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be incredibly confusing. That’s why we put our heads together with Boston’s top restaurant wine directors and store wine buyers to give you this list of over 200 kickass wines for every occasion imaginable. From gift wine, to date wine to straight up ballin’ wine, we’ve got you covered! To keep it simple, we organize the guide by country and offer a brief intro and overview. First you’ll see the “Old World,” which is comprised of the old school, European wine guzzling countries. Then we hit up the “New World” countries that haven’t made wine since the beginning of civilization but are now churning out some pretty awesome stuff. Within each country we list the wines by price, starting with the most affordable. You get the lowdown on each wine and handy icons (see right) to make pairing a cinch. At your fingertips, find fantastic wine for beach drinking, gift giving, steak munching or date wooing. Our goal is to empower you with information so you can drink more wine!
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CONTRIBUTORS These Boston Winos are constantly on the look out for the latest, greatest and tastiest wine for the best price. John Hafferty, Owner & Buyer, Bin Ends | www.binendswine.com
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He’s the wine-buying, tie-sporting, Johnny-Bootlegger sipping, boozehound extraordinaire. This man is always two steps ahead of the wine industry and the shelves of his store show it.
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Overview: France produces some of the most sought-after and expensive wines on the planet. However, its famous, high-end wines only represent a small percentage of the country’s overall wine production.
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When deciphering the often-cryptic labels on French wine bottles, it’s good to know a few key facts. First, the French name each wine after the region in which it is produced, instead of the grapes used to make the wine. Second, each region has its own specific “wine laws” that dictate which grapes wineries are allowed to grow, and how their wines must be made. This ensures that all wines from the same region have a similar taste. So, wines from Bordeaux are made with a blend of Cabernet and Merlot, while wines from Burgundy are entirely made from Pinot Noir, if red, or Chardonnay, if white.
How to Buy: Even within the famous regions like Bordeaux or Burgundy, there are hidden gems from lesser known sub-regions. Off-the-beaten path places like Cotes du Rhone, the Loire Valley and Languedoc have recently emerged as areas that are cranking out high-quality, affordable wines, so you’ll find the best values here.
Major Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Grenache, Syrah
2007 Jean Dumont Chinon
2007 Domaine Brunet Pinot Noir Amazingly affordable French Pinot, from a little-known region that cranks out lots of great wines. Drink this stuff on a weeknight with mac and cheese.
Languedoc-Roussillon, France | $11
2007 Simonnet-Febvre Saint Bris
2007 Domaine des Terres Falmet Cinsault Vin de Pays d’Oc
A bit of an oddball, this is a Sauvignon Blanc from the Burgundy region (which usually only produces Chardonnay). Throw off your wino friends for only a few bucks. GOOD.
Languedoc-Roussillon, France | $12 re d
Chablis, Burgundy, France | $12 w hit e
Chinon, Loire Valley, France | $12 Made from 100% Cabernet Franc, wines from Chinon are what the French drink while watching American sci-fi reruns on weeknights. One-up them by renting Amelie and popping a bottle stateside.
Another grape you don’t see very often, this Cinsault has light tannins and pairs perfectly with turkey dinner. This wine + cranberry sauce = a big hell yeah.
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2005 Marc Kreydenweiss Perrières
Languedoc-Roussillon, France | $13
Costières-de-Nîmes, Côtes du Rhône, France | $15
Made the same way as Champagne but without the price tag, this is a very elegant bottle of bubbly you can bust out for all occasions, with notes of crisp apple.
A biodynamic blend from the Rhone Valley, this wine has some spice and dark cherry fruit. Perfect for a date with any cute, eco-conscious hippie.
N/V Domaine de Martinolles Le Berceau Blanquette de Limoux
2007 Chateau Trignon
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2007 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Villages
Côtes du Rhône, France | $12
Médoc, Bordeaux, France | $15
2007 Domaine Gaultier Vouvray
A traditional blend of all the major white grapes of Alsace, this is a cool white wine that can hold its own at a cocktail party or alongside Pad Thai takeout.
If your drinking buddy prefers sweet wine but you like dry, this wine is the perfect compromise. This off-dry Chenin Blanc is great with food or on its own.
Loire Valley, France | $15
2007 Chateau La Gineste Cahor, France | $14
2006 Gisselbrecht Gewurztraminer
Strong acidity and mild fruit make this “original” Malbec very different from its Argentinian cousin. This is a prime candidate for Turkey Day.
Difficult to pronounce (ga-VERTZ-trah-meener) but easy to love, this semi-sweet wine rocks a ton of tropical fruit. Drink with spicy Indian food, turkey or all things Szechuan.
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Alsace, France | $15 whi te
A typical blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Left Bank. This is a great way to get your Bordeaux on without spending a fortune.
2007 Hugel et Fils Gentil Alsace, France | $13
Mâcon-Villages, Burgundy, France | $15 This unoaked, crisp, Burgundian Chardonnay boasts great apple and pear flavors that make this easy to slip past most ABC (“anything but Chardonnay”) drinkers without any problems.
2004 Chateau Greysac Cru Bourgeois
The Rhône has received its fair share of press and attention over the last few years, but it remains a source of totally badass wine on the cheap. This wine is composed of the region’s major red grapes: Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Juicier than Merlot, Grenache makes up 75% of this wine and, in general, offers up very smooth, slightly spicy and very easy to sip wines. Drink liberally with BBQ, pizza or burgers.
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2007 Maison Moillard Bourgogne Rouge
2005 Albert Bichot Pinot Noir
A legit, real-deal Pinot Noir from Burgundy for less than twenty bucks? Let’s do it! Light in color with subtle fruit flavors, this wine is too good to pass up.
