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by M.Kaplan
August 18th, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: From Brussels north to Amsterdam
Replies: 3
Views: 83

Re: From Brussels north to Amsterdam

Rock Fort in Bruges. Not fancy, but very good.

https://www.rock-fort.be/nl/
by M.Kaplan
August 15th, 2019, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Marguet Le Parc Grand Cru brut nature
Replies: 42
Views: 1270

Re: 2014 Marguet Le Parc Grand Cru brut nature

Brad Baker wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 9:54 am
...

I honestly don't care if a wine can age or not; I just want to be able to know when to enjoy it and when it will show the characteristics I am looking for.
Exactly this. 2009 Cristal is a prime example; it is so delicious now that I don’t care whether it is a long term ager or not.
by M.Kaplan
August 11th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Where should we go in Italy?
Replies: 29
Views: 1560

Re: Where should we go in Italy?

Fred,
Check out U Giancu
(https://www.ugiancu.it/?lang=en) up in the hills above Rapallo/SML. Very fun place. Food is good. Setting is great.
by M.Kaplan
August 7th, 2019, 11:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)
Replies: 174
Views: 12180

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)

Robert Dentice wrote:
August 7th, 2019, 10:32 am
Looks like Maison Sota is opening September 10th and now taking reservations.

Chef Sota was formerly the Chef of Clown Bar.

Can't wait to go.
Thanks, Robert. I booked for early October.
by M.Kaplan
August 7th, 2019, 10:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)
Replies: 174
Views: 12180

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)

SeanHarding wrote:
August 7th, 2019, 8:58 am
So I guess while they're on August vacation, the Septime online reservations are also unavailable? 😕
Yes. This is often the case with Paris restaurants during their summer holiday.
by M.Kaplan
August 6th, 2019, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 446
Views: 42416

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

Mine after Carte du Vin moved to a new warehouse. My home cellar is a twin to Russell's.
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by M.Kaplan
August 5th, 2019, 6:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 114
Views: 8507

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Bazaar Meats. Cash your IRA before you go. Food is impressive; they haul the meat out on stretchers. They have separate kitchens for meat, fish, and everything else. I got a tour from their somm. He's got around 1,000 separate labels and wants to take it to 1,500. All the wines are pricey but I fou...
by M.Kaplan
August 2nd, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: De Moor I drink their wines, the bigger fan of theirs I become
Replies: 8
Views: 609

Re: TN: De Moor I drink their wines, the bigger fan of theirs I become

Love De Moor Chablis and Aligote. Last weekend we drank a bottle of '15 Aligote Plantation 1902, which is in a very good place. The 'regular' 2015 Aligote is also drinking very well now.
by M.Kaplan
July 30th, 2019, 10:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another 'how many bottles' question. Or what would you choose from the wine list?
Replies: 24
Views: 1030

Re: Another 'how many bottles' question. Or what would you choose from the wine list?

Thank you all for your Berserker-like replies. Let me restate the question in the interest of clarity: There will be 7 hours of hosted and unlimited full open bar (cocktails, wines of all colors and effervescence, and beers). During the middle of which we will have seated dinner and will be serving ...
by M.Kaplan
July 30th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another 'how many bottles' question. Or what would you choose from the wine list?
Replies: 24
Views: 1030

Another 'how many bottles' question. Or what would you choose from the wine list?

Assume an early September, Saturday afternoon wedding. Average daytime temperature is in the mid-high-70's. There will be an open bar following the ceremony from 5pm until midnight. Apparently, the venue will permit me to bring in wine for dinner and charge corkage. How many bottles of wine would yo...
by M.Kaplan
July 27th, 2019, 3:56 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Reccos for Restaurants for Ireland and Iceland
Replies: 6
Views: 301

Re: Reccos for Restaurants for Ireland and Iceland

In Dublin I liked Dax, L’Ecrevain, and Chapter One.
by M.Kaplan
July 24th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Replies: 49
Views: 2461

