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by Paul Miller
December 13th, 2018, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downtown Napa Tasting Rooms?
Replies: 14
Views: 533

Re: Downtown Napa Tasting Rooms?

Matt K wrote:
December 13th, 2018, 12:21 pm
Agree with Vintner's Collective. A great way to taste some small batch stuff with friendly staff. Had a great time there two years ago (has it really been that long since I visited?)
+1
by Paul Miller
December 13th, 2018, 10:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 516
Views: 20430

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

The Party Is Over -- Chicago’s once-vaunted dining scene has lost its luster. I mostly agree with this article. The author makes a lot of good points; we are too easy on restaurants and many of the restaurant groups have contributed to a somewhat bland environment. Add in recent closures and not en...
by Paul Miller
December 12th, 2018, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine
Replies: 50
Views: 1811

Re: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine

Finally! A wine from the US, and it's a... White Zin! [cry.gif] Day-7 White Zinfandel United States of America (California) 11% I honestly don't remember the last time I've had a White Zin. Maybe college? Surely I've had one at some event, dinner, reception? I simply can't recall the last one, so I...
by Paul Miller
December 11th, 2018, 6:44 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Cuba?
Replies: 16
Views: 889

Re: Cuba?

Enjoy photography? A number of photographers are leading trips these days.
by Paul Miller
December 11th, 2018, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine
Replies: 50
Views: 1811

Re: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine

Day-4 Pinot Grigio Italy 12% Nice, fresh, clean aroma. Some pectin flavors, bordering on pears. A little dirt and minerality (maybe that's the spice). Just not very crisp (maybe that's the hazelnuts). IMO Pinot Grigio can be hit and miss, and is seldom a "great" wine. My expectations are usually no...
by Paul Miller
December 10th, 2018, 8:25 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15803
Views: 369045

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

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My wife's nephew's high school classmate is one of the guys behind Transient. Some really good beers coming out of SW Michigan these days.
by Paul Miller
December 10th, 2018, 8:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine
Replies: 50
Views: 1811

Re: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine

Chenin Blanc.jpg Day-10 Chenin Blanc South Africa, Western Cape 12.5% I haven't had many Chenin Blancs, so not much basis to go on. But without knowing what this was, in a blind tasting, I would have pegged this for a cheap Chard. Light, gold color. Not a lot of aroma. Some toast, some creaminess, ...
by Paul Miller
December 10th, 2018, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN. Visit in Montepulciano - more wines
Replies: 14
Views: 606

Re: TN. Visit in Montepulciano - more wines

Keeping track on which of these are available here in the US?
by Paul Miller
December 10th, 2018, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine
Replies: 50
Views: 1811

Re: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine

Malbec.jpg Day-9 Malbec Argentina, San Juan 13% Popped and poured, no decant, served at cellar temp. An Ok wine. Dark color. Some menthol, some herbiness, a little "green," some tobacco. Also, some chocolate, cola, dried red fruit. Some tannin. As like many of the others, tart and tight, but one of...
by Paul Miller
December 9th, 2018, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine
Replies: 50
Views: 1811

Re: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine

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Interesting line-up. If only that "worst wine of the year" thread had popped in the right order.
by Paul Miller
December 9th, 2018, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine
Replies: 50
Views: 1811

Re: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine

Day-5 Merlot Chile - Valle Central 12.5% Popped and poured; no decant. Pretty red color. Some dark and red fruits on the nose. Fruit-forward wine, blackberry, blueberry. Some earth notes, a bit dusty. First of the wines with some nice acidity, although a bit of a bite (maybe it needs to be decanted...
by Paul Miller
December 8th, 2018, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine
Replies: 50
Views: 1811

Re: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine

Finally! A wine from the US, and it's a... White Zin.jpg White Zin! [cry.gif] Day-7 White Zinfandel United States of America (California) 11% I honestly don't remember the last time I've had a White Zin. Maybe college? Surely I've had one at some event, dinner, reception? I simply can't recall the l...
by Paul Miller
December 7th, 2018, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine
Replies: 50
Views: 1811

