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by Cole Kendall
December 6th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Best Area in Paris for Bistros
Replies: 24
Views: 1274

Re: Best Area in Paris for Bistros

Francois Olivier wrote:
December 5th, 2019, 10:43 am
The Bon georges, rue saint georges paris 9th ?
That's where I had lunch.
by Cole Kendall
December 2nd, 2019, 6:13 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Best Area in Paris for Bistros
Replies: 24
Views: 1274

Re: Best Area in Paris for Bistros

Just a quick note that we had a lovely lunch at le Bon Georges. The place was packed (on a Tuesday lunch) and service was fine. No one questioned my French and my quasi de veau could have fed a few others along with me. It was one of our better meals in France (along with bouchon chez Georges and Le...
by Cole Kendall
October 14th, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home
Replies: 60
Views: 2807

Re: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home

Missed this last time; I have a 50 or so bottle cooler at home (largely older wines) and around 30 to 50 on the floor (mostly younger wines for short-term consumption) in a cooler room, but basically at 70-75 degrees or so.
by Cole Kendall
October 14th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine consumption a defense against opioid addiction?
Replies: 36
Views: 1321

Re: Wine consumption a defense against opioid addiction?

Note Washington DC, pulling down the curve this time!
by Cole Kendall
September 19th, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Almost Great and Hideously Undrinkable
Replies: 16
Views: 2136

Re: Almost Great and Hideously Undrinkable

Had too google this and found: Vinyes Singulars Xarel.lo was the first wine Ignasi produced, coming from a single vineyard planted in 1959 by his ancestors. The wine is aged on its lees for approximately five months. For Vinyes Singulars, it’s a very special wine as it represents and expresses his h...
by Cole Kendall
July 22nd, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Washington DC
Replies: 223
Views: 23814

Re: Washington DC

Himitsu in Petworth: $35 -- really good food, fun and creative Bresca near 14th+T: went twice in the last month, was not charged either time (once for one bottle, once for two bottles). Food is great; almost every dish was very exciting. And for whatever reason, you can actually get a table and the...
by Cole Kendall
June 26th, 2019, 6:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wine you don't want
Replies: 65
Views: 6042

Re: The wine you don't want

I sold a few bottles with K&L and turned them into a number of bottles that I was happier to own.
by Cole Kendall
June 26th, 2019, 6:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat
Replies: 67
Views: 3992

Re: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat

According to my iPhone, 105 in Milan tomorrow. I will do presentations tonight and tomorrow evening and hope the locations are cool enough to keep me from melting in public. It is starting to remind me of summer as a kid when not everything was hugely air conditioned and you stay in the shade and dr...
by Cole Kendall
June 24th, 2019, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat
Replies: 67
Views: 3992

Re: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat

I'm melting in Milan this week. My friend's office is at least 80 but at least my hotel has AC. I cannot imagine what it will be like when it hits 100 on Thursday. I am not on vacation and thus have to sort of dress seriously (suit and tie) at least part of the time, but perhaps numerous glasses of ...
by Cole Kendall
May 11th, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: The new Carrieres de Lumieres show is Van Gogh
Replies: 30
Views: 1283

Re: The new Carrieres de Lumieres show is Van Gogh

We saw the Klimt/Hundertwasser show at the Atelier in Paris and it was fun; I would see the Van Gogh show if I can fit it in.
by Cole Kendall
May 8th, 2019, 7:34 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?
Replies: 37
Views: 1807

Re: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?

As Plat Pro (75K miles per year) and Ex Plat (100K) you get complimentary upgrades. As a Gold or Plat you can get complimentary upgrades (no 500-mile certificates) on short flights (<500 miles).
by Cole Kendall
May 8th, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?
Replies: 37
Views: 1807

Re: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?

AA does sell buy-ups at the end of the year if you are close to EXP; but with credit card EQMs and a few reasonably priced J trips to Europe it is not hugely expensive to get there. EQD makes things a bit harder but you can offset some of the with credit cards too. And for the upgrade question above...
by Cole Kendall
April 30th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 899
Views: 59158

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
April 25th, 2019, 8:04 pm
Pol Roger Brut Reserve. I like this for the money.
I just opened a bottle of this (the place I store my wine sells a lot of champagne and convinced me to try it) and it was really delicious.
by Cole Kendall
April 24th, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner wine for tonight: 1959 La Mission Haut Brion
Replies: 46
Views: 2165

Re: Dinner wine for tonight: 1959 La Mission Haut Brion

Happy 60th Victor to you and the wine, both fortunate to be born in such a good year!
by Cole Kendall
February 28th, 2019, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine drinking in France sucks poll
Replies: 47
Views: 2110

