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by fred o.
August 1st, 2019, 3:17 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split
Replies: 33
Views: 2477

Re: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split

You guys are assuming Daniel doesn’t have knowledge and sensitivity to FOH issues or hospitality. I believe that’s in error. I adore Will and regard him as a good friend. But who had the idea of the card trick? Will. Who had the idea of the one word menu cards? Will. There are other examples. For a...
by fred o.
August 1st, 2019, 3:04 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split
Replies: 33
Views: 2477

Re: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split

Danny Meyers net worth is estimated to be $400mm. Chef Thomas Keller is estimated to be $30mm. I have no idea what happened but my guess is that Will wanted to follow the trend of what is working in the restaurant world today which is higher volume, lower cost and not fine dining. The reason why Da...
by fred o.
July 22nd, 2019, 11:31 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Seoul, Korea
Replies: 6
Views: 511

Re: Seoul, Korea

as a late update: Mingles was awesome. They moved recently so the experience may very well be different, but the wine list was very serious, and fairly priced I think given the selection, including some Gonon, Prevost among other smaller producers. I loved the food there, as well, great technique ye...
by fred o.
July 22nd, 2019, 11:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 911
Views: 47805

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

had a great meal at Angler recently. I was inspired to visit after listening to David Chang's podcast with Josh Skenes, and reading some of the recent articles about how Josh Skenes left Saison. Hard to distill him down to a simple characterization, Josh Skenes seems singularly complex, still unsure...
by fred o.
July 22nd, 2019, 10:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 138
Views: 9805

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

I found out today because my text messages to him had gone unanswered for over a week, which was uncharacteristic for him. A co-worker of his actually called me to tell me of his passing. I later spoke with Alan's boss an one of his best friends. Alan wasn't married or had children (that I know of)...
by fred o.
June 4th, 2019, 12:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 911
Views: 47805

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

...They aren't relevant in LA and continue not to understand the dining scene here...The Michelin ratings will have zero impact on where I eat in LA this year. I agree that Michelin doesn't understand the dining scene in LA, but I disagree with your viewpoint that they aren't relevant here, and hen...
by fred o.
May 14th, 2019, 4:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Bedrock Vnyd Zins...(long/boring)
Replies: 11
Views: 849

Re: TN: Some Bedrock Vnyd Zins...(long/boring)

Mostly, the subtle differences are a reflection of the winemaking style. The Carlisles tend to be more alcoholic, but they almost always carry their alcohols well and seldom seem hot/fumey to me. They seem to have a greater intensity of fruit. The O&F seem to have a more pure/focused expression of ...
by fred o.
May 14th, 2019, 4:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two New Ridge Zins...(short/boring)
Replies: 9
Views: 739

Re: TN: Two New Ridge Zins...(short/boring)

But I wouldn't agree with it approaching monster Bedrock territory. This was allowed to express without a ton of extraction. Cris, you seem to be implying that Bedrock wines are “monsters” by way of being overly extracted to the point that they lose their expressive quality. I’d respectfully disagr...
by fred o.
May 14th, 2019, 3:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visiting a Sangiovese Legend: MONTEVERTINE
Replies: 7
Views: 1029

Re: Visiting a Sangiovese Legend: MONTEVERTINE

Any thoughts on the winemaker’s history of racist statements? Have people considered him to be truly apologetic/more thoughtful than before, or was that just lip service paid to quell an uproar? https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=97083 I don’t personally know enough to say definiti...
by fred o.
March 24th, 2019, 10:44 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Seoul, Korea
Replies: 6
Views: 511

Re: Seoul, Korea

thank you very much for the suggestions! Hadn't known of Mingles before but it looks very intriguing. through their instagram, found what looks like a natural wine shop, vinosn https://www.instagram.com/wine.vinosn/?hl=en http://vinosn.com They have Cruse wine from California, it looks like, among o...
by fred o.
March 20th, 2019, 5:39 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Vegas Strip wine restaurants???
Replies: 9
Views: 550

Re: Vegas Strip wine restaurants???

