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by G. Greenbaum
January 16th, 2020, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Thomas Batardière Vin de France Clos des Cocus (France, Vin de France)
Replies: 4
Views: 144

Re: TN: 2015 Thomas Batardière Vin de France Clos des Cocus (France, Vin de France)

Batardière was a fantastic discovery for me on my last Paris visit in April '19. We were served the L'Esprit Libre and ran around looking for more. Though it's labeled VdF, I believe the fruit is also Anjou. Thanks for your note.
by G. Greenbaum
January 16th, 2020, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Michel Lafarge, 1928-2020
Replies: 25
Views: 1917

Re: RIP Michel Lafarge, 1928-2020

RIP. An Icon
by G. Greenbaum
January 16th, 2020, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Pecorino prognostications
Replies: 12
Views: 907

Re: TN: Pecorino prognostications

For me, Pecorino is a nice quaf. The better Pecs usually have high acid, minerality and sea breeze like savoryness. Very similar to Alvarino imo. One of my favorites is the Ciù Ciù "Le Merlettaie", though it's been a while since I had one.
by G. Greenbaum
January 13th, 2020, 9:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 973
Views: 51918

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Anyone know if it is possible to BYOB at Mini-Kabob in Glendale? Wow! This place is amazing. Hole in the wall Armenian husband and wife spot with amazing food. I went with a regular so we got treated extremely well. There are only 8-10 seats. We got there at 4:10 and initially they said they were c...
by G. Greenbaum
January 1st, 2020, 1:33 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Santa Barbara Area Food & Wine
Replies: 6
Views: 420

Re: Santa Barbara Area Food & Wine

In Los Alimos https://www.bobswellbread.com is fantastic for breakfast or lunch. In Buelton, https://industrialeats.com is an absolute must for lunch and dinner.
by G. Greenbaum
December 26th, 2019, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Decades of Decadence - "The 9's"
Replies: 11
Views: 1069

Re: TN: Decades of Decadence - "The 9's"

Love the back room at Industrial. Nice set of wines. Cheers Matt! There's the 'back room' and then the 'folded tables in the office' that we occupy :-) Not fancy but very homey indeed . . . Cheers. The office is the only back room I know of. Jeff has made made some amazing meals for our group.
by G. Greenbaum
December 25th, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then
Replies: 131
Views: 5082

Re: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then

Is Brunel’s Les Cailloux more modern now? I use to love his wines, a yearly purchase.
by G. Greenbaum
December 25th, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Decades of Decadence - "The 9's"
Replies: 11
Views: 1069

Re: TN: Decades of Decadence - "The 9's"

Love the back room at Industrial. Nice set of wines. Cheers Matt!
by G. Greenbaum
December 24th, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 973
Views: 51918

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I did a little looking on yelp and a recent review said it was $420/person. Others say $250-300. I understand why the price may fluctuate based on the ingredients and such. But at $420 it's too rich, while $250 each we're willing to do for this special occasion. Would they tell us the price ahead o...
by G. Greenbaum
December 24th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 973
Views: 51918

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Yamakase has free corkage. They don’t have a liquor license. It’s expensive, though ~230 pp for 17 course omakase I did a little looking on yelp and a recent review said it was $420/person. Others say $250-300. I understand why the price may fluctuate based on the ingredients and such. But at $420 ...
by G. Greenbaum
December 10th, 2019, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 2 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Oregon Wines for Dakin Humane Society (12/4 - 12/11)
Replies: 69
Views: 2199

Re: Week 2 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Oregon Wines for Dakin Humane Society (12/4 - 12/11)

Hi David. Terrific cause! 2015 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir La Grive Bleue Last bottle of a 3 pack. Love at first taste? The prior bottles have been very good but this last bottle was better. It's a perfectly balanced wine. Red fruited with spice, underbrush and medium complexity. Average length but a ni...
by G. Greenbaum
November 14th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top 10 Chenin Blanc bottlings
Replies: 48
Views: 2619

Re: Your top 10 Chenin Blanc bottlings

In no particular order:
Chateau de Breze
Bois-Brincon
Huet
Clau de Nell
Pinon
Boudignon
Guiberteau
Batardiere
Chidaine
Belliviere
by G. Greenbaum
November 10th, 2019, 10:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 973
Views: 51918

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Recently I dined at two restaurants, both new to me. Last weekend, dinner was at Bavel. We were looking forward to trying this one. Bestia is excellent, so I had high expectations. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to the hype. We ate in the patio area, as it was much quieter than inside the main din...
by G. Greenbaum
November 6th, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning a trip to the Loire Valley
Replies: 16
Views: 961

