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by doug johnson
November 14th, 2020, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: shipping routes from Los Angeles
Replies: 12
Views: 690

Re: shipping routes from Los Angeles

My boxes from LA to MD area usually go FedEx via I-40. Never as far south as Houston.
by doug johnson
November 6th, 2020, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shout out to MacArthur Beverages
Replies: 27
Views: 1307

Re: Shout out to MacArthur Beverages

Andrew K. wrote:
November 6th, 2020, 3:40 pm
Never dealt with Phil but Joe seemed to be a good guy and the transaction is always good. My only complaint has been their DRC allocation prices this year were a bit gougey.
I am not in that market but their prices seem significantly higher than they used to be.
by doug johnson
November 2nd, 2020, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)
Replies: 24
Views: 1404

Re: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)

No, it was Biskuit on CT who mentioned Roscioli.

Also a lot of the notes comment on the color, using words like gold, dark yellow, rich yellow, advanced gold, deep straw.

Seems pretty consistent.
by doug johnson
November 2nd, 2020, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)
Replies: 24
Views: 1404

Re: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)

Just opened a '16 from Envoyer. Color is similar to the IG photo you posted and is good, lots of minerals and extract and stone fruit and some apple cider. Notice how many notes mention apple cider, one specifically mentioning a bottle sourced from Roscioli? I don't know these wines well but seems l...
by doug johnson
October 27th, 2020, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)
Replies: 24
Views: 1404

Re: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)

Greg from Envoyer says he has not had anyone else complain about any bottles from those issued. You saw the color of my bottles...and as for the taste...it tasted like apple cider with peroxide. Just weird...and I like weird! These are definitely off bottles. Would love to here, and see, others who...
by doug johnson
October 25th, 2020, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When do you return wines to a retailer?
Replies: 26
Views: 1429

Re: When do you return wines to a retailer?

I return bad bottles, and when I experience consumer unfriendly policies with regards to faulty bottles at a retailer I stop shopping there.

The time question is an interesting one. I tend to think bottles meant to be cellared should have a longer warranty period.
by doug johnson
October 24th, 2020, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spanish Wine Recommendations from Casa Mono (NYC) wine list?
Replies: 14
Views: 594

Re: Spanish Wine Recommendations from Casa Mono (NYC) wine list?

I am a big fan of D Ventura's Ribeira Sacras.

It is not on the list you posted but about 3 weeks ago I got a 2017 Vina Caneiro there for $57. A little big and ripe as compared to other vintages of the wine but still good.
by doug johnson
October 15th, 2020, 6:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: DC Restaurants During Covid
Replies: 3
Views: 521

Re: DC Restaurants During Covid

Check out Annabelle. Best chef in DC is there.
by doug johnson
October 12th, 2020, 5:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2572
Views: 168746

Re: New York City Restaurants

Interesting bread anecdote.

Thanks to Robert and you for the Jua rec and +1 rec - it was certainly the best restaurant meal I've had since March! (Which might sound like faint praise but isn't meant to be!!)
by doug johnson
October 11th, 2020, 7:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2572
Views: 168746

Re: New York City Restaurants

Ate at Casa Mono tonight. Borderline awful. I really hope this was a one-off thing. Maybe it was a 1x poor night, given the various defenses of the restaurant posted. Only 1 of 6 dishes was good, 1 was ok (duck egg and tuna), and the other 4 were bad, including the razor clams which were grossly ru...
by doug johnson
October 9th, 2020, 9:24 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Planning a Fall New England Trip
Replies: 4
Views: 680

Re: Planning a Fall New England Trip

Just came back from Manchester, VT. Foliage was beautiful.

Woodstock was a nice town, as was Dorset and the Merck farm in Rupert was a stunning landscape.

