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by graham34
Sun 26 Jul 2009 19:51
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Wine buying tips
Replies: 45
Views: 16354

I used the smiley because I though it amusing that I have exactly the opposite view. Obviously it can, and has been, interpreted in different ways.
by graham34
Sun 26 Jul 2009 19:41
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Wine buying tips
Replies: 45
Views: 16354

Graham, I can't see the point of that. If you work up in price then you may well have to drink a fair amount of, at best, dull wine before finding one you like. At the end of the process you end up with one wine and that's going to get pretty boring after a while. Starting with the most expensive w...
by graham34
Sun 26 Jul 2009 09:40
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Wine buying tips
Replies: 45
Views: 16354

polremy wrote:My best advice for the unitiatiated and those without preconceived ideas is still to try the cheapest and work up till you find one you like.
Well my advice is almost the opposite. Buy the most expensive wine you can afford and work down. :)
by graham34
Mon 01 Jun 2009 22:57
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: Michelin Star restaurants
Replies: 90
Views: 23757

While I'm on an outside-the-box thought train... What about a restaurant where every wine is marked up by a fixed amount based on the cost of serving it. I'm sure then people would get to drink better wines for less money. Isn't that what La Terrasse du Mimosa in Monteyroux I mentioned gives you wi...
by graham34
Mon 01 Jun 2009 22:54
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: Michelin Star restaurants
Replies: 90
Views: 23757

... no one has mentioned 'Domaine de Rombeau' at Riversaltes. Bottle of red en vente dans La Cave 5 euros Bottle of the same red with your meal in the resturant 5 euros.!!!!!!!!!!! Virtually as good is the Le Bistro d'Alex at the Florensac (34) co-op. Mark up on the single bottle price is 0.40 € I ...
by graham34
Mon 01 Jun 2009 13:44
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: Michelin Star restaurants
Replies: 90
Views: 23757

Finding restaurant wine lists on-line is challenging. Of two I've found (one the excellent new Micheling star establishment de Lauzun) then looking at relatively young wines that will have been recently purchased then the markup is around x2 on retail prices for wines that list for 20-30€. The lowes...
by graham34
Sat 30 May 2009 13:02
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: Michelin Star restaurants
Replies: 90
Views: 23757

The wine list and menu are on line http://www.latable-restaurant.com/ I'll take your word for it about the food, but I'm not sure about the Brochette de ris de veau et homard au kumquats i.e. use of kumquats. How can a wine list can just say "Pommard 2000 €53". Perhaps there's a co-op in Pommard :o
by graham34
Wed 27 May 2009 08:30
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Free View
Replies: 14
Views: 4095

polremy wrote: I'm pretty sure everyone here can get all the british channels (except 5) now without any card in the digi box.
Five came on the Astra satellites this year. A full list is here lyngsat.com
by graham34
Tue 26 May 2009 18:44
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: Michelin Star restaurants
Replies: 90
Views: 23757

Restaurants usually display a few examples from there list outside. There will be bottles for less than €39 but I thought La Galinette's list was fairly pricey compared to many of its peers (probably very few bottles for less than €25). I do feel sometimes that wine (and coffee, tea etc.) drinkers a...
by graham34
Sun 24 May 2009 08:54
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: Michelin Star restaurants
Replies: 90
Views: 23757

There are some relative bargains to be had in Michelin star restaurants. Octopus in Beziers does a three course lunch (plus a couple of offerings), a glass of wine and coffee for €30. Frankly a bargain given the standard of cooking. Personally I have very mixed feelings about the Michelin rating sys...
by graham34
Sat 23 May 2009 07:54
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: Michelin Star restaurants
Replies: 90
Views: 23757

Puddles wrote:I have eaten at the galinette & it is not worty of a Michelen star . You supprise me it has got one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Puddles - had a terrific meal at La Galinette a year ago and found it well worthy of a Michelin star. Please can you elaborate what was wrong with the dishes you had?
by graham34
Sat 23 May 2009 07:51
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: Michelin Star restaurants
Replies: 90
Views: 23757

This thread on EGullet has some comments on La Balette in Collioure.
by graham34
Fri 01 May 2009 21:23
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Bourgogne 1999 Red
Replies: 41
Views: 12143

I've got the Elizabeth David book of French Provincial Food (a brilliant cookbook IMO) which says the key to making a good Boeuf Bourguignon is to use a good bottle of Burgundy, such as Nuits St George. €5 on meat and veg and 12€ on a bottle of cooking wine. Now that is scary. Yes, but in her day N...
by graham34
Fri 01 May 2009 08:53
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Bourgogne 1999 Red
Replies: 41
Views: 12143

