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That Occhipinti is glorious - like a luscious Morgon. I'd agree on the smoky note. Her SP68 is nice too and without the smoky note although not as complex as the straight Frappato. Piob - that Argiolas is a great bargain - I hope the Mrs likes it. Mine does.
Sicily is a good comparator for the reds - they call Grenache 'Cannonau' which is the dominant red. Give a producer like Argiolas a try - reasonably priced, carefully made, indicative of the local style which tends to be a bit voluptuous and forward which you'd expect given the heat.
08 is my go-to year for Bachelet.
I got some D'Angerville Clos des Ducs 2004 last year on deep discount - the ones I've tried have been wonderful despite the fact that the vintage is supposed to suck balls. The top producer advice is key, I guess.To Gome, I had an '05 Chambolle Chames from Dominique Laurent earlier this year and it was a bitch - tough as nails and mouth-puckeringly tannic. I've not bothered to buy any 05's - perhaps I'll be kicking myself in a decade but so be it.
Do a wine-searcher on Pavelot as a good exemplar of Savigny. I wouldn't worry too much about young vs. mature wines - keep trying what you can; if you like one a lot, buy a few bottles to hold on to and before too long you'll be complaining about running out of room and having to rent off-site storage... There are lots of approachable 08 09 and 10s right now. Pick a good producer and experiment with their Villages wines as you've done with Lafarge. That strategy won't...
I like Lafarge but they're a polarizing producer for sure - my wife finds them too tannic, particularly the Caillerets. Haven't had any '09 Volnay yet but most of the Savigny les Beaunes '09s have been pretty seductive. Definitely a big vintage for Nuits.
I'd echo the suggestion for Shiro's as well as Cafe Campagne. Tom Douglas' places are good too - Etta's is right at Pike Place. Canon is extraordinary for bourbon, cocktails and the small plates are pretty nice too. We ate well at Sitka & Spruce as well as at Walrus & the Carpenter. Both do seafood with great respect. WIld Ginger is a good restaurant if you like Asian food, but the best part of that place is the wine list - ask for the big book which has an incredible...
I was there a couple of weeks ago and ate very well at: Joe Beef; Au Pied de Cochon; Europea; Club Chasse et Peche; Garde Manger; and, Liverpool House. Joe Beef was the most fun, had the best food and best wine list in my opinion. Au Pied de Cochon pretty much requires coronary bypass surgery following the meal - if you go you probably want to skip lunch that day.
The WSET courses look pretty good on paper and at least where I live, the people doing the teaching are well regarded and/or hold an MW. The French Wine Scholar program also looks interesting but I think you'd want to make sure that the focus is on tasting and not just the geography/geology/history components. I thought the MS was mostly geared for industry people.
Hmm ... $20 CAN is hard to do for something quality only because provincial markups can be over 100%. You're in BC right? These two are earthy and good:2009 Cotes du Rhone cuvee Kermit Lynch is $22.97 when bought by the case - any store can bring it in for you... the SKU is 840967Rooftop cellars has 1998 Ch. Vieux Cassan for $21.00 when bought by the case ... the SKU is 57638
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