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Carol Ann Jessiman Administrator 27 posts

Topic : Wine 101 / A Dismal Bordeaux Vintage Hits The Market

You may want to re-read our Bordeaux 2010 artcile from last year: http://www.winealign.com/blog/2013/02/06/bordea…

Also, we have a follow up article coming next week on the 2011 Vintage.

 
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Ed Whitebone 1 post

Topic : Wine & Food Pairings / Label wording and food pairing

I know Auxerrois, Cot, and Malbec are the same grape but it doesn’t seem right that Chateau Labrande Jean Luc Baldes in Cahors puts the name Malbec on their bottle’s label.

Even worse is the B.C. liquor board recommending cassoulet and duck confit to paired with this ( Malbec labeled ).

Rule is Malbec labeled wine for barbecue and take home fast food via drive-thru window, and Cahors with goose, duck (sometimes mutton), pork skin (couennes) and white beans (haricots blancs) based dishes.

 
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monsierburger 1 post

Topic : Wine 101 / A Dismal Bordeaux Vintage Hits The Market

Very interesting article. Bottom line is that it looks like for the next 3 years Bordeauxs of any sort are hardly worth buying. Speculation is that Futures for the past 3 vintages (2011,2012,2013) will actually be priced less on their release. Which begs the question , should we be loading up on 2009-2010 which are readily available now.
I bought 4 2010’s today all less than $27 per bottle, and the wine consultant at Vintages said you can easily lay them down for 10 years.
Chateau Maison de Neuve (St Emillion) $19:95
Fleur Carrere (St Emillion) $17.95
Chateau Larose Trintaudo (Haut Medoc) $26.95
Chateau Doms (Graves) $ $17:00
I fully appreciate that these are not your Name brand high end Bordeaux, but at this price and quality, I kind of think its a no brainer.

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-11-27…

 
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ivorwinn 1 post

Topic : So, You Think You Know Wine? / So, You Think You Know Wine?

Do I know about wine? Who knows? wine is an individual experience. Yes, there are rules but rules are made to be broken. My top call on a wine was Chateau Margaux 1975 2o years ago. Like the aroma of heaven and the pallet of a fine lady. The memories are still fresh and the body went numb. Not wine any more just something better! http://learnhowtoserve.blogspot.ca/

 
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Ed Dupuis 2 posts

Topic : Looking for that bottle of wine? / Grappa suggestions?

Have not been able to find any recommendations.
Anyone have any current listings that they like or can recommend?
Thanks
ed

 
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Ed Dupuis 2 posts

Topic : So, You Think You Know Wine? / I think we should add a spirits forum topic

Why no section on spirits?

Ed

 
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Max Nokhrin 2 posts

Topic : So, You Think You Know Wine? / So, You Think You Know Wine?

Thanks for the reply, Norm. I figured that was probably the more likely possibility, especially since none of the panelists mentioned anything about the bottle being off, but I was just wondering about it in any case .

 
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Norm N 55 posts

Topic : So, You Think You Know Wine? / So, You Think You Know Wine?

Hi Max, I don’t think that anything was amiss with the bottle. I suspect that the wine making style at Martini has simply overshadowed the character of the Cabernet and the local terroir.

 
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Max Nokhrin 2 posts

Topic : So, You Think You Know Wine? / So, You Think You Know Wine?

A question about the latest episode in the series (Ep#3.7 – Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon 2009). I was pretty surprised to see everyone quite so far off the mark and was wondering if that might be a sign that there was something amiss with the bottle?

 
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Norm N 55 posts

Topic : Wine & Food Pairings / Pork osso bucco a la milanese

OK, but I still suggest Brunello.

 
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mangia_e_bevi 1 post

Topic : Wine & Food Pairings / Pork osso bucco a la milanese

Brunello is the classic choice but osso bucco a la milanese is made with veal shanks not pork.

 
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Carol Ann Jessiman Administrator 27 posts

Topic : Private Wine Retailing / Private Wine Retailing in Ontario

David recently posted a blog on Private Wine Retailing in Ontario. He mentions that the solution needs to come from the will of consumers. So, let’s hear what you think.

 
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Phillip Anthony 2 posts

Topic : Winemaking / Making Wine from Kits

A common kit should include all the basics so you can start making wine right away. The most typical ingredient within wine fermentation is yeast, of which there are different types depending on quality.

 
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Phillip Anthony 2 posts

Topic : So, You Think You Know Wine? / So, You Think You Know Wine?

Wine is the name of the world’s most famous dazzling wine. We also know and love comes exclusively from the wine region of France, and claims the honor of being the most famous of the sparkling wines.

