Friday, March 14, 2008

Everyday wines

My everyday wine expense keeps climbing and now is around $15 a bottle. Ten dollars used to be a nice point
at which to purchase wines but everything rises except my income. What to do? Well we started looking for under $10 values and came up with some fine wines. Certainly not complex, but simple on the good side, every day, no guilt, wines. Always well balanced and tasty, they help you pay your gasoline bill and still keep wine on the table. Anyway, the wines at our tasting last Tues. were-- 1,2,3. Masciarelli Trebbiano, Rosato, and Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. Always have believed the latter to be one of the best buys in the country. Straight forward, uncomplicated, it delivers fruit aplenty, is high toned and finishes with that tell tale Italian slightly bitter finish. Did I hear someone order pizza? Bring it on. The 06 rose was a favorite. Clean, fresh, throughly enjoyable. The Trebbiano, clean and refreshing-a perfect warm weather sipper. All three wines are $7.99 each--2 for $15 and THREE for $21. Next up, the personable Esteban Martin Tinto, from Spain a simple but well balanced, fruity, easy going sipper. A bit fuller than the aforementioned Montepulciano, it will find a nice place at my first burger backyard feast. $7.99 Next a very popular and rewarding wine from the south of Italy, IL Filare from Puglia. 50-50 Primativo and Sangiovese from a high altitude vineyard keeping the wine balanced and fresh tasting. Broad and ripe but not overly so it is full with some complexity. $9.99. Last, but certainly, not least, the most popular wine in the shop--Bouchard, Bourgogne Rouge(Pinot Noir). From the highly acclaimed 05' vintage. This wine is $11-$13 most places and absolutely will be around $14 after the next overseas delivery. $9.99 here,now. Please buy yourself a case or two while you still can @ $9.99 less 10%. You will thank me this summer.
For you white wine fans we have a Pinot Grigio with real class coming in today for $9.99. "Riff" from the world famous Alios Lageder winery in Alto Adige in Italy, this wine delivers dry stoney freshness and minerality and that will please all. If you are stuck on one of the commercial brands--come try a wine worthy of your 10 bucks.(and then some).
Early notice of a representative from a Califonia winery, Cameron Hughes, will be tasting here, April, 5, 4-6pm. Stunning values from this new "negotiant". Mark down the date if you like California. Some superior Napa Cabs from $19.00 and up will surprise you.

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