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by Dan Hammer
December 16th, 2018, 11:10 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Is France Safe for Travel
Replies: 29
Views: 613

Re: Is France Safe for Travel

I've been to France twice, and Italy three times. I'd day F**k the French, and head to friendly Italy.
by Dan Hammer
December 13th, 2018, 8:55 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO
Replies: 557
Views: 51759

Re: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO

North Square offers no corkage wine dinners formy Flyertalk wine dinners. A Berserker pal of mine also does his dinners at NS.
by Dan Hammer
December 12th, 2018, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You ever get free wine?
Replies: 39
Views: 1431

Re: You ever get free wine?

I helped Sojourn at a tasting in NYC, and managed a bottle or 2 as a gift for helping.
by Dan Hammer
December 4th, 2018, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine Deals this year! 2018 Edition
Replies: 45
Views: 2988

Re: Best Wine Deals this year! 2018 Edition

Any of you get in on the Berserkerday specials? If you don't know what I'm referring to, stay tuned for January 27.
Todd French.
by Dan Hammer
December 3rd, 2018, 7:17 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Restaurant Wine Pairings
Replies: 9
Views: 223

Re: Restaurant Wine Pairings

I was lucky just once in my life doing a wine pairing. It was at Carter House in Eureka California in 2001. I attended a dinner at a top rated place in San Francisco in the early 2000's, along with 12 other frequent flyers. The cost to pair wines was about $50 per person. I told the Somm I'd rather ...
by Dan Hammer
December 3rd, 2018, 7:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best holiday food . . .
Replies: 23
Views: 557

Re: Best holiday food . . .

I offer you potato latkes. Fried potatoes, fried onions and friend egg. What more could you want? The only thing they are missing is bacon, but nothing is perfect. A couple of years ago, I made a batch fried in duck fat, which was a taste experience not to forget. I made about 80 of them last night...
by Dan Hammer
December 1st, 2018, 11:56 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular BYOB Friday Night Kick-off Dinner--2/15/19 @ 6PM
Replies: 6
Views: 199

Re: Falltacular BYOB Friday Night Kick-off Dinner--2/15/19 @ 6PM

When using Paypal, send as a gift to avoid fees. That's the way I do it for the Di Fara's offline.
by Dan Hammer
November 30th, 2018, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shameless point chaser 100 point CDP question
Replies: 26
Views: 1247

Re: Shameless point chaser 100 point CDP question

I just told him about the fantastic 2007 Mon Aieul that someone brought to the FKALBTG - ABCDEFGH dinner that I drank on Monday that was 100 points. He said that he had never had a 100 point wine and I promised him that I would share one with him if the PITA deal we are working on actually gets don...
by Dan Hammer
November 29th, 2018, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Tercero Gewürztraminer The Outlier
Replies: 9
Views: 257

Re: TN: 2014 Tercero Gewürztraminer The Outlier

I have 1 bottle left, and I think I'll share it at the family Hanukkah party.
by Dan Hammer
November 29th, 2018, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinking Rudi's treasures in NYC
Replies: 89
Views: 3951

Re: Drinking Rudi's treasures in NYC

J a y H a c k wrote:
November 29th, 2018, 9:04 am
YLee wrote:
November 28th, 2018, 9:06 pm
I'm thinking someone created the Jason Hernandez account to be funny.
We should invite him anyway. :)
Jay,

Jason can come to the MacDonald dinner. [wink.gif]
by Dan Hammer
November 28th, 2018, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Keller Rieslings victims of speculation
Replies: 165
Views: 5407

Re: Keller Riesling like Louis Vuitton – I said it long ago.

I started this thread when I realized that somebody payed 700+Euros for a bottle of Kirchspiel. Furthermore I realized that top Keller wines are hyped, hard to come by and obviously a tool for speculation. I have zero problems with people who think these wines are delicious because they are. I have...
by Dan Hammer
November 27th, 2018, 8:10 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: 6th Annual Di Fara's offline in Brooklyn - February 13, 2018 - Fat Tuesday - post what you're bringi
Replies: 86
Views: 2987

Re: 6th Annual Di Fara's offline in Brooklyn - February 13, 2018 - Fat Tuesday - post what you're bringi

I'll post a new thread in January, so don't post here to tell me you're coming. In the Berserker spirit, if anyone wants a confirmed seat at Di Fara's this coming Fat Tuesday, a contribution to this event (verifiable) will guarantee your seat. Read the link re: Laura's House. Read this... https://w...
by Dan Hammer
November 27th, 2018, 12:31 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: 6th Annual Di Fara's offline in Brooklyn - February 13, 2018 - Fat Tuesday - post what you're bringi
Replies: 86
Views: 2987

Re: 6th Annual Di Fara's offline in Brooklyn - February 13, 2018 - Fat Tuesday - post what you're bringi

Dan Hammer wrote:
November 20th, 2018, 12:27 pm

I'll post a new thread in January, so don't post here to tell me you're coming.

