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 04-27-2009, 08:35 AM   #99
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So sad this thread has taken a sour note. Too each their own. Whether you are drinking two buck chuck or a more expensive bottle, who cares. Enjoy what you have in your glass! Drink up, be merry.
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Old 04-27-2009, 09:05 AM   #100
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Phil and Sue,

I would be happy to elaborate/reword my response to Christopher. Let me set the scene for everyone, I can be extremely sarcastic, especially when someone who doesn't know me rudely tells me that my post is pure crap.

I lost my wife, Sherri in 2005 to metastatic breast cancer. We were both in the military, until she gave birth to our daughter, Renee, in Hawaii. We were fortunate enough to have been stationed in Monterey, CA for five years and took advantage of every moment together to explore new places. Carmel was by far our favorite.

Sherri died, while we were stationed in Maryland, and I promised her that I would spread her ashes in Big Sur, where she ran the 1996 Marathon. I was newly married to Brooke, who lost her husband Jodie to liver cancer, and we took a month of leave and traveled across the US, first to the Pacific Northwest and then down the Pacific Coast, stopping in Carmel, where we dined at Little Napoli. We didn't have a lot of money, as Christopher rudely implied, but we wanted to celebrate our loved ones' lives, and that wine did just that.

I have family in the south of France who are winemakers and have been for the last four generations. I was, again, fortunate enough to go there every summer to visit my family and spend time learning the ins and outs of winemaking, and I truly enjoy it. I can enjoy a $12 bottle of Kendall-Jackson just as well as a $400 bottle of Quintarelli. The thread title is my favorite wine, and that by far is. That doesn't mean I drink it everyday.

As for my screen name, yes I did own a 1979 L-82 Corvette. I bought it from Sherri's father, who bought it new in '79, for the tidy sum of $6000. It had 36,726 miles on it, and it was a mechanical nightmare. I spent the next 7 years and $14,000 trying to keep it running. Sherri and I finally traded it for a 1973 Dodge Fireball Class C motorhome, which is what started our passion for RV'ing.

So before anyone tries to flame me for a retort I made to someone who was extremely rude to me, search my posts about Sherri and see how much I love her and how much her memory means to me.

That $400 bottle of Quintarelli honored the memory of a wonderful wife and mother and now sits in our sitting room as a candle holder.

As Ben Grimm would say, "Nuff said".
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Actually, the last time I was at Trader Joe's, good ol' Two Buck Chuck had morphed into Three Buck Chuck.

It's just too bad that Chuck hasn't produced a Gewürztraminer.

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Actually, the last time I was at Trader Joe's, good ol' Two Buck Chuck had morphed into Three Buck Chuck.

It's just too bad that Chuck hasn't produced a Gewürztraminer.

Lynn
Trader Joe's has some good wine at good prices. I love the variety they stock. Not too many places have Viongier but they do! Getting to be that time of year again here in the Southwest when a nice chilled bottle hits the spot poolside. I picked up a bottle of White Merlot there last week, basically a Rose, haven't tried it yet, maybe later today when the temp hits 87.
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Julianne,

If you ever get to Fredericksburg, TX, try a bottle of Santa Maria Sangiovese. It will knock your socks off. The bouquet gives off a fragrance of strawberries, mixed with a hint of mango. It runs about $30 per bottle, but well worth it. Brooke and I were there two weekends ago, at the Fredericksburg KOA, and we met Martin Santa Maria, the winemaker. A very nice and humble person.
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Sounds wonderful, packing the trailer and on my way! Kidding ofcourse but I do want to visit Texas sometime soon. Do so enjoy a good Sangiovese.
When I was in Morro Bay CA I met Judy the owner of AronHill Vineyards she makes a fabulous red called Primitivo 2005 priced at $29.00. Her Sav Blanc was tasty too. I bought both and ordered more when I got home.

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Julianne,

Make sure you go to Kiona Winery if you go to Washington. They have some excellent whites. Late Harvest Riesling is my favorite(very sweet dessert). Their series with women on the label are good to, Vivacious Vicky is the name. They are good table wines. Cave B is a good winery as well. There are plenty down around the 'Tri-Cities region'.

I like Door County, WI wines as well. Very fruity and flavorful.

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Cory~
Yes, I know Kiona wines. I am from Seattle, I started in the wine industry at age 19 working with the wine maker Lou Facelli. My first stop on my WA trip is Eastern WA, party at a family compound, my Uncle is trying to aquire some Syrah vines to grow. Will hook up with some wine buddies up there. Then I have the privlage to camp on Hood Canal up on the Olypmic Pennisula, a friend owns a place right on the beach....wine & oysters all summer long!

I see you are in Illinois, last October I was visiting a friend in Elmhurst, there was a wine bar restaurant there near the train station that does some seriously amazing food and the wine selection was good too!

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Julianne,

My wife is from out there. My in-laws live near the 'Gorge at George', on the Royal Slope. Funny enough, many years ago my father-in-law's folks had a vacation house on Hood Canal. I have heard many stories of how nice that area is.

I have only lived in Central Illinois for a few years. Will have to check Elmhurst.

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The Gorge is so beautiful! Use to go to concerts out there. Way back in the day, the actually had a winery on the grounds, those were the days! Progress not always a good thing.

Where is Angie from exactly? You never know it could be a very small world...

The Olympic Pennisula is so gorgeous. I tried to live there for about 3 years but it was too small town for me, now I look forward to visiting, seeing friends, the ocean & evergreen trees, cool cool summer temps....heaven.

Sounds like we all need a Wine Rally! That would be too much fun.
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Hey Stringray,

Sorry about your loss. However had you original post displayed some of the humility of the last you could have saved yourself some attack.
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Ok, I'm obviously not a wine snob, but I do really enjoy a nice white wine. Red is out of the question due the migraines they give me.
I'm pretty much with you on the migraines issue. I can drink reds in small amounts (think skinny glass, ) but whites are OK. Which is good because I prefer whites anyway. I seem to be OK with Merlot's and sometimes a Bordeaux. Had a good German red a couple of weeks ago that didn't give me a migraine so I got another bottle of the same vineyard and same vintage. It gave me a migraine the second time. Oh well, I guess I just have to buck tradition and drink a Riesling with my steaks!
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Hey Stringray,

Sorry about your loss. However had you original post displayed some of the humility of the last you could have saved yourself some attack.

grantb4,

The way I look at it, I don't need to explain myself or be nice to anyone who says that my post is pure crap. I won't stand for it, nor would I expect anyone else to, pure and simple.

We're here to write our positive thoughts and help each other out with problems we encounter with our rigs, not display the ugly negativity written by Christopher. Comments like his should have been kept to himself.

I have nothing more to say about this subject.
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Yes, it can be quite embarassing to order white when it not the "proper" choice for the meal, but the embarassment is worth not having the major headache I would have had in the morning if I had chose the red wine. So it's a nice chardannay for me, even with the best steak.

I did forget though to give a nice shout out for a California wine that I really like, and yes it does come in a box.
Black Box out of Paso Robles. it is more pricey than other boxed wine, but is really good. Still is extremely reasonable at $20. Box equals like 4 250ml regular bottles of wine.
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