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Funko
17-12-2009, 15:53:44
I like wine. Let's talk about it.

wine wine wine wine wine.

mr_B
17-12-2009, 15:54:11
winer

Funko
17-12-2009, 15:54:27
jj a winner is me.

King_Ghidra
17-12-2009, 15:54:34
Discovering that i really liked red wine is one of the best things that has happened to me in the last couple of years.

Funko
17-12-2009, 15:55:26
I forgot to ask you when we saw you the other day, did you drink that one from the wedding? What did you think of it?

mr_B
17-12-2009, 15:57:22
that is such a stjoepit english question "what do you think of it ? "

that really hits no-where up

Cheshire Cat
17-12-2009, 15:59:12
Discovering that i really liked red wine is one of the best things that has happened to me in the last couple of years.

you mean, after you became single and lonely again?

King_Ghidra
17-12-2009, 15:59:23
I forgot to ask you when we saw you the other day, did you drink that one from the wedding? What did you think of it?

Oh yes, very enjoyable.

Funko
17-12-2009, 15:59:38
I think it's just requesting a more detailed answer than "did you like it?" "yes/no"

King_Ghidra
17-12-2009, 16:00:10
you mean, after you became single and lonely again?

:P

Actually it was the wanton slut who i go out with who got me into it.

King_Ghidra
17-12-2009, 16:01:10
I think it's just requesting a more detailed answer than "did you like it?" "yes/no"

And i realise i have utterly failed to provide that. :o

Sadly i don't remember much more than 'we enjoyed it'

mr_B
17-12-2009, 16:02:48
:lol: perfect answer

that will teach that posh wine exam taker.

Funko
17-12-2009, 16:02:58
:lol: It turned into a brilliant X-Post.

It's ok because I'm not sure I can remember what it was.

King_Ghidra
17-12-2009, 16:11:35
it was a syrah i think

mr_B
17-12-2009, 16:13:48
the wanton slut?

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_rqyjTkGePGw/R700cuCVOgI/AAAAAAAAA0g/FsGxxTS1i0M/s400/sirah2.jpg

Funko
17-12-2009, 16:13:55
Yeah, I found it. Matetic EQ Syrah 2007

Funko
17-12-2009, 16:14:36
the wanton slut?

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_rqyjTkGePGw/R700cuCVOgI/AAAAAAAAA0g/FsGxxTS1i0M/s400/sirah2.jpg

Is that Phil playing retro handheld console in the corner?

Cheshire Cat
17-12-2009, 16:26:42
No Sox but Red Socket

mr_B
17-12-2009, 16:28:04
better ask him

Hey Phil, is that you at that pic playing retro handheld console in the corner, wearing white trousers and a white shirtje?

It must be because his shoelaces are untied

Nills Lagerbaak
17-12-2009, 17:03:46
Discovering that i really liked red wine is one of the best things that has happened to me in the last couple of years.

ditto.

Oh and refining my nose to the subtleties of single malt whisky - heartily recommended.

Debaser
17-12-2009, 17:19:46
In the past few years I have discovered that red wine is overrated and girlie drinks are the best.

Rosť and Pinot me up baby.

Funko
17-12-2009, 17:24:08
Let's get together for another red wine fest at my house sometime next year. :provost:

Funko
17-12-2009, 17:24:33
In the past few years I have discovered that red wine is overrated and girlie drinks are the best.

Rosť and Pinot me up baby.

Grigio?

MDA
17-12-2009, 17:29:54
It's not a proper wedding reception without lots of either gin and tonic or beer before dinner, excess wine with dinner, and then coffee with wedding cake to keep me from passing out in a heap on the street. I wouldn't want to be one of "those" guys.

Funko
17-12-2009, 17:31:15
That's me except normally tends to be pimms or sparkling wine before the dinner. Going back for seconds of coffee has been my saviour at weddings this year. Including probably my own.

Debaser
17-12-2009, 18:22:39
Grigio?

Of course, and the cheaper the better!

mr_B
17-12-2009, 23:01:31
Let's get together for another red wine fest at my house sometime next year. :provost:
hear hear

Tizzy
18-12-2009, 09:02:33
I'll be there!!

Provost Harrison
18-12-2009, 09:04:07
Don't like it...

Nills Lagerbaak
18-12-2009, 09:28:28
In the past few years I have discovered that red wine is overrated and girlie drinks are the best.

Rosť and Pinot me up baby.

Dude, you have to try Thatchers "Katy" - Lightly sparkling rose cider. Absolutely divine and possibly the girliest drink available (apart from maybe Babycham) - you'd love it.

I'm up for another wine fest - gotta watch out for the headache with red wine though.

Drekkus
18-12-2009, 09:30:14
Funko, have you finished all the wine from your wedding yet?

Funko
18-12-2009, 09:33:37
House currently contains 151 bottles.

Funko
18-12-2009, 09:46:01
Top Tip for girly wine lovers if you can find it anywhere:

Innocent Bystander, Pink Moscato
http://www.winegrapevine.co.uk/product+109/

Bottled and capped like a beer, it's quite like a perry. Slightly sweet, lightly sparkling, beer strength. Really very nice. Totally odd, but really nice.

King_Ghidra
18-12-2009, 09:46:35
The cellar was very impressive, i have to say.

When i saw that you had to make little flags to help you find exactly which section of your wine collection you were in, i realised things had definitely reached a different level.

