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by Rich Salsano
October 4th, 2019, 4:12 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2201
Views: 131003

Re: New York City Restaurants

This is probably mentioned already but Crown Shy should be at the top of must try spots in nyc at the moment. Went for the first time last night and was really impressed. Killer cocktails, inventive food prepared almost flawlessly (short rib was over seasoned is my only minor complaint) and a really...
by Rich Salsano
September 21st, 2019, 6:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2201
Views: 131003

Re: New York City Restaurants

Sad to report Bar Uchu (not the Sushi part) has closed. I LOVED that place. So bummed. These small restaurants open with great young chefs and it works for awhile because they do not need to do much business to avoid losing money but then they realize you can never make money with an 8-12 seat rest...
by Rich Salsano
September 21st, 2019, 6:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa wine tastings for my wife
Replies: 59
Views: 2911

Re: Napa wine tastings for my wife

Some random “outsider” observations from the wife’s trip: I cannot wait to taste that $90 cabernet franc. Someone did not tell my wife about the dangers of shipping wine cross-country in mid-summer, and allowing a box of wine to sit in the hot afternoon sun on our doorstep. Wines do not show up to ...
by Rich Salsano
September 9th, 2019, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retroactive Sales Tax
Replies: 50
Views: 2563

Re: Retroactive Sales Tax

You definitely do not owe double taxes. Most states offer reciprocity for taxes paid to another state.
by Rich Salsano
September 7th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 122
Views: 6000

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

Try putting some sodas and/or water in there for awhile and taste. Is it different from normal? Then it's the cooler. Probably a small freon leak, which would also effect the temperature swings. I had a small fridge at my shop do this. Water, Pepsi, Gatorade, and beer that came out of that fridge t...
by Rich Salsano
September 7th, 2019, 4:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 122
Views: 6000

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

I would want to understand what is causing the temperature to fluctuate 12 degrees in 2 hours. Something doesn’t seem right. Forget the wine for a moment. If your compressor runs and gets the internal cabinet temp down to 47 degrees, what are the external conditions that would somehow cause the temp...
by Rich Salsano
September 6th, 2019, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retroactive Sales Tax
Replies: 50
Views: 2563

Re: Retroactive Sales Tax

I was asked today to pay sales tax on an order I placed from a California winery in February 2019. Is it reasonable to pay sales tax for a transaction 6 months ago? Who is asking, the winery or the state? Yeah. That’s the question I have as well. If the state, pay it. If the winery, you can decide ...
by Rich Salsano
September 4th, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!
Replies: 51
Views: 3089

Re: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!

Robert M yers wrote:
September 4th, 2019, 7:05 am
Joe, almost 2% of your posts are exact duplicates of themselves. I can’t figure it out, Can’t you hold yourself back from such indulgence?

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by Rich Salsano
August 30th, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 97
Views: 5809

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Ethan Abraham wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 7:37 am
I'm going to let you all in on a secret....lamb saddle from flannery.
Just ordered a couple.......
by Rich Salsano
August 28th, 2019, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)
Replies: 59
Views: 1905

Re: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)

Reds
Nebbiolo
Pinot Noir
Gamay
Syrah (Sangiovese close call)

Whites
Riesling
Chardonnay
Chenin Blanc

Really stops there for me but if I had to list a 4th favorite white wine it would likely be Sauvignon Blanc (or one of many different Italian white varietals like Arneis, Verdicchio, etc)
by Rich Salsano
August 26th, 2019, 11:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: World Famous Pizza Joint and Wine Offline destination is shuttered.
Replies: 52
Views: 3190

Re: World Famous Pizza Joint and Wine Offline destination is shuttered.

Sales tax is a trust fund tax and the state will come down hard on companies and individuals (officers) who willfully evade collection or payment of the taxes over to the state taxing authorities. Fraudulent penalties are likely to be imposed. Jail time (while possible in NY) seems unlikely unless r...
by Rich Salsano
August 24th, 2019, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Phil Mickelson likes wine
Replies: 37
Views: 2881

Re: Phil Mickelson likes wine

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
August 24th, 2019, 9:51 am
ClarkstonMark wrote:
August 24th, 2019, 9:50 am
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
August 24th, 2019, 3:13 am
Anyone else notice anything interesting about that picture?
Phil shaves his chest hair?
Nah man, when you got Phil-$$, you go full laser.

