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post #1 of 23
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I'm really into white wine at the moment. I've never been a huge fan of big reds like cabarnet, but I had a really nice German riesling recently at the Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival.

I need suggestions on this, because I also really enjoyed a local chenin blanc (Chisolm Trail is the label) as well. So recommend some wines and, most importantly, the best website to buy wine from.

Also, how do you guys keep track of your wines?
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post #2 of 23
Being on the other side of the planet the choice of wines is very different.

For me it is:

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
Barossa Shiraz
Coonawarra Cabernet
Watervale or Polish Hill Riesling
Nearly anything from Margaret River

If you go to VT there are a few wine catalogue systems, though unless you have a big cellar I find they are too much.

I typically have 150-200 wines at any one time and all I use is Excel.
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post #3 of 23
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Mainly what I'd want out of software is a ranking ability as well with easy searching and sorting by keywords, etc...

I'd be surprised if there was nothing going on either Windows or OSX.
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post #4 of 23
Get yourself a good Pinot Grigio from Italy!!!

One of my favorites is Kris. Me and my wife open one each fourth of July with our picnic in the park.

http://www.winebow.com/wine_det.asp?ID=520




Great stuff! Not bad price by the way.

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post #5 of 23
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Originally posted by groverat
Mainly what I'd want out of software is a ranking ability as well with easy searching and sorting by keywords, etc...

I'd be surprised if there was nothing going on either Windows or OSX.

You want a basic database program. Windows has Access. I think the mac still has FileMaker. File Maker would probably be better suited to what you're trying to do, though, since it has a more book-like default interface. In Access you'd have to go through the trouble of creating a report.
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post #6 of 23
My parents pick wine by the ones with the most aesthetically pleasing labels and supposedly they've been spot-on with good wines so far.
post #7 of 23
Throw out that wine and grab a bottle of Shiner Bock immediately.
post #8 of 23
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Throw out that wine and grab a bottle of Shiner Bock immediately.

Come look in my fridge, city boy.
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post #9 of 23
currently I'm in deep love with italian wine. Piemonte is my favorite district. But hey, Tuscany is amazing as well.

In Valpolicella, Verona they make the Ripasso, a wine passed through the Amarone grapes from a former production. This makes for an excellent and distinctive taste that I highly recommend.
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post #10 of 23
Wow, marriage really has changed groverat. He used to start threads about console gaming. Now it's wine.

I rarely buy any wine that costs more than about $15. Any more seems like a waste, given the number of really good and cheap wines.
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Hey, once the Revolution comes out I'll be starting threads about consoles.
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Come look in my fridge, city boy.

Hmmm...I bet there's nothing but quiche and balsamic vinegar dressing in there.
post #13 of 23
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Originally posted by BRussell

I rarely buy any wine that costs more than about $15. Any more seems like a waste, given the number of really good and cheap wines.

That's because anything beyond that price, the price is dependent more on the self-image of the seller rather than the quality of the wine.
post #14 of 23
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So does anyone buy wine online? I like the ability to research each wine, which I can't really do even though I have an awesome liquor store closeby (Spec's warehouse).
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post #15 of 23
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One of the things I really love about the riesling is that it is underrated and you can get such great value. It's almost like rooting for the underdog when, without much difficulty, I can find a great riesling from a 100+-year-old winery for ~$15 in a place like Houston.
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post #16 of 23
We're really into the Shiraz at our house. As I've said elsewhere, we swear by the Rosemount stuff. But lately, I've been finding these screwtop shirazes....

Bulletin (about $7 a bottle. No angels singing, but really nice)

The Wishing Tree (about $12 a bottle...interesting taste)
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post #17 of 23
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As I've said elsewhere, we swear by the Rosemount stuff.

Must. Resist. Slamming. midwinter.

Not too sure what you guys get 'up north', but Rosemount is not that flash a producer. The split label range is bottom end and the diamond label range is slightly above table wine, and the use slightly above is debatable.

'New World' producers are lucky that people are taking to the overblown fruit characteristics that they are known for.

[yellowtail] anyone?
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post #18 of 23
hey rat, why the need to buy online? there's no instant gratification. part of the fun is going in and being overwhelmed in the liquor store. personally, i like the smaller more personable places. they tend to have people that are more enthusiasts that truly appreciate the wine drinking experience. my suggestion is to pick a country and explore the wines from that region. reds, whites, it's all good. once you've had your fill, move on to another.

regrding online wine resources, there are some great magazines that offer online subscriptions as well as the traditional paperback variety that you might find of interest:

www.foodandwine.com
www.winespectator.com
www.winemag.com

all these mags are good and can be helpful, but limited in comparison to a knowledgeable wine shop person.

as far as a good shiraz goes, one of the more memorable that i've tried recently is the stump jump. very tasty.
post #19 of 23
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Originally posted by Omega
Must. Resist. Slamming. midwinter.

Not too sure what you guys get 'up north', but Rosemount is not that flash a producer. The split label range is bottom end and the diamond label range is slightly above table wine, and the use slightly above is debatable.

'New World' producers are lucky that people are taking to the overblown fruit characteristics that they are known for.

[yellowtail] anyone?

Well, it's not that flash a producer up North, either. But it's $10 a bottle and I like it.
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post #20 of 23
Finally a subject close to my liver. As a great conniseur of fine wines I can only recommend;




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post #21 of 23
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Finally a subject close to my liver. As great conniseur of fine wines I can only recommend;




When I was in college, there was a frat that, every so often, had a wine and cheese party. The freshmen were supposed to bring dates and dress fancy, only to find out upon arrival that the fare was Mad Dog and American cheese.
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post #22 of 23
Relic - you have good taste! You must try this:

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