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9 minutes ago, Robin Evans said:

See... zinfandel.... and even viognier....

I don't get the fuss..... I know it's subjective n'all that... I just don't get it....

I'm open to new tastes. I'll try all sorts.... and the Argentines and Chile are producing some excellent stuff now....

I have 120 bottles or so in the cellar... and despite the above proclamation, all but one bottle is french..... which probably say more about me than the wine

 

Argentina and Chile you can't go wrong

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3 minutes ago, Tongs ya bas said:

Argentina and Chile you can't go wrong

Argentine malbeck keeps hitting the high notes year on year. Not only do they do well in value for money, particularly at the budget end of the market, there are yards out there that have aspirations and are producing some wonderful fine wine at the top end too.

And if you like the white stuff.... the sauv blanc the Chileans are turning out is similarly getting some good reviews across all ranges.

Though to be fair, I do like a good kiwi sauv blanc

 

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1 hour ago, Robin Evans said:

See... zinfandel.... and even viognier....

I don't get the fuss..... I know it's subjective n'all that... I just don't get it....

I'm open to new tastes. I'll try all sorts.... and the Argentines and Chile are producing some excellent stuff now....

I have 120 bottles or so in the cellar... and despite the above proclamation, all but one bottle is french..... which probably say more about me than the wine

 

I love a good Viognier too, although finding one in most shops is hard, with the white shelves usually crowded out with Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc and Pinot grigio.

If you like new/different tastes, get hold of a bottle of Chateau Musar. Given time to breathe, it is a cracker!


Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon. (Susan Ertz)

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2 minutes ago, Bearman said:

How come you topers never review Buckfast?

To be honest I was a barchester freak when I lived up there, with the odd foray into lanliq. Buckfast tasted a bit too metallic for my palate.

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Some stories from Scotland.

Helen Mirren went into a pub and asked " what wines have you got please" ......."red and white" was the answer.

Overheard in a pub

"Whisky please"

It came with ice.  "I never asked for ice"...."ach its only frozen water, itll dae ya no harm" ......." tell that to the Captain o' the Titanic"

In a restaurant  " can I have some tomato sauce ?...." No we only have red or broon".

At a fancy dinner the new waiter was offering wine to the guests..... " red or clear"

 


Ron Banks

Bears and Barrow

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Trying out an experiment tonight - a quarter-bottle of dark rum (just supermarket own brand), partially emptied (such hardship!) and the space filled with chopped Medjool dates. Leave for a week in the fridge, apart from the occasional shake of the bottle, then strain.

There's still a little harshness from the cheapo rum, but the date flavour has certainly infused, making it more of a liqueur. Interesting and not bad at all.


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Bangkok in a few hours.

Sirocco Sky Lounge tonight at the hotel (some sky bar jazzy nonsense)

Gaggan tomorrow

Nahm for Sunday dinner

Suspect Gaggan will be amazing, but could be surpassed by street food and beer which is always a winner

 

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9 minutes ago, Bearman said:

Will be giving these filled snails a try

 https://www.lidl.co.uk/en/Offers.htm?articleId=6636

£1.99? Wow, that's seriously cheap.

The best thing about French-style snails is the garlic & herb butter. You should have some bread on hand to mop up the remainder from the plate. The snails themselves are a bit dull without the butter. 


Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon. (Susan Ertz)

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1 hour ago, Robin Evans said:

However.... poncey stuff aside....

Small bowl processed peyz.... mint concentrate.... malt vinegar.... white pepper.....

Poodles swingers

I don't even bother with the vinegar mint and pepper.

I really can't explain my devotion to tinned processed peas, but I can sit and eat a tin of them in a bowl and really enjoy them

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9 minutes ago, Tongs ya bas said:

I don't even bother with the vinegar mint and pepper.

I really can't explain my devotion to tinned processed peas, but I can sit and eat a tin of them in a bowl and really enjoy them

I always have a few tins of marrowfat peas in the cupboard. 


