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by C. Mc Cart
January 22nd, 2020, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need help finding the right Volnay.
Replies: 9
Views: 320

Re: Need help finding the right Volnay.

On the more affordable end of the scale in the Lafarge profile, Voillot comes to mind. Very pure and don't require 20 years to drink well. Especially the V.V. or 1er Fremiets (Champans needs a bit more cellar time). Tawse makes a nice Fremiets as well that doesn't demand decades, as does Bouchard wi...
by C. Mc Cart
December 19th, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 red burgundy premier cru..... sucks
Replies: 66
Views: 5093

Re: 2008 red burgundy premier cru..... sucks

Have only opened a couple '08's, Bellene 1er VR Petit Monts & a Dujac village MSD. The Bellene wasn't memorable, but the Dujac was beautiful and had suitable ripeness & balance. Both opened in 2017.
by C. Mc Cart
December 17th, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Lasagna recipes
Replies: 18
Views: 899

Re: Lasagna recipes

I know this is slightly blasphemous and a little off topic, but unless it is a variant on basic lasagna (ex: seafood or veg only), we just tend to buy them pre-made. I can buy really good basic lasagna's way cheaper than we could make it and save all that time. This may be the ONLY item of food (oth...
by C. Mc Cart
November 22nd, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weightless, Red Fruited and Pure....Name Your Poison
Replies: 50
Views: 2260

Re: Weightless, Red Fruited and Pure....Name Your Poison

A number of Volnay's fit the bill for me. Lesser 1er such as Voillot's Fremiets hit all 3 out of the park.

*Sorry missed the outside Burgundy proviso in the OP- in that case, cooler Ontario Pinots - several from PEC come to mind.
by C. Mc Cart
November 22nd, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A night with Alfert....
Replies: 20
Views: 1393

Re: A night with Alfert....

"Dreamy" was how I assumed someone would reply.

Kris congrats.
by C. Mc Cart
November 19th, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Homemade pasta...tips for making it a day ahead?
Replies: 6
Views: 761

Re: Homemade pasta...tips for making it a day ahead?

Anything not stuffed can be stored easily in the fridge for a day or two. Hang it a for a bit, then light flour/semolina either in a big freezer bag or on a sheetpan, then wrapped in plastic. You don't mention it but stuffed pastas can get either spongy (if the filling is too wet) or change colour a...
by C. Mc Cart
November 18th, 2019, 1:25 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Potatoes.
Replies: 1
Views: 768

Re: Potatoes.

Butterballs. No idea what any of these are like when grown in Oregon.
by C. Mc Cart
November 18th, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When your partner/SO goes dumpster diving in “your” cellar . . . .
Replies: 64
Views: 4862

Re: When your partner/SO goes dumpster diving in “your” cellar . . . .

I often have a case or two at my office until I find a place to put it at home. Sometimes they stay there quite a bit longer than expected. My staff are good about keeping "juice" deliveries safely in a credenza for me and away from eyes. A friend runs an engineering firm in Toronto, his boardroom h...
by C. Mc Cart
November 15th, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel
Replies: 125
Views: 8452

Re: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel

Safe to say, the two of you consider critical thought differently. Good thing there are numerous critics, many with different approaches. I'm clearly aligned with how Mark believes (or prefers) a critic should evaluate. Don't tell me what you think someone, who would enjoy a certain style of wine, w...
by C. Mc Cart
November 13th, 2019, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zalto…takes a lickin…..
Replies: 79
Views: 7272

Re: Zalto…takes a lickin…..

That makes me feel a bit better. Thanks for everyone's feedback.

Just ordered a set of those flexible silicone stem holders for the dishwasher. Looking forward to test-driving a Zalto this weekend.
by C. Mc Cart
November 13th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zalto…takes a lickin…..
Replies: 79
Views: 7272

Re: Zalto…takes a lickin…..

Re-starting an oldy. Just unpacked my 1st Zalto burg box - Have I made a mistake buying these? It's like a flashback to when we drove home our 1st born from the hospital almost 20 years ago. They look and feel like the most fragile & delicate thing ever created. Worried I'll be too scared to use one...
by C. Mc Cart
November 11th, 2019, 1:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicken Pie -- Filling, am I going to make people sick?
Replies: 14
Views: 1053

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.
by C. Mc Cart
November 7th, 2019, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amazing Rhones - so good, it ended with a Climax
Replies: 61
Views: 2866

Re: Amazing Rhones - so good, it ended with a Climax

Great thread. Love it that wine nerds are trying to fashion shame each other. Todd, next time you get the pity invite - rock some big box baggy sweats & a heavy metal tank under a rugger shirt.

