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Old 05-06-2012, 02:52 PM   #61
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Tax Lady,

93 Euros for Ice wine is on the pricey side, considering one can buy French Champagne for 30 Euros to 50 Euros plus depending on brand of course ... or a Gold Medal winner Spanish wine that has won the Bacchus Awards for alot less ...

The Vet had contacted an Ontario maker and the shipping alone was just over the top.

I have a Pastry Baker friend in Montreal and friends in Vancouver --- so when I hop over the blue pond, I shall have a chance to check more closely into Ice Wines.

The one I had at the Embassy was wonderful with tropical fruit aromas.
Delightfully refreshing with a light sparkling bubble ... I have the name written down in the Embassy Book.

Have nice Sunday.
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Old 06-06-2012, 03:53 PM   #62
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Margi, you have asked me to recommend some good Stellenbosch Reds. To be honest my student days ( many moons ago ) of throwing the stuff down my throat has meant that I have had an aversion to red wine of any cultivar / origin. I have however very recently been re introduced first to Rose ( something from Spain) which was really great. I was amazed that I was able to take a sip, let alone finish a whole glass ! Then I was given a red to taste which was Hungarian. Again I was amazed. I loved it and have since had a few bottles of each. As for the South African reds ... I have yet to venture into that, but I know someone who works for a wine company and I will ask him to bring me some of the South African reds to try. I have to say that I am a medium to sweet fan, so my palate may not be quite the same as yours if you prefer dry wine. I will see what I can find out for you.
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:15 PM   #63
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Buonasera Didi,

Good Afternoon and thank you for your posts.

Firstly, Spanish Rosés have been going upscale and are predominately from the provinces of Navarra in the Basque Country and Pénedès ( Barcelona ).

They are quite refreshing, however, personally I prefer Lambrusco Sparkling Rosé from Emilia Romagna, Italia ...

I also like Pinot Noir which create a light red, and are used predominately in the sparkling wine industry in Sant Sadurni D´Anoia, Barcelona for Cava industry.

Stellenbosh is my fave red from South Africa ... I prefer red wines in the winter, especially if they are noble nosed, oak aged crianzas and full bodied.

It is truly too hot here ( 33 centigrade and rising ) to drink reds at the moment and I do not eat much red meat ... I prefer white wines, like Prosecco and shellfish, fish, veggies and Pastas.

Thanks for your feedback,
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:12 PM   #64
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We drink rose here...a dry rose. It was funny.. We visited Colorado 5 years ago and we had a hard time finding a dry rose. What we did find was Italian and wonderful!
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:15 PM   #65
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For warm weather, I just love a Portuguese rosé.
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:31 PM   #66
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Pamala: Colorado & Rosé ? & Tax Lady: Portuguese

Buonasera,

Thanks for your interesting findings. Rosé is also produced on a massive scale in California ... and Chile produces quite a few for export into the USA.

However, perhaps, Denver is Red Wine & Cattle country ?

Tax Lady: Portuguese Rosé ... quite a common basic and refreshing ...

ROSÉS ...

Navarra: Julián Chivite Rosé ( lovely refreshing strawberry Rosé wine from Spain ) ... Highly suggest it ... Check with your wine shop ...

Ciao, Let me know your views ...

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Old 06-07-2012, 01:46 PM   #67
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This is interesting. We have been buying wine from Chili, and enjoying it. !!

I will check out the Julian chiite Rose.

Denver is beer country! I haven't lived there for many years, but that is my memory!
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Old 06-07-2012, 02:08 PM   #68
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Pamala: Julian Chivite Rosé - Navarra D.O.

Buonasera Pamala,

Firstly, I was in Denver, Colorado quite sometime ago, enroute to Santa Fe, New Mexico to visit a friend´s daughter who had opened a restaurant there back in the early 1990s.

I prefer white wines personally, Galician Albariño and Prosecco Sparkling from Veneto.

In Rosés, I consider Julian Chivite a lovely product ... The color is just divine.

Chile: When I lived in South America years ago ( Uruguay), I had visited some of the wineries in Chile and Argentina however, my view point is, I would prefer an Argentinian Malbec Red 100% over most Chilean Wines.

Now, Pamala: there are some red Chileño wines which had been founded by French oenologists which are quite competitive in quality ... and a couple of Sauvgnion Blancs, however, I am a journalist and get to taste numerous wines at Embassy events, and I would select an Italian or Spanish wine over a Chilean any day ...

I also like Washington State Whites and Reds and Canadian Icewines. Then, Stellenbosh South African Reds as well as Rieslings from Alsace ... The world of wine is enormous, and so many countries produce ... I enjoy good wine, and I select more on Qualification Harvest Year ( than the brand ) Of The Designation of Origin ...

Are you from Amsterdam ?

Have nice evening,
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Old 06-07-2012, 02:25 PM   #69
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Hello Margi, nice to meet you. I do live near Amsterdam, but grew up in the Denver area.

I certainly don't know a lot about wine, but do know what I like and enjoy. It is just like what people used to say about Art. I don't know anything about Art, but I know what I like!

I do buy Italian wine. That would be the red usually. I was a fan of Bardolino for a while but then moved on to a fuller wine. I would have to ask the clerk what it was I bought last time. He gave excellent advice! I am less familiar with Spanish wine. We were on La Palma a few years ago and did enjoy the local wines.

Sante Fe is one of my favorite places. I hope to return one day!
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Well if I took a wine IQ test I would score maybe a .25 for knowing that wine was a liquid. I like to try local wines from places I visit, and no I am not talk about Paris in the fall and Ireland in the spring. I'm talking about the small home bottled stuff from the farmer in Ohio. And the old winery in North Carolina. And expensive bottle of wine to me will run 30 to 45 us dollars. what is that now with the exchange like half a euro (it was a joke remember to smile).

I have found that I have a strong distate for desert wines... to much like drinking nyquil for me.

so yeah i just wanted to throw in my 2 cents... i will say that after reading all of these posts on this thread, i have probably learned more about wine in the last 15 min that I have known in my whole life, and i still did not understand half of it. For me... if you have to smell the cork before you drink it... your taking life way to serious :)
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