This Wednesday I am recommending a fantastically smooth Grayson Cabernet Sauvignon 2009.
This is an 88 point winner from Wine Advocate and well priced around $10.00. It is very smooth and well rounded. Lots of black current with a hint of oak. It’s perfect to drink all alone or with dinner. A perfect hostess gift for fall get-togethers.
It’s been a while since I have posted a Wednesday Wine. I have to be honest and have been sticking my staple wines over the last few months. I have been in a bit of a wine rut and was looking for new wine. I thought you may be looking for something new by now too. Last Friday my dear friend came over and we headed downtown for the perfect bottle of wine to match eggplant Parmesan. We visited Cornucopia a local wine and cheese shop I have visited in the past, but is now getting settled in it’s new location downtown Exeter NH, across from the gazebo.
After asking which wine would compliment our meal, the owner suggested this Italian wine, Masi Modello delle Venezie Rosso 2008.
She was right on with her suggestion. It was a perfect light and fruity wine that nicely offset the acidity of the red tomato sauce. It was smooth with little tannins. The bottle didn’t last long. The price is $11.99, a nice clean bottle of red wine, completely worth the price.
La Croix Du Duc Bordeaux is my Wednesday Wine pick this week. It is a very spicy and masculine wine. It is strong enough to be a stand alone wine and will hold it’s own with some strong cheeses and crackers. It is a little heavy for your basic hamburger or pizza, but would be perfect with a shrimp scampi or steak with blue cheese.
This Bordeaux was at Market Basket for $10.99. Still a great wine for the price!
This is a wine we found at the local store in Bar Harbor, ME last week. This is a nice Spanish Tempranillo with a fruit (not fruity) taste and spicy finish. It was very good. I am not sure what I liked better, the wine or the view, but definitely worth a try for the Summer.
BONUS NOTE: from my past post about Pepperwood Grove, it is on sale at Market Basket for $5.99 a bottle with the bottle neck rebate.
Beringer Pinot Noir was at Sams Club for $5.49 last week. I couldn’t pass it up. I figured it may have gone by or maybe wasn’t that good. It was pretty good. It didn’t have much of an initial taste, but the finish is very fruity and fragrant. Totally worth it for under $6. Perfect for steak tips or anything on the grill. We had it with grilled pizza with pesto and feta, it was perfect.
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This is suppose to be my weekly wine post and it will continue to showcase fantastically affordable wines. With the exceptions of a few interruptions in between. I am a BIG fan of margaritas. To be honest, sour mixed margaritas are not my favorite, I like them with full liquor and a splash of fresh lime juice. With that said, it can be expensive to get only top shelf alcohols. That is why I am introducing you to Jose Cuervo’s Golden Margaritas. Now, this IS a mix. It is the only mix I really really enjoy. Jose Cuervo makes two kinds, but the only one to get is there Golden Margarita with the alcohol included. They have taken the perfect blend of their sour mix, Cuervo Gold and what makes them golden, Grand Marnier. They are so smooth without a hit of sour and are oh so yummy. They are also very budget friendly at around $16.99 for a large 1.75ml bottle. Most mixes don’t have quite enough alcohol for my taste either (geez, I am sounding like a lush here! LOL!) but these Golden Margaritas are perfect.
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Even though I don’t think these margaritas necessarily need more alcohol, sometimes I do add a bit more bang, just a floater of Grand Marnier on top (for good measure, you know!)
If you want to be fancy, we add fun garnishes. I usually freeze a bunch of strawberries and use them as ice cubes. With a monkey representing our monkey bar and a slice of lime, you have summertime relaxation in a cup! This mix has quickly become our go to drinks for company and weekend relaxing on the deck.
This week’s wine was a pleasant surprise. Red Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 was on special at Market Basket this week for $5.99. I don’t really expect too much from a bottle under $6. I want it to be drinkable and enjoyable, but know I have to make my share of sangria while trying to find the good buys. This was not that kind of bottle. It opens with a simple aroma of spice and hint of berry. It’s a nice deep flavor making it smooth with a taste of liquor. The finish is fruity and sweet. An AMAZING deal for $5.99. Enjoy!
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Beringer has always been one of my go-to wines. It’s readily available at most stores, reasonably priced but not cheap and a great bottle to bring to someones house. It’s usually pretty consistent in taste and flavor. This week the Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon was on special for $8.99. For under $10, I grabbed a bottle. I have to say that it must be in it’s prime. This wine was very yummy. It has a deep flavor with a full bodied taste. The finish is a nice blend of fruity and spicy.
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It has a $12 bottle taste for $8.99. Enjoy.
With a two year old, I don’t get a chance to drop into my local wine store very often. So most of the wines I write about can be purchased in the local grocery store. This week, I did get a chance to hit A La Vin in downtown Exeter NH. It’s a quaint little store with a great selection. I have never gotten a bad bottle of wine there.
Back to the wine. I was looking for a good wine to go with Pizza Friday night (pizza night in our house). A La Vin suggested this fantastic table wine. This wine is mostly Zinfandel but also includes Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and petite Sirah. It is filled with great flavors and aroma. It’s fruity and spicy without being too much of either. It does not have a huge finish, but still so good that I didn’t mind.
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You can ask for it at your local wine store or online. In the store I paid $12. It was priced perfect for quality in my opinion. Enjoy!
Dancing Bull Zinfandel is a wonderful blend of fruity spice. This is a stronger zin and will be liked by any merlot lover. It’s best with spiced red meat, or anything with blue cheese.
It started on the market less than $10, but have have seen the price lately anywhere from $9.99 to $11.99. Enjoy.
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