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by Peter Papay
March 28th, 2020, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: E-training and Webinars
Replies: 1
Views: 145

E-training and Webinars

If you need to kill some time and learn something new about wine. Please post if you know of any good resources. Stay home - Stay safe - Stay healthy GuildSomm Advanced Deductive Wine Tasting (A MUST SEE) https://vimeo.com/400761775 Rioja Wine Academy https://riojawineacademy.com/en/catalogue/catalo...
by Peter Papay
March 21st, 2020, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any tips on Video Tastings?
Replies: 18
Views: 452

Re: Any tips on Video Tastings?

We had a virtual wine tasting yesterday with a total of 22 participants dialling in and out over a 5 hour period. The most we had at any given time was 8. Skype was actually quiet suitable for this purpose and worked without a glitch. Some had issues with their audio which were most likely related t...
by Peter Papay
March 1st, 2020, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1978 Coron Père et Fils Charmes-Chambertin
Replies: 1
Views: 218

TN: 1978 Coron Père et Fils Charmes-Chambertin

1978 Coron Père et Fils Charmes-Chambertin - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru (3/1/2020) Very low expectations due to noticeable seepage and low fill level. Kept bottle in upright position for over one week to ensure that fine sediments are settled to the bottom. Carefu...
by Peter Papay
March 1st, 2020, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: HOT CALIFORNIA WINE NIGHT IN CHILLY TO
Replies: 4
Views: 890

Re: TNs: HOT CALIFORNIA WINE NIGHT IN CHILLY TO

Tran, great pictures and notes. Wonderful enjoyable evening with a greater participation of significant others. I have to confess that I am not a big Cali fan unless the wines have some age to them. Consequently my happy meter was elevated with the 2002 Ramey, 2005 The Hattrick (its was a 2005 not a...
by Peter Papay
February 10th, 2020, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How do you control your alcohol intake?
Replies: 80
Views: 10440

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Does anyone curb their alcohol intake after the holiday season and practices a dry January? I’ve been doing dry January for four years now. The past three years I extended it to President’s Day Weekend. This year I didn’t go to dry January but have limited it to Saturday’s only so far in February. ...
by Peter Papay
February 10th, 2020, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1984 Vinicola Savese Pichierri Primitivo di Manduria
Replies: 7
Views: 298

Re: TN: 1984 Vinicola Savese Pichierri Primitivo di Manduria

Zinfandel has been and continues to be very popular in Umbria where you can find various variations from secco to dolce. They can be quiet heavy. I recently had a 2008 Diciotto Primitivo Salento with 18% alc which was not pleasant to drink. Higher alcohol and sugar content however makes them great ...
by Peter Papay
February 9th, 2020, 8:32 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How do you control your alcohol intake?
Replies: 80
Views: 10440

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Jason Hagen wrote:
February 8th, 2020, 7:16 pm
Cirrhosis and being an addict in recovery [cry.gif]

Jason
Jason,

So sorry about your health issues. I hope you will be better soon!
by Peter Papay
February 9th, 2020, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1984 Vinicola Savese Pichierri Primitivo di Manduria
Replies: 7
Views: 298

Re: TN: 1984 Vinicola Savese Pichierri Primitivo di Manduria

Zinfandel has been and continues to be very popular in Umbria where you can find various variations from secco to dolce. They can be quiet heavy. I recently had a 2008 Diciotto Primitivo Salento with 18% alc which was not pleasant to drink. Higher alcohol and sugar content however makes them great c...
by Peter Papay
February 7th, 2020, 8:58 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How do you control your alcohol intake?
Replies: 80
Views: 10440

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Does anyone curb their alcohol intake after the holiday season and practices a dry January?
by Peter Papay
February 7th, 2020, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1984 Vinicola Savese Pichierri Primitivo di Manduria
Replies: 7
Views: 298

TN: 1984 Vinicola Savese Pichierri Primitivo di Manduria

1984 Vinicola Savese Pichierri Primitivo di Manduria - Italy, Puglia, Primitivo di Manduria (2/7/2020) A rather unique wine making process is being used for this wine. Part of the must is aged in terracotta vessels called capasoni which are enamelled to prevent micro-oxigenation and a part is vitri...
by Peter Papay
January 28th, 2020, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1983 Guiseppe Quintarelli Bianco Amabile
Replies: 11
Views: 466

