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by A Rubin Stein
April 8th, 2020, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Passover Wines
Replies: 41
Views: 1189

Re: Passover Wines

2010 Fevre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros
2014 Chandon de Briailles, Savigny Les Beaune 1er Les Lavières
by A Rubin Stein
April 8th, 2020, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Check - R Squared Selections LLC in Washington DC?
Replies: 11
Views: 812

Re: Retailer Check - R Squared Selections LLC in Washington DC?

I've known the owners for years and I know them to be upstanding men. I've bought from R Squared multiple times. They source some interesting wines directly from Europe. They also supplied to some of the best restaurants in NYC.
by A Rubin Stein
March 23rd, 2020, 8:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acker Merrall Condit (Are they working?)
Replies: 5
Views: 891

Re: Acker Merrall Condit (Are they working?)

I live a block away. They’re open.
by A Rubin Stein
March 11th, 2020, 11:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: NYC Italian-Anyone been to Feroce or Il Divo?
Replies: 7
Views: 1088

Re: NYC Italian-Anyone been to Feroce or Il Divo?

Until recently, I lived across the street from Il Divo. I've been there twice. The first time, only to say a quick hello to friends who were dining across the street. They raved about their meals. I did actually dine there once. I took my father, who is in his 70s and likes traditional restaurants. ...
by A Rubin Stein
February 20th, 2020, 12:15 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Madrid, España
Replies: 21
Views: 1853

Madrid, España

I'm beginning a new thread for Madrid-specific recommendations. I'll be there with my eighteen year old daughter. Hotel and dining recommendations are most appreciated. We are foodies and prefer interesting and genuine over fancy. Wine-related travel is not a specific focus this time, but I would ve...
by A Rubin Stein
February 18th, 2020, 2:32 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Boca Raton and Surrounding Areas
Replies: 14
Views: 1850

Re: Boca Raton and Surrounding Areas

Just spent a long weekend in Boca and a local friend turned us on to a little secret: Los Bocados, a taco counter inside a Chevron station in Parkland. Yes, inside a gas station. This place has great reviews. We all loved it.
by A Rubin Stein
January 29th, 2020, 10:27 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: NYC restaurant recommendations
Replies: 11
Views: 1815

Re: NYC restaurant recommendations

On the Upper East Side, I recommend The Simone and Flora Bar; both are excellent and have good wine lists.
On the Upper West Side, you could try Nice Matin. The food is more brasserie and the wine list is also good. Marea and Jean-Georges also, more upscale.
by A Rubin Stein
January 18th, 2020, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lots of mature Rioja (1942-1996) in NYC
Replies: 20
Views: 1248

Re: Lots of mature Rioja (1942-1996) in NYC

And isn’t Noreetuh just a gem of a restaurant for wine dinners? Jin is a wine lover himself and makes such an effort that his guests have a great time.
by A Rubin Stein
January 14th, 2020, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses
Replies: 4
Views: 511

Re: TN: 2010 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses

I've enjoyed the Fevre 2010 Bougros Côte Bouguerots and Les Clos recently. I think Fevre did a great job in 2010.
by A Rubin Stein
January 2nd, 2020, 11:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2501
Views: 155245

Re: New York City Restaurants

We had a good run recently, over the holidays. Here are some quick reports: Loring Place - We dined here on Christmas Eve and liked it a lot. It's on Eighth Street in Greenwich Village, a street that I have for decades associated with cheap clothing stores, concert posters and drug paraphernalia. No...
by A Rubin Stein
December 15th, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Fontodi "Flaccianello" - RED RIESLING
Replies: 17
Views: 1112

Re: 2016 Fontodi "Flaccianello" - RED RIESLING

OIC. I had '11 last year and it was such a beautiful wine. I'm keeping a few bottles of '13, '15 & '16 hoping for a little vertical experience in a few years. Cheers! Yeah I had the 2011 several months ago as well, liked it very much but indeed quite useful. No regrets opening it at all I agree wit...
by A Rubin Stein
December 10th, 2019, 9:44 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO
Replies: 676
Views: 78194

Re: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO

Hadn't been to Racines in a few months. Shan's group met there last night for dinner and some Nuits St. Georges. First, the food: loved the chicken liver mousse, steak tartar and the duck. Substituted cheese for dessert. But what really grabs me, what makes Racines a gem in the NYC wine scene, is it...
by A Rubin Stein
December 6th, 2019, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Protecting your $$$$$ wines
Replies: 53
Views: 3373

