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by MandyC
May 14th, 2019, 5:19 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: London / Solo Diner
Replies: 34
Views: 1538

Re: London / Solo Diner

Clove Club : I hit Clove Club my first of three nights--solo at the bar after a long flight. It was *excellent* -- fun with delicious, well-executed, and moderately interesting food. Easily performing at a solid Michelin ** level, albeit in a relaxed atmosphere. I chatted with the very personable s...
by MandyC
March 17th, 2019, 6:06 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?
Replies: 34
Views: 2656

Re: Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?

Has anyone tried Jewel of the South yet?
by MandyC
March 17th, 2019, 6:04 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: No New Orleans bar thread?
Replies: 9
Views: 690

Re: No New Orleans bar thread?

I'd like to add Manolito to the list. Great Cuban themed bar from Chris Hannah formerly of French 75 and Nick Dietrich formerly of Cane and Table/Cure.

Had a good experience recently at the Elysian Bar in the Hotel Peter and Paul.
by MandyC
April 19th, 2018, 1:52 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Adventures in Paris
Replies: 421
Views: 23524

Adventures in Paris

Me too, Victor. I'll be there May 12
by MandyC
April 19th, 2018, 11:23 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Adventures in Paris
Replies: 421
Views: 23524

Adventures in Paris

Any recent visits to L'Assiette? Looks like it's been popular with posters in the past. If you've been, what's the wine list like (variety, price, etc)?
by MandyC
April 9th, 2018, 12:28 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Chinon and Saumur
Replies: 15
Views: 680

Chinon and Saumur

I'll be there 3 days in May, too! I have appointments at Catherine and Pierre Breton, Thierry Germain, Bernard Baudry, and am working on scheduling with Guiberteau.
by MandyC
January 17th, 2018, 11:58 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Loire/Chinon trip in the spring
Replies: 8
Views: 646

Loire/Chinon trip in the spring

Thanks Mark and Robert for the information!

Domaine du Closel sounds like a great visit. Coincidentally, both Baudry and Domaine du Closel were poured at my local wine shop's tasting this week.
by MandyC
January 17th, 2018, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands Save the Date: Jan. 17th
Replies: 65
Views: 3808

Sandlands Save the Date: Jan. 17th

It took me a few tries to get to the site, but I was able to place my order. This is my second year ordering from Sandlands. I wasn't allocated any trousseau last year- can't wait to try this year's!
by MandyC
January 8th, 2018, 2:50 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Loire/Chinon trip in the spring
Replies: 8
Views: 646

Loire/Chinon trip in the spring

I'm in the beginning stages of planning a 3 night trip to the Loire valley in early May and would love to hear any recommendations or advice from anyone who's been to the area. We'll be staying in Chinon and renting a car to get around. The basic plan is to visit a few wineries and check out a castl...
by MandyC
September 6th, 2017, 3:47 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Experiences in the Loire
Replies: 6
Views: 586

Experiences in the Loire

Would love to hear about your experiences when you return from your trip. I'll be visiting in the spring.
by MandyC
July 19th, 2017, 12:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Favorite Instant Pot recipes?
Replies: 90
Views: 4902

Favorite Instant Pot recipes?

Got one of these for my birthday last month and am still trying to figure out more ways to use it. In addition to the rice, grains, stock, etc already mentioned, I use mine to make boiled eggs. It's super quick and they peel much easier than boiling on the stove.
by MandyC
April 14th, 2017, 11:43 am
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: 4 Offers from Wilde Farm
Replies: 25
Views: 2692

4 Offers from Wilde Farm

I'd love an answer on this, too. I've had mine for a couple weeks, and am ready to pop one open!
by MandyC
March 21st, 2017, 10:19 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?
Replies: 34
Views: 2656

Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?

Thanks all....made a few rezzies combining some old and some new plus left some time open. I will get back with a few impressions. One restaurant I am curious about is Brigtsen's ......we have loved it in the past but it seems to get little play on this board. Anyone with an opinion or experience? ...
by MandyC
March 7th, 2017, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands February Offer
Replies: 142
Views: 10063

Sandlands February Offer

Does anyone know a better way to get in touch with Sandlands than the email address on the site? I need to change my shipping address and haven't gotten a reply to the email I sent a couple weeks ago.
by MandyC
February 18th, 2017, 4:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Colonna pods for Nespresso - AMAZING!!!
Replies: 37
Views: 2716

Colonna pods for Nespresso - AMAZING!!!

