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VCRW
September 29th, 2013, 03:23 PM
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?

Halfwall
September 29th, 2013, 05:39 PM
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 (http://harneylane.com/wines/), the Syrah from Berghold (http://bergholdvineyards.com/wines/) (Footstomp, I think it's called), and the Old Ghost from Klinker Brick (http://www.klinkerbrickwinery.com/About-our-Wines) (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 (http://www.boglewinery.com/ourwines_profiles.php), 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?

FBJ
September 29th, 2013, 08:07 PM
What about Jim Fox's wine label?

Patin? Cellars (http://www.patinecellars.com/Homepage)

jammer06
October 5th, 2013, 02:29 PM
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 (http://harneylane.com/wines/), the Syrah from Berghold (http://bergholdvineyards.com/wines/) (Footstomp, I think it's called), and the Old Ghost from Klinker Brick (http://www.klinkerbrickwinery.com/About-our-Wines) (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 (http://www.boglewinery.com/ourwines_profiles.php), 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.

FBJ
October 5th, 2013, 03:48 PM
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...

jammer06
October 5th, 2013, 05:33 PM
Their PN, OVZ, and PS Port are good...

For $10 I am enjoying the 2010 PS.

GrayPrince
January 9th, 2014, 07:02 PM
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.

FBJ
January 10th, 2014, 05:15 PM
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!!)
https://scontent-a-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1526909_10202721923466784_1404256999_n.jpg

rinkrat
February 4th, 2014, 04:30 PM
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Got my Patine shipment!

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/t1/1621860_10151848465011971_428526396_n.jpg

FBJ
February 4th, 2014, 05:33 PM
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.

JWR
June 14th, 2014, 09:58 AM
For those looking for some nice wines in the under $20 range I have really enjoyed the Cab, Merlot & Zin from Joel Gott. They are on par with ones I have had costing twice as much.
Wines | Joel Gott Wines (http://www.gottwines.com/jgw/wines/)

Bevmo as well as my local Vons carries them.

kingnut
June 17th, 2014, 01:06 AM
Picked up a kirkland pino made from carneros grapes for 10 at costco. Wife really liked it.

jammer06
June 21st, 2014, 05:48 PM
French student gave me a bottle of Medoc, Fontagnac 2008. Decided to open it tonight with some steaks. So far the cocktail glass I'm having is very strange. It starts off with a completely buttery flavor and then is immediately followed by a very subdued but strong barrel flavor. I've never sampled wines from Bordeaux before so I don't know if this is typical of the region but it is quite pleasing to drink.

JWR
August 19th, 2014, 09:31 AM
The Legendary Study That Embarrassed Wine Experts Across the Globe | RealClearScience (http://www.realclearscience.com/blog/2014/08/the_most_infamous_study_on_wine_tasting.html)

JWR
October 1st, 2014, 09:08 PM
This may affect a lot of small wine maker here in California

Castro Valley winery fined $115,000 for using volunteers - San Jose Mercury News (http://www.mercurynews.com/my-town/ci_26541167/castro-valley-winery-fined-115-000-using-volunteers)

daxx
December 9th, 2014, 01:33 PM
The wifey and I had brunch at the Langham in Pasadena on Thanksgiving, and the sparkling wine they used was pretty darn good, Kenwood Brut. Had a nice biscuit flavor and very subtle sweetness. Similar to a Schramsburg brut. The bonus, no headache from it.

Remember, small bubbles are good, big bubbles are bad, and no bubble are even worse

daxx
December 9th, 2014, 01:42 PM
This may affect a lot of small wine maker here in California

Castro Valley winery fined $115,000 for using volunteers - San Jose Mercury News (http://www.mercurynews.com/my-town/ci_26541167/castro-valley-winery-fined-115-000-using-volunteers)

"State law prohibits for-profit businesses from using volunteers."
So what does this mean about interns? This has larger implications than just wine making. Any business that uses interns could potentially pay fines for the labor they wanted to work and offered for free. Not that anyone is asking my opinion, but I see this as a money grab by the State because they've exhausted other avenues to squeeze the taxpayers.

