From: Noo Yawk City
some *gasp* common sense entering my decision making
Is that something to do with being hit over the head by a bored wife?
The evil eye works just as well. Plus realizing that spending stupidly lessens the amount of funds for the really good bottles.
I cook with these... often improves the dish and my cellar!
Beef stew is soooo much better after marinating the cubes in some unwanted Bourgogne or Cab.
See now, I had a coq au vin at Daniel Boulud's restaurant in New York last year, and I was sure it had been braised in a slightly oaky, OLD red wine. I thought to myself at the time OH! He's got a case of amazing but sadly over the hill bordeaux that he didn't know what to do with so they jazzed up the coq au vin with it! Brilliant -- lucky us.
Had the same dish there recently, and it was great but clearly made with a different gravy.