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by RichardFlack
January 22nd, 2020, 6:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Pearl Morissette Violette Cabernet Franc, Niagara.
Replies: 9
Views: 277

Re: TN: 2018 Pearl Morissette Violette Cabernet Franc, Niagara.

Cab Franc seems to be a good grape in Ontario. Tawse, Stratus in Niagara more main stream and Lacey in PEC was interesting at the winery a couple of years ago.

I’m going to look out for these Morissette wines.
by RichardFlack
January 21st, 2020, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1201
Views: 64988

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

Nola - We discussed the markup/final price issue in depth several pages back and I'm afraid you've got the basic math wrong. If everyone keeps their same percentage mark-ups, the retail price will increase in proportion to the tariffs. Plus, as was discussed, to maintain volume and profits in dolla...
by RichardFlack
January 21st, 2020, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1201
Views: 64988

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

Nola - We discussed the markup/final price issue in depth several pages back and I'm afraid you've got the basic math wrong. If everyone keeps their same percentage mark-ups, the retail price will increase in proportion to the tariffs. Plus, as was discussed, to maintain volume and profits in dolla...
by RichardFlack
January 21st, 2020, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Collecting wines not of the usual countries
Replies: 22
Views: 991

Re: Collecting wines not of the usual countries

David_K wrote:
January 21st, 2020, 9:22 am
South Africa, certainly. Mullineux is tops, and has started to become easier to find. But to reiterate John's point, most of the best stuff never even makes it here.
Also Alheit Chenins (and Cartology blend) are outstanding . Small quantities, at least in Canada, though.
by RichardFlack
January 21st, 2020, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1201
Views: 64988

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

All well and good John, until corporate types (e.g. Total) get involved and measure things by margin % versus dollars. That's when the full increase hits. Hopefully independent places will look at it in raw dollars. I'm not as optimistic as you. It's much easier to just slap 30% on top of cost. 30%...
by RichardFlack
January 21st, 2020, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1201
Views: 64988

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

Nola - We discussed the markup/final price issue in depth several pages back and I'm afraid you've got the basic math wrong. If everyone keeps their same percentage mark-ups, the retail price will increase in proportion to the tariffs. Plus, as was discussed, to maintain volume and profits in dolla...
by RichardFlack
January 21st, 2020, 2:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Collecting wines not of the usual countries
Replies: 22
Views: 991

Re: Collecting wines not of the usual countries

+1 on Assyrtiko.
Also South African Chenin Blanc
And then there’s Canada. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Niagara and PEC, Syrah & Bordeaux varieties from Okanagan. And Icewine of course.
by RichardFlack
January 18th, 2020, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You're really trying to force us to pay up, aren't you Todd?
Replies: 36
Views: 2906

Re: You're really trying to force us to pay up, aren't you Todd?

this is the thing that kills me. there are times when i just want to browse for a few minutes and not log in. since the site logs off automatically after a short time away, this gets kind of annoying I stay logged in all the time on all my devices. What is this automatic log off you mentioned? well...
by RichardFlack
January 18th, 2020, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?
Replies: 46
Views: 1621

Re: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?

Let's use a 1 point scale. 0 - I wouldn't drink. 1 - I would drink. 0 - I wouldn’t drink it 2 - I would drink it 3 - I would buy it 4 - I would buy it again 5 - I would cellar it as a birth year wine for my child And then there is the Johnson system (no, its not what you think!). Extracted from for...
by RichardFlack
January 17th, 2020, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (am I geometrically challenged?)
Replies: 910
Views: 43437

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

Parker - yes, I like his notes far more than most of “his” wines.
by RichardFlack
January 17th, 2020, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (am I geometrically challenged?)
Replies: 910
Views: 43437

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

(Apologies if this has been said by others, I’ve only dipped into this thread. ) Isn’t part of the problem that many writers (most of the trade press) are in some fashion promoting wine. And so they want to be positive, even when damning with faint praise. They also they want Their notes to be diffe...
by RichardFlack
January 17th, 2020, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I guess they don’t want you bringing mags
Replies: 30
Views: 2651

Re: I guess they don’t want you bringing mags

I think it’s similar thinking to the per bag weight limits on checked baggage.
by RichardFlack
January 17th, 2020, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?
Replies: 46
Views: 1621

Re: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?

