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by Jay Miller
January 28th, 2020, 9:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Limestone Water - this was new to me
Replies: 0
Views: 53

Limestone Water - this was new to me

We attended a Thai cooking class while in Bangkok last week and one of the surprising to me ingredients was limestone (or lime) water. It's made by soaking lime putty in water and apparently makes pastry crispier and helps fruit keep its shape when cooked. http://www.thaifoodandtravel.com/ingredient...
by Jay Miller
January 28th, 2020, 7:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: French Toast Anyone?
Replies: 19
Views: 684

Re: French Toast Anyone?

I'm about to get myself banned but am I the only one who eats French Toast with salt and pepper rather than sweet? It's bread and eggs after all.

Or is that just a Litvak thing.
by Jay Miller
January 27th, 2020, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 96
Views: 3867

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

I would move Coulaine from Fourth to Third. Ages very well.
by Jay Miller
January 27th, 2020, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?
Replies: 123
Views: 4044

Re: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?

12 tins of sardines and 9 bottles of Scherrer

Which is 21 items more,than I hoped to buy. But I really can’t regret it.
by Jay Miller
January 27th, 2020, 2:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone using Kampot peppercorns?
Replies: 6
Views: 371

Re: Anyone using Kampot peppercorns?

Thanks everyone, appreciate the input!
by Jay Miller
January 27th, 2020, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com
Replies: 16
Views: 1368

Re: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com

I think there’s another thread on these guys It might have been back on the Parker board. My basic take on it was to never order anything they couldn't ship right away. I also remember someone describing them as the grape swine people... As always, not to be confused with Grapes the Wine Company wh...
by Jay Miller
January 27th, 2020, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you had to pick 2 Champagne Producers......
Replies: 80
Views: 2226

Re: If you had to pick 2 Champagne Producers......

Vilmart was an easy choice. For my second I wavered between a bunch of choices all mentioned above before deciding on Marie Courtin. [highfive.gif] It was the range of great wines each in such a distinctive style that decided me. For example Taittinger's Comtes is one of favorites but their other w...
by Jay Miller
January 27th, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eric Guido To Join Vinous
Replies: 58
Views: 3765

Re: Eric Guido To Join Vinous

Congratulations Eric, well deserved.
by Jay Miller
January 27th, 2020, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12605
Views: 607783

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Scherrer Platt and OMV from the BDay sale.
by Jay Miller
January 27th, 2020, 12:00 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Veleta Gourmets BD11 DEALS!! ***FREE SHIPPING
Replies: 80
Views: 2070

Re: Veleta Gourmets BD11 DEALS!! ***FREE SHIPPING

I still have some assorted foods left from last year's order but it's impossible to have too many Veleta sardines.
by Jay Miller
January 27th, 2020, 11:27 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Scherrer Winery - BD 11 only special on Mini-Verticals *Extended thru Tuesday the 28th*
Replies: 83
Views: 3252

Re: Scherrer Winery - BD 11 only special on Mini-Verticals

Glad I got my order in on time for some OMV and Platt. When I was busy all morning I had severe FOMO.
by Jay Miller
January 27th, 2020, 10:42 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 Master Thread - FAQ/Updates/Info - RECORDS SET YET AGAIN!
Replies: 136
Views: 13982

Re: BerserkerDay 11 Master Thread - FAQ/Updates/Info

Logging in late today. Was I too late for the scherrer offer or has it not been posted yet?
by Jay Miller
January 26th, 2020, 8:25 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Some Basic (But Good) Filipino Home Dishes.
Replies: 20
Views: 775

Re: Some Basic (But Good) Filipino Home Dishes.

Nico P. wrote:
January 24th, 2020, 6:59 am

Kare-kare, when made from scratch, derives much of its taste from annato and ground peanuts so it’s relatively mild tasting.
I thought annato was mainly used for coloring?
by Jay Miller
January 26th, 2020, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you had to pick 2 Champagne Producers......
Replies: 80
Views: 2226

Re: If you had to pick 2 Champagne Producers......