Burgundy, France | $15
Burgundy, France | $18 This winery is also the importer, which cuts out the middle man and makes this bottle a steal compared to wines of equal quality. This one has great cherry and strawberry flavors with light Burgundian funk.
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2007 Rosé des Tourelles de Longueville
Bordeaux, France | $15 If you’re going to drink rosé all year round (and why shouldn’t you?) this is the rosé you need. Dark red in color with bright fruit flavors, this comes from a top Bordeaux producer but is priced for the common man.
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Loire Valley, France | $16 white
If you love shellfish, you need to know about this grape. Simple and affordable, Muscadet wines are made with the Melon de Bourgogne grape. They’re grown in the southwestern part of France near the Atlantic Ocean. Light, crisp with a zippy acidity, these wines often taste like a delicious, alcoholic version of the ocean. This one is particularly tasty with olive and mineral flavors. Drink liberally with large quantities of Island Creek Oysters.
N/V St. Cosme Little James’ Basket Press red
Côtes du Rhône, France | $15 From the top quality Rhône producer Saint Cosme, comes a simple little wine that continues to kick ass year after year. Deep, rich, structured fruit flavors.
Alsace, France | $15
2004 Domaine la Croix Belle St. Chinian
This quintessential Pinot Blanc is made by one of the oldest and most reputable families in Alsace. Crisp flavors of citrus fruit and bright acidity pair perfectly with poolside hotties.
A unique, small- production Frenchie for less than $20. This blend of Syrah, Grenache, Carignan is loaded with flavors of plum and dark cherry.
Languedoc-Roussillon, France | $18
2008 Chateau Graville-Lacoste Graves Blanc
2006 Trimbach Reserve Pinot Gris
Graves, Bordeaux, France | $18 White Bordeaux is way underrated. This is a grassy, mineral-laden blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon that leads with sharp but not overpowering acidity.
This wine is to sushi as James Bond is to Pussy Galore. It’s medium in body but pulls a balanced acidity. Plus, it says ‘Reserve,’ so it makes good as a gift.
Alsace, France | $18 w hi te
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2007 Trimbach Pinot Blanc
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Côtes du Rhône, France | $20 Imported by wine legend Kermit Lynch, this biodynamic wine is well-structured, with earthy and sweet flavors. This is an old-school wine that pairs well with classic meat dishes.
2005 Chateau Clos Bourbon Côtes de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France | $23
2006 Domaine Catherine Le Goeuil Cuvée Léa Felsch
2005 Domaine des Baumard Coteaux du Layon Loire Valley, France | $25 white
2007 Domaine de Jaume Altitude 420
Côtes du Rhône, France | $20 A blend of Grenache and Syrah from 30 year old vines, this wine has very deep tannins that will let it age for a number of years. It’s also still good today, with red fruit flavors.
Bordeaux wines can get pricy fast, so look to the less-famous regions for a better value. This one has a very classic taste, with smooth tannins and a nice finish.
One word: yum! We love this sweet, acidic wine. Pair it with foods like white meats, custards or yams. Also use it for dessert pairings like fruit tarts.
2007 Calvet Limited Release Sauvignon Blanc
Bordeaux, France | $12
Loire Valley, France | $22
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Bordeaux, France | $12 Dry with smooth flavors of blackberry and cherry, this quintessential Bordeaux has a light, earthiness to it. Great with lamb and beef, this wine is priced right for everyday sipping.
2005 Lamblin et Fils Chablis Beauroy 1er Cru Beauroy
2008 Philippe Raimbault Sancerre Summer isn’t summer and oysters aren’t oysters without Sancerre. Sure, this Loire Valley Sauv Blanc has gotten expensive in the last few years, but there will never be a replacement for this crisp white.
Super clean with crisp minerality is how Bordeaux whites roll. This is great on a hot summer day with an array of shellfish.
2007 Chateau Saint Germain
Located in southwestern France, this massive region is home to over 10,000 individual wine producers. Very strict “wine laws” dictate which grapes are grown and how the wine is made. All red wines are a blend of numerous grapes, but the label rarely indicates this. Wines made on the “Left Bank,” or west side of the river, are predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon-based. Wines on the “Right Bank,” or east side, are mostly made from Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes. Petit Verdot and sometimes Malbec are added for character and structure. Its crisp white wines are made from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.
Chablis, Burgundy, France | $28 This is a fantastic Chablis for your money. This Chardonnay from one of Burgundy’s most famous regions has rocky, chalky, lemony flavors that blow away similar wines.
2005 Domaine Caillot Les Herbeux Bourgogne Blanc
NV Joël Falmet Brut Tradition
Burgundy, France | $30 From just outside the Merseault region, this wine has many of the same traits only without the name or the pricetag. Another fabulous French Chardonnay for the money.
Don’t be fooled by bright colored labels and fancy marketing. This wine is made and sold by the grape growers which keeps the price down and quality sky high.
Champagne, France | $42 sparkling
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2005 Château d’Aiguilhe Côtes de Castillon
This Champagne is the real deal, a smooth and creamy bubbly with apple and pear flavors. Always keep a bottle in the fridge because you never know who might be spending the night.
NV Jean Lallement et Fils Reserve Brut
Burgundy, France | $34
Champagne, France | $68 If you’re going to splurge, splurge on this. The maker of this “grower” Champagne paid exceptional attention to detail. Flavors of apple, hops, and brown butter.
A young, bright wine that tastes good right now. It makes a great gift because it looks fancy, and pretty much everybody likes Pinot.
2005 Chateau Roumieu-Lacoste Sauternes (375 ml)
2000 Ayala Blanc de Blanc
Nectar directly from the gods, this sticky, sweet but very complex wine rocks flavors of baked apple and apricot. Drink with dessert to seal the deal.
