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by b. c@stner
January 15th, 2020, 5:37 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner Feedback
Topic: William Gladstone- A+
Replies: 4
Views: 532

Re: William Gladstone- A+

Another A+ for working with William. And an interesting person to boot, in a positive way of course! :)
by b. c@stner
January 10th, 2020, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Screaming Eagle
Replies: 60
Views: 6876

Re: 2017 Screaming Eagle

Maybe the offer ties a mag of estate to an allocation of Flight??
by b. c@stner
January 4th, 2020, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 528
Views: 54643

Re: Official WTSO thread

Bud Carey wrote:
December 30th, 2019, 9:17 am
Thanks for the heads-up, Matt. Bought 6.
The Kendric 2014 ? Purchased from WTSO early 2018, not a fan, they've offered it for awhile now. Curious what you think of it.
by b. c@stner
December 26th, 2019, 4:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Lobster source?
Replies: 29
Views: 1135

Re: Lobster source?

Ok, so went to Supreme and keeping it simple just went for the frozen cold water tails, packed the day before. I forget origin. Was not cheap, but dang tasty. It was surf and turf and the turf was Flannery hanger. Thanks for the recommendation and sorry for earlier grumpy responses... :)
by b. c@stner
December 13th, 2019, 3:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Lobster source?
Replies: 29
Views: 1135

Re: Lobster source?

Sounds like Supreme it is, not too far a haul. Right on North Ave right? Thanks! And I don't hate lobster I guess but doesn't do much for me..and I know this isn't everyone's favorite, but prefer stone crab claws, procured some today right off the boat and promptly into my pot of boiling water. Pot ...
by b. c@stner
December 13th, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 528
Views: 54643

Re: Official WTSO thread

John Glas wrote:
November 16th, 2019, 2:50 pm
2015 Flaneur Pinot Noir Flanerie (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge)
Solid price at $24.99
Flâneur 2015 Pinot Cuvée Constantin being offered at $19.99
by b. c@stner
December 12th, 2019, 7:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Lobster source?
Replies: 29
Views: 1135

Re: Lobster source?

I f*ck hate lobster ///mom is turning 94, her request....just thought I'd ask...
by b. c@stner
December 12th, 2019, 6:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Lobster source?
Replies: 29
Views: 1135

Re: Lobster source?

No idea about Chicago, but what you want is fresh, the fresher the better. There used to be (maybe still is) an entire 747 loaded with fresh Maine lobster that took off from Bangor airport the morning of New Year's Eve to get to Paris in time for the reveillon (French New Year's celebration, where ...
by b. c@stner
December 12th, 2019, 6:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Lobster source?
Replies: 29
Views: 1135

Re: Lobster source?

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by b. c@stner
December 12th, 2019, 6:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Lobster source?
Replies: 29
Views: 1135

Re: Lobster source?

David K o l i n wrote:
December 12th, 2019, 6:19 pm
Costco has lobsters?

I usually get mine at a grocery in Chinatown - best prices I’ve found
Well that's specific...
by b. c@stner
December 12th, 2019, 3:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Lobster source?
Replies: 29
Views: 1135

Lobster source?

Not really a lobster person but need some for the holidays. Is there a Flannery equivalent for lobster? Or any source in Chicago area? Or just go to Costco?
by b. c@stner
December 1st, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: so who still gets wine spectator? and why?
Replies: 47
Views: 2401

Re: so who still gets wine spectator? and why?

Free here too...
by b. c@stner
November 22nd, 2019, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 319
Views: 21100

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)

Hank Victor wrote:
November 22nd, 2019, 1:59 pm
For those of you who were once subscribers but no longer are does this news entice you to resubscribe?
nope
by b. c@stner
November 22nd, 2019, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 319
Views: 21100

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)

Received this email today: Dear Readers, We have some exciting news to share, and we wanted you, our valued readers, to hear it first. Today, we will be formally announcing at a press conference in New York City the news that we have been fully acquired by Michelin, now standing side-by-side with MI...
by b. c@stner
October 4th, 2019, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 528
Views: 54643

Re: Official WTSO thread

Any insight on Robert Storey '16 Private Reserve Black Label cab currently offered for $22.99? I'm looking for some $25-ish Napa cab but the description calls it "ultra ripe" and "fruit driven", which I fear might mean 'syrupy'... Although Mr Jonathan Newman does not seem to be featured as often as...
by b. c@stner
September 10th, 2019, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 18854

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

matt d wrote:
September 9th, 2019, 6:29 am
Brady Daniels wrote:
September 8th, 2019, 10:42 am
I signed up for the list in March 2015. Anyone else sign up near that point? Am I close to getting an allocation yet?
i believe the last i saw they were at the end of 2014
Feb '14 here and apparently no soup for me :)
by b. c@stner
September 6th, 2019, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Rochioli - Pinot Noir River Block (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 7
Views: 550

Re: TN: 2011 Rochioli - Pinot Noir River Block (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

