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Life's too short for bad wine

There's a reason I keep going back to having a box of Almaden merlot or cab sauv in the house. I know what I'm going to get, and what that is is a solid tavola that will not scour my mouth with tannin, but still have a nice rounded taste of fruit even though it's not complex and amazing.

I've been trying bottled wines from states that aren't California, and being very disappointed. I tried a local Arizona vineyard, Pleasant Valley Winery, and I can only describe the product as "raisins gone bad". Another Arizona brand is Kokopelli. I've had one bottle that was all right, and another that was just disgusting and I threw it out. I am wondering if the bottles are shipped in too high a temperature.

Kudos, from Oregon, is one I had high hopes for, but while it didn't have a horrible sweet taste, it's thin.

My standbys are blends like Dancing Bull and Twisted Vine. I may have to concede to California as the producer and transporter of good wines.

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wombat_socho
Jul. 6th, 2014 10:54 pm (UTC)
There's always Australia. I've seldom been disappointed by Aussie reds, and like the Germans, they tell you what grapes went into the wine.
daveon
Jul. 7th, 2014 04:07 pm (UTC)
WA does a lot of good wines but I don't think they're widely distributed.

I keep a bunch of cheap South American reds on hand for day to day wine drinking should it take my fancy. I like a spicy, full-bodied wine, and Costco has a stunning deal on an Argentinian Malbec that is very pleasant. Dry, spicy and rich and not like sweet grape juice.
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valerius1979
Jul. 7th, 2014 08:07 pm (UTC)
The only US wines I have seen here are from California, and they are usually very good :)
prushrush
Jul. 8th, 2014 02:48 am (UTC)
When the weather gets cooler, I'll ship you some Prairie State.
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