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3kids4me
06-06-2010, 03:49 PM
Somehow I knew this would be the perfect place to get wine advice.

We're invited to a graduation barbecue this month and I offered to bring a few bottles of wine.

I know nothing about wine.

Recently I was out to dinner with a friend and she recommended a wine which tasted a bit like champagne (was also sparkling), so once I find out the name of that, I'll bring a bottle of that.

But I'd like really specific recommendations on what wines to bring. (And by specific, I mean brand name and everything.) Also, how many bottles do you think would be appropriate to bring? (The barbecue is for about 15 or so kids and their parents. I want to show up with enough for it to be considered an appropriate gift, but not so much that the host will think I didn't think there would be beverages already there!)

Thank you for any and all advice!

Sharon

bigfrank
06-06-2010, 05:17 PM
What do you want to spend? In the $11 range Boggle Merlot or Cab is Great.

Pat H
06-06-2010, 05:23 PM
I would bring 2 bottles of wine - 1 each of red and white. I can't recommend anything because I only drink cheap stuff.

Glitter Brunello
06-06-2010, 05:54 PM
How much would you like to spend per bottle? If you offered to bring "a few" bottles, I would suggest three.

T. R. Oglodyte
06-06-2010, 07:09 PM
How much would you like to spend per bottle? If you offered to bring "a few" bottles, I would suggest three.
That's what it sounds like to me, as well. Assuming the crowd is just an ordinary crowd, I would bring that sparkly type that you mentioned, another white, and a red.

I don't know what's available in stores in your area. But for your two others (in addition to the sparkly one you want to seek out), I would go with a Yellowtail chardonnay or pinot grigio (whites) and a Yellowtail cabernet, shiraz (syrah), or merlot. Those should be readily available, not very expensive, and satisfactory for most wine drinkers. Or similar selections under the Robert Mondavi label should also be fine.

3kids4me
06-06-2010, 07:10 PM
Thanks all. Glitter...I don't know. Again, what would be appropriate? You know where I live.... :rolleyes:

Nancy
06-06-2010, 07:52 PM
How about a blush also. I like White Zinfadel (which is a blush).

Nancy

T. R. Oglodyte
06-06-2010, 08:13 PM
How about a blush also. I like White Zinfadel (which is a blush).

Nancy

Yeah - that would be a good alternate for the "sparkly" one that 3k4m mentioned in the OP.


a white zin
a chardonnay/grigio/riesling/sauvignon blanc
chardonnay/shriaz/merlot/cabernet


Another thought on brand. If "Menage a Trois" is available in your area, those would be good choices for the red and white. Those are blends of three wines, so they are usually marketed as Menage a Trois white and red, with out naming a specific varietal. Out here those run about $10 - $12 per bottle.

mdurette
06-06-2010, 08:29 PM
Another thought on brand. If "Menage a Trois" is available in your area, those would be good choices for the red and white. Those are blends of three wines, so they are usually marketed as Menage a Trois white and red, with out naming a specific varietal. Out here those run about $10 - $12 per bottle.[/QUOTE]



I'm just sitting here drinking my first glass of Menage a Trois - the white. A friend has been raving about it for a the few weeks - she brought me a bottle last night. Very good!!

3kids4me
06-06-2010, 09:11 PM
I love how my post got moved to the special "wine" forum. I didn't even know we had one...lol...!!

Glitter Brunello
06-06-2010, 09:44 PM
Thanks all. Glitter...I don't know. Again, what would be appropriate? You know where I live.... :rolleyes:

Yes, indeed. I do find that even in posh crowds, a nice Cava (inexpensive even at the high end) is appreciated. People either don't know it's inexpensive, or are impressed since it's not yet "mainstream" here so carries a sense of "European in the know" to those who are familiar with it Though perhaps I am deluded :abused: Another excellent option is this Schramsberg - the link is for the Blanc de Noirs, which is cool b/c it is made from a white grape with a dark skin - an excellent bubbly for the price of $29.99 retail (and purportedly the sparkling served at the White House, though I believe the WH serves the Blanc de Blancs)....

