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by M. Taylor
October 18th, 2020, 9:58 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Dallas wine shops???
Replies: 2
Views: 99

Re: Dallas wine shops???

Second for Pogo’s. They do mark up a bit, but they have a really good selection.

If you are still there, try Central Market. They generally have some good bottles.
by M. Taylor
October 11th, 2020, 6:29 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Laguna
Replies: 4
Views: 299

Re: Laguna

Javier’s — interior and coastal Mexican (and nice steaks). Small but OK wine list. GREAT people watching place
by M. Taylor
October 3rd, 2020, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 529
Views: 57756

Re: #GlassFire

https://www.ktvu.com/news/cal-fire-focused-on-remote-vineyard-in-probe-into-cause-of-glass-fire There have to be safer ways to keep wildlife away from your fruit than electric fences. Agree, though another report I read said they are focusing on a couple of buildings on the property as the potentia...
by M. Taylor
September 15th, 2020, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MacDonald release is imminent!!!
Replies: 175
Views: 16122

Re: MacDonald release is imminent!!!

Got our first allocation this year. 3 bottles, and happy.
by M. Taylor
September 10th, 2020, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 350
Views: 31631

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

The photos remind Me of the 80s movie “Night of the Comet”
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by M. Taylor
August 6th, 2020, 5:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seven Stones 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 239

Seven Stones 2017

If you are a fan of Seven Stones, the 2017 allocations opened Tuesday. Smaller than normal production — 315 cases.
by M. Taylor
August 2nd, 2020, 5:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: BBQ Short Ribs for Dummies...
Replies: 21
Views: 1963

Re: BBQ Short Ribs for Dummies...

For what its worth, I would do the following: 1. Start on your smoker to get some smoker. 1-2 hours should be fine, and don't worry about getting it down to 225. Lots and Lots of famous restaurants smoke between 275-300. Just go as low as you can get things and remember overstocking leaves your mea...
by M. Taylor
August 2nd, 2020, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So what allocations are left for all you geeks?
Replies: 78
Views: 16781

Re: So what allocations are left for all you geeks?

Sevens Stones on Tuesday. Very small production for 2017 — 315 cases.
by M. Taylor
July 25th, 2020, 8:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12412
Views: 479730

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2008 Melka Metisse Jumping Goat vineyard. Very smooth, medium tannins
by M. Taylor
July 22nd, 2020, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long do you drink a bottle of Wine?
Replies: 38
Views: 1601

Re: How long do you drink a bottle of Wine?

How long does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll POP?
The World may never know
by M. Taylor
July 22nd, 2020, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75
Replies: 141
Views: 9700

Re: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75

Had a wine shop employee I trust recently recommend Darm’s Lane. Have tried 3 bottles now, for $65/per, and it’s very good. Oak Knoll AVA, family-owned, fairly small production.
https://www.darmslanewine.com/
by M. Taylor
July 13th, 2020, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Roy Piper offer out!
Replies: 28
Views: 3579

Re: 2018 Roy Piper offer out!

Got the e-mail a few days ago, got distracted, but ordered today. Great guy, great wine.
by M. Taylor
June 21st, 2020, 5:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: BBQ Short Ribs for Dummies...
Replies: 21
Views: 1963

Re: BBQ Short Ribs for Dummies...

For what its worth, I would do the following: 1. Start on your smoker to get some smoker. 1-2 hours should be fine, and don't worry about getting it down to 225. Lots and Lots of famous restaurants smoke between 275-300. Just go as low as you can get things and remember overstocking leaves your mea...
by M. Taylor
June 20th, 2020, 5:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: BBQ Short Ribs for Dummies...
Replies: 21
Views: 1963

Re: BBQ Short Ribs for Dummies...

3-2-1 would only work on beef back ribs, not plate or chuck short ribs Being form Texas, I smoke a lot of meat — brisket, beef ribs, pork ribs, pork butt, sausage, and pork belly. If you are using the large chuck or plate ribs, it’s going to be hard to get the fat to render properly and get the good...
by M. Taylor
June 20th, 2020, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving Past Veuve: Initiate Me
Replies: 70
Views: 3354

Re: Moving Past Veuve: Initiate Me

At that price point, try Bereche et Fils Brut Reserve
by M. Taylor
June 12th, 2020, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best domestic Chardonnay?
Replies: 111
Views: 6584

Re: Best domestic Chardonnay?

I would add Shibumi Knoll
by M. Taylor
June 12th, 2020, 7:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: FENNEL-CORIANDER PORK BELLY
Replies: 26
Views: 1715

Re: FENNEL-CORIANDER PORK BELLY

Pork Belly Burnt Ends

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by M. Taylor
June 3rd, 2020, 5:12 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Charleston, SC recs
Replies: 32
Views: 1931

Re: Charleston, SC recs

Ate at Husk and Hall’s in January — both excellent. Magnolia’s was also very good.

