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The Official Wine Thread

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

  1. PandArts

    PandArts Distinguished Member

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    Ran over to JG on my lunch break to help move some stuff and the owner tossed this little bottle my way. 2004 Gouguenheim Winery Invierno | Cabernet Sauvignon, Valle Escondido

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    Will probably pop 'er cork tomorrow night or Saturday so pics and notes to come.


    Oh, and as a side note I will be getting in the near future some real glasses, which my boss said he'd sell me at cost....Riedel IIRC...I love them...we use them in the shop.
     


  2. gomestar

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    Oh, and as a side note I will be getting in the near future some real glasses, which my boss said he'd sell me at cost....Riedel IIRC...I love them...we use them in the shop.


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  3. PandArts

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    I LOLed with that!!!!
     


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    gomestar Super Yelper

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    I'm ordering some new Spiegleau. I actually went to order them today with my CC rewards points only to find out that I'm literally $1.77 in points short. Now I have to wait all the way until next month to get the next points dump to buy them. Pain in the ass.
     


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    The past posts beg the question....How important do you feel stemware is to the enjoyment of good wine? Personally, I always try to use some good quality stemware when enjoying a bottle of wine, but I'm honestly not sure how it affects the experience. Right now I'm using these for red and white.

    So I ask...Is fine stemware a necessity when enjoying wine or strictly novelty items? I'm somewhere in the middle...
     


  6. Mauro

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    ^^ John you know the answer to that. I think it's important when you are drinking better wines.
    For table wine and such I think any glass will do.
    what do you think honestly?
     


  7. gomestar

    gomestar Super Yelper

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    The past posts beg the question....How important do you feel stemware is to the enjoyment of good wine? Personally, I always try to use some good quality stemware when enjoying a bottle of wine, but I'm honestly not sure how it affects the experience. Right now I'm using these for red and white.

    So I ask...Is fine stemware a necessity when enjoying wine or strictly novelty items? I'm somewhere in the middle...


    I do not think it is strictly a novelty item, not at all. In fact, the type of glass can have a big impact on both the smell and flavor of a wine. I have done side by side comparisons with different glasses and there was an undenyable difference in how the wine is perceived.

    But, similar to what you point out, there is a line to be drawn. I don't see the need to have a set of glass for Bordeaux, a set for Syrah, a set for Nebbiolo, a set for Pinot Noir, a set for Chardonnay, a set for Sancerre, and on and on. I am settling on a set that will be used for red wine (the Spiegelau Vino Grande Bordeaux series) and a set for white wine (the set I have was 4 for $10 a Pier 1).

    I don't think there would be an exceptional difference between your glasses and my glasses for a white wine. I do, however, think we would notice a contrast between your glasses and PandArt's old ice cream goblets. But in the end, glasses are just one of dozens of things that effect how we perceive wine. A $125 Riedel Sommelier line is going to have just as much trouble extracting that bouquet from a Montrachet that is chilled to 38 degrees F.
     


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    ^^ John you know the answer to that. I think it's important when you are drinking better wines.
    For table wine and such I think any glass will do.
    what do you think honestly?


    You know I do, but I enjoy engaging discussions about anything wine really.
     


  9. gomestar

    gomestar Super Yelper

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    You know I do, but I enjoy engaging discussions about anything wine really.

    Screwcaps. Discuss...
     


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    "This wine is corked..."

    "It's a screwtop sir."

    Well, the wine industry has grown exponentially over the years and and from what I understand a cork from a cork tree can only be harvested once every ten years. I have also heard that the wine industry only uses something like 20% of harvested cork which would be a great strain supply of cork.

    In regards to "corked" bottles of wine- I can count on my hands the amount of spoiled bottles I have opened over the past few years, and I have opened A LOT of wine (Probably north of 1,000 bottles). Needless to say, I don't buy the argument that screw tops are a necessity.
     


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    I'm pro-screwcaps too.
     


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    HEY! I like my ice cream gobblet!!! [​IMG]
     


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    HEY! I like my ice cream gobblet!!! [​IMG]

    "I get a hint of mint chocolate chip on the nose"
     


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    Rainbow sprinkles and gummy bears. Interesting...
     


  15. PandArts

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    "I get a hint of mint chocolate chip on the nose"


    [​IMG]


    But you KNOW I'm snaggin' some of them Riedels just as soon as I got the extra cash!!!
     


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