b

budnball's Profile

Title Last Reply

What is plonk, really?

My understanding is Plonk is as Rumploe would say, "vin ordinaire". Not terrible but nothing you would remember the name of or recommend. I think of Art Exhibit wine.

Apr 03, 2014
budnball in Wine

Thoughts about dinner (not dimsum) at Koi Palace? [Daly City]

Yeah I read that and thought, there is no way I will eat there. Unclean tables and carpet, servers in dirty clothes. The article did not feel like a hit piece, but a wake up call.

Mar 25, 2014
budnball in San Francisco Bay Area

Sweet stuff

Picked up a bottle of Jorge Ordonez& Co. Victoria#2 Malaga which says it is a Moscatel de Alexandria. This bottle got several approval nods from the staff at San Jose Wine Club. And with good reason. Fabulous!

Mar 21, 2014
budnball in Wine
1

SF-area restaurant critics: Validators vs Discoverers

The number of posters in this thread is about 12 and the number of regular posters to the SF Bay Area board is less than 100. Most of these are Semi-pro diners already and Bauer just is not talkng to you. He is talking to middle aged - middle class people who are looking for something new but not wanting to take a chance on the untried and unknown. None of the posters in this thread need the service that he provides so why bitch. Ive been reading this guy for 25+ years and he has never been the go-to for hole-in-the-wall, ethnic food, so why should we expect something different now?
He is one of many sources of information and one I can rely on because I know where his tastes and mine agree and where they diverge.

Mar 19, 2014
budnball in San Francisco Bay Area
2

What's up with Nopa? [San Francisco]

This has worked for me, even on weekends.

Mar 12, 2014
budnball in San Francisco Bay Area

What's up with Nopa? [San Francisco]

Nopa has never had many openings on OT. The easiest way to get a table is to walk in during the snack hour 5-6 pm and ask for table or grab a spot a the bar or communal table. This may not work for larger parties but for 2 it usually works.

Mar 12, 2014
budnball in San Francisco Bay Area

Fish Tacos - SF Dish of the Month March 2014

Woodhouse Fish C. does really nice version. 3 for $15 with plently of lightly battered cod. Was at the Filmore location this weekend split the tacos and a great simple Dugeness crab roll and a grilled squid over salad. All fresh and clean flavours.

Mar 10, 2014
budnball in San Francisco Bay Area
1

Gifts from California for Relatives in Paris

And they are having a Zin Tasting on March 8th.

Feb 17, 2014
budnball in California

Wax capsules

Once a year or so, one of my winery club shipments bottles is a "reserve bottling" with a wax covering. What is the point of this? Is it just to look special, or does the wax insure the proper aging medium? I assume the former and not the later.

Feb 15, 2014
budnball in Wine

How do you organize your wine cellar?

I have about the same amount 100-120Btls and since my tastes have changed since i started, I have also changed my organization. I sort by wineries mostly. Most of my collection is from Santa cruz Mtns and about 6 wineries. Mostly Cab, Pinot and Syrah. I keep a mixed case of Chards for times when folks drop in and the rest is sparklers and dessert. I have a few bottles of CnP and and a mixed case of Leitz Reislings. My goal tho is to turn over 75% every 1-3 years and not get too attached, except for my Ahlgrens which I always make room for. 100 bottles is not much inventory tho and I can always see what I have without too much problem

Feb 11, 2014
budnball in Wine

Trip Report from a Boston Hound [San Francisco]

Having made the Zuni chicken many times, while the high end chickens may be better, it is a going to great as long as your chicken is fresh. No need to buy a Artisinal expensive bird.

Feb 06, 2014
budnball in San Francisco Bay Area

French Laundry corkage fee - $150 Wow! [Yountville, Napa Valley]

When I was going thru my "high end tasting menu" period, I was holding off on TFL until I was ready. But after some great meals, (Manresa), and some no so great, (la Folie) and an awful one, (Cyrus), I gave up on the concept. I found I was chasing the thrill of my best meal and that was not going to be repeated. Also the prices of these places have doubled or near about in the last few years and even tho I can afford it, I can't seem to justify it to myself.
$150 is the price of a really good meal to me and as far as I am willing to spend. So I will look at the food porn pix from TFL but doubt if I will ever go.

Feb 04, 2014
budnball in San Francisco Bay Area
1

Birthday cake in south/east bay?

The cakes at Dreagers are really good. they are a bit pricey but well wrth the money.

Jan 30, 2014
budnball in San Francisco Bay Area

Joe's Cable Car, SF - best burger, onion rings, chocolate malt?

