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by Jeff Johannsmeyer
June 18th, 2019, 3:44 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Turks & Caicos
Replies: 27
Views: 2936

Re: Turks & Caicos

Kind of late to the party here, but we really enjoyed our stay at Seven Stars, located on Grace Bay beach on Provo. It's a condo-style property with large rooms and a fairly quiet vibe. We had a 1-br, 1.5-ba that was ~1800sq ft, and it was quite nice. I think the 2 and 3 br plans have the same core ...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
April 25th, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar rack individual bottle slot sizes?
Replies: 25
Views: 1252

Re: Cellar rack individual bottle slot sizes?

A passive cellar in Wichita? A fair question. The basement in general is climate controlled, of course, and the area we're using is 8ft deep on both exterior walls, east facing. It's been our "not pretty" cellar space for 10+ years, and we haven't seen any detrimental effects. Temperatures are admi...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
April 17th, 2019, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar rack individual bottle slot sizes?
Replies: 25
Views: 1252

Re: Cellar rack individual bottle slot sizes?

Did a quick inventory tonight, or at least a semi-random sample, as all of my bottles are currently stacked cordwood-style in boxes awaiting construction of the new cellar... The dimensions suggested on the Wine Racks America link don't match my own bottles very well. Here's a sampling of what I fou...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
April 17th, 2019, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar rack individual bottle slot sizes?
Replies: 25
Views: 1252

Re: Cellar rack individual bottle slot sizes?

Interesting thoughts - thanks! Regarding capacity, the space in question will be roughly 8x11 with ceilings just under 8 ft. Door on one of the short walls, and racking around the other 3. I think that will give me a capacity of 1100-1200 bottles, plus my full size Eurocave. I'm currently sitting at...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
April 16th, 2019, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar rack individual bottle slot sizes?
Replies: 25
Views: 1252

Cellar rack individual bottle slot sizes?

We're getting ready to finish the rec room in our basement, part of which will be a passive cellar room. The goal is capacity over aesthetics, so it will be almost exclusively individual bottle slots, single deep, floor to ceiling. Single deep is because I simply don't want to go digging in the back...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
February 11th, 2019, 6:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My first Keller gmax
Replies: 86
Views: 4764

Re: My first Keller gmax

We were lucky enough to get 2 bottles of '06 G-Max on release. Enjoyed the first a year or so ago, but I think dry Riesling just isn't our thing. I could see the complexity and quality, but for me the enjoyment just wasn't there. At $180 it was a very nice white wine, but not one I'd pay for again. ...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
February 10th, 2019, 6:46 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Lake Como restaurant recs
Replies: 13
Views: 626

Re: Lake Como restaurant recs

We stayed down the road from Bellagio in Lezzeno. There was a good seafood place just down the road called Da Abate. They specialized in local fish from the lake, but augmented with other less local items. Extensive menu, and everything we sampled was quite good. We actually got a table with a same-...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
December 5th, 2018, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Don Perignon "vintage" without date?
Replies: 20
Views: 1128

Re: Don Perignon "vintage" without date?

The bottle in question was definitely full (I could see the fill level), so the "event bottle" theory sounds good to me. Since the restaurant is in the hotel we're staying in, I'll ask the sommelier if I get a chance.
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
December 5th, 2018, 6:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Don Perignon "vintage" without date?
Replies: 20
Views: 1128

Re: Don Perignon "vintage" without date?

The restaurant is able to customize upon order, per your special anniversary, graduation, etc. Interesting! And perhaps there's a back label that indicates the vintage inside? Or do we assume its a purchase for the occasion more than the product and it doesn't really matter for the target audience?
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
December 5th, 2018, 1:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Don Perignon "vintage" without date?
Replies: 20
Views: 1128

Don Perignon "vintage" without date?

