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Old 05-06-2008, 05:14 PM
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'Plugging the competition'... when it comes to 'New World' wines, I'm justifiably proud of how many of the recent Canadian wines stack up against the European, much less our chief 'competition', Napa Valley... but while Niagra and Napa are slugging out 'win/place', 'show' definitely goes to Australia, whose recent offerings are on par with any new-World wine, and edging towards 'unmentioned' acceptance in Europe.

('Unmentioned' is the greatest accolade a wine can get, albeit unofficial; we see it here even in North America. You serve somebody a Californian Chardonnay, and many still feel the need to say something along the lines of: 'A nice, fruity wine, with light bite... it's Californian, but really quite good'...)

When a Tuscan, Rhineholder or Provincal can serve your wine, without feeling the need to grant the 'disclaimer'... THEN you've got it made. (*Grin*)
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Old 05-06-2008, 07:45 PM
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I'm a red fan...love the Zinfandels, love Sirahs (or, if you're in Australia--or an Aussie wannabe--Shiraz). I like 'em dark and rich, but I'll drink just about anything. I find Two Buck Chuck (Trader Joes) Cabernet is among the better Cabs under $10.
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Oregon has some great wineries too. Depoe Bay makes a good Niagra..
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Old 05-07-2008, 12:02 AM
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I've heard Oregon has some great wines. Not familiar with Niagra... is it red, white?
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Boones Farm, ok I am not a wine person...LOL!
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Old 05-07-2008, 11:29 AM
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Anyone a Sambuca fan? If so, anyone do the fire trick, drink while it's on fire?
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Old 05-07-2008, 12:25 PM
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Going back... I don't know if I still have the port bottle, Liv, but I'll look.

Agreed on sirahs and Aussie wines, and I've enjoyed some Coppola's as well. Same about white... I never thought of it that way, but I guess my palate shifted toward the red a couple years ago.

Some great suggestions out there (even Trader Joe's, we have two in town), keep 'em coming!
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I've heard Oregon has some great wines. Not familiar with Niagra... is it red, white?
Niagra grapes are white, and VERY sweet. It's a dessert wine.

And yes, Oregon has some of the greatest wineries and microbrews in the country.
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Old 05-07-2008, 07:09 PM
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The Port was a Mastantuono, from CA.

I see I have a Coppola Rosso Shiraz set aside, along with a merlot waiting for some occasion to enjoy.
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Old 05-07-2008, 09:32 PM
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I'll have to keep that Mastantuono in mind, always on the look out for a good Port.

Coppola Shiraz is good, he also makes a Rosso Classic or something like that, a blend of Cab and Shiraz I think, it's good especially for the price I think it runs 8 or 9 bucks.
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