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cava & sauvignon blanc that have been in my fridge, on their sides, unopened for 2 years

As others have said, the 2 years in the fridge is unlikely to have hurt them much. Of course, you didn't say where they were before they made it to the fridge. But the best advice has already been given, pull the cork and find out.

There are two bad things that can happen in a fridge - vibration has a bad reputation, although I'm a bit skeptical. The second is low humidity. This will dry out the cork, which can cause it to shrink and let air in. Air is bad for wine, the oxygen will ruin it. Having the bottle on its side helps prevent the cork drying out though, since the wine is liquid and is in contact with the cork. That's why people tell you to store bottles on their side.

On the other hand, the low temperature in the fridge will help preserve the wine the same as it does any food item. Lower temperature slows down the effect of oxygen and any other chemical reaction.

May 19, 2009
Chris Weber in Wine

Pairing help with grilled salmon please?

I would do a medium bodied red wine. There are many that would work fine. I'd avoid Chardonnay with that particular recipe.

The best advice is to go to the best wine store near you - as Brad already said. You'll need to buy it someplace, might as well be the place that will give you the best advice and has an interest in getting it right.

May 19, 2009
Chris Weber in Wine

Where to buy 2005 Movia “Lunar”?!

One source of information on where to find wines is:

May 19, 2009
Chris Weber in Wine

'Judgement of Montreal' wine tasting results

It was my understanding that in 1976, the California whites bested the French whites, but then that was revealed to the tasters prior to tasting the reds, and the results with the reds was more balanced/mixed.

With respect to the Montreal tasting, I would be just as interested in knowing who was doing the tasting as in what wines were tasted, and the methodology involved.

May 09, 2009
Chris Weber in Wine

uniquely Ann Arbor and very special?

They're in two different places too, a few miles apart.

Good and dry (but still aromatic) Gewurtz ?

Wow, that's actually a very serious list. There is a lot of really good stuff on that list.

Ok, back to reality, it's not priced very friendly. On the lower end of the scale, I've had good luck with Ruhlmann. On the higher end, I'm a big fan of Weinbach, I've had my share of Hugel that I enjoyed and Zing-Humbrecht is it's own modern (and very popular) style that anyone can enjoy.

You do understand that these tend to improve with a little age somewhat, right?

May 06, 2009
Chris Weber in Wine

uniquely Ann Arbor and very special?

I've lived in Ann Arbor since 1979, and there isn't anything here you can't find elsewhere. The best bet for eats in AA is home cooking, because you can get good raw materials here.

Having said that, if I was to recco a restaurant, I'd say La Fiesta Mexicana in Ypsilanti, or its sister Taqueria La Fiesta, obviously both Mexican. And real Mexican.

Long Island Wines - where to buy in Manhattan?

Garnet used to carry them, but I'm not sure how many they have any more.

Pops has them, but they're not in Manhattan. Of course they'll deliver to there.

May 04, 2009
Chris Weber in Manhattan

A bit of New York in the Midwest

That's fair, I only ate there once after all and it was a long time ago. Thanks for the warning. But when you say they're not that good, is going to NYC the better option? That's a bit of a drive.

At any rate, I've been to Carnegie Deli more than once, and been uniformly unimpressed. It wasn't as good as C&L and it's not as good as Zingerman's, even though, as correctly pointed out on this board, Z's is not a true NY style deli.

So I guess I'll have to ask the next time I'm going to the city to get a better recco on a NYC deli.

May 02, 2009
Chris Weber in Great Lakes

Need help! Our turn to host a wine tasting

Well, if you're going to be a wine lover, sooner or later you'll need to find a good retailer. Now sounds like a good time.

The problem with recommendations on a message board is that you get to the wine store and they don't have it.

If you're in NYC you have lots of options. I've heard of Best Cellars, as Brad suggested, and it sounds like it might be a good choice for this event. On the upper east side, and all their wines are $15 or less or something like that. I've never been there though. I wish I only bought wine that cheap.

If you'd like to start off with a sparkling wine you might enjoy Cava, which is from NE Spain. Some brands off the top of my head are Cordoniu and Seguras Viudas. Cava tends to be somewhat austere so you could even splash a bit of fruit liqueur in it which can be fun too. Cava is widely available; they make an ocean of it.

May 02, 2009
Chris Weber in Wine

Help me out of my rut

Along the lines of Quincy, try just a simple Touraine which can be a great value.

Apr 24, 2009
Chris Weber in Wine

A bit of New York in the Midwest

Glad to hear you say that about Corky and Lenny's. I ate at that place 15 years ago and thought it was better than the NY delis I'd been to. And a couple days ago on this board someone told me they're no good.

Apr 20, 2009
Chris Weber in Great Lakes

Dinner for 14 in Cleveland

I haven't eaten around there for maybe 15 years, but I remember Corky and Lenny's delis. If you like a real deli, I enjoyed that. Very casual.

Michigan Morel Foraging

The biggest morels I've ever found were almost a foot tall. I found them on the side of one of the busiest roads in Ann Arbor.

Developing a palate for wine...

There are definitely no beginner wines.

If you don't like the wines you've tasted, there may yet be many wines out there that you would like if you had the chance to taste them. Do you like fruits and fruit juices? Apple juice or cider, grape juice, cherry or plum? All of those flavors are common in wines.

