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by RyanC
February 27th, 2020, 5:31 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris with kids?
Replies: 8
Views: 155

Re: Paris with kids?

Ice cream on Ile Saint-Louis at Maison Berthillon. Dinner at Le Relais de l’Entrecôte for steak frites. Ferris wheel at Tuileries or Hotel De Ville or St Paul. Ride bikes on the riverside bike path (right bank of the Seine). Excellent advice. My kids still talk about Berthillon. Go to the original....
by RyanC
February 26th, 2020, 12:54 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris with kids?
Replies: 8
Views: 155

Re: Paris with kids?

How old are your kids? We were in Paris in 2011 with our two kids who were 9 and 7 at the time. Obviously a lot has changed in 9 years. We didn't eat at any Michelin places, but we ate well...Willi's Wine Bar, L'Ami Jean, La Regelade, Cafe Constant, etc. My kids were well behaved, but still, we mad...
by RyanC
February 25th, 2020, 4:39 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: The Grill, NYC
Replies: 4
Views: 336

Re: The Grill, NYC

It's great for a business dinner where someone else is paying. Grand setting and service and the food is surely tasty in an objective sense. I'd *maybe* pay out-of-pocket once -- but probably not twice.
by RyanC
February 25th, 2020, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11292
Views: 417504

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2010 Drouhin Beaune 'Clos de Mouches' Rouge - I adore this wine in nearly every vintage and particularly in 2010. It's exactly what it should be: transparent red in color, fragrant, balanced, and bright, in a medium-bodied, red fruited package with brambly undertones. Far from a blockbuster but qui...
by RyanC
February 23rd, 2020, 6:49 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: *** ASTREA CAVIAR - HIGH END CAVIAR DEALS FOR BD11- FRESHLY PACKED FOR THIS SALE PRICING GOOD ALL FEB***
Replies: 68
Views: 2491

Re: *** ASTREA CAVIAR - HIGH END CAVIAR DEALS FOR BD11- FRESHLY PACKED FOR THIS SALE PRICING GOOD ALL FEB***

Just had the Shrinky. It's light and fine and super addictive. I used crisp crackers as a scoop and ended up not biting into the crackers, just letting the caviar hit my tongue. Champagne would drown it out. Unique wonderful experience. Agree. It's pretty subtle and complex and, like all good cavia...
by RyanC
February 23rd, 2020, 12:00 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: *** ASTREA CAVIAR - HIGH END CAVIAR DEALS FOR BD11- FRESHLY PACKED FOR THIS SALE PRICING GOOD ALL FEB***
Replies: 68
Views: 2491

Re: *** ASTREA CAVIAR - HIGH END CAVIAR DEALS FOR BD11- FRESHLY PACKED FOR THIS SALE PRICING GOOD ALL FEB***

I just finished my sampler -- with eggs and smoked salmon for lunch -- and I may need to order another.

All three were excellent, but the Schrenckii really is a cut above -- in a way that surprised me.
by RyanC
February 21st, 2020, 8:04 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Madrid, España
Replies: 19
Views: 564

Re: Madrid, España

This is so timely. I’ll be there for 3 days in March, staying at the Westin Palace with my wife and two kids. Keep the recommendations coming!
by RyanC
February 20th, 2020, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1971 wine - what to look for?
Replies: 62
Views: 2061

Re: 1971 wine - what to look for?

I've had a few very good bottles of '71 Vieux Chateau Certan (and I still have some more cellared).
by RyanC
February 18th, 2020, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Deal on Lumpp
Replies: 13
Views: 1157

Re: Deal on Lumpp

This is an absolutely silly deal. I doubt there's a better $25 (or $40) wine on earth. If I didn't already have enough Lumpp, and hadn't recently blown through my budget several times over, I'd be all over it.
by RyanC
February 18th, 2020, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Reddit post on collecting wine
Replies: 76
Views: 5178

Re: Reddit post on collecting wine

. . . Chinese market, and that has fallen apart. . . . FIFY - My very good inside sources advise me that it is really, really bad, even worse than reported. Streets are deserted, businesses are shut down with the expectation that it will last at least two months, schools are shut until at last May ...
by RyanC
February 17th, 2020, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12735
Views: 616541

