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by RyanC
November 12th, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2259
Views: 134173

Re: New York City Restaurants

Was in NY last week first for business and then my wife joined for a few days. Dinner the first night with a colleague at Balthazar hit the spot after a long flight. Started with some oysters and then the classic steak frites. The fries are truly great. Business lunch the next day at Le Coucou. I l...
by RyanC
November 12th, 2019, 7:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2259
Views: 134173

Re: New York City Restaurants

mark rudner wrote:
November 12th, 2019, 7:14 am
krug gc at 200 is indeed a steal!
dbgb used to to 375's at $69 and i think we drank all of them champagne.gif
The somm told me the Krug price was the cheapest of any restaurant in Manhattan and I don't doubt it.
by RyanC
November 12th, 2019, 6:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2259
Views: 134173

Re: New York City Restaurants

I ate at Crown Shy last night. It was very good but not quite great. Apps of bitter green salad, octopus, cauliflower, and churros didn't do a whole lot for me. The mains, however, were really quite good. The chicken dish was flavorful and well-executed, as was the superb short rib. Krug GC (the 166...
by RyanC
November 11th, 2019, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you always taste before you buy?
Replies: 25
Views: 1030

Re: Do you always taste before you buy?

Impossible these days. But I rarely buy in any quantity if I haven’t had the producer before.
by RyanC
November 11th, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?
Replies: 63
Views: 2260

Re: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?

I've bought 08 Dom, 08 Cristal, and Krug 164 in some quantity (at least for me; I've never bought more than a case of anything). Krug 164 is probably my favorite of the three. Additionally, the 08 Vilmart Coeur de Cuvee is phenomenal and I really wish I'd bought more that just a few bottles.
by RyanC
November 10th, 2019, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?
Replies: 63
Views: 2260

Re: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?

Geoff F. wrote:
November 10th, 2019, 5:45 pm
I had the 08 La Grande Dame this week and preferred it to the 08 Dom. I'll probably get some of the Taittinger CdC once it's on the market.
LGD and Rose are excellent.
by RyanC
November 7th, 2019, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 83
Views: 4838

Re: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year

My red wine of the year was a 2011 Ridge Monte Bello, brought to an offline at my house this summer by Joe Duncan - his first offline that I know of, and he came guns a'blazing with that amazing wine, which he double decanted prior to arriving! Fabulous wine. I remember David Z raving about this wi...
by RyanC
November 5th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé - Controversial Producer?
Replies: 50
Views: 2749

Re: Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé - Controversial Producer?

The 01s are really nice. I had both the Amoureuses and Bonnes Mares relatively recently and both were awesome—the Amoureuses particularly.
by RyanC
November 4th, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any Nikolaihof fans?
Replies: 21
Views: 752

Re: Any Nikolaihof fans?

These wines have a lot of fans, and you should listen to them. I think I'm the only one I know who doesn't really like a lot of them, and that focuses on the high end. While I can recognize the complexity, and they really are impressive, there's a distinctive savory, developed component that's toug...
by RyanC
November 4th, 2019, 2:17 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Pre-Christmas in Europe
Replies: 10
Views: 358

Re: Pre-Christmas in Europe

In less obvious choices, I've heard that the Tallinn and Krakow Christmas markets are amazing. I also think the classic German towns would be great: Rothenberg, Bamberg, etc. (perhaps other Romantic Road towns), plus maybe Nuremberg -- or something like that.
by RyanC
November 4th, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 83
Views: 4838

Re: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year

98 Jamet is probably the best wine I’ve had this year. Krug 164 is probably my favorite wine of 2019 — pitch perfect every time I’ve had it and one for the ages. My discovery of the year is Bruno Clair. Obviously not an under-the-radar name, but in my view BC is making some of the best Burgundy out ...
by RyanC
November 3rd, 2019, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews
Replies: 83
Views: 5432

Re: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews

Great to hear! Anyone have (recent) experience with Sarge's? I am old enough to remember when Carnegie and the Stage did battle, and the competition worked for both. Both were excellent. Stage declined, then closed, Carnegie slid. I still went there with some frequency because of location (I have m...
by RyanC
November 2nd, 2019, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10912
Views: 397445

