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by teddemop
December 9th, 2015, 8:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: caviar?
Replies: 67
Views: 5175

caviar?

Does anybody have any experience with Browne Trading Company? I know they supply the seafood for a lot of top restaurants (e.g. Le Bernardin, Daniel, and Per Se), but apparently they've also got a big caviar program. I'd like to buy from them (they're local for me) if possible. Jay, I'm sort of loc...
by teddemop
November 26th, 2015, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New member...
Replies: 16
Views: 1068

New member...

Welcome! Magnums are good.
by teddemop
November 26th, 2015, 5:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: best way to pour a 6L champagne?
Replies: 19
Views: 1183

best way to pour a 6L champagne?

Crazy Straws from the bottle - a very communal experience :)
(yes, I've done it)
by teddemop
November 25th, 2015, 12:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: David Toutain - the single weirdest restaurant experience of my life
Replies: 54
Views: 2971

David Toutain - the single weirdest restaurant experience of my life

Perhaps Toutain should comp you for the entire meal instead of inviting you back, as nice as that gesture was, since you couldn't make it? This story is sooooo wierd, it is hard to know what to make of it.
by teddemop
November 17th, 2015, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1966 Krohn's Colheita Port
Replies: 12
Views: 594

TN: 1966 Krohn's Colheita Port

The Krohn Colheitas rock - I've long been a fan. Note the vintage is just one thing - the bottling date is equally important. I've had 66s, for example, that were 90 point wines (and best night one) and others that were 95 pointers! And no, my records are not good enough for details :) 61 is my favo...
by teddemop
September 22nd, 2015, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Birthday/Aglianico, 58 Port, ++
Replies: 7
Views: 586

TN: Birthday/Aglianico, 58 Port, ++

That 58 Krohn is awesome isn't it!
by teddemop
September 17th, 2015, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7043
Views: 607482

Why does Premier Cru take so long

Man those Madeiras (latest email, which states due Nov) look tempting!
I know, I know - I have a big backlog of Champys

Just saying . . .
by teddemop
August 30th, 2015, 9:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR: Gosset Celebris 2002
Replies: 26
Views: 1137

TNR: Gosset Celebris 2002

I am not a fan of zero dosage in general. Sometimes it is fantastic. I had more than a handful of fantastic zero dosage wines in the last year or two. Sometimes it is just the trend, the fashion, what interests people and what sells. No comment on the Gosset as I haven't drank it yet (grabbed a coup...
by teddemop
August 29th, 2015, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR: Gosset Celebris 2002
Replies: 26
Views: 1137

TNR: Gosset Celebris 2002

The mags were 134.99
They're $179.99 now at Premier Cru (pre arrival, and there Champagnes have been running extra late lately)
by teddemop
August 28th, 2015, 8:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: One of the best champagnes I`ve ever had!
Replies: 32
Views: 2441

One of the best champagnes I`ve ever had!

I've enormously enjoyed this a couple times in the last year.
Some more on order from Premier Cru, which means I'll enjoy more someday :)
by teddemop
August 28th, 2015, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR: Gosset Celebris 2002
Replies: 26
Views: 1137

TNR: Gosset Celebris 2002

Looking forward to try it - thanks for the data point Brad - our palates generally agree, and we'll see on this one
by teddemop
August 28th, 2015, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR: Gosset Celebris 2002
Replies: 26
Views: 1137

TNR: Gosset Celebris 2002

I grabbed a couple plus a mag
by teddemop
August 26th, 2015, 5:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst shipping / packaging experience
Replies: 38
Views: 2080

Worst shipping / packaging experience

Anton Amazon went through a period of shipping Riedel wine glasses that way: small box holding the four or six glasses inside a larger cardboard box with those air filled envelopes for padding but all the padding on only two sides of the small box (which was shoved into a corner so very vulnerable ...
by teddemop
August 24th, 2015, 9:59 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: POSTPONED Boston: '01 Bdx tasting?
Replies: 17
Views: 1171

Boston: '01 Bdx tasting?

