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New member hello

Postby Brian A » Sat Sep 16, 2006 8:34 pm

Hi,

My name is Brian A, and I wanted to say hello and introduce myself. I'm fairly new to wine. I really got interested in it about 6 years ago after touring my 1st winery. I had to know more. So, I went out and bought Wine for Dummies :) . I still think of myself as a beginner in wine appreciation even today, especially after reading a few of the topics on this forum. I just got back from vacationing in Virginia where I had the opportunity to tour 3 wineries. This really boosted my interest again in wine. My wife and I had always stuck to our old favorite, Beringer's White Zin, in the past since she's not a fan of the reds or any dry wines. But, the tastings we experienced at these 3 wineries really opened our eyes to the plethora of differences that can occur in both reds and whites. Speaking for myself I finally was able to gain a better understanding of the terms used to describe wine such as aroma, body, and finish. Now, I look forward to trying new wines, especially those from other countries. I found some really nice wines from Virginia and know that there are more reputable wines out there waiting to be tried. I guess I'll be one to do more reading from this forum than I will be contributing to it since my knowledge is so limited. But, if any have questions or interests in my trip to the Virginia wineries, just let me know, and I'll be happy to post. Thanks everyone.
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Re: New member hello

Postby Bob Henrick » Sat Sep 16, 2006 8:48 pm

Hi Brian, welcome to the forum, and to the wonderful world of wines. About posting, please do NOT allow your newbie status to keep you from posting. I am sure that you will try one or more wines each week, so post on them, tell us which wine and what you thought of it. Post other missives seeking information, IOW ask questions. It would be a shame for you to not take advantage of the vast amount of knowledge here on the WLDG. While you are about it, go ahead and read on the food forum too.
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Re: New member hello

Postby Brian A » Sat Sep 16, 2006 8:56 pm

Great to see another Kentuckian on the forum! Thanks for the advice. I have a feeling I'll be asking lots of questions on here :P
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Re: New member hello

Postby TimMc » Sat Sep 16, 2006 9:07 pm

Hey, Brian...just know we all started from someplace on the wine scale. I've been enjoying wine for over three decades now and I'm still learning new things.

Besides, to many on this BBS, I am seen as a wine newbie, too. It's a big club :wink:
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Re: New member hello

Postby Ian Sutton » Sat Sep 16, 2006 9:21 pm

Brian
Welcome! We're all learning - so many regions I still haven't tasted wine from.
Have fun
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Re: New member hello

Postby Brian A » Sat Sep 16, 2006 10:05 pm

Thanks everyone that has posted for the warm welcome. I just learned a disturbing truth. Kentucky is a state that doesn't allow out-of-state wine to be directly shipped to customer :cry:
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Re: New member hello

Postby Mike Filigenzi » Sat Sep 16, 2006 10:42 pm

Glad you're here, Brian! I'll look forward to hearing about your wine experiences.

And yeah, that whole shipping issue really sucks. :(

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Re: New member hello

Postby John Treder » Sat Sep 16, 2006 11:13 pm

Erm.

I think I started from noplace. Have I arrived at someplace yet?

(looking around)

Hm. Looks just like noplace. :-)
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Re: New member hello

Postby Bob Ross » Sat Sep 16, 2006 11:37 pm

Welcome Brian.

I can relate. A doctor got me interested in red wine for health reasons.

My daughter started school at UVA the same year.

20,000 tasting notes later, I'm drafting 200 more from a wine course this week end.

What Virginia wineries did you visit?

Regards, Bob
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Re: New member hello

Postby Robin Garr » Sun Sep 17, 2006 12:02 am

Brian A wrote:My name is Brian A, and I wanted to say hello and introduce myself.


Brian, welcome from another Kentuckian ... I'm in Louisville, what part of the Bluegrass State are you in?

Glad you found your way here, and please don't ever feel reluctant to speak up if you have a comment or question about wine. Some of our conversations can get a little geeky, but we do have participants at all levels of wine knowledge, and we're all learning about this stuff together. There's no such thing as a dumb question, as long as it's sincere.
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Re: New member hello

Postby Bob Ross » Sun Sep 17, 2006 12:38 am

John, the truth is -- there is some in this place.

Some will tell you what the some is.

Some won't, even if they could.

Some can't, even if they want to.

Bottom line -- a bunch of us can't add any thing up.

So, summing up ....

