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See my comment regarding your post (below) in the Wine Recommendations thread.

This past weekend my wife and I, along with another couple stayed in a cottage in northern Michigan to see the fall color (it was fantastic!) do a little golf, shopping, antiquing and visit some Michigan wineries. I have never been REALLY impressed with our states' wines. There are some pretty good late harvest Reislings, but that is about it. However, this trip showed me that there are many who are investing a lot of money, sweat and patience into finding the right grape for Michigan's rather sandy soil, cool climate and rolling west Michigan hills and bluffs along Lake Michigan. I think that within 10 years they may have something very good. Their efforts are supported by Michigan State's Agricultural College, University of California's Viticultural Institute and several other colleges.
Interesting.
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Dennis - I had a great wine over the weekend and was curious what the Pro's had to say....

William Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Was priced at $35 and on sale for $26 at a store not known for great prices. It was our 7 year anniversary and I sprung up a step on the price list and WOW was it worth it. I would be drinking much better wine if I was rich!

Let me know what the scoop is on this one.

Thanks,
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Just saying hello. I love wine. Live in Connecticut but finally made it to Napa last year. Enjoy reds and a good chardonnay. Live in the town that has a winery voted Best In Connecticut. I hope to read some interesting wine news and also contribute when I can. Love to go to wine tastings. Haven't found a Sauvignon Blanc that I like yet! I get to travel once in a while on Cruises with my husband....Italian wines, French wines, Madeira etc... and even tried Egyptian wine in Egypr. So looking forward to this team and hope to sip and lose!!!!
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I agree with J-SPIN - good wine is in the mouth of the beholder. We each have found what we liked best at the time by experimentation. The more wines you taste, the better you will become in recognizing "YOUR" best wine. I suggest you look for wine tasting events in your area or on the internet or in the papers or ask wine shop managers or wine dept. managers in local grocery stores about wine tasting events. When at the tasting, ask the people pouring the samples questions about their wine and see if you can match up your likes to the wines on display. Also, a great way to find YOUR wine is by going to restaurants that serve wine by the glass - or better yet, flights of wine (three to four ultra small glasses of wine for a very low price) Do not hesitate to tell your waiter what you are looking for in a wine - and which have them describe why their "by the glass" wines match your taste description. I wish you much success and envy the delight of your trip!
OH, by the way.... most dry red wine is meant to be served between 65 degrees and 70 degrees - near room temperature - that is just the way it normally served. However, if you want your red wine chilled, feel free to put it in your fridge, after all, who are you pleasing? RIGHT?
For a sweet red wine, I suggest you start with a berry wine, like raspberry or cherry. A winery known for some great value wines is Riunite. They make a Lambrusco that may be to your liking.
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My hometown hosts a really neat wine tasting event every year downtown.

Wine Over Water
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GREAT wine tasting event. I have been every year for ten years now. This would make for a perfect weekend getaway in Chattanooga. It's a really neat city in case you've never been.

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Hey there! I would just suggest going to the bottle shop and seeing what they recommend.
Do you prefer red or white? Rose might be a nice compromise, though I wouldn't suggest it as a good pairing to steak and potatoes!

It is all trial and error - just because a supposedly 'good' wine is expensive, doesn't mean it will be good to you. Everyone has a different palate and nose for tasting.

I like the Gralyn Estate Racy Red wine, which is recommended to be had chilled. But I'm not sure you will be able to get it where you are.

Just experiment and enjoy!!! Your palate will develop and you will come to find out what you prefer.

Good luck!

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Hello

I am a Newbie. I have been looking for a good wine for a long time. I don't have any experience to know what wine I would even like.

I thought I could tell you what I think I would like and you can help me.

I would like a wine that can be chilled. A wine that I could have with a good steak and potato. Every time we visit the Olive Garden I try what they recommend but it's warm and I don't like it.

I would like for the wine to be sweet but not to sweet and I can enjoy it in front of the fire or on the deck in the evening.

