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by Robert.Fleming
February 20th, 2019, 9:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best bacon recommendations needed...
Replies: 79
Views: 5888

Re: Best bacon recommendations needed...

Glad to see this thread alive again, 'cause I have a new local favorite: Pine Street Market. https://www.pinestreetmarket.com/bacon For a real treat, buy the chunks called "bacon ends" (a bargain at $8/lb), apply your favorite dry BBQ rub, and cook on the Big Green Egg or other covered grill. Eat 'e...
by Robert.Fleming
August 4th, 2018, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?
Replies: 154
Views: 8923

The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?

2011 Arcadian Clos Pepe (current release).



Disclosure: I have a commercial interest in Arcadian Winery.
by Robert.Fleming
July 27th, 2018, 6:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The .375 thread
Replies: 102
Views: 4225

The .375 thread

Half Wit Wines sells only half bottles: http://www.halfwitwines.com/ Seldom are there real bargains among the regular stock, but their sales sometimes offer compelling bargains. Current examples: Stephane Coquillette Brut Carte d'Or 1er Cru NV - sale price $14 Francesco Rinaldi & Figli Barolo Brunat...
by Robert.Fleming
July 24th, 2018, 6:49 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Tuscany Bound (looking for recs)
Replies: 12
Views: 1115

Tuscany Bound (looking for recs)

It appears you will be no more than 10 miles from Il Borro, to the southeast; it's well worth a visit for the wine, and much more. A beautiful 700 acre estate owned by the Ferragamo family, it has a 19th century villa that is now a Relaix & Chateaux hotel; a restored medieval village that is now a w...
by Robert.Fleming
June 25th, 2018, 2:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Atlanta -- restaurant recs?
Replies: 15
Views: 861

Atlanta -- restaurant recs?

Just noticed your comment on small plates. Cooks & Soldiers, which Michael listed, fills that bill (Basque-style tapas called 'pinxtos'), as does its sister restaurant (which I like better) Bar Mercado (more traditional Spanish tapas).

https://www.barmercadoatl.com/
by Robert.Fleming
June 25th, 2018, 1:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Atlanta -- restaurant recs?
Replies: 15
Views: 861

Atlanta -- restaurant recs?

My current favorite is Staplehouse . Creative, delicious, artful food; eclectic and interesting wine list. And, as explained on their website, the money you spend there supports a terrific charitable organization, The Giving Kitchen. But you absolutely cannot get a reservation for any date in July (...
by Robert.Fleming
June 3rd, 2018, 9:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Restaurant recommendations in Florence/Dolomites
Replies: 7
Views: 458

Restaurant recommendations in Florence/Dolomites

Five of us spent a week in Florence in October and our consensus best meal, by a good margin, was dinner at Touch Bistro Toscano: https://touchflorence.com/en/ So good, in fact, that we tried to return on our last night but it didn't work out. Excellent wine list, and you can rely on sommelier Stefa...
by Robert.Fleming
June 3rd, 2018, 8:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Martin Berasategui - My best 3 Michelin Star Experience to date
Replies: 14
Views: 823

Martin Berasategui - My best 3 Michelin Star Experience to date

Happy birthday!
We have fried chicken and Champagne for you when you return.
by Robert.Fleming
May 28th, 2018, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official thread for CDP bashing.
Replies: 45
Views: 2528

Official thread for CDP bashing.

...a pre-spoof/pre-Parkerized bottle of 1994 Clos St Jean. Probably on tap for a fall or winter offline. I predict a good experience. I drank my 94s too young, 'cause Parker told me to (it was, according to him, a simple and forward 'restaurant' vintage in CdP). But every 94 CdP with 10+ years of a...
by Robert.Fleming
May 28th, 2018, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why you should be drinking weird wines - link to NYT article
Replies: 54
Views: 1937

Why you should be drinking weird wines - link to NYT article

Jason Wilson's new book, Godforsaken Grapes, is a good read, both interesting and entertaining.

P.S. to Neal: I don't remember Gamay being mentioned in the book.

P.S. to Dan: Last night's 2004 Morgon, Dom. Calot, was fabulous with grilled salmon.
by Robert.Fleming
March 19th, 2018, 8:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Champagne goes with everything...but what is its IDEAL food pairing?
Replies: 56
Views: 2084

Champagne goes with everything...but what is its IDEAL food pairing?

Popcorn, popped in bacon fat then showered with cracked black pepper and grated Parmesan. Some would add salt, but the bacon fat and Parmesan are salty enough for me.

