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Snooth User: hhotdog

what wine did it for you?

Posted by hhotdog, May 5, 2010.

ok peeps i have a wine that did it for me that made me want more of it.  it was Foppiano 1993 Petite Syrah.  What was yours? was't much of a wine guy and this changed me forever. i recently came upon a merchant who had 4 bottles on hand. i can only hope it is still in good shape and that it still has the charm it had when it first hooked me!! on order now will let you know the end result soon!!!

what if any one stands out did it for you?


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Reply by Girl Drink Drunk, May 5, 2010.

My taste has evolved since, but Justin Isosceles really gave me a huge boner when I was first getting into wine.

Reply by Carly Wray, May 5, 2010.

The very first wine that made me pay attention was an Oregon Pinot Gris from Owen Roe's discount label, O'Reilly. I was in college in Portland, Oregon, and went into a little wine store, bewildered, looking for a bottle I could buy with the $8 I had in my wallet (so that I would have something in my pathetic college fridge other than PBR when my parents came to visit). The owner was beyond kind, didn't flinch at my price requirement or my complete lack of knowledge, and let me taste the O'Reilly and a few others right there in the aisle. I vowed never to buy PBR again.

I realize now that the wine wasn't overly special -- but it launched a long, fruitful relationship with that store, and ignited my desire to discover everything I could about wine.

Reply by dredwar, May 5, 2010.

For me, it was Apothic Red, a red blend!  I had never had a wine "seduce" me... and it knocked me off my feet!  I could only want more, and the second bottle was not as good as "the first time", but still luscious!

Reply by outthere, May 5, 2010.

2001 Switchback Ridge Petite Sirah. Problem is it's been hard to reproduce the experience but the journey is fun.

Reply by dmcker, May 6, 2010.

Carly, Pabst Blue Ribbon? Reed??

Reply by Carly Wray, May 6, 2010.

I went to Reed. Was it the PBR that gave it away? I'm not proud of the quantity of Pabst I consumed, though, if you can believe it, it was a step up from what we were drinking during the summer back home in the south.

Reply by Robert Dallas Gray, May 7, 2010.

About ten years ago, I visited my then-girlfriend's very rich family. It was just after Christmas. As a whole, the experience was pretty much excruciating -- I'd never been properly exposed to the English upper class before and every single one of my working-class prejudices was ... well, not just confirmed but made to seem incredibly and naïvely generous.

But at a dinner we attended, mid-meal, the host produced a bottle of wine he'd bought in Portugal in 1968, when he was a student, travelling. It wasn't a special bottle, and going on what I know now, by rights it should have been ruined (Portugal to my knowledge was not producing great red wine other than Port at that time). But it was ... like nothing I'd ever tasted before. Dirty, animal, sweaty; like a delicious cheese.

I guess it was the realisation that wine wasn't just alcoholic grape juice; that there was some kind of alchemy going on. The flavour of a time, and of time. Been chasing that ever since.

Reply by admiral44, May 7, 2010.

PBR! C'mon for the price is doesn't get better, I still love my PBR.  What a difficult question on the other hand, for me it was the 1998 Cigar Zin from Consentino winery, then after that was got me hooked was I was lucky enough to try a 1995 Jospeh Phelps Insignia, WOW!.  But the question is difficult because you are going to get a variety of price ranges and vintages.

Reply by Eric Guido, May 8, 2010.

The first Barolo to wow me and get me hooked was the 1996 ALdo Conterno Bussia Soprana,  I had it late one night after getting home from a crazy diner service.  I finished the whole bottle on my own.  It was amazing.

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Reply by wlstiles3, May 8, 2010.

Fransiscan Napa Cabernet, I believe the vintage was '95 or so.

Reply by Vino1984, May 8, 2010.

I am still trying to find out. I went to the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles for an event and they had some sort of white wine that I fell in love with. I still do not know the name of it. However, It was marvelous. I have been chasing white wines ever since. It was very creamy, full, heavy and fruity. The event I was at was for a French business school so maybe the wine was French. I don't know. I hope I can find it again though.

Reply by hhotdog, May 8, 2010.

wistles3...i remember tthe Franciscan as well!!!  had it back in the day. brings back the memories for sure!! 

i  recently found 4 bottles of the Foppiano i remember so fondly...hope it is as good as i remember!  a friend rembemered it from a conversation and gave me a push in the right direction. what a cool guy to remember that and help look for it!  had to deliver it to mass. since it is the only state they deliver to.  will let you know how it evolved, stayed the same, or went south!!  i hope it's good!!

