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by Dave English
December 4th, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tips for a couple days in Austrian wine country?
Replies: 22
Views: 706

Re: Tips for a couple days in Austrian wine country?

I did a small write-up when I visited Styria a while back if any help...I was working in Graz for a week as we have a site there.

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by Dave English
December 4th, 2019, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 692
Views: 35867

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

I know the Brits are huge Champagne lovers, so I was curious to look up the export markets for it and see if the US even matters to the French. It does. The US is the number one export market by value , at about 21% of exports (€586 million of €2.8 billion). The US skews toward higher-end Champagne...
by Dave English
October 30th, 2019, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: # 1840 Tokaji and # 1770 Madeira created one of the best ever emotions
Replies: 21
Views: 1211

Re: # 1840 Tokaji and # 1770 Madeira created one of the best ever emotions

Francois, can you post photos of the bottles? It would be great to see them. Drinking really old wines can be so magical, and a learning experience as well. Thanks for your notes. He did but the forum might be taking issue with some ssl aspects of where the pictures are hosted. Can you see these on...
by Dave English
October 24th, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 163
Views: 6426

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

I can't think of a single winery in Australia that uses Stryo.
by Dave English
September 7th, 2019, 12:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Amuse Bouche ideas
Replies: 6
Views: 1191

Re: Amuse Bouche ideas

Smoked Salmon Blinis, always popular. Maybe some caviar to really stand out.

https://us.maille.com/blogs/recipes/smo ... mon-blinis
by Dave English
August 26th, 2019, 1:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $3000 bottle
Replies: 89
Views: 9313

Re: $3000 bottle

Is that a clock on the bottle?
by Dave English
August 26th, 2019, 1:17 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 137
Views: 6948

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

Why do they call a burger a sandwich?
by Dave English
August 23rd, 2019, 6:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Really expensive Cast Iron Skillets
Replies: 77
Views: 4423

Re: Really expensive Cast Iron Skillets

I've got one of the wrought iron ones, one thing I like about it, is the weight. It is way lighter than my Lodges and so much easier to work with, the long handle makes it much easier with tea towel in hand (as the handle still gets hot!) to flip, pour etc.
by Dave English
August 18th, 2019, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Renardat-Fâche Vin du Bugey-Cerdon (France, Savoie, Vin du Bugey-Cerdon)
Replies: 24
Views: 743

Re: TN: 2017 Renardat-Fâche Vin du Bugey-Cerdon (France, Savoie, Vin du Bugey-Cerdon)

Just a heads up if you were wanting to learn more about the region, Wink Lorch just released her new book on the 'Wines of the French Alps', has been a good read so far. https://winetravelmedia.com/shop/ Renardat-Fache is in there with a 1 page producer profile and a few other mentions. Stunning par...
by Dave English
July 17th, 2019, 3:34 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Sydney Restaurant & Wine Bars
Replies: 9
Views: 566

Re: Sydney Restaurant & Wine Bars

Holy shit, that is an epic write-up!! Wow you certainly got around the place and experienced so much.

Huge effort in typing all that up. Well done, was a fantastic read and some great photos. [worship.gif] [worship.gif]
by Dave English
July 17th, 2019, 3:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heading to Australia
Replies: 41
Views: 2483

Re: Heading to Australia

Kent Comley wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 10:29 pm
Nicely done Dave. Some favourites there. I hope that the Wynns Centenary showed well.
Yep was a very good bottle. It's always very good, or faulty somehow with this wine - even a couple of Francophiles were giving it a wrap [cheers.gif]
by Dave English
July 16th, 2019, 9:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heading to Australia
Replies: 41
Views: 2483

Re: Heading to Australia

I seriously can't believe they all got back in one piece, buy yourself a Lottery ticket!! :-) We did catch up for dinner while Demian was here and a good night was had by all, I didn't take any photos... Pierre Peters BdB 1998 Seppelt Drumborg Riesling 1998 Mt Pleasant Lovedale Semillon 2016 Giacond...
by Dave English
June 28th, 2019, 3:06 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Good thing I’m paying corkage.
Replies: 17
Views: 2928

Re: Good thing I’m paying corkage.

What is the second figure on the menu?
by Dave English
June 14th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine country vacation suggestions.
Replies: 35
Views: 2167

Re: Wine country vacation suggestions.

