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by Boris Palameta
June 28th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Quick Impressions from Dinner in Ottawa--PYCM, Giacosa, Climens
Replies: 1
Views: 488

Re: TNs--Quick Impressions from Dinner in Ottawa--PYCM, Giacosa, Climens

Glad you enjoyed the Giacosa, Mike. It was indeed the Rabaja, happy to see it showing so well. The 98's have been really good to me, still have one bottle left while I wait on the 96's. I enjoyed your wines as well, especially the Climens - so pretty and vibrant for a hot vintage. A la prochaine!
by Boris Palameta
June 15th, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Le Clos Jordanne to return with original winemaker
Replies: 7
Views: 527

Re: Le Clos Jordanne to return with original winemaker

I’m with Richard, I always liked the single vineyard expressions even better than the Grand Clos. La Petite Vineyard & Claystone Terrace pinots, lovely stuff, those days are likely gone forever though. I think the fruit goes into one of the other big brands the owners bottle (Inniskillin?). What a w...
by Boris Palameta
June 14th, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Le Clos Jordanne to return with original winemaker
Replies: 7
Views: 527

Le Clos Jordanne to return with original winemaker

https://winesinniagara.com/2019/06/niagaras-le-clos-jordanne-wines-reborn-in-niagara/ Exciting news for those like me who enjoyed these wines...surely some of the finest Niagara Pinots and Chardonnays ever crafted, especially in the glory years of 2004 to 2006 (they started to fall off for me in the...
by Boris Palameta
June 12th, 2019, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another stupid poll about wine drinking
Replies: 56
Views: 2609

Re: Another stupid poll about wine drinking

Vermouth. It’s a great aperitif - it signals the end of the work day and that it’s time to think about other things.
by Boris Palameta
April 4th, 2019, 6:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Induction Cookware Recs Needed
Replies: 5
Views: 330

Re: Induction Cookware Recs Needed

The Ballarini induction series of nonstick pans works really well for me.
by Boris Palameta
March 6th, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine stores in Vancouver
Replies: 20
Views: 848

Re: Wine stores in Vancouver

David Cooper wrote:
March 6th, 2019, 8:57 am
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
March 6th, 2019, 4:25 am
I’m a big fan of Le vieux pin.
And La Stella here.

Not a huge fan of Sutton Place Wines. I prefer this place for BC wines:

https://swirlwinestore.ca
Nice!...new to me, I'll have to check it out next time I'm in town.
by Boris Palameta
March 5th, 2019, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine stores in Vancouver
Replies: 20
Views: 848

Re: Wine stores in Vancouver

My go-to place when I'm in Vancouver is Sutton Place Wine Merchant on Burrard St. Interesting international selection, but their real strength is blue chip BC wines (Vieux Pin, Foxtrot, Orofino, Nichol, Lariana, Meyer Family, Tantalus, etc.). The owner is passionate and engaging, and will take the ...
by Boris Palameta
March 5th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine stores in Vancouver
Replies: 20
Views: 848

Re: Wine stores in Vancouver

My go-to place when I'm in Vancouver is Sutton Place Wine Merchant on Burrard St. Interesting international selection, but their real strength is blue chip BC wines (Vieux Pin, Foxtrot, Orofino, Nichol, Lariana, Meyer Family, Tantalus, etc.). The owner is passionate and engaging, and will take the t...
by Boris Palameta
February 6th, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Wieninger Riesling ViennaHills '16...(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 75

Re: TN: Wieninger Riesling ViennaHills '16...(short/boring)

Thanks for the note, Tom. I wish I could get the Rieslings in my area. What’s your feeling on the longevity/need to age for the Gemischter Satz?
by Boris Palameta
December 14th, 2018, 11:19 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Basel
Replies: 0
Views: 220

Basel

Hi all, I’ll be spending some time in Alsace next week and I plan to take a day trip to Basel at some point.

