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by Dave Sankaran
November 10th, 2019, 2:12 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Pre-Christmas in Europe
Replies: 10
Views: 384

Re: Pre-Christmas in Europe

I'll second Strasburg and Krakow and add Zurich. (I'll be in Krakow for a few days right before Christmas myself.) Since you mentioned two cities, I'd suggest your consider a Zurich and Krakow combo. Two "very different" experiences that are sure to be fun and provide some food for thought. I did bo...
by Dave Sankaran
November 10th, 2019, 2:02 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Replies: 16
Views: 631

Re: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Winter non-skiing to do's: Yellowstone sled trip if you can get a tour spot. Otherwise the group rides up at Togwotee Pass are fun and its beautiful up there. Sleigh ride on the Elk Reserve. Visit the National Wildlife Art Museum too. Beautiful drive to Granite Hot Springs...well, a drive in your c...
by Dave Sankaran
October 29th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Banff & nearby parks
Replies: 13
Views: 417

Re: Banff & nearby parks

I've been up there a couple of times (we stay at the Post Hotel in Lake Louise). Fwiw, imho, I *hate* the town of banff. Its so crowded it detracts from having any sense of being in a national park (for me anyways). I avoid it at all costs when up there. My advice is stay outside of Banff, but not o...
by Dave Sankaran
October 29th, 2019, 3:06 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Perugia and Orvieto help requested
Replies: 13
Views: 456

Re: Perugia and Orvieto help requested

You all are the best, thanks to all for chiming in with thoughts and advice. Greatly appreciated.
by Dave Sankaran
October 27th, 2019, 3:33 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Perugia and Orvieto help requested
Replies: 13
Views: 456

Re: Perugia and Orvieto help requested

Sitting in the Piazza della Republica (Orvieto), now, just having had a great (caffè Vergnano at cafe dolceamaro) start to the day after driving over early this morning from Assisi/Spello. In Orvieto I can strongly recommend Antica Cantina, and Trattoria del Moro Arrone. don't miss the falls, if po...
by Dave Sankaran
October 26th, 2019, 5:31 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Perugia and Orvieto help requested
Replies: 13
Views: 456

Re: Perugia and Orvieto help requested

Are you hiring a car? Might as well as much easier to get around. I’d also consider Trying to squeeze in the Marmore waterfalls. Not getting a car. I've done enough driving in Italy to fill my lifetime and I have the mailed tickets and dented rental cars to prove it :-) We don't mind the train and ...
by Dave Sankaran
October 25th, 2019, 7:17 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Perugia and Orvieto help requested
Replies: 13
Views: 456

Re: Perugia and Orvieto help requested

Had a few minutes to sketch out our time in Umbria and thanks to input here and in older threads (and the interwebs), here is our basic itinerary (comments welcome). After a weekend of eating and drinking in Rome, next up Umbria: Day 1 = train from Rome to Orvieto late afternoon. Arrive in time for ...
by Dave Sankaran
October 25th, 2019, 5:45 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Perugia and Orvieto help requested
Replies: 13
Views: 456

Re: Perugia and Orvieto help requested

Wonderful, thanks gents!
by Dave Sankaran
October 21st, 2019, 7:26 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Perugia and Orvieto help requested
Replies: 13
Views: 456

Perugia and Orvieto help requested

Hello, We are trying a new region in Italy for us in early November. Staying in Orvieto and in Perugia for 3 nights each. I did a search here and found only a few bits of firsthand info from several years ago...anyone been and willing to share some what to do, what to eat, what to see (and anything ...
by Dave Sankaran
September 29th, 2019, 10:41 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: where to buy a magnum in Burgundy?
Replies: 4
Views: 654

Re: where to buy a magnum in Burgundy?