Thanks for the recommendation. Going to get a sampler for my husband's office Nespresso machine.
by MandyC
January 27th, 2017, 9:58 am
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: Harrington's Carnival of Lost Vines - three BerserkerDay specials!
Replies: 15
Views: 1467

Harrington's Carnival of Lost Vines - three BerserkerDay specials

Was going to jump in until the dreaded "Sorry, we cannot ship to AL." Makes me sad every time I see it. Sorry about that, Mandy. It's a bummer that we can't ship to all states. Unfortunate, for sure. Some wineries can, and some can't. Some have to ship to the state store instead of directly to the ...
by MandyC
January 27th, 2017, 9:47 am
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: Harrington's Carnival of Lost Vines - three BerserkerDay specials!
Replies: 15
Views: 1467

Harrington's Carnival of Lost Vines - three BerserkerDay specials

Was going to jump in until the dreaded "Sorry, we cannot ship to AL." Makes me sad every time I see it.
by MandyC
January 24th, 2017, 12:11 pm
Forum: NEWBIE INTROS
Topic: Winderlea Vineyard and Winery - Dundee Hills, Oregon
Replies: 10
Views: 1091

Winderlea Vineyard and Winery - Dundee Hills, Oregon

Hello, Bill! I saw Winderlea on the line up list for Alabama Pinot Camp next month. Will you be making any stops other than Birmingham? I'd love to try your wines at the Huntsville event.
by MandyC
December 8th, 2016, 3:52 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: New Orleans aka NOLA
Replies: 8
Views: 1243

New Orleans aka NOLA

Brigtsen's fee is $25/bottle.
by MandyC
December 6th, 2016, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11528
Views: 536957

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Picked up some Vincent and Matello/Goodfellow wines to give as Christmas gifts. Spreading the love!
by MandyC
December 4th, 2016, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon)
Replies: 20
Views: 664

TN: 1990 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon)

Great notes. Opened a bottle of this a couple weeks ago. It was my first experience with aged Raffault, and it did not disappoint. My bottle also needed a couple hours to come around.
by MandyC
December 3rd, 2016, 8:49 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?
Replies: 34
Views: 2656

Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:Caribbean Room was always great fun in the old days. I'd love to see what John Besh & Cooper Manning have done with the re-birth.

Is it a new location or still on St. Charles?
Still on St. Charles in the newly reopened Ponchartrain Hotel.
by MandyC
December 3rd, 2016, 7:09 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?
Replies: 34
Views: 2656

Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?

Brennan's fits both the "newer" and "usual suspects" categories in its current incarnation. Had a great meal there last December. Coquette is a usual suspect for me as I usually hit it up on every visit, although it may be new to you. It's overwhelming the number of new restaurants that have opened ...
by MandyC
November 15th, 2016, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What SHIPMENT did you receive today?
Replies: 475
Views: 22283

What SHIPMENT did you receive today?

My order of Vincent's 15s showed up today.
by MandyC
November 6th, 2016, 1:54 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: New Orleans Dec 14-17
Replies: 0
Views: 653

New Orleans Dec 14-17

Anything going on in New Orleans Dec 14, 15, 16, or 17? My husband and I will be in town and don't have any plans other than to eat and drink as much as we possibly can.
by MandyC
October 22nd, 2016, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What SHIPMENT did you receive today?
Replies: 475
Views: 22283

What SHIPMENT did you receive today?

Got my 2015 Walter Scott Les Fleurs Chardonnay from Viticole yesterday. Yay!
by MandyC
September 15th, 2016, 3:04 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Portland, McMinnville OR Restaurant Rec's Needed
Replies: 13
Views: 1067

Portland, McMinnville OR Restaurant Rec's Needed

In McMinnville earlier this year I enjoyed:
Thistle - highly recommend the bar if you're into cocktails
Pura Vida - great, fresh ceviche
Valley Commissary - perfect for lunch, and super close to wineries (Matello/Goodfellow being a must-stop)
by MandyC
September 11th, 2016, 2:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Online source for pine nuts?
Replies: 9
Views: 608

Online source for pine nuts?

