o

OliveBelle's Profile

Title Last Reply

Wine Accessory?

Gotta agree with Jason. Skip the vintage cards.

I saw a deck of cards that had wine facts/trivia once- that would be much more fun. Or the wine wheel. Or how about you just make up a list of your favorite wines and have them printed up on business cards? Nice personal touch.

Jul 09, 2008
OliveBelle in Wine

California dessert wine

One thought- for those that can't quite afford the Mr.K line, you might seek out Austrian dessert wines (where Krankl & Kracher hail/hailed from) There are some excellent values there still (check out the latest Wine Spectator), but I'd recommend to grab now because as the whole dollar-to-euro thing worsens, they'll be getting more expensive.

Which of course then brings us back to this thread: California (or Oregon or Washington) dessert wines. As has been mentioned, most wineries have one in some years. Even Mondavi. Just keep an eye out and an ear to the ground.

My final advice would be to avoid "icewines" from the west coast that have been made by putting the grapes into commercial freezers.

Jun 14, 2008
OliveBelle in Wine

what roses are you drinking?

lately:
Kalmuck Pink Zweigelt (Austria)
Feiler-Artinger Blaufrankisch Rosé (Austria)
Coteaux du Languedoc Prieuré Saint Hippolyte Rosé (France)
La Ghersa "Piage" Barbera Rosé (Italy)

note: K&L is having a domestic & imported rosé tasting at all three of their CA locations on Saturday June 28th...

Jun 13, 2008
OliveBelle in Wine

In Philly for 4 Days

We'll be in Philly for four days for the Olympic trials-- so, it's two adults who love great food and wine, and two girls of 9-ish who are used to going to good restaurants, so can handle a very nice meal, but maybe something less than six courses.

Here's what I'm after:

We're planning a day out to the whole Lancaster thing. I have read up on the places to eat, and it seems like we should hit :
Log Cabin
Gibralter
Shady Maple?
Stoltzfus's?

We're planning a cheesesteak showdown, so please name the heavy hitters!

Where for one fine dinner? I think Le Bec-Fin might be a bit much, but something not far off would be great. Perhaps a new up-and-coming chef?

And on the days we're totally free, what's within driving distance that we should visit (and, while there, where should we eat?)

Jun 08, 2008
OliveBelle in Pennsylvania

Anywhere to buy Grammel Schmalz?

It's the schmalz with the grammels, so, the lovely fat with the crispy bits. Some recipes also have some other things added- bit of onion, apple, juniper, etc. But I like it as simple as possible.

In Austria & Germany you can buy it ready made in containers as you would buy cream cheese here. But I can't find anyone selling it on these shores.

Where to eat with 12 year old during San Fran trip

Slanted Door at the Ferry Plaza! Very kid friendly, and the food is ridiculously good. And then you can go along the marketplace for dessert like gelato, or a little cake from Miette, or chocolates. Fun to watch the ferry come in and out.

Anywhere to buy Grammel Schmalz?

I'm trying to find somewhere to buy Grammel Schmalz. It goes by some other names and combos of the same names:
Krammel Schmalz
Grammel Schmaltz
Grieben Schmaltz (more Yiddish - no pork, which is quite nice if it's duck!)
Griebenschmalz
Grammelschmaltz
Gänseschmalz

Help! It's a pain to make, so I'd love to find a source, even if it's an online shop (I googled, came up with nothing so far...)

Famous wine and food pairings?

The chef from Rockenwagner in LA once recommended oysters with eiswein, and as odd as it sounds, it was incredible.

Apr 17, 2008
OliveBelle in Wine

New, upscale LA restaurants?

oh my. that's great. even a shot of the wine list! thanks!

Jan 23, 2008
OliveBelle in Los Angeles Area

New, upscale LA restaurants?

Fraiche - check
Foundry - check
All' Angelo - check

Have not been to Comme Ca, Osteria Mozza or Urasawa.

Is Urasawa a straight up great sushi bar, a la Nozawa? Or do they offer things with a twist and a good wine list to go with it?

Any idea about the wine lists at Comme Ca or Osteria Mozza?

Jan 23, 2008
OliveBelle in Los Angeles Area

Unknown but flavorful wine varietals – Timorasso, Nosiola, Pigato. Others?

Another vote for Zweigelt and St.Laurent (and, as long as you're doing the Austrian red thing, if you haven't tried a Blaufrankisch you should!)

I'm also very into dry Furmint and Scheurebe whites right now.

Jan 23, 2008
OliveBelle in Wine

New, upscale LA restaurants?

I'm looking for something new. I've been to the Providence, Grace, Hatfields, Valtentino, Campanile, Water Grill, Josie, Joe's, Bastide, etc. etc. restaurants already. And I love the smaller joints, the bistros, the ethnic places, and the various dives, but that's not what I'm after right now.

I don't always keep up with the new openings, so tell me where to try!

A good-to-great wine list is a plus.

Jan 23, 2008
OliveBelle in Los Angeles Area

favorite junk food and wine pairings?

I read this somewhere and it worked- marshmallows and ice wine.

Dec 18, 2007
OliveBelle in Wine

Looking for a repair shop for my FAEMA espresso machine!

I spoke with Christopher Cara. He was very nice but could not help me out as he doesn't have access to the parts needed. He suggested a shop in NYC called Rudy's, so I'll give that a try as well as the other new options suggested here.

What wine do you recommend to go with Thanksgiving Turkey?