Michael O'Brien wrote:
September 27th, 2019, 2:31 pm
It has been several years since I stumbled into this shop. It appears to still be there. You could reach out to them ahead of time.

http://millesimesalacarte.com/vente-vin-bourgogne/

http://millesimesalacarte.com/magnums-co/
Thank you!
by Dave Sankaran
September 26th, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with buying a magnum of Burgundy near Beaune
Replies: 7
Views: 532

Re: Help with buying a magnum of Burgundy near Beaune

You guys are awesome, thank you!

Follow-up question...does anyone in burgundy have a futures program? Ideally I'd get them an IOU for a Mag of 2019 wine to commemorate their wedding year...
by Dave Sankaran
September 26th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with buying a magnum of Burgundy near Beaune
Replies: 7
Views: 532

Help with buying a magnum of Burgundy near Beaune

(I also cross-posted this in the travel forum) Hi, I'm attending a wedding in Mailly-la-Ville next weekend and I'm hoping to buy a nice magnum of Burgundy to give as a gift while I'm there. Thinking of heading into Beaune early on the wedding day and hoping to locate something nice to gift them. Any...
by Dave Sankaran
September 26th, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: where to buy a magnum in Burgundy?
Replies: 4
Views: 654

where to buy a magnum in Burgundy?

Hi,

I'm attending a wedding in Mailly-la-Ville next weekend and I'm hoping to buy a nice magnum of Burgundy to give as a gift while I'm there. Thinking of heading into Beaune early on the wedding day and hoping to locate something nice to gift them. Any suggestions on where and what?

Thanks,
Dave
by Dave Sankaran
September 9th, 2019, 9:14 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: BBQ Tour
Replies: 24
Views: 1207

Re: BBQ Tour

I've done the Austin area (and out about 100 miles) BBQ tour a couple of times. I'll dig up some notes and post here in a minute... Edit - found my notes from the first trip: First, a big Texas-sized "THANK YOU" to all that helped with advice in this thread. I'll start with some overall observations...
by Dave Sankaran
September 9th, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: If you were going to buy a grill today what would you buy?
Replies: 21
Views: 1665

Re: If you were going to buy a grill today what would you buy?

Weber.

I've had a couple and they last forever and simply work well and all the time. My current ones are both 10+ years old and I've done zero to maintain them and they look and work like new.

They have that "thunk" and "heft" that Mercedes Benz car doors once had.
by Dave Sankaran
August 4th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Critique my Italy plans
Replies: 92
Views: 4359

Re: Critique my Italy plans

Viewing the Spanish steps, the Trevi Fountain and the outside of the Pantheon (we couldn't go in because a mass was being held) would have been a lot more pleasurable without our guide droning on and on. When you get back to Rome, consider going to Trevi in the dark. I find it far more amazing when...
by Dave Sankaran
July 22nd, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 151
Views: 8389

Re: Another Flannery PSA

I cooked the first of the "short loin tail" that they threw in with my last shipment...

I was blown away by this beef. As tender as any filet and among the most beefy, dry-aged flavor pieces of beef I've ever had.

Will be getting more of this.

Anyone else tried this cut?
by Dave Sankaran
July 15th, 2019, 11:01 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Extra pay between Business and First
Replies: 17
Views: 2224

Re: Extra pay between Business and First

In the Lufthansa first class lounge, there is a window with a custom's officer. When you enter the lounge from the Schengen area, he will stamp your passport as you are departing. Likewise there is a separate entrance, on a different level, from the non-Schengen area upon arrival. Thanks. Any idea ...
by Dave Sankaran
July 14th, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Extra pay between Business and First
Replies: 17
Views: 2224

Re: Extra pay between Business and First

Even the lounge(s) at Munich are the bees knees. Clear custom’s while you are in the lounge . . . yes please. I'm in MUC a few times a year transiting to/from the USA and like a schmuck I go thru the regular immigration/passport control first and then head to the lounge (is that what you mean by cu...
by Dave Sankaran
July 11th, 2019, 4:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 151
Views: 8389

Re: Another Flannery PSA

10 Jorge's posted in a pic above...wow! And I thought our July 4 shipment was big (6 Jorge's, 3 other ribeyes of various sizes and some sirloin tails that they threw in because, well, because they are awesome folk): IMG_9353.JPG Getting ready for their time on the grill: IMG_9375.JPG July 4th dinner...
by Dave Sankaran
July 10th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine.com fail; what’s the best for online wine delivery?
Replies: 9
Views: 1845

Re: Wine.com fail; what’s the best for online wine delivery?

