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by John Danza
October 6th, 2019, 10:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1979 Henri Maire Arbois Vin Jaune (France, Jura, Arbois)
Replies: 5
Views: 304

Re: TN: 1979 Henri Maire Arbois Vin Jaune (France, Jura, Arbois)

Otto Forsberg wrote:
October 6th, 2019, 1:25 am
The characteristic element in both Vin Jaunes and biologically aged Sherries is acetaldehyde, not acetone.

I'm not saying this wine didn't have "acetone" aromatics (VA, ethyl acetate), but you seem to be talking of another thing.
Uh, whatever.
by John Danza
October 5th, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 52
Views: 3729

Re: Winebid revised.....

PUBLIC APOLOGY: Hi everyone, I don't want to be "commercial" here but since everyone is discussing this, let me just make a public apology. We screwed up on this one and we know it. We should have communicated earlier and given everyone more heads-up on the shipping changes. Unfortunately, the ship...
by John Danza
October 5th, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 52
Views: 3729

Re: Winebid revised.....

I too have had no issues with wines from WB. I like to use them because of the good volume of aged Cali Cabs and other out-of-the-ordinary stuff I tend to get. I agree that the timing of this change sucks. I locked in with them years ago because of the Elmhurst warehouse, 15 miles from my house. I w...
by John Danza
October 5th, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1979 Henri Maire Arbois Vin Jaune (France, Jura, Arbois)
Replies: 5
Views: 304

TN: 1979 Henri Maire Arbois Vin Jaune (France, Jura, Arbois)

1979 Henri Maire Arbois Vin Jaune - France, Jura, Arbois (10/4/2019) The cork was soaked through, but the wax capsule prevented leakage. Very solid wine on a par with the 1976 and 1978 I've had previously. Medium brown color with the appropriate yellowish rim. The Sherry-like acetone notes were def...
by John Danza
October 2nd, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seepage on 1970 Taylor
Replies: 12
Views: 734

Re: Seepage on 1970 Taylor

Seepage generally won't hurt port too badly because of the sugar content, but the fill level you describe is a lot of seepage. Good bottles of 1970 Taylor or most other first tier ports are still on the upswing, it's that good of a vintage. That said, I would recommend you open yours, because you've...
by John Danza
September 29th, 2019, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Allegrini Valpolicella (Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella)
Replies: 2
Views: 241

TN: 2017 Allegrini Valpolicella (Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella)

2017 Allegrini Valpolicella - Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella (9/28/2019) An excellent wine that performs the role it's designed for perfectly. It's fruity, with balanced tannins and acidity that lets the wine drink easily. It pairs extremely well with southern Italian red sauce dishes. Stock up (I did...
by John Danza
September 24th, 2019, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone done business with Old Liquors?
Replies: 0
Views: 204

Has anyone done business with Old Liquors?

Hello all,

Has anyone done business with Old Liquors? I'm looking at some old port that they're about to get in, but I've never dealt with them before. Any warnings on them?

Thanks!
by John Danza
September 5th, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Normal wine mark-ups at restaurants?
Replies: 50
Views: 1792

Re: Normal wine mark-ups at restaurants?

It seems to depend on the general cost of the wine. Less expensive wine get a higher markup, while more expensive wines will see a lower markup.
by John Danza
September 3rd, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whats the Earliest White Burg PreMox?
Replies: 31
Views: 1554

Re: Whats the Earliest White Burg PreMox?

Having opened a lot of cases of white Burgs over the years, the phenomenon really started to come on with the 1996 vintage. I've found that there's general safety with vintages previous to that, but you never say never.
by John Danza
August 29th, 2019, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best cheap glasses?
Replies: 17
Views: 803

Re: Best cheap glasses?

I have a bunch of the all-purpose white wine glasses sold at Bed Bath & Beyond. They work for pretty much anything. They cost $9.99 per dozen.
by John Danza
August 22nd, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ikea has a $1.49 decante/carafe that holds 34 oz. Great if you are having an event
Replies: 23
Views: 1839

Re: Ikea has a $1.49 decante/carafe that holds 34 oz. Great if you are having an event

Thanks for the recommendation. I just picked up 15 of them. I do port tastings once every 12-18 months, so these will be perfect for that.
by John Danza
July 26th, 2019, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Château Mont-Redon Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 1
Views: 247

TN: 2009 Château Mont-Redon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2009 Château Mont-Redon Châteauneuf-du-Pape - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (7/26/2019) Popped and poured from magnum. Dark red with no color change on the rim. Tannic, with good acidity that's pretty much in balance. Getting some black fruits on the palate, but the wine is sti...
by John Danza
July 26th, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Petite Sirah is pretty boring
Replies: 94
Views: 4648

Re: Petite Sirah is pretty boring

I'm glad to see so many people that don't like PS. More for the rest of us without upward price pressure.
by John Danza
July 11th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Americans dropping like flies...
Replies: 9
Views: 2273

Re: Americans dropping like flies...

