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by Paul Jaouen
April 15th, 2021, 5:35 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: St Pete / Tampa Recs (plus Clearwater Beach too)
Replies: 38
Views: 1671

Re: St Pete / Tampa Recs (plus Clearwater Beach too)

Food at Marker 39 in Safety Harbor is fantastic! After one meal, it’s moved right into one of my top spots. Corkage is either $20 or $25.
by Paul Jaouen
April 13th, 2021, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Shops in Clearwater, FL / Berns Steakhouse?
Replies: 16
Views: 947

Re: Wine Shops in Clearwater, FL / Berns Steakhouse?

Joseph Zamrin wrote: April 13th, 2021, 11:11 am
M.Sysak wrote: April 11th, 2021, 4:49 am
Redneck Wine
3225 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL
We ship to Clearwater overnight but no delivery. We're 2 miles from Berns, you're welcome to stop by if you have time!
I’m a fan of Redneck Wine. Actually I was there twice this week.
by Paul Jaouen
April 13th, 2021, 9:48 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: St Pete / Tampa Recs (plus Clearwater Beach too)
Replies: 38
Views: 1671

Re: St Pete / Tampa Recs

I don't cross over the bridge much except to hit the beach, so can't recommend many places in St. Pete, but my two favorite restaurants in Tampa (excluding steak houses) are: 1. Rooster and the Till 2. Edison: Food+Drink Lab (Chef owner of Edison is the former chef de cuisine at Bern's) Both also a...
by Paul Jaouen
April 4th, 2021, 9:09 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: St Pete / Tampa Recs (plus Clearwater Beach too)
Replies: 38
Views: 1671

Re: St Pete / Tampa Recs

They're opening a new restaurant and wine bar in St. Pete this month called Sauvignon. From what I read it sounds promising.
by Paul Jaouen
April 1st, 2021, 11:13 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 2021 Travel
Replies: 40
Views: 1126

Re: 2021 Travel

They shut down France again. I cancelled my June trip to Beaune about a month ago. Probably traveling to Florida a bit. I have plans to go to Maryland in May and Vermont in July. Looks like I might be planning more domestic travel as overseas is not looking good at this point.
by Paul Jaouen
March 26th, 2021, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1995 and 1996 Bordeaux at 25: worth the hype?
Replies: 77
Views: 3367

Re: 1995 and 1996 Bordeaux at 25: worth the hype?

Has anyone had the '95 Latour recently?
by Paul Jaouen
March 26th, 2021, 5:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1995 and 1996 Bordeaux at 25: worth the hype?
Replies: 77
Views: 3367

Re: 1995 and 1996 Bordeaux at 25: worth the hype?

FWIW a Bordeaux buddy and I last year enjoyed both the 90 & 96 Margaux together at a dinner. While the 90 was at its peak, full, round and generous, delicious really, the 96 was on a whole other level. It was beautiful, high-toned, crystalline, with a purity and youthful exuberance you rarely f...
by Paul Jaouen
March 26th, 2021, 5:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allen Meadows, Burghound.
Replies: 649
Views: 58511

Re: Allen Meadows, Burghound.

https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=3216855#p3216855 You can't explain why you would bump this thread that has run out of steam long ago? Co-conspirators who got away, laughing with pockets full, to victimize unaware, innocent, or gullible others to this very day. Don does a good j...
by Paul Jaouen
March 25th, 2021, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allen Meadows, Burghound.
Replies: 649
Views: 58511

Re: Allen Meadows, Burghound.

Victor Hong wrote: March 25th, 2021, 8:17 am viewtopic.php?p=3216855#p3216855
You can't explain why you would bump this thread that has run out of steam long ago?
by Paul Jaouen
March 25th, 2021, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allen Meadows, Burghound.
Replies: 649
Views: 58511

Re: Allen Meadows, Burghound.

Victor Hong wrote: March 25th, 2021, 3:44 amBump.
Why?
by Paul Jaouen
March 24th, 2021, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cassoulet War: D’Artagnan style
Replies: 14
Views: 1214

Re: Cassoulet War: D’Artagnan style

RichardFlack wrote: March 23rd, 2021, 5:16 pm Hasn’t this bean done?
It was a live event in NYC before Covid. I attended the last few years. It's a lot of fun as you get to do a walk around tasting of all the cassoulets. Having done that, I have zero interest in a virtual event.
by Paul Jaouen
March 23rd, 2021, 6:12 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Clearwater/Madeira beach wine scene.
Replies: 6
Views: 475

Re: Clearwater/Madeira beach wine scene.

