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Snooth User: denonymous

Just walked in...

Posted by denonymous, Oct 2, 2008.

Hi all,

I met the ubiquitous Philip at a tech conference in NYC a few weeks ago; we chatted about travel and wine a bit and he gave me his card. It took me a while to dig through the cards I ended up with that week, but I finally did today and wound up here.

I appreciated wine off and on for five-ish years but I've actually been "into" wine for another four years or so after that. I didn't like reds for a long time, but I came around a ways back and am now about dead even between whites, reds, and roses (the latter in lesser quantity but important because they're such a limited summer treat).

I'll ashamedly but freely admit that my first love was Sutter Home white zin. After that a girlfriend got me into rieslings and sweeter wines, also a stumble on the path. My now-wife and I, though, came to discover all sorts of wines both here and abroad. I've had brief, torrid affairs with, off the top of my head, the 2003(? maybe '05?) Megawatt zinfandel, Hess Select chardonnay, the 2005 Mezzacorona pinot grigio (was much better than the stuff they were putting out last I saw), a txakolina of which I'm ashamed I cannot recall the winery, and the DiLenardo pinot grigio with sushi.

A couple high points I can recall are Will Bucklin's Old Hill zin -- he supplies grapes to Ravenswood, we stayed at his vacation rental and had a great time -- as well a recent gem at the Palm on 49th in NYC, a 1997 Sant'Elena ros di rol cab sauv/cab franc they were selling by the glass for reasons I couldn't fathom. It was a beautiful wine with a ribeye.

Lately I've been on sauvignon blanc, merlot, and cab sauv kicks. Burned out on chardonnay this spring. Last winter it was Spanish reds like temperanillos and riojas, and I'm sure they'll make a reappearance this winter. We're always looking for good cab francs, too. We're currently saddled with a lot of Red Diamond chard and merlot, as that's what we bought in bulk for our wedding and ended up with the remainders. They're both not bad, but anything in quantity gets old after a while.

As may have been obvious, we're foodies and tend to look for great pairings, though I've known many wines that are just fine on their own. If you're in the Boston/Cambridge area, absolutely check out the waitstaff recommendations at both Blue Room and Rendez-vous in Cambridge. We've never been steered wrong.

We live in Andover, MA and our best source is in town, a little shop called wine-sense ( run by a wonderful woman named Samanta who literally only stocks wines she herself approves. It's a small place but we manage to walk out with a case and extra any time we stop in.

Aside from my interest wine, I'm a web developer for an online travel company. I love to travel, I play video games, play guitar and bass, love to cook, and am a rabid Bruins/Patriots/Red Sox fan.

OK, that's way too much babbling at this point. Glad to have found this site, and I look forward to exploring everything here. See you all around...


Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 3, 2008.

Hey Denonymous, Welcome!

That Old Hill Ranch is a killer wine! A classic old field blend the like of which are as rare as fairys teeth. I worked with Will Bucklin finding distribution here in NYC and am actually awaiting samples of the latest releases so you will find a Winery profile on Bucklin coming soon!

Sounds like your open minded approach to wine has allowed you ample opportunity to explore interesting wines. I originally came from the kitchen. After spending 16 years as a chef I frequently find the need for time in the kitchen, a think it's like a virus, I can't shake it! I love to select wines for a meal then go shopping and craft appropriate pairings. It is what wine is all about, finding it's place at the table. Not that i am against sitting down and drinking a bottle on it's own either.

Anyway we're glad you finally found us! We have a great community here and this is the place to find out more about the wines you love or want to love. Even for Red Sox Fans.

Reply by oceank8, Oct 3, 2008.

Welcome to snooth! I'll let you slide on the Sutter Home white zin issue, I think we have all been there! Although never my favorite, I drank my share of the stuff through those cheap college years (I can do you one worse, I drank a lot of Strawberry Hill - can that even be called wine?).

Reply by denonymous, Oct 3, 2008.

@oceank8 Oof, I, myself, spent some time with ye olde Boone's Farm in college. Thanks for the memories.

Reply by Philip James, Oct 3, 2008.

Ubiquitous! Ha! Well nice to have met you...

"online travel site"? You sell it short... Trip Advisor is ranked as the 130th most popular website in the world. Probably has a solid 15 million users per month. Its a great source of inspiration for what snooth is trying to do, and an important site as it was Web 2.0, waaaay before web 2.0 was coined as a term.

Welcome to the site!

Reply by denonymous, Oct 4, 2008.

@Philip Much thanks for the kind words, though I actually work for a company owned by TA (Smarter Travel Media; we do,, and, not for TA directly. I was hanging out at the TA booth because we didn't have one of our own. :P

Anyway, thanks for the welcome. I already feel at home!

