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by RichardFlack
February 23rd, 2021, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine's naturalistic fallacy
Replies: 116
Views: 4022

Re: Wine's naturalistic fallacy

Oh, it's a beautiful piece, William. I think about this question most often when I've been at certain biodynamic places like Pearl Morissette in Ontario. Lots of attention to making some very unique wines, and yet (for me) their idiosyncrasies in flavors and mouthfeel are somewhat of a roller coast...
by RichardFlack
February 23rd, 2021, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top five German wine producers
Replies: 107
Views: 2871

Re: Your top five German wine producers

Robert Dentice wrote: February 23rd, 2021, 8:57 am
Russell Faulkner wrote: February 23rd, 2021, 8:44 am
RichardFlack wrote: February 23rd, 2021, 8:06 am Where is Egon Müller?
Number 9 for me
How about by value : )

That is an excellent point in general. I’d say that ranking by $, rather than by #, is better guide to a collectors judgement of the worth of a wine.
by RichardFlack
February 23rd, 2021, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top five German wine producers
Replies: 107
Views: 2871

Re: Your top five German wine producers

Where is Egon Müller? (I can’t really play, as sadly I have very little German wine these days, my wife dislikes them. JJ Prum probably top by number of bottles, then Muller and Von Kesselstatt (Josephshöffer)) Egon Muller lives in the pantheon of the unaffordable. Indeed. But that’s not usually a ...
by RichardFlack
February 23rd, 2021, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top five German wine producers
Replies: 107
Views: 2871

Re: Your top five German wine producers

Where is Egon Müller?

(I can’t really play, as sadly I have very little German wine these days, my wife dislikes them. JJ Prum probably top by number of bottles, then Muller and Von Kesselstatt (Josephshöffer))
by RichardFlack
February 22nd, 2021, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Uncommon wine varietals for everyday drinking
Replies: 46
Views: 1517

Re: Uncommon wine varietals for everyday drinking

Assyrtiko - I’d say it’s as uncommon, at least here in Canada, as many of the other nominations
(And +1 on many of the above suggestions ... Godello, Albariño, Aligote from good producers)
by RichardFlack
February 18th, 2021, 11:01 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Stanley Tucci "Searching for Italy"
Replies: 54
Views: 2097

Re: Stanley Tucci "Searching for Italy"

For those that missed the first episode, they are rebroadcasting it at 11pm EST this Saturday (Feb. 20). New episodes continue Sundays at 9pm EST. Set those PVRs ... Richard: I don't believe it's being streamed anywhere accessible to us in Canada. Many thanks. Never would look for non political stu...
by RichardFlack
February 18th, 2021, 7:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Stanley Tucci "Searching for Italy"
Replies: 54
Views: 2097

Re: Stanley Tucci "Searching for Italy"

I’ve missed #1.
We rarely watch broadcast TV now, other than the news (CBC, on PVR), so I missed it.
by RichardFlack
February 18th, 2021, 7:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Stanley Tucci "Searching for Italy"
Replies: 54
Views: 2097

Re: Stanley Tucci "Searching for Italy"

Is this streamed anywhere or do I have to record it?
by RichardFlack
February 18th, 2021, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Today is National Drink Wine Day
Replies: 19
Views: 787

Re: Today is National Drink Wine Day

I will have to re-read this tomorrow.
by RichardFlack
February 15th, 2021, 5:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Fried eggs
Replies: 68
Views: 2951

Re: Fried eggs

My usual breakfast is a fried egg over whatever vegetables are leftover from dinner the night before. I consider the day off to a good start, and my heat control on point, when I get nicely browned edges. There's so much more flavor that way. Yes, “egg over last night’s veggies or rice” is perfecti...
by RichardFlack
February 14th, 2021, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you have trouble buying because of the name
Replies: 109
Views: 5605

Re: Wines you have trouble buying because of the name

Oops. I replied before reading on. Now I can’t delete it. Sorry.
by RichardFlack
February 14th, 2021, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you have trouble buying because of the name
Replies: 109
Views: 5605

Re: Wines you have trouble buying because of the name

I don't understand the issue with 'rotwein'. Doesn't it simply mean 'red wine' in German? I had to think about that a minute since I speak German, then aha! It's an native English speaker having problems with the word "rot". And now, of course, I see the issue with "gut". Gift W...
by RichardFlack
February 11th, 2021, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for White Wine lovers
Replies: 58
Views: 2236

Re: Question for White Wine lovers

Ironically (?) it was a comment by Jancis many years ago in an article about the effect of decanting on Wolf Blass Yellow Label Chard (of all things, at least I’m pretty sure that was the wine in question - a supermarket Aussie for sure) that got me started down this road. I rarely drink that sort o...
by RichardFlack
February 11th, 2021, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 100 point scale is pretty useless.
Replies: 204
Views: 9300

Re: The 100 point scale is pretty useless.

