468

Re: CellarTracker: Entering Cost of Wine Shipments

I d include tax and shipping-because that is what it cost me. IIRC, this has been discussed before and results are mixed.
by John Davis
March 20th, 2019, 7:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 614
Views: 28067

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thr

that list is just nuts == the upgrade is to a Corton-Charlemagne with zero bottle age? One of the reasons you pay the tariff, or perhaps previously it was a reason, was because the restaurant cellared the wine. I agree. This is one of the reasons I find Alinea, which I have been to and enjoy, frust...
by John Davis
March 19th, 2019, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Choosing an expensive wine for a special occasion
Replies: 53
Views: 2072

Re: Choosing an expensive wine for a special occasion

CellarTracker, right here, and critics but I don’t pay a lot of attention to those anymore. I would lean towards a producer I know and trust as much as much as anything.

JD
by John Davis
March 19th, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dishwasher and Wine Glasses
Replies: 56
Views: 2006

Re: Dishwasher and Wine Glasses

Dishwasher except for the Somm series and we don’t use those very often. Those that have been broken have been broken by me. Or my wife, which commonly is also my fault! 😃
by John Davis
March 16th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie Street Lock-Up
Replies: 34
Views: 1272

Re: Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie Street Lock-Up

Was with East Bank for many years. I highly recommend them. Had to move to Domaine as I needed inventory assistance since I moved and don’t have a cellar anymore.
by John Davis
March 15th, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Burger Porn
Replies: 95
Views: 4382

Re: Burger Porn

Wow! As Cheval must have gone down hill. Fast. The food is heavy, agreed. Been there many times never had a bad meal. My experience is that a comparison of Au Cheval and Five Guys is comical. Never had Shake Shack. And I like Five Guys by the way. Not a big fan of these huge burgers with a ton of st...
by John Davis
March 14th, 2019, 5:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Cat Cora storms out of Alinea: looks like a chef with too strong a sense of entitlement.
Replies: 26
Views: 1860

Re: Cat Cora storms out of Alinea: looks like a chef with too strong a sense of entitlement.

Nick Gangas wrote:
March 13th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Ok I meant why does she qualify as a superstar chef ? Like been said most of the chefs had established restaurant and reputations before they went on the show.
I don’t think she does.

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