Does any one have a favorite wine they would tell me about?
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Cooler temps are on the way.
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A little about my recommendations and the points to score wines. My recommendations are really repeats of select recommendations by Winespectator.com,the on line version of Wine Spectator Magazine. Here is what they say about points:

Wine Spectator tasters review wines on the following 100-point scale:

•95-100 Classic: a great wine
•90-94 Outstanding: a wine of superior character and style
•85-89 Very good: a wine with special qualities
•80-84 Good: a solid, well-made wine
•75-79 Mediocre: a drinkable wine that may have minor flaws
•50-74 Not recommended

So, you ask, how do they taste the wine they rate? Read on as far as you want. WS ratings are THE MOST powerful ratings in the wine industry.

Wine Spectator Tasting Procedures
Wine Spectator editors review more than 15,000 wines each year in blind tastings. Every issue of Wine Spectator magazine contains 400 to 1,000 wine reviews with detailed tasting notes and drink recommendations. We set stringent standards for ourselves and rely on the proven ability and experience of our editors as tasters and critics. (Read our Statement of Ethics.) Below are the guidelines we follow in order to maintain the integrity of our tastings.

Tasting Philosophy
What do we review each year?
•Each year, more than 15,000 wines from around the world are bind-tasted by our editors.


•The majority of these reviews are published in issues throughout the year, in the Buying Guide section of the magazine.


•Additional reviews are posted exclusively on our website.


•Wine Spectator primarily serves a national audience, and we therefore prefer to review wines that are widely available.
Where do the wines we review come from?
•The majority of the wines we taste are submitted to us by the wineries or their U.S. importers.


•Additionally, we spend thousands of dollars each year to buy wines that are not submitted, at all price levels.
Where do we review the wines?
•Tastings take place in our four offices, in Napa, New York and Tuscany, and in the vineyard regions of Europe. Each office has dedicated tasting rooms and staff to coordinate the tastings.


•The European tastings are organized and conducted at independent sites by Wine Spectator staff.
Who reviews wines for the magazine?
•Each editor generally covers the same wine regions from year to year. These "beats" remain constant, allowing each lead taster to develop expertise in the region's wines.


•Other tasters may sit in on blind tastings in order to help confirm impressions. However, the lead taster always has the final say on the wine's rating and description.


•A taster's initials at the end of the tasting note indicate that the rating and review were created by that taster in one of our blind tastings.


•Wines that do not include initials at the end of the tasting note are wines that were reviewed by two or more tasters. These tastings are conducted in the same blind setting and are monitored and guided by the lead taster for that region

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Had to look up the Pedroncelli since I work for a company "Roncelli, Inc." but we do general contracting, not wine making LOL!

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Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley Three Vineyards 2006

Score: 83
Release Price: $16
Country: California
Region: Sonoma

Firm, full-bodied, and marked with tight, cedary currant, dried berry and mineral notes that scale back in velocity on the finish. Drink now through 2015. 6,000 cases made



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Dennis - You guys are way more educated in the fruit of the vine. But here are a few of our recent choices....

Reds -
Pedroncelli - Cabernet Sav - Found this a couple months ago and love it.
CapRock Winery - Cabernet & Merlot
Llano Estacado Winery - Cabernet & Merlot
Becker Vineyards - Iconoclaust Cabernet Sav (you may notice a Texas theme with the last 3)
For table wine we keep a few bottles of Mondavi Cabernet on hand.

Whites
Chateau de St Michele - Chardonnay
Fog Bank - Chardonnay

Chardonnays have came recently for us, as I have shied away from whites for years due to my thoughts that they were all sweet. So I usually have the guy at the liquor store refer me to nice semi dry chardonnays and am having a great time sorting through them, especially when I am grilling fish. There are others we have found, but I can't remember the names offhand.

In reds or whites we prefer whines that are semi-dry (wife) to dry (myself) and I am really looking forward to trying some of the suggestions from this group. We usually stay in the $10-15/bottle range except on special occasions.

I am interested in learning more about the point system that you are using to score wines.

Cheers

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Welcome to Wine Lovers!
Wine instead of beer ---- I like it!
What are your favorite brands of wines?
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I agree completely that Duckhorn has a great Sauv-Blanc and I'm not a white wind drinker but this is a white I truly enjoy. Just very disappointed that Costco no longer carries it.






