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by M.Kaplan
January 12th, 2021, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?
Replies: 198
Views: 6981

Re: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?

I lasted 10 days. But only if Champagne counts.
by M.Kaplan
January 8th, 2021, 9:53 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What's Your Whisk(e)y ABV Sweet Spot?
Replies: 25
Views: 668

Re: What's Your Whisk(e)y ABV Sweet Spot?

For me, it all depends on the specific expression and the sensory experience I'm seeking from it. I prefer most, but certainly not all, in the mid-40s% range. Much above that, the nose is often too spirity, hiding other aromatics as alluded to above. Same with palate, except that too much added wate...
by M.Kaplan
January 7th, 2021, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?
Replies: 102
Views: 4388

Re: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?

I took a second mortgage on my home to buy ‘82 Bordeaux and bought almost 100 cases. They have provided me with 40 years of drinking pleasure, with more to go. Couldn’t ask for anything more. That’s extraordinary. Wow. Kudos to you. Should the youngsters do that with 2016? I'm going to mortgage you...
by M.Kaplan
January 4th, 2021, 8:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?
Replies: 102
Views: 4388

Re: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?

I took a second mortgage on my home to buy ‘82 Bordeaux and bought almost 100 cases. They have provided me with 40 years of drinking pleasure, with more to go. Couldn’t ask for anything more. While I’ve never done that, there’s merit in placing really big bets when you know a vintage is special. I ...
by M.Kaplan
January 4th, 2021, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?
Replies: 102
Views: 4388

Re: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?

I took a second mortgage on my home to buy ‘82 Bordeaux and bought almost 100 cases. They have provided me with 40 years of drinking pleasure, with more to go. Couldn’t ask for anything more.
by M.Kaplan
January 3rd, 2021, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1986 Château Mouton Rothschild (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 15
Views: 832

Re: TN: 1986 Château Mouton Rothschild (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

I think it the best ‘86, which isn’t saying much because I don’t like the vintage. Sold my Margaux for a very nice profit years ago. Bought one case of Mouton futures, which I immediately buried in the least accessible corner of my home cellar. Sounds like it’s time to dig one out.
by M.Kaplan
January 3rd, 2021, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Favorite Buy-and-Drink Red?
Replies: 53
Views: 2637

Re: What's Your Favorite Buy-and-Drink Red?

Roagna Langhe Rosso
Giacosa Nebbiolo D’Alba Valmaggiore
by M.Kaplan
January 1st, 2021, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Salon
Replies: 31
Views: 1574

Re: TN: 1996 Salon

B. Buzzini wrote: January 1st, 2021, 10:59 am ...

Just say...Chevalier with bubbles! champagne.gif
This☝🏻is the phrase I use to describe ‘96 Salon. Chevalier with bubbles is my ideal Champagne.
by M.Kaplan
December 30th, 2020, 5:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Waygu beef from Costco. Too Much Fat!!!
Replies: 49
Views: 3218

Re: Waygu beef from Costco. Too Much Fat!!!

Mark Y wrote: November 9th, 2020, 2:25 pm
Andrew Kotowski wrote: November 9th, 2020, 11:42 am If it's Bordier demi-sel, I might have to challenge this assertion. If we're talking the Roscoff, I have to vigorously disagree!
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You mean this? Currently in stock at Epicurus in Los Angeles. Yum.
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by M.Kaplan
December 30th, 2020, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Andreas Laible Durbacher Plauelrain Klingelberger trocken (Germany, Baden)
Replies: 16
Views: 450

Re: TN: 2013 Andreas Laible Durbacher Plauelrain Klingelberger trocken (Germany, Baden)

Good to know, Sarah. I haven't opened any yet but will soon given your comments.
by M.Kaplan
December 28th, 2020, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hatzidakis 2017 - Assyrtiko Cuvee No. 15
Replies: 13
Views: 804

Re: Hatzidakis 2017 - Assyrtiko Cuvee No. 15

Great wine.
by M.Kaplan
December 24th, 2020, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 15270
Views: 779488

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Thanks! I also received a $30 Amex statement credit. I think I’ll order one for my wife, too...
by M.Kaplan
December 23rd, 2020, 1:30 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 829
Views: 57624

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

Sarah - not specific to Mannochmore, but I'm curious to know if you and Jonathan have any favourite/go-to indy bottlers overall That's a tough one since so many of my favorites either aren't available in this country or are no longer available at all, except at auction, or aren't as good anymore. U...
by M.Kaplan
December 22nd, 2020, 10:35 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Feeling optimistic - Burgundy Hotel recommendations for July?
Replies: 19
Views: 1237

Re: Feeling optimistic - Burgundy Hotel recommendations for July?