Re: Protecting your $$$$$ wines

I transfer title to a trustee in Liechtenstein and store the wines in a bank vault in the Alps.
by A Rubin Stein
December 4th, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO
Replies: 676
Views: 78194

Re: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO

I attended a birthday dinner last night at Batard in Tribeca. The guest of honor brought multiple top bottles ('01 d'Yquem), many in magnum ('93 Vilmart Coeur de Cuvée, '85 Pichon Lalande). The group consisted of friends who have been tasting wine together for two decades. Batard did an excellent jo...
by A Rubin Stein
December 2nd, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Miami Restaurant Reccos
Replies: 30
Views: 4939

Re: Miami Restaurant Reccos

A few recent experiences: Mandolin Aegean Bistro - excellent Greek and Turkish a block or two from the Design District. Laid back vibe, but it's a hard table to get, even on a Monday night. Staff is great, friendly and eager to please. Interesting wine list, too. We had the '16 Clos Cibonne Tibouren...
by A Rubin Stein
November 29th, 2019, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Black Friday Deals
Replies: 78
Views: 7946

Re: Black Friday Deals

The key, as always, is to be selective. Every wine retailer is having a Black Friday "sale", and all of us who buy wine on-line have our inboxes deluged today. I've bought 2013 Brovia Barolo from Morrell, 2015 H. Lignier Burgundy from HDH and 2013 Il Poggione Brunello from Zachys.
by A Rubin Stein
November 28th, 2019, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old Hermitage Blanc - what to serve with it? (and decant?)
Replies: 31
Views: 1411

Re: Old Hermitage Blanc - what to serve with it? (and decant?)

We had an '84 Guigal Hermitage Blanc this past summer. Still had freshness, acidity and character. We enjoyed it with a variety of different cheeses.
by A Rubin Stein
November 20th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO
Replies: 676
Views: 78194

Re: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO

Yakitori Torishin, West 53rd Street. $40/bottle. Pros: The food is excellent. Cons: Four different people repeated to us that corkage is $40/b. The first set of glasses were good, the next were not. Service is surprisingly spotty and the opposite of what I encountered in Japan, meaning that here, it...
by A Rubin Stein
November 12th, 2019, 11:29 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Long Island
Replies: 220
Views: 17820

Re: Long Island

Thank you, Art and Diane. Very good choice.
by A Rubin Stein
November 11th, 2019, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vigna rionda ester canale giovanni rosso
Replies: 31
Views: 2118

Re: Vigna rionda ester canale giovanni rosso

Eric Guido wrote an interesting piece about it: https://morrellwinebar.com/resurrecting-collina-rionda/
by A Rubin Stein
November 11th, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: A Good Week in NYC
Replies: 6
Views: 836

TNs: A Good Week in NYC

Sunday, Greg dal Piaz was in town, and Josh and I met him for dinner at Forgione , one of my go-to restaurants in TriBeCa, with solid food, a downtown, cool vibe, exposed brick and lots of candles. We started with my bottle of 2016 Davissat Chablis 1er Vaillons , which began very salty and then surp...
by A Rubin Stein
November 11th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Long Island
Replies: 220
Views: 17820

Re: Long Island

Any options near the Nassau Coliseum for before a show, and on a Sunday? Thanks for any tips.
by A Rubin Stein
November 8th, 2019, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Paloma Merlot from the recent fire sale
Replies: 25
Views: 1686

Re: TN: 2012 Paloma Merlot from the recent fire sale

Thanks for the memories. Paloma was a wine board favorite in the late '90s. Their Syrah was excellent and the Merlot was great as well. I visited them at their home on Spring Mountain in 1999 or 2000. Their home was near the top, and I recall it was quite foggy up there. Jim mentioned the rattlesnak...
by A Rubin Stein
November 6th, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO
Replies: 676
Views: 78194

Re: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO

Red Peony is a new Chinese restaurant at 24 West 56th Street (in the old Joe's Shanghai space - and they still have soup dumplings). They are eager to host wine dinners with no corkage, at least until they receive a liquor license. Stemware is thick wide bowls, adequate but not suitable for your fin...
by A Rubin Stein
October 29th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: hometown bbq brooklyn wine dinner
Replies: 2
Views: 588

Re: hometown bbq brooklyn wine dinner

Was this at the Red Hook location or the new one in Industry City?
Are they amenable to BYO wine dinners? That would be fantastic.
I love the Red Hook location. But sometimes the lines are just crazy.
Edit: I see you bought a dinner there, at auction and brought wine. Well done!
by A Rubin Stein
October 29th, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2501
Views: 155245

