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by Ramon C
January 18th, 2020, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Chateau La Conseillante, Pomerol
Replies: 12
Views: 531

Re: TN: 1998 Chateau La Conseillante, Pomerol

Impressive wine.

I contributed 1 of my 2 bottles purchased since release during a Conseillante vertical in 1998 and did not regret the sacrifice with the good showing. I will hold on to my remaining one for quite a bit, though.
by Ramon C
January 18th, 2020, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lots of mature Rioja (1942-1996) in NYC
Replies: 17
Views: 726

Re: Lots of mature Rioja (1942-1996) in NYC

Most any tasting of older Riojas from good estates has the potential to be revelatory. I am repeatedly amazed at how well these wines age and what they turn into, given enough time. I'm also impressed that there are a few estates that have gone way, way over the top oak-wise (la rioja Alta for exam...
by Ramon C
January 18th, 2020, 6:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN; 2014 Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas
Replies: 10
Views: 627

Re: TN; 2014 Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas

^This^.

Not to detract from what Ian already said, but I'll even go as far a saying that late 90s Clape Cornas have already been pleasurable for me (although, I also enjoyed a recent 2004 that was recently served in an offline).
by Ramon C
January 18th, 2020, 6:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lots of mature Rioja (1942-1996) in NYC
Replies: 17
Views: 726

Re: Lots of mature Rioja (1942-1996) in NYC

Thanks for the feedback, all. Ramon, share your impressions even if you don’t have notes! RE the 73: it was popular at the table overall I think, but not all loved it (see Dale’s notes above, with whom my impressions otherwise synced up very closely). A most fun wine dinner it was. Highly knowledge...
by Ramon C
January 17th, 2020, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lots of mature Rioja (1942-1996) in NYC
Replies: 17
Views: 726

Re: Lots of mature Rioja (1942-1996) in NYC

Most enjoyable. Very nice notes, PM!

Took minimalist notes on my part, but will add photo for now.

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by Ramon C
January 16th, 2020, 4:43 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: NY Style Pizza Recs
Replies: 54
Views: 1719

Re: NY Style Pizza Recs

Will do. Hopefully, Sofias stick around as Marinaras looking much more relatively busy 2 days ago when I ran/jogged by.
by Ramon C
January 16th, 2020, 4:39 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Queens, NY
Replies: 4
Views: 302

Re: Queens, NY

Sripraphai, post free corkage days, charged $10 -$15 per bottle (circa 2016, last time I recall going). Even with corkage, good Thai in NYC and your own wine is not bad.
by Ramon C
January 16th, 2020, 2:47 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 6 days in sicily-need some advice
Replies: 11
Views: 269

Re: 6 days in sicily-need some advice

Not to complicate your plans/options, we did the bigger triangle, but quite the opposite of your plan. I met up with my wife in Catania airport, went south and spent 2 nights in Siracusa/Ortigia. Then we drove south and spent a night in Ragusa. Drove north-west and spent either a night or 2 each in ...
by Ramon C
January 15th, 2020, 7:17 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO
Replies: 663
Views: 71109

Re: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO

Cote didn't do it for me, either. My very short note from 2+ years ago ...
Ramon C wrote:
November 14th, 2017, 5:41 am
A couple of notable local dining over the last month:

Cote Korean Steakhouse - what am I missing here?
https://www.cotenyc.com/
by Ramon C
January 15th, 2020, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faury st. Joe vv brett
Replies: 16
Views: 825

Re: Faury st. Joe vv brett

YLee wrote:
January 14th, 2020, 2:30 pm
ybarselah wrote:
January 14th, 2020, 2:26 pm
where are you reading this?
Here and ct
I still have a few in the storage and now am curious to learn as to what others here said about the brett situation on this producer.
Can you point to the post(s)?
by Ramon C
January 15th, 2020, 5:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11152
Views: 410377

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2018 Domaine des Amphores Les 7 Lieux Saint-Joseph

Drank over 2 dinners and enjoyed the throwback qualities of a well-made syrah at very decent pricing. B+


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by Ramon C
January 14th, 2020, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faury st. Joe vv brett
Replies: 16
Views: 825

Re: Faury st. Joe vv brett

Very small sample with only 2 vintages from last decade. No brett experience.
by Ramon C
January 13th, 2020, 1:00 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: NY Style Pizza Recs
Replies: 54
Views: 1719

Re: NY Style Pizza Recs

I have to disagree on Angelo’s. It is NYC-style, but I find it average at best. Sofia’s on 1st Ave, just north of 54 St, is good for the area but it’s not a sitdown place except for a few stools at the window. The Sofia’s Wine Bar on 50th west of 2nd Ave, is a casual sitdown spot with good individu...
by Ramon C
January 13th, 2020, 6:16 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Honeymoon plans: help me make a decision
Replies: 22
Views: 555

