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The state of wine drinking in America today

>>as is the E.U. so if you compared the US with the EU you get a different answer. :)

no question that Europeans consume much more wine per capita than Americans, I think this is what you meant to say.

about 6 hours ago
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The state of wine drinking in America today

I wonder if it is true what I heard on Shark Tank - that 97% of wines purchased in the US (retail) is below $10 a bottle.

Jan 26, 2015
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Can I leave wine in cold car?

And???? Again, no where above do I find here a statement about bottles from Titanic being uncontaminated, the only source that makes specific reference to the state of the liquid inside is on Titanica encyclopedia and it says seawater was found inside. So I am going to stick with it. And comparing with bottles recovered from very shallow depths is not going to cut it either. But it makes for a good humor when somebody writes about thick bottles of champagne and how they can withstand pressure, this is a good example of journalism running amuck.

Jan 17, 2015
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Can I leave wine in cold car?

Yea, those bottles of champagne that this article mentioned as having "thick glass" to "withstand pressure" (ouh!!) were in fact found to be contaminated with seawater.

Jan 17, 2015
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Can I leave wine in cold car?

He, he, love those notes!!

Baltic is a shallow pond!

Jan 17, 2015
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Can I leave wine in cold car?

That's not what I read say on Titanica website (that talks about Titanic artifacts), seawater was indeed found inside the bottle(s). Even a bottle of champagne was compromised. And if one bottle was compromised I suspect all were compromised regardless what some might admit.

Jan 16, 2015
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Can I leave wine in cold car?

This is interesting theory, but I am taking about practice. For example the temperature measured at the bottom of Mariana trench is around +2 C, Picard/Walsh expedition as well as Cameron's Challenger Deep measured similar numbers - slightly above freezing. Of course you need much lower temperature than 32F to freeze bottle of wine so the fact that bottles of wine from Titanic did not burst proves little. Moreover those bottles of wine if really sealed would have been crashed by water pressure - since many were intact it proves the water pressure found its way around the cork - they were compromised anyway so the freezing becomes a moot point -nothing would have happened to them anyway even if temperature was much lower.

Jan 16, 2015
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Can I leave wine in cold car?

>> in <32F temperatures and didn't freeze.

wrong, temperature at the bottom of oceans/seas is a steady +4 C (about 39 F) because at this temperature water has highest specific density.

Jan 16, 2015
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Can I leave wine in cold car?

You must be worried about wine freezing and bursting the bottle because I wouldn't worry about any other damage to a $12 bottle. I don't know. I once kept a bottle of red wine in ZERO F for 5 hours with no trace of ice forming inside.

Jan 14, 2015
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Wing-type corkscrew that doesn't fall apart?

OK, thanks.

Jan 09, 2015
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Wing-type corkscrew that doesn't fall apart?

I am worried however how will I ever replace it, I could not find it on the internet. I recall I bought it in some local boutique -like store that doesn't even exist anymore. If you happen to know who sells it let me know.

Jan 08, 2015
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Wing-type corkscrew that doesn't fall apart?

This is the best corkscrew that I ever owned, no silly "wings", etc. Very sturdy - after 20+ years it is still probably my most durable and hassle-free kitchen gadget I ever owned. Up to this date I often marvel how ingenious device it is. I can't recall how much I paid for it, it was rather expensive (over $20 20 years ago) but certainly some of the best money I ever spent. All steel construction.

Jan 08, 2015
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theft of wine at French Laundry

$300K worth of wine in Christmas Day break in.

Dec 31, 2014
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Man steals $2k of wine from restaurant

At least he should have had a good head start on the most expensive bottle!. But it is dumb to be a former employee and not realizing there were cameras.

Dec 07, 2014
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[UPDATE] Vote for your favorite restaurants in Las Vegas for "Best of 2014."

Mon Ami Gabi.

Nov 20, 2014
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Charlie Palmer Steak Cut of the Week--A Simply Superb Steal

Just returned from Vegas and went to Charlie Palmer to try their cut-of-the-week. It was a flank steak for the main course. Overall I was very disappointed, the salad was tiny and very crudely put together, the flank steak was OK but with no sauce it was hardly worthy of such place, the dessert was a blob of chocolate. The wine was plentiful but was of rather mediocre quality. Even on a strip this $48 per person wasn't such a good deal.

Nov 10, 2014
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Best romantic bar and best romantic restaurant in Vegas?

