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Beer Advocate for Wine?

Don't get me wrong - I entirely appreciate the value of finding people whose tastes align with my own, and using them as a source of recommendations. That kind of thing (be it beer, wine, restaurants, whatever) is one of the best uses of Chowhound - message boards are great for that. What they aren't as great for is when I want a sense of whether that wine I saw in store X is something I would enjoy drinking with dinner tomorrow, or for figuring out some other wines I might like if I enjoyed wine X. Armed with a little background knowledge, I can get this info out of BeerAdvocate for any beer in under 3 minutes (it helps that they have 100,000 users, and over 50% of the active population is articulate and thorough in characterizing what they drink, even if it isn't their favorite style). With wine, I'm at a loss, and it looks like the internet loses too.

Corkd and Cellartracker are a start, and I appreciate the suggestions, even if I'm disheartened in general!

Apr 12, 2007
deludingmyself in Wine

Beer Advocate for Wine?

I guess I've seen some of these, but been unimpressed. Wading through a discussion board or set of forums is far less helpful than an actual comprehensive site like BeerAdvocate, which (for those who've never looked around over there) is a single, comprehensive community in which you can search for a particular beer, click on it, and see every set of tasting notes for that given beer. It's a lot like the Amazon reviewer system - you can sort reviewers so that the first results will be users who have the most tasting notes in the system, allowing you not to be distracted by a novice with little tasting experience. The same page will let you click to see other beers from the same brewery, region, or style.

I haven't found anything remotely close for wines, and I find this terribly disappointing.

Apr 12, 2007
deludingmyself in Wine

Beer Advocate for Wine?

Question for the wine-savvy masses: is there any sort of comprehensive user-generated site for wine reviews? I love and rely on Beeradvocate.com, and I've lately begun to want to expand my horizons on wine much as I have with craft beer. However, I keep getting frustrated by what seems an unnecessary fragmentation and commercialization of wine reviews. Given the choice between reading what Robert Parker thought about a particular bottle, and what three dozen amateur enthusiasts thought about the same bottle, I'll take the amateur enthusiasts every time. But I can't seem to find any good reference site, and I feel like the internet is failing me. Is the online wine world really such a barren wasteland? (If so, someone should advise the folks at Google Labs.)

Apr 12, 2007
deludingmyself in Wine

Ham Bones in San Diego?

So, I grew up just down the street from a store that sold honey-cured hams. Buying a ham bone for soup, to me, is not that weird a thing to do. Yesterday I went to Whole Foods and asked the butcher if they had any ham bones, and he looked at me like I was crazy. So... does anyone know if there are any ham stores in the La Jolla/San Diego area that might sell some, or have any other suggestions of places where I'll get fewer weird looks?

All I want is to make my mom's split pea soup recipe...

Nov 16, 2006
deludingmyself in California

San Diego - dining out on Thanksgiving

Correllary question:

The boyfriend is coming up for Thanksgiving week, and instead of cooking, we want to go out and eat non-American food on Thanksgiving. (I'm thinking I could be pretty thankful after several pieces of toro, but I'll take other suggestions.) Any thoughts on what's likely to be open in, say, the Convoy vicinity?

Nov 16, 2006
deludingmyself in California

Eating Solo in San Diego

A recent transplant from the Atlanta chowhound scene, I've moved out here without my regular dining companion, until he starts a new job out here in a few months. I'm currently located pretty near UCSD, where I enjoy a staggering array of grocery store options, but haven't had much success with the restaurant scene so far.

I'm looking for places relatively nearby where I can either A) get good takeout, or B) eat solo in a casual atmosphere, without feeling too out of place. I certainly wouldn't flinch at sitting alone at a sushi bar, but I've never been comfortable being the patron who sits down at a table with a glass of wine and a book before ordering...

I don't mind driving a fair distance, but if it's takeout, I'd like to stay within a reasonable radius such that my food won't get cold before I get home! As for budget, I'm a grad student, so moderate to inexpensive suggestions are the most welcome.

Sep 05, 2006
deludingmyself in California