Search found 279 matches

by Ken McNamara
December 2nd, 2019, 6:00 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Charleston lodging and restaurants
Replies: 30
Views: 1323

Re: Charleston lodging and restaurants

Ken, thanks for the write up. I was wondering if you ever heard back from your friend regarding the ChopHouse gospel brunch? I apologize for not DM'ing you - had to take an unexpected emergency trip and forgot. Yes, they go with some regularity and look forward to it!! Since you already had lodging...
by Ken McNamara
November 18th, 2019, 4:23 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Charleston lodging and restaurants
Replies: 30
Views: 1323

Re: Charleston lodging and restaurants

Hey Ken, I assume you fly to Charleston; have you ever driven it? Thinking of doing the drive by way of an overnight stay in Charlotte Pretty much only fly when it's just my wife and I. You can drive it in 7.5-8 hrs. When we've done half way (more like 45% though), our stop has been in Wilson NC - ...
by Ken McNamara
November 18th, 2019, 6:39 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Charleston lodging and restaurants
Replies: 30
Views: 1323

Re: Charleston lodging and restaurants

I’m a wannabe Charlestonian – have been going multiple times a year for two decades now. Things have changed a lot including adding lots of good restaurants . No longer do people scoff at me when I tell them that Charleston has one of the best food scenes in the country. In fact, two top chefs in DC...
by Ken McNamara
November 17th, 2019, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 2005 Hudelot-Noellat VR “Beaumonts”??
Replies: 8
Views: 665

Re: TN 2005 Hudelot-Noellat VR “Beaumonts”??

Bought 6 on release from the same source and have 4 left, which means we popped a bottle at some point previously. Probably close to release. Don't remember it all. Do recall drinking both Suchots and Malconsorts from '05 on several occasions and all showings were clearly Vosne. Read a handful of re...
by Ken McNamara
November 17th, 2019, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 2005 Hudelot-Noellat VR “Beaumonts”??
Replies: 8
Views: 665

TN 2005 Hudelot-Noellat VR “Beaumonts”??

2005 Hudelot-Noellat VR “Beaumonts” Still very primary with tons of higher register red fruits - especially cherry and not much more… I texted a friend, asking them if they ever had an outstanding bottle of Beaumonts because I really hadn’t. I even mentioned that if given blind then I’d never of tho...
by Ken McNamara
January 30th, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne refrigerator
Replies: 31
Views: 1633

Re: Champagne refrigerator

Thanks for the input! Can't forget the "Special Club" size in the hard to fit list!!! Might remove some of the 750 triple deep Vintage View wall mounts in our wine wall and replace with mag/Champagne sized mounts. I'll still buy a wine frig to help with the storage issue, but for typical 750's. If I...
by Ken McNamara
January 26th, 2019, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne refrigerator
Replies: 31
Views: 1633

Champagne refrigerator

We are looking to buy a refrigerator specifically for Champagne sized bottles that can hold roughly 200-250 bottles. Does anyone have any brand/model recommendations?

Thank you!!
by Ken McNamara
November 2nd, 2018, 5:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Texture in champagne
Replies: 14
Views: 783

Re: Texture in champagne

Chris, interesting question and I don't know the answer. I recently did the Keto diet, which meant no alcohol. I didn't miss my beloved Burgundy or even sugar for that matter, but I craved Champagne, specifically the mouth feel, which was unexpected. I found this on the web: click.
by Ken McNamara
April 16th, 2018, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1666
Views: 97258

Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

100% pinot noir using the saignee method.
by Ken McNamara
April 16th, 2018, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1666
Views: 97258

Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Really like the Coessens Rosé. Took it to a blind tasting about four years ago and it was the WOTN. They are part of the Thomas Calder Grower Champagne list, which includes: Bérêche, Cedric Bouchard and Prevost. If I had to pick Champagnes based on broker then Calder would be the one. The Enovyer pr...
by Ken McNamara
January 4th, 2016, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Maison Ilan
Replies: 607
Views: 78724

2012 Maison Ilan

"accessed" is not assessed:-)
by Ken McNamara
January 4th, 2016, 5:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Maison Ilan
Replies: 607
Views: 78724

2012 Maison Ilan

I ordered just once from Maison Ilan. I ordered six bottles of 2013, and I received my wine a couple months ago. Over night, I received a similar PayPal invoice via email: Amount: $168.43 USD Status: Pending You received this payment request but haven't paid it yet. Date Requested: Jan 3, 2016 Subj...
by Ken McNamara
January 4th, 2016, 5:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Maison Ilan
Replies: 607
Views: 78724

