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by Brad B a l l i n g e r
April 25th, 2019, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GrapeCollective: Slovenian Wines
Replies: 1
Views: 215

Re: GrapeCollective: Slovenian Wines

Tom, I was in Slovenia 1.5 years ago.The Vipavska Valley is a great wine region in the western part of the country (along with Goriška Brda), and most of the wine imported (at least to Minnesota where I live) is from the eastern part near Hungary. They're okay, but not like the wines from the west. ...
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
April 20th, 2019, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: German Eiswein Label Deciphering Help
Replies: 9
Views: 429

Re: German Eiswein Label Deciphering Help

John Morris wrote:
April 19th, 2019, 5:25 pm
I take it you haven't pulled the cork. I had an Eiswein ten years or so ago that had some invented brand name (Villa something) but had the real producer's name on the cork.
Owned by a friend. I'll be tasting it April 28.
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
April 20th, 2019, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: German Eiswein Label Deciphering Help
Replies: 9
Views: 429

Re: German Eiswein Label Deciphering Help

Probably this one? https://www.meininger.de/en/wine/2001-heppenheimer-stemmler-riesling-eiswein It is listed as Grosses Gold, but otherwise seems to match. Would make it Bergstrasser Winzer as you suspected. Thanks, Cam. Prior to even posting here looking for assistance, I told the owner I thought ...
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
April 20th, 2019, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: German Eiswein Label Deciphering Help
Replies: 9
Views: 429

Re: German Eiswein Label Deciphering Help

Arnt Egil Nordlien wrote:
April 20th, 2019, 12:07 pm
The wine has been sold by Ulrich Langguth. Try to contact there.

http://www.langguth-ulrich.com/weingut- ... ontakt.php
I emailed Patrick Langguth prior to seeing this response. No reply yet.
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
April 20th, 2019, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your house champagne?
Replies: 90
Views: 3825

Re: What's your house champagne?

Marc Hebrart Rosé NV
Bérêche NV
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
April 20th, 2019, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cork recycling day
Replies: 13
Views: 640

Re: Cork recycling day

Some places turn them over to people who will make soles for shoes. Others will make bulletin boards, flooring, or other construction material.
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
April 19th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: German Eiswein Label Deciphering Help
Replies: 9
Views: 429

Re: German Eiswein Label Deciphering Help

Update. Unfortunately, no help. Monica Yu at Plume Ridge confirmed they used to bring in a wine with this label, but has no records from that long ago. Also, I attempted to fill out an e-form on the shipper's web site, but it required captcha completion and the site hasn't upgraded its captcha softw...
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
April 19th, 2019, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your top italian whites ?
Replies: 92
Views: 2859

Re: What are your top italian whites ?

A few not mentioned...

Malvira Roero Arneis
Cottanera Etna Bianco
Grosjean Petite Arvine
Montenidoli "Fiore" Vernaccia di San Gimignano
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
April 19th, 2019, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: German Eiswein Label Deciphering Help
Replies: 9
Views: 429

German Eiswein Label Deciphering Help

Looking for Producer (and hopefully vintage) information on this wine. I know Village + Vineyard is Heppenheimer Stemmler. Photos sent by a friend, not taken by me, which means I can't decipher what is written in the gold ring around the Mundus Vini label. I've also written to Plume Ridge, but might...
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
July 1st, 2018, 2:29 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: ISO Information/Recommendations Re: The Azores
Replies: 2
Views: 271

ISO Information/Recommendations Re: The Azores

Thank you. Lots of good information.
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
June 26th, 2018, 2:17 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: ISO Information/Recommendations Re: The Azores
Replies: 2
Views: 271

ISO Information/Recommendations Re: The Azores

One thread about the Azores on this forum, and that mainly concerned what to do with a nine-hour layover in Boston en route. I haven't purchased anything yet, but am strongly leaning toward an Azores vacation later this year. A bit more in airfare to get there, but extremely reasonable (downright ch...
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
October 19th, 2017, 11:04 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Slovenia Trip Help
Replies: 13
Views: 727

