BlueOx's Profile

Title Last Reply

Trip Report August 21-27, 2014

Meghann,
This is why I read CH, how can we get more feedback on local places like this. It is what CH posters can do to add to all of our experiences. You rock!
BlueOx

Oct 01, 2014
BlueOx in Las Vegas

Olivier Laflaive, Pugliny Montrachet tasting dinner

Read his book, he seemed to "get" the Cote d'Or culture, both positive and negative. But haven't tried any of his wine.

A person to ask about Walker's wine would be Monsieur Julian at Caveu Puligny.

I did fear Walker's book would have a Peter Mayle effect on Cote d'Or.

Aug 07, 2014
BlueOx in France

Olivier Laflaive, Pugliny Montrachet tasting dinner

It could be just difference between a man or a women's touch in the cellar. However, watching the scene at an Olivier meal is almost worth the price of admission. We saw a fellow walk in clutching a Robert Parker guide as thought it was a bible and his last meal, last time there.

Much rather eat at Le Montrachet and have the wonderful Lady sommelier or Thierry help us chose the wines.

Aug 07, 2014
BlueOx in France

August Beaune/Paris draft at last!

Le Vendangerot in Rully, just south of Chagny might be a possibility. Checkout their website and opinions on other boards.
http://www.vendangerot.fr/ElementsSou...

Aug 01, 2014
BlueOx in France

How do the French get their food?

Sandiasingh. this is really weird, asking on a French Board how do I find the processor you get meat from in Colorado? Getting Colorado Lamb in CO is a real challenge.

BlueOx

Jul 27, 2014
BlueOx in France

Denver Airport, where would you eat?

Do you mean the Mangy Moose in Jackson Hole?

Jul 23, 2014
BlueOx in Mountain States

Tourist Hate

+1

Jul 16, 2014
BlueOx in France

Tourist Hate

I regularly read other CH locations and this is by far the most informative board on CH. I don't see any hate issues here. Living in a resort environment, I also ask why folks can't use the search function and post their findings after visiting, But they don't here on the Mountain States board, either.

We travel to France once a year and the help from the CH France "regulars" is terrific. Maybe one of the keys to using CH is taking the approach of being a visitor instead of a tourist.

Jul 15, 2014
BlueOx in France

Great Mexican (Indian, Ethiopian) anywhere close to I-15?

There is a good stop in Grand Junction, "626 On Rood" http://www.626onrood.com/, but other than that I have never found any place worth stopping on the LA to Colorado drive except Vegas until you get to Glenwood Springs.

Jul 15, 2014
BlueOx in Las Vegas

How A Major American Travel Magazine--Conde Nast Traveler--Gets Paris Food Shopping Hilariously Wrong!

I wonder if they serve all these "wonderful" items at Chez Remy in Paris Disneyland. :>)

Jul 14, 2014
BlueOx in France

Volunteer(s) need to test Bistro Chez Remy near the Ratatouille Ride at Disneyland Paris, no experience required.

JT, maybe just get a review from someone who has been to any Disneyland property recently. I think all the food comes out of the same commissary, no matter where in the world the place is located. :>)

Jul 12, 2014
BlueOx in France

Using a Credit-card .. at Bistro/boulangerie or patisserie

You are right Sunshine...a $5 fee on a 400 euro withdrawal is a fee in dollars of less than 1%.

Jul 06, 2014
BlueOx in France

Lunch at a small Champagne Vineyard?

These folks are very welcoming to picnickers on the grounds of their winery and B&B.

http://www.champagneetienne.com/

Its is on the Marne Canal. Have not had their Champagne, so no opinion. However, during September they are busy with vendange and don't have time for visitors.

Jul 01, 2014
BlueOx in France

Croque Monsieur in Paris

"Inquiring minds want to know"...does a croques monsieur qualify as a comfort food?

Jun 08, 2014
BlueOx in France

Ne plus ultra of onion soup?

Every year when our crew makes it to Paris and we have a couple of newbies, at least one commonly has to have “French Onion Soup”. So my approach is to stop for an early lunch on our cycling ride at the first cafe we ride by in Paris that looks like they cater to “visitors” and probably has onion soup on the menu. The servers figure out the situation fairly fast and make a big deal about it. They understand that the visuals are very important and make sure the crock has cheese bubbling over the side. I have a beer or coffee and enjoy the morning. After that the newbies never ask about onion soup again.

May 28, 2014
BlueOx in France

Burgundy Restaurants not to be missed

Just a quick note, Bergman is a good source for wine in Burgundy. But I think he may be behind or have different tastes on restaurants.

May 25, 2014
BlueOx in France

Burgundy Restaurants not to be missed

NS, we pay about 25 euros a bottle for 1st Cru Reds from small producers in some of the less "hyped" villages, Sanentay, Saint Aubin, Monthelie and Volnay in Cote d'Beaune and Ladoix-Serrigny, Chorey les Beaune, Morey Saint Denis and Falgey-Echezeaux in Cote d'Nuit. Although these Villages aren't as hyped, they are well known. Our vintage of choice is 2005 and 2009.

We start with Bergman's Bourgogne (http://www.bourgogne-info.eu/index.html), get help from MIke McAndrew (http://www.frenchwineroutes.com/) and drop in when we see an Ouvert sign at an interesting looking place while cycling.

The small folks usually don't have distribution outside of the EU, so no US pricing is available. But if you compare the Burgundy 1st Crus from the same vintages to what is available here, it runs that price range.

May 25, 2014
BlueOx in France

Burgundy Restaurants not to be missed

Non Sequitur,
Here's what I've found, after crediting out the VAT it still costs about $12 per bottle for shipping and importing when ordering 2 cases. Don't forget you have to take delivery in a state that allows wine shipments.

