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. Bourghound.com   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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In Defence of the Selfie Stick

People hate on selfie sticks (SS) and I can’t understand why. If you are inclined to take photos of yourself, it is by far the best way to capture. Without one it is an awkward angle to hold a camera or maybe you loose a few of your friends in the frame. Also if you want to take video there is no better way to take the shot yourself. If you are someone like Casey Neistat who makes daily vlogs, maybe you could justify something similar to his set up. But that kind of gear is not for everyone and he even admits it is heavy. Perhaps  you choose something similar to Ben Brown or Louie Cole.; pocket sized, hand held cameras are best for them. But maybe a SS could help improve some of the angels? Recently I found another reason for carrying a SS with you; and that is ownership. If someone takes video of you and you post it on your YouTube channel, the ownership is with the shooter and not you, the person who may be doing some crazy shit in the video. In fact if that video was to be used by a third party the subject would […]

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Is Pagito Vermentino?

I’m confused. Those that know me, know it happens often and with little effort. But this is a real noodle scratcher. And I suspect might confuse even the most knowledgable of people. Maybe? I recently started working at a restaurant where the entire wine list is Italian. I thought I knew a thing or three about Italian wines, but flipping through the list proves that simply wasn’t the case. There are regions I know, but within them are provinces I don’t. Toss in indigenous grape varieties that grow nowhere else in the world and you might realize that the learning curve is steep. As I come across the different grapes I look them up to learn more about them. One grape I saw on a label was Pigato. So I reach for Jancis, Julia and José’s book Wine Grapes and under Pigato is says see Vermentio. This is very common, many grapes have synonyms and are called something different in other parts of the world and often in other parts of the same country.     Paraphrasing from Wine Grapes, Vermentino is believed to have come to the  French Island of Corse in the thirteenth or fourteenth century. But the earliest mention is from […]

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