Columbus Wines and Spirits Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs (http://www.columbuswines.com/sku750348.html)

I recently had an excellent rose (not sweet, not like old school rose, there is a new breed so to speak, and I have been converted) that was a great value - it would be great for a summer bbq. Here it is (it was $8 a glass at the restaurant, big bargain for NYC, and it drank like a much spendier wine), I'm guessing that if you manage to find it, it should cost b/t $10 and $13 a bottle:

Domaine de Montfaucon, Les Gardettes, Cinsault/Counoise/Grenache, 2009, Montfaucon, Côtes du Rhône, France

If you can't find it, a similarly blended rose should do well.

3kids4me
06-06-2010, 10:18 PM
Glitter...thank you so much for the very specific recommendations. I needed that!

T. R. Oglodyte
06-06-2010, 10:32 PM
Glitter...thank you so much for the very specific recommendations. I needed that!

Hey - I gave you very specific recommendations too!!! :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:

LisaH
06-06-2010, 10:58 PM
Love Menage a Trois red...have no tried the white one yet. Not sure if you have Costco in your area. They have Menage a Trois and all kinds of other wines at very reasonable cost.

Barbeque
06-06-2010, 11:21 PM
I like wine here are my ideas for a medium budget
For White
Clos du Bois Chardonnay or Cupcake Chardonnay (Very good at Costco $ 7.99 tastes like it cost more.
Contadina Pinot Grigio (At Trader Joes Kind of sparkling Great Flavor my wife likes it $$ 4.99 per bottle)

Red
Ruffino Chianti (From Italy at Trrader Joes and even Vons Grocery about $ 8.00 per bottle) My favorite wine.

Clos Du Bois cabernet Saviginon also very good and so is there Chardonnay
If you have a Trader Joes nearby ask the wine person there for ideas.

Higher Budget
Santa Martguerita Pinot Grigio or Chianti About $ 20 per botttle

CarolF
06-07-2010, 01:52 AM
Somehow I knew this would be the perfect place to get wine advice.

We're invited to a graduation barbecue this month and I offered to bring a few bottles of wine.

I know nothing about wine.

Recently I was out to dinner with a friend and she recommended a wine which tasted a bit like champagne (was also sparkling), so once I find out the name of that, I'll bring a bottle of that.

But I'd like really specific recommendations on what wines to bring. (And by specific, I mean brand name and everything.) Also, how many bottles do you think would be appropriate to bring? (The barbecue is for about 15 or so kids and their parents. I want to show up with enough for it to be considered an appropriate gift, but not so much that the host will think I didn't think there would be beverages already there!)

Thank you for any and all advice!

Sharon

Here is another take on it. I'm assuming the 'graduating kids' have all just reached drinking age. I would take 2 bottles of wine that appeal to kids (sweet) and something that you would enjoy yourself.

DS has been invited to a string of parties this year where they are all just starting to drink. I've been buying, believe it or not, dessert wine (the kids usually 'discover' the wine early and by the time sweets are served there is none left). The kids have all been thrilled to have something to drink that they actually like and the hosts have been pleased by a gift not many people think to give.

Glitter Brunello
06-07-2010, 01:56 AM
Here is another take on it. I'm assuming the 'graduating kids' have all just reached drinking age. I would take 2 bottles of wine that appeal to kids (sweet) and something that you would enjoy yourself.

DS has been invited to a string of parties this year where they are all just starting to drink. I've been buying, believe it or not, dessert wine (the kids usually 'discover' the wine early and by the time sweets are served there is none left). The kids have all been thrilled to have something to drink that they actually like and the hosts have been pleased by a gift not many people think to give.

Not Sharon, but I am pretty sure this is a HS graduation party - not legal drinking age for the kids.

