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Putting together my bar...(long)

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by drizzt3117, Nov 23, 2004.

  1. denarii

    denarii Active Member

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    I am really close to Santa Ana, it's just the next city over, I will have to check it out...

    Heh - nothing like a 2-yr delay to revive an old thread, but you might want to try Hi Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa as well ( http://www.hitimewine.net/ ). The staff are generally friendly, and can help you out a lot better than I. As for beers, take a look at some belgian beers (my favorites are chimay ales and rochefort trappists). Many of them have been double or triple fermented to produce more intense flavors (and higher alcohol content). Although, I'd recommend carrying bottles of 10-12 different types of beer, allowing your guests to choose their favorites or to experiment with new styles.
     
  2. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    Heh, my cellar/bar has been done for awhile, but I do visit Hi Time on a pretty regular basis.
     
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    Homme Senior member

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    It may not be a bad idea to buy a bunch of cases, I think I am going to be going with a bunch of Australian stuff though, I don't want to sink a huge chunk of money into wine right now... I may try to stock up on a few lesser Australian reds that I like, and some American stuff, I have a few cases of Cakebread reds, and I may try to get a few of the Bin 128 and 389 from 2002.

    If you can get your hands on it .. Penfolds Bin 128 from 2001 is a little superior to the 2002 (imo).
     
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    life_interrupts Senior member

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    Wow, you look well covered, but I might suggest some Spanish reds like Lan Rioja or Viñas del Cenit Venta Mazzaron Tempranillo. Granachas are good also.

    As for rums, Ron Pampero Anniversario is a very nice, hi-quality rum with great packaging.
     
  5. drizzt3117

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    If you can get your hands on it .. Penfolds Bin 128 from 2001 is a little superior to the 2002 (imo).

    I have a few of these put away, they're pretty nice.
     
  6. Kent Wang

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    It depends what you are into as Sake selection can be far more confusing than wine selection. There are afterall, over 10,000 varieties of sake. Generally, I think a good junmai-daigingo is the safest, most flavorful and logical selection to keep behind a bar. I also think it would be best to stay away from a Nigori sake, for instance, because whilst it is good, it does have a peculiar taste and generally does not appeal to everyone. Even if I were to recommend a few bottles it can be very difficult to find specific types/brands in your area and when you do most of the labels are only written in Japanese! What I would do (and usually do myself) is go to your local Japanese grocer, and ask their advice on a good bottle of junmai-daigingo. Gekkeikan and Ozeki are two of the biggest Sake producers in Japan and always make a decent, dependable bottle; they are also easier to find in the U.S. than alot of the Sakes from smaller producers. Also, if you do have Japanese friends, as you said, make sure to get a bottle of Shochu! The ladies love Chuhai [​IMG] .......

    And don't forget to buy a few choko to serve the sake in!
     
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    shoreman1782 Senior member

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    Looking well-prepared, Kent. I have been drinking beer and wine to the exclusion of liquor lately, so I'm afraid my bar is looking a little neglected (i.e., actually dusty).

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    Urgh, shochu... reminds me of drunk nights eating shrimp crackers and singing Scorpions at the noraebang.
     

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