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    Curlyben Posts: 18,471, Reputation: 1857
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    #1

    Dec 6, 2008, 11:30 AM
    The Wine expert is IN!
    I'm here to advise you on anything wine and other drink related.

    I have 10 years experience in the UK wine trade and I have studied to WSET Diploma level. Basically a degree level course in wine.
    I have travelled extensively in Europe and to Wine Australia.
    I have a passion for Scottish Malt Whisky and quality beer.

    I have tried various examples of all the worlds great wines and have met a number of their makers.
    I have an underground, personal cellar with some of the greatest vintages and estates ever made.

    Feel free to ask me anything you want to know.
    My advice is based on my personal experience.
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    #2

    Dec 6, 2008, 11:37 AM

    Someone just posted today, I think in real estate or something
    Saying they bought a house that included bottles of wine and they asked about some specific brands and specific questions.
    I don't know if you replied to it or where to find it.

    EDIT
    ***Also I would like a sweet, non dry, possibly fruity wine or whatever.
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    Dec 6, 2008, 11:38 AM
    You mean this one: https://www.askmehelpdesk.com/food-d...le-289056.html

    Already got it ;)

    That's what prompted me to do this.
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    #4

    Jan 8, 2009, 07:43 PM

    Here is the problem I have. I love to drink, not in an alcoholic way but I love it none-the-less.

    When I drink I drink a lot of Cocktails ie: Canberry Vodka (Absolut or Skyy)
    Lemonade Vodka (Svedka or Ciroc)

    Them vodkas are my favorite. Especially Ciroc. ( Ibelieve it's the most smoothest)

    THe problem is my friend and his family is more of a wine and champaigne type of family and we're having a party there this weekend and I a have to bring a wine that I like.

    I have tried many types of wine( don't know of there names though) and don'y like it.

    Since, I have to bring a bottle is there one you would recommend that is not REAL sweet, not dry, not REAL fruity.

    I hate sweet girly drinks.

    Let Me Know!
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    #5

    Jan 9, 2009, 01:05 AM
    Rick, you've left out the most important information...

    Red or White ;)
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    Jan 9, 2009, 10:32 AM

    I don't know the difference!

    What tastes better?

    I couldn't care less if it's blue, yellow or green as long as it's soomething I can choke down for this formal event!

    Like I stated I hate girly drinks ie: real fruity, real sweet. But not like gin where it's a dry taste.
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    #7

    Jan 9, 2009, 02:30 PM

    Oh I have a question... I like some red wines but not all and the place I buy wine often doesn't have the same brands when I go back again.

    I am looking for a red that's not overly "dry" or that has a strong after taste.

    Is there a specific type of grape of region you would recommend to stick to to get a red wine that is a bit less "harsh" since as soon as I seem to find a brand I like I can't buy it anymore. Oh and, in general, is it true or untrue that the more you spend the better the wine will be?
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    #8

    Mar 2, 2009, 04:54 PM
    Hi, I was wondering if certain kinds of red wine have more health benefits than others or are they all equally healthy?
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    Jun 5, 2009, 07:40 PM

    Some of the bunco girls drink wine.its always merlot, I can't stand it. They are big wine drinkers at least a bottle each, so price does matter. They are picky, any help would be great. Thanks loads!
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    #10

    Aug 11, 2009, 11:23 AM

    Which wine is going with meat
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    #11

    Aug 11, 2009, 11:25 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by four points View Post
    which wine is going with meat
    Really depends on what meat and how it's being prepared.
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    Aug 29, 2009, 08:03 PM

    I once had this wine 10 years ago -- it might have been red but I'm not sure. And I just didn't like it very well. Do you think you could recommend something else I might like?

    :p

    Sorry... I couldn't resist.

    On a serious note, I'd love to have a wine conversation with someone sometime. Not sure where I'd put my knowledge - probably above an average person, but about 10 billion light years from an expert. (You can also move this anywhere you feel appropriate.)
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    #13

    Sep 21, 2009, 01:58 PM
    What advice do you have, if any, for someone who is thinking about becoming a sommelier?
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    Sep 21, 2009, 02:03 PM
    You need to immerse yourself in the Classics, i.e. Bordeaux, Burgundy, Italians and Spanish.

    Unless you have a good palate you really don't have a chance of becoming a good sommelier.
    You also need to be fully conversant with the whole wine making cycle and how to care for wines to nurture them to their best.
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    #15

    Mar 25, 2010, 05:16 PM

    My fiance's birthday is coming up and he wants a kit of Wine Accessories... the particular set he wants includes "easy-lift corkscrew, foil cutter, two stainless steel pourers, two bottle stoppers, extra corkscrew worm and display case"


    Can you suggest a brand or product?
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    #16

    Jan 28, 2011, 10:34 PM
    I am dating a very beautiful smart French girl who loves and knows very much about wine. With Valentines day coming up I would like to buy her some REAL French wine, which for her would be from back home. I am in the U.S. And am willing to order online if needed. What are some famous or the best real French wines. Preferably not American versions, but actual French wine. Thank you all
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    #17

    Jan 29, 2011, 12:09 AM
    Tloinnc, well the classic is Pink Champagne.
    There's many brands available, my personal preference is for Billecart Salmon.
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    #18

    Jan 29, 2011, 12:54 AM
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    Thank you very much Curleyben. She is very into Red and often White. Any suggestions there?
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    Jan 29, 2011, 12:56 AM
    That opens things up massively.

    Any ideas what styles she likes ?
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    Jan 29, 2011, 05:48 AM
    I would say, most commonly she drinks a Red Pinot. I know that's what it was a few nights ago. I think that really just has to do with what's available though. Unfortunately I don't know much at all about wine, I'm a whiskey man myself.

    Any helps appreciated, it's most important really just to find something 'from home' although she's found a few wines I think she likea here. She always talks about not being able to find the same as back home.

    But yes, if I had to bet the farm, I would say a Red Pinot. And I know she would appreciate a very high quality red of any kind, if there are some infamous reds that anyone knows of and such. I will paste a list I found online: responses are appreciated.



    BORDEAUX 
    Ch‚teau Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac¬†
    Ch‚teau Ducru-Beaucaillou, St. Julien, Medoc¬†
    Ch‚teau Lafite Rothchild, Pauillac¬†
    Ch√Ęteau Lynch Bages, Pauillac¬†
    Ch√Ęteau Lynch Bages, Pauillac¬†
    Ch‚teau Beychevelle, St Julien¬†
    Ch‚teau Gloria, St. Julien¬†
    Ch‚teau Puy-Blanquet, St. Emilion¬†
    Ch‚teau LaRose-Trintaudon, Haut Medoc¬†
    BURGUNDY 
    Romanee -Conti, Domaine Romanee - Conti 
    La Tache, Domaine Romanee - Conti 
    Romanee St. Vivant, Domaine Romanee-Conti 
    Grands Echezeaux, Domaine Romanee-Conti 
    Grands Echezeaux, Domaine Romanee-Conti 
    Vero, Joseph Drouhin, Bourgogne 
    Domaine de la Croix Jacquelet, Faiveley, Mercurey 
    Domaine de Valmoissine, Louis Latour, Verdon 
    Beaujolais Villages, Georges du Boeuf 
    Beaujolais Nouveau, Georges du Boeuf 
    COTE DU RHONE 
    Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Dom Vieux Telegraphe 
    Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Barton & Guestier 
    Parallele , 45, Paul Jaboulet 
    Crozes-Hermitage, Les Launes, Delas Freres

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