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by Nowell Karten
May 23rd, 2019, 1:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico
Replies: 14
Views: 982

Re: TN: 2015 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico

I found this contact info on a consortium's website:

Loc. Isole, 1
50021 Barberino Val di Elsa FI

Phone: +39 055 8072763
by Nowell Karten
May 22nd, 2019, 1:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bouchard Volnay Caillerets
Replies: 9
Views: 854

Re: Bouchard Volnay Caillerets

It seems 2016 and 2017 are labeled as Volnay "Les Caillerets," whereas preceding vintages were labeled Volnay "Les Caillerets - Ancienne Cuvée Carnot."
by Nowell Karten
May 22nd, 2019, 12:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Pairing for Peking Duck
Replies: 58
Views: 2260

Re: Best Pairing for Peking Duck

A lot depends for me on how sweet the lacquer on the skin is and how much sauce you use... I think Sarah's point about the sweetness-level of the food is spot-on. Generally, though, my go-to pairings for Peking Duck are Pinot-heavy Champagne or aged German Riesling. However, I once had a perfect pa...
by Nowell Karten
May 21st, 2019, 12:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 819
Views: 37902

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Ok LA denizens need Japanese recommendations for lunch this upcoming Friday (5/24). I usually go to Sushi Gen. Food quality is of utmost importance, corkage a very big plus, somewhat close to downtown would be an added plus but not necessary. I don't know their corkage-policy, but would Q Sushi mee...
by Nowell Karten
May 12th, 2019, 1:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Les Cazetiers”
Replies: 6
Views: 566

Re: TN: 2016 Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Les Cazetiers”

Even through the stylistic changes within Erwan's tenure, I think Faiveley's Cazetiers is often among the best values among Côte de Nuits Premier Crus and certainly among Gevrey Premier Crus at its price-level.
by Nowell Karten
April 25th, 2019, 1:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 665
Views: 39880

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

NV (2010) Jérôme Prévost Champagne La Closerie Extra Brut Les Beguines - France, Champagne (4/24/2019) Wow, this was really good despite the difficult vintage (LC10)... Thanks for this note, Warren. I had the LC08 (2008 vintage) recently, and it was fantastic. I have some of the LC10 in my locker a...
by Nowell Karten
April 24th, 2019, 1:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Out of left field - sous vide abalone
Replies: 3
Views: 331

Re: Out of left field - sous vide abalone

The fresh Abalone I had in Yanggu, South Korea, even tasted good cooked on a simple outdoor grill on someone's balcony. Of course, it was preceded by a lot of whiskey and soju.
by Nowell Karten
April 21st, 2019, 2:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Drinking In Burgundy Is Good
Replies: 62
Views: 4498

Re: Wine Drinking In Burgundy Is Good

Jeremy Holmes wrote:
April 20th, 2019, 10:26 am
Cheers Alan. You'd like the Roy wines.
I recently had the chance to taste the 2017 Clos Prieur and the 2017 Cuvee Alexandrine, Alan. I thought the Clos Prieur was very good and the Cuvee Alexandrine was excellent. You can buy the Clos Prieur for $80, locally, and you might enjoy trying it.
by Nowell Karten
March 30th, 2019, 11:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which red burg vintage (1999-2010) showing well now?
Replies: 93
Views: 3742

Re: Which red burg vintage (1999-2010) showing well now?

If you're eliminating 2000 and 2007, then I think your best bets for "open and tasty" Premier Crus are 2002 and 2001.
by Nowell Karten
March 30th, 2019, 11:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Salon worth the entry cost ?
Replies: 58
Views: 3184

Re: Is Salon worth the entry cost ?