Credit goes to Remi Krug for idea of pepper and Parmesan; bacon fat is my addition.
by Robert.Fleming
March 12th, 2018, 11:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Everyday dinnerware recommendation needed
Replies: 20
Views: 862

Everyday dinnerware recommendation needed

cjsavino wrote:Take look at Crate and Barrel. We have a set and fill in with some of the basic white stuff

https://www.crateandbarrel.com/dinnerwa ... innerware/
^ ^ ^ ^ ^
This
by Robert.Fleming
February 25th, 2018, 2:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let Wine Rest after Shipping?
Replies: 60
Views: 2557

Let Wine Rest after Shipping?

I let them rest until I get thirsty.
by Robert.Fleming
February 24th, 2018, 8:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Gumbo in the Age of Social Media
Replies: 3
Views: 342

Gumbo in the Age of Social Media

Jay Miller wrote:The video from CajuNerd was hilarious.
Yep. The article is nice enough, but it's the links that make it really worthwhile.
by Robert.Fleming
February 15th, 2018, 6:08 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris restaurant itinerary - any comments/suggestions?
Replies: 12
Views: 568

Paris restaurant itinerary - any comments/suggestions?

I had dinner at Bistro Paul Bert 2 weeks ago. It was fantastic. Straightforward and delicious bistro fare with a very good list balancing classics and natural wines. What Hardy said, except my visit was four months ago. To get a good measure of the place, I order the classics my first visit any res...
by Robert.Fleming
February 11th, 2018, 7:37 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Essential Italy: the less obvious list
Replies: 54
Views: 3151

Essential Italy: the less obvious list

Others posting here have much broader Italian experience than do I; nonetheless, please allow a plug for Lake Como, particularly Varenna. If interested, see these threads: https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=56482 https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=138693
by Robert.Fleming
February 11th, 2018, 7:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Malpensa dining?
Replies: 4
Views: 313

Malpensa dining?

La Quercia is a very short walk from First Hotel, and my experience there several years ago was outstanding (for that matter, so was my experience at First Hotel).

http://www.ristorantepizzerialaquercia.it/
by Robert.Fleming
January 22nd, 2018, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite California Rhone Blends
Replies: 37
Views: 1339

Favorite California Rhone Blends

Does it have to be a blend? If so, I recommend Qupé "Los Olivos Cuvee" , roughly 60% Syrah, 25% Mourvedre, 15% Grenache. $28 from the winery. But I also recommend the varietal 'Rhone Ranger' wines of Qupé, which is why I asked the question: Syrah (numerous bottlings, many vineyard designates); Grena...
by Robert.Fleming
January 22nd, 2018, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Muscadine from Napa Valley?!?
Replies: 9
Views: 546

Muscadine from Napa Valley?!?

Drew Goin wrote: Can anyone help me wrap my head around why someone would plant some Muscadine on land that probably costs thousands of dollars per square foot?
Because it is naturally resistant to Pierce's Disease?
by Robert.Fleming
January 13th, 2018, 9:44 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Favorite Instant Pot recipes?
Replies: 90
Views: 4962

Favorite Instant Pot recipes?

A black-eyed pea, sausage, and collard stew on New Years day was great. 1 lb. dried peas, soaked overnight and drained 1 lb. smoked sausage, sliced and fried, fat drained off (I used Conecuh brand http://www.conecuhsausage.com/ProdDetail.aspx?pid=50 ) 1 lb. collards, large stems removes, chopped 2 ...
by Robert.Fleming
January 13th, 2018, 6:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Favorite Instant Pot recipes?
Replies: 90
Views: 4962

Favorite Instant Pot recipes?

A black-eyed pea, sausage, and collard stew on New Years day was great. 1 lb. dried peas, soaked overnight and drained 1 lb. smoked sausage, sliced and fried, fat drained off (I used Conecuh brand http://www.conecuhsausage.com/ProdDetail.aspx?pid=50 ) 1 lb. collards, large stems removes, chopped 2 b...
by Robert.Fleming
January 10th, 2018, 11:15 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Loire/Chinon trip in the spring
Replies: 8
Views: 683

Loire/Chinon trip in the spring

In my not-so-humble opinion, anyone who loves Chenin Blanc must visit Savennières. Accept no substitutes. Recommended properties to visit: 1. Domaine aux Moines . This beautiful property is run by a mother-daughter team, Monique and Tessa Laroche. The appellation is Savennières-Roche-aux-Moines, and...
by Robert.Fleming
January 9th, 2018, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Future of Oregon Wine: It Ain’t Pinot
Replies: 165
Views: 8137

