Originally Posted by Rascal
What types of wine do you prefer?
I'm a lush so I'll drink anything.
I usually tend to drink what my wife likes at the moment. She is the type to find something she likes and stick to it rather than experiement. Right now her favorite is BV Coastal Merlot which is $7-8 here in Denver. I like to experiment so when I go to the liquor store, I tend to grab a couple of bottles of things I haven't had before. Had Oberon Merlot last night and it was very good. We drink mostly reds these days, but I will sneak a white in occasionally. Try some of the Australian and South American wines. They are great values right now.
The wineries are learning that Americans are not as interested in being "wine snobs" as much as they want good value. Some of the boxed wines are actually decent. I have had the Black Box and Killer Juice brands. For $17 you get as much wine as in four normal bottles and I think it equals most of the $7-9 bottles.
The J Lohr and Mondavi people were absolutely great to work with when I was in the business. Mondavi has changed hands so I suspect the atmosphere is different now. Overall, the people in California wine people, except the giants like Gallo, are great people. Mirrasou was the oldest family owned winery in California. The brothers and one cousin who ran it were as nice as anyone you would ever meet. The winery became surrounded by San Jose sub divisions and the next generation was not interested in continuing the family business, so they sold the name to Gallo a couple of years ago. That made me sad.