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by John Davis
July 13th, 2020, 2:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 790
Views: 42452

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: 16
Views: 458

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: 790
Views: 42452

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: 32
Views: 1778

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: 1075

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: 1404

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: 1404

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: 19145

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: 3144

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: 1535

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: 2337

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: 1177

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: 706

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: 1000

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: 856

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: 2583

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: 2583

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: 7124

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: 3505

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: 2255

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: 2274

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: 2319

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: 529

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: 11095

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: 11095

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: 4086

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: 2254

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: 2943

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: 6775

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: 4041

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.
The mailing list
Which is closed, right?
by John Davis
January 31st, 2020, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne with Omakase
Replies: 24
Views: 923

Re: Champagne with Omakase

Neal.Mollen wrote:
January 31st, 2020, 1:09 pm
I'd almost certainly go with the rose.
I agree. Will hold up with wide variety of flavors.
by John Davis
January 29th, 2020, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?
Replies: 149
Views: 9172

Re: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?

Grabbed 10 btls. love their stuff!
by John Davis
January 26th, 2020, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you had to pick 2 Champagne Producers......
Replies: 101
Views: 3759

Re: If you had to pick 2 Champagne Producers......

Corey Porche wrote:
January 26th, 2020, 4:36 am
Roederer and Krug
Same.
by John Davis
January 5th, 2020, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anderson Valley recs?
Replies: 49
Views: 1759

Re: Anderson Valley recs?

The views at the Heritage House are fantastic. Yeah, it is a bit of a drive but a pretty one.
by John Davis
January 4th, 2020, 11:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 3187

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.

We use ketchup in some bbq sauce recipes. Sometimes/usually on fries but that is about it. Oh, and sauteed beef/calves liver! [swoon.gif]
by John Davis
January 2nd, 2020, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Box Wines
Replies: 11
Views: 3446

Re: Box Wines

Big House or Black Box.
by John Davis
December 25th, 2019, 7:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Cinnamon Ice Cream.
Replies: 12
Views: 1418

Re: Cinnamon Ice Cream.

Haven’t made that in forever....now I am going to have to.....
by John Davis
December 20th, 2019, 12:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What is on the menu for your big holiday dinner?
Replies: 29
Views: 2060

Re: What is on the menu for your big holiday dinner?

Christmas Eve, Calf’s liver and onion, don’t ask me how we got there but I am o.k with that Christmas dinner Standing rib roast. Haven’t decided on wines yet as wife and I are the only wine drinkers.
by John Davis
December 17th, 2019, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux Night: 78 Margaux, 2000 Palmer, 89 Montrose, 96/98 Calon Segur
Replies: 12
Views: 761

Re: Bordeaux Night: 78 Margaux, 2000 Palmer, 89 Montrose, 96/98 Calon Segur

Pretty much agree with Joshua. He 78 was the 11th bottle of a case I’ve had over the last 8-9 years. This was probably the best that I have had. Lots of graphite, cedar, completely integrated, its on the downside-but far from dying-so drink now. This showed very, very well. The Palmer was excellent ...
by John Davis
December 3rd, 2019, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: so who still gets wine spectator? and why?
Replies: 47
Views: 2559

Re: so who still gets wine spectator? and why?

I get mine for free as well using miles on an airline I haven't flown for years. It's about the right value for Wine Spectator. I like keeping WS in the bathroom when I have a few minutes to kill every morning. [snort.gif] [/quot Pretty much the same. It is more of a lifestyle magazine anyway. But ...
by John Davis
November 28th, 2019, 7:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Scrambled eggs
Replies: 43
Views: 2953

Re: Scrambled eggs

I use the Gordon Ramsay method. Crack the eggs into a non-stick pan over medium heat and constantly stir with a spatula until they begin to cook and thicken a bit. Then toss in butter (tbsp to 4eggs) and continue to stir, remove from heat, add s&p to taste and continue to stir over heat until desir...
by John Davis
November 28th, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Beringer Knights Valley Reserve
Replies: 4
Views: 729

Re: 2016 Beringer Knights Valley Reserve

Ahh, drank an ocean of the Knight’s Valley in the mid 90’s. Found a bottle of 92 maybe 5 years ago in the back of the cellar. It had seen better days but it did bring back memories.
by John Davis
November 19th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar advice
Replies: 21
Views: 1235

Re: Cellar advicea

Hate diamond bins. Had them in my first cellar (27 years ago?) and didn’t put them in my next two builds. Pain in the ass unless all of you bottles are the same size.
by John Davis
November 19th, 2019, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo Purchases Pahlmeyer
Replies: 48
Views: 3962

Re: Gallo Purchases Pahlmeyer

Haven’t thought about those wines in years. I remember them fondly and can’t remember why I stopped drinking them.
by John Davis
November 7th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 121
Views: 4160

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

Also don’t buy many WBs anymore, either. Still drink Chards just not a lot from Burgundy. We do order it occasionally in restaurants (assuming reasonable prices when and if you can find them) and if they are premoxed it isn’t my loss.
by John Davis
November 7th, 2019, 3:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: time to talk turkey
Replies: 29
Views: 2434

Re: time to talk turkey

Also use a BGE ad do Turkey (or just a breast) a few times per year.
by John Davis
November 5th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No more space, do you keep buying?
Replies: 53
Views: 2580

Re: No more space, do you keep buying?

Parties and off site storage here.

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