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by Sarah Kirschbaum
September 13th, 2019, 5:39 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 348
Views: 29028

Re: Your Gin?

Traditional favorites for me are Hendricks and Plymouth Navy Strength, but just bought my first bottle of Aviation and I like it. The price is quite nice as well. Plymouth Navy Strength+Fever Tree+a properly ripened Key Lime=Perfection. [cheers.gif] In a pint glass :) My husband's G&T vessel is a p...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
September 12th, 2019, 11:40 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Bilbao, San Sebastian, Rioja this Fall
Replies: 15
Views: 700

Re: Bilbao, San Sebastian, Rioja this Fall

One place I'm surprised not to see mentioned is Ganbara which I thought was amazing. We actually went twice for lunch. Make sure to get the mushrooms. Ganbara is the best. It is family owned and run, and the son who is now in charge is fanatical about food, and about getting the highest quality pro...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
September 11th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What's you favorite Vegetarian-qualifying food?
Replies: 24
Views: 571

Re: What's you favorite Vegetarian-qualifying food?

Ratatouille, if you are looking for something more on the actual vegetable side rather than more mushrooms, pasta or beans/legumes. There are simple versions which work very well for limited cooking facilities and it can work with a number of wines. Also works exceptionally well reheated. That is m...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
September 10th, 2019, 11:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What's you favorite Vegetarian-qualifying food?
Replies: 24
Views: 571

Re: What's you favorite Vegetarian-qualifying food?

Ratatouille, if you are looking for something more on the actual vegetable side rather than more mushrooms, pasta or beans/legumes. There are simple versions which work very well for limited cooking facilities and it can work with a number of wines. Also works exceptionally well reheated.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
September 9th, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Little Things Mean a Lot - the Travel Version
Replies: 34
Views: 941

Re: Little Things Mean a Lot - the Travel Version

scamhi wrote:
September 9th, 2019, 12:51 pm
I always travel with a monopole ahso wine opening. it has no knife TSA and screening never stops me.
Large gallon size zip lock bags are great to have.
l wouldn't count on that one - I've never had an ahso get through security. Have lost at least 3 between me and Jonathan.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
September 7th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Little Things Mean a Lot - the Travel Version
Replies: 34
Views: 941

Little Things Mean a Lot - the Travel Version

I travel a lot, for business and for pleasure. Over the years, I've accumulated a list of little things, not obvious ones, that improve my travel experience to a disproportionate degree. I'm not talking band-aids and nail scissors, though those things are important, too. I mean the "duh, why didn't ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
September 5th, 2019, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traveling Wine Glasses
Replies: 14
Views: 550

Re: Traveling Wine Glasses

Just arrived in Hong Kong with our Os in the carry-on. We even used them on the plane.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
September 2nd, 2019, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 778
Views: 50010

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Opened our first bottle of NV Eric Rodez Champagne Grand Cru Cuvée des Grands Vintages, from a lot disgorged in May 2016. While the nose was quite impressive, we found it a bit disjointed, with coarse bubbles. Still drinkable, but not nearly what I was expecting with the producer and cru. No signs ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
September 2nd, 2019, 5:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 534
Views: 26695

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Assuming we drink a bottle tonight, then August stands at: Added: +42 Drank: -33 Net: 9 In my defense, however, a case of what was added was a gift, which is why I used the term "added" instead of "purchased." I think we did pretty well considering we were away for a week. that’s impressive, a minu...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
August 31st, 2019, 2:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Help me Redesign my Kitchen
Replies: 48
Views: 932

Re: Help me Redesign my Kitchen

Second dishwasher would be nice, though having an extra sink in a nearby butler's pantry or mudroom (what I have) can at least function as a place to put extra dirty dishes until the dishwasher frees up. In my tiny kitchen days, dirty dishes went straight into the bathtub during dinner parties. Jus...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
August 31st, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 534
Views: 26695

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Assuming we drink a bottle tonight, then August stands at:

Added: +42
Drank: -33
Net: 9

In my defense, however, a case of what was added was a gift, which is why I used the term "added" instead of "purchased." I think we did pretty well considering we were away for a week.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
August 31st, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Help me Redesign my Kitchen
Replies: 48
Views: 932

Re: Help me Redesign my Kitchen

Looking at oven stacks. Definitely interested in a combi-oven and thinking about a double wall oven with plumbed water line and a chamber vac and warming drawer if it fits below. All the Miele stuff is 24”. Which means half sheet pan is the max. Don’t have wall space for 36” bit can do 30’s and won...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
August 31st, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: London Recos
Replies: 18
Views: 1873

