Where to branch out to from big Napa cabs? via /r/wine

Where to branch out to from big Napa cabs?

I know very little about wine in general, as I'm more of an IPA drinker, but I recently got the opportunity to take a weekend trip to Napa with my folks, who had set up a couple private tastings. I rather enjoyed everything we tasted, but almost all the wines we tasted were CS's; we had maybe one zin and one red blend besides that. My favorites from the trip were the '15 Turnbull Black Label and the '15 Caymus Special Selection (I've read that Caymus is pretty controversial on this sub, but I can't complain). The other Turnbull offerings (CS Oakville, Pierra), Caymus CS, and Dark Matter CS were all excellent, although I fear some of the subtlety of those wines might have been lost on me at this point.

Suffice to say, I enjoy big Napa cabs, but it's all I've known at this point. What are some good styles or regions to branch out to from there? Would there be any good wine memberships to sign up for at this point? My uncle recommended Turley as an inexpensive subscription, but I'd hesitate to have wine shipped to me during a Texas summer.

Submitted June 18, 2019 at 02:38AM by EpilepticPudding
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Stupid Question: Can I Just Drink Cabernet Or Do I Need To Aerate Or Decant It? via /r/wine

Stupid Question: Can I Just Drink Cabernet Or Do I Need To Aerate Or Decant It?

This is probably going to sound like a stupid question, but if I buy a bottle of cabernet, can I just open it and drink it immediately? I don't have a decanter or an aerator by the way. I've heard some people say you should let the bottle sit uncorked for a little bit; I've heard some people say that it'll aerate enough in your glass: Wine is obviously a matter of opinion, which is great, but it can make things awfully confusing for newbies like myself.

Any ideas?

Thanks!

Submitted June 17, 2019 at 09:49PM by SAT01
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Maybe a bit inside baseball, but does anyone read Wine Biz Monthly’s last page column by “Jake Lorenzo”? via /r/wine

Maybe a bit inside baseball, but does anyone read Wine Biz Monthly’s last page column by “Jake Lorenzo”?

I love the chemistry and science of WBM, SO MUCH. We make wine at one of our hotels that has vines, and I've made wine, but I'm no winemaker. But I initially subbed more out of armchair curiosity and to support the community after the last fire. Little did I know how much I would fall in love with the 3rd person writing private eye that is Jake Lorenzo… aka a pen name for Sonoma's famous Lance Cutler. =)

I am not sure there is anything I am more excited for each month, than reading Lance's words. His unpretentious and informed take on wine, farmers, the industry, and community is out of sight, and almost brings goosebumps the way he delivers the wine community as we know it, vs some of the bluster or pretensions that exist as consumed by media and the public.

I think he's an undervalued treasure, and if anyone has the capacity to find those columns, dig in. They're a phenomenal reminder of how special our little world is.

https://www.winebusiness.com/search/?hq=more:wbm&q=jake%20lorenzo+more:pagemap:document-authortoken:jakelorenzo&sort=document-date

I know he has a few paperbacks floating around out there, but beyond the mag being indispensable about the science and trends in the industry (labor shortages, global warming, etc), his column is worth the price of admission.

Anyone else enjoy??

Submitted June 17, 2019 at 06:05PM by unclefishbits
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can we organize a (legal) r/wine exchange? via /r/wine

can we organize a (legal) r/wine exchange?

Everyone's always showing stuff I can't buy or don't want to spend $60 for it to be shipped all the way to me. I'd bite the bullet and spend on both wine and shipping if I knew someone was doing the same for me and we're having fun doing something different. Is there any interest. If so, should we say $30-40 US, red wine any type for the first one?

Submitted June 17, 2019 at 06:56PM by lapottymouth
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