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Wine

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Forrest, Dec 13, 2008.

  1. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    I collect wine. Well, it has been a while, but I still have a decent collection. I have not acquired much since my daughter was born, but that is ok.

    Mostly California and Oregon stuff out of accessibility. Mostly Pinots, Rhone varietals with some Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel (the red stuff, not the pink stuff, sorry).

    My wife used to work in the industry and I used to help out here and there at different places during harvest so we would get discounts and perks when we went places. I miss that.
     
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    I collect wine, too. However, the only way you'd know that is by looking in my recycle bin. :D I like the reds, too! The whites are only good deeply chilled, on a hot summer day, IMO. And the "pinks" aren't wine.
     
  3. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    true dat.
     
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    Have you ever ordered a Zinfandel, and the server brings you a glass of pink wine? I do my very best to remain polite while explaining what it is I actually ordered, but I'm not always successful. Especially when they take a superior attitude while telling me that Zinfandel IS pink. :bang:
     
  5. Forrest

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    No, that has not happened to me. Perhaps because I live in California.

    My in laws are wine people too, and they live in the Ozarks. That has happened to them a couple of times.

    My Father in law is actually a liquor salesman up there. Occasionally he does wine tastings. He says that usually there is at least one person who freaks out when the Zin that he is pouring is red. LOL
     
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    We discovered Au Ban Climat 2 years back. They're in Santa Barbra Valley and make an outstanding Pinot Noir that is mixed with 15% of some other grape. Couldn't find it locally, so we bought a case off the internet.

    We had Estancia Pinot Noir at Sardi's in New York. It's made by Pinnacles Ranch in Monterey County. Bought a case locally.

    I recommend both.
     
  7. Forrest

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    I have had the Pinnacles Ranch. They are not too far from me. I will keep my eyes peeled for the Au Ban Climat.
     
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    We collect wine as well ..... in fact we tend to plan our yearly holidays around different wine-making regions ... and we are only around 1hr from the Hunter Valley which is a another major wine-making region.... :)

    We have a reasonable collection at the moment (especially considering the space we have available), I think at last review it was sitting just under 400 bottles wine + maybe 30-40 bottles of "other" (fortified, sparkling etc) ...

    We mostly collect Australian wineries - so the likes of Shiraz, Chambourcin, Durifs, Mouvedre, Cabernets, etc and their various combinations appear regularily .....

    Its a drink-able collection, not purchased just to sit there and never be touched - we love being able to find that special bottle to go with the event and that it has a story ...

    (the new house is getting a wine cellar (we can't go underground here so its more like a wine room) designed for it)
     
  9. Jean

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    Something sweet that my Hubby did for our kids when they were born, he bought 2 different bottles of first growth Bordeauxs for each child. The Bordeauxs were the same year that they were born. First growth Bordeaux are wines that must sit around for awhile, like 20 years. We opened them when the kids graduated and they were great.
     
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    You married well :cool:
     
  11. DawnC

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    "Collect" wine? WTH? Mine doesn't last long enough to "collect". I do miss those wonderful Paso Robles wine from back home.
     
  12. Forrest

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    400 bottles, that is a nice collection. Mine is somewhere inbetween 2 and 3 hundred.

    Collecting is necessary in order to have vintage wine on a new release budget. I have bottles in my collection now that are worth more than 800 bucks, just because they are aged. I cant afford that. but if you get them when they are new releases and age them out, then you get to drink it. It does take patience though.
     
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    I have a box of Cabernet Sauvignon that's probably a couple months old. How much is it worth? I can look up the year/lot# if that would help.
     
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    "Aged"? Does that mean I'm worth more now too?
     
  15. T. migratoris

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    :D:D:D

    That's the same way we collect wine. There's always a couple hundred bottles around but in any given 6-month period it's never the same couple hundred bottles.

    That's bad, I suppose ...
     
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    I dont think that stuff has a year #, batch # maybe. expiration date, most likely. :poke:

    edit- No Dawn, that is Cheese and Wine only. sorry.
     
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    Damnit Mr F you sure know how to make a girl feel worthy.
     
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    My favorite Inn, The Friend's Lake Inn, has a 5,000 bottle cellar.
     
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    Thanks, Forrest. That's really helpful. I wallpapered one of the guest bedrooms with Franzia boxes. That's where you're stayin' next time you visit.
     
  20. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    Are they all empty?