Western Australia and South Africa are two of my favorites. Trying Tasmania this year. Would appreciate any suggestions on Tasmania. Few threads with ideas here... http://forum.auswine.com.au/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=16191 http://forum.auswine.com.au/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=16161 http://forum.auswine.com.au...
by Dave English
June 9th, 2019, 6:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heading to Australia
Replies: 41
Views: 2483

Re: Heading to Australia

I doubt you can find Wendouree at Dan Murphy's (Its all sold out and anything they had was likely via auction). Oak Barrel in Sydney will sometimes have some...inflated prices but given you will have a hard time find any, it is probably worth it. Vintage Blue on Kent Street in Sydney has had Wendou...
by Dave English
May 2nd, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 11256

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

I wish someone would tell all the retailers in Sydney about this, they are still $800-1000AUD a bottle here and I daresay no-one is buying them.
by Dave English
April 25th, 2019, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: sami-odi arrives in ny
Replies: 13
Views: 1047

Re: sami-odi arrives in ny

I had one last night with dinner. No idea which one as I can't read the label properly. A bit green when young, so give them a bit of air. They have a lovely silkiness about them and rich fruit.

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by Dave English
April 11th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Sydney Restaurant & Wine Bars
Replies: 9
Views: 566

Re: Sydney Restaurant & Wine Bars

Yep some good advice there. Barangaroo and Darling Harbour are easy for a walk and dine option. https://www.barangaroo.com/see-and-do/things-to-do/eat-drink/ Ripples on the north side of the harbour is a great view and you can check out Luna Park while there. https://www.ripplesmilsonspoint.com.au/ ...
by Dave English
April 10th, 2019, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Private Appointment Tasting Etiquette
Replies: 132
Views: 6530

Re: Private Appointment Tasting Etiquette

Maybe the person was a social influencer so the winemaker will now get exposure and a few Instagram photos showcasing their wines... well worth the costs no doubt.
by Dave English
March 17th, 2019, 3:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: How regulated is the term, "Wagyu?"
Replies: 20
Views: 893

Re: How regulated is the term, "Wagyu?"

According to the other article posted this place isn't on the list, 'Kobe Beef Style' is a bit misleading. My vehicle is a Ferrari Car Style...
by Dave English
March 16th, 2019, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $3000 bottle
Replies: 89
Views: 9313

Re: $3000 bottle

What does dark electricity smell like? " 2014 Spectre ANDERSON CONN VALLEY VINEYARDS The most seductive wine of the 2014 vintage. It boasts a huge concentrated ripeness, rich dark current on the nose with a finish that lasts for minutes. The tannins are gigantic but extremely soft, and necessary to ...
by Dave English
March 12th, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 66 Romanee Conti
Replies: 7
Views: 1412

Re: 66 Romanee Conti

Also shouldn't the bottle number be 5 digits with a leading 0?
by Dave English
March 1st, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Wine Shop Recommendations - International
Replies: 14
Views: 724

Re: Wine Shop Recommendations - International

Some in Australia (Sydney and Melbourne) Dan Murphys everywhere.. https://www.danmurphys.com.au/ Sydney The Oak Barrel 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000 https://oakbarrel.com.au/ Five Way Cellars 4 Heeley St, Paddington NSW 2021 https://fivewaycellars.com.au/ Annandale Cellars, 91 Booth St, Annandal...
by Dave English
February 19th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay
Replies: 20
Views: 904

Re: TN: 2016 Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay

This is Penfolds ethos and always has been. Grange is a multi regional blend. How are people supposed to forge a sentimental relationship with a wine whose name is "17A"? That's like something out of a really bad science fiction movie. We are doing OK... Bin 389, Bin 707, Bin 60A, Vat 47, Vat 1, Va...
by Dave English
February 17th, 2019, 1:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasted while at Lake Louise: Mellot, Pousse d’Or, Bouchard, Tolpuddle, Pio Cesare
Replies: 13
Views: 710

Re: Tasted while at Lake Louise: Mellot, Pousse d’Or, Bouchard, Tolpuddle, Pio Cesare

I wonder how they found out/got the Tolpuddle wines. Pretty off the radar stuff even in Australia. Those that know, keep it to themselves :-)
by Dave English
February 15th, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner with an emotional Romanée Conti and a very great white Musigny Vogüé
Replies: 5
Views: 930

Re: Dinner with an emotional Romanée Conti and a very great white Musigny Vogüé

Yeah seems to be an error with the SSL on the site.

