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by John Chapman
October 7th, 2019, 7:33 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB:Cuban Cigars
Replies: 8
Views: 626

Re: WTB:Cuban Cigars

I've used this site a couple of times in the past. Takes a while for shipping, but they've always arrived.

www.puroexpress.com
by John Chapman
September 30th, 2019, 7:44 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Lisbon?
Replies: 45
Views: 4385

Re: Lisbon?

We just returned from a few days in Lisbon and the Douro. Some notes. We stayed at the LX Boutique Hotel as recommended earlier in the thread. Nice place, very convenient starting point for many walks (all uphill, as the hotel is near the water). Also just a block from the Time Out Market which was ...
by John Chapman
September 4th, 2019, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heritage Auction - Familiar Cellar Name
Replies: 104
Views: 7149

Re: Heritage Auction - Familiar Cellar Name

Mark, very nice article, I learned more about your background than I have from many dinners.

We're out of the country during the auction, but I'll do my best with absentee bids. Love the collection of '70s white burgs!
by John Chapman
August 25th, 2019, 4:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Help! Bumper Crop of Basil
Replies: 24
Views: 1397

Re: Help! Bumper Crop of Basil

Suddenly it's too late Chris! The leaves are starting to wilt and yellow, and I gave all the tops to a neighbor this AM. I don't expect too much more of quality, and I'm gone through labor day so no one to tend to it. If you'd like some mint it's all yours.
by John Chapman
August 22nd, 2019, 5:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Help! Bumper Crop of Basil
Replies: 24
Views: 1397

Re: Help! Bumper Crop of Basil

Lots of great ideas. My freezer is fully stocked with enough pesto to survive the apocalypse. Interesting that the various takes on freezing pesto have included: don't add the pine nuts, don't add as much oil, don't add the cheese, and blanche the leaves first. I've been fine with just going all in ...
by John Chapman
August 11th, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Help! Bumper Crop of Basil
Replies: 24
Views: 1397

Re: Help! Bumper Crop of Basil

Joe Chanley wrote:
August 11th, 2019, 6:56 am
Not sure if this is 100% fact but a friend told me you can pick the individual leaves, freeze them, and use them as needed in sauces, soups etc straight from the freezer with no drop off in flavor.
It's worth a try I suppose, thanks.
by John Chapman
August 10th, 2019, 4:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Help! Bumper Crop of Basil
Replies: 24
Views: 1397

Help! Bumper Crop of Basil

This year for some reason the basil has flourished. I planted more than normal, to counter the losses I expect from the neglect I usually exhibit, but we set up some minimal watering and these bushes have been giving non-stop. I cut all the tops before leaving for 10 days, giving two neighbors each ...
by John Chapman
July 4th, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: sold
Replies: 6
Views: 662

Re: 1

One day during freshman year in high school, I stayed after class and was playing chess in the room being used by the math kids. As I played against the math prof, the star whiz kid, a senior, was working out a problem on the board. He finally announced to the prof "...and you can see the answer is ...
by John Chapman
June 14th, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Anyone been to the Great Sand Dunes National Park?
Replies: 7
Views: 531

Re: Anyone been to the Great Sand Dunes National Park?

Sand dunes is worth a visit if it's not too far out of your way. My wife's dad (and many generations before) came from the surrounding San Luis valley. That area is a very beautiful place, but not very touristy in the traditional sense. Alamosa is a nice mid-sized town, the Sangre de Cristo mountain...
by John Chapman
May 21st, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 14 Portuguese wines, not Port?
Replies: 30
Views: 1511

Re: Age-worthy, classic Portugese wines, not Port?

Joshua, we're heading there in the fall, I'd be curious if you had any interesting travel plans, places to stay etc. I'm just starting to research.

John
by John Chapman
May 14th, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Lisbon?
Replies: 45
Views: 4385

Re: Lisbon?

We're heading to Portugal in September, a few days in Lisbon, then Coimbra and surrounds, then Porto and surrounds. I've been reading the great food suggestions, how about any highly recommended places to stay...from rustic up through five star? Thanks.
by John Chapman
March 12th, 2019, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Paulee: did anybody go to the gala dinner?
Replies: 65
Views: 3778

Re: La Paulee: did anybody go to the gala dinner?

