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by A Rubin Stein
October 16th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.
Replies: 27
Views: 1450

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
Topic: Barney Greengrass
Replies: 4
Views: 362

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
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2201
Views: 131050

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: 1416

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: 1756

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: 35
Views: 1907

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: 52
Views: 3777

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 Forum
Topic: Japan Experts Help Please
Replies: 25
Views: 2168

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: 7
Views: 600

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
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2201
Views: 131050

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: 6318

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: 11902
Views: 569988

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: 7144

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: 1117

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
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2201
Views: 131050

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
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2201
Views: 131050

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: 11902
Views: 569988

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: 1282

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: 1282

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.
by A Rubin Stein
July 24th, 2019, 6:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sales drop by 25% due to trade war
Replies: 44
Views: 2436

Re: Sales drop by 25% due to trade war

I cannot imagine the drop at Opus One. What other Napa wines are very popular with the Chinese consumers? Caymus? Silver Oak? What happen to the extra inventory? "Our offer today is from a premier Napa winery that we cannot name . . . cough, cough, Schmopus One, cough cough . . . that we are able t...
by A Rubin Stein
July 15th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Switzerland Recs
Replies: 11
Views: 1298

Re: Switzerland Recs

It's been a while since I went but Caduff's Wine Loft in Zurich was da bomb in terms of wine. Food was great too - food was pricey, wine had some real treasures. No real list, you go into the basement and pick something out. When I went, many burgundy treasures at fair values (the older the wine, t...
by A Rubin Stein
June 21st, 2019, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Calon Segur 1996
Replies: 19
Views: 1756

Re: Calon Segur 1996

I bought a magnum on release. Still have it. One of my first investments into my cellar.
by A Rubin Stein
May 30th, 2019, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chelsea Wine Storage sued again for disposing of customer wine
Replies: 37
Views: 2917

Re: Chelsea Wine Storage sued again for disposing of customer wine

Kudos to my partner Asher Rubinstein, who obtained the original temporary restraining order against Chelsea in the Moriarty case. I would add, "after consulting with me on the legal issues associated with the appropriate requirements for dealing with a warehouseman's lien claim under the Uniform Co...
by A Rubin Stein
May 29th, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 4 days in Southern Rhone
Replies: 12
Views: 1151

Re: 4 days in Southern Rhone

I agree with Daniel that the Southern Rhone, and especially Provence, are huge and many attractions are far afield. I found it helpful to group attractions together. For instance Bandol/Domaine Tempier/Cassis/Calanques are all not too far from each other and make a good grouping, but getting there c...
by A Rubin Stein
May 28th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 4 days in Southern Rhone
Replies: 12
Views: 1151

Re: 4 days in Southern Rhone

I agree on the hill towns of Gordes and Roussillon. We also enjoyed the market in Forcalquier, which I believe is on Mondays. If you're looking for a central place to stay in Provence, I highly recommend Hostellerie de L'Abbaye de la Celle. While in Provence, I also recommend the Verdon Gorge and Mo...
by A Rubin Stein
May 23rd, 2019, 8:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2201
Views: 131050

Re: New York City Restaurants

Mark Gilje wrote:
May 21st, 2019, 11:33 am
Is there anything comparable to the now-closed Artisanal for cheese/wine combo? Looking for some place for lunch.
You might have a look at https://www.casellulahk.com/
But know that it's much more low key than Artisanal was.
by A Rubin Stein
April 22nd, 2019, 11:48 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: is anyone open for tour & tasting on Saturday in Champagne?
Replies: 11
Views: 940

Re: is anyone open for tour & tasting on Saturday in Champagne?

Reach out to Vouette et Sorbée. Or better yet, have Jake reach out for you. We visited a couple of weeks ago, then had lunch at Le Garde Champetre, which I recommend.
by A Rubin Stein
April 16th, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Drinking In Burgundy Is Good
Replies: 62
Views: 4935

Re: Wine Drinking In Burgundy Is Good

Jeremy and William, We missed you at Au Fil du Zinc by just a few days. What a memorable dinner! We ordered the 2010 Raveneau Chapelot, which was great, as well as the 1986 Raveneau Butteaux that you also enjoyed, served to us blind, and it was amazing. We also had the 2010 Raveneau Mont Mains as yo...
by A Rubin Stein
April 15th, 2019, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: April Frost in Burgundy
Replies: 64
Views: 4211

Re: April Frost in Burgundy

I was in the Aube and Chablis not even two weeks ago and frost was definitely a concern. Christian Moreau was putting blankets on some of his Grand Cru vineyards. At Vouette & Sorbée, they were preparing candles, as they were in Chablis. I took the opportunity to ask the vignerons about insurance fo...
by A Rubin Stein
April 15th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 4-15-19
Replies: 16
Views: 1205

Re: Wine Impressions 4-15-19

Surprising Dauvissat notes. But then again, maybe not. I'm finding that some 2008s have not been showing well lately.
by A Rubin Stein
March 5th, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burglary bait
Replies: 21
Views: 1888

Re: Burglary bait

I know the owner and I have enjoyed an evening of wine in this apartment. It is a beautiful apartment, an urban palace combined from nine or so smaller units, if I recall correctly. As for the art, it's legit and includes original Miró and Chagall works, and a Han Dynasty horse sculpture (if I recal...
by A Rubin Stein
January 26th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The anomaly that is Chateau Palmer.
Replies: 53
Views: 3038

Re: The anomaly that is Chateau Palmer.

