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by gregolson
August 8th, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago - 2010 Bordeaux
Replies: 11
Views: 2334

Re: Chicago - 2010 Bordeaux

I am interested. It might be tough for me though as I have a fair amount of travel outside of Chicago during August and September.
by gregolson
July 24th, 2018, 2:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Florence & Rome
Replies: 18
Views: 1459

Florence & Rome

My favorite in Rome is Colline Emiliane - a little family place in an alley. Hand-made pastas daily and fresh in-house desserts. The Caesar mushroom salad (in season) is a treat. Nice atmosphere, friendly family. Reasonably-priced. Make a reservation - it's a long line and almost impossible to get i...
by gregolson
June 4th, 2018, 8:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 660
Views: 36120

Chicago Restaurant Thread

I prefer the pastas at Osteria Bigolaro to dining at Gaetano's. Bien Trucha is one of my favs locally, but I also like the food at Altiro's in Geneva. However, not a fan of the service at either place -- too crowded and too rushed.
by gregolson
January 5th, 2018, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any Experience with the NAHA wine list?
Replies: 6
Views: 399

Any Experience with the NAHA wine list?

Thanks for the replies. I'll check BYOB. That seems the best option.
by gregolson
January 4th, 2018, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any Experience with the NAHA wine list?
Replies: 6
Views: 399

Any Experience with the NAHA wine list?

Mostly for the Chicago folks ... but anyone can play. I need to pick some wines for a group dinner at NAHA, but I'm finding it incredibly difficult due to the high prices for many of the wines -- well above 3x. Any good reds that you see as a value to pair with tenderloin? Or a white with the halibu...
by gregolson
July 14th, 2017, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYTimes: Asimov on Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Replies: 9
Views: 510

NYTimes: Asimov on Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

The 2003 Margae we had in Abbruzzo back in June was a delicious and complex and rather inexpensive wine. I'm sure its age was a large contributing factor to its overall excellence. It paired wonderfully with the local arrosticini and boar dishes.
by gregolson
July 10th, 2017, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cabinet in an unfinished basement
Replies: 14
Views: 645

wine cabinet in an unfinished basement

Brian-

My wine cabinet has been in my very dusty, unfinished basement for 10+ years. The cooling unit is the original (I bought the whole setup used). I vacuum the filters every few months and have had no issues.
by gregolson
June 27th, 2017, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your favorite Wine Song or Lyric?
Replies: 121
Views: 3112

What's your favorite Wine Song or Lyric?

Talking with my friends around a bottle of red wine
We laugh a lot, telling jokes, telling lies
Money in the bank is knowing people that you like
Knowing people you can trust in troubled times…

"Song on the Radio" -- Blackie and the Rodeo Kings
by gregolson
April 6th, 2017, 8:49 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago downtown Offline - Tuesday May 16, 2017
Replies: 29
Views: 2472

Chicago downtown Offline - Tuesday May 16, 2017

There's a chance that I'm out of town then, but if not, I'll join in. I'll let you know as we get closer to the 16th.

Greg
by gregolson
March 30th, 2017, 7:57 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago Area Offline - March 29, Steak & Vine
Replies: 100
Views: 5907

Chicago Area Offline - March 29, Steak & Vine

What a great time guys. Ryan, thanks for getting this pulled together. Nick's place was an excellent choice. I suggest the hanger steak and the cheesy grits if you ever get the chance to dine there. The '84 La Jota was a hit with me - it just kept evolving in the glass. But the eye opener for me was...
by gregolson
January 13th, 2017, 2:36 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago Area Offline - March 29, Steak & Vine
Replies: 100
Views: 5907

Chicago Area Offline Feeler Thread - March 29 or 31?

While I do like a nice older cab with my steak, and my small cellar is almost all cali cab and bordeaux, I could support an older Piedmont or S. Rhone theme. That said, I will go with whatever the group decides. Todd, I'm directly west on 38 - a more recently incorporated village called Campton Hills.
by gregolson
January 12th, 2017, 7:18 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago Area Offline - March 29, Steak & Vine
Replies: 100
Views: 5907

Chicago Area Offline Feeler Thread - March 29 or 31?

I would be up for this. I've been wanting to get to Nick's restaurant and it would be great to meet some other area berserkers. Not that I'm opposed to burgundy, but I might have to bring an older napa cab or two to wash down my steak! Todd, I'm just a few minutes west of Geneva if you need transpor...
by gregolson
December 19th, 2016, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How early is too early to open a Napa Cab?
Replies: 35
Views: 2289

How early is too early to open a Napa Cab?

