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by RyanC
July 22nd, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1981 wine
Replies: 37
Views: 1059

Re: 1981 wine

Agree with the Lopez de Heredia recommendations. The '81 Bosconia Gran Reserva is phenomenal. But note that there is real bottle variation. I think I've had 2 or 3 majestic bottles and 1 or 2 duds.
by RyanC
July 21st, 2019, 8:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly
Replies: 25
Views: 1679

Re: TN: 2014 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly

Those listed for that pricing on winesearcher have to be straight retailer markups. I paid $62 for 2017’s Where from? Long gone of course, but I’ll tell you next year after I get some 18’s. [cheers.gif] My point was just that wholesale couldn’t have changed that much based on what I paid. I paid $7...
by RyanC
July 21st, 2019, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Gouges NSG 1er Cru Les Pruliers
Replies: 16
Views: 694

Re: TN: 2002 Gouges NSG 1er Cru Les Pruliers

Awesome note. For my money, Gouges may be the most underrated and undervalued producer in Burgundy.
by RyanC
July 19th, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: PSA- Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastián, Spain
Replies: 32
Views: 859

Re: PSA- Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastián, Spain

It’s a super quick flight to San Sebastián from Madrid or Barca. We did that once. We also did a drive from Barcelona to San Sebastián, stopping in Rioja (Haro) along the way, which was phenomenal.
by RyanC
July 19th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11259
Views: 511135

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2x Krug 164eme Magnums
6x ‘07 Climens .375s
by RyanC
July 17th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 François Lumpp - 1er Cru Clos du Cras Long (France, Burgundy, Côte Chalonnaise, Givry 1er Cru)
Replies: 7
Views: 398

Re: TN: 2016 François Lumpp - 1er Cru Clos du Cras Long (France, Burgundy, Côte Chalonnaise, Givry 1er Cru)

Love it. These are the best QPR wines on earth when you can find them for $40.

Let's just not shout it too loudly.
by RyanC
July 16th, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: PSA- Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastián, Spain
Replies: 32
Views: 859

Re: PSA- Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastián, Spain

The Maria Cristina is so great. When we were there several years ago, my wife left her jacket somewhere about 40 minutes away. One of the concierges personally drove to pick it up from her during her off hours.
by RyanC
July 15th, 2019, 2:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano
Replies: 27
Views: 760

Re: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano

Awesome report. Roscioli is indeed the real deal -- one of my favorite spots on Earth.

Does anyone have any advice of *good* Positano spots? I'll be there for a few days next month and am looking to find something good. I've added Le Tre Sorelle to the list.
by RyanC
July 15th, 2019, 12:52 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Switzerland Recs
Replies: 11
Views: 320

Re: Switzerland Recs

Where are you staying in Zermatt? Highly recommend the Mont Cervin Palace. In terms of restaurants, not sure what’s open in the summer but the two best mountain ones are Chez Vrony and Findlerhof. Both are an easy 20 min walk down from the lift station at the top of the underground train station or...
by RyanC
July 14th, 2019, 7:28 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Switzerland Recs
Replies: 11
Views: 320

Switzerland Recs

Next month we're going to be in Switzerland for a week before heading to the Amalfi Coast. We're flying into Zurich and then going to Lucerne, Wengen (in Jungfrau region), and then Zermatt. Probably one night in Geneva. We'll be with our kids (6 and 4 years old). Would love to hear recs for restaura...
by RyanC
July 5th, 2019, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)
Replies: 18
Views: 1361

Re: TN: 2011 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)

Close to release this was one of the best you CA wines I’ve ever had. Just astonishingly good. Sounds like it remains that way. I will try to pull one soon.
by RyanC
July 3rd, 2019, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 916
Views: 47305

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Got a couple of the Buisson Charles Goutte d’Or
by RyanC
July 1st, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: books ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1182

Re: books ?

theocorrel wrote:
June 30th, 2019, 11:45 am
'Blue Trout and Black Truffles: The Perigrinations of an Epicure', Wechsberg (from the New Yorker). I'm not sure food writing gets better than this. (At lease if you like France.)
Seconded. I love this book.
by RyanC
June 29th, 2019, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11259
Views: 511135