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Hello all, I'm new to the group, but I have been on SP for about 3 months now. We have wine about 3 nights a week at home, but are always looking for new suggestions of wines to try. Excited about the wealth of knowledge that some of you have to share.

I mostly drink merlots and cabernet's, but have recently really stared enjoying some of the dry chardonnays on nights that I grill fish or chicken.

Working in wine into the diet has helped me cut my beer intake in half and really helped me lose weight.

Cheers!

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Welcome to Wine Lovers Phebesx!
WOW, a sommelier as a life partner! I am impressed!
Well, now, incorporating wine into your new, healthy lifestyle is all about choices and staying in your nutritional range. Wine, in moderation is easy to incorporate if you are willing to kick other items off your plate. A glass of wine is about 100 calories; so choose a 100 calorie item to delete when you choose to have a glass of wine. Sounds so easy, but I know it is not. The trouble comes with the second and third glass - then your inhibitions go down the drain, with your spark plan of the day. So, try to keep it to no more than two glasses - or.... 4 very small glasses??
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Hi everyone! I'm Carolyn. I've been using SP for about a month now... LOVE it! Just discovered this group. It's perfect for me! My husband is a sommelier and owns two restaurants known for their wine selection. Needless to say, wine is a HUGE part of our lives. I've been really trying to focus on cutting back since I've started this healthy lfestyle journey but it's so hard!! I miss my wine. Can't wait to read tips on how to incorporate it into my new lifestyle. Cheers!

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I've been a member for some time, but haven't had time to post much. Just want to share my favorite wine from Cedar Creek winery in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. It's their Vidal, a wonderful crisp white that's won many awards and is absolutely habit-forming! In fact their wine-tasting weekend is this weekend, so just may have to take a trip to Cedarburg tomorrow to stock up!!

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Hi! I've been a member for a while, but I haven't introduced myself. I always liked drinking wine from time to time, but I became a serious wine drinker after I had my first arterial stent in 2005. Since then, I have learned to love certain merlots (too bad I'm out now). I'm looking for help in (1)not overdoing it, and (2)learning about some good wines. emoticon

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Hello! I've replied to other threads but I haven't been in here yet. This is a fun team to be on. I've learned so much already. I'm a wine newbie and have a low tolerance for alcohol, so luckily 1 3oz glass works just fine in my diet plan. :)

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And "cheers" to you! So glad that you found our little wine pub! I really believe that wine and weight loss can find a place together in our plan. The trick is, with anything that is 20 calories per ounce, one needs to find a way to control consumption. I receive the most enjoyment from wine when consuming it with a meal. I allow that one, 5 oz glass (a day) and want to enjoy every bit of it; therefore, I slow down my pace of eating my meal, giving me time to socialize with my wife ... and guests... allowing my brain to catch up to my stomach... telling me that I am full and satisfied at the right time.
Oh, and the very worst time to drink wine is BEFORE dinner.... you tend to drink more and it lowers one's vigilance and inhibitions.
What a vicious life we lead!

Blue... Duckhorn, what a great winery! Thanks for sharing!

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Went to dinner the other night and had an 07 Duckhorn Sauv Blanc--it was LOVELY.

The dinner was hosted by another family, and the servers just kept the wine flowing. My glass was never more than half-empty. Made it *quite* difficult to track calories, but it was worth it.

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Hi there, I am new to this spark team but after reading a few of the comments I think that I have just walked into CHEERS. I love wine but I have found it is bit dangerous when you are a diet and I try to limit it just at weekends. This is really killing me but I am losing weight with this method. I am trying to keep very active and following the nutrition plan. So as long as I can continue losing I will be well happy.

So I think that I will popping into this wine bar again!!!!!!!!

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Hello to all the new Wine Lovers! Glad to have your input at the Wine Bar! Azure14, your wine class sound great - knowing a lot can be a burden too. Just find a wine you like and the price you want to pay and use that as your "anchor" and then nibble on the others one at a time. Also, ask the wine manager for a recommendation in your price range - they LOVE to find wines for people!
Good hunting!
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DH and I finished our Monday night wine school, and it was a lot of fun. 4 weeks covering 1) soft whites 2) dry whites 3) round reds and 4) big reds.

