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by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 26th, 2021, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Dryuary (Dry January) 2021 Thread
Replies: 177
Views: 8076

Re: Official Dryuary (Dry January) 2021 Thread

Some wine arrived today, so I took it down to the cellar. I am pretty sure today was the first time I've been in there since January 1! I wandered around for a bit, apologizing to the bottles for leaving them alone for so long. They were all clearly sulking. Except for the champagne, of course - the...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 26th, 2021, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk Riesling from the Nahe region.
Replies: 18
Views: 695

Re: Let's talk Riesling from the Nahe region.

For me, two of the three producers constituting the Holy Trinity of Dry Riesling are in the Nahe - Emrich-Schonleber and Schafer-Frohlich. Though I agree that the wines tend to be riper than the Mosel, that's not at all to imply they are flabby. There is plenty of acidity and backbone, as well as po...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 26th, 2021, 7:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Would Bananas Foster work with any other fruit?
Replies: 30
Views: 679

Re: Would Bananas Foster work with any other fruit?

No, Bananas Foster can't be done with any other fruit. It's dish unique to both flavor and texture. That said, I struggle to think of any fruit that wouldn't be delicious with sugar, spices and good booze. It won't be Bananas-Foster-Made-with-Peaches, but it will be delicious. In my head it's like t...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 26th, 2021, 6:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Domaine Dujac Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Gruenchers
Replies: 5
Views: 531

Re: TN: 2011 Domaine Dujac Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Gruenchers

Always nice to see a good note on a 2011. While I'd never rank the overall vintage highly, I think there were a number of very enjoyable wines to be had if chosen with care.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 24th, 2021, 10:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best American cheese I have tasted.
Replies: 84
Views: 7075

Re: Best American cheese I have tasted.

I don't think Kunik has been mentioned yet. Semi-aged triple cream, 75 % goat with Jersey cow cream, from Nettle Meadow Farm in NY state. It's a strong contender for best US made cheese, in my opinion, and a perfect wheel could beat all comers on the right day. Edited to correct - Mike G. did mentio...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 24th, 2021, 5:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Dryuary (Dry January) 2021 Thread
Replies: 177
Views: 8076

Re: Official Dryuary (Dry January) 2021 Thread

Well done, Patrick. This thread is inspirational. Wine I could go w/o if I had to. I'm not sure about bread. that's the stuff of life. Another great cover is Andrew Bird's rendition of "If I needed you". Thank you, and I'll check out Andrew's cover. There are many ironies in life. One of ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 22nd, 2021, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine shipping article that’s really helpful
Replies: 4
Views: 677

Re: Wine shipping article that’s really helpful

Jay $$ Winton wrote: January 22nd, 2021, 1:33 pm As I always say, it's much easier to ship a gun than wine in this country.
Try whisky - it's like plutonium.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 19th, 2021, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Other Ligniers
Replies: 11
Views: 770

Re: Other Ligniers

I am a big fan and buyer of L-M. Priced at least two (maybe three) levels below H Lignier but quality not not that far behind. I admit I haven’t drunk G Lignier since I finished the last of my 1985 CdR (or maybe CsD). How was? I have no experience with Georges Lignier and certainly not with his 198...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 19th, 2021, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1 night, 2 people, 7 bottles of 2014 white burgundy.
Replies: 30
Views: 1853

Re: 1 night, 2 people, 7 bottles of 2014 white burgundy.

That makes me suspect there was something other than premox going on.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 18th, 2021, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you drink the most of
Replies: 92
Views: 4343

Re: Wines you drink the most of

Similar to this exercise 2 years ago, but not quite the same:

Brana
Triennes
Vallana
Keller
Cavallotto
Boulard
Ratzenberger
Egly-Ouriet
Giacosa
Bachelet
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 17th, 2021, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Birth Year Buying Philosophy
Replies: 100
Views: 3857

Re: Your Birth Year Buying Philosophy

My stepson was born in 2009, and my husband purchased a 12L bottle of a very good, though not top tier (too expensive) Barolo, fully understanding that it would be consumed mostly by the adult members of the family and friends at some point after his son comes of age. Other than that, he didn't mak...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 17th, 2021, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Birth Year Buying Philosophy
Replies: 100
Views: 3857