Todd would tell you that it's important to read the Offline (and every) forum. [wink.gif]
by Dan Hammer
November 24th, 2018, 7:59 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: 6th Annual Di Fara's offline in Brooklyn - February 13, 2018 - Fat Tuesday - post what you're bringi
Replies: 86
Views: 2987

Re: 6th Annual Di Fara's offline in Brooklyn - February 13, 2018 - Fat Tuesday - post what you're bringi

New Yorker to New Yorker ... I know you're kidding.

From another city to a New Yorker?????
by Dan Hammer
November 21st, 2018, 4:19 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: More football torture - Jets/Pats
Replies: 5
Views: 366

Re: More football torture - Jets/Pats

I'd love to go; but besides babysitting my grandson, wild horses couldn't get me to make the drive back from New Jersey to Westchester on Sunday night of Thanksgiving weekend.
by Dan Hammer
November 21st, 2018, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: ‘12 Carlisle Vineyard Zin & ‘46 Rita Hayworth
Replies: 3
Views: 315

Re: TN: ‘12 Carlisle Vineyard Zin & ‘46 Rita Hayworth

I'm bringing the '12 Carlisle Zin Carlisle to my rookie family Thanksgiving. Maybe I should reconsider.
by Dan Hammer
November 20th, 2018, 12:27 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: 6th Annual Di Fara's offline in Brooklyn - February 13, 2018 - Fat Tuesday - post what you're bringi
Replies: 86
Views: 2987

Re: 6th Annual Di Fara's offline in Brooklyn - February 13, 2018 - Fat Tuesday - post what you're bringi

This event is on my bucket list for many reasons. Looks like such fun. I imagine if you plan a trip out there, Dan will plan a Di Fara's offline in your honor Just a tease to remind those reading... save the date: Fat Tuesday is March 5, 2019 . I'll post a new thread in January, so don't post here ...
by Dan Hammer
November 19th, 2018, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty
Replies: 32
Views: 1463

Re: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty

I'll be back in NYC in late January on my way to the trade shows in Europe. Thank you all for the kind words, you have no idea how much they mean. Cheers! [cheers.gif] Some readers here would think you're planning an Offline at PDH with this comment. neener Great article. Continued success.
by Dan Hammer
November 12th, 2018, 12:23 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: More tailgate fun. November 11, Jets versus Bills. NOW with photographic proof!
Replies: 16
Views: 707

Re: More tailgate fun. November 11, Jets versus Bills. NOW with photographic proof!

The highlight of the game, or should I say tailgate, was Jay's brother - in - law competing in a tailgate taste-off. He was making pizza in a stone oven. Great finger food, as opposed to the competition of what looked like a delicious Tuscan chicken, and a paella dish that was over the top. I posted...
by Dan Hammer
November 12th, 2018, 12:14 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: More tailgate fun. November 11, Jets versus Bills. NOW with photographic proof!
Replies: 16
Views: 707

Re: More tailgate fun. November 11, Jets versus Bills. NOW with photographic proof!

From left to right. Dan, Clifton, Jay (in the Jets jersey) and Will.
by Dan Hammer
November 12th, 2018, 7:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Long Island North Fork Restaurants suggestions
Replies: 12
Views: 420

Re: Long Island North Fork Restaurants suggestions

In spite of the many recommendations I received, one place not to eat at is... https://www.northforktableandinn.com/ When you walk in, it's a pretty place. The bar looked like a local watering hole of Long Island's north fork well off residents. Not a lot of tables, so easy to talk. They have a limi...
by Dan Hammer
November 10th, 2018, 4:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Opinion of Lewelling?
Replies: 22
Views: 1068

Re: What's Your Opinion of Lewelling?

I'm bringing a '12 Wight to a dinner in Philadelphia this weekend. For about $60 a bottle, you can't beat it. Heck, even the regular bottling is good (at around $40). My first purchase was back in 2010, after visiting/tasting with David in Napa. The '12 was dark and inky. The wine had a very pleasa...
by Dan Hammer
November 7th, 2018, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Opinion of Lewelling?
Replies: 22
Views: 1068

Re: What's Your Opinion of Lewelling?

I'm bringing a '12 Wight to a dinner in Philadelphia this weekend. For about $60 a bottle, you can't beat it. Heck, even the regular bottling is good (at around $40). My first purchase was back in 2010, after visiting/tasting with David in Napa.
by Dan Hammer
November 7th, 2018, 4:33 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: More tailgate fun. November 11, Jets versus Bills. NOW with photographic proof!
Replies: 16
Views: 707

Re: More tailgate fun. November 11, Jets versus Bills.

