Monthly Archives: November 2015

2015 Burgundy Vintage from Alex Gambal

I recently received some very detailed and first hand information about the 2015 vintage in Burgundy from Alex Gambal and I thought it was worth sharing. Enjoy!   From Alex Gambal…   Dear Friends, Many of you have asked and have patiently waited to hear “what the heck is happening” in Burgundy? I can safely tell you that the center is holding and that the vintage will be a good to great one. This said, at the moment it is difficult to pin down what it is or what it does NOT resemble. As one gets a bit more experience in all things related to the big “L” word, life, if one is wise one should tend to prognosticate less and offer options more. Therefore for a change of pace I will give you observations, some hints but few conclusions. However, I can give you ten bullet point certainties: The vintage will result in a huge debate: outliner, classic, aberration, early drinking, age worthy, etc., trust me there is going to be far too much ink spilled over this. What vintage is it like: I can tell you it is not 2003, 2005 or 2009 but it has elements of […]

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Beer in Ontario Grocery stores

As you might know by now, there will be beer sold in some grocery stores in Ontario as soon as December. That is less than 2 weeks away which is just in time for the holidays. Jingle fucking bells. Here are the details released today.

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Premox Theory

Like many wine drinkers I have always been curious about the pre-mature oxidation issue that have plagued white burgundy since the mid 90’s. I have heard many theories, but today I read about another one and I wanted to share it with you. It is from Allan Meadows himself and is quoted directly. It is certainly not the most recent, but absolutely  interesting.   3rd Quarter review from June 2014, Page 8 I never cease to be amazed at what is proposed as potential culprits. Perhaps the most interesting one I heard since my last report was that the higher percentage of recycled glass used to manufacture wine bottles that is now required in Europe was responsible for leaching potential oxidative elements into the wines. The rationale behind this idea is that recycled glass supposedly has higher levels of some metals, in particular copper, which are known to be oxidative agents. High residual copper has been proven to accelerate the rate of browning and loss of aromatic freshness for all wines but especially for white wines. The legislation requiring the use of higher percentages of recycled glass was introduced in 1995 which coincidentally or not, is the same time that the premox problem began […]

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