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  • Willy
    Charter Member
    • Apr 2015
    • 1766
    • High Desert of the Great Southwest

    Your Favorite Everyday Wines?

    Mainly I'm a beer guy, but for "everyday" wines, I tend to like dry red blends and pinot noirs--and I hate to spend more than $7-$8 a bottle. Some of my go-tos are Menage a Trois (blend and Midnight), Apothic Red, Bogle (blend and old vine Zin), Yellow Tail (various). My wife likes Chardonnays: Toasted Head, Gnarly Head, Yellow Tail, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Colombia Crest Estates And, for the occasional bubbly Freixenet Brut.

    Your favorite vintners?
    Last edited by Willy; December 17th, 2016, 01:49 PM.
  • DWCowles
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 9760
    • Smiths Grove, Ky
    • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

    #2
    I'm not much of a wine drinker but I do like some good ole sipping whiskey this time of the year.

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    • Northside Brian
      Northside Brian commented
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      Four Roses single barrel. Elijah Craig. 1792 barrel strength. Blantons.

    • Bumper
      Bumper commented
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      ....And Eagle Rare to finish the set. Best sipping whiskey for the price for me. I really like Blantons, EC and Four Roses, but the smokey rich complexity of the ER is hard to beat. Oh and James E Pepper 1776 is right up there with ER. They do a Rye version I am keen to try too.

    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      Northside Brian Can you put that in the Favorite Bourbon/Scotch thread? My brother in law got some Four Roses and said it's his favorite. I need to try it.
  • Nate
    Charter Member
    • Apr 2015
    • 3710
    • Pawnee, Indiana
    • INFO
      ~Known as: Nate
      ~Location: Cornfield in Southwestern Indiana
      ~Credit Manager for an Agriculture Coop.


      SMOKERS & GRILLS
      ~Grilla Original Grilla
      ~Char-Broil Commercial Tru-Infrared Gas Grill
      ~Pit Barrel Cooker
      ~Brinkmann Trailmaster Vertical Offset Smoker
      ~Weber Kettle 22.5" Original
      ~Weber Q1000


      THERMOMETERS
      ~Thermoworks Thermapen MX4
      ~Thermoworks Thermapen
      ~Thermoworks ThermoPop
      ~Thermoworks ChefAlarm TX-1100-XX (Orange and black)
      ~Thermoworks DOT TX-1200-XX (Black)
      ~Thermoworks IR-Gun-S Industrial Infrared Thermometer
      ~Maverick ET-733
      ~Maverick XR-50


      ACCESSORIES
      ~Stanley T-Stak mobile tool box for BBQ Supplies
      ~Slow 'n' Sear
      ~Drip 'n' Griddle
      ~Weber Rapid Fire Chimney Starter
      ~Pro-Series Probes for Thermoworks
      ~Humphrey's Rib Spatula


      DRINKS
      ~Sweet Tea
      ~Bourbon
      ~Craft Beers or whatever is in your fridge

    #3
    Well Bourbon is my poison of choice and I enjoy craft beers....

    When it comes to wine... I like a good Port... I also like a good Foch as IMHO it pairs fairly well with grilled and bbq foods...

    The wife typically likes something sweet to semi-sweet...

    We don't drink a ton of wine so we usually just have a nice selection of stuff from wineries we have visited.

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    • Jerod Broussard
      Moderator
      • Jun 2014
      • 9183
      • East Texas
      • Pit Barrel Cooker "Texas Brisket Edition"
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        Weber One Touch Premium Black 26" Kettle (gift)
        Slow 'n Sear XL for 26" Kettle (gift)
        Weber Smokey Joe Gold
        Weber Rapid Fire Chimney
        Vortex
        Maverick ET-732 White
        Maverick ET-732 Copper
        2- Auber SYL-1615 fan systems(Awesome!!!!!!!!)
        Thermoworks Thermapen w/ Back light (gift)
        Thermoworks Timestick
        Cambro Model 300MPC110 w/ Winco SS Pans
        B & B and Kingsford Charcoal
        B & B Pellets

      #4
      Today I'm whining about a really bad sinus headache.

      Yesterday I was whining about a spasm in my left trapezius.

      Other than that......never drank the stuff. I was at a Publix in Atlanta and they have a wine aisle long enough to run the 4th leg of the quadruple crown.

