Has anyone got a favorite wine you might recommend to others?

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    Oct 10, 2007 10:25 PM GMT
    I'm kinda surprised there hasn't been a thread started on wines. So, here it is.

    I am currently enjoying Zinfandels...not the white kind...(I generally like big bodied and big flvored wines) and a few that I've really enjoyed are:

    1. THE ZIN: 2005; Lodi; M. Cosentino;

    2. CLINE Ancient Vines; 2005; Contra Costa County;

    3. Seven Deadly Zins seems to produce a good product each year...and it's big brother EARTHQUAKE Zin has been remarkably excellent.

    All these are very affordable and drinkable now.

    Have you tried any good wines lately?
  • iHavok

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    Oct 11, 2007 1:06 AM GMT
    I was having dinner at Mikuni's in Elk Grove a few weeks ago and had a great saki....Haiku.
    Had a nice crisp apple flavor to it that I really enjoyed.

    My latest bad phone habit(my friends say we're attached), is taking pictures of the labels of wine's I like, so when I'm at the store, I can always go thru my album to find something I like. I love to travel new wines, and find it frustrating that I can't always remember which ones i enjoyed.
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    Oct 11, 2007 1:20 AM GMT
    Newton Vineyards Chardonnay - when you can find it you can't beat it...and Markham cab...just a couple of suggestions...2 of my favorites...
  • Starboard

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    Oct 11, 2007 1:21 AM GMT
    The most amazing zinfandel I've ever had is from a small winery in Amador County, CA called Story Winery. They have an old vine zin called Picnic Hill. The grapes come from 100+ year old vines that are planted in a vineyard that is not irrigated...the roots absorb water from the water table below the earth. The result is an unusually sweet zin because the grapes contain less water (increasing the sugar content of the wine).

    Briarhawk, Haiku is actually made in the US not far from where you tasted it. If you are in Elk Grove you are not too far away from Folsom where Gekkeikan makes the Haiku brand of sake. The Gekkeikan facility has a tasting room where you can sample their US made sakes, a few of the Japanese sakes and plum wine. (You're also quite close to Amador County if you felt like tasting the Picnic Hill zin I just mentioned...)
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    Oct 11, 2007 1:26 AM GMT
    Champagne

    Champagne, Henri Abelé, Brut, Reims, Champagne, France, NV

    Whites

    Badger Mountain Organic N.S.A. Riesling
    Riesling, Storrs, Viento Vineyard, Monterey, Ca
    Riesling, Domaine Roland Schmitt, Glintzberg, Alsace, France
    Riesling, McFadden, Potter Valley, Mendocino, Ca
    Riesling, Dr. Loosen, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany
    Riesling, Domdechant Werner, Spätlese, Hochheimer, Rheingau, Germany
    Gewurtztraminer, Domaine Roland Schmitt, Glintzberg, Alsace, France
    Chardonnay/Macabeo, Floresta, Emporda-Costa Brava, Spain
    Chardonnay, Domaine Herve Azo, Chablis, Burgundy, France

    Reds

    Grenache/Syrah/Mourverdre, Pic Saint Loup, L'Hortus, Languedoc, France
    Zinfandel, Joel Gott, Ca
    Syrah, Montemaggorie, Paolo's Vineyard, Sonoma, Ca

    All are organic NSA
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    Oct 11, 2007 1:41 AM GMT
    With the Holidays, particularly Thanksgiving, approaching, this one is particularly good:

    Pinot Gris
    http://www.terroir-france.com/region/alsace_tokay.htm

    It's unusual in that it will work well with both savory stuffings and sweeter dishes like sweet potatoes or cranberry relish. It was recommended to me years ago by the proprietor of The Wine Country, http://www.thewinecountry.com/, I took a chance on a few bottles, and I've been hooked on it for this holiday ever since.

    Here are a couple of specifics - pricing from The Wine Country:
    2006 Roland Schmitt Pinot Gris @ $17.99
    2004 Zind-Humbrecht Herrenweg de Turckheim Pinot Gris @ $29.99.

    Joey
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    Oct 11, 2007 3:22 AM GMT
    St Hubert's, Pinot Noir, from the Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia.
  • OutOfEden

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    Oct 11, 2007 4:49 AM GMT
    Get me drunk on some Riesling Auslese and you'll pretty much have carte blanche for the rest of the night.
    ITJock's Spatlese sounds terrrrrific too!
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    Oct 11, 2007 5:15 AM GMT
    If you're into port, Warre's Otima 10 Years Tawny Port is a tasty choice.
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    Oct 11, 2007 6:38 AM GMT
    The name is 337. It's a Cabernet. Incredible with steak, and very reasonable. My son, bartender and wine officionado says it's one of the best he's ever had. It was cloned from a grape in France, and has been sold in the US only to other growers for blending until recently. The vineyard decided to make their own wine from it, and WOW! Remember "337".
  • twostroke

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    Oct 11, 2007 9:02 AM GMT
    While visiting Galicia, in the North West of Spain, I discovered a very nice white whine they produce locally. Albariño wine. Slightly fruity and light.
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    Oct 11, 2007 9:08 AM GMT
    I love a good Merlot or Shiraz...

