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by Peter Papay
January 23rd, 2019, 3:04 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How do you control your alcohol intake?
Replies: 66
Views: 6199

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Looks like you have a good system going for you Ross!
by Peter Papay
January 23rd, 2019, 2:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much Wine do we drink a year?
Replies: 42
Views: 1479

Re: How much Wine do we drink a year?

Between my wife and I about 150 out of my cellar.

Quiet happy with that number. It pays off to keep your hands of the bottles during weekdays.
by Peter Papay
January 4th, 2019, 9:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ontario Survey
Replies: 5
Views: 274

Ontario Survey

Here is your chance to express your thoughts about the current choice and convenience of purchasing alcohol in the province of Ontario. Don't expect much of a change though.

https://www.ontario.ca/form/alcohol-cho ... ple-survey
by Peter Papay
December 28th, 2018, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: German and Austrian Reds
Replies: 27
Views: 1140

Re: German and Austrian Reds

Greg and Gerhard did a fine job in summarizing notable Austrian reds. Thank you. I would like to add one of mine personal favourites which is Hannes Reeh and his Zweigelt Unplugged. Also another word of caution. If you visit the Carnuntum region you will realize that there are 4! different Markowits...
by Peter Papay
December 3rd, 2018, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How do you control your alcohol intake?
Replies: 66
Views: 6199

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Getting older has done it for me. That will certainly do it. I noticed the same with my parents. An opened bottle would linger around for weeks. I wonder if drinking in moderation at younger age will allow you to stay in better health and therefore allow you to enjoy your goodies at a later stage i...
by Peter Papay
November 15th, 2018, 10:10 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How do you control your alcohol intake?
Replies: 66
Views: 6199

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

riaz syed wrote:
October 26th, 2018, 5:48 am
By driving. No, seriously. Instead of drinking junk whilst out, now drive and have a glass or two of something decent when I get in.
Riaz, not sure if I follow your argumentation. Are you suggesting to drive and therefore limit the amount of drinks you consume?
by Peter Papay
October 19th, 2018, 4:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs -- Una Noche en España, Toronto: Spanish Night in TO
Replies: 9
Views: 364

Re: TNs -- Una Noche en España, Toronto: Spanish Night in TO

Beautiful night - thanks for everyone!! Great notes Tran. The ALEJANDRO RODRIGUEZ TINTO PESQUERA CRIANZA was a 1985 and had for me a bit too much tannins for me. Interesting how they keep up over such a long period of time and struggle to integrate. Just a little typo correction: CASA DE LA HERMITA ...
by Peter Papay
September 9th, 2018, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine de la Denante St. Véran (France, Burgundy, Mâconnais, St. Véran)
Replies: 0
Views: 57

TN: 2014 Domaine de la Denante St. Véran (France, Burgundy, Mâconnais, St. Véran)

2014 Domaine de la Denante St. Véran - France, Burgundy, Mâconnais, St. Véran (9/9/2018) Upon opening the bottle I got taken back some 40 years to my neighbours garden which was overflowing with gooseberry bushes we so often visited. Rich golden yellow colour, ripe green apples and pear on the nose...
by Peter Papay
September 9th, 2018, 4:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs-- TWEC (TM) Italian Night Gathering in Toronto
Replies: 9
Views: 351

Re: TNs-- TWEC (TM) Italian Night Gathering in Toronto

Thank you for the notes Tran which made me instantly salivate. A truly spectacular night which brought the best cook out of each of us. It will be hard to top any of these dishes, we might just have to drink better wines now! [cheers.gif] The surprise of the night for me was the Punggl Pinot Grigio ...
by Peter Papay
August 9th, 2018, 4:08 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How do you control your alcohol intake?
Replies: 66
Views: 6199

How do you control your alcohol intake?

15 drinks.. is a 5oz pour 1 drink? as is a pint of beer? 15 seems like a lot for a week.. All relative. Since a bottle of wine equals to just slightly above 5 1/4 standard drinks we are talking of less then three bottles per week. So if you share a bottle of wine with your partner every day with yo...
by Peter Papay
August 8th, 2018, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How do you control your alcohol intake?
Replies: 66
Views: 6199

How do you control your alcohol intake?

Never an easy an topic as there is an abundance of quality wine, spirits and beer in today’s marketplace. I’ve traditionally used the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) guidelines from a health management perspective. For women, low-risk drinking is defined as no more than 3...
by Peter Papay
August 8th, 2018, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How do you control your alcohol intake?
Replies: 66
Views: 6199

How do you control your alcohol intake?

