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by David Wright
August 6th, 2020, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: books ?
Replies: 68
Views: 3702

Re: books ?

I remember buying that book (first copy of it anyway). It had just come out. I noticed it in a bookstore and it looked interesting, but what sealed the deal is that the publisher is/was Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. They are John McPhee's publisher, and given how much I enjoy his writing it seemed wor...
by David Wright
August 3rd, 2020, 9:18 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Mt. Rushmore
Replies: 18
Views: 366

Re: Mt. Rushmore

Sounds like a blast. How much time are you willing to spend on the trip? For starters, below is google maps estimate of the shortest route between LA and Mt. Rushmore (I recall that you are somewhere in SoCal). That is about 20 hours of driving each way. So you are committed to 40 hours round trip. ...
by David Wright
July 30th, 2020, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most reds don’t benefit from room temp????
Replies: 53
Views: 1775

Re: Most reds don’t benefit from room temp????

Is it really news to anyone that red wines are not great at room temps in the 70s and above? Every introductory book on wine I can think of advises serving reds in the 60s (F). We keep our house in the 60s in the winter. It is much easier to keep wines at optimal temps then. In the summer our room t...
by David Wright
July 22nd, 2020, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Persistent TCA Problem
Replies: 28
Views: 1735

Re: Persistent TCA Problem

The dishwasher itself might need cleaning. You might try a container of Dishwasher Magic.

Seventh Generation makes a dishwasher detergent that is free of fragrances, chlorine, etc.
by David Wright
July 18th, 2020, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WILLIAM KELLEY!
Replies: 231
Views: 9621

Re: WILLIAM KELLEY!

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by David Wright
July 17th, 2020, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WILLIAM KELLEY!
Replies: 231
Views: 9621

Re: WILLIAM KELLEY!

How different is this from Robert Parker when he started the Wine Advocate. Not much I bet. Parker. Craig. R. Kelley. They got nothing on William. We may have to start calling him Bill. He is reaching Chuck Norris levels. I was talking about age. About your comment asserting that William is a pup. ...
by David Wright
July 4th, 2020, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to keep wine glasses immaculate???
Replies: 39
Views: 2517

Re: How to keep wine glasses immaculate???

Water is really hard here. We add a splash of vinegar (~ 1 oz/2tbs) to the dishwasher when doing wine glasses, and it helps.
by David Wright
July 3rd, 2020, 10:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Would you please pass the jelly?
Replies: 10
Views: 785

Re: Would you please pass the jelly?

St Dalfour is good, because it is fruit with very little added sugar. Blueberry and black cherry and are good. I have them maybe 2-3 times a month on toast.
by David Wright
June 11th, 2020, 10:44 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another revolting American concoction-and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.
Replies: 51
Views: 1640

Re: Another revolting American concoction-and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.

As a 7-yr-old kid I thought peanut butter and cheese sandwiches rocked. Nowadays we keep peanut butter and almond butter in the fridge for the occasional PB or AB on toast with coffee. For years the Arrowhead Mills Deaf Smith PB (Valencia peanuts) was our house PB, but it became hard to find. Curre...
by David Wright
June 9th, 2020, 10:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another revolting American concoction-and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.
Replies: 51
Views: 1640

Re: Another revolting American concoction-and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.

As a 7-yr-old kid I thought peanut butter and cheese sandwiches rocked. Nowadays we keep peanut butter and almond butter in the fridge for the occasional PB or AB on toast with coffee. For years the Arrowhead Mills Deaf Smith PB (Valencia peanuts) was our house PB, but it became hard to find. Curren...
by David Wright
May 29th, 2020, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1997
Views: 256941

Re: Official Costco Thread

CJ, if you have the item number, you can call customer service at a local Costco and they can tell you if any nearby stores have it.
by David Wright
May 8th, 2020, 10:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1997
Views: 256941

Re: Official Costco Thread

Yes, there is year to year variation in many wines.
by David Wright
May 3rd, 2020, 10:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Capsules: Does anyone really mind going topless?
Replies: 116
Views: 3551

Re: Capsules: Does anyone really mind going topless?

http://sippingfinewine.com/ Here’s someone who disagrees with 93% of us. You have to go down a couple paragraphs to get to it. See the picture of bottle showing exposed cork that has her mysterious “earwig” (also gracing the label), a persistent little creature that sometimes dwell between the berr...
by David Wright
April 19th, 2020, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Capsules: Does anyone really mind going topless?
Replies: 116
Views: 3551

Re: Capsules: Does anyone really mind going topless?