I’m a fan of L’Hotel. It is one of my favorite small hotels in France.
by M.Kaplan
December 20th, 2020, 10:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Need recipe for world's greatest vegetarian main dish
Replies: 23
Views: 978

Re: Need recipe for world's greatest vegetarian main dish

I've been a vegetarian for 30 yrs... Do you like Cauliflower and goat cheese? This is a delicious recipe, and I think it fits your requirements. It's Alon Shaya's recipe. He serves it at his restaurant in New Orleans. https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/whole-roasted-cauliflower-with-whipped-goat-che...
by M.Kaplan
December 16th, 2020, 9:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Pepper Grinder?
Replies: 15
Views: 844

Re: Pepper Grinder?

I use a brass Turkish coffee/spice grinder for most peppercorns. Like this: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=B07WK7X2K5 For Kampot peppercorns, which are best ground fine, I use an almost 50 year old Peugeot pepper mill that has an all steel grinding mechanism. Don’t use a grinder that has any plastic par...
by M.Kaplan
December 14th, 2020, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vins Rare wine shop
Replies: 118
Views: 7467

Re: Vins Rare wine shop

Roasting a guy for substituting a $25 bottle with a $30 bottle? Give me a break... From the responses in this discussion, I know who I’d like to share a bottle with and who I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t know Bryan if he stood five feet in front of me, but he has always delivered what I’ve purchased from h...
by M.Kaplan
December 14th, 2020, 7:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vins Rare wine shop
Replies: 118
Views: 7467

Re: Vins Rare wine shop

Roasting a guy for substituting a $25 bottle with a $30 bottle? Give me a break... From the responses in this discussion, I know who I’d like to share a bottle with and who I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t know Bryan if he stood five feet in front of me, but he has always delivered what I’ve purchased from hi...
by M.Kaplan
December 13th, 2020, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to pair with Prum Auslese?
Replies: 58
Views: 2415

Re: What to pair with Prum Auslese?

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: December 13th, 2020, 6:18 pm
Keith Levenberg wrote: December 13th, 2020, 6:08 pm Fried chicken
This, especially if spicy.
It is a genius pairing with the spicy whole wok fried lobster at Lotus of Siam.
by M.Kaplan
December 13th, 2020, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to pair with Prum Auslese?
Replies: 58
Views: 2415

Re: What to pair with Prum Auslese?

I also love sweet Riesling with smoked fish.

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by M.Kaplan
December 12th, 2020, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 86’ Mouton or Lafite or ??
Replies: 44
Views: 2522

Re: 86’ Mouton or Lafite or ??

I’m generally not a fan of ‘86 Bordeaux. I sold all of my Margaux some years back, as I find it charmless. For perspective, I have never sold any Bordeaux other than ‘86. I prefer Mouton to the other firsts. And it isn’t close to ‘82 in my book.
by M.Kaplan
December 12th, 2020, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvee Edition 169eme (France, Champagne)
Replies: 7
Views: 1219

Re: TN: NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvee Edition 169eme (France, Champagne)

I drank a 375 last night. Should have waited longer for it to settle down after a cross country trip. Very disjointed; an acid bomb showing little else. I’ll wait a few months before I open another.
by M.Kaplan
December 10th, 2020, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvee Edition 169eme (France, Champagne)
Replies: 7
Views: 1219

Re: TN: NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvee Edition 169eme (France, Champagne)

Bump.

