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by M.Kaplan
September 23rd, 2020, 4:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Basil Pesto Wine Pairing of the Week
Replies: 35
Views: 2078

Re: Basil Pesto Wine Pairing of the Week

2018 Estate Argyros Assyrtiko Santorini I’ll point out again that our basil pesto recipe is heavy on the basil and the garlic so it has a strong personality. We modified this “base” pesto in the same way as last week: fresh garden tomatoes were chopped into large chunks and marinated with oil and s...
by M.Kaplan
September 7th, 2020, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riesling spritz and sweetness
Replies: 12
Views: 551

Re: Riesling spritz and sweetness

Recork? That’s why you have opposable thumbs.
by M.Kaplan
September 2nd, 2020, 6:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Playground Santa Ana closing
Replies: 3
Views: 324

Re: Playground Santa Ana closing

I’ve been told that Eater is inaccurate. Hope that is true.
by M.Kaplan
August 30th, 2020, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premox in Loire SB (yes, you can age a few)
Replies: 28
Views: 907

Re: Premox in Loire SB (yes, you can age a few)

I’ve had problems with a few bottles of ‘06 Vatan, but not other vintages. William Kelley’s comments above motivate me to open bottles of ‘11 and ‘13. Fingers crossed.
by M.Kaplan
August 25th, 2020, 9:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite QPR wine under $25
Replies: 63
Views: 3527

Re: Favorite QPR wine under $25

domaine de marquiliani corse le rose de pauline

ameztoi getariako txakolina rubentis

dom faury st joseph

alice et olivier de moor bourgogne-aligote

dom rousset les picaudieres croze hermitage

domaine louis michel chablis
by M.Kaplan
August 20th, 2020, 3:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Vicious Article on TAK
Replies: 14
Views: 1024

Re: Vicious Article on TAK

vicous? yes. lazy? even moreso. he's really trying with all his might to elevate tak room for the single purpose of tearing it down to fit a clickbait narrative. it was never that good, or that busy, or that relevant to begin with. the fact is that keller had a business opportunity that few chefs o...
by M.Kaplan
August 18th, 2020, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Krug
Replies: 46
Views: 1825

Re: TN: 2004 Krug

There wasn’t that much consensus among the 4 drinkers here either, but I think the votes were: 2008 Cristal 1 1 2 2 2008 Dom 1 1 3 2 2004 Krug 3 3 2 3 I've had all three the past week and rank them 2008 Cristal first, 2004 Krug second, and 2008 Dom third, which order of preference has been consiste...
by M.Kaplan
August 17th, 2020, 1:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Vicious Article on TAK
Replies: 14
Views: 1024

Re: Vicious Article on TAK

I'm curious whether the Hudson Yards restaurant structure replicates the Time Warner Center/Las Vegas resort model where the developer owns the flagship restaurants and the restaurateurs have participating management deals, but little to no skin in the game.
by M.Kaplan
August 14th, 2020, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine has the most prominent forest notes?
Replies: 16
Views: 715

Re: What wine has the most prominent forest notes?

2006 Cantalupo Ghemme Breclemae, a wine that I love for this reason.
by M.Kaplan
August 10th, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Your Favorite Mandoline?
Replies: 5
Views: 460

Re: Your Favorite Mandoline?

ybarselah wrote:
August 10th, 2020, 8:19 am
david grisman


Dawg, without a doubt. Great cover of As Tears Go By at the end. Ripped and trimmed the audio from the clip for Spotify.
by M.Kaplan
August 3rd, 2020, 1:29 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Patina in LA closing
Replies: 6
Views: 683

Re: Patina in LA closing

I liked but didn't love Patina on Melrose and wasn't a fan of the music center location. Splichal's best restaurant in my opinion was his first, Max Au Triangle. He cooked nightly and was at his creative best as a chef, rather than a restauranteur.
by M.Kaplan
July 31st, 2020, 6:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Open Table vs. tock Vs. Resy
Replies: 17
Views: 933

Re: Open Table vs. tock Vs. Resy

I use open table to book only, but refer resy. I use and like resy's notify function and, for me, better perks with resy select. I'd rather have better access to tough reservations than points I never use.
by M.Kaplan
July 29th, 2020, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most reds don’t benefit from room temp????
Replies: 53
Views: 1917

Re: Most reds don’t benefit from room temp????

