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Post by Volkonski » Mon Dec 09, 2013 2:55 pm

I have mentioned that our Long Island home is in the midst of Wine Country with over 50 wineries within just a few miles and 4 vineyards just in our small hamlet. However, I have not mentioned that even here in coastal east Texas we have a vineyard/winery in our city.My wife's cousin and her husband the defense lawyer, who live full-time in our hamlet in New York and who are wine lovers and wine makers, will be stopping here for the next few days on their way to visit their adult children in New Mexico and Colorado. So this afternoon while Mrs. V. is off at a rehearsal I headed over to our local winery to get some bottles for our visitors to try while they are here. There are too few vineyards here to speak about what is typical to the area. The winery offers a merlot, a cabernet, a merlot-cab blend and a semi-sweet red (and also some whites which I did not try). With the exception of the semi-sweet red which is quite sweet, the wines are very dry with an oaky flavor. Mrs. V. may find them too dry. I liked them, especially the cab. They also had a "honey wine" which is really mead. It was quite good, not too sweet.I stocked up so I no longer have to depend on wine brought in from the hill country which after all is over 150 to 200 miles away. Drink locally is my motto. ;)The couple of times I've been in Houston I've tried some Texas Gewurztraminers. I don't recall the name of the winery, but they were pretty good. It surprised me because I think of them as cold weather grapes.Many Texas wineries are in the NE part of the state just south of Oklahoma where the weather is much cooler than in the southern and western parts of the state.This website shows 11 Texas wine growing areas but does not even include our area-[/break1]gotexanwine.org/texaswinetrails/grapevine.html]http://www.gotexanwine.org/texaswinetra ... evine.html


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Post by TexasFilly » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:05 pm

My husband lost his mind yesterday and bought a 2010 Leonetti Cab from Washington State. I'll report back after we've sampled it!A disappointment. Way too dry, no bouquet. My wine of the year: Eleanor, a Francis Ford Coppola wine (named after his wife). Pricey, but would make a great Holiday gift.


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Post by Volkonski » Fri Apr 11, 2014 5:30 pm

Our local Kroger supermarket has stopped carrying my favorite pinot noir! :((Oh well, just a month to go before we are back in Long Island Wine Country. :D [/break1]liwines.com/]http://www.liwines.com/http://www.liwin ... C-logo.png


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Post by Volkonski » Tue Dec 09, 2014 1:06 pm

About a week ago shortly after we got back from visiting our daughter in the north of Texas we found ourselves short of wine at dinner time. We had returned from Long Island shortly before leaving for north Texas and had not yet restocked our Texas house. It was fairly late and I didn't feel like driving across town to the supermarket. However, I recalled that our nearby chain pharmacy sells wine.



I drove over there. The selection is limited which may be why I noticed the wine in boxes. I also noticed the price- $14.99 for 5 liters. Five liters? That's the equivalent of 6.7 750 mL bottles at a price equal to $2.25 per bottle. :shock: I was curious so I bought a box, a cabernet from Chile. To my surprise is wasn't terrible. The cheapest bottled wine at the supermarket is $3 a bottle (and it is terrible ;) ). Live and learn.


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Post by TexasFilly » Tue Dec 09, 2014 2:56 pm

If anyone loves Chardonnay , I found one aptly named Butter. Runs $15 or so and is quite good.


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Post by esseff44 » Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:37 am



