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Snooth User: lje1440

? Inexpensive BUT good wine for Studio grand opening

Posted by lje1440, Oct 20, 2010.

What wine would you suggest (both red & white) to serve at a grand opening of a Pottery Studio in Chicago.  Inexpensive BUT tasty, $8. - $12.

I know that's really low, but I'm hoping there are people out there that just LOVE the chase of finding great wines at low prices and I can pick your brains.    Thanks!

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Reply by ChipDWood, Oct 20, 2010.

Heh... I got an idea ;).

Ever tried any of the Clayhouse varietals?( California).  They may be a tad above your price range, but considering where you buy them, you could make a good chunk of that back with a good, case discount.  It'd be close at least, and they're a solid if not spectacular brand.

We're going for theme here ;).  Besides, you should be able to write such an expense off anyway.

Best of luck with your opening!

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 20, 2010.

Yikes! Sauvignon Blanc from Paso Robles? ;-)  How does it taste, Chip?

I'd hunt for a deal or two out there since there are so many. Examples below include four Spanish reds priced quite well, and one representative Australian shiraz at a good price, on the red side. One rose from southern France. On the white there's one sauvignon blanc from Western Oz, two chards (one from Burgundy, one larger but tasty one from Edna Valley near San Luis Obispo), and one sparkler, a cava from near Barcelona. Plenty of selection, and all should be enjoyable.

You'll get case discounts from this vendor (K&L Wines, one of the best online sources in the States), which'll make up for shipping costs.

 

2005 Bodegas Castano "Solanera Vinas Viejas" Yecla (Previously $14)

 

 

Top Pick!

2006 Bodegas Lan Crianza Rioja

 

Top Pick!

2009 Montebuena Rioja

 

Top Pick!

2006 Campo Viejo Tempranillo Crianza Rioja

 

 

2008 d'Arenberg "Stump Jump" Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia  

 

Top Pick!

2009 Les Vignerons de Fontès "Prieuré Saint-Hippolyte" Languedoc Rosé

 

Top Pick!

2008 Slipstream Sauvignon Blanc Pemberton Western Australia (Elsewhere $14)

 

2007 Laboure Roi Bourgogne Blanc "Maximum" (Elsewhere $18)

 

2008 Edna Valley Vineyards "Paragon" San Luis Obispo County Chardonnay

 

Top Pick! Castillo Perelada Brut Cava Penedes 
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Reply by ChipDWood, Oct 20, 2010.

Look, I was considering the theme ok pal?

Like your suggestions though, particularly the Bodegas Castano blend from '05.  Cannot BELIEVE it's $7.99 at K&L there.  Wow.

If you'd rather go with quality than a well thought-out themed set of wines... that Castano '05 for that price certainly has my vote.

;)

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Oct 20, 2010.

Clayhouse, pottery, I missed it at first, too.  Gotta make sure the guests see the labels when you are pouring.  Otherwise, not going to work.  If you want to be artsy, I had a good Gruner a while back that had repros of European modern art on the label.  Can't remember what it was, sadly.

If you have a trader joe's near you, they have respectable Perrin et Fils Cotes du Rhone for about $7; also worth checking at k&l if they still have it is Domaine Fabregues from southern France, about the same or a buck more.  Don't know if they have BevMo there, or its equivalent, but the one low priced wine I buy there is Montevina Barbera from the Sierra foothills.  MAN chenin blanc (steen) from South Africa can be had (if you have a CostPlus WorldMarket or other distributor) for $7-8 and it is, while not the equivalent of something from the better parts of the Loire, good and refreshing.

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 20, 2010.

K&L has the Perrins & Fils 2008 for $7.99, I believe, but I think the riojas will be more substantial for the guests. If it were summertime, perhaps the Rhone blend would better.

Chip, I wasn't knocking the tie-in with the name, at all. Thought it was clever. Just was thinking of the guests and what I'd rather be drinking, in their place--if it's just a label issue why not do a vanity bottling? Have you tasted any of the Clayhouse wines? I'm particularly wary of that SB, though I haven't tasted any of them.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Oct 20, 2010.

Just mentioning the Perrin because you can also get it at Trader Joes if she doesn't want to ship.  As my profile says, I'm all about the value Spanish wines.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Oct 20, 2010.

The Fabregues, to me, also tastes more substantial and is a good call, if K&L is still keeping it in stock. I actually thought it was a Ribera del Duero when I first tasted it. From the Coteaux du Languedoc. But K&L seems to be out of it.

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Reply by Eileen Sandra Geary, Oct 20, 2010.

If you like Cab., then,Murphy-Goode has a very smooth and good tasting one...'07 and it's around $10 - 12.

Good luck with the opening!

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Reply by ChipDWood, Oct 20, 2010.

Dmcker... eh, no I haven't actually.  Was going with the theme.  If I wanted to recommend a wine of guaranteed quality, I would have pimped something from Virginia ;).

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Reply by zufrieden, Oct 22, 2010.

I hope I haven't missed the opening, but you should seriously consider a few Chilean organic offerings from Vina Cono Sur; in particular, the Chardonnay 2009.  On the less environmentally friendly side of production from this well-respected winemaker, try the Viognier.

As for red, opt for a Beaujolais.  You can find a shipper for the price range you quote, and the lightness of the wine will not necessarily translate into lightness of buying or artistic appreciation.

You simply cannot go wrong with these choices - unless, of course, you walked under ten ladders and 16 black cats crossed your path within the last 48 hours.

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Reply by lje1440, Oct 25, 2010.

Thank you all for your input.  Loved the Clayhouse concept and giving ideas of wines beyond the obvious (CA) made me branch out.  I ended up going with:

2007 Paul Jaboulet Aine Cotes du Rhone Parallele 45
2009 Tarima Monastrell Jumilla
Chateau St Jean Chard

Interestingly enough, most people at the opening were red wine or beer drinkers and only 2 bottles or Chard. were consumed.  (And I don't think it was because the wine was terrible).

My nephew's opening was a success.  Classes are starting this morning and he's happy to have his hands in some clay rather than around a broom cleaning up or hammer to build shelves.

Thanks again, I'm off to enjoy this beautiful day .... supposed to be 77 in Chicago today!!!  

 

 

 

 

 

 


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