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by John S
September 20th, 2020, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question on Eurocave Placement
Replies: 17
Views: 556

Re: Question on Eurocave Placement

Lonnie, Right now I have a mini split system in a 10x15 room which runs off 220V. I have had (300+ bottle) wine fridges not on a dedicated circuits and have not had issues. But those were pretty always on low use circuits. So I guess it depends. If I had two on one circuit I'd expect to be triggerin...
by John S
September 20th, 2020, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question on Eurocave Placement
Replies: 17
Views: 556

Re: Question on Eurocave Placement

I'm not sure of the issue with the litter box and wine storage. If it is odors then you have nothing to be worried about wine wise. A basement is an ideal place as there is ample space, wine coolers are not generally pretty things, and it is cooler down there so the work the wine cooler will have to...
by John S
September 19th, 2020, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don’t trust my Coravin anymore
Replies: 49
Views: 2770

Re: I don’t trust my Coravin anymore

I think I get at least 4 bottles per cartridge with the Pungo. I do gently pull and release the trigger as instructed. I also usually pull the pungo out when I am down to my last glass and just pull the cork out and go old school.
by John S
September 19th, 2020, 4:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don’t trust my Coravin anymore
Replies: 49
Views: 2770

Re: I don’t trust my Coravin anymore

On the Pungo I have had mine for probably 5 years so I have opened maybe a thousand bottles. I do open mainly older bottles so many are 15+ years or older. So that means I do get the occasional leakage (old corks) that maybe is what Jay describes. In those few cases wine can slip up around a weak co...
by John S
September 18th, 2020, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: New house, new wine room, cooling questions!
Replies: 2
Views: 142

Re: New house, new wine room, cooling questions!

I have always had split systems so am of no help on the single unit and noise. I would think where you mount a single unit and the proximity to the media room is key and if it can vent outside. I will say we have a cellar with a ductless mini split system which is super quiet. The old school split s...
by John S
September 10th, 2020, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Investing Platforms
Replies: 88
Views: 3139

Re: Wine Investing Platforms

I do not know any exact specifics here but until the PE investment wind down (IPO etc) I have zero confidence in the interim returns. They make hedge fund marks look like Treasury Bond valuations by comparison.
by John S
September 9th, 2020, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Investing Platforms
Replies: 88
Views: 3139

Re: Wine Investing Platforms

FWIW the images of returns I saw for 1 week would never fly in any compliance group I know for sales materials. Cherry picking is the term. Illustrative is the compliant benchmark.
by John S
September 9th, 2020, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Investing Platforms
Replies: 88
Views: 3139

Re: Wine Investing Platforms

Weird that I saw it showed the Climens as per 12 bottles. But I looked again and it also says per bottles. Anyhow much of the stuff they have in their sales pitch would never have passed my compliance dept for a hedge fund sales materials and certainly a not for a more regulated mutual fund. Many, m...
by John S
September 9th, 2020, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Investing Platforms
Replies: 88
Views: 3139

Re: Wine Investing Platforms

HenryB, The Climens "price" on their website is for 12 bottles so seems fine. On the Chateaus and infrastructure improvements that has been pretty steady for the last 15 years and seems directly correlated with increased wine pricing which of course goes directly to their bottom line. I'm not smart ...
by John S
September 9th, 2020, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Investing Platforms
Replies: 88
Views: 3139

Re: Wine Investing Platforms

Unfortunately many people call things like this Funds. I see no way this could be a 40 act (ie mutual fund) just due to the lack of liquidity in the assets. I just looked over the web site again which is quite unimpressive group of folks in terms of wine and running commingled products. Only the adv...
by John S
September 9th, 2020, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Investing Platforms
Replies: 88
Views: 3139

Re: Wine Investing Platforms

Wine is a very poor candidate for this type of investment. I've run mutual funds and hedge funds as the primary portfolio manager so know a little about the business. I did not find that FAQ and am not goign to give my email out. But wien is illiquid and imagine the liquidy is poor, maybe monthly. I...
by John S
September 6th, 2020, 7:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Moccamaster question re shower head
Replies: 3
Views: 191

Re: Moccamaster question re shower head

I think many people stir it for exactly that reason. All quality coffee makers have their pros and cons but this was the main reason I purchased the Bonavita. While it is not made nearly as well as the Moccamaster and likely will not last as long the shower head on it is pretty much spot on for qual...
by John S
September 3rd, 2020, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine storage at a generic self-storage facility?
Replies: 19
Views: 913

Re: Wine storage at a generic self-storage facility?

