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Old 01-28-2006, 03:13 PM  
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What's your favorite wine?

For us wine drinkers, I'm curious about your favorite "drinking" wine (as in, something uner $15 a bottle).

I'm partial to the 2002 Hill of Gold Shiraz (Rosemont Estates) and the 2002 Coppola Premium Claret. Right now, I'm drinking a 2003 Coppola Zin.
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Old 10-25-2007, 08:08 PM   #121
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My wife and I are all about the Port, but then again, we're big on desserts as well!

I find myself liking the Cab Francs lately, though there is this one Pinot from Oregon that is just fantastic. Can't recall the label, though.

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Old 10-25-2007, 08:18 PM   #122
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G-B has some very nice stuff. I'm also fond of their Mountain Cuvee (around $20 per), especially this time of year. Pair it with a dish with sage and it's like having fall in a glass. I've got some of their 2003 Cab in the cellar that I've got high hopes for but probably won't hit it's stride for another 10-15 years.

As far as "drinking" wines, it depends on what mood I'm in and if I'm eating it with something or not. Spain and Chile are really producing some quality big reds for around $10-15 per. Root 1 Cab from Chile (around $12) I consider a phenomenal value. Ol' Red by Cosentino is a nice red blend I recently tried ($13). I've also liked Cline's old vine zin. Di Majo Norante's Ramitello (red blend, around $18) is great with tomato based dishes.

If you like big reds, Petit Sirah I've had in heavy rotation lately. Reasonably priced ones would be Concannon (around $13) and Guenoc's Lake County (around $17). Guenoc makes a multi-vineyard variety of this as well, but in my opinion, the Lake County is worth the extra $4 (great balance, inky color, velvety mouthfeel...great with lamb, as one of my friends put it "like drinking blueberry-vanilla-butter").
Bevmo has a Lake County Claret for $9.99/bottle. It's not bad. I just picked up a case. My wife and I drink it as our second bottle (when the tastebuds aren't as sharp) after drinking a better bottle first.
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Old 10-25-2007, 08:19 PM   #123
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Bevmo has a Lake County Guernoc Claret for $9.99/bottle. It's not bad. I just picked up a case. My wife and I drink it as our second bottle (when the tastebuds aren't as sharp) after drinking a better bottle first.
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Old 10-25-2007, 08:24 PM   #124
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Just got back from Napa Valley. Rubicon 2003 from Francis Ford Coppola's winery was the best I tasted. The 2003 Cask cabernet was also good. Both a little pricey.
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Old 10-25-2007, 08:25 PM   #125
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I have red wines from time to time, but I'm not too knowledgeable of what constitutes a good wine. I like wines that aren't too bitter and not too sweet.

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Old 10-25-2007, 08:54 PM   #126
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I like trying new wines, pinot noir & cabs top the list in type. Not a favorite name that I always reach for, in fact - most times I try to grab one I've never had before.
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Old 10-25-2007, 11:06 PM   #127
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Just bought a great wine for $16. It was rated as 1 of Wine Spectator's best value wines (91 points.) Gordon Bros. Columbia Valley Merlot 2005

Earlier this year I stumbled across a deal for 2000 Mondavi Private Reserve Cab for $30 instead of over $100. Rated 92 by both WS and WE.

It was OK. Worth the $30 but not much more.

Bevmo has a good deal on Langtry Meritage Red Wine '04 (750 ML) for $39.99 for the first bottle and 5 cents for the 2nd. (They will actually sell you 1 bottle for 1/2 price.)

The Plaza 3 sells this bottle for $80 or 90. It is good for $20.

There is a lot of mark-up in wine. The distibutor, wholesaler and retailer all take a cut. This is why people liked 2 buck chuck so much. It went straight to the retailer. People get a $8 bottle for $2.

The best deals are from the lesser known brands. Find a good wine shop who knows what you like and they will guide you to great wines for close to $20. Usually closer to $15.
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Old 10-25-2007, 11:08 PM   #128
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Or really, any Malbec under $15. I just love the stuff.
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Old 10-26-2007, 12:04 AM   #129
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Old 10-26-2007, 10:26 AM   #130
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I'm in the same place. Plus, I think - and I could be full of it - that the quality difference between a $10 and a $20 bottle is frequently noticeable, but the difference between a $20 and $40 bottle rarely is.
Same on the $20-40 range, but I'm not sure if that's a function of the wines I'm buying in that range, or my novice palate.

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I was drinking a lot of Malbec wines from Argentina. Has a strong plum flavor and a dark ruby color, most in the $10-15 range and most are simple, very drinkable wines.

Alamos Malbec
Altos Las Hormigas
I'll have to check those out, thanks.
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Old 10-26-2007, 10:31 AM   #131
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Old 10-26-2007, 10:43 AM   #132
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I have been a fan of this cab since the article was ran about Vermeil's winery. I have not purchased the first bottle, but my boss has bought quite a few for me as gifts, since I like it so well. The 2000 is really very nice now.

One of my other favorites, which I have enjoyed a lot is Freemark Abbey. I drink primarily cabs, and this is incredible but a little pricey.

Franciscan Oakville Estates is a very nice Cab with an obvious Oaky taste for just around $20.
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Old 10-26-2007, 10:49 AM   #133
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Old 10-26-2007, 11:01 AM   #134
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can anyone recommend some reasonable Pinot Noirs?

I hear it is a favorite grape of many, and an interesting wine, but it seems to be a more expensive wine as well...
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Old 10-26-2007, 11:16 AM   #135
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can anyone recommend some reasonable Pinot Noirs?

I hear it is a favorite grape of many, and an interesting wine, but it seems to be a more expensive wine as well...
You can get into a decent Pinot for around $15, but the better ones will probably be $20 or better. It's a function of it being a pretty hard grape to grow. Personally, I prefer the old-world style Pinots to the American fruit bombs. A few that I can reccomend off the top of my head are:

Anything by Patricia Green (should be able to find this around $20)
Clos Pegase (probably gonna be in the $30-40 price range).

I probably could give you a few more reccomends, but I'd have to check tasting notes at home (I'm guessing I have notes on a few from $15-20; I know there are a couple I've liked). Send me a smoke if you'd like those later.
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