This blend of grapes from California, Australia and Argentina is a bold — and affordable — choice for Fourth of July barbecues.
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Made in the greatest tradition and with a true eye for quality, it is a fabulous value that probably should cost at least twice as much if not more.
This is an ideal wine for seafood or fish dishes, so if you are looking for something special and you’re tired of always serving white, this wine is the ticket.
It lingers for a while and leaves the impression that it is a really well-made wine that has good aging potential.
Emma Pearl just blew me away in a tasting of wines from Trader Joe’s, which I always think of as an overachiever in its wine departments.
This “entry-level” wine gives a nice impression of the quality they can achieve with the carmenere grape.
It is an absolute killer value at less than $5.
This is a young and muscular sort of wine that demands to be opened at least one hour before drinking. It is a great value and a match made in heaven for a big juicy medium-rare hamburger.
The vast Central Coast features approximately 95,000 acres planted to grapevines of all kinds, so there is a plethora of choices here that obviously ends up resulting in a superb value at less than $10.
This Champagne usually sells for more than $60 per bottle, or $30 for the halves and I immediately knew that not only did I have what is easily the deal of the year for my column, but probably the greatest recommendation for a buy-it-by-the-case-while-it-lasts kind of wine so far in 2015.
Now that the temperature is rising and spring is upon us, we need to look at the lighter and brighter wines to enjoy outside with or without our meals. One of my favorite sipping wines for this time of the year and into summer is the German riesling.
Castello di Gabbiano Chianti is excellent for drinking right away and with food.
The wine is crisp with crushed gooseberry, white currants, fresh citrus zest, soft white fruit that perfectly balances the fresh acidity, making this a highly drinkable and approachable sauvignon blanc from the finest area for the grape varietal in the New World.
This is such an interesting and lovely aromatic wine that it will certainly thrill any drinker of it, as well as provide lots of discussion material.
Amidst the sun-kissed vines of the Languedoc region where the grapes ripen more evenly like in California, superb little everyday drinking wines like this one from the great co-op La Bergerie are produced.
Wine: Paso a Paso Tempranillo
Pinot needs to be delicate and elegant and quite light in style, just the way it is made by Mud House.
Chloe Pinot Noir needs to open a good hour-plus before consumption to let off some of the detectable volatile acidity, but then it softens up and becomes quite classic. It is superbly priced and a great value.
Sicily has been producing wine for thousands of years and some of the oldest native grape varieties are found here. For a wine at less than $6, Epicuro Nero D’Avola has staggering fruit.
Eroica is easily the greatest riesling made in this country, with this, the newest vintage, being a particularly great example. It is a delicious wine that is a miracle with Thai food or spicy Mexican food.
Les Abeilles is a classic Rhone Valley blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre varieties. Give it time to breathe.
Veramonte always deliver good bang for the buck and this 2013 vintage is no exception. A slow, cool growing season resulted in late-ripening fruit that produced elegant wines.
This Australian cab from the Penfolds family offers great bang for the buck. It is a great little overachiever of a wine and at just under $5 per bottle.
Foggy Veil comes from vineyards in Santa Barbara County, arguably the best area for these Rhone varietals to grow in the United States. It’s also available in Las Vegas at a bargain price.
This stellar beginning to the new year yielded an incredible revelation that is almost too good to be true. The tremendous Les Trois Couronnes Cotes-du-Rhone wine is less than $10 per magnum.
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