A nice restaurant we were at yesterday had an extensive vertical of Dom Perignon featured in their display Eurocave. One bottle caught my eye as something I hadn't seen. Plain black label stating Vintage, but with no apparent year. What exactly is this?
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by Jeff Johannsmeyer
May 17th, 2018, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1087
Views: 60216

Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Andy K wrote:I responded for a single bottle in 12 minutes and got rejected.
13 minute response time for me, and got a "No" on my request for one bottle.

I should have just bit based on '71 Barolo with provenance, instead of finding and reading the Rare Wine Co article first...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
March 22nd, 2018, 8:19 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Kauai Lodging?
Replies: 9
Views: 849

Kauai Lodging?

We stayed at Koa Kea Resort, near Poipu Beach. It's an older property that's right on the water (much closer than you're allowed to build today). Rooms are a tad on the small side, but service was excellent, as was the restaurant. Feels like an upscale boutique 50's motor lodge, if that makes any se...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
January 8th, 2018, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle Shape - why?
Replies: 32
Views: 2026

Bottle Shape - why?

The producer's website says the bottle is supposed to be reminiscent of a Roman amphorae. http://agustitorellomata.com/kripta-en/?lang=en

Artistic, maybe. Practical, no.
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
December 31st, 2017, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Well, at least there was Krug
Replies: 2
Views: 685

Well, at least there was Krug

For each wedding anniversary, we try to open a bottle from our wedding vintage (2001). This year, things didn't work out that way. The menu featured pan seared Moulard duck breast, and I don't have a single 2001 Burgundy (which is our go-to with duck). Maybe I could have pulled some '01 Riesling or ...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
November 22nd, 2017, 9:32 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 495
Views: 30912

Anyone use Global Entry Program?

Just wanted to put my $.02 in regarding the Mobile Passport app. I would do Global Entry, but we live in Kansas, and the nearest office that does interviews is in Chicago or Denver, so it's just not practical to get. The MP app has worked really well for us each time we've used it, and I would call ...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
August 25th, 2017, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2002 Roblet-Monnot Volnay Piture
Replies: 10
Views: 490

2002 Roblet-Monnot Volnay Piture

I've been a fan of Roblet-Monnot for some time. Unfortunately, their wines tend to be rather difficult to locate in the US. Most of mine were actually brought back from France as checked baggage. Agree with you on the general style - ripe flavors, but without pushing it too far over the edge. Pricin...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
August 23rd, 2017, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yvon Metras Beaujolias "Madame Germaine"?
Replies: 1
Views: 364

Yvon Metras Beaujolias "Madame Germaine"?

Anyone know anything about the 2016 Yvon Metras Beaujolais "Madame Germaine"? Received an offer for it today that had no info about what it is, other than it's a new cuvee for 2016. Probably safe to take a flyer on it just based on the producer, but odd that there's no info about it anywhere online ...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
October 31st, 2016, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Casual notes on some 40 year old wines
Replies: 8
Views: 655

Casual notes on some 40 year old wines

Due to a series of unfortunate events, we finally got around to celebrating my wife's 40th birthday this weekend- I had procured a thumb-less handful of 1975 wines to celebrate the occasion (or potentially to symbolize how over the hill I feel these days). Curious about your decision to select 1975...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
October 20th, 2016, 5:42 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Do you carry a passport on you when traveling abroad?
Replies: 43
Views: 1705

Do you carry a passport on you when traveling abroad?

I typically carry mine with me by default, either in a pocket separate from my wallet or in a bag that never leaves my person. Yes, it's somewhat bent and mangled from that kind of treatment, but it's still plenty valid. As mentioned, some countries require passport level identification be available...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
September 20th, 2016, 7:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help identifying a labeless Burgundy
Replies: 8
Views: 907

Help identifying a labeless Burgundy

Regarding the square basic price sticker, I've purchased "new" bottles locally as recently as 2010 with that very same yellow/red sticker (at least that's what it looks like to me in the picture). Yours clearly has some age to it, so it's probably not quite that new, but also not a sure-fire pointer...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
September 16th, 2016, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Outstanding airline in-flight wine experiences?
Replies: 11
Views: 888

Outstanding airline in-flight wine experiences?

