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by geoffpm
June 15th, 2020, 5:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which wine region would you live in?
Replies: 64
Views: 2079

Re: Which wine region would you live in?

For the last 3 summers, I have been living in Languedoc about 7 miles southeast from Montpellier and 15 min to the to Beaches and to Sete. I live surrounded by vineyards and in a community that has weekly night markets, food trucks and entertainment. I can drive 15 min and buy Oysters and other fish...
by geoffpm
June 11th, 2020, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $15 whites
Replies: 42
Views: 1170

Re: Sub $15 whites

For under $7, you can get a tasty Southern French white,Pontificus with enough fruitiness and structure. Viognier, Marsanne and Roussane.
by geoffpm
April 30th, 2020, 5:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Olive Oils from Wine Producers
Replies: 7
Views: 848

Re: Olive Oils from Wine Producers

Villa Pillo, located neat Gambassi Terme in Tuscany and owned by the current owner of Williams Seylem sells their estate oil directly from their web site. http://www.villapillo.com/prodotti/olio-extra-vergine-doliva/ I buy a large bottle every spring and love the fresh , pepper influenced new oil. A...
by geoffpm
April 25th, 2020, 6:23 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 272
Views: 13715

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

I had planned to spend the summer in Frontignan,France. 100 meters from the beach. Paid half of the house rental in December via VRBO. The deposit was non refundable but we have been going every summer for the past few years so I bit the bullet. Fast forward to last week. VRBO changed the policy and...
by geoffpm
April 7th, 2020, 6:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The joys of cheap, everyday wine...
Replies: 31
Views: 2691

Re: The joys of cheap, everyday wine...

I have been enjoying this 2018 Cote Du Rhône white in a box from Clos Des Lumieres. Just as the temperature rises in Boston, this fruit forward blend of Grenache Blanc, Viognier and Bourboulenc delivers all the time. $25 a box 3L.
by geoffpm
February 14th, 2020, 6:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?
Replies: 86
Views: 6394

Re: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?

Not a single Languedoc recommendation? Even with the tariffs, they are undervalued and underpriced !!!
by geoffpm
January 11th, 2020, 5:49 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Caribbean recommendations?
Replies: 18
Views: 1956

Re: Caribbean recommendations?

Absolutely loved Bequia. Yes it’s in the Grenadines but the ability to. Island hop to St Vincent, Mustique, the Tobago keys etc, . Feel like what the Caribbean was like 30 years ago - Here’s one of the more quirky place to rent .WE rented a house at the top fo the hill made out of stone with 360 vie...
by geoffpm
December 18th, 2019, 5:16 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Awfulness of Europcar
Replies: 6
Views: 2079

Re: Awfulness of Europcar

Sorry, Victor, the car was incredible and fun to drive.
by geoffpm
December 17th, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Awfulness of Europcar
Replies: 6
Views: 2079

Re: Awfulness of Europcar

2 Summers ago, I had the worst experience with Europcar in Montpellier, France. I had rented a Peugeot 3008 SUV for a month while living near the beach in Fabregues. We drove for a month on dirt roads, Autoroutes, and small roads all through Languedoc. The day before our return, a Truck on the natio...
by geoffpm
October 23rd, 2019, 7:12 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best American cheese I have tasted.
Replies: 75
Views: 5668

Re: Best American cheese I have tasted.

Agree on Jasper Hill ! MY go to decadent cheese is always a Mt. Tam from Cowgirl.
by geoffpm
October 16th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Ken Onion Worksharp Knife sharpener
Replies: 24
Views: 1995

Re: Ken Onion Worksharp Knife sharpener

You get what you pay for. I am still very happy w my Ken onion. I sharpen weekly and have not worn out the belts
by geoffpm
September 28th, 2019, 6:05 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: SIM cards for Spain, France and Italy
Replies: 17
Views: 2587

Re: SIM cards for Spain, France and Italy

I spent the summer in Languedoc. The Holiday SIM card was not available in any of the Orange stores so I had to buy a prepaid for $30 that lasted 5 weeks before having to reload. The bad part is that the prepaid Orange SIM cards do not allow you to use wifi calling. My house has barely 1 bar and i h...
by geoffpm
September 28th, 2019, 6:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rose in a Box !!!!
Replies: 26
Views: 1208

Re: Rose in a Box !!!!

