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by Mike Wenzel
January 17th, 2020, 10:49 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 6 days in sicily-need some advice
Replies: 13
Views: 340

Re: 6 days in sicily-need some advice

We flew from Rome into Catania and spent four nights in Taormina. We did not rent a car. We arranged transport from the airport, and hired a car to take a tour of Etna and visit some wineries, which was arranged through our hotel. I have driven in NYC plenty, and would want no parts of driving in Ta...
by Mike Wenzel
November 4th, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Banff & nearby parks
Replies: 13
Views: 1067

Re: Banff & nearby parks

Icefields Parkway from Banff to Jasper is incredible. If you do it, download an app that will narrate the trip. One of our most memorable travel experiences. Banff is insanely crowded in the summer. Nonetheless, it is still a spectacular place. We stayed in the middle of town and it is nice to be a...
by Mike Wenzel
November 1st, 2019, 10:14 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Banff & nearby parks
Replies: 13
Views: 1067

Re: Banff & nearby parks

Icefields Parkway from Banff to Jasper is incredible. If you do it, download an app that will narrate the trip. One of our most memorable travel experiences. Banff is insanely crowded in the summer. Nonetheless, it is still a spectacular place. We stayed in the middle of town and it is nice to be ab...
by Mike Wenzel
October 27th, 2019, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You’re being evacuated from your home, what wine do you grab?
Replies: 84
Views: 2956

Re: You’re being evacuated from your home, what wine do you grab?

We packed the car up last night just in case, mostly pictures, etc... No wines, though I did think about it for a quick second.
by Mike Wenzel
August 4th, 2019, 10:02 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: PSA- Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastián, Spain
Replies: 33
Views: 3140

Re: PSA- Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastián, Spain

Stayed here in 2013 for our 15th wedding anniversary, five nights in a beautiful suite on Starwood points. Still probably my favorite hotel experience ever, service was great, view was great, everything was great. 58,000 points at the time for the five nights (fifth night free). Those days are long ...
by Mike Wenzel
July 24th, 2019, 7:06 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Calgary, Banff, & Jasper Restaurant help
Replies: 25
Views: 934

Re: Calgary, Banff, & Jasper Restaurant help

Yeah, downtown Banff was shockingly crowded, reminded me of Fisherman's Wharf in the summer. We never made it to Moraine or Lake Louise because of the crowds and need to be on a rigid shuttle schedule to get there, but luckily there were plenty of other great spots to visit. Our next door neighbor h...
by Mike Wenzel
July 23rd, 2019, 10:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano
Replies: 37
Views: 3585

Re: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano

We really enjoyed Antico Forno Roscioli and Emma on our trip to Rome last October.
by Mike Wenzel
July 23rd, 2019, 9:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Calgary, Banff, & Jasper Restaurant help
Replies: 25
Views: 934

Re: Calgary, Banff, & Jasper Restaurant help

We're headed back to Banff/Yoho/Jasper, etc. for the fourteenth time this September. Food (other than as calories to replenish after the hikes) has never been a priority, but The Bison has always been good. Lots of really good places closed post 2008 crisis. It's a very different town now than it w...
by Mike Wenzel
July 21st, 2019, 10:25 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Calgary, Banff, & Jasper Restaurant help
Replies: 25
Views: 934

Re: Calgary, Banff, & Jasper Restaurant help

To update this old thread, just got back from a trip to Banff. It was very crowded with tourists. Great cocktails at Park Distillery. Juniper Bistro was disappointing, the wild boar was basically sushi. Disappointing but the view was good. Chuck's Steakhouse was great. Good cocktails and service, gr...
by Mike Wenzel
July 1st, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: San Sebastian
Replies: 114
Views: 8700

Re: San Sebastian

We rented a car in Madrid and drove from Madrid to San Sebastian, stopped at Extebarri for lunch on the way. Also drove back to Madrid for our flight out, took 4.5 hours. Did not use the car at all in San Sebastian other than for a day trip to Biarritz, which was less than an hour drive. We did this...
by Mike Wenzel
March 25th, 2019, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good wine stores to visit in Fisherman's Wharf area, San Fransisco
Replies: 25
Views: 1200

Re: Good wine stores to visit in Fisherman's Wharf area, San Fransisco

My office is at the Wharf, not much in super close proximity. The previously mentioned William Cross is walking distance as is Biondivino.

