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 Posted:   Feb 6, 2004 - 12:07 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

It's friday. Go and have yourselves a beer (or two or three) already!

 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2004 - 12:19 PM   
 By:   DOGBELLE   (Member)

IT'S A GOOD IDEA.
but the only trouble is that i'am at work and it's 10:30 in a.m.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2004 - 12:39 PM   
 By:   Donna   (Member)

A glass of red wine sounds good to me; however, I am also working...but I'm working from home because of the ice storm.....hmmmmm.there's red wine downstairs...might make the day go a little faster....wink

 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2004 - 12:44 PM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

I had 4 Stellas last night.

And regretted it at work today.

Pete.

 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2004 - 12:45 PM   
 By:   DOGBELLE   (Member)

A glass of red wine sounds good to me; however, I am also working...but I'm working from home because of the ice storm.....hmmmmm.there's red wine downstairs...might make the day go a little faster....wink
ICE STorm is that the movie ???
("is that your car keys next to mine????")in that case save a glass for me.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2004 - 2:18 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

It's friday. Go and have yourselves a beer (or two or three) already!

Did you really think that "I" needed prompting Thorwinkbig grin

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2004 - 2:20 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

I had 4 Stellas last night.

And regretted it at work today.

Pete.


Don't know what nastyness is in Stella pete but after only a pint or two of that stuff and it gives me a next day headache...I never touch it anymore!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2004 - 2:22 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Wow! double post and here I am sobre as a Judge!wink

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2004 - 3:51 PM   
 By:   BJN   (Member)

It's friday. Go and have yourselves a beer (or two or three) already!

I wish I could!
***sigh***

I had pulmonary embolism mid January, and right now I'm on a medication that prohibits any alcohol consumption. frown frown frown

So please have an extra pint/mug/glass on my behalf! smile smile smile

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2004 - 3:59 PM   
 By:   BJN   (Member)



Don't know what nastyness is in Stella...


Well, according to some (I hope unfounded!) rumors, Stella is not brewed but mixed in a laboratory... big grin

 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2004 - 5:38 PM   
 By:   DOGBELLE   (Member)

LET'S get down to the good stuff

Each wine put forth some stiff competition, and the judging was difficult. The bottom line: these wines are all horrible. We did the research so you can stay away from them.

HEY! LOOK NO CORK TO MESS WITH!!!!


 
 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2004 - 9:19 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Hey, everybody - Thor's in the chair! You might guess,Thor, given the state of my football team, it's bitter for me. And I'll have to drink from the bottle, as we're out of cups.

Some thieves broke into the trophy room at Leeds last week and cleared it out. The police are looking for two men with a roll of white, blue and gold carpet over their shoulders.

Can't you tell I'm crying inside?

And Doggie, screwtop wine is the future. No, seriously, it's much better without those nasty, hard to remove, crumbly cork stoppers.

Chris

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2004 - 7:59 AM   
 By:   cdesmedt   (Member)

And Thor? Not awake yet?

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2004 - 10:16 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Maybe Thor is still Brahms and Liszt!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2004 - 11:01 AM   
 By:   BJN   (Member)

LET'S get down to the good stuff

Each wine put forth some stiff competition, and the judging was difficult. The bottom line: these wines are all horrible. We did the research so you can stay away from them.

HEY! LOOK NO CORK TO MESS WITH!!!!


Furthermore, both "Cisco Red" and "Wild Irish Rose" have such a promising color. Like raspberry syrup... big grin big grin big grin

 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2004 - 11:23 AM   
 By:   DOGBELLE   (Member)

for a full wine report go here

http://www.tcsn.net/rags/bum/
while your drinking this stuff please go to live365.com and play station pot luck(that's a me)

only from a guy named dogbelle will you get this kind of information along with bad spelling.

The Test

Finding cheap wine isn't a problem in Ann Arbor. Just about every beer, wine and liquor store sells some variation of the drink, most for less than $4. While all of our selections aren't available at every store, they are all available within walking distance of campus. Meijer used to be the best place to buy cheap wine, but unfortunately, three months ago the chain stopped selling Thunderbird and Night Train. Nevertheless, the store still stocks some of the finest flavors of Mad Dog, as well as Boone's and Wild Irish Rose.

For the taste test, we gathered 11 different bottles of wine: five of Mad Dog (Hawaiian Blue, Lightning Creek, Pink Grapefruit, Red Grape Wine and Wild Berry), two Boone's (Snow Creek Berry and Strawberry Hill), two Wild Irish Rose varieties (regular and White Label), a bottle of Thunderbird and a bottle of Night Train. Then we tasted. Here's the findings:

Out of the 11 samples, Boone's Snow Creek Berry was the best tasting of all the samples, but to no surprise. The lightly carbonated drink is only about five percent alcohol, while many of the other samples had more than three times that amount. It was sweet, fruity and fresh, and the taste of alcohol was almost non-existent.

