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by Russell Faulkner
January 23rd, 2020, 9:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 88
Views: 3353

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: 595

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: 39
Views: 2601

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: 39
Views: 2601

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: 595

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: 88
Views: 3353

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: 2385

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: 1685

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: 21
Views: 1715

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: 2385

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: 595

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: 595

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: 21
Views: 1715

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: 2315

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: 2315

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: 2315

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: 1667

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: 509

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: 2315

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: 314

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: 1031

Re: Awfulness of Europcar

They are franchises. Don’t expect consistency.
by Russell Faulkner
December 13th, 2019, 4:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Egon Muller pricing
Replies: 24
Views: 1811

Re: Egon Muller pricing

The new winemaker is young I think but others spoke highly of him.

Muller GGs!

My favourite wines from Egon are the Kabi and GK. I’ve had my share though.
by Russell Faulkner
December 12th, 2019, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- 88-98-08 Lafleur, 95-96 Margaux, 02 Vogue Musigny, 90 Pichon Baron, 95 Rayas, a few 85s, Latour and much more
Replies: 22
Views: 1252

Re: TN- 88-98-08 Lafleur, 95-96 Margaux, 02 Vogue Musigny, 90 Pichon Baron, 95 Rayas, a few 85s, Latour and much more

No problem. I know Christian Moueix was involved to some degree in the 80s and didn’t know if that’s what you meant! Not meaning to be pedantic!
by Russell Faulkner
December 12th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- 88-98-08 Lafleur, 95-96 Margaux, 02 Vogue Musigny, 90 Pichon Baron, 95 Rayas, a few 85s, Latour and much more
Replies: 22
Views: 1252

Re: TN- 88-98-08 Lafleur, 95-96 Margaux, 02 Vogue Musigny, 90 Pichon Baron, 95 Rayas, a few 85s, Latour and much more

Moueix - Lafleur?

Confused.

I’ve never had a problem with Oak in Lafleur, though I don’t recall drinking the 88.
by Russell Faulkner
December 12th, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: First Time in France - Itinerary
Replies: 32
Views: 1685

Re: First Time in France - Itinerary

Really depends where you are though. Bordeaux ran a practically normal service on trams and buses today.
by Russell Faulkner
December 12th, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Egon Muller pricing
Replies: 24
Views: 1811

Re: Egon Muller pricing

Muller pricing is always funky, different channels at different prices.
by Russell Faulkner
December 1st, 2019, 10:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Gluten free + vino
Replies: 5
Views: 894

Re: Gluten free + vino

Not casual at all. I’ve had the endoscopy, know all about it. But I’ve found staff well informed, maybe led by the EUs laws on ‘allergen’ labelling. Oddly it’s usually the very high end and chain places that are most aware. But even our neighbourhood bistro (€16 for three courses including wine) ada...
by Russell Faulkner
December 1st, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Gluten free + vino
Replies: 5
Views: 894

Re: Gluten free + vino

Really? I was diagnosed as Celiac about 2.5 years ago and have never had issues finding something good to eat outside of some Chinese places and Pizza joints.

We just mention on booking.
by Russell Faulkner
November 20th, 2019, 2:24 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Reading, UK
Replies: 4
Views: 707

Re: Reading, UK

I’m surprised there’s anywhere decent to eat in Reading!
by Russell Faulkner
November 13th, 2019, 3:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines helped by climate change
Replies: 45
Views: 1537

Re: Wines helped by climate change

I think the ‘right now’ bit is key. I suspect most of the regions that may have ‘benefited’ to date won’t be the same in 20,50,100 years.
by Russell Faulkner
November 5th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 P.J. Kühn "Jacobus" Riesling - BestBuy
Replies: 7
Views: 298

Re: TN: 2018 P.J. Kühn "Jacobus" Riesling - BestBuy

Thanks for the reminder of Tentazioni, we must visit!
by Russell Faulkner
November 1st, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.
Replies: 67
Views: 5676

Re: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.

Our shop just moved from the white truffles to black. It’s not cheap though at €15 for a ~250ml pot. (And another €15 for the pot itself)
by Russell Faulkner
October 21st, 2019, 7:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Has anyone used an air fryer?
Replies: 15
Views: 1406

Re: Has anyone used an air fryer?

