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13urnzz
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First off, i am by no means a sommelier. i did grow up in California, and experienced some decent table wines. Lately, my wife and i have been trying different varieties and the offerings from different countries. As an afterthought, i put the cork from these experiments in a goblet, and when it got full i had the bright idea to take a picture of it.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7068/6879200737_a99ff968cc_b.jpg

These corks represent whites, reds, and champagnes we've tried from the last year.
My favorite champagne was the Asti from Martini and Rossi.
My favorite white was Bartenura, an Italian moscato that is very much like a champagne.

https://i.imgur.com/nqIm0.jpg

My favorite red is a pinot noir from Bordeaux, the cork with the 2005 stamp. i like Beaujolais, despite the high merlot percentage. The fact that my wife will pair it with roast makes it better.

When we went to Seattle, KCD took us to his hometown, and a couple of wineries there. i remember a Riesling that was pretty good. We also stopped in winery near Port Angeles, and brought home 2 cases.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4133/4993664446_ffb462ff1a_b.jpg
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Bellicose Yankee Air Pirate
+1,182|3885|'Murka

I have been on a malbec kick of late. Not just Argentinian, either. There's a couple of really good Texas Hill Country vintages.

Really more into reds than anything else now. Got hooked on a flight from Stuttgart to the States in 01. They bumped me up to business class and I tried every wine on the list...
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Jay
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+1,959|2832|London, England
I bought a bottle of this as a joke the other night (2008 instead) but it turned out rather good.

https://lennthompson.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341d0dbb53ef0162fbeb1a53970d-250wi
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Jaekus
I'm the matchstick that you'll never lose
+957|2652|Sydney
I have a passing interest in wine. I know a little more than the general population but less than any enthusiast worth his salt.

My brother and my ex both work in fine dining restaurants as supervisors, so I learned most of what I know from them. During my brief sojourn in the US my bro and I tried several different wines. We noticed the Cali cab savs weren't as big and bold as Aus/NZ cab savs (either to do with the grape or the region or a combo of both I imagine). I was drunk pretty much every night so it's a bit of a blur as to what tasted like what

I do remember this one, it was quite nice:

https://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/304606_10150430314469937_642529936_10817106_6788463_n.jpg

Franciscan Estate: Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (2007) with a seafood platter starter of fresh oysters, prawns and crab. We had this in Monterey, CA.

Also, I'm a big Tool fan so I just had to stop by Jerome in AZ and pick up a couple bottles for collection (they currently sit in the small 12 bottle wine fridge beside me at my computer)

https://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/293475_10150420706434937_642529936_10720439_1526722_n.jpg


I'm fairly narrow in my wine tastes, primarily drinking reds. Tend to only buy pinot noir for drinking by the bottle. Otherwise I'll happily try any shiraz/merlot/riesling/chardonay if it is matched well with the meal/canapes.
13urnzz
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there are some nice australian shiraz . . .
Jaekus
I'm the matchstick that you'll never lose
+957|2652|Sydney
I think I just haven't given shiraz enough of a chance. It's a bit tart so perhaps I needed some nice soft cheeses to balance the flavour a bit. I think my taste was influenced somewhat by my ex, she loves Tasmanian and NZ pinot noir.
nukchebi0
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+387|3798|New Haven, CT
I had this great Chilean wine a flight from New York to Amsterdam.
Kmar
Truth is my Bitch
+5,695|4075|132 and Bush

For a white I like Conundrum. Red, Justin.. although I'm really not big on white.

Only pic I have of them both
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3413/3421330457_d88f9eddfa.jpg
The other ones aren't too shabby. One of my good friends is a dealer and he turned me on to those.
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Kmar
Truth is my Bitch
+5,695|4075|132 and Bush

13urnzz wrote:

My favorite champagne was the Asti from Martini and Rossi.
I could be wrong.. but I'm pretty sure that's not champagne. Sounds a bit italian to me.
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Benzin
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Whenever I'm invited over as a guest here in Vienna I always bring a bottle of Californian wine with me.
Dilbert_X
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+1,592|3580|eXtreme to the maX
Always been lucky with Cleanskins.
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Bellicose Yankee Air Pirate
+1,182|3885|'Murka

13urnzz wrote:

there are some nice australian shiraz . . .
It's what got me started on reds.
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Jaekus
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+957|2652|Sydney

Dilbert_X wrote:

Always been lucky with Cleanskins.
Any particular varieties/brands? Always been a little reluctant. In my head I think "something that cheap can't taste good"
Dilbert_X
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Jaekus wrote:

Dilbert_X wrote:

Always been lucky with Cleanskins.
Any particular varieties/brands? Always been a little reluctant. In my head I think "something that cheap can't taste good"
Yeah but its cheap so it doesn't matter, and often its blended which can be good.
I've had many expensive wines which were shit so if I find a good cheap one I'll stick with it.

