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by F.Daner
April 19th, 2020, 5:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Bressler Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 21
Views: 952

Re: TN: 2009 Bressler Cabernet Sauvignon

Sherri- fyi if you're interested the TW here in Clearwater has the 06 and 13 Bressler for $95. That 06 is a great wine. I haven't opened a 13 to try yet. I own a couple bottles of this - long time buyer of Bressler cabs and always enjoy. Wish the pricing hadn’t climbed. The pricing climbed $20 in 15...
by F.Daner
April 19th, 2020, 5:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Mike Smith wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 430
Views: 32552

Re: What Mike Smith wine are you drinking tonight?

17 Myriad Napa was singing this past week with a Ribeye. Beautiful wine.
by F.Daner
April 5th, 2020, 4:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sojourn Cellars
Replies: 45
Views: 3155

Re: Sojourn Cellars

Great winery and people. Craig and the team are great. The mouthfeel on the pinot's are awesome. Great reminder for me.
Cheers
by F.Daner
March 29th, 2020, 1:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR 2016 Di Costanzo Farella
Replies: 8
Views: 1039

Re: TNR 2016 Di Costanzo Farella

Robert- this was one of my favorite wines that I tried last year and during our Sept trip to Napa. I purchased some more after our visit with Erin. Outstanding wine and the style is right in my sweet spot. Here was my note from our trip: 2016 Di Costanzo Farella- I've had the 13 and 14 recently and ...
by F.Daner
March 29th, 2020, 1:39 am
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Fogline Club 2014 Pinot Noir Library Case Special ***SOLD OUT***
Replies: 11
Views: 1378

Re: Fogline Club 2014 Pinot Noir Library Case Special

That's an easy yes !

Looking forward to trying these Evan.
by F.Daner
March 29th, 2020, 1:30 am
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: *Closing Wednesday 4/8* Di Costanzo Wines (Montecillo, Farella & DI CO)
Replies: 27
Views: 3335

Re: Di Costanzo Wines (Montecillo, Farella & DI CO)

Opened the Moon Mountain about a week ago. It's really excellent and was an easy reload for me. I will now let these babies sleep for several years. Awesome wine by great people. Easy to support. Cheers
by F.Daner
March 20th, 2020, 4:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recent New Orleans Eats
Replies: 134
Views: 10776

Re: Recent New Orleans Eats

Robert- I haven't looked in a bit but their is a FB Page "Where New Orleans eats" that is listing pickup and take out. Some might be shipping. I’d order frozen gumbo right now from my favorite haunts in New Orleans. Cochon used to sell mail order but I haven’t looked lately after they stopped years ...
by F.Daner
March 20th, 2020, 4:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford
Replies: 31
Views: 4157

Re: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford

J- we tasted an 03 Merlot and 05 Cab during our tasting back in Sept and they age wonderfully. I bought an 03 Merlot and will be opening soon. It reminded me of some wonderful older BDX's we've had at Berns in Tampa. Was inspired to open a 2016 tonight. Great wine I think the nose is really “classic...
by F.Daner
March 19th, 2020, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford
Replies: 31
Views: 4157

Re: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford

Hi Rory- really hoping we get to see you guys later this year. Stay safe and we'll do our best to support. I now have had the Zin and Merlot as well and all top notch. I'll continue to add to my stash of 16 and look forward to trying the 17. Cheers Fred, I'm glad you are digging the wines. I hope yo...
by F.Daner
March 15th, 2020, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best overperforming wine you’ve ever had
Replies: 98
Views: 5493

Re: Best overperforming wine you’ve ever had

Tough to pick one. My recent 2010 Forman was one of the best Cab's I've ever had so agree with Michael on this one. An 84 WS Russian River was an absolute revalation in what Cali pinot could become with age. Most recently the 2017 Bedrock Old Vine is an unbelievable value and just an outstanding win...
by F.Daner
March 15th, 2020, 12:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Miami Restaurant Reccos
Replies: 30
Views: 4922

Re: Miami Restaurant Reccos

Our last trip for awhile we hit Miami Beach before spending the weekend in Key Largo. We went to Macchialina and my wife loved it as much as I did from my prior business dinners. It really is an a terrific restaurant and they really deliver for the $. Only thing someone may not enjoy is it gets pret...
by F.Daner
March 15th, 2020, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford
Replies: 31
Views: 4157

Re: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford

I now have had the Zin and Merlot as well and all top notch. I'll continue to add to my stash of 16 and look forward to trying the 17.
by F.Daner
March 1st, 2020, 4:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Triggered at Total Wine
Replies: 16
Views: 2512

Re: Triggered at Total Wine

My problem with them is how hard they push their winery direct brands. I stop in from time to time to see what they have for bourbon and will always check out the Cabernet selection. I picked up 2 2012 Forman that were $20 below current release price. When I was checking out their Wine Manager took ...
by F.Daner
March 1st, 2020, 4:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recent New Orleans Eats
Replies: 134
Views: 10776

