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« on: May 01, 2008, 09:22:51 AM »

Can you recommend good wine for Sunday trapeza (dinner for the church members after Liturgy)? Something not expensive but really good.
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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2008, 10:31:10 AM »

What are you eating?
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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2008, 10:34:14 AM »

Can you recommend good wine for Sunday trapeza (dinner for the church members after Liturgy)? Something not expensive but really good.

There's always Carlo Rossi's wines.  For all its appearance in a big gallon jug, it's decent table wine.  My father-in-law is a wine snob and will swear by that stuff.

My wife and I are also fond of a label called Papio, which runs for $7-9 bottle around here (Baltimore).  Look for the playful monkeys on the bottle.

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« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2008, 10:41:47 AM »

My personal favorites are from a Missouri winery by the name of St. James Winery.  The best I've had yet is their Friendship School white wine and it's $17 a bottle.  Their wines aren't as dry as most, which I like.  My favorite is still the Velvet Red, a semi-sweet red wine.  Yuuum.
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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2008, 10:54:38 AM »

Thank you guys!

About what we eat - yeah, I need ideas about red, white and pink wine for any dish (meat, fish, sweets).
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« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2008, 11:17:57 AM »

It just depends on what you like and what you have access to.  Chile is a place to look for relatively inexpensive and good red wines, either cab or carmenere varietals.  Santa Rita and Escudo Rojo are two good ones.  Assuming you don't want something too tannic, like if you're having a light meal or lamb, you could look for a good Shiraz.  I had a really good South African Shiraz for Pascha, it was about $15 a bottle which might be somewhat above what you want to pay.  Salice Salentino, made from the Negro Amaro grape, is another good red.  It also saves well.  One I had this week, which was good but not great, was Pillar Box Red.  It's a cab/merlot/shiraz blend.  It was about $8 a bottle.

I'm not a huge fan of whites, but I think Chenin Blanc's tend to be good choices.  Usually well balanced, not too sweet or dry, and they don't have the grody oakiness that a lot of the more popular whites seem to display.
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« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2008, 11:27:18 AM »

My favorite red wine is Haute-Medoc 1999, but it's kind of expensive nowadays. A cheaper but quite drinkable red wine is Monepulciano D'Abruzzo, any year.

I don't know of any good white wines in the USA. California white is a pure poison, and imported European white wines are too expensive for me. There are wonderful dry, but not sour white wines in Ukraine - Serenyans'ke, Berehivs'ke and other.
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« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2008, 12:09:39 PM »

I've become a fan of red wines because of their high content of anti-oxidants, but, as someone else mentioned, it depends on what you're eating.  The brand I really like (and it's inexpensive too) is Yellow Tail from Australia.  Funny name but really good.  Try the Cabernet Sauvignon(sp?)...
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« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2008, 12:24:37 PM »

Extremely biased, but Vitovska, Ribolla Gialla, Pinot Grigio, (Tocai) Friulano.
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« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2008, 01:26:36 PM »

Conte Brandolini d'Adda Refosco.  Great Friuli rosso.
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« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2008, 02:41:05 PM »

I've become a fan of red wines because of their high content of anti-oxidants, but, as someone else mentioned, it depends on what you're eating.  The brand I really like (and it's inexpensive too) is Yellow Tail from Australia.  Funny name but really good.  Try the Cabernet Sauvignon(sp?)...
Yeah, I agree with the Yellow Tail. It's the best cheapo wine there is, in my opinion--$5-$7/bottle. I do like the Cabernet, and the Shiraz is good too. My patriotism, though, would require me to recommend St. James Winery--only a hair more than the Yellow Tail, about $7-$10/bottle for most varieties, and I haven't found one I didn't like. My favourite, though, is the semi-dry Friendship School series. It's almost $20/bottle, but definitely worth it for a special occasion. It comes in all three varieties: red, white, and blush. Of the three, however, the white is the best. Plus, St. James will ship anywhere in the US, just in case you don't want to make the trip to our beautiful wine country. And if you do, believe me, you'll crinkle your nose at Napa Valley from now on.
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« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2008, 02:42:21 PM »

Conte Brandolini d'Adda Refosco.  Great Friuli rosso.

Great tastes!   laugh
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« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2008, 12:49:23 PM »

Sebastiani Merlot (not too heavy, but rich enough to serve with red meats, very tasty!)
Its a southern California wine and it sells for $8.99 at Trader Joe's.

Sebastiani Chardonnay (not too sweet but has a delightful, slightly fruity flavor)
This one also sells at Trader Joe's for the same price. Both are excellent wines.
I brought the Chardonnay to church for our Pascha picnic.