Re: New York City Restaurants

Absolutely brutal review of Peter Luger's steakhouse by Pete Wells, NYT: https://nyti.ms/2Jya0hs
by A Rubin Stein
October 25th, 2019, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo
Replies: 2
Views: 449

Re: TN: 1996 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo

Hi, Hart. Nice meeting you last month at Riverpark for the Suchots tasting.
I was at Estela with a wine supplier, so we had an industry discount on corkage.
by A Rubin Stein
October 25th, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo
Replies: 2
Views: 449

TN: 1996 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo

Decanted in my office around 3pm and enjoyed from 8 to 11pm. Initial taste was charmless, lean and carried what I thought was a troublesome burnt note, but thankfully that blew off. Hours later, the nose is pretty complex, the palate deep, with focused cherry fruit, a smokey balsamic note, slightly ...
by A Rubin Stein
October 25th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14052
Views: 683590

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Bruno Clavelier Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Corbeaux 2012
Fourrier Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2016
Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino Pertimali 2013
by A Rubin Stein
October 24th, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2501
Views: 155245

Re: New York City Restaurants

Estela last night, definitely worthy of its Michelin star awarded this week. The menu is diverse and interesting, and everything that came out from the kitchen was delicious. The staff is young, hip, handsome and seemed to glow following the star this week. The room is buzzing with energy and loud, ...
by A Rubin Stein
October 24th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Few Recent Tastes I
Replies: 3
Views: 588

Re: TN: A Few Recent Tastes I

Nice work, Marc. Interesting, eclectic selection and great notes.
by A Rubin Stein
October 16th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.
Replies: 39
Views: 4882

Re: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.

In Stockholm, I really enjoyed the restaurant Mathias Dahlgren Matbaren. If you like digestifs, they have a few made of unexpected ingredients; don't miss the snaps made from horseradish and lemon (snaps pepparrot). I heard good things about Nook and Volt, but did not have a chance to try them perso...
by A Rubin Stein
October 16th, 2019, 8:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Barney Greengrass
Replies: 4
Views: 1685

Re: Barney Greengrass

Shut down by DOH, and a few days later, open again. Like DiFara pizza. Is this, like parking tickets, a revenue grab for the City? These violations seem easy to overcome and then the restaurant re-opens quickly. And, if I recall correctly, in DiFara's case, it seems to happen repeatedly.
by A Rubin Stein
October 16th, 2019, 8:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2501
Views: 155245

Re: New York City Restaurants

Recently discovered Via Carota (thanks YB) and have had two excellent meals there in the past three weeks. The room is great and the service was on point. The menu is large so I was pleasantly surprised that there were no duds. It's super casual and exactly the way that I want to eat and drink for ...
by A Rubin Stein
October 16th, 2019, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestion for a red to serve at a party
Replies: 42
Views: 1754

Re: Suggestion for a red to serve at a party

I have had really good luck matching CNDP with Indian food (no hotter that medium). . . . In the same vein, I like California GSM blends, especially those that are a bit heavy on the Grenache. The first time I had the combination, it was because it was all I had in my office . . . . Yes, the good w...
by A Rubin Stein
October 12th, 2019, 9:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great restaurant, fine tiny terrifying wine list, 3 tns.
Replies: 13
Views: 1900

Re: Great restaurant, fine tiny terrifying wine list, 3 tns.

Thanks for this review, Dan. We often find ourselves in Koreatown, and our go-to is Osamil, a block away. Her Name is Han has been on my list to try for a while, but the crowds and the noise turn me off. I do recommend Osamil on your next visit. Clusel Roch, the Côté Rotie producer, is a surprise.
by A Rubin Stein
October 11th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best place to sell a few cases of wine?
Replies: 49
Views: 4399

Re: Best place to sell a few cases of wine?

The auction market is softening. Mixed case lots, even of great wines, are not generating that much demand. See the Golodetz sale thread. Factor in the fees and I suspect your return will be low. I think the better route would be Commerce Corner, although you'd have to deal with multiple individual ...
by A Rubin Stein
October 5th, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 76
Views: 6933

Re: Winebid revised.....

