WRITTEN By Kyle Harsha
Kyle Harsha is a certified specialist of wine and certified sommelier with over 20 years’ experience in the food and wine industry. He drinks more wine than he probably ought to.
domaIne de CrIstIa VIn de Pays de médIterranée rouge 2012 Provenance: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France available at: Grapevine Wines and Cheese, 309 S. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, grapevinewinesandcheese.com; $11.99 Pairings: Veal cutlets• Wild mushroom pizza • Moroccan-style stew
This is the perfect wine for those with Champagne taste on a beer budget – or, more specifically, Châteauneuf taste on a Vin de Pays budget, though that doesn’t roll off the tongue as easily. It is the 100 percent Grenache little brother to the stunning Châteauneuf-du-Papes being produced by the 70-year-old, family owned Domaine de Cristia winery in the Rhône. It doesn’t see any time in oak, so drink in the raspberry, red licorice and tobacco flavors while the wine is still fairly young.
Bodegas atalaya “la atalaya” Provenance: Almansa, Spain available at: Saint Louis Wine Market, 164 Chesterfield Commons East, Chesterfield, stlwinemarket.com; $16 Pairings: Chinese five-spice beef• Drunken goat cheese • Smoked sausage
As I have mentioned in the past, one of the best regions to look for “bang for your buck” wines is Spain. This wine proves that theorem once again. It is a small production wine – producing about 100,000 bottles – and is a delightful blend of 85 percent Grenache and 15 percent Monastrell, aged for a year in French oak. Besides the normal red fruit notes expected with these varietals, it also has layers of blackberry, blueberry and rose petals. The price is such that you won’t feel bad drinking it during the week. Take a bottle to your winegeek friend’s house, and they will be pleased as well.
matteo CorreggIa roero 2010 Provenance: Roero, Italy available at: Fields Foods, 1500 Lafayette Ave., Lafayette Square, fieldsfoods.com; $19.99 Pairings: Shiitake mushrooms• Sweetbreads • Grilled bison burgers
If you are looking for a good deal on red wines that emulate the greats from Barolo and Barbaresco – but with prices that are significantly lower – check out the Nebbiolo-based options from the Roero region in Piedmont. The Matteo Correggia has beautiful notes of ripe cherries and dried rose petals, with just a hint of baking spice. It sees a couple of years in used oak, which results more in textural smoothness rather than imparting a “woody” taste. This month the weather should be easing into pleasant spring temps, so grab some charcuterie, a couple of bottles of this wine and enjoy a relaxing little picnic. Inspired Food Culture
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