Re: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine

Shiraz.jpg Day-6 Shiraz Australia 12.5% If you served this to me blind, I would have guessed a California Zin. Maybe I've had too many over-the-top Shiraz from Australia, or too many impersonating Cabs. This is definitely not a Mollydooker Shiraz (maybe I should have shaken it). Some tart red fruit...
by Paul Miller
December 7th, 2018, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 9901
Views: 315331

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2016 Kutch, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Just got my Kutch shipment today, and I needed to Pobega a bottle of good wine after so many Aldi wines.
by Paul Miller
December 6th, 2018, 4:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine
Replies: 50
Views: 1811

Re: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine

Tomorrow I’ll test the hypothesis. I am I guess serious, but don't think you need to be that serious! :-) On a serious note, I appreciate how you are treating these wines seriously. It would be quite easy to make fun of the whole thing. But it seems that some are not terrible -- i,e, the most recen...
by Paul Miller
December 5th, 2018, 9:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine
Replies: 50
Views: 1811

Re: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine

Merlot.jpg Day-5 Merlot Chile - Valle Central 12.5% Popped and poured; no decant. Pretty red color. Some dark and red fruits on the nose. Fruit-forward wine, blackberry, blueberry. Some earth notes, a bit dusty. First of the wines with some nice acidity, although a bit of a bite (maybe it needs to ...
by Paul Miller
December 5th, 2018, 8:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine
Replies: 50
Views: 1811

Re: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine

Tomorrow I’ll test the hypothesis.
by Paul Miller
December 5th, 2018, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine
Replies: 50
Views: 1811

Re: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine

Ron Slye wrote:
December 5th, 2018, 12:14 pm
Perhaps the problem is that you are using high quality glassware. Maybe try a tumbler? :-)
Trying to give these wines every chance to shine
by Paul Miller
December 5th, 2018, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine
Replies: 50
Views: 1811

Re: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine

Day-4 Pinot Grigio Italy 12% IMG_3215.JPG Nice, fresh, clean aroma. Some pectin flavors, bordering on pears. A little dirt and minerality (maybe that's the spice). Just not very crisp (maybe that's the hazelnuts). IMO Pinot Grigio can be hit and miss, and is seldom a "great" wine. My expectations ar...
by Paul Miller
December 3rd, 2018, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine
Replies: 50
Views: 1811

Re: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine

Day-3 Chardonnay Australia 13% IMG_3208.JPG Golden color. Somewhat floral aroma. Toasty. Medium/full body, soft, a little creamy, a little waxy. Not much else. Got to be honest - this just tasted like hot Chard. I'm not a big Chard drinker to begin with (somewhat ABC), and this just reminded me of w...
by Paul Miller
December 2nd, 2018, 3:18 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15803
Views: 369045

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

IMG_3244.JPG The local Whole Foods near me has a beer bar near the front entrance. On Friday they had their BCBS event. Of course the variants were gone by the time I could get there. That said, my brother in-law lives in one of the far NW suburbs, and found the Bramble at his local Binny's today. ...
by Paul Miller
December 2nd, 2018, 3:06 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15803
Views: 369045

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Jorge Henriquez wrote:
November 29th, 2018, 7:20 pm
Hate to admit it but 2018 BCBS reg is legitimately great! No Coffee this year right?
The Barleywine and Coffee are combined this year.
by Paul Miller
December 2nd, 2018, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine
Replies: 50
Views: 1811

Re: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine

I look forward to the daily review. I am surprised they don't make a ton of them. I could see a large population of wine drinkers who would love this. As mentioned above it would be cool to see this with better wines. I could see something from Washington State that offers some good, not great prod...
by Paul Miller
December 2nd, 2018, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine
Replies: 50
Views: 1811

Re: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine

Day-2 Cabernet Sauvignon from South Australia Non Vintage, 13.5% IMG_3201.JPG Not much aroma, nothing much on the nose. First taste I was kinda, "Hmmm..." but it did begin to smooth out some. Black fruits, some smoke and tar, with a touch of cinnamon, and a little vanilla. Had a meaty profile. Thoug...
by Paul Miller
December 2nd, 2018, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine
Replies: 50
Views: 1811

Re: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine

Robert, it cost about $70. Craig, it was a giant plastic twist off. I’ve seen these on other lesser priced sparklers. I putzed with it for a bit expecting a pop. In the end it just twisted off with little fanfare. I find the idea of a box like this kind of fascinating as well. I’ve seen online a cou...
by Paul Miller
December 1st, 2018, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thank Goodness for strong wine bottles.
Replies: 14
Views: 606

Re: Thank Goodness for strong wine bottles.