Re: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

...Top Willamette Valley Chardonnay can hold it’s own with France. And the Pinot Noir is closing the gap as well, if you are drinking the right wines. ... Which are the right wines, both Pinot and Chard? Thanks! Chardonnay: Cameron-Clos Electrique Blanc Walter Scott-Ex Novo, Cuvee Anne, Freedom Hil...
by M.Kaplan
July 24th, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Replies: 49
Views: 2461

Re: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Steve Crawford wrote:
July 24th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Mark Christenson wrote:
July 24th, 2019, 10:11 am
Steve Crawford wrote:
July 24th, 2019, 7:57 am


my guess would be pearl clutcher.
Pearl Clutcher was $120.
i thought he was alluding to secondary, which i was referring to.
I've not sold much SQN, but I sold 3 bottles of Pearl Clutcher for $3,750 shortly after release.
by M.Kaplan
July 24th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Replies: 49
Views: 2461

Re: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Marcus Goodfellow wrote:
July 24th, 2019, 12:11 pm



...Top Willamette Valley Chardonnay can hold it’s own with France. And the Pinot Noir is closing the gap as well, if you are drinking the right wines.
...
Which are the right wines, both Pinot and Chard?

Thanks!
by M.Kaplan
July 21st, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Seville/Sevilla
Replies: 12
Views: 515

Re: Seville/Sevilla

I liked Abantal, La Azotea, and as Barry noted above, Alfonso XIII is a great hotel. We also ate our way around town during the day in various tapas bars, depending on where we were at the time. It was only a short stay; I'd like to return.
by M.Kaplan
July 21st, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly
Replies: 26
Views: 2078

Re: TN: 2014 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly

Brought a bottle last night to Rustic Canyon. Gunpowder nose, extremely tight palate. Became a little more generous as it warmed and got some air. Nice enough last night, but with much more to give. I'll decant the next one for air or wait a couple of years, or both.
by M.Kaplan
July 20th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 93
Views: 3761

Re: Worst wines you've had?

Jayson Cohen wrote:
July 20th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Putting aside jug and box wine and wines that had turned into chemical soup, there is only one answer that screams out: 1999 Martinelli Reserve RRV Pinot. Served blind at MoCool 2002. Absolutely vile.

I think Maureen can back me up on this one.
Martinelli Giuseppe and Luisa Zin is worse.
by M.Kaplan
July 15th, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano
Replies: 34
Views: 1354

Re: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano

TimF wrote:
July 15th, 2019, 5:18 am
Got a reservation for next Thursday in the Roscioli Salumeria wine cellar. Thanks!
I prefer sitting at entry level if available. YMMV.
by M.Kaplan
July 15th, 2019, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 13604

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
July 15th, 2019, 7:37 am
...
Short version (with apologies to T.S. Eliot): "This is the way the WA ends / Not with a bang but a whimper."
by M.Kaplan
July 14th, 2019, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit
Replies: 87
Views: 2683

Re: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit

Ok, I’ll play. 1978 Ramonet Montrachet Heater Allen Pils (forgive me Rick, but I’d also like sufficient tomato juice, lime juice, hot sauce, Maggi Arome imported from France, Tajin, and ice for the occasional Michilada) Ardbeg. Any of 1974 Provenance, 1976 Manager’s Choice Cask 1391, or my friends a...
by M.Kaplan
July 14th, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs
Replies: 38
Views: 1682

Re: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs

Philip, Agree that Passard is a brilliant roaster. He has served beef again for several years. ECB29DB4-24EA-4E6A-880E-A342D4C6F9B2.jpeg I think my post wasn’t clear. While I’m not wild about the plating of the grenoilles, I would eat them in a heartbeat and hope they are on the menu when I’m there ...
by M.Kaplan
July 13th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs
Replies: 38
Views: 1682

