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    What about wines then ?

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    What about wines then ?

    Post by papa_umau on Sun 11 Sep 2011, 1:05 pm

    I know that wine-drinking is becoming somewhat of a favourite Brit pastime and as our Angie baby asked me to talk about this subject, as her wish is my command, I will.

    As my wife and daughter both love a glass of decent table-wine or two or three or four..... Embarassed I have found it necessary to look about to find the best wines at the best prices.

    Not being an expert....honest pirat .... I had to seriously look around at names that I had already heard about and at wines that had been recommended to me as good quality at a reasonable price.

    My own favourite wines are German wines and I have - as, knowing me, you might have already guessed - I have already studied these wines out of curiosity. This study, to put it in a nutshell, quickly found out that while German wines usually come from a particular group of grapes like Muller Thurgau or Riesling etc they are based in quality ranges from either natural sweetness and/or the lateness of picking. These, from the eleven main wine regions are easily classifies into six main levels: 1). The general and not name-specific Table wine from anywhere in Germany, 2). The Kabinette, 3). The Spatlese, 4). The Auslese, 5), the Beerenauslese, and 6). the Trockenbeerenauslese. These wines each have a natural sweetness as is proportional to their late date of picking. I won't try to translate the meanings other than to say that number six is a very sweet and expensive wine that is almost a liqueur.

    Anyway, that is my taste preferences. ( NOT my wife or daughter's BTW ).

    Now I will go onto the rest and I will not dwell on any further lectures

    Asda recently offered a three-for-a-tenner deal with wines that ranged from six or seven pounds each to around four pounds each and the wife usually jumped on this deal as she could save sometimes more than half the price on very good wines, ( mostly white, in her and my daughter's case ).

    I expected to find competetive prices in the shops that specialised in wines but I did not find this at all and not curiously these specialist shops have been disappearing from the high-street at a great rate.

    Going into a wine bar is a very counter-productive thing to do as these places seem to cater for the "Yahs" who have more money than sense and who like the snobbery attached to such places. Not for me or mine ! ( Yes, I do know that that sounds like a kind of reverse snobbery ).

    When one looks for good value wines one has to be a bit discerning as the cheapest ones are usually just "plonk" like - in my opinion - Lambrusco and/or some homebrewed British wines.

    Anyway, that is what drives me when I look for a decent wine to drink.

    What drives you then ?


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    Re: What about wines then ?

    Post by zathrus on Thu 15 Sep 2011, 12:47 pm

    Does'nt effect me as I only use plonk to clean the cludgie with. I would never let it touch my lips. Give me a good beer any day.

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