Other than Berns there aren't many places with a good list of old world wines which is my preference. Salt Rock's list does nothing for me and if I was going there I would BYO. Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City has an excellent list of Spanish and older California wines. You should check with their C...
by Paul Jaouen
March 22nd, 2021, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Since when did CA chardonnay reach 18.5 abv?
Replies: 55
Views: 2963

Re: Since when did CA chardonnay reach 18.5 abv?

I don't know if it's worse that I learned you can't read or that I learned you drink airplane wine.
by Paul Jaouen
March 17th, 2021, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: when drunk how to sober up ?
Replies: 71
Views: 4461

Re: when drunk how to sober up ?

Oh...and Coconut water works really well. Really well. I miss those chocolate flavored coconut waters. I'm not sure about that. I used to go to Berns with a group of 8. One guy drank a lot of coconut water during dinner. Guess who the one person was that was pretty well lit at the end of the night?...
by Paul Jaouen
March 9th, 2021, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Cellar Layout
Replies: 25
Views: 1280

Re: Wine Cellar Layout

I agree on the double racking. I did two walls with double racking and wish I had done a third wall with double rather than single racking. My cellar was built to hold 2400 bottles and there is 3000 or so in there now.
by Paul Jaouen
March 6th, 2021, 6:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Silvaner Revolution Will Not Be Televised...
Replies: 26
Views: 987

Re: The Silvaner Revolution Will Not Be Televised...

I like Silvaners but hard to find good ones. I don't think I've drunk one in over five years when my wife brought back a few good ones from Germany. At this point, I couldn't even tell you which ones they were but I know I couldn't find them locally when I tried.
by Paul Jaouen
March 6th, 2021, 6:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 9068
Views: 1416447

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

If wonder if this show will note the unsung enablers to this odious deceit, like John and Allen. If a bottle of wine smelled like those actors, it would be a DNPIM. I strongly suspect that John Kapon/Acker and Christie's will get some likely unwanted publicity here. Will Allen "BurgHound"...
by Paul Jaouen
February 28th, 2021, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have wine auction lots become much more scarce....?
Replies: 224
Views: 13567

Re: Have wine auction lots become much more scarce....?

HoosJustinG wrote: February 26th, 2021, 1:08 pm Not even watching HDH today ... dont want to get mad.
Early on I saw a lot of 6 bottles of 2005 Trapet Latricieres-Chambertin hammer for $2800. High estimate was $1400. I stopped watching after that.
by Paul Jaouen
February 28th, 2021, 7:15 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: New York City hotels
Replies: 35
Views: 4796

Re: New York City hotels

Jay Miller wrote: February 27th, 2021, 5:47 pm
Brent C l a y t o n wrote: February 27th, 2021, 7:49 am
J I M Nuffie!d wrote: February 12th, 2021, 4:30 pm

Of course, then you'd be in Jersey
At this point Jersey City should be declared the official sixth borough of NYC. I'd be happy to trade it for Staten Island.
Not if it means we end up stuck with de Blasio as mayor
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by Paul Jaouen
February 27th, 2021, 7:25 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: New York City hotels
Replies: 35
Views: 4796

Re: New York City hotels

In case you haven’t noticed, everyone from NY is moving to Jersey ...so being in Jersey must not be all that bad? But what do I know I’ve only been here for nearly 20 years And where are all those on exodus from NJ moving to? Carolinas, Florida, and Montana if you really want to get away. Some Flor...
by Paul Jaouen
February 18th, 2021, 1:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Las Vegas Suggestions
Replies: 13
Views: 977

Re: Las Vegas Suggestions

Robert, I don't know which spot, if any, has a better German selection. While Bank is no longer there, I'm sure he probably still has some insight on wine selections at LoS if you wanted to reach out to him. Sushi Kame would be a great addition to NYC top spots. I wish they would relocate here. The...
by Paul Jaouen
February 18th, 2021, 8:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Las Vegas Suggestions
Replies: 13
Views: 977

Re: Las Vegas Suggestions

Robert, I don't know which spot, if any, has a better German selection. While Bank is no longer there, I'm sure he probably still has some insight on wine selections at LoS if you wanted to reach out to him. Sushi Kame would be a great addition to NYC top spots. I wish they would relocate here. Thei...
by Paul Jaouen
February 18th, 2021, 6:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Las Vegas Suggestions
Replies: 13
Views: 977