Oh — just before you get to Kiawah, there is a small place on the right called Kinfolk that has amazing hot chicken. Keep in mind when you are at Kiawah
by M. Taylor
May 19th, 2020, 7:52 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Road trip in the USA in the Covid world
Replies: 22
Views: 2458

Re: Road trip in the USA in the Covid world

Native Texan, live in Austin now. Texas is relatively open — 50% capacity at restaurants, though some are still being more cautious. Done lots of road trips. Where are you coming from?
by M. Taylor
March 29th, 2020, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12412
Views: 479730

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2014 Piper
It was awesome
by M. Taylor
March 21st, 2020, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12412
Views: 479730

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Tonight was a 2012 Fairchild G-III. Very nice
by M. Taylor
March 20th, 2020, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12412
Views: 479730

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2010 Realm Beckstoffer To Kalon
by M. Taylor
March 18th, 2020, 9:35 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Aspen, Telluride and Vail Restaurants
Replies: 15
Views: 1135

Re: Aspen, Telluride and Vail Restaurants

Have spent a lot of time in Telluride. High end: Allred's (and a great view to boot) New Sheridan Chophouse (steak, with a nice wine list) Cosmopolitan Tapas: Village Table in Mountain Village Less Expensive: Tomboy Tavern (in Mountain Village, right at the base of runs). Food is good, sit outside a...
by M. Taylor
February 29th, 2020, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12412
Views: 479730

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Started with a 2017 Kelly Fleming rose, Then a 2016 Corra (after a long decant) with a dry-aged ribeye. Corra was really nice, but will let my other bottles area while.
by M. Taylor
February 29th, 2020, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: the stigma of cali 2011's-sine qua non excluded
Replies: 28
Views: 2300

Re: the stigma of cali 2011's-sine qua non excluded

The issue I have with 2011 Napa cabs is the Forrest Gump effect — it’s like a box of chocolates — you never know what you are going to get
by M. Taylor
February 27th, 2020, 9:24 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Austin Bbq Trip Report
Replies: 25
Views: 2335

Re: Austin Bbq Trip Report

Coopers was damn good BBQ to me. We have legit Texas style Q in NY now, but not this good. The brisket in particular was divine. Salt Lick at the airport under-performed, seriously. Yeah, Salt Lick is not the best bbq. However, going to the actual restaurant outside Austin is a lot of fun. BYOB, bb...
by M. Taylor
February 27th, 2020, 8:39 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Austin Bbq Trip Report
Replies: 25
Views: 2335

Re: Austin Bbq Trip Report

Glad you enjoyed Austin. Cooper's is not a top-5, but it's good and consistent, and the brisket and beef ribs are typically very good. I agree with you on their sausage -- there is so much great sausage here in Central Texas that I'm always surprised that they have never stepped up their game. Austi...
by M. Taylor
February 25th, 2020, 5:05 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Austin Bbq Trip Report
Replies: 25
Views: 2335

Re: Austin Bbq Trip Report

Any thoughts on what is good in town? I will be there for 44 hours starting tonight (we get in early enough for dinner) so I have 2 dinners and 2 lunches (and two chances at breakfast tacos too) to fill, but working around some client meetings so no time to leave town and no time for lines. I live ...
by M. Taylor
February 22nd, 2020, 3:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rancho Mirage/Palm Springs - Places to Eat
Replies: 17
Views: 2068

Re: Rancho Mirage/Palm Springs - Places to Eat

Steve Nordhoff wrote:
February 22nd, 2020, 6:59 am
SK,
Edge Steakhouse at the Ritz Carlton is fantastic. Not cheap but great food, service and view.
Agree on this. Ate there when we stayed at the Ritz last year. Great view, great dry-aged ribeye (which they do in-house)
by M. Taylor
February 14th, 2020, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12412
Views: 479730

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Valentine’s Day:

H. Billiot Fil Brut Rose
2012 Fairchild G-III (which was really nice with the reverse seared dry aged ribeye)
by M. Taylor
February 14th, 2020, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WS: To-Kalon as vineyard vs brand
Replies: 17
Views: 2009

Re: WS: To-Kalon as vineyard vs brand

It is a good read.
Maybe the MacDonalds will stop selling to Constellation. I can’t imagine they couldn’t find other buyers
by M. Taylor
February 11th, 2020, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VHR 2017 release
Replies: 9
Views: 1202

Re: VHR 2017 release

Bought a 3-pack, down from 2 last year
by M. Taylor
February 7th, 2020, 7:32 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: La Quinta California Restaurants
Replies: 4
Views: 1860

Re: La Quinta California Restaurants

I know you said preferably not a steakhouse...but consider the Edge at the Ritz Rancho Mirage. We took wine, no problem
by M. Taylor
February 6th, 2020, 5:15 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Texas Hill Country Winery recs?
Replies: 6
Views: 1805

Re: Texas Hill Country Winery recs?

