I was only here for a week+ earlier this month and didn't come across anything worth mentioning. I did find a nice wine bar called The Bentley where I tried to focus on Aussie wines and enjoyed a Hunter Valley Shiraz, I don't recall the name. The waitress informed me that the HV Shiraz style tended to be less big and bold than other areas. The wine came across as fairly balanced with some iron and iodine/blood notes.

Now that I understand how liberal the BYO policy is here, I hope to bring back a few nice bottles this weekend to enjoy with dinners next week.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
I'm heading to Montreal in 36 hours, and I see it is 32 degrees! Mad

I was not planning on bringing a coat!

No worries, w+a. Warming trend returning tomorrow.
While it is quite common to get a freakish last snow spurt in early April, it is odd even here to have snow flurries all day. I had no coat and had to clear the car with my bare hands this afternoon.

It'll hit 70 by weekend and, now, just a bit of rain Sat/Sun. That can change in a heart-beat though.

A spring jacket should be plenty for the evenings Wink
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Originally posted by KSC02:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
I'm heading to Montreal in 36 hours, and I see it is 32 degrees! Mad

I was not planning on bringing a coat!

No worries, w+a. Warming trend returning tomorrow.
While it is quite common to get a freakish last snow spurt in early April, it is odd even here to have snow flurries all day. I had no coat and had to clear the car with my bare hands this afternoon.

It'll hit 70 by weekend and, now, just a bit of rain Sat/Sun. That can change in a heart-beat though.

A spring jacket should be plenty for the evenings Wink


Spring...jacket...= oxymoron.
Back in London for a few days. Mrs. Glennk has some work to finish up in the next couple days and we have our final London offline with a N. Rhone theme tomorrow for lunch. Then off to Bordeaux (ash cloud providing) on Thursday – Saturday, back to London for a couple final days and then officially moving back to sunny SoCal on 5/31. Cool
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Originally posted by Board-O:
Have fun, Glenn. I look forward to reading about your experiences in Bordeaux.
Thanks. Right now we have appointments at Pontet-Canet, Lafite, Palmer, Lynch Bage and Smith Haut Lafitte. Our first time there so it should be fun!
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Originally posted by GlennK:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
Have fun, Glenn. I look forward to reading about your experiences in Bordeaux.
Thanks. Right now we have appointments at Pontet-Canet, Lafite, Palmer, Lynch Bage and Smith Haut Lafitte. Our first time there so it should be fun!


Are you going anyplace I have heard of?

Seriously, have a blast, and look forward to hearing all about it.
Grove Isle Hotel & Spa in Coconut Grove

Just returned last night. My apologies for not getting together with anyone. The quick weekend outing was a b'day gift to D and she made me promise 'no off-lines' on this trip. Red Face Smile

I greatly appreciated posted comments in earlier threads regarding the Sunday Brunch at the Hotel and Casa Juancho's). All good information that came in handy (also had to stop by Padron and pick up a box of 1926 No. 9s Cool )
Venice- outstanding and hot

Verona- hot

Bellagio- wonderful, but one day would have been enough

Zurich- one day is too much

Strasbourg- beautiful, but the highlights were the visit at Albert Mann and the 2 hours with Olivier Humbrecht in his cellar at Zind-Humbrecht
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and the 2 hours with Olivier Humbrecht in his cellar at Zind-Humbrecht


As you know, we spent an afternoon with Olivier in Alsace, and enjoyed every moment.

As for the "hot" comments... you would be saying the same if you were home currently. Cool

Thanks for the update.
We spent today walking around the old city of Geneva and had a nice dinner at Jeck`s Place. Stars of dining so far have been Vini da Gigio in Venice, Trattoria San Giacomo in Bellagio, and Buerehiesel in Strasbourg. Unfortunately, the disappointment was Antico Martini in Venice.

