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by Julius L
October 1st, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: London Recos
Replies: 21
Views: 2792

Re: London Recos

Just got back (on Saturday) from a 10 day stay in London. Here's a brief review of what we liked and disliked about where we stayed, restaurants, etc. We stayed at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel in Kings Cross/St. Pancras. An historic hotel originally opened in 1873, closed in 1935 and reopened (...
by Julius L
August 16th, 2019, 10:27 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Chateau to visit in Pomerol recommendations
Replies: 2
Views: 1685

Re: Chateau to visit in Pomerol recommendations

In Pomerol, I would recommend Clinet. In addition, since St. Emilion is just minutes away, I would recommend Tertre Roteboeuf.
by Julius L
August 16th, 2019, 9:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2260
Views: 134441

Re: New York City Restaurants

For a midtown Italian, I would recommend Remi. It's been around a long time (because it's consistantly good - food and service). I was there a couple of months ago and it did not disappoint.
by Julius L
August 4th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: David Burke Tavern NYC/Jean Edwards Cellars Wine Dinner 8/21
Replies: 19
Views: 2014

Re: David Burke Tavern NYC/Jean Edwards Cellars Wine Dinner 8/21

K - Jane and I are looking forward to the dinner and seeing you again.
by Julius L
June 3rd, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Lisbon?
Replies: 45
Views: 4547

Re: Lisbon?

My wife and I stayed (5 nights) at the Hotel Avenida Palace back in March. Enjoyed our stay - very nice room, very helpful staff, excellent breakfast, great location. I recommend it.

https://www.hotelavenidapalace.pt/en/hotel-in-lisbon
by Julius L
June 3rd, 2019, 10:14 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Piemonte Tastings
Replies: 21
Views: 3328

Re: Piemonte Tastings

Paolo Scavino (in Castiglione Falletto) for winery tour and tasting and Vinoteca Centro Storico (in Serralunga d'Alba) for a restaurant.
by Julius L
June 1st, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO
Replies: 632
Views: 66687

Re: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO

Remi (Northern Italian cuisine)

$40 corkage.
by Julius L
February 10th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Piemonte
Replies: 25
Views: 1529

Re: Piemonte

For two of three of our visits to the region over the past ten years, we stayed at the Hotel Calissano in Alba. Convenient to wineries in both Barolo and Barbaresco DOCG'S and within walking distance to several fine restaurants in town. It also offers free parking in its underground garage. We would...
by Julius L
January 27th, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER
Replies: 76
Views: 4331

Re: EMH BLACK CAT BERSERKERDAY OFFER

Placed order on preview day for the vintage I was the lightest on, the 2015 3-pack. That puts EMH up near the top of my list of producers of which I have the most bottles.
by Julius L
January 26th, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BD10 - Zachy's DC with some deep discounts
Replies: 13
Views: 1420

Re: BD10 - Zachy's DC with some deep discounts

Can the order be transfered to the Scarsdale location for local pickup (avoiding shipping charges)?
by Julius L
January 26th, 2019, 7:22 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 10 (as featured in Forbes!) Master Thread - MASSIVE RECORDS SET!!!
Replies: 219
Views: 18194

Re: BerserkerDay 10 Master Thread (as featured in Forbes!) - FAQ/Info/Discussion

sdfruman wrote:
January 26th, 2019, 6:20 am
Based on Todd saying the preview would be approx. 9 hours and go to 5 PST, I except we'll see things start around 11 EST.
A touch of dyslexia? :)
by Julius L
October 16th, 2018, 10:50 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Visiting La Rioja
Replies: 23
Views: 2136

Re: Visiting La Rioja

Sherri S h a p i r o wrote:
October 15th, 2018, 7:27 am
I was just in Rioja this past weekend and wanted to post some impressions. (I am still traveling in Spain.)