You mean brutal like the 06 Comtes which was just way to severe for me...I love very traditional creamy, bready, fine mousse Champagne's, if i want flavour bombs ill break out the Saxum or Alban for that If an '06 Taittinger Comtes was too "severe" for you, you will probably not appreciate Salon, e...
by Nowell Karten
March 25th, 2019, 1:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fevre: Checking In
Replies: 22
Views: 1186

Re: Fevre: Checking In

No issues since Diam. This is my experience with Fevre as well....starting with 07 for 1er crus and 2010 adding the grand crus. I haven't had any premoxed post-Diam Fevre either, though my experience isn't vast. Coincidentally, at a recent tasting with Fevre Cellar Master Didier Séguier, I asked hi...
by Nowell Karten
March 21st, 2019, 2:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Saturday Lunch in LA
Replies: 4
Views: 323

Re: Saturday Lunch in LA

I like AOC for lunch, especially if it's a nice day and you're sitting outside in the courtyard. Lucques might also be good for your lunch needs.
by Nowell Karten
March 8th, 2019, 2:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St. Jacques
Replies: 3
Views: 299

Re: TN: 2011 Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St. Jacques

I recently got to taste most of the 2015s, and my employer is now selling some, so I might be biased. I thought the quality was high across the board. Highlights for me were the very good Gevrey 1er Bossiere, the outstanding Gevrey 1er Lavaux St. Jacques, and a closed monster of a Mazis-Chambertin t...
by Nowell Karten
March 7th, 2019, 1:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sampling Volnays with a sinus infection
Replies: 8
Views: 564

Re: Sampling Volnays with a sinus infection

john stimson wrote:
March 6th, 2019, 7:44 am
The running joke in our tasting group is that any time anyone mentions an older de Montille, the immediate answer is "not ready yet".
I recently opened a '99 de Montille Pommard Rugiens, and it was fantastic; though, I would say it was just at the beginning of its prime drinking-window.
by Nowell Karten
March 7th, 2019, 1:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: vegetables to accompany cheese and wine (burgundy)
Replies: 9
Views: 418

Re: vegetables to accompany cheese and wine (burgundy)

Definitely something with mushrooms, and I think morels are especially good with red (and even white) Burgs. Asparagus can work with some white Burgs, but I think a cream sauce might help. Maybe a carrot soup, too. A spinach quiche would be a different way to go, as it's not a side dish but could be...
by Nowell Karten
February 27th, 2019, 1:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear & Loathing in Buellton: UPDATE 2 -- Dinner with Joe Davis /Arcadian
Replies: 28
Views: 2217

Re: Fear & Loathing in Buellton: S.B. Trip Report

But I’m getting ahead of myself. After lunch, Greg and I waited for our mild buzz to wear off before motoring up PCH to Buellton. The setting sun reminded me of the colors of a Big Stick popsicle, melting over the sea. The winds had died down, and the ocean was smooth as glass. With a little Wilco ...
by Nowell Karten
February 27th, 2019, 12:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chef's Tasting menu (a la Playground 2.0) in Orange County
Replies: 5
Views: 297

Re: Chef's Tasting menu (a la Playground 2.0) in Orange County

Though it doesn't have a tasting menu, I like the cocktails at Vaca in Costa Mesa, Todd. The menu is quite large, and I'm sure you could choose a nice selection of dishes in advance to share, family style, if you're looking to avoid having your guests choose their meals at the restaurant. Similarly,...
by Nowell Karten
February 26th, 2019, 1:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 819
Views: 37902

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

We had a very good time at AOC last night. We sat in the courtyard, love the ambience. They had a few albarinos by the glass, the one we had was great, also had as bottle of Colombier Crozes (2016). It was a solid 93 for me. Best dishes were the Spanish Fried Chicken, Arroz Negro and the Carrot Sal...
by Nowell Karten
February 21st, 2019, 12:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mixing and matching wines
Replies: 16
Views: 626

Re: Mixing and matching wines

Champagne followed by Burgundy. Generally speaking, both regions produce relatively higher-acid, elegant wines; additionally, many champagnes are made from the same grapes that make Burgundy (chardonnay and pinot noir.) In fact, Champagne can precede any wine that is the primary match with the meal,...
by Nowell Karten
February 18th, 2019, 12:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 819
Views: 37902

