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by John Davis
April 14th, 2021, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chicago NW Suburbs Wine Storage
Replies: 9
Views: 484

Re: Chicago NW Suburbs Wine Storage

I was a customer at East Bank for many years. For a small fee, they will (or would) put your wine away for you. I moved to Domaine because we moved and I no longer have a cellar. Domaine used to use CellarTracker! and it made my inventory control simple. We are in Chicago frequently anyway so it was...
by John Davis
April 14th, 2021, 6:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help, I need some new pots
Replies: 37
Views: 2818

Re: Help, I need some new pots

We’ve used All Clad for years and have been very happy.
by John Davis
April 7th, 2021, 5:38 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Splurge long weekend in Napa/Sonoma
Replies: 8
Views: 405

Re: Splurge long weekend in Napa/Sonoma

That is a big question. I would say either Napa or Sonoma and that, along with many other things, depends on your friends. What kind of wines do they like? Do they already prefer either Napa or Sonoma? What kind of dining do they like? Do they want more distractions or are they just into wine? How m...
by John Davis
April 7th, 2021, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Issues with Grassl glasses breaking?
Replies: 91
Views: 4092

Re: Issues with Grassl glasses breaking?

Use ours all of the time, daily, and have had no issues. We also put them in the dishwasher. Wine glasses get broken even when you are careful. In one of the first wine classes/seminars I took the instructor said, “wine glasses get broken and wine gets spilled”, it’s part of the game.
by John Davis
April 3rd, 2021, 6:34 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 2021 Travel
Replies: 40
Views: 1127

Re: 2021 Travel

Like many others, we cancelled a couple of trips. We have nothing planned yet but are looking to do some traveling later in the summer and fall. As to where, negotiations between the wife and I are ongoing. But we are ready to get back to “normal”.
by John Davis
April 2nd, 2021, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar dust
Replies: 17
Views: 846

Re: Cellar dust

J. Rock wrote: April 2nd, 2021, 8:28 am I love dusty bottles. Embrace it!
Agreed!
by John Davis
March 24th, 2021, 5:12 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Best spot for 2-3 days Napa (lodging) in April
Replies: 14
Views: 1101

Re: Best spot for 2-3 days Napa (lodging) in April

Stayed in Napa Valley Lodge several times. It is perfectly fine. It’s a hotel that has been converted. If the price is right, it is a fine place to stay. The staff has been very helpful more than once. Four Sisters is nice as is Villagio and Vintage Inn.
by John Davis
March 23rd, 2021, 2:54 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Best spot for 2-3 days Napa (lodging) in April
Replies: 14
Views: 1101

Re: Best spot for 2-3 days Napa (lodging) in April

Also agree with Yountville.
by John Davis
March 23rd, 2021, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grape best suited to transmitting terroir
Replies: 54
Views: 2340

Re: Grape best suited to transmitting terroir

Pinot, Riesling, and Chardonnay is what I have always read/heard. And I believe it to be accurate, too.
by John Davis
March 12th, 2021, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 JJ Prüm is very special
Replies: 57
Views: 4978

Re: 2019 JJ Prüm is very special

Now I'm curious what you're other 214 bottles are. Well the 5 cases of Donnhoff Estate I just picked up didn't hurt the count. A couple other Donnhoff mixed cases. 2 cases of Falkenstein. 3 mixed cases Dr Loosen. 2 mixed cases Muller. 4 mixed cases Schaefer. And another couple of cases of odds and ...
by John Davis
March 10th, 2021, 7:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Nashville Eats
Replies: 8
Views: 1482

Re: Nashville Eats

I have no idea what the restaurant scene is in Nashville now but based on many years of visiting.... City House, Lockeland Table, Adele's, Etch, Husk, Martin's for BBQ is a good suggestion, kid friendly, Rolf and Daughters is great but I'm not sure it is kid friendly. Loveless Cafe would be good but...
by John Davis
March 5th, 2021, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 19 Crimes Pinot Noir The Punishment (Australia, South Eastern)
Replies: 26
Views: 890

Re: TN: 2018 19 Crimes Pinot Noir The Punishment (Australia, South Eastern)

Case stacked in Kroger, Sam's, chain stores. It is extremely popular and everything the OP says.
by John Davis
March 3rd, 2021, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: best Gewurz for spicy Asian food?
Replies: 31
Views: 1254

Re: best Gewurz for spicy Asian food?

