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Comments/Thoughts on proposed London itinerary?

Thanks for ALL of your feedback -- even though I'm posting this as a reply to abby d, this is a general reply to all . . .

PSS is out; Social Eating House is in. Amesta is simple; it was selected because the last time we were in San Sebastian, we went to Mugaritz, and not Arzak. But it looks as though we'll wait to we return to San Sebastian, and *not* try it in the UK! ;^)

Perhaps Clove Club will replace that on our list.

We've also added Antidote (rather than Hedone).

I feel somewhat compelled to point out that Mr. Todiwalla's Kitchen *is* Indian food, and we quite enjoyed our meal there on our last layover -- surprisingly good, at least to what we get in the SF Bay Area (where that chaat is good, but not necessarily the [slightly] more formal "sit-down" dinners).

We'll probably do either Fetter or Marylebone for lunch while there -- or Terroirs -- depending upon where we are when we start feeling peckish.

Thanks again.

Apr 16, 2014
zin1953 in U.K./Ireland

Duck and Waffle, Heron Tower

I won't comment on the twits -- that's rather obvious; priceless, too -- but chicken [not duck] and waffles is a classic combination in Oakland, California and parts of the south . . .

Apr 15, 2014
zin1953 in U.K./Ireland

Must try dishes for first timers in NOLA

Glad you enjoyed yourself . . .

Apr 15, 2014
zin1953 in New Orleans

Comments/Thoughts on proposed London itinerary?

My wife and I are leaving soon for London, with one night spent at Heathrow (dinner at Mr. Todiwala's).

So far, we've plans to dine at Amesta, Harwood Arms, Pollen Street Social. Lunch at St. John's Bread & Wine, and at Dinner.

Anything we should drop? Any "must adds"?

We've heard good things about 28-50 -- thoughts? ideas as to one location being better than the other?

Other thoughts and comments cheerfully received. ;^)

Apr 15, 2014
zin1953 in U.K./Ireland

Comments on proposed Madrid itinerary?

Leaving soon for eight days in Madrid. So far, dinners @ Posada de la Villa, Al Trapo, Viridianna, and O'Pazo.

Couldn't get a reservation at DvierXO, but will be going to Street XO. Also on the agenda -- but no reservations as of now -- are Columbus, La Tasquita de Enfrente, Taberna Gastromaquia, Estado Puro and El Sanador . . . .

Anything I should drop? Anything a "must add"?

TIA for your thoughts and opinions . . .

Apr 15, 2014
zin1953 in Spain/Portugal

Spanish olive oil

If you can't find Spanish olive oil in New York City . . . .

I can find any number of types here in California, so I'm pretty sure you'd have no problem finding some in New York.

Apr 12, 2014
zin1953 in Spain/Portugal

Bernard Magrez buys vines in Spain's Jumilla region

Apr 10, 2014
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Vega Sicilia recalls 100,000 bottles

Apr 10, 2014
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New Lafaurie-Peyraguey owner sets tone with 2013 release

Apr 10, 2014
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'A lot needs to be fixed,' says new Treasury Wine Estates chief

Apr 09, 2014
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Mouton Rothschild owner presses Burgundy estate to change name

Apr 09, 2014
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Russia set to invest $1 Billion in Crimean wine

Apr 09, 2014
zin1953 in Wine

Anyone familiar with Naked Wines?

Let me first say that I'm very glad you have liked the wines you've received so far.

That said, to be fair, I've *not* liked the (admittedly) few wines from them that I've tasted. This is not an "I'm right; you're wrong" scenario. It merely means the we each have our own tastes, and what is "love" to some people's palates may be -- well, less so -- to others.

Apr 07, 2014
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Bordeaux 2013: Chateaux forced to chaptalise in toughest vintage for years

Apr 07, 2014
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Bordeaux 2013: Pichon Baron releases 2013 down 17%

Apr 07, 2014
zin1953 in Wine

Jack Daniel's is not Bourbon.

Jack? It would help to know where you live . . . .

Apr 06, 2014
zin1953 in Spirits

Feedback Please - Zagat Wine Club

Yours is an all-too-typical experience.

Thank heavens you found a real, live RETAILER to deal with!

Apr 06, 2014
zin1953 in Wine

Jack Daniel's is not Bourbon.

You do realize you're responding to a comment made seven years ago, don't you?