Re: Recent New Orleans Eats

Marshall- have you been to Carrolltown Market and La Petit Grocery ? Cheers! Marshall [cheers.gif] [/quote] We will be heading back in a few weeks. So far, only three rezzies, Gabrielle, Galatoire's (again) and Doris Metropolitan . We have plenty of other free nights so I am still planning. New Orle...
by F.Daner
February 20th, 2020, 3:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recent New Orleans Eats
Replies: 134
Views: 10776

Re: Recent New Orleans Eats

J- Il Ritorno in St Pete is one of the best restaurants in Tampa area. He really shows his best with his tasting meal. Al carte is very good but he really shows off the goods in a tasting format. Wine list is decent. I think corkage is one botte per table $30. Thanks for the updates Fred. We stayed ...
by F.Daner
February 16th, 2020, 6:05 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Boca Raton and Surrounding Areas
Replies: 14
Views: 1837

Re: Boca Raton and Surrounding Areas

32 East was one of my favorite restaurants in all of Florida. I don't get down to the area as much anymore but will have to check out Wine Bar and Grill when I do. If anyone is in the Miami area I highly recommend Macchialina on the beach. Terrific new Italian place delivering food like Nona used to...
by F.Daner
February 9th, 2020, 6:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
Replies: 102
Views: 9961

Re: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco - its all about BALANCE

Ian- are you getting anymore in ? Just bought a bunch at 35 from wine library...probably open one as soon as they arrive to see if I should go back for more No harm in opening, and day 2 it's even better. IMNHO, this is the best regular bottling release I've had in my life time. Absolutely stunning ...
by F.Daner
February 9th, 2020, 6:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recent New Orleans Eats
Replies: 134
Views: 10776

Re: Recent New Orleans Eats

Quick trip last week with a focus on seeing friends and family so limited meals out Drago's- big expansion to Metairie location. Charbroiled oysters as good as always but prefer Acme for other options Carrolltown Market- another awesome meal. It's becoming our new favorite. Maypop- ditto, what I rea...
by F.Daner
February 9th, 2020, 6:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Howell Mountain focused Napa trip
Replies: 24
Views: 1868

Re: Howell Mountain focused Napa trip

David- If VRBO/Air BnB is an option there are some nice spots on or near Dear Park road right off of the Trail. We've stayed there with friends at different properties and loved the location. You can shoot up the mountain or down the trail to other areas easily and 10 minutes or less to St Helena. I...
by F.Daner
January 26th, 2020, 4:41 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Traveling to Florence, looking for Tuscany Tour
Replies: 18
Views: 1845

Re: Traveling to Florence, looking for Tuscany Tour

We did not use these folks for a tour but used them to go from Florence to SML and then from Pienza to Florence airport. https://deluxelimoitaly.com/ Their pricing was very fair and they way over delivered with the service and vehicles. You can plan your own wineries and use them for car service. Mo...
by F.Daner
January 26th, 2020, 3:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Naperville IL
Replies: 4
Views: 1327

Re: Naperville IL

Thanks Chris. I saw a bunch of these online and then several when I headed downtown. For some reason I picked Rosebud instead of La Franscesca. Their wine list was a little better but was not a big fan of the food. Oh well, downtown is pretty neat and got to walk around a bit after dinner. I'll prob...
by F.Daner
January 21st, 2020, 1:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Naperville IL
Replies: 4
Views: 1327

Naperville IL

I've got an office nearby that I'll be visiting. Any recomendations for solid food with a good wines BTG list ? Italian, seafood, grill etc. Pretty much open to most cusuine.

Cheers
by F.Daner
January 19th, 2020, 8:24 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: Di Costanzo Wines
Replies: 29
Views: 3035

Re: Di Costanzo Wines

We did ours over lunch and had a great time and loved the wines.
DIANAD wrote:
January 18th, 2020, 12:16 pm
Sounds like a winery I’ll have to add to my tasting schedule later this month!
by F.Daner
January 19th, 2020, 8:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Florida “Fish” of the Week - Revisited
Replies: 18
Views: 2230

Re: Florida “Fish” of the Week - Revisited

Our Florida fish this week will be Yellowtail Snapper and Gulf Shrimp made with Issac Toups Couvillion recipe. My wife does a great job with it.

https://www.starchefs.com/cook/savory/i ... couvillion
by F.Daner
January 19th, 2020, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley
Replies: 66
Views: 7661

Re: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley

Interesting read and thanks for sharing. I happened to be there in October at the same time he was in town. I heard some of the same feedback he mentioned in the article about his personality. I tend to align to his palate so usually his reviews are pretty helpful for me. He also seems to have an in...
by F.Daner
January 19th, 2020, 5:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Naples, FL Dining
Replies: 16
Views: 1472

