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by Benjamin C
March 24th, 2019, 2:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Say you know someone and they only think wine is red...
Replies: 52
Views: 2158

Re: Say you know someone and they only think wine is red...

Depends on what kind of red wine he/she likes to drink.
If they are more into the Burgundy (Pinot Noir) camp, I would recommend a Chenin from Loire, or GG Rieslings.
If they drink more Bordeaux varietal (Cab/Merlot), go with Rhone whites, or even some new world Chardonnay.
by Benjamin C
February 15th, 2019, 10:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quick 6 day trip to Paris and Burgundy - 2019 edition
Replies: 57
Views: 5308

Re: Quick 6 day trip to Paris and Burgundy - 2019 edition

Loving this so far! Will be making a solo pit stop to La Cagouille in mid March in-between transit.
by Benjamin C
January 20th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wife in Hong Kong. Any suggestions?
Replies: 7
Views: 560

Re: Wife in Hong Kong. Any suggestions?

If she wants to dine local check out:
- Yat Lok Restaurant (Roast Goose)
- Mak Noodles (Wanton Noodles)
- Wing Hop Sin (Claypot Rice)
- Little Bao

More fine dining:
- VEA
- Belon
- Ronin
- Ecriture
by Benjamin C
January 3rd, 2019, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Producer
Replies: 132
Views: 6998

Re: Favorite Producer

Red - Comte Liger-Belair
White - Ramonet
by Benjamin C
October 20th, 2018, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jame Cote Rotie 2015
Replies: 24
Views: 1651

Re: Jame Cote Rotie 2015

Yes I'm talking about Jean Paul Jamet. I had a similar experience with the 2013. Loads of green pepper when first popped and not particularly thrilling. Drank about a quarter of it and 6 hours later (and a couple jostles in my bag) it was incredible. These things just need a lot of air. Echoing Fu'...
by Benjamin C
September 3rd, 2018, 9:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Faroe Islands (Updated with Koks Review)
Replies: 11
Views: 1110

Re: Faroe Islands (Updated with Koks Review)

What an awesome experience Robert. Definitely even more on my bucket list to go to now after reading about your experience.
ps. great photos too!
by Benjamin C
September 3rd, 2018, 9:33 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Japanese Whiskey
Replies: 59
Views: 5352

Re: Japanese Whiskey

I find Akashi White Oak and Iwai great entry level Japanese whiskey's that are quite readily available in the USA. You should be able to get their entry level bottling for below $50.
by Benjamin C
August 27th, 2018, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOYLsf ?
Replies: 74
Views: 3175

Re: WOYLsf ?

1995 Jamet Cote Rotie

First experience with a well aged Syrah. Finish lasted forever. Been seeking similar experiences then.
by Benjamin C
August 25th, 2018, 9:56 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Eurotrip 2018 report: Mostly Italy and France
Replies: 26
Views: 1910

Re: Eurotrip 2018 report: Mostly Italy and France

Really enjoyed reading this, and great photos, thank you! Great deal for a bottle of Emilio Pepe Trebbiano at 35euros.
Looking forward to reading more.
by Benjamin C
May 21st, 2018, 7:53 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Taking wine into Singapore
Replies: 8
Views: 456

Taking wine into Singapore

Has anyone brought wine in exces of the 2liter limit into Singapore. If so, what was the overage duty fee? Thanks Hi Joe, I'm not too familiar on the exact duty fee that has to be paid, as it is a calculation based on the alcohol percent x value of product x duty. I brought back 10 bottles of wine ...
by Benjamin C
April 20th, 2018, 8:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2204
Views: 131109

New York City Restaurants

Looking for some help here. Looking for an Italian restaurant in Queens that's accessible via subway from Manhattan and car from Long Island . Celebrating birthday Sunday night for my 85 year old dad . So looking for good food and nice atmosphere , but doesn't need to be a "hot " or "in" place. Win...
by Benjamin C
February 14th, 2018, 11:13 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: 6th Annual Di Fara's offline in Brooklyn - February 13, 2018 - Fat Tuesday - post what you're bringi
Replies: 86
Views: 4569

6th Annual Di Fara's offline in Brooklyn - February 13, 2018 - Fat Tuesday - post what you're bringi

Thanks Dan for arranging this amazing event, ensuring that everyone had their fill of pizza, and for keeping the wine list up to date! It was great to put faces to many of you. Pizza was fantastic as always, crazy dough and crust. A few WOTNs, was the good showing 2001 Kistler Dutton Ranch, 2013 Gaj...
by Benjamin C
February 12th, 2018, 10:24 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: 6th Annual Di Fara's offline in Brooklyn - February 13, 2018 - Fat Tuesday - post what you're bringi
Replies: 86
Views: 4569