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2017 Leflaive Pucelles, Folatieres, and Puligny AOC
2017 Servin Chablis ‘Clos’
1996 Sandrone Cannubi
by RyanC
June 27th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FIVE WINOS EXCELLENT ADVENTURE , MOSTLY IN BURGUNDY - Beaune, France (6/7/2019-6/15/2019)
Replies: 52
Views: 3070

Re: FIVE WINOS EXCELLENT ADVENTURE , MOSTLY IN BURGUNDY - Beaune, France (6/7/2019-6/15/2019)

Awesome report and seems like an excellent time. I agree that Leflaive seems to be returning to glory.
by RyanC
June 25th, 2019, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Burg halves do you buy?
Replies: 18
Views: 1102

Re: Which Burg halves do you buy?

Envoyer sometimes has good/cheap options. I got a lot of mileage out of .375s of ‘14 Louis Michel Chablis Montee de Tonerre for $14.99 per. I look for halves whenever I can. Very useful to have around the house.
by RyanC
June 24th, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?
Replies: 53
Views: 2090

Re: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?

The two best things I’ve eaten in the past week were at Don Sanchez: Surf & Turf Taco beet tortilla + carrot pure + ribeye chicharron + crispy soft shell crab + avocado mousse + charred habanero mayo E5E31825-BE61-4125-BA18-67868F6670ED.jpeg Tlayuda "Mi Rancho” crispy artesan tortilla + frijoles pu...
by RyanC
June 19th, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any good Chardonnay deals out there?
Replies: 29
Views: 1595

Re: Any good Chardonnay deals out there?

In Chablis, I find the 1ers from Billaud-Simon, Servin, La Chablisienne, and Louis Michel to be superb values. If you're willing to spend a bit more money, Christian Moreau is world class.
by RyanC
June 18th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any good Chardonnay deals out there?
Replies: 29
Views: 1595

Re: Any good Chardonnay deals out there?

Get on the list for Kutch. Perhaps the best value Chard on earth IMO.
by RyanC
June 18th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11259
Views: 511135

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2016 Mugnier Marechale and 2017 Bruno Clair Chambolle Veroilles
by RyanC
June 17th, 2019, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?
Replies: 50
Views: 1620

Re: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?

2015 Henri Germain Meursault Charmes - Sensationally good.
by RyanC
June 17th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: HOUSTON WINE LIST
Replies: 15
Views: 1506

Re: HOUSTON WINE LIST

You'd be hard pressed to do better than Pappas Bros for a wine list in Houston. BYOB is tough in Texas, but I'm sure some Houston folks can put up some places that allow corkage. If you want some guidance in Austin feel free to shoot me a DM. This is Galleria location wine list: https://files.pappa...
by RyanC
June 15th, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Wine Would you Get?
Replies: 34
Views: 1713

Re: What Wine Would you Get?

Allemand killed it in ‘05. Easy choice.

Lots I would enjoy on that list.
by RyanC
June 13th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Philipponnat Champagne Brut Clos des Goisses (France, Champagne)
Replies: 10
Views: 579

Re: TN: 1999 Philipponnat Champagne Brut Clos des Goisses (France, Champagne)

Great note. I *love* the '99 CdG -- especially great considering the vintage. I still have one left.
by RyanC
June 12th, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?
Replies: 53
Views: 2090

Re: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?

Lots of great resorts in Cabo, to piggy back on some of the other comments besides Las Ventanas, One & Only and Montage I would HIGHLY recommend The Resort at Pedregal. Little bit more Mexican styling but I've yet to meet someone who stayed there and didn't love it. I've heard Pedregal is awesome. ...
by RyanC
May 28th, 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s that last wine you will not drop despite price run-ups?
Replies: 68
Views: 3147

Re: What’s that last wine you will not drop despite price run-ups?

Krug and Dom

And my favorite Germans and Austrians could have massive price run-ups before I'd stop buying.
by RyanC
May 28th, 2019, 4:15 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?
Replies: 53
Views: 2090

Re: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?

