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by J. D'Antonio
September 9th, 2019, 6:19 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Shopping at 520 in Epernay
Replies: 4
Views: 254

Re: Shopping at 520 in Epernay

Also check out Salvatori. A smaller shop, but prices can be a little lower also.
by J. D'Antonio
September 4th, 2019, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Canadian Wine Laws?
Replies: 2
Views: 225

Re: Canadian Wine Laws?

Wine laws are different from province-to-province, but both Ontario and Quebec allow you to take the rest home - even if you buy the wine of a restaurant wine list. I suggest you mention to your waiter to hold onto the cork as you may not finish the entire bottle and want to take the rest with you. ...
by J. D'Antonio
September 4th, 2019, 5:06 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Lyon?
Replies: 4
Views: 272

Re: Lyon?

Was just there and dinner at Les Apothicaires was awesome. Le Supreme excellent too. For a traditional bouchon, Le Bouchon des Filles was great, orders of magnitude better than the abysmal Daniel & Denise. There's a cool little wine shop called Recoltant-Manipulant with a nice selection of grower Ch...
by J. D'Antonio
July 28th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Chinon and Saumur
Replies: 19
Views: 915

Re: Chinon and Saumur

I was in Chinon and Saumur last month and had a great time. I went to the following producers: Bernard Baudry Charles Joguet Thierry Germain Couly-Dutheil Catherine & Pierre Breton Marc Plouzeau I had appointments at all wineries except for Plouzeau, where I popped into the cave that you just mentio...
by J. D'Antonio
July 19th, 2019, 5:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Baudry
Replies: 22
Views: 1556

Re: 2017 Baudry

Took delivery of my case of Les Grézeaux this week and of course immediately popped a bottle to check in. It's very nice. I have it right in line with the '16 in terms of quality, though perhaps even more immediately drinkable. I think the '15 is the best of '15-'17 and I think it has the best long...
by J. D'Antonio
July 9th, 2019, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paris or Lyon
Replies: 33
Views: 1838

Re: Paris or Lyon

I had some wonderful meals in Lyon a couple weeks ago. Les Apothicaires, Le Supreme (2016 Gonon St Joseph, 75 Euro on the list!), and the lovely people at Le Bouchon des Filles were great. Enjoyed the food there way, way more than other bouchons in Lyon. There's a lovely lady named Myriam running a ...
by J. D'Antonio
July 8th, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Champagne Help!
Replies: 5
Views: 1136

Re: Champagne Help!

EO doesn't accept visits for the most part. Apparently for even their import agents it's a challenge.
by J. D'Antonio
July 3rd, 2019, 9:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph)
Replies: 26
Views: 2121

Re: TN: 2010 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph)

Had a bottle of the 2016 in a restaurant in Lyon a couple weeks ago for 75 Euro and it was delicious.
by J. D'Antonio
June 10th, 2019, 12:04 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.
Replies: 59
Views: 3817

Re: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.

I will be in Dijon tomorrow, and a stop at Fallot is definitely on the cards.
by J. D'Antonio
June 9th, 2019, 12:49 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: The new Carrieres de Lumieres show is Van Gogh
Replies: 26
Views: 976

Re: The new Carrieres de Lumieres show is Van Gogh

Now if only people would put their phones away and watch the show instead of filming/taking photos, they might actually have a good experience. The walls are something like 40ft high. How are you going to match that scale on your tiny phone screen, or get the same experience by looking at your phon...
by J. D'Antonio
June 7th, 2019, 10:19 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: The new Carrieres de Lumieres show is Van Gogh
Replies: 26
Views: 976

Re: The new Carrieres de Lumieres show is Van Gogh

The show at Atelier was pretty awesome. Even the other presentations that bookended the Van Gogh show were cool. Now if only people would put their phones away and watch the show instead of filming/taking photos, they might actually have a good experience. The walls are something like 40ft high. How...
by J. D'Antonio
April 27th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris itinerary / wine accessible restaurants
Replies: 24
Views: 1219

Re: Paris itinerary / wine accessible restaurants

I'm in Paris now. Not sure when you're coming but CAM is closing for about 2 weeks starting today. We had a fantastic dinner at Rigmarole. We went with the 69 euro tasting. They also have excellent wines, mostly natural. Trying out Au Passage and Grand Bain in the next few days. Wine prices are a p...
by J. D'Antonio
April 20th, 2019, 5:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ribeira Sacra
Replies: 3
Views: 344