Re: Las Vegas Suggestions

My go to place is Sushi Kame. Caveat is I haven't been in over a year and I have not eaten at their new location. They moved after the last time I was there. It is a lot easier to get to the new location so that's a plus. I think the food is better at the old location of LoS over the new location bu...
by Paul Jaouen
February 12th, 2021, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More Auction Insanity
Replies: 33
Views: 2190

Re: More Auction Insanity

Wow!!!!!!
by Paul Jaouen
February 9th, 2021, 5:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are the wines you try to buy in 375ml??
Replies: 55
Views: 2376

Re: What are the wines you try to buy in 375ml??

None. I would be interested in some whites but the wines I want are hard to find in 375s.
by Paul Jaouen
February 7th, 2021, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXXV
Replies: 32
Views: 2168

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXXV

Been reading your notes for twenty years, and I still recall the apartment in the East Village where it started. Amazing level of detail and discernment. Hope you're well. Marc was always tasting at least half a dozen wines behind everyone else but always produced excellent notes and still does.
by Paul Jaouen
February 5th, 2021, 11:35 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Europe Travel - Safe?
Replies: 70
Views: 5169

Re: Europe Travel - Safe?

Rick Allen wrote: February 5th, 2021, 11:32 am I was hoping this year. I'm not getting any younger...
Same here. I was hoping to travel there in late June but I think that is overly optimistic.
by Paul Jaouen
February 5th, 2021, 11:34 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Europe Travel - Safe?
Replies: 70
Views: 5169

Re: Europe Travel - Safe?

Given Europe's vaccination problems, will there be a time this year when restaurants, museums, etc. will be fully open? Thinking of Italy in October... Which year? https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-02-04/when-will-covid-pandemic-end-near-me-vaccine-coverage-calculator OMG! You're not goi...
by Paul Jaouen
February 5th, 2021, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some 2007 White Burgs and the 2014 Blain Gagnard Grand Crus
Replies: 13
Views: 760

Re: TN: Some 2007 White Burgs and the 2014 Blain Gagnard Grand Crus

Nice notes. Thanks. I think the only 07 I have left is a couple of Sauzet BM.
by Paul Jaouen
February 3rd, 2021, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Forgotten order placed at Zachys in 2010...
Replies: 15
Views: 1928

Re: Forgotten order placed at Zachys in 2010...

The wines will be fine. They were stored well.
by Paul Jaouen
January 31st, 2021, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 SQN Eleven Confessions Estate Offering
Replies: 86
Views: 8146

Re: 2017 SQN Eleven Confessions Estate Offering

cjsavino wrote: January 30th, 2021, 12:09 pm When do they usually let you know about wish list items?
In my case, never...
by Paul Jaouen
January 28th, 2021, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zachy's Wine Auctions
Replies: 20
Views: 1902

Re: Zachy's Wine Auctions

I’ve never had a problem buying or selling at Zachys live auctions and customer service has also been very good. Having said that I’ve never bid on bottles with past seepage (other than Leroy). So many wines out there so why take a chance.
by Paul Jaouen
January 28th, 2021, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day debriefing thread....whoooo!
Replies: 69
Views: 4129

Re: Berserker Day debriefing thread....whoooo!

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote: January 28th, 2021, 5:51 am I participated for the first time.

Of note, though - I made my first purchase of New World wine since 2008! Marcus Goodfellow and all who praise his wines broke my streak.
Funny, I also participated for the first time. No wine but I did buy a few stems.
by Paul Jaouen
January 22nd, 2021, 7:27 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Growing mushrooms
Replies: 23
Views: 1473

Re: Growing mushrooms

I buy indoor kits from the mushroom guy at the local farmers market. $20 kit yields about 2.5 to 3 pounds of mushrooms.
by Paul Jaouen
January 20th, 2021, 6:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1 night, 2 people, 7 bottles of 2014 white burgundy.
Replies: 38
Views: 3145

Re: 1 night, 2 people, 7 bottles of 2014 white burgundy.

