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post #19696 of 20661
Opened one of the Christmas presents last night. This was stellar.
post #19697 of 20661
I have to say I've gone a bit Mantonian in the last several months in that I am really enjoying finding something I find drinkable for $10-15. Spain, Languedoc, and southern Rhone seem to be three areas and I've had luck lately with Washington.

Edit: Philosophical pet peeve: I think a 90 point wine is a 90 point wine no matter what the price is. I hate seeing people give a bottle of wine a 90 point in their tasting notes with the comment, "Such a QPR I gave it 90 points!"

No, it is what it is no matter the price.

This doesn't get into the whole scoring wine, etc. but just an observation/pet peeve.
post #19698 of 20661
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Philosophical pet peeve: I think a 90 point wine is a 90 point wine no matter what the price is. I hate seeing people give a bottle of wine a 90 point in their tasting notes with the comment, "Such a QPR I gave it 90 points!"

No, it is what it is no matter the price.

This doesn't get into the whole scoring wine, etc. but just an observation/pet peeve.

This is a problem with most rating systems, it cant factor in the QPR (or some do and some don't so it isnt evenly rated).

 

I'd be willing to buy a wine rated '85' for $10, but not for $30. But, I dont know if the rater (Cellartracker, WS, etc) rate vs their price point, or vs what a 90 should generally be.

post #19699 of 20661

My first foray into this thread on wine.  Wanted to share that I really only drink wine with my inlaws because they have both the time and resources to narrow down some good choices.  What I liked this past weekend was Dry Creek Zinfandel.  Had it with some smoked pork/ribs.  I cant remember what year it was.  I'm hoping it was the 2014 because its readily available.  

post #19700 of 20661
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

I have to say I've gone a bit Mantonian in the last several months in that I am really enjoying finding something I find drinkable for $10-15. Spain, Languedoc, and southern Rhone seem to be three areas and I've had luck lately with Washington.

Edit: Philosophical pet peeve: I think a 90 point wine is a 90 point wine no matter what the price is. I hate seeing people give a bottle of wine a 90 point in their tasting notes with the comment, "Such a QPR I gave it 90 points!"

No, it is what it is no matter the price.

This doesn't get into the whole scoring wine, etc. but just an observation/pet peeve.

I've scaled back on per-bottle spending as well. The dent it was making in my bank account wasn't equivalent to the "happiness" pricier bottles were bringing to my life. I still like the occasional $35+ bottle, but nowheres near the number I was getting this time a year or two ago. I've also learned that I don't know THAT much about wine, so I'm sure some of the more expensive bottles nuance was lost on me.
post #19701 of 20661
I always feel sorry for my Canadian brethren as I know the prices you pay.
post #19702 of 20661
Every weekend in Seattle would result in bringing back as much as I legally could. Prices have skyrocketed in the past year due to both the dollar and the new liquor laws. One of the reasons I'm "discovering" local wines, even though they've got up too.

Depending on the origin, a $10 bottle to you probably hovers around $25 here. it is what it is, I guess.
post #19703 of 20661
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I've scaled back on per-bottle spending as well. The dent it was making in my bank account wasn't equivalent to the "happiness" pricier bottles were bringing to my life. I still like the occasional $35+ bottle, but nowheres near the number I was getting this time a year or two ago. I've also learned that I don't know THAT much about wine, so I'm sure some of the more expensive bottles nuance was lost on me.

 

This. I don't see any good reason I'd go out and buy 30-40$+ bottles, as I'm pretty sure I wouldn't even be able to appreciate it's nuances. I'd rather exercise my palate on 15-25$ bottles first, acquire some basic knowledge and then, we'll see. And then, in Canada, it can get quite expensive to start a wine "collection", hence the reason many people buy and consume within 24-48 hours (according to a Quebec SAQ survey) - we do not buy to stock and age. We instead buy and drink au fur et à mesure.

 

 

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I always feel sorry for my Canadian brethren as I know the prices you pay.

 

I appreciate your sympathy! :butbut:

 

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Every weekend in Seattle would result in bringing back as much as I legally could. Prices have skyrocketed in the past year due to both the dollar and the new liquor laws. One of the reasons I'm "discovering" local wines, even though they've got up too.

Depending on the origin, a $10 bottle to you probably hovers around $25 here. it is what it is, I guess.

 

Sad, eh? 

post #19704 of 20661
I've been drinking lots of a $9.99/bottle Ribera del Duero that my girlfriend discovered at the PA wine store. I was skeptical (why would a decent Ribera del Duero be ten bucks?) but it turns out it's perfectly decent stuff.
post #19705 of 20661

GD Vajra on offer at Full Pull. I'm in.


Edited by venividivicibj - 2/8/16 at 2:18pm
post #19706 of 20661
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GD Vajra on offer at Full Pull. I'm in.

Which bottling?

(Apropos of your request for riesling recommendations last week, Vajra makes a really good one, strangely enough. Who knew there was riesling in the Langhe? It's a bit pricey, though.)
post #19707 of 20661

Dolcetto d'Alba

Barbera d'Alba

Nebbiolo Langhe

Barolo Bricco delle Viole

Moscato d'Asti

post #19708 of 20661
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GD Vajra on offer at Full Pull. I'm in.

I know next to nothing about Italian wine, so I kopped a couple bottles of each - not the Barolo though as it's a bit out of my price point for exploratory buys. Is Vajra a well-thought of producer?
post #19709 of 20661
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I know next to nothing about Italian wine, so I kopped a couple bottles of each - not the Barolo though as it's a bit out of my price point for exploratory buys. Is Vajra a well-thought of producer?

its known for being pretty good for it's price point.

 

http://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=110424&start=0

(its also in some other threads, but that is just one example)

post #19710 of 20661
Late to the Silver Oak discussion. Used to love it. Then didn't. Had a few bottles of the 2004 & 2005 Sonoma I thought were pretty good. Price differences aside I have always actually preferred their Sonoma over their Napa bottlings, so paying almost double for the Napa was out of the question. Visited their Sonoma winery last year. Tasted all of their current releases and a couple of libraries. Wasn't impressed.

I really want them to be good because it was a Silver Oak years ago that got me interested in big boy wines (at least at the time I thought of it as a big boy wine).
Edited by Mark from Plano - 2/9/16 at 2:21pm
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