That said, better that Gambal's (and Pethel's) kids do something with their lives that they'll enjoy rather than continue something they would find less rewarding out of a sense of duty. There are a lot of children of Burgundian families who are not given that choice. You need to explain this one a...
by John Danza
July 10th, 2019, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Brut champagne dying out?
Replies: 71
Views: 3077

Re: Is Brut champagne dying out?

It's not dying out. No dosage is just another fad that will either fade away (as some no dosage wines do before their time), or become part of the overall landscape, with less of the religious fervor, and more of a nod towards balance, regardless of dosage level. +1 It's known that the vast majorit...
by John Danza
June 25th, 2019, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Filtering wine sediment
Replies: 29
Views: 1200

Re: Filtering wine sediment

... I've never had any type of coffee filter work because the wine takes forever to get through the filter. If the bottle stood up for several days the wine is usually 90+% clear - so there is only need to filter the last 10-5 % .... through whatever, that takes no more than a minute. It´s funny: w...
by John Danza
June 25th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Filtering wine sediment
Replies: 29
Views: 1200

Re: Filtering wine sediment

I always stand the wine up for at least a couple of days, and then decant using cheesecloth sitting in a fine mesh strainer, sitting in a funnel. Then decant back into the bottle if traveling with it, only using the funnel. I've never had any type of coffee filter work because the wine takes forever...
by John Danza
June 21st, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Auction slowdown? (HDH today)
Replies: 66
Views: 3241

Re: Auction slowdown? (HDH today)

It's the Laffer Curve in action. People are going to pay what they want to pay. If the auction house wants to collect a higher buyers premium, or needs to add in sales taxes, people will find those funds by bidding less on the items.
by John Danza
June 16th, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Tawse Chardonnay Robyn's Block
Replies: 0
Views: 290

TN: 2010 Tawse Chardonnay Robyn's Block

2010 Tawse Chardonnay Robyn's Block - Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Twenty Mile Bench VQA (6/16/2019) One of 6,700 bottles produced. Bought from the winery in 2012. Medium yellow color. Palate is tart citrus and apples, with butteriness from the oak. Good acidity that is noticeable without be...
by John Danza
June 3rd, 2019, 1:18 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Chicago and suburbs
Replies: 490
Views: 40049

Re: Chicago and suburbs

Paul Miller wrote:
June 3rd, 2019, 12:11 pm
Dawali moved to the West Loop. Not sure if it’s still BYOB. Now out of my neighborhood.
The address on their website is the same that we have listed here. I'll leave them as is unless someone knows of a change in policy.
by John Danza
June 3rd, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Chicago and suburbs
Replies: 490
Views: 40049

Re: Chicago and suburbs

Hello all, I've removed HB Home Bistro from the list because I received an email from them last week stating that they were going to close at the end of the month. Also, I've got an email into the GM of the George Trois Group to get an updated policy since Restaurant Michael is no more and is replac...
by John Danza
May 26th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1863 Leacock Madeira Boal Vintage (Portugal, Madeira)
Replies: 0
Views: 340

TN: 1863 Leacock Madeira Boal Vintage (Portugal, Madeira)

1863 Leacock Madeira Boal Vintage - Portugal, Madeira (5/26/2019) Bottled in 1978, number 593 of 2266. Decanted 24 hours in advance of serving. Beginning of the evening notes: The color is a walnut brown with a very small greenish ring on the rim. The nose is strong acetone with some nuts. The pala...
by John Danza
May 15th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Give up salt or give up wine?
Replies: 52
Views: 1838

Re: Give up salt or give up wine?

Neither. Nobody gets out alive. Live well while you can.
by John Danza
May 12th, 2019, 12:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Teldeschi Petite Sirah
Replies: 3
Views: 225

Re: TN: 2000 Teldeschi Petite Sirah

I like these Teldeschi PS wines. I've had the 1999, 2000, and 2001, and they all perform well. They're also pretty inexpensive. They certainly have a lot of sediment.
by John Danza
May 11th, 2019, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine Juliette Avril Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc
Replies: 0
Views: 104

TN: 2015 Domaine Juliette Avril Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

2015 Domaine Juliette Avril Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (5/11/2019) Grenache - 45%, Roussanne - 25%, Clairette - 15%, Bourboulenc - 15%. An excellent white CdP that is still very young. Light gold color. Lots of minerals and a dense mouth feel. Get...
by John Danza
April 30th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?
Replies: 109
Views: 2125

Re: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?