Any wine ships I should check out? I’m mainly interested in Swiss wine, which is rarely available in my market.

Thanks!
by Boris Palameta
August 28th, 2018, 4:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--weekend in Ottawa, 15 Kutch, 15 Von Hovel and...90 Latricieres
Replies: 1
Views: 195

Re: TNs--weekend in Ottawa, 15 Kutch, 15 Von Hovel and...90 Latricieres

Always great to share bottles with you, Mike. Thanks especially for the Kutch Chard, my first - it was electric. If I could only get my hands on more of these.
by Boris Palameta
March 27th, 2018, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1983 Birth Year Wines
Replies: 48
Views: 1304

1983 Birth Year Wines

I'll second (or third?) Chateau Talbot '83, a wine that is really singing right now. I think '83 was really good in Alsace as well - I've had some great experiences with SGN's recently.
by Boris Palameta
February 27th, 2017, 9:24 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Ontario and Western NY State (inc Finger Lakes/Niagara region)
Replies: 21
Views: 991

Ontario and Western NY State (inc Finger Lakes/Niagara region)

This network of trails is kind of fun, not super well maintained, but many paths through the vineyards of several neighbouring Niagara wineries. We started at Angel's Gate, wound up taking the Bruce Trail (steep and uneven footing in places) and looping back to the main road just south of Hidden Ben...
by Boris Palameta
February 18th, 2017, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: British Columbian Wine - Opinions Please
Replies: 50
Views: 2268

British Columbian Wine - Opinions Please

I would urge visitors to dig deep in the Similkameen Valley....such a gorgeous area, with some lovely wineries who will receive you with open arms. E.g. Orofino, Little Farm, Clos du Soleil. In the Osoyoos area, look out for Lariana. Very small scale, they don`t produce a lot...but what there is, is...
by Boris Palameta
February 18th, 2017, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top 3 GREATEST Montrachets ever tasted?
Replies: 64
Views: 3923

Your top 3 GREATEST Montrachets ever tasted?

I think I've only ever had two. The Remoissenet Le Montrachet `96 about a year ago, which was very nice. though at the end of its life. And the `93 DRC with Bernard Noblet in the cellar, which was otherworldly and a life changing experience. Though I know I will never get anywhere chasing that drago...
by Boris Palameta
February 8th, 2017, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Weingut Knoll Vinothekfüllung Grüner Loibner
Replies: 16
Views: 700

TN: 2001 Weingut Knoll Vinothekfüllung Grüner Loibner

I still have a Knoll '97 Riesling TBA - no idea when to pop that sucker.
by Boris Palameta
February 8th, 2017, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Weingut Knoll Vinothekfüllung Grüner Loibner
Replies: 16
Views: 700

TN: 2001 Weingut Knoll Vinothekfüllung Grüner Loibner

I agree wholeheartedly with all the Knoll praise, these wines are special indeed. Especially the Vinothekfüllung bottlings, which as I understand it are made up of blends of the best fruit from single vineyards (maybe someone more in the know can provide details/corrections). I had the '04 GV a coup...
by Boris Palameta
January 11th, 2017, 9:30 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Low Cost Kindle Versions of Cookbooks
Replies: 55
Views: 3676

Low Cost Kindle Versions of Cookbooks

This is a great thread...I missed some of the earlier suggestions, but got the Japanese Soul Cooking for $1.99 CDN. Thank you, and keep 'em coming...
by Boris Palameta
November 18th, 2016, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jean-Luc Jamet
Replies: 2
Views: 1057

Jean-Luc Jamet

Thanks Patrick. I had a chance to try the two CdR's, both in the $30-35 range. Red was impressive, white less so. Both sold out quickly. At $125, I didn't try the Cote-Rotie.
by Boris Palameta
November 10th, 2016, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jean-Luc Jamet
Replies: 2
Views: 1057

Jean-Luc Jamet

I think it's been a few years since Jean-Luc Jamet split from his brother and nephew and the rest of Domaine Jamet, but I've just noticed some of his wine appearing in my marketplace under the label Vignoble Jean-Luc Jamet: there's a Cote Rotie Terrasses, two Cotes-du-Rhone (one white and one red, c...
by Boris Palameta
September 14th, 2016, 5:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Visits in Central Istria???
Replies: 19
Views: 502

Winery Visits in Central Istria???

