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by bradkaplan
March 14th, 2019, 4:08 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?
Replies: 31
Views: 2054

Re: Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?

Yes, it is fabulous. Go. Go again.
by bradkaplan
March 9th, 2019, 8:44 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Flight Itinerary Question- Second Leg
Replies: 13
Views: 364

Re: Flight Itinerary Question- Second Leg

Funny, we're planning a trip to Rome also. Same issues. Booked a not great trip via JFK using miles (got a crazy good deal actually), but not happy with the layover/timing. Would bite on a direct flight in a heartbeat if it got closer to $1200.
by bradkaplan
March 8th, 2019, 6:42 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Restaurants in Dolomites area?
Replies: 8
Views: 218

Re: Restaurants in Dolomites area?

Loved our stay and dinner at Terra a couple years ago. Up in the hills near some gorgeous hikes (not that those are hard to find!). https://terra.place/en/restaurant.html
by bradkaplan
February 20th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: 2008 dom 149 at bassins
Replies: 32
Views: 1375

Re: PSA: 2008 dom 149 at bassins

Also, why the heck is Zachy's so high on this!? $230?? https://www.zachys.com/dom-perignon-2008-750ml.html
by bradkaplan
February 20th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: 2008 dom 149 at bassins
Replies: 32
Views: 1375

Re: PSA: 2008 dom 149 at bassins

I got lucky and found some 08 at the 09 price at my nearby Total (went in hoping for that exact outcome, I never shop there). Online they show it at $169 but I got it at $139.
by bradkaplan
February 19th, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Chile Recs
Replies: 9
Views: 390

Re: Chile Recs

Jeff, I've been spending some time on business in Santiago and did an overnight in Valparaiso, with a trip through Casablanca Valley on the way. Bodegas Re is worth a visit, nice personal tour, interesting wines - love the Re Velado (I brought a bottle home). Heard good things about Villard and Atti...
by bradkaplan
February 13th, 2019, 4:38 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Memphis Resturants
Replies: 6
Views: 147

Re: Memphis Resturants

A few favorites - Payne's for lunch (chopped sandwich w slaw and hot sauce), Hogs & Hominy, Las Tortugas. BBQ is a must, and if not Payne's, there are plenty of others.
by bradkaplan
February 7th, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10414
Views: 461580

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

After trying the 08 Dom the other night and being super impressed, found a 2009 price for the 2008 at my local Total (which I NEVER go into, but had a feeling...) and grabbed a few.
by bradkaplan
February 5th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Bern's Reservation Question
Replies: 25
Views: 1249

Re: Bern's Reservation Question

YES, think of the MILLIONS of dollars Bern's has collectively saved its happy patrons! This is the ultimate place for wine shopper math. : )
by bradkaplan
February 4th, 2019, 6:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Bern's Reservation Question
Replies: 25
Views: 1249

Re: Bern's Reservation Question

I have also learned through the years to skip the cheap bottles at Berns - yes it seems cool to drink a 79 Beaujolais for $30 from a producer you have never heard of or a 65 Charbono but in all honesty those are still on the list for a reason. I had a 1983 Saint Amour for $27 there twice (a couple ...
by bradkaplan
January 24th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Argentina, Brazil, Chile...
Replies: 4
Views: 264

Re: Argentina, Brazil, Chile...

Thanks, Alan - good points on the state of the Argentina economy and what that could mean for both restaurants and wineries.
by bradkaplan
January 22nd, 2019, 5:09 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Argentina, Brazil, Chile...
Replies: 4
Views: 264

Re: Argentina, Brazil, Chile...

A quick report back... after roughly a week each in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile. Argentina - I had a good list of mostly natural(ish) producers to seek out, but didn't find any of them in my (limited) meals in Buenos Aires, El Chalten, El Calafate, and Iguazu. My list included Alberto Cecchin Graci...
by bradkaplan
January 22nd, 2019, 4:24 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3273
Views: 161805

Re: The Bourbon Thread

ooh, that's a good price, I need to see if my (not quite) local Costco has that in (at that price).
by bradkaplan
December 23rd, 2018, 8:44 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Argentina, Brazil, Chile...
Replies: 4
Views: 264

Argentina, Brazil, Chile...

I'm hitting all three over the next few weeks - any particular wines you would seek out on restaurant lists that are A) not often found in US, and B) holy shit that's good!