I have lived in Austin for many years, and have tried a number of the wines and been to several places. Not a huge Texas wine fan, but I second the recommendations above for William Chris (good quality all around) and Hye Meadow (a fun place to sit outside and enjoy the wine). You should also contac...
by M. Taylor
February 5th, 2020, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Howell Mountain focused Napa trip
Replies: 24
Views: 1901

Re: Howell Mountain focused Napa trip

We like St. Helena because it is a good central location. It will be easy to get to Howell Mountain from there I second the recommendation for Arkenstone. We've been buying from them for a few years, and finally visited last August. Nice people, good wine, and an interesting facility (high-tech cust...
by M. Taylor
January 28th, 2020, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14650
Views: 727391

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2 x 2012 Vine Hill Ranch
by M. Taylor
January 18th, 2020, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paris Bound in February
Replies: 20
Views: 1491

Re: Paris Bound in February

A couple of quick thoughts: 1.Pay the extra money for the skip the lines tours (and book them now f=if you haven’t) for all of the major attractions you intend to see 2. I know you said you weren’t doing a wine trip, but Reims is only a 45 min high speed train (To Champagne-Ardenne station) from dow...
by M. Taylor
December 24th, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Best shop for champagne in/near nashville?
Replies: 6
Views: 1957

Re: Best shop for champagne in/near nashville?

dbailey wrote:
December 23rd, 2019, 11:42 am
Looks like a corkdorks in green hills too. Same store/selection as midtown?
Have not been to that location
by M. Taylor
December 22nd, 2019, 6:04 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Best shop for champagne in/near nashville?
Replies: 6
Views: 1957

Re: Best shop for champagne in/near nashville?

Corkdorks in Midtown (Church street)
by M. Taylor
December 18th, 2019, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: 2008 Dom Perignon:149.97 at Total Wine in the LA area
Replies: 36
Views: 2149

Re: PSA: 2008 Dom Perignon:149.97 at Total Wine in the LA area

I can get the 2008, and better yet the 2009, for $145 at Costco in Austin
by M. Taylor
December 17th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Charleston lodging and restaurants
Replies: 30
Views: 3022

Re: Charleston lodging and restaurants

6C1CB82F-F6E0-4F8D-B3DB-AAACC20A58E7.jpeg Here’s what $100 will buy you at Lewis but I didn’t mind one bit after I tasted that brisket and beef rib! Checked the menu, and I recall Lewis when he was a pitmaster here in Austin. The per pound prices are consistent with what we pay in Austin for BBQ. S...
by M. Taylor
December 17th, 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Charleston lodging and restaurants
Replies: 30
Views: 3022

Re: Charleston lodging and restaurants

How is the Renaissance Hotel?
by M. Taylor
December 12th, 2019, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Caymus 2018 Cabernet on the shelf - 13.9%
Replies: 52
Views: 5036

Re: Caymus 2018 Cabernet on the shelf - 13.9%

Not surprising that Wagner is already releasing 2018 Not sure exactly why it is "not surprising". Although certainly not the norm, I will say that I have received (via "mailing list" offers) about 80% of the 2017 Cabs that I plan on purchasing. In addition, I have also already received 2018 Zin and...
by M. Taylor
December 12th, 2019, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2079
Views: 274945

Re: Official Costco Thread

Costco in Cedar Park (far north Austin) had a bottle of 2016 Petrus tonight for $2499.
Bought a couple of bottles of 2009 Dom for $145 each instead
by M. Taylor
December 11th, 2019, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Caymus 2018 Cabernet on the shelf - 13.9%
Replies: 52
Views: 5036

Re: Caymus 2018 Cabernet on the shelf - 13.9%

Not surprising that Wagner is already releasing 2018
by M. Taylor
December 11th, 2019, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 13
Views: 646

Re: TN: 1990 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Sounds great. When (and why) did Caymus switch to being so Sugar-y (or, to quote the Dead, Sugaree)?
by M. Taylor
December 11th, 2019, 7:59 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: First Time in France - Itinerary
Replies: 32
Views: 3661

Re: First Time in France - Itinerary

Shame that Les Crayeres is closed. We stayed there in April — incredible place, and dinner at Le Parc was amazing.
tastings: we had private tastings in Bordeaux (Palmer, Beaucaillou and Chevallier) because we had a good connection. Tastings in Champagne were group, even at smaller producers.
by M. Taylor
December 11th, 2019, 7:54 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 3 nights in Houston-Where to eat?
Replies: 8
Views: 2375

Re: 3 nights in Houston-Where to eat?

Killen’s STQ — read about it and look at the menu. Very close to the Galleria
Mexican — Hugo’s (also not far)
Pure steakhouse: B & B Butcher
If I had only one to choose, it would be Killen’s STQ. They have a decent wine list, by the way
by M. Taylor
December 11th, 2019, 7:51 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Please critique my Bangkok itinerary
Replies: 18
Views: 2564

Re: Please critique my Bangkok itinerary

I thought it only took One Night in Bangkok to Make a Hard Man Humble

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