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Old 12-25-2008, 09:50 PM   #41
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i don't know wines and hardly ever drink them as they make me sleepy but years ago i used to enjoy a zinfandel from sutter home. very cheap, supermarket stuff that sounds like a condominium developer but i thought it was pretty good. certainly better than the boonesfarm i guzzled in youth.
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Old 12-26-2008, 08:58 AM   #42
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Here are some of my favorites, under $10 . . .

Red:
"Marco Real" - Tempranillo/Narvara (Spain) . . . . $7.99
"Ona" - Carbernet Sauvignon (Chile) . . . $8.99
"Panarroz" - ?? - (Spain) . . . $6.49
"Makepeace" - Shiraz (Australia) . . . . $5.99
"Castle Rock" - Cabernet Sauvingnon (California) . . . . $7.99
"1919" - Syrah (Argentina) . . . $8.99
"Milton Clark" - Shiraz (Australia) . . . $7.99
"Chateau Guillaumette - Bordeaux (France) . . . $10.99

White:
"No" - Sauvignon Blanc . . . $8.99
"1919" - Chardonnay (Argentina) . . . . $8.99
"Huntington" - Chardonnay (California) . . . $12.99 (more than $10 but if you like "French Style" unoaked chardonnay's this one kicks @$$ for $13
"Masterpeace" - Chardonnay (Australia) . . . $5.99
"Campagnola" - Pinot Grigio (Italy) . . . .$7.99
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Another thought: If you live near a heavily ethnic neighborhood that is from a wine-producing place, go look at what is in the local liquor stores. I live near a heavily Portuguese area and when I pop into certain stores I know that I can buy really nice Portuguese wines (that I may never have heard of before) for very little money. One of the better scores thus far was a 1 liter bottle of a really lovely red for $5.
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I recently started buying boxed wines - a 5 liter box of Franzia goes for about $13, and it's not bad stuff.

But I still can't get over the feeling that I should be wearing a disguise when I walk past aisles and aisles of fine wines and head straight for the boxed wines at the back of the store.
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I'm not crazy about Franzia but Corbett Canyon chardonnay in a box is okay .
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I go with the liquor store guy's recommendation for a good wine (he even asked me how the steak would be cooked before making a recommendation once) and then get whatever cheapie is on sale for the second bottle as my tastebuds are good only for the first glass.
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I recently started buying boxed wines - a 5 liter box of Franzia goes for about $13, and it's not bad stuff.

But I still can't get over the feeling that I should be wearing a disguise when I walk past aisles and aisles of fine wines and head straight for the boxed wines at the back of the store.
You'll get over it.
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I recently started buying boxed wines - a 5 liter box of Franzia goes for about $13, and it's not bad stuff.

But I still can't get over the feeling that I should be wearing a disguise when I walk past aisles and aisles of fine wines and head straight for the boxed wines at the back of the store.

You should be. If I decide to try the boxed wines I will wear a disguise when I buy it, maybe even when I drink it to fool myself that I am really not doing it.
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Vinturi Wine Aerator

Anyone try one of these?

I was thinking if it works; maybe just opening the bottle and shaking it a bit might work also.
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You should be. If I decide to try the boxed wines I will wear a disguise when I buy it, maybe even when I drink it to fool myself that I am really not doing it.
Well, put your disguise on, and give it a try - you might be pleasantly surprised!
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I'd vote for Two Buck Chuck. See attached.

snopes.com: Charles Shaw Wine
I always drank this. Then recently I noticed it smells a little like antifreeze, so I have to make a change.

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Anyone try one of these?

I was thinking if it works; maybe just opening the bottle and shaking it a bit might work also
I decant a bottle into a wide mouth quart jar, then pour it back and forth into another quart jar for 10 full cycles. If this doesn't aerate it nothing will. I think it helps a bit, but the effect is marginal.

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If you drink some anti freeze first, then the two buck chuck, the effect is not as pronounced.
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Very funny.

But I will try to detect the scent of antifreeze the next time I open one of these Three-Buck Chuck ($2.99 here in AZ).

Recently, I detected the scent of used socks in another brand, but it could just be my imagination.

Anyway, the referenced links talk about "wine glut". This is happening in Europe ("lac du vin" or "wine lake"), specifically France, Italy, and Spain. Also Australia, New Zealand, and South America. The EU has had to buy cheaper wines to distill into ethanol for cars! They paid something like a dime or a quarter for a liter.
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Here are some choices for the serious wine drinker

Of the ones listed I only can attest to MD 20/20 by Mogen David.
Often called Mad Dog 20-20 - " As majestic as the cascading waters of a drain pipe,"

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Gallo Paisano made me the sickest I ever got in college.

Pommerelle Loganberry wine and Rainer beer was good for a steady buzz but has since faded into history.

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Gallo Paisano made me the sickest I ever got in college.

Pommerelle Loganberry wine and Rainer beer was good for a steady buzz but has since faded into history.

heh heh heh -
I remember the frequent "tours" of the Rainier brewery in Seattle during college. Free beer and not too worried about being over 21 were a great combination for college kids.
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Free beer and not too worried about being over 21 were a great combination for college kids.
Maybe once upon a time, but I think the "not worried about being over 21" part is from a bygone era. People can be old enough to die for their country and old enough to vote, and they can't even have a beer legally...
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I always drank this. Then recently I noticed it smells a little like antifreeze, so I have to make a change.


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Smelling anti-freeze in $2Chuck might be an early sign of a brain tumor.....

or maybe Chuck causes brain tumors which in turn help you smell the anti-freeze.....
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