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    The red

    Iím currently enjoying a wine renaissance, and I never thought Iíd have such appreciation of a good red. Iím really interested to hear what the rest of you think. Rioja is whatís doing it for me right now, but Iím not adverse to a Merlot or a cabaret Sauvignon.

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    I'm not a huge red wine drinker, but am lucky to have mates that really know their stuff (wine savvy is almost a national pass time here, as opposed to the show-offy thing it can sometimes be in the UK). If I were to choose, then merlot's a good shout, but I also like the peppery taste you can get with Shiraz and Pinot Noir)

    Interestingly, people here rave about wine deals to be found in Lidl of all places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peevemor View Post
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    I'm not a huge red wine drinker, but am lucky to have mates that really know their stuff (wine savvy is almost a national pass time here, as opposed to the show-offy thing it can sometimes be in the UK). If I were to choose, then merlot's a good shout, but I also like the peppery taste you can get with Shiraz and Pinot Noir)

    Interestingly, people here rave about wine deals to be found in Lidl of all places.
    Years ago when I worked as a baker, I worked in a place that was owned by a couple of guys from France. It always amazed me that they couldnít eat lunch until they found a nice wine to go with the cheese and bread that we had in the bakery. They always complained that the price of a decent bottle of wine here was double or triple the price of the French equivalent.

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    Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand

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    A Californian Zinfandel is my favourite. An Italian Primitivo is good as well (same grape as Zinfandel) and Lidl do a good one but I prefer the Californian stuff for some reason.

    I also like an Argentinian Malbec (particularly with steak), Kiwi Pinot Noir, Kiwi Syrah (which is Shiraz) or a Cab Sav (not really fussed where itís from).

    Weíve done a fair amount of wine tasting tours on our travels (Napa Valley, Tuscany, Waiheke and Hawkes Bay in NZ) that have increased our appreciation of wine.

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    I love red wine, usually Spanish. If you like Rioja, youíll love Tempranillo
    I also like my red wine cold, know itís a crime, but goes down so easily when itís chilled

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Whizz View Post
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    I love red wine, usually Spanish. If you like Rioja, youíll love Tempranillo
    I also like my red wine cold, know itís a crime, but goes down so easily when itís chilled
    Think it was Scouse who mentioned that the room temperature recommendation was from over 100 years ago when room temperatures were much colder than we have now.
    So chilled might actually be the way to go

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    Quote Originally Posted by sleeping giant View Post
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    Think it was Scouse who mentioned that the room temperature recommendation was from over 100 years ago when room temperatures were much colder than we have now.
    So chilled might actually be the way to go
    When eating in pals' houses, the best red will ordinarily be served with the main course (depending on what we're eating) after being decanted and kept somewhere cool for an hour or so.

    If the menu means that a white is in order, the good red will usually make an appearance with the cheese.

    If nobody wants cheese, then it will be drunk and savoured after the meal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sleeping giant View Post
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    Think it was Scouse who mentioned that the room temperature recommendation was from over 100 years ago when room temperatures were much colder than we have now.
    So chilled might actually be the way to go
    I did indeed and I prefer my red wine chilled.
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    You can't beat a chilled sparkling Shiraz!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouse Hibby View Post
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    I did indeed and I prefer my red wine chilled.
    Me too, nothing worse than luke warm red wine
    Presume the establishment you work for, serve it cold/chilled?

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    For me, red wine at room temperature brings out the most flavour, but I can see where the Ďslightly chilledí preference comes from. My Ďgo toí red at the moment is Argentinian Malbec. 🍇🍷

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    I like Rioja, and as said (sure I replied to this in the other thread as well) I put it in the fridge.

    I dont drink it very much though as it tends to get me pretty wrecked quickly and the head the next day doesn't mix with a 5 year old son.

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    I only drink Beaujolais, a bottle per day.

    Sounds a lot but it is a light wine 12.5* and very easy to drink with food. All supermarkets sell it

    but Morrisons and Asda are best. Give it a try!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lord bunberry View Post
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    Iím currently enjoying a wine renaissance, and I never thought Iíd have such appreciation of a good red. Iím really interested to hear what the rest of you think. Rioja is whatís doing it for me right now, but Iím not adverse to a Merlot or a cabaret Sauvignon.
    Iíve got a sparkling red in the fridge waiting for the spring to arrive so I can drink it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pollution View Post
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    I only drink Beaujolais, a bottle per day.

    Sounds a lot but it is a light wine 12.5* and very easy to drink with food. All supermarkets sell it

    but Morrisons and Asda are best. Give it a try!
    A bottle everyday?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Whizz View Post
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    A bottle everyday?
    Light at 12.5%, a full 1% less than most other wines

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    Some fantastic wines, red, white and green, (vinho verde), from Portugal. Portuguese wine is very under rated in particular wine from the Duro region.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodhibs55 View Post
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    Some fantastic wines, red, white and green, (vinho verde), from Portugal. Portuguese wine is very under rated in particular wine from the Duro region.
    Indeed. We were in Portugal twice last year and loved the wine. The main trip was for my sister-in-lawís wedding which took place on a vineyard (or ĎQuintaí as the locals call them). Unlimited booze included in the cost of hiring it as a venue as well ;)

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    I like old world reds:French and Italian more than Aussie or California. And it's tragically unfashionable but I always try to get some Beaujolais Nouveau in November, it's just the most cheerful wine in existence.

    Also a word for Ch‚teau Musar from the Bekaa Valley in the Lebanon, amazing wine, amazing back story. Hard to get hold of but majestic had some 2005 recently at about £20.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Whizz View Post
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    A bottle everyday?

    Yes, for over ten years. Absolutely no bad after effects.

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    Wine's a bit hit or miss. That's the interest in it, I suppose. When you discover one you like it's a joy. But it's a downer when a red tastes like chalk dust or a white like paint stripper. Generally, I'd say the more you spend the safer you are.

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    I love red wine but Iíll admit that it all tastes the same to me.

    It has to be chilled too.

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    Yes, for over ten years. Absolutely no bad after effects.
    8 months into life in France and I've almost reached this point already.

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    Yes, for over ten years. Absolutely no bad after effects.
    How old are you, if you don't mind me asking?

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    I love red wine but Iíll admit that it all tastes the same to me.

    It has to be chilled too.
    Bet it won't all taste the same if you drink it at a proper temperature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lapsedhibee View Post
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    How old are you, if you don't mind me asking?

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    Yes, for over ten years. Absolutely no bad after effects.
    Wait until you don't get any for a few days and tell me there's no after effects

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    Two and a half years until a free bus pass!
    Aren't you a bit concerned about possible long-term effects (say, in another 15 or 20 years)?

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