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by Ramon C
September 14th, 2019, 3:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10746
Views: 388029

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

A fun dinner-tasting with a bunch of La Mission Haut Brion.


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by Ramon C
September 11th, 2019, 5:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pizza wines: 82 Magdelaine, 06 G Conterno, 81 LdH, 15 Jamet etc.
Replies: 37
Views: 1312

Re: Pizza wines: 82 Magdelaine, 06 G Conterno, 81 LdH, 15 Jamet etc.

Greg K wrote:
September 10th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Mark Golodetz wrote:
September 10th, 2019, 2:40 pm
If you guys can hold your horses, my charity tasting next year will be a Magdelaine vertical going back to 1970, with a stray bottle of 1959 thrown in.
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by Ramon C
September 10th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pizza wines: 82 Magdelaine, 06 G Conterno, 81 LdH, 15 Jamet etc.
Replies: 37
Views: 1312

Re: Pizza wines: 82 Magdelaine, 06 G Conterno, 81 LdH, 15 Jamet etc.

Jayson Cohen wrote:
September 10th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Greg K wrote:
September 10th, 2019, 1:56 pm


Sorry about that.
I see you are planning for my birthday next year! Good plan!
For birthday next year? Do it sooner (this year).
by Ramon C
September 8th, 2019, 11:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10746
Views: 388029

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1964 Produttori del Barbaresco - with dinner at Porsena, NYC Gloriously at peak, with several more years to stay that way. 95CE2CEA-9D81-4AD5-B076-EC155594247F.jpeg Ramon, That's great news here. I have one bottle, and three of the '64 Riserva Speciale arriving soon. Cheers, Atb with your bottles, ...
by Ramon C
September 6th, 2019, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTN: Syrah Tasting (Benetiere, Allemand, Lagier Meredith, Enfield, etc.)
Replies: 15
Views: 1272

Re: WTN: Syrah Tasting (Benetiere, Allemand, Lagier Meredith, Enfield, etc.)

That is one heck of a performance by Benetiere, given the heavyweight competition, at least those producers that I've had experiences with.
by Ramon C
September 6th, 2019, 6:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 226
Views: 10772

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?

My last 2005 Cordeloux, drank 2 years ago, was good but I thought could still use a few more years to integrate a bit more. The vintage had all the Cote Rotie components that I want and made me a believer in Benetiere.
by Ramon C
September 6th, 2019, 6:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10746
Views: 388029

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2007 Dom. du Haut Bourg “Origine du Haut Bourg” Muscadet

Always nice to chance upon a fun-drinking, lively Loire white with a bit of age on it. Still fun in day 2.

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by Ramon C
September 3rd, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Magdelaine
Replies: 71
Views: 3327

Re: 2000 Magdelaine

2000 just too young for now?
by Ramon C
September 2nd, 2019, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 226
Views: 10772

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?

A lot of fuzz here. Cool way to settle this is a Polaner vs Panzer taste-off. [popcorn.gif] I have a Polaner bottle or 3 - who’s around the week of the 9th? [stirthepothal.gif] I have a Panzer - 2011. At least I think that's where Faryan got the bottles that he shared. Edited: Can't do week of the ...
by Ramon C
September 1st, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 226
Views: 10772

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?

A lot of fuzz here.

Cool way to settle this is a Polaner vs Panzer taste-off. [popcorn.gif]
by Ramon C
September 1st, 2019, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few choice dinner wines: 02 DP, 04 Krug, 08 Rougeard, 94 Hommage, 00 Sorrel, 07 red label
Replies: 31
Views: 1321

Re: A few choice dinner wines: 02 DP, 04 Krug, 08 Rougeard, 94 Hommage, 00 Sorrel, 07 red label

I did, and nuts. I like Rougeard, but at that tab I'd much rather have a top tier right bank Bordeaux or something like a PLL with a trophy vintage premium. Did a dinner a few months back comparing some Rougeards to Cheval Blancs. Rougeards were great, but not on the same level. At that price or th...
by Ramon C
August 30th, 2019, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few choice dinner wines: 02 DP, 04 Krug, 08 Rougeard, 94 Hommage, 00 Sorrel, 07 red label
Replies: 31
Views: 1321