Re: Honeymoon plans: help me make a decision

Congratulations, Jorge! Andalucía is a terrific choice and Seville is a nice base. My wife and I were there in late October. While Cordoba is a nice town, I'd do it as a day trip, or as an over night stop over, rather than as a base for multiple days stay. Many good restaurants to choose from and we...
by Ramon C
January 12th, 2020, 7:06 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: NY Style Pizza Recs
Replies: 54
Views: 1719

Re: NY Style Pizza Recs

I have to disagree on Angelo’s. It is NYC-style, but I find it average at best. Sofia’s on 1st Ave, just north of 54 St, is good for the area but it’s not a sitdown place except for a few stools at the window. The Sofia’s Wine Bar on 50th west of 2nd Ave, is a casual sitdown spot with good individu...
by Ramon C
January 12th, 2020, 5:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2321
Views: 140033

Re: New York City Restaurants

Cosme for some cool Mexican-themed dishes during New Year's eve. I seriously think it has improved from its already very good status over the years. Was quoted their standard corkage at $50 per bottle which I think is well worth the efficient, encouraging, and non-patronizing wine services from the...
by Ramon C
January 12th, 2020, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy Grand Cru dinner: Toronto Jan 9, 2020
Replies: 11
Views: 1191

Re: Burgundy Grand Cru dinner: Toronto Jan 9, 2020

Thanks for the report.

I make it to TO a couple of times a year and always am on a lookout for good BYO. Good to get a + report on Cru.
by Ramon C
January 10th, 2020, 1:40 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: First Time in France - Itinerary
Replies: 32
Views: 1572

Re: First Time in France - Itinerary

One thing: We did a spur-of-the-moment trip to Champagne, taking the TGV to Reims. Silly moi thought the station would be in town, but no. It's about three miles away. Hey see that way over there across the fields? It's Reims! Took the TGV from Paris to Reims, about 4 years ago. From the train stat...
by Ramon C
January 9th, 2020, 10:56 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: First Time in France - Itinerary
Replies: 32
Views: 1572

Re: First Time in France - Itinerary

While they shut me out of the rest of their Rougeard at Restaurant Bras in Laguoile, the nice sommelier wrote me on his business card a recommendation for a small wine store in town where I purchased 5 bottles of 2014 Raveneau 1ers for Euro 30 - 40sh. I would have cleaned them out of Raveneau if I ...
by Ramon C
January 9th, 2020, 6:48 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: First Time in France - Itinerary
Replies: 32
Views: 1572

Re: First Time in France - Itinerary

However even if a restaurant does sell some wines to go they don’t necessarily want to part with their more strictly allocated wines that way. Never hurts to ask, of course. This. 2 years ago, I ordered a bottle of 2004 Rogeard Bourg at a terrific restaurant near Laguiole in Aveyron and the price o...
by Ramon C
January 9th, 2020, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Ultimate Backfill Thread
Replies: 62
Views: 3094

Re: The Ultimate Backfill Thread

Francois Jobard Blagny La Piece Sous Le Bois, now extinct. They sometimes pop up for a steal at auction. The 2005 was only $30. Not fancy but I like. Extinct? As in, they stopped making them? Love these wines, all vintages that I've had. 2005 was the last I drank and @ $30+vig is darn good price. T...
by Ramon C
January 8th, 2020, 3:46 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: First Time in France - Itinerary
Replies: 32
Views: 1572

Re: First Time in France - Itinerary

However even if a restaurant does sell some wines to go they don’t necessarily want to part with their more strictly allocated wines that way. Never hurts to ask, of course. This. 2 years ago, I ordered a bottle of 2004 Rogeard Bourg at a terrific restaurant near Laguiole in Aveyron and the price o...
by Ramon C
January 8th, 2020, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Ultimate Backfill Thread
Replies: 62
Views: 3094

Re: The Ultimate Backfill Thread

Francois Jobard Blagny La Piece Sous Le Bois, now extinct. They sometimes pop up for a steal at auction. The 2005 was only $30. Not fancy but I like. Extinct? As in, they stopped making them? Love these wines, all vintages that I've had. 2005 was the last I drank and @ $30+vig is darn good price.
by Ramon C
January 8th, 2020, 10:39 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Cast iron: Butter Pat or Finex?
Replies: 31
Views: 3800

Re: Cast iron: Butter Pat or Finex?

Happy with our Staub.

