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by David Wright
June 16th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tobin James California Champagne? How?
Replies: 5
Views: 494

Re: Tobin James California Champagne? How?

Here's an article about the situatiuon: With wine production soaring, and American wine consumption rising, California Champagne was once again enraging winemakers in France. In 1983, the European Commission (the EU’s executive) and the United States opened up trade talks on wine. The Comite Interpr...
by David Wright
June 12th, 2019, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1100AD <- Savagnin Blanc
Replies: 17
Views: 764

Re: 1100AD <- Savagnin Blanc

Touché. I would guess that the reason you lean toward *millennia* is because it sounds right. That is by far the most common plural form, in my experience.
by David Wright
June 12th, 2019, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1100AD <- Savagnin Blanc
Replies: 17
Views: 764

Re: 1100AD <- Savagnin Blanc

Sounds like a newfangled dumbing-down. At any rate, I don't think it is a long-established standard at NYT. In fact, here is an article from two days ago that uses millennia . https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/09/dining/what-to-cook-this-week.html Good catch! But it's not newfangled or dumbing down. ...
by David Wright
June 11th, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1100AD <- Savagnin Blanc
Replies: 17
Views: 764

Re: 1100AD <- Savagnin Blanc

Sounds like a newfangled dumbing-down. At any rate, I don't think it is a long-established standard at NYT. In fact, here is an article from two days ago that uses millennia.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/09/dini ... -week.html
by David Wright
June 11th, 2019, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1100AD <- Savagnin Blanc
Replies: 17
Views: 764

Re: 1100AD <- Savagnin Blanc

Cool story, but "millenniums"? Oh well, at least it wasn't "millennium's."
by David Wright
June 8th, 2019, 10:50 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 233
Views: 11400

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Casey asked me to post this photo of grape flowers that I labeled to help folks understand what's going on. (I posted it a couple of days ago on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter so you may have seen it there.) Flowering.JPG Nice, clear diagram. Can't help but wonder -- who are the pollinators of the...
by David Wright
June 6th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 1885

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

Here is Dame Helen Mirren chowing down on an In-N-Out burger after winning her Oscar.

Note she did not get fries.

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by David Wright
May 23rd, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Inexpensive coffee grinders?
Replies: 99
Views: 4200

Re: Inexpensive coffee grinders?

The encore (along with other baratzas) has parts that eventually wear out, but they can be replaced. How-tos and parts on their website.
by David Wright
May 20th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Morgan’s Shirt??
Replies: 22
Views: 1865

Re: Morgan’s Shirt??

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by David Wright
May 19th, 2019, 9:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1351
Views: 147348

Re: Official Costco Thread

Arv R wrote:
May 18th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Of course in Pelosi-land we got both kinds of taxes - income and sales!
What does Pelosi have to do with state taxes? Your red hat is showing
by David Wright
May 17th, 2019, 9:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting
Replies: 44
Views: 2304

Re: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting

Do you live in a socialist country? Do you need a tip every time you do your job? [snort.gif]
by David Wright
May 16th, 2019, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 7142

Re: Robert Parker retires

I recall seeing a tiny ad about the WA in 1987... "write for a free sample issue" (still have it somewhere). I subscribed for a few years, bought a few of his books, and learned a lot from him. Three cheers for RP! Here is a good article about him from last year https://www.baltimoremagazine.com/201...
by David Wright
April 21st, 2019, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner wine for tonight: 1959 La Mission Haut Brion
Replies: 46
Views: 1830

Re: Dinner wine for tonight: 1959 La Mission Haut Brion

Condolences, Victor.

