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It's nearly August - Wine Focus ideas

Postby David M. Bueker » Fri Jul 26, 2013 1:11 pm

Didn't Beaujolais come up as a requested topic?

I think I heard Pinot Noir floated around again.

It's still hot out. We could do Muscadet. Paging Bob.
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Re: It's nearly August - Wine Focus ideas

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:13 pm

David, you got my attention :lol: .

I also like PN and may I ask when we last looked at CdR? 2010/2011 were great vintages.
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Re: It's nearly August - Wine Focus ideas

Postby Tim York » Fri Jul 26, 2013 4:37 pm

Bob Parsons Alberta wrote:David, you got my attention :lol: .

I also like PN and may I ask when we last looked at CdR? 2010/2011 were great vintages.


Didn't we do PN quite recently? I would prefer Beaujolais (perhaps extended to all Gamay) or Muscadet.

After an interminable winter we have suddenly got summer in early July with regular maxima of 30+°C (mid/upper 80s) and thunder storms up to now, so something cooling would be welcome.
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Re: It's nearly August - Wine Focus ideas

Postby Joy Lindholm » Sat Jul 27, 2013 1:13 am

When was the last time a focus was on the wines of Spain? Or if you want to narrow for summer weather, perhaps limit to Spanish whites, rose and bubbly?
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Re: It's nearly August - Wine Focus ideas

Postby David M. Bueker » Sat Jul 27, 2013 9:41 am

We actually did Spanish whites not all that long ago. It was not a terribly popular Focus.
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Re: It's nearly August - Wine Focus ideas

Postby Howie Hart » Sat Jul 27, 2013 10:05 am

Pacific Northwest? OR, WA, BC
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Re: It's nearly August - Wine Focus ideas

Postby Jim Cassidy » Sat Jul 27, 2013 1:53 pm

Howie said

Pacific Northwest? OR, WA, BC


I like this one. I'm moving to Oregon, and know nothing of the region's wines.
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Re: It's nearly August - Wine Focus ideas

Postby Robin Garr » Sat Jul 27, 2013 3:40 pm

Jim Cassidy wrote:Howie said

Pacific Northwest? OR, WA, BC


I like this one. I'm moving to Oregon, and know nothing of the region's wines.

I don't think we've ever done PNW. The only question is whether it's a non-starter for our friends in Europe and Down Under. Any Oregon or Washington or BC wines available over there, folks?
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Re: It's nearly August - Wine Focus ideas

Postby David M. Bueker » Sat Jul 27, 2013 4:53 pm

Most of what is available from the Pac NW is too rich and heavy for summer IMO
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Re: It's nearly August - Wine Focus ideas

Postby Rahsaan » Sat Jul 27, 2013 5:49 pm

David M. Bueker wrote:Most of what is available from the Pac NW is too rich and heavy for summer IMO


Except for all the Oregon pinot blanc and pinot gris we were supposed to be doing this past month! :D
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Re: It's nearly August - Wine Focus ideas

Postby Tim York » Sun Jul 28, 2013 6:39 am

Robin Garr wrote:
Jim Cassidy wrote:Howie said

Pacific Northwest? OR, WA, BC


I like this one. I'm moving to Oregon, and know nothing of the region's wines.

I don't think we've ever done PNW. The only question is whether it's a non-starter for our friends in Europe and Down Under. Any Oregon or Washington or BC wines available over there, folks?


In the UK, yes, but I haven't seen any here, except Domaine Drouhin which is honorary French :wink: . I'll try Wine Searcher but am not familiar with the many winery names.
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Re: It's nearly August - Wine Focus ideas

Postby Robin Garr » Mon Jul 29, 2013 10:53 pm

Well, it's getting closer to decision time. We've had a lot of good ideas floated, but I think the counter-arguments against some of the choices that might not suit the Dog Days of summer are well taken. I do agree that Pacific Northwest in particular - reds, or reds and whites - would make a fine pick for autumn. (And a delay would also give Tim and others a little extra time to shop.)

This puts us back to David's first two suggestions for this month, barring a late entry that comes from behind.