2012 Maison Ilan

This is what the original '12 offer states about shipping. Wine must be shipped to a physical address where an adult (over 21 years of age) will be available to sign for the package. P.O. boxes are not acceptable. Orders will be shipped during May 2013 (weather permitting). Shipping charges will be ...
by Ken McNamara
December 9th, 2015, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Maison Ilan
Replies: 607
Views: 78724

2012 Maison Ilan

I received my second and final shipment of '12's - staggered by about a month. Like another poster mentioned, it would have been nice to get a heads up when packages were being sent. It was a fluke that I found out about the first one and fortunately was able to update my address during transit. I h...
by Ken McNamara
October 8th, 2015, 6:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Maison Ilan
Replies: 607
Views: 78724

2012 Maison Ilan

I was pleasantly surprised to find the following e-mail in my inbox from Larry Stein at AIW: Hello Everyone, We have good news. The arrival date in our warehouse for your vintage 2012 wines is October 23rd, 2015. This information comes straight from the bill of lading of our shipping company. Pleas...
by Ken McNamara
June 23rd, 2015, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Boisset; this guy must be great at parties
Replies: 37
Views: 2402

Boisset; this guy must be great at parties

"OMFG" indeed!!! When not drinking his JCB - undoubtedly Dos Equis is his backup.
by Ken McNamara
May 14th, 2015, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Maison Ilan (and other Maison Ilan / Ray Walker discussion)
Replies: 5538
Views: 557534

2011 Maison Ilan (and other Maison Ilan discussion)

I emailed Adventures in Wine to see whether (a) they were, indeed, handling the shipping and distribution of the Maison Ilan 2012s and the missing 2011s, and (b) what the timing of the delivery to the States and to me (in NY) would be. I received a response within the hour. (Nice customer service!)...
by Ken McNamara
March 5th, 2015, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You know you have too much wine if...
Replies: 77
Views: 3277

You know you have too much wine if...

if you covet a bottle and forgot that you already own it!
by Ken McNamara
March 2nd, 2015, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post LaPaulee Vertical Tasting
Replies: 8
Views: 1049

Post LaPaulee Vertical Tasting

The bread, meats and cheeses were pretty special too! Thanks for letting me tag along Jay! It is also a pleasure to interact with another person who appreciates Drouhin wines!
by Ken McNamara
February 19th, 2015, 12:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will you drink a bad wine because you can't stand the thought of pouring out something expensive?
Replies: 63
Views: 1969

Will you drink a bad wine because you can't stand the thought of pouring out something expensive?

Not anymore! We recently opened the '07 d'Angerville "Champans" and it was one of the most bretty wines in recent memory. I did not even finish a single pour and it is typically one of my favorites in d'Angerville's portfolio.
by Ken McNamara
November 23rd, 2014, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Glasses - Tips for keeping them clear
Replies: 24
Views: 1214

Wine Glasses - Tips for keeping them clear

Efferdent denture cleaner works great for hard to reach decanter stains. I read the tip on this board a few years ago.
by Ken McNamara
November 11th, 2014, 9:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: An apple thread
Replies: 36
Views: 1378

An apple thread

This is a pretty good reference for varities. My kids like Honeycrisp and Pink Lady, my wife Fuji and Gano [abundant in the VA Blue Ridge Mountains where she grew up] and local heirlooms are my preference.
by Ken McNamara
November 10th, 2014, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How high can you safely stack full OWC's ?
Replies: 13
Views: 3744

How high can you safely stack full OWC's ?

Six to seven is my comfort level, but I have had a row at nine for about six months now with zero issues. I do feel like I am pushing my luck though... At least Scott Claffee's stuff is on top of some of them.

[snort.gif]
by Ken McNamara
October 31st, 2014, 6:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailers - Washington D.C.
Replies: 101
Views: 4436

Retailers - Washington D.C.

The thread is about DC shops...
by Ken McNamara
October 31st, 2014, 6:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailers - Washington D.C.
Replies: 101
Views: 4436

Retailers - Washington D.C.

I really agree with Howard's post! Neither place sells grey bottles that I am aware of, which does not guarantee condition , but it does ensure a certain level of provenance. color me confused. You believe that, because a wine is brought in by the legitimate importer rather than gray market, it ens...
by Ken McNamara
October 31st, 2014, 6:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailers - Washington D.C.
Replies: 101
Views: 4436

Retailers - Washington D.C.

Clicking a mouse works well when you want to buy only what you know or are willing to take gambles. Stores like Weygandt Wines and Arrowine are wonderful for their Saturday afternoon tastings where you get to try new things and taste before you buy. I really agree with Howard's post! Neither place ...
by Ken McNamara
October 30th, 2014, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anniversary weekend....
Replies: 24
Views: 974

Anniversary weekend....