Cab Sav, Cab Merlot, Shiraz, they're all OK, I'd have to think of the brands.
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13urnzz
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Cavitt Pinot Grigio 4/10

delightful light grigio that reminds you of early summer.
then the aftertaste is like cooking on the grill for the first time without cleaning it.

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6349036/bf3s/IMG_9861.jpg

the Bartenura is in my top 5 of all time (OF ALL TIME!) and is pictured here to prove i cleansed after that awful Cavit . . .
bugz
Fission Mailed
+3,308|3786

Had a glass of Inniskillin Riesling with porkchops tonight.

It was easy to drink and complimented the meat.

I'll never understand how the hell sommeliers come up with the tasting notes they do.
Miggle
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+1,407|4216|FUCK UBISOFT

wine was invented by the romans for orgies.
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Jaekus
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+957|2652|Sydney
Tried a few glasses of Le Chat Noir, from France. It's $25 a bottle or $30 for two from the place around the corner. Quite nice. I think it would accompany lamb or kangaroo pretty well.

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Jaekus
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+957|2652|Sydney

bugz wrote:

Had a glass of Inniskillin Riesling with porkchops tonight.

It was easy to drink and complimented the meat.

I'll never understand how the hell sommeliers come up with the tasting notes they do.
My brother explained it to me once. You just describe the flavours as you experience them regardless of whether you know they are in the wine or not. For example, a lot of sauvignon blancs are described as having a "buttery" flavour, but they sure as hell don't have butter in them.
13urnzz
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went to Colorado, who knew they had a thriving viticulture? we stopped at Mountain View Winery for a tasting. we left with a case.

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6349036/bf3s/IMG_5123.jpg

sorry there's only 10 bottles pictured, may the other 2 (a sweet little chardonnay and a pinot noir) R I P in piece.
Miggle
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+1,407|4216|FUCK UBISOFT

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Jaekus
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+957|2652|Sydney
My girlfriend took me to a vineyard for my birthday in August, we did a wine tasting. They have paulownia trees which the bees make honey from and then they infuse some of the wine with the honey, as well as make liqueur and spirits from the honey. Some very interesting and nice wines there.

Recently we drank a bottle of viognier and quite enjoyed it. I'm not much of a white fan but I think with summer on the way it might be a good time to branch out from my usual reds.
Ty
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+2,398|4248|Noizyland

Wine is my weakness. I'm a lover of beer and whisky generally but never really get drunk on either. Wine on the other hand...

Well anyway, I have a bottle of Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc. It's very nice. Only me to share it with. Not a great combination. MORE WINE!
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Jaekus
I'm the matchstick that you'll never lose
+957|2652|Sydney
Just bought this, always been a bit partial to pinot noir.

An aside: friend works at the vineyard.

https://birrelli.com.au/assets/images/portfolio/graphic_art/pinot.jpg

Also noticed they stock Stefano Lubiano pinot noir. Quite impressed as I had previously searched for it in QLD, including calling up the distributor and they said they do not bring it into the state. I guess Sydney is a fair bit closer to Tasmania than Brisbane.
Jaekus
I'm the matchstick that you'll never lose
+957|2652|Sydney
Today at work we each got a different bottle of wine as homework (wine appreciation is part of our induction and ongoing learning).

Drinking a chardonnay from the Hunter Valley. I can taste flavours of rockmelon in there with a dry, nutty finish. This means that the chardonnay is oaked, however Hunter Valley wineries don't oak their chardonnays. It also has grapes from Adelaide Hills and they do oak their chardonnays. Pretty cool to be picking up on this shit four days in. Three days ago I would not have had a clue what all this meant.

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