Americans tend to drink white wines too cold and red wines too warm.
by M.Kaplan
July 29th, 2020, 12:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Salt & Pepper - What do you use?
Replies: 90
Views: 4250

Re: Salt & Pepper - What do you use?

I've fallen in love with Kampot peppercorns from Cambodia. I normally grind pepper coarsely, but find that the aromatics and flavor of Kampot is better when ground extra-fine. The aromatics are incredible.
by M.Kaplan
July 27th, 2020, 9:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sudden, severe ankle pain
Replies: 25
Views: 2142

Re: Sudden, severe ankle pain

Thanks for the clarification, John.
by M.Kaplan
July 27th, 2020, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sudden, severe ankle pain
Replies: 25
Views: 2142

Re: Sudden, severe ankle pain

Another anecdote: When I was 40 and 30lbs more than I am now, I had a gout attack. As Alan wrote above, allopurinal during the attack made it more painful. Much more painful. Thereafter, I pursued a healthier diet, exercised like a fiend (1000 baseballs 3-5 times a week at the local batting cage, tu...
by M.Kaplan
July 27th, 2020, 7:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Used a rice cooker for the first time last night
Replies: 97
Views: 3603

Re: Used a rice cooker for the first time last night

I’d buy a Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 5-1/2-Cup Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker from Amazon, which is the multiple generation successor to the model I own. At $158.99, it costs well less than half of the price of mine, which I bought pre-Amazon from a local Japanese grocery store.
by M.Kaplan
July 27th, 2020, 6:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Used a rice cooker for the first time last night
Replies: 97
Views: 3603

Re: Used a rice cooker for the first time last night

Ok, sold on Zojirushi. Probably about 5-6 cup size. Is the expensive fuzzy logic one worth the price? What model is recommended? Help needed. I have the basic 3 cup NP gbc05 (no fuzzy logic) which works perfectly. I'd be curious to hear from anyone who has the more advanced model if they see a diff...
by M.Kaplan
July 22nd, 2020, 12:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: If Everything were Normal, and Teleportation were Possible....
Replies: 45
Views: 1743

Re: If Everything were Normal, and Teleportation were Possible....

Breakfast from Du Pain et des Idees, followed by lunch at Les Enfants du Marche, followed by dinner at Arpege.
by M.Kaplan
July 15th, 2020, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the first wine you will give your son/daughter?
Replies: 57
Views: 1678

Re: What is the first wine you will give your son/daughter?

When my children were born in 1984 and 1987, we celebrated with late 70's/early 80's Krug Grand Cuvee (no vintage Krug on the west coast in those days) and 1975 Bollinger RD, respectively. They each had a taste at zero days old.
by M.Kaplan
June 26th, 2020, 8:00 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 764
Views: 52457

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

I’ve been at this longer than most. 20 or so years ago it became clear that whisky quality was heading into the outhouse and I stocked up on the whiskies I liked. At one point I owned more than 100 bottles of the old Springbank 12/100 (if you know, you know); now I’m down to my last dozen. Similarly...
by M.Kaplan
June 26th, 2020, 2:28 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: heat and density
Replies: 6
Views: 763

Re: heat and density

Screw caps are horrible whisky closures. Corks can degrade and leak or allow evaporation, as discussed above. I wrap all spirits bottles for long term storage with Parafilm and store upright in a cool dark space. It works on all types of closures.
by M.Kaplan
June 21st, 2020, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Remoissenet
Replies: 19
Views: 907

Re: Remoissenet

Way back in 1983, I was in a wedding that served 1969 Remoissenet Richebourg. It was spectacular.
by M.Kaplan
June 19th, 2020, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Domaine Thomas Morey Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Embrazées
Replies: 4
Views: 267

Re: TN: 2018 Domaine Thomas Morey Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Embrazées

Don,
Is this the ‘same’ wine that I LOVED from Albert then Bernard Morey way back when? It was our house wine in the 80’s and 90’s and my favorite of the Morey 1ers.
by M.Kaplan
June 19th, 2020, 1:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1153
Views: 66023

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

c fu wrote:
May 25th, 2020, 2:14 pm
New Moon does a pretty good orange chicken.

