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Wine Focus January topic discussion

Postby Robin Garr » Thu Dec 27, 2012 1:50 pm

What wine shall we choose to greet the new year? Updating the headline to see if the Merlot-haters will come jumping out of the woodwork when I mention the possibility. :mrgreen:
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Re: Wine Focus for January: What's your pleasure?

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Thu Dec 27, 2012 2:28 pm

How about the much-maligned Merlot? :lol:
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Re: Wine Focus for January: What's your pleasure?

Postby Brian K Miller » Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:22 pm

In response to/honor of Wine Enthusiast's feature on Eastern Europe...that would be an interesting, if perhaps over-broad topic?????
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Re: Wine Focus for January: What's your pleasure?

Postby JC (NC) » Sat Dec 29, 2012 1:23 pm

Limited access to Eastern European wines here. Have we done Zinfandel in the past year? Since Zinfandel may not be readily available outside the USA, maybe we could do two grape varieties--Zinfandel and Malbec--which are primarily considered New World specialties.

Have we done Austrian wines in the past year?
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Re: Wine Focus for January: What's your pleasure?

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Sat Dec 29, 2012 3:40 pm

Still like Merlot and maybe linked to Carmenere.
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Re: Wine Focus for January: What's your pleasure?

Postby Robin Garr » Sat Dec 29, 2012 5:37 pm

Bob Parsons Alberta wrote:Still like Merlot and maybe linked to Carmenere.

Okay, does anyone object to Merlot? Is it an "I won't play" grape for anyone? Are there any world Merlots left in affordable price ranges that will satisfy the AFWE? Maybe it's worth spending a month to find the answers to these questions?
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Re: Wine Focus for January: So, shall it be Merlot?

Postby Tim York » Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:23 am

I thought that we did Merlot linked with Cabernet franc about a month or two ago :shock: .
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Re: Wine Focus for January: So, shall it be Merlot?

Postby David M. Bueker » Tue Jan 01, 2013 1:06 pm

We were trying to focus on Cabernet Franc. The Merlot component was allowed (though not encouraged).
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Re: Wine Focus for January: So, shall it be Merlot?

Postby Salil » Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:15 pm

St. Emilions last time, Pomerols this month?
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Re: Wine Focus for January: So, shall it be Merlot?

Postby Tim York » Wed Jan 02, 2013 7:38 am

David M. Bueker wrote:We were trying to focus on Cabernet Franc. The Merlot component was allowed (though not encouraged).


I don't quite remember it that way. In the course of the discussion for a CabFranc WF, I suggested doing Merlot sometime and found that Merlot got added in. If people want to take a second and bigger bite at that cherry, so be it.
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Re: Wine Focus for January: So, shall it be Merlot?

Postby Robin Garr » Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:47 am

Tim York wrote:I don't quite remember it that way. In the course of the discussion for a CabFranc WF, I suggested doing Merlot sometime and found that Merlot got added in. If people want to take a second and bigger bite at that cherry, so be it.

Hearing no objections, might as well do it! Getting off to a day's late start, I'll post a more structured thread-starter later today.
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