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by M. Taylor
May 19th, 2020, 7:52 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Road trip in the USA in the Covid world
Replies: 10
Views: 459

Re: Road trip in the USA in the Covid world

Native Texan, live in Austin now. Texas is relatively open — 50% capacity at restaurants, though some are still being more cautious. Done lots of road trips. Where are you coming from?
by M. Taylor
March 29th, 2020, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11824
Views: 441368

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2014 Piper
It was awesome
by M. Taylor
March 21st, 2020, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11824
Views: 441368

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Tonight was a 2012 Fairchild G-III. Very nice
by M. Taylor
March 20th, 2020, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11824
Views: 441368

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2010 Realm Beckstoffer To Kalon
by M. Taylor
March 18th, 2020, 9:35 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Aspen, Telluride and Vail Restaurants
Replies: 15
Views: 903

Re: Aspen, Telluride and Vail Restaurants

Have spent a lot of time in Telluride. High end: Allred's (and a great view to boot) New Sheridan Chophouse (steak, with a nice wine list) Cosmopolitan Tapas: Village Table in Mountain Village Less Expensive: Tomboy Tavern (in Mountain Village, right at the base of runs). Food is good, sit outside a...
by M. Taylor
February 29th, 2020, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11824
Views: 441368

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Started with a 2017 Kelly Fleming rose, Then a 2016 Corra (after a long decant) with a dry-aged ribeye. Corra was really nice, but will let my other bottles area while.
by M. Taylor
February 29th, 2020, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: the stigma of cali 2011's-sine qua non excluded
Replies: 28
Views: 2214

Re: the stigma of cali 2011's-sine qua non excluded

The issue I have with 2011 Napa cabs is the Forrest Gump effect — it’s like a box of chocolates — you never know what you are going to get
by M. Taylor
February 27th, 2020, 9:24 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Austin Bbq Trip Report
Replies: 25
Views: 1259

Re: Austin Bbq Trip Report

Coopers was damn good BBQ to me. We have legit Texas style Q in NY now, but not this good. The brisket in particular was divine. Salt Lick at the airport under-performed, seriously. Yeah, Salt Lick is not the best bbq. However, going to the actual restaurant outside Austin is a lot of fun. BYOB, bb...
by M. Taylor
February 27th, 2020, 8:39 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Austin Bbq Trip Report
Replies: 25
Views: 1259

Re: Austin Bbq Trip Report

Glad you enjoyed Austin. Cooper's is not a top-5, but it's good and consistent, and the brisket and beef ribs are typically very good. I agree with you on their sausage -- there is so much great sausage here in Central Texas that I'm always surprised that they have never stepped up their game. Austi...
by M. Taylor
February 25th, 2020, 5:05 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Austin Bbq Trip Report
Replies: 25
Views: 1259

Re: Austin Bbq Trip Report

Any thoughts on what is good in town? I will be there for 44 hours starting tonight (we get in early enough for dinner) so I have 2 dinners and 2 lunches (and two chances at breakfast tacos too) to fill, but working around some client meetings so no time to leave town and no time for lines. I live ...
by M. Taylor
February 22nd, 2020, 3:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rancho Mirage/Palm Springs - Places to Eat
Replies: 17
Views: 1451

Re: Rancho Mirage/Palm Springs - Places to Eat

Steve Nordhoff wrote:
February 22nd, 2020, 6:59 am
SK,
Edge Steakhouse at the Ritz Carlton is fantastic. Not cheap but great food, service and view.
Agree on this. Ate there when we stayed at the Ritz last year. Great view, great dry-aged ribeye (which they do in-house)
by M. Taylor
February 14th, 2020, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11824
Views: 441368

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Valentine’s Day:

H. Billiot Fil Brut Rose
2012 Fairchild G-III (which was really nice with the reverse seared dry aged ribeye)
by M. Taylor
February 14th, 2020, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WS: To-Kalon as vineyard vs brand
Replies: 17
Views: 1979

Re: WS: To-Kalon as vineyard vs brand

It is a good read.
Maybe the MacDonalds will stop selling to Constellation. I can’t imagine they couldn’t find other buyers
by M. Taylor
February 11th, 2020, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VHR 2017 release
Replies: 9
Views: 1128

Re: VHR 2017 release

Bought a 3-pack, down from 2 last year
by M. Taylor
February 7th, 2020, 7:32 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: La Quinta California Restaurants
Replies: 4
Views: 929

Re: La Quinta California Restaurants

I know you said preferably not a steakhouse...but consider the Edge at the Ritz Rancho Mirage. We took wine, no problem
by M. Taylor
February 6th, 2020, 5:15 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Texas Hill Country Winery recs?
Replies: 6
Views: 826

Re: Texas Hill Country Winery recs?

