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by Dave Sankaran
July 15th, 2019, 11:01 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Extra pay between Business and First
Replies: 17
Views: 862

Re: Extra pay between Business and First

In the Lufthansa first class lounge, there is a window with a custom's officer. When you enter the lounge from the Schengen area, he will stamp your passport as you are departing. Likewise there is a separate entrance, on a different level, from the non-Schengen area upon arrival. Thanks. Any idea ...
by Dave Sankaran
July 14th, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Extra pay between Business and First
Replies: 17
Views: 862

Re: Extra pay between Business and First

Even the lounge(s) at Munich are the bees knees. Clear custom’s while you are in the lounge . . . yes please. I'm in MUC a few times a year transiting to/from the USA and like a schmuck I go thru the regular immigration/passport control first and then head to the lounge (is that what you mean by cu...
by Dave Sankaran
July 11th, 2019, 4:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 32
Views: 1757

Re: Another Flannery PSA

10 Jorge's posted in a pic above...wow! And I thought our July 4 shipment was big (6 Jorge's, 3 other ribeyes of various sizes and some sirloin tails that they threw in because, well, because they are awesome folk): IMG_9353.JPG Getting ready for their time on the grill: IMG_9375.JPG July 4th dinner...
by Dave Sankaran
July 10th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine.com fail; what’s the best for online wine delivery?
Replies: 9
Views: 440

Re: Wine.com fail; what’s the best for online wine delivery?

Shipping in summer other than overnight? Nope. (especially for anything expensive)

I can't imagine buying high-end wine from a retailer that is willing to ship multiple days in the summer. Imho, they obviously are not high-end and are seriously lacking in common and wine sense.
by Dave Sankaran
June 29th, 2019, 10:00 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Where should we go in Italy?
Replies: 26
Views: 1291

Re: Where should we go in Italy?

oh, gotta also add, from SML the day trip ferry ride to Cinqua Terra is unforgettable. The itinerary allows for a long enough stop for a nice lunch in one of the towns (with some damn fine whites with your fresh seafood). A ferry ride to lunch and a walk to the castle/gardens in Portofino is a darn ...
by Dave Sankaran
June 29th, 2019, 9:57 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Where should we go in Italy?
Replies: 26
Views: 1291

Re: Where should we go in Italy?

Hi Fred, I've always stayed in SML and only gone to Portofino for the day/lunch on the ferry. I've stayed at a few places in SML, but this one is nicely located and the rooms (while small) are nicely equipped and (for the area) reasonably priced: https://www.santamargheritapalace.com/ That said, I h...
by Dave Sankaran
June 24th, 2019, 9:30 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Where should we go in Italy?
Replies: 26
Views: 1291

Re: Where should we go in Italy?

Fred - I thought I was a "fast traveler/visitor" until I read your itinerary. Other than peering out car windows, I don't see how you "see" Italy in that itinerary. And, while you say its not "wine focused", it sure reads like you are hurrying past an amazing country and history to get to some tasti...
by Dave Sankaran
May 10th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?
Replies: 34
Views: 2580

Re: Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?

Just cross-posting a link to the other NOLA eating thread to help ensure all comments are available:

https://wineberserkers.com/forum/viewto ... s#p2723147
by Dave Sankaran
May 9th, 2019, 11:17 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Vinotheque QT500 $500
Replies: 10
Views: 900

Re: Vinotheque QT500 $500

The guy just picked it up. SOLD.
by Dave Sankaran
May 9th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Vinotheque QT500 $500
Replies: 10
Views: 900

Re: Vinotheque QT500 $500

Hi Jeff, The local guy is trying again to pick it up today (he has cancelled several times). He made a deposit on it, so I've been patient waiting for him to get it. Today is his last chance to show up and get it before I go to the next buyer. If he fails that, it will be available again. I'll PM yo...
by Dave Sankaran
May 8th, 2019, 3:46 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: SOLD 2015 SQN Eleven Confessions 6-pack $2000
Replies: 0
Views: 232

SOLD 2015 SQN Eleven Confessions 6-pack $2000

UPDATE: SOLD I recently sold my SQN collection. However, my last shipment from the SQN mailing list is coming this October. Its the Eleven Confessions (EBA) wines: 3x750ml 2015 Sine Qua Non Syrah "M" Eleven Confessions Vineyard 3x750ml 2015 Sine Qua Non Grenache "E" Eleven Confessions Vineyard Whil...
by Dave Sankaran
May 8th, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: SOLD SQN Collection for Sale
Replies: 1
Views: 831

Sold

Update - this collection is sold.
by Dave Sankaran
May 5th, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Where should we go in Italy?
Replies: 26
Views: 1291

Re: Where should we go in Italy?

