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by John Davis
October 9th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine list help - Frasca October 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 353

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: 4522

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
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 646
Views: 34489

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 Forum
Topic: London Recos
Replies: 21
Views: 2369

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: 31
Views: 2455

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: 890

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
Topic: At What Age Did You Start Cooking?
Replies: 25
Views: 798

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
Topic: Orlando
Replies: 24
Views: 555

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: 2251

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
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 118
Views: 9248

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: 176

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: 2677

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: 1042

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: 1042

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: 118
Views: 9248

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: 3851

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: 9798

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: 766

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: 118
Views: 9248

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: 1794

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: 3789

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: 3864

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: 1883

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: 1913

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: 4846

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: 3422

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: 1666

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: 2618

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: 7978

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: 1660

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: 1660

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: 1892

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: 397

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: 1207

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: 1207

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: 30
Views: 2403

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: 1119

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: 791

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: 2486

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: 1977
Views: 167295

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: 1095

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: 1095

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: 1144

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: 1144

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: 1144

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: 760

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: 1740

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: 2367

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: 1740

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.

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