Take comfort in knowing that you did your father proud.
by David Wright
April 21st, 2019, 9:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Odd recent palate sensation
Replies: 13
Views: 903

Re: Odd recent palate sensation

And not to be too mystical, but part of it may be your emotional state. Sometimes the world just sucks and you're disgusted with everything in it. I've had a few issues recently and they have definitely lessened my enjoyment of wine and a few other things. If that's the case, it will pass. This -- ...
by David Wright
April 18th, 2019, 9:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1351
Views: 147348

Re: Official Costco Thread

Nick, please post the item number when you get a chance. Otto, just curious as to what the item number gives you? I have seen this type of request before on this thread. What should I know? Thanks. -Jim If you have the item number you can call and they'll do a "nearby store inventory" check for you...
by David Wright
April 18th, 2019, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux warehouse fire
Replies: 5
Views: 682

Re: Bordeaux warehouse fire

Apparently so. This might make for painful reading for any wine lovers out there. A total of 60 firefighters were sent out to try and stop the warehouse blaze in Carbon-Blanc in the suburbs of Bordeaux. But despite staying for hours to make sure the fire did not break out again, a significant part o...
by David Wright
April 9th, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Uuni2 - new pizza oven in town!
Replies: 31
Views: 1948

Re: Uuni2 - new pizza oven in town!

They have an LP gas verion of this now. Quoted temp is 932F/500C. Anyone here tried it?
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They also have a gas burner for the uuni 3.
https://ooni.com/
by David Wright
March 27th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stuck Cork in Sparkling Wine
Replies: 27
Views: 1172

Re: Stuck Cork in Sparkling Wine

With the neck of the bottle facing away from you (and anyone else), grab the cork with a pair of pliers and gently twist the bottle to loosen the cork.
by David Wright
February 13th, 2019, 4:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings
Replies: 18
Views: 822

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

Steak & Shake back east is good for fries. McDonald's used to be good, before they switched from beef tallow to vegetable oil (ca. 1990, before we knew that trans-fats are worse than other saturated fats). Some brave chain should go back to beef tallow for fries. This article has a bit about the his...
by David Wright
January 17th, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting sticker - your thoughts?
Replies: 36
Views: 1064

Re: Interesting sticker - your thoughts?

And before that, T&V was Big Y Wines in Northhampton. I think the (very large) wine section was kept in the 50s... a good place to shop on a warm summer day.
by David Wright
December 30th, 2018, 9:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Yorker article on supertasters
Replies: 7
Views: 1367

Re: New Yorker article on supertasters

That New Yorker article is only a year old, but whether being a "supertaster" is good or bad thing when it comes to wine is a question that has been batted around for more than a decade -- for example:
https://www.sfgate.com/wine/article/Sti ... 482873.php
by David Wright
December 30th, 2018, 4:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Coffee Roasting Question
Replies: 101
Views: 4550

Re: Coffee Roasting Question

My protocol is similar to Alan's... start the roast, set a timer to be in front of roaster to monitor first crack, then cool the beans. A few minutes of hands-on time 2-3 times a week yields a steady supply of fresh coffee, roasted the way I like (usually City/City+; the darkest I go is Full City). ...
by David Wright
December 4th, 2018, 3:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Biscuits
Replies: 34
Views: 1250

Re: Biscuits

According to this guy, you can mix cake flour (low protein) with AP flour to approximate White Lily.

https://www.southernkitchen.com/article ... lily-flour
by David Wright
November 21st, 2018, 10:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The best fast food burger I never heard of
Replies: 47
Views: 2029

Re: The best fast food burger I never heard of

I noticed a Habit near the REI here. Will have to give it a try. How are the fries (and the tempura green beans, for that matter)?
by David Wright
November 9th, 2018, 9:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: 3qt or 4q saute pan?
Replies: 8
Views: 484

Re: 3qt or 4q saute pan?

For anyone else who comes across this thread, the 6 qt is the perfect size for browning two packages of chicken thighs (ie 8 thighs). We have the MC2 and the heat distribution is excellent with even browning even over the areas that extend past the flame. Also great for large batches of caramelized...
by David Wright
November 8th, 2018, 9:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: 3qt or 4q saute pan?
Replies: 8
Views: 484

Re: 3qt or 4q saute pan?