Glad to hear you're ok.
by Paul Miller
December 1st, 2018, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine
Replies: 50
Views: 1811

Re: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine

Day-1 Prosecco Italy 11% Part of the "Festive Collection" [shrug.gif] IMG_2863.JPG First thoughts were that this wine is VERY fizzy, wants to explode in your mouth. Otherwise, crisp and dry. Very much on the pectin side, lots of pear flavor. Light, straw color. Towards the end, it began to get a bit...
by Paul Miller
December 1st, 2018, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine
Replies: 50
Views: 1811

Re: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine

Jim Brennan wrote:
December 1st, 2018, 12:21 pm
You should get some Lunchmate to go with the wine, sort of their version of charcuterie
I also got their cheese calendar. Not sure if they are aligned to pair or not.
by Paul Miller
December 1st, 2018, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine
Replies: 50
Views: 1811

Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine

Aldi, the discount grocery store chain that also owns Trader Joe's, put together an "Advent Calendar" for adults. It's a case of 24 small bottles of wine (187ml), a variety of reds and whites from all over the world. They started selling them locally on Nov. 7 at 9:00 AM. By 8:58 they were all gone....
by Paul Miller
November 29th, 2018, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FINAL TALLY Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4
Replies: 101
Views: 2277

Re: Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4

Jud Reis wrote:
November 29th, 2018, 3:33 pm
2013 Scherrer Old And Mature Vines Zin - Lovely nose of blackberry compote, slate and black pepper. Still youthful on the palate with a lovely balance of exburant blackberry fruit and balancing minerality and acidity. A pinot lover’s zinfandel. Great wine year in and year out.
Love Fred’s wines
by Paul Miller
November 29th, 2018, 2:31 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Chicago and suburbs
Replies: 470
Views: 33385

Re: Chicago and suburbs

Butcher & The Burger
(it's a high-end burger joint)
1021 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 697-3735
BYOB. No corkage; but lousy glassware.
butcherandtheburger.com/
by Paul Miller
November 29th, 2018, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 1958
Views: 116951

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

From the charity thread https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=2623474#p2623474 2013 Bedrock, Puccini Vineyard, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, Zinfandel Popped and poured into cheap glasses with no decant. Big Zin. Deep dark and brooding. Firm tannins and lots of mouthfeel. Somewhat puc...
by Paul Miller
November 29th, 2018, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FINAL TALLY Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4
Replies: 101
Views: 2277

Re: Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4

Last night my wife and I, along with another couple, went to a wine tasting with Kathleen Inman. After some killer Pinots, we walked over to Butcher & The Burger (on Armitage in Lincoln Park, Chicago) - great burgers, and it's BYOB. We brought a Bedrock Puccini. 2013 Bedrock, Puccini Vineyard, Sonom...
by Paul Miller
November 25th, 2018, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 192
Views: 4582

Re: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

2014 Spy Valley Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand We went to NZ a couple of years ago and hit both of the big islands. Really enjoyed Hawke's Bay and Otago. We both decided that we weren't big fans of Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, but we liked some of the other varietals there. We generally ...
by Paul Miller
November 24th, 2018, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Domestic Pinot Noir: Better or just different?
Replies: 134
Views: 7602

Re: Aging Domestic Pinot Noir: Better or just different?

