Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Arlington, VA
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Lotsa good wines cited here, along with all the humour :-)
Problem is, many wines don't travel well. Chilean, Spanish, and Portugese wines...among others...are great but it's hard to achieve consistency bottle-after-bottle (and who'd stop at just one?).
You're in southern California. Some of the great wines of the world come from California, fully equal to the best ones from abroad. Napa Valley wines, in particular, can be excellent.
There are LOTS of choices, but for an easily obtainable, not-too-expensive and very good wine I'd choose one of the Kendall Jackson products. In a red wine, their Pinot Noir and Syrah are particularly good. In the whites, go for the Chardonnay or the Sauvignon Blanc.
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