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by Marshall Gelb
August 28th, 2020, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?
Replies: 105
Views: 4933

Re: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?

We’ve been locked down in L.A. for 3-1/2 months now, getting hit financially, but we all still have a lot of wine. We’ve been drinking more wine and more crafty cocktails. We dedicated to dipping into better stuff on regular days, because we can and because it’s an available “plus” to these days. W...
by Marshall Gelb
July 18th, 2020, 10:39 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Singapore, Vietnam, China, and Japan recommendations
Replies: 17
Views: 2165

Re: Singapore, Vietnam, China, and Japan recommendations

My wife and I will be going on a cruise from Singapore to Tokyo this April. We will be taking shore excursions arranged by the cruiseline for all the one day stops, but we will be in several cities for two days along the way. I welcome any and all advice on what to do on our own during the extra da...
by Marshall Gelb
July 18th, 2020, 10:24 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 528
Views: 36987

Re: Anyone use Global Entry Program?

My renewal has been approved and had my interview appointment. Unfortunately, my appointment was cancelled due to the pandemic so I have to wait to finish the process. However, it has been temporarily extended. I am hoping to go to Europe next July so I have some time to complete the process. I just...
by Marshall Gelb
May 24th, 2020, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75
Replies: 141
Views: 9774

Re: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75

Lewelling..... both the “regular” and Wight bottling. Usually sold as a two pack for approximately $100 for the pair. Outstanding stuff and wonderful people!

Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
May 20th, 2020, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A lot of praise for Cellartracker
Replies: 143
Views: 8087

Re: A lot of praise for Cellartracker

Love CT, couldn't live without it. Probably my OCD, but I keep looking for a consumption category that covers the bottle you bring when invited to dinner at someone else's home. Not really "Gave away as a gift", because I'll have some. I keep toggling between "Drank from my Cellar" and "Brought to ...
by Marshall Gelb
May 1st, 2020, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preferred Burgundy Glass
Replies: 115
Views: 9053

Re: Preferred Burgundy Glass

Like a few others, I'm using the Conterno Sensory glass for virtually all wines, white or red, young or old. I'm also a huge fan of the Zalto Universal, but my usage is way done. I remember tasting at Conterno with Roberto in 2018, and he served all wine tasted in both Sensory and whatever glass th...
by Marshall Gelb
April 29th, 2020, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When is a Wine Worth Too Much to Drink?
Replies: 90
Views: 4297

Re: When is a Wine Worth Too Much to Drink?

When I first started buying wines I never planned on selling them. It never even crossed my mind as a possibility. However, since I got "lucky" and was able to buy some (now valuable ) wines in larger quantities, I am contemplating selling a few bottles. For me, this would be the best of both worlds...
by Marshall Gelb
April 22nd, 2020, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad Virtual Zoom Tasting with Mike Smith--Friday, April 24th @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET
Replies: 111
Views: 3797

Re: Myriad Virtual Zoom Tasting with Mike Smith--Friday, April 24th @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET

Marshall, you are a LEGEND now after Rhys. Whatever you want, you got it! [worship.gif] [worship.gif] [worship.gif] [worship.gif] [worship.gif] Well, as you noticed, I did MUCH better the next night! grouphug Anyhow, I am in with a Quivet 2006 Kenefick Ranch . Right now, it is the only Mike bottle ...
by Marshall Gelb
April 21st, 2020, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast
Replies: 178
Views: 10944

Re: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast

Lagier-Meredith is definitely among the finest syrahs produced on the West Coast.

Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
April 17th, 2020, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Berserkers Social Video Meet/Virtual Tasting #10 - Friday, 4/17 @6:30 PM Pacific
Replies: 41
Views: 1069

Re: Wine Berserkers Social Video Meet/Virtual Tasting #10 - Friday, 4/17 @6:30 PM Pacific

I really, REALLY need to buy some Flannery at the next BD. Omaha Steaks is good but this seems like a big level up. Brian: This may sound strange but if you actually figure the real price per pound for Omamha steaks then you may be surprised. In addition, on the Flannery website, Bryan has cooking ...
by Marshall Gelb
April 16th, 2020, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Berserkers Social Video Meet/Virtual Tasting #10 - Friday, 4/17 @6:30 PM Pacific
Replies: 41
Views: 1069

Re: Wine Berserkers Social Video Meet/Virtual Tasting #10 - Friday, 4/17 @6:30 PM Pacific

Friday? Let me check my schedule! [snort.gif] Will try to fit it in.....so many options. [rofl.gif]


Cheers!
Marshall grouphug
by Marshall Gelb
April 12th, 2020, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Virtual Tasting--Thursday, 4/16 @ 5PM PT With Kevin Harvey and Jeff Brinkman
Replies: 199
Views: 5544

Re: Rhys Virtual Tasting--Thursday, 4/16 @ 5PM PT With Kevin Harvey and Jeff Brinkman

Very cool! I am in and will dig up a bottle from the Vinoteque. Looking forward to meeting everyone "in person." flirtysmile

Cheers!
Marshall [cheers.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
March 22nd, 2020, 11:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recent New Orleans Eats
Replies: 134
Views: 11001

Re: Recent New Orleans Eats

Planning on buying some gift certificates from the Dickie Brennan group. We can use them the next time we get to the Bourbon House. Need to help out my favorite shuckers!

Cheers!
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by Marshall Gelb
March 14th, 2020, 1:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1167
Views: 67162

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Peter Simpson wrote:
February 19th, 2020, 5:00 pm
Chez Melange in Redondo Beach can be very hit or miss, but the bar would be good for solo dining.

Unfortunately, Chez Melange is closed as well. The last day, after 37 years, was February 29th.

Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
March 14th, 2020, 1:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recent New Orleans Eats
Replies: 134
Views: 11001

Re: Recent New Orleans Eats

[swearing.gif] Well, cancel that idea! Rebooked for late September and early October. Hopefully, things wlll be resolved and life returns to (semi)normal. grouphug

Cheers! [cheers.gif]
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
March 11th, 2020, 12:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recent New Orleans Eats
Replies: 134
Views: 11001

Re: Recent New Orleans Eats

Still planning on going......may not be too difficult to get into most restaurants . We usually make more rezzies but this trip will be far more wide open.

Cheers!
Marshall [cheers.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
March 10th, 2020, 1:35 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.
Replies: 39
Views: 5465

Re: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.

Great advice on the reservations. We are still too far in the future to book any dinners but definitely are following the calendar. Most are only available 2 months in advance. We are still open to more suggestions......awesome stuff so far!

Cheers! champagne.gif
Marshall [cheers.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
March 10th, 2020, 1:26 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 283
Views: 15586

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Northern Europe and then St. Petersburg in September. Still on !

Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
February 24th, 2020, 3:18 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Croatia Recommendations?
Replies: 19
Views: 2248

Re: Croatia Recommendations?

Loved Proto in Dubrovnik. Fantastic seafood and charming people.

Cheers!
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by Marshall Gelb
February 24th, 2020, 3:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recent New Orleans Eats
Replies: 134
Views: 11001

Re: Recent New Orleans Eats

Made a reservation for "Bordeaux.".........new on Magazine and if we have time, I have heard good things about "Gris Gris." In addition, we will try Bywater Bistro for the first time. Love the city and it is always a challenge to balance our favorites with new openings. Cheers! Marshall champagne.g...
by Marshall Gelb
February 24th, 2020, 2:56 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Redondo Beach 19 - 26 February
Replies: 14
Views: 2153

Re: Redondo Beach 19 - 26 February

Michael: Sounds like you did quite well overall! Let us know how things went in the various venues. I will be at Chez tonight for the last meeting of our "old folks" dinner group. Very glad you enjoyed "Dominique's Kitchen."