Oct 15th I'm flying to the land of no alcohol - my entire fall is a mess, travel wise (which is great for work!). Next time!
by teddemop
August 24th, 2015, 10:13 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seeking an Under-40's Tasting Group North Bay SF
Replies: 61
Views: 3016

Seeking an Under-40's Tasting Group North Bay SF

Young bald guys should be discouraged too! The problem with you old farts is you might bring awesome wine, but it's stuff we often can't afford anymore. To someone growing a cellar that is not as useful . . . I like the all female wine tasting group (except for me) idea better, whether they have hai...
by teddemop
August 18th, 2015, 7:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: DUBAI EGGPLANTS
Replies: 1
Views: 229

DUBAI EGGPLANTS

Mmmmm, looks delicious.
If I wasn't in a hotel, I might make some tonite!
by teddemop
August 18th, 2015, 5:21 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: POSTPONED Boston: '01 Bdx tasting?
Replies: 17
Views: 1171

Boston: '01 Bdx tasting?

Interested, I have 01s, and we'll see what the final date is - travelling a lot in Sept/Oct so it's maybe 50% liely but def. interested!
by teddemop
August 12th, 2015, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7043
Views: 607482

Why does Premier Cru take so long

Starting to see more wines flow in. Received arrival notices on some much anticipated burgs. Now if we could just get some of that champagne backlog worked through.... [cheers.gif] That's what killing me. Only 3 of 77 pre-arrival bottles dating back to 2012 have come in, the vast majority being Cha...
by teddemop
August 2nd, 2015, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 12 Angry men: Who Are They
Replies: 313
Views: 31461

12 Angry men: Who Are They

I happen to know that at least 2 The 12 Angry Men are responsible for this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Io8X4pz_QJ0 Rumour has it that The 12 Angry Men are the proprietors of The Great Lakes Paperclip Company : http://youtu.be/QQna34cbPpg I wouldn't go so far as David in labelling this the...
by teddemop
August 1st, 2015, 5:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corton Charlemagne and Black Bean Sauce Scallops?
Replies: 6
Views: 393

Corton Charlemagne and Black Bean Sauce Scallops?

Gentlemen and Lady, Thanks for the advice! Did 2 Corton Charlemagne's with an Asian style ginger shrimp on the grill: 02 Vincent Girardin - fantastic and singing. No hurry, but ready to go 01 Henri Boillot - pre-ox but drinkable. I told people to pour it out and rinse their glasses but they wouldn't...
by teddemop
July 31st, 2015, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corton Charlemagne and Black Bean Sauce Scallops?
Replies: 6
Views: 393

Corton Charlemagne and Black Bean Sauce Scallops?

Anyone have an opinion on whether Corton Charlemagne will pair well with an Asian steamed Scallop with Black Bean sauce?

Enquiring Ted's want to know :)

Backup choice - Champagne
by teddemop
July 30th, 2015, 6:18 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Better than Meyers Rum?
Replies: 45
Views: 2683

Better than Meyers Rum?

And at the risk of possibly offending sensibilities :) a Rum Old Fashion is wonderful!

Loving this Ron Centenario 30 year old from Panama - no idea on availability
by teddemop
July 15th, 2015, 10:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got the stern lecture . . . again
Replies: 123
Views: 6440

Got the stern lecture . . . again

Working on the consumption problems - some to drink great bottles with helps (the ex-wife is even decent, and plenty of people WILL happily drink with me) For example tonite. Woke up in Australia (Arrus bubbly from Tasmania!), and quite bluntly not going to open a decent bottle even for myself. Inst...
by teddemop
July 4th, 2015, 2:04 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: How do you make your old fashioned?
Replies: 48
Views: 3771

How do you make your old fashioned?

Having just had the best Old Fashions/variations I've ever had at a bar in Canberra called The Kremlin, I'll pipe in. They used Woodford Reserve except as mentioned below. It was a little crowded but I did chat with the bartender and Old Fashions were his favorite thing and he loved playing with the...
by teddemop
June 29th, 2015, 1:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why do we not buy enough Champagne
Replies: 65
Views: 2605

Why do we not buy enough Champagne

I buy plenty! Wish I had room for more.
by teddemop
June 27th, 2015, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Melbourne & Canberra wine shops?
Replies: 9
Views: 489

Melbourne & Canberra wine shops?

Thanks everyone!
Made it to Boccaccio Cellars where Anthony took great care of me (co-owner?). One of my hosts has known him forever it turns out. They also have great cheeses and more.

Will post notes eventually!
by teddemop
June 24th, 2015, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Melbourne & Canberra wine shops?
Replies: 9
Views: 489

Melbourne & Canberra wine shops?

