Jul 24, 2010 at 7:48 pm #1261548
I work in the business, always like to talk the trade.Jul 24, 2010 at 8:43 pm #1632050
@junctionLocale: Atlanta, GA
Not a "Wino" really, but I'm really disappointed with my bottle of La Crema I opened tonight. It's a bad bottle. :( Vinegar.Jul 24, 2010 at 8:52 pm #1632052
Joe ClementBPL Member
I'm still waiting for Ken's ultralight backpacking tour of wineries. I wish I knew more about wine to talk…….Jul 24, 2010 at 10:02 pm #1632056
W I S N E R !BPL Member
Wino…as in being able to consume enormous quantities of any type at any price?
I'm your man.
Intelligent discussion about styles, grapes, winemakers…?
Nope.Jul 24, 2010 at 10:25 pm #1632059
Ken T.BPL Member
"I could talk about wine, but I'd rather drink it" Ernest GalloJul 24, 2010 at 10:45 pm #1632062
Passionate amateur here. How's it hangin'?
We've been drinking a lot of sicilian stuff lately. Have you had the new occhipinti?Jul 25, 2010 at 9:25 am #1632098
@junctionLocale: Atlanta, GA
Since we are discussing wine of sorts… anyone try the Platypus wine containers? What can you tell me about them?Jul 25, 2010 at 10:05 am #1632102
Rick DreherBPL Member
@halfturboLocale: Northernish California
Living between Napa Valley and the Sierra Foothills it's pretty easy to get pulled into the whole scene. I get a kick out of dropping in to a tasting room on the drive home from a hike. Who is this scruffy character? (Actually, the foothill wineries lack the pretense one finds in Napa Valley these days.)
RickJul 25, 2010 at 11:15 am #1632113
Joe, one day I fill figure one out!!
Napa and Sonoma are pretentious. Alot of my tastings of late have been in Monterey Co. and the Santa Cruz Mtns. AVA. Loads of great Pinots and Chards are produced there. Even better is the low key manor in which the tasting rooms are. Suggestions would be Figge Cellars, Paraiso, Pesagno, Talbot, David Bruce, Cinabar, and Ridge. I love Bordeaux blends, Pinots, and Chards!Jul 25, 2010 at 12:12 pm #1632117
Keep going south, don't stop at Santa Cruz :-) If you're a pinot fan, I strongly recommend Lane Tanner and Fiddlehead. They can be tough to find, but they have big legs. I have a few 2005 Lane Tanner chilling out for next year.
Also, do you know edmunds st john? They mostly buy grapes, but they make some excellent wines, including a varietal Gamay – not too common here. It's cheap and drinks easy, great with turkey for that holiday in november.
If you're looking for the occhipinti, the next time you're in SF, check out Biondivino- they have a great italian selection (with prices to match, unfortunately). You can't go wrong with ANY Tenuta di Terre Nere.
For that matter, next time you're in SF, PM me and we'll drink one (maybe after hiking Shipwreck Walkk :-) )Jul 25, 2010 at 12:14 pm #1632118
but I'm partial to Zins and Syrahs
(Sacramento area)Jul 25, 2010 at 12:21 pm #1632119
Thanks for all the info Joe, wow….I have some homework to do here. I sell wine for a living so I have the pleasure of tasting alot of wines. I am off to check out Lane Tanner and Fiddlehead! Thanks for the heads up. Biondivino??? I will look that up too. I am always up for a wine drinking partner!Jul 25, 2010 at 12:22 pm #1632120
Cary, since you live in Sac. and you have a fantastic Zin region to the east. I suggest Renwood. They make some fantastic Zins! Ironstone in Murphys make some nice affordable Zins tooJul 25, 2010 at 12:25 pm #1632121
the youngest daughter was preparing for a pre-SAT test.
They have the original art for the wren logo on their entry wall.
Gave me a bottle of their I think 2006 Zin (whatever one around that time was an award winner, somwhere 2005-2007 anyway). It was pretty good. I actually like the Lodi Zins better.
The Clarksburg Syrahs are pretty good, too.Jul 25, 2010 at 12:26 pm #1632122
Lane Tanner source juice from Bien Nacido…All I need to see on a label is those two words. Automatic buy in my mind. Their Bien Nacido Pinot is reasonably priced. So I will look into a purchase. Fiddlehead sources from Fiddlestix…another automatic!!! Thanks for the heads up on those two wineries!Jul 25, 2010 at 12:28 pm #1632123
Yeah Lodi does very well with Zins too. Ravenswood has a Lodi Zin that is quite tasty. Great with BBQ'sJul 25, 2010 at 12:29 pm #1632124
I've had the Campus Oaks, but some of the others I've had and liked a lot didnt' even make this list:Jul 25, 2010 at 1:02 pm #1632131
Joe ClementBPL Member
I know when I go to dinner and someone buys me a bottle of Duckhorn, I'm a happy camper. Wish I could find something comparable for about a 1/4 of the price.Jul 25, 2010 at 1:10 pm #1632132
Joe, what varietals have you had. I can give loads of suggestionsJul 25, 2010 at 1:26 pm #1632134
@joe Clement – if you're talking about the cab, look for guenoc for about 1/4 the price, or a Provenance for slightly more than half the price – both wines are a similar style and offer good value.
If you're talking about the Zin, look for Rosenblum – I don't think they make a bad wine.
@ken – where do you sell? Retail or ws?Jul 25, 2010 at 1:32 pm #1632136
I work for a large distributor in The Bay AreaJul 25, 2010 at 1:54 pm #1632142
Hiking MaltoBPL Member
Just haven't figured out how to make it ultralight.
But, the perfect place for a nice Chianti……
We'll have to violate ultralight and have a couple bottle of our favorites at Darwin Bench!Jul 25, 2010 at 2:01 pm #1632145
Nice pic! Though I am more of a scotch man while hiking. I usually will pick one night out of a trip and have a littleJul 25, 2010 at 2:18 pm #1632149
Travis LeannaBPL Member
I don't know much from actual experience, but an REI clerk told me that the only thing it does is help keep light out.
I already have a regular 1 liter Platy, which will work just the same. So, as long as I don't hike at high altitudes on sunny days with a clear Platy full of wine strapped to the top of the outside of my pack, I think it'll be fine.
It's just another product that they can sell.Jul 25, 2010 at 2:24 pm #1632150
Keep in mind that if it is warm in your pack, it will cook the wine too. I am doing a short overnighter with my wife, I will not worry to much about it. But if you are hiking all day and it is 80-90 degrees out, it could ruin the composition of the wine. Cooked wine is a big bummer
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