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Restos in/near 6th?

Regarding les Climats, you can make reservations there in English at thefork.com. (La fourchette.com for the French version of the website.) -- Jake

Mar 16, 2015
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A 100% Organic Michelin Star Restaurant in Monaco

Ummm, are the colors in those photos even natural? They seem boosted and in some tension with the "organic" advertising. -- Jake

The secret - and the best thing - at Le BAT

Parigi, thanks, you have reminded us to put this back on our list -- for lunch or dinner. -- Jake

Feb 21, 2015
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Pick up and shipping charges

On reflection, I think my hesitation comes from elsewhere. $15, and/or relatively high shipping costs compared with others, and the no-discount policies, in and of themselves, are not dealbreakers on wines of this uniqueness and expense. But to me, the transaction, and indeed the cellar(seller)-customer relationship,especially with a winery like this, which presents itself as quite different from others and very much in touch with its vineyards and surroundings, ultimately needs to "feel right," as well. And I'm realizing, as I'm writing this, that's part of the issue; these policies impair the romantic connnection that can sometimes arise. And maybe that can't be fixed. Ahh well, if so there other places and wines to experience.

Feb 20, 2015
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Pick up and shipping charges

Indeed, wally knows. Nor does this winery need a tasting room storefront. It sells out regularly and very quickly, with a waiting list to even be able to buy. Which is all part of why it can add fees, charge as it does, and offer no club or volume discounts. It's in a very strong seller's position -- for now, at least. Damn good wines, tho.

Feb 20, 2015
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Pick up and shipping charges

Re the pick-up fee: "It could have something to do with on-site vs off-site handling of all their inventory/shipping (ie-a cost attached to an exception from the norm)."

Yes, I think this is partly behind this. And we can understand that pick-ups cause some extra work beyond the norm. And to some extent, they are to be commended for at least continuing to allow pick ups, when others don't even provide that opiton.

Feb 20, 2015
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Pick up and shipping charges

"Expecting refrigerated wine transport is not reasonable." I get that, and was not at all expecting that -- I was just trying to understand/figure out if they were somehow providing a benefit that others don't, and would help explain why this winery's shipping charge is (apparently?) so much more than others (even Drew's -- which is the highest of our small sample).

Feb 20, 2015
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Pick up and shipping charges

The wines are available only by direct purchase for the winery, and at very selected restaurants on both coasts -- not in any retail stores. (And at K & L only by auction or when someone sells their allotment.) The wines, all cold climate vineyards, are indeed superb. But like I said, the new policies do leave a sour taste ....

Feb 20, 2015
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Pick up and shipping charges

We have for years ordered directly from a number of nearby (within 100 miles of our delivery address) Northern California wineries. Shipping charges -- when we don't pick up at the winery -- have typically ranged from a high of about $14-16 per half case (Drew), to perhaps $20 per case (when we used to buy from Dehlinger) to maybe about $12 per case (e.g., Calera) to, recently, 1 cent per case (Navarro, Husch, Handley, all from which we order whites only) -- and Rhys is no charge at all. All of the prior wineries (Rhys excepted) also offer volume or "club" discounts on the wines themselves.

For one highly regarded Pinot Noir and Chardonnay specialist in Sebastopol (45 minute drive from us), we have picked up directly from the winery, and tasted while we were there. This place offers no club or volume discount. And now it is charging $15 for the privilege of picking up at the winery. They explain, and we understand, that pick ups cause a bit extra work. I asked, what would be the cost to ship our allocated six bottles? Answer: About $29 (and it would be about $38 to LA). I asked, for this, do we at least get refrigerated transport? But I got no response to that; apparenty the answer is no, and the charge simply reflects costs -- they explained that they contract the entire process of shipping, and related paperwork and materials, to an outside entity, and just pass on these costs.

We do like this winery, and how they go about their craft. We have managed to put up with the creeping prices, but this new pick up charge, on top of the already premium costs per bottle (with no discounts) and coupled with the shipping charges that are so much higher than others (with no added service, such as refrigeration) leaves a sour taste.