...we stayed in Logrono, which was about 30 minutes from Haro...
Did you do a pinchos crawl on Calle del Laurel?
by Julius L
October 16th, 2018, 9:34 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC - Barolo (10/11) & Barbaresco (10/17) @ Fabio Cucina
Replies: 34
Views: 2046

Re: NYC - Barolo (10/11) & Barbaresco (10/17) @ Fabio Cucina

Still good to go. Can also bring a sticky if you would like.
by Julius L
October 16th, 2018, 9:10 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC - Barolo (10/11) & Barbaresco (10/17) @ Fabio Cucina
Replies: 34
Views: 2046

Re: NYC - Barolo (10/11) & Barbaresco (10/17) @ Fabio Cucina

Bringing a 2005 Sottimano Barbaresco Currá
by Julius L
October 10th, 2018, 11:49 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC - Barolo (10/11) & Barbaresco (10/17) @ Fabio Cucina
Replies: 34
Views: 2046

Re: NYC - Barolo (10/11) & Barbaresco (10/17) @ Fabio Cucina

Update my TBD to a 2007 Sandrone Le Vigne.
by Julius L
September 25th, 2018, 12:45 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Tuscany Late November
Replies: 15
Views: 975

Re: Tuscany Late November

Flying out tomorrow evening for an 8 night stay in the Montalcino area with 9 winery visits booked. According to online weather reports, temperature range of upper 40's overnight to upper 70's during the day with one day of rain.
by Julius L
September 16th, 2018, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT
Replies: 14
Views: 721

Re: TN: 2006 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT

This vintage was my introduction to the wine, having had it at the restaurant at Borgo San Felice in Castelnuovo Berardenga. It was love at first sip and I've been buying every subsequent vintage since then (2007 - 2014).
by Julius L
August 26th, 2018, 8:29 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Favorite Hotel and Restaurant in Bordeaux
Replies: 14
Views: 850

Re: Favorite Hotel and Restaurant in Bordeaux

La Tupina + 1, but it has been a while. If visiting Mouton R museum you need to reserve in advance. Enjoyed staying in St. Emilion better than Bourdeaux. The first time (about a dozen years ago) we went to La Tupina we had an excellent dinner - food, wine and service. It was a totally different sto...
by Julius L
August 25th, 2018, 7:12 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Favorite Hotel and Restaurant in Bordeaux
Replies: 14
Views: 850

Re: Favorite Hotel and Restaurant in Bordeaux

We had a great stay at La Grande Maison de Bernard Magrez in the city of Bordeaux - pricey but beautiful. We also stayed at the Intercontinental, but found the layout of the rooms awkward. In Saint Emilion we stayed at Le Pavillon Villemaurine, a nice B and B that is a very short walk into the town...
by Julius L
August 25th, 2018, 7:35 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Tuscany Bound (looking for recs)
Replies: 12
Views: 1115

Re: Tuscany Bound (looking for recs)

A couple of additional towns worth strolling through are Volterra and Cortona.
by Julius L
August 25th, 2018, 6:58 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Favorite Hotel and Restaurant in Bordeaux
Replies: 14
Views: 850

Re: Favorite Hotel and Restaurant in Bordeaux

My wife and I found Bordeaux somewhat wanting as a gastronomical destination, but we did enjoy our dinner at Brasserie Le Noailles. The food and wine selection were excellent and the atmoshere was Parisian.
by Julius L
August 23rd, 2018, 6:43 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Tuscany Bound (looking for recs)
Replies: 12
Views: 1115

Re: Tuscany Bound (looking for recs)

One of the best dinners we ever had in Tuscany was at Poggio Rosso, the restaurant at Borgo San Felice, located in the vicinity of Castelnuovo Berardenga.
by Julius L
August 21st, 2018, 10:02 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 12-14 nights in Spain sometime between March 15th & May 15th
Replies: 46
Views: 2265

