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  1. To get your statistical sample rolling, Jim: 1. b 2. b 3. a 4. c 5. b 6. a 7. a 8. b
  2. Gordon, I am a bit confused by your use of Meritage. Were you under the impression that this wine is a Bordeaux blend? It is, in fact, varietally syrah, with a good dollop of petite sirah. If you were using Meritage in some other context, pardon the ring. I tasted the '99 a few years ago and, like Bill, found it undrinkable. Just too much for my finesse-craving palate. I knew then that unless I heard about something drastically different in the winemaking approach, it would remain a wine I didn't need to track.
  3. Yeah, Jean, I enjoyed this one last year (probably the same vintage, not sure), and it's a nicely quaffable Nd'A that hasn't been overmanipulated into a blowsy fruit bomb. The price is nice, dollar/euro imbalance be damned.
  4. That would be Picnics Deli, at 435 E. 17th St. Not a cheese superstore, by any means, but a well-chosen selection of a couple dozen, mostly imported cheeses. Very knowledgeable and helpful owner, always ready with a sample of something new.
  5. Just curious as a So Cal interloper into this topic, are the reasons an institution like Scoma's does not show up in these reccos due to quality/price reasons? Too "touristy"? Something else? I enjoyed a meal there ten years ago; the broth was tasty, the seafood fresh. I seem to read nothing but knocks against it from the foodie set. What gives? Are others just that much better?
  6. Just genuinely curious here, Tana. Would you ask the same of a group of Japanese who wanted to attend an expat American restaurant in Japan?
  7. This was a snack I concocted after meals at my college dining hall: Goldfish crackers, ranch dressing, and bacon bits. Sorta like a salad without the lettuce. Don't knock it 'til you've tried it!
  8. Hell yeah, I'm in! I'll keep an eye on the developments.
  9. Now you've done it, you've mentioned Clifford Bay! Folks, for those of you who have not tried this wine, and think that the pinnacle of Kiwi sauvvie is Cloudy Bay, I implore you to do whatever it takes to try one of the rare bottles that makes it to North America. It's a wowwer, worth the price, which will probably strike you as high. Suppress your frugal superego and buy this wine!
  10. grandcru

    Wine Tasters from Hell

    Aww, cum'on, Carolyn! What's wrong with a little bretty aroma in the tasting room?!
  11. Fortunately, we have a happy ending in this case: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file.../21/FOUND21.TMP Relieving news, indeed, and of course our hearts and minds are still with those who may remain stranded.
  12. On Saturday, Oct. 25, the rag-tang band known as the Cellar Rats gathered at Slip 12, Dock A, in the shadows of the HMS Queen Mary’s trio of stacks in Long Beach. Present, accounted for, and ready to roll were Kirk and Ines Nyby, Jack Patterson and Nikki Tennant, Jim & Beth Hilbing, Dave Welch and Christine Votava, and your faithful scribe. We turned our vinous attentions Down Under, mostly to Australia with a few white Kiwi interlopers – not that there’s anything wrong with that! NV SEAVIEW SOUTH EAST AUSTRALIA SPARKLING WINE “BRUT” – Not much to report on this one, as few of us tasted
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    Maybe if I try to stop buying wine for a month. Yeah, who am I kidding?
  14. Of course, these would be a must at El Bulli.
  15. Though I was skeptical at first, as I am picky in how sweet and savory flavors are mixed, foie gras does indeed have an affinity with Sauternes. Lightly seared, served on toast points or tartlets, and you have yourself a winner that will produce a pairing epiphany for some, if not most, of your guests. Since you only need hors d'oeuvres-sized portions, a little lobe will go a long way.
  16. A friend brought a 1/2 of '01 La Tour Blanche to a recent gathering, and it reinforced my preference for young Sauternes. For many, they're glorious when aged, but the freshness of the fruit paired with the cleansing acidity made it ideal for me. Widely available for about US$30.
  17. I long-distance dated a girl from Sudbury and yes, I have been to the Big Nickel!
  18. The piquancy of this dish would seem to call for a wine with a bit of fruit-driven sweetness in a medium- to light-bodied package, and for that I would choose a New World rosé. I did a quick scan of the LCBO selection, and the Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare is a good candidate from the Vintages selection. I'd ask one of the staff at your local store for what is available there since, in speaking with Canadian wine friends, what shows up available on the web is not always in stock.
  19. If you're breakfasting or lunching around Sutter Creek, try the Chatter Box Cafe. Very busy, and service can be commensurately slow, but the grub is really good. For the best selection of local wines, go to the Pokerville Market in Plymouth. Even if you miss a winery or two, the vast majority of them peddle some of their wares here at prices usually a little less than cellar door.
  20. Walt, I sallied through Liv a couple of years ago en route to Napanoma, and ate breakfast at the Railroad Cafe. I echo your endorsement, as it was a very good meal in a seemingly unlikely location.
  21. Brad, no sign of the Fevre shutting down, as has been noticed with many '00 Chabs? Yours sounded like it was firing on all cylinders.
  22. You really didn't have to post a picture of that paella, did you?! Ruined me for the day. Dayum, that looks good! I still think they're a fun visit, but I find BD's wines a bit inconsistent these days. Some hits and misses, and a lot of ground in between. Great report, glad you enjoyed your Left Coast swing.
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    Loire Wines

    For reds, I like the wines of Phillipe Vatan's Ch. du Hureau. Their basic Saumur-Champigny and the upmarket Cuvée Lisagathe are very pleasing wines for the price, which is considerably lower than Rougeard (not that Rougeard is a rip-off, mind you).
  24. Jason, the only format in which I've seen PE out here in So Cal is in cans. No 20 oz or 2-ltr bottles yet to be found. Ahh, the vagaries of soft drink distribution. Whichever way you slice it, I, like you, prefer PE to C2 by quite a margin.
  25. Gajafest? You're killin' me, Josh! Thanks for both reports, especially encouraging since I make it up to the Foothills for tasting/buying most every year, and am always interested in culinary destinations.
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