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Divamac May 29, 2002 03:39 AM

I am looking for a good place for wine in SD. Specifically, one that has a decent selection of Australian wine.

Before moving here, I was getting an embarassingly good deal on a wine called Novello Rosso by Chain of Ponds Wines -- what I found to be a really yummy young, light red wine. One of the few reds that didn't give me a headache or put me to sleep. :) They didn't produce in 1999 or 2000, but just checked their website and they have a 2001 vintage available now. My fiance and I want to find a bottle to celebrate our first dinner in our new house!

Thanks!

Carol

Link: http://www.chainofpondswines.com.au/

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    Ciaohound May 29, 2002 01:40 PM

    I thought the Wine Club had an outlet in San Diego, but I'm not sure. They have Santa Ana for sure.

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      Melanie Wong May 29, 2002 03:53 PM

      No Wine Club branch in San Diego. Closest is Santa Ana.

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        Stray Gator May 30, 2002 01:03 PM

        Melanie, speaking of wine, could you tell me if the is a published list of "second labels" such as Stags Leap/Hawk Crest, Ducru-Beaucaillou (Ducru)/La Croix de Beaucaillou, l'Eglise Clinet/La Petite Eglise? I've inquired everywhere I can think of but there seems to be no source for this information.

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          Melanie Wong May 30, 2002 01:57 PM

          Gosh, I don't know of a published source. Some wineries don't want you to know, and others promote really bad second label wines as high margin items. But we can create one here - why don't you post a note on the General Topics board where 'hounds from all over the world will take note of it and ask for input on the second labels they recommend.

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      Kriss Reed May 29, 2002 02:28 PM

      Carol, I know this is a less geographically desireable tip than for which you're looking, but I must refer you to an outstanding retailer/wholesaler in Huntington Beach, up here in OC. His name is John Gorman, and his company is the Southern Hemisphere Wine Company. He exclusively imports and sells wines from Oceania (Aus. & NZ), South Africa, and South America. I checked his current price list, but could not locate the Chain of Ponds bottling you seek. However, a call to him might provide you with the name of someone who might be carrying the wine. Furthermore, their selection of Australian wines is unmatched in the area, and John's a fair businessman with realistic, non-gouging pricing. Just for the record, I have no connection other than as a satisfied customer. Here's a link below, and good luck in your search.

      Link: http://www.sawineco.com

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        ChrisG May 29, 2002 05:22 PM

        The best selection I have found in the area is the San Diego Wine Company, and I tell you I like to drink wine, but that's my problem. They may not have the same bottling that you're looking for, but tell the staff what you like and they'll point you in the right direction. Aussie wines hold some good bargains but check out SD Wine Co's California selections. They hold their prices down, and there's good wine for every pocketbook. And on Saturdays they have 10-15 wines open for tasting for $5. It's on Eastgate Mall
        which is off Miramar Rd., just east of I-805

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          Tom Brown May 29, 2002 05:28 PM

          I think the best Aussie selection in town is at Vintage Wines, on Miramar (Not too far from San Diego Wine Company). Good prices too.

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            mikeb May 30, 2002 03:55 PM

            When I want someone's product that I can't find locally, I usually send the them an email to see wether they can help. In this case, their website has a list of their distributers and their email addresses. I suggest that you email the one in Boca Raton.

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              Bob Foster May 31, 2002 10:41 PM

              So far you've just gotten bits and pieces. Let me try to pull it all together. In the City of San Diego there are 5 solid places:

              Barons (West Point Loma Blvd and Del Mar Heights)
              Vintage Wines Ltd (Miramar Road)
              San Diego Wine Company (Miramar Road)
              The Wine Bank (downtown-Gaslamp)
              The Wine Sellar and Brasserie (Mira Mesa-Sorrento Valley)

              The five have regular Sat. tastings that are very reasonable and let you try before you buy. I strongly recommend doing this.

              It's a highly competitive discount wine game in San Diego. Often the differnces are minimal and the issue is simply one of who carries what wines.

              If you go to Orange County there are 4 places:
              The Wine Club
              The Wine Exchange
              High-Time
              Southern Wines

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                buddha Jun 4, 2002 11:23 AM

                Bob,

                I have sent you several emails regarding the next BBQ party and you have not responded. Do you have any interest?

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                  Bob Foster Jun 5, 2002 01:18 AM

                  Didn't realize that you were waiting on a response. We may have out of town relatives in town those dates I'll write as soon as I know what is up.

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