What's on My Wine Rack

  • Au Bon Climat Knox Alexander Pinot Noir '05
  • Cakebread Rubaiyat '06
  • Catalina Sound Sauvignon Blanc '07
  • Chateau Calon Ségur Saint-Estephe '04
  • Chateau Clos de Verdun Medoc '05
  • Chateau Petrus Pomerol '01
  • Chateau Prignac Medoc '05
  • Clenenden Family Vineyards Petit Verdot '04
  • Domaine de Pepouy Colombard '08
  • Domaine Giraud Les Gallimardes Chateauneuf-du-Pape '05
  • Fess Parker Pommard Clone Pinot Noir '05
  • Fess Parker Rodney's Vineyard Syrah '05
  • Fess Parker The Big Easy Syrah '04
  • Gainey Limited Selection Syrah '05
  • Girard Napa Valley Zinfandel '04
  • Green & Red Napa Valley Chiles Mill Vineyard '04
  • Justin Cabernet Sauvignon '04
  • Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc '08
  • Kuleto Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon '02
  • Labyrinth Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir '05
  • Librandi Ciro Rosato Rose '07
  • Linne Calodo Problem Child '06
  • Louis Jadot Marsannay '04
  • Moet & Chandon Champagne Imperial N/V
  • Moncigale Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Rose '08
  • Mud House Sauvignon Blanc '08
  • Oak Savannah One Thousand Hills Red '04
  • Perrier-Jouet Fleur de Champagne Brut '99
  • Peter Michael La Carrière Chardonnay '07
  • Rain Sauvignon Blanc '08
  • Shepherds Ridge Sauvignon Blanc '06
  • Spring Valley Vineyard 'Frederick' Red '04
  • Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon '05
  • Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Ridge Barossa Cuvee '04
  • Toucan Wines Arroyo Grande Valley Zinfandel '05
  • Toucan Wines Evangelho Vineyard Carignane '06
  • Turley Juvenile Zinfandel '05
  • Valchiaro Tocai Fruilano '06
  • Wedell Cellars Pinot Noir '05
  • Williams Selyem Central Coast Pinot Noir '07
  • Williams Selyem Russian River Pinot Noir '07
  • Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir '07
  • Williams Selyem Sonoma County Pinot Noir '07
  • Williams Selyem Westside Ranch Pinot Noir '07
  • Zaza Garnacha Rose '06
Author Comments: 

I drink. A lot. (You don't want to see what's in my beer fridge.)

Well no wonder you liked Sideways :-)

I do enjoy my grapes... :-)

Knowing as much as I do about wine, though (occupational hazard), there were parts of the film I found unreasonably amusing. The scene where Giamatti is describing the nose on the Sanford Pinot Noir Rose, f'rinstance... it's funny not because what he's saying is ridiculous but because that's what wine reviews actually sound like. (I've never understood why notes of tar or tobacco are considered GOOD things...)

Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel '02, ah, a great year. (i move my head up and look posh and for one moment i look presentable)


Mmmmm, '02 California Zin... *drool*

In all honesty, I wish I had the cash (and storage space) to make this list look semi-presentable. But Ah don'.

What do you think of new world chardonnays? I see you have one on your rack now, which indicates that you probably like them. (I could look this up on your other list, but I'm lazy and don't have much time at work). I find them too oaky, and had almost given up on chardonnay, until I tried a chablis I picked up while I was in Paris. Turns out I don't mind the oak taste as long as my wine hasn't been steeped with a giant oak teabag.

I'm actually rather unimpressed by most New World chard, for exactly the reasons you give -- who the hell wants or needs to drink overoaked wine, why not just go lick a barrel, etc. The two on my rack, though, are exceptions (the Sonoma-Cutrer is nicely balanced favorite of mine, and the J. Christopher is unoaked). There's always exceptions... :-)

Also, hooray for Chablis! (Hooray for white Burgundy in general!)

Yeah, when I found out that they use oak chips to make the wine taste like that, I was baffled.

We get an altogether different selection of wines here in the UK. My local wine shop carries a lot of Spanish and Portuguese wines. I'm curious to revisit this list when I return to Canada, as the abundance of New World wines there will probably more closely match the kinds of things you seem to have access to.

It's funny, because when I look at my tastes in wine I realize that I'm basically a New World whore -- I dig big fruit, up-front wines and a lot of Old World wines are too tough and/or astringent for me. But I do like earthy, rustic wines sometimes (i.e. certain Bordeauxs, Barolo, Burgundian-style Pinot Noir). And I prefer my Chardonnay to be pure Old World, which means as little oak as possible. Or, if you must oak it, balance that bitch. Don't go crazy. (RH Phillips Toasted Head Chard? Jesus. Toasted is right.)

Also, I heart Spain. Portugal's not bad either, though Vinho Verde doesn't do much for me.

Funny you mention the big fruit, because I love the Spanish Riojas for just that reason. The white Riojas I've tried have been nice as well.

I don't drink much French wine here as it's expensive compared to a lot of the Australian or Spanish wines, but I enjoyed them when I was in Paris. It was such a different experience drinking wines that don't charge ahead full-bore with the flavour. The reds I tried there were so mellow and light, they felt more like whites to me, just with the flavour of a red.

Most of the Italian wines I had were very nice, but I think they're made to go with food more than anything. I don't like a big, fruity red to overpower my food, and the Italians seem to have found a good balance of reds that have lots of flavour, but aren't so strong they obstruct all that wonderful food. Still, if I'm having a glass just on its own, I'll likely go for New World (love my Australian Shiraz) or a Spanish one with big flavours.