Friday, February 17, 2006

Winter Wine Values

Hope this helps us all save a little and enjoy a lot! This is only the short list, for a larger list - say 25 wines at least - please send me an email request.

1. Cloverdale Ranch Cabernet from the Pellegrini Family of Sonoma, this killer cabernet just beat out 2001 Silver Oak Alexander Valley in a blind tasting in North Texas. If you are a BBQ griller or live with one – keep a case of this around! $24.99

2. Eloise Sauvignon Blanc a crisp, & citrus filled sipper from CaliforniaÂ’s North Coast. No oak, all fresh structure and bright texture from beautiful California Sauvignon Blanc grapes. $14.99

3. Mapema Tempranillo no doubt this Argentine red will become your favorite Tempranillo from ANY region. Intense fruit character, with deep color and flavors of ripe black cherries and black raspberries. The wine finishes with captivating hints of cardamom and allspice. $16.99

4. Crios de Susana Balbo Cabernet Sauvignon - Intense ruby color with enticing aromas of ripe plums and red currants. The richly textured plum and currant flavors are joined by accents of dark chocolate and spicy, vanilla oak on. The ripe, vibrant tannins give the wine beautiful structure and an amazingly long finish. $14.49

5. Loica Carmenere - This is a great representation of classic Carmenere - a grape that only grows in Chile. This is a voluptuous, full-bodied wine rich with flavors of dark cherries, black-currant, chocolate and cedar. The velvety finish lingers on the palate and is perfect with grilled meats, pasta and cheeses. A crowd favorite always!!! $10.99

6. Budini Malbec I love this simple red! Easy drinking fruity Malbec from Mendoza. Great with Pizza! $9.99

7. Crios de Susana Balbo Syrah-Bonarda - A few facts...Syrah is the well-known grape of France's Rhone Valley and AustraliaÂ’s Shiraz. Not well-known outside Argentina, Bonarda is surprisingly second only to Malbec in red grape plantings. Its origins are in Italy's Piedmont region where it represented 30% of all pre-phylloxera plantings. In Mendoza, yields can reach 12 tons per acre (though with little flavor concentration). The key to producing great Bonarda is finding very old vines growing in the warm, sandy soils of eastern Mendoza, then limiting vigor through severe pruning and irrigation techniques. Luckily, SusanaÂ’s husband, Pedro, owns and manages such a vineyard. $14.49

8. Crios de Susana Balbo Rose of Malbec - this one was made for those who think they don't like PINK wine. Far from sweet but plenty of ripe and spicy berry in flavor. This is my favorite with King Ranch Casserole! $11.99

9. Pellegrini Old Vines Carginan this wine is all about pleasureflavorsreat berry flavours with a dark rose petal texture. A true gem among the California other red sections in wine stores throughout Texas. $19.99

10. Handley Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc - Subtly complex, this wine offers rich aromas of melon and mango, accented with grapefruit, lime, and a hint of jasmine. Clean flavors of gooseberry and citrus on the palate make it a food pairing champion. It is a fine complement to a wide array of foods, from creamy risottos to simple vegetable dishes. $16.99

(Prices may vary by individual retailer)
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