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by Guillaume Deschamps
August 12th, 2016, 2:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Global warming...??
Replies: 53
Views: 1523

Global warming...??

Traditionally, skepticism and challenging accepted views were not considered bad things in the realm of science. Many things considered certain in science were discovered later to have been incorrect. Including past science about ice ages, the world running out of oil by the 1980s, and so forth. Th...
by Guillaume Deschamps
August 11th, 2016, 1:17 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Easy trip from NYC - nantucket? maine?
Replies: 13
Views: 926

Easy trip from NYC - nantucket? maine?

Will drive up to 4 hours or there are cheap flights on our datesto Nantucket, Burlington, and Portland, ME. It's a no-brainer as far as I'm concerned: fly to Portland, ME and vacation at Acadia National Park. Gorge yourself on lobster and beautiful vistas. One of my top 5 spots in the US. It's near...
by Guillaume Deschamps
August 9th, 2016, 1:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread
Replies: 240
Views: 9413

The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread

So "Tay-tan-jay"??? Interesting, have never heard it pronounced that way. That's how I'd pronounce it, and how I've always heard it pronounced, but maybe the producer himself will have some fancy way of pronouncing it... Here's a link where you can listen to me saying it: http://vocaroo.com/i/s1Nj1...
by Guillaume Deschamps
August 8th, 2016, 9:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread
Replies: 240
Views: 9413

The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread

How about Taittinger. Not a French name I suppose (Germanic?) A Francophile would say more or less "Tah-teen-sher" a Germophobe? Teutonicker? would pronounce that last syllable as "gher". newhere I've always heard it pronounced in a "frenchisized" way. So the 1st syllable like tay, 2nd syllable def...
by Guillaume Deschamps
August 7th, 2016, 1:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At last: a 2005 village Bourgogne starting to mature
Replies: 16
Views: 1396

At last: a 2005 village Bourgogne starting to mature

Howard Cooper wrote:But how is a village Vosne Romanee a modest village Bourgogne? Also, Noellat is a more than solide producer.
I read it as "not from one of the most coveted producers".
by Guillaume Deschamps
August 7th, 2016, 1:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At last: a 2005 village Bourgogne starting to mature
Replies: 16
Views: 1396

At last: a 2005 village Bourgogne starting to mature

Jo W Harbitz wrote:From the village of Vosne Romanee. East side of the road iirc.
There's no "village" plot east of the road in Vosne, you'd have to go up to Morey or Gevrey to find that.

Anyway I'd agree with the OP, so far even village-level wines from 2005 have been rather backward.
by Guillaume Deschamps
August 5th, 2016, 10:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: KJ has bought another Oregon winery
Replies: 96
Views: 6485

KJ has bought another Oregon winery

Dennis Kanagie wrote:Maybe Drouhin is calling it quits in this country. pileon [rofl.gif]
Don't think they would sell the name, though... [wow.gif]
by Guillaume Deschamps
August 5th, 2016, 10:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At last: a 2005 village Bourgogne starting to mature
Replies: 16
Views: 1396

At last: a 2005 village Bourgogne starting to mature

Peter Chiu wrote:Hmm - a Vonse-Ramanee....is village Bourgogne [wow.gif] ??
Well... yes.
by Guillaume Deschamps
August 4th, 2016, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Name this wine tool (no, I'm not referring to a person ITB)
Replies: 17
Views: 1222

Name this wine tool (no, I'm not referring to a person ITB)

Just a fancy pour spout if you ask me. The long tube lets air in as the short fat one lets the wine out. Actually that looks like an old school measuring cap for liquors like pastis or absinthe. The modern version looks like this: http://i2.cdscdn.com/pdt2/0/0/5/1/300x300/lid3278843202005/rw/doseur...
by Guillaume Deschamps
August 4th, 2016, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: cold cucumber soup pairing
Replies: 35
Views: 1194

cold cucumber soup pairing

Muscadet.

Although Albariño is an interesting idea.
by Guillaume Deschamps
August 4th, 2016, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many RAYAS ....
Replies: 66
Views: 3159

How many RAYAS ....

5 but I have access to a well-stocked cellar so I don't mind!
by Guillaume Deschamps
July 29th, 2016, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Last 10 wines you drank? A window into your wine soul?
Replies: 247
Views: 13528

Last 10 wines you drank? A window into your wine soul?

