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Best Wineries in Sonoma County

Good catch! (Though I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry. Either option, however, is probably preferable to engaging in that discussion.)

about 2 hours ago
zin1953 in San Francisco Bay Area
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Best Wineries in Sonoma County

True, but then there are certain people I try to avoid on this site. Waleed (aka "albatruffles") is one of them, for the VERY reason eatzalot expressed earlier today.

about 2 hours ago
zin1953 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Wineries in Sonoma County

McCarty, this thread *IS* a year old (one reason why I felt it was finally safe for me to post), so I'm not sure the OP will benefit from your suggestions.

about 4 hours ago
zin1953 in San Francisco Bay Area

Approval recommended for Macallan distillery

Work on The Macallan’s new £100 million distillery has moved a step closer to commencing after council officers recommended plans are approved.

about 4 hours ago
zin1953 in Spirits

Laphroaig releases mixed barrel Scotch in US

Here's a pic . . . .

about 4 hours ago
zin1953 in Spirits

Laphroaig releases mixed barrel Scotch in US

If you mix the different types of oak together, don't you just get the flavor equivalent of "gray"?

about 4 hours ago
zin1953 in Spirits

The Glenlivet is ‘closing the gap’ on Glenfiddich

Which do you prefer? Yes, I know -- something else, but if you were to choose between these two . . .

about 4 hours ago
zin1953 in Spirits

Alltech plans new Kentucky Bourbon distillery

New developments in KY?

about 5 hours ago
zin1953 in Spirits

Frescobaldi family of Tuscany to open London wine bar & restaurant

about 5 hours ago
zin1953 in U.K./Ireland

Frescobaldi family opens London wine bar & restaurant

about 5 hours ago
zin1953 in Wine

LVMH Wine & Spirits profits drop 15%; hit by "China Slump"

about 5 hours ago
zin1953 in Wine

Shops inundated with fake wines and vodkas which 'can cause blindness,' public warned

(Deep breath -- story out of the UK)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/...

about 5 hours ago
zin1953 in Wine

Penfolds owner offers cut-price fridges to shift stock

about 5 hours ago
zin1953 in Wine

Chinese-backed firm buys Quixote Winery in Napa Valley

about 5 hours ago
zin1953 in Wine

Have a recommendation for a good go-to bourbon or whiskey cocktail?

First things first.

>>> something that I can 1. drink relatively easily and 2. not be embarrassed to order - anything with more than a lime garnish makes me feel way too fancy. <<<

Ignore the garnish -- no offense, but that's silly. Most drinks aren't "garnished" anyway, save perhaps a Bloody Mary that have a garden stuck in the glass. A lemon peel, wedge of lime, orange zest, a cherry . . . these are all part of the drink itself. OK, maybe a little paper umbrella, but then again, when in a tiki bar . . . .

Whiskey cocktails abound, but I think the *best* advice you've received so far is to check out the bar's specific cocktail menu. Drinks listed there are indeed "specialities of the house," and as such, the bar is saying (in effect), "Hey! Order one of these -- we're proud of them!" So read the menu, and pick one that sounds good . . .

about 16 hours ago
zin1953 in Spirits
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Heritiers P.de Marcilly

I recall enjoying their wines when I sold them 30+ years ago, but haven't had any since them. Good to know. Thanks.

about 17 hours ago
zin1953 in Wine

Why do so many people hate Gin?

Wonderful!

about 17 hours ago
zin1953 in Spirits

Best white wine for a white peach sangria?

It's not a criticism of you liking the wine. Indeed, the wine itself isn't bad. (I'm not a fan, but it's certainly well-made and I can certainly understand why some people do.) Rather, I wished to point out that it tastes nothing like a [true] White Porto, and so to recommend it to someone who enjoys [true] White Ports [from Portugal] *without* pointing out the differences could be a bit misleading, and potentially sending them towards something they may not like . . . IF they are thinking it's like a White Porto.

Not to mention it's 2x the price . . .

about 20 hours ago
zin1953 in Wine

An Open Letter to Chowhound re: the new format

LOL

1 day ago
zin1953 in Site Talk

To Flame or Not To Flame the Orange Twist

+1

1 day ago
zin1953 in Spirits

Best white wine for a white peach sangria?

re: Prager.

