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Snooth User: WineGeekJen

Worst Wine Ever...

Original post by WineGeekJen, Apr 21, 2010.

What's the worst wine you have ever had? I had some Don Luciano Shiraz over the weekend (which is a $4.00 wine I picked up at Wal-Mart...just to see). I had had the Don Luciano Chardonnay and it was OK, but the Shiraz I had smelled like road kill (very heavy sulfur)--I wonder if I got a bad bottle.  Has anyone else tried it?

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Reply by WineGeekJen, Apr 23, 2010.

Ok, just to set the record straight, I do not habitually shop at Walmart--especially for wine (ours makes the people on "people of walmart.com" look like upstanding citizens), but since people incorrectly assume that everything is cheaper at Walmart I was writing an article comparing prices of wine at Walmart to prices of wine in our local wine shop.  They do not have Don Luciano in our wine shop, but again, I don't think they should have it anywhere--I can get kitchen cleaner for $4.00 too , but I 'm not going to drink it! We did also on a lark tried the Lucky Duck Chardonnay, which I believe is also $4.00 (awhile back). It tasted like Chardonnay extract. If they were goning to make a Chardonnay Jelly Belly, that's what it would taste like....I went ahead and finished that glass!

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Reply by Flamefighter, Apr 24, 2010.

Hey WineGeek, if the Don Luciano was as bad as you say than you better rate it because as it stands now, Don Luciano is rated as "good" with three glasses. 

PS:  Please send pictures of your Wal-Mart shoppers.  I can't believe they are even more “interesting” than those on the web! 

 

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Reply by Mr Lee, Apr 25, 2010.

An 02 Bonnaroo would be mine. Less than $4. It is unfiltered and is very chauky and gritty in the mouth I put Mad Dog above it, but people come in and buy it by the case raving about how great it is. O well what can you do!

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Reply by wine o new york, Apr 25, 2010.

Hate to say this.....(not trying to be a wine snob).. My experience dictates that I try not to drink a wine that is less than an average of $15.00 per bottle.  In my opinion.....the rate of failure for a wine under this price point is 90% in the red wine category and 70% in the white category.  By the time I try 2 crappy bottles of $7.00-$10.00 wine, I might as well have gone to get a really good $17.00-$25.00 bottle.  There is really such a world of difference above $15.00  I tested my theory the whole year in 2009 on a voyage to try to find the best of the sub $15.00 category to see where the wine market hits it's median.  The only really acceptable and consistent producer (widely available in production) under the $15.00 level was Bogle.  There were a few others however, I just became so tired of being dissapointed.  So much that I tried...just barely made it for cooking for friends you do not like and paint remover.

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Reply by newyorkwineguy, Apr 25, 2010.

hi wine o new york

Your analysis into the $15.00 border line for a desent bottle of wine is well put and I agree with you. Its that $15.00 bottle of wine that will either make it or trash it. My years of wine drinking experience has lead me to believe the same for I have learned to have a much better wine experience above $15.00, especially California cabernets. And I agree with your Bogle findings. I really like the Bogle Phantom and their Zin is ok too, but for Zin I like to step up to Seghesio or a Ravenswood Tedelschi. But just keep in mind wine vintages can and will differ from time to time and should be stored properly. Some wine retailers I have found, are not exactly storing wine properly at times, so keep that into consideration. Some Italian Chianti below $15.00/bottle might be worth the trying to have with a good New York pizza or a pasta dish in the $15.00/bottle range, but for Chianti I prefer a Peppoli by Antinori for about $22.00. I havent explored enough into French Bordeux below $15.00/bottle to have an opinion, but I would be willing to hear other Snoothies their opinions. Maybe GDP has some findings.

newyorkwineguy

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Reply by Mr Lee, Apr 25, 2010.

I agree with you guys on that level.Being in the business sometimes forces me to taste a lot of different wines. Some are very good and others not so good. I have found that the Root:1 Cab and the Antinori Sangiovese as an example to be good buys in the $15 range. However most of my everyday wines generally are in the $20 - $35 range with lots to choose from. Special occasions maybe $50 or $60. The most expensive was on an 05 Opus One. Celebrated my divorce with that one.

 

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Reply by Flamefighter, Apr 25, 2010.

Must be nice to be able to spend ten grand a year on wine but many of us can't.  Which is why you see so much five to twelve dollar wine for sale in grocery stores (those are what we call markets in the suburbs where the unwashed masses tend to shop)?   But I digress - since the title of the thread is worst wine ever; please tell us what your worst wine ever was.  And it's ok that it cost three, four or more times as much as ours! We won’t judge.

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Reply by hhotdog, Apr 27, 2010.

hey, i always love a good price on a good bottle of wine...the search is sometimes as much fun as the find!  (when you find a good price on a good bottle, buy a case before the vintage changes!!!)  it sure is fun seaching.  when you get the dogs at least we can come here and vent...and save one of us the dissapointment of one of them.  i do try my best to forget the taste of the bad one's i have to admit!!  i do remember not to buy them again!!  lol!