Vintage Champagne (opposed to non-vintage) comes from only one year’s harvest. It’s tricky to produce, but when done right, like this one, it’s amazing and can age for years.
Champagne, France | $72 sparkling
Sauternes, Bordeaux, France | $35
1997 Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil-sur-Oger
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes du Rhône, France | $40 An affordable entry point into the world of Chateauneuf, this biodynamic wine has grace and style, power and elegance. If you give this wine as a gift you better hope they share.
2006 Domaine de l’Harmas Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Côtes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France | $45 A truly stellar wine from a lesser known region. These days you’d be a fool to buy expensive wines from famous producers. Stick to the little guys who are making great wines outside the hype.
2006 Alain Burguet Les Pince Vin Bourgogne Rouge sparkling
Champagne, France | $30
Champagne, France | $300 Don’t get your wine tips from rappers. Salon is what the REAL ballers drink! If you can afford it, drink this with a special someone and your socks (along with other articles of clothing) will be knocked right off!
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Overview: There’s a lot more to Italy than Pinot Grigio and Chianti. Hundreds of different kinds of grapes are grown in every corner of the countryside, making Italy an incredibly diverse winemaking nation. Italy produces reds, whites, sparkling and dessert wines for nearly every occasion, budget and palate. In the north, Piedmont produces top quality reds and Veneto rocks the bubbly. Moving south, Tuscany is where Sangiovese gets its fame and Umbria is filled with great everyday wines. Southern Italy and the islands are starting to export more wines: look for the Nero d’Avola from Sicily.
How to Buy: The high-end wines of Barolo, Barbaresco and Brunello make fantastic gifts for avid winos. The quality of these wines is up there with the best France has to offer, but they cost less and they can sit in a cellar forever without losing their taste. And since most Italian wines are made for food, they’re great for picking up on your way to a dinner party. As a general rule, Barbera and Dolcetto are great with tomato sauce, and Vermentino, Soave and Trebbiano work well with cheese or fish. So just jump in and start exploring!
Sangiovese, Nebbiola, Nero d’Avola, Pinot Griggio, Vermentino, Trebbiano
2006 Kyos Nero d’Avola
2007 Rosso Pesce
From the island of Sicily comes a light, fun and fruity red that won’t cost you a fortune. Great for parties, BBQs, or just sipping while watching TV on a Tuesday night.
Sicily, Italy | $10
2007 Guidobono Nebbiolo
2008 Si Soave
Langhe, Italy | $12
Wines from Soave fell out of fashion for a few decades but they’re coming back. Medium-bodied with bold fruit and a crisp acidity, this wine is as good with fish as on its own. Plus, the unique bottle is a conversation starter.
Soave, Italy | $10
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Tuscany, Italy | $10 As the name suggests, this is a red wine that’s good with fish. It’s light, cheap, and easy to drink but rocks a little bit of spiciness. Think tuna, salmon or raging house party.
A diamond in the rough, this comes from the same region and is made with the same grape as the über expensive Barolo, but costs a fraction of the price.
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2006 Erik Banti Carato
Veneto, Italy | $12 Light, crisp citrus flavors make this Italian bubbly awesome for before or after dinner drinking. Bust out a few bottles while kicking it with friends to get the party started.
Made with mostly Sangiovese, this wine is smooth and very easy to drink. Makes a great everyday dinner wine with light fruit and tannins. It can go with most foods.
Tuscany, Italy | $13
NV Mionetto IL Prosecco Veneto, Italy | $12
2007 Michele Chiarlo “Nivole” Moscato d’Asti (375 ML)
Yep, that’s right: they use a bottle cap instead of a cork that provides easy access to maximized partying. This is a great Prosecco for the money.
This fizzy Italian sweetie is low in alcohol, which makes it perfect for sipping after dinner or on hot days. This wine + white chocolate = never sleeping alone. Ever.
Piedmont, Italy | $14 dessert
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NV Nino Franco “Rustico” Prosecco di Valdobbiadene
2008 Zenato Pinot Grigio
Champagne ain’t cheap cheap, so why shell out the big bucks if you don’t have to? Prosecco, on the otherhand, is made and priced at everyday drinking levels but often lacks the extra flavor and pizazz that New Years Eve, Valentine’s Day or even wedding wines require. That’s where the Nino Franco comes in. Flavors of mineral, citrus, apples and pears come out of this sufficiently bubbly wine. Drink liberally with shrimp, sushi or directly out of the bottle, rockstar style.
Piedmont, Italy | $15 Medium in body, crisp flavors and a floral nose round out this Italian white. Fish, chicken or even pizza with white sauce work well.
NV Zardetto Prosecco Brut
2006 Reverdito Michele Barbera d’Alba
Piedmont, Italy | $13 A big, juicy wine for the money. Wash down pizza, pasta, simple cuts of beef or pretty much anything with tomato sauce. Definitely make sure you’re drinking this with some kind of food.
Veneto, Italy | $15 sparkling
Veneto, Italy | $14 Light, zesty, citrus freshness make this wine a fantastic summer day drinking contender. Whether on a boat, at the beach, or kickin’ it on the stoop, make sure multiple bottles are on hand.
2005 Casalone Cortese
Veneto, Italy | $17
Another great bottle of Prosecco that goes well with food. Seafood like shrimp cocktail are its best friend but also try it with fried scallops or fettuccini.
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Trentino, Italy | $16
2006 Donnafugata Sedara Nero d’Avola
Attention: this is a cool grape. Müller Thurgau is the big man on campus in Germany and Northern Italy. Medium-to-full bodied with a floral nose and bright fruit, this wine is turkey’s new BFF.
