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I am attending a retirement dinner on Monday night. The menu is NY strip, fish (turbot, snapper or sturgeon) or a vegetable mix plate (among other non-mains). I am sitting at a table for 10 with the guest of honor. I am trying to pick wines and am a little stumped as there will be no "winos" at the table.

For reds I can bring:

1. Many different bottles of 07 cab
2. Large format Bordeaux (96 clos du marquis, 95 duhart, 99 magdelaine, 96 GPL, etc) but worry that they won't be lush enough for non-winos.
3. 07 CdP
4. Older Rioja
5. Ridge zins (oldest are 85 York creek 1.5l rest are 06 or newer)
6. 2000 or 2001 mondavi reserve in 1.5l
7. ?

If it was me, I would bring a single older cab or Bordeaux, but am limited by the larger number.... I have whites to cover the fish.

Thanks,

G

PS - I know any of the above would work, I'm just trying to find something of universal appeal.
 
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2007 Cali Cab is always a crowd pleaser for non winos. I would also think one of your newer Ridge Zins would work.
 
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Assuming the guest of honor doesn't have a strong preference one way or the other I'd choose the Mondavi Mag due to the format. The head count does limit the single bottle options unless you have two of the same, then I'd choose between option 1 (assuming CA) and 3 based on crowd and specific wine.
 
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2001 mondavi reserve in 1.5l




Thirsty, I had this at an expense account restaurant recently and it was a brilliant bottle of wine.
 
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Good to hear. I have a few 750s.


Just one more sip.
 
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Originally posted by Board-O:
Good to hear. I have a few 750s.


The bottle we had was very good, Board-O.
 
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I believe I have three. Time to open the first?


Just one more sip.
 
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Originally posted by snipes:
Assuming the guest of honor doesn't have a strong preference one way or the other I'd choose the Mondavi Mag due to the format. The head count does limit the single bottle options unless you have two of the same, then I'd choose between option 1 (assuming CA) and 3 based on crowd and specific wine.

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you can never go wrong with a well known expense account cali cab

I personally like the 01 mondavi reserve alot too.


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Originally posted by LBJ2012FinalsMVPisclutch:
2007 Cali Cab is always a crowd pleaser for non winos. I would also think one of your newer Ridge Zins would work.


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I'll bring both mondavis and open the 2000 first. I'm also going to bring a few bottles for anyone interested - probably an 03 Bordeaux or 2 so I have something for the retro tasting. Anyone tried valandrad, GPL or lynch bages from 03?
 
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