What's the most outstanding wine experience you've ever had on a commercial airline flight, in terms of selection or service? A recent trip to Japan on ANA brought this topic to mind, as I encountered the strongest in flight selections I've seen thus far. This may be because I normally fly United, w...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
May 29th, 2016, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me pick a bottle from the list at Lidia's KC
Replies: 13
Views: 991

Help me pick a bottle from the list at Lidia's KC

Well, I started with an aperol spritz, and my wife had a limoncello based drink, so it wasn't too hard of liquor in our case. With some starchy food in between drinks and wine to clear and refresh the palate, it wasn't too bad. But we we certainly weren't trying to do a critical tasting. My parents,...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
May 29th, 2016, 6:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me pick a bottle from the list at Lidia's KC
Replies: 13
Views: 991

Help me pick a bottle from the list at Lidia's KC

Thanks again for the advice. It turned out the family was more in the mood for mixed drinks than wine, so we kept it simple with the Vietti Perbacco 2013. It was surprisingly forward and ready for business, though obviously quite primary. It went adequately well with everything from ossobuco to the ...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
May 27th, 2016, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me pick a bottle from the list at Lidia's KC
Replies: 13
Views: 991

Help me pick a bottle from the list at Lidia's KC

Are they wine people? Do you need a knockout bottle? If not the Vietti Perbacco is always very good. My parents are not wine people at all. They enjoy it when we bring/provide it, but at any price point it's a treat or splurge item otherwise. So it's safe to say we're looking for ourselves somewhat...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
May 27th, 2016, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me pick a bottle from the list at Lidia's KC
Replies: 13
Views: 991

Help me pick a bottle from the list at Lidia's KC

Taking the parents to Lidia's (Bastianich) Kansas City over the long weekend for their 44th anniversary, and am seeking suggestions from the list. I'm really only starting to explore Italian wines, so any recommendations for standouts would be appreciated. I don't see anything on the list that scare...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
April 26th, 2016, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne
Replies: 16
Views: 952

TN: 2000 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne

This was my first BdM (nor do I have any experience with aged Cali chardonnay) so I wasn't entirely sure what to expect, though I was somewhat prepared for Premox. I was initially pleased when I didn't find classic premox signs. So perhaps this very strong butterscotch profile is typical for lots of...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
April 25th, 2016, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne
Replies: 16
Views: 952

TN: 2000 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne

2000 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru: Opened to accompany a meal of sea scallops in a white wine/butter reduction. Perhaps never going to be an ideal match, but this particular bottle had been on my mind as one to drink sooner rather than later, so why not. Bottle acquired secondhan...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
March 31st, 2016, 10:34 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Best Airline Business Class to Europe?
Replies: 13
Views: 1192

Best Airline Business Class to Europe?

Note that OP is based in Oregon, so options from that area are somewhat more limited. Are you willing to make connections on either/both ends to get to a "better" C product, or is a reasonably direct flight more important? Is the seat itself most important? How tall are you? Food? Storage? Flight At...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
February 3rd, 2016, 4:45 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Kauai Restaurant Recommendations
Replies: 26
Views: 1583

Kauai Restaurant Recommendations

It's been a solid 5 years since we were there, so I won't argue on what the current best shave ice is. Heck, it might not even have been Jojo's back then, but whatever was in that building was good at the time. :)
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
February 3rd, 2016, 10:20 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Kauai Restaurant Recommendations
Replies: 26
Views: 1583

Kauai Restaurant Recommendations

I'll second Red Salt for fine dining. We stayed at the Koa Kea, and really enjoyed their food. Even the bar menu stuff was well executed (wagyu burgers were awesome). On the north shore, Tahiti Nui in Hanalei was surprisingly good - inventive and well prepared, all in something approaching a dive ba...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
January 3rd, 2016, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite glass (not flute) for Champagne?
Replies: 19
Views: 1087

Favorite glass (not flute) for Champagne?

