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by Michael Klein
July 10th, 2020, 1:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 791
Views: 42507

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Band of Bohemia Michelin-starred brewpub temporarily closes amid employee complaints and a restaurant industry reckoning Michelin-starred restaurant Band of Bohemia has temporarily closed its doors and issued a public apology after online accusations of fostering a hostile workplace and mismanageme...
by Michael Klein
July 9th, 2020, 9:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 791
Views: 42507

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Kokonas is operating on a higher horse than anyone ive seen. Guy has drank way too much of his own kool aid. Current situation could not display this more beautifully.
by Michael Klein
July 2nd, 2020, 9:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 791
Views: 42507

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Bite Cafe (UK village) is officially closing for good. Very sad. This was home base for my wife and I for the better part of the last 10 years. Brunches, dinners, shows next door at the Empty Bottle. This was my favorite all around BYO. Silver lining is that opening in its place will be a Sicilian s...
by Michael Klein
June 30th, 2020, 6:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com
Replies: 81
Views: 8647

Re: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com

Resurrecting this thread. I finally won (unsurprisingly) my chargeback/dispute. It took a lot more time and BS than it should have, but its glad to know Chase had my back in a clear scam scenario. I'm going to do my best to bump this thread on a semi regular basis. This whole situation was horrible....
by Michael Klein
June 23rd, 2020, 11:13 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Outdoor options for food and wine in wine country?
Replies: 3
Views: 358

Re: Outdoor options for food and wine in wine country?

We have always loved the patio at Willow Wood Cafe in Graton. Always our first stop when driving up there!
by Michael Klein
June 23rd, 2020, 9:56 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Chicago and suburbs
Replies: 493
Views: 44684

Re: Chicago and suburbs

Worth mentioning again - esp as bump - Daisies offers $15 corkage. Was our first proper post covid lockdown meal and we had a blast.
by Michael Klein
June 23rd, 2020, 9:17 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 791
Views: 42507

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Had a wonderful dinner last Friday at Daisies. Found it very safe and it was beyond refreshing to go out.
by Michael Klein
June 16th, 2020, 12:18 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: is this the end of byo culture?
Replies: 33
Views: 2593

Re: is this the end of byo culture?

So happy to be so wrong on this one. We have a dinner res friday night at a favorite in our neighborhood (Daisies, here in Chicago) and are excited to be bringing along some wine.
by Michael Klein
June 15th, 2020, 1:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 791
Views: 42507

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

What a fun weekend. I went to Park and Field for a drink and Big Star for dinner with my wife on Friday Night. Sat, we went to parsons for brunch. I thought everywhere did a great job and we felt very safe. Heading to Daisies this Friday and planning to bring a couple bottles. Will report back corka...
by Michael Klein
June 15th, 2020, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Covid and corkage
Replies: 21
Views: 1353

Re: Covid and corkage

i started another thread about my concern for this when covid first started up. Happy to say i have a res on friday and they are welcoming us and our weird wine hobby back with open arms!
by Michael Klein
June 2nd, 2020, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com
Replies: 81
Views: 8647

Re: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com

Good question - i continue to follow up with chase, provide documentation, etc. I will be satisfied when they officially close this out.

This outfit is a scam! Truly bad people. 145 separate BBB complaints and an F rating.
by Michael Klein
June 2nd, 2020, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com
Replies: 81
Views: 8647

Re: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com

Credit card dispute still not closed, so this goes on. This outfit is an outright scam and the level of which - is a little bit scary. Luckly im out $500, which likely will be taken care of by my bank. As it should be. From here - I am making it my mission to expose these assholes. 145 BBB complaint...
by Michael Klein
May 28th, 2020, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com
Replies: 81
Views: 8647

Re: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com

and to be clear - the company did deliver 8 bottles of wine i ordered. the final 4 were what were replaced with 3 total randoms. Those bottles are marked up SIGNIFICANTLY on their site and thus, they claim equal or greater value. Champagne Barons de Rothchild does not cost $100 a bottle - unless you...
by Michael Klein
May 28th, 2020, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com
Replies: 81
Views: 8647

Re: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com

company is now asking me to send wine back. they did not provide a packing slip and no one will send me one. I don't think they have any idea what they sent.