Re: A few choice dinner wines: 02 DP, 04 Krug, 08 Rougeard, 94 Hommage, 00 Sorrel, 07 red label

Yea I was gonna post something similar, Salil. When I had it - and yes it’s been a few years - it was not on the same plane as 2003, 2005, 2007, 09, 10 or even, surprisingly, 11. Sounds like time has brought it together. Agreed. It's not just Rougeard - I found a lot of other 08 reds in the Loire a...
by Ramon C
August 30th, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: 50% Off Snake River Farms Wagyu at Eataly Flatiron NYC
Replies: 0
Views: 296

50% Off Snake River Farms Wagyu at Eataly Flatiron NYC

50% off on NY bone-in strip and sirloin at NYC Eataly Flatiron. Today only.

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by Ramon C
August 30th, 2019, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few choice dinner wines: 02 DP, 04 Krug, 08 Rougeard, 94 Hommage, 00 Sorrel, 07 red label
Replies: 31
Views: 1321

Re: A few choice dinner wines: 02 DP, 04 Krug, 08 Rougeard, 94 Hommage, 00 Sorrel, 07 red label

Have drank a couple of 2008 Rougeard Le Clos over the last year and were very impressed with the only-in-Rougeard silky texture, the current drink-ability and complexity, as well as the seeming ability to keep in that stage (or better) for many more years. I've not touched any of my 2008 Poyeux and ...
by Ramon C
August 28th, 2019, 6:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience
Replies: 33
Views: 1174

Re: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience

Good thread. This is helpful as I'm on plan to expand my Sake appreciation with a (mainly) Sake-tasting itinerary early next year.
by Ramon C
August 27th, 2019, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1985 ch. Canon length of decant?
Replies: 6
Views: 348

Re: 1985 ch. Canon length of decant?

Ian above speaks it.

Also a good way to let sediment settle and decant out.
by Ramon C
August 27th, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2159
Views: 128730

Re: New York City Restaurants

My wife and I had dinner at Frenchette yesterday evening. It's a Monday prime time, and this place is very busy. But, in spite, we can't find anything negative to note about the service which, I think, they've pretty much perfected as our efficiently attentive wait staff clearly know how to keep us ...
by Ramon C
August 26th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 82
Views: 2272

Re: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

I actually found this a little entertaining and humorous, but now it's starting to wear out. Well, point was made (over and over and over and over again) and it looks like Christopher may be losing plenty of sleep over the negative 2000 HBL review from Alex's blog page where, apparently, he's the lo...
by Ramon C
August 26th, 2019, 2:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10746
Views: 388029

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2016 Felsina Chianti Classico



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by Ramon C
August 24th, 2019, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Phil Mickelson likes wine
Replies: 37
Views: 2753

Re: Phil Mickelson likes wine

Phil's grabbing bottle with left hand.

Btw, Phil's man boobs still a good b-cup, even when he inhaled as much as he can.
by Ramon C
August 24th, 2019, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dauvissat, Marionnet, Pavelot, Chave
Replies: 2
Views: 445

Re: TN: Dauvissat, Marionnet, Pavelot, Chave

1994 Chave Hermitage Blanc. Either this bottle was not representative (my suspicion) or I just continue to have a hard time with cellared Rhône whites. Pretty much an enigma wine to me. I don't drink nor have had many of the Blanc version. Very few in my drinking off-lines bring this stuff and I do...
by Ramon C
August 23rd, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Phil Mickelson likes wine
Replies: 37
Views: 2753

Re: Phil Mickelson likes wine

This ..... is what those that played East Lake will be drinking on Sunday after golf.

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by Ramon C
August 23rd, 2019, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2002 Léoville Barton
Replies: 7
Views: 596

Re: 2002 Léoville Barton

Last night. This is a seamless, surprisingly opulent Léoville Barton, with layers of black fruits, spices and herbs. Impressive elegance and length. An irresistible touch of barnyard in the background underlines the classic character of this seamless Saint-Julien, but it’s not ‘filigreed’ enough to...
by Ramon C
August 23rd, 2019, 6:04 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: NYC restaurants that wont break the bank...
Replies: 32
Views: 1954

Re: NYC restaurants that wont break the bank...

