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Ridewithme38
03-26-2012, 09:59 AM
He ALSO just bought a house and is looking to stock the shelves.....But i know NOTHING about wine....

What would you include in a 35th Birthday / House Warming Case of Wine? Or is it better to buy a pre-assigned assortment, but from where?

bigfrank
03-26-2012, 10:58 AM
First off what do you want to spend? A great wine that can be bought for $30 a bottle is Ruffino Ducal de Oro or better known as Ruffino gold. As case can be bought for $330 in some places and I think there is a cash only place not far from you in New Hyde park that you can get a great cash only deal at

vintner
03-26-2012, 11:24 AM
Everyone had different tastes in wine. Frank may tend to Italian, Trog may love Spanish, I like Napa and Sonoma. So finding what your brother may have for taste profile may be difficult unless he just wants wine. In that case, I would buy a mixed case of wines, a few whites but more reds.

Suggestions of a few possible wines (as grape varietals):
Whites-Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling.
Reds-Cabernet, Malbec, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir.

tonyg
03-26-2012, 12:31 PM
Ripple might do nicely. :wink:

vintner
03-26-2012, 02:09 PM
Ripple might do nicely. :wink:

:eek2:

bigfrank
03-26-2012, 03:32 PM
Ripple might do nicely. :wink:

Night train. Which one was better :nono:

Ridewithme38
03-26-2012, 04:42 PM
So finding what your brother may have for taste profile may be difficult unless he just wants wine. In that case, I would buy a mixed case of wines, a few whites but more reds.

Suggestions of a few possible wines (as grape varietals):
Whites-Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling.
Reds-Cabernet, Malbec, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir.

Yah, i think i'm going to go this way and just 'build' a case of wine for him...

PHILL12
03-26-2012, 05:06 PM
If asking you gets a case of wine I would like a case of mixed wine(red). I will drink them and let you know if any of these would work!:turtledance:

PHIL (Little old wine drinker me)! :banana:

vintner
03-26-2012, 08:54 PM
If someone was going to get a case of wine for me, they could drop out most of the whites. I can go for the Pinot Grigio, or a nice Sauvignon Blanc in the summer and the reds I listed are pretty good, but I am a big Zinner. I do find places for a good cab (I love my rib eye steak on the big green egg with a full big bodied cab) and a pinot noir goes wonderfully with a nice pork roast, but I can do a zin on almost any occasion or food (BBQ, pizza, even chicken).

Glitter Brunello
03-26-2012, 09:13 PM
I agree you should get a mixed case. Many local wine shops will give you a 10- 20% discount if you buy a case. It doesn't have to be the same label and the owner/manager should be helpful in recommending good selections in your price range.

If your bro is looking to stock "shelves," for long-term use, I would stick to reds. I would stick to reds anyway for the most part.

lawren2
03-26-2012, 09:22 PM
If someone was going to get a case of wine for me, they could drop out most of the whites. I can go for the Pinot Grigio, or a nice Sauvignon Blanc in the summer and the reds I listed are pretty good, but I am a big Zinner. I do find places for a good cab (I love my rib eye steak on the big green egg with a full big bodied cab) and a pinot noir goes wonderfully with a nice pork roast, but I can do a zin on almost any occasion or food (BBQ, pizza, even chicken).

Please clarify that this is a RED zin.....please.

Glitter Brunello
03-26-2012, 09:46 PM
Please clarify that this is a RED zin.....please.

I'm not Vintner, but without consulting him first I am CERTAIN he did not mean white! If I'm wrong, I'll eat my hat. Or give up my last name ;)

vintner
03-27-2012, 08:16 AM
I'm not Vintner, but without consulting him first I am CERTAIN he did not mean white! If I'm wrong, I'll eat my hat. Or give up my last name ;)

If anyone is allowed to speak for me in this case, you are the one. :biggrin:

I like Big and Bold Zins, not the squeezings of the red grape resulting in the white zin.

As many of you know, White Zin started as the process of removing some of the juice from the red zin grapes concentrating the flavors. The winery had the juice left over that they didn't know what to do with it. They fermented it, and little old ladies (of any age or gender :wink:) like that stuff.

scootr5
03-27-2012, 08:24 AM
It's a tough task to select a number of wines for someone if you don't know anything about their preferences, but you've got a lot of solid advice. Stick primarily to the reds, and throw in a couple of bottles of whites.

Nancy
03-27-2012, 09:41 AM
Guess I fit the Little Ole ladies category, I like White Zin.

Nancy

bigfrank
03-27-2012, 12:16 PM
Guess I fit the Little Ole ladies category, I like White Zin.

Nancy

No way, My wife and many of her cousins and friends drink that. My wife but in the last year has started to drink my reds. I now have a drinking partner so 1 bottle no longer lasts me 2 dinners :wino:

tonyg
03-27-2012, 01:37 PM
Back when I used to drink with every dinner and some lunches, some people called me Big Tony.:nono: Alas, my wine brands vanished never to be found again, and I began a diet which very quickly dropped my weight 50 lbs. and got me back to playing basketball 1 or 2 nights a week. A wine I found a few years ago and really liked has also vanished, but I recently found another great wine that we drink from time to time. I've always preferred reds, but a white is nice with some meals.

BoardGirl
03-27-2012, 03:19 PM
If someone was going to get a case of wine for me, they could drop out most of the whites. I can go for the Pinot Grigio, or a nice Sauvignon Blanc in the summer and the reds I listed are pretty good, but I am a big Zinner. I do find places for a good cab (I love my rib eye steak on the big green egg with a full big bodied cab) and a pinot noir goes wonderfully with a nice pork roast, but I can do a zin on almost any occasion or food (BBQ, pizza, even chicken).

Cool! I am about as far from a connisseur as you can get, and zin is my default choice. Nice to know my tastes aren't too far off...

That said, I would consider this an opportunity to go for a tasting at a local winery. We don't have many and I might have to drive an hour, but if someone were putting together a case for me, I might enjoy trying the local varieties. especially if the recipient is not local. just my opinion.

MaryH
04-11-2012, 06:06 PM
I usually prefer reds although would take a nice chablis or pouilly fume or a NZ wine like Cloudy Bay at times.

I would go heavier on the reds, lighter on the whites and throw a bottle of bubbly in. Real Champagne if you can afford it in your budget or a California sparkling wine including Mumm Napa Valley or a Cava or Prosecco if you prefer something that is more friendly to the wallet.

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