I’m an unabashed fan of Panda Express. I think you’d find a lot of Chinese people are fans.
by M.Kaplan
June 19th, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to keep wine glasses immaculate???
Replies: 39
Views: 2610

Re: How to keep wine glasses immaculate???

So I'll admit I didn't take such great care of a couple glasses when I first got into this hobby. Despite using a warm water/white vinegar bath, or doing vinegar + baking soda, I can't get the small stains in the bottom of the bowl out. Anything else I could try? Try using a microfiber cloth design...
by M.Kaplan
June 18th, 2020, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most disappointing 'great' wine you've ever had?
Replies: 164
Views: 5771

Re: Most disappointing 'great' wine you've ever had?

Alan Rath wrote:
June 18th, 2020, 4:53 pm
Can I just say, listing a corked wine is the equivalent of an Amazon reviewer giving one star for a product that arrived damaged due to shipping [wow.gif]
You may, if as in my instance the Amazon reviewer is rating a corked bottle of 1982 Chateau Lafleur.
by M.Kaplan
June 17th, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 20237

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

I boycott Glenmorangie PLC because the soulless, cretinous, f*ckwads ruined Ardbeg, once the greatest spirit in the history of mankind.
by M.Kaplan
June 16th, 2020, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which wine region would you live in?
Replies: 64
Views: 2151

Re: Which wine region would you live in?

Probably Champagne. Only an hour from Paris.

Or Malibu. The wines are mediocre, but it’s Malibu!
by M.Kaplan
June 10th, 2020, 3:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another revolting American concoction-and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.
Replies: 51
Views: 2079

Re: Another revolting American concoction-and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.

Small radishes on buttered, crusty baguette is a delight. I only eat PBJ sandwiches now streamside when fishing. They are a perfect combination of highly portable salt, fat, sweet, and protein. My favorite peanut butter is Magee's Krunchy from The Farmers Market. Peanuts only (no additives of any ki...
by M.Kaplan
May 26th, 2020, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Relatively low RP rating but wine drops your jaws
Replies: 42
Views: 2445

Re: Relatively low RP rating but wine drops your jaws

Marek Hnatyk wrote:
May 26th, 2020, 8:24 am
Robert Parker
What did a dead mystery writer know about wine and why would anyone care?
by M.Kaplan
May 26th, 2020, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most beautiful wine labels?
Replies: 136
Views: 6579

Re: Most beautiful wine labels?

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by M.Kaplan
May 25th, 2020, 3:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1153
Views: 66023

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

How about Yang Chow for American Chinese?
by M.Kaplan
May 25th, 2020, 1:49 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Foreign currency in US bank account for tuition
Replies: 8
Views: 1116

Re: Foreign currency in US bank account for tuition

Why not wire transfer directly to the Uni?
by M.Kaplan
May 24th, 2020, 10:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Copper River season
Replies: 16
Views: 1509

Re: Copper River season

Barry,
Bristol Farms has Copper River King for $60/lb.
by M.Kaplan
May 23rd, 2020, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Canon 1982 is open...and corked
Replies: 15
Views: 693

Re: Canon 1982 is open...and corked

I bought a case of ‘82 Canon prearrival from an LA area retailer and sent it to my offsite storage without opening it when it arrived. When I finally got around to opening the OWC 10 years later, every bottle showed signs of heat damage. Lesson learned; every box since has been opened on arrival.
by M.Kaplan
May 23rd, 2020, 8:33 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best Whisky Glasses
Replies: 15
Views: 1333

Re: Best Whisky Glasses

La Maison du Whisky's Austrian made crystal 'Pure Glass' is by far my favorite. Unfortunately, they go in and out of production and are often difficult to find. https://www.whisky.fr/media/catalog/product/cache/4/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/m/2/m2902_2.jpg To commemorate the 10th Annual G...
by M.Kaplan
May 22nd, 2020, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dry high acid white recommendations?
Replies: 30
Views: 1205

Re: Dry high acid white recommendations?

