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by Mark B
December 27th, 2018, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 8931

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

YLee wrote:
December 27th, 2018, 10:49 am
Do you have a finished pic?
Soon! I’ll be sure to post more when it’s done in about a month.
by Mark B
December 27th, 2018, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 8931

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

c fu wrote:
December 27th, 2018, 11:06 am
let's get us some finished closet cellar pics mark! thanks for all the detail!
Will do! As soon as the pros finish the door, I’ll be sure to include pictures of it both as empty and stocked to max capacity.

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by Mark B
December 27th, 2018, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 8931

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

As this was an enriching and at times frustrating experience, I decided to compile a brief and approximate list of my material costs to build this cellar in hopes that it gives others better insights on what is to be expected if undertaking a similar project. While building in such a small space pro...
by Mark B
December 27th, 2018, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 8931

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

since the final product is going to use what looks to be a wine fridge door.. i'm just wondering if the cash spent, plus equivalent dollars in your time invested.. could you just have bought a 180 bottle VinoTemp or Similar and stuffed it in that closet? Yes the door opening would be smaller than t...
by Mark B
December 27th, 2018, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 8931

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Stock photos of our soon-to-be-made door in stainless and black finishes:
by Mark B
December 27th, 2018, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 8931

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Another factor that contributed to the lengthy delay was my prolonged inability to find a maker of custom glass doors that are well insulated, and provide a truly air-tight seal. Luckily, a gentleman working at Hines lumber was able to refer me to a suburban Detroit company called SRC refrigeration ...
by Mark B
December 27th, 2018, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 8931

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Photos of the dried layers of Red Guard vapor barrier and self-leveling concrete floor:
by Mark B
December 27th, 2018, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 8931

Re: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

So...after much procrastination, I’m finally nearing the end of our cellar project. After racking my brain over how to do the floor, I decided that tile was a poor option due to too small a height differential between the plywood subfloor and the finished hardwood in the hallway. This would’ve cause...
by Mark B
December 27th, 2018, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy is dead at retail
Replies: 91
Views: 7215

Re: Burgundy is dead at retail

Alan, the selection of Burgundy at most Chicagoland Binny’s is anemic at best. For breadth of selection, their flagship store in Lincoln Park is your best bet. Pricing is usually pretty meh, but they have been known to fire sell back vintages en masse around January and June to make way for newly re...
by Mark B
July 18th, 2018, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: We need more volume-marked wine glasses in US restaurants!
Replies: 4
Views: 449

We need more volume-marked wine glasses in US restaurants!

While dining at a quaint restaurant in Salzburg this evening, I was struck by their ingenious wine glasses that were marked with both 1/8 liter and 1/4 liter lines. Granted, while Americans rarely view volume in liters, I still found this incredibly helpful as all by-the-glass selections were liste...
by Mark B
July 18th, 2018, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: We need more volume-marked wine glasses in US restaurants!
Replies: 4
Views: 449

We need more volume-marked wine glasses in US restaurants!

While dining at a quaint restaurant in Salzburg this evening, I was struck by their ingenious wine glasses that were marked with both 1/8 liter and 1/4 liter lines. Granted, while Americans rarely view volume in liters, I still found this incredibly helpful as all by-the-glass selections were listed...
by Mark B
June 25th, 2018, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chicagoland cellar: shopping for a skinny glass door
Replies: 10
Views: 717

Chicagoland cellar: shopping for a skinny glass door

As the studs on my closet cellar measure only 70 5/8 x 23 7/8, I’m finding it incredibly difficult to track down a supplier who carries a weather-grade door in this smaller size. Looking for an insulated glass center with either a wood or aluminum border. Any insights would be greatly appreciated. T...
by Mark B
June 25th, 2018, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1970 Chateau Cantemerle (375)
Replies: 15
Views: 798

TN: 1970 Chateau Cantemerle (375)

My mind just flashed back to some ‘70 Brane-Cantenac I had a fews years ago. Doesn’t get much sweeter than fully-mature Bdx from a classed growth.
by Mark B
June 25th, 2018, 6:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: ’13 M. Niellon Les Chaumées Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru
Replies: 8
Views: 406

TN: ’13 M. Niellon Les Chaumées Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru

Howard Cooper wrote:
Mark B wrote: 2013 had me concerned over quality.
Why?
Not saying this is the be-all-end-all, but a quick check of JR’s website is saying 2013 was quite erratic with careful grape selection holding paramount to a producer’s success.
by Mark B
June 25th, 2018, 6:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: ’13 M. Niellon Les Chaumées Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru
Replies: 8
Views: 406

