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Thanks, I will check them out.
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S-Z Forte collection.

That doesn't seem to have the Bord and Chard listed though.
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Do some producers let the grapes ferment to the point of a low alcohol level and then remove the excess sugar? Is this possible? I tend to like wines that aren't very hot, but are still dry. Perhaps the sugar is just low and I perceive them as dry. I am sure it is different with each varietal as well.

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i don't know if there's a method to do this, but it may be a way of correcting a mistake. Else I'd just assume a producer would pick the grapes before they're too ripe, unless it's a style they're going for.

Wine makers in cool climates or those with underripe vintages will sometimes practice chaptalization, whereby they add sugar to the must to increase the % of alchohol. Conversely adding water to the must will decrease alcohol in hot years. Not sure there is any way to reduce sugar levels without reducing the alcohol however.
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there's nothing complex about enjoyment for enjoyment's sake.


if there's one region to kickstart the Italian wine fun, I'd suggest Piedmont. Huge variety of styles in both red and white, and fairly easy to understand and find at stores.


Not necessarily a place to start, but try Umbria. Much less stuff in stores from there but they are pretty interesting wines.

Also, Sicily has some good value.
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PB, I have had good luck with Schott Zweisel glasses. They are not unbreakable but they do break a lot less. I do wash them by hand, however. After a big party it can be a super pain in the ass but they are nice glasses and not that expensive.

They are good value glasses, I have a few.

Regarding Zalto, someone here recommended them, great rec, they are great glasses. Not cheap but hand blown.

Get used to hand washing. Its not that hard once you get in the habit.

A stupid ex girfriend once wouldnt listen and put my nice glasses in a DW and had 2 come out broken, response was 'oh you were right', only thing missing was the index finger on the chin when saying it.
post #15276 of 17485
Schott Zweisel are quite nice, and very sturdy. I bought some for my mother a few years ago, and they're all still intact.

I use Spiegelau, 8 each of white wine, bordeaux, and burg glasses. Inexpensive and nice. For Champs I swear by Riedel Vitis, which are expensive but beautiful.



The burg shaped glasses would be my preferred OneGlass.
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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post

Schott Zweisel are quite nice, and very sturdy. I bought some for my mother a few years ago, and they're all still intact.

I use Spiegelau, 8 each of white wine, bordeaux, and burg glasses. Inexpensive and nice. For Champs I swear by Riedel Vitis, which are expensive but beautiful.



The burg shaped glasses would be my preferred OneGlass.

I've had so many broken over the years that my mix and match set looks like a thrift store shelf.

Its cool, I tell everyone to pick a glass that suits them and it usually makes it more fun.
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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post

Schott Zweisel are quite nice, and very sturdy. I bought some for my mother a few years ago, and they're all still intact.

I use Spiegelau, 8 each of white wine, bordeaux, and burg glasses. Inexpensive and nice. For Champs I swear by Riedel Vitis, which are expensive but beautiful.



The burg shaped glasses would be my preferred OneGlass.

Yep, the Spiegelau ones are the ones I have now.
post #15279 of 17485
I have Spiegelau vinovino white wine glasses and Schott Zwiesel diva bordeaux glasses. All perfectly adequate, imo.
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yeah, I see no good reason to upgrade from my Spiegelau. Unless they all break at once and the sharts turn into cash.
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Oh Sagrantino... where HAVE you been all my life.

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Oh Sagrantino... where HAVE you been all my life.

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Its special wine, lovely mix of alpine spice and gaminess. Some of those Bea wines are lunar.
post #15283 of 17485
Had an Opolo Viognier with roast chicken. Was not bad.
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Opolo's Viognier is usually consistent and pretty good. They sell a shit-load of their fruit-bomb zins which I don't care for.
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Opolo's Viognier is usually consistent and pretty good. They sell a shit-load of their fruit-bomb zins which I don't care for.

Have you been to the winery? It's pretty cool there. Can't wait to head back this year.
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