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How do you organize your wine cellar?

I currently have about 100 bottles of wine in my cellar, and I am looking for some suggestions on how to organize it. Should it be by region? varietal? when to drink? winery?

I'm toying with the idea of keeping the most reachable area for "drink now" wines, then organize the rest by varietal then winery.

For context, I have wine from various regions in California and Washington from about 14 different wineries. And I have zin, cab, petite sirah, syrah, pinot noir, and chardonnay.

Any suggestions on how you organize yours is appreciated! Thanks!

Feb 21, 2013
Pip in Wine

Soft Pretzel

Can these pretzels be made up to Step 7 as a make-ahead recipe and I could bake them when I need them?

Feb 27, 2012
Pip in Recipes

Roasted Eggplant and Walnut Dip

This was fantastic! I will be making this again for sure.

Nov 25, 2010
Pip in Recipes

Where can I buy baby octopus in MSP?

Thanks all! I ended up getting frozen baby octopus from Coastal and it was soooo delicious. Roasted it nice and slow in the oven for an hour and a half and it was very tender.

Mar 09, 2010
Pip in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Where can I buy baby octopus in MSP?

I'm trying to figure out what to make for a Mediterranean Island themed gourmet club with my friends, and I keep coming across grilled octopus recipes. We are the first course, and I'm thinking we'll do some sort of grilled octopus salad.

The problem is, I have no idea where I can buy octopus here. Anyone know if I can get some fresh and not frozen? Is the frozen octopus any good?

Thanks in advance!

Feb 19, 2010
Pip in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Wine Fridge/Cooler Recommendation?

Oops. I am apparently not that good at math. It looks like our budget is actually $250. Any specific brand recommendations would be great. Thanks!

Nov 09, 2009
Pip in Wine

Wine Fridge/Cooler Recommendation?

Can someone recommend a good wine fridge/cooler? I'm planning on purchasing this as a gift with some other friends for a 30th birthday. Our budget is around $600, and of the posts I found already, it looks like conversations revolve around fridges under $200.

I don't know what to look for in a wine fridge, but obviously consistent temperature is a plus. I'm not too concerned about the fridge holding a ton of bottles, but about 30-50 would be ideal since it seems that most fridges don't actually hold what they claim (due to varying bottle sizes).

I'm also interested in a company that has good customer service in case something were to happen to the fridge once purchased. There are a lot of comments about Haier, Vinotemp and Danby having either poor quality (freezing the wine or breaking down) or horrible customer service.

Any help is appreciated - thanks.

Nov 08, 2009
Pip in Wine

Cinco de Mayo, a.k.a. National Margarita Day

Mmmmm - I love Mexican cocktails. These all look fantastic.

Oct 13, 2009
Pip in Features

Asian Salad Dressing

This dressing is SO good! All of my friends asked me for the recipe. I love how simple it is too. I've never used agave as a sweetener before, but I really like how mellow-sweet it is rather than the hit-you-over-the-head sweetness of sugar. Thanks!

Sep 13, 2009
Pip in Recipes

Potato Salad with Peas and Mint

This potato salad was excellent. I loved the bacon for its saltiness and there was just a titch of sweet. Very good - I will make this again. Made this for a backyard BBQ and it was a hit with all my guests.

May 03, 2009
Pip in Recipes

Ham and Gruyère French Toast

this was absolutely wonderful! baking this made it nice and custardy - beyond delicious. i made this for dinner with some green beans and it was a perfect dinner.

instead of using 1 slice of thick bread for each sandwich, i used 2 regular pieces of bread - so it was more like stuffed french toast. it worked really good.

the bread does get really soggy when soaking, so make sure you handle it carefully when transferring to the frying pan.

Jan 25, 2009
Pip in Recipes

I can't load recipe detail pages

I'm having problems loading recipe detail pages on both firefox and IE (on a PC). I was able to get to the recipe of the day from the home page, but from anywhere else, i can't load any recipes. it just loads a blank white page.

any help?

Dec 22, 2008
Pip in Site Talk

10 Food Tattoos

i'm really happy to see this article. i've been wanting a food tattoo for years and haven't been able to come up with the right one. this is just the inspiration i've needed.

Nov 14, 2008
Pip in Features

Prawns Pwned

damage to tendons? that is beyond frightening.

it's frustrating to NOT know these things when purchasing food without ingredient labels, like seafood. thank you for posting this! good to know where your food comes from. ALWAYS

Oct 08, 2008
Pip in Features

Mongolian Beef Kebabs with Chile Jam

this was absolutely delicious and extremely easy. I will be making this again for sure.

i followed hungry fox's advice on less corn starch and it was marvelous.

put these on long kabob skewers instead and it worked really well on the grill - perfect for summertime

Aug 07, 2008
Pip in Recipes

Sweet and Spicy Ginger Glaze

I made this the other day and absolutely loved it! I made fried rice then topped stir fried chicken cooked in this sauce on top. It was great. Topped with some sesame seeds and sliced scallions. I wish I had made more so I could have saved some.

Messer - samal oelek is essentially chile garlic sauce. you can find that at most grocery stores in the Asian foods aisle. See picture her (by the makers of sriracha if you're familiar of that): http://www.huyfong.com/no_frames/garl...

Jun 14, 2008
Pip in Recipes

Outrageous Chocolate Brownies with Caramel

Jun 10, 2008
Pip in Recipes

MSP: Where can I buy short ribs?

thanks so much! I just called Kowalski's in Uptown and talked to the butcher. he knows what i'm doing with it, for how many people, and i asked him specifically to cut it between each bone so there's one bone per serving.

everything is easier when you go to the people who know. thanks, hounds!

