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by John Davis
December 3rd, 2019, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: so who still gets wine spectator? and why?
Replies: 47
Views: 2377

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: 41
Views: 1390

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: 518

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: 1123

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: 3745

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: 3679

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: 1345

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: 2324

Re: No more space, do you keep buying?

Parties and off site storage here.
by John Davis
November 3rd, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys
Replies: 70
Views: 4373

Re: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys

I don’t that Rhys wasn’t mentioned matters, either. Is it possible Rhys doesn’t send wines to WS to taste and thus the omission?
by John Davis
October 31st, 2019, 5:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 660
Views: 35838

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Had an early dinner at Cherry Circle Room before a Bears game recently and recommend it.
by John Davis
October 30th, 2019, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews
Replies: 83
Views: 5549

Re: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews

When we were there they had some Ridge on what they call a list. So I guess we got lucky but their list does indeed suck.
by John Davis
October 29th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Peter Luger NYT review.
Replies: 63
Views: 2630

Re: Peter Luger NYT review.

RyanC wrote:
October 29th, 2019, 2:54 pm
M.Kaplan wrote:
October 29th, 2019, 2:12 pm
Pete Wells is a crummy restaurant critic and Peter Luger is a shadow of its former self (and has been for a decade). Both things can be true.
+1
+2
by John Davis
October 29th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 155
Views: 11381

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

So my trip to the US including Las Vegas is getting closer. As one of the evenings is on NYE, do you need to book well in advance? Was planning to book early December, or is that too late? My wife is pregnant so wine will be less of an option unfortunately. Still considering Lamaii + Sparrow & Wolf...
by John Davis
October 20th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Where Does Dessert Go For You?
Replies: 17
Views: 1095

Re: Where Does Dessert Go For You?

Michae1 P0wers wrote:
October 20th, 2019, 9:37 am
Prefer cheese to sweets, and in general can do without desserts, but would put dessert last if I was doing both. Transition back to savory cheeses, even with sweet or fruity accompaniment, doesn't work well for me.
Same.
by John Davis
October 9th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine list help - Frasca October 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 406

Re: Wine list help - Frasca October 2019

We were there in July and I think John K.’s advice is excellent. That is pretty much we did. Great restaurant- enjoy!

JD
by John Davis
October 4th, 2019, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Shafer HSS offer
Replies: 45
Views: 4601

Re: 2015 Shafer HSS offer

Bailed off the list after many years quite a while ago. Past what I was willing to pay for that wine.
by John Davis
October 1st, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 660
Views: 35838

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

We went to Lulu (first time) and loved it a couple of months ago.

JD
by John Davis
October 1st, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: London Recos
Replies: 21
Views: 3184

Re: London Recos

We really enjoyed the Taj St. James’ for a hotel. Great location, great staff.

JD
by John Davis
September 25th, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pierre Girardin : new kid on the block
Replies: 37
Views: 3116

Re: Pierre Girardin : new kid on the block

Just went to an industry thing and some of his wines were featured. Agree with OP’s opinion of th Puligny-Montrachet Folatieres. Liked several of the wines of wines. His Bourgogne Rouge Eclat de Calcaire would be a very good value if they had any to sell. Also impressed by the Corton Charlie and the...
by John Davis
September 22nd, 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Minnesota Wine Cellar Home Assistance Requested
Replies: 12
Views: 951

Re: Minnesota Wine Cellar Home Assistance Requested

I have sold a few houses with cellars. Agree, with many here. Feature the cellar in advertising. But at the end of the day, once you sell the house the new owners will do what they like.

JD
by John Davis
September 19th, 2019, 1:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: At What Age Did You Start Cooking?
Replies: 25
Views: 1438

Re: At What Age Did You Start Cooking?

Young. I don’t specifically remember but as soon as I could sit on a counter and stir, crack eggs, etc... later westood on a stool. Myself and a couple of siblings learned to cook early.

JD
by John Davis
August 27th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Orlando
Replies: 24
Views: 679

Re: Orlando

I can’t help but going to be in the area in November. Initial research was not promising.
by John Davis
August 27th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do I buy from people's cellars?
Replies: 31
Views: 2301

Re: How do I buy from people's cellars?

I have bought and sold from other people on many occasions. Sometimes we just traded. It is getting to know the people that is the hardest part. Commerce corner is a great start. I doubt any police force is going to waste resources on individual citizens making a deal on a few bottles here or there.
by John Davis
August 13th, 2019, 5:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 155
Views: 11381

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: 189

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: 2717

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Golf in/near Las Vegas
Replies: 13
Views: 1694

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Golf in/near Las Vegas
Replies: 13
Views: 1694

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 155
Views: 11381

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: 3937

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: 138
Views: 9979

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: 768

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 155
Views: 11381

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: 1806

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 4434

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: 3891

Re: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?

Get a camera.
by John Davis
June 12th, 2019, 12:35 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Favorite San Francisco Hotel?
Replies: 29
Views: 3172

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: What to do with one day in Nashville?
Replies: 13
Views: 2529

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Nashville and Surrounding area Eats?????
Replies: 73
Views: 4882

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: 3447

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: 1675

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: 2632

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: 8028

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?
Replies: 42
Views: 1691

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?
Replies: 42
Views: 1691

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: 1912

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: 413

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: How do you prepare popcorn?
Replies: 29
Views: 1240

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

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