$50-55 per case to NYC, which is not that different from many retailers. However, I hadn’t updated my settings (last used in 2013) which authorized WineBid to ship without regard to consolidating, and as a result I’m getting three cases at $50-55 each, and one single bottle at $22.
by A Rubin Stein
October 2nd, 2019, 1:44 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Japan Experts Help Please
Replies: 42
Views: 6108

Re: Japan Experts Help Please

Jud Reis wrote:
August 12th, 2019, 1:03 pm
One last favor - any recommendations on hotels in Kyoto - does not have to be super fancy, but would like convenient location to tourist areas, public transport. Thanks!
We stayed at The Thousand in Kyoto, steps from the main train station, and we liked it a lot.
by A Rubin Stein
October 1st, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: "The Ultimate Whisky Collection" Coming to Auction at Sotheby's
Replies: 14
Views: 3319

Re: "The Ultimate Whisky Collection" Coming to Auction at Sotheby's

It looks like the auction is open online on Sotheby’s website now and it looks very impressive.
by A Rubin Stein
September 26th, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2501
Views: 155245

Re: New York City Restaurants

Really enjoyed Flora Bar last night, in what was the old Whitney Museum on Madison Avenue on the restaurant-starved Upper East Side. Wine list is very good, service top-notch and food quite good also. Corkage is $50. Probably one of the best places in the neighborhood.
by A Rubin Stein
September 25th, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 7003

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

My grandparents were survivors of the Holocaust; their children, spouses, siblings and parents were not. Growing up, I was told by family members and teachers to boycott German products. Following the Holocaust, Germany paid reparations to survivors and today, Germany is a friend of Israel and seems...
by A Rubin Stein
September 23rd, 2019, 9:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14052
Views: 683590

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Various lots from Mark Golodetz's cellar, including Drouhin across multiple vintages, including Clos des Mouches
89, 90, 91 and 93, and Hudelot Noellot Mergers from 99 and 05. And 97 Fonseca Port, because I'm certain it's awesome, even though I won't open any for many years.
by A Rubin Stein
September 23rd, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heritage Auction - Familiar Cellar Name
Replies: 104
Views: 7883

Re: Heritage Auction - Familiar Cellar Name

It was tough, I was expecting a little more. Not a great week for wine auctions, sale at the other houses were also little lackluster. Mark, your auction faced direct competition from Zachys and Hart Davis, on the same weekend. And Zachys is having another live auction next week. There is a lot of ...
by A Rubin Stein
September 12th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Travelogue: Georgia (the country)
Replies: 33
Views: 1451

Re: Travelogue: Georgia (the country)

Thanks for the enjoyable travelogue, Otto.

If you are interested in Georgian wines, you should connect with Lisa Granik, MW. She is a big promoter of Georgian wines and consults to various wineries in Georgia. I'd be happy to introduce you.
by A Rubin Stein
August 22nd, 2019, 10:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2501
Views: 155245

Re: New York City Restaurants

Crown Shy tables hard to snag! Any updates since the earlier notes?? I went last week to celebrate my fiance's birthday. We loved it. Top-notch in all respects, from decor to vibe to food, with service being particularly on-point. Wine list is great. Not an easy reservation. I sent an email about a...
by A Rubin Stein
August 22nd, 2019, 10:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2501
Views: 155245

Re: New York City Restaurants

R@y.Tupp@+sch wrote:
August 21st, 2019, 5:19 pm
Neta closing in a couple of weeks. Haven’t been there in a few years but I was a regular until Nick and Jimmy left to open Shuko.
Neta made a 8th Street a dining destination, rather than merely the street I recall from high school to get fake IDs and concert posters. Loring Place also.
by A Rubin Stein
August 16th, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14052
Views: 683590

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2013 Cavallotto Barolo Riserva San Giuseppe
2013 Livio Sassetti Brunello Pertimali
2015 Felsina Rancia
2015 Felsina Fontalloro
by A Rubin Stein
August 12th, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1979 Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches
Replies: 34
Views: 1384

Re: TN: 1979 Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches

Asher, Sounds like sage advice. Would be interesting to know if the 2015 was mostly primary at this point versus going into a shell already. Cheers, Doug Doug, I've had the '15 three times, in '17, '18 and '19. The last bottle, two weeks ago, was still very primary (and boardmember Sarah K. noted t...
by A Rubin Stein
August 11th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1979 Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches
Replies: 34
Views: 1384

Re: TN: 1979 Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches

Frederico L e e wrote:
August 9th, 2019, 4:20 am
I have 3 bottles of 2015 Drouhin Clos des Mouches Rouge. How long do I need to wait to enjoy them? 20 years? :(
I opened a bottle last week. My advice is to forget about this wine in your cellar for at least ten more years, ideally many more.

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