The Official Wine Thread

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by audiophilia, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. erictheobscure

    erictheobscure Senior member

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    I enjoy:
    - Ferrari Brut (vintage or NV)
    - Gramona cava (ditto)
    - two of the bargain basement champagnes often sold on wtso.com, if you happen to use that site (Baron Albert and Philippe PriƩ--neither will blow your mind or anything, but they're around $20 a bottle with free shipping, and they're pretty damned good for that price)

    And I guess there's always this option if things get really dire:
     
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    dwlbu Senior member

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    That's kinda what I figured - good to know
     
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    djblisk Senior member

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    I'm going to Italy in 2 weeks. Anything I should be looking for of value to drink? i.e. the vajra borolo stuff etc...
     
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    Principle Senior member

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    IMG_5469.JPG i hate buying wine after a few drinks
     
  6. venividivicibj

    venividivicibj Senior member

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    In Paso this weekend, forgot to take pics yesterday, doing some personal tours this weekend, will do a quick write up in a day or so.
     
  7. venividivicibj

    venividivicibj Senior member

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    Check wineberserkers and search 'Italy trip', 'visiting Italy', something like that. I'm sure someone has asked for advice, and there are also people who have write ups about trips they've done/what was good and what could have gone better
     
  8. venividivicibj

    venividivicibj Senior member

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    Surprise of the Paso trip was Clos Selene - had never heard of it prior to this weekend, but was probably the most impressive tasting. This was their last day in Tin City (as they are moving into their own estate in a month or so). Wines are fruit forward, but balanced and not over extracted. Winemaker is from Languedoc and used to be winemaker at L'Aventure. Wines are almost exclusively sold through their wine club. Pricey.

    Picpoul becoming much more popular. Last year it was only at Tablas Creek, this year I saw it on at least 3-4 tasting menus.

    Lone Madrone was kind of disappointing. Considering the winemaker is the same as at Tablas Creek, I expected more? Lone Madrone seems to be very experimental (not necessarily bad) and some of the unique blends didn't really seem to work for me. (not saying poorly made, just not my taste)

    Terry Hoage - well made, tasting the 100% syrahs from 2014 vintage is a bit rough... will be good in 5-10 years but now not really pleasurable.
     
  9. dwlbu

    dwlbu Senior member

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    How do you feel the Paso Robles Rhone varietals compare to those of Washington? I'm loving the quality of the stuff I get from Full Pull and the prices are still reasonable (also easier to access via Full Pull).
     
  10. venividivicibj

    venividivicibj Senior member

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    It's such a wide variety of wineries that it's hard to compare. I do feel that Washington may have a QPR advantage due to it being a bit less well known. Washington also tends to be less full throttle/fruit forward than the typical Paso wines
     
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    krakatoa Well-Known Member

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    Any feedback on Armenian and Georgian (esp Mukuzani) dry reds? In Georgia, I understand Chateau Mukhrani is well-regarded by locals. I'll be travelling to the Caucusus shortly and will post my own impressions.
     
  13. venividivicibj

    venividivicibj Senior member

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    Very St. Joseph-like and quite approachable with some air.
     
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