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Snooth User: rolifingers

WHAT'S ON THE WINE LIST?

Posted by rolifingers, May 28, 2013.

You go to a French restaurant and you really have a hankering for Steak frites,

What wine are you hoping is on the restaurants wine list to go along with your meal?

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Reply by outthere, May 28, 2013.

French Restaurant I would do a Hermitage like a Chave! Otherwise I would search Cab.

What did they offer?

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Reply by rolifingers, May 28, 2013.

@ OUTTHERE Well, it's a hypothetical thread. I want to see how diverse the palates of my fellow Snoothers are.

I myself would love to see a 2005 Barbaresco on the wine list to go along with my Steak frites.

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Reply by EMark, May 28, 2013.

Since it appears that the wine list includes non French wines, I think I'd be inclined to look for a Rioja.

Interestingly enough, the picture really influenced my opinion.  Not sure why.

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Reply by rolifingers, May 28, 2013.

@EMARK : Damn, I forgot about Rioja....I think that would be perfect.

I figured a picture of the actual meal would be better then just the written word.

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Reply by duncan 906, May 30, 2013.

Steak in a French restaurant! It has to be a Burgundy.The perfect match for a steak any day of the week

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Reply by napagirl68, May 31, 2013.

Agree with Duncan 906, but you will have to spend a small fortune :-)

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Reply by Argovino, May 31, 2013.

May we suggest some Argentine possibilities? Benegas Don Tiburcio 2009 is affordable and excellent, Enrique Foster Malbec Reserva 2008 has a classic style that's perfect for French food, and Weinert Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 is simply colossal.

If it has to be French, though, we'd consider a Fronsac. Chateau Les Trois Croix is reliably good and usually reasonable in price (though perhaps less so with restaurant markups) - a better value than most big-name Bordeaux.

Salud!

The Argovino Crew

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Reply by duncan 906, May 31, 2013.

Not all Burgundy is horrendously expensive but there and then there is the restaurant mark-up to consider. Some of the appellations on the Cotes de Nuit like Gevry-Chambertin can be very expensive but a simple AOC Bourgogne or Cotes de Beaume is less so.I thought that the Hautes-Cotes de Beaune from the Les Caves des Hautes-Cotes co-operative was a lovely Burgundy at a value for money price.In France itself many restaurants have a very extensive wine list [usually all French of course] I agree with the post about Fronsac.Fronsac is one of the cheaper [at least compared to St Emilion and Pomerol]appellations on the Right Bank

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Reply by EMark, May 31, 2013.

I'm glad that Argovino has chimed in with the Argentinian wines.  I now realize why the picture affected me.  Add some Chimmicurri sauce to make it a great Argentinian entree.

Sorry if we're drifting away, here, Roli.

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Reply by rolifingers, Jun 3, 2013.

@EMARK : It's ok, drifting gets people to learn more about wine.

The topic broadens and so does our understanding of wine.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jun 3, 2013.

I'm a fan of PN with more delicate things, or when there's a variety of viandes on the table, although lots of folks insist that steak and Burg is the ultimate. So who am I to argue?

That said, I like a cab with my steak and frites.  Syrah is also a great partner if it's not jammy--so something cool weather, Cote Rotie, Hermitage, or Sonoma. 

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Reply by napagirl68, Jun 5, 2013.

What about a CA cab franc?  We had a Titus Cab franc with an amazing steak a couple years back.  Was sublime :-)

 

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jun 5, 2013.

Cal Cab Franc can be big in the way that it would go with steak, but I usually do my Chinons and Bourgeuils with poultry and lighter meats.  In fact, on Friday, I'm planning to drink an '02 Clos de l'Echo with our roasted chicken because I'm having Burgundy with JD and family on Saturday, so I don't want to do my usual PN.  I suppose there are people who drink Burgundy every night, like, say, Burgundians, but that's overkill for me.  Frankly, I think Chinon is the perfect red wine for Thanksgiving. 

I'm still all over a Cab, but a Syrah could be pretty versatile, too.

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Reply by napagirl68, Jun 5, 2013.

Cal Cab Franc can be big in the way that it would go with steak, but I usually do my Chinons and Bourgeuils with poultry and lighter meats. 

Agree, Foxall.

The Titus was perfect with steak.  A Chinon would not work so well; hence my wording of "CA" cab franc.

Agree with Chinon as a great wine for Thanksgiving as well.

 

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Reply by duncan 906, Jun 5, 2013.

I had a day off work yesterday so I had to feed myself.I do not know if I was inspired by this thread but I decided to cook myself a peice of steak although I did not do frites but new potatoes.I also had the two essential accompaniments ie a bottle of Burgundy and some Dijon mustard.The Burgundy I had was a Cuvee de Cesar Simonnet-Febvre-Chablis 1996 which I had obtained from www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/38229 for £21.50 for three bottles so it did not exactly break the bank.It was an unusual but lovely wine and the perfect partner to the steak.It was certainly a pleasant evening eating and drinking this and listening to the Valentina Lisitsa CD that had arrived that day.

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Reply by EMark, Jun 5, 2013.

Once again Snooth makes me better.

I had never heard of Valentina Lisitsa.  Duncan's comment sent me scurrying through the interweb, and I find that not only is "among the most frequently viewed pianists on YouTube," but she lives in North Carolina.  I have never heard mention of her on the radio station where I live, and I don't recall every seeing any publicity about her appearing on the U.S. left coast.  Apparently, she has appeared in the eastern U.S.  While I am composing this, I am listening to one of her YouTubes--Mozart D Minor Concerto.

Thank you, Duncan.

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Reply by napagirl68, Jun 5, 2013.

Agree with EMark!  I just googled Valentina!   I am listening right now!! Thanks, Duncan.  And thanks for your Burgundy recommendation.  I am adding it to my wish list!

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Reply by duncan 906, Jun 6, 2013.

    I had never heard of Valentina Lisitsa either until last year when I got an e-mail from the Royal Albert Hall inviting me to buy tickets for her concert there.[I am on their e-mailing list as it is my local concert hall] Her career as a pianist is based on recitals on You-Tube and my computor is not very good at videoes.Those who bought tickets in advance were able to vote via her website as to what peices she would play.I was unable to go but I did subsequently buy the DVD of the concert [available through Amazon and also on Ebay] and I was impressed.Not only did she make a witty speech but she played all the peices chosen superbly.She is not quite as good as Lang Lang but he is in a league of his own.A couple of months ago I did get to see her live as she apeared in a concert in Holborn where she played one of Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsodies.and made another witty speech.

   To change the subject I have written up a review of the Cuvee Cesar Burgundy and posted it on this site

 

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Reply by napagirl68, Jun 7, 2013.

Thank you, Duncan :-)  I am going to your review right now..

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jun 7, 2013.

"I got an e-mail from the Royal Albert Hall inviting me to buy tickets for her concert there.[I am on their e-mailing list as it is my local concert hall]"

Okay, that's almost as cool as living in wine country or having GdP's job.  How many holes does it take to fill Albert Hall?

Duncan, next time I skip the pond, I intend to camp on your doorstep until you let me in.  And that's a promise. (Did I mention I have two pre-teen girls?)


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