Reply by zufrieden, May 9, 2010.

I come from a land with 5 months of reasonably hard winter only marginally compensated by 3 months of hot summer and fly fishing.

I was therefore not attracted to wine by anything on tap in the household and was not introduced to wine at university. Beer (though not PBR) was the drink of choice.  However, I remained attracted to wine for two reasons - neither of which carry the ineluctable consequence of wine connoisseurship.  The first was a firm belief  that art appreciation was itself an art; the second was the ubiquitous presentiment that almost every historical person I admired found something in wine that went far beyond the mere effect of alcohol. Ergo, there must be something to this wine thing clearly absent in the fizzy, retch-inducing pop wines I drank as a kid.

Slow, methodical experimentation beginning with fine Ports and Sherries led inexorably to vintage Italian and French wines followed by experimentation with California and other New World wines.  Did one wine do it for me?  The answer is no.  Even when my experience with a particular wine was not pleasurable, my scientific instincts kicked in and the experiment resumed with yet another product. You see, the idea of the Good Life found in the essays of Cicero is something that intrigued me from high school and wine happens to be an integral part of that Life.  With the 20-20 perspective of hindsight, I can now say with some authority that Cicero was right.

And that's more or less how I got from there to here... with the odd bump along the way best left unmentioned.



Reply by hhotdog, May 9, 2010.

"Z" i'm curious...there must of been some serious gems on your journey...must be a few that carried you forward to bigger and better experiences?  give us a glance at the eyebrow raisers!!

Reply by zufrieden, May 10, 2010.

Yes, there have been.  Only, it is sometimes difficult to spot the one that "turned the key" so to speak.  I'm not holding out on you - it is just that what wowed me years ago might leave me a bit cool today - although I can't be entirely sure.  

My introduction to fine vintage table wines began with lucky purchases in obscure liquor outlets - usually in small, northern towns to which I was rusticated between university terms. While working in such towns, I would frequently discover old vintages of Chianti Riserva, Barolo, and a Brunello or two that would otherwise lie for several more years at the back of a storage rack.  Since the quality of the available Italian stock was the best of a poor lot, my introduction to a vintage wine happened to come from a 1967 Ruffino Ducale Riserva which was of venerable age at the time of purchase and in fine shape.  I bought this wine for the same price as one many, many years younger.

Tastes and income change with time, but I still have a fond memory of that wine and the positive effect it had on my now erstwhile beer-drinking buddies whose only prior experience with wine had been limited to execrable plonk made from French hybrid grapes.

I'm still exploring as yet, but I will be sure to let you know if I find the one...


Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, May 11, 2010.

1973 Donati Teroldego - Made me think wine was pretty damn good

1982 Ch Poujeaux - light bulb went off in seeing potential in wine

1978 Vietti Barolo Rocche - wow wine can be really, really good



Reply by hhotdog, May 11, 2010.

"Z" and Greg is such a wonderful journey...hopefully it is neverending!!! 

i thought italians that continue to floor me were never going to be matched...then i found some spainish wines that have surprised the hell out of me!!  as our taste evolve and change so do the "one's" that keep us going forward!

Reply by TerriW, May 11, 2010.

I was on hiatus from my then manfriend, and was invited on a picnic with a different friend who wanted more. His idea of a 'picnic' was to purchase Subway subs, get their beverage containers, (likely cardboard with a wax layer) and drive out to an area past Bragg Creek. He served me a cheaper FREEBIE wine from a client.  The only good thing was we were seated by a beaver pond and saw some of the Castor canadensis family.

I was relating this pathetic picnic story to the original fellow on a trip to Banff over some rather fabulous sushi.  When we returned to our hotel, he started a roaring fire, produced a blanket, cheese, caviar, and other goodies and we nibbled more authentic picnic fare along with a lovely Clos Pegase Cab (I think '97).  The wine was yummy and we visited the winery on a Napa adventure a few years later.  So, Picnic #1 or Picnic #2?

Another favorite was a '97 Simi Cab.


Reply by dmcker, May 18, 2010.

Good story, Terri. So are you with Picnic #2 guy now? Not to be a nitpicker, but I can think of some better wine with caviar... ;-)


Carly, other things gave away the Reed connection. Though why in hell you were drinking PBR with all the other good microbrews in Oregon and Northern California and even Oly country I can't imagine...  Do they still teach underwater basketweaving at that college? And did you work on the nuclear power plant? ;-)

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