The food scene seemed so-so, at best, unfortunately.
by doug johnson
October 2nd, 2020, 8:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2572
Views: 168746

Re: New York City Restaurants

Ate at Casa Mono tonight. Borderline awful.
by doug johnson
September 20th, 2020, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Utah wine questions
Replies: 9
Views: 548

Re: Utah wine questions

Thanks to all. You’ve provided me with some good ideas to address this challenge! Don't worry, it really is not a challenge. Park City to downtown SLC is 20-25 minutes. Store 35 is good. Anyone who says it is a bad store, I'd like to know where they shop. (NB: you won't find aged wines there.) Cork...
by doug johnson
September 19th, 2020, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Utah wine questions
Replies: 9
Views: 548

Re: Utah wine questions

Byob is allowed almost everywhere, is usually cheap, and there are a couple good stores. The best by far is downtown: Salt Lake – Store 35
255 South 300 East
Salt Lake City UT 84111
Phone: (801) 533-6444
Email: store35@utah.gov
by doug johnson
August 28th, 2020, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Rocket Wines International in DC
Replies: 18
Views: 851

Re: Retailer Rocket Wines International in DC

Don't a bunch of internet only stores use Domaine's address? For instance, Sommpicks used to and may still. Something to do with DC's regs (direct import is ok?).
by doug johnson
August 23rd, 2020, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with VA/DC Wines?
Replies: 33
Views: 1293

Re: Help with VA/DC Wines?

1) Glen Manor
2) Linden
3) RdV

The nice thing is they are all within a 30-40 minute drive of each other.
by doug johnson
August 22nd, 2020, 8:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: bad cooking instructions from Flannery
Replies: 11
Views: 1422

Re: bad cooking instructions from Flannery

Do these steaks have a lot of untrimmed fat?

If I am careless and inattentive, ribeyes on my gas grill sometimes flare up pretty badly and get charred...if left long enough they would be very charred and dismally grey inside.
by doug johnson
August 10th, 2020, 1:14 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: DC Restaurants
Replies: 10
Views: 1638

Re: DC Restaurants

Yea, I've had good luck with take out from Chang's Q. Their Beijing roast duck travels well!
by doug johnson
August 10th, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: DC Restaurants
Replies: 10
Views: 1638

Re: DC Restaurants

The first restaurant I will eat in in almost 4 months will be Annabelle. I believe they are open. The chef is a local legend and the best in DC. Annabelle was really nice. The most pure Frank Ruta dinner I've had since, well, Palena! Their take-out was ridiculously expensive and not terribly good. ...
by doug johnson
August 3rd, 2020, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py
Replies: 65
Views: 3906

Re: TN: 2018 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py

Sean S y d n e y wrote:
August 2nd, 2020, 8:19 pm
Pronounce it Adonai, if you like.

Anyway, back to the subject of יין;
How is this for sh-t and g-ggles??

(It is a joke, probably a bad one, but still interesting to me! I mean, his Wiki does say Sergey's parents are Jewish... )
by doug johnson
August 2nd, 2020, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py
Replies: 65
Views: 3906

Re: TN: 2018 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py

Thanks for the explanation. I understood all that and still think his response/joke was no worse than yours. Other folks may have different sensibilities.
by doug johnson
August 2nd, 2020, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py
Replies: 65
Views: 3906

Re: TN: 2018 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py

Hmm. Doesn't seem worse to me than your "may G-d have mercy...".
by doug johnson
June 30th, 2020, 2:23 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: DC Restaurants
Replies: 10
Views: 1638

Re: DC Restaurants

Glad they enjoyed it!
by doug johnson
June 27th, 2020, 8:24 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: DC Restaurants
Replies: 10
Views: 1638

Re: DC Restaurants

doug johnson wrote:
June 22nd, 2020, 8:08 pm
The first restaurant I will eat in in almost 4 months will be Annabelle. I believe they are open. The chef is a local legend and the best in DC.
Annabelle was really nice. The most pure Frank Ruta dinner I've had since, well, Palena!
by doug johnson
June 22nd, 2020, 8:08 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: DC Restaurants
Replies: 10
Views: 1638

Re: DC Restaurants

I'm not keeping up on who is open or who is not.

However, in the Noma area St Anselm seems open - they are not bad.