I use smaller glasses than your typical wine glass. Also, smaller pours. It blows my mind a standard pour in a restaurant (here in Europe) is 200 mL. If a menu offers 100 mL pours due to cost or scarcity (or both) I will get that glass most often. It's good to take nights off, and we'll have sparkl...
by Peter Papay
August 8th, 2018, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mike After Tour--Thoughts on Cali 18 + Top 20 winery wines, top 25 overall (looong)
Replies: 30
Views: 1886

Mike After Tour--Thoughts on Cali 18 + Top 20 winery wines, top 25 overall (looong)

Mike, I admire your endurance and can't wait to hear all the details!
by Peter Papay
June 23rd, 2018, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs -- Burgundy and French Cuisine Gathering in Toronto
Replies: 12
Views: 691

TNs -- Burgundy and French Cuisine Gathering in Toronto

Great write up Tran, thank you! You hit it spot on.
by Peter Papay
June 6th, 2018, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New York wine consumers, please note.
Replies: 36
Views: 2693

New York wine consumers, please note.

Fight it with tooth and nails!

You don't want to become something like (LCBO controlled) Ontario. It sucks!
by Peter Papay
June 4th, 2018, 4:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Italian Night in Toronto
Replies: 16
Views: 684

TNs--Italian Night in Toronto

Great notes Tran. I as well left a glass of the Rivetti over two hours side lined and did not observe the slightest change in its performance. I doubt it will ever be any more then hard as a nail. A nice nail though. With all the delicious food and wine we almost missed Geddy Lee from Rush coming th...
by Peter Papay
June 4th, 2018, 4:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yeah, I like aligote!
Replies: 41
Views: 2071

Yeah, I like aligote!

2015 Francois Mikulski Bourgogne Aligote Very fresh and crisp, perfect for the summer. Got all the stuffings and I like where this is heading to. As usual we are highly limited through the LCBO as far as the availability of various producers concerns. A quick search revealed 2 producers. SAQ on the ...
by Peter Papay
June 1st, 2018, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another CT cellar summary - lead grape varieties in your cellar
Replies: 59
Views: 1413

Another CT cellar summary - lead grape varieties in your cellar

I will play along as well. Sangiovese 14.6% Riesling 11.3% Chardonnay 9.1% Red Bordeaux Blend 6.7% Red Rhone Blend 6.7% Nebbiolo 5.4% Syrah 4.8% Pinot Noir 4.7% Cabernet Sauvignon 3.5% Red Blend 2.8% Tempranillo 2.6% SuperTuscan Blend 2.3% Port Blend 1.9% Grüner Veltliner 1.6% Gamay 1.5% Malbec 1.3%...
by Peter Papay
May 20th, 2018, 5:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Silvaner, a Lovely yet Unloved Spring Wine, Needs Friends~NYTimes
Replies: 20
Views: 588

Silvaner, a Lovely yet Unloved Spring Wine, Needs Friends~NYTimes

Silvaner is a white grape of German origin I always thought Silvaner is Austrian origin. It is being listed as one of their autochthonous varietals. Being a crossing between Traminer and Oesterreich Weiss (Austrian White) it lost popularity over the years. Since it is a rather finicky grape in the ...
by Peter Papay
May 11th, 2018, 4:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A magnificent 2004 Brunello
Replies: 27
Views: 1379

TN: A magnificent 2004 Brunello

I bet you will hear a lot more chatter once the 2010's mature and be ready. It will however take some time though. In the meanwhile 01, 04 drinking nicely and 06 and 07 are coming around.
by Peter Papay
May 9th, 2018, 8:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Going to the Finger Lakes (Seneca)
Replies: 12
Views: 607

Going to the Finger Lakes (Seneca)

In addition to the already mentioned producers I found dry versions at
J.R. Dill
Leidenfrost
Cant remember pricing but would suspect them being priced as value drinkers. Enjoy your trip and report back.
by Peter Papay
April 22nd, 2018, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Different year on label and cork
Replies: 22
Views: 1110

Different year on label and cork

Using two year old corks?

Now that would be an explanation for the premox problem!
by Peter Papay
April 11th, 2018, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sauvignon Blanc WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP in Graz
Replies: 13
Views: 591

Sauvignon Blanc WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP in Graz

Great to see the Austrian entries perform that well. I am sure the home advantage might have helped but nethertheless they deserve a much greater appreciation on the global market.