So lame...

salami
December 28th, 2014, 11:20 PM
We love the 128. If you ever have a chance to sample it, the Penfolds Grange is just amazing. Not worth the $700, but a fantastic wine to be sure. The bin 707 is also top notch.

salami
December 28th, 2014, 11:22 PM
Me too; the first bottle; not so good. I'm hoping as it matures it mellows out a bit. Gap's Crown vineyard provides top notch fruit, so hopefully the winemaker knows what he's doing.

salami
December 28th, 2014, 11:27 PM
This has always intrigued me. My wife loves Perrier Jouet Cuve Bel Epoc. The bottle runs about $120ish and I've seen it for under $100 at different places, so it's a little on the pricey side for 750ml. So the thing I don't get is that a magnum 1.5L is $350. Why the hell would I spend over $100 more for the same amount of champagne? They should at least have it be on par with $/ml, because this is recockulous.

Larger format bottles age more slowly (and subsequently, more gently) than their standard format counterparts. Think of it this way; aging is the result of the slow aeration that takes place through the cork. There is twice as much liquid to influence in a 1.5 versus a .750. Thus, it ages more slowly and gently, peaking at a later date. Not sure how this impacts sparkling wines though.

salami
December 28th, 2014, 11:28 PM
If anybody comes across a pinot or cab made with carneros grapes, pls shoot me a pm. costco had an acascia pinot on sale, tried it went back and all gone. oh well.

Domaine Carneros' Famous Gate is fantastic.

salami
December 28th, 2014, 11:30 PM
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 (http://harneylane.com/wines/), the Syrah from Berghold (http://bergholdvineyards.com/wines/) (Footstomp, I think it's called), and the Old Ghost from Klinker Brick (http://www.klinkerbrickwinery.com/About-our-Wines) (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 (http://www.boglewinery.com/ourwines_profiles.php), 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.

As you may know, we now live in the Bay Area. Next time you come up, be our guest. We'll take you to some places that will knock your socks off and are as down to earth as you and I. Oh, in So Cal, you have to check out Hi Time in Costa Mesa. LOVE that place.

Ice24
December 29th, 2014, 10:15 AM
All I know is that my wife belongs to a Wine Club and I have not had a sip.

daxx
December 29th, 2014, 03:07 PM
Larger format bottles age more slowly (and subsequently, more gently) than their standard format counterparts. Think of it this way; aging is the result of the slow aeration that takes place through the cork. There is twice as much liquid to influence in a 1.5 versus a .750. Thus, it ages more slowly and gently, peaking at a later date. Not sure how this impacts sparkling wines though.

Sounds like you know what you're talking about, so I'll buy it as a reason.

kingnut
December 29th, 2014, 03:23 PM
Domaine Carneros' Famous Gate is fantastic.

Thx for the info

nm156
December 29th, 2014, 06:19 PM
For those in Sedona AZ, Page Spring Cellars has some great reds.

http://pagespringscellars.com/

FBJ
December 29th, 2014, 07:52 PM
For those in Sedona AZ, Page Spring Cellars has some great reds.

http://pagespringscellars.com/

After we get to AZ again, we plan to check that place out as well as one just West of Sedona long the Verde River valley called Alcantara Vineyards. AZ wine is coming on in a big way!

nm156
December 30th, 2014, 05:41 PM
After we get to AZ again, we plan to check that place out as well as one just West of Sedona long the Verde River valley called Alcantara Vineyards. AZ wine is coming on in a big way!

Not sure if they will have any Vino del Barrio left since they only produced about 900 cases, but if they do pick some up. A great tasting red.

And if you have some extra time in AZ, check out Caduceus. I think they are a little pricey but worth it. On a side note, this winery is owned by Maynard James Keenan.