Funko
18-12-2009, 09:51:16
I'm not sure "had to" is accurate, but we did spend a great day building wine racks and sorting it all out when it arrived. And labelling who it was from etc.

Nills Lagerbaak
18-12-2009, 09:52:37
House currently contains 151 bottles.

Wow! Big headache.

Nills Lagerbaak
18-12-2009, 09:54:40
Top Tip for girly wine lovers if you can find it anywhere:

Innocent Bystander, Pink Moscato
http://www.winegrapevine.co.uk/product+109/

Bottled and capped like a beer, it's quite like a perry. Slightly sweet, lightly sparkling, beer strength. Really very nice. Totally odd, but really nice.


Wow that is girly! Is it only available in half bottle size? Looks like it.

Funko
18-12-2009, 09:55:53
Yeah, it's more like a beer/cider type drink than wine. Stick it in a pint glass or drink it with a straw.

mr_B
18-12-2009, 10:01:12
and sing a girly song

GREAT!!

Funko
18-12-2009, 10:01:57
jj You would love it too.

Provost Harrison
18-12-2009, 10:14:28
Bunch of puffs :p

Greg W
18-12-2009, 10:35:09
Bloody good idea, might go open a bottle. Now, red or white? :confused:

Tizzy
18-12-2009, 10:40:07
Red. Pour me a glass too?

Greg W
18-12-2009, 10:42:59
Ok. I'll probably have to drink it before you get here though, otherwise evaporation will take care of it.

Funko
18-12-2009, 10:50:51
Funny. That happens to a lot of wine in our house when I'm not looking.

Greg W
18-12-2009, 10:51:52
Yeah, evaporation is a bitch in Temperate climes...

This is what I opened, 2005 vintage...

http://hudsonvalleywinesandliquors.com/images/products/detail/BanrockStationShiraz.jpg

Provost Harrison
18-12-2009, 11:03:24
http://www.portman-group.org.uk/assets/images/Tennants-SuperLager.jpg

Nills Lagerbaak
18-12-2009, 11:18:51
Bunch of puffs :p

I'd prefer a bunch of flowers.

Greg W
18-12-2009, 11:19:22
Pansies?

Debaser
18-12-2009, 14:58:12
Dude, you have to try Thatchers "Katy" - Lightly sparkling rose cider. Absolutely divine and possibly the girliest drink available (apart from maybe Babycham) - you'd love it.

Just bought a bottle of this. Sounds great!

Nills Lagerbaak
18-12-2009, 15:11:00
ha ha fooking ha! You classy bird. You'll love it...make sure it's well chilled (no need for ice mind).

Funko
18-12-2009, 15:22:44
I think you've pulled Nills.

Greg W
18-12-2009, 15:24:59
I'm hoping to God there's supposed to be a comma after "pulled" in that sentence. It's a bad mental image either way, but without the comma... :vom:

Funko
18-12-2009, 15:26:14
:brwncard:

Christoph
19-12-2009, 14:22:56
I use Wine to run Steam.
(I'm an Ubuntu user)

Funko
21-12-2009, 09:14:09
Had a hot apple juice and rum drink where they heated it with the steam thingy from the coffee machine, but haven't had mulled wine heated with steam

Nills Lagerbaak
22-12-2009, 08:58:18
Just bought a bottle of this. Sounds great!



So... how was it?

Lazarus and the Gimp
22-12-2009, 09:11:29
Christmas tip-

Get a half-bottle of Sauternes or Barsac- http://www.thewinedoctor.com/regionalguides/bordeaux4sauternes.shtml

Have it chilled, with cheese. It's lovely.

Provost Harrison
22-12-2009, 09:39:09
In that case I'll have a few cans of John Smith's :p

Bossman
22-12-2009, 10:25:06
Let's get together for another red wine fest at my house sometime next year. :provost:

Room for a medium bodied one? :) Would be good to see you guys!

Funko
22-12-2009, 10:51:52
Sure! :beer:

Bossman
22-12-2009, 11:18:10
Are you still in Reading mate? Quite a bit has happened since I last saw you!

Funko
22-12-2009, 11:19:52
Yes and yes.

Don't tell me, you're working in the US and trapped there unable to get home to see your wife and kids?

Bossman
22-12-2009, 11:37:53
haha something like that, if Bracknell is now the US. I am trapped mind you, bloody car won't even get off my driveway. I'll have to take the lawnmower instead.

jsorense
23-12-2009, 04:12:26
At the beach hotel we stayed at in Belize they had a nice drink they called a "Stunned Mullet" made with 190 proof rum. :eek:

Funko
24-12-2009, 10:34:54
Oooh, we passed our wine course.

Tizzy and I both now have NVQ level 2 in wine. :provost: Both merits, Tizzy only 1 question off a distinction, me only 2 off. Which is annoying as I got 2 stupid questions wrong.

Provost Harrison
24-12-2009, 10:35:50
You can get an NVQ in wine?!

Funko
24-12-2009, 10:37:35
Not only can you, I have. Wine and Spirits technically.

NVQ is vocational so theoretically aimed at bar/restaurant/off licence workers, although everyone on our course doing it for personal fulfillment.

Debaser
24-12-2009, 10:45:31
So... how was it?

It was nice. Laura liked it enough to get her cousin some for christmas.

