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by RichardFlack
October 16th, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 64
Views: 943

Re: What's the best Pinot Grigio?

Steve Eisenhauer wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 11:33 am
Alois Lageder and Tiefenbrunner were going to be my suggestions. So I second those.
+1 on these too (as well as the Pungll).
by RichardFlack
October 16th, 2019, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 64
Views: 943

Re: What's the best Pinot Grigio?

Jeffrey Neal wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 9:54 am
Make your own - take 3/4 bottle of water and add a 1/4 bottle of the worst white you have = instant Pinot Grigio
This is a recursive definition....
by RichardFlack
October 16th, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 64
Views: 943

Re: What's the best Pinot Grigio?

First thing is region, go for Alto Adige. A producer I like is Nals Margreid. Their Pungll is very good around $35 Can at the KGBO. The value deal is their basic cuvée which clock in at $19 can and is drinkable. I used to shun Pinot Grigio until someone introduce me to the $19 version a couple of ye...
by RichardFlack
October 10th, 2019, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 406
Views: 19410

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

Picture1.jpg 27.46 divided by 21.97=1.25, so 25% price increase at retail. I saw Sneaker-guy, a.k.a. Lyle Fass, posted this on their blog in relation to one importer's call to arms: https://rockssandfruit.blogspot.com/2019/10/the-11-pass-through-promise.html I’ve been thinking a lot about how Fass ...
by RichardFlack
October 10th, 2019, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Climate change is changing the flavor of French wine
Replies: 22
Views: 995

Re: Climate change is changing the flavor of French wine

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/09/wine-harvest-dates-earlier-climate-change/ Interesting they have records that old. 1540 was an Alfert year. Rolland killed it The best years of the first millennium are celebrated in the lyrics of the famous Chanson de Rolland. Nomination for post ...
by RichardFlack
October 10th, 2019, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Climate change is changing the flavor of French wine
Replies: 22
Views: 995

Re: Climate change is changing the flavor of French wine

That's very helpful John (Im not much of a chemist, more maths and physics). Your point about no choice for the winemaker is well taken. I guess to some extent, we have a chicken and egg situation. If consumers loathed the new style wines then wouldn't demand have shifted to other regions. To me, th...
by RichardFlack
October 10th, 2019, 6:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Climate change is changing the flavor of French wine
Replies: 22
Views: 995

Re: Climate change is changing the flavor of French wine

Not much on actual taste though. Mention of alcohol, but also acknowledgement that winemaker / consumer preference might be a factor. (No, I’m not a climate change denier). I’d be interested in people’s comments on wine taste over say the last few decades. My sense is that climate change gives poten...
by RichardFlack
October 6th, 2019, 8:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Impossible burgers
Replies: 50
Views: 2251

Re: Impossible burgers

and while on the subject are they actually good for you? In my opinion, no. It is not a healthy choice. I'm all for eating less meat, or eating none at all, if you prefer and are still getting your nutrients. But these meat alternatives are highly processed and contain questionable ingredients, som...
by RichardFlack
October 5th, 2019, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 406
Views: 19410

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

A couple of points. No one on this board is less of a fan of the current regime than me, but this is really not his doing. As indicated, this WTO proceeding has been pending forever (a tit-for-tat European complaint is also pending, we are almost certain to lose that one, and there will be a commen...
by RichardFlack
October 5th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 406
Views: 19410

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

And that’s largely the issue. The USA is now treating trade deficits and surpluses as a way to keep score among nations. Unfortunately it has much more to do with what products people want, and the economic forces (i.e. Wall St. expectations) of constantly growing profit lines. The only losers in t...
by RichardFlack
October 4th, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: bringing cheese through lax customs
Replies: 17
Views: 505

Re: bringing cheese through lax customs

And there I was thinking this was about inattentive customs officers somewhere. Maybe use caps in the thread title?
by RichardFlack
October 3rd, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 406
Views: 19410

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

I don't buy futures any more, so have no contract to look at, but it seems rather artificial to separate price changes "in the market" from prices changes caused by regulatory changes. Regulations affect prices all the time, public policies affect currency exchange rates, etc. Without an explicit c...
by RichardFlack
October 3rd, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 406
Views: 19410

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

Can anyone provide any insight on what happens with wines that are being imported within the secondary market rather than the primary market? If a wine is being sold ex cellar, through the importer, then the distributor, etc. ok, then we understand the tariff will apply to whatever price the import...
by RichardFlack
October 3rd, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 406
Views: 19410

