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by M.Kaplan
May 17th, 2019, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I had a long day, and Fu pissed me off, so I popped a 2016 Gonon St Joe
Replies: 73
Views: 2745

Re: I had a long day, and Fu pissed me off, so I popped a 2016 Gonon St Joe

Alfert,
You are a disappointment. When associates piss off partners, the only proper response is to behead the offender with a letter opener and drink the beverage of your choice from the empty skull cavity. I'm sure our Viking compatriots agree.
Skål!
by M.Kaplan
May 10th, 2019, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 9705

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

John Morris wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 3:48 pm
No, grafting doesn't affect the DNA of either the roots or the vines.
No?
www.newscientist.com/article/2079813-fa ... ennia/amp/
by M.Kaplan
May 10th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 9705

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

I am curious whether there has been any effort to find and clone or propagate through selecion massale vines that exhibit fungus resistance (via mutation). Or pushing it further, much more “green”-friendly to me would be to isolate the DNA mutation that provides fungus resistance and create GMO vin...
by M.Kaplan
May 3rd, 2019, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stupid poll time
Replies: 19
Views: 776

Re: Stupid poll time

by M.Kaplan
May 3rd, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: The new Carrieres de Lumieres show is Van Gogh
Replies: 13
Views: 389

Re: The new Carrieres de Lumieres show is Van Gogh

I saw the Klimt show last year at the Atelier des Lumieres. It was very cool and I plan to see the Van Gogh show in Paris later this year. I'm not sure it is worth traveling to Provence to see it projected in the quarry, but I'd certainly go if I was already nearby. YMMV.
by M.Kaplan
May 2nd, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1899
Views: 152070

Re: Steak Porn

Stairway to Heaven...
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by M.Kaplan
May 2nd, 2019, 7:15 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Best Area in Paris for Bistros
Replies: 20
Views: 581

Re: Best Area in Paris for Bistros

3ème, 10ème, and 11ème on the right bank and 5ème, 6ème, and 7ème on the left bank. A single arrondissement is too restrictive; each of these three groupings is contiguous and walkable.
by M.Kaplan
April 30th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on this list of PYCM lower end 2017’s
Replies: 14
Views: 1212

Re: Thoughts on this list of PYCM lower end 2017’s

I drank a 2013 St. Aubin Remilly on Saturday and it is still youthful. I like them young and was not disappointed.
by M.Kaplan
April 29th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)
Replies: 135
Views: 8731

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

Le Rigmarole is great. And open for dinner on the weekends. Funny how quickly things change; I was able to book a prime time Saturday night 4 top in October without difficulty.
by M.Kaplan
April 26th, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine stores in Paris and Beaune
Replies: 32
Views: 1939

Re: Best wine stores in Paris and Beaune

Yeah, I was wondering how that would work when it says the refund centers are located inside the airport. Good to know, will stick with shipping. VAT refund Center game has been a scam in my experience, albeit not in Paris. You have to present goods to a customs agent after airport security; which ...
by M.Kaplan
April 25th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 167
Views: 8210

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

Their idea to try to compete with CT was wrong-headed. It may have been a good idea if they had come up with it earlier. So? How were they going to win that fight? They just looked desperate and delusional. It was actually spite. We tried in 2005-2006 to see if we could ink a deal for me to make a ...
by M.Kaplan
April 17th, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Restaurants open for Sunday lunch in Reims?
Replies: 8
Views: 299

Re: Restaurants open for Sunday lunch in Reims?

The brasserie Le Jardin at Les Crayeres would be my choice for a casual lunch and it is open on Sundays. And, if the weather is good, lovely to sit outside.
by M.Kaplan
April 4th, 2019, 7:23 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Restaurant & Wine Recommendations: FRANCE: Sarlat & Avignon Area
Replies: 13
Views: 456

Re: Restaurant & Wine Recommendations: FRANCE: Sarlat & Avignon Area

have lunch at this 1 star in tremolat-book outside under the vines. A short drive from Sarlat along the river. https://www.vieux-logis.com/en-GB/ We loved staying at Vieux Logis some years ago and the restaurant was very good, especially for dinner. Good to know that it still is. The Saturday stree...
by M.Kaplan
April 1st, 2019, 9:53 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: London / Solo Diner
Replies: 34
Views: 1049

Re: London / Solo Diner

Kitchen Table is closed (they are remodeling Bubbledogs and Sandia Chang and James Knappett had a baby girl yesterday). I overlooked Ryan’s time frame. Yes, I like Hedone quite a lot. The owner/chef is a bit of a weird guy, but I like his cooking very much. Been twice. Also, the communal table downs...
by M.Kaplan
April 1st, 2019, 9:28 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: London / Solo Diner
Replies: 34
Views: 1049

Re: London / Solo Diner

Kitchen Table is my favorite (book well in advance)
Barrafina for tapas (no reservations, but well worth the wait)
Kiln Soho
Roka Fitzrovia

Countless good solo dining opportunities in London.
by M.Kaplan
April 1st, 2019, 3:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2012
Views: 112065

Re: New York City Restaurants

by M.Kaplan
March 30th, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Which Scotch distilleries are firing on all cylinders?
Replies: 84
Views: 5277

Re: Which Scotch distilleries are firing on all cylinders?