Strong and bold, this Nero has more muscle than other wines from the same region. The bright fruit flavors and almost intense acidity are a perfect match for tomato sauce.
Sicily, Italy | $20 red
2004 Terre di Gioia Müller Thurgau
2008 Terrazze Retiche di Sondrio ‘La Novella’ Nebbiolo Chardonnay
2005 Masi Campofiorin Ripasso Rosso del Veronese IGT
Lombardy, Italy | $22
Masi uniquely makes this wine with semidried grapes, which gives it a deep, raisin-y flavor. It’s a silky smooth wine that’ll melt in your mouth.
Veneto, Italy | $18
2008 Elio Perrone Bigaro Brachetto
2006 Figini Gavi di Gavi Piedmont, Italy | $25 white
Piedmont, Italy | $20 Chocolate’s best friend, this is a sultry, sparkling, sweet red dessert wine. That’s right: combine all the things girls love and spike it with alcohol.
2006 Colle Dei Venti Barbera d’Asti white
Sardinia, Italy | $25
NV Rosa Regale Brachetto
Tuscany, Italy | $25
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A lean, clean and brisk white wine that you can order at fancy dinners or just sip during late summer nights. Pair with grilled seafood or shellfish.
2005 Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva
Piedmont, Italy | $20
Valentine’s Day in a bottle. Buy some dark chocolate, pour into Champagne flutes and sip this lightly alcoholic wine with your sweetie and, voilà! your clothes fall off.
A great summer white with apricot and peach flavors. Drink by the glass on a patio or with shrimp fettuccini alfredo, crab or even oysters.
2007 Mesa Vermentino di Sardegna Giunco
Piedmont, Italy | $20
Jammy red fruit flavors abound in this dry, full-bodied Italian red. Class up pizza night or bust it out with higher end Italian food.
A bit of an oddball, this is a white wine made from the popular Nebbiolo grape, which is typically used in red wines. Impress wino friends with this tasty, light Chardonnay-like white.
A quality bottle of Chianti with rich, deep purple color, very firm tannins and great aromas of cherry. Drink now or give to your wino friends for aging.
2008 Cascina Bruni
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Piedmont, Italy | $15
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2001 Villa Erbice Valpolicella Classico Superiore
Yeah, it’s a $27 Pinot Grigio but we promise it’s worth every penny! Hugely floral with light stone and citrus flavors. Be careful opening this bottle, it’ll disappear before you know it.
Rich, deep and sensuous flavors of raisin and dark fruit envelope all your senses when tasting this wine. A “baby Amarone,” this wine is a steal for the price.
Valpolicella, Italy | $40
2005 Poderi Aldo Conterno Masante Langhe Dolcetto
2005 Tenuta di Trinoro Passopisciaro
Piedmont, Italy | $28
Sicily, Italy | $50
This winemaker creates unholy wines, but most of them cost a crap ton of money. Rich, deep and truly powerful, this is one of the finest examples of premium Dolcetto produced by anyone, anywhere.
A classic, kick-you-in-the-stones Barbaresco, this is a wine with rich red berry flavors and hints of oak and mushroom. Drink with meat dishes like osso bucco or age for a few years.
Veneto, Italy | $27
2003 Bressan Pinot Grigio
2006 Mario Schiopetto Tocai Friulano Collio
Light, Pinot Noir-like wine with delicate, almost feminine notes of strawberry, cherry and blackberry. The high acidity makes it perfect for fatty, grilled meats.
2005 Testamatta Bugia Tuscany, Italy | $67
Winemaker Mario Schiopetto and his three children are hell bent on making their winery the best in the region. This white is more interesting than Chardonnay with creamy but clean flavors.
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Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, Italy | $39 w hit e
Velvety with well-balanced acidity, this wine rocks flavors of cherry and raspberry. Great for drinking on a weeknight night with pasta or pizza.
2005 Beni di Batasiolo Barbaresco
If you know very little about Italian wine, this is a great place to start. Located in Northwest Italy, this region cranks out a wide range of wines. Barolo and Barbaresco are the heavyhitters, starting around $40, but these big, chewy reds made from the Nebbiolo grape can be aged for decades. Barbera d’Asti is their more affordable little brother; it can still hold up to heavy dishes of beef and veal but works with simpler foods like pasta. Dolcetto is a medium to light red that’s perfect with pizza. Piedmont also produces sparkling (spumante in Italian) dessert wines like Brachetto, made from red grapes, and Moscato, made from white.
The fruit for this late-season harvested beauty comes from the tiny island of Giglio, off the coast of Tuscany. Light and fresh with honey and melon flavors, impress the crap out of white wine lovers.
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Overview: Growers in this part of the world have been making wine for over three thousand years. However, the region didn’t gain international attention until recent economic support from the European Union helped the industry to modernize its winery practices. Spanish wine is a modern twist on longstanding tradition with many wineries blending inter international favorites, like Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet with indigenous grapes like Verdejo and Tempranillo. Colorful packaging rounds out the deal and the result is incredibly delicious wine with labels anyone can understand. Portugal, not far behind, uses exclusively indigenous grapes that you’ve probably never heard of, but have been upgrading their equipment and practices. The result is some truly amazing and affordafford able wine. How to Buy: It’s hard to go wrong when buying wine from the big regions like Rioja, Priorat and Ribera del Duero. Lesser known regions like Jumilla, Yecla, and Rueda are cranking out spectacular wine for less than $15. When it comes to Portugal, it’s usually foolproof. Most Portuguese table wine (not Port) that comes into the US is tasty, if not stellar. Don’t be fooled by the low price tag, grab a few bottles and give ‘em a shot!
