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(Chicago Trib)   Would you like a nice chardonnay? How about a pink blazer and an appletini?   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 40
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2012-06-17 07:56:52 AM
Subby's trying too hard. You may as well come out at this point. You're not fooling anyone.
 
2012-06-17 07:57:22 AM
Isn't it a little too ironic?
 
2012-06-17 07:59:40 AM
I love chardonnay. My wife, however, likens drinking it to chewing on a 2x4.
 
2012-06-17 08:05:51 AM
I don't particularly like chardonnay. It's usually over-oaked and like "chewing on a 2x4", or it's over-aged and tastes like movie theater popcorn butter.

Unoaked chardonnay is missing that backbone and tastes bland, like an unripe pear.

Fortified fruit wine is really a much better pairing with day to day fare, IMO. Served very cold, there's nothing quite like a recent vintage Nacht Bahn.

Bottoms up!
 
2012-06-17 08:09:06 AM
The people who named the 2010 Margaret River "Ad Lib Tree Hugger" really weren't doing the chardonnay drinkers of this world any favours, now were they?
 
2012-06-17 08:09:14 AM
I heard from my wife it's like chewing on a 2x4.
 
2012-06-17 08:13:51 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: I don't particularly like chardonnay. It's usually over-oaked and like "chewing on a 2x4", or it's over-aged and tastes like movie theater popcorn butter.


Funny that you mentioned butter. I bought a bottle of Far Niente chardonnay for home consumption once. I always describe it as "buttery".
 
2012-06-17 08:26:20 AM
The author is a good example of the pretentiousness of wine connoisseurs. Even the name "connoisseur" is pretentious. You don't use the language this guy uses when talking about anything else. Heck, I bet this guy doesn't use that language when talking about anything else. What I'm talking about is using words with different meanings / context to describe wine, for example: Ubiquity, sundry, felicitously, quaff, naked, strut, peacock, vogue, monikers, crisp.

Does his morning cereal "strut"? Does he "quaff" his coffee in the morning?

I'd have more respect for this snob if he didn't feel the need to put on airs to make his point.
 
2012-06-17 08:29:00 AM
How about a white sport coat and a pink crustacean?
 
2012-06-17 08:29:08 AM
Did someone say Appletini?

crujonessociety.com

/Easy on the tini
 
2012-06-17 08:29:08 AM
Yeah but my malolactic fermented butter bomb chard has 2-3 times the ABV of most of the swill you knuckledraggers call beer and is more versatile with a wide variety of food fare.

/ducks from the beer bottles being thrown at me
 
2012-06-17 08:37:51 AM
OK, I'll have a chardonnay, you pack of chunts.
 
2012-06-17 08:50:09 AM

GDubDub: I love chardonnay. My wife, however, likens drinking it to chewing on a 2x4.


There is a tendency in some locales to think "some good, more better". This is why we have people chipping whole oak trees and tossing them in the vat. It's also why we have people that think an IPA has to have enough hops to qualify as a floor polish.
 
2012-06-17 09:00:22 AM
Didn't read TFA, but there's nothing wrong with a glass of good chardonnay.
 
2012-06-17 09:12:24 AM
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Why not. Booze is booze, right?
 
2012-06-17 09:25:04 AM
I've had chardonnay I liked, and I've had syrup that was labelled "chardonnay". I generally choose anything else on the wine list: there are too many good and reliable alternatives.
 
2012-06-17 09:42:02 AM
The 2009 DCV10 Chardonnay was some of the best I've ever tasted. *sniff* It's all gone. Trulucks has about 10 bottles left, bastards.......
Dry Creek

damned dust.
 
2012-06-17 09:52:04 AM
You know what's funny, I was chewing on a 2x4 the other day and was disappointed to find that it had definite hints of aged grapes to it. It was mostly overwhelmed by the buttery flavors of the chemicals used to force grow the tree, but still. Yech.
 
2012-06-17 09:55:55 AM
Subby, you can pry that appletini from my cold dead well manicured, soft and slightly effeminate hands!
 
2012-06-17 10:35:15 AM

Rozinante: GDubDub: I love chardonnay. My wife, however, likens drinking it to chewing on a 2x4.

There is a tendency in some locales to think "some good, more better". This is why we have people chipping whole oak trees and tossing them in the vat. It's also why we have people that think an IPA has to have enough hops to qualify as a floor polish.


I got a free sample of one of those IPAs at the liquor store yesterday. I told the guy I was sure it would taste like crud, but hey free booze. I was right on both counts.
 
2012-06-17 10:38:37 AM
Wine is for ladies and fancy-boys.
 
2012-06-17 11:06:30 AM

earthwirm: I heard from my wife it's like chewing on a 2x4.


Hey my mistress said the same thing.

/oak 2x4 are crazy expensive, doug fir is just fine
//Alsace Reisling ftw
 
2012-06-17 11:12:47 AM
this article is a perfect example why wine snobs suck so bad. Anyone who talks like that needs to be punched in the face.
 
2012-06-17 11:24:34 AM

hillary: How about a white sport coat and a pink crustacean?


Hey! Why don't we get drunk & screw?
 
2012-06-17 12:03:58 PM

Rozinante: GDubDub: It's also why we have people that think an IPA has to have enough hops to qualify as a floor polish.


