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by RichardFlack
November 13th, 2019, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines helped by climate change
Replies: 19
Views: 618

Re: Wines helped by climate change

Cru Beaujolais which has been on a tear since 2009 or so, might be a discussion point - climate vs wine making?
by RichardFlack
November 12th, 2019, 9:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines helped by climate change
Replies: 19
Views: 618

Re: Wines helped by climate change

I think its sometimes hard to disentangle improved (or, rather, modified) wine-making from climate change. Also it will be a while before we have info on the impact on how the wines age.
by RichardFlack
November 12th, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opening wines before reaching restaurant
Replies: 70
Views: 2256

Re: Opening wines before reaching restaurant

Thanks for the clarification. The big point that I had wrong was that it’s optional, I thought it was a requirement. (Responsible consumption is optional? I know that’s not what they are saying lol). I always thought it odd that it was tied to BYOW, and it isn’t!
by RichardFlack
November 12th, 2019, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opening wines before reaching restaurant
Replies: 70
Views: 2256

Re: Opening wines before reaching restaurant

DC is more of a feudal fiefdom at this point, no? Also, that reg states that if you buy it in the restaurant, you can’t leave with it. So much for economic and social freedom. In Ontario the regulations require that you can take unused wine home but the cork must be replaced flush with the top of t...
by RichardFlack
November 12th, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicken Pie -- Filling, am I going to make people sick?
Replies: 14
Views: 358

Re: Chicken Pie -- Filling, am I going to make people sick?

It’s dangerous if it’s heated up multiple times. A second time would be ok assuming proper refrigeration, which also means not letting it sit around for hours before refrigerating. Why is heating something multiple times dangerous? Assuming it's not sitting unrefrigerated for hours between those mu...
by RichardFlack
November 11th, 2019, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opening wines before reaching restaurant
Replies: 70
Views: 2256

Re: Opening wines before reaching restaurant

DC is more of a feudal fiefdom at this point, no? Also, that reg states that if you buy it in the restaurant, you can’t leave with it. So much for economic and social freedom. In Ontario the regulations require that you can take unused wine home but the cork must be replaced flush with the top of t...
by RichardFlack
November 11th, 2019, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you always taste before you buy?
Replies: 27
Views: 1160

Re: Do you always taste before you buy?

Absolutely if the is expensive or I’m not familiar with the producer / region / style or there is no recourse if I don’t like the wine. Otherwise, it depends ... on the source and any recommendation from trusted friend or writer.
by RichardFlack
November 11th, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicken Pie -- Filling, am I going to make people sick?
Replies: 14
Views: 358

Re: Chicken Pie -- Filling, am I going to make people sick?

The cooked au Vin sauce? Not sure how you'd make folks sick as it is fully cooked (yes?) but you'll have to be judicious with either how much you use, or thicken it with a roux or cornstarch as the crust may not bake properly since the sauce is thinner. Bake the crust separately and assemble at the...
by RichardFlack
November 11th, 2019, 4:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicken Pie -- Filling, am I going to make people sick?
Replies: 14
Views: 358

Re: Chicken Pie -- Filling, am I going to make people sick?

Bring anything up to the right temp for the right amount of time and it will kill everything. George This. And assuming proper refrigeration in the meantime. I do all sorts of things with leftover Turkey, gravy etc, from holiday feasts. By the final stage soup it’s probably a week. (Hot turkey, col...
by RichardFlack
November 11th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opening wines before reaching restaurant
Replies: 70
Views: 2256

Re: Opening wines before reaching restaurant

I’d guess not, technically. Never been stopped over this so can’t be sure but I suspect this is one of those things where the officer uses pretty wide discretion, and it would depend on why they stopped you etc. And is the bottle rolling around next to a corkscrew and some chips, or at the bottom of...
by RichardFlack
November 11th, 2019, 6:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 2017 White Burg are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 20
Views: 848

Re: What 2017 White Burg are you drinking tonight?

