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    Quote Originally Posted by rinkrat View Post
    Von's has been getting a lot of my $$ lately. Great wine sales and selection!
    What wines do you recommend?

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    I'm new to wines but can only handle sweet red or white wines like Stella Rosa. I would like to branch out and try better wines. Does anyone have any recommendation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RosieB80 View Post
    I'm new to wines but can only handle sweet red or white wines like Stella Rosa. I would like to branch out and try better wines. Does anyone have any recommendation?
    If you like sweet wines I look at starting with a Reisling, most are a little sweeter than most white wines and some of the better ones have a lot of fruity flavors. I do suggest you consider looking at ones in the $10 - 15 range rather than the cheaper ones for they are better. Some not found in stores but can be gotten online I can recommend are ones from Fess Parker's in Los Olivos area near Solvang Ca. and Bailey in Temecula Ca. both are nice.

    If you live in So Cal you might consider doing some research into these areas and maybe find it worth your time to check out some of the vineyards that have wine tasting and see what you might like.

    Also if you look at red wines, make sure they sit at least 20-30 min after opening to breath and balance, it improves the flavor and cuts down on bitter elements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JWR View Post
    If you like sweet wines I look at starting with a Reisling, most are a little sweeter than most white wines and some of the better ones have a lot of fruity flavors. I do suggest you consider looking at ones in the $10 - 15 range rather than the cheaper ones for they are better. Some not found in stores but can be gotten online I can recommend are ones from Fess Parker's in Los Olivos area near Solvang Ca. and Bailey in Temecula Ca. both are nice.

    If you live in So Cal you might consider doing some research into these areas and maybe find it worth your time to check out some of the vineyards that have wine tasting and see what you might like.

    Also if you look at red wines, make sure they sit at least 20-30 min after opening to breath and balance, it improves the flavor and cuts down on bitter elements.
    Great advice!! Thank you very much!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RosieB80 View Post
    I'm new to wines but can only handle sweet red or white wines like Stella Rosa. I would like to branch out and try better wines. Does anyone have any recommendation?
    Do you have a good wine shop in your area? Here in Long Beach we have The Wine Country for example; they have tastings (different themes) every Saturday, a very knowledgable staff, and a great selection. The tastings are invaluable for anyone looking to expand their palate. The only way to truly find out what you like (and this will most likely evolve over time) is to try lots of wines, and tastings allow you to buy wines without most of the unknowns inherent in a blind purchase or verbal recommendation.

    Best of luck with your quest, it can lead to a lifetime of enjoyment - there is always more to learn.
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    Attended the Zinfandel tasting at The Wine Country this past Saturday and couldn't get out of the place without buying a bottle of the Brown 2009 Zinfandel.

    If you're into zins and get a chance to try it, do yourself a favor.
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    Back from the world of whites it seems that the unfiltered chardonnay's are all the rage up here in Napa right now. Lots of people are enjoying them and to be honest the one's I've had so far are pretty decent although expensive considering the premium that you already pay for being in Napa. Basically been seeing $30-50 a bottle depending on how many you want to buy and what club you are a member of.

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    Got a few bottles of this last weekend up in Paso Robles. Fantastic wine.

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    All I drink is Pinot Noir and I am totally into anything from around Santa Rita Hills. Also love Sonoma wines, especially Russian River Valley. The further north you go, the more earthy the wine seems to be. I like the Santa Barbara/Santa Rita wines because they are very "fruit forward".


    Quote Originally Posted by ICHockeyPeeps View Post
    What wines do you recommend?
    Here are some good Von's wines, most you can get cheaper if you catch them on sale (like now 30% off).
    ALL are Pinot Noir. I have done LOTS of research!

    Under $10 - Mark West
    $10-20 - La Crema or Byron
    $20-30 - Fess Parker or Sobriquet
    $30 - $35 - Gary Farrell or Sonoma-Cutrer

    Wine tastings are great because you get a nice sample of 6-10 wines and can weigh them against each other. The Wine Crush in Long Beach is within spitting distance from my house and see plenty of my money. (Since I'm in their Pinor Noir club I get the tastings for $15 instead of $20!)

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    some terrific Cali SBs are:

    Bevan
    Spottswoode

    great cabs for the price:

    Paul Hobbs Crossbarn
    Faust
    Vineyard 29 CRU
    Chappellet Signature

    all in thw 40-50 range.

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