The Jug Shop is a further walk through Russian Hill.
by Mike Wenzel
February 25th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storage in SF Bay Area
Replies: 23
Views: 1300

Re: Storage in SF Bay Area

I have been storing with Subterraneum in Oakland for about 18 years with no issues whatsoever.
by Mike Wenzel
February 13th, 2019, 9:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Built in grills
Replies: 12
Views: 656

Re: Built in grills

I have an AOC 36 inch built in. Going on 8 years old. Igniters needed to be replaced but still going strong. Gets extremely hot.

http://www.americanoutdoorgrill.com/grills/built-in/


"Second Label" of Fire Magic. Far more reasonably priced.
by Mike Wenzel
February 7th, 2019, 10:41 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: No New Orleans bar thread?
Replies: 9
Views: 728

Re: No New Orleans bar thread?

A. Mishaan wrote:
February 7th, 2019, 10:45 am
Just stumbled on the thread, but a new place that is very good is Longway Tavern. https://www.longwaytavern.com/

And we never miss the French 75 Bar.
Longway Tavern is good. Visited in November. Just off Bourbon but feels nowhere close.
by Mike Wenzel
January 18th, 2019, 4:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Florence & Rome
Replies: 18
Views: 1454

Re: Florence & Rome

For Rome, Emma is great and I would highly recommend with kids. Was just there in October without kids but there were several kids there. Very large menu with tons of burrata, salumi and pizza. Pics out of order but pics are from Emma. 43326517_10217093677830841_8969088257576927232_o.jpg Also agree ...
by Mike Wenzel
January 18th, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Rhys, Kutch, Dehlinger, Turley
Replies: 0
Views: 353

Rhys, Kutch, Dehlinger, Turley

Kitchen remodel results in needing funds and space. Prefer local hand off in Sonoma County or San Francisco if possible. More to come, but for now: Rhys Alpine Chardonnay - Purchased directly from winery $285 for all three 2007 Rhys Alpine Chardonnay $100 2008 Rhys Alpine Chardonnay $100 2009 Rhys A...
by Mike Wenzel
January 16th, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Electric Kettle
Replies: 23
Views: 1018

Re: Electric Kettle

We have this one: Cuisinart CPK-17 Replaced an older one that did not have temperature options. Temp options are great. $63 on Black Friday. Never occurred to me to go down the rabbit hole of the fancy suggestions above...guess I saved some money as the above suggestions are certainly better looking.
by Mike Wenzel
January 2nd, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2002 Launay Pommard "Perrières - Vignes Centenaires" and 1991 Jobard Blagny "La Pièce Sous la Bois"
Replies: 9
Views: 393

Re: 2002 Launay Pommard "Perrières - Vignes Centenaires" and 1991 Jobard Blagny "La Pièce Sous la Bois"

Picking up on this old thread, opened a 2002 Launay Pommard "Perrières - Vignes Centenaires" last night. Very nice wine that I think still has life ahead of it. I would say the description above of "A pretty nose, with hints of iron shavings sprinkled in the with red plum and rhubarb scents" pretty ...
by Mike Wenzel
November 25th, 2018, 5:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recent New Orleans Eats
Replies: 118
Views: 8369

Re: Recent New Orleans Eats

Just back from a trip to New Orleans. Peche and Saba were outstanding.

August was very good. Meauxbar was a good neighborhood spot, great cocktails.

On a side note, the World War II museum was well worth a visit. I could have spent two days there. My 10 and 13 year old sons were pretty engaged.
by Mike Wenzel
November 6th, 2018, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Election Wines
Replies: 21
Views: 914

Re: Election Wines

Drank World's End Little Sister Merlot 2 years ago on election night. Have not yet decided on tonight's wine.
by Mike Wenzel
November 6th, 2018, 7:59 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: New Orleans Thanksgiving Weekend?
Replies: 3
Views: 408

Re: New Orleans Thanksgiving Weekend?

Will be there as well. Had no idea about the Bayou Classic so thanks for the heads up.
by Mike Wenzel
November 5th, 2018, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 5
Views: 630

Re: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

Particularly interested in trying this just coming off a trip to Sicily and wine tasting on Mt. Etna.
by Mike Wenzel
October 29th, 2018, 1:58 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Trip to Spain.....Need help!
Replies: 48
Views: 3230

Re: Trip to Spain.....Need help!

Spain is my favorite place to visit, thinking of bringing the kids this year for the first time. Backpacked in college, went there on our honeymoon and 15th wedding anniversary. On our last trip we rented a car in Madrid and drove to San Sebastian, with a few days stop in Laguardia for wine tasting....
by Mike Wenzel
October 29th, 2018, 8:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?
Replies: 85
Views: 3843

Re: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?

The meetings that must have taken place to convince the AA exec's that they needed a trolley serving avocado toast in lounges, must have been something. "No really, avocado on toast from a cart will be a game changer for us" I had not flown first class since I was 10 years old and never have access...
by Mike Wenzel
October 28th, 2018, 5:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?
Replies: 85
Views: 3843

Re: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?

