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    Posted: 11 December 2008 at 3:21pm
I wanted to get my parents some Wine for Christmas.  It seemed like an easy and fairly cheap gift for the both of them.  The only problem is that I don't know anything about wine.

I was thinking a bottle around $30-40.  Is that a reasonable amount for a decent bottle?  Any suggestions?
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Get them a box of wine. Way more for your dollar
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Originally posted by choopie911 choopie911 wrote:

Get them a box of wine. Way more for your dollar


Is that the stuff that actually comes in a bag, but its boxed and attached to some sort of spout?
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Go to Whole Foods

Go to their wine section

Find a "Chateau Neuf du Pape" in your price range

Buy it.


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Depends on what they like or what kind of food they usually eat with wine. I actually just went to a wine tasting thing for work. Pretty informative. A good safe bet that is normally overlooked is Pinot Noir. It's a light red that goes well with just about anything. For $30-$40 you can get a decent wine.

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Originally posted by tallen702 tallen702 wrote:

Go to Whole Foods

Go to their wine section

Find a "Chateau Neuf du Pape" in your price range

Buy it.




The closest Whole Food store is an hour away.  I'll keep it in mind, hopefully a store closer than that will sell it.
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$30-40 will get you a fairly decent bottle.
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Originally posted by Zata Zata wrote:


Originally posted by tallen702 tallen702 wrote:

Go to Whole Foods

Go to their wine section

Find a "Chateau Neuf du Pape" in your price range

Buy it.


The closest Whole Food store is an hour away.  I'll keep it in mind, hopefully a store closer than that will sell it.


Oh, any wine shop that doesn't have a sign outside that says "Thugz Wine and Likker" will have a C-N-P, but the price range may be a bit higher. usually, you can find a good one in the grocery store or any normal wine shop.

For alternatives, I'd suggest:

Reds:
Vintner | Region/Name | Varietal

Ridge York Creek Zinfandel
Saintsbury Pinot Noir
Red and Green Russian River Zinfandel
Niebaum-Coppola Cabernet Franc
Iron Horse Russian Cuvee Brut Sparkling Wine

OR! You can get them 3 nice reds for ~$40 total
I suggest:
Candor Zinfandel
Berringer Pinot Noir
Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon

For whites, I like the following:
Chalk Hill Chardonnay
Caymus Connundrum
Trimbach Gewurztraminer
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you dont need to spend 30-40 dollars to get a decent wine

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Originally posted by tallen702 tallen702 wrote:

Go to Whole Foods

Go to their wine section

Find a "Chateau Neuf du Pape" in your price range

Buy it.


Can you recommend a a mail/main dish for this style?

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Originally posted by mbro mbro wrote:


Can you recommend a a mail/main dish for this style?


Did you type that drunk? Or are you just checking out some chick's cleavage in the library again?

Anwyay, yes, yes I can.

I'd highly recommend a nice garlic-rubbed thirty-two day dry-aged NY Strip steak grilled to perfection over oak wood with pommes dauphinoise, sauteed haricots verts and finished with sauce financier.
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If they like pinot noir's 2 very good ones are "Angeline" and "Cartlidge & Browne"  Both received high marks from wine tasters and they are 2 of my favorites.  Also if they enjoy the white wnies more so a good chardonay is "La Crema"  As for something a little harder hitting a good meritage is "Pilar Box" (its not in a box just the name of it).  Personally I love wine so I will gladly help you out on this one. 

Here is the link to a good site for it that includes a list of wines that scored 90 points or better (out of 100)  that are under 20 bucks.  You could actually get them one or 2 really nice wines for your price.

http://www.wine.com/Default.asp?mode=xfer



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If I bought my parents a $40 bottle of wine, and we weren't at a restaurant (well, ignoring that fact that it would be illegal), they would shoot me.

My parents normally go through two bottles or so of wine every week, and rarely spend more than $15-$20.
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^^^Little upscale don't you think; Thunderbird is the answer. 

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