By the way, I am bringing back a very special bottle of wine for a future offline. A half bottle, from Alsace.
Ed, my wife and I are indebted to you for all the great travel advice we've received from you over the years. Some of the food at Antico Martini was excellent (my wife's vegetable tempura was). My breast of duck was so overcooked, tough, and flavorless, I sent it back. It's been years since I sent back a main course. The replacement was just as inedible. The waiter then suggested I get the baby lamb chops instead. I ordered them medium rare. They came out well-done and tough, but I ate them and didn't complain. The same wine we had at Vini da Gigio was more than double the price. I don't have my notes with me at the moment, but I expect to post more when we return.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
Ed, my wife and I are indebted to you for all the great travel advice we've received from you over the years. Some of the food at Antico Martini was excellent (my wife's vegetable tempura was). My breast of duck was so overcooked, tough, and flavorless, I sent it back. It's been years since I sent back a main course. The replacement was just as inedible. The waiter then suggested I get the baby lamb chops instead. I ordered them medium rare. They came out well-done and tough, but I ate them and didn't complain. The same wine we had at Vini da Gigio was more than double the price. I don't have my notes with me at the moment, but I expect to post more when we return.


That's a shame. It was very good when I dined there, but that was in 2004.
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Originally posted by Vt2It:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
Ed, my wife and I are indebted to you for all the great travel advice we've received from you over the years. Some of the food at Antico Martini was excellent (my wife's vegetable tempura was). My breast of duck was so overcooked, tough, and flavorless, I sent it back. It's been years since I sent back a main course. The replacement was just as inedible. The waiter then suggested I get the baby lamb chops instead. I ordered them medium rare. They came out well-done and tough, but I ate them and didn't complain. The same wine we had at Vini da Gigio was more than double the price. I don't have my notes with me at the moment, but I expect to post more when we return.


That's a shame. It was very good when I dined there, but that was in 2004.


Ouch!! What a downfall. Last there Christmas 2007.
Maybe just an off night, though the duck and the lamb were not good.

We drove past miles of vineyards east of Geneva today on our way to Montreux. Most of the wineries appeared closed for vacation, but we had no plans to stop. On to Burgundy tomorrow.
Board-O,

If you're in Beaune, try out Caves Madeleine for dinner as my wife and I had a nice dinner there a couple of weeks ago. They are pretty passionate about their wine there too. We stayed a Le Cedre which was a decent hotel within walking distance to centre-ville.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by steve8:
Kohler, Wisconsin where I have been watching some golf. Cool


Excellent. I was there again last month, and as always, enjoyed playing a great deal.


My brother just played Whistling Straits today....I'm eager to hear how he did, and I hope he brought along his sand wedge.
The course was open on Monday??? Wow, they must have worked through the night to dismantle and clean up everything. Your brother no doubt got a few breaks with better lies than one would normally get. Assuming of course he misses the fairway once in a while. Wink
Penticton, BC. My annual trip up here for Ironman Canada with a few co-workers. All work-related, no racing for me; I retired from competitive racing years ago. And besides, my sport was cycling... I've never competed in a triathlon and never will, especially an iron distance one.
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Originally posted by GlennK:
DFW. Quick layover in route to visit friends in Memphis for the long weekend. BBQ tonight and Ole Miss game tomorrow.


Quick layover and DFW airport on a Friday is an oxymoron.

I wish I would have known. I would have met you for a drink at the airport.
Solvang, CA. Home base for a few days. Yesterday GigondAss, PURPLE and myself tasted at five places in the western portion of the valley. Today PURPLE and myself will taste on the eastern side of the valley until the palate finally dies. Tomorrow we'll likely make the trek up to Paso Robles and back.
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Originally posted by KSC02:
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Originally posted by aphilla:
madrid

Cool


I wish. Business trip, stuck out by the airport. I'll be back in 2 weeks on another business trip, but with more time.

You have any favorite places in Madrid? I used to make it here more often but I realized it has been 6 years since my last visit.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
Casa Botin (sit downstairs), Puerta del Morros (sp?)(elegant classical Spanish), Pacos (excellent steak)


That is to say, at the bottom of the stairs, there is still a lower section with three tables. Very small. Cozy. And Quite Rustic.
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Originally posted by wine+art:

Quick layover and DFW airport on a Friday is an oxymoron.

I wish I would have known. I would have met you for a drink at the airport.
Thanks for the very kind offer. It was actually a short layover though. Gkapoor and I have long discussed a golf and offline weekend in Dallas. We will have to make that happen in 2011!
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Originally posted by wine+art:
Off in the morning to Canada to off-line for 4 days with friends. Cool

I need to escape this darn tropical storm anyway.