Major Grapes: Empranillo, Grenache, Monastrell, Verdejo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Touriga Nacional
2006 Barbadillo Palomino Fina
Vinho Verde, Portugal | $6
Andalucia, Spain | $10
Vinho Verde is like the lemonade of wine: simple, refreshing, and cheap as hell! Low in alcohol, you could probably put a bottle down by yourself. Drink liberally and often in the summer.
Light and crisp, it’s not quite Sherry but it is what you want to be drinking on a hot summer day. Made by a Sherry house, it’s a dry table wine that’s perfect with nuts and cheese.
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2009 Casal Garcia Vinho Verde
2007 Altovinum Evodia Old Vines Garnacha
2008 Adega de Monção Fuzelo Vinho Verde Slightly fizzy and affordable enough to purchase by the case, keep this on hand while munching summery fish dishes. It’s got a zip of green apple and lemon.
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Vinho Verde, Portugal | $8
Calatayud, Spain | $10 A big hit on the summer BBQ circuit, this wine is filled with juicy fruit like blackberry and plum. Tannins are non-existent in one of the best reds for the money.
Beiras, Portugal | $14
Campo de Borja, Spain | $10 Imported by Spanish badass Jorge Ordoñez, this 100% Garnacha rocks a whole lotta fruit. An unbelievable value for the money, this dry red will keep you warm and happy all winter.
2007 Bodegas Borsao Monte Oton Garnacha
2006 Castell del Remei Gotim Bru
Coster del Segre, Spain | $14
2007 Dona Ermelinda Tinto Palmela, Portugal | $10 Prescription for a great summer: grill meat, drink this wine and repeat as necessary. This easy to drink red has a lot of fruit, a touch of smokiness and a fair amount pepper.
2007 Bodegas Olivares Altos de la Hoya Monastrell
Made from Garnacha, this is a rich and powerful rosé with bright acidity and great flavors or citrus and strawberry. Drink when the sun is shining.
If you like Cabernet, you’re going to love this wine. Made from “old vine” Monastrell, these grapes soak up the sun and create a big, fat, juicy monster of a red. Beef!
Jumilla, Spain | $14
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2007 Casa de la Ermita Viognier Jumilla
Spain | $11 Meant as “everyday Champagne,” this Cava is absolutely delicious. Creamy with flavors of lemon and citrus round out this bubbly that’s cheap enough to drink three times a week.
Jumilla, Spain | $14 white
Dark and rich with smooth tannins, this is a blend of mostly Tempranillo grapes with some Merlot and Cabernet to round things out. This is a whole lot of wine for the money.
Empordà, Spain | $11
2008 Espelt Corali Rosado
Bright and bold, apple flavors emanate from this crisp white. You can drink this with anything from grilled chicken to fish sticks.
2003 Alate Cosecha Tempranillo
2008 Sitios Con Class Verdejo
Rueda, Spain | $12
Navara, Spain | $15
If you like Sauvignon Blanc, you’re going to love Verdejo. A crisp and aromatic white from central Spain, drink solo or rock it with cheese.
It’s always important to have a few kosher wines in your back pocket because you never know when someone is going to show up with gefilte fish. Firm tannins and good fruit flavor.
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A blend of traditional Portuguese red grapes, this ruby-colored wine is bold with strong flavors of blackberry, cherry and spice. Pair with lots and lots of meat!
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2004 Bodegas Lan Rioja Reserva
Rioja, Spain | $18
A bit of an oddball, this is a vintage Sherry. For an inexpensive sherry, this takes an inordinante amount of work to pull off every year. Drink with oysters as it smells like mushrooms and sea air.
Super classic in style from one of the best vintages on record. Silky smooth in texture with subtle fruit flavors. Be careful buying this wine as a gift; it may never make it to the recipient.
2004 Alvear Fino en Rama
Montilla-Moriles, Spain | $16
2008 Bodegas Martin Codax Albarino Rias Baixas, Spain | $17 It seems like this wine gets better every year. Super crisp with mineral and tangy citrus flavors, this wine is made for the beach and all things seafood. Drink outside on a hot day.
2006 Dona Maria Tinto Alentejo, Portugal | $18 Portugal’s rising star, the Alentejo region is cranking out killer bottles of red. This one has bold berry flavors and a medium body that goes well with lamb or beef.
PORT WINE Port is made differently from most other wines: during the fermentation process, before all the sugar in the grape juice has been converted to alcohol, winemakers spike their batch with brandy (distilled wine), which kills the yeast and significantly raises the alcohol content. The result is a fortified, sweet wine with a high percentage of alcohol, which is then aged to give it its notoriously deep, rich and complex flavors. Tawny Port spend 10, 20, 30 or 40 years in large wood tanks with multiple vintages before being bottled, while Vintage or Late Bottled Vintage Port spend a few years in small oak barrels and can age for decades in the bottle.
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Rias Biaxas, Spain | $18 Crisp yet creamy, this is a great expression of the Albariño grape. Drink with fish and chips, clam chowder or right out of the bottle while eating fried clams in a parking lot on Cape Cod.
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J.W. Burmester Porto 10 Year Old Tawny
2007 Telmo Rodríguez Dehesa Gago Ribera del Duero, Spain | $18
Douro, Portugal | $36
This is the meanest, awesomest, cherriest Toro wine for under $20. Nothing else can compete!
Flavors of raisins and other dried fruit envelop your taste buds in a wave of thick, syrupy goodness. Drink with cheeses after a good meal.
Douro, Portugal | $20 Sweet and syrupy with caramel, fig and nut flavors. The 500ml size makes it perfect for office holiday handouts or small party after-dinner consumption.
