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  • Tim
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    You're absolutely right about aged wines being very different from what most people know and like. They get softer and feel sweeter, tannins drop, fruit drops, secondary and tertiary notes like mushroom creep in. The Brits love it. Most Americans are not so thrilled. I'd much prefer to catch a wine a little early than a little late...

  • Tim
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    Good point. Don't bother aging wine unless you are very confident of the storage conditions. Mainly I worry about large temperature fluctuations and extended exposure to heat (above 70 or 75F). Direct sunlight and excessively dry conditions are no good either.

  • Tim
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    Best thing in the world you can do to get wine figured out is to find a trustworthy and knowledgeable wine merchant in your town. They should be tasting what they buy and should have a sense of how long a wine would improve.
    I find that non-luxury priced wines can definitely age, if you find the right ones. Value-driven, fruit forward CA cabs can do OK for a few years but they are produced for early drinking so you don't need to.

  • Tim
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    I do. I have a irresponsible amount of wine. I use CellarTracker for inventory and drinking windows. I think most quality wines benefit from at least a little time. And some require it to really show their stuff. I'm super excited you started this thread!!!

  • smokin fool
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    Most peoples palette's are draw to white's so reds lag behind up here.
    I'm surprised Cdn wine isn't available in MI, your President has probably put a tariff on them....
    Take a rip across the border one weekend, Pelee Island has a fantastic VQA award winning winery within easy driving distance of the border. That used to be tabacco country, with its demise many farmers have switched to vineyards.
    Another reason for a visit....your dollar is worth around $1.40 up here....

  • Huskee
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    Never once seen a Canadian wine in any store here. I theorize much like in Michigan's shorter growing season the Canadian reds aren't California or Italy- bold, but the whites are killer?

  • smokin fool
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    Boy this is an old neglected thread
    I’m pretty lucky Niagara wine country is a 25 min drive for literally dozens of boutique winery’s in the area to chose from.
    Norfolk county, an hour west is new to wineries. Pictured is a red from Burning Kiln called Harvest Party currently my one of my favs.
    Im kind of a wine snob, I try to only buy Canadian wines preferably from Ontario.
    Look forward to showing more wares from up here in β€œWe the North”
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  • fttank
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    I do. I have a 36 case locker at an off-site cellar about 10 miles from home, along with a small 48 bottle wine fridge at home. Staglin, Silver Oak, Phelps, a few others are sitting in the locker. I'll pull bottles out for special occasions.

  • phecksel
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    My favorite pairing, luna bianca with turkey

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  • phecksel
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    couple hundred bottles in my basement

  • Potkettleblack
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    Spent some time in the DCV last year and it’s a hard place to make a bad wine.

  • DJBODA
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    If you run into someone unhelpful, excuse yourself and find another employee, or go find another shop more interested in your needs. As a "geezer", I find a preference for European wines since they have been grown for centuries over New World Wines whose vines are usually younger. Quality wine is what you want regardless of where it comes from. Experiment; you try new things on the BBQ, wine is no different.

  • DJBODA
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    As I riffed through the comments, I was surprised no one mentioned the general vintage charts put out by various magazines (usually at no charge) or Google "wine vintage charts". This is a good starting point when buying wine to put away for a few months or years. If there is no wine shop near you, explore some when you're next in a larger city. DO NOT BE INTIMIDATED FROM ASKING QUESTIONS!!!

  • EdF
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    Yeah, I'm big on Argentinian and Chilean both the last few years! Maybe you'll need an assistant, Huskee .

  • Potkettleblack
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    I may have been to Dry Creek. Or at least all their neighbors. Zin from Dry Creek Valley is, for my money, the best there is. And mostly good value. Going again next month.

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