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by M.Kaplan
January 25th, 2022, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are Port shippers accurate about the 'age' of their tawny?
Replies: 75
Views: 2068

Re: Are Port shippers accurate about the 'age' of their tawny?

They won't, obviously, but nv Port and other wines that span vintages should state the age of the youngest wine in the blend, if an age is stated at all.
by M.Kaplan
January 25th, 2022, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Sherry-Lehmann in NYC legit?
Replies: 70
Views: 3847

Re: Is Sherry-Lehmann in NYC legit?

ybarselah wrote: January 25th, 2022, 9:33 am
Arv R wrote: January 25th, 2022, 9:13 am perhaps reliant on walk in traffic to wealthy clients in an abandoned NYC,
lol what.
Yaacov, Haven't you heard that NYC is dead? I mean, really, all you have to do is look out your apt window and see the corpse of what was once the most vibrant city in the world. RIP
by M.Kaplan
January 23rd, 2022, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 3071
Views: 200128

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

2013 LARMANDIER- BERNIER TERRE de VERTUS NON DOSE 1er Cru- this refreshing bio-dynamically farmed BdB is fully loaded some nice citrus notes of lemon and lime with a saline accent and about mid palate, the fruit profile becomes more of pear and apple which finish it off; it had a medium body and we...
by M.Kaplan
January 22nd, 2022, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who are the most influential wine critics for you?
Replies: 124
Views: 4625

Re: Who are the most influential wine critics for you?

The “Parker Board” was Mark Squires’ Board from the mid-90’s until Squires moved his board to eBob circa 2002.
by M.Kaplan
January 22nd, 2022, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who are the most influential wine critics for you?
Replies: 124
Views: 4625

Re: Who are the most influential wine critics for you?

I think William Kelley is great and I voted for him, but he has 110 votes and Parker has 15. C'mon people. Say what you will about the Parkerized faults and the old Squires board, but how many here would be into Bordeaux, or wine in general like you are, today without him? OP: "Which wine crit...
by M.Kaplan
January 21st, 2022, 11:47 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Train vs. Driving from Florence to Liguria
Replies: 22
Views: 469

Re: Train vs. Driving from Florence to Liguria

If you stay in Florence, pick up a car in town (not at the airport) when you leave. Easy.
by M.Kaplan
January 21st, 2022, 10:44 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Train vs. Driving from Florence to Liguria
Replies: 22
Views: 469

Re: Train vs. Driving from Florence to Liguria

I've done both. Whether to drive or train depends on whether you will want a car in Liguria, and the answer to that is yes (unless you will be satisfied staying on the coast between Rapallo and Portofino, where you can take the local bus). So, I'd pick up a car when you leave Florence and, as Ramon ...
by M.Kaplan
January 20th, 2022, 3:56 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best way to store single malt, bourbon, spirits long term?
Replies: 4
Views: 194

Re: Best way to store single malt, bourbon, spirits long term?

Store upright. Seal corks/screwcaps for long term storage with Parafilm or other self-adhesive tape sealant. Keep in a cool, dry, dark space. In spite of those precautions, corks often break when opening old whisk(e)y bottles. I keep a bag of extra t-corks, a cork retriever, and a Durand handy whene...
by M.Kaplan
January 20th, 2022, 3:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eleven Mad goes Vegan
Replies: 149
Views: 9089

Re: Eleven Mad goes Vegan

Of all the complaints I've heard (or made) over the years, poor service at Danny Meyer's USHG restaurants isn't one of them. Neither at EMP, for that matter, during or after USHG's involvement. I have many personal anecdotes about servers, managers, chefs, and partners at EMP and USHG restaurants go...
by M.Kaplan
January 20th, 2022, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Winemaker
Replies: 108
Views: 4218

Re: Best Winemaker

If we are allowed to choose dead guys, I’m going with Dom Pérignon.
by M.Kaplan
January 19th, 2022, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who are the most influential wine critics for you?
Replies: 124
Views: 4625

Re: Who are the most influential wine critics for you?

I particularly find useful seeing which WBers voted for which critics in the poll. I wish all who voted or will vote identify their choices, so we can have another indicator of where our respective palates and tastes align and, equally or more important, where they don’t. For example, if a member he...
by M.Kaplan
January 19th, 2022, 10:33 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Attention Bourbon Drinkers
Replies: 24
Views: 1025

Re: Attention Bourbon Drinkers

Every man must pick a hill on which to die; I've chosen bourbon. It is unfit for human consumption and, like other corn products, is best used for two things: pig feed and cask seasoning for whisky. Thus endeth the lesson.
by M.Kaplan
January 19th, 2022, 10:07 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Attention Bourbon Drinkers
Replies: 24
Views: 1025