Well, we went out yesterday and purchased a pair of Zalto Universal glasses. I could write a separate sidebar on how surprised I was to find them locally here in Wichita, KS, but suffice it to say I found them and with no markup. I have no doubt they'll be good glasses for still whites and smaller r...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
December 31st, 2015, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite glass (not flute) for Champagne?
Replies: 19
Views: 1087

Favorite glass (not flute) for Champagne?

*sigh* Now how did I miss that 4-page extravaganza? I really did use Search, I promise!
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
December 31st, 2015, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite glass (not flute) for Champagne?
Replies: 19
Views: 1087

Favorite glass (not flute) for Champagne?

Perhaps a bit late for tonight's NYE festivities, but I was just wondering if there's a consensus favorite glass for Champagne and other sparkling wines? We've recently been using our Spiegelau Authentis white wine glasses, and they seem to work reasonably well (better than the corresponding flutes,...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
November 13th, 2015, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gobble, Gobble. Who's ready to hobble?
Replies: 31
Views: 1182

Gobble, Gobble. Who's ready to hobble?

I learned my lesson on wine for family dinners several years ago, not long after first getting serious about wine. I brought a collection of nicer bottles that would pair well, and so on. Didn't get any farther than the initial bubbly ('88 Pol Roger) before I was asked by one family member if I had ...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
October 29th, 2015, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bond 007 Spectre Bollinger Champagne--Yay, Marketing!
Replies: 13
Views: 1136

Bond 007 Spectre Bollinger Champagne--Yay, Marketing!

Not quite on topic, but I saw a Spectre themed package of Belvedere vodka last week. The bottle comes in a more or less bullet shaped metal container that I suspect converts into a cocktail shaker. I was about to comment on it to the guy standing near me while perusing the spirits, but he saw it at ...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
October 19th, 2015, 4:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What should I drink at Eleven Madison Park?
Replies: 29
Views: 2439

What should I drink at Eleven Madison Park?

We did the suggested pairing when we visited a couple of years back. The selection were not super high end, but were thoughtfully done. As I recall there was at least one beer and maybe a cider in the mix, so the somms work with the full range of drinks available. Normally we get a white burg and a ...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
October 5th, 2015, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk Mencia
Replies: 41
Views: 2169

Let's talk Mencia

We've enjoyed the Palacios "Petalos" from the past few vintages (09-11), and really haven't let them gain much age. Relatively light and fruity with enough earth to keep me happy, and not as tannic or green as young Loire cab franc. I've wanted to try their medium-higher end offerings (Corullon and ...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
August 28th, 2015, 10:17 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: One way rental car fees - Europe
Replies: 11
Views: 489

One way rental car fees - Europe

You can try using a consolidator like AutoEurope. We're using them for a Rome-Geneva trip next week, and they came back quite a bit less expensive than the others. Now, the 1-way fee is still 300EUR, so it's not exactly free. the issue is that the rental agencies are mostly local outlets even if the...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
August 11th, 2015, 6:49 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Montalicino Wineries to vist
Replies: 36
Views: 1990

Montalicino Wineries to vist

Well, we ended up making a tasting appointment at Poggio Antico. We're going late in the afternoon and staying for dinner at their restaurant. I'm looking forward to being able to taste through the same producer's Rosso, Brunello, "modern" Brunello, and Riserva in a controlled setting. Since wine is...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
August 4th, 2015, 7:01 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Luggage Recommendations?
Replies: 41
Views: 2106

Luggage Recommendations?

