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Old July 4th, 2013, 09:51 AM   #21
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Lemon Creek is a cool place to go. Go in there and tell them you know noting but would like to do a tasting. They will walk you through it and give you 5 pours that you can pikc for $5. This way at least you tried it and it will open your eyes. Pick the one you like best and gift. You will probably end up buying a bottle for yourself.

The thing with wine you almost need to know what kind of wine the person enjoys. Reds, Whites, Sweet or Dry. I tend to go more for the Dry reds like a Merlot or cab. Others like the sweet Reislings. But you probably don't know what they like so do a tasting and pick one. It is fun to do. Once you develop a pallet cheap wines like boones farm and stuff $5 or under just taste like crap.
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Just noticed you were interested in a white wine too. Gotta work on my reading skills. Menage a trois makes an ok white blend. A German reisling with citrus and mineral notes would be a good choice as well.
Have you tried the Grand Travers late harvest reisling, if so what is your opinion?
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Lemon Creek is a cool place to go. Go in there and tell them you know noting but would like to do a tasting. They will walk you through it and give you 5 pours that you can pikc for $5. This way at least you tried it and it will open your eyes. Pick the one you like best and gift. You will probably end up buying a bottle for yourself.

The thing with wine you almost need to know what kind of wine the person enjoys. Reds, Whites, Sweet or Dry. I tend to go more for the Dry reds like a Merlot or cab. Others like the sweet Reislings. But you probably don't know what they like so do a tasting and pick one. It is fun to do. Once you develop a pallet cheap wines like boones farm and stuff $5 or under just taste like crap.
Oh Lemon Creek is the place in Grand Haven next to Scribs.
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Old July 4th, 2013, 09:56 AM   #24
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Support Michigan wine?

These guys are doing it right, making fantastic reds.
http://www.2lwinery.com/index.cfm?me...b-ad771fc67dae

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2011 Cab Rose
2011 Pinot Noir

If the white has to be a white and not a rose.
2012 Pinot Grigio


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2011 White Cepages
2010 Red Cepages - I've turned so many people on to this wine, it's just an awesome table wine that everyone loves. Good with pizza, burgers, steak... If you can get the 2011 it's just as good and usually $11.00. I seriously buy this wine by the case when I visit their tasting room.
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I'm not trying to pair this wine with anything, its sole purpose will be sipping.
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The more indecipherable French words on the label, the better the wine.
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Have you tried the Grand Travers late harvest reisling, if so what is your opinion?
One of my wife's favorite wines. VERY sweet, as most late harvests are. She is basically a hummingbird...

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Unless you know the person's wine tastes, you may want to play it safe with a good non-offensive red and white.
If you have a local wine shop they usually can give great recommendations if you give them a price range.
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French wine sucks, we beat their ass every year 'MERCICA!
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Have you tried the Grand Travers late harvest reisling, if so what is your opinion?
I havent tried any Michigan wines yet. Pretty fixated on CA and Euro wines. I got a trusty wino friend who swears by MI wines, Ill have to look this up.
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Too bad Flexin isn't still around. I think he became a professional wine taster.
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I havent tried any Michigan wines yet. Pretty fixated on CA and Euro wines. I got a trusty wino friend who swears by MI wines, Ill have to look this up.
How about this?
Today's client has a buddy who owns a wine and cigar gig in KZoo.
I can have this bottle at cost. ($40)
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One of my wife's favorite wines. VERY sweet, as most late harvests are. She is basically a hummingbird...


Unless you know the person's wine tastes, you may want to play it safe with a good non-offensive red and white.
If you have a local wine shop they usually can give great recommendations if you give them a price range.
Her taste is very eclectic... no help at all, I know.
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How about this?
Today's client has a buddy who owns a wine and cigar gig in KZoo.
I can have this bottle at cost. ($40)
Google is your friend.

http://www.wine-searcher.com/wine-15...apa-valley-usa
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My wife is really into wine. She seems to be favoring Black Star Farms. She really likes the peach wine they have. I think they are based out of the Traverse City area.
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How about this?
Today's client has a buddy who owns a wine and cigar gig in KZoo.
I can have this bottle at cost. ($40)
I havent had that. I try to stay around 20.00 or less for a bottle, all though Ive had pricier. If you dont mind to spend$$$$. Go for a bottle of Chatou La moffe Bordue (sp) out of France. Its an excellent white or get a La Crema http://pg.lacrema.com/adwords/?gclid...FSZgMgodJSsAbw (easier to find). Both 20.00 - 30.00 whites
Honestly, you dont need to spend a lot to get good wine. Ive had cheap and Ive have had expensive, not a lot of difference unless your friend has a well developed pallet and drinks the expensive stuff. Just my opinion, but the biggest difference between the two is the finish. Cheap wines don't have the smoothness the expensive do but are quite flavorful too. I try to stay above the 10.00 mark when its just for sipping. If Im having it with a meat, I m not as worried about the finish.

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Michigan and Niagra region wines have been impressing me. California wines, unless pre-2005ish vintage reds are a waste of money due to the long drought there.

German Rieslings are a good bet if she likes sweeter wines, French reds if she prefers dry.

A traditional celebratory wine is Italian Moscato, which is a bubbly white. A higher end bottle of that will run you $30-$40.

I used to be quite the wino, with a 300 or so bottle cellar at my old place, but switched over to bourbons 5-6 years ago so I've been out of the current trends but am glad to help with what I may know.

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Oh, and I blew out the rest of my collection in a huge vintage wine tasting party last winter. The hands down crowd favorite was the 1977 Chateau LeSparre White Bordeaux. Everyone was a huge fan, no matter personal preferences. You can still find it through online retailers for around $350 a bottle if that is in your price range?
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IMO if the wine taste good it is a great buy. So whether it's a high end wine or $10 bottle and it tastes like fermented raisins you did bad.
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