Vilmart was an easy choice.
For my second I wavered between a bunch of choices all mentioned above before deciding on
Marie Courtin.
by Jay Miller
January 22nd, 2020, 6:57 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Please critique my Bangkok itinerary
Replies: 18
Views: 818

Re: Please critique my Bangkok itinerary

Good news is I’m finally over my jet lag.

Bad news is we leave in 2 days.

Great trip so far will report in more detail when I get back.
by Jay Miller
January 22nd, 2020, 1:05 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: Kelley Fox Wines
Replies: 33
Views: 3291

Re: NEWBIE INTRO: Kelley Fox Wines

Lovely, distinctive wines and, based on my one visit to the winery, a lovely distinctive person.

Fellow AFWE members may buy with confidence.
by Jay Miller
January 15th, 2020, 4:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone using Kampot peppercorns?
Replies: 6
Views: 371

Anyone using Kampot peppercorns?

Just read this article and thought I'd ask for opinions before placing an order:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/2020011 ... zed-pepper

Don't recall seeing them before. Penzey's doesn't carry them but Google turned up several sources.
by Jay Miller
January 15th, 2020, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pontet Canet in Napa?
Replies: 26
Views: 2142

Re: Pontet Canet in Napa?

I've had the last couple of vintages at Ponet Canet during the en primeur tastings. It remiinds me of Anne Gros showing her Minervois wines at her domaine in Vosne Romanée. Can you explain to us Plebes what that means? Thanks. He means both the Minervois wines and the Pym Rae suffer by the comparis...
by Jay Miller
January 15th, 2020, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12605
Views: 607783

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

William Kelley wrote:
January 14th, 2020, 2:14 pm
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
January 14th, 2020, 1:35 pm

I am pondering bottles of the 79 and 86 laberdolive
Do it!

I think 1979 was Pierre Laberdolive's first vintage in charge.
+1 the 1979 is beautiful. So is the pre-phyloxerra 1923 for that matter :)
by Jay Miller
January 14th, 2020, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Rhys tasting....Alpine and Horseshoe 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2008
Replies: 30
Views: 2147

Re: TNs: Rhys tasting....Alpine and Horseshoe 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2008

Frank Murray III wrote:
January 12th, 2020, 5:50 pm
The 2008s were revealing for the power and aging finesse they are showing--these are botched wines. Vintage does matter.
This is pretty clearly autocorrect being “helpful”, but I’m curious to know what it was changed from?
by Jay Miller
January 14th, 2020, 4:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 124
Views: 5220

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

We recently had a tasting of Turley Zins going back into the 90s and one of my favorites was the 1994, contrary to my expectations going in. It brought home the point that it's more than just the alcohol that one should consider. Based on that alone, I wouldn't have aged the wine. But for the perso...
by Jay Miller
January 13th, 2020, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 124
Views: 5220

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

We recently had a tasting of Turley Zins going back into the 90s and one of my favorites was the 1994, contrary to my expectations going in. It brought home the point that it's more than just the alcohol that one should consider. Based on that alone, I wouldn't have aged the wine. But for the perso...
by Jay Miller
January 13th, 2020, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: your favorite vintages of Chateau Climens
Replies: 35
Views: 1312

Re: your favorite vintages of Chateau Climens

This is a very useful thread as I haven't tried any vintage more recent than 2003.
by Jay Miller
January 12th, 2020, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: your favorite vintages of Chateau Climens
Replies: 35
Views: 1312

Re: your favorite vintages of Chateau Climens

71, 01, 88, 86
by Jay Miller
January 12th, 2020, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12605
Views: 607783

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Mark Golodetz wrote:
January 12th, 2020, 7:07 am
William Kelley wrote:
January 10th, 2020, 11:48 am

6x 1986 VCC
I have had several 1986 Pomerols and not found any that were as exciting as their equivalents in other vintages. Is VCC an exception?
Hi Mark - you're not a fan of 1986 Certan de May? I like that one a lot.
by Jay Miller
January 12th, 2020, 1:47 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Honeymoon plans: help me make a decision
Replies: 22
Views: 632

Re: Honeymoon plans: help me make a decision

Firstly: Congratulations!

