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by Michel Abood
December 26th, 2017, 10:02 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Adventures in Paris
Replies: 429
Views: 27475

Adventures in Paris

Neal.Mollen wrote:If you've been following the diet thread, there are MULTIPLE people who exist without butter, without bread, without pasta . . . if this makes them happy then I am happy for them but this does not describe a life I'd want to live!
That's not living. It's the zombie apocalypse, obviously.
by Michel Abood
December 26th, 2017, 12:42 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Adventures in Paris
Replies: 429
Views: 27475

Adventures in Paris

What idiot complains about butter?
by Michel Abood
December 24th, 2017, 7:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And what about crown of lamb?
Replies: 35
Views: 1573

And what about crown of lamb?

I made that tonight for Xmas Eve, with roasted potatoes and steamed haricot verts. Cracked a Maison Dujac Gevrey Chambertin 2013 that went great with it.
by Michel Abood
December 24th, 2017, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RAW wine fair
Replies: 25
Views: 1770

RAW wine fair

Let's not forget all the cultivated yeasts selected for the taste profiles they add to the wine (ie Duboeuf's proprietary Beaujolais yeast that adds their distinct banana note to their wines - bleh). Honestly, there are so many variables when crafting wine that it's hard to say how much any one thin...
by Michel Abood
December 24th, 2017, 9:54 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Adventures in Paris
Replies: 429
Views: 27475

Adventures in Paris

I love Paris and NYC at this time of the year, thanks for the pics.
by Michel Abood
December 20th, 2017, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RAW wine fair
Replies: 25
Views: 1770

RAW wine fair

Wondering if others can chime in whether they can taste the difference between wine made with wild yeasts vs wine inoculated with cultivated yeast? Honestly, if all that was the only difference, I sincerely doubt it (and I work primarily with wines made using native yeasts). However, usually those ...
by Michel Abood
December 13th, 2017, 10:15 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Adventures in Paris
Replies: 429
Views: 27475

Adventures in Paris

Great story and great pic. God I miss Paris!
by Michel Abood
December 7th, 2017, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Were there additives put into wine during WW2?
Replies: 11
Views: 622

Were there additives put into wine during WW2?

Victor Hong wrote:French urine.
I was told a Champagne house had a bottling line run through the men's room when the wine was meant for the Nazis.
by Michel Abood
December 7th, 2017, 11:40 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Adventures in Paris
Replies: 429
Views: 27475

Adventures in Paris

OMG too funny! [rofl.gif]

Thanks for sharing your dinner at Guy Savoy. What you said about Michelin places rings true for me, I so much prefer the small gastro-bistrot/wine bar scene in Paris. Can't wait to be back in February!
by Michel Abood
December 5th, 2017, 10:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JamieGoode on Natural Wines
Replies: 70
Views: 2691

JamieGoode on Natural Wines

Overall I agree with you Hardy, especially about this article being a phone-in. He does have a point, however, about people fawning over some of these wines for the sake of being natural as opposed to being good. I was at both RAW NYC and RAW LA (I tasted through your line-up and loved your work) a...
by Michel Abood
December 5th, 2017, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JamieGoode on Natural Wines
Replies: 70
Views: 2691

JamieGoode on Natural Wines

That's got to be the silliest / mail it in article on natural wine (from a decent writer) that I've read in a while... "But most of all, natural wine is about being part of the club..." "Sometimes it seems that being cool is what counts..." I feel like this was written by my tee...
by Michel Abood
November 14th, 2017, 7:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RAW wine fair
Replies: 25
Views: 1770

RAW wine fair

... the occasional mousey wine (that would unfortunately taint the glass for hours afterward if it wasn't properly rinsed and cleaned!) Can you describe a "mousey" wine? It's hard to describe, but when you taste it you understand it right away. Rather acrid and unpleasant, and usually at ...
by Michel Abood
November 13th, 2017, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RAW wine fair
Replies: 25
Views: 1770

RAW wine fair

I attended both the NY and LA fairs (we had a producer pouring in NY, Clos Massotte from the Roussillon). I will second what was said above, the quality of the wines has improved dramatically. As an example, during my first visit to La Dive in the Loire several years ago I could barely taste anythin...
by Michel Abood
October 25th, 2017, 4:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Restaurant suggestions in San Diego?
Replies: 13
Views: 1303

Restaurant suggestions in San Diego?