6th Annual Di Fara's offline in Brooklyn - February 13, 2018 - Fat Tuesday - post what you're bringi

Hey Dan, sorry but I will instead be bringing a Larmandier-Bernier Latitude Champagne instead of the NV Eric Rodez that I mentioned earlier. Thank you for keeping the list up to date! And excited to see everyone tomorrow.
by Benjamin C
February 1st, 2018, 8:25 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: 6th Annual Di Fara's offline in Brooklyn - February 13, 2018 - Fat Tuesday - post what you're bringi
Replies: 86
Views: 4569

6th Annual Di Fara's offline in Brooklyn - February 13, 2018 - Fat Tuesday - post what you're bringi

I'll be bringing a 2014 Once & Future - Zinfandel Bedrock Vineyard, 2016 Dirty and Rowdy Familiar Blanc, and possibly a champagne, NV Eric Rodez Brut Blanc de Blancs.

Sorry for the late update on the wines I'll be bringing! Looking forward to seeing everyone.
by Benjamin C
January 15th, 2018, 10:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dauvissat Clos
Replies: 48
Views: 2473

2008 Dauvissat Clos

Opened a 2006 Les Clos two weeks ago, thankfully it showed really well, big and concentrated wine, almost savory like, balanced with a moderate + minerality.
by Benjamin C
December 12th, 2017, 9:17 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: One night in London...
Replies: 16
Views: 1021

One night in London...

For dinner The Ledbury and The Clove Club are some nice ones.
by Benjamin C
December 4th, 2017, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you thought you disliked but discovered are actually good
Replies: 68
Views: 2827

Wines you thought you disliked but discovered are actually good

Used to stay away from sweeter wines in general, but have enjoyed several Vouvray Moelleux from Huet and Foureau lately. Enjoyed a young (but promising) 2015 Domaine Huet Le Mont Moelleux yesterday, that showed great balance of sweetness from baked pineapples to apricots and freshness of quince and ...
by Benjamin C
November 18th, 2017, 6:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Must eats Singapore?
Replies: 37
Views: 1527

Must eats Singapore?

It was my niece that recommended this Michelin place. We went for lunch at the 335 Smith location in Chinatown. Very easy to find since Singapore Chinatown doesn't have the maze of streets New York does. Cheap and delicious. Take a look > http://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/singapore-cheapest-mic...
by Benjamin C
November 7th, 2017, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chenin Blanc for less than $100 --- who do you go to?
Replies: 83
Views: 2949

Chenin Blanc for less than $100 --- who do you go to?

A few more to add:
Anjou
Mark Angeli
Benoit Courault
Saumur
Chateau Yvonne
Vouvray
Michel Autran
by Benjamin C
November 7th, 2017, 3:35 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: We're going to Bali. Need tips
Replies: 65
Views: 3899

We're going to Bali. Need tips

I'll be interested too, Dan. I do hope both of you go and come safe. And listen to Colin--he knows things :) I was able to make a dinner res at Mozaic. Locavore was booked for dinner. I noticed corkage at Mozaic is roughly $18 USD. Should I bring a bottle from Singapore, or is Champagne available a...
by Benjamin C
November 4th, 2017, 3:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Must eats Singapore?
Replies: 37
Views: 1527

Must eats Singapore?

In anticipation of our trip to Singapore, Benjamin C sent me this list. Hope it helps anyone searching. Here are some food recommendations for Singapore: Food Recommendations: Explore street food at Old Airport Hawker Center *all-in one*, I'm sure you'll find other stores there that are as good bes...
by Benjamin C
October 21st, 2017, 9:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike on Tour--Oct 16 & 17, Dinner with Count, Dinner at Ping, NYC
Replies: 19
Views: 1098

TNs--Mike on Tour--Oct 16 & 17, Dinner with Count, Dinner at Ping, NYC

Thank you all for the wonderful night, it was nice to meet everyone of you! Thanks Jay for organizing the dinner, and Mike, I hope you had a good time in New York along with all the other wine-dinners too! Didn't really take any detailed notes of the wines, but it was definitely a great array of win...
by Benjamin C
October 11th, 2017, 12:47 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mike on Tour---NYC--October 17, 7 pm at Pings
Replies: 60
Views: 2100