As one who ate there several times a year for more than 20, I don't think it ever was a tourist trap. It was always a personality place with pricey but great burgers. Joe is a San Francisco "character" in the best way, and I wish him Happy retirement.

Jan 30, 2014
budnball in San Francisco Bay Area

Pairing Advice: Heritage Pork Chops?

I'm really into Riesling and pork myself. Not the stone dry versions so popular now but someting with a little residual sugar. Joseph Leitz Dragonstone is my current fav.

Jan 23, 2014
budnball in Wine

TN: 1988 Ahlgren Semillon, "St. Charles Vineyard," Santa Cruz Mountains AVA (5 Jan 2014)

Thanx, I've been cheese clothing many bottles. I guess I will replace the one I lost.

Jan 07, 2014
budnball in Wine

The Future of Napa Valley...Hmm

Makin' movies of themselves.....

Lol

Jan 07, 2014
budnball in Wine

TN: 1988 Ahlgren Semillon, "St. Charles Vineyard," Santa Cruz Mountains AVA (5 Jan 2014)

How was the cork? This is my favorite winery of all but boy do their old corks throw me. You turned me on them because of Semillon, Jason and I am very grateful. I have 2 bottles left of the 88 and rather gold bottle of 1980 left. I just looked online to what they had left but the server was down.

Jan 06, 2014
budnball in Wine

Boulder Creek - Burgers & Breakfast - Burger 9 formerly 9 Burger...

Thanx for the report. I have seen this place when coming downhill from Ahlgrens winery but could never tell if it was open so we just kept driving to the coast. I'll be heading up to get another case of wine next weekend and will try and talk the better half for a stop in.

Jan 05, 2014
budnball in California

Any groceries - with wine - open on Christmas?

I think most large Safeways will be open for part of the day.

Dec 25, 2013
budnball in San Francisco Bay Area

Guilty: Rudy Kurniawan convicted in New York court

I feel like I should care more about this, but I just can't muster the energy. As much as I would like to have access to the great wines of the world, I accept that I will likely never taste a Petrus or any of its kin.

It does reinforce the notion that at a certain level, (and I hope I am buying well below that level), it is a huge Ponzi scheme.

A few weeks back someone asked what a $300 bottle tastes like. The answer may be; it tastes like fraud.

Dec 23, 2013
budnball in Wine

restaurant for family dinner in Palo Alto

Mayfield Bakery& Cafe. Good non pretentious food and cheerful vibe. However it is neither Italian or Japanese.

Dec 23, 2013
budnball in San Francisco Bay Area

What brand (bottled/boxed) sangria is most popular in Spain?

Hey I am surprised I haven't been booted outta here yet!

Dec 21, 2013
budnball in Wine

What brand (bottled/boxed) sangria is most popular in Spain?

I would post the question on the Spain/Portugal area as you may get a response from someone who has actually drunk the stuff as opposed to those with just opinions.

Dec 21, 2013
budnball in Wine

Random thoughts re: ***out-of-town*** BYOB

I'm not usually paring with meals. At home or nearby, I do 75% of the driving in my family, when in New York I never drive and can enjoy drinking to more excess in a social setting. Not that I don't drink wine in the Big Apple, but it isn't my focus. I'm saving my alcohol credits for the hard stuff.

Dec 11, 2013
budnball in Wine

Random thoughts re: ***out-of-town*** BYOB

I do, however i find the cocktail scene more active and interesting in NYC.

Dec 11, 2013
budnball in Wine

Random thoughts re: ***out-of-town*** BYOB

If I am travelling on the west coast, I assume I will find something on the wine list, or BTG. If I am in NYC I will be drinking cocktails. In London, my family are notorious for their bad taste in wine so I drink cider, beer and whiskey. My last trip to Paris was 2000 and I was too intimidated by French wine at the time to enjoy the opportunity.

Dec 10, 2013
budnball in Wine

What do you suggest for someone trying to get into whiskey?

I would totally agree with the Irish idea. Bushmills was my gateway into whiskey and tho it is not the most complex, it is easy on the palate. Balvanie makes some great non smokey Scotch for those of us not into drinking peat or campfire.

Nov 19, 2013
budnball in Spirits

How can good wine makers miss on some grapes and make magic with others?

Well everything of theirs from Bates Ranch that I have tried has been delicious, The Cabernet, the Cab Franc, the Merlot, all wonderful in any vintage.

Nov 19, 2013
budnball in Wine

How can good wine makers miss on some grapes and make magic with others?

It was the Semillon was what drove me to them. A lovely wine, but I am now hooked on the Cabernet, which they have loads of and in 375ml bottles.

Nov 12, 2013
budnball in Wine