Apr 04, 2014
zin1953 in Spirits

What is plonk, really?

She bagged Gustav and Walter and Franz...

Apr 04, 2014
zin1953 in Wine
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Best inexpensive wine?

Q: "[What is the b]est inexpensive wine?"

A: There isn't one.

Rather, there are dozens, and what appeals to your palate may not be what appeals to mine, and vice-versa.

Don't limit yourself to California. For red table wines, I would actually look first to Portugal, Spain, and the Languedoc-Roussillon area of France; for whites, Italy, New Zealand, Australia. And then there is Chile and Argentina . . .

Apr 04, 2014
zin1953 in Wine

What is plonk, really?

Plonk is a bit like pornography: No one agrees with exactly what it is, but -- as the Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said in Jacobellis v. Ohio, 378 U.S. 184 (1964), "I know it when I see it." Or, in this case, taste it.

Plonk is NOT a defective wine. That would, rather, be a defective wine. Or, perhaps, "$#|+."

Plonk is simply an inexpensive, thin, insipid, uninteresting, why-are-we-wasting-our-time-and-money-on-this-boring-stuff wine . . .

It is NOT the same as a disappointing wine -- think high-end wine that doesn't impress (or satisfy). That would be "dreck." Indeed, "disappointing dreck."

There is no doubt that, as has previously been written, life is too short for bad wine. But plonk is something else, and to that, I would say life is too short to drink BORING wines . . .

Apr 04, 2014
zin1953 in Wine

What is plonk, really?

Actually, I've ALWAYS had great success with "un pichet de vin rouge" in French bistros, and never found them mediocre at all . . . IF one is actually in a wine producing region.

In Paris, it's strictly bottled stuff for me . . .

Apr 04, 2014
zin1953 in Wine

How long do Pinot Noirs last?

Just as an aside, the relative plantings are perhaps not all that dissimilar.

According to NASS/CASS, as of 2012, there were 39,610 acres of Pinot Noir planted in California. (That's 16,029.6 hectares.)

According to www.bourgogne-wines.com, "Between Auxerre and the Mâcon region, [there are] just 28,715 hectares," but that includes ALL grape varieties, not just Pinot Noir . . . .

Apr 04, 2014
zin1953 in Wine

Calls for Price Cuts in 2013 Bordeaux

Apr 04, 2014
zin1953 in Wine

Sub $5.00 wines, 750ml

I never thought that was up for debate.

Apr 01, 2014
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Sub $5.00 wines, 750ml

Let's just say he hasn't changed all that much . . .

Apr 01, 2014
zin1953 in Wine

scotch/whiskey barrel/kit? (making, aging, storing)

I realize this is DIFFERENT, but -- being in California -- the only program I'm familiar with is that of Germain-Robin (see http://caddellwilliams.com/catDetail....)

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INDIVIDUAL 9-LITER CASK. Tonnellerie Vicard in Cognac hand-crafts these 12-bottle casks, using wood from old cognac barrels. These are serious items, and will last for decades. A cask holds one case of brandy, and it bears a numbered brass nameplate.

These casks actually work — the brandy continues to age, becoming richer and more harmonious (at a much faster rate than in a standard 350-liter cognac barrel). After just 6 weeks, the brandy inside becomes noticeably deeper. Many customers create an individual blend by combining two or more brandies in the cask.

It’s best to have a reasonably cool and not too dry a place to keep the cask, so as to minimize the significantly increased evaporation that occurs when you age brandy in a small cask. It’s $250 for the empty cask, plus the cost of the brandy you choose to put in it. The casks make a striking and impressive gift. Talk to Germain-Robin about what you want on the nameplate and about which brandies to fill it with: (707) 468-7896. Casks must be filled within 24 hours of receipt.

call Germain-Robin to arrange $250.00
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Apr 01, 2014
zin1953 in Spirits

Olivier Bernard to double dry white production in Sauternes

Apr 01, 2014
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Bordeaux 2013: Sauternes enjoys 'payback time' with 'modern' vintage

Apr 01, 2014
zin1953 in Wine

Sub $5.00 wines, 750ml

Bota Box Old Vines Zin is -- to my palate -- a rare exception in a sea of plonk. Indeed, there are others, and often they are found in boxes these days, as the elimination of glass, cork and the subsequent savings on freight make a net price of less than $5 per 750ml possible.

Apr 01, 2014
zin1953 in Wine