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2015 Lumpp Givry 1er 'Clos Jus' - Fresh, juicy, textured, and intensely satisfying. Not quite the heights of the superb 'Clos du Cras Long,' but in any event, Lumpp's 1ers are among the best value wines on earth.
by RyanC
November 2nd, 2019, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First 2012 cristal offering i've seen
Replies: 27
Views: 2036

Re: First 2012 cristal offering i've seen

Yeah. I'm a buyer. But I'm a buyer from supermarkets here in Texas after it's released. The recent pricing here has been surprising to me. The local HEB (a San Antonio based grocery chain) still has '08 Dom at $144 out the door and '08 Cristal at $210. That's for a 6 bottle purchase, otherwise I'd ...
by RyanC
November 2nd, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews
Replies: 83
Views: 5432

Re: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews

Soooo, who has the BEST dry-aged beef, prepared perfectly for your taste, sides that are innovative-tasty, well prepared, excellent service, reasonable or no corkage and a wine list (aged/mature) in Manhattan? I like Minetta Tavern. (Not really for the steak but I also enjoy the original Palm.) But...
by RyanC
November 1st, 2019, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10912
Views: 397445

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

An evening of classics 2016 Alzinger Riesling smaragd steinertal - What a nose, layers of white and yellow fruits than gradually emerge and evolve like a symphony. Pure, precises and crystalline. A wine Mozart will be proud of! 2014 Ramonet Saint Aubin En Remilly 1er cru - Classic Ramonet, spearmin...
by RyanC
November 1st, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews
Replies: 83
Views: 5432

Re: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews

I’m with Neal on this. The anti-Katz sentiment is astonishing to me. Is it expensive compared to other sandwiches? Obscenely. But $20 for a massive and delicious and satisfying and famous sandwich is something most of us on this board can do without issue. And who does pastrami better? There must be...
by RyanC
November 1st, 2019, 6:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews
Replies: 83
Views: 5432

Re: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews

Wow, talk about timing. I have res Nov 8. We are in Brooklyn for a beer trip, doing Anslem for lunch. So where does one Steak in Brooklyn then? Destefanos? Help so I can correct a glaring mistake I'd go. It's still very tasty, quite unique, and obviously famous. It's just not "America's best steakh...
by RyanC
October 31st, 2019, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews
Replies: 83
Views: 5432

Re: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews

Luger's is a place to take out of towner's akin to going to Katz Deli. It's a destination rather than an gastronomic life changer. Not being able to bring your own wine its banana's though. Charge $50 corkage at least to allow people to bring in special stuff... Katz’s >>> Luger’s I still love Katz...
by RyanC
October 30th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First 2012 cristal offering i've seen
Replies: 27
Views: 2036

Re: First 2012 cristal offering i've seen

Frank Murray III wrote:
October 30th, 2019, 3:28 pm
If the 2012 is as good as the 2009, which for me is an excellent vintage, then buying the 12 is going to be an easy decision.
Yeah. I'm a buyer. But I'm a buyer from supermarkets here in Texas after it's released.
by RyanC
October 30th, 2019, 12:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Peter Luger NYT review.
Replies: 63
Views: 2215

Re: Peter Luger NYT review.

The Locol question is a test for one's views on what Wells should be doing. In my opinion, Wells absolutely should be writing about places like Locol -- places that are important to the narratives surrounding food and dining nationally. Locol obviously is an innovative project by high-profile people...
by RyanC
October 30th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Peter Luger NYT review.
Replies: 63
Views: 2215

Re: Peter Luger NYT review.

As a food critic, I'd say he's doing his job. The readership of the NYT extends beyond the august assemblage at WB. A non beef eater who only knows Luger's name, and is cajoled into going there by their friends, is not necessarily an idiot - unless they still decide to go there after reading his re...
by RyanC
October 29th, 2019, 8:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Peter Luger NYT review.
Replies: 63
Views: 2215

Re: Peter Luger NYT review.