: )

Broad question, I know, and I've got several names written down already, but curious what the Berserkers have to offer.
by bradkaplan
December 5th, 2018, 5:43 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Help me rank a few Bourbons...
Replies: 13
Views: 641

Re: Help me rank a few Bourbons...

My top three would be Blanton's, Bookers, and 1920, in no particular order.
by bradkaplan
December 5th, 2018, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: We're not normal : )
Replies: 29
Views: 1547

We're not normal : )

I love this little WineBerserkers bubble, but just had to share what wines more "normal" people are wonderfully enthusiastic about, from a friend's Facebook post asking for favorite "red wines under $30." Here's a rundown and some key quotes on folks' recommendations, which are mostly a who's who of...
by bradkaplan
November 4th, 2018, 11:44 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Video: 2016 Maple's Spring St Petite Sirah
Replies: 3
Views: 189

Re: Video: 2016 Maple's Spring St Petite Sirah

Just put my order in, clearly a very special wine for Dirty & Rowdy, and therefor a very special wine for me : )

Hardy, anything else you can share about the history of the vineyard?
by bradkaplan
October 24th, 2018, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Good Tuesday ('09 Dom, '01 Prum, '01 Leflaive, '96 Giacosa, '68 F. Rinaldi, '07 Rousseau, '07 Drouhin)
Replies: 32
Views: 890

Re: TN: A Good Tuesday ('09 Dom, '01 Prum, '01 Leflaive, '96 Giacosa, '68 F. Rinaldi, '07 Rousseau, '07 Drouhin)

Dennis Atick wrote:
October 24th, 2018, 11:22 am
I was using your scores [cheers.gif]
But then I just changed them all to 95.
Thanks for hosting. Good party.
Please let the record reflect, my scores ranged from 91 to 96 (the Rousseau), with only one 95 (the Musigny). [tease.gif]
by bradkaplan
October 24th, 2018, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Good Tuesday ('09 Dom, '01 Prum, '01 Leflaive, '96 Giacosa, '68 F. Rinaldi, '07 Rousseau, '07 Drouhin)
Replies: 32
Views: 890

Re: TN: A Good Tuesday ('09 Dom, '01 Prum, '01 Leflaive, '96 Giacosa, '68 F. Rinaldi, '07 Rousseau, '07 Drouhin)

Good notes, thanks Dennis. The Rousseau Chambertin was spectacular, but this was a really excellent lineup all around. And I think your scores somehow got messed up copying over from Cellartracker?
by bradkaplan
October 8th, 2018, 5:12 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?
Replies: 31
Views: 2054

Re: Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?

Just back - quick report... Peche was not quite up to prior visits - still very good and worth the visit, but lacking the magic I had on my first visit. Brennan's on the other hand was fantastic, exceeded expectation - great service that perfectly balanced friendly/contemporary and old school classy...
by bradkaplan
September 21st, 2018, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 699
Views: 32041

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

The best and the greatest!
by bradkaplan
September 21st, 2018, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 699
Views: 32041

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Couldn't resist the Cacheux Vosne Suchots for $50, despite the warning on heavy-handedness. And I have no idea who Andreas Larrson is, but his little video tasting notes on youtube were reassuring. Quote: "bloody good!"

by bradkaplan
September 18th, 2018, 4:09 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3273
Views: 161805

Re: The Bourbon Thread

I've picked a barrel at Jack - it was a great experience and a seriously excellent whiskey as well (and I'm no fan of regular Jack). We tried 5 or 6 different barrel samples and there was a pretty significant range within those, even though they were all distilled and barrelled on same day, stored i...
by bradkaplan
September 15th, 2018, 8:21 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3273
Views: 161805

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Any thoughts on "store pick" single barrel bourbons? Visited a few distilleries a few weeks ago and got the impression that generally speaking the barrels chosen by stores/bars/individuals are a step up from what they offer as their generic "single barrel" offering. Just bought the Four Roses OESK ...
by bradkaplan
August 25th, 2018, 12:16 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Lisbon?
Replies: 33
Views: 1964

Re: Lisbon?

