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Wine basket gift for Beringer White Zinfandel Fans?

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sanscosm Mar 7, 2007 04:19 PM

I like to create wine baskets for engagements, problem is I'm stuck. My two friends drink beringer white zinfandel, and I want to get something that they might like, but a little more...complex? expensive even?

So what are some suggestions for a wine that they may enjoy?

Thanks in advance =)

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    Quesera RE: sanscosm Mar 7, 2007 04:31 PM

    At least have them drink Buehler white zinfandel!

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      sanscosm RE: Quesera Mar 7, 2007 04:45 PM

      sounds good...do you happen to know how much it costs? and what type of store would have it?

      thank you!

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        Quesera RE: sanscosm Mar 7, 2007 05:13 PM

        I can easily find out...where are you and where is your friend you're preparing the basket for?

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          sanscosm RE: Quesera Mar 8, 2007 02:23 AM

          both in the bronx, i'd prefer to not go to manhattan so westchester or nj shops that carry it would probably be fine. thank you so much =)

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            Quesera RE: sanscosm Mar 8, 2007 04:41 PM

            I think Bottle King carries it. I'm in CA so I dont know the area as well, but my father happens to be the NJ distributor, and he says it's a chain that should have it...good luck!

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              sanscosm RE: Quesera Mar 9, 2007 01:19 PM

              oh wow awesome thank you!!

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        zin1953 RE: Quesera Mar 8, 2007 06:01 AM

        Ture -- much better choice!

      3. jenniebnyc RE: sanscosm Mar 7, 2007 04:34 PM

        How about a french rose wine or champagne?
        Or a nice Moscato if they like it a little on the sweet side?

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          sanscosm RE: sanscosm Mar 7, 2007 04:46 PM

          i'm probably going to include a champagne in the basket as well, moscato sounds good based on what i'm reading throughout the net though. i've never tried it, i'll have to stop by the shop tomorrow. thanks!

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            ChinoWayne RE: sanscosm Mar 7, 2007 04:52 PM

            Moscato tastes very much like White Zinfandel, only "smoother", you can get Moscato in a "still" wine, or as a "bubbly" (at least I can locally in California). The Mrs. and I consider ourselves "wine hicks", but we have graduated from White Zinfandel to Moscato, and also to nice, sweet German Rieslings which might also work in this situation.

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              sanscosm RE: ChinoWayne Mar 7, 2007 05:06 PM

              i was thinking riesling, but i still haven't found one that i like so i don't feel confident enough in my riesling experience. thank you for your reply! i like the term "wine hick" i feel like that! hah

              i think i'll end up going for a moscato, maybe an intro red wine (pinot noir maybe?) and moet's white star for the champagne and a rabbit corkscrew. sound good?

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                ChinoWayne RE: sanscosm Mar 7, 2007 05:13 PM

                Like I said, I'm just a wine hick, I recently sent a friend the following: Concha Toro (Chile) Syrah Marques Casa '04, Selbach (Riesling from Germany) Piesporter Michelsberg Kab '04, and Gloria Ferrer (sparkling wine from California) Blanc de Noirs. I drink the Selbach and Gloria Ferrer all time time and enjoy them, the Selbach is definately on the sweet side and the Gloria Ferrer is not dry, but more on the brut side.

                The rabbit is definately a good idea.

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                  jenniebnyc RE: sanscosm Mar 8, 2007 04:26 PM

                  much better than Moet White Star is Nicholas Feuilatte
                  http://www.feuillatte.com/

                  or

                  Louis Roederer Brut
                  http://www.champagne-roederer.com/

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                    sanscosm RE: jenniebnyc Mar 9, 2007 01:21 PM

                    i'll have to do some taste testing this weekend! thank you =)

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              zin1953 RE: sanscosm Mar 8, 2007 06:04 AM

              Better late than never . . .

              I would opt for a selection of rosés -- wines like Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé, Domaine de la Mordorée Côtes du Rhône Rosé from France; Edmunds St. John "Bone Jolly" Gamay Noir Rosé and the like from California, and so on . . . .

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                Bill Hunt RE: zin1953 Mar 8, 2007 05:20 PM

                You beat me to it. I'd also add the Beckman Grenache Rosé from CA - Central Coast/Monterey.

                Hunt

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                  sanscosm RE: zin1953 Mar 9, 2007 01:21 PM

                  very cool thanks for the ideas !!!

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                  chickstein RE: sanscosm Mar 12, 2007 02:53 PM

                  There is a Beringer White Zinfandel sparkling wine as well.

                  1. ChefJune RE: sanscosm Mar 12, 2007 03:48 PM

                    I usually recommend cru Beaujolais such as St. Amour or Brouilly as a step up from white Zinfandel. It's so fruir forward.

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                      KyMikey RE: sanscosm Mar 13, 2007 09:27 PM

                      You might try a bottle of Muscato d'Asti by Bitasiolo (spelling?)-a sparkling white that most people will like who aren't snobbish or that particular--a Reisling would be another idea for a popular white that's toward the sweeter side. Let us know the result.

                      1. helenjane RE: sanscosm Mar 15, 2007 11:05 AM

                        Beringer just released a fairly tasty Riesling as well -- but bubbles may be a more celebratory gift.

                        1. othervoice RE: sanscosm Mar 15, 2007 12:55 PM

                          I also love doing baskets. I usually try mixing a white with a rose, or red, or a bubbly. The best combination that I found is a white (riesling, pinot grigio,) and then a nice merlot to have with dessert. My receipiants have always appreciated this anyway.
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                          I love doing an Italian basket with a good Chianti, a good loaf of bread, maybe a cutting board all wrapped in a red/white checkered table cloth. The possibilities are endless.

                          I'm also a big white zin fan, so for sure I'm going to try the moscato.

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