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  1. #101
    Quote Originally Posted by Marquee Moon View Post
    meh
    Hey, we're talking cheap wines. Is that supposed to get you excited?

    If your definition of cheap expands to $20, there's a lot more to choose from.

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    Winemaking is an art - not tricks. Blending is what is allowing us to have some amazing wines that were never allowed in the past. If you really want complexity, try some of the bold GSM's coming out of Australia, big, bold, punch you in the mouth - but there are so many different layers.

    Your pictures are awesome, and since you have been there, I understand your love - in France, french wine tastes much better than it does here. Still, the thing that jumps out of those pictures is the rocky soil - the mineral taste sits on your palate and gives a non to pleasant after taste.

  3. #103
    Again, we are talking about personal taste so we could probably go back and forth forever...but its fun.

    Wine grapes need stress to produce great fruit. In CA (and Australia) the growing conditions are too good for the most part (that is why all the high dollar wine in Napa comes from the steep sloops). The fruit gets too ripe and the wine becomes fat and boring. The rocky soil stresses the grapes forcing all the life power into the berry. It produces complex and interesting wines.

    I loved French wines long before I went there...but it certainly did help to see it.

    I have nothing against blending...my favorite wines in the world come from Southern Rhone and nobody blends more than they do.

    Again, don't get me wrong...I like CA and Australian wines. In fact I love GSM's...if pushed I would probably say grenache is the grape I enjoy the most. I just think they do it better in Rhone

    By the way, speaking of grenache and rocky soil...check out this picture of a vineyard in Chateauneuf du Pape:



    Sorry for showing off my vacation photos...I don't find too many people that would be interested in seeing them

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    Fully agree that Sonoma whites are the best. Russian River appellation in particular.

  5. #105
    Quote Originally Posted by DirtySouthDeacon View Post
    Sonoma-Cutrer is a good white Chard that is not sweet and I enjoy it. Can get some decent deals on it if you look. But White Burgundy is the right answer. You will have a hard time finding a good one under $35 though.
    meh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demonbeck View Post


    I've got this in my wine fridge. When should I drink it?
    Is this a trick question?

  7. #107
    Quote Originally Posted by Marquee Moon View Post
    meh
    A foodie and a wine snob. Good thing you got that winning personality.

  8. #108
    Quote Originally Posted by DirtySouthDeacon View Post
    A foodie and a wine snob. Good thing you got that winning personality.
    go vote for yourself on the best in sack thread

  9. #109
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    Fact: most people ( the vast majority) couldn't tell the diff between a $100 and a $20 bottle

  10. #110
    Quote Originally Posted by ImTheCaptain View Post
    Fact: most people ( the vast majority) couldn't tell the diff between a $100 and a $20 bottle
    Obviously depends on what $20 or $100 bottle but no doubt you could find a $20 (or less) that would trick 99% of the population.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ImTheCaptain View Post
    Fact: most people ( the vast majority) couldn't tell the diff between a $100 and a $20 bottle
    Probably true, for myself included. But I could tell the difference between a French white and a Russian River white after a sip. Same for a $7 bottle of Yellowtail chard versus a $20 bottle of Sonoma Cutrer.

    I think almost any white wine drinker could.

  12. #112

    Wine Reccomendations by Varietal

    Here are some reccomendations by varietal. Granted these are all wines that my company makes, but we have close to 90 brands and these are some of the best that I have tried so far. Most of these are also relatively inexpensive with only a few breaking the $20 mark. Of course every brand usually has a much more expensive tier and also pretty much has an offering for each varietal. Several of these brands also have other very good varietals, but these are where they shine. Most of these are pretty easy to find out there too.

    Whites:
    Chardonnay-Clos du Bois, Simi, Toasted Head
    Pinot Grigio-Simply Naked (New) and Estancia
    Sauvignon Blanc-Kim Crawford
    Riesling-Blufeld
    Moscato-Woodbridge

    Reds:
    Cabernet Sauvignon-Robert Mondavi Winery, Franciscan, Mt. Veeder
    Merlot-Blackstone
    Zinfandel-Ravenswood (Ravenswood has lots of great Zin options)
    Pinot Noir-Wild Horse and Estancia
    Red Blend-Franciscan Magnificat but also try Primal Roots (New)
    Shiraz-Alice White
    Malbec-Diseno

  13. #113
    A wine bottle and a jar of vaseline is always a good combination if your left without a dildo for the night. Be careful where you put the cork though.

  14. #114
    Quote Originally Posted by SkinsNDeacs View Post
    Again, we are talking about personal taste so we could probably go back and forth forever...but its fun.

    Wine grapes need stress to produce great fruit. In CA (and Australia) the growing conditions are too good for the most part (that is why all the high dollar wine in Napa comes from the steep sloops). The fruit gets too ripe and the wine becomes fat and boring. The rocky soil stresses the grapes forcing all the life power into the berry. It produces complex and interesting wines.
    Agreed. That's why my favorite red Zins usually have some Rockpile or Dry Creek grapes in them.

  15. #115
    Starting chipping away at The Wine Bible thanks to the bumpage...I'm going to learn way more about wine then I ever knew existed

  16. #116
    Quote Originally Posted by OrigScreaminDemon View Post
    OSDToy loves Pinot Grigio in the summer, what is the $ on the Simply Naked and where is it available in the Triad?
    They have it at Harris Teeter for about $12. It is very good.

  17. #117
    Quote Originally Posted by SkinsNDeacs View Post

    I loved French wines long before I went there...but it certainly did help to see it.
    I have to agree on loving the French wines. Some of my favorites are meritage blends that have a minimum of 5 varietals. There is just something about the complexity and smoothness of the wine once several different varietals are introduced intp the meritage blend.

  18. #118
    I've bought a few Simply Naked wines on sale recently at Lowe's as well. I was happy with them.

    There's another label, "The Naked Grape", that sells for a little less. It's also decent enough for the money, but IMO not quite as good as the Simply Naked wines I've tried.

  19. #119
    I'm past the point of favoring a particular varietal, style, country of origin or even region. I just like most wine that is good. And, fortunately, good wine is easy to find and comes from lots of places.

  20. #120
    Drank a new wine last night....totally loved it.

    Chalk Hill red blend. Mostly Cab, but still strong. Recommend.

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