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

Re futures, isn’t the whole point of futures contracts to insure you against unexpected changes in price? Seems pretty useless if the merchant then refuses to absorb them Price changes in the market are what you’re buying protection from, not regulatory changes. Read the terms of your contract. Als...
by RichardFlack
October 2nd, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau de Lamarque, Haut Medoc - Classic, Excellent QPR
Replies: 25
Views: 1008

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau de Lamarque, Haut Medoc - Classic, Excellent QPR

Thanks for the head's up. (Heads up?) Shame TW has not started requiring 8 bottles to get the 20% (here at least). It depends on the TW coupon. Sometimes it is 6 bottles, but I think that the current coupon is 8 bottles. last half dozen I have received have been 8. Hope it goes back to 6; 8 would r...
by RichardFlack
September 30th, 2019, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines with friends
Replies: 14
Views: 1227

Re: Wines with friends

Kris - we spent a week with them in Menerbes last year and unfortunately couldn't make it this year so we wanted to relive their time this year vicariously. Brad - yes that midwest upbringing is impossible to lose. Basically a fancy shepherd's pie with porcini, duck confit, and black truffle butter...
by RichardFlack
September 27th, 2019, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rose in a Box !!!!
Replies: 26
Views: 1132

Re: Rose in a Box !!!!

And here is the Rosé in a bag: RMJF-17840-DSC06228.jpgRMJF-17841-DSC06229.jpg Richard, let us know what you think of it. We are in Nice now and can pick some up if its decent. It will be a few days before I get to it, we are out of town at the moment. Hopefully mid late next week. I confess to bein...
by RichardFlack
September 27th, 2019, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rose in a Box !!!!
Replies: 26
Views: 1132

Re: Rose in a Box !!!!

And here is the Rosé in a bag:
RMJF-17840-DSC06228.jpg
RMJF-17841-DSC06229.jpg
by RichardFlack
September 26th, 2019, 10:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rose in a Box !!!!
Replies: 26
Views: 1132

Re: Rose in a Box !!!!

Wow what a coincidence. I was recently given a S France Rose in a bag. I’ll post pic later today (I was waiting to see if I could get a drip feed for the shot). Haven’t opened it yet so no idea if it’s any good. (My guess would be decent but not exciting) Agree on the market for a quality wine. Ditt...
by RichardFlack
September 24th, 2019, 7:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs
Replies: 47
Views: 2972

Re: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs

Nobody mentioned L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon and I can understand why. I was very disappointed in my experience, because I had an epic experience at their London establishment. As someone who grew up in Europe and spent a lot of time in Paris I don't like to be pegged as a dumb tourist and certainly...
by RichardFlack
September 23rd, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine Pattes Loup Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux
Replies: 4
Views: 240

Re: TN: 2014 Domaine Pattes Loup Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux

+1 on Chablis 1er Cru generally though prices are edging up (understatement) in Ontario. 2014 is terrific vintage. And props for the splash decant, these wines are still tight. It’s sad how often one gets funny looks decanting whites (had an actual argument with a top restaurant in Quebec City about...
by RichardFlack
September 21st, 2019, 2:24 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Peaty Whisky Advice
Replies: 51
Views: 2695

Re: Peaty Whisky Advice

Slight thread drift ... part of any whisky journey has to be learning the effect of a little water, and Laphroaig 10 is a fairly dramatic example. A small amount of water tames the harsh iodine component on the nose dramatically and you get hints of violets. ... I wasn't aware that the basic Bruichl...
by RichardFlack
September 16th, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Robert Parker" Wine Advocate
Replies: 62
Views: 3806

Re: "Robert Parker" Wine Advocate

I hope that someone from TWA will jump in on this. I know they come on here from time to time, so would be good to get their perspective. Tangent- Was having a similar discussion with someone in the industry on Saturday about ratings, and how diluted the market is. We joked that 96 is the new 90 si...
by RichardFlack
September 14th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Postponed releases - RAYAS, OGIER, MUGNIER etc.
Replies: 55
Views: 3257

Re: Postponed releases - RAYAS, OGIER, MUGNIER etc.