I have some of these. The 3qt Master Chef saute is 11.1" in diameter, about 2.7" high. The 6qt MC is 13.5" diameter and about the same height. I believe the 4qt is the same diameter as the 3qt but a third higher. They use standard diameters so the lids are interchangable. The 3qt is a workhorse in o...
by David Wright
November 5th, 2018, 10:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Jamon Serrano from Costco?
Replies: 39
Views: 4955

Re: Jamon Serrano from Costco?

Ugh. We need Country Of Origin Labeling.
by David Wright
October 11th, 2018, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 750Daily: Science Behind Wineglass Shape
Replies: 25
Views: 832

Re: Baloney...

It's an astute and wise observation Mike. In my defense, weak though it may be, I did drive through Kansas once and I thought I felt a slight elevation on one road, although to be sure, that may have been wishful thinking. Baloney, Greg....Kansas is not nearly as flat as Iowa/Nebraska/Oklahoma and ...
by David Wright
September 18th, 2018, 9:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Poll: Pourover Coffee
Replies: 15
Views: 716

Re: Poll: Pourover Coffee

You can make pourover as strong/concentrated as you like. Mine is not watery. I use 48g of ground coffee to make 320ml liquid.
by David Wright
August 31st, 2018, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zero tolerance: no safe level of alcohol, study says
Replies: 70
Views: 2907

Re: Zero tolerance: no safe level of alcohol, study says

Discussion of some of the problems with interpretation of data in that study. Is one drink per day really unsafe? That new alcohol study, explained. A Lancet study shows everything that’s wrong with nutritional epidemiology, and the way we talk about it. https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/8...
by David Wright
August 7th, 2018, 10:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Duke’s Mayonnaise??
Replies: 17
Views: 770

Duke’s Mayonnaise??

We used it back east, but have never found it in the west (including Safeway, etc.). Amazon works, or you can order directly from Duke's (Sauer): https://www.dukesmayo.com/product/real-mayonnaise/

We will order from them again in the fall (when it is safe to ship...)
by David Wright
August 2nd, 2018, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A New Wine Castle in Napa
Replies: 17
Views: 1139

A New Wine Castle in Napa

The crenellations are the most important part of this sort of thing and freakin’ nobody ever gets them right. Thumbs down! And the proportions are all wrong. If they wanted a simple tower castle, they should have gone with something like this: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/71/88/c5/7188c54ddaee216...
by David Wright
July 29th, 2018, 11:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greatest outdoor wine "glass" of all time.
Replies: 51
Views: 2157

Greatest outdoor wine "glass" of all time.

Bob G a y n o r wrote:Thoughts on steel affecting taste of wine?
+1

I don't consume enough Chardonnay (not that there's anything wrong with that) to relish added steely taste
by David Wright
July 13th, 2018, 1:35 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Who owns whom...interesting beer chart.
Replies: 9
Views: 827

Who owns whom...interesting beer chart.

Is Sierra Nevada still indepedent of he big brands/corps? You see it everywhere. I think it's pretty good when the date is within a few weeks of bottling.
by David Wright
July 3rd, 2018, 1:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Foolproof peel-able hard boiled eggs
Replies: 45
Views: 1230

Foolproof peel-able hard boiled eggs

Julia Child adopted the method for "Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs" developed/promoted by the Georgia Egg Board. The final step enhances peelability.

https://recipeland.com/how-to/perfect-h ... how-to-237
by David Wright
June 26th, 2018, 2:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Non-stick pan recommendations
Replies: 53
Views: 2342

Non-stick pan recommendations

This pan is AWESOME - extremely highly recommended (learned of it in a review posted online) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009HBKQR0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I'm bumping my post because this pan is fantastic, and for only $32 you can't beat it We have a few of these for eggs...
by David Wright
June 22nd, 2018, 12:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Salt & Pepper - What do you use?
Replies: 64
Views: 2468

Salt & Pepper - What do you use?

