Wine!

MichelleMichelle California
edited April 30 in General
We've had threads on sandwiches, burritos, pizza, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, beer, and god knows what else,  But after enjoying what is possibly one of the best reds I've had in a while, I realized we've never had a thread about wine.  Are there any other wine lovers out there?  What are your favorite varietals?  Are you more into reds than white wines, or whites over reds, or are you a blush/rose' person?  Favorite wineries/vineyards?

I love a great red - bold, full bodied, layered, yet very drinkable.  I find myself liking a good red blend/meritage more than any others.  One of my favorites is Apothic Dark, but I just tried the new Apothic Brew and it's *so* good.   Ravenswood, one of my favorite wineries, has some incredible limited production reds (blends and Zins).  Pinot is my second favorite red.  

For white wines, I love Edna Valley chardonnay and Chateau St. Jean chardonnay.  

For favorite wineries, mine are Silver Oak, Carmenet, V. Sattui, Ravenswood, and Edna Valley.

What about you?


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  • My wife and I have been digging Trader Joe’s box Rose lately.
    MichelleTraviscdrive
  • DeeDee Adelaide
    I live in South Australia, which is one of the best wine regions of the world. I like reds in winter, whites in summer. When it comes to white, I’m mostly a trash drinker. I’ll happily drink cask chardonnay with soda water all summer, though I do like a nice New Zealand sauvignon blanc. 

    Reds I am a bit more picky, but we have a lot of really good mid-price ($15-30) reds to choose from here. My favourites are cabernet sauvignon and shiraz. Merlots are ok, but not usually gutsy enough for me. Pinot noirs annoy me - they look like ballsy wines but then they taste like they’ve been watered down. 

    I don’t know how readily available our wines are outside Australia, but my particular favourite non-trashy white is d’Arenberg Olive Grove Chardonnay. My favourite reds are Claymore Wines Dark Side Of The Moon Shiraz, Pepperjack Shiraz, d’Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz, Jim Barry The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon, and my all time have-bought-multiple-cases favourite, Thorn-Clark Shotfire Ridge Quartage. I would highly recommend any of these if you see them around.

    Don’t drink Yellow Tail though, that’s a trash wine here. 
    MichelleElisaMattyWeavesFreddyTraviscdriveJaimieT
  • MichelleMichelle California
    I agree about South Australia - it's widely recognized as one of the best growing regions.  I've never been into Yellow Tail.  A friend of mine drinks it and I can't stand it.  For Australian wines I like Penfold's Grange and Lindeman's Chardonnay, and for New Zealand wines I like Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc.
    DeeElisaTravis
  • DeeDee Adelaide
    edited April 30
    Grange starts at about $600 here and goes up to about $40k for the aged ones. Very much out of my price range! I have tried it before and it’s a lovely wine, but I honestly don’t think it’s better than a lot of local $40-$50 reds. Mind you, as I’ve admitted above, I’m a bit trashy. I can’t tell the difference between proper champagne and $10 sparking wine either. 
  • MichelleMichelle California
    Oh I'm no wine snob for sure.  I have only ever had the luck of trying it at a company holiday party - one of our bosses opened a couple of bottles as a treat to whoever wanted some.  I had half a glass but it was so memorable.  If I can ever afford to buy a bottle (yeah right) I would in a heartbeat.
    Dee
  • Some of my favorites are Estancia Cabernet and a local winery in Grapevine, TX Messina Hoffs - Angel late harvest reisling. I prefer reds but will try almost anything.
    ElisaTravisMichelle
  • emnofseattleemnofseattle Mason County, Washington USA
    edited April 30
    I’m a fan of Malbecs, my favorite is Alberti (so I’m definitely not a snob) from Mendoza Argentina, most Malbecs come from Mendoza (which unrelated, I am trying to fit that in to my vacation to Chile since it’s really close to Santiago, only a few hours) although some Chilean vineyards are now growing the Malbec grape. 

    I like reds in general, we have a great winery here in Washington called Chateau St Michelle, they make literally everything but their Cabernet Sauvignon is my favorite, also Reisling from C St Michelle. 

    I’m not enough into it to worry about vintages 

    fun trivia, the “town” I live in, Grapeview WA was so named because a confederate army veteran moved out here after the civil war and started a vineyard and winery, the remains of his estate are just up the road from me, no vineyard anymore, but the name stuck 
    ElisaTravisMichelleDeecdrive
  • FreddyFreddy Denton, Texas
    edited April 30
    One of my good friends is a regional manager for Republic National. When it comes to wine, I just defer to him. Great taste, and puts value above all else. He turned me on to Palazzo Del Torre by Allegrini. Its a red blend that runs about 20-25 bucks. Its the only wine I make it a point to keep around the house. Other than that I'm a huge tawny port fan. I don't consider it "wine" though. Its more of its own thing.