If we are drinking gewurz with Asian we don’t over think it. Darting has been the latest favorite. I get the Riesling sentiment and drink that, too.
by John Davis
February 18th, 2021, 9:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Las Vegas Suggestions
Replies: 13
Views: 977

Re: Las Vegas Suggestions

Guy Savoy is the best meal I've had in LV (on two occasions). But, as the OP points out, the price is insane. The same can be said of Twist and Joel Robuchon (not a fan anyway). It depends on what you are looking for and maybe where you are staying. Momofuko is solid. I may be in the minority but ou...
by John Davis
February 16th, 2021, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Was The First CA Winery To ‘Get’ Pinot Correctly?
Replies: 67
Views: 4302

Re: What Was The First CA Winery To ‘Get’ Pinot Correctly?

Caldera and Chalone came to mind first but Martin Ray and Davis Bruce are good examples as well.
by John Davis
February 14th, 2021, 1:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Stanley Tucci "Searching for Italy"
Replies: 104
Views: 5329

Re: Stanley Tucci "Searching for Italy"

John Davis wrote: February 14th, 2021, 1:39 pm We will be watching for sure
by John Davis
February 14th, 2021, 1:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Stanley Tucci "Searching for Italy"
Replies: 104
Views: 5329

Re: Stanley Tucci "Searching for Italy"

We will be watching fr sure
by John Davis
January 30th, 2021, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Taylor's care if I get a bad bottle?
Replies: 28
Views: 1938

Re: Does Taylor's care if I get a bad bottle?

.... I feel like I got what i deserve for buying a cheap port. At $75/bottle, I would hardly call Taylor's "cheap port". [wow.gif] Could have been a LBV Port which is cheap. OP needs to clarify. Is the OP referring to the Taylor from New York? The one that makes a whole bunch of cheap des...
by John Davis
January 30th, 2021, 9:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Somebody Feed Phil
Replies: 35
Views: 2000

Re: Somebody Feed Phil

Pretty much feel like you. It is worth the watch and Phil seems to be genuinely into food. And he is a bit goofy.
by John Davis
January 27th, 2021, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Speaking of Ridge... Donn Reisen
Replies: 10
Views: 1200

Re: Speaking of Ridge... Donn Reisen

Agreed, great guy. He graciously pulled a 91 MB (one of my favorites) for us when we visited many moons ago.
by John Davis
January 27th, 2021, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Outpost Pre-Release
Replies: 21
Views: 2073

Re: Outpost Pre-Release

I ordered only a few bottles because of the price. I really like this producer, or I did prior to the sale, and am hang on because TRB is still making the wine. I love their Grenache but pricing may chase me away. I will give Mending Wall another chance but was not that impressed at our visit a few ...
by John Davis
January 26th, 2021, 12:44 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Rao's NYC Now Offering Takeout
Replies: 19
Views: 2856

Re: Rao's NYC Now Offering Takeout

Sold some of the sauces when I was in the business. It was very good for a jarred sauce. But it is still a jarred sauce. Did very well at the Fancy Food Show, IIRC.
by John Davis
January 25th, 2021, 2:31 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Chicago: Drake or Conrad?
Replies: 7
Views: 926

Re: Chicago: Drake or Conrad?

Conrad. The Drake is nice but old. I like the Conrad’s location better. It as been years but my last stay at The Drake they refused to honor a promotion. We went back and forth but it wasn’t much money so I just gave up. But their attitude was bad enough that I swore the place off.
by John Davis
January 21st, 2021, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Birth Year Buying Philosophy
Replies: 100
Views: 4340

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: 2092

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: 785

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: 10006

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: 742

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: 1101

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: 4363

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: 1386

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: 1957

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: 981

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: 8276

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: 1100

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: 1469

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: 3646

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: 722

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: 3819

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: 1559

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: 3871

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: 5691

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: 5691

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: 3304

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: 1059

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: 4537

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: 21187

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: 14
Views: 2986

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: 290
Views: 27696

Re: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!

Bought some a few weeks ago and like them very much.

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