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by RichardFlack
July 19th, 2019, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help a newbie with 2016 BDX in the ~$50-$75 range
Replies: 40
Views: 1407

Re: Help a newbie with 2016 BDX in the ~$50-$75 range

Not clear where your palate is (you’re heading to Bdx from Cali it seems). I subscribe to the wine equivalent of dollar cost averaging, strong vintage is chance to bottom feed, Medoc etc. In Paulliac, Batailley is always correct and good value if you are very patient. D’Armailhac also good in the af...
by RichardFlack
July 18th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Growths in First Class, Palmer in Business Class
Replies: 56
Views: 3934

Re: First Growths in First Class, Palmer in Business Class

Alan Eden wrote:
January 8th, 2017, 8:23 am
Marc Frontario wrote:What do they serve 4 us in coach?
Blue nun and black opal shiraz

And for Rose
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by RichardFlack
July 17th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Alfred Merkelbach Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese
Replies: 14
Views: 383

Re: TN: 2010 Alfred Merkelbach Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese

2010 Alfred Merkelbach Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese - Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer (7/14/2019) 1. Mix strawberries, pineapple and lime zest. 2. Dust with cinnamon 3. Add a pinch of salt 4. Connect electrical cables 5. Turn on the power 6. Drink Posted from CellarTracker Evocative note. Thanks D...
by RichardFlack
July 17th, 2019, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit
Replies: 87
Views: 2266

Re: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit

And not sure I could stand the excitement of waiting for premox with white burg. I’d rather watch the evolution of a top Mosel.
by RichardFlack
July 17th, 2019, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit
Replies: 87
Views: 2266

Re: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit

So, ten years, a pallet of wine... So, I have to ask for more info now: To steal a gag...."What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?" Is this only a pallet of wine I get? A pallet is 80 cases, 960 bottles, so only 2 bottles per week. I guess I could make it up with the beer and hooch. So...
by RichardFlack
July 15th, 2019, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit
Replies: 87
Views: 2266

Re: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit

This really is a fascinating question. I wonder at the end result of a decade of the same top quality wine. Even if one only has it once a week (beer being the daily drinker) would one notice the evolution? Many wines will change quite a bit over a decade, but absent any reference points I wonder if...
by RichardFlack
July 14th, 2019, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit
Replies: 87
Views: 2266

Re: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit

The first two are easy: Old Speckled Hen Eldorado 25 Wines a problem. Leaning white given the context. But thinking of a decade of evolution. Taking this under advisement and will report back shortly. Ok I think I’d go for something like Egon Muller Wiltinger Scharzhofberg Riesling Kabinett 2017. D...
by RichardFlack
July 14th, 2019, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit
Replies: 87
Views: 2266

Re: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit

The first two are easy:
Old Speckled Hen
Eldorado 25

Wines a problem. Leaning white given the context. But thinking of a decade of evolution. Taking this under advisement and will report back shortly.
by RichardFlack
July 14th, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?
Replies: 57
Views: 2689

Re: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?

WSJ says Cab Franc, Macconais, darker Rose, and English sparkling are where it’s at. Is this what you mean by “darker rose”. [rofl.gif] 4C3846B9-0499-456E-BA11-0C434FAC1F19.jpeg Sorry it’s sideways, WB upload seems to override the original image. I tried rotating the original but no effect on resul...
by RichardFlack
July 14th, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?
Replies: 57
Views: 2689

Re: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?

Kris Patten wrote:
July 14th, 2019, 7:12 am
Think Cava has a shot as people grow out of Prosecco, want more complex bubbles, but don't want to pay up for it.
Personally, I’m more interested in cool wines. But playing along.

Cava is already “hot” I think. Prosecco is passé.
by RichardFlack
July 13th, 2019, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pythagorean cup and wine - Do you know any other inventions/patents/mechanisms about wine?
Replies: 14
Views: 841

Re: Pythagorean cup and wine - Do you know any other inventions/patents/mechanisms about wine?

Haven’t had my coffee yet so feeling a bit dense. What is the Pythagorean cup for? Surely it’s easier to empty a glass by rotating about a horizontal axis than pouring in more wine.
by RichardFlack
July 11th, 2019, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Taste-Off: Two Inexpensive Chablis
Replies: 38
Views: 1953

Re: TN: Taste-Off: Two Inexpensive Chablis

Price is a very subjective and touchy subject! It’s relative. These are (somewhat) inexpensive white burgundies. But for they are definitely mid priced for daily drinkers. .... +1 on the Moreau Chablis 2017. My limited tasting of 2017 Chablis so far suggests it is v good (a Julien Brocard tasting r...
by RichardFlack
July 11th, 2019, 6:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Generally speaking, what type of wine is the best food wine?
Replies: 46
Views: 1387

Re: Generally speaking, what type of wine is the best food wine?

