Carl Eppig wrote:Don't know why you don't pay attention to Southern France, Middle and Southern Italy, all of Spain, and New Zealand to mention a couple.
Don't know why you include Chile as I haven't found very much there that is exciting.
Jo Ann Henderson wrote:HI, Dave
I have come to learn that I really enjoy wine, but when I want a drink, I will go for the alcohol. When I want a drink with dinner, it will always be a glass of wine. Until the last 5 years had not really paid a great deal of attention to it's pedigree. However, of late I have noticed that, if I were to make a list about choosing wines, it would look a great deal like yours. Like Carl, I agree with all the regions on your list, excepe Chile. Can you share which wine(s) in particular you like from that region. I will give it a try. Thx.
Ian Sutton wrote:A comment from a UK perspective - at lower price levels Chile offers good reliability (few bad wines) and NZ just doesn't target the VDT level of drinking.......
Tim York wrote:Dave,
With one proviso (see below), I do urge you to look closer at wines from France, Italy and Spain. For my palate they provide wines of unrivalled variety, integrity and personality together with (yes, france particularly) QPR. It is true that most of the best wines are made by small artisan producers and are therefore not found in supermarkets and chains. It is also true that some study and tasting experience is needed to become familiar with appellations, their grape varieties and best growers but I think that the effort is amply repaid.
Tim York wrote:Dave,
The point I am trying to make is that French wine can be "everyday" as well as "special".
The independent wine merchants in the UK are amongst the world's shrewdest buyers and I would hope that there are a few in the Manchester area who can point you towards a few delicious QPR Côtes du Rhône and similar bargains from other regions.
Ian Sutton wrote:Dave
One merchant who seems to get some good reviews is Leon Stolarski (LSFINEFINES.CO.UK) who specialises in South Of France. Worth trying if you haven't before. (No connection etc.)
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