Howard Cooper wrote:
March 17th, 2019, 5:50 pm
https://www.joel-robuchon.com/fr/restau ... telier.php

I have not been here in Las Vegas but I have in Paris and NY. Great restaurant.
agreed, Atelier is great, but I didn't think the wine list was as great/interesting
by fred o.
March 20th, 2019, 5:37 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Seoul, Korea
Replies: 6
Views: 511

Seoul, Korea

Anyone have firsthand experience with places in Seoul that have interesting wine lists? Or retail selections that might be hard to find in the US?
by fred o.
March 20th, 2019, 5:35 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Downtown Los Angeles Offline Location Recommendations?
Replies: 7
Views: 329

Re: Downtown Los Angeles Offline Location Recommendations?

i'd recommend Water Grill on grand. free corkage, no limit.
food is adequate if not mindblowing, and service can be hit or miss, but a good variety from seafood to some red meat so it would work with many different wines.

http://www.watergrill.com/wgla/info.html
by fred o.
March 19th, 2019, 1:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 911
Views: 47805

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Kass, by Christophe Eme (formerly had a restaurant called Ortolan), in mid city, was a great experience. Quiet and comfortable atmosphere, friendly service, and an open kitchen where the chef and his staff are clearly visible working very hard, and open to interaction with guests. The food is class...
by fred o.
March 17th, 2019, 11:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 911
Views: 47805

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

The cassoulet at Lucques was very enjoyable, and they have a very good bar program. Kass, by Christophe Eme (formerly had a restaurant called Ortolan), in mid city, was a great experience. Quiet and comfortable atmosphere, friendly service, and an open kitchen where the chef and his staff are clearl...
by fred o.
January 31st, 2019, 11:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Gordon Ramsay and Hot Wings
Replies: 7
Views: 877

Re: Gordon Ramsay and Hot Wings

thanks for posting this -- my better half loves Gordon Ramsay and we got a kick out of watching the video, very funny.
by fred o.
December 25th, 2018, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Speculators are ruining it for everybody”
Replies: 195
Views: 10027

Re: “Speculators are ruining it for everybody”

Good lord. Is this really the best forum for these discussions? Is it not possible to iron out your differences, or if not, bitch-slap each other, in PMs? This is seriously not consistent with what I understood, as an outsider, to be the Christmas spirit. I think there are important points being de...
by fred o.
December 25th, 2018, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Speculators are ruining it for everybody”
Replies: 195
Views: 10027

Re: “Speculators are ruining it for everybody”

but if I were selling a wine I'd want to be VERY clear on this board that I'm praising a wine I'm selling. I think Robert Panzer and a few others do a great job with that here. isn't that part of the issue under debate, though? Robert Panzer certainly faced more than his fair share of posts accusin...
by fred o.
December 25th, 2018, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 5 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Craft Beer Intermezzo for McMinnville Education Foundation
Replies: 65
Views: 1461

Re: Week 5 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Craft Beer Intermezzo for McMinnville Education Foundation

2018 Mikkeller Savior. Triple dry hopped double NE IPA. Can release 10/20/18. On the bottom of the can: best by 1/16/19. “King James” Amber golden color with good head, nice lacing. Nose dankness, orange with some citrus peel and tropical fruits, deep. Palate rounded golden hops at first, golden gra...
by fred o.
December 20th, 2018, 11:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Pierre Gonon Vin de Pays de l'Ardèche Les Iles Feray
Replies: 55
Views: 2299

Re: TN: 2016 Pierre Gonon Vin de Pays de l'Ardèche Les Iles Feray

Well, since Martin is calling me out. Flippers - a)people who buy & sell wine but is not their main profession. b) have no physical retail space/do not take credit cards c) makes money selling wine - typically charges people more than standard release pricing for sought after wine. d) typically doe...
by fred o.
December 20th, 2018, 11:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 5 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Craft Beer Intermezzo for McMinnville Education Foundation
Replies: 65
Views: 1461

Re: Week 5 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Craft Beer Intermezzo for McMinnville Education Foundation