Re: Naples, FL Dining

We've eaten at Italian restaurants throughout Florida and this is one of the best. Worthy enough that my wife and I will be making a trip to Naples at some point to enjoy. It's been a few years but the pasta was some of the best I've had in the U.S.

http://www.albertosonfifth.com/menu/
by F.Daner
January 19th, 2020, 4:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few photos from recent Sonoma / Napa wine trip
Replies: 7
Views: 1024

Re: A few photos from recent Sonoma / Napa wine trip

That's weird. I reached out in the past via email and was able to set up a tasting w Tom at Detert. Love the wines and it was a very nice visit. This is the slow time of the year so normally you should be able to schedule something. I'll shoot you his email via pm in case you don't have it. I’m sett...
by F.Daner
January 18th, 2020, 2:32 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: Di Costanzo Wines
Replies: 29
Views: 3035

Re: Di Costanzo Wines

Great to see Erin and Massimo on the board. I am a big fan of their wines and they really hit the sweet spot for me for Napa Cab. Here are my notes from a visit in October. Can't say enough about them and love supporting folks like them and others who put everything they have in their business. 2017...
by F.Daner
January 14th, 2020, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford
Replies: 31
Views: 4157

Re: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford

Robert- Total Wine, ABC and Leukens have it for $50 in Tampa. Have to think TW and ABC should have in Orlando. I've retasted and conitnue to add when I see it. Damn this is great juice. Thanks for the note which I largely agree with! Reminds me of a slightly less stern and structured Mayacamas Caber...
by F.Daner
January 3rd, 2020, 4:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fogline Vineyards Visit
Replies: 35
Views: 2243

Re: Fogline Vineyards Visit

Hey Evan- couldn't agree more with you on the 2014 Syrah. It is excellent. Look forward to the Berserker day offer. Thanks guys. It has been a challenging year personally and while we are fine business wise I have seen a big decline in visitors to Sonoma County, I imagine due to the fires and flood ...
by F.Daner
December 30th, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fogline Vineyards Visit
Replies: 35
Views: 2243

Re: Fogline Vineyards Visit

Great thread. Had a Syrah tonight to check in on it and will be doing one of the pinots this week. Have yet to try a Bacchus so probably will go with the 13.

Evan- looks like you guys are doing well. Hope to see you in 2020.
by F.Daner
December 30th, 2019, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Fogline Vineyards Syrah Grist Vineyard
Replies: 1
Views: 267

Re: TN: 2013 Fogline Vineyards Syrah Grist Vineyard

I had the 14 Grist tonight. It was terrific from the get go with meaty dark fruit notes. It has some structure and a bit of tannin so still young. The wine really shined though with food as we had Shepards Pie with Lamb and it was an awesome combination. I don't drink a lot of Syrah and I think the ...
by F.Daner
December 29th, 2019, 4:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Miami Restaurant Reccos
Replies: 30
Views: 4922

Re: Miami Restaurant Reccos

We ended up going to Macchialina on South Beach. Our group for night 2 actually grew to 15 and the restaurant did a fantastic job on short notice. We did a 6pm seating and a multi course tasting menu for $59 per. 4 courses and 10 different dishes. Great food and service and quite the value especiall...
by F.Daner
December 28th, 2019, 6:58 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 816
Views: 30018

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Olivia V #2. Love this size and the robusto

For the College playoffs today when finished with wine: My Fathers Le Bijou 1922 Torpedo. Afficiando gave it Cigar of the year in 2015. We'll see how good it is and post back.
by F.Daner
December 28th, 2019, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1999
Views: 257481

Re: Official Costco Thread

Sherri- it's a good value at its regular price and a great value at $60. Modern style but very well made and polished. It really opened up with food and will reward a few more years of aging. 2016 Tenuta Argentiera for $60 in Tampa. Great Super Tuscan at the lowest cost I've seen in the states. I'm ...
by F.Daner
December 28th, 2019, 4:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Makes The Best Merlot In California?
Replies: 56
Views: 3550

Re: Who Makes The Best Merlot In California?

At the top end of the market Blankiet and Kapcsandy as I loved Denis Malbec's wines. I opened the 2008 Kap Roberta's Reserve for Christmas dinner. It had about 8 hours of air and 2+ hours decant. One of the best wines I've had this year. Still young but in a great spot. I thought it lost a touch of ...
by F.Daner
December 26th, 2019, 3:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Tenuta Argentiera Bolgheri Superiore - BestBuy
Replies: 4
Views: 532

Re: 2016 Tenuta Argentiera Bolgheri Superiore - BestBuy

We had on Christmas eve with pasta. It was excellent with a few hours in the decanter. Costco in the states has it for $60 so picked up a few more. We visited in Sept as well. Beautiful winery and location on Bolgheri.

