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Old July 29th, 2018, 02:44 PM
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Wine drinkers

I don't drink wine, but I have roted a list of wine brands, so I can sound wine savvy if I need to.

Here's what I say and you must say:

"I like REDs... I go with WHITES only if I order fish or something light."

When ordering at the restaurant, I say, I'll go with the house cab... as long as it's from Napa!" Usually the server will say, No and tell you the region. If it's Sonoma, whine and say alright! Otherwise, ask for suggestions for cabs from Napa. Read my recos on Napa cabs below.

"Gewurztraminer pairs very well with Indian food. The fruity flavor is a good compliment to the spice." Pinot Noir is a decent substitute.

I usually stick to Napa and Sonoma wines. Rodney Strong is a good in-between wine. It's usually not the cheapest and definitely not the most expensive. Wine drinkers will not frown upon that choice.

If you are in a really upscale place, order Caymus, Silver Oak or Opus One. That will definitely put a dent in your wallet.

Never mention Sutter Home, Mondavi or Coppolla. It's too predictable and somewhat cheap.

Stick to Rodney Strong, Silverado, or Ferrari - Carrona.

If people get into a discussion about various wine regions, tell them that "The taste of grapes is so dependent upon the region - the soil, the climate, the wine-growing techniques and traditions. It's difficult to find a wine that suits your palate. I've found my balance with Napa valley wine and so I'm sticking to it. I don't like change!"

If they ask your favorites, state the above recommendations and say "I don't like wines that are too dry. Cabs are good."

If they start getting too anal, switch the topic to scotch. Phir unki fategi!
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Old July 30th, 2018, 05:41 AM
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Re: Wine drinkers

Niagara region maybe no match for Napa but if you ever come this side of the border, do take the wine-route in our region. Something tells me you will like this wine-route (its scenic too, right by the escarpment).
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Niagara region maybe no match for Napa but if you ever come this side of the border, do take the wine-route in our region. Something tells me you will like this wine-route (its scenic too, right by the escarpment).
Puleez .......... No one's heard of Niagara wine.....
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Puleez .......... No one's heard of Niagara wine.....
hmm, then your exposure to wine I must say is limited.
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Niagara region maybe no match for Napa but if you ever come this side of the border, do take the wine-route in our region. Something tells me you will like this wine-route (its scenic too, right by the escarpment).
The taste of grapes is so dependent upon the region - the soil, the climate, the wine-growing techniques and traditions. It was difficult to find a wine that suits my palate.

I've tasted wines from quite a few regions, but I've found a good balance with Napa valley wines. So I'm done with experiments and I'm sticking to Napa. I don't like change!
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Old July 30th, 2018, 01:13 PM
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hmm, then your exposure to wine I must say is limited.
Just because a region promotes tourist activities , does not mean they have good wines.

Educate me, name on good wine coming out of your region and I will try it.
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The taste of grapes is so dependent upon the region - the soil, the climate, the wine-growing techniques and traditions. It was difficult to find a wine that suits my palate.

I've tasted wines from quite a few regions, but I've found a good balance with Napa valley wines. So I'm done with experiments and I'm sticking to Napa. I don't like change!
So there is no further input needed from you on this tread. thanks for signing off.
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The taste of grapes is so dependent upon the region - the soil, the climate, the wine-growing techniques and traditions. It was difficult to find a wine that suits my palate.

I've tasted wines from quite a few regions, but I've found a good balance with Napa valley wines. So I'm done with experiments and I'm sticking to Napa. I don't like change!
lol...thats a good one.
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Just because a region promotes tourist activities , does not mean they have good wines.

Educate me, name on good wine coming out of your region and I will try it.
Fair enough. how do you decide what is good without tasting? What may suit your palate maynot be something that I like and vice versa no?
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I don't understand why it's cool to drink wine, and beer/whisky is for drunkards?
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Fair enough. how do you decide what is good without tasting? What may suit your palate maynot be something that I like and vice versa no?
That's true. You know, Scotch and specifically Single Malt has only 5 regions. Most people can name only 3 - Highlands, Lowlands and Islay. Do you know what the other 2 regions are?
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I don't understand why it's cool to drink wine, and beer/whisky is for drunkards?
It all depends on what you are drinking and how much. If you are chugging down cans of budweiser, then yes, you are a drunkard.
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That's true. You know, Scotch and specifically Single Malt has only 5 regions. Most people can name only 3 - Highlands, Lowlands and Islay. Do you know what the other 2 regions are?
I know Speyside coz I love Mccallen ( No Google ) ......... that's it. I am fine with my Islay - Laphroig or Highland - Glenmorangie .
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Re: Wine drinkers

I like Reds... Whatever the food.

I prefer Merlot, then a Cab and finally a Bordeaux.


An interesting and eye opening incident occurred many many years ago.

I am still not a wine expert, but by now I can judge a good merlot, cab and bordeaux.

Well, I was new in the USA and happened to visit a fancy restaurant in San Francisco. I was looking at the wine list and saw a similar named wine listed twice. One was for $20 a bottle and the other was for $40. I asked the server, what is the difference in these wines as they are from the same winery.

The server had a dead pan expression when he said, "about 20 dollars"



Well, since then I realized that many wines are just expensive for the heck of it. Offcourse there are some which are vintage and rightly command the price.

But I usually look for wines which are about 4 years old and that's okay for me.
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so, question .. if you're drinking a 15 year old wine/whisky on new year's eve and don't finish it before the ball drops.. does it age to 16 years.. and you are enjoying a costlier wine/whisky at cheaper price?
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