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  1. Lunch today...

    Two thick slices of grilled Pugliase rubbed with garlic with EVO brushed on one side, topped with chopped tomatoes from the garden (a mix of snow white, green grape and a red pear of some sort) with fleur de sel, pepper, EVO and some basil chiffonade.


  2. Spent a big chunk of the day pounding 7 foot steel fenceposts into the ground and it was 110 degrees out.

    This resulted in a rather simple (and cold) dinner.

    Spicy Gazpacho garnished with Crab, Avocado, cilantro and finely diced vegetables.

    quite tasty actually

  3. Your point is well taken, but there are plenty of wine lovers who contend that merlot is an inferior grape, not in the same league as pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon.

    I've heard the same thing said of Nebbiolo, and of Sauvignon Blanc, and of Sangiovese, and of Grenache (among others). And yet (somehow) wines like Petrus, and Tignanello, and Guigal's Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and Banfi Brunello di Montalcino, and Pian delle Vigne, and Lafitte, and Cloudy Bay and Scavino Barolo Carobric turn out to be great wines -- even though they're made from "inferior" grapes. And don't even get me started on underappreciated grapes like Corvina or Tempranillo or Carignane.

    It's mostly just fashion. Merlot is just the new Zinfandel (and I fear that Petit Syrah could become the new Merlot).

    All over the world, the highest red varietal pedestal is reserved for Cabernet.

    Does the world not include Spain anymore?

    Or, for that matter, Australia?

    How about Italy?

  4. I prefer the comparison between Chardonnay in the US and India Pale Ale in the US. In both cases, the majority of producers seem to be focusing on one of the flavour components and pursuing the "more is better" philosophy. They have, as a result, entirely lost sight of any concept of balance in flavour. None the less, the US population as a whole seem to happily embrace this new style, resulting in ever-more extreme versions and ever-increasing sales.


  5. (Continuing my Brazilian/Afro-Cuban theme of late)

    Mahi-Mahi poached in Spicy Coconut Milk with a sweet corn, chili, avocado and blood orange salsa)

    White Bean and Chorizo Stew

    Dirty Rice

    Grilled Squash

    Victory Golden Monkey Ale

  6. Taste an Andrew Will merlot from Washington State's Klipsun Vineyard and then tell me Merlot is a blank slate.

    A "blank slate" is hardly an insult.

    "Insipid" is an insult.

    I'll clarify... saying "merlot is bad" is stupid. There are great merlots.

    Many people have decided they don't like Merlot (as a wine) based on their experiences with the current common style of Merlot wines produced in the US.

    Thus... "blank slate" as in "without anything written on it" as in "nothing to judge."

    Merlot is a grape -- it can be made into great wine but currently in the US is (to a large extend) made into crap.

    Oh - and Andrew Will's Merlots are quite good (though no Angelus).

  7. Merlot, as a grape or as a varietal, is a blank slate.

    Many American Merlots, however, are best described as insipid, one-dimensional, boring and characterless wines that demonstrate none of the arts of a winemaker.

  8. Brazilian Braised Country Pork Ribs (pork ribs braised in coconut milk, chicken broth, tomato paste, blood orange juice, red onion, carrots, garlic, ginger, kosher salt, chili piquin, habanero, dried shrimp, toasted ground cumin and sherry vinegar) garnished with toasted peanuts, avocado and raisins


    Black Beans


    Maredsous 10 (belgian Tripel)

    and more homemade Scharfenberger truffles for desert (grin)

  9. I have not been to Napa in almost ten years now, but I can't imagine there is a better place to eat then either Tra Vigne or Mustards.

    With the obvious exception of French Laundry (on hiatus I believe).

  10. Pan-fried Spencer Steak with Port wine pan sauce with green peppercorns enriched with demi-glace

    Corn on the Cob

    Tempura fried Squash Blossoms (stuffed with herbed ricotta)

    Homemade Scharfenberger Truffles

  11. Hundreds of thousands of Swiss, French and Germans can't all be wrong, now can they?

    How many hundreds of thousands of Americans eat at McDonalds each week?

    Popularity does not indicate quality.

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