Brandon, I remember contacting that place when I was looking around the area. They had none when I called but one did come up within a month when they rang me back. They were too small for my needs but may work for yours. Again check out the Bee Safe locations which are reasonably close and know the...
by John S
September 3rd, 2020, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine storage at a generic self-storage facility?
Replies: 19
Views: 913

Re: Wine storage at a generic self-storage facility?

I would never store wine I care at all about in one of those units. Often they are "climate controlled" but still way too hot for wine especially here in NC. Bee Safe storage has wine lockers and while not in the Triangle proper is your best bet for offsite relatively close to Raleigh. My friend sto...
by John S
August 24th, 2020, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Eric Texier Hermitage
Replies: 14
Views: 663

Re: TN: 1999 Eric Texier Hermitage

What I heard back at the time (and after) is the same as what Brad and others have mentioned above. Andy you will never see anything more concrete that what you have found. I have not tried the wine in eons. It was very good but not at the level of the regular Chave Rouge nor should it be expected t...
by John S
August 22nd, 2020, 5:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: French Press, what am I doing wrong
Replies: 33
Views: 1085

Re: French Press, what am I doing wrong

I do not mind any residual when I get it. But use the “Hoffman method” to get a clean cup from a French press. Just google and learn. It takes extra time but does make a great cup.
by John S
August 19th, 2020, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NSG Fans?
Replies: 43
Views: 1969

Re: NSG Fans?

When I first started into the Land of Burgundy I gravitated to more Northern climes in the "heart of red burgundy as mentioned by the OP. But I had really not tried many NSG. To make things simple I'd just try a few Chevillion. If that does not float your boat then I would move on and maybe try agai...
by John S
August 17th, 2020, 9:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 268
Views: 17127

Re: Coffee maker recommendations?

I can't compare but if it makes this list then I at least think it is worth looking into. And it is.

https://sca.coffee/certified-home-brewer
by John S
August 17th, 2020, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Temperatures in Wine Coolers - Conundrum
Replies: 20
Views: 980

Re: Temperatures in Wine Coolers - Conundrum

Two quick ideas. The internal thermometer probe and yours are in different spots and may both be accurate. You may simple need to adjust the internal one to match your desires. Probe into liquid is the best and not too hard to manage. Have you tried speaking with their customer service? Given the co...
by John S
August 16th, 2020, 11:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 268
Views: 17127

Re: Coffee maker recommendations?

Yaacov, Yeah, I use simple old 50% vinegar solution for the machine. I do two cycles of that then a few cycles with straight water. That does little for inside the carafe but some dishwasher detergent + hot water left for a few hours does the trick on the latter. There are other methods/ingredients ...
by John S
August 16th, 2020, 10:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee maker recommendations?
Replies: 268
Views: 17127

Re: Coffee maker recommendations?

I have the predecessor to the Bonavita Connoisseur and have been very happy. Not the build quality of the Technivorm but very reliable and makes an excellent cup of coffee. Super easy to use. The Thermal carafe does need deep cleaning every now and again to get the coffee stains out. Pouring the las...
by John S
August 16th, 2020, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How best to appreciate 09 La Las
Replies: 11
Views: 569

Re: How best to appreciate 09 La Las

Mark, The LaLas are idiosyncratic so while not everyone's cup of tea, there are not substitutes IMHO. There are other modern and oaked Cote Roties out there and maybe you can try those along side. Ogier Belle Helene and others are out there as the LaLas are what many producers aspire to given the pr...
by John S
August 16th, 2020, 6:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How best to appreciate 09 La Las
Replies: 11
Views: 569

Re: How best to appreciate 09 La Las

How many people? If 6 or less I would just open these and try them all together at the same time. It is a great way to learn the clear differences between each of the bottlings (note I did not say vineyards). If you have a lot of people and really small pours then I would add other 2009 Cote Roties ...
by John S
August 15th, 2020, 4:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1985 Dominus Estate (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 7
Views: 516

Re: TN: 1985 Dominus Estate (USA, California, Napa Valley)

This TN brought back old memories. I had a couple of verticals of Dominus back that went up thru maybe 1997 vintage or so. Their tannin management changed a lot from theri very early days in Calif and there was a big change in quality of the tannics around 1990/1991. They continued to get more polis...
by John S
August 9th, 2020, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ***LOOK AGAIN, NOW UPDATED WITH COMPLETE MENU*** Oh boy, tough pairing... Lowcountry Boil (SC)
Replies: 48
Views: 1682

Re: ***LOOK AGAIN, NOW UPDATED WITH COMPLETE MENU*** Oh boy, tough pairing... Lowcountry Boil (SC)

I am clearly in the minority here. For something like this I understand wanting to have a great wine pairing and a excellent wine to serve. But all too often sometimes I find letting the food be the focus and having a "simple" and forward wine fits the bill perfectly. Beer would be what I would drin...
by John S
August 6th, 2020, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not enjoying wine at the moment.
Replies: 51
Views: 2487

Re: Not enjoying wine at the moment.