1979 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Riserva Speciale Bussia di Monforte: Well - this has to be our wine of the weekend for sure . This was a perfectly stored and cared for bottle over all these years that give sooooo much. The overall finish of this wine was off the charts - a wine that you could sip on for ...
by Ken McNamara
October 13th, 2014, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Maison Ilan (and other Maison Ilan / Ray Walker discussion)
Replies: 5538
Views: 557534

2011 Maison Ilan

.
by Ken McNamara
October 8th, 2014, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Maison Ilan (and other Maison Ilan / Ray Walker discussion)
Replies: 5538
Views: 557534

2011 Maison Ilan

Also, Amadeo is just the fulfillment house. Who is the retailer/importer of record for those bottles that are coming in via them? If I missed it, I apologize. There are bill of lading tools as well as public ATF label approval records that can provide that information. Would the parties involved al...
by Ken McNamara
October 8th, 2014, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Maison Ilan (and other Maison Ilan / Ray Walker discussion)
Replies: 5538
Views: 557534

2011 Maison Ilan

Speaking of the 2012s, should we begin a new thread specific to the delivery of that vintage? Not sure if we should continue to muck up this thread or start a clean one designed for those people that ordered the 2012 vintage (like me). Note - I only ordered 2012s which hopefully will follow a diffe...
by Ken McNamara
October 8th, 2014, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Maison Ilan (and other Maison Ilan / Ray Walker discussion)
Replies: 5538
Views: 557534

2011 Maison Ilan

There is a mention on the blog about the WD relationship. I believe he will be maintaining a private list outside of WD. Our New Exclusive Importer for the United States of America: Wilson Daniels Good evening everyone, I’m writing to you tonight with a bit of news to share. We have previously had t...
by Ken McNamara
October 7th, 2014, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Maison Ilan (and other Maison Ilan / Ray Walker discussion)
Replies: 5538
Views: 557534

2011 Maison Ilan

Freek, I really respect the way you have conducted yourself in what has to be a frustrating situation for you! You have stuck to facts, avoided inciting plus personal remarks and yet still remain optimistic with a sense of humor. Well done! I would not be as cool. Ask Ray to contact the shipper with...
by Ken McNamara
October 6th, 2014, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Maison Ilan (and other Maison Ilan / Ray Walker discussion)
Replies: 5538
Views: 557534

2011 Maison Ilan

http://instagram.com/p/tv84Fyunfe/?modal=true Is he being stalked. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned I was wondering that too. I think the reimbursement was 1.2x - $30 if I followed everything correctly?? That is no Madoff return with such a low percentage and well...from being real. Wish I ha...
by Ken McNamara
October 6th, 2014, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Maison Ilan (and other Maison Ilan / Ray Walker discussion)
Replies: 5538
Views: 557534

2011 Maison Ilan

I am kind of worried if does catch some sleep that he might accidentally hog the covers and get eaten by a dragon.
by Ken McNamara
October 6th, 2014, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Maison Ilan (and other Maison Ilan / Ray Walker discussion)
Replies: 5538
Views: 557534

2011 Maison Ilan

I would think any pm or email that passes through the wb portal can be read by a system admin... Not true - the term 'private messages' truly means 'private'. I have no access to any of them. I did, however, PM Robert to ask who it was, as using the system to threaten another is certainly grounds f...
by Ken McNamara
October 6th, 2014, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Maison Ilan (and other Maison Ilan / Ray Walker discussion)
Replies: 5538
Views: 557534

2011 Maison Ilan

I would think any pm or email that passes through the wb portal can be read by a system admin...
by Ken McNamara
October 6th, 2014, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Maison Ilan (and other Maison Ilan / Ray Walker discussion)
Replies: 5538
Views: 557534

2011 Maison Ilan

robert tang wrote:there are mentally ill people. Sorry. NO more -e - mails to me. I will be quiet.
There are, so go edit out your phone number and realize this is a public forum...and get some sleep Dr. Tang!
by Ken McNamara
October 6th, 2014, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Maison Ilan (and other Maison Ilan / Ray Walker discussion)
Replies: 5538
Views: 557534

2011 Maison Ilan

I am not going to read all the posts or go to Twitter, but it is in your best interest to settle down. As it stands from the way you are handling this I would NEVER go to you as a doctor. You seem to react without thinking. I get you have a LEGITIMATE beef, but posting messages to Ray here in the m...
by Ken McNamara
October 6th, 2014, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Maison Ilan (and other Maison Ilan / Ray Walker discussion)
Replies: 5538
Views: 557534

