A Taste for the Vino  

docdirk 48M
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1/25/2006 5:44 pm

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A Taste for the Vino

I’m not much of a wine connoisseur. If an “adult beverage” is on the menu, I’ll generally lean toward a tall, frosty Bass Ale, or perhaps a post-meal glass of Scotch on the rocks - Dewars being the spirit of choice in that case.

A few years ago, a woman with whom I was involved in a dreaded long-distance relationship invited me to her house for a home-cooked meal. It was my first “official” trip to her place. Neither of us was known for spending a great deal of time preparing meals at home, so that dinner was a special event. So much so that she spent most of the week leading up to it investigating wine options. Neither of us were wine drinkers at all at the time, but it seemed as though it would cap off the night right somehow. Something different and new for both of us, a memory in the making.

The meal that night was pasta, and the wine she chose was a Pinot Noir. We were both pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed it. How perfectly it accentuated the meal. We had no problem consuming the entire bottle ‒ and then each other!

Since then, I’ve experimented with wines further on rare occasions. I’m not really a fan of the whites. However, there are several varieties of reds that I do enjoy. While the Pinot Noir still holds a special place in my heart, I’ve found that I mostly turn to a Shiraz when doing the vino. I’ve discovered the Australian brands more to my liking. Tonight, I am having pasta again, and it will be accompanied by a Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon blend.

Although I doubt that I will ever become a wine snob, I am always willing to take good advice. Are any of you wine drinkers, and if so, what do you recommend? Varieties, brands, etc. Keep in mind, I lean toward the “budget conscious” demographic!

Ah, Its you again, Your Angel Feathers and your Blood Stains...

rm_metalmama69 43F
3878 posts
1/25/2006 6:42 pm

Doc...I can totally relate to what you are saying. Until recently the only taste for wine I had was of my own making. I can make homemade Dadelion, Elderberry, Blackberry, Strawberry etc. My Metal Master was kind enough to take me to a Japanese restaurant for my first ever taste of sushi. He ordered Plum wine and it was fabulous! It would be a safe bet that he could advise you in this matter, I'll send him your way!

Sorceror07 55M

1/25/2006 6:56 pm

here's my take on wine... usually the more you spend the better the wine... my philosophy is to stick with italian or french, even though the california wineries have gotten much better over the years by importing european techniques, i STILL prefer italian and french varieties... i also stay away from the mass produced wines and lean towards the more obscure brands... i'm never wrong when i pick out a wine, though the process may take me an hour or so... i go mainly by instinct... somehow holding a bottle in my hand, studying the lable, examining the cork or how it's sealed tells me something, i don't know what but it does.

i keep my bar rather well stocked and keep an assortment of reds and whites on hand. the best table wine i've come across that's good for the budget is Corvo... a winery in the Salapruta region of Italy. they make a killer white which is not too dry, very crisp on the palate and a little fruity... their red is equally good and both are under $10.

if you want to know what wines i normally get, i can go look at what's in my bar... but i don't feel like getting up now so post it and i'll get back with you on it

...That which does not kill me merely pisses me off!...

docdirk 48M

1/25/2006 9:22 pm

Very cool stuff, guys.

Sorceror - I will definitely try the Corvo. Sounds like something I'd enjoy, and it's certainly in my price range. It sounds as though you've done your homework, thanks for the ideas. Oh yeah, never get up on my account. Hell, I don't even get up on my account!!

Metalmama - I've never tried plum wine, and I'll never try sushi! I can't even stand cooked fish. Very cool that you make your own stuff, btw.

Mzhonyhole - I'm with you - trying to appreciate finer things, trying new things. I always used to by the wine sections at the stores, but now I try to take a look at what's there. Maybe, like Sorceror said, something will catch our eye.

Ah, Its you again, Your Angel Feathers and your Blood Stains...

SilkenKiera 39F  

1/26/2006 8:28 am

Yeah! I love it when people find and enjoy the vast varietals of wine! I don't have the type of palatte that most die hard wine drinkers have, it's just not as sharp as most peoples. So I'm the wrong person to take real recommendations from, I can enjoy most wines. I do however recommend that you open a bottle and watch the movie Sideways! You'll die it's so funny, and bonus they wine name drop and you can pick up good wine lingo. I HIGHLY recommend that movie.


docdirk 48M

1/26/2006 5:34 pm

Frnds4Play - Wine fan or not, a tour of the CA wine country must be a beautiful experience for anyone! Thanks for the advice.

Kiera - I knew you'd be a wine gal! Saw Sideways. I actually took my mom. Had a few red-faced moments. But she was laughing her ass off too, so all was well. "I'm will NOT drink fucking Merlot!!!" LOL!

sweetneeds - I'll pour a glass in your honor tonight! Ah hell, if I'm gonna have a fantasy... I'll pour 3 glasses in your honor tonight and see how tipsy you get!!

Ah, Its you again, Your Angel Feathers and your Blood Stains...

tillerbabe 57F

1/27/2006 12:09 am

"Two-buck" Chucks! Awesome!

champagnechaser 42F
1639 posts
1/27/2006 7:49 am

I love red wines and I am also partial to Australian wines. One of my faves is Jacob's Creek Shiraz (2001), very inexpensive and yummy.
Penfolds Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Valley(1999) is really good, but a little more pricy.

Happy wine tasting!

NSAAddict 43F

1/27/2006 9:43 pm

Not a wine connoisseur by ANY means, but I love the Yellowtail varieties, their Shiraz blend is very good, but what do i know

docdirk 48M

1/28/2006 12:07 pm

champagnechaser - It's no surprise to learn that a classy lady such as yourself knows her wine. Glad to know that I'm not the only Shiraz fan around. Of course, I have no idea what I mean by that.

NSA - I have had the Yellowtail before. Seems as though it is always on sale at the packy nearest me... and I'm ALL about the sale!

Ah, Its you again, Your Angel Feathers and your Blood Stains...

docdirk 48M

1/28/2006 12:15 pm

Tillerbabe GREAT to see you back!!!!

Ah, Its you again, Your Angel Feathers and your Blood Stains...

NSAAddict 43F

2/20/2006 2:26 pm

New recommendation, just had it the other night, yummmmy!
Delicato Shiraz, a bottle is 6 bucks and the Bota box (4 bottles worth and keeps for a month) is $15

I'm all about the sale too

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