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by Russell Faulkner
March 20th, 2020, 3:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vermut - Explorations in Spanish Vermouth
Replies: 2
Views: 136

Vermut - Explorations in Spanish Vermouth

We spent a few days in Girona over Christmas and enjoyed a few local vermouths, some commercial and some 'homemade' in restaurants and bars. So on returning we got a little carried away, a good selection from Bodeboca, a Spanish retailer who deliver throughout the EU: IMG_8031.jpeg We then tested th...
by Russell Faulkner
March 18th, 2020, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Van Volxem Riesling 2015 horizontal (plus a few 2013s)
Replies: 9
Views: 306

Re: TN: Van Volxem Riesling 2015 horizontal (plus a few 2013s)

The new winery is quite a scar on the landscape.

I’ve never much cared for the wines but should probably retry, it’s been a while.
by Russell Faulkner
March 12th, 2020, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: anybody traveling in France?
Replies: 99
Views: 6220

Re: anybody traveling in France?

I didn’t get the impression borders were closing now.

I thought he spoke very well. The transcript will be available I’m sure.
by Russell Faulkner
March 12th, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: anybody traveling in France?
Replies: 99
Views: 6220

Re: anybody traveling in France?

French schools and universities to close from Monday and companies advised to allow working from home.

I wouldn’t come here as a tourist.
by Russell Faulkner
March 12th, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: anybody traveling in France?
Replies: 99
Views: 6220

Re: anybody traveling in France?

Televised address from Macron at 8pm local tonight.
by Russell Faulkner
March 9th, 2020, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: anybody traveling in France?
Replies: 99
Views: 6220

Re: anybody traveling in France?

Noticeable today that people have stopped shaking hands and kissing for the most part.
by Russell Faulkner
March 8th, 2020, 4:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: anybody traveling in France?
Replies: 99
Views: 6220

Re: anybody traveling in France?

I live in Bordeaux, school reopens after the scheduled break tomorrow. You wouldn’t really know there was an ‘issue’ except all the pharmacies have signs saying no masks or sanitiser available.
by Russell Faulkner
March 7th, 2020, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Screw the three tier system: 2006 Clos de Goisses $120 UK $180 USA
Replies: 22
Views: 1554

Re: Screw the three tier system: 2006 Clos de Goisses $120 UK $180 USA

Retail is more or less dead in Europe for fine wine.

There are of course some great exceptions but it’s still true.

Almost all transactions are online somehow.

You won’t walk into a London store and buy a single bottle of this for $120.
by Russell Faulkner
March 6th, 2020, 5:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Reignac 08 and 09
Replies: 6
Views: 276

Re: Reignac 08 and 09

I drank an 03 last week, quite hollow mid palate and harsh oak tannins. Didn’t finish the bottle.
by Russell Faulkner
March 5th, 2020, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie
Replies: 62
Views: 2414

Re: TN: 2009 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie

Ha, that’s the story of my entire cellar. Stuff I love but the vast majority I look at and think, “now what here can I serve at a dinner party? Hmm, almost nothing is a crowd pleaser”. Although I did open a 2017 Lambert Breze for a few people recently and everyone loved it. One of the most floral C...
by Russell Faulkner
March 4th, 2020, 11:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tete de cuvee roses
Replies: 28
Views: 1182

Re: Tete de cuvee roses

I once calculated the value of the red added to DP to make the Rose. It worked out more than La Tache.

Of course it’s not that simple but still...
by Russell Faulkner
February 28th, 2020, 8:49 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 207
Views: 7257

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Luckily we can drive most places we want to go, my in laws just cancelled a trip to Turkey and Cyprus though for next month.
by Russell Faulkner
February 27th, 2020, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting visits...trifling questions.
Replies: 28
Views: 1597

Re: Tasting visits...trifling questions.

As always it depends!

If you visit Latour there’s little point taking an 80s vintage along.

If you visit Vilmart there’s every point in doing so.
by Russell Faulkner
February 25th, 2020, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vegan/fish dishes to pair with bold red wine
Replies: 20
Views: 697

Re: Vegan/fish dishes to pair with bold red wine

Lots of roast monkfish dishes work well, sturgeon with red wine sauce and leeks also just a couple of days ago.

It’s really not so hard!
by Russell Faulkner
February 16th, 2020, 10:56 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wiring Euros
Replies: 7
Views: 1000

Re: Wiring Euros

Consider whether the additional counterparty risk and time taken is worth the money saved.

I occasionally use such a service but if it doesn’t make a serious saving I use my bank.
by Russell Faulkner
February 13th, 2020, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Zilliken (Forstmeister Geltz) Saarburger Rausch Riesling Auslese Auction
Replies: 8
Views: 424

Re: TN: 2005 Zilliken (Forstmeister Geltz) Saarburger Rausch Riesling Auslese Auction

d_sharp wrote:
February 12th, 2020, 8:59 am
Hi Brian,

Do you recall the A.P. #?