Re: 1983 Guiseppe Quintarelli Bianco Amabile

Does the wine start off the color of a white sweet wine when it is released? Chris, I have never seen a bottle on release (last release was 2007) but from what I gather on several web sites the colour most likely resembles a 5-6 puttonyos Tokaji Aszu, a moderate amber. What is amazing is the rate i...
by Peter Papay
January 28th, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux, Nebbiolo, Brunello suggestions
Replies: 31
Views: 1687

Re: Bordeaux, Nebbiolo, Brunello suggestions

I am surprised nobody mentioned Riesling yet. They have a distinctive dumb phase and are very affordable so no need to worry about smaller formats which might impact the exercise. They are also known to go the long haul. Just saying.
by Peter Papay
January 28th, 2020, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1983 Guiseppe Quintarelli Bianco Amabile
Replies: 11
Views: 466

Re: 1983 Guiseppe Quintarelli Bianco Amabile

Fascinating, thanks for posting! Thoughts about the rest of the Quintarelli line-up? I'm always tempted, but never quite pull the trigger. Joshua, I am afraid my experience is limited to his Valpolicella and Amarone bottles which never disappoint albeit being fairly bold. I am sure there are a lot ...
by Peter Papay
January 28th, 2020, 5:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1983 Guiseppe Quintarelli Bianco Amabile
Replies: 11
Views: 466

Re: 1983 Guiseppe Quintarelli Bianco Amabile

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by Peter Papay
January 27th, 2020, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1983 Guiseppe Quintarelli Bianco Amabile
Replies: 11
Views: 466

1983 Guiseppe Quintarelli Bianco Amabile

1983 Giuseppe Quintarelli Bianco Amabile Negrar Vino da Tavola - Italy, Veneto, Vino da Tavola (11/23/2019) The rarest of wines in the Quinterelli line up and only made in special years. The cork of this bottle was significantly raised which indicated less then optimal storage conditions. I approac...
by Peter Papay
November 24th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: All Italian Wines at Grappa Restaurant in Toronto
Replies: 6
Views: 620

Re: TNs: All Italian Wines at Grappa Restaurant in Toronto

As much as I am inclined to tell everyone what really happened, I would like to congratulate Tran on his spot on synopsis and leave it up to (the missing in action) Mike Grammer to tell the truth. I was wondering if aging Barbera would add an additional layer of complexity. It certainly improved the...
by Peter Papay
November 4th, 2019, 9:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: HALPERN 2019 GRAND CRU WINE FESTIVAL
Replies: 13
Views: 1024

Re: TNs: HALPERN 2019 GRAND CRU WINE FESTIVAL

Nice to see so many familiar faces during this lovely event. One definitively needs to come early as it gets really busy towards the end. Most high level wines are gone midway through. Noteworthy sightings included Dwayne Wade which was pitching his own wines which I didn't dare trying. I didn't tak...
by Peter Papay
October 28th, 2019, 3:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Toronto Wood Oven Pizza Party Wines
Replies: 13
Views: 951

Re: TNs: Toronto Wood Oven Pizza Party Wines

Congratulation Chelsea and Dylan to your two new additions to your family.

You definitively could have used the Austrian in your group. It's spelled Wieninger and nice that it showed so well.

Great notes Tran.

Just out of curiosity. How long does it take to bring the oven to operating temperature?
by Peter Papay
October 27th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Domaine Overnoy-Crinquand Savagnin Arbois Pupillin
Replies: 0
Views: 238

TN: 2010 Domaine Overnoy-Crinquand Savagnin Arbois Pupillin

2010 Domaine Overnoy-Crinquand Savagnin Arbois Pupillin - France, Jura, Arbois Pupillin (10/27/2019) Typical Vin Jaune style deriving from aging Savagnin in partially empty barrels covered under a layer of flor which results to a sherry style wine from the Jura region. This is no exception. Rich de...
by Peter Papay
August 29th, 2019, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How do you control your alcohol intake?
Replies: 80
Views: 10440

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

I found myself reaching for a drink of some sort everyday after work. I didn’t like that so I made a rule, no drinking M-W. Usually have a beer on Thursday, and then open a bottle or two of wine throughout the weekend, with a glass or two of bourbon sprinkled in Good for you. Thats a great regimen....
by Peter Papay
August 25th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Barolo/Barbaresco should I open?
Replies: 23
Views: 1543

Re: Which Barolo/Barbaresco should I open?

