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    Ok, so tonight I tried Smoking Loon for the first time. I picked this little treat up from QFC, where the price tag read $10.99 with a sale sticker of $7.99. Well, that's at least a step up from the ol' "Two Buck Chuck" I suppose. I should note that I'm particularly fond of chianti, with merlot in a close second. I chose the merlot in this case.

    Being somewhat of a wine connoisseur, I can say that this wasn't altogether offensive. Not particularly robust in taste, it was fruity but not too sugary, with a bit of a smoky aftertaste. It was a simple wine, with a smooth non-intrusive taste, and would do well with a pasta involving a good deal of vegetables. I'm not averse to picking up an $8 bottle of wine, so long as it comes from an area that's known for decent soil/grapes. I must admit, I didn't even read the label, nor was I in any shape to write a serious review of it (having imbibed in a number of Captain/7's at the bar) - but for a guy that hates wines that tastes like candy, refuses dessert wines, this wasn't a bad buy for its price.

    This is such a stupid thread, but for all that's been said about Ed's affinity for "The Loon", I figured someone had to try it!
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    For my brother's wedding party, my father bought a 24 pack box of Smoking Loon from Costco. My dad spent the WHOLE next day recovering. In addition, he gave me a bottle for myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevy5150 View Post
    For my brother's wedding party, my father bought a 24 pack box of Smoking Loon from Costco. My dad spent the WHOLE next day recovering. In addition, he gave me a bottle for myself.

    Did ya try it? I'd compare it to Yellow Tail maybe... And hey, ANY wine that you drink enough of is gonna leave you recovering for a day. Ok wait.. Night Train and Carlos Rossi will leave you and your ass recovering for a full week!
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    I tried Smoking Loon a few weeks ago at a jazz club. (Ed will soon have an endorsement deal, as all VH fanatics are giving sales a slight nudge.) Rather than $8 a bottle, I paid $6 for the glass (standard 400% mark-up). I found it to be not quite as heavy and also lacking the sharp aftertaste of Merlot as I know it. Overall I thought it was fine for a cheap Merlot. Unfortunately, though, it gave me a headache as all Merlot does now; I've been dealing with severe tension and migraine headaches for a couple of years, and my doctor says I have to avoid Merlot (my favorite wine). I ignored him to try the Loon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by knuck View Post
    Did ya try it? I'd compare it to Yellow Tail maybe... And hey, ANY wine that you drink enough of is gonna leave you recovering for a day. Ok wait.. Night Train and Carlos Rossi will leave you and your ass recovering for a full week!
    I'd also compare it to Yellow Tail, which is quickly becoming one of my faves. The Yellow Tail cab is just awesome, IMHO.

    I picked up a South African wine called Goat Do Roam for about $8 bucks or so. Very good wine, which everyone at the dinner really enjoyed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuckaInA3Piece View Post
    I'd also compare it to Yellow Tail, which is quickly becoming one of my faves. The Yellow Tail cab is just awesome, IMHO.

    I picked up a South African wine called Goat Do Roam for about $8 bucks or so. Very good wine, which everyone at the dinner really enjoyed.

    Check it out:

    http://www.fairview.co.za/goats/index.php
    I looked at that stuff not too long ago and thought about trying it. Think I'll give it a shot sometime, thanks for the heads up.

    Ooooh. Drank the whole bottle last night after coctails. My head is thumpin today.
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    The wife goes through a bottle of merlot a week.
    She likes the shiraz too.
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    The 'Loon Cabernet is good, I hated the Chardonnay, liked the Melot and the Pinot Noir.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Filthy 150 View Post
    The wife goes through a bottle of merlot a week.
    She likes the shiraz too.
    Having partied with her twice now, are you sure it takes a whole week?
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    Filthy and D turned Tabby and I onto it last June......Tabby loves the stuff!

    She's partial to the Cabernet Sauvignon, I like a little of the Merlot with dinner, but I'm not a big wine guy.

    I've had enough wine over the years to be able to tell what's decent and what's not.....but that's it, I can't break down WHY...but it's kinda like music, if it tastes/sounds good, it is good.......Loon is good.
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    I'd love to be able to see the numbers on how a simple off-hand mention by Eddie Van Halen has increased their sales........Ed should've invested in Loon rather than Sacred Sin!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowLifeFlatHeadScum View Post
    Having partied with her twice now, are you sure it takes a whole week?
    She usually has 1 glass after dinner.

    Now, if it is a weekend-ish type of day...that is a totally different story
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    It's been a month or so since I tried the Loon. I didn't like it much. it just seemed seriously unbalanced. anyhow i'd better stay away from this thread cuz I decided to put the juicy juice away since the turn of the year. Nothing drastic. I just wanna shed some weight and the vino usually gets me going in the kitchen with the rich culinary foodstuffs.
    If eddie were down and out on a sidewalk playing guitar I'd be next to him with a bottle and a blanky braving the cold. I would be sucking my thumb happily making chupa chupa noises in sync with the petroglyphic sounds that came from the mighty finger tips of Edward Van Halen.

 

 

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