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NYTimes today on drinking local

Gretchen's picture

This is a pretty interesting article about locavore wine drinking.


http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/21/dining/21pour.html?_r=1&ref=dining


And for the thread about wine and curry, there might be some gems in this.


Gretchen


Edited 10/21/2009 11:09 am ET by Gretchen

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shipscook's picture

(post #53297, reply #1 of 9)

Very interesting, thanks Gretchen.


Especially the part about Vietnamese pairings.


One of my favorites--Berger Gruner Veltliner, Austria.


thanks again,


Nan

smslaw's picture

(post #53297, reply #2 of 9)

I was at a neighbor's cider pressing party last weekend. A local guy (DaybreakManor Vineyard) brought some wine he'd made mostly from cabernet franc grapes grown in Wiscasset, Maine. It was quite good. I was amazed that wine grapes could be grown around here. He's only bottling about 500 cases, so I guess Mondavi is safe for a while.


 

Gretchen's picture

(post #53297, reply #3 of 9)

Truth be told, I think wine grapes can be grown just about anywhere. I heard a show on NPR one time about the Texas vineyards where they grow cotton in the vineyard in order to shade the grapevines because of the excessive heat.


It might be interesting for you to research any Catholic monasteries in Maine and where they got their wine for sacraments. That was the beginning of some wine making.


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Carole4's picture

(post #53297, reply #4 of 9)

We've taken several day trips to Patagonia and other small wineries SE of Tucson. Not bad wines and the scenery is great.

<http://phoenix.about.com/cs/daytrips/a/winecountry01.htm>

roz's picture

(post #53297, reply #5 of 9)

We purchased a few bottles of Sonoita Vineyards and found they were nice...not great, but nice. We bought the bottles because the man selling at the FM was really into his wines and enthusiastic!

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Carole4's picture

(post #53297, reply #8 of 9)

We did the same thing. We haven't had them yet, so we'll see. We bought some wines about 10 years ago in the Finger Lakes region and saved them. When we tasted them, they were, shall we say, a little raw. 10 years later they were great!

Gretchen's picture

(post #53297, reply #6 of 9)

It's all about terroir!! And I would assume that area is a high mesa? 


Or in some cases, how far you can import grapes to make wine. Just discovered that Biltmore buys their grapes! It isn't uncommon, needless to say.


We have a wonderful new wine area about 40 miles north of us--the Yadkin valley, and they are growing their own grapes.


It is all an amazing industry now.


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Carole4's picture

(post #53297, reply #9 of 9)

Locals here call it the Mountain Empire, Patagonia, Sonoita, Elgin, etc. The scenery is beautiful and makes a nice getaway from the heat of the desert.

The wineries we visited grow their own grapes.

ashleyd's picture

(post #53297, reply #7 of 9)

From memory I think there are only 4 states that don't grow wine grapes. Of course the quality of the wine may vary, but a couple of years ago we had some local wine in Utah, perfectly acceptable.


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