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by John Davis
January 21st, 2021, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Birth Year Buying Philosophy
Replies: 95
Views: 3371

Re: Your Birth Year Buying Philosophy

That is a lot of wine for a birthday year of a child. Your strategy is fine but that seems to be a lot of wine.
by John Davis
January 20th, 2021, 2:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: How do you like your eggs?
Replies: 53
Views: 1367

Re: How do you like your eggs?

Poached or fried with firm whites and still soft yolks. A good 6+ min egg is nice, too. Soft scrambled. Hard boiled. Egg salad. I love eggs.
by John Davis
January 20th, 2021, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Venison Wellington food pairing...
Replies: 21
Views: 689

Re: Venison Wellington food pairing...

N. Rhone came to mind immediately but Bordeaux sounds just as food.
by John Davis
January 14th, 2021, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP
Replies: 145
Views: 9127

Re: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP

Wow, how awful, RIP.
by John Davis
January 9th, 2021, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1991 Beringer Private Reserve
Replies: 11
Views: 681

Re: 1991 Beringer Private Reserve

Decant for sediment and drink sooner rather than later, it doesn’t need a bunch of time. I’ve had this many times over the years but not in quite a while. If was a good wine for a long time and may still be.
by John Davis
December 29th, 2020, 8:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Thursday night dinner... pick food or wine first?
Replies: 9
Views: 543

Re: Thursday night dinner... pick food or wine first?

I think that once one has procured enough wine, and that doesn't have to be very much, they have enough diversity in their collection to be flexible on a casual night. Now, I would bet most of us, when we open a special bottle, do plan the food around or after the wine.
by John Davis
December 26th, 2020, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Christmas wine?
Replies: 95
Views: 4086

Re: Your Christmas wine?

2011 Morlet Estate Cab and it was glorious. Started with Pierre Peters BdB.
by John Davis
December 14th, 2020, 12:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Momofuku Milk Bar Inspired Cakes
Replies: 7
Views: 846

Re: Momofuku Milk Bar Inspired Cakes

Took a “class” there to make those cakes and their truffles. A lot of fun, good cake and great staff.
by John Davis
December 4th, 2020, 9:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: How to store lettuce
Replies: 48
Views: 1390

Re: How to store lettuce

I was in the grocery biz for 29 years. Never saw a wholesaler or grower recommend refrigerating tomatoes. When they are really, really ripe, almost over-ripe, as Alan points out you can refrigerate them. And even then there is debate but we do on occasion. Good tomatoes don't last long in our house ...
by John Davis
November 29th, 2020, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Pierre Péters Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Cuvée de Réserve
Replies: 13
Views: 959

Re: TN: NV Pierre Péters Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Cuvée de Réserve

Had this (in 750) last night with lobster club sandwiches and David’s note is spot on. One of our favorites.
by John Davis
November 25th, 2020, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?
Replies: 181
Views: 7764

Re: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?

Only going to be 5 of us and two of them don't drink at all and another only a cocktail or two. So, whatever my wife wants. Probably start with Champagne and then likely Zin (Ridge Geyserville) maybe a Pinot (Pisoni).
by John Davis
November 25th, 2020, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cheese course pairing help
Replies: 36
Views: 1047

Re: Cheese course pairing help

I'd lean towards a white Burgundy. Me too. I don't think Brie pairs that well with reds. If not white Burgundy, Champagne, Loire Chenin or Riesling from Germany or Alsace should work well also. Pretty much agree with Howard. Being before dinner I would go with white but that is a personal preferenc...
by John Davis
November 18th, 2020, 1:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Favorite Paprika, anyone?
Replies: 29
Views: 1404

Re: Favorite Paprika, anyone?

Another Spicehouse fan.
by John Davis
November 4th, 2020, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If only one country...
Replies: 103
Views: 3523

Re: If only one country...

Probably Germany, maybe Australia.
by John Davis
October 21st, 2020, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JJ Prum Auction wines arrived today!
Replies: 14
Views: 712

Re: JJ Prum Auction wines arrived today!

Nice wines!
by John Davis
October 18th, 2020, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to tell architect for wine cellar - new construction?
Replies: 67
Views: 3544

Re: What to tell architect for wine cellar - new construction?

I, too, would re-think ceiling height. It might look cool but getting on a ladder to retrieve bottles or put them up can be a pain. When I built ours, I made sure that the builder and wine cellar sub were on the same page. The cellar builder knew what they were doing and consulted with both the arch...
by John Davis
October 17th, 2020, 11:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: ZÜRCHER GESCHNETZELTES
Replies: 9
Views: 1133

Re: ZÜRCHER GESCHNETZELTES

Looks great. My mother used to make this or a version very close. Never knew what it was called though.
by John Davis
October 6th, 2020, 11:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The NY Strip Steak is...
Replies: 86
Views: 3437

Re: The NY Strip Steak is...