Congratulation Mike and Ann!

mr_B
24-12-2009, 10:59:13
Oooh, we passed our wine course.

Tizzy and I both now have NVQ level 2 in wine. :provost: Both merits, Tizzy only 1 question off a distinction, me only 2 off. Which is annoying as I got 2 stupid questions wrong.

so Tizzy knows!!
and you don't?

bet it has to dooo di dooooo something with you and your remember skills

Funko
24-12-2009, 11:05:57
jj

I changed 2 answers from the right answer to the wrong answer. brilliantly brilliant.

But they were total guesses in both cases.

Provost Harrison
24-12-2009, 11:14:16
Shame there were only 3 questions in the whole exam though :D

Funko
24-12-2009, 11:16:39
Have you got an NVQ in shit mass produced bitter?

Provost Harrison
24-12-2009, 11:17:39
No.

A PHd :p

Funko
24-12-2009, 11:21:39
:lol:

mr_B
24-12-2009, 11:21:47
Shame there were only 3 questions in the whole exam though :D

best post EVAH!!!!

you really are a comedian PH, this post and the famous pic will launch your career

Greg W
24-12-2009, 13:24:49
So, what's an NQV? Obviously some sort of course thingy, just never heard of it...

Tizzy
24-12-2009, 13:36:22
NVQ - National Vocational Qualification

Greg W
24-12-2009, 14:11:32
Or an NVQ even. :cute:

Ta.

devilmunchkin
27-12-2009, 10:52:06
The drier the better

The Shaker
27-12-2009, 17:12:29
freeze-dried?

devilmunchkin
27-12-2009, 23:30:06
can this be done?

after last night, I dont even want to think about alcohol.

jsorense
01-01-2010, 23:22:53
The drier the better
Not true.:coolgrin:

Funko
04-01-2010, 09:28:11
j - recommendations for wine places to visit whilst we are in San Fran in April please!

jsorense
05-01-2010, 18:55:51
Sparky, let me think about it. SF is a great city. How much time do you have there?
j

Funko
06-01-2010, 09:20:08
Just about a week.

It is far enough from you that we're safe right? (we are probably going to take a trip down Highway 1, but I guess not as far as you)

The Shaker
06-01-2010, 10:01:31
opened two bottles of wine last night, both corked.
It's a sign of my sophistication that I
a) identified it
b) didn't shrug and drink it anyway.

Funko
06-01-2010, 10:03:13
both corked?

Where did you get them from?

Is your storage at home not very good?

The Shaker
06-01-2010, 10:06:21
http://www.africandawnwines.com/index.php?mn=red_pi
some of this, don't know where she purchased it.
It gets stored in our living room in a cupboard. Too hot?

Funko
06-01-2010, 10:11:37
Depends how long you are keeping it for. If you haven't had it long most likely the place you bought it from. Some will take it back, especially if it's both bottles and bought recently, makes it likely to be their fault.

For storage, on its side if it's cork top, cool dampish place both so the cork doesn't dry out. You really want constant low temperature ideal but not a fridge. Not rapidly changing from hot to cold is probably the biggest thing, for temp ie. not next to a radiator/boiler.

The Shaker
06-01-2010, 10:13:06
I'll stick it in the garage then, that's cold....

All hail the wine guru.

jsorense
06-01-2010, 17:53:05
Just about a week.

It is far enough from you that we're safe right? (we are probably going to take a trip down Highway 1, but I guess not as far as you)
Yes, about 350 miles. Even my tactical missiles can't reach you.
A week should be a good amount of time if you don't push yourselves. Does that include a day to get there and a day to return? That would leave you only 5 days.
Where are you going to stay in SF? SF has good public transportation. It sounds like you are going to rent a car if you are going to Big Sur and wine country. I didn't know either one of you knew how to drive.:coolgrin:
Keep in touch and I will feed you information that will guarantee you get mugged, hit by a train, burned in a wildfire, buried in an avalanche and crushed by an earthquake.
Cheers, mate.:beer:

Tizzy
06-01-2010, 17:55:16
We're staying with friends who can drive :)

jsorense
06-01-2010, 18:52:06
Good, you will have locals who can steer you away from most of the crazies in the south.;)

Cheshire Cat
07-01-2010, 08:03:33
will guarantee you get mugged, hit by a train, burned in a wildfire, buried in an avalanche and crushed by an earthquake.

no floods?
no locusts?

jsorense
10-01-2010, 00:41:11
no floods?
no locusts?Well, of course. I didn't think I had to state the obvious. And most tourists like to our hell, and hell freezing over, and the end of the world as we know it. We got it all.:smoke:

jsorense
10-01-2010, 00:43:34
no floods?
no locusts?Well, of course. I didn't think that I had to state the obvious. And most tourists like to also visit hell,hell freezing over, and the end of the world as we know it. We got it all.:smoke:

jsorense
10-01-2010, 00:50:39
I hate to repeat myself repeat myself repeat myself:clueless:

Greg W
10-01-2010, 01:26:16
Well, of course. I didn't think that I had to state the obvious. And most tourists like to also visit hell,hell freezing over, and the end of the world as we know it. We got it all.:smoke:

Well, of course. I didn't think I had to state the obvious. And most tourists like to our hell, and hell freezing over, and the end of the world as we know it. We got it all.:smoke:Double X-Fear! :shoot:

mr_B
10-01-2010, 01:28:27
and he is out

jsorense
14-01-2010, 04:35:30
One word: The Slanted Door.

jsorense
14-01-2010, 05:41:23
And, Ann and Mike, make sure your friends take you to their favorite dim sum spot.