Re: Planning a trip to the Loire Valley

Was in Touraine in April, based in Amboise. visits to Huet & Pinon in Vouvray were outstanding. Huet has extensive caves and a rich history. As a contrast Pinon was charming, small and has some of my favorite wines in the area. Make appts at both. As mentioned, Cave Insolite is the tasting room for ...
by G. Greenbaum
October 29th, 2019, 7:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco
Replies: 221
Views: 18166

Re: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco

Thanks Robert, very helpful. I've dined at The Progress (good tip on the Prog dog). So SB is part menu and part cart service (dim sum style)?
by G. Greenbaum
October 28th, 2019, 5:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco
Replies: 221
Views: 18166

Re: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco

I'll be at State Bird in a few weeks. What dishes do you recommend and how many dishes per person?
by G. Greenbaum
October 24th, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 973
Views: 51918

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

RIP chef!!! This is shockingly sad.
LA Chef Joe Miller, Who Opened Legendary Joe’s Restaurant in Venice, Has Died
https://la.eater.com/2019/10/24/2091751 ... geles-chef
by G. Greenbaum
October 24th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"
Replies: 41
Views: 1748

Re: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"

Cool article, that was fun and well done. The idea here is to reduce the risk of bacterial spoilage without use of additional sulfur where possible, and to minimize the amount of sulfur added when lowering the temperature doesn’t do the trick. That would appear consistent with the tenets of the "na...
by G. Greenbaum
October 17th, 2019, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any wine store recommendations for Rome, Milan & Venice?
Replies: 21
Views: 1015

Re: Any wine store recommendations for Rome, Milan & Venice?

Hi Marco, I haven't specifically tried to hunt down good wine shops on my trips to Venice (I have family there), but those that I have visited have generally been freakishly expensive and preying on the tourist market. One that is well worth a look is Cantine del Vino già Schiavi on Fondamenta Nani...
by G. Greenbaum
October 17th, 2019, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Frank Cornelissen - "Susucaru" Rosso (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 18
Views: 1013

Re: TN: 2017 Frank Cornelissen - "Susucaru" Rosso (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

Thomas, thanks for posting. I guess I feel more confident now knowing Frank is dedicated to less dramatic changes than I previously suspected. It was in fact a Contadino in 2010?? that got me intrigued in Etna. I was already enjoying Sicilian wines (Bonavita, Cos, Occhipinti, ...) but Etna is a diff...
by G. Greenbaum
October 15th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 973
Views: 51918

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

In Playa, there is Playa Provisions and Tripel. Both are very good. Tripel's corkage is $10 and I think Playa's is $15. Tripel also has, as one might guess, a nice collection of beer taps. Both are very close to the water, though there's no views from the restaurants.
by G. Greenbaum
October 15th, 2019, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Frank Cornelissen - "Susucaru" Rosso (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 18
Views: 1013

Re: TN: 2017 Frank Cornelissen - "Susucaru" Rosso (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

Hi Tom - Thanks for that. What an unusual 180 degree turn! Per his website, he appears to still farm organically with prudent uses of copper sulphate and sulphur in the vineyard. Not sure how I feel about his change. I guess time & tasting will tell.
by G. Greenbaum
October 15th, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Frank Cornelissen - "Susucaru" Rosso (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 18
Views: 1013

Re: TN: 2017 Frank Cornelissen - "Susucaru" Rosso (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

i believe with this current release of wines he actually started adding sulphur and also did some filtering. i have never encountered brett in his wines but some volatility definitely seems to be the norm, but less so now than in the past. Yes, his philosophy has totally changed. He is now the post...
by G. Greenbaum
October 14th, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Frank Cornelissen - "Susucaru" Rosso (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 18
Views: 1013

Re: TN: 2017 Frank Cornelissen - "Susucaru" Rosso (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

Different strokes Brian. I happen to really like the Susucaru and former Contadino bottlings (apparently a new Susucaru bottling has replaced the Contadino). Both wines are/were yearly purchases for me. Yes, Cornelissen is a natural wine poster child, but I don't think it's fare to blame natural win...
by G. Greenbaum
October 12th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Advice for traveling to Nice, France?
Replies: 14
Views: 1480

Re: Advice for traveling to Nice, France?