This is a long topic for such a minor wine. I trust we're going to get a tasting note at the end :wink:
by graham34
Tue 28 Apr 2009 19:11
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Bourgogne 1999 Red
Replies: 41
Views: 12143

Biggest risk is that it was seriously dull to start with rather than the age. Presume it's from a negociant - does the label say any more?
by graham34
Tue 14 Apr 2009 18:09
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: Maison de Terroir, Maury
Replies: 19
Views: 7779

Begs the question why the wineakers play ball on this one. Perhaps for a mega producer its cost effective marketing. One tip about dining in restaurants that buy their own wine direct from winemakers. Some winemakers charge the restaurants wholesale prices (i.e the amount they would charge a cavist)...
by graham34
Mon 16 Mar 2009 17:00
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Terroir
Replies: 10
Views: 7086

Gluck is being overly controversial in that article. It's very much designed to appeal to people like the Australian winemaker who said "Terroir is just an excuse for bad winemaking". Agreed, but he could have gained more credibility by saying something like "of course the same property with differ...
by graham34
Fri 13 Mar 2009 23:15
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Terroir
Replies: 10
Views: 7086

Colin has done a brilliant one line summary. I'd add restaurants, wine competitions and the slide of wine standards in UK supermarkets to the list.

It does raise a few things to think about. I'll type more about terroir when I'm back on-line next week.
by graham34
Fri 13 Mar 2009 17:34
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Terroir
Replies: 10
Views: 7086

Terroir is a dangerous word in the world of viticulture. Funny you should say that. Try this http://www.waitrose.com/drink/wine/winearticles/0701037.aspx Of course it's a case of distorting the reality a tad to sell a book. Curiously Mr Gluck's book uses the example of a peach rather than mango to ...
by graham34
Fri 13 Mar 2009 09:28
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Terroir
Replies: 10
Views: 7086

I suspect the stones go down too far without any significant soil for seeds to establish themselves very easily - especially those of weeds. Vines will be planted as young rootstock and are notorious for growing where other plants cannot. They send their roots many feet down in search of water and n...
by graham34
Wed 11 Mar 2009 19:13
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Common Sense Prevails
Replies: 5
Views: 2208

At the moment you will be able to buy only refrigerated alcoholic drinks in service stations. Presumably because warm beer causes more accidents :lol: A bit sad for the legendary garage at Faugeres where fine local wine has been sold for decades. Not sure refrigerating a decent Faugeres red is goin...
by graham34
Fri 12 Dec 2008 11:19
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: adopt a vine?
Replies: 7
Views: 2701

In general there are a couple of problems with adopting or renting vines. Firstly is the potential lack of variety e.g. of just being shipped Chablis or Beaujolais or whatever. Of course this is fine for those happy to drinks lots of one wine. The second is that you will get wine in indifferent vint...
by graham34
Tue 30 Sep 2008 22:04
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Great news for Irish wine lovers!
Replies: 1
Views: 1410

Where can I find out what these handpicked wines are?

Thanks
by graham34
Wed 21 May 2008 11:38
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Beginners Guide to French Wine
Replies: 6
Views: 3562

Thanks for the feedback Graham - even though it is on a different article to the one the link points to! This is true. These are my comments for your consideration. Muscadet – comes across a bit negatively. I’m told (by people in the wine trade) that there are some interesting Muscadets being made ...
by graham34
Tue 20 May 2008 19:53
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Memoriam: Robert Mondavi
Replies: 2
Views: 1910

I still ponder occasionally what impact the Mondavi's setting up in Aniane (Herault valley) earlier in the decade would have had on Languedoc wine and its image. [background - the village was divided over the issue and the Mondavi's were clear they weren't going to invest if they weren't wanted. One...
by graham34
Tue 20 May 2008 13:52
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Beginners Guide to French Wine
Replies: 6
Views: 3562

Nice and succinct summary. My main comment is with the VDP section In the Languedoc-Roussillon, with the possible exception of Banyuls, the AOCs are too large and do not have enough prestige to command a high price compared to, say, Gevrey-Chambertin or Pomerol. Therefore many top quality vignerons ...
by graham34
Tue 24 Oct 2006 13:47
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Fake Boutique Wines
Replies: 2
Views: 1696

Re: Fake Boutique Wines

Its probably indicative of the way the UK wine market has gone over the past 10+ years that such misleading labelling has become necessary. There are supermarkets and big high street chains at one end and independent wine merchants (with or without one or two shops) at the other with nothing in betw...