Funko
14-01-2010, 08:52:59
:beer:

King_Ghidra
19-01-2010, 13:31:21
opened two bottles of wine last night, both corked.
It's a sign of my sophistication that I
a) identified it
b) didn't shrug and drink it anyway.


Either i've never had a bottle of wine that was corked, or i'm an idiot.

Or both.

But either way i'm not sure how i'd know. Does it just smell and taste blatantly off? I've had whites that were just fucking rank and poured them away but i thought they were just terrible whites.

Funko
19-01-2010, 13:41:37
It smells/tastes damp, dank, musty.

I've only ever had one that was actually corked. It only happens with a real cork. Much rarer now things like screwcaps and artificial corks are more common. And it's more likely to happen the older the wine is.

Back!
19-01-2010, 13:56:33
mr_B's wine is often afgekorked

Funko
19-01-2010, 14:54:34
I forgot to ask you when we saw you the other day, did you drink that one from the wedding? What did you think of it?

... blah ...

Yeah, I found it. Matetic EQ Syrah 2007

So, I just ordered some of this. If I remember I might say what I thought of it. :)

Funko
20-01-2010, 10:10:02
Started a wine blog, which might get updated more often than Lazyview as I do drink a lot of wine...

http://wevegotbothkinds.blogspot.com/

Cheshire Cat
20-01-2010, 12:36:25
soooo.....

you'll have to overcome your laziness (make drinking and blogupdating dual effort)
to become even lazier, buddy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddy_Lazier) (wine-induced stupor)

Funko
20-01-2010, 12:51:20
But things you enjoy are fun so you don't get lazy about them. Like talking bullshit about wine, easy.

Cheshire Cat
20-01-2010, 13:10:34
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_g7KcbMxmLEU/Rw3Vt83SQcI/AAAAAAAAB4c/xGId1pJls2A/s400/absolut-bullshit.jpghttp://www.nataliedee.com/060908/it-pairs-well-with-bad-fish-tacos-and-spam.jpg

jsorense
21-01-2010, 05:47:51
Either i've never had a bottle of wine that was corked, or i'm an idiot.

Or both.

But either way i'm not sure how i'd know. Does it just smell and taste blatantly off? I've had whites that were just fucking rank and poured them away but i thought they were just terrible whites.
Dude, you have been a bad consumer.
If you have [I]concerns about the wine tell your waiter/steward about it. You are paying an arm and a leg to buy wine in a restaurant. You should get what you are paying for. Do not, I repeat, do not, be intimidated by some arsehole who thinks he can make a few quide [is that right] on people who he/she think that they can lay some wrecked plonk on you because they think that you do not know what tastes good.
Dude, you do know what tastes good and let them slug back that swill that, either they did not know what they were buying or that they wrecked. YOU are the consumer. YOU decide what wine is good.
j
[with feeling]
BTW, I have this case of vintage MD 20/20 [1964] I could let you have for only $10,000 USD.

Postscript Ah, you do realize, if you do make a fuss, that your date will either think you are a "god of civilization" or a total twit. Just saying.

Funko
21-01-2010, 09:00:43
"god of civilization (http://www.civilization.com/)" = NERD right?

MDA
21-01-2010, 12:02:28
Does the MD 20/20 contain sulfites? Sulfites make it taste better!

Drekkus
21-01-2010, 12:40:20
Are sulfites bad? I had an australian shiraz the other day, that said it contained sulfites. Did i poison myself??

Funko
21-01-2010, 14:15:39
All wine contains sulfites, it's a by product of yeast fermentation. On the plus side it's a preservative. Almost all winemakers also add sulfites.

Also, if you are a human your body produce about 10g of sulfites a day. About the same as in 12.5 litres of wine.

Drekkus
21-01-2010, 14:33:13
I thought preservatives were, like, condoms....

Funko
21-01-2010, 14:39:06
like contraceptives?

MDA
21-01-2010, 16:51:49
like little latex-lined mass graves!

MOBIUS
25-01-2010, 10:41:36
I had a couple of nice Moroccan wines when I was out there. The reds are the best, being a very quaffable Mediterranean style. I especially liked the Guerrouane red from the main growing region of Meknes.

Better try them fast - the Chinese are coming! http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/8352885.stm :eek:

jsorense
23-02-2010, 21:21:19
:bounce:Going up to S.F. this weekend. Going to get some good food, etc.
The dim sum place that we always frequent is the Yank Sing, fyi.:coolgrin:

Japher
23-02-2010, 23:49:50
hOUSE OF NANKING

Greg W
24-02-2010, 00:04:23
I always thought American Idol was full of dim sums!

Funko
24-02-2010, 08:53:21
:bounce:Going up to S.F. this weekend. Going to get some good food, etc.
The dim sum place that we always frequent is the Yank Sing, fyi.:coolgrin:

:beer:

Best to get up there whilst you're still safe from bumping into us.

Funko
24-02-2010, 11:06:53
Prosecco FTW.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/feb/23/pass-notes-prosecco

It's the drink of choice among the cash-strapped cognoscenti.

HELL YEAH.

Cheshire Cat
24-02-2010, 14:10:58
hhhmmmm... that wine smells of pussy (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/co%C3%B1o)!