    By the way, is champagne considered a wine? I'm a huge fan. I love everything from the flavor to the pageantry. Champagne is the icing on the cake for pretty much every event.
    ElisaTravisMichelleDee
  • MichelleMichelle California
    So, the difference between champagne and sparkling wine is the region in which it's produced.  A true champagne, even though it's still a sparkling wine, must come from the region of Champagne, France.  Any sparkling produced outside of that region must call itself a sparkling wine.  But people still call any sparkling wine 'champagne' just... 'cause.  It's kind of like someone referring to any flavor soda as a coke, when they don't actually mean Coca Cola.

    And then there's the cava from Spain and the prosecco from Italy, but that's a whole 'nother story.
    Elisa
  • FreddyFreddy Denton, Texas
    edited April 30
    Ruffino Prosecco is God's gift to budget sparkle enthusiasts.
    Michelle
  • cdrivecdrive Houston, TX
    I recommend everyone getting a bota. It’s so much fun with friends in the park or at parties. It really ramps up the bacchanalia.  It was “The Sun Also Rises” that made go “I fucking have to get to Spain!”  And I finally did and I love my bota I brought back.

    One thing you can try in your bota is Kalimotxo which is 50% red wine and 50% Coca Cola.

    I’m like Paul Giamatti in Sideways when it comes to Merlot.  Not a Merlot guy. I’m a Cab Guy. I like ‘em dry.  I like a good Cab or recently Bordeaux. When I was living my best life I was drinking only 1 glass of Pinot Noir per week.  Spanish wines cause I left some of my heart in Espana, so a good Rioja Gran Reserva.  If it’s white, keep it dry like a Pinot Grigio. 

    I keep it in the $20 range tops.
     
    MichelleElisa
  • cdrivecdrive Houston, TX
    Oh shit I didn’t even talk about dessert wines. Love a good Port or Tawny after a fancy meal. 
    MichelleJaimieT
  • ElisaElisa Los Angeles
    Really love reds too. La Rioja, Temperanillo, Cote du Rhone, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Syrah, Nouveau Beujolais, Bordeaux, some Cab.  Whites well I do love me some Pinot Grigio and Bordeaux Blanc.  Dry is my thing.  Champagne, I can indulge in some Frexenet, Brut extra dry.    I love my Spanish and French wines.
    cdriveMichelle
  • FreddyFreddy Denton, Texas
    cdrive said:
    Oh shit I didn’t even talk about dessert wines. Love a good Port or Tawny after a fancy meal. 
    I would drink Sandeman 20 every day if I could afford it.

    cdriveMichelle
  • ChinaskiChinaski Santa Cruz, CA
    edited May 2
    a good cab with my steak or when munching on cheese, crackers and assorted meats.

    a liquid heaven shout out to Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne from the Schramsberg Vineyards in Calistoga. stuff is dangerously good!

    ElisaMichelleFreddy
  • ElisaElisa Los Angeles
    FYI Guys. My hubby and I are walking the last 100 miles of the Camino Santiago aka St James pilgrimage in Spain this month thru Galicia (NorthWest region).  We will be trekking from the border of Portugal to Santiago Compostela, Spain.  

    Gonna indulge after our 10 mile daily trek on Albarino and Ribiero (two dry white wines of the region), along with a lot of fish and shellfish.   B)
    ChinaskiMichellecdriveDeeFreddyUnderwood
  • JaimieTJaimieT Atlanta, GA
    edited May 3
    Freddy said:
    cdrive said:
    Oh shit I didn’t even talk about dessert wines. Love a good Port or Tawny after a fancy meal. 
    I would drink Sandeman 20 every day if I could afford it.


    I couldn't get into Sandeman. Give me the 15- or 20-year Kopke tawny. With chocolate cake? I die.

    @Dee - Yellow Tail is a trash wine here too. The 2012 Shiraz was weirdly good... but it's gone now.
    Dee
  • I actually just got back from doing some wine tasting in Solvang, CA for a couple of days. I don't really drink wine, except for while I'm there so take it for what it's worth, but if you ever find yourself in that area go to Buttonwood. The wine is really good, and the location is just a fantastic place to enjoy a glass. It's basically a really nice backyard on a farm and is just pleasant as hell. It's set up with a lot of areas so you could have several groups of customers sectioned off in conversations without really bothering each other. We make it a point to have that be one of our stops when we go up there. Definitely recommend it.

    Does anyone know of anyone who makes a Marsanne Rousanne mix? We stumbled onto one once at a tasting on one of our first trips out there years ago and it was kind of the perfect white wine for my wife and my sensibilities, but I've never even heard of anyone having that blend since. I guess that vineyard made it as sort of a fluke experiment because of an aberrant crop season. I'd love to surprise my wife with it one of these days if we ever come across one.

    We also found a super cool beer bar on this trip, but that's for another thread...
    MichelleDee
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