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Why does so little of great German wine, besides Reisling, make it to the USA?

Whatever blows up your kilt!

about 20 hours ago
maria lorraine in Wine

Why does so little of great German wine, besides Reisling, make it to the USA?

IMO, it is largely a result of the lack of seeking representation via importers, coupled with the lack of a strong marketing effort in the US to drum up curiosity and sales among consumers. Other countries make a concerted effort to do so (I am contacted often) but Germany? -- not so much. A pity, because the wines are enjoyable.

Of course, there is interest in German wines among "wine-heads," and those who live in cities with German heritage (St. Louis, Milwaukee, etc.). But I presume the question was about widespread mass appeal across the US, like the wines from Australia or France or Italy.

1 day ago
maria lorraine in Wine

Kendall-Jackson buys Siduri

It's a great success story for Adam and Dianna, who have forged a very interesting -- and singular -- path in Sonoma. I really like them as people, and hope they don't feel in the future they made a pact with the devil.

1 day ago
maria lorraine in Wine
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Napa report: January 2015

I'd like to read about that too. I'm from St. Louis.

Kendall-Jackson buys Siduri

I am so curious what KJ bought it for...any 411 on the $$$ amount?

1 day ago
maria lorraine in Wine

Berkeley: Current favorites for flavors and ambience?

Yes, thank you, Robert. If there are dishes/charcuterie/etc
that have wowed your tastebuds, please share. I've been to Wendy's other restaurants, but not Corso.

Berkeley: Current favorites for flavors and ambience?

Thanks for the rec,Glencora. Everything looks so fresh and inspired there.

Berkeley: Current favorites for flavors and ambience?

Corso was great, I heard, then hit a slump, and now they've re-tooled their strategy/menu.

Any recent reports on food and service?

Berkeley: Current favorites for flavors and ambience?

Yes, thank you. I think we are sticking in Berkeley proper, within walking distance of the campus.

Always appreciate your posts, Ruth.

Berkeley: Current favorites for flavors and ambience?

I feel so uninformed, so thanks for those new options, Glencora. Had not heard of Bella Osteria -- does the food live up to the hype?

Berkeley: Current favorites for flavors and ambience?

Thanks for all the ideas and suggestions. I'd love something within walking distance of the Berkeley campus, comfy seating, not too loud. Unfortunately, it will be a Saturday night dinner. Would love something flavorful and special. Chez Panisse appeals -- both upstairs and downstairs, as does Comal and Corso. Thoughts?

Wanted: Buttery Chardonnay for everyday drinking

The new winemaker, or even management, might have indicated a new direction to take in the wine-making, away from the buttery ML style to a leaner style, with not so much butter, oak or residual sugar. Doesn't make much sense to erode their marketing base of customers, though.

Rombauer may have backed off the ML and oak simply because the fruit wasn't ripe enough to employ those techniques, and they had no choice but to do so. Adding a lot of oak and ML to unripe fruit just tastes messed up and fake. Napa (and Sonoma also) has had inconsistent growing seasons and harvests -- 2010 was a bit uneven, 2011 was beset with problems. 2012 was beautiful and back on track, as was 2013. I don't know about Rombauer's specific vineyards and their grapes' ripeness though.

Jan 25, 2015
maria lorraine in Wine
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Wanted: Buttery Chardonnay for everyday drinking

Seriously? Rombauer is no longer a malolactic butterball?

Jan 25, 2015
maria lorraine in Wine

Berkeley: Current favorites for flavors and ambience?

Thank you, Robert.

Berkeley: Current favorites for flavors and ambience?

The old standbys, new places also. Need a place good for conversation.

Truth or Fiction: Does alcohol burn off in food?

Jan 15, 2015
maria lorraine in General Topics

How do you pronounce 'bruschetta'?

I've researched this, and spent a great deal time of time in Italy. I've spoken with Italians there, and Italians in the US about the proper pronunciation, and the meaning when the word is mispronounced as brushetta. I've also researched the word bruscia. Urbandictionary.com is only one source. I stand by everything I've written.

Jan 13, 2015
maria lorraine in Not About Food

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Jan 12, 2015
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Will respond via email, privately.