Keep trying.
He’s not wearing his KPMG hat.......
by Rich Salsano
August 22nd, 2019, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Consolidated 2016 Beaujolais TNs
Replies: 58
Views: 6888

Re: Consolidated 2016 Beaujolais TNs

Just had a lovely 2016 Foillard Corcelette last night. Delightful nose of smashed fruit leading to a palate of slightly crunchy red fruit and medium acidity. Not profound, but just a pleasure to drink on a Wednesday night. Corcelette is one of my favorites regardless of vintage. Drinking pleasure i...
by Rich Salsano
August 20th, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1356
Views: 70011

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Anything out of ordinary with your chimichurri prep? TIA Pretty standard Parsley Cilantro Raw Garlic EVOO Red Wine Vinegar S&P I approve of some cilantro in there but without any lemon or lime you are to be admonished severely. Citrus is absolutely required. Disagree. Red wine vinegar addresses tha...
by Rich Salsano
August 19th, 2019, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine guides in Barolo/Chianti?
Replies: 6
Views: 650

Re: Wine guides in Barolo/Chianti?

For Tuscany, you should reach out to Donatella at Wine Tours in Tuscany. She is amazing. Has lots of connections with small, family run wineries in Chianti and Montalcino. You can pass my name along if you end up contacting her. I have sent several people her way over the years.
by Rich Salsano
August 19th, 2019, 3:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which wines to bring back from Europe?
Replies: 26
Views: 1528

Re: Which wines to bring back from Europe?

Sounds like I'll only pick up a British sparkling while in London then and save the rest for my other stops. Anyone got any suggestions for wine shops in Lyon, Turin/Piedmont, or Munich? For sure check out Muraato in Lyon and La Vite Turchese in the town of Barolo. Ask for Stefano if he is in. You ...
by Rich Salsano
August 14th, 2019, 7:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa wine tastings for my wife
Replies: 59
Views: 2911

Re: Napa wine tastings for my wife

Schramsberg, Ehlers Estate, Chappelet (the garden tour and tasting is really quite nice), Alpha Omega, Stony Hill, Failla (for delicious Sonoma pinots and chards but with a Napa based tasting room), Matthiasson.
by Rich Salsano
August 9th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3522
Views: 332145

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

M a t t W e i n s t e i n wrote:
August 9th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Today's mystery pinot should be the Angela Estate “Abbott Claim” 2015, for any interested. Would be a good price for $16-17 delivered.
Agreed. Requested 6. Great price.
by Rich Salsano
August 2nd, 2019, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yountville - Favorite Restaurants and Tasting Rooms
Replies: 30
Views: 1617

Re: Yountville - Favorite Restaurants and Tasting Rooms

Thanks everyone. Jeanty it is!
by Rich Salsano
August 1st, 2019, 4:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yountville - Favorite Restaurants and Tasting Rooms
Replies: 30
Views: 1617

Re: Yountville - Favorite Restaurants and Tasting Rooms

I’m actually in Napa in late September as well and have one night free for dinner. Having never been to Bouchon or Bistro Jeanty, which one should I go to? Menus sort of look similar with some variation but both have all the French bistro classics. Otherwise, I was planning on going back to Press wh...
by Rich Salsano
August 1st, 2019, 2:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Low acidity, dry, but not super-dry wine?
Replies: 14
Views: 754

Re: Low acidity, dry, but not super-dry wine?

Your go-to wines are Italians, primarily from Piedmont, but you are looking for low acid reds? That sort of seems odd. What makes you think you like wines with low acidity?

Acidity doesn’t translate to dryness for me. More so it’s tannin that’s the culprit.
by Rich Salsano
July 26th, 2019, 3:31 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Reccos for Restaurants for Ireland and Iceland
Replies: 6
Views: 988

Re: Reccos for Restaurants for Ireland and Iceland

We loved Grillmarket or Grillmarkorinn (traditional spelling) in Reykjavik.
by Rich Salsano
July 21st, 2019, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Cuvée Marcy
Replies: 3
Views: 381

Re: TN: 2016 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Cuvée Marcy

I just had this within the last week. Loved it. I got a nice umami soy sauce note on the nose when we had our bottle but overall the fruit was the star.
by Rich Salsano
July 14th, 2019, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines of Etna
Replies: 52
Views: 3164