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2006 Ardévol Anjoli
Priorat, Spain | $25
Penedès, Spain | $16
Priorat, Spain | $45
Douro, Portugal | $73
This is vintage Cava from Spain’s top producer, who holds their wines to the highest quality levels. Creamy textures and gorgeous citrus fruit flavors round out a wine that can easily go head-tohead with Champagne.
Ramos Pinto makes really beautiful Tawny Port wines and this is one of our favorites. A touch of fresh fruit peeks out, but otherwise this wine is all honey and cream.
Penedès, Spain | $20
2005 Descendientes de José Palacios “Pétalos” Bierzo, Spain | $24 Flavors of smoke, mineral and ripe berries reach out and grab you. This sexy smooth wine will help keep you warm in the winter and be your best friend when you fire up the BBQ in the spring.
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2004 Vega Sicilia Alion Ribera del Duero, Spain | $80
A masculine and upright wine from vines with over 50 years of age. For the price, this is a killer bottle of Priorat that could use a few years in your “cellar” (ours is under the sink).
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2006 Gramona Grand Cuvée Cava
Priorat, Spain | $35 An epic wine from Priorat, Spain’s new hub for fine wine. Concentrated berry flavors and a strong structure make this complex wine perfect for impressing the pants off dinner dates.
2004 Odysseus Vino Tinto
2006 Quinta dos Roques Touriga Nacional Dao, Portugal | $20 What Cabernet is to Napa, Touriga Nacional is to Portugal. It’s a big, super dry and tannic grape. Rarely seen unblended, this wine has deep fruit flavors and firm structure.
There’s a lot of concentrated fruit in this powerful red wine yet, it’s not over the top. Mulling spices, berries and a firm structure make this wine a great choice for heavy meats.
2006 Alvaro Palacios Les Terrasses
Cava is Spain’s everyday Champagne. This means it’s cheap yet crazy delicious. This is a somewhat expensive bottle but your money is well spent. To start with, it’s got a kitschy label, always a “plus” at parties. The flavors are well-developed and it has plenty of bubbles, so it won’t go flat. Grab a few bottles for New Years Eve, drink before dinner or just keep a bottle in the fridge to celebrate the little victories in life.
Go big or go home with a wine from one of Spain’s top wine producers. This inky, full-bodied, fruit-filled wine is perfect for the person who has everything or any avid wino.
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Often overlooked as a major winemaking country, Germany produces wines with an incredible depth of flavor, especially for the money. Rieslings dominate the German market and are categorized and labeled based on the order the grapes were harvested and the subsequent level of ripeness. QbA (Qualitätswein bestimmter Anbaugebiete) is the first designation above table wine and also the driest. QmP (Qualitätswein mit Prädikat) is a step up in quality from QbA and is sub-categorized based on harvest order: Kabinett are the first grapes to be picked after QbA and produce dry wines; second are Spätlese, or “late harvest” grapes; Auslese, or “select harvest,” produce dessert style sweet wines; and Eiswein are frozen on the vine to concentrate the grapes’ sugar content and are essentially dessert themselves. Got it? Austrian categorization is just as confusing but all you need to remember is Grüner Veltliner (pronounced: GREW-ner Felt-LEE-ner) is fun to say and a party in your mouth.
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How to Buy:
How sweet do you want it? Trocken refers to dry wine, so look for this word if your answer is “not very.” Otherwise a good trick is to look at the alcohol level. Typically, anything under 9% is going to be pretty sweet, while wines higher in alcohol will be on the dryer side.
Major Grapes: Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Zweigelt, Grüner Veltliner
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Lower Austria, Austria | $12 A simple but addictive wine, the ‘Huber Hugo’ is soft, luscious and refreshing… just like the hot little spring fling or holiday hook-up you’ll be drinking this with.
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2008 St. Antonius Kreuznacher Kronenberg Riesling Auslese Nahe, Germany | $13 A very solid Auslese for the money, it falls on the sweeter side with flavors of apple, pear and peach. Pop this puppy after dinner or drink it in the shade on a hot, sunny day.
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2008 Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling Germany | $10 Bright, fruity flavors coupled with acidic sweetness make this wine perfect for warm days. The 2008 Dr. Loosen Dr. L. Riesling is an invigorating white with only a kiss of sweetness. Low alcohol content (8% vs. the typical 12%14% of most white wines) makes this refreshing wine perfect for daytime drinking. Produced in the Mosel Valley of Germany, this is a real-deal Riesling from a quality producer that won’t empty out your wallet or get you wasted in the afternoon.
2007 Berger Grüner Veltliner (1L)
2008 S.A. Prum Essence Riesling
Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany | $14
Niederösterreich, Austria | $13
A simple but tasty full-bodied QbA, this wine has light citrus flavors and great aromas. If you’re looking for a solid, everyday Riesling, look no further.
Since this super sipper comes in a 1-liter bottle, it’s even less expensive than it looks. Light, crisp and refreshing this might as well be Austria’s version of lemonade. It rocks flavors of grapefruit and wet stone with a strong but not overpowering acidity. Grüner goes down so easy on hot summer nights, you’ll be screaming its fun-to-say name on your walk home. Drink liberally with tomato salads, corn on the cob and seafood dishes.
2005 August Kesseler Qba Estate Riesling
Rheingau, Germany | $18 Fantastic aromas of fruit and mediumto-full body give you plenty of reason to pour glass after glass of this kickin’ QbA.
2007 Mönchhof Estate Riesling
2008 Dr. Bürklin-Wolf Estate Riesling
Pfalz, Germany | $20
Mineral, apple and a touch of honey grace this slightly sweeter than the status quo Riesling. Bring to outdoor parties or drink it right out of the bottle at the beach.
