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I'm Peter Reinhart! Ask Me Anything! Monday, February 15, 2016 7:00-8:00 pm EST

To kick off our AMA feature, we have invited author, chef and master bread maker and host of Pizza Quest, Peter Reinhart, to be our first host! Peter will be in the Forum on Monday, February 15th, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm EST. If you are unable to be online during the live session, you can post your questions in the sticky post. Peter will answer those questions during the live session on February 15th. You can view Peter's answers to your questions as well as what happened during the live session in the session thread.

Ask Me Anything New Forum Feature

You will notice a new forum at the top of the main page called, "Ask Me Anything". This forum will be used for live one hour "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) sessions hosted by people who are knowledgeable in different areas pertaining to wood fired ovens. How it works:
- Each AMA will have a "sticky" thread where the community can post questions they would like answered during the live session. This will allow everyone to participate even if you can't be online for the live session. These questions will not be answered by the host until the live AMA; if you need an answer quickly, you should post it in the appropriate Forum area for the community to respond.
- Another thread will be posted for the live AMA. Registered users who are logged in during the live session can interact with the host by asking questions and receiving responses.
- The live thread will remain in the AMA forum to view after the session.

We hope you enjoy this new feature! Please let us know if there is a topic that you'd like to have as an AMA and we'll look for a host!

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  • France...Champagne, Bordeaux, and Bakeries

    Just got back from two weeks in France - two days in Paris, one at Versailles, one back in Paris, and then joined up with a tour of Champagne and Bordeaux. The tour was heavy duty and not for wimps, departing the hotels daily around 8 am and returning around 11 pm. In nine days I tasted 181 different wines at a slew of chateaux. including Krug, Dom Perignon, Chateau Margaux, Haut Brion, Pontet Canet, Vieux Chateu Certan, and many more. Lunch and dinner was usually at a chateau with matching wines. Most of the lunches and dinners featured one older wine in the 1996 to 1976 range along with newer wines in the range of 2000 to 2009. After foie gras for dinner and lunch and all that wine for nine days I came home with a few extra pounds. The good news on the calorie front was about half of the wines were barrel samples and after a few of the older wines it got real easy to taste and spit them out! Spitting out the better wines remained a challenge! (My wife and I lucked out on being invited to join this essentially once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!)

    Didn't have much time to hit bakeries but did go to Poilane to try the miche and to Eric Kayser to try his Pane and Baguettes aux Cereales. Both were really impressive. I felt my miche is fairly close to Poilane in quality and I like the look and cereal quality of my Kayser mimic better than his loaves BUT his flour is absolutely amazing. The aftertaste of the loaf was sweet and clean and went on for an hour. I don't think I have ever tasted flour like that! And I clearly cannot reproduce that facet of his loaves!

    I was really struck by how tender the crumb was on the Poilane and Kayser loaves. Both are IMO really first class!

    Now to go into withdrawal and start losing weight again!

    Last edited by texassourdough; 05-28-2012, 02:56 PM.

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    Re: France...Champagne, Bordeaux, and Bakeries

    IMPRESSED I am!.......


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      Re: France...Champagne, Bordeaux, and Bakeries

      Me too!

      I can't believe I was able to get into the tour! We got into places that basically don't accept the public or tours. The tour leader has major buying power. He is a retailer who buys more Bordeaux than almost anyone in the country. And that opened some rather tight doors. Really spoiled my palate though! We had some amazing wines! Probably going to hurt my wallet over time too! Yikes!


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        Re: France...Champagne, Bordeaux, and Bakeries

        I had one (1!) chance to tour the French wine regions and work the harvest many years ago but was denied by an inept AAA travel agent who.....well, I won't go into it....
        nonetheless.......That is Indeed a trip of a lifetime....and yours, even more so being a limited exposure tour!....congrats!


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          Re: France...Champagne, Bordeaux, and Bakeries

          Just look at me...all GREEN with envy. I go to Michigan...you go to France. ;-) But so very cool Jay, glad your back all safe and sound. Time to bake!