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Posted by 1 jayjay, Jul 9, 2011.

Hi i'm a 57 year old Glugger from Birmingham England

i have always glugged a glass or two but am only just trying to understand them

i have a brother who as lived in France for the last 30 years and when we get together

it gets a bit fuzzy around the edges.

but i would like to get a few good wines in the cellar for when he comes over to stay

and it looks like you are the folks to help

thanks in advance jayjay


Reply by dmcker, Jul 9, 2011.

Welcome to Snooth, jj. So let's hear a little more about those 'fuzzy around the edges' experiences!

Do you remember anything about the kinds of wines he has liked? And where in France does he live?

Reply by 1 jayjay, Jul 9, 2011.

Hi dmcker

The fuzzy bits normally start with 2 or 3 bottles of red before going onto the port and brandy, my memory starts to go between the port and brandy

we once went out to get 6 eggs from a local farm, 16 hours and 4 farms later we got home with no car and no eggs but we had drank a toast to every member of the armed forces both french and english

like me he like Bordeaux, cotes du rone and a good Burgandy he lives in Nantes and favours the local whites i believe Muscadet to be his favourite

Reply by dmcker, Jul 9, 2011.

Nantes is a great place for wine, especially the whites like muscadet and just a little up the Loire then sauvignon blanc (Sancerre and Pouilly Fume) and chenin blanc (vouvray, etc.), as well as reds yet further up the river (cabernet franc near Chinon, and even some malbec/'cot' as well).

What kinds of bordeauxs have you liked? And from the Rhone have you also had the syrahs from the north and chateauneuf du papes from the south? Then from Vacqueyras over towards the French border with Spain lots of other whites and reds? Good qpr for them.

I'm sure we can come up with lots of options for your brother's next visit. I assume that hilarious egg story was in France rather than England...

Reply by 1 jayjay, Jul 10, 2011.

Normally i go for the low end of the market just glugging wines but i came across Cellier Yvecourt Bordeaux and was surprised how smooth it was again this is sold as a glugging wine but it was this that made me think that there is more to discover

We are having family over for diner today and i picked up a bottle of Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone to try

Chateauneuf du Papes is always a favourite and is always drank in memory of my sister but i think at the moment as an( IN) wine the prices seem to reflect this

as for whites i suffer from a bad reflux and find anything to acid and i wake up choking so i tend to stay well away perhaps if i could find a sweet one with little acid i would give it a try

Reply by duncan 906, Jul 11, 2011.

Hi ther Jayjay.I am a wine lover from London.I am afraid we Brits are in a minority on this site as most members are American but there is some interesting stuff on here from time to time

Reply by 1 jayjay, Jul 12, 2011.

Thanks for the reply duncan i noticed that everyone seems to American but its good to get input from a distant land but the best thing about being in the UK is that we are closer to France

Reply by spikedc, Jul 12, 2011.

jayjay, welcome from another wine loving Brit.

Reply by Richard Foxall, Jul 12, 2011.

Welcome, jayjay.  Although it appears that a lot of folks here are from the US, dmcker lives in Asia, and StephenHarvey (SH for short) is from Oz.  Always folks checking in from here and there, although the site is run from NYC.  Interesting to hear from folks who can tell us what's going on in France and England vis wine, and of course you have things in your market that we don't and vice versa. 

Just drank a muscadet sur lie with dinner (a crab salad) and it was superb.  And inexpensive.  Your brother is in a good place for wine--the Loire makes more kinds of wine well than any area of equivalent size, at least in my mind.

Reply by dmcker, Jul 13, 2011.

There used to be a number of forum participants from France (even the Loire) and Italy, too, but that contingent appears to be on the wane at the moment. Would be nice to see more!

Fox, just had some pinot blanc (unfortunately from Oregon, not the Alsace or Northern Italy) with a Japanese bento lunch. In this case not the right match. ;-(

I would think that northern Italy would have as many different kinds of wine, or even more, than the Loire (since it stretches over a fair distance), but the Loire is still a fabulous place to be...

Reply by duncan 906, Jul 13, 2011.

I usually drink French because most of my wine is bought in Calais on the way home or else from an fascinating website called where most of the wines on sale are French.I normally look for quality interesting wines at value for money prices

Reply by 1 jayjay, Jul 13, 2011.

Thanks for the link duncan

it looks very intresting i'll give it a go

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