Which wine do you like drinking most - red or white - and why?
Red. either Italian Brunello/Chianti, Spanish Rioja or Shiraz. It goes well with steaks and is great for you. You can usually save good red wines for much longer too and some get better.
I like Torii Mor Pinot Noir the best but lately it has been causing migraines so I have grudgingly switched to Chardonnay.
In reds, I enjoy shiraz, tempranillo, pinot noir, and sometimes a zinfandel. In whites, I enjoy sauvignon blanc, gewurztrameiner (sp?), pouilly-fousez (sp? again), and just finished a bottle of unoaked chardonnay that was quite tasty too. I don't usually like chardonnays because of the oakiness, but my friend gave me a bottle of this unoaked chardonnay for Christmas, and it was quite nice.
I'm another red fan. Syrah would probably be my favorite, followed by sangiovese, tocatta, barbera and the like.
In France they master the blending of different races of wines for optimal effects and it's not the grape but the region that makes or breakes the bottle.
Some decenniums ago, I was in a hotel for a reunion and I ordered the house wine. Tasting it, I almost fell of of chair. Never before and after have I tasted such a delicious wine. So I inquired about the "Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée", the response was ChateauNeuf Du Pape of some ten years old. That wine would easily do $100 a bottle. So I wondered why as house wine? Response: that wine is at its top now hence it should be enjoyed.
As from then on that hotel is on my favorite list.
I have enjoyed some French wines named regionally, but I can never remember what they are called to have them a second time. On the few occasions when I have remembered, unfortunately, it seems it was only a single good vintage year, and then it never tasted the same again. Though, some French friends of mine are convinced something horrible is done to French wines during shipping to the US, because even they could not find a French wine they liked while living here.
Wines change every year. What was good last year may be crap this year. I live in wine country, and take at least two trips a year throughout the Napa/Sonoma and Santa Barbara regions. I look for new favorites and load up on whatever I happen to find that I like. I'll buy 15-20 bottles of all different kinds on each trip, drink that until it's all gone, and then go back, hunting for something new...
Napa Cabs and Alexander Valley Petite Sirahs.
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Pinot Noir, gamay beaujolais, or just a nice Melot.
My favourite wine is sort of a special-occasion wine because it's so specific in its flavour. It's made by a British Columbia winery, http://www.silversagewinery.com/profiles.php#" [Broken] and their Sage Grand Reserve is something so special, it has to be tasted to be believed.
Other than that, I find just about any decent wine nice. "Decent" meaning not Cellar Cask Reserve or Baby Duck.
Wine is something I don't think I will ever like, I just cannot stand it for some reason. Whenever I am at a dinner or a restaurant I will have a sip of someones to see if I like it and I never do.
"We never go to Palm Springs anymore..."
oh, sorry. You said "wine". heh
Oh red wine!!!, for me drinking red wine with a good piece of meat, a sirloin, angus.. It's a must. I like shiraz yellow tail for most meats, but i'm also a huge fan of Rioja, Tuscany and Bordeaux wines.
In summer I tend to drink more Riesling, light and dry. While the winter months, when I can get it, red Languedoc, Plantation 1905.
most especially white- dry, light and sparkling!
I am jealous about that!
It was an exceptional experience indeed. Current price list, quite some variation, not too bad, the oldest being from 2000. Older 'millésimes' which are no longer available from the retailer usually skyrocket in price.
Edit: I see that the first site does not downlink. Click on "Afficher la liste complète des vins"
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