>> Have you considered Mon Ami Gabi? The food is not bad, but not great

Actually a steak-frite dinner at Mon Ami Gabi was one of the better dining experiences I had in Vegas, just returned from there yesterday. I thought that value-wise it was an excellent meal. We went to Mon Ami primarily to watch Bellagio's fountain show and did not count on a great food (remarked to my wife this must the most notorious tourist trap because of their location) but were very pleasantly surprised. The quality of food (au-poivre sauce!!), the portion sizes, the service, nothing was amiss.

Nov 10, 2014
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Former King of Spain opens new tasting rooms at Marques de Murrieta

I got plenty of sympathy for Juan Carlos, he was instrumental in keeping Spain out of extreme politics. Wine is always good for royal image, which can't be true about hunting, my wife was pissed when she found out Juan Carlos killed an elephant during a recent trip to Africa.

Nov 07, 2014
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Russia to invest €250m in Crimean wine industry | decanter.com

>> could be a beautiful place to visit and tour once it gets going.

I wouldn't hold my breath concerning this promised Russian investment in Crimea. I wouldn't be planning any winery tours in Crimea yet. Russia is suddenly fighting economic problems on multiple fronts all results of their nationalistic policies: inflation spiked to 8.4%, flight of capital from Russia, lower crude price, plunging currency, looming recession, etc.

Oct 31, 2014
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Collector’s 2,447 bottles headed for the sink (aka Pennsylvania strikes again!)

by the way, one more reason not to live in Pennsylvania.

Oct 22, 2014
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Wine tastes bad once I start eating

>> But what the heck is that?

I doubt mankind has answers for this and other similar puzzles, for example why my wife has allergy to silver, can't wear any silver, etc. It may be part of your DNA, I doubt there are any cures or work-arounds, enjoy your wine the way you can. I have had many outstanding wines that were so good I would have lost little by having them outside a meal.

Oct 19, 2014
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Wine tastes bad once I start eating

Yeah, specific examples would help. For example how does your red wine taste with some blue cheese? Or some other cheese? For me these are pairings made in heaven, if it is still bad for you - perhaps something is amiss with your mouth's chemistry.

Oct 18, 2014
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wines

>> I was just wondering if maybe red wine was better

"better" is highly subjective, what is "better" for me may be "worse" for you. Also there is a lot variation just within red wine, you may dislike this red wine but like some other red wine. Prices also vary widely depending on perceived 'quality'. You write you aren't big wine drinker - that can mean anything from you know nothing about wines to you just don't consume much but otherwise are familiar with wines and could articulate the stuff you like or dislike in wines.
There could be some wine shops in your area that offer wine tastings, say for $5 or $10 you can taste a few different wines. I have such wine shop nearby. This is a good way to explore wines.

Oct 11, 2014
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Depardieu: ‘I drink 14 bottles of wine a day’

May I ask related question.

What is the current view of medical research on the following question - could it be detrimental to my long term health - wine consumption of roughly half bottle a day??

Sometimes I feel I am coming close to this rate of consumption though it could be 3-4 days I maintain that rate but then I may have a few days of pause with no consumption at all.

Oct 04, 2014
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Suggestions for wine for an Israeli-style dinner

>> Wrong. I actually tasted the food. It wouldn't work.

When they gave the advice they probably meant "will work for most people". It is impossible to predict one's personal palate.

Oct 01, 2014
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Suggestions for wine for an Israeli-style dinner

An american orthodox Jew told me once that kosher wines weren't very good. He wasn't a wine drinker so he didn't care but told me that there was something in the kosher wine production that has to be "boiled" and may very well kill any taste. I am just repeating what he said. But I also heard from an Israeli Jew that there was abundance of non-kosher food in Israel so I reckon non-kosher wine too (he actually sounded like kosher food was in minority).

Sep 27, 2014
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Depardieu: ‘I drink 14 bottles of wine a day’

good point...

Sep 18, 2014
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red wine

In the dry red Zin I mentioned above the sweetness goes well beyond any flavor nuances and Jason explained why it is the case.

Sep 18, 2014
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red wine

This isn't Merlot but I recently had 2011 Rombauer's Zinfandel and was surprised how 'sweet' it tasted, even my wife noticed and she hardly ever comments about wines. Actually it was probably a bit too sweet for my palate. Your customer in blind tasting probably wouldn't even tell it wasn't a Merlot ;)

Sep 16, 2014
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Depardieu: ‘I drink 14 bottles of wine a day’

I can understand 14 bottles of wine ...... but living in Russia, ouch!

Sep 16, 2014
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