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by Randall McFarlane
August 20th, 2019, 5:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine guides in Barolo/Chianti?
Replies: 6
Views: 672

Re: Wine guides in Barolo/Chianti?

Great--thanks!
by Randall McFarlane
August 19th, 2019, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine guides in Barolo/Chianti?
Replies: 6
Views: 672

Re: Wine guides in Barolo/Chianti?

Thank you--much appreciated!
by Randall McFarlane
August 17th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine guides in Barolo/Chianti?
Replies: 6
Views: 672

Wine guides in Barolo/Chianti?

My wife and I are planning to take a trip to Italy this fall and I'd like to do some tastings in Barolo and Chianti. Any recommendations on a good driver/guide who could do the winery arrangements? Thanks in advance for your help!
by Randall McFarlane
July 30th, 2019, 8:20 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.
Replies: 35
Views: 2074

Re: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.

We stayed five nights in a suite at the Grand Hotel when we were there last summer--we were quite pleased with the place, although it was quite pricey. I'll second George's comments about the Vasa museum.
by Randall McFarlane
June 18th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Turks & Caicos
Replies: 27
Views: 3001

Re: Turks & Caicos

The Meridian Club on Pine Cay in the T&C is quite nice.
by Randall McFarlane
May 22nd, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 7995

Re: Robert Parker retires

Well, when I was 22 they weren’t talking about storage or otherwise discussing things like overcropping and excessive filtration and other such things in wine shops in Washington DC. It’s not that Parker invented the knowledge. It’s that he wrote about it when others were not (and I was reading Fin...
by Randall McFarlane
August 17th, 2018, 8:19 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Montpellier/Languedoc Trip/Tasting Report
Replies: 4
Views: 382

Re: Montpellier/Languedoc Trip/Tasting Report

Thanks for the excellent report--sounds as though you had a great trip!
by Randall McFarlane
July 28th, 2018, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visit to Burgundy and Champagne
Replies: 35
Views: 2702

Visit to Burgundy and Champagne

You're quite welcome, Howard! Definitely time for another OL. As for the Nats...not holding my breath.
by Randall McFarlane
July 28th, 2018, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visit to Burgundy and Champagne
Replies: 35
Views: 2702

Visit to Burgundy and Champagne

Thanks for this Howard--it's a just outstanding report.
by Randall McFarlane
July 26th, 2018, 10:53 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Scandanavia Trip Report
Replies: 6
Views: 733

Scandanavia Trip Report

Thanks for posting this. We recently were in Scandinavia for a cruise around the Svalbard archipelago, at the end of which we spent a thoroughly enjoyable week in Stockholm. Like you, we had a suite at the Grand Hotel, and just loved the place. We also ate two meals at Sturehof and completely agree ...
by Randall McFarlane
July 22nd, 2018, 7:49 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Favorite Hotel and Restaurant in Bordeaux
Replies: 14
Views: 847

Favorite Hotel in Bordeaux

We spent five (if I recall correctly) nights at the Burdigala back in the spring of 2017 and were extremely pleased with the place.
by Randall McFarlane
July 16th, 2018, 1:45 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Day Trip to Flanders Fields - Ypres
Replies: 9
Views: 516

Day Trip to Flanders Fields - Ypres

Thanks for this. Some of my Aussie cousins will be in that area next month.
by Randall McFarlane
July 16th, 2018, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Day Trip to Bordeaux - St Emilion/Pomerol
Replies: 6
Views: 731

Day Trip to Bordeaux - St Emilion/Pomerol

Thanks for the excellent narrative, Dave--glad you had such a fine experience!
by Randall McFarlane
June 11th, 2018, 2:25 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Travels with Smithsonian.
Replies: 1
Views: 245

Travels with Smithsonian.

Well, we went with them to the late, unlamented USSR back in 1975--quite a good trip. My sense from talking to folks who've used them more recently is that they still do a good job.
by Randall McFarlane
June 10th, 2018, 7:07 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Anybody been to the Pantanal?
Replies: 6
Views: 375

Anybody been to the Pantanal?

Of the ones I mentioned, the VENT tours strike me as best from your perspective. I'm a big Field Guides fan, but VENT seems more serious about jaguar viewing. Their leaders--two of whom we've traveled with-- are outstanding.
by Randall McFarlane
June 10th, 2018, 6:53 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Anybody been to the Pantanal?
Replies: 6
Views: 375

Anybody been to the Pantanal?

David, Wings Birding Tours--a good outfit we've used, albeit to Iceland, not Brazil--now offers a photographic safari to the Pantanal. Rockhopper is another organization to consider; although we've not used them, they have a good rep.
by Randall McFarlane
June 9th, 2018, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12089
Views: 579585

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2014 Hudelot Noellat RSV
2014 L. Latour Montrachet
2014 L. Michel Chablis Vaudesir
2012, 2013, 2014 EMH Black Cat Special
2014 Kobalt
2012 Haut Bailly
2014 Carmes Haut Brion
2014 Barde Haut
2014 Clinet
by Randall McFarlane
June 9th, 2018, 12:17 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Anybody been to the Pantanal?
Replies: 6
Views: 375

Anybody been to the Pantanal?

