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Buy Two Bottles?

Date: Tue, May 31, 2011 Wine Tasting

Discovering quality, affordable wine takes a little luck and a forgiving palate. If I can pass along a hint to all my fellow vino hunters, buy two bottles... Why two? Good, affordable wine sells out quickly! There's no guarantee the bottle will still be there on your next wine run. What if I buy two bottles and I hated the first one, you ask? Not so fast... the circumstances affecting wines taste varies widely. Perhaps the bottle was corked/spoiled, it was too warm, or maybe you were drinking it when your girlfriend dumped you, etc. etc. On numerous occasions I've had the second bottle (not in the same sitting!) change my opinion completely. Happy hunting all!


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Website Changes

Date: Sun, May 9, 2010 Wine Tasting


Sorry for the long hiatus folks, blogging has taken a back-seat to "Life" recently. Some changes at Wine4Dummies.com... Due to a change in Blogger's service, I'm now posting to Affordable-Wine.com. All previous links and bookmarks to Wine4Dummies.com will auto-forward here. As you see though, all my image links are broken, so it'll take a little time to restore everything to normal. I hope to have several white wine recommendations this week!

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Wine Barrel Lazy Susan

Date: Sun, Mar 14, 2010 Wine Tasting

It's been a while since my last post, apologies to my readers. Spring has sprung though and I could not be happier!

Continuing on my theme of re-salvaged wine accoutrement, I present the wine barrel top, "Lazy Susan". Made from french oak, this barrel top has been sanded, stained and affixed with a rotating mechanism. It's quickly become a fixture on our dinner table, and it's pretty cool to boot!

Cheers!

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Wine Barrel Lazy Susan

Date: Sun, Mar 14, 2010 Wine Tasting

It's been a while since my last post, apologies to my readers. Spring has sprung though and I could not be happier!

Continuing on my theme of re-salvaged wine accoutrement, I present the wine barrel top, "Lazy Susan". Made from french oak, this barrel top has been sanded, stained and affixed with a rotating mechanism. It's quickly become a fixture on our dinner table, and it's pretty cool to boot!

Cheers!

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Thank You!!

Date: Tue, Feb 2, 2010 Wine Tasting


I wanted to extend a HUGE thank you to my monthly readers. Up to 1,500 readers grace these pages every month, for that I am humbled. I hope to continue bringing you affordable wine finds and wine knowledge for years to come!

Thanks to Green Wine Bottles for the image. I LOVE these, what a creative way to re-purpose and re-cycle old wine bottles.

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Thank You!!

Date: Tue, Feb 2, 2010 Wine Tasting


I wanted to extend a HUGE thank you to my monthly readers. Up to 1,500 readers grace these pages every month, for that I am humbled. I hope to continue bringing you affordable wine finds and wine knowledge for years to come!

Thanks to Green Wine Bottles for the image. I LOVE these, what a creative way to re-purpose and re-cycle old wine bottles.

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Dirty Jobs, Winery

Date: Wed, Jan 20, 2010 Wine Tasting

Dirty Jobs on Discovery is a family favorite in our household. On occasion my 5-year old will opt out of Sesame Street and ask for Mike Rowe by name! If you tune into Discovery, they frequently run Dirty Job marathons, including a visit to a winery.

While I didn't find the job particularly dirty, the episode was both entertaining and educational. If you have a DVR it's worth seeking it out, it provides a brief glimpse into the inner-workings of a large vineyard. The most interesting part for me was seeing the grape-less stems by the thousands sent via conveyor belt to over sized dumpsters. The stems were mulched and used as fertilizer in the vineyard, now THAT's going GREEN.

Cheers!

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Dirty Jobs, Winery

Date: Wed, Jan 20, 2010 Wine Tasting

Dirty Jobs on Discovery is a family favorite in our household. On occasion my 5-year old will opt out of Sesame Street and ask for Mike Rowe by name! If you tune into Discovery, they frequently run Dirty Job marathons, including a visit to a winery.

While I didn't find the job particularly dirty, the episode was both entertaining and educational. If you have a DVR it's worth seeking it out, it provides a brief glimpse into the inner-workings of a large vineyard. The most interesting part for me was seeing the grape-less stems by the thousands sent via conveyor belt to over sized dumpsters. The stems were mulched and used as fertilizer in the vineyard, now THAT's going GREEN.

Cheers!

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Wine Gear I LOVE and USE

Date: Tue, Jan 5, 2010 Wine Tasting


I didn't hide my dislike of the Vinturi but there are a few indispensable wine accoutrement that I would recommend to others. A good decanter is key, a waiter's corkscrew essential and the wine foil cutter, a luxury. I received the foil cutter several years ago from my brother-in-law. Skeptical at first, it's become a well used part of my oenophile weaponry.

With a good waiter's corkscrew you can dispense of the foil covering the cork with a few strokes of your blade. But with the wine foil cutter and a simple squeeze/turn, you can be done in half the time. The cutter slices a perfect circle around the top, exposing the cork. A little lazy...perhaps. But at $5, it's hard to pass up, particularly if you've accidentally sliced your finger open on some exposed foil!

Cheers!

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Wine Gear I LOVE and USE

Date: Tue, Jan 5, 2010 Wine Tasting


I didn't hide my dislike of the Vinturi but there are a few indispensable wine accoutrement that I would recommend to others. A good decanter is key, a waiter's corkscrew essential and the wine foil cutter, a luxury. I received the foil cutter several years ago from my brother-in-law. Skeptical at first, it's become a well used part of my oenophile weaponry.

