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Have an extra 500 Euro????

So it's not happening after all?

When I heard the news, I started looking at Malta as an alternate long weekend destination.

about 5 hours ago
collioure in Italy

Beaujolais Nouveau 2014: let's go to war!

Beaujolais Nouveau? Almost as interesting as the city of Bordeaux.

I steal a sip somewhere every November, but every year I order 36 bottles of the best Julienas, Fleurie, and Cote-de-Brouilly.

Those wines merit your attention and they are all bargains.

about 6 hours ago
collioure in France

Wine for prime rib and traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner?

I may be a little late to the party.

Nevertheless I'll second June's Barbera suggestion and add one of my own - a versatile St Joseph. A fruity young Zinfandel could bridge the gap as well.

about 6 hours ago
collioure in Wine

Matera and Monopli

It's a while back now, but we had an excellent meal with Aglianico wine at Lucanerie in Matera. Regional cuisine emphasized.

Nov 19, 2014
collioure in Italy

Honeymoon location help

Forget Michelin in Italy.
Use an Italian guide.
Count me in for Amalfi too.

Nov 12, 2014
collioure in Italy

Foodie stop between Paris and Barcelona

Talloires on Lake Annecy is a delightful spot.

Nov 11, 2014
collioure in France

Collector’s 2,447 bottles headed for the sink (aka Pennsylvania strikes again!)

Thanks, Jason.
Government never ceases to be stupid, stupid, stupid.

Oct 22, 2014
collioure in Wine

Wine with lamb curry?

Count me in. Gewurz or Pinot Gris.

Oct 20, 2014
collioure in Wine

Provence for 8 Nights - Done my homework but could use some feedback please!

Kudos on an excellent itinerary.

Perhaps I missed it but you want to get up to the lavender fields near Sault at least once.

Oct 19, 2014
collioure in France

Singer launches cannabis-infused wine

Uh, Jason, this topic belongs in Psychedelics.

Oct 15, 2014
collioure in Wine

Ideal wine with marinated raw fish

I was so busy thinking about the food and the wine that I didn't consider who was coming until the last mminute. Brian loves Sauvignon Blanc. I scout it for him. The minerally Pabiot was excellent, but all of the wines we considered would have been.

Oct 11, 2014
collioure in Wine

'People were afraid of Burgundy when I started,' says broker Becky Wasserman | decanter.com

When we first latched onto Becky circa 1980, she was in partnership with Christopher Cannan who covered southwest France as I recall. I remember visiting her farmhouse in the rains of the dreadful 1984 harvest. And she was always there when I occasionally popped into le Vieux Moulin in Bouilland.

Do I have to write a disclaimer too because we served her wines (from Comtes Lafon)?

Oct 10, 2014
collioure in Wine

Two nights in Amboise

Food - le Bon Laboureur in Chenonceaux has two Gault-Millau toques and a Michelin star. There is also a one-star in Amboise, but I have never dined there. Several in Tours too.

Oct 09, 2014
collioure in France

Two nights in Amboise

Château du Clos Lucé is right there with a da Vinci exhibit. He lived there for a time.

The nearby chateaux of Loches, Chenonceaux and Langeais are among the best in the Loire valley to visit and all quite different. Don't miss the gardens of Villandry. The drive to the Chateau d'Angers is worth it.

Finally there is old Tours and near Saumur the abbey of Fontevraud (where Eleanor of Aquitaine and her son Richard the Lionheart are buried)

There you have the best destinations in the Loire Valley.

I always stay at le Bon Laboureur in Chenonceaux - a class act.

Oct 09, 2014
collioure in France

Ideal wine with marinated raw fish

Well, it's decision time. Thank you for your sage advice.
Usually we start with Champagne, but if we don't, that's an excellent choice.

I don't have any Puligny-Montrachet or that would be near the top of my list. My Pouilly-Fuissé from Verget is a little too round for this dish.

I have several Rieslings from Ch Orschwihr - so maybe the Vieux-Thann. Haven't tested the Grand Cru Kitterlé yet. Have Zinds too, but I think's it's too much.

Almost forgot. Have a very good Albariño from Martin Codax.