With respect, I’m struggling with the concept here. The results will be biased by what foods people like. I also don’t see why wines that are good without food should be discounted. Yes there are specific wines that could be meh on their own but come alive with food (we had a Greek rose the other da...
by RichardFlack
July 8th, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone up for 200% new oak
Replies: 27
Views: 1524

Re: Anyone up for 200% new oak

Hal Blumberg wrote:
July 7th, 2019, 9:07 pm
For $18,000, I'd rather buy the truck.
I’d rather have the trees.
by RichardFlack
July 7th, 2019, 7:25 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: The Meteoric Rise of One of the World's Best Grenache: SPOILER - It Ain't In France
Replies: 10
Views: 851

Re: The Meteoric Rise of One of the World's Best Grenache: SPOILER - It Ain't In France

Chris T. wrote:
July 6th, 2019, 5:20 pm
Couldn’t be more true. This stuff is just f’n mwah 😘
Huh? Which is it?

Not familiar at all with these but they get good reviews on purple pages fwiw.
by RichardFlack
July 6th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Scaling a soda syphon batter recipe.
Replies: 1
Views: 158

Scaling a soda syphon batter recipe.

I want to make a smaller batch of a soda syphon batter recipe as a trial. The batter involves flour, vodka, honey and lager, and is put into a CO2 soda syphon. The full batch is too much for a trial run (300g of Vodka) Can I scale it down or does that mess up the working of the syphon? The full reci...
by RichardFlack
July 4th, 2019, 11:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why sous vide?
Replies: 229
Views: 9014

Re: Why sous vide?

Wondering about using S-V on 'fresh' peas. The '' are because Im not talking about fresh out of the pod, but the seasonal shelled bagged 'fresh' peas from the supermarket. Ive found those often a bit tough to cook (pun intended), wondering if S-V would give a more tender result.
by RichardFlack
July 3rd, 2019, 3:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favourite Quality in a wine
Replies: 61
Views: 1549

Re: Favourite Quality in a wine

Balance, Harmony. Applies to pretty much anything.

Other attributes tend to be wine or category specific
by RichardFlack
June 27th, 2019, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pescatarian/Vegetarian Pairings with aged Bordeaux
Replies: 36
Views: 1047

Re: Pescatarian/Vegetarian Pairings with aged Bordeaux

Tuna crusted with mushroom dust and a mildly oriental red wine reduction (hoisin black bean etc but keep a light touch) (Terrific Pinot match but would be ok with aged Bdx, not immature)

Monkfish with simple red wine reduction.

Why am I thinking of wild strawberries?
by RichardFlack
June 27th, 2019, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It`s time for Rosé - summertime and the living is easy
Replies: 20
Views: 1521

Re: It`s time for Rosé - summertime and the living is easy

For Provencale style but with a little more character and stuffing try Bandol.
by RichardFlack
June 26th, 2019, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I've never read a more terrifying tasting note
Replies: 28
Views: 2761

Re: I've never read a more terrifying tasting note

Forget toasty vanillin oak, hedonistic fruit bomb, and all the other descriptors that have frightened me off wines in the past. None of them hold a candle to this review of a JJ Prum wine I saw on a retailer website: 94 POINTS WINE SPECTATOR "($52) Graceful, floral and flavorful, filled with elderf...
by RichardFlack
June 25th, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: 2 Drawer Dishwasher - odd question
Replies: 12
Views: 618

Re: 2 Drawer Dishwasher - odd question

Not familiar with the machine, but wouldn’t it be obvious by looking at the dishes? Our Bosch has a display but it’s no good if someone has opened it (to get a cup or whatever) and not emptied it. The display goes from 0 / clean to auto 2+ hrs ‘ready’ mode. It’s not hard to check the dishes. This is...
by RichardFlack
June 16th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--memorable all-whites evening at Langdon Hall
Replies: 10
Views: 951

Re: TNs--memorable all-whites evening at Langdon Hall

Very envious. Too long since last there. (Spa weekends tend to be at St Anne’s now, which is terrific but the food is not at the same level of course). Can’t wait to hear about the food.
I have to find that Vinsanto ... Im a fan of Assyrtiko in most of its forms.
by RichardFlack
June 16th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Le Clos Jordanne to return with original winemaker
Replies: 7
Views: 487

Re: Le Clos Jordanne to return with original winemaker

05 Claystone Chard was great.

Yes fair value at $40 for the sub single vineyards, which is what I paid iirc. ($25 for village reserve). Grand Clos was $60 ($65?) so this is a price drop for that vineyard.