Bill is an unapologetic anti-Trump liberal
Just signed up for the emails. [cheers.gif]
by David Wright
May 30th, 2018, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mega Purple and Pinot Noir
Replies: 206
Views: 7789

Mega Purple and Pinot Noir

All other food manufacturers are required to list the ingredients in their products. Why do winemakers get a pass on this? I would really like to know what is in the “wine” that I buy. It would also be nice to know the unfermented sugar content. It is one of our Great American Anachronisms (along w...
by David Wright
May 11th, 2018, 10:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Favorite way to cook steak poll
Replies: 28
Views: 844

Favorite way to cook steak poll

How done are you guys cooking these reverse-seared steaks? Dark red (rare) in the middle, or pink (medium) in the middle?
by David Wright
May 11th, 2018, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Feynman
Replies: 45
Views: 2002

Feynman

The journal Nature has a piece on the centenary of Feynman's birth, today 11 May.
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05082-4
by David Wright
May 8th, 2018, 8:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Salt & Pepper - What do you use?
Replies: 64
Views: 2468

Salt & Pepper - What do you use?

Re measuring equivalent amounts of salt, a gram of Diamond should be as salty as a gram of Mortons. The discrepancy arises when measuring by volume. That Pink Himalayan salt was formed (precipitated from seawater) in a shallow sea on the margin of Gondawanaland about 500 million years ago. The pink ...
by David Wright
April 18th, 2018, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYTimes: Syrah in Sedona
Replies: 4
Views: 366

NYTimes: Syrah in Sedona

A few days ago I was chasing a rare bird that happened to be next door to Colibri Vineyard, at 5280 ft in the Chiricahua Mtns in the SE corner of the state. It is owned by the same people as Page Springs; they are growing Rhone varieties here. If I ever see any of their wine, I will try it and repor...
by David Wright
March 30th, 2018, 3:27 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Papua New Guinea
Replies: 9
Views: 335

Papua New Guinea

I have a visitor arriving this weekend who spent ~ 20 years doing fieldwork (biology/ecology) in PNG (mostly in remote parts of Eastern Highlands Province, but surveys all over). If you have questions, I'd be happy to ask for you.
by David Wright
March 15th, 2018, 2:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Coffee Roasting Question
Replies: 101
Views: 4550

Coffee Roasting Question

Isn't diacetyl a gas at coffee-roasting temperatures? In that case, a respirator would be more appropriate.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diacetyl#Safety

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/flavor ... ssing.html
by David Wright
March 12th, 2018, 8:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: All Clad sale
Replies: 21
Views: 1038

All Clad sale

I have a mix of the original MC (plain aluminum exterior; stainless steel interior), LTD (anodized gray exterior), and stainless exterior. I like the MC (replaced by MC2) and LTD pans best, because the aluminum layers are thicker than in the stainless pans. The MC2 3-qt saute pan included in this sa...
by David Wright
March 8th, 2018, 12:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Frank N. Meyer, Lemon Discoverer
Replies: 1
Views: 266

Frank N. Meyer, Lemon Discoverer

A short article on the man who went to China in the early 1900s and brought back the lemon that now bears his name. It's a good read.

https://www.tastecooking.com/a-man-a-plan-a-lemon-china

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by David Wright
March 6th, 2018, 8:06 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Curse you, boneless skinless chicken breasts~!! (what's the secret?)
Replies: 55
Views: 1336

Curse you, boneless skinless chicken breasts~!! (what's the secret?)

1) Lightly salt and pepper the breasts. 2) Wrap/cover each breast wirh a slice or two of thinly sliced prosciutto. Rest for 15 min or longer to allow the prosciutto to adhere. 3) Saute the breast in a film of evoo and butter. When breast is done and prosciutto slightly browned, deglaze with white wi...
by David Wright
February 15th, 2018, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bourgogne, the birthplace of terroir- 8 minute video
Replies: 1
Views: 156

Bourgogne, the birthplace of terroir- 8 minute video

A nice production. Thanks for the link.

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