Posted 24 May 2005 - 06:21 PM
Posted 24 May 2005 - 09:11 PM
Posted 28 May 2005 - 09:50 AM
Edited by Darrel Manson, 28 May 2005 - 09:51 AM.
Posted 28 May 2005 - 12:46 PM
I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Coppola wines yet. I was introduced to the black label Claret at a party last year and loved it-- it remains our favorite dinner wine for the price... Kotsco has it for $12.
Posted 18 June 2005 - 06:33 PM
Posted 20 June 2005 - 07:53 AM
I guess consumption was heavy, because we're down to our last bottle. So these lasted ... let's see ... 3 months, not 8. Guess I underestimated.
The stem of our French rose disintegrated during opening Saturday night, so that spurred us to plan another visit. Only the Rosemont shiraz remains, so we would've been making a trip soon even if the second-to-last bottle hadn't been ruined during opening.
The Luc Pirlet pinot is the best I've ever tasted. Granted, I've never been a big fan of the varietal, so don't count me as too discerning. But I'll be certain to pick up at least one more bottle Luc Pirlet on our return trip.
Edited by Christian, 20 June 2005 - 07:55 AM.
Posted 20 June 2005 - 09:51 AM
A friend of ours spent three weeks in Bucharest this past spring and rewarded our cat-sitting with two bottles of VAMPIRE Cabernet vinted from Transylvanian grapes (he also threw in some Romanian beer, but that's another thread). We drank one and set the other down for a while.
While it's not the most complex wine I've ever had, it is very drinkable--somewhat fruity with a tad less tannin than other cabs. As he bought it in Bucharest, the cost was very low; don't know what it would go for if you found it here in the states.
Posted 25 June 2005 - 05:13 PM
Posted 25 June 2005 - 05:26 PM
Posted 25 June 2005 - 08:22 PM
I picked up two bottles of the French Pinot, as well as a third bottle from an American maker. With the two girls tagging along, I had to move quickly, barely pausing to think through my purchase, which totaled $100 for another 11 bottles. Don't have the list handy, but we're set for another few months.
Posted 15 August 2005 - 09:16 AM
Posted 16 August 2005 - 11:29 PM
We were also to bring an example of our favorite summer wines. I brought two different Cavas, of which (I thought, as did others) the Cristalino was just about the best wine at the party! Great stuff and cheap too. The other best was a Stag's Leap Sauv Blanc that someone brought. I can't remember such floral and herbal notes in a sauvignon blanc as I had in that bottle. Wow.
Posted 21 November 2005 - 12:14 PM
Posted 21 November 2005 - 12:23 PM
I recently had some Spanish red wine that was highly recommended as one of Spain's best. I found to be lacking in flavor and body. It tasted like it was watered down but we opened the bottle ourselves so we knew it wasn't actually watered down.
Is this common with Spanish wines?
Posted 21 November 2005 - 12:30 PM
Posted 21 November 2005 - 12:55 PM
Posted 21 November 2005 - 01:09 PM
Is this common with Spanish wines?
Actually no. I had a similar experience this summer experimenting with Spanish Rose's. Of the bunch I bought, one in particular tasted like an empty, mediocre Beaujolais. That happens. Folks like us who are still experimenting and learning feel more easily bruised by a lousy bottle. Over the long haul, it won't hurt as much after we get a feel for what we like.
I like the approach that the Wall Street Journal's Friday wine column takes. They analyse about fifty of a particular wine for a column to get a gauge of, say, the state of Australian Shiraz. They pick the five best for their "Dow Jones Wine Index", but get a feel for whether or not the stuff available to you and me who don't live in the NYC tri-state area will be any good. They swear by a golden age of Spanish wine.
Posted 21 November 2005 - 03:19 PM
I've heard various things recommended. The fun part is that since this is a matter of taste, we get to keep trying different approaches.
Nuveaus (mostly Beaujolais) come out now and are a good match because they are so intensly fruity. They serve almost as another way of having cranberries. They are meant to be drunk young.
Pinot Noir - they vary in style. A fruitier style goes well with Thanksgiving.
My favorite: Zinfandel - a big peppery wine that has the chops to stand up to the turkey without overwhelming it as a Cab (and some Merlots) might.
Chardonnay - again style matters. Go for a big, oaky one.
Gewurztraminer - a lighter wine than Chard, but its spiciness goes well with turkey. Look for one that says it is dry.
Another wine that I've heard is good with a Thanksgiving meal is sparkling wine (Champagne or American copies thereof). Not a big sparkling wine fan, I don't know that we've tried this, but it seems like it would be a fit.
Edited by Darrel Manson, 21 November 2005 - 04:01 PM.
Posted 21 November 2005 - 03:44 PM
Posted 28 January 2006 - 07:37 PM
Anyway, Tin Roof chard costs about $9. Tropical fruit. Nicely balanced. Not a lot of oak, but still very pleasant.