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Old April 10th, 2012, 12:02 AM
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OK - I'm a wine idiot but for everyday generally drink inexpensive Sauvignon Blanc ($10-15) and buy inexpensive Cabernet Sauvignon ($15) for hubby. I've been known to spluge and spend more. I've looked at the Princess wine list that someone posted and can find brands I know that I'll be able to buy onboard for less than $30 or so - no point in carrying on for dinner since I'll have a $15 corkage fee to pay. But for drinking in the cabin are there any local wines you'd recommend for us? Otherwise I'll look for brands I recognize and hope the prices aren't too different from FL.

And does anyone know if Princess enforces the 1 bottle of wine per person for cruises leaving from Vancouver?

Appreciate any suggestions!
If you buy any US or Australian wine you'll be shocked at the price compared to Florida.(doubled) I always go to Total Wine when I'm in Florida, Nevada, or California so I'm familiar with the pricing. (I just got back from Napa last week)

If you're looking for Sauvignon Blanc I would get one from New Zealand as they have had pretty good vintages the last couple of years and are the best price/quality product. Local producers don't do a very good Sauvgnon Blanc.

As for cabs, try:
Inniskillin Reserve
http://www.mattersoftaste.com/product/597070
Peller Private Reserve
http://www.mattersoftaste.com/product/618330

I just took a look at the posted "Princess" wine list and these are what I would consider the best deals: (lowest mark-ups)
Whites:
Pouilly-Fume, Domaine Lebrun.. $30
Chablis, “Les Ecuries” Seigneurie De Tanley.. $32
Laboure-Roi Vallon d’or Pouilly Fuisse,.. $34
Reds:
Wente Southern Hills Cabernet.. $25
Chateauneuf-Du-Pape.. $31Never had a CDP that I didn't like!
Stefano Farina Barbaresco.. $38
Stefano Farina Barolo.. $45 cheaper than in Vancouver
Silverado Cabernet.. $58
Caymus Cabernet.. $85
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Old April 10th, 2012, 09:29 AM
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If you buy any US or Australian wine you'll be shocked at the price compared to Florida.(doubled) I always go to Total Wine when I'm in Florida, Nevada, or California so I'm familiar with the pricing. (I just got back from Napa last week)

If you're looking for Sauvignon Blanc I would get one from New Zealand as they have had pretty good vintages the last couple of years and are the best price/quality product. Local producers don't do a very good Sauvgnon Blanc.

As for cabs, try:
Inniskillin Reserve
http://www.mattersoftaste.com/product/597070
Peller Private Reserve
http://www.mattersoftaste.com/product/618330

I just took a look at the posted "Princess" wine list and these are what I would consider the best deals: (lowest mark-ups)
Whites:
Pouilly-Fume, Domaine Lebrun.. $30
Chablis, “Les Ecuries” Seigneurie De Tanley.. $32
Laboure-Roi Vallon d’or Pouilly Fuisse,.. $34
Reds:
Wente Southern Hills Cabernet.. $25
Chateauneuf-Du-Pape.. $31Never had a CDP that I didn't like!
Stefano Farina Barbaresco.. $38
Stefano Farina Barolo.. $45 cheaper than in Vancouver
Silverado Cabernet.. $58
Caymus Cabernet.. $85
Thanks so much! Always helps to get ideas from someone who knows wine. I often pick New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc so that helps to know they are the better value.

I do love Total Wine for their extensive selection - it almost makes my brain hurt! I really need to make notes about the ones I like or dislike since I rarely remember once I get to the store. They are good about recommending something else to try if I point out ones I already like. And they have much better notes on the shelves than the ABC (liquor store) or Publix (grocery store) for the times I'm too busy to ask for advice.
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Old April 10th, 2012, 08:12 PM
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Thanks for all your replies. Very helpful. Can you get Australian wines in Canada?
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Thanks for all your replies. Very helpful. Can you get Australian wines in Canada?
Yes. If you click on one of the URLs of the suggested wines you are at the Liquor Board website. On the upper right is a search function where you can identify country of origin. I enjoy Chilean wines--the low cost Gato Negro Cabernet is quite nice and available in Canada.
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