Thanks,
Dale
Mosel Fine Wines say 09.
by Russell Faulkner
February 9th, 2020, 11:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs- 2014 Hune, 08 Clos des Goisses, 16 Barbaresco Tre Stelle, Darting surprise, more 95 Bordeaux woes
Replies: 7
Views: 671

Re: TNs- 2014 Hune, 08 Clos des Goisses, 16 Barbaresco Tre Stelle, Darting surprise, more 95 Bordeaux woes

Interesting. I have full cases of VCC and Trotanoy (and a half of Lafleur) I was thinking of getting them out of storage this year.
by Russell Faulkner
February 8th, 2020, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine & Dine with Julian Haart
Replies: 12
Views: 1047

Re: Wine & Dine with Julian Haart

Barry Rothof wrote:
February 8th, 2020, 12:41 pm
Russell Faulkner wrote:
February 8th, 2020, 12:03 pm
Nice, is this AP 04? Only 90 bottles. Wow.
It was the AP 03
Nice, the 04 *** is meant to be even better!
by Russell Faulkner
February 8th, 2020, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine & Dine with Julian Haart
Replies: 12
Views: 1047

Re: Wine & Dine with Julian Haart

Nice, is this AP 04? Only 90 bottles. Wow.
by Russell Faulkner
February 7th, 2020, 11:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question: What pairs well with steak tartare?
Replies: 52
Views: 1644

Re: Question: What pairs well with steak tartare?

Ian S wrote:
February 7th, 2020, 7:07 pm
Russell Faulkner wrote:
February 7th, 2020, 9:28 am
But I don’t eat it.
Okay, I'll give you the opportunity: Why don't you eat steak tartare, Russell?
Don’t like it. That’s all! :)
by Russell Faulkner
February 7th, 2020, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question: What pairs well with steak tartare?
Replies: 52
Views: 1644

Re: Question: What pairs well with steak tartare?

I always thought the classical match was BoJo. But I don’t eat it.
by Russell Faulkner
February 5th, 2020, 9:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Schloss Lieser Riesling Kabinett 'Goldtröpfchen' 2018
Replies: 62
Views: 1560

Re: TN: Schloss Lieser Riesling Kabinett 'Goldtröpfchen' 2018

Young guy, excellent wines, worked with Julian Haart. We have drunk through 2 x 18 bottle cases of a mix of 16-18s. But they don't seem to exist anywhere one can actually buy them! Well I just email Max and he sends them to me. A joy of living in the EU! :) Mention him to your friendly importer!
by Russell Faulkner
February 4th, 2020, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Schloss Lieser Riesling Kabinett 'Goldtröpfchen' 2018
Replies: 62
Views: 1560

Re: TN: Schloss Lieser Riesling Kabinett 'Goldtröpfchen' 2018

The same is true of the Doctor. Very glad Thomas Haag is making wine there.
by Russell Faulkner
February 4th, 2020, 3:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Schloss Lieser Riesling Kabinett 'Goldtröpfchen' 2018
Replies: 62
Views: 1560

Re: TN: Schloss Lieser Riesling Kabinett 'Goldtröpfchen' 2018

I’m in the same camp totally. The (very) sweet wines can be good though. I have some 2011 TBA to start drinking.
by Russell Faulkner
February 4th, 2020, 3:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Schloss Lieser Riesling Kabinett 'Goldtröpfchen' 2018
Replies: 62
Views: 1560

Re: TN: Schloss Lieser Riesling Kabinett 'Goldtröpfchen' 2018

I don’t care for the wines very much. More stylistic than qualitative though.
by Russell Faulkner
February 4th, 2020, 2:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Schloss Lieser Riesling Kabinett 'Goldtröpfchen' 2018
Replies: 62
Views: 1560

Re: TN: Schloss Lieser Riesling Kabinett 'Goldtröpfchen' 2018

Young guy, excellent wines, worked with Julian Haart. We have drunk through 2 x 18 bottle cases of a mix of 16-18s.
by Russell Faulkner
February 3rd, 2020, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Schloss Lieser Riesling Kabinett 'Goldtröpfchen' 2018
Replies: 62
Views: 1560

Re: TN: Schloss Lieser Riesling Kabinett 'Goldtröpfchen' 2018

Thanks for the amazing note.

Brian, the Doctor GG was only sold in a mixed 6 pack or in mags at the auction in 2018 afaik. There were tiny quantities of Doctor Kabi.
by Russell Faulkner
January 23rd, 2020, 9:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 154
Views: 8474

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

Can someone please comment on styles and qualities of recent vintages.
by Russell Faulkner
January 23rd, 2020, 1:36 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Where to stay in Mosel River Valley area
Replies: 19
Views: 1169

Re: Where to stay in Mosel River Valley area

Bear in mind Schanz is excellent but service can be slow. I only say it because you mentioned a teenager.
by Russell Faulkner
January 23rd, 2020, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any must have rieslings on this list?
Replies: 41
Views: 3005

Re: Any must have rieslings on this list?

You aren’t talking about dry wines.

I give up.
by Russell Faulkner
January 23rd, 2020, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any must have rieslings on this list?
Replies: 41
Views: 3005

Re: Any must have rieslings on this list?

