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post #31 of 64
Haven't had those, I'll check them out.
post #32 of 64
And that's my point. Too many Americans are too willing to bash a wine due to its price point. They automatically assume if it is less than $15-20 then it has to be crap. That is not neccessarily the case. Sure, a $12 bottle of wine isn't going to be a life changing experience, but there is something to be said for easy to drink every day wines and that's what many of these inexpensive wines are. Sure there are plenty of crappy wines at that price point, but then again, there are some pretty crappy wines at higher price points also. Another story-the sommelier at City Grill, in Atlanta, turned me one to this great little port from South Africa. It was dirt cheap, but very drinkable. He turned me on to it because he loved it and thought I would to. Sure it was not a "great" port, but it was well balanced, had plenty of good flavors, and was affordable enough that I could drink it often and keep the Warres '83' for a special occasion.

The point is, there are plenty of very drinkable inexpensive wines out there. Just because a wine is inexpensive doesn't automatically make it TBC. Not every wine has to be a culinary experience, just like every meal doesn't need to be.
post #33 of 64
I'm not saying that, I know there are a some out there that are good wines for cheap.

I'm saying the ones I have had that were really cheap are often terrible, and in several instances I poured the bottle out, or just used it for a marinade. If you go into the $7-15 range your a lot more likely to get something good or at the very least drinkable.

One cheap wine I had that was very good, was a Cuban white wine, I got it free (in Canada) but it probably costs less than $0.50 per bottle there. It was just labeled white wine, so I'm sure it was a mix but the predominant grape was Sav Blanc.
post #34 of 64
There are indeed plenty of very good wines available for $16 and less. I've listed several on this thread alone that fall in to those perameters.
I don't drink much and when I do pop a cork I do want it to be an enjoyable experience. I have opened my share of wines in the $30-40+ price range that were disappointing so it's not just about the label or the price point but rather the quality of what's in the bottle.
I don't think any one here is using TBC as a generic descriptive for cheap wine. We are talking about the Charles Shaw wines sold at TJ's for $2.
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post #35 of 64
Since the OP is from California you are probably not too far from a vineyard or a wine store that offers wine tasting, I would suggest finding one and trying several and find out what matches your palate.

As far as temperature goes, personally I like reds served in the high 50's range and whites in the low 50 range
post #36 of 64
I tried that once but it was hard trying to match my pallet. I felt like I had splinters at the end of the day. I just couldn't find any thing with that pine nuance. Not to mention some of the more uppity tasting rooms wouldn't even let me in the door.
I probably should have went to the service entrance. My pallet would have been a lot more welcome there.
Of course I'm just joking. Now I better watch for my own twypos! :lol:
I think the most wonderful thing in the world is another chef. I'm always excited about learning new things about food.
Paul Prudhomme
I think the most wonderful thing in the world is another chef. I'm always excited about learning new things about food.
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post #37 of 64
You need to try the pine aged wine, thanks for the catch.
post #38 of 64
In Greece pine aged wine, Retsina, is common. Very interesting taste.
post #39 of 64
Speaking of Greece, may I add that some excellent Bordeaux blends are produced in Krania.....

Greece makes a dessert wine which I really enjoy as well, it is not too expensive and tastes great.
My sister taught me a few things from there....

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post #40 of 64

Re :