I think someone else mentioned Yellow Tail. It is a good every day red wine that is also very tasty and not too expensive.
I have purchased it at Costco for $8.99 (but it is the larger sized bottle).

Other good inexpensive wines are: Colombia Crest Merlot and Chardonnay (Trader Joe's) under $10 a bottle,
Bogle Merlot (Trader Joe's), and Raffanelli Zinfandel.
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« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2008, 02:03:33 PM »

Add me to the Yellow Tail endorsements. It's what I buy when out of my homemade.
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« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2012, 07:42:20 PM »

Can you recommend good wine for Sunday trapeza (dinner for the church members after Liturgy)? Something not expensive but really good.

There's always Carlo Rossi's wines.  For all its appearance in a big gallon jug, it's decent table wine.  My father-in-law is a wine snob and will swear by that stuff.

My wife and I are also fond of a label called Papio, which runs for $7-9 bottle around here (Baltimore).  Look for the playful monkeys on the bottle.

Carlo Rossi's Red Mountain Burgundy had a deservedly bad reputation when I grew up despite the Janis Joplin song. The quality control is now consistently good although I prefer Franzia's boxed Cab and Merlot (usually $10 or less for 5 L).

My wine preference is Zinfandel from the Shenandoah Valley in Amador county California. I still remember my first glass of Corti Brothers, Deaver Ranch Zinfandel in the 1970's. Sutter Home used to sell an Amador county reserve from the same vineyard inexpensively. It still produces an Amador county/Lodi Zinfandel (presumably grapes from Franzia for the Lodi source) which I buy when it goes on sell for $2.99.  In some years it medals in the $15 or less class and you can't go wrong at the $2.99 sale price.

Outside of wine, I definitely remember my first cup of Peet's coffee in 1973 (Top Blend). It was like tasting chocolate for the first time as an adult. I remember it visually which is something.

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« Reply #15 on: May 13, 2012, 08:02:37 PM »

Can you recommend good wine for Sunday trapeza (dinner for the church members after Liturgy)? Something not expensive but really good.

There's always Carlo Rossi's wines.  For all its appearance in a big gallon jug, it's decent table wine.  My father-in-law is a wine snob and will swear by that stuff.

My wife and I are also fond of a label called Papio, which runs for $7-9 bottle around here (Baltimore).  Look for the playful monkeys on the bottle.

Carlo Rossi's Red Mountain Burgundy had a deservedly bad reputation when I grew up despite the Janis Joplin song. The quality control is now consistently good although I prefer Franzia's boxed Cab and Merlot (usually $10 or less for 5 L).

My wine preference is Zinfandel from the Shenandoah Valley in Amador county California. I still remember my first glass of Corti Brothers, Deaver Ranch Zinfandel in the 1970's. Sutter Home used to sell an Amador county reserve from the same vineyard inexpensively. It still produces an Amador county/Lodi Zinfandel (presumably grapes from Franzia for the Lodi source) which I buy when it goes on sell for $2.99.  In some years it medals in the $15 or less class and you can't go wrong at the $2.99 sale price.

Outside of wine, I definitely remember my first cup of Peet's coffee in 1973 (Top Blend). It was like tasting chocolate for the first time as an adult. I remember it visually which is something.



strange you would resurrect this thread, as I have just poured a glass of Merlot left over from a house party I had a day before. are you clairvoyant or something? Grin

Edit, I liked how you described your coffee experiance. Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: May 13, 2012, 08:19:47 PM »

Can you recommend good wine for Sunday trapeza (dinner for the church members after Liturgy)? Something not expensive but really good.

There's always Carlo Rossi's wines.  For all its appearance in a big gallon jug, it's decent table wine.  My father-in-law is a wine snob and will swear by that stuff.

My wife and I are also fond of a label called Papio, which runs for $7-9 bottle around here (Baltimore).  Look for the playful monkeys on the bottle.

Carlo Rossi's Red Mountain Burgundy had a deservedly bad reputation when I grew up despite the Janis Joplin song. The quality control is now consistently good although I prefer Franzia's boxed Cab and Merlot (usually $10 or less for 5 L).

My wine preference is Zinfandel from the Shenandoah Valley in Amador county California. I still remember my first glass of Corti Brothers, Deaver Ranch Zinfandel in the 1970's. Sutter Home used to sell an Amador county reserve from the same vineyard inexpensively. It still produces an Amador county/Lodi Zinfandel (presumably grapes from Franzia for the Lodi source) which I buy when it goes on sell for $2.99.  In some years it medals in the $15 or less class and you can't go wrong at the $2.99 sale price.