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      • Willy
        Willy commented
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        A little wine might just help them headaches and spasms... :«)

      • Jerod Broussard
        Jerod Broussard commented
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        You may be on to something Willy

      • tbob4
        tbob4 commented
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        I'm really scared of the trapezius. If I was on one that high up I'd be having spasms, too!
    • EdF
      EdF
      Club Member
      • Jul 2016
      • 3145
      • Atlantic Highlands, NJ
      • Uuni Pro (new kid in town)
        Karubeque C-60
        Large BGE since 2002 + plate setter + pizza stone + upper grid + stainless paella pan for drippings (the best!)
        TEC Cherokee FR since 2014 (portable infrared grill - does a mighty sear)
        Polyscience Sous Vide Pro since 2012 (wasn't much else available in those days)
        Thermapen
        Thermapen Air
        ThermaQ (or its predecessor)
        Thermoworks Hi temp IR
        BBQ Dragon & Chimney of Insanity
        Various other stuff

      #5
      I like Malbec a lot. Dry red with good body and generally inexpensive (Australian Shiraz is like that too, but heavier). Check out Splash Wines on the internet. If your state allows wine to be shipped in, they have great prices and mixed cases, or choose your own.

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      • Northside Brian
        Northside Brian commented
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        EdF I love a good Carmenere with a nice peppery steak. The flavors go so well together.

      • EdF
        EdF commented
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        Yeah, good combo Northside Brian !

      • Sierraslick
        Sierraslick commented
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        I think many of those Malbecs are coming from Argentina and they are terrific! Here I live 30 minutes from Napa but the good prices and great values are at my nearby Bev Mo!
    • jerrybell
      Charter Member
      • Aug 2014
      • 226

      #6
      I like blended reds or Zins. Some blended reds in the $10 range that we always buy are Frontier Red and Shebang. Zins are my favorite, but the decent "everyday" versions are $15 to $20. We like 7 Deadly Zins, Plungerhead, Cline Old Vines, and Gnarly Head Ancient Vines. Seghesio and Cline Planchon Vineyards are great zins too but they are more costly than what I'd call an everyday wine.

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      • richinlbrg
        Founding Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 1798
        • Leesburg, VA. (Northern, VA)
        • We have two weber kettle grills (one LARGE and one small/average), the SnS and the Weber Smokey Mountain 18" smoker. We use both natural lump charcoal and KNB for smoking and measure our temps with a Maverick 733, thermopen and MK4. Favorite beer depends on what is cooking (alt answer is yes).

        #7
        White =Langudoc and Ballard Road
        red= Rex Goliath

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        • BloomHybrid
          Club Member
          • Mar 2016
          • 102
          • Phoenix
          • Big Joe, Weber Genesis S-330, Thermapin

          #8
          My wife is into the Rex Goliath Pinot Noir, right now.

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          • fuzzydaddy
            Charter Member
            • Nov 2014
            • 4924
            • Near my cookers...Pensacola FL
            • Hardware
              Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado.
              Weber Kettles: 2-22" & 1-26".
              Slow 'N Sear, DnG Racks/Pans, SnS GrillGrates, Easy Spin Grates, Elevated Cooking Grates. (Several of each)
              Chimney starters.
              PartyQ.
              Joule.
              GrillGrates, GrateGriddles.
              Maverick XR-50 [my favorite].
              ThermoWorks Smoke & Gateway, Thermapen, Thermapop, ChefAlarms, DOT, probes

              Consumables / Favorites
              KBB (short cooks), Weber (long cooks)
              Ribs (beef & pork), Pork Butts, Chuck Roasts, Pork Tenderloins.
              Adrenaline BBQ salt free rubs: Not Just for Beef & Rocky’s Rub.
              MeatChurch Holy Cow. MMD, BBBR, S&G, Herbs de Provence, SPOG.

            #9
            I like a sweet red. Sweet Walter or even Gallo Red moscato.

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            • Baker Dan
              Charter Member
              • Nov 2014
              • 336
              • North Eastern IL. McHenry County

              #10
              Wine snobs might hate me ... But the Black Box Pinot is scrumptous and 4 bottles worth for 20 bucks it cant be beat

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              • Potkettleblack
                Potkettleblack commented
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                One of my go to cooking wines, with Botabox being the other.

