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#1 Post by Michael S. Monie » October 5th, 2016, 3:00 pm

About a decade ago, mine shifted from Bordeaux to Piedmont. What is the center of your wine universe? Has it changed over the years? If so, from what to what? Thanks.
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#2 Post by Anton D » October 5th, 2016, 3:04 pm

Living in northern California, I admit to a local bias.

It's like dating, you are more likely to end up with someone who lives in your area. [cheers.gif]

If California is my wife, then Bordeaux would be my mistress.

I mean that in gender neutral fashion, it's just that I happen to have a wife, so I said it that way and do not mean to endorse adultery.
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#3 Post by Kirk.Grant » October 5th, 2016, 3:13 pm

It's been Chateau Musar (White & Red) for the better part of the last decade. It may be shifting to Champagne...but I still love Musar. I think as time passes, I'm balancing out the cellar & my drinking habits. I still have a strong passion for Burgundy, Piedmont, Germany, & Oregon.
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#4 Post by M. Dildine » October 5th, 2016, 3:19 pm

I've loved old vine Zin since I first tasted Ridge Lytton Springs in the early 80s. It remains the center of my wine universe!
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#5 Post by Joe B » October 5th, 2016, 3:22 pm

Buy American.
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#6 Post by Anton D » October 5th, 2016, 3:24 pm

M. Dildine wrote:I've loved old vine Zin since I first tasted Ridge Lytton Springs in the early 80s. It remains the center of my wine universe!
That is a pleasant universe.
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#7 Post by Eric S n y d e r » October 5th, 2016, 3:41 pm

CA Central Coast, with CA Napa/Sonoma coming in second. I'm trying very hard to branch out...

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#8 Post by ky1em!ttskus » October 5th, 2016, 3:50 pm

Eric S n y d e r wrote:CA Central Coast, with CA Napa/Sonoma coming in second. I'm trying very hard to branch out...
+1 except I'm not trying to branch out. :)

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#9 Post by Anton D » October 5th, 2016, 3:53 pm

One of my greatest wine pleasures is to get to taste with someone who has a different center of his or her wine universe than I do - great experiences! Someone did all the work of sorting through another region for me, and is providing me with a glimpse into his/her world....I love that!
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#10 Post by PaulMills » October 5th, 2016, 3:56 pm

Mine would be Napa, with a close neighboring universe being OR. It was Paso Robles at one time but that was short lived. It was Walla Walla at one time but that was short lived too.

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#11 Post by Jared Wagner » October 5th, 2016, 3:57 pm

Rocks area of the Walla Walla Valley with northern Rhone a close second.

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#12 Post by dteng » October 5th, 2016, 4:14 pm

Mine used to be purple drank.
It's now AFWE.

I don't mind the occasional PD slut though.
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#13 Post by Eric Ifune » October 5th, 2016, 4:18 pm

Wood aged fortified wines from Portugal. Includes Madeira, Colheita Port, Moscatel de Setubal.

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#14 Post by PeterH » October 5th, 2016, 4:19 pm

I guess the center would be somewhere in the Atlantic, since I have about equal numbers US and European, with not enough from elsewhere to affect the weighting.

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#15 Post by Bob Hoelting » October 5th, 2016, 4:22 pm

My universe has CellarTracker at the center with JJBuckley, Winex, K&L, garagiste, and Full Pull being the planets in orbit. ;)

Really, my taste and cellar cover far and wide and I love the whole exploration just for exploration's sake.

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#16 Post by Scott Watkins » October 5th, 2016, 4:47 pm

Last month Sicily was the center of my universe, this month I am going to occupy the Northern Rhone!
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#17 Post by E. Mark Larson » October 5th, 2016, 4:48 pm

M. Dildine wrote:I've loved old vine Zin since I first tasted Ridge Lytton Springs in the early 80s. It remains the center of my wine universe!
Wow. I could have written this. However, my first LS was not a Ridge bottling. It was called Lytton Springs Winery as I recall. I know that Ridge had been bottling LS fruit since the early 70s--maybe, for all I know, the 60s. The vineyard bottled under their own label for several years. I'm guessing that ended when Ridge bought the vineyard (1991?).