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Reply by jamessulis, Apr 27, 2010.

Wal Mart is ok, they sell nice greeting cards, toothpaste and cheap grape soda

Lefty-The Great Pacific Northwest

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Reply by VegasOenophile, Apr 28, 2010.

Thus far, the worst wine I have ever had are these Christian Audigier wines.  Do we need Ed Hardy wine?!  No.  It's really horrendous stuff.  Looks awful and the smell/palate matches.

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Reply by hhotdog, Apr 28, 2010.

book cellar...i have tried the Layercake and was very dissappointed.  my wine shop recomended it and if i remember it wasn't at a everydayer price range?  don't revall if it was just so so and the price was well above the bottle or if it was just bad. in either case i was very dissapointed.

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Reply by Fenderbaum, Apr 28, 2010.

Living in Korea I've tasted some really awful stuff. Majuang Cabernet Saugvignon. Couldn't have more than a glass.

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Reply by Degrandcru, May 12, 2010.

Having it tonight, my wife brought it home a few weeks ago, god knows why.... Santa Isabella, Reservado (whatever that means), non vintage, Valle Redondo S.A., Aguacalientes, Mexico. I knew they grow grapes in Aquascalientes, but as far as I knew only for eating and juice. And thats what it tasted like, artificial fruit juice without body and finish.

After the first zip I knew what to do... throw in some orange and apple slices, mineral water, some sugar and plenty of Vodka... as a Sangria its not that bad anymore. I may have overdone it a bit with the Vodka, but after every glass its getting better...

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Reply by Brad Borneaux, May 13, 2010.

Haha.. Degrandcru... great fix.  Perhaps we need to append some drink recipes to this thread as you've done?  That's a good fix for bad wine without pouring it down the sink.

I have a good Teriyaki marinade recipe that calls for some red wine, I'll typically use on chicken for the BBQ, or even add some wasabi/soy sauce to it to marinade Ahi Tuna Steaks.  I'll have to post later when I have the recipe in front of me.

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Reply by galleyho, May 13, 2010.

Kendall-Jackson Meritage, California 2005. Never tasted worse. Just like burnt rubber. Was that a cork or handling problem?

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Reply by reallycheapwine, May 13, 2010.

About the worst wine I've had so far was the 2008 "Miradou":

"This is a vile, little gag-reflex-type of wine, tasting of tongue-chapping rotten fruits that someone kindly fermented so that lighter-fluid and antifreeze would have something to look down on. Not only that, but it was 2.99, which adds serious insult to injury, injury being the desire to vomit every time I see a rose. 'Surely it was corked. Surely there was something untoward going on with this wine,' I hear the huddled masses cry.

I don’t think so. But there’s always hope.

P.S. Please don’t sue me for libel. If you are the people who created this….thing, send me a bottle and I’ll try it again and maybe throw up another review that’s more favourable. Or….well you can see where the pun’s going……"

 

To check out this wine and its label (so you can avoid it for ever and ever), and to see more wine reviews, go to reallycheapwine.com

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Reply by TerriW, May 13, 2010.

A few years ago I had a Cipes (can't remember if it was Brut or Blanc de Noir) from Summerhill Winery in BC. It was horrendous but I was unwilling to toss away good? wine. I tried amending it with mango juice, a LOT of mango juice, but to no avail; it was still tres yuck. We left the reminder of the bottle in the hotel room.  Subsequently, I have never purchased any wine from Summerhill

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Reply by reallycheapwine, May 13, 2010.

The real problem with really really bad wine is that, no matter how much you drink, or eat, or have a fit of amnesia after you've tasted it, the taste never really goes away.... I can still taste good wines, but they fade, bit by bit. Bad wine never leaves....

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Reply by TerriW, May 13, 2010.

And maybe their other wines are acceptable...but... I will likely never purchase them.  I also use this philosophy for less that enjoyable visits to wineries.  Understanding that the pourers/servers are attending to individuals other than my group, if we have waited with nary an acknowledgement or had a fly by word with no follow up for a reasonable/substantial amount of time, I have ceased acquiring their wine. Two wineries that come to mind are Mission Hill and Sumac Ridge, both in the Okanagan region in BC.

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Reply by Brad Borneaux, May 13, 2010.

Never had any problems with Sumac myself, wine nor the winery.  I usually only like their Black Sage label wines, not the cheap stuff unfortunately.  Their Brut is great too.

Mission Hill.. their Oculus is worthwhile, but not a great QPR in my opinion.  Last time I tasted at the winery my palate had a lot of trouble distinguishing between the different wines they offered; they all tasted so muted and alike.  During that tour, they had the least likeable wines that day for me.  As for the winery... it's a busy place so I can see some negative treatment due to that, and maybe more.



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