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Wine for a Fancy Dinner

Postby Dan Smothergill » Tue Oct 31, 2006 11:11 am

A fancy dinner is being held as part of the AWS national conference next week in Baltimore. Ten of us who will be attending from our local chapter will have a table at the dinner, and each has been asked to bring a couple of bottles of wine.

Under instructions from my wife Nancy not to "cheap out", I'm willing to relax my $15 upper limit for a bottle of wine rule. The problem is that the over - $15 world is pretty much terra icognita to me. So I could use some help. If you were to spend, say, a total of $50 on one bottle of red and one of white what would you get? Of course, if you can suggest a couple of real knockouts for something less than that it would make me very happy indeed.
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Re: Wine for a Fancy Dinner

Postby Howie Hart » Tue Oct 31, 2006 11:31 am

Dan - knowing that you like Vouvray, why not get a high end ($25?) one of those (avoid '03). Red? There have been several threads recently that have touted some CA and WA Cabs that are not over oaked and not high alcohol (>14%).
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Re: Wine for a Fancy Dinner

Postby Dan Smothergill » Tue Oct 31, 2006 10:32 pm

knowing that you like Vouvray, why not get a high end ($25?) one of those


Good idea. I have kept my eye on pricer Vouvray. Probably no better time to go ahead and splurge on a Huet.

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Re: Wine for a Fancy Dinner

Postby Dale Williams » Tue Oct 31, 2006 11:50 pm

If you're going for a Huet (good choice!), why not pair it with a red Loire? A great thing about red Loires is that the best wines are $15-40, not $400+. 2005 looks to be a great vintage- I've recently truly enjoyed the Filliatreau La Grande Vignolle- $14.
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Re: Wine for a Fancy Dinner

Postby Dave Erickson » Wed Nov 01, 2006 10:49 am

Masciarelli "Marina Cvetic" --$25 and about as good as can be done with Montepulciano di Abruzzo.
Viticcio Chianti Classico '01 -- $24 and a very respectable Chianti that is an easy food match.
Zind-Humbrecht Pinot d'Alsace -- $20 for a very fine Alsace white.
Chateau Vitalis Pouilly-Fuisse Vielles Vignes '04 -- $22 for an excellent unoaked Chardonnay from Denis Dutron, one of the great vignerons of the Macon.

Of course, if you really want to go to $50, you can slay everyone with a 1997 Fattoria di Felsina Berardenga "Rancia," a single-vineyard Chianti Classico Riserva. Just make sure rare steak and bitter greens are on the menu. :D

Also for $50 you can get a Guy Bocard Chassagne-Montrachet 2002, which should be equally impressive--classic white Burgundy.
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Re: Wine for a Fancy Dinner

Postby David Creighton » Wed Nov 01, 2006 11:23 am

i assume you've been to these before; but maybe not. there will be a whole lot of wine already on the table. i think if people brought one good bottle rather than 2 you would be better off. keep in mind the hospitality suites after the dinner!
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Re: Wine for a Fancy Dinner

Postby Dan Smothergill » Wed Nov 01, 2006 12:38 pm

i assume you've been to these before

Yes we have gone before. Wine is everywhere, so the first rule is be very, very selective.
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Re: Wine for a Fancy Dinner

Postby Dan Smothergill » Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:37 pm

Thanks Howie, Dale, and Dave for your suggestions. The other day I went shopping with Huet in mind and a Loire red to accompany it. The only Huet I could find locally was $33. I had promised not too cheap out, but that seemed beyond the pale. Instead, I went for an '04 Hubert Veneau Pouilly Fume in the low $20's. I always pass over the Pouilly-Fumes and Sancerres so this was a good chance to get one. For a Loire red I got an '00 Les Petites Roches Chinon at about $17. I think both will be appreciated.
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