Reg’s Wine Blog – Post # 4 February 3, 2016 – Bad Restaurant Behavior – Refusing the Wine

Several years ago my wife and I had the misfortune to go out to dinner with 3 other couples to a fine Montreal restaurant. Even though each couple were paying for their own dinner, we intended to split the wine bill evenly amongst the 4 couples. One of our friends took it upon himself to order the first wine for everyone without consulting any of us and he promptly proceeded to order up an expensive Spanish red Priorata type wine. This by itself was a very poor choice and we should have stopped the process before he ordered that wine, but most of us were distracted in conversation and failed to notice he was ordering anything. Having ordered the wine our friend got to taste it first. He tasted it and promptly refused the wine, telling the waiter the wine was defective and to fetch another bottle. The poor...

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Reg’s Wine Blog – Post # 3 January 27, 2016 – The Wine Tasting Party

If you have never hosted a wine tasting party, consider doing so, you will have lots of fun, and you will usually find at least a couple of good new wines to add to your list of favorites. The ideal size is 8 to 10 people, or 4 to 5 couples. Each person brings a bottle of wine from a preselected list put together by the host or hostess. Any more or less people means there is either too much or too little wine per person per bottle. Everyone wants a good taste from each bottle, usually 2.5 – 3 ounces per person, which is exactly what 8-10 people get from a 750 ml (26 ounce) bottle. As the host of the evening you will need a good corkscrew, wine glasses, baguettes or crackers with mild cheese or other finger food, pens and writing paper for everyone, a jug...

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Reg’s Wine Blog – Post # 2 January 23, 2016, Addendum to Post # 1, ratings

A couple of readers noted that I had failed to rate the wines I reviewed in my first post, my apologies. So please find below my ratings of those great wines tasted, and both storage and purchase recommendations: 1985 Chevalier Montrachet, Jean Chartron – tasted August 2015, rating 89 points on a 100 point scale. Very good but no longer great, it has started to decline. If you still own this wine, drink up before it leaves you behind. You cannot safely buy this wine now, it may no longer be good. 1952 Chateau Latour – tasted August 2015, rating 90 points. This wine is soft and delicate, still quite pleasant to drink. If you still own this wine, drink now and over the next 2 years. You might get lucky and find the wine still drinks well 5 years from now, but that will depend on how long...

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Reg’s Wine Blog – Blog # 1 November 2015 – Great Wines I Have Known

Planning a special evening and a special dinner around a great wine can be complicated. Doing the same with four such wines in the same evening is an even greater challenge. There are so many variables to take into consideration ranging from “will the wine be good” to “what food will compliment the wine best” to “having a suitable backup wine if needed”. My wife and I recently hosted a dinner for four where the other couple are good friends of ours who know and appreciate fine wine (always important when you go to open a bottle of your best), and they had recently done me a huge favour for which this dinner was to show our gratitude. We had also recently moved and I needed to find a special occasion in order to open some of our older bottles which showed signs of aging. I selected a bottle...

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