Glitter Brunello
06-07-2010, 02:27 AM
Glitter...thank you so much for the very specific recommendations. I needed that!

A few white ideas... am suggesting a couple that are widely distributed so you should be able to easily find them... a Kendall Jackson Chardonnay would do nicely - solid full bodied California chard, leans toward the oak. Retail around $15 - $17. If you don't mind spending a little more, I'd go with Stag's Leap - around $20 - 22. I am going on the assumption that the hosts will recognize both and appreciate the upgrade. If not the case, may as well go Kendall. Someone mentioned Clos Du Bois - it will be less expensive and should be fine.

I've been preferring the french burgundies... we recently found one that's a good value, but I'm having trouble coming up with the name - I can get it for you tomorrow. I can picture the label... it'll probably drive me crazy in the meantime.... I am pretty sure it's an Aligote, very reasonable and tastes like a more expensive bottle.

A Chablis would be nice, you should be able to find something nice under $20.

I don't like sweet wines, but for something a tad sweeter and very light, a Sauv Blanc is a good choice, though I can't recommend a specific label...

CarolF
06-07-2010, 02:44 AM
Not Sharon, but I am pretty sure this is a HS graduation party - not legal drinking age for the kids.

Thanks Glitter. Most of our kids turn 18 yo (legal drinking age) in their last year of HS, it's a pretty wild year.

lawren2
06-07-2010, 07:38 AM
Knowing the neighborhood, I would definately pass on the white zin.

Unfortunately our Costcos ( at least in New York ) do not carry wines. That's a special treat when I'm at DOD's on the left coast.

In summer, I am partial to the vino verdes which are very similar to white wine spritzers in a bottle and in the $6 - $10/range. Casal Garcia is one brand I've enjoyed and I'll try to think of the other.

3kids4me
06-07-2010, 07:58 AM
Thanks Glitter. Most of our kids turn 18 yo (legal drinking age) in their last year of HS, it's a pretty wild year.

Carol, where do you live that the legal drinking age is still 18? I'm sure my son and all of his friends would like to take a road trip.... :mrgreen:

3kids4me
06-07-2010, 08:00 AM
Thanks Lawren. I did know enough to pass on the white zin, but I appreciate the other suggestion. I'm going to print the thread out and bring it with me to the store. I think our Costco may, in fact, sell wines, but it's funny that I've been in there a million times and never noticed!

Steve...thank you also!! :biggrin:

BTW, I think the sparkling stuff I had was a Pinot Grigio. Would that make sense?

vintner
06-07-2010, 08:07 AM
How about a blush also. I like White Zinfadel (which is a blush).

Nancy

Mental note to me-Never have Nancy to my house for wine. She won't like full bodied wines. More important-Never go to Nancy's party where wine is served. White Zinfadel :eek2:

wackymother
06-07-2010, 08:13 AM
Thanks Lawren. I did know enough to pass on the white zin, but I appreciate the other suggestion. I'm going to print the thread out and bring it with me to the store. I think our Costco may, in fact, sell wines, but it's funny that I've been in there a million times and never noticed!

Steve...thank you also!! :biggrin:

BTW, I think the sparkling stuff I had was a Pinot Grigio. Would that make sense?

I don't think there's such a thing as sparkling pinot grigio. Our Costco has a liquor store in the same building, right next door, different entrance. It's run by Western Beverage. You don't have to be a Costco member to buy there. They have some nice wines, but the staff is not very knowledgeable, so you have to wing it.

vintner
06-07-2010, 08:15 AM
If the wine is for a younger generation, (withholding all comments and opinions on the drinking age) I would suggest Austrailian wines as they tend to be more fruit forward which would be easier to drink. Rosemount diamond label and Penfolds wines are more fruity, maybe a Shiraz or a Cabernet. German Rieslings are flavorful and more often sweeter than a Chardonnay or Sauv Blanc.

lawren2
06-07-2010, 08:15 AM
Thanks Lawren. I did know enough to pass on the white zin, but I appreciate the other suggestion. I'm going to print the thread out and bring it with me to the store. I think our Costco may, in fact, sell wines, but it's funny that I've been in there a million times and never noticed!