Mosel, Germany | $18
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2006 Steininger Zweigelt In 1922, Fritz Zweigelt developed a hybrid red supergrape to withstand the harsh climate of Austria. Über dark in color, this is juicy with firm tannins and just a little spicy.
Kamptal, Austria | $18
2008 Punkt Genau Sparkling Grüner Veltliner Austria | $20 What’s more fun than Grüner Veltliner? Sparkling Grüner Veltliner! Soft flavors of apple and pear emanate from this light Austrian sparkler. Don’t be scared off by the screw cap.
Germany | $21 Any true baller needs to keep one of these in their fridge at all times. It’s got 24kt gold confetti floating around in it! Come on, people, do you need a better reason?
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Juicy flavors of melon rock this biodynamic summer sipper. Drink it with goat cheese salad or keep your wine glass full while you run the BBQ at your next picnic.
Kamptal, Austria | $26 The best Grüners are harvested very late in the season. Straw-colored with flavors of peach and pear, this full-bodied wine has a ton of depth and character. Drink with high-end seafood.
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Overview: Known for its diversity and innovation, California is the size of most European countries and boasts several diverse wine growing regions. Cali’s wine industry was nearly snuffed out during Prohibition, but a rag-tag crew of winemakers revived it dur during the 1960s and ‘70s and went on to earn the world’s grudging approval. Zinfandel has long been California’s hometown hero, but wineries are experimenting with everything from Sangiovese to Tempranillo, Vermantino to Roussanne; name a grape, and someone in California is trying to grow it. This Wild West attitude is what put California on the map, and will continue to push the region to produce better and better wines.
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Avoid the hype. Buying based on big names, fancy labels and cult status will usually get you a mediocre, overover priced wine. Look for established wineries from newer regions like Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, or Sonoma County. Check out wineries that buy leftover grapes from top Napa Valley vineyards and turn them into affordable-yet-kickass wines. Ignore vintages, which are less important since the weather is fairly consistent. And keep a lookout for environmentally-friendly, socially-conscious wineries producing organic and biodybiody namic varietals.
2008 Forefront Sauvignon Blanc
2006 Oberon Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Valley, California | $13
Napa Valley, California | $15
A new project from the folks at Pine Ridge winery, they hold the Forefront wines to their same, high quality standards. A great Sauv Blanc for the money.
At the beach, your swimsuit-clad amigos will be stoked when you bust out multiple bottles of this tangy, lemon-inflected white wine.
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Major Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel
2008 Firestone Sauvignon Blanc
2007 Fleur de California Chardonnay
Crisp, refreshing and affordable, this is a Cali Sauv Blanc you can bust out at parties over the holidays or just sitting on your neighborhood stoop.
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North Coast, California | $15 wh ite
Santa Ynez Valley, California | $14
California Chard gets a bad rap for being over-oaked and buttery. This is not one of the offenders. This wine has bright fruit and a crisp acidity.
2007 Taft Street Chardonnay
2008 Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc
Pear and citrus flavors and a light touch of oak make this Chard a great food wine. From fish to poultry, appetizers to late night sipping, it’s got you covered.
Napa Valley, California | $18 white
Sonoma Coast, California | $15
2006 Topanga “Khroma” Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 Clos la Chance ‘Ruby Throated’ Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast, California | $19 red
Alexander Valley, California | $16 An awesome Cabernet for the money, this one is big and bold, with flavors of chocolate and berries. Bust it out for a casual steak dinner, BBQ or burgers on a weeknight.
Central Coast, California | $16
Russian River Valley, California | $19
This affordable Pinot has great fruit flavors that pair well with Thanksgiving, grilled salmon or just sipping on its own.
Jammy and alluring flavors of cherry and raspberry just beg you to pour another glass. Sure to impress your date, pair with grilled pork and you won’t go home alone.
2006 MacRostie Pinot Noir
2007 Poppy Pinot Noir Monterey County, California | $16
Carneros, California | $20
Good, inexpensive Pinot is hard to find, so stock up on the Poppy. Great for everyday drinking, bringing to parties or quaffing in the sun.
Located just a few steps south of Napa Valley, this lesser known region doesn’t fetch the big prices of its neighbors, but produces very good wines, including this Pinot.
The Hummingbird series of wines from Clos la Chance can do no wrong. Deep, rich and complex, this is a whole lotta Cabernet for your money.
2006 Balletto Russian River Pinot Noir
2007 Fleur de California Pinot Noir Central Coast
2008 Scholium Project Verdelho ‘Naucratis’ Lost Slough Vineyards Central Valley, California | $20
2006 7 Deadly Zins The badass name is followed by some rear end kickin’ Zinfandel. You’ll be the life of the next BBQ or party when you roll up with this big, bold and juicy wine.
Lodi, California | $18
Liquid summer. You can just taste the fresh ripe peaches and clean fruit. Drink with friends in the sun (or when dreaming about the sun).
Verdelho is a little known Portuguese grape traditionally used to make Madeira wine, one of the country’s specialties. Its medium to full body and lemon flavors make this a great wine to pair with spicy food.
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Napa Valley, California | $20 It’s floral, aromatic and rocks a lot of body, making this a white wine for red wine drinkers. Good with spicy Asian food, a mid-summer sipper or even a turkey dinner.
2007 Manifesto! Cabernet Sauvignon
North Coast, California | $20 Porch sitting, steak grilling, chocolate cake munching–this big and juicy wine can handle it. Can you?
