RJ Wine Lovers: real Wine Buffs

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    May 13, 2012 6:22 PM GMT
    I had an idea to meet up with some local wine lovers, mostly coz I liked the Wine Buff pun...but then I thought it might fly. Anyone else love a Semillon as much as I do??
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    May 14, 2012 7:20 PM GMT
    Wheeeee.....I had the best Riesling last night, from Marlborough, NZ, as it happens. Like white peach pie with honey.

    My other pet at the moment is a high altitude Malbec, from Argentina, it's almost salty. I like odd reds, with notes of liquorice and olives, saddles, that kind of thing. You get it in some of the old school french blends, and in their new world incarnations.

    I used to work in a wine shop, when I was a Masters student. I wrote the collars. On an over-oaked Chard I once wrote: "this tastes like Mariah Carey singing with a sweater over her head". It sold like crazy, wierdly.

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    May 14, 2012 7:29 PM GMT
    Im such a wine lover!

    Did few time the wine road in Alsace France... And they have the best white wine in the world!...

    Top five : (very fruity and sweet) Not all from alsace, but all french ;-)


    .Gewurztraminer
    .Jurancon
    .Chablis
    .Sauterne
    .Cote de Bergerac


    Nice to drink with starters, cheese and dessert!
    ....

    Thristy now, heading the fridge right now to get a glass ;-)
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    May 14, 2012 7:56 PM GMT
    I like any white wine that's cheap, gives me a buzz, and doesn't make me sick.

    You have NO IDEA what wine does to me. I become passion cubed! And it hits me within seconds after the first sip.
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    May 14, 2012 7:59 PM GMT
    For reds, I usually go with a malbec, tempranillo, or syrah/cab blend. i like reds to be pretty big and bold. nothing with a bland first taste. a red should make you sit up and take notice.

    For whites, yeah, it's gross but I actually do like big, disgusting chardonnays when the weather hasn't quite gotten warm yet. There are actually some good California ones that aren't just cheap garbage. Sue me. I'll also drink voigner, sancerre or some less sweet savignon blancs.

    As it gets hot out, I'm a sucker for a malbec rose. Sure, it looks wicked girly but who cares? It's light, delicious but full of flavor without being sweet.
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    May 14, 2012 8:11 PM GMT
    yourname8000 said: if you like reds with licorice, try a good Amarone....they're high in alc (the grapes --corvina-- are partially dried and it really concentrates the flavours and sugars), but they start with almost a kids' candy sour cherry then move into mochas/coffee and finish with lingering anis. One of my fav reds for sure.


    that sounds incredible! I must get me some! are you a fan of Margaux?
  • LJay

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    May 14, 2012 8:17 PM GMT
    I hardly drink any more, except for manhattans once in a while.

    I LOVE WINE! Used to be a wine buyer. As much as I love it it is hard to afford.
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    May 14, 2012 8:21 PM GMT
    I've been on a huge Napa Cab bender lately... This was after finding 2008 Caymus Reserve Select for 99/bottle here in Boston (outside of CA, that cheap is impossible to find).

    2 weeks ago, my boss took us to dinner and we had 2 bottles of Bond Pluribus.... omg, just... omg
  • tongun18

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    May 14, 2012 8:23 PM GMT
    Reds are my favorites! Malbecs, Cabs, Meritage/Bordeaux, Rhone are my standard go to wines but I won't say so to Tempranillos, Syrahs, Merlots, or Pinot Noirs (though usually they're a bit too subtle/light for my taste). I'm kinda done with the berry flavors, I feel like the have completely saturated the typical wine list so I love exploring wines with other flavor descriptions like: tobacco/smokey, leather, and coffee/mocha/cocoa.

    I'm trying to gain a greater appreciation for white wines. I really like Chenin and Fumet Blancs, and dry Rieslings.

    While I don't usually care for super sweet, I'm starting to discover how wonderful Ports can be.

    For you Rhone blend lovers, I highly recommend Tablas Creek in the Paso Robles region of the CA Central Coast (I know, not from the Rhone Region but the owner of the vineyard is from France and owns another vineyard/winery in Rhone so he knows what he's doin)
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    May 14, 2012 8:26 PM GMT
    Bond Pluribus just sounds so decadent icon_smile.gif

  • musicdude

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    May 14, 2012 8:31 PM GMT
    I LOVE my amarone! also a fan of ripasso and there's this merlot from bordeaux that is my favorit french wine.

