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by Philip Ente
January 3rd, 2021, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 11000

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

let's have some real data, not empirical cases.

Do you think Burgundy bottles are more variable than other wines and if so is it because of its fragility and sensitivity to travel?

I do
by Philip Ente
January 3rd, 2021, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 11000

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

follow up to above- do you think there is a higher likelihood of disappointment with Burgs as opposed to other, maybe more robust wines?
I think so.
by Philip Ente
January 3rd, 2021, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 11000

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

I have the feeling that many people are more tolerant at Burgundy than with other wines. I have not found out why. It is always difficult to generalize. Burgundy – white and red – is not a homogenous subject. So many winemaker, styles, vintages etc. And prices from 20 dollars to 10.000+. Is every b...
by Philip Ente
January 1st, 2021, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 11000

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

I was hoping to expand on this. Maybe the "overrated" factor is due to the fact many of the bottles shipped out of France just don't wind up as good. In addition to the experience I described above,I also remember that when we buy the village Burgs in Burgundy restaurants, they are usuall...
by Philip Ente
December 31st, 2020, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 11000

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

Only about 1% of all the Burgundies I have ever had I would consider astonishing, earthmoving experiences. When it is good, it is very, very good, but you can never predict what will come out of any given bottle. Most of these great Burgundies I have had were consumed in France and I really wonder ...
by Philip Ente
December 30th, 2020, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 11000

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

Only about 1% of all the Burgundies I have ever had I would consider astonishing, earthmoving experiences. When it is good, it is very, very good, but you can never predict what will come out of any given bottle. Most of these great Burgundies I have had were consumed in France and I really wonder i...
by Philip Ente
December 20th, 2020, 4:21 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Bora Bora recommendations?
Replies: 30
Views: 1597

Re: Bora Bora recommendations?

Todd We go to Moorea and it seems some people here are in agreement. In addition, it is much easier to get to from Papetee. We have an ocean view over the water villa for probably way less than you are paying and it includes breakfast and dinner. I do not think you will find truly great food anywher...
by Philip Ente
December 20th, 2020, 11:31 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Bora Bora recommendations?
Replies: 30
Views: 1597

Re: Bora Bora recommendations?

when will you be there? We will be there in about 6 weeks, in transit to Moorea. Overwater villa. Have had 5 trips to Europe cancelled already. Like you, nowhere else to go. Have been to Bora Bora. You will get more bang for the buck at the other islands. This is not really a red wine kind of place....
by Philip Ente
November 28th, 2020, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Buying and Consuming BURGUNDY
Replies: 134
Views: 19123

Re: Thoughts on Buying and Consuming BURGUNDY

Even though I usually get into trouble for my alternative viewpoints, don't have much to do since I am recuperating from a suprapubic robotic simple prostatectomy three days ago. In fact I know there is a Burgundy, loving urologist here, I think it is Alan Weinberg, and I will trade him a bottle of ...
by Philip Ente
August 29th, 2020, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine as antiquity
Replies: 14
Views: 963

Re: Wine as antiquity

Rudybottle
Looks fake to me
by Philip Ente
July 31st, 2020, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!
Replies: 135
Views: 9217

Re: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!

This is my field. We do not know for sure why there is olfactory dysfunction but the French experts feel it is due to epithelial modification rather than destruction of the olfactory sensory neurons, and this would be good news.This article from Harvard is pretty much saying the same thing. Try vita...
by Philip Ente
July 27th, 2020, 12:46 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Heated restaurant terraces to be banned in France
Replies: 10
Views: 2305

Re: Heated restaurant terraces to be banned in France

Ils sont nul

these are radiation heaters and not air heaters
by Philip Ente
July 15th, 2020, 7:42 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: life in Piedmont in 1 month
Replies: 30
Views: 4265

Re: life in Piedmont in 1 month

Hi Phil, That pic was in Groningen Netherlands, the nearest city across the border. Here in ze Chermany we wear our masks and clean our hands and keep our distance. Sorry, I guess I misinterpreted your picture. It still seems in general things are recovering much more rapidly in Europe than here in...
by Philip Ente
July 12th, 2020, 3:24 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: life in Piedmont in 1 month
Replies: 30
Views: 4265

Re: life in Piedmont in 1 month

No. Manzi put me on the no fly list.

