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by Corey N.
December 16th, 2018, 11:18 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Is France Safe for Travel
Replies: 25
Views: 536

Re: Is France Safe for Travel

Dan Hammer wrote:
December 16th, 2018, 11:10 am
I've been to France twice, and Italy three times. I'd day F**k the French, and head to friendly Italy.
I really didn’t want to “go there” but it strikes me that France is increasingly intolerant of our kind.
by Corey N.
December 14th, 2018, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Fritz Haag - Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Großes Gewächs (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)
Replies: 7
Views: 170

Re: TN: 2015 Fritz Haag - Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Großes Gewächs (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
December 14th, 2018, 12:35 pm
Corey - do you buy any halbtrocken or feinherb Rieslings?
Feinherb on occasion. And I enjoy them.

I hope it's clear I'm not trashing anyone's preferences; I just like Riesling to have some RS. And increasingly, I'm enjoying Rieslings with more age as well.
by Corey N.
December 14th, 2018, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Fritz Haag - Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Großes Gewächs (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)
Replies: 7
Views: 170

Re: TN: 2015 Fritz Haag - Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Großes Gewächs (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
December 14th, 2018, 12:23 pm
Typically, so do I. But that may partially be a function of not having tried many dry versions. Which did you open Last night?
2014 Heitlinger Tiefenbacher Schellenbrunnen Riesling Großes Gewächs.

It had a nice intensity and loads of lemon/acid, but I wanted a bit of sweetness. C'est la vie.
by Corey N.
December 14th, 2018, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Fritz Haag - Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Großes Gewächs (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)
Replies: 7
Views: 170

Re: TN: 2015 Fritz Haag - Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Großes Gewächs (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)

Great note Brian. I popped a GG last night and it merely confirmed that I like Riesling with a bit of sugar. To each their own.
by Corey N.
December 13th, 2018, 1:59 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: YOERG BREWING COMPANY: Now open
Replies: 9
Views: 123

Re: YOERG BREWING COMPANY: Now open

Big congratulations to you! I hope it's a smashing success.
by Corey N.
December 13th, 2018, 11:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 518
Views: 20510

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Paul Miller wrote:
December 13th, 2018, 10:50 am
Interesting. Thanks for sharing. Got to admit, I too have gotten tired of going out.
But you can BYOA -- Bring your own Aldi.

--

I think part of my reticence to go out to newer spots is the proliferation of prix fixe restaurants. Rarely do I like it better than ordering off a menu.
by Corey N.
December 13th, 2018, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 6769
Views: 373062

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

DanielPaik wrote:
December 13th, 2018, 9:51 am
This might be the best marathon I've partcipated in... S-L Helden GG 2015 for $25
Went for, and missed that.
by Corey N.
December 13th, 2018, 8:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 518
Views: 20510

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 Corey N.
December 12th, 2018, 2:05 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Is France Safe for Travel
Replies: 25
Views: 536

Re: Is France Safe for Travel

Was in Provence earlier this fall. We saw armed guards in almost all the train stations in the larger towns. The guards actually made me more nervous because they stare you down. The TSA folks just touch you. Honestly, that's been the case since the 1980s. They've had heavily armed soldiers at airp...
by Corey N.
December 12th, 2018, 1:14 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Is France Safe for Travel
Replies: 25
Views: 536

Re: Is France Safe for Travel

Mark, Scott thanks for your replies. Henry, we are planning to stay in Paris, with a few day trips to nearby areas. Victor, I think worrying about travel is part of my DNA. I'm not a nervous traveler per se, but Linda gets very little time off work, so I want to make sure we squeeze the maximum enjo...
by Corey N.
December 12th, 2018, 8:42 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Is France Safe for Travel
Replies: 25
Views: 536

Re: Is France Safe for Travel

You live in America right? Go travel. Take sensible precautions while doing so. I do live in the US. In Chicago. The neighborhoods that I frequent are not violent, though a few miles away shootings are routine. I'm probably more worried about inconvenience than physical safety, though both are on m...
by Corey N.
December 12th, 2018, 8:34 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Is France Safe for Travel
Replies: 25
Views: 536

Is France Safe for Travel

I'm planning a trip to France in February. The yellow vest protests have been violent and disruptive and the shooting in Strasbourg has added to my unease. I understand that terrorism is random and also extremely rare, but the yellow vests seem to be taking on a life of their own and my planned trav...
by Corey N.
December 11th, 2018, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Vintages 2013 and 2014
Replies: 7
Views: 455

Re: California Vintages 2013 and 2014

I haven't had a 2013 since a trip to Napa & Sonoma in the fall of 2011 but based on that and some earlier samples, I am planning to wait a long time for the better 2013s to hit their peak. I would expect 2014 to drink better before the 2013s. I'm trying to wrap my head around that math. Agree that ...
by Corey N.
December 10th, 2018, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon)
Replies: 23
Views: 400

Re: TN: 2008 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon)

Robert Pollard-Smith wrote:
December 10th, 2018, 5:38 pm
Oooh, sounds great. Where did you get this?
Some gimp left it at my house. But I fed him brisket, so we’ll call it a draw.