In the Boston area, we have access to Clos Des Lumieres CDR Rose . It’s imported by Cynthia Hurley and sells for $25 a 3l box. It’s very good this year as is their CDR White in a box.
by geoffpm
August 28th, 2019, 6:27 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Monte Argentario
Replies: 4
Views: 2287

Re: Monte Argentario

My family and I spent a week in Talamone, right on the coast. The best meal and experience we had there (outside of watching Kite sailing races in the Bay) was spending an afternoon and evening at Agriturismo Buratta in the hills outside of town. Buratta.com . The horse and cattle farm are fun to ob...
by geoffpm
August 6th, 2019, 5:31 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Austria during Xmas/New Years (skiing)
Replies: 7
Views: 2232

Re: Austria during Xmas/New Years (skiing)

I would suggest spending some time in Salzburg and then go on to Schladming. It’s less than 45 min from Salzburg and is a pleasant small town with great skiing and a ski school that is always great -https://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Schladming
by geoffpm
June 27th, 2019, 11:59 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Foreign Transaction Fees
Replies: 17
Views: 3769

Re: Foreign Transaction Fees

Also, the heatwave is reeking havoc on internet access in Languedoc. We have been up and down for 2 days and our cell phone coverage via Orange is one bar occasionally.
by geoffpm
June 27th, 2019, 11:57 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Foreign Transaction Fees
Replies: 17
Views: 3769

Re: Foreign Transaction Fees

Andrew, Transferwise was actually very responsive via twitter and it surprised me. The issue was accessing my funds while in the EU. I am going to take this up with BOA when I return. Having to use a captive wire transfer service on top of Transferwise is absurd. I spoke to my bank yesterday and the...
by geoffpm
June 27th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Foreign Transaction Fees
Replies: 17
Views: 3769

Re: Foreign Transaction Fees

Well , I tried to use Transferwise and was able to send the money directly to my recipient in France but there was a snafu on their end, even though his bank account info was correct. The money was put back into my account and I tried to re-send it from France. Here is where it gets weird. While in ...
by geoffpm
June 8th, 2019, 5:48 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Foreign Transaction Fees
Replies: 17
Views: 3769

Re: Foreign Transaction Fees

Thanks so much for the suggestions. I have taken Andrew up on his offer.
by geoffpm
June 5th, 2019, 6:45 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Foreign Transaction Fees
Replies: 17
Views: 3769

Re: Foreign Transaction Fees

I am also interested in this topic. I recently rented a house near Montpellier privately and had to wire the money to the landlord. I didn’t pay but the French landlord had to pay 165Euros .

Is there an alternative?
by geoffpm
May 24th, 2019, 5:43 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: What is your favorite arrondissement in Paris and why?
Replies: 6
Views: 3120

Re: What is your favorite arrondissement in Paris and why?

I lived for 2 years in the 11th.. on the corner of rue de charonne and jules valles. Loved the quartier, all the food choices and the Fromagerie on the corner was incredibly good .
by geoffpm
May 22nd, 2019, 6:10 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Florence recommendations
Replies: 32
Views: 2478

Re: Florence recommendations

I am huge fan of Da Mario as well. The first we ate there there were posters all over the city about a Film Festival and the Professor who hosted it sat at our table and we talked film for 3 hrs and ate together.
by geoffpm
May 20th, 2019, 6:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Panasonic CROUSTINA - new breadmaker
Replies: 11
Views: 1256

Re: Panasonic CROUSTINA - new breadmaker

Interesting, I am all in favor of technology for cooking but unitaskers are less interesting. Especially when you can make no knead bread as easily. I urge you to watch Mark Bittman's NYT video with Creator of no knead -
by geoffpm
May 17th, 2019, 7:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1986
Views: 255433

Re: Official Costco Thread

Waltham is the best Costco wine store in the Greater Boston area. No contest. Plus they occasionally send out emails letting us know what's new.
by geoffpm
May 8th, 2019, 4:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Ken Onion Worksharp Knife sharpener
Replies: 24
Views: 1995

Re: Ken Onion Worksharp Knife sharpener

By all means, please continue to parse my comments in a failed attempt to criticize me. Before I owned this tool, I would spend $150 quarterly. I frankly don't want to sit by my TV and sharpen my knives. I do it at the counter and get them done quickly and efficiently. My Globals are over 20 years o...
by geoffpm
May 7th, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Ken Onion Worksharp Knife sharpener
Replies: 24
Views: 1995