Question. Is the so-called 100 point scale really a - 50 point scale (I believe that’s the theoretical minimum) - 30 point scale (I believe 70 is flawed / utterly undrinkable) - 15 point scale (below 85 , it’s not worth getting a glass dirty) - 10 point scale (Suckling) Pls correct me if I’m wrong ...
by RichardFlack
February 11th, 2021, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for White Wine lovers
Replies: 58
Views: 2236

Re: Question for White Wine lovers

I agree with all of what Chris says. There's no reason you have to like whites. I drink red 95% of the time, but sometimes I just have to have a dry white. It might be a white Burgundy, a Vouvray or a not-over-the-top California chardonnay. I recently had a Ravines Finger Lakes Dry Riesling, which ...
by RichardFlack
February 10th, 2021, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 100 point scale is pretty useless.
Replies: 204
Views: 9300

Re: The 100 point scale is pretty useless.

I am thankful that we have choices of professional scores and a diversity of amateur notes available today. Even with the challenges and imperfections, I benefit from the stream of data that shows up as numbers, offering individuals' opinions. I try not to confuse them with facts or a prediction of...
by RichardFlack
February 10th, 2021, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 100 point scale is pretty useless.
Replies: 204
Views: 9300

Re: The 100 point scale is pretty useless.

Question. Is the so-called 100 point scale really a - 50 point scale (I believe that’s the theoretical minimum) - 30 point scale (I believe 70 is flawed / utterly undrinkable) - 15 point scale (below 85 , it’s not worth getting a glass dirty) - 10 point scale (Suckling) Pls correct me if I’m wrong o...
by RichardFlack
February 10th, 2021, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 100 point scale is pretty useless.
Replies: 204
Views: 9300

Re: The 100 point scale is pretty useless.

as I’ve often opined, I use the Zanotti binary scoring system, 0 not worth drinking and 1 worth drinking. Especially useful with Burgundy! neener Ternary scale, not worth drinking / worth drinking / back up the truck. Or as a former colleague who was an investment manager put it ... buy / sell / ho...
by RichardFlack
February 10th, 2021, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 100 point scale is pretty useless.
Replies: 204
Views: 9300

Re: The 100 point scale is pretty useless.

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: February 3rd, 2021, 12:41 pm When some "normal" person says wine people are elitist they should submit this thread as evidence.
FIFY

and def not enter this thread.
by RichardFlack
February 9th, 2021, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 189
Views: 12255

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

This may not help people in the US but some excellent Chardonnays from Niagara and PEC, Ontario. To oversimplify, a mid Atlantic style. Bachelder, Exultet I two different styles, to name but two, which probably isn’t fair. But this is not an Ontario wine thread. Good call Richard. Agree with this s...
by RichardFlack
February 9th, 2021, 6:40 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Texas BYOB Legislation
Replies: 7
Views: 366

Re: Texas BYOB Legislation

For those of you who live in Texas, you are probably aware that the Legislature, which only meets in odd years
I don’t and I’m not. I’m Bob smacked. What happens in even years?
by RichardFlack
February 8th, 2021, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 189
Views: 12255

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

This may not help people in the US but some excellent Chardonnays from Niagara and PEC, Ontario. To oversimplify, a mid Atlantic style. Bachelder, Exultet I two different styles, to name but two, which probably isn’t fair. But this is not an Ontario wine thread. I have fantasies of moving up there ...
by RichardFlack
February 8th, 2021, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 189
Views: 12255

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

This may not help people in the US but some excellent Chardonnays from Niagara and PEC, Ontario. To oversimplify, a mid Atlantic style. Bachelder, Exultet I two different styles, to name but two, which probably isn’t fair. But this is not an Ontario wine thread.
by RichardFlack
February 8th, 2021, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 189
Views: 12255

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

TN: 2014 Beauroy Chablis 1er Cru, Le Chablisienne: On the nose green apples. On first sip I got a little feeling of, I kid you not, Muscadine grapes, but they went away immediately. Nice and crisp and clean, can't sense any oak. If I can fault it at all it finishes a little thin, and maybe is a bit...
by RichardFlack
February 7th, 2021, 7:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Bouillabaisse: any advice?
Replies: 13
Views: 599

Re: Bouillabaisse: any advice?

