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by Dave English
September 7th, 2019, 12:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Amuse Bouche ideas
Replies: 6
Views: 627

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: 9118

Re: $3000 bottle

Is that a clock on the bottle?
by Dave English
August 26th, 2019, 1:17 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 88
Views: 3816

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

Why do they call a burger a sandwich?
by Dave English
August 23rd, 2019, 6:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Really expensive Cast Iron Skillets
Replies: 75
Views: 3789

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: 702

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 Forum
Topic: Sydney Restaurant & Wine Bars
Replies: 9
Views: 538

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: 2440

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: 2440

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
Topic: Good thing I’m paying corkage.
Replies: 17
Views: 2360

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: 2111

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: 2440

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: 11149

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: 1040

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 Forum
Topic: Sydney Restaurant & Wine Bars
Replies: 9
Views: 538

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: 6496

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
Topic: How regulated is the term, "Wagyu?"
Replies: 20
Views: 876

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: 9118

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 14th, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: How regulated is the term, "Wagyu?"
Replies: 20
Views: 876

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

Wagyu...


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by Dave English
March 12th, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 66 Romanee Conti
Replies: 7
Views: 1407

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 Forum
Topic: Wine Shop Recommendations - International
Replies: 14
Views: 701

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: 885

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: 707

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 Forum
Topic: Private Burgundy Wine Tour
Replies: 10
Views: 1232

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
Topic: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings
Replies: 18
Views: 945

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 Forum
Topic: Private Burgundy Wine Tour
Replies: 10
Views: 1232

Re: Private Burgundy Wine Tour

Define 'better'.
by Dave English
February 11th, 2019, 1:50 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Australia help needed
Replies: 11
Views: 660

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: 6843

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 Forum
Topic: Australia help needed
Replies: 11
Views: 660

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 Forum
Topic: Australia help needed
Replies: 11
Views: 660

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 Forum
Topic: Australia help needed
Replies: 11
Views: 660

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 Forum
Topic: Australia in March
Replies: 8
Views: 440

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
Topic: Vegetable (Chinese) cleaver - Shun Classic or?
Replies: 22
Views: 1277

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
Topic: PORK BELLY Mao
Replies: 15
Views: 853

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
Topic: Cast iron: Butter Pat or Finex?
Replies: 23
Views: 2598

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: 15749

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: 4955

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 Forum
Topic: Styrian Wine Region - Austria
Replies: 1
Views: 215

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
Topic: Wanted - World's Greatest French Fry Recipe
Replies: 23
Views: 1393

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
Topic: Cast iron: Butter Pat or Finex?
Replies: 23
Views: 2598

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: 2440

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: 1241

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 Forum
Topic: Favorite Hotel and Restaurant in Bordeaux
Replies: 14
Views: 838

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...
by Dave English
July 21st, 2018, 9:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1977
Views: 167362

Steak Porn

Obviously not Australian as we'd immediately recognise it as Wombat :-)
by Dave English
July 21st, 2018, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Turley - the world's greatest Petite Sirah producer?
Replies: 76
Views: 4413

Turley - the world's greatest Petite Sirah producer?

Speaking of monsters..probably regarded as one of Australia's best Durif/Petite Sirah wines (from the Rutherglen region which is also famous for it's Muscat/Tokay fortifieds) https://www.warrabillawines.com.au/product/2015-parolas-limited-release-durif/ 17% alc [swoon.gif] Although the grape doesn't...
by Dave English
July 21st, 2018, 6:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1977
Views: 167362

Steak Porn

Mmmm-marbling..

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by Dave English
July 15th, 2018, 7:50 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Day Trip to Flanders Fields - Ypres
Replies: 9
Views: 510

Day Trip to Flanders Fields - Ypres

Booked to do a full day tour of Flanders Fields, leaving my hotel at 8am and not arriving back until 11.30pm made for quite a day. An inspiring, sombre day of young lives cut short and needlessly lost. Stories of heroics, mateship and atrocious conditions. The duality of humanity that can create wea...

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