Outside of wine, I definitely remember my first cup of Peet's coffee in 1973 (Top Blend). It was like tasting chocolate for the first time as an adult. I remember it visually which is something.



strange you would resurrect this thread, as I have just poured a glass of Merlot left over from a house party I had a day before. are you clairvoyant or something? Grin

Edit, I liked how you described your coffee experiance. Smiley

Hiwot, this gives me the opportunity to tell you that I always love your posts even though I might disagree with you on some issues.

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« Reply #17 on: May 13, 2012, 08:42:07 PM »

Can you recommend good wine for Sunday trapeza (dinner for the church members after Liturgy)? Something not expensive but really good.

There's always Carlo Rossi's wines.  For all its appearance in a big gallon jug, it's decent table wine.  My father-in-law is a wine snob and will swear by that stuff.

My wife and I are also fond of a label called Papio, which runs for $7-9 bottle around here (Baltimore).  Look for the playful monkeys on the bottle.

Carlo Rossi's Red Mountain Burgundy had a deservedly bad reputation when I grew up despite the Janis Joplin song. The quality control is now consistently good although I prefer Franzia's boxed Cab and Merlot (usually $10 or less for 5 L).

My wine preference is Zinfandel from the Shenandoah Valley in Amador county California. I still remember my first glass of Corti Brothers, Deaver Ranch Zinfandel in the 1970's. Sutter Home used to sell an Amador county reserve from the same vineyard inexpensively. It still produces an Amador county/Lodi Zinfandel (presumably grapes from Franzia for the Lodi source) which I buy when it goes on sell for $2.99.  In some years it medals in the $15 or less class and you can't go wrong at the $2.99 sale price.

Outside of wine, I definitely remember my first cup of Peet's coffee in 1973 (Top Blend). It was like tasting chocolate for the first time as an adult. I remember it visually which is something.



strange you would resurrect this thread, as I have just poured a glass of Merlot left over from a house party I had a day before. are you clairvoyant or something? Grin

Edit, I liked how you described your coffee experiance. Smiley

Hiwot, this gives me the opportunity to tell you that I always love your posts even though I might disagree with you on some issues.



Thank you dear,  I appreciate it, better still when you disagree and still find something to like about what I had to say, that says quite a lot about your noble character than anything.  Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: May 14, 2012, 03:48:39 AM »

Hiwot, this gives me the opportunity to tell you that I always love your posts even though I might disagree with you on some issues.

Almost the same but that 'disagree' part.

strange you would resurrect this thread, as I have just poured a glass of Merlot left over from a house party I had a day before. are you clairvoyant or something? Grin

And I've poured a 1,5 bottle of wine ($3,3; not mentioning other drinks). He must be something.
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« Reply #19 on: May 14, 2012, 06:59:55 AM »

I agree with the Yellow Tail and Carlos Rossi endorsements. But then again, I'm a beer man. Wine either puts me right to sleep or makes me extremely loopy. And it seems to always give me a hangover.


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« Reply #20 on: May 14, 2012, 09:42:15 AM »

I'll third the Yellow Tail. Yellow Tail riesling was the first wine I ever had, and it's still one of my favorites.

Last night at Mother's Day dinner we had Primo Amore Moscato, which was wonderful and refreshing. I've only seen this for sale online, not in stores, so shipping adds extra cost, but it's worth it.

And if I may stray from wine a bit, one of my friends from church makes mead from local honey, is a big hit at Pascha. Everyone should try mead, if they never had.
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« Reply #21 on: May 14, 2012, 09:51:36 AM »

I agree with the Yellow Tail and Carlos Rossi endorsements. But then again, I'm a beer man. Wine either puts me right to sleep or makes me extremely loopy. And it seems to always give me a hangover.


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That's pretty much what happens to me with anything more than a glass of wine.  I don't know what it is about wine but it knocks me out or makes me all giggley.  Ditto on the hangover + extra bad headache!
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« Reply #22 on: May 14, 2012, 11:33:57 AM »

Boxed Cabernet FTW!  Cool

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« Reply #23 on: May 14, 2012, 04:59:10 PM »

Hiwot, this gives me the opportunity to tell you that I always love your posts even though I might disagree with you on some issues.

Almost the same but that 'disagree' part.


Michal thank you dear, now who needs a wine when there is such a compliment, from someone as wonderful as you!  Wink
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« Reply #24 on: May 15, 2012, 04:27:21 AM »

Yellow Tail is good, but Circle K's wine is among the greatest, seriously...or so people who are 21 and older tell me...
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