During the years of 2005-2009, I had the amazing experience of being a sommelier at Veritas Restaurant. At this time Veritas, arguably, had the best restaurant wine list in the US. I opened more great wines during those four years than I will probably ever open again in my career. One gentleman that opened more than half of those amazing wines was a hedge fund manager. He was a common fixture at the bar and had a deep love for old burgundy. He preferred large formats, which meant he would usually need help drinking the wine, a role I was happy to take on. He also loved Crif Dogs, which we would have delivered for him late in the evening. One night, over a few B.L.T. Dogs and a magnum of Domaine Leflaive Batard-Montrachet 1986, he starts eyeing the vertical of Henri Jayer. It was a producer he had had before, but only a few times. This was also the spring of 2007 and Mr. Jayer had passed away only a few months earlier. After a bit of discussion, he decides to go with Vosne Romnee Cros Parantoux 1985, a steal at $5,000. This was the first, and at this point in my life, the only time I’ve ever had this wine. To say the wine was magical would be an understatement, and Crif Dogs have never tasted the same… [Eater]

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  1. Posted by Bejujular | January 30, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    So you're saying Williamsburg is going to be the new hedge fund hotspot?

    - Jon "Shart" Shazar

  2. Posted by guest | January 30, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Nothing in the above has any reference or relevance to Williamsburg. Crif Dogs, for instance is on St. Marks, while Veritas is on East 20th Street. You keep winning it though, okay?

  3. Posted by I Cahn See You | January 30, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Were there any spikes in school yard scuffles in the area around this time?

  4. Posted by Bejujular | January 30, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    555 Driggs Avenue, and it's more regarding the hipster mindse….

    You know what? I'm just going to show myself out.

  5. Posted by Shazaft | January 30, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    The Crifs and the Burgundies have been feuding for years on the streets.

  6. Posted by Idea of Shazar | January 30, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    To be fair, in my mind Shazar is the kind of moron who doesn't even need any prompting to spout off with stupid shit and will apropos of nothing say things like "I wish I could live in Paris" so maybe he was just being really in character?

  7. Posted by guest | January 30, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    During the years of 2005-2009, I had the amazing experience of being a server at Hooters. At this time Hooters, arguably, had the best wings in the mid-Atlantic. I unscrewed more bottles of Boone's Farm during those four years than I will probably ever open again in my career. One gentleman that opened more than half of those amazing wines was a bank CEO. He was a common fixture at the bar and had a deep love for Strawberry Hill.

  8. Posted by M. Holmes | January 30, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Wine snobs are ultimate douchers. You could pour them a class of Franzia, but tell them it came from some 400 year old monk outpost and they would proceed to drink it while jizzing on their own face. We used to call that little trick a $12 facial. Money well spent.

  9. Posted by guest | January 30, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Sun Peak Peach, but other than that no concerns…

    -one who knoa

  10. Posted by Larry | January 30, 2013 at 1:09 PM

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  11. Posted by Mexi_Cant | January 30, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Drinking wine older than the average age of your hottest assistant and best analyst is the NKI

  12. Posted by High Flying 3rd Yr | January 30, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Someone mentioned me?

  13. Posted by Miles | January 30, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    "Mmm… a little citrus… maybe some strawberry… passion fruit… and, oh, there's just like the faintest soupçon of like asparagus and just a flutter of a, like a, nutty Edam cheese…"

  14. Posted by PermaGuestII | January 30, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Pretty sure it's the OKI, the NKI and everything in between.

  15. Posted by Beavis | January 30, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Do not make my bunghole angry. Do you have polio?

  16. Posted by Big Boned HF Manager | January 30, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    This had to be Rajaratnam, right? Cooperman needs to keep kosher…

  17. Posted by Guest | January 30, 2013 at 1:45 PM
  18. Posted by guest | January 30, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    This sounds like gay porn, not that there is anything wrong with that

  19. Posted by Jared | January 30, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    I lost weight using aids!

    - Jared Subway Guy

  20. Posted by Son Jazar | January 30, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Nope

  21. Posted by Waaaa? | January 30, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    I laughed at the part with the same Bordeaux but different bottle. How the fuck is a wine "agreeable"? Personally I find regular Dr Pepper rounded, but the diet version is faulty.

  22. Posted by Hungry in Midtown | January 30, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    That looks delicious.

  23. Posted by UBS HR | January 30, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    I don't know, we've begun taking a closer look at Shazner.

  24. Posted by Guest | January 30, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Drinking alone with the sommelier is most definitely not killing it.

  25. Posted by Sean | January 30, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Dear Penthouse Forum…

  26. Posted by Texashedge | January 30, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Well, that's gotta be Ken Lewis

  27. Posted by bitchybitch | January 30, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    wine boyz….jesus….went expense-accounting w/buncha Paris based bank traders to bice midtown, the hot Italian sommellier cornered me outside the girls room downstairs and insisted I bail on the clients and come have drinks w/him…I did (but not until my clients had been ready to move on) he was the most arrogant lay ever. EVER.

  28. Posted by Guest | January 30, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Slut.

  29. Posted by Shazam | January 30, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Details, shmeetails.

  30. Posted by guasto | January 31, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    mignotta

  31. Posted by sohbet | July 31, 2013 at 4:24 AM

    So you're saying Williamsburg is going to be the new hedge fund hotspot? slut