Some great suggestions, above. I'll add Assyrtiko (unoaked!) from Santorini. Particularly Hatzidakis, Argyros, Sigalas, and sometimes Gaia.
by M.Kaplan
May 15th, 2020, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1961
Replies: 38
Views: 1420

Re: 1961

Hahah re La Chapelle. Sell the house to buy that one. Probably more faked bottles worldwide than houses in a capital ... I have an empty Rudy bottle of '61 La Chapelle. Someone from Winebid came to a monthly dinner years ago and served it blind. It was clearly not '61 La Chapelle, most likely a you...
by M.Kaplan
May 14th, 2020, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1961
Replies: 38
Views: 1420

Re: 1961

1961 Latour is one of the greatest wines I’ve ever tasted. Among some pretty heady company at a French Laundry dinner, it was my favorite of the night.
https://www.cellartracker.com/event.asp ... 577861e583
by M.Kaplan
May 13th, 2020, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8828
Views: 1321054

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Maureen Downey wrote:
May 13th, 2020, 1:42 pm
I’m rising from the ashes to throw in a few points of info:
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by M.Kaplan
May 12th, 2020, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A virtual vertical of Marcel Juge cornas- 2010-2015.
Replies: 25
Views: 1326

Re: A virtual vertical of Marcel Juge cornas- 2010-2015.

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
May 11th, 2020, 5:48 pm
Bummer on the 2013! Since I got my only 2013 from you, lol, now I’m worried. I want my 2012 back!
Is that one of the '12s you bought from Vintry on my tip?
by M.Kaplan
May 10th, 2020, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Digging up a basement for a wine cellar
Replies: 51
Views: 5736

Re: Digging up a basement for a wine cellar

I’m not a soils or geotec engineer, but I pay them to make sure that my buildings will not sink, tilt, or fall over... Its worth a few $$$ to hire one to tell you whether there are any subjacent, lateral support, or water issues if you excavate.
by M.Kaplan
May 9th, 2020, 8:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Handmade Pasta
Replies: 38
Views: 2110

Re: Handmade Pasta

Tom, Funke is totally obsessed with making pasta. Like all obsessions, it isn’t normal. But in this instance, it is incredibly inexpensive (unlike wine collecting). All it takes is time, practice, and good, inexpensive ingredients. Funke’s pastas are consistently excellent. My son is achieving great...
by M.Kaplan
May 9th, 2020, 9:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Handmade Pasta
Replies: 38
Views: 2110

Re: Handmade Pasta

Wow is right! And I guess I WON'T be buying a pasta machine! Don't listen to that BS. I'm sorry, if you make pasta every day and getting the right thickness becomes second nature to you, go ahead and take the pompous view that rolling by hand "breathes life" into the pasta. Guys like this are just ...
by M.Kaplan
May 9th, 2020, 9:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Handmade Pasta
Replies: 38
Views: 2110

Re: Handmade Pasta

Wow is right! And I guess I WON'T be buying a pasta machine! Don't listen to that BS. I'm sorry, if you make pasta every day and getting the right thickness becomes second nature to you, go ahead and take the pompous view that rolling by hand "breathes life" into the pasta. Guys like this are just ...
by M.Kaplan
May 8th, 2020, 1:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Handmade Pasta
Replies: 38
Views: 2110

Re: Handmade Pasta

Evan Funke.jpg
Evan Funke at work. He is meticulous. His pasta prep kitchen is in a fishbowl at Felix. #F*CKYOURPASTAMACHINE

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