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The Official Wine Thread

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

  1. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    Uh-hum. Isn't vermouth wine based? [​IMG]

    So is cognac but I don't want to read that crap in this thread either!
     


  2. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    So is cognac but I don't want to read that crap in this thread either!

    H8'ers gonna h8.
     


  3. Johnny_5

    Johnny_5 Distinguished Member

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    Matt,

    I don't like Italian wine either, as a general rule


    I dont get it.
     


  4. Huntsman

    Huntsman Distinguished Member

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    Guess I was fixating on your Vya rec I didn't notice the other. [​IMG]
    Hunts' House of Vermouth: French Dry: Vya (vegtal, bitter, savory), Dolin (green and herbal but lush instead of violent) Italian/Sweet: Vya (spicey and a little winey), Carpano (citrus, vanilla ans spice against a really woody and earthy backbone) Blanc: Dolin (bright! fresh and Spring-like. Sweet) Lillet (supple and honey-like)
    Get this shit out of the wine threak. [​IMG]
    Dude. You been drinkin' haterade? Much closer to wine than Cognac, geez. Used to be, when a guy had a good night, all was right with the world, your fellow man was your friend, and vermouth was wine once again. Ah, kids these days. [​IMG] ~H
     


  5. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    If you can't beat em, join em: Any of you gents tried the new Noilly Prat?


    Anyway, just got back from Wine Discount Center. Note to any Chicagoans--- if you find yourself near a WDC location, make sure to stop by. Good prices, pretty nice selection, great staff. Picked up a half bottle of Gaston Chiquet, a 2006 Burgress Napa Cab, and a 2006 Marsannay from Regis Bouvier all for $70.
     


  6. Huntsman

    Huntsman Distinguished Member

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    Ah, the old Noilly-Pratt? (they reverted to an older recipe). No, I haven't. I am content in my world of vermouth.
     


  7. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Tried the Nolly. Not a fan. Searched high and low for the Antica, could not find it today [​IMG] Will post pics later of what I did buy though (all wine, K).
     


  8. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    Ah, the old Noilly-Pratt? (they reverted to an older recipe). No, I haven't. I am content in my world of vermouth.
    See, this is what happens when I talk about things that aren't wine. Anyway, drinking my bottle of Gaston Chiquet Tradition Brut nv while I get ready to go out for dinner with some friends. My first time having Chiquet. This is a great "basic" grower champagne. Sophisticated, but not overwhelming. Very balanced. Nice fruit flavors, with great acidic bite coming through as well. I'd have liked a bit more minerality. The finish is long and satisfying. Silky smooth but still incredibly crisp and clean. Definitely worth what I paid. Has me interested in trying other Chiquet offerings.
     


  9. Huntsman

    Huntsman Distinguished Member

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    Carpano is usually a mail-order item unless you are in a super-major city. Few want to buy a 1L of vermouth. Strangely enough, my local is carrying it as a trial (made an ok substitute when they stopped, capriciously, selling Vya).
     


  10. whnay.

    whnay. Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored

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    If you are looking for a well priced Pinot Noir ($40 - $60) look no further than:

    Walter Hansel - Russian River

    Chasseur (Bill Hunter) - Sonoma Coast

    Both are excellent and outperform many that are much pricer.
     


  11. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    Hansel has made really good pinot for years.
     


  12. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    ^Yep, the Hansel especially is great. Speaking of great QPR RRV wines, the 2006 Small Vines Pinot is great at around $50. Really interesting story behind their winemaker too. God I love Russian River Valley for pinots.
     


  13. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Lifestyle change - no homo

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    Drove back from Arkansas today, wanted some low impact dinner. Make-your-own-pizza's (with store-bought crust).

    Opened a 2007 Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec (Argentina; $17.87). Leather and fruit. Very light on the tannins. Quite quaffable. Good QPR. Not complex. Kinda one faceted, but the one facet is quite good. For when you don't want the wine to be "it."
     


  14. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Wanted to try a BN and this is all I could find. However, got several other bottles. Excuse how blurry the first pic is, no idea what's up with that.

    [​IMG]

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  15. LabelKing

    LabelKing Stylish Dinosaur

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    Sutton of Sonoma makes an interesting rather herbal vermouth.
     


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