Will be good to see the other vineyards reappear.
by RichardFlack
June 16th, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you drink zero alcohol wine
Replies: 116
Views: 3081

Re: Would you drink zero alcohol wine

Just wondering how a non alcoholic wine could taste exactly the same. Isn’t alcohol a part of the mouthfeel? Taking the question at face value the answer is, trivially, Yes. But I doubt it’s actually possible. And any actual examples I’ve tried, admittedly very few, have been dire, to put it politely.
by RichardFlack
June 15th, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cheval Blanc 2018 - RElease price is 120 Euro's higher than other 1st Growth
Replies: 57
Views: 3242

Re: Cheval Blanc 2018 - RElease price is 120 Euro's higher than other 1st Growth

An “entrepreneur” by definition is a middleman. He buys at a lower price from a source, moves it to a new market, and sells it for a profit. An entrepreneur does not make the product, nor control the market and, in the case of wine, there can be several levels of entrepreneurs, each interested in t...
by RichardFlack
June 15th, 2019, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Le Clos Jordanne to return with original winemaker
Replies: 7
Views: 487

Re: Le Clos Jordanne to return with original winemaker

One thing I think Bachelder deserves credit for is boosting the drive to have Chardonnay taken seriously in Niagara. Temkin & Paskus blazed a trail, their ‘98 was killer and opened my eyes to Ont Chard, but it often seemed that people were looking elsewhere - Riesling, Pinot Noir - for THE Ontario g...
by RichardFlack
June 15th, 2019, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Le Clos Jordanne to return with original winemaker
Replies: 7
Views: 487

Re: Le Clos Jordanne to return with original winemaker

This will be very interesting. I really wonder if the Le Clos only decision is wine-based or marketing based. Personally I always preferred the Claystone Terrace Chard over the others, including the Grand Clos. (But that’s just a personal preference, maybe related to the fact that I don’t usually “g...
by RichardFlack
June 10th, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine with grilled octopus?
Replies: 47
Views: 1985

Re: What wine with grilled octopus?

M.Kaplan wrote:
June 10th, 2019, 5:41 pm
Assyrtiko from Santorini (Hatzidakis, Sigalas, Argyros, Gaia).
+1
Def this.
And with just a little age.
by RichardFlack
June 9th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 2518

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

Michael Martin wrote:
June 9th, 2019, 5:42 pm
Scott G r u n e r wrote:
June 9th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Michael Martin wrote:
June 9th, 2019, 4:57 pm


I ate at Five Guys once. The burger was Ok, but the fries were a bag of grease. I see no redeeming qualities there at all.
Your fries were corked. Try again, maybe a different location.
Fry variation. Might be due to storage issues.
Or too long a decant...
by RichardFlack
June 7th, 2019, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me with a sparkling wine tasting party
Replies: 36
Views: 1188

Re: Help me with a sparkling wine tasting party

A couple of less expensive options
Cava - Duran Gran Reserva
Cremant de Bourgogne - JCB 21
by RichardFlack
June 5th, 2019, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 400YR Old Wine Goes Up For Auction
Replies: 25
Views: 2380

Re: 400YR Old Wine Goes Up For Auction

Cork?
I thought that was not used untill the 18th century.
by RichardFlack
June 5th, 2019, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 400YR Old Wine Goes Up For Auction
Replies: 25
Views: 2380

Re: 400YR Old Wine Goes Up For Auction

400 year wine is dead at retail.
by RichardFlack
June 4th, 2019, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 3126

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

I certainly did not intend any disrespect to non biodynamic / organic growers. It makes sense to me that organic gives superior results to non-organic. But I’m sceptical about the benefits of biodynamic, versus organic. Ether there is no benefit or we need a scientific explanation. Too often in situ...
by RichardFlack
June 4th, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Maris Piper potatoes.....roger
Replies: 10
Views: 890

Re: Maris Piper potatoes.....roger

One point we should probably clarify about English Chips is whether we mean basic chippie version or triple cooked fries per the Wizard of Bray.
Not sure if the starch requirements are quite the same, but I’m no chemist.
by RichardFlack
June 4th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 3126

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

Wes makes very good points. Because most people don't think about soil and gardening at all, or may only think about them when they pertain to wine, there's frequently a binary distinction made between "industrial farming" and "biodynamic farming" as if those are the two options. Biodynamic is simp...
by RichardFlack
June 4th, 2019, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 786
Views: 35867

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

And, as a bonus: 97-99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate The 2018 Palme r is composed of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot. Grapes were harvested September 13 to October 15, and the wine has a 3.83 pH and 14.3% alcohol. Very deep purple-black in color, the nose is a little r...
by RichardFlack
June 2nd, 2019, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Keeping unopened white wine in the fridge
Replies: 11
Views: 815

Re: Keeping unopened white wine in the fridge

No concern about lack of humidity drying out the cork if keeping in ‘fridge for several years?
by RichardFlack
June 2nd, 2019, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Hunter Bastides Miraflors
Replies: 23
Views: 1920

Re: Wine Hunter Bastides Miraflors

A friend’s tasting group described the 2015 as a tannin bomb and to be avoided. This vintage is better?
by RichardFlack
May 31st, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decent Chardonnay reccos?
Replies: 38
Views: 2240

Re: Decent Chardonnay reccos?

