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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Forrest, Mar 14, 2009.
I'm not sure if I should love or fear you, Marni. That's just... yeah.
Chateau St. Michelle made in Washington is quite nice and usually about 11.00-15.00.
I prefer French and German wines, but the Washington wines aren't bad.
Chateau Ste Michelle Cold Creek Cab is great. But it's like $40-50.
I like Chateau St Jean. Their cab is pretty decent, and I think it's only about $10-15 in Denver.
I love the Terrazas de los Andes reds, Malbec and Cab are great in the lower line and the Reservas line are probably some of the best wine for the money I have tasted to date.
Are you a Zin fan? There's lots to choose from that are under &20 - Bogle, some Cline, Perdoncelli, Gnarley Head, Dancign Bull, Valley of the Moon, etc., etc.
I have to prioritize: expensive wines or orchids? Orchids! Therefore, it is easy to drink cheap wines. I seldom spend more than $10 on a bottle of wine, since there is quite a selection of good, inexpensive wines out there. Pretty much any red from Chile is great; Los Vascos comes to mind. I haven't had a bad Argentinian Malbec. There are some really inexpensive Shirazes from Australia that are great.
Lots to choose from! Cheers!
Thanks folks. I appreciate all the suggestions.
We've been picking up some really good Malbecs from Argentina at Beverages & More for 10 or 12 bucks.
Montevina's an Amador County winery that produces a number of really good reds under two labels - Montevina and Terra de Oro. Try their Barbera and any of their Zinfandels - they're all pretty good, always a good deal and pretty widely distributed. If you order directly from the winery try their Teroldego - always fantastic for about $13-14.
If you'r really running low, don't forget...there's always Mad Dog and Boons Farm.
Canned Heat? Are they still around? Haven't heard their music in years!
Taste in wine is like anyone's taste in orchids. It's all subjective. I hate dry wine, gives me a headache. I was stationed in West Germany for 2yrs in the Mosel Valley(wine country) and tasted a huge range of wines while I was there. Wineries were like 7-11's. I prefer my wine sweeter so I don't think you can go wrong with a good bottle of German Auslese or any American equivalent. Found a bottle of German Auslese here for $10. There are 2 good Virginia wines equivalent to that: Sweet mountain Laurel and My Dog Blue. If you like dry wine you need to ask someone else. I will drink a red Shiraz from time to time and those can be inexpensive and not too dry.
This is one of my big issues. I like resolved wines. Nothing like the subtleties of a good Pinot Noir or the nuances of a well aged Cabernet Sauvignon. I am not big on fruit bombs. Which is a lot of times what the less expensive wines end up being. I cant do overly sweet either. I appreciate it in a desert wine, but not in normal wine. I guess this is just one more area of my life where I am absurdly picky. Sucks for me.
OMG Jon, I can't believe you're paying that much for Michelle. That's highway robbery!
We have a Liquor Barn in Lexington that regularly sells that wine for $15.00.
Not for the Cold Creek vineyard...
Might make the search more challenging but there are wines out there that'll surprise you. How cool is that - you get to explore a whole new sector of the wine world! We'll expect progress reports, ya know...... oke:
There's a winery not far from my house, Chateau Elan. I understand they have some nice wines. Want me to send you a case?? I'd be more than happy to..
here's their website.
Whites from New Zealand are usually pretty good price and are very consistent and fresh
Reds from down here - McLaren Vale, Hunter Valley (where I live), Margaret River, Barossa Valley etc should still be a good price and have a consistent and good cellaring option .....
I've had a few wonderful bottles of white wine from Chili before ... very very pleasantly surprised - have no idea about labels though so no help there ....
Do you guys do "clean skins" in the wine stores? - where an overstock of wine from a variety of vineyards are sold bottled but without labels? - costs less for the winery to do and you often get excellent wine .... down here clean skins can go for as little as $2-$3 a bottle so that's a cheep option
Forrest, pick up a case of Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir today. It's the 2005 year. The NY times guys said he is among the best pinot crafters in the country. You need to visit the winery.