Re: Attention Bourbon Drinkers

Question: Is it hyperbole if I mean every word of it literally (maybe excepting the small penis part)? Don't take my loathing of bourbon personally; liking bourbon isn't a character flaw. Often. [cheers.gif]
by M.Kaplan
January 19th, 2022, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 3071
Views: 200128

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Champagne is acidic by nature (secondary fermentation eats up most/all the sugar) and its grapes tend to be lower ph, higher acid compared with most other (southern) French wine regions. As Champagne ages, it loses some perceived acidity. 2012 Starck has no dosage (sugar) added, is young, and has hi...
by M.Kaplan
January 18th, 2022, 4:06 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Attention Bourbon Drinkers
Replies: 24
Views: 1025

Re: Attention Bourbon Drinkers

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote: January 18th, 2022, 3:13 pm They still have a glass stopper yes
Have you tasted 2.0? If so, how does it compare to 3.0? Any difference? Preference?
by M.Kaplan
January 18th, 2022, 3:37 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Attention Bourbon Drinkers
Replies: 24
Views: 1025

Re: Attention Bourbon Drinkers

Hyperbolic much, Mark? Brandon, I was low energy when I posted that and neglected to remind those who are hard of tasting and drink korn likker that it is a vile and disgusting effluent, unfit for human consumption, with the side-benefit of making one's external reproductive organs and brain (ambig...
by M.Kaplan
January 18th, 2022, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Perrotti-Brown to launch her own publication
Replies: 205
Views: 10240

Re: Perrotti-Brown to launch her own publication

WS invites suspicion and distrust by publishing ads from wineries whose wines it reviews. WS creates doubt by its actions; it is reasonable to be skeptical of WS' advertising philosophy/practice and conclude that WS isn't as obligated its subscribers as much as it is to its advertisers. I consider ...
by M.Kaplan
January 18th, 2022, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Perrotti-Brown to launch her own publication
Replies: 205
Views: 10240

Re: Perrotti-Brown to launch her own publication

I am surprised that everyone seems to think this is a call out of a single critic or publication as being overly influenced in their decisions. I always kinda figured it was taken for granted that they all have ads in their publications that probably wouldn't be there to advertise scores in the 80s...
by M.Kaplan
January 17th, 2022, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Perrotti-Brown to launch her own publication
Replies: 205
Views: 10240

Re: Perrotti-Brown to launch her own publication

Her leaving WA led me to resubscribe; addition by subtraction. I sort of agree with this; LPB demonstrated all of Parker's arrogance with none of his whatever it was that made him famous (timing, Addy Bassin, independence at one time, a huge international following, etc). I resubscribed to TWA beca...
by M.Kaplan
January 17th, 2022, 10:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1356
Views: 88403

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I love Birdie G's, but haven't eaten any fish there. It's sort of but not exclusively Jewish cooking with better ingredients, skill, and imagination. Quirky wine list that has all sorts of choices I like and they sell varying sizes (glass, large glass, half bottle, full bottle). They do a good job p...
by M.Kaplan
January 16th, 2022, 8:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Extremely Broad Generalizations Based on Over-Extrapolations from Limited Experience Thread
Replies: 68
Views: 2866

Re: Extremely Broad Generalizations Based on Over-Extrapolations from Limited Experience Thread

Burgundy is still dead at retail. Alan Eden may be gone, but Burgundy is still dead at retail. And French wines suck because he drank a bottle he didn’t like. And French food sucks because he didn’t like his meal at Le Relais de Venise. If he wasn’t keeping company with Monty Python’s Norwegian Blu...
by M.Kaplan
January 15th, 2022, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Putting a stake in the heart of "slow ox"
Replies: 244
Views: 16549

Re: Putting a stake in the heart of "slow ox"

Bump
by M.Kaplan
January 15th, 2022, 6:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Galloni and 19 Napa Reviews
Replies: 252
Views: 16936

Re: Galloni and 19 Napa Reviews

I’m going with 1+√5/2.

If the biodynamic calendar is a real thing in winemaking and appreciation, then the Golden Ratio is likely the answer to many otherwise unanswerable wine questions.
by M.Kaplan
January 15th, 2022, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zorb. Kind of cool—oxygen scavenger.
Replies: 10
Views: 532

Re: Zorb. Kind of cool—oxygen scavenger.

Thanks. I’m a big believer in refrigeration.
by M.Kaplan
January 15th, 2022, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zorb. Kind of cool—oxygen scavenger.
Replies: 10
Views: 532

Re: Zorb. Kind of cool—oxygen scavenger.

