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07-15-2011 04:31 PM
herezjohnny Yellow Tail merlot, inexpensive and delicious. My last name is Gascon and I found a wine from Argetina "Gascon" malbec, had to try some and its also very good.
06-06-2011 09:57 PM
Mariner777 I would second the Bogle recommendation for a good bargain. Another great wine for its price is Casillera del diablo by frontera and the frontera red stuff in general is excellent to have with dinners. The best store chain I've found for prices is Joe Canal's - have found incredible bargains there on wine and liquor as well. I have had stores of boxed wine as well and it is extremely practical for boats. I found the 3 Liter boxes taste better then the larger 5 L ones. Black box is not bad Franzia is not so good Almaden better then Franzia but I avoid the whites. I used to be completely against boxes but I find the way that they dispense just one cup at a time quite useful. Whenever I open a bottle I feel pressured to drink it before it spoils.
12-18-2010 07:03 AM
Minnewaska Friends don't let friends drink.... wine from a box.

First, with just a very little caution, I think it would take a freak occurrence to break a wine bottle on a boat, so that isn't a concern for me at all. A wine glass is different.

We prefer good wines in smaller quantities. (when going for a hi-octane experience, there is almost always a half gallon of margaritas made in the fridge).

But, if you want to have a quantity around, there are some good values. There is no such thing as an inexpensive bottle that is "just as good".

Bogle vineyards is one of our fav value bottles to buy for a big party, particularly the petit syrah. Recently discovered Penfold's Rawson Retreat. Both can be had for $10 or less. I've seen them both by the case for $7/btl.

Our favorite wine on the planet is Vineyard 29 Cabernet Aida Estate. If price were not a consideration, you would never go back !!!!!! We only touch it for a special treat.
12-18-2010 04:53 AM
PCP I come from a family that made its own wine for many generations and I drink wine almost every day (and that, in adequate proportions can have a positive result to your health). I only buy bottled wine (in the boat or out of the boat), call me old fashion, but I still think that a glass bottle is the best way to preserve wine. After drinking some, I use a vacuum pump to take the air out of the bottle and that way the wine can stay in perfect conditions for a couple of days.

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12-18-2010 03:53 AM
chef2sail You get what you pay for.

David Roth, Boogle, Cakebread, Arimeda,... why compromise.
12-17-2010 12:04 PM
zeehag bottles of wine fit nicely into the coolest place in my boat-- bottom of cabinet..shaped just right for 2 bottles each cabinet-- so i can provide port for any storm we chance thru on my adventures...i dont drink enough to bother with most wines in bulk, and when i did drink wine, i didnt go for the heartburn or flavor from the boxed varieties....
12-17-2010 08:12 AM
MarioG The 1st mate likes to prevision the boat from china-mart and because I hate stepping foot in those I'm subjected to what ever she brings back which is useally a bag of the silly pink stuff that she likes but when the rum supply gets low I do the restocking which also means I get to fill one of theose boxes that have dividers.
I lived next to a winery in the Rhine valley in Germany were my taste buds were spoiled by bottles of wine that you would pay big $$$ here but because the mark ws so low cost me about $1.50 at the time.

I will admit the bag stuff is convent and ok and not that bad , it just doesn't stay in the nice wine rack that comes on our Endeavour 32
12-17-2010 07:51 AM
Originally Posted by Dbltime View Post
Two Buck Chuck won some blind taste tests recently against medium priced wines.
Food for thought: Wineries send Competition-entries from their own stock, which could be the best barrel out of hundreds, before blending. Until wine for competitions gets pulled from store stock, the resulting medals/results have very little practical meaning.
As far as suitability for boat conditions (constant shaking, uneven temperatures), I find good sparkling/ champagne to suffer the least from "travel-sickness".
Sorry, no box wine on our boat, life is too short ....
12-17-2010 06:46 AM
Dbltime Woops, Carolyn I should have read your post first. Ditto
12-17-2010 06:44 AM
Dbltime The box wines store and maintain flavor better on a boat than bottled wine.
My favorite is the "black box" brand but other good choices as well. The name of my boat is "cheap red" so I must be an expert on this subject.
Two Buck Chuck won some blind taste tests recently against medium priced wines.
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