Calendar of truffle related events...makes me want to go!
http://www.istria-gourmet.com/en/inform ... ?&l_over=1
by Boris Palameta
September 14th, 2016, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Visits in Central Istria???
Replies: 19
Views: 502

Winery Visits in Central Istria???

Body armor? I'm not sure where people think Istria is...? Lovely area, good food, places like Rovinj tend to get trampled over in the summer, but tourist numbers will probably be quite manageable in October. Istria is pršut (cured ham) country, the farm you're staying on likely produces their own, a...
by Boris Palameta
August 25th, 2016, 5:32 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: SAQ - Montreal
Replies: 2
Views: 292

SAQ - Montreal

The Signature store at Les Ailes mentioned above is indeed a must visit. Premium (and premium-priced) products not available elsewhere, not just wine but spirits as well. And Ludwig is the best product consultant anywhere, period. I would also put in a word for the Atwater Market branch (155, avenue...
by Boris Palameta
July 21st, 2016, 9:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Pissing crap! It is a lovely Zind-Hunbrecht!
Replies: 15
Views: 1018

TN: Pissing crap! It is a lovely Zind-Hunbrecht!

I've blown through quite a few Zinds in the past few years, and have had more hits than misses...though too many bloody misses for the scores these wines were getting. In years like 1997 and 2000, only the VT's seem to have held up for me. I've had better luck with the '05's (including an excellent ...
by Boris Palameta
May 5th, 2016, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 08 red Burgundy: Are you still bullish?
Replies: 115
Views: 8830

08 red Burgundy: Are you still bullish?

I'm finding that Bourgognes that drank somewhat lean and shrill upon release are starting to fill out nicely, and becoming quite elegant. Haven't touched any 1ers yet.
by Boris Palameta
May 3rd, 2016, 4:34 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Vegan Friendly Paris? Or Does That Not Exist?
Replies: 19
Views: 971

Vegan Friendly Paris? Or Does That Not Exist?

Some good falafel places in the Marais. Also the Happy Cow website has a good comprehensive-looking listing of vegan and veg-friendly restaurants, just type in Paris in the search bar. http://www.happycow.net/
by Boris Palameta
December 3rd, 2015, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1973 Roumier
Replies: 15
Views: 1331

1973 Roumier

Without this forum doing what it does so well - i.e. enabling purchases [cheers.gif] - I probably never would have taken a chance on this bottle. And been reminded, once again, that producer/site so often trumps vintage. Thanks folks.
by Boris Palameta
November 28th, 2015, 8:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1973 Roumier
Replies: 15
Views: 1331

1973 Roumier

Finally drank this for a dear friend's birthday. Pellucid ruby colour shows through the clear glass bottle. Lots of gunk between the capsule and cork, but wiped it down and got it out in one piece with my trusty Durand. Scent of autumn leaves and earth and fading remnants of the last of summer's ber...
by Boris Palameta
November 16th, 2015, 11:51 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Austria Tips?
Replies: 43
Views: 3232

Austria Tips?

Durnstein and surroundings are the heart of Wachau wine country. As someone suggested earlier in the thread, an alternative to visiting producers would be to make a pilgrimage to Vinothek Fohringer in the village of Spitz, a short cab ride from Durnstein. Amazing store, I can't imagine a better sele...
by Boris Palameta
November 16th, 2015, 6:20 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Austria Tips?
Replies: 43
Views: 3232

Austria Tips?

