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Montes to trial vineyard near Peru's Machu Picchu

More news: Decanter will try "trial" as a verb to see if it works. "If we don't like "trial" as a verb in a couple of years, we'll just quit using it that way," their headline writer explained.

Sep 17, 2014
Ed Dibble in Wine

Looking for wine to lay down 20-25 years

I understand the snark. Some of the early wines had issues and they used to market them far too young. But . . Have you had a 10 year old Caparone in the last twenty years or so?

Sep 08, 2014
Ed Dibble in Wine

Looking for wine to lay down 20-25 years

Let me make a completely different suggestion. Caparone Vineyards in Paso Robles claims that their wines (generally under $15) will age for up to 25 years. Last fall, a friend and I drank a 1992 Cab and it was quite tasty. Obviously these are not world class wines, but they are are world class reasonably priced red wines for aging. Right now Caparone is not yet selling 2012s, but you could certainly contact them about release dates. It is a small family owned and operated business. I'm sure they would give you personal attention.

http://www.caparone.com/

Sep 08, 2014
Ed Dibble in Wine

Philly Hound

I have no idea about Philly dining, but Vietnamese, sushi/Japanese, and maybe Korean are the strong points in SD Asian. The best guide to the Asian food scene (among other things) is Kirk's blog, mmm-yoso!!!

http://www.mmm-yoso.typepad.com/

There is a lot of stuff there, but generally Kirk knows what he's writing about.

Sep 08, 2014
Ed Dibble in San Diego
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How is Rosine's in Monterey?

Thx for the heads up. John Pisto deserves a break, but not happy about the prime rib.

Aug 25, 2014
Ed Dibble in California

How is Rosine's in Monterey?

If you really like prime rib, Whaling Station does it right. Most other places just serve reheated roast beef.

Aug 17, 2014
Ed Dibble in California

Wines aged in steel?

Just got back from Paso Robles. We tasted at Lone Madrone and they were pouring a wine called Zin of Steel, no oak, no malolactic, meant to be served chilled. We bought a bottle and had it with some stuff grilled outside and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Jul 09, 2014
Ed Dibble in Wine

The "California wines can't age" notion

Perhaps relevant to this discussion of aging CA wines was my recent visit to Caparone winery on San Marcos Rd just north of Paso Robles. All the wines served in the tasting room were aged. The Sangiovese and Aglianico were from 2010, and those were the most recent. The Zin and the Merlot were from 2005. All were tasty to my modest palate. No charge for tasting all 6 wines, and all bottles priced at $16 each - with case and 1/2 case discounts. You really can't beat that at any other tasting room in Paso!

Jun 23, 2014
Ed Dibble in Wine

Best inexpensive wine?

Their 2012 Shiraz (CA) is also drinkable at the same price.

Jun 11, 2014
Ed Dibble in Wine

Questions about wine lists

Well, I am far from typical, so forgive me for even contributing here. Community college professors don't make serious money, but I have liked and read about wine for over 30 years. Nonetheless, I rarely (almost never) go to expensive steak houses. Still sometimes I will encounter a restaurant (we have one locally here) that has a terrible over-priced wine list. The sorry $12 - $14 dollar wines are $42. And the list is not well selected and contains very little interesting and different.

On the other hand, at Passionfish in Pacific Grove CA, bottles are marked close to retail and the list is extensive and widely varied. Such a list leads me to try things like a CA Arneis or Marsanne, and I will never forget a bottle of Les Varennes du Grand Clos 2005 from Chinon that was wonderful, earthy, smoky and the best Cab Franc (by far) that I have ever had. That kind of wine list attracts me to the restaurant, the first type keeps me away. In fact, I haven't eaten at that local restaurant in probably 5 years.

If I had a choice of steakhouses for a special meal, I certainly would look into the wine lists and pricing because that would probably determine where I went.

Jun 09, 2014
Ed Dibble in Wine

ethnics

I have eaten at Pho 43 Express three different times and been very impressed each visit. The Pho is outstanding and is available with many meat choices. Plentiful garnishes. Hu Tieu (pork and seafood noodle soup) also excellent. A good version of bun bo hue (spicy beef noodle soup). I haven't explored the rolls etc, but everything else has been excellent.

The place is a family run restaurant, often noisy and busy, so no atmosphere. But darn good Vietnamese food.

Jun 03, 2014
Ed Dibble in Phoenix

Purslane - what do you do with it?

Here on the border, verdolagas can be prepared in enchiladas. An Arizona/Sonoran friend used to fix it that way with a frijole sauce. Quite excellent. I have a couple pictures of them in a post on the restaurant Danny (RIP) owned in Yuma.
http://mmm-yoso.typepad.com/mmmyoso/2...