I'm still enamored with DCV.

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#18 Post by Markus S » October 5th, 2016, 4:50 pm

Eclectalia, still. There are simply too many places to warm one's soles...
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#19 Post by Todd F r e n c h » October 5th, 2016, 4:53 pm

mine's been Bordeaux and probably still is, though I purchase so little of it since I'm the only one drinking it. Lately, the center is Ridge, specifically...
Apparently I'm lazy, have a narrow agenda, and offer little in the way of content and substance (RMP) (and have a "penchant for gossip" -KBI)

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#20 Post by Michael Martin » October 5th, 2016, 4:55 pm

I live in two universes: California and Italy.

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#21 Post by Magno González » October 5th, 2016, 4:56 pm

i guess mine is flawed with multiple centers, but if i really had to pick it would be vosne romanee

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#22 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » October 5th, 2016, 5:07 pm

Northern Rhone syrah. First time I tried a Clape Cornas back in the mid-90s, I became a junkie. Game, blood, iron, leather, iodine, saline, black olives, et al. Makes me swoon. The more rustic, stemmy and gamey, like Levet, the better. Closely followed by Bordeaux and Chinon. These three regions are 80% or more of my country "cellar".

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#23 Post by P. ONeill » October 5th, 2016, 5:30 pm

White universe - Chablis
Red universe - N. Rhone.
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#24 Post by bob parsons alberta » October 5th, 2016, 5:35 pm

German Riesling and reds from the Duoro in Portugal closely followed by Loire Valley..Chinon!

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#25 Post by Anton D » October 5th, 2016, 5:36 pm

Scott Watkins wrote:Last month Sicily was the center of my universe, this month I am going to occupy the Northern Rhone!
Be sure to remember - never start a land war in Asia.

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#26 Post by Ralph George » October 5th, 2016, 5:39 pm

Joined to ask a question, and figured reading some threads first would be a good idea. Now I'm not so sure I joined the right place. You guys do know about Alcoholics Anonymous, right?

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#27 Post by Anton D » October 5th, 2016, 5:41 pm

Ralph George wrote:Joined to ask a question, and figured reading some threads first would be a good idea. Now I'm not so sure I joined the right place. You guys do know about Alcoholics Anonymous, right?
That's your question?
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#28 Post by Michael Martin » October 5th, 2016, 5:42 pm

Ralph George wrote:Joined to ask a question, and figured reading some threads first would be a good idea. Now I'm not so sure I joined the right place. You guys do know about Alcoholics Anonymous, right?
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#29 Post by Andy K » October 5th, 2016, 5:58 pm

Mine definitely started out in Napa but then moved to the Left Bank. For the last 15 years or so it has been in the hills of Tuscany. If I had to go domestic I would be more centered in Sonoma than Napa these days.

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#30 Post by M. Dildine » October 5th, 2016, 6:12 pm

Ralph George wrote:Joined to ask a question, and figured reading some threads first would be a good idea. Now I'm not so sure I joined the right place. You guys do know about Alcoholics Anonymous, right?
A suggestion for you Ralph. A wine board is probably not the best place to seek AA support.
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#31 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » October 5th, 2016, 6:19 pm

Ralph George wrote:Joined to ask a question, and figured reading some threads first would be a good idea. Now I'm not so sure I joined the right place. You guys do know about Alcoholics Anonymous, right?
I am a member of AAA.

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#32 Post by maureen nelson » October 5th, 2016, 6:20 pm

Well, surely Beaune is the center of the wine universe!

