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by G. Greenbaum
April 3rd, 2020, 7:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie virtual Zoom tasting event next week w/ Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui
Replies: 127
Views: 3785

Re: Rivers-Marie virtual Zoom tasting event next week w/ Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui

Dang, the WB community is coming strong for this idea. Gonna let this thread run another day and then we will select which day we will hold the event, and then post the connection details. Thank you everyone. FM3 - I'm out for the day, and stopping at my locker at 11am (my place is closed M & Tu, n...
by G. Greenbaum
April 1st, 2020, 11:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie virtual Zoom tasting event next week w/ Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui
Replies: 127
Views: 3785

Re: Rivers-Marie virtual Zoom tasting event next week w/ Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui

The problem is that elusive 2005 RM Cabernet. :( If you find one please let me know, I’d love to try it (it would be a Rudy K. special). Perhaps you mean the 05 Summa Old Vine. That is pretty great, I’ve had the pleasure of trying it. Not sure it is better than 07 SOV, but sure is rarer. The tinies...
by G. Greenbaum
March 31st, 2020, 4:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1024
Views: 56827

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Gjusta had an employee test + for C-19. Just what I was fearing and with the recent surge and expected peak in April, I'm less likely to order take out.
https://www.latimes.com/food/story/2020 ... y-covid-19
by G. Greenbaum
March 31st, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie virtual Zoom tasting event next week w/ Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui
Replies: 127
Views: 3785

Re: Rivers-Marie: any interest in a WB Zoom event next week?

I'm interested. Haven't bought any RM in a while so I'll throw out a theme idea of doing a Summa OV vertical.
by G. Greenbaum
March 24th, 2020, 1:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1024
Views: 56827

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Great info. Thanks Sarah.
by G. Greenbaum
March 24th, 2020, 11:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1024
Views: 56827

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

So today is the #thegreatamericantakeout. Personally, I want to support my local restaurants. I'm also concerned about sanitary conditions, especially workers and transmission concerns as we know so little about infection and transmission. What are others thoughts?
by G. Greenbaum
March 12th, 2020, 7:39 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1024
Views: 56827

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Just got an email that Lucques is closing. What an incredible run and success they had. Suzanne Goin trained many of the chefs we have come to love in LA. Her food (and cookbook) are classics. Caroline Styne exposed us to wines from places many had not experienced. I have great memories of celebrati...
by G. Greenbaum
March 11th, 2020, 3:44 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 213
Views: 7776

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

A conference I was attending in Denver (4/6/20) has been cancelled. I have no problem with this and in fact was going to likely back out anyway.
by G. Greenbaum
March 11th, 2020, 3:42 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 213
Views: 7776

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Would love to hear what you did - we're still planning to go early next month for our family Spring Break trip (also Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon) In Bryce, I highly recommend doing multiple hikes. Off the Rim trail take the Navaho Trail switchbacks down to the Queen's Garden Trail. There's a lot to ...
by G. Greenbaum
March 5th, 2020, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Girolamo Russo Etna Nerina (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 30
Views: 1171

Re: TN: 2017 Girolamo Russo Etna Nerina (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

And Calabretta started bottling in 1997, despite making wine in sfuso since the early 1900s. Faro didn't receive DOC status until 1976 and it's the oldest DOC in Sicily. Yeah, the region is quite young.
by G. Greenbaum
March 4th, 2020, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Girolamo Russo Etna Nerina (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 30
Views: 1171

Re: TN: 2017 Girolamo Russo Etna Nerina (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

Hi Gregg, the only problem with the A Rina is we don't get enough of it. I haven't had the contrada wines at over ten years of age, but I would think 15-20 at least. These days I'm usually drinking most red wines on the side of freshness, ie younger. Thanks for your response Oliver. I have a bottle...
by G. Greenbaum
March 3rd, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Girolamo Russo Etna Nerina (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 30
Views: 1171

Re: TN: 2017 Girolamo Russo Etna Nerina (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

Though it's crept up in price a bit the I Rini is a fantastic entry level wine. I too love the San Lorenzo. I wonder if Oliver could comment on the ageability of the contradas?
by G. Greenbaum
February 26th, 2020, 4:18 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Winery Suggestions - Chablis, Cote de Beaune, Beaujolais
Replies: 7
Views: 411

