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What's your Every Day Wine?

Posted by zufrieden, Nov 13.

Don't be shy now... I don't always drink classified growths, the best boutique wines of California, Washington or Oregon or even fine Champagne every night.  Price is part of the equation, I suppose, but "rightness" or "fit" seems more apropos.  A modest Riesling, a Viognier from Provence, or a good quality (but modestly priced) A. C. Bordeaux will do nicely for me... even a Prosecco over something more dignified like Veuve Clicquot. How about you?

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Reply by zufrieden, Nov 13.

Last night it was Vouvray - although a slightly upscale - though popular - number from Champalou.  I am not a fan of Chenin Blanc generally, but it is an everyday wine for many - especially those examples (which can be very good if very dry) from South Africa (known traditionally as Steen).  California jug wine generally has its share of this grape as well, and some jug wines are quite drinkable - especially if you are at a party and just want the presence of warm grapy scents and tastes to accompany your appetizers.

Not much below 10 dollars I'd drink in the USA or Canada (especially not in Canada), but there are a few nice reds and whites in the 10 dollar (US) range from Provence (e.g. Paul Mas).  I'm sorry to say that I have not had many truly inexpensive US wines of late as they tend to give me a headache if I have more than one glass.  Sulphites?

Z.

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Reply by rckr1951, Nov 13.

Reds are mostly my everyday drinker - from there I'm rather psycho - I can't pick one until I'm into the dish I'm cooking or eating.

Usually in the price range of $20 unless guests are involved.

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Reply by RandyFisher, Nov 14.

Mostly reds for me, my wife drinks only white. I usually buy in the $15-$20 range and drink broadly. CdR, Zin, Syrah, Barbera, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo mostly.

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Reply by EMark, Nov 14.

Oops.  Posted in the wrong place.

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Reply by vin0vin0, Nov 14.

We've been enjoying a really nice Burgan's albarino that pairs well with just about anything this side of a ribeye. It has that hint of sea air, crisp acid and sells for <$15 at my local winestore.

 

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Reply by jackwerickson, Nov 14.

Like the above I drink reds 90%of the time, my decision is usually based on what I am cooking. I try to plan two day meals so whatever wine I choose will serve me for two meals. Most of my wines are Italian,southern Rhône’s ,Bordeaux average price $20

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Reply by EMark, Nov 14.

I don't have a regular "everyday" wine.  Mostly, I suspect, because I rarely buy more than two bottles of a given wine.

Usually, "everyday wines" around here are ones that just don't cost very much--usually, less than $20, but I'll occasionally pull out a $40 wine on a whim.  I'll usually think harder about ones that cost more than $40.

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Reply by zufrieden, Nov 14.

I'd have to admit that I don't really have an everyday wine as such - although, if not too, too dear, I'll always go for a good Premier Cru Chablis or even just a decent generic Chablis from a reputable producer (white).  There are also many cheaper alternatives in the under twenty dollar range in white Cotes du Rhone blancs that would satisfy, as well as many from Roussillon much further afield from the Bouche du Rhône.  I can't seem to find anything from North America cheap enough and consistent enough to go to with regularity.  I keep looking though.

A red "go to" would be Hahn Pinot Noir or any number of Bordeaux A. C. such as Chateau Bonnet, Pey la Tour (reserve, non reserve), or La Gorce.

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Reply by GregT, Nov 23.

Whatever we feel like, although I have a feeling that is about to change. I put in some auction bids and ended up with a LOT more Zinfandel than I ever dreamed I would want, so I have a feeling that my go-to wine over the next year is going to be Martinelli Jackass Vineyard Zin. I mean it's good and all, but I've been drinking a lot more Austrian reds as well as reds and whites from the Loire, so it's kind of like having a little Maltese dog and bringing a Great Dane into the house.

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Reply by vin0vin0, Nov 24.

Greg, those Jackass Zins tend to the high end of alcohol spectrum, would very much like to get your impressions when you get around to cracking one open.

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Reply by zufrieden, Nov 27.

I'd have to say that, in the main, it is usually just my wife and I plus a friend or two, so we steal down to the modest cellar (ever depeleting) and just go by feeling - just as some of you do yourselves.  I usually will go for a mid-range Bordeaux, Burgundy, or Rhone (any colour - depending a little on food chosen or the time of year, as we've discussed elsewhere), but may spring for something from any country depending on whether adventure is on the menu.  

As for Zins, they can be marvelous if you want an explosion of fruit and, all too often, alcohol.  But then, everything depends on the mastery taking place in the winery.  I like the Zin to be big bold and boisterous (if that is imaginable) and well able to take on wild game or barbequed fare.  Not a wine I fancy on its own, and since I have not been drinking this variety of late, I cannot conjure up a particular bottle for superlatives.  But as I said, there are very fine Zins.  And the story of the grape - how it got to California in the first place - and where it originated is an interesting story in and of itself.


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