Cheers! champagne.gif
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
February 17th, 2020, 3:00 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Redondo Beach 19 - 26 February
Replies: 14
Views: 2153

Re: Redondo Beach 19 - 26 February

Michael: Where are you staying? There have been a few new openings in Manhattan Beach as well as Redondo... Coast and David Slay's come to mind. Redondo has quite a few nice, casual places in the area known as Riviera Village. If you like old school family run French Bistro's, take a look at Dominiq...
by Marshall Gelb
February 4th, 2020, 1:24 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.
Replies: 39
Views: 5465

Re: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.

Just bumping this up as I have to start thinking about reservations eventually. What is the "dress code" for the better restaurants in Oslo & Stockholm. We will be there in August and that is Summer. Are jackets required or expected?

Thanks again.
Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
November 6th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1167
Views: 67162

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Any thoughts on Manuela? Corkage policy? Thanks! Cheers! Marshall [cheers.gif] Just dined there last Friday night. Loved the vibe and food was good - flavorful and well portioned. However, service can be hit or miss. Our particular server really wasn't feeling it that day and acted like he didn't w...
by Marshall Gelb
November 6th, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New Orleans dining.....thinking about "newer" places
Replies: 1
Views: 1238

New Orleans dining.....thinking about "newer" places

Yes, I know it has been discussed quite a bit but has anyone had any recent experiences in New Orleans? There seems to be a real restaurant renaissance in the city and thankfully, quite a bit of new construction. Anyone have any experience with a "newer" spot? If not, how about some favorites that y...
by Marshall Gelb
November 4th, 2019, 2:17 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.
Replies: 39
Views: 5465

Re: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.

When are you coming? Most of the best restaurants in Oslo are closed most of July. I think Maaemo opens for reservations three months in advance, Frantzén accepts reservations two months in advance, and you need to be early,to get a table, especially if you are two persons. Getting a table at Frant...
by Marshall Gelb
November 4th, 2019, 2:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1167
Views: 67162

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Any thoughts on Manuela? Corkage policy?

Thanks!

Cheers!
Marshall [cheers.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
November 4th, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: CARROTS à la Eric Ripert/Le Bernardin
Replies: 13
Views: 2457

Re: CARROTS à la Eric Ripert/Le Bernardin

Very nice! We have been cooking our carrots in a very similar manner for quite a while.

Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
October 30th, 2019, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: has anyone tried the 2017 Lewellings?
Replies: 10
Views: 1139

Re: has anyone tried the 2017 Lewellings?

Jeff; We visited recently and tasted the 2016 and 2015 vintages. We didn’t try the 2017 but to me it is a no brainer. The Lewelling wines are, in my opinion, one of the premier “bargains” in all of Napa plus the Wight’s are some of the nicest people I have ever met. Cheers! Marshall How were the 15...
by Marshall Gelb
October 30th, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: has anyone tried the 2017 Lewellings?
Replies: 10
Views: 1139

Re: has anyone tried the 2017 Lewellings?

Jeff; We visited recently and tasted the 2016 and 2015 vintages. We didn’t try the 2017 but to me it is a no brainer. The Lewelling wines are, in my opinion, one of the premier “bargains” in all of Napa plus the Wight’s are some of the nicest people I have ever met.

Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
October 30th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1167
Views: 67162

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

T. Altmayer wrote:
October 24th, 2019, 3:02 pm
Any good recommendations for Manhattan Beach? Especially with decent corkage?
Tom: I don't know if I am too late with this idea but "Slay's" in Manhattan Beach is relatively new and quite good.

Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
October 30th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP: Marcel Juge
Replies: 19
Views: 2398

Re: RIP: Marcel Juge

Enjoyed many of his bottles in the past. He will certainly be missed. RIP.

Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
October 14th, 2019, 11:40 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.
Replies: 39
Views: 5465

Re: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.

Hi folks: Bumping this back up. Curious as to how far in advance one needs to book the top restaurants in Oslo and Stockholm.