Our first Rimowa (plain Salsa) has held up well so far, with a couple of international trips and plenty of domestic beatings. Yes, the polycarb does suffer scratches and the occasional gouge from the tender care of the baggage equipment, but it still looks nice. As mentioned, the sticky stuff comes ...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
July 30th, 2015, 6:00 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Montalicino Wineries to vist
Replies: 36
Views: 1990

Montalicino Wineries to vist

Thanks for the info, Brandon. The boss has told me she wants to visit Banfi, if only to see the castle and have the experience. I know it really is an industrial winery, so perhaps we'll balance that with something smaller and more personal like Stella di Campalto.
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
June 24th, 2015, 10:14 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Montalicino Wineries to vist
Replies: 36
Views: 1990

Montalicino Wineries to vist

My apologies for dragging this thread back to the top... We're headed to Tuscany for a few days in early September, and by coincidence are also staying at Castello di Velona. Just wanted to check whether any of the recommendations for wineries in this thread are appropriate for non-Italian speakers....
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
June 10th, 2015, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Couple Of White Burg Questions
Replies: 7
Views: 588

A Couple Of White Burg Questions

Is the quality of Beaune du Chateau deserving of 1er status? I guess I don't quite know, is there some definition of "Beaune du Chateau"? Bouchard's Beaune du Chateau 1er is a blend of 17 (yes, seventeen!) different Beaune 1er vineyards, reportedly totaling 21Ha of holdings. It includes fruit from ...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
April 14th, 2015, 10:53 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Best Steakhouse in Vegas?
Replies: 24
Views: 1853

Best Steakhouse in Vegas?

Just returned a week ago, and had a great meal at Prime. Perhaps a little more inventive than basic steakhouse dishes, and you can certainly see the slight Asian influence Jean Georges brings to the menu. Great experience with the somm, who was able to scrounge an '01 Albert Belle Hermitage (the las...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
April 14th, 2015, 10:32 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Credit Cards with chips?
Replies: 140
Views: 7482

Credit Cards with chips?

I've recently been issued a couple of chip + signature cards, which I'll admit is better than nothing, but still nowhere near as good as chip + PIN. What's really frustrating is that the card readers are starting to show up locally at larger or national retailers, but I have yet to see a single one ...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
February 26th, 2015, 4:47 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: travel suggestions - Austria and N. Italy
Replies: 23
Views: 1011

travel suggestions - Austria and N. Italy

Ian Sutton wrote: Apologies to Jeff - that was a proper thread hi-jack
Not at all - hijack away! Trento / Alto Adige is close enough to my possible itinerary that I might find something interesting!
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
February 26th, 2015, 7:41 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: travel suggestions - Austria and N. Italy
Replies: 23
Views: 1011

travel suggestions - Austria and N. Italy

We're looking at no more than a 2 week trip, so we won't have time for extended stays in any one location. Since this is our first time to this part of Europe, it will probably be a "highlights" trip rather than a deep dive. So let's call it a week in Austria and a week in Italy. Covering longer dis...
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
February 25th, 2015, 6:24 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: travel suggestions - Austria and N. Italy
Replies: 23
Views: 1011

travel suggestions - Austria and N. Italy

Thanks for the suggestions, all. I've clearly got some more research to do.
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
February 25th, 2015, 10:06 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: travel suggestions - Austria and N. Italy
Replies: 23
Views: 1011

travel suggestions - Austria and N. Italy

The intent was to stay more northeast in Italy - Dolomites and such. We'd also like to see the Lake Como region. I don't think we want to have the energy to get as far as Piedmont. Though I know there's been a request to visit Cinque Terre, which is obviously farther south west.
by Jeff Johannsmeyer
February 25th, 2015, 5:03 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: travel suggestions - Austria and N. Italy
Replies: 23
Views: 1011

travel suggestions - Austria and N. Italy

Planning a vacation this summer to eastern Austria and northern Italy, and looking for suggestions on destinations, activities, hotels, etc. Likely staring in Vienna and moving thru the Alps and Dolomites towards Milan (or vice versa). We've been to western Austria (Salzburg, Innsbruck), so no need ...

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