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post #1 of 18
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So I don't know much about wine. My friends invited me to a little party Thursday. We will be drinking wine then heading to Screen on the Green (they show a movie at the park) where we will drink more wine.

I'm kind of trying to impress someone there and I remember (I think) reading cava is good in the summer so I figured start with that then get something for the park. What would you recommend for both? Would like one for pre-movie then one at park. $75ish total budget.
post #2 of 18
I had teh stag's leap artemis the other day. That was really really good.

I think somebody mentioned this in the wine thread, but WTSO has a sale on 1997 burgess. You could buy 4, get free shipping, and send one to me.
post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by indesertum View Post
I had teh stag's leap artemis the other day. That was really really good.

I think somebody mentioned this in the wine thread, but WTSO has a sale on 1997 burgess. You could buy 4, get free shipping, and send one to me.

Way too much for me in that threak. The thing is Thursday, plus I think GA is one of the few states that don't allow alcohol delivery. Will check out Stag's Leap though.
post #4 of 18
Hot down there in Georgia?

I'd go for some refreshing summery wines like Gruner Veltliner (only from Austria), Sauvignon or Chenin Blanc (preferably French, Loire Valley or Bordeaux), Riesling for something with a bit more residual sugar (Germany or Alsace). Very good deals can be found on Gruner and Chenin.

And perhaps a refreshing rose, but there are so many insipid ones that I'd take a bit of care with that. My favorites, the decidely non insipid R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja rosados, are admittedly not to everyone's taste. You could probably find a Muga Rioja rosado from Spain that'd work well for most palates. I had a Nebbiolo based rosato last week that was very nice - Proprieta Sperina, I think it was, probably 2009. A Spanish cava (or any decent sparkling wine) would probably suit you well.
post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by Ricardo Malocchio View Post
Hot down there in Georgia?

I'd go for some refreshing summery wines like Gruner Veltliner (only from Austria), Sauvignon or Chenin Blanc (preferably French, Loire Valley or Bordeaux), Riesling for something with a bit more residual sugar (Germany or Alsace). Very good deals can be found on Gruner and Chenin.

And perhaps a refreshing rose, but there are so many insipid ones that I'd take a bit of care with that. My favorites, the decidely non insipid R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja rosados, are admittedly not to everyone's taste. You could probably find a Muga Rioja rosado from Spain that'd work well for most palates. I had a Nebbiolo based rosato last week that was very nice - Proprieta Sperina, I think it was, probably 2009. A Spanish cava (or any decent sparkling wine) would probably suit you well.

Is the Pope Catholic?

Thanks for all that. Will take a look at ye olde wine shoppe tomorrow for some of those!
post #6 of 18
If you can get a nice ice wine from Niagara region, it would be perfect for a hot day.
post #7 of 18
Given a budget of $75 for two bottles, I would recommend a German Riesling or Riesling Kabinet and a "real french" Champagne. Maybe even a Rose Champagne if you are trying to impress a lady. Both wines have broad appeal to people who don't drink wine all the time and go well with hot weather. The only challenge would be to keep them chilled.
post #8 of 18
I'd do Champagne myself, maybe two bottles of Charles Heidsieck. No need for anything more. For still white wines, Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume are my personal favorites in the price range, but a great Chablis is always nice.
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by edinatlanta View Post
I'm kind of trying to impress someone there and I remember (I think) reading cava is good in the summer so I figured start with that then get something for the park. What would you recommend for both? Would like one for pre-movie then one at park. $75ish total budget.

Cava is good and rather inexpensive. Could get 4 nice bottles for budget.

Or, alternatively, Cipriani Prosecco. I don't know how much it is, but some friends brought it to a party recently and it was a tremendous hit.
post #10 of 18
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So I stopped at the package store near my parents' house (before the long string of recommendations) and picked up: a McManis viognier 2008 that had a 94 rating and was also like 10 bucks and a Berger gruner veltliner 2008. I hope these will be good. May pick up another bottle of one of the recommended wines, if time permits, when I drive past the nicer package store.
post #11 of 18
Viognier is usually a pretty easy drinking wine and approachable by most people.
post #12 of 18
Gruner is excellent, especially in hot weather. One of my favorites, especially from Austria. Viognier is a fickle grape, too often vibrant on the nose but dead on the palate. The exceptions are superb but they usually don't come cheap.
post #13 of 18
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Gruner is excellent, especially in hot weather. One of my favorites, especially from Austria. Viognier is a fickle grape, too often vibrant on the nose but dead on the palate. The exceptions are superb but they usually don't come cheap.

It took us a long time to find a drinkable Viognier (Novy Family by Siduri) but the general drinking public seems to really like it as a grape.
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post
Gruner is excellent, especially in hot weather. One of my favorites, especially from Austria. Viognier is a fickle grape, too often vibrant on the nose but dead on the palate. The exceptions are superb but they usually don't come cheap.

Have you tried some of the Viogniers from Paso Robles? The Viogniers I've tried from wineries like Tobin James seem to be pretty vibrant on the palette, actually.
post #15 of 18
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Have you tried some of the Viogniers from Paso Robles? The Viogniers I've tried from wineries like Tobin James seem to be pretty vibrant on the palette, actually.

Yes to a bunch of California, but I couldn't tell you if it was Paso Robles specific. None in recent memory anyways. It's harder to find a lot of that stuff in the east coast stores and in a restaurant I'm putting my money in France (AOC Condrieu)
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