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anonymous food critics

As one who gets tired of the Bauer bashing that can go on in these boards, I would prefer he just get it over with and come out from behind his palm tree. The pretense serves no one at all.

Financial pressure forcing vineyard sales in California's Paso Robles | decanter.com

How to lose a boatload of money. Buy a vineyard right after a new restaurant and my own bar. I used to dream of all of these.

Jan 23, 2015
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Anniversary dinner in San Francisco

Well congratulations on your anniversary and let us know how your meal goes.

Special occasion dinner in the South Bay

Perhaps the Lexinton house in Los Gatos. Well done, on trend kind of place and very upscale.

Anniversary dinner in San Francisco

Their website lists a limited menu between 2:30 and 5pm which includes the roasted chicken. But as you say, Open Table shows no time after 2:15until 5:30.

Anniversary dinner in San Francisco

Another idea is a late lunch so you are not rushed. Boulevard, Michael Mina, Fog City Diner, Zuni Cafe are all solid and can be romantic in their own way. All except for Zuni are near the waterfront for a leisurely after lunch stroll before the trip to the airport.

Brown Sugar Kitchen uses quick grits, wholesale vendors [Oakland]

Does the food taste good? As a person who eats grits on a regular basis, I don't think the 5 times price difference between "stone ground" and regular boxed grits is worth it to me as a once to twice a week user, and I certainly understand the financial choice a restaurant owner would make. Not everyone can afford the price. If the fact that she uses whole sale vendors is problem for you, don't buy her food, but don't knock her process. Try running a restaurant and see what choices you have to make to be profitable.

theft of wine at French Laundry

There are plenty of people who will buy to drink and care not where it came from. Some are setting up or stocking new money cellars, some get off on the notorious, and as Robert mentions someone with very particular taste.

Dec 31, 2014
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theft of wine at French Laundry

True but I feel pretty certain there was inside help. Unless you have been in the cellar, it would be difficult to find all the good stuff quickly. Even with a list, one has to negotiate the cellars organization.

Dec 31, 2014
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English Christmas pudding?

Anyone know where I get get one? I am based in San Jose but will be in San Francisco this weekend and can travel any side of the bay from Berkeley/Oakland south to San Jose.

Is it safe to drink a1993 wine

Cheers and happy anniversary!

Dec 15, 2014
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Is it safe to drink a1993 wine

The largest question mark is what you mean by "room temperature". It may be cooked and I would have another bottle ready in case. Not knowing where you live, the average American room gets much too warm to keep wine for that long. It will be safe to taste, it just might not be good.

Dec 14, 2014
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A Message from The Chowhound Team & Plans for 2015

I'm not not knocking his postings but I don't think most people coming want to this site and get directed to another. But the bigger problem is the current lack of other contributors. As you say, things get repetitive and the alternative opinions are missed. I have moved on to the Wine Berserkers. It may be full of snark but it also feels alive in a way that our wine board does not. People actually post about wine instead of just wine related news. That's what I found here when I started posting.

Dec 13, 2014
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A Message from The Chowhound Team & Plans for 2015

The Wine board has pretty much withered on the vine ( pun intended) over the last year. Many older regular posters are just gone and very few newbies stick around. It is not a welcoming place for new wine enthusiasts and to me it is a sense of snark and condescension that fuels it. Now this is not kindergarten and no one wants intrusive moderators telling people to be nice, but something is wrong when one person is making 30-40% of the posts. There are no tasting notes anymore, only links to other publications, or content developed elsewhere. The community feel has been lost.

Alkymists: palo alto: worth a try

Good grief that was quick! Just as I was about to try the Palo Alto Grill it closed and this has only been 2 months.

Maine hounds SF trip report [long]

Thanx for the feedback. I love how so many out-of-towners, love the Slanted Door and it gets so little respect from the home crowd.

$37.50 or $3,750? Who's Right?

As you say, we were not there, but my feeling is the customer took advantage of the server's too casual "thirty seven fifty" and ran with it. I have never seen cents listed in the bottle price in any sit down restaurant, and that alone would have set off my alarm.

Nov 06, 2014
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Dozens become sick at NAACP gala at Redwood City Sofitel

Latest I heard was the food was not from the hotel.

It is allocation season. What do you have coming?

Have a mixed case from Dirty and Rowdy coming, Mouverdre and Semillon!

Oct 29, 2014
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Graham’s tackles vintage Port conundrum

Seems like the port producers want some of that free flowing Bordeaux futures money with all the news of high end releases. Are the Port houses in trouble, or are they trying to increase visibiity?

Oct 23, 2014
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Graham’s tackles vintage Port conundrum

I would gladly pay you Tuesday.....

Oct 21, 2014
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wines

Well that's not much to go on, so a few questions. Why wine? Are you looking to learn about wine or is it about your romantic dinner? Have you ever had one that you liked? Do you want it to be sweet? How easy is it to buy wine where you live? How much do you want to spend?

Sparkling wine goes well with most food and is fun and romantic. Gruet is a quality bubbley that is found in most parts of the U.S. and priced about $20 and often less.

Recommending a red needs more information.

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

I work in psychiatric emergency rooms and some hardcore alcoholics can appear near functional with blood levels of .40 which we used to consider toxic. It take years of practice to be able to stand with that much booze in you. College binge drinkers often die at that level. Of course liver damage has already begun at that point.

Oct 09, 2014
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Depardieu: ‘I drink 14 bottles of wine a day’

We all have known serious drunks who believe that they are in control. I'm a person who enjoys drinking and while I have been known to get tight a couple times a year, out of control alcoholism makes me uncomfortable and makes me look at my own behavior. I try not to judge because it is a trap we all know is close to those of us who have wine and or spirits as a hobby.
I do believe that like many hardcore drunks, he exaggerates. It is hard to imagine having the time to drink 10+ bottles a day. That being said, each time I see him, I see the old Bowery of Manhattan.

Oct 09, 2014
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Abalone?

Nick's Next Door in Los Gatos has Abalone on his dinner menu for $45. It is wonderful but smallish. I have no idea if it dried or fresh, but usually it is prepared lightly breaded and sauteed with a butter sauce.

Prosecco out-marketing Champagne

That would make it seem like too much fun. Salty spicy fried chicken is a great pairing also.

Sep 25, 2014
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Prosecco out-marketing Champagne

Maybe it's just the idea that champagne is for special occasions. It is a more "serious" wine and for casual drinkers, more intimidating. Prosecco is casual and non threatening and easier to market as a refreshing and versatile quaff.

Sep 22, 2014
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Winery fined $115k over volunteers to close

I don't know the rules and laws and would hate for people to exploit workers, but this seems rather extreme.

Sep 17, 2014
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First time to Nopa [San Francisco]

I find the upstairs to be actually a bit louder than down as the space is pretty hard surfaced. Plus downstairs has a more communal feeling. I love this place!

Earthquake

As one who was on the San Jose side of the hills for that one, I remember the same feelings. And like that one, much of the damage has yet to be documented. Smaller wineries and properties in the Napa hills are not likely to get much news coverage, but I can image large losses.

Aug 25, 2014
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