Jan 12, 2015
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Jan 12, 2015
maria lorraine in Site Talk

How do you pronounce 'bruschetta'?

Toscanaccio,

You missed out completely that we are in agreement
because you did not read closely enough.

This is what I wrote:
<<The etymology of the slang word pronounced "brushetta" is bruscia.>>

You see, I differentiated between the slang word pronounced bruSHETTA and the word bruschetta.

In your post, you wrote:
<<No it is not. There is NO such word as "bruscia" in Italian. Bruschetta derives from the Roman (as in Rome the city) slang verb "BRUSCARE" that means "to broil". Where did you get this information from??>>

Which shows you did not read closely enough. You thought I was talking about bruscia as the etymology for the word bruschetta, when I was referring to the slang term pronounced bruSHETTA.

Here is the info source on the word "bruscia".
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define...
[quoting
]Bruscia (vulgar slang): Italian for 'filthy, kinky, crazy, whore!!'

It is vulgar slang, probably dialect. There is quite a bit written online about bruscia being the root word for the word PRONOUNCED bru-shetta. Note: Not bruschetta. You misunderstood, Toscanaccio.

Jan 12, 2015
maria lorraine in Not About Food

How do you pronounce 'bruschetta'?

I don't think you read closely enough, Toscanaccio.

Jan 11, 2015
maria lorraine in Not About Food

Wine Pairing with Lobster Bisque?

Sauternes. My favorite.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/26/din...

In Bordeaux, Sauternes is often recommended with lobster. Mr. Rosenthal, the importer, suggests what sounds like a superb recipe: sauté medallions of lobster with shallots, and deglaze the skillet with Sauternes.

“Drizzle the deglazed pan juices over the lobster,” he said, “and drink the Sauternes with glee as you eat it.”

Jan 05, 2015
maria lorraine in Wine

Lebanon loses winemaking legend

He was a beautiful, beautiful man. Full of stories, and kindness.
I treasure my time with him. A big loss.

Jan 03, 2015
maria lorraine in Wine
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Wine with Regional Mexican

Rose or Rose Champagne is perfect with both, and what I've had many times.

Need help pairing wine with a entree that has many flavors!

I'd pair a Pinot Noir with this, with the pork, bacon, fig and balsamic, or do a Beaujolais-Villages. Not too worried about the goat cheese, because it seems like a minor player among all the other action.

I like Zin1953's red recommendations also, especially for those with Grenache/Garnacha.

Sounds like a tasty dish.

Dec 23, 2014
maria lorraine in Wine
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Ben Edelman, Harvard Business School Professor, Goes to War Over $4 Worth of Chinese Food

Apparently Edelman overlooked pesky details like the law he quoted, and the fact that different locations of Sichuan Garden (Brookline vs. Woburn) have different owners and different prices.

<< The law doesn't actually require treble damages. Instead, a judge can choose to award them in cases where the defendant committed a "willful or knowing violation" or "if the defendant refused in bad faith to settle." (Also, there's technically a $25 minimum for any and all damages.) The thing is, Sichuan Garden very quickly offered to refund Edelman what he'd been overcharged. According to [Georgetown University law professor Adam] Levitin, that should have put them in the clear. >>

http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2...

Does Saffron taste like plastic to anyone else?

To me (in real life, as well as chemically), this flavor is far closer to iodine.

And it's very much "dosage"-related -- it means you have used too much! Too many ppm!

Dec 12, 2014
maria lorraine in General Topics

Vin Santo

It's quite an amazing place, don't you think?
I've been there as well, and enjoyed the property immensely, not only the wines, but the unusual geometrics of the vineyards. (Jeffersonian geometry, but from before Jefferson, is what I thought.) Also saw the Vin Santo "batteria," and dined with the family. The Avignonesi Vin Santo is a rare treat indeed. I've only had it a few times.

Other less pricey options exist. I recall the Castello di Monsanto Vin Santo with some fondness.

Dec 11, 2014
maria lorraine in Wine

Vin Santo

Avignonesi is phenomenal. If you can find it and afford it.

Dec 10, 2014
maria lorraine in Wine