On the matter at hand, “natural wine making” is not an excuse. (Nor is biodynamic, skin contact, cork, sulphur, traditional methods, yadda yadda).
by RichardFlack
January 17th, 2020, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?
Replies: 46
Views: 1621

Re: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?

I think all wine should be evaluated using the binary system. I like it or I don't like it. Of course, you can then expound on why you like it or you don't like it if you care to. This is nearly perfect. The only change I'd make is that the only relevant question is whether I like it, not whether P...
by RichardFlack
January 17th, 2020, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (am I geometrically challenged?)
Replies: 910
Views: 43437

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

One hopes a wine is vinous. What's with the "scented yet silky"? What's the inconsistency between scented and silky? And minerality has now become a structural element (a spine), as opposed to an aroma or flavor? Are minerals acidic or basic? I only did one year of chemistry at school before focusi...
by RichardFlack
January 17th, 2020, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (am I geometrically challenged?)
Replies: 910
Views: 43437

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

My def of a stubborn wine is when the cork is really tight. I guess wines with vertical drive should not be laid down? I keep coming back to the question are notes like impressionist paintings or to be taken literally? The ideal note succinctly gives a clear impression of the wine, and any salient f...
by RichardFlack
January 17th, 2020, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nice Bottles Don't Necessarily Make Good Pairings: Exhibit "A".
Replies: 32
Views: 1526

Re: Nice Bottles Don't Necessarily Make Good Pairings: Exhibit "A".

Happy anniversary Noel! Thoughtful notes as always, too bad about your pairings-but I do love it when a so so wine really shines with food. Thanks, Craig! My own wine pairings weren’t terrible; but, as stated, the ones Eric sent over paired much better - so I was all the happier.🥂 So the trick is t...
by RichardFlack
January 16th, 2020, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pontet Canet in Napa?
Replies: 26
Views: 2100

Re: Pontet Canet in Napa?

Seems to me this is flying in the face of climate change. They will be able to make Cali cabs in Bordeaux before too long. [stirthepothal.gif]
by RichardFlack
January 16th, 2020, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Australian ooze-monster wines. How are they now?
Replies: 121
Views: 8656

Re: Australian ooze-monster wines. How are they now?

For those who are interested, Toronto Winetasters has a Two Hands tasting next Wednesday.
https://winetasters.ca/two-hands-australian-shiraz/
by RichardFlack
January 15th, 2020, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Enthusiast 2020 Vintage Chart
Replies: 22
Views: 2137

Re: Wine Enthusiast 2020 Vintage Chart

Markus S wrote:
January 15th, 2020, 5:46 am
What happened to South Africa??
Not sure what you mean. It’s there, towards bottom of Southern Hemisphere section, red only which is a pity as recent whites are excellent.
Or is there something in the data?
by RichardFlack
January 15th, 2020, 5:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1201
Views: 64988

Re: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Yes the subsidy / soft taxes etc are very definitely a global issue. I thought that’s what I was saying. But, for example, the destruction of the WTO is a US initiative. And the US is fighting the attempt to better tax tech companies.
by RichardFlack
January 14th, 2020, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1201
Views: 64988

Re: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

I’m not sure why people blame companies for taking legal steps to minimise their taxes under the various tax rules which apply. The fault lies with countries that set the rules (usually with the hope of attracting investment of some kind, not always realised). So governments take steps to redress th...
by RichardFlack
January 11th, 2020, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1201
Views: 64988

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

For whatever it's worth, one of our local news stations in DC had a story yesterday about the tariffs - interviewed a wine shop owner (or manager) talking about nice ~$40 Champagne that at $80 . . . "pfft". So for what it's worth the negative impact starts to be getting some legs in places (WSJ, Ti...
by RichardFlack
January 10th, 2020, 8:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The New Up-To-100% Tariff & What You Can Do
Replies: 73
Views: 4485

Re: The New Up-To-100% Tariff & What You Can Do

This seems to be getting some traction, showed up on BBC
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-51014048
by RichardFlack
January 10th, 2020, 7:21 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Niagara on the Lake Bed & Breakfast
Replies: 4
Views: 231

Re: Niagara on the Lake Bed & Breakfast

We had a great stay at the Butler House two or three years ago.
by RichardFlack
January 7th, 2020, 10:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (am I geometrically challenged?)
Replies: 910
Views: 43437

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

Alan Rath wrote:
January 7th, 2020, 1:16 pm
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
January 4th, 2020, 9:51 am
I wanna use the word “trapezoidal” on a wine note. Thinking.
"I lay, curled in a trapezoidal ball, after finishing this wonderful wine full of breadth and volume in all its dimensions"
Why stop there... move up to rhombic dodecahedron.
by RichardFlack
January 6th, 2020, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?
Replies: 99
Views: 2829

Re: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?