Shipping in summer other than overnight? Nope. (especially for anything expensive)

I can't imagine buying high-end wine from a retailer that is willing to ship multiple days in the summer. Imho, they obviously are not high-end and are seriously lacking in common and wine sense.
by Dave Sankaran
June 29th, 2019, 10:00 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Where should we go in Italy?
Replies: 36
Views: 2187

Re: Where should we go in Italy?

oh, gotta also add, from SML the day trip ferry ride to Cinqua Terra is unforgettable. The itinerary allows for a long enough stop for a nice lunch in one of the towns (with some damn fine whites with your fresh seafood). A ferry ride to lunch and a walk to the castle/gardens in Portofino is a darn ...
by Dave Sankaran
June 29th, 2019, 9:57 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Where should we go in Italy?
Replies: 36
Views: 2187

Re: Where should we go in Italy?

Hi Fred, I've always stayed in SML and only gone to Portofino for the day/lunch on the ferry. I've stayed at a few places in SML, but this one is nicely located and the rooms (while small) are nicely equipped and (for the area) reasonably priced: https://www.santamargheritapalace.com/ That said, I h...
by Dave Sankaran
June 24th, 2019, 9:30 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Where should we go in Italy?
Replies: 36
Views: 2187

Re: Where should we go in Italy?

Fred - I thought I was a "fast traveler/visitor" until I read your itinerary. Other than peering out car windows, I don't see how you "see" Italy in that itinerary. And, while you say its not "wine focused", it sure reads like you are hurrying past an amazing country and history to get to some tasti...
by Dave Sankaran
May 10th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?
Replies: 34
Views: 2696

Re: Any "NEW" New Orleans dining experiences?

Just cross-posting a link to the other NOLA eating thread to help ensure all comments are available:

https://wineberserkers.com/forum/viewto ... s#p2723147
by Dave Sankaran
May 9th, 2019, 11:17 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Vinotheque QT500 $500
Replies: 10
Views: 1052

Re: Vinotheque QT500 $500

The guy just picked it up. SOLD.
by Dave Sankaran
May 9th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Vinotheque QT500 $500
Replies: 10
Views: 1052

Re: Vinotheque QT500 $500

Hi Jeff, The local guy is trying again to pick it up today (he has cancelled several times). He made a deposit on it, so I've been patient waiting for him to get it. Today is his last chance to show up and get it before I go to the next buyer. If he fails that, it will be available again. I'll PM yo...
by Dave Sankaran
May 8th, 2019, 3:46 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: SOLD 2015 SQN Eleven Confessions 6-pack $2000
Replies: 0
Views: 278

SOLD 2015 SQN Eleven Confessions 6-pack $2000

UPDATE: SOLD I recently sold my SQN collection. However, my last shipment from the SQN mailing list is coming this October. Its the Eleven Confessions (EBA) wines: 3x750ml 2015 Sine Qua Non Syrah "M" Eleven Confessions Vineyard 3x750ml 2015 Sine Qua Non Grenache "E" Eleven Confessions Vineyard Whil...
by Dave Sankaran
May 8th, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: SOLD SQN Collection for Sale
Replies: 1
Views: 876

Sold

Update - this collection is sold.
by Dave Sankaran
May 5th, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Where should we go in Italy?
Replies: 36
Views: 2187

Re: Where should we go in Italy?

