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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.

Serious Question for those who "belong" to various retail wine "clubs"

When I go to a car lot, I have an idea of the car I want, or when I go to buy a suit, I know what I want. But when I was starting out wine buying, I did not know what I wanted or how to talk about it. I have always viewed the relationship between sales-people and customers as an adversarial one, and hate feeling like I am in the underdog position. I expected to to be up sold and or ripped off so I waited until I knew enough to feel on an even keel. I understand that these are my internal issues, but I don't think I am alone.

As far as the $100 bottle, when one is ignorant of wine as I was, it is easy to read on blogs or wine sites of famed bottles or producers and want to know what the fuss is about, but without context, many pricey wines will disappoint novices.

Now I have had nothing but great service at the wine shops I frequent, but for me, it took some time to feel comfortable.

Nov 22, 2014
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Serious Question for those who "belong" to various retail wine "clubs"

I would say that for me it was fear and intimidation. I never felt comfortable walking into a shop, not knowing what I wanted and not knowing the price. "I don't know what I'm looking for or what to pay for it. Can you help me?" Is usually a way to get screwed. It is not the usual purchasing model. I felt better after getting some basic wine language under my belt before walking into my 1st wine shop.

That being said, I was tempted by those wine clubs but I could not find any info about the wines chosen online and decided to pass. I am lucky enough to have wineries close by, and did my initial tasting studies by visiting them and getting my 1st sense of my palate.

I don't think the type of wine clubs you describe are terrible, it is easy to waste $100 on a single bottle, I just don't think they help you develop as a taster unless you are very new to the game.

Nov 22, 2014
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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
budnball in Wine

Earthquake

No, Caneros is at the other end of the county. However I would think many wineries in area will have damage. Here in San Jose, I felt nothing. Best wishes for those in the affected area.

Aug 24, 2014
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What do you want to know about wine?

Sorry but this is not the most welcoming board

Aug 21, 2014
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The "California wines can't age" notion

I was up there last Saturday 9/2/14 and they had lots of stock. Much less reds then before but plenty still and lots of Semillon of all ages. I bought a mixed case of Cab/Cab Franc, and a case of 375ml 2001 Syrah.

Aug 06, 2014
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Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

My memory of Ghent is from 1980-82. I lived in a tiny apt behind a high school and would walk to the Naro which did double bills of "art films" old films and foreign films. I saw To Catch a Thief there the night of Grace Kelly's death which was too weird since it had been scheduled at least 2 months before. I was in Navy then and not much of a drinker, so I don't remember the bar scene. Ghent was a charmer even then.

Jul 22, 2014
budnball in Spirits

Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

I have been following this thread mostly due to the Ghent references. I miss the place. (are the public clay tennis courts still there?)
I find that old school Barkeeps that know the Pre-90s bar menu can usually be trusted to make a 2 or 3 ingredient cocktail by free pour. Younger ones, not so much. Todays cocktails often require several steps and layers of ingredients that call for carefull measurement. I don't care as long as drink is balanced.

My martini however must include at least 1/4 vermouth. Gin on its own is pretty foul.

Jul 22, 2014
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One Dinner in SF - Where and Why?

If you want a San Francisco experience, I would go with Zuni, Nopa, Outerlands, or Francis. These are not 4 star, but reflect the area, the staff the clientele. I am sure that Saison and A. Crenn are wonderful, but they are more about the chef then the city. It really is about what you are looking for. The upper end tasting menus or some flavour of the area.

Manresa fire

Really bad news. I had the best meal of my life there about 10 years ago. I remember giggling with pleasure at the beautiful and surprising food that just kept coming. Hopefully there can be a future ala Chez Panisse.

Napa Valley ranking in the world?

Well if like much of Burgundy and Bordeaux, it means over priced and over praised, someday is in the rearview mirror.

Jul 02, 2014
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