Ryan, Does the Palmilla have a swimmable beach? We are booked to go there in a few weeks. I also looked at the Montage, being familiar with the location from its Twin Dolphin days, but decided on the Palmilla because I've been told that its beach is better. Thanks. Yes, the Palmilla has a swimable ...
by RyanC
May 28th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?
Replies: 53
Views: 2090

Re: Cabo San Lucas: Recs?

I *love* the One & Only Palmilla. I'm also eager to stay at the new Montage down there. I do enjoy the towns, but we now pretty much stay on resort. The dining is good (if pricey) and it's so easy.
by RyanC
May 24th, 2019, 8:42 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: What is your favorite arrondissement in Paris and why?
Replies: 6
Views: 1182

Re: What is your favorite arrondissement in Paris and why?

I like many of them, but particularly the 4th, 6th, and 7th.
by RyanC
May 23rd, 2019, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: this week's offer-cristal vinotheque
Replies: 7
Views: 999

Re: this week's offer-cristal vinotheque

Insanity
by RyanC
May 23rd, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2081
Views: 118585

Re: New York City Restaurants

On Tuesday I had a supremely enjoyable meal at the Momofuku Ko bar. I had a sourdough crepe with caviar, the cold fried chicken, and skate curry with the most delicious rice, and I drank '16 Keller Hubacker off the list. Everything was delicious. The bar has almost all the advantages of the main res...
by RyanC
May 23rd, 2019, 7:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who’s the REDDEST of red fruit Burgundy?
Replies: 51
Views: 3157

Re: Who’s the REDDEST of red fruit Burgundy?

A couple updates to my post earlier: Francois Lumpp Givry (all of the 1ers) are pure, balanced, polished red-fruited beauties. Not quite as "red" as Fourrier or Ponsot, but they have this tart brambly profile that's very attractive. Astonishing QPR too. PYCM's '16 NSG 'Boudots' is delicate and red-f...
by RyanC
May 22nd, 2019, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 916
Views: 47305

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

I’ve been underwhelmed by any Gaunoux I’ve bought. The 1996s and 1999s I have had have been excellent, but I have also found a number of others underwhelming. Would you say the 1999s are ready? I’m sitting on a Pommard Rugiens, my last Gaunoux, and I want to give it a chance to shine before writing...
by RyanC
May 17th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why don't I buy more Louis Michel Chablis?
Replies: 19
Views: 1197

Re: Why don't I buy more Louis Michel Chablis?

My purchase of 12x ‘14 MdT halves from Envoyer last year (for something like $15/per) has been one of my more useful purchases. These wines are far from grand, and I would disagree with anyone who would put them in the same league as Dauvissat or other top producers, but they’re very honest and sati...
by RyanC
May 17th, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Among the Big Houses, Who Makes the Best Corton Charlie
Replies: 34
Views: 2189

Re: Among the Big Houses, Who Makes the Best Corton Charlie

All the big houses have significantly improved the quality of their CC’s, including Bichot, ( Domaine de Pavillon label previously Domaine de Clos Frantin ), and Latour whom is steadily making great strides and whom are the largest holder of vineyards entitled to be labeled CC. BDM, made great aust...
by RyanC
May 16th, 2019, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Among the Big Houses, Who Makes the Best Corton Charlie
Replies: 34
Views: 2189

Re: Among the Big Houses, Who Makes the Best Corton Charlie

Love Bouchard and buy it nearly every year. Jadot has been surprisingly strong in recent years.
by RyanC
May 14th, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?
Replies: 67
Views: 4322

Re: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?

As someone may have mentioned above, these days it's really hard to casually keep track of "market" pricing of trendy, highly allocated wines -- particularly in Burgundy and N. Rhone (and sort of Piedmont and Champagne). With wines like Raveneau, Allemand, Cathiard, Rayas etc. it can be challenging ...
by RyanC
May 14th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best villages to wander around in Burgundy?
Replies: 17
Views: 1177

Re: Best villages to wander around in Burgundy?