Next up imo after that list of cities would be; Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino and Cinqua Terra. Also the lake district.
by Dave Sankaran
May 5th, 2019, 12:37 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: London / Solo Diner
Replies: 34
Views: 1625

Re: London / Solo Diner

Wow...we literally had the complete opposite experience. Yeah, it happens. Literally at every restaurant. I mean, I've even seen people diss the Inn and Out Double-Double Animal style! rolleyes And at the other extreme, I've seen several reviews of the French Laundry where the person says they left...
by Dave Sankaran
May 4th, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: London / Solo Diner
Replies: 34
Views: 1625

Re: London / Solo Diner

Whoa...was in London two weeks ago and absolutely loved The Barbary. Loved Palomar (sister restaurant) even more. Fun atmosphere, great flavors, loud and frenetic, but a ton of fun. Curious as to what you didn't like about the Barbary? I was with my family of four and both at the Barbary and Paloma...
by Dave Sankaran
May 4th, 2019, 1:24 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: London / Solo Diner
Replies: 34
Views: 1625

Re: London / Solo Diner

I spent a week eating in London last week, my strongest recs would be for;

The Clove Club (bats way above its 1 star rating imho)
Kiln (awesome)
Tandoor Chop House
Roti King (the one in the basement near Euston station)

Avoid The Barbary - total joke.
by Dave Sankaran
May 1st, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: SOLD SQN Collection for Sale
Replies: 1
Views: 876

SOLD SQN Collection for Sale

I've been on their mailing list for several years and have 89 bottles that I am looking to sell (plus 6 undelivered bottles of the 2015 Eleven Confessions wines - 3 syrah and 3 grenache. They are scheduled to arrive in October). It was all bought off of the winery mailing list, and the winery delive...
by Dave Sankaran
April 29th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Suggestions for Grand Tetons, Yellowstone & Environs -TRIP REPORT ADDED
Replies: 17
Views: 786

Re: Suggestions for Grand Tetons, Yellowstone & Environs ?

Dave, do you know Howard Cole, formerly of High Country Flies? No, I don't recall that name. I've been in their shop (the old one and the post merger one) so its possible I've met him. I have fished with Worldcast mostly over the past 10 years. Back in the early 2000's I fished with Jack Dennis's g...
by Dave Sankaran
April 29th, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Florence recommendations
Replies: 32
Views: 2130

Re: Florence recommendations

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 a "special", but they have it everyday. Its got local boar salumi and some "sticks of che...
by Dave Sankaran
April 29th, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Suggestions for Grand Tetons, Yellowstone & Environs -TRIP REPORT ADDED
Replies: 17
Views: 786

Re: Suggestions for Grand Tetons, Yellowstone & Environs ?

oh - just remembered - get Becky Woods books on hiking in the GYA. I don't know if there are updated versions, but I got them when I moved there and they are a bible of great hikes.
by Dave Sankaran
April 29th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Suggestions for Grand Tetons, Yellowstone & Environs -TRIP REPORT ADDED
Replies: 17
Views: 786

Re: Suggestions for Grand Tetons, Yellowstone & Environs ?

I've lived at least part-time in Jackson area since 2002, so I'm happy to help in whatever way I can. I'm there pretty much for the fly fishing, hiking, scenery and animal spotting. So I'm glad to see those all on your list. Re whether or not to supplement the "greater yellowstone area" visit with t...
by Dave Sankaran
April 29th, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recent New Orleans Eats
Replies: 118
Views: 7956

Re: Recent New Orleans Eats

Alon Shaya is no longer affiliated with Shaya after the John Besh scandal. He opened Saba and that’s where I go now. It’s my favorite restaurant in NOLA. If you like his food, his cookbook is excellent. It’s a great read, the recipes are approachable and faithful to what’s served at Saba. I heard t...
by Dave Sankaran
April 12th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Vinotheque QT500 $500
Replies: 10
Views: 1052

