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by A Rubin Stein
November 29th, 2018, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT
Replies: 13
Views: 338

Re: TN: 1999 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT

To experienced Flaccianello drinkers, how long do I keep my bottles away before I open one? I have these vintages: 2011, 2013 & 2015. 2011 Flaccianello, from a reputed "lesser" vintage (and I'm not sure I entirely agree) is really a strong, concentrated wine that is in need of lots of cellar time t...
by A Rubin Stein
November 28th, 2018, 5:44 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC - Burgundy GC Reds @ Little Frog (12/13)
Replies: 51
Views: 1587

Re: NYC - Burgundy GC Reds @ Sutton Inn (12/13)

If there is room for 12/13, I'd like to join.
I pulled an '06 Drouhin Clos de Vougeot from storage, if that fits.
by A Rubin Stein
November 28th, 2018, 10:11 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Switzerland
Replies: 4
Views: 443

Re: Switzerland

If you go to Zurich, check out a restaurant called Caduff's Wine Vault. It's been a few years since I was there, but I enjoyed a memorable meal with fresh local venison. Guests get to go down into the cellar and choose bottles off the shelves. I enjoyed an older Mascarello Barolo for a good price.
by A Rubin Stein
November 24th, 2018, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Black Friday deals 2018
Replies: 60
Views: 4579

Re: Black Friday deals 2018

Warre’s 1994, $55 at Benchmark. I just picked up a case from the Benchmark bin sale: 3 2006 Philipponnat Cuvee 1522 Rose $75@ 3 1994 Warre's $55@ 2 1988 Rieussec 375ml $35@ 1 2004 Climens 375ml $25 3 2009 Vilmart Coeur de Cuvee $100@ Time to stop and let the Amex cool off a bit. Cheers, Warren Warr...
by A Rubin Stein
November 24th, 2018, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Black Friday deals 2018
Replies: 60
Views: 4579

Re: Black Friday deals 2018

Warre’s 1994, $55 at Benchmark.
by A Rubin Stein
November 16th, 2018, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty
Replies: 32
Views: 1461

Re: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty

Having been a part of the NYC wine scene for two decades or more, Michel is widely missed here. He built his business from scratch, works exceedingly hard and it's nice to see him getting recognized. David Sugarman deserves credit also. I hope they have tremendous success.
by A Rubin Stein
November 8th, 2018, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seeking advice on which Vintage Ports to open next
Replies: 23
Views: 775

Re: Seeking advice on which Vintage Ports to open next

I think the '97s and '00s on your list are way too young and will develop further with additional cellar time.
I opened the '94 Vesuvio a few weeks ago. It was very good, but still primary. I would hold.
The '77 and '85 should be great, and I would open those.
by A Rubin Stein
October 25th, 2018, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1997 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)
Replies: 2
Views: 321

Re: TN: 1997 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)

Thanks for the note Jeremy. I have the '97 Rabaja, Rocche and Asili, but not Santo Stefano. I think Giacosa made the wines of the vintage in 1997, and all the ones I've had are showing beautifully. I'd give them a couple of years possible upside, based on time they have taken to open up in the glas...
by A Rubin Stein
October 8th, 2018, 7:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Long Island North Fork Restaurants suggestions
Replies: 12
Views: 412

Re: Long Island North Fork Restaurants suggestions

I have not been in years, but the Frisky Oyster in Greenport used to be great.
by A Rubin Stein
October 3rd, 2018, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Impressions from a Ridge Dinner...
Replies: 11
Views: 995

Re: TN: Impressions from a Ridge Dinner...

Eighteen wine tasting notes, twenty references to oak.

At least there were no references to "Draper perfume" which is really . . . oak.
by A Rubin Stein
September 22nd, 2018, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Caprili Brunello di Montalcino
Replies: 2
Views: 139

Re: TN: 2012 Caprili Brunello di Montalcino

Thanks for the note. I like this producer quite a bit and visited a few years back; beautiful vineyards. A bottle of the '07 Brunello I opened a couple of months ago was singing.
by A Rubin Stein
September 16th, 2018, 6:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT
Replies: 14
Views: 532

Re: TN: 2006 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT

Although the '11 was not as well-received by critics as many other vintages, it is drinking very nicely right now, albeit primary. But it is open. I agree fully with this. I think ‘11 in Tuscany was underrated in general by the critics, and the ‘11 Flaccianello in particular is a buying opportunity...
by A Rubin Stein
September 4th, 2018, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Giuseppe Rinaldi Nebbiolo d'Alba (Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Nebbiolo d'Alba)
Replies: 4
Views: 393

