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by bradkaplan
August 22nd, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: A world's best list that is actually interesting...
Replies: 2
Views: 106

A world's best list that is actually interesting...

Despite the awkward publishing of the list on two different websites (split in half by geography), this from Besha Rodell for Food & Wine + Travel & Leisure is a fascinating map to what is a clear departure from other world's best lists. For those of you not familiar, Besha is a fantastic food write...
by bradkaplan
August 16th, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release
Replies: 68
Views: 3280

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release

(by the way, I'm drinking a '18 Familiar Blanc right now and it is sooo nice, dynamic floral nose, super lush with the acid and stone to keep it in check - looking forward to the Chenin!)
by bradkaplan
August 15th, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1000
Views: 53328

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Props to Envoyer on including this note from Allen M on the latest wine... "This too displays a hint of the skunkiness that plagues several of the preceding wines so I repeat my advice to be sure to give this a thorough aeration as well as that my rating assumes that it will eventually dissipate"
by bradkaplan
August 2nd, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release
Replies: 68
Views: 3280

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release

(that was a very nice ten minutes plus 4:20)
by bradkaplan
July 31st, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tues Night Impressions: Dom, Veuve LGD, Trimbach 375, Dauvissat x2, Claire Naudin x2, Muller Catoir
Replies: 7
Views: 407

Re: Tues Night Impressions: Dom, Veuve LGD, Trimbach 375, Dauvissat x2, Claire Naudin x2, Muller Catoir

Thanks for the notes, Dennis. Just broke out the leftover Naudins from last night - the Myosotis is both lighter and cloudier in color than the Viola, with a nose that is pretty stunning on day 2, strawberry and lilac maybe? Something floral, followed by a light herbal hash-y note. Not sure if I've ...
by bradkaplan
July 28th, 2019, 3:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting Atlanta Retailers
Replies: 16
Views: 894

Re: Interesting Atlanta Retailers

But damn I miss Le Caveau : (
by bradkaplan
July 26th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano
Replies: 34
Views: 1402

Re: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano

Just back from similar trip. Rome: - Emma: great pizza, good pasta, awesome burrata plate (surprisingly interesting Italian craft beer list, but went with a cheap white) - Rimessa Roscioli: excellent all around, especially enjoyed chatting w the somm and the wine list - Hostaria Farnese: simple and ...
by bradkaplan
July 16th, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Best of the Bay Area (SF and non-SF)
Replies: 5
Views: 533

Re: Best of the Bay Area (SF and non-SF)

I really liked a visit to tiny little Fig & Thistle wine bar in Hayes Valley a couple months ago - they have a shop as well at their 14th St location.
by bradkaplan
July 8th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano
Replies: 34
Views: 1402

Re: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano

Glad you weathered the withering heat wisely with white wines. : )

Packing my bags next week...
by bradkaplan
June 18th, 2019, 6:29 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Rome: RIMESSA ROSCIOLI Wine Tasting Options
Replies: 8
Views: 1115

Re: Rome: RIMESSA ROSCIOLI Wine Tasting Options

I'll be there in July, no plans for what if any tasting we might do - definitely ordering a la carte for food. Please do report back!
by bradkaplan
May 29th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Savannah, GA
Replies: 31
Views: 1334

Re: Savannah, GA

Dennis Atick wrote:
May 29th, 2019, 1:08 pm
That is some funny shit! [cheers.gif]
No shit!
by bradkaplan
May 29th, 2019, 6:44 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Savannah, GA
Replies: 31
Views: 1334

Re: Savannah, GA

by bradkaplan
May 23rd, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 06 Billecart-Salmon "Cuvee Louis" Brut Blanc de Blancs
Replies: 4
Views: 537

06 Billecart-Salmon "Cuvee Louis" Brut Blanc de Blancs

Anyone tried this? Surprisingly few notes on CT, despite it being out for a little while now and some very nice critic reviews. I'm honestly not very familiar w B-S beyond the brut rose, so any intel appreciated.
by bradkaplan
May 22nd, 2019, 5:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1000
Views: 53328

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

I had to check my tasting notes because I know I've had a great Gaunoux... it was a Jean-Michel Gaunoux though, and not from Envoyer! ('95 Domaine Jean-Michel Gaunoux Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières)
by bradkaplan
May 8th, 2019, 2:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: How do you prepare popcorn?
Replies: 29
Views: 1174

Re: How do you prepare popcorn?

Semi-related - Rancho Gordo's popcorn is excellent (and really well priced for the quality vs. grocery store popcorn), we buy about six bags at a time, which lasts maybe a couple of months in our house!

https://www.ranchogordo.com/products/cr ... pping-corn
by bradkaplan
May 8th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Heresztyn Mazzini Gevrey Chambertin Clos Village
Replies: 9
Views: 665

Re: TN: 2014 Heresztyn Mazzini Gevrey Chambertin Clos Village

C Chen wrote:
May 8th, 2019, 11:04 am
Greg K wrote:
May 8th, 2019, 9:49 am
That's a really good description - also why I didn't like it. pileon
Same same.
Either of you got some I can take off your hands!? : )
by bradkaplan
May 7th, 2019, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Heresztyn Mazzini Gevrey Chambertin Clos Village
Replies: 9
Views: 665

Re: TN: 2014 Heresztyn Mazzini Gevrey Chambertin Clos Village

Just popped a 375 from Envoyer and thrilled with this wine, wish I had more. It's on the gulpable side, almost Cru-Boo'ish in that sense, but the floral/cherry notes with a touch of earthy funk are just fantastic.
by bradkaplan
April 23rd, 2019, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer
Replies: 37
Views: 2501

Re: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer

No intel on these, but just popped my last of 3 bottles of the 17 Alder Springs viognier and very happy with this wine. Ready for the new vintage. (17 felt a bit more typically viognier than 16 to me, loved them both). Haven't touched my 16 Enz yet.
by bradkaplan
March 31st, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1408
Views: 163968

Re: Official Costco Thread

Atlanta (Brookhaven) now with the 08 Dom at $138. Good deal.
by bradkaplan
March 29th, 2019, 8:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN's: Alesia/Rhys Tasting
Replies: 21
Views: 1364

Re: TN's: Alesia/Rhys Tasting

(I've got some '07 still! happily in!)
by bradkaplan
March 28th, 2019, 5:04 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tuscany
Replies: 38
Views: 2178

Re: Tuscany

(following - I'll be there a couple weeks after Dennis, a bit northeast of Montalcino, near town of Bettolle)
by bradkaplan
March 14th, 2019, 4:08 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?
Replies: 34
Views: 2656

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: 588

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: 455

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: 1601

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: 1601

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: 601

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: 291

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: 11531
Views: 537989

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: 1522

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: 1522

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: 376

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: 376

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: 3395
Views: 179701

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: 376

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: 16
Views: 1128

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: 1721

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: 218

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: 1044

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: 1044

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: 34
Views: 2656

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: 1000
Views: 53328

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: 1000
Views: 53328

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: 3395
Views: 179701

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: 3395
Views: 179701

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: 44
Views: 3811

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: 355

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.

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