Re: London Recos

Cant say enough good things bout this place if you like Indian food: Trishna. Local, regional dishes I have never heard of or seen before. Each one better than the next and paired with regional cocktails. https://www.trishnalondon.com/ Also, I found an hour at Hedonism Fine Wines to be as good as a...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
August 31st, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 778
Views: 50010

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Opened our first bottle of NV Eric Rodez Champagne Grand Cru Cuvée des Grands Vintages, from a lot disgorged in May 2016. While the nose was quite impressive, we found it a bit disjointed, with coarse bubbles. Still drinkable, but not nearly what I was expecting with the producer and cru. No signs o...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
August 31st, 2019, 10:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Help me Redesign my Kitchen
Replies: 48
Views: 932

Re: Help me Redesign my Kitchen

I completely agree re drawers for below counter except we lucked into the need for a small filler and ended up with a thin, tall cabinet next to the range which is perfect for sheet pans. Oh sure - we also have a dedicated sheet pan space (not a cabinet, just an open rectangular slot that fits up t...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
August 31st, 2019, 6:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Help me Redesign my Kitchen
Replies: 48
Views: 932

Re: Help me Redesign my Kitchen

We recently built a house, mostly so we could have our dream kitchen. Two things I would suggest: 1) if you have a cook top rather than a stove, make sure it's somewhere you can still have a pot filler. I've seen people put their cook tops in an island and decide they can do without the pot filler. ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
August 30th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What price per bottle do you use in cellar tracker?
Replies: 73
Views: 1686

Re: What price per bottle do you use in cellar tracker?

I enter bottle price only, but do include the vig on auction purchases. If I'm shipping from overseas, so the cost is higher, I put a note about that in the Notes section. The price I enter in CT is most useful to me looking back weeks, months or years later to see what price I paid then relative to...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
August 30th, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience
Replies: 33
Views: 1166

Re: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience

I am not sure if that's accurate. I think "Tokubetsu" is actually an unregulated term for sake production, but I could definitely be wrong on this. You're right, it's not a regulated term. Most sake designations are incredibly precise, so there are a few terms that are used when breweries want to i...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
August 29th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Phases of Aging Riesling
Replies: 57
Views: 2068

Re: Phases of Aging Riesling

Main question about putting the 2015 Germans away without touching them? I tend to buy riesling by the case, and if its a younger vintage, and I am having a bottle every two or three months, I wait until I get my first bottle that tells me "shutdown", and then I put it away for 4 to 5 or more years...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
August 29th, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best of Class restaurant dishes
Replies: 41
Views: 1431

Re: Best of Class restaurant dishes

dcornutt wrote:
August 28th, 2019, 12:02 pm
Kelly Walker wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Bone marrow fusilli at Marea in NYC. Have to have it every time.
Yes.
We had our wedding lunch (closest we got to a reception) at Marea after the service and all of us ordered this dish, except one who is vegetarian.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
August 29th, 2019, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience
Replies: 33
Views: 1166

Re: Sake. Very interesting beverage. My Kyoto experience

dcornutt wrote:
August 29th, 2019, 7:36 am
Thanks.
Don - you may be thinking of the terms Yamahai or Kimoto. Running into a mtg but take a look online at one of the good sake sites. Fascinating processes. Yamahai and kimoto sakes are some of my favorites.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
August 28th, 2019, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Phases of Aging Riesling
Replies: 57
Views: 2068

Re: Phases of Aging Riesling

I think you will find many people on the board agree about the muted phase of Riesling. It's been discussed on many threads, but I'm afraid I wouldn't know what kind of search terms would lead directly to those.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
August 25th, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 88
Views: 3224

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

No comment on the Sarah association with Chick-fil-A, which no self respecting Sarah would ever frequent, much less cook for.... As for the Popeye's version, I've never had one, but I have a dear friend who owns something like 10 Popeye's locations in LA and Las Vegas. So please, by all means, keep ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
August 25th, 2019, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1983 dunn napa
Replies: 26
Views: 1364

Re: 1983 dunn napa

R@y.Tupp@+sch wrote:
August 25th, 2019, 10:41 am
ybarselah wrote:
August 25th, 2019, 8:22 am
age your wines!
I don't believe in that philosophy.
So when will my 5L of the '87 Howell Mountain be ready, then?
by Sarah Kirschbaum
August 21st, 2019, 11:17 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: PSA: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is nearly the perfect east coast beach town
Replies: 32
Views: 1277

Re: PSA: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is nearly the perfect east coast beach town

Josh, I believe that technically that is Lewes and not Rehoboth Beach? You can ride a bike to that from Rehoboth, though. Sarah, was that Espuma? It is also the best town/city for dining in Delaware. Traffic out on route 1 is brutal at times, though. My cousins used to own a restaurant there, but t...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
August 21st, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 140
Views: 7997

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

this does not stop the merchant from charging the credit card processing fee (which can happen to be ~3%) to you So send a wire transfer when dealing with merchants who impose that fee. If you want the wine and you don't want the fee, you can do without the points. There's some downside in peace of...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
August 18th, 2019, 12:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: OK to store long-term in OWC?
Replies: 37
Views: 2090

Re: OK to store long-term in OWC?

