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Wine Spectator Ratings.......

The thing about WS ratings, or any ratings for that matter, is that they are really only valid for that wine on the day it was tasted. Wines evolve and change in the bottle, so the review from 6 months ago may have little relevance to today. I have had a very similar thing happen to me - a Santa Maria Valley Pinot which I loved was rated an 82 or 83. Obviously the reviewer caught the wine on a bad day because the wine absolutely rocked when I had it.

And for another glaring example, WS panned the 07 Willamette Pinot Noirs early on, but those who waited for the wines to mature in the bottle were rewarded with a terrific vintage. Every 07 I've tried (and I've tried a LOT) that had at least a year in bottle was fantastic. Just goes to show that WS is merely a guide, not a bible.

Sep 14, 2010
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cheap wine made me sick...

The problem with cheap wine is that producers generally have to take inferior grapes and/or juice and manipulate them to get them to taste right. Cheaply-made wines tend to have lots of impurities, cogeners, and additives in them - it's just like processed food. Check this blog from Vinography which cites a a report by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine.

http://www.vinography.com/archives/20...

Sep 12, 2010
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One Night in Jacksonville (with car)- Where should we eat??

Beach Road Chicken Dinners. AYCE sides and amazing chicken, for over 50 years now. A JAX institution!

Aug 14, 2010
orlwine in Florida

Dry Aged Steak in Orlando?

Charleys and the rest of their affiliated restaurants may wet-age their steaks, but they grill them over hardwood and citrus wood, so the flavor from the grilling is amazing and completely over-compensates for any perceived wet-aging shortcomings.

Aug 12, 2010
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Burgundy vs. New World Pinot Noir

One thing not noted here is that when Wine Spectator conducts it's blind tastings, they are not double-blind at all. For example, each initialed taster (JL, HS, BS, etc) covers specific regions or types, and their wines are tasted blind, but within a certain context. When Laube sits down to taste current release Napa Cabernets & Blends, he knows it. Same with Harvey and Washington reds. So the scores and tasting notes are really only relevant to the category in which the wines are.

My friend who worked in the NY office for Wine Spectator said everyone knew which flights of wine were about to be tasted, and some were very well attended. Who wouldn't want to be there for the tasting that most likely included the La-La's from Guigal?

In summary, tasting notes from four different tasters only indicates that each has their palate calibrated to different reference points. A fruit bomb from Volnay would not compare to a fruit bomb PN from Sonoma.

Jul 18, 2010
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Looking for Information About Vermentino

Great article in NY Times covering Vermentino:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/19/din...

Jul 04, 2010
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Best Salt and Pepper Squid in Orlando?

Tasty Wok on the corner of Shine & Colonial.

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Tasty Wok
5999 S Pointe Blvd Ste 103, Fort Myers, FL 33919

Jun 15, 2010
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ORLANDO VISITOR'S DINING GUIDE - A Hound Perspective - Downtown-Winter Park-College Park areas

As much as I love Dexter's, I wouldn't call it an oenophile destination. Their list isn't the least bit ambitious or interesting to me. Their housemade chips with lava sauce are a must-have though.

Jun 07, 2010
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Wedding Present: Need help selecting momentous wines

First fight - Dominio IV "Love Lies Bleeding" Pinot Noir, Dundee HIlls, Oregon
First anniversary - Domaine La Barroche "Fiancee" Chateauneuf du Pape - old vine grenache & young vine syrah
First birth - Domaine La Barroche "Pure" Chateauneuf du Pape - 100% old vine grenache

Jun 05, 2010
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Help with wines for a Thai wedding reception.

Or try to find Monsoon Valley wines from Thailand. These are the only Thai wines imported to the US at this time, but they are affordable, quite drinkable and very unique. Made by Siam Winery specifically for Thai food. But other than that, Cava or Prosecco is perfect.

Jan 28, 2010
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Wineberry Box Wine

Just started to see these interesting boxed wines (3L bag-in-box) around here. They are packaged in real wooden boxes, and all feature French wines from real producers. Imported by Wineberry. I tasted the 06 Moulin de Roquille Bordeaux and it was quite good! Anyone else try these wines yet?

Jan 26, 2010
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Maggiano's

Maggiano's at Pointe Orlando has the distinction of being the very worst dining experience I've ever had, mostly from a service standpoint. Too many things wrong to list here, but more appallingly, when I emailed the corporate office and the GM with specific examples of their disappointing service, I got exactly zero response. I'll never give them another dime of my money.

