hello everyone. im a wine newbie from LA. lol. im very nice to this and very nice here in the boards. so yeah: any advice would be AMAZING and 2) HELLO!!! Cool
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Originally posted by GrapeBarrel:
hello everyone. im a wine newbie from LA. lol. im very nice to this and very nice here in the boards. so yeah: any advice would be AMAZING and 2) HELLO!!! Cool
Exactly where in Los Angeles do you live? Let us know and I can direct you to the best wine stores with good prices.
Welcome to the boards, hope you enjoy your time here.

My advice to make your time here go smoothly:

1. Declare that you're a vegetarian.
2. Say how much you hate Bordeaux or Gigondas, or Ridge for that matter.
3. Profess undying devotion to all things Mollydooker.
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You're going to get some ribbing as we have many language and grammar police working this beat, but please ignore them and stick around.

Welcome.
Indybob, your responses have been very helpful. Help me with “Mollydooker.” What is significant or interesting about the wine? It sounds like a loaded question; I know. It is not meant to be – please, just mention a couple of details and a recommendation to taste now.


My advice to make your time here go smoothly:

3. Profess undying devotion to all things Mollydooker.[/QUOTE]
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Originally posted by Sancho Panza:
Indybob, your responses have been very helpful. Help me with “Mollydooker.” What is significant or interesting about the wine? It sounds like a loaded question; I know. It is not meant to be – please, just mention a couple of details and a recommendation to taste now.

Grapebarrel, by the way, being new to wine, I look for advice also. Welcome.


My advice to make your time here go smoothly:

3. Profess undying devotion to all things Mollydooker.
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Mollydooker is a fairly new brand of wine from Australia. They produce mostly Shiraz and Cabernet, and some blends. Their wines have been very well received by the critics, especially Robert Parker and Wine Spectator, both of which have given nearly every bottling very high scores.

While I think most of the posters on the board like the wines, there is a very vocal group that claims to find Mollydooker wines to be undrinkable, and they love to ridicule anyone who doesn't agree. Doing so apparently makes them feel special and important.
WineOCD, I missed it. So is the implication that: Mollydooker is a poor wine? Or, did I miss it again? In any event, I am looking for a recommendation to a good Australian Red at a reasonable price, $30 range. I had a glass at a restaurant the other day, a Penfold Shiraz (I believe?); did not like it. That is Australian...is it not?



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Originally posted by wineOCD:
Sancho,
I think it was meant to be funny...
Sancho,
As with any wine it's only good if you like it.

Yep,Penfolds is Australian...

I've not tried any Mollydookers yet but my local wine guy says the 06 'Two Left Feet' is pretty good, "a monster" , but good (20.00) Try a few different wines and see what style(s) you like...

Some of my Aussie favorites to date have been:

Grant Burge
Two Hands
Penfolds
Henry's Drive
Parson's Flat
Barossa Valley Estate
Wolf Blass

There are others...
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Originally posted by Sancho Panza:
WineOCD, I missed it. So is the implication that: Mollydooker is a poor wine? Or, did I miss it again? [QUOTE]Originally posted by wineOCD:


What I believe he means is that if you say you like some Mollydooker wine (or just about anything else), be prepared to have some know-it-all tell you that you're wrong, unsophisticated, and/or just plain evil.

But it's all a matter of taste, and there is no right or wrong about it, despite the pronouncements of a few of these ersatz experts.

BTW, there's a lot of excellent Australian wine in the market, especially in the $30 price range. I suggest that you read some of the posts and look at some of the experts' ratings of the wines, then try a few to see what you like.
Sancho,

Regarding Mollydooker: It's new, it gets HUGE scores from his highness, Robert Parker, and wins awards. Most of it is also what folks refer to as fruit bombs. Some of the Old Worlders (a step away from flat earthers Wink) would have you believe that Mollydooker fills each bottle with Robitussin.

Me, I mostly like it. I've tried and liked in descending order: Carnival of Love, The Boxer, The Violinist, and Two Left Feet.

