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Mark Slater

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  1. The tariffs might make that difficult. As far as Kim Crawford, Constellation has global distribution and global marketing. I'd rather drink something that's a little closer to the winemaker than corporate juice hawked all over the world.
  2. If you want to drink corporate, generic NZ sauvignon Blanc, sure. Kim Crawford sold his winery and his NAME to Constellation Brands some years ago. He started a new company, Loveblock Vintners that he makes the wine for. Try that instead. The tariff price increases should take some time to become obvious as distributors empty their current inventory on the market.
  3. Unfortunately, Virginia is one of those.
  4. I think this argument misses the point. My most recent retail job showed me that most European wine sold at retail is in the "value" segment. That means $10 and under. Think of shopping for wine at Trader Joe's and not seeing anything under $10. That's huge. No more $4.99 pinot grigio. Veuve Clicquot on "sale" for $99. $22 for basic Prosecco. I think the public outcry will be huge.
  5. Bistrot du Coin, 1738 Connecticut Ave serves all day until late at night. Steak and potatoes plus great mussels, roast chicken and other French specialties. Pesce for simple seafood. Sette Osteria for good pizza.
  6. Dave, the problem is, they are only looking for staff "of a certain age (under 40)". At my age, I had zero luck this past year looking for work FOH.
  7. Steve, I've been drinking wine since 1968, if you count Bali Hi and Gallo Pink Chablis. There were no experts I knew of at the time. My wine epiphany was in 1975 when a friend and I split the $25 cost of a bottle of 1970 Chateau Lafite. My gripe with Parker was writing the book about Rhone wines. At the time almost all Rhones were under $10, including Cote Rotie, Cornas and Chateauneuf du Pape. After the book, the prices skyrocketed, much like Bordeaux did later.
  8. I had lunch last week at Chez Billy. While I wouldn't call it boring, it is far from cutting-edge. The food was good, but there were some serious missteps. Foie de Vollaile and cheese course were both served ice cold, the potato side was burned black on the bottom. The service was very attentive. The room was not loud. Its not an exciting place.
  9. I ate at La Chaumiere last night. It was as great as ever. Warm welcome, excellent service. Delicious food. Dover sole was outstanding, as were the Oysters Chaumiere. Souffle were chocolate and Grand Marnier. I love this place.
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