Re: Wines of Etna

... Occhippinti. ... style-wise, would you say they are still in that bright red fruit type category? ...Ive always worines are gonna be bigger than I want from Sicily, always assumed Etna was so nice due to elevation over a very hot island. Lower elevation than Etna. Different, not bigger. Try the...
by Rich Salsano
July 14th, 2019, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines of Etna
Replies: 52
Views: 3164

Re: Wines of Etna

Need to include Occhippinti in this discussion as well.
by Rich Salsano
July 13th, 2019, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Beaujolais
Replies: 104
Views: 7992

Re: 2017 Beaujolais

... And, motivated, popped a 2017 Thivin. It’s fantastic. Ordering yet more. I accidentally have almost killed the whole bottle through dinner and reading news. Just had this. I’m not a big Beaujolais guy, but I loved the 2017 Thivin CdB. Must... get... more. What’s the scoop with the Reverdon bott...
by Rich Salsano
July 10th, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions
Replies: 56
Views: 3060

Re: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions

Matthiasson is another great suggestion! I attended their member pickup party once as a +1 and was impressed by the wines and the vineyards. Thanks for reminding me, it was a great visit! You’re welcome! I am a wine club member there and love the variety of wines. Their style is right in my wheelho...
by Rich Salsano
July 10th, 2019, 8:55 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Reccos for London & Amsterdam
Replies: 43
Views: 2457

Re: Reccos for London & Amsterdam

Reporting back from a trip to London and Amsterdam last month. Petit Pois Bistro in London -near Shoreditch -was a nice mid priced French bistro I would recommend and return to. I followed Lionel Nierop's suggestion above (thank you) and visited Andrew Edmunds. Hand written daily menu, great half-b...
by Rich Salsano
July 10th, 2019, 3:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions
Replies: 56
Views: 3060

Re: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions

These were all mostly mentioned already but: Stony Hill - although I would argue they are possibly more known for their white wines than cab Smith Madrone Matthiasson - Steve’s wines are phenomenal and his cab and merlot and Bordeaux style “red” are all what I would consider old school There may be ...
by Rich Salsano
July 8th, 2019, 3:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paris or Lyon
Replies: 33
Views: 1858

Re: Paris or Lyon

Just returned from a trip including both. I have been to Paris many times but this was a first time in Lyon. Paris is obviously a "world city" with the best of everything available, at a price and always something new. That said, I was very impressed with Lyon! Plenty to see. Much less intense vibe...
by Rich Salsano
July 6th, 2019, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 750Daily: Croatian Wines
Replies: 9
Views: 701

Re: 750Daily: Croatian Wines

I went to Croatia a few months ago and we spent a day wine tasting in the Peljesac peninsula. Very impressed with a lot of the wines although I tended to favor the crisp whites made of Posip and some rose wines from Plavic Mali. Could have been the sunshine and warm weather (and the food we were eat...
by Rich Salsano
July 2nd, 2019, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help needed: Napa/Sonoma trip with a twist
Replies: 16
Views: 1402

Re: Help needed: Napa/Sonoma trip with a twist

Pat, the Estate tour and tasting at Ridge in Lytton Springs was a pretty informative experience when we did it a few years ago. It’s at least an hour in the vineyard and facility followed by a tasting. The person who led our tour was pretty knowledgeable. We enjoyed it a lot.
by Rich Salsano
June 4th, 2019, 5:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2201
Views: 131003

Re: New York City Restaurants

Where can I get the best fish taco in NYC? I really love the tacos at Empellon, but those are fancy. I'm talking super tasty, but super casual tacos. Los Mariscos (sister of Los Tacos #1) https://www.losmariscos1.com/ Winner winner fish taco dinner. Went here for the first time tonight thanks to th...
by Rich Salsano
May 26th, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: HORL - knife sharpener - Made in Germany
Replies: 36
Views: 2215

Re: HORL - knife sharpener - Made in Germany

I bought one as well and while I need to actually sit and sharpen some of my better knives, I tested it out on a crap knife I keep around and it was tomato slicing sharp after using this. So far, so good.
by Rich Salsano
May 14th, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?
Replies: 62
Views: 1938

Re: Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?

c fu wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 10:52 am
EHeffner wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 10:38 am
Barrel aged sour beers - especially with some age on it
yet. Lambic especially ages beautifully.
This. Definitely the closest for me.
by Rich Salsano
May 2nd, 2019, 6:35 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Best Area in Paris for Bistros
Replies: 20
Views: 923

Re: Best Area in Paris for Bistros

6th arrondisement for me.
by Rich Salsano
April 14th, 2019, 5:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11898
Views: 569711

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Around 3 cases of assorted wines from Finger Lakes wineries. For those that haven’t visited the area, the wines are really impressive at some of the places up here. Riesling, Chardonnay and Cabernet franc are the big 3 but lots of interesting other stuff made from vignoles, gewurtz, and more. Kemmet...
by Rich Salsano
April 2nd, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When’s the last time you cracked 12% in Cali?
Replies: 25
Views: 1413

Re: When’s the last time you cracked 12% in Cali?

