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by John Davis
January 14th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016
Replies: 160
Views: 11727

Re: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016

Agreed, it is getting difficult to enjoy SF. After dozens of visits, it seems to just get worse each time.
by John Davis
January 9th, 2019, 5:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Outpost - who's buying?
Replies: 35
Views: 2449

Re: Outpost - who's buying?

I have been a pretty long time buyer. I am on the fence. They buyout and then price increase, to me, are not positive signs. Loved the wines in the past, but as often said, there is a lot of good juice out there.

JD
by John Davis
January 8th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa and Climate Change - Stock Up Now!
Replies: 32
Views: 1663

Re: Napa and Climate Change - Stock Up Now!

Gee -- that's nice. But even with the Constellation brands, Wagner, etc., or even over-priced labels like Harlan or Screaming Eagle, there are still a lot of small producers, family producers, workers, etc. that depend on the Napa area for livelihood. I guess they don't matter.... So predictable. T...
by John Davis
January 1st, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Producer
Replies: 104
Views: 4202

Re: Favorite Producer

Ridge and Donnhoff.

Morlet would be in the running for both red & white.

JD
by John Davis
December 25th, 2018, 6:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offline protocol
Replies: 55
Views: 1832

Re: Offline protocol

Equal pours, no question.
by John Davis
December 21st, 2018, 2:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 536
Views: 21451

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

We’ve been to Everest many times. We quit going years ago due to service issues on a few occasions. Always loved the food, room and view. Maybe time to revisit.

JD
by John Davis
December 11th, 2018, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good Store: Kahn’s
Replies: 13
Views: 582

Re: Good Store: Kahn’s

In Indianapolis?

JD
by John Davis
December 11th, 2018, 12:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 1847
Views: 102761

Re: New York City Restaurants

mark rudner wrote:
November 8th, 2018, 4:53 pm
how about a non-private list for the rest of us?
Just saw this and agree!

JD
by John Davis
December 11th, 2018, 12:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Mail Order Seafood Recommendations
Replies: 11
Views: 599

Re: Mail Order Seafood Recommendations

I would second Browne Trading as well as https://www.farm-2-market.com/ .

JD
by John Davis
November 22nd, 2018, 5:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pantheon wine shoppe, Chicago area, amazing
Replies: 9
Views: 725

Re: Pantheon wine shoppe, Chicago area, amazing

Is the stock in store different to website ? no DRC on website Maybe, to avoid confusion or mistakes in inventory. We have seen enough issues with ordering on line and what is actually in inventory. I had one pleasant dealing with them over the phone. I didn’t check prices as it was a specific wine...
by John Davis
November 21st, 2018, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Tasting Fees
Replies: 87
Views: 6358

Re: Napa Tasting Fees

I don’t pay a lot of tasting room fees. I generally go to producers from which I regularly purchase wines. I don’t expect to pay if I am a already a good customer. Or, I go through ITB people. However, I have paid a tasting fee plenty of times. And if I object to their price or policies-I don’t go. JD
by John Davis
November 17th, 2018, 1:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The best fast food burger I never heard of
Replies: 47
Views: 1801

Re: The best fast food burger I never heard of

TimF wrote:
November 17th, 2018, 9:21 am
I think Portillo’s burger is way better than Culver’s. I also think In N Out is way better than McDonalds. In N Out has a very unique flavor — especially animal style that I really dig.
Forgot about Portillo’s. Agree.

JD
by John Davis
November 10th, 2018, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Wine to Friends and Family?
Replies: 15
Views: 799

Re: Shipping Wine to Friends and Family?

As I think I have posted before and from a delivery driver (won’t give the company). Arrange a pick up from your home or office on line. The driver doesn’t care what it is (as long as it isn’t dangerous), it’s just another box to them.

I have personally shipped “olive oil” many t8mes, too.

JD
by John Davis
November 5th, 2018, 5:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?
Replies: 66
Views: 1870

Re: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?

Well, a flute without holes is not a flute. A donut without a hole is a danish... a wise proverb.

JD
by John Davis
November 5th, 2018, 8:27 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?
Replies: 66
Views: 1870

Re: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?

Had avocado on an English muffin this am. Is that avocado toast?

JD
by John Davis
November 1st, 2018, 1:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The best fast food burger I never heard of
Replies: 47
Views: 1801

Re: The best fast food burger I never heard of

We have Steak & Shake, Culvers and 5 Guys (among the other usual suspects) in town. I feel like Steak & Shake's quality has gone down-at least in our area. 5 Guys is likely the best in town but Culvers is just behind them. That is among chains, we have some pretty good independents but that is besid...
by John Davis
October 21st, 2018, 9:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Smoking Prime Rib
Replies: 9
Views: 593

Re: Smoking Prime Rib

I have done it many times on a BGE with and without smoking chips. It works very well both ways, it is a personal taste issue as to which one is better. I prefer less smoke but to each their own. My wife loves it with some smoke. The recipe is very, very close to what I have done in the past.

