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Old 10-15-2008, 02:15 PM   #1
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Questions about wine? Enjoy a bottle recently? Looking for something expensive/cheap for dinner tonight? Discuss here.

Maybe we could start a wine club? Like a book club- someone picks a region for the week and we all compare tasting notes.
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Old 10-16-2008, 01:33 PM   #2
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A few of the wine blogs I read daily:

http://www.vinography.com/
http://www.drvino.com/
http://thepour.blogs.nytimes.com/
http://750ml.blogspot.com/
http://www.ft.com/arts/columnists/robinson - weekends
http://online.wsj.com/article/tastings.html - fridays
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Anyone else here use cellartracker? Ive been paying attention to it a lot more and was wondering about membership perks.

Also- great article last weekend about How to Taste.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/005c4c2a-a...077b07658.html
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One of the things they stressed at the class I took recently is the fact you can only taste 5 things, but smell over 10,000.
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I like wine but don;t really know jack about it... what should I read first?
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I have been using Cellar Tracker for a couple of years. Being online, it's accessible from just about anywhere. It really does help to keep track of what you have and where it's stored in your cellar. You can print out different reports depending on your needs.
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Anyone else here use cellartracker? Ive been paying attention to it a lot more and was wondering about membership perks.

Also- great article last weekend about How to Taste.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/005c4c2a-a...077b07658.html
(sign-up its free)

One of the things they stressed at the class I took recently is the fact you can only taste 5 things, but smell over 10,000.
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Anyone else here use cellartracker? Ive been paying attention to it a lot more and was wondering about membership perks.
I was using Excel, but stopped. Cellar tracker is good, especially if you use off site storage of your cellar. I recommend neck tags unless you keep your wine in their OWC's.

I prefer to look at my collection rose colored glasses. Case counts sound larger than bottle counts.

As much as I love wine, most are not good pairings with cigars.
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Questions about wine? Enjoy a bottle recently? Looking for something expensive/cheap for dinner tonight? Discuss here.

Maybe we could start a wine club? Like a book club- someone picks a region for the week and we all compare tasting notes.
I had a Cesari Mara Ripasso last night that I got for $22. It's on sale every Tuesday for $17 if you buy a case. It was like a baby Amarone and was quite good. I would recommend it for a full, smooth, red wine experience without a huge price tag .
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I've been into California wines since I live here. I have developed my taste over the years by going on tasting tours to local regions and tasting bars. I tend to like wines that some connoisseurs turn their noses up at because I like flavorful fruity strong alcohol wines like Paso Robles Zins and Pitit Sirahs and our Cab Sauvs from around here. They call them "jammy" or "porty" like that's a bad thing.
In my travels I have tasted great Bordeauxs, Spanish, German, Italian and Portuguese wines but I cant seem to find those wines locally as good as the ones I've had abroad.
Why is that? I am now wary of wines I haven't tasted or if I don't feel good about the vintage.
Also, I've noticed that sometimes a bottle doesn't taste as good when opened later then as it did when it was tasted.
On the other hand I just had a bottle of 2000 David Bruce Russian River Pinot Noir from the Windsor Garden vineyard that was soooo much better than I remembered it when I tasted it.
Some wines go through a "dead period" when they taste bad like some flavor is overpowering it. I leave other bottles of it alone for a few more years and usually they come back around better.

100 bottles of wine in a cellar at an average of say $22 a bottle is $2200. 200 = $4400. Throw in those special $50+ bottles here and there plus a few bottles of Port and Madiera and it can get worse than a cigar habit quickly.
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www.vinfolio.com is a nice site for hard to find or very good vintages. I've seen Chateau Yquems from the early 1900's (Not Rodenstock ones so don't worry) and rare lafittes there. I went recently and the site was down. Anyone know anything about this?
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www.vinfolio.com is a nice site for hard to find or very good vintages. I've seen Chateau Yquems from the early 1900's (Not Rodenstock ones so don't worry) and rare lafittes there. I went recently and the site was down. Anyone know anything about this?
The site works for me. A little slow loading. Hey if money is no object, they have a lot of $3000+ wines you can take a chance on.
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The site works for me. A little slow loading. Hey if money is no object, they have a lot of $3000+ wines you can take a chance on.
I love looking at the vintages and just wondering what they are like. If you have read The Billionaires Vinegar, I think scepticism will accompany any of those purchases. I do have a friend who is opening an 82 Lafitte on his 50th in May. His father was a wine importer and left a few bottles behind when he died. He is inviting 4 friends to his birthday party for the uncorking..............I happen to be one of them. It was a very generous invite.
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Can you guys recommend any Argentine brands?
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Punto Final Malbec Reserva 2005- had this about a month ago- thought it was pretty good- a little heavy on the oak- but at about 12 dollars- totally worth it.

Michel Rolland is involved in Val de Flores and Clos de los Siete. I havent had from either vineyard- I'm going to track down a bottle of 06 Clos this week- I'll post tasting notes.
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Punto Final Malbec Reserva 2005- had this about a month ago- thought it was pretty good- a little heavy on the oak- but at about 12 dollars- totally worth it.

Michel Rolland is involved in Val de Flores and Clos de los Siete. I havent had from either vineyard- I'm going to track down a bottle of 06 Clos this week- I'll post tasting notes.
two more:

Layer Cake '07- not bad for about 17 a bottle- black fruit , chocolate- good with a steak.

Urban Uco- puts out a decent product for under 12 a bottle. Heavy oak- but pretty decent fruit- not as good as the two above.
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Michel Rolland is involved in Val de Flores and Clos de los Siete. I havent had from either vineyard- I'm going to track down a bottle of 06 Clos this week- I'll post tasting notes.

I've had Close de los Siete a couple of times. If you are a fan of new world wines, you may like this. To me, it has too much alcohol and seems too "worked" to my likes. Many critics and consumers are fans, so I say go for it. At 14.5% and some decent concentration, the wine has good aging potential.

I am hardly an expert or regular consumer of S. American wines, so I can't offer you much advice.
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Can you guys recommend any Argentine brands?

For entry level stuff, i love Zolo, which should be around $10-$12 depending on where you are located. Great Malbec, Bonarda, Cab, Merlot and Torrontes.

For a Step up check out Melipal Malbec. (around $20) Hector durigutti makes this one and he is basicaly the Rock Star of Argentinian wine making.. The wines are very rich w/ black fruit and sweet oak. Made for the American palate, and loved by a lot of the reviewers. Very impressive for the $$.

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