Love avocado toast at home. Thinly sliced radish is a good addition. We recently few business class out of SF and were in the AA Executive Lounge. They announced over the loudspeaker that an avocado toast station would be starting shortly. Watching people berate the woman making avocado toast from a...
by Mike Wenzel
October 26th, 2018, 1:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: D'Artagnan Flash Sale PSA
Replies: 28
Views: 1439

Re: D'Artagnan Flash Sale PSA

Just had my first order from them delivered. What a shitshow. Veal chops were not sealed, blood all over the box and other items, and arrived cool not cold. The rancid smell of the veal was detectable as soon as I opened the box. Never had an experience remotely like this when ordering meat online ...
by Mike Wenzel
October 25th, 2018, 7:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: D'Artagnan Flash Sale PSA
Replies: 28
Views: 1439

Re: D'Artagnan Flash Sale PSA

Just had my first order from them delivered. What a shitshow. Veal chops were not sealed, blood all over the box and other items, and arrived cool not cold. The rancid smell of the veal was detectable as soon as I opened the box. Never had an experience remotely like this when ordering meat online b...
by Mike Wenzel
October 24th, 2018, 11:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Stainless cookware options other than All-Clad
Replies: 79
Views: 4246

Re: Stainless cookware options other than All-Clad

I have had an assortment of All Clad for about 15 years now. Still going strong.
by Mike Wenzel
October 16th, 2018, 1:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Restaurants in/near Taormina?
Replies: 16
Views: 862

Re: Restaurants in/near Taormina?

doug johnson wrote:
October 16th, 2018, 12:04 pm
Sorry my rec let you down. Did you at least check out their wine cellar and get a cool bottle?
Doug - No worries, hard for me to complain when fortunate enough to be on vacation in Sicily. I did not check out their wine cellar but we had a bottle of Etna Bianco that I enjoyed.
by Mike Wenzel
October 16th, 2018, 8:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Restaurants in/near Taormina?
Replies: 16
Views: 862

Re: Restaurants in/near Taormina?

To report back, we had three dinners in Taormina and did takeout one night. First up, Osteria DiVino - best meal of the trip. Great service, good wine list and great food. Scampi pasta was best dish of our trip to Italy. Great setting too. Closest to they way we like to eat, fresh, local menu, not g...
by Mike Wenzel
September 26th, 2018, 11:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Restaurants in/near Taormina?
Replies: 16
Views: 862

Re: Restaurants in/near Taormina?

Any updates for restaurants in Taormina? Heading there in two weeks.

Thanks
by Mike Wenzel
September 14th, 2018, 8:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Kitchen Appliance Recommendations
Replies: 52
Views: 2789

Re: Kitchen Appliance Recommendations

Very happy with subzero Fridge. Thinking of adding a subzero built in wine cabinet. Anyone have any experience? We have a Subzero 24 under cabinet built in wine cabinet. It was installed when our house was built in 2006. It stopped cooling in 2017. Can't remember cost to fix but it was something li...
by Mike Wenzel
September 7th, 2018, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Rosa restaurants
Replies: 22
Views: 1157

Re: Santa Rosa restaurants

Spinster Sisters and Rosso are both good.

Wili's Wine Bar was scheduled to reopen October 9 per a May article in the Press Democrat.
by Mike Wenzel
August 14th, 2018, 12:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Cast iron: Butter Pat or Finex?
Replies: 31
Views: 3846

Re: Cast iron: Butter Pat or Finex?

I purchased this last year and it has been great. Nice to have the lighter weight. Not yet as non-stick as my 15 year old cast-iron but getting better over time.

http://www.stargazercastiron.com/
by Mike Wenzel
August 8th, 2018, 6:04 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Reccos for London & Amsterdam
Replies: 43
Views: 2726

Reccos for London & Amsterdam

Also heading to London shortly.

Any feedback on Jamavar for Indian in London? Considering it vs. Trishna.
by Mike Wenzel
August 6th, 2018, 7:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rip Joël Robuchon
Replies: 5
Views: 530

Rip Joël Robuchon

I have very fond memories of meals at the original L'Atelier Joel Robuchon in Paris back in 2003. Amazing flavors and technique in a casual yet elegant setting. Had a great meal there as well in the same time frame. I remember we had to wait more than two hours for a table but it was worth it. Stil...
by Mike Wenzel
May 2nd, 2018, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Pax Syrah Griffin's Lair (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)
Replies: 15
Views: 970

TN: 2004 Pax Syrah Griffin's Lair (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)

The 05 and 06 Griffin's Lair have held up pretty well. Have not sampled the 04 to compare.
by Mike Wenzel
April 15th, 2018, 1:13 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Kutch and Dehlinger Pinot Noir
Replies: 2
Views: 643

FS: Kutch and Dehlinger Pinot Noir

15% off the whole lot.
by Mike Wenzel
April 10th, 2018, 9:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sorry, but you didn't buy that corked bottle from us!
Replies: 218
Views: 16133

Sorry, but you didn't buy that corked bottle from us!

