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Snooth User: mriley007

Wine party with friends

Posted by mriley007, May 23, 2013.

I need a great Under $20.00 bottle of wine for .  A wine party competion

 

   Whomever brings the best under $ 20.0 bottle of wine in a  blind taste test wins.

I want to win  any secret bottles under 20 I can bring to blow away the competition

 

Wine Drinker

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Reply by EMark, May 23, 2013.

Do you have any other parameters?  Red? White? Rose? Sparkling?  Are you eating anything as you are tasting?

How discriminating are the party attendees?  If they are not particularly discriminating, you can bring Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay.  For years that wine is incredibly popular, and the reason it is so is because it is sweet enough to appeal to the taste of as many people as possible.  That should help you get votes.

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Reply by outthere, May 23, 2013.

Sherman & Hookers Shebang!  Under $10 locally, everyone loves it. You could do the white and red for just over $20!

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Reply by mriley007, May 23, 2013.

Reds  Only , I prefer a Cab,  but what ever you think will blow people away

 

Thanks

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Reply by JonDerry, May 23, 2013.

'10 Equinoxe Crozes Hermitage?

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Reply by JonDerry, May 23, 2013.

Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon. $19.99 usually.

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Reply by EMark, May 23, 2013.

Jon turned me on to the Waterstone the other day, but I haven't cracked it, yet.

I can usually get Chateau Chevalier Cabernet for <$20 (barely).  Ch. Chevalier is a second label for Spring Mountain Winery.  This wine is also designated Spring Mountain District.  So, it is a brutally big and tannic wine.  But if you are grilling steaks or something like that, it's great.

Also, I don't know how much you hang out here on the Forum. MRiley. but Outthere has a pretty good reputation for recommending winners.  Heck. I'm going to look for that Shebang.

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Reply by outthere, May 24, 2013.

'10 Equinoxe

You took me up on that eh? Is it still available?

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Reply by napagirl68, May 24, 2013.

The better questions is where are you located?  What kind of access do you have to wine?  Independent wine shops? Grocery stores?

What is the makeup of the participants?  Novices?  Wine snobs?  Like fruity, approachable wines?  Like dry or tannic deep reds?

Without knowing more, it is hard to say.  About 5 yrs ago was the last time I went looking for a grocery store Cab.  At that time, Alexander Valley Vineyards was decent.  Not sure that I can advise you accurately without more info.

Or... are you mining for a personal blog??  I just looked at your past postings...

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Reply by JonDerry, May 24, 2013.

OT, I did...was def some pretty good juice with some interesting pepper notes. It's not widely available but a few places are still slanging it.

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Reply by FedericoE, May 24, 2013.

I'm partial to Spanish wine , so I can recommend a couple 92 pointers. available still under $10. first, Eguîa 2007 Reserva or the Eguîa 2008 Crianza Riojas and a Ribera del Duero Condado de Haza 2008. These in my opinion are delicious but as I said I'm biased.

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Reply by RandyFisher, May 24, 2013.

I'm thinking 7 Deadly Zins would be on target.

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Reply by mriley007, May 24, 2013.

Napa Girl

 

Independent wine shops,   Not snobs more more versed than novices . In RI

So alot of smaller Napa wineries , I won't be able to get.

 

Just looking for great wine valves under 20$ that I can find and share with friends , NO Blog,  just good  drinking wines.

Will probably be a one time wine party  unless it goes over well,

 

the host is a snob so, i wanted to blow him away with a great bottle, that is not superhard to locate

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Reply by outthere, May 24, 2013.

If the host is a snob you likely won't blow him away because he would never admit to it. The Shebang is more of a crowd pleaser than an OMG wine but its the best value in Cali wine I have ever found.

Good luck with the dinner!

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Reply by FedericoE, May 24, 2013.

You can also try Columbia Valley H3 Merlot, They also have a Cab but I thought the Merlot was superb. 

If you want to blow people away you have to do a blind testing, otherwise your snob drinkers will not admit to a good wine.

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Reply by EMark, May 24, 2013.

I'll second Frederico's endorsement of the Horse Heaven Hills (H3) wines.  I have not tried the Merlot, but I have always felt that Washington state Merlots were very good.  So, I will seek it out.  I have tried the Cabernet Sauvignon, and I thought it was quite good.

I am also going to have to agree with Outthere and predict that your host will not be blown away.  Even in a blind tasting of his own design, he has too much information--i.e., price limit--to be unbiased.

Regardless, I'm sure you will find a way to have a good time and, with luck, learn some new things.

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Reply by napagirl68, May 24, 2013.

Emark,

I recently had a red blend by 14 Hands from Columbia Valley that was fantastic!  I need to seek our more Washington wines...

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Reply by Richard Foxall, May 28, 2013.

Cheat and take something really pricey and highly rated and when your host turns up his nose or gives it 87, do the reveal.;-)

The Equinoxe is good and might be available on the eastern seaboard.  How about a Beronia Reserva from Spain, which can be had for under $20 usually.  Both accomplished and crowd pleasing.  I'd also look for a St. Nicholas de Bourgeuil (red from the Loire) because it has a good snob appeal and you can find good wines from that appellation for $15 to $20 easy.  Hardly anything there goes much above $25--only a few things there have that cult status.  But lots of the wines are great examples of Cab Franc.

Those Eguias are good, but you can go a bit higher and get much better Rioja.  If you can find Monte Real, another well priced Rioja Reserva, it stunned a crowd I supplied not too long ago.

Really top notch wine isn't hard to find at $20 if you are willing to go outside the Bordo/Cab/Pinot/Burg boundaries.  Under $15 and it gets tougher, but $15-20 will get you something good.  Look also at Eric Asimov's 20 for $20 list.

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Reply by Lucha Vino, May 29, 2013.

The Columbia Crest H3 wines are good.  So is the 14 Hands, but I think the H3s are better.  You can get the 14 hands in Washington for 9.99.  Not sure what the price point is in other parts of the world.  The H3s are typically available at about the 15 dollar price point.

i want to know where Fediricoe is sourcing the Contado de Haza for 10 bucks!  That is a stellar deal.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, May 29, 2013.

I read the price limit as $20, so maybe that's the price range that Federicoe is getting the Condado de Haza for--I see it in the US for 19.99.  But in Europe, it's even cheaper at $13 or so some places (your exchange rate may vary). 

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Reply by EMark, Jun 12, 2013.

MRiley, has this party happened, yet?  We are curious.

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