Nice line-up guys.
by C. Mc Cart
November 5th, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Ontario wineries: Beamsville bench & Niagara region
Replies: 8
Views: 1074

Re: Ontario wineries: Beamsville bench & Niagara region

Enjoy. You may well find you can visit more than just 3-4, as many are so close together.
by C. Mc Cart
November 5th, 2019, 6:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 143
Views: 8003

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

If this sandwich were offered at a bar & grill for $13 with a side of fries or side salad, no one would bat an eye. This is truly one of the best cheap eats in America for $3.99. That's what's funny to me, with these line-ups. Don't people put any $ value on their time? Maybe if you're on a very ti...
by C. Mc Cart
November 4th, 2019, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: HALPERN 2019 GRAND CRU WINE FESTIVAL
Replies: 13
Views: 960

Re: TNs: HALPERN 2019 GRAND CRU WINE FESTIVAL

Mike, sorry I missed you. It was nice to see so many familiar faces. Hadn't seen Dave H. in ages. I tasted with Peter for a while, then met up with Ken & Tracey. I think I'm closer to Rob's impressions above - Understanding the context that this is a 'free' portfolio tasting, I wasn't impressed over...
by C. Mc Cart
November 3rd, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Gunderloch Nackenheim Rothenberg Riesling Spätlese (Germany, Rheinhessen)
Replies: 5
Views: 313

Re: TN: 2001 Gunderloch Nackenheim Rothenberg Riesling Spätlese (Germany, Rheinhessen)

Thanks for the note. Bought 6 and still have 4 which will sleep a while longer. Great value wines.
by C. Mc Cart
October 30th, 2019, 6:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The miracle ingredient - Mayo?
Replies: 23
Views: 1756

Re: The miracle ingredient - Mayo?

I've been following Kenji's ideas and tests for years, and while he's right about just about everything, including mayo on meat, I'll die on the grilled cheese hill. Butter continues to give me a better result.
by C. Mc Cart
October 29th, 2019, 11:29 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Banff & nearby parks
Replies: 13
Views: 1071

Re: Banff & nearby parks

I think Canmore is your best bet for rental options and has suitable services given kids & wanting grocery stores. Sort of right at the start of most points of interest moving west, but has decent town-like infrastructure (everyone that works in Banff lives in Canmore) and a good base if there's a d...
by C. Mc Cart
October 23rd, 2019, 11:42 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Ontario wineries: Beamsville bench & Niagara region
Replies: 8
Views: 1074

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 acro...
by C. Mc Cart
October 22nd, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best American cheese I have tasted.
Replies: 72
Views: 3470

Re: Best American cheese I have tasted.

Admittedly, we don't get a huge variety of top US cheese, but I was quite impressed by Emmi Roth buttermilk blue about a year ago.

On another note Ray's mention of Manolo Blanhik shoes reminded me of that classic SNL skit of 2 ex-porn stars selling 'manual blondiks' for free shoes. Funny.
by C. Mc Cart
October 17th, 2019, 6:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Where Does Dessert Go For You?
Replies: 17
Views: 1423

Re: Where Does Dessert Go For You?

Complicated subject. I'll start by saying neither are regularly served after dinner at our home. Only with company or on the occasional weekend night. Generally I prefer cheese over dessert. My wife (and kids when home), prefers dessert and will leave the cheese for me most of the time. Because of t...
by C. Mc Cart
October 16th, 2019, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 69
Views: 1907

Re: What's the best Pinot Grigio?