The first restaurant I will eat in in almost 4 months will be Annabelle. I believe they are open. The chef is a local legend and the best in DC.
by doug johnson
June 18th, 2020, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Nigl Riesling Privat (Austria, Niederösterreich, Kremstal)
Replies: 7
Views: 253

Re: TN: 2002 Nigl Riesling Privat (Austria, Niederösterreich, Kremstal)

I enjoyed this a few years ago! 2002 Nigl Riesling Privat - Austria, Niederösterreich, Kremstal (6/11/2016) Huge nose of apricot and some secondary notes. The body is rich and ripe but perfectly poised. The palate is rich with yellow stone fruit and veined with minerality. Absolutely lovely. (97 pts...
by doug johnson
June 6th, 2020, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 12
Views: 597

Re: TN: 2005 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia

Just a few nights ago had an '06 Gravonia and was thinking Valencian paella would be a great pairing.
by doug johnson
May 23rd, 2020, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru Séchet
Replies: 15
Views: 768

Re: TN: 2000 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru Séchet

Just had a different vintage that sounds similar! 2012 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru Séchet - France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru (5/15/2020) Quite a reductive nose (no decant) but a damn fine taste. Big and ripe feeling but all about seashell minerality and lemony acidit...
by doug johnson
May 23rd, 2020, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...
Replies: 152
Views: 13443

Re: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...

Craig G wrote:
May 22nd, 2020, 7:39 pm
doug johnson wrote:
May 19th, 2020, 6:24 pm
They have '97 Salon for $300 - would you bite on that?
$80 quality for $300... who wouldn’t want that?
Haha! I've never tried such fancy champagne. I take it your opinion is that Salon is an overvalued luxury brand?
by doug johnson
May 19th, 2020, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...
Replies: 152
Views: 13443

Re: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...

One of my favorite places that I've been going to since '06, and has always had a pretty reasonable wine list, is selling take away with food orders. Did take out last Saturday, the first meal I did not prepare in ~ 8 weeks, and got a '13 Dauvissat Sechet for $61 and '11 Burlotto Acclivi for $58. Th...
by doug johnson
May 19th, 2020, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Domaine Roulot Meursault Les Meix Chavaux
Replies: 11
Views: 636

Re: TN: 2002 Domaine Roulot Meursault Les Meix Chavaux

I've enjoyed a number of +20 year old Wachau chardonnays - so I am sympathetic to calling this "premox".
by doug johnson
May 7th, 2020, 7:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Handmade Pasta
Replies: 38
Views: 2482

Re: Handmade Pasta

Just made some using an atlas cranker. First time in many many years - pretty easy and tasty. Different texture than dried pasta for sure but great kou gan.
by doug johnson
April 29th, 2020, 8:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best carbonara recipe?
Replies: 46
Views: 3773

Re: Best carbonara recipe?

There is only one Carbonara recipe. Spaghetti Guanciale (not prosciutto or bacon) Egg yolks Pepper Pecorino Romano (not Parmesan) Pasta Water (to get consistency) Outside of those it's not Carbonara, its pasta. Hahaha! I follow what is supposed to be Marcella Hazan's recipe, which is a little bit d...
by doug johnson
March 6th, 2020, 2:46 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Salt Lake City
Replies: 13
Views: 955

Re: Salt Lake City

Flying in tmrw and just booked HSL. Never tried it before.

Glad to hear Copper Onion is working. They were great for many years and maybe had some issues after they expanded.

Forgot to mention - I also like Manoli's.
by doug johnson
February 26th, 2020, 11:57 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Greece - Santorini, Naxos and Athens
Replies: 21
Views: 2661

Re: Greece - Santorini, Naxos and Athens

Mark Y wrote:
February 24th, 2020, 8:01 pm
Any recommendations for The town of Fira?