Sitting on the plane in LAX waiting to take off. The title is pretty self explanatory I think. With friends in Melbourne who like wine but are happy drinking most anything and Canberra is a crapshoot as its work. Shops with interesting Aussie selections I won't see elsewhere.
by teddemop
June 23rd, 2015, 12:59 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Least favorite mixed drink?
Replies: 32
Views: 1636

Least favorite mixed drink?

Anything made with "drink mix"
by teddemop
June 22nd, 2015, 7:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Wine Pairing - Ketchup Chicken
Replies: 5
Views: 520

Wine Pairing - Ketchup Chicken

Several Cantonese recipes use ketchup. Apparently the Cantonese invented it when presented tomatoes as a gift. They didn't know at to do with them, and since they do not eat vegetables raw, boiled the #&$^ out of them. True story? My Chinese cooking teacher, who grew up in Canton, insists it's true !
by teddemop
June 21st, 2015, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are you going to open on Father's Day?
Replies: 52
Views: 1520

What are you going to open on Father's Day?

I'm the only one who can remotely be considered to have a palate or care in the family, other than my 12 and 15 year old who don't drink much yet, so holidays are not drinking times.
That said, I might open something late just for myself!
by teddemop
June 21st, 2015, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Tarlant Champagne Brut Cuvée Louis (France, Champagne)
Replies: 3
Views: 248

TN: NV Tarlant Champagne Brut Cuvée Louis (France, Champagne)

Great notes.
I'ma big Tarlant fan, never had a bottle disappoint, although I haven't yet had the Cuvee Louis
by teddemop
June 20th, 2015, 11:31 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Chicago Restaurants
Replies: 160
Views: 4872

Chicago Restaurants

One more - had a great meal at MKs a couple years ago with one of my kids babysitters.

I remember having fun with the wine list and the food was spectacular. Best French Fries -errr, Pommes Frittes with Truffle Sauce, ever, seriously. A duck dish rocked too - everything was great.
by teddemop
June 20th, 2015, 11:23 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Chicago Restaurants
Replies: 160
Views: 4872

Chicago Restaurants

Topolobampo, although not necessary wine centric (decent list certainly, I drank funky Tequila including a stunning "Desert Tequila" finished in French Oak for 3 years) was one of my meals of the year last year!
by teddemop
June 19th, 2015, 4:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bernard Morey 1999 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot
Replies: 3
Views: 268

TN: Bernard Morey 1999 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot

I producer I haven't enjoyed recently but that I enormously enjoy - Thanks!
by teddemop
June 18th, 2015, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Maureen Downey Interview
Replies: 270
Views: 14972

Maureen Downey Interview

I shall not use expletives although I feel like it :) I work in a somewhat related conceptually yet totally different field. Why is it so &$&$&#&ing hard to understand that the set of skills needed to spot fakes are different from the set of skills needed to create good fakes? Just like the skills n...
by teddemop
June 17th, 2015, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Maureen Downey Interview
Replies: 270
Views: 14972

Maureen Downey Interview

Maureen, Awesome and good luck with your project! Ted Thank you to those who have been kind. In fact, we have been working steadily on this project for over a year. It represents 15 years of my career, as well as the hard learned information and contributions being included from experts across many ...
by teddemop
June 17th, 2015, 10:05 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best Vodka
Replies: 35
Views: 2508

Best Vodka

I know that blind, at least one time, I could tell Grey Goose (preferred) and Belvedere apart - same strange bottle shape, similar price point.
by teddemop
June 15th, 2015, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jacques Lassaigne Champagne TNs - a few
Replies: 1
Views: 220

Jacques Lassaigne Champagne TNs - a few

I love Jacques Lassaigne's Champagnes! Technically a negociant although much more a grower producer, his primarily Chardonnay based wines from the Aube make me smile! Full write up and notes Drank over the last few months. Tasting Note: La Colline Inspirée Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs - rated B+/A- Me...
by teddemop
June 15th, 2015, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Maureen Downey Interview
Replies: 270
Views: 14972

Maureen Downey Interview

All kinds of 'safety' type of roles come with that tension. Look at the entire information security industry! Careful there, the information security industry buys my wine [wow.gif] And just like publicizing information about defenses and attacks that works doesn't make it easier for the attacker, ...
by teddemop
June 11th, 2015, 9:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7043
Views: 607482

Why does Premier Cru take so long

Premier Cru is slow? Dang, haven't noticed yet.