Even after going through this, and learning a lot, I still feel overwhelmed when I go to the wine store. There is so much to choose from!


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Thank you Deb945 I will look into it. I appreciate your help. carolyn

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Hi Carolyn-
The wine that got my dbf hooked was a muscadine wine. We have a local winery that is a favorite, Chateau Morsette, Red or White Mountain Laurel. It is not overly sweet and you drink it chilled.
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thank you BluePlate I appreciate you input. I have copied them down and will give them a try.

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Hi Nighthawlk,

I'm new, too, (hi, everyone else!), and I'm a big fan of wine. Ever since my folks took me to St. Helena, CA, when I turned 21, I've really enjoyed everything wine-related! We have family friends in the business, and so I've been lucky to have lots of opportunities to experience wine and wine-making!

The wine that my young, untried taste-buds liked best was white zinfandel, and for all the flack that wine gets for its often-simple tastes and aromas, I stand by it as a great starter wine. It's not TOO sweet (like a dessert wine would be), and it hints as the complexities that people can learn to enjoy in other wines down the road.

My current top five varietals (this is a regular rotating list): Sauv Blanc, Viognier, Malbec, Zin (always!), and straight Cab Franc (there are some awesome single varietals of this out there!).



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Hello! I'm new. I really don't know any thing about wine but was told by doctor to drink a glass of wine with my dinner. I am 70 years young and up to this point a non drinker. has any one have suggestions of what kind of wine I should get? I am partial to sweet taste not overly sweet though. carolyn

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Oh dear... did I just kill the conversation?
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Hi - I'm also new in these parts. I think I'll have a lot to learn from this team! Azure, I agree with your comment about the vacuum cork. I have also found it helpful to keep a couple of empty half bottles on hand, so I'll decant half of a new bottle and seal it up for another day... when I can resist the temptation to just have one more glass.

I do the Trivia Questions sometimes and was shocked to learn that alcohol is metabolized differently than other food. It was sadly sobering. I agree, it's tough. Thank goodness wine is the most diet-friendly form of alcohol!

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Hi Anamia8!

Its tough - I have the same problem. I think its healthy to drink a small amount each evening. I try to keep it to one or two MOST days, and as long as you track the calories and stick to healthy eating and exercising the rest of the time, you should be able to still lose.

One thing I've done is get a vacuum "cork" that sucks the air out so I don't feel like I have to finish the bottle. So I try to have my 1-2 glasses and then seal it up for the next day.

Best,
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Hi all!

My name is Marie and I'm new to the Wine Lovers group! I'm also newly 21 (just turned last July) and I get my love of wine from my mother.

My favorites: Charles Shaw Merlot (we call it 2-buck chuck from Trader Joes. Its only 3 dollars a bottle but its delicious!) I also like Sutter Home Merlot and Luna di Luna Pinot Grigio.

So clearly, those are not fancy and expensive wines (what can i say? i'm a college student!)

The only problem I am running into is that I love wine so much, it's hard not to drink it every night or slow it down during the weekends when im out with my friends...

Does anyone have any tips for enjoying my favorite alcoholic beverage without it turning into a caloric disaster?

Thanks!

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I went to my first "Monday Night Wine School" class on the 1st (missed the first class on soft whites because I was traveling, but my husband caught me up).

We were reviewing dry whites, and they had some great wines, including a couple of Sauvignon Blanc, Albarino, and a couple different Chardonays. It was great, but I don't have my notes with me right now. I'll try to post tomorrow with which wines they were and how much I'd recommend them.

Have a great Wednesday everyone!