TN: ’13 M. Niellon Les Chaumées Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru

William Kelley wrote:Notice much botrytis influence? The 2013 Chevalier is very marked by botrytis, but I haven't tried the '13 Les Chaumées.
Didn’t really notice any botrytis. Wine is full but perfectly balanced. The acidity ensures the wine is neither cloying nor goopy.
by Mark B
June 24th, 2018, 9:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: ’13 M. Niellon Les Chaumées Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru
Replies: 8
Views: 406

TN: ’13 M. Niellon Les Chaumées Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru

I had to pick this up on a Binny’s closeout for $50. 2013 had me concerned over quality. Thankfully, this bottle more than delivered. The power, distinction, and concentration could go toe-to-toe with many a decent bottle of Corton Charlemagne. Elegantly refined, aromas of white flowers and oily sto...
by Mark B
June 23rd, 2018, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 8931

DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Sadly, I had to cut two columns off my racking yesterday to ensure an easy fit through the doorframe. That said, I’m quite pleased with the asthetics. Plus, I have the piece of mind that comes with being able to easily remove the racking if need be.
by Mark B
June 21st, 2018, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chicago Wine Storage at the LockUp (Strongbox on Irving), asbestos!
Replies: 66
Views: 3325

Chicago Wine Storage at the LockUp (Strongbox on Irving), asbestos!

I have around 100 bottles in their basement. Just seeing this thread for the first time. Made my night.
:x
by Mark B
June 19th, 2018, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine tasting descriptors that make you RUN
Replies: 148
Views: 4921

Wine tasting descriptors that make you RUN

Jay Miller wrote:
Marc Breitenmoser wrote:---- freshness ---- ughhhh!
Bring me the freshest wine you have!
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by Mark B
June 18th, 2018, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 8931

DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Also, I decided to pick up a lot of 6 various wine case panels for my flooring on good ol' eBay. Any insights on how to best install these would be greatly appreciated.
by Mark B
June 18th, 2018, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you or someone you know run a cellar fan for label preservation and/or other reasons?
Replies: 4
Views: 364

Do you or someone you know run a cellar fan for label preservation and/or other reasons?

Wanted to pick some brains on this one. I remember talking to a gentlemen a few years back who claimed running a fan to greatly increase air circulation in his cellar was a suitable alternative to shrink wrapping labels for long-term preservation. Any info that can confirm or debunk this claim would...
by Mark B
June 18th, 2018, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 8931

DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Very pleased with the look of the exhaust cover I installed today. Struck out at Home Depot. Luckily, Menard’s had the exact shape and size I was looking for.
:)
by Mark B
June 17th, 2018, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 8931

DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Wow. That's really turning out very nice. I may have to try that myself. Thanks. Thanks, Matt. I've been pretty happy with the results thus far, though I must caution that the limited space has made most of the construction a royal PITA due to the fact that I had to install the cooling unit support...
by Mark B
June 16th, 2018, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 8931

DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

Got a bit of work done today. Fit the Durock, cut my tiles, and put a plate over the electrical outlet. I bought my racking preassembled off craigslist for $300. Unfortunately, I will have to cut a column or two out of the rack for it to fit through the door frame. Total bottle capacity will be eith...
by Mark B
June 15th, 2018, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 8931

DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

After many months of being swamped with worked, I’ve finally gotten back on track. Nearing the finish line, all that’s left is tiling the floor, putting a plate over the electrical outlet, putting in the racking, putting a vent cover over the exhaust for asthetics, and installing the glass door. I’l...
by Mark B
June 13th, 2018, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 'The idea that storing a wine on its side to stop the cork drying out is bullsh•t.'
Replies: 68
Views: 3775

'The idea that storing a wine on its side to stop the cork drying out is bullsh•t.'

FWIW, I have always been amazed at the conditions of the corks at Bern’s. 9 times out of 10, the corks are so well-preserved on old bottles that they can simply remove them carefully with a regular hinged corkscrew. Wines, to the best of my knowledge, are all stored on their sides at around 50 degre...
by Mark B
June 13th, 2018, 6:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Don't Stop Me Now... OR The Young and Spend-y Thread
Replies: 242
Views: 14723

Don't Stop Me Now... OR The Young and Spend-y Thread

29. No kids. Finishing my closet cellar conversion over the next few weeks. champagne.gif
by Mark B
February 2nd, 2018, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '06 Jadot Pouilly Fuissé from God knows where...
Replies: 2
Views: 173

TN: '06 Jadot Pouilly Fuissé from God knows where...