Re: Winery Suggestions - Chablis, Cote de Beaune, Beaujolais

I'm not sure if you have been to France before (or elsewhere out of country), but making an attempt to speak the native language will go a long way. In addition, many of the residents of rural areas speak less English than in the major cities. Consider taking a French class or accessing a learning a...
by G. Greenbaum
February 20th, 2020, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 liquid farm white hill
Replies: 15
Views: 1009

Re: 2016 liquid farm white hill

Hey Bill. Yep, Jeff is on to something. And, they're even better out of mag. If you haven't already tried them, the Arnot Roberts Chards are really excellent as well.
by G. Greenbaum
February 20th, 2020, 3:29 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Burgundy, Paris and Ile de Re
Replies: 5
Views: 556

Re: Burgundy, Paris and Ile de Re

That's a nice report Jerry. the list at Les Climats is unbelievable. Easily one of the most comprehensive Burgundy list I've ever seen. I was in Paris in April last year and spent many nights in the 11th. Paris's 11th arrd is amazing for food & wine these days. You should check it out when you retur...
by G. Greenbaum
February 20th, 2020, 10:00 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Redondo Beach 19 - 26 February
Replies: 14
Views: 910

Re: Redondo Beach 19 - 26 February

Michael: Where are you staying? There have been a few new openings in Manhattan Beach as well as Redondo... Coast and David Slay's come to mind. Redondo has quite a few nice, casual places in the area known as Riviera Village. If you like old school family run French Bistro's, take a look at Domini...
by G. Greenbaum
February 14th, 2020, 7:26 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Need London Restaurant Recs. There's a Twist!
Replies: 10
Views: 626

Re: Need London Restaurant Recs. There's a Twist!

A few years ago we had two dinners in King's Cross area with about 10-12. These are not high end , but very good food and wine. Dishoom https://www.dishoom.com/kings-cross/ has really good Indian food in a steampunk type ambiance. Caravan Granary Square https://www.caravanrestaurants.co.uk/kings-cro...
by G. Greenbaum
February 11th, 2020, 2:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 306
Views: 22502

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

We had fantastic Sichuan noodles at this tiny place in St. Germain around the corner from our place. We loved it so much, we ate there several times. Spicy as hell, but oh so good. https://troisfoisplusdepiment.fr/
by G. Greenbaum
February 5th, 2020, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day
Replies: 92
Views: 5440

Re: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day

I'm not a fan of the modern Bs. And given the barriguegate that ensued with Marc de Grazia and his stable of modernists, I found traditionally made wines were a lot more to my liking. While I do think it's unpopular to buy wine with idea of holding it 30+ yrs these days, it was more acceptable when ...
by G. Greenbaum
January 24th, 2020, 4:06 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Aix-en-P and environs
Replies: 6
Views: 650

Re: Aix-en-P and environs

If you make it to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, do not miss 17 Place aux Vins. Best wine and small plates in the area. And on Sundays there's the fantastic market.
by G. Greenbaum
January 23rd, 2020, 8:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 306
Views: 22502

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

I was in Paris in early December, thank you for whomever first recommended Rigmarole, it was really fantastic. I love how they talk with you about things you like and what things you don't. Then they customize a tasting menu for the table. Everything was really delicious and expertly prepared. They...
by G. Greenbaum
January 19th, 2020, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 98' Vieux Telegraphe
Replies: 12
Views: 834

Re: TN: 98' Vieux Telegraphe

The '98 VT took a long time to come around. I did not like it in it's earlier years. The '98 vintage was hot. A lot of CdPs and other southern rhone appellations I have tried early on from the vintage showed more stewed and roasted fruit and only worsened with bottle age. I think if the structure wa...
by G. Greenbaum
January 19th, 2020, 11:01 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Questions
Replies: 35
Views: 1896

Re: Costa Rica Questions

Hi Poppy - IMHO, your trip involves too much driving and the roads and drive times are much different than in LA. My suggestion, if you're flying into Liberia is to stay in that area. You can visit the Volcano park Rincon de la Vieja. We stayed at Hotel Rincon de la Vieja Lodge (all inclusive: meals...
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: 225

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: 2251

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: 1011

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: 1024
Views: 56827

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: 11
Views: 1201

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: 1119

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: 5354

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: 1119

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: 1024
Views: 56827

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: 1024
Views: 56827

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: 2415

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: 2718

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: 1024
Views: 56827

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: 997

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: 226
Views: 19942

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: 226
Views: 19942

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: 1024
Views: 56827

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: 1831

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: 1085

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: 1066

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: 1024
Views: 56827

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: 1066

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: 1066

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: 1066

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...

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