Prager produces (produced?) -- more correctly, OFFERS -- two white "ports" through their online store.

The 2009 Prager "Aria" White "Port" is produced from Chardonnay (!), tastes nothing like a true Porto, and sells for $48.50, plus tax and shipping.

The 2005 Prager "Alyssa" Golden Dry "Port" is produced from Verdelho grapes, which is but one of the dozens of grapes authorized in the Douro to produce Porto. It is closer in character to a true White Porto -- the operative word being "closer" as in "closer than the Aria," but still quite different -- and carries a winery suggested retail of $38, plus tax and shipping.

OTOH, you can find Niepoort Dry White Porto for sale in the $15-20 range and drink the real thing for far less. Indeed, most White Porto in the US sells for less than, say, $20-25.

1 day ago
zin1953 in Wine

Best white wine for a white peach sangria?

+1

1 day ago
zin1953 in Wine

Introducing New Conversation Types - Continued

+1

1 day ago
zin1953 in Site Talk

Introducing New Conversation Types - Continued

What pic?

1 day ago
zin1953 in Site Talk

An Open Letter to Chowhound re: the new format

Sam, obviously Mary is quite correct when she wrote above that, "We all seem to think we own this site, but it just ain't so." And no matter how obvious that is, it is a sentiment *always* worth repeating.

However, she is also quite right when she points out that, in contrast to other CBS-owned sites, "Chowhound [is] where content is created by users."

And does anyone have any doubt that Chowhound -- not Chow -- is what drives this site?

Even so, we the "CHers" do NOT own the site . . . but I think that the feeling of "proprietary interest" among Chowhounders is understandable.

2 days ago
zin1953 in Site Talk
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Introducing New Conversation Types

Agreed!

2 days ago
zin1953 in Site Talk

Introducing New Conversation Types

Amen to that!

Jul 27, 2014
zin1953 in Site Talk

An Open Letter to Chowhound re: the new format

Let us, for one moment, separate the independent software programmer/designer/developer from the in-house version thereof.

Clearly you are in the former category, and I have absolutely zero problem with what you suggest/the picture you paint.

But *someone* suggested these (IMHO ludicrous) changes/updates/"improvements" (depending upon one's point-of-view). Perhaps they need to justify their continued employment? Perhaps it's part of an automatic "once every _________ months, let's do an overhaul"? Whatever. The point being is that not all "improvements" are actually improvements . . . even when no one is willing to admit the Emperor has no clothes.

Jul 27, 2014
zin1953 in Site Talk
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An Open Letter to Chowhound re: the new format

Earlier today, someone requested that an OP repost their query in a discussion format as the Q&A format was horrid. I tried to encourage the OP to do so by enthusiastically agreeing with the request/suggestion.

Chowhound, of course, deleted my post saying,

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On Jul 27, 2014, at 9:19 AM, moderators@chowhound.com wrote:

"We're trying to keep these Q&As focused on food as much as possible, rather than on discouraging people from using the new format, so we've removed this. You're welcome to provide additional feedback on the Q&A format in the Site Talk thread."
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Well, I am providing additional feedback:

Dear Moderators:

Admit it: the new format sucks!

And for god’s sake, STOP taking little blue happy pills and deleting everything that doesn’t conform with a Valium-induced "everything is groovy" buzz!

Jul 27, 2014
zin1953 in Site Talk
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Do you like or dislike the new format ?

Earlier today, someone requested that an OP repost their query in a discussion format as the Q&A format was horrid. I tried to encourage the OP to do so by enthusiastically agreeing with the request/suggestion.

Chowhound, of course, deleted my post saying,

On Jul 27, 2014, at 9:19 AM, moderators@chowhound.com wrote:

"We're trying to keep these Q&As focused on food as much as possible, rather than on discouraging people from using the new format, so we've removed this. You're welcome to provide additional feedback on the Q&A format in the Site Talk thread."

Well, I am providing additional feedback:

Dear Moderators:

Admit it: the new format sucks!

And for god’s sake, STOP taking little blue happy pills and deleting everything that doesn’t conform with a Valium-induced "everything is groovy" buzz!

Jul 27, 2014
zin1953 in Site Talk
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