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by RichardFlack
March 28th, 2020, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help! Please help me to accurately describe and understand a character tasted in a champagne
Replies: 16
Views: 847

Re: Help! Please help me to accurately describe and understand a character tasted in a champagne

White or black pepper? [stirthepothal.gif]

(Or brown green or pink)

Seriously, I assume black is the default. And nothing wrong with your wording, as such, but not knowing the wine can’t say if there’s anything better.
by RichardFlack
March 27th, 2020, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos
Replies: 23
Views: 978

Re: TN: 2010 Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos

This is too bad. Joshua wrote and, it’s true, often tastes more like white Burgundy (Meursault?) than Chablis; but it can still be very fine. I’m still learning Chablis (but trying hard!), but I’d def agree this comment. GC Chablis has mostly seemed to me not very Chablisienne, but very good (and so...
by RichardFlack
March 24th, 2020, 9:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Nals-Margreid Pinot Bianco Alto Adige - Südtirol Sirmian
Replies: 7
Views: 211

Re: TN: 2018 Nals-Margreid Pinot Bianco Alto Adige - Südtirol Sirmian

Nice note, welcome!
Their Punggl Pinot Grigio also excellent, again with some minerality. It was in the KGBO a few months ago, not sure what’s left. And their $19 CAD basic PG is excellent value.
Alto Adige def a top terroir for minerally whites. Several other good producers too.
by RichardFlack
March 22nd, 2020, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Since when was entry level Meursault so damn expensive?
Replies: 87
Views: 5953

Re: Since when was entry level Meursault so damn expensive?

Mark B wrote:
June 4th, 2015, 7:50 pm
The full retail prices I'm seeing across the board in my neck of the woods for the village-level wines seem to start at $40 these days. It seems to me that Chablis is still the relative value play for white Burg in the under $50 category.
[whistle.gif]
Ditto Macon above the basic tier.
by RichardFlack
March 21st, 2020, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any tips on Video Tastings?
Replies: 18
Views: 456

Re: Any tips on Video Tastings?

Scott Brunson wrote:
March 21st, 2020, 1:52 pm
Patrick T a y l o r wrote:
March 21st, 2020, 12:57 pm
Wear pants.
I have not found that to be an issue blush
As long as the app is Zoom and the aim is accurate you’re ok. Don’t use Pan. :)
by RichardFlack
March 17th, 2020, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Shake your Medoc booty!)
Replies: 946
Views: 46312

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

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
February 21st, 2020, 7:46 pm
John Morris wrote:
February 21st, 2020, 7:27 pm
This thread is becoming a wiki of wine criticism tips!
Wiki-Drinks
As long as it doesnt leak ....
by RichardFlack
March 14th, 2020, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind tasting of 14 New World Cabernets from CA, WA, Chile, Argentina, South Africa
Replies: 23
Views: 1329

Re: Blind tasting of 14 New World Cabernets from CA, WA, Chile, Argentina, South Africa

Very interesting line-up. I love blind tastings. Humbling and elucidating every time for me. I'm glad the South African showed well. They are doing some really good things over there. Great notes and thanks for sharing. Cheers! Haven’t tried many serious reds yet but some killer Chenin Blanc (Alhei...
by RichardFlack
March 14th, 2020, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long can you live on wine alone?
Replies: 12
Views: 1055

Re: How long can you live on wine alone?

Funny I’d expect the opposite. If stockpiling, buy it already frozen. Saves all the bagging and sealing.

The real test will be how quickly the shelves restock. I’m not hearing of any underlying supply issues at this stage.
by RichardFlack
March 10th, 2020, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Temperature for California Cabernet Sauvignon?
Replies: 3
Views: 228

Re: Temperature for California Cabernet Sauvignon?

