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by RichardFlack
August 6th, 2020, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wine Movie
Replies: 72
Views: 2200

Re: Favorite Wine Movie

Sideways has it right. Maya's monologue about wine being a living thing, Miles' description of Pinot being a difficult grape, drinking out of the spit bucket. So many great scenes. And a great score. No other wine movie has near as much heart. Plus a nail in the coffin of bad Merlot. Def a public s...
by RichardFlack
August 6th, 2020, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wine Movie
Replies: 72
Views: 2200

Re: Favorite Wine Movie

I can't believe people actually like Bottle Shock . What tremendous crap that was. It's like a bad Lifetime movie. I always felt bad for Alan Rickman being in that and having to play the snotty stereotype. I'm pretty sure George Taber hoped they were going to make a decent movie centered on his boo...
by RichardFlack
August 2nd, 2020, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thor Wine Fridges - any comments?
Replies: 4
Views: 322

Re: Thor Wine Fridges - any comments?

Wagner Winery has that covered.
by RichardFlack
August 1st, 2020, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thor Wine Fridges - any comments?
Replies: 4
Views: 322

Thor Wine Fridges - any comments?

A friend is looking for a low-mid priced built in wine fridge for the kitchen, 100+ capacity. He has found what seems to be a good price (around $1400 can, I think) on a Thor brand dual zone and asked my advice. I have no knowledge of this brand, does any one have any experience. Any other brand rec...
by RichardFlack
July 24th, 2020, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 2010 Angludet and Batailley
Replies: 3
Views: 213

Re: TN 2010 Angludet and Batailley

I’m still sitting on Batailley 2010 it’s rarely that quick to come around. Big value wine IMHO.
by RichardFlack
July 19th, 2020, 12:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Potato Chips - What's your Favorite?
Replies: 62
Views: 2561

Re: Potato Chips - What's your Favorite?

I’m bipolar as it were on this. Hardbite All Natural for proper potato flavour. And then we have M&S Prawn Cocktail and Walkers Roast Chicken. I also recall Marmite but not who made them, probably Walkers again. Honourable mentions to the Hardbite Avocado and lime. Any one remember when the salt use...
by RichardFlack
July 18th, 2020, 12:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Knives or wine glasses
Replies: 22
Views: 872

Re: Knives or wine glasses

Wouldn’t you do due diligence? I’ve never had to face this. Places (I’d say cottages more than houses) that we’ve rented usually have adequate glasses and knives but knives often in poor condition so I always take one or two with me. Glasses much less often. Oh, I don’t usually take super fine wines...
by RichardFlack
July 17th, 2020, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?
Replies: 140
Views: 13657

Re: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?

Chablis
SA Chenin Blanc
Rioja, Red White &Rose
Okanagan, new to me, so I’m in major exploration phase.
And I wouldn’t bet against Bordeaux. LOL
by RichardFlack
July 17th, 2020, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?
Replies: 67
Views: 2183

Re: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?

Isn’t low alcohol Zinfandel an oxymoron? [stirthepothal.gif]
by RichardFlack
July 10th, 2020, 6:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: FISH SALTIMBOCCA
Replies: 8
Views: 452

Re: FISH SALTIMBOCCA

Martin Zwick wrote:
July 10th, 2020, 4:06 am
Here comes a tasty summer dish.......easy to make, refined and you will impress your guests.

https://www.wineberserkers.com/content/?p=1329


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Stay healthy,
Martin

Sounds yummy. A nice update to the familiar bacon wrapped scallops.
On the to-do list!
by RichardFlack
July 1st, 2020, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8795
Views: 1300789

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Colour me naive, but wouldn’t you think that these days Sotheby’s would be extra careful? You can just imagine the cross examination...
“Did you get documentation on the provenance?”
“Why not?” / “where is it and why wasn’t it published”?
by RichardFlack
June 28th, 2020, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay Suggestions
Replies: 62
Views: 2820

Re: Chardonnay Suggestions

+1 on Edna valley. Agree with whoever said to try different regions. South Africa has cool climate in Elgin and Hemel-en-Aarde to name but two. Not sure on US pricing but Hamilton Russel Chard is excellent. Another region to try would be Alto Adige. Lageder is very good and should be available. Nals...
by RichardFlack
June 27th, 2020, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Sparkling Wine not named Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 45
Views: 1478

Re: What Sparkling Wine not named Champagne are you drinking?

Pere Mata cava. Ridiculous value. Am I wrong, or is there not a lot of Prosecco suggested in this thread? Just sayin’.... [stirthepothal.gif] I've noticed not many are suggested. I do believe some excellent Prosecco is being produced but the cost is prohibitive. For example if I want to buy a bottl...
by RichardFlack
June 27th, 2020, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Sparkling Wine not named Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 45
Views: 1478

Re: What Sparkling Wine not named Champagne are you drinking?

