A Burgundy dinner last week where many wine glasses were served together in comparative flights brought back some nostalgic memories. As a wine judge at many blind tastings over the years your scribe is used to having identical glasses placed in front of him with different markings on them to distinguish one wine from another ranging from some numbered system to coloured ribbons. However at a dinner event you are usually looking for some method that is a bit more subtle yet assists you in keeping the wines organized. Franck Krynen the Wine Director-Assistant GM of Global Restaurant in Vancouver on his own thoughtful initiative came up with a clever solution this time. He placed different coloured dots both on the menu and on the corresponding glasses to help guests keep all their wines identifiable. It worked. Well done! At home we generally use one of these 2 ideas: If only 2 or 3 wines are being compared often serve them in different height glasses with matching height decanters – shorter to taller – so simple but easy to distinguish. See photo. If you want all your wines in an identical shaped glasses – say for example when judging different pinot noir varieties – or for more than 2 or 3 wines then use a wine glass writer on the base of the glass to number them. Useful for keeping track and wipes off easily afterwards. What system have you found to work best for your service?
By the way some very short notes on these wines: Big fan of Jacquesson bubbles. Delicious value. Cuvee 739 is outstanding with fantastic vineyard grapes and low dosage of 3.5. Christian Moreau Vaillons 2002 was truly remarkable so fresh and complex but it was the Cuvee Guy Moreau of 80 year old vines compared to 5 year younger vintage 2007 of more typical Dampt. Comparing white Burgundy again confirmed 2005 as a richer softer fully mature vintage while 2006 is lighter but remains fresher with better acidity balance with lovely elegance. Several bottles of Remoissenet “Renomee” were corked. Nonetheless a good flight of whites with the braised leeks course. Reds from 2005 are classic with much more impressive balance than the whites for longer aging. Showed excellent Chambolle stylish character with naturally the 1er cru having more depth than the village wine from the same producer. Monthelie particularly from Parent in 2002 is an underrated value. Grand Crus were at another level of quality complexity but from 4 different producers and all different vintages so educational. Still a very strong endorsement of what an amazing treasure those 1985 red Burgundies still are approaching age 35. Rare treat.
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