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Hey, the wine tasting was well done. Mostly value wines, but very well done. There was a nice assortment of hot and cold appetizers, plenty of cheese and crackers, a trubador for entertainment and about 8 tables, each offering about a dozen different wines. I sampled 24 different wines during the evening, the first six or seven where whites, then I sampled wine varietels (grapes) that I had never tasted before ((Negro Amaro, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Sinfonia Rosso, Soave, Vitiano, Nero d'Avola, Moscato, Trevviano and Giuggiolo) then on to some Cabernets. My favorites of the night where a 2007 Bogle Petite Sirah (I have this a home as a favorite also) at $11.99 per bottle and the Farnese Montepulciano d"Abruzzo from Italy at $9.99 per bottle. My wife liked the Round Barn Cranberry Wine and her sister prefered the Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt "RK" Riesliing at $13.99 per bottle.
I was able to sip and spit thru the first 18 or so tastings, then I sipped and drank the rest.
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Hey Denny! How was the wine tasting? It sounds like it was a great price for the variety!
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I am attending a wine tasting fund raiser for the local Kiwanis Club tonight. $30 entry per person entitles one to taste about 100 different wines. WOW!
They say you lose the ability to distinguish much after the first 10 tastings. We will see!
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Thanks for the welcome! I'll definitely share what I learn. Unfortunately I have to miss the first class which is Monday (2/22) because I'll be out of town, but my husband promises to bring back all the info. So the first class I'll actually be attending is March 1st. Should be fun!

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Welcome Azure! I agree with Denny. The wine school sounds intriguing. Please share what you can. Good luck reaching your goals!
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Hi Azure and welcome to SP and Wine Lovers!
That wine course sounds great. Please share some of your notes with us - there are many here that would appreciate a little more basic wine knowledge.
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Hi,

I've been on spark people about a week now. My goal is to get to my goal weight by my birthday in November and to meet a sub-goal by my son's wedding celebration in September.

I am marriend, work full time, and I'm working on an Executive MBA. I have 3 grown children and 2 grandsons. My second grandson was born this past Christmas Eve and I'm planning a visit later this month for my oldest grandson's 3rd birthday.

I love wine but I'm quite a novice. My husband and I are signed up for "Monday night wine school" through the local University. The class begins later this month. I'm really looking forward to learning more about wines.

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Shark. WOW!! a Silver Oak, I like your tastes! But boy what a price to pay... good thing it was Dutch!
I enjoyed a couple of glasses of Chateau St. Michelle Cab 06 for dinner tonight at Bonefish Grille here in Independence, Ohio, a SE suburb of Cleveland. I am here on some business with the Cleveland Clinic and decided to spend the night at my inlaws home in Parma.

I am also picking up some wine shipped to me c/o my inlaws because winelibrary.com will not ship direct to Michigan. I am picking up a six pack of an Italian Red blend: AGRICOLA PUNICA Isola dei Nuraghi Barrua 2004 Wine Spectator Score: 92
Release Price: $55 (my on-line price was $36.00)
Region: Sardinia
Tasting Notes by Wine Spectator Mag.:
Impressive aromas of ripe fruit and grilled meat follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Juicy and concentrated, yet balanced.
I am splitting the order with a golfing, wine-drinking friend back in Michigan.
Will let you know how it tastes to me a little later this year.
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The Lan reserve wine is one of the best bang for your buck Rioja's that you can get in the States. I live in Spain and despite having access to other great Rioja reserves at European prices (aka a lot less tax) Lan is persistently one of my faves.



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Denny,

Fresh back from the Robert Trent Jones Trail in Alabama -- had a chance to play there - Ross Bridge is a beauty.

Since this is the Wine Lovers team I will add that I tried a couple of marginal petite sirahs but my brother threw in a 2004 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet that was outstanding.

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Well, the Spanish make great Rioja's - and they are probably the most approachable for many Americans, so here is a great Rioja at a great price....

BODEGAS LAN
Rioja Reserva 2004

Score: 90
Release Price: $15
Region: Spain
Wine Spectator's Top 100 for 2008, Rank: 52

A silky texture carries expressive flavors of black plum, violet, licorice and smoke in this focused, balanced red. Has good intensity yet remains vibrant and accessible. Drink now through 2012. 50,000 cases made.

This should be available at most wine shops or grocery stores, - I last saw it at COSTCO!

Good hunting,
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dennyb-
My knowledge of Spanish wines is a weakness...most of what I have purchased was low end to go into Sangria!

I'm sure you can name a couple spicy reds that I will enjoy.

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DOOZE, What, no spicy reds from Spain?
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Porgy...what a great boss you have! A very nice bottle of wine to celebrate your birthday!

I too make my own wine. I stick to grapes though...mostly reds from CA, and usually a small batch or two of white for the hot summer days. I like to make what I drink, which is a eclectic variety of reds.