    My experience with wines so far is limited to the less expensive brands. except for my first amarone. that was one expensive bottle my ex treated me to. sooo good though
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    May 14, 2012 8:34 PM GMT
    yourname8000 said
    I'm not sure if I had anything from Margaux. Love Bordeaux though (or meritages --new world world blends made to Bordeaux rules). I bought a bunch of the 2005 Bordeaux (red) but haven't dipped in to any yet....most won't be ready until at least 2015 or later.

    Love wine though....vinifera grapes are the chameleons of the fruit world --they imitate so many other fruits and flavours. icon_biggrin.gif



    I think you might enjoy a Margaux. They slay me, every single mouthful is different. And you should check out the Chateau. The vineyard looks like a car park, amazing really. I have only just started to be able to think about buying in any quantity and laying down - I always send things to my dad instead! I'm not sure what I would start with, if I were actually being systematic.
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    May 14, 2012 8:36 PM GMT
    I'm an indifferent/ignorant wine appreciator. I've never looked at a bottle, but give me three different glasses of wine and we can have an hour long discussion about the depth and trajectory of the bouquet and flavor in each. The fact I've never actually looked at a bottle should be telltale that I never purchase wine for myself and end up drinking it rather sporadically, but whenever I'm confronted with it I find it an interesting analytical.
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    May 14, 2012 8:41 PM GMT
    You guys and your fancy wine names. Just bring over a bottle and let's get it on. icon_wink.gif
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    May 14, 2012 8:45 PM GMT
    wrestlervic saidYou guys and your fancy wine names. Just bring over a bottle and let's get it on. icon_wink.gif


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    May 14, 2012 8:48 PM GMT
    misterwood said
    wrestlervic saidYou guys and your fancy wine names. Just bring over a bottle and let's get it on. icon_wink.gif


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    That is TOO funny, because I've been working on a less-ugly, dated macrame wine bottle holder. icon_wink.gif

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    May 14, 2012 8:50 PM GMT
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    misterwood said
    wrestlervic saidYou guys and your fancy wine names. Just bring over a bottle and let's get it on. icon_wink.gif


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    That is TOO funny, because I've been working on a less-ugly, dated macrame wine bottle holder. icon_wink.gif


    There is no such thing. Please move on......icon_redface.gif
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    May 14, 2012 8:54 PM GMT
    I love it. It's like Spiderman had a fight with 'Wino'
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    May 14, 2012 8:55 PM GMT
    Where I come from we call wine crunk juice.
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    May 14, 2012 9:01 PM GMT
    When it's served in a diet Pepsi can, it's called "Jesus juice."

    Drink up!

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    May 14, 2012 9:05 PM GMT
    I've always been afraid to start tasting those wines that cost $50 a bottle and up. Because... what if they're worth it? I don't want to develop any such craving.
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    May 14, 2012 9:47 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidI've always been afraid to start tasting those wines that cost $50 a bottle and up. Because... what if they're worth it?


    Some are. Dear god are they ever.
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    May 14, 2012 9:50 PM GMT
    yourname8000 said

    Loving the Argentina and Chilean wines. Can't beat the value, and it's one of the few growing regions in the world NOT impacted by root blight, so they don't have to graft a wine varietal onto hardier root stock, like the do pretty much everywhere else in the world.


    Most of the growers in the NW (US), or at least the intermountain zone, grow wine grapes on their own roots. One of the old timers explained it to me as a question of relative risk. The region is susceptible to vine-killing freezes every decade or so. The own-rooted vines are more cold hardy than the grafted ones. So a grower has to decide to gamble on whether infestation or a hard freeze is going to happen first.
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    May 14, 2012 10:02 PM GMT
    Actually, has anyone else tried Ernie Els (the Signature)? It was a great wine, and one of the better South African wines I've had.

    I can vouch for Almaviva and Concha y Toro when it comes to Chilean wines. Frankly, better value than many comparable quality wines IMHO. There is another that was all initials that I'm forgetting, and it was just amazing. Any ideas?

    Also, I once made the mistake of trying to be fair by giving Texas wines a go since I lived there a bit. I know, lapse in judgment. What I learned is that you should only vaguely consider Tempranillo if you're looking for inexpensive wine to bring to a party where novelty is a bigger boon than taste.
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    May 14, 2012 10:21 PM GMT
    Also, I'm reminded of how adolescent I am every time I see Yalumba's 'Menzies' and chuckle.