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Help with Savvy B.

Herb Lamb makes a terriffic domestic SB. Not limp and overly tropical like some. This has plenty of grapefruity notes. Not cheap at $24, but a world class SB.

Oct 17, 2010
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La Crosse recommendations sought

I think fayze's is good for lunch also. Not a fan of edwardos style of pizza.

Oct 02, 2009
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J.F. Mugnier Chambolle-Musigny, price question

Beer in general should be much more expensive also

Oct 01, 2009
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Red wine for Kimchi?

Sometimes wine is not the best pairing for a particular food. I would say that this best pairing is a lager.

FYI, Consumption of TNT turns urine amber or deep red, which people often mistake for blood.

Oct 01, 2009
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Wine recommendations for the novice drinker

Rhones are food friendly, generally under $15, widely available, and tend to be crowd pleasers. You can braise chicken with it, make pan sauces, etc

Oct 01, 2009
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Wine with Canada Goose

Your CndP will be great. Otherwise an Oregon Pinot if you like those.

Sep 27, 2009
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Does The Vessel You Drink From Matter?

Our group has done comparative tastings because I was very very skeptical. Prior; I thought that the shape of the bowl would only impact the aroma. To a person, the results showed that the shape of the rim actually impacted how the wine *tasted*. Wines would seem more or less tannic based on different shaped rims.

Again, I was a skeptic and now am a believer.

Sep 25, 2009
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Trefethen Dry Riesling - petrochemical nose?

Petroleum is fairly common on the nose of German Rieslings. Its more common as bottles age, but I had an 04 jj prum last week that was really really strong. It is usually a turn off for folks who do not expect it.

Sep 14, 2009
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Does it make sense to bring back a case of wine to NYC from San Diego?

I read the one reply that you got and kinda scratched my head. People bring wine from one state to another all of the time and there is not issue with paying taxes. You pay taxes on the wine in California when you buy it.

I occasionally bring back wine, but more often it is easier to just have it shipped directly from the store or winery. Cant recall for sure, but I swear the last case from Florida to MN cost me $36 via ground UPS. (have the store do the shipping as UPS is very strict about this). In California, I've used KLWINES and Premiercru for mail order wines. You can check them out for selection and costs. Just for fun, I searched winesearcher.com and you can have all of the Raymond Burr cab franc you want shipped to you for about $40/bottle shipping inclusive.

Plus in San Diego, You are going to be a long ways from Cabernet Country, so the fun of doing the tastings is kinda shot. Bottom line, I'd use mail order.

Sep 11, 2009
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Need help! Our turn to host a wine tasting

For the dessert wine, check out Michele Chiarlo Moscato. Its in the $12 range and is a very nice light summer dessert wine. Some of the Aussie tawny ports are nice and a great value.

May 29, 2009
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Does red wine in a box stay fresh for days?

Except that for daily drinkers, half bottles often cost nearly as much as full bottles

May 28, 2009
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Orlando Recommendations - Universal Studios Visit

Update, there are a couple of giordanos and the one on 192 is awful. Search tripadvisor for my full report.

Jan 17, 2009
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Going for tapas! What should I drink with anchovies?

ditto carswell's recs

Dec 21, 2008
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If You Could Have One Bottle... Any Bottle

67 d'yquem

Dec 20, 2008
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red wine & pulled pork

Lager hands down, but a zingy riesling might be nice. Its just such a heavy sweet flavor that you kinda want something that will cut through it. If a gun was to my head for a red wine, I'd say shiraz, just because I couldn't pile a heavy zin on top of the bbq (more of a personal pref there)

Dec 17, 2008
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Rochester, MN update

thats the article. thanks

Dec 12, 2008
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Rochester, MN update

Anybody hear anything about a little place in Pine Island that was started by a former chesters/prescotts cook?

Dec 11, 2008
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Anyone have a recommendation for a Jewish Deli in MSP??

Just one opinion; but I'm not a huge fan of the carnegie deli type sandwich where you have 3 inches of meat. Its just too much meat to bread ration. And H&H has great bagel, but I'd take even a brueggers fresh over a day old H&H.

I love deli food, so i will check out morts tho.

Yes, Virginia, there IS a tender pork chop - help!

You are cooking them too long. Pork can be eaten with a slightly pink center. With that said, I get big thick Iowa chops, cut a slit and stuff them with a saute of onions, rehydrated dried cherries (plums would also be good) cubed bread and thyme. Sear them, then throw them in the oven, serve with a pan sauce of brown sugar, rum and the drippings. Pork done this way is still moist even if cooked white like you are doing it.

Dec 09, 2008
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Rochester, MN update

Had nice meal at Jasper's last night. Duck breast was a new item and was perfectly prepared. Finished with the amazing sticky pudding. Dang that was good

Nov 21, 2008
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Rochester, MN update

is that in the little strip mall area closer to civic center drive?

Nov 13, 2008
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Rochester, MN update

they also have some really good prosciutto and spanish dry cured stuff. Latter is expensive, but really interesting.

Nov 11, 2008
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Rochester, MN update

I agree that jaspers is a great lunch place and their desserts are really really top notch. Pastries are an some of the best that I've had in the states.. At dinner it can be a bit hit and miss, but we like it anyway.

Nov 11, 2008
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Rochester, MN update

The new name is Pho Tai.

Nov 05, 2008
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Rochester, MN update

Does anybody know of any culinary groups or clubs other than the mayo thing?

Nov 03, 2008
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Anyone else from Mpls. area headed to the Caymans to hang out with Anthony B.??

Its been a long time since we were there, but Coritas Copper Kettle was a place that served a local lunch crowd. We were the only tourists in there but I think that the word has spread as evidenced by a recent nytimes food review.

Rochester, MN update

UPDATE: Avocado's has gone belly up. Redwood Room has added some very solid neapolitan pizzas. The Pho Hoa on 37th st and 18th ave has changed names but the food remains amazingly good. The chicken and Ginger hotpot is so good.

Oct 31, 2008
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Anyone have a recommendation for a Jewish Deli in MSP??

Cecils in highland park hands down

What's your Halloween Party food?

"Steaks with Vampires through them" (vampire sticker stuck on tongue depressors stuck through chilled tenderloin.

"Boiled in oil" -- bagna cauda with veggies

Graveyard cake -- dark choc cake with graves dug out and playmobil skeletons, oreo dirt, chessmen cookies for gravestones.

Oct 29, 2008
chrisinroch in Home Cooking

Bordeaux prices dropping

Lately, it seems like large wine e-tailers are cutting prices on '05, '04 and '03. The first growths are still a different animal but I'm seeing some pretty drastic drops in other great wines. JJ Buckley attributes it to the strong surge in the dollar (snicker) with no mention of the slow economy.

I wonder where these prices are gonna settle in a few years.

Oct 27, 2008
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