Although I'm not sure if I've seen the 1895 Madeira I bought on futures yet!
by teddemop
June 11th, 2015, 8:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting Note: Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé , rated B+
Replies: 0
Views: 109

Tasting Note: Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé , rated B+

This has gone from a goto Rose to one I haven't had in a while. It still delivers, although the price has gone up quite a bit (and there are so many other choices today!) A medium salmon/pink/orange color. Nose of wet stones, minerals, strawberries and raspberries. It is a mineral dominated nose tha...
by teddemop
June 11th, 2015, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Vouette et Sorbée Saignée de Sorbée and Fidele
Replies: 10
Views: 597

TN: Vouette et Sorbée Saignée de Sorbée and Fidele

Haven't run across the Beaufort Rose but I love his other wines. The Laherte, well, is weird. Another "more wine than Champagne" I am not a 100% Pinot Meunier fan, fun for a glass certainly though. (my notes include "A most bizarre and unusual wine - glad to try it." and and "This wine starts quite ...
by teddemop
June 11th, 2015, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Vouette et Sorbée Saignée de Sorbée and Fidele
Replies: 10
Views: 597

TN: Vouette et Sorbée Saignée de Sorbée and Fidele

But you have to get out of a Champagne mindset to enjoy the Rose as it doesn't taste that much like Champagne. I'd be more likely to pair it with steak than anything lighter. Same is true of the Ulysse Collin rose, by the way. Haven't had the Ulysse Collin Rose, but doesn't surprise me since this i...
by teddemop
June 11th, 2015, 6:36 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best Vodka
Replies: 35
Views: 2508

Best Vodka

Vodka Cocktails? Ignoring Jello Shots and the obvious Bloody Mary Ginger Lemon Drop: 2 parts vodka 1/2 part Domain Canton Ginger Liqueur 1 part Lemon Juice 1/2 part simply syrup or Agave Nectar Sugared Rim Served up or the simpler: Lemon Drop 2 parts vodka 1/2 part Cointreau 2/3 parts lemon juice su...
by teddemop
June 10th, 2015, 8:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2002 Salon
Replies: 57
Views: 2948

2002 Salon

82, 83 and to a lesser extent 85 (I drank far fewer) - I saw extreme bottle variation caused by who knows what
by teddemop
June 10th, 2015, 7:37 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Cocktail Thread
Replies: 537
Views: 47418

The Cocktail Thread

Absolutely! I make rather good cocktails - a friend is a "Cocktail Critic" and gives me advice. If you cannot make a great Martini, a lovely Manhattan, and a Solid Old Fashion you have no business dreaming up your own concoctions and selling them to others! Pete Wells on not-good restaurant cocktail...
by teddemop
June 10th, 2015, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Vouette et Sorbée Saignée de Sorbée and Fidele
Replies: 10
Views: 597

TN: Vouette et Sorbée Saignée de Sorbée and Fidele

I've got an Argile somewhere - haven't tried before but I will soon and report back.
It's not here or I would be drinking it now :) I looked!

Interesting to have such different opinions and wine is a personal thing.
by teddemop
June 10th, 2015, 5:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Vouette et Sorbée Saignée de Sorbée and Fidele
Replies: 10
Views: 597

TN: Vouette et Sorbée Saignée de Sorbée and Fidele

Working through a backlog of grower juice - such hard work :) TN: Fidèle - rated A- and I like this much better than the Saignée de Sorbée below! Not as unique certainly but it rocks! Based on the 2009 vintage. A rich yellow color with a tinge of orange. Lots of small bubbles initially, unlike the S...
by teddemop
June 9th, 2015, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The ten best Champagnes?
Replies: 111
Views: 4850

The ten best Champagnes?

Any list needs a set of guidelines - these were just my guidelines for this specific list. Certianly not saying this is the only way to go. I drink maybe 95% grower Champagnes these days for example and long have (so many growers so little time!) Would have love to have added Vilmart for example, an...
by teddemop
June 9th, 2015, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The ten best Champagnes?
Replies: 111
Views: 4850

The ten best Champagnes?

I understand the controversy, but haven't had a bottle I didn't consider great! And although I haven't had hundreds of bottle, probably a couple of dozen. while there is some controversy of style with Selosse, it is doubtful a controversy over quality But it is. They're way too oxidative for some pe...

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