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Buying wine

Posted by daisy2-185007 - Created: 15 years ago
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I want to buy a few cases of wine. I'm sure some of you must be wine buffs with lots of wonderful suggestions of where to go for great buys on CDA. Can anyone advise? Many thanks

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Posted by Andrew.Wilk - 15 years ago

Any one know where on the CdA I can get a crate of "Blue Nun"?

(Only joking!)

I yeild to your prodigious knowledge of South African wines, sir.

Best Regards

Andrew

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Posted by MikeP-180526 - 15 years ago

Andrew:

Not to mention Sidi Brahim (Algerian I think) and the ubiquitous Valpolicella, plus some of the dregs of the Spanish vineyards.  Occasionally one sees good Spanish at our local Champion.

I did once score a real steal at a store in Antibes - I've forgotten the name.  I saw, all lone and forlorn, two bottles of Zonnebloem Shiraz, at a very good price for such and excellent wine,  under the 'foreign wine' section.  I popped them into my trolley and went straight to the cashier to do an Oliver Twist (ask for more).  The cashier sent me to the manager who checked his stock record on the computer, told me they had two cases, had had it for two years, nobody ever bought it ......   I told him I needed a cheap wine for a party for firends from SA and that would be ideal.  I asked him if he'd give me the two cases at a 25% markdown.  He clearly thought I was insane,  he had it carried to my car before the words were out of my mouth.  I only wish I'd asked for a 50% markdown!

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Posted by Andrew.Wilk - 15 years ago

I don't recall seeing any Chilean or SA wines in Nicolas, though I have spotted the odd bottle one the shelves at Carrefour TNL. For reasons more to do with sentiment than taste you seem more likely to see Californian in the "rest of the World" sections.

 Despite access to both London and Nice, I am ashamed to say I still do the Dover-Calais run to stock up the London base with New World and Chilean out of Sainsburys and Auchan.

Heres to the day you find shelves of Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs in Monoprix!

 

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Posted by MikeP-180526 - 15 years ago

Do the Nicolas shops stock any New World (preferably SA or Chilean) wine?

Does anyone know of any other sources?

Argentinian wines are excellent but I think that Chilean are even better, possibly something to do with the proximity of the Chilean vineyard areas to the coast and being West facing, whilst the Argentinian ones are (mainly) around Cordoba, far inland, and East facing.  Just a thought!

 

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Posted by stgeorge-182529 - 15 years ago

Nicolas chain is good , but there are others in Nice .

La Cave Royale in Rue.Gioffredo and Rue Cassini do an excellent selection of just about everything French mostly from the producers themselves. They always have 'unknown' champagnes ,which are superb value , from about 65 Ffrs a bottle, and every bit as palatable as the grandes marques !

La Belle Cave , on the other hand, Rue Bavastro, just behind the Church on the Port of Nice , sells wine ' a la tirette', meaning you can take your own 5 litre containers along , and choose after tasting ! There is a good selection of reds from about 10 Ffrs a litre. This Cave supplies a lot of restaurants in the area with their house wines .

If I'm travelling North by car , I always plan the trip to stop at the Cooperative Vinicole Ste. Marie de La Blanche , in Beaune. Turn right and off the Autoroute at the Beaune Peage and its about 3 miles down the road. Get your 33 litre plastic Bonbon with a tap here ! Its best to decant it into clean bottles if you want to keep it over a month. Unbeatable value for some superior Coop and individual vineyard wines from about 12 Ffrs a litre. When you think that the 75 cl. glass bottle , plus label, plus cork and seal now costs around 4 Frs 50 ( Bordeaux style) 5 Frs 50 (Provence style) .......???!!!

A comprehensive Website for the wine buffs is www.vinomedia.fr only in French though , but fascinating ! Join their club and take advantage of some of the offers - Annonces Amateurs has some give away deals !

 

stgeorge

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Posted by Andrew.Wilk - 15 years ago

My own solution has been to shop very selectively at the Nicolas chain - branches in Nice in Jean Medecin and Malussena - they are part of the well known Oddbins group and though they do a lot of prestigious expensive stuff, at the lower end of the price range - Euro 3.80 - 5.00 - their offerings are consistently drinkable and occassionally very good. Plus there is a chance if you find what you like you can go back for more.

Among the supermarkets, Carrefoure is ok-ish, but Monoprix and Casino tend to be overpriced, completely inconsistent and disappointing, and generally to be avoided. Perhaps the locals know something we dont.

 

Cheers

Andrew

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Posted by daisy2-185007 - 15 years ago

St.george - Terrific website, have taken your advice and ordered some Griottes - Cheers.  Can't wait to visit foire de Nice - Thank you for the advice.  (Maybe you should write a book, full or information for newcomers to CDA!)

Cheffie, thank you for offering to help - I still need some Champagne ideas.

MikeP - I agree, New World wines are wonderful - have you tried Argentinian wines? Discovered them on a recent to trip to B.A and they are fantastic value.

JVSepp - would suffer a stonking hangover drinking 2 euro wine at my age, unfortunately!

Thank you all!

 

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Posted by stgeorge-182529 - 15 years ago

The ' Foire De Nice ', starts on the 7th March in the Palais des Expositions, Nice, near the Acropolis , for about 10 days. Its a bit like the old Ideal Home Exhibition , plus a huge Wine Section , represented by approx. 120 different vineyards or vinicoles , mostly French, but Italian,Spanish and some New World. The advantages of buying wine direct at this Fair are obvious - you get to taste it ( for free ) , you get a special reduction over the duration of the Fair if you buy then , you cut out the middleman and most of them will deliver to your doorstep free . The selection is phenomenal , ranging from little known Independant Winegrowers , to the finest Château from Bordeaux. Advice is given on every aspect , and even if you don't decide to buy there and then , it's worth a visit anyway !

I've generally found Carrefour's Wine selection to be excellent and well priced - but am very dubious indeed about buying wines at Auction , especially the UK major Auction Houses ! You never know what you're going to end up with inside the bottle , after transport, change in temperatures , dodgy storage conditions, unconvincing provenance etc etc. If the Auction House is near the Château , maybe its a different matter !

I purchase wine at this : www.val-joanis.com  Site is in English - the Griottes is highly recommended !

Excellent Rosé from Domaine de L'Abbaye , Le Thoronet , in the Var !

 

stgeorge

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Posted by MikeP-180526 - 15 years ago

I buy Australian and South African wines direct from wholesalers, or import my own.   The price/quality ratio is better than French wines at least in the mid range,  and you are not further boosting the ego of a nation which has the arrogance to believe that it is the only producer of decent wine in the world.

The range of non French wines in the stores is generally putrid or non-existent, as the local industry is protected.

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Posted by cheffie - 15 years ago

D2,

Do you have more info? Price range, quantity, drink now, drink later, French, Italian, Spanish, Californian, New World etc. etc. etc.

There are so many good places to buy wine from Carrefour to auctions at Sothebys. Maybe I can point you in the right direction.

Cheffie