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The Official Wine Thread

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

  1. coolpapa

    coolpapa Senior member

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    Yes, but you can buy it at auction. I love aged champagne and have frequently purchased at auction, usually winebid. I find that great aged champagne can generally be a good value relative to great aged still wines. There are exceptions, Krug, Salon come to mind, but generally speaking, you can get stuff from the large houses, like 90 Dom, 88 Pol Roger Winston Churchill, etc, for less than three bills/bottle at auction.
     
  2. Cary Grant

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    And I tire of the constant poo-poo'ing of wine pricing. It is what it is, it isn't fraud... we're not all coupon clippers.
     
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    I love port. My wife's late grandmother really got me into Tawny. It's not a "true" Tawny Port, but Penfolds Grandfather is nice- it's Australian. That's my go-to, but it hovers around $80 CDN so it hasn't I haven't stocked it since the baby arrived. I've found there seems to be a big difference between 10 year and 20 year, but not a big difference between 20 year and 30+ age statements, but my experience with the older Tawny is limited to the odd sip at a restaurant, not an entire bottle to compare. Manton said they get pricey and I don't think it's totally worth the cost of admission.

    My favourite time to drink Port is after a big dinner and out on the deck or patio on a cool summer evening, maybe with a cigar. Don't usually drink it during any other season for some reason. Maybe it's just the association I have with it.
     
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  5. poorsod

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    Where do you go about looking for these re-released champagnes?


    Thanks! Will look at winebid. Do you find it worthwhile to age champagnes yourself or do you generally buy it when needed?
     
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    Really very nice. Well balanced, dark fruits, some black pepper and leather. Wish I had more. :(
     
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  8. coolpapa

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    I do both. The oldest stuff in my cellar I bought on release is 1996. I buy older stuff at auction to drink while waiting for the younger stuff to age.
     
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    Chinon was insanely awesome. Tasted like a great Pinot noir.
     
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    Love me some Gavi di Gavi.
     
  11. gomestar

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    indeed. Chinon is a weird region ... it's either cool/interesting wine, or it's beef stew in a bottle.
     
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    Aged Chinon can be had for cheap. Last year I landed a '76 from K&L for about $45 and it was an awesome experience.
     
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    They had older ones, but the prices went up dramatically pre-2000. This one was $35, which I think was a steal.
     
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    Now living in Victoria, BC. Only sub med climate in Canada, but still difficult to grow good reds. Some pretty good Pinots, though. Looking forward to visiting the Okanagen on the mainland. It's the only place in Canada that can produce excellent wine.

    Tasting in Cowichan Valley last week. It's way warmer than Finger Lakes and Ontario, but produces similar wines.

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  15. Manton

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    Lucien Boillot, Pommard, 2007. Zachys for $70. Impulse buy. A very nice wine. I'd love it at $50, but it's not an insult at $70.
     
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    summer in the Finger Lakes can be blazing and miserable, and then the winters turn to be completely frigid
     
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    Over the weekend one of the bottles I had was a Cardwell Hill Pinot, 2011. For around $20 it's a heck of a good drinking wine.
     
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    Minervois anyone? Another Frenchie with which I have zilch experience short of Viognier. I do find myself liking majority-carignan wines.
     
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    I think I observed in February or March that Carignan is all the rage. It was the most plowed under vine in France's "wine lake" in the big replanting efforts.
     

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