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by F.Daner
October 5th, 2019, 6:26 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Italy (Rome/Florence/Venice) - June 2020
Replies: 9
Views: 744

Re: Italy (Rome/Florence/Venice) - June 2020

Rodney- plenty of time to plan. Michael posted some good threads including my report. Wish we would have had one more day in Florence. Here's another good one to review and make sure to check out the CT link embedded in the last post. Colin has an amazing write up on his trip with pics and wine revi...
by F.Daner
October 5th, 2019, 6:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 76
Views: 6229

Re: Winebid revised.....

I saw it across Napa Cab, Barolo and Burgs. I was batting about 60/40 so lost interest. May be just bad luck.... I have experienced the opposite. I with Victor, my experience has been solid, acceptable. Not perfect, but that’s not expected either when you are buying wines with some years on them fro...
by F.Daner
October 5th, 2019, 5:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 76
Views: 6229

Re: Winebid revised.....

Haven't bought or been on the site in quite some time but no longer a buyer. I was hitting too many duds after trying them after time in the cellar. The bottles all looked fine. No signs of damage but many were dull and not representative of the same wines purchased from the Winery or retail.
by F.Daner
October 5th, 2019, 4:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '16 Cepparello vs '16 Tignanello
Replies: 11
Views: 1224

Re: '16 Cepparello vs '16 Tignanello

Thanks Jeremy for putting Cepparello on my radar. My local retailer has them both. Quite the difference in price. Isn't the Cepparello generally 100% Sang where the Tignanello will blend in a small amount of Bdx varietals ? What are your thoughts on the Cepp Chianti Classico ? Seems like a great val...
by F.Daner
October 2nd, 2019, 4:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cab under $100
Replies: 77
Views: 5069

Re: Napa Cab under $100

To meet the criteria of what to drink now this would be my recommendation especially the 2009. My other thought since she liked the RC Affinity is 2010 or 2012 Robert Craig Howell or Mt Veeder. These might be the best $100 cabs out there and should be drinking great now. Benchmark has 1 bottle of th...
by F.Daner
October 2nd, 2019, 3:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Reserve Oakville
Replies: 3
Views: 511

Re: TN: 2014 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Reserve Oakville

Definitely worth a visit Jeff and their wine club pricing is pretty attractive for their top end bottles in comparison to others. I have yet to open one of those but they really impressed when I tasted with them 3 years ago.
jeffruggels wrote:
September 29th, 2019, 7:23 pm
sounds like right up my alley
by F.Daner
September 30th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: 50 Top Pizzeria Europe and North America
Replies: 14
Views: 1049

Re: 50 Top Pizzeria Europe and North America

I would imagine Pete Wells article about best pizza in NYC caused an uptick in business ?? I'm definitely going before the year is over. Saw a tweet from James Beard about this organization out of Naples and their Top 50 Pizzeria's in North America. Razza in NJ takes the top spot for North America. ...
by F.Daner
September 30th, 2019, 6:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: 50 Top Pizzeria Europe and North America
Replies: 14
Views: 1049

Re: 50 Top Pizzeria Europe and North America

Oh people will always disagree. That's what makes it fun but agree the quality of pizza has risen dramatically in North America. One of the best places I've had pizza recently was in Tulsa Ok at Andolini's. Haven't finished the list to see if it make top 100 but it sure should have. The reality is t...
by F.Daner
September 30th, 2019, 3:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: 50 Top Pizzeria Europe and North America
Replies: 14
Views: 1049

50 Top Pizzeria Europe and North America

Saw a tweet from James Beard about this organization out of Naples and their Top 50 Pizzeria's in North America. Razza in NJ takes the top spot for North America. It makes for some good reading and debate. Looks like I have a lot of places I need to check out. Calling Mike P.... https://www.50toppiz...
by F.Daner
September 29th, 2019, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Di Costanzo "Di Co" - anyone buying?
Replies: 45
Views: 4019

Re: Di Costanzo "Di Co" - anyone buying?

