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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:44 pm 
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Think it's a couple of quid plis VAT of course........

Have a look at doing it, I hear the wine society provide an excellent service, I use Uncorked (which also has a shop in the city) and Genesis wines ..... Both are excellent I feel.


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Think it's a couple of quid plis VAT of course........

Have a look at doing it, I hear the wine society provide an excellent service, I use Uncorked (which also has a shop in the city) and Genesis wines ..... Both are excellent I feel.

Cheers
I may just give it a go :thumbup:


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SaintK wrote:
bimboman wrote:
Think it's a couple of quid plis VAT of course........

Have a look at doing it, I hear the wine society provide an excellent service, I use Uncorked (which also has a shop in the city) and Genesis wines ..... Both are excellent I feel.

Cheers
I may just give it a go :thumbup:


I use a few, Berry Bros, BI (Bordeaux Index), Fine + Rare, Lea & Sandeman and The Wine Society. One thing to consider is whether delivery charges are included


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Think it's a couple of quid plis VAT of course........

Have a look at doing it, I hear the wine society provide an excellent service, I use Uncorked (which also has a shop in the city) and Genesis wines ..... Both are excellent I feel.

Cheers
I may just give it a go :thumbup:


I use a few, Berry Bros, BI (Bordeaux Index), Fine + Rare, Lea & Sandeman and The Wine Society. One thing to consider is whether delivery charges are included



Or just get more than £250 delivered and both mine are free (I tend to just too up). Why domyoumuse Berry, do they have things u can't get else where ? I tend to find them 20% over priced.


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 Post subject: Re: The Wine Thread
PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:50 am 
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French wine is vastly overrated. There, I said it.


Italy FTW.

What a ridiculous statement. There is so much Fre wine. It's more open to accusation of being over priced.

And please don't pretend to understand Italian wine because the whole DO system is a basketcase that makes comprehending Burgundy akin to beating Sluggy in a debate.



Nt too much complex about either really , you only have to remeber 3 or 4 things for each. Burgundy is complex because quite often there are village wines at are better than prem cru's.

Which is the same problem with Italy. Most of the DO is so discredited that many better producers don't/won't subscribe.


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Torquemada 1420 wrote:
bimboman wrote:
Torquemada 1420 wrote:
Keith wrote:
French wine is vastly overrated. There, I said it.


Italy FTW.

What a ridiculous statement. There is so much Fre wine. It's more open to accusation of being over priced.

And please don't pretend to understand Italian wine because the whole DO system is a basketcase that makes comprehending Burgundy akin to beating Sluggy in a debate.



Nt too much complex about either really , you only have to remeber 3 or 4 things for each. Burgundy is complex because quite often there are village wines at are better than prem cru's.

Which is the same problem with Italy. Most of the DO is so discredited that many better producers don't/won't subscribe.



Maybe, though the CRU system while not perfect isn't discredited in burgundy generally higher up the hills in the best light produce better wine grapes. My point was some producers in burgundy over produce across their range.


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A short piece on an inexpensive wine that's actually rather nice: The Long Little Dog


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The dog in question:

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I'm glad you approve. It's been my cheap bottle from the corner shop choice for a while now.


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I'm glad you approve. It's been my cheap bottle from the corner shop choice for a while now.

:thumbup:

There's also a red version, have you tried that?


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I'm glad you approve. It's been my cheap bottle from the corner shop choice for a while now.

:thumbup:

There's also a red version, have you tried that?

Again, decent enough when it's a corner shop


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keeping with the Languedoc theme started by The Long (little) Dog, happy to recommend a find in Aldi

stumbled across this and have bought and enjoyed more

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big and bold, syrah driven and estate bottled Languedoc, with a bit of age and plenty of oomph - good buy at £6.99


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This is a bit of an oldie: a pair of Kiwi Rieslings


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Irishers: Lidl Italian wine sale is on again (if you weren't aware). Some nice wines for midweek tipple


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A new post on a old favourite wine: Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc


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frankster wrote:
Irishers: Lidl Italian wine sale is on again (if you weren't aware). Some nice wines for midweek tipple


Here's a new post on a red and a white from the list


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C is for Chablis and Chile

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Discovery of the weekend, "Les Creisses" 2015 by Philippe Chesnelong, a wine from the Languedoc-Roussillon area.

