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by Dave English
November 22nd, 2020, 10:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Ooni Discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 4674

Re: Ooni Discussion

TimF wrote:
November 22nd, 2020, 8:10 pm
Re: turning... You’d think they’d be able to make a circular pizza stone that was turnable.
A few people have already, using Rotisserie motors from underneath.
by Dave English
November 20th, 2020, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 Annual Wine Dinner
Replies: 15
Views: 1196

Re: 2020 Annual Wine Dinner

Dave, your posts almost make 2020 worth it. Very, very well done by you and the crew. Jonathan Yep we are still around, but our forums have died as most of the action happens on WhatsApp. But as Kev has found out being in the opposite time zone to us has his phone pinging all night with our banter ...
by Dave English
November 19th, 2020, 9:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 Annual Wine Dinner
Replies: 15
Views: 1196

Re: 2020 Annual Wine Dinner

Amen! What was your wine of the night? Cathiard RSV for me in the Reds. The DRC RSV will probably catch up and take over in another 10 years. Stunning wine the Cathiard, but I am a bit of a Malconsorts fan boy so it was great to try the RSV for the first time. Whites, I really enjoyed the 08 Rayas ...
by Dave English
November 19th, 2020, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 Annual Wine Dinner
Replies: 15
Views: 1196

2020 Annual Wine Dinner

Our Annual Wine of the Year dinner was last night. Everyone brings a wine they think could be a contender....8 of us were in attendance and we held this at Aria restaurant, a 10 course degustation matched to the wines. The wines were stunning, some truly special ones. Not everyday you can drink a po...
by Dave English
October 8th, 2020, 2:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anova's countertop combi steam oven is out
Replies: 88
Views: 4633

Re: Anova's countertop combi steam oven is out

Anova and simple connectivity in the same sentence... they have never been able to get connectivity right. Never.
by Dave English
September 16th, 2020, 3:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Ooni Discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 4674

Re: Ooni Discussion

Does it matter if I use a wood or a metal peel? I have found that a wood (better yet - composite) peel is best for placing the pizza and a metal one best for removing it. I've found a metal peel much too sticky with the raw dough (too much flour required) and the wood is harder to get under the fin...
by Dave English
August 2nd, 2020, 6:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Ooni Discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 4674

Re: Ooni Discussion

Mine has been outside, under a 2 Burner BBQ cover. (not the ooni one). It is a heavy vinyl type and seems to do the job. You have to leave the oven for a good hour to let it cool down properly before covering again.
by Dave English
July 31st, 2020, 10:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nice dinner for a milestone birthday.
Replies: 10
Views: 1319

Re: Nice dinner for a milestone birthday.

Yes that is indeed a 'nice' dinner. food looks spectacular too! A lovely bracket of white Burgs and also reds. Another very positive data point for 04 LT. Pleasing note on the Bin 80A, which never garnered teh hypoe of the 90A. Yes those JBM corks from the 80s and early 90s were substandard. But up...
by Dave English
July 31st, 2020, 10:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!
Replies: 123
Views: 7387

Re: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!

Good to hear you are recovering. Best send me all your wine, wasted on you now. :-)

Take it easy, the scary part about it is all the unknowns being such a new virus. Hoping you get your senses back 100% as it is such a big element to our love of wine.
by Dave English
July 29th, 2020, 1:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nice dinner for a milestone birthday.
Replies: 10
Views: 1319

Re: Nice dinner for a milestone birthday.

Great wines, and happy birthday. Was the Leflaive BBM under DIAM? Interesting it had tca then! Good point, I didn't see the cork but from Googling Leflaive are using Diam in all their wines. So I don't know. It was devoid of fruit, with a tartness about it. The TCA was mild for me but others were s...
by Dave English
July 28th, 2020, 2:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nice dinner for a milestone birthday.
Replies: 10
Views: 1319

Re: Nice dinner for a milestone birthday.

Dave, you are a master of understatement. How about some TNs or commentary on the reds please? I'm envious. Jonathan I *cough* delegated... :-) I started to write some stuff but Tim said he would do some notes...so anyway... these were all blind so a bit of really bad guessing was had on my behalf....
by Dave English
July 25th, 2020, 8:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nice dinner for a milestone birthday.
Replies: 10
Views: 1319

Nice dinner for a milestone birthday.

