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Sorry, but this $7 Chile Cabernet tastes the same as any other Cabernet I have ever tried.

Not everyone will get the same enjoyment from wine, or from chicken tikkha or parkour or hiking in the woods. Everyone has different tastes, likes and dislikes.

Its most likely best that you seek some professional help like Jason, Maria and the others suggest.

Jan 02, 2009
girobike in Wine

TN: 2001 Chateau Golan “Eliad”

Hi Jason,

I'm happy to see the post about wines from the Golan. Hope your Christmas holiday is going ok too for you and your family.

The Golan is a fascinating place to hike through. I share your opinion on the Eiliad. I don't know what to make of it. I tend to go for whites when I'm there like Yarden's Chardonnay.

Dec 30, 2008
girobike in Wine

wine pairing with black miso cod

Personally, I'd go with sake. Here's a guide:

http://www.matchingfoodandwine.com/ar...

Dec 30, 2008
girobike in Wine

Munich restaurants

Hi Behemoth,

I personally think Blauer Bock is good, but nothing to die for. My wife and I went there twice in the past year or so. Its a very pretty place from the decor, the food is well prepared, but I thought it lacked a little soul.

Our picks of places to eat in Munich are not the fancy ones. We go rustic when we're in Munich.

We tend to travel 30-120 mins away for much better food at a much better price.

Dec 30, 2008
girobike in Europe

Munich restaurants

Hey Marc,

Gesellschaftsraum was really not our thing - well prepared food, but somewhat incoherent - too many flavors mixed in, so much so that we could never get a feel of the food.

The restaurant seems to cater to the 30 and below crowd (at least when we were there), so being oldies maybe our tastes our different.

I'm sure people will enjoy it more than us. Prices are reasonable, waiters were super nice, but service was a bit... ...disjointed. There was a 30 min pause between courses, which we remarked to them about and got a free dessert.

All in all - good, but could be better.

Dec 30, 2008
girobike in Europe

Why can't Americans have good cheap wine?

Chinon,

I fully agree with what you say being a Californian transplant into Europe by marriage.

But you also have to realize that trying to convince the majority of people otherwise (in the English speaking world) who have not had the time and opportunity to experience what you've had would be largely a waste of your time.

Tastes notwithstanding, of course.

Dec 20, 2008
girobike in Wine

New mobile device site - I'd like to love it, but I don't

Pride goeth before the fall. In this case, I think they are a little late. The site is still not working for us mobile users.

Please Chow, give us the old site back. This is becoming a real nuisance.

Dec 20, 2008
girobike in Site Talk

If You Could Have One Bottle... Any Bottle

Sommeracher Katzenkopf 1976 Rieslaner Beerensauslese. Definitively the best sweet wine I've ever had. (See photo)

Dec 19, 2008
girobike in Wine

Munich restaurants

Hey Marc,

We'll be trying Gesellschaftsraum in Munich finally this weekend and will write our experience on the board.

Dec 18, 2008
girobike in Europe

Eats not to be missed in Singapore!

Bravo!

Dec 18, 2008
girobike in China & Southeast Asia

Eats not to be missed in Singapore!

Hi! Wow. That's quite a collection. Good to know where we can get kampung chicking rice!

Dec 18, 2008
girobike in China & Southeast Asia

Which glass for Portuguese/Spanish reds?

Dec 18, 2008
girobike in Wine

Vineyards to visit in Trentino/Alto Adige/Veneto

Hi Maria - Glad to, anytime. Will let you know once my trip to CA starts firming up.

Dec 15, 2008
girobike in Wine

Eating like a local in Munich

PS: Email me if you want - I'll be in town for the next couple of weeks.

Dec 14, 2008
girobike in International Archive

Eating like a local in Munich

Bogenhausen is a dead zone for food, unless you want to pay an exorbitant amount for so-so quality and a good name. I lived there for a couple of years and moved out because it was deathly quiet.

I think you mean Gruenwald?

Dec 14, 2008
girobike in International Archive

Eating like a local in Munich

Beware the "Strong Dark Weissbier": If you down too much you'll get a headache guaranteed! 9.5% Alcohol, I believe!

Dec 13, 2008
girobike in International Archive

Good Midpriced ($75 ish) champagne for holiday gifts

Bravo!

Dec 13, 2008
girobike in Wine

Vineyards to visit in Trentino/Alto Adige/Veneto

Hi Maria,

I see you like the sweet stuff too! Let me know if you'd like me to bring some for you - should be in CA sometime in Spring.

Lagrein: You mean Cantina Santa Maddelena?