It can be highly influenced by recent events (e.g. friends of mine saying they wanted to drink "italian") so I'm not sure it gives a window into my wine soul but I'll play anyway: 2014 Triennes Rosé 2004 G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 2004 Ca del Baio Barbaresco Marcarini 2013 Bellotti (Cascina degli Ulivi)...
by Guillaume Deschamps
July 29th, 2016, 7:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2065
Views: 207690

Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates, July '16 (the saga continues)

My local village Cooperative was found to have "lost" 8000 hl of fortified wine earlier in the year. The Douanes have closed down and sealed off the winery so this harvest everyone has to take their grapes to another village. That's how powerful they are. Yes I suspected as much but I meant pre-emp...
by Guillaume Deschamps
July 28th, 2016, 11:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Ham in the cellar
Replies: 13
Views: 1470

Ham in the cellar

A famous ham producer in France ages his hams in the cellars of wine producers (often famous ones).
by Guillaume Deschamps
July 28th, 2016, 11:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2065
Views: 207690

2012 Maison Ilan

I have friends who have invested in a horse, a pro golfer, a liquor company, restaurant, etc. None of them thought that they would ever see a return on their investment or even get their money back. They just enjoyed being a part of something that was fun, cool, outside of their normal world. They ...
by Guillaume Deschamps
July 26th, 2016, 1:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Drinking Malaise - Advice on re balancing?
Replies: 24
Views: 1740

Wine Drinking Malaise - Advice on re balancing?

I follow 2 simple rules that usually work well:
- not every bottle has to be finished on the same night it's opened
- one type of drink per event
by Guillaume Deschamps
July 26th, 2016, 12:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Jaboulet 'La Chapelle', with Chave, Allemand, and Ramonet Batard
Replies: 20
Views: 1492

1990 Jaboulet 'La Chapelle', with Chave, Allemand, and Ramonet Batard

I had the 90 La Chapelle 10 years apart and it hadn't budged one bit. If it's ever ready to drink I will certainly be too old.
by Guillaume Deschamps
July 26th, 2016, 12:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread
Replies: 240
Views: 9413

The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread

John Morris wrote:FYI, Rias Baixas looks like it's probably Basque, not Spanish.
It's gallego (Galicia), rias baixas = rias bajas. No idea how to pronounce stuff in gallego but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the 'x' is probably pronounced 'sh'.
by Guillaume Deschamps
July 25th, 2016, 11:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread
Replies: 240
Views: 9413

The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread

Markus S wrote:I've always had a question with the Californian "Dalla Valle". Is it prounounced American: Dal-lah Val-lay? OR Spanish: Da-yay Vay-ye? Or ...?
"Dalla valle" would be Italian, not Spanish, so I guess it's pronounced the American way...
by Guillaume Deschamps
July 12th, 2016, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread
Replies: 240
Views: 9413

The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread

CJ Beazley wrote:Passe-Tout-Grains?
by Guillaume Deschamps
July 12th, 2016, 4:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread
Replies: 240
Views: 9413

The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread

Soren R Nielsen wrote:It's pronounced very short and fast.
The Musigny part sounds good, the Chambolle part not so much (especially the beginning). The voice sounds automated.

I tried to record a new version on that site but that didn't seem to work, so I recorded a version here:
by Guillaume Deschamps
July 12th, 2016, 2:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread
Replies: 240
Views: 9413

The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread

Guillaume - thank you for pointing out that the same sound can come from different letters. My mother was my first French teacher and that's one thing that I never got until much later in my life - you just learned how certain words were said and that was that. For an American, it's one thing that ...
by Guillaume Deschamps
July 10th, 2016, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread
Replies: 240
Views: 9413

The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread

It takes a LONG time to make your American English speaking brain accept that Chambolle Musigny is sham-bowl moo-zig-knee Because it's not. Okay, so how would you attempt to spell it phonetically? Google how to pronounce that name and tell me your super-excellent better-than-mine interpretation. We...
by Guillaume Deschamps
July 5th, 2016, 3:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do's and Don'ts for Vigneron Visits in Burgundy
Replies: 41
Views: 4107

Do's and Don'ts for Vigneron Visits in Burgundy

Be on time. Learn a few words of French. It's amazing how many people actually speak some English once you've initiated the conversation in their language. Hold the glass by the stem, and don't break it! Spit. Seriously. Follow the lead as to how and where, if not, ask before your mouth is full. Onl...
by Guillaume Deschamps
June 23rd, 2016, 8:23 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Vegan Friendly Paris? Or Does That Not Exist?
Replies: 19
Views: 972

Vegan Friendly Paris? Or Does That Not Exist?

