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    After sampling a few different wines, I have come to the conclusion that (at this time) I still can't tell the difference between "good" expensive wines and cheap wines.

    I'm liking the two buck chuck shiraz at this time.

    I have a Nickel & Nickel "Lightning Strike" in the "wine cellar".
    Waiting for it to age and smooth before I whip it out.

    I hope I can tell the difference between the two by the time I open it.

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    A belated thank you for posting this link. I also remember that this site originally was viewable via membership only. Parker's commentaries and ratings have consistently helped expand my knowledge and experience.

    In the last 20 years the great California reds have become so expensive that my taste has migrated to Italian, Spanish, French, Australian, Argentine and Chilean reds. Parker has a great understanding of and appreciation for these wines. His site is a fantastic resource.

    Thanks, again, Annapurna.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogey Man View Post
    After sampling a few different wines, I have come to the conclusion that (at this time) I still can't tell the difference between "good" expensive wines and cheap wines.

    I'm liking the two buck chuck shiraz at this time.

    I have a Nickel & Nickel "Lightning Strike" in the "wine cellar".
    Waiting for it to age and smooth before I whip it out.

    I hope I can tell the difference between the two by the time I open it.
    Try the Ghost Pines cab. Its only 20 bucks at most per bottle but really has a much higher end taste. Comare this to any random 5 dollar cab at TJs and you will at least have a ball park idea of what it and what isnt quality grog.
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    I have been delving into NZ Suavignon Blancs of late. If anyone has some recommendations for that region/varietal let me hear em!

    To date I have tried

    Babich '06

    Brancott '07

    Jibe '06

    Matua Valley '07

    Monkey Bay '07

    Really young wines I know but that's ok for Blancs, right? Most of these are Marlborough Valley afaik. I am also open to some other Blanc suggestions. I've tried a few Chilean ones and like them as well.

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    My favorite NZ SZ to date is the '06 Dog Point. The '07 Kim Crawford is pretty tasty as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annapurna View Post
    My favorite NZ SZ to date is the '06 Dog Point. The '07 Kim Crawford is pretty tasty as well.
    I strongly agree with both these selections. Kim Crawford Sauv Blanc consistently makes the Wine Spectator Top 100. Dog Point is always right up there too. Another, yet more expensive, option is Cloudy Bay Chardonnay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonnyboy11 View Post
    I have been delving into NZ Suavignon Blancs of late. If anyone has some recommendations for that region/varietal let me hear em!

    To date I have tried

    Babich '06

    Brancott '07

    Jibe '06

    Matua Valley '07

    Monkey Bay '07

    Really young wines I know but that's ok for Blancs, right? Most of these are Marlborough Valley afaik. I am also open to some other Blanc suggestions. I've tried a few Chilean ones and like them as well.
    I like the various vintages I've had of "House of Nobilo" Sauvignon Blanc over the years. It's also from Marlborough Valley.

    No oak, with good (not excessive) acidity. It's enjoyable both as a food or cocktail wine.
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    Thanks for the recommendations guys. I was never much of a Blanc drinker till I started in on these New Zealands. They have a nice flavor with some actual body, something I've found lacking in the CA Blancs I've tried.

    One thing I have noticed though is that most everything I've found is Marlborough Valley. Has anyone tried anything from Wairau Valley or Nelson Valley?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonnyboy11 View Post
    Really young wines I know but that's ok for Blancs, right?

    I love this quote by British Master of Wine and writer Jancis Robinson... regarding holding wines, when asked "when is the best time to open a sauvignon blanc?", she answered "yesterday". Pretty much says it all.

    I absolutely LOVE the Kim Crawford. It's def. my favorite of teh NZ's. Also agree that Monkey Bay is an awfully good bottle at that 8 dollar price point. With a little salad of arugula and watercress, torn dill or parsley, smoked salmon, goat cheese, kiwi, thin sliced red onion, olives, tomatoes and capers, and a little grapefruit vinegarette, those NZ S/B's sing like CRAZY.

    I think we have the Dog Point locally, but never tried it. I'll take the advice here and pick one up this week.

    Oh yeah... I really liked the Mulderbosch S/B from South Africa, but their Chenin Blanc knocked me flat on my arse. DAMN it was good!!!

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    all RIGHT, activity!

    dudes and dudettes, they are totally blowing this bad boy out at my local Cost Plus for i think 10 bucks.




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