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by Ted Erfer
October 21st, 2019, 1:23 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Philadelphia, PA
Replies: 473
Views: 89210

Re: Philadelphia, PA

Forsythia is slated to open August 24 at 233 Chestnut Street. Capofitto, a pizza and gelato destination, was part of the Capogiro group, which closed all locations late last year. Will’s GM Ben Jensen-Rosen is moving over to Forsythia, which Philly Mag reports will have space for 60 diners, a full ...
by Ted Erfer
August 19th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Port tastings in Porto
Replies: 9
Views: 874

Re: Port tastings in Porto

They are all clustered right in town along the River. You can get to most of them within minutes by walking. I would pick a producer you enjoy and go there. They will let you taste a tawny, a rose’ and a white as a general course. Some have better grounds and views than others. We enjoyed Taylor’s ...
by Ted Erfer
August 19th, 2019, 4:52 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Port tastings in Porto
Replies: 9
Views: 874

Port tastings in Porto

We will be in Porto for two days at the end of October. Looking at the various tasting opportunities at the Port houses. Is there one that we really shouldn't miss? Any to avoid? I looked at all the typical online "touristy" reviews. We aren't really that knowledgeable about Port and haven't done an...
by Ted Erfer
August 13th, 2019, 4:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release
Replies: 73
Views: 4219

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release

Just placed my first order. First tasted with Hardy at FMIII's house during Falltacular and loved all the wine. Expect this will be a nice addition to my cellar.
by Ted Erfer
August 4th, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Philadelphia, PA
Replies: 473
Views: 89210

Re: Philadelphia, PA

Whoops! Just heard Bistro la Bête has closed after only 3 months due to partner differences. Too bad. I may have had "The Last Supper". Hope I am wrong! Chef Michael O'Halloran had a great run at Bistro 7. Word was there was a partnership fallout with this one. He says he is looking for a new locat...
by Ted Erfer
June 30th, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Spätlese
Replies: 4
Views: 459

Re: TN: 2001 St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Spätlese

The proprietor of Urbans-Hof, Nik Weis has dinner with the Philly German Wine Society every couple of years. He presents his line up and discusses the vintages. He is a very engaging and charming gentleman. His wines are consistently excellent and a great value. He always invites us to visit "the ne...
by Ted Erfer
May 31st, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willi’s Wine Bar has finally re-opened!
Replies: 12
Views: 1161

Re: Willi’s Wine Bar has finally re-opened!

One of our favorite places! It was so sad to see them hit by the fire.
by Ted Erfer
May 5th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Philadelphia, PA
Replies: 473
Views: 89210

Re: Philadelphia, PA

This is for folks who have enjoyed Chris Kearse's cuisine at Will BYOB. Chris is moving to a slightly larger space at 2nd and Chestnut. Chris told us he would still allow some BYO probably with a corkage. Here are the details from Eater: Will BYOB, one of Eater Philly’s 38 essential restaurants in t...
by Ted Erfer
March 27th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 496
Views: 50402

Re: Official WTSO thread

Opera Super Tuscan Toscano Rosso IGT 2015 $12.99 and 98 points from Luca Maroni. That has to be 5 points higher than Suckling. Even if it is 90 points good deal with free shipping. Who was the old guy they used to have that would give out those inflated scores? Some quick research on this guy shows...
by Ted Erfer
March 6th, 2019, 3:16 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Berserkerfest 10.1 - 7th Annual Di Fara's offline - Fat Tuesday March 5, 2019 - post wines please
Replies: 90
Views: 4361

Re: Berserkerfest 10.1 - 7th Annual Di Fara's offline - Fat Tuesday March 5, 2019 - post wines please

I was a great evening - as usual. Thanks Dan for organizing and thanks to everyone for bringing such a nice assortment of top shelf wines. Don't know about next year for me......Feb 25 is very close to Falltacular:( I like the later Fat Tuesday schedule. And the corner pieces of the Sicilian pies ar...
by Ted Erfer
February 25th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Berserkerfest 10.1 - 7th Annual Di Fara's offline - Fat Tuesday March 5, 2019 - post wines please
Replies: 90
Views: 4361

Re: 7th Annual Di Fara's offline - Fat Tuesday March 5, 2019 - post wines please

Bringing:

2006 Kosta Brown Koplen
2006 Cascina Adelaide Barolo Preda

Do we really only have 3 whites? I might bring one if that is all we have. I am doing Amtrak and want to keep it "light."
by Ted Erfer
January 31st, 2019, 2:40 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Middle Eastern restaurant in Philadelphia
Replies: 8
Views: 493

Re: Middle Eastern restaurant in Philadelphia

I agree with Sarah --- Zahav. One of the best restaurants in Philly.
Suraya - meh.
by Ted Erfer
January 27th, 2019, 2:11 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Lisbon?
Replies: 45
Views: 4385

Re: Lisbon?