[darn ... I guess I know what group I'm in. :-)]

Regards, Bob
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Re: New member hello

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Sun Sep 17, 2006 2:30 am

Welcome to the forum Brian, you are in good company here!! Is there a good website of what is happening wine-wise in Virginia?
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Re: New member hello

Postby Brian A » Sun Sep 17, 2006 4:38 pm

Hello, Robin. Nice to meet you. To answer your question, I live in Glasgow. It's about 30 minutes north of Bowling Green.


Hello, Bob Ross & Bob Parsons. The wineries I went to were Barboursville, Horton Vineyards, and Prince Michel. I will create a new topic to discuss those vineyards and the wines I liked best.


I will post under Wine Related Travel.
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Re: New member hello

Postby Robin Garr » Sun Sep 17, 2006 5:02 pm

Brian A wrote:Hello, Robin. Nice to meet you. To answer your question, I live in Glasgow. It's about 30 minutes north of Bowling Green.


Right off I-65, seat of Barren County, home of former Gov. Louie B. Nunn. Yep, I know where Glasgow is, all right! As I remember, Brian, back in the '70s or '80s there was a great, and all-too-short-lived, country French restaurant called Auberge des Champs down that way. Were you around the area back then?
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Re: New member hello

Postby Brian A » Sun Sep 17, 2006 6:32 pm

I've been in the area all my life. Was this restaurant across from the airport? If it's the one I'm thinking about, it's been several different restaurants since then. Now, I don't believe anything is in the building.
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Re: New member hello

Postby Howie Hart » Sun Sep 17, 2006 6:33 pm

Hi Brian'
Welcome to the forum. Visiting wineries is a great way to learn about wine. I'm lucky enough to live within a 2 hour drive of 4 different areas with a number of wineries - Finger Lakes, Lake Erie, Niagara County, NY and Niagara Peninsula, Ontario. Great variety of wines.
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Re: New member hello

Postby Robin Garr » Sun Sep 17, 2006 6:52 pm

Brian A wrote:I've been in the area all my life. Was this restaurant across from the airport? If it's the one I'm thinking about, it's been several different restaurants since then. Now, I don't believe anything is in the building.


Brian, I wish I could remember. It's been years - early '80s, I'd say. It was not in the city, though ... as the name implies ("Inn in the fields"), it was in a more rural location, a farmhouse in a meadow if memory serves, somewhere out in Barren County but not in or close to Glasgow. It was far enough back that Google is useless ... apparently nobody has mentioned it on the Internet. :)
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Re: New member hello

Postby alex metags » Sun Sep 17, 2006 7:18 pm

Perhaps not that helpful to the question at hand, but someone has mentioned the restaurant on the Internet :)

http://tinyurl.com/gue38

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Re: New member hello

Postby Robin Garr » Sun Sep 17, 2006 7:32 pm

alex metags wrote:http://tinyurl.com/gue38


Very odd, I used that exact search term and didn't get that result. Glad to know I'm not losing my mind, anyway. Thanks, Al!
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Re: New member hello

Postby Brian A » Sun Sep 17, 2006 9:07 pm

I was just a kid when that place was around. It went through many different owners and now is not anything. Expensive restaurants don't do well in a rural community or at least not here. Another thing is probably that Glasgow is still dry. Although Cave City has went moist, this may eventually impact Glasgow. I can't see Glasgow allowing Cave City to "out do" them in anything. So, I'm expecting Glasgow to at least go moist, if not wet, in the future.
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Re: New member hello

Postby TimMc » Sun Sep 17, 2006 9:54 pm

Brian A wrote:Thanks everyone that has posted for the warm welcome. I just learned a disturbing truth. Kentucky is a state that doesn't allow out-of-state wine to be directly shipped to customer :cry:


How close are you to the Ohio, Indiana or Illinois borders?


If there's a will.... :wink:
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Re: New member hello

Postby TimMc » Sun Sep 17, 2006 9:59 pm

Robin Garr wrote:
Brian A wrote:Hello, Robin. Nice to meet you. To answer your question, I live in Glasgow. It's about 30 minutes north of Bowling Green.


Right off I-65, seat of Barren County, home of former Gov. Louie B. Nunn. Yep, I know where Glasgow is, all right! As I remember, Brian, back in the '70s or '80s there was a great, and all-too-short-lived, country French restaurant called Auberge des Champs down that way. Were you around the area back then?


My step-mother's daughter lives with her family in Bowling Green....does that count? :)
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