Second: I'm guessing you've both been to Paris enough that you'd rather not go there? Because it's hard for me to think of a more romantic place to honeymoon in May...
by Jay Miller
January 7th, 2020, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Georges Duboeuf (1933 - 2020)
Replies: 16
Views: 1169

Re: RIP Georges Duboeuf (1933 - 2020)

TomHill wrote:
January 6th, 2020, 11:54 am
Scott G r u n e r wrote:
January 6th, 2020, 11:53 am
I don't love his wines, but respect what he did. Will have a banana in his honor.
Great one, Scott. Made me laugh. [snort.gif]
Tom
+1
by Jay Miller
January 7th, 2020, 6:44 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Advice about Popeyes fried chicken sandwich?
Replies: 24
Views: 999

Re: Advice about Popeyes fried chicken sandwich?

K_F_o_l_e_y wrote:
January 6th, 2020, 2:01 pm
Looks like the consensus is don't bother Kevin (since I rarely ever go to the areas where our 4 locations can be found).
I'd say if you happen to be in the area definitely check it out. Otherwise I wouldn't bother.
by Jay Miller
January 7th, 2020, 6:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 1765

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.

An abomination. But not as bad as the bacon bagel that I once saw There is a "bagel" shop in Freehold, NJ that sells Oreo cookie bagels. My cousin brought me one after I expressed my opinion of it. It was even worse than you're thinking. A horror that echoes throughout time and space driving all wh...
by Jay Miller
January 6th, 2020, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Help
Replies: 21
Views: 1104

Re: Champagne Help

I haven’t had the Ruinart. Personally I prefer the 06 Comtes to the 08 Dom but I think all my wine friends disagree with me.
by Jay Miller
January 6th, 2020, 7:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Compare And Contrast Champagne Vintages 2008 And 2012
Replies: 10
Views: 915

Re: Compare And Contrast Champagne Vintages 2008 And 2012

I haven't tasted extensively but so far I would put 2008 over 2012. But I'll certainly be buying 2012s.
by Jay Miller
January 6th, 2020, 7:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 1765

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.

[rofl.gif] Blueberry bagels are my favorite. An abomination. But not as bad as the bacon bagel that I once saw There is a "bagel" shop in Freehold, NJ that sells Oreo cookie bagels. My cousin brought me one after I expressed my opinion of it. It was even worse than you're thinking. A horror that ec...
by Jay Miller
January 6th, 2020, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The New Up-To-100% Tariff & What You Can Do
Replies: 73
Views: 4512

Re: The New Up-To-100% Tariff & What You Can Do

My comment was not nearly so impressive but at least I got it in under the wire. Good luck everyone!
by Jay Miller
January 3rd, 2020, 1:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Advice about Popeyes fried chicken sandwich?
Replies: 24
Views: 999

Re: Advice about Popeyes fried chicken sandwich?

Speaking just for myself there is a good Popeyes in the same parking lot as the Asian market I shop at regularly so I'm frequently a 30 second walk away from it. If I'm in the mood for fried chicken and there isn't a long line I'll stop by. Probably the best fast food chain out there (at the good lo...
by Jay Miller
January 3rd, 2020, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11208
Views: 412803

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1986 Gruaud Larose - surprisingly youthful with bright cherry, cedar, tobacco, and a deliciously long finish. Tannins are softening and there is plenty of life left. Exquisite pairing with lamb cassoulet at Union Square Cafe. Oh, wow. An all-time great for me. Same here. Still have one bottle left.
by Jay Miller
January 3rd, 2020, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your wines of the 2010s?
Replies: 46
Views: 2043

Re: What are your wines of the 2010s?

Relying on a very fallible memory here.
But with the observation that there were some almost impossible choices to be made I will follow the rules and go with:

1. Still Red - 1959 Magdelaine
2. Still non-red - 1955 Gonzalez Byass Sherry
3. Bubbly - 1995 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne
by Jay Miller
January 3rd, 2020, 10:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Advice about Popeyes fried chicken sandwich?
Replies: 24
Views: 999

Re: Advice about Popeyes fried chicken sandwich?