Sancerre, no. Haven't tried my new Quincy from Renaudat. Reuilly from Jamain is very good but not interesting enough. So maybe the Pouilly-Fumé 2012 from Jonathan Didier Pabiot.
http://www.arrowine.com/for-tues-827-...

Oct 09, 2014
collioure in Wine

Best Bistros in Paris (Chez Denise, L'ami Louis or Aux Lyonnais)

I don't come to Paris often (from Roussillon), but when I do, I prefer le Vilaret and au Bascou (order the Irouléguy blanc).

Oct 07, 2014
collioure in France

Barbaresco Quick Help - PLEASE!!!

That was a great vintage too.

Oct 03, 2014
collioure in Wine

Barbaresco Quick Help - PLEASE!!!

The Wine Enthusiast vintage chart says it's from a fabulous vintage and at its peak. Lodali is a fine Producer. So it ought to be super.
BTW I love Barbaresco, the Burgundy of Italy.

Oct 03, 2014
collioure in Wine

Ideal wine with marinated raw fish

Yes, I do. At least the ones I buy. Richer, rounder. Now zeroed in on Max Roger.

Just bought a new Pouilly-Fumé - from Pabiot.

Also Reuilly from Lafond et Jamain.
Quincy from Portier was superb.

Oct 02, 2014
collioure in Wine

Ideal wine with marinated raw fish

I think Sancerre is too fat. From Loire I'd prefer a Pouilly-Fumé or a Quincy, something a little more angular.

Or a Savennières that got lost on the way to Paris.

Poitou? Ardeche? I never see those central France wines down here. Don't need too. The real thing is reasonably priced here.

Oct 02, 2014
collioure in Wine

Ideal wine with marinated raw fish

There's no one selling Italian wines down here, Jason.

Oct 02, 2014
collioure in Wine

Suggestions for wine for an Israeli-style dinner

I don't really have a definitive idea of what the food will taste like. I just know that almost uniquely Pinot Gris does the trick all the way to the border of Burma.
Tombstone Shadow's beer recommendation is also on the money.

Oct 02, 2014
collioure in Wine

Substitute for Rosso Conero wine for recipe?

Inexpensive Chianti.

Oct 02, 2014
collioure in Wine

Ideal wine with marinated raw fish

Lemon juice and flavorful olive oïl permeate the raw fish. Each plate has 8 peppercorns and 8 coriander seeds.

This is a lean dish. In Chardonnay I would only consider Chablis, Puligny-Montrachet or Pouilly-Fuissé. However, I think there are better choices.

Oct 02, 2014
collioure in Wine

Rioja shows Burgundian-style ‘revolution’

I got the point, Jason.
I just don't think much of Riojas, and I doubt that with more single vineyard bottlings that they will be that much better.

Oct 01, 2014
collioure in Wine

Rioja shows Burgundian-style ‘revolution’

Frankly, Jason comparing Riojas to fine Burgundies is a bit ridiculous IMO.
I'd take this movement more seriously if it began in Ribera del Duero.

Oct 01, 2014
collioure in Wine

Ideal wine with marinated raw fish

I have invited our good friends - a Scottish couple and a mostly English couple - to dinner in ten days. Oh, yes, we will discuss the failed independence referendum.
I am going to make a lovely marinated fish appetizer from Troisgros to start - alternating thin slices of fresh salmon and striped bass flavored with peppercorns and coriander seeds, olive oïl, lemon juice and sea salt). It's gorgeous on gold rimmed plates - you need a good Ginsu to slice the fish.
And the ideal wine is?
Well, I'd love to serve a Friulano, but I can't. I'm in France.

Oct 01, 2014
collioure in Wine

Suggestions for wine for an Israeli-style dinner

Sorry, I'm not a natural like many of you. I'm a scientific when it comes to wines. I generally get to the right one by a process of elimination.

Nevertheless I know you can't serve red wines with that food. It clashes. Beaujolais is OK, but Pinot Gris works with most of it and Gewurz with the rest.

Oct 01, 2014
collioure in Wine

Rioja shows Burgundian-style ‘revolution’

I don't think I'll live long enough to see that come to fruition.

Oct 01, 2014
collioure in Wine

Suggestions for wine for an Israeli-style dinner

It works with 80% of those foods.
And you can't serve tannic reds at all!

Oct 01, 2014
collioure in Wine