Scott Goodwin wrote:
June 27th, 2020, 9:13 am
Pere Mata cava. Ridiculous value.
Most Cava is VGV, my go-to category for non champagne bubbles.

Am I wrong, or is there not a lot of Prosecco suggested in this thread? Just sayin’.... [stirthepothal.gif]
by RichardFlack
June 27th, 2020, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Sparkling Wine not named Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 45
Views: 1478

Re: What Sparkling Wine not named Champagne are you drinking?

Duran Gran Reserva
Hinterland Les Etoiles (Prince Edward County)
JCB21 Cremant de Bourgogne
by RichardFlack
June 23rd, 2020, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 988
Views: 57472

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

I saw an Ontario list from the KGBO the other day, and it was a bit of a trip down memory lane. Lynch Bages under $100 (just) etc. Why did this have to happen when I’m really too old To be buying Bordeaux?
by RichardFlack
June 23rd, 2020, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 988
Views: 57472

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
June 23rd, 2020, 1:48 pm
Keith Levenberg wrote:
June 23rd, 2020, 1:43 pm
Seeing the notes posted with these, it looks like the chateaux are doing a very good job getting to 14.0X% with their ABVs...
Once the wines were Parkerized, then Rollandized, now we are in the era where they are Tariffized.
Trumped?

Sorry....
by RichardFlack
June 16th, 2020, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you chill Beaujolais Crus before serving?
Replies: 21
Views: 849

Re: Do you chill Beaujolais Crus before serving?

No more than any other red. No wine should be served at living room temp. I agree completely. I think the old wine books that started the 'room temperature' thing were English, written in a time when the English climate was not always ameliorated by central heating. In the winter my dad would put r...
by RichardFlack
June 13th, 2020, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1147
Views: 53454

Re: It's critic bingo! (Shake your Medoc booty!)

This Molesworth guy needs to stand further back from the flames. Too much singeing. 2016 Groth Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve WS 96 "This delivers a very tightly focused, almost piercing beam of cassis, raspberry coulis and bitter cherry fruit, scored with singed alder and iron notes. Incense and tobac...
by RichardFlack
June 13th, 2020, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1147
Views: 53454

Re: It's critic bingo! (those talkative Barolos!)

And, in the expand-your-vocabulary category, there's this from Decanter's Jane Anson. I'm informed (for I certainly didn't know) that "sarments" is French for vine clippings. I guess this is used by people who prefer "pain grille" to "toast." I wonder if James Molesworth can distinguish sarments fr...
by RichardFlack
June 13th, 2020, 6:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1147
Views: 53454

Re: It's critic bingo! (those talkative Barolos!)

My apologies for falling behind in my posting. In isolation in the wilds, a backlog has accumulated from my favorite sources. In the "duh" department: 2018 Gilbert Picq - Chablis "The 2018 Chablis is a gorgeous wine. Floral, bright and delineated with terrific precision, the 2018 is an absolutely v...
by RichardFlack
June 12th, 2020, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best domestic Chardonnay?
Replies: 108
Views: 5713

Re: Best domestic Chardonnay?

Best domestic Chardonnay? Hmmmm. Well speaking personally, Hard to say, but Bachelder Wingfield Ouest would be up there and perhaps Exultet The Blessed.

Oh wait, where are we? [stirthepothal.gif]
by RichardFlack
May 31st, 2020, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most ugly wine labels?
Replies: 19
Views: 1088

Re: Most ugly wine labels?

Eric Egan wrote:
May 31st, 2020, 3:40 pm
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“It’s what’s inside that counts“. (C) Fosters Lager. (I think).
by RichardFlack
May 31st, 2020, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most ugly wine labels?
Replies: 19
Views: 1088

Re: Most ugly wine labels?

RichardFlack wrote:
May 31st, 2020, 4:06 pm
Matthew King wrote:
May 31st, 2020, 4:02 pm
We've been down this path before.

Arlot debate as well...

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=157416&hilit=ugly+wine+label
I thought this was all looking rather familiar.
Is the H silent?
by RichardFlack
May 31st, 2020, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most ugly wine labels?
Replies: 19
Views: 1088

Re: Most ugly wine labels?

Matthew King wrote:
May 31st, 2020, 4:02 pm
We've been down this path before.

Arlot debate as well...

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=157416&hilit=ugly+wine+label
I thought this was all looking rather familiar.
by RichardFlack
May 31st, 2020, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most ugly wine labels?
Replies: 19
Views: 1088

Re: Most ugly wine labels?

