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Jan 2, 2011 01:47 PM

2011 - What are you Drinking!

It's a New Year, so Happy New Year! That said, whatcha drinkin'? Cheers!

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  1. Still. Not. Booze.
    When is this kid coming out?!

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    1. re: invinotheresverde

      My mom and sister were getting impatient when I passed my first date (the doctor gave me two, a week apart, and waffled back and forth between them a few times) sister had heard that Mexican food brings babies, so she and my mom cooked up this chicken and green chili enchilada casserole. (It was good, in that Campbell's soup casserole kind of way)...

      Dang if I didn't go into labor the next day...and they of course still take credit for it.

      Food for thought, so to speak.

        1. re: invinotheresverde

          Congratulations, by the way...and I hope everything goes quickly and easily as possible.

      1. '06 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Klopp Ranch. Amazing light fruitiness up front; beautifully smooth finish. Couldn't believe the 14+% alc on the label. If you prefer Burgundies, you probably wouldn't care for it.

        FWIW - This wine was rated 96 in the Wine Enthusiast - for once I agree with a magazine rating. Just to showya.......... Tanzer gave this same wine an 89. Go figure? Everyone has their own likes and dislikes. That's why I always remind people they need to calibrate their own palates to a reviewer's if they want to use reviews.

        1. I am just really getting into wine and also have a not-so-big wine budget so I am limited to the sub $20 bottles. my recent bottles were:
          Toad hollow Chardonnay
          Root 1 Cabernet

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          1. re: eber85

            There are plenty of wines in your price range for the money. Some great QPR's (quality to price ratio) wines that I have come across include Clayhouse, as well as a Chilean label called Vintesquero. Both well below $20 per bottle, and very tasty for the price. These are most definitely worth searching out! -mJ

            1. re: njfoodies

              thanks njfoodies, I will look for them!

              most recent un-corking:
              2007 Las Rocas Garnacha, at $9.99 a bottle I really enjoyed it, very light on the tannins and after letting it open some very nice fruit flavors developed. Will probably finish this bottle tonight after work with dinner.

          2. 2007 Barrel 27 Rock and a Hard Place Grenache
            2007 Tolosa "1772" Pinot Noir
            2009 Orin Swift Abstract
            2007 Chateau de Montfaucon Baron Louis Cotes du Rhone
            2008 Sokol-Blosser Evolution

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            1. re: PolarBear

              Hi! I'm new here but have been reading the forum for some time, and the start of a new year seems like a good time to jump in! I'm afraid I don't speak "wine" and am not even sure I'm capable of detecting the many flavours but I do like wine nonetheless!

              Open right now - reds:

              Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-de-Pape 2007
              Ridge Lytton Springs 2006
              Enjoying both very much!!

              Weingut Hupfeld Hochheimer K├Ânigin Victoriaberg Riesling Kabinett 2008 (scary bottle but tasty wine)
              Darioush Napa Valley Viognier 2009
              Tommasone Pithecusa Bianco 2008

              1. re: altavino

                You seem to speak fluent "wine", Ridge Lytton Springs and Geyserville are consistent year to year hits.

                1. re: PolarBear

                  Thanks for the encouragement! Ridge never disappoints us - definitely at the top of our list since we discovered Lytton Springs and especially Montebello (WOW).