As I mentioned in the EU thread, I went wine shopping this afternoon and stocked up at more than 10% off. How could I resist?  Each wine has a tad of nostalgia attached to it. Here's my haul.This post is being brought to you fueled by a delightful aperitif. It's a cherry red color and it's mostly used in spritzes.  However, I prefer drinking it from a tiny 2 cl Jagermeister shot glass. The name is:  Aperitivo Cappelletti  -Americano rosso  con vini della regione e erbe Alpine.  from the Dolomites near Trento.  It's good for what ails you and tastes good like any good medicine should.  It reminds me of the old-fashioned cherry cough drops.  Yum!Two bottles of Bele Casel  Prosecco -  forget the French stuff. It's highly overrated and you pay for the name of champagne not the giggles. It also makes a great morning gargle to clean out the pipes and get rid of gunk accumulated during the night. However, I must also recommend this sparkling wine made just up the road a bit.http://sourmashed.com/2012/09/review-al ... g-wine/Yes. Califoria almonds married California grapes and produced this delicious combination.  It was served to the patrons of a neighborhood hair cutter on occasion of the Fourth of July.  A great haircut, sparkling wine and a long conversation about our dogs and ground squirrels in the rip rap at the beach. Gawd, I love this town.-a bottle of Tibourene- Clos Cibonne-Cotes de Provence from Le Pradet  2013 cru classe-  a rose .  It was the featured special and I couldn't resist the label. Old style drawing of the vineyards and ancient house.  Held up to the light, it have a rosy glow.-a bottle of 2011 Chateau Croze de Pys- Cahors-Malbec-   I have great memories of Cahors and the Chateaux Cathares.  My friend and I made a pilgrimage to the chateaux destroyed during the Albigensian Crusade...the only crusade against Christians which wiped them out.  But the remains still stand amidst wonderful vineyards with views of Spain and the Mediterranean coast.. They speak a different sort of French down south....Langue D'oc...they say 'oc' instead of 'oui' like the northern French do. It's sort of a mixture of French and Spanish and quite easy to understand.  The wine is a ruby rich earthy red.-a bottle of Le Rocher des Violettes-2013-Touche-Mitaine-Mont Louis sur Loire a white made from old Chenin Blanc vines without chemical fertilizers. hand harvested and made the old-fashioned way in a 15th Century cellar.  The Loire Valley was the headquarters for the trips south.  Joan D'arc was held and questioned there in Poitiers. The building still stand with a small plaque describing her ordeal.   Fresh baguettes, a little cheese and ham, and you have a picnic by the Loire in sight of the fairy tale castles.-a bottle of 2012 Eltviller Reisling Kabinett trocken from Freiherr Langwerth von Simmern-Rheingau-   making Rhine wine since 1464.  This is much like the wines imported by my neighbors across the street......only theirs average around $300 a bottle.  They did give us samples when we were invited to their pre-permit meeting of the neighbors and they were nice enough to leave a bottle at my door for Christmas which I am saving for Filly to come this way.  There are noble wines that are white wines and will improve with age. The Rhinegau produces some of those wines.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rheingau_(wine_region)It will go well with this or other German dishes which tend to be rich and heavy.-a bottle of 2010 Col del Mondo (Top of the World)-Terre del Vestini -Montepulciano d'Abruzzo  , Collecorvino,Italy  -I have been obsessed by the new corvids that have come to roost here on Google Hill.  It should be renamed Colle Corvino in their honor.   Montepulciano is a great Italian red wine for rich pasta dishes and roasts.-a bottle of 2013 Sierra de Tolono - Rioja -Tempranillo-    It's summer.  You must have a hearty Spanish red and they did not have Sangre del Toro Reserve with the little bull attached to the bottle.  It will go well with tapas or a simple tortilla espangola   when we have another heat wave come October.Now I am all set for an earthquake, a war or a big party.  It's all the same preparations.  But you have to rotate the supplies.  That something the preppers don't quite get.  It pays to be prepared but you can do it with all the camo and freeze-dried rations.  The worst part of the '89 earthquake here on Google Hill is that we ran out of beer.   Lessons learned.Now I am on the hunt for Santorini wines which should be a bargain soon.  We shall see.  -



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Post by TexasFilly » Mon Jul 06, 2015 11:38 am



I know so little about European wines. I can't wait to try that Reisling!  I haven't found many places around here that sell anything but really cheap Reislings.  Esseff, try a Reisling with shellfish.  A remarkable pairing.My new favorite California cab is called Plumpjack.  The winery is actually part of the Plumpjack group, owned by Gordon Getty and Gavin Newsome!  The Plumpjack cab is spectacular.  But it's pricey, and not for everyday type consumption.  They also make a line called Adaptation.  It's not cheap but far more reasonable and is just delightful.  I get most of my wines at HEB, a grocery store that has a damned good selection.  If you buy 6 bottles, you get 10 % off.  They also have a cab sale twice a year, where cabs are all 10% off, so if you buy 6, you get about 19% off.  I took a picture of my most recent haul, but it's too embarrassing to post.  :)


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Post by Volkonski » Mon Jul 06, 2015 11:47 am



I miss the inexpensive wine prices at Texas supermarkets when up here in New York.  As the local North Fork wines have increased both in quality and price the local liquor stores have raised their prices on California wines and imports.


