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by John Davis
March 20th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Napa First timer
Replies: 21
Views: 879

Re: Napa First timer

For your first visit, I would visit some of the classic wineries - Chateau Montelena, Ridge (if you want to drive to Sonoma County), Forman and Heitz would all fit the bill. I would skip Montelena. The grounds are beautiful, no doubt, but the tasting experience is very, very mediocre. I would say S...
by John Davis
March 20th, 2019, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker: Entering Cost of Wine Shipments
Replies: 45
Views: 910

Re: CellarTracker: Entering Cost of Wine Shipments

I d include tax and shipping-because that is what it cost me. IIRC, this has been discussed before and results are mixed.
by John Davis
March 20th, 2019, 7:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 564
Views: 23634

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thr

that list is just nuts == the upgrade is to a Corton-Charlemagne with zero bottle age? One of the reasons you pay the tariff, or perhaps previously it was a reason, was because the restaurant cellared the wine. I agree. This is one of the reasons I find Alinea, which I have been to and enjoy, frust...
by John Davis
March 19th, 2019, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Choosing an expensive wine for a special occasion
Replies: 53
Views: 1816

Re: Choosing an expensive wine for a special occasion

CellarTracker, right here, and critics but I don’t pay a lot of attention to those anymore. I would lean towards a producer I know and trust as much as much as anything.

JD
by John Davis
March 19th, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dishwasher and Wine Glasses
Replies: 56
Views: 1697

Re: Dishwasher and Wine Glasses

Dishwasher except for the Somm series and we don’t use those very often. Those that have been broken have been broken by me. Or my wife, which commonly is also my fault! 😃
by John Davis
March 16th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie Street Lock-Up
Replies: 34
Views: 1120

Re: Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie Street Lock-Up

Was with East Bank for many years. I highly recommend them. Had to move to Domaine as I needed inventory assistance since I moved and don’t have a cellar anymore.
by John Davis
March 15th, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Burger Porn
Replies: 95
Views: 3958

Re: Burger Porn

Wow! As Cheval must have gone down hill. Fast. The food is heavy, agreed. Been there many times never had a bad meal. My experience is that a comparison of Au Cheval and Five Guys is comical. Never had Shake Shack. And I like Five Guys by the way. Not a big fan of these huge burgers with a ton of st...
by John Davis
March 14th, 2019, 5:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Cat Cora storms out of Alinea: looks like a chef with too strong a sense of entitlement.
Replies: 26
Views: 1567

Re: Cat Cora storms out of Alinea: looks like a chef with too strong a sense of entitlement.

Nick Gangas wrote:
March 13th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Ok I meant why does she qualify as a superstar chef ? Like been said most of the chefs had established restaurant and reputations before they went on the show.
I don’t think she does.
by John Davis
March 7th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: DryCreekVnyds Chard Block 10 '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 154

Re: TN: DryCreekVnyds Chard Block 10 '17...(short/boring)

I sell and enjoy their wines. I agree, lots of bang for the buck pretty much across the board.
by John Davis
March 7th, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: SALAMI - What do you like? What producers?
Replies: 21
Views: 607

Re: SALAMI - What do you like? What producers?

These people are great and they produce great stuff. https://www.smokinggoose.com

I’ve recommended them here before and used to sell their products.

JD
by John Davis
March 1st, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Insurance: American Collectors
Replies: 7
Views: 668

Re: Wine Insurance: American Collectors

Alan Eden wrote:
February 27th, 2019, 2:17 pm
Chubb quoted my house and its only a $300K townhouse, try a different agent
This.
by John Davis
March 1st, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa County Legal Question: Tasting Rooms
Replies: 22
Views: 1237

Re: Napa County Legal Question: Tasting Rooms

I would imagine a fine, a warning, a meeting with the local alcohol board. Much like selling booze to a minor. And, if you do it enough, they take your license. There might also be a loop-hole/exception for very small operations and limits to how many people per visit or per day.
by John Davis
February 18th, 2019, 7:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Deli Slicer
Replies: 4
Views: 298

Re: Deli Slicer

Had a big one and a smaller one. The smaller one was pretty useless as it didn’t have enough power. I only got rid of the big one because we moved and no longer really had the space. Should have figured that out as I do miss it. The good ones (Hobart, Toledo and some others) are very heavy. I highly...
by John Davis
February 16th, 2019, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most consistent non first growth boardeax?
Replies: 35
Views: 1515

Re: Most consistent non first growth boardeax?

Matthew King wrote:
February 16th, 2019, 9:41 am
Leoville Las Cases
Agreed. Also have a soft spot for Palmer.
by John Davis
February 16th, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings
Replies: 18
Views: 701

Re: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings

I (actually my wife and I both) didn’t like 5 Guy’s fries, either. But we have a 5 guys 3-4 minutes from our house. But they have really grown on us. Out first time or two they were soft. But every time since they have been very good. McDonald’s fries, if they’re done right, are pretty good, too, J...
by John Davis
February 13th, 2019, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurant - Waiter pouring etiquette
Replies: 104
Views: 3446

Re: Restaurant - Waiter pouring etiquette

I generally let the staff handle pouring the wine. If it begins going sideways, I politely let them know what I would like and things generally go just fine. I have had to ask to see a manager, head somm, whomever, only once. Then again, I don’t byo that much as it is not legal in Indiana.