I have lived in Austin for many years, and have tried a number of the wines and been to several places. Not a huge Texas wine fan, but I second the recommendations above for William Chris (good quality all around) and Hye Meadow (a fun place to sit outside and enjoy the wine). You should also contac...
by M. Taylor
February 5th, 2020, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Howell Mountain focused Napa trip
Replies: 24
Views: 1835

Re: Howell Mountain focused Napa trip

We like St. Helena because it is a good central location. It will be easy to get to Howell Mountain from there I second the recommendation for Arkenstone. We've been buying from them for a few years, and finally visited last August. Nice people, good wine, and an interesting facility (high-tech cust...
by M. Taylor
January 28th, 2020, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13398
Views: 652944

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2 x 2012 Vine Hill Ranch
by M. Taylor
January 18th, 2020, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paris Bound in February
Replies: 20
Views: 1418

Re: Paris Bound in February

A couple of quick thoughts: 1.Pay the extra money for the skip the lines tours (and book them now f=if you haven’t) for all of the major attractions you intend to see 2. I know you said you weren’t doing a wine trip, but Reims is only a 45 min high speed train (To Champagne-Ardenne station) from dow...
by M. Taylor
December 24th, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Best shop for champagne in/near nashville?
Replies: 6
Views: 1103

Re: Best shop for champagne in/near nashville?

dbailey wrote:
December 23rd, 2019, 11:42 am
Looks like a corkdorks in green hills too. Same store/selection as midtown?
Have not been to that location
by M. Taylor
December 22nd, 2019, 6:04 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Best shop for champagne in/near nashville?
Replies: 6
Views: 1103

Re: Best shop for champagne in/near nashville?

Corkdorks in Midtown (Church street)
by M. Taylor
December 18th, 2019, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: 2008 Dom Perignon:149.97 at Total Wine in the LA area
Replies: 36
Views: 2115

Re: PSA: 2008 Dom Perignon:149.97 at Total Wine in the LA area

I can get the 2008, and better yet the 2009, for $145 at Costco in Austin
by M. Taylor
December 17th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Charleston lodging and restaurants
Replies: 30
Views: 2204

Re: Charleston lodging and restaurants

6C1CB82F-F6E0-4F8D-B3DB-AAACC20A58E7.jpeg Here’s what $100 will buy you at Lewis but I didn’t mind one bit after I tasted that brisket and beef rib! Checked the menu, and I recall Lewis when he was a pitmaster here in Austin. The per pound prices are consistent with what we pay in Austin for BBQ. S...
by M. Taylor
December 17th, 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Charleston lodging and restaurants
Replies: 30
Views: 2204

Re: Charleston lodging and restaurants

How is the Renaissance Hotel?
by M. Taylor
December 12th, 2019, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Caymus 2018 Cabernet on the shelf - 13.9%
Replies: 52
Views: 3567

Re: Caymus 2018 Cabernet on the shelf - 13.9%

Not surprising that Wagner is already releasing 2018 Not sure exactly why it is "not surprising". Although certainly not the norm, I will say that I have received (via "mailing list" offers) about 80% of the 2017 Cabs that I plan on purchasing. In addition, I have also already received 2018 Zin and...
by M. Taylor
December 12th, 2019, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1902
Views: 241333

Re: Official Costco Thread

Costco in Cedar Park (far north Austin) had a bottle of 2016 Petrus tonight for $2499.
Bought a couple of bottles of 2009 Dom for $145 each instead
by M. Taylor
December 11th, 2019, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Caymus 2018 Cabernet on the shelf - 13.9%
Replies: 52
Views: 3567

