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Snooth User: Really Big Al

Dare we discuss - wine pairings with political events?

Posted by Really Big Al, Oct 9, 2016.

You guys know that I'm always one to push the limits.  In fact, I like to grab life by the me rephrase that....I like to enjoy pairing wine with politics and things of this nature.  Anyone who knows me might not realize I am better with wine/event pairings than with wine/food pairings.  So, with that being said, I need to pair a wine tonight that won't affect my sense of humor when the Trump / Hillary debate starts.  

I'm leaning towards one of our Barnett Cabernet Sauvignon wines, perhaps one with enough age on it to make me smile.  How about the rest of you?

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Reply by dvogler, Oct 9, 2016.

I don't think I'd waste any wine on such a miserable event as what's in store later today.  In fact, my dignity is going to remain intact because I won't waste one second of my life witnessing it.  However, as it's my Thanksgiving weekend, I will be having some good wine.

Reply by dmcker, Oct 9, 2016.

Don't you realize the rarity of the political theater you might witness, DV?

Al, more like tokes of hydro ganj and shots of bizarro liqueurs type theater. If you over-indulge and end up yawning technicolor it might not be entirely clear why...

Reply by rckr1951, Oct 9, 2016.

We just drank bunch of zinfandel last night at our Zinfan-Tastic night celebration.  I think I'd start with a bunch of shots just to back I'm on the same level as our two combatants are and then shoot the TV out of pity.

Reply by William Djubin, Oct 9, 2016.

Funny. I just called out a" Rattlesnake Barnett" from across the room. The bottle was Sideways of the Table and this Guest ONLY brings great wine. 

My query?

"Is it Barnett Cabernet ?" and then " is it Rattlesnake" and he acknowledged and confirmed.

Reply by Really Big Al, Oct 9, 2016.

We're saving our Rattlesnakes (we have at least five of them) for the actual election day and maybe future anniversaries.  I think we will go with the original selection, but that 2010 Rattlesnake does look tasty.  Has anyone else selected their wine for tonight's event?

Reply by MJET, Oct 9, 2016.

I'm having a 2013 Textbook Cab while watching Sunday Night Football. If I wanted to watch The Jerry Springer Show I would tune in during the week. Sorry, I'm not interested in either candidate. I feel so bad for future generations. Hey Packers SCORE!!! 

Reply by outthere, Oct 9, 2016.

Reply by Really Big Al, Oct 9, 2016.

Enjoy the cab MJ.  Maybe OT has the proper selection for this evening.

Reply by Really Big Al, Oct 9, 2016.

Crap.  Our wine is gone and they're still talking!

Reply by vin0vin0, Oct 10, 2016.

We're just getting back from dinner after a long day tasting in Paso Robles, there's a debate tonight?

Reply by Really Big Al, Oct 10, 2016.

You were better off missing it V V.  Closer than the first debate, but a bit better moderated this time to keep them on track toward addressing the questions.

Reply by rckr1951, Oct 10, 2016.

I too kept flipping channels between the Packer game (Can't let my team down.) and the Duck And Cover Game Show. The game was more interesting 

MJET - If politics continue to devolve into more of this, your sentiments are exactly right.

Drinking a Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon - better than I expected.

Reply by duncan 906, Oct 10, 2016.

I am a Londoner so I do not live in the USA nor am I an American so I do not get a vote and the election is none of my business but I have seen some of the campaign. My brother who lives in America and is an American citizen amused me when he said that this time his country had a choice between a witch and a buffoon. I have only seen exerpts from the debates because they were held in the middle of the night over here.i

Reply by bostonlobsterman, Oct 10, 2016.

I went with Cabernet Sauvignon TWO-BUCK CHUCK which BTW goes for about $3 on the East Coast these days. Perfect match.

PS Further paired with smoked wild turkey jerkey.

Reply by JonDerry, Oct 10, 2016.

Yeah Paul, that Columbia Crest hits really nice at around $10


Reply by rckr1951, Oct 10, 2016.

BLM - Is that jerky marinated in Wild Turkey or the generic game bird style?

Reply by dvogler, Oct 10, 2016.

The first bottle of CC Horse Heaven Hills I opened (in the spring) I wondered how it could possibly have been on the Wine Spectator top 100.  Next one I let breathe a while and it was a decent wine for the money for sure, but am still a little baffled that it could make the top 100 list.  For not quite $20, the Kiona cab sav kicks CC's butt.

Reply by dmcker, Oct 10, 2016.

Come on, DV, how much credence are you giving WS and their 100, anyway? I always doubted them, and used my decoder ring to figure how they were responding to and supporting various PR and marketing initiatives. But when they made Kosta Browne PN their best back at the beginning of the decade, that was it and I stopped even bothering to read them.

CC also has never impressed from when I was first drinking them in the '80s. Haven't had any this decade but sincerely doubt they've risen to be all that much better.

Reply by Really Big Al, Oct 11, 2016.

Perhaps we should start thinking of which wines are appropriate for the third and final debate?  It's on Wednesday, 19 October 2016.  

I have my eye on a Duckhorn wine.....

Reply by dvogler, Oct 11, 2016.


I don't buy wine based on WS list or points, but my wine buddy suggested I bring back a few from Seattle to try and see "why" they might have included it.  It is inexpensive to be sure, but I wasn't holding my breath for something fantastic.  It was mediocre, but the last one I had was much better, nearly a real Cab Sav!  This is a perfect example of exponential qpr.  It's pretty good for $10, but the L'Ecole 41 Walla Walla cab IS four times better at four times the price!

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