L.A.Times has chimed in today with three reds in your price range:
http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

Nov 14, 2007
OliveBelle in Wine

Looking for a repair shop for my FAEMA espresso machine!

Called them, but the woman who answered said they didn't service Faema machines! She suggested I do a google search. Maybe I should call back another time and ask for this Alex...

Looking for a repair shop for my FAEMA espresso machine!

Help! I am trying to find a shop or a person here in the Bay Area who can repair & refurbish my FAEMA Faemina espresso machine. I figured fellow fine coffee drinkers might have some tips!

Thanks-

Huge wine offline at Lotus of Siam

I love Slanted Door! Just ate there recently & they had an excellent Austrian Riesling by the glass. Wish I could remember the name! Started with an H.

I saw a Zierfandler wine on the list at The Gramercy Tavern in NYC recently. And a "roter Veltliner", which intrigued. Didn't taste, but wish I had. Anybody here tried one of those?

I have tasted a few Scheurebe dessert wines and have always been impressed with the exotic flavors. Almost Indian (as in India - and chutney, not curry)

Oct 24, 2007
OliveBelle in Wine

Pairing for an all chocolate dinner

I would suggest Blaufrankisch with the hanger steak. Syrah seems an obvious choice, and Blaufrankisch would be so much more interesting (like your dinner!)

With the dessert & cheese course, I would say you need two different wines. First a lighter beerenauslese or icewine with the vanilla caramel, and then a more intense trockenbeerenauslese or, better yet, ruster ausbruch for the gorgonzola. If you used the TBA or ausbruch with the dessert, it would be a sweet overload. And the BA would get blown away by the gorgonzola.

Oct 11, 2007
OliveBelle in Wine

Best Napa vineyards and dinner for a Sonoma Girl?

I'd recommend Pride, Joseph Phelps and Shafer for the views. Opus for the experience. All places have good-to-great wines and all need a call before-hand for an appointment. Pride is GREAT for a picnic lunch. Grace Family and Miner Family are a bit more off the beaten path, but really, not much in Napa is anymore.

To eat? You mentioned Bouchon, and that along with Bistro Jeanty are reliably great. Mustards is very good. La Toque.

Favorite Austrian Producers

Also, though I know this is going to spark a huge uproar, I think only Krachers top bottlings deserve all the hype.

Oct 04, 2007
OliveBelle in Wine

Favorite Austrian Producers

Don't know Wess. What region?

Oct 04, 2007
OliveBelle in Wine

Favorite Austrian Producers

Heinrich is my #6

Oct 04, 2007
OliveBelle in Wine

Favorite Austrian Producers

I'd recommend giving the reds another chance. Quality has jumped dramatically! Wine Advocate called the Moric wines as being on par with a Grand Cru Burgundy.

Oct 04, 2007
OliveBelle in Wine

Favorite Austrian Producers

I'm not one for oaked Gruner, so no Gobelsburg. That said- if I were going to choose a Gruner with a bit of barrel aging, I would go with the Melusine.

Oct 04, 2007
OliveBelle in Wine

Favorite Austrian Producers

The recent posts regarding the merits of various Rieslings, as well as the fall weather, has me thinking (and craving) great Austrian wines. So- who are your favorite producers?

This would be my "top 5" list for a few types:

RIESLING
Hogl
Donabaum
F.X. Pichler
Knoll
Gritsch Mauritiushof

GRUNER VELTLINER
Donabaum
Hirtzberger
Hogl
Prager
Knoll (maybe Gritsch here too...love their federspiels)

OTHER WHITES
Sabathi
Jaunegg
Gross
Wenzel
Schrock

REDS (Blaufrankisch, Zweigelt, St.Laurent, etc.)
Moric
Umathum
Schwarz
Feiler-Artinger
Wenzel

LATE HARVEST
Wenzel
Heiss
Schrock
Feiler-Artinger
Kracher

Oct 02, 2007
OliveBelle in Wine

Riesling Novice Requests Feedback

I agree with you that comparing the two is like apples and oranges. I don't agree with you that alcohol level = quality level.
Actually, let me amend that. With Austrian wines, particularly those from the Wachau region, you do tend to see greater complexity and varietal character in the wines with slightly higher alcohol percentages.

Oct 02, 2007
OliveBelle in Wine

Riesling v. Pinot Gris

I guess I assumed we were talking about wines with similar residual sugar levels. But you are certainly correct: to compare, say, the Sabathi Classic Pinot Gris to the Hogl Riesling Ice Wine would be silly.

Oct 02, 2007
OliveBelle in Wine

Riesling v. Pinot Gris

I like the idea of comparing the two varietals with wines from the same region. Seems the best way to see their similarities/differences, as different climates and terroirs would confuse the issue if you compared, say, a Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Riesling with a California Pinot Gris.

That said- why not try one of each from Austria? A quick search on www.wine-searcher.com pulls up lots of options for each.

Oct 02, 2007
OliveBelle in Wine

Riesling Novice Requests Feedback

For my money, I far prefer an Austrian Riesling to those from Germany. Overall, they are less sweet but still deliver all that I find best in a great Riesling (the fruit, minerality, light-body, etc.). They also compliment the Thai as well as Vietnamese cuisines wonderfully. I first found this when I was having dinner at The Slanted Door restaurant in San Francisco. It was a Hogl Loibner Vision Riesling...I believe the vintage was 2005.

Oct 02, 2007
OliveBelle in Wine