:eek:

MOBIUS
24-02-2010, 17:00:14
Started a wine blog, which might get updated more often than Lazyview as I do drink a lot of wine...

http://wevegotbothkinds.blogspot.com/

Did the wine prefence survey and got this:

Members of the SENSITIVE TASTERS COMMUNITY are the most open to diversity and range of styles. Whilst you’ll tend to avoid sweet wines (except possibly for dessert) and are not too keen on heavy oak or over-the-top intensity of reds, you like a broad spectrum of rich, smooth flavoured red and whites.

Daily choices:
You may have developed a strong preference for either dry red or dry white wines, medium- to fuller-bodied.
* Shiraz is very often a favourite.
* Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from USA and Australia
* Cotes du Rhone, Red Bordeaux
* Italian Red wines, but not too extreme

Discovery wines to try:
* More modern, rounder reds from South America
* A wide range of reds from Italy but not usually the whites (which can be too light).
* Chardonnay with intensity from Australia and the U.S.
* Viognier
* Richer-styled Alsatian whites
* Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia
* Pinotage from South Africa
* Zinfandel from the U.S - not too high in alcohol or oak.
* Modern French Reds especially Southern Rhone

WHAT TO ASK YOUR MERCHANT FOR:
Richness with a smooth finish and not too much oak (sometimes none at all).
Sensitive tasters usually like the broadest range of styles.

So, pretty much what I drink already...:beer:

Had a nice cheap bottle of wine from Georgia for a laugh (as it is the cradle of viticulture, after all!) the other day, but can't remember the name (began with 'S'?) or the grape...:o

I'm sure I read somewhere that up to 25% of wines can be corked to varying degrees. But yes, if it tastes like shit - specifically if you have an idea of how it should taste - send the fucker back...:shoot:

MOBIUS
24-02-2010, 17:10:30
Found it - a Tamada Saperavi.

Funko
24-02-2010, 17:13:48
Interesting. This one says "Very Good" too. And I quite like Wine Anorak normally.

http://www.wineanorak.com/georgianwine.htm

King_Ghidra
24-02-2010, 18:57:02
Dude, you have been a bad consumer.
If you have [I]concerns about the wine tell your waiter/steward about it. You are paying an arm and a leg to buy wine in a restaurant. You should get what you are paying for. Do not, I repeat, do not, be intimidated by some arsehole who thinks he can make a few quide [is that right] on people who he/she think that they can lay some wrecked plonk on you because they think that you do not know what tastes good.
Dude, you do know what tastes good and let them slug back that swill that, either they did not know what they were buying or that they wrecked. YOU are the consumer. YOU decide what wine is good.
j
[with feeling]
BTW, I have this case of vintage MD 20/20 [1964] I could let you have for only $10,000 USD.

Postscript Ah, you do realize, if you do make a fuss, that your date will either think you are a "god of civilization" or a total twit. Just saying.

I'm not sure what you think has happened. But whatever it is, it hasn't

Lazarus and the Gimp
24-02-2010, 20:09:42
Just browsed your blog.

Gewurztraminer really is a fantastic match for Thai. It's well worth trying.

Riesling is, in my opinion, better suited to Chinese food- particulary if you've got the German-style Riesling as opposed to the Alsatian.

jsorense
24-02-2010, 21:09:23
:beer:

Best to get up there whilst you're still safe from bumping into us.My thoughts exactly!:cool:

MOBIUS
25-02-2010, 10:40:52
Riesling is, in my opinion, better suited to Chinese food- particulary if you've got the German-style Riesling as opposed to the Alsatian.

I thought the Chinese liked dog with their food?:clueless:

Greg W
25-02-2010, 11:51:22
I thought the Chinese liked dog as their food?:clueless:Fixed!

Funko
25-02-2010, 12:08:28
Just browsed your blog.

Gewurztraminer really is a fantastic match for Thai. It's well worth trying.

Riesling is, in my opinion, better suited to Chinese food- particulary if you've got the German-style Riesling as opposed to the Alsatian.

Yeah, we didn't have any Gewurtz or Riesling so we were a bit screwed.

Japher
25-02-2010, 13:30:27
cork-screwed?

Funko
25-02-2010, 13:56:11
Thanks MoSe.

zmama
25-02-2010, 23:04:08
A little something seasonal for your wine

http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs472.ash1/25908_328340729555_311163439555_3330101_8067120_n. jpg

mr_B
25-02-2010, 23:37:27
what's that?

it looks like a woolen willy warmer

zmama
25-02-2010, 23:50:35
Only if you have a double

Back!
26-02-2010, 12:12:15
double-length, doulbled up
as any respectable midget has

Funko
26-02-2010, 13:51:57
This thread is for wine not talk of Mr_B's double headed beast.

zmama
26-02-2010, 14:34:47
Is a wine cozy!

In homage to the Norwegian curling pants!

meh, hate to explain stuffs

Tizzy
26-02-2010, 14:37:49
This thread is for wine not talk of Mr_B's double headed beast.

I need some wine after that talk

Cheshire Cat
26-02-2010, 14:52:30
if you drink enough wine, every beast will look double-headed to you

Tau Ceti
26-02-2010, 15:17:16
Well, maybe not a hydra?