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Krug 168eme
'17 Dujac Gevrey 'Combottes'
'17 Dujac Chambolle
by RyanC
February 14th, 2020, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Texas BYOB Let Down :(
Replies: 60
Views: 3848

Re: Texas BYOB Let Down :(

Texas liquor laws are weird (and generally terrible). A restaurant can be BYO if it has a beer/wine-only license, or if it has no alcohol license at all. If a restaurant serves hard alcohol, BYO is prohibited. It's mildly infuriating.
by RyanC
February 14th, 2020, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Montielle Volnay 2005 1er cru Taillespieds
Replies: 7
Views: 466

Re: de Montielle Volnay 2005 1er cru Taillespieds

I remain very confident in 2005 and am buying them when I find them for sensible pricing (which is more often than I would expect). They're just not ready yet for the most part. But those occasional examples that are opening up are sensational.
by RyanC
February 14th, 2020, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?
Replies: 77
Views: 4645

Re: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?

I can't argue with JJ Prum. I would probably buy Pepiere Clos de Briords up to about $55/bottle. It’s a tremendous wine, regardless of the low price. Even at $55, it would still be my preference over many wines at higher prices. That surprises me. I think it's a nice value, but to me, not worth any...
by RyanC
February 14th, 2020, 9:15 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Needing Family Friendly Recs for Washington DC
Replies: 21
Views: 549

Re: Needing Family Friendly Recs for Washington DC

I'm not a local but I do go to DC with some regularity and I used to live there. So here are some off-the-top-of-my-head thoughts given your criteria. But these are outdated recommendations; locals would know best. The main Jose Andres places -- Jaleo and Zaytinya -- are central and fun and festive ...
by RyanC
February 13th, 2020, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinner No. 1 – Night One – Feb 18, 2019 at Drago Centro
Replies: 16
Views: 1266

Re: 2011 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinner No. 1 – Night One – Feb 18, 2019 at Drago Centro

These are consistently my favorite posts on this board. Thanks as always.

I have noticed a trend over the last few years of stellar notes on Jadot whites. They were so fraught for so long that they may be a nice value at the moment.
by RyanC
February 12th, 2020, 11:18 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: United Airlines Upgrade Question
Replies: 4
Views: 354

United Airlines Upgrade Question

I have a question for UAL folks. Here's the situation: I have enough "PlusPoints" for 8 international upgrades (enough to get my family of 4 to Europe and back in the front of the plane). I would like to take advantage of those upgrades for a summer vacation and I'm very flexible on when we take the...
by RyanC
February 11th, 2020, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?
Replies: 77
Views: 4645

Re: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?

Fun topic. Because I can't choose just one, here are a few quick-hit thoughts: 1. My immediate reaction is that it's a close call between Alzinger Steinertal and Prager Wachstum Bodenstein. And Hirtzberger Singerriedel in the right vintage. These Austrians have the weight, complexity, ageworthiness,...
by RyanC
February 8th, 2020, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Ultimate Backfill Thread
Replies: 73
Views: 3715

Re: The Ultimate Backfill Thread

05 Red Burg is my #1. Surprisingly often they can be found for a (relatively) reasonable tariff—probably because they shut down so hard. I remain confident they will be historically great and some already are. I also try hard to find: 01, 04, 12 German Riesling 02, 09, 10, and 13 (bargain) Red Burg ...
by RyanC
February 8th, 2020, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12735
Views: 616541

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2006 Vieux Chateau Certan
2011 Ridge Monte Bello
2001 Hirtzberger Riesling Singerriedel
by RyanC
February 7th, 2020, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I love these American pinot noirs. Maybe only these.
Replies: 80
Views: 5128

Re: I love these American pinot noirs. Maybe only these.

I don't buy much New World pinot. I generally prefer Burgundy at every price point. But you've identified some of my exceptions. In addition to what has been mentioned, I would include Kutch and Joseph Swan (surprised they haven't been mentioned; they age forever)
by RyanC
February 7th, 2020, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 246
Views: 17906

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

I think the '11 is one of the best for "early" drinking - they were pouring it last year at the assemblage which inspired me to open a 375 a few months ago. Really enjoyable and did not get the "too young" feeling. I've never, ever seen anything less than a glowing review of the '11 MB. (And they'r...
by RyanC
February 7th, 2020, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1255
Views: 72033