There are a lot of good wine shops in Vienna. My favourite is the Vinothek St. Stephan, near the cathedral. Great selection, including some less obvious choices, and very helpful staff. http://www.ststephan.at/catalog.php Also some very good wine is made in Vienna, some of it meant for easy glugging...
by Boris Palameta
November 5th, 2015, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My first Kutch
Replies: 13
Views: 1196

My first Kutch

First availability of these wines at my local monopoly (SAQ), McDougall '12 and Sonoma Coast '13. Cellaring the former, but popped a bottle of the latter and drank it over two days. Amazingly intense and inviting floral/rose aromatics - I'm not sure the extent to which stem inclusion contributes to ...
by Boris Palameta
October 6th, 2015, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk Mencia
Replies: 41
Views: 2169

Let's talk Mencia

Second Greg T. on the Abad, and it seems to be built for aging. Older vintages are released regularly in my market. Had the '01 Abad Dom Bueno Crianza a couple of years ago ago, and it was quite lovely. Amazing QPR. Haven't tried the premium bottling (Carracedo).
by Boris Palameta
July 24th, 2015, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Ottawa weekend wines, Pousse D'Or, Bessin, 76 BA, others
Replies: 4
Views: 260

TNs--Ottawa weekend wines, Pousse D'Or, Bessin, 76 BA, others

I couldn't very well let a little thing like a delayed flight back from Nova Scotia make me miss my first WB Ottawa offline. Mike, it was great to meet you and Genny. I can't add much to your excellent tasting notes, except to say that the Schloss Eltz BA has shown some bottle variation, and I'm gla...
by Boris Palameta
July 22nd, 2015, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burlington, VT wine suggestions anyone?
Replies: 11
Views: 365

Burlington, VT wine suggestions anyone?

I'm not from Burlington, but used to visit regularly. I like the city a lot. Best wine store for my old world/AFWE palate is Dedalus. Also, a few miles outside of the city in Shelburne, Village Wine and Coffee is a great little store. Both stores host regular tastings with visiting winemakers. Burli...
by Boris Palameta
July 17th, 2015, 7:24 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Ottawa--Saturday July 18
Replies: 7
Views: 389

Ottawa--Saturday July 18

Mike, my friend Dominique and I should be able to make it by about 8:30-8:45, if that's ok. Go ahead and order for yourselves, and we'll decide how best to join in when we get there. I have a '76 Scheurebe Beerenauslese that's lined up and ready to go.
by Boris Palameta
July 15th, 2015, 10:34 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Ottawa--Saturday July 18
Replies: 7
Views: 389

Ottawa--Saturday July 18

Ottawa has more to offer than a hockey team. As does, one can only hope, Toronto ;)
by Boris Palameta
June 18th, 2015, 6:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Swiss Pinot Noir?
Replies: 14
Views: 1128

Swiss Pinot Noir?

Thanks for all the great suggestions. Sounds like Swiss PN is well worth seeking out, though likely not easy to find outside Switzerland. I enjoy travel that combines my passions for wine, nature and hiking. A trip to Switzerland and Northern Italy has been on my short list for a while, was thinking...
by Boris Palameta
June 17th, 2015, 8:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Swiss Pinot Noir?
Replies: 14
Views: 1128

Swiss Pinot Noir?

Anyone have any experience with these? Just opened one from the Valais (an area known mainly for whites, or so I thought) that kind of blew me away. Serge Roh - Caves Les Ruinettes, Grand Cru de Vétroz, 2009. I don't have a lot of information on the producer, other than that it's a Rosenthal selecti...
by Boris Palameta
March 31st, 2015, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1973 Roumier
Replies: 15
Views: 1331

1973 Roumier

They offered me the bottle for $140 and based on all the positive vibes above, I took it. Thanks for all the input, I will report back (though I am saving it for a birthday).
by Boris Palameta
March 28th, 2015, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1973 Roumier
Replies: 15
Views: 1331

