The Official Wine Thread

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

  1. Radagast

    Radagast Senior member

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  2. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Question. Sorry if this has been touched on already.

    I purchased a bottle of wine a couple weeks back and when I opened it the other night it had clearly gone bad.

    Does one typically swallow the cost on this or do you take it back to the wine seller? At $35 for the bottle the cost didn't sting much but if this starts happening regularly it will add up.


    Take it back. It's a good way to judge if this is a good vendor or not.
     


  3. fritzl

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    Take it back. It's a good way to judge if this is a good vendor or not.

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  4. audiophilia

    audiophilia Senior member

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    Nice daily drinker Vacq. Nothing special, but got better with a two hour decant. $18.

    [​IMG]
     


  5. gomestar

    gomestar Super Yelper

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    Just for gomey. Took a break on Friday afternoon to go to a quick, in store tasting. Tried this, liked it, bought a bottle: 2008 Conti di Buscareto Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi. Crisp, some floral notes, got a little pencil lead.

    Nice, this has my approval. I like the Verdicchios and buy them relatively frequently. Great values IMO.


    I had some solid wines at dinner Friday, I'll post some details shortly.
     


  6. coolpapa

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    While watching the Saints on MNF: 90 Pol Roger Winston Churchill. It's hard to beat aged vintage bubbly.
     


  7. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Lifestyle change - no homo

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    Opened up a bottle of 2000 Palomero Ribera del Duero. This is the 2nd of 2 bottles of this I picked up on WTSO earlier in the year. Very big and perfumy red. Lots of spice and black fruit. This bottle seemed better than I remember the first one being. Not sure if its worth the full $75 I've seen it for in the stores, but for the $44 off WTSO it was really good.
     


  8. whnay.

    whnay. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    While watching the Saints on MNF: 90 Pol Roger Winston Churchill. It's hard to beat aged vintage bubbly.

    Wow! Thats some good juice.
     


  9. coolpapa

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    Wow! Thats some good juice.
    Well, it's also my birthday. [​IMG]
     


  10. gomestar

    gomestar Super Yelper

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    last night I was with some friends so we decided to go to Daniel for some snacks. So we did, and added some Rose champagne to the mix (for the life of me I don't remember what it was). Part of the way through DB joined us at our table, more food came ... and I missed my gym appointment this morning.
     


  11. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Lifestyle change - no homo

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    Went to a wine dinner last night at Mi Piaci in Dallas, co-sponsored by Candoni wines. They had a delightful young lady from the Candoni family there representing the winery and telling us about the various wine pairings. You've probably seen their wines in the stores, they have the Etruscan style paintings on the bottles. The young lady told us that her mother does all the paintings that they use on the labels.

    The menu and pairings are below. Obviously all wines are from Candoni, did not get the vintages on the vintage wines...sorry.

    Apertivo: Passed Canapes consisting of Arancini, Warm brie and roasted pear crostinis, and truffled wild mushroom tarlets (AWESOME!). Pairing: Prosecco

    Antipasto: Torta alla Granchio (marinated crab cakes on wilted spinach with red pepper aoli). Pairing: Pinot Grigio

    Primo: Gimelli con Salsiccia y Finocchio (wrapped pasta with sweet house made Italian sausage, wild mushrooms and toasted fennel corn). Pairing: Chianti

    Secondo: Filetto al Forno (Roasted filet of beef in red wine reduction with fingerling potatoes). Pairing: Merlot

    Formaggio: Assortment of cheeses and dried fruits. Pairing: Moscato di Italia.

    Impressions: I didn't take detailed notes or anything, so these are just my general impressions on the wines. For both my date and I the highlights of the night were the Prosecco and the Chianti. Those were really the only wines that we had that I would seek out from this producer, and I believe that those would generally be considered their specialties. The Prosecco was really nice. It was probably my favorite wine of the night. The Chianti was fragrant and interesting. Very well balanced and was a good complement to the pasta course.

    The Merlot and the Pinot Grigio could best be described as non-descript. This was particularly disappointing with the Merlot given that the beef course was so incredible that I was really begging for a better pairing. In the end, I actually got a refill of the Chianti and didn't really finish my Merlot. The PG, I can't even tell you anything about. It was that forgettable.

    The Moscato I really tried to like. In the end though it was just too cloying for my tastes. I like a lighter style Moscato and this was not that. The blue cheese pairing helped a bit, but it was still just too overpowering to be enjoyable. The winery rep mentioned that this was their first effort sourcing the Muscato grapes for this. It needs more work.

    In the end, the wines were probably what you might expect from a winery producing wines at this price point. Given my expectations though I was happy to be so impressed by at least a couple of them. I will definitely seek out the Prosecco and the Chianti again.
     


  12. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    last night I was with some friends so we decided to go to Daniel for some snacks. So we did, and added some Rose champagne to the mix (for the life of me I don't remember what it was). Part of the way through DB joined us at our table, more food came ... and I missed my gym appointment this morning.

    [​IMG]
     


  13. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Nice write up, Mark. Sounds like a good b-day dinner.
     


  14. gomestar

    gomestar Super Yelper

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    oh, and I have a pass to see a demonstration by Adrian Adria this evening, but I'll probably be stuck in the office for most of the night [​IMG]

    Nice dinner, Mark, looks fun. And your PG experience pretty much reflects my impressions. I don't think I've bought one in years.
     


  15. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    oh, and I have a pass to see a demonstration by Adrian Adria this evening, but I'll probably be stuck in the office for most of the night [​IMG]

    Nice dinner, Mark, looks fun. And your PG experience pretty much reflects my impressions. I don't think I've bought one in years.


    Give pass to me, problem solved.
     


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