2008 Freemark Abbey Viognier
Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Paso Robles is a land where renegade ruffians collide with fine wine. Though it was little more than a dusty cowboy town a few decades ago, this region is now home to over 180 wineries. Paso Robles is most famous for its plump, juicy and strong Zinfandels from the likes of Peachy Canyon, Four Vines and Turley Vineyards. Paso has also become an epicenter for Rhône grapes like Syrah, Viognier and Roussanne thanks to Chateau de Beaucastel, a Chateauneufdu-Pape powerhouse that set up shop here in 1989 under the Tablas Creek label and brought its high quality grapevines from France, kicking off a new revolution in the region. 2006 Peachy Canyon Incredible Red
Santa Barbara, California | $20
Paso Robles, California | $12
A dark-hued wine with bright and vibrant fruit, this bottle is made with a grape typically not grown outside of Italy. Drink with lots and lots of pizza!
Peachy Canyon is a Paso Robles institution, and this wine benefits from a kickass vintage. It’s juicy on the surface, but boasts a surprising amount of depth and complexity for the price point.
2007 Palmina Dolcetto Santa Barbara County
2007 Vina Robles Petite Sirah, Jardine
2007 Chateau Montelena Potter Valley Riesling
Paso Robles, California | $30 re d
From this century old winery comes a dry Riesling with a crisp acidity. The apple and melon flavors are great for poolside sipping or après-ski guzzling.
While not for the faint of heart, this decadently juicy wine will woo you like an experienced lover with its blackberry, cedar and spicy flavors. Get ready.
2007 Belle Glos Meiomi Pinot Noir
2005 Domaine Carneros Brut Cuvée
Sonoma Valley, California | $24
Carneros, California | $25 Owned and operated by the same folks as Tattinger (of Champagne fame), this bubbly is made the exact same way as Champagne. Bready and yeasty, it’s a great alternative to the French stuff.
Juicy and full of fruit, this Pinot Noir has Turkey Day written all over it. It’ll go great with the bird and stand up to all the fixins, including cranberry sauce.
Potter Valley, California | $24
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2005 Hall Vineyards Merlot
This grape originally hails from the Portuguese island of Madeira, but is now grown all over the world. This Cali version is full bodied and highly aromatic – this is a wine dork’s wine.
Drink this luscious plum- and cherryinflected wine with pizza, pork or burgers. It also makes a great gift wine—if you don’t drink it yourself first.
Napa Valley, California | $34
2007 Kenneth Volk Malvasia Bianca Monterey County, California | $25
2008 Arger-Martucci Iliad
2002 Gloria Ferrer Royal Cuvée
Made from a blend of Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, and Muscat grapes, this is a very floral and aromatic wine, with a sweetness that makes it spicy Asian food’s best friend.
Carneros, California | $35 sparkling
Napa Valley, California | $25
2007 Dry Creek Vineyards Dry Chenin Blanc
2007 Hirsch Vineyard Bohan Dillon “Family Blend” Pinot Noir
Clarksburg, California | $14 red
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Sonoma County, California | $35 Kalin Cellars doesn’t release their wines until they deem them ready, and in this Chardonnay’s case, that’s 15 years after harvest. Dark gold in color, this wine is an experience.
2007 Rombauer Chardonnay Carneros, California | $36
2006 Westerly Vineyards Merlot Santa Ynez Valley, California | $27 Merlot is not a four letter word! Smoother and silkier than Cabernet, this grape has brighter, riper fruit with the same level of complexity.
Sonoma Coast, California | $35 It doesn’t get better than an affordable wine from a big-name Pinot producer. Notes of cherry, strawberry and spice emanate from this sun soaked California wine.
1994 Kalin Cellars Cuvée LD Sonoma Chardonnay white
This winery has been making a dry Chenin Blanc since 1972. Badass Chenin Blanc producer Domaine Baumard, located in France’s Loire Valley, was the original inspiration for this wine and you can taste it. Aromas of peach and citrus are followed by gorgeous flavors of tropical fruit with a strong, but not overpowering acidity. The ship on the label and the refreshing flavors make this your go-to “drink seaside” wine. Drink liberally with oysters, crab, and lobster.
A California bubbly with some age on it means you’ll get crisp apple, citrus and yeasty flavors. Celebrate in style and drink with oysters, lobster or sushi.
This is a big, rich, bold, conversationstarting wine. If your date loves California Chard, there’s no way you’re going home alone. Seal the deal and order oysters followed by lobster with this one.
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Russian River Valley, California | $40 Each year, a different original painting becomes the inspiration for the label of this small-production Pinot, which makes these bottles great gifts. There is also great wine inside!
2006 Barnett Vineyards Spring Mt. Cabernet Sauvignon
2007 Eric Kent Stiling Vineyard Pinot Noir
2000 Cain Concept Library Edition
2004 Arger-Martucci Odyssey
2005 Cedar Knoll Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, California | $45 Founded in the 1800s, this winery halted production during Prohibition and sat unused for 80 years. Now Palmaz Vineyards, which makes a $120 Cab, uses the label for a fantastic wine with an interesting history.
Napa Valley, California | $20
A Bordeaux blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Cab Franc, this wine is an excellent gift for any wine lover. Save it for a few years, or pop the cork now with a good steak.
French-born winemaker Bernard Portet searched the globe for the perfect site for a world-class winery. In 1972, he settled in what is now the Stag’s Leap District of Napa Valley. His winery, which still flies the French flag, makes a traditional Bordeauxstyle wine with California-grown fruit, resulting in a wine with rich flavors of plum and blackberry and a silky finish. This is California Merlot the way it’s meant to taste. Drink liberally with short ribs, burgers or anything else you can toss on the grill.
2003 Nicolette Christopher Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, California | $52 Recipe for the perfect date: buy two fine steaks, light candles, put on the Marvin Gaye and pour this wine until there is no need for clothing. This stuff is absolutely amazing!