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rosado cava

steve h. May 8, 2007 04:19 PM

i've been a fan of codorniu pinot noir cava: lovely taste that never went sweet as the glass warmed up (gotta love the pinot noir). my gripe is that i've been buying this wine for $10. my discount wine store has just jacked up the price (connecticut) to $16.99. what gives? foreign currency translation (euro/dollar)? supply/demand?? price gouging???

can anyone recommend a reasonable substitute in the $10-14 range?

thanks in advance.

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  1. ibstatguy RE: steve h. May 8, 2007 05:09 PM

    the dollar vs euro gap has been and will continue to be a problem for wine buyers and has been commented on over the last couple of years by various wine publications. that said, a $7 jump sure smacks of gouging. you can do a form of prce check by using some of the internet buying services.

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      zin1953 RE: steve h. May 8, 2007 10:00 PM

      You can still find wines like Mumm Napa Blanc de Noirs, or those from Gloria Ferrer or Chandon from $12.99-15.99, FWIW.

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      1. re: zin1953
        steve h. RE: zin1953 May 9, 2007 09:21 AM

        gloria ferrer was a favorite summertime wine until the price here exceeded $16. chandon is quite good also. the price is teetering on my $15.99 cutoff.

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        mhoffman RE: steve h. May 9, 2007 09:07 AM

        Perhaps this isn't exactly a replacement, but I like Piper Sonoma's sparkling wines (they have at least a blanc de noir and a brut), and here in PA they run about $13.

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          steve h. RE: mhoffman May 9, 2007 09:16 AM

          agree. piper sonoma's blend is very compatible with my tastes. price is still quite reasonable.

        2. steve h. RE: steve h. May 9, 2007 11:30 AM

          modest update.

          i purchased a known quantity, chandon's california rose, and something new to me, a rose cuvee brut from italy's carpene malvolti. the italian sparkler came in around $11. i'll pair these guys off over the weekend and report back. please provide alternatives as you think of them.



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