May 13, 2014
Ed Dibble in Home Cooking

Yuma

I think the fish and shrimp tacos at El Cositas are the best in town. The chipilones with shrimp is something new to me. During the day, Juanitas on 8th near Ave A has good seafood coceteles and passable fish/shrimp tacos. there is a small truck on Ave B between 12th and 8th that does good seafood tacos, but is only open during the day. Also in that area on B is a place called (I think) Angry Ginger that I have not yet tried.

The best Mexican seafood selection is Mariscos Mar Azul, which is a restaurant actually on 5th Ave at the back of a strip mall between 4th and 5th around 13th St.

I also like the pupusas at Pupusas Maria at B and 8th.

Truth be told, I haven't been to every truck open this winter, so if you find something interesting, be sure to post.

Apr 20, 2014
Ed Dibble in Southwest

Central Coast Fine Dining?

Paso Robles has become a great food/wine area. In addition to places mentioned already, we loved Thomas Hill Organics the last time we were in the area - though that was not recently (unfortunately).

Apr 07, 2014
Ed Dibble in California

San Diego breweries among best in the world....

You just brought back terrible memories of a Thanksgiving where my sister in law added Sprite (or some such) to a nice Bordeaux I'd brought special for the occasion. Shudder.

Apr 02, 2014
Ed Dibble in San Diego

Yuma

Los Manjares has declined somewhat since Pepe opened a branch restaurant out in Foothills. Nonetheless, chicken dishes like chicken taco salad, chicken enchiladas, boneless chicken plate, and wonderful Sinaloa chicken are still usually pretty good. In addition, Pepe’s special (pork in tomatillo sauce) and the Wednesday daily special (pork in chipotle sauce) are both good. Sometimes service is lacking, but prices are always low.
Mar Azul is a good Mexican seafood house. Dishes like whole fish, filet of fish, campechana (mixed seafood) cocktail, tacos gobernador and the decent fish and shrimp tacos are good.
Mi Rancho is pretty standard large Mexican restaurant, with outstanding salsa and a very wide menu including dishes like Birria de Chivo, Carne in su jugo, and barbecoa as well as more common dishes – generally prepared well with generally good service.
Recently we’ve been eating fairly often at La Flor. It is very homestyle with a range of good Mexican soups – de pollo, pozole, albondigas, siete mares, de res. Also they have excellent green chile and the laaarrrge flour tortillas.

Herraduras has a great cheese crisp and excellent chips and salsa. I also like the fish fillet in Ranchero sauce, the enchiladas and the potato tacos; the people are nice the decor is good for Yuma Mexican restaurant, but prices seem a little high for what you get.
There is a taco truck culture thriving in Yuma these days. The newest and trendiest location for the trucks is on Pacific from 16th St. to 24th St. where there are a couple of clusters of trucks. I haven't been to all of them, but I have had a few good evenings trying one or the other. When the weather is nice, it is a true Yuma experience. On the other hand, my favorite local taco truck is in an empty lot with a couple of other trucks on Fortuna in Foothills, not far from Walgreens. My favorite is El Cositas in the back of the lot. The best fish tacos, shrimp tacos, and asada tacos in town. They also have vampiras, the taco/tostada cross with cheese and asada on a crunchy flat shell, and chipilones, asada, cheese, and roasted green chili on a regular tortilla.
You do not want to eat Italian food in Yuma. Let me repeat: do not eat Italian food in Yuma. Consider yourself warned.
For a steakhouse, my favorite by far is the oldest restaurant in town, Jack & Rosies, which dates back to the 1930s and is located in a residential area at 1551 W 5th St. It is like a trip back to the 50s with old-school music on the jukebox, and old-fashioned full bar, and tables with plastic tablecloths. The steaks are generally pretty tasty in a simple and straightforward way and considering that they come with soup, salad, and sides, they are reasonably priced. One warning, their steaks cooked rare are extremely rare.

Apr 01, 2014
Ed Dibble in Southwest
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Sub $5.00 wines, 750ml

I think the best under 5 buck wines I've been buying the last few years come from a local liquor store that has a stock of close outs etc. The best I've had recently: Mendelson 2006 Sleepy Hollow Vineyard pinot noir; Lambert Bridge 2003 Merlot; a couple different Mendocino Fire Station Reds from 2007 - one a redblend, the other a cabernet Sauv; Windmill Lodi Sirah 2006; and a Shardana Sardinian Red 2005. The guy also carries some real clunkers, but all of these listed are well worth double what I pay. Browsing the back of stores or going to smaller discount outfits can sometimes lead to goood deals.