My French friends use the word Vegeta-RIEN to describe veganism (the "rien" meaning nothing). That's a clever pun but vegetarian = végétarien and vegan = vegan (commonly used) or végétalien. France is still way behind other countries in serving vegetarian food. Be extra careful as you're likely to ...
by Guillaume Deschamps
May 12th, 2016, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pronunciation Of Cristal?
Replies: 33
Views: 2122

Pronunciation Of Cristal?

Same as crystal, except it rhymes with pal. No accent (word stress) as there isn't any in French (or rather word stress depends on whether the word is used on its own or in a sentence, so it's better to practice without).
by Guillaume Deschamps
April 25th, 2016, 3:43 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Help pick our 3 week France Itinerary
Replies: 31
Views: 1897

Help pick our 3 week France Itinerary

alan weinberg wrote:this is really helpful, Guillaume.
Glad to help!
Victor Hong wrote:Normandy Beach, to pay homage to those who died to protect our liberty.
Quite out of the way of the suggested itineraries, but could be done as a (looong) daytrip from Paris.
by Guillaume Deschamps
April 24th, 2016, 2:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Northern Rhone Tour: Clusel-Roch, Jamet, Perret, Gonon, Sorrel, Cave de Tain, Clape, Allemand
Replies: 154
Views: 18323

Northern Rhone Tour now Day 2: Andre Perret

I feel like each day would deserve its own thread...

You were really lucky to meet André Perret, he doesn't get a ton of press but his wines are always top-notch. His St Joseph (red) Les Grisières in particular is awesome (but rare). He's my go-to producer in Condrieu.
by Guillaume Deschamps
April 22nd, 2016, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good Kramer Rant...For a Change
Replies: 89
Views: 4300

Good Kramer Rant...For a Change

But if these conditions are so crucial, then why do people pay boatloads of money for Coche and not so much for other wines with the same appellation?? There are lots of examples I could use. But if these conditions aren't so crucial, then why do people pay boatloads of money for Meursault and not ...
by Guillaume Deschamps
April 22nd, 2016, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Demeter Certified Winemaking
Replies: 6
Views: 490

Demeter Certified Winemaking

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:I think Tom is also mischaracterizing a few of the rules.
Hence the "before going deeper into this topic" [cheers.gif]
by Guillaume Deschamps
April 22nd, 2016, 3:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premoxed 2008 Dauvissat
Replies: 10
Views: 1183

Premoxed 2008 Dauvissat

john stimson wrote:(interesting--today the wine has lightened considerably in color but still has the overwhelming baked apple/apple cider thing)
I noticed it as well in the past and that's what gives me hope, to be honest.
by Guillaume Deschamps
April 22nd, 2016, 3:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Demeter Certified Winemaking
Replies: 6
Views: 490

Demeter Certified Winemaking

Tom, before going deeper into this topic, it seems important to point out that you describe the situation in the US, which isn't the same internationally (maybe another surprise). As far as I know the name "biodynamic" is not protected in Europe (unlike organic) and anybody can use it whichever way ...
by Guillaume Deschamps
April 21st, 2016, 1:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional Hermitage recomendations
Replies: 76
Views: 4033

Traditional Hermitage recomendations

But maybe those who say Chapoutier "sucks" can elaborate on why they think the Hermitage La Sizeranne from Chapoutier is so bad. I've had it from several vintages from the early to late 90s, but 1999 is the last vintage I've drank. That was the golden era. I thought we were talking about now (this ...
by Guillaume Deschamps
April 21st, 2016, 12:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premoxed 2008 Dauvissat
Replies: 10
Views: 1183

Premoxed 2008 Dauvissat

Only thing I can offer (and I have no explanation for it) is that I noticed Dauvissat's wine go through a rather strong "honeyed" phase (I'd say between age 4 and 10, roughly), sandwiched between a "citrusy" phase early, and a "mineral" phase later. I'm trying to avoid drinking them when they're 6-8...
by Guillaume Deschamps
April 20th, 2016, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional Hermitage recomendations
Replies: 76
Views: 4033

Traditional Hermitage recomendations

I'd have a hard time answering this question right now. Hermitage is a desert. Now if we're talking pre-1995 that's a different story.
by Guillaume Deschamps
April 9th, 2016, 2:29 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 10 days...paris>champagne>burgundy>aix>nice
Replies: 15
Views: 1150

10 days...paris>champagne>burgundy>aix>nice

Alan, where might you suggest in the south of france? Somewhere that has somewhat of a beach vibe to it. Keep in mind that while we want to focus on wine, that is not the only focus! In your itinerary I'd say Nice is the odd one out, at least by car. Right now I'd say you're going to be spending a ...
by Guillaume Deschamps
April 9th, 2016, 2:11 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Help pick our 3 week France Itinerary
Replies: 31
Views: 1897

