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Sonoma wines are the BEST!

Started by EyeGuy. Last reply by hartlyn Apr 28, 2011. 7 Replies

My wife and I enjoy wine tasting, and maybe it's a consequence of starting late in life (that Mormon thing, you know), but we've concluded that right here in our beautiful California coast is where…Continue

French Mission: French Wine

Started by toto. Last reply by Heather C Apr 24, 2011. 5 Replies

So, yeah, I'm a French wine snob. Italian, too, but not so much as my love for the French. On Friday night I enjoyed a beautiful glass of Paul Jaboulet Cabernet Sauvignon. Soon, I'll be able to sip a…Continue

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Comment by merryblasphemer on February 26, 2011 at 12:42pm

looks like a life long endeaver. lol

I better check out the state liquor store, i guess that's the only place to buy wine in Utah?

Comment by Miguel on February 26, 2011 at 11:46am
I love Portuguese, French and Italian wines. Spanish wines are also great.
Comment by merryblasphemer on February 26, 2011 at 10:54am

Wow! Well that's a lot to think about! :) Great advice, thanks.

That "Stumbling Missionary" does sound pretty tasty Michelle. A wine tasting party sounds fun. :)

Comment by hartlyn on February 26, 2011 at 9:33am

Hi Mary: You'll have a better experience if you do a little homework. Wine is art and science, and so are pairings. Don't get your lessons from movies. Directors are going for what looks good visually, not what actually works for the situation.. The best way to ease yourself into wine is to try it with food first. You get a double benefit from this: first, you won't get sick, buzzy, or drunk (unless you decide to down the whole bottle) because the alcohol is much more slowly absorbed, second, wine and food were always meant to go together, so if you have a wine that's slightly oaky, yeasty or tannic, the food will lessen that effect.  I tell people their first drinks should never be on an empty stomach. As for pairings: you've heard red with red meat, white with white meat. It's a better idea to match your sauce. If you're having chicken with marinara or pomodoro with your pasta, drier Italian reds are better than a white-- we like sangiovese, salice salientio or primitivo. When we have turkey at Thanksgiving, we usually have a pinot noir with it instead of a fume blanc or chardonnay because turkey has a stronger flavor and stands up well to red wine. Cabs are only good with beef dishes, and even then, we've found out we like Spanish reds (grenache especially) better because they don't fight the food.  Steer clear of merlot unless you're willing to drop more than 20 bucks for a bottle.  Few of the less expensive merlots I've tried have impressed me.  Zinfandels and syrahs are pretty "forgiving" and go with red meat just fine.  If you live in Utah, you're limited as to choice and can't get the good stuff shipped to you either, but I can recommend some winery products available there:  American:  Simi, Rosenblum, Rodney Strong, some from Columbia Crest (especially any of their Two Vines varietals.  Ste. Chappelle is hit and miss for me.  Invest in some good glasses (yes, the glass does make a difference) and a decanter for your younger, drier reds so you can aerate them before serving. is a good resource for all things alcoholic. I receive their e-mail newsletters.  I hate that I can't take advantage of their sales because they can't ship to Utah, but there are wine blogs and all kinds of resources available at the site.  And remember:  "friends don't let friends drink white Zin."



Comment by merryblasphemer on February 26, 2011 at 8:43am
I have almost NO experience with wine, or any other alcohol. But we are curious and will eventually sneak out of our comfort zone. Any suggestions for someone with very wimpy tastebuds? :)
Comment by EyeGuy on January 21, 2011 at 2:08pm
Welcome Beth!  I think your system is a good aware that your tastes will change as you drink more varieties. I also really like La Crema Chardonnay -- quite buttery and smooth.  Enjoy!
Comment by Beth P on January 21, 2011 at 1:51pm

I am not an "aficionado" by any means - but I keep a note on my cell phone where I write down names of wines I have tried and liked or want to try. Otherwise I forget :)

Being in Utah, or selection is limited, to say the least, compared with anywhere else - especially California!

some recent favs: Santa Margherita Pino Grigio (not sweet but not too dry either)

Sofia blanc de blancs - sparkling wine that's just a bit sweet (love this one)

La Crema Chardonnay

BV Coastal Estates Cabernet 

Comment by MikeUtah on November 6, 2010 at 1:30pm
We tried a Riesling last night (white wine). Loved it! Ste Chapelle brand, an Idaho vineyard.
Comment by Ozlamanite on October 7, 2010 at 7:38pm
@Kathy, I'm not much of a white wine person either, however, if you can find it in the U.S. I recommend Peter Lehmann Semillon
I've seen it in europe so perhaps you'll find it in your area as well ; ).
Comment by Kathy on October 7, 2010 at 12:51pm
I liked the Niagra semi sweet. Finally, a white wine I can enjoy!

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