Wine (libation) recommendations

Discussion in 'Meals and Menu Planning' started by Ken B, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. Ken B

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    Some kayakers like to tote a libation or two to enjoy with dinner, and/or to toast a sunset.

    I thought it would be nice to have a thread that people could share an old favorite or a recent find.

    I'll start...
    Btw, the SKU#'s are stock numbers used in all the Liquor Stores (Gov'n or private) in B.C....makes it easier to find and/or order.

    Some Old 'Reliables' under $20:
    -Peter Lehmann: (Aus) Clancy's Red Barossa (blend) SKU611467 $18.49
    -Concha y Toro: (Ch) Marques de Casa Concha (cab sauv) SKU337238 $19.99
    -Ch Pesquie: (Fr) Terrasses Cotes du Ventoux (blend) SKU708750 $18.99
    -Duboeuf: (Fr) Beaujolais Villages (gamay) SKU275735 $17.99
    -Dr Loosen: (Ger) Riesling QBA SKU599274 $18.99

    Some recent QPR finds around $20 and under:
    -2008 Di Majo Norante: (It) Sangiovese SKU607325 $15.99
    -2008 Terre: (It) Montepulciano D'Abruzzo SKU452771 $13.30
    -2005 Valle Las Acequias: (Arg) Malbec SKU466722 $20.99
    -2008 Diego Murillo: (Arg) Malbec SKU527176 $9.99
    -2007 Dona Paula Los Cardos: (Arg) Cab-Sauv SKU633636 $14.99
    -2008 Santa Julia: (Arg) Malbec Reserve SKU488791 $14.99
    -2007 Three Winds: (Fr) Syrah SKU847608 $13.99
    -2008 Boekenhoutskloof: (S Afr) the Wolftrap (blend) SKU138479 $14.99

    Stay thirsty my friends.
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    Louis Bernard Cotes de Rhone Villages. France, 2006 (this vintage is getting harder to find, haven't tried the 07 yet). $15.99 LDB sku 391458

    My partner's favorite easy drinking (light, soft and fruity sipper) - Mirassou Pinot Noir. California. $14.99 sku 366880
     
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    I really like "Finca Los Primas" Argentine Malbec. Delicious, cheap, and essentially organic due to the high elevation of its production which discourages grape diseases apparently. One of the better wines around 11 dollars, in BC liquor stores I think.
     
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    Antaño (Spain Rioja) Crianza 2007 CG No 531322
    Distinctly fruity flavour.
    I like Spanish red wines (vino tinto) and look for those from the Rioja area.
     
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    SKU614503 2007 Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet de Beaucastel $34.95

    Outstanding!!! :yikes:
    If your a Southern Rhone fan, and don't mind shelling out a few more Clams now and again...this 2007 blend (Mourvedre/Grenache/Cinsault/Syrah) is outstanding. :clap:

    If your going to try it...make sure it is the 2007 Vintage.

    BTW...Ch. de Beaucastel make a pretty fair CdP. :wink:
     
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    Ill have to try that one! I leave for France in a week! Gone for a month :lol:
     
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    Leaving Sarlat in the morning for Avignon and Châteauneuf du Pape, Ill keep an eye out for this one, will be interesting to see the price difference!

    We have been drinking GREAT wines for 5-10 euro!

    Did a 18k paddle down the Dordogne yesterday. awesome castles!
     
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    :mrgreen: I like to paddle with Ken B because he brings really great wines, and cheeses, and other delectable stuff. :big_thumb
     
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    AWESOME!!...pictures Darren, get pictures :mrgreen:
    As far as the Southern Rhone wines area...INDULGE :big_thumb
    Espesially the 2007 vintage.
    Btw...re/ price comparisons...the 2007 Ch Beaucastel CdP is selling for $95 here.

    Have fun.
     
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    Thanks Sheila...I can't think of anyone more enjoyable to share with than you and Jo :cool
    :mrgreen:
     
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    I've taken hundreds of pics so far....
    Are you on facebook Ken?
    If so add me Darren McQuitty
     
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    No...I don't use facebook.
    I'm one of the few who don't believe in being 'Online' all the time. :wink:
    We'll be in touch when you get back.

    p.s.- I'm heading to Italy for most of October...lots of wine tasting to be sure...and might try to do some paddling when in Venice (canals). :mrgreen:
     
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    I understand, its not for everyone..
    So we spent the day in Chateauneuf Du Pape yesterday, did a lot of tasting and bought a few bottles in the 20 - 40 euro range to bring home. apparently most 07's from here are sold out and you can only get magnums! I asked about the Ch Beaucastel CdP And its also all gone! but goes for around 35-40 Euro.

    We picked up
    2007 Les Choregies
    2008 Maison Bouachon
    2005 Domaine Trintignant

    also got a cheap 5 euro rose for drinking here. It was OK...

    Off to Pont Du Gard today, then some Kayaking on the Mediterranean (cassis) tomorrow/next day :D
     
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    Cigars. You forgot cigars. :big_thumb :big_thumb :big_thumb :big_thumb
     
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    OH YEAH! And he can roll with a lit one! :lol:
     
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    WHOA!!!...let's not get crazy! :wink: :mrgreen:
     
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    Nothing warms up a cold winter evening like Port.
    Most people won't shell out the moolah for 'Vintage Port'...usually in the $100+ range.

    I've always been a fan of 'Late Bottled Vintage Port'...but, this one is OUTSTANDING:
    2003 Quinta Do Noval Late Bottled Vintage Port
    SKU 570374 $34

    This 2003 is drinking like a more expensive Vintage Port...
     
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    Enjoyed an 08 Caymus Cab on Sat night! (little young I know)

    cassis, vanilla, oak, coffee.
    SKU: #390849 $89.


    YUM!
     
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    Hi Darren. :mrgreen:

    Most Napa Cabs are now 'Parkerized'...being made for immediate enjoyment.
    The vast majority of wineries in Napa have abandoned traditional wine-making procedures of making 'Cellarable' wines (read tannins) for more concentrated fruit-forward with less tannin wines that can be enjoyed young...because that's what sells due to Robert Parker reviews.
    My understanding is the whole movement started when Parker started giving Aussie Fruit-Bombs big scores, and the huge U.S.A. wine buying public reacted by buying more Aussie wines and less Napa wines because they didn't have to wait for the wine(s) to mature.

    BTW...if your a Champagne fan, or like to have some for special occasions...
    White:
    SKU 031286 Charles Heidsieck NV Brut $61
    Rose:
    SKU 127837 Charles Heidsieck NV Rose $75

    BUT...make sure they are both 'Disgorged 2008'...it will be printed on the neck label (backside).

    Darren...these are drinking like Expensive 90+pt Vintage Champagnes.
     
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    Who isnt a champagne fan? :roll: :wink:
    Thanks for the (timely) tip NYE is fast approaching!
    I was leaning towards a Krug, But that Rose sounds good too....and high 90's WS scores as well :D