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The Official Wine Thread

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

  1. ChrisGold

    ChrisGold Senior member

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    This is not possible, even with the SAQ.
     
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  2. ShawnBC

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    Seems you're right. I just checked on SAQ.com and they are starting at a better price than I seemed to remember.

    I don't know how I came up with these prices - must've mistaken them with another varietal/region.

    My bad.
     
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  3. Piobaire

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    Each to his own and I'm currently on a Rioja jag. For $20 right now Rioja is probably what I would go to first. That might change but right now I can't believe what I'm getting for $17-20 in Rioja.
     
  4. ChrisGold

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    Hey, that's good news. I just know that there is a flood of wine from Rioja at pretty hot prices Ex Winery so even with large markups from state systems (such as in my state of PA) they still hit pretty decent price points.
     
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    i haven't had enough Rioja to make an informed opinion of it.

    i realize this is a fault.
     
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  6. reidd

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    Its hard to do much better in the $20-$30 range than La Rioja Alta, Vina Ardanza.

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    32g residual sugar. Fresh acidity. Tropical fruits. Balanced (aside from the young, brash & fresh acidity). Distinct minerality. Nice.
     
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  8. Principle

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    Since when do vineyards post sugar content? I worked at a vineyard and that was a pretty guarded secret.
     
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    it's not unusual for Riesling, especially when there's multiple styles of Riesling coming out of the same winery.
     
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  10. ChrisGold

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    +1, and becoming more and more common. Sugar is a closely guarded secret at many wineries only to disguise the amount of residual that's in their "dry" wines.
     
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    I think many Canadian wines specify a range of RS on their labels. If memory serves they have it broken down into 1-5 type thing meaning 1 has x to y amount of RS, 2 has...
     
  12. ChrisGold

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    That sounds like the LCBO sugar code system, which some Canadian wineries may have adopted just to fall into line. They since changed it to an alpha system which is more descriptive. You do see sweet wine producers noting residual fairly frequently, especially ice wines where they are almost "bragging" about how much residual they have left after fermentation.
     
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  13. Piobaire

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    It's been awhile since I've had the "joy" of a VQA. :)
     
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    Very nice. This is the second Barolo I've drunk, and the first one was a young 20 € one from Damilano. This one has some age to it. Obviously still quite young, and would benifit from, I guess, 2-10 years more cellaring, but it's already drinkable and delicious. Red berries, oak, strong tannins and fresh acidity (yeah, very descriptive, right?). I also have the 2010 Cannubi which I'll probably let sit for another year, possibly longer.
     
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  15. Cary Grant

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    Meaning you don't like it enough to spend that or don't like any Rioja under $30?
     
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    I was offered the job I've been hoping I'd get for the last six years. Planning to celebrate with a bottle of Salon when I sign on the line. A couple stores in town have the '99. Was this a pretty good year or is there another vintage I should try to track down?
     
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    don't know about Salon specifically but for champs generally, '96 was epic and '02 slightly less epic.
     
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    That's awesome news, congrats!:slayer:
     
  19. Piobaire

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    Congrats! Make sure you don't lose a finger opening that bottle. ;)
     
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    first of all, congrats!! Lots of exciting new job stuff happening to SF people!

    don't go out of your way to find another vintage. At the end of the day, Salon is going to be outstanding. Yes, '96 is epic, but you'll pay dearly for it. Buy from the store that has the best storage conditions.


    also, don't rule out other heavyweights like DP Rose and DP Oeno. I've been lucky enough to try a few vintages of these, and they are truly outstanding.
     
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