Agree with all the above, especially ‘it depends’. (Oak or not, full body or not) ‘Chardonnay’ is a very broad church indeed. Not sure about US pricing but in addition to the above some that should be fairly widely available but here’s a couple more. In Cali - Sonoma Cutrer Russian River is decent a...
by RichardFlack
May 30th, 2019, 1:55 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Turks & Caicos
Replies: 19
Views: 1294

Re: Turks & Caicos

Can't go wrong with seven stars. Great location near lots of restaurants and shops, they have an adult pool now too just check with them about how construction of the Ritz next door might affect your room We also like the Somerset, though it's a little further from the main restaurant strip. Both s...
by RichardFlack
May 30th, 2019, 1:46 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Turks & Caicos
Replies: 19
Views: 1294

Re: Turks & Caicos

Grand Turk would seem to fit the brief. I’ll post more comments when I get to a keyboard.
by RichardFlack
May 26th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Bolognese Sauce
Replies: 18
Views: 2349

Re: Bolognese Sauce

I've followed the Accademia Italiana della Cucina's official Bolognese recipe (using white wine) on many occasions and it is outstanding. https://www.italymax.com/the-official-bolognese-recipe/ Not sure why but I’ve always been unsure if milk or cream belonged in ragù Bolognese, but I guess this au...
by RichardFlack
May 18th, 2019, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: OOPS! Diner gets wrong wine £4500 le Pin
Replies: 32
Views: 2520

Re: OOPS! Diner gets wrong wine £4500 le Pin

I’ll take six of the Conseillante ‘89 over 1 btl of Le Pin any day of the week.
by RichardFlack
May 18th, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why don't I buy more Louis Michel Chablis?
Replies: 19
Views: 1194

Re: Why don't I buy more Louis Michel Chablis?

I e always thought they are one of the better larger scale producers. I Like the MdeT and get it when I can. The St Martin is a bit variable even relative to vintage, compared to say Drouhin Vaudon. I drink relatively little GC Chablis (at that price point there’s a lot of alternatives), for me the ...
by RichardFlack
May 18th, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you sort of loose your producer label mojo drinking in Europe?
Replies: 21
Views: 1178

Re: Do you sort of loose your producer label mojo drinking in Europe?

My sense is that in North America restaurants tend to under charge for food and over charge for wine. And perhaps in Europe the average person cares more about what’s in the glass than what’s on the bottle, compared to here.
by RichardFlack
May 17th, 2019, 6:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Panasonic CROUSTINA - new breadmaker
Replies: 3
Views: 279

Re: Panasonic CROUSTINA - new breadmaker

If it also churned butter that’s a great start on breakfast!
by RichardFlack
May 16th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: OOPS! Diner gets wrong wine £4500 le Pin
Replies: 32
Views: 2520

Re: OOPS! Diner gets wrong wine £4500 le Pin

One hates to be cynical but the Resto response is a little too good, too polished, especially the “chin up” msg to the server. On the other hand without knowing their list a rather over the top bottle for basic PR stunt, they’d get same mileage probably from a £1000 or £2000 bottle. Im also quite im...
by RichardFlack
May 16th, 2019, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: OOPS! Diner gets wrong wine £4500 le Pin
Replies: 32
Views: 2520

Re: OOPS! Diner gets wrong wine £4500 le Pin

Yeah, if you think about this too hard it does stretch credulity a bit. Unless the customers had more money than sense, ordering a top Bordeaux ( the P-L) with no idea as to what it was was, and / or the resto not first presenting the bottle. And then an almost perfect response by the restaurant! In...
by RichardFlack
May 15th, 2019, 9:10 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Using corked wine making Coq au vin
Replies: 44
Views: 1491

Re: Using corked wine making Coq au vin

Anyone want to venture a split test? Half of a stew with corked wine vs. half with a sound wine? If I had a significantly corked bottle, the first test I would do is just put it in a sauce pan on the stove and simmer it covered for an hour, then see if you can still detect TCA. Not a bad first step...

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