Just drank a 2016 Matthiasson Cabernet franc that clocked in at 11.5% over the weekend and loved it. Well balanced all around.
by Rich Salsano
March 28th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.
Replies: 49
Views: 2587

Re: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.

It’s been fast and furious for me these past two weeks. Probably close to around 6-7 cases in total spread across 7 deliveries. Wife is not happy.
by Rich Salsano
March 24th, 2019, 4:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Say you know someone and they only think wine is red...
Replies: 52
Views: 2154

Re: Say you know someone and they only think wine is red...

Do they drink rose? If not, that is where I start. Then move onto white wines. Roses will give you more of those aromatics and red fruit flavors found in red wine but in a much lighter, crisper style. It’s then an easy jump from rose to something like Riesling or California Sauvignon Blanc.
by Rich Salsano
March 21st, 2019, 8:51 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Quick lunch in Paris near Eiffel Tower?
Replies: 13
Views: 701

Re: Quick lunch in Paris near Eiffel Tower?

Jeremy Holmes wrote:
March 20th, 2019, 4:23 pm
Les Cocottes
L'Ami Jean
Arnaud Nicolas
Les cocottes is awesome but menu is sort of limited so for dining with kids, that might be a challenge if they are picky. Great spot though.
by Rich Salsano
March 21st, 2019, 4:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT - Access Denied, you make me cry
Replies: 66
Views: 3393

Re: CT - Access Denied, you make me cry

One thing that really strikes me- in the cases where the cellar is viewable- is just how many people have 1 bottle each, maybe 2, of most of what they have. It is a difficult strategy for me to fathom. I'm all about variety. Life is too short to keep drinking the same wine. I'm sailing on this boat...
by Rich Salsano
March 17th, 2019, 5:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?
Replies: 211
Views: 8745

Re: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?

T3rry D3an wrote:
March 16th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Massican SB. Every year, full allocation, no questions. Definitely has that electric mouthfeel and chalky minerality that's so addictive.

This.
by Rich Salsano
March 17th, 2019, 5:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.
Replies: 428
Views: 94538

Re: Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.

JDavisRoby wrote:
March 3rd, 2019, 7:04 pm
The food and service at Valette was top notch when we were there.
One of our favorite restaurants for sure.
by Rich Salsano
March 12th, 2019, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seneca Lake Recommendations?
Replies: 10
Views: 341

Re: Seneca Lake Recommendations?

etomasi wrote:
March 12th, 2019, 1:20 pm
Well, if you have time, hop over to Keuka Lake Vineyards. Nice wines. Some funky vignoles wines as well.
+1 great wines
by Rich Salsano
February 27th, 2019, 6:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: C&P Breton Cab Francs - elegance over funk
Replies: 18
Views: 905

Re: C&P Breton Cab Francs - elegance over funk

Just had a 96 a few weeks ago and loved it. Very nice wine. Aromatics were really complex.
by Rich Salsano
February 26th, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16313
Views: 422344

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

One of those beers that actually lives up to the hype. Had a Westvleteren 12 last night and WOW May I ask where you found this? Only had it once, but it's in the top tier for me as well. I was in Amsterdam on vacation. Great beer bar called Cafe Gollem. €15 euro at the bar and soooooo worth it.
by Rich Salsano
February 18th, 2019, 11:15 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16313
Views: 422344

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

One of those beers that actually lives up to the hype.

Had a Westvleteren 12 last night and WOW
by Rich Salsano
February 11th, 2019, 3:21 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Lake Como restaurant recs
Replies: 13
Views: 621

Re: Lake Como restaurant recs

Cava Turacciolo in Bellagio mentioned above is a must go stop IMO. Perfect place for lunch to have some salumi, cheese and fantastic wines. One of the highlights to our Lake Como trip many years ago.

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