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by RichardFlack
June 16th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--memorable all-whites evening at Langdon Hall
Replies: 10
Views: 733

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: 384

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: 113
Views: 2333

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: 2860

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: 384

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: 384

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: 1723

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: 1867

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: 1036

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: 2196

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: 2196

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: 2782

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: 789

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: 2782

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: 34371

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: 703

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: 1827

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: 2019

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: 837

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: 837

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: 1904

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: 2399

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: 1107

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: 1089

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: 219

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: 2399

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: 2399

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: 1139

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...
by RichardFlack
May 14th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 786
Views: 34371

Re: It's critic bingo! ("pixelated fruit")

All class, but slightly repetitive. The 2016 Prieuré-Lichine is all class . Floral, silky and nuanced to the core , the 2016 is a wine of pure and total seduction. Freshly cut flowers, vibrant red fruit and creamy tannins all add to the wine's undeniable allure. In 2016, Prieuré-Lichine is all clas...
by RichardFlack
May 14th, 2019, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Failed Master of Wine Dissertations (from Hosemaster of Wine)
Replies: 41
Views: 2052

Re: Failed Master of Wine Dissertations (from Hosemaster of Wine)

Brett, The Sixth Taste

Four Tier Distribution

100 Uses For Wines Given To You By Non-Wine-Geek Friends

Make Your Own DRC, in collaboration with R. Kurniawan

Burgundy Bargains
by RichardFlack
May 13th, 2019, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Failed Master of Wine Dissertations (from Hosemaster of Wine)
Replies: 41
Views: 2052

Re: Failed Master of Wine Dissertations (from Hosemaster of Wine)

Spell checker’s are mostly to blame I think.
by RichardFlack
May 13th, 2019, 7:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Using corked wine making Coq au vin
Replies: 44
Views: 1139

Re: Using corked wine making Coq au vin

So why can you never find a corked bottle when you want one.... :)

Now I really have to try this.

(The real test would be an ABX comparison of course, 3 plates of risotto or whatever. Sounds like a small team project. )
by RichardFlack
May 13th, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Using corked wine making Coq au vin
Replies: 44
Views: 1139

Re: Using corked wine making Coq au vin

I’d say Qu 1 is the effect of heat, if any, on TCA. That should be basic science. Absent hard facts I always come back to why risk a wine based dish per the topic of this thread. Deglazing for pan juices, perhaps. But I don’t tend to keep corked wines around - they go in the sink unless returnable 😀
by RichardFlack
May 13th, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Failed Master of Wine Dissertations (from Hosemaster of Wine)
Replies: 41
Views: 2052

Re: Failed Master of Wine Dissertations (from Hosemaster of Wine)

This is a month and a half late (give or take a couple of days)! 😀
by RichardFlack
May 13th, 2019, 7:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Using corked wine making Coq au vin
Replies: 44
Views: 1139

Re: Coq au vin

Agree about not using very good (expensive) wine. For these kinds of dishes I do use something that I would be happy to drink, but at a moderate price point ($20 Can which is probably about $10 US retail haha). Oregon Pinot say.
by RichardFlack
May 13th, 2019, 6:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Using corked wine making Coq au vin
Replies: 44
Views: 1139

Re: Coq au vin

In other discussions people have said that cooking with corked wine is Ok. It I think that’s more in the context of deglazing a pan etc. Personally I would not risk it for a dish like this where the wine is front and centre. The cliche is “two bottles of good burgundy, one on the table and one in th...
by RichardFlack
May 10th, 2019, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 14505

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

So, fine. I’m not a huge Bordeaux buyer, having gotten into it after the price hikes of 2009 and 2010, but had kids born in 2014 and 2016 and so invested in a few cases. Now to 2018. Have read the threads and preliminary reviews. What are you buying and why? My first EP purchases: 6x Les Carmes Hau...
by RichardFlack
May 9th, 2019, 2:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?
Replies: 42
Views: 1193

Re: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?