Re: Ken Onion Worksharp Knife sharpener

The purists among you make me laugh and cringe. It's the same on the wine board. God forbid, one of us actually gets more pleasure from IGP Languedoc wines than first growths. If you actually took the time to learn about the Ken Onion. It's designed by one of the best knife makers in the States. Wat...
by geoffpm
May 5th, 2019, 5:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Ken Onion Worksharp Knife sharpener
Replies: 24
Views: 1995

Re: Ken Onion Worksharp Knife sharpener

For those of us who are slightly mechanically challenged, The Ken onion is a savior. I have read lots of TS prof comments and I prefer setting and gliding knives through .
by geoffpm
May 5th, 2019, 5:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Rose
Replies: 52
Views: 2490

Re: 2018 Rose

Here's one of the Rose steals of the year. Clos Des Lumieres Cote Du Rhones 2018 Rose in a box. Imported by Cynthia Hurley, It is available on Bin ends site. $25 per box. Great acid, wild strawberries and good length. This wine will be in my fridge all year.
by geoffpm
May 4th, 2019, 9:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Ken Onion Worksharp Knife sharpener
Replies: 24
Views: 1995

Ken Onion Worksharp Knife sharpener

For years, I have been having my knives sharpened professionally at $150 a pop, 3 times a year. I decided to pull the trigger and get a Ken Onion Works sharp. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=ken+onion+work+sharp&gclid=CjwKCAjw8LTmBRBCEiwAbhh-6HjaJy2fTvCfXI0jf5f0prtQkcuqeaIZ8Q0L6Fd5eluv-RPaObcWCxoCNYgQAvD...
by geoffpm
May 2nd, 2019, 6:14 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Best Area in Paris for Bistros
Replies: 26
Views: 1825

Re: Best Area in Paris for Bistros

A closer look would guide you to the 11th arr. Many critics call it the Brooklyn of Paris. After all, Paul Bert is there .
by geoffpm
April 27th, 2019, 5:33 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Arizona wine tasting in Tucson
Replies: 0
Views: 226

Arizona wine tasting in Tucson

I stumbled upon the Arizona Wine Collective (https://www.azwinecollective.com/Featured-Wineries) during my week in Tucson. Its a well appointed tasting room with outdoor seating in an upscale shopping/residential center. a few miles north of the University of A right on Campbell. I went on a thursda...
by geoffpm
April 23rd, 2019, 6:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?
Replies: 53
Views: 2908

Re: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?

Over the past few years, we have spent most of the summer in the Languedoc, staying near Montpellier and Sete. 10 min from great beaches, surrounded by small vineyards. 10 min from Picpoul de pinet country and 30 min from Pic St loup and all the great pezenas area wineries. We paid under $100 a day ...
by geoffpm
April 20th, 2019, 6:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Uuni2 - new pizza oven in town!
Replies: 31
Views: 2392

Re: Uuni2 - new pizza oven in town!

I have had my uuni for over 2 years. It lives outside even in New England winters. Since we are empty nesters now, I use the Uuni to roast meats, fish, veggies for 2. My biggest change was to add a baking steel. It gets intensely hot and you have to be more on top of rotating pizzas to avoid bottom ...
by geoffpm
April 5th, 2019, 6:02 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Restaurant and Wine Shop Recommendations in Fort Myers
Replies: 2
Views: 289

Re: Restaurant and Wine Shop Recommendations in Fort Myers

My octogenarian Mother lives in Estero, north of Naples and I regularly visit the region. During the high season, I avoid going into Naples at all costs. It can regularly take 45 minutes to drive 12 miles into downtown Naples where all the restaurants feel like chain restaurants (even if they aren't...
by geoffpm
April 4th, 2019, 7:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Naples, FL Dining
Replies: 16
Views: 1470

Re: Naples, FL Dining

My octogenarian Mother lives in Estero, north of Naples and I regularly visit the region. During the high season, I avoid going into Naples at all costs. It can regularly take 45 minutes to drive 12 miles into downtown Naples where all the restaurants feel like chain restaurants (even if they aren't...
by geoffpm
April 4th, 2019, 6:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Induction Cookware Recs Needed
Replies: 5
Views: 403

Re: Induction Cookware Recs Needed

I have owned an induction stove/oven for over 2 years. I am extremely happy w. this Cuisinart set that I got from Amazon. Heat very evenly and extremely easy to clean -https://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-77-17N-Piece-Classic-Stainless/dp/B01LHG4EES/ref=sr_1_1?crid=X8AX7N90DJ8X&keywords=cuisinart+induct...
by geoffpm
April 1st, 2019, 7:33 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Florence recommendations
Replies: 32
Views: 2478

