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Question: Wine or Coffee After a Meal?

I'm working on an article and I would love to get some input from chowhounders. After you are done with a meal, do you reach for wine or coffee more often?

What are the factors that make you go one way or another?

Dried Black Mushrooms vs Fresh Shiitakes

I've done cooking with both and found that there are definitely mixed receptions. If i had to say though, I believe more people receive the black mushroom positively over the Shiitake...but it is darn close.

This is one of the 'up to your individual taste' type of decisions I think.

CW Guy
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Do you "cook" w/your microwave?

In at work I am pretty dependent on the microwave. I use it to heat up a wide variety of insta-lunch type items.

I don't know if I would consider that cooking though. In fact, if I had the time, I wouldn't even rely as heavily on the quick items as I do.

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Apr 04, 2008
ClassicWinesGuy in Home Cooking

Corked wine and etiquette

These matters of social etiquette can be very tricky indeed. I know personally I would have done what you did - just quietly accepted the corked wine so that the host could save face.

Similarly, if food is specially prepared for me at a restaurant or friends house, I accept it with a smile even if I don't love it.

ClassicWinesGuy
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Mar 26, 2008
ClassicWinesGuy in Wine

Why is a great wine great?

Very interesting question. I can only speak from personal experience, but a great wine for me starts before I even pick up the bottle. When browsing the isles of a wine shop, a great wine will jump out to me for some reason. Whether it's something about the bottle shape, or label, I have no idea. But if I pick up that bottle and read about the contents and everything sounds good, i'll take it home (Where the real test begins). After that, like others have mentioned, everything has to align to complete it's "greatness." If the right moment with the right people arise and we open the bottle, and it performs superbly, it has secured a place of greatness for me.

I know my explanation includes no tangible factors, but I think that's probably part of my point.

ClassicWines Guy
http://www.classicwines.com - Wine Reviews at Classic Wines

Mar 26, 2008
ClassicWinesGuy in Wine

When the restaurant goes above and beyond what is expected

That's a good way to put out a fire. Perhaps they were indeed going through an organization crisis with the big new shipment. Tough to say. I hope for their sake that is the case, because continuously having those sorts of incidents will eventually get back to them in a negative fashion.

The cellar tour sounded neat though. A nice little touch to make sure everything was "cool" with you.

ClassicWinesGuy
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Mar 04, 2008
ClassicWinesGuy in Wine

Cooking with Guinness

I attended a very authentic Irish restaurant/pub over the weekend and was surprised to find Guinness sneaking into some of the cuisine!

I don't believe they had any of these specific recipes though.

ClassicWinesGuy
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Mar 04, 2008
ClassicWinesGuy in Features

Wine and Pizza

Great post, it's always nice to hear a story of good-turns. Let's hope that your father's leg continues to heal with the same level of progress as he has achieved so far.

If you or anyone else would like some further opinions on the actual pairing of wine with pizza, we happened to make a video about that exact topic - http://www.classicwines.com/wine-vide...

Check it out if you've got an extra minute or two, I think you'll enjoy!

Mar 04, 2008
ClassicWinesGuy in Features

Cheap Eats Get a Little Less Cheap

Monkey makes a good point. Although the American-cuisine-lover inside of me does fret over the loss of these great, great items.

I think we may all find that the jack up in price of cheese and flour will be more far-reaching than this particular article indicates. These are highly used ingredients across the board.

ClassicWinesGuy
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Mar 04, 2008
ClassicWinesGuy in Features

What Is Nondairy Creamer?

I just used some a few minutes ago. This article made me stop in mid-sip just to make sure there wasn't anything horrible in the creamer. Luckily, it doesn't seem too bad.

Mar 04, 2008
ClassicWinesGuy in Features

Crunchy, Cool-Weather Fare

Of all the unneccessary things being shipped across country year-round, I would say food products should be granted a pass.

Aren't we all guilty of shipping in items from somewhere out of state?

Mar 04, 2008
ClassicWinesGuy in Features

Help with this Winelist...

I'm constantly surprised by the unnecessary complexity of wine shipping laws, both in the U.S. and in other countries!

Feb 07, 2008
ClassicWinesGuy in Wine

Uruguay Wine - Prelude or Preludia?

I've seen both! I guess it's a matter of translation.

Feb 07, 2008
ClassicWinesGuy in Wine

rules for buying cheap wine (under $10)

I actually don't think there are particular rules of that nature. From what I've experienced, the best way to approach wines under $10 is to go brand by brand. Do a little research on a particular brand and then give it a taste.

Ultimately, with any wine, it's going to come down to personal taste anyway.

Cheers
Wine Reviews at Classic Wines
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Feb 07, 2008
ClassicWinesGuy in Wine

Wine.com Puts a Cork in Competition

I'd just like to mention that Classic Wines reacted to this very situation. In response to poor business practices, Classic Wines removed Wine.com's advertising and endorsement from their site. To read more about this and the shipping laws involved, please consult our press release here - http://www.classicwines.com/release-r...
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Feb 06, 2008
ClassicWinesGuy in Features

FreeRice, a Munificent Plentitude of Lexemes

Wow, I just discovered this site last week! It's a lot of fun and the site design is clean and attractive. At first I was skeptical about how legitimate it was...but from everything I've seen it appears on the up and up!

Feb 06, 2008
ClassicWinesGuy in Features

Underground Restaurant Wine Lists?

One of our columnists loves Jadis in New York City. She says "This is hands-down my favorite space in the city. Lovely exposed brick, olde world lanterns, affordable yet comprehensive wine list and best of all - a little outside area that is small and cozy, yet looks out over a grassy courtyard so you get a sense of space. While all their food appears to be yummy, I recommend the cheese plate & especially their bowl of olives. They roll them in some sort of pesto situation that makes them delicious all on their own."

When I saw this thread, her strong recommendation came to mind! The full article is here - http://www.classicwines.com/articles/... - if anyone wanted to read it. It's about the best little spots in NYC.

Jan 04, 2008
ClassicWinesGuy in Wine

What's the best way to keep track of all this wine?

Actually I think that's a different classicwinesguy.

Jan 04, 2008
ClassicWinesGuy in Wine

Flat Champagne?

Yea it seems like this could be a case of a bad cork or bad seal. Sometimes it just happens.

Jan 04, 2008
ClassicWinesGuy in Wine

What's the best way to keep track of all this wine?

Up until recently I did the same as you - an actual physical spreadsheet where I tried to keep everything straight. As you mentioned, there can be certain complications with this. After that I used microsoft excel to keep everything in order. This proved helpful, but didn't have the versatility I was looking for.

Like the previous reply, I eventually ended up on cellar tracker. It is the only real tool I have discovered so far that can comprehensively handle this kind of data. I'm constantly keeping an eye out for similar stuff though.

ClassicWinesGuy
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Jan 04, 2008
ClassicWinesGuy in Wine

Which would you prefer to try?

It would have to be the Hirtzberger for me specifically because i've heard good things about the vintage.

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Dec 12, 2007
ClassicWinesGuy in Wine

Wine Recommendation - NJ or PA distributors [Moved from Pennsylvania board]

Considering the holidays, Champagne or sparkling white wine would be a nice choice. I personally enjoy varieties by Veuve Clicquot (and they have a good reputation too).

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Dec 12, 2007
ClassicWinesGuy in Wine