Similar question about salads before the main course not after.
by RichardFlack
May 6th, 2019, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A curmudgeon meets the Kimmeridgien; comparing Chablis & Sancerre
Replies: 11
Views: 639

Re: A curmudgeon meets the Kimmeridgien; comparing Chablis & Sancerre

It occurs to me this could be a good experiment. First a blind ABX type tasting to see if the alleged affinities exist in these different wines (versus other whites). If they do, then the second step is to see what common factors there are in the making of these wines. If not ... next topic!
by RichardFlack
May 6th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A curmudgeon meets the Kimmeridgien; comparing Chablis & Sancerre
Replies: 11
Views: 639

Re: A curmudgeon meets the Kimmeridgien; comparing Chablis & Sancerre

Maybe it affects other things in the micro-climate / micro-terroir that do affect taste, even if present in minute quantities. I’m pretty sure that it’s not pure H2O that plants absorb through their roots or for that matter their leaves. I’m not sure that science has caught up to our sense of taste ...
by RichardFlack
May 5th, 2019, 5:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Pricing - Canada and US
Replies: 30
Views: 1188

Re: Wine Pricing - Canada and US

More like a shear than drift... anyway.... One thing (among many) I find annoying with the KGBO is the way they drop producers. They will bring in a wine for a couple of years then stop. Makes it hard to build verticals etc. Unless of course it’s $25 Aussie Shiraz or Cal Cab in which case the tanker...
by RichardFlack
May 5th, 2019, 4:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Pricing - Canada and US
Replies: 30
Views: 1188

Re: Wine Pricing - Canada and US

Not quite sure I see the connection...
by RichardFlack
May 5th, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help to pick unusual wines
Replies: 32
Views: 964

Re: Help to pick unusual wines

And to start English sparkler
by RichardFlack
May 5th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing help. Fish Veracruz
Replies: 17
Views: 476

Re: Pairing help. Fish Veracruz

Assyrtiko
by RichardFlack
May 4th, 2019, 7:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help to pick unusual wines
Replies: 32
Views: 964

Re: Help to pick unusual wines

Assyrtiko from Santorni, eg Sigalas. Or is that no longer unusual location? :)

Weingut Gross Sauvignon Blanc from Slovenia. I think that one does still count.
by RichardFlack
May 4th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which varietal is least and which is best suited to new oak?
Replies: 55
Views: 1351

Re: Which varietal is least and which is best suited to new oak?

In regard to worst grape, I’d say that for any grape there can be too much new oak at some level. Is the question basically asking are there grapes where the threshold is zero? And mutatis mutandis for best grape? Chardonnay is interesting. Because it’s so neutral, a little oak can be terrific if ba...
by RichardFlack
May 4th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which varietal is least and which is best suited to new oak?
Replies: 55
Views: 1351

Re: Which varietal is least and which is best suited to new oak?

Pat Martin wrote:
May 3rd, 2019, 4:10 pm
brodie thomson wrote:
May 3rd, 2019, 3:59 pm
Easy answer for whites: Rieslings is the worst neener
Oaked Riesling, now that’s a scary thought.

Yes, I didn’t think about barbera, I agree it shows it’s oak well.
+1 on Riesling for worst white.
by RichardFlack
April 26th, 2019, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 786
Views: 34371

Re: It's critic bingo! ("pixelated fruit")

So what are the pixies supposed to have done to the fruit?
by RichardFlack
April 26th, 2019, 7:13 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Cognac - 700ml vs 750ml?
Replies: 12
Views: 427

Re: Cognac - 700ml vs 750ml?

I may be wrong but I have fuzzy recollection in the 70s of some German wines being 700ml.
The size I wish was used more is 500ml. A someone once put it, good for two people at lunch or for a “gentleman’s dinner”. That was written before glass size inflation though.
by RichardFlack
April 26th, 2019, 7:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there ever a stay of execution?
Replies: 18
Views: 937

Re: Is there ever a stay of execution?

mattcitrang wrote:
April 26th, 2019, 6:55 am
Most definitely. Vacationed in South Jersey, Virginia and South Carolina. Took 24 bottles and returned with 6 unconsumed. Put right back in the cellar.
So sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy your vacation. :)

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