Favorite Wine

palmerc2

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I've seen threads on here about favorite whiskey, and beer....what do you folks enjoy for wine?

I'm partial to red wine myself, I find white wine to be too sugary. I love Shiraz, Pinot Noir, and Merlot. When it comes to wine, my palate is pretty basic - either it tastes good, or it doesn't. I have mad respect for folks who can detect the subtle flavors....especially sommelier's.

I've had some expensive bottles (in the ballpark of $200) but hands down my favorite wine to date is Failla Pinot Noir, great value too at about $30 a bottle.

 
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Personal favourites include Amarone and Ripasso; while, in general, I prefer rich, robust reds, (some Spanish wines - Los Cosmillos comes to mind - also make that cu, as do some Chilean reserves) - a good Riesling from Alsace can be very nice in summer, and I am also rather partial to elegant white Burgundies.
 

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AAHHH, the bottle is empty! Definitely a good whine.
Yes, once upon a distant time, I, too, thought a little like that……Happy student days when the only good bottle was an as yet unopened bottle……..

However, with increasing age, a more discerning palate, perhaps a more accommodating wallet, one learns to………make choices, sometimes even informed choices…..

Now, I find I have quite strong preferences, both in what I like, and equally, in what I realise I actually dislike……and will not touch...

 

mariefuller

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I find that I like white.. I really like Pinot, and Riesling, but I don't like the fishy taste of Chardonnay. Anyone have a suggestion for a good white that I can try?
 

sviato

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Not a fan of wine, though maybe I've yet to develop a good taste for it or haven't bought enough to buy one that I like.
 

strider42

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My personal favorite is Sangiovese from Castello di Amarosa in Napa. Love italian style wines. Their winery is ridiculous and awesome at the same time, so its a good trip. They also do a blend that is great called Il Brigante (the blend changes every year)

Have been drinking more pinot lately, mostly because its easy drinking but not so overpowering fruity as merlot. The only merlots I have found that I actually like are Raymond vinyards and Red Rock. I am sure there are more good ones out there than have enough tannins in them for my pallate, but they seem few and far between in the affordable price range.

Used to be a huge cabernet fan, but for some reason just haven't find myself craving it as much lately.
 

palmerc2

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Not a fan of wine, though maybe I've yet to develop a good taste for it or haven't bought enough to buy one that I like.
Trust me, I was the same way, now I've developed quite a taste for it. It was literally overnight. Everybody has different likings, but with everyone I've asked no one has said they don't like Pinot Noir. If you feel inclined, give it a shot. The winery Failla I referenced to in the original post has an incredible Pinot, but not readily available. More readily vineyards I enjoy and recommend getting would be Yellow Tail and Francis Ford Coppola (yes the film director). Maybe also try wine tastings?

My personal favorite is Sangiovese from Castello di Amarosa in Napa. Love italian style wines. Their winery is ridiculous and awesome at the same time, so its a good trip. They also do a blend that is great called Il Brigante (the blend changes every year)

Have been drinking more pinot lately, mostly because its easy drinking but not so overpowering fruity as merlot. The only merlots I have found that I actually like are Raymond vinyards and Red Rock. I am sure there are more good ones out there than have enough tannins in them for my pallate, but they seem few and far between in the affordable price range.

Used to be a huge cabernet fan, but for some reason just haven't find myself craving it as much lately.
I will definitely try that wine you referenced by Castello. I'm really starting to like Italian style wines. I recently had a Nebbiolo, and a Barbera - I was an instant fan. I didn't know there were so many varieties of wine grapes. I've heard there are over 1,000 varieties indigenous to Italy alone.

I go to Napa every couple of months, perhaps I'll pay a visit to the winery :)
 

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Chablis Premiere Cru and Meursault.

I know a true connoisseur would go for a fine red...but I've always been partial to whites.
 
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Chablis Premiere Cru and Meursault.

I know a true connoisseur would go for a fine red...but I've always been partial to whets.
While, in general, I would not class myself as a connoisseur (or even much of a fan) of a lot of white wine, the Burgundy Meursaults meet with my complete approval, and are one of the very few white wines that I actually like. Rather a lot…..in fact….
 

palmerc2

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Yes, once upon a distant time, I, too, thought a little like that……Happy student days when the only good bottle was an as yet unopened bottle……..

However, with increasing age, a more discerning palate, perhaps a more accommodating wallet, one learns to………make choices, sometimes even informed choices…..

Now, I find I have quite strong preferences, both in what I like, and equally, in what I realise I actually dislike……and will not touch...

My tastes are very similar. At a fairly young age of 24, I'm really starting to appreciate the finer things in life. More particularly, which ties into this topic, is food and wine. I recall just a couple short years ago I would only drink (fairly tasteless) liquor and beer, and I would eat just to fill up and eat as much as I could. Now, I eat to experience more complex flavors, skill of the chef, etc. Before the maximum I'd spend on a dinner was $20. Now I don't mind spending $200 for the experience. Luckily there's many good choices, including some famous Michelin Star restaurants in Los Angeles to eat at. Same idea goes for mixology cocktails, my favorite thing to do with a mixologist is allow them to get creative and make a drink on the spot. $20 well spent on a delicious mixology drink. Of course, I also have a newfound appreciation for wine.
 

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