Reply by blackrose, Oct 13, 2008.

i am new to this site and i am wondering how i go about buying some wine. can anyone please help me out this shit problem?

thanks, blackrose

Reply by blackrose, Oct 14, 2008.

nevermind..the wine i wanted i guess they dont make anymore

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 14, 2008.

Hey Blackrose, What was the wine? Maybe we can find it for you or suggest a few alternatives!!

Reply by blackrose, Oct 19, 2008.

the wine was called "ripple" it hasn't around for a long time. i believe that they stopped making it. but if you have any good wine suggestion (like some good wine that doesnt break the bank [: ) please let me know

Reply by Philip James, Oct 20, 2008.

Kirkwood Ripple?

Let me know if thats not it.

Reply by ichito, Oct 20, 2008.

New to the site as well. I recently open a bottle of Sardinian wine, quite good well balanced and easy to pair with food. In fact this one was very well paired with Italian food, very strong on acid (see tomatoes), easy on the bank, produced by Cantina di Santadi, Shardana, latter on I discover another one by the same winery this is called Terre Brune and still looking to buy my first bottle.
Good luck. I do not recall Ripple.

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 20, 2008.

Ripple is old school, very old school. It was a fortified wine, fruity, a bit of sugar. Closest thing on the market today might be the Boone's farm wines;

Worth a try if that's what you're after.

As for the Shardana, that Carignan/Syrah blend is mighty fine and a good value. It's made buy Santadi but is actually a project of Neil Empson so it is it's own estate. The Terre Brune is a similar wine, a bit more structure and alot pricier than the Shardana. Worth a try.

Reply by jacquie73, Oct 20, 2008.

Hello. I am also new to the site. I don't work in the industry--just enjoy a good glass of wine. I prefer the reds, but I drink white, as well.

Last year, I visited a vineyard in South Jersey called Renault. This past summer, I went to a couple of vineyards/wineries on the North Fork of Long Island. I hope to see some different ones next summer.

Reply by Philip James, Oct 20, 2008.

Jacquie - welcome to the site! I just blogged about my trip to the North fork (yesterday), you can read it here:

Reply by Watongo, Oct 20, 2008.

Hullllooooooo! I just jumped on this site after reading a sante email. Some good stuff. Looks like there is quite a bit of info from all sides. I am a working som down in Houston and am in the fortunate position to taste some of the rarest and finest wines from around the world. Sounds great, but the true love of wine I have is when I find a wine that is exceptional, surreal, and something that I can afford. I can't wait to check out what others are saying and will post my finds and experiences as they happen. Brilliant!

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 21, 2008.

Welcome Watongo!

I hope you find the resources here helpful and I look forward to hearing about your vinous adventures, both real and surreal!

Reply by cynthiavass, Oct 24, 2008.

Hello everyone,

I am currently new to the sight and I am always looking for new and interesting wine selections. I am a Sommelier student at our community college in Toronto, ON, Canada and have been working in the restaurant industry for approximately 20 years. I am a lover of red wines particularly big, bold juicy reds. I do have a soft spot for Amarones and Barolos as well as a nice collection of these. I enjoy trying new and exciting wines from all over the world as well as classic food pairings. Right now I am loving Tempranillo and have found a beautiful juicy red from Argentina called El Retiro, Reserva Especial, 2004 for approximately $15. Hopefully you can find a bottle and enjoy!!!!!

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 24, 2008.

Hey Cynthia,


I am a refugee from the Restaurant Industry, 16 years was enough for me, loved almost every minute of it though. I am a big-time Barolo head, you might find some of my notes helpful there. Sounds like you found a great bargain bottle! I'll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing.

Reply by vigna uva vino, Oct 25, 2008.

I'm fairly new to snooth, but since the beginning of 2008 I founded a wine blog and website and having a great time doing it. Had the opportunity to share dinner and some great wines (thanks to Greg Dal Piaz) with a small group of snoothians this past week. There was a chef, a lawyer, and a commercial artist, (but all with extreme interest in wines) exchanging notes with a super wine-geek.. a pretty diverse group.

Conversation ranged from "The new Great Depression" to "where can I get a wine fridge, cheap?" to "what's your favorite everyday wine?". We also talked about what snooth is (for one thing a HUGE wine database), and what we'd like to see it become.

And last but not least... the wines. Greg opened 3 beautiful California reds for us:

Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1985... extremely nice balance and beautifully smooth... my favorite.

Laurel Glen Sonoma 1985 Cabernet (blended w merlot & Cab Franc, I think) ...2nd favorite with cherries and herbs.

Fife Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 1995... some heavy tannins on the nose but on the palate it sings with notes of licorice and white pepper.

It was a pleasure to meet you guys.

Dave Trieger

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 26, 2008.

Hey Dave, It was great to meet you and the other guys.

I got caught up at work but will post my notes on the wines soon.

It was a great showing for them, and for us too!

See you soon!

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