Isn’t red mullet (Rouget) one of the core fish? Langoustes better than North American “shrimp”. No salmon. And of course the broth is key. Lots of good advice here. Toast some fennel seeds as well as fennel bulb. Dash of Pernod? Not sure if it’s classic but I think it helps. And anything to concentr...
by RichardFlack
February 1st, 2021, 7:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Fried eggs
Replies: 68
Views: 2951

Re: Fried eggs

Jay - I hope hope that wasn’t too traumatic for you 😀

It occurs to me a poll might be fun. Can I add one into this thread or does that mean starting a new one?
by RichardFlack
January 31st, 2021, 10:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Fried eggs
Replies: 68
Views: 2951

Re: Fried eggs

Cooked in the grease after bacon or sausage is my wAy to go too. There’s no way to make that look pretty, but come on that’s flavor! Cooked whites are fine I guess, but is there any more neutral of a food without something added? If going that route I use a second pan and run the bacon fat through ...
by RichardFlack
January 31st, 2021, 10:10 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Fried eggs
Replies: 68
Views: 2951

Re: Fried eggs

My favorite way to fry an egg is to cut a circle out of a piece of bread and fry the egg in that hole. I’m sure there’s a name for it. Toad in the hole is the name. That’s what my mom called it but I think the real version of that involves copious amounts of sausage. As to the original question, “f...
by RichardFlack
January 31st, 2021, 8:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Fried eggs
Replies: 68
Views: 2951

Re: Fried eggs

My favorite way to fry an egg is to cut a circle out of a piece of bread and fry the egg in that hole. I’m sure there’s a name for it. Toad in the hole is the name. I always thought Toad In The Hole was sausages baked in Yorkshire pudding batter. Is the fried bread served with the egg, or discarded...
by RichardFlack
January 31st, 2021, 5:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Port infused whipped cream ?
Replies: 8
Views: 365

Re: Port infused whipped cream ?

I took the safe route last night and used Kirsch. And you have shamed me, I was using a syphon. I do the manual thing sometimes well. What was interesting was the ports. Cockburn 94 was too light and high toned for the tart but matched the blackberries with the cream very well. And a Graham 94 did t...
by RichardFlack
January 30th, 2021, 4:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Port infused whipped cream ?
Replies: 8
Views: 365

Re: Port infused whipped cream ?

Thanks for the comments. Tread carefully , if at all seems to be the message. @Sarah - Wrong texture? The port has been decanted. [rofl.gif] I see what you mean about weight I think. I was planning on using just a little and hence a pretty subtle flavour. Is the question the flavour / liquid / cream...
by RichardFlack
January 30th, 2021, 12:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Port infused whipped cream ?
Replies: 8
Views: 365

Port infused whipped cream ?

Has anyone ever used port in a ‘crème chantilly’? Good idea or not? I’d assume a little less sugar than in regular version. This would go with a chocolate tart. Second question is ... if also serving a port with the tart would the port infused whipped cream be de trop ? Oh third question, if indeed ...
by RichardFlack
January 24th, 2021, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ch. Canon
Replies: 18
Views: 1239

Re: Ch. Canon

Props for the pun!
by RichardFlack
January 23rd, 2021, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vermouth?
Replies: 77
Views: 2551

Re: Vermouth?

David: I'm certainly no expert. But I think your main challenge is appealing to a younger demographic. When I think of vermouth, I think of two things: a Martini and a Manhattan. Both of those speak to me of an older, more "corporate," urbane audience. I don't drink those cocktails and do...
by RichardFlack
January 21st, 2021, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please help me love Chenin Blanc
Replies: 76
Views: 3928

Re: Please help me love Chenin Blanc

Likewise, sweet Chenin is nice, but I prefer Sauternes or Auslese Riesling. Sparkling Vouvray is nice, but not as good as Champagne. Dry white Chenin can be good, but I like Chardonnay more. I was intrigued by the ageability of Savennieres, bought a couple bottles with 20 yrs of age, and they were ...
by RichardFlack
January 21st, 2021, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("a little thunder of volatility in the tannins")
Replies: 1396
Views: 67953

Re: It's critic bingo! ("a little thunder of volatility in the tannins")

Why do I feel that Mr. Galloni is consumed by the geometry of the cosmos, or at least of wine? We had a wine whose "aromatic reach is three-dimensional with width, height and depth" , one that was "totally spherical in its expression of black fruit" , and another that "exud...
by RichardFlack
January 21st, 2021, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("a little thunder of volatility in the tannins")
Replies: 1396
Views: 67953

