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by Ken Strauss
June 25th, 2019, 7:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 29
Views: 1387

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

Looking forward to this!
I am sure based on prior history and a terrific consultant that this will be a special Sparkling.
Thanks Kevin!
by Ken Strauss
June 19th, 2019, 4:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Really expensive Cast Iron Skillets
Replies: 33
Views: 1667

Re: Really expensive Cast Iron Skillets

Blanc Creatives makes a terrific product.
The website also has a write up on how to smoke season which they say is their favorite way to season. They ship after coating with coconut oil and cooking.

https://blanccreatives.com/featured
by Ken Strauss
June 18th, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Miami Restaurant Reccos
Replies: 13
Views: 325

Re: Miami Restaurant Reccos

Finest Italian
Call way ahead for a Friday or Saturday reservation.
Closed Sunday.
Il Gabbiano
https://www.ilgabbianomia.com/
by Ken Strauss
June 16th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Found! Burgundy Group in South Florida: Truchot, Rousseau, Coche
Replies: 15
Views: 1127

Re: Found! Burgundy Group in South Florida: Truchot, Rousseau, Coche

Definitely Wine Watch!
Stop by and enjoy the wide selection.
If you have time you can open the bottle in the wine bar and enjoy with excellent food.
by Ken Strauss
June 13th, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin
Replies: 35
Views: 3292

Re: Marcassin

There is definitely room for both.
Also Marcassin ages the wines for you.
2013 Marcassin hasn't been sold yet and I bought Aubert 2017 in January.
by Ken Strauss
May 31st, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Father's day wine 2019? Help me 'wow' dad with a monster Cali cab
Replies: 47
Views: 1691

Re: Father's day wine 2019? Help me 'wow' dad with a monster Cali cab

Great suggestions!
I would add David Arthur elevation 1147.
Another great Prichard Hill wine.
by Ken Strauss
May 18th, 2019, 7:15 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Venice/Rome/Sorrento
Replies: 14
Views: 416

Re: Venice/Rome/Sorrento

Steve Nordhoff wrote:
May 18th, 2019, 6:57 am
Ken Strauss wrote:
May 17th, 2019, 4:48 pm
Leaving tomorrow for the Amalfi Coast.
Don Alfonso is one of our stays. Taking a bunch of cooking classes also.
I will report back.
Our cooking class there was great.
Good to hear!
We are staying there for a week and taking 4 cooking classes.
by Ken Strauss
May 17th, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Venice/Rome/Sorrento
Replies: 14
Views: 416

Re: Venice/Rome/Sorrento

Leaving tomorrow for the Amalfi Coast.
Don Alfonso is one of our stays. Taking a bunch of cooking classes also.
I will report back.
by Ken Strauss
May 17th, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 7149

Re: Robert Parker retires

A well deserved retirement.
Love and respect the man.
Objectivity at the highest level!
by Ken Strauss
May 13th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mom's Day weekend dinner
Replies: 2
Views: 236

Re: Mom's Day weekend dinner

Lucky you!
What a nice surprise.
I am sure it matched very well with ribeye also.
by Ken Strauss
May 6th, 2019, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1351
Views: 147437

Re: Official Costco Thread

Sherri: the wine selection is pretty good, and if you drove there and were disappointed, there's a Total Wine right across the street, so it wouldn't be a wasted trip to check it out. The NMB store moved from US1 to a location just behind the old one (weird, but whatever), and I think it got a litt...
by Ken Strauss
May 5th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1351
Views: 147437

Re: Official Costco Thread

dsimmons wrote:
May 5th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Just bought an '08 Cristal for $199 at the South Anchorage Costco. It was their last bottle.
Congratulations!
Jealous
No Cristal or Dom here.
by Ken Strauss
April 28th, 2019, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Michael vs Aubert
Replies: 31
Views: 2344

Re: Peter Michael vs Aubert

The challenge happened last night. A terrific evening where all the wines were singing. 32 people enjoyed 14 wines. We started the night with 2015 Schramsberg blanc de blanc to wet the palate. I have attached the list of wines served. Chardonnay was the main focus. 5 Aubert and 4 Peter Michael Chard...
by Ken Strauss
April 26th, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Celebrating CellarTracker's Fifteenth Anniversary
Replies: 60
Views: 1207