While you can drink a lot of Napa cabs right away, and I do, I like most of my Napa cabs (Rivers, Outpost, Drinkward, Larkmead and a few others) at the 5+ mark. The fruit is still there, but the wine is a bit more interesting and the finish lingers just a bit longer with a sense of cab maturity. Tha...
by gregolson
November 15th, 2016, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dinner at Steak and Vine (Rhys, Insignia, Pape Clement, Figeac, Lynch, Pavots, Rieussec +)
Replies: 10
Views: 1457

TN: Dinner at Steak and Vine (Rhys, Insignia, Pape Clement, Figeac, Lynch, Pavots, Rieussec +)

Sorry I missed this. I hope to see more of these opportunities. Also sounds like my wife and I need to get to Steak and Vine for dinner.
by gregolson
October 12th, 2016, 1:08 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: 10/22/16- Steak and Vine LaGrange IL
Replies: 32
Views: 2451

October Off line- Steak and Vine LaGrange IL???

If you're still thinking about the 22nd and Steak and Vine, I'd be interested.
by gregolson
April 27th, 2015, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rosé wine 2015 - what are you loving?
Replies: 162
Views: 11236

Rosé wine 2015 - what are you loving?

Picked up a couple of 2013 rose of cab franc from 7 of hearts to fill out my Bob Wood cuvee order. Popped one late yesterday afternoon while prepping the grill and promptly got on the computer and ordered 6 more. Nice acid, good fruit and very refreshing. Made it feel almost like summer yesterday he...
by gregolson
April 10th, 2014, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your last delivery where you were really excited??
Replies: 61
Views: 2389

What's your last delivery where you were really excited??

Just received a case from Seven of Hearts. I've been waiting for this one. Thanks to everyone that made this possible... and thanks Bob. Perhaps tonight I'll don my best suit and tie, a nice shirt with a spread collar and play Al Green's "Take me to the river" while my wife and I partake of a "shitt...
by gregolson
April 7th, 2014, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your last delivery where you were really excited??
Replies: 61
Views: 2389

What's your last delivery where you were really excited??

I haven't posted in ages, but this topic brought me out of the shadows. I recently received some Sandler pinots. I wasn't really excited about the delivery. In fact, I forgot I had ordered these particular wines. I've never tried them before, but a bunch of berserkers were pretty excited about these...
by gregolson
December 9th, 2011, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Stefania Santa Cruz Mts. Cabernet
Replies: 16
Views: 901

Re: TN: 2007 Stefania Santa Cruz Mts. Cabernet

I have a lot of love for Stefania wines. The Haut Tubee and all of the cabs are delicious -- and the wines are exceptional QPRs in my book. I will also say that the service from Paul and Stef is top notch.
by gregolson
October 16th, 2011, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa visits for a Cab. Lover
Replies: 11
Views: 733

Re: Napa visits for a Cab. Lover

We just returned from Napa and I can say that the Larkmead experience was excellent. The vineyard tour and the tasting were wonderful. Their cab sav and the cab franc are both fantastic wines. I also would suggest Outpost. The cab is wonderful. You also get to taste some unbelievably good grenache a...
by gregolson
July 26th, 2011, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2009 Rivers Marie Cab Release July 26th 9am PST
Replies: 150
Views: 9185

Re: 2009 Rivers Marie Cab Release July 26th 9am PST

I am placing my RM order tomorrow and will not be taking my full allocation. So, if someone in the Chicago area wants to share in the RM cabs, let me know today.

Greg
by gregolson
July 25th, 2011, 12:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 33491

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

Pulled pork was fantastic. Rave reviews from all 20 something guests. The Boston Butts were rubbed, wrapped and refrigerated the night before. More rub the next morning, and on to the smoker with hardwood lump charcoal. I smoked it for 12 hours at 235ish to about 195, using hickory chunks for the fi...
by gregolson
July 21st, 2011, 7:30 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 33491

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

Stuart-

Thanks. That sounds like a good plan. I'll let you know how they turn out.

