The new wine thread



  • I’ve recently been going hard on Roero red wines, in a search for more value Nebbiolo wines. It’s amazing - I’m paying between 20-30 bucks for similar value quality from 40-50 dollar Barbarescos. Highly recommend trying it if you can find it.

    I’ve also been trying out some Nerello Mascalese wines (Sicily) as these are starting to be released here as single vintages (often blended in many wines). It’s been pretty dependent on producer, but if you like big reds, it’s a fun addition to the rotation.

    I also recently had an amazing orange wine from la Baronne (Languedoc) called La Grenache Gris de Jean - amazing with any kind of pork/fruit (apple, apricot) match. I’m not sure if you can get it in NZ though.



  • Ahhh, I'm home...



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  • Excellent thanks whoever did that. I'll spend some time on this forum backlog at some point.

    In the interim, damn it's good to be back in NZ from Bali - for those who haven't been, wine is 3x the price because of Gov tax. A bottle of Cloudy Bay sav is $120 in the bottlo, and that's only in the rare places you can find it.

    Imagine my pig-in-muddery to be able to order such things from Countdown only for $38!

    I don't have anything new to add to the forum yet, just bought the staple classics this week (Amisfield, Rockburn, Church Rd etc), but I'm keen to hear all your recommendation at all price points.

    Quarantine gives me plenty of opportunity to try new stuff, provided it can be delivered!



  • On Wednesday night I was in Auckland so I visited a friend rather than go out to a restaurant. For scientific research purposes we drank a bottle each of NV Mumm, Veuve Cliquot and Laurent Perrier. The conclusion was we didn’t like the chardonnayed LP as much as the pinot noired Mumm, that the widow’s water was very pleasant, that the last bottle was the one that got her pissed, and that next time we probably only need two.

    Thursday was a mixed bag.



  • I'm keeping Wirra Wirra in business this week



  • I don't drink wine often but if I do it's usually sauvignon blanc- chilean as nice and easy. Something like this, any recommendations for a change?



  • @R-L said in The new wine thread:

    I don't drink wine often but if I do it's usually sauvignon blanc- chilean as nice and easy. Something like this, any recommendations for a change?

    You might like a nice dry riesling? Not too sweet, NZ examples from Martinborough and central otago are good. Pinot gris is quite inoffensive



  • Can't decide if it goes in the Covid fitness or Wine thread, but I've just returned from a 15km run, and plan on spending the rest of the day drinking wine

    #IsoAintSoBad



  • @voodoo said in The new wine thread:

    Can't decide if it goes in the Covid fitness or Wine thread, but I've just returned from a 15km run, and plan on spending the rest of the day drinking wine

    #IsoAintSoBad

    I'm definitely adopting a #fuckyoucorona mentality right now. Got lit drinking red wine at home last night and bought another wagyu beef brisket today having not cooked the one I already have



  • @canefan Gold. I'm a pig in mud right now. Wake up slightly dusty. Drink bucketloads of water. Brekkie then family walk. Lunchtime nap. Run on my own in avo. Start in the wine about 4pm.

    Repeat x 14



  • @voodoo said in The new wine thread:

    @canefan Gold. I'm a pig in mud right now. Wake up slightly dusty. Drink bucketloads of water. Brekkie then family walk. Lunchtime nap. Run on my own in avo. Start in the wine about 4pm.

    Repeat x 14

    Get meat and smoke your way through quarantine like a mutherfucka



  • @voodoo said in The new wine thread:

    Can't decide if it goes in the Covid fitness or Wine thread, but I've just returned from a 15km run, and plan on spending the rest of the day drinking wine

    #IsoAintSoBad

    Hey, snap. Me too. Apart from the run.



  • @JC 🤣



  • After starting with a couple of Church Rd chardys, it's an Isobel Pinot Noir tonight for me, courtesy of Countdown.

    Was thinking how ironic it is that NZ makes such wonderful Pinot, when I really feel like a big-ass shiraz in this 15 degree weather. But back in Oz, where its always 30 degrees, they're the masters of the big bold shiraz, when all you feel like is something lighter.



  • @R-L said in The new wine thread:

    I don't drink wine often but if I do it's usually sauvignon blanc- chilean as nice and easy. Something like this, any recommendations for a change?

    You could try a French Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire. Ideally a Sancerre or Pouilly Fume (which are a bit more expensive). Similar to your Chilean, but much more refined.



  • @Catogrande said in The new wine thread:

    @R-L said in The new wine thread:

    I don't drink wine often but if I do it's usually sauvignon blanc- chilean as nice and easy. Something like this, any recommendations for a change?

    You could try a French Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire. Ideally a Sancerre or Pouilly Fume (which are a bit more expensive). Similar to your Chilean, but much more refined.

    I enjoy french chenin blanc too



  • @canefan said in The new wine thread:

    @Catogrande said in The new wine thread:

    @R-L said in The new wine thread:

    I don't drink wine often but if I do it's usually sauvignon blanc- chilean as nice and easy. Something like this, any recommendations for a change?

    You could try a French Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire. Ideally a Sancerre or Pouilly Fume (which are a bit more expensive). Similar to your Chilean, but much more refined.

    I enjoy french chenin blanc too

    They tend to use Chenin Blanc further along to the west in the Loire with Sav Blanc being the king in the east. I actually struggle with CB pretty much from wherever - it's quite big in South Africa for example. Funnily enough though, I bought a half case of half bottles of a French sweet Chenin Blanc and that was fucking delicious with the right pudding.



  • Got a Church Road Grand Reserve Syrah open tonight.

    One of those wines that I know is "good", but I'm just not loving like I know I'm supposed to.

    Proof that price is BS, and we should just drink the stuff that works for us



  • @voodoo said in The new wine thread:

    Got a Church Road Grand Reserve Syrah open tonight.

    One of those wines that I know is "good", but I'm just not loving like I know I'm supposed to.

    Proof that price is BS, and we should just drink the stuff that works for us

    I just smacked a $12 bottle of Wynns Shiraz and loved it.


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