Great nose, red fruits, syrah/grenache with a bit of Cabernet-Sauvignon, very nicely structured and balanced, long enough finish. Fantastic bang for the buck (just above 10€ here). I would wait for a year or two to get it to peak but very enjoyable right now. That one will become a "rolling wine" for me (buy some, then enjoy it the following year while getting more of the new millesime, etc). :thumbup:

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 Post subject: Re: The Wine Thread
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Ouch.

http://www.thejournal.ie/wine-seized-bo ... 9-Mar2017/

It's only a bottle of wine a day for a year.

How is that not for personal use?


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Been drinking a bit of this of late:

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Mallorcan wine based on Callet grape (which I admit I'm not very familiar with).
Very nice indeed.

So much so I have gone out and brought one of their upmarket versions:
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Had this

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while in Antwerp this week. Rather nice.


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 Post subject: Re: The Wine Thread
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Does anyone else pay close attention to alcohol levels in the wine they drink?

Most the Portuguese red wine I drink is between 13.5-14% but there are many 14.5% bottles around and even the odd 15% one. Most the whites excluding vinho verde are around the 13% mark. I supect that other southern european countries such as Spain and Italy have similar levels


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while in Antwerp this week. Rather nice.


Saint Estèphe is never a bad choice

which restaurant in Antwerp if i may ask?


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Does anyone else pay close attention to alcohol levels in the wine they drink?

Most the Portuguese red wine I drink is between 13.5-14% but there are many 14.5% bottles around and even the odd 15% one. Most the whites excluding vinho verde are around the 13% mark. I supect that other southern european countries such as Spain and Italy have similar levels


I do and almost always now serve the alcohol-heavy (red) wines cooler than the lighter ones. I find it easier for all to enjoy those wines that can feel too "heavy", especially for those who care less about wine.


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Ouch.

http://www.thejournal.ie/wine-seized-bo ... 9-Mar2017/

It's only a bottle of wine a day for a year.

How is that not for personal use?



40 cases or so? That's not really a hell of a lot.


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Does anyone else pay close attention to alcohol levels in the wine they drink?

Most the Portuguese red wine I drink is between 13.5-14% but there are many 14.5% bottles around and even the odd 15% one. Most the whites excluding vinho verde are around the 13% mark. I supect that other southern european countries such as Spain and Italy have similar levels


I pay attention to ABV levels and it's becoming harder to find lower ones than higher ones.

The Majestic Wine website in the UK is a good indicator for this.

Here's a snapshot of their red wines on sale by ABV:

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2013 "Inopia" Rouge, Rotem & Mounir Saouma

Had some of this at Dinner by Heston yesterday with some quail, was absolutely lovely and at £13.50 a glass so it should be.

Found it today, £12.50 a bottle from F&R.

On another note, went to a couples house for Sunday lunch last weekend, new friends from a baby group. She is French and has been banging on about a bottle of wine her uncle gave her on her birthday in 1978 and since my wife is in the business thought she would open it as a treat. We were both quite excited, however as soon as my wife saw it her face dropped - luckily only I saw it. She whispered to me "it's just a cheap table wine".

Anyway hostess opened it and took first dibs and was chuffed at how lovely it was.... I got through about 1/4 of a glass, wife let it touch her lips before insisting it was too nice for us and her and her husband should share it later.

Off to Majestic tasting in an hour.

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Azlan Roar wrote:
Lisbon Nick wrote:
Does anyone else pay close attention to alcohol levels in the wine they drink?

Most the Portuguese red wine I drink is between 13.5-14% but there are many 14.5% bottles around and even the odd 15% one. Most the whites excluding vinho verde are around the 13% mark. I supect that other southern european countries such as Spain and Italy have similar levels


I pay attention to ABV levels and it's becoming harder to find lower ones than higher ones.