Re: TN: Celebrating CellarTracker's Fifteenth Anniversary

Congratulations Eric!
I couldn't survive without CT.
Thanks
by Ken Strauss
April 21st, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Official kitchen knife thread
Replies: 634
Views: 45165

Re: Official kitchen knife thread

NED VALOIS wrote:
April 19th, 2019, 1:45 pm
This is my latest addition custom made for me;
Great people !

https://salterfinecutlery.com/collectio ... tation-box
Wow!
Beautiful!
Are you actually going to use them?
by Ken Strauss
April 12th, 2019, 11:57 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: South Florida BYO (Palm Beach, Broward & Miami-Dade Counties)
Replies: 50
Views: 3240

Re: South Florida BYO (Palm Beach, Broward & Miami-Dade Counties)

Cafe Maxx in Pompano. $35
Excellent food for 30 years.
by Ken Strauss
April 11th, 2019, 9:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1351
Views: 147437

Re: Official Costco Thread

ERPark wrote:
April 11th, 2019, 6:24 pm
Unfortunately, not enough left to back up even a toy truck.....


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Insane
I want some.
by Ken Strauss
April 9th, 2019, 4:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Stone Crab claws: way overrated
Replies: 46
Views: 1435

Re: Stone Crab claws: way overrated

I’ve had them at a couple of high-end seafood places in NYC. Nothing special. Same with king crab legs . I would need to try them both locally to fairly gauge my like for them . My local shop is Finster Murphys. Located on 17th street. I asked them if they ever get king crab legs. The answer was we...
by Ken Strauss
April 9th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Stone Crab claws: way overrated
Replies: 46
Views: 1435

Re: Stone Crab claws: way overrated

Disagree that they are overrated. Overpriced, yes, especially the last couple seasons. But (most of) the ones we get local and fresh in South Florida are delicious. I buy them at a seafood shack about half a mile from the beach. They get them fresh daily and I buy them and eat them same day. Totall...
by Ken Strauss
April 9th, 2019, 12:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Stone Crab claws: way overrated
Replies: 46
Views: 1435

Re: Stone Crab claws: way overrated

mark rudner wrote:
April 9th, 2019, 12:25 pm
maybe boiled immediately?
Yes
They are boiled immediately for about 8 minutes once they are brought to shore and then dipped in cold water to stop the cooking process.
I decided to look it up.
by Ken Strauss
April 9th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Stone Crab claws: way overrated
Replies: 46
Views: 1435

Re: Stone Crab claws: way overrated

mark rudner wrote:
April 9th, 2019, 12:12 pm
so is it true that all stone crab is frozen immediately on the boat?
i've heard this many times over the years
No
Not true
by Ken Strauss
April 9th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Stone Crab claws: way overrated
Replies: 46
Views: 1435

Re: Stone Crab claws: way overrated

Yeah, maybe lack of skillz, but I get crab mulch or wasted meat. The larger the stone crab the less the work and the higher the price. I buy the colossal so I don't have to work that hard. As I stated before 2 colossal is a lb. They rarely have them at Joes. Jumbos are usually the largest Joes sell...
by Ken Strauss
April 9th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Stone Crab claws: way overrated
Replies: 46
Views: 1435

Re: Stone Crab claws: way overrated

I am a big fan of Stone Crabs.
Lots of places here to get them super fresh. I do agree that the mustard sauce helps make them so special.
At $55 a lb. for the colossal crabs you got to love them. Basically 2 crabs to a lb.
by Ken Strauss
April 4th, 2019, 10:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gift Giving Wines
Replies: 27
Views: 857

Re: Gift Giving Wines

Turley is my go to gift for most. The bottle is unique and is not available at most shops. There is a wide assortment of wines also. Old vines and juvenile are at most $25. The single vineyards are just slightly more. I find most non wine geeks love Turley. I always buy more then I will consume in a...
by Ken Strauss
March 31st, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1351
Views: 147437

