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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 4:25 am 
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If you're a wino like I am, post your faves here, even if you like box wine or Boone's Farm or something. You need not necessarily go into bottles/vintage years, but I'm looking for new things to try.

My favorites include:
Red: Zinfandel or Vintage Port
White: German or Canadian ice wine

Nothing beats a good Merlot with a steak. I don't see how people like chardonnay with seafood or chicken, though.

Chianti makes fucking fantastic spaghetti sauce.

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I had a nice shiraz with my salmon last time i was in canada. I enjoy all types of wine except for white zinfadel

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german ice wine is to die for.

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i drink roughly 3 bottles of wine per week.

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vacatetheword wrote:
german ice wine is to die for.


I've had a dozen different brands of german eiswein since my stepfather got me hooked on it after buying me a bottle for college graduation. I used to be REALLY big into wines back then, but I found myself spending the $40 or so I'd allot myself for wines each month on eiswein more and more.

A great, similar-tasting alternative to German eiswein is German beerenauslese or (if you're in the mood for spending a gram of coke's worth of cash) trockenbeerenauslese. Instead of extracting the wine when the grapes are frozen, these wines take advantage of "noble rot" that happen to German grapes under extremely controlled conditions (German wines have even higher laws than French outside of the draconian, $$$-controlled Sauternes laws). These are fantastically sweet, and beerenauslese is half as expensive as eiswein, if you don't mind drinking rotten grapes.

There are fake ice wines from the United States and Australia, where grapes are yanked from the vines and artificially frozen/extracted, and these are okay but never turn out as sweet as the natural German eisweins. They are, however, a much cheaper alternative.

There's a Canadian company, Innilskin or something, that makes great ice wines. My favorite wine ever was a rare Merlot ice wine from this company. It was a cool $70 - the most I've ever spent on a bottle - but the memorable taste was well worth it. I'll get it again if I get my Ph.D.

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i thought this was gunna be about c_b and life in the city :?

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I'd spend a week in purgatory for a bottle of Vin Mariani. I wonder if any of these are left.

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Peeps wrote:
i thought this was gunna be about c_b and life in the city :?


hey!

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I've been trying for years to find a wine that i actually like. I hate red wines and blush wines. I recently tried Reisling and really liked it. I also drank Yellow Tail Chardonnay at a wedding last summer but it was only b/c they ran out of beer and I was already pretty trashed. Otherwise I think I might have hated it. :?


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corduroy_blazer wrote:
i drink roughly 3 bottles of wine per week.


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i started drinking wine about a year ago when i was a hardcore alchy. sometimes i wouldnt have made it to the liquor store in time so i would go to 711 and buy a big ass bottle of wine and drink it. good times.

now that ive chilled out in terms of my drinking, i prefer a glass of cab sauv from time to time. but usually i just dont drink anything now unless im at a party or its new years.

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Fellas, in Australia, cask wine is called 'goon'.

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What is cask wine? That shit that comes in a box?

Also, nothing goes better with a good wine than a good cigar or pipe.

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The only wine I really know is Yellowtail which is fine, but I'm not a big wine drinker.

Also, for those with a Trader Joe's in your area- they have a pretty decent bottle of wine for just $2.99 a bottle.

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Justin Bailey wrote:
There's a Canadian company, Innilskin or something, that makes great ice wines. My favorite wine ever was a rare Merlot ice wine from this company. It was a cool $70 - the most I've ever spent on a bottle - but the memorable taste was well worth it. I'll get it again if I get my Ph.D.


It's called Inniskillin.


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I've been trying for years to find a wine that i actually like. I hate red wines and blush wines. I recently tried Reisling and really liked it. I also drank Yellow Tail Chardonnay at a wedding last summer but it was only b/c they ran out of beer and I was already pretty trashed. Otherwise I think I might have hated it. :?


My girlfriend is the same way. She can't drink red at all (though she does like some blush wines). She also really dislikes dry or acidic whites, but she has recently had a lot of luck with Rieslings. The liquor store around here has each wine labelled based on it's sugar content (0-5, 5 being the sweetest) and she seems to prefer the Rieslings in the 3-4 range. That's too sweet for my tastes but it works for her.


Personally, i'm not the least bit picky. I will drink just about anything and enjoy it. As such, i've taken to making my own wine recently. I just started a Shiraz this weekend that i'm really looking forward to.


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On the occaision that I do drink..

Both Whites:

Pinot Grigio 2000 Special Reserve (Peller Estates)
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I have a bottle of Mclaren Vale Shiraz that I'm saving for a kick ass steak. The guy at the wine store told me it was good. I also like to keep a bottle of Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin around.

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I can't stand white wine. I drink about a bottle of red every week during weeknights.

Also, I'm not fooled with expensive wines. The cheaper red wines are a million times better. Better flavor, more robust, more body. I think it's because more impurities are left in, not sure.

My favorites are Shiraz, Caberet, and Merlot.

Oh btw, I got a legit bottle of red wine for less than a Euro in Paris. We bought like 6 of them and got loaded over the next couple days.

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i prefer white, my wife found this very cheap brand which tastes like heaven. very smooth and creamy. and no weird aftertaste. i love it.


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conoalias wrote:
i prefer white, my wife found this very cheap brand which tastes like heaven. very smooth and creamy. and no weird aftertaste. i love it.

What's it called?

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