Wow. Drank a fair amount of wine over Thanksgiving....and had a good time doing it. Found a great liquor store in Grand Rapids, MI with a guy who really seems to know his wine and has a great selection. If you find yourself in the neighborhood go see Rishi at International Beverage Selections. He also has 200 different single malts...thank goodness I don't live in the area.
- Hosmer 2004 Dry Reisling from NY - $15 - pretty darn good...not too overly sweet
- Rodney Strong 2003 Chardonnay - Sonoma - $14 - good...not overly oaked...but I'm not such a fan of Chards...so...it was just OK
- Estancia 2002 Meritage $25 (sale price - normally $34) - Really tight until it had about an hour to breath...still have a bottle....looking forward to it
- Chateau Bianca 2002 Pinot Noir - Oregon - $16 - GREAT. This one was damn good.
- Franz Rae icewine - Germany - yum...sweet and cold...great. $24
- Cloudline 2004 Pinot Noir - Not worth buying...nothing happening $15 other people like it though.
I also asked Rishi for a recommendation for an "everyday" wine - he pointed me to the Castle Rock line. They don't own vineyards, don't employ their own winemakers, don't own bottling plants, etc. Kind of a virtual winemaker. I had their Zinfandel for about $11...it was very good. Rishi said all of their varietals are good. Guess I'll have to look for them and do some more "research".
I have a few more bottles in my luggage (ok, half a case) and I'll post more once I kill them.