Markus S wrote:
September 9th, 2019, 5:10 am
Good for them! Wish more wineries had the cajones to do this.
So the world is turning Riojan?!
+1

Rioja rocks.
by RichardFlack
September 13th, 2019, 11:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines for 25+ years of aging
Replies: 39
Views: 1798

Re: Wines for 25+ years of aging

Def cover all, or many, bases.
Are you buying all at once or over a few years?
Don’t forget Port
And may be Chenin Blanc, Sauternes
by RichardFlack
September 13th, 2019, 9:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 832
Views: 40100

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

Just to be clear the Penning Rose wsell family marmalade anecdote that John flagged was from Jancis in her reply to my query.
by RichardFlack
September 13th, 2019, 9:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 832
Views: 40100

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

Asimov... sounds like a Waltz
by RichardFlack
September 13th, 2019, 3:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 832
Views: 40100

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

Indeed it seems that what Jancis meant by the Oxford Marmalade reference was indeed just chunkiness. I got this response from her: Absolutely. Chunkiness! (Texture) So glad you appreciate my concentration on structure and composition rather than a long list of flavours (which I’m sure vary considera...
by RichardFlack
September 12th, 2019, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 832
Views: 40100

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

Coopers Oxford Marmalade is of course one of the finest marmalades made, but we don’t need to debate that here. I don’t think I have yet found a decent North American made marmalade, even in the more regular categories. They are all far too sweet. Be that as it may, I am as baffled as everyone else ...
by RichardFlack
September 12th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 832
Views: 40100

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

Can you actually ping someone that is 103? Marmite is nasty nasty stuff. On our trip to New Zealand in 2002, at one B&B our hostess served us toast, and there was a jar of Marmite on the table. I'd never tasted it before. It looked like peanut butter, so I spread it on my toast as if it were peanut...
by RichardFlack
September 7th, 2019, 7:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 122
Views: 5999

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

Where is the cooler located? It’s not next to an oven or dishwasher is it?
by RichardFlack
September 6th, 2019, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 122
Views: 5999

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

The speed of deterioration is really striking. Absent extreme heat, which apparently isn’t happening, I don’t even see poor storage doing that. I assume you use the same stemware decanter etc for the ‘fresh’ wines that taste ok? If you have $400 lying around replacing the unit cant do any harm (don’...
by RichardFlack
September 6th, 2019, 4:49 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Flying with Champagne
Replies: 9
Views: 526

Re: Flying with Champagne

Hard suitcase. Planning Bubble wrap and clothes for padding.

Thanks for the reassurance everyone. (I’ve done still wine a lot with no problems which speaks to the breakage aspect. It’s the pressure in the bottle that was concerning me a little).
by RichardFlack
September 6th, 2019, 6:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting outside vs inside?!
Replies: 30
Views: 1129

Re: Decanting outside vs inside?!

YLee wrote:
September 6th, 2019, 6:29 am
What the critter did while you weren't looking.
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Wouldn’t that lead more in the TCA direction?
by RichardFlack
September 6th, 2019, 5:29 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Flying with Champagne
Replies: 9
Views: 526

Flying with Champagne

I’m contemplating putting a bottle of champagne in my checked baggage. Is that wise? The plane is expected to be an Airbus 319. Concerns would be the bag being thrown around, and air pressure. I believe cargo holds are pressurised these days. Is that ever not the case (absent some critical failure i...
by RichardFlack
September 5th, 2019, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Normal wine mark-ups at restaurants?
Replies: 50
Views: 1792

Re: Normal wine mark-ups at restaurants?

I just read something really interesting about restaurant pricing. An article in the Economist about relatively high lunch prices in New York vs London (I think the Big Mac index may be morphing into the Pret Lobster Roll index) ... includes this: Menu pricing starts with a simple rule, says John Bu...
by RichardFlack
September 5th, 2019, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Normal wine mark-ups at restaurants?
Replies: 50
Views: 1792

Re: Normal wine mark-ups at restaurants?

A few thoughts. First, this is obviously an outlier. As such worth calling out though. Second, I’ve always marvelled at what seems to be daft business model. But it clearly works as (almost) every restaurant does it, so I’m wrong. Those four figure bottles on lists, I’d love to know if they are actu...
by RichardFlack
September 2nd, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 128
Views: 6209

Re: Worst wines you've had?

How does one rate the worst wine they've ever had in the low 80s? A shockingly pampered existence? An imagination that allows there are wines over 30 points worse? That the worst wine they ever had was closer to perfection on the scale than it is to the worst a non-flawed wine can be??? I assumed t...
by RichardFlack
September 2nd, 2019, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 128
Views: 6209

Re: Worst wines you've had?

