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Cheese pairings with Moscato?

Hello everybody -

I've got a Moscato from California in my wine rack (St. Supéry Moscato 2009) and I wanted to drink it with some friends and a bit of cheese...the question is, which cheese? My first thought was something like mascarpone, but I'd like some other ideas! Thanks in advance.

Jan 21, 2012
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As a matter of fact, the Wegmans near where I live somehow circumvented the alcohol restrictions and got a license to sell beer. It was a really big deal when they opened their beer section a few years ago. Wine at Wegmans would be wonderful—I love that place—but for now it's just a pipe dream...

Mar 22, 2011
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Again, we have Whole Foods, but they're not allowed to sell wine. Wine is only sold in the state-owned stores.

Feb 28, 2011
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Oh trust me, I know Costco all too well. To quote Modern Family: "I'm sort of like Costco. I'm big, I'm not fancy and I dare you to not like me!"

Unfortunately, in Pennsylvania they're not allowed to sell wine. It still kind of weirds me out when I travel outside of PA and see wine in a supermarket, just because I've had to deal with the PA system all my life.

Feb 26, 2011
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Aspiring Wino-- but could use some direction

As a fellow Pennsylvanian, I feel your pain...I don't know where exactly you are in the state, but from what I'm told hopping the border into New Jersey or Delaware, while not exactly legal, will often get you better prices and better selection. I wouldn't know personally, though; I live too far away.

I'm in the process of getting to know wine as well, so I'm only a few steps ahead of you. Oz Clarke—bald, British, and slightly crazy—has a very user-friendly book that I've appreciated called "Let Me Tell You About Wine." It'll help you to categorize wines by two of their most important features—varietal and country/region of origin—to find stuff you like. When introducing friends to wine, I consider New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc a good place to start, because it's typically very drinkable, it's consistent, and its history reflects so much about wine in the last 30-40 years or so.

Oz Clarke also had a great TV show on the BBC in which he and James May (of Top Gear fame) travel around France and California wine country. A lot of it is them goofing off, but James knows nothing about wine, so it's Oz's job to teach him. So in addition to being an entertaining show, you'll probably pick up some wine facts along the way. It's called "Oz and James's Wine Adventure" and some episodes are on YouTube.

Feb 23, 2011
conway314 in Wine

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Oh, if only I could venture out of state to buy wine in New Jersey or Delaware (no sales tax, I'm told) and abscond with it across state lines! Unfortunately I'm currently situated literally at the geographical center of the state, so that's not exactly feasible. :-(

Feb 19, 2011
conway314 in Wine

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Yeah, I've heard good things about Hogue's Riesling. A friend and I were going to get it once, but we ultimately decided on something else I think...

And you are so right about discovering wine...every day I seem to learn some new wine fact!

Feb 16, 2011
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...and I never got to say how much I appreciated that! Thanks zin1953, it was really helpful :-)

Feb 14, 2011
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Answer: no and not really. Side Job is not available at all. 14 Hands is available by special order for $13.50.

Feb 12, 2011
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Nope, as j8715 said, nothing like that in PA. Wine is available only at state-owned Wines and Spirits stores. Beer, meanwhile, is sold in separate distributors also owned by the state. What a strange place I live in...

Feb 09, 2011
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Do you have anything in particular that you'd recommend?

Feb 08, 2011
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I like both red and white, depends on my mood. Most of my experience with reds has been Cabernet, so I'm eager go in other directions. Grenache does hold a special place in my heart, since I lived briefly in the South of France...but it's awfully hard to come by here. As for whites, I prefer fruity wines to the oaky stuff, in general. Sauvignon Blanc is a personal favorite, and I'd like to get my hands on some good Viognier. I'll drink a wine from anywhere so long as it's good, but I particularly enjoy a good French wine...take a wild guess why. :-)

Feb 05, 2011
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Funny, Montpellier is only available by special order in Pennsylvania...same deal with Angeline. But I'll check out some of the others...thanks a lot!

Feb 05, 2011
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Sounds like a phenomenal place...if I lived anywhere near there! (Did I post in a location-specific forum by accident?)

I found their website, though, and I checked out their wines of the week...looks like our overlords at the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board are offering some of them to us! Thanks for the recommendation.

Feb 05, 2011
conway314 in Wine

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Hey guys! I'm new to the forum, and also relatively new to this whole wine thing.

When I shop for wine, my choices are dictated mainly by cost: as a college student, I'm on a limited budget, so I consider $15 a serious splurge, and try to shoot for under $10 if I can. The problem is that often it's a crapshoot as to the quality of the wine at that price. I found a blog a while ago called Cheap Wine that Doesn't Suck and thought, "This is exactly what I need!" Unfortunately they stopped their weekly updates in July, leaving me clamoring for more.

So, would anyone be willing to share their cheap wine that doesn't suck experiences? Keep in mind that I live in Pennsylvania, whose draconian liquor laws prohibit any alcohol purchased outside the state. So ordering online isn't an option for me.

Cheap wines that don't suck...GO!

Feb 05, 2011
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