2011 Sweetwater pinot popped at a tailgate yesterday. Bears / Packers. Great tailgate. Not so great outcome. No detailed notes. But the Sweetwater is in a very nice place right now. About 1/3 of a bottle left for tonight, hasn't lost a step.
by b. c@stner
September 6th, 2019, 3:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 182
Views: 11378

Re: Another Flannery PSA

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by b. c@stner
August 22nd, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite mid-price lodging Napa/Sonoma
Replies: 17
Views: 1481

Re: Favorite mid-price lodging Napa/Sonoma

Thanks!
by b. c@stner
August 20th, 2019, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite mid-price lodging Napa/Sonoma
Replies: 17
Views: 1481

Re: Favorite mid-price spots to stay Napa/Sonoma

Lodging. And vrbo, yes, have been successful that route myself. Thanks for the reminder. Kind of got away from them with their new fee structure but worth exploring for wine country I'm sure.
by b. c@stner
August 20th, 2019, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite mid-price lodging Napa/Sonoma
Replies: 17
Views: 1481

Favorite mid-price lodging Napa/Sonoma

Current favorite spots to spend a night or two in Napa/Sonoma without breaking the bank? Not on a budget but luxury is not on the menu. Friend hitting town in October and has been awhile since I've been out that way. I searched some here and if I missed it... But no itinerary yet, so anything Napa t...
by b. c@stner
May 27th, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any feedback on Charleston Wine Vault?
Replies: 0
Views: 350

Any feedback on Charleston Wine Vault?

Will be in need of some storage soon. A possibility is the Chicago area, thinking East Bank? But big picture need to move it south and Charleston Wine Vault looks to be the closest to me, Beaufort SC area. Any experiences with Charleston Wine Vault? Thanks!
by b. c@stner
May 25th, 2019, 6:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Savannah, GA
Replies: 31
Views: 1384

Re: Savannah, GA

Thanks for all of the suggestions. Sounds like The Grey might be a good spot to celebrate my bride's birthday. In the not so short future I'll have time to try them all. We're between Savannah and Charleston and spend more time Charleston way, time to explore into Savannah.
by b. c@stner
May 24th, 2019, 6:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Savannah, GA
Replies: 31
Views: 1384

Re: Savannah, GA

Updates on Savannah? All info appreciated but looking for a nice dinner and bringing a bottle or two.
by b. c@stner
May 16th, 2019, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 8076

Re: Robert Parker retires

In the process of moving and sorting through "stuff". Discovered I still have every one of RP's Wine Buying Guides, Bordeaux books, etc etc.
Learned a ton from the man...
by b. c@stner
May 10th, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7404
Views: 458844

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

PeterH wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 10:11 am
How can the wine have a retail and a best web price if it is a small batch sold only under the Sleeper label?
As you know, nothing new here. WTSO got their hand slapped for basically the same pricing model. Even though everyone plays the same game.
by b. c@stner
April 22nd, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Wine rack table -216 bottle - Chicago area- pending
Replies: 3
Views: 595

Re: Wine rack table -216 bottle - Chicago area

Casey Shupe wrote:
April 22nd, 2019, 7:20 am
what is the top made of?
It's a manufactured wood of some sort. So no quartz/granite etc. I'd be more specific but honestly all these years I never really cared or checked, and I'm not home to check at the moment.
by b. c@stner
April 21st, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Wine rack table -216 bottle - Chicago area- pending
Replies: 3
Views: 595

Re: Wine rack table -216 bottle - Chicago area

Bump. Price reduced to a bottle or two of shitty 2007 Oregon pinot or equivalent. Or something like that ;)
by b. c@stner
April 10th, 2019, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 3570

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!

Coincidence? I've seen some pretty hefty discounts on Estancia, Mark West, Black Box and Clos du Bois the last couple of weeks.
by b. c@stner
April 9th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Stone Crab claws: way overrated
Replies: 46
Views: 1801

Re: Stone Crab claws: way overrated

The ones I get are iced immediatedly then steamed
by b. c@stner
April 9th, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Stone Crab claws: way overrated
Replies: 46
Views: 1801

Re: Stone Crab claws: way overrated

Love me some stone crab. I get'em off the boat so to speak in South Carolina (where there is no closed season) for the outrageous price of $12/lb
by b. c@stner
April 8th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Wine rack table -216 bottle - Chicago area- pending
Replies: 3
Views: 595

Wine rack table -216 bottle - Chicago area- pending

Prepping to put a For Sale sign in the front yard...ugh. I've had this quite awhile and it has a ding or two but is certainly functional. Redwood I believe. Holds standard bottles, nothing oversized. 216 bottle capacity, 9 cases each side. 48 1/2"W, 24 1/2D, 39"H $125 Pick up far west Chicago burbs,...
by b. c@stner
March 27th, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 528
Views: 54643

Re: Official WTSO thread

A little more info on Mr Newman, obviously from his own perspective:

http://newmanwine.com/jonathan-newman/
by b. c@stner
March 27th, 2019, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More reasons to hate FedEx
Replies: 53
Views: 2402

Re: More reasons to hate FedEx

Another reason to maybe love FedEx is that I recently learned they have a vacation hold option good for 14 days. Didn't know that, recently used that option when I was gone and the 5 business day hold at location wasn't going to work. You do have to have a FedEx account, and you manage from Delivery...
by b. c@stner
March 22nd, 2019, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite stemless wine glasses?
Replies: 24
Views: 1121

Re: Your favorite stemless wine glasses?