I can't in good faith send this back with no packing slip. they will screw me. I think ill let the CC dispute play out.
by Michael Klein
May 27th, 2020, 10:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 791
Views: 42507

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Anyone tried the more recent Alinea spring tasting menu? Might give it a try this Friday.
by Michael Klein
May 26th, 2020, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com
Replies: 81
Views: 8647

Re: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com

Can you explain, Victor? That is honestly the debacle I am in here. I also am holed up in a condo in chicago during covid and do not have ability actually rebox and ship. Any help here is certainly appreciated. should also be noted the box came with no packing slip to prove what was inside. I am ver...
by Michael Klein
May 26th, 2020, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com
Replies: 81
Views: 8647

Re: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com

i contested the charge over a week ago when i could smell this was fishy. Told them I would pull it once i saw some wine. Then the whole incorrect case showed up with the note. I am continuing the credit card contest as the first line of defense. The rest of my effort now is to take down a business ...
by Michael Klein
May 26th, 2020, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com
Replies: 81
Views: 8647

Re: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com

Just had a nice conversation with an agent from the CT liquor control board. Many, many complaints about these guys.
by Michael Klein
May 26th, 2020, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com
Replies: 81
Views: 8647

Re: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com

Here is the crown jewel of this bullshit, the “note” and the “replacements” for my delamotte bdb. Lol.
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by Michael Klein
May 26th, 2020, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com
Replies: 81
Views: 8647

Re: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com

FTC complaint will be issued and I will also be calling the CT liquor control board. i think this idiotic company doubts just how bored i am 2+ months into this covid shit.
by Michael Klein
May 26th, 2020, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Joseph Swan Vineyards - Recent Tasting Notes & Releases!
Replies: 6
Views: 688

Re: Joseph Swan Vineyards - Recent Tasting Notes & Releases!

Long time bump - but for any big swan fans (ahem Todd French!!) Rod Burgland is hosting a zoom this Friday night. It is going to focus on Zeigler vineyard zin in honor of the recently passed ken zeigler.
by Michael Klein
May 26th, 2020, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com
Replies: 81
Views: 8647

Re: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com

Any one want to be of help here? I am at the end of my ability to work with this company and am truly hoping Chase will help bail me out. I am also convinced 8 of the bottles of bruno paillard i ordered are fake. the labels just look wrong to me. If anyone has suggestions of what to do next - short ...
by Michael Klein
May 26th, 2020, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com
Replies: 81
Views: 8647

Re: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com

You can add another to this scam list. In all my time buying wine, this is the first time I have truly been scammed and I feel like an idiot. TLDR - I ordered a case of wine a month plus ago. Texts, calls, broken promises galore for over a month. $500 order. I finally got the case and none of the wi...
by Michael Klein
May 19th, 2020, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...
Replies: 152
Views: 13228

Re: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...

AD Northup wrote:
May 19th, 2020, 11:10 am
Michael Klein wrote:
May 19th, 2020, 10:34 am
Jacques Selosse Lieux-dits 'La Cote Faron' $240 ea - whoa.
Wow, what city?
chicago
by Michael Klein
May 19th, 2020, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...
Replies: 152
Views: 13228

Re: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...

