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09-28-2011 08:10 AM #1
Need Wine Advice? Ask me here!
I'm in the wine business at a high-end shop nestled in between Ruxton and Roland Park. I've been selling wine professionally for five years now, and I've tasted thousands of bottles.
Need any tips or recommendations? Have a question about wine in general? Are you a novice and want to learn more? Ask me here.
Note: I'm not a fan of snobbery. No question is stupid, and no preference is "wrong". I'd just love to be able to pass on any advice I can.
I also have a strong working knowledge of various liquors and craft beers. I can help you party plan, too. I'll try to respond to this thread often.
09-28-2011 08:33 AM #2
I'm a fan of mid-priced reds and like Ravenswood, Lindeman and others of their ilk. As an aside, I loved the movie Sideways. Sometimes (like most days of the week) my wife and I go cheap and buy the Trader Joe's 3 Buck Chuck or here in OH, Kroger's or in FL Publix' Tisdale (Modesto, CA).
o What makes a Tisdale or others so cheap in comparison?
o How can they ship that Lindeman's and Red Tail from Australia and retail it for $11 the 1.5 liter?
More questions to follow. My wife and I average one "nice pour" a day.
Last edited by bobmc; 09-28-2011 at 01:18 PM.
09-28-2011 11:14 AM #3
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09-28-2011 04:07 PM #4
When those companies started exporting the Australian dollar was really weak, so your USD bought a lot of Australian wine. Grapes were also really cheap there because domestic wine demand was not very strong (they drink a lot of wine per capita, more than us, but there aren't that many people in Australia).
The AUD is much stronger now (roughly at parity with USD) but those companies have obviously scaled up to massive operations than can make profits even on lower margins.
09-28-2011 04:22 PM #5
Tisdale is actually a pretty nice inexpensive wine. The Sweet Red is very popular in my area and it sells for $3.99 a bottle.
I am assuming you are talking about Yellow Tail? I would guess its all about how much they are making that makes it cheap. Smaller vinyards actually have more labor intensive practices when picking the grapes and turning it into wine. That is a main factor in the costs.
09-28-2011 04:30 PM #6
09-28-2011 04:39 PM #7
If people from the Baltimore area want to take an awesome day trip -- head out to Loudon County, VA. Tons of wineries out there, beautiful scenery, and many wineries out there produce really good wines. My wife and I have been taking our friends down there a lot lately and they all love it.
09-29-2011 08:53 AM #8
Because Australia is so lenient with growing practices, and the climate is so conducive to growing ripe grapes, the price for bulk fruit is extremely cheap and the quality is fairly consistent year to year. While some snobs may not like Yellow Tail, and while some purists may look down on the "industrialization" of wine, Yellow Tail has opened up the world of wine drinking to the masses and have made a decent bottle easily affordable for everyday consumption.
09-29-2011 08:56 AM #9
09-29-2011 09:01 AM #10
btw - from a non-snobbery point of view - I actually like ice in my red wines - can drink it either way but especially with the cheaper varieties.
09-29-2011 09:01 AM #11
Go to Boston. There's plenty of whine to around town there. Be careful though. Most of it is made from sour grapes.
09-29-2011 09:41 AM #12
09-29-2011 09:48 AM #13
Drank a nice Petit Verdot last night from Willowcroft in VA. Not the best PV to be had from VA but not bad either. Went great with steak!
09-29-2011 04:15 PM #14
10-03-2011 03:31 PM #15
My wife and I went to Tuscany last October. Obviously, we tried a bunch of good Chianti's and Sangiovese based wines.
But it seems decent Chianti is wildly over-priced in the US, assuming one can find a decent bottle to begin with.
Any suggestions? Particularly for an everyday table wine, "rosso" as they say.
Have you run across this label:
Boscarelli: We did a tour at this winery and they had some top notch product. The Vino Noble di Montepulciano 2006 Riserva was incredible. They wanted $35 EU a bottle at the winery which is not in my wine price range