MOBIUS
26-02-2010, 16:00:30
I think it was to expunge the image from her memory. You guys aren't helping - in fact talk of a hydra must be making the image worse!:gasmaske_puke:

Funko
26-02-2010, 16:07:07
If you cut one head off two grow back in its place.

Funko
26-02-2010, 16:07:28
This thread is for wine chat you moran!

MOBIUS
26-02-2010, 16:15:27
It's enough to make your eyes water!

Tau Ceti
26-02-2010, 16:28:41
To make your eyes wine? Or, in the spirit of the thread, eiswein?

Funko
26-02-2010, 16:48:50
Tizzy wants Eiswein.

zmama
26-02-2010, 23:20:07
For Tizzy

http://www.inniskillin.com/contentmanager/ObjectFile.aspx?sys-Portal=55&sys-Class=Wine&sys-ID=237&sys-Attr=Bottle+Image+File

Lazarus and the Gimp
26-02-2010, 23:21:37
I've never tried icewine. If I'm drinking sweet, I habitually go for Sauternes, Barsac or Tokaji.

MDA
26-02-2010, 23:55:14
I've had icewine tea, can't say I really like it, but I don't like hot tea to be sweet.

zmama
27-02-2010, 01:56:07
To put that in tea is bizarre.

mr_B
27-02-2010, 02:05:22
icewine icewine icewine icewine

even after 4 times it still sounds silly

Cheshire Cat
01-03-2010, 12:32:39
DU SCHWEINHUND!!!

MDA
01-03-2010, 12:52:07
I think they soaked the tea in it and then dried it. It was just crap they sell in souvenier shops to stupid tourists.

Funko
01-03-2010, 13:38:07
I've never tried icewine. If I'm drinking sweet, I habitually go for Sauternes, Barsac or Tokaji.

Don't suppose you know anywhere over here you can get decent Tokaji at decent prices? Seems cheaper to have a day trip to Hungary than buy it in the UK.

Lazarus and the Gimp
01-03-2010, 18:09:05
It's expensive, particularly if you buy anything rated over 5 Puttonyos. I'd love to try an Essencia but I've never seen one at a price I could afford.

I normally buy the Royal Tokaji Wine Company's 5 Puttonyos, at about £8.99 for a 25 cl bottle. Pricey, but very good.

Funko
02-03-2010, 08:55:46
I think a weekend in Budapest might be in order. :)

I've seen that one in Waitrose for £11 (http://www.ocado.com/webshop/product/Royal-Tokaji-Blue-Label-2005/34490011?parentContainer=SEARCHtokaji) which seemed a bit much.

Lazarus and the Gimp
02-03-2010, 18:06:40
Bloody hell- they've really cranked the price up. It was £8.99 last year.

Funko
11-03-2010, 10:36:29
http://wevegotbothkinds.blogspot.com/

New post including some wines I like.

Funko
11-03-2010, 10:45:46
I've got to do a bit of a presentation on wine from the South of France (not including the Rhone, so really Provence and Languedoc-Rousillon) in a couple of weeks. Would like to take a wine along as an example. I'm not going to be able to get that Cinsault in time (if I even do). Anyone got any good examples that are readily available in UK shops? It seems to be an area that's incredibly poorly represented.

Nills Lagerbaak
11-03-2010, 10:58:29
Tokaji = excellent choice! The time to buy it though was before Hungary joined the EU...'tis much more expensive now :(

Funko
11-03-2010, 12:33:23
Ha! http://www.nicolas.com/

And there's one in Henley. What's the odds on me being patronised when I go and ask?

Back!
11-03-2010, 12:38:16
http://www.nicolas.com/fr/_18_20_156_piperheidsieckbrut.htm

Funko
11-03-2010, 12:39:03
I'm sure that's great but doesn't fit the brief in any way...

Nills Lagerbaak
11-03-2010, 13:07:22
Ha! http://www.nicolas.com/

And there's one in Henley. What's the odds on me being patronised when I go and ask?


Take your wine certificate along. Better still form it into some kind of badge... bring your own tasting glass + spitoon. These things may reduce the chances of being patronised.

Funko
11-03-2010, 13:10:14
I think an intermediate certificate would increase my chances of receiving patronisation.

Funko
11-03-2010, 13:12:16
That reminds me, I did actually get a badge when they sent me my certificate! :lol:

Nills Lagerbaak
11-03-2010, 13:22:41
nice. Is it a pin badge? Little bottle of wine?

Funko
11-03-2010, 13:24:00
I didn't really look at it. I saw it and though, "god a badge what kind of a knob would wear that... "

Tizzy
11-03-2010, 13:25:52
A little bottle of wine would be a nice little badge. This is the WSET logo....

Nills Lagerbaak
11-03-2010, 13:47:22
I just looked it up. If you wore that you might look poncy. There is also something quite Tory about it too

mr_B
11-03-2010, 14:47:09
Lazy Nerd owner

Tizzy
11-03-2010, 14:55:52
j?

MOBIUS
11-03-2010, 15:12:57
Isn't it to make it easier for other WSET secret society members to recognise each other in the street?

MDA
11-03-2010, 15:33:32
they would never want to be seen in the streets, where the common people go

Funko
11-03-2010, 15:34:33
It's bad enough when we have to deal with the wine delivery oik.

Nills Lagerbaak
11-03-2010, 15:49:45
Do you chase him out of the door with stale cheese and that bottle of plonk he dared to deliver last time?