Help pick our 3 week France Itinerary

First thing I'd say if that I don't see the point in saying "this part of France is also nice you should try it" as basically the whole of France is nice ;) (and yeah I know I'm a homer but it's still true). Second, there are two ways to travel: either you do the whole thing by car (except maybe the...
by Guillaume Deschamps
April 9th, 2016, 1:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: French winemakers hijack Spanish wine tankers on motorway
Replies: 54
Views: 3501

French winemakers hijack Spanish wine tankers on motorway

Maybe it's time to take a long hard look at your business model if that's the case, or more likely you need to be in a different line of work. It's a global economy now, and if you can't survive in a free market then maybe you deserve to go out of business. I wont say anything to the contrary, espe...
by Guillaume Deschamps
April 9th, 2016, 12:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rolland's rant
Replies: 54
Views: 5521

Rolland's rant

His livelihood depends on journalists being cheerleaders.
by Guillaume Deschamps
December 8th, 2015, 4:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Climats and Lieux-Dits of the Great Vineyards of Burgundy
Replies: 13
Views: 1410

The Climats and Lieux-Dits of the Great Vineyards of Burgundy

If we're talking about the huge book published... last year? then I browsed it and really had collector envy. All the lieux-dits are listed with explanations about the origin of the name. And I think the book includes the atlas as well. It looked great.
by Guillaume Deschamps
October 31st, 2015, 8:10 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Ethnic Foods You Just Don't Get
Replies: 94
Views: 2438

Ethnic Foods You Just Don't Get

I'm kind of shocked to hear that about the impression of Spanish food. I've been there many times and it's my culinary "go-to" country. And, nearly everyone that I know that has traveled there as a novice has come back amazed. I try not to be an elitist, but I'm skeptical of the palate of anyone th...
by Guillaume Deschamps
June 13th, 2015, 5:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Welcome (me) to the dark side...
Replies: 40
Views: 2809

Welcome (me) to the dark side...

Good luck man! What a blessed year it'll be. You'll start working at Dujac, the Clippers will finally beat the spurs! Only one of these two things will actually be occurring =( You man of little faith neener I'm coming back to this thread as this year is coming to an end. I've learned a lot, seen a...
by Guillaume Deschamps
April 11th, 2015, 10:32 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Burgundy restos open on Monday night?
Replies: 33
Views: 1206

Burgundy restos open on Monday night?

Michael O'Brien wrote:As would I. Restaurant Simon is excellent.
+1
by Guillaume Deschamps
April 8th, 2015, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhônes for Easter
Replies: 3
Views: 527

Rhônes for Easter

It's been a while since I last posted tasting notes, as I tend not to write many of them any more. But one wine I had this week-end was so significantly different from what I expected that I felt compelled to share this. Friends came over for Easter and when I told them to pick a wine region they ch...
by Guillaume Deschamps
April 8th, 2015, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does length really matter?
Replies: 22
Views: 1570

Does length really matter?

If you're worried about a difference of 1/4 of an inch then it's definitely not long enough.
by Guillaume Deschamps
April 8th, 2015, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Too Many Bottles In Your Cellar, Does It Worry You?
Replies: 54
Views: 2731

Too Many Bottles In Your Cellar, Does It Worry You?

Invite more friends. Problem solved.
by Guillaume Deschamps
April 8th, 2015, 7:52 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Champagne, France
Replies: 33
Views: 2374

Champagne, France

I know inexpensive places that locals go to do exist. I can't recommend any since I'm not living in Reims or Épernay, but a good strategy is to check the Michelin website for "Bib gourmand" in the area (those restaurants are usually on the cheap side and great value of money). A careful, critical r...
by Guillaume Deschamps
April 8th, 2015, 7:46 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Burgundy restos open on Monday night?
Replies: 33
Views: 1206

Burgundy restos open on Monday night?

Le Benaton is all I need on a Monday night (and the great wine bar next door--La Dilettante--is also open on Monday nights). Hotel La Belle Époque is strategically positioned right between the two.
by Guillaume Deschamps
April 8th, 2015, 7:42 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris/Champagne/Burgundy in Late Dec/Early Jan
Replies: 3
Views: 302

Paris/Champagne/Burgundy in Late Dec/Early Jan

I wouldn't go the week of 23-30 Dec, as things are deader than dead between Christmas and New Year, unless being stuck with millions of tourists in tiny shops is your kind of fun. Most of the wine producers will be on holidays anyway (same as the rest of the country, actually). You could catch a Mid...

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