They're all pretty tiny except for Beaune and NSG. They also all have their charms. My strong recommendation would be to rent a bike and do it that way. Easiest way to see the towns, get deep into the vineyards, and get a good sense of the landscape. Not much better than peddling around the Cote d'Or.
by RyanC
May 14th, 2019, 6:01 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: London / Solo Diner
Replies: 34
Views: 1436

Re: London / Solo Diner

Clove Club : I hit Clove Club my first of three nights--solo at the bar after a long flight. It was *excellent* -- fun with delicious, well-executed, and moderately interesting food. Easily performing at a solid Michelin ** level, albeit in a relaxed atmosphere. I chatted with the very personable s...
by RyanC
May 10th, 2019, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 02 dp p2 $399-thoughts?
Replies: 44
Views: 2766

Re: 02 dp p2 $399-thoughts?

I would argue the opposite of Ryan. I think the prices for P2 are silly high for extended lees aging. I love aged champagnes but would rather have the base 02 and hold it for half the price. I may not have been clear, but that's what I tried to say first. I'd buy the regular '02 all day long. My se...
by RyanC
May 10th, 2019, 8:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 02 dp p2 $399-thoughts?
Replies: 44
Views: 2766

Re: 02 dp p2 $399-thoughts?

This is not a helpful response, but here you go anyway. I agree that the regular 02 has been *so* good, and it's still fresh and on the upswing. I suspect you could find the regular '02 for less than $200 still. That's what I'd do, as the P2 prices can be aggressive, to say the least. That said, I r...
by RyanC
May 10th, 2019, 6:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11259
Views: 511135

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Dirty & Rowdy
'17 Egon Muller Kab and Spat
'17 Clavelier Chambolle 1er 'Combe d' Orveaux' VV (every year purchase for me)
by RyanC
May 9th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Where should we go in Italy?
Replies: 26
Views: 1296

Re: Where should we go in Italy?

The answer to this is the same answer I'd give you if the question where "Where should I go in Europe?" or "Where should I go on earth?": the Amalfi Coast . Specifically Positano or Ravello. It's a magical corner of the world and I can't think of anywhere (save perhaps Japan) I'd rather return. Beyo...
by RyanC
May 8th, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: London / Solo Diner
Replies: 34
Views: 1436

Re: London / Solo Diner

Here's a quick trip report, which is oddly relevant given the discussion in the previous posts re Barbary and Clove Club. Other than the restaurants, I had a lovely stay at the Savoy, which oozes history while having pretty nice rooms and a great bar. Clove Club : I hit Clove Club my first of three ...
by RyanC
May 6th, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10578
Views: 353021

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1996 Veuve La Grande Dame - Very fresh and very vibrant with an energetic mousse and bright fruit. This has expanded and integrated with time, and it's really quite harmonious--if not as grand or deep as the best of the '96s. A delicious, fun wine that is in no danger of fading.
by RyanC
May 3rd, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?
Replies: 37
Views: 1524

Re: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?

Not for AA, but I've tried some back-of-the-envelope calculations for United 1K before when I was close-ish. My conclusion was that while the status was genuinely valuable to me, buying EQMs was a terrible ROI. It was a better value and more fun to just take a couple weekend trips (ideally on cheap-...
by RyanC
May 3rd, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11259
Views: 511135

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Bill Tex Landreth wrote:
May 3rd, 2019, 11:10 am
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Ten bottles of 2008 DP @ $130 each in Houston at HEB.
BRB - gotta get some groceries
by RyanC
May 3rd, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you buying white burg to cellar for 10+ yrs?
Replies: 66
Views: 2870

Re: Are you buying white burg to cellar for 10+ yrs?

Not intentionally, but I bet I'll have a few unintentionally leftover to roll the dice on.
by RyanC
May 1st, 2019, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 5 burgs you would store for the next 10 years
Replies: 47
Views: 2602

Re: Top 5 burgs you would store for the next 10 years

I’ll play—I could do 20 but here are 5. All should be comfortably under $125.

Jadot Corton Pougets
Drouhin Beaune Clos de Mouches
Faiveley Gevrey Cazetiers
Gouges NSG Porrets
Lafarge Volnay VS

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