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Sirocco lounge - meh. Pretentious. Average

Gaggan - Wonderful food experience. Sat at the chef's table so had Gaggan with us for the evening. A lot of misdirection with plating, smells etc. A few highlights were a chocolate ball filled with chilli and curry, a prawn stuffed with sorbet that tasted like Tom Yum, Goat Brains. Every course seemed to have a place, it was refreshing or lingered on your palette for ages. Amazing - including the price!!

Nahm - Always a winner. Proper spicy or refreshing as good Thai food should be. Washed down with brilliant cocktails. Great service

Street food - Less and less of it kicking about. The government have really cracked down which is a shame

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A pork char siu bun and a green tea mooncake for lunch. Life is good.


Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon. (Susan Ertz)

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Well really advancing with me cooking now and trying new things. The works canteen has moved to a third party and there has been frozen stock left over that will be used or thrown cos it's out of date. Caught a whole box (5 kilos) of raw king prawns going out of date :O. £5 as a token gesture and 1.5 kg of prawns later I'm a happy man.

So going to do surf n turf wraps with onion and spring onions. Tesco's are doing some new corn wraps for 90p so they'll get the nod tonight.


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Ox tail. First of the season....

Big deep bobbins with a lovely layer of fat...... floured off and fried....

I've got good beef stock in the freezer.... fry off the holy trinity carrots celery onions.... add to pan.... 

And cook sloooooowwwwly ?

Proper snap

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Additional....

Laithwaites are chucking a very agreeable Mendoza malbeck..... "the waxed bat" in as a freebie with all cases of 12.

I've just bought a case as a present.... but I'm keeping that.... a cracking mid-week glug

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Just finished a home-made chicken laksa - the first time I've ever cooked one.

And it won't be the last! Turned out very nicely. :) 


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Any champagne/sparkling wine fans out there?

Tried a couple of new bottles at the weekend from the local wine merchant for a special occasion:

 

’Quartet’ by Roederer’s Anderson Estate (USA sparkling wine) £21

Fancied trying this after reading that it was the premium fizz from California made by famous champagne makers Louis Roederer.  Named after the four vineyards on the estate.

Grape: Chardonnay (60%), Pinot Noir (40%)

Verdict:  Mature complex notes with the Chardonnay especially prominent.

 

Canard-Duchene Brut Rose NV (Champagne) £22

Had this recommended to me by the wine merchant after being on the hunt for Camel Valley’s red fizz (Cornish sparkling wine).

Grape: Pinot Noir (45%),  Chardonnay (30%), Pinot Meunier (25%)

Verdict:  Reminiscent of the red fruity tones of Laurent Perrier Cuvée Rose at half the price! 

 

 

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I've got domaine de la Fontainerie from Vouvray. Sparkling Chenin... demi sec and brut 

And

Guy Durand.... Sparkling rose.... 

Both bloody good sparklers 

And visitors to the Loire valley please contact me for details. I can't recommend these highly enough. Guy in particularly has spent a few years getting there, but he's right on top of his game this last couple of years.

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It's been a while (I had some during the hotter days of Summer) since I had sparkling wine, but if we win the RWC final, I may break that streak. :D 

As far as Champagne goes I remember having Billecart-Salmon at a party a few years ago and really liking it. Laurent Perrier, too.

But my usual fizz isn't Champagne, but other sparkling wines, without the price tag that comes with the name. Some, including British versions, are very good indeed.

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I'm not a fan of pinot meunier or pinot noir.... even chardonnay doesn't get close to chenin or sauv blanc on my white variety fav list..... so champagne isn't really my sought after tipple.

That said, the trip to piper heidseck was fabulous. For a couple of hours we were treated like royalty and subjected to one of the most opulent tours imaginable.

However, given the opportunity to get down n dirty amongst the vines with Simione from moulin du poupre in provence.... only one winner

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