Canada, you say? Why, that's practically my backyard.

I hope you're not visiting the badlands of the eastern provinces. That may not be entirely safe for a young country boy like you.
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Originally posted by GlennK:
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Originally posted by wine+art:

Quick layover and DFW airport on a Friday is an oxymoron.

I wish I would have known. I would have met you for a drink at the airport.
Thanks for the very kind offer. It was actually a short layover though. Gkapoor and I have long discussed a golf and offline weekend in Dallas. We will have to make that happen in 2011!


Indeed!
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Originally posted by wine+art:
Off in the morning to Canada to off-line for 4 days with friends. Cool

You don't say. Remarkable the coincidence.
You never know, maybe we'll cross paths.
Here's to great wines and great friends. I hope your bottles show well. Smile
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Originally posted by Mezzo Litro:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
Off in the morning to Canada to off-line for 4 days with friends. Cool

I need to escape this darn tropical storm anyway.


Bring a coat. Or drink heavily while here. Same difference.


Well, since I really do not own a coat... Smile
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Originally posted by cuffthis:
Negril, Jamaica, since 8/7.

One month now with ZERO wine. But aged rum is resulting in some great tasting notes and a new passion.

Anyone ever taste Edwin Charley "The Virtue" single barrel Jamaican rum?


Tom, sounds like a great time! This is your annual trek, isn't it? No, don't know much at all about rum, must less aged rum.
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Originally posted by haggis:
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Originally posted by cuffthis:
Negril, Jamaica, since 8/7.

One month now with ZERO wine. But aged rum is resulting in some great tasting notes and a new passion.

Anyone ever taste Edwin Charley "The Virtue" single barrel Jamaican rum?


Tom, sounds like a great time! This is your annual trek, isn't it? No, don't know much at all about rum, must less aged rum.


Yes, I usually visit my friends in Jamaica 2-3 times per year. Great place to chill, re-focus.
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Originally posted by gigabit:
Nationals Park in Washington D.C.

GO BRAVES!


ALL that there is to see and experience in D.C., and you are there? Eek Red Face Razz

I suppose that I could say the same thing to you. After all, shouldn't you have been spending every second with your bride on your anniversary? Razz
Slowly but surely. It will be easier when our stuff, including our car, arrive in 2-3 weeks. It's been over 5 weeks getting by with a few plates, cups, etc. and getting around via unreliable taxis. And there's not much for M to do when the city is so unsafe to move around in. Luckily for me, work is pretty much all-consuming....Roll Eyes
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Originally posted by wineismylife:
PURPLE and I are in route to Las Vegas from Philly via Dallas.

GlennK, how long are you in Lost Wages? Up for a drink, bottle of wine, etc...?
I'm already back home watching football. It was a quick turn around trip for a daytime wedding and then dinner at Los.
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Originally posted by snipes:
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Originally posted by Qhdeputy:
Corfu, Greece


If there was a "like" button I'd be clicking on it right now. Very jealous


I loved this place. Great feel and I love the people here. Saw alot in one day. Too bad we got to stay only one day (cruise). It's a place I would come back to.
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Originally posted by DoktaP:
Yesterday- Apt and Gorges de Verdon
Today-Isle sur la Sorgue and Gordes (merci Arnaud pour les suggestions)- Tres bonnes


Brother, I think I have found a spot for my new painting you bought me in St. Tropez.

Is the new piece framed, or not?

Safe travels!
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Is the new piece framed, or not?

Still looking for the elusive piece de resistance.
Today, Chateauneuf du Pape for a tour and tasting at Domaine de Pegau and a nice lunch in the area to start things off.
Anyone want to form a consortium and buy a place near here? Unbelievable places to visit and live. The views are spectacular.
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Today, St. Remy en Provence and Les Baux de Provence. Lunch at L'Oustreau de Baumanieres. Thanks to those that recommended the L'Ousteau, it was absolutely stellar and well worth the travel time and price.
Glad you enjoyed it. It was one of the highlights of our trip there last summer. Best sweetbreads I have ever tried.
Yesterday, Avignon with dinner at Christian Etienne. Sublime

Today, Bonniere and Apt. Leaving tomorrow and spending the day in Amsterdam before final plane home.

