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by A Rubin Stein
June 21st, 2019, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Calon Segur 1996
Replies: 8
Views: 586

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: 2596

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: 1011

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: 1011

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: 2080
Views: 115935

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: 560

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: 4501

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: 3848

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: 1089

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: 1756

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: 2765

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: 1485

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: 547

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: 1931

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: 71

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: 1669

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: 445

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: 2673

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: 2673

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: 439

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: 586
Views: 58608

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: 586
Views: 58608

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: 2080
Views: 115935

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: 949

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: 586
Views: 58608

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: 418

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: 2494

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: 714

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: 4821

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: 4821

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: 1605

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: 861

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: 345

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: 570

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: 1053

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: 155

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: 613

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: 407

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: 1269

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: 2080
Views: 115935

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: 1014

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: 2080
Views: 115935

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: 1004

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: 725

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: 686

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: 1101

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: 1186

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: 973

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....

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