Wine advice

tootswisc(z4/5Wi)December 3, 2005

I am looking for a gift for my rich brother who can afford anything-so what in the world could I give him. I was thinking about giving him some Stilton cheese and a bottle of wine. I just love this cheese (it's like blue cheese but many many times better). My brother has a wine refridge. The best gift would be a bottle that was wonderful AND...affordable. Can anyone suggest something that would go with this. Thanks! Diane

If you have a suggestion for wine that might not go with the cheese, I would still be interested.

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Do you know if your brother is partial to a certain brand of wine? Does he prefer sweet wine or dry, white wine or red? I'm not an expert on what wine goes well with different cheeses, but I would suggest looking for the type of wine he prefers.

Oooo, you just reminded me I have a nice bottle of ice wine in the fridge:) Cheers!


    Bookmark   December 3, 2005 at 9:39PM
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GrowHappy(z7 MD)

Fruit wines go well with certain cheeses. I'm sorry I cannot offer a namebrand....I only drink Maryland wines.

Foxy- you and I are of like minds tonight! I have a bottle of Apple Currant that's just about finished. LOL


    Bookmark   December 3, 2005 at 10:36PM
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fishies(Ottawa z4a or 5)

Ice wine! Now that's a good idea, foxy! They're are good bet, because most people (except foxy!) don't usually keep them on hand, so you'd be getting him something that he likely wouldn't have hanging around his fridge or counter left over from last night's supper. The problem is that some of them can get pretty pricey ($80+ a bottle). They're incredibly sweet, almost syropy, and definitely sipping wines. These are not drinks you guzzle :) They're different than other wines, because the grapes are only harvested after they've frozen. I picked one up about a month ago, and it was only around $35 - not a bad wine. I can't remember the name, though. But if you go into any wine store, especially one with a vintage wine section, and ask the clerk for help, they'll be able to recommend something.


    Bookmark   December 4, 2005 at 8:27PM
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My all time favorite wine is riesling. Its very sweet, but retains a sort of sour quality, almost like a granny smith apple. SO good!!
A good kind is a german piesporter michelsburg reisling. Michalesburg is the region it comes from and piesporter is the kind (I think I have to double check with dh on this). We buy ours from cost plus world market. They range from $9 and up.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2005 at 8:41PM
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GrowHappy(z7 MD)

Theresa- you are right about the Riesling's taste. I drink it sometimes with my meals at Macaroni Grill. It's the sweetest wine they offer, so I'm all over it. I still find it makes my jaws pucker more than I like:)


    Bookmark   December 5, 2005 at 8:47PM
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GrowHappy(z7 MD)

Toots- I thought you might find this link helpful.

Here is a link that might be useful: Wine with that Cheese?

    Bookmark   December 5, 2005 at 9:45PM
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Thanks for that great link GH. It will be fun trying to find the right wine that I can afford!

    Bookmark   December 7, 2005 at 12:00AM
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greenelbows1(z9--so LA)

Newsweek magazine--that bastion of gourmet dining?!--has a weekly box of recommended wines, with prices and flavors. Each week is a different type of wine, so you might like to check the library. Some are quite expensive, but most are amazingly reasonable.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2005 at 12:51AM
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Thanks Greene-I googled Newsweek and found an article that suggested a Gewurztraminur from Columbia Winery in Wa. that costs $9. There was also a hot tip on an Austrian -Gobelsburfger Gruner Veltliner that sounded wonderful-$15. Now I get to go to some big wine shops in Madison to see if I can find them. If the one bottle truely is $9 I will probably buy a couple. Opening a bottle of wine that is wonderful is such a treat for me but I must confess, it is usually by luck since I am not a knowledgeable wine buyer.

Stilton and a good bottle of wine.......priceless

Again, thanks everyone.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2005 at 9:14AM
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Hey you guys are pretty good. My best friend is into wine tasting, s he's in the newspaper now and then, she's help set up vineyards and she always tries to teach me about wine, but this is the extent of my knowledge:

I can distinguish white wine from red.

Good luck, Diane! Sounds like a lovely gift!

    Bookmark   December 11, 2005 at 1:14PM
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mingtea(z9 Tucson)

oooh. that sounds like a GREAT gift! how about a gift basket?
i would put in a couple bottles of Gewurztraminer--there are some great ones from all up and down the willamette valley in oregon, the cheese, some water crackers (maybe cracked peppercorn flavor?), and an assortment of nice pears and grapes. you could always throw in another milder cheese to serve for different palettes. wine accessories are also good so that he can have something after the feasting. i made wine charms out of memory wire last year, or you can maybe add a couple appropriately shaped wine glasses for whatever wine you end up with. cheese accessories are the other route--a cheese serving set or a slicer/cheese board is nice.


    Bookmark   December 11, 2005 at 9:33PM
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I like the basket idea also, but I am trying to keep things simple this year-spend less. I want to donate money to our food pantry and to hurricaine relief efforts.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2005 at 2:45AM
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