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    Are you a wine snob?

    Recommend a good wine!

    Personally, I can't get enough of Kendall Jackson Vintner's Reserve Merlot.
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    Kendall Jackson also has a good sauvignon blanc that's my go to for cooking and drinking with fish or chicken.

    Whole foods doesn't carry KJ so I found a brand named Cono Sur when I need a sauvignon blanc there.
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    I'm no snob, but i love wine and the Mr is an oenephile so I've been able to taste all different wines at many price points. For American wine I recommend Jordan chard or cab, great stuff, reasonably priced. Mark West has nice wine, inexpensive. If we're really being snobby and price is no object go with Domaine Romanée Conti or a Petrus, or a Domaine Leroy Musigny if you can find it. Castello di Ama Chianti is really good. It all really depends on the varietal you like, each varietal has it's own great vineyards.
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    Wente Riva Ranch chardonnay is the best white I've had. Love it.
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    Ugh. Chardonnay is nasty, nasty stuff. I prefer a good NZ Marlborough savvy blanc, most are excellent. I also like a Sicilian white called Corvo but it's hard to find down under. I'm not a fan of reds despite some fantastic local varieties, especially Shiraz but I will occasionally go for a Tasmanian pinot noir.
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    Margaret River sav blanc. I'd also go a nice NZ Marlborough. Basically what A*O said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    Ugh. Chardonnay is nasty, nasty stuff. I prefer a good NZ Marlborough savvy blanc, most are excellent. I also like a Sicilian white called Corvo but it's hard to find down under. I'm not a fan of reds despite some fantastic local varieties, especially Shiraz but I will occasionally go for a Tasmanian pinot noir.
    Shush you. Pugligny Montrachet and Mersault are nectar of the gods, nothing like American or Australian chards. I'm in agreement on Shiraz, not a fan. The Italian super Tuscan varietals are also excellent reds. Sicilian vernacchia is a great white and Spanish albarino is quite good.
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    Cloudy Bay is a nice NZ Sauvignon. A good, crisp Chablis takes some beating too, it's a fresher greener (more tolerable) version of the cloying buttery Chardonnays.

    I'm more of a red girl myself, love the big plummy Riojas best.
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    I usually have to stick to Merlot as Chardonnays, Chiantis and Cabernets unfortunately, give me a headache. Yuk.

    And what is the difference between the reds? I know Merlot is usually "smoother" but how are Shiraz, Chianti and Cabernet different?
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    Shiraz, Chianti and Cabernet are what they call medium bodied, where Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, and Italy's Super Tuscans are full bodied. Gamay, Merlot and Pinot Noir are light-bodied. The body of wine is used to describe the amount of tannins along with the depth, complexity, and strength of the flavors.
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    ^^Thanks!^^
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    North Star wines from Washington state has a Merlot I'm loving right now. Also a Bordeaux from chateau pierrail.
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    Joseph Phelps Insignia - any year.

    I would love to try some Chateua Petrus. Good Lord - I remember when it cost $200 a bottle, and now it's going for more than 10 times that much.

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    ^ Sorry, typo above- Merlot is a medium to full bodied, the Italian Merlots are light bodied. Merlot grapes are also often mixed with other grapes, like Cab Sauv grapes.
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    I usually have to stick to Merlot as Chardonnays, Chiantis and Cabernets unfortunately, give me a headache. Yuk.
    you're likely sensitive to the tannins, it's pretty common. stick with the light to mediums- Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah, Beaujolais (these can be really great).....
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