We were there on a Field Guides birding tour back in 1996--didn't see any jaguars, but did see a giant anteater, plenty of capybaras and caimans, and 296 species of birds. It was quite an experience. I think both Field Guides and Victor Emanuel Nature Tours, however, now have tours that make a point...
by Randall McFarlane
June 7th, 2018, 6:13 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Sicily? I’ve been warned away.
Replies: 12
Views: 891

Sicily? I’ve been warned away.

Chris, my wife and I went there for two weeks in the spring a couple of years ago and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We rented a car at the airport in Catania and dropped it off at the airport in Palermo. We encountered no problems of any sort. If you PM me your e-mail address, I'll send you my wife'...
by Randall McFarlane
June 1st, 2018, 5:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Giacosa weekend - lunch at Masseria
Replies: 8
Views: 622

TN: Giacosa weekend - lunch at Masseria

Sounds like an outstanding way to pass an afternoon, Kevin!
by Randall McFarlane
May 26th, 2018, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10916
Views: 397725

What bottle of wine did you open today?

Neal.Mollen wrote:Lined up for tonight's dinner at Clarity: 1985 Domaine de Courcel Pommard 1er Cru Grand Clos des Épenots
Clarity!!?? I hope you'll post a report on the place, including your assessment of it as an OL venue!
by Randall McFarlane
May 26th, 2018, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10916
Views: 397725

What bottle of wine did you open today?

2001 Marcarini Barolo Brunate
1998 Château La Mission Haut Brion

Just sips so far, but both seem to be in a good place.
by Randall McFarlane
May 21st, 2018, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYC birthday present query
Replies: 20
Views: 1293

NYC birthday present query

Thank you very much, folks--this has been extremely helpful!
by Randall McFarlane
May 20th, 2018, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10916
Views: 397725

What bottle of wine did you open today?

Yeah, sure hope he does well--the team's desperate for help.
by Randall McFarlane
May 20th, 2018, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10916
Views: 397725

What bottle of wine did you open today?

Hope part of the pleasure it'll offer will be to help you celebrate a Nats win today after yesterday's double debacle.
by Randall McFarlane
May 20th, 2018, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYC birthday present query
Replies: 20
Views: 1293

NYC birthday present query

Thanks, but apologies--I should have specified that this place needs to be reliable on the delivery front. I won't be going to NYC for this occasion.
by Randall McFarlane
May 20th, 2018, 6:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYC birthday present query
Replies: 20
Views: 1293

NYC birthday present query

A very good friend of ours, one of my college roommates, will hit the 70-year mark this week. He lives in NYC, in Manhattan. I'd like to send him a bottle of nice bubbly, Sauternes or Bordeaux.
Any suggestions as to a reliable NYC retailer to which to turn? Thank you!
by Randall McFarlane
May 20th, 2018, 6:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1979 Château Duhart-Milon; 2005 Château Pontet-Canet
Replies: 22
Views: 1008

1979 Château Duhart-Milon; 2005 Château Pontet-Canet

Nice notes--very interesting!
by Randall McFarlane
May 7th, 2018, 9:38 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Washington DC
Replies: 223
Views: 23433

Washington DC

I'll second the Central recommendation--I think they charge $30 corkage.
by Randall McFarlane
April 23rd, 2018, 7:08 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: D.C. and Pittsburgh
Replies: 18
Views: 781

D.C. and Pittsburgh

You might consider a lunch or dinner at Black Salt out on MacArthur Boulevard--very good food and it's next door to MacArthur's. Corkage is $25. You'd definitely need to cab it, however. Central Michel Richard on Pennsylvania is easily walkable from the Mall and a nice place to have a post-National ...
by Randall McFarlane
April 21st, 2018, 7:17 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: African safari updates new advice?
Replies: 12
Views: 691

African safari updates new advice?

I'll second Ian's comments about the Okavango Delta and the high quality of the Wilderness Safari camps. We stayed at Little Vumbura, King's Pool and Xigera--they were delightful.
by Randall McFarlane
April 20th, 2018, 9:45 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: African safari updates new advice?
Replies: 12
Views: 691

African safari updates new advice?

We took a trip to Tanzania and the Seychelles back in 1981--quite a wonderful experience! A&K has a great rep (and friends of ours who have used them say it's deserved), but it is indeed rather pricey. On our last two trips to Africa--visits to South Africa in 2000 and to Namibia and Botswana in 200...
by Randall McFarlane
April 6th, 2018, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 593
Views: 30106

Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Overruled! The relevant statute reads: "A well-regulated inventory being necessary to the existence of free space in the basement, anything not on CT or in racks doesn't count."
by Randall McFarlane
April 2nd, 2018, 9:42 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Help w/ Montpellier France and the beaches ...
Replies: 3
Views: 287

Help w/ Montpellier France and the beaches ...

