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Old 10-27-2018, 06:05 AM   #21
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Of the big 3 reds Cabernet, of choice Zinfandel, softer reds Syrah.
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Like the high end Cabs and popular priced Argentinian (Finca) Malbec. We get the latter for 65 pesos a bottle at Costco in Mexico.
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Malbec, merlot, cab.

We mostly buy Chilean, Argentine, and Australian. Some Spanish (granache) and lately some reds from Portugese (Douro).
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eX-Merlot, enjoy them - reds - all & want variety. Brunello, aahhhh
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Happy hour red = winner, winner, chicken dinner!

IMO, this question needs to be calibrated by price. Generally, Malbec is cheaper than the other two and is considered to be a better bang for the buck at the low end. In the table wine realm, I've been impressed by the cheapish Pinot Noirs. For example, if you want really cheap - Black Box and Bota Box Pinot Noirs are more inoffensive than their cabs/merlots/malbecs. But in the mid-to-expensive realm I think Cali Cabs are where it is at...

High end Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir are some of the best varietal wines in the world, and Malbec has a way to go to catch up.
I just bought a Bota Box Pinot Noir because I heard it was not too bad. It gave me a raging headache... BTW, I like the Black Box Pinot Noir. One of the few red wines I can drink without causing GERD issues. Glass bottles are hard to dispose of up here in the hinterland so its mostly boxes for wine and cans for beer.
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Cab for dinner. Slurge on a big, heavy Cain Five blend sometimes.

Rioja, Pinot or Sangiovese for "Family Cocktail Hour" each early evening. (but more likely martinis or negronis)
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Malbec on the cheap; a good zinfandel on a splurge.
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Does Strawberry Hill count as a red?
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Picking up some old vine zin today in Amador, Shenandoah Valley later today. Yesterday got some nice local Barbera, Petite Syrah and Primitivo.
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Tempranillo and Sangiovese. Barbera or Garnacha sometimes. Occasionally even spring for a Barolo.
what do you have against Nebbiolo?!?!?
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Does Strawberry Hill count as a red?


I hate shopping, but I love wandering around Total Wine looking for great $10-$25 bottles of reds from around the world. I limit my spending per trip to no more than a single Benjamin.
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Malbec is more fun to say.
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what do you have against Nebbiolo?!?!?
Nothing. We don't see less expensive Barolo wines often and I'm not willing to buy high $$ ones. And they are designed for long aging, something that we don't usually do.

If I were in Italy that would be a different story.
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We do have quite a few very nice Cabs from the Columbia River Valley. They go great with beef. The problem is that we don't have beef that often, but when we do it's usually a Spanish recipe and somehow the Spanish wines are selected instead.
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Cabernet for the original question.

Petite Syrah is number one right now, but as a wine neophyte I'm also digging Nebbiolo and Sangiovese.
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