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French wine or California wine?

Asked by swfpdx (172points) January 16th, 2009

I am sitting here drinking a French wine and it is no better than many of the cheaper California wines. Anyone else find that they make better wine than they used to for less expense?

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nikipedia's avatar

California wine is the shit:

Anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. And I will give an additional, personal recommendation for the Ridge wines. Fucking awesome.

rowenaz's avatar

Where do they make Manishevitz?

swfpdx's avatar

I live in Oregon and the Oregon and Washington wines are outlandishly expensive here. I have yet to open a bottle that I have not had to pour down the drain.

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

Look for a lot of interesting wines to come out of KY and IN in the next decade. Prior to Prohibition, Kentucky was the 3rd largest grape growing region in the country. I was reading that the state is encouraging farmers to switch from tobacco to grapes.

PupnTaco's avatar

California makes some great wines but there is a tendency to over-oak and to focus on trends. I’m lucky enough to live five minutes from wine country in inland SoCal and there are a couple local wineries doing some very nice stuff, Mount Palomar in particular.

My tastes personally run to French red wines most of the time, they tend to be a little more nuanced and subtle.

TitsMcGhee's avatar

IMHO, a good wine is a good wine, I don’t care where it came from. You should just find a grape you like and go from there.

Oh, and see the film Bottle Shock. It addresses this issue pretty well.

swfpdx's avatar

That is fantastic. I have to see that movie! Thanks.

SoapChef's avatar

@swfpdx Before you pour a bottle of King Estate Pinot Noir down the drain, let me know. I’ll take it off your hands. I live in Oregon and featured Oregon and Washington wines in my restaurant. I personally think the Northwest wines, especially Pinots can hold their heads up anywhere.

swfpdx's avatar

Perhaps I haven’t stumbled across the right ones?

cyndyh's avatar

I like a lot of wines from Oregon and Washington. I also like a lot of the Australian reds. And I’ve enjoyed some reds from Chile. You can get some really good wines from a lot of places all over, and you can get some crap from a lot of places.

sbrannon's avatar

French white, California red. White with chicken and fish; red with red meat. Spanish reds are very good and not as expensive as Italian reds. But the best whites are the french and the best reds are Italian. There is not cheating on them.

mij's avatar

Having lived in NZ and now in Western Australia check out these in your local bottle shop.
Wine from Houghtons in WA is great and priced well. Anything from the Margaret River area of WA.
And try some Cloudy Bay wine from NZ.

swfpdx's avatar

Thanks, I will do that. I guess I should have mentioned that I do not drink white wine at all. I much prefer reds.

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