John Kapon was halfway down our table on the other side. At some point early on, I looked over and saw him unwrapping and eating what appeared to be a cheesesteak!
by John Chapman
March 11th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Paulee: did anybody go to the gala dinner?
Replies: 65
Views: 3778

Re: La Paulee: did anybody go to the gala dinner?

Rich, good to meet you at the Thursday dinner! That's one of the high points of La Paulee for me, the opportunity to meet up with people I've either never met, or see once a year, or know only online as a Berserker, of whom there were several I spent time with over the weekend. I did attend the gala...
by John Chapman
March 2nd, 2019, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paulee 2019
Replies: 25
Views: 2557

Re: Paulee 2019

Looking forward to the gala. I have commitments during the day so I can't attend either the verticals or the grand tasting, but the gala has been fun the couple of times I've been.
by John Chapman
March 2nd, 2019, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Getting Laughed At.
Replies: 10
Views: 1677

Re: Getting Laughed At.

OK the reference to "half magnum" reminded me of a funny site: https://academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/List_of_strange_units_of_measurement These little-used units of measurement include the nanocentury, which is roughly 3.16 seconds, and the attoparsec, which (a parsec being about 3.3 light...
by John Chapman
January 10th, 2019, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paulee 2019
Replies: 25
Views: 2557

Re: Paulee 2019

The grand tasting is still open. The LeFlaive dinner has sold out.
by John Chapman
November 29th, 2018, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinking Rudi's treasures in NYC
Replies: 102
Views: 7407

Re: Drinking Rudi's treasures in NYC

I'm in! I have nothing from Cellar II, but I do have some bottles from the post-incarceration Gaston auction of Rudy's remaining (supposedly heavily vetted) inventory.
by John Chapman
October 30th, 2018, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1948 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Único
Replies: 7
Views: 386

Re: TN: 1948 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Único

We had a dinner with nine vintages of Unico last week, including 1965, 1968, 1970. These wines are amazing, all the fills were near perfect, and no wine was less than immensely pleasurable. Nice to hear even older vintages are singing. I always look for Unicos at auction, but there are no more barga...
by John Chapman
October 4th, 2018, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1er Cru Red Burgundy that doesn't need 30+years to reach maturity?
Replies: 54
Views: 2897

Re: 1er Cru Red Burgundy that doesn't need 30+years to reach maturity?

Jadot Beaunes Most Beaunes in general Most Volnay and Pommard, although I disagree with Mich@el Ch@ng about Comte Armand Epeneaux, which always seems too young. Courcel also needs long age. Most Savignys, as mentioned. Most Santenays, especially Muzard and Clair. Most red Chassagnes, which can be w...
by John Chapman
September 18th, 2018, 3:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Salt Cod...worth it?
Replies: 5
Views: 361

Salt Cod...worth it?

I've walked by those little boxes in Whole Foods, and sometimes the larger bins filled with baccala, and been intrigued. I also recently read the book "Cod" about how North Atlantic cod played a major role in economics and politics in Western Europe for hundreds of years. The catch, from Labrador an...
by John Chapman
July 9th, 2018, 10:25 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: A unique chess set that will look great in a game room
Replies: 8
Views: 1165

A unique chess set that will look great in a game room

I always check the board position as well when I see a chessboard, it's a common mistake eg in movies. I was at a resort with a giant outdoor chess set that was set up wrong, so I moved the pieces around. Came back an hour later and someone had put it all back. Looks like a fun set, I wish I had a p...
by John Chapman
April 3rd, 2018, 6:28 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Suggestions for Colorado summer vacation?
Replies: 22
Views: 651

Suggestions for Colorado summer vacation?

There are really so many options, but it's such a big state I would suggest not trying to do too much. Estes Park/RMNP is really a must-see if you haven't spent time in the rockies. Durango is a great town, but in the opposite corner of the state (I know that geometry neglects the entire eastern hal...
by John Chapman
January 23rd, 2018, 5:44 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: OL Chicago this Saturday 1/27
Replies: 0
Views: 263

OL Chicago this Saturday 1/27

I need to be in Chicago on Sunday 1/28, just thinking about coming in the prior evening if there might be a handful of willing folks for an offline, venue and theme TBD. Any interest?
by John Chapman
January 4th, 2018, 8:43 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Montreal
Replies: 13
Views: 1103

Montreal

L'express bistro on le plateau is great. Great wine list, nice for lunch.
by John Chapman
August 28th, 2017, 6:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Frozen dinners
Replies: 35
Views: 1555

Frozen dinners

It won't help anyone outside of southeastern Connecticut, but Pasta Vita has now sprung up with a location in Old Saybrook and another at Mohegan Sun. I've found the quality and selection to be really terrific, not only pasta dishes but many complete meals as well. Sadly at present they are sold at-...
by John Chapman
August 1st, 2017, 3:46 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Svalbard, Norway - a trip of a lifetime
Replies: 52
Views: 2438

Svalbard, Norway - a trip of a lifetime

Awesome David. Great pics.