Since we have a "most beautiful wine labels" thread, figured we need a counterpart. I nominate Domaine de L'Arlot. domaine-de-l-arlot-vosne-romanee-1er-cru-les-suchots-red-2016.jpg Really? It’s not exactly beautiful but I wouldn’t call it ugly. Information is clear. Without knowing the producer ahe...
by RichardFlack
May 31st, 2020, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most ugly wine labels?
Replies: 19
Views: 1088

Re: Most ugly wine labels?

Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
May 31st, 2020, 2:41 pm
Since we have a "most beautiful wine labels" thread, figured we need a counterpart. I nominate Domaine de L'Arlot.

domaine-de-l-arlot-vosne-romanee-1er-cru-les-suchots-red-2016.jpg
Really?

It’s not exactly beautiful but I wouldn’t call it ugly. Information is clear.
by RichardFlack
May 24th, 2020, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1147
Views: 53454

Re: It's critic bingo! (am I geometrically challenged?)

The one I thought you would flag is the review for the 2018 Wayfarer The Traveler: "The 2018 Pinot Noir The Traveler is made from a blend of suitcase clones. It is also the most understated of the Pinots in this range. Sweet floral notes, spice, mint, earthiness, anise and blood orange all run thro...
by RichardFlack
May 24th, 2020, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1147
Views: 53454

Re: It's critic bingo! (Shake your Medoc booty!)

That's surely distinctly repulsive? Yes, it is right up there with moist for words that make me cringe... Mercifully moist doesnt come up much in tasting notes Rory, I'll remind both my readers in my next note that the wine was "Excitingly moist", just for you! D. Struggling to think of a wine that...
by RichardFlack
May 24th, 2020, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chelsea Wine Storage sued again for disposing of customer wine
Replies: 41
Views: 4336

Re: Chelsea Wine Storage sued again for disposing of customer wine

J a y H a c k wrote:
June 3rd, 2019, 7:18 am
One of the owners of Chapoutier told me years ago that one of the members of the family was blind so they started putting Braille on the labels so he could go down to the cellar and select a wine without assistance. Nice touch.
Worst pun of 2019?
by RichardFlack
May 24th, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dry high acid white recommendations?
Replies: 30
Views: 1170

Re: Dry high acid white recommendations?

Many good suggestions above. +1 on Assyrtiko. (Try Sigalas with some bottle age )

Chablis yes but be careful on vintage. 2014 perfect for what you want, 2015 a lot of the wines are on the softer broader easy side for Chablis)


Also - Verdejo eg from Rioja. Excellent summer sipper.
by RichardFlack
May 23rd, 2020, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 SEMILLON - Boekenhoutskloof Vineyards - Franschhoek, South Africa
Replies: 3
Views: 161

Re: 2016 SEMILLON - Boekenhoutskloof Vineyards - Franschhoek, South Africa

Thanks for the note, another one for me to look out for. Some pretty good whites coming out of cooler parts of South Africa. Some really good Chenins eg Alheit, Mullineux to name but two. And Alheit’s Cartology is Chenin Semillon blend is killer. These are not expensive wines. A Loire v SA ‘Cheninig...
by RichardFlack
May 23rd, 2020, 8:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: FENNEL-CORIANDER PORK BELLY
Replies: 26
Views: 1183

Re: FENNEL-CORIANDER PORK BELLY

BTW, this will be my new standard dish for guests. No stress and the whole work is done by the oven. Perfect That would be an interesting topic. What dishes do people cook when no-stress is important and we’re not going for Heston style pyrotechnics. For many on this board I suspect wine friendly i...
by RichardFlack
May 23rd, 2020, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: National Chardonnay Day! What are you drinking?
Replies: 52
Views: 1784

Re: National Chardonnay Day! What are you drinking?

Late to post, sorry. It was a week night so nothing too strenuous. Samuel Billaud Montee de Tonnerre 2015. Really nice, classy wine showing well. A bit broad for prototypical Chablis, complex and almost a little round on the mid palate and finish (it’s 2015), has a great future ahead. ( if Mr Morris...
by RichardFlack
May 23rd, 2020, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: National Chardonnay Day! What are you drinking?
Replies: 52
Views: 1784

Re: National Chardonnay Day! What are you drinking?