You're trying to be a good host and that's very generous of you, but you should think this through - Make life simple for yourself and give them what they want. Stock a few bottles of the ubiquitous easy to find mass produced Italian brands such as Santa M and be done. Why search for something else,...
by C. Mc Cart
October 11th, 2019, 5:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting heat damage data point
Replies: 13
Views: 1189

Re: Interesting heat damage data point

As Al mentiones, heat damage typically doesn't present itself immedietly.
Bottle should be fine to drink now or shortly, but wouldn't put it back in the cellar long-term.
by C. Mc Cart
October 8th, 2019, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Pegau - Not a TN, a comment about pricing
Replies: 53
Views: 3734

Re: 2017 Pegau - Not a TN, a comment about pricing

Release pricing in Ontario is the same or lower than as far back as 2004.
Continued a slow creep up until the 2009 or '10 vintage but has really backed off since then.
by C. Mc Cart
October 2nd, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: VACATION FROM IT ALL
Replies: 20
Views: 1748

Re: VACATION FROM IT ALL

Your cellar. Is this test?
by C. Mc Cart
September 30th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine fridge move
Replies: 11
Views: 676

Re: Wine fridge move

500 bottle fridge... down stairs... 9-12 bott. at a time... then back up the stairs... 500 / 12 = 41 & 2/3rds round trips 500 / 9 = 55 & 5/9ths round trips Moral of the story: Never run the numbers on a wine project beforehand, or else the looming enormity of it will discourage you from ever undert...
by C. Mc Cart
September 29th, 2019, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine fridge move
Replies: 11
Views: 676

Wine fridge move

Just spent the day relocating my 500 bottle fridge from a room on the main floor to a room downstairs. I should have taken photos, but was too busy working all day and now my back is a bit fatigued. Started out this morning, by unloading the cellar, and taking it all via milk crate down stairs 9-12 ...
by C. Mc Cart
September 9th, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Postponed releases - RAYAS, OGIER, MUGNIER etc.
Replies: 57
Views: 3919

Re: Postponed releases - RAYAS, OGIER, MUGNIER etc.

Good for them if they have the storage. Maybe just my own perception, but it feels like influencers are popping younger bottles these days and cases are gone for the likes vs. desire for drinking at or near maturity.
by C. Mc Cart
September 4th, 2019, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Canadian Wine Laws?
Replies: 2
Views: 278

Re: Canadian Wine Laws?

If they allow corkage and a "recorker" yes, if not - very unlikely. QC doesn't have many/any corkage friendly spots in the old town, that I recall.
Worth calling ahead (not email) and speaking French if possible.

Lists aren't usually too bad, other than pricing which is offset by your US$
by C. Mc Cart
August 27th, 2019, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Rapid, Unfortunate Decline of Bobby Orlando’s Palate
Replies: 40
Views: 2323

Re: The Rapid, Unfortunate Decline of Bobby Orlando’s Palate

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 9:34 am

I have lost all street cred.
# 3 on list of things never expected to be written or read on wineberserkers.
by C. Mc Cart
August 23rd, 2019, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy question: brett vs earth
Replies: 22
Views: 1166

Re: Burgundy question: brett vs earth

Brings up an interesting sub question - How often have you tasted brett in Burgundy? I don't usually mind a little bit in Rhones, but I don't recall having a bretty red burgundy. My cellar is over 42% red burg, so while I don't open one daily or even weekly at some points of the year, I do drink a g...
by C. Mc Cart
August 4th, 2019, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - 16th Annual Wine and Terrine Event
Replies: 4
Views: 269

Re: TN - 16th Annual Wine and Terrine Event

Sounds great Bill. Love terrine and have enjoyed your posting of this annual occasion for quite a number of years now. Really great idea as a dinner or lunch wine party. Could see it being especially attractive for those that enjoy wines, but are not completely geeked out over it.
by C. Mc Cart
July 12th, 2019, 5:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?
Replies: 40
Views: 1372

Re: Are vineyards and cannabis growers compatible?

Several winery (ok a few) winery operations in Niagara Ontario have been sold to Cannabis operations so they can grub up the vines and put up greenhouses. Lots of money being thrown around in the province right now.
by C. Mc Cart
June 28th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend
Replies: 90
Views: 3032

Re: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend

I answered 1st growth, only as I want something older and GC burg is too spotty to buy older vintages vs. older Brdx.
BTW - Can I at least share with wife, or are the rules that you must drink it all alone?
by C. Mc Cart
June 19th, 2019, 4:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Management Systems that Map Bottle Locations
Replies: 10
Views: 1049

Re: Cellar Management Systems that Map Bottle Locations

I know someone that built an app for their cellar that is linked with CT. So, yes, has been done.
by C. Mc Cart
June 16th, 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Le Clos Jordanne to return with original winemaker
Replies: 7
Views: 538

Re: Le Clos Jordanne to return with original winemaker

I asked the writer of the op's article about Claystone when he broke the news. Bachelder & Artessa are planning to re-integrate Claystone and the other vineyards into the portfolio asap. We'll see. I just found an old note I wrote on the '05 LCJ vnyd Pinot and I note price was $35. I know they raise...
by C. Mc Cart
June 16th, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them
Replies: 247
Views: 19177

Re: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them

Envious of the many kudos in the thread. Hoping someone takes on distribution in Canada.
by C. Mc Cart
June 16th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?
Replies: 50
Views: 1906

Re: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?