Only serious wine so far an exploratory bottle of Julien Brocard 2017 Cote de Lechet. Unfortunately, it’s delicious already. Being biodynamic he ships in cases of seven so I do have six left, but it will be hard to keep them as long as I should, will be a test of character. Other than that some low ...
by RichardFlack
November 10th, 2019, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opening wines before reaching restaurant
Replies: 70
Views: 2256

Re: Opening wines before reaching restaurant

In Ontario, which is not exactly under regulated (litotes), as I understand it the BYOW endorsement to the liquor licence specifically stipulates unopened bottles. ( This is distinct from the rules for automobiles where opened bottles may be carried but must be in the trunk). My guess is it’s much t...
by RichardFlack
November 10th, 2019, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opening wines before reaching restaurant
Replies: 70
Views: 2256

Re: Opening wines before reaching restaurant

Jason T wrote:
November 10th, 2019, 3:40 pm
As Glenn does I’ll just stuff the cork back in. Also, opening with an ah-so helps keep the cork looking pris time. I’ve never had anyone say anything.
Typo of the year? (pris time)
by RichardFlack
November 8th, 2019, 3:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: CARROTS à la Eric Ripert/Le Bernardin
Replies: 13
Views: 1009

Re: CARROTS à la Eric Ripert/Le Bernardin

Alan Rath wrote:
November 8th, 2019, 1:16 pm
Why does that sound like the carrots are going to be way overcooked? But it sounds tasty!
My question too.
by RichardFlack
November 6th, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100
Replies: 45
Views: 1995

Re: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100

Batailley in Paulliac is affordable and needs time.
by RichardFlack
November 5th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 507
Views: 27196

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Markus S wrote:
November 4th, 2019, 5:46 am
jleedionne wrote:
November 3rd, 2019, 8:29 pm
Who is keeping track of the $7.5B in imports that need to happen for the tariffs to subside?
The Government.
Oh dear.

And, ummm which government. [stirthepothal.gif]
by RichardFlack
November 5th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Ontario wineries: Beamsville bench & Niagara region
Replies: 8
Views: 336

Re: Ontario wineries: Beamsville bench & Niagara region

Decent list to choose from there Dave, maybe depends on what varieties you like best? If I was going to choose 3 of what you list for someone new to Ontario wine, I'd recommend staying out of NOTL and keeping with the frankly more diverse Beamsville/ Jordan areas: Tawse - premium quality almost acr...
by RichardFlack
November 5th, 2019, 7:08 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Ontario wineries: Beamsville bench & Niagara region
Replies: 8
Views: 336

Re: Ontario wineries: Beamsville bench & Niagara region

Of that list my picks would be Tawse, Hidden Bench & Queylus. Of the rest I’m only familiar with Cave Spring and 13th Street. I’ve heard that Thomas Bachelder is making wine with Clos Jordanne fruit again (Le Clos) but I have no idea what winery facilities there are. Would be very well worth a visi...
by RichardFlack
November 2nd, 2019, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"
Replies: 41
Views: 1630

Re: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"

You're talking about natural wines that have no SO2? Yes, I've had a lot of spoiled and stinky wines in that category myself (but far from all), just like you. Personally, I use native yeast, but I do add SO2. And would consider using a commercial strand of yeast if the fermentation went down the w...
by RichardFlack
November 2nd, 2019, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"
Replies: 41
Views: 1630

Re: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
October 31st, 2019, 3:48 am
Real winemakers only use pencil. ;)
Especially if they are striving for that graphite tasting note.
by RichardFlack
October 24th, 2019, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: LCBO Rioja Revelation Walk-Around Tasting Event
Replies: 23
Views: 1032

Re: TNs: LCBO Rioja Revelation Walk-Around Tasting Event

Richard: A small amount of residuals from this event are available on VSO right now. There are 18 bottles of the blanco you're looking for left, so I'd jump on it if you want some. Now 11. Thanks for the tip. I didn’t think of looking there. [cheers.gif] (Very odd, it’s available in VSO, but not at...
by RichardFlack
October 24th, 2019, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: LCBO Rioja Revelation Walk-Around Tasting Event
Replies: 23
Views: 1032

Re: TNs: LCBO Rioja Revelation Walk-Around Tasting Event

Richard: A small amount of residuals from this event are available on VSO right now. There are 18 bottles of the blanco you're looking for left, so I'd jump on it if you want some. Now 11. Thanks for the tip. I didn’t think of looking there. [cheers.gif] (Very odd, it’s available in VSO, but not at...
by RichardFlack
October 24th, 2019, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: LCBO Rioja Revelation Walk-Around Tasting Event
Replies: 23
Views: 1032

Re: TNs: LCBO Rioja Revelation Walk-Around Tasting Event

Tran Bronstein wrote:
October 24th, 2019, 9:49 am
I just checked on a hunch, there is some Vega Rioja Blanco available in Montreal at the SAQ if anyone is visiting Quebec this Fall.
Typical! SAQ beats out KGBO

Good luck.
by RichardFlack
October 22nd, 2019, 11:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: LCBO Rioja Revelation Walk-Around Tasting Event
Replies: 23
Views: 1032

