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Winos -- er, oenophiles -- unite! Here we go galavanting after the grape, and there are of course scores of fetching -- and sometimes surprising -- countries & regions to choose from. Cheers!

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Comment by Jordan Simon on August 8, 2009 at 3:49pm
Biondi-Santi is considered the greatest Brunello, but given the price, I prefer Altesino.... Monastrell is indeed found fairly widely now in better U.S. wine shops. Unlike Mourvèdre, it's rarely blended in Spain. But the best results are from old-vine plantings. I've also tasted some intriguing dessert Monastrells, that recall Port without quite as much intensity and complexity, as well as sparkling Monastrells which recall the better sparkling Shiraz from Oz... Some California "Rhone Rangers" such as Bonny Doon and Cline have also experimented with Mourvèdre, though again it's usually blended as in the Tablas Creek Châteauneuf-du-Pape homage.
Comment by Karl S Mann on August 8, 2009 at 10:29am
There are great deals of Monastrell already to be found here in the US.
I am off to Italy in October and will be visiting Piedmont - around Alba and Nieve) and Tuscany -Montalcino. I have been working with some Brunello producers for years and can't wait to be out in the vineyards
Comment by David Paul Appell on August 8, 2009 at 9:54am
I hear you, Harold. Which in your opinion is the best Brunello di Montalcino?

Also, I was in Valencia, Spain recently -- an area which has been coming up in the world, wine-wise -- and was introduced to high-tannin Monastrell (called Mourvèdre in France). While I can claim to be a connoisseur, I was impressed -- and so were the wine writers I was with.
Comment by Harold D Partain, CTC, CCTP on August 7, 2009 at 1:42pm
Favorite wine destination is Italy but close seconds are held by quintuplet tie of Spain, Chile, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. I even drink French, California, and an occassional Texas wine! In other words, my favorite wine? RED from anywhere! Travel to Italy several times a year; headed to Australia in late 2010 for a very special Southern Australia Culinary Delights 2 weeks experience with plenty of good wine. Want to join me?
Comment by Karl S Mann on July 14, 2009 at 11:18pm
wouldn't know where to start..... I love South America now, going down to Chile, Argentina and Uruguay in May 2010...I call it the Western part of the 34th parallel south (which hops over to South Africa, then onto Australia).
Would like to go back to NZ once more and then to South Africa, maybe tie it in with the World Cup?
Comment by David Paul Appell on July 14, 2009 at 10:54pm
Welcome to our little winos' group, Karl! Do you have a favorite wine destination?
 

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