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#284403 - 12/29/09 11:28 PM Re: The Serious! Wine Thread ***** [Re: michael_d]
chesseroo Offline
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Registered: 05/13/02
Posts: 4788
Loc: western canada
 Originally Posted By: michael_d
The 2003 Taylor Fladgate vintage port is incredible. I wish I would have bought more when I had the chance…….

You know, i've never gotten into a bottle of Taylor Fladgate that i've enjoyed.
There have been very few Portugese ruby ports that i found at all appealing and all but one were not the major brand labels (Warre's, Taylor Fladgate, Grahams, etc.). I think the one that we found quite luscious was a Quinta do Noval LBV (late bottled vintage) 2002 or 2003. I never did buy one though my fellow sippers bought one each.
They haven't opened theirs yet the cheap bastards.

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Sounds like a heck of a meal Chess.

Every New Year's we usually do a dinner and a blind wine tasting somewhere. The number of attenders is down this year but i plan on doing another tasting with the Vinturi, if a fellow oenophile remembers to bring his.
We do try to of course pair the food selections with the wine as best as we figure will work.
Since the appetizers feature a cheese fondue, we'll probably go with a chardonnay for that portion. The first round may be a viognier or the pinot blanc or pinot grigio with crackers and other cheeses.
Main course red meat with the merlot (and whatever other reds are brought to the table).
Dessert with the creme caramel to be served alongside a late harvest vidal and finish with a port.
After the port is complete, we may have a chocolate fondue. Never serve a dessert or meal that is sweeter than the paired wine otherwise the wine will only taste bitter, and you won't want to go back to sipping it.

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I opened my 97 Haut Brion a couple weeks ago. I was devastated; it sucked. Nothing but green pepper and dirt on the nose (although it was a ‘good’ green pepper smell). The pallet had a hole in the middle and the finish fiddled to nothing way too quick.

I hear things like this and though i don't cringe, i do await the day i'm seriously disappointed with a cellared wine. It is a gamble in the cellaring process that it gets better over age and that the proper year/time is chosen to uncork the bottle.
I've had this Marynissen merlot in the past though not one of this old vintage. It is normally a good bottle from year to year with variation, always has been great with a red meat dinner so i'm going with history on this one.
If this bottle fails, i have a few 2002 reds, one Chilean, one Aussie, that we could dip into.

The next oldest bottle in our cellar is a 1999 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cab unfiltered. Last i checked it was drinking now and worth about $90 resale, originally bought for $30 Cdn. It is unlikely we will open that one this year but probably next season.
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#284530 - 12/30/09 06:39 PM Re: The Serious! Wine Thread [Re: chesseroo]
bigwill2 Offline
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Registered: 03/25/05
Posts: 586
RE: the weather link to Winnipeg... W-O-W!!! 9* F is the high for the week?

RE: cellaring wine... I drink the best ones first in case either they, or myself, expire. \:\)

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#284537 - 12/30/09 07:51 PM Re: The Serious! Wine Thread [Re: bigwill2]
fredk Offline
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Registered: 12/06/07
Posts: 7031
Loc: Canada
 Originally Posted By: bigwill2
RE: the weather link to Winnipeg... W-O-W!!! 9* F is the high for the week?

I know, pretty amazing. Spring weather already!
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#284880 - 01/01/10 11:06 PM Re: The Serious! Wine Thread [Re: fredk]
Adrian Offline
axiomite

Registered: 12/27/08
Posts: 6600
Loc: It's all about the location.
To my friends who enjoy a glass of wine....and to those who don't:

As Ben Franklin said:

In wine there is wisdom,
In beer there is freedom,
In water there is bacteria.

In a number of carefully controlled trials, scientists have demonstrated that if we drink 1 litre of water each day, at the end of the year we would have absorbed more than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli,(E. coli)- bacteria found in feces.

In other words, WE ARE COSUMING 1 KILO OF POO.

However, we do NOT run that risk when drinking wine & beer(or tequila, rum, whiskey or other liquor) because alcohol has to go through a purification process of boiling, filtering and/or fermenting.

*****REMEMBER*****

Water= POO

Wine = Health

Therefore, it is better to drink wine and talk stupid, than to drink water and be full of SH*T!!!

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information, I'm doing it as a public service.
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#290906 - 02/06/10 12:05 PM Re: The Serious! Wine Thread [Re: Adrian]
chesseroo Offline
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Registered: 05/13/02
Posts: 4788
Loc: western canada
Whooophhh fooooophh. Just dusting off the thread.

Brief update, our trip to the Olympics in Vancouver begins a week from today. The latter half of the trip, Thursday to Saturday (two weeks from today for those not following closely here) will be spent in Oliver and Kelowna, British Columbia, heart of the BC Okanagan wine country!!

The winery tour planning begins today thanks to a great publication, Canadian Wine Annual mag by Wine Access.

Tentative wineries for touring include:

  • Tinhorn
  • Gray Monk
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Oliver Twist
  • Golden Beaver (no i'm not kidding)
  • Hester Creek
  • Desert Hills
  • Jackson Triggs
  • Inniskillin

More from Kelowna will be added today.
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#290946 - 02/06/10 05:57 PM Re: The Serious! Wine Thread [Re: chesseroo]
bigwill2 Offline
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Registered: 03/25/05
Posts: 586
I've enjoyed all the Golden Beavers I've sampled.

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#291695 - 02/10/10 09:16 PM Re: The Serious! Wine Thread [Re: bigwill2]
chesseroo Offline
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Registered: 05/13/02
Posts: 4788
Loc: western canada
Talking to myself again here but that's ok.
It's a sign of something i'm sure.

Senility? or Giddyness?
There's probably a common genetic and biochemical link.

Countdown to the British Columbia wine tour is on!!

Less than 72 hours and counting until the flight.
Unfortunately about 7 days until the wine region comes onto the itinerary though.
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#291698 - 02/10/10 09:52 PM Re: The Serious! Wine Thread [Re: chesseroo]
tomtuttle Offline
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Registered: 06/20/03
Posts: 8268
Loc: Tacoma
Chess, are you going to the Olympics?!?!
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#291701 - 02/10/10 09:58 PM Re: The Serious! Wine Thread [Re: tomtuttle]
chesseroo Offline
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Registered: 05/13/02
Posts: 4788
Loc: western canada
Well as a spectator of course.
Didn't get your hopes up there did i?

My sport will be "elbow tipping" most likely.
I have a ticket to one men's hockey game, hence the side trip to the wine region. We have some time to spare.

I promise lots of photos, though i can't say i'll beat the great photos or experience of Napa a la michael_d and Co.
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#291702 - 02/10/10 09:59 PM Re: The Serious! Wine Thread [Re: tomtuttle]
Adrian Offline
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Registered: 12/27/08
Posts: 6600
Loc: It's all about the location.
He is competing in the wine-athlon.
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