Marshall Gelb wrote:
January 27th, 2019, 11:44 am
Bringing this back up to the top.....We will be there in late May. Any new information including hotels would be greatly appreciated.


Thanks in advance! grouphug

Cheers!
Marshall [cheers.gif]
And we are going in October --- so a "refresh" would be great.
Restaurants and hotels.
by Ted Erfer
January 27th, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: PAETRA Willamette Valley MONDAY (Bottling day) ROLL ON!
Replies: 129
Views: 5533

Re: PAETRA Willamette Valley riesling, pn rose, orange wine, gewürz

I assume the <O> designation in Cellartracker for the Riesling is the Orange wine. That is how I entered it.
by Ted Erfer
January 27th, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: PAETRA Willamette Valley MONDAY (Bottling day) ROLL ON!
Replies: 129
Views: 5533

Re: PAETRA Willamette Valley riesling, pn rose, orange wine, gewürz

Just placed order for the #1 and the #3. I hope the cases aren't really 500 lbs!!! I would need help lifting them.
Looking forward to trying your wine, Bill.

And March is fine for shipping to me in here in Philadelphia.

Thanks for participating in BD10.
by Ted Erfer
January 20th, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 10 (as featured in Forbes!) Master Thread - MASSIVE RECORDS SET!!!
Replies: 219
Views: 17674

Re: BerserkerDay 10 Master Thread (as featured in Forbes!) - FAQ/Info/Discussion

This will be my first participation in BerserkerDay. That being said, I live in the murky backwater wine state of Pennsylvania. Does anyone who also resides here have any feeling for how many of these smaller producers are even able to ship here? I can't imagine they all pony up money for the requi...
by Ted Erfer
January 1st, 2019, 5:34 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular BYOB Friday Night Kick-off Dinner--2/15/19 @ 6PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1197

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

Done...... Thanks to Frank and to Mark Jones.
by Ted Erfer
December 21st, 2018, 5:12 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Berserkerfest 10.1 - 7th Annual Di Fara's offline - Fat Tuesday March 5, 2019 - post wines please
Replies: 90
Views: 4361

Re: 7th Annual DiFara's offline - Fat Tuesday March 5, 2019

Oh well.....I snooze I lose.
Put me on waitlist ---- three people including me.
by Ted Erfer
November 27th, 2018, 7:39 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 131
Views: 6435

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

That’s great. But I don’t see Mike Grammer’s name on the list😱
by Ted Erfer
November 24th, 2018, 1:52 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 131
Views: 6435

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

L e o F r o k i c wrote:
November 22nd, 2018, 9:19 pm
I donated thru their website, no time to go to post office this week.

Wow --- was that even an option????
by Ted Erfer
November 24th, 2018, 1:49 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: 4569

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 Ted Erfer
November 7th, 2018, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Arcadian: "Hey Joe, where'd you go" with that fruit in your hand
Replies: 29
Views: 2434

Re: Arcadian: "Hey Joe, where'd you go" with that fruit in your hand

The Arcadian Sleepy Hollow Chards are our favorites as well. It was the white wine we served at our daughter's wedding. And the Pinot was the red. There were no complaints from the guests. I wasn't expecting any comments on the wines I served at the wedding but wasn't surprised when lots of people c...
by Ted Erfer
October 13th, 2018, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery suggestions for upcoming Santa Barbara & Paso trip
Replies: 27
Views: 1509

Re: Winery suggestions for upcoming Santa Barbara & Paso trip

Hit the Lompoc wine ghetto and stop into Arcadian.
There are a bunch right in that area so you don't need to drive around.
And I do recommend you stop by Tercero.
Most of the other recommendations are fine as well.
by Ted Erfer
September 20th, 2018, 10:11 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Philadelphia Friday Sep 21st - OP UPDATE 9-17
Replies: 98
Views: 3138