Cheers
by F.Daner
December 26th, 2019, 3:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1999
Views: 257481

Re: Official Costco Thread

2016 Tenuta Argentiera for $60 in Tampa. Great Super Tuscan at the lowest cost I've seen in the states. I'm going back for a few more bottles.
by F.Daner
December 23rd, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visit w Di Costanzo Wines
Replies: 13
Views: 2440

Re: Visit w Di Costanzo Wines

I am going to open one tomorrow with some friends. I have 13-16 so not sure yet but the 16 is so good right now.
Chris Atkins wrote:
December 19th, 2019, 9:18 pm
I mistakenly opened a bottle of 2016 Farella Vineyard recently, rather than the intended 2013. No regrets however, I thought I was drinking Chateau Lafite!
by F.Daner
December 22nd, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford
Replies: 31
Views: 4157

Re: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford

I would make an appt but if you go off season and not a weekend you might be able to walk in. They do charge a fee but ours was waived as we bought wine and joined the wine club. We did the patio tasting which you do need to reserve. This is from memory but believe we tasted Current release SB, Char...
by F.Daner
December 22nd, 2019, 5:21 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Need Atlanta restaurant rec under specific circumstances...
Replies: 7
Views: 1588

Re: Need Atlanta restaurant rec under specific circumstances...

Aria or dining at The Chefs Table at the Four Seasons are probably your best bet. If your paring wines and drinking Uber is plentiful in Buckhead. Bacchinalia in Midtown could also be a good option. https://www.fourseasons.com/content/fshr/pages/en/properties/atlanta/dining.html Given your highly sp...
by F.Daner
December 22nd, 2019, 3:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford
Replies: 31
Views: 4157

Re: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford

Do you mean in general ? We had a great visit from when I posted this original note. Rory Williams reached out as well to connect but unfortunatley we just missed him. He offered to show us around and we'll definetly take him up on that when we visit next year. Had the 16 from half bottle this week....
by F.Daner
December 15th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford
Replies: 31
Views: 4157

Re: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford

RoberT- Luekens in Tampa has it for $55 which is around the wine club price if you make it over this way. Damn this is great juice. Thanks for the note which I largely agree with! Reminds me of a slightly less stern and structured Mayacamas Cabernet. Just a hint of green bell pepper if you really wa...
by F.Daner
December 14th, 2019, 4:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Larger group visit to Napa / Sonoma
Replies: 9
Views: 590

Re: Larger group visit to Napa / Sonoma

Mending Wall and Alpha Omega would be great choices on the higher end. Clos Du Val would be a good option for moderate priced Cabs. DiCostanza also has access to a larger tasting room at COPIA in Napa and could set up a private tasting there. Cab's range from $55-115 and they are some of my favorite...
by F.Daner
December 8th, 2019, 6:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Balanced, non fruit bomb cabernets?
Replies: 54
Views: 3042

Re: Balanced, non fruit bomb cabernets?

B-21 in state is a great option but many of the wineries mentioned will ship directly to Florida. Ruston, Frogs Leap, Calluna( Sonoma) and other now reguarly ship here. We have an open window now till April other than potential cold fronts out west. Lots of great suggestions so far and a lot of grea...
by F.Daner
December 7th, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Miami Restaurant Reccos
Replies: 30
Views: 4922

Re: Miami Restaurant Reccos

Thanks Richard. I may an evening when it's a much smaller group that we'll target. You confirmed what I was thinking.
richard ritter wrote:
December 7th, 2019, 8:37 am
I ate there and the food was excellent.However, the room was noisy so it might not be great for a business meeting of 10.
by F.Daner
December 7th, 2019, 4:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Balanced, non fruit bomb cabernets?
Replies: 54
Views: 3042

Re: Balanced, non fruit bomb cabernets?

+1 on these and they should be pretty accessable in the market place. Frogs Leap is also a great spot to visit. Long Meadow Ranch is another good one and excellent price point if you join their wine club. +1 on Frog's Leap and Ridge Estate. I would also add Keenan, which is not quite old school, but...
by F.Daner
December 7th, 2019, 4:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Miami Restaurant Reccos
Replies: 30
Views: 4922

Re: Miami Restaurant Reccos

Macchialina on South Beach sounds very good. Anyone been ? I have a business dinner the week of 12/16 but right now the host is leaning towards STK. Very different experience and price points. Macchialina sounds like it might not be a great spot for a group of 10 ?
by F.Daner
December 6th, 2019, 5:12 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix? Is that that good?
Replies: 16
Views: 1989

Re: Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix? Is that that good?

I've have seen and read reviews for the last few years and was able to go last night. I thought it was very good but would not rank it above Keste in NY. We loved this app that Bryan describes below. We went to the Town and Country location. Got there early and by the time we left it was full. Great...

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