Anyone else care to chime in? I just received a dozen 375s from Zachy's and am curious about others' impressions.
by M.Kaplan
December 10th, 2020, 8:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1798
Views: 99167

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Gordan Ramsay scrambled eggs on toasted brioche, covered with fungus.
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by M.Kaplan
December 5th, 2020, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you could go back in time and collect one Bordeaux wine consistently over the years...?
Replies: 105
Views: 6310

Re: If you could go back in time and collect one Bordeaux wine consistently over the years...?

Lafleur. I bought a lot when it was <$240/case. Should have bought more. Much more.
by M.Kaplan
December 4th, 2020, 7:55 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 829
Views: 57624

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

Just finished the last dram of this Caperdonich, leftover from Ardbeggeddon XXI, held earlier this year. Caperdonich ages beautifully.
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by M.Kaplan
December 2nd, 2020, 7:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: food photos, post yours here!
Replies: 1152
Views: 59717

Re: food photos, post yours here!

Christine Huang wrote: November 1st, 2020, 12:27 pm Pain Au Bacon from Ken Forkish’s book, made with home-smoked Brown Sugar & Bourbon Berkshire Bacon.
That looks fantastic. As does most everything you cook and share here and on Instagram.
by M.Kaplan
November 30th, 2020, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile (France, Alsace)
Replies: 23
Views: 1142

Re: TN: 2007 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile (France, Alsace)

Buzz, the wine, the pic, the sun...it all looks good! Had an '02 thanks to a friend pre-Covid and it was delicious. My all-time fav is the 01! And...don't know if it's just me...but every time I have the CFE with a CSH...the CFE kills it? In a Zoom call the other day, someone asked Jean Trimbach fo...
by M.Kaplan
November 29th, 2020, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Madeira newbie, looking for advice
Replies: 27
Views: 1298

Re: Madeira newbie, looking for advice

This bottle of 1795 Barbeito Terrantez, generously brought by Saul Cooperstein to a crazy dinner in 2012 (blind steaks from all over the world), is on my life list.
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by M.Kaplan
November 25th, 2020, 8:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most impractical wine in the cellar?
Replies: 77
Views: 3667

Re: Most impractical wine in the cellar?

Midas of Armand de Brignac.
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30L and it comes in its own coffin/bathtub.
by M.Kaplan
November 25th, 2020, 8:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 181
Views: 14110

Re: WOTY 2020

1982 Lafleur. It has been my wine of the year pretty regularly over the past 30+ years. My stash is dwindling, so I now ration one bottle a year and last year’s bottle was corked. Fortunately, I have nine more to go. Due to the pandemic, I missed my other usual WOTY this year, which is Assyrtiko fro...
by M.Kaplan
November 25th, 2020, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My 55th with Some Great Friends and Killer Wines
Replies: 87
Views: 4002

Re: My 55th with Some Great Friends and Killer Wines

Happy belated.
by M.Kaplan
November 25th, 2020, 4:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Waygu beef from Costco. Too Much Fat!!!
Replies: 49
Views: 3218

Re: Waygu beef from Costco. Too Much Fat!!!

Or, you can always sous vide it. [barf1.gif]
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Sous Vide is French for “how to ruin steak.”
by M.Kaplan
November 18th, 2020, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!
Replies: 283
Views: 25096

Re: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!

davidkong wrote: November 18th, 2020, 10:08 am
M.Kaplan wrote: November 18th, 2020, 10:07 am
davidkong wrote: November 18th, 2020, 9:57 am

Hi, it's about 150mL to the point of largest diameter.
Regards,
David
Are stemless and universal glasses the same volume? Thanks.
Yes they're the same, one has a stem and one doesn't!
That's what I hoped. Ordered 8. Thanks.
by M.Kaplan
November 18th, 2020, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!
Replies: 283
Views: 25096

Re: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!

davidkong wrote: November 18th, 2020, 9:57 am
M.Kaplan wrote: November 18th, 2020, 7:51 am David,
What are the volumes of the stemless and universal glasses? Thanks.
Hi, it's about 150mL to the point of largest diameter.
Regards,
David
Are stemless and universal glasses the same volume? Thanks.
by M.Kaplan
November 18th, 2020, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!
Replies: 283
Views: 25096

Re: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!