The Future of Oregon Wine: It Ain’t Pinot

Remember Bob Wood's comment on a Willamette Valley Vinyards PN tasting at Safeway or some such vender. He tried his best to be gracious. [snort.gif] Ha! Bob wood trying to be gracious reminds me of Mae West's character, Flower Belle, in the movie My Little Chickadee : JUDGE: Young lady, are you try...
by Robert.Fleming
January 8th, 2018, 6:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grape Variety Names
Replies: 62
Views: 1516

Grape Variety Names

John Morris wrote:
Ha! What is this? My variety is more obscure than yours? [training.gif]
FIFY [snort.gif]
by Robert.Fleming
December 21st, 2017, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Wine Goals
Replies: 87
Views: 3504

2018 Wine Goals

1. Have hardening of the impulses.

2. Help Dennis drink more Rousseau!
by Robert.Fleming
December 19th, 2017, 9:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Source for Country Ham
Replies: 12
Views: 1065

Source for Country Ham

Frank Drew wrote:Aren't acorns the preferred diet of many upscale European porkers?
The $1000+ Spanish hams, Jamón ibérico de Bellota, are from black Iberian pigs fattened on acorns.
by Robert.Fleming
December 19th, 2017, 7:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help, please, with a nut allergy
Replies: 9
Views: 428

Help, please, with a nut allergy

Thanks for the suggestions, guys.

Pepitas (larger than sunflower seeds) might be just the ticket, but please keep the ideas coming.
by Robert.Fleming
December 19th, 2017, 7:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help, please, with a nut allergy
Replies: 9
Views: 428

Help, please, with a nut allergy

I was planning to cooks Mama's Apple Sauce Cak e ( https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=35090 ) for a Christmas Eve dinner, but have two guests with nut allergies. The recipe calls for 1-1/2 cups of pecans. I could pick another dessert, but this cake is a family tradition. I coul...
by Robert.Fleming
December 18th, 2017, 10:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Source for Country Ham
Replies: 12
Views: 1065

Source for Country Ham

What I found curious, Matt, was that you asked for a source of Virginia ham because Benton's couldn't deliver its Tennessee ham in time for Christmas. And, seriously, if Virginia hams are in any way special or distinctive, I'd like to know about it. When I was a kid, there was indeed a special ham f...
by Robert.Fleming
December 18th, 2017, 3:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to tell the difference between high pH and high alcohol
Replies: 71
Views: 2023

How to tell the difference between high pH and high alcohol

John Morris wrote:
Robert.Fleming wrote: Variety is the word you want. Not varietal. Cabernet Sauvignon, for example, is a grape variety.
I think you're in a losing battle on this one, Robert.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.


~ Dylan Thomas
by Robert.Fleming
December 17th, 2017, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to tell the difference between high pH and high alcohol
Replies: 71
Views: 2023

How to tell the difference between high pH and high alcohol

Aha. As in, "You have every right to be angry!"?
by Robert.Fleming
December 17th, 2017, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to tell the difference between high pH and high alcohol
Replies: 71
Views: 2023

How to tell the difference between high pH and high alcohol

I think he meant philosophical right, not legal right. Captain Obvious, out. Kyle, I apologize for my curmudgeonly ways, but I get tired of people casting their wants and desires as "rights." It's silly, and it devalues the concept of rights. And I concede I was thinking in legal terms, being a law...
by Robert.Fleming
December 17th, 2017, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to tell the difference between high pH and high alcohol
Replies: 71
Views: 2023

How to tell the difference between high pH and high alcohol

DanielPaik wrote:Hell, then why care about the varietal....
Variety is the word you want. Not varietal. Cabernet Sauvignon, for example, is a grape variety.
by Robert.Fleming
December 17th, 2017, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to tell the difference between high pH and high alcohol
Replies: 71
Views: 2023

How to tell the difference between high pH and high alcohol

I have a right to know. No, you don't. Producers have to provide the label information the law requires (which does not include pH), nothing else. You have no right to anything more. You do, however, have the freedom to vote with your pocketbook against producers who do not provide the information ...
by Robert.Fleming
December 17th, 2017, 11:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Interesting flavors to add to brownies?
Replies: 23
Views: 797

Interesting flavors to add to brownies?

Spices that marry well with chocolate are allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, cumin, and black pepper. Recently I was served a brownie full of goji berries, and it was quite good. A friend told me he put Herbes de Provence in a batch of brownies. I find the idea quite interesting, but have not tri...
by Robert.Fleming
December 17th, 2017, 11:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Source for Country Ham
Replies: 12
Views: 1065

Source for Country Ham

What is special or distinctive about a country ham from Virginia? My local Publix and Kroger sell country ham from Clifty Farms in Paris, Tennessee. It's not Benton's, but then, nothing is. It is tasty ham, and I buy it frequently. They're currently having a sale, and offer free UPS Ground shipping....
by Robert.Fleming
December 17th, 2017, 7:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Mama's Apple Sauce Cake
Replies: 17
Views: 1790

Mama's Apple Sauce Cake

Bump.