Re: TN: 2006 Giuseppe Rinaldi Nebbiolo d'Alba (Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Nebbiolo d'Alba)

This is surprising, no? Classic producer, great vintage, hearty grape. Am I wrong to think that 2006 Nebbiolo isn't really that old, especially in the hands of Rinaldi?
by A Rubin Stein
August 21st, 2018, 11:07 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Two Le Cache Wine Storage Fridges for Sale (NYC metro)
Replies: 16
Views: 1191

Two Le Cache Wine Storage Fridges for Sale (NYC metro)

One holds 324 bottles. The second holds 648. Plus room at the top of the racking for magnums or OWCs. PM me for pictures. Boardmember Chris Kravitz gave both a tune up a couple of years ago and installed a new cooling unit in the larger. $700 for the 324; $1,400 for the 648. Both for $2K. Buyer to p...
by A Rubin Stein
August 6th, 2018, 9:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 1790
Views: 100106

New York City Restaurants

R@y.Tupp@+sch wrote:Has anyone been to Bouley at Home?
My girlfriend took me for my birthday last year. Fantastic meal.
by A Rubin Stein
July 30th, 2018, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2002 Corton "Bressandes" - Chandon de Briailles
Replies: 20
Views: 933

2002 Corton "Bressandes" - Chandon de Briailles

I brought the 2006 Chandon de Briailles Corton "Bressandes" to a dinner recently with some very experienced Burgundy palates, and it was one of the star wines of the evening. Great purity. Among my circles of wine friends, this producer is highly regarded and the comments to the contrary in this thr...
by A Rubin Stein
July 27th, 2018, 7:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 1790
Views: 100106

New York City Restaurants

I've been to Noreetuh in the East Village twice in recent weeks, and both times were great. The food is Hawaiian with Asian influences, not fancy but interesting, good quality and good thought behind the dishes and combinations. The owner loves wine, welcomes BYO and the wine service is top-notch.
by A Rubin Stein
July 13th, 2018, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Montmains SCREW CAP
Replies: 32
Views: 940

TN: 2006 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Montmains SCREW CAP

Nathan V. wrote: Montmains isn't a top siteeither within Michel or generally.
Can you elaborate? Raveneau's is terrific, and I like Fevre's as well.
by A Rubin Stein
June 21st, 2018, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestions for an under-$25 Chianti tasting?
Replies: 22
Views: 636

Suggestions for an under-$25 Chianti tasting?

Mike's list above is very good. I agree especially with Felsina and Selvapiana. I'd also add Rodano, a traditional and quality producer.
by A Rubin Stein
June 6th, 2018, 10:35 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Macy's NYC Fireworks 7/4
Replies: 22
Views: 623

Macy's NYC Fireworks 7/4

David, Any public spaces will be a cluster, as you wrote. That includes the FDR drive, which is closed off to cars but is standing room only for pedestrians along the East River. I thought that the Long Island City side of the East River would allow for more elbow room and smaller crowds, but that w...
by A Rubin Stein
May 28th, 2018, 8:44 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Should I book a Hotel room thru Booking.com, Expedia or some other OTA?
Replies: 22
Views: 965

Should I book a Hotel room thru Booking.com, Expedia or some other OTA?

My understanding, perhaps wrong, is that if you need something done - a change, a cancellation, etc. - and you've booked through an OTA rather than directly, you're likely to be met with resistance or more difficulty.
by A Rubin Stein
May 21st, 2018, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYC birthday present query
Replies: 20
Views: 1127

NYC birthday present query

R_Gilbane wrote:
Nathan Smyth wrote:Has anyone ever done business with "MCF Rare Wine" on 13th Street?

Yes. Matt Franco is a good guy. Great wine selection and does a lot of fantastic tastings (never been to the tastings so just making an observation based on the emails).
I'm another happy customer.
by A Rubin Stein
May 19th, 2018, 7:33 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: London advice? Trying to make a happy birthday for 13 year old daughter
Replies: 38
Views: 886

London advice? Trying to make a happy birthday for 13 year old daughter

I took my teenage daughter to London and the following were her favorites: Tea at Sketch is a must. My daughter loved it. https://sketch.london/ Shopping at Harrods. The food court at Harrods is great for snacking, too. Fortnum & Mason also. Since you will be in Marlyebone, stop in at La Fromagerie....
by A Rubin Stein
May 2nd, 2018, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Instructions to your heirs on how to sell your wines?
Replies: 73
Views: 2662

Instructions to your heirs on how to sell your wines?