We have a 3 bedroom with a sunset view near Fira. Was thinking to buy take out dinner and eat on the deck of the Airbnb.
Aktaion - very tasty very simple taberna in Firostefani

10 - 15 minute walk north from Fira.
by doug johnson
February 24th, 2020, 7:23 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Greece - Santorini, Naxos and Athens
Replies: 21
Views: 2661

Re: Greece - Santorini, Naxos and Athens

I went to Sigalas. Nice tasting, I thought the wines were very good. Just below Oia. Selene Meze and Wine in beautiful Pyrgos. Good food and good wine, particularly an interesting BTG list. To Psaraki - in the working marina of Vlichada. Best seafood I found on Santorini. Anogi - very tasty taberna ...
by doug johnson
February 15th, 2020, 3:07 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Needing Family Friendly Recs for Washington DC
Replies: 21
Views: 2526

Re: Needing Family Friendly Recs for Washington DC

In Dupont, Pizzeria Paradiso is a classic. Also Bistro du Coin is an old DC staple. Both strike me as family friendly. +1 on Unconventional Diner. Across the street the best value in the city is the Corduroy bar menu. Open City is where I meet people for breakfast. All of the restaurants in the Line...
by doug johnson
February 9th, 2020, 10:32 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Salt Lake City
Replies: 13
Views: 955

Re: Salt Lake City

Pallet has been my favorite the last couple of years.

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by doug johnson
January 18th, 2020, 11:57 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 6 days in sicily-need some advice
Replies: 20
Views: 2899

Re: 6 days in sicily-need some advice

Taormina driving was fine for me. It wasn't that crowded and the place was small. Only Palermo traffic was daunting. Palermo is pretty great. Taormina did not feel Sicilian to me - it is more of a "resort". Etna area is great fun though. Hit up Cave Ox. I really liked Segesta over Agrigento and foun...
by doug johnson
January 18th, 2020, 11:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone using Kampot peppercorns?
Replies: 7
Views: 1659

Re: Anyone using Kampot peppercorns?

A friend gave me some from a trip there. They were very good peppercorns but I guess my palate is not sensitive enough for me to have desire to seek them out.
by doug johnson
December 31st, 2019, 6:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Decade
Replies: 23
Views: 2973

Re: The 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Decade

The food at Bad Saint is good though everything else is not. But it wouldn't have worked in DC without Little Serow before it.
by doug johnson
December 23rd, 2019, 7:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2572
Views: 168746

Re: New York City Restaurants

Next day , for lunch , to Chinatown . The place is called Nom Wah tea parlor. You would never go in without a recommendation , it does not look appealing , more like a hole in a wall . The place is packed , the food delicious . I ate way too much . Dang, the one time I went to Nom Wah I was wanderi...
by doug johnson
December 22nd, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre 1982
Replies: 37
Views: 1794

Re: Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre 1982

flirtysmile
Neal.Mollen wrote:
December 22nd, 2019, 9:52 am
Anyone had the 96?
Yes. I thought it was very pretty and had good fruit.
by doug johnson
December 19th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2572
Views: 168746

Re: New York City Restaurants

I had dinner at the bar at Marea for the first time a couple days ago. A langostine crudo was uninspired and insultingly expensive. The famous octopus fusilli was very good and a hazelnut and huckleberry crostata for dessert was good. An interesting Ligurian wine by the glass, also insultingly price...
by doug johnson
November 10th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 143
Views: 10379

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

I got sucked into this thread's hype...

Sandwich was a fine piece of fast-food engineering but not otherwise remarkable.
by doug johnson
October 1st, 2019, 6:29 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: CDMX Recos?
Replies: 6
Views: 3252

Re: CDMX Recos?

Agree with George that Quintonil is waaay better than Pujol (so much better that I would suggest you swap reservations, if possible, and if not, go to Maximo or somewhere else rather than Pujol.) Rosetta is good, too, but not really Mexican food; and what you are calling dinner at Contramar is reall...
by doug johnson
May 28th, 2019, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1998 Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre
Replies: 15
Views: 1569

Re: 1998 Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre

I liked the '98 - this is my tasting note from a few months back: Give it a little air. Pretty but not quite as beautiful as the '95 a few days ago - not as silky in texture. Good earthy, tobacco-y and red berry smells. Tastes the same as it smells. Rougher tannins and more spice on the finish than ...
by doug johnson
May 19th, 2019, 9:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2572
Views: 168746

Re: New York City Restaurants

Anyone been to L'Appart?
by doug johnson
April 3rd, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: London / Solo Diner
Replies: 34
Views: 2144

Re: London / Solo Diner

I'll be that guy....my one time at Hedone was garbage. Good ingredients, yes, but the cooking had no soul, no creativity, no style.

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