That's what I'd say about Solare, really good but not great. Now the wine list and people there are great and I'd go back to try pasta or a second course but the pear/Gorgonzola pie I ate was just good. Honestly, that seems to be the biggest issue around San Diego. Lots of average, some good to ver...
by Michel Abood
October 22nd, 2017, 4:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Restaurant suggestions in San Diego?
Replies: 13
Views: 1303

Restaurant suggestions in San Diego?

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:Trying Solare tonight, oh fo four trying to find good tasting food so far.
Let us know how it is, I keep hearing about it. I've been to Buena Forchetta and it's good, not great.
by Michel Abood
October 20th, 2017, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the worst well-rated wine you've had this year?
Replies: 58
Views: 4418

What's the worst well-rated wine you've had this year?

Well, duh, it wasn't out of a magnum and you weren't eating sushi with it. Noob. neener
by Michel Abood
October 7th, 2017, 4:29 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 528
Views: 37530

Anyone use Global Entry Program?

I may be wrong, but I thought with Mobile Pass you'll still have to line up for immigration and still be interviewed even after scanning your app's QR code. With GE, one just show the GE receipt to the waiting immigration officer. At some point, I suspect (I hope) that they'll find a similar app fo...
by Michel Abood
October 6th, 2017, 10:26 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 528
Views: 37530

Anyone use Global Entry Program?

Michael Martin wrote:Tried Mobile Pass a few weeks ago for the first time. Loved it. It put us ahead of almost the whole plane coming back though US customs.
I was looking at that recently. Was it faster that Global Entry? That said, I've had nothing but positive experiences with GE.
by Michel Abood
September 28th, 2017, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Orange Wine: What Say You?
Replies: 64
Views: 3797

Orange Wine: What Say You?

Oh, and flawed poll: Eric Levine touched me and I liked it but I couldn't choose several options so I voted #2.
by Michel Abood
September 28th, 2017, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Orange Wine: What Say You?
Replies: 64
Views: 3797

Orange Wine: What Say You?

I'm with Todd; enjoy many if they are not oxidized. And even then, one or two are of interest. I make several including Sauvignon and Ribolla - some things I've found: - they should be served as you would a red wine; very lightly chilled. As soon as they get colder they aren't the same wines. - the...
by Michel Abood
September 12th, 2017, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where to buy wedding wine in La Jolla/SD area
Replies: 16
Views: 991

Where to buy wedding wine in La Jolla/SD area

I live in Solana Beach, a few miles north of La Jolla. I wasn't impressed with Third Corner's selection, and Wine Connection in Del Mar has very few interesting things except for the higher-end wines, as Brian mentions. I'd add Village Vino in Kensington, The Rose in South Park and Vino Carta in Lit...
by Michel Abood
September 1st, 2017, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unfashionable Alsace making a comeback?
Replies: 45
Views: 3112

Unfashionable Alsace making a comeback?

Michel, I would love to try some of those wines. Who is stocking them? The wines landed a few weeks ago so haven't gotten that many placement yet (summer is always slow, even for whites). A few restaurants in the NYC area carry them, as for retail the Sylvaner is at Dandelion in Brooklyn, the Pinot...
by Michel Abood
September 1st, 2017, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unfashionable Alsace making a comeback?
Replies: 45
Views: 3112

Unfashionable Alsace making a comeback?

As an importer, we took a gamble on a small producer of biodynamic Alsatian wines this year ( http://vincent-fleith.com/ ) despite my better instincts. The price was right and the quality outstanding. I knew it would be a very tough sell, but even I wasn't prepared for the resistance. Buyers love ta...
by Michel Abood
September 1st, 2017, 11:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2572
Views: 168989

New York City Restaurants

Finally went to Tori Shin and really enjoyed it. I did not bring wine but enquired about corkage and it is $40. I will definitely go back soon. haven't been yet to the newer location, but the old place was amazing. superb food and experience. We found ourselves in NYC late yesterday afternoon looki...
by Michel Abood
August 26th, 2017, 6:37 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Adventures in Paris
Replies: 429
Views: 27475