1973 Roumier

I'm looking for some advice on a possible purchase, namely a 1973 Roumier Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Clos de La Bussière. Not a well-regarded vintage, I know. The main attraction is that it would be a birthday wine for someone special. The bottle was offered at a charity auction with a minimum bid of $...
by Boris Palameta
January 24th, 2015, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1975 Claret
Replies: 25
Views: 730

TN: 1975 Claret

I had an excellent 75 Haut Brion last year. Tannins resolved, earthy, savoury.
by Boris Palameta
January 24th, 2015, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Producers that made really good 2007 red Burgundies
Replies: 142
Views: 5863

Producers that made really good 2007 red Burgundies

Not baller, but the 07 Alain Burguet GC Mes Favorites VV is a super wine. Fragrant, bright, ethereal. Wish I had more.
by Boris Palameta
December 28th, 2014, 10:59 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: So Who Likes to Offline? City-by-city "database" PLEASE PM IF YOUR CITY HAS CHANGED
Replies: 246
Views: 22350

So Who Likes to Offline? City-by-city "database"

I've never met the Toronto berserkers, but would welcome them or anyone else passing through Ottawa for an offline.
by Boris Palameta
November 13th, 2014, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Going On With The 2010 Monprivato?
Replies: 167
Views: 9602

What's Going On With The 2010 Monprivato?

another take is that AG's absurd score inflation has had repercussions for us common folk. Except he didn't like the 09s in general and the Monprivato in particular. You may be able to blame him for the 2010's but not the 09s.[/quote] He scored it 93-95. Sounds like he hated it.[/quote] The problem...
by Boris Palameta
November 13th, 2014, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Going On With The 2010 Monprivato?
Replies: 167
Views: 9602

What's Going On With The 2010 Monprivato?

The price hikes here in Quebec started with the currently available 2009, which at $154 is more than 50% higher than the 2008 was. And the hikes are across the board - the '09 Villero and Santo Stefano cost more than the '08 Monprivato did. Even if Mascarello did a great job in the hot '09 vintage,...
by Boris Palameta
November 13th, 2014, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Going On With The 2010 Monprivato?
Replies: 167
Views: 9602

What's Going On With The 2010 Monprivato?

The price hikes here in Quebec started with the currently available 2009, which at $154 is more than 50% higher than the 2008 was. And the hikes are across the board - the '09 Villero and Santo Stefano cost more than the '08 Monprivato did. Even if Mascarello did a great job in the hot '09 vintage, ...
by Boris Palameta
November 9th, 2014, 5:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: POULET au VINAIGRE
Replies: 13
Views: 585

POULET au VINAIGRE

Made this tonight while suffering from Paris withdrawal, a week after returning from a trip there. It really did the trick. Fantastic sauce, and so simple. My compliments!
by Boris Palameta
September 21st, 2014, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bourgogne Aujourd'hui
Replies: 5
Views: 280

Bourgogne Aujourd'hui

A few recent issues available as free downloads on the website, including one in English (#116). Interesting to see domains that I suspect will be unknown to many in North America often scoring just as high or higher than more familiar names. Thanks for the tip.
by Boris Palameta
September 7th, 2014, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Graacher Himmelreich, which vintage, which Prum?
Replies: 20
Views: 782

Which Graacher Himmelreich, which vintage, which Prum?

Sounds like they do very well in softer vintages, so I'll bite. I prefer my wines with some age on them, so won't touch them for a while. Thanks everyone for your input.
by Boris Palameta
September 6th, 2014, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Graacher Himmelreich, which vintage, which Prum?
Replies: 20
Views: 782

Which Graacher Himmelreich, which vintage, which Prum?

Ok, my next question is: how did JJ do in the less heralded 2011 vintage? Well, not as good as 2010 or 2012. The fruit profile is much more to the stonefruit side of the spectrum - peach, rather than lime and apple. Sometimes the wines can be a bit soft. I didn't love the W-S kabinett. But its Prum...

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