Mar 17, 2014
Ed Dibble in Wine

Ba Ren Sichuan - I Really Miss It

In fact, Kirk has recently posted on a new place on Convoy operated by one of the underling chefs from Ba Ren. I haven't been there, but you can see what Kirk has to say.

http://mmm-yoso.typepad.com/mmmyoso/2...

I think he's done another post on the place as well.

Jan 22, 2014
Ed Dibble in San Diego

Sushi (Especially Uni) Near Asilomar?

Just a note - the uni at most reputable sushi bars in CA will far exceed anything in the middle of the US. Some of the very best uni in the world is sourced from the waters off CA. You might do well to research the best sushi bar in the area, irrespective of where you went last time. It would have good uni.

Jan 18, 2014
Ed Dibble in California

Central Coast Town for short stay?

Gotta agree with everyone. Cabeza almost always one of the tastiest taco truck choices. But maybe the problem is fancied up versions.

Jan 12, 2014
Ed Dibble in California

Kurniawan trial: Defence witness judges majority of trial exhibits fakes

So the most important lesson I get from this is that one should only buy wines that she/he considers affordable, expect the wine to be good and pleasurable, serve the wine in nice circumstances, and enjoy it. Overall, a much better policy than blowing a wad on a bottle that then must meet the most exacting standards.

Dec 18, 2013
Ed Dibble in Wine

Golden Tee @ Monterey Airport (MRY)

Thanks, I appreciate, but the sardine pasta recipe is the only difference (I think). Don't worry about the tomato bread soup - I still remember how to make that - I just can't get stellar crusty Italian loaves and overripe heirloom tomatoes like in Monterey.

Dec 18, 2013
Ed Dibble in California

Golden Tee @ Monterey Airport (MRY)

Thanks for the link to the John Pisto recipes. I lived in Mty when his show was first on TV. Learned a lot. Unfortunately, that link has only a very few of his recipes from the original programs. I know he did bread and tomato soup and canned sardine pasta sauce among many other things.

But I'd forgotten about Sole Dore - thanks again!

Dec 17, 2013
Ed Dibble in California

Holiday Tamales

December 21 is Tamale Festival in Somerton AZ. Yeh, I know, 3 hours away, but 30 or more vendors of different homemade tamales - many available by the dozen to go - of more styles and varieties than I knew existed. Starts at 11 am and continues long after my bedtime.

And many of them are the best tamales I've ever eaten.

Dec 13, 2013
Ed Dibble in San Diego

Any recommendations: winery in Ramona?

Thanks Beach Chick for the references. A lot of them are new to me.

Don't Forget Shadow Mountain past Warner Springs. Small family run operation at over 3,000 ft that makes some very distinctive and (to my tastebuds at least) good wines.

Dec 02, 2013
Ed Dibble in San Diego

Best ethnic restaurants in San Diego?

Sultan has closed . . . sad.

Dec 01, 2013
Ed Dibble in San Diego

Help for Phoenix Visit end of October 2013

Again, I want to thank everyone for the recs and ideas. Chowhounds always provide helpful info. Next visit, I may go to some of the other spots suggested. If anybody would like to read more about the places I visited, posts including pictures can be found at the mmm-yoso blog . http://mmm-yoso.typepad.com/mmmyoso/p...

Nov 13, 2013
Ed Dibble in Phoenix

Trader Joe's Wine Recs?

Monte Ducay - Spanish from Carinena. Currently the 2009 is in stock. I think it's fine everyday wine. Good with pizza or pasta.

Nov 01, 2013
Ed Dibble in Wine

Help for Phoenix Visit end of October 2013

Thanks again to all. Some highlights;

We went first to Bink's Midtown. Loved the food, loved the focus on produce, loved the preparations. But all the dishes came out at basically the same time. But we'd happily go back.

Pane Bianco for lunch on Saturday. Nice sandwiches in an interesting space. Got some tasty bread to go as well.

Tarbell's for dinner. Some dishes fabulous, some just very good. Our favorites were Mr Fish (Acadian Redfish, cellophane noodles, etc) and the mixed greens salad. Scallops also cooked perfectly. Wonderful wine list. Stellar service. Kindof pricey though.

On our way out of town, had excellent pho at Pho 43. A real gem of a place.

Nov 01, 2013
Ed Dibble in Phoenix

Help for Phoenix Visit end of October 2013

Thanks so much for the info. You had convinced us to try NOCA ("Bill Hunt sent me" :-) ) but it is closed for dinner -- for renovations? because it's still not in season? So we will probably try Tarbell's. We just can't find anything like that down here.

The other meals are still up in the air, but Bink's midtown is certainly a possibility or one of the Bianca places.

Thanks to everyone for the interesting recs. Hopefully others will find them helpful as well. I will report back.

ed

Oct 24, 2013
Ed Dibble in Phoenix