I don't mind capsules, but "topless" is fine, too. Anything but wax.
by David Wright
April 12th, 2020, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1997
Views: 256941

Re: Official Costco Thread

I tried the KS champagne in January and thought it was pretty decent for $20. The producer is Manuel Janisson, and a web search at that time led me to believe that has not changed for at least the past few years. Found this just now; it mentions the new bottle, too. https://goodcheapvino.com/kirklan...
by David Wright
April 2nd, 2020, 9:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)
Replies: 98
Views: 5401

Re: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)

If you can please support and tip on take out to help keep restaurants open. Here is a comprehensive list. https://seattlecitygis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=1499ec293fed4fc587e2c559099a7e64 It has been 20 years since I lived in Seattle, but for grins I checked out my old neighb...
by David Wright
April 2nd, 2020, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mountain Lions
Replies: 53
Views: 4897

Re: Mountain Lions

Nathan Smyth wrote:
April 1st, 2020, 7:07 pm
Again, as I misunderstand it, that's gonna be about $75K to $125K for that little girl to get a round of rabies immunoglobulin boosters.
FIFY
by David Wright
March 30th, 2020, 10:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Crumpets
Replies: 18
Views: 1420

Re: Crumpets

Wolferman's don't have the right texture. They are basically just big, round pieces of bread. For decades Thomas's had nice irregular nooks and crannies, but a few year ago they were purchased by the Bimbo bakery group... and the bimbos ruined them.

Might have to find a recipe for crumpets.
by David Wright
February 26th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment
Replies: 72
Views: 2789

Re: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment

From the Santa Ynez Valley News: The [BID] plan, developed for the association by Sacramento-based legal consultants Civitas Advisors who will also manage the accounting if the assessment is passed, is among the first of its kind and could spur large-scale growth in the region's industry, said Santa...
by David Wright
February 24th, 2020, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment
Replies: 72
Views: 2789

Re: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment

There have to be costs associated with oversight -- verifying/auditing compliance, etc.
by David Wright
February 24th, 2020, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment
Replies: 72
Views: 2789

Re: Question for consumers about a 2% DTC assesment

Apparently the SB Vintners association has not convinced enough local vintners that its mission is worthy of financial support. So the association wants to create a BID to compel consumers to fund its work by having wineries collect a mandatory “fee” on DTC sales of SB wine in CA. How much would adm...
by David Wright
February 23rd, 2020, 8:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Charcoal Grill - Weber?
Replies: 58
Views: 2421

Re: Charcoal Grill - Weber?

My first Weber lasted almost 20 years. Current one is pushing 10 years and no sign of rust. Gas is convenient, but that's about it. If I'm grilling some chicken as a background task, I use the gas grill. Steaks get charcoal. No reason not to have both options. I use a propane torch to light the char...
by David Wright
February 20th, 2020, 8:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What was your wine board path to Wine Berserkers
Replies: 174
Views: 7987

Re: What was your wine board path to Wine Berserkers

Bob Wood suggested checking out the newly formed WB as a sane alternative to eBob.
by David Wright
February 2nd, 2020, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 70th Birthday Bash for Bob Fleming
Replies: 18
Views: 1419

Re: 70th Birthday Bash for Bob Fleming

Happy Birthday, Bob!
by David Wright
January 23rd, 2020, 8:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Flour for Baking - Need Recommendations
Replies: 10
Views: 1824

Re: Flour for Baking - Need Recommendations

Alex -- Do you buy Central Milling flour locally (where?), or do you order it from their website? I've read that Safeway house-branded flour is supplied by CM (which seems to be acknowledged with a "wink" or two on the CM website: https://centralmilling.com/faqs/ ) Chris Bianco (of the eponymous PHX...
by David Wright
January 11th, 2020, 9:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Goerge DuBoeuf
Replies: 1
Views: 298

Re: RIP Goerge DuBoeuf

by David Wright
December 9th, 2019, 9:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix? Is that that good?
Replies: 16
Views: 1988

Re: Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix? Is that that good?

The have a 2nd location north of Downtown. I visit every time I'm in Phoenix but last July my sister was concerned about crowds and parking because there was a baseball game happening at the time, and we found the uptown to have equivalent quality and zero wait. That would be the Town & Country loc...
by David Wright
November 23rd, 2019, 11:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: best easy mashed potatoes recipe?
Replies: 32
Views: 2057

Re: best easy mashed potatoes recipe?