Italian Emporio - 231 Mott St Mercato - 352 W39th @9th Marta - 29 E 29th Il Buco Alimentaria - 53 Great Jones Gene's - 73 W 11th Lanza's - 168 1st Ave Porsena - 21 E 7th St Not Italian Cherche Midi - 282 Bowery @ Houston -Burgers Socarrat - 259 W19th 7th/8th Paella Chelsea Market (in particular Los...
by Ramon C
August 22nd, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: World Famous Pizza Joint and Wine Offline destination is shuttered.
Replies: 52
Views: 2769

Re: World Famous Pizza Joint and Wine Offline destination is shuttered.

Well, they've re-opened with a 6-year tax payment plan.
by Ramon C
August 21st, 2019, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 140
Views: 8019

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

Just to add, in case there's no bank branch in the foreign country, simply use ATM card to withdraw local currency from a reputable local bank's ATM (easy to discern, they will be ominous and with branches over the place). Indeed, the most ominous banks do seem to be everywhere. neener Thanks for t...
by Ramon C
August 21st, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 140
Views: 8019

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

Simple rules to follow: Purchases - use a credit card, preferably one with little to no FX fees. ATM Cash Withdrawals - use your debit card at a bank branch in country. Again, use one with little to no FX fees. Always purchase in Local currency. +1 on all. Just to add, in case there's no bank branc...
by Ramon C
August 20th, 2019, 7:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 140
Views: 8019

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

Sh@n A wrote:
August 20th, 2019, 7:18 am
One retailer did not take AMEX and said my debit card showed up as a credit card, so it seemed there was no way of avoiding a wire fee or 3% credit card fee (VISA)
THAT is the downside of Amex in Europe. Still has numerous establishments that do not accept.
by Ramon C
August 20th, 2019, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 140
Views: 8019

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

Beware the credit card fees for currency exchange. I was researching a new Visa, and in particular, a citibank 2% cash back. What I had to pry out of them was a 3% fee for exchanging dollars into pounds. Amex does not, and the rate is excellent. Not sure if current but Amex has different cards, som...
by Ramon C
August 18th, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16263
Views: 416486

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Follina Giana, from the Veneto, with delicious seared full squid appetizer at Porsena in NYC. Beer was medium-bodied, refreshingly tasty, gulp-able amber ale. Liked!

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by Ramon C
August 18th, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1986 Clerc Milon, 1999 Palmer
Replies: 8
Views: 541

Re: TN: 1986 Clerc Milon, 1999 Palmer

I’ve had the 86 Clerc Milon many times and finished off a 4-pack purchase about 4 years ago. Up until then the wine was somewhat backwards, bordering on austere. I wish I was more patient.
by Ramon C
August 18th, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10746
Views: 388029

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1964 Produttori del Barbaresco
- with dinner at Porsena, NYC

Gloriously at peak, with several more years to stay that way.

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by Ramon C
August 14th, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile Vendanges Tardives
Replies: 19
Views: 668

Re: TN: 2000 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile Vendanges Tardives

David, did you get any premoxed 02s? I cancelled an order of 02 half bottles after reading about Dale and Ramon’s poxed 375s. Even if my premoxed were 2001s in 375s, and I would be gun shy in going for more halves, even in other vintages. So, I would think it was a good idea on your end. Btw, I've ...
by Ramon C
August 14th, 2019, 6:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile Vendanges Tardives
Replies: 19
Views: 668

Re: TN: 2000 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile Vendanges Tardives

Ugh! I've a couple of these in the remote storage. I'll check in on 1 soon. Btw, 2 bottles drank from my 2000 Homage a Jeanne Trimbach stash didn't work out well for me, either. However, my experiences with early 2000s vintages of the regular CFE was much more positive for the 2000 than the 2001/200...
by Ramon C
August 12th, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11698
Views: 558339

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Patrick, I had the 95 SM about 3 or 4 years ago, from a 6-pack purchase then. Tried a bottle and I recall it was closed hard then. I'll likely pull and give another bottle a shot soon.
by Ramon C
August 12th, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 226
Views: 10772

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?