Happy hour Negroni.
by C. Mc Cart
May 31st, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Perfect Night: 2002 Chave | 1973 Latour | 1989 Raffault | 2005 Rougeard |1985 Magdelaine
Replies: 55
Views: 2107

Re: Perfect Night: 2002 Chave | 1973 Latour | 1989 Raffault | 2005 Rougeard |1985 Magdelaine

Wow, some harsh comments from the elitist set

I think your dinner sounded very nice Robert (said in a tone your mother would use as she posted grade school artwork on the fridge). pileon
by C. Mc Cart
May 14th, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Using corked wine making Coq au vin
Replies: 44
Views: 1762

Re: Using corked wine making Coq au vin

Quick story for those who follow the 1 in the pot, 1 on the table way of thinking. Once had someone make a boeuf bourguignon with very good Clos Vougeot. Perhaps due to label bias, they thought it was the best dish ever made. I thought it was quite average at best. I wasn't told what wine was used u...
by C. Mc Cart
May 14th, 2019, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Odoul-Coquard my favourite emerging Burgundy producer
Replies: 13
Views: 1056

Re: Domaine Odoul-Coquard my favourite emerging Burgundy producer

Have been buying a small selection of their Chambolle, Gevrey & MSD 1er's over the past 4 or 5 vintages along with their Charmes.
Not nit-picking OP, but pretty sure Sebastian took over from his father in 2009 and is now the 3rd generation making the wines.
by C. Mc Cart
May 7th, 2019, 6:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Is the Weber Genesis still the best?
Replies: 25
Views: 1570

Re: Is the Weber Genesis still the best?

Recent experience with a warranty issue convinced me even more that Weber is the way to go. The liner on my 7 year old SS hood on my Summit started to have some slight corrosion (heat related) this spring. Call them up they asked for a photo and they fed-ex'd a new hood to me (that's a big freakin b...
by C. Mc Cart
May 4th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Pricing - Canada and US
Replies: 30
Views: 1439

Re: Wine Pricing - Canada and US

Depends on which province you're in. Your correct about US wine pricing in most provinces though.
by C. Mc Cart
May 4th, 2019, 4:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: How do you prepare popcorn?
Replies: 29
Views: 1254

Re: How do you prepare popcorn?

Whirley-pop with a tablespoon or two of coconut oil, then into a big steel bowl and tossed with melted salted butter.
by C. Mc Cart
May 4th, 2019, 4:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1390
Views: 73441

Re: What did you cook tonight?

No pics, but a duo of little hens roasted vertically in the weber. My wife and older son made excellent fried potato rosti using ghee, along with a green salad.
Benoit Ente 2014 Bourgogne blanc to drink. Simple really can be best sometimes.
by C. Mc Cart
May 3rd, 2019, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you buying white burg to cellar for 10+ yrs?
Replies: 66
Views: 3117

Re: Are you buying white burg to cellar for 10+ yrs?

Nope. Still have a few I'm cellaring from pre 2005. It's too late for those. If they're good, they'll be great, if not, they were pox'd years ago, so no difference. I bought zero for years until the 2013 vintage was released and bought a few to try again. Buying limited quantities each vintage since...
by C. Mc Cart
May 2nd, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 11452

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

If you don't like a wine, for you it's not a wine of high quality. Wine isn't cognitive but a matter of tasting, and thus a matter of taste, the actual kind and not the cultural metaphor . Sorry for the thread drift, but I do not believe the above is true. There are standards of quality in wine, re...
by C. Mc Cart
May 2nd, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 11452

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

Per the OP, you could say the same of Chapoutier these days, non? I almost posted earlier that at least Guigal isn't Chapoutier [snort.gif] Guigal wines are definitely not my style, whereas I think Chapoutier wines are just not good. I don't taste enough of them to comment on current quality. Regar...

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