A ricer or food mill makes a huge difference in the texture. Over mashing or whipping will produce gluey, heavy puree. ^ This. Yes. I use a ricer like the one pictured below. You simply put cooked, quartered potatoes into the hopper -- skins and all -- close the handle, then pull the leftover skins...
by David Wright
October 5th, 2019, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mountain Lions
Replies: 53
Views: 4897

Re: Mountain Lions

They [mountain lions] are closely related to house cats- the largest in the genus Felix in the world so are not truly lions. [. . .] Cougars/mountain lions are not particularly closely related to the domestic cat. Once upon a time, all cats big and small, were lumped together in the genus Feli s . ...
by David Wright
October 3rd, 2019, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Give CO wine a taste...
Replies: 171
Views: 7816

Re: Give CO wine a taste...

Scanning the list of wines, I did a doubletake after seeing BookCliff -- Book Cliff is a famous geology locality in western CO. I might guess that one or more of the principals is a geologist. Anyhow, if the BookCliff wines are not already spoken for, my wife and I would be happy to try them with su...
by David Wright
October 2nd, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: VACATION FROM IT ALL
Replies: 20
Views: 2718

Re: VACATION FROM IT ALL

What is the world coming to? I just googled “Argentinian tail” and got nothing but horses and lobsters.
by David Wright
September 30th, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: 50 Top Pizzeria Europe and North America
Replies: 14
Views: 2107

Re: 50 Top Pizzeria Europe and North America

I see that Pizzeria Bianco is #2. Here is an article about pizza in Phoenix that has a bit about Chris Bianco’s approach to making it (he mills his own flour, for one thing). https://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/restaurants/phoenix-food-news-pizza-rising-chris-bianco-myke-olsen-pomo-cibo-lamp-11213501 Bi...
by David Wright
September 23rd, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Fall Horror Story: Carbonation in.....Zinfandel?!!!!
Replies: 26
Views: 1426

Re: A Fall Horror Story: Carbonation in.....Zinfandel?!!!!

Years ago (late ‘80s) I had a Lytton Springs Winery (purple grape label) zin that was slightly effervescent. Decanted it and let it sit until the bubbles were gone. The wine was fine.
by David Wright
September 11th, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Avocados. What a pain.
Replies: 36
Views: 3289

Re: Avocados. What a pain.

The Hass avocado hails from La Habra Heights We owe this culinary gift to the tinkering of a mailman named Rudolph Hass. Rudolph grew interested in the thick-skinned fruit after he saw a magazine ad with dollar bills growing on an avocado tree. He began purchasing seeds with the hope of launching a ...
by David Wright
September 7th, 2019, 8:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Avocados. What a pain.
Replies: 36
Views: 3289

Re: Avocados. What a pain.

I've had good luck lately with California avocados (Hass) from Costco. They come in a 5-pack, but keep reasonably well in the fridge.
by David Wright
August 3rd, 2019, 10:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 355
Views: 28680

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

What a backpedaling wimp. Did you even read (and comprehend) what Bob Swain wrote?

(edit for typo)
by David Wright
July 22nd, 2019, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 138
Views: 10431

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

Crap, not our only wild & crazy Welshman. He will be missed.
by David Wright
July 19th, 2019, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Recommended retail store in or around Seattle, WA
Replies: 11
Views: 2144

Re: Recommended retail store in or around Seattle, WA

So, Brandon... University Wines used to be La Cantina (?). I stopped there regularly when I lived in Seattle (Wedgwood; early-mid 90s). A small but very good shop. The nearby Safeway (U Village) had a pretty decent wine section in those days as well.
by David Wright
July 7th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?
Replies: 85
Views: 4070

Re: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?

My comment about "vegan avocados" was in response to Victor's disappointment in the spelling on the restaurant signboard... avacado

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by David Wright
July 4th, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Favorite Waffle Iron ?
Replies: 14
Views: 2752

Re: Favorite Waffle Iron ?

Yes, the overnight yeasted batter is the way to go. Besides the superior flavor, there is no mixing of ingredients in the morning... just pull it from the fridge and go. We use a Waring Belgian flipper model (Costco, iirc). The waffles freeze OK too.
by David Wright
July 1st, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What meals did you grow up on
Replies: 72
Views: 4683

Re: What meals did you grow up on

Porcupine meatballs
by David Wright
June 30th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: books ?
Replies: 68
Views: 3702

Re: books ?

Adventures on the Wine Route -- Kermit Lynch.
by David Wright
June 16th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tobin James California Champagne? How?
Replies: 5
Views: 656

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: 948

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: 948

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: 948

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: 948

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: 557
Views: 36799

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 4781

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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