Some other mid-priced Aussie Shiraz that I like:

Kilikanoon, which I just love (Testament, Covenant, or Oracle are all nice, depending on your means)
Yangarra McLaren Vale (good stuff you can find at a lot of Costcos)
Shingleback (nice in the $20 range, but I've had a couple or corked ones recently).
Hi GP....What ever you do..Do not show any appreciation or the slightest like for
PINOTAGE....They will eat you alive.
HA,HA Razz
Or the granddaddy of them all: Retsina. If you've never had one, order one the next time you're at a Greek restaurant, and make sure you have a spittoon and a whiskey chaser.
Mmm, Mollydooker Boxer Shiraz with cranberry risotto...match made in heaven.

(Gag)

On topic, what varietals (Cabernet, Merlot, Shiraz, Chardonnay, etc.), do you like/are comfortable with? There are a dozen launching pads from where anyone starts off from, but knowing that can help the forum advise you to some new & exciting wines.
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Or the granddaddy of them all: Retsina. If you've never had one, order one the next time you're at a Greek restaurant, and make sure you have a spittoon and a whiskey chaser.


Cool Hey, cowboy, careful, careful! Wink Big Grin I have already declared that I am probably the only one on these boards that love retsina...and I'm proud of it! Wink Smile Big Grin
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Originally posted by Darlene:
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Originally posted by indybob:
Or the granddaddy of them all: Retsina. If you've never had one, order one the next time you're at a Greek restaurant, and make sure you have a spittoon and a whiskey chaser.


Cool Hey, cowboy, careful, careful! Wink Big Grin I have already declared that I am probably the only one on these boards that love retsina...and I'm proud of it! Wink Smile Big Grin


Yes, I remember reading this. Do you have beaver in your family tree?
As for the Mollydooker, you meant syrupy heat bombs, not fruit bombs...try cough syrup, it goes down easier.

...and chastise me now, but there are some excellent malbecs out there that have backbone, body, and complexity: Tikal, Archival Ferrer's Altamira, Bella Vista and Mirador, Catena's Alta, Zapata, and their other "single vineyard" offerings, and Vina Cabos
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Originally posted by indybob:
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Originally posted by Darlene:
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Originally posted by indybob:
Or the granddaddy of them all: Retsina. If you've never had one, order one the next time you're at a Greek restaurant, and make sure you have a spittoon and a whiskey chaser.


Cool Hey, cowboy, careful, careful! Wink Big Grin I have already declared that I am probably the only one on these boards that love retsina...and I'm proud of it! Wink Smile Big Grin


Yes, I remember reading this. Do you have beaver in your family tree?


Cool Hey, be nice. I like to think that, as a wine newbie, I am developing an open palate. Wink Smile
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Originally posted by chaad:
My advice, GrapeBarrel, is to shut down your computer and get yourself to Wine Expo in Santa Monica ASAP.
Excellent advice.
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Originally posted by Darlene:
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Originally posted by indybob:
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Originally posted by Darlene:
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Originally posted by indybob:
Or the granddaddy of them all: Retsina. If you've never had one, order one the next time you're at a Greek restaurant, and make sure you have a spittoon and a whiskey chaser.


Cool Hey, cowboy, careful, careful! Wink Big Grin I have already declared that I am probably the only one on these boards that love retsina...and I'm proud of it! Wink Smile Big Grin


Yes, I remember reading this. Do you have beaver in your family tree?


Cool Hey, be nice. I like to think that, as a wine newbie, I am developing an open palate. Wink Smile


Just having some fun! Glad you like it. The Greek economy could use the boost after losing their arses funding the Athens games.
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Originally posted by indybob:
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Originally posted by Darlene:
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Originally posted by indybob:
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Originally posted by Darlene:
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Originally posted by indybob:
Or the granddaddy of them all: Retsina. If you've never had one, order one the next time you're at a Greek restaurant, and make sure you have a spittoon and a whiskey chaser.


Cool Hey, cowboy, careful, careful! Wink Big Grin I have already declared that I am probably the only one on these boards that love retsina...and I'm proud of it! Wink Smile Big Grin


Yes, I remember reading this. Do you have beaver in your family tree?


Cool Hey, be nice. I like to think that, as a wine newbie, I am developing an open palate. Wink Smile


Just having some fun! Glad you like it. The Greek economy could use the boost after losing their arses funding the Athens games.


Cool Smile Big Grin Wink

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