I would definitely check the bottles, even if you are buying from a reputable source. We just took delivery of some more 2006 Comte de Champagne from a great retailer and one of the fancy wooden 6 pack cases had only 5 bottles. No one knows how it happened, and of course it was remedied, but shows i...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
August 17th, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Maris Piper potatoes.....roger
Replies: 19
Views: 1395

Re: Maris Piper potatoes.....roger

Just had very good fish n' chips in Edinburgh made with Maris Piper potatoes. Excellent flavor, though execution was not perfect. Not the fault of the potato. When I saw the menu naming potato type, I immediately remembered this thread.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
August 10th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 534
Views: 26695

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

I finally did look at the YTD figures in CT and can proudly say that we're on track to have bought less than half the number of bottles of our next "best" year, and about a third as many as an average year. That's based on purchases since I got married and caught the case-purchase bug from my husba...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
August 10th, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 534
Views: 26695

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

7 months into the year it’s time to see yearly, not just monthly, “progress.” You just want to rub it in. Allow me my small triumphs! :) I must admit tiny vicarious pleasures in seeing that I am not the sole addicted oenophile. I just admit I’m hopeless. I finally did look at the YTD figures in CT ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
August 10th, 2019, 4:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Just hit the 1K milestone
Replies: 64
Views: 2891

Re: Just hit the 1K milestone

It's a matter of perspective and goals. 1000 bottles doesn't seem like a huge amount if you are aging a good percentage of that, enjoy a fairly broad range of regions and grapes, and sometimes buy more than 1 or 2 of things you like. Consumption is also a factor. If you stopped buying right now, how...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
August 9th, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5
Replies: 40
Views: 1797

Re: COOKBOOKS: What Are Your Top 5

I am an unapologetic cookbook junkie. I've read hundreds, and own more than 100. Most nights, we don't use a cookbook or recipe. But I wouldn't know anywhere near as much as I do about how to build bases for different cuisines, combine flavors, what technique applies best to what cuts of meat or whi...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
August 9th, 2019, 4:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Another lost Friday afternoon gathering – 88 DRCs, 90 Bordeauxs, Raveneaus, Dauvissats and etc.
Replies: 33
Views: 2278

Re: TN: Another lost Friday afternoon gathering – 88 DRCs, 90 Bordeauxs, Raveneaus, Dauvissats and etc.

The myth to dispel is that the waxed bottles contain a different barrel selection to the capsuled bottles: Dauvissat assured me that isn't the case, and folks in Chablis who have done side-by-side tastings insist they have identified no differences. William, The waxed bottles that I buy in Europe a...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
August 8th, 2019, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Burg would you go for? Daniel Rion '95 vs Domaine Fourrier '96
Replies: 34
Views: 1268

Re: Which Burg would you go for? Daniel Rion '95 vs Domaine Fourrier '96

Jeremy Holmes wrote:
August 8th, 2019, 5:50 pm
I voted for Rion. I am biased however, as we import their wines into Australia.
We are the beneficiaries, even in the US - your notes are usually spot on for Rion.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
August 8th, 2019, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Burg would you go for? Daniel Rion '95 vs Domaine Fourrier '96
Replies: 34
Views: 1268

Re: Which Burg would you go for? Daniel Rion '95 vs Domaine Fourrier '96

I also voted Rion. The Beaux Monts is usually a stand out for Rion, especially from that period, and conveys vineyard character well. Fourrier wines I find a little generic, though many others disagree.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
August 8th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: PSA: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is nearly the perfect east coast beach town
Replies: 32
Views: 1277

Re: PSA: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is nearly the perfect east coast beach town

Jeff Vaughan wrote:
August 7th, 2019, 1:56 pm
It is also the best town/city for dining in Delaware. Traffic out on route 1 is brutal at times, though.
My cousins used to own a restaurant there, but they couldn't make it work. He used to be a serious chef in DC, and I think they tried to do too much. Too bad, he's a very talented chef.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
August 7th, 2019, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Young Cabs?
Replies: 43
Views: 2226

Re: Decanting Young Cabs?

Blair Ridley wrote:
August 7th, 2019, 4:50 pm
Right on Sarah. Very thoughtful post!

(PS - So nice to see you on here as a regular contributor!)
Thanks Blair. It's been a while, no? Hope all is well.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
August 7th, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Young Cabs?
Replies: 43
Views: 2226

Re: Decanting Young Cabs?