My son and his girlfriend spent a week in Tromso in March hoping to see the northern lights. They were rewarded big time on their final night atop a mountain when the clouds parted for about a half hour and the sky exploded.
by John Chapman
July 15th, 2017, 1:24 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Brewery suggestions welcomed - ME, NH, VT
Replies: 29
Views: 1742

Brewery suggestions welcomed - ME, NH, VT

Second on Bissell. Nearby is a tiny garage brewery Bunker Brewing, worth a taste if they're open.

Probably out of your way but if you are heading through Lewiston check out Baxter Brewing.

By the way next to Bissell is Stroudwater Distilling, I liked their Bourbon although pricey if IIRC.
by John Chapman
May 28th, 2017, 2:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Jamón Jamón
Replies: 65
Views: 3632

Jamón Jamón

I've just been staring at this thing for a few days. Watched several videos. I bought a jamonero, but I'd rather not invest in another specialty knife. Is it stupid to even consider using our long sharp serrated bread knife? I figure I can keep the jamon cool in the wine cellar under saran wrap and ...
by John Chapman
May 26th, 2017, 7:56 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: 2014
Replies: 2
Views: 386

2014 NOK

NeXt of KYN, the more recent venture from the Krankl's of SQN. I believe 2014 is release #8. Typical allocation is a single box with three 750s and one mag.
by John Chapman
May 12th, 2017, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone ever tried this!?
Replies: 7
Views: 845

Has anyone ever tried this!?

Yes Chris, I came here thinking I would see an amusing video of some act of great stupidity.
by John Chapman
May 6th, 2017, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 469
Views: 37530

Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

I picked up a handful of aged California wines from Richard Albert's extensive list. Nothing over the top, and not expecting much from any particular bottle. First one opened just now: 1992 Guenoc Beckstoffer IV Cab. What a surprise, it's in great shape, plenty of dark, ripe fruit, the profile is le...
by John Chapman
May 5th, 2017, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Evaluate the condition of this cork
Replies: 8
Views: 742

Evaluate the condition of this cork

Forgot to finish this off: when the seal was removed it was clear the top was fine, no seepage. The wine was in perfect condition. I need to do more experiments like that.
by John Chapman
April 28th, 2017, 7:02 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Moutai and Baiju
Replies: 5
Views: 841

FS: Moutai and Baiju

Chris,

What size is the Kweichou Maotai?

Any ability to get other brands, such as Wu Liang Ye?

John
by John Chapman
April 12th, 2017, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Evaluate the condition of this cork
Replies: 8
Views: 742

Evaluate the condition of this cork

I think you guys are right that the neck is narrower at the top. My bottles (again from two sources) consistently show wine climbing up the side, but in all other ways are perfectly intact. At my own peril I will plan to open one bottle, which will allow me to examine the very top of the cork for se...
by John Chapman
April 12th, 2017, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Evaluate the condition of this cork
Replies: 8
Views: 742

Evaluate the condition of this cork

This is a 2001 SQN Ventriloquist I've had for many years. Since there's no capsule, the cork can be seen clearly, and shows saturation up to the point where it's hidden behind the wax cap. The wax is in perfect condition, level and no cracks. I'm not really worried about the wine, and in fact anothe...
by John Chapman
March 18th, 2017, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: suggestion need on old burg
Replies: 13
Views: 949

suggestion need on old burg

If the OP is able to spin the capsule, then I assume he has direct access to the bottle and should be able to judge the color, and possibly the cork, directly. Also curious about the outcome.
by John Chapman
March 13th, 2017, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Paulee Gala
Replies: 23
Views: 2920