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Haha wow probably not as fast as you then, I usually have to gut-check whether I'm comfortable dropping a grand on back vintage burgundy, so maybe 15-20 minutes after it hits my inbox. Sometimes as long as half an hour. The best cellar stuff goes in minutes -- often 1 or 2 minutes. For me, 7-10 yea...
by RyanC
February 7th, 2020, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1255
Views: 72033

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Thoughts on strategies to actually "get" some of the more limited stuff from them? I tend to email pretty quickly after the email hits my inbox but it always seems to fall into a void and by the time I get a response to my followup email the stuff I want is gone. Do I just have to call instead? How...
by RyanC
February 6th, 2020, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 246
Views: 17906

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

I think the '11 is one of the best for "early" drinking - they were pouring it last year at the assemblage which inspired me to open a 375 a few months ago. Really enjoyable and did not get the "too young" feeling. I've never, ever seen anything less than a glowing review of the '11 MB. (And they'r...
by RyanC
February 4th, 2020, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1255
Views: 72033

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Bryan Carr wrote:
February 4th, 2020, 2:30 pm
Thought i'd see this cellar mentioned here. If they're still around we bit on some of the d'As and a CdV, but no '07s. I know the vintage is spotty, is d'Angerville one of the exceptions in that year?
Volnay in general did well in 07–d’Angerville included.
by RyanC
February 4th, 2020, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1255
Views: 72033

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
February 4th, 2020, 2:09 pm
Decent cellar
Some of those d'Angervilles are interesting. I still can't get acclimated to current pricing for H-N or Jamet, notwithstanding my affinity for both producers.
by RyanC
February 4th, 2020, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kutch Spring Release
Replies: 7
Views: 616

Re: Kutch Spring Release

This is one of the very, very few mailing lists I buy from. Jamie is making CA's best Chardonnay and perhaps the best Pinot as well.
by RyanC
January 31st, 2020, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR Burgundy?
Replies: 87
Views: 4032

Re: QPR Burgundy?

I went through a similar process over the past few years. I love good Bourgogne, and drink a fair amount but even Hudelot Noellat only gets you to a certain point. For my money, which like you is searching for sub $50 wines that really over achieve I've found Pavelot in Savigny and Joblot in Givry ...
by RyanC
January 31st, 2020, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR Burgundy?
Replies: 87
Views: 4032

Re: QPR Burgundy?

I am convinced that Lumpp's Givry 1ers are the finest sub-$50 red wines on earth.
by RyanC
January 26th, 2020, 11:12 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: *** ASTREA CAVIAR - HIGH END CAVIAR DEALS FOR BD11- FRESHLY PACKED FOR THIS SALE PRICING GOOD ALL FEB***
Replies: 68
Views: 2491

Re: *** ASTREA CAVIAR - HIGH END CAVIAR DEALS FOR BD11- FRESHLY PACKED FOR THIS SALE***

Excellent! In for one of the packages. I picked up some Kaluga from Charlie for NYE and it was phenomenal and a huge crowd pleaser. This is great stuff.
by RyanC
January 24th, 2020, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1255
Views: 72033

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

I think they are selling landed stock from other importers, which is why the prices seem higher. Almost nothing they've been offering has been pre-sale. This strikes me as right. And I agree that the offers have been less-than intriguing lately--which has been good for my budget. Likely a result of...
by RyanC
January 23rd, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: Astrea Caviar
Replies: 13
Views: 742

Re: NEWBIE INTRO: Astrea Caviar

I ordered some recently from Charlie. It's awesome!
by RyanC
January 22nd, 2020, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need help finding the right Volnay.
Replies: 44
Views: 2249

Re: Need help finding the right Volnay.

Pousse d'Or has been mentioned and IMO is seriously underrated; not the same style as Lafarge, but nobody is and they are closer than some. Of course a lot of the magic in your experience was the combination of bottle age and setting. IMO Pousse d'Or combines some of the finesse with a lot of ageab...
by RyanC
January 22nd, 2020, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need help finding the right Volnay.
Replies: 44
Views: 2249

Re: Need help finding the right Volnay.