It's a really good $4 sandwich.

I wouldn't wait in line more than 10 minutes for it personally.
by Jay Miller
January 3rd, 2020, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--TABULATIONS COMPLETE (OP)
Replies: 193
Views: 14817

Re: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year

It took some doing to find this thread. Here they are in no particular order: 1989 Le Mont Moelleux 1er Trie 1989 Huet Le Mont Debut Pressee 1989 Huet Clos de Bourg Temoins 1997 vS MG Abstberg Spatlese 1990 Margaux 1982 Petrus 1986 Guigal La Turque 1985 Fonsalette syrah 2005 Clos Rougeard Poyeux 200...
by Jay Miller
January 3rd, 2020, 6:43 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Traveling to Florence, looking for Tuscany Tour
Replies: 17
Views: 1310

Re: Traveling to Florence, looking for Tuscany Tour

Neither a winery nor private tour but on Ramon's recommendation we went on the Walkabout Best of Tuscany Tour and enjoyed it very much. While I was left wanting more time in most locations it was a good overview and introduction.

https://www.walkaboutflorence.com/tours ... scany-tour
by Jay Miller
January 2nd, 2020, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 657
Views: 33071

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Just did the math and I’m down 40 for the year. Respectable.
by Jay Miller
January 2nd, 2020, 6:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 1765

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.

Brad Kane wrote:
January 1st, 2020, 7:26 am
I don't know who you are anymore, Mark.
Pod person ? A Thing from Antarctica? Demonic possession?

The worst thing about this thread is that now I have a craving for a fried bologna sandwich and I don’t think I’ve had one for over 30 years.
by Jay Miller
January 2nd, 2020, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 971
Views: 65123

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Opened a 2015 Bereche Rive Gauche for an early New Years celebration. Much better than the 2014.
by Jay Miller
January 2nd, 2020, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne TNs from NYE: Krug, Vilmart, Comtes Rose, Laherte-Freres, Bouchard
Replies: 11
Views: 1100

Re: Champagne TNs from NYE: Krug, Vilmart, Comtes Rose, Laherte-Freres, Bouchard

While an unabashed Comtes fan I almost always prefer the BdeB to the Rose and since the latter is more expensive I don't buy it. The one exception was the 2004 which I liked even more than the already spectacular BdeB.
by Jay Miller
January 2nd, 2020, 4:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '04 Comtes has got it going on
Replies: 12
Views: 785

Re: '04 Comtes has got it going on

My favorite vintage of the 2000s so far.
by Jay Miller
December 30th, 2019, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 657
Views: 33071

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

starting 594 3 purchased, 5 sold, 6 consumed. 586 remaining. Comfortably below my 600 target maximum. How do you have a month with 6 bottles consumed? The land between zero (when we're abstaining) and at least 20 just doesn't exist. :) And at the holidays, too.... While it's true that my consumptio...
by Jay Miller
December 30th, 2019, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 657
Views: 33071

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

starting 594

3 purchased,
5 sold,
6 consumed.

586 remaining.

Comfortably below my 600 target maximum.
by Jay Miller
December 30th, 2019, 6:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: My concerns my 1995 Bdx would never come around were unfounded
Replies: 48
Views: 1561

Re: TN: My concerns my 1995 Bdx would never come around were unfounded

William Kelley wrote:
December 29th, 2019, 4:40 pm
Then the wines shut down, and people started to talking about the "tannin outlasting the fruit", a simplistic formulation that is not very useful when thinking about how wines age.
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by Jay Miller
December 29th, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: My concerns my 1995 Bdx would never come around were unfounded
Replies: 48
Views: 1561

Re: TN: My concerns my 1995 Bdx would never come around were unfounded

Coincidentally I opened a 1995 GPL tonight. Beautiful pure fruit, still some tannic astringency but not enough to detract from enjoyment, just enough to request food. double decanted about 5 hours ago, poured off a glass to expand surface area, and let it sit in bottle since then. the person I'm vis...

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