Originally Posted by poopdeckpappy
This past weekend when I got back to the boat, I found a Gen sail in my cockpit ( a gift ), I know who put it there, he is my slip neighbor and owns & races a boat like mine.
So, I want to get him and his wife a nice bottle of wine, but being a non drinker, I haven't the slightest clue of whats good and it's gotta be a " Thank You " kind of wine.
Yeah, you read that right, I sail and don't drink
now that everyone is done bashing the french (hey, they've always been there when they needed us)...let's talk grapes.
one of the biggest questions that needs to be asked; what is your budget for said bottle of wine?
you can get a very nice sparkling wine from california (roederer estate,anderson valley for about $20.00 that can stand w/ many french champagnes costing twice the price..or you can buy a very nice roederer cristal for about $250.00 and definitely make an impression.
unless they are oenophiles, chances are a lot of high end wines, would be a waste of money, and go unappreciated.
as this is what i do for a living (chef and purveyor of food and spirits)..i'll toss out some names. this advice, as is much you get here,is worth what you paid for it.
newton, unfiltered chardonnay: california
cakebread cellars, cabernet:california
trevor jones, unfiltered chardonnay :australia
niebaum-coppola rubicon ,cabernet/merlot/cab franc : california
papapietro perry, pinot noir: california
kim crawford , sauvignon blanc 2004:NZ
brunello di montelcino : italy
bollinger, champagne : france
santa margherita, pinot grigio: italy
this list gives you a range from about $20.00 to about $90.00.
if you can find the papapietro perry..it is extraordinary, and quite possibly my favorite from this list.
for something completely different, van gogh makes a double espresso vodka, that is outstanding..best amped up buzz out there, and smooth as silk.
hope this helps