(Feel better)
by Corey N.
December 10th, 2018, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine
Replies: 53
Views: 1943

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

Paul Miller wrote:
December 8th, 2018, 3:56 pm
There are 24 bottles in the case, with 12 different wines. So I have this to look forward to again. [cry.gif]
The additional two weeks of aging makes all the difference.
by Corey N.
December 10th, 2018, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon)
Replies: 23
Views: 400

TN: 2008 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon)

2008 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses - France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon (12/10/2018) Textbook Cabernet Franc displaying clean red fruit, green bell pepper and tobacco. Slightly lean with a nice acidic lift. Tannins are nicely integrated, but overall the wine seems quite youthful. Still, no ...
by Corey N.
December 7th, 2018, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine
Replies: 53
Views: 1943

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

I just saw this thread -- great idea! I am bummed I missed out on the opportunity to do a wine advent calendar, though I believe Costco has a beer advent and Binny's has one with whiskey.


Will be following this thread with delight.
by Corey N.
December 7th, 2018, 7:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 518
Views: 20510

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

I went to Virtue in Hyde Park last night, which serves elevated Southern cuisine. I haven'y been to Hyde Park in ages, so I was surprised by the vibrance of that stretch of 53d Street. The restaurant has only been open 2-3 weeks and Obama has already visited. Interesting crowd, with a mix of races t...
by Corey N.
December 6th, 2018, 7:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Domaine Gramenon Côtes du Rhône Cuvée A Pascal S.
Replies: 12
Views: 363

Re: TN: 1995 Domaine Gramenon Côtes du Rhône Cuvée A Pascal S.

Thanks for the great note. Probably not my cuppa, but I know a lawyer in Orlando who would be all over this wine.
by Corey N.
December 4th, 2018, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Burgs, Rhones, Piedmont, and Krug
Replies: 2
Views: 572

Re: TN: Burgs, Rhones, Piedmont, and Krug

Very nice notes as usual, Mike. I particularly liked the note about the Adelsheim -- a producer I enjoyed early in my wine journey, but which I haven't had in several years. Thank you.
by Corey N.
December 4th, 2018, 8:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best holiday food . . .
Replies: 23
Views: 552

Re: Best holiday food . . .

Mike Evans wrote:
December 4th, 2018, 8:28 am
Whoa.

Brisket is a whole lotta work, but damn if I don't want to make that this weekend.
by Corey N.
December 4th, 2018, 7:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best holiday food . . .
Replies: 23
Views: 552

Re: Best holiday food . . .

I started making these for my jewish FIL. With a robust whole grain mustard they are the bomb. What!? Mustard on latkes? Mustard goes on pastrami and corned beef. Sour cream (when a dairy meal) or applesauce (with a fleischik meal) is the correct pairing. You can make a pastrami sandwich subbing th...
by Corey N.
November 20th, 2018, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are people drinking for Thanksgiving?
Replies: 216
Views: 7072

Re: What are people drinking for Thanksgiving?

Not many hardcore wine drinkers will be coming to dinner. I'll likely start with NV Delamotte Champagne as I think it will be more of a crowd-pleaser than the Christophe Mignon Champagne Brut Nature, which is also being considered. My sister tends to have a sweet tooth, so I'll pop a magnum of 2004 ...
by Corey N.
November 15th, 2018, 11:10 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Biggio Hamina 2010 Zenith vineyard Pinot noir
Replies: 7
Views: 455

Re: Biggio Hamina 2010 Zenith vineyard Pinot noir

Having consumed a half dozen of these wines, I can confirm that this is (a) delicious and (b) a screaming bargain. Here's my last note (though I've had more recently, I did not write a note): 2010 Biggio Hamina Cellars Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills (...
by Corey N.
November 15th, 2018, 7:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Turkey- Where do you buy it?
Replies: 55
Views: 1267

Re: Turkey- Where do you buy it?