Re: TNs: LCBO Rioja Revelation Walk-Around Tasting Event

The Rioja Vega Tempranillo Blanco is in the system but with zero availability.
I’ll email Señor Brown and see if he has any ideas, perhaps there is an agent.
by RichardFlack
October 22nd, 2019, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Valuing Ageability
Replies: 51
Views: 3075

Re: Valuing Ageability

To me wine is never just a score, numbers need to be augmented by at least a few words. As to the weight given in a numeric score to presumed age ability that surely depends on type of wine and expectations, and of course where the wine is in its evolution. (Think of top Bordeaux tasted at say four,...
by RichardFlack
October 22nd, 2019, 8:07 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Ontario wineries: Beamsville bench & Niagara region
Replies: 8
Views: 336

Re: Ontario wineries: Beamsville bench & Niagara region

Of that list my picks would be Tawse, Hidden Bench & Queylus. Of the rest I’m only familiar with Cave Spring and 13th Street. I’ve heard that Thomas Bachelder is making wine with Clos Jordanne fruit again (Le Clos) but I have no idea what winery facilities there are. Would be very well worth a visit...
by RichardFlack
October 19th, 2019, 5:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?
Replies: 56
Views: 1869

Re: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?

At the risk of being pedantic, you might clarify “for financial investment, for eventual resale“. I look on my cellar as a flavour investment as it were .... being able to eventually have mature wines that would be otherwise unaffordable or unavailable. (I’m referring to the part that is not short t...
by RichardFlack
October 17th, 2019, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Josephshöfer Riesling Kabinett
Replies: 4
Views: 236

Re: TN: 2004 Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Josephshöfer Riesling Kabinett

I think this producer is sometimes a bit underrated. These particular wines are outstanding. .
by RichardFlack
October 16th, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 66
Views: 1287

Re: What's the best Pinot Grigio?

Steve Eisenhauer wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 11:33 am
Alois Lageder and Tiefenbrunner were going to be my suggestions. So I second those.
+1 on these too (as well as the Pungll).
by RichardFlack
October 16th, 2019, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 66
Views: 1287

Re: What's the best Pinot Grigio?

Jeffrey Neal wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 9:54 am
Make your own - take 3/4 bottle of water and add a 1/4 bottle of the worst white you have = instant Pinot Grigio
This is a recursive definition....
by RichardFlack
October 16th, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 66
Views: 1287

Re: What's the best Pinot Grigio?

First thing is region, go for Alto Adige. A producer I like is Nals Margreid. Their Pungll is very good around $35 Can at the KGBO. The value deal is their basic cuvée which clock in at $19 can and is drinkable. I used to shun Pinot Grigio until someone introduce me to the $19 version a couple of ye...
by RichardFlack
October 10th, 2019, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 507
Views: 27196

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Picture1.jpg 27.46 divided by 21.97=1.25, so 25% price increase at retail. I saw Sneaker-guy, a.k.a. Lyle Fass, posted this on their blog in relation to one importer's call to arms: https://rockssandfruit.blogspot.com/2019/10/the-11-pass-through-promise.html I’ve been thinking a lot about how Fass ...
by RichardFlack
October 10th, 2019, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Climate change is changing the flavor of French wine
Replies: 22
Views: 1046

Re: Climate change is changing the flavor of French wine

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/09/wine-harvest-dates-earlier-climate-change/ Interesting they have records that old. 1540 was an Alfert year. Rolland killed it The best years of the first millennium are celebrated in the lyrics of the famous Chanson de Rolland. Nomination for post ...
by RichardFlack
October 10th, 2019, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Climate change is changing the flavor of French wine
Replies: 22
Views: 1046

Re: Climate change is changing the flavor of French wine

That's very helpful John (Im not much of a chemist, more maths and physics). Your point about no choice for the winemaker is well taken. I guess to some extent, we have a chicken and egg situation. If consumers loathed the new style wines then wouldn't demand have shifted to other regions. To me, th...
by RichardFlack
October 10th, 2019, 6:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Climate change is changing the flavor of French wine
Replies: 22
Views: 1046

Re: Climate change is changing the flavor of French wine

Not much on actual taste though. Mention of alcohol, but also acknowledgement that winemaker / consumer preference might be a factor. (No, I’m not a climate change denier). I’d be interested in people’s comments on wine taste over say the last few decades. My sense is that climate change gives poten...
by RichardFlack
October 6th, 2019, 8:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Impossible burgers
Replies: 50
Views: 2347

Re: Impossible burgers

and while on the subject are they actually good for you? In my opinion, no. It is not a healthy choice. I'm all for eating less meat, or eating none at all, if you prefer and are still getting your nutrients. But these meat alternatives are highly processed and contain questionable ingredients, som...
by RichardFlack
October 5th, 2019, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 507
Views: 27196

