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View Poll Results: Which wines do you think are better?
Italian 12 40.00%
French 18 60.00%
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Old 11-12-2002, 05:14 AM   #1
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I prefer German but French is #2 and Italian is 5th or 6th.
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Old 11-12-2002, 05:32 AM   #2
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Default To wine lovers, which is better: Italian wines vs French wines

There you go, i'm curious to hear what you folks have to say. Frankly i was thinking more about italian wine glasses and why they look like regular drinking cups as compared to french long necked wine glasses, then started wondering about the actual wines themselves.

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Old 11-12-2002, 07:48 AM   #3
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i think italians are better at making a heartier wine because, well, it's what works w/ the food. but the french just define it....i dunno what it is. chateau la cabanne is a very high recommendation of mine. their '95 pommerol was excellent (although the first bottle i bought ended up shattering all over my shoes and a sidewalk in jersey city, the smell alone was worth the 50 bucks).
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Old 11-12-2002, 08:09 AM   #4
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Italian, hands down.
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Old 11-12-2002, 09:18 AM   #5
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French is WAY better. If you like wine you have to go there and try the local varieties. Every little village in France has it's own unique wines and cheeses! It's friggin great!
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Old 11-12-2002, 09:22 AM   #6
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There is no "hands down" winner. Both countries have been making wine for thousands of years. I prefer a good white Burgundy, or a Bordeaux to anything from Italy, though.
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Old 11-12-2002, 09:56 AM   #7
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Italian!





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Old 11-12-2002, 09:59 AM   #8
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Any of you mix wine with anything and drink it, kinda like a mimosa, mixing champagne & o.j.?

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Old 11-12-2002, 10:01 AM   #9
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Not if you have any taste!
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Old 11-12-2002, 12:09 PM   #10
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i dont think it's in bad taste to mix wine, unless its your super l33t bottle you've been saving forever. wine is really an everyday thing, and while in italy i saw people pouring coca cola into red wine or sprite into white wine. when its 105 degrees out it just makes it more refreshing. it tastes pretty good too. although i prefer to mix my white wine with seltzer water... spritzer
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Old 11-12-2002, 12:13 PM   #11
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I like both I prefer french wines with a large meal though... To me, italion wines are kinda "lighter weight" or something. Keep in mind I am only 19, so I have very limited experiance with italion alcohal. (yes, even with my "soprano" style family) IIRC alot of blush wines are italion, right? Anways, france sucks, so steal their wine women and cheese.
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Old 11-12-2002, 12:23 PM   #12
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French wines are my favorite. I enjoy Shiraz, Merlot, Pinot Noir, ummmm Pinot Noir-- My Favorite.
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Old 11-12-2002, 12:23 PM   #13
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If you consider the high end wines, then French is the way to go.


1982 Chateau Lafite
1961 Petrus. nuff said.
Although I don't know many people who would shell out $800 for a bottle of 82 Lafite....or $4,000 for a 61 Petrus
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Old 11-12-2002, 12:31 PM   #14
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For those of us who live in the real world and own a Subaru not a Ferrari

Oh but wouldn't it be nice to own both.

I prefer Italian, then again I also really like Australian wines.

Its all about taste, just as I hate rap my little sister loves it.
Who's right?

Well that should be obvious...me.
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Old 11-12-2002, 12:33 PM   #15
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I tend to prefer French wines. You're basically guaranteed to have one French region produce a kickass vintage every year, and therefore you get really good wines cheap. The best lately (IMHO) was the '98 Cote du Rhones.

And the best wine I've ever tasted was an '89 Chateau d'Yquem. The most perfect dessert wine EVER! (At over $300 for a half bottle, it damn well better be!)

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Old 11-12-2002, 12:39 PM   #16
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French is WAY better. If you like wine you have to go there and try the local varieties. Every little village in France has it's own unique wines and cheeses! It's friggin great!
yeah, i wish the italians would have this kind of variety too - they just can't get it right

i don't think you can say french is better than italian, or vice versa - they are different styles most of the time (how often do you really see the same varieties from both france and italy). Usually Italian wines are more like Chiantis, Sangioveses, and some others that you often don't see in France. Above all, they have different growing climates, so it affects the grapes and gives different distinct flavors and styles. As someone else mentioned, Italian wines seem to compliment Italian food better. French wines are also excellent. I just don't think I could say that on the whole, one is better than the other. It depends on the vinter.
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Old 11-12-2002, 12:58 PM   #17
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Oh no, don't bring cheese into this.

France has 33 PDO cheese's to Italy's 30. Trouble up mill.

Before the EU got involved in Cheese, there were over 15,000 different cheeses made in the UK alone!!! Now thanks to various EU rules (that for some reason...well there are reasons they're just long...don't apply to france, go figure) there are around 300.

Stick to wine, you'll live longer.

Don't ask me why I know that info, I just do. Although I'm sure it's out of date by now.
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Old 11-12-2002, 01:12 PM   #18
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French wine all the way. Although Mondavi is soooo good.
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Old 11-12-2002, 01:59 PM   #19
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California Wine

And not just because I'm from California, it's just consistently better wine. There defitiely are some good French wines, but overall, I'd take a California Cabernet or Zinfandel any day over a Frech or italian wine.
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Old 11-12-2002, 02:01 PM   #20
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Chilean (sp?) (from Chile) is VERY good. Goes good with MEAT!
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who here actually knows about wine? I'm just curious. Has anyone actually taken time to learn about it, or do you just drink it?
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Old 11-12-2002, 02:06 PM   #23
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who here actually knows about wine? I'm just curious. Has anyone actually taken time to learn about it, or do you just drink it?
I do, my dad is a total wine nut who actually reads the reviews and goes to tastings, etc. I've learned a LOT from him.

Also, living an hour from both the Napa and Sonoma Valleys helps too.
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California Wine
I'll second that.
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yeah, i wish the italians would have this kind of variety too - they just can't get it right

i don't think you can say french is better than italian, or vice versa - they are different styles most of the time (how often do you really see the same varieties from both france and italy). Usually Italian wines are more like Chiantis, Sangioveses, and some others that you often don't see in France. Above all, they have different growing climates, so it affects the grapes and gives different distinct flavors and styles. As someone else mentioned, Italian wines seem to compliment Italian food better. French wines are also excellent. I just don't think I could say that on the whole, one is better than the other. It depends on the vinter.
Geez! I didn't mean to imply that there's no variety. It's just that the Italians seem to focus more on a wide variety of prepared foods. The variety of ingredients, textures and flavors found in italian food are just bewildering. The French seem to apply that energy to cheeses and wine that's all. In France you can drive from one village to the next and run into completely different cheeses. One utilizing cows the other goats, sometimes a combination of the two.
Given my choice, it's Italian food (My all time favorite) with French wine and some french cheese and grapes for desert.
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