If you are familiar with the ordering and creation process, or want to review prices, click on Pardonthatvine.com to review all personalized wine selections. I recently came across while surfing the net. Hope it will help you.
post #41 of 64
If you really want personal advice you can visit Enjoy Bordeaux and ask the sommelier on-demand to help suggest a wine for you as well as answer any questions you might have.
post #42 of 64
I think a California Merlot is a good choice. Another good first would be Beaujolais. Light bodied, fruity and refreshing. Garnacha, a red wine of Spain would be another recommendation.
post #43 of 64
I go from drinking Sterling cab in one of my gf's stemless glasses to pouring Vendange merlot into a fountain pop cup from a gas station with ice and diet coke and then back to sipping room temp or slightly lower Gnarly Head old vine zin. I never pay more than 25 bucks a bottle for wine. I can afford it but refuse. I get enough enjoyment from magic grape in my own way as everyone else should as well. :smiles:
post #44 of 64
I always suggest a nice blend such as a red zin. Right now my favorite which is nicely priced is called "Folie a Deux" it is a really good california blend.
post #45 of 64
My friend introduced us to an Old Vine Zinfandel called "Gnarly Head". It is a very good tasting red wine and it is a fair price. I get it at Albertsons for $9.00 with my shopper card discount, and it retails for anout $14.00. A good bottle of wine for the price.
post #46 of 64
I've had that! It wasn't great, I like the Toasted Head Merlot better.
post #47 of 64
I will have to try that...
post #48 of 64
My advice is to start with the best wine you can afford. I was never a wine enthusiast until I tried a real good wine, not even from my region, the AMARONE.
I will suggest to look for a 2004 Brunello, you can find them for $35 at this point on the internet if they are not sold out.
post #49 of 64
try a soft red wine (st chapelle's is a good one to try) it won't shock your taste buds as much, goes down much smoother.  it can usually be found with the dessert wines.
post #50 of 64
Their merlot or cab?
post #51 of 64
Originally Posted by Pete View Post

All this talk about two buck chuck has me laughing. We, in this country, are such snobs. I have a friend who grew up in France and his story used to be that his parents used to buy wine from a guy who drove in with a water tanker truck (a small one) and would distribute wine that way. All the families brought their own liter bottles and just had them filled up, costing the equivalent of a few bucks. The average Frenchman doesn't drink AOC wines, he drinks what we would call table wine. If he is drinking a few glasses a day he can't afford to be spending the equivalent of $15-20 a bottle. We are so label coincse that we turn our noses up at any inexpensive wine without ever giving it a try.

Having grown up in France, I can confirm. As a kid we'd take big gallon plastic jars, drive to the cooperative and have them fill it up with their wine. Then go home and bottle it ourselves. It wasn't the best wine in the world, but it was good.

As for two buck chuck, a big reason for the small price is that the wine is very inconsistent. Most winemakers spend a lot of time making sure that every single bottle they produce tastes the same as the last one and the next one. You're paying for that. Not with Charles Shaw (two buck chuck). So on some days you can get a really good one, and other days you'll get a not-so-good one.

To get started with pretty good red wine in California, I would try Castoro or Boggle. Both in the $10/bottle range. Try merlot, cabernet, or even Petite Syrah. Or better yet, try them all, see which one you prefer.
post #52 of 64

I find it can be worth while checking the alcohol % on the bottles, particuarly reds, mainly because some are very high percentage (14% up) these can be off putting as they are very strong and can have quite strong fumes.

post #53 of 64

Fortified wine is my favourite

post #54 of 64
Originally Posted by Gardenmom View Post

Also, my husband has been told that red wine should only be served at room temperature, not chilled. Is this true?

For me, I prefer serving it to me and to my family cold. :)

post #55 of 64

Cab sauv and shiraz/syrah are great wines, two of my favorites, but starting with them can be rough. The tannins and pepper can be pretty overkill for a lot of new wine drinkers. Eerily enough, I've found those without a taste for wine (many around here) tend to do better with the lower quality red blends that qualify as boozy grape juice. For pure varietals, try sangria or maybe a lighter pinot noir. Merlot is fairly easy going most of the time, though a little heavier.

post #56 of 64

Ok like most everyone else said it is all about your taste. What I love is different from what my boyfriend loves. However what I did was just went and took what I know I like out of a white and found it in a red. Also it depends on what you are eating with it or just drinking it by itself:) RH Phillips has a really nice Cab that is called Night Harvest...Super good and I can find it at my Grocery store for 5 bucks! You can buy it from the winery for  about 15 with shipping i think...Go figure... Another great one is called Paso Creek also a cab really good and priced around 15..My best advice go wine tasting! That way you can learn what you like and what you don't. My favorite area is Paso Robles. However California has great places all over this state to go wine tasting. Personally I hated Merlot's when I first started in with Reds and loved Cabs.. I now like Zin's and Merlots however our taste buds may be different. If you get the chance to got to Paso hit up Eberle they have a great selection of wines and they are so good not to mention their staff is wonderful!  