JD
by John Davis
October 7th, 2018, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Distinctive Malbec from the New World?
Replies: 15
Views: 572

Re: Distinctive Malbec from the New World?

The Tapiz rec above is solid. Even their entry level is pretty good. I have sold it in the past.

JD
by John Davis
October 7th, 2018, 8:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 66
Views: 5087

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Do you still need a jacket and tie at Robuchon? I’m going next month but don’t want to pack for that. Depends on who you are. Last time we were there we were told jackets were required but there was a table wearing jeans and t-shirts. That and a service issue has kept us from returning. To bad, the...
by John Davis
October 4th, 2018, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Business and Employee Discount Programs
Replies: 8
Views: 2593

Re: Business and Employee Discount Programs

In Indiana I’m not even sure it is legal. You can give bulk discounts (10% on 6 btls is most common). But you cannot offer pricing to one group, or individual, and not everyone else.

JD
by John Davis
September 27th, 2018, 1:06 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 91
Views: 2351

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

alan weinberg wrote:
September 27th, 2018, 11:53 am
Corey N. wrote:
September 20th, 2018, 12:31 pm
Thanks gents. I'll focus my search in the 6th arrondissement.
Relais Christine
Very possibly our next hotel in Paris.

JD
by John Davis
September 27th, 2018, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How is the Durand wine opener?
Replies: 51
Views: 1504

Re: How is the Durand wine opener?

Love mine....

JD
by John Davis
September 15th, 2018, 4:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Is a VitaMix worth it?
Replies: 27
Views: 1100

Re: Is a VitaMix worth it?

I love ours. I know we could do without it, maybe there are cheaper versions, but I would buy one again when it wears out. And after 7+ it shows no sign of wear.

JD
by John Davis
September 13th, 2018, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2041
Views: 190659

Re: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

Edward H. Earles wrote:
September 13th, 2018, 5:40 am
Scott Brunson wrote:
September 13th, 2018, 5:38 am
Now I'm craving a little taste of Bourbon. Alas, I don't seem to have any... [whistle.gif]
At 7:38 AM?
Scotch then? [cheers.gif]
by John Davis
September 10th, 2018, 2:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Noma - Disappointing...... (long)
Replies: 23
Views: 1775

Re: Noma - Disappointing...... (long)

Some of these exotic (crazy) wine pairings strike me as somms and/or chefs trying to be uber cool/hip/experimental. I've stopped ordering them because they are rarely very good and often a detriment to the meal. The cynic in me wonders if it isn't a cost/profit issue. Serve a bunch of wines no one ...
by John Davis
September 7th, 2018, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What kind of wine do you drink when people come to your house during Shiva?
Replies: 43
Views: 1070

Re: What kind of wine do you drink when people come to your house during Shiva?

Sorry for your loss. And what you did certainly sounds fine to me.
by John Davis
September 6th, 2018, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Realm The Absurd
Replies: 79
Views: 5762

Re: Realm The Absurd

JohnP wrote:
September 6th, 2018, 5:12 pm
From 2013 at $250 a bottle, to 2015 now $425, what's up with this Absurd Napa inflation? Really sucks.
Thus I am no longer a buyer. Love their wines and do not begrudge them if they are getting that price. But just not for me.

JD
by John Davis
September 6th, 2018, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Rosa restaurants
Replies: 22
Views: 858

Re: Santa Rosa restaurants

Also really like Ross.

JD
by John Davis
August 31st, 2018, 6:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 66
Views: 5087

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Been a couple of years, but Picasso was really good the last couple of times. I would consider it if it is convenient and in your price range. And as to the previous post, Mina’s Brasserie Bardot is very good, too.

JD
by John Davis
August 27th, 2018, 6:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acker Merrall vs HDH auction experience as seller
Replies: 91
Views: 3957

Re: Acker Merrall vs HDH auction experience as seller

I don’t have any experience with Acker but have bought from and sold to HDH and have always been happy. FWIW.

JD
by John Davis
August 9th, 2018, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: DryCreekVineyard FumeBlanc '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 5
Views: 201

TN: DryCreekVineyard FumeBlanc '17...(short/boring)

Agree, they are making good stuff at a good price point across their portfolio.

JD

*I do sell some of their wines.
by John Davis
August 7th, 2018, 5:39 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Duke’s Mayonnaise??
Replies: 17
Views: 690

Duke’s Mayonnaise??

Fresh Market carries it. Saw it at a Kroger in Indiana this week so, apparently, Kroger now carries Duke’s.

JD
by John Davis
July 30th, 2018, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Great wines at Oriole in Chicago!
Replies: 9
Views: 795

TN: Great wines at Oriole in Chicago!

Agree with all of the praise! Great place....

JD
by John Davis
July 29th, 2018, 5:44 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 536
Views: 21451

Chicago Restaurant Thread

I agree, Piccolo Songno is very good. We have been to and very much enjoyed Formento’s and Montverde. Our only issue with Montverde, at the time, is that we were really rushed. They were not shy on wanting to turn the table-quickly.