Steve...thank you also!! :biggrin:

BTW, I think the sparkling stuff I had was a Pinot Grigio. Would that make sense?

No, but the vino verde would.

lawren2
06-07-2010, 08:17 AM
Mental note to me-Never have Nancy to my house for wine. She won't like full bodied wines. More important-Never go to Nancy's party where wine is served. White Zinfadel :eek2:

Don, I have a pretty old T-shirt that says "Friends don't let friends drink white zinfandel." Now a red zin would be a completely different story...

No offense Nancy. To each his or her own. :hug:

CarolF
06-07-2010, 08:18 AM
Carol, where do you live that the legal drinking age is still 18? I'm sure my son and all of his friends would like to take a road trip.... :mrgreen:

Australia. They are adults at 18 (although you notice I still refer to them as kids). Driving age is 16. In the last year of HS some kids turn 17 but most turn 18 so it's non-stop partying. What is the legal drinking age there?

wackymother
06-07-2010, 08:20 AM
Legal drinking age is 21 in almost all states. It used to be 18, but it's been 21 for about 20 years now?

3kids4me
06-07-2010, 08:25 AM
No, but the vino verde would.

Well that also has four syllables so maybe that was it. :mrgreen: I'll ask my friend what we had and report back.

Vint...the wine is meant to be for the adults. (If these parents are interested in letting the kids have something, I'm sure the kids would choose beer anyway.)

3kids4me
06-07-2010, 08:28 AM
Legal drinking age is 21 in almost all states. It used to be 18, but it's been 21 for about 20 years now?

I know that, in New York, it went from 18 to 19 in early December of 1982, nine days after I turned 18 and with no grandfather clause. That was fun.

And then, when I was 19, the drinking age in New York went from 19 to 21, again with no grandfather clause.

CarolF
06-07-2010, 08:32 AM
Legal drinking age is 21 in almost all states. It used to be 18, but it's been 21 for about 20 years now?

:eek2: :eek2:

It's all making sense now. I thought that was a really weird rule about needing to be over 21 to book a timeshare; so you are not considered adult until 21?

lawren2
06-07-2010, 08:36 AM
I know that, in New York, it went from 18 to 19 in early December of 1982, nine days after I turned 18 and with no grandfather clause. That was fun.

And then, when I was 19, the drinking age in New York went from 19 to 21, again with no grandfather clause.

Which makes you my younger sister's age and probably born in October as well. :lol:

wackymother
06-07-2010, 09:06 AM
:eek2: :eek2:

It's all making sense now. I thought that was a really weird rule about needing to be over 21 to book a timeshare; so you are not considered adult until 21?

No, you're still considered an adult over 18. It's really only drinking where legally you need to be over 21. The companies are the ones that are deciding that you need to be over 21 to rent a car or a timeshare or whatever.

Pat H
06-07-2010, 11:30 AM
So, just because I drink white zin I'm low class? :roll: I don't like full bodied wines because thay are way too dry for me. I like the sweet stuff. I really like lambrusco so that probably moves me down another notch. :biggrin:

Nancy
06-07-2010, 11:32 AM
Not much of a drinker that's why I like White Zin. Feel like a grown up. (Oh, yes at my age I really should be a grown up.)

Nancy

vintner
06-07-2010, 12:12 PM
Once upon a time, the zin crop was not as big as it had been and the winemaker pulled out some of the juice to give a higher skin to juice contact making the wine bigger. Now he was left with all that juice. He fermented it, bottled it and sold it. And people liked it, so he and other wineries made and sold it.

Bottom line-drink what you like.