Was there this summer - had excellent dinners at Alma (1 star Michelin) and Taberna de las Ruas Flores (no reservations, get there early to get in line). Was honestly underwhelmed by Ramiro - good, not great. Sintra is definitely worth the day trip - and you can stop nearby at Viuva Gomes to taste s...
by bradkaplan
August 23rd, 2018, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs on a Motley Crew: Jerome Prevost, Casal Figueira, Scholium, Huet, Clos Rougeard
Replies: 4
Views: 321

Re: TNs on a Motley Crew: Prevost, Casal Figueira, Scholium, Huet, Rougeard

Great notes, Dennis, thank you for being the designated secretary. The Casal Figueira by the way was not even quite up to the other two bottles I've had - I think a bit more air and warming up would have benefitted it.
by bradkaplan
August 14th, 2018, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IG (Instagram) from WBers?
Replies: 157
Views: 5815

Re: IG (Instagram) from WBers?



: )
by bradkaplan
August 6th, 2018, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berns suggestion
Replies: 10
Views: 912

Berns suggestion

That last comment rings true... the dessert wine (and spirits) list is off the charts. Madeira, old TBA, crazy Scotch, etc. If you're into any of those things, save some room and some $$$ for the amazing experience upstairs in the dessert room. Maybe not quite the bargains as the main wine list, but...
by bradkaplan
August 4th, 2018, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?
Replies: 122
Views: 5515

The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?

Don't drink much Cali chard, but big fan of all of these (mostly older vintage that I've had in past couple years):

2005 Salinia Chardonnay Heintz Ranch
2006 Salinia Chardonnay Heintz Ranch
2013 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard
1995 Kalin Cellars Chardonnay
by bradkaplan
July 28th, 2018, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Notes of Poo (NYMag on "Natural Wine")
Replies: 67
Views: 2233

Top Notes of Poo (NYMag on "Natural Wine")

I always appreciate a good John Zorn reference. Thank you for that. (seriously, one of the most amazing live performances I have ever seen, back in NY at the Knitting Factory in the mi-90s)
by bradkaplan
July 25th, 2018, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Notes of Poo (NYMag on "Natural Wine")
Replies: 67
Views: 2233

Top Notes of Poo (NYMag on "Natural Wine")

I might just leave this here and let everyone fire away. Some decent thoughts, and a good deal of head scratching. From NY Magazine/Grub Street ... Top Notes of Poo: Natural wine is weird, funky, even dirty. Sommeliers are obsessed. but does it actually taste good? http://www.grubstreet.com/2018/07/...
by bradkaplan
July 25th, 2018, 4:38 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3273
Views: 161805

The Bourbon Thread

I currently have the following bottles opened and sitting bedside.... 2017 FR SMBLE, Kentucky Owl Rye batch 1, 2017 Michters 10, WT Decades, A117 Elijah Craig BP, Joe Magnus, OF 1920, Belle Meade 10 year single barrel pick, Michters Toasted Rye and A Midwinter Nights Dram. And for the past 3 weeks,...
by bradkaplan
July 24th, 2018, 5:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy Under the Radar BY NEAL MARTIN
Replies: 34
Views: 3100

Burgundy Under the Radar BY NEAL MARTIN

I like Bizot but the rapid price increase was always puzzling to me. I always thought it was due to his “natural” wine making but the “hint” of Henri Jayer makes sense too. I was wowed by my first Bizot, a 2014 Vosne Romanee that Brad Kaplan brought to a dinner back in the fall. I immediately went ...
by bradkaplan
July 9th, 2018, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Clothing Optional Wine Co. Muscat (USA, California, Central Coast, Chalone)
Replies: 7
Views: 441

TN: 2015 Clothing Optional Wine Co. Muscat (USA, California, Central Coast, Chalone)

Just enjoyed my last bottle tonight. Dang good. Musk melon all the way.
by bradkaplan
July 4th, 2018, 4:41 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3273
Views: 161805

The Bourbon Thread

To give y'all and idea of how crappy Seattle is for liquor purchases, I saw McKenna 10 at Costco today. With tax is was $48! It was Costco, by the way, that was responsible for privatizing liquor sales which drove the prices up 40%. Thanks guys! Your comment got me curious about the state liquor ta...
by bradkaplan
June 14th, 2018, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A 6.75€ stunner from Portugal
Replies: 10
Views: 719

A 6.75€ stunner from Portugal

Eric Ifune wrote:If you ever get a chance, go to Caves Sao Joao in Bairrada. A warren of old wines. Got a magnum of the 1978 Frei Joao for 80 euros. Terrific old school whites as well.
Would love to visit - have had the 95 Poco do Lobo (love it!) and the 90 Frei Joao.
by bradkaplan
June 14th, 2018, 4:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A 6.75€ stunner from Portugal
Replies: 10
Views: 719