Mark C Johnson wrote:Cool. Nice find Mark! Amazing to think a village white can go 11 years. Beats some higher priced wines that can't make 5 years.
Funny thing is half the bottles they had were probably premoxed but I got to weed those out without having to pay for and cellar them.
:)
by Mark B
February 2nd, 2018, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '06 Jadot Pouilly Fuissé from God knows where...
Replies: 2
Views: 173

TN: '06 Jadot Pouilly Fuissé from God knows where...

With an innate love of great deals, my curiosity demanded I pick up two bottles of "distressed" '06 Jadot Pouilly Fuissé. These were a cool find for several reasons: •$10 a bottle has limited downside risk •of six bottles, I only picked the two lightest colored bottles •I rarely ever drink Pouilly F...
by Mark B
January 30th, 2018, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: how I feel about Bourgogne rouge in "great" years
Replies: 5
Views: 420

Poll: how I feel about Bourgogne rouge in "great" years

Michael S. Monie wrote:You funny, Grasshopper. Dilly, Dilly!
Every time you comment without voting, an angel doesn't get its Burgundy.

:(
by Mark B
January 30th, 2018, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid no longer allowing pickup in Illinois
Replies: 35
Views: 2533

Winebid no longer allowing pickup in Illinois

Have your purchases increased, decreased, or been stable since this change? My purchases with them have ceased at this point. I do still look at what they have in the auctions, but they have to have something really compelling. Otherwise, I'll try another avenue. Same here. Stopped buying completely.
by Mark B
January 30th, 2018, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: how I feel about Bourgogne rouge in "great" years
Replies: 5
Views: 420

Poll: how I feel about Bourgogne rouge in "great" years

Dennis Borczon wrote:I have this same bottle...will crack this week and post.
WooHoo! They're drinking beautifully. On the elegant side, ripe red fruits with perfectly-balanced acid. Looking forward to your note.

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by Mark B
January 30th, 2018, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: how I feel about Bourgogne rouge in "great" years
Replies: 5
Views: 420

Poll: how I feel about Bourgogne rouge in "great" years

Thought I'd run a fun Burgundy poll as I enjoy a 13-year-old bottle of Bourgogne rouge. I know the term "great vintage" is somewhat open for interpretation. Personally, I would include the best 2 or 3 vintages of a "normal" decade.
by Mark B
January 24th, 2018, 5:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions
Replies: 115
Views: 8931

DIY condo closet cellar build: pics + questions

While a busy holiday season temporarily put the breaks on the cellar build, I'm happy to report I just finished my second round of mudding. Unfortunately, my drywall panels had some pretty noticeable gaps, but I'm confident that a few more rounds of mudding and sanding will fully conceal the taped j...
by Mark B
January 19th, 2018, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The most bizarre places/times people etc where you have bought wine.
Replies: 40
Views: 2473

The most bizarre places/times people etc where you have bought wine.

I once paid $4 for an airplane bottle of NV Funchal wine company Baul Madeira from a flea market. Hard to say the exact age, but it certainly looked like it came from the 60's. The few sips we could muster proved to be immensely pleasurable.
by Mark B
January 2nd, 2018, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Kirkland Chablis 1er Cru
Replies: 24
Views: 2324

TN: 2015 Kirkland Chablis 1er Cru

Anton D wrote:Saw this thread and ran out got one. Reporting tomorrow!
Looking forward to your thoughts on the wine!

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by Mark B
December 30th, 2017, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Kirkland Chablis 1er Cru
Replies: 24
Views: 2324

TN: 2015 Kirkland Chablis 1er Cru

Mark C Johnson wrote:Yeah, it's a good chardonnay at the price point but it ain't chablis! Wheres the seaspray, oystershell kimmiridgian inflected racy acidity of chablis?

I like as chardonnay but not as chablis.

ymmv
100% agree. Not very Chablis-like, but still a very solid wine.
by Mark B
December 30th, 2017, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Kirkland Chablis 1er Cru
Replies: 24
Views: 2324

TN: 2015 Kirkland Chablis 1er Cru

Wow. At $14.99, this pretty much blows away any bottle of sub $20 Chardonnay I've ever had. Bright citrus and white florals abound, there's a real density here that gives an almost chewy/waxy mouthfeel. While this bottle impresses, I really don't see this improving with age: a bit too round and opul...
by Mark B
December 27th, 2017, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Trader Joe's Wine Are You Drinking?
Replies: 77
Views: 5868

What Trader Joe's Wine Are You Drinking?