Adventures in Paris

I'll be going to Corsica in February to visit our Corsican winery, Clos Culombu, in Calvi, on the Northwest coast. The last time I was there was when I was 16 years old, but from what I recall the food was outstanding. Can't wait!
by Michel Abood
August 25th, 2017, 9:17 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Diego Meet Up- 8/24 in Del Mar CA
Replies: 78
Views: 3507

San Diego Meet Up- 8/24 in Del Mar CA

What a fun night, great meeting everyone!
by Michel Abood
August 21st, 2017, 5:11 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Diego Meet Up- 8/24 in Del Mar CA
Replies: 78
Views: 3507

San Diego Meet Up- 8/24 in Del Mar CA

Looking forward to meeting the locals, I moved here last July (2016) but was so busy with travel that it's only now that I have time to do wine dinners. This is my 1st CA wine dinner since we moved.
by Michel Abood
August 10th, 2017, 11:13 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Diego Meet Up- 8/24 in Del Mar CA
Replies: 78
Views: 3507

San Diego Meet Up- 8/24 in Del Mar CA

In with a 1982 Beaulieu Georges de Latour. I'll bring a backup just in case, TBD.
by Michel Abood
August 9th, 2017, 2:56 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Diego Meet Up- 8/24 in Del Mar CA
Replies: 78
Views: 3507

San Diego Meet Up- 8/24 in Del Mar CA

I'll source something, as Napa Cabs aren't my forte but I have an open mind/palate.
by Michel Abood
August 8th, 2017, 10:59 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Diego Meet Up- 8/24 in Del Mar CA
Replies: 78
Views: 3507

San Diego Meet up?

If you still have room, I would love to join, date dependent. Is this still on 8/24? I moved to Solana Beach last July and have been looking to meet some locals now that my travel schedule has calmed down.
by Michel Abood
August 8th, 2017, 9:51 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 528
Views: 37530

Anyone use Global Entry Program?

John Morris wrote:
Michel Abood wrote: I didn't really pay attention to the other kiosks, and no one was using them so can't really say. This was the Delta International Terminal (4?).
Probably because they were out of order.
[rofl.gif]
by Michel Abood
August 7th, 2017, 4:58 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 528
Views: 37530

Anyone use Global Entry Program?

There were a ton of kiosks that were available.... Were they functioning? My brother and sister-in-law arrived a few weeks ago at JFK Terminal one most of the kiosks were out of order. I experienced that at the AA terminal in January. My in-laws are not US citizens and it took them 2.5 hours to cle...
by Michel Abood
August 7th, 2017, 10:30 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Adventures in Paris
Replies: 429
Views: 27475

Adventures in Paris

That's just mean. I. hate. you. [wink.gif]
by Michel Abood
August 4th, 2017, 4:47 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Adventures in Paris
Replies: 429
Views: 27475

Adventures in Paris

For fresh, not canned/jarred, duck foie gras mi cuit (the foie gras in your photo is goose), you might want to check-out L'Avant Comptoir. They sell it to go. Made by Yves Camdeborde's cousin, Pascal. Or you can eat a slice or two there. ZK8WH0a - Imgur.jpg God I love that place, you're killing me....
by Michel Abood
August 4th, 2017, 4:35 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 528
Views: 37530

Anyone use Global Entry Program?

As someone who doesn't check bags when traveling internationally, GOES is a life changer. Less than 5 minutes to get to the curb to wait for a ride. 7 minutes from plane door to my fat butt in a cab at JFK coming back from Milan last week. There were a ton of kiosks that were available, and I waltz...
by Michel Abood
July 11th, 2017, 1:03 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Adventures in Paris
Replies: 429
Views: 27475

Adventures in Paris

There's also Brulerie de Belleville, but I haven't had their coffee yet. KB is excellent too.
by Michel Abood
July 9th, 2017, 1:34 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Adventures in Paris
Replies: 429
Views: 27475

Adventures in Paris

It's really funny to see the small things I miss from the US - fresh roasted coffee beans and IPAs, both of which are the immediate response to "what can we bring over for you?" Fortunately, I've got enough Stumptown to get me through to a US visit at the end of the month. I'll trade off ...
by Michel Abood
July 7th, 2017, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Winos' excellent adventure in France
Replies: 63
Views: 5149

TN: Winos' excellent adventure in France

Well done gentlemen, well done. [welldone.gif]
by Michel Abood
July 1st, 2017, 2:21 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: New Scam?
Replies: 20
Views: 3934

New Scam?