 
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john Szabo 1 post

Topic : Wine & Food Pairings / Pumpkin Gnocchi

That’s a bit of a challenge – it sounds like an inherently sweet dish, which would call for a touch of sweetness in the wine, but the artichoke has the annoying habit of making wines taste sweeter than they already are, which may not be desirable. In this case i’d still go for a wine with some implicit sweetness, but also highish acid, such as cooler climate pinot gris (alsace), viognier (central coast Cali, rhone) or chardonnay aged in wood (Ontario)- which will play nicely with nutmeg/butter/sage. Let me know how it goes in any case -only direct experience really matters! J. Szabo

 
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Erin 1 post

Topic : Wine & Food Pairings / Pumpkin Gnocchi

Hi there,

New to the world of wine & food pairings. Looking for some advice:
I am making pumpkin-gnocchi. It will be topped with an artichoke puree with sage and nutmeg.
The general consensus through Google seems to be a Riesling, thought I pictured a warmer red.
Any thoughts would be much appreciated!

Thanks,

Erin

 
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Norm N 55 posts

Topic : Wine 101 / Defining 'cheap wine'..

I have to believe that the thought that more expensive wine is more healthy than cheap wine is mostly fiction. I have not heard of such a thing before, though perhaps less expensive reds might be lower in polyphenols? Who knows?

As far as drawing the line between cheap and expensive, even excluding an individual’s budget, this is tricky. For example, a $20 red from the Languedoc is relatively expensive for that region whereas a $20 red Burgundy is an entry level wine.

 
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Leno 1 post

Topic : Wine 101 / Defining 'cheap wine'..

While watching a golf interview on TV a few days ago, the golfer mentioned about having heart problems (hereditary) over the years and the drinking of wine topic came up and he said to stay away from cheap wine..firstly, wondering why this would have a bearing on one’s health, secondly, from a price standpoint, where is the fine line drawn between cheap and expensive?..excluding the reasoning being a matter of an individuals budget.

 
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niagarawinevideos 1 post

Topic : VQA / 2012 Harvest in Ontario

You have to try the 2010 reds from PondView, Kacaba, Lailey, StoneyRidge (excellence), and Fielding. 2010 was a great vintage for reds in Niagara, no need to wait for the 2012s

Cheers,

niagarawinevideos.com

 
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Carol Ann Jessiman Administrator 27 posts

Topic : Looking for that bottle of wine? / Malbec Killka Argentina

The Producer for the Killka Malbec is Bodegas Salentein. Though it may not be in stores, you may be able to order wine through the Ontario Agent. The most recent Agent we have listed for that Producer is : Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Ltd. http://www.diamondwines.com Give them a try. Alternatively, search for ‘Malbec’ and ‘Uco Valley’ region on or website and you may find some available alternatives. Hope that helps. Sorry I couldn’t reply sooner.

 
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cricri 1 post

Topic : Winemaking / Making Wine from Kits

Sure juices and concentrates are easier to handlae. but based on my own experience (20 years+) fresh juices are worth the extra effort. But Just because you start with pinot grapes do not expect to end up with Clos Vougeot….

 
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Norm N 55 posts

Topic : Wine 101 / Santa Carolina 2012 Screw Tops

Sounds like a defect but really it could be either a defect or tampering. Just take the wines back to the store and have them replaced. Also, you should insist that someone in the store inspect other bottles to see if it is a widespread issue or just a few bottles.

 
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dosgringos 1 post

Topic : Wine 101 / Santa Carolina 2012 Screw Tops

Just got the Santa Carolina Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 on the previous Top 50 list. The screw tops seals were broken on both underneath the wrap. When I peeled off the wrap on the Cab, the screw top opened without the telltale cracking sound. The wine almost tasted sweet like a Port (or Yellow Tail!). On the unopened Merlot, I inspected the wrap and the whole screw top assembly rotated loosely (both the cap and the collar underneath). It was clear that the cap was rising above the bottle ledge and that it was unsealed underneath the wrap.

My question is, was this something someone did in the store or a defect?

 
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mayco 1 post

Topic : Looking for that bottle of wine? / Malbec Killka Argentina

Wondering where to purchase a bottle of Killka Malbec? It doesn’t appear LCBO stocks this. Where in Ottawa could i possibly purchase this?

 
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Carol Ann Jessiman Administrator 27 posts

Topic : So, You Think You Know Wine? / Best Wines for Aging?

Watch our site next week as Sara d’Amato and Julian Hitner combine to give us the lowdown on the Union des Grands Crus, which was the LCBO’s Taste and Buy event for the 2010 Bordeaux release. I’m sure that they will be giving you a whole list of wines with excellent cellaring potential.

 
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