David,
What are the volumes of the stemless and universal glasses? Thanks.
by M.Kaplan
November 14th, 2020, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preferred daily use corkscrew?
Replies: 83
Views: 3006

Re: Preferred daily use corkscrew?

Coutale Sommelier double lever hinged corkscrew. There are several models; I prefer those that have a teflon coated worm. $20-ish from Amazon.
by M.Kaplan
November 14th, 2020, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pink Bubbles
Replies: 21
Views: 1036

Re: Pink Bubbles

NV Camille Saves Grand Cru Brut Rosé Bouzy, $50-ish, depending on where you live.
by M.Kaplan
November 14th, 2020, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pink Bubbles
Replies: 21
Views: 1036

Re: Pink Bubbles

Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina Rubentis, under $25
by M.Kaplan
November 12th, 2020, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 5L bottle of California Cab--How Long Can I Age?
Replies: 21
Views: 1496

Re: 5L bottle of California Cab--How Long Can I Age?

Covering the lip of the glass & the cork with one of these "GE Silicone" products might give you a seal which could last for about 10,000 years. https://www.lowes.com/search?searchTerm=ge+silicone I don't know whether the silicone would have any effect on the wine itself, but if appli...
by M.Kaplan
November 10th, 2020, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 290
Views: 19777

Re: Grassl Glassware

We recently purchased a new Miele dishwasher with the wine stem rack option. Works like a charm. The first time I've used a dishwasher to wash fine stems in 40 years.
by M.Kaplan
November 9th, 2020, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 G Mascarello "Monprivato" (short/boring)
Replies: 40
Views: 1882

Re: 1997 G Mascarello "Monprivato" (short/boring)

Yeah, as Oliver, John and a few others have already mentioned, ‘97 was a problematic vintage due to the heat. Hotter than ‘90, and at this point I think it’s inarguable that the ‘90 vintage didn’t age as well as the ‘89 vintage, even though it was initially acclaimed on release. To me, ‘99 and 2001...
by M.Kaplan
November 9th, 2020, 3:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best carbonara recipe?
Replies: 47
Views: 4493

Re: Best carbonara recipe?

mike pobega wrote: November 9th, 2020, 10:07 am This is how I do it
Definitely on my list for the next time we visit Rome. Key is tempering the yolk as shown in the video. Thanks for posting it.
by M.Kaplan
November 8th, 2020, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Dönnhoff Schloßböckelheimer Felsenberg Riesling Felsentürmchen Spätlese
Replies: 2
Views: 192

Re: TN: 2007 Dönnhoff Schloßböckelheimer Felsenberg Riesling Felsentürmchen Spätlese

Love ‘07 Turmchen Spatlese. I’ve gone through a six pack during the pandemic and have enjoyed every bottle.
by M.Kaplan
November 8th, 2020, 1:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Waygu beef from Costco. Too Much Fat!!!
Replies: 49
Views: 3218

Re: Waygu beef from Costco. Too Much Fat!!!

I prefer Kobe/Japanese Wagyu cooked Yakiniku or something similar ala Côte in NYC. Rather than an entire meal of ribeye, I like a series of different cuts and textures: heart, tongue, skirt, throat, short rib, ribeye, sirloin, etc. A little ribeye goes a long way.
by M.Kaplan
November 7th, 2020, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Champagne are you popping tonight?
Replies: 66
Views: 2218

Re: What Champagne are you popping tonight?

Opened at 8:30am PST this morning.
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by M.Kaplan
November 5th, 2020, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If only one village/town/city in Italy...
Replies: 50
Views: 1866

Re: If only one village/town/city in Italy...

Probably Milan, with summers on Lake Como and/or the Tuscan Coast. Rome is my favorite big city to visit in Italy, but I couldn't imagine living there. Florence has become uninhabitable.
by M.Kaplan
November 2nd, 2020, 10:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1204
Views: 71454

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

We haven't been eating out much, but most restaurants we've visited don't allow it due to the pandemic. Including restaurants where we are frequent diners (or where, prior to the pandemic) and have always brought wine before. I haven't objected or cancelled any reservations because I hope that buyin...

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