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What is plonk, really?

are you sure about your cite....I would have sworn that was a 1965 case.......

Apr 04, 2014
pinotho in Wine

40th birthday in Sonoma with 20 friends

Hi rahna....I have heard a lot of folks say good things about the patio at the Swiss Hotel in Sonoma. I have not been there, but it seems that it is a very pleasant atmosphere, and it could definitely be set up to accomadate 20 people. I don't think the food is world class or anything, but just glancing at yelp, it certainly sounds adequate. Anyway, I'm passing it along as some place frequently mentioned as a very pleasant setting.
http://www.swisshotelsonoma.com/ .

Mar 23, 2014
pinotho in San Francisco Bay Area

fried chicken/sonoma

LOL.....OK, I'll do my best !

Feb 25, 2014
pinotho in San Francisco Bay Area

fried chicken/sonoma

no, not the end...but I've slowed down, as my doctor has been giving me a hard time.

Feb 21, 2014
pinotho in San Francisco Bay Area

fried chicken/sonoma

I've managed to addict myself to the chicken strips at Big John's in Healdsburg. I think there is some cayenne in there. Whatever the spice is, it's very well done, very balanced. Best to you.

Feb 18, 2014
pinotho in San Francisco Bay Area

fried chicken/sonoma

which restaurant, Melanie ? Thanks for the report.

Feb 18, 2014
pinotho in San Francisco Bay Area

Need suggestions for food in Napa/St. Helena/Rutherford area

Angele is fun, sit outside. Would not recommend Sante.

Feb 18, 2014
pinotho in San Francisco Bay Area

Need your suggestions re Napa wine and food!

Hi Brix...you might consider Shypoke. I spent a very enjoyable morning on their back porch, tasting with Peter Heitz. Wound up buying their cab reserve, and of course their charbono, which is a pretty rare grape that comes from a vineyard which they have maintained for some time. It's pretty tasty stuff. Located a little south of Calistoga.
http://www.shypoke.com/ .
Tasting is by appointment, and they are very pleasant (and knowledgeable) people.

Feb 18, 2014
pinotho in San Francisco Bay Area

Is Yeast the Answer to Lower-Alcohol Wines?

an excellent explanation...and thanks for posting it.

Jan 25, 2014
pinotho in Wine

Is Yeast the Answer to Lower-Alcohol Wines?

i never have quite grasped that....you let your grapes get so ripe that you have to add water........oh well, guess that's why others make wine, and I drink wine.

Jan 24, 2014
pinotho in Wine

Is Yeast the Answer to Lower-Alcohol Wines?

dilute it with what ??

Jan 24, 2014
pinotho in Wine

Is Yeast the Answer to Lower-Alcohol Wines?

<But by starting a fermentation with a non-Sacchromyces yeast and then adding Sacchromyces partway through the ferment, this “sequential inoculation” technique appears to have worked.>
Many fermentations (perhaps most) in California start on their own. With a rigidly controlled fernmentation like they are talking about, seems like you would have to load up the grapes with lots of SO2 as they move from the vineyard to the tank. And, that doesn't seem like a good idea. I think there are natural ways to make wine with acceptable alcohol levels, as Kaleokahu points out.

Jan 24, 2014
pinotho in Wine

Christmas week in Sonoma, need restaurant and winery recs!

didn't George Lucas shoot American Grafitti in Petaluma?
My apology for the thread drift...merry Christmas.

Dec 20, 2013
pinotho in San Francisco Bay Area

NEW: Alta CA- Daniel Patterson's new restaurant in Mid-Market, SF - any reports?

"stocking it just for the occasional person who wants some in their coffee would be prohibitively expensive"......you're just kidding, right??

Dec 13, 2013
pinotho in San Francisco Bay Area

Taverna Sofia in Healdsburg

yes, we parked in that big parking lot (and you know how nice that is for Healdsburg) and walked in the back. There is a patio there, which is where we ate...never even went inside the building. To belabor the point, it was the easiest eating experience I've ever had in Healdsburg.

Nov 10, 2013
pinotho in San Francisco Bay Area
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Taverna Sofia in Healdsburg

Melanie....had a vey enjoyable lunch there about a month ago. They had some cheese that I liked, and they were very accommodating in that they sold me a hunk of it, to take home, at a very fair price. This was the middle of the week, I think a Wednesday, and they weren't crowded at all...it was nice to be in a restaurant in Healdsburg where you could hold a conversation without shouting. I will definitely return.