The no return for corked bottles from a retailer still doesn't make sense. In most (maybe close to all) markets a retailer can bill back corked bottles to the wholesaler, and then the wholesaler bills it back to the winery. If a customer paid by card within 6 months it should be possible to find th...
by Mike Wenzel
April 10th, 2018, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sorry, but you didn't buy that corked bottle from us!
Replies: 218
Views: 16133

Sorry, but you didn't buy that corked bottle from us!

However, since you purchased the wine from xxxx, and they do not replace damaged bottles, we would be happy to sell you a bottle at a substantial discount – 30%. What retailer doesn't replace corked bottles? Had this happen plenty of times. Either no longer have original receipt, they have a 90 day...
by Mike Wenzel
April 10th, 2018, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sorry, but you didn't buy that corked bottle from us!
Replies: 218
Views: 16133

Sorry, but you didn't buy that corked bottle from us!

So I just had a somewhat similar experience for the first time. Purchased a bottle of wine from a retailer for around $16, opened it, it was hideously corked. Contacted the winery to see if they would replace the bottle as return to the retailer was not feasible. I offered to return the corked bottl...
by Mike Wenzel
April 7th, 2018, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Raining cats, dogs and pineapples in Northern California - good or bad?
Replies: 13
Views: 848

Raining cats, dogs and pineapples in Northern California - good or bad?

Plenty of rain in Southern Sonoma County up through Santa Rosa but just minor street flooding. Was not particularly windy either. Drove through some fire zones yesterday for a meeting in Santa Rosa and saw only street flooding.
by Mike Wenzel
April 3rd, 2018, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A couple of Total Wine Bombs
Replies: 26
Views: 3715

A couple of Total Wine Bombs

Picked up some 2014 Leoville Poyferre for $56 after coupon. Pretty decent deal.
by Mike Wenzel
April 2nd, 2018, 10:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Maui — Best Food and Cocktails
Replies: 10
Views: 603

Maui — Best Food and Cocktails

Visited Monkeypod last week, great cocktails, very good food. Star Noodle is always excellent.

Bartender at Humble Market Kitchin in Wailea made great cocktails on back to back nights last week, but that is in Wailea.

Hope you have better weather than we did.
by Mike Wenzel
April 2nd, 2018, 10:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2344
Views: 154996

What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2011 Papera. Perhaps my favorite Bedrock to date. Drinking incredibly well right now.
by Mike Wenzel
March 26th, 2018, 8:13 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Kutch and Dehlinger Pinot Noir
Replies: 2
Views: 643

FS: Kutch and Dehlinger Pinot Noir

Bump - 10% off any 6
by Mike Wenzel
March 10th, 2018, 1:37 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Kutch and Dehlinger Pinot Noir
Replies: 2
Views: 643

FS: Kutch and Dehlinger Pinot Noir

I have too much Pinot Noir and need the space. All purchased directly from winery and stored in temperature controlled storage since purchase. Kutch 1 2009 Kutch Savoy $65 1 2009 Kutch McDougall $60 1 2010 Kutch Sonoma Coast $40 2 2011 Kutch McDougall $65 each 1 2011 Kutch Falstaff $60 Dehlinger 200...
by Mike Wenzel
March 10th, 2018, 11:27 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Aged Riesling 6 pack - Prum --- Selbach-Oster - SOLD
Replies: 2
Views: 427

FS: Aged Riesling 6 pack - Prum --- Selbach-Oster

david paly wrote:How much for the six pack?

$350
by Mike Wenzel
March 10th, 2018, 8:49 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Aged Riesling 6 pack - Prum --- Selbach-Oster - SOLD
Replies: 2
Views: 427

FS: Aged Riesling 6 pack - Prum --- Selbach-Oster - SOLD

I find myself rarely drinking Riesling these days so.... Purchased either from K&L Wines or Garagiste. All stored in temperature controlled offsite storage since purchase, until recently brought to my home cellar. Strongly prefer local pickup in Sonoma County or San Francisco but will ship at buyers...
by Mike Wenzel
February 10th, 2018, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Night of the Bad Beaucastels
Replies: 38
Views: 2378

The Night of the Bad Beaucastels

The last 2000 I opened was stunning. Have a 99 in the queue.

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