The Nov. 2005 issue of Consumer Reports has an article in which wines are rated.
I recall a similar article last year.
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Irwin,

I think many at this site may not appreciate the viewpoint of an essentially non-wine-focused magazine, but my contention has always been that wine is a consumer product. I look at this every year and believe it is probably far more useful than we winos may think.
cdr11- You view wine as a consumer product? You, my friend, are right, of course.
spo1977--- If Consumer reports said that no wine needs to be decanted, they would be wrong. Of course, no one contends that all wine must be decanted--at least no one I know. They only test wines that are drinkable immediately.
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Originally posted by irwin:
cdr11- You view wine as a consumer product? You, my friend, are right, of course.
spo1977--- If Consumer reports said that no wine needs to be decanted, they would be wrong. Of course, no one contends that all wine must be decanted--at least no one I know. They only test wines that are drinkable immediately.


Of course wine is a consumer product. So are fine works of art, Stradivarius violins, Microtech knives, great pizza and an F-14 going vertical in full afterburner. I like Consumer Reports for car reliablilty data and laundry detergent effectiveness reports. As far as wine is concerned, I'll probably look elsewhere for recommendatons. CR has it's place, but I'd as soon read them for wine advice as I would for music reviews.

PH
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They rated Seghesio the bottle least likely to break on impact.


I think they did mention instability on countertop corners though... some roll-over problems.

Razz
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Originally posted by Hunter:
They rated Seghesio the bottle least likely to break on impact.


That's the variable I always use when buying wine. That box wine normally won't break either, however it can dent or smash in on the corners, thereby making it less stable on the counter. With the holidays quickly approaching, this is great valuable information.

When the party gets too out of hand, break out the Seghesio bottles.
Working for a distributor, I was happy to see the kind words they gave to Meridian Pinot Noir, Beringer Founders Estate Pinot Noir, and to Chateau Souverain Chard.

Admit it, some people on here drink these wines sometimes.

Smile
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Meridian Pinot Noir

Never heard of it.

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Beringer Founders Estate Pinot Noir

Don't care.

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Chateau Souverain Chard

Might be willing to try it. Maybe.

LJ
I haven't read this Consumer Reports article, but I also like Chateau Souverain Chardonnay for its price/value.

Here are Wine Spectator reviews for recent vintages:

Winery: Chateau Souverain
Score: 87
Wine: Chardonnay Sonoma County 2003
 Price: $14
Fresh and lively, with complex pear, melon and honeysuckle flavors of moderate richness and depth. Gains complexity on the finish, with a touch of honey and a light touch of cedary oak that adds dimension. Drink now. 78,000 cases made. (JL)

Winery: Chateau Souverain
Score: 91
Wine: Chardonnay Sonoma County 2002
 Price: $14
A rich, stylish wine with concentrated layers of ripe fig, apricot and honeysuckle, turning elegant and polished, with a long, rich finish. Drink now through 2006. 64,000 cases made. (JL)

Winery: Chateau Souverain
Score: 89
Wine: Chardonnay Sonoma County  2001
 Price: $14
High-toned fruit and toasty oak aromatics are enticing, matched by ripe, rich, complex layers of fig, apricot, ripe pear and creamy, toasty, marshmellow-scented oak. Drink now through 2005. 35,500 cases made. (JL)

Thomas Matthews
Executive editor
redwine&redsox is right....

Every year they publish...they move a lot of boxes for us. They are a broad market publication serving more than just the wine community. Sales go up for the wines they endorse.
That income allows those wineries to make the wines that YOU drink.
Wink
Hey, more power to them. We sometimes forget that we represent a tiny fraction of the wine consuming public. Not everyone can afford 66 Petrus, so it's nice when someone is reviewing the low-end wines for the average Joe.
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
Big Grin I'd like to see you try to decant a bottle in one going full vertical!! That would be a feat!

PH

If the pilot spiraled fast enough he could do it. That would be another use of a corkscrew!
Rothko,

Completely agree with you. I would doubt anyone here is buying much of the wines recommended by CR. CR is for the masses that just want to stop at the supermarket and pick up a decent bottle for dinner. BTW, what's with the reference to the '66 Petrus? Wink

Question for Seanr7, why would you cook with something you've never tasted?

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