And for me, I can't find a blush or Rose that I do like, even what is supposed to be the 'better wines'. I like big thick wines. If I don't get purple teeth, I am not happy with the wine.
:wino:

Luanne
06-07-2010, 12:28 PM
Carol, where do you live that the legal drinking age is still 18? I'm sure my son and all of his friends would like to take a road trip.... :mrgreen:

Tell them to go to Canada. :biggrin:

The legal drinking age in the individual provinces and territories of Canada is

Alberta - 18
British Columbia - 19
Manitoba - 18
New Brunswick - 19
Newfoundland and Labrador - 19
Northwest Territories - 19
Nova Scotia - 19
Nunavut - 19
Ontario - 19
Prince Edward Island - 19
Quebec - 18
Saksatchewan - 19
Yukon Territory - 19

mpizza
06-07-2010, 01:24 PM
Recently I was out to dinner with a friend and she recommended a wine which tasted a bit like champagne (was also sparkling), so once I find out the name of that, I'll bring a bottle of that.



Maybe it was a Prosecco? It's a dry Italian sparkling white wine. It's what they use for Bellini's, but I love it solo chilled in the summer.

You can find it in all price ranges.

Maria

bigfrank
06-07-2010, 01:32 PM
Muscate is nice and has a sweet sparkle to to.

Glitter Brunello
06-07-2010, 01:53 PM
Maybe it was a Prosecco? It's a dry Italian sparkling white wine. It's what they use for Bellini's, but I love it solo chilled in the summer.

You can find it in all price ranges.

Maria

I bet you're right! Like Pinot Grigio, it starts with a P, ends with an O, and it's Italian...

T. R. Oglodyte
06-07-2010, 02:28 PM
I bet you're right! Like Pinot Grigio, it starts with a P, ends with an O, and it's Italian...

Hmmm - given that info it might have been Prosciutto.

LisaH
06-07-2010, 02:35 PM
hmmm - given that info it might have been prosciutto.

lol! :d

Glitter Brunello
06-07-2010, 02:35 PM
Hmmm - given that info it might have been Prosciutto.

If your prosciutto is bubbling, it's probably time to toss it...

3kids4me
06-07-2010, 04:28 PM
Maria...you were right! It was a Preseco. I'm so wine challenged...lol... (But I do know, at least, that you don't drink prosciutto!)

Thanks everyone!

T. R. Oglodyte
06-07-2010, 04:50 PM
Maria...you were right! It was a Preseco. I'm so wine challenged...lol... (But I do know, at least, that you don't drink prosciutto!)

Thanks everyone!

I was thinking, too, whether you merely wanted to bring or if you were trying to make a good impression as well. How I felt about that question would guide me as to how much I effort I put into selecting wines and how much money I was willing to spend.

3kids4me
06-26-2010, 10:51 AM
Hi everyone. Today is the party and I'm off to the liquor store with your suggestions.

One more question...does the type of store you visit affect the type of wines that are available? We have 'package store' nearby but also have an upscale grocery store a bit farther away which has a wine branch:

Ancona’s Wines & Liquors | Buy wine, liquor and beer online |Fairfied County, Connecticut Wine Store (http://www.anconaswine.com/index.asp)

Does that mean that the same thing will just be more expensive? Or do they generally have other selections?

Thanks...

Glitter Brunello
06-26-2010, 12:39 PM
Hi everyone. Today is the party and I'm off to the liquor store with your suggestions.

One more question...does the type of store you visit affect the type of wines that are available? We have 'package store' nearby but also have an upscale grocery store a bit farther away which has a wine branch:

Ancona’s Wines & Liquors | Buy wine, liquor and beer online |Fairfied County, Connecticut Wine Store (http://www.anconaswine.com/index.asp)

Does that mean that the same thing will just be more expensive? Or do they generally have other selections?

Thanks...

I don't know what to expect from the "packy," as those are generally state controlled and we don't have them here.

The price for the Schramsberg sparkling on the Ancona website is the same as we pay at Columbus Wines and Liquors, if that's any help. The selection seems ok, depending on your price point.

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