Yes they are. You can contact Erin via their website.
MikeVenezia wrote:
September 29th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Are these available to purchase still? Seems right up my alley and a great QPR, would love to get my hands on some!
by F.Daner
September 29th, 2019, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anybody buying the latest Blankiet release ?
Replies: 12
Views: 967

Re: Anybody buying the latest Blankiet release ?

Anyone visit lately ?
by F.Daner
September 29th, 2019, 4:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rome, Florence, Tuscany Michelin Starred Restaurants w/ Kids?
Replies: 19
Views: 1915

Re: Rome, Florence, Tuscany Michelin Starred Restaurants w/ Kids?

Barry- we had a great meal at Il Palagio but don't make the same mistake I did and not check the pricing on the pours from the wines they were doing from Coravin. They were way over priced. The list in general is as well. They do have nice BTG selections which is what we'll stick with if we go back....
by F.Daner
September 29th, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another blind Sunday
Replies: 8
Views: 856

Re: Another blind Sunday

Nice line up Scott !
by F.Daner
September 29th, 2019, 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Anyone Buying/Following Kapcsandy?
Replies: 42
Views: 3190

Re: Is Anyone Buying/Following Kapcsandy?

Hi Vincent he is not. He did take on that role at Blankiet where Denis also made the wines. According to the Kapcsandy website Tony Arcudi is the consulting winemaker. Denis left behind some very big shoes to fill. He made some of my all time favorite wines and was quite the gentleman. He gave us a ...
by F.Daner
September 29th, 2019, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Reserve Oakville
Replies: 3
Views: 511

TN: 2014 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Reserve Oakville

I'm not drinking nearly as much Napa Cabernet lately. I believe the 16 is getting released so wanted to revisit. Turnbull has some unbelievable vineyards in Oakville. Worth seeking out. 2014 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Reserve Oakville - USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville (9/29/2019) De...
by F.Daner
September 29th, 2019, 10:29 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: October trip to Piemonte then to Florence
Replies: 7
Views: 878

Re: October trip to Piemonte then to Florence

Justin- I'm a Marriott Rewards member and have a lot of points. We used them at the Westin in Florence. Beautiful hotel right on the river Arno. Great location and service. I posted a bunch about our trip and restaurants. Enoteca Pitti a board favorite is a must. Are you going south into Tuscany at ...
by F.Daner
September 29th, 2019, 5:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Di Costanzo "Di Co" - anyone buying?
Replies: 45
Views: 4019

Re: Di Costanzo "Di Co" - anyone buying?

Opened the 16 yesterday with friends and it was very good but drained too quickly as I think it would have improved with some time in the decanter. I'll be tasting the 17 in 3 weeks though I've already made my purchase. I bought last year, but will likely pass this year. The style was a little too f...
by F.Daner
September 29th, 2019, 4:12 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rome, Florence, Tuscany Michelin Starred Restaurants w/ Kids?
Replies: 19
Views: 1915

Re: Rome, Florence, Tuscany Michelin Starred Restaurants w/ Kids?

Great to hear Barry. They are batting 1000 w board members. Where are you going next ?? At Enoteca Pitti &Gola right now,great recommendation! Drinking a 96 Selpvapiana vignetto Bucerchiale 96 riserva that’s drinking perfectly (85 euros). Food menu is short but I loved what I got (chicken liver terr...
by F.Daner
September 29th, 2019, 4:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anybody Tried Drinkward Peschon 2016 Cab??
Replies: 10
Views: 1271

Re: Has Anybody Tried Drinkward Peschon 2016 Cab??

Thanks David. I saw someone in a different thread had posted $95. Glad to see it stayed the same as last year.
David McMillen wrote:
September 28th, 2019, 5:15 am
$75
by F.Daner
September 28th, 2019, 3:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anybody Tried Drinkward Peschon 2016 Cab??
Replies: 10
Views: 1271

Re: Has Anybody Tried Drinkward Peschon 2016 Cab??

