My schtick has been to review wines that are under $10 but that doesn’t mean that I don’t occasionally spring for something that costs more. You can often find wines under ten bucks that will compete with the moderately priced wines (I’m defining “moderately priced” as around $11 – $19). There are certain wines that I keep going back to even though they cost a bit more. I will continue to add to this short list.
Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay from Monterey California ($15 – $16): This is an outstanding buttery chardonnay that makes me almost think that I’m drinking one of the really pricey Cakebread-type chardonnays. I love this wine for the price!
Elio Perrone Moscato d’Asti from Italy (around $12): This bubbly Moscato blew us away with its fruity sweetness without being too sweet. We liked it so much that we had some shipped in (I drove to Flagstaff) for our wedding. (Okay, just our wedding party. Everyone else got to drink the cheap stuff.)
Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Australia (around $18): This Shiraz coats your tongue with bold peppery warmth. If you want to impress your dinner hosts, show up with this wine and watch how quickly you get invited back (much obliged Mike & Annie for being said dinner guests).
7 Deadly Zins A blended Old Vine Zinfandel from Lodi, California (around $16): A warm red filled with berries and subtle spice. I usually think of this as a Zinfandel rather than a red blend as it’s seven versions of one varietal that coalesce to form this tasty wine. Even though they blend different grapes they manage to keep it being a solid choice year after year. It has been a go-to wine for us when we want a dependable red to have on hand.