Fabulous trip with many fond and memorable moments.

I must confess that I am keen to get home and see my sons and my 2 furry friends (no, not asterixis et al).
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Originally posted by DoktaP:
Yesterday, Avignon with dinner at Christian Etienne. Sublime

Today, Bonniere and Apt. Leaving tomorrow and spending the day in Amsterdam before final plane home.

Fabulous trip with many fond and memorable moments.

I must confess that I am keen to get home and see my sons and my 2 furry friends (no, not asterixis et al).



Brother, I so look forward to hearing all about your trip. As for Asterixis, I think he is now in Morocco. Cool
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Originally posted by steve8:
KSC, hope you're drinking some good whiskey over there.

Aiy. Just a wee bit of the whiskey but several pints of Guiness.

I didn't believe it when they told me, but indeed Guiness does taste differently on the Emerald Isle. Incredably creamy & smooth. Slept like a baby that night. Wink
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Originally posted by KSC02:
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Originally posted by steve8:
KSC, hope you're drinking some good whiskey over there.

Aiy. Just a wee bit of the whiskey but several pints of Guiness.

I didn't believe it when they told me, but indeed Guiness does taste differently on the Emerald Isle. Incredably creamy & smooth. Slept like a baby that night. Wink


Different water is used. I only spent time in Dublin, but the Irish are still the kindest group of people that I've met on my travels. Hope you enjoyed yourself.
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Originally posted by KSC02:
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Originally posted by steve8:
KSC, hope you're drinking some good whiskey over there.

Aiy. Just a wee bit of the whiskey but several pints of Guiness.

I didn't believe it when they told me, but indeed Guiness does taste differently on the Emerald Isle. Incredably creamy & smooth. Slept like a baby that night. Wink

Very cool, K. Ireland is near the top of our list of vacation destinations.
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Originally posted by wineismylife:
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Originally posted by steve8:
Dallas, TX


You suck Mr Unsociable. Razz


Big Grin Sorry Joe, next time for sure. I've been traveling so much lately that I was really not keen on coming down a day earlier on Saturday, just so I could drink more.

Tonight, Houston, TX, where I'll be drinking with Nolan and JAR. Wink
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Originally posted by KSC02:
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Originally posted by steve8:
Big Grin I've been traveling so much lately that I was really not keen on coming down a day earlier on Saturday, just so I could drink more.

Confused


Which part is confusing? Instead I stayed in Montreal, where I drank with you and Mimik. Big Grin
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Originally posted by steve8:
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Originally posted by KSC02:
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Originally posted by steve8:
Big Grin I've been traveling so much lately that I was really not keen on coming down a day earlier on Saturday, just so I could drink more.

Confused

Which part is confusing? Instead I stayed in Montreal, where I drank with you and Mimik. Big Grin

Cool True enough.

Sorry, Joe. Next time. Smile
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Originally posted by Board-O:
w+a, try any oysters? Seriously. Are they even for sale down there now?

I stopped at the market here in Montreal to pick up some scallops and shrimp for a risotto tonight. They had some beautiful looking, huge, shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico.

"From where did you say?...Ur, no thanks"
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Originally posted by Board-O:
w+a, try any oysters? Seriously. Are they even for sale down there now?



Board-O, everything we enjoyed for three days was exceptional. This was not a surprise, as the overwhelming majority of the seafood we have in Texas comes from the Gulf, and there have been no major issues whatsoever.

I'm in Houston every month ( 40 miles from the Gulf) and always ask chef friends about the issue we hear about from the media. They all just laugh. There is 1700 miles of Gulf coastline in the U.S. alone, so avoiding the small area of the oil spill for a couple of months was not hard. The only thing that was an issue was their seafood was delayed a day due to extra inspections, but all is back to normal.

New Orleans truly does have exceptional food.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
They all just laugh. There is 1700 miles of Gulf coastline in the U.S. alone, so avoiding the small area of the oil spill for a couple of months was not hard. The only thing that was an issue was their seafood was delayed a day due to extra inspections, but all is back to normal.

Good to know!
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Originally posted by wine+art:
California.
Cool


101 degrees. It is November for goodness sakes. Eek
Yeah, this is not normal. It is supposed to be low 80's high 70's by the weekend.

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