Had some Pinots recently from a well known Sonoma Coast producer, and finding everything older than 2011 to be suspect.
by Paul Miller
November 20th, 2018, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 192
Views: 4582

Re: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

2011 Kosta-Browne Sonoma Coast
Hate to say, but I think it’s past it’s prime. Lots of acid. Some cranberry. I’ll try harder next time.
by Paul Miller
November 20th, 2018, 3:21 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wineries in the City of Montepulciano
Replies: 6
Views: 429

Re: Wineries in the City of Montepulciano

It's been a dozen or so years ago, but we did the "stroll the city" thing as well. Lots of tastings just walking around. Surprised how many, and how accommodating they were, and how good some of the wines were. Lots of Vino Nobile. Can't remember any specific spots, but we had a great time.
by Paul Miller
November 19th, 2018, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Pax Sonoma-Hillsides 100pts Vinous
Replies: 101
Views: 7072

Re: 2016 Pax Sonoma-Hillsides 100pts Vinous

You had me talked into buying a couple, but they are all sold-out now.
by Paul Miller
November 18th, 2018, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2017 Rose Thread
Replies: 58
Views: 4406

Re: The 2017 Rose Thread

larry schaffer wrote:
November 18th, 2018, 11:39 am
Say it ain't so . . .
I have a bottle each of your last two, so I’ll keep it going.
by Paul Miller
November 16th, 2018, 11:33 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15803
Views: 369045

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Getting into the beers from Off Color (http://www.offcolorbrewing.com/ ). They have a taproom near me called The Mousetrap where they feature their experimental beers, native yeast beers, and sours. Tried these two yesterday: The Miscellanea Really nice sour. Lots of depth. IMG_3154.JPG The Wari Sim...
by Paul Miller
November 16th, 2018, 11:26 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 15803
Views: 369045

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

CBS a once impossible beer seems to be plentiful around here right now, they must be cranking it out? Picked up some bba Expedition stout yesterday which I’m looking forward to this weekend. Had the CBS last week at the local Whole Foods. They had it on tap, and they had bottles for sale. Comes in ...
by Paul Miller
November 12th, 2018, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Never ending wine releases
Replies: 66
Views: 3063

Re: Never ending wine releases

Joe B wrote:
November 12th, 2018, 4:12 pm
Markus S wrote:
November 11th, 2018, 11:47 am
blarmston wrote:
November 11th, 2018, 7:12 am
.... Sounds like you are the only winemaker in Napa/The World who has never a bad vintage...
In California, the climate is such that every year is perfectly the same. They call it "The Golden Climate".
I thought it was called the state of combustion.
Not funny
by Paul Miller
November 11th, 2018, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 9901
Views: 315331

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2013 Liquid Farm Chardonnay, Four, Sta. Rita Hills
Full body. Golden color. Plenty acidity. Tart cream? Smooth, easy to drink.
by Paul Miller
November 10th, 2018, 2:47 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Chicago and suburbs
Replies: 470
Views: 33385

Re: Chicago and suburbs

Not really sure where to post this, but the place is kind of a BYOB, but has anybody heard of Birch Road Cellar? There is one on Armitage. Appears to be a "private club" where you can store some wine, and then go there and drink it. https://www.birchroadcellar.com/ Wondering if anyone here in Chicag...
by Paul Miller
November 9th, 2018, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: d'Yquem vs. Tokaji & Others
Replies: 46
Views: 1646

Re: d'Yquem vs. Tokaji & Others

Sh@n A wrote:
November 9th, 2018, 9:44 am
I wish Tokaji's came in 375s or 200s! 500ml seems like a lot to polish off by myself. But it sounds like they keep well in the fridge; with a "Repour" on it, should go long.
Whoa! 500ml by yourself in one night? I'm already getting a headache just thinking about this.
by Paul Miller
October 30th, 2018, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 9901
Views: 315331

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2011 KB RRV Pinot
Still lots of fruit. Crisp enough with grilled steak.
Good weather in Chicago. Couldn’t pass on the opportunity.
Easy, easy to drink wine.
by Paul Miller
October 17th, 2018, 11:49 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Is there no Vodka thread or did I miss ir?
Replies: 22
Views: 792

Re: Is there no Vodka thread or did I miss ir?

But it is, in fact, the only major spirit we don't keep in the house. I'm in the same boat. I don't drink it. I used to keep a bottle for when friends came over, but since it's also the liquor of choice for teens I've stopped keeping it in the house. My sister was telling me... She and her husband ...

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