Re: Your Birth Year Buying Philosophy

My stepson was born in 2009, and my husband purchased a 12L bottle of a very good, though not top tier (too expensive) Barolo, fully understanding that it would be consumed mostly by the adult members of the family and friends at some point after his son comes of age. Other than that, he didn't make...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 16th, 2021, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Dryuary (Dry January) 2021 Thread
Replies: 177
Views: 8076

Re: Official Dryuary (Dry January) 2021 Thread

Been dry since the 5th, but (as usual) haven't seen any effect on the ability to sleep or the sleep quality. Envy those who do see changes. You don't have to see or notice it for it to be happening, though that would certainly be nice. It's almost a guarantee that it is better quality on a physiolo...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 15th, 2021, 10:27 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Keto diet tips
Replies: 56
Views: 3531

Re: Keto diet tips

Sarah, thank you for sharing. This is really good info. I am not doing full Keto yet. Instead, I have totally eliminated bread/rice/fries and am sticking with 16:8 intermittent fasting (8pm to 12 noon). I am down 9.5 lbs in 2 weeks. Week 1 was more challenging with hunger pangs, but that has mostly...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 15th, 2021, 9:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Keto diet tips
Replies: 56
Views: 3531

Re: Keto diet tips

Keto works well for me but so does a well balanced low cal diet and exercising a few days per week. I use an app called MyNetDiary to keep track of caloric intake and calories spent in exercise and baseline metabolism. I can achieve higher level of ketosis with a strict keto diet but it’s kinda nic...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 15th, 2021, 8:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Keto diet tips
Replies: 56
Views: 3531

Re: Keto diet tips

Way to go Sarah! How do you get your blood test results-finger prick? Not sure I feel like doing that but I would like to know that info. I was out on a business trip this week, so it was pretty difficult to be good, but I did the best I could. Probably malnourished and certainly didn't drink enoug...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 15th, 2021, 7:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Keto diet tips
Replies: 56
Views: 3531

Re: Keto diet tips

I'm now 2 weeks into this year's keto stretch and things are going really well. After a couple of days of headaches, easily addressed with some extra electrolytes, I feel terrific. I have tons of energy, less back/muscle pain, and quality sleep. My workouts feel great, too. I didn't really need to l...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 14th, 2021, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1744
Views: 119057

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

NV BOLLINGER SPECIAL CUVEE BRUT- made of 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay, 15% Meunier sourced from more than 300 crus, including 85% grands and premiers crus; 15% fermented in old oak barrels; this was had so much elegance and yet was rich and complex with nice acidity and fresh citrus notes all the...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 14th, 2021, 5:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)
Replies: 61
Views: 2358

Re: TN: 2019 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)

And especially in isolation, if you're not tasting side by side, will you notice a difference? Yes, you would notice a difference, even if not tasting side to side. Although they are all good, in their own ways. Interesting responses. I guess I'm surprised, and I guess I'm somehow a little differen...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 13th, 2021, 8:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)
Replies: 61
Views: 2358

Re: TN: 2019 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)

I don't necessarily disagree with the overall tone here, but I do feel that it's a bit interesting that a group of people who might be obsessing about which d'angerville vineyard, or Dauvissat, or PYCM, or Champagne producer bottling to be buying, has a "whatever" attitude toward Huet bot...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 13th, 2021, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)
Replies: 61
Views: 2358

Re: TN: 2019 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)

It is *so nice* to have a trusted retailer who knows your palate --- I feel like that isn't talked-about enough on here, with all (most) of us being geeks who almost always know more than the wine store staff. Historically, I've been introduced to many wines I've enjoyed greatly as a result of tell...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 13th, 2021, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)
Replies: 61
Views: 2358

Re: TN: 2019 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)

Interesting to see the comments re: who bought how much of what from the Huet stable this year. For many years I did not buy Huet --- too many relative disappointments, but the TNs on the 2019 Huets were too tempting, so I jumped back on the bandwagon. I bought strictly off TNs, and went with 2 par...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 13th, 2021, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)
Replies: 61
Views: 2358

Re: TN: 2019 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)