Slovenia Trip Help

Fantastic choices! So glad you enjoyed Danilo! Nina and Gaspar are doing a bang-up job with the place! Faladur in Ajdovščina was one of my first introductions to wines of the Vipava valley. Wonderful place! What wines are you bringing home? Wines are boxed up, and box taped shut for travel. Photos ...
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
October 18th, 2017, 10:58 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Slovenia Trip Help
Replies: 13
Views: 727

Slovenia Trip Help

So far: Food: Gostilna Danilo, Skojfa Loka, Retece = excellent, for both food and wine. Valentin, Ljubljana = simple, but expertly prepared, fish and seafood. I've cooked in a couple of nights, and eaten what my distant relatives have cooked. Wine: Ajovščina, Faladun wine bar. Tasted wines of the Vi...
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
October 13th, 2017, 11:27 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Slovenia Trip Help
Replies: 13
Views: 727

Slovenia Trip Help

Thanks, again, everyone. We are in Toronto, waiting to leave for Munich. We will be going to Ljubljana. I know we will eat lunch at Valentin (in the back of a seafood market). There is also a street food festival on Saturday, October 21. A chocolate festival on that same day. Going to try horse meat...
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
October 13th, 2017, 4:41 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Toronto Airport
Replies: 7
Views: 353

Toronto Airport

Thanks, all. It was still worth asking. Flying Air Canada.
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
October 12th, 2017, 6:29 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Toronto Airport
Replies: 7
Views: 353

Toronto Airport

As part of the trip to Slovenia (see separate thread), our departing flight from Minneapolis/St. Paul has a 4.5 hour layover in Toronto before heading off to Munich. I don't anticipate leaving the airport--especially if there's a customs issue for leaving and returning. If I'm mistaken , please advi...
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
October 12th, 2017, 6:25 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Munich, one night
Replies: 15
Views: 793

Munich, one night

Thanks for the continued suggestions. Ended up booking an AirBnB lodging in the Altstadt. I will check out some of the suggestions for food and drink.
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
October 12th, 2017, 6:22 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Slovenia Trip Help
Replies: 13
Views: 727

Slovenia Trip Help

Thanks. Danilo is about 30 minutes away. Could work for lunch or an early dinner. Lookes like Majerija will be open on Friday and Saturday only. We'll see if our itinerary takes us in that direction on those days.
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
October 6th, 2017, 2:07 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Slovenia Trip Help
Replies: 13
Views: 727

Slovenia Trip Help

Thanks for the responses, all. I've had to amend my initial plans getting from Munich to Slovenia. I've had no bites on the carpooling site, Bla Bla Car, from my travel date and time. There is one driver going at 22:40, but we arrive at 8:00. I'm not going to sit around all day just for a cheap car ...
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
October 3rd, 2017, 1:05 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Slovenia Trip Help
Replies: 13
Views: 727

Slovenia Trip Help

Thanks, Jason. Yes, we are also planning on Bohinj. I'll share the rest of your post (and pics) with my wife to help with our planning.
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
September 30th, 2017, 7:14 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Slovenia Trip Help
Replies: 13
Views: 727

Slovenia Trip Help

My wife and I are traveling to Slovenia, October 13-24. We fly in and out of Munich. I have several questions/topics on which I'm seeking input. 1. Travel between Munich and Slovenia. After some research and much thought, I've decided it's better to rent a car in Slovenia rather than at the Munich a...
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
September 30th, 2017, 6:37 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Munich, one night
Replies: 15
Views: 793

Munich, one night

Thanks for the replies thus far. The last one sounds most plausible.

For reference, the date we'll be staying there is October 23. Oktoberfest will have run its course by then. Still open to additional suggestions. Joe, any specific place you recommend?
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
September 26th, 2017, 7:17 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Munich, one night
Replies: 15
Views: 793

Munich, one night

My wife and I are taking a trip to Slovenia (separate thread coming). We fly in and out of Munich. Our return flight departs from Munich at 11:40, so we will be staying in Munich the night prior. Looking for recommendations for one night, both lodging and entertainment (food and drink). We WILL NOT ...
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
June 2nd, 2016, 1:20 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Help with New England fall color trip
Replies: 16
Views: 852