Have fewer connections in Italy but the word coming back from France is that things are almost back to normal. Henry posted a picture of a event in Germany which he felt had the same vibe as in the pre-Covid era
by Philip Ente
July 12th, 2020, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friend of friend wants to land his helicopter at Screaming Eagle
Replies: 279
Views: 36432

Re: Friend of friend wants to land his helicopter at Screaming Eagle

I guess owning a helicopter generates a certain level of entitlement. The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors decided that a certain Santa Barbara/Montecito resident would not be permitted to use his helicopter from his $65 million property . This really pissed him off and according to the Sa...
by Philip Ente
June 3rd, 2020, 2:25 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: life in Piedmont in 1 month
Replies: 30
Views: 4265

Re: life in Piedmont in 1 month

A friend from Turin said there is a 14 day confinement in effect if you’re coming from USA. This somewhat contradicts what the consulate says since they told me a new regulation will be issued June 14

So We are still up in the air as to leaving June 16
by Philip Ente
May 26th, 2020, 7:51 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: life in Piedmont in 1 month
Replies: 30
Views: 4265

Re: life in Piedmont in 1 month

Got this email today: Decided on Tuscany because an Italian friend said the more South you go, the safer it is: Here in Pistoia (as in the rest of Italy) the life is coming back to its normality. The museums will open after the 3rd of June. Churches are open. All the shops are already open. Some res...
by Philip Ente
May 19th, 2020, 8:06 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Road trip in the USA in the Covid world
Replies: 22
Views: 3659

Re: Road trip in the USA in the Covid world

Native Texan, live in Austin now. Texas is relatively open — 50% capacity at restaurants, though some are still being more cautious. Done lots of road trips. Where are you coming from? Thanks, Would fly to some large city from Santa Barbara and then rent a car. Been to Dallas once and was not too i...
by Philip Ente
May 19th, 2020, 6:41 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Road trip in the USA in the Covid world
Replies: 22
Views: 3659

Road trip in the USA in the Covid world

I posted below about going to Piedmont in June but the feedback I am getting is contradictory, and there is the possibility of being quarantined if there is a cova relapse. So- any ideas for a road trip in the USA. I am strictly a bicoastal guy and so maybe I should see the real USA / do an Easy Rid...
by Philip Ente
May 19th, 2020, 7:43 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: life in Piedmont in 1 month
Replies: 30
Views: 4265

Re: life in Piedmont in 1 month

got this back from a chef friend near Padova: Cher ami, entre jeudi on va communiquer les dates d’ouverture du Calandre et des autres restaurants, on est en train de decider. Marisa, qui nous lis en copie, va te communiquer la date précise. Bien a vous et j’espère à très bientôt. A Piedmont winemake...
by Philip Ente
May 18th, 2020, 6:46 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: life in Piedmont in 1 month
Replies: 30
Views: 4265

Re: life in Piedmont in 1 month

Chuck Miller wrote: May 18th, 2020, 5:11 pm Doesn’t exactly qualify as essential travel.
that's why our trip to France was cancelled
by Philip Ente
May 18th, 2020, 12:25 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: life in Piedmont in 1 month
Replies: 30
Views: 4265

life in Piedmont in 1 month

Our mid June trip to France was canceled because we can't get into the country. This is our third canceled trip to Europe since Cova hit and we've had enough you need to get out of here. I hear Italy is fairly open. We are thinking of going to Turin, Bra and then visit some of the local wineries. Do...
by Philip Ente
May 4th, 2020, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '09 Le Bon Pasteur.....here we go
Replies: 62
Views: 2558

Re: '09 Le Bon Pasteur.....here we go

The word on the streets of Catusseau is that with the decline of Parker, Rolland's influence has really plummeted. I am far more impressed as a consultant and more interesting guy in Stephane Derenoncourt. Which Dererencourt wines specifically? My impression is that he is an incredibly nice guy, bu...
by Philip Ente
May 4th, 2020, 4:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '09 Le Bon Pasteur.....here we go
Replies: 62
Views: 2558

Re: '09 Le Bon Pasteur.....here we go

Maybe a real Bordeaux is one that is not influenced by short-term trends such as Parker, but continue to follow traditions that have been in their family for hundreds of years. Sorry but I think it’s silly to say that. The number of multi century family held vineyards is a tiny handful or two. Mayb...
by Philip Ente
May 4th, 2020, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '09 Le Bon Pasteur.....here we go
Replies: 62
Views: 2558