Exact same 2019 huets I bought! Except i bought them last August and September and didn’t have to out myself on alan’s thread :) We don't buy a lot of it or every vintage, but we just noticed recently that we're running low on chenin, especially dry and demi. There's a place where neither chardonna...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 13th, 2021, 7:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)
Replies: 61
Views: 2358

Re: TN: 2019 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)

Broke my wine buying fast a few days ago with a case of this wine and a case of the demi-sec Le Mont. Exact same 2019 huets I bought! Except i bought them last August and September and didn’t have to out myself on alan’s thread :) We don't buy a lot of it or every vintage, but we just noticed recen...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 13th, 2021, 6:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Dryuary (Dry January) 2021 Thread
Replies: 177
Views: 8076

Re: Official Dryuary (Dry January) 2021 Thread

No one actually sleeps better after alcohol, if we're talking about true sleep quality - all the healing, resetting, restorative, memory etc. processes that happen during quality sleep are impacted or reduced by alcohol. Even the mechanism by which sleep is achieved is different after drinking, just...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 12th, 2021, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)
Replies: 61
Views: 2358

Re: TN: 2019 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)

Broke my wine buying fast a few days ago with a case of this wine and a case of the demi-sec Le Mont.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 12th, 2021, 12:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Keto diet tips
Replies: 56
Views: 3531

Re: Keto diet tips

Thanks Sarah, it's true the link is there along with most "smoked" foods. Being a retired Food Scientist you would think I would have remembered this :). Like you I also find this stuff fascinating. Tom Another thing to point out with bacon is that the only compound truly listed as a carc...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 12th, 2021, 11:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Keto diet tips
Replies: 56
Views: 3531

Re: Keto diet tips

the (shocking) idea that nutritional guidance should be based on science. I remember reading about Paleo. Specifically the Robb Wolf book. A big take away was that plenty of people (scientists included) didn't really understand how humans process food. It's true, a lot is still not well understood....
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 12th, 2021, 9:13 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Keto diet tips
Replies: 56
Views: 3531

Re: Keto diet tips

Thanks Sarah, it's true the link is there along with most "smoked" foods. Being a retired Food Scientist you would think I would have remembered this :). Like you I also find this stuff fascinating. Tom There are so many of these things, easy to forget one of the things they are telling u...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 12th, 2021, 5:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Do you like any Girl Scout cookies? (Poll Added)
Replies: 33
Views: 964

Re: Do you like any Girl Scout cookies? (Poll Added)

I think they are not far from being poison, but some of them do taste good.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 12th, 2021, 5:06 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Keto diet tips
Replies: 56
Views: 3531

Re: Keto diet tips

I started my yearly keto diet on January 2, so thought I'd bump this thread up in case anyone else is in the same boat. It was interesting to me that I had to fuss with my numbers this year to get solidly into ketosis. I've always used the same carb limit and protein goal in the past, but it seems ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 11th, 2021, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?
Replies: 204
Views: 7687

Re: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?

Looks like 10 days, for me. I'm out. But still firm on Dry January. No razzing from Alan, yet. I'm getting off easy! I knew you’d fall and didn’t want to pile on. You lasted longer than I did! I’m so weak. To be fair, I wasn't really trying not to, more curious to see how long it would be before so...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 11th, 2021, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How about a slightly harder wine pairing: Kalbi beef
Replies: 51
Views: 3831

Re: How about a slightly harder wine pairing: Kalbi beef

Kikuhime Yamahai Ginjo Genshu Origarami sake.

Yes, we import it, but it's also the right answer. :)

There are, of course, plenty of wines that will be just fine.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 11th, 2021, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?
Replies: 204
Views: 7687

Re: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote: January 10th, 2021, 8:10 am Looks like 10 days, for me. I'm out.