2018 Monkish Enter the Fog Dog. from can release 9/8/18. Triple IPA with Citra, Galaxy, and Nelson hops. 10.0% abv. Hazy dark golden color. Nose ripe orange with subdued hops, nice dankness with a tropical fruit sweetness. Palate crisp orange with hints of grapefruit pith bitterness, great fruity fl...
by fred o.
December 19th, 2018, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 5 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Craft Beer Intermezzo for McMinnville Education Foundation
Replies: 65
Views: 1461

Re: Week 5 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Craft Beer Intermezzo for McMinnville Education Foundation

Well, my definition is different than the Brewers Association, which is basically everything but an ABInbev brand. If it's local and not in national distribution or made by ABInbev or MillerCoors then I would consider it craft for this event. Personally I don't consider any brewery making over 50,0...
by fred o.
December 16th, 2018, 9:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 4 Virtual Tasting Series - Bordeaux for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fund
Replies: 56
Views: 1424

Re: Week 4 Virtual Tasting Series (12/12 - 12/19) - Bordeaux for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fund

don't have much Bordeaux, and all of what I do have is very young, but here goes... 2014 Le Marquis de Calon Ségur. opaque inky violet color. Nose dark fruited, some leafy green herbal notes, an earthy note emerges with time. Palate somewhat closed, still a stiff wall of tannin; firmly structured da...
by fred o.
December 10th, 2018, 11:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 3 (12/5 - 12/12) Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Riesling for Dakin Humane Society
Replies: 49
Views: 1282

Re: Week 3 (12/5 - 12/12) Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Riesling for Dakin Humane Society

2017 Nigl Senftenberger Piri. Light golden slate color. Nose waxy, floral with orange blossom. Palate initially rich bodied, waves of fruity flavor -- primarily bright citrus, flavors evocative of a flower garden; as my palate adjusted, it became wonderfully pure and crystalline, like ethereal grape...
by fred o.
December 3rd, 2018, 11:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FINAL TALLY Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4
Replies: 101
Views: 3271

Re: Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4

so sorry to hear about your recent challenges, Jason. Best of luck. 2009 Ridge Carmichael Ranch. purchased recently at winery. was concerned a bit by the CT notes indicating it's over the hill. Opaque dark burgundy. Nose richly fruited, hint of marzipan, some sweetness. Palate at first dominated by ...
by fred o.
November 28th, 2018, 12:13 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Anyone interested in an offline on Sun Dec 2nd LA area ?
Replies: 5
Views: 695

Re: Anyone interested in an offline on Sun Dec 2nd LA area ?

Jonathan, any interest in a light brunch Sun Dec 2? Might be able to scrounge together a few others though not guaranteed. Water Grill in DTLA is usually pretty chill for Sunday brunch and they have free corkage. Pretty close if you're still staying the Hilton San Gabriel, but also accessible (espec...
by fred o.
November 28th, 2018, 12:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 911
Views: 47805

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

had a forgettable experience at Simone recently. the execution was actually good but the conception behind the dishes seemed a bit off, which was disappointing given the pedigree behind the kitchen. tried Majordomo again and it was much more enjoyable this time, the food/execution was very well done...
by fred o.
November 28th, 2018, 12:04 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 118
Views: 9258

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Thanks James. I’m there Dec 12-14. Which would you choose for best meal? I’m pretty easy going and deciding factors for me are great experience, food, and winelist in that order. Any other ideas from others? TIA Darin lazy/unimaginative when in Vegas and only go to places on the strip, but two plac...
by fred o.
November 28th, 2018, 12:00 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Rick Allen ! I'll finally get to drink your beer !
Replies: 36
Views: 1447

Re: Rick Allen ! I'll finally get to drink your beer !

enjoyed the beer very much as well, thanks Bud for publicizing it :). agree with c_choi above, K&L is a very convenient option for some Heater Allen beers, and they do local delivery, or it's a short drive up the 710/5/101 haha.
by fred o.
November 27th, 2018, 11:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 192
Views: 6361

Re: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

a few more last minute notes. 2015 Valdez Family Winery Pinot Noir, Valdez Vineyards. dark opaque ruby. Nose ripe red fruits with light cinnamon/cola. Palate rich cherries with nice acidity; light vanilla and herbal flavor, great depth, with layered fruit. A favorite of my uncle who had to slow down...
by fred o.
September 26th, 2018, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Are Your Favorite N. Piedmont Producers
Replies: 36
Views: 2476