As one who worked in healthcare I'm sure you know it is often hardest to look at yourself. And as you did today just breaking out of the rut and thinking outside the current box is key. I've certainly been there and found a good hour hike, often without music, really helps me get to that "reset" but...
by John S
August 5th, 2020, 5:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee
Replies: 13
Views: 937

Re: Coffee

Hi Aaron, there is no way to answer that question as the beans and roast profile one person likes is often very different from person to person. If you seek the best and freshest beans find a local roaster and try an assortment of regions and roast profiles to see what you like. If price is the main...
by John S
August 3rd, 2020, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Advice needed re: metal racking for case storage
Replies: 11
Views: 404

Re: Advice needed re: metal racking for case storage

I generally put function over form and would simply get the "metro" type shelving which is reasonably priced and easily found. It is very sturdy, will not rust and can even have casters/wheels if desired. I'm sure a custom solution can be found for many times the price but I long since stopped makin...
by John S
July 31st, 2020, 5:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Nespresso to Espresso
Replies: 21
Views: 1964

Re: Nespresso to Espresso

Never really like the Nespresso flavors but better than some. If you like that reasonably well stick with simple. If you wanna totally geek out, spend maybe 2k go for the real deal as others can point you to on a machine plus $300 grinder minimum. I had a Jura super automatic for many years and woul...
by John S
July 28th, 2020, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best dishwasher safe Cab glasses?
Replies: 17
Views: 950

Re: Best dishwasher safe Cab glasses?

Since every stem I know of can be washed in the dishwasher, this is the same as asking for the "best" stem. Usually I can only load on the bottom rack due to height. Sometimes I need to run only glasses to keep them safe and away from dirty foods. Lastly I use a cycle with lower water temp just to b...
by John S
July 19th, 2020, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any love for Tony Coturri?
Replies: 13
Views: 594

Re: Any love for Tony Coturri?

I tried maybe 5 bottles, maybe zins, in the early/mid 90s. The miss rate was probably 3/5 so I simply never bought again. The good oneS were very interesting but I have no patience for that miss rate. Maybe things have changed today.
by John S
June 26th, 2020, 7:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Official kitchen knife thread
Replies: 645
Views: 52672

Re: Official kitchen knife thread

I can't see the photo but yeah it is that one. Same model number.

https://www.chefknivestogo.com/toitkbrkn.html

Muchas gracias. Our Shun is flat as Yaacov noted which is a main issue with all the bread my wife makes.
by John S
June 26th, 2020, 5:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Official kitchen knife thread
Replies: 645
Views: 52672

Re: Official kitchen knife thread

Thx Adam, I see for $63 elsewhere, is that about the right price?
by John S
June 25th, 2020, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cedarville/Susan
Replies: 7
Views: 514

Re: Cedarville/Susan

This hits home for me as well. They are both great people and soulmates. I have known them for 20yrs when we first bought some property out there. Susan was just the sweetest most caring person around. I hope to see Jonathon when we are out there in a week or two. Just incredibly sad to loose your s...
by John S
June 24th, 2020, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage
Replies: 43
Views: 1509

Re: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage

FWIW, homeowners insurance is pretty poor for wine. It falls under collectibles and limits are usually super low. If it got baked not even sure you could claim. Agents are often pretty clueless on this and say yes covered but if you really dig in you will likely find the coverage if poor at best. My...
by John S
June 18th, 2020, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Covid Era: Overnight shipping
Replies: 14
Views: 787

Re: Covid Era: Overnight shipping

I've found all deliveries these days are often quite delayed. FedEx, UPS, USPS, and Amazon. So I would not count on anything arriving close to prior expectations for times. If the terms have changed, as you note, no reason to expect them to still guarantee 1 or 2 day but pretty sure they do prioriti...
by John S
June 18th, 2020, 4:17 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Used a rice cooker for the first time last night
Replies: 97
Views: 3584

Re: Used a rice cooker for the first time last night

This is unlikely to be the issue but one day I thought hey, I'll use the cup markers in the bowl of the rice cooker and save getting a real measuring cup out. My rice kept coming out soggy and too sticky and wet. Wife complains I deny any errors in measuring. After a few more of these poor batches I...
by John S
June 17th, 2020, 10:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Official kitchen knife thread
Replies: 645
Views: 52672

