HEB is clearly more intelligent than the klutz who write this pompous drivel. Good NA wine is quite palatable; it is regular wine with the bulk of the alcohol removed, not tarted (or sweetened) up grape juice.
Enjoyed this. We, also, are enjoying inexpensive Argentinean and Chilean - and other wines - during this recession. (http://thought2form.blogspot.com/2010/05/g…)
I am always amazed when reviewers love Terrazas Reserva. Servers and wine store owners in Argentina generally told me it was nothing special.
Dona Paula makes a reserva that is $33 at Costco and has a huge rating from Robert Parker. Costco also has the amazing Catena Alta for $39, which is a phenomenal value.
The regular Catena, at $23, is one of the best malbecs for the money in the us.
Conquista Reserva at World Market $17 is extremely good for the price.
Antis Reserve ($15) is the best malbec I have had in that price range.
i can't the tommyknocker jack wacker wheat ale anywhere in the bottle....i live in atlanta, what stores can i go to find a six pack?
You must add Wild Earth's pinot's to your list (NZ). Very hard to find, but worth every penny.
Pouilly Fume is from the Loire region in France -- Pouilly Fuisse is from Burgundy.
Just a few clarifications to an otherwise enlightening atricle -- the Romans mixed honey and seawater into their wine, along with spices (mostly cinnamon and cloves). Burgundy is in NE France, not SE, and no one from the east (except the Vikings into Greenland and maybe into what is now Nova Scotia) had landed in the new World in the early 1400's.
p.s: maybe Jacko would disagree -- he loves the Jesus Juice
Very cool article -- I'm glad you have an appreciation for the great possibilities of pairing beer with fine foods! I love the hefeweizen/BBQ suggestion and I'll definitely try that out.
One quibble: Budweiser is a pale American lager, not a pilsner. It is distinguishable as such by the use of rice and corn as ingredients. Not that it matters much when you're talking about a crap beer, but I thought I'd take the opportunity to be a big beer geek and point it out.
If you want to stop the spread of wine dis-info, spell the names of the wine makers correctly: C-O-R-I-S-O-N, no Z...
www.wineexpress.com has far lower pricing for shipping. Shipping is $1.95 per bottle. Plus they regularly have 99c or free shipping and you can stack a 15% case discount ontop. And their wine (in my experience) never suck.
Taylor, I always enjoy your articles but I have to disagree with the No. 1 rule concerning wine. You kinda touched it but to me, as a wine geek and fine dining manager, the ultimate rule is "does this wine taste good to me?" Wine is life and being so it is personal. Who are we to tell someone that there favorite wine sucks? I know you feel the same but it should have been the number 1 rule.
As the manager of a liquor store I take exception to #5. Grocery stores are notorious for having larger markups than liquor stores. As for warehouse clubs, give us $50 to walk in the door and we'll match their price.
Oh contraire my well crushed friend. The cost of California (especially Napa) wines are based on supply and demand. With the rising popularity of wine and the limited amount that Napa wineries can produce, prices have skyrocketed! Justifiable? Maybe or maybe not but is up to the consumer plopping down there $30-$50 for Napa Cabernet to decide.
Not to pick your story to death, but Shafer products are not available in Georgia due to our 50-year-old alcohol laws that give distributors an un-regulated monopoly.
And finally, why leave out other countries when 4 out of the top 5 wines for 2007 where non U.S. (2 French, 1 Italian, & 1 Australian). Australia and South American wineries are producing wines that can exceed Napa quality at half the price.
You have to read Franzia's article in the recent Business 2.0 mag. He is the bottler of 2 buck chuck.
He is going to turn the wine industry, along with it's pretentiousness upside down.
Great article as usual. Thanks!
Pair cheese with wine at http://www.winedin.com
Tay - GREAT idea!: "I always hold onto wines from each course so I can try all of them with each dish. I learn more this way, like what wines don't go with which dishes." Never thought of that but will do at the next Dinner at the Club-Thanks!Bep
You write "But even with this trace amount, it should be said that alcoholics are discouraged from drinking them"
That's less alcohol than orange juice or even some slices of yeasty bread.
There are different types of alcoholics and many, especially the ones whose obsession to drink is not triggered by the odors of chemicals in the ethanol family can and do enjoy NA beverages.
I have been sober for 25 years and there's nothing like O'Doul's with Asian or spicy Indian food. I also like NA wines. I don't like sweet drinks. Never have, never will. Would I "recommend" another alcoholic drink a NA beverage? Of course not. I'd say "It's your business."
Do you think that by tasting wine, in this case Chardonnay, without knowing what it is, would help break the mold of traditional purchases? I have found that most people are surprised by their 'likes' when they do not know what they are tasting. The mind is a very powerful thing and can often skew our perceived preferences. That is what the Naked Wine Tasting Party is about. Removing the perception of wine and tasting with only your taste buds, not your eyes!
What do you think?
'Because every experience with wine is an adventure!'
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Thank you so much for telling the truth about these ridiculously over priced so called reserved wines. We as consumers get hoodwinked everyday! Please, keep up the good work.
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