Wine. Like It? Have a Collection at Home?

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    Sep 26, 2010 6:42 PM GMT
    Who likes wine and/or has a stash of botltles at home?
    Know about grape varieties? Old and new world growing and production methods?

    I like wine a lot and have a collection of about 80 bottles at home. Nothing terribly expensive but I do have a few reds that I'm saving to drink a few years from now.

    I just shared with friends a bottle of Cava,...Freixetnet... the Spanish sparkling wine...nice.

    And in the last few weeks polished off a bottle of Sancerre, a Robert Mondavi cabernet sauvignon and that old standby Barolo from Italy.

    Where do you buy your wine? From a club? Do you go to tastings?

    Here in NYC there are plenty of places to buy wine, but one the least expensive with a good selection of wines is Trader Joes.
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    Sep 26, 2010 8:54 PM GMT
    Henry's has $2 bottles. Oh college memories. But anyway, the last wine I enjoyed was a Stag's Leap chardonnay. It was fickle, which I liked. I guess if you want to get bourgeois about it the difference between a $2 bottle and something...not two dollars is that the two dollar wine will either taste entirely of alcohol or sugar. As the wine quality escalates it finds a middle balance and then it actually displays *gasp* flavors :O If you're lucky it plays out longer in your palette and you get a chronologically beefy story.
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    Sep 26, 2010 8:59 PM GMT
    I love wine. I don't currently have many bottles on hand, but when I lived in London (which I regard as the best place in the world to buy wine) I had a few hundred bottles at home as well as a few hundred more stored in as investments. I still have a few dozen bottles in storage in London.

    I started going to wine tastings etc when I was in college and have kept learning more (and drinking more!) since then. Now I find that just reading the name of a wine can often evoke a sensory memory or imagination of it. Of course that's a long way from the real thing, but it's something I've come to enjoy.

    New York has lots of great wine shops - many of which specialize in various countries or regions and have generous tasting events, etc. For special bottles I like winebid.com. Where I live, I can buy wine in New Hampshire, which is tax free and cheap but controlled by a state-owned monopoly that tends to limit selection even from privately owned sellers. Or I can buy it in Massachusetts where prices tend to be a little higher, but the selection is much better. It really depends on what I'm looking for.

    Wine travel is a blast too. Just before I started graduate school my best friend and I biked through Champagne and Alsace in France, which was fantastic. In 1991 I did a tour of New Zealand vineyards. In 1998 I spent three weeks in the Margaret River region of Australia, which has some very high quality wines. In 2004 I had a few days to sample wines in Eastern Australia and in 2005 spent a few (glorious) days in Napa. I shipped home a ton of wine from California and drank it all over just a few months , loving every drop! South Africa strikes me as an interesting place to think about another wine trip.
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    Sep 26, 2010 9:04 PM GMT
    Since I've become a wine drinker, I've realized one thing. There is very often no difference between a $15 bottle of wine and a $50 bottle of wine. But there is almost always a difference between a $15 bottle and a $5 bottle.
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    Sep 26, 2010 9:09 PM GMT
    Global_Citizen saidSince I've become a wine drinker, I've realized one thing. There is very often no difference between a $15 bottle of wine and a $50 bottle of wine. But there is almost always a difference between a $15 bottle and a $5 bottle.


    It's like clothing quality. A $5 shirt will fall apart at the first wash. A $500 shirt will probably be no better quality-wise than a $100 since you're paying for the designer name at that point. Obviously the numbers I just gave have leeway to be modified either way but you get the point.
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    Sep 26, 2010 9:32 PM GMT
    I love wine. I just bought 3 cases of wine last Friday. I have winery clients in Napa that make most of the stuff you see in stores and restaurants so I got a huge discount. I drink mostly reds, they make for good night caps, and some whites.

    Global is right about there being no big difference between a $15 and $50... if you are not an avid wine drinker. I bought a bottle of cabernet sauvignon that markets at $200 and another that markets at $25. I did a blind test and thought they were almost identical but I don't drink wine regularly and my palate sucks. My cowoker who is a self-proclaimed wine connoisseur was able to identify the $200 bottle. However, when I tried a $12 bottle that I bought, I was able to tell immediately since it was hella gross but it got the job done, I got drunk and easy.
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    Sep 26, 2010 9:35 PM GMT
    I love wine but it doesn't love me. I have to limit myself to just one or two bottles or I start to go nuts.

