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Post  Justin Wells on Wed Jan 21, 2009 1:16 am

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Post  Justin Wells on Wed Jan 21, 2009 3:36 am

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Re: What wine would you pour.

Post  Todd F r e n c h on Wed Jan 21, 2009 3:39 am

2008 Washington State Sauternes
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Re: What wine would you pour.

Post  Justin Wells on Wed Jan 21, 2009 3:43 am

Here, I'll start.

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Post  Todd F r e n c h on Wed Jan 21, 2009 3:59 am

I just honestly don't know because I don't have a favorite, really. My palate changes a lot, and I get in the mood for different wines at different times.

To 'define me', I suppose, I'd have to find something that was flashy, a total smartass, a troublemaker, pretty complex, surprising, and with lots of blueberries! Sounds like a Heitz cab, maybe?
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Re: What wine would you pour.

Post  Rick Smith on Wed Jan 21, 2009 4:12 am

To a non-wine drinker? I sure don't know. I really like complex wines that really show a lot.

That said, Champagne is my love. I'd say a 1988 Krug, but Krug isn't something everyone likes. Maybe a 1988 Vueve Clicquot Rare. A nice aged champagne that everyone seems to enjoy.
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Post  Terence T-Bone Livingston on Wed Jan 21, 2009 4:29 am

A Didier Dagueuneau Silex or Pur Sang. An incredibly layered, textured wine that hits every part of your palate from front to back.
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Post  Steve Saxon on Wed Jan 21, 2009 4:32 am

Haut Brion, it's Graves.
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Re: What wine would you pour.

Post  Justin Wells on Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:01 am

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Re: What wine would you pour.

Post  Steve Saxon on Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:04 am

Justin Wells wrote:Todd - Sounds like Cayuse all the way, brougham.

Rick - It could be anyone. It's more of a round about way to ask "What wine would you choose to define what is wine to you".


I've thought about my answer for about an hour now and have actually come to several answers. To break my own rules with regard to picking a single wine, I would probably insist the person allow me to serve them a meal with several wines in progression over the course. Moving from Champagne, to Chablis, to a great Puligny or Meursault, into Pinot Noir, to the wines of the Southern Rhone, then to the north, moving into a perfectly aged old school California Cabernet, and finally landing in Bordeaux just before a perfectly aged German sticky.

Coming from a culinary background I've always strived to keep a good understand, and great respect, for the symbiotic relationship between food and wine. Although in general I personally rarely enjoy luxury wines with their respective accompaniment, rather preferring to enjoy them with the lingering taste of their counterpart still on my palate and thoughts.

I've always felt wine is a complete package, not a singular expression. Much preferring several wines from different regions to build your palate gradually over the evening, versus serving wines of the same type/grape/region in a row over the course of the evening. Drinking 10 in a row of anything unless specifically to gain buying perspective, or data points isn't for me. One will always be king, and overshadow the others which on any other night, allowed to stand on their own, would be enjoyable in most every respect.

Oddly enough, if I had to pick a single wine to pour for someone who asked me what wine was, one wine continually comes to mind. While I'd like to say it was something grandiose, or ultra luxurious and rare, it isn't. I even vacillated back and forth with the idea of pouring what has steadily become my personal favorite wine in all of the world, Raveneau Chablis. I don't believe I would. The wine I would choose to pour would be a bottle of Ridge Zinfandel. The wine that turned the lightbulb on for me was a bottle of 1999 Ridge Pagani Ranch Zin. I had probably tasted a thousand wines before that one being the chef of a wine heavy restaurant, and for some reason, on that day, the Ridge did it.