Mike Maguire wrote:
November 14th, 2018, 12:07 pm
Elliot Steele wrote:
November 12th, 2018, 1:14 pm
G. Bienstock wrote:
November 12th, 2018, 12:50 pm
Trader Joe's Kosher
+1000. Trader Joe's kosher turkeys are the best. And you've got the added plus that they've already been dry brined.
+1001, I buy several to have over the next couple months.
Do you need to soak before cooking?
by Corey N.
November 14th, 2018, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So how about if the lawyers here get serious - Amicus Brief in Byrd v. Tennessee
Replies: 80
Views: 2832

Re: So how about if the lawyers here get serious - Amicus Brief in Byrd v. Tennessee

Jay -- I think it might be fun in theory, though difficult to pull off. I'm happy to assist, but it probably helps if we consider creating a shared google document. Once we have an outline of the brief, it would probably help to divide the work so that the volunteers focus on certain sections. I not...
by Corey N.
November 14th, 2018, 7:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Turkey- Where do you buy it?
Replies: 55
Views: 1267

Re: Turkey- Where do you buy it?

I would be happy to. Before I had my XL BGE I just used my Weber Platinum and though it pains me to admit it, the Weber does an even better job. I am sure you know how to brine. Take the bird out of the brine several hours in advance, a day if possible, and after patting dry the skin, brush it with...
by Corey N.
November 13th, 2018, 12:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Turkey- Where do you buy it?
Replies: 55
Views: 1267

Re: Turkey- Where do you buy it?

MitchTallan wrote:
November 13th, 2018, 11:42 am
I buy two each Thanksgiving, same size. One gets oven roasted, one get's smoked on my BGE.
I brine them naturally.
Would you mind sharing your smoking technique?

TIA
by Corey N.
November 12th, 2018, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MARC LAZAR OF DOMAINE WINE STORAGE AND CELLAR ADVISORS CHARGED WITH TWO FELONY COUNTS
Replies: 1031
Views: 118725

Re: MARC LAZAR OF DOMAINE WINE STORAGE AND CELLAR ADVISORS CHARGED WITH TWO FELONY COUNTS

Tim Heaton wrote:
November 12th, 2018, 8:20 am
Two years (and 21 pages) ago, this story 'broke'. Has anything happened, or is Mr. Lazar free to run his successful businesses?
I passed the Domaine in Chicago this weekend and I wondered the same thing.
by Corey N.
November 8th, 2018, 9:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: 3qt or 4q saute pan?
Replies: 8
Views: 364

Re: 3qt or 4q saute pan?

It looks like 3-quart = 10-1/2-inch, 4quart = 11-inch. But I believe that there are different models, so I suggest you look on amazon for your exact model to get an accurate size.
by Corey N.
November 6th, 2018, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Off-site Storage Reference: Kent Certified Wine Cellar (Chicago)
Replies: 11
Views: 414

Re: Off-site Storage Reference: Kent Certified Wine Cellar (Chicago)

Victor Hong wrote:
November 6th, 2018, 12:58 pm
Check the Better Business Bureau.
I actually disagree with this -- I don't think the BBB is good resource. I suggest asking on places like the Chicago Wine Collectors Facebook Group and here (obv.). Unfortunately, I don't know anyone who stores wine there.
by Corey N.
October 30th, 2018, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Latest Sips...older, newer, fresh off truck.
Replies: 5
Views: 384

Re: TN: Latest Sips...older, newer, fresh off truck.

The Columbia Crest sounds great, particularly for a 30+ year old wine that probably cost under $8. Fun notes.
by Corey N.
October 23rd, 2018, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '15 PG Marine Sedimentary thoughts
Replies: 31
Views: 1310

Re: '15 PG Marine Sedimentary thoughts

Michael Powers, why would you cite to CT comments for support? This is what our world has come to-anonymous stuff on the internet is suddenly deemed to be credible support for anything you want it to be, when and if it suits. I'm not Michael, but I think the CT notes are particularly interesting in...
by Corey N.
October 23rd, 2018, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '15 PG Marine Sedimentary thoughts
Replies: 31
Views: 1310

Re: '15 PG Marine Sedimentary thoughts

That's funny, as I have consistently found the two wines to track the vintages. I drank four bottles of the '13 with two remaining, and approximately a case of the '14 with a half case remaining (I know, poor restraint). I have found the '14 to have considerable glycerin on the palate and while ver...
by Corey N.
October 22nd, 2018, 10:18 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 89
Views: 2065

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

^ Thanks Vic.
by Corey N.
October 21st, 2018, 5:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Replies: 10
Views: 740

Re: TN: 2015 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

I love the democatic 'power' of the tasting note. It's actually why I still take the time to do share them here. Cheers! I appreciate your notes and it’s what encouraged me to take this wine for a test drive. Ultimately I think you appreciate wines in a slightly larger scale than I do. Vive la diff...
by Corey N.
October 20th, 2018, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Replies: 10
Views: 740

Re: TN: 2015 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

While I respect Mike's opinion, I was somewhat less taken with this wine. I'd give it another 12 months to sort itself out. 2015 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (10/20/2018) Dark red colored with a bouquet of red fruit and spice. The flavors are ri...
by Corey N.
October 18th, 2018, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2041
Views: 190037

Re: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
October 18th, 2018, 3:14 pm
Um, wut?

