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About dinwiddie

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  • Birthday 05/09/1953

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    wine, dining, travel, jazz and good books . . . not necessarily in that order.
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    Near Olney MD

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  1. That was not meant as a negative. What I think is wonderful is that it is just like it used to be before the fire. A real (wonderful, authentic, and perfect) dive.
  2. The Quarry House in Silver Spring is now open again. Looks just like it did before the fire. Great beer list, and even better whisky list, but really a dive.
  3. I would have to say that it was a 1927 Domaine Bory Grenache Rivesaltes, which, if I remember correctly, Pool Boy shared with me with the rest of the DC Cru at Proof back in 2012. As to my cellar, currently the oldest wine I have is a 1985 Graham Port.
  4. Haven't eaten there since Tom Hudson owned it. I will have to make sure to stop in when I get the opportunity.
  5. I took my office to lunch at 701 to celebrate a tough year. All I can say is that it was excellent. They permitted me to bring three bottles of wine from my cellar (the normal limit is two per table) because there were eight of us. The table was waiting for us with sufficient stemware and decanters at the side (very good Riedels). I brought three Pinot Noirs, a 2015 Peay Savoy Vineyard, a 2012 Loring Russell Family Vineyard, and a 2009 Patricia Green Marine Sedimentary Ribbon Ridge (opened in reverse order of listing) Appetizers included Spanish Octopus with fresh anise, citrus, cape
  6. My wife and I went to Black's to celebrate our anniversary. I took a 2014 Kosta Browne Kanzler Vineyard PN with me. It turns out that they have the Sonoma Coast in a half bottle, but had no issue with me opening the Kanzler. They provided a decanter and excellent glasses to go with it. We go to Black's a couple of times a year and have always been pleased. We started with the Gala Apple and Brie Salad for my wife (Belgian Endive, Frisée, Radicchio, Apple Butter, Apple Cider Vinaigrette, Ginger Snap Croutons). She loved it but said that she could have used it as her main, it was quite
  7. Our return trip was every bit as good as our first meal. This time we had the 6 course tasting menu. At $69 it was an excellent value and the food was again delicious. This time I paired it with a 2012 Kosta Browne Kanzler Vineyard Pinot Noir. Fantastic meal, fantastic service, and a wonderful wine.
  8. My wife and I live in the Washington DC area, but her family lives in Philadelphia. We were visiting over the Passover/Easter weekend and because we were staying in Chestnut Hill, decided to try Mica, a small BYOB restaurant a few blocks from our hotel. We are used to fine dining and to be honest, found that Mica could hold its own with some of the best here in DC Chef driven, the restaurant only has about 32 seats. The services was superb, and the food outstanding. We started with a smoked trout salad with marinated fennel that was described as "a taste", but actually a small appetiz
  9. We went to Ricciuti's for dinner last night after not having been in quite a while. My wife was very pleased that there is now a gluten free pizza available as an option. She ordered it and said that it was very enjoyable. Makes it more likely that we will be back soon as we have been away because she has to try to avoid gluten as much as possible.
  10. I am not a huge fan of pho, but my wife and son are, so we have eaten at Pho and Grill in Olney many times. (They have a restaurant in Gathersburg too, I think). The pho is very good, and a huge bowl (according to my wife and son). I ordered the grilled steak on a salad that was also huge and very good. Summer rolls were excellent, with a nice dipping sauce. Prices are very good. The folks are friendly and efficient. The dining room is pleasant, clean, but nothing fancy. You order at the counter and the food is brought to you (so be sure to leave something in the tip jar.) Last nig
  11. Better to use an inferior glass than not to drink the wine at all. I have actually done a tasting of Pinot Noirs using two different types of glasses, one designed to deposit the wine further back on the tongue. And yes, you could tell a slight difference, but only a slight one.
  12. I agree. As Pool Boy can tell you, I have availed myself of corkage in DC, MD, and VA, hundreds of times. I was only commenting on the fact that in DC and MD, corkage is only permitted in establishments with a liquor license. Yes. Corkage does save money, but that is not the reason I normally do it. I have a lot of wine in my cellar, most of it very small production stuff that I like to drink with a good meal. If I can bring a bottle of Kosta Browne, Karl Lawrence, Radio Coteau, Loring, etc, with me, and enjoy it with a great meal, so much the better. However, at least half the time I pu
  13. Actually in DC or MD, unlike places like PA and NJ, if the establishment does not have a liquor license, they cannot offer corkage. The law requires that there be a licensed alcohol manager on site.
  14. I can only address wine for the most part. Specific glasses deposit the wine on a different part of your tongue when you take a sip, and thus have an effect on how you taste them. That said, any glass will do in a pinch, but for the most part you need a glass like Don said. However, I would also add that the size of the glass is also a factor. Not saying that bigger is better, but too small of a glass means that the wine fills up too much of the bowl and you cannot get full effect of the nose and flavor.
  15. I can't believe I never commented on Al Carbon (or that nobody else has since 2008). Yes, it is a hole in the wall with a cement floor. Yes, when you go it is usually 4 or 5 Latino guys listening to a soccer game and me and my son. Yes, the menu is not huge. But . . . Yes, the food is very good. Yes, it is inexpensive, Yes, the portions are large and the sides huge. No, there is no deep fried food or long smoked food. This is a wood fired grill place and the food reflects it. Fantastic Carne Azada, Carne o Pollo, and grilled fish. Very good burritos and quesadillas and even a pr
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