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There are tons of very good Picpouls for $10-15 USD. It's not a grape that needs/wants a lot of extra $$$$ thrown at it.
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Personally pass...unless wine is way more expensive in CA than US? There are tons of very good Picpouls for $10-15 USD. It's not a grape that needs/wants a lot of extra $$$$ thrown at it.
it is!! Provincial and Federal taxes. I can get Barefoot Bistro Pinot Grigio in florida for around $5 US. Here on sale it's $9.95 + 0.20 cent bottle deposit. Not that that's what I regularly buy, but one I can remember...
 

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it is!! Provincial and Federal taxes. I can get Barefoot Bistro Pinot Grigio in florida for around $5 US. Here on sale it's $9.95 + 0.20 cent bottle deposit. Not that that's what I regularly buy, but one I can remember...

On the upside, they're actually good at importing low- and low-mid market labels that are relatively un-distributed in the US.
 
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I don't quite know what to make of mencía, but I do think it's a variety worth following. This one-pager is very good, it seems to me. I've posted at least one bottle here before.

Styles seem to vary quite widely. Some are quite understated and food-centric. This one - well named for a ski forum audience - is not. It's a big, highly extracted, in-your-face bomb that strikes me as still being very primary. Who has tried it? What did you think?

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I'm not sure I've ever had Mencia that wasn't from Bierzo. But damn do I love it in the more restrained style that comes from that region.

Raul Perez -- the legendary Spanish winemaker -- has his hand in Ultreia mark that consistently makes great value Bierzo. It's imported by Skurnik so pretty easy to find. One of my favorite sub-$30 wines to share with people who are getting into wine.
 
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I'm not sure I've ever had Mencia that wasn't from Bierzo. But damn do I love it in the more restrained style that comes from that region.

Raul Perez -- the legendary Spanish winemaker -- has his hand in Ultreia mark that consistently makes great value Bierzo. It's imported by Skurnik so pretty easy to find. One of my favorite sub-$30 wines to share with people who are getting into wine.
Yup. We've been there.
 

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I don't quite know what to make of mencía, but I do think it's a variety worth following. This one-pager is very good, it seems to me. I've posted at least one bottle here before.

Styles seem to vary quite widely. Some are quite understated and food-centric. This one - well named for a ski forum audience - is not. It's a big, highly extracted, in-your-face bomb that strikes me as still being very primary. Who has tried it? What did you think?

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I've tried a few. Seems like at its best it has beautiful aromatics. Like beaujolais and gewurtztraminer had a baby. Structure seems a little unfocused in the versions I've tried. I believe Markus Bokisch has a little planted out by Lodi but I don't think I've ever tried it from there.
 

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In small town America, recycling glass is often a money loser.
We have that in Maine too.

This is why we need to eliminate NIMBY-triggered long-range transport of glass. The answer is, IMO, to make cullet crushers as local as possible. Back in 2005 I actually wanted to do a then-appropriate version of what the girls are doing here:



Considering the actual shortage of fresh, fracking-appropriate sands and fresh, mortar-worthy sand, there has to be a way for capitalism to do this on a slightly bigger scale. Thus:



But thanks for the reminder, I need to drop ~45 lbs at the local pink dumpster.
 
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