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      01-29-2020, 05:53 PM   #199
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Need some recommendations for an engagement dinner with the family. Thinking buying some Amarone and a 1L of Caymus cab? 7 people.
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Need some recommendations for an engagement dinner with the family. Thinking buying some Amarone and a 1L of Caymus cab? 7 people.
What’s in the menu and is there a budget? I usually go with one 750 ml bottle / 2 people with a bottle or two in reserve just in case. So maybe 5 bottles if everyone drinks.
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What’s in the menu and is there a budget? I usually go with one 750 ml bottle / 2 people with a bottle or two in reserve just in case. So maybe 5 bottles if everyone drinks.
There’s usually steaks and lamb at this place. Mostly game meat. Last time I brought 2 and we finished it. That was enough for 5 people with 2 glasses or so each. I’m thinking 2-3 this time should be good. Not looking to get drunk. Prefer to stay around $60-80 a bottle.
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There’s usually steaks and lamb at this place. Mostly game meat. Last time I brought 2 and we finished it. That was enough for 5 people with 2 glasses or so each. I’m thinking 2-3 this time should be good. Not looking to get drunk. Prefer to stay around $60-80 a bottle.
OK didn’t realize it was a restaurant - no extra bottles needed as you can always just order one if necessary.

There’s a lot of good wine in that price range, some mentioned in this thread. For Cabernet, I found Don Melchor at Costco for $80 vs. $100 elsewhere. Caymus always a sold choice. I mentioned Joseph Phelps earlier in the thread. D.R. Stephens is another I think is pretty good.

I haven’t had that much Amarone so I can’t make a specific recommendation, but it should be a good choice. I’d also recommend looking into Brunellos. The 2015 vintage is supposed to be outstanding - not sure if in stores yet but it may be. There are a lot of good Brunellos and several in this price range. Terralsole and Il Poggione should be relatively easy to find.

I’m sure others will chime in with more suggestions.
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I had an Amarone recently, and it was very pricey and I was not impressed. Now we drank it after a good Barolo so that may have contributed to the lack of joy especially when price considered.

I much rather a good Barolo or Brunello
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Shoot, Seven Falls cellars, my bad ... I skipped a word lol...

Happened after I finished the bottle...lol
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Happened after I finished the bottle...lol
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Thanks for the recommendations! I’ll check out Costco and the local K&L wine store and see if some of those are in stock.
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Cheap ass wine, but I gotta tell you, this drinks well for what it is.
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You enjoy it, that's all that matters.
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Did my monthly visit to total wine today and picked up a nice selection of California and Italian wines.

Most are repeat buys, but also mix in a few new options to try each time. These are all in the $15 - $50 range at TW and go great with almost any occasion.

My recommendation for a great every day table wine is the Olema Pinot Noir, best $20 bottle you can find.

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Have you tried the River Road?
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I have tried other wines from them but have not tried this Zin yet
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Ironically I've driven down River Road so many times but never tried this vineyard. Will have to try some.
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Just picked up this magnum on a whim. Anyone try it ? $149
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Any Amarone fans here?
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Any Amarone fans here?
My favorite red and white were Bolla Amarone and Chassagne Montrachet.
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We opened a couple of bottles last weekend: 2013 Tignanello and 2012 Valdicava Brunello for my brother in law’s birthday. I preferred the Tignanello, while my wife preferred the Brunello. Everyone else was just happy we brought some wine to the restaurant.
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We opened a couple of bottles last weekend: 2013 Tignanello and 2012 Valdicava Brunello for my brother in law’s birthday. I preferred the Tignanello, while my wife preferred the Brunello. Everyone else was just happy we brought some wine to the restaurant.
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