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    Quote Originally Posted by CageyH View Post
    Château neuf is normally over priced, compared to the equally good Vacqueyras and Gigondas IMHO.
    There are also some cracking wines from the local area of Fronton and Gaillac.
    Yes, that's true

    The other thing that's worth mentioning is price. Barry listed some pricey bottles earlier, but if you know what you're buying and get it right, there's a MASSIVE difference in quality between, say, a £20 bottle of wine, and ones for a tenner - almost as much as there is when going from a fiver to a tenner...

    Beyond the £20 mark though, improvements are generally more subtle, and when you get to £50 and above, you need to ensure that you're not just paying through the nose for a bad vintage from a 'fancy name', which could be bettered for half the price! Do your research and only pay big money for fine wines, for the best vintages, as that's where the rewards are, and the results can be mind-blowing, if not very wallet-friendly!!

    A good tip though, for getting maximum 'slurp-per-pound', when buying wine from specialist wine shops on the high street (my favourite way to shop for wine, as I love browsing through all the bottles), is to look for wines without a bar code. Quite often wines from very small producers don't have barcodes, as they haven't been through the UPC/EAN coding system, but can be utterly superb and offer excellent value for money, ably competing with wines at two or three times the price!

    So if you've got a good independent wine shop in town, and use it, bear that in mind, or ask a member of staff if they have any wines from very small, specialist producers without barcodes, as that's often where you'll find some stonking bargains!

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    I rarely dine out , but having the right wine to match the meal or food course is a really great thing!!

    I was being annoyingly flippant as ever Marco
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    Nettie Shiraz. They do a Zinf which is great but this is better.

    Owe Marco for recommending Nettie.

    The label makes it look like a different producer. But it ain't.


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    The Sexton Single Malt ...

    The creation of master blender Alex Thomas, The Sexton Single Malt Irish whiskey is made from 100% Irish malted barley, triple distilled in copper pot stills. After, the liquid is aged in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks imparting a rich and fruity character. It comes in a rather eye-catching hexagonal bottle, too.



    Nice colour
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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    The Sexton Single Malt ...

    The creation of master blender Alex Thomas, The Sexton Single Malt Irish whiskey is made from 100% Irish malted barley, triple distilled in copper pot stills. After, the liquid is aged in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks imparting a rich and fruity character. It comes in a rather eye-catching hexagonal bottle, too.



    Nice colour
    very nice for money.. smooth yet spicy. finish isnt long but very nice.. i could easily arse the bottle but wont

    oak and dried fruit too, + sherry.. having a second just to be sure its drinkable like
    Regards,
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    **I’ve studied deeply in the philosophies and religions, but cheerfulness kept breaking through**

    **Hate makes you impotent, Love makes you crazy. Somewhere in the middle you can survive.**

    “Nothing discloses real character like the use of power. It is easy for the weak to be gentle. Most people can bear adversity. But if you wish to know what a man really is, give him power. This is the supreme test. It is the glory of Lincoln that, having almost absolute power, he never abused it, except on the side of mercy.”

    “You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police ... yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home -- all the more powerful because forbidden -- terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.”

    There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself. -- Johann Sebastian Bach.

    “There's a war out there, old friend. A world war. And it's not about who's got the most bullets. It's about who controls the information. What we see and hear, how we work, what we think... it's all about the information!”

    ***SMILE, BE HAPPY***

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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    very nice for money.. smooth yet spicy. finish isnt long but very nice.. i could easily arse the bottle but wont

    oak and dried fruit too, + sherry.. having a second just to be sure its drinkable like
    Hope that’s not the size of measure you pour in your house.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rmcin626 View Post
    Hope that’s not the size of measure you pour in your house.
    for tasting, its 25ml.. then a second the same... as a pub.. i can keep count better guests got a double if good.

    gonna have to hide the bottle.

    for money a 4 star whisky... in real terms probably 6/10.. its triple distilled so helps the no age statement.. guess its 4/5 years
    Regards,
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    I've said it before and I'll say it again: democracy simply-doesn't-work
    .... ..... ...... ...... ................... ..... ..... ..... ..... .....
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    **I’ve studied deeply in the philosophies and religions, but cheerfulness kept breaking through**

    **Hate makes you impotent, Love makes you crazy. Somewhere in the middle you can survive.**

    “Nothing discloses real character like the use of power. It is easy for the weak to be gentle. Most people can bear adversity. But if you wish to know what a man really is, give him power. This is the supreme test. It is the glory of Lincoln that, having almost absolute power, he never abused it, except on the side of mercy.”

    “You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police ... yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home -- all the more powerful because forbidden -- terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.”

    There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself. -- Johann Sebastian Bach.

    “There's a war out there, old friend. A world war. And it's not about who's got the most bullets. It's about who controls the information. What we see and hear, how we work, what we think... it's all about the information!”

    ***SMILE, BE HAPPY***

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    Quote Originally Posted by User211 View Post
    Nettie Shiraz. They do a Zinf which is great but this is better.

    Owe Marco for recommending Nettie.

    The label makes it look like a different producer. But it ain't.

    Nice one, dude. Still enjoying the Viognier? How was the Shiraz?

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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    for tasting, its 25ml.. then a second the same... as a pub.. i can keep count better guests got a double if good.

    gonna have to hide the bottle.

    for money a 4 star whisky... in real terms probably 6/10.. its triple distilled so helps the no age statement.. guess its 4/5 years
    25ml just coats the bottom of the glass, we always use a measure in the now in the house, but usually pour a 50ml measure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    for tasting, its 25ml.. then a second the same... as a pub.. i can keep count better guests got a double if good.

    gonna have to hide the bottle.

    for money a 4 star whisky... in real terms probably 6/10.. its triple distilled so helps the no age statement.. guess its 4/5 years
    Going to that Burns supper I mentioned tomorrow night, so a few wee drams will be drunk!

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