Post by SponsorSFC on Sept 22, 2018 20:33:55 GMT 10
This is to discuss all things vinous. Deals or reviews are welcome.
To kick things off I would like to recommend the Veuve Monsigny Brut Champagne Non Vintage from Aldi.
At $20 this has no peers in the local market for a true champagne.
It is far superior to the normal Australian entry point of Moet (though I think Piper Heidsieck at under $40 in Dan's or 1st choice are a much better option in the segment). I would rate this at equivalent to a Veuve Clicquot which runs at 3 times the price.
I would say at $20 for a true champagne which has a lovely medium note instead of the thin acidic brut you normally get in the low end you would be mad to buy and other sparkling wine.
Last Edit: Sept 23, 2018 0:32:49 GMT 10 by SponsorSFC
I cop shit every time we kick on after a club meeting because generally after 10 or 12 beers going through the spectrum, it's difficult to go back to any commercial beer unless it's really good. Living in Toowoomba, it's rarely worth the hassle.
But the venue we normally go to has a cracking wine list. Had a great tassie pinot noir last week.
SWMBO's rellies live on the Northern Beaches / North Shore of Sydney, in Tony Clownshoes electorate, ranging from 30 somethings to elderly. They aren't up themselves, and are really salt of the earth people. They are basically wine drinkers, a few bottles a weekend in the case of SWMBO's sister and her hubby. But due to the social circles they orbit in, they have firm views that anything less than $25 a bottle has to be poisonous, although sometimes they will stoop to Wolf Blass specials at $15.
Now said sister's husband usually frequents a bottlo at Dee Why and always buys a fairly limited range of fine wines that they like. I love to confuse the shyte out of them on visits, by going to First Choice Liquor or to Dans at Manly Vale and buy the $5 Coles and Woolies brands - out of the remainder bin if available, and trot out a bottle when they have had a few posh wines.
Oooh that's not too bad.. new vineyard, North Slope, oak aged? Where did you get that from?
Of course they are on to me after a few years of this, but I never fail to delight.
Last Edit: Sept 24, 2018 17:11:45 GMT 10 by Bribie
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Post by Brewno_Marz on Sept 24, 2018 22:01:09 GMT 10
I enjoy creating great beer, but I am seduced by wine. How a sleek young thing can turn into a full bodied godess over time. I enjoy a wide range of wines to drink now, and cellar wines for future enjoyment. Yes, I am a wine wanker, but hey, I’m a beer wanker too!
So, if you like Aussie wines: 2015/16 SA reds & Vic; 2018 for Coonawarra Cab Sav*; 2014 Hunter Shiraz & Semillon; every vintage in WA since 2009 for Cab Sav and Chardy; and Qld...why bother. *so my daughter tells me, so it must be true
Prized wine in my cellar: 2001 Chateau d’Yquem Sauternes (the full 750ml version) Favourite wines to drink: Turkey Flat shiraz, Tyrells Vat 1; Balnaves Cab Sav; Voyager Estate Chardonnay. Mrs Marz likes bubbles too...
Last Edit: Sept 24, 2018 22:15:51 GMT 10 by Brewno_Marz
im not a wine wanker but do work with a couple of them, it happens when you work where i am. it may be one of the big chains it all depends on what you want in the wine and how much you want to spend. my current favs are barossa ink by grant purge, Reschke's cab savs, claymores riesling and tar and roses pinot grigo
I’m with barls, no wine wanker here but must confess enjoying a couple of glasses of Peter Garrett’s Sparkling Shiraz with food, particularly pizza or spaghetti dishes. At $11.95 a bottle at Dan’s it’s good value.
I have a problem:- I hate empty kegs so I fill them but I hate full ones so I drink them.
A beer a day keeps the doctor a way. A keg a day keeps the coffin at bay
Now that the gumment is not regularly topping up my bank account, I rarely buy "labels" anymore. Instead, we enjoy (and often) superb quality and value wines from Kemenys, in their Hidden Label selection. Beats DM anyday of the week!
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Gotta know where to go. There's some good wines around, but the value isn't quite the same as you'd get most other regions.
But still, Tobin, Boirrean, Robert Channon to name a few. Boirrean changed hands around 2 years ago, and 2018 will be the first vintage fully under the new guy. The old bloke is still heavily involved so hopefully the quality will stay up, but only time will tell. The pre-handover wines are pretty special and not too exy for what they are (all around $30 or less).
I ran a winery in Qld for a while as a consultant on a rescue job: the creditors were trying to recover some value after the previous management had lost it. They asked what we could do to improve things: I replied "Move it about 1000 k southwards".