Next up imo after that list of cities would be; Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino and Cinqua Terra. Also the lake district.
by Dave Sankaran
May 5th, 2019, 12:37 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: London / Solo Diner
Replies: 34
Views: 1431

Re: London / Solo Diner

Wow...we literally had the complete opposite experience. Yeah, it happens. Literally at every restaurant. I mean, I've even seen people diss the Inn and Out Double-Double Animal style! rolleyes And at the other extreme, I've seen several reviews of the French Laundry where the person says they left...
by Dave Sankaran
May 4th, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: London / Solo Diner
Replies: 34
Views: 1431

Re: London / Solo Diner

Whoa...was in London two weeks ago and absolutely loved The Barbary. Loved Palomar (sister restaurant) even more. Fun atmosphere, great flavors, loud and frenetic, but a ton of fun. Curious as to what you didn't like about the Barbary? I was with my family of four and both at the Barbary and Paloma...
by Dave Sankaran
May 4th, 2019, 1:24 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: London / Solo Diner
Replies: 34
Views: 1431

Re: London / Solo Diner

I spent a week eating in London last week, my strongest recs would be for;

The Clove Club (bats way above its 1 star rating imho)
Kiln (awesome)
Tandoor Chop House
Roti King (the one in the basement near Euston station)

Avoid The Barbary - total joke.
by Dave Sankaran
May 1st, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: SOLD SQN Collection for Sale
Replies: 1
Views: 831

SOLD SQN Collection for Sale

I've been on their mailing list for several years and have 89 bottles that I am looking to sell (plus 6 undelivered bottles of the 2015 Eleven Confessions wines - 3 syrah and 3 grenache. They are scheduled to arrive in October). It was all bought off of the winery mailing list, and the winery delive...
by Dave Sankaran
April 29th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Suggestions for Grand Tetons, Yellowstone & Environs ?
Replies: 11
Views: 490

Re: Suggestions for Grand Tetons, Yellowstone & Environs ?

Dave, do you know Howard Cole, formerly of High Country Flies? No, I don't recall that name. I've been in their shop (the old one and the post merger one) so its possible I've met him. I have fished with Worldcast mostly over the past 10 years. Back in the early 2000's I fished with Jack Dennis's g...
by Dave Sankaran
April 29th, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Florence recommendations
Replies: 29
Views: 1425

Re: Florence recommendations

La Bussola in Florence...perhaps the most memorable Pizza i've had. I've gone back each time I've returned to Florence...its that good. But, I have to say, I can only speak for one pizza on their menu. IIRC its a "special", but they have it everyday. Its got local boar salumi and some "sticks of che...
by Dave Sankaran
April 29th, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Suggestions for Grand Tetons, Yellowstone & Environs ?
Replies: 11
Views: 490

Re: Suggestions for Grand Tetons, Yellowstone & Environs ?

oh - just remembered - get Becky Woods books on hiking in the GYA. I don't know if there are updated versions, but I got them when I moved there and they are a bible of great hikes.
by Dave Sankaran
April 29th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Suggestions for Grand Tetons, Yellowstone & Environs ?
Replies: 11
Views: 490

Re: Suggestions for Grand Tetons, Yellowstone & Environs ?

I've lived at least part-time in Jackson area since 2002, so I'm happy to help in whatever way I can. I'm there pretty much for the fly fishing, hiking, scenery and animal spotting. So I'm glad to see those all on your list. Re whether or not to supplement the "greater yellowstone area" visit with t...
by Dave Sankaran
April 29th, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Recent New Orleans Eats
Replies: 113
Views: 7029

Re: Recent New Orleans Eats

Alon Shaya is no longer affiliated with Shaya after the John Besh scandal. He opened Saba and that’s where I go now. It’s my favorite restaurant in NOLA. If you like his food, his cookbook is excellent. It’s a great read, the recipes are approachable and faithful to what’s served at Saba. I heard t...
by Dave Sankaran
April 12th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Vinotheque QT500 $500
Replies: 10
Views: 900

Re: Vinotheque QT500 $500

The local guy was a no show, so its available. For getting a shipping/moving quote, here are the numbers:

The unit is 86" high x 40" wide x 32" deep.
Weight ~300 pounds.
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 9:32 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Phoenix/Scottsdale Recs
Replies: 16
Views: 567

Re: Phoenix/Scottsdale Recs

Would love to hear the taco recs please I use a proprietary rating system that likely makes sense to nobody, me included :-) Here it is from bottom to top: No - don't go back Meh - self explanatory Yes - worth going back to Top - among my favorites, a stand out place So for Taco's my records show (...
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 9:24 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Riedel & Spiegelau Wine Glasses (under $1.50 per stem!)
Replies: 3
Views: 476

Re: Riedel & Spiegelau Wine Glasses (under $1.50 per stem!)

