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About stephenrr

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  • Birthday 04/21/1952

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Chicago
  • Interests Varied and multiple....jazz, wine, cooking, theology, literature. I'm employed as a wine consultant selling primarily investment grade wine at the retail level.

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  1. Best track you heard all week

    I'm sorry to admit that I've been totally oblivious to the music of Joe Henry. I've got the passion of a new convert. His new album, "The Gospel According to Water" is revelatory. I'm gobsmacked. Just bought seats to see him in Chicago in February and I'm so excited I can't sit still!
  2. Do you wear a watch?

    Addicted to the watch...just upgraded my Tag Heuer ( 6 or 7 years old) to an Omega Moonwatch....sorry...I'm a victim of conspicuous consumption.
  3. Michael Weiss All-analog LP reissue

    Also in for a signed copy. Good luck Michael.
  4. Once upon a time I thought multiple discs of Nat King Cole was overkill. Then I got the Mosaic Set at a decent price. Just pre-ordered the new Resonance LP set, and quite happy to do so.
  5. what are you drinking right now?

    Nice choice on the Tablas Vermentino...went through three cases of last years iteration. Probably my favorite patio/mid-summer quaffing wine of all time. My order this year goes in towards the end of July.
  6. what are you drinking right now?

    2016 Hirsch Vineyards of my perennial favorites.
  7. what are you drinking right now?

    I have a few K Syrahs from Old Bones, a Royal City, and a Skull...but these wines are mammoth. Two glasses and you need a nap. I have more stuff from Cristophe Baron at Cayuse than I can drink. And stylistically, I'm moving away from these wines. Even get to Chicago we can pull a few corks. I grew up in the Yakima Valley and lately I've been searching out Wash. Chenin Blanc for patio wines...someone 40 years ago planted Chenin Blanc in Washington for some reason, but I think theres only about 60 acres left. Bone dry, unoaked, and refreshing...reminiscent of loire chenin.
  8. what are you drinking right now?

    I find Cabernet does one thing well...that two inch rare ribeye...I have a cellar full of high end california pinot noir (which goes with everything), old vine Zinfandel, and syrah. I do love Paso wines, just not cabs...I'm on the list from Booker, Denner, L'Aventure, and Tablas Creek. I prefer my cabs from further north...Washington State like Quilceda Creek, Gramercy, Leonetti, and Woodward Canyon. I'm finding 15% ABV wines don't set well with my aging body...I do love Rafanelli, though they're impossible to get at retail...and I prefer their Zins to their cabs. Twenty five years ago Rafanelli was in my portfolio when I sold wine wholesale...entire state of NJ got 15 cases...and all pre-sold through the winery. That part of Sonoma...Dry Creek Valley is probably my favorite spot in the world We go to Healdsburg maybe twice a year. Paso is also a fun place to visit..great wine, beer, and olive oil.
  9. what are you drinking right now?

    Truth be told, 30 years ago I was seduced by Napa Cabs...but those wines no longer exist due to climate change...and I no longer find those huge reds have a spot on my table...but...I've had the '94 Dominus maybe 10 times in my life...I just purchased 6 bottles at auction for more than I'll admit...Close to perfection, but so are 50 year old Burgundies, 40 year old Barolos. Now I purchase one bottle of Dominus every year, along with 1 bottle of Ridge Monte Bello cab...and I pretend I'll live long enough to enjoy them...I won't. Your 2012 Dominus will drink well into the 2040's...I've got one eye looking for California cabs from the 1970's, particularly 1974...but they'll cost a small fortune. Cheers.
  10. what are you drinking right now?

    Dude, you're drinking Gramercy and'd be welcome anytime. Chicago's not that far...
  11. what are you drinking right now?

    Special occasion blowout pre-Stones concert...1994 Dominus and 1995 Chateau Mouton Rothschild. On this evening the First Growth was edged out by the California wine which surprised all of us...if anything the Mouton is still developing and integrating it's tannin/acid/fruit. By the way, the '94 Dominus tops every other new world wine i've had in over 30 years of professional/personal tasting. Halfway between Napa and Bordeaux.
  12. Amazing to watch septuagenarians rock and roll for two hours. The Rolling Stones show was basically a greatest hits extravaganza, but that's probably what we want anyway. Surprised by the loudness, but loved it. Mick has so much energy. Ron Wood is a terror. Keith without makeup or dreads shows his age but still shreds the old lines. Charlie at 80+ is a drumming marvel and if i did see Keith offer a hand to help him descend from the kit I'll never say.
  13. The Rolling Stones at Soldier Field. Another "bucket-list" item.
  14. The Tolliver set is favorite Mosaic Select. And thats a great price for a relatively rare set.
  15. Blue Note - Vinyl Me, Please Anthology

    Pre-sale starts today...1000 spots available...$230 for six vinyl albums, access to social media Facebook site, access to three podcasts and..."some extra surprises along the way." Sounds expensive, elitist, and overly curated.