What was the release price this year ?
by F.Daner
September 24th, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vine Hill Ranch "VHR" 2015
Replies: 8
Views: 1052

Re: Vine Hill Ranch "VHR" 2015

Assuming the 16 was released earlier this year ?
by F.Daner
September 22nd, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford
Replies: 9
Views: 852

Re: TN: 2012 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford

Thanks Andrew. I took quite a break. Other interests and commitments but I'm checking in a bit more. We had an unbelievable trip to Italy.
Andrew Demaree wrote:
September 22nd, 2019, 10:28 am
Good to see you posting a bit more, recently, Fred.
by F.Daner
September 22nd, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford
Replies: 9
Views: 852

Re: TN: 2012 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford

Thanks for the reminder to try one. I love Rutherford and wines that are a bit old school.
by F.Daner
September 22nd, 2019, 5:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Boston/Cambridge restaurant recommendations ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1755

Re: Boston/Cambridge restaurant recommendations ?

Neptune is a must. If your going to visit the North End and check out some of the historic sites go by and put your name on the list. They will call you about an hour later that your seats are ready. Last time we were there we got in line at 11am. We waited about 20 minutes and put our name on the l...
by F.Daner
September 22nd, 2019, 5:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tignanello Recommendation?
Replies: 20
Views: 1956

Re: Tignanello Recommendation?

Had the 13 in Italy a few weeks ago BTG and it was delish. On the hunt now for that one and some other vintages.
by F.Daner
September 18th, 2019, 1:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano
Replies: 37
Views: 2817

Re: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano

Wow Colin, incredible write up and trip. We trudged some of the same ground in Pienza, Sienna and Florence. Our kids are now 21 and 23 and my wife and I both thought about a future trip with them. I can understand why it was a special trip for you. Looks like we had some of the same wines as well. I...
by F.Daner
September 18th, 2019, 1:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano
Replies: 37
Views: 2817

Re: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano

Hey Dennis, just got back and it was an absolute blast. We had Locanda booked for class and lunch but my buddy got an awesome visit and lunch lined up at Col d'Orca so we had to cancel. I posted about that in wine talk section. The rest of the write up is in the travel forum: https://www.wineberserk...
by F.Daner
September 18th, 2019, 12:59 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Italy, -Florence, SML and Tuscany
Replies: 7
Views: 1061

Re: Eating and Drinking in Italy, -Florence, SML and Tuscany

Here are the highlights from the rest of our trip. Tuesday- lunch in Camolgi- Foccacia as first course from just about anywhere sitting by the sea and followed up by some awesome Gnochi Pomodoro from Pasta Fiorella. It's a fresh pasta shop that cooks pasta for lunch from 12-2pm. Pick your pasta and ...
by F.Daner
September 18th, 2019, 12:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rome, Florence, Tuscany Michelin Starred Restaurants w/ Kids?
Replies: 19
Views: 1915

Re: Rome, Florence, Tuscany Michelin Starred Restaurants w/ Kids?

Hey, whatever happened to Ben ? Posted once and then poof ? Barry- we just got back from Florence, SML, and Tuscany. We ate at the Osteria our first night. Wonderful experience all around. We got Bistecca and it was good but I would order something else for my secondi. Since we ordered beef I went w...
by F.Daner
September 18th, 2019, 12:30 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Tampa Bay Area Burg/Champagne Lovers?
Replies: 5
Views: 397

Re: Tampa Bay Area Burg/Champagne Lovers?

Burg and Barolo for me. I enjoy Champagne as well just don't have a lot of it. Perhaps something in the fall when the weather cools down.
by F.Daner
September 18th, 2019, 12:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 La Spinetta (Rivetti) - Barbaresco Vigneto Bordini (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)
Replies: 5
Views: 624

Re: TN: 2009 La Spinetta (Rivetti) - Barbaresco Vigneto Bordini (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)

I've only had the base Barbera for their wines from Piedmont but we did a tasting last week at the Casanova winery and really enjoyed their single label Sangiovese and Chianti. Quite a fun visit as well.
by F.Daner
September 18th, 2019, 12:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Detert East Block-Save the Date
Replies: 17
Views: 1572

Re: 2016 Detert East Block-Save the Date

Thanks Doug. Appreciate your thoughts on this one. I have tasted the regular CF and CS and quite enjoy the style. I taste with Tom Garrett every year which includes East Block from the beginning, reviewing the first three vintages (09-11 released together). The previous year we tasted the 2010 East ...
by F.Daner
September 18th, 2019, 12:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Di Costanzo "Di Co" - anyone buying?
Replies: 45
Views: 4019

Re: Di Costanzo "Di Co" - anyone buying?