Used many times in the kitchen.
by Ramon C
January 8th, 2020, 6:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 237
Views: 17386

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

We then went to Le Verre Vole for another bottle. The wine list is just outstanding and very well priced. I could've come back the following days just to order various bottles, but we wanted to explore other places too (i.e. my wife did...) Anyway, we had a 2011 Overnoy Arbois Pupillin and were qui...
by Ramon C
January 8th, 2020, 6:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 237
Views: 17386

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Does Enfant du Marche have salads or other vegetarian dishes so I can get my wife to come? Doesn’t have to be much. Also, is there a time that you can be assured of getting a seat while they still have the full menu (in May)? Ls Enfants du Marché usually have 1 or maybe even 2 vegetable offerings t...
by Ramon C
January 7th, 2020, 4:04 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Hard season in Paris.
Replies: 19
Views: 1476

Re: Hard season in Paris.

South of France for 5 days in February. We'll be driving around. I hope it's not a hard a season as in Paris.
by Ramon C
January 5th, 2020, 5:43 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Eurotrip 2019: Exploring the French coastline
Replies: 16
Views: 525

Re: Eurotrip 2019: Exploring the French coastline

I'm happy to hear that! Again, thanks for the post. It’s a first for me learn about “corkage” in a wine bar/shop in France. A little surprising. Well I don't know if corkage was the right word here but indeed these winebar/wineshop hybrids are very common in France and most often there is a fixed €...
by Ramon C
January 4th, 2020, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your favorite part of drinkin Bubbly?
Replies: 17
Views: 840

Re: What's your favorite part of drinkin Bubbly?

When the toro and uni sashimi arrives.
by Ramon C
January 4th, 2020, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1964 Cote-Rotie: John Harvey and Sons Limited (N.Rhone, France).
Replies: 13
Views: 747

Re: TN: 1964 Cote-Rotie: John Harvey and Sons Limited (N.Rhone, France).

John Morris wrote:
January 4th, 2020, 11:45 am
Nicos (or anyone) -- Any idea who made the wine? I see it was bottled in Bristol.
Also, where the grapes may have come from?

Thanks for the note and photo.
by Ramon C
January 4th, 2020, 9:40 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Eurotrip 2019: Exploring the French coastline
Replies: 16
Views: 525

Re: Eurotrip 2019: Exploring the French coastline

Again, thanks for the post.

It’s a first for me learn about “corkage” in a wine bar/shop in France. A little surprising.
by Ramon C
January 4th, 2020, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée
Replies: 11
Views: 472

Re: TN: 2000 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

The 1998 Pegau Reservee was among the top 3 by our group during a CdP dinner back in November last year. We had a mixed bag of mostly Pegau, Beaucastel, Clos des Papes and Rayas-Pignan from 1990 to 2006.

Others in the top 3 were the 1999 Beaucastel Hommage and the 1990 Clos des Papes.
by Ramon C
January 4th, 2020, 8:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2321
Views: 140033

Re: New York City Restaurants

Cosme for some cool Mexican-themed dishes during New Year's eve. I seriously think it has improved from its already very good status over the years. Was quoted their standard corkage at $50 per bottle which I think is well worth the efficient, encouraging, and non-patronizing wine services from the...
by Ramon C
January 4th, 2020, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then
Replies: 131
Views: 5085

Re: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then

This thread had me pulling the trigger to sell/trade away my 2007s in the last 2 weeks. Happy to find happier homes for those that I've disposed of to date. Even the 2007 Pegau and Charvin that I had last year didn't do it for me.
by Ramon C
January 3rd, 2020, 6:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11152
Views: 410377

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

New Year’s Eve 2019 Dinner @ Cosme World-class Mexican that’s not in Mexico? Our 3rd seasonal-holiday dinner in this (and its sister) excellent restaurant. 1990 Bernard Badoz Cotes-du-Jura Vin Jaune Excellent shape, with one-pull-one-piece cork. 30 years had dialed down the obvious oxidative style, ...
by Ramon C
January 2nd, 2020, 11:39 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Eurotrip 2019: Exploring the French coastline
Replies: 16
Views: 525

Re: Eurotrip 2019: Exploring the French coastline

Nice photos and fun read.
I'm looking forward to the rest of the trip report.
by Ramon C
January 2nd, 2020, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 6
Views: 390

Re: TN: 2000 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

Nice data point. Thanks, as I have some.

I've been happy with a couple of 2000's that I've had last year (Magdelaine and Sociando Mallet), especially after 2+ hours of decanting.
by Ramon C
December 29th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Offline Curmudgeoning should not be contained to only NYC!
Replies: 24
Views: 1093

Re: Offline Curmudgeoning should not be contained to only NYC!

Those that got into it with this thread, as well as with the one that got locked (and somebody apparently was banned), are simply doing it in the spirit of Happy Festivus!