Re: Who Are Your Favorite N. Piedmont Producers

... Other producers I've seen mentioned recently are ArPePe (Jim Anderson and I think Jim Cowan had some interesting tasting notes on these in the past), and Monsecco in Gatinara. Great but pricey producer, but now we are getting into Lombardia as an alternative to Alto Piemonte... In Lombardia we ...
by fred o.
September 26th, 2018, 10:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 911
Views: 47805

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

went to Hippo in Highland Park recently. in the same complex as Triple Beam pizza, Highland Park Wine, and now Go Get Em Tiger. The chef is Matt Molina from Mozza. The highlight for me was the pastas, handmade and very fresh/interesting seasonal flavors, like summer corn. Big downer was that they do...
by fred o.
September 26th, 2018, 10:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 911
Views: 47805

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Does anyone know of any good spots (Fun bars, happy hours, great food) near the Hollywood Bowl? Heading there tonight (from Orange County) for the Dave Matthews Band concert and need some help. I know you can picnic at the Bowl but since it's a leased event no alcohol is allowed to be brought in. I...
by fred o.
September 26th, 2018, 10:30 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16312
Views: 422324

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

https://i.imgur.com/apUk5fwl.jpg Modern Times Beer. MT5. DIPA.8.4% ABV Hopped with Citra, Nelson and Motueka hops. This release was part of the on line sale celebrating MTs 5th anniversary. If you thought Hedge Witch was great wait until you taste this. Incredible aromatics of super ripe tropical f...
by fred o.
September 26th, 2018, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Are Your Favorite N. Piedmont Producers
Replies: 36
Views: 2476

Re: Who Are Your Favorite N. Piedmont Producers

... But I'm still looking for the producer who competes with the best of Barolo/Barbaresco at the highest levels regardless of price. Not the way to look at this. It's not an apple-to-apple comparison, as the wine profile is quite different and in many Alto Piemont districts, they use varying amoun...
by fred o.
September 26th, 2018, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs -- DortaFest IV: Cork Protocol
Replies: 6
Views: 351

Re: TNs -- DortaFest IV: Cork Protocol

thanks for the report/notes. very cool mix of wines. looking forward to reading about Loren's birthday celebration in Cleveland and the wines you guys had then -- happy 60th, Loren!
by fred o.
September 26th, 2018, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Passionfish wines: Huet and Gonon, added Hirtzberger and 2016 Gonon
Replies: 93
Views: 5392

Re: Passionfish wines: Huet and Gonon

What others have said is true, there isn't a lot of great, or even good food in PG or Monterey, beyond a few legit taco/burrito spots out in Seaside. not to detract from all the drama in this thread, but care to share some of those taco/burrito spots? Would be useful for future reference haha for a...
by fred o.
August 1st, 2018, 9:52 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Amaro / Digestif / Bitter are you drinking?
Replies: 28
Views: 1412

What Amaro / Digestif / Bitter are you drinking?

this may be hard to find in Ohio but I love the Bruto Americano from St George's. K&L usually carries it. Wonderful on the rocks with a splash of soda water and a citrus twist. http://www.stgeorgespirits.com/spirits/bruto-americano/ There's also Amaro Angeleno, which is a local LA-area thing -- more...
by fred o.
August 1st, 2018, 9:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: RIP Jonathan Gold
Replies: 30
Views: 1737

RIP Jonathan Gold

I hope this is okay to post here. There is a GoFundMe set up for the family if anyone is interested. https://www.gofundme.com/for-the-family-of-jonathan-gold thanks for posting this, G. Josef Centeno -- the chef behind Baco Mercat, Bar Ama, Orsa and Winston -- also had tribute t-shirts for sale wit...
by fred o.
August 1st, 2018, 9:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: RIP Jonathan Gold
Replies: 30
Views: 1737

RIP Jonathan Gold

As a NYer who has long been frustrated with LA restaurants, mostly because they just don't get the hospitality part, I was fascinated with two recent reviews. Verspertine which I could absolutely tell Jonathan Gold did not love and he was coming at it from a person who wanted to Champion the LA foo...
by fred o.
August 1st, 2018, 9:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: RIP Jonathan Gold
Replies: 30
Views: 1737