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Post by Sugar Magnolia » Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:46 pm



I just buy whatever comes in a red, yellow or cobalt blue bottle (for the bottletree) and if it doesn't taste good, I cook with it. It helps that I'm not much of a drinker so I don't know good from bad. That's why I pick wine based on the color of the bottle.



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Post by esseff44 » Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:24 pm



I like Trader Joe's.  They are famous for their Two-buck Chuck  which people haul out by the case. But they have a great selection of both local and imported wines from everywhere at reasonable prices.  Their buyers get good deals on volume and they certainly have a big market here.  But so do all the little convenience stores on nearly every corner.  I can always find a bargain or two. I know one of the salesmen for Southern Spirits which are the biggest wholesalers in the area.  He sold his little mom and pop that was my go to store and started a new career as a wine salesman.  He is originally from Palestine but lived for many years in Chile before re-emigrated here.  He is very knowledgeable about South American wines and we get some great deal on their products which are also very cheap and surprisingly good.http://www.southernspirits.com/Most of what I know about wines I learned from my dear friend with whom I went on the pilgrimage to the Chateaux Cathares.  He was in charge of the exchange program for the Oregon State university study abroad program while working on his PhD in Troubadour poetry.  He knew more about French history than any Frenchman we ran into in our travels.  He accepted capitalism while he was there and came back as a born again wine importer specializing in the French wines from the vineyards where he had taken the exchange students to help with the grape harvesting.  He now imports mostly Greek wines, so I know he's going to be busy with this little ripple in the currency crisis.   The best champagne I every tasted was one he imported, Lebeau- Batiste which was made from 100% chardonnay.http://www.champagnelebeaubatiste.fr/cuvees.phpFor me, wine is about the season, the weather and the pairing with the seasonal dishes.  Young wines are cheap and there's no reason to keep them unless they are a noble wine from a noble vineyard.  Then, you get into some complex food chemistry of how they age in the casks and bottles.  My former dentist who just died was a connoisseur of champagne and made his own.  He owned a barge floating in the bay and went down to it every day after work and relaxes by riddling his bottles of champagne.  They have to be rotated in their cradles to keep the process going.  His clients were often treated to the results of  his efforts.  He just died a couple of months ago.  RIP and pass the bubbly.   He also collected palm trees and was certified as an importer.  He had a ranch near Palm Springs to propagate rare and endangered palm species.   We have a lot of stories about this wonderful eccentric dentist and his unusual hobbies.  



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Post by Volkonski » Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:50 pm

:crying:


Guardian news

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Wine prices to rise as bad weather brings worst harvest for 50 years
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3:47 PM - Mar 9, 2018
It’s the kind of bad news best served with a stiff drink: the price of standard supermarket wines such as prosecco and pinot grigio could rise by up to 30% this year as the impact of 2017’s disastrous harvest is felt on the high street.

Global wine production slumped to its lowest level in more than 50 years in 2017 after vines in the world’s top three producers – France, Spain and Italy – were ravaged by both freakishly hot and cold weather. Hard-hit regions include those producing Rioja and prosecco, which make large quantities of the affordable wines sold in supermarkets.

“We’ll start to see those [2017] wines coming to the market now and I think for higher volume, lower price wine you will see cost increases,” says Dan Jago, chief executive of high end wine merchant Berry Bros & Rudd.

“Prices for things like pinot grigio or generic Spanish reds will rise by between 10% and 30% and it’s [a question of] how much of that retailers will pass on,” says Jago, who previously headed up the Tesco wine business. “Prosecco was very hard hit by frost, so there will be less of it and the price will go up.”


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