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Cork or stopper, kill it in a day or two, no more than three or so. C'mon, it's only 4-5 glasses!

 

All the great tools out there to preserve wine (high end stoppers, air pumps, neutral gases, etc.) are basically gimmicks. Wine starts seriously degrading the minute it's opened, sparkling wines even more so.

It remains utterly inexplicable, but a champagne/cava can be saved for the next day by placing a silverware or steel spoon, handle down, in the bottleneck, the spoon end still out of course, and replace in the refrigerator. Next day, the bubbles are still there and the taste intact. If anybody knows the science of it, please relate!

 

I like to keep it all under the $10/btl range for the daily drinkables, usually assisted by the 10% case discount most stores are offering these days. If you want something not available in that range, such as a Barolo, Gigondas, etc., one has to go higher, and I have settled on a nice Russian River Pinot Noir [sonoma, CA] winery (Merry Edwards)for supplying my secret pleasures that I buy on occasions. I try not to use it except for special times, and still have a few stashed in the basement. When Richard Lindquist, BansheeOne and Dave Clark arrived in Seattle at the same time at the airport for last year's I&I, we repaired to my place and killed off a couple bottles of Cote de Rhone I think it was.

 

As Michael Eastes commends, <Que sera, sirah>!

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Can't speak for the US, but Malbec's and Argentinean reds in general were all the rage in the mid 2000's, they really came to prominence when the Archie's economy went down the crapper in 2000/2001 and they, especially the cream of the crop, were dirt cheap and by 2005 every wannabe-connoisseur throbber was prattling on about them, certainly in British and Australian VinTard circles.

 

Good drop still, but kind of like using a Mac, it is the other users that cause the embarrassment rather than the product itself per se... :blush:

 

They were never big here, but can be found without much difficulty. I happened onto them from numerous trips there and it was just amazing what you could buy locally for $6-8. I made a point of seeking them out once back in the 'States.

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I picked up another Argentine Cabernet today that we'll be enjoying along with, and after tomorrow's roast beef, Sunday Dinner. Cheers!

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Lots of good recommendations here.

 

I'd add the following:

1. Cahors - the "black grape" aka Malbec forms the base of this wine. Usually around $20 a bottle, best quality is in the $45 range.

2. Tannat - ok, this needs A LOT of time in the bottle to let the tannins resolve. It's cheap and Madiran from France is the best with some Uruguyan versions being good as well.

3. Chateau Musar - you can find this for around $35, it's unique and also benefits from time in the bottle. From Lebanon. I love the stuff.

4. German Reisling - you can find world class Spatlese for $20 a bottle if one likes a slightly sweet wine. Kabinett is even cheaper and is off-dry. Great summer and fall quaffing wines. Low alcohol as well.

5. Marsannay - very underrated region of Burgundy. Pinot noir grape.

6. Australia produces more good wine for lower cost than any place on the planet. Shiraz, grenache, chardonnay and even reisling can all be bought for $20 or less.

7. Chianti Classico - the best cheap Italian wine out there. Not hard to get a nice bottle for $20-25.

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London, Aug 16 (ANI): Australian rock band AC/DC are moving into the wine industry with their own range of wines, which will be sold shortly.

The band, which sold more than 200 million albums during their career have teamed up with Australian winery Warburn Estate to introduce their own range of AC/DC wines, the Daily Mail reported.

The wines have been sourced from the Australian regions of Barossa and Coonawarra.

As for the nomenclature of the wines in the range, they are named after the band's most famous hits including Back in Black Shiraz, Highway to Hell Cabernet Sauvignon, Hells Bells Sauvignon Blanc and You Shook Me All Night Long Moscato.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/ac-dc-move-wine-business-115059450.html

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London, Aug 16 (ANI): Australian rock band AC/DC are moving into the wine industry with their own range of wines, which will be sold shortly.

 

Middle age has truly come to that fan base. :rolleyes:

 

 

BTW, how was that beer?

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http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/frontal-cortex/2012/06/wine-taste.html

 

But now, in an even more surprising turn of events, another American wine region has performed far better than expected in a blind tasting against the finest French châteaus. Ready for the punch line? The wines were from New Jersey.

 

The tasting was closely modelled on the 1976 event, featuring the same fancy Bordeaux vineyards, such as Château Mouton Rothschild and Château Haut-Brion. The Jersey entries included bottles from the Heritage Vineyards in Mullica Hill and Unionville Vineyards in Ringoes. The nine judges were French and American wine experts.

 

The Judgment of Princeton didn’t quite end with a Jersey victory—a French wine was on top in both the red and white categories—but, in terms of the reassurance for those with valuable wine collections, it might as well have. Clos des Mouches only narrowly beat out Unionville Single Vineyard and two other Jersey whites, while Château Mouton Rothschild and Haut-Brion topped Heritage’s BDX. The wines from New Jersey cost, on average, about five per cent as much as their French counterparts. And then there’s the inconsistency of the judges: the scores for that Mouton Rothschild, for instance, ranged from 11 to 19.5. On the excellent blog Marginal Revolution, the economist Tyler Cowen highlights the analysis of the Princeton professor Richard Quand, who found that almost of all the wines were “statistically undistinguishable” from each other. This suggests that, if the blind tasting were held again, a Jersey wine might very well win.

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