Hi Gents, one local person got me before Daniel's post. I'll update here if he takes them tomorrow as promised (or not). Thanks!
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 9:23 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Vinotheque QT500 $500
Replies: 10
Views: 900

Re: Vinotheque QT500 $500

I had someone in PHX say they want it...we shall see if they can handle the move...so it "may" be spoken for already. I'll post here with updates...
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 9:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11245
Views: 509597

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Talking of 1970 Pomerol, 6 bottles of VCC 1970 along with 4 bottles of Ausone 1966. 1966 Ausone is one birthyear wine I haven't tried but want to. Have you tried it before or one of these new additions? Where did you manage to find that? (I also have enjoyed the 1970 VCC, wouldn't mind finding some...
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 5:52 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Phoenix/Scottsdale Recs
Replies: 16
Views: 567

Re: Phoenix/Scottsdale Recs

Following on my last post, I'll go ahead with a few "should do" recommendations: 1) Brunch outside at El Chollo (less than 1 mile down the street from your hotel). I'd say this is a must do (if the weather is nice, as it should be) 2) Lunch outside at Olive & Ivy (best Bruschetta I've yet found. The...
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11245
Views: 509597

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Talking of 1970 Pomerol, 6 bottles of VCC 1970 along with 4 bottles of Ausone 1966. 1966 Ausone is one birthyear wine I haven't tried but want to. Have you tried it before or one of these new additions? Where did you manage to find that? (I also have enjoyed the 1970 VCC, wouldn't mind finding some...
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 3:09 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Vinotheque QT500 $500
Replies: 10
Views: 900

Vinotheque QT500 $500

Hi folks, I just joined here, but was happy to see many familiar names that I met and/or conversed with back in my active days on other boards. Very nice to see many of the same folks stomping around here! I have a couple of things I need to get rid of as part of moving from Scottsdale to the UK thi...
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Riedel & Spiegelau Wine Glasses (under $1.50 per stem!)
Replies: 3
Views: 476

Riedel & Spiegelau Wine Glasses (under $1.50 per stem!)

Hi folks, I just joined here, but was happy to see many familiar names that I met and/or conversed with back in my active days on other boards. Very nice to see many of the same folks stomping around here! I have a couple of things I need to get rid of as part of moving from Scottsdale to the UK thi...
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Newb Question. Tips on where to sell wine/port online?
Replies: 2
Views: 259

Re: Newb Question. Tips on where to sell wine/port online?

Vinfolio and "here" I'd guess. Winebid too as mentioned above. All of that for a "few bottles" or cases.

If you have a "moderate or more" amount to sell (a few cases plus of valuable stuff) then you can check with someone like Vinfolio or Benchmark to buy the lot.
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine Refrigerators
Replies: 73
Views: 19354

Re: Wine Refrigerators

If you are diligent, some very good deals can be found on craigslist. Yup. But then there is the "location" and shipping limitations to consider. I've had a Vinotheque on CL for a week with only 1 local inquiry. Its a steal and I've listed it here. Its a ~350 bottle cooler for 25 bottle cooler pric...
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Slowly Getting Priced Out Of The Wine Experience
Replies: 19
Views: 1860

Re: Slowly Getting Priced Out Of The Wine Experience

I should add, I don't find many "good to great" wines in the Cali Cab realm for lower prices...partly (solely) that's due to my preference for subtle oak and lower heat/alcohol, higher acidity wines. But I do enjoy and drink cali cab on occasion, but for me I've concluded its not a "value" region.
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Slowly Getting Priced Out Of The Wine Experience
Replies: 19
Views: 1860

Re: Slowly Getting Priced Out Of The Wine Experience

Its true that top wines from pretty much any country are priced thru the roof nowadays.

Its also true that there is a bunch of competent, enjoyable wine available from many/most countries for a very reasonable amount of money.
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Léoville Las Cases Vertical Dinner
Replies: 7
Views: 966

Re: Léoville Las Cases Vertical Dinner

Very cool and congrats. The 1985 LLC was one of my "ah ha" Bordeaux that cascaded to a buying spree. I last had one about 10 years ago iirc. Your note brought back nice memories, but I have to say I was surprised to hear that a good bottle is still going that strong and perhaps for another 10 years....
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Flannery Beef!
Replies: 82
Views: 5217

Re: Flannery Beef!

I just joined here and not too surprised to see folks here are fans of Bryan's Beef. But finding a thread with info/lessons from the man himself on dry aging et al...fantastic. Hi Bryan and Katie, hope you have been well! I'll be ordering again soon from the mountain place. Can't wait. Now...about t...
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Drinking In France Sucks
Replies: 55
Views: 4666

Re: Wine Drinking In France Sucks

LOL! Came for the thread title, but stayed for the yummy sounding wines being drunk. Well done!
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 1:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Stone Crab claws: way overrated
Replies: 46
Views: 1610

Re: Stone Crab claws: way overrated

Had to check this thread out based on the title. And, I have to say, its something I've thought in the past. I've only had them a handful of times, and they are fun to look at and the meat to "work" ratio is good for crab. But pretty much any other shellfish has better taste for me. So I don't bothe...
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1374
Views: 155160

Re: Official Costco Thread

Anyone seeing SQN at costco lately? What and how much (just curious, someone told me they saw some there)?
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Questions for Bern's steakhouse
Replies: 35
Views: 2747

Re: Questions for Bern's steakhouse

I still want to go again at some point, but the days of "raiding parties" of ~10 of us descending upon Tampa for a weekend are long ago memories for me. I guess I'm old enough to say "those were the days". I still recommend the place to family and friends that are in the area and they still manage t...
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Questions for Bern's steakhouse
Replies: 35
Views: 2747

Re: Questions for Bern's steakhouse

Mark Mason wrote:
April 10th, 2019, 7:38 am
Is this because we broke the first rule???
LOL. Yup, about 10+ years ago iirc.
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Recent New Orleans Eats
Replies: 113
Views: 7029

Re: Recent New Orleans Eats

Glad to see the love for Luizzas and Casamentos and shaya and a few others that I love. We try to get to NOLA 1-2x per year to eat and enjoy the city. I recently wrote the following for some folks that wanted my thoughts on where to eat. Thought I'd share it here: Oysters - there are several. Casame...
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Amalfi in March
Replies: 32
Views: 1260

Re: Amalfi in March

Sounds like a good trip. I love Amalfi (my fiance and I met there 7 years ago). IMHO the time to go is May. Enough Ferry service to make it doable. I would never drive on that road. The Ferry was canceled once and we had to take the bus instead and that was enough for me. Hopefully never again in a ...
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Texas BBQ Spring Break
Replies: 15
Views: 865

Re: Texas BBQ Spring Break

HERE IS THE SECOND TRIP FROM LAST SEPT 2018: BBQ Tour part II is in the books... Day 1 we hit five spots: Louie Mueller La Barbecue (order ahead of time to skip the line) Lockhart Big 3 (kreutz, smittys, blacks) Best of the day was La Barbeque by some margin. Mueller was not as good as my last time ...
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Texas BBQ Spring Break
Replies: 15
Views: 865

Re: Texas BBQ Spring Break

I HOPE THIS IS OKAY TO POST - I went on a couple of BBQ Tours in recent years and wrote up the results. Hopefully this gives some perspective on the various places. Here is the first trip which was in Dec 2016: I’ll start with some overall observations and questions from my four days in Austin and d...
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Texas BBQ Spring Break
Replies: 15
Views: 865

Re: Texas BBQ Spring Break

Looks like a wonderful trip Smarty Clown! Jealous that you went to Franklin's. Serious question, was the brisket that much better than the others that it was worth a 3-hour wait? Put another way, would you do it again? Is Franklin that much better? No. The food was excellent everywhere. But Frankli...
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storage in SF Bay Area
Replies: 23
Views: 1050

Re: Storage in SF Bay Area

Subterranean (is Joe still there?).

I keep my stuff at Vinfolio because I need the shipping/mgmt services since I no longer live locally in CA.

(I lost some $ on prepaid storage when they went BK more than a decade ago iirc, but vinfolio has been just fine for me since)
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Phoenix/Scottsdale Recs
Replies: 16
Views: 567

Re: Phoenix/Scottsdale Recs

I have lived in Scottsdale for the past 10 years and have the stomach to prove I love food :-) Let us know what sorts of food experiences you are looking for and I'll give you several suggestions for each. (I keep a spreadsheet of restaurants in the PHX area and have ID'd my favs for many different ...
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 12:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: RÖSTI
Replies: 6
Views: 464

Re: RÖSTI

The Polish Village Cafe in Hamtramck has had this on the menu for decades. https://www.polishvillagecafe.us/index.html Hungarian Pancake.....................$13.25 (PLACEK PO WEGIERSKU) One huge potato pancake covered in a pork & veggie goulash with a mild kick of spice! There are only a few Polish...

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