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#33 Post by M. Dildine » October 5th, 2016, 6:22 pm

Robert Alfert, Jr. wrote:
Ralph George wrote:Joined to ask a question, and figured reading some threads first would be a good idea. Now I'm not so sure I joined the right place. You guys do know about Alcoholics Anonymous, right?
I am a member of AAA.
Alcoholics double anonymous?
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#34 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » October 5th, 2016, 6:23 pm

M. Dildine wrote:
Robert Alfert, Jr. wrote:
Ralph George wrote:Joined to ask a question, and figured reading some threads first would be a good idea. Now I'm not so sure I joined the right place. You guys do know about Alcoholics Anonymous, right?
I am a member of AAA.
Alcoholics double anomalous?
Well, the Bedrock I'm drinking is buzzing me!

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#35 Post by Bdklein » October 5th, 2016, 6:34 pm

Napa and Sonoma. Primarily because it's easy to learn and understand the wines, regions, labels, quality of the harvest, acquire the wines, etc. I need decent//good wine that doesn't require too much brain power. Ignorance is bliss.
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#36 Post by Kevin Porter » October 5th, 2016, 6:36 pm

The Loire (because I can't afford Beaune)

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#37 Post by Matt Allen » October 5th, 2016, 6:39 pm

Sonoma

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#38 Post by Jerry Hey » October 5th, 2016, 7:13 pm

Burgundy.

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#39 Post by Andrew Demaree » October 5th, 2016, 7:17 pm

Napa, with Tuscany second.

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#40 Post by Dennis Kanagie » October 5th, 2016, 7:35 pm

The center of my wine universe is two stories below me in my cellar. champagne.gif
Ralph George wrote:Joined to ask a question, and figured reading some threads first would be a good idea. Now I'm not so sure I joined the right place. You guys do know about Alcoholics Anonymous, right?
Guess you didn't see the thread about drying out, did you? [snort.gif]
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#41 Post by ky1em!ttskus » October 5th, 2016, 8:37 pm

Ralph George wrote:Joined to ask a question, and figured reading some threads first would be a good idea. Now I'm not so sure I joined the right place. You guys do know about Alcoholics Anonymous, right?
Top shelf thread drift, sir. You're going to fit right in here!

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#42 Post by JeromeHan » October 5th, 2016, 9:36 pm

I am heavy into a Rioja phase currently. Can't get enough of it. We'll see how long this lasts though; I'll let you know in a couple weeks.

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#43 Post by Eric S n y d e r » October 5th, 2016, 9:37 pm

ky1em!ttskus wrote:
Eric S n y d e r wrote:CA Central Coast, with CA Napa/Sonoma coming in second. I'm trying very hard to branch out...
+1 except I'm not trying to branch out. :)
Lol, I was browsing at K&L today and I grabbed a 2014 Melville Syrah. Had to slowly put it back down and go find some Etna Rosso and NZ Pinot Noir that I've been meaning to try.

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#44 Post by Vince T » October 5th, 2016, 9:53 pm

Spain > old school Rioja > LdH. And if Rioja is the Earth, then the Loire is the moon.
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#45 Post by Steve Brickley » October 6th, 2016, 12:23 am

Chablis first
Rioja second
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#46 Post by brodie thomson » October 6th, 2016, 1:32 am

Red Burgundy
Red Bordeaux
Piedmont
German Riesling

Depends on who is drinking and what food is being served.

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#47 Post by Mark Golodetz » October 6th, 2016, 3:05 am

Pomerol.
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#48 Post by Joe S. » October 6th, 2016, 3:56 am

I'm still cruising the universe, explorer style. When I'm done exploring, I will likely come back to:

Champagne
Alsace
Sonoma Chardonnay
Napa cabernet
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#49 Post by Markus S » October 6th, 2016, 4:45 am

Dennis Kanagie wrote:The center of my wine universe is two stories below me in my cellar.
2 stories down? Is your cellar an extra deep nuclear fallout shelter? That's pretty nice!
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#50 Post by scamhi » October 6th, 2016, 5:33 am

France- Burgundy, Bordeaux, Beaujolais, Champagne, Northern Rhone, Loire, Languedoc
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