I downloaded them manually...
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by Dave English
February 15th, 2019, 1:45 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Private Burgundy Wine Tour
Replies: 10
Views: 1278

Re: Private Burgundy Wine Tour

Mark Y wrote:
February 14th, 2019, 6:58 pm
Dave English wrote:
February 14th, 2019, 2:17 am
Define 'better'.
Let’s say Rousseau. Leroy. Drc. Coche.

Are there any tour guides who can get u in those?
Yep, Contiki do tours most weeks, but you have to be 18-35. I think they call it the Smashed on La Tache Tour.
by Dave English
February 14th, 2019, 2:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings
Replies: 18
Views: 956

Re: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings

They should hit up the Belgians for a second opinion...after all they have a Fries Museum http://www.frietmuseum.be/en/museum.htm :-)
by Dave English
February 14th, 2019, 2:17 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Private Burgundy Wine Tour
Replies: 10
Views: 1278

Re: Private Burgundy Wine Tour

Define 'better'.
by Dave English
February 11th, 2019, 1:50 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Australia help needed
Replies: 11
Views: 695

Re: Australia help needed

Firstly, Mornington Peninsula is the Burgundy of Australia, famous for its Pinots and Chardonnays and some nice cool climate Shiraz. No big wines here. It is a lovely area with some breath taking scenery as you drive up from sea level. If there are 4 of you, that is around $720 for a day. Which is a...
by Dave English
February 10th, 2019, 12:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?
Replies: 77
Views: 6905

Re: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?

Wendouree Shiraz $45US
Rockford Basket Press $50US
by Dave English
February 1st, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Australia help needed
Replies: 11
Views: 695

Re: Australia help needed

Here is a better picture of distances. Sydney to Blue Mountains and Sydney to Hunter Valley SydBMHV.jpg Melbourne to Yarra Valley MelYV.jpg If I was taking you to the Yarra Valley I'd probably hit up the following wineries (on the basis that not everyone is a wine tragic in the group so I've gone fo...
by Dave English
January 30th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Australia help needed
Replies: 11
Views: 695

Re: Australia help needed

Hunter and Blue Mountains are not near each other (you couldn't do them both in a day). Blue Mountains are 90mins west of Sydney, Hunter is 2hrs North of Sydney. You could find wines you like in either Hunter or Yarra if you pick carefully, I'd probably hit Yarra Valley up of the two given your pref...
by Dave English
January 22nd, 2019, 12:37 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Australia help needed
Replies: 11
Views: 695

Re: Australia help needed

If you are a McClaren Vale fan, I'd probably fly directly to Adelaide, then onto McLaren Vale for 2-3 days. Then fly to Sydney, meet your friends, do the Sydney sights, and then fly home. You have named a Barossa Valley winery in your list, the issue is that McLaren Vale is south of Adelaide and the...
by Dave English
January 11th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Australia in March
Replies: 8
Views: 450

Re: Australia in March

10 days in Australia is not much if you want to do Sydney and Gold Coast (900Km apart). Sydney - Harbour Bridge/Opera House/Foreshore/Darling Harbour/Barangaroo (1-2 day) Blue Mountains (1 day) Hunter Valley (1 Day) Manly for beach and Ferry ride over or Bondi (1 day) Gold Coast is all about the bea...
by Dave English
December 17th, 2018, 2:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?
Replies: 22
Views: 1327

Re: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?

It depends on what you want to do with it. For veggies it is fine, but so is a Nakiri with a much smaller footprint. If it is for chicken/ribs and frozen things, get a rough and tumble one ( https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004RFMX ), a cleaver sharpened to a Japanese edge won't last 5 secs with...
by Dave English
November 30th, 2018, 2:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: PORK BELLY Mao
Replies: 15
Views: 866

Re: PORK BELLY Mao

Yep, moisture is your enemy when it comes to pork belly. I'll usually score the meat in a criss cross pattern to ensure the salt you put on can wick away as much moisture as possible, don't cut too deep though.
by Dave English
September 13th, 2018, 4:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Cast iron: Butter Pat or Finex?
Replies: 23
Views: 2944

Re: Cast iron: Butter Pat or Finex?