If I were to spend big $ on a bottle of The Macallan, I’d look to buy pre-1979 18 Years Old at auction from Skinner in the US or Kruger’s whiskyauction.com in Germany (they ship worldwide).
by M.Kaplan
March 27th, 2019, 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seeking advice from Riesling fans: Mosel/Rhine Cruise
Replies: 12
Views: 616

Re: Seeking advice from Riesling fans: Mosel/Rhine Cruise

Walk/take the gondola through the Rudesheim vineyards up to the Niederwald monument and park. You can continue to Assmannshausen by taking the chairlift down. Walk, taxi, or take the riverboat back to Rudesheim. I recall that there is an all-in-one (gondola, chairlift, riverboat) ticket. In Rudeshei...
by M.Kaplan
March 21st, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Quick lunch in Paris near Eiffel Tower?
Replies: 13
Views: 551

Re: Quick lunch in Paris near Eiffel Tower?

All good suggestions, above. Maybe consider one of Constant's other restaurants, Cafe Constant, rather than Les Cocottes. Also take a look at Pottoka. Or consider walking over to Rue Cler (Aux PTT).
by M.Kaplan
March 20th, 2019, 7:38 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Quick lunch in Paris near Eiffel Tower?
Replies: 13
Views: 551

Re: Quick lunch in Paris near Eiffel Tower?

p. raghib wrote:
March 20th, 2019, 11:54 am
I'm going to be passing through Paris (layover) and thought I would take my kids to the Eiffel Tower so I made reservations. Wondering if anyone knows a good spot for lunch near there.

thanks very much

-paul
How old are your kids? What day of the week?
by M.Kaplan
March 20th, 2019, 2:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Good Old Days At Eleven Madison Park
Replies: 30
Views: 1806

Re: Good Old Days At Eleven Madison Park

I loved EMP before the first remodel and the one word menu. Since then, not as much.
by M.Kaplan
March 20th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Advice re Normandy and Brittany
Replies: 68
Views: 4562

Re: Advice re Normandy and Brittany

I like Honfleur quite a bit. Good restaurants and good hotels there. A bit of a drive (1.5 hrs, maybe a little less) to the Normandy beach landing and other sites. For those, I'd stay in/near Bayeux. Depending on how long you plan to be in the area, a night or two in Honfleur and a night or two in B...
by M.Kaplan
March 18th, 2019, 6:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 764
Views: 36298

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

julianseersmartin wrote:
March 18th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Native in Santa Monica is closed as of yesterday.
This saddens me. I like Nyesha and her cooking. That space is very inefficient and will likely lead to the demise of whatever restaurant moves into it. I hope she re-emerges somewhere on the westside with whatever she decides to do next.
by M.Kaplan
March 17th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: How regulated is the term, "Wagyu?"
Replies: 20
Views: 706

Re: How regulated is the term, "Wagyu?"

John,
We ate it as part of a yakiniku tasting menu. I don't know how it is priced on its own.
by M.Kaplan
March 16th, 2019, 6:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: How regulated is the term, "Wagyu?"
Replies: 20
Views: 706

Re: How regulated is the term, "Wagyu?"

Kagoshima A5 ribeye at Tamaen last night was killer.
by M.Kaplan
March 11th, 2019, 9:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dauvissat: more fruit, less briney character?
Replies: 9
Views: 788

Re: Dauvissat: more fruit, less briney character?

Opened a 2015 Vaillons and had a similar reaction. Tons of fruit upfront and very little briney / sweat / old barrel flavors I am used to in just about every other dauvissat I have had. More fruit forward and white burgundy than Chablis acid. Was also very open and drinkable right away which defini...
by M.Kaplan
March 11th, 2019, 11:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 78
Views: 6336

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

^Lamaii. Excellent.
by M.Kaplan
March 6th, 2019, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?
Replies: 211
Views: 7657

Re: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?

Gerhard P. wrote:
March 6th, 2019, 5:47 am
An old thread - but I repeat myself:
I drink a lot of the great Sauvignon blancs from Southern Styria (Steiermark), it´s my everyday white ... and the best examples are fine enough for the greatest events.
Hi Gerhard,
Which do you recommend as the better/best examples? Thanks,
by M.Kaplan
March 4th, 2019, 5:49 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tuscany
Replies: 35
Views: 1405

Re: Tuscany

It’s funny to read your note - I’ve never been to Tuscany, but just spent the evening holding up the Hemingway Bar at the Ritz in Paris. I randomly sat with a nice, older gentleman who runs the bar program at Il Pellicano in Porto Ercole... and could not stop talking about me visiting his hotel in ...
by M.Kaplan
March 4th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?
Replies: 48
Views: 1882

Re: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?