Well on a second thought maybe we should just keep it just our little secret. [cheers.gif]
by Peter Papay
April 10th, 2018, 5:41 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Investing with a broker vs. "cellar yourself"
Replies: 17
Views: 1101

Investing with a broker vs. "cellar yourself"

Kenneth, all good advice. Its fun to research wine investment but if you are getting serious about it you may want to consider doing some serious home work first. There is lot of good information out there and you will have to take it with a grain of salt depending on where its originating from. e.g...
by Peter Papay
April 2nd, 2018, 5:36 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Article on Wine Chemistry
Replies: 4
Views: 877

Article on Wine Chemistry

For those who prefer a gentle intro into wine chemistry this offers a good overview.
http://guildpodcast.com/wine-chemistry
An in depth interview with UC Davis Professor of Enology Dr. Andrew Waterhouse on the chemistry of wine.
by Peter Papay
March 22nd, 2018, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Nikolaihof Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Im Weingebirge
Replies: 7
Views: 273

TN: 2012 Nikolaihof Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Im Weingebirge

Doug, What puzzles me is that GV can still show substantial amount of citrus notes and moderate acidity levels well into its high age (+60 years!). Not many varietals are able to withstand that long of an impact of time. I am following various tasting notes in awe and hope to get my hands on a well ...
by Peter Papay
March 22nd, 2018, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much is DRC retail if you can get it
Replies: 37
Views: 4035

How much is DRC retail if you can get it

Are only retailers/wholesalers able to enter the lottery? I'm neither, just an enthusiast that would definitely buy at those prices above. Please advise, thanks! Anyone with an Ontario address and of legal drinking age can participate. But chances to win are fairly slim. Assuming there is any truth...
by Peter Papay
March 21st, 2018, 6:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much is DRC retail if you can get it
Replies: 37
Views: 4035

How much is DRC retail if you can get it

Its worthwhile mentioning that above prices are being enjoyed by only a few lucky ones which win the annual lottery.
by Peter Papay
March 20th, 2018, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Nikolaihof Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Im Weingebirge
Replies: 7
Views: 273

TN: 2012 Nikolaihof Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Im Weingebirge

Gruner is one of my summer favourites. Depending on style and age it can be very versatile and be matched up with a wide array of dishes. I am curious to see how some of my older bottles will develope as I have not a lot of experience with aged GV.
by Peter Papay
March 14th, 2018, 5:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1999 Burgundies at their Peak?
Replies: 37
Views: 1840

1999 Burgundies at their Peak?

Aforementioned seems to be in line with my experience from last week. Maison Roche de Bellene Meursault started to show tertiary notes although primary, predominantly citrus based with pleasant tartness, still prevailed. Would not be surprised to see this go for several more years to reach perfect b...
by Peter Papay
March 10th, 2018, 4:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Note-taking tips for large tasting events
Replies: 62
Views: 1452

Note-taking tips for large tasting events

Bear in mind that your taste buds will start to desensitize with the coarse of the tasting. After consuming a large number of samples it will be difficult to distinguish nuisances. That is particularly of importance when tasting heavier full body wines and fortified ones like port. I therefore pick ...
by Peter Papay
March 3rd, 2018, 9:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Sauternes and Winter BBQ Faceoff in Toronto
Replies: 8
Views: 593

TNs: Sauternes and Winter BBQ Faceoff in Toronto

A great thank you to Chelsea and Dylan for putting together this great night. It was actually tough work to judge best side ribs, brisket, burnt ends, sausage, chicken, sauces, side dishes (Mac & Cheese, backed beans, corn bread, coleslaw, red cabbage) AND 23 wines (including 3 magnums, one of them ...
by Peter Papay
February 5th, 2018, 2:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1995 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste
Replies: 43
Views: 1454

1995 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

I got my 95 earmarked for consumption in 2020 and the 96 in 2024. Based on the TN and some notes I read this seems to be spot on. Thanks
by Peter Papay
January 22nd, 2018, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Noble Grapes
Replies: 69
Views: 1681

Noble Grapes

Interesting Fig.3 on third page which graphically demonstrates genetical relationship between certain grape cultivars. Traminer seems to be sitting in a quiet influential spot there.

http://www.pnas.org/content/108/9/3530.full.pdf
by Peter Papay
January 15th, 2018, 8:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Question - dual cooling units
Replies: 8
Views: 465

Cellar Question - dual cooling units

Run time of each individual unit will depend on each thermostats location, ambient temperature and their set point. If there is no physical separation of the room possible or practical, it will be very difficult to find an easy solution to ensure nearly identical run times of both systems since one ...
by Peter Papay
January 12th, 2018, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Sportoletti Rosso Villa Fidelia Umbria IGT
Replies: 6
Views: 220

TN: 1998 Sportoletti Rosso Villa Fidelia Umbria IGT

Hi Tim,
Thank you for the note. I recently enjoyed the 1999 which was a little bit shy on the nose but otherwise very typical and agree with your value assessment. Too bad this producer is rather hard to come by.
by Peter Papay
December 29th, 2017, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My basement feels colder than my cellar.
Replies: 27
Views: 1194

My basement feels colder than my cellar.