Geoff, the three places we ate were Le Petit Jardin, Esprit Vin and Pizzeria du Palais. We were quite pleased with each of them.
I'll PM you some additional info that possibly may prove useful.
by Randall McFarlane
April 1st, 2018, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 10 white Burgundy producers in your cellar
Replies: 29
Views: 1471

Top 10 white Burgundy producers in your cellar

Wm Fèvre
V. Dauvissat
Bouchard
Billaud-Simon
J. M. Boillot
Fontaine-Gagnard
Ramonet
Remoissenet
Drouhin
L. Latour
by Randall McFarlane
March 28th, 2018, 6:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 10 Burg Producers In Your Cellar
Replies: 151
Views: 7163

Top 10 Burg Producers In Your Cellar

Jadot
Hudelot-Noellat
Wm. Fèvre
Domaine Fourrier
V. Dauvissat
Clos des Lambrays
Bouchard
Géantet Pansiot
J. J. Confuron
Domaine Leroy
by Randall McFarlane
March 25th, 2018, 12:01 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Help w/ Montpellier France and the beaches ...
Replies: 3
Views: 287

Help w/ Montpellier France and the beaches ...

A high school friend of mine (she's 69) and her hubby are currently in Montpellier, which they're using as a bicycling tour base (she's a devoted--one might say fanatical--cycler) and as a place for language lessons, etc. I believe they're in an apartment not far from the market that's under the aqu...
by Randall McFarlane
March 25th, 2018, 6:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10916
Views: 397725

What bottle of wine did you open today?

With dinner today it'll be 2002 Salon Le Mesnil, 1998 Vieux Château Certan and 2003 Château d'Yquem.
by Randall McFarlane
March 23rd, 2018, 5:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine travelogue: Piemonte, Burgundy, Alsace, Champagne, Paris (new 4/29)
Replies: 57
Views: 3675

Wine travelogue: Piemonte, Burgundy, Alsace (new 3/22)

Many, many thanks for this outstandingly interesting travelogue!
by Randall McFarlane
February 28th, 2018, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10916
Views: 397725

What bottle of wine did you open today?

At an OL yesterday, a 2002 Salon BdB Mesnil and a 2002 Montille Volnay Taillepieds. Both were stellar.
by Randall McFarlane
February 25th, 2018, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10916
Views: 397725

What bottle of wine did you open today?

Took quite a few things yesterday to a birthday dinner for an old friend: 2002 V. Girardin Charmes Chambertin 2002 L. Jadot Beaune "Clos des Ursules" 2003 Hudelot-Noellat Clos de Vougeot 2003 Pichon Lalande 2005 W. Fèvre Chablis "Les Clos" Vouette et Sorbée NV Champagne "Fidèle" Extra Brut Lallier N...
by Randall McFarlane
February 23rd, 2018, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bern's Micro-perfection (long, discursive)
Replies: 19
Views: 1514

Bern's Micro-perfection (long, discursive)

Thanks for the excellent account!
by Randall McFarlane
February 22nd, 2018, 9:08 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Rome area hotel question
Replies: 20
Views: 864

Rome area hotel question

Stayed at an extremely nice--and nicely located--B&B called Locande del Sole a couple years back. Not sure what they charge these days.
by Randall McFarlane
February 22nd, 2018, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: lunch with great wines in restaurant Arpège
Replies: 16
Views: 1457

lunch with great wines in restaurant Arpège

Wonderfully interesting!
by Randall McFarlane
February 20th, 2018, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Small Champagne and Burgundy gathering
Replies: 2
Views: 345

TN: Small Champagne and Burgundy gathering

Thanks, Kevin--very nice notes!
by Randall McFarlane
February 19th, 2018, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Château Pichon Lalande
Replies: 11
Views: 728

TN: 2003 Château Pichon Lalande

True, but so far the ones I've tried have been quite nice, Neal.
by Randall McFarlane
February 19th, 2018, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Château Pichon Lalande
Replies: 11
Views: 728

TN: 2003 Château Pichon Lalande

Very pleasing wine! An expansive floral nose, and, on the palate, cassis and plum fruit notes with herbal and leather accents. Medium finish. Decanted it for an hour.
by Randall McFarlane
February 16th, 2018, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many US Cabernet Sauvignon producers are represented in your cellar?
Replies: 163
Views: 5294

How many US Cabernet Sauvignon producers are represented in your cellar?

EMH
Ridge
Dunn
Spottswoode
Bevans
Kobalt
Togni
Hobbs
by Randall McFarlane
February 16th, 2018, 8:40 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Vacation plans for 2018?
Replies: 55
Views: 1900

Vacation plans for 2018?

New Mexico
Svalbard
Stockholm

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