For what it's worth, my two cents is that the only reason to open a very young, but age worthy, wine, unless you know that's the way you like it, is to see where it is RIGHT NOW and get a reference point. Pour it, swirl it, give it time, tasting along the way....if, after an hour or more, it still i...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
August 7th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Young Cabs?
Replies: 43
Views: 2226

Re: Decanting Young Cabs?

Exactly what I would say. Big red wines that need some time to "open up" usually do it in an hour or two after a quick double decant, i.e. giving the wine some aeration by decanting it to another container and immediately back to the bottle. The only wines that could actually benefit from really lo...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
August 5th, 2019, 3:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 778
Views: 50010

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

1997 Diebolt-Vallois Fleur de Passion - Scrumptious, mature and nutty, a perfect caviar pairing and utterly satisfying. Great note. Bought a few 08’s on reputation, promptly took them to offsite. Will have to look around for some aged expressions. My '08s are all in storage as well, but I had one r...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 31st, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 534
Views: 26695

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Not so great this month. A lot of requests from earlier in the year got fulfilled in July, along with some good finds, and a half case of prosecco for spritzes. We did our best to make up for it! Purchased: 61 Consumed: 46 Net: +15 These figures do not count a 6 for 6 vintage trade on some chablis....
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 31st, 2019, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another 'how many bottles' question. Or what would you choose from the wine list?
Replies: 24
Views: 1096

Re: Another 'how many bottles' question. Or what would you choose from the wine list?

People drink wine at weddings? My move is usually 2-4 whiskey drinks and then beer for the rest of the night so I can still stand!! Assuming the bar is still open during dinner, just let people order their own drinks from the bar, and stop worrying about the small details. That’s for your SO to dea...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 31st, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another 'how many bottles' question. Or what would you choose from the wine list?
Replies: 24
Views: 1096

Re: Another 'how many bottles' question. Or what would you choose from the wine list?

Presumably there is a caterer who will take care of logistics like stems, so not really at issue here. 175 people....any kids? Let's say not. I'd assume somewhere around 25 - 30 won't drink at all or will nurse a drink. On the other end of the spectrum, in my experience, except for wine geeks, the h...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 31st, 2019, 6:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 534
Views: 26695

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Not so great this month. A lot of requests from earlier in the year got fulfilled in July, along with some good finds, and a half case of prosecco for spritzes. We did our best to make up for it! Purchased: 61 Consumed: 46 Net: +15 These figures do not count a 6 for 6 vintage trade on some chablis.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 30th, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Glasses for Rental Cabin
Replies: 50
Views: 2292

Re: Wine Glasses for Rental Cabin

Not an answer to the question, but a fun story - we stayed together with some dear friends, also wine lovers, at a rental apartment in Kyoto, and brought along some great bottles. The glasses were inadequate, so we purchased a box of Riedel stems at Takashimaya. The glasses now live in the owner's o...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 30th, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Sydney Restaurant & Wine Bars
Replies: 9
Views: 492

Re: Sydney Restaurant & Wine Bars

I was in Sydney for the first time in 2018, just for a few days, and had some very nice meals. I had a delightful lunch at Ester, sitting at the counter: https://www.ester-restaurant.com.au/ And a truly excellent solo lunch at Firedoor - it's been around for a long time, and is still turning out pla...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 28th, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 778
Views: 50010

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

1997 Diebolt-Vallois Fleur de Passion - Scrumptious, mature and nutty, a perfect caviar pairing and utterly satisfying.
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 28th, 2019, 7:44 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Which Scotch distilleries are firing on all cylinders?
Replies: 89
Views: 6112

Re: Which Scotch distilleries are firing on all cylinders?

Is Lagavulin really back? Sounds like it must be. Used to drink tons of it back in the day, before they were bought out and disappeared from the market for a couple of years. Tried it a couple of times after the reappearance and thought it was only OK, but probably haven't bought a bottle in 10-12 ...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 25th, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2154
Views: 128188

Re: New York City Restaurants

Thank for the write up on Oxalis. Suzy and I in NYC this weekend. Any new places we should hit lower east side / east village on our walking tour? I wrote down all the Brooklyn spots you guys mentioned. Probably try to hit the bar at Momofuku Ko for late lunch at the least. Cagen has changed format...
by Sarah Kirschbaum
July 25th, 2019, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine list buying vs. corkage habit
Replies: 52
Views: 1965

Re: Wine list buying vs. corkage habit

most of my eating is in NYC, i'd say i bring 30% of the time and it's always something special. but even then 100% of the time i buy one off the list. i have a professional bias towards this now, but i've pretty much always done this. Good point, thanks Yaacov. Agreed. Unless the place is truly BYO...

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