No. 1. They are different categories. The only foods I might pair with whisky are haggis or kippers. (While I do make a prawn dish sautéed in butter and a splash of whisky and cream I would not serve whisky with the dish). 2. I don’t drink bourbon so trick question. I’ll answer in terms of whisky. H...
by RichardFlack
January 6th, 2020, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The New Up-To-100% Tariff & What You Can Do
Replies: 73
Views: 4485

Re: The New Up-To-100% Tariff & What You Can Do

Looks like a very good letter. I don’t know how these things work, is it assumed that it would go to a staff member to Read the whole letter summarise and flag key issues? What I’m getting at is whether a point form executive summary Of the reasons for the disproportionate harm at the very front wo...
by RichardFlack
January 6th, 2020, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The New Up-To-100% Tariff & What You Can Do
Replies: 73
Views: 4485

Re: The New Up-To-100% Tariff & What You Can Do

Looks like a very good letter. I don’t know how these things work, is it assumed that it would go to a staff member to Read the whole letter summarise and flag key issues? What I’m getting at is whether a point form executive summary Of the reasons for the disproportionate harm at the very front wou...
by RichardFlack
January 5th, 2020, 4:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Understanding the dumb phase and aging
Replies: 64
Views: 2998

Re: Understanding the dumb phase and aging

I think it’s essentially a trash-can term. It could mean that the wine is very reductive, that the individual bottle was bad, or that the wine was never any good to begin with. Totally disagree. While I think the concept of a dumb phase is real, the term sometimes seems to be applied as Nate sugges...
by RichardFlack
January 4th, 2020, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 124
Views: 5081

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

I’m quite sure that drinking too much high alcohol wine is detrimental to one’s aging.
by RichardFlack
January 4th, 2020, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (am I geometrically challenged?)
Replies: 910
Views: 43437

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

If it exudes (evenly) in all dimensions, it would be a sphere. A spherical would mean balanced exuding. Much obliged for that clarification. Are we limited to just three dimensions? I’ve always thought a TARDIS would be the ultimate wine accessory. (Would resolve the debate in another thread about ...
by RichardFlack
January 4th, 2020, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (am I geometrically challenged?)
Replies: 910
Views: 43437

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

Your explanation of “vertical” suggests “linear” as the English wine equivalent. At least that’s how I’ve always heard linear used or used linear. But obviously use of both linear and spherical have been put under the microscope even though they make sense to me. That has occurred to me, but I find...
by RichardFlack
December 30th, 2019, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: New house build - wine storage location = bad idea?
Replies: 4
Views: 563

Re: New house build - wine storage location = bad idea?

It’s like RAM, take the high estimate of what you think you might need down the road and double that. Treble if you’re under 35.
by RichardFlack
December 30th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 100% tariffs - effect on other regions’ prices ?.
Replies: 29
Views: 1716

Re: 100% tariffs - effect on other regions’ prices ?.

Oh that’s too bad. We had a terrific B&B in Naramata. All in all a great trip. A couple of very good meals and a bunch of wineries mostly good, some “interesting” shall we say. An interesting contrast to Niagara in terms of the money that had been invested in the wineries, tasting rooms etc.
by RichardFlack
December 30th, 2019, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 100% tariffs - effect on other regions’ prices ?.
Replies: 29
Views: 1716

Re: 100% tariffs - effect on other regions’ prices ?.

We spent four days in Naramata and five in Kelowna but had a couple of day trips in the South
by RichardFlack
December 30th, 2019, 7:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 100% tariffs - effect on other regions’ prices ?.
Replies: 29
Views: 1716

Re: 100% tariffs - effect on other regions’ prices ?.

Tantalus is one we didn’t get to. So little time do many wineries! But I did come across a bottle of Tantalus Chard at the KGBO a few weeks ago and it was very good. Of the fifteen odd wineries we did get to, the reds were def better at least for me. Blue Mountain probably had the best whites of the...
by RichardFlack
December 30th, 2019, 6:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 100% tariffs - effect on other regions’ prices ?.
Replies: 29
Views: 1716

Re: 100% tariffs - effect on other regions’ prices ?.

