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Wine Recommendation - NJ or PA distributors [Moved from Pennsylvania board]

FoolForFood Dec 10, 2007 10:15 AM

I'm trying to find a decent, respectable wine to give my boss as a holiday gift. Unfortunately, I am young, fresh out of college, and will gladly take a nice fountain coke over a bottle of wine on any given day. Sorry if this is offensive to any of the chowhounders out there.

If you guys have any good suggestions in the $30 range, please let me know. I know absolutely nothing about fine wine, or wine in general, so any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    zin1953 RE: FoolForFood Dec 10, 2007 01:39 PM

    There's nothing offensive at all about your query. However, it is soooooooooooooo broad as to be extremely difficult to answer.

    Red? White? Rose? Sparkling? Fortified? other types?

    Dry? Off-dry? Sweet? REALLY sweet? something else?

    California? Washington? Oregon? Pennsylvania? other states?

    France? Germany? Italy? Spain? Portugal? Germany? Austria? Hungary? Greece? other European countries?

    Canada? Chile? Argentina? Uraguay? Brazil? Australia? New Zealand? Israel? Lebanon? elsewhere in the world?

    If you can narrow this down a bit . . . recommendations will come flooding in.

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      FoolForFood RE: zin1953 Dec 13, 2007 11:17 AM

      To everyone - thanks for all this good advice. I think sparkling wine is the way to go. Last year I got my boss a bottle of port wine by Graham - only b/c that also happens to be my boss's name. Yes, I thought that was cute.

    2. Scott M RE: FoolForFood Dec 10, 2007 05:05 PM

      I agree with Zin1953 that having more information would be helpful. However, since its the holidays I don't think you can go wrong with Champagne or Sparkling wine.

      So you could try :
      Paul Goerg Brut Tradition NV Champagne - which is a dry French Champagne

      Roederer Estate Brut Estate Anderson Valley NV - Dry California Sparking Wine

      Schramsberg Cremant Sparkling Wine - Made in California it is demi-sec and has a hint of sweetness (always a crowd favorite)

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        mmuch RE: Scott M Dec 10, 2007 11:42 PM

        I second Scott M. You can't go wrong here. Roederer is a great choice. Mumm Napa makes a great sparkler as well...

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        Ali RE: FoolForFood Dec 12, 2007 07:03 AM

        Where are you based, exactly? Your choices, especially if you're in the PA/Philly area, are going to be extremely limited, though there is always the option of running over to the NJ/NY border and asking a Moore Bros associate to help you pick out a bottle.

        1. ClassicWinesGuy RE: FoolForFood Dec 12, 2007 07:52 AM

          Considering the holidays, Champagne or sparkling white wine would be a nice choice. I personally enjoy varieties by Veuve Clicquot (and they have a good reputation too).


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            Chicago Mike RE: FoolForFood Dec 12, 2007 06:37 PM

            For under $30, your money is going to go further with a great German riesling than just about any other varietal. It has the added advantage of being very newbie proof, you just can't go wrong....

            Ask your wine vendor(s) for the best bottle of riesling they can give you in your price range from the 2001, 2004, or 2005 vintage in the Mosel region of Germany.

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              chefdilettante RE: FoolForFood Dec 14, 2007 04:41 AM

              Since you're in the Philly area, you need to head to Moore Brothers, right across the river in NJ. You will not have a problem finding a beautiful, artisanal bottle of wine in that price range there.


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