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  • Huskee
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    I hate reading reviews and seeing scores. Not because they're entirely worthless, but so many times I've thought a 92pt cab was mediocre and a 87pt was incredible, and when reading reviews you can tell snobs, wanna be snobs, and the ones who just don't like wine but pretend they do- all rendering their reviews worthless to me.

  • Huskee
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    Never been to it, and never had any, as sweet fruity wines aren't my bag...but there's a store here in Clare that sells it.

  • (T Cap)
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    quote is hanging in my kitchen.

  • l'inferno
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    Absolutely awesome post DJBODA
    If I had a $1 for every time I heard "I don't like Italian wine" when I do tastings/wine dinners, etc., I would be able to cure my G.A.S. (MCS) and probably volunteer to help a few others with their BBQ gear ailments on AR. Good excerpt but the irony is the source. WS is major part of problem if not THE problem. Nothing hurts the consumer's curiosity more than the scoring systems by the supposed expect writers from the major rags; WS, RP, WE & W&S. My wines just received 90+ pts from a variety of sources (including very important critic James Suckling formerly of WS) and yet because the reviews were not WS's they were not relevant.
    And re: taste profile, the acidity of European styled wines conflicts with a lot of people's taste but they are intended for food not for cocktails.
    Come'on y'all. It's a luxury good after all. If (and when) my Aunt Gail puts a ice cube in my Amarone who cares?

    Don't think it. Drink it.

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  • Juddlight
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    I just visited modern craft in aues grey here in the mitten, huskee may be familiar with. Loved all the sweet fruity wines πŸ˜‹

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  • Yno
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    Probably 80% or so of the wine I buy is something that I have tasted, either at the winery, a tasting room, or a wine bar. I look through the selection at the big liquor retailers, and may sometimes buy based on an employee's recommendation, but only after a bit of conversation leads me to believe he or she knows a good deal about the subject. I sometimes buy an unfamiliar bottle at a restaurant that is recommended (again if I get good vibes from the person) and if it is good, I may look for it in a store. All that being said, here in the SF bay area, I am so close to so many good wine regions that most of what I drink is from California. Although I have had excellent wines from all over the world, why pay extra for shipping (you know it is added into the cost) when I can be satisfied with something I can pick up at the source?

    As far as varietals go, I gravitate toward heavy Cab's and Merlot's, but have found many good wines outside that niche, including some fine whites that are nicer in hot weather. I don't care a whit about the red with meat and white with fish, though - I drink what I like! One varietal that I have a problem with is Zinfandel. There are so many styles of that around here that you never know what you are going to be tasting. Even from one winemaker you can get one that is great and one that I wouldn't drink on a bet.

    One of the greatest joys is sampling a wide variety of wines, and finding a real winner, from whatever category or region. So much wine, so little time....

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  • Potkettleblack
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    But Napa real estate is so expensive now and if you've visited, it's like all the major labels are owned by Bond villains. There's great wine in Napa, but there's not a ton of wines that overdeliver per dollar.

  • Huskee
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    Ugh, that narrow mindedness drives me crazy too. Recently I heard something along the lines of 'Napa wines are so overrated and overpriced, I stay away from anything that says Napa'. If that isn't the epitome of this post! Thanks for sharing!

  • DJBODA
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    Here is part of a blog from a top wine retailer in Bozeman, MT, originally written in Wine Spectator:

    The Wine Spectator website had an interesting essay recently by Matt Kramer where he posits that some folks have a prejudiced palate. He mentally calculates how rich he would be if he had a dollar for every time he heard:

    β€’ I never drink Chardonnay β€’ I don’t like Italian wines β€’ None of [email protected]#*& Merlot for me! β€’ I only drink red wines
    β€’ Australian wine is all high alcohol fruit bomb stuff β€’ The French are the only ones who really know wine β€’ I never had a Washington State wine that was as good as a Californian β€’ How could anyone drink that dreck from California? β€’ I never spend more than $10 on a bottle of wine β€’ I never spend less than $20 on a bottle of wine β€’ I only buy wine if I like the label β€’ Organic wines taste so much better....

    His point is that if you keep trying different kinds of wine, you keep a broad-based palate. Exclusion is delusion when it comes to wine. For every prejudice, there is a wine which will change your mind. Kramer does not say you must always drink wine you don’t like but every once in a while, you should try a wine on your banned list and see ifyour palate has changed or if you just blindly rejected it. I agree! Keep trying and tasting.

    Exactly my sentiments, also. I wholesaled wine here for 12 years, had a ball and learned LOTS. Find a wine retail store, talk to the help for recommendations to pair with what you have in mind, if you get an "anal orifice know it all", tell 'em you want a second opinion from someone else in the store. None of us grew up being BBQ Gods or Goddesses- we had to learn the basics, make mistakes, discover new things. This goes for wine, too. If you're reading this you're a little bit internet savvy; use the internet, buy a wine magazine (not a book) and try a few recommendations. There are great wines from WA, OR, CA, South America, France, Italy, etc. Go explore!

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  • Thunder77
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    I just found a Sauvignon Blanc called Monkey Bay. It's a New Zealand Sauv, and fairly inexpensive at $8.99/bottle.
    One of my favorite everyday wines is Beringer White Merlot. It is inexpensive, has a good fruity flavor, but is not too sweet. It's a great hot summer day wine. Not classy or anything like that, but good.

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  • Atalanta
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    My BF needs to be on this topic, he was a Sommolier for a high end Italian restaurant in his mispent youth (in his 20's). When we go to Total Wine in Cherry Hill, he's like a kid in a candy shop. I'm happy with Crane Lake (a very inexpensive Sauv Blanc) as an every day wine. Now I did spend big bucks on a couple bottles of Dom, yes plural. I wanted some close to my college graduation year. We cracked one and it had survived pretty ok. The trick now is to find the other, though I think I put it in the fridge 3 years ago to celebrate buying a house.

    I tried winemaking a few years ago, not the best results. BF has his heart set on making wineberry wine. Supposed to be very good for you and antioxidants and all that there.

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  • Atalanta
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    That's sad. I'm sorry for your loss.

  • Atalanta
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    Don't do it intentionally, try to make sure I mark wine festival bottles with the festival year. Some survive the neglect, some aren't even vinegar worthy.

  • Gary92067
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    I cellar most of my wines for up to 20+ years.

  • ecowper
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    Had this 2012 Salmos from Priorat (Spanish wine making region) last night with beef ribs. I have to say it worked really .... Pretty robust and balanced red that could stand up to the fatty, smoky beef ribs quite well. If you see it in the store, it's a good pickup for BBQ evenings.
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