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post #35746 of 37439

Regarding NZ clothing kopportunities, I'd recommend their garments made from possum/merino wool blends.

 

Just a simple jumper or sleeveless cardigan would be the go. The material is soft and cuddly and extremely warm, but doesn't really hold a shape of any sort. So it's good for après-ski, or quiet winter nights at home. I have a couple of pieces which I really like, but they are definitely not high fashion.

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Oh, and on the subject of NZ wine: yes, their sauvignon blanc can be delicious, and very attractively priced.

 

But the real jewel in the crown is Central Otago pinot noir. The very best of it comes from the Gibbston Valley, which is just downstream from Queenstown in the South Island.

 

Don't expect a Burgundy style of wine. Central Otago pinots are a unique style - robust, earthy, incredibly complex yet not overpowering.

 

Gibbston Valley Vineyard was the first to be established in the area, and is very good. Felton Road and Mt Difficulty are also worth seeking out, but there are many others. Some are tiny little 1-2 hectare plots clinging precariously to the steep south walls of the valley, with miniscule production - hence never exported.

 

I'm a tireless champion for the cause of Aussie wine, but I will readily concede that NZ pinots knock most of ours into a cocked hat.

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I'm a tireless champion for the cause of Aussie wine

 

As well you should. Some amazing stuff has come out of AUS in the last decade plus. I consider AUS to be kind of like where California was in the 80s, except perhaps more subtle. We Californians are born into wine culture and are often loathe to admit that anyone does wine as well as us (even the French), but there are some Australians that I must say can compete with any in the world.

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Cox - great call on NZ Pinot and precisely what came to my mind when reading the post as well.
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I consider AUS to be kind of like where California was in the 80s, except perhaps more subtle.


: ( I wish Cali wine was more subtle. It has been trending in the right directly lately though.

post #35751 of 37439
Can anyone recommend a good tailor with a "styleforum" eye in NYC? Need to get a jacket altered a little.

Afraid to go back to SuSu as they will snatch my jacket and give me two sizes smaller. Happened last time - no joke.
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Can anyone recommend a good tailor with a "styleforum" eye in NYC? Need to get a jacket altered a little.

http://www.alterationsmaster.com

They're fantastic.
post #35753 of 37439

You could also try Sam Wazin

 

http://www.wazins.com/

 

Eidos and Ring/Armoury use him for alterations for photo shoots, the quality of the work is excellent.  However, he does lean a bit fashion forward in terms of shorter pant lengths and tighter jackets, so be prepared to push back if that isn't your thing.  I have heard others say he is expensive, but I don't have much basis to compare to other manhattan tailors - i found someone good in my suburb and the logistics are much better than dragging garments into the city.

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: ( I wish Cali wine was more subtle. It has been trending in the right directly lately though.


I think it's hard to define California wine as any one thing in particular these days. Sure, in the past it was known for its big reds and bold chardonnays, and of course those are still there, however there is just so much variety. If you are looking for more complexity, you might try some Paso Robles Zinfandels and Pinots if you haven't already.

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There's a whole thread on NYC alterations tailors; I've used Pierre of Paris for a while and always been happy with him. I think Sam Wazin's name has come up in that thread as well.
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 If you are looking for more complexity, you might try some Paso Robles Zinfandels and Pinots if you haven't already.


Yeah, I just struggle with the QPR of Cali/Wash vs an equivalently priced wine from the old world.

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Srsly? You and I must look at wine in very different ways. I think for residents of the U.S. California wines often present a great value. Many good bottles are priced reasonably and there is a wide variety. I've seen California wines priced outrageously overseas, but I imagine that has more to do with tariffs imposed by those countries than anything. AUS wines have often presented a good value as well. As for old world wines I can't imagine how you could see them generally as a good QPR when many bottles are up-charged simply for having "Français" or "Italiano" printed on the label.

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It's difficult to generalize about new world vs. old world value.  In addition to personal taste and preference, the popularity/hype around region/DOC classification, label, vineyard, and varietal all heavily influence price/value.  I'm fortunate that my favorite wines tend to be overshadowed by bigger, more famous brothers from nearby regions (Rhone syrahs and grenache blends, Nahe rieslings, Barberas and Barbarescos, California pinot noir and zinfandel, Oregon and Virginia sparkling wines) and therefore rarely command super-premium prices.  

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Hmm. From your last sentence it seems like we shop at different stores. Kermit Lynch, Wine Exchange, Crush, etc have French and Italian as the norm.
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It's difficult to generalize about new world vs. old world value.

 

I don't think it's that difficult. Sure, personal taste has a part in it, but it's easy to figure out how much imported wines are marked up for overseas customers. When I say that I mean aside from the usual price increases for shipping, etc.

 

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Hmm. From your last sentence it seems like we shop at different stores. Kermit Lynch, Wine Exchange, Crush, etc have French and Italian as the norm.


The availability of European wines wasn't what I was talking about.

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