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by Ramon C
June 12th, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine with grilled octopus?
Replies: 47
Views: 1599

Re: What wine with grilled octopus?

+ here on earlier suggestion of dry Sherry. Yum!
by Ramon C
June 11th, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So who here bought the Gonon Vieilles Vignes?
Replies: 20
Views: 2041

Re: So who here bought the Gonon Vieilles Vignes?

The price differential between Gonon's VV and his normale wines is more similar with differentials between Bordeaux First Growths and their respective 2nd wines, with the Bordeaux differential being more warranted given the wide disparity in wine performances. In the case of Gonon and based on the 0...
by Ramon C
June 9th, 2019, 5:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine visits - Chablis, Burgundy, Northern Rhone (update) and Barolo
Replies: 32
Views: 2646

Re: Wine visits - Chablis, Burgundy, Northern Rhone (update) and Barolo

Good read, notes and photos. Always wondered about Sorrel's wine styles and appreciate the information share. Thanks.
by Ramon C
June 7th, 2019, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Bodegas Muga Rioja Gran Reserva Prado Enea
Replies: 7
Views: 398

Re: TN: 2005 Bodegas Muga Rioja Gran Reserva Prado Enea

I've had quite a few of these but none more recent than the 2004 vintage, and the oldest one being a very good 1970 about 4-5 years ago. Each I had, I would put squarely into the classic camp. I'm not David, but if I may just chime in, I found oak to be visible with young versions I had, but played ...
by Ramon C
June 6th, 2019, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some more wines - Rougeard, Latour a Pomerol, Lahaye, Bise...
Replies: 28
Views: 1712

Re: Some more wines - Rougeard, Latour a Pomerol, Lahaye, Bise...

Good to know that some '04 Rougeards may be starting to drink well. My last '04 was a Le Bourg ordered/drank off of a restaurant list less than 2 years ago. While it showed all the silky texture and grand cru make-up of a fine Cab Franc, it was obviously very young and took all of our 3-hour dinner ...
by Ramon C
June 5th, 2019, 5:41 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Foreign Transaction Fees
Replies: 13
Views: 798

Re: Foreign Transaction Fees

I choose to pay in local currency as I understand my credit card bank exchange rate (e.g. Euros to Dollars) is more favorable than the exchange rate used by the merchants and its bank (called Dynamic Currency Conversion). The same holds true for ATM withdrawals. The Dynamic Currency Conversion (con...
by Ramon C
June 4th, 2019, 3:39 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTT: Clos Rougeard Les Poyeux
Replies: 3
Views: 525

Re: WTT: Clos Rougeard Les Poyeux

Ross W wrote:
June 3rd, 2019, 6:16 am
Hey Ramon...I have extra 06 and 09 and would trade

Nice, a local. Let’s do, Ross. Which ones (vintages), how many and when do you need?

Or, instead and better, let's just gather and drink some.
by Ramon C
May 31st, 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTT: Clos Rougeard Les Poyeux
Replies: 3
Views: 525

Re: WTT: Clos Rougeard Les Poyeux

Bump: With the current resurrection of good Rougeard TNs in the Wine Talk forum.
by Ramon C
May 31st, 2019, 3:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some more wines - Rougeard, Latour a Pomerol, Lahaye, Bise...
Replies: 28
Views: 1712

Re: Some more wines - Rougeard, Latour a Pomerol, Lahaye, Bise...

I'm sorry folks but on our trip to Lucalis we were told we could open one 750 ml bottle of wine with dinner and I chose to open the Soldera with the marguerita pizza. So nothing to report on the Rougeaurd. Will probably pull a cork on one in the next few months and will post TN then. FWIW, the Sold...
by Ramon C
May 27th, 2019, 11:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Pizza - what is the Best Pizza in NYC? Wishing a NYC Pizza tour suggestions
Replies: 92
Views: 4368

Re: Pizza - what is the Best Pizza in NYC? Wishing a NYC Pizza tour suggestions

Had some delicious pizza at Tramonti in the East Village over the weekend. They use some of the most authentic/imported/tasty tomatoes and sauces from their hometown and the Fior di Latte mozzarella, another Tramonti specialty, is a step up from the regular mozzarella in most pizza. The pasta dishe...
by Ramon C
May 26th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hungarian Wine Recommendations
Replies: 41
Views: 1080