There are definitely levels of cork taint. I've seen some situations where the typical corked smells/flavors weren't there, but the wine just tasted "dead". No flavor at all. That's a situation of very light cork taint, just enough to steal the wine's characteristics but not enough to really stink u...
by John Danza
April 28th, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pitching in to buy a rare bottle (questions?)
Replies: 16
Views: 1215

Re: Pitching in to buy a rare bottle (questions?)

I'm part of a small group that does this regularly. We pool our funds at each dinner and then decide what we want to try to acquire for the next dinner. We focus on old/rare Madeira or Sherry, which means we do a lot of auction haunting. Each member of the group hosts a dinner in their home where we...
by John Danza
April 20th, 2019, 5:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Patrick Lesec Châteauneuf-du-Pape Pierres Dorées
Replies: 0
Views: 100

TN: 2007 Patrick Lesec Châteauneuf-du-Pape Pierres Dorées

2007 Patrick Lesec Châteauneuf-du-Pape Pierres Dorées - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (4/20/2019) It's been two years since I opened the last bottle. The color is still very dark red. The palate still comes across as a bit "stewed" and jammy. Compared to the many CdPs I've had ...
by John Danza
April 8th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fedex Home Delivery
Replies: 42
Views: 1755

Re: Fedex Home Delivery

I actually had wine delivered via Fedex Home this past Saturday even though the tracker indicated Monday. No biggie since I was home...and I like it when wine does not sit in warehouses (or trucks) over the weekend. Nice - out of curiosity how far away was the wine coming from and how many days did...
by John Danza
April 8th, 2019, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Copain Roussanne James Berry Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 340

Re: TN: 2006 Copain Roussanne James Berry Vineyard

John, Great note - thanks for posting. I still have a number of these - no mags, just 750's. I've not found it to have much acid, but it does have wonderful texture from the variety itself and the slight bitterness the variety is known for. Would be curious to see chemistries on this at some point....
by John Danza
April 6th, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Copain Roussanne James Berry Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 340

TN: 2006 Copain Roussanne James Berry Vineyard

2006 Copain Roussanne James Berry Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (4/5/2019) From magnum. The wine was popped and poured, but then tasted over the course of two hours. This wine is really outstanding and interesting once it's been exposed to air for about an hour. Upon openin...
by John Danza
April 4th, 2019, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 3523

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

Aside from Ravenswood, is there a name on that list anyone around here ever cared about? And speaking of bad taste: the new "Prisoner" winery/tasting room on Hwy 29 is a disgrace. How Napa County allowed that, I have no idea. Yep, they're pretty much stocking up on what I would consider mostly junk...
by John Danza
March 25th, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 495
Views: 50203

Re: Official WTSO thread

Just picked up a case of the 2014 Boedecker "Stewart" Pinot Noir for $18.99. I'm not sure if it's an outstanding deal, but it seemed pretty good.
by John Danza
March 24th, 2019, 10:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about magnum of 1999 Iniskillin Riesling Ice Wine
Replies: 9
Views: 579

Re: Question about magnum of 1999 Iniskillin Riesling Ice Wine

Thanks for the info guys. Ice wine can be interesting to age. If it was made with a decent amount of acidity, then it will age well and develop some great secondary and tertiary notes without becoming cloying. The acidity backbone is what allows Sauternes to age for decades. I've had a couple of oth...
by John Danza
March 24th, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about magnum of 1999 Iniskillin Riesling Ice Wine
Replies: 9
Views: 579

Question about magnum of 1999 Iniskillin Riesling Ice Wine

I just acquired a magnum of 1999 Iniskillin Ice Wine. I've never seen this format of ice wine, so I had to get it. The auction said the bottle was signed, but no other info. When I received it, I found that the bottle is signed by the two founders of Iniskillin - Donald Ziraldo and Karl Kaiser. I've...
by John Danza
March 18th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!
Replies: 60
Views: 3888

Re: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!

I just got off the phone with Winebid and here's the skinny relative to Illinois . I'm not addressing those five outlier states. We had been getting charged the Illinois sales tax of 6.25% (used to be 7.75%, but that's a different story). Due to the Supreme Court ruling in the Wayfair case, the fede...
by John Danza
March 16th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!
Replies: 60
Views: 3888

Re: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!

