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    Well my dear civitates,

    Beer is beer.

    Wine is the dinner companion of the gods and single malts are the liquid form of comfort.

    I wanted to start a thread to list the great wines and single malts that you have tried.

    Photos links and descriptions are appreciated.

    To start us off:

    French Wine Guide

    International Wine Guide

    Wine handbook
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    Excellent, Asterix.

    I will start with a winter favourite. It is a thick, sweet wine which can be drank as an aperitif too. It is produces solely in the island of Santorini (Thira). The volcanic nature of the earth makse for some excellent wines, like Mavrathiro



    Varieties : Mantilaria, Asyrtiko and Mavrathiro

    Locality : Thira (Santorini)

    Vineyard : Thira (Santorini)

    Ground: established terraces of the island's sandy volcanic soil.

    Microclimate : Mediterranean , with intense sunlight, humid nights, low rainfall, for extensive ripening.

    Harvest : (1998) August

    Vinification : Extensively ripened grapes, sun-dried for twenty days, with Mantilaria, Asyrtiko and Mavrathiro vinted together.

    Bottling : I. S. ROUSSOS PTY LTD, winery in the Episkopi district of Santorini.
    Average production (in bottles) :

    First year available : bottled, 1974

    Characteristics : Dark, sweet, with blended aromas of wild cherry conserve, blackberry, cinnamon and clove. A full mature taste with hints of spices, leaving a pleasingly sweetness. Ages well.

    Alcoholic content : 12.5%
    Serving temperature : 8o - 10o C
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garbarsardar
    Excellent, Asterix.

    I will start with a winter favourite. It is a thick, sweet wine which can be drank as an aperitif too. It is produces solely in the island of Santorini (Thira). The volcanic nature of the earth makse for some excellent wines, like Mavrathiro

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    Fantastic Garb thanks you for the enlightened contribution!

    Today I wish to share one of the great rarely exported Argentine wine houses:

    Navarro Correas

    More information in English

    The Syrah and Malbec share a concesus of three stars on the international scale. Often hard to find even in Spain and the United States, these bottles should never be passed up if seen on the shelf.


    The epitomy of the best rich test of Argentine Malbec and Shyrah, these wines come from the best positioned vineyards in Argentina's Mendoza sub-andine plateau.

    Navarro Correas Malbec .750L 2003

    Tasting notes
    Color: Deep red.
    Nose: Juicy raspberry, spice, and smoky aromas.
    Palate: Ripe flavors of plum and cherry. Full-bodied yet ripe tannins yield a long, soft, flavorful finish.

    Wine maker notes
    Production Area: The predominant red grape in the Mendoza area, Malbec has uniqueness attributable to the terroir and local experience and is fast developing a reputation as Argentina’s most exciting red grape varietal. Planted in the vineyards of Altos del Rio Mendoza, in Argentina, Malbec is respected and appreciated as a truly noble variety, producing wines of the very highest quality.
    Grape Varieties: 100% Malbec.

    Vinification: Malbec grapes from a handful of top quality vineyards were lightly crushed, to maintain a high percentage of intact berries, into small fermenters. The juice was gently pumped over 3 times a day to extract maximum color and round tannins. Malolactic fermentation followed in French oak casks. The wine was further aged in a combination of small oak barrels and the same French oak casks. Final blending and a light egg white fining were done just prior to bottling in the following year.


    Technical notes
    BRAND Colección Privada YEAR 2000 VARIETAL Malbec GEOGRAPHIC APPELLATION Altos del Río Mendoza, Maipú, Mendoza ANALYSIS Alcohol: 12,8 % Residual sugar: 0,20 % Total acidity: 5,55 g/l pH: 3,8 Bottled: December 2001

    Region:
    Argentina
    Andean North West
    Cuyo
    Mendoza

    Regional Varietals:
    Bonarda
    Chenin Blanc
    Furmint

    Regional Wineries:
    Susana Balbo
    Tierra del Fuego




    Asterix gives this wine a ****1/4 star rating in the medium range fine wine category
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    I think that this will come handy in the thread


    http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/cpairing.htm
    http://www.thewineman.com/winecheese.htm

    And for the scientists I can only say: You don't frighten us, Scientific pig dogs. Go and boil your bottoms, you sons of a silly person. I blow my nose at you!

    They found that cheese suppressed just about everything, including berry and oak flavours, sourness and astringency. Only butter aroma was enhanced by cheese, and that is probably because cheese itself contains the molecule responsible for a buttery wine aroma, Heymann says. Strong cheeses suppressed flavours more than milder cheeses, but flavours of all wines were suppressed. In other words, there are no magical wine and cheese pairings.