Tom DeBiase wrote:
March 4th, 2019, 7:20 am
Leo Steen Jurassic Vineyard is a favorite.
...
Tom
+1
by M.Kaplan
March 3rd, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Las Vegas (moderately priced) food & wine recommendations?
Replies: 20
Views: 1404

Re: Las Vegas (moderately priced) food & wine recommendations?

johngonzales wrote:
March 3rd, 2019, 7:08 pm
Bank, formerly of Chada and LoS, just opened a new place called Lamaii. Look into the reviews. Brian Bohr said he was going soon so maybe he’ll give a report.
I organized a dinner for 30 at Lamaii in early February, during their soft opening period. Food was great. I'll be going back in May.
by M.Kaplan
February 25th, 2019, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine drinking in France sucks
Replies: 287
Views: 14214

Re: Wine drinking in France sucks

I eat 60+ lunches and dinners annually in Paris and go back each year because the food and wine suck. Seriously, during a month or longer stay, we'll eat maybe 5 meals at Michelin starred restaurants and 25+ meals at bistros, all with wine. I can always find something that I want to drink for a pric...
by M.Kaplan
February 24th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Common Winery and Vineyard Names with Various Pronunciations & Mispronunciations !!!
Replies: 56
Views: 2199

Re: Common Winery and Vineyard Names with Various Pronunciations & Mispronunciations !!!

A. So wrote:
February 24th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Cockburn
I see what you did there; nice try. [cheers.gif]

Co-burn.
by M.Kaplan
February 24th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine drinking in France sucks
Replies: 287
Views: 14214

Re: Wine drinking in France sucks

Bump
by M.Kaplan
February 23rd, 2019, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: Which type of German rieslings do you usually prefer?
Replies: 86
Views: 1920

Re: Poll: Which type of German rieslings do you usually prefer?

Flawed poll; it only allows me to vote for one Pradikat. [cheers.gif]
by M.Kaplan
February 23rd, 2019, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 'Badass, aged red wines' at APL Hollywood, 2/21/19
Replies: 41
Views: 2079

Re: 'Badass, aged red wines' at APL Hollywood, 2/21/19

FOMO. So sad that I missed it. I recovered sufficiently yesterday to join my parents at Wolfgang's Steakhouse, which serves the most disgustingly bad food in SoCal. So, I'm doubly pisssed off to have canceled the APL dinner.
by M.Kaplan
February 21st, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: APL Los Angeles
Replies: 82
Views: 2059

Re: APL Los Angeles

I'm out for tonight. Bad migraine. Let me know what I owe.
by M.Kaplan
February 20th, 2019, 9:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: French wine and hotel funnies
Replies: 13
Views: 1388

Re: French wine and hotel funnies

Don't you know that wine drinking in France sucks? You could have saved yourself a lot of trouble if you had read this singularly brilliant opus about eating and drinking in the vicinity of your hotel.
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=149326
by M.Kaplan
February 20th, 2019, 6:41 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: APL Los Angeles
Replies: 82
Views: 2059

Re: APL Los Angeles

After tomorrow I may have to change my Uber photo from the pic taken at the Umamicatessen steak dinner that you put together in (hard to believe it was 6+ years ago) in 2012.
by M.Kaplan
February 20th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Any Tea Aficionados Out There?
Replies: 158
Views: 8847

Re: Any Tea Aficionados Out There?

Jay,
Have you found a respectable replacement for American Tea Room's milk oolong? I have not (but I haven't tried very hard).
by M.Kaplan
February 19th, 2019, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Meulenhof Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spätlese Alte Reben
Replies: 4
Views: 198

Re: TN: 2017 Meulenhof Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spätlese Alte Reben

David,
How would you compare Meulenhof's ET Spatlese to Max Ferd Richter's? Thanks.
by M.Kaplan
February 17th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 764
Views: 36298

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I like Badmaash on Fairfax across the street from Animal. The same cooking as their downtown location, but with more space and not as crushingly loud.

Kali Restaurant is further (too far?) east on Melrose. I like it there very much.

So many good choices in that part of town.
by M.Kaplan
February 16th, 2019, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay Suggestions
Replies: 59
Views: 1865

Re: Chardonnay Suggestions

2015 Domaine de Roally Viré-Clessé.
by M.Kaplan
February 16th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quick 6 day trip to Paris and Burgundy - 2019 edition
Replies: 57
Views: 4821

Re: Quick 6 day trip to Paris and Burgundy - 2019 edition

Those old Chartreuse from Tarragona are very special. I’m happy that you had the opportunity to taste one, as they are becoming quite rare. I love old Chartreuse.
by M.Kaplan
February 15th, 2019, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quick 6 day trip to Paris and Burgundy - 2019 edition
Replies: 57
Views: 4821

Re: Quick 6 day trip to Paris and Burgundy - 2019 edition

I wish I were young again. Well done!
by M.Kaplan
February 15th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Grappa, etc.
Replies: 27
Views: 690

Re: Grappa, etc.

My soon to be son in law gave me a bottle of Nonino Grappa Picolit. At 50%abv, it requires a bit of a chill to enjoy at full strength. Delicious.

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