What do others think of the $15 pick up charge, and the shipping costs? (As I write this, I thin -- this is indeed a First World problem. But so are many others on this site!) -- Jake

Feb 20, 2015
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Refrigeration during long shipment; containers stacked at ports

Salut Zin, thanks for this expansive explanation, and for your other reply as well. Your information is of some comfort to me. And by the way, your hypo CdP was not far off the mark, these fellows are coming from just a bit upriver, Hermitage (Delas) via K & L.

Feb 09, 2015
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Refrigeration during long shipment; containers stacked at ports

Thanks, but reason for some hope aside, I'm concerned about stories of deliveries being delayed (either on ship or, worse, stacked up on land at the port) for weeks -- not just days -- and of 80 degree exterior temps at some ports (in Jan and Feb, no less).

Also, these are what most would call "fine" wines — they are current vintages of some we've bought (and enjoyed) in the past. We've bought (and planned to buy more) based on our prior experience with previous vintages by the same producer and the particular bottling. These particular wines are both very young and quite costy(to us, anyway), and we really don't plan to, or even want to, open any of them for a few years. On the other hand, I don’t expect my retailer to take back suspect wine that I open only years from now.

The same question about treatment during the entire transportation process presents itself not only re specific wines that we’ve pre-ordered, but also others that we may happen to see on offer at local wine shops (we buy in San Francisco) for the next few months.

Are there no wine or shipping industry standards or protocols for helping to make sure that wine sent in reefers actually are refrigerated, and stay refrigerated?

Does the shipper/ importer have any duty to at least advise the retailer if there have been significant lapses in storage refrigeration, so that the retailer, at least, can be informed about what it receives, and so that information can be shared with customers who ask?

Feb 09, 2015
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Refrigeration during long shipment; containers stacked at ports

News of thousands of shipping containers stacked at west coast ports makes me think of some long overdue wine I'm waiting for. And it makes me ask: How does one find out whether a given importer actually uses refrigerated transport? (When I ask, I'm often told yes, but I'd like verification.) And even if it's refrigerated on board ship, what happens when the container sits stacked at the port/ docks for days or weeks? Can even Kermit Lynch protect against that part of the journey? Is there an industry publication addressing this and related issues? -- Jake

Feb 09, 2015
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a very specific Paris food search

+ Le Nemrod for this and similar cafe fare, with decent Beaujolais. (It's practically below our favorite apt.; all of the Nemrod staff take their cig breaks on "our" front step; at all hours of day and late night, they greet us and step aside so we can enter the door code. Ahhh, almost time to go back.) And, PS it's about 400 or so steps from Pitipois's recommended Bistro Landais. -- Jake

Feb 04, 2015
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Paris trip report (long)

"[I]t's really good to read the feedback especially of some less mentioned places." Indeed. -- Jake

Feb 03, 2015
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Foraging in the 5th?

We also rented from the same small entity -- they have, or had, very few apts, and so I think it's likely the same one on that street. Actually, it was very nice for two weeks for us (we were three, with our young son in the living room). By the way, I forgot to thank both Parn Ppois for the fun Les Pipos recommendation. And we look forward to your Bretagne thread, and your planned travels to that very lovely region. -- Jake

Feb 01, 2015
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Foraging in the 5th?

I am enjoying this thread vicariously. Our first Paris apartment rental was on your same street in April 2001. Who knows, maybe the same apartment -- I think it was 16bis, or 17bis -- and it was about 45 steps from Les Pipos. But it took us until September 2014 finally go to that fun place. I hope you do better than we on that score, and note, on Friday and Saturday night there is live music in the front room. And if it is the same apartment, I hope they have remodeled the bathroom. -- Jake

Feb 01, 2015
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Alsace and Metz: Trip Report

Great writing as usual, and I especially like the Madame Willmann vignette. -- Jake

Jan 28, 2015
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Paris Trip report over the Holidays: old friends, a few warnings, a Laotian Feast.