I thought the entire purpose of A) Cellaring wine, and B) Having heirs was so that C) The heirs [and/or the heirs' heirs and/or the heirs' heirs' heirs] could DRINK the dadgum wine. Why in the name of God almighty would you want to sell it? Well, it is possible they could go into probate and be sol...
by A Rubin Stein
April 28th, 2018, 7:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Instructions to your heirs on how to sell your wines?
Replies: 73
Views: 2662

Instructions to your heirs on how to sell your wines?

Wine is personal property and should be subject, like all of one's personal property, to proper estate planning documents, such as a trust and/or a will. The larger or more valuable the wine collection, the more this is true.
by A Rubin Stein
April 9th, 2018, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Select one white and one bubbly from these wines for an event with 100 people.
Replies: 22
Views: 877

Select one white and one bubbly from these wines for an event with 100 people.

Good thing I know where the reserve wines will be poured.
by A Rubin Stein
April 6th, 2018, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Advice from people who have been there...
Replies: 32
Views: 2240

Advice from people who have been there...

Anton D wrote:I realized I had just been letting the days go by, letting the water hold me down, water flowing under ground. I'd taste a wine and go, "This is not my beautiful wine! How did my palate get here? And I asked myself where does this hobby go to?"
Same as it ever was.
by A Rubin Stein
March 20th, 2018, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Lagrange (St. Julien) (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)
Replies: 19
Views: 910

TN: 2000 Château Lagrange (St. Julien) (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)

Yup. I opened a bottle recently and thought it was very good, and still very youthful.
by A Rubin Stein
February 24th, 2018, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone actually stopped buying wine?
Replies: 71
Views: 3691

Has anyone actually stopped buying wine?

Am I buying wine to drink a this point, some of course, but in general what will happen to all this wine? You know the answer already. Your wine, like your other assets, becomes the property of your estate. You need to leave proper instructions on what to do with all of the assets you leave behind,...
by A Rubin Stein
February 6th, 2018, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has the new shipping bans altered your wine purchases.
Replies: 34
Views: 1658

Has the new shipping bans altered your wine purchases.

OTOH living in NY, I have not noticed any real changes, although it has involved some fairly creative shipping solutions. Really? Wine Library, K&L, Vinopolis and Martin Steinley all are unable to ship to me in NY. But for the most part these are for recent vintage wines, Mark, whereas you buy old ...
by A Rubin Stein
February 6th, 2018, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has the new shipping bans altered your wine purchases.
Replies: 34
Views: 1658

Has the new shipping bans altered your wine purchases.

OTOH living in NY, I have not noticed any real changes, although it has involved some fairly creative shipping solutions. Really? Wine Library, K&L, Vinopolis and Martin Steinley all are unable to ship to me in NY. But for the most part these are for recent vintage wines, Mark, whereas you buy old ...
by A Rubin Stein
February 2nd, 2018, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - 1999 Guigal Cote-Rotie Brune et Blonde
Replies: 16
Views: 510

TN - 1999 Guigal Cote-Rotie Brune et Blonde

I also recall good experiences with the '83, '85 and '88, but my understanding is that in those years, the Brune et Blonde benefited from (a) Guigal incorporating the fruit of smaller growers who then, in later vintages, bottled on their own, and (b) less of use of new oak. Am I wrong in thinking th...
by A Rubin Stein
January 23rd, 2018, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Tasting New York
Replies: 3
Views: 415

Wine Tasting New York

Executive Wine Seminars. Chambers Street, Flatiron and Grapes are good wine stores that put on dinner tastings. Grapes is in White Plains but occasionally has dinners in Manhattan. Some restaurants also do wine dinners around a theme, like a particular producer's wines. La Pizza Fresca comes to mind.
by A Rubin Stein
January 17th, 2018, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Goldman Sachs Co-President has $1.2mm in wine stolen...
Replies: 74
Views: 6242

Goldman Sachs Co-President has $1.2mm in wine stolen...

Shucks, I feel so bad for him. Not. What a terrible thing to say. It's ok for a wealthy person to be robbed, because he is wealthy? He may be better positioned to recover from the crime, but that doesn't make the crime any less a crime. I know the Solomon family from my home town. David Solomon is ...
by A Rubin Stein
January 17th, 2018, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Goldman Sachs Co-President has $1.2mm in wine stolen...
Replies: 74
Views: 6242

Goldman Sachs Co-President has $1.2mm in wine stolen...