Looks cool. Does it work?
by M.Kaplan
January 15th, 2022, 1:19 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Attention Bourbon Drinkers
Replies: 24
Views: 1025

Re: Attention Bourbon Drinkers

I like L’Encantada XO and have an open bottle of 2.0. I hate the glass+silicone stoppers; can’t pull them out easily and need a lever. Does 3.0 still have a glass stopper?

I loathe bourbon; its only beneficial use is as cask seasoning for whisky. 🤢
by M.Kaplan
January 15th, 2022, 11:17 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Dungeness crab season!
Replies: 22
Views: 1028

Re: Dungeness crab season!

I try to eat fresh dungeness or stone crabs twice weekly with my old dad when in season. Last night’s were a little bigger (2# each) than a few days ago and still very sweet and firm. Washed down with ‘08 Laurent-Perrier Brut, which is a fine match.
by M.Kaplan
January 15th, 2022, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #rieslingstudy and Cosmic Tex-mex Cuisine
Replies: 10
Views: 756

Re: #rieslingstudy and Cosmic Tex-mex Cuisine

Love Riesling with Mexican food of all types/regions. Same with BBQ...
by M.Kaplan
January 14th, 2022, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Dom Perignon
Replies: 42
Views: 1800

Re: TN: 2012 Dom Perignon

I’ve never liked ‘06 and ‘09 DP. The only vintages that I’ve liked enough to buy of the aughts are 2002 (finally starting to come around) and 2008.
by M.Kaplan
January 14th, 2022, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2021 wines that impacted you
Replies: 60
Views: 2768

Re: 2021 wines that impacted you

Two specific bottles stand out: 1. Alexandre Filaine DMY. My first bottle from Filaine pushed all of the right buttons and accelerated my search for unique Champanges. 2. 2012 Louis Roederer Cristal on 12.24.21. We shared a bottle with my daughter, her husband, and our first grandchild, Sophia Pearl...
by M.Kaplan
January 14th, 2022, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A month in France - where should I spend more or less time.
Replies: 34
Views: 1785

Re: A month in France - where should I spend more or less time.

Except for the pandemic years, my wife and I have spent 4-6 weeks each fall in France since 2002. The first 10 years, we'd drive around one or two Departments for 3-4 weeks before spending a week or two in Paris. In 2011, we changed our approach having driven around much of France, and now spend a c...
by M.Kaplan
January 13th, 2022, 3:10 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Provo Turks and Caicos 12/17-1/1
Replies: 5
Views: 259

Re: Provo Turks and Caicos 12/17-1/1

Query: For a couple without children, what are the best resorts for a 3 week beach vacation?
by M.Kaplan
January 13th, 2022, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Galloni and 19 Napa Reviews
Replies: 252
Views: 16936

Re: Galloni and 19 Napa Reviews

Ian, I missed the conspiracy theories. What are they? Critics get paid for their opinions; those who pay for those opinions are entitled to question methodology. I do not subscribe to anything that Vinous Media owns. I will not subscribe to anything that AG owns or writes for due to his lack of tran...
by M.Kaplan
January 12th, 2022, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 3071
Views: 200128

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

From Astor's list, I'd also consider 2012 Louis Roederer Brut Nature Philippe Starck.
by M.Kaplan
January 11th, 2022, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DurandCorkscrew: What Am I Doing Wrong??
Replies: 25
Views: 1140

Re: DurandCorkscrew: What Am I Doing Wrong??

Marshall Manning wrote: January 11th, 2022, 5:37 pm So an accountant can figure these things out while engineers can't?
English major here. I didn’t RTFM either, but athwart (like the way Jack Aubrey wore his hat in the style of his hero, Nelson) is the only position that makes any sense.
by M.Kaplan
January 11th, 2022, 4:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Dungeness crab season!
Replies: 22
Views: 1028

Re: Dungeness crab season!

I'm in SoCal and today is the second day since mid December that there are no fresh crabs available at SaMo Seafood. So far, the crabs have been small (1.5# on average) but sweet and delicious. My 90 year old father and I have shared 30 or so crabs so far this season. I'll call again tomorrow. Fort...
by M.Kaplan
January 11th, 2022, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Galloni and 19 Napa Reviews
Replies: 252
Views: 16936

Re: Galloni and 19 Napa Reviews

… What do critics get by constantly stroking high end wines? Readers, employment, access. For a start. With the Cali Cult Circle Jerk among producers, wholesalers, retailers, auction houses and wine writers, consumers may think they are buyers, but they are really the product. That wine writer you ...
by M.Kaplan
January 10th, 2022, 3:51 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Hot Toddy Help?
Replies: 7
Views: 259

Re: Hot Toddy Help?