Re: Florence recommendations

Since you mentioned San Gimignano, there is a great thermal springs town about 20 min drive , Gambassi Terme. http://welcometuscany.it/special_interest/thermal_spas/florence_gambassi.htm. Gambassi is also interesting for wine geeks since Villa Pillo, owned by the owner of Williams Seylem. Villa pill...
by geoffpm
February 23rd, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Tuscany
Replies: 43
Views: 3274

Re: Tuscany

I agree that the cities in Tuscany are over run with tourists. We spent a week on the Tuscan coast in the Maremma. We stayed in Talamone which is a particularly cute town on a peninsula jutting into the sea. We did not see or interact with a single American, Canadian or Brit during the entire week. ...
by geoffpm
December 15th, 2018, 6:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New Breville Pizzaiolo electric pizza oven looks kinda amazing
Replies: 70
Views: 5686

Re: New Breville Pizzailo electric pizza oven looks kinda amazing

I watched this video and the amount of smoke the Breville produces would not be fun in my kitchen. Also, for $799, I could buy a real ooni wood fired pizza oven for $400 and spend the rest on good pizza wine. I have owned and Uuni or ooni for 3 yrs and since we are empty nesters, I use it for much m...
by geoffpm
December 13th, 2018, 5:49 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Is France Safe for Travel
Replies: 53
Views: 2750

Re: Is France Safe for Travel

I urge you to take some time and use youtube as a reference for real empirical information as opposed to fear mongering. The Yellow vest protestors are at virtually every autoroute exit/entrance and do not interfere with travel. You might be delayed a bit but you might actually have interesting inte...
by geoffpm
December 8th, 2018, 9:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?
Replies: 22
Views: 1562

Re: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?

This is the one I recently bought as a gift -

Less than $15
by geoffpm
December 6th, 2018, 5:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?
Replies: 22
Views: 1562

Re: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?

Buy an inexpensive one on Amazon, I paid $15 and it has lasted a long time and rarely needs sharpening
by geoffpm
November 27th, 2018, 7:57 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Flights to Paris....am I missing something?
Replies: 24
Views: 1450

Re: Flights to Paris....am I missing something?

I flew twice last summer from Bos to London and France on Norwegian. It was by far the best airline experience I have had in decades. They fly 787 dreamliners which have lower cabin pressure, significantly larger windows and the lighting is controlled to lessen the impact of jet lag. Very Comfortabl...
by geoffpm
October 9th, 2018, 6:01 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Long Island North Fork Restaurants suggestions
Replies: 12
Views: 800

Re: Long Island North Fork Restaurants suggestions

We spent a week on the north fork last summer. Had a wonderful meal at Barba Bianca in Greenport. Ate outside right on the dock. https://www.barbabiancany.com/. Great local seafood and a classic italian menu. Good winelist with a balance of North Fork and Italians. We loved the combo of clams with f...
by geoffpm
September 28th, 2018, 5:54 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Wineries for a wedding
Replies: 9
Views: 729

Re: Wineries for a wedding

Take a look at this article about Scribe winery in Sonoma and their weddings -https://www.thegirlandthefig.com/single ... to-publish
by geoffpm
September 19th, 2018, 5:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Mexico City... cheap eats?
Replies: 12
Views: 654

Re: Mexico City... cheap eats?

I suggest watching all of Mark Wiens' videos in Mexico city. Here is a link to one of them -
by geoffpm
September 6th, 2018, 5:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Rosa restaurants
Replies: 22
Views: 1196

Re: Santa Rosa restaurants

I second J Galang's recommendation for Rosso. I think their list is more than decent. I also think Zazu Kitchen and Farm is worth the 10 min drive from Santa rosa.
by geoffpm
August 22nd, 2018, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1986
Views: 255433

Re: Official Costco Thread

Lafage Cuvee Nicolas - All grenache from 60 yr old vines. Dark fruit forward with lots of guts. Great buy for $11
by geoffpm
August 22nd, 2018, 9:17 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Montpellier/Languedoc Trip/Tasting Report
Replies: 4
Views: 436

Re: Montpellier/Languedoc Trip/Tasting Report

Jeff,

Let me know when you are going to languedoc again. I left out a number of other places that didn't warrant being mentioned on a wine site.

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