Francois, I’m afraid you aren’t really familiar with modern dry German wines. Perhaps you should pick up a mixed six or dozen to try. Whilst there might not be much availability in Paris most producers will ship directly to you from Germany.
by Russell Faulkner
January 23rd, 2020, 11:21 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Where to stay in Mosel River Valley area
Replies: 19
Views: 1169

Re: Where to stay in Mosel River Valley area

I wouldn’t call Loosen or Bergweiler big guns. Sure Loosen makes a gazillion bottles of Doctor L but not in Bernkastel. I wouldn’t bother to visit either personally. The Vinothek is an ok visit. I went once (I’ve been to Bernkastel 50+ times). It’s nice with non wine geeks. There are a few decent wi...
by Russell Faulkner
January 20th, 2020, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 154
Views: 8474

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

Eolithe is widely available here. What vintage should I buy? Prices vary a bit but not much back to 2010.
by Russell Faulkner
January 18th, 2020, 11:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 59
Views: 3238

Re: Grass fed???

Count me not slightly convinced!
by Russell Faulkner
January 9th, 2020, 9:23 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: First Time in France - Itinerary
Replies: 32
Views: 2335

Re: First Time in France - Itinerary

This. 2 years ago, I ordered a bottle of 2004 Rogeard Bourg at a terrific restaurant near Laguiole in Aveyron and the price of the bottle was below any WS US prices. After the meal, I asked the sommelier if I can buy a few more bottles to take home, he politely said no as he'd prefer to serve his r...
by Russell Faulkner
January 7th, 2020, 11:59 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Hard season in Paris.
Replies: 22
Views: 2388

Re: Hard season in Paris.

Normal?

;)
by Russell Faulkner
January 3rd, 2020, 12:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 59
Views: 3238

Re: Grass fed???

Kind of splitting hairs to discuss the ‘health benefits’ of eating beef!
by Russell Faulkner
January 3rd, 2020, 11:58 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Where to stay in Mosel River Valley area
Replies: 19
Views: 1169

Re: Where to stay in Mosel River Valley area

Also the Zeltinger Hof
by Russell Faulkner
January 3rd, 2020, 11:57 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Where to stay in Mosel River Valley area
Replies: 19
Views: 1169

Re: Where to stay in Mosel River Valley area

That’s not JJ Prum but I’ve heard it’s nice.

For a fancier place look at Schanz in Piesport.
by Russell Faulkner
December 30th, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Hard season in Paris.
Replies: 22
Views: 2388

Re: Hard season in Paris.

In some ways it really highlights the success of the rail network in France.

In Bordeaux we only had one day where the local buses didn’t run, and we rarely use intercity trains. We wouldn’t know there was a ‘national strike’ on.
by Russell Faulkner
December 28th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 51
Views: 3062

Re: barcelona 3 nights enough?

Ah it happens everywhere. Can’t let it spoil things or they win! Thank you though
by Russell Faulkner
December 27th, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 51
Views: 3062

Re: barcelona 3 nights enough?

Really odd. Nothing was taken that we can spot anyway. My $1000 Stone Island jacket was still there in the trunk as was a bag with all our FC Barca goodies. I can’t work it out. I assume he was somewhat smart as he picked our rental crappy Toyota that doesn’t have deadlock doors, but didn’t take any...
by Russell Faulkner
December 27th, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 51
Views: 3062

Re: barcelona 3 nights enough?

Any suggestions for a family friendly place near the Nou Camp? 3 nights? We are going for 10 hours. Well it was an eventful 10 hours. Barcelona seems quite a petty crime centre. This was in a main central underground parking. The staff were not slightly interested in helping. 54F659A6-093A-49C0-B9D...
by Russell Faulkner
December 26th, 2019, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Better Than Average Kabinett
Replies: 49
Views: 1769

Re: Better Than Average Kabinett

Better than average? Anything imported by a quality importer. These wines are cheap, buy lots and find what you like. Personally I think Julian Haart, Spater-Veit, Max Kilburg and Keller are making the most interesting classic Kabinett of late (every year). But in cooler vintages there are dozens of...
by Russell Faulkner
December 24th, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Are organic vegetables vegan?
Replies: 7
Views: 932

Re: Are organic vegetables vegan?

Yes.

Whattaboutism.
by Russell Faulkner
December 24th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 51
Views: 3062

Re: barcelona 3 nights enough?

Any suggestions for a family friendly place near the Nou Camp?

3 nights? We are going for 10 hours.
by Russell Faulkner
December 17th, 2019, 7:17 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Best Western Bayonne Etche Ona Bordeaux - any feedback?
Replies: 1
Views: 698

Re: Best Western Bayonne Etche Ona Bordeaux - any feedback?

I don’t know it but it’s very central. I wouldn’t have very high expectations of the hotel generally.

Bordeaux hotels aren’t that expensive.
by Russell Faulkner
December 16th, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Awfulness of Europcar
Replies: 6
Views: 1500

Re: Awfulness of Europcar

They are franchises. Don’t expect consistency.

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