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    Quote Originally Posted by kingnut View Post
    Been doing the central cost lately.
    If you want to treat yourself to a great Santa Barbara wine, try the Tensley Colson Canyon Syrah. The 2011 just pulled a 96 point rating and the 2010 received a 95.

    Wine Club in Santa Ana has it for around $32 and Total Wine sells it for $35. I have had the 2010 and just bought a 2011.

    Not cheap but how often do you see a 96 point (Wine Advocate) red for under $40?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FBJ View Post
    I've done the wine-tasting thing in Napa/Sonoma. It's fun, it's a pretty area, and there's some great wineries there for sure. But DAMN are they full of themselves!! $35 for a five-wine flight and they typically don't waive that if you buy a couple bottles! Even so, I've got some favorite wineries up there that I've visited: Nicholson Ranch, Acacia, Merryvale, Beaulieu, and Alpha Omega.

    If you want a REALLY fun wine trip on a budget, make a drive to Lodi or Clarksburg. They both have AMAZINGLY GOOD wineries and they're WAY more down-to-Earth than the folks in N/S. Check out the Tempranillo and Petite Sirah from Harney Lane, the Syrah from Berghold (Footstomp, I think it's called), and the Old Ghost from Klinker Brick (tough to say when you're nackered), which is hands-down my FAVORITE red wine, let alone OVZ. It's available at TW. GET SOME.

    Clarksburg is the home of Bogle, and they've got a great petite Sirah port they make.

    But what about local around the L.A. area? Anyone got any tips on good places to taste? We like actual winery/estate tasting rooms, rather than wine bars.

    There is a relatively new winery in Silverado (OC) that I have on my list to check out. Reviews on the wines appear to be hit or miss but everyone raves about the picnic views. Giracci Vineyards. Anyone been there yet?

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    What about Jim Fox's wine label?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FBJ View Post
    I've done the wine-tasting thing in Napa/Sonoma. It's fun, it's a pretty area, and there's some great wineries there for sure. But DAMN are they full of themselves!! $35 for a five-wine flight and they typically don't waive that if you buy a couple bottles! Even so, I've got some favorite wineries up there that I've visited: Nicholson Ranch, Acacia, Merryvale, Beaulieu, and Alpha Omega.

    If you want a REALLY fun wine trip on a budget, make a drive to Lodi or Clarksburg. They both have AMAZINGLY GOOD wineries and they're WAY more down-to-Earth than the folks in N/S. Check out the Tempranillo and Petite Sirah from Harney Lane, the Syrah from Berghold (Footstomp, I think it's called), and the Old Ghost from Klinker Brick (tough to say when you're nackered), which is hands-down my FAVORITE red wine, let alone OVZ. It's available at TW. GET SOME.

    Clarksburg is the home of Bogle, and they've got a great petite Sirah port they make.

    But what about local around the L.A. area? Anyone got any tips on good places to taste? We like actual winery/estate tasting rooms, rather than wine bars.
    One of the advantages of living up here. Bogle is now in my local grocery store. Going to try them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jammer06 View Post
    One of the advantages of living up here. Bogle is now in my local grocery store. Going to try them out.
    Their PN, OVZ, and PS Port are good...
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    Quote Originally Posted by FBJ View Post
    Their PN, OVZ, and PS Port are good...
    For $10 I am enjoying the 2010 PS.

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    Okay, I know that your palate can be trained to get used - probably even like - the taste of wine. But how do you do it with your tummy? I really want to enjoy drinking wine but it gives me an upset stomach. And no, it's not that I need to go to the bathroom after, or that I suddenly get a stomachache. It's my breath after drinking wine that doesn't smell pleasant at all - which I think is a product of a bad tummy reaction.

    Beer is the closest beverage I could manage but I know that wine is way healthier.

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    Rules of Wine Club

    1st RULE: You should often talk about WINE CLUB.
    2nd RULE: You should OFTEN talk about WINE CLUB.
    3rd RULE: If someone says "when" or waves their hand or taps out the pour is over.
    4th RULE: Only two wines to a night.
    5th RULE: One wine at a time.
    6th RULE: No shirts, no shoes, no wine.
    7th RULE: Nights will go on as long as they have to.
    8th RULE: If this is your first night at WINE CLUB, you HAVE to drink.

    (Looking forward to the latest Wine Club shipment from Klinker Brick Winery!!)
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    Got my Patine shipment!


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    I really was impressed with the package design Jim had done. Great work. I haven't broken any open yet. I think we're going to try and age it a couple three or four years before we do, and we'll maybe try and get him to autograph a bottle for us.
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