Mike on Tour---NYC--October 17, 7 pm at Pings

Hi Jay and all, if there is still room for 2 I would love to attend - this being my first winebersekers offline! It would be me +1, and I'll bring a 14 Keller Kirchspiel GG, and most possibly a champagne - either something from Egly-Ouriet or Christophe Mignon. Thank you! If you're still debating a...
by Benjamin C
October 7th, 2017, 5:40 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mike on Tour---NYC--October 17, 7 pm at Pings
Replies: 60
Views: 2100

Mike on Tour---NYC--October 17, 7 pm at Pings

I'll *never* turn down a Keller bottle! That's some change for me from 3-4 years ago when German Riesling was "non permiso" in my books :) Benjamin, will be great to meet you and talk about Singapore--was just there in February. [cheers.gif] Young Keller though, hoping it'll show good haha. Oh that...
by Benjamin C
October 6th, 2017, 8:25 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mike on Tour---NYC--October 17, 7 pm at Pings
Replies: 60
Views: 2100

Mike on Tour---NYC--October 17, 7 pm at Pings

Hi Jay and all, if there is still room for 2 I would love to attend - this being my first winebersekers offline!

It would be me +1, and I'll bring a 14 Keller Kirchspiel GG, and most possibly a champagne - either something from Egly-Ouriet or Christophe Mignon.

Thank you!
by Benjamin C
October 5th, 2017, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who’s the REDDEST of red fruit Burgundy?
Replies: 51
Views: 3322

Who’s the REDDEST of red fruit Burgundy?

Denis Mortet Chambolle-Musigny was pretty red to me
by Benjamin C
September 20th, 2017, 10:06 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Copenhagen hotels
Replies: 10
Views: 557

Copenhagen hotels

I stayed at Hotel SP34 a year ago, good value for what it offers, just make sure to get the bigger room as they are rather small. But a nice modern scandinavian furnished hotel.
by Benjamin C
September 14th, 2017, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alt Nautral wine with a dope label 2015 Hirotake Ooka Cornas (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas)
Replies: 67
Views: 3517

Alt Nautral wine with a dope label 2015 Hirotake Ooka Cornas (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas)

Tried his Saint-Joseph at Rouge Tomate 2 weeks ago, and was surprised by its complexity, showed great depth of mint/ slight herbaceous note, five spice and dark fruits balanced with good acidity. Compared to his Cornas I had last week, which seemed more linear with some effervescence at the finish. ...
by Benjamin C
September 12th, 2017, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Book on Champagne
Replies: 102
Views: 8051

Book on Champagne

Has anyone read the book by Peter Liem: The Essential Guide to the Wines, Producers, and Terroirs of the Iconic Region? Looks like a beautiful boxed set with book & maps, worth a buy?
by Benjamin C
June 11th, 2017, 9:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Chenin Blanc are you drinking?
Replies: 118
Views: 4635

Which Chenin Blanc are you drinking?

Always loved Chenin Blanc's from Vouvray, especially from producers Huet, and Michel Autran. But been exploring more Chenin's from Anjou such as Richard Leroy, and Stephane Bernaudeau. Love the gun flint, lemon wax, and tropical notes on many of the Chenin Blanc's from Loire.
by Benjamin C
June 7th, 2017, 4:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2204
Views: 131109

New York City Restaurants

Secchu Yokota has to be the #1 best value in NYC. They have two options a $65 and $95 tasting menu that essentially has four phases - intro dishes, Tempura, a main course type finale (I always go for the Duck) and one always incredible dessert. The food is outstanding, the vibe is chill, welcoming ...
by Benjamin C
May 2nd, 2017, 10:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can You Recommend Some Organic or Biodynamic Wines?
Replies: 16
Views: 468

Can You Recommend Some Organic or Biodynamic Wines?

Bloomer Creek
Joe Swick
Agnès and René Mosse
Arianna Occhipinti
Hervé Souhaut
by Benjamin C
April 29th, 2017, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11915
Views: 570714

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2006 Domaine Dujac Morey-St.-Denis
2x 2014 Keller Westhofener Kirchspiel Riesling Trocken Grosses Gewachs
2009 S.A. Huet Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Sec
by Benjamin C
April 17th, 2017, 3:34 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: NY Hotels AND NOW WITH A RESTAURANT QUESTION
Replies: 39
Views: 2160

NY Hotels

First two are rather new, and falls into a good price point in relation to location,
11 Howard - http://www.11howard.com
1 Hotel Central Park
Nomad
by Benjamin C
April 15th, 2017, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1986 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
Replies: 12
Views: 772