With a good waiter's corkscrew you can dispense of the foil covering the cork with a few strokes of your blade. But with the wine foil cutter and a simple squeeze/turn, you can be done in half the time. The cutter slices a perfect circle around the top, exposing the cork. A little lazy...perhaps. But at $5, it's hard to pass up, particularly if you've accidentally sliced your finger open on some exposed foil!

Cheers!

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Australian Wine, How far you've come!

Date: Fri, Dec 11, 2009 Wine Tasting

I'm a big Monty Python fan, I was listening and watching long before I started drinking wine. Good thing I didn't take their humor too much to heart, otherwise one sketch entitled "Australian Table Wines" would have kept me away from some of the finest wines in the world!

In 1972 when this sketch was written I have no doubt the wine was pretty much as described...but baby, how far you've come! And now for a little giggle...

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"A lot of people in this country pooh-pooh Australian table wines. This is a pity as many fine Australian wines appeal not only to the Australian palate but also to the cognoscenti of Great Britain.

Black Stump Bordeaux is rightly praised as a peppermint flavored Burgundy, whilst a good Sydney Syrup can rank with any of the world's best sugary wines.

Château Blue, too, has won many prizes; not least for its taste, and its lingering after-burn.

Old Smokey 1968 has been compared favorably to a Welsh claret, whilst the Australian Wino Society thoroughly recommends a 1970 Coq du Rod Laver, which, believe me, has a kick on it like a mule: eight bottles of this and you're really finished. At the opening of the Sydney Bridge Club, they were fishing them out of the main sewers every half an hour.

Of the sparkling wines, the most famous is Perth Pink. This is a bottle with a message in, and the message is 'beware'. This is not a wine for drinking, this is a wine for laying down and avoiding.

Another good fighting wine is Melbourne Old-and-Yellow, which is particularly heavy and should be used only for hand-to-hand combat.

Quite the reverse is true of Château Chunder, which is an appellation contrôlée, specially grown for those keen on regurgitation; a fine wine which really opens up the sluices at both ends.

Real emetic fans will also go for a Hobart Muddy, and a prize winning Cuivre Reserve Château Bottled Nuit San Wogga Wogga, which has a bouquet like an aborigine's armpit.

Cheers!

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Australian Wine, How far you've come!

Date: Fri, Dec 11, 2009 Wine Tasting

I'm a big Monty Python fan, I was listening and watching long before I started drinking wine. Good thing I didn't take their humor too much to heart, otherwise one sketch entitled "Australian Table Wines" would have kept me away from some of the finest wines in the world!

In 1972 when this sketch was written I have no doubt the wine was pretty much as described...but baby, how far you've come! And now for a little giggle...

------
"A lot of people in this country pooh-pooh Australian table wines. This is a pity as many fine Australian wines appeal not only to the Australian palate but also to the cognoscenti of Great Britain.

Black Stump Bordeaux is rightly praised as a peppermint flavored Burgundy, whilst a good Sydney Syrup can rank with any of the world's best sugary wines.

Château Blue, too, has won many prizes; not least for its taste, and its lingering after-burn.

Old Smokey 1968 has been compared favorably to a Welsh claret, whilst the Australian Wino Society thoroughly recommends a 1970 Coq du Rod Laver, which, believe me, has a kick on it like a mule: eight bottles of this and you're really finished. At the opening of the Sydney Bridge Club, they were fishing them out of the main sewers every half an hour.

Of the sparkling wines, the most famous is Perth Pink. This is a bottle with a message in, and the message is 'beware'. This is not a wine for drinking, this is a wine for laying down and avoiding.

Another good fighting wine is Melbourne Old-and-Yellow, which is particularly heavy and should be used only for hand-to-hand combat.

Quite the reverse is true of Château Chunder, which is an appellation contrôlée, specially grown for those keen on regurgitation; a fine wine which really opens up the sluices at both ends.

Real emetic fans will also go for a Hobart Muddy, and a prize winning Cuivre Reserve Château Bottled Nuit San Wogga Wogga, which has a bouquet like an aborigine's armpit.

Cheers!

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Free the Grapes!

Date: Tue, Nov 24, 2009 Wine Tasting


I wouldn't be a responsible wine blogger if I didn't feature Freethegrapes.org at least once. "Free the Grapes! is a national grassroots coalition of wine lovers, wineries and retailers who seek to remove restrictions in states that still prohibit consumers from purchasing wines directly from wineries and retailers."

If you've ever tried to gift wine, join a wine club or purchase wine for yourself at an online store, you've probably run into a myriad of shipping restrictions. Twelve States prohibit direct shipment including my hub in the mid-Atlantic. I'd encourage you to visit Free the Grapes and research you're own State Laws and contact your local Congressman, I know I will!

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Free the Grapes!

Date: Tue, Nov 24, 2009 Wine Tasting


I wouldn't be a responsible wine blogger if I didn't feature Freethegrapes.org at least once. "Free the Grapes! is a national grassroots coalition of wine lovers, wineries and retailers who seek to remove restrictions in states that still prohibit consumers from purchasing wines directly from wineries and retailers."

If you've ever tried to gift wine, join a wine club or purchase wine for yourself at an online store, you've probably run into a myriad of shipping restrictions. Twelve States prohibit direct shipment including my hub in the mid-Atlantic. I'd encourage you to visit Free the Grapes and research you're own State Laws and contact your local Congressman, I know I will!

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