Because St. Magdalener (German) / Santa Maddalena (Italian) is the area around Bolzano. Great hiking in Summer.

Dec 13, 2008
girobike in Wine

Vineyards to visit in Trentino/Alto Adige/Veneto

Hi Ric,

No offense was meant - I'm just stating a matter of fact. Everybody's experience is different.

Our family has a large wine cellar in Europe that has been stocked over the last 40+ years, so we've been very fortunate to come up with our own "guidebook" over the years.

I count myself blessed to have met up with my wife and her side of the family.

I also count myself lucky to have been able to enjoy experiences like yours in Umbria in Chow.

Dec 13, 2008
girobike in Wine

Vineyards to visit in Trentino/Alto Adige/Veneto

Hi. Südtirol is actually our favorite place to visit, so here's our take from experience to complement the list RicRios & Maria has given.

I don't know if these are in Duemilavini, as we tend to follow our own noses and palates rather than follow guides such as Parker etc. as we've found disagreements with our tastes in the past.

Disclaimer: There are *tons* of lovely places to visit in Südtirol, so please do some research beforehand. We've only scratched the surface (that's why its our favorite place - we never get bored).

WHITES

Weingut UNTERORTL
Juval 1B
39025 Naturns
Italy
Tel. +39 0473 667 580
Fax +39 0473 672 745
familie.aurich@dnet.it
http://www.unterortl.it/de/verkauf/
Note: Try their Weißburgunder (Pinot Blanc) Castel Juval 2007, Riesling Castel Juval 2007

Weingut Falkenstein
Schloßweg 19
I-39025 Naturns (BZ
)Tel. +39 0473 666054
Fax +39 0473 666054
falkenstein.naturns@rolmail.net
http://www.fws.it/mitglieder-weingueter-suedtirol/falkenstein.shtml
Note: Weissburgder & Riesling 2007 were excellent. The land in which the wine grows has been doing it for the last 1000 years and has been held in family hands (Pratzner) since 400 years ago.

Kellerei St. Michael Eppan
Umfahrungsstrasse 17/19
I-39057 EPPAN
(BZ) ITALIEN
Tel. +39 0471 664466
Fax +39 0471 660764
e-mail: kellerei@stmichael.it
www.stmichael.it
Note: Lovely Sauvignon St. Valentin 2007.

Augustiner Chorherrenstift Neustift
Stiftstraße 1
39040 Vahrn
Italien
Tel. +39 - 0472 - 836 189
Fax +39 - 0472 - 837 305
info@kloster-neustift.it
http://www.kloster-neustift.it
Note: Very yummy Silvaner & Rieling 2007 from their Praepositus line.

REDS

Lagrein is one of my favorite red wines to enjoy without food. It also tastes great with Grilled Steak from a Calf (no sauce, just Fleur de Sel).

MURI GRIES MONASTERY WINE CELLAR
GRIESER PLATZ 21 -I 39100 BOLZANO
Tel. +39 0471 28 22 87
Fax +39 0471 27 34 48
E-Mail: info@muri-gries.com
http://www.muri-gries.com
Note: Lagrein Abtei Riserva 2005.

CANTINA PRODUTTORI BOLZANO
39100 Bolzano | Piazza Gries, 2
VAT-Nr. IT00121460216
Tel. +39 0471 27 09 09
Fax +39 0471 28 91 1
info@kellereibozen.com
http://www.kellereibozen.com
Note: Lagrein Prestige Line Riserva 2006.

Erbhof Mayr-Unterganzner: Barbara und Josephus Mayr
Kampillerweg 15
I-39053 Kardaun/Bozen
Tel / Fax +39 0471 365582
mayr.unterganzner@dnet.it
Link in Italian: http://www.tirolensisarsvini.it/index.php?id=33&L=0
Note: Heavenly Lagrein Riserva 2005. I love this wine.

Stroblhof
Pigenoerstr. 25
39057 St. Michael/Eppan (BZ
)Tel.: +39 0471 662250
Fax: +39 0471 663644
hotel@stroblhof.it
http://www.hotel-stroblhof-eppan.com/
Note: Blauburgunder Riserva 2005 (Pinot Noir). This was a really nice find and we really liked the hotel. Great getaway.

SWEET WINES

Cantina Tramin
Strada del Vino, 144
39040 Termeno
Alto Adige - Italia
Tel. +39 0471 86 01 26
Fax +39 0471 86 08 28
info@tramin-wine.it
http://www.tramin-wine.it/
Note: Gewürztraminer Passito Terminum 2006. This one's a keeper for the next decade+...