Re: Vinotheque QT500 $500

The local guy was a no show, so its available. For getting a shipping/moving quote, here are the numbers:

The unit is 86" high x 40" wide x 32" deep.
Weight ~300 pounds.
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 9:32 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Phoenix/Scottsdale Recs
Replies: 21
Views: 959

Re: Phoenix/Scottsdale Recs

Would love to hear the taco recs please I use a proprietary rating system that likely makes sense to nobody, me included :-) Here it is from bottom to top: No - don't go back Meh - self explanatory Yes - worth going back to Top - among my favorites, a stand out place So for Taco's my records show (...
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 9:24 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Riedel & Spiegelau Wine Glasses (under $1.50 per stem!)
Replies: 3
Views: 497

Re: Riedel & Spiegelau Wine Glasses (under $1.50 per stem!)

Hi Gents, one local person got me before Daniel's post. I'll update here if he takes them tomorrow as promised (or not). Thanks!
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 9:23 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Vinotheque QT500 $500
Replies: 10
Views: 1052

Re: Vinotheque QT500 $500

I had someone in PHX say they want it...we shall see if they can handle the move...so it "may" be spoken for already. I'll post here with updates...
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 9:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12089
Views: 579540

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Talking of 1970 Pomerol, 6 bottles of VCC 1970 along with 4 bottles of Ausone 1966. 1966 Ausone is one birthyear wine I haven't tried but want to. Have you tried it before or one of these new additions? Where did you manage to find that? (I also have enjoyed the 1970 VCC, wouldn't mind finding some...
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 5:52 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Phoenix/Scottsdale Recs
Replies: 21
Views: 959

Re: Phoenix/Scottsdale Recs

Following on my last post, I'll go ahead with a few "should do" recommendations: 1) Brunch outside at El Chollo (less than 1 mile down the street from your hotel). I'd say this is a must do (if the weather is nice, as it should be) 2) Lunch outside at Olive & Ivy (best Bruschetta I've yet found. The...
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12089
Views: 579540

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Talking of 1970 Pomerol, 6 bottles of VCC 1970 along with 4 bottles of Ausone 1966. 1966 Ausone is one birthyear wine I haven't tried but want to. Have you tried it before or one of these new additions? Where did you manage to find that? (I also have enjoyed the 1970 VCC, wouldn't mind finding some...
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 3:09 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Vinotheque QT500 $500
Replies: 10
Views: 1052

Vinotheque QT500 $500

Hi folks, I just joined here, but was happy to see many familiar names that I met and/or conversed with back in my active days on other boards. Very nice to see many of the same folks stomping around here! I have a couple of things I need to get rid of as part of moving from Scottsdale to the UK thi...
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Riedel & Spiegelau Wine Glasses (under $1.50 per stem!)
Replies: 3
Views: 497

Riedel & Spiegelau Wine Glasses (under $1.50 per stem!)

Hi folks, I just joined here, but was happy to see many familiar names that I met and/or conversed with back in my active days on other boards. Very nice to see many of the same folks stomping around here! I have a couple of things I need to get rid of as part of moving from Scottsdale to the UK thi...
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Newb Question. Tips on where to sell wine/port online?
Replies: 3
Views: 457

Re: Newb Question. Tips on where to sell wine/port online?

Vinfolio and "here" I'd guess. Winebid too as mentioned above. All of that for a "few bottles" or cases.

If you have a "moderate or more" amount to sell (a few cases plus of valuable stuff) then you can check with someone like Vinfolio or Benchmark to buy the lot.
by Dave Sankaran
April 11th, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine Refrigerators
Replies: 84
Views: 21330

Re: Wine Refrigerators

If you are diligent, some very good deals can be found on craigslist. Yup. But then there is the "location" and shipping limitations to consider. I've had a Vinotheque on CL for a week with only 1 local inquiry. Its a steal and I've listed it here. Its a ~350 bottle cooler for 25 bottle cooler pric...

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