So, decision time, folks: What'll it be? Beaujolais (which, remember, can be served cool to chilled), or another round of Muscadet? I know Bob loves Muscadet, and so do a lot of us, but Beaujo (and its international kin) might offer a bit more variety, at least in most markets. I think I'm leaning toward Beaujolais. How about the rest of you?
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Re: It's nearly August - Wine Focus ideas

Postby David M. Bueker » Tue Jul 30, 2013 7:35 am

The Dog Dets of Summer-Muscadet...
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Re: It's nearly August - Wine Focus ideas

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Tue Jul 30, 2013 12:52 pm

Back from 3 cold wet days in the Rockies but it is getting warmer so Musky for me :D
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Re: It's nearly August - Wine Focus ideas

Postby Tim York » Tue Jul 30, 2013 1:53 pm

Either Gamay or Muscadet would do it for me.

As for Pacific North West, the only offerings listed by Wine Searcher in Brussels are for Washington state from Columbia Crest and Ch. Ste.Michelle and for Oregon from Argyle Estate. Aren't the first two similar operations to Kendall Jackson and Gallo?
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Re: It's nearly August - Wine Focus ideas

Postby Carl Eppig » Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:08 pm

Tim York wrote:As for Pacific North West, the only offerings listed by Wine Searcher in Brussels are for Washington state from Columbia Crest and Ch. Ste.Michelle and for Oregon from Argyle Estate. Aren't the first two similar operations to Kendall Jackson and Gallo?


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Re: It's nearly August - Wine Focus ideas

Postby Tim York » Thu Aug 01, 2013 7:17 am

Carl Eppig wrote:
Tim York wrote:As for Pacific North West, the only offerings listed by Wine Searcher in Brussels are for Washington state from Columbia Crest and Ch. Ste.Michelle and for Oregon from Argyle Estate. Aren't the first two similar operations to Kendall Jackson and Gallo?


NO!


So geek-worthy? More like Mondavi when the family was still in charge?
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Re: It's nearly August - Wine Focus ideas

Postby Robin Garr » Thu Aug 01, 2013 7:54 am

Tim York wrote:
Carl Eppig wrote:
Tim York wrote:As for Pacific North West, the only offerings listed by Wine Searcher in Brussels are for Washington state from Columbia Crest and Ch. Ste.Michelle and for Oregon from Argyle Estate. Aren't the first two similar operations to Kendall Jackson and Gallo?


NO!


So geek-worthy? More like Mondavi when the family was still in charge?

More in the middle, I'd say, Tim. They are certainly NOT "artisanal," and I don't really agree with Carl's emphatic "no." Columbia Crest is quite industrial, and Ch Ste Michelle at least marginally so; Argyle has also geared up to mass production. But none approach Gallo's enormousness, and I guess that's what Carl was trying to say.
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Re: It's nearly August - Wine Focus ideas

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Thu Aug 01, 2013 3:51 pm

Robin Garr wrote:Well, it's getting closer to decision time. We've had a lot of good ideas floated, but I think the counter-arguments against some of the choices that might not suit the Dog Days of summer are well taken. I do agree that Pacific Northwest in particular - reds, or reds and whites - would make a fine pick for autumn. (And a delay would also give Tim and others a little extra time to shop.)

This puts us back to David's first two suggestions for this month, barring a late entry that comes from behind.

So, decision time, folks: What'll it be? Beaujolais (which, remember, can be served cool to chilled), or another round of Muscadet? I know Bob loves Muscadet, and so do a lot of us, but Beaujo (and its international kin) might offer a bit more variety, at least in most markets. I think I'm leaning toward Beaujolais. How about the rest of you?


So has a decision been made?
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Re: It's nearly August - Wine Focus ideas

Postby Jenise » Sat Aug 03, 2013 1:50 pm

David M. Bueker wrote:We actually did Spanish whites not all that long ago. It was not a terribly popular Focus.


It sure would be popular with me. I bought a case of interesting stuff--all whites--from The Spanish Table. And my dish today at Bill's annual Terrine event is Spanish--I scored a bottle of the rare white from Remelluri and will be serving that with a white Priorat.
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Re: It's nearly August - Wine Focus ideas

Postby David M. Bueker » Sun Aug 04, 2013 12:38 pm

I've had that Remelluri twice, and while I liked it, I was put off by the price.
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Re: It's nearly August - Wine Focus ideas

Postby Jenise » Sun Aug 04, 2013 7:56 pm

David M. Bueker wrote:I've had that Remelluri twice, and while I liked it, I was put off by the price.


The price is why I'm sure I'll never have it again! I got it for $50, but that's a special distributor close-out price. It had been $80.
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