Wine Focus for August: What shall we do?

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Wine Focus for August: What shall we do?

Postby Robin Garr » Wed Jul 28, 2010 11:20 pm

The first of the month is creeping up on us fast! What'll it be next month, folks? Let's have your nominations, please, ideally with a bit of discussion as to why it's a good pick, one that will be easily accessible, without the average WLDGer's budget and of sufficient interest to get a lot of us involved in tasting and talk. :)
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Re: Wine Focus for August: What shall we do?

Postby Rahsaan » Thu Jul 29, 2010 2:07 am

Have you done Beaujolais recently?

Given the heat I would have said a white wine, but perhaps you like to switch white to red from month to month. And of course Beaujolais can be light and refreshing and a good summer wine.

But, the 2009s are arriving with lots of attention, so there is also that curiosity factor. Even if they aren't the lightest iterations.

One never goes wrong with Beaujolais!
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Re: Wine Focus for August: What shall we do?

Postby Don Appleton » Thu Jul 29, 2010 7:05 am

German Riesling might be a good topic, don't know if this has been recently covered.
I think there is at least a fair amount of interest in German Riesling - a wide range of styles, some good recent vintages, widely available in most markets and many at reasonable prices.
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Re: Wine Focus for August: What shall we do?

Postby Tim York » Thu Jul 29, 2010 8:56 am

Beaujolais is great. The only fly in the ointment for me is that, like with Italian whites, I have none left in the cellar. Good reports about the 09s.
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Re: Wine Focus for August: What shall we do?

Postby Robin Garr » Thu Jul 29, 2010 9:14 am

Tim York wrote:Beaujolais is great. The only fly in the ointment for me is that, like with Italian whites, I have none left in the cellar. Good reports about the 09s.

Both ideas are good. We've had some excellent Riesling discussions in the past, and of course, David is a big Riesling fan and expert, and far from the only such on the premises.

On the other hand, I kind of like Beaujolais. The 2009s are getting some serious talk, and I recently reported on a sit-down tasting of Duboeuf's range, which exceeded expectations for me. They may be just now (or not yet) getting into some markets, but Beaujolais (and Gamay) should be available everywhere.

I'm inclined to lean toward Beaujolais for August, with a predisposition to get back to German Riesling soon. Let's keep the decision open for today, though, and make a decision by tomorrow morning.
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Re: Wine Focus for August: What shall we do?

Postby David M. Bueker » Thu Jul 29, 2010 9:25 am

How about Beaujolais for August & German Riesling for September. My October schedule is stacking up to be participation unfriendly.
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Re: Wine Focus for August: What shall we do?

Postby Tim York » Thu Jul 29, 2010 9:32 am

Yes for German Riesling in September. It gives me an incentive to make inroads into my stocks.
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Re: Wine Focus for August: What shall we do?

Postby David M. Bueker » Thu Jul 29, 2010 9:32 am

Tim York wrote:Yes for German Riesling in September. It gives me an incentive to make inroads into my stocks.


You and me both.
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Re: Wine Focus for August: What shall we do?

Postby Robin Garr » Thu Jul 29, 2010 9:50 am

David M. Bueker wrote:How about Beaujolais for August & German Riesling for September. My October schedule is stacking up to be participation unfriendly.

Sounds like a plan!
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Re: Wine Focus for August: What shall we do?

Postby David M. Bueker » Thu Jul 29, 2010 9:51 am

The intro for August will have to be on you, as I will be busy the next several days.
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Re: Wine Focus for August: What shall we do?

Postby Carl Eppig » Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:25 am

Plans for August and September sound good to me.
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Re: Wine Focus for August: What shall we do?

Postby Robin Garr » Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:56 am

David M. Bueker wrote:The intro for August will have to be on you, as I will be busy the next several days.

Okay, I'll feature it in this weeks Wine Advisor tomorrow and post it here ... I've got an '08 Brun Terres Dorees that's just waiting for an excuse to talk about.
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Re: Wine Focus for August: What shall we do?

Postby Dave Erickson » Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:55 pm

Can we have a discussion of Beaujolais that does not include the phrase "serious wine" or disparaging remarks about carbonic maceration?
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Re: Wine Focus for August: What shall we do?

Postby Robin Garr » Thu Jul 29, 2010 11:53 pm

Dave Erickson wrote:Can we have a discussion of Beaujolais that does not include the phrase "serious wine" or disparaging remarks about carbonic maceration?

Doubtful. :D But come on down! I'll try to avoid both offensive usages in my intro.
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Re: Wine Focus for August: What shall we do?

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Thu Jul 29, 2010 11:56 pm

Dave Erickson wrote:Can we have a discussion of Beaujolais that does not include the phrase "serious wine" or disparaging remarks about carbonic maceration?


Dave, we should run a poll on how many times "banana" will be mentioned during the month!
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Re: Wine Focus for August: What shall we do?

Postby David M. Bueker » Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:33 am

I wonder what would happen if one were to perform carbonic maceration of bananas? I think the pressure would build up to crazy levels until the whole thing went du-poof!
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Re: Wine Focus for August: What shall we do?

Postby Robin Garr » Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:29 am

David M. Bueker wrote:I wonder what would happen if one were to perform carbonic maceration of bananas? I think the pressure would build up to crazy levels until the whole thing went du-poof!

In fairness, Duboeuf has abandoned the use of 71B yeast, and love his wines or hate 'em, I don't think you'll get banana out of recent vintages.

Another gee-whiz factoid: As non-intuitive as it seems, if someone holds banana and strawberry where you can smell them with your eyes closed, they're harder to distinguish than you might think. Apparently they're closer than you might expect on the aroma wheel.
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Re: Wine Focus for August: What shall we do?

Postby David M. Bueker » Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:32 am

Great. Now I really want a strawberry-banana smoothie.
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Re: Wine Focus for August: What shall we do?

Postby Robin Garr » Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:45 am

David M. Bueker wrote:Great. Now I really want a strawberry-banana smoothie.

With a flower label! :lol:
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Re: Wine Focus for August: What shall we do?

Postby David M. Bueker » Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:55 am

Robin Garr wrote:
David M. Bueker wrote:Great. Now I really want a strawberry-banana smoothie.

With a flower label! :lol:


Last time I checked, Starbucks was not one of the Cru Beaulolais designations. :wink:
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Re: Wine Focus for August: What shall we do?

Postby Robin Garr » Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:02 am

David M. Bueker wrote:Starbucks

Buy local!
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Re: Wine Focus for August: What shall we do?

Postby David M. Bueker » Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:03 am

In Enfield? You're kidding right? I think The Olive Garden runs the farmer's market here.
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Re: Wine Focus for August: What shall we do?

Postby Robin Garr » Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:23 am

David M. Bueker wrote:In Enfield? You're kidding right? I think The Olive Garden runs the farmer's market here.

My heart goes out to you ...
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