Dec 28, 2009
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Winter Park- Deland-- Tampa- St. Pete

Nothing really special in Deland area to speak of. Winter Park (Rollins) has an abundance of good eats nearby, including Luma on Park and the Ravenous Pig, two of the highest-rated restaurants in the region. For foodies, WP is the place to be.

Dec 28, 2009
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Classic Sarcastic descriptors

Reminds me of when my drill instructors would say our barracks smelled like a "wide open ass." Ha!

Dec 12, 2009
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Sommelier snobbery - why do 4 star restaurants refuse to list white zinfandel?

I've had several back-vintages of D'Yquem at Brix in Napa... it was quite a nice trick...

Dec 09, 2009
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Classic Sarcastic descriptors

Bacon fat cooked over burning tires (South African poorly made red)
Band-aid
Wet-dog
Crushed river rocks dipped in lemon-lime-water
Chocolate-milk
Green bell peppers with a side of manure
Fresh compost over cherries

Dec 09, 2009
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Johnnie's Hideaway Cedar Plank N. A. Salmon RECIPE Please help!

You're gonna need a very hot oven or grill with indirect heat.. the last restaurant I worked in did cedar-plank salmon in a 700+ degree oven. Hot enough to sear the outside while leaving the inside nice and rare or medium-rare...

Dec 09, 2009
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Sommelier snobbery - why do 4 star restaurants refuse to list white zinfandel?

On a similar note, when I used to bartend in a trendy restaurant/bar I'd often have guests who asked for "Brand X" Vodka, and would admonish us and the management for not carrying this obviously-superior spirit... Nevermind the 30 other vodkas on the backbar... no restaurant can be all things to all people. If you want white zin, go to Olive Garden.

Dec 07, 2009
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Goine to Orlando and need some inexpensive restaurants

Flemings Steakhouse is running a 5 for 6 until 7 promotion, where they have 5 of their normal apps, cocktails & house wines for 6 dollars until 7pm. Includes a prime burger, which is phenomenal. On the drink list is a Ketel One martini, which is 3oz of premium vodka for six bucks. Their apps are very good too, so this is a hard deal to beat.

Nov 30, 2009
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Orlando Lake Buena - how to escape the chains. DC hound needs help

Plenty of nice restaurants on Disney property - Sa'naa is an African restaurant with an amazing view in the Animal Kingdom Lodge area. Or cab it to Sand Lake and enjoy Vines - great restaurant/bar with live jazz and great food & wine.

Nov 07, 2009
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4 Rivers Smokehouse Winter Park

I met one of the managers today at an off-site tasting - he told me they smoke the brisket for 18 hours. Then I tasted it. Simply amazing stuff. They made a believer out of me...

Nov 07, 2009
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Why do so many corkscrews suck?

+1 for the Pulltaps double-hinged deal. I can cut foil and open almost any natural-cork-finished bottle as fast as someone with a rabbit-type device with my trusty Pulltaps... and it opens beer and has a knife on it...

Nov 07, 2009
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Champagne at around $10

And it's easy to offer Champagne BTG inexpensively in the town where it was created. No freight charges, taxes, etc. I doubt we'll see anything close to that here from Champagne.

Nov 07, 2009
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great Orlando restaurant suggestion for dining w/toddler

Ravenous Pig is great - call ahead to make sure they have high chair or booster - a lot of restaurants around here don't have them.

Oct 16, 2009
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Red wine without malolactic

Everything I've read is that most, if not all, red wines undergo malolactic fermentation. I've never come across a non-malo red.

Sep 16, 2009
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Napa for a day...huge foodie who doesn't know much about wine

Definitely do not miss Redd for dinner. I'd venture to guess that nearly all of the wineries that are open to the public are well-versed in dealing with people of all experience levels with wine, so do not be scared.

Aug 12, 2009
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Waterfront Restaurants??

I second the Seasons 52 vote - best waterfront patio in Orlando.

Aug 12, 2009
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Pig Still Piggy ?

Usually the first Saturday of the month they do a special pig roast. Check their website for schedules.

Jul 22, 2009
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Chinese Cuisine - Authentic Experience in Orlando or Melbourne: Help Me Find It?

I can definitely second the recommendation for Tasty Wok. Delicious and cheap - you can't beat it. It is the real deal for sure.

Jul 13, 2009
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Weimer Cab Franc: Nasty

I agree with Maria - wet dog is a dead giveaway for badly-corked wine for me.

Jul 11, 2009
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