I won't mention any names to protect the innocent and old. There were 9 drinkers in attendance. (and no it wasn't my birthday) Dinner was at Bentley, food was on song with a couple of misses but nothing major. Becoming my favourite Degustation restaurant in Sydney. WOTN for me was probably the Lefla...
by Dave English
June 21st, 2020, 3:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Ooni Discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 4674

Re: Ooni Discussion

Yep have the Ooni Koda, can get it to 870F in about 15mins on the stone. Loving mine. So quick, literally 2mins a pizza to cook you just have to be super careful not to burn the edges, pull it out, turn, wait 15sec, pull it out and turn, wait 15sec... They are struggling to keep up with demand. I've...
by Dave English
June 18th, 2020, 3:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Used a rice cooker for the first time last night
Replies: 97
Views: 4201

Re: Used a rice cooker for the first time last night

Does yours come out with the grains easily separated or more a sticky/glutinous type? I got a fancy cooker (Cuckoo brand) and for the life of me cannot get a nice non-sticky rice out of it. I've tried all the different settings, numerous brands of rice, different types of rice and preps and all com...
by Dave English
June 16th, 2020, 4:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Used a rice cooker for the first time last night
Replies: 97
Views: 4201

Re: Used a rice cooker for the first time last night

Does yours come out with the grains easily separated or more a sticky/glutinous type? I got a fancy cooker (Cuckoo brand) and for the life of me cannot get a nice non-sticky rice out of it. I've tried all the different settings, numerous brands of rice, different types of rice and preps and all come...
by Dave English
May 30th, 2020, 10:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: £350 strawberry
Replies: 15
Views: 1979

Re: £350 strawberry

Make a baller breakfast smoothie...
by Dave English
May 4th, 2020, 4:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Roasted Potatoes
Replies: 32
Views: 2407

Re: Roasted Potatoes

I made this last night, only difference was not using the baking soda. I used Duck Fat. I spooned the remaining slurry over the potatoes (wasn't too much). Didn't go as brown as the video and they were super crunchy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. Big thumbs up from me.
by Dave English
April 24th, 2020, 6:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Nespresso to Espresso
Replies: 21
Views: 2579

Re: Nespresso to Espresso

I use an E61 HX coffee machine - Bezzera Magica and a Mazzer Mini-E grinder and roast my own beans, this gives me a heap of flexibility with my coffee drinking. From the bean types, roasting style, grind, etc. It is not a high end setup by any means but does provide a solid base to work from. It doe...
by Dave English
March 20th, 2020, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can't make money selling liquor? Make hand sanitizer!
Replies: 22
Views: 1163

Re: Can't make money selling liquor? Make hand sanitizer!

Is it watery or do they mix it with something so it becomes more cream like?
by Dave English
February 21st, 2020, 2:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the smallest production cuvée in Burgundy?
Replies: 42
Views: 3413

Re: What's the smallest production cuvée in Burgundy?

Bugger, didn't get a pic of the back label to confirm. This was 102.

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by Dave English
February 3rd, 2020, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 15 liter sqn inaugural at upcoming auction!
Replies: 12
Views: 1830

Re: 15 liter sqn inaugural at upcoming auction!

15L = 20 bottles of wine, say about 2-3 people per bottle so you'd need around 50 drinking people to make it worthwhile. If it goes for $50K then that is about $2.5K per bottle or $1K per person.
by Dave English
January 17th, 2020, 3:35 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: South Australia recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 2512

Re: South Australia recommendations

Rockford Wines is a great stop in the Barossa, and they haven't been imported in the US for many years, I believe. I don't think you can get their Basket Press Shiraz at the cellar door any more [cry.gif] I think they release some of it in Feb/Mar for people visiting the CD. Not sure how long it la...
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: 947

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 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1522
Views: 94350

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: 1401

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: 206
Views: 9832

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: 1931

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: 10147

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: 143
Views: 10379

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: 5882

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: 813

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: 732

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: 2819

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: 2819

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: 3356

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: 2288

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: 2819

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: 12239

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: 1248

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: 732

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: 6821

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: 1060

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: 10147

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: 1471

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: 856

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: 1108

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...

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