As mentioned, Voillot and J-M Bouley are excellent options in the $100-150 category. Same with D'Angerville (particularly the 'Champans') and Montille ('Champans' and 'Taillepieds'). And, while not everyone agrees with me, I love Pousse d'Or's '60 Ouvrees' and 'Bousse d'Or,' although admittedly the ...
by RyanC
January 16th, 2020, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much wine did you consume in 2019?
Replies: 46
Views: 1879

Re: How much wine did you consume in 2019?

Total on CT is 166. But that's overstated because the majority of that is wines where I had a small taste at a tasting, or a glass at a restaurant (I've become reasonably diligent about putting up notes, at least on non-plonk). How many bottles bottles did I actually open from my cellar, or share wi...
by RyanC
January 16th, 2020, 10:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 59
Views: 2772

Re: Grass fed???

Someone upthread mentioned Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma. This thread caught my eye because I'm midway through the book, which is one of the more engaging and thought-provoking books I've come across in quite some time. Everyone should read it--particularly those who enjoy food and wine, regar...
by RyanC
January 16th, 2020, 9:30 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 2.5 days in Austin with my son to experience BBQ! What tips can you offer first timers?
Replies: 29
Views: 1242

Re: 2.5 days in Austin with my son to experience BBQ! What tips can you offer first timers?

I'll admit that I have limited experience in Austin, but I'm more than a little surprised not to see Terry Black's BBQ mentioned here yet. I've had several local bbq nuts make the recommendation of Black's over Franklin's and the Brisket that I had there 2 years ago was excellent. The line was abou...
by RyanC
January 16th, 2020, 7:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Michel Lafarge, 1928-2020
Replies: 25
Views: 2170

Re: RIP Michel Lafarge, 1928-2020

RIP. To me, Lafarge wines *are* Burgundy. Honest, soulful, pure, intense but in no way heavy, ageworthy, and a little angular and rough around the edges.
by RyanC
January 15th, 2020, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12735
Views: 616541

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

A couple more mags of Krug GC 164eme
by RyanC
January 12th, 2020, 7:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: your favorite vintages of Chateau Climens
Replies: 35
Views: 1346

Re: your favorite vintages of Chateau Climens

I love the '07 -- on its merits and for sentimental reasons too. I own more of it than any other single wine, as it's my wife and my "anniversary wine" and most years we'll drink some to celebrate.
by RyanC
January 10th, 2020, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine "budgeting" - tips?
Replies: 64
Views: 3127

Re: Wine "budgeting" - tips?

Unsubscribe from email blasts. It's the only way.
by RyanC
January 9th, 2020, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Joseph Voillot?
Replies: 13
Views: 1321

Re: Joseph Voillot?

Love Voillot. Classic and excellent.
by RyanC
January 9th, 2020, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Dom Perignon
Replies: 3
Views: 512

Re: TN: 2002 Dom Perignon

Interesting. I've quite liked the 02 DP over the past couple years (after finding it consistently disappointing on release and thereafter), but I also think it's not yet at apogee.
by RyanC
January 9th, 2020, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Dujac vs. Dujac Fils & Pere
Replies: 26
Views: 1737

Re: Domaine Dujac vs. Dujac Fils & Pere

I'm actually curious to try similar bottlings blind to see if i'm biased by the label. Has anyone blinded the same vintage of say the MSD village and see? I suspect the difference isn't as night and day, but i wouldn't be surprised the Domaine is better. That would be a cool blind tasting. I wouldn...
by RyanC
January 9th, 2020, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Dujac vs. Dujac Fils & Pere
Replies: 26
Views: 1737

Re: Domaine Dujac vs. Dujac Fils & Pere

I have an offer to buy some Chambolle and Morey and the Domaine Dujac is 25% more expensive than the F&P. I have some experience with these wines but not enough side by side to decide whether DD is worth 25% more. I suspect not, but wanted to ask as I am sure there are plenty here with lots of expe...
by RyanC
January 8th, 2020, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on this list of PYCM lower end 2017’s
Replies: 29
Views: 2995

Re: Thoughts on this list of PYCM lower end 2017’s

Ok let’s get into the higher end bottles now. Anything stand out here. Mostly beyond my comfort zone but always willing to expand, although not to the Monty’s :) CHEVALIER MONTRACHET 750 BATARD MONTRACHET 700 CORTON-CHARLEMAGNE 250 CHASSAGNE GRANDES RUCHOTTES 170 PULIGNY CHAMPS GAINS 165 PULIGNY GA...

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