Re: best cities in Spain

While we were driving from one parador to another the police came and pulled everyone over to the shoulder of the road. A few minutes later, the Vuelta a España approached and went by. There were so many bicycles we had to wait quite a while before we were allowed to resume driving.
by Julius L
August 20th, 2018, 11:02 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 12-14 nights in Spain sometime between March 15th & May 15th
Replies: 46
Views: 2265

Re: best cities in Spain

My wife and I went "parador hopping" back in 2000. We stayed for a few days in Madrid prior the hop. we also injected a couple of days in Porto to taste the classic 1994 vintage. A good part of the appeal of the cities where we stayed were actually the paradors themselves. It's interesting see what ...
by Julius L
August 14th, 2018, 8:33 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC in October: any interest?
Replies: 20
Views: 1174

Re: NYC in October: any interest?

I'm interested.
by Julius L
July 6th, 2018, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Question about Eurocave cellars
Replies: 10
Views: 2584

Question about Eurocave cellars

I have owned a Eurocave 266 for 20 years or so, with 4 stationary shelves that each hold 2 rows of bottles stacked and 8 rolling shelves each holding 1 row. First, it should be noted that the "266," referring to the capacity, is based on total BULK storage (bottom to top) without intervening shelves...
by Julius L
July 1st, 2018, 8:02 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Lucca recommendations (and trip summary)
Replies: 23
Views: 1128

Lucca recommendations

Antica Locanda di Sesto.
by Julius L
July 1st, 2018, 7:47 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Should I book a Hotel room thru Booking.com, Expedia or some other OTA?
Replies: 22
Views: 1304

Should I book a Hotel room thru Booking.com, Expedia or some other OTA?

Trivago lets you see all the on-line site rates (booking, expedia, hotel, orbitz, etc.)
by Julius L
June 9th, 2018, 6:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: PSA for butter-heads: Bordier in NYC
Replies: 16
Views: 2474

PSA for butter-heads: Bordier in NYC

My wife works in the WFC and she went to Le District last week to buy the butter . The problem - the butter was out of date. She pointed this out to the staff who were not aware of it. Hopefully, they will rectify the situation soon.
by Julius L
May 12th, 2018, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pelaverga, Freisa and Ruche (and other lesser known Piedmont grapes)
Replies: 59
Views: 2923

Pelaverga, Freisa and Ruche

Montalbera Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato L'Accento was the most floral/perfumed wine I've ever experienced.
by Julius L
May 3rd, 2018, 12:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone really into drinking Tea?
Replies: 201
Views: 10806

Any Tea Aficionados Out There?

I'm a big fan of Fortnum & Mason's black tea with lemon. Fortunately, one of my wife's colleagues works in their London office so he brings us a few boxes when he periodically visits the NYC office.
by Julius L
April 17th, 2018, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Piedmont trip: which estates should I visit? Update: Trip report.
Replies: 63
Views: 7495

Piedmont trip: which estates should I visit?

I totally agree with those that previously recommended Paolo Scavino. I visited them on two trips to Piedmont. Other Barolo wineries I would recommend are Massolino (Serralunga d'Alba) and Voerzio (La Morra). For Barbaresco wineries, I would recommend Sottimano, Cigiuti and Gaja. As for restaurants,...
by Julius L
March 31st, 2018, 9:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GaryVee Wine Club
Replies: 89
Views: 9257

GaryVee Wine Club

ky1em!ttskus wrote:
Rich Brown wrote:
Julius L wrote:I usually consider wines that Gary recommends as ones that I wouldn't buy.
Ok I'll bite. So why is that? Kinda pointless comment without any context (and honestly comes across as being a pretty pretentious one)
JaD.
You got it wrong. It's JaGD.
by Julius L
March 31st, 2018, 9:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GaryVee Wine Club
Replies: 89
Views: 9257