Traditional steakhouses -- showcasing cornfed prime beef and traditional sides -- are almost inherently overrated these days. Consumers can find great meat and, with some practice, it's not hard to cook it very well. Heck, even the Whole Foods down the street from me pretty regularly gets phenomenal...
by RyanC
October 29th, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Peter Luger NYT review.
Replies: 63
Views: 2215

Re: Peter Luger NYT review.

M.Kaplan wrote:
October 29th, 2019, 2:12 pm
Pete Wells is a crummy restaurant critic and Peter Luger is a shadow of its former self (and has been for a decade). Both things can be true.
+1
by RyanC
October 29th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2259
Views: 134173

Re: New York City Restaurants

Robert Dentice wrote:
October 29th, 2019, 6:45 am
Final info on tonight's collab! It is going to be quite the party!

This is astonishingly cool. I wish I were in NY tonight.
by RyanC
October 27th, 2019, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tasting with Olivier Bernstein
Replies: 14
Views: 926

Re: TN: Tasting with Olivier Bernstein

Last week I attended a version of this same dinner in Houston and I’ve tasted with Olivier in burgundy. Your ‘13 Beze must have been off because it was the clear WOTN. My personal favorite all things considered is the Lavrottes, which I’ve found to be very lovey every time I’ve had it.
by RyanC
October 27th, 2019, 5:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dom Perignon 2006 and Palmer 1966
Replies: 5
Views: 524

Re: Dom Perignon 2006 and Palmer 1966

Great notes thanks. I opened an 06 Dom last night and it was excellent. Best bottle I’ve had of it.
by RyanC
October 24th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12074
Views: 578782

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Few more 14 Ramonet whites...Their range of 14s are legendary. They really are legendary. A '14 Boudriotte blanc the other day was one of the best wines I've had all year, and the Caillerets/Ruchottes are a step above that. I haven't had any of the Grand Crus and, sadly, they're now out of my price...
by RyanC
October 23rd, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12074
Views: 578782

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Ethan Abraham wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 12:04 pm
2005 barthod chatelots. Someone beat me to the Cras...
Cellaraiders? I was really tempted by the Barthods and would have pulled the trigger if it weren't for recent profligate spending and my decision to buy last-minute tickets to the World Series tonight.
by RyanC
October 23rd, 2019, 8:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2259
Views: 134173

Re: New York City Restaurants

I went to the Chef’s table at Brooklyn fare on Monday evening . A great experience , the food was creative and very tasty . His king crab with aged tomatoes a dish I will never forget . Service top . We were allowed to bring our own wines at $ 90 per bottle . The Coche Dury 2009 Genevrieres was a t...
by RyanC
October 22nd, 2019, 12:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best American cheese I have tasted.
Replies: 62
Views: 1858

Re: Best American cheese I have tasted.

This summer I was in Wisconsin for a five-week trial. I ate my weight in Hook's aged cheddar--up and down the range--which is flat-out phenomenal and gets my vote.
by RyanC
October 22nd, 2019, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12074
Views: 578782

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

YLee wrote:
October 22nd, 2019, 12:09 pm
Russ Williams wrote:
August 24th, 2019, 7:52 am
2012 Jacques Lassaigne, Champagne 'Clos Sainte Sophie' Blanc de Blancs
How much was this offer?
Assuming it's the same one, $120 from Envoyer. I also raised my hand for a few. And now I need to stop buying wine for a while.
by RyanC
October 22nd, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12074
Views: 578782

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

More 08 Cristal and 08 Dom HEB has them right now for $193 and $135 respectively if you buy 6. Literally the only good thing about buying wine in Texas. What is HEB It's a grocery store. HEB is the world's 6th largest supermarket chain and owner of Central Market, one of the world's great stores.
by RyanC
October 22nd, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12074
Views: 578782

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

More 08 Cristal and 08 Dom

HEB has them right now for $193 and $135 respectively if you buy 6. Literally the only good thing about buying wine in Texas.
by RyanC
October 21st, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2259
Views: 134173

Re: New York City Restaurants

Recommendation needed: In early December, I need to take out a group of 6-10 friends/potential clients. These are people who eat out often and know good food but aren't necessarily foodies. The restaurant should be nice but not stuffy, the food should be excellent but not exotic, and the atmosphere ...
by RyanC
October 20th, 2019, 8:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Champagne of the year?
Replies: 113
Views: 4994

Re: What is your Champagne of the year?