Not a particular fan of stemless, and this isn't what you are looking for. But to answer your question my favorite is govino. For traveling/outdoors/beach/pool/tailgate etc I've come to really like them.
by b. c@stner
March 19th, 2019, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: www.2000 Lanessan
Replies: 6
Views: 766

Re: www.2000 Lanessan

Thank you sir! Nine bottles left out of a case. Sounds like they might outlive me. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?...ha!
by b. c@stner
March 11th, 2019, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Possibly the best $13 bottle
Replies: 64
Views: 6476

Re: Possibly the best $13 bottle

Enjoyed a 2016 last evening. A mini SQN? Hardly. A mini Lillian? Maybe.
by b. c@stner
February 9th, 2019, 4:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation
Replies: 166
Views: 17710

Re: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation

Interesting. I haven't received the email yet. I was offered the Scarecrow and M. Etain for the last several years but didn't buy. Kept getting allocations. Finally bought some '16 M. Etains last fall and maybe now they kicked me off the Scarecrow allocation list! I just logged in and it said Scare...
by b. c@stner
February 8th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grill / Smoker / Other Meat Prep
Replies: 24
Views: 1154

Re: Grill / Smoker / Other Meat Prep

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Brian Tuite wrote:
February 7th, 2019, 7:54 pm
b. c@stner wrote:
February 7th, 2019, 6:44 pm
Brian Tuite wrote:
February 2nd, 2019, 6:54 am
Gary just likes playing board cop.
pot calling the kettle....

;)
Not even close but whatever floats your boat pal.
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by b. c@stner
February 8th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation
Replies: 166
Views: 17710

Re: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation

Got an e-mail from Scarecrow that I am finally being invited to purchase the upcoming '16 release. I've been buying the M. Etain each year, for years, but this was the first year that I passed, and then I get a Scarecrow allocation. Go figure. Interesting. I haven't received the email yet. I was of...
by b. c@stner
February 7th, 2019, 6:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grill / Smoker / Other Meat Prep
Replies: 24
Views: 1154

Re: Grill / Smoker / Other Meat Prep

Brian Tuite wrote:
February 2nd, 2019, 6:54 am
Gary just likes playing board cop.
pot calling the kettle....

;)
by b. c@stner
February 2nd, 2019, 5:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Elusive Chicken Breast
Replies: 11
Views: 813

Re: The Elusive Chicken Breast

Variations of your choice but some type of buttermilk marinade, preferably overnight.
by b. c@stner
January 31st, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineSlash
Replies: 5
Views: 943

Re: WineSlash

Ok, so that's enough info for me. Guess I'm not a buyer. As far as bad habits go, FB is not one of them :)
by b. c@stner
January 31st, 2019, 5:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coravin Model Two $199
Replies: 0
Views: 267

Coravin Model Two $199

https://gma-coravin.com/

Today only I believe
by b. c@stner
January 29th, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineSlash
Replies: 5
Views: 943

Re: WineSlash

Ever find out anything about them?
by b. c@stner
January 8th, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Flannery Holiday Sale (some good stuff)
Replies: 31
Views: 2005

Re: Flannery Holiday Sale (some good stuff)

Haven't had the need to order the waygu rib cap yet but I am digging the cap medallions
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by b. c@stner
January 8th, 2019, 5:57 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Foie gras ban in California
Replies: 19
Views: 1365

Re: Foie gras ban in California

If you put a gun to my head and asked me what my favorite food was I would answer seared foie. It takes 2 minutes to prepare and it’s sofa king awesome. Yep. Right next to truffles and waygu :) And if you want to do it on the cheap the cubes (grade A trimmings/ends) at D'Artagnan are a great way to...
by b. c@stner
January 7th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: 2018 White Truffles
Replies: 35
Views: 2656

Re: 2018 White Truffles

Urbani end of season 50% off fresh white going on.
Just had some black which were good. Also tried the black(summer)truffle burrata and thought it was pretty tasty.
by b. c@stner
December 18th, 2018, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bedrock Syrah Coast to Foothills '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 540

Re: TN: Bedrock Syrah Coast to Foothills '17...(short/boring)

Not quite in the same vein as previous renditions. I tend to to hang on to these for a bit but thinking these will go sooner rather than later. No quibble on the price, well worth the tariff.
by b. c@stner
December 13th, 2018, 6:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What’s your go-to sauce for Filet Mignon?
Replies: 27
Views: 1148

Re: What’s your go-to sauce for Filet Mignon?

J a y H a c k wrote:
December 13th, 2018, 12:01 pm
Saliva. My own. I'm not a fan of filet but if you force me to eat it, I will not slobber sauce all over it,
Correct! Sauce not needed, let the wine shine on a relatively bland piece of meat.

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