Well with all the talk of wine this is what I'm drinking tonight
Though it is sundown and yom kippur already started so I shouldn't be eating or drinking anything...
I'm pretty much all over. Honestly, much like music I don't really find any wine bad but I tend to recall the big wineries, the small ones (least in Ia) tend to come and are gone so while I buy small batch, once gone likely not to be seen again. I avoid Yellowtails and Barefoot but Rex Goliath is ok for a cheap wine but too, seldom bought in lieu of $3 to $4 more. For my $10-$15ish range it may be Sterling, Rhiannon, Gott, Lohr, BV, Concha y Toro are fine. I don't mind higher end but getting above $25 is more special occasion or great weather to hang outside with. I've gotten/have some Whitehall, Justin, George Latour and Freemark Abbey which I like and lend myself to believe I can tell the difference but then, I find or have had plenty less expensive which were great. Recently had Moss Roxx and Gerard Bertrand (I think) which were good.
1 out of 20 are white with reds the rest. do the Cabs, but like Pinots as well as Merlots and Zin's. In terms of South American, French or Spainish wines, I buy and drink em but really haven't committed any to memory nor really even the standard American ones I buy other then saying "hey, here's one I recall liking". Note too, most the names listed are big on the Cabs, Merlots.
Glasses, well, normally stems but I have the short stemless for lazy evening as I don't hold em long enough to warm wine greatly but haven't an issue with warmer wine. yeah, I understand the idea of color, smell, taste but never got greatly into trying to extrapolate every nuance of flavor in lieu of just drinking the wine. A wine store owner once scolded me for having gum in my mouth while tasting. It was 4 hrs chewed and flavorless but his expression was very entertaining.
So, after the blabbing what I guess I was pondering is if there is a decent say $10-$15 range, fairly common red that has different than common flavor worth trying out. I can search, hit Minneapolis on occasion as well as Chicago. In terms of paring ... by itself, just sitting around. I'd entertain higher in the $15-$20 but then simply wouldn't enjoy them as often.
Particular one's I've liked lately would be the Moss Roxx, tonight i'm having a Freemark Abbey and generally say I like Lohr, liked a Dover Canyon Petit Sarah the other day too.
Nice! I've gotten out of the habit of driking Gewurtz.
That should be a good match to their climate -- makes more sense than trying to grow Cab.
Ok, this year I see gourds of pumpkin beers (eheheh ) and historically I fretted even trying one, but I will. One too many folks around me and now a post on em.
yeah, maybe a pumpkin isn't a gourd so I should squash that pun here!
Just saw this last night an about picked up a box. Figure it may make a decent inexpensive weeknight glass with dinner wine.
Funny thing on your yom kippur, one of my fondest memories of a old friend was back in college. Sitting around a local fresh made burger joint, all eating burgers and one of the guys asked Chuck: "hey, don't you skip meat on xxx holiday? " Chuck just laughed and said he was a poor jew but the burger was great.
Values: I love to buy good values that may need some time and lay them down for 2 years or more, I have a bunch of great stuff that I have cellered now for over 10 years. I opened one up saturday night that was amazing after 11 years!
Pinot: Left coast Cellars,Calles Couvee, 2012~ $16-$18 tight, refined and balanced pinot, good fruit, mineral and flint. Lighter style.
Cab: Rodney Strong Cab, 2012, about $16.00 outstanding cab for this price point. This is our go-to every-dayer. Drinks like Napa style cab.
Waterbrook 2011 Cab reserve. excellent value. Drinks big and more like a cali cab. Walla Walla, WA.
Cotes DuRhone are great values and most can be found for about 14-18.
Andezon 2013, bright fruit, smooth, refined and outstanding value, I just picked this up for $13.00 a bottle by the case.
Since the Summer is on the corner, at least for un from the South, instead of the Winter for almost you, I'm looking for good beers.
Cold Abbey, Pilsens or Weissbier, on top of the preference.
Did you noticed about Trippel carmelite? Worth a try!!!!
I liked it. It had a lot of that sangiovese restraint but with a bit of extra tannin. And it had a hint of that flavor profile I was talking about. I'm beginning to think that is a contribution from the petite sirah that for some reason does not show up when the mix is predominantly petite sirah. Weird.