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post #16 of 23
i just started growing my own grapes. i just planted em this season. i have about 30 vines. i like reds so i planted pinot noir, merlot, and cab franc. we shall see what comes of them next season when there ready to make wine. i hate when i see people growing wine that they dont even like, well not commercial vinyards but small growers. taste a bunch of different wines and buy what you like. if your looking to make wine an investment go with a commercial vinyard.
post #17 of 23
Read "wine for dummies". It is accessible and unpretentious. Good for beginners.
post #18 of 23
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I don't think the US (well at least Napa Valley) does make wines in a similar style to Europe, they are catering to the US market and generally making wines that are ready to drink sooner (especially Pinot/Cabs) and in my opinion, wines are getting more diverse in style, not less.  There has been a lot of debate about Mondovino, and many people have pointed out that the director has a definite agenda. These threads are interesting reads, re: Mondovino http://fora.erobertparker.com/ubb....#000000 http://fora.erobertparker.com/ubb/ul...c/1/54628.html
I have a headache, after reading some of the posts on parker's site. The discussion about terroir got truly ridiculous. I thought these were wine "experts". FYI: the film didn't get the best of reviews in France. Perhaps a tad too manichean. About "wines that are ready to drink sooner", I heard, and it may be a myth, that a certain substance is added to the wine to make it so. Have you heard anything about it?
post #19 of 23
Generally in order to make wines more accessible, the differences are in the amount of tannins (thus skins) used in the mix, as well as some other differences such as the concentration of fruit, and generally not by adding a chemical, as for the most part, higher end wineries are going to try to make their wines both accessible at a young age, AND have good aging potential, but early accessibility is beginning to be extremely important even in the top tier.
post #20 of 23
There are definitely some ideological splits going on right now. Parker is amazingly powerful in the industry, and while he has as much integrity as anyone, his judgment is far from infallible. His team really don't seem to understand Burgundy at all, and he and Clive Coates have been in a peeing match about whether some of the new Bordeaux producers are any good. We'll know in 10 years who was right about Chateau Pavie. Wine Spectator is good in a daily-newspaper sort of way. Articles tend to direct your attention to what you should be thinking and talking about, and ratings, while not really helpful, aren't generally stupid, either. Your best bet with all of this is to find a good store (of course, you have to know how to recognize that), and sample. When I wanted to start learning Burgundy, I found one store in Boston and especially one in NYC that had good collections, and got a mixed case. I opened everything over a course of weeks, called back, told them what I liked and why. Then we cycled through again. When a couple of good vintages came around, I felt a little better informed, and bought in more quantity. Do the same for regions. Try California /Australian /French/ New York cabernets to see what you like, if anything. Maybe aspects of a style will hit you, and if you have a good sales person, they can find you more like it. Do some reading to get a sense of what you MIGHT want to look for (do you prefer Chardonnays with a lot, a little, or no oak), but also taste without prejudice. Be aware that irrespective of Parker's opinion that a certain wine may be enjoyable upon release, many of the best wines don't do what they are supposed to do for 5-15 or more years after the vintage. Buy a few older bottles at auction to see what mature Bordeaux is like vs. the stuff in stores. The Wall Street Journal has a good column on Fridays that has the right attitude--- even if it is a little light on detailed content. Another source for opinions from someone who tastes in the right way: www.yakshaya.com Good primer on Burgundy regions, and a lot more background in the write-ups. If you want capsule Parker reviews on a lot of fine wine, try the auctions at The Chicago Wine Company (www.tcwc.com). If nothing else, you'll learn a lot about what drives prices in this country. Stay open-minded, but respect authority. If someone you trust says "try this," then try it. And if it seems weird at first, ask questions and stay with it. You never know.
post #21 of 23
Yeah, I'd say Burghound would be certainly the best when it comes to to Burgundy, Parker's knowledge is mostly in Rhones, Bdx, American, Aussie and other wines of the world.
post #22 of 23
A pity that The Vine is shutting down.
post #23 of 23
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So i've recently started to get into wine with my 21st birthday approaching.  Only thing is i don't know to much right now and was hoping someone could recommend either websites (looking for investment pieces as well), books, or any other information so i can learn more about wine and about using wine as an investment.
Come down to Wilmington. Mrs. Cuffthis and I will show you all about wine. Best way to learn is to try the same grape but from different regions. Try only one grape, not blends. For instance, if you start with a white grape such as Sauvignon Blanc. Try an outrageously fragrant one from New Zealand, a minerally cat's pee one from Sancerre and a moderately oaked one from California. Open all 3 at one time with friends. Try them with and without food. Best way to learn.
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