Re: Hungarian Wine Recommendations

Where you at in Prague? Wine O'clock? There's a good wine bar scene in Prague. Canceled at last-minute Wine O’Clock reservation whose website showed mostly southern Italian foods and wines for a winebar which a local wine-importer friend recommended - Vinograf. Very happy with foods and offered win...
by Ramon C
May 25th, 2019, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hungarian Wine Recommendations
Replies: 41
Views: 1080

Re: Hungarian Wine Recommendations

Drank two glasses of 2013 Szent Tamás Szőlőbirtok és Pincészet Nyulászó 1-es hordó Tokaji Édes Szamorodni with foie gras last night. I know that it is botrytised Tokaji and the sommelier said that it was an auction wine. What else should I know? It was delicious, with excellent acidity to balance t...
by Ramon C
May 24th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hungarian Wine Recommendations
Replies: 41
Views: 1080

Re: Hungarian Wine Recommendations

Drank two glasses of 2013 Szent Tamás Szőlőbirtok és Pincészet Nyulászó 1-es hordó Tokaji Édes Szamorodni with foie gras last night. I know that it is botrytised Tokaji and the sommelier said that it was an auction wine. What else should I know? It was delicious, with excellent acidity to balance t...
by Ramon C
May 24th, 2019, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bandol (rouge) drinking windows
Replies: 11
Views: 1214

Re: Bandol (rouge) drinking windows

Tempier experiences here.

93s/95s (Miguoa and Tourtine) drinking very well the last 6 years. 2000 Special cuvee was very tannic and young 2 years ago.
by Ramon C
May 24th, 2019, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10505
Views: 343774

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Mike Evans wrote:
May 24th, 2019, 7:46 am
Quite a few last night:

Like + Awe emoticon.
by Ramon C
May 23rd, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some more wines - Rougeard, Latour a Pomerol, Lahaye, Bise...
Replies: 28
Views: 1712

Re: Some more wines - Rougeard, Latour a Pomerol, Lahaye, Bise...

Jay Miller wrote:
May 22nd, 2019, 6:00 pm
Greg Mitrakas wrote:
May 22nd, 2019, 4:02 pm
I am bringing an 04 poyeux to lucalis in Brooklyn this weekend and will report back on how its showing.
Thank you!
+1.
by Ramon C
May 21st, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10505
Views: 343774

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Monday dinner with visiting buddy at El Quinto Pino (NYC).

1986 Ch. Meyney Saint- Estephe
1985 Ch. Cantemerle, Haut-Medoc
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by Ramon C
May 21st, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some more wines - Rougeard, Latour a Pomerol, Lahaye, Bise...
Replies: 28
Views: 1712

Re: Some more wines - Rougeard, Latour a Pomerol, Lahaye, Bise...

Good to know where the 05 Rougeard Poyeux is. I wonder if the 04 is also starting to rock. No recent experience with any Rougeard 04s unfortunately. I only own 1 bottle so I'm holding back. The 05 was part of a case purchase I split with John Gilman 9 years ago and I still have 5 more. Tempted to s...
by Ramon C
May 21st, 2019, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some more wines - Rougeard, Latour a Pomerol, Lahaye, Bise...
Replies: 28
Views: 1712

Re: Some more wines - Rougeard, Latour a Pomerol, Lahaye, Bise...

Good to know where the 05 Rougeard Poyeux is.
I wonder if the 04 is also starting to rock.
by Ramon C
May 21st, 2019, 7:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2070
Views: 114774

Re: New York City Restaurants

Mike Cohen wrote:
May 21st, 2019, 7:20 am
Where can I get the best fish taco in NYC? I really love the tacos at Empellon, but those are fancy. I'm talking super tasty, but super casual tacos.
I've not had Empellon's, but we enjoyed our tacos here:

https://www.oxomoconyc.com/menus/#dinner-1
by Ramon C
May 20th, 2019, 6:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A pair of 2003 Pegau
Replies: 12
Views: 922

Re: TN: A pair of 2003 Pegau

Thanks tor the TNs.

Will definitely pull out a 2003 Reservee this year to try what I held on since purchased at-release.
by Ramon C
May 19th, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2070
Views: 114774

Re: New York City Restaurants

We'll be in NYC over July 4th and are planning to brave the masses and try to watch the fireworks. Any restaurant suggestions in the Seaport area ? We 're not looking for an amazing dining experience or an incredible wine list, but hoping to hear some ideas here so I'm not stuck with TripAdvisor as...
by Ramon C
May 19th, 2019, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10505
Views: 343774

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2016 Franck Balthazar Cornas Chaillot.