Kellerei Kaltern
Kellereistraße 12
I-39052 Kaltern an der Weinstraße
Telefon: +39/0471/963149
Fax: +39/0471/964454
Email: info@kellereikaltern.com
http://www.kellereikaltern.com/
Note: Little gem: Goldmuskateller Passito Castel Giovanelli Serenade 2005

Dec 13, 2008
girobike in Wine

New mobile device site - I'd like to love it, but I don't

Thanks for taking action on this.

Dec 13, 2008
girobike in Site Talk

Feedback on the Redesign? Let us know here.

Dec 12, 2008
girobike in Site Talk

New mobile device site - I'd like to love it, but I don't

iPhone 3G here, running OS 2.2.

Dec 10, 2008
girobike in Site Talk

Eating like a local in Munich

Try Franziskaner's in the city center - Perusastr. 5 for better food. The beer is ok, not great.

Another option is Frankonian food at Vinorant (also in the city center) next to Dallmayr - Alter Hof 3.

Yet another if you want to be absolutely stuffed with Schnitzel for a super decent price is Steinheil 16 - Steinheilstr. 16 close to Koenigsplatz. It'll be the biggest one you've seen, guaranteed.

Truth be told, "ethnic" German food that is superb is only found in (less than) a handful of places in Munich. Best I've had so far is in Hundskugel - Hotterstraße 18.

If you were in the countryside or smaller cities, you'd have much better options.

Dec 10, 2008
girobike in International Archive

which champagne glass to buy?

Hi.

We've got Riedels and Spiegelaus for champagne. The Riedels are the normal tube shaped ones, and the Spiegelaus is a model called the "Adina". You can find it on Spiegelau's website.

We've found for us that the Spiegelau glasses are much more elegant and convey the tastes and smells of champagne better. They are also a little bit taller.

I've included a photo. Spiegelau Adina to the left, Riedel to the right.

PS: Although we've got an extensive collection of Riedels, I like Spiegelaus and Schotts better because they're more practical.

Dec 10, 2008
girobike in Wine

New mobile device site - I'd like to love it, but I don't

I agree with the above users. Please give us the option to use the beta or the full site. Currently, the beta as it is is only an alpha and is actually hurting me from contributing to the site.

Dec 09, 2008
girobike in Site Talk

La Cote Saint-Jacques in Joigny & L'Arnsbourg in Untermuhltahl?

Hi Makotot, I see you've been keeping track of IFS2008! He really knows his stuff and we are planning to meet up in the near future at a place we both know in the middle of nowhere in Germany.

Thanks for your quick reply. I share the same point of view also and enjoy the smaller places much, much more than going to a city. Had our disappointments before.

Dec 07, 2008
girobike in France

La Cote Saint-Jacques in Joigny & L'Arnsbourg in Untermuhltahl?

Just curious Makotot: Would you be willing to share a couple of your top experiences in France and Germany? Would love to hear your opinion.

Dec 07, 2008
girobike in France

ISO wine for Chinese hot pot

Hi. I'll take the unconventional track as we've experimented with enough (very) spicy foods at home.

If she will cook it authentic with enough peppercorns to make it spicy, then I'd suggest a Tatachilla Foundation Shiraz (red):

http://www.snooth.com/wines/tatachill...

No finesse, just muscle. You'll find that a Shiraz like this one (not all will work as well) will actually blend quite well with it.

Dec 06, 2008
girobike in Wine

Why can't Americans have good cheap wine?

This is my personal opinion, but after having spent some years in Europe, I think you might have something there. When I try US wines in general, they taste largely "the same" across the price ranges discussed and varietals - what my family and I typify as "power wines".

I just don't get the variations that I get in European low-mid-range wines. The US wines taste "engineered", while the European wines are more "crafted".

Anyway, here's some of the things we're drinking at the moment as "table wines" based on this discussion.

Whites:
Brugel 2006 Silvaner (Franken, Germany): 5 Euros/bottle. Excellent stuff for that price. The owner actually delivers it to your door personally once a month.

Schnaitmann 2007 Riesling (Fellbach, Germany): 10 Euros/bottle. Again, a bargain for that quality of wine. His higher price offerings are completely sold out.

Reds:
Bodegas Palacio 2004 Rioja "El Portico": 4.99 Euros/bottle. This was a sale at a drugstore around the corner for us. Excellent quality. Apparently, the drugstore contracts with little known wine producers in Spain to bottle their own wines.

Gran Delmio Primero Gran Riserva 2000 "Linea Oro": 4.99 Euros/bottle. Ditto.

Dec 06, 2008
girobike in Wine