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Posted by Whineaux2, Aug 8, 2013.

Hello!  I am a Texas girl who loves a good wine.  Texas has now over 200 wineries....some good and some not so good.  We're working on it.  I made a trip several years back with my husband and friends to Napa and Sonoma to the Robert Mondavi Winery.  I fell in love during our Al Fresco lunch pairings in the vineyards.  And....I fell in love with wine.  What am I looking for?  Information on new wines, pairing wines, having private wine tastings in my home....and meeting wine enthusiasts like me.   I'm the blonde in the middle..... Lez  Laissez le Bon-Temps Roulee!



Reply by EMark, Aug 8, 2013.

Welcome, Whineaux.  You have come to the right place.  There are some good contributors, here, who would love to add their insights to your questions.  Please do not be distressed, however, if in our enthusiasm (and that is putting it mildly) you end up with an overload of information--some of which might sound contradictory.

You mentioned food and wine pairing.  Not surprisingly, that one comes up a lot.  Take a look at this dialog from a couple months ago that was started by one of our, now, favorite posters when she asked for help pairing wine with lobster thermidor.

So, was the picture above taken at the Mondavi winery?

Reply by JonDerry, Aug 8, 2013.

Cheers, and welcome.

Definitely feel like opening something good with dinner tonight, al fresco style!

Reply by Whineaux2, Aug 8, 2013.

Yes, thank you for the welcome.   The picture above is from the Robert Mondavi Winery.  It was a lovely day with friends and acquaintances.  Food was fabulous and of course, the wine was paired well.  I ended  up buying several cases to take back home.  I tried to duplicate the meal but I think I will just have to take another trip out to California. 

I tasted a Merlot tonight called Canyon's a California was a very buttery wine with a smooth finish.  I checked it out online and the price is surprisingly affordable.    What would you suggest to eat with a good yummy ribeye?

I look forward to learning about more wines and sharing pictures of pairing foods and wine.  Chow for now!

Reply by JonDerry, Aug 9, 2013.

You can't go wrong with Syrah and steak...not sure what's available in Texas, are you near a good retailer?

Also not sure how much you want to spend. Shafer Relentless, for instance is a big, bold Syrah that's pretty widely available but also sells for over $60 usually. Except the 2008 which won Wine Spectator's wine of the year last year. 

Lagier Meredith is another great Syrah producer from CA. Lot of good things mentioned about their latest release in 2010. Price is around $48

If you don't mind imports, Chave St. Joseph Offerus is a great steak pairing. Runs around $25


Reply by EMark, Aug 9, 2013.

I agree with Jon that you can't go wrong with a Syrah, but, if you are going to grill your ribey, I can't pass up a chance to brag on my favorite--Zinfandel.  I don't want to make this difficult, but look for one that is "region specific"--i.e., not just "California."  My current favorites are from the Dry Creek Valley or the Rockpile regions.  However, I would not necessarily discourage you from trying one from any region--Alexander Valley, Lodi, Napa Valley, Paso Robles, Russian River Valley, Sierra Foothills, Sonoma Valley, heck, even Temecula.

Thanks for the report on the Merlot.  I am completely unfamiliar with that winery, but it's good to see your positive opinion.

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