    My father has a nice wine collection and he has a section where he keeps his cheap shit and he doesn't mind if i help myself to that as long as i don't take it all.
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    Sep 26, 2010 9:38 PM GMT
    Wine is God's gift to humanity. Or, was that beer? Anyways, I like wine more than beer and other alcoholic drinks because it is usually good for you in small/moderate amounts.
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    Sep 26, 2010 9:42 PM GMT
    I enjoy wine and wine travel. My partner and I will treavel next month to Washington state for crush(harvest). Wll have 6 days to taste our way through Columbia Valley and then a few days in Seattle. Very much looking forward to that. Last year, wine traveled in Argentine and learned about the great Malbec of the Mendoza region. Some of our best memories are a bottle of wine, a loaf of bread and a hunk of cheese in a city park, Paris, Rome, London, and may others. Now learning to love many of the South American wines and looking to enjoy many in Feb on our trip to Equador...........Love sharing with friends.......stop by
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    Sep 26, 2010 9:48 PM GMT
    @KissingPro,

    I enjoy all your wine choices but the Mondavi selection. I've been to Napa and Sonoma several times but have yet to taste a wine that I truly enjoy other than Chardonnays, Cabernets, and the occasional Pinot Noir. US wines just don't do it for me and please spare me any mention of wines from Oregon or Washington State--they're not worthy to be called wine.

    I've actually considered following a Sommelier course just for the fun of it. Unfortunately, my work schedule has limited my consistent participation so I opt out of enrolling.

    Do I go to tastings? Yes, for a long time... even while I was in college and considered under-age for US drinking purposes.

    Where do I buy? From the vinter, if possible, but usually I enjoy the whole idea of going in a liquor shop and just browsing until I find one that looks interesting.

    Favorite wines: Amarones, Nero d'Avolas, Nebbiolos, Tempranillos, Burgundies, Proseccos, anything from the Ribera del Duero or Loire regions. My trusted stand-bys: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Rioja from Marques de Caceres.

    Interesting wines: Malbecs from Argentina, Sauvignon blancs from New Zealand, Spatleses from Germany (preferably for summer).

    Current obsession:
    Wines from Uruguay. Lately, I've tried two Uruguayan Pinot Noirs at two different wine bars in the city and I just can't stop talking about them.

    Have yet to try: Wines from the UK, India, China.
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    Sep 26, 2010 9:51 PM GMT
    AvadaKedavra saidI love wine. I just bought 3 cases of wine last Friday. I have winery clients in Napa that make most of the stuff you see in stores and restaurants so I got a huge discount. I drink mostly reds, they make for good night caps, and some whites.

    Global is right about there being no big difference between a $15 and $50... if you are not an avid wine drinker. I bought a bottle of cabernet sauvignon that markets at $200 and another that markets at $25. I did a blind test and thought they were almost identical but I don't drink wine regularly and my palate sucks. My cowoker who is a self-proclaimed wine connoisseur was able to identify the $200 bottle. However, when I tried a $12 bottle that I bought, I was able to tell immediately since it was hella gross but it got the job done, I got drunk and easy.

    I used to volunteer at an annual charity wine auction. One of the perks was getting to sip the samples.

    There is only one $200+ wine I've ever tried that I think would be worth the money... Penfolds Grange.

    I also had a bit of a wine epiphany at this event one year. One wine I tried, Cosotino's The Poet, retails for about $75 a bottle. But surprisingly the range of flavor, body, and finish were remarkably similar to Coastal Ridge Shiraz, which retails for about $9 a magnum (or $4.50 if it was sold in a standard bottle).

    Now, I don't doubt that a super connoisseur with a very good palate would know the difference, but my palate would not. And that being the case, I'll save myself $70 and stock up on Coastal Ridge Shiraz (notwithstanding what I posted above about $5 wine).
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    Sep 27, 2010 12:08 AM GMT
    @ Marcobruno197

    Current obsessions
    Sauvignon Blancs coming out of New Zealand
    Vin D' Alsace Michel Leon Gewurztraminer........delicious and not overly sweet
    Merlots from Bordeaux
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    a Jean Luc Colombo du Rhone

    @ Marcobruno197......you make me very thirsty.
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    Sep 27, 2010 12:16 AM GMT
    cmhoh1985 saidWine is God's gift to humanity.

    In the New Testament we get a description of Jesus making and serving it to wedding guests at Cana.
    Would it have been as good as a good Napa Cabernet?
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    Sep 27, 2010 12:17 AM GMT
    here in our little modest town, there are a few local wineries, not that good i may add. I go to a friend's business occasionally for wine tastings that involve world wide selection of wines and well some i like some i don't...used to go there with the ex a lot...or sam's has some good ones. As for a stash not really a drinker of alcohol thus no stash
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    Sep 27, 2010 12:22 AM GMT
    Just one box of wine at a time. I don't even use a glass. Just pull on the little nipple spigot while holding the box above my head and let it flow into my mouth.
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    Sep 27, 2010 12:24 AM GMT
    @KissingPro,

    Hahaha... watching someone pour a wine well and slowly sipping one is always a treat, but don't we all enjoy the after-effects of wine a tad more? icon_razz.gif

    I'll have to try the Jean Luc Colombo and the Michel Leon d'Alsace. Thanks for the suggestions...