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Introduction from a new gal

Posted by elleystar, Jan 17, 2010.

Hi everyone! I signed up on the site a month or two ago but am just now digging into it. I used to be (in college years) your typical rum & coke drinker, or whatever obnoxious mixed drink could be had at the bar. Occasionally I'd buy some Arbor Mist. (Oh dear, I know!) I liked the sweet stuff and couldn't understand folks who drank that awful overpriced dry wine. I shudder to think of it now! A bottle of J. Lohr Wildflower changed my mind when I was 25 and the rest is history. My now-husband introduced me to white wines, and I introduced him to reds. We still played it pretty safe, buying the same few wines over and over, until about six months ago. I started going to a local coffee shop once a week to knit and have coffee in peace, and they get a Wine Spectator subscription. I love reading the articles, and have decided to recklessly try wines that they recommend. We have discovered many great new wines this way, and only a few we don't like. But learning to pay more attention to grape, vintage, etc has been a real blast and we're having so much fun!
We're a one income family so we stick to the value wines most of the time, but there is still plenty to explore even with that restriction!

I look forward to getting to know everyone here. I also intend to ask many questions and hope you don't mind guiding me along!

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Reply by dirkwdeyoung, Jan 17, 2010.

Welcome to an active participation in Snooth. I think it is the easiest place to get all kinds of fun and new information about wine and members are very responsive to any specific questions, bonne route!

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Reply by amour, Jan 17, 2010.

WELCOME!!!

So, you love reading !
We share wine and reading then!

Though I have a truly FRENCH palate, indeed!....I have been enjoying some
of the better wines of CHILE and to some extent ARGENTINE MALBEC.
They are very affordable....ARE YOU ABLE TO GET ANY OF THOSE WINES??
CARMEN WINES AND CONHA Y TORO ARE VERY DESIRABLE....(CHILE)

ON THE FRENCH SIDE....HAVE YOU TRIED a Bordeaux Red Blend called...
CHATEAU La Rose BRISSON St.EMILLION GRAND CRU $25.
THIS IS A ROSE....fine and elegant for you!!

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Reply by elleystar, Jan 17, 2010.

I do believe that the Rhoning Stones last month was the first French wine that I've had! At least the first that I remember, as my purchases used to be pretty haphazard and I paid little attention! I would love to try a good rose, THANK you for the recommendation. I will look for it next week!

I have been drinking Malbec for a few years now. I haven't met a Malbec yet that I didn't like! I can only get 3 or 4 around here but I keep my eye out for them when we travel across the state. I love that for $6 I can get Conquista Malbec, and it tastes better than some $20 reds I've had. My husband and I call it our 'recession wine' and buy it if the budget is feeling tight!

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Reply by amour, Jan 17, 2010.

THANKS!
I never saw Conquista....but will look and ask!

Thanks.
Will be in touch!

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Reply by GregT, Jan 17, 2010.

elleystar - if you're reading that magazine, pay attention to the reviewer. Some of the articles are quite good and so are some of the reviews, but remember that different people review different areas. It's like any reviewer or critic really - you might tend to agree with one more than another. So if you buy a wine rated XX or whatever, then you may be interested in trying another reviewed by that same person.

Conquista is a relatively new label in the ocean of malbec labels that is flooding the market. I don't know for certain, but I believe it's made from purchased grapes, which is not necessarily a bad thing. it's very much like many malbecs - basic line is under $10 and there's a reserve thats usually under $20. Good value area for wine and these are from one of the better places in Mendoza.

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Reply by elleystar, Jan 17, 2010.

GregT, thanks for the tip. I do take a lot of what I read in there with a good handful of salt, but it's still a really entertaining read. And it pushes me to buy wines I might not have given a second glance before. This has resulted in some serious disappointments (McLaren Vale The Stump Jump Shiraz for instance) but also some great new finds!

I had no idea there was a Conquista Reserva. I may have to have that ordered in for a special occasion. ;)

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Reply by GregT, Jan 17, 2010.

Yeah but you can buy other reservas as well. For example, you could buy mine . . .

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Reply by elleystar, Jan 17, 2010.

Clearly, I have much to learn, and people to get to know! You are a winemaker? Please fill me in!

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Reply by GregT, Jan 19, 2010.

No no. Just sell the stuff. But I don't want to shill my things here and I was kind of pulling your leg. I'm also a consumer and I'm always looking out for great wine.

But if you know Napa for example, you know that within Napa are subregions like Oakville, Stag's Leap, etc. So in Mendoza, there are regions like Luján de Cuyo, which is one of the best right now. If you liked one wine from there, you might like to try another.

There are other regions in Argentina that may prove to be better, but as of right now, not many. Because the Argentine economy is so bad, you can get pretty good wine these days for not much money. See? You honed in on the right place!

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Reply by amour, Jan 19, 2010.

I am on all fours with LUJAN de CUYO.

The wine-tourism...inclusive package deals/tours etc.
are growing there.....and so unique as well as affordable.

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Reply by amour, Jan 19, 2010.

I have already mentioned the WINERY BODEGA SEPTIMA at LUJAN de Cuyo on another thread.
(BOTH WHITE AND RED VARIETALS)
Their CABERNET/MALBEC blend is reputable.

They love people to visit too !


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