Re: Caymus 2018 Cabernet on the shelf - 13.9%

Not surprising that Wagner is already releasing 2018
by M. Taylor
December 11th, 2019, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 13
Views: 614

Re: TN: 1990 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Sounds great. When (and why) did Caymus switch to being so Sugar-y (or, to quote the Dead, Sugaree)?
by M. Taylor
December 11th, 2019, 7:59 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: First Time in France - Itinerary
Replies: 32
Views: 2682

Re: First Time in France - Itinerary

Shame that Les Crayeres is closed. We stayed there in April — incredible place, and dinner at Le Parc was amazing.
tastings: we had private tastings in Bordeaux (Palmer, Beaucaillou and Chevallier) because we had a good connection. Tastings in Champagne were group, even at smaller producers.
by M. Taylor
December 11th, 2019, 7:54 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 3 nights in Houston-Where to eat?
Replies: 8
Views: 1498

Re: 3 nights in Houston-Where to eat?

Killen’s STQ — read about it and look at the menu. Very close to the Galleria
Mexican — Hugo’s (also not far)
Pure steakhouse: B & B Butcher
If I had only one to choose, it would be Killen’s STQ. They have a decent wine list, by the way
by M. Taylor
December 11th, 2019, 7:51 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Please critique my Bangkok itinerary
Replies: 18
Views: 1617

Re: Please critique my Bangkok itinerary

I thought it only took One Night in Bangkok to Make a Hard Man Humble
by M. Taylor
November 19th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VHR 2016 large-format release
Replies: 19
Views: 2121

Re: VHR 2016 large-format release

Jeff_M. wrote:
November 19th, 2019, 9:24 am
Anyone get their shipment notification yet this week? I had an email from them a few weeks back that said this week they would be delivered.
I did not order the large format, but I did get 2 3-packs of the 750s. They shipped yesterday
by M. Taylor
November 14th, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hybrid wine shops/bars - Vinepair article
Replies: 31
Views: 1131

Re: Hybrid wine shops/bars - Vinepair article

They started allowing these in Texas a few years ago, which was surprising considering how restrictive the TABC is in general. They aren't everywhere, but they are a nice concept.
by M. Taylor
November 7th, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine de Chevalier (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 28
Views: 1690

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine de Chevalier (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

I will add that they are very nice people. Visited there in April and had a great tour and tasting
by M. Taylor
October 25th, 2019, 5:56 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Hawaiian island to visit
Replies: 38
Views: 2994

Re: Hawaiian island to visit

I think a found a nice little beachfront place on the far west north shore. I think I may land there and maybe move and see the other parts on the last day or so. Thanks for advice everyone. Kauai looks pretty awesome. I'll have to stop by PV to pick up some juice. That is what we did on our first ...
by M. Taylor
October 25th, 2019, 5:55 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Hawaiian island to visit
Replies: 38
Views: 2994

Re: Hawaiian island to visit

I think a found a nice little beachfront place on the far west north shore. I think I may land there and maybe move and see the other parts on the last day or so. Thanks for advice everyone. Kauai looks pretty awesome. I'll have to stop by PV to pick up some juice. 2 don’t miss items: Tunnels beach...
by M. Taylor
October 24th, 2019, 5:46 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Hawaiian island to visit
Replies: 38
Views: 2994

Re: Hawaiian island to visit

I think a found a nice little beachfront place on the far west north shore. I think I may land there and maybe move and see the other parts on the last day or so. Thanks for advice everyone. Kauai looks pretty awesome. I'll have to stop by PV to pick up some juice. 2 don’t miss items: Tunnels beach...
by M. Taylor
October 22nd, 2019, 7:30 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Aruba: Suggestions for Restaurants etc.
Replies: 47
Views: 3493

Re: Aruba: Suggestions for Restaurants etc.