2011 Maison Ilan

I am not going to read all the posts or go to Twitter, but it is in your best interest to settle down. As it stands from the way you are handling this I would NEVER go to you as a doctor. You seem to react without thinking. I get you have a LEGITIMATE beef, but posting messages to Ray here in the ma...
by Ken McNamara
October 6th, 2014, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Maison Ilan (and other Maison Ilan / Ray Walker discussion)
Replies: 5538
Views: 557534

2011 Maison Ilan

Robert, You really are damaging yourself and many of your statements are very contradictory. $1k - WTF??? I expected a much larger number! If you want your money then handle it through your Visa card - all Visa's starts with a 4... Seriously, go back and edit the too much information posts or could ...
by Ken McNamara
October 1st, 2014, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 drouhin clos St denis
Replies: 10
Views: 935

2012 drouhin clos St denis

It's not the grapes but actually finished wine that come from Jouan. When I was tasting at Jouan they were saying that drouhin supplies their own barrels. I love the Jouan bottling of this and once bought an 89 of the drouhin wine from Winebid. It was killer This is really interesting Berry! I assu...
by Ken McNamara
September 8th, 2014, 8:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You can only buy from two producers . . .
Replies: 114
Views: 5464

You can only buy from two producers . . .

Mugneret-Gibourg and Cedric Bouchard - my wife's short list.
by Ken McNamara
June 10th, 2014, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: La Tache dinner - 50, 53, 69, 85, 88, 89, 90, 93, 95, 96, 98 and 05
Replies: 76
Views: 4250

TN: La Tache dinner - 50, 53, 69, 85, 88, 89, 90, 93, 95, 96, 98 and 05

1953 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche [/url] - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, La Tâche Grand Cru Initially pine resin/VA and a hint of madeira. A bit of advanced nose, remnant of strawberry. The palate also shows a bit of oxidation. With air, the wine regained the composure becoming very simi...
by Ken McNamara
June 9th, 2014, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sauternes and lobster
Replies: 53
Views: 2493

Sauternes and lobster

I'd call it "delicate," not "bland." Assuming its a good one of course. "Delicate" is a much better word! Bland is overstating it because there is a sweetness as long as they are not too cold or overcooked. It really does not take much to make lobster sing. I believe texture might be a big part of ...
by Ken McNamara
June 9th, 2014, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sauternes and lobster
Replies: 53
Views: 2493

Sauternes and lobster

Lobster is essentially very bland and it just depends on how the lobster is prepared. I can see Sauternes pairing well given the dish. We had lobster carpaccio at an unstructured wine dinner Saturday evening. Of the four whites on the table of: ’93 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne, '00 Raveneau...
by Ken McNamara
May 14th, 2014, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sad news- Laurence Faller passes away
Replies: 21
Views: 1436

Sad news- Laurence Faller passes away

We are drinking the '10 Cuvee Theo Gewurztraminer tonight in her memory [never noticed until tonight that "Faller " is written in the middle of the ribbon]. Since release this has been my favorite ever, which I only mention because the first wine that ever sparked any wine interest in me was an Alsa...
by Ken McNamara
November 27th, 2013, 10:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 | Les Cherbaudes | Les Gaudichots | Clos Vougeot |
Replies: 36
Views: 2226

TN: 2011 | Les Cherbaudes | Les Gaudichots | Clos Vougeot |

Just opened a bottle of 11 ' Fourrier Les Cherbaudes, lovely wine but I still prefer 11' Aux Moines. I prefer the aux moines in every vintage. Griotte & CSJ excluded, I use to prefer Combe Aux Moines. Starting around '07, Champeaux has nudged it out. I am eager to try Fourrier's '11 negoc wines!
by Ken McNamara
November 25th, 2013, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Report Back Here: 2011 red and white burgundy with/without Greenie Meanies (GMs)
Replies: 366
Views: 19129

Report Back Here: 2011 red and white burgundy with/without Greenie Meanies (GMs)

I am immune to the ’04 issue – cannot smell or taste it – yea me! For what it is worth, I can identify the green bell pepper note routinely associated with Cabernet Sauvignon. It has been proven to be Isobutylmethoxpyrazine (IBMP) – found in bell pepper. I have never encountered it in any ‘04’s. I’d...
by Ken McNamara
November 12th, 2013, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All of Us at Wine Berserkers Described on Twitter
Replies: 126
Views: 6725

All of Us at Wine Berserkers Described on Twitter

Robert Alfert, Jr. wrote: You never met my first Italian love: 5-8, blond and green-eyed. Swoon . . . .
Is she better than your current Italian one?

Go to advanced search