Ok, here is my favorite hot toddy recipe. 3/4 cup water 1 1/2 - 3 ounces whisky or Irish whiskey 2 to 3 teaspoons honey, to taste 2 to 3 teaspoons lemon juice, to taste 1 lemon round 1 cinnamon stick (optional, for garnish) Combine water, honey, and lemon juice into a sauce pan. Pour your whisky/whi...
by M.Kaplan
January 10th, 2022, 1:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Dungeness crab season!
Replies: 22
Views: 1028

Re: Dungeness crab season!

I'm in SoCal and today is the second day since mid December that there are no fresh crabs available at SaMo Seafood. So far, the crabs have been small (1.5# on average) but sweet and delicious. My 90 year old father and I have shared 30 or so crabs so far this season. I'll call again tomorrow.
by M.Kaplan
January 10th, 2022, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who's the go to California Reviewer ?
Replies: 38
Views: 2115

Re: Who's the go to California Reviewer ?

If you want California wines made the way they were made in the 1970s and 1980s, John Gilman. If your idea of balanced is 19% alcohol watered back to 16% and "balanced" with 200% new oak, ask Jay Hack for a recommendation. To be fair to Jay, ALL of the reviewers of California wines are re...
by M.Kaplan
January 10th, 2022, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 3071
Views: 200128

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Sorry your wife is a champagnophobe. That would lead to marriage counseling for me! I drink more bottles of champagne each year than anything else now. +1 I've been heading in this direction for some time and am currently in the process of disposing of 1500++ bottles of still wine to make room (and...
by M.Kaplan
January 10th, 2022, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 3071
Views: 200128

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Sorry your wife is a champagnophobe. That would lead to marriage counseling for me! I chuckled at this. Me too! My wife's appreciation for bubbly is actually what dragged me to it. Boy I fell in hard. I drink more bottles of champagne each year than anything else now. I've finally faced the reality...
by M.Kaplan
January 9th, 2022, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 3071
Views: 200128

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

My wife dislikes Champagne (so much so that she used a swizzle stick from Krug for many years until it went missing), so I'll open, drink, and stopper 750s over a couple of days. Over the weekend, I consumed another bottle of Egly-Ouriet Rose, disgorged in July, 2019 after 60 months in bottle. I lov...
by M.Kaplan
January 8th, 2022, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Galloni and 19 Napa Reviews
Replies: 252
Views: 16936

Re: Galloni and 19 Napa Reviews

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: January 8th, 2022, 1:03 pm It honestly reads as if Galloni had stealth COVID (as in he didn’t know he had it).
Maybe Galloni had an uncontrolled fit of conscience after pimping California high abv oak juice when he took over covering those areas from Parker? Nah.
by M.Kaplan
January 8th, 2022, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Galloni and 19 Napa Reviews
Replies: 252
Views: 16936

Re: Galloni and 19 Napa Reviews

A lesson for those who don't understand that 'points' are random numbers that have nothing to do with wine and buy based on those random numbers. Perhaps those aggrieved by Vinous' most current set of random numbers should join together to buy a 'bespoke' subscription to Vinous; that should solve th...
by M.Kaplan
January 7th, 2022, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 18682
Views: 1004480

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2016 Cedric Bouchard Roses de Jeanne Collection Lieux-Dits
2x La Houte Lemble, 2x Les Ursules, 1x La Boloree, 1x Presle

6x 2016 Ulysse Collin Champagne Les Pierrières
6x 2017 Ulysse Collin Champagne Rosé de Saignée Les Maillons
by M.Kaplan
January 7th, 2022, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: I Still Hate Champagne
Replies: 59
Views: 2594

Re: TN: I Still Hate Champagne

My wife is similarly misguided. When we visited Krug in 1983, they gave her a swizzle stick. She used it for years until it went missing.
by M.Kaplan
January 7th, 2022, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tempting wine purchases you’ve passed on—give others a shot
Replies: 498
Views: 48728

Re: Tempting wine purchases you’ve passed on—give others a shot

I found a shop a few days ago that was able to order Ulysse Collin Les Pierrieres and Maillons Rose for me from its distributor. I ordered a 6 bottle case of each and left a case of Les Pierrieres, which I watched disappear as soon as it was posted for sale. I vacillated about buying it, but I tend ...
by M.Kaplan
January 7th, 2022, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Edmond Vatan RIP
Replies: 14
Views: 1229

Re: Edmond Vatan RIP

RIP. Edmond Vatan was one of one. I will toast his memory with an ‘06 tonight.
by M.Kaplan
January 6th, 2022, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer for newbies?
Replies: 348
Views: 15341

Re: Envoyer for newbies?

I’m somewhat local and have never had a shipping/delivery issue. I’ve been a customer since 2011 and I was content to let my orders sit for as long as Envoyer would hold them. Same with K&L, which also adopted a policy of charging for long term storage. I don’t blame either of them for using sto...

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