I have a fondness for Palmer, after reading in "Wine and War" that Palmer hid Jews during World War II.
by A Rubin Stein
January 18th, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: G. Conterno Barolo ?
Replies: 26
Views: 1640

Re: G. Conterno Barolo ?

I've had some bottles of Conterno-Fantino where the oak has integrated with time, resulting in a good wine. Similar results with certain vintages of Gaja and Scavino. But confusing Conterno-Fantino with Giacomo Conterno is an amateur blunder. I would understand if a waiter made such a mistake, but a...
by A Rubin Stein
January 11th, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1969 Château d'Yquem (France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes)
Replies: 12
Views: 670

Re: TN: 1969 Château d'Yquem (France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes)

My vintage, too. I don't recall having had the '69 d'Yquem. But, around ten years ago, I did open a 1969 Climens Barsac which was amazing and impressed a room full of wine people. More recently, a '69 Conterno Cascina Francia Barolo was a bad bottle, but a '69 Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico...
by A Rubin Stein
January 9th, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are these the top "wine influencers"?
Replies: 41
Views: 2197

Re: Are these the top "wine influencers"?

Well, one of the NYC wine guys told me that he no longer posts tasting notes on Rioja because he is a "market mover", so I suppose anything is possible.
by A Rubin Stein
December 30th, 2018, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Giovanni Rosso Barbera d'Alba Donna Margherita
Replies: 1
Views: 103

Re: TN: 2005 Giovanni Rosso Barbera d'Alba Donna Margherita

From a similar $5 Zachys blow out sale of the same era, a 2003 Giovanni Rosso Barolo that I opened a couple of months ago was prune juice. But, the 04 G. Rossi Barolos are great.
by A Rubin Stein
December 26th, 2018, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Shock: Fourrier Bourgogne preferred to a Grand Cru.
Replies: 20
Views: 1789

Re: A Shock: Fourrier Bourgogne preferred to a Grand Cru.

I had the 2015 Fourrier Bourgogne this week. It's a wine of substance. I look forward to trying it again in five or so years.
by A Rubin Stein
December 25th, 2018, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How Long To Decant 1977 Taylor's Vintage Port?
Replies: 7
Views: 509

Re: How Long To Decant 1977 Taylor's Vintage Port?

Are you planning on finishing the bottle in one evening? I would leave some over; it may be even better on the second night.
by A Rubin Stein
December 22nd, 2018, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ouch. Premoxed 2011 V. Dauvissat La Forest
Replies: 56
Views: 3069

Re: Ouch. Premoxed 2011 V. Dauvissat La Forest

Premox is already hitting some ‘14s, like the Billaud Simon Mont de Milieu I opened recently. (Oddly enough, another bottle also recently opened from the same case was corked, but that’s another issue.) Ouch. Maybe time to do an NYC ‘14 Chablis thing or two, and try to assess broadly. Let’s do that...
by A Rubin Stein
December 22nd, 2018, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ouch. Premoxed 2011 V. Dauvissat La Forest
Replies: 56
Views: 3069

Re: Ouch. Premoxed 2011 V. Dauvissat La Forest

Premox is already hitting some ‘14s, like the Billaud Simon Mont de Milieu I opened recently. (Oddly enough, another bottle also recently opened from the same case was corked, but that’s another issue.)
by A Rubin Stein
December 22nd, 2018, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1962 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva
Replies: 8
Views: 477

Re: TN: 1962 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva

Thanks for the note. It’s helpful, as I have a ‘69 Produttori on deck to open, which I will give plenty of air.
by A Rubin Stein
December 19th, 2018, 10:22 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO
Replies: 619
Views: 65297

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

No corkage on the night we went. The menu as well states no tipping accepted, so we did not leave a tip. I guess we should have slipped our waiter some money anyway, right? I got the impression that he would not be allowed to accept it, but maybe I am wrong.
by A Rubin Stein
December 19th, 2018, 9:49 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO
Replies: 619
Views: 65297

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

Went to Sutton Inn this week with another couple, and we brought multiple bottles. This was my first time, and I'll be back, as will the other couple who live around the corner and enjoyed it with us. The food is not thrilling but it's solid, the staff aims to please, and the wine service was terrif...
by A Rubin Stein
December 18th, 2018, 12:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2201
Views: 131050

Re: New York City Restaurants

Folks, Any advice for pre or post-theater dinner near the Barrymore Theater? Have tickets to The Band's Visit and need a dinner option to go with it. Thanks As others have said, slim pickings in Times Square/Theater District for much that is more than mediocre. However, based on the Instagram posts...
by A Rubin Stein
December 17th, 2018, 12:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Most Pretentious Crappy Restaurant Review I have ever read.
Replies: 11
Views: 1063

Re: The Most Pretentious Crappy Restaurant Review I have ever read.

I went two weeks ago for a celebratory business lunch. The room was beautiful. The food was good, but short of great. Service was surprisingly slow at first, but then caught up. The $33 cheeseburger was lousy. It's definitely a "power" restaurant and I'm sure the owners will make a lot of money, irr...
by A Rubin Stein
December 13th, 2018, 6:48 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO
Replies: 619
Views: 65297

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

I met friends last night for some wine and dinner at North Square. To say that it was mediocre would be praising it too much. The food was unexciting and reminded me of banquet hall cuisine. The waitress counted our bottles for corkage purposes ($20/b) before we even ordered. The "cheese plate" look...
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: 539

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: 3161

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: 5
Views: 786

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: 5117

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...

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