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I will be seeing a show at the Matrix theater (Sunday matiness), which is on Melrose 5 blocks east of Fairfax. You're within five minutes of many good restaurants. Besides those that have already been mentioned, I quickly think of Petit Trois, Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza, Lucques, Petty Cash Taqu...
by Nowell Karten
February 11th, 2019, 4:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Chartogne-Taillet, Bérêche
Replies: 6
Views: 471

Re: TNs: Chartogne-Taillet, Bérêche

Apparently Alexandre is also on the verge of ending the production of 'Fiacre' as he would prefer to focus on single vineyard wines. Currently my only bottle of C-T left is the 2008 Heurtebise but I desperately need to buy more... Thanks for the great post. I remember a few very good vintages of Cu...
by Nowell Karten
February 11th, 2019, 4:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7012
Views: 565856

Re: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

james actually never retired. he went to work in the warehouse. Can Robert Mueller ask James what he already knew about John Fox's "scheme," at the time of James's exile (chosen or otherwise)? As someone who did almost all his later-day Premier Cru buying through James's "Special List," I've been c...
by Nowell Karten
February 11th, 2019, 3:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which grape do you struggle most to pair with the food you eat?
Replies: 17
Views: 757

Re: Which grape do you struggle most to pair with the food you eat?

As someone who doesn't eat red meat, I have an excuse for not buying Barolo and N. Rhône.
by Nowell Karten
February 11th, 2019, 3:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which grape do you struggle most to pair with the food you eat?
Replies: 17
Views: 757

Re: Which grape do you struggle most to pair with the food you eat?

Drink with asian dishes, drier Gewurz goes really well with peking duck and a large number of Thai dishes I'll try that. Asian food seems to occupy an ever-increasing percentage of the meals we cook at home. I have found Gewürztraminer to pair especially well with dishes that contain ginger. If you...
by Nowell Karten
February 9th, 2019, 2:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 or 2010 Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
Replies: 13
Views: 792

Re: 2016 or 2010 Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

10. It's a better vintage, overall, and even if Rousseau's 2016 Roche is equal in quality to his 2010 Roche, the 2010 will be ready to drink sooner.
by Nowell Karten
February 8th, 2019, 1:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurant - Waiter pouring etiquette
Replies: 104
Views: 3633

Re: Restaurant - Waiter pouring etiquette

And I have had EMP screw up the wine service. Do tell - I thought their service and presentation was pretty special, only to be topped by Per Se/TFL in my own experience. What was the problem? One night at EMP, I had wine aggressively fast-poured. This got the host of our party-of-three to order a ...
by Nowell Karten
January 29th, 2019, 3:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy Vintages - A History from 1845 (book)
Replies: 20
Views: 1017

Re: Burgundy Vintages - A History from 1845 (book)

I got mine at the end of last week. It looks great, weighs about 6 lbs, and I'm looking forward to reading. I'm a big fan of Burghound and very much enjoyed Pearl of the Côte. Also, here is a link to Doug Barzelay's Old Vine Notes , where you can read reports on his tastings and his annual visits to...
by Nowell Karten
January 16th, 2019, 1:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Malconsorts
Replies: 12
Views: 1606

Re: Malconsorts

Agree with Jeremy, good wines for sure, especially the Cathiards, but worth the price??? (we were told that the '17 Cathiard Malconsorts will be well over $1,000).... - That's the big question. That Cathiard price is unbelievable, even if we hadn't been buying the 2001 for $70. There certainly have...
by Nowell Karten
December 30th, 2018, 3:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dim Sum matching?
Replies: 97
Views: 1870

Re: Dim Sum matching?