    Heymann suggests that proteins in the cheese may bind to flavour molecules in the wine, or that fat from the cheese may coat the mouth, deadening the tasters' perception of the wines' flavours. The paper will appear online in March in the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture.
    http://www.newscientist.com/channel/...25354.700.html

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    Caol Ila - One of my favourites



    I am a big fan of peated strong tasting whiskey. The whiskeys of Islay (Port Ellen and Caol Ila especially) can certainly satisfy. I am the proud owner of an 18 year old bottle, and the comfort it provides is sublmie.

    Link to more information and Here

    From wikipedia:

    History
    Caol Ila (Gaelic for “Sound of Islay” and pronounced cull eela) was founded in 1846 by Hector Henderson. The distillery did not fare well, and changed hands in 1854 when Norman Buchanan, owner of the Isle of Jura Distillery, took over.

    In 1863 the business was acquired by Bulloch Lade & Co, of Glasgow, traders in whisky stocks. By the 1880s over 147,000 gallons of whisky were produced there each year.

    In 1920 Bulloch Lade went into voluntary liquidation, and a consortium of businessmen formed the Caol Ila Distillery Company Ltd. In 1927 the Distillers Company Limited acquired a controlling interest in Caol Ila, and in 1930 Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd obtained ownership of all the shares. The company eventually became part of Diageo.

    The distillery closed during World War II, from 1941–1945, because of wartime restrictions on the supply of barley to distillers. From then, production continued until 1972, when the entire structure of the distillery was demolished. A larger distillery was built in the same original architectural style, and production resumed in 1974.


    CAOL ILA 12 YEAR OLD Launched in June 2002, this is a highly prized, hidden gem that continues the traditions of Caol Ila™.
    Caol Ila summary Description title Descriptiion

    Strength: 43% ABV
    Appearance: Pale straw.
    Nose: Subdued, citric fruitiness; a whiff of bath oil and dentist's mouthwash. A fresh and appetising nose, with little or no trace of smoke. A little water raises almond oil and old-fashioned oilskins; still a fresh fruitiness (lychees?), a trace of olive oil, and after a while pot pourri or scented hand-soap.
    Body: Firm, smooth, light to medium.
    Palate: Drinks well at natural strength; sweet start; pleasant, light fragrant smokiness and a lengthy finish. Smooth, pleasant mouth-feel; with water light acidity, some salt and still the sweeter notes. A complex balance of primary tastes.
    Finish: Sweet smokiness in the lingering, slightly sour finish.

    Asterix Star Rating (1-5): *** and a 1/2

    CAOL ILA 18 YEAR OLD A wonderfully balanced Islay malt from an increasingly popular distillery. If you haven't discovered Caol Ila™ yet, this hidden treasure will show you why it’s in increasing demand.
    Caol Ila summary Description title Descriptiion

    Strength: 43% ABV
    Appearance: Pale straw.
    Palate: The taste starts a little sweeter than the 12-year-old. Very pleasant, light-flavoured smokiness. A complex balance of primary tastes.
    Finish: Sweet-smokey, lingering finish.

    Asterix Star Rating (1-5): *** & 3/4

    CAOL ILA CASK STRENGTH It's usual with cask strength malts to add water, but don't add too much. This bottling is surprisingly mellow for the strength.
    Caol Ila summary Description title Descriptiion

    Strength: 55% ABV
    Appearance: Very pale straw.
    Palate: Strong, clean, assertive in flavour, with a smooth, lightly sweet start.
    Finish: A medium length salt/smoky finish.

    Asterix Star Rating: **** & 3/4


    CAOL ILA 25 YEAR OLD Much sought after by connoisseurs, this is the first limited annual release from the original distiller's remaining stocks. The oldest bottling ever offered by the distillers with only 6,000 numbered bottles worldwide.
    Caol Ila summary Description title Descriptiion

    Strength: 59.4% ABV
    Appearance: Bright full gold.
    Palate: Sweetly floral, pine nuts, honey, medicinal and very maritime. Acidity and saltiness, with some centre palate fizz. Wicker chairs and embrocation.
    Finish: Plenty of smoke in the medium to long finish, leaving a lingering, dry, barbecue aftertaste. Sustained and mustardy.

    Asterix Star Rating (1-5): **** and a 1/2
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    T'ga Za Jug

    Roughly translated as "Tears for the South" or "Longing for the South" this fine table wine comes from the Tikves vineyards which sprawl (In good old communism relinquent fashion) the Southeast of the Republic of Macedonia (known to some or few as FYROM). Right accross the mountain pass from Thessaloniki (were Garbi Barbi's roots are from) its a majestic trip for a wine tasting.

