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Wine Glasses

Thanks -- I will check this out.

Dec 23, 2009
Minneapolis Mark in Wine

Wine Glasses

True.

Dec 23, 2009
Minneapolis Mark in Wine

Wine Glasses

It seems to me that I once found a website for "only one wine glass needed" and they actually seemed quite interesting. Now I can't find it again. Would anyone have an idea what this would be - name of the product? Thanks. It was one wine glass for both red and white wines. Thank you much! Mark

Dec 20, 2009
Minneapolis Mark in Wine

Wine Pairing for Shrimp in Pesto Cream Sauce?

Thanks all -- I totally enjoyed the "peace & love approach"! Thanks for all the suggestions!

Dec 12, 2009
Minneapolis Mark in Wine

Wine Pairing for Shrimp in Pesto Cream Sauce?

Later this month I'm going to be serving a dish of large shrimp that have simmered in a pesto cream sauce, which will be served over brown rice cooked with pancetta, fennel, & leek. I'm wondering what you may suggest for a wine to accompany? I'd like to offer both red and white -- maybe something no more than $25 each? Thanks much!

Nov 08, 2009
Minneapolis Mark in Wine

Dining solo in San Francisco

Definitely head to the Ferry Building. In North Beach I also like Fior d'Italia hugely (their thin pasta with pesto - good stuff) and walking around North Beach you'll find spots that pull you in just by the awesome aroma of their food. I'm heading back there in October -- Tadich Grill is definitely in my plans. I like walking through Chinatown and grazing on dim sum as I go through the streets. Some places are definitely better than others, needless to say. Have a great time!

Aug 21, 2009
Minneapolis Mark in San Francisco Bay Area

Has anyone taken sushi classes at Coastal Seafoods?

Thanks, KTFoley! I took a sushi class from Elizabeth Andoh at Cooks of Crocus Hill quite a long time ago and loved it 'cuz it was participation. But I'm looking forward to this even more now, even tho it sounds more demonstration. Bummers on the dining without wining. :)

Jun 22, 2009
Minneapolis Mark in General Midwest Archive

Eating in Stillwater, MN

I keep going back to Savories (Savorie's?) in Stillwater. And I wish they still sold baked goods.

Jun 22, 2009
Minneapolis Mark in General Midwest Archive

Has anyone taken sushi classes at Coastal Seafoods?

I'm wondering if anyone's taken the sushi classes at Coastal Seafoods in Minneapolis? I'm signed up and am looking forward to it. Has anyone any words of advice from having taken these before? (Whether it's fully worth it, or so-so, or something to withdraw from?) Thanks!

Jun 21, 2009
Minneapolis Mark in General Midwest Archive

Good food in Blaine, MN?

One of my favorite spots in Blaine is Carol's. Right on 65. It's good and homey food and one of my favorite spots when I'm feeling the need for good food and lots of it.

Jun 21, 2009
Minneapolis Mark in General Midwest Archive

Armagnac Question

Thanks -- I think I'll contact them to see what they can tell me about them. Mark

Apr 21, 2008
Minneapolis Mark in Spirits

Armagnac Question

Hi,

I know this is a wine board, but I have an idea you folks are very knowledgable about Armagnac as well.

I would like to buy a bottle of a 1951 Armagnac as a gift for a friend. I know this is not an inexpensive item, and that is why I'm looking for suggestions as to a good brand/name to look for. It is 1951 simply because that is my friend's birthdate.

Does anyone have any idea on this? Thanks!

Mark in Minneapolis

Apr 20, 2008
Minneapolis Mark in Spirits

Sheperd's pie any suggestions

I still have a couple of unopened Bistro gravy powder boxes from the UK when I lived there 2 years ago -- I am hoping they will remain fresh if unopened! Any idea?

Dec 28, 2007
Minneapolis Mark in Home Cooking

Wine pairing for Seafood Risotto & also for Cheese

I did try the Mulderbosch, as I had a few bottles on hand. It was very good, but I was surprised by the effervesence. Is that typical? There was a Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc in the shop I was at, also, but I passed that by in favor of the S.B. Have you tried that one? Thoughts? I am going to go shopping for some CA white southern Rhones, then, also, and will enjoy trying them out. Thanks! Mark

Dec 25, 2007
Minneapolis Mark in Wine

Wine pairing for Seafood Risotto & also for Cheese

The 2004 Rasteau Cotes du Rhone -- I had to try it the other night to see what it was like. It was very good. Now I am hoping there are more when I go back to the wine shop tomorrow!! Many flavors and a very good wine. I had been wondering about a Soave. Thanks!

Dec 25, 2007
Minneapolis Mark in Wine

Wine pairing for Seafood Risotto & also for Cheese

Hmmm. I may leave the asparagus dip out. Or serve it early in the afternoon a couple of hours prior to dinner. Or leave it for another time! Thanks!

Dec 25, 2007
Minneapolis Mark in Wine

Wine pairing for Seafood Risotto & also for Cheese

Thank you for this. I have totally enjoyed reading your comments and suggestions. I will make great use of your ideas in the future, also. I very much like the idea of enjoying the differences and similarities of the two wines (S.B. and the Chardonnay). I will try that. Yes, the blue cheese -- the St Agur is a mellow, creamy blue -- beautiful, really. I first tried it when I lived near London two years ago and became enthralled with it. Only recently have I found it at a local wine shop, and I will be using that as it was the cheese highly enjoyed by my upcoming dinner guest and myself while in that country. So it is there for "old times' sake" -- the dip is (I haltingly say) a combination of asparagus, mayonnaise, parmesan, garlic and baked -- what can I say -- I had this at a party and loved it. I do add some mozzarella and crab meat, however, for a bit more substance. The good thing about having only two of us for dinner is that the two white wines will easily stretch towards the cheeses -- that will finish the meal. I do believe Chevre will be good and will add that -- the Gruyere -- yes, I will try that. Thanks again! I'm just back from visiting family for early Christmas, so my response here was delayed.

Dec 25, 2007
Minneapolis Mark in Wine

Wine pairing for Seafood Risotto & also for Cheese

Hi -- I have been wondering about the best (if there is such a thing) pairing for a seafood risotto I am making over the holidays. The risotto will have shrimp, scallops, squid and will be prepared with a rich seafood stock. I may or may not add grated cheese -- perhaps just a bit. Bit of butter stirred in when removed from heat.

I finally chose a 2006 Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc (South Africa) -- any predictions? Any suggestions for a different direction to have gone? I considered a chardonnay, non-oaked, but was undecided on which one.

I'm finishing the evening with a cheese trio and wanted a wine to accompany, am having an English brie that is wrapped in birchbark, another item that I'm making (okay, it's one of my faves, I admit it, a hot asparagus dip/spread, what can I say ... ! ... it's "comfort food" to me), and a St Agur (French blue, creamy, mellow). I decided upon a wine to match the St Agur, and will let the others hopefully fall in place -- a 2004 Rasteau Cotes du Rhone Villages - Domaine de Beaurenard. I guess I selected that one as it is from the same general area of France as the St Agur cheese. I will truthfully say that the presence of the asparagus item is of some concern to me. But I am hoping the wine will transcend this need of mine to have some hot asparagus dip? (Or should I have left the asparagus dip for when I'm home alone and enjoy it with a good cold beer?)

Your thoughts are most welcome. Thank you! Mark in Minneapolis

Dec 22, 2007
Minneapolis Mark in Wine