In the world of wine, and this is a gross oversimplification, but there are new world styles and old world styles. Whiner suggest Zinfandel, which is new world. I never drink zin, because I prefer old world wines. I mostly drink wines from Europe.

If we knew where you lived, we might be able to suggest a retailer. Most retailers, like most consumers, aren't that savvy about wine. But nevertheless, that advice is good -- find a good retailer. They have a vested interest in finding wines that you will like.

The best way to learn about wine is to taste with someone who knows more than you. The trick is to find someone who really knows more than you, as opposed to just talking a good game.

Taste at every opportunity, and when you find out where the wine people are in your town, you'll find that there are plenty of opportunities, no matter where you live.

Apr 13, 2009
Chris Weber in Wine

goat [Detroit Suburbs]

I've never seen a Middle Eastern grocery of any size that didn't offer goat. It used to be dirt cheap until people found out about it; then the price went up. Now it costs the same as lamb.

Apr 12, 2009
Chris Weber in Great Lakes

Michigan Morel Foraging

My advice would be to bring a GPSS with you. That way if you find a good spot, you'll be able to find it again.

Michigan Morel Foraging

My advice would be to bring a GPSS with you. That way if you find a good spot, you'll be able to find it again.

Birth-Year Bordeaux

1976 in Germany was a fantastic vintage. Lots of botrytis, and yes they are still alive if you choose the designations you mention Brad. Getting late for many auslesen though too.

Definitely agree to stick to rieslings, they last longer than the hybrids, generally, one reason for which is that they are what's planted to the best sites.

Apr 01, 2009
Chris Weber in Wine

Southfield Michigan - Does Romantic and Good Dining Exist?

The Lark is about 2 miles north of Tribute as the crow flies. Not that much further.

White wine for wedding reception recommendations? [moved from Ontario board]

I like the Santa Rita suggestion. You do want something to stand up to that grill flavor though. When in doubt, Cotes-du-Rhone works with everything. Look for La Vieille Ferme (the old farm). Lists at about $8 U.S. and in that kind of quantity you should be able to get it for something in the $6/bottle range.

Not sure what the LCBO stocks, but it's widely available in the U.S. if that helps.

Mar 25, 2009
Chris Weber in Wine

Dessert Wines from Burgundy

Of course, kir is normally served as an aperitif.

Mar 20, 2009
Chris Weber in Wine

can you cook with corked wine?

Cleo, if you taste a corked wine in your glass, it tastes terrible.

If you taste it in your food, it tastes terrible.

I pour corked wine on my compost heap. It is organic after all.

Mar 16, 2009
Chris Weber in Wine

Ann Arbor coffee lovers' alert

So is it the high end place you were imagining?

"Staff seemed frazzled" sounds like your typical place that's just opened.

Time to hit Trader Joe's for wine!!!

I was just at a German wine tasting yesterday. In the warm vintages since 2001, the changes have been substantial. The PNs I tasted yesterday were well extracted, rich, and medium to full bodied. Not at all like the Spatburgunders of the past.

Mar 09, 2009
Chris Weber in Wine

red wine for french cooking?

Interesting thread. Some good information, and some misinformation.

My advice would be to consider the source of the recipe. Daube comes from SE France. Coq au vin is from Burgundy. Of course, these days they are made all over, but I'm talking about their original source.

SE France suggests Rhone and Coq au Vin Burgundy. But you just need something with similar character to them and your results will be fine.

Mar 06, 2009
Chris Weber in Wine

1997 Feist Colheita Porto

Tony, there are two main types of port, the kind aged in bottle, called ruby port, and the kind aged in barrel, called tawny.

Colheita is a vintage tawny, so it's a tiny percentage of the very best stuff. 1997 was a great year.

Sorry if you knew all of the above, but the main point is that tawnies are released when they're ready to drink.

It will certainly last for quite a while, but it's not going to get better. I have enjoyed Feist wines in the past but have not tasted this particular one. If you want to know how good it is, my advice is to crack that one open and test drive it.

Mar 06, 2009
Chris Weber in Wine

Buying "Local" - Detroit area, SE Mich

I realize you posted this a year ago, but I'll still answer the question -- AA farmer's market has had a waiting list for a long time.

But in the meantime, there are more and more farmer's markets springing up, like in Chelsea, and yes, Ypsilanti. Of course, these guys are from Michigan, but some of the farmers come a long way to get there. Not many farms in Washtenaw County these days.

Truffles in Michigan?

You're not saying Zingerman's has good prices are you? If you were it would be the first time that ever happened.

In their defense, they are pretty reliable in terms of quality.

My advice would be to eliminate the middle man and buy from someone who brings them in. I have ordered from Urbani, the largest importer to the US and had good luck with them before, but that was a long time ago. I called their NY office.

Truffles are funny things, there is an astonishing amount of shenanigans that takes place with their sale, not just here but everywhere. Not too surprising when you think about something that expensive. Caveat emptor.

Chitown Foodie needs Ann Arbor rec

Not sure how long ago you were in AA, but Eve is in the space that Kerrytown Bistro used to occupy 15-20 years ago, in Kerrytown obviously. I forget what it was called after that...

The Earle has a second location in the Bell Tower Hotel now called the Earle Uptown, btw. That's in the old space where Escoffier used to be.

There was a thread on here recently about the 'best' places in AA you might want to look for.