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Old 03-26-2012, 05:52 AM   #1
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Any Wine Snobs Here?

Looking for some wine snobs to teach me some things about American wine. We don't see much American wine in Australia, and my wife and I will be visiting soon.

Any recommendations? Happy to reciprocate.

Any Aussie wine nuts can check out my blog too:

The Wine Bl0g.

I know that's kind of advertising, but I don't make any money off it!
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I'll just get cosy in this thread.

Though being in Australia as well, I can't offer many thoughts on American wine either. Hell, the awesome wine shop down the road from me seems to stock wine from pretty much every part of the planet except North America.
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Can this be a blog about wine in general? Not just American?

BTW, Yellow Tail wine is awesome!
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You should have named the blog allthewine.blogspot.com.
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Being an American, I can say with total confidence that the best wine is Australian. Koonunga Hill shiraz
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One of my favorites...

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And as a U2 fan you have to try:



The Cab is actually really good.
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Can this be a blog about wine in general? Not just American?

BTW, Yellow Tail wine is awesome!
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Being an American, I can say with total confidence that the best wine is Australian. Koonunga Hill shiraz
Oh my sweet Jesus! You guys are in for a world of joys.

I don't even know what Australian wines are available in the US! wine.com sells Brokenwood Semillon and Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon, which would be a great place to start for looking at some quintessentially Australian styles or Australian interpretations of styles.

My blog is about Australian wine, and mostly wine from the Hunter Valley and Canberra District. I will add wines from other areas as I explore them, but wanted to know more about American wine in general.
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Any recommendations?
What are you looking for? Reds, whites, sparkling?

Affordable or no price limit?

Dan, are you trying to go to any wineries while you're here?

Of course Napa and Sonoma in California are probably the most known and best bets, but Oregan has been producing some great wines and getting all kinds of accolades lately.
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What are you looking for? Reds, whites, sparkling?

Affordable or no price limit?

Dan, are you trying to go to any wineries while you're here?

Of course Napa and Sonoma in California are probably the most known and best bets, but Oregan has been producing some great wines and getting all kinds of accolades lately.
I have no limits on my interests, price or variety. Reds, whites, sparkling - I am actually particularly interested in Ice Wine (although this is mostly Canadian, yes?)- dessert wines get a bad rap, and botrytis styles can have that unpleasant chemically taste if not balanced well

We will be visiting wineries, but I have no idea where to start. We are more likely to get more time in Oregon than California.
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We will be visiting wineries, but I have no idea where to start. We are more likely to get more time in Oregon than California.
If you do make it to Oregon try A to Z they make a very affordable line of wine, a really good Pinot Noir. They also put out a seasonal blend that is very good.
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Just checked out their website. They look pretty quirky (not a bad thing!).

Will definitely be checking them out, cheers!
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Just checked out their website. They look pretty quirky (not a bad thing!).
They are, probably one of the reasons I like them so much.

And I'm sure if you follow NBA basketball, but if you do Greg Popovich the coach for the San Antonio Spurs is part owner.
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i can only tell you about French wine... the French are pretty snooty about their wine and it's not easy to find non-French wine here in the supermarkets actually, just like many types of international foods, which is incredibly annoying, although i do live in the arse end of nowhere so i guess it's to be expected really...

all i know, when i'm in the supermarket, is i should only buy bottles that say they've been bottled at the chateau and not transported somewhere else and not blended by a cooperative - that's about it lol!!

luckily there's a really really good independent wine seller here who always recommends really nice stuff, for a reasonable price - you just tell her what you're making for dinner and she will find you the perfect bottle of wine...

we're really lucky in that we've got some lovely fairly local wines here too!

plus, the labelling here is still very much "region" based and not "grape" based - i have my preferred regions, but would be completely clueless as to what type of grape is involved lol!! i tend to like Bordeaux wines best i think, have never gone wrong with a nice St Emilion, and a good Chinon is nice too... and we drink Vouvray and Saumur sparkling wines by the GALLON LOL!!!

for sweet dessert wines, my all time fave is the honey coloured Muscat de Beaumes de Venise - little sips of heaven when served chilled on a hot summer's night
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