I like big Zins, like Norman Vineyards "The Monster" or "Mephistopheles". Besides the obvious Napa or Sonoma reds, I enjoy most reds from Paso Robles; Washington cabs and merlots; malbecs from Argentina; peppery syrahs (as opposed to jammy Aussie style shiraz); medium bodied Pinot Noir from Oregon or Washington.

Welcome to the group.


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I like your tastes in wine! Opus and Duckhorn are fantastic wineries...... alas, both are undergoing ownership changes and have recently slipped in the ratings wars. My first "great" bottle, the one that opened my eyes to the world of what wine could taste like, was a 96 Duckhorn Merlot served to me and my wife at Morton's in Orlando. WOW! We will always remember THAT bottle! The Coach Insignia Cab - do you mean the Fisher Coach Insignia? Yes that is a great wine. Or do you mean the Joseph Phelps Insignia? (Mostly cab, but a true Brodeaux style blend from Napa) The 2002 JPI was Wine Spectator's #1 wine of the year in 2005 - I was lucky enough to score two bottles at a $99 per bottle steal. Currently, the 06 vintage is selling for $169 at Costco. The twin 02's are still in my cellar, waiting for the right event. I have tasted the 02 a couple of times at restaurants and it is a dynamite wine - the only one of two that I have given ratings above 95 pts. The other? - an 02 Buccella Cab. You will never see Buccella in a wine shop or restaurant, all of the small winery's 400 to 600 case yearly production sells out on line through their wine club. You have to order a min. 3 bottles, for around $450 total... wine, custom wood box, shipping, tax. These are far too expensive for me to consider them as my "favorites" though. My top two are Caymus Cab and Reguscci Cab. - both Napa stars! A little pricey, but they will not break the bank at $65 and $45 respectively. Our "everyday" best wine includes Columbia Crest Grand Estates (Cab or Merlot)($8.99) and Boggle Vineyards Petite Sirah ($7.99). Both I look for at Costco!



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I have several favorites.

Duckhorn Estate (Cab is first choice, but they have a great Merlot as well); Opus ... my boss gives me a bottle for my birthday (and my birthday is Saturday
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I also like to try the organic and sulphide-free wines.

We have been making wines on a whim whenever we get a good batch of fruit for about 15 years. The last batch we named, "Jim's Boneyard Wine" made from blackberries picked in the family's graveyard. It turned out wonderful.

I am looking at making a white our of the bosc pears on one of our trees this fall.

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Welcome Porgy.
What are some of your favorite wines? What are you drinking now?
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Hi Porgy,
welcome!

I, too, have made my own wine though it was years ago and I was not brave enough to try making red. Might have to get back into it at one point, it was fun.

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Thanks Char ... I am looking forward to conversing with people who are not afraid to try something new or look down on me for enjoying something old.

Shoot, I even make my own when I have the time and right ingredients.

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Welcome, Porgy! You've come to the right place! This team offers up some great suggestions!
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Hey all ... I just joined you and am looking for some recommendations from those who love to imbibe the wonderful nectors this world has to offer. I have traveled the world and have found that we don't always have to leave home to find something special.

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Backed off wines for the most part this past week.
However, enjoyed an 05 Regusci Cab and an 04 Dariquish Cab last Friday with some friends out on the deck with steak and sea bass.
Take care,
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Thanks for the notes on that Dennyb. I have to admit, I am quite ignorant when it comes to the ratings and things. I have never paid much attention to them and don't really know what they mean. I also suck at picking out the underlying flavours, but I have fun trying. :)

The Antinori sold for about $48 in the liquor store here (Alberta, Canada) and was just as nice the second time around. I had opened it and then went away for a few days so I put one of those sealy top thingies on it and just finished it this past weekend. Leaving it to sit left it with almost a port taste...still very nice but I would have rather had the 'fresh' flavour, so to speak.

I buy in bulk a fair bit as well - most of the stores here will offer a discount on 6 or more bottles of the same. I just like what I like...if its an $8 bottle of Barefoot or an $80 bottle of something else...if it tastes good and I enjoy it, I'll buy it again!