I've gotten these from nuts.com and been pleased with the quality (not so pleased with the price!).
https://nuts.com/nuts/pinenuts/mediterranean.html
by MandyC
July 13th, 2016, 9:56 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Where to stay in Piedmont?? 11/6-10/2016
Replies: 22
Views: 1439

Where to stay in Piedmont?? 11/6-10/2016

I can also vouch for Fratelli Revello if you haven't already booked elsewhere. Lovely people, good breakfast, great location. Walking distance to Osteria Veglio is another plus.
by MandyC
June 28th, 2016, 4:35 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Visiting Portland Oregon
Replies: 11
Views: 854

Visiting Portland Oregon

If I just had one day in wine country, I'd go with Jason's suggestion to stick to McMinnville. Matello/Goodfellow was one of the highlights of my recent trip, as was lunch at Valley Commissary. Got coffee at Flag and Wire across the street. The Eyrie tasting room always has something from the librar...
by MandyC
June 28th, 2016, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carpano Antica Formula
Replies: 13
Views: 739

Carpano Antica Formula

Definitely my favorite sweet vermouth for cocktails. On the rocks with an orange twist is a great aperitif, too.
by MandyC
June 7th, 2016, 5:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is Oregon chardonnay so expensive?
Replies: 190
Views: 12019

Why is Oregon chardonnay so expensive?

When I was in the business, I used to be think that some wineries didn't need to sell wine. I'm not saying this is the case with Seth. Yet, some places will make 25-75 cases and keep it for a year. I think you see more with Pinot Noir. I drink just as much Oregon Chardonnay as I do Pinot Noir. I'm ...
by MandyC
June 6th, 2016, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is Oregon chardonnay so expensive?
Replies: 190
Views: 12019

Why is Oregon chardonnay so expensive?

Is anyone familiar with the Morgen Long Chardonnay released today? I'm intrigued. This is an appropriate thread since it's priced at $50.
by MandyC
May 13th, 2016, 7:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Portland Eats
Replies: 246
Views: 15366

Portland Eats

I had dinner at Castagna on Saturday and can gladly report that they were full.
by MandyC
May 7th, 2016, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is Oregon chardonnay so expensive?
Replies: 190
Views: 12019

Why is Oregon chardonnay so expensive?

Tasted a very nice chardonnay from Crowley at New Seasons today. Definitely worth the $25.
by MandyC
May 7th, 2016, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Franchere Syrah Havlin Vineyard Willamette Valley
Replies: 12
Views: 451

TN: 2013 Franchere Syrah Havlin Vineyard Willamette Valley

Thanks, Marcus. Looking forward to it. Lunch at Valley commissary sounds perfect.
by MandyC
May 3rd, 2016, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Franchere Syrah Havlin Vineyard Willamette Valley
Replies: 12
Views: 451

TN: 2013 Franchere Syrah Havlin Vineyard Willamette Valley

Popped and poured a bottle of the '14 tonight. Definitely higher in acid and lighter in body than I expect from syrah. Really lovely stuff.
by MandyC
April 28th, 2016, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Day Trip to Willamette Valley - Recommendations Needed
Replies: 34
Views: 1799

Day Trip to Willamette Valley - Recommendations Needed

Looking forward to hearing about your trip as I'll be spending a few days there week after next. Already have bookings at Goodfellow, PGC, Vincent, and am working on finalizing Walter Scott, Helioterra, and Crowley appointments. The first four along with Cameron, Seven of Hearts and Longplay repres...
by MandyC
April 28th, 2016, 6:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Day Trip to Willamette Valley - Recommendations Needed
Replies: 34
Views: 1799

Day Trip to Willamette Valley - Recommendations Needed

Looking forward to hearing about your trip as I'll be spending a few days there week after next. Already have bookings at Goodfellow, PGC, Vincent, and am working on finalizing Walter Scott, Helioterra, and Crowley appointments.
by MandyC
April 23rd, 2016, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10681
Views: 371904

What bottle of wine did you open today?