How quickly do you want it to mature? [stirthepothal.gif]
by RichardFlack
March 9th, 2020, 9:18 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 212
Views: 7679

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Much as I admire Brad Pitt as an underrated actor, that's one I havent seen!
Im more concerned to assess the travel risk; we will be staying with friends in Halifax and mostly at a cottage out of town.
by RichardFlack
March 8th, 2020, 8:29 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 212
Views: 7679

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Wondering about domestic travel, in Canada. We have planned a trip Toronto to Halifax in August. We had already booked sleeper train from Toronto to Halifax and about to book flight back. Assume no special epidemic in Halifax. How risky is this? We would book Porter anyway, so Billy Bishop not Pears...
by RichardFlack
March 8th, 2020, 8:23 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 212
Views: 7679

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

I called Air Canada yesterday because they had changed our flight schedule from Vancouver to Toronto. They are so overwhelmed, the message yesterday was that they will not even put a caller on hold. It is web or nothing. They set no expectation as to when that might change. Isn’t that SOP for AC? M...
by RichardFlack
March 5th, 2020, 12:32 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: TORONTO - Dunn Howell Mountain Napa Cab Tasting. March 25th.
Replies: 0
Views: 171

TORONTO - Dunn Howell Mountain Napa Cab Tasting. March 25th.

Winetasters Society of Toronto is excited to present this month a tasting of Dunn Vineyards Howell Mountain & Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wines. As many Berserkers will know, these highly sought after wines are in the topmost tier of Napa Cabs. Information about the tasting is on our web site he...
by RichardFlack
March 3rd, 2020, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 vintage in France. Buyer beware?
Replies: 20
Views: 2089

Re: 2018 vintage in France. Buyer beware?

White Burg especially Chablis???
by RichardFlack
March 2nd, 2020, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premox % from 540 white Burgundy tasting notes
Replies: 44
Views: 2587

Re: Premox % from 540 white Burgundy tasting notes

Here are the percentages, in decreasing order
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by RichardFlack
March 1st, 2020, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ageability of Cali Pinot
Replies: 81
Views: 3666

Re: Ageability of Cali Pinot

Mark Golodetz wrote:
March 1st, 2020, 7:25 am
Some of old Caleras were able to age 30 years, particularly from the Jensen vineyard. A little hit and miss, but quite lovely if you found a good bottle.
What about recent Calera?
I have a couple of bottles in the “unsure” category at the moment.
by RichardFlack
February 29th, 2020, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses
Replies: 91
Views: 3903

Re: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses

Pretty much all of the suggestions here have merit. What’s best depends I think on the particular friends and your relationship with them. Specifically, I have friends where I would and have take stemware (along with decanting equipment) and others where I moderate the wine selection. If you are goi...
by RichardFlack
February 28th, 2020, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will stock market collapse equal lower prices at wine auctions?
Replies: 164
Views: 12953

Re: Will stock market collapse equal lower prices at wine auctions?

blarmston wrote:
February 27th, 2020, 11:01 pm
Whoops, yes you’re correct.

Mental note- don’t post after several glasses of wine... fixed
Pray tell what the original version was if it’s worth a chuckle.
by RichardFlack
February 26th, 2020, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Triggered at Total Wine
Replies: 16
Views: 2494

Re: Triggered at Total Wine

Anton D wrote:
February 26th, 2020, 12:54 pm
Wow, I just met someone who is too tightly wrapped for Total Wine! champagne.gif

Stay away from the Gallo Hearty Burgundy section, too! [cheers.gif]
Is that like “Brewers Burgundy” in the Uk decades ago?
by RichardFlack
February 26th, 2020, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is this a real AOC Margaux?
Replies: 9
Views: 1001

Re: Is this a real AOC Margaux?

What’s the point of a wine no one can find?
(acknowledgement to Dr Strangelove)

It’s odd that there are online sightings for 1990 but only 1990.
by RichardFlack
February 26th, 2020, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is this a real AOC Margaux?
Replies: 9
Views: 1001

Re: Is this a real AOC Margaux?

I’ve found a few references including on winesearcher but they are all for 1990. which seems very odd. And no references to any articles about a one off cuvee or anything. Can’t wait for explanation!
by RichardFlack
February 23rd, 2020, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?
Replies: 106
Views: 5639

Re: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?

Glasses lined up for a decent $30ish white wine. Hostess drops an ice cube in each glass and pours. That's one I've never seen. Did you accept the wine? I have actually done this on a couple of occasions (over about five decades) when confined with indifferent white wine served way to warm as aperi...
by RichardFlack
February 22nd, 2020, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tinned Fish & Wine Pairing (Conservas)
Replies: 13
Views: 855

Re: Tinned Fish & Wine Pairing (Conservas)

This is probably a case where it’s best to stick to local wine, as you did. Or similar. Volcanic soils maybe.... aged Assyrtiko springs to mind.
Rose? That might work with the tomato based versions.
by RichardFlack
February 22nd, 2020, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?
Replies: 106
Views: 5639

Re: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?