JD
by John Davis
February 13th, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings
Replies: 18
Views: 701

Re: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings

I (actually my wife and I both) didn’t like 5 Guy’s fries, either. But we have a 5 guys 3-4 minutes from our house. But they have really grown on us. Out first time or two they were soft. But every time since they have been very good. McDonald’s fries, if they’re done right, are pretty good, too, JD
by John Davis
February 6th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP board member Lou Kessler
Replies: 24
Views: 2213

Re: RIP board member Lou Kessler

Sorry to hear this as well.

JD
by John Davis
February 6th, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2019 release date
Replies: 81
Views: 4488

Re: Sandlands 2019 release date

Also in...great stuff, especially for the price. Easy decision.
by John Davis
February 5th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need to win a $50 max blind tasting red wine
Replies: 63
Views: 2241

Re: Need to win a $50 max blind tasting red wine

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
February 5th, 2019, 9:37 am
2016 vieux donjon

Sauternes is a good choice too.
Especially if the do the Sauternes is at the end. In our group stickies at the end of the tasting often really shine.

JD
by John Davis
February 5th, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Vegas for an almost rookie
Replies: 58
Views: 1893

Re: Vegas for an almost rookie

Alan, Thanks again. My wife is getting lots of scare stories about the pools being like a strip club ie full of drunk, naked people! Dan Been to the Aria’s pool 2-3 times and it has been pretty tame. Last time there was a younger woman that thought the pool was topless. No big deal, not sure anyone...
by John Davis
February 4th, 2019, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SOMM Journal: New Mexico Wines
Replies: 3
Views: 184

Re: SOMM Journal: New Mexico Wines

I've had the Gruet sparkler a few times and it was very good. Did not know they were labeling Washington state grapes as NM, that's a little disappointing. They are labeling “American”. Not using Washington grapes and labeling NM. I have sold these wines for years. And while still a really good val...
by John Davis
February 3rd, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: First attempt at apple pie
Replies: 25
Views: 654

Re: First attempt at apple pie

Those are awesome Christine!

JD
by John Davis
January 30th, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Liquid Farm Chardonnay La Hermana
Replies: 8
Views: 411

Re: TN: 2015 Liquid Farm Chardonnay La Hermana

Daniel McIntosh wrote:
January 30th, 2019, 2:29 pm
Great wine for $20.
Agreed.

JD
by John Davis
January 17th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Recommendations for a light lunch in Las Vegas?
Replies: 9
Views: 288

Re: Recommendations for a light lunch in Las Vegas?

Julian Serrano is in the Aria, you can always get some small plates. Really like the Aria overall.

JD
by John Davis
January 14th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016
Replies: 168
Views: 12662

Re: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016

Agreed, it is getting difficult to enjoy SF. After dozens of visits, it seems to just get worse each time.
by John Davis
January 9th, 2019, 5:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Outpost - who's buying?
Replies: 35
Views: 2573

Re: Outpost - who's buying?

I have been a pretty long time buyer. I am on the fence. They buyout and then price increase, to me, are not positive signs. Loved the wines in the past, but as often said, there is a lot of good juice out there.

JD
by John Davis
January 8th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa and Climate Change - Stock Up Now!
Replies: 32
Views: 1755

Re: Napa and Climate Change - Stock Up Now!

Gee -- that's nice. But even with the Constellation brands, Wagner, etc., or even over-priced labels like Harlan or Screaming Eagle, there are still a lot of small producers, family producers, workers, etc. that depend on the Napa area for livelihood. I guess they don't matter.... So predictable. T...
by John Davis
January 1st, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Producer
Replies: 104
Views: 4473

Re: Favorite Producer

Ridge and Donnhoff.

Morlet would be in the running for both red & white.

JD
by John Davis
December 25th, 2018, 6:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offline protocol
Replies: 55
Views: 1880

Re: Offline protocol

Equal pours, no question.
by John Davis
December 21st, 2018, 2:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 564
Views: 23634

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

We’ve been to Everest many times. We quit going years ago due to service issues on a few occasions. Always loved the food, room and view. Maybe time to revisit.

JD
by John Davis
December 11th, 2018, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good Store: Kahn’s
Replies: 13
Views: 631

Re: Good Store: Kahn’s

In Indianapolis?

JD
by John Davis
December 11th, 2018, 12:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 1960
Views: 107857

Re: New York City Restaurants

mark rudner wrote:
November 8th, 2018, 4:53 pm
how about a non-private list for the rest of us?
Just saw this and agree!

JD
by John Davis
December 11th, 2018, 12:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Mail Order Seafood Recommendations
Replies: 11
Views: 684

Re: Mail Order Seafood Recommendations

I would second Browne Trading as well as https://www.farm-2-market.com/ .