Clifton.

I'll be there too. It will be nice to see you both again.
by Dan Hammer
November 4th, 2018, 7:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Long Island North Fork Restaurants suggestions
Replies: 12
Views: 420

Re: Long Island North Fork Restaurants suggestions

A fun place on Love Lane in Mattituck is the Iron Skillet... only open on weekends... byob... order from menu in advance... holds about 14 people. Sounds delicious. Reservation made. Thanks. [cheers.gif] Update. Iron Skillet was delicious. For lunch we went to Southhold Fish Market. It's a fish mar...
by Dan Hammer
November 4th, 2018, 7:46 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Long Island
Replies: 160
Views: 9116

Re: Long Island

ArtF wrote:
October 11th, 2018, 7:11 am
Iron Skillet is in the dining room of an old Victorian mansion. Friday to Sunday only. Cash only. We enjoyed it.
So did we. Bob the owner is a hoot. The food is delicious. As the menu states, or doesn't, the food is comfort food. Cost for 2 > $85.00 all-in.
by Dan Hammer
November 2nd, 2018, 4:36 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: MacDonald Retrospective New York Offline UPDATED JANUARY 2019
Replies: 62
Views: 2425

Re: MacDonald Retrospective New York Offline UPDATED JANUARY 2019

After the various comments below, my best synthesis of an idea is to A) make sure we cover all of the vintages; B) get as many bottles of MacDonald in house as possible (multiple bottles of each vintage) to make sure everyone gets a good healthy pour; and C) have a limited number of non-MacDonald a...
by Dan Hammer
November 1st, 2018, 8:57 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Visiting NYC - Offline 9th/10th/11th Nov
Replies: 18
Views: 372

Re: Visiting NYC - Offline 9th/10th/11th Nov

Jay.

I'm considering a 2011 Carlisle Syrah James Berry Vineyard. I have plenty of time to second guess myself. [whistle.gif]

Will, welcome to WineBerserkers. [cheers.gif]
by Dan Hammer
October 31st, 2018, 2:51 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Visiting NYC - Offline 9th/10th/11th Nov
Replies: 18
Views: 372

Re: Visiting NYC - Offline 9th/10th/11th Nov

I am probably doing La Fete du Champagne on Saturday and I am definitely doing a Jets tailgate on Sunday. We drink wine at the tailgate. Are you interested in grilled meat and wine on a Sunday morning? I like grilled meat. Have an extra ticket? Can I hitch a ride with you? I even promise to bring a...
by Dan Hammer
October 25th, 2018, 11:58 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: The best or memorable vacation spot was...
Replies: 44
Views: 1495

Re: The best or memorable vacation spot was...

Truth be told, the question is impossible to answer; so keeping to form... seated in first class headed to an international destination on a long flight... flying an international carrier.

dh
by Dan Hammer
October 21st, 2018, 7:01 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Anyone want to come to out Jets Tailgate this weekend - October 21.
Replies: 8
Views: 292

Re: Anyone want to come to out Jets Tailgate this weekend - October 21.

J a y H a c k wrote:
October 21st, 2018, 6:59 pm

Next game in 3 weeks.
Is that November 11? If so, do you have a ticket for sale? I've been itchy to attend my 2nd Jay Hack tailgate. champagne.gif
by Dan Hammer
October 21st, 2018, 6:57 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats
Replies: 36
Views: 1161

Re: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats

One of several reasons we are likely going to skip Dubrovnik on a trip to the Balkans next summer. While in Prague, drinking a beer overlooking the city from a monastery, we met a couple from Pittsburgh that had just left Dubrovnik where they spent two weeks. Said they didn't leave the apartment wh...
by Dan Hammer
October 19th, 2018, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Replies: 10
Views: 740

Re: TN: 2015 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

Maybe I'll drink my lone bottle sooner, rather than later. Thanks for the note.
by Dan Hammer
October 17th, 2018, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weekly Wine Consumption Poll
Replies: 30
Views: 1081

Re: Weekly Wine Consumption Poll

I voted for 1 bottle,; but on average, it's less than that. In the next few weeks, I'll be opening multiple bottles for our 40th anniversary; followed by another couple of bottles dinner with friends, followed by an offline, Thanksgiving, and then another offline. Basically 0 to 60 in a short amount...
by Dan Hammer
October 12th, 2018, 11:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Kansas City Metro, amazing food on both sides of the state line
Replies: 24
Views: 561