              • Dr ROK
                Dr ROK commented
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                I like the Black Box Merlot and Cab too.
            • Yno
              Yno
              Former Member
              • May 2015
              • 406
              • Do you know the way to San Jose?

              #11
              Some people like expensive cars, some people like expensive cookers, some people like expensive clothes. Unfortunately, I got pretty well hooked on some fairly expensive wines. I am definitely not a snob, and I often times head down to Bevmo and buy some of their "buy one get another for a nickel" wines. But damn, when I am flush, there is nothing like an Amuse Bouche, an Opus One, a Hall "Exzellenz", or maybe even a fancy French Bordeaux. Too bad I usually have a beer budget.

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              • Willy
                Willy commented
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                Understood! Are there any less expensive wines that you enjoy on occasion?

              • CaptainMike
                CaptainMike commented
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                Huge thumbs up on the Opus! I have been told that Benedictine Monks sort out the best grapes and crush them one at a time. Then they have them blessed by a priest, a Rabbi, and the Dali Llama.

              • Sierraslick
                Sierraslick commented
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                How about Napa appellation Silver Oak? With a well cooked Ribeye it will rock your world!
            • Yno
              Yno
              Former Member
              • May 2015
              • 406
              • Do you know the way to San Jose?

              #12
              I am a wine club member of three small wineries whose wines are pretty much are only available at the winery and at local markets. Their wines constitute a fair percentage of my purchases. I also like to go to wine bars where I can get good advice and sample the wines before I buy. But usually id consider wine recommendations the same a restaurant recommendations. Everyone has a particular set of expectations and perceptions, and I like to make my own choices. I have had wonderful meals at restaurants that other people hate, and I have had execrable wines that others love. My best advice is to go out and taste a lot!

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              • Nate
                Charter Member
                • Apr 2015
                • 3710
                • Pawnee, Indiana
                • INFO
                  ~Known as: Nate
                  ~Location: Cornfield in Southwestern Indiana
                  ~Credit Manager for an Agriculture Coop.


                  SMOKERS & GRILLS
                  ~Grilla Original Grilla
                  ~Char-Broil Commercial Tru-Infrared Gas Grill
                  ~Pit Barrel Cooker
                  ~Brinkmann Trailmaster Vertical Offset Smoker
                  ~Weber Kettle 22.5" Original
                  ~Weber Q1000


                  THERMOMETERS
                  ~Thermoworks Thermapen MX4
                  ~Thermoworks Thermapen
                  ~Thermoworks ThermoPop
                  ~Thermoworks ChefAlarm TX-1100-XX (Orange and black)
                  ~Thermoworks DOT TX-1200-XX (Black)
                  ~Thermoworks IR-Gun-S Industrial Infrared Thermometer
                  ~Maverick ET-733
                  ~Maverick XR-50


                  ACCESSORIES
                  ~Stanley T-Stak mobile tool box for BBQ Supplies
                  ~Slow 'n' Sear
                  ~Drip 'n' Griddle
                  ~Weber Rapid Fire Chimney Starter
                  ~Pro-Series Probes for Thermoworks
                  ~Humphrey's Rib Spatula


                  DRINKS
                  ~Sweet Tea
                  ~Bourbon
                  ~Craft Beers or whatever is in your fridge

                #13
                Same the wife and I and some friends like to hit the "local" wineries. I typically only purchase from them the ones that we can't get at store. But we don't go hog wild either.

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                • W.A.
                  Charter Member
                  • Sep 2014
                  • 723
                  • Kingwood, TX
                  • Rec Tec Stampede, Pit Barrel Cooker, Weber One Touch Gold 22.5", Kamado Joe Classic

                  #14
                  Screaming Eagle....well I just saw it once

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                  • Skip
                    Founding Member
                    • Jul 2014
                    • 2553
                    • Blue Earth, Minnesota
                    • Memphis Pellet Grill, Large BGE, Weber Kettle with SnS, Weber Gasser, Pit Barrel Cooker, Cast Iron Pans & Griddle, Grill Grates

                    #15
                    We prefer a Cabernet. Dreaming Tree (bottle) is a favorite or even Black Box (boxed). It is fun to try different wines and beers once in awhile though.

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