Re: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs

Passage 53 is now La Table du 53. More casual than the restaurant was, chef is the former Passage 53 sous chef. Restaurant Passage 53 is going to reopen in a new location. I think Passard/Arpege went through a down period a couple of years ago. For whatever reason, he seems re-energized and has been...
by M.Kaplan
July 12th, 2019, 7:08 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Reccos for London & Amsterdam
Replies: 41
Views: 2089

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 M.Kaplan
July 11th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam
Replies: 15
Views: 598

Re: Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam

by M.Kaplan
July 11th, 2019, 2:50 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam
Replies: 15
Views: 598

Re: Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam

They went to Zanzibar on their own.
by M.Kaplan
July 11th, 2019, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Brut champagne dying out?
Replies: 71
Views: 2891

Re: Is Brut champagne dying out?

Curious, what is the dosage range for Cristal? I tend to like Champagne with no perceived sweetness. To my taste, '08 and '09 Cristal are 1 and 2 of all recent vintage/release Champagnes I've tasted this year.
by M.Kaplan
July 11th, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam
Replies: 15
Views: 598

Re: Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam

Theo, My son went with MT Sobel. He trekked mountain gorillas in Rwanda with them last year and is a big fan. His Kilimanjaro group consisted of 6 guests and 40-ish support staff on the mountain. Michael told me that MT Sobel has the highest rate of summiting of the Kilimanjaro tour providers. MT So...
by M.Kaplan
July 11th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs
Replies: 38
Views: 1682

Re: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs

For lunch setting, I'd choose Le Pre Catelan. For food, probably Gagnaire.

Personally, I'd arrive in Paris a day earlier and have Friday dinner at Arpege.
by M.Kaplan
July 11th, 2019, 10:52 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam
Replies: 15
Views: 598

Re: Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam

My son just returned from trekking up Kilimanjaro, followed by four days R&R in Zanzibar. He flew nonstop (1 hr) from Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar on Air Tanzania. On the way back, he flew from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam, then to Amsterdam, connecting to LAX. His trip was 16 days, including travel and 10 ...
by M.Kaplan
July 9th, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.
Replies: 58
Views: 3167

Re: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.

They are charging 3x for buying and filling those crocks at the Maille store.
by M.Kaplan
July 9th, 2019, 9:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 871
Views: 44441

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

My favorite bakeries are Lodge and Gjusta.
by M.Kaplan
July 8th, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?
Replies: 54
Views: 2278

Re: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?

We loved Palmilla and look to return in the fall. Food on the property was good enough to keep us on the resort for most meals. Jean-Georges has a combo restaurant; one half steak/meat, the other fish (Japanese and Mexican). Didn't eat steak but liked the fish restaurant, Suviche, well enough to go ...
by M.Kaplan
July 1st, 2019, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 13604

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

I met many real life friends through the Squires BB. Among those, The X-Pensive Winos have been having monthly dinners together and more for close to 15 years. I’m content to let the BB die in peace, although I won’t mourn its passing. William Kelley is a fine wine writer and I wish him well. If he ...
by M.Kaplan
July 1st, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner at Patina LA with 1864 Madeira, 00` Krug, 05` Vougeraie Blanc, 90` Jadot Clos Vougeot
Replies: 9
Views: 735

Re: Dinner at Patina LA with 1864 Madeira, 00` Krug, 05` Vougeraie Blanc, 90` Jadot Clos Vougeot

Blake,
Do you know when the Madeira was bottled? I recognize the old Wine Warehouse strip label.
by M.Kaplan
July 1st, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 13604

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

Here’s to dick and fart jokes! champagne.gif
by M.Kaplan
June 30th, 2019, 6:41 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Where should we go in Italy?
Replies: 29
Views: 1560

Re: Where should we go in Italy?

Camogli is lovely but small. We’ve stayed at the Excelsior Palace between Rapallo and Santa Margherita. An easy walk to either town. A municipal bus line runs between Rapallo and Portofino and is often easier than parking. And an hour by train or car to Cincque Terre. Florence was once our favorite ...
by M.Kaplan
June 28th, 2019, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend
Replies: 90
Views: 2660

Re: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend

flawe’d pole.

