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Cocktails before wine

Coming from the left coast, take this with whatever substance is your grain of choice... (sorry)

I've found a (i.e. one) very dry quality vodka martini serves to provide the quick relaxation factor before moving on to the wines. While I do enjoy a good gin, the botanicals always seem to be off putting when followed with a nice glass of vino. YMMV

Cheers,

Dave

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Commercial Drive

Thanks LR, and as a Canuck loving south of the border Californicator, neither does it have anything to do with nationality. ;>P

Isn't Schwarze Katz (black cat) wine supposed to be awful?

Picked up some Müller-Thurgau while up in Oregon last week. Expect it to go very well with some of our favorite Sichuan offerings back home.

Jul 22, 2015
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Hunan update (Fresno, Cedar location)

Thanks for the update and a couple of new recos, Susan. We're up on the north coast right now but home by next week so if you're still making visits and would like company just let us know.

And yes, we cannot visit Hunan without Miss K's buttercream prawn fix.

Cheers,

Daved

Jul 22, 2015
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Ice Cream Day - Celebrate in Trinidad,CA

Thanks gw, we tried to book a room at Requa so we could have dinner there also, sadly they were booked up.

Jul 21, 2015
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Ice Cream Day - Celebrate in Trinidad,CA

Headed down that way tomorrow, anyone try the burgers or fish and chips? Gravy and/or chili fries worth the indulgence? TIA

Jul 21, 2015
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Costco: An American Dream for the Wines From Spain | Foods & Wines from Spain

Should have clarified, of those in the price range that I'm willing to indulge in.

Jul 20, 2015
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Costco: An American Dream for the Wines From Spain | Foods & Wines from Spain

I find Costco useful in certain regions (central CA coast, OR, WA) for finding varietals and blends representing their respective offerings. I would not use the term "serious" in these endeavors however.

Jul 15, 2015
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Champagne needs to ‘create a new occasion’

Being a rather noob to quality champagne, I'm curious about your thoughts on Billecart Salmon. The few I've tasted were quite outstanding on their own and excellent with small bites. TIA

Cheers,

Dave

Jul 07, 2015
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Constellation to buy Meiomi for $315m

Have tried their Pinot Noir in the past and been pleasantly surprised especially at the price point. What the future holds, who knows?

Jul 04, 2015
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Casa del Mole and Rufina’s Kitchen in Healdsburg

We stopped in a few weeks ago. K most always goes for the mole dishes, this time swapped out the pollo for camarones. I noticed one of the meats listed that I didn't recognize and asked about it but couldn't understand all of the explanation, except that I could try it in a taco if I wished, which I did.

It was taken out of the meat case and looked similar to dismiel (sp?) without the seasoning on it, think I also had an al pastor and cabeza taco. Everything was excellent including the spicy salsa and chips.

Really nice folks behind the food counter and the market portion as well. It's a must stop for us when in town.

Under-appreciated and/or up-and-coming grape varieties?

Having lived in Deutschland and having enjoyed hassenfpeffer many times, don't believe it was ever with Chenin Blanc. :>P

That said, I've been pleasantly surprised recently by a couple of CA offerings in what I can only assume is the "correct" style at most reasonable prices. Dry Creek Valley is one, iirc, believe the other was from Lake County. I now need to branch out and find a source(s) for some of the French offerings.

All suggestions most welcome.

Cheers,

Dave

Jun 15, 2015
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2015 Tacos Challenge (Van Foodster)

Or as we say down here.... El Crappo de Toro

Under-appreciated and/or up-and-coming grape varieties?

Semillon, Roussane, Marsanne, Tocai Friulano, Arneis, Müller Thurgau, Pinot Blanc, Vermentino, Malvasia

Cinsault, Carignan, Mourvedre, Barbera, Primitivo, Maréchal Foch

curious about but have not yet tried Furmint, Ribolla Gialla and Négrette

Jun 13, 2015
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Trinidad Bay Eatery | Trinidad - Humboldt County

Actually I believe I ducked in for a case or two in the meantime while passing through. ;>P

Jun 13, 2015
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Trinidad Bay Eatery | Trinidad - Humboldt County

Your post made me wonder how other places in the area are doing, especially the restaurant in the casino. Found my old write up, can't believe 10 years have slipped by.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/87652

Jun 11, 2015
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Trinidad Bay Eatery | Trinidad - Humboldt County

Thanks for the update, Melanie. Things look even better than our last visit. Katy's is a jewel, we always pick up a case of their small, line caught canned tuna to tide us over until our next visit to the area.

Jun 09, 2015
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Root in SSF. Jiangxi restaurant - has anyone tried this?

The link for the PDF lunch and dinner men downloads didn't function on the other site. A work in progress?

Root in SSF. Jiangxi restaurant - has anyone tried this?

Found the print menu after a few dead ends ....

http://mandaringardenssf.com/menu.html

The Wrath of Grapes

"...even though I *tend* to *generally* dislike the TYPE of wine he favors. There are, of course, exceptions..."

This speaks volumes, Jason, that echoes MY palate for the most part. I have a number of friends and retailers that feel his word is gospel (esp. regarding Cabernet, Bordeaux blends, and the ilk). My response to them usually (TPFIC) is that I look for the ones RP rates 86-89 for there to be a chance that I will enjoy it.

Cheers,

Dave

May 31, 2015
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Falafel Heaven and more at Occasion Bakery [Fresno]

That's great news, thanks Jeff.

Cheers,

Dave

May 31, 2015
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Your cocktail of the year?

Found two quite different recipes, one equal parts of the liquids, the other 3x the gin per parts cherry liq, green chartreuse, and lime juice. Do you prefer the sweet style or the higher octane?

May 25, 2015
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Taquitos Hernandez | Old Town Marketplace - Salinas

Melanie, tried to post this earlier, no idea what happened.

I see an address on the banner, 239 San Juan Grade, which I google mapped hoping to see a brick and mortar place, but it appears to be a residential area.

Do they only serve at the Saturday event? TIA

May 23, 2015
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Decanter’s orange wine tasting: the top 24

Just curious, why is Dirty and Rowdy's Semillon considered and orange wine?

May 18, 2015
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BC / Vancouver board

The top thread is:

VANCOUVER CHINESE FOOD EXPERTS NEEDED! with 7 replies, last on May 14

got the same by clicking on your link. All the other boards I frequent are updating just fine.

May 17, 2015
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BC / Vancouver board

Wondering if there is a problem? Four days with no posts.

May 17, 2015
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Parker: not awarding 100 points “irresponsible”

I much prefer Jason's five item ratings scale giving tribute to Mr. M.G. Krebs, not to be confused with the Krebs Cycle or course.

May 10, 2015
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Central coast seafood. Santa Barbara to Paso Robles on a budget.

They need to update their listings. We've had some great meals at the Ocean Grill. Cross the street from Joe Momma's with a nice view of the water.

Apr 20, 2015
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Road trip up 5 into Oregon

Do a search on this board for Williams, Willows, Chico, Redding, Dunsmuir, Mt. Shasta (city), Yreka.

Apr 06, 2015
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Rival oak bottle enters wine market

Then there's the dilemma that once emptied do you stick a plastic flower in it or use it as kindling?

Mar 30, 2015
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