Apr 11, 2008
Pip in General Midwest Archive

MSP: Where can I buy short ribs?

I'm making Braised Short Ribs with Horseradish Gremolata (Brasato al Barolo). It's a Mario Batali recipe found here: http://www.leitesculinaria.com/recipe...

the recipe calls for four 16-ounce beef short ribs (it serves 4 people). the author's note on the blog says:

"We use beef short ribs for this dish and it works out great. You could just as easily use brisket or blade, but I prefer the richness of the ribs. Have your butcher cut between and along the length of the bone. The most important step here is the initial browning; do not shorten it or the final braise will not be as intensely flavored or colored."

any suggestions on what cut to ask for? i can certainly call kowalski's and ask the butcher there for that cut, right?

Apr 09, 2008
Pip in General Midwest Archive

MSP: Where can I buy short ribs?

Hey hounds - I'm cooking for 10 people this Saturday and have never bought short ribs before but also can't remember seeing them anywhere. Does anyone have a recommendation on where to buy them in Minneapolis? I know I could just call my local coop and ask them, but this is my first stop.

Apr 09, 2008
Pip in General Midwest Archive

Where can I buy quail eggs in MSP?

thanks!

i always try googling these types of questions, but i know in the back of my mind i will always end up coming to chowhounds for the answer cause they know!

Jan 17, 2008
Pip in General Midwest Archive

Where can I buy quail eggs in MSP?

I'm making a salad on Saturday that includes quail eggs and I can't remember where I've seen them. Does anyone know?

Also, does anyone have a fool-proof technique for soft boiling them?

Jan 17, 2008
Pip in General Midwest Archive

MSP-Happy Hours and Specials for the cash strapped

actually, figlio changed their sunday happy hour to end at 7 now. no longer all day on sunday (they changed that a couple months ago). but really their happy hour is pretty much all the time.

their happy hour food is decent, the wine is subpar but drinkable, but their tap beer selections are pretty good. i only go there during happy hour because i can't stand the rest of their menu.

Rossi's downtown has a pretty good 2-4-1 happy hour and apparently their $3 cheeseburger is out of this world (have yet to try it).

i was going to recommend looking on thriftyhipster.com or mplshappyhour.com but someone already mentioned it :)

Sushi Tango in uptown has some pretty good food and drink specials (http://www.sushitango.com) and of course my favorite place Cafe Barbette (http://www.barbette.com) has HH 3-6 M-F with wine and beer specials and some really great food specials (the enormous plate of half-order fries are to die for).

Jan 10, 2008
Pip in General Midwest Archive

Downtown Minneapolis: Gianelli's Pizza

Ginelli's is right between the TCF Tower and Baker Center (8th St between 2nd Ave and Marquette). It's right next to a Subway, Falafel King, etc.

If you tell me where you're coming from, I could give you better directions.

Also, as a little tidbit, my favorite pizza in town is from Broders Deli (not the pasta bar across the street) in south Mpls on 50th & Penn. http://broders.com/

Jan 10, 2008
Pip in General Midwest Archive

Where can I find guajillo and pasilla chiles in MSP?

thanks, misterpatrick. the soup you mention sounds very good, too - i may just have to try that out today.

Oct 12, 2007
Pip in General Midwest Archive

Where can I find guajillo and pasilla chiles in MSP?

I have a recipe for mole sauce that I'm dieing to make, but it calls for both guajillo and pasilla chiles which I haven't been able to find at several grocery stores (only ancho).

Does anyone know where I can go to buy some? Addresses (or cross streets) in addition to names would be helpful. Thanks!

Oct 12, 2007
Pip in General Midwest Archive

MSP - End of the month Update for your fellow chowhounds!

my first time at Chambers was back in November. we also were not given the tasting menu, but our server said: "let me check with the kitchen to see if they can handle it." and he came back with the tasting menu. pretty weird all in all.

Feb 02, 2007
Pip in General Midwest Archive

MSP - Has anyone been to Willie's Wine Bar?

well, i went last night anyway. it was pretty good. we had a great syrah that i'll have to look for the next time I'm at the liquor store - Duxoup from Dry Creek Valley.

the food was good, but not outstanding. we had a series of small plates so we could try several different dishes. the anchoy starter was excellent, as were the golden beets served w/truffle oil, fried basil and herbed goat cheese.

although the scallops were cooked well, the flavor of the dish was underwhelming. the pizza didn't have enough salt, and the proscuitto starter was WAY too salty.

overall, it was pretty expensive for 2 of us, considering the food. the wine list was very overpriced - almost to the point of insulting.

i'd recommend it, but i wouldn't go back any time soon.

Feb 02, 2007
Pip in General Midwest Archive

MSP - Has anyone been to Willie's Wine Bar?

I'm trying to get out to some new places this year, and willie's Wine Bar has been at the top of my list for awhile (for one because I'm afraid it might close before I get there). I might even try it tonight.

Please let me know about the food, specifically the hamachi tartare, and their wines. It looks like they have suggested wine pairings on their menu - are they good pairings?

Should I keep it on the list? What do you know about it?

Thanks!
pip

Feb 01, 2007
Pip in General Midwest Archive

What's the story with Vera's Cafe? [MSP]

Can someone please enlighten me about Vera's? Everytime I've been to Vera's, it's 95-100% filled with men.

Did I not see a sign on the door? Or does this not seem weird to anyone else?

The one think I love about Vera's is that they sell Mrs. Kelley's teas which are so yummy! (and local)

Jan 27, 2007
Pip in General Midwest Archive