Opened my first Kelley Fox last night - her 2014 Mirabai. Lovely stuff. Can't wait to try her single vineyard bottlings.
by MandyC
April 23rd, 2016, 6:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Oregon Pinot Exploration
Replies: 103
Views: 5739

TNs: Oregon Pinot Exploration

For those who seek a unique, but very real Oregon wine experience, consider visiting Walter Scott Winery off Bethel Heights Rd. in Eola Hills. I've lived and tasted in the Willamette Valley for 35 years and that small winery comes closest to defining the best Oregon has to offer. Exquisitely focuse...
by MandyC
April 22nd, 2016, 3:11 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Labor Day in Oregon?
Replies: 12
Views: 1012

Labor Day in Oregon?

Thanks to Patrick, John, Paul, and Rick for the route tips. I'll be headed to Portland 2 weeks from today!
by MandyC
April 20th, 2016, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Cameron Dundee Hills Pinot Noir
Replies: 81
Views: 4403

2014 Cameron Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

Dave H. wrote:Has anyone had the 2015 Giovanni, the value-priced Cameron white?
I'd love to know, too. I picked up a couple bottles from Storyteller, but haven't had a chance to open one up yet.
by MandyC
March 27th, 2016, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: do you exercise to combat the empty calories in wine?
Replies: 93
Views: 3461

Poll: do you exercise to combat the empty calories in wine?

In my mid-20s I let myself get significantly overweight due to laziness and very poor diet. I managed to lose about 90 lbs by the time I turned 29, and I've kept the fat off for nearly 5 years. I'm currently on a regimen of spin class (or other HIIT cardio) 3x/week, strength training 2x, and yoga 1x...
by MandyC
March 13th, 2016, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10681
Views: 371904

What bottle of wine did you open today?

Opened one of my Berserker Day bottles of Matello Whistling Ridge Blanc last night. Just lovely. Can't wait to try more of Marcus's wines when I visit in May.
by MandyC
February 24th, 2016, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon wine trip
Replies: 31
Views: 1349

Oregon wine trip

As my wine interests have evolved, I've moved away from trying to hit several wineries in a day. Focusing on 3, maybe 4 quality visits in a day is more than enough. If you want to get a crash course, then bigger events (like IPNC or Pinot Days) are the way to go. Generic tasting room visits are fin...
by MandyC
February 24th, 2016, 5:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon wine trip
Replies: 31
Views: 1349

Oregon wine trip

That is where she was. John Grochau, Vincent Fritzsche and Anne Hubatch all work together at Guild Wines. Anne is taking the space John is leaving at Bjornson. We opened a bottle of her Arneis a few days ago and it was quite impressive. That was my first taste of a finished version of the wine as w...
by MandyC
February 24th, 2016, 5:16 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Labor Day in Oregon?
Replies: 12
Views: 1012

Labor Day in Oregon?

Patrick and John, thanks for the tips. It's always nice to hear from locals about traffic because I'm sure our GPS will try to take us on 99W the whole way. We may try to hit up a tasting room in Carlton or Ribbon Ridge on the way back to Portland since we'll already be up that way.
by MandyC
February 23rd, 2016, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon wine trip
Replies: 31
Views: 1349

Oregon wine trip

Mandy, You have some great places on your list. I've tasted at Grochau, Matello/Goodfellow, Vincent, Brooks and Trisaetum and will give them all enthusiastic thumbs up. Here are a few others McMinnville and south: Love & Squalor - Matt Berson makes his wine at Matello. If you like acid driven riesl...
by MandyC
February 23rd, 2016, 1:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Favorite coffee roasters? (companies that roast, not equipment)
Replies: 121
Views: 6674

Favorite coffee roasters? (companies that roast, not equipment)

Spella is your place for true Italian espresso. Not open on weekends though. I haven't had enough upper left or Trailhead to rank them. here's my ranked list: http://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1766567#p1766567 Spella looks perfect for him. We'll have to find some time during the w...

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