Re: '09 Le Bon Pasteur.....here we go

Maybe a real Bordeaux is one that is not influenced by short-term trends such as Parker, but continue to follow traditions that have been in their family for hundreds of years.
by Philip Ente
May 2nd, 2020, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '09 Le Bon Pasteur.....here we go
Replies: 62
Views: 2558

Re: '09 Le Bon Pasteur.....here we go

The word on the streets of Catusseau is that with the decline of Parker, Rolland's influence has really plummeted.
I am far more impressed as a consultant and more interesting guy in Stephane Derenoncourt.
by Philip Ente
March 23rd, 2020, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VIRUS-SMELL LOSS?
Replies: 34
Views: 2556

Re: VIRUS-SMELL LOSS?

The anosmia is caused when one of many viruses invades the olfactory sensory neurons that are directly exposed to the outside world where they reside, in the upper nasal region. At least this Corona virus is not invading the brain,(Other corona viruses will do this in animals) the Herpes virus does ...
by Philip Ente
March 20th, 2020, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friend of friend wants to land his helicopter at Screaming Eagle
Replies: 279
Views: 36432

Re: Friend of friend wants to land his helicopter at Screaming Eagle

got this invitation to a party in France one month from now. These people are probably immune to any limitations regarding congregating that may be in effect . How nice that I'll be able to land my helicopter right in front of the Château: They gave the GPS Must be nice to be rich En hélicoptère Le ...
by Philip Ente
March 13th, 2020, 12:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs
Replies: 53
Views: 6690

Re: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs

Charlie Fu would have loved this one at Arpege. See#18 Entire meal, including desert was Asparagus based Brilliant, this man is a genius- asparagus sushi I have met some of his sous-chefs and they relate that he is one of few great chefs that makes a great effort to teach. This is showing up based o...
by Philip Ente
January 31st, 2020, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of Wine
Replies: 121
Views: 3413

Re: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of

(off topic) WB is worlds colliding and it suits me just fine. A thread as erudite as this can coexist with a thread entitled "French Toast Anyone?" Jim, on a thread like this, please use “pain grille” over “toast”. Don’t be so Bourgeois. Not to be a pedant but French for French toast is P...
by Philip Ente
January 30th, 2020, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of Wine
Replies: 121
Views: 3413

Re: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of

1) You seem to be defining Nouvelle Cuisine. Why would you connect that to modernism and why do you think it is like literary modernism, which eschewed realism for less consequential modes of narrative that modernists thought corresponded more with the workings of human consciousness (Joyce, Woolf,...
by Philip Ente
January 29th, 2020, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of Wine
Replies: 121
Views: 3413

Re: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of

Okay let me explain my concept of modernism related to food: In the old days restaurants were institutions centered around a fixed and usually very traditional book of recipes. The chef was simply an employee of the restaurant whose job it was to cook whatever recipes were on the basically non-evolv...
by Philip Ente
January 28th, 2020, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of Wine
Replies: 121
Views: 3413

Re: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of

Hmmm . . . . And yet there often is a direct correlation between movements in forms of art, whether it be architecture, music, cuisine, painting, sculpting, literature, etc. Indeed, wasn’t that the very foundation of Bauhaus? Nouveau cuisine, in my opinion represents modernism, but it ain't Bauhaus...
by Philip Ente
January 28th, 2020, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of Wine
Replies: 121
Views: 3413

Re: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of

I second this categorization, first because it sets out clear categories without ersatz comparisons to literature and art Hmmm . . . . And yet there often is a direct correlation between movements in forms of art, whether it be architecture, music, cuisine, painting, sculpting, literature, etc. Ind...
by Philip Ente
January 27th, 2020, 7:53 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: 2001 Rousseau Clos St. Jacques half price
Replies: 1
Views: 645

2001 Rousseau Clos St. Jacques half price

Looking to sell a bottle of 2001 Rousseau Clos St. Jacques. Bought a case shortly after release and kept in a Vinotemp ever since. The fill is about a quarter inch below the foil line. Just opened one last weekend with my cousin Marine Ente, who is visiting from Puligny Montrachet and Joe Davis, of ...
by Philip Ente
January 26th, 2020, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of Wine
Replies: 121
Views: 3413

Re: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of

Robert Thanks for classing this place up on a Sunday morning. Before Professor Ente responds with his own highbrow stuff I would like you to define Modernism and Post Modernism on a general level. I think The Fountainhead does a good job in describing Modernism in architecture. I worked in the kitch...
by Philip Ente
January 20th, 2020, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: storing wines vertically?
Replies: 53
Views: 3720

Re: storing wines vertically?

