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by John Davis
October 18th, 2020, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to tell architect for wine cellar - new construction?
Replies: 51
Views: 2164

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: 242

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: 2146

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: 5078

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: 5078

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: 61
Views: 2542

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: 879

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: 4036

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, then...
by John Davis
September 16th, 2020, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MacDonald release is imminent!!!
Replies: 175
Views: 16083

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: 1486

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: 168
Views: 14823

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: 1789

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: 1162

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: 1536

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: 1536

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: 1536

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: 1782

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: 6276

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: 6276

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: 811
Views: 45096

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: 1224

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: 811
Views: 45096

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: 2676

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: 27
Views: 1290

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: 43
Views: 1526

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: 43
Views: 1526

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: 20405

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: 3461

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: 1591

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: 2460

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: 34
Views: 2017

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: 732

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: 1691

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: 872

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.
by John Davis
April 29th, 2020, 3:07 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: is this the end of byo culture?
Replies: 33
Views: 3367

Re: is this the end of byo culture?

A bunch of wine geeks just hoping. But restaurants are going to be needing business fast. They may not oppose cork age to the degree they do now.
by John Davis
April 22nd, 2020, 7:49 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: is this the end of byo culture?
Replies: 33
Views: 3367

Re: is this the end of byo culture?

BYO isn’t legal in Indiana. There are hopes when things finally open up that could change with restaurants being desperate for business they won’t fight the change. Who knows what the restaurant scene will look like when they can be open again.
by John Davis
April 19th, 2020, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greatest Pinot Noir Vineyard in California
Replies: 107
Views: 7219

Re: Greatest Pinot Noir Vineyard in California

Pisoni and Garys’ among so many others and it is early. Points shouldn’t be part of the equation.
by John Davis
April 19th, 2020, 6:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Capsules: Does anyone really mind going topless?
Replies: 116
Views: 3624

Re: Capsules: Does anyone really mind going topless?

No capsules is fine. Not a fan of wax.
by John Davis
April 3rd, 2020, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington Bordeaux Blends and Riesling
Replies: 54
Views: 2457

Re: Washington Bordeaux Blends and Riesling

DeLille Chaleur Blanc is a great white Bordeaux blend. Their reds are good, too, but I love their white.

JD
by John Davis
March 31st, 2020, 8:20 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: What are you doing to support restaurants during Covid19?
Replies: 41
Views: 3044

Re: What are doing to support restaurants during Covid19?

Lots of (now curbside) take out and delivery. They have got to be struggling. I’ve talked to some beer/wine/liquor reps who are freaking out as well.
by John Davis
March 18th, 2020, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michael Broadbent RIP
Replies: 32
Views: 2356

Re: Michael Broadbent RIP

RIP. The man had a hell of a ride. Loved his writing.
by John Davis
March 17th, 2020, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most aromatic value white wine recommendations
Replies: 10
Views: 543

Re: Most aromatic value white wine recommendations

I would imagine, from a value standpoint, current vintages of E. Guigal Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc might fit the bill. I don't think you'll find much oak/butter, but it's an iconic producer and the grape varities in the blend tend to be quite aromatic, albeit more fruit aromas than the ones you mention. ...
by John Davis
March 17th, 2020, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle
Replies: 160
Views: 11351

Re: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle

2002 Monte Bello in decanter and a pot roast in the oven. would love a TN. just picked up a bottle 3 days ago of that 02 Didn’t take a note but from memory, a good Monte Bello, just now beginning to hit maturity. Decanted for a couple of hours. Very well balanced and enjoyable but still on the tigh...
by John Davis
March 14th, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle
Replies: 160
Views: 11351

Re: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle

2002 Monte Bello in decanter and a pot roast in the oven.
by John Davis
March 1st, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses
Replies: 91
Views: 4211

Re: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses

Another bring the wine but not the glasses or a glass opinion. If you want to bring a bit lesser, but by no means mediocre, wine, fine if the stem issues is that much of an problem. Have them over to your place and have light discussion about glassware, maybe. Give them stems next opportunity or occ...
by John Davis
February 23rd, 2020, 12:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Charcoal Grill - Weber?
Replies: 58
Views: 2745

Re: Charcoal Grill - Weber?

I’ve had Weber Kettles before and love them. I now have a BGE and a gas grill. I use the gas grill more simply because it less work. And I generally use the BGE for slow cooks. Though I do use it for grilling, too. I think some things taste better over charcoal and with some there is little differen...
by John Davis
February 20th, 2020, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for mailing list members
Replies: 58
Views: 3029

Re: Question for mailing list members

All reputable stores have as good provenance. Why do you assume provenance is not there? If you are not a regular customer, and know the shop, it's easy to be fooled in cool weather. I have been in a few shops, in the U.S. and abroad, that were brutally hot in summer, but seemed fine in winter. I k...
by John Davis
February 10th, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tench Winery
Replies: 56
Views: 6931

Re: Tench Winery

Glad I saw this thread, forgot all about it, in for 3 each.
by John Davis
February 1st, 2020, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Cali Cab to Age 25 Years
Replies: 79
Views: 4151

Re: 2015 Cali Cab to Age 25 Years

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
February 1st, 2020, 7:01 am
NickRut wrote:
February 1st, 2020, 6:44 am
Justin Wittkopf wrote:
February 1st, 2020, 6:36 am
MacDonald

Can you point us where to get MacDonald for somewhere in his price range? I’ll take a dozen.
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