A 6.75€ stunner from Portugal

Thanks, Don. And Eric, yes, insanely good prices. We visited Adega Viuva Gomes (Colares), and tasted the lineup - ending with the 1969 (priced at 60 euro, which is a heck of a bargain), but starting with their entry label blanco that's just 6 euro. Bought one bottle to enjoy by the beach, but I'd bu...
by bradkaplan
June 13th, 2018, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 699
Views: 32041

Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Just turned on my email filter so I don't see any more Envoyer emails! (for the time being) I'm too easily tempted.
by bradkaplan
June 13th, 2018, 6:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A 6.75€ stunner from Portugal
Replies: 10
Views: 719

A 6.75€ stunner from Portugal

I've got no problem with a 19 euro markup at a fine dining restaurant. Same as typical corkage.
by bradkaplan
June 13th, 2018, 5:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A 6.75€ stunner from Portugal
Replies: 10
Views: 719

A 6.75€ stunner from Portugal

Just back from a week in Portugal, and had to share a crazy wine story. It started at Michelin 1star restaurant Alma in Lisbon (great meal, highly recommended), when I engaged the sommelier and said simply "do you have anything funky from a producer you admire with a natural-wine bent"? I hadn't rea...
by bradkaplan
May 30th, 2018, 5:13 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tel Aviv Beer/Wine Bars + Stores
Replies: 2
Views: 194

Tel Aviv Beer/Wine Bars + Stores

A few years old data, but... cocktail bar: The Imperial. Or great wine bars:
The Tasting Room in Sarona Market, Par Derriere in Yafo area
by bradkaplan
May 28th, 2018, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy White Oak Flats Mourvedre
Replies: 23
Views: 1167

2014 Dirty and Rowdy White Oak Flats Mourvedre

Dennis Atick wrote: Man, that sounds great.
Just checked, I have no more. Only 16s.
You have more, Brad? You have my email. [cheers.gif]
Same. : (
Only '16s left now for the White Oak Flats.
by bradkaplan
May 28th, 2018, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy White Oak Flats Mourvedre
Replies: 23
Views: 1167

2014 Dirty and Rowdy White Oak Flats Mourvedre

FYI, night two felt a bit off - more grippy, slightly more sour - but saved just enough for a small glass night 3 and it came back with a vengeance. So good.
by bradkaplan
May 26th, 2018, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy White Oak Flats Mourvedre
Replies: 23
Views: 1167

2014 Dirty and Rowdy White Oak Flats Mourvedre

Holy cow this is singing now. One of my favorite D&R reds to date. Props to Hardy, and I wish I had more! Note from CT: Pomegranate syrup nose with hibiscus floral notes, a touch of cinnamon and a hint of eucalyptus (?). Supple yet light-bodied, a bit of tannin hanging in there (popped and poured) o...
by bradkaplan
May 21st, 2018, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 699
Views: 32041

Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:How much Berserkers competition for the '15 Baudry Croix Boissee? I asked for six. No response yet.
How'd you know which one I'd go for? Got 2 btls.
by bradkaplan
May 18th, 2018, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Advice for wine in Montreal
Replies: 20
Views: 594

Advice for wine in Montreal

Very fun list of local-ish wines (and awesome food) at Maison Publique. And, as mentioned, any of the Joe Beef empire will treat you right - we had a blast out on the back patio at Liverpool House.
by bradkaplan
May 18th, 2018, 4:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 699
Views: 32041

Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Thread drift.... note above got me curious about my Envoyer purchases + CT data. I started buying from them in July 2010, and for the next two years bought a bit over 10 cases total (50+ different wines). Mostly Burgundy, some Champagne, a little Loire, Beaujolais. Avg price? $38, with several <$20 ...
by bradkaplan
May 16th, 2018, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 699
Views: 32041

Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

So I wonder if these Barisones are THESE Barisones??? Probably same source?
https://www.rarewineco.com/articles/osv ... ne-barolo/
by bradkaplan
May 16th, 2018, 1:01 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Vermouth - How To Store?
Replies: 9
Views: 547

Vermouth - How To Store?

Half bottles, fridge, vacuvin or similar.

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