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  1. Covid vaccination: poll

    My wife, who is 53 with no health preconditions received her first Pfizer shot this morning at Meijr Foods in Michigan City, Indiana. We own homes in Illinois and Michigan. She said no questions asked regarding residency. Extremely difficult to get vaccinated in Illinois...but I've received three invites for doses in Michigan. I'm just happy that folks are getting their vaccines because maybe, just maybe, this summer will be more "normal" than last.
  2. Covid vaccination: poll

    Second Pfizer dose this morning. We understand that Michigan Meijer stores are vaccinating those over 50 years old, so hopefully my wife can get an appointment there soon. Berrian County says just prove home ownership in Michigan by providing utility or tax receipts.
  3. Covid vaccination: poll

    Grateful to have gotten first Pfizer shot this morning in Chicago...they scheduled second shot before you left the Hospital. I really worry about older folks who are not tech-savvy, don't have computers or smartphones, or fast wifi. Somehow society as as whole has to do a better job of protecting it's more fragile members.
  4. what are you drinking right now?

    In honor of relative peaceful and orderly succession, popping my first 2008 Taittinger Comptes de Champagne. Sometimes we get it right and that's always worth celebrating.
  5. One song to sum up 2020

    Street Fighting Man...
  6. what are you drinking right now?

    Yesterday...Cedric Bouchard Roses De Jeanne Val de Vilaine Champagne and Benoit Dehu Cuvee de 'La Rue des Noyers" Pinot Meunier Champage Today...2008 Dom Perignon and 2012 Bollinger Grand Annee
  7. Thanksgiving Dinner

    Thanksgiving is easily my favorite holiday in a "normal" year. Family, food traditions, and determination to drink/serve the best wine possible. This year it's just the two of us...everyone else is either in college, high school, or physically compromised. This will forever remain in my memory as the year without a Thanksgiving/Christmas/and most likely New Years. Still gonna raid the celler and drink nothing but "Great". Stay safe and strong my friends. We will be contributing to those in the neighborhood needing assistance...but raise a glass and say a prayer for your neighbors who seem to be doing well. I'm going to hope and pray that this is ending soon and we will be reading historical books about it for the rest of our lives. Cheers!
  8. what are you drinking right now?

    2019 Dirty and Rowdy Skin and Concrete Egg Fermented Semillon...funky, cloudy goodness!
  9. What Are You Watching

    Amazon Prime...Upload...loving the humor and sci-fi attitude...watched seven out of ten episodes already.
  10. Amazon stops here about six or seven times a far, no noticeable problems. I remember refusing for years to spend the money for Prime..I was an idiot (not the first time, nor most likely the last). Amazon Prime is one of the best bargains....ever. I have issues with Mr. Bezos and his attitude...but not with his service or his vision.
  11. what are you drinking right now?

    2014 Kutch Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay and 2012 Kutch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir...wonderful opportunity to video Zoom taste with owner and winemaker Jamie Kutch tonight....the pinot was ripe and open...the chard was life-altering.
  12. COVID-19

    Starting to sound serious. Anthony Fauci testified today that very possibly 1 of every 3 Americans could get the virus. And possibly 20% of those over 80 or compromised could expire. I'm 68 and diabetic...not flying anywhere, not leaving the house unnecessarily, and thinking of blowing off concert plans for the summer (Elton John, James Taylor, Lady Gaga)!
  13. McCoy Tyner has died, aged 81

    Sweet peace much talent, so much love...
  14. Rest Easy Mom & Dad

    Hard to get my mind around two fundamental life losses so close together. Grace and peace...gather and hug the rest of those you love and share some stories-they always help.
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. Michael Weiss All-analog LP reissue

    Also in for a signed copy. Good luck Michael.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. what are you drinking right now?

    2016 Hirsch Vineyards of my perennial favorites.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. what are you drinking right now?

    Dude, you're drinking Gramercy and'd be welcome anytime. Chicago's not that far...
  25. 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.