Winebid has always charged me Illinois tax on my purchases. My reading of this change is that they will now be double taxing any purchase I make (Illinois and California tax) since Illinois is not one of the 5 exempted states in their email. VM I was wondering this as well. I don't expect this to b...
by John Danza
March 16th, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie Street Lock-Up
Replies: 34
Views: 1485

Re: Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie St Lock-Up

As of this afternoon, my wine is comfortably stored in a locker at East Bank on Lake. Thanks to everyone that suggested EB. They're nice folks. I'm happy to say that The Lockup on Kinzie is in the rear view mirror. I sent a letter to the facility manager firing them. I recounted the history of the r...
by John Danza
March 14th, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 495
Views: 50203

Re: Official WTSO thread

Here's a tip. If you already purchased anything still in stock (Loring) from WTSO you will sooner or later be offered to buy more from a secret link emailed to you. It's a really cool feature WTSO now offers. I have 8 more Cargassachi coming to me for $29 per. (BTW, It's SPECTACULAR) On a similar n...
by John Danza
March 13th, 2019, 11:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1985 Fonseca Porto Vintage (Portugal, Douro, Porto)
Replies: 1
Views: 150

TN: 1985 Fonseca Porto Vintage (Portugal, Douro, Porto)

1985 Fonseca Porto Vintage - Portugal, Douro, Porto (3/13/2019) Served after a five-hour decant and left exposed to air. It's ridiculous how amazingly young this 34-year-old port is. Opaque purple with a dark ruby rim. The first thing that came to mind when smelling and tasting the wine was black l...
by John Danza
February 25th, 2019, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 495
Views: 50203

Re: Official WTSO thread

Just want to call out some outstanding customer service from WTSO. I've had two shipments with "FEDEX issues" in recent weeks --one involving a delivery being made to the wrong business, and another involving an order's delivery window being missed resulting in extra days on a truck in harsh condit...
by John Danza
February 24th, 2019, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie Street Lock-Up
Replies: 34
Views: 1485

Re: Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie St Lock-Up

I put a hold on a 36-case locker at East Bank yesterday. Perfectly fine facility and Jose was very helpful. I'll lock it down next Saturday and start moving in. Thanks for the help everyone
by John Danza
February 22nd, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie Street Lock-Up
Replies: 34
Views: 1485

Re: Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie St Lock-Up

What great timing to see this thread! I went to the Domaine third thursday of the month BYO thing last night and it was great. Tons of good wines, and a lot of variety. My fiance and I have outgrown our Le Cache cellar at home in Lincoln Park and looking for an off-site storage place that not only ...
by John Danza
February 22nd, 2019, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie Street Lock-Up
Replies: 34
Views: 1485

Re: Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie St Lock-Up

Corey N. wrote:
February 22nd, 2019, 5:14 am
John — EBS is also very basic. Great location, plenty of parking, but there is nothing exciting about the place. Except Doug.
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by John Danza
February 22nd, 2019, 4:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie Street Lock-Up
Replies: 34
Views: 1485

Re: Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie St Lock-Up

Agreed with Nick. I store at both domaine and east bank. Domaine’s rates are outrageous but their service and product is also far superior. Of the more commodity storage options East Bank has good service and prices. They’re more basic than the Lockup and I don’t think kept as cold, but I have zero...
by John Danza
February 21st, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie Street Lock-Up
Replies: 34
Views: 1485

Re: Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie St Lock-Up

I just spoke with East Bank on Lake. I'm definitely in for that. I'm going to go on Saturday to see what they have and get this worked out. Thanks much for the help.
by John Danza
February 21st, 2019, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie Street Lock-Up
Replies: 34
Views: 1485

Re: Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie St Lock-Up

Lake for me, i just renewed at $1150 a year for a 96 case locker, Mark might well be correct about the times, check with them. Their 24 case lockers i think are about $30 a month One hint, make sure you inspect the locker first, some of them have weird shapes and support beams in them Good call. I ...
by John Danza
February 20th, 2019, 10:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie Street Lock-Up
Replies: 34
Views: 1485

Re: Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie St Lock-Up

I'll definitely call East Bank tomorrow. Which location are you guys using, Lake St. or Ohio St? I looked back at my history with The Lockup and am getting more P.O'ed. Here's the history: December 23, 2016 - Rented a 28-case locker for $39/month October 1, 2017 - Priced increased to $47/month, a 20...
by John Danza
February 20th, 2019, 9:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie Street Lock-Up
Replies: 34
Views: 1485

Re: Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie St Lock-Up

Alan Eden wrote:
February 20th, 2019, 4:55 pm
East bank has not increased for several years and you can get a 24 hour swipe card
Oh, I like that!
by John Danza
February 20th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie Street Lock-Up
Replies: 34
Views: 1485

Re: Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie St Lock-Up

I've stayed away from Canal because accessibility times are pretty bad if you're not in the city from 9-5 during the week.

Maybe I'll go to the manager of Kinzie and see if they'll roll back the increases to save a customer. If not, I definitely have to move.

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