But still firm on Dry January.
No razzing from Alan, yet. I'm getting off easy!
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 11th, 2021, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Dryuary (Dry January) 2021 Thread
Replies: 177
Views: 8076

Re: Official Dryuary (Dry January) 2021 Thread

I can really feel the difference in my sleep quality over the last 10 days. We all know that, without question, sleep is better without alcohol, even though it may feel like it's easier. But the difference this year is more than palpable. I do find my sleep pattern shifting later, though - up a litt...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 11th, 2021, 9:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: My favorite recipe direction - - - sprinkle pork roast with Kosher salt
Replies: 6
Views: 542

Re: My favorite recipe direction - - - sprinkle pork roast with Kosher salt

There's a character in a series of children's books named Amelia Bedelia, who, IIRC, upon being told to "dress the chicken," puts a little shirt and trousers on it. I now can't read any similar direction without thinking of that, and it always makes me smile.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 11th, 2021, 7:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Keto diet tips
Replies: 56
Views: 3531

Re: Keto diet tips

I started my yearly keto diet on January 2, so thought I'd bump this thread up in case anyone else is in the same boat. It was interesting to me that I had to fuss with my numbers this year to get solidly into ketosis. I've always used the same carb limit and protein goal in the past, but it seems t...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 10th, 2021, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Spanish wines dinner (Rioja)
Replies: 14
Views: 1184

Re: TN: Spanish wines dinner (Rioja)

Had an offering on the 1947 Lopez H Grand Reserva Tino and Blanco and also the 1942 Tinto recently with good storage history. Couldn't find much tasting notes online, i heard 47 is a good vintage, I had some of the old Lopez Blanco before (which ages beautifully), but not aged tintos, any notes on ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 10th, 2021, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP
Replies: 145
Views: 9234

Re: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP

My heart aches to think of this happening to him and his family just as it seemed the world was lifting a little bit out of darkness. There's never a good time, but this seems especially cruel of fate.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 10th, 2021, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Generosity of Berserkers
Replies: 47
Views: 2309

Re: The Generosity of Berserkers

What a wonderful gift, an embodiment (embottlement??) of all the generosity to be found on this board.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 10th, 2021, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Grand Crus Blanc de Blancs
Replies: 27
Views: 2035

Re: TN: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Grand Crus Blanc de Blancs

I'm pretty sure a bottle of champagne has never seen Day 2 in our house. :)
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 10th, 2021, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Grand Crus Blanc de Blancs
Replies: 27
Views: 2035

Re: TN: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Grand Crus Blanc de Blancs

I wasn't tempted to open one at this stage before, and the notes I've read haven't changed my mind. Will leave mine to sleep for a good bit.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 10th, 2021, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?
Replies: 204
Views: 7687

Re: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?

Looks like 10 days, for me. I'm out.

But still firm on Dry January.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 9th, 2021, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?
Replies: 204
Views: 7687

Re: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?

This thread is making me feel better. I rarely order wine more than once or twice a month! So I'm doing great on frequency. Still struggling with quantity.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 9th, 2021, 6:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Date Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 2641

Re: First Date Wines

Okay, one more fun one: Internet date, so the guy knows I’m into wine, but we’ve never met in person before. Server comes to take a drinks order. Him: I’ll try the South African sauvignon blanc. Me: A glass of Chablis. (Server comes back with a glass of Chablis for me, and a glass containing an ounc...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 8th, 2021, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Date Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 2641

Re: First Date Wines

I have oh so many stories from my dating days when a man (always a man, women never pulled this), knowing that I was "into" wine, would bring something or order something he was sure would impress me, or even start spouting off a completely mistaken wine lecture. It rarely worked out. And...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 8th, 2021, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Dryuary (Dry January) 2021 Thread
Replies: 177
Views: 8076

Re: Official Dryuary (Dry January) 2021 Thread

Tonight was the first time I've been truly tempted. When there's an absolutely perfectly beautiful seared pork chop on your plate, that came straight from a Lancaster Country farm earlier today, before being carved off the full loin by the man of the house wielding a band saw....well, not to have a...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 8th, 2021, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Date Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 2641

Re: First Date Wines

I have oh so many stories from my dating days when a man (always a man, women never pulled this), knowing that I was "into" wine, would bring something or order something he was sure would impress me, or even start spouting off a completely mistaken wine lecture. It rarely worked out. Yep...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
January 8th, 2021, 5:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Date Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 2641

Re: First Date Wines

I have oh so many stories from my dating days when a man (always a man, women never pulled this), knowing that I was "into" wine, would bring something or order something he was sure would impress me, or even start spouting off a completely mistaken wine lecture. It rarely worked out.

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