Good point Al. Thanks on elaborating.
by Peter Papay
December 29th, 2017, 3:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My basement feels colder than my cellar.
Replies: 27
Views: 1194

My basement feels colder than my cellar.

What Daniel and I are suggesting is that the walls of your basement are colder than the walls of your cellar (which is better insulated), so that you feel colder because you're transferring more heat energy through radiation to the walls. No doubt that radiation has and impact on perceived temperat...
by Peter Papay
December 27th, 2017, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My basement feels colder than my cellar.
Replies: 27
Views: 1194

My basement feels colder than my cellar.

Refrigerators have a tendency to ice over in hot weather, not cold weather. Humidity seems to be the key
My experience is that most freeze ups on evaporative coils are related to either low refrigerant levels or lack of air flow.
by Peter Papay
December 27th, 2017, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My basement feels colder than my cellar.
Replies: 27
Views: 1194

My basement feels colder than my cellar.

No scientist here. But I imagine that it would have to do with the higher thermal conductivity of the more humid air in colder temperatures which results in slightly quicker cooling effect on our bodies. At higher temperatures and higher humidity levels the evaporation rate of our sweat is reduced a...
by Peter Papay
December 27th, 2017, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My basement feels colder than my cellar.
Replies: 27
Views: 1194

My basement feels colder than my cellar.

It's a common sensation that one perceives higher temperatures with higher humidity levels and vice versa. Just think of a dry sauna. As soon as you add some water onto the lava rocks the humidity spikes and your perception of the temperature does the same. With a well insulated wine cellar, which h...
by Peter Papay
December 21st, 2017, 4:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Really late lunch – blind esoteric and not so esoteric wines at Q by Peter Chang
Replies: 9
Views: 825

TN: Really late lunch – blind esoteric and not so esoteric wines at Q by Peter Chang

That's a tough line up for a blind wine tasting and it seems that you guys did quiet well.

Too bad the Nigl didn't show. They make a fine GV.
by Peter Papay
December 17th, 2017, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox changed your White Burgundy buying strategy?
Replies: 65
Views: 2606

Has Premox changed your White Burgundy buying strategy?

Hi Joel, Great to see you contributing to the forum. I have mostly been abstaining from buying aged white Burgundy for Premix reasons and just not willing to play the "Russian Roulette" game at those prices. I did start buying 2014 vintages with Diam closures and future will show how that will work ...
by Peter Papay
November 1st, 2017, 3:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for building a cellar?
Replies: 9
Views: 658

Recommendations for building a cellar?

Hi Yang, I guess this all depends how much understanding and ability of overseeing the building process you might have. Building a wine cellar normally involves a multitude of trades which will need some degree of coordination. There is potential savings by sourcing out and contracting individual pa...
by Peter Papay
October 27th, 2017, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Pian dell'Orino Rosso di Montalcino - a Rosso with the hallmark of a Brunello
Replies: 13
Views: 530

2010 Pian dell'Orino Rosso di Montalcino - a Rosso with the hallmark of a Brunello

I am not surprised that it showed well considering the stellar vintage. Lots of ripe grapes in that year. I wonder if the Rosso wines in general would be a good telltale for how the BdM in that particular year might be. It is my understanding, that in some years when the quality is not up to par, so...
by Peter Papay
October 21st, 2017, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 84526

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

Did a little bit of shopping today at a local LCBO store and was pleasantly surprised when the clerk at the check out asked me if I would like to donate for the people in need who suffered from the California Wild Fires. Great to see a large cooperation like the LCBO to help out and with their numbe...
by Peter Papay
October 15th, 2017, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How do you control your alcohol intake?
Replies: 66
Views: 6199

How do you control your alcohol intake?

In light of the current events unfolding in California it is very difficult to post anything else other then wishing that the situation will get under control expeditiously and hope for a safe return for everyone to their regular lives. Upmost respect to all the professionals, volunteers and individ...

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