The Majestic Wine website in the UK is a good indicator for this.

Here's a snapshot of their red wines on sale by ABV:

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19? Blooming heck.


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globus wrote:
Azlan Roar wrote:
Lisbon Nick wrote:
Does anyone else pay close attention to alcohol levels in the wine they drink?

Most the Portuguese red wine I drink is between 13.5-14% but there are many 14.5% bottles around and even the odd 15% one. Most the whites excluding vinho verde are around the 13% mark. I supect that other southern european countries such as Spain and Italy have similar levels


I pay attention to ABV levels and it's becoming harder to find lower ones than higher ones.

The Majestic Wine website in the UK is a good indicator for this.

Here's a snapshot of their red wines on sale by ABV:

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19? Blooming heck.

A fortified "sticky" maybe?


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new post just up on a pair of Cabernets from Lidl


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Easter Sunday coming up and roast lamb is on the menu as usual. Coming from a local farmer.

BBR have just sent me some recommendations but I'm wondering if you experts out there have suggestions for something to drink with it. Anything eclectic might be a bit of fun.

Usually we have a pinot noir.


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new post just up on a pair of Cabernets from Lidl


I love Cabernet. Checked their website, not available in the UK. :(


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I can recommend this

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http://lagordonne.com/


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Sandstorm wrote:
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new post just up on a pair of Cabernets from Lidl


I love Cabernet. Checked their website, not available in the UK. :(


Bugger. Sorry!


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globus wrote:
Easter Sunday coming up and roast lamb is on the menu as usual. Coming from a local farmer.

BBR have just sent me some recommendations but I'm wondering if you experts out there have suggestions for something to drink with it. Anything eclectic might be a bit of fun.

Usually we have a pinot noir.


The classic matches are Rioja or St Emilion.


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new post just up on a pair of Cabernets from Lidl


I love Cabernet. Checked their website, not available in the UK. :(


Bugger. Sorry!


No worries, I'll get something else to drown my sorrows. :)


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frankster wrote:
globus wrote:
Easter Sunday coming up and roast lamb is on the menu as usual. Coming from a local farmer.

BBR have just sent me some recommendations but I'm wondering if you experts out there have suggestions for something to drink with it. Anything eclectic might be a bit of fun.

Usually we have a pinot noir.


The classic matches are Rioja or St Emilion.

So a Medoc? I've got a very nice Rioja in Town but that's for a special occasion.

I'll have a word with Mr Amps about a St E. Cheers.


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globus wrote:
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globus wrote:
Easter Sunday coming up and roast lamb is on the menu as usual. Coming from a local farmer.

BBR have just sent me some recommendations but I'm wondering if you experts out there have suggestions for something to drink with it. Anything eclectic might be a bit of fun.

Usually we have a pinot noir.


The classic matches are Rioja or St Emilion.

So a Medoc? I've got a very nice Rioja in Town but that's for a special occasion.

I'll have a word with Mr Amps about a St E. Cheers.


A good Médoc (e.g. a Pauillac) from a good year would work, but otherwise a Médoc might be too austere, hence right bank Merlot dominated blends tend to work better


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Going with Pauillac but also have an interesting option for Tempramillo, which obviously is the Rioja option. I've bought both.

Neither are in the bottom basement cost, but it's Easter. I love it. Church, friends home for a drink, roast lamb in the oven and The Management is in tornado mode.

What can be better than a glass of wine with friends and family?

I'll have the shampoo on chill.

Have a very happy 16th April.


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Our lamb in the region comes from Pauillac at Easter and indeed the locals like to drink a wine from Pauillac with the lamb from Pauillac...

I prefer an old St Julien with the lamb when it's "traditionnally" cooked medium or rare. However I've been a big fan of the "7-hour cooked" lamb for a couple of years now and go for a wine with a bit more power to go along the more marked flavours. We've had wines on that recipe from Italy, Spain, the Languedoc region, CDR or even CDP and it usually works very nicely. Can't have just one wine anyway for that kind of occasion. :o


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