Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/09/25

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Subject: Re: [Leica] RE: wine comments
From: "Kevin Argue" <>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 23:11:34 -0400

Tarek- Come to Canada near Niagara Falls and try some of world famous and 
award winning ice wine.

Kevin Argue

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>From: Tarek Charara <>
>Subject: [Leica] RE: wine comments
>Date: Wed, Sep 24, 2003, 6:58 PM

> Hello Felix,
> I'm on the other side, in Perpignan - not too far from Spain. Perpignan
> sort of becomes Leica country the first two weeks of september - then it's
> "Visa pour l'image" time again. I haven't tasted Petrus YET, but Barolo,
> Tokay, Latour, etc. It's very addictive! These days I'm more into wines of
> the "terroir" - Collioure, Madiran, etc. and wine from South Africa. What a
> wine country!
> Tarek, epicurean
>> Tarek
>> I do live near Bordeaux (150 miles) in Basque Country (Spain). Though I
>> am by no means a wine expert I've visited many, many times this nice
>> part of France and know a large quantity of the wines produced there.
>> Twenty years ago I used to carry with me this excellent pocket guide
>> that wrote Hugh Johnson, I think this was the guy name but I'm not sure,
>> just for asking the right year. I, too, visited the cellars and knew how
>> this wine was made.
>> But right now I trust the "sommelier" advice when choosing a determinate
>> wine and only I can distinguish if a wine is good or not. I "do" prefer
>> a wine "made" with enough years in the cask than a new wine. I know the
>> wine from Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Austria, Rumania, Russia,
>> Chile, Argentina, California and many other countries and, humbly, I've
>> not found something better than Chateau Petrus...I like the Italian
>> Barolo and the Tokay and the Louis Roederer Cristal champagne but there
>> so many different wines where you can choose! When in Paris, I've
>> visited most of three star Michelin guide chefs, and I religiously
>> follow the "orders" of the sommelier either choosing the wine either,
>> not less important, matching the wine and the food.
>> My only important experience in USA was visiting the Le Cirque in NY
>> when I asked for the sommelier and they told me they hadn't got him
>> because his presence could impress too much visitors. By the way the
>> food, mainly a mix of Italian and French cook, was fine and the owner a
>> sympathetic man; the Californian wine was excellent too.
>> After forty five years of experience I strongly believe the French wine
>> is the best in the world. Best French Wine is the Leica of the wines...
>> Kind regards
>> Felix
>> (A man of two hundred twenty pounds weight and a sinful stomach)
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