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Posted July 23, 2004
If it's been in oak isn't it a Fume?
I recently got to taste an SB from a winery that specializes in SB only. Sauvignon Republic's first offering is a 2003 Russian River Valley SB. A New Zealand and Loire Valley release are coming in the next 12 months.
The Russian River SB is everything that is good about SB. Citrus and floral nose. More of the same with grassiness in your mouth and a nice long finish.
I tend to like wines that aren't afraid to stand up and be counted with a bold taste and full nose, that's why I really like this wine.
Posted July 16, 2004
If you are like me, when eating in a group, you'll order a chicken, beef and pork or seafood dish together. That makes the pairing rather difficult. Often times, I vary the spiciness in the dishes I order too.
I'm going to agree with Carolyn's suggestion to try a good Pinot Noir. They usually won't overpower delicate foods and have enough back bone to stand up to the more flavorful dishes.
A good white wine alternative would be a good Fruity/Grassy Sauvignon Blanc. The tropical fruit flavors often associated with SB could be very complimentary to some chinese dishes.
Posted June 17, 2004
You know the main reason screw caps haven't caught on?
Those machines at the winery that insert the corks are VERY expensive. Even a small winery can spend upwards of $100K on a corking machine for their bottling line. Wineries need to get some return on that investment and push the machinery to the point of breakdowns before they can really even think of changing their closure systems.
More and more wines are coming out with screw tops and I would imagine that we'll see them on all the low to mid priced wines by 2010.
in California: Dining
Posted June 1, 2004
That's awesome that you hit Taylor's refresher and Bubba's. As locals we get so many people asking us for restaurant recommendations that we rarely think to recommend all the really cool places. Next time check out Silverado Brewing Company. Good BBQ and good beer too. Glad you had a good time. Come back and see us again.
I'm with Carolyn on Schramsberg. One of the best the valley has to offer.
There is a reason they pour Schramsberg exclusively at the White House for the past 20 plus years.
check out La Toque in Rutherford. Same sampler style as the Laundry at a fraction of the cost. They also have a great wine pairing for each course and an incredible optional cheese course.
My wife took me there for my 40th. It was incredible. Because it was a surprise, I brought my own bottle of '86 BV George La Tour. Next time, I would go with their suggested wine pairing at $50 additional. We had a wonderful 3 hours where I had the opportunity to try things I wouldn't normally see elsewhere. I recommend and will be returning as soon as I can.
Posted May 31, 2004
As a Napa local, you can do pretty well at the Napa Wineries They give us a locals only discount.
Check out: wine-searcher.com
Chances are, you'll find a vendor close to you that has great prices and won't have any shipping issues.
Of course, if you live in Pennsylvannia, your screwed. Since all direct wine shipping is illegal in Penn., even if the current Supreme Court case regarding interstate shipping falls to the side of the wine industry, no one will be able to ship to Penn.
There are a handful of other states Utah, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky where it is a felony for anyone to ship wine directly to a consumer.
The whole shipping thing is very messy right now. You need to understand your state's laws regarding the direct shipping of wine before you go out and get disappointed by the on-line communities possible inability to serve you.
TFL was closed to construct a new kitchen. Additionally, they added a new state of the art climate control system that utilizes a series of deep wells dug into the ground. From a customer perspective, the experience is supposed to be unchanged.
As far a reservations go. You can use the traditional call-in approach or go to: OpenTable.com
Having used OpenTable in the past for Martini house reservations, I recently received an update email that listed TFL as a new restaurant that they handled reservations for. Still only 2 months in advance though.
Posted May 21, 2004
Yeah that is total B.S. Our site is very clear about shipping and it allows you to choose which method you want and can afford. I'd complain loudly.
Posted May 21, 2004
Edited May 21, 2004 by WineMiles
Since the brine soaks into the meat, it really isn't anymore explosive than a fresh bird. But a frozen turkey... that shits scary when dropped into the oil. Whenever I fire up the fryer I tell the neighbors and I do birds for them too. But I always tell them, fresh only and if they bring me a thawed out frozen bird, their banned for life.
Posted May 20, 2004
Edited May 20, 2004 by WineMiles
I've been deep frying turkeys every thanksgiving and on other special occassions for almost 15 years now. This last Thanksgiving was the first time I brined the turkey as well. Since I didn't have an unbrined bird to directly compare to, I wasn't sure it was worth the effort.
Has anyone else tried this and what were your findings?
BTW I always inject the birds with a spicy, garlic, butter sauce.
Posted May 20, 2004
On a past Good Eats episode Alton Brown said the same thing. Also got the same info from America's Test Kitchen. I can't stand overcooked pork chops. Medium-rare is soo much better. Especially with a big thick bone in chop. Now a days my biggest complaint about Pork is that it can be dry. Again both of the afforementioned shows brined their Chops before cooking.
in eGullet Q&A wth McCoy and Corey
Posted May 18, 2004
Edited May 18, 2004 by WineMiles
Find the closest Micro-brewery and go order a sampler. You'll be presented with 5 or more shots of the different beers they serve. Pick the one you like, order a pint of it and enjoy. Try to find out what style it is and then start trying other beers of similar style.
You know, all the good wine makers drink beer.
Posted May 18, 2004
I gotta chime in with the anti-Tra Vigna crowd. My last meal there was only average. Don Giovanni is good but it can be really loud if you eat inside. I may be a little burnt out on Don Giovanni though.