JD
by John Davis
November 22nd, 2018, 5:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pantheon wine shoppe, Chicago area, amazing
Replies: 9
Views: 759

Re: Pantheon wine shoppe, Chicago area, amazing

Is the stock in store different to website ? no DRC on website Maybe, to avoid confusion or mistakes in inventory. We have seen enough issues with ordering on line and what is actually in inventory. I had one pleasant dealing with them over the phone. I didn’t check prices as it was a specific wine...
by John Davis
November 21st, 2018, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Tasting Fees
Replies: 87
Views: 6656

Re: Napa Tasting Fees

I don’t pay a lot of tasting room fees. I generally go to producers from which I regularly purchase wines. I don’t expect to pay if I am a already a good customer. Or, I go through ITB people. However, I have paid a tasting fee plenty of times. And if I object to their price or policies-I don’t go. JD
by John Davis
November 17th, 2018, 1:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The best fast food burger I never heard of
Replies: 47
Views: 1941

Re: The best fast food burger I never heard of

TimF wrote:
November 17th, 2018, 9:21 am
I think Portillo’s burger is way better than Culver’s. I also think In N Out is way better than McDonalds. In N Out has a very unique flavor — especially animal style that I really dig.
Forgot about Portillo’s. Agree.

JD
by John Davis
November 10th, 2018, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Wine to Friends and Family?
Replies: 15
Views: 840

Re: Shipping Wine to Friends and Family?

As I think I have posted before and from a delivery driver (won’t give the company). Arrange a pick up from your home or office on line. The driver doesn’t care what it is (as long as it isn’t dangerous), it’s just another box to them.

I have personally shipped “olive oil” many t8mes, too.

JD
by John Davis
November 5th, 2018, 5:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?
Replies: 66
Views: 1999

Re: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?

Well, a flute without holes is not a flute. A donut without a hole is a danish... a wise proverb.

JD
by John Davis
November 5th, 2018, 8:27 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?
Replies: 66
Views: 1999

Re: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?

Had avocado on an English muffin this am. Is that avocado toast?

JD
by John Davis
November 1st, 2018, 1:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The best fast food burger I never heard of
Replies: 47
Views: 1941

Re: The best fast food burger I never heard of

We have Steak & Shake, Culvers and 5 Guys (among the other usual suspects) in town. I feel like Steak & Shake's quality has gone down-at least in our area. 5 Guys is likely the best in town but Culvers is just behind them. That is among chains, we have some pretty good independents but that is besid...
by John Davis
October 21st, 2018, 9:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Smoking Prime Rib
Replies: 9
Views: 611

Re: Smoking Prime Rib

I have done it many times on a BGE with and without smoking chips. It works very well both ways, it is a personal taste issue as to which one is better. I prefer less smoke but to each their own. My wife loves it with some smoke. The recipe is very, very close to what I have done in the past.

JD
by John Davis
October 7th, 2018, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Distinctive Malbec from the New World?
Replies: 15
Views: 615

Re: Distinctive Malbec from the New World?

The Tapiz rec above is solid. Even their entry level is pretty good. I have sold it in the past.

JD
by John Davis
October 7th, 2018, 8:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 71
Views: 5688

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Do you still need a jacket and tie at Robuchon? I’m going next month but don’t want to pack for that. Depends on who you are. Last time we were there we were told jackets were required but there was a table wearing jeans and t-shirts. That and a service issue has kept us from returning. To bad, the...
by John Davis
October 4th, 2018, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Business and Employee Discount Programs
Replies: 8
Views: 2673

Re: Business and Employee Discount Programs

In Indiana I’m not even sure it is legal. You can give bulk discounts (10% on 6 btls is most common). But you cannot offer pricing to one group, or individual, and not everyone else.

JD
by John Davis
September 27th, 2018, 1:06 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 101
Views: 3117

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

alan weinberg wrote:
September 27th, 2018, 11:53 am
Corey N. wrote:
September 20th, 2018, 12:31 pm
Thanks gents. I'll focus my search in the 6th arrondissement.
Relais Christine
Very possibly our next hotel in Paris.

JD
by John Davis
September 27th, 2018, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How is the Durand wine opener?
Replies: 51
Views: 1634

Re: How is the Durand wine opener?

Love mine....

JD
by John Davis
September 15th, 2018, 4:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Is a VitaMix worth it?
Replies: 39
Views: 1747

Re: Is a VitaMix worth it?

I love ours. I know we could do without it, maybe there are cheaper versions, but I would buy one again when it wears out. And after 7+ it shows no sign of wear.

JD
by John Davis
September 13th, 2018, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2059
Views: 194153

Re: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

Edward H. Earles wrote:
September 13th, 2018, 5:40 am
Scott Brunson wrote:
September 13th, 2018, 5:38 am
Now I'm craving a little taste of Bourbon. Alas, I don't seem to have any... [whistle.gif]
At 7:38 AM?
Scotch then? [cheers.gif]

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