Re: Ribeira Sacra

Ebbe, Are you looking for travel recommendations in the area or just winery picks? I stayed at Hotel Cardenal in Monforte de Lemos with a beautiful view of the river that runs through the town. The Consejo Regulador Ribeira Sacra is in Monforte and they have a broad selection wine wines from the reg...
by J. D'Antonio
March 1st, 2019, 9:07 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wine Shop Recommendations - International
Replies: 14
Views: 675

Re: Wine Shop Recommendations - International

Thanks for any help. I don't know much about such stores, but the best I have found are Vila Viniteca in Barcelona. Seemed to be a solid store although not a great one. Just out of curiousity, why do you think this is a solid store, but not a great one? They have fantastic selection of Spanish wine...
by J. D'Antonio
January 30th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1968
Views: 166242

Re: Steak Porn

To emphasize your white mold statement, Bill, you can see some white mold on the outside of the bone-in subprimal my butcher is aging for me a few posts up.
by J. D'Antonio
January 27th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1968
Views: 166242

Re: Steak Porn

20190127_181103.jpg Well-marbled bavette from Scotch Mountain Farms (Meaford, ON) that I've dry cured overnight in the fridge for tonight's supper. IMG_20190126_144659_311.jpg I also have my butcher dry aging another bone-in ribeye for me. It's got about seven weeks total age on it right now. Corn,...
by J. D'Antonio
January 22nd, 2019, 5:00 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Any Experience with TAP Airlines?
Replies: 11
Views: 584

Re: Any Experience with TAP Airlines?

I flew TAP to Spain in late 2016 in business class and enjoyed the experience. YYZ --> LIS --> BCN, then MAD --> LIS --> YYZ. It was on their slightly older A320, with 150 degree recline in their seats, but service was good and food was pretty decent. They were serving 12-year old Barraida on the pl...
by J. D'Antonio
January 10th, 2019, 5:21 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Chicago and suburbs
Replies: 490
Views: 39945

Re: Chicago and suburbs

Trust me, I have. So many fantastic places to eat in your city.
by J. D'Antonio
January 8th, 2019, 6:20 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Chicago and suburbs
Replies: 490
Views: 39945

Re: Chicago and suburbs

Good to know, thanks. Maybe sharing with the server as well got them to look the other way!
by J. D'Antonio
January 8th, 2019, 2:24 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Chicago and suburbs
Replies: 490
Views: 39945

Re: Chicago and suburbs

Did that change at Bavette's recently? I've been there several times over the years and not had the bottle limit. It has been about 1.5 years since I've been there, however.
by J. D'Antonio
December 30th, 2018, 2:31 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Toronto Recommendations Request
Replies: 6
Views: 349

Re: Toronto Recommendations Request

My pleasure. Glad your stepdaughter and her friends are enjoying their visit!
by J. D'Antonio
December 28th, 2018, 5:40 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Toronto Recommendations Request
Replies: 6
Views: 349

Re: Toronto Recommendations Request

The food at Mangia & Beve is good, but it's more of a lunch place. It will be pretty quiet at dinner. If Corey's stepdaughter and friends want more of a vibe, the other suggestions I made are more appropriate. If they're looking for something Italian at dinner with more of a vibe, they're better off...
by J. D'Antonio
December 27th, 2018, 11:37 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Toronto Recommendations Request
Replies: 6
Views: 349

Re: Toronto Recommendations Request

Without a doubt, send them to 416 Snack Bar. No resos, no utensils, great vibe, great food, plenty of wine, cocktails, beer, etc. Quite a small place. Montgomery's and Paris Paris are also good choices. Kensington Market is good to walk around. Plenty of great food there - Seven Lives for tacos, San...
by J. D'Antonio
December 8th, 2018, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine advice: Buenos Aires/Montevideo
Replies: 7
Views: 278

Re: Wine advice: Buenos Aires/Montevideo

For wine shops, check out Lo de Joaquin Alberdi in Palermo. Great store and they always have interesting wines open. Look for the JA! sign from the street! Lo de Joaquin Alberdi Jorge Luis Borges 1772 It's been five years since I've been in BsAs, so any restaurant/wine bar recommendations are likely...
by J. D'Antonio
October 10th, 2018, 3:30 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: 12-14 nights in Spain sometime between March 15th & May 15th
Replies: 46
Views: 2218

Re: best cities in Spain

Personally, that's way too many cities in two weeks. If you factor in travel between cities, you're really only spending a day in each place. To each their own, obviously, but I prefer fewer cities for a longer period, and then make the odd day trip if I have a car.
by J. D'Antonio
October 8th, 2018, 7:15 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Trip to Spain.....Need help!
Replies: 48
Views: 3040

Re: Trip to Spain.....Need help!

