Leskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 7507 times:
My favorites are all from South Africa... a nice little Sauvignon Blanc (esp. Spier, Du Toitskloof or Havana Hill), or (almost any) Pinotage... wonderful - from my point of view, nothing else comes close.
Teva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1872 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 7410 times:
Apart from French wines, (my favorites being from Jura), I have to admit I have been very surprised by the high quality of some Swiss wines. I didn't even know Switzerland was producing RED wine (whith, I know). And the red wine I tried was superb. (first time, it was in First, on a Swissair flight, then later in restaurants in Basel).
In Israel, the Rotschild red wine is very nice (but so expensive!!!)
In the past, Croatia produced good red wines. Quality disappeared in the 90s (war). I hope they will be able to produce quality wines again.
for PHX-LJU: Slovenia has some interesting wines too (I have seen last month that Jeruzalem wines are on the wine list of one of the best French restaurants)
This is just to show you that there is not 1 country producing the best wines, but several countries produce great wines.
Also remember that the most important is how you marry the wine (a Chateau - Yquem served with a steak is what I call a crime)
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Qb001 From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2053 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 7379 times:
I totally, fundamentally, categorically reject the notion of "best wine". That doesn't exist.
It's like asking what's the best car, between, say, a Porsche 911 or a Toyota Camry. Both are goods, but they obviously don't target the same market.
The same is true of wine. Even though you say Château Pétrus is the best all-around wine, if you're having salmon for dinner, your Pétrus won't fit at all.
The world of wine is so vast, the real pleasure of a truly wine amateur is to discover new wines, all the time. For me, there's no greater pleasure in my love for wine than to discover that little 10$ bottle that was a perfect fit with my pasta salad.
The great wines are so predictable, it's almost boring. I have a 1989 Sociando-Mallet in my cellar. I'm 100% sure this wine will be excellent when I taste it. Same with my Yqem; can't be disappointed with that one.
The more I know about wine, the more I appreciated the very simple, very valuable 10$-20$ bottles.
As for the countries/regions to watch these days (if you want my opinion), keep an eye on Argentina, Uruguay and Ontario! Yes, Ontario, in Canada - I honestly believe their Cabernet Franc will be something to drink as I think this cep is a perfect match for Ontario's climate and soil (very similar to the Loire Valley).
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Derico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4312 posts, RR: 11
Reply 23, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 7351 times:
Wow, when Argentina's wine industry is compared to that of Uruguay and Ontario (no disrespect), it just tells you how XENOPHOBIC and inward looking we, and particularly Argentine policy makers and businessmen, were in the past 70 years. The basic belief was that the rest of the world was worth sh!t and had nothing to offer, Argentina had it all.
For 70 years argentine wine makers only cared about supplying the domestic market, mostly cheap, mediocre but drinkable jug wine, and almost no fine wines. So no one outside the country even knew it was the world's 5th largest wine producer. And this was also the philosophy across all other sectors of society. In another thread people did not know about Argentina producing beef...
Or solid farming machinery... or autos... or nuclear & medical technologies... or fine leather goods... or being a bread basket for the world by producing wheat, soybeans, oats, etc...
Well, we got what we deserved! With all that Argentina can produce, from her natural resources, to her industries, and her intellectual capital, I now hope that historical blunder has been finally renounced.
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