    This wine is rather a great table wine. Raspy but with a good aftertaste, its one of those rare wines which is great even without food. It is also very well drunk chilled, because it has that Beaujolais-Tempranillo like quality.



    Vranec is a grape variety indigenous to the Western Balkans, especially to Croatia, Macedonia and Montenegro.

    Be aware though - because of the typically small output of Balkans vineyards, this winery has had far too large of a demand of late, and I was not the only one to notice a drop in quality for the wine since 2005 (they bumped the better wines up in price and bottled as reserve)

    One opinion on it:

    Quote Originally Posted by online review
    The wine is semi-dry and ruby-red in colour, with a distinctive bouquet of raspberries, strawberries, raisins, cinnamon, subtle oak and a slight hint of sweetness. It is similar in taste to the Italian or Californian Barbera, having a good acidity with flavours of red berries a touch of black pepper, hearty nose, light body and smooth finish. It is recommended to be served at temperatures between 18°C and 20°C and taken with grilled food, wild game and cheese

    Asterix gives this wine (in its 2004 or earlier bottling) a ****1/2 star rating in the Table Wine Variety


    For more information navigate here and click on English
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    What's wrong with you sober people?

    Why do I not believe the lack of quality alcohol consumption on TWC?

    Tonight's Scotch Barrel anecdote... does anyone remember Tacticalwithdrawal's drunken ramble in the Curia?
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    Is that why he has his own smiley with alcohol being its theme?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Obi Wan Asterix View Post
    What's wrong with you sober people?

    Why do I not believe the lack of quality alcohol consumption on TWC?

    Tonight's Scotch Barrel anecdote... does anyone remember Tacticalwithdrawal's drunken ramble in the Curia?
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    Here is a special gift just for Asterix.

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    Unfortunately, I have not had the chance to try such a great Scotch. Living in the US, Scotch is always so expensive, so I opt for US whiskey or bourbon.

    In an attempt to revive this thread I'll post one of my favorite drinks. It's called Baren von Bourbon. Its a mix of Barenjager and bourbon. Both are good straight by themselves, but this mixture is simply the perfect combination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StealthFox View Post
    Here is a special gift just for Asterix.

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    Unfortunately, I have not had the chance to try such a great Scotch. Living in the US, Scotch is always so expensive, so I opt for US whiskey or bourbon.

    In an attempt to revive this thread I'll post one of my favorite drinks. It's called Baren von Bourbon. Its a mix of Barenjager and bourbon. Both are good straight by themselves, but this mixture is simply the perfect combination.
    Well if "they" with the red masks let me rep you I would good sir! If you know persons travelling then Duty Free is your answer... my collection is heavy on my preferred Islay products so:









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    Ah, it all looks so good. I still have almost a full bottle of bourbon at the moment, but when I run out I think I'm going to splurge on a good bottle of Scotch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StealthFox View Post
    Ah, it all looks so good. I still have almost a full bottle of bourbon at the moment, but when I run out I think I'm going to splurge on a good bottle of Scotch.
    Where do you live Stealth? Sounds like a trick question
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    Southern United States, specifically Alabama, so bourbon is quite the king here. It's hard to find scotch for less than $50 a bottle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StealthFox View Post
    Southern United States, specifically Alabama, so bourbon is quite the king here. It's hard to find scotch for less than $50 a bottle.
    Well for good scotch that is not so far from the universal going rate... you might pay 2/3 that at a duty free store and 1/2 that at the distillery.

    This is also a factor spurred by US import tariffs combined with the weakness of the dollar off course.

    I am planning a distillery trip this fall
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    Well, I didn't say that was the price for "good" scotch. Easily spend upwards and over $100 for a good bottle, but I'm sure you already know good scotch is expensive.

    I am planning a distillery trip this fall
    .....

    Be sure to take some pictures to share with us here!

    BTW, what is your opinion on scotch/whiskey decanters? Do they serve a purpose other than for display?

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    Southern Comfort and Mountain Dew--beverage of the gods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJStoner View Post
    Southern Comfort and Mountain Dew--beverage of the gods.
    To this day I can't drink Mountain Dew thanks to my mis-spent teens.




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    Quote Originally Posted by y2day View Post
    To this day I can't drink Mountain Dew thanks to my mis-spent teens.
    Mountain dew is exceptional, especially after 10 years in an oak cask!
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    Default Re: Asterix's Vineyard and Scotch Barrel

    Quote Originally Posted by Obi Wan Asterix View Post
    Mountain dew is exceptional, especially after 10 years in an oak cask!
    I have a hard time picturing an oak cask enduring 10 straight years of MD exposure. Perhaps if it was lined with lead.

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