Re: Philadelphia Friday Sep 21st - OP UPDATE 9-17

If you have not been to Will and are driving ---- there is valet parking. Not free. But parking in that neighborhood is tough. There is a small lot but the whole street is popular places to drink and eat. Will is very small - about 36 seats with no waiting area inside. Weather is supposed to be fine.
by Ted Erfer
September 19th, 2018, 8:48 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Lyon
Replies: 55
Views: 4099

Re: Lyon

The Resistance Museum is excellent for a few hours of history. It is very well done.
by Ted Erfer
August 7th, 2018, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many allocation lists are you on?
Replies: 111
Views: 5672

How many allocation lists are you on?

dropped almost all lists - some I waited years to get on.
Now just two or three.
I ended up with too much wine from the same producers, same years, same amount of aging needed. And I am running out of years to drink it all.
by Ted Erfer
July 27th, 2018, 11:40 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Philadelphia Friday Sep 21st - OP UPDATE 9-17
Replies: 98
Views: 3138

Philadelphia Friday Sep 21st

Do we really need 10-12 stems each?
I have done a bunch of wine dinners there and we never used that many.
by Ted Erfer
July 27th, 2018, 11:38 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Favorite Hotel and Restaurant in Bordeaux
Replies: 14
Views: 840

Favorite Hotel and Restaurant in Bordeaux

We just left Bordeaux a few days ago. We stayed in a 2 bedroom 2 bath Airbnb at 45 Quai des Chatrons. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13320316. Great location. Quiet. Well equipped. I hired Henri Challeau for touring and he did an excellent job. He was recommended by several on this board and they wer...
by Ted Erfer
July 21st, 2018, 1:12 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Philadelphia Friday Sep 21st - OP UPDATE 9-17
Replies: 98
Views: 3138

Philadelphia Friday Sep 21st

OK --- So, what exactly is the theme and price range?
I read through the posts and didn't see something definitive.
Is it Bordeaux vs Cali Cab?
by Ted Erfer
July 20th, 2018, 3:37 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Philadelphia Friday Sep 21st - OP UPDATE 9-17
Replies: 98
Views: 3138

Philadelphia Friday Sep 21st

If it is Will -- add my wife.
She and Chris are good buddies.
by Ted Erfer
July 12th, 2018, 9:40 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Philadelphia Friday Sep 21st - OP UPDATE 9-17
Replies: 98
Views: 3138

Philadelphia Friday Sep 21st

Didn’t know about the patio.
by Ted Erfer
July 12th, 2018, 3:43 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Philadelphia Friday Sep 21st - OP UPDATE 9-17
Replies: 98
Views: 3138

Philadelphia Friday Sep 21st

Laurel is fine for four people -- but not for a wine night for a larger group. Set menu - outside (boo). I love Will - which is right down the street but it does get noisy because it only seats about 30. A long table screws them up. I know Chris (at Will) very well and could speak with him about a d...
by Ted Erfer
July 12th, 2018, 3:36 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Rome restaurant advice?
Replies: 9
Views: 827

Rome restaurant advice?

Our favorite place to eat is right near Navona --- Hosteria Costanza. You should be able to get in with the group. It is in a great historic spot. https://www.hostariacostanza.it/
by Ted Erfer
July 9th, 2018, 5:02 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Philadelphia Friday Sep 21st - OP UPDATE 9-17
Replies: 98
Views: 3138

Philadelphia Friday Sep 21st

Er€z _ L. wrote:NY Based, but I can make a trip up to PHL
I think you would be coming "down" to Philly [cheers.gif]
by Ted Erfer
July 3rd, 2018, 9:28 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Lucca recommendations (and trip summary)
Replies: 23
Views: 1125

Lucca recommendations

We also rented a villa outside Lucca several years ago. Pretty much the same daily trips you list. When in Lucca make sure you go to Enoteca Vanni --http://www.enotecavanni.it/ Possibly the best wine store in Italy. (Go downstairs to the caves). I can't remember any of the restaurants because they ...
by Ted Erfer
July 2nd, 2018, 1:50 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Philadelphia Friday Sep 21st - OP UPDATE 9-17
Replies: 98
Views: 3138

Philadelphia Friday Sep 21st

Brian --- I am clear for Sept 21.
Might be able to get some others.
But it would we good to see you on the East Coast!
by Ted Erfer
July 1st, 2018, 8:02 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Lucca recommendations (and trip summary)
Replies: 23
Views: 1125

