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by b. c@stner
May 27th, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any feedback on Charleston Wine Vault?
Replies: 0
Views: 282

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
Topic: Savannah, GA
Replies: 31
Views: 1013

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
Topic: Savannah, GA
Replies: 31
Views: 1013

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: 7130

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: 7034
Views: 401152

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: 548

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: 548

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: 3048

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
Topic: Stone Crab claws: way overrated
Replies: 46
Views: 1337

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
Topic: Stone Crab claws: way overrated
Replies: 46
Views: 1337

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: 548

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: 442
Views: 43042

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: 2046

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: 887

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: 707

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: 5983

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: 15874

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
Topic: Grill / Smoker / Other Meat Prep
Replies: 24
Views: 996

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: 15874

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
Topic: Grill / Smoker / Other Meat Prep
Replies: 24
Views: 996

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
Topic: The Elusive Chicken Breast
Replies: 11
Views: 696

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: 859

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: 222

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: 859

Re: WineSlash

Ever find out anything about them?
by b. c@stner
January 8th, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Flannery Holiday Sale (some good stuff)
Replies: 31
Views: 1775

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
Topic: Foie gras ban in California
Replies: 19
Views: 1160

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
Topic: 2018 White Truffles
Replies: 35
Views: 2329

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: 508

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
Topic: What’s your go-to sauce for Filet Mignon?
Replies: 27
Views: 965

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.
by b. c@stner
December 8th, 2018, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy - why is it so often cloudy?
Replies: 30
Views: 1383

Re: Burgundy - why is it so often cloudy?

Its the added vitamins and minerals that are added in Burgundy to keep the average old Burg drinker around so they can still sell the over priced wines Do you actually know anything about Burgundy? Please name the last five Burgundies that are more than 10 years old you have had from top producers....
by b. c@stner
November 23rd, 2018, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Invino Offer on Tensley Syrah
Replies: 25
Views: 1419

Re: Invino Offer on Tensley Syrah

Currently 14.99 for the 2013 syrah and 12.99 for 2013 grenache
by b. c@stner
November 23rd, 2018, 8:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: 2018 White Truffles
Replies: 35
Views: 2329

Re: 2018 White Truffles

R@y.Tupp@+sch wrote:
November 23rd, 2018, 6:13 am
b. c@stner wrote:
November 23rd, 2018, 6:03 am
I know some folks aren't fans and I haven't called yet to see what they think, but urbani running at 35% off through Tuesday.
Eataly's truffles were supplied by Urbani.
Good to know, now I just need me some Krug champagne.gif
by b. c@stner
November 23rd, 2018, 6:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: 2018 White Truffles
Replies: 35
Views: 2329

Re: 2018 White Truffles

I know some folks aren't fans and I haven't called yet to see what they think, but I've had good luck here, urbani running at 35% off through Tuesday.
by b. c@stner
November 17th, 2018, 8:15 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: ISO Styro Shippers Chicagoland
Replies: 2
Views: 188

Re: ISO Styro Shippers Chicagoland

St Charles area here with a few of various sizes that I need to get rid of.
by b. c@stner
November 16th, 2018, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Loring wine on WTSO
Replies: 25
Views: 2757

Re: Loring wine on WTSO

Loring 2016 Santa Barbara County up now for $16.99
by b. c@stner
November 5th, 2018, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 MacDonald Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 16
Views: 1192

Re: TN: 2014 MacDonald Cabernet Sauvignon

Nick, no worries, my apologies. I'm old. I belong to a generation when an 86-87 point Parker meant a rocking good wine... Cheers! Bob, thanks. I'm sorry for taking your comments too harshly. I know my tasting notes need a lot of work, so I this was a "Dang, I knew I mess this up somehow" moment. It...
by b. c@stner
November 4th, 2018, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 MacDonald Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 16
Views: 1192

Re: TN: 2014 MacDonald Cabernet Sauvignon

Nick, no worries, my apologies. I'm old. I belong to a generation when an 86-87 point Parker meant a rocking good wine... Cheers!
by b. c@stner
November 4th, 2018, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 MacDonald Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 16
Views: 1192

Re: TN: 2014 MacDonald Cabernet Sauvignon

Ok, so the wine is just "very good". But gets 95 points. Talk about narrowing the window!
And did I miss that this was a pro review? Or just a random comment from Larry?
by b. c@stner
November 1st, 2018, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Invino Offer on Tensley Syrah
Replies: 25
Views: 1419

Re: Invino Offer on Tensley Syrah

Also up on invino is the Tensley 2013 Tensley Vineyard Syrah for 19.99, free ship on 4, 2014 Tensley Camp 4 Vineyard Blanc 17.99 and 2013 Tensley
Colson Canyon Grenache 16.99
by b. c@stner
October 27th, 2018, 1:43 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Has the commerce corner jumped the shark at WB?
Replies: 119
Views: 4747

Re: Has the commerce corner jumped the shark at WB?

It's palate, not palette :)

Any French wine drinker knows the difference...
by b. c@stner
October 27th, 2018, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7034
Views: 401152

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

Even the experts get confused on spelling some wine terms. Is there really any need to point this out? No!
From the current Pierazzuoli offer:

The nose is fruity, fresh, floral and fine. On the palette it is quite a soft entry with good volume, delicate mineral and a fruity final sensation.
by b. c@stner
October 26th, 2018, 4:15 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16163
Views: 382318

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Westbrook Rinse/Repeat Mosaic
by b. c@stner
October 26th, 2018, 4:56 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Session beer, aka drinking by the poolside
Replies: 43
Views: 1665

Re: Session beer, aka drinking by the poolside

Not really a session fan either but I've found the Highland Brewing Daycation to be tasty. 4.9 on the scale. I would think makes it to Greenville.
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by b. c@stner
October 18th, 2018, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7034
Views: 401152

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

BTI reviewed the ‘15 fog and wind and also mentions Sojourn.
Here’s a review of the 2016 being offered:

http://www.internationalwinereport.com/ ... noma-coast
by b. c@stner
October 12th, 2018, 6:25 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New Espresso Machine
Replies: 159
Views: 9116

Re: New Espresso Machine

As much as I love, or so I thought, my little Rancilio Silvia, I just spent some serious time with a La Marzocco Linea Mini flirtysmile I'll chime in and say you should get a Profitec 700 (bigger brew boiler and ability to plumb in right out of the box) and then spend the $1000 saved on an ECM S-Au...
by b. c@stner
October 12th, 2018, 8:04 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New Espresso Machine
Replies: 159
Views: 9116

Re: New Espresso Machine

EricE wrote:
October 11th, 2018, 9:27 pm
It’s the real deal isn’t it. I also have the Silvia but just can’t seem to justify dropping that kind of money on the linea.
Maybe we find a dealer who will take wine in trade [snort.gif]
by b. c@stner
October 11th, 2018, 6:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New Espresso Machine
Replies: 159
Views: 9116

Re: New Espresso Machine

As much as I love, or so I thought, my little Rancilio Silvia, I just spent some serious time with a La Marzocco Linea Mini flirtysmile
by b. c@stner
October 9th, 2018, 7:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: 2018 White Truffles
Replies: 35
Views: 2329

Re: 2018 White Truffles

Good news!
by b. c@stner
September 26th, 2018, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Next MACDONALD?
Replies: 161
Views: 12692

Re: The Next MACDONALD?

Bill Tex Landreth wrote:
September 26th, 2018, 5:04 pm
Gotta throw out William & Mary

Full disclosure, Will is a good friend
Noticed this is Shifflett, is he still doing anything under his own label?

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