Went last October and planning to goi back. Stayed at the Ritz — great property, great beach and typically great Ritz service. At the very end of hotel row, so feels very open. Restaurants: Quinta del Carmen (mentioned above) Yemanja Wood Fire grill — a real gem downtown. At the Ritz — we tried Tehr...
by M. Taylor
October 22nd, 2019, 6:22 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Hawaiian island to visit
Replies: 38
Views: 2994

Re: Hawaiian island to visit

Literally returned today from 10 days in Hawaii. 6th time to Hawaii, 4th time to Kauai (we had gone some, then our oldest daughter and son-in-law moved to Oahu for the Navy, so we have made trips the past 3 years to visit) Kauai is the way to go, and definitely stay on the North Shore. As everyone s...
by M. Taylor
October 11th, 2019, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 3786

Re: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines

We did a tasting at the vineyard this summer (Howell Mountain). We thought the cab was OK, not great, but bought some. I’m guessing Aaron will make it better over time.
by M. Taylor
October 10th, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13398
Views: 652944

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Found a 2010 Vine Hill Ranch 1.5L today for $290
by M. Taylor
October 5th, 2019, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Pérignon
Replies: 186
Views: 18816

Re: 2008 Dom Pérignon

Barry L i p t o n wrote:
October 5th, 2019, 3:54 pm
M. Taylor wrote:
October 5th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Grabbed 2 at Costco today for $144 per.
Which Costco?
Austin. Actually far north Austin/Cedar Park
by M. Taylor
October 5th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Pérignon
Replies: 186
Views: 18816

Re: 2008 Dom Pérignon

Grabbed 2 at Costco today for $144 per.
by M. Taylor
October 3rd, 2019, 7:30 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: VACATION FROM IT ALL
Replies: 20
Views: 2354

Re: VACATION FROM IT ALL

North shore of Kauai

Oh — and there’s even a decent wine store in Princeville
by M. Taylor
October 3rd, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Scarecrow M. Etain
Replies: 37
Views: 5328

Re: 2017 Scarecrow M. Etain

Went ahead and bought a 2-pack. Will lay it down for a good while.
by M. Taylor
September 25th, 2019, 6:03 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Oahu wine stores and restaurant recs
Replies: 13
Views: 2181

Re: Oahu wine stores and restaurant recs

I’ll be there in November, any fine dining recs in Honolulu (will be staying in Waikiki). It’s been over a decade but I loved Alan Wong’s , any recent reports? See my post above — Merriman’s and Vintage Cave Club for fine dining, Fete and Hideout for upscale modern Last review I have on Wong’s is f...
by M. Taylor
September 25th, 2019, 5:59 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Tasting Fees in Champagne?
Replies: 22
Views: 1674

Re: Tasting Fees in Champagne?

We were there in April. Paid at all — Tattinger (did the higher end to get the Comtes —worth it), Ployez Jacquemart (noticed above others got it free, dang it) and one other small production I am forgetting. Interesting part is we also were in Bordeaux, and went to Palmer, Ducru Beaucaillou and Che...
by M. Taylor
September 24th, 2019, 9:49 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Tasting Fees in Champagne?
Replies: 22
Views: 1674

Re: Tasting Fees in Champagne?

We were there in April. Paid at all — Tattinger (did the higher end to get the Comtes —worth it), Ployez Jacquemart (noticed above others got it free, dang it) and one other small production I am forgetting. Interesting part is we also were in Bordeaux, and went to Palmer, Ducru Beaucaillou and Chev...
by M. Taylor
September 24th, 2019, 7:11 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Oahu wine stores and restaurant recs
Replies: 13
Views: 2181

Re: Oahu wine stores and restaurant recs

Going to Oahu later this year and need to find out where a good selection of primarily Napa Cabs can be sourced. Staying near Waikiki beach for a week Also need some recs on great restaurants. 1. Traditional Hawaiian 2. Chinese 3. Thai 4. Japanese Open to other types too. Best Sushi? Best Poke? As ...
by M. Taylor
September 24th, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Oahu wine stores and restaurant recs
Replies: 13
Views: 2181

Re: Oahu wine stores and restaurant recs

Hi All - We are headed to the Four Seasons Ko Olina in Kapolei - any recco's on that side of the island? Been to the islands several times, and stayed in Ko’Olina a couple of years ago. The hotels have restaurants, and there are a few options in the resort area that aren’t part of the hotels: 1. Mo...

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