    Mayacamas Napa Valley Merlot is one of my favorites, as is Trevor Jones Wild Witch Shiraz.

    On the very inexpensive side (read cheap - about $9 a bottle), the Blackberry Merlot that Arbor Mist has is surprisingly good, quite sweet and very light.

  • GQjock

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    Oct 11, 2007 10:00 AM GMT
    I like the big bold types of wines like Shiraz or Syrah wines
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    Oct 11, 2007 11:29 AM GMT
    Cascade Mountain makes a dessert wine called Heavenly Daze. Its made with cinnamon, vanilla beans, lemon juice and orange zest. Its FANTASTIC.
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    Oct 11, 2007 2:33 PM GMT
    OMG!

    French Wine RULES
    I prefer very light wines such as a good BOURGONE that we drink while eating cheese.
    Believe me, cheese + red wine = amazing experience...
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    Oct 11, 2007 3:18 PM GMT
    Old Vine Cuvee - Four Vines winery in Paso Robles, CA.

    It's an A-mazing red ZIN, and at $13 you can't beat the price. Definitely recommend, and it has a long shelf life.
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    Oct 11, 2007 3:45 PM GMT
    Ahhh, wine...I miss it icon_cry.gificon_lol.gif

    I used to love Italian reds - especially Sangiovese - very versatile.

  • art_smass

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    Oct 11, 2007 4:06 PM GMT
    For years Aussie wines have been very affordable in Canada. Now that the Canadian dollar is trading higher than the US dollar, US wines should really drop in price up here. I'm expecting to discover a lot of new favorites once the prices are adjusted.

    Nevertheless, my favorite wine is whatever someone else is serving. Things always taste better when they're free.
  • auryn

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    Oct 11, 2007 4:12 PM GMT
    Ortegas are awesome, but you have to go to British Columbia or Spain to get them. (Mmmm BC wines, I wish Bush didn't weaken the Dollar to the point that the Canadian Dollar is on par with us.) I'm also partial to Barefoot Vineyard's Merlot, and Charles Shaw's Chardonnay which is shocking since I don't like too many domestic wines.

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    Oct 11, 2007 5:27 PM GMT
    Miner makes a fantastic Napa Valley 05' Chardonnay. Bit on the pricey side at $35 a bottle, but it's a nice indulgence.

    Liberty School is probably one of my favorite Cabs for under $20. It's from Paso Robles.
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    Oct 11, 2007 6:02 PM GMT
    Kendall Jackson Chardonnay is a favorite

    Smoking Loon Cab is a good red... both are not pricey

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    Oct 11, 2007 6:04 PM GMT
    art_smass, the U.S. has been saving it's finest wines to celebrate the parity of the Canadian and U.S. currencies:

    Cheers!
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  • art_smass

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    Oct 11, 2007 6:26 PM GMT
    Oh, McGay, you've found the key to my heart!
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    Oct 12, 2007 12:05 AM GMT
    Thanks for all the great suggestions. I've printed off all the replies to this point and will take the list to my wine guy to see what he can find...I always like trying new things.

    I have some specific comments:

    BriarHawk: I've never tried saki...but I will.

    Starboard: Picnic Hill sounds wonderful. I hope I can find it.

    ITJock: I'm not sure our taste in whites coincide, but your red suggestions sound great. Thanks.

    Joey: I've never tried the Pinot Gris, but it sounds really good.

    OutofEden: Reislings don't do it for me, but if you're coming...I'll * lay some in the cellar for you.
    *(ask my partner if I can)

    Chewey Delt: We adore Port...but that's another long-g-g-g-g-g story. We served some Warre's vintage at our 25th Anniversary dinner. I'm currently enjoying the remains of a case of Warre's 1991 Vintage Porto, so I'll be restocking soon. Thanks.

    This is getting too long to thank everyone individually for their suggestions, so let me just generally say thanks.

    BTW my partner and I were treated to dinner last night which was accompanied by 2001 RUSDEN Barossa Valley "Black Guts" Shiraz.. Don't know the cost, but it was spectacular!

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    Oct 12, 2007 12:10 AM GMT
    Sorry...I did have one other specific thank you...to McGay.

    I hope that "MD 20 20" is one of the vintage selections.

    Also, I haven't jumped into the cesspool/whirlpool of flame wars, but who could escape reading them. I'm glad you're back. And I'm sorry that any of our Forum threads get to the point that anyone has to leave