Salut Gman, what an affectionate and evocative read this is -- as usual. You capture in spirit why so many of us return regularly. -- Jake

Jan 28, 2015
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Choucroute Garni and Coq au Vin in Paris?

The Jura-influenced version at Moissonier sounds dandy to me. For a standard version, the plates we've often seen bustled by in the hands of the crusty and efficient regular old waiters at the pleasantly touristy Brasserie de L'Isle Saint-Louis, where we still often return for a back-in-town-first-lunch of Riesling, omelet, salad vert, and herring in oil, often makes us think we should venture there some time for retro choucroute garni at dinner. It really does look and smell so good.

Jan 26, 2015
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Sunday lunch in Provins?

Hi carlosnbud, Thanks, and I'd seen that too, in my own edition (2010, an apparently light update from the 2008 ed) of that book. The TA reviews are OK (see the official site at http://www.table-saint-jean.com/conta...; and TA reviews at http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant... ). I'm wondering if there is any CH experience there? -- Jake

Jan 25, 2015
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Sunday lunch in Provins?

Salut rrems, Sunshine & Dr. John, thanks for these comments, I'll report back. -- Jake

Jan 21, 2015
Jake Dear in France

Sunday lunch in Provins?

Hello all, We are considering a mid-April Sunday lunch in Provins (as a day train trip from Gare de l'Est). Thanks to "improvements" on this site, I can no longer find threads that, I'm pretty sure, suggested a few places. So far we are looking at this place -- http://lefooding.com/en/restaurants/r... -- but are there any other suggestions? -- Jake

Jan 18, 2015
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May/June trip report: Paris, Burgundy, Jura, Savoie, Lyon

PS, to anyone else planning a visit to this region, the Wink Lorch book, "Jura Wine," seems quite excellent so far. And it contains useful local restaurant, cheese, and hotel tips. -- Jake

Dec 28, 2014
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Dining in and near the French alps, September 2014: Flocons de Sel, La Table du Trappeur, La P’tite Ravine, Pere Bise, Annecy Friday morning market, and more

Hi Parnassien, Thanks for resolving my curiosity, but it never occurred to me that you were being rude -- yet your comment did remind me that I owed someone else a response, so thanks again! -- Jake

Dec 10, 2014
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May/June trip report: Paris, Burgundy, Jura, Savoie, Lyon

Hi Chef June, we plan to be there late summer, and thanks, of course we will review your always helpful Lyon posts. -- Jake

Dec 03, 2014
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May/June trip report: Paris, Burgundy, Jura, Savoie, Lyon

Salut rrems, Thanks for resurrecting your excellent and detailed report by pointing it out here. I vaguely remember seeing it originally, but it becomes more relevant to me now that I am focused on learning more about this region and returning to it again. (Back in 2009 we visited the Eastern Jura, and I think there may be a report about that somewhere in these archives as well.) -- Jake

Dec 01, 2014
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May/June trip report: Paris, Burgundy, Jura, Savoie, Lyon

Johannabananna, your imagination gives me more credit than is due. I am in the early in the planning stages for this Jura trip, and was unaware of either of those sources -- thanks for both. -- Jake

Nov 30, 2014
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May/June trip report: Paris, Burgundy, Jura, Savoie, Lyon

Salut emilie, thank you so much for all the additional and detailed information, and now we also know where to get coiffed on this trip. We probably will be heading from Lyon & Beaujolais (although by car, unfortunately not by train) and so your recommendations in Lyon are also very useful for us. --Jake

Nov 29, 2014
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May/June trip report: Paris, Burgundy, Jura, Savoie, Lyon

Hi johannabananna, thanks, you have just confirmed what I had begun to think -- we are focusing on Arbois. -- Jake

Nov 29, 2014
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May/June trip report: Paris, Burgundy, Jura, Savoie, Lyon

Hi JB, I've read that same Art of Eating article, and am starting to plan a trip there, hopefully with better weather than you had. But for now, here's belated thanks for this very well done report. -- Jake

Nov 24, 2014
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