Just realized most of this thread was for the 2016 initial release. I really enjoyed that wine and have 3 or 4 left to see how they develop. I'll be buying the 2017. Big fan of Massimo and his style. Still owe Mike Smith a thank you for introducing him to me.

cheers
by F.Daner
September 17th, 2019, 11:37 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Tuscany
Replies: 43
Views: 2748

Re: Tuscany

Highlights of our time in Tuscany: Staying at Relais Sant'Elena in Bibbona/Bolgheri region. We ended up moving their last minute and like David I highly recommended as well. Beautiful place with excellent service. We then moved to Pienza and stayed at La Bandita Townhouse. We really liked it and enj...
by F.Daner
September 17th, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A tasting at Col d'Orca
Replies: 2
Views: 371

Re: A tasting at Col d'Orca

Hi Henri - looks like you had a nice event with some great bottles. I'm looking forward to trying the Poggio later this year when they arrive. cheers Hi Fred, Nice notes! I had a stellar Poggio al Vento a while back: https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=148060&hilit=Poggio+al+Ven...
by F.Daner
September 15th, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A tasting at Col d'Orca
Replies: 2
Views: 371

A tasting at Col d'Orca

After too many years of putting it off we finally made it to Italy for a much needed vacation. I've been posting in the travel forum about the trip but our schedule was Florence, Santa Margherita Ligure, Bibbona/Bolgheri and the final 3 days in Pienza. The schedule has worked out very well. A bit of...
by F.Daner
September 14th, 2019, 11:04 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: First Serious Napa Visit - Where to Go?
Replies: 7
Views: 1317

Re: First Serious Napa Visit - Where to Go?

Rob- 2 experiences with higher end wineries Napa is similar in that hose that have tasting rooms/tours etc have always waived fee with purchase or joining their wine clubs for our visits and I would assume for everyone else. Smaller boutique wineries generally won't charge a fee but are hoping you p...
by F.Daner
September 10th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: First Serious Napa Visit - Where to Go?
Replies: 7
Views: 1317

Re: First Serious Napa Visit - Where to Go?

Hi Rob- welcome to the board. This topic may see more hits on the main Wine Talk thread. You hit many topics so I'll do my best. Hotel- very tough to find $200-300 per night anywhere in Napa outside of downtown though November is tail end of prime season. You could find that rate w VRBO , Arbnb thou...
by F.Daner
September 10th, 2019, 1:01 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Italy, -Florence, SML and Tuscany
Replies: 7
Views: 1061

Re: Eating and Drinking in Italy, -Florence, SML and Tuscany

We got an awesome weather day yesterday, high 70's low humidity. We could only take the ferry to Portofino as it was too rough to make it all the way to San Fruttuosso. We had plenty of company at Portofino and it was everything we expected it to be. Behind the glitz though are some awesome areas to...
by F.Daner
September 10th, 2019, 12:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Any recommendations on the Ligurian coast?
Replies: 7
Views: 1035

Re: Any recommendations on the Ligurian coast?

