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One of my best mates is getting married on Saturday. Asked him what they want and he said Wine. Said what colour and he said any.

 

 

Now does that mean I get him a bottle of thunderbird?

 

 

Any suggestions as to what, where and how many I should get him?

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Personally, I like Red, Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon being my favourites, Wolf Blass is a good label, you can get that at most Tesco's will probably cost you about £9 ish.

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If you're wanting a decent drop of red that's that little bit special, you can't go wrong with Chateauneuf-du-pape :(

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It's a wedding, so there's only one way to go.

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Or alternatively, if we're being serious for a moment, I could recommend a rather cheeky little Lebanese number for you - the Chateau Musar 1996: Quite pale, maturing, orange-brown tinge with an oxblood core. Nose initially quite volatile, leathery, then pepper and tobacco, sweetly baked blackcurrant and raspberry fruit. Classic Musar. Full, rounded, nicely balanced. Still some grip. Good acids. Rustic, grippy edge on endpalate with some slightly spiky acidity here. Has certainly developed over the last two years, with a fuller texture and greater interest as far as flavour is concerned, but still shows the structure that will carry this along in the cellar for many years to come.

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Personally, I like Red, Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon being my favourites, Wolf Blass is a good label, you can get that at most Tesco's will probably cost you about £9 ish.

Not to rain on your parade Jimbo but Wolf Blass is at best average now and if one absolutely has to then the Wolf Blass Black Label, especially if it's a present. If you have an opportunity to buy some cellared Black label, so pre 1990, I can recommend it highly.

Seriously if you are buying something as a present nothing less than a Grand Cru, if you want to buy 'stralian, Penfolds 707 is good value (better than Grange but without the wank factor), Moss Wood from West Aust is great, Henschke from SA makes some amazing wines.

Pinot Noir from Providence in Tasmania is one of the best you'll ever find but it's hard to get.

Not that I'd want to promote the NZ wine industry the one exception is Sam Neill's Two Paddocks pinot noir, again almost impossible to get.

 

http://www.twopaddocks.com/index.shtml

http://www.providence-vineyards.com.au/

http://www.penfolds.com.au/collection/supe...707-cab-sav.asp

http://www.mosswood.com.au/home

http://www.henschke.com.au

 

Or if you're feeling adventurous.

http://www.winehouse.com.au/OldRareWines.asp

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Personally, I like Red, Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon being my favourites, Wolf Blass is a good label, you can get that at most Tesco's will probably cost you about £9 ish.

Not to rain on your parade Jimbo but Wolf Blass is at best average now and if one absolutely has to then the Wolf Blass Black Label, especially if it's a present. If you have an opportunity to buy some cellared Black label, so pre 1990, I can recommend it highly.

Seriously if you are buying something as a present nothing less than a Grand Cru, if you want to buy 'stralian, Penfolds 707 is good value (better than Grange but without the wank factor), Moss Wood from West Aust is great, Henschke from SA makes some amazing wines.

Pinot Noir from Providence in Tasmania is one of the best you'll ever find but it's hard to get.

Not that I'd want to promote the NZ wine industry the one exception is Sam Neill's Two Paddocks pinot noir, again almost impossible to get.

 

http://www.twopaddocks.com/index.shtml

http://www.providence-vineyards.com.au/

http://www.penfolds.com.au/collection/supe...707-cab-sav.asp

http://www.mosswood.com.au/home

http://www.henschke.com.au

 

Or if you're feeling adventurous.

http://www.winehouse.com.au/OldRareWines.asp

 

 

I agree mate, ultimately its all down to the taste of the individual, one mans grand cru is another mans vinegar, no two palets are the same.

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Or better still...why not go the extra mile and conjure up some home-made wine...sure 2J could give you some tips on domestic alcohol production. :(

My uncle does actually make some fabulous home brewing concoctions. :)

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One of my best mates is getting married on Saturday. Asked him what they want and he said Wine. Said what colour and he said any.

 

 

Now does that mean I get him a bottle of thunderbird?

 

 

Any suggestions as to what, where and how many I should get him?

If he is a Newcastle fan I would get him a bottle (or more) of 'Laughing Magpie', a Shiraz-Viognier, from Australia. Very highly rated and indeed a very nice wine. As a Shiraz it is very fruity and compares to Craig's suggestion of Chateauneuf. But due to the name of the wine I would consider it to be a more imaginative present. Works also if he is a mackem of course...

 

http://www.randrfinewines.co.uk/cart.php?m...detail&p=49

 

http://www.winestore.co.uk/shop/D_Arenberg_Wines.html

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It's a wedding present so why not get him a nice bottle of champagne?

 

 

Is there such a thing ? I fail to see the appeal of Champagne, its just a vile status symbol in my opinion.

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It's a wedding present so why not get him a nice bottle of champagne?

 

 

Is there such a thing ? I fail to see the appeal of Champagne, its just a vile status symbol in my opinion.

 

I imagine The Fish and all his friends Farquar, Leopold etc all enjoy sipping on some after a day out hunting.

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It's a wedding present so why not get him a nice bottle of champagne?

 

 

Is there such a thing ? I fail to see the appeal of Champagne, its just a vile status symbol in my opinion.

 

I imagine The Fish and all his friends Farquar, Leopold etc all enjoy sipping on some after a day out hunting.

 

Pass the champer's Tarquin

 

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One of my favourite Italian wines. Ever had a Gaja Sima?

I love Italian wine especially Barolo or Amarone. But I enjoy even a bog standard Valpolicela or Montepoluciano (my spelling is probably shite there). Masi Valpolicela is really nice.

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