Ordered btg and was a solid pairing with Steak Mazemen (broth-less ramen) at Niche-Nakamura NYC.

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by Ramon C
May 19th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Northern Rhone Documentary
Replies: 8
Views: 1252

Re: Northern Rhone Documentary

Awesome documentary.

Thanks for sharing.
by Ramon C
May 19th, 2019, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac
Replies: 3
Views: 265

Re: TN: 1998 Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac

TN: 1998 Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac. A touch overripe on the nose, but not overt or distracting. Wow, this is really a wine that eats like a meal. Blackberry liquor coats the palate. Heavy white pepper finish. Sour end with air. For all its power, it lacks nuance, and one glass is eno...
by Ramon C
May 18th, 2019, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1978 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde
Replies: 5
Views: 326

Re: TN: 1978 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde

Cool note and photo on a wine I’ve not/wished had. But liked the 80s versions I’ve had, especially the 83 and 85.

Patiently holding on to my remaining 91.
by Ramon C
May 17th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wine and food in Orvieto, Italy?
Replies: 6
Views: 179

Re: Wine and food in Orvieto, Italy?

I Sette Consoli is our most preferred restaurant in the city. Dined here 3 times over the years, including one time when we took the train from-and-back-to Rome just to visit and do lunch. Advanced reservations is a must. 5 minute leisurely walk, all within the old town, from the main Duomo piazza....
by Ramon C
May 16th, 2019, 5:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10505
Views: 343774

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

This.

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by Ramon C
May 14th, 2019, 6:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Viña Tondonia
Replies: 26
Views: 1005

Re: TN: 2009 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Viña Tondonia

Anybody with thoughts on why this would be in the $250 range here.

I've tasted different vintages during a few visits at the winery and, while I think they are good wines, and I recall that they were selling them for mid Euro 30s. Irrational speculation?
by Ramon C
May 12th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Venice/Rome/Sorrento
Replies: 14
Views: 395

Re: Venice/Rome/Sorrento

Anyhow, We are going to Venice, Cinque Terre, Rome and Sorrento; I'm hoping some recommendations can come in from those of you who are well traveled and share some restaurants. Non touristy places. Meaning, better food, better prices and ideally not as crowded. I appreciate the time and recommendat...
by Ramon C
May 12th, 2019, 6:03 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC tasting group
Replies: 11
Views: 477

Re: NYC tasting group

Paul Jaouen wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Ramon C wrote:
May 5th, 2019, 7:47 am
Can't say how a regular I can be, given crazy work and family schedules, but am keen here.
Not to mention all the other wine dinners you attend. [cheers.gif]

... and there’s still never enough time for all the wine dinners that I’d like to, or wish I could, attend.
by Ramon C
May 11th, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO
Replies: 586
Views: 58437

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

Donburiya in Hell's Kitchen, awesome Izakaya menu with enough sake, Japanese whisky and Japanese beers in their list. But, a byob bottle of 2001 Clos des Papes CdP still worked out quite well with most of our ordered dishes. $30 corkage with uninspired wine glasses. Good overall service. But will s...
by Ramon C
May 9th, 2019, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords
Replies: 28
Views: 864

Re: TN: 2005 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords

I've only had the 05 Clissson once, courtesy of Ian. Neither the 07 nor the 09 quite matched it for me. I found one of my last bottles of the 07 to be flabbier without having developed anything to compensate for that loss. The 09 is still doing beautifully. But, on balance, while I'll still age my ...
by Ramon C
May 9th, 2019, 7:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Important vs. Unimportant tastings
Replies: 39
Views: 1685

Re: Important vs. Unimportant tastings

John Morris wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 6:50 am
I'd say the chief factor is the note-taker's sense of self-importance. neener

(My thread's heading was poking fun at Tom Reddick's.)
This was obvious, and nicely done, if I may. [cheers.gif]

Enjoyed both reads.
by Ramon C
May 9th, 2019, 4:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10505
Views: 343774

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Fun wines during dinner with visiting bro-in-law at Butter Midtown (NYC) yesterday evening.

1995 Jaboulet Aine Hermitage La Chapelle
1996 Jadot Clos des Ursules 1er Cru
1999 Sociando-Mallet Haut Medoc

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by Ramon C
May 8th, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: An unimportant tasting of 2016 Bordeaux
Replies: 45
Views: 2005

Re: TN: An unimportant tasting of 2016 Bordeaux

Sounds fun. We used to do Bordeaux at release tastings that became the bases for my purchases, but we stopped when Matt R left NYC late last decade. 2016's looks like my kind of Bordeaux that may urge me to buy and store a few.
by Ramon C
May 8th, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Pricing - Canada and US
Replies: 30
Views: 1176

Re: Wine Pricing - Canada and US

The fixed mark-up on Italian bargains may explain the lower prices in Ontario.