Ugh, why so early? Though call to open any of these bottles prior to their prime drinking window. At gun point I would confer with previous posts and settle for PdB.
by Peter Papay
July 19th, 2019, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1975 Barbaresco - Birth Year Surprise!
Replies: 3
Views: 444

Re: 1975 Barbaresco - Birth Year Surprise!

I have been experiencing with older no name Nebbiolo's and must say that the pleasure outweighs the occasional disappointment. Kudos to you for give it a try and glad it showed well for you. Keep researching and sharing.
by Peter Papay
July 19th, 2019, 2:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your recent auction purchase?
Replies: 41
Views: 2407

Re: What is your recent auction purchase?

1 Aldo Conterno Granbussia Riserva 1999
2 Paulo Scavino Bric del Fiasc 1996
by Peter Papay
July 9th, 2019, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Clos Windsbuhl (France, Alsace)
Replies: 1
Views: 341

TN: 2011 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Clos Windsbuhl (France, Alsace)

2011 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Clos Windsbuhl - France, Alsace (7/7/2019) Deep golden yellow colour. The nose was a bit shy at first due to the cold serving temperature. As it warmed up in the glas it revealed classical Riesling notes but the real stunner was the palate. The texture of this wine allo...
by Peter Papay
May 25th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--The Weird and Wonderful--Paolo Bea, D'Arlay, Montelena, Gravner, others
Replies: 1
Views: 565

Re: TNs--The Weird and Wonderful--Paolo Bea, D'Arlay, Montelena, Gravner, others

Thank you Mike for the spot on notes and being an enabler for my first D'Arlay experience. Needless to say it won't be my last one. It was great to see familiar faces and make new acquaintances. The invigerating conversation was matched by great wines and excellent food. Missing our master of photog...
by Peter Papay
April 26th, 2019, 7:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs -- TWEC (TM) Tasting Menu at CORE Restaurant in TO: Champagne, Pinots, & Tokaji
Replies: 2
Views: 274

Re: TNs -- TWEC (TM) Tasting Menu at CORE Restaurant in TO: Champagne, Pinots, & Tokaji

Thank you for your notes Tran. It was a pleasure to meet up with some of the usual suspects to share great food and wine combined with delightful conversation. I was personally disappointed from the rather diluted showing of the Essencia which also lacked on botrytised notes. Its a shame that the lo...
by Peter Papay
April 9th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berlin and Austria Visit - Wine/Beer Help Please
Replies: 16
Views: 625

Re: Berlin and Austria Visit - Wine/Beer Help Please

A place you would never forget you visited. Make sure you request to see the 60.000 bottle cellar. http://palais-coburg.com/en/wine/wine-cellar/ To get a taste of the Viennese vibe visit the "Naschmarkt" which is an predominantly open air conglomerate of various retailers featuring anything from ant...
by Peter Papay
April 8th, 2019, 4:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need some basic help with wine cellar build
Replies: 14
Views: 947

Re: Need some basic help with wine cellar build

Closed cell spray foam will act as a vapour barrier so no need for an additional one. The thickness of the foam will determine the R value. There are a few good threads on this board which you can find with the search function.

Don't forget to post some pictures.
by Peter Papay
March 4th, 2019, 8:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Canadians in here?
Replies: 43
Views: 2178

Re: Canadians in here?

Mississauga represents!
by Peter Papay
March 3rd, 2019, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How do you control your alcohol intake?
Replies: 80
Views: 10440

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

EileenC wrote:
January 28th, 2019, 4:10 pm
Began a while ago to just drink weekends. It was difficult at first because of being used to always having wine with dinner. A substitute of soda water/lime or lemon juice/ and mango or pineapple helped the craving a lot. And as a by product my skirts fit better :)
Great idea Eileen.

Keep it up!
by Peter Papay
January 23rd, 2019, 3:04 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How do you control your alcohol intake?
Replies: 80
Views: 10440

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: 1934

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: 362

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: 1500

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: 80
Views: 10440

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: 80
Views: 10440

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: 475

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: 88

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: 465

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: 80
Views: 10440

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: 80
Views: 10440

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: 80
Views: 10440

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: 2271

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: 870

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: 3097

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: 868

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: 2463

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: 2021

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: 788

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 ...

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