RIP Jonathan Gold

Honestly I couldn’t care less what David Chang thought about the review, I was specifically critiquing the review itself. I thought he was wrong when he wrote the review and think he’s still wrong now. I’m sad that he died but that doesn’t posthumously make his review any more correct. There was a ...
by fred o.
July 30th, 2018, 12:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Salon, Hillside Select Vertical, ZH, Bernabeleva
Replies: 13
Views: 1500

TN: Salon, Hillside Select Vertical, ZH, Bernabeleva

thanks so much for the notes on the Bernabeleva wines, Loren. Just tried the 16 vintage of the Tortolas bottling and I agree with your take on it as a feminine take on grenache. It was obviously young and somewhat closed but very delicate... would love to age a bottle or two to see how if it does ev...
by fred o.
July 29th, 2018, 11:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: recent tastings of Giornata / Tercero / Gros Ventre
Replies: 7
Views: 371

recent tastings of Giornata / Tercero / Gros Ventre

agreed, thanks so much Ken for the update on Chris Pittenger/Gros Ventre. Big change, for sure.
by fred o.
July 29th, 2018, 11:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Deceptive Email Marketing
Replies: 11
Views: 1241

Deceptive Email Marketing

And then it just turns ridiculous - people and "publications" I've never heard of. Maybe they're amateurs who've attended a few trade tastings, maybe they have cult followings on Facebook or something, or maybe they're respected by somebody somewhere for whatever reason. In any event, they're utter...
by fred o.
July 29th, 2018, 11:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: RIP Jonathan Gold
Replies: 30
Views: 1737

RIP Jonathan Gold

I don’t often disagree with jgold but I do think that review completely missed the mark and sort of missed the point of what DC was trying to do with MD, which is take some favorites from diverse Asian cuisines, make them to an outstanding but not best in class level while keeping the accessibility...
by fred o.
July 28th, 2018, 10:57 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: RIP Jonathan Gold
Replies: 30
Views: 1737

RIP Jonathan Gold

Have you watched "Ugly Delicious", Fred? I did see it... I'm not sure what to make of it overall; it was fun to watch and the production values were great, but I'm not sure if it had a point/overarching message, and at times it felt self-indulgent (e.g., the rather silly debate between DC and Mario...
by fred o.
July 28th, 2018, 10:39 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: short visit to Seattle in August - need restaurant recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 357

short visit to Seattle in August - need restaurant recommendations

not familiar with Seattle, but was wondering what Seattle natives thought of Junebaby and Edouardo Jordan? Intrigued after all the recent recognition

https://seattle.eater.com/2018/5/7/1732 ... t-junebaby
by fred o.
July 28th, 2018, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Spätlese mini vertical
Replies: 23
Views: 1051

TN: Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Spätlese mini vertical

Please stop. I actually value your notes and a score is a passionate impression of a wine in a field you have tasted. Remove the score or post your gut. Cheers, Kris Somewhat paternalistic attitude, no? ASo is free to do whatever he wants within the community guidelines, and I don't think your tone...
by fred o.
July 28th, 2018, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike on Tour, Cali 18, July 19--Napa with Friends, incl Roy Piper, Matthiasson
Replies: 2
Views: 282

TNs--Mike on Tour, Cali 18, July 19--Napa with Friends, incl Roy Piper, Matthiasson

thanks very much for the great notes. I had the 13 Matthiasson red hen merlot recently as well and didn't notice the tannins as much, but definitely noticed the acidity, and I agree I think it seemed very young.
by fred o.
July 28th, 2018, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: recent tastings of Giornata / Tercero / Gros Ventre
Replies: 7
Views: 371

recent tastings of Giornata / Tercero / Gros Ventre

recently got a chance to try some new/old wines of two local/central coast Cali producers who were hosting tastings in the LA area, posting brief notes to keep up the discussion. Giornata first heard about this producer when I was reading up for a trip to Paso Robles, and found Ken Zinn’s recs, and ...

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