It's that time of year again.
by Robert.Fleming
December 11th, 2017, 9:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Where to get mail order truffles?
Replies: 7
Views: 547

Where to get mail order truffles?

Todd, I don't know, though my guess would be truffle cream; I've never ordered the truffle products, as I can get fresh and preserved truffles locally. Call and ask. Or email Mannie Berk. Someone at RWC can guide you. If Inaudi does as good a job with truffles as it does with pasta, the truffle prod...
by Robert.Fleming
December 11th, 2017, 9:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Where to get mail order truffles?
Replies: 7
Views: 547

Where to get mail order truffles?

Here ya go: https://www.rarewineco.com/inaudi-pasta ... e-products

You didn't ask, but the egg tagliolini is the best dry pasta I've ever tasted.
by Robert.Fleming
December 11th, 2017, 5:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A lovely 22-year-old
Replies: 3
Views: 865

TN: A lovely 22-year-old

1995 Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru 'Les Narbantons', Maurice Ecard Oh! How I miss this producer. Sous bois and mushroom aromas mix with still-sweet black raspberry fruit on the palate, with just enough acidity to maintain freshness. Wonderfully evolved, the wine is silky and lacy despite retaining its...
by Robert.Fleming
December 4th, 2017, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Missouri Hit With Lawsuit Over Wine Shipping
Replies: 17
Views: 1226

Missouri Hit With Lawsuit Over Wine Shipping

I applaud them, but for those of us living in states where retailers can't ship (in Georgia, they can't even deliver to a customer across the street), their success will likely make no difference.

I understand how the Missouri law is discriminatory. How about Illinois and Michigan?
by Robert.Fleming
November 28th, 2017, 9:10 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Mama's Pecan Pie
Replies: 115
Views: 9760

Mama's Pecan Pie

My pleasure, Gary, though I suppose I should apologize again for putting corn syrup producers out of business. I baked 8 of them, plus 4 of Mama's Apple Sauce Cakes ( https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=35090&p=461776 ), just before Thanksgiving for a bake sale to benefit Toys f...
by Robert.Fleming
November 15th, 2017, 9:17 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Wineries Near Florence Italy
Replies: 16
Views: 1549

Wineries Near Florence Italy

The three that I know that are closest to Florence are: Antinori (DOC Chianti Classico), about 20 km, just off the road to Siena Capezzana (DOC Carmignano) 15-20 km, in the direction of Prato Castello di Nipozzano (DOC Chianti Rufina) about 15 km east of Florence, a beautiful property with a 1000-ye...
by Robert.Fleming
November 15th, 2017, 8:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Atlanta cheese shop recommendation
Replies: 6
Views: 380

Atlanta cheese shop recommendation

Atlanta magazine's April 2016 "food lover's guide to cheese in Atlanta": http://www.atlantamagazine.com/list/foo ... de-cheese/

Good local cheese maker, located "in the heart of Sandy Springs": http://www.calyroadcreamery.com/
by Robert.Fleming
November 15th, 2017, 8:10 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Atlanta cheese shop recommendation
Replies: 6
Views: 380

Atlanta cheese shop recommendation

Mike Evans wrote:Star Provisions
It's still the best I know of in the Atlanta area.

http://www.starprovisions.com/eat/
by Robert.Fleming
November 15th, 2017, 8:04 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Atlanta cheese shop recommendation
Replies: 6
Views: 380

Atlanta cheese shop recommendation

Alan Gottlieb wrote:Storico Fresco has a great italian chesse selection
FIFY.

Another place for Italian cheese (and salumi, pasta, etc.) much closer to you: http://www.e48thstreetmarket.com/deli/
by Robert.Fleming
November 13th, 2017, 4:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Mama's Pecan Pie
Replies: 115
Views: 9760

Mama's Pecan Pie

Tom - Unsalted (the only kind I ever have on hand), though it likely doesn't matter. Whatever I have on hand, which is either large or extra large. Yes, middle rack. You didn't ask, but you can always substitute bourbon or rye, añejo rum, madeira, sherry, or the like for the vanilla extract. Enjoy! ...
by Robert.Fleming
November 7th, 2017, 4:39 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris restaurants - best value winelists
Replies: 21
Views: 1653

Paris restaurants - best value winelists

Craig G wrote:Have you been there very recently?
Yes, three weeks ago.

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