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As an aftermath to my previous blog about what Texas wines to serve winegrowers from Napa Valley (http://vintagetexas.com/blog/?p=1482), I’ve a follow-up observation. We all know that it is easy to find Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons that are $60, $80 and even over $100 retail, but what do people in the know in Napa Valley really buy to drink?

We visited our friends in Napa Valley about a year ago and this year they stopped by to visit with us over dinner. Both times I have been surprised, intrigued and even shocked by the wines that they pick for dinner. First of all, the wines are damn good. Secondly, they are NOT expensive wines.

If you read Food and Wine magazine you think that all Napa-valley-ites savor indulgingly over $100 bottles of wine at patio parties with Sting and his wife or with Arnold the Governator of California. If you read the Wine Spectator you might get picture of Napa Valleys finest sniffing, swirling and comparing the scents exuded by cult wines with a $300 price tag that were made by a noted garagistas.

I will let you in on to what actually goes on. It’s a pretty simple and smart way to select wine. First of all, most people in Napa Valley know good wine from bad so they don’t drink plonk. They also know other people that inhabit “The Valley” who also know good wine from bad. The secret is that most of them don’t like to spend a lot for wine.

More and wine recommendations at: http://vintagetexas.com/blog/?p=1516
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Date:March 22nd, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC)

It's not a secret

I live in Napa valley, and although I love some of the $70+ cabs here, I've only bought two bottles of those (ever) and we try to keep all of our purchases in the $35 and under range (usually in the 20's.) Nearly impossible to do if I buy the local wines.

I sometimes wonder if the local restaurants think ill of us (or if they secretly respect us for having good taste) when we bring our own wines for corkage -- and those wines are usually not from Napa. Lately we've been doing Oregon pinot and Central Coast wines (mostly Syrah, a little bit of Grenache Blanc) -- average price: $15-$25/bottle. And we plan on restocking a few bottles of the most mushroomy white wine we've ever had: 2008 Tularosa Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc (New Mexico; $12/bottle)

Even Willamette Valley (Oregon) has become a bit pricey (due to their reputation -- well-earned, I might add -- for superior pinot noir), but at $25-$35 per bottle, it pales in comparison to Napa and Sonoma.
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