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With the holiday approaching I like to drink wine.

I have been on a nice local kick lately Door County Geneva etc..

I like hearty dry reds along the lines of a Chianti Risirve or Barbaresco, Amarone. and an occasional Opus 1


What have you guys foun this year?

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I wish I knew more about Wines - My Sis and Bro are huge into it and they have way too much $$$ and time invested - I would love to learn someday

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I had a Californian Merlot called Red Hawk that was excellent. Can't go wrong with Argentinian wines by Suzana Balboa (sp?) especially the malbec!!!

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Door county winery is great haven't been up there in a few years though.




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I am big on Argentina Malbec's... They are my favorite wines right now. Full bodied reds but low tanic. Smooth and rich without being heavy. It pairs fantastic with Rich red meats and Pastas.

I brought back a bunch from Buenos Aires...Most of the good Malbec vineyards are in Mendoza. In the states the best place I found to locate top notch Malbecs are World Market and Binny's.

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I like this Italian Red called Travicello (sic) get it from a distributor. Not dry more on the sweeter side (but not too sweet). Heck if we could find a red as good as that one we would not get it from the distributor we go through now. I also like German Rieslings (sic)... Surprisingly Sam's club has a really good one in a big freakin bottle but I haven't been able to find it the last 2 times I've been there. I won't drink my wines by themselves (mostly because I'm a light weight) it has to be with a meal.

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I've picked up some Monsanto Chianti Classico....awesome...can go wrong with anything with a black rooster tag

For shits and giggles picked up a couple of Pinot Noirs Louis Jadot I don't know why French wine in this country always tastes like turpentine. I also picked up an Italian one Candoni...anyone tried either?

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I found a white cotes du rhone this year that I LOVE. It wasn't at all what I expected. Also, someone turned me on to a few good petite syrahs, which is something I typically don't like.
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I know almost nothing about wines.

I tend towards sweeter, dessert wines. I've always enjoyed a good mead.

Peanut likes Coopers Hawk which is think has a shop in Orland Park area. They make sweet berry wines that a purest would probably grumble about.

Since I've never found a proper wine I like, I guess I've never had a good one.

You still up for teaching me some, Rick? When you having a wine party??

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I have had over 100 bottles this year ..so you need to be a bit more specific!

However, I do not drink a lot of white, but was pleasantly surprised when I paired up a 2004 Cigare Blanc with pumpkin ravioli with sage pesto, baked acorn squash and apple and cherry stuffed pork chops. It especially played off the hearty ravioli! For this same meal, a 2002 sangiovese set the tone served with a bleu cheese salad sprinkled with pine nuts and cranberies, and a 2005 red zinfandel complimented the fruits, and chocolates in my dessert selections ...

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+1 ... this is one of the few things my husband and I disagree about. He thinks really horrid, crappy food makes one appreciate good food all that much more. Fuck that, give me the good stuff.

I'm wine illiterate though, and have preferences of Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, and then Cab, maybe Shiraz when I go red. Tend towards dry, and super fruity sweet wines make me gag a little... although I don't mind Muscat from time to time. Really love Prosecco, although I've only had it once. My mom always made me feel like a snob when I turned down her favorite Liebfraumilch. Gag.

The worst part really is when I try to buy wine. Santa Margherita is always the obvious choice in Pinot Grigio, but I stray from that a lot, and for everything else, I have crap for memory, so when faced with aisles of bottles, I usually panic and buy whatever has the most interesting label.

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I'm partial to Merlot myself. I've settled into Barton and Guestier.

I know that Consumer Reports is singing the praises of Yellow Tail Australian wines. I haven't tried it yet, though (picked up a bottle, but I still have to finish the bottle of Black Swan.

As far as Door County and wineries are concerned, is the Von Stiehl winery still in business? I remember visiting that years ago on the way back from Door County. I know they did a lot of fruit wines.

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Last night, I had Heron Merlot. Delicious!

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I've picked up some Monsanto Chianti Classico....awesome...can go wrong with anything with a black rooster tag

For shits and giggles picked up a couple of Pinot Noirs Louis Jadot I don't know why French wine in this country always tastes like turpentine. I also picked up an Italian one Candoni...anyone tried either?
I'm with you on the Louis Jadot... They put out a crap-load of different whites. I use the word crap carefully too.

I had an Australian Shiraz called The Wishing Tree that is amazing. Another Australian called Layer Cake is good stuff too.

King Estates makes a Pinot Gris that is fantastic. I think I got that name right???

I'm 21 and worked in my parent's liquor store last summer and it turned me into a wine snob!!!

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You like hearty dry reds and you're into Door County wines??? That seems to be on the opposite end of spectrum If you're into a full flavor, for sure look into Larkmead Vinyards (California in the Napa area). They have some amazing reserves. You would have to contact them directly to get the good stuff but their regular bottles are nice too.

My personal favorite which might be a little less body than what you like is a Wild Horse - Pinot Noir
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I have had over 100 bottles this year ..so you need to be a bit more specific!

However, I do not drink a lot of white, but was pleasantly surprised when I paired up a 2004 Cigare Blanc with pumpkin ravioli with sage pesto, baked acorn squash and apple and cherry stuffed pork chops. It especially played off the hearty ravioli! For this same meal, a 2002 sangiovese set the tone served with a bleu cheese salad sprinkled with pine nuts and cranberies, and a 2005 red zinfandel complimented the fruits, and chocolates in my dessert selections ...

Life is too short to drink bad wine and bad food for that matter!
Full reds and ravioli = not so nice.
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