Pray tell, which IPAs are these?

/add more hops
 
2012-06-17 12:16:34 PM

WhippingBoy: Wine is for ladies and fancy-boys.


That's MISTER Fancy-Boy to you.
 
2012-06-17 12:22:52 PM

ladyfortuna: Rozinante: GDubDub: It's also why we have people that think an IPA has to have enough hops to qualify as a floor polish.

Pray tell, which IPAs are these?

/add more hops


Double and triple IPAs. Meh. But have fun with yours NTTAWWT
 
2012-06-17 12:28:59 PM

herrDrFarkenstein: ladyfortuna: Rozinante: GDubDub: It's also why we have people that think an IPA has to have enough hops to qualify as a floor polish.

Pray tell, which IPAs are these?

/add more hops

Double and triple IPAs. Meh. But have fun with yours NTTAWWT


Meh, it's all part of the American EXTREME everything craft beer scene. While the EXTREME attitude has led to some EXTREMEly decent beers, it's also made an EXTREME mockery of some of the classic styles (EXTREME IPAs are probably the most EXTREME example of this).

/EXTREME
 
2012-06-17 12:58:26 PM
Sulfites

Just another avenue of sweet sweet life denied me

/damn
//but there's always good scotch
//so, I got that going for me
 
2012-06-17 01:11:07 PM
I don't know what you people are talking about . . . chewing on a 2X4. If you want pine resin, try Retsina, a Greek wine for the acquired taste. I love it, others literally gag.
 
2012-06-17 01:34:51 PM
I'm a fan of Chard but I prefer it to be oak free.
Bowl of mussels and a bottle would do just fine.

/Spanish and likes his wine
//Americans are too insecure to appreciate white wine.
 
2012-06-17 01:45:24 PM
No love for a nice tangy sauvignon blanc?
 
2012-06-17 01:57:29 PM

ladyfortuna: Rozinante: GDubDub: It's also why we have people that think an IPA has to have enough hops to qualify as a floor polish.

Pray tell, which IPAs are these?

/add more hops


Stone Brewrey. "Ruination IPA". Unbelievably hoppy and bitter. Definatly a summer drink. My favorite IPA.
 
2012-06-17 02:20:39 PM
I am not a fan of this new hip unoaked trend. I had one the other day that was pretty much like chewing grapefruit peel. I miss the Rodney Strong Chalk Hill from 2006. I swear that wine made everything taste better, and I didn't have to sell an organ to get it. /sad.
 
2012-06-17 02:55:20 PM

GDubDub: ladyfortuna: Rozinante: GDubDub: It's also why we have people that think an IPA has to have enough hops to qualify as a floor polish.

Pray tell, which IPAs are these?

/add more hops

Stone Brewrey. "Ruination IPA". Unbelievably hoppy and bitter. Definatly a summer drink. My favorite IPA.


Right there with you.
 
2012-06-17 02:57:23 PM

worthlessjuan: I don't know what you people are talking about . . . chewing on a 2X4. If you want pine resin, try Retsina, a Greek wine for the acquired taste. I love it, others literally gag.


Retsina very cold and with the right food (marinated and grilled seafood or fish) is good, but yeah, it's an acquired taste.

So is a good Chardonnay. The problems with Chardonnay have less to do with the grape itself than with the industry. Because the grapes are relatively easy to grow, Chardonnay gets planted everywhere - sometimes even supplanting traditional grapes from that region. And because it's relatively easy to grow, it's attractive to growers focused on inexpensive, bulk production, who tend to do other things cheaply as well - like machine-harvesting (hand harvesting is better because only ripe grapes are picked), throwing in buckets of oak chips to cover flaws, etc. Well-made Chardonnays are great. I prefer Chablis-style (Chablis itself being out of my everyday-wine budget.)

Unfortunately within the $12-17 range, what I'll usually spend on an everyday wine, there are more reliable options - German Rieslings, Italian Pinot Grigios, New Zealand Sauvignion Blancs, etc. Chile makes good Chardonnays in that range.

Rigt now it's hot and humid and I'm drinking a glass of Vino Verde. Perfect for the occasion, Portugal's playing in the Euro cup, and it's $8 a bottle, which is about as cheap as wine gets in Ontario. Good times.
 
2012-06-17 04:43:54 PM
I've never had a chardonnay I was impressed with. I'll take pretty much any other white (and ~80% of reds) long before I'll ever drink more of that nasty rotting log-infused overpriced bullshiat.

/loves me some NZ sauv blanc
//riesling and gewurtz are good too
 
2012-06-17 04:49:36 PM
I hate the "beat you with a buttered barrel stave" chards. Luckily, I live in NorCal and can actually get tank fermented stuff easily.

If you think tanked chards are thin, try Gewurztraminer. All sorts of body for a white. :)
 
2012-06-17 10:57:00 PM
Nice old vine chard (has oak) from Jean Jacques Vincent's Chateau-Fuissé.
not crazy expensive, but not exactly cheap.
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or get one of the best from California which approaches this style.
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2012-06-18 01:09:00 PM
"Unoaked Wine" is a fancy way of sayin "Grape juice we feremneted in a Steel trough." farking nasty shiat.


Sancerre and Poully-Fuisse are much better whites and pretty cheap too. Bring on the Borgogne and we got a ourselves a party.
 
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