So, to me it makes sense to buy small vintners products costing about 25 Euros per bottle that would sell for $60 to $100 in the US. I don't normally pay $75 a bottle for wine, just special occasions, like maybe Saturday night.:>) The cases last a year, then I'm back in France and buying 2 more. And friends always are ready to buy a couple bottles if we don't drink them. We live in the Colorado High Rockies so shipment is not a problem.

Blue Ox

May 23, 2014
BlueOx in France

On reserving multiple tables

JT, that may have been "back in the day", buts that's not how things happen here (Aspen & Vail) anymore. The folks making the resv get grilled when they call, the place get a card number and a no-show gets charged whatever the restaurant decides to bill.

Plus, a person may be a "heavy hitter", but no local cares. If you lose, one another is waiting right behind them.

What is more likely is for the hitter to have a place they can walk into and get "their" table. That happens because the Big H was a large benefactor of the restaurant, which is very likely here in the High Rockies.

May 22, 2014
BlueOx in France

Wedding anniversary in Avon, CO

Most romantic is Mirabelle at the entrance to Beaver Creek, best in the area is Splendio in Beaver Creek, followed by Grouse Mountain Grill and Golden Eagle.

Bachelor Gulch Ritz has a Spago that's good. But be aware everything will be very quiet here until late June. In Avon itself, Boxcar is doing a good job having just opened in the last 2 months and Vin 48 is good for wine and apps.

In Vail, 10 mile up the road is Sweet Basil, my favorite. 6 miles the other way is Juniper, Dish and Zino's in Edwards. These places will be more active as they attract locals with off season specials.

However, if you are here the weekend of June 7th, the GoPro Games are on and additional 40K folks will show up.

May 22, 2014
BlueOx in Mountain States

Burgundy Restaurants not to be missed

When I've used Cote d'Or, it has always been through the wine seller in France. I don't know if they do drop off, but their web site does not list a France address.

And I found you need at least 2 cases to get a reasonable shipping/importing price per bottle. Plus if you have purchased already, you will have to file the VAT refund yourself.

May 20, 2014
BlueOx in France

Want to avoid those pesky fellow Yankees?

JT,
Love the start, do you think cassolette and pot au feu qualify for your list?
blue

May 19, 2014
BlueOx in France

Olivier Leflaive and Hostellerie de levernois

Aussie Phil has given the best advice, ever. And on the way across the square, check out the Petanque matches.

May 14, 2014
BlueOx in France

Olivier Leflaive and Hostellerie de levernois

The lunch tastings at Olivier's are an experience. When we where there they made a big deal about how no dairy was used in the foods, it would screw up the tastes, this was probably correct.

If it was me, I do the 28 euro lunch at La Montrachet and walk to the other side of the square to Puligny Caveau, have Monsieur Jaulien pour what he has open and sit out front on his "terrace". If you are there later in the day, local vintners will start showing up. Same thing at Le Montrachet, the vintner in high boots stop by to see the proprietor, Tierry and enjoy wine talk and sipping. To me the Village of Puligny is perfect.

May 14, 2014
BlueOx in France

Is it ever right to order the house wine?

Why would you do that to ginger ale or 7 Up? :>)

May 12, 2014
BlueOx in France

Burgundy Restaurants not to be missed

PhilD,
When staying in Puligny, stop by the "pub" on the square, l'estaminet des meix (Northwest corner) in the afternoon and see if anyone of the ex-pats (about 6 families in Puligny) are looking to hit the boule courts on the square. Jacob from Denmark is the local "shark."

And if you are going any where near Mesnil-sur Oger in Champagne on this trip, stop by Pierre Moncuit for a drop in tasting. I remember you citing PM in an earlier post. We were fortunate to have Nicole do the pouring last year. What a blast,

May 07, 2014
BlueOx in France

Burgundy Restaurants not to be missed

Most of the smaller vintners we visited knew and offered Cote d'Or importing and shipping. Also, Julian owner of the Puligny Montrachet Caveau was a big proponent of using them and is very willing to help select.

Just an aside, we visit to taste, not tour. Big difference in time, less than an hour to taste and buy vs. 2 hours or more to tour. We don't pre-arrange usually, we are on bicycles and just look for the ouvert sign.

May 01, 2014
BlueOx in France

Burgundy Restaurants not to be missed

I used Cote d'Or last May for two cases. Looks like they repacked in Portland, OR and did a very nice job. Shipped on a Monday, so no weekend storage. Did a good job of letting me know where the wine was, when. Packed and shipped just like K&L. They price by the case and don't forget to include no 20% VAT in your calculations.

Apr 30, 2014
BlueOx in France

Burgundy Restaurants not to be missed

OK, now you folks have really done it! There are no secrets left.

Mercurey and the Cote d' Chalonnaise are gems and the vigernons very welcoming. We always see many ouvert signs hanging out, that means tastings, but not tours. If you do the tasting buy at least one bottle.

Saint Aubin is discovered, but still is a great location to visit and taste.

As far as lugging wines back to the US, we now use http://cotedorpdx.com/ to ship. I can handle 6 bottles in our luggage, more is back breaking. It costs about $12 a bottle but for wines that cost more than $50 in the US it is a bargain.

Apr 29, 2014
BlueOx in France

Burgundy Restaurants not to be missed

Did the Chateaux Mersault tour a year ago. The cellar is huge and impressive, but the guides are aggressive sales folks and the wine poured not very interesting. Locals tell me that Micheal Picard's (Chassagne Montrachet) tour is much better.

Apr 29, 2014
BlueOx in France