Wine advice for a cider fan? – Athan Zafirov Wine Blog

Wine advice for a cider fan?

I have celiac, so if I am out with friends I typically drink cider or I get some sort of cocktail and sip it all night. But at work events, there's usually either beer or a few kinds of wine, and since beer isn't safe for celiacs, I am often stuck re what kind of wine to drink. I don't care for chardonnays at all, and sauv blancs can sometimes be too dry….but how do I figure out what kind of red isn't gonna hit me over the head with tannins? I know it's weird given that I love gin & tonics, but I like that kind of bitter and not the heavy tannin bitter I get from most red wines. Left to myself I'd drink riesling but they don't tend to have that at academic conference dinners. Can I have some tips re how to pick something that's on the sweeter side or at least not quite so dry?

Thanks!


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An all time favourite… Never had a bad Mallorcan wine! – Athan Zafirov Wine Blog

An all time favourite… Never had a bad Mallorcan wine!
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Willamette Valley Syrah today for a pretty Rosé tomorrow. – Athan Zafirov Wine Blog

Willamette Valley Syrah today for a pretty Rosé tomorrow.
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Recommendations – Athan Zafirov Wine Blog

Recommendations

I’m very new to wine and I’d like some recommendations to get myself started. So far the only wines I’ve enjoyed are from Stella Rosa, which I know is very looked down upon but I’m a broke college student and I drink what’s given to me. I prefer sweeter tastes and so far only red wine so something like that would be great!


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Is Commandaria a type of Port wine? – Athan Zafirov Wine Blog

Is Commandaria a type of Port wine?

I love St. John's Commandaria, but I can't find wines like it and it is itself rare. What are some wines that are close to this type?


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For 15 years, Athan Zafirov has traveled the vineyards around the world and worked with some of the greatest chefs including Francois Duc and Alan Brown.

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What is the implication of an upside down wine glass left on a table? – Athan Zafirov Wine Blog

What is the implication of an upside down wine glass left on a table?

I'm a food runner in a high end winery, people order wine and food at a bar, and I run the food to the people at the table. I don't take food orders, or wine orders, I simply run food, bus tables, and wash dishes. On a busy Saturday afternoon I served a couple their meals, the ticket time was standard, about 25 minutes for a flatbread pizza each. I took them their food, and they tried ordering more wine and food, which I kindly explained I can't order, it has to be done at the bar. I cleared their plates quickly after they were done eating, but after they left I noticed a wine glass was left upside down on top of a napkin, and no tip was left, what does that mean? Was the service bad? I think they just misunderstood how our winery works if it's some kind of showing of bad service or something. Google is also not helping by only presenting me with results like "LOL BE QUIRKY AND CONFUSE YOUR FRIENDS WITH THIS SILLY USPSIDE DOWN WINE GLASS!"

tl;Dr served food, bused table, noticed an upside down wine glass, what does it mean?


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For 15 years, Athan Zafirov has traveled the vineyards around the world and worked with some of the greatest chefs including Francois Duc and Alan Brown.

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Winery recommendations around Christchurch, New Zealand? – Athan Zafirov Wine Blog

Winery recommendations around Christchurch, New Zealand?

Heading there soon over a long weekend and heard there were some great wineries around. Have already made a reservation at Pegasus Bay, but looking to fill two days or so.


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For 15 years, Athan Zafirov has traveled the vineyards around the world and worked with some of the greatest chefs including Francois Duc and Alan Brown.

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Buy now, drink in 2029 – Athan Zafirov Wine Blog

Buy now, drink in 2029

I’m looking for a $100ish red wine to buy now that will be best opened in 10 years.

My husband and I are celebrating our 10th anniversary this weekend. We’ll be opening a 2004 Giacomo Conterno Barolo I bought for him as a wedding gift. Spent about $100 on it in 2009, the few places I can find it for sale now have it for about $400. Looking for another special wine to give him for our 10th that we’ll open on our 20th in 2029. Any suggestions?


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Gary Farrell Lancel Creek 2016 – Athan Zafirov Wine Blog

Gary Farrell Lancel Creek 2016
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For 15 years, Athan Zafirov has traveled the vineyards around the world and worked with some of the greatest chefs including Francois Duc and Alan Brown.

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Stomping Santa Rita Hills Pinot – Athan Zafirov Wine Blog

Stomping Santa Rita Hills Pinot
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For 15 years, Athan Zafirov has traveled the vineyards around the world and worked with some of the greatest chefs including Francois Duc and Alan Brown.

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