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by John Davis
August 13th, 2019, 5:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 114
Views: 8517

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Also had a good meal at Carbone. We’ve only been once but it was very good.

JD
by John Davis
August 9th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Milbrandt Vineyards Chardonnay (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley)
Replies: 3
Views: 133

Re: TN: 2017 Milbrandt Vineyards Chardonnay (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley)

Pretty good producer for across the board value.

JD

*i sell these wines, too.
by John Davis
August 8th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Price versus Retail (Napa)
Replies: 43
Views: 2377

Re: Winery Price versus Retail (Napa)

What state do you live in? A lot let you buy alcohol at Costco without a membership (including CA).
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Indiana, too.
by John Davis
August 8th, 2019, 2:25 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Golf in/near Las Vegas
Replies: 13
Views: 400

Re: Golf in/near Las Vegas

Forgot about Royal Links and it is fun layout-forgot about that. I would have had better memories if we weren’t operating on 2 hours sleep in a 50 degree rain. Stay away fro Desert Pines.
by John Davis
August 5th, 2019, 6:00 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Golf in/near Las Vegas
Replies: 13
Views: 400

Re: Golf in/near Las Vegas

You might look at Paiute it is a bit of a drive but has 3 nice tracks by Pete Dye. Played there several times.

JD
by John Davis
August 5th, 2019, 7:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 114
Views: 8517

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Ryan A wrote:
August 4th, 2019, 10:22 pm
Does anyone have feedback on Bazaar Meats?

Side question- does Vegas allow BYOB with a corkage of course? Thanks!
Yes, many places allow BYOB in LV. Always check first, of course. MGM properties have a limit of 2 btls per table. Regardless of your party's size. Corkage fees vary.

JD
by John Davis
August 3rd, 2019, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: the perils of sharing allocations
Replies: 39
Views: 3602

Re: the perils of sharing allocations

I bought a guy’s allocation of a wine for years. He sent me the offer, I picked it out and paid for it and shipped it to my wine locker. His kids were in school and he didn’t want to spend the money but wanted to keep his place in line, keep his allocation. We did this with the stipulation that when...
by John Davis
July 22nd, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 136
Views: 8193

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

RIP.
by John Davis
July 16th, 2019, 5:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you break today?
Replies: 14
Views: 683

Re: What bottle of wine did you break today?

Dropped a magnum of Kracher in my garage a few years ago. Smelled great for about 6 months but was also a constant reminder of said dropping of the bottle.
by John Davis
July 10th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 114
Views: 8517

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Last visit to Bardot (late May) was disappointing. The food was fine but nothing more. The staff were arguing with each other (or so we thought due to body language and open animated “conversations”) and the service was lacking. I’ve recommended it before but won’t again. We go to Vegas about once a...
by John Davis
June 19th, 2019, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pisoni gets no love here
Replies: 38
Views: 1717

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: 57
Views: 2959

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: 3804

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: 1226

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: 13
Views: 1208

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: 4705

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: 3296

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: 1647

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: 2574

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: 7882

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: 1620

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: 1620

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: 1876

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: 389

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: 1174

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: 1174

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: 1574

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: 1110

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: 734

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: 2448

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: 1945
Views: 161730

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: 1047

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: 1047

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: 1120

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: 1120

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: 1120

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: 728

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: 1689

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: 2335

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: 1689

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: 728

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: 3451

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: 1556

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: 386

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: 469
Views: 37200

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: 469
Views: 37200

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: 2305

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: 2825

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: 2112

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...

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