Re: Official kitchen knife thread

Thx, I will check that out. One can sharpen a serrate knife using a diamond or ceramic "honing" rod. It is a PITA but makes a big difference. I can't seem to get my shun to stay sharp and my wife makes bread all the time so it is key.
by John S
June 17th, 2020, 9:06 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Official kitchen knife thread
Replies: 645
Views: 52672

Re: Official kitchen knife thread

On the subject, does anyone have a great rec for a high quality break knife? Prefer one of high quality which can be sharpened relatively easily (yes I know how to do this reasonably well). We have a Shun bread knife which while fine is pretty awful to sharpen as that metal is super hard and general...
by John S
June 5th, 2020, 10:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?
Replies: 34
Views: 1835

Re: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?

Think you pay about what it costs to really fill your own tank at Home Depot for their approx 3/4 fill. That is their margin for propane and tank rental fee is how I would look at it.
by John S
June 5th, 2020, 4:04 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?
Replies: 34
Views: 1835

Re: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?

Scott, I am a lazy typist but here are some reasons https://www.thespruceeats.com/exchanging-or-refilling-your-propane-tank-tips-3971849 I doubt it makes any difference in the simple act of delivering gas to the burners. The re-used tanks are generally old tanks, purged, and then re-painted. People ...
by John S
June 4th, 2020, 12:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?
Replies: 34
Views: 1835

Re: Buying a gas grill: propane vs. hard-lining to my home's natural gas?

If running the line is reasonably cheap I would go that route. I would not worry about any performance difference as I have used both many time and noticed no real difference. The grill itself will make a much larger difference in grill quality than the type of gas used. If you go propane buy two em...
by John S
June 1st, 2020, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Müller-Catoir Haardter Herrenletten Riesling Spätlese (Germany, Pfalz)
Replies: 9
Views: 274

Re: TN: 2001 Müller-Catoir Haardter Herrenletten Riesling Spätlese (Germany, Pfalz)

I drank a slew of these over the years and for my palate it was best right on release and about 10-15 years post vintage. It was just flat out great for those first 10 years or so. With that said, other then JJ Prum, I generally like my German wines on the younger side.
by John S
May 28th, 2020, 3:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7043
Views: 611785

Re: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Well, I would not say all Bankruptcy claim trading is BS but certainly there are scoundrels who fish in the small retail side of things. The market is fairly opaque and the only one I was ever involved with was the huge number of Lehman BK claims. Those were large claims and the market for them was ...
by John S
May 27th, 2020, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7043
Views: 611785

Re: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

I can't comment on your specific offer but validated bankruptcy claims get bought and sold every day.
by John S
May 24th, 2020, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them
Replies: 112
Views: 4422

Re: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them

Like you I find I don't drink as many as I used to buy. There are so many great dessert wines it is easy to buy a lot as they are fairly easy to source and not generally super expensive. Luckily I never got too heavy in them but still sold quite a few as I had more than I wanted long term. I do enjo...
by John S
May 24th, 2020, 4:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: French Press recommendation
Replies: 20
Views: 1411

Re: French Press recommendation

As mentioned French presses are not that different but grinder make a big difference. The Baratza Encore is great basic grinder for non espresso use. Fort espresso you really need to pony up on your grinder. The Baratza Encore is about $130 new and $100 for a refurb which I have. Their customer serv...
by John S
May 17th, 2020, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pungo--a Coravin alternative
Replies: 156
Views: 13836

Re: Pungo--a Coravin alternative

Brad, The needle is to large to leave open. I use the nail like stopper they provide I pull the Pungo out. I've left bottles like that for weeks with and results were good. It comes with two stoppers. I have even used a 10 penny nail in a pinch when I had not stopper and works just fine as well. I o...
by John S
May 17th, 2020, 5:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pungo--a Coravin alternative
Replies: 156
Views: 13836

Re: Pungo--a Coravin alternative

I have had a pungo for over 5 years and been thru hundreds and hundreds of cartridges. I use it on old and new bottles alike. Never had anything like what is pictured above happen and have had great customer service from those guys. In fact I just bought another one for my dad who is also an enginee...
by John S
April 28th, 2020, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stu Yaniger??
Replies: 51
Views: 2502

Re: Stu Yaniger??

So happy for this thread. Brings back many great memories. I knew Stuart in the late 80's when he kept his wine at The Wine Box in Southern Cal. He was kind enough to let me tag along to the tasting in Ampuis in 1991. And yes, he did publicly state he could make a 100 point Parker wine BEFORE he di...

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