Funko
11-03-2010, 15:52:43
No, I'm excruciatingly polite and when he's gone I quietly mutter "Oh that dreadful man".

Nills Lagerbaak
11-03-2010, 15:57:32
I see. Jolly good :)

zmama
11-03-2010, 16:56:16
No, I'm excruciatingly polite and when he's gone I quietly mutter "Oh that dreadful man".

You do however set the hounds on him?

Funko
11-03-2010, 16:59:25
Well I might ask the kennelman to.

MDA
11-03-2010, 17:28:02
He'll just hop on his lawnmower and ride away from them.

Lazarus and the Gimp
11-03-2010, 20:15:31
You should check out this place- http://www.bennettsfinewines.com/store/

It's where I get my specials.

jsorense
11-03-2010, 23:46:45
http://wevegotbothkinds.blogspot.com/

New post including some wines I like.I tried to log in with my sage comments [the herb not the wisdom] but it wouldn't let me. Am I pre-banned?
The story of my life.:tizzy:
Anyway, the answer to question 1 is: 2 $ Chuck.:heart:

Funko
12-03-2010, 08:48:55
You should check out this place- http://www.bennettsfinewines.com/store/

It's where I get my specials.

:beer:

Funko
15-03-2010, 09:40:50
Laz, we had one of the bottles of Chateau Musar (2001) at the weekend, it was great. The Cinsault in it really reminded me of the Dom La Terasse D'Elise (http://www.terrassedelise.com/) Cinsault I was banging on about on the blog the other day. If the Musar is your bag you'd love that.

Lazarus and the Gimp
15-03-2010, 18:13:31
I'll look into that.

This is my all-time favourite- http://www.neipperg.com/index.php?act=1,12,5,,,,,en

Their second wine "Seigneurs d'Aiguilhe" is good, but the Chateau d'Aiguilhe is just fabulous.

Funko
16-03-2010, 09:09:48
Can't find it listed on any of the sites they say they sell to.

Lazarus and the Gimp
16-03-2010, 17:16:04
Waitrose occasionally stock it.

Funko
16-03-2010, 17:29:52
Waitrose FTW.

Lurker
16-03-2010, 17:39:41
I saw it and though, "god a badge what kind of a knob would wear that... "

ooh, ooh, I know I know.

mr_B
16-03-2010, 17:44:17
o/c you do

Lurker knows!!
L K

Funko
18-03-2010, 13:37:32
Turns out Waitrose has loads of stuff from the Languedoc.

Funko
18-03-2010, 13:38:35
I had a look in the window of Nicolas, and it does look promising but I'd accidentally bought 3 bottles from waitrose by then and didn't have room to carry more.

MDA
18-03-2010, 13:57:25
:lol:

Cheshire Cat
18-03-2010, 15:09:18
Turns out Waitrose has loads of stuff from the Languedoc.

Once in Carcassonne long ago, I drank a local red named "Something" de Languedoc.
I loved it but can't recall the name.
I might also have been heavily influenced by the excellent meal and by the castle setting.

googling "rouge languedoc" gives mainly links to red marble
:D

Cheshire Cat
18-03-2010, 15:11:24
o/c you do

stuff from the Languedoc.

lol, was that meant to be a pun about Langue d'o/c ???

:lol:

Funko
18-03-2010, 15:15:47
I did make a vin de pays d'o/c joke to mr_B, but I think it was on MSN...

Funko
18-03-2010, 15:16:09
Shit, I'm MoSe. :cry:

MDA
19-03-2010, 11:11:25
well, you could be Keith

Tizzy
19-03-2010, 11:15:25
I'm Keith!

Funko
19-03-2010, 11:19:46
Ew.

Cheshire Cat
19-03-2010, 12:37:58
you must have drunk too much red wine


or not enough

MDA
19-03-2010, 12:54:00
too much is not enough

Funko
26-03-2010, 10:49:16
Massive Oddbins update!

http://wevegotbothkinds.blogspot.com/2010/03/oddbins-taste-of-spring.html

Funko
26-03-2010, 10:50:35
Also feeling a tiny bit hungover after tasting 15 wines last night...

Debaser
26-03-2010, 10:59:05
You survived your outing to Whitley then? Did that Oddbins also have an extensive selection of extra-strength ultra-budget lagers? It should do, would make a killing.

Funko
26-03-2010, 11:03:17
No, it's in totally the wrong place. It was all classy stuff.

Nills Lagerbaak
26-03-2010, 11:20:29
Is it the one on the top of Elm road? If so that place absolutely rocks - very classy. My Dad wouldn't get his whisky from anywhere else...although he got wine from Majestics

Funko
26-03-2010, 11:25:11
Yes. Their wine did used to be rubbish for quite a long while. It's much better these days.

And I did very well to not buy any whiskey... great selection.

Nills Lagerbaak
26-03-2010, 11:26:22
I wouldn't call that whitley really though. Lower early or whitley wood maybe....

Funko
26-03-2010, 11:30:15
I reckon West of Shinfield Road is Whitley, East is Lower Earley... Whitley Wood is further south.

Oddbins is on the East side of the road so maybe it is Lower Earley. :D It's probably more significant if you are from Lower Earley like MM.