Arthur Gamon wrote:
September 12th, 2018, 5:59 pm
Just wondering why I don't hear anything about Le Creuset. On cooking programs, see this used a lot. Is something wrong with them?
I think they tend to chip easily and you are paying more for the brand name (my impression)
by Dave English
August 30th, 2018, 1:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: One Fun-Filled Afternoon Spent Poolside with Friends
Replies: 5
Views: 729

Re: TN: One Fun-Filled Afternoon Spent Poolside with Friends

Sounds like a fantastic way to spend a day and insightful notes as always. Couple of comments... Noon has dialled back their wines, I think it is a progressive, year by year thing. I am even noticing some green notes in the latest vintages. Remind to crack a later vintage one next time you are in th...
by Dave English
August 14th, 2018, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)
Replies: 292
Views: 17657

Re: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)

On the forum topics page, can you make the gaps between topics a tiny bit larger? Seems to be a mass of text. It is like the title of the post is too close to the line going across separating each one. (if that makes sense)

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by Dave English
August 14th, 2018, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cure For Cork taint?
Replies: 214
Views: 4972

Re: Cure For Cork taint?

Could have done with the 'cure' the other night, both wines I took to dinner were corked. (1997 Petaluma Riesling, 2012 JJ Prum WS Auslese) makes me so frustrated.
by Dave English
August 4th, 2018, 10:49 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Styrian Wine Region - Austria
Replies: 2
Views: 283

Styrian Wine Region - Austria

The Styrian wine region is comprised of 3 different areas, Vulkanland Steiermark (famous for Traminers), Weststeiermark (famous for Rose) and Südsteiermark which is best known for it’s SavBlancs and which was the focus of my day. It is in the Sausal region and part of the Südsteirischen Weinstraße. ...
by Dave English
August 4th, 2018, 8:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Wanted - World's Greatest French Fry Recipe
Replies: 23
Views: 1426

Wanted - World's Greatest French Fry Recipe

Magnus Solhjell wrote:Heston Blumenthal's triple cooked chips.
I'd try them 3-4 times before doing it 'for real'. There is definitely an art to them.

I'd go with the Belgian Frites method in a pinch. (better chance of getting them right the first time)
http://www.belgianfries.com/bfblog/?page_id=260
by Dave English
August 4th, 2018, 8:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Cast iron: Butter Pat or Finex?
Replies: 23
Views: 2944

Cast iron: Butter Pat or Finex?

Check out Soldteknics as well, wrought iron, low carbon steel one piece pans. I have the shot peened one and it is fantastic and way lighter and easy to use compared to my Lodge pan.

http://www.solidteknics.com/solid-products2/
by Dave English
August 4th, 2018, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 100 point Chardonnay
Replies: 10
Views: 1070

100 point Chardonnay

So one that is aging as if under screwcap... :-)
by Dave English
August 2nd, 2018, 4:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greatest outdoor wine "glass" of all time.
Replies: 51
Views: 2464

Greatest outdoor wine "glass" of all time.

Why not throw a bunch of money at Fivver and get a new Berserker logo designed? (then you can have it in whatever vector format you want)
by Dave English
July 30th, 2018, 5:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Deceptive Email Marketing
Replies: 11
Views: 1255

Deceptive Email Marketing

Huon Hooke (whoever that is!!!!)
Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
Gary Walsh - The Wine Front
Probably three of the biggest Wine Reviewers in Australia. Have gone past James Halliday in terms of relevance.

http://www.winefront.com.au/

Huon's Website
https://www.therealreview.com/
by Dave English
July 23rd, 2018, 2:20 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Favorite Hotel and Restaurant in Bordeaux
Replies: 14
Views: 862

Favorite Hotel and Restaurant in Bordeaux

I dined at L'exquis the other week, which I really enjoyed, French/Asian fusion with a great wine list for their size. No English spoken though. Opening hours are a bit strange 8pm-10pm for bookings (although obviously you could be there until midnight eating if starting at 10pm). Made a good change...

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