Meiomi Pinot Noir was awful. No varietal character whatsoever, it tasted like chewing tobacco. +1 Had this alleged wine for the first time on the weekend. I’m quite certain that had it been blind I would not have identified it as Pinot Noir. Or as wine, for that matter. Chewing tobacco is plausible...
by RichardFlack
September 2nd, 2019, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 158
Views: 7658

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

Ian Brand wrote:
September 1st, 2019, 4:47 pm
ABC for sure. Mount Eden Edna Valley, too. There’s a few there already...
Did a double take seeing ABC acronym in this thread. :)

+1 on Mt Eden.

And for a mass market wine Sonoma Cutrer is passable.
by RichardFlack
September 2nd, 2019, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 128
Views: 6209

Re: Worst wines you've had?

Prisoner wine company comes to mind. Low 80s for me. I have even convinced people who thought they liked it to hate it! Oh dear. There is a bottle in the cellar, we were given it last Christmas. I wasn’t sure what to do with it. Regifting brings moral quandaries plus the risk of an awful mishap if ...
by RichardFlack
September 2nd, 2019, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 128
Views: 6209

Re: Worst wines you've had?

Meiomi Pinot Noir was awful. No varietal character whatsoever, it tasted like chewing tobacco. +1 Had this alleged wine for the first time on the weekend. I’m quite certain that had it been blind I would not have identified it as Pinot Noir. Or as wine, for that matter. Chewing tobacco is plausible...
by RichardFlack
September 1st, 2019, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday poll: Bordeaux Rouge vs. Burgundy Rouge
Replies: 52
Views: 1813

Re: Friday poll: Bordeaux Rouge vs. Burgundy Rouge

Question isn’t clear as to whether, in each category, it’s a “typical” example readily available, or the best possible artisinal example. I gather we’re looking at around $30 Can ($20 US). Typical : Bordeaux or Beaujolais Artisinal: Bourgogne. It might also depend on what I’m being forced to eat eac...
by RichardFlack
September 1st, 2019, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday poll: Bordeaux Rouge vs. Burgundy Rouge
Replies: 52
Views: 1813

Re: Friday poll: Bordeaux Rouge vs. Burgundy Rouge

Question isn’t clear as to whether, in each category, it’s a “typical” example readily available, or the best possible artisinal example. I gather we’re looking at around $30 Can ($20 US). Typical : Bordeaux or Beaujolais Artisinal: Bourgogne. It might also depend on what I’m being forced to eat eac...
by RichardFlack
August 31st, 2019, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 158
Views: 7658

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

Ignore the Cooper behind the curtain. He lives for the ability to complain about wine not made in Burgundy. I think the answer is that the American palate, especially the American female palate (anyone who disagrees with my guess than 80%+ of all Rombauer Chardonnay is drunk by women can accuse me ...
by RichardFlack
August 31st, 2019, 6:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Help me Redesign my Kitchen
Replies: 48
Views: 1259

Re: Help me Redesign my Kitchen

Drawer type microwave under the countertop in our island, only used to minor heating. 6FE7DA88-509A-4ECA-BFE9-F055BDE34AFF.jpeg Don't be embarrassed about having a microwave, they are incredibly useful! What's better than 3 min microwaved corn on the cob? flirtysmile Our Miele microwave (combo w co...
by RichardFlack
August 30th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 158
Views: 7658

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

Josh Grossman wrote:
August 29th, 2019, 10:20 pm
RichardFlack wrote:
August 29th, 2019, 10:14 pm
Ok time for thread drift...,
What about Pinot Grigio and Gamay in this regard?
Grigio is tasteless compared to Pinot gris!!!
(Digging the hole deeper)... sort of like the difference between Pomerol and ‘Merlot’
by RichardFlack
August 30th, 2019, 5:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 158
Views: 7658

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

Personally Pungll does it for me and actually their $20 wine is VGV. Alto Adige generally I think.
Ditto a lot of good Cru Beaujolais too.
The point is the dire and characterless quality of most of the low end wines. Compared to say Tempranillo.
by RichardFlack
August 30th, 2019, 5:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT attorneys, interest in helping a winery collect
Replies: 29
Views: 3026

Re: CT attorneys, interest in helping a winery collect

And there I was thinking you were looking for a Cellar Tracker lawyer..,.
by RichardFlack
August 29th, 2019, 10:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 158
Views: 7658

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

Ok time for thread drift...,
What about Pinot Grigio and Gamay in this regard?

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