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Not a single Finger Lakes distributor in the Twin Cities that I know of beyond the big name Riesling iirc.
post #18032 of 18038
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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post

that's one of the more well known names, and thus easier to find, but I'm all for the smaller producers too.

the toughest thing the Finger Lakes wines have to deal with is basically availability. Supply even in NYC is quite limited, and forget about the West coast.

No joke. The largest selection of NY wines (and liquors) I have seen is the Taste NY store in the Delta terminal at LGA.

What wines do you normally by at BQE? I go there sometimes for liquor and never really look at the wines. That store has great prices but feel as though it is straight outta Eastern Promises.
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They are very nice people. I saw thee two hoodlums start with them once and it got ugly, that's all I will say. I always find great value bords, and random Italian reds. They have great under $15 wines.
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Not a single Finger Lakes distributor in the Twin Cities that I know of beyond the big name Riesling iirc.
shame, though if there's some Dr. Frank or some Wiemer, pick it up. Great stuff.

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What wines do you normally by at BQE? I go there sometimes for liquor and never really look at the wines. That store has great prices but feel as though it is straight outta Eastern Promises.

are you in the 'hood?

IMO, it's good for 2 types of wines: cheap no-namers from places like bordeaux barbera that you drop $8-10 bottle on and cross your fingers, and then some big-namers that are usually marked way up in the general NYC market (think Mondavi Napa, or Le Volte from Ornellaia).

some quick looks: Ornellaia Le Volte for $19.98 vs. $23.98 at Wine Library (lets be real, W-L usually prices things extremely well) or vs. $23 at Zachy's

Louis Martini cab: $10.98 vs. $14.99 at BevMo and W-L.



edit: I'll just wait here before Manton comes in all "well I can get Le Volte a dollar cheaper at my usual place, so shove it"
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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post

shame, though if there's some Dr. Frank or some Wiemer, pick it up. Great stuff.
are you in the 'hood?

IMO, it's good for 2 types of wines: cheap no-namers from places like bordeaux barbera that you drop $8-10 bottle on and cross your fingers, and then some big-namers that are usually marked way up in the general NYC market (think Mondavi Napa, or Le Volte from Ornellaia).

some quick looks: Ornellaia Le Volte for $19.98 vs. $23.98 at Wine Library (lets be real, W-L usually prices things extremely well) or vs. $23 at Zachy's

Louis Martini cab: $10.98 vs. $14.99 at BevMo and W-L.



edit: I'll just wait here before Manton comes in all "well I can get Le Volte a dollar cheaper at my usual place, so shove it"

Thanks. I looked at their wine section on the website and the Ornellaia listing caught my eye. MIght have to try that next time I am there. I've bought from WL a handful of times but they cannot ship to NY anymore. PJ Wine has been good to me for competitive prices on Bojo, Loire, and Burgs but requires a long ride on the subway if I want to pick up. BQE might fill the daily drinker and or party wine needs.
post #18036 of 18038
must try BQE.
the wine shop beside Costco brooklyn has some decent prices, although limited selection.
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Feel free to mock, but we just finished a bottle of Casa del Bosque Cabernet Sauvignon. Clearly, this is my new best $13 cab -- so this post is probably only useful to the guy who wanted to upgrade from two buck chuck. I've been largely drinking easy Italian reds (Montepulciano, Chianti, Barbaresco, etc), Rhones, and the occasional CdP since I know I can get these for reasonable prices at good quality, but none of these wines replicate the massive presence of (even cheap) Cabby Sauv. It is far better than the Concha y Toro's Castilliero del Diablo version (which used to be quite good). I miss Bordeaux, dammit. I have some very decent bottles aging, but they need a few years yet and sadly I am not restocking.

 

Also, I was out at a business dinner not long ago, and our hosts ordered a brace of Vieux Telegraphe, and I was like, fuck, that was the wine I had for my graduation and this guy just casually ordered some with dinner (well, mine were '96s that I'd aged for a decade along with a '90 des Fargues for dessert).

 

Oh, how long should I hang on to my '07 Boisson-Renard? I really, really, really want to drink it, but then of course I shall no longer have it. But I'll have to drink it at some point and want it to be the right time.

 

~ H

Hunt...,

 

Based on your comments, I just purchased 6 bottles of Casas Del Bosque 2012 cabernet.  It took me a while to find it.  I will report back after I finish a bottle of Bordeaux I just opened.  I paid $17, but it was a special order from a small local wine shop.  It could be my next daily drinker.

 

Cheers

post #18038 of 18038
Had a few wines worth mentioning last night. Had a CdP from Domaine Cristia. About $35 retail and really a nice CdP if you like them heavy on the Grenache. Had a Syrah from Lewis in Napa, the "Ethan's" bottling. Fruit driven with oak but not over the top with either. Make no mistake, no one is going to confuse this for a French expression, but there's some pencil lead and mushroom to balance the fruit. Last to mention is a blend my friend made out of Dutton Goldfield Pinot. He visited and spent a couple of days with the wine maker, tasting and picking barrels from various vineyards, and created his own cuvee. Really a nicely done job and a great example of RRV Pinot.
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