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

A couple of points. No one on this board is less of a fan of the current regime than me, but this is really not his doing. As indicated, this WTO proceeding has been pending forever (a tit-for-tat European complaint is also pending, we are almost certain to lose that one, and there will be a commen...
by RichardFlack
October 5th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 507
Views: 27196

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

And that’s largely the issue. The USA is now treating trade deficits and surpluses as a way to keep score among nations. Unfortunately it has much more to do with what products people want, and the economic forces (i.e. Wall St. expectations) of constantly growing profit lines. The only losers in t...
by RichardFlack
October 4th, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: bringing cheese through lax customs
Replies: 17
Views: 783

Re: bringing cheese through lax customs

And there I was thinking this was about inattentive customs officers somewhere. Maybe use caps in the thread title?
by RichardFlack
October 3rd, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 507
Views: 27196

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

I don't buy futures any more, so have no contract to look at, but it seems rather artificial to separate price changes "in the market" from prices changes caused by regulatory changes. Regulations affect prices all the time, public policies affect currency exchange rates, etc. Without an explicit c...
by RichardFlack
October 3rd, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 507
Views: 27196

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Can anyone provide any insight on what happens with wines that are being imported within the secondary market rather than the primary market? If a wine is being sold ex cellar, through the importer, then the distributor, etc. ok, then we understand the tariff will apply to whatever price the import...
by RichardFlack
October 3rd, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 507
Views: 27196

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Re futures, isn’t the whole point of futures contracts to insure you against unexpected changes in price? Seems pretty useless if the merchant then refuses to absorb them Price changes in the market are what you’re buying protection from, not regulatory changes. Read the terms of your contract. Als...
by RichardFlack
October 2nd, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau de Lamarque, Haut Medoc - Classic, Excellent QPR
Replies: 25
Views: 1049

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau de Lamarque, Haut Medoc - Classic, Excellent QPR

Thanks for the head's up. (Heads up?) Shame TW has not started requiring 8 bottles to get the 20% (here at least). It depends on the TW coupon. Sometimes it is 6 bottles, but I think that the current coupon is 8 bottles. last half dozen I have received have been 8. Hope it goes back to 6; 8 would r...
by RichardFlack
September 30th, 2019, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines with friends
Replies: 14
Views: 1253

Re: Wines with friends

Kris - we spent a week with them in Menerbes last year and unfortunately couldn't make it this year so we wanted to relive their time this year vicariously. Brad - yes that midwest upbringing is impossible to lose. Basically a fancy shepherd's pie with porcini, duck confit, and black truffle butter...
by RichardFlack
September 27th, 2019, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rose in a Box !!!!
Replies: 26
Views: 1152

Re: Rose in a Box !!!!

And here is the Rosé in a bag: RMJF-17840-DSC06228.jpgRMJF-17841-DSC06229.jpg Richard, let us know what you think of it. We are in Nice now and can pick some up if its decent. It will be a few days before I get to it, we are out of town at the moment. Hopefully mid late next week. I confess to bein...
by RichardFlack
September 27th, 2019, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rose in a Box !!!!
Replies: 26
Views: 1152

Re: Rose in a Box !!!!

And here is the Rosé in a bag:
RMJF-17840-DSC06228.jpg
RMJF-17841-DSC06229.jpg
by RichardFlack
September 26th, 2019, 10:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rose in a Box !!!!
Replies: 26
Views: 1152

Re: Rose in a Box !!!!

Wow what a coincidence. I was recently given a S France Rose in a bag. I’ll post pic later today (I was waiting to see if I could get a drip feed for the shot). Haven’t opened it yet so no idea if it’s any good. (My guess would be decent but not exciting) Agree on the market for a quality wine. Ditt...
by RichardFlack
September 24th, 2019, 7:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs
Replies: 51
Views: 3658

Re: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs

Nobody mentioned L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon and I can understand why. I was very disappointed in my experience, because I had an epic experience at their London establishment. As someone who grew up in Europe and spent a lot of time in Paris I don't like to be pegged as a dumb tourist and certainly...
by RichardFlack
September 23rd, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine Pattes Loup Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux
Replies: 4
Views: 256

Re: TN: 2014 Domaine Pattes Loup Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux

+1 on Chablis 1er Cru generally though prices are edging up (understatement) in Ontario. 2014 is terrific vintage. And props for the splash decant, these wines are still tight. It’s sad how often one gets funny looks decanting whites (had an actual argument with a top restaurant in Quebec City about...

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