Wine Thread

fascination

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#41
not much has been said about chardonnays...personally I have only found a few nice buttery ones...the rest are way to oak-y...make sense?...any suggestions?
 

DancePoet

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#42
Chardonnay is a relatively delicate grape. And when it is aged in a barrel for too long, then it takes on an overly oaky flavor. I don't mind tasting some wood, but too much ruins the experience.

However, when done correctly, Chardonnay can have apple, apricot, pear, peach, vanilla, and nut flavors, along with a variety of citrus and tropical fruit flavors, and flowers, too. Because of it's frail nature, this grape can have a wide variety of styles depending on how it is vinted.

I'm not a huge fan of this variety, but I like having a bottle available. One recent success was a 2002 Columbia-Crest Chardonnay. These are relatively inexpensive and can be found in a grocery store, although in many situations the 2003 is now available. I'd recommend snapping up a 2002, not the 2003, if you can find one, and it's drinkable now.
 

DancePoet

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#45
Also had a 2002 Bouchaine Chardonnay and a 2004 Crane Lake, both a little ways back, but neither was very thrilling.

Another interesting white wine was the 2004 Paringa from Austrailia. This has 47% Chardonnay, 38% Semillon, and 15% Sauvignon Blanc. It is a very good example of how a chardonnay can be blended correctly, despite it's fragility.
 

DancePoet

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#47
crane lake...isn't that what they call "two buck chuck"?
The wine store I picked that bottle up from had it on their $15 and under table, and I believe it was like $8 or $9. Figuered I'd give it a try. Part of the adventure is trying the cheap stuff to discover a good find.

I had bought one recentlly at around $11.50 called Monte Volpe, a 2001. It is made out of the Tocai Friulano white grape, and believe it or not it came from Redwood Valley, CA. What a scrumptious find! :D

And by the way, I bought two more bottles of that one. ;)
 

Joe

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#49
crane lake...isn't that what they call "two buck chuck"?
No. "Two Buck Chuck" is Charles Shaw, carried (at least now) by Trader Joe's. It used to be $2-3 a bottle (hence the name) but I think it's now in the $3-4 range. Not the greatest wine in the world, but it's wet and it'll get you just as loaded as any other bottle of non-fortified wine. ;)
 

fascination

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#50
The wine store I picked that bottle up from had it on their $15 and under table, and I believe it was like $8 or $9. Figuered I'd give it a try. Part of the adventure is trying the cheap stuff to discover a good find.

I had bought one recentlly at around $11.50 called Monte Volpe, a 2001. It is made out of the Tocai Friulano white grape, and believe it or not it came from Redwood Valley, CA. What a scrumptious find! :D

And by the way, I bought two more bottles of that one. ;)
I hear ya...gotta confess my favorite cheap one was a bland(gasp, shudder)...it was like gewurztraminer, syrah and zin I think...called menage a trois and oh my my, what a lovely threesome it was:cool: ....I also love vinum from south africa but can no longer find it anywhere....pouty stomp
 

fascination

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#52
No. "Two Buck Chuck" is Charles Shaw, carried (at least now) by Trader Joe's. It used to be $2-3 a bottle (hence the name) but I think it's now in the $3-4 range. Not the greatest wine in the world, but it's wet and it'll get you just as loaded as any other bottle of non-fortified wine. ;)
as I mentioned before...given my issue with volume, that works for me:rolleyes:
 

fascination

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#53
peaches...from michigan...Tabor Hill Classic demi-sec...moderately sweet and heavy...bob hope's favorite wine and a regular selection at the white house in years past....

probably any reisling would ring your bell as well
 

fascination

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#55
you may have trouble finding it...which is why I also suggest any reisling...but give it a whirl...but any good liqueor vendor can order it for you
 

Vince A

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#56
Two of our favorites:
Rosemount
Incredibly fruity, the grapey '01 Rosemount Estate Balmoral Syrah delivers succulence par excellence; long and lacy on the palate; a good choice with hamburger and melted brie. Just about anything from Rosemount is good.

Cline
A solid example of the varietal, the '05 Cline White Truck Chardonnay delivers ripe fruit flavors with a slight creaminess; long and lacy on the palate; a fine everyday white for the house. This is a $45 bottle of wine that can be purchased for under $10 . . . talk about "a good buy!"
 

DancePoet

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#57
I hear ya...gotta confess my favorite cheap one was a bland(gasp, shudder)...it was like gewurztraminer, syrah and zin I think...called menage a trois and oh my my, what a lovely threesome it was:cool: ....I also love vinum from south africa but can no longer find it anywhere....pouty stomp
By the way, forgot to mention the 2004 Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay. Fairly enjoyable if you can find it, but it won't be under $15. ;)
 

Peaches

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#59
More on topic, what is considered a good/reasonable price for a nice wine?

DP mentioned one, but said it couldn't be found for less than $15--which implies that $15 is a comparatively high price. But given that my "everyday" champagne runs $30-$35, it seems absurdly low.
 

DancePoet

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#60
I like to buy wine under $20 if possible. I buy more of the $20 to $30 bottles, then the $30 to $50 bottles, but a person really can fine some nice stuff for under $20, like the one I mentioned on the intial post. It cost me like $16 and was very, very good. :cool:
 

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