Mother in law has one. Takes forever to make fries for a family of seven. They are nice enough when they arrive but it’s 3-5 batches.
by Russell Faulkner
October 1st, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Pérignon
Replies: 170
Views: 15934

Re: 2008 Dom Pérignon

Linden at Fine Wine Experience is a great chap, say hi.
by Russell Faulkner
September 30th, 2019, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Julian Haart Wintricher Ohligsberg
Replies: 10
Views: 469

Re: Julian Haart Wintricher Ohligsberg

Bottles are about 3/4 inch longer than other German bottles, no big deal for me.

Love the wines, 4th most populous in the cellar from a very short start.
by Russell Faulkner
September 29th, 2019, 10:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Riesling Großes Gewächs
Replies: 37
Views: 3642

Re: 2017 Riesling Großes Gewächs

Preferred both 16 and 17 to 2018 recently.
by Russell Faulkner
September 27th, 2019, 5:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 149
Views: 12595

Re: 2008 Salon

£2600 IB for the 2008 Mags in London...
by Russell Faulkner
September 25th, 2019, 2:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Grosser Ring Auctions
Replies: 67
Views: 2625

Re: 2019 Grosser Ring Auctions

No idea sorry, not a producer I follow.
by Russell Faulkner
September 24th, 2019, 9:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Grosser Ring Auctions
Replies: 67
Views: 2625

Re: 2019 Grosser Ring Auctions

Yep same same.

I bought 6 of the (to my mind) superior 2016 bottles for half the price of one of those mags the day before the auction.

The whole GG Auction was a bit of a damp squib, the room was almost empty.
by Russell Faulkner
September 22nd, 2019, 11:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Grosser Ring Auctions
Replies: 67
Views: 2625

Re: 2019 Grosser Ring Auctions

Tom, I don’t think the producers keep back serious quantities for resale, though it is allowed as you mention. Indeed some producers put extra bottles in to a lot, use their entire supply. The retail stores offering auction wines are buying them at the auction. Also I don’t think Schaefer send ‘most...
by Russell Faulkner
September 22nd, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Grosser Ring Auctions
Replies: 67
Views: 2625

Re: 2019 Grosser Ring Auctions

260 I think.
by Russell Faulkner
September 22nd, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Grosser Ring Auctions
Replies: 67
Views: 2625

Re: 2019 Grosser Ring Auctions

1020 half, 2750 bottle, 18,000(!) magnum
by Russell Faulkner
September 22nd, 2019, 5:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Grosser Ring Auctions
Replies: 67
Views: 2625

Re: 2019 Grosser Ring Auctions

Keller Kabi - 550 and 4550 mag
by Russell Faulkner
September 21st, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Grosser Ring Auctions
Replies: 67
Views: 2625

Re: 2019 Grosser Ring Auctions

Craig. Check out the MFW primer.

It’s complex.

http://www.moselfinewines.com/auction-guides.php
by Russell Faulkner
September 21st, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Grosser Ring Auctions
Replies: 67
Views: 2625

Re: 2019 Grosser Ring Auctions

Craig G wrote:
September 21st, 2019, 1:47 pm
What does a 6L German bottle look like?
9/10 it’s Champagne shaped. But I have seen a slightly squished German flute version.

That 2018 is a mixed vintage shouldn’t surprise anyone. All reputable critics have been saying the same since April.
by Russell Faulkner
September 20th, 2019, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Grosser Ring Auctions
Replies: 67
Views: 2625

Re: 2019 Grosser Ring Auctions

Grunhaus

Kabi 40, 121
GK 180, 260
LGK 210, 500
by Russell Faulkner
September 20th, 2019, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Grosser Ring Auctions
Replies: 67
Views: 2625

Re: 2019 Grosser Ring Auctions

Lot 27 @ 70
by Russell Faulkner
September 20th, 2019, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Grosser Ring Auctions
Replies: 67
Views: 2625

Re: 2019 Grosser Ring Auctions

The wines are just not as good. Generally.

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