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Started our weekend last night....with the best BBQ I've ever had! The boss hosted a bash at his house. Stuck to 3 (smoked all day) ribs & small piece of brisket (w/the most amazing homemade spicy BBQ sauce ever), small corn cob, salad, watermelon/cantelope, and one little chocolate chip cookie (skipped the yummy fruit pies...not my thing really). Kept the drinks to two and actually remained somewhat within my caloric range for the day. Started with a T&T, and guess what "Black Box Cab" with dinner. And that being served by a boss who is quite learned in wines, and loves sharing his better selections with friends on a smaller scale.

Off to get ready for a walk.....to keep last night's ribs from sticking on mine!

Have a great rest of the weekend. Cheers, T

My go-to wines are a spanish red (will remember the name later) and Root 1 Cab. They have never failed me. Always trying new selections, but if I want to serve something I know and like, those seem to be fairly stable and very drinkable for most pallets.

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I really do not have any solid "stand-bys" because the fact remains - what was an outstanding bottle from a winery one year turns out to be very weak the next. Wineries are at the mercy of too many variables that they can not control (weather), and, they are exposed to the "risk" of their harvest decisions. I rely upon various publications and local wine merchants to tell me what and when to buy. I have about 400 bottles of wine in my basement, stored in various methods (depending on value) so I do not have any urgency to go out and buy a bottle of wine - I wait for the right bottle at the right price, then buy in volume. Me and three of my friends have a little wine club that buys in volume, a case at a time at any one of three local wine shops - where we receive outstanding value. I rarely purchase a wine with a Wine Spectator rating of less then 88.
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Glad to see you are back, missed ya! Yep, this is THE place to get back in shape - I am on my third year of my one year plan! LOL!! Sure beats the alternative.

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I have not tired the Antinori you mentioned - but it is a great winery with outstanding products! Wine Spectator had these notes on your bottle:

2004 Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tenute Marchese (Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico)

Score: 89

Release Price: $35

Country: Italy

Region: Tuscany

Issue: Oct 15, 2008

Earthy aromas soon blow off to reveal a dense core of crushed black fruit, with hints of bitter herbs and clay. Full- to medium-bodied, with fine, fruit-coated tannins and a medium finish. Offers mature and fascinating Sangiovese character. Drink now. 30,000 cases made

The users at Cellar Tracker gave the bottle a community average rating of 91.2 with a tasting note by a user identified as "Yiannis" on 5/25/2009 & rated 89 points: Dark ruby-red. Sour cherry, black cherry, earth and sweet spices. Mid-full bodied, with very soft tannins, good fruit and balancing acidity. Velvety and elegant. Good finish. Nice to drink now. Perfectly paired with perche with tomato sauce, yellow peppers and mushrooms.

Looks like this bottle sells for about $30.00 in the store.

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Well, the Bolla of course.

I also like Banrock Station Shiraz and usually pick up some Jackson Triggs either Merlot or Cab-Sav just to have on hand.

I usually only buy white when we are having company that I know prefer it, since I rarely drink it. When I do buy white its usually Peller Estates Sauvignon Blanc.

I was in LA for work in April and stopped by Il Sole (lovely little place, highly recommend it if anyone is going) for supper one night - had an AMAZING bottle of Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico 2004 there - well worth the money! As luck would have it, I was able to find a store here that carries it as well, so I picked up another bottle..loved it just as much the second time around
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What are your stand by's?

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Hey all! Back in town to lose that which I have regained (since my success summer before last), and have found that the best place to do that....and still enjoy my wine....is right here at SP! Was reading your update DB...you're so inspirational, and wholly realistic at the same time.

Anyway, picked up a Castello Monaci Negroamaro 2006 from Salento on my way home from work (a major contributor to my gaining process since I started last Nov...and resultant lack of the former gym routine!). It is fairly tasty, though a little lighter than I prefer. Just trying something new.

Looking forward to chatting...hope you are well.

Cheers, T

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So Yagu, what are the two to three that you normally have on hand as your "regulars"?
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I often get wonderful wine ideas from this thread. I have compiled a great list I carry with me on my trips to my favorite wine shop! Have a great day everyone!
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Sounds like a lovely evening Dennis!