Markus S wrote:
December 29th, 2018, 11:29 am
To me, the idea of having wine with dimsum is simply a weird construct. It's like asking, "what wine should I have with my lox and bagels that I just picked up?"
Champagne.
by Nowell Karten
December 29th, 2018, 3:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Korean food matching (not korean bbq)
Replies: 29
Views: 678

Re: Korean food matching (not korean bbq)

I'm sure there are historical reasons why wine-culture hasn't developed as much in Korea as it has in other Asian countries. However, I and my Korean girlfriend and her family have enjoyed Champagne, German Riesling, and even red Burgundy with Korean food. Of course, I enjoy Champagne, German Riesli...
by Nowell Karten
December 29th, 2018, 3:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for Mosel Producers
Replies: 44
Views: 1651

Re: Recommendations for Mosel Producers

I like J.J. Prum and M.F. Richter and especially agree that Fritz Haag, Schloss Lieser, Selbach-Oster, von Schubert, and Zilliken are great for Spatlesen. I'm surprised Willi Schaefer wasn't immediately suggested. I also think Clemens Busch, von Kesselstatt, Thanisch-Erben, Weins-Prum, and Weiser-Ku...
by Nowell Karten
December 21st, 2018, 1:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Coeur de Cuvée
Replies: 12
Views: 635

Re: TN: 2006 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Coeur de Cuvée

Subu Ramachandran wrote:
December 20th, 2018, 9:49 am
Havnt tried the 06 but the 07 CdC is so hard to resist. Wonder when the 08 will start to show.
I haven't tried the '08 Coeur de Cuvée, yet, but the '08 Grand Cellier was drinking great a year ago, when I accidentally pulled a bottle, thinking it was the 2002.
by Nowell Karten
December 21st, 2018, 1:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Article on Champagne in Portland
Replies: 18
Views: 1098

Re: Article on Champagne in Portland

We do okay in the Midwest. https://www.liquor.com/articles/ca-va-kansas-city/?fbclid=IwAR0eiLv8KrtMJ8if33B_En1CxUV3hUzLvZWwPnWgBFFMt8d01GgElrMIV4I#gs.xblfo98 From the article Jim linked, "Besides its deep wine knowledge, the staff at Ça Va is trained in anti-racism, nonbinary hospitality, and sexua...
by Nowell Karten
December 20th, 2018, 3:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 819
Views: 37902

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Still haven’t been to Felix...Then, earlier this year, the wife of a fellow wine board member did book well ahead for four of us to go for his birthday dinner on a Saturday. After having had it on the books for a month?, the restaurant left her a voicemail saying they couldn’t honor the reservation...
by Nowell Karten
December 9th, 2018, 2:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- Bollinger Champagne- 06 Rose, 07 Grand Annee, 07 Grand Annee Rose, 04 RD Extra Brut
Replies: 6
Views: 388

Re: TN- Bollinger Champagne- 06 Rose, 07 Grand Annee, 07 Grand Annee Rose, 04 RD Extra Brut

Thanks, Brad, for confirming my suspicions about its renaming being a product of their disappointment. While I didn't find the wine over-the-top like you did, I agree with the rest of your tasting note.
by Nowell Karten
December 8th, 2018, 1:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- Bollinger Champagne- 06 Rose, 07 Grand Annee, 07 Grand Annee Rose, 04 RD Extra Brut
Replies: 6
Views: 388

Re: TN- Bollinger Champagne- 06 Rose, 07 Grand Annee, 07 Grand Annee Rose, 04 RD Extra Brut

2006 Bollinger Brut Rose Special Edition To start things off- and this is fair game for a high end champagne TN since presentation matters- I have to say the packaging is really splendid. A rose-gold toned metal box made with letter cut-outs to spell out the Bollinger name. For gift-giving, this is...
by Nowell Karten
December 7th, 2018, 1:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 819
Views: 37902

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

David Cooper wrote:
December 6th, 2018, 7:23 pm
Sorry. The Walt Disney Music Hall. We can't eat before the concert, so will be wondering the streets of DTLA looking for food.
How about Bestia? Sorry if someone already suggested this.
by Nowell Karten
December 6th, 2018, 2:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 3 (12/5 - 12/12) Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Riesling for Dakin Humane Society
Replies: 49
Views: 1058

Re: Week 3 (12/5 - 12/12) Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Riesling for Dakin Humane Society

I brought this to an Indian restaurant tonight: 2002 Robert Weil Kiedricher Gräfenberg Riesling Spätlese Not yet tertiary but incredibly balanced and delicious. Green-tinged-light-golden color with aromas of peach and apple which are joined by cherry vanilla and sweet citrus on the opulent, intensel...
by Nowell Karten
September 28th, 2018, 7:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 819
Views: 37902

