Spit Happens #57 – Gaston Huet

One of the “under the radar” wine regions of the world is the Loire Valley. Wine lovers know it is the premiere region for Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc as well as Sauvignon Blanc and Melon de Bourgogne. Cool temperature grape growing region equals attenuated wines with mouthwatering acidity. This picturesque region with rolling hillsides and amazing castles is the center of France geographically and a gastronomic treasure for wine and cheese. Some of it’s most famous  sub regions are  Pouilly-Fumé , Sancerre , Chinon , Coteaux de Layon and Vouvray. Although it is Coteaux de Layon that sparked my love of wine, I want to talk about Vouvray today. Specifically a producer called Domaine Huet. It was founded in 1928 by Victor Huet and his son Gaston.  Gaston was the mayor of Vouvray for 40 plus years and was influential in the production of wine well into his 80’s. Gaston was an early proponent of bio-dynamic farming . In 1986 he began converting his vineyards to bio, by 1991 his 35 hectares had been converted . He was also instrumental in providing assistance to many wineries during World War II , the Germans wanted to “liberate” French wine and send it back to Germany . He showed a number of vignerons how to create fake walls to hide the wines so they could have income when the war was over. See Wine and the War.

Huet offers a range of wines from Sec, Demi Sec , Moelleux, Premiere Trie ( TBA like) to a sparkling wine that’s delicious, The dry wines are all bracing acidity and aromatics of crushed Granny Smith apples. The sweet wines are magnificent beasts that smell of apricot jam, lavender honey and wildflowers. They will delight seasoned wine drinkers and newbies alike. Cellar up to 30 years. As an aside the 59’s are drinking well … still !!!

Purchase these wines in Vancouver or online at Marquis Wine Cellars.

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David Lancelot

 

Spit Happens #56 – Corkage

I love wine . Remember me saying that ? Well I also love bringing my wine to a restaurant and enjoying it with different foods that I might not want to cook at home. For the uninitiated this is called corkage. Restaurants ( for a fee) will allow you to bring your own wine and allow it to be served in their restaurant . For many years this was not legal however a change in liquor regulations in the summer of 2012. A restaurant can charge any amount they want or chose not to offer corkage as well. They must be the ones to open and serve the bottle and you can take any remaining wine home should it not be consumed ( make sure it’s in the trunk or very back of your vehicle when you leave) . I think that corkage could be a powerful tool for restaurants but it is underutilized. Restaurants see this concept of corkage as diminishing their opportunity for profit. I see it as a way to increase sales and even out your business through the entire week.

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  • How about free or discounted corkage on slow nights ? Monday or Tuesdays. ( see below )
  • Maybe busy nights they could ask you to buy a bottle off the list and the second bottle could have a corkage charge applied.
  • How about corkage for slow lunch days and early reservations (before 6pm)?

Too many restaurants see corkage as an all or nothing proposition , my three ideas are just a start. I would love to hear your thoughts on this. A couple pieces of advice I would like to add , if the wine list for the restaurant is online make sure you aren’t bringing a wine already on the list as that is poor form, also tip your server a bit better % since they aren’t charging you big bucks for the wine.

The following restaurants offer corkage.

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David Lancelot

 

 

 

 

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