The Official Wine Thread

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

  1. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    I figured it was a typical northern Rhone blend, which it sounds like it is, but was trying to ellicit an answer more appropriate to the question I asked, i.e. what variety vs. what particular bottle. So, to take another stab at that...your pick is northern Rhone?

    Edit: Whoops, my bad. It's from the Languedoc.
     
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  2. erictheobscure

    erictheobscure Senior member

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    +1 on the riesling and Asian food. It's the only wine I've actually enjoyed with Indian food.

    I like champagne with Japanese (is this a clichéd pairing?).
     
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  3. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    Champagne is incredibly versatile, food wise.

    I only drink riesling/ gewurtz if the asian dish is spicy. Otherwise it's beer.

    And zin/malbec/syrah for bbq with me.
     
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    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Is it just me or do folks associate Kermit with northern Rhone when they see he's imported a Rhone? It could also be a bad association on my part due to a small N.
     
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    james_timothy Senior member

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    It's a Languedoc, Pio, only a couple of kilometers from the Mediterranean. That blend seems to be found a lot along the coast from Catalonia to Bandol.

    There's a spicy minerality in it that I also find in the Tavel rose I've been drinking, and it is that overtone that I like with meat covered in BBQ sauce. I've drank more southern rhone than northern rhone; of the southern rhones the key seems to be near the coast more than anything else.

    Am I getting close to what you are asking?
     
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    gomestar Super Yelper

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    champagne is great with most everything. Part of the reason why it may be the bestest wine in the world for me.
     
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    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Yes, I corrected myself when I realized where it was from. The "garrigue" made me think I might be wrong and so I was :(
    When I know something is a red blend, Syrah heavy, and from France I automatically assume northern Rhone.
    That's exaclty what I was looking for, btw. :cheers:
     
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  8. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    I associate him far more with southern, especially now that Chave is not in his stable. I think Clape is probably his only great northern Rhone producer at this point, but he has a lot of great stuff from the south, and even more from Provence and the Languedoc.
     
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    Interesting- I cannot recall one that I didn't like or at least found drinkable.
     
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    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Yes, after I posted that I went and looked up the Kermit in my cellar. I feel like such a newb :(
     
  11. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I had a great Corbiere from him recently. A steal too.

    Many have said that he is not much for Bordeaux, but the 99' Guillot and the 05' Bellevue were great that I had recently. Definitely lighter than some other bords that I have had. That seems to be his thing though.
     
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  12. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    You can get good Bordeaux anywhere. Kermit seems to go after unknown gems for great QPR. No such thing as that in bordeaux.
     
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    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Not true at all. There are lots of values in Bordeaux and once you move out of the big villages you come across wines that most Americans have never heard of.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    and really bad ones that dopes like me buy and then pour down the sink!
     
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    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    It isn't just that. Remember that Bordeaux, the city and wine trade, has basically been run by importers for a few hundred years. Most of what KL imports is wine that was traditionally consumed domestically, so the business hasn't grown up around the importers, and he can actually add some value. In Bordeaux, that just isn't the case (hehehe.)
     

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