But how much of these bottles are available? I don't see them on the shelves and when I ask, the guy/gal would say they sold out the day they came out.
by Ramon C
May 7th, 2019, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords
Replies: 28
Views: 864

Re: TN: 2005 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords

These data points are helpful to those looking to age Pépière's Briords, including myself. I read here, and not disagreeing, that overly extending the cellar time beyond may not have the desired optimal results. I've recently had 10 year-old samples from 2009/10 that still showed fresh with liveline...
by Ramon C
May 6th, 2019, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: An important tasting of Chateaux Magdelaine and Bel-Air Monange, 1970-2014 with a 1971 Figeac "ringer"
Replies: 36
Views: 1575

Re: An important tasting of Chateaux Magdelaine and Bel-Air Monange, 1970-2014 with a 1971 Figeac "ringer"

Jay Miller wrote:
May 6th, 2019, 6:35 am
Thank you both for the excellent notes! Since I own a fair number of those Magdelaine vintages they'll be quite useful in the future.
+1. I've a few, as well.
by Ramon C
May 6th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Pricing - Canada and US
Replies: 30
Views: 1176

Re: Wine Pricing - Canada and US

I travel frequently to Toronto and at more than a few times visited local government-owned wine stores at Queen's Quay and along Bloor/Summerhill areas. I haven't found any wine that I would like to buy that's cheaper than when I canvass US online stores. All are 33% to 150% the prices that I would ...
by Ramon C
May 5th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing help. Fish Veracruz
Replies: 17
Views: 472

Re: Pairing help. Fish Veracruz

GregT wrote:
May 5th, 2019, 11:34 am
gamay? spatlese riesling? Young fruity merlot?
Man, those would be horrible. I don't like sweetness or sweet fruit with fish.

I'd go with a fino sherry or Greek white, Albariño, Txakolina, Muscadet, or any really crisp white that has no RS.

Or of course, 2007 CdP.
Those.
by Ramon C
May 5th, 2019, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11077
Views: 494569

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Pat Martin wrote:
May 5th, 2019, 8:34 am
1998 Magdelaine
PYCM Rully
Good combo.
by Ramon C
May 5th, 2019, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cotat & Snapper
Replies: 11
Views: 505

Re: Cotat & Snapper

I like fresh, fruity, and crisp whites more... I've not had much luck with Sauvignon Blancs in the last few months... It's not always about zingy, afwe-type, bracing, slate-licking whites for me, especially as I do have to entertain guests who don't go for those. For light, fresh, fruity types, my ...
by Ramon C
May 5th, 2019, 7:47 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC tasting group
Replies: 11
Views: 477

Re: NYC tasting group

Can't say how a regular I can be, given crazy work and family schedules, but am keen here.
by Ramon C
May 4th, 2019, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10505
Views: 343774

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2001 CdP + Izakaya dinner @ Donburiya NYC = Delicious fun!

(+ a couple of Japanese beers)



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by Ramon C
May 4th, 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cotat & Snapper
Replies: 11
Views: 505

Re: Cotat & Snapper

Fish looks good!

I love Cotat wines. I used to buy quite a bit with intent to store and age, but instead drank them within months of purchase. I was not successful with the ones that I tried aging with premox hitting quite a few.
by Ramon C
May 4th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which varietal is least and which is best suited to new oak?
Replies: 55
Views: 1351

Re: Which varietal is least and which is best suited to new oak?

I don't prefer new oak taste, but to me Nebbiolo (from Piedmont) does it better. Don't like it in syrah. Would you like to buy some of my Aldo Conterno? :) Admittedly, I've more than enough (2 bottles of '96 Granbussia), thank you. Have to get a Lala (don't have nor the desire to have any) into the...
by Ramon C
May 4th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Loire Cab Franc and an Alsace Riesling
Replies: 5
Views: 344

Re: TN: A Loire Cab Franc and an Alsace Riesling

Faryan, I've been visiting Hearth, maybe at least once a year since they had opened early in the century, and they haven't missed a beat. As a matter of fact, my small party of foodie in-laws were all very pleased with foods that we shared, in spite of the high noise level and being quite off with t...

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