JD
by John Davis
July 15th, 2018, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Roederer Estate Brut
Replies: 15
Views: 755

TN: NV Roederer Estate Brut

Year in and out great stuff.

JD
by John Davis
July 15th, 2018, 7:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)
Replies: 82
Views: 5350

Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated December 2017)

alan weinberg wrote:
John Davis wrote:Yeah the poularde en vessie is pretty special! [cheers.gif] And one of the reasons we are considering a return!
JD
the bladder just allows the chicken to steam, no crispness for the skin. Had it at Paul Bocuse and wasn’t impressed. Much prefer a roasted bird.
Different strokes I guess....
JD
by John Davis
July 4th, 2018, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPS Really Sucks and should never be used to ship wine!
Replies: 110
Views: 5023

UPS Really Sucks and should never be used to ship wine!

I think most of us have a shipping nightmare-esque story. My issues in the past have been with FedEx but I believe there are likely local differences. And as said before, often it is the driver and not the company. After digging in to it a bit, I found out my repeated FedEx issues were entirely the ...
by John Davis
July 3rd, 2018, 12:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)
Replies: 82
Views: 5350

Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated December 2017)

Glad to hear Epicure getting some love! It was definitely the gastronomic highlight the last time I visited and the competition was stiff (Bocuse, David Toutain, l'Ambroisie, l'Assiette Champenoise). I particularly liked that the waitstaff weren't grave or stern, but rather all seemed to be having ...
by John Davis
July 1st, 2018, 2:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Restaurants and Uber Eats (or similar) observation
Replies: 47
Views: 954

Restaurants and Uber Eats (or similar) observation

I live in a university town and food delivery is very, very popular and I am sure accounts for a significant amount of business here. There are many choices as far as cuisine and a couple of different delivery companies.

JD
by John Davis
June 26th, 2018, 4:03 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: what is your favorite paris hotel-and why?
Replies: 18
Views: 876

what is your favorite paris hotel-and why?

Le Bristol here, too.

JD
by John Davis
June 24th, 2018, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Matt Kramer left Wine Spectator
Replies: 22
Views: 3412

Matt Kramer left Wine Spectator

alan weinberg wrote:Making Sense of Burgundy was for me a seminal time in the day.
Agreed.

JD
by John Davis
June 11th, 2018, 12:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 536
Views: 21451

Chicago Restaurant Thread

Alan Eden wrote:If you were picking best in Chicago right now with wine pairing being of equal importance is there a better choice than Oriole with reserve pairing ?
Not to me. Generally don’t do pairings but they did very good job our last time there.

JD
by John Davis
June 4th, 2018, 5:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1978 Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 12
Views: 521

TN: 1978 Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Had the 91 and 92in the last year and they are drinking very well right now. Agree, CdV May be under appreciated.

JD
by John Davis
May 20th, 2018, 2:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 536
Views: 21451

Chicago Restaurant Thread

IIRC, Nico Osteria is $25.00. Like Blackbird, I think.

JD
by John Davis
May 17th, 2018, 5:27 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Visit to Kracher
Replies: 2
Views: 204

Visit to Kracher

Not my experience, but a close friend, who is very well traveled, food & wine guy, etc.... loved his visit a few years ago. Based upon his description, it is a great visit, I can get more info if needed.

JD
by John Davis
May 16th, 2018, 5:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Toaster Oven Recs
Replies: 13
Views: 691

Toaster Oven Recs

Breville house here as well. Very happy.
JD
by John Davis
April 28th, 2018, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Instructions to your heirs on how to sell your wines?
Replies: 73
Views: 2666

Instructions to your heirs on how to sell your wines?

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:My wife and I do not have any kids. The wine, along with everything else will be sold, with the proceeds going to care for the homeless, as well as animals with no homes.

Same here. Except we’ll likely give something to our nieces and nephews who don’t piss us off....

JD
by John Davis
April 25th, 2018, 1:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 536
Views: 21451

Chicago Restaurant Thread

It’s been a while since I’ve been to a steakhouse in Chicago but.... Bavette’s and Maple and Ash would be at the top of my list. The chains are just that and you pretty much know what you are going to get. Had a pretty good experience at Benny’s but they don’t allow corkage, or didn’t, so it is a pa...
by John Davis
April 22nd, 2018, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Home Cellar Questions
Replies: 4
Views: 617

Home Cellar Questions

1). Check your homeowners but make sure they cover mechanical breakdowns, racks failing, etc... everything past fire, storms, theft, earthquake. Get everything in writing. Many people will recommend Chubb which is great, IMHO. 2). Use cellar tracker for organization. Put the wine where you have an e...
by John Davis
April 14th, 2018, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you describe floral notes in a bouquet?
Replies: 18
Views: 423

How do you describe floral notes in a bouquet?

Floral note.

JD

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