Boone's Strawberry Hill variety ranked No. 2 on the list, weighing in at 7.5 percent alcohol. The alcohol was a bit more prevalent and the wine had a bit of a sharp taste - drinkable, yet not as enjoyable as the Snow Creek Berry. Again though, the relatively small amount of alcohol almost nullifies Boone's from the contest, and forces it to stand alone in its own lightweight wine category.

The Mad Dog flavors were the next most successful in the taste test, with the Pink Grapefruit flavor ranking No. 3, after the weaker Boone's. At 13.5 percent alcohol, Pink Grapefruit was fairly smooth and had less of a church-wine taste than the rest of the MD 20/20 flavors. It was tangy and not too sweet, for a somewhat refreshing flavor.

Wild Berry Mad Dog (13.5 percent alcohol) was the next best, but was quite sweet and sharp and had a lasting aftertaste. Mad Dog's Red Grape Wine (18 percent alcohol) followed at No. 5, the first drink to ever make me hurl. The wine was quite sweet, a bit dry and very grapey, but still drinkable. At No. 6 was Lightning Creek (17 percent alcohol), the clear variety of Mad Dog for all of you who don't like artificial colors in your food. The smell of rubbing alcohol and a taste of watered-down alcohol made this selection the turning point in the tasting, and the wines went downhill from here.

Next in line was the potent Thunderbird (18 percent alcohol) - with "An American Classic" as the slogan on the bottle. With its strong alcohol flavor, Thunderbird is strong at first taste, but it doesn't linger on the palate as much as some of the other selections, mainly the Wild Irish Rose and the Hawaiian Blue Mad Dog, which followed Thunderbird for a No. 8 ranking. With its 2,000 Flushes aqua blue color, alcohol flavor and a hint of coconut, Hawaiian Blue coats your system like a good bathtub scum, with its only redeeming quality being it's a pretty color.

Wild Irish Rose Wine (18 percent) ranked in at No. 9, with its red color, hint of grape flavor and plain taste. Not very tasty, to say the least. The infamous Night Train (18 percent) pulled into the station at No. 10, pushing a train wreck for anyone who could top of the entire bottle of wine. It had a rather nasty, pungent and incarcerating taste and side effects to back up its poor reputation.

Coming in last was Wild Irish Rose's White Label (18 percent alcohol), a harsh, sharp and brutal wine without any flavor whatsoever. The White Label produced breath of fire, and left nothing to be desired.

For all its worth, cheap wine still has its virtues, even if it doesn't have a very desirable taste. All but the Boone's could probably get you drunk for less than the price of the average beer at the average bar. So if drunk's what you want, and $3 is all you've got, a not-so-good bottle of wine is all you need to cure those sobriety blues. "All aboard!"






From left to right: Wild Irish Rose, Night Train and the proverbial "Mad Dog."

A Cheap Wine Tutorial
Wine Percent Alcohol Fair Price* Most Alcohol for the Money Ranking
1. Boone's Snow Berry Creek 5 % $2.69 11
2. Boone's Strawberry Hill 7.5 % $2.69 10
3. MD 20/20 Pink Grapefruit 13.5 % $2.99 7
4. MD 20/20 Wild Berry 13.5 % $2.99 7
5. MD 20/20 Red Grape Wine 18 % $2.99 3
6. MD 20/20 Lightning Creek 17 % $2.99 6
7. Thunderbird 18 % $2.69 1
8. MD 20/20 Hawaiian Blue 7.5 % $2.99 7
9. Wild Irish Rose Wine 18 % $2.99 3
10. Night Train 18 % $2.69 1
11. Wild Irish Rose White Label 18 % $2.99 3
*"Fair Price" is Meijer's actual price for the item (except in the case of Night Train and Thunderbird, where the price is the most recent price, and on some flavors of MD 20/20 which the store does not carry).


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 Posted:   Feb 7, 2004 - 11:31 AM   
 By:   Thread Assasin   (Member)

My God. I haven't seen a bottle of "Night Train" since I was at college. $1.98 a bottle. I'm not kidding.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2004 - 11:56 AM   
 By:   cdesmedt   (Member)

And now, it's my turn. Cheers and till monday!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2004 - 7:01 PM   
 By:   Donna   (Member)

How old am I? Boones Strawberry Hill was 98 CENTS when I was 18. What crap, but it was all we could afford. Drank half a bottle before I went into the Seals & Croft concert in the 70's. Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawink

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2004 - 11:35 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)



Furthermore, both "Cisco Red" and "Wild Irish Rose" have such a promising color. Like raspberry syrup... big grin big grin big grin


Looks more like more like cough medicine !!! YUCCCK!
DOGBELLE , all the whinos wandering the streets of Manhattan salute you. Ohfff....Not sure what the "salute" would be, (Lord knows, maybe a stumbling, stupefied attempt to pee their name in a snowbank on 14th Street and Broadway perhaps..) But, One you missed was "Sneaky Pete"..What it is, I don't know, I just know in my early 20's, at my first job out of High School, a truck driver who made daily garment deliveries out of the City to my warehouse here in Jersey used to sing it's praises....As I held my nose..Early, and often.. Ohfff...

 
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