Greg
by gregolson
July 19th, 2011, 8:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 33491

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

I am smoking a couple of Boston Butts for a dinner on Saturday. I'd like to smoke them the day before so that I can partake in the festivities (including a bike ride) throughout the day on Saturday. If I do them the day before, what's the best way to deal with them after they are done? Can I wrap th...
by gregolson
July 13th, 2011, 7:15 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16477
Views: 429456

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

This past weekend, my wife and I had our annual camping weekend with old friends and it gave me a chance to stop in Wisconsin and pick up a couple of my favorites from New Glarus; Fat Squirrel (a nut brown ale) and Spotted Cow ( a farmhouse ale). Both of them are very flavorful and drinkable anytime...
by gregolson
February 23rd, 2010, 12:27 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16477
Views: 429456

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Don't know if it was the lack of oxygen, the great skiing, or the beer itself; but the 1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium) that I had on tap at Copper Mountain this weekend was pretty damn good beer.
by gregolson
February 15th, 2010, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Valentines night. What are you drinking and eating?
Replies: 33
Views: 810

Re: Valentines night. What are you drinking and eating?

We opened a 1996 Lafon-Rochet to have with filets in a dijon mustard, shallot and cognac sauce served with fingerling potatoes. Dinner was fantastic. And while not spectacular, the wine was quite good and went will with dinner. Muted fruits at the start with a bit of licorice then coming through and...
by gregolson
December 18th, 2009, 9:20 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Stout Thread...
Replies: 76
Views: 3773

Re: The Stout Thread...

Had a LeftHand Milk Stout last night. It was the best cappuccino I've ever tasted.
by gregolson
November 25th, 2009, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gluten Free Wine?
Replies: 62
Views: 1918

Re: Gluten Free Wine?

Celiac disease is nasty! Here's a link I found to gluten free wine
http://gfkitchen.server101.com/GFAlcohol.htm#Wine
by gregolson
October 9th, 2009, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's Friday, 10/09/09...What Is Everyone Drinking This Weekend
Replies: 34
Views: 1055

Re: It's Friday, 10/09/09...What Is Everyone Drinking This Weekend

Quiet night tonight. Probably stay in with my wife tonight, pop an older bordeaux and watch Wilfred on Check, Please!
by gregolson
September 21st, 2009, 12:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Check, Please! in Chicago, new season
Replies: 26
Views: 797

Re: Check, Please! in Chicago, new season

Wilfred--

Thanks for mentioning this. Check, Please! is one of my favorites. Looking forward to seeing this episode. Did you get a chance to talk wine with Alpanah Singh?

Greg
by gregolson
September 18th, 2009, 8:34 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Summit Code
Replies: 25
Views: 674

Re: Summit Code

I'm in for a couple - thanks, Ian.

Greg
by gregolson
September 16th, 2009, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Château de Montmirail Vacqueyras Cuvée des deux Frères
Replies: 5
Views: 300

Re: TN: 2007 Château de Montmirail Vacqueyras Cuvée des deux Frères

Great note. I am a big fan of 2007 southern rhones. They are delicious. They may not have the staying power, but damn! for less than $20 I have some fantastic wines to drink everyday waiting for 2005 anything to hit its stride. The 2007 cdr's I've had so far are a great qpr.
by gregolson
September 11th, 2009, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's The Weekend, 9/11/09, What Is Everyone Drinking?
Replies: 53
Views: 1581

Re: It's The Weekend, 9/11/09, What Is Everyone Drinking?

This is my 'busy' season and this has been a crazy week. I plan on going home tonight and popping a montelena cab just for me and waking up sometime tomorrow - or Sunday.

Bill-I had a bottle of the Cabot One Barrel with grilled lamb last weekend and it was a great match.

Greg
by gregolson
August 26th, 2009, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don't like white Rhones.
Replies: 43
Views: 1440

Re: I don't like white Rhones.

I love the Rhone -- as long as it's red! Some of my absolute favorite wines. I do drink white wines on occasion -- dry reisling mostly. I just don't get white Rhones -- always disjointed/hot to me - and that's been my experience with the California rhone whites too.
by gregolson
August 18th, 2009, 9:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Celiac - recipes, suggestions, etc
Replies: 6
Views: 353

Re: Celiac - recipes, suggestions, etc

celiac.com is a great site. You might also try http://www.clanthompson.com/index.php3 .They are not as extensive a site, but have a few recipes and use to have a couple of good products such as a downloadable shopping list of gluten-free products. Haven't checked the site out in a while, so I don't ...
by gregolson
July 31st, 2009, 10:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Cold Pizza - Yay or Nay?
Replies: 26
Views: 598

Re: Cold Pizza - Yay or Nay?

Love cold pizza! reheated or microwaved pizza sucks -- the crust just gets weird. Might as well have a pepsi with that sh*t! Sorry, getting my threads crossed. [basic-smile.gif]
by gregolson
July 24th, 2009, 6:07 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Berserkers Exclusive-Cote Rotie for $24!
Replies: 27
Views: 944

Re: Berserkers Exclusive-Cote Rotie for $24!