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote: January 19th, 2021, 12:48 pm That makes me suspect there was something other than premox going on.
I agree.
by Paul Jaouen
January 18th, 2021, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: Top vintage for red Bordeaux 1980 - 1999
Replies: 51
Views: 2935

Re: Top vintage for red Bordeaux 1980 - 1999

I chose 82 but really hard to pick between 82 and 90 for me.
by Paul Jaouen
January 16th, 2021, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: best pairings
Replies: 83
Views: 3808

Re: best pairings

Cheval Blanc and fast food
by Paul Jaouen
January 13th, 2021, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP
Replies: 145
Views: 10006

Re: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP

Very sorry to read this. Condolences to the family. Such unprovoked, crazy, random violence is almost beyond belief.
by Paul Jaouen
January 12th, 2021, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Effect of wine storage at 45 degrees?
Replies: 43
Views: 2393

Re: Effect of wine storage at 45 degrees?

I’d be curious to know the temperature in Bern’s cellar. I could see my breath in there. Their bottles seem to age very well. I'm not sure about the cellar in the restaurant but I would guess the warehouse across the street to be about 50 degrees. Just a guess based on numerous 30 minute excursions.
by Paul Jaouen
January 12th, 2021, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 01 Beaucastel
Replies: 28
Views: 1314

Re: TN: 01 Beaucastel

What is the best window for most beaucastels? Is it best drunk young or does the 10+ year tertiary magic worth the wait? For me, wait except for 98 which due to its atypical Grenache proportions (high), didn’t ever get the complexity upon maturity one hopes for, at least I didn’t. Agreed. I ended u...
by Paul Jaouen
January 12th, 2021, 6:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 01 Beaucastel
Replies: 28
Views: 1314

Re: TN: 01 Beaucastel

I opened a case last year. 7 down and 5 to go out of this case. All 7 have been a delight. Although sometimes I do miss the older bretty version of beaucastel.
by Paul Jaouen
January 3rd, 2021, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you want to try in 2021????
Replies: 100
Views: 3967

Re: What do you want to try in 2021????

Jayson, I can help you with the '70 Latour if we're ever allowed out again, Jon, I'm surprised I never saw any Jayer at a favorite restaurant in Tampa. I drank my share of DRCs there but no Jayer and no Leroy. Agreed Paul - when are you going to be in Tampa again? Serious question..... No Jayer for...
by Paul Jaouen
January 2nd, 2021, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you want to try in 2021????
Replies: 100
Views: 3967

Re: What do you want to try in 2021????

Jayson, I can help you with the '70 Latour if we're ever allowed out again,

Jon, I'm surprised I never saw any Jayer at a favorite restaurant in Tampa. I drank my share of DRCs there but no Jayer and no Leroy.
by Paul Jaouen
January 2nd, 2021, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you want to try in 2021????
Replies: 100
Views: 3967

Re: What do you want to try in 2021????

Jon, when I was reading your OP, the first thing that came to mind was Le Pin because I've never had one. Shocked when you mentioned the same wine.

But after thinking about it what I really would like is a bunch of Jayer Burgs.
by Paul Jaouen
January 1st, 2021, 6:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay
Replies: 7
Views: 482

Re: TN: 2017 Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay

I'm a fan. I always love the saline sea spray on the nose you describe. It's there every vintage.
by Paul Jaouen
December 31st, 2020, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are you opening for NYE 2021?
Replies: 109
Views: 4093

Re: What are you opening for NYE 2020?

2004 Comtes and a La Mouline, vintage TBD.
by Paul Jaouen
December 20th, 2020, 9:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2602
Views: 177127

Re: New York City Restaurants

Had a really amazing take out experience on Friday at a new restaurant in the West Village called Dame: They do Fish and Chips on Friday and Saturday and during the rest of the week operate more like a deli. My lovely wife made her own Mayo with Yuzo Kosho from SOS Chefs, this plus the Falkenstein ...
by Paul Jaouen
December 18th, 2020, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '82 Ducru-Beaucaillou
Replies: 13
Views: 796

Re: '82 Ducru-Beaucaillou

'82 Ducru is an excellent wine. Last one I had was maybe a year ago and drinking beautifully. The only 82s I've had which I didn't think were ready is the Mouton and LLC. Probably haven't had either though for maybe 4 or 5 years now.
by Paul Jaouen
December 12th, 2020, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 86’ Mouton or Lafite or ??
Replies: 44
Views: 2637

Re: 86’ Mouton or Lafite or ??

Mouton over Lafite but Margaux is the best first growth of that vintage.

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