Nov 10, 2013
pinotho in San Francisco Bay Area

Kenwood Winery help - Doing a eat/drink loop from Marin through Kenwood

Chateau St.Jean totally fits your description of romantic/pretty, it certainly has the wow factor. Pretty garden, flowers. The tasting room is upscale. And, you can find pretty decent wines, just have to let the staff know that you want to taste the good stuff, as opposed to the supermarket stuff...they pour both types of wine. I have always been impressed with their tasting room staff. Also, St.Francis is pretty and upscale. I would hit the Marshall Store before Nick's, as far as food goes, although admittedly, Nick's has the better atmosphere for what you are celebrating. Have fun.

Oct 28, 2013
pinotho in San Francisco Bay Area

What does a $300 bottle of wine taste like ?

Hi wineglas, I was trying to make a point for the original poster. If you are interested in a fun tasting, select 5 wines, invite your favorite tasters over, serve the wines blind, and ask everyone to rank them by price....not by taste, by price. If you so it, let us all know how it turns out. :) P.S. dont beat yourselves up too badly when you are not able to do it.

Oct 21, 2013
pinotho in Wine

What does a $300 bottle of wine taste like ?

It taste just like a $30 bottle of wine, and I'm not trying to be a smart ass.

Oct 17, 2013
pinotho in Wine
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QUINCY

Looking for places to eat in Quncy....or good grocery stores. Also, lunch places between Sacramento and Quincy...I guess that would probably be in Yuba City. Thanks, everyone, in advance.

Oct 07, 2013
pinotho in California

Find french fine wine

The Rare Wine Co in Sonoma....Mannie Burk has a great palate:

http://www.rarewineco.com/ .

Oct 04, 2013
pinotho in Wine

Sauvignon blanc vs Chenin blanc

Does Chalon still make their chenin blanc ?

Aug 30, 2013
pinotho in Wine

Need to buy La Bodega Sherry wine vinegar

according to their website, K&L Wine Merchants have it for $13.99.

Aug 27, 2013
pinotho in San Francisco Bay Area

Grilled cheese, but NOT a sandwich

graygarious...I was thinking pan or griddle. I like to experiment in the kitchen, but directly on the grate is not what I had in mind. Pinotho

Aug 26, 2013
pinotho in Home Cooking

Grilled cheese, but NOT a sandwich

anyone have any experience in grilling a piece of cheese, say a 2 inch square? What is the best way? Do you coat it with anything - flour, breadcrumbs? What is the best variety of cheese to use for this? TIA.

Aug 26, 2013
pinotho in Home Cooking
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Chinese in Santa Rosa

Melanie....the China Room location has reopened with a new name. Passed by yesterday and noticed, the new name contains "China" , but, embarrassingly, I can't remember the whole name. Will try to check it out and post back.

Aug 26, 2013
pinotho in San Francisco Bay Area

Yountville - 4 days/4 nights help with restaurants

Hello Lauren....I think you are right on with Redd as your anniversary dinner. And, I think you will enjoy Mustards more than Bottega. Will you have a car? If so, I'm curious why you are limited to Yountville. Sounds like you might have a car since Mustards is in the mix. Any particular reason why you have to be in Yountville? Enjoy yourselves.

Aug 26, 2013
pinotho in San Francisco Bay Area

What is the problem with high alcohol wines?

low acidity.....as sugar goes up, acid comes down. My understanding of French regulations is that you can add sugar, but you can't add acid.

Aug 08, 2013
pinotho in Wine

Napa / Sonoma - unique, non-touristy, cult, good value?

Paul Matthew wines in Graton (west Sonoma County). Not only are the wines outstanding, but the tasting room experience is quite nice, and the little town of Graton is pretty charming, and has a couple of good restaurants.
http://www.paulmathewvineyards.com/ .

Aug 05, 2013
pinotho in San Francisco Bay Area

Recommendations near Bodega Bay?

I haven't tried the restaurant part of Fishterian, but last week I bought fresh salmon from them, to take home and cook. It was just as advertised, fresh and delicious. I have purchased fresh fish from other sources at Bodega Bay, and my experience with Fishterian was the best. I didn't even have to ask for ice. Once they had the fish ready, they called me over and offered to fill my cooler with ice.

Jul 30, 2013
pinotho in San Francisco Bay Area