View Poll Results: What's You Favorite Wine Varietal?
Merlot 30 18.07%
Cabernet Savignon 51 30.72%
Zinfandel 16 9.64%
Syrah 6 3.61%
Shiraz 15 9.04%
Petite Sirah 2 1.20%
Pinot Noir 33 19.88%
Sangiovese 2 1.20%
Cabernet Franc 4 2.41%
Barbera 3 1.81%
Mourvedre 0 0%
Other Red 10 6.02%
Chardonnay 16 9.64%
Gerwurtztraminer 10 6.02%
Savignon/Fume Blanc 4 2.41%
Viognier 5 3.01%
Chenin Blanc 1 0.60%
White Zinfandel 11 6.63%
Pinot Gris/Grigio 13 7.83%
Riesling 14 8.43%
Semillion 1 0.60%
Sparkling (Champagne) 7 4.22%
Other White 8 4.82%
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Old 12-09-2008, 05:59 PM   #71
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Shawnee Hills Wine Trail -- Southern Illinois

I like Southern Illinois wine Shawnee Hills Wine Trail/HOME

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Any wine someone else paid for...is always a good vintage in my book...
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I like Southern Illinois wine Shawnee Hills Wine Trail/HOME

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I agree, the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail has wineries that product some wonderful vintages. My favorite has always been Shawnee Gold (somewhat close to my all-time favorite, Weibel's Green Hungarian). I live at the Southern end of the wine trail, and often must remind myself that the local vintages are better than some of the others available in the stores.

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Old 12-09-2008, 07:18 PM   #74
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I agree, the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail has wineries that product some wonderful vintages. My favorite has always been Shawnee Gold (somewhat close to my all-time favorite, Weibel's Green Hungarian). I live at the Southern end of the wine trail, and often must remind myself that the local vintages are better than some of the others available in the stores.

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Hey Kevin,

Yes! A glass of Shawnee Gold with a smoked pulled pork sandwich from the original 17th Street Bar and Grill in Murphysboro. Yum!
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No doubt about it...Trader Joe's, Charles Shaw Chardonnay AKA "two buck chuck" is the best. An award winning wine at a very reasonable price.
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My pick has to be the Fat Bastard Shiraz, goes great with everything from steaks to well wine
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Chronic Cellars is a new label in the Paso Robles region. The grower and winemaker are Jake and Josh Beckett, the sons of Doug Beckett of Peachy Canyon Winery. The boys do an excellent job with their wine. One of our favorites is Sofa King Bueno, we drink it all the time. It is made up of the following blend:
69% Syrah
21% Grenache
10% Petite Sirah
Ya gotta love the name...

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Now, being in western colorado we have a ton of wineries.. But one of my favorites is

Alfred Eames Cellars they make some great stuff...

come to think of it I'm having a glass of Sangre Del Sol right now... UMMMM
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Our favorite by far is the 1996 Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Classico. Brooke and I first tasted it in Carmel, California, at Little Napoli Restaurante. The wine really brought to mind what Sandro Boscaini of Masi said about great Amarone, “The flavors are so complex and rich that it is impossible to break them down and describe them one by one. They just flow”. This is absolutely the case with this wine.
From the first pour into the decanter, the nose shows off fragrant cigar notes, along with raisins, figs and a whole lot of darkly layered and complex scents wrapped with just a little layer of coconut candy. It is sweet on the palate, yet very nicely balanced with lots of fresh acidity. I sensed more cigar notes, spice box, smoke, plums, figs, touch of raisin, and the darkest ripe cherries. It is all so rich and plush, without ever being cloying, unsubtle or inelegant. With time, some savory plums and a meaty character start flowing into the mix. It is delightfully complex.
The finish is every bit as delicious as the rest of the wine. The wine has a long, long tail. Gently unfolding, it shows bramble, dried prunes and some herbs along with something, that intangible something, that all the best Italian wines have - I can only call it the taste of Italy, in this case, particularly the Veneto landscape, except that one would imagine smoking a good Cuban while walking the land.
I must add that it makes a wonderful pairing with St Paulin cheese, the smokey notes from the wine picking up similar flavors in the lovely, creamy cheese.
This wine has certainly hit its stride, although I suspect it will continue to improve in the next few years, as long as you don't mind paying $399/bottle.
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Anything from my 'Cellar'...my last name, BTW!

You can't have a last name like 'Cellar', and not enjoy the 'fruit of the grape' ! My folks lived for over 50 years in the hills overlooking the Napa Valley, and made their own wine from time-to-time...and my dad was fond of firing up his small 'evaporative' device in the cellar, er, basement, once in a while, to reduce some of the volume of the grape juice into an elixir for medicinal uses...

We've lived for years here in the central Calif region, among lots of those grape vineyards, again fitting with our last name! In fact, we're not far from the outfit that fills up those Franzia 'boxes', Gene is so fond of in Arkansas...as are we for our every day meals. Those boxes really 'travel' well, too, and fit in odd spaces in the AS - and they don't roll around or break!

Now for a really great buzz, you just can't beat the old Red Ripple...
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O.M.G. what alotta crap. i can only hope that is a joke ? Why don't you smoke alittle more and tell me about a Peanut Butter sandwich and a ice cold Bud.
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[quote=christopher;690610]O.M.G. what alotta crap.quote]

Christopher,

Not quite sure what 'alotta crap' you're refering to here...I believe most of us here know that the denotes a 'joke' or gag line, as of course I was doing...or, if you haven't tried a nice tepid jug of 'Ripple', don't knock it until you've tried it.... (that was another joke)...
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Duh ! Mexray, i was refering to the post above yours..haha
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