2016 case – where to start via /r/wine

2016 case – where to start

I was thinking of buying a case of nice wine as an anniversary gift. Something that will get better each year. I don't really know where to start with this, I was thinking something from Washington. Anyone have suggestions? Thanks!

Submitted September 18, 2019 at 08:25PM by mico_man
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Napa / Sonoma / Healdsburg trip for my wife’s 40th birthday. via /r/wine

Napa / Sonoma / Healdsburg trip for my wife’s 40th birthday.

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Wow. What a trip. We tasted some amazing wines. I love wine, I have a hard time with the “tasting notes” portion. I feel like a generally have a good pallet, I can tell you good wine vs bad, but the why is tough for me. So, instead of tasting notes, I’m going to give some reviews on the wineries we visited. (I’ll also clue you into which bottles were my favorite, even if I can’t explain why)

Day 1: Right from the airport to Limerick Lane.

We’ve been to this winery before, actually one of my wife’s favorites. Mostly because of the host Andy. This was an amazing place to taste wine, we toured the vineyard, sat out back and enjoyed some great Zin. The wine here was all spectacular.

We tried: 2018 Rose, 2018 Cole Ranch Riesling, 2017 Estate Blend 2017 Katz-Ponzo, 1023 and the 1910 Block Zin. We purchased a bottle of the Hail Mary to take home for the night.

We started with the Rose, Limerick Lane is known for their Rose, and deservedly so, very tasty. The Riesling, a new wine to the vineyard was one of the best I’ve ever had, well balanced and hints of honey. The Estate Blend was quite good, especially for the price. The Katz-Ponzo took the crown as “best wine of the day for me”.

Andy sent us home a magnum of the Rose for my wife’s birthday and it somehow tasted twice as good as the normal 750ml. We purchased a bottle of the Hail Mary to go, a great story if you ever make it the winery and that was exceptional as well.

Total Haul for the Cellar: 3 2017 Estate Blend, 2 1910 Block Zin, 4 Katz-Ponzo Zin, 2 Cole Ranch Riesling and 1 bottle of the Rose.

Day 2: Coming Tomorrow – Arista and William Seylem.

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What else should I like? (Reds) via /r/wine

What else should I like? (Reds)

Weird title I know. I've been trying different wines for the last couple of years now and am pretty sure of the styles I like at this point. I don't know enough to tell if it makes any sense and if they're similar or not. Anyhow, I would like some help figuring out what I could try in similar styles…

Here's what I've been enjoying lately:

South African, pretty much everything, but I particularly enjoy Constitution Road and De Toren Z Stellenbosch.

California Zinfandel, almost feel bad saying it since it seems to be looked down upon here but I really really enjoyed Prisoner Saldo. Sadly there's only like 20 bottles left in all of Quebec and they're two hours away from me in the middle of nowhere.

Everything Carmenere: Vina Vik, Terrunyo and Sideral. I recall having an italien carmenere in the past on the cheaper side, was really good, but can't seem to recall the name.

Any suggestions on similar styles I'm missing out on? Is there anything all these bottles have in common?

Thank you

Submitted September 18, 2019 at 06:52PM by iamesc0bar
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Cabernets similar to Faust via /r/wine

Cabernets similar to Faust

good tuesday all. looking for cabs similar to Faust (napa). tasting notes from the 2016 vintage are jammy, not overly fruity but flavors of dark berries (cherry and blck berry), full bodied, velvety and balanced, hints of vanilla.

$50 seems to be my wheel house but willing to go up to $100. I also enjoy Stag’s Leap Artemis and Turnbull cab that appears in this price range. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Submitted September 18, 2019 at 04:00PM by hammersweep
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Advice on wine storage in the South via /r/wine

Advice on wine storage in the South

Thanks in advance for your opinions. I know a wine fridge is the obvious play-it-safe answer here, but I'd like to avoid buying one.

Here are the problems. I live in New Orleans. We don't have basements here. Also it's hot af during our five month long summer. My house has central AC but during summer we set it around 79 to keep the energy bill tolerable. Not sure how much cooler we could get the house in the height of NOLA heat anyway.

I'm by no means a collector, but I do tend to buy a handful of bottles when I go to the wine shop because there's always another intriguing bottle that wasn't on my list and I have poor wine impulse control. Y'all get me. I'm not buying any bottles to age. I'm usually buying moderately nice bottles (between $15-$50, $20-$35 is where I usually live) to drink within 2-3 months tops.

After giving it some thought, the place I chose to store my wine is a small, windowless room with a dedicated AC vent. It might be the coolest room in our house, but that isn't saying much. But, I figure, the temperature is at least fairly consistent there during the summer, it's far from the kitchen/stove, the bottles won't be disturbed there, and there's no sun exposure. And if the longest I'm keeping a bottle before drinking it is only a few months, a steady 79 degrees shouldn't do too much damage, right? What do y'all think?

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Looking for wine pairing and taste notes suggestions with Lamb Merguez with a Celeriac Brussel Sprout Mash / Open-Faced Eggs on Spinach Leek Cauliflower Rice Dish / Lentil Beet Burgers with Thai flavouring via /r/wine

Looking for wine pairing and taste notes suggestions with Lamb Merguez with a Celeriac Brussel Sprout Mash / Open-Faced Eggs on Spinach Leek Cauliflower Rice Dish / Lentil Beet Burgers with Thai flavouring

For an upcoming weekend menu, I'm looking to pair some nice wines for three different meals. I'm aware we cook relatively non-standard but I'm trying to gain experience and see where and how what wine fits with what. The meals are not necessarily eaten across the evenings in the order listed. Also my companion often makes changes to the recipes, e.g., we might not use an ingredient but will use the title components.

The first is a Lamb Merguez with a Celeriac Brussel Sprout Mash

The second is a Open-Faced Eggs on Spinach Leek Cauliflower Rice Dish

The final one is a Lentil Beet Burgers with Thai flavouring (Recipe for flavourings: http://www.mydaintysoulcurry.com/thai-lentil-burger-recipe/).

What would you recommend or which advice can you give for good pairings? What tastes to focus on, where to look for inspiration. Many and varied suggestions are welcome!

My own ideas (based on whats in my cellar and should be drunk soon) were in the line of of a French Malbec or Chilean Carmenere for the Merguez, perhaps a Riesling (Trocken Deep Roots) for the eggs and unsure for the lentil beet burgers.

Submitted September 18, 2019 at 01:00PM by Kalenden
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