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Lazy Bear Review [San Francisco]

hmm. I have a reservation in the next few weeks and am concerned. It looks like literal "finger food." The snacks are miniscule. I remember going to Cyrus and leaving angry and hungry. I may have to consider selling off these tix.

Pick up and shipping charges

Then you have to ask yourself if you are getting value for money. Sounds like you really enjoy the wines and if you can afford to swallow the extra costs, then go for it.

Feb 20, 2015
budnball in Wine

Pick up and shipping charges

Does this winery have a tasting room storefront? If so I can not get behind any excuse to charge a fee for pick-up.

Feb 20, 2015
budnball in Wine

Pick up and shipping charges

I guess it depends on how much you like the wine. For me it is a deal breaker. I live in San Jose and often drive to the Santa Cruz mountains to pick up Club allotments, and even head to Davenport on the coast for my Bonny Doon orders. I figure that the point of a pick-up is to avoid more fees. If I have been a loyal customer, I would feel unappreciated and would bail. There is too much good wine out there to feel ripped off. I would also check the local markets and see if the wine is available for retail because it is often cheaper than buying it direct from wineries.

Feb 20, 2015
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Rioja sales reach new high in 2014 -- but dropped in the U.S.?

Maybe it is also that Spain is a bit farther down the new wine drinkers learning curve. It seems most people go from their local wines or start in France which takes a lot of time to get a handle on. Then to California and the west coast, or Germany and Italy. All of these areas have many deep benches and years can go by before one gets to Spain. I think one needs to be introduced to Rioja by an enthusiast for it to be on the radar. I have been buying wine for about 15 years and have maybe bought 2 bottles of Rioja. It just doesn't come to mind.

Feb 18, 2015
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Critics drove Mouton to cut Cab Franc

Since I only read about wine at this price level and would never buy, I don't understand the politics. A friend compared it to "couture" fashion. Hand made "one offs" whose influence trickles down. Is that a fair comparison?

Feb 08, 2015
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Critics drove Mouton to cut Cab Franc

Is this a Bordeaux thing? Would the makers of Screaming Eagle or Opus1 change their formula because of critics?

Feb 07, 2015
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Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

The thing is that these are not new issues and will not be solved here. I do not dismiss the possibility of a racist reaction by the server or the systemic problems in the Bay Area. I would only hope that people would step back, and examine themselves, and ask what part do I play in making things worse and what can I do to help make it better. My choice is to be try and be forgiving of other's faults and to ask the same in return. Not being blind, but hopeful.

Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

I am not dismissing the reality of racism. How could I? When I moved to California 30+ years ago I would not walk into a sit down restaurant because I felt unwelcome. This was partially my own internal compass, coming from the south. I remember having a panic attack at the front of the Pacific Edge in Monterrey because I felt like I did not belong.( service was wonderful and so welcoming that my attitude changed. Not saying it is fair, it just is. I cannot change everyone's attitude. I chose to change mine. The checklist may be exhausting but being angry and suspicious all the time is more so. I prefer to not to spend anymore time being righteously indignant. Life really is too short.

Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

As a middle aged black man, I have seen and been on the receiving end of many a racist incident. I have also been the recipient of just rude behavior. It is sad but true that often I have ask myself, Was that directed at me, a black person, or was that person just rude, or maybe having a bad day, or did I misunderstand? It is exhausting to have run this check list over in your head at every incident and I have tried to give it up. Unless the situation is one that cannot be fixed by a simple apology, I am giving others a pass. We have all had bad days at work and most of us are not blogged about. It is far too easy to throw out race as an excuse.

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
budnball in Wine

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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