Can't make it to someplace for tasting.. have a wine tasting party with your friends. Ask them to bring a snack and a favorite bottle of wine. Wine lovers will always share what their favorites are:) Enjoy the exploration...I was a white fan only when I first started drinking wine...Now I loooovvveee reds:) 

post #57 of 64

Jmama, my fiance and I picked up a bottle of that wine you were mentioning because of your recommendation here. For the price, it's a great find; perfect for greasier BBQ. It opens quite pleasantly; I'd say acidic plumb perhaps? Either way it cuts through fat, and while it's not overly complex you don't feel cheated. The weakness that I think dropped the price out is when it opens up; the acidity and tannins fade a little, the plumb comes out, and then it quite suddenly falls to flab. Still, definitely on my summer table wine list.

post #58 of 64

I've drunk a lot of red wine, mostly cabernets, sometimes blends especially from Australia (I know a guy there who really REALLY is into red wine).


But the most important thing I've learned over the years is no matter what you think you like, it rarely is gonna be the same the next time around.


One of the things most often overlooked is the shipping of the wine.   A great wine from Napa Valley, can turn into crap by the time it reaches Minnesota, if it isn't handled right.


I've drunk some Beringer Reserve at $120 a bottle in a 5 star restaurant, and gone the next day and bought the same vintage at a liquor or wine store for 1/2 as much, and it tastes 1/4 as good, sometimes even worse.


Cork is something of a trap too.  Cork is getting harder and harder to find. The controversy of using screw caps is hot and widely debated.


I knew a guy who took a wine tour of a vintner in CA, had two cases shipped to him and they were so bad he sent them back for a full refund.  But they were sure good at the vintner's.


So, Hannah cabernet can be good, but half the time the bottom of the cork is rotted and breaks off into the bottle.  But a good bottle is hard to beat for the price.


Cakebread Reserve is a great wine but pricey.


One thing you might want to consider is joining a reputable wine club where they send you samples each month.  My friend in the Quad Cities swears by the wines.  Even ones he wouldn't ordinarily choose for whatever reason turn out to be fairly good. He's gotten me to expand from my fav cabernet and tried some Merlots (which generally I think lack body compared to cabernets).  I like the tannins.  But watch out for the sulfites.  My wife haS a genuine choking fit when served a sulfite ridden wine in a restaurant.  Especially the Black Stallion approximately half way between Minneapolis and Rochester.


15 year old Dry Zack from Spain is impossible for me to drink, but cooking with it the taste it delivers is unbelievable.  Another myth about not using wine you wouldn't drink, although it seems to be an exception.


If you can find a good Maltec, and they are very hard to find and grow.  The conditions have to be just so.  But a local merchant had one bottle left and talked me into it and I couldn't believe how good it was.  But other local merchants won't carry maltec grape wines because of their unpredicability.


So, hope this helps.  Just figure out how much you're willing to spend, find a trustworthy merchant, and see if his tastes match yours.  They generally will take back a wine if they recommended it and you found it to be unpleasant.


At least that has been my experience with wine since about 2002 when I really started to get into red wines.  I had a Chateau Margot once for about $44 served in the 510 restaurant near the old Guthrie theatre.  THey used a candle to decant it into another glass jar.  I had seen recently at the time a story about how they were one of the last French vintners that did things the old fashioned way.  That experience is what made me think "Ah Ha, so this is what everybody is so excited about red wines", because previously I couldn't drink 'em.


I stuck with German Saar/Ruwer valley whites preferring the much over Rhine wines.  (Rhine wines come in dark brown bottles (or at least they used to) and Saar/ruwer wines came in green bottles.  I like the delicate sweetness of them.  But once I got into Reds, I never looked back.



post #59 of 64

Try it with Mexican food..I love it with my turkey tortilla soup:) soooo good:)

post #60 of 64

The bottom line is if you can't taste the difference don't pay anymore. Every now and again just go up a few dollars. Ask friends and remember what you have liked. Italian, French, US, greek, SA, Chile, Aussie wines are all different, even with the same variety. Drink what you can afford and tastes good. Then challenge your pallet every now and then. In the end it comes down to what you like and what you can afford. I have been excited by a $5 bottle and by a $700 bottle, it depends on so much that is subjective.

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