1850 D'Oliveiras Madeira Verdelho Family Reserve
by M.Kaplan
June 27th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pescatarian/Vegetarian Pairings with aged Bordeaux
Replies: 36
Views: 1143

Re: Pescatarian/Vegetarian Pairings with aged Bordeaux

I find that many/most red wine and fish pairings produce a metallic taste. Anyone else experience this?
by M.Kaplan
June 26th, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 9211

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

Prediction: Amazon will be the big winner. They currently sell alcoholic beverages in 43 states and I forget how many municipalities and have a team dedicated to alcoholic beverage licensing issues across all of its platforms.
by M.Kaplan
June 25th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)
Replies: 174
Views: 12180

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

Hi Robert. Yes! We're already booked in Septime for late September when we are back. As well as David Toutain. Wait. What is your trick for booking Septime for late September? We’re going in early September, and were told they only accept reservations three weeks out. Is there a loophole I need to ...
by M.Kaplan
June 24th, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?
Replies: 54
Views: 2278

Re: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?

The two best things I’ve eaten in the past week were at Don Sanchez: Surf & Turf Taco beet tortilla + carrot pure + ribeye chicharron + crispy soft shell crab + avocado mousse + charred habanero mayo E5E31825-BE61-4125-BA18-67868F6670ED.jpeg Tlayuda "Mi Rancho” crispy artesan tortilla + frijoles pue...
by M.Kaplan
June 23rd, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?
Replies: 54
Views: 2278

Re: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?

jordan whitehead wrote:
June 7th, 2019, 1:11 pm
M.Kaplan wrote:
June 7th, 2019, 12:46 pm
We're heading to the Palmilla later this month. Any food recos for San Jose del Cabo would be especially appreciated.
Don Sanchez
Habanero's Gastro Grill
Ate at Don Sanchez last night. Modern Mex. Plan to go back before we leave.
by M.Kaplan
June 22nd, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A brosé bronanza with the brochachos
Replies: 4
Views: 572

Re: A brosé bronanza with the brocachos

I ♥️ L’Anglore Tavel “Rosé”
by M.Kaplan
June 21st, 2019, 9:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Personal Collection of Rudi Weist @ Acker
Replies: 56
Views: 5216

Re: Personal Collection of Rudi Weist @ Acker

A group of friends, including me, placed an above high estimate bid on a Zilliken lot and got smoked.
by M.Kaplan
June 21st, 2019, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Q. do Noval Nacional
Replies: 8
Views: 752

Re: Q. do Noval Nacional

My father is vintage ‘31. For his 50th birthday in December, 1981 he my mother took my brother, sister, my wife, and me on a three week cruise from Lauderdale to Los Angeles via the Panama Canal on the newly recommissioned Royal Viking Star. My buddy’s family owned the C&E distributorship in Califor...
by M.Kaplan
June 21st, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wine you don't want
Replies: 65
Views: 5261

Re: The wine you don't want

Thanks everyone. Learning as you post. Honestly, I haven't gone to Commerce Corner because I am trying to maximize the return, and I'd feel like a heel doing that with (some of) you guys. Depending on quantity, Commerce Corner might be your best bet, but factor in shipping and inconvenience. If you...
by M.Kaplan
June 20th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Norlan whiskey glass
Replies: 10
Views: 949

Re: Norlan whiskey glass

I own some and used one exactly one time. It is a clunky gimmick. Glencairn are better nosing glasses. The discontinued La Maison du Whisky bespoke Pure crystal glasses are the best of all. 550042CA-28A5-4390-8BE3-402ACA718EE2.jpeg I’m sure the Norlan glass is fine for bourbon, as bourbon drinkers d...
by M.Kaplan
June 20th, 2019, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Personal Collection of Rudi Weist @ Acker
Replies: 56
Views: 5216

Re: Personal Collection of Rudi Weist @ Acker

Anyone have a link to the auction results?

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