Re: It's critic bingo! (Suckling speechless. Not)

re: Muga Aro, 2018 I am speechless about this wine. It's so deep and vertical with a stunning texture of super polished tannins and juicy acidity. Full body. Yet, it's agile. Blackberries, black olives, chocolate, stone, cement, and dried rosemary. Crazy wine. Blend of tempranillo and graciano. Rele...
by RichardFlack
January 16th, 2021, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: best pairings
Replies: 83
Views: 3566

Re: best pairings

Doug Schulman wrote: January 16th, 2021, 1:47 pm I forgot one other: gewurztraminer with curry or certain other Indian dishes (not to say the curry must be Indian). I don’t even really like gewurz on its own unless it’s aged, but I love it with those flavors.
Gewurtztraminer from Alsace? And off dry? Gewurtz come in many different guises.
by RichardFlack
January 16th, 2021, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premox Update - Chablis Edition
Replies: 14
Views: 1407

Re: Premox Update - Chablis Edition

Julien Brocard also using wax.
by RichardFlack
January 13th, 2021, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wait list times
Replies: 151
Views: 18041

Re: Wait list times

Scott Brunson wrote: August 27th, 2015, 5:56 pm Maison Ilan
Time will tell.
You sure about that?
by RichardFlack
January 13th, 2021, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and Politics
Replies: 18
Views: 1613

Re: Wine and Politics

The thing about restaurants reopening is whether they can go back to the old business model, which depended in part on excruciating markups on wine and liquor. The very best high end places will probably be able to do that. But in the middle and lower tiers , I suspect people are getting acclimatise...
by RichardFlack
January 13th, 2021, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and Politics
Replies: 18
Views: 1613

Re: Wine and Politics

Trump wines will be on sale.
by RichardFlack
January 6th, 2021, 9:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines with damaged labels...should they sell for a discount?
Replies: 36
Views: 1804

Re: Wines with damaged labels...should they sell for a discount?

As well as investment demand being reduced, I’d expect restaurant demand also to be reduced.
by RichardFlack
January 4th, 2021, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Others Don't...Chap 37
Replies: 27
Views: 2135

Re: Some Wineries Get It...And Others Don't...Chap 37

A few do. Martin’s Lane in Okanagan, my first small ( in bottles if not dollars ) order, with no prior winery visit, was shipped with a hand written post card from the winemaker following up on a brief email exchange we had prior to my ordering. A few other good experiences of similar personal natur...
by RichardFlack
January 3rd, 2021, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be
Replies: 147
Views: 6163

Re: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be

JDavisRoby wrote: January 3rd, 2021, 12:32 pm
RichardFlack wrote: January 3rd, 2021, 11:49 am
JDavisRoby wrote: January 3rd, 2021, 10:53 am

Ya ok?
Well played sir!
(but not what I was thinking LOL)
Are you confusing my country banker palate with the palate of a country squire?
I’d say Master of the Universe rather than country banker, given price levels ... :).
by RichardFlack
January 3rd, 2021, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be
Replies: 147
Views: 6163

Re: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be

JDavisRoby wrote: January 3rd, 2021, 10:53 am
RichardFlack wrote: January 2nd, 2021, 5:53 pm
JDavisRoby wrote: December 28th, 2020, 6:59 pm So my cellar being 92% USA is okay?
Anagram the last word.
Ya ok?
Well played sir!
(but not what I was thinking LOL)
by RichardFlack
January 2nd, 2021, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be
Replies: 147
Views: 6163

Re: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be

The only reason I can see having diversity in the wine cellar for the sake of diversity is so that guests can drink something that may not align with your tastes. Do you eat the same food every day? :) No, but riesling is a versatile wine to pair with a variety of foods. And chicken is a versatile ...
by RichardFlack
January 2nd, 2021, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be
Replies: 147
Views: 6163

Re: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be

Another reason is that one can stumble across a recent vintage curiosity that you like, at a dinner say, but realise the wine might need a little age so you hunt down a few bottles to tuck away to see what happens. (The possibility of course is it’s a success and a new ‘corner’ of the cellar opens u...
by RichardFlack
January 2nd, 2021, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be
Replies: 147
Views: 6163

Re: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be

A exceptionally-wise man once asked me, "How many times do you need to try a wine before you know you don't like it?" Indecisive as I am, sometimes five or ten times. You can never be sure. Reminds me slightly of Hugh Johnson’s rating scale .... 2 sniffs = faint interest, or disbelief. Th...

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