TN: 1986 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Had the 85 a few weeks back, was great, decanted for 1 hour, and served straight away. Nose of earth, forest-floor, mushrooms. On the palate, black fruit, floral, and dusty mushrooms, that went on and on, great length with balanced finesse from Lalande. Would say that it is in the stage of being ful...
by Benjamin C
March 24th, 2017, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Replies: 16
Views: 1316

TN: 2015 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

http://i759.photobucket.com/albums/xx231/bencures/IMG_7728.jpg Opened a bottle last night, and oh my what a treat. On the nose the wine showed dark cherries, orange peel and some earthy notes, on the palate amazing texture and a long finish of cranberry and mild spice. Left a glass or two in the bo...
by Benjamin C
March 24th, 2017, 11:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Should I have the wine or sake pairing?
Replies: 9
Views: 857

Should I have the wine or sake pairing?

I too agree with Paul, and leaning towards sake being a better choice for pairing. I personally feel the sake pairing should go along well with the fish/seafood focused meal leading on towards the dessert which sounds amazing. Also try the Kokuryu, Junmai Ginjo too if you get the chance it's really ...
by Benjamin C
March 20th, 2017, 2:27 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Restaurant advice for last-minute NYC trip
Replies: 17
Views: 912

Restaurant advice for last-minute NYC trip

My first meal won't be until Saturday but Atoboy is getting great word of mouth and the chef used to work at Jungsik which as far as I'm concerned made it a must visit for us. +1 on Atoboy and Rouge Tomate If you're down to venture downtown, can try Pasquale Jones or Contra, and N'eat or Noreetuh i...
by Benjamin C
March 12th, 2017, 10:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 646
Views: 34514

Chicago Restaurant Thread

Might be making a trip to Chicago sometime in early April, would be helpful if I could get some recommendations on wine shops and wine bars there? Think I've got food sorted. Thank you all in advance!
by Benjamin C
March 6th, 2017, 9:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2204
Views: 131109

New York City Restaurants

+1 for Atoboy and N'eat, both places offering tasty dishes and all reasonably priced. The peanut butter fried chicken at Atoboy is pretty ace.
by Benjamin C
February 25th, 2017, 1:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2204
Views: 131109

New York City Restaurants

Any suggestions for dinner that is not terribly high-end (less a cost issue vs. not wanting a tasting menu)? Staying at the Greenwich downtown and in the recent past have enjoyed Locanda Verde and Le Coq Rico. Anything you all recommend in that vein? Around that area, I would suggest King, Mimi, Ch...
by Benjamin C
February 22nd, 2017, 9:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chenevottes
Replies: 6
Views: 1027

TN: 2014 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chenevottes

2014 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chenevottes - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru (2/21/2017) Pure crystalline energy here! Pale yellow, green tinge color...reduction, lime blossom, chalk dust, lemon/lime, green apple nose. Precise and penetr...
by Benjamin C
February 14th, 2017, 3:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: emergency NYC chinese restaurant help
Replies: 47
Views: 2532

emergency NYC chinese restaurant help

Cafe China - Kinda upscale Szechuan food.

But if you want a much more authentic take with less fancy decor, head to Lan Sheng (36st between broadway and 7th ave) My favorite Szechuan restaurant in the city - 10 dollar corkage too.
by Benjamin C
February 13th, 2017, 9:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rieslingfeier 2017!
Replies: 81
Views: 4556

Rieslingfeier 2017!

Will be there this Saturday at 11:30 too! Amazing wines last year, I'm sure this year would top that!
by Benjamin C
January 29th, 2017, 7:27 am
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: Art+Science Cider+Wine
Replies: 36
Views: 2488

Art+Science Cider+Wine

Email sent in for 2x West Valley Cider 3 Pack yesterday! Hope I'm not too late. Cheers
by Benjamin C
January 24th, 2017, 8:30 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Who likes congee (juk)?
Replies: 81
Views: 5171

Who likes congee (juk)?

I typically make this with left-over poultry carcasses at home. I love century eggs. I will try whipping up some Youtiao next time around. Also a fan of crispy fried shallots. Century egg and pork porridge is one of my favorite. And yes never forget Youtiao to dip if you can get hold of some, perfe...
by Benjamin C
January 24th, 2017, 8:27 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: 1 Dinner in London?
Replies: 24
Views: 1113

1 Dinner in London?

The Ledbury, Hedone, or Kitchen Table. Hedone is the most modern, The Ledbury has the most precise cooking, Kitchen Table is the most fun. I miss Pierre Koffmann... +1 for Kitchen Table, grab some grower champagnes outside at Bubbledogs first, and head in for dinner, quite an interesting concept bo...

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