Help with New England fall color trip

Littleton, New Hampshire. Can't recall the name of the B and B we stayed at. May come to me later. Supposed peak colors are ALWAYS the first or second weekend in October.
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
May 30th, 2016, 4:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another List: 50 States, 50 Pizzas
Replies: 9
Views: 709

Another List: 50 States, 50 Pizzas

One web site's opinion about the best pizza from each state (plus District of Columbia). I can support the Minnesota pick, but it's hard to just pick one.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/restaurants/ ... izzas.html
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
May 25th, 2016, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You get one last glass of wine... You pick?
Replies: 33
Views: 1266

You get one last glass of wine... You pick?

Good question, tough call. My first impulse was 1961 Latour. My birth year, and a wine I'd never otherwise be able to purchase (except in the fantasy you've created). I also like the idea of Champagne, and a 1996 Bollinger RD seems like a good option. But this is the end of a life. And I'd probably ...
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
May 25th, 2016, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 847
Views: 55964

Which Champagne are you drinking?

2008 Pierre Gimonnet "Special Club" - Very clean. Generous acidity. Silky mousse.

2007 Pierre Callot "Les Avats" Avize Grand Cru - A bit oxidized in style (noticeable more on aroma than taste). Layered, complex.
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
May 20th, 2016, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sharing Wine in Restaurants
Replies: 22
Views: 2014

Sharing Wine in Restaurants

That Montenidoli 'Fiore' is delicious wine. Wholeheartedly agree, Oliver. It's is a truly beautiful wine drinking very well. Sadly the distributor/importer bringing it into Minnesota has had a falling out with Montenidoli. I grabbed the last remaining bottles from the retailer not knowing when we'd...
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
May 20th, 2016, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine youve "wasted" by drinking when hammered
Replies: 57
Views: 3628

Best wine youve "wasted" by drinking when hammered

I can recall four of them. Whether or not they were "wasted" is up for debate. In both cases, everyone was content, and another bottle didn't need to be opened. All of them were with a small contingent of the local wine intelligencia. 1996 Tempier Bandol Rouge - Someone had brought a much younger Te...
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
May 20th, 2016, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 847
Views: 55964

Which Champagne are you drinking?

Opened a Delamotte NV to serve as purely an aperitif to guest before we left for a restaurant (three block walk away). Truly enjoyed the wine. Lot's of chalk and citrus. Next time, however, I will not serve this purely as an aperitif. It would be a much better food wine.
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
May 19th, 2016, 12:47 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Portsmouth NH
Replies: 8
Views: 626

Portsmouth NH

Also, if you have time to yourself, NH is a small state. Franconia Notch is a good place to hike. Ditto, Washington Mountain. You can also take a day trip drive up the coast of Maine.
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
May 19th, 2016, 12:43 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What To Get In Duluth MN?
Replies: 5
Views: 540

What To Get In Duluth MN?

Anytime! PM me with enough advanced notice.
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
May 19th, 2016, 12:40 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Copenhagen
Replies: 4
Views: 429

Copenhagen

I'm not sure about family friendly options, apart from Tivoli Gardens--which can be expensive. But interesting things to do are to visit the Louisiana art museum, head across the channel to Malmo, Sweden, for a day trip, walk Strøget a lot--great pedestrian street.
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
May 15th, 2016, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sharing Wine in Restaurants
Replies: 22
Views: 2014

Sharing Wine in Restaurants

Regarding the corked wine... I understand the logic. And I didn't provide all the detail in the interest of brevity. But the server told me that they all thought it smelled funny, but tasted fine. I don't think they dumped it. Yet, it was corked. Badly. Also, I haven't over-thought this. I mainly fo...
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
May 15th, 2016, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sharing Wine in Restaurants
Replies: 22
Views: 2014

Sharing Wine in Restaurants

Last night, I had two different experiences in the same restaurant regarding sharing (and not sharing) wine with other patrons. The two circumstances were unrelated to each other. First experience . While waiting for our table to be set, another customer (also waiting) noticed my wine carrier. He po...
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
May 13th, 2016, 8:59 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What To Get In Duluth MN?
Replies: 5
Views: 540

What To Get In Duluth MN?