Re: Official Costco Thread

I guess Florida is one of the last to get any 2008 Dom. Nothing in Fort Lauderdale either.
by Ken Strauss
March 27th, 2019, 11:56 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Marlins Best seats
Replies: 3
Views: 271

Re: Marlins Best seats

YLee wrote:
March 27th, 2019, 1:27 am
If Im in Miami, I might hit you up on this.
Please do.
I guarantee you will have a great time!
by Ken Strauss
March 26th, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Marlins Best seats
Replies: 3
Views: 271

Marlins Best seats

Baseball Fans!! I have been a season ticket holder since the franchise started in 1993. My seats are the best in the new park taking into account price. The seats are behind home plate in the 5th row on the aisle. The seats include valet parking, a full buffet, in seat service, beer and drinkable wi...
by Ken Strauss
March 19th, 2019, 6:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Consistently superb: Flannery
Replies: 58
Views: 2426

Re: Consistently superb: Flannery

Every so often, I will order a ton of 28 day bone in ribeye from Brian. They arrive beautiful and marbled, and vacuum packed, so it’s easy to freeze them. And each time we eat them, we marvel at how great they are. We shared one tonight, with a bottle, and the steaks were so complex and tender, tha...
by Ken Strauss
March 19th, 2019, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whats your favourite wine characteristic ?
Replies: 61
Views: 1422

Re: Whats your favourite wine characteristic ?

Silky texture
by Ken Strauss
March 18th, 2019, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1351
Views: 147437

Re: Official Costco Thread

Gerry Morrisey wrote:
March 17th, 2019, 9:28 pm
At NH Costco picked up 2 six packs of 2008 Dom Perignon for $129.99 ea. Still had 4 six packs when I left
Incredible price!
by Ken Strauss
March 17th, 2019, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine stores in Boston
Replies: 18
Views: 766

Re: Wine stores in Boston

Your best bet in town is Federal wine. They opened up a new fine and rare room downstairs that has a lot of good stuff. You’ll have to ask to go in there it’s not part of the normal store. In the suburbs Gordon’s in Waltham and Marty’s in Newton are both good. I went to Boston University and starte...
by Ken Strauss
March 12th, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sotheby's 'Transcendent' Auction
Replies: 34
Views: 2154

Re: Sotheby's 'Transcendent' Auction

According to the catalog, the "Transcendent" collector is a relatively young, fifth-generation real estate investor who also collects homes, cars and boats and is present at large wine events. He readjusts his cellar periodically, selling 10,000 bottles every ten years or so (how young can he be?)....
by Ken Strauss
March 9th, 2019, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WSJ wine article
Replies: 37
Views: 2301

Re: WSJ wine article

A really good article.
The headline gets the attention but the article is actually very informative. The author
names many good sources for wine reviews. She included CellarTracker which is for wine nerds but we knew that.
by Ken Strauss
March 4th, 2019, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amore for Amarone?
Replies: 28
Views: 1308

Re: Amore for Amarone?

Pairing works with any steak.
Brisket,veal chop and short rib all are excellent.
If you checked the menu for the Quintarelli tasting you can see the Winewatch pairings.
Andrew and Toni are both amazing.
Start with their recommendations and take it from there.
by Ken Strauss
March 4th, 2019, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amore for Amarone?
Replies: 28
Views: 1308

Re: Amore for Amarone?

I have been a big Amarone fan for a long time. Going to Quintarelli tasting at Wine Watch on March 8. Certainly will be a memorable evening. For a more reasonably priced Amarone I love Tomasso Bussola. https://www.winewatch.com/wine-events-d6/march-events-c57/quintarelli-amarone-wine-tasting-at-win...
by Ken Strauss
March 3rd, 2019, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amore for Amarone?
Replies: 28
Views: 1308

Re: Amore for Amarone?

Joe Z wrote:
March 3rd, 2019, 7:29 am
I really love the Dal Forno wines. Has anyone had any of them?
Yes really great Amarone also.
I have had a bunch.
Still have 3 1999 and 1 2000 in the cellar.
by Ken Strauss
March 2nd, 2019, 8:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amore for Amarone?
Replies: 28
Views: 1308

Re: Amore for Amarone?