Nills Lagerbaak
26-03-2010, 11:35:30
Yeah lower early, I reckon. Must be the only parades of shops in lower early:D

Funko
26-03-2010, 11:38:11
There is a sort of square of shops somewhere in Lower Earley. I remember ending up drunk in a sort of park area next to it once when we were kicked out of a school party... typical thing, a gang of rough kids turned up, tried to break in, stuck a hose through the letterbox which I redirected to the downstairs loo. The police were called, we all got thrown out and got drunk in a park near some shops. Would never be able to find it again though.

Debaser
26-03-2010, 12:52:59
That's Maiden Place, and that really is in deepest darkest Lower Earley. Quite near where the big new(ish) police station is on Rushey Way.

Nills Lagerbaak
26-03-2010, 13:26:18
Lower Early scares me. There is nothing worse then trying to make it home from there, very stoned. I definitely gave up all hope a couple of times.

Funko
26-03-2010, 13:40:55
And it all looks identical. You have no idea if you are going round in circles or not. They should have set the Blair Witch Project in Lower Earley. It's much more scary than some spooky forest.

Lazarus and the Gimp
27-03-2010, 11:10:08
Mike! Mike! Mike! Mike! Mike!

Waitrose is doing a clearance sale on wine. My local store has Chateau D'Aiguilhe 2003 reduced from £24.99 to £19.99. That's about as cheap as it gets.

MattHiggs
31-03-2010, 16:01:21
Just thought I'd let Mike know that I bought a wine on his recommendation. It was the very, very cheap bottle (£3.95) of red at tesco. It was actually very nice and better than some of the expensive wine my parents brought back from France earlier this year.

Funko
31-03-2010, 16:04:49
Ah, excellent! The garnacha, that was fantastic.

Tizzy
28-04-2010, 00:13:40
Our adventures in Sonoma are now blogged http://wevegotbothkinds.blogspot.com/

Lazarus and the Gimp
29-04-2010, 19:44:38
For my 40th birthday next year, I'm thinking of getting this-

http://www.bbr.com/product-73473F-tokaji-aszu-essencia-the-royal-tokaji-wine-company

BBR also have the 2000 Essencia, but £270+ for a half-bottle is out of my league.

Oerdin
29-04-2010, 21:14:14
A wine with only 8.5% abv? What are those Hungarians on about?

Lazarus and the Gimp
30-04-2010, 16:43:04
That's largely due to Essencia's massive natural sugar content.

When you buy normal fine wines, you take a risk that they won't age well, or will eventually go past their best. Essencias practically eliminate that risk because the sugars have a naturally preservative effect. They just go on, and on, and on, developing as they age. Michael Broadbent wrote about the 1811 vintage, which is still developing- they might as well be considered immortal.

Lazarus and the Gimp
30-04-2010, 16:44:32
A lot of German rieslings have alcohol contents around 8% abv, and are wonderful with it. The natural acidity takes the place of alcoholic bite in those.

Tizzy
03-05-2010, 09:41:13
I've tasted over 150 wines since we left for SF. That's a lot. When I can think coherently again I'll blog the rest (don't hold your breath)

Cheshire Cat
03-05-2010, 12:24:39
you'd better hold yours tho, lest you stun us all senseless

;)

MDA
03-05-2010, 13:13:53
that implies that we have some sense to begin with! ridiculous!

zmama
03-05-2010, 13:38:00
I lost any I had eons ago

Funko
04-05-2010, 07:57:13
For my 40th birthday next year, I'm thinking of getting this-

http://www.bbr.com/product-73473F-tokaji-aszu-essencia-the-royal-tokaji-wine-company

BBR also have the 2000 Essencia, but £270+ for a half-bottle is out of my league.

:beer: That sounds amazing.

Vincent
08-05-2010, 18:30:07
I lost any I had eons ago
Good!

jsorense
19-05-2010, 02:19:28
I lost any I had eons ago
Wine is good, but bourbon is better. [imho]

Funko
19-05-2010, 07:57:50
Bourbon is like whiskey but not as good right?

Drekkus
19-05-2010, 08:21:51
right. jack daniels -7up is a very good combo though

Funko
19-05-2010, 08:26:41
Why ruin good 7up?

Lazarus and the Gimp
19-05-2010, 16:04:58
Another hot tip from Waitrose- Chateau Ka.

It's another Lebanese success story. The white is on special offer, and it's a really nice citrusy one. Haven't tried the red yet.

Funko
19-05-2010, 16:07:50
Excellent I'll have to get some. I did see that the other day.

Funko
19-05-2010, 16:12:54
The red is Cabernet Grenache Mourvedre? Intriguing.

Funko
19-05-2010, 16:13:45
ah, not this year. :(

zmama
19-05-2010, 16:51:47
right. jack daniels -7up is a very good combo though

Jack Daniels isn't bourbon and its crap.

jsorense
19-05-2010, 17:07:54
Jack Daniels isn't bourbon and its crap.
I agree with zmama.

jsorense
19-05-2010, 20:22:42
I know I am risking being banned [by the management] because of my blatant threadjacking, but I have to say that the necroimperialistic comments about bourbon by a certain uberposter is beyond forgiveness.
Ban him for now and forever.
Ignorance is no excuse.

jsorense
19-05-2010, 20:31:10
Bourbon is like whiskey but not as good right?
Idiot!

jsorense
19-05-2010, 20:31:54
right. jack daniels -7up is a very good combo though
Idiot squared.

zmama
19-05-2010, 20:49:36
I agree with zmama.


I like this !