I've been drinking a lot of '09 Cristal. Opened two dozen for the various activities leading up my daughter's wedding and maybe another dozen throughout the year. In fact, my daughter and I shared a glass as we walked down the aisle (as did my son and wife, and each of the bridesmaids/groomsmen pai...
by RyanC
October 18th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Barolo of the year ?
Replies: 50
Views: 2284

Re: What is your Barolo of the year ?

I did not drink nearly enough Barolo this year. The best was a beautiful, silky, perfumed bottle of 2008 Bartolo Mascarello.
by RyanC
October 18th, 2019, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Champagne of the year?
Replies: 113
Views: 4994

Re: What is your Champagne of the year?

I've been drinking a lot of '09 Cristal. Opened two dozen for the various activities leading up my daughter's wedding and maybe another dozen throughout the year. In fact, my daughter and I shared a glass as we walked down the aisle (as did my son and wife, and each of the bridesmaids/groomsmen pai...
by RyanC
October 17th, 2019, 8:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12074
Views: 578782

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2x Krug 164 mags
by RyanC
October 14th, 2019, 4:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1091
Views: 60516

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

I put in for the 01 Chevillon LSG. I’ll take 20 yrs of aging for the same price (or less) than current vintage.
by RyanC
October 11th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12074
Views: 578782

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

A bottle of 1985 Rayas 'Pignan' -- part of my initiative to buy any non-crazy-priced pre-1997 Rayas wines that I come across.
by RyanC
October 10th, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1091
Views: 60516

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

J.Vizuete wrote:
October 10th, 2019, 1:48 pm
anyone gunning for the (pricey) gems in this cellar (mostly white burg)?
Some good wines there. The Dancer wines are tempting -- particularly the '14s -- but not tempting enough to pull the trigger.
by RyanC
October 10th, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12074
Views: 578782

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2005 Drouhin Les Baudes That will be a fantastic wine when mature. I love the Drouhin Baudes. How many more years do you think? The few '05s 1er I've tried seem to need another decade... was hoping this could be an early maturing one.. '05s are enigmatic. Most need another 5-10 years. But some 1ers...
by RyanC
October 9th, 2019, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine list help - Frasca October 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 388

Re: Wine list help - Frasca October 2019

Everyone beat me to it. I very, very rarely let the somm pick. I very, very rarely consult the somm at all. But at Frasca, I give a budget and let them choose. It has always served me well. Frasca is one of my favorite restaurants, period.
by RyanC
October 8th, 2019, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 140
Views: 10354

Re: 2008 Salon

From Envoyer... https://files.constantcontact.com/fdee04dd601/de8a86a6-f909-43d5-827b-13c5b35e4b67.jpg A New Release of one of the Greatest Champagnes Ever. Only 1 of 4 in California. AG 100 2008 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Mixed Case $7999.99 Mixed Case 2008 (1.5) x1 2007 (750ml) x2 2006 ...
by RyanC
October 8th, 2019, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Champagne of the year?
Replies: 113
Views: 4994

Re: What is your Champagne of the year?

95 Dom P2 was probably the best.

Krug 164 was probably my favorite.
by RyanC
October 8th, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Bricco delle Viole Vertical with Giuseppe Vaira
Replies: 12
Views: 899

Re: TN: A Bricco delle Viole Vertical with Giuseppe Vaira

Great notes on some lovely wines. That '10 is so gorgeous.
by RyanC
October 6th, 2019, 4:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Houston restaurants
Replies: 9
Views: 545

Re: Houston restaurants

Xochi. It’s across the street from the convention center, one of the best restaurants in town, and certainly unique and interesting (with a nice atmosphere and great service). You have about a million other options within 20 mins and the other suggestions you’ve received are very good. On your list,...
by RyanC
October 4th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12074
Views: 578782

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

3x '10 Bruno Clair Gevrey 1er 'Cazetiers' -- one of my pet favorite 1ers in all of Burgundy
by RyanC
September 28th, 2019, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 140
Views: 10354

Re: 2008 Salon

I have a friend who has put his name in for 10 cases.

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