Re: Wine



Exotic Fruits White Zinfandel... talk about hurling...
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The trick to a decent red wine is not buying one full of sulfites. Sulfites are used as a preservative and that's what gives you a headache in the morning. There are plenty of decent reds available for between 10 and 12 bux/bottle. It's kind of a "go with your gut" kinda thing though. When you do find one that doesn't taste or smell too acidic (vinegary) and doesn't leave you feeling nausious the next morning, go out and buy a 1/2 or full case (12 bottles).
Another trick is to have a relationship with your seller. Just ask "what's decent these days for 10-12$ a bottle?" . Most sellers will gladly tell you what's selling and what's not due to buyer response.
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http://www.cheapwinereviews.com/ cheap doesn't necessarily mean crap when it comes to wine.
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We actually had this one a few weeks ago.
http://www.cheapwinereviews.com/twin-fin-pinot-noir-2004
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*RED* wine has the health benefits. IIRC: There are phytochemicals in the skins of red grapes that are extracted when the grapes are pressed. I'm really tired and can't remember what they are, I'd have to look it up.
I like "classico reserva" chianti wines - look for a seal (paper ribbon) around the neck that depicts a black rooster (cockerel). I don't recall what the organization is called, but it's the Italian version of the French Appellation Controlee'. THese groups have strict rules regarding the origin of the grapes and how/where the wine is fermented, and so on.
Wines are usually named by the region (well, European ones at least) but can also be named by the grape. Pinot noir is a red grape; Burgundy is a region of France known for its pinot-noir-based wines. I think Beaujolais is a region, as well IIRC as Moulin au Vent and Chateauneuf du Pape.
Chardonnay is IIRC a grape, same for Zinfandel. Merlot is a blend of differet stuff; I don't touch Merlot, don't like it one bit, so I can't tell you anything about it.
I don't know a lot about wines, but I know the least about California ones. since I prefer certain of the European wines. US wines are a bit too heavy on the sulphur (preservative) for me. I'm not a "wine snob", I just like certain things.
Youmight be interested in an Australian WHite Shiraz. It's actualyl pink, but it's pressed from a red grape, but IIRC, without the skins, so it has a lighter, fruitier taste than does red shiraz.
Anyway, I don;t know how much of this will be useful, but I'm always willing to share what little I know, if there is interest...
For now, tho', I have *got* to shut off this computer and hit the hay =:-o
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I think so, but to be honest, I'm not certain enough to say "yes", so I'd have to look it up.

I don't usually stay up anywhere near that late - headache, yadda yadda, so I figured I do some computer work and some computer yakking ;)
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