I'm going to have to start writing some of these names down and venture out a bit...I usually pick up the same 2 or 3 that I already know I love so it will be fun to try some new ones


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Enjoyed a bottle of 2006 Numanthia Termes Toro Termes last night with grilled pork chops and sweet potatoes out n the deck. Wine Spectator had it rated at 93 pts and I was able to pick it up for a little over $25 at my favorite wine shop. I highly recommend it - very dark eggplant-blueberry color, lots of dark berries and cherry fruit flavor with well integrated tannins and spice notes. Very long finish.
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Very relaxed night on a friend's patio. I brought over some fresh salmon and veggies to grill and he brought out 3 wines to share:
2006 Bodega Numanthia Termes Toro Valdefinjas (Spanish Red)
05 Celani Family Cab - $50 Napa Red
02 Château Larruau - Bordeaux

Glad I did not have far to drive home!
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Here is a unique wine -
Jul 10, 2009 DOMINIO DEL PLATA Syrah-Bonarda Mendoza Crios de Susana Balbo 2007 (88 points, $15)
Ripe, juicy and forward, with delicious plum, licorice snap and spice cake notes that ripple through the medium-weight finish. Drink now. 3,000 cases made.

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Jul 09, 2009 DOMAINE DE MOURCHON Côtes du Rhône 2008 (87 points, $10)
Fresh and juicy, with open-knit red cherry and currant fruit laced with hints of garrigue and tobacco. There's a nice chalky twinge on the finish. Drink now. 1,000 cases made.

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Here is a big tip
The 2006 Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta has just been released to distributors here in the US - It is expected to sell our very quickly! Why? Because the 2005 Clos Apalta was Wine Spectator Magazine's "WINE OF THE YEAR" last year.

Here are WS's tasting comments on the 05 Clos Apalta:
Gorgeous aromas of warm ganache and mocha lead to a rich, velvety palate loaded with currant, fig paste, black licorice, cassis bush and bramble notes. The long, juicy finish has great grip and density, with echoes of graphite, dark fruit and mineral. Should greatly reward cellaring. Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. 96 pts. - exceptional!
We expect the 06 to be very close in quality due to the fine growing and harvesting reports on 2006's crop.

Now the tough news - this wine is expected to sell for about $75.00 per bottle - less at case quanity purchases. But then, it is in a class all by itself! Try to find a bottle to buy - and enjoy a taste of the best in wine!

Good hunting!
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Wow, Denny, sounds like a great party! I spent the holiday in Chicago with a million other people! Always a good time in Chicago! Now it's back to the old grind...

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Pretty fantastic weekend - rounds of golf on Friday and Sunday and a big party on our deck Saturday - wife's birthday! Nine bottles bit the dust:
Columbia Crest Cab Reserve 2005 (2 bottles)
Caymus 2006
Vice Versa - Napa Cab 2005
Duckhorn Decoy - Napa Red Blend - 2003
Duckhorn - Paraduxx - Napa Zin Blend - 2004
Duckhorn - Paraduxx - Napa Zin Blend - 2005
Tisdale - Cab 2002 - 1/2 for the pasta sauce!
St. Francis Petite Sirah Zichichi Vineyard 2003
Note: there were g6 people drinking wine, three drinking margaritas and three drinking beer beer. The party started at 3:00 pm and we said goodbye to our last guests at midnight.
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For me, the weekend starts at 5:00 pm this afternoon!
Wooohpeeeee!
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couldn't get better

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July 4th - Red & White wines with clear blue skies!
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Trying to see if my son has plans and if not we will go visit him and there will be wine.

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6/29/09 6:52 P

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Thanks Dennis
Hey, 4th of July would not be a holiday without good friends & good wine...I'm ready for it...
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Congrats GOR!k

Hey, anybody have plans for this nice July 4th weekend? Does it involve wine?

My wife's birthday is July 4th (every year) and we celebrate it with fun, food, friends and wine on our deck. The weather forecast is promising for this Saturday, so... grease up the corkscrew - here we come!

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6/27/09 1:26 P

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THANKS..MNABOY
it feels so great to finally lose weight, i have been struggling for several years to shed this & it's HERE!!!!!!

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