Re: Wine drinking in France sucks poll

It’s a good thing to keep in mind next time you’re tempted to say “Region A that I know really well has great wines and value, but I’ve tried a few wines from Region B and they’re overpriced and not that good.” But there are some places with bigger "sweet spots" than others. There are a lot of ways...
by Cole Kendall
February 16th, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage
Replies: 58
Views: 4652

Re: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage

My checked bag is almost always TSA inspected when there is a wine bottle in there but so far none has gone missing.
by Cole Kendall
February 11th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eto - a new way to preserve wine
Replies: 57
Views: 3936

Re: Eto - a new way to preserve wine

Mine just turned up absent any tracking info. Will try to use it tonight.
by Cole Kendall
December 4th, 2018, 12:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Mama's Pecan Pie
Replies: 125
Views: 10350

Re: Mama's Pecan Pie

Our household baker made one for Thanksgiving (with neighbors) and then a second one for us. Always a great pie.
by Cole Kendall
July 1st, 2018, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there a/how does one get on the DRC list
Replies: 82
Views: 7828

Is there a/how does one get on the DRC list

Francois You do yourself a disservice by calling yourself an amateur, im very happy that someone enjoys these wines. Amateur in French means something very different than in English. In English it is the opposite of professional (I am an amateur golfer); in French it has the meaning similar to that...
by Cole Kendall
May 11th, 2018, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chateau Margaux dinner with Thibault Pontallier
Replies: 9
Views: 1013

TN: Chateau Margaux dinner with Thibault Pontallier

Many thanks Kevin for the great notes (and the wonderful bottle of the 83). This was the kind of event that renews your faith in wine and wine people. A bunch of people sharing wonderful wines; as noted above I got mine at auction in the 90s (maybe it was Davis & Co at the time?) where the ten bottl...
by Cole Kendall
March 28th, 2018, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New buyers are going to be paying a lot more for their fine wine.
Replies: 238
Views: 11437

New buyers are going to be paying a lot more for their fine wine.

I am seeing prices increase considerably in the USA. I think a lot of it is driven by economics. As it has been since the end of Prohibition. Whenever I brag about selling 1982 Latour & Mouton futures for $33 a bottle - someone is always there to remind me that they paid $3 for the 1961 Latour on f...
by Cole Kendall
January 2nd, 2018, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1973 Rivera Castel del Monte (Italy, Puglia, Castel del Monte)
Replies: 10
Views: 288

TN: 1973 Rivera Castel del Monte (Italy, Puglia, Castel del Monte)

Well, this is not the Falcone bottling. It was labeled only as Dry Red Table Wine, there was no back label, someone carried it back. I'm glad they never got around to drinking it. The Troia wines I've had have never hit me with 50 year ageability before. That said, I'm still sitting on Rivera's 200...
by Cole Kendall
January 2nd, 2018, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1973 Rivera Castel del Monte (Italy, Puglia, Castel del Monte)
Replies: 10
Views: 288

TN: 1973 Rivera Castel del Monte (Italy, Puglia, Castel del Monte)

This source seems to indicate other grapes, at least for the Falcone bottling: http://italianwinereview.blogspot.com/2 ... nning.html
by Cole Kendall
January 2nd, 2018, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1973 Rivera Castel del Monte (Italy, Puglia, Castel del Monte)
Replies: 10
Views: 288

TN: 1973 Rivera Castel del Monte (Italy, Puglia, Castel del Monte)

Fascinating; but it seems that the grape in Castel del Monte is Nero di Troia/Uva di Troia.

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castel_de ... so_riserva
by Cole Kendall
December 22nd, 2017, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Rauzan-Gassies, Margaux
Replies: 11
Views: 478

TN: 1999 Rauzan-Gassies, Margaux

I just had a 1999 Leoville Barton that was one of the loveliest wines I have had in months, also 12.5%.
by Cole Kendall
December 17th, 2017, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Luca Maroni 98 pts - what is this stuff???
Replies: 7
Views: 2881

Luca Maroni 98 pts - what is this stuff???

Sorry but you are overreading the inserendo bit. The paragraph should read something like: The Gran Appasso was born originally as a project tied to a single wine produced from appassito grapes. Seeing the degree of success that was reached in such a short time, we made the decision to create a bran...
by Cole Kendall
November 22nd, 2017, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I started collecting when I was... now I'm...
Replies: 120
Views: 4557

I started collecting when I was... now I'm...