The correct answer for over-rated is filet.
by John Davis
October 5th, 2020, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette
Replies: 179
Views: 5490

Re: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette

What do folks here think about diners who eat at restaurants but only order water, iced tea, coffee, or soda as their beverage? I don’t think about them. A lot of people people don’t, or can’t or no longer drink alcohol. Well, the question was meant to make you think about them now. Do you think th...
by John Davis
October 5th, 2020, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette
Replies: 179
Views: 5490

Re: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette

What do folks here think about diners who eat at restaurants but only order water, iced tea, coffee, or soda as their beverage? I don’t think about them. A lot of people people don’t, or can’t or no longer drink alcohol. Now, if they are the same that ask for more (free) bread and split an appetize...
by John Davis
October 3rd, 2020, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Software for cellar inventory reccomendation?
Replies: 68
Views: 3172

Re: Software for cellar inventory reccomendation?

I am very happy with CellarTracker.
by John Davis
September 29th, 2020, 9:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coq au vin
Replies: 16
Views: 1035

Re: Coq au vin

Mine is very close to Alan's and occasionally we add a couple of chicken livers.
by John Davis
September 21st, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?
Replies: 73
Views: 4372

Re: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?

My parents had a cellar growing up. Wine was regularly served with meals. When was in my early 20s I happened to get into wine. Took over the beer and wine department in what was then my dad's grocery store *(eventually became my store but I kept the beer & wine gig) Bought a small wine fridge, ...
by John Davis
September 16th, 2020, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MacDonald release is imminent!!!
Replies: 201
Views: 20564

Re: MacDonald release is imminent!!!

Boom. Done.
by John Davis
September 13th, 2020, 9:15 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Wineries for a wedding
Replies: 13
Views: 2106

Re: Wineries for a wedding

While certainly not a favorite among wine geeks, I went to a wedding at V. Sattui and I have to say they did a great job.
by John Davis
September 12th, 2020, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!
Replies: 283
Views: 25190

Re: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!

Bought some a few weeks ago and like them very much.
by John Davis
September 12th, 2020, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have a temp alarm for your cellar-what are you using?
Replies: 29
Views: 1959

Re: If you have a temp alarm for your cellar-what are you using?

We had our security company (Koorsen) monitor the temp...when I had a cellar.
by John Davis
August 31st, 2020, 10:57 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help - I need some great tomato recipes
Replies: 42
Views: 2174

Re: Help - I need some great tomato recipes

Tomato Bread: good bread (toasted), a bit of anchovy paste, sliced tomato(es), sliced onion, mozzarella cheese, a bit of olive oil and Parmesan cheese. Put under broiler to melt cheese, finish with basil chiffonade, and pepper. You can add prosciutto and/or sliced chicken breast if you want more pro...
by John Davis
August 19th, 2020, 8:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Food Mashups . . .
Replies: 38
Views: 2480

Re: Food Mashups . . .

Ron Slye wrote: August 18th, 2020, 10:19 pm I think this is irrefutable. Take any leftover, pan fry it, then add an egg (either directly, or a fried egg to place on top). If still not quite right, add hot sauce.
Truth.
by John Davis
August 18th, 2020, 8:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Food Mashups . . .
Replies: 38
Views: 2480

Re: Food Mashups . . .

Linda Baehr wrote: August 17th, 2020, 7:42 pm Once while staying with a friend, we had Thai food for dinner. The next morning I made us a Thai-tatta. A Fritatta with the Thai food. Fritattas are good for leftovers.
We have done the same. Agreed.
by John Davis
August 17th, 2020, 6:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Food Mashups . . .
Replies: 38
Views: 2480

Re: Food Mashups . . .

leftover pizza for breakfast with an egg (preferably soft) on top.
by John Davis
July 29th, 2020, 8:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Is charcoal in short supply?
Replies: 36
Views: 2742

Re: Is charcoal in short supply?

I get this from Amazon https://www.fogocharcoal.com/ . I started using this when, sometime last year, I couldn’t find Royal Oak. Very pleased. Not a huge fan of Cowboy, either. Though I did use it years ago.
by John Davis
July 23rd, 2020, 5:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The world's finest Grenache is from ...
Replies: 163
Views: 6674

Re: The world's finest Grenache is from ...

The 2000 Rayas I had earlier this year was the best Grenache I have ever tasted. So Rayas. I do have a soft spot for Outpost’s Grenache, though. This is positively interesting, because the 2000 Rayas has long and often being called weak (e.g. by RMP) which I don´t agree with; it is very bright in c...
by John Davis
July 22nd, 2020, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The world's finest Grenache is from ...
Replies: 163
Views: 6674

Re: The world's finest Grenache is from ...

