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So far, a bunch of everyday wines cause we all know Dec. is a busy month;

1X Carmen Chardonnay Reserve 2001 @ 14.95
1X Diamond Ridge Monterey Chardonnay 2001 @ 14.95
1X Chateau Des Charmes Brut @ 19.95
1X Diamond Ridge Napa Valley Merlot 2000 @ 16.95
6X Catena Zapata Mendoza Cab Sauv 2001 @ 22.95
6X Farina Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso
2000 @ 13.95.
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Why did I build that cellar?
I hate myself . . . .

Veni, Vidi, Biberi . . . .
2002 Shirvington Shiraz ($64)
2002 Clarendon Hills OV Grenache Romas ($70)
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2001 Los Altos de la Hoya - Jumilla DO $9 - monastrell
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Not much lately; although, I do attend tastings and fortunately a lot are happening at this time of year.

I'm very fond of rieslings. I suppose I'll be shopping around for some within the next couple of weeks for Christmas.

Also, I don't know much about red wines. From time to time I purchase red table wines and some have been ok.

I like the Coppola red table wine. I haven't tried any his better wines yet, but I hope to soon.

However, I have sampled a couple of fancier wines from Chateauneuf du Pape. I really like the color and the aroma. The taste is very nice, soft and sensual. Also, I am intrigued by its history.
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In my own auction, I have to admit, I bought some wonderful wines. What I tasted so far.

- Haut-Condissas 1997. Not the miracle of the century, but the first time I tasted it. Nice.

- Chardonnay Beerenauslese 2001 from Neusiedlersee.
(Weingut Weiss, Apetlon). Delicious, and not as heavy in alcohol as a Sauternes.

- Ch. Grand-Renouil, Canon-Fronsac, 1995. Great wine, value for money and all that.

- Weissburgunder Trocken, 2001 (Weingut Sander, Mettenheim Rheinhesen). It looked cheap, without even a capsule. But it's a very rich pinot blanc. In an Alsatian style. Nice. And I only spent 2 euro plus costs...

- Domaine Bismarck Cuvée Vanessa 2000.
Sounds like a side show, but it's perectly made of zweigelt, blaufränkisch and cabernet sauvignon (oak fermented). A very fine Austrian red wine.
I really love Austrian red wines. They are so pure and sainly made...

Bought some 1996 vintage Fonseca, have to taste that yet. Guess I don't have to be in a hurry.
'01 Monte Rosso zin
'01 St. Peter's Church zin
'01 Harris Kratka zin
'01 Pickett's Road Petite Sirah
'01 Holbrook Mitchell Trio meritage
'00 Holbrook Mitchell Trio meritage

Don't read a lot about Rosenblum on this forum, but if you haven't tried their zins, syrahs and (more recently) their petites and meritage, you're really missing something special in '00 & '01.

Let's roll...
I have put the brakes on and hid the Amex for December as Nov was very expensive for me as I bought approx 6-7 cases of assorted wines.

The only fairly expensive purchases for December so far are 6 x 1998 Bosquet des Papes CDP ($49.00 CDN) and a few 2000 Beaucastel CDP mags ($135 CDN). Hopefully nothing else will be of interest for the remainder of the year.

I will be buying holiday/party/gift wines to be consumed by and/or given to friends/family which include 2000 Diamond Creek Merlot ($16 CDN), 2001 J&F Lurton Malbec (#13 CDN), 2001 Von Kesselstatt Riesling Kabinett ($22.00 CDN) and Seaview Brut ($10.00 CDN).

Christmas presents for the kids or wine...... hmmmmm

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