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    Senior Member Esmeralda's Avatar
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    Someone I know is retiring soon, they are not a close friend but someone who has done something nice for me and my family...Sooooooooo I hear they like red wine and would like to purchase them a nice bottle of the stuff.

    I know nothing about red wine and would like some help, if you could throw a few names in my direction of what kind to get I would be grateful. I want to spend about 10. Thank you X




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    What is that in American dollars? About $15?

    A tempranillo is an excellent choice, and is a very nice variety for a reasonable cost.

    I don't like merlot at all, but some people do...

    Zinfandel can be a good choice, but you'd need to select a good vineyard. Some are quite nasty!

    Cabernet Sauvignon is another that is almost always a guarantee of "goodness."

    If you want to spend a little more, Chateauneuf du pape is a wonderful red (my favorite) and would be a beautiful gift.

    If they like something a touch sweeter you can go with a grenache blend.

    Spain has some really nice riojas, and Italy has it's famous chianti...

    You might want to simply go to a decent wine shop and ask the owner for recommendations too.

    If there are ratings from Wine Spectator, use those. They are quite reliable, but read the labels carefully! Often a wine shop that isn't that ethical will put up a Wine Spectator rating and then not have the exact wine on display (different year, it won't be reserve when that's what is being rated, that sort of thing).






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    Quote Originally Posted by Tink
    You might want to simply go to a decent wine shop and ask the owner for recommendations too.

    If there are ratings from Wine Spectator, use those. They are quite reliable, but read the labels carefully! Often a wine shop that isn't that ethical will put up a Wine Spectator rating and then not have the exact wine on display (different year, it won't be reserve when that's what is being rated, that sort of thing).
    I agree with everything Tink says, especially the two parts I quoted above. IMHO nothing beats a good wine guy/gal. I've got one and he has never steered me wrong.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Tink, post: 283773

    and Italy has it's famous chianti...
    That goes down especially well with liver and fava beans according to Hannibal Lector.





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    Thank you so far... except to Slowhand... who gets a smack upside the head X




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    Rioja Reserva, Bodegas Carlos Serres 2005

    my fave at the moment, Next wine does it as well as independent vendors and it's 10.99 a bottle. Great with cheese














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    Chateuneuf du pape does me as does a nice Rioja

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    If you want a treat Chris try the 2008, it's a bit like you.... Smooooth ;) LOL














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    Quote Originally Posted by Slowhand, post: 283788
    That goes down especially well with liver and fava beans according to Hannibal Lector.
    Too funny mate.










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    Had some nice meritage this week..think that was what it was. Stopped at a winery in VA at last week's conference.










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