Chris Seiber wrote:
May 21st, 2020, 5:54 pm
Oxidized White Burgundy.
They do grow Chardonnay elsewhere, many alternative triple C regions.
by RichardFlack
May 23rd, 2020, 8:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: FENNEL-CORIANDER PORK BELLY
Replies: 26
Views: 1183

Re: FENNEL-CORIANDER PORK BELLY

Yum. Must try. These are two of my favourite spices. (I often use with brown pepper for a sort of quasi Chinese three spice mix, I have one grinder permanently loaded with that for a quick blitz on pork chops etc with some thyme ).
by RichardFlack
May 19th, 2020, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: In a world without DRC...
Replies: 62
Views: 5401

Re: In a world without DRC...

this has been discussed before. it's debatable whether DRC makes the best version of their non-monopole sites and of course, you cannot compare non-DRC la tache vs DRC la tache to determine if drc's la tache is the best la tache (cannot prove a counterfactual). therefore, drc may not be the greates...
by RichardFlack
May 18th, 2020, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Underrated burgundy vintages
Replies: 101
Views: 5258

Re: Underrated burgundy vintages

Are we talking about whites or reds? If whites, I fail to see how 2014 would be underrated, as it is consistently hailed as one of the greatest recent vintages of white Burg. Agree especially in Chablis (not unconnected to Burgundy even if technically outside ). And 2015 over-rated on release I thi...
by RichardFlack
May 16th, 2020, 10:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Shepherd’s pie
Replies: 19
Views: 1183

Re: Shepherd’s pie

One thing I find interesting is that it’s a fairly easy dish for people to cook and to exercise a little creativity in seasoning etc. Everyone has their own version. The only critical thing is proper browning of the meat, and concentrating the juices or liquids to get a decent gravy. It can be be ba...
by RichardFlack
May 16th, 2020, 10:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Shepherd’s pie
Replies: 19
Views: 1183

Re: Shepherd’s pie

Is it wrong that I used leftover meatloaf a couple weeks ago to make an improvised Shepard’s pie. Cut up the meat into small crumbles or cubes, added a gravy, veggies, and mashed potato topping. I believe traditionally left over roast lamb (leg or shoulder) was used. I could see left over meatloaf ...
by RichardFlack
May 12th, 2020, 6:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone need a 1875 Château Mouton Rothschild...
Replies: 24
Views: 1796

Re: Anyone need a 1875 Château Mouton Rothschild...

A friend just told me he was at a dinner at the end of last year and a guy brought a bottle of this. Wine tasted unbelievably fresh and vigorous.
by RichardFlack
May 11th, 2020, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Makes the Best Wehlener Sonnenuhr (besides JJ Prum)?
Replies: 62
Views: 2064

Re: Who Makes the Best Wehlener Sonnenuhr?

Oops. Sorry read it too fast.
Suggest altering the title eg. “Who ELSE makes ....”

Obvious alternates are Pauly-Bergeeiler, Molitor, Loosen.
by RichardFlack
May 11th, 2020, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Makes the Best Wehlener Sonnenuhr (besides JJ Prum)?
Replies: 62
Views: 2064

Re: Who Makes the Best Wehlener Sonnenuhr?

Asked and answered as they say.
JJ Prum, especially if you are very patient.
by RichardFlack
May 11th, 2020, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone need a 1875 Château Mouton Rothschild...
Replies: 24
Views: 1796

Re: Anyone need a 1875 Château Mouton Rothschild...

Wow.

Top shoulder. ... capsule and cork replaced. “

They omitted wine from the list of replacements.

...

Joking aside this isn’t my bailiwick so no idea if the label is remotely plausible. Who would this be be aimed at?
by RichardFlack
May 10th, 2020, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8795
Views: 1300789

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

There’s another aspect of this whole mess that has bothered me, namely ‘pollution’ of the corpus of tasting notes on old wines. How do we know which notes are based on the real McCoy and which on Cuvee Kurniawan, or Reserve Rodenstock or ... I guess “amazingly fresh for its age ... “ is an obvious r...
by RichardFlack
May 10th, 2020, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8795
Views: 1300789

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Victor Hong wrote:
May 10th, 2020, 3:57 pm
A lower price does not allow misrepresentation.
But it reduces damage.
by RichardFlack
May 10th, 2020, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8795
Views: 1300789

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

I don’t wish to downplay the responsibility of those involved in this fraud, nor the losses to some buyers and honest parties. Yet considering one subset of the victims, the economist in me comes out. Buyers who consumed the bottles they bought, and didn’t know the difference -- how much were they ...
by RichardFlack
May 10th, 2020, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Prototypical Chablis ?
Replies: 8
Views: 603

Re: Prototypical Chablis ?

Agree Louis Michel, especially Montee de Tonnerre, and also on JM Brocard, but Julien Brocard is in a different class IMHO. Another filial spin off with excellent wines is Samuel Billaud. Vintage is also vitally important here, affecting the style as well as the quality. The last several years have ...
by RichardFlack
May 9th, 2020, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.
Replies: 92
Views: 6280

Re: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.

Interesting. I’ve always thought of wine as synthesis of the skills of the farmer and the winemaker. (Sometimes same person). Now I realise there is the landlord. Third person in this condominium. I suspect a worse problem than weddings is bridal parties. One winery in PEC has a solution, the car Pa...

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