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Friday
Oct302015

Food fight in Dodge City - Josh 350

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With Last Chance Saloons in mind it is worth pausing to consider the amazing '97% consensus' (TM Climate Science) around the The Pause. It's been in the news this week with the Karl et al paper, the 'no-you-cant-have-our-emails' story, and the Meehl paper with comment by David Whitehouse. Cheers again, guys!

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Russell - Surely it's the fundamental quality of the proxy that counts?:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/11736496/Scotlands-first-wine-branded-undrinkable-by-critics.html

Nov 1, 2015 at 8:11 PM | Unregistered Commenternot banned yet

Noah's first wine didn't do him any good either.

As the wine in question was grown farther north than Moscow, were talking about the bleeding ege of viticulture, not the Cote d'Or.

Nov 1, 2015 at 8:20 PM | Unregistered CommenterRussell

Naughty NBY !
The Torygraph leader writer , in a posssible homage to his predecessor , Christopher Monckton, kited "not yet drinkable " into "undrinkable

The wine referred to was a DIY effort by:

"Christopher Trotter, from Aberdeen... admitted his first vintage tasted "horrible" as he had failed to chill the grapes quickly enough, which allowed oxidisation to occur.

“It’s not great,” he said. “We have produced a vintage of, shall we say, a certain quality, but I’m confident the next will be much better.

“We have proved we can grow grapes in the Scottish climate.”

Richard Meadows, owner of Great Grog Company, an Edinburgh-based wine merchants, was one of the first to sample Chateau Largo.
“It has potential," he said politely.
"It doesn’t smell fresh but it’s crisp and light and structurally it’s fine.
“It’s not yet drinkable but, that said, I enjoyed it in a bizarre, masochistic way.”

Nov 1, 2015 at 8:35 PM | Unregistered CommenterRussell

Russell - Calm down. It's a linguistic thing: "not yet drinkable" = "undrinkable".. in the present. I don't see how that makes me "naughty" or undermines the point about proxy quality.

Oh, and btw - that one caught my eye due to its geographical relation to Birnham Wood, which some see as having particular significance.

Nov 1, 2015 at 9:11 PM | Unregistered Commenternot banned yet

not banned yet - I'm with Russell on this one.
That was a trifle naughty.

Interestingly, everyone on every side agrees that vineyards are a poor proxy for anything, in and of themselves.
But this thread still continues...

Nov 1, 2015 at 9:59 PM | Registered CommenterM Courtney

One of the advantages of growing low hanging fruit in Scotland, that Prince Charles would be keen to demonstrate is that the rows of vines, with supporting posts and wires, provide a defensive barricade, similar to barrage balloons, so that the rutting season of the highland haggis, can proceed with fewer casualties from marauding golden eagles.

Majestic golden eagles are being wiped out in their natural hunting grounds by wind turbines, and have been forced into alternative eco systems with concomitant damage to indigenous and introduced wildlife. The highland haggis has found new safe refuges in vineyards, but the blessing of a moist harvest time is of course the Noble Rot (Botrytis cinerea), producing a sweeter flavoured wine, with fermentation starting before harvest.

The highland haggis have developed an affinity for these grapes, and their self internal marinading does add a fine flavour. True sporting Scotsman consider it ungentlemanly to shoot intoxicated haggis, but poachers are not so squeamish, and self pickled road kill is a local delicacy, that the Scots are loathe to share with tourists.

Nov 1, 2015 at 11:59 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

M Courtney, that's because so many people enjoy reading, writing, and opining about alcoholic beverages. New Scientist seems to have had a Christmas issue with articles about alcohol consumption every year going back to my childhood.

Nov 2, 2015 at 2:46 AM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

Haggis is a fell and greasy meat, perilous to man's health , save it be stuffed wi'the lights and liver of a golden eagle fed on the gralloch of vegan sassnachs, and served with a Highland vin du pays

The best pairing is probably a Steynbrecher Heisenboden from the northern slopes of the Cote Chateauneuf du Phil Jones.

Nov 2, 2015 at 4:08 AM | Unregistered CommenterRussell

In case you haven't noticed, English champagne has edged out Lanson and Krug at Buck House , where the Torygraph reports :

"Ridgeview Grosvenor 2009) was served at the state banquet to welcome Chinese president Xi Jinping, and Gordon Ramsay has listed not just one but several English wines at his new restaurant in Bordeaux, of all places.

And at a recent blind tasting organised by Noble Rot magazine, who will publish the full results on Monday, English wine scored a triumph over champagne, with two English wines (Hambledon Classic Cuvée and Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2010) beating the likes of Pol Roger and Taittinger to finish in first and second place."

Nov 2, 2015 at 4:26 AM | Unregistered CommenterRussell

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