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    I really like the Willamette Valley Pinots from Oregon.

    A couple really good ones I've had recently:

    - Benton Lane (I think it was an '04)
    - Domaine Serene 2004 Evenstad Reserve

    I missed the whole Malbec discussion. Went to Argentina in September 2005 and spent a few days in Mendoza. We hired a driver to take us around to a few wineries. The exchange rate was about $2.9:1 so it was pretty affordable. Pretty good wines and nice tours.

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    It was several years back. Salty clued us in to the Nortons, and it was Malbecfest from then on for a while.

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    Meridian Santa Barbara County Merlot $6 from Costco. 3x better than 2 buck upChuck. My favorite cheap wine.

    Zinfandel from Sonoma County.

    Why buy from outside CA when we have some of the best growing wine regions in our backyard?

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    I'm not a drinker at all...but I use one wine strictly for cooking purposes...Shao Hsing... Now to find a place close to me that sells it so I don't have to buy three bottles every year to make my signature dish 10 times a year...

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    Would Thunderbird be an appropriate wine choice with a bean burrito???

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    Quote Originally Posted by go View Post
    Meridian Santa Barbara County Merlot $6 from Costco. 3x better than 2 buck upChuck. My favorite cheap wine.
    He said he was going all Sideways with this. That means no ****ing Merlot!

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    Here is some tasting info for those in the Long Beach area -

    http://www.thewinecountry.com/mm5/me...Store_Code=TWC

    One Zin selection that may find some favor is the one from EOS. It's fruit-forward with soft tannins and has been good over a number of vintages.
    It's generally priced between $10.00 and $15.00, depending on whether or not it can be found on sale. This is one of our standbys for grilling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fooferah View Post
    He said he was going all Sideways with this. That means no ****ing Merlot!
    Merlot is such an easy wine to like. Screw Miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salty Dog View Post
    Carmenere maybe? B ut the sequel ISN'T pinotage! Ugghhh, that stuff is awful.

    Las Colinas (Chile) makes a really nice Carmenere for around 7 bucks if you can find it. Great little peppery note on the finish. The Santa Rita Carm. on the other hand... ehhhhh, not so special IMO. Their "120" Cab is much better for the same price.


    Quote Originally Posted by go View Post
    Why buy from outside CA when we have some of the best growing wine regions in our backyard?

    It's human nature that what's of our land and locale will taste good to us. It is us, and we are of it. Born and raised SoCals we learned on and love Cali wines. But the "old world" or earth-forward style appealed to me more and more over the years and now I'm hooked. Open something from a far-away land and it's almost as if a part of you travels there: you're tasting their fruit, their earth, their water and their history. It's unfamiliar.... and intriguing. Maybe even a tad romantic?

    But the bottom line is that we should try it all. Just too much good stuff out there!!

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    We should set up an LGK invades Temecula wine tasting trip....just sayin!

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