Lucca recommendations

We also rented a villa outside Lucca several years ago. Pretty much the same daily trips you list. When in Lucca make sure you go to Enoteca Vanni --http://www.enotecavanni.it/ Possibly the best wine store in Italy. (Go downstairs to the caves). I can't remember any of the restaurants because they w...
by Ted Erfer
June 28th, 2018, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Arcadian Pinot Noir Francesca's Cuvée
Replies: 30
Views: 1435

TN: 2000 Arcadian Pinot Noir Francesca's Cuvée

For those of you who haven't met Joe's daughter -- the "actual" Francesca ---- she is as bright and wonderful as the wine. She will be off to college in the Fall. So drink up and buy more!

And don't forget brother Max. His Cuvée is also excellent.
by Ted Erfer
June 27th, 2018, 6:29 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: German Wine Lovers, NYC?
Replies: 16
Views: 1375

German Wine Lovers, NYC?

I am in Philly and can make some tastings on Friday nights or Saturdays, together with my GF; provided it fits my schedule and there is advance notice of gatherings. (We are members of the GWS and tend to go the GWS tastings in Washington DC) I have a rather good amount of Germans in my cellar. Not...
by Ted Erfer
June 27th, 2018, 5:35 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: (update, room for up to 5 more) 2000 Bordeaux Offline tasting in Philly on Sun July 1st
Replies: 10
Views: 733

2000 Bordeaux Offline tasting in Philly on Sun July 1st

Have fun.... As Kevin stated above -- Will is a great spot.
I have had a bunch of wine dinners there.
by Ted Erfer
June 2nd, 2018, 9:37 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Philadelphia, PA
Replies: 473
Views: 89210

Philadelphia, PA

David Glasser wrote:Any more recent recommendations?

Anyone been to Morimoto? They quoted $25 corkage and proof that wine was purchased in PA?
David -- our go to BYO is Will on Passyunk Ave. Always excellent food and great wine service.
by Ted Erfer
June 2nd, 2018, 9:36 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Philadelphia, PA
Replies: 473
Views: 89210

Philadelphia, PA

Any more recent recommendations? Anyone been to Morimoto? They quoted $25 corkage and proof that wine was purchased in PA? "Proof the wine was purchased in PA" is a load of horse manure. It is now very legal to have wineries with the proper license to ship to your home. So, the wine doesn't have to...
by Ted Erfer
May 18th, 2018, 12:36 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: London advice? Trying to make a happy birthday for 13 year old daughter
Replies: 38
Views: 1146

London advice? Trying to make a happy birthday for 13 year old daughter

Our kids loved the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower. Google it and try to get tickets. Hard to get them - only 50 people each evening.
by Ted Erfer
April 19th, 2018, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: One Day For Wine Tasting in Los Olivos --- where do you go?
Replies: 35
Views: 1315

One Day For Wine Tasting in Los Olivos --- where do you go?

Not "downtown" Los Olivos but Lompoc Wine Ghetto.
Especially, Arcadian and Joe Davis. A bunch of others in the same immediate area.
by Ted Erfer
April 1st, 2018, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendation for Passover wines
Replies: 37
Views: 1109

Recommendation for Passover wines

Can you have Manischevitz CREAM White Concord with meat??
My Bubbie loved that Cream White (blech).

We had a Covenant Lavan Kosher Chardonnay from Sonoma this year. It is kosher but I don't think kosher for Passover..... It was very nice for the occasion. Went well with gefilte fish:)
by Ted Erfer
April 1st, 2018, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BREAKING NEWS: Robert M Parker to join Vinous
Replies: 23
Views: 2002

BREAKING NEWS: Robert M Parker to join Vinous

Is he joining as a subscriber?
by Ted Erfer
March 20th, 2018, 11:30 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Suggestions for NYC
Replies: 31
Views: 1561

Suggestions for NYC

You picked two of the best shows to see! Especially Evan Hansen --- she will love that one. Have fun.
by Ted Erfer
February 22nd, 2018, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--FALLTACULAR 2018
Replies: 63
Views: 3598

TNs--FALLTACULAR 2018

We have already made reservations for our dog at the dog sitter's for 2019. I think JoAnn and I are approaching the 10 year mark -- don't know for sure. The weather was perfect. The friends were perfect. The wine and food were perfect. And the cause is perfect. And, of course, sitting on the beach o...

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