Great offer. I'll take two. Thanks.

Greg
by gregolson
July 24th, 2009, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paradigm 2003 Tasting Note
Replies: 10
Views: 326

Paradigm 2003 Tasting Note

Was going to open this for the board-wide 2003 Cali Cab virtual tasting, but was under weather. Other things got in the way after that, but finally got around to popping this a few nights ago. This is a very nice wine. My wife and I drank this over two nights with similar showing both nights, althou...
by gregolson
July 14th, 2009, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why not have ranges instead of exact scores?
Replies: 45
Views: 1382

Re: Why not have ranges instead of exact scores?

When I see a 90 pt. rating, I know the 90 isn't absolute. All I get from that rating is that the critic/taster thought it was a pretty good wine and I need to see the note to know why they thought that. If I saw the same 90 with a +-, or I saw a range of a 88-90, I still have the same general impres...
by gregolson
July 13th, 2009, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should critics taste blind?
Replies: 176
Views: 5465

Re: Should critics taste blind?

I'm more interested in having the taster be open and honest and don't really care if the tasting was blind or not. But if it wasn't, tell me whether or not you have a "horse in the race." There is just such a difference between the sip-spit-note tasting and actually drinking wine. Too often, I'm dis...
by gregolson
July 8th, 2009, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BBQ Wines
Replies: 18
Views: 755

Re: BBQ Wines

Dan-- I agree on the paradigm - one of my favorites. I was going to open an '03 last weekend for the board-wide tasting, but was under the weather. I'll open it this weekend and post a note. I know it's not the best vintage, but based on one I opened last year, I think they did a damn good job with ...
by gregolson
July 8th, 2009, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County (USA, California, Sonoma County)
Replies: 5
Views: 257

Re: TN: 2006 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County (USA, California, Sonoma County)

Chris--

Have to agree with you. This has been one of my daily 'go to' wines. While it's not a great wine, you just can't beat it for the price.

Greg
by gregolson
June 25th, 2009, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First 2006 Bordeaux sighting at Costco
Replies: 9
Views: 473

Re: First 2006 Bordeaux sighting at Costco

Wilfred-

Thread drift. Love that show (and Alpana). Now you and Mr. Obama have something in common. What restaurant did you suggest? What's the air date?

Greg
by gregolson
June 25th, 2009, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoking and Wine Tasting
Replies: 27
Views: 1125

Re: Smoking and Wine Tasting

Zach- I quit 7 years ago after smoking for 20+ years. I'm a bit of a foodie and I do love my wine, so in addition to the health benefits, quitting has been a great tasting experience too. It's not that everything tastes better. It's that I can taste food and wine better. What I've found is that if s...
by gregolson
June 25th, 2009, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Cabot Vineyards Syrah Bacon Fat "One Barrel" Kimberly's
Replies: 19
Views: 566

Re: TN: 2006 Cabot Vineyards Syrah Bacon Fat "One Barrel" Kimberly's

The best part; not only is it great wine, it's a berserkers exclusive. mmm... bacon!
by gregolson
June 17th, 2009, 9:57 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Berserkers Exclusives: Las Cases and Cos D'estournel 2006 - $129 & $75
Replies: 19
Views: 712

Re: Berserkers Exclusives: Las Cases and Cos D'estournel 2006 - $129 & $75

Max -

You may want to check your site's prices on the '06 Cos. I'm seeing a retail price of $75 and a discount of $83.25.

Greg
by gregolson
June 16th, 2009, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2003 Napa Cab Boardwide Virtual Tasting REDUX- Post them here!
Replies: 63
Views: 2494

Re: 2003 Napa Cab Boardwide Virtual Tasting REDUX- Post them here!

I have a couple of the '03 Paradigm. Had one about this time last year, so it's probably good to see how one of them is doing now.
by gregolson
June 15th, 2009, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 'Under the Radar' Value CdP??
Replies: 52
Views: 1702

Re: 'Under the Radar' Value CdP??

I don't know what others think about them, but I thought the 2005 line up from Perrin & Fils (Beaucastel) was pretty damned good stuff. The Les Sinards CDP could be had for $25. The rest of the group, Rasteau, Gigondas, etc. were pretty good too and for not a lot of money.
by gregolson
June 12th, 2009, 10:12 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Berserkers exclusive; Cabot 2006 Syrah"bacon fat" one barrel
Replies: 61
Views: 2078

Re: Berserkers exclusive; Cabot 2006 Syrah"bacon fat" one barrel

John-

Thanks. I received my wine the other day. I appreciate the offer and the great service.

Greg

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