Local brews: Bent Paddle and Castle Danger. For drinking in Duluth, Fitgers.

Other Minnesota brews that you should be able to find do indeed include Surly and Fulton. Try Fulton 300, if it's stocked in a Duluth shop. Try Surly Todd the Axeman. Those are two that I don't think you've had.
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
May 11th, 2016, 6:53 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16372
Views: 424793

What BEER are you drinking?

Found this (to my pleasant surprise) at the local beer store...
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
May 9th, 2016, 1:36 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16372
Views: 424793

What BEER are you drinking?

Surly Xtra Citra Pale Ale. Big whiff of citra hops when popping the can open. Bright, showing initial promise. But, at the end of the day, it's a(nother) session ale with a big hole in the mid-palate. Meh.
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
May 6th, 2016, 8:32 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Naples and Almafi Coast
Replies: 54
Views: 2109

Naples and Almafi Coast

If going to Ravello, another option for lunch would be to go to one of markets, buy some miscellaneous delectables, and just sit it the town square and enjoy the various food and the environment. On the way to Revello, just off one of the hairpin switchbacks is a small burg called Pontone. There is...
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
May 5th, 2016, 7:00 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Naples and Almafi Coast
Replies: 54
Views: 2109

Naples and Almafi Coast

I'll have a rental car. I don't know where you are picking up/dropping off the rental. Having a car in Naples is risky. Worse driving than in Rome. Only town I've seen worse than Naples is Lisbon. Driving the Amalfi Coast is fine. It will take some getting used to, and the local will fly past you. ...
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
May 5th, 2016, 6:57 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Naples and Almafi Coast
Replies: 54
Views: 2109

Naples and Almafi Coast

Bdklein wrote:And if you stay in/near Positano, I highly recommend Il Ritrovo" in Montepertuso (town up above Positano)
Montepertuso is a great little village. I also recommend Dona Rosa for dinner.
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
May 5th, 2016, 9:27 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Naples and Almafi Coast
Replies: 54
Views: 2109

Naples and Almafi Coast

Piling on by recommending Ravello. Include that in your search on this forum.
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
May 2nd, 2016, 5:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1360
Views: 70757

What did you cook tonight?

Vietnamese flank steak with cucumber radish salad on top of rice noodles.
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
May 2nd, 2016, 8:44 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best Burger in Each State
Replies: 64
Views: 3005

Best Burger in Each State

No argument from me about Minnesota. Better than Matt's? I haven't had Revival's burger, but Matt's is still top of the list for me. Second would be the burger at Haute Dish. You just like Matt's for the name. neener That one is too greasy for me. Had a good burger at St. Dinette over the weekend.
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
May 1st, 2016, 7:10 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16372
Views: 424793

What BEER are you drinking?

Fulton "300" Mosaic IPA. Best from Fulton yet.
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
April 28th, 2016, 7:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best Burger in Each State
Replies: 64
Views: 3005

Best Burger in Each State

No argument from me about Minnesota.
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
April 28th, 2016, 4:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best Burger in Each State
Replies: 64
Views: 3005

Best Burger in Each State

Another list. Sure to generate "controversy." But they are entertaining nonetheless.

http://www.purewow.com/food/best-burgers-by-state
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
April 27th, 2016, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 847
Views: 55964

Which Champagne are you drinking?

2002 Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d'Or. Nutty, creamy, balanced. Don't see it developing any further.

NV Bérèche Reflet d'Antan. 2010 base. Disgorged April 2015. Fresh and bright, yet rich and complex. Very fine bead. Seamless. Need to get more.
by Brad B a l l i n g e r
April 27th, 2016, 9:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Wisconsin Supper Clubs
Replies: 22
Views: 1498

Wisconsin Supper Clubs

Kiddie cocktails, Pretending the little breadsticks from the cracker basket were cigars, Surf n turf, Vinyl bucket chairs with wheels, Au Gratin potatoes, Adjacent bowling alleys, Playing dice games in the bar, Falling asleep on the way home. Set ups Melba toast Frogs legs Cottage cheese with pinea...

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