While I rarely buy wines at TJ's, their 2014 Chablis (producer name escapes me) with the white front label and green capsule was very impressive. At just $13, I was blown away when the back label said the wine came from Kimmeridgean soils with an average vine age of 40 years.
by Mark B
December 23rd, 2017, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Champagne Ernest Rapeneau halves @ TJs for $10.99
Replies: 3
Views: 296

PSA: Champagne Ernest Rapeneau halves @ TJs for $10.99

As New Year's is right around the corner, had to let everyone know my local Trader Joe's (Arlington Hts., IL) has 375s of Ernest Rapeneau Champagne for just $11. While the Champagne is nothing special, it's definitely a step up from their $20 private label 750s. This, to me, is the perfect wine to ...
by Mark B
December 23rd, 2017, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Champagne Ernest Rapeneau halves @ TJs for $10.99
Replies: 3
Views: 296

PSA: Champagne Ernest Rapeneau halves @ TJs for $10.99

As New Year's is right around the corner, had to let everyone know my local Trader Joe's (Arlington Hts., IL) has 375s of Ernest Rapeneau Champagne for just $11. While the Champagne is nothing special, it's definitely a step up from their $20 private label 750s. This, to me, is the perfect wine to s...
by Mark B
December 15th, 2017, 7:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please help me choose a wine from the list.
Replies: 22
Views: 662

Please help me choose a wine from the list.

While I'd personally have to pass, those with deep pockets might delight in the '99 Salon at $525. Less than 2x current auction prices.
by Mark B
December 4th, 2017, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you thought you disliked but discovered are actually good
Replies: 68
Views: 2899

Wines you thought you disliked but discovered are actually good

I used to write off Spanish reds outside of Rioja until a recent "rediscovery" of 100% Monastrell wines from Jumilla. As someone who avoids fruit bombs like the plague, I'm finding these wines to be surprisingly elegant and structured for their 14ish% abvs. Stellar qpr as many Nice bottles can be h...
by Mark B
December 4th, 2017, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you thought you disliked but discovered are actually good
Replies: 68
Views: 2899

Wines you thought you disliked but discovered are actually good

c fu wrote:Chenin blanc. I was never particularly enthused previously but in the last few months I’ve had some rocking bottles
Have you tried Sandlands' Chenin? Phenomenal stuff.
by Mark B
December 4th, 2017, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid no longer allowing pickup in Illinois
Replies: 35
Views: 2533

Winebid no longer allowing pickup in Illinois

Nail in the coffin for me as well. Glad I ramped up my buying from them over the past few years. Shipping expense will pretty much negate any cost savings I could find after the high buyer's premium and sales tax.
by Mark B
December 4th, 2017, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you thought you disliked but discovered are actually good
Replies: 68
Views: 2899

Wines you thought you disliked but discovered are actually good

I used to write off Spanish reds outside of Rioja until a recent "rediscovery" of 100% Monastrell wines from Jumilla. As someone who avoids fruit bombs like the plague, I'm finding these wines to be surprisingly elegant and structured for their 14ish% abvs. Stellar qpr as many Nice bottles can be ha...
by Mark B
October 12th, 2017, 9:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2 modest white Burgs under DIAM + a Champagne
Replies: 3
Views: 376

TN: 2 modest white Burgs under DIAM + a Champagne

huh, I'm surprised how much you liked the Demets. I trashed it on CT. I've had a few bottles and i found it rather insipid. I'm not a fan of the laser focused mineral-driven style, but it didnt even do that well. My total costs were $26-$27 a bottle (including tax). It's nothing amazing, but it was...
by Mark B
October 12th, 2017, 8:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2 modest white Burgs under DIAM + a Champagne
Replies: 3
Views: 376

TN: 2 modest white Burgs under DIAM + a Champagne

Also, big ups to Faivley and Françoise Jeanniard for bottling under Diam. Both wines showed zero signs of Premox.
by Mark B
October 12th, 2017, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2 modest white Burgs under DIAM + a Champagne
Replies: 3
Views: 376

TN: 2 modest white Burgs under DIAM + a Champagne

With the past weekend in Chicago being unseasonably warm, we decided to plow through a couple white Burgs and a bottle of Champagne. We've drank through roughly 4-5 splendid bottles of the Marie Demets NV "Tradition" over the summer. This producer is fairly new to me, but consider me a fan. The frui...

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