The 2000 Rayas I had earlier this year was the best Grenache I have ever tasted. So Rayas. I do have a soft spot for Outpost’s Grenache, though.
by John Davis
July 13th, 2020, 2:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 839
Views: 47253

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Nick Gangas wrote: July 13th, 2020, 2:02 pm GT Fish was good. Staff took safety measures. We had the seafood tower for a starter. Then split the scallops and trout. Everything was fresh and delicious. Fish was cooked well. Brought our won bottle and they took care of it well.
Good to hear. Always enjoyed it and will get back...eventually.
by John Davis
July 12th, 2020, 10:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: In praise of leftovers
Replies: 17
Views: 1811

Re: In praise of leftovers

A great Key lime pie is even better the next day, though in my family of four we generally only got that when my mom made two pies. A great Key lime pie means that it is made correctly with juice from fresh Key limes, a pastry crust, and topped with meringue, not the graham cracker crust monstrosit...
by John Davis
July 10th, 2020, 1:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 839
Views: 47253

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

My experience at BoB was mediocre. So I won’t miss it, either.
by John Davis
June 29th, 2020, 5:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Importer of Joh Jos Prum. How to buy on release?
Replies: 37
Views: 2739

Re: Importer of Joh Jos Prum. How to buy on release?

PM me. I may be able to help.
by John Davis
June 27th, 2020, 2:58 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Travel insurance
Replies: 35
Views: 1865

Re: Travel insurance

My wife just got a check for when she couldn’t go to Spain with her high school buddies because I broke my ankle (requiring surgery). It took a while and it was a pain but it worked well. She was not amused. Mostly because I put it off for two weeks. Had I gone to the dr immediately she might have b...
by John Davis
June 24th, 2020, 6:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage
Replies: 50
Views: 2145

Re: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage

Simultaneously. The storage location offers insurance and it may be perfectly fine. I take a bit of comfort knowing my agent and knowing regardless the wine is insured.
by John Davis
June 23rd, 2020, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage
Replies: 50
Views: 2145

Re: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage

I have used State Farm and Chubb and supplied them both with inventories yearly. I have most of my wine in off site storage and insure all of it.
by John Davis
June 22nd, 2020, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 21013

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

To get back on track, yes, I have boycotted several producers. All because of customer service issues. Some of the boycotts have lasted for decades and some have been forgiven. To me, it is just like any other product-if they piss you off enough you don't go back. The only political reason was Gallo...
by John Davis
June 20th, 2020, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel
Replies: 81
Views: 3666

Re: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel

Like others said, easily done splitting it between Turley, Ridge and Bedrock pick your favorites.
by John Davis
June 15th, 2020, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: We are thinking about getting some plastic wine glasses for outside "happy hours"
Replies: 30
Views: 1613

Re: We are thinking about getting some plastic wine glasses for outside "happy hours"

Used acrylic glasses around/in our pool and got along well. But we were only drinking “social” or shut up and drink it wines. And at that level it isn’t a big deal. Away from the pool and pool deck we used good, not great, glasses.
by John Davis
June 11th, 2020, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: American Cancer Society - no drinking allowed
Replies: 55
Views: 2537

Re: American Cancer Society - no drinking allowed

Well, something's got to kill you. Might as well be good wine.
by John Davis
June 4th, 2020, 2:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?
Replies: 45
Views: 3460

Re: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?

Had them both and there is almost no difference. I have a propane grill now but had gas in the past at a couple of houses. I would rather have gas, assuming it was relatively cheap to run, than deal with tanks. I never needed to move a grill around but if you do then propane is the way to go. Runnin...
by John Davis
May 31st, 2020, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need help with Pairing/Decanting Advice for a big celebration
Replies: 17
Views: 754

Re: Need help with Pairing/Decanting Advice for a big celebration

Agreed, pop the Clos du Val and have the SO as a back up. Clos du Vals from 91 and 92 are still really nice and though beginning to fade.
by John Davis
May 13th, 2020, 8:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Shepherd’s pie
Replies: 19
Views: 1959

Re: Shepherd’s pie

Usually use all lamb but not always. Our recipe is very similar to Alan’s except for the freakin’ green beans as I am not a huge fan....unless they are cooked in pork fat of some sort then I find them tolerable.
by John Davis
May 2nd, 2020, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Producing both Bordeaux and Burgundy styled wines
Replies: 29
Views: 925

Re: Producing both Bordeaux and Burgundy styled wines

Morlet. They do everything very well. They aren't cheap but I find them to be of consistently high quality and they are also good people.

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