We are staying in SML and planning each day depending on the weather. Yesterday was beautiful and sunny so we took the ferry to Portofino. Throngs of tourists but one place seemed to stand out as it was crowded and both the patrons and the staff seemed to be having a great time. https://www.daigemel...
by F.Daner
September 8th, 2019, 10:49 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Italy, -Florence, SML and Tuscany
Replies: 7
Views: 1061

Re: Eating and Drinking in Italy, -Florence, SML and Tuscany

Hi Mike - thanks, though I will not get to as much wonderful Pizza as you. Today we are off to SML and Camolgi. Foccacia time ! Looks like I will be coming to NY a bit for work so hope to share a meal and wine at some point. Ciao Fred, I am following you on FB. Looks like a wonderful time. Glad you ...
by F.Daner
September 8th, 2019, 10:43 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Italy, -Florence, SML and Tuscany
Replies: 7
Views: 1061

Re: Eating and Drinking in Italy, -Florence, SML and Tuscany

Nice write up Stan. Glad you enjoyed some of the same spots as we did. What a beautiful city. Yes the tourists are everywhere but we didn't seem too bothered. We are leaving this morning and definitely could have used one more day in Florence. We had reservations at Ristorante Il Palagio at the Four...
by F.Daner
September 8th, 2019, 12:57 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Italy, -Florence, SML and Tuscany
Replies: 7
Views: 1061

Eating and Drinking in Italy, -Florence, SML and Tuscany

The board was very helpful in planning our first trip to Italy. I can already see some adjustments I will make in our schedule next time but we are meeting friends halfway through the trip that effected how we planned. We are spending the weekend in Florence. We went 3 for 3 with recommendations fro...
by F.Daner
September 8th, 2019, 12:21 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Where should we go in Italy?
Replies: 36
Views: 2203

Re: Where should we go in Italy?

Thank you David ! We are staying in SML on the 2nd leg of our trip. We will definitely have Focaccia in Camolgi as well as this little pasta shop we have read about. Posting all notes and thoughts on a new thread. Mark- any restaurants that stood out between Rapallo, SML and Camogli ? I've read abou...
by F.Daner
September 5th, 2019, 3:36 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Tuscany
Replies: 43
Views: 2748

Re: Tuscany

Thanks David. I'd skip Ornellaia as well if they did that. I'm not a fan of that high of a tasting fee either but my buddy wants to go. We are going to Tenuta Argentiera that day as well and looking forward to trying their wines. Luckily we got into La Pineta that night for dinner. David- did you ma...
by F.Daner
September 1st, 2019, 7:03 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Tuscany
Replies: 43
Views: 2748

Re: Tuscany

David- did you make it to the Osteria/Enoteca at Sassicaia ? It looks terrific. We are staying 2 nights in Bibbona. We were able to book La Pinetta and looking at the Enoteca for the other night. Did you taste at Ornellaia ? My buddy really wants to go so we will give it a shot. We are also tasting ...
by F.Daner
September 1st, 2019, 3:51 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Where should we go in Italy?
Replies: 36
Views: 2203

Re: Where should we go in Italy?

Thanks Mark. This looks like a cool spot. So many options to choose from. Definitely looking forward to exploring the different cuisine styles that we'll experience. Fred, Check out U Giancu (https://www.ugiancu.it/?lang=en) up in the hills above Rapallo/SML. Very fun place. Food is good. Setting is...
by F.Daner
September 1st, 2019, 3:42 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Florence recommendations
Replies: 32
Views: 2144

Re: Florence recommendations

Thanks David. This place looks great, restaurant and the pizzeria. On the list for lunch. La Bussola in Florence...perhaps the most memorable Pizza i've had. I've gone back each time I've returned to Florence...its that good. But, I have to say, I can only speak for one pizza on their menu. IIRC its...
by F.Daner
August 25th, 2019, 4:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: World Famous Pizza Joint and Wine Offline destination is shuttered.
Replies: 52
Views: 3541

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

I didn't think they sold by the slice ? Double 9.4, great review. Most pizza I've seen him eat during a review. El Pres (Barstool Sports & One Bite) had Di Fara's as his highest rated pizza joint in the country. 9.4 rating. One bite, everybody knows the rules... Cash only, matter of time the IRS cam...
by F.Daner
August 11th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Tampa wine and food
Replies: 12
Views: 941

Re: Tampa wine and food

Paul- I also highly recommend The Little Lamb gastro pub in Safety Harbor. $15 corkage and awesome chef owned restaurant.Looks like you know the area well. If you come to town a bunch shoot me a pm. I travel during the week but am around on weekends. Good to know Fred. I will try it. I also like tha...

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