What is the scam? U ship them wine and their credit card declines? What do scam artists want with some cases of wine? In the case of the email I received, I'd be out a pallet of wine, or 50-60 cases. And I'm betting they'd want to go high end, so Champagne, Burgundy and whatnot. They use CC to pay,...
by Michel Abood
June 23rd, 2017, 11:58 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris websites to bookmark
Replies: 9
Views: 1333

Paris websites to bookmark

First of all, I thought the paris by arrondisment site to be insipid. For example, the 11th which is not the hipster capital of Paris had no reference to it being the dining hotspot. Please don't forget Wendy Whitehurst's great site -www.wendylyn.paris/ . Her tours are incredible and she knows ever...
by Michel Abood
June 20th, 2017, 7:36 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Anyone been to Paris lately?
Replies: 129
Views: 9622

Anyone been to Paris lately?

Went back to Spring and Regalade. Had perhaps best turbot I have had at Spring. Perfectly cooked. Stayed in 9th and had lunch at "52 faubourg st.denis". Exceptional vicchysoisse with leek puree and curried mussels and sesame chips. Open 7 days a week so good for Sunday lunch or dinner. Th...
by Michel Abood
June 1st, 2017, 4:11 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: New Scam?
Replies: 20
Views: 3934

New Scam?

Jorge Henriquez wrote:Golden Wine huh? Euphemism much?
Only the best for Donny. Straight from the Russian hooker's... grape parts.
by Michel Abood
June 1st, 2017, 2:52 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: New Scam?
Replies: 20
Views: 3934

New Scam?

Got this email this afternoon from "Lisa", see below. If they had done their homework, they'd know that you can't have a chain of wine shops in NY state (though there are limited ways around that, using a spouse/family member/pet's name as the owner of the new store). Especially 'upcomming...
by Michel Abood
April 24th, 2017, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Frost in France, another bad blow
Replies: 30
Views: 3289

Frost in France, another bad blow

And Italy also got whacked, Danila at Al di la del Fiume in Emilia Romagna emailed me this picture. Frost 4-24-17.JPG Another nearby winery that we work with also got slightly hit, as did our Ligurian guy Andrea Kihlgren. Our new Fronton producer just emailed me to say they'll be down 50% for 2017. ...
by Michel Abood
April 21st, 2017, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Frost in France, another bad blow
Replies: 30
Views: 3289

Frost in France, another bad blow

This is what frost damage looks like in Chablis at one of our wineries, Domaine Louis Poitout. [cry.gif]
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by Michel Abood
April 21st, 2017, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Frost in France, another bad blow
Replies: 30
Views: 3289

Frost in France, another bad blow

Our producers in the regions above are reporting damage, as are our winemakers in Irancy, Savoie, Saint Chinian, Beaujolais and Liguria. The only one so far who has said he's been spared was Clos Massotte in the Roussillon.
by Michel Abood
April 21st, 2017, 10:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Seafood and worms.
Replies: 96
Views: 5406

Seafood and worms.

We were at a VERY nice restaurant in NYC when my wife was 9 months pregnant and she ordered the cod. Halfway through her meal, a little light pink worm stands up and gives us a wiggle out of her fish. The manager swooped in so fast my head spun, and they had a very quiet but intense freak out consid...
by Michel Abood
April 20th, 2017, 11:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie)
Replies: 16
Views: 1422

TN: 2015 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie)

Barry Paul Price wrote:Try the 2015 Metras Fleurie
I usually love Metras, it'll be interesting to see how he did in 2015.
by Michel Abood
April 15th, 2017, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie)
Replies: 16
Views: 1422

TN: 2015 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie)

Sorry, I've been traveling for work so didn't respond as rapidly as usual. This was the yellow label Fleurie. And I did retry it on Day 2, as well as Day 3 (I'm a glutton for punishment). The wine never really came together, it was always very juicy yet unbalanced and had hints of unripe aspects as ...
by Michel Abood
April 11th, 2017, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie)
Replies: 16
Views: 1422

TN: 2015 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie)

2015 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie (4/11/2017) Popped and poured, this had very primary juicy dark and earthy fruit, but almost nothing behind it. There's no there there, which is a surprise. As someone who buys this on a regular basis, I was expecting ...

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