One take on the subject: https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/06/storing-wine-on-its-side-is-bullsht-says-scientist/ Hi Kelly, Not sure I agree with this. I've been invited to dinners with well meaning people who opened very great wines they were given as presents maybe five years ago that they s...
by Philip Ente
January 19th, 2020, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: storing wines vertically?
Replies: 53
Views: 3720

storing wines vertically?

A prominent Burgundy producer came over and we visited a wine store. He was quite upset when he saw that they were stocking the magnums, including his own, vertically. I said they're probably only going to be like that for one or two months until sold but he said that amount of time could make a dif...
by Philip Ente
December 5th, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Le Calandre
Replies: 13
Views: 3490

Re: Le Calandre

could you elaborate on what your issues were going.

I agree the wine list lacking big names and his custom made wineglasses have an odd shape.
The sommelier (First guy on the left in the first picture ) was fine. I think he that he is not looking for blow away wines as a complement to his food.
by Philip Ente
November 21st, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Le Calandre
Replies: 13
Views: 3490

Re: Le Calandre

So if you have the best restaurant in the world, it automatically cannot be 1 of
the 120 best in the world the next year. Can someone please explain this to
me.
We were there one week ago and I see no decline.
by Philip Ente
November 21st, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Morocco
Replies: 3
Views: 638

Re: Morocco

You could visit a wine making friend of mine: http://domainedebaccari.com/the-domain/?lang=en can mention me quite good South of France type wines which I do not think are sold in USA. The Cab franc is quite unique I think the winemaker/owner, Nahia speaks pretty good English. Stephane Derenoncourt ...
by Philip Ente
November 20th, 2019, 3:27 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Le Calandre
Replies: 13
Views: 3490

Re: Le Calandre

Massimo is not even among the top 120 of this year. Guess that means that if you are #1 your restaurant becomes no good for a year. This is why I think these sites are no more than a fun read. I have found the best way to select where to go is to ask well connected chefs in the country. Massimo may ...
by Philip Ente
November 20th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Le Calandre
Replies: 13
Views: 3490

Re: Le Calandre

I love Le Calandre, though I haven't been a few years. They graciously allowed us to open a bottle we brought in addition to buying something off the list. Regarding Francescana not being on the list, there is a rule now that if you have been #1, you can't be in the game going forward unless it's f...
by Philip Ente
November 19th, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Le Calandre
Replies: 13
Views: 3490

Le Calandre

Recently had one of the five or six most remarkable restaurant experiences of my life. I do not believe in these classifications of 1-2 3 because restaurants of this level all have different character and principles and cannot be compared. By the way- I did look up the list of the 50 best restaurant...
by Philip Ente
November 17th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friend of friend wants to land his helicopter at Screaming Eagle
Replies: 279
Views: 36432

Re: Friend of friend wants to land his helicopter at Screaming Eagle

I guess owning a helicopter generates a certain level of entitlement. The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors decided that a certain Santa Barbara/Montecito resident would not be permitted to use his helicopter from his $65 million property . This really pissed him off and according to the San...
by Philip Ente
September 28th, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: free bottle of Burgundy and baby sitting
Replies: 7
Views: 1164

Re: free bottle of Burgundy and baby sitting

Does my friend in Santa Barbara need to have a helicopter on hand to make this work [wink.gif] come on somebody had to say it! Good luck! Careful! This guy is Russian Mafia and you would not want him to sick Putin on you This should be a great experience to get to know someone who is growing up in ...
by Philip Ente
September 26th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: free bottle of Burgundy and baby sitting
Replies: 7
Views: 1164

Re: free bottle of Burgundy and baby sitting

thanks for the help

Charles Banks would have done it in his Montecito home but I guess he is inconvenienced for now.

https://www.winespectator.com/articles/ ... four-years
by Philip Ente
September 25th, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: free bottle of Burgundy and baby sitting
Replies: 7
Views: 1164

free bottle of Burgundy and baby sitting

A well-known wine maker from Burgundy is asking me for help in having his 18-year-old daughter spend about a month in the Santa Barbara area. I have known her for about 10 years and she is very sweet and mature. Her English is pretty good. She will spend a few days with us in Santa Ynez Valley but m...

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