Why not rent a car and drive from Barcelona to San Sebastian? It's only 5-5.5 hrs on the toll road. Pick up the car at the airport on your way out of Barcelona and leave from there.
by J. D'Antonio
October 4th, 2018, 12:49 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Last minute appts in Rioja? (help?)
Replies: 3
Views: 302

Re: Last minute appts in Rioja? (help?)

CVNE and Roda have drop in tasting areas also. Roda also often pours back vintages and flights, and you can even order a little jamon iberico to snack on while you're at it.
by J. D'Antonio
September 23rd, 2018, 6:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Mas Foraster Conca de Barberà Josep Foraster (Trepat grape)
Replies: 2
Views: 116

Re: TN: 2012 Mas Foraster Conca de Barberà Josep Foraster (Trepat grape)

I've gone through a bunch of it, and really enjoy it. I like it with a bit of a chill - cellar temp, or slightly above. Great with sushi also. If you're able to track down some of the other Josep Foraster wines, I encourage you to do so. The Blanc Seleccio is really interesting, as it's a 50/40/10 b...
by J. D'Antonio
September 11th, 2018, 8:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1968
Views: 166242

Re: Steak Porn

A buddy of mine and I have a local butcher doing long dry aging on some ribeye for us. This is just a shade under 60 days dry age from Angus breed finished with pea and barley locally here in Ontario. It will be broken down on Friday into seven bone-in Ribeyes at about 65 or so days dry aging. Reall...
by J. D'Antonio
August 24th, 2018, 5:13 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Lisbon?
Replies: 44
Views: 4129

Re: Lisbon?

BTW, 100 Maneiras is a tiny room - only 30 seats or so. Be sure to have a reservation.

I stayed at a gorgeous little boutique hotel called LX Boutique Hotel and loved the place. Best rates by booking directly on their website. I highly recommend it.
by J. D'Antonio
August 24th, 2018, 5:00 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Lisbon?
Replies: 44
Views: 4129

Re: Lisbon?

I had a great meal at 100 Maneiras in November. Tasting menu only at the restaurant in Bairro Alto, I think it's a steal for 60 Euro. I don't usually do pairings, but due to my short stay, I did the reserve pairings and got to have some small production wines with some solid age - both whites and re...
by J. D'Antonio
August 14th, 2018, 3:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Watermelon Salad
Replies: 18
Views: 569

Re: Watermelon Salad

For acid, I use lime juice and supplement that with grated lime zest. Alternatively, a good quality 10-12 year old sherry vinegar also works. I also use mint (instead of basil) and sumac, when I have it available, for another layer of flavour.
by J. D'Antonio
August 6th, 2018, 4:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1968
Views: 166242

Steak Porn

38421068_246041239374043_1442216336863264768_n.jpg Two-inch thick 35 day dry aged ribeye from Scotch Mountain Farms in eastern Ontario. I did a dry cure overnight on a rack in the fridge, and then seared it on a Napoleon infrared burner. It was awesome. Sorry for not getting the post-cook shot. A b...
by J. D'Antonio
July 28th, 2018, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Great wines at Oriole in Chicago!
Replies: 9
Views: 922

TN: Great wines at Oriole in Chicago!