Re: Kansas City Metro, amazing food on both sides of the state line

KC and food? Yeah sure. Whatever you say. And my favorite in Kansas City - Joe's BBQ in a former old gas station is literally, other worldly... Oklahoma Joe's started in a gas station and still has that first location. Without looking it up right now I believe they have a total of 3, 2 locations fo...
by Dan Hammer
October 11th, 2018, 7:05 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Long Island
Replies: 160
Views: 9116

Re: Long Island

The Iron Skillet in Mattituck doesn't charge for BYO. Cash only.
http://ironskilletmattituck.com/
by Dan Hammer
October 10th, 2018, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pick from these cabs
Replies: 12
Views: 792

Re: Pick from these cabs

I've enjoyed the '09 EMH 3x's starting in 2012, with my last note in April 2017. Enjoy! [cheers.gif]

dh
by Dan Hammer
October 9th, 2018, 9:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Long Island North Fork Restaurants suggestions
Replies: 12
Views: 420

Re: Long Island North Fork Restaurants suggestions

Thanks Scott. We're staying at the Shinn Estate Inn. Now I have some additional homework to do.
by Dan Hammer
October 9th, 2018, 12:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Long Island North Fork Restaurants suggestions
Replies: 12
Views: 420

Re: Long Island North Fork Restaurants suggestions

Bud Carey wrote:
October 9th, 2018, 10:03 am
A fun place on Love Lane in Mattituck is the Iron Skillet... only open on weekends... byob... order from menu in advance... holds about 14 people.
Sounds delicious. Reservation made. Thanks. [cheers.gif]

Geoff, Barba Bianca is closed for the season.

I still have another night to plan.
by Dan Hammer
October 9th, 2018, 7:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Long Island North Fork Restaurants suggestions
Replies: 12
Views: 420

Re: Long Island North Fork Restaurants suggestions

Thanks for the recommendation. I was reading a Long Island thread recently and there was talk of One Woman. Over the weekend, 2 different set of friends both mentioned One Woman! When all the dots connect.... [cheers.gif]
by Dan Hammer
October 7th, 2018, 7:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Long Island North Fork Restaurants suggestions
Replies: 12
Views: 420

Long Island North Fork Restaurants suggestions

My wife and are are going to Long Island wine country in a few weeks for our 40th anniversary. Does anyone have a nice restaurant suggestion where we can celebrate properly? BYO friendly is a plus.

Casual lunch suggestions are welcome.

Thank you.
by Dan Hammer
October 5th, 2018, 1:44 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Long Island
Replies: 160
Views: 9116

Re: Long Island

Greetings. We're doing a long weekend (Sunday - Tuesday) on the North Fork. Going to stay at Shinn Estate Vineyards. I'm looking for lunch and dinner recommendations between Paumanok (Abueboque) and Greenport. I know this is the BYO thread, so bonus points for establishments that allow this. Restaur...
by Dan Hammer
October 5th, 2018, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Weingut Keller Riesling von der Fels (Germany, Rheinhessen)
Replies: 9
Views: 420

Re: TN: 2016 Weingut Keller Riesling von der Fels (Germany, Rheinhessen)

Thanks for the note. I'm in no rush to drink mine.
by Dan Hammer
September 29th, 2018, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Next MACDONALD?
Replies: 161
Views: 11488

Re: The Next MACDONALD?

mattcitrang wrote:
September 29th, 2018, 2:30 pm
That’s a $330 cave. Enjoy
Want to share? I'm good for 1 or 2 bottles.
by Dan Hammer
September 28th, 2018, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Invino Offer on Tensley Syrah
Replies: 19
Views: 994

Re: Invino Offer on Tensley Syrah

After enjoying several Tensley wines several years ago ($30 ish retail), the cheaper Tensely tasted like a distant cousin. I was disappointed. I bought the name, and was disappointed. The wine was the '12 Tensley Syrah Lite. I drank this November 2013.
by Dan Hammer
September 28th, 2018, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Invino Offer on Tensley Syrah
Replies: 19
Views: 994

Re: Invino Offer on Tensley Syrah

I can remember purchasing a bargain Tensley several years ago. When I tasted with Joey in CA and NY, I loved his wine. I didn't realize that he made a hard to drink low end version (IMHO)).
by Dan Hammer
September 23rd, 2018, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A bunch of wines with a bunch of Berserkers in Philadelphia
Replies: 9
Views: 724

Re: A bunch of wines with a bunch of Berserkers in Philadelphia

2016 William & Mary Proprietary Red Another reason why I love Berserkers. Wines that I've never heard of that are getting some love. It's notes like these that have turned me on to certain wines over the years. Becklkyn, EMH, Rivers-Marie, MacDonald and Maybach come to mind. Thanks for the continue...

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