Was in Nice in April. We stayed here: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/28331718?source_impression_id=p3_1570900071_js1YvOn3JYuDgoWA We had dinner at Maido, a japanese inspired place, very good. Also visited La Part des Anges, a very nice wine bar with cheese and charcuterie. They have a bistro down the ...
by G. Greenbaum
October 11th, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1171
Views: 66567

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Dennis Atick wrote:
October 11th, 2019, 1:58 pm
It was said upthread but the recent Burgundy cellars are now so far out of reach for normal people like me. I can fondly remember the good ol days.
And Drink Rully and Monthelie for a few more years. [cheers.gif]
Who got the Prudhon En Remilly? I responded in 25 min and missed it!
by G. Greenbaum
October 10th, 2019, 9:39 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Italy (Rome/Florence/Venice) - June 2020
Replies: 21
Views: 1918

Re: Italy (Rome/Florence/Venice) - June 2020

In Venice: Co Vino https://www.covinovenezia.com. Resv essential. Very small prixfix 40€. Outstanding, inventive food. Natural wines. Our group of 6 loved it. Green Apple Gelateria is our favorite (not far from Pallazzo Ducale towards the Castello). There is a great stationary store next door called...
by G. Greenbaum
October 9th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Climate change is changing the flavor of French wine
Replies: 22
Views: 1075

Climate change is changing the flavor of French wine

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/09/wine-harvest-dates-earlier-climate-change/ Interesting they have records that old. What they found was a stark record of climate change. During the Middle Ages and beyond, the records show short stretches of warmth and occasional super-hot years li...
by G. Greenbaum
October 7th, 2019, 2:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best Burger in Each State
Replies: 64
Views: 3142

Re: Best Burger in Each State

IMHO, Apple Pan is the quintessential Los Angeles burger place. It has history, quality, flavor, nostalgia (for many). It may not be the best burger, but the experience, I would argue, is.
by G. Greenbaum
October 3rd, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best Burger in Each State
Replies: 64
Views: 3142

Re: Best Burger in Each State

SM and now midcity. Just curious, why so many FF burger places in your top 10? Lots of higher quality burgers out there was less of a footprint. Burgers Never Say Die, Everson Royce, Badmassh, Goldburger & Smashburger (pop ups)...
by G. Greenbaum
October 3rd, 2019, 10:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best Burger in Each State
Replies: 64
Views: 3142

Re: Best Burger in Each State

HiHo should be on your list for So Cal. It blows away In & Out. $ wise it's similar to SS.
by G. Greenbaum
October 2nd, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recommendations for Munich?
Replies: 20
Views: 1402

Re: Recommendations for Munich?

Any updates to this thread? Specifically looking for pescatarian and veg friendly and casual restaurants. Also, interesting wine bars. Thanks.
by G. Greenbaum
September 24th, 2019, 8:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 973
Views: 51918

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

It is Brian. When you reserve, request a table outside. Sitting inside on nights other than Fri and Sat are not too bad. If you are just 2, sitting at the far right side of the bar is also helpful.
by G. Greenbaum
September 24th, 2019, 8:04 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Dinner in Oakland
Replies: 18
Views: 843

Re: Dinner in Oakland

Thanks Betty and Alex. Great to see Dopo & Gourmet Delight are still around. Is Reem's in Fruitvale worth the trek?
by G. Greenbaum
September 23rd, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Dinner in Oakland
Replies: 18
Views: 843

Re: Dinner in Oakland

Thank you ERPark, I'll probably avoid San Antonio and parts south out of convenience. Battambang use to be a favorite but I haven't been in ages. We may catch a gig at Yoshi's, so downtown one night could be a possibility.
by G. Greenbaum
September 23rd, 2019, 12:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Dinner in Oakland
Replies: 18
Views: 843

Re: Dinner in Oakland

I’ve been to Oakland more times than I can count. I’ll walk, use BART or Uber to get around. Downtown, Rockridge, Mosswood, Piedmont, etc. al good. Just curious on new places to try. Doesn’t have to be high end. For instance, where in Chinatown would you go for dim sum and is there a good Sichuan pl...
by G. Greenbaum
September 23rd, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Dinner in Oakland
Replies: 18
Views: 843

Re: Dinner in Oakland

Any updates to this thread? I like the recs here, though I've to a few of the places in this thread! Looking for lunch places (quick/FF and sit down) and dinner. Should be byob for dinner. Also plan to hit the Punchdown & Ordinaire, anything else? Any new beer bars? TIA-
by G. Greenbaum
September 16th, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 973
Views: 51918

