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 Posted:   Nov 28, 2021 - 10:04 AM   
 By:   Montana Dave   (Member)

Do you have any favorite Wines and/or, Wine-growing regions or Countries you prefer to get your Vino from? Any recommendations to the rest of us Plebians?
I've always enjoyed California Napa Valley, or Italian Reds myself.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2021 - 11:28 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

My favourite wine comes from my mum, when she wants me to make her another cuppa.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2021 - 11:38 AM   
 By:   TheAvenger   (Member)

Iin a Red I like Californian Pinot Noir or Malbec.

But at this time of the year it’s champagne all the way dahlinks.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2021 - 1:15 PM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

I only drink red, & nothing posh (all from supermarkets). There's a very nice Californian Zinfandel, some Shiraz from Australia & I do like a good Spanish Rioja. I don't drink Italian wine, I've no idea why. The thing about getting older is I can't drink as much, a bottle lasts me 2-3 days now.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2021 - 1:53 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Do you have any favorite Wines and/or, Wine-growing regions or Countries you prefer to get your Vino from? Any recommendations to the rest of us Plebians?


The answer, Dave, is that it depends what we’re eating with it smile

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2021 - 3:36 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Montana Dave, come to where I live. I live in the desert area of Washington State, and we are surrounded by fine wineries. There are probably 15 or more wineries in my area. If you travel an hour from here to Walla Walla, there are 120 wineries. You could spend weeks there.

Lake Chelan is a beautiful place and produces some fine wines.

We are known for our strong reds, especially potent Merlots and strong Cabs. I like a bold red. We hope to someday be as popular as California which does produce fine wines.

I know France is supposed to have the best wines, but I've found them a bit weak and pricy. I do like bold Australian wines and some Italian Tuscan reds. Also, South Africa produces some bold wines.

 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2021 - 6:48 PM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

My favorite is the one with the Vangelis music.

 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2021 - 9:05 PM   
 By:   nuts_score   (Member)

Beaujolais wines made near Burgundy, France are my favs these days. Most anything from that region of France (Bordeaux is nearby) is a guarantee and many great wines can be found for affordable import prices. My current favorite wine (which has held this place for a few years now) is a sparkling rosé from the Bougey Cerdon appellation near Rhône. Daniel Boccard's (a former F1 racer) winery produces a wonderful methode ancestrale-made sparkling Gamay that just leaves me in nirvana every time I drink it. A bottle can be found for $25-$30. Well worth that price and always a show-stopper for guests who might not be more adventurous when it comes to buying their own wines. We also have been loving Lambruscos from Italy this season as a sparkling red wine surprised the hell out of my in-laws and now they insist I bring a few bottles during dinners. Most grocery stores even carry good ones in the $10-$15 range.

Napa and Sonoma are coming around as they are instituting more natural and sustainable practices in growing grape varietals. For too long these popular American region was dominated by "grocery store" wineries which will go to any length imaginable to produce and stretch a juice to be able to sell to any Tom, Dick, and Jane. For my money, the Russian River Valley offers the best climate and earth for varietals in California's Sonoma region. Washington is also doing really great stuff (Yakima Valley vineyards especially, also a region known for growing great hops!).

 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2021 - 9:16 PM   
 By:   nuts_score   (Member)

The only thing I find so unpalatable about so many wines labeled "bold" is that I can only taste wood (or charred blackberry if it is decent). Many of these wineries will hide the natural flavors of the earth and the air behind American and French oak in hopes that by your morning tannin-induced headache you'll have only remembered you spent less than $10. If you are looking for more bold flavors from France (not necessarily directing this at Miss Joan, but it is my recommendation) then seek out Bordeaux blends and Merlots. Red and black fruits, subtle herbs like mint, baking spices, and fruity acidity should be the main focus on these wines. While Bordeaux once had one of the most ideal climates in all of France, the past 30 years have seen a shift towards a subtropical humidity which has subtly impacted growth and flavor. Over time it will likely worsen.

 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2021 - 9:19 PM   
 By:   nuts_score   (Member)

Lastly of thought, if you've never had the simple pleasure to pick a ripe wine grape from a vine in a vineyard I do heartily recommend it. One of the biggest losses in hiding a good juice behind the overbearing flavor of cheap oak is the forgotten memory of what a great grape tastes like.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2021 - 10:58 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

not necessarily directing this at Miss Joan, but it is my recommendation)
Hey nuts_score, I really enjoyed reading about the French wines you enjoy. We do make Bordeaux Blends in my area, but we can't call them that as, like Champagne, those terms belong to France.

We are starting to add more varietals in our areas like Petite Verdot's, Carmeneres, and various Italian grapes. It is fun to try different wines.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2021 - 1:10 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I'm mostly a beer guy, but I've mentioned some good wines in the "Cheers" thread. I prefer a round taste, low on tannines, a bit sweet (but not so much, it becomes a dessert wine).

For white wines, I'm particularly fond of Rosemount from Australia.

For reds, I only drank Camp (also from Australia) for a while, but since tried some related wines for variety, like Falling Feather (from the US). And a couple more whose name escapes me at the moment.

I don't know anything about regions, but it appears Australia makes wine I like.

Obviously there are more expensive red wines that I've also enjoyed -- like the eternal Amarone from Italy.

I hope to try Alan Silvestri's wines one day, but they are not available over here.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2021 - 4:22 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

I read that this year has been the worse wine harvest in France for 45 years due to bad weather, & they say prices will go up, well good luck with that, with all the great wines you can buy from all over the world.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2021 - 7:00 AM   
 By:   Montana Dave   (Member)

Here's a kicker - my family owns it's own Vineyard. These are distant family members that I've never met, and who probably don't know of me either. My great grandfather came from San Sebastian in Northern Spain. And my grandfather spoke of them as well, this would have been when I was a boy, so I don't recall of what they spoke of. But if you google them, you can find 'my' vineyards (not mine, only by family), still thriving and doing very well in Spain. You can see the lands and the family members who grow the grape. Bodegas Moraza, Rioja, Spain.
Hey, it's pretty nice to have a bottle of Red with just your name on it. My sister and I both have a couple of bottles.

 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2021 - 7:17 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

I read that this year has been the worse wine harvest in France for 45 years due to bad weather, & they say prices will go up, well good luck with that, with all the great wines you can buy from all over the world.

Prices of everything is going up!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2021 - 7:38 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

I read that this year has been the worse wine harvest in France for 45 years due to bad weather, & they say prices will go up, well good luck with that, with all the great wines you can buy from all over the world.

Prices of everything is going up!


Yeah, you got that right!

 
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