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  • Huskee
    Pit Boss/Manager
    • May 2014
    • 13797
    • central MI, USA
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      Smokers / Grills
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      • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
      • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
      • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
      • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
      • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
      • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.


      About me
      Real name: Aaron
      Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

      Occupation:
      • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

    I don't believe in rules with wine, that = snobbery. Drink whatever wine you like and can afford with whatever meal, when something works or doesn't, make a mental note. Drink wine at whatever temp you like. Me, that's room temp (65-70 for reds), halfway between fridge and room temp for whites (so 55-60).

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    • mountainsmoker
      Club Member
      • Jun 2019
      • 1447
      • Bryson City, NC

      I totally agree Huskee most folks can get by with 3-4 reds they like for different foods and a 2-3 whites. Just pick them to go with the foods they eat. Then pick 2-3 to sip on when they want to relax. When they go out to a restaurant try something different and if there is a sommelier use his/hers experience. We will always try something we don't have or haven't tried before. As far as rules I have drank reds with tuna and bluefish and whites with veal and sweatbreads. Rules are made to be broken.

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      • smokin fool
        smokin fool commented
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        Agree with the broken rules thing.
        I drink reds with everything, my wife drinks white wine spritzers.
        Rarely will she drink a wine without soda water.
        And the cork thing is another peeve, just because a wine has a screw cap its not just another bottle of some old plonk.
        Many excellent wines come without a cork.
    • obiQsmoker
      Club Member
      • Jul 2018
      • 147
      • Seattle Area
      • Started this tasty craziness in 2018.
        Using a Traeger Silverton pellet smoker.
        Home is the Seattle area...
        So much to learn, but it’s a helluva fun education!

      Variety is the Spice of Life!

      My “Wine Sensory” instructor really opened my eyes to the incredible variety of wines out there. She challenged us on two fronts:
      1) Smell and taste everything you can - you’ll be amazed how that expands your ability to describe and talk about wine.
      2) Seek out and experience new wines. You never know when your new favorite will show up.

      While it’s true that most of us buy the same few wines over and over, it prevents new discovery. That was me for sure.
      But staring at a wall of wine and no clue where to begin is frustrating. Sure, there are some in the store that know their selection and can help make informed choices, and getting to know your “wine guy/gal” helps, but for me, I wanted to understand a bit about the wines I was considering. Good luck with that.

      After watching the movie/documentary “Somm”, I heard that Ian Cauble had started a wine business. A little digging took me to his web site called “Somm Select”. (https://www.sommselect.com)
      The premise is simple:
      - Sign-up for his email list...
      - You receive 1-2 email offers per day, in which he explains the wine, its history, vineyards, winemakers, winemaking, and tasting notes.
      - Ignore the email or buy the wine.

      He’s looking for delicious wine, often importing direct from small wineries we’d never see in a store.
      I was intrigued, gave it a try to see if his tasting notes described a wine in ways I could relate to, and I’m kinda hooked.
      His offerings are priced anywhere between about $14 and $”are-you-kidding-me!?”.
      I love his build-a-case deal where he ships for free (US I think) when you’ve assembled a full case of 12.
      I’ve tasted probably 50 grapes I’d never even heard of, and learned a lot about wines from all over the planet, all from the comfort of my iPad.

      No, I have no affiliation with SommSelect - I just appreciate their offering, have learned from them, and have enjoyed amazing wines I feel I understood a bit BEFORE buying them.

      If you’re interested in learning about wine in an easy, straightforward format, I love these folks and refer here often:
      https://winefolly.com

      For me, Wine is a bit like travel; as we explore, it’s fun to see (taste) what’s around the next bend. Makes me smile.
      Cheers!

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      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
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        Good point about branching out. Normally I never would have bought a wine called "petite" anything if I'd seen it on a shelf. But petite sirah is now my all time favorite, the boldest of the bold reds I've tried. Also never would've given red zinfandel a shot either ("it's not cabernet? Then no thanks") but man is a good zin made great when enjoyed with spicy peppery BBQ! Thank you for sharing this!
    • smokin fool
      Club Member
      • Apr 2019
      • 738
      • Mississauga, Ont

      Finally opened this red called Josh.
      Its a very tasty addition to anyone’s meal
      First taste is a fruity explosion, very smooth with no aftertaste to my palette at least
      Even my wife liked it and she’s not a red person
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      Last edited by smokin fool; July 29th, 2019, 05:54 AM.

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      • fzxdoc
        Founding Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 4180
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        We've enjoyed Josh Legacy too. It's a tasty red blend that goes well with burgers or steaks in our house. Glad to hear you like it too, smokin fool .

        Kathryn

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        • bronzewound
          Club Member
          • Nov 2018
          • 13
          • Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire

          A number of years back a friend from California made it here to beautiful New hampshire and she couldn't believe the wine prices for CA wines here in NH. She said we can't buy most of what you have here for less back home even on sale. Made me feel pretty good. The downside is that some of the really special wines from small vineyards never make it here. A great go to everyday cab is Decoy for about $16 and change from the Duckhorn vineyards. I'm not a big white wine fan but if you want to really feel special Rombauer chard is spectacular though pricey at $35 here in the Granite State.

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          • Huskee
            Huskee commented
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            Rombauer is my wife & her sister's all time favorite (her sister is a big wine gal like my wife). When we go to a nice anniversary-style dinner out that's the bottle they/she orders. I'm with you on whites, not sure I'd know a really good white vs. a so-so one, other than what my wife tells me. She really loves "Butter" chardonnay (inexpensive) and "Butternut" as well.
        • surfdog
          Club Member
          • Mar 2016
          • 491
          • Sunny SoCal
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          FWIW... SOME of my current faves come from...
          http://jaxonkeyswinery.com/
          https://oakmountainwinery.com/
          https://www.orfila.com/
          http://www.freywine.com/

          I belong to SEVERAL winery “clubs” which means I get NUMEROUS bottles every other month or so...but these ones seem to be the most consistent with tasty wines...AND they ship. :-)

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