JWR
January 30th, 2015, 11:52 AM
I am trying out for the Super Bowl Sunday a Sangria recipe I got off one of the Food Network shows featuring Geoffrey Zakarian.
2 bottles of Beaujolais wine
1 cup Gran Marnier
1/4 cup St. Germain
1/2 bottle Cava (spanish sparkling wine) Chill and add before serving.
1 cup Peaches
1 cup Brandied Cherries
1 cup fresh Rasberries
Zest of 1 Lemon

Mix the Beaujolais and other ingredients and let sit in the fridge for a couple of hours.
Add the Cava before serving and mix.
Pour over Ice in glass with either fresh Mint or Basil leaves.

jccawdrey
January 30th, 2015, 12:39 PM
Bronco Wine, Ralph Clark. He is a huge Kings fan. PM me if you want his cell number, plus a great guy

jammer06
February 24th, 2015, 03:05 PM
Just got a bottle of the Patine to try out. Going to have to wait until some of my travel is done. Hope to report that it's worth the price considering the individual bottle price is not for the beginner. If anyone has already had some please let me know what you thought.

jammer06
February 5th, 2016, 11:32 PM
Damn really nobody has had any wine?

Ok Had the Patine, it was very nice. Not sure I'd spring for cases of it but definitely keep a bottle stocked at all times

Luna Petit Verdot was given to me as a gift and I used a bit in some beef bourguignon, it went quite well with the rest of the bottle.

Toasted Head Untamed Red is not a bad bottle for 12 bux. Had it post sushi and no complaints all things considered

El Tinto lot 35 got it in a hotel restaurant for 20 bux to take back to the room. Supposedly local to Tahoe and as a Red mix pegging the usual markup I'd buy cases of the stuff for $3-$5 each. I was very reasonably pleased to not have to go down the street in chains.

Cmon someone else drink something tasty so I can take it with me when I go.

salami
February 26th, 2016, 07:35 PM
Alright fellow winos. I just got confirmation of my allocation for 4 cases of 2014 Kosta Browne wines (more than I can afford to keep). I've got Chardonnay and various pinots. Hit me up via PM if you want to buy a bottle. $80 each plus shipping.

salami
February 26th, 2016, 07:43 PM
Domaine Carneros' Famous Gate is fantastic.

Quoting myself for a reason. I was rereading this thread and trying to figure out what to drink tonight. Having read this, I'm going to trot down to the cellar and get a bottle of Famous Gate that I bought about the time I posted this. Buy 'em and store 'em fellas!

JWR
June 22nd, 2016, 08:14 AM
Fun wine quiz

http://www.brightcellars.com/?n_id=P&d=2&a_id=pnfr&mxp_id=15578a8be4e179-0dbc0a4716deb2-404c0628-1d4c00-15578a8be4f25d

comprar
October 22nd, 2016, 06:58 AM
Never been to anything similar up north, but have gone a number of times to the the barrel tastings in Temecula.

The various wineries have food to go with the wines they are showcasing. Everything was pretty chaotic, but we always had a good time.

kingnut
May 18th, 2017, 12:31 PM
Damn really nobody has had any wine?

Ok Had the Patine, it was very nice. Not sure I'd spring for cases of it but definitely keep a bottle stocked at all times

Luna Petit Verdot was given to me as a gift and I used a bit in some beef bourguignon, it went quite well with the rest of the bottle.

Toasted Head Untamed Red is not a bad bottle for 12 bux. Had it post sushi and no complaints all things considered

El Tinto lot 35 got it in a hotel restaurant for 20 bux to take back to the room. Supposedly local to Tahoe and as a Red mix pegging the usual markup I'd buy cases of the stuff for $3-$5 each. I was very reasonably pleased to not have to go down the street in chains.

Cmon someone else drink something tasty so I can take it with me when I go.

My wife really liked the Paxis red blend (Portugal) from costco. Was 6 bucks and rated over 90 points

jammer06
May 27th, 2017, 04:57 PM
Hawthorne Ridge was at our local fresh market. The merlot for 6 bux a bottle is something I could get a wicked hangover from

kingnut
December 1st, 2020, 04:08 PM
Ever since i loaded the vivino app, been getting great bottles of wine for cheap.

Markham, Behringer from costco on sale.