How'd he get the seized wine back from the government in France? Wonder if he visited his other wife and kids while there.


Um wut?
Todd F r e n c h wrote:
September 24th, 2018, 8:24 am
Jack Linden wrote:
September 23rd, 2018, 11:25 pm
Does anyone know what happened to his wife and kids who were stranded in France?
Yesterday's news - move on.
by Corey N.
October 18th, 2018, 7:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Who likes congee (juk)?
Replies: 81
Views: 4562

Re: Who likes congee (juk)?

Made my first batch of congee today and it turned out reasonably well. Didn't have any ginger in the house so it was seasoned with salt, pepper and sesame oil. The chicken I added fell apart in the congee...really good. May be making more tomorrow. I've never made this but it is on my list of recip...
by Corey N.
October 18th, 2018, 6:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Who likes congee (juk)?
Replies: 81
Views: 4562

Re: Who likes congee (juk)?

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The best juk I’ve ever had — homemade using smoked chicken carcas and meat.
by Corey N.
October 17th, 2018, 12:00 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Is there no Vodka thread or did I miss ir?
Replies: 22
Views: 794

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

I keep a handle of Tito's at the house usually. I like Bloody Marys, and the occasional vodka martini, somewhat dirty, but mainly I often have guests who drink it. That said, my favorite way to drink it is to soak hot peppers in there for a couple of days then strain them out. Serve neat and cold w...
by Corey N.
October 12th, 2018, 7:29 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris in February? Where to Stay?
Replies: 89
Views: 2065

Re: Paris in February? Where to Stay?

All -- as of this morning, it's looking increasingly likely that we will have a full week. Better to spend the full week in Paris (with perhaps a couple day trips) or change our base of operations for a couple days?
by Corey N.
October 9th, 2018, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chianti tasting with Jancis & Walter, Tribeca Grill
Replies: 11
Views: 485

Re: Chianti tasting with Jancis & Walter, Tribeca Grill

Tim Heaton wrote:
October 9th, 2018, 2:49 pm
anyone else going?

24 October

(thru Chambers Street Wines, $189)
Will it be better than Schwa?
by Corey N.
October 8th, 2018, 8:59 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3129
Views: 154730

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Kris Patten wrote:
October 6th, 2018, 8:47 am
Good time of year for Bourbon lovers.
I'm finding a bit more on the shelves these days. Nonetheless, I find I buy bourbon faster than I drink it, though as we transition into fall, my consumption should increase.
by Corey N.
October 8th, 2018, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More Smoke Taint Concerns . . .
Replies: 6
Views: 613

Re: More Smoke Taint Concerns . . .

An interesting article by Esther Mobley about issues in Lake County and the Rogue River area. Some of this has already been discussed, but the inability to confirm taint damage with certainty is hammered home here . . . https://www.sfchronicle.com/wine/article/Wineries-vineyards-clash-over-how-to-h...
by Corey N.
October 8th, 2018, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Suggestions for a Very Specific Venue
Replies: 74
Views: 1684

Re: Wine Suggestions for a Very Specific Venue

Widely appealing with name recognition? Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio.

I wouldn't want to drink it and I'm sure you wouldn't either. It's well-known and, apparently, well-liked. If you could buy a second bottle of white (perhaps Chardonnay) I'd do so.
by Corey N.
October 8th, 2018, 7:22 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Trip to Spain.....Need help!
Replies: 27
Views: 825

Re: Trip to Spain.....Need help!

I spent several days in Barcelona a few years back. La Rambla is fun, the Museu Picasso is interesting in that it showcases much work of a young Picasso, Fundació Joan Miró is equally impressive, Barri Gòtic is worth a visit, and Sagrada Família is certainly impressive. You could see all of that in ...
by Corey N.
October 4th, 2018, 1:53 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Any Berserkers in Walla Walla??
Replies: 8
Views: 304

Re: Any Berserkers in Walla Walla??

You're in Walla Walla Leo!

Wait, You probably knew that, didn't you?
by Corey N.
October 2nd, 2018, 12:10 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: LTB: 1928
Replies: 2
Views: 167

Re: LTB: 1928

Rare Wine Co has 1928 D'Oliveira Sercial Madeira. Provenance should be excellent and Madeira is indestructible.

Also, hello fellow Chicagoan.

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