Indeed. And fortunes were made doing so. That's why we love the Canadians. Whenever we really screw up, they're ready to backstop us. Who knows. Tariffs on Europe may be an opening for BC wines in the US. I could see a whole new group of destination restaurants opening up just across the border. Ro...
by RichardFlack
December 30th, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 100% tariffs - effect on other regions’ prices ?.
Replies: 29
Views: 1716

Re: 100% tariffs - effect on other regions’ prices ?.

matthew c wrote:
December 29th, 2019, 9:18 am
I'm just hoping the tariffs somehow will increase the amount available in Canada with respect to the wines I love but are oh so hard to get here. haha.
+1
by RichardFlack
December 29th, 2019, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 100% tariffs - effect on other regions’ prices ?.
Replies: 29
Views: 1716

100% tariffs - effect on other regions’ prices ?.

If the tariffs come into effect and persist will that lead to price increases in any other regions and if so which? There could be a lot of dollars looking for a new home.
by RichardFlack
December 29th, 2019, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your definite do NOT buy in 2020
Replies: 44
Views: 3086

Re: What’s your definite do NOT buy in 2020

Wines with 100% tariffs. Sadly, this is applies to about 100% of the wines I buy/drink. We are going to save a ton of money in 2020. Or save half a ton and explore some new regions? Which makes me wonder... if the tariffs come into effect and persist will there be price hikes in other regions? Mayb...
by RichardFlack
December 28th, 2019, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your definite do NOT buy in 2020
Replies: 44
Views: 3086

Re: What’s your definite do NOT buy in 2020

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
December 28th, 2019, 5:20 pm
Wines with 100% tariffs.

If I were in the US that would be on my list too.
by RichardFlack
December 28th, 2019, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your definite do NOT buy in 2020
Replies: 44
Views: 3086

What’s your definite do NOT buy in 2020

I suppose I have to get this started ...

Bordeaux futures (anno domini, aside from price)
Beaujolais Nouveau (Ok that doesn’t really count I guess)
Malbec
ABV > 15% (for table wines)
by RichardFlack
December 28th, 2019, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?
Replies: 100
Views: 6398

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

Wine.
Oh, I see...

Apart from the usual suspects,
SA Chenin Blanc, eg Alheit
Spain, other than Rioja
by RichardFlack
December 27th, 2019, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Louis Michel MdT Chablis
Replies: 6
Views: 545

Re: TN: 2017 Louis Michel MdT Chablis

La Chablisienne also for reliably. Always good (for the year) but I’ve never had an outstanding one yet.

Agree on Louis Michel and especially their MdT at the price.

Disagree on infanticide (I’m only opening 2017s 1er Crus for evaluation). But understand the temptation. :)
by RichardFlack
December 23rd, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1201
Views: 64988

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Nola; My point was if a bottle hits an importer at $5 per bottle and the retail shelf at $18, all of the parties can make the same gross profit off a $23 bottle price with the new tariffs. It’s the system trying to price it at $30+ is our issue. This was discussed up-thread. The short answer is tha...
by RichardFlack
December 23rd, 2019, 5:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seeking advice on selecting wines for someone else
Replies: 13
Views: 718

Re: Seeking advice on selecting wines for someone else

Assuming you can sort the wines according to these characteristics, you will still face the challenge that the typical user may not understand their meaning or may have a different perspective on what is ideally fruity, ripe, structured, oaky, etc. Indeed. Our terms of art would mystify most casual...
by RichardFlack
December 22nd, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Lynx Grills
Replies: 27
Views: 1277

Re: Lynx Grills

But the electric starter stopped working almost immediately, This is always the case! Man on the moon, but we can't design a small mechanism that will consistently produce a spark. One of life's great mysteries to me. My Napoleon igniters (all three) are still working after five or six years, I’ve ...
by RichardFlack
December 20th, 2019, 6:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Netflix series "Rotten"
Replies: 3
Views: 585

Re: Netflix series "Rotten"

Was trying to think of a smart remark for playing the ‘what’s it about game’ but couldn’t get past the unoriginal “Inside the Trump White House” so instead I check the Netflix web site ... Wow. This looks really interesting. If the quality of the reporting is up to the premise of the episodes this w...

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