Started buying in my 30s in the early 90s mostly at auctions in Chicago when it was just Christies (then Sothebys) and later Davis and also at Sam's. Bordeaux was cheap back then (off vintage Leoville was $30 per bottle and I bought 80s Margaux and Haut Brion for $40 to $60). Moved to DC and kept bu...
by Cole Kendall
November 16th, 2017, 3:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Cooking Wine
Replies: 19
Views: 936

Cooking Wine

I use wine that for whatever reason I did not consume, be it corked, oxidized, over the hill or whatever. No one has ever detected corked wine in a braised dish, nor ever criticized the use of flawed wine.
by Cole Kendall
November 12th, 2017, 6:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A very disappointing Gaja Sperss 1996
Replies: 23
Views: 1554

A very disappointing Gaja Sperss 1996

Mark I believe there was a stylistic change at Gaja in the early 1980s. When I had the chance to taste say 1978 Barbaresco (in the 90s they were still on the list in Milan) they were alive and fresh and tasted like Nebbiolo. More recent wines (including a 1996 Sperss maybe 10 years ago) were vanilla...
by Cole Kendall
November 7th, 2017, 3:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A chance to sample the Veronelli cellar (very old Giacosa, Braida, G. Mascarello, Felsina ....)
Replies: 24
Views: 2055

TN: A chance to sample the Veronelli cellar (very old Giacosa, Braida, G. Mascarello, Felsina ....)

What a special event, thanks for sharing. I too appreciate your respect for the producer's wishes regarding scores. It was pretty clear how you felt about the wines. I’m not a big points aficionado to begin with, but I wouldn’t be upset by someone who chose to use them. Wine may be an expression of...
by Cole Kendall
November 6th, 2017, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A chance to sample the Veronelli cellar (very old Giacosa, Braida, G. Mascarello, Felsina ....)
Replies: 24
Views: 2055

TN: A chance to sample the Veronelli cellar (very old Giacosa, Braida, G. Mascarello, Felsina ....)

And a few comments on the wines: The Pepe was amazing, 40 year old Montepulciano that seemed to have a great future ahead. My friend at the tasting expressed reluctance about buying recent Pepe wines because he cannot wait another 40 years for them to come around. I spoke with Pepe a bit and he talk...
by Cole Kendall
November 6th, 2017, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A chance to sample the Veronelli cellar (very old Giacosa, Braida, G. Mascarello, Felsina ....)
Replies: 24
Views: 2055

TN: A chance to sample the Veronelli cellar (very old Giacosa, Braida, G. Mascarello, Felsina ....)

Thanks for the notes John. It was a great event. DISCLAIMER: I helped translate into English some of the speeches (Lucia and Arturo) and the Veronelli quotes. I received no compensation, but I was able to attend the event and look forward to cooperating on other ventures with the parties in the futu...
by Cole Kendall
November 1st, 2017, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Big 50 lunch
Replies: 30
Views: 1848

TN: Big 50 lunch

Happy birthday Kevin?

So few 67s? Latour is drinking well these days.
by Cole Kendall
October 14th, 2017, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike on Tour--Oct 12--Lunch at Centrolina, Bordeaux Dinner at Le Chaumiere, DC
Replies: 10
Views: 505

TNs--Mike on Tour--Oct 12--Lunch at Centrolina, Bordeaux Dinner at Le Chaumiere, DC

Mike I am glad all worked out for lunch and it was as much fun as you describe. I felt about the Rivers-Marie the way you felt about the ESJ...not something I expected to enjoy half as much as I did.
by Cole Kendall
October 4th, 2017, 6:09 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 495
Views: 31329

Anyone use Global Entry Program?

I think two or three of the 8 (?) AA GE at JFK kiosks were not working on Sunday. There was a line of about five to ten people waiting for those that worked.
by Cole Kendall
October 2nd, 2017, 3:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Making Sense Of Italian Wine: How Did You Do It?
Replies: 44
Views: 2176

Making Sense Of Italian Wine: How Did You Do It?

Italian wine is impossible to "know" as you can always learn things.
I thought I knew a fair amount about Piemonte yet on a recent trip to Italy I had a new wine made from a grape I had never heard of (uvalino). http://www.cascinacastlet.com/it/vini/uceline
by Cole Kendall
August 24th, 2017, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NY Times on heat wave in Italy
Replies: 9
Views: 728

NY Times on heat wave in Italy

The usual rule is dry summers = good wines and bad truffles and wet summers the reverse. So I think rainfall more than temperature drives the truffle yield.
by Cole Kendall
August 1st, 2017, 6:46 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 495
Views: 31329

Anyone use Global Entry Program?

Used GOES in SLC today. Same issue as in Seattle.... takes me 2 minutes to get through immigration, but the luggage wait is still the same. We're just effectively putting off where I wait, as my travel partner was a French-Moroccan guy that got at 10 minutes before I did because his baggage came up...
by Cole Kendall
July 11th, 2017, 5:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Producers, where the critic's scores really don't matter, to you?
Replies: 68
Views: 2417

Producers, where the critic's scores really don't matter, to you?