[snort.gif] Amarone is a wine to stay away from. newhere
by Ken Strauss
March 2nd, 2019, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amore for Amarone?
Replies: 28
Views: 1308

Re: Amore for Amarone?

I have been a big Amarone fan for a long time. Going to Quintarelli tasting at Wine Watch on March 8. Certainly will be a memorable evening. For a more reasonably priced Amarone I love Tomasso Bussola. https://www.winewatch.com/wine-events-d6/march-events-c57/quintarelli-amarone-wine-tasting-at-wine...
by Ken Strauss
March 2nd, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation
Replies: 166
Views: 15878

Re: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation

ykwon wrote:
March 2nd, 2019, 9:47 am
Wow. Is that first day air????
Standard 2 day air
by Ken Strauss
March 2nd, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation
Replies: 166
Views: 15878

Re: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation

Bdklein wrote:
March 1st, 2019, 4:34 pm
Any east coast shipping fee info?
$237 for 9 bottles to Florida.
by Ken Strauss
March 1st, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation
Replies: 166
Views: 15878

Re: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation

Over the phone they said 8.125% and were startled to learn that they were charging more. I know the rate in Rutherford is 7.75%. You called the winery over a tax rate being off by less than 1%? Seriously? Tom Why not. You can buy a daily drinker for the amount saved. Maybe 2 depending on how much m...
by Ken Strauss
February 24th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation
Replies: 166
Views: 15878

Re: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation

Well I got my answer. Increased production and an increased allocation. I got offered 9 bottles @$400. March 1 is the start of my window. Offer is good until March 5. I have not received my offer and now feel worried I might not get my chance.... grouphug I have been on the list since 2007. I have ...
by Ken Strauss
February 24th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Dom Perignon
Replies: 21
Views: 1399

Re: TN: 2008 Dom Perignon

Waiting for Costco also.
My store just sold out the 2009.
by Ken Strauss
February 20th, 2019, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation
Replies: 166
Views: 15878

Re: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation

Well I got my answer. Increased production and an increased allocation. I got offered 9 bottles @$400. March 1 is the start of my window. Offer is good until March 5. What do you mean by increased production? Did they plant new vines or do you just higher yields from 2015? Btw, great profile pic, L...
by Ken Strauss
February 19th, 2019, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation
Replies: 166
Views: 15878

Re: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation

Well I got my answer. Increased production and an increased allocation.
I got offered 9 bottles @$400. March 1 is the start of my window. Offer is good until March 5.
by Ken Strauss
February 15th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Michael vs Aubert
Replies: 31
Views: 2344

Re: Peter Michael vs Aubert

I buy both every year. I dropped Kistler as I agree Aubert and Peter Michael are better. This would make a great challenge. Peter Michael vs Aubert. I will suggest to Andrew at Winewatch. Ken, Andy is doing the comparison in April. Unfortunately, I will be in DC (perhaps I can persuade him to chang...
by Ken Strauss
February 13th, 2019, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Schrader Offer
Replies: 16
Views: 1611

Re: 2017 Schrader Offer

I took a pass this year. Been on the list since 2005.
Constellation buyout and the fact I have been buying everything they offer plus wish list.
122 bottles left is plenty.
by Ken Strauss
February 10th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation
Replies: 166
Views: 15878

Re: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation

I bet it’ll be $1,150 per 3 pack. It went up $60 from 2014 to 2015. Guessing a 6% increase just like the previous year. Looks like production went from 1,850 cases (2015) to 2,000 cases (2016). Looks like more folks will continue to be added like the previous year. With the increased production I w...
by Ken Strauss
February 10th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine Deals this year! 2019 Edition
Replies: 62
Views: 5089

Re: Best Wine Deals this year! 2019 Edition

That's not a good deal. [scratch.gif] Was it for 2 bottles maybe?? Otherwise I agree, that's not so hot. Misposted, it was indeed two bottles found underneath everything else. I always poke around at Costco as they often have good stuff sitting underneath the bins. You are lucky. No 2008 Dom yet. S...

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