Jacques Selosse Lieux-dits 'La Cote Faron' $240 ea - whoa.
by Michael Klein
May 19th, 2020, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quintas in Duoro
Replies: 3
Views: 272

Re: Quintas in Duoro

if this is travel oriented, we had a fabulous stay at quinta de la rosa in pinhao, a couple years ago. everything we wanted and we did it without a car. train from porto to pinhao was a highlight. cab drivers waiting at the train station and maybe 5 euro to get us and our bags to the quinta. easily ...
by Michael Klein
May 14th, 2020, 8:21 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 266
Views: 13173

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/europe-summer-coronavirus-tourism/index.html TLDR is that europe in general seems to be on a path to try to reopen. That said, prospects look poor for those of us visiting from the US. I have a trip to Portugal on the books late August and am starting to accept tha...
by Michael Klein
May 12th, 2020, 12:35 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: is this the end of byo culture?
Replies: 33
Views: 2593

Re: is this the end of byo culture?

Interesting direction this thread has taken. Crazy its been less than two months. I have no idea still where things are heading, but I have a few semi random thoughts. Just thinking out loud. Food/dining/bars are truly what I "like to do most" in my free time. Im far from ITB and mostly an average d...
by Michael Klein
April 30th, 2020, 1:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 791
Views: 42507

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

starting to feel like wave two of closure/reopening/inventory sell off is underway. between aviary/alinea selling all their old/expensive whiskey & fat rice permanently closing (or changing), its been a strange week. I am very sorry for everyone in this business. Really. I just can't even fathom. V...
by Michael Klein
April 30th, 2020, 12:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 791
Views: 42507

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

starting to feel like wave two of closure/reopening/inventory sell off is underway. between aviary/alinea selling all their old/expensive whiskey & fat rice permanently closing (or changing), its been a strange week. I am very sorry for everyone in this business. Really. I just can't even fathom. Ve...
by Michael Klein
April 27th, 2020, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom Event With Brad Baker & Cedric Mousse of Mousse Fils--4/25 @ 1PM ET
Replies: 82
Views: 2332

Re: Zoom Event With Brad Baker & Cedric Mousse of Mousse Fils--4/25 @ 1PM ET

Late to the THANK YOU party - but man, did my wife and I really enjoy that. I have such a deep appreciation for Frank for helping to put that together and of course to Cedric for his time. Just awesome. Hope we can many more!!! Ended up consuming 3x Mousse Fils over the weekend as result - just coul...
by Michael Klein
April 21st, 2020, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle Virtual Zoom Tasting with Mike Officer--Thursday, April 30th @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET
Replies: 132
Views: 4338

Re: Carlisle Virtual Zoom Tasting--You Vote For The Date

dam n- thanks for arranging this now, frank! really appreciate and am looking forward to either date.
by Michael Klein
April 14th, 2020, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Zoom event????
Replies: 65
Views: 1573

Re: Champagne Zoom event????

im def in for more of this!
by Michael Klein
April 13th, 2020, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cedric Mousse--Champagne Zoom event today 3PM ET
Replies: 20
Views: 382

Re: Cedric Mousse--Champagne Zoom event today 3PM ET

wow - last min and i have a ton of work to do, but this is one of my FAVORITE producers so i will def be dialing in! Wish i knew sooner as i just brought back a horizontal of mousse offerings to do a fun tasting over the course of a few nights with my wife.

Cheers!
michael
by Michael Klein
March 31st, 2020, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie Virtual Tasting--Tuesday, 4/7 @ 5PM PT with Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui
Replies: 304
Views: 9705

Re: Rivers-Marie: any interest in a WB Zoom event next week?

Id be interested in this! i have a 2014 b theriot chard and a 2014 joy road chard itching to be opened
by Michael Klein
March 31st, 2020, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...
Replies: 152
Views: 13228

Re: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...

AD Northup wrote:
March 31st, 2020, 9:53 am
Michael Klein wrote:
March 31st, 2020, 9:46 am
Yea - i noticed this start to get aggressive this past week here in chicago. Feels like robbery but i do know restaurants appreciate the cash flow right now.

2008 dom @ 125
2006 dom @ 115
prevost la closerie @ 96
Wow, would have cleared them out of the Prevost
I did :) last bottle
by Michael Klein
March 31st, 2020, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...
Replies: 152
Views: 13228

Re: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...