Why Ridge Zin? The structure would be slightly firm yet supple and smooth with no heavy tannins to scare anyone off. Lush, clean fruit, with friendly flavors and delicate undertones. Mouth-watering acid to keep you returning to the glass, but enough on the nose to intrigue someone enough to really put thought into what they were smelling. A simply wine, yet complex and enjoyable enough for a first timer, or any wine geek at any level. It wouldn't need to be explained. It would evolve enough over the course of the bottle so the person could see the magic of wine and how it evolves and unwinds as you enjoy it, but not something you would need to continually explain "how it would be so much better down the road". It would be what it was from start to finish, unpretentious and fun.

Who the fuck are you kidding? If I served you a Ridge Zin you be bitching all the way out to my wine cellar!
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Post  Todd F r e n c h on Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:05 am

Justin - there were about 200 too many words in your post, so I just didn't read it.

Have a pic I can look at instead?
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Re: What wine would you pour.

Post  Justin Wells on Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:08 am

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Post  Justin Wells on Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:10 am

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Re: What wine would you pour.

Post  Steve Saxon on Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:26 am

Justin Wells wrote:
Steve Saxon wrote:Who the fuck are you kidding? If I served you a Ridge Zin you be bitching all the way out to my wine cellar!

Wow Steve, I'm glad you took the time to read it instead of just skimming to the final answer and then shooting your mouth off. Rolling Eyes

See you Sunday bitch. Laughing
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Re: What wine would you pour.

Post  Melissa McCall on Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:59 am

Bacon and violets. Probably Jamet.
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Post  Jorge Henriquez on Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:06 pm

Melissa McCall wrote:Bacon and violets. Probably Jamet.

That's you in a nutshell huh? I would have said wool (from the scarves) and agility (gymnastics) and thus landed on a White Rhone. tongue
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Post  Bill Tex Landreth on Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:15 pm

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Re: What wine would you pour.

Post  Todd F r e n c h on Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:35 pm

Jorge Henriquez wrote:
Melissa McCall wrote:Bacon and violets. Probably Jamet.

That's you in a nutshell huh? I would have said wool (from the scarves) and agility (gymnastics) and thus landed on a White Rhone. tongue
I'd go with scarves, webcams, and hotel rooms, so maybe an Aussie Shiraz?
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Re: What wine would you pour.

Post  Philip Ro b ert on Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:45 pm

Lumbahhhhhhhhhh!

DRC
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Post  Bill Tex Landreth on Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:47 pm

Philip Robert wrote:Lumbahhhhhhhhhh!

DRC

Please. You would get out a nice subdued Central Coast Pinot....or a 2001 Pavie...or a 2005 Maybach....or....

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Re: What wine would you pour.

Post  Justin Wells on Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:59 pm

I would crack the person open a can of Budweiser and say "Stop asking dumb-fucking questions".
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Re: What wine would you pour.

Post  Philip Ro b ert on Wed Jan 21, 2009 6:02 pm

Bill Tex Landreth wrote:
Philip Robert wrote:Lumbahhhhhhhhhh!

DRC

Please. You would get out a nice subdued Central Coast Pinot....or a 2001 Pavie...or a 2005 Maybach....or....
Probably a 99 or 00 Arcadian Pisoni or Garys, or an older hudelot Noellat VR Les Suchots, 01 Pavie I'll give that one to you too...
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Re: What wine would you pour.

Post  Robert Kenney on Fri Jan 23, 2009 12:20 am

Definitely a 12 dollar Marqwees(Marquis) Philips Shiraz. I recommend MANY bottles to MANY folks(the list is increasing by the day...non-for-profit), and the only one that gets a resounding response is the MP Shiraz. People go ga-ga for it.

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Post  Michael Bowden on Fri Jan 23, 2009 2:32 am

I would be a hypothetical blend of 1989 Henri Bonneau Celestins and 2005 Maybach.
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Post  William Segui on Fri Jan 23, 2009 5:38 am

Shafer Hillside. The wine that lit my lamp and living in Napa, appropriate.

Now if the question is what wine would I actually pour for someone - if I really liked them Carlisle or Lewelling. Everyone else - Juan Gil.
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