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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: 22
Views: 1413

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: 201

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: 4485

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: 2210

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: 2901

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: 1180

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: 1180

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: 3128

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: 279

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: 39101

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: 39101

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: 327

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: 1805

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: 221

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: 94

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: 2071

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: 1196

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: 91

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: 1719

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: 313

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: 313

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: 3453

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: 464
Views: 46955

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: 559

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: 559

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: 3658

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: 3658

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: 1456

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: 464
Views: 46955

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: 147

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: 464
Views: 46955

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: 1456

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: 1456

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: 1456

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: 1456

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: 1456

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: 1456

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: 1456

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: 1456

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: 1456

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.
by John Danza
February 20th, 2019, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie Street Lock-Up
Replies: 34
Views: 1456

Chicago wine storage suggestions? Have to move from Kinzie Street Lock-Up

I'm looking for opinions on options for wine storage in or around Chicago. I'm in the Kinzie Street Lock-up facility, but they raise my rates about 15% every 8 months. It's ridiculous! So I need to move. I've used Domaine before and moved from there because their prices were extremely high, and I ha...
by John Danza
February 4th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 DuMOL Chardonnay Isobel (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 1
Views: 149

TN: 2010 DuMOL Chardonnay Isobel (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

2010 DuMOL Chardonnay Isobel - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (2/4/2019) From magnum, popped and poured. I wasn't sure if I was opening this too early based on CT notes I was seeing. In the end, the answer was "yes". The palate was tart apple, lots of minerality, buttery oak, ...
by John Danza
January 24th, 2019, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Update: Chicago - What to DO Question..
Replies: 35
Views: 1978

Re: Update: Chicago - What to DO Question..

I concur with going on at least one of the Chicago Architectural Foundation activities. The river boat cruise is excellent. Another good one is the "Devil in the White City" bus tour that they do, which traces the areas of the city noted in that book.
by John Danza
January 22nd, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Update: Chicago - What to DO Question..
Replies: 35
Views: 1978

Re: Update: Chicago - What to DO Question..

Mark, we maintain a great list of Chicago BYOB restaurants in the BYOB section of WB. You can find it here.

Of these, I agree with Ryan that Chez Simo Bistro is great French food.
by John Danza
January 10th, 2019, 11:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Second-Favorite Wine with Scallops
Replies: 50
Views: 1734

Re: Your Second-Favorite Wine with Scallops

I never pair scallops with a Chardonnay. I think the wine makes the scallops taste very fishy. Several friends have said the same thing.

If a simple pan seared prep, then I pair with a bone dry Riesling. If a cream sauce prep, then I pair with a Sercial Madeira, or an aged Vin Jaune. [cheers.gif]
by John Danza
January 9th, 2019, 6:38 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Chicago and suburbs
Replies: 490
Views: 39101

Re: Chicago and suburbs

J. D'Antonio wrote:
January 8th, 2019, 6:20 pm
Good to know, thanks. Maybe sharing with the server as well got them to look the other way!
Or just go somewhere else without a crazy policy like that. [cheers.gif]
by John Danza
January 8th, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Chicago and suburbs
Replies: 490
Views: 39101

Re: Chicago and suburbs

Hi John, I'm new to the forum but love that you have such an extensive list. Can you add Bavette's? Also, please remove Boarding House. Sadly, the restaurant closed this past summer. Bavette's Bar & Boeuf Corkage fee is sharing 1 glass per bottle with a table of your choice Nice stems 218 W Kinzie ...
by John Danza
January 7th, 2019, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Bargain Champagne
Replies: 64
Views: 3531

Re: Best Bargain Champagne

My go-to bargain is NV Philippe Prié Champagne Tradition Brut from Wines Till Sold Out. Normal price is $24.99 for a 750ml and $54.99 for a 1.5l. Free shipping for four or more.
by John Danza
January 7th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When sabering Champagne goes wrong at The French Laundry...
Replies: 41
Views: 4742

Re: When sabering Champagne goes wrong at The French Laundry...

WTF was the little guy hoping to accomplish by hacking at the cork? The dude holding the bottle should have pulled back immediately and told little Sparky to stand fast. I hope some people got the axe (no pun intended) for this fiasco of broken glass all over the kitchen. BTW, sabering a bottle of c...
by John Danza
January 6th, 2019, 7:42 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Chicago and suburbs
Replies: 490
Views: 39101

Re: Chicago and suburbs

Keith A k e r s wrote:
January 5th, 2019, 6:35 am
I wanted to add in an update on Cellar Door Provisions. They are now $20 corkage generally and $10 if you bring in a wine from Diversey Wine a few doors down
I've updated the entry Keith. Seems pretty steep for a place with such a limited menu. How is the food?

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