GaryVee Wine Club

I usually consider wines that Gary recommends as ones that I wouldn't buy. Ok I'll bite. So why is that? Kinda pointless comment without any context (and honestly comes across as being a pretty pretentious one) Sorry for my abruptness. Over the years that I spent at the WL, I very often (but to be ...
by Julius L
March 31st, 2018, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GaryVee Wine Club
Replies: 89
Views: 9257

GaryVee Wine Club

I usually consider wines that Gary recommends as ones that I wouldn't buy.
by Julius L
March 31st, 2018, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Duck Confit pairing
Replies: 18
Views: 1041

Duck Confit pairing

Madiran.
by Julius L
March 22nd, 2018, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestions for an under-$50 Cal cab tasting?
Replies: 79
Views: 3360

Suggestions for an under-$50 Cal cab tasting?

Hess Collection Mount Veeder Estate Grown
by Julius L
March 11th, 2018, 1:19 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Driving Lake Como to Florence
Replies: 12
Views: 648

Driving Lake Como to Florence

I was thinking about Modena and bypassing Parma. Any interesting landmarks to see? I assume there are special balsamic vinegars to sample. Did a balsamic vinegar tasting while in Modena. It was in a gourmet shop in the center of town. We tasted 5, ranging from a basic (to use in salad dressing) to ...
by Julius L
March 8th, 2018, 11:41 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Driving Lake Como to Florence
Replies: 12
Views: 648

Driving Lake Como to Florence

In whatever city you ultimately decide to stop in, be sure to avoid the ZTL. It's a hefty fine.
by Julius L
March 8th, 2018, 7:47 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Vacation plans for 2018?
Replies: 55
Views: 1902

Vacation plans for 2018?

Headed to Italy in September (for the 6th time in the past 8 years). This time it will be in the vicinity of Montalcino. BTW, I stumbled on a trick to save $ on the flight (some of you are probably familiar with it). I checked (on Orbitz) the price of the round trip non stop flight for two and it wa...
by Julius L
February 7th, 2018, 8:26 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Traveling to Bordeaux - advice needed!
Replies: 20
Views: 1375

Traveling to Bordeaux - advice needed!

In addition to emailing several chateaus directly, I used the following site to schedule a couple of visits:

http://bordeaux.winetourbooking.com/
by Julius L
February 5th, 2018, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10928
Views: 398226

What bottle of wine did you open today?

Last night, 2009 EMH Black Cat to accompany a Flannery 60-day aged steak. Actually, the steak accompanied the wine, which was the star. Kudos to Merrill.
by Julius L
February 4th, 2018, 8:18 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Essential Italy: the less obvious list
Replies: 54
Views: 3154

Essential Italy: the less obvious list

My wife and I have been to Italy several times (including five times this decade), mostly wine-centric, but sometimes our visits have included culture, history, art, etc. Also, all our visits have been limited to Northern Italy (nothing south of Rome). I would recommend the Piedmont region (for wine...
by Julius L
February 3rd, 2018, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10928
Views: 398226

What bottle of wine did you open today?

2004 Plumpjack Cabernet Sauvignon Estate. Youthful and fresh, accompanied by savory secondary notes. Outstanding.
by Julius L
January 31st, 2018, 11:32 am
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Riverain - Thomas Brown Oakville Tench Vineyard Cabernet and Cardiac Hill Syrah!
Replies: 45
Views: 2924

Riverain - Thomas Brown Oakville Tench Vineyard Cabernet and Cardiac Hill Syrah!

Steve Nordhoff wrote:Brian,

I have no idea why that happened as it is not happening with other orders but I will fix it by the end of the day. Thanks.
I still have $15 shipping included in the total charge and no offsetting credit.
by Julius L
January 30th, 2018, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Wine Is This?
Replies: 12
Views: 607

What Wine Is This?

Based on the full bodied description and aromatics, I'm thinking a Marsanne-Roussanne blend, typically found in Hermitage Blanc. I think there's a few years in the bottle, so I'm guessing a 5-10 year old (2008-2012).

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