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In need of some variety

Posted by AshleyM84, Oct 3, 2010.

Hello all.  I'm a big fan of Cabernet Sauvignon, especially of the Australian variety, but would like to expand my horizons.  Red wines only, please. :) 


Reply by napagirl68, Oct 3, 2010.

Hi Ashley!

Welcome to snooth, and I'm sure you will get a lot of suggestions...

One I have is to expand to TRY some whites as well... There are some great ones out there, and if someone has only had not-so-good ones, they may write a whole varietal off. 

Back to reds... Firstly, where are you from?  Is important as to what you can get in your area.  I am a big fan of California wines as I am Californian.  But I like other areas as well...

Would suggest trying some syrah, petite syrah, and zinfandel, and maybe get into the lesser known rhones- mourvedre, grenache.

Please remember that quality varies WIDELY within a varietal, let alone a region, and appellation. 

Red blends from great wineries can be amazing as well...

More info would help tho...


Reply by Stephen Harvey, Oct 3, 2010.

Welcome Ash

I am an Aussie and can help with Aust Cabernet recommendations. In relation to other Red categories here I am a fan of Shiraz (Syrah), Pinot Noir, a Multitude of shiraz and Cabernet Blends usually with Grenache, Mouvedre (Mataro), Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, Viognier and others.

If you don't live in Australia, the challenge will be availability

Plenty of the Snooth team can help you with US Cabernet and French.

I agree with Napagirl you should have a look at some whites, there is many excellent ones around and they are essential for a great dinner party

My friends in Adelaide often joke that a glass of Riesling is like stretching before serious exercise [Red Drinking] it is critical to being well prepared for the intesity of the event.

Enjoy Snooth

Reply by Girl Drink Drunk, Oct 4, 2010.

Why red wines only?

Reply by ChipDWood, Oct 4, 2010.

Of the myriad examples of reds that could be pointed out: give this one a try:

Bogle Vineyards, "Phantom, 2007 (just released).

It'll only be on the market for a limited time (as the name cleverly indicates) and is consistently one of the most unique & luxurious red blends out of California- priced reasonably too.  The wife and I love this puppy.

It's a blend of Petit Sirah, old vine Mourvedre, and Zinfandel and is Bogle's cleverly positioned 'namesake' wine (Bogle meaning 'Phantom' in Scottish.  And if it isn't Scottish, it's crap!).  Unless of course it's MADE by Scottsmen, in California or something.

Drinks well above its price, is 'luxurious' on the palate, and opens up with a quick breathe.  It's full bodied but the tannins are incredibly well integrated and finishes like silk.

I compare it to the more costly Aussie Mollydooker, "Two Left Feet" (Cab & Shiraz blend) in its quality- but a bit softer and having that element of ripened California fruit to boot.  Pardon pun.

And it won't last, so grab two.

PS: I do not work for Bogle.  I just think their pricing campaign of this wine is brilliant in attracting attention to their other, single varietals for the consumer once the Phantom runs out.

Or, try some Virginia wines for something completely different ;).

(They see me rollin')

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 5, 2010.

I can recall the early years of the Phantom and the mad scramble by some to get a few cases. Supplies have since improved so it is relatively easy to source, good wine and a great recommendation.

Try some Syrah, from Australia, Washington state and the Rhone valley. Chinon from the Loire valley in France, maybe a nice Aglianico from Italy, Merlot and Cab blends from South Africa and the Gimblett gravels region of New Zealand would all be good places to look for an alternative to you favorite wines!


So many choice, maybe we can narrow the recommendations down a bit - Why do you prefer Australian Cabernet?

Reply by ChipDWood, Oct 5, 2010.

The recommendation of an Aglianico is a great one- rich, thick and powerful- especially the Serpico from Feudi di San Gregorio (one of my favorite Italian producers).  Also great note about the Washington State wines- particularly any produced on the Red Mountain.  There's another thread on here discussing that very thing too, fyi. (clicky on linky, scroll down a little bit till you see the pictures.)

Washington State, really on the whole, is my second favorite growing region IN the States ;).  Especially for the buck.  Under.  Rated.

Reply by zufrieden, Oct 9, 2010.

All worthy suggestions; I love WA wines, for example, and they just happen to be in my backyard so to speak.  However, if you are really interested in the great god Cab, why not seek it out in its country of origin - that home of Rabelais, Voltaire, Flaubert, Verlaine, and Manet (to name but a very, very few persons of note)?

You may have to accept a dollop or two from lesser varietals, but you can easily find a firm Bordeaux that is 70% or more Cab.

Once seduced by things French you'll be like a Vampire's victim - always coming back for more of the red stuff.  I have a weakness for reds myself.



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