Thanks!
Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
October 13th, 2019, 7:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1167
Views: 67162

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I'd love to, Marshall. And, luckily, Ashley and I recently hired P.M. help with the kids, so we have pretty easy/regular access to a babysitter now. The challenge of shoehorning it into our terribly busy work schedules remains, but the new help has turned the situation from nearly impossible to mer...
by Marshall Gelb
October 10th, 2019, 4:00 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: bringing cheese through lax customs
Replies: 17
Views: 2995

Re: bringing cheese through lax customs

I almost always bring cheese back from Europe without problem. In early June coming through LAX, I declared the cheese as usual, but was directed to secondary screening for the first time. Took about 40 minutes extra. Has anyone had recent experience bringing cheese through (declared) and whether i...
by Marshall Gelb
October 10th, 2019, 3:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1167
Views: 67162

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Loved Hatchett Hall! Had a small table outside, and glad we did because it was quite noisy inside. As mentioned by others, good-sized portions. $20 corkage on first 2 bottles, $40 thereafter, will waive one if you buy from their list. We ordered 4 dishes: 1 was very good (pork chop, which was cooke...
by Marshall Gelb
October 10th, 2019, 3:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1167
Views: 67162

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

johngonzales wrote:
October 10th, 2019, 1:37 pm
HAs anyone been to Ronan??? Food??? Corkage???
John: Heading there on Saturday after the Taper. Will give you an update unless you are available to join us.

Cheers!
Marshall [cheers.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
October 10th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: South Bay LA - August Offline (Planning)
Replies: 20
Views: 5496

Re: South Bay LA - August Offline (Planning)

Still hoping for some South bay traction....There have been a few new restaurant openings of late but I am not sure if they would be amenable to wine dinners.

Cheers!
Marshall [cheers.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
September 13th, 2019, 2:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1167
Views: 67162

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

That's a bummer, Gregg. That's my #1 restaurant pet peeve. Mine as well! We went to Hatchett Hall a couple of weeks ago with John & Mary Gonzales. The place was deafening and so dark that you could not even see your food let alone read the menu. In reality, the food was pretty decent but the overal...
by Marshall Gelb
September 13th, 2019, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ancillary Cellars 2017 release schedule
Replies: 7
Views: 1046

Re: Ancillary Cellars 2017 release schedule

FWIW, the El Diablo chardonnay is stunning!

Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
September 13th, 2019, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 37
Views: 2970

Re: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

For me, year in and year out, one of the premier bargains in the wine world. They age them for over ten years before release and price the wines modestly. The oak treatment is not overpowering and is usually quite integrated by release time. In addition, they age forever. It is a wine to buy annuall...
by Marshall Gelb
August 21st, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.
Replies: 39
Views: 5465

Re: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.

Krister: Thank you so much! That is a wonderful resource. Do you have any personal favorites for dinner?

Thanks again!
Cheers!

Marshall champagne.gif
by Marshall Gelb
August 21st, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: New Orleans Hotels
Replies: 32
Views: 5090

Re: New Orleans Hotels

Really enjoyed the NOPSI in the CBD.....relatively new and a nice location.

https://www.nopsihotel.com

Cheers!
Marshall [cheers.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
August 11th, 2019, 11:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rome, Florence, Tuscany Michelin Starred Restaurants w/ Kids?
Replies: 19
Views: 3111

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

Ben: This your first and only post and I see you have no responses. Use the search function and you will get lots of pertinent information. You also might try using a full name to get a bit more help....just my opinion.

Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
August 11th, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help! Bumper Crop of Basil
Replies: 24
Views: 2757

Re: Help! Bumper Crop of Basil

John: It works. We make pesto "ice cubes" and freeze them for use during the winter. The only ingredient we leave out is the pine nuts which we add at the time of use.

Cheers!
Marshall [cheers.gif]
by Marshall Gelb
August 9th, 2019, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?
Replies: 90
Views: 4765

Re: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?

Howard; Thanks and absolutely! Love to post on all aspects of food and wine and travel. This board is a treasure trove of wonderful information.
Cheers!
Marshall
by Marshall Gelb
August 7th, 2019, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?
Replies: 90
Views: 4765

Re: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?

I have been on wine boards, including this one, for a long time and this is an issue that rears its' head periodically . We all have different levels of income, and how we spend our money is personal. There are many things out there, wine included, that I cannot afford. By the same token, I can affo...

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