Not that there's anyhing wrong with that.
by Ramon C
December 29th, 2019, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: My concerns my 1995 Bdx would never come around were unfounded
Replies: 48
Views: 1553

Re: TN: My concerns my 1995 Bdx would never come around were unfounded

Pat Martin wrote:
December 29th, 2019, 4:02 pm
My first 95 GPL was the one you brought to Fabio’s, Jay. I bought a case after that showing.
One of my 2nd from Jay's stash, iirc.
95 GPL > 96 GPL.
by Ramon C
December 29th, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11152
Views: 410377

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Diane Kessler wrote:
December 29th, 2019, 5:59 am
1986 Gruaud Larose - surprisingly youthful with bright cherry, cedar, tobacco, and a deliciously long finish. Tannins are softening and there is plenty of life left. Exquisite pairing with lamb cassoulet at Union Square Cafe.
Great wine. Easily among my top Bordeaux of the vintage.
by Ramon C
December 29th, 2019, 6:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: My concerns my 1995 Bdx would never come around were unfounded
Replies: 48
Views: 1553

Re: TN: My concerns my 1995 Bdx would never come around were unfounded

I liked the 95 Cos very much. Funny story, Ramon, curious what you guys had in the line-up. I’m a big fan of the 95 SM and a huge fan of 95 SM Jean Gautreau. Read back on Pat's link below and here were the wines, in case you don't want to read through all the banters. In recollection, back then, th...
by Ramon C
December 28th, 2019, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: My concerns my 1995 Bdx would never come around were unfounded
Replies: 48
Views: 1553

Re: TN: My concerns my 1995 Bdx would never come around were unfounded

The 95 Cos has been pretty terrific as long ago as like 2010, Ramon. You brought a wonderful bottle of it to a tasting, I recall. But that said, I don’t plan to crack into my big guns from 95 until they hit 30. Oh yes, the BWE days when Jim How was pounding the table for an SM that he said will tro...
by Ramon C
December 28th, 2019, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: My concerns my 1995 Bdx would never come around were unfounded
Replies: 48
Views: 1553

Re: TN: My concerns my 1995 Bdx would never come around were unfounded

I’m close to giving up and emptying my 2 mixed cases down the drain! ☹️

Thanks to my favorite and reliable sages that voiced out their $.02 here, I’ll keep holding.

For those who like to check out at milestone years, it’ll be 25 next year.
by Ramon C
December 27th, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Barolo of the year ?
Replies: 78
Views: 4845

Re: What is your Barolo of the year ?

I don't get to drink much Barolo, but this one from our local group's year-end dinner was a standout.


1989 B Giacosa Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba Barolo Riserva
by Ramon C
December 27th, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: NY Style Pizza Recs
Replies: 54
Views: 1719

Re: NY Style Pizza Recs

Been to Luzzo's 2 or 3 times and last being more than 2 years ago, mostly because of the friendly $10/$15 corkage and all the time with visiting non-winegeek relatives who insist on me treating them to some wines over NYC pizza.

Good pizza, NYC style, nothing spectacular.
by Ramon C
December 26th, 2019, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then
Replies: 131
Views: 5085

Re: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then

Good to read here about Vieux Donjon not being Cambied pre 2001. Not that I've tasted the Cambie-influenced ones post 2001, but I'm relying on my general preferences of non-modern CdPs. Holding on to my last (currently) available VD, a 1999 magnum.
by Ramon C
December 24th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1959 Dinner - Comtes (‘06), Huet x 2, Imperial, 890, Cos, BAMA, Magdelaine, Coulee de Serrant
Replies: 26
Views: 1228

Re: TN: 1959 Dinner - Comtes (‘06), Huet x 2, Imperial, 890, Cos, BAMA, Magdelaine, Coulee de Serrant

If you’re going to drink some ‘59s, why not throw in a magnum of Magdelaine?

Cool.
by Ramon C
December 24th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Just another 2000 Magdelaine tasting note.
Replies: 9
Views: 508

Re: TN: Just another 2000 Magdelaine tasting note.

Jayson,

With less-and-less Magdelaine local sightings on retail these days, holding tight with few remaining bottles is good idea for me, But, man, you have some cool access after imbibing on that magnum of ‘59.
by Ramon C
December 24th, 2019, 6:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Just another 2000 Magdelaine tasting note.
Replies: 9
Views: 508

Re: TN: Just another 2000 Magdelaine tasting note.

A steal at those prices! Purchased mine at the low end of that range. Mine are clearly better as I paid more than that recently, from UK, pre-tariff. We should have a taste-off! Thanks for the note, Ramon! [cheers.gif] Yeah, with Brexit, local tariffs and whatever else, it's probably a good time to...

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