With all the money Solomon has, can't he just chalk this up to bad judgment on his own part? What do you mean? That it was bad judgment to hire the assistant who later ripped him off? Or that it was bad judgment to pay so much for trophy wines? By "can't he just chalk this up to . . ." do you mean ...
by A Rubin Stein
January 4th, 2018, 7:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Montreal Restaurant Recommendation
Replies: 26
Views: 1356

Montreal Restaurant Recommendation

Paul -
Jean-Talon market, and possibly Atwater.
by A Rubin Stein
January 3rd, 2018, 3:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Montreal Restaurant Recommendation
Replies: 26
Views: 1356

Montreal Restaurant Recommendation

Some impressions from a long new years weekend in Montreal. Note that many top places - - including Joe Beef, Candide and Toque - - all close during the Christmas to New Years span and some thereafter. Brisket Vieux-Montréal - a smoked beef place in the Old Town convenient to our hotel, which had de...
by A Rubin Stein
December 23rd, 2017, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 9811
Views: 436285

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

With another trip to Southern Florida coming up for the holidays, I doubt I can say these are the last purchases of the year. Do you mean that there is a wine shop in Southern Florida that you like, or that you're buying up north to bring on your trip to FL? If the former, where? I still recall the...
by A Rubin Stein
December 20th, 2017, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Levet Cote Rotie Chavaroche
Replies: 36
Views: 2052

TN: 2005 Levet Cote Rotie Chavaroche

Does anyone have experience with the Levet "Maestria" Cote Rotie? I understand that it's a wine for European release. Anyone know how it differs from or compares to Levet's other cuvees?
by A Rubin Stein
December 12th, 2017, 7:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 1790
Views: 100106

New York City Restaurants

Ramon, I suspect it's Casellulah, a cheese and wine bar in Hell's Kitchen, and indeed one of the better places in Hell's Kitchen.
https://www.casellulahk.com/
by A Rubin Stein
December 6th, 2017, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Fontodi - Flaccianello (Italy, Tuscany, Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT)
Replies: 2
Views: 180

TN: 2011 Fontodi - Flaccianello (Italy, Tuscany, Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT)

I also opened a bottle recently, my first. I thought it has excellent raw materials but is much too young and raw currently. Should age really well. I think 2011 is under-heralded in Tuscany and this wine is one of the best of that vintage.
by A Rubin Stein
November 29th, 2017, 12:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Need Ann Arbor Recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 360

Need Ann Arbor Recommendations

Larry Kaplan wrote:
A Rubin Stein wrote:
Larry Kaplan wrote: Any breakfast Rec's?
Angelo's.
thanks Never been
It's classic. I ate there every day of my senior year at UM and I hear it's still great.
by A Rubin Stein
November 29th, 2017, 11:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Need Ann Arbor Recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 360

Need Ann Arbor Recommendations

Larry Kaplan wrote: Any breakfast Rec's?
Angelo's.
by A Rubin Stein
November 14th, 2017, 12:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 1790
Views: 100106

New York City Restaurants

Cote Korean Steakhouse - what am I missing here? https://www.cotenyc.com/ I dined at Cote last week. The room was very loud, the walls cold and grey and the lighting was bright and stark. It's a place to go with a group, more casual than traditionally what one thinks of when one thinks of a Micheli...
by A Rubin Stein
November 14th, 2017, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gonon prices are crazy...
Replies: 47
Views: 2516

Gonon prices are crazy...

Even at current release pricing, I no longer think this wine is worth the money. Those prices on back vintages are insane. Don’t think it’s worth $50 a bottle? at $50 yes, but that certainly didn't seem to be the norm this year. Agree. I also wonder what's behind the Gonon price increases? I don't ...
by A Rubin Stein
November 13th, 2017, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Isole e Olena Cepparello
Replies: 12
Views: 606

TN: 2011 Isole e Olena Cepparello

Great note. I think '11 is an under-rated vintage for Tuscany. Many of the wines were made very well and have great balance and freshness. I had the '11 Fontodi Flaccianello over the weekend; it needs five years in the cellar but has great raw materials.
by A Rubin Stein
October 14th, 2017, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike on Tour--Oct 13--Dinner in Philly with Sarah Kirschbaum et al
Replies: 10
Views: 788

TNs--Mike on Tour--Oct 13--Dinner in Philly with Sarah Kirschbaum et al

Mike Grammer wrote: Sarah suggested instead that she and her marvelous husband Jonathan host at their place instead.
I had not met Sarah and Jonathan before this, but I am hugely glad I've corrected that. They are wonderful people and generous to a fault.
Yes, indeed. Special nights follow invites from those two.
by A Rubin Stein
September 29th, 2017, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Making Sense Of Italian Wine: How Did You Do It?
Replies: 44
Views: 1864

Making Sense Of Italian Wine: How Did You Do It?

Interesting question, because I don't see approaching Italian wines any differently than wines from any other part of the world. I guess I approach all wine regionally, for context and typicity. It would seem that for many people, their entry point is Tuscany, for various reasons, like Sangiovese's ...

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