If you need suggestions in Toronto or the suburbs, don't hesitate to ask.
by J. D'Antonio
July 25th, 2018, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about checking wine on flight from NY to Vancouver Canada
Replies: 8
Views: 524

Question about checking wine on flight from NY to Vancouver Canada

Checking boxes is fine. I just came back from Chicago and had no issues checking a styrofoam shipper. Customs, on the other hand, dinged me for duty for bottles over my exemption, as I'm a Canadian citizen. One thing I would be careful of, however, is if you get pulled into secondary. You'll want to...
by J. D'Antonio
July 18th, 2018, 8:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 631
Views: 33847

Chicago Restaurant Thread

Definitely Cherry Circle Room. Steak au Poivre Sandwich and MV Krug 164er for $30/glass!
by J. D'Antonio
June 25th, 2018, 5:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 631
Views: 33847

Chicago Restaurant Thread

Very sad to hear.
by J. D'Antonio
June 25th, 2018, 4:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 631
Views: 33847

Chicago Restaurant Thread

No, I didn't. I would have called, but then I got the table at Smyth. I will give that a shot next time. Also heading to Blackbird, as it's been a long time since I've eaten there and I've never had the tasting menu.
by J. D'Antonio
June 24th, 2018, 6:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 631
Views: 33847

Chicago Restaurant Thread

I'm really looking forward to it. Disappointing to hear about the somm, though.

I also tried to get a booking at Oriole for this trip, but they didn't have anything available. Next time!
by J. D'Antonio
June 23rd, 2018, 6:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 631
Views: 33847

Chicago Restaurant Thread

Thanks George. I purchased the large menu. I'm okay with more than one glass of red ... it's not like I'm driving or anything to that effect.
by J. D'Antonio
June 22nd, 2018, 8:13 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 631
Views: 33847

Chicago Restaurant Thread

Thank you. Since I'll be dining solo, my initial plan was to order a bottle of Champagne off the list and get a glass of red from their reserve pairings to go with the red meat course. Sounds like I should stick to that plan. I've been eyeing the 2009 Camille Saves they've got on their list ...
by J. D'Antonio
June 22nd, 2018, 7:17 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 631
Views: 33847

Chicago Restaurant Thread

Thanks for the comments about Smyth, George. I have a reservation there in a couple weeks and will also be doing the largest menu. I'm really looking forward to it!

I didn't know that they offered BYO, however. What's corkage?
by J. D'Antonio
June 11th, 2018, 1:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 631
Views: 33847

Chicago Restaurant Thread

But ordering a Champagne would be more expensive than the reserve wine pairings, i would order a bottle of Krug NV or similar which im guessing would run $450 at least I'd rather spend a little more on a bottle compared to the pairings and get better wine. If you get two halves of Krug and a glass ...
by J. D'Antonio
June 11th, 2018, 5:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 631
Views: 33847

Chicago Restaurant Thread

Is the full Oriole list online anywhere ? If i go alone it would be hard to buy bottles to match the courses Order a bottle of Champagne/sparkling and then ask for a glass of red with meat courses. Looking at the current Oriole menu, I think that would work just fine. You're only looking for red wi...
by J. D'Antonio
May 29th, 2018, 6:50 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Spanish "wine country"
Replies: 9
Views: 443

Spanish "wine country"

Thank you, Mark. Very helpful. Do you know Rioja accessible quicker by train? I remember taking a high speed train to Seville from Madrid a few years ago, and that was easy and great. Otheriwise, Ribero del Duero makes sense logistically. Any specific recommendations in terms of places to stay/visi...
by J. D'Antonio
May 19th, 2018, 7:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1968
Views: 166242

Steak Porn

That's an awesome looking steak, Andrew! Galician beef is special stuff. Love it.
by J. D'Antonio
March 27th, 2018, 2:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best restaurant near St. Jean de Luz?
Replies: 8
Views: 438

Best restaurant near St. Jean de Luz?

I wanted to go to Rekondo during my trip, but they were unfortunately closed for holidays.
by J. D'Antonio
March 26th, 2018, 5:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Feature on CellarTracker (Restaurant Style Wine List)
Replies: 20
Views: 1029

Feature on CellarTracker (Restaurant Style Wine List)

If you're using Windows 10, there's a built-in printer called "Microsoft Print to PDF". There are other tools out there such as CutePDF if you need a 3rd party PDF creator and also displays as a printer in your OS. It doesn't support Mac, however, but I'm sure there are other 3rd party products that...
by J. D'Antonio
March 21st, 2018, 6:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best restaurant near St. Jean de Luz?
Replies: 8
Views: 438

Best restaurant near St. Jean de Luz?

Thanks Jay. My pleasure. I know you're looking for a "blowout" meal, but if you're making the trip all the way to San Sebastian - even if it's less than an hour from Saint-Jean-de-Luz, you may as well have a bite or two more at a few places in town, possibly even stay overnight so you don't need to...

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