La Paulee Gala

Possibly no notes yet because some may not have woken up. After the dinner many went to Rebelle and continued the evening. As I was leaving at 2am there were others still arriving. I believe the sun was up before things quieted down. Oh yes, the gala. My second time, and what a great treat. We sat w...
by John Chapman
March 9th, 2017, 3:34 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC Friday 3/10 OL
Replies: 28
Views: 1454

NYC Friday 3/10 OL

It looks like nine confirmed, with the possibility of one or two more.
by John Chapman
March 7th, 2017, 12:34 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC Friday 3/10 OL
Replies: 28
Views: 1454

NYC Friday 3/10 OL

It looks like the group is 7 minimum, could be as many as 11.
by John Chapman
March 7th, 2017, 7:13 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC Friday 3/10 OL
Replies: 28
Views: 1454

NYC Friday 3/10 OL

Jay, would you be able to get a reservation and figure out corkage? I'm hoping we won't need to bring stems. Looks like we could be anywhere from 5-10 people.

The Montrose pair sounds great thanks. I lean 90 but not by much.
by John Chapman
March 6th, 2017, 2:44 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC Friday 3/10 OL
Replies: 28
Views: 1454

NYC Friday 3/10 OL

Maybe 730?
by John Chapman
March 6th, 2017, 12:07 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC Friday 3/10 OL
Replies: 28
Views: 1454

NYC Friday 3/10 OL

My pref would be midtown and reasonable corkage as two limiters. Of those you listed, Barbettas, then maybe Basque, then Chinese.

So far four, plus a few more between likely and tentative.

The Martha's sounds great.
by John Chapman
March 6th, 2017, 6:40 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC Friday 3/10 OL
Replies: 28
Views: 1454

NYC Friday 3/10 OL

OK, first guest offering to bring an 86 Margaux.

With that shot across the bow, I will stand up with an 86 Mouton.

Jay, that's known as the King's Gambit Accepted! Next move...
by John Chapman
March 6th, 2017, 5:42 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC Friday 3/10 OL
Replies: 28
Views: 1454

NYC Friday 3/10 OL

Wide open, ethnic, Italian, seafood, just about everything but big beef that night...throw out a suggestion.
by John Chapman
March 5th, 2017, 9:58 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC Friday 3/10 OL
Replies: 28
Views: 1454

NYC Friday 3/10 OL

Sounds good, but you'll have to shake the trees, there hasn't been a lot of interest yet. Give me some suggestions on venue etc.
by John Chapman
March 4th, 2017, 11:36 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC Friday 3/10 OL
Replies: 28
Views: 1454

NYC Friday 3/10 OL

Will be in NY for La Paulee. A couple of us would like to add others looking for to put together a BYO dinner Friday night, place and theme TBD. So far John C - 86 Mouton Shoshana F +3 - 86 Margaux Erez +1 - 70 Ducru, some nice Champagne Jay and Barbara T - 89 and 90 Montrose, yquem Diane - 85 Levan...
by John Chapman
March 3rd, 2017, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Paulee 2017
Replies: 31
Views: 3032

La Paulee 2017

I think a few of us are planning a BYO dinner at a location TBD for Friday night. Any others interested in getting together let me know and I will share the details when available.

John
by John Chapman
March 1st, 2017, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Paulee 2017
Replies: 31
Views: 3032

La Paulee 2017

I'm looking forward to La Paulee this year. Dipped my toe two years ago, now I plan to attend several events.

Is anyone interested in an offline either Thursday or Friday nights? Doesn't even have to be burgs!

John
by John Chapman
February 7th, 2017, 10:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Time to Fight about Hot Sauces!
Replies: 27
Views: 1796

Time to Fight about Hot Sauces!

I also grabbed an Inner Beauty. It's been a long time! And to make this even more special, they offer the option to pay in Bitcoin. This was my first ever over-the-internet retail bitcoin purchase. I knew if I held those things long enough they would have some utility. Three clicks and it was done.
by John Chapman
February 3rd, 2017, 2:37 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: Flannery Beef - 30% off Special 60-Day Dry Aged New Yorks (& Limited Supply 60-Day Ribeyes)
Replies: 94
Views: 7503

Flannery Beef - 30% off Special 60-Day Dry Aged New Yorks (& Limited Supply 60-Day Ribeyes)

My first Flannery steak last night - 60 day Strip, seared in cast iron then into the oven....great! The texture was like filet, perfectly consistent, flavor wonderful and rich. Served with a 2003 Thorevilos. Bravo! The tail is next to go.

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