Yea - i noticed this start to get aggressive this past week here in chicago. Feels like robbery but i do know restaurants appreciate the cash flow right now.

2008 dom @ 125
2006 dom @ 115
prevost la closerie @ 96
by Michael Klein
March 26th, 2020, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1770
Views: 109900

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

i had an 02 fleury this past week - and enjoyed it quite a lot. considering the up in quality and vintage, this seems worth a try.
by Michael Klein
March 26th, 2020, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1770
Views: 109900

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

josh i am def interested - have you had this cuvee before and can you comment?
by Michael Klein
March 24th, 2020, 10:58 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: is this the end of byo culture?
Replies: 33
Views: 2593

is this the end of byo culture?

Had a thought today - could this current covid-19 situation mark the end of BYO policies at restaurants? Discuss...

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by Michael Klein
February 26th, 2020, 2:01 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 539
Views: 47575

Re: The Cocktail Thread

Regarding Cocktails is truly a great book. Glad to see the love here!
by Michael Klein
February 19th, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 306
Views: 23333

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Great updates here! I need to get back to Paris. Michel, those shots of Septime La Cave bring me back - sigh, I love that spot. It's truly one of the only wine bars ive ever loved. Would kill for a place like that in Chicago.

Clamato - i need to get there too!
by Michael Klein
February 12th, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Lisbon & Porto - Portugal
Replies: 9
Views: 1416

Re: Lisbon & Porto - Portugal

In Porto, you are crazy to not stay at the Yeatman, especially if there is interest in Wine/port amongst the family. Seriously my favorite hotel ever. Also worth noting in porto for dinner is Tapabento - def my fav restaurant I went to in town. Finally - I think you have to take the train to the dou...
by Michael Klein
February 4th, 2020, 1:07 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago: tbd
Replies: 3
Views: 1027

Re: Chicago: 2/13- small house champagne

on my radar but ill be last minute if im able to join! right in my wheelhouse ;)
by Michael Klein
December 27th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Why wineries fail at eCommerce.
Replies: 33
Views: 5024

Re: Why wineries fail at eCommerce.

Care to say this in English? What does https have to do with anything. I am 40+ years IT pro, feel free to explain. Same applies to the anti WordPress self appointed "expert" above, feel free to explain whatever you meant to point out. Large wineries also use WordPress, you seem to be lost in the d...
by Michael Klein
December 26th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Why wineries fail at eCommerce.
Replies: 33
Views: 5024

Re: Why wineries fail at eCommerce.

Image attached ;) and from my iPad! So let’s add safari to the pool.
by Michael Klein
December 26th, 2019, 12:38 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Why wineries fail at eCommerce.
Replies: 33
Views: 5024

Re: Why wineries fail at eCommerce.

the best part is how that article fails at basic SEO and security - if you are on chrome youll get a warning for a non-secure site. LOL maybe move to https and then write an article about how wineries how no ideas what they are doing Care to say this in English? What does https have to do with anyt...
by Michael Klein
December 26th, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Burt Williams Appreciation Dinner Chicago Thu Jan 23
Replies: 36
Views: 2701

Re: Burt Williams Appreciation Dinner: Chicago

Very interested. I’m a latecomer to WS but it was the winery that bit me with the wine bug. I’d be honored to attend. Most my WS wines are post 2011 but I certainly have champagne to share.
by Michael Klein
November 20th, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN Clenenden/Joseph Swan whites.
Replies: 4
Views: 511

Re: TN Clenenden/Joseph Swan whites.

TN: 2015 Clenenden Gewurtztraminer . There was something wrong with this one, in my opinion. Natty, bretty and hints of mouse, somehow. I couldn't drink more than a glass of it, but my wife didn't mind it and didn't really taste that. Weird. Anyone else had similar experience with this one? TN: 201...

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