Decades ago my parents and were driving in the North of England and stopped at a road side hotel for lunch. Dad had ordered a bottle of claret (I forget what but know it was one needing decanting). We were horrified to see the waiter walking down the dining room to our table swinging his arms and th...
by RichardFlack
February 22nd, 2020, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?
Replies: 106
Views: 5639

Re: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?

Joel Singer wrote:
February 22nd, 2020, 2:07 pm
We were out at a wine dinner at a long closed restaurant in Toronto. At the end of the night the chef came out so we offered her some wine. She picked up a decanter and started chugging - the decanter was far from full, but still...
Surely not Lynn Crawford at Truffles?
by RichardFlack
February 21st, 2020, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine prices are falling
Replies: 40
Views: 5264

Re: Wine prices are falling

better tell Burgundy prices are falling. Did you see recent Arnoux pricing—$1000 for Reignots and $500 for Suchots 18. I got chest pain. I laughed and immediately deleted the email. The Suchots is is 2-2.5x times recent auction prices. The Reignots is 5x recent release prices I think? I assume they...
by RichardFlack
February 20th, 2020, 6:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: My five favorite vegetables
Replies: 38
Views: 1503

Re: My five favorite vegetables

1. Chocolate.
2. Chocolate.
3. Chocolate.
4. Chocolate.
5. Chocolate.
by RichardFlack
February 15th, 2020, 6:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1322
Views: 77120

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

Kevin Sidders wrote:
February 15th, 2020, 5:23 am
Impressive work by the powerful prune juice lobby...
Who knew they could block something?
by RichardFlack
February 14th, 2020, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Pairing Help - Chilean Sea Bass
Replies: 9
Views: 702

Re: Wine Pairing Help - Chilean Sea Bass

Interesting. A fairly mild richer flavoured fish, but with lemons and capers. So the wine doesn't have to do all the heavy lifting to cut through the buttery flavours Some other ideas: Top Muscadet such as Ch Thebaud Coquille Blanc Carol Shelton Paso Robles (Grenache, Rousanne, Viognier) Pinot Grigi...
by RichardFlack
February 14th, 2020, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1322
Views: 77120

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

Interesting point in the article "75-85% of the selling price of a bottle of wine is profit or taxes taken by American entities". https://www.prnewswire.com/news-release ... 01880.html Broken link... That being said, consider the steps to get an imported wine to your table. Importer, distributor an...
by RichardFlack
February 13th, 2020, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1322
Views: 77120

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

This week’s Economist has article on this:
Vin-dictive - American drinkers of European wine face mounting tariff bills | United States | The Economist.pdf

(Attached)
by RichardFlack
February 13th, 2020, 6:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]
Replies: 294
Views: 22337

Re: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach?

Safest to request port block on your phone, it’s what I’ve done.
Also always have password reset confirmations sent to email account not text message.
by RichardFlack
February 11th, 2020, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?
Replies: 86
Views: 6036

Re: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?

Ian S wrote:
February 11th, 2020, 2:23 pm
Chenin Blanc, particularly Huet Vouvray. All 3 vineyards produce brilliant wines in all manner of sweetness, which age spectacularly.
Or from say Mullineux in a South Africa.

[fixed typo]
by RichardFlack
February 10th, 2020, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Shake your Medoc booty!)
Replies: 946
Views: 46312

Re: It's critic bingo! More Molesworthian singed wood!

PeterH wrote:
February 10th, 2020, 4:43 pm
Wine the color of potassium permanganate, how appetizing!
If you like oxidised wine ....
by RichardFlack
January 31st, 2020, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundian Recommendations for California Oregon Pinots
Replies: 56
Views: 3041

Re: Burgundian Recommendations for California Oregon Pinots

Exactly. I would think it should be considered a failure for an Oregon wine to taste like Burgundy. How can a Pinot based wine be really good if it is not true to its terroir? ****How can a Pinot based wine be really good if it is not true to its terroir? *** How about if the terroir, in itself, is...
by RichardFlack
January 31st, 2020, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 101
Views: 8160

Re: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .

It appears Canada is a security threat to Wordpress...
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by RichardFlack
January 28th, 2020, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: That’s a lot of wine!
Replies: 11
Views: 1837

Re: That’s a lot of wine!

Barrels not Strong enough?
by RichardFlack
January 28th, 2020, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves
Replies: 194
Views: 6696

Re: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves

"Tasted with Sally." This. why even bother? Because the note is for the poster's use and not for yours? Based on what I see, it seems clear that a lot of posters on CT simply use it as mnemonic device for themselves; any value others might derive from the note is incidental. Honestly there are very...
by RichardFlack
January 28th, 2020, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves
Replies: 194
Views: 6696

Re: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves

cjsavino wrote:
January 28th, 2020, 1:47 pm
Todd F r e n c h wrote:
January 28th, 2020, 1:29 pm
Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
January 28th, 2020, 12:15 pm
"Tasted with Sally."
This. why even bother?
Better than “tasted like Sally”
You have inside knowledge?
by RichardFlack
January 28th, 2020, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves
Replies: 194
Views: 6696

Re: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves

I have just learned to ignore the "over the hill" thing. Lots of people like really young wine. A wine with mature aromas and flavors turns them off. Def agree on this. More specifically, lots don’t like old wine. I think is almost a bigger ‘divide’ in the wine world than new world / old world.
by RichardFlack
January 26th, 2020, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retail pricing
Replies: 30
Views: 2043

Re: Retail pricing

The obvious debating point would be to ask how often retailers reduce prices when replacement costs go down. I used to work at a store that priced off replacement cost, and we did this every time. Yeah, every retail operation I know about prices this way. If costs go down, sometimes you'll keep the...
by RichardFlack
January 25th, 2020, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Pearl Morissette Violette Cabernet Franc, Niagara.
Replies: 18
Views: 843

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

Richard, there’s no obligation to buy anything from their Black Ball club. You just get access to some wines that others don’t. Ross, I’m in the middle with my opinion of PM. I like their Chard quite a bit, but I’m so-so on their Riesling (it varies quite a bit from vintage to vintage) and on their...
by RichardFlack
January 25th, 2020, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Pearl Morissette Violette Cabernet Franc, Niagara.
Replies: 18
Views: 843

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

I know several people here in Toronto who rave about this winery. I tasted the full lineup at a tasting with one of the wine makers giving a talk. Most of their wines were unimpressive. The winemaker whined on incessantly about the 'Black Balled' issue: they were denied the privilege of putting the...
by RichardFlack
January 25th, 2020, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retail pricing
Replies: 30
Views: 2043

Re: Retail pricing

Nathan Smyth wrote:
January 25th, 2020, 3:08 pm
middle woman
You mean like a Ted-Kennedy/Chris-Dodd middle woman?

I thought this was supposed to be a family friendly board.
Er, no, to point one.
by RichardFlack
January 25th, 2020, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?
Replies: 58
Views: 2461

Re: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?

Er, why not “all of the above” ? [cheers.gif] Then you can have fun comparing their evolution. I have some limited experience with each of these and like them all lot. Also CVNE Imperial. So why discriminate? And leave some cellar and wallet space for the rest of Spain, there is a world beyond Rioja.
by RichardFlack
January 25th, 2020, 3:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retail pricing
Replies: 30
Views: 2043

Retail pricing

A comment in the thread on the US tariffs on EU wine etc got me thinking. The comments on store like Total Wine and others taking advantage of the consumer, I don't know, but if they are normally selling a wine at X and to replace that wine it will cost XX then it makes sense that you would need to ...
by RichardFlack
January 23rd, 2020, 1:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Kitchen Scale Recommendation
Replies: 3
Views: 555

Re: Kitchen Scale Recommendation

Very happy with Blumenthal Precision. Main scale goes up to 10Kg, in 1g increments, secondary scale goes to 200g in 0.1g increments. Had to order from Amazon UK (a few years ago) not sure who might sell in the US.
by RichardFlack
January 23rd, 2020, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Pearl Morissette Violette Cabernet Franc, Niagara.
Replies: 18
Views: 843

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

Ah yes wine clubs.... I blow hot and cold on them the risk is they take over your cellar at least when like mine it’s not very big! (And I did sign up for a few in Okanagan when we were there in the fall).

But I’ll look into it. Thanks for the info.

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