I haven’t blogged about wine at all, so I want to throw this one out there for my readers. I drink a fair amount of wine, and I always like to try new things, so it’s very rare that I buy the same wine over and over again. Having said that, there are a few bottles that I turn to consistently in a pinch. Whether to give as a gift, bring to a dinner party, or to kick back with a good meal, these wines are winners for me. They are all reasonably priced as well and widely available in your local mega mart. In no particular order:
Gabbiano, 2005 Chianti: This wine was one of my first loves. Its got a soft taste with just enough chianti dryness that will go over well with almost any palette. It lends it self well to pasta and pizza. Approximately 8$ per bottle. Italian.
Robert Mondavi, Private Selection, Pinot Noir: I was recently introduced to this wine at the wedding of Shana and Taylor. It’s very light. It’s also a very versatile wine that will go over well at any dinner party or anytime you just want to have a glass while snacking on something. Approximately 12$ per bottle. California.
Trapiche, Oak Cask Malbec: This one is a pretty heavy wine. It’s got a nice purple tinge to the color and a super oaky aroma and taste. I reserve this one for heavy red meat consumption. Great to slog down while chewing up a beefy steak or some hearty sausage. Approximately 9$ per bottle. South America (Chile?).
Red Guitar, Tempranillo: This might be my favorite of the five. This wine presents a mild and pleasing taste and offers itself for a wide variety of foods. My favorite way to enjoy this wine is with a good sandwich or juicy burger. It would also be the perfect compliment to any southern pulled pork. Pack this one in your picnic basket. It’s a winner every time. Approximately 9$ per bottle. Spain.
Georges Dubeof, Beaujolais Nouveau: Ok. Wine critics all pan this as a marketing ploy, but I still find merit in this very limited release. Every November to celebrate the harvest, French wine makers release a nouveau style wine. All this means is that the wine is made from grapes (Gamay grapes) that have been harvested and fermented right away. The result is a crisp, fruity red wine. It’s usually only available for about 6 weeks beginning in late November, so stock up while you can. It makes a great Christmas present, and it always finds it way onto the Thanksgiving and other holiday dinner tables. Approximately 10$ per bottle. France.
Ok, so there you have it. Notice, all of these wines are red. I don’t know much about white wine, so I don’t really drink it. My limited exposure to good white wines came while living in Rome, Italy. I need to branch out, but I really don’t know where to start. I’m also not an expert on anything wine. I’m just recommending what I prefer. If you want to read a blog from someone who works with wine every day, I turn you to my friend, Mr. Thomas H. Salley. **Note, This blogger doesn’t really talk much about wine. He just works with it**