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

.......their wine list is well chosen, mostly natural. Oxymoron neener Marshall and I were chuckling at their corkage policy that asks one not to bring anything on their list. No risk there. It’s a pretty deep list of esoteric, moderately priced, young wine. It's only oxymoronic if you prefer Suckl...
by G. Greenbaum
September 14th, 2019, 12:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 973
Views: 51918

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Marshall and John, 1. Always always always sit on the patio at Hatchett Hall on the weekends; weeknights inside aren't too busy/noisy. 2. Eat the porkchop. Mark beat me to it. HH is one of my favorite restaurants in LA. I've had both celebratory as well as regular dinners. I always eat outside when...
by G. Greenbaum
September 12th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTN: Syrah Tasting (Benetiere, Allemand, Lagier Meredith, Enfield, etc.)
Replies: 15
Views: 1433

Re: WTN: Syrah Tasting (Benetiere, Allemand, Lagier Meredith, Enfield, etc.)

I'm curious what this indicates for the Benetiere. I learned a while back that 15 yrs was the magic number on Cote Rotie (obviously a generalization), yet I wonder how a wine at 8 yrs of age will perform down the road. Many of the CRs I've loved have a shut down period. Are the 2011s open for other ...
by G. Greenbaum
September 3rd, 2019, 9:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 973
Views: 51918

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I wanted to give a shout-out to a place I don't recall having seen mentioned here, which I tried for the first time last night: Margot, in the heart of ridiculously-hipster Culver City: https://www.margot.la/. High-energy rooftop venue, casual but with ambitious, small-plate food intended for shari...
by G. Greenbaum
August 21st, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Domaine Huet - Vouvray Pétillant Brut (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)
Replies: 8
Views: 511

Re: TN: 2013 Domaine Huet - Vouvray Pétillant Brut (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)

Doug Schulman wrote:
August 20th, 2019, 11:56 am
I don’t usually think there’s much to this wine. The Reserve can be a lot better, even impressive.
Yep. I major step up in quality. We drank a few of the '09 Reserve on a recent trip to the Loire and they were outstanding. Also enjoyed the Jacky Blot & Pinon Pettilant.
by G. Greenbaum
August 16th, 2019, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red/white blends have you tried?
Replies: 54
Views: 1604

Re: What red/white blends have you tried?

Wes Barton wrote:
August 16th, 2019, 3:02 pm
Most of the ones imported here and made here are oxidated...
Hi Wes - For my education, could you please point me to the literature that supports this assertion?
by G. Greenbaum
August 16th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red/white blends have you tried?
Replies: 54
Views: 1604

Re: What red/white blends have you tried?

Most, if not all, of the Friuli and Slovinian skin contact wines I've had, and I've visited wineries in these areas, were non-oxidized.
by G. Greenbaum
August 15th, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3589
Views: 345400

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Does anyone have any experience with Clos du Joncuas? Cellartracker comments look interesting on all 3 for the price... It's a pretty good Gigondas producer, with some other AOC bottlings I think too. Chambers St. has been bringing them in for a while, and usually has good color on them in their em...
by G. Greenbaum
August 15th, 2019, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12514
Views: 603403

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2017 Arnot-Roberts Chardonnay Trout Gulch Vineyard 2017 Brun Morgon Morgon Côte du Py Javernières 2017 Lapierre Morgon Close outs Chidaine Vouvray Pétillant 2015 Chidaine Montlouis Bournais 2016 Thibaud Boudignon Anjou 2013 Giuseppe Nada Barbaresco Riserva Casot 2016 Giuseppe Nada Langhe Nebbiolo
by G. Greenbaum
August 13th, 2019, 7:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5
Replies: 40
Views: 3179

Re: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5

Hey Christine - Wow, Mustard's Grill, a blast from the past. And for any of you lucky enough to see the beautiful things coming out of Christine's kitchen, and even luckier to have enjoyed them, well you know what a great cook she is.
by G. Greenbaum
August 12th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Broc Cellars 'Wirth Vineyard' Zinfandel
Replies: 4
Views: 468

Re: TN: 2017 Broc Cellars 'Wirth Vineyard' Zinfandel

Broc makes lovely "natural wines" and quite the contrast to the stereotypical Aussie bombs. Great to see they will have a presence down under.
by G. Greenbaum
August 8th, 2019, 5:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5
Replies: 40
Views: 3179

Re: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5

Glenn - I love NMS in Silverlake. How easy are the recipes to follow? The ingredients are easily sourced I would think.

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