I'll have a bottle open at my place tomorrow early evening if anyone wants to stop by. panzer, i didn't call because i'm not sure what we would discuss - so the innuendo of me not calling you isn't a thing. that said, since you mentioned it, can you please elucidate on the how and why a producer wo...
by Ramon C
August 12th, 2019, 4:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11698
Views: 558339

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

1 bottle 1985 Talbot $67 all-in at auction 13 bottles 2009 Ridge Geyserville $33 all-in at auction I was winning a 3 bottle lot of the 1995 Sociando Mallet, but someone named “alfalf” outbid me. Sound like anyone we know? Patrick, I’m waiting for post-summer delivery of a couple of 85s (Rauzan and ...
by Ramon C
August 11th, 2019, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Bernard Levet Côte-Rôtie La Chavaroche
Replies: 9
Views: 763

Re: TN: 2014 Bernard Levet Côte-Rôtie La Chavaroche

Dale McClaran wrote:
August 11th, 2019, 10:32 am
Lots of happy days ahead but certainly no regrets for the test drive last night. (92 pts.)[/list]
Only had a very few, from 3 different vintage of Levet wines, but enjoyed them all and made me a believer, and especially a very good 1998 that we had last month.
by Ramon C
August 8th, 2019, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11698
Views: 558339

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Our local usually-Bordeaux group once again diverted and we had a bunch of multiple-producer Volnay (1998 - 2006) and some white Burgundy for dinner last week. I was impressed with the Lafarge that was in the mix and I chanced upon and bit on a couple of ...

2006 Dom. Lafarge Clos de Chenes Volnay
by Ramon C
August 8th, 2019, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visits to Sociando-M, HBL, Gruaud and Lafon-Rochet - rather long!
Replies: 13
Views: 707

Re: Visits to Sociando-M, HBL, Gruaud and Lafon-Rochet - rather long!

Thanks!

Enjoyable read and the contained information should be useful to would-be visitors.
by Ramon C
August 7th, 2019, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How far do wineries routinely ship grapes to make wine???
Replies: 50
Views: 1747

Re: How far do wineries routinely ship grapes to make wine???

Local NYC (Manhattan) winery called City Winery, yes we have a winery in our little island, claims to bring in grapes from California to make some of their wines.
by Ramon C
August 6th, 2019, 6:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 140
Views: 8019

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

how do you folks purchase from the UK to avoid the credit card transaction fees? I noticed a wire I have set up for a purchase has 3% embedded in the FX rate, and a retailer says my Debit card keeps showing up as a Credit Card (with a necessary 3% fee to tack on) Use credit cards with no foreign tr...
by Ramon C
August 6th, 2019, 5:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 140
Views: 8019

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

how do you folks purchase from the UK to avoid the credit card transaction fees? I noticed a wire I have set up for a purchase has 3% embedded in the FX rate, and a retailer says my Debit card keeps showing up as a Credit Card (with a necessary 3% fee to tack on) Use credit cards with no foreign tr...
by Ramon C
August 5th, 2019, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Val di Suga (Angelini) Brunello di Montalcino
Replies: 3
Views: 201

Re: TN: 1995 Val di Suga (Angelini) Brunello di Montalcino

A 1998 I had less than month ago was pleasing in many ways.

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by Ramon C
July 29th, 2019, 4:49 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16263
Views: 416486

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Occasional beer drinker here and gets excited when had one that rocked my boat. This did - IPA, made-brewed in Japan, awesome orange color, good warm-or-cold weather beer, and terrific with crispy pig’s ears and tsukemen ramen at NYC’s Momosan. Beer = Ozeno Yukidoke IPA AD9A2502-7EEB-4B9C-B55C-79842...
by Ramon C
July 29th, 2019, 5:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10746
Views: 388029

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2016 and 2017 Baudry Chinon Les Grezeaux Received late last week and with reading recent enthusiastic TNs, I opened a bottle each over the weekend. Quite a night and day experience it was. 2016: Tight, tannic, perhaps in a closed phase. B+/B re-tasted the 2016 on 08/26: Had time to double decant 2 h...
by Ramon C
July 28th, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Report back on a few days in the Jura and Beaujolais
Replies: 10
Views: 648

Re: Report back on a few days in the Jura and Beaujolais

Glad you enjoyed the Jura wines, Vin Jaune is very interesting, can also be pricey. Did you try dishes made with this? I had a "poulet au vin jaune" Spectacular..... If you go mid to late spring, you are likely to find the version with morels. Very high recommended. I had this very dish with morels...

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