The Yountville staples of Bistro Jeanty, Pere Jeanty, Hurley's, Bouchon are all good options. Although I had a bad experience at Bouchon and won't be returning. Don't miss Margarita's at Compadres if your in Yountville.
In St. Helena, Martini house is the best. Cindy's Back Street Kitchen is another sure fire choice. The CIA's Greystone restaurant is good. But there are better choices. Don't miss 1351 lounge for Cosmos or Martinis. They infuse their own Vodka there.
The ZuZu suggestion is a good one and you could eat only in downtown Napa for your entire stay and have some really good meals. Cole's Chop House, Celadon, Tuscany, Allegeria, Belle Arti, Pearl's, Uva, Kelly's all serve excellent food. Another newer place in the Hatt Building that I can't remember the name of is supposed to be pretty good. I haven't been there yet, but my wife thought it was good. Maybe another local can help me out here.
For a really good meal that in my opinion rivals the French Laundry, check out La Toque in Rutherford. Same sampler style as the Laundry at a fraction of the cost. They also have a great wine pairing for each course and an incredible optional cheese course.
in Florida: Dining
Just about all the restaurants at Epcot are very good. I've eaten at the Italian, French and German places. Alfredo's (Italian) is related to the restaurant in Italy that created Fettucini Alfredo. My kids loved it.
For a fun meal, Check out the Sci-Fi Dine-in theater at MGM. The Brown Derby in MGM gets my vote too.
Last time we stayed at the Wilderness lodge and the main restaurant, Artist's Point was very good and had a nice wine pairing. Also their family style restaurant, Whispering Canyon Cafe was great for the kids.
If you can, start making all your reservations now. Otherwise, your in for a long wait at the door.
Posted May 17, 2004
I just did a search on Wine Spectator for Zinfandels rated 90 or above from 2000 or higher in vintage, that turned up 33 wines. Seghesio, Rosenblum and Turley dominated the list. Now factor in that most wineries don't even submit their stuff for rating...
Not a single Ravenswood was listed. Frankly, I'm not real impressed with most of Ravenswood's offerings. Here in California it is a supermarket wine that most self respecting wine shops (ours included) do not carry. I think that their offerings pre-buyout by Constellation Brands were better and some of their higher end stuff is drinkable. But, I'd try something else first.
Posted May 17, 2004
Edited May 17, 2004 by WineMiles
Front Street which runs along the bank of the Russian River is host to a number of great wineries. Davis Family Vineyards, Camellia, Holdredge, Huntington and Sapphire Hill all have tasting rooms on Front Street. The Davis Family "Old Vine" Zinfandel and their NZ Sauvignon Blanc are not to be missed. Other areas of Healdsburg are equally compelling. The Chalk Hill appellation is host to Chalk Hill Estates, Chateau Felice, Lancaster Estate, and Medlock Ames.
Additionally, Healdsburg is becoming quite the Foodie destination. Zinfandel, Chez Felice, Felix and Louis, Ravenous and the Dry Creek Grill all serve excellent food.
in Spirits & Cocktails
Posted May 8, 2004
My Dad was Polish and after he passed away, my brothers and I picked some gems from his liquor cabinet. Since then, I've done some research on Polish Vodka and I look for new stuff whenever I find a good liquor store. Probably my favorite so far is Krolewska. One of the bottles I got from Dad's stash was a bottle of Zubrowka that he brought back from Poland. Very interesting flavor almost like liquorice.
My favorite domestic is Hangar One.
I keep a bottle of Hangar One and whatever Polish Product I'm currently trying in the Freezer at all times.
I'm really thirsty now...
Posted May 5, 2004
Edited May 5, 2004 by WineMiles
I've got to get in my vote for "The Big Night" soundtrack. Louis Prima, Rosemary Clooney... Now that's music.
Sometimes, I tune the DirecTV to "Big Band and Swing", "Alternative", "Metal" or "Sounds of the season"
Brian Setzer, either with the Orchestra or just the Rockabilly power trio.
I know... my musical tastes are sort of all over the place.
Contents of the spit bucket might not taste too bad.
Posted May 3, 2004
Legal in California too. Once I learned that, I quit buying splits and went to 750ml bottles.
Posted May 2, 2004
With the French Laundry closed until they finish building a new kitchen. I would suggest La Toque in Rutherford. Sampler style menu like the laundry. Don't bring your own wine. Just order the suggested pairings for the day.
in Italy: Cooking & Baking
Posted April 29, 2004
Ok. Since I've never seen any of the wines you guys are talking about, I've got to assume you are in the eastern half of the U.S.
Out here in California, we rarely see imports. I have to admit that I am completely lost when ya'll start talking imports. Some names I recognize, but others...
Does anyone in the bay area know of some shops that carry the imports? Some of our distributors carry them, but we've decided to focus our offerings on the products of California. Occassionally letting in an outstanding Oregon product.
in Food Traditions & Culture
Posted April 28, 2004
Whenever my wife or kids get sick, I make chicken soup for them. My wife swears it cures her everytime. In fact, she has had a lingering cough for the last few weeks and told me last night that she would be all better if I'd made some soup for her.
My chicken soup is pretty close to a gumbo in that I use a roux to thicken it and I make sure to carmelize all the tasty bits before I add the homemade roasted chicken stock to the pot. Served over fussili it will cure what ails ya'.