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Snooth User: Craig Bilodeau

Newbie in Plano, TX

Posted by Craig Bilodeau, Apr 11, 2012.

Hello everyone,

 

As a result of some online survey I filled out, I had the option to choose a one year subscription to 3 different magazines on some pre-selected list.  One of the magazines I chose was Wine Spectator.  "Why not?", I thought.  "I don't know anything about wine."  Once the magazines starting arriving in my mailbox, I found myself reading the blasted things from cover to cover... and I never, ever read magazines with any regularity.  And so it began.  I joined a wine of the month club (actually, a 4 wines of the month club).  I started having 1 or two glasses of wine after work with dinner.  I started talking about converting an ill-used closet into a actively cooled wine cellar.  My wife started talking (and still talks) about my mid-life crisis...  I tell her that wine is healthier than fast cars and loose women.  :-)

Anyone else in the Plano area?

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Reply by shsim, Apr 11, 2012.

Welcome to Snooth Craig! Im glad you are converted! How is the wine scene in your area?

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Reply by EMark, Apr 11, 2012.

Welcome to Snooth, Craig.  I have to say that your introductory note caused me to chuckle.  To most of the people around here, wine appreciation is more that just a mid-life crisis--more like a life-long passion.  You're right though, wine is a healthy passion and, since I am fairly thrifty, much cheaper than either cars or women.

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Reply by Craig Bilodeau, Apr 11, 2012.

Shsim - Since I am so new, I have no idea what the wine scene is here.  I can tell you, however, that whatever it is, it is not overt.  I am hainvg to turn over stones to find a scene at all.  From what I can tell, it is relegated to high-end restaurants and steak houses.  :-/

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Reply by joebernardinoATyahoo, Apr 11, 2012.

Spectator has the only ratings I trust, so good choice.

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Reply by Craig Bilodeau, Apr 11, 2012.

EMark - Thanks!  And yes, I agree with you that wine is a life-long passion to those active on this site.  (Passion sounds so much better than obsession, don't you think?!  ;-)

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Reply by jackwerickson, Apr 12, 2012.

Craig I live in Carrollton an really enjoy wine I have a collection of approx 200 bottles and would enjoy being in contact my email is chefjacque@hotmail.com would also suggest you get on email list of local liquor  stores such as Jimmeys Italian market they have wine tastings about twice a month also Sigles they are having a tasting sat at the addisson store

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Reply by shsim, Apr 12, 2012.

Yea, I am sure you will find plenty once you go exploring more! I did not know about whats local until I really went searching! Goodluck and hopefully  you can share your experience with us! :D

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Reply by Craig Bilodeau, Apr 12, 2012.

Jack - Thanks for the suggestions.  I will definitely look into them!  I have also saved your contact information.  I look forward to keeping in touch and seeing you at local events.

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Reply by Bsberlin22, Apr 12, 2012.

Craig- you will be surprised how many people come are active on this site just like you. I got a couple of my friends to sign up for snooth, andf they told me that the quizes in the wine rack section of this site is informative to the novice wine drinker. they also give out cool badges like foursquare does. 

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Reply by Craig Bilodeau, Apr 12, 2012.

Bsberlin22 - Yes, I have read all of the articles and passed the quizzes - and you are right, they are easy to read and informative.  It would be great if other articles on the site that have been read would show up in a member's library as well, but I can see where that might be difficult to manage after a while.  The concept of a library is great.  I just think that it will lose relevance once the articles and quizzes have been consumed.

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Reply by edwilley3, Apr 18, 2012.

I am in Dallas, but work by the Shops at Legacy. 

BTW, Mr. G's off Coit was just bought out by Spec's.  They may have some interesting new selections since they now have much greater buying power.  I hope that they leave the deli intact.  Be sure to sign up for the email list with Sigel's and Centennial. 

For the aged wine you want to try, visit Perry's on Walnut Hill.  Goody Goody has a good selection of Champagnes. The West Plano Costco turns over wine faster than East Plano, so there is less chance of bad treatment in the store.  Spec's is going to have the best prices on average outside of Costco. 

I may have a source for a really cheap Eurocave 266 for local delivery.  New in box for $600, including shipping.  It was a seizure after nonpayment.  One man's loss is another man's gain!

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Reply by jackwerickson, Apr 18, 2012.

Craig& Edwilley there is a Pinot noir wine tasting on may 1 at park cities club put on by sigels cost is $40 which includes appetizers they will have 40 different pinots from cal Washington Oregon  and burgundy  have attended these in the past and they are great

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Reply by Craig Bilodeau, Apr 18, 2012.

Ed - $600?!  Really?!  I am interested.

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Reply by Craig Bilodeau, Apr 18, 2012.

Jack - Thanks for the tip.  I ahve signed up for the Sigels emails and did receive the invitation to the Pinot Noir event.  I am trying to convince my wife, who is not a wine drinker AT ALL, that we need to go to the event.

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Reply by edwilley3, Apr 19, 2012.

Email me for info.  And go to the Pinot event.  I am actually going to the Park City Club tonight for a dinner and lecture. My friends from Oxford are doing the lecture.  I can't wait. 

edwilley3@gmail.com


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