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

...Do you generally think that after only one week of a restaurant being open, one can get an accurate read of the quality of that new restaurant? It depends...The two issues have more to do with the chef’s ideas and salt tolerance than anything. Not sure how time will change it as she’s been honin...
by Nowell Karten
September 28th, 2018, 1:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 819
Views: 37902

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Hi, Charlie. That's disappointing to read, as I've been looking forward to Simone's opening. Do you generally think that after only one week of a restaurant being open, one can get an accurate read of the quality of that new restaurant?
by Nowell Karten
September 6th, 2018, 12:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Looking for a good, BYOB friendly restaurant in mid-Wilshire area of LA
Replies: 10
Views: 510

Re: Looking for a good, BYOB friendly restaurant in mid-Wilshire area of LA

Hi, Bruce. If you're feeling adventurous, the Ethiopian restaurant Meals by Genet is very good and is only a few blocks away. Champagne and juicy, red wines seemed to work well with the food, a few months ago. From Carthay Circle, you're also less than a 10 minute drive from many restaurants on Thir...
by Nowell Karten
August 17th, 2018, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The Last of the $20 DRC La Tache and others blinded
Replies: 20
Views: 1670

Re: TN: The Last of the $20 DRC La Tache and others blinded

Steve Nordhoff wrote:
August 17th, 2018, 6:39 am
Savart was amazing, alas there is none vailable in the US.
Vins Rare has two Savart bottlings, though not the Expression Nature.
by Nowell Karten
August 17th, 2018, 11:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: LA Bordier PSA
Replies: 10
Views: 518

Re: LA Bordier PSA

Epicurus Gourmet is putting in a special order tomorrow by the end of the day on Bordier so if you have any requests talk to Hillary and don't forget to mention you're a Berserker. They have access to some new flavors too aside from the usual stuff [cheers.gif] ordered a few kg of demi sel. Mention...
by Nowell Karten
August 16th, 2018, 2:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis and Gevrey Chambertin behaving splendidly
Replies: 9
Views: 284

Re: 2000 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis and Gevrey Chambertin behaving splendidly

A 2000 Hubert Lignier Gevrey Aux Combottes was delicious, not too long ago.
by Nowell Karten
August 14th, 2018, 2:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why are corkscrews so short ?
Replies: 33
Views: 1103

Re: Why are corkscrews so short ?

While I appreciate all the suggestions about different products that are good for removing corks, I’m curious about the question in the initial post. Why are almost all corkscrews designed to go only 3/4 of the way into a standard cork? Why aren’t all or at least some designed to get the full lengt...
by Nowell Karten
August 11th, 2018, 3:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Salmon Wine Pairing
Replies: 8
Views: 416

Salmon Wine Pairing

I agree with John that knowledge of the cooking methods (e.g., grilled vs. poached) and sauces would be most useful in determining wine pairings. Without that information, however, I would generally suggest that if you want to bring two bottles, that you bring one white and one red. For the white, I...
by Nowell Karten
July 19th, 2018, 1:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The .375 thread
Replies: 102
Views: 3767

The .375 thread

German dessert wines and Sauternes are routinely seen in 375s.
by Nowell Karten
July 12th, 2018, 2:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: flawed Dereszla 2000 Eszencia?
Replies: 20
Views: 716

flawed Dereszla 2000 Eszencia?

Thanks, Greg, for the good information about the '93 Royal Tokaji Aszu Essencia. Do you have a suggestion for its peak-drinking-window? I have one bottle.
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by Nowell Karten
July 10th, 2018, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: flawed Dereszla 2000 Eszencia?
Replies: 20
Views: 716

flawed Dereszla 2000 Eszencia?

There were a handful of wineries with foreign investment and a handful that had serious local expertise, but it would take a few years before the rebuilding and new investments were going to be ready. Have you had much experience with, or do you know much about or the 1993 Royal Tokaji Aszu Essenci...

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