Cole, I don't like my CdP oaky and I only tolerate it young. You have me mixed up. But your basic distinction between aesthetic evaluation (and wine evaluation, which is a different matter, but with regard to this point only because it is less strictly intelligible, in Leibnizian terms) was my orig...
by Cole Kendall
July 10th, 2017, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Producers, where the critic's scores really don't matter, to you?
Replies: 68
Views: 2417

Producers, where the critic's scores really don't matter, to you?

Cole, I don't like my CdP oaky and I only tolerate it young. You have me mixed up. But your basic distinction between aesthetic evaluation (and wine evaluation, which is a different matter, but with regard to this point only because it is less strictly intelligible, in Leibnizian terms) was my orig...
by Cole Kendall
July 10th, 2017, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Producers, where the critic's scores really don't matter, to you?
Replies: 68
Views: 2417

Producers, where the critic's scores really don't matter, to you?

Well, I expect cellar tracker has the usual percentages of Parker antipathetics, who may, some of them, overweight that feeling into ratings. In any case, cellar tracker is no more self-selected than gamblers, whose odds turn out to be very good predictors. You may have doubts about the theory of l...
by Cole Kendall
July 10th, 2017, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Producers, where the critic's scores really don't matter, to you?
Replies: 68
Views: 2417

Producers, where the critic's scores really don't matter, to you?

Well, I expect cellar tracker has the usual percentages of Parker antipathetics, who may, some of them, overweight that feeling into ratings. In any case, cellar tracker is no more self-selected than gamblers, whose odds turn out to be very good predictors. You may have doubts about the theory of l...
by Cole Kendall
June 28th, 2017, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Luxury Car or Luxury Wine ?
Replies: 63
Views: 2977

Luxury Car or Luxury Wine ?

Our Camry is old enough to drink (1995) so I have to buy wine for it, too (we do not let it drink and drive).
by Cole Kendall
May 31st, 2017, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What was your wine board path to Wine Berserkers
Replies: 151
Views: 5610

What was your wine board path to Wine Berserkers

alt.food.wine to WLDG and Squires/Parker to here and also via Wine Therapy/Disorder and the TGJP in Paris. I met so many people who became dear friends through these groups that it is hard to imagine life without them.
by Cole Kendall
May 29th, 2017, 6:52 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Credit Cards and Currency for Travellers
Replies: 42
Views: 2231

Credit Cards and Currency for Travellers

Wells Fargo and TD are something like $3 per ATM withdrawal and given the amount that I use no FX fee credit cards (regular chip and sign and an Andrews Credit Union chip and pin when needed, say in the Paris metro), one withdrawal usually is enough to get through a trip. I have not been inside a ba...
by Cole Kendall
May 13th, 2017, 1:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Mouton dinner with Philippe Dhalluin and Bernard Burtschy
Replies: 27
Views: 1917

TN: Mouton dinner with Philippe Dhalluin and Bernard Burtschy

Sorry to have missed this but that's the price of having to travel a bit. Glad it went well. Now I have to find an occasion to drink my 89!
by Cole Kendall
March 16th, 2017, 4:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Auction House Mishap - Where did my wine go????
Replies: 21
Views: 2158

Auction House Mishap - Where did my wine go????

Back when I used to buy more at auction (lo those many years ago), auction houses were very good about compensating for errors that did occasionally happen. Bottle counts were sometimes off and credit was given, often toward future purchases. If the bottles look like what they are supposed to be, I ...
by Cole Kendall
February 23rd, 2017, 5:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How old were you when you started collecting wine?
Replies: 135
Views: 5414

How old were you when you started collecting wine?

Started going to auctions to bid on behalf of my dad in my early 30s (Christie's Chicago back when Michael Davis and Michael Broadbent were auctioneers) and started picking up the odd case for myself when no one else was bidding. I still have a bunch of 1983 Certan de May ($330 including buyer's pre...
by Cole Kendall
February 20th, 2017, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1980 Margaux - Stayin' Alive
Replies: 5
Views: 381

TN: 1980 Margaux - Stayin' Alive

80 Certan de May was pretty great (a while ago) if you can find any.
by Cole Kendall
February 1st, 2017, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WHAT Was Your PROUDEST AUCTION TRIUMPH?
Replies: 62
Views: 4244

WHAT Was Your PROUDEST AUCTION TRIUMPH?

Hmm. In the good ol' days - i.e., before anyone could just go online and read burghound or tanzer and find a high score but you actually had to spend years reading, tasting, and talking burg before you knew much - when burg bargains abounded if you weren't bidding on drc, rousseau, or leroy - i sco...

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