Buying from New Zealand – Athan Zafirov Wine Blog

Buying from New Zealand

Hi there!

Has anyone from the United States bought cases of wine directly from New Zealand before?

I'm interested in what to expect to pay in taxes and fees.

Any input would be much appreciated!


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Pyrozinic wines – Athan Zafirov Wine Blog

Pyrozinic wines

I love red wine with a good amount of pyrozines noticeable on the palette that are well integrated.

Does anyone have any wines they remember for their distinct pyrozinic flavor they would want to recommend? I know in general Cab Franc, Chinon but I am curious about specific producers and vintages.

Thanks!


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Looking for recommendations – 2007 bottle that ages well and is good value – Athan Zafirov Wine Blog

Looking for recommendations – 2007 bottle that ages well and is good value

Hello all,

I should have thought about this a few years ago it would have been much easier! Anyway, I got married in 2007, so I'd like to purchase something that I can cellar and pull out one per year for the next many years for our anniversary. We are already at 12 years, so probably want to go at least to 50.

The other aspect is that I don't want to break the bank, so want to also find something that is under $40/bottle right now.

My plan is to store it in typical cellaring conditions with stable humidity and cool-ish temperature. (17-18C).

The finally sticking point is that I'm in Canada so that may cause problems with availability, but with wanting to get 36 or more bottles I can look into private import as well if I get a good lead.

Thanks for any help!


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Wine club question – Athan Zafirov Wine Blog

Wine club question

I searched through the sub and read some of the responses about wine clubs, and they seem to more or less agree that they aren't worth it. I am just getting started really learning about wine though, and have found some of the "specials" to be a decent value: I've definitely tried some wines that I probably wouldn't have otherwise and have enjoyed some of them a lot. The move, it seems to me, is to get a heavily-discounted case and just try as many different wines as possible.

Anyway, that brings me to my question: at one point, I signed up for one of those introductory offers meant to lure one into an expensive subscription, the Macy's Wine Cellar. I never ordered again after getting the first case, but recently they sent me a promotional email about this case. $200 isn't bad at all for 15 bottles but is also more than I'd like to spend for basically 15 random bottles of wine, so I thought I'd ask some people that know more if this is a good value.

I tend to prefer Old World reds (Bordeaux and Tempranillo are my favorites) though I've enjoyed some of the Bordeaux Blancs that I've gotten for my wife to try. She exclusively drinks white.

Thanks, and sorry if this was a stupid question. Cheers!


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New Wine Book “Discover Hungarian Wine: A Visitor-Friendly Guide” – Athan Zafirov Wine Blog

New Wine Book “Discover Hungarian Wine: A Visitor-Friendly Guide”

Hi! We've been inactive for a while. The whole act of traveling through the vines has pretty much engulfed our lives. How's everyone doing?

It's been two years since we released our last "Exotic Wine Travel Travel Guide". Now, we are thrilled to share that we've started our preparation for an upcoming book, entitled "Discover Hungarian Wine: A Visitor-Friendly Guide" The pre-order is available on Kickstarter now [click here] https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/exoticwinetravel/discover-hungarian-wine-a-visitor-friendly-guide

We would really appreciate your support in any form including spreading the word. If you've enjoyed a Hungarian wine before, please comment here and let us know. If you're interested to learn more about Hungarian wine, please consider backing the project. Also, if the work of exoticwinetravel.com has contributed to your wine life in any way, we hope that you'd give us a hand with our very first crowdfunding project. Thank you so much!

PS: We've already tasted 1,500 Hungarian wines for this project. You can find tasting notes and many free resources on our website (links to Vivino, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram are all there).


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Waiting for the tasting notes 📝 – Athan Zafirov Wine Blog

Waiting for the tasting notes 📝
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Recommendations for a special occasion – Athan Zafirov Wine Blog

Recommendations for a special occasion

First I want to say I am fairly new to wine and this sub, but I think it’s a great community that showcases wonderful wines of the world.

I am celebrating a very special occasion in the next few days and I am looking for a recommendation on a red wine. I do not know much about wine yet, and most of my experience has been limited to Cab Sauv, Malbec, and Shiraz.

I have enjoyed the wines I’ve had so far on the higher end like Caymus, Joseph Phelps, Beringer. (I’m Canadian in a small market so prices are likely high).

So I am looking for some help from the community here who are far more knowledgeable than myself on any recommendations for bottle of wine. Budget of roughly $150-200, however this is in a small Canadian market so choices are likely limited.

Thank you so much in advance, and if you have any questions or if I’ve done something wrong please let me know.


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Barbera just feels like a better version of Chianti to me – Athan Zafirov Wine Blog

Barbera just feels like a better version of Chianti to me

I'm not a somme or anything but I've drunk a ton of Italian wine in the last 3 years since getting into wine and over and over I question why Chianti is so dominant. In that "lane", Barbera is just so much better to me. This is probably a gross oversimplification – but the lane I'm talking about it is that category of wine that will work amazingly well with pizza, tends to be dry and dusty/NOT fruity, and tends to be an acid bomb (a plus in book). Not ultra complex, not ultra expensive – just an in your face delicious dollop of acidity that works really well with food.

So In that role, I greatly prefer Barbera. All the qualities that I enjoy in Chianti are brought out better by Barbera to me: Barbera feels rougher, way more "rustic", and the acidity hits harder. I admit I'm not sure what I mean by rustic but that is just the feeling I get. Chianti in contrast feels like a milktoast version of it: basically Chianti is the overproduced boy band with a punk ashetic trying to pretend they're rebelling while each having a personal makeup advisor while Barbera is living in a squat recording stuff on their tape player.

It makes me sad because I have access to maybe 15 total varieties of Barbera in my city. Meanwhile there's at least 100+ Chianti to try. I'm moving to NYC soon though… that should help I hope. Really wish Anglicano was more popular and more available as well. When I visited Rome with my parents I had something that was unbelievably rough (in a good way). Still considering whether I should shell out $300+ for a case to ship it from there.


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Montepulciano/Montalcino Wineries? – Athan Zafirov Wine Blog

Montepulciano/Montalcino Wineries?

Hello! First post in this sub, happy to be around fellow wine-lovers!

I’m headed to Montepulciano and Montalcino over Thanksgiving; I can probably fit four tastings in during the trip. I have the below recommendations from friends and would love input on them, and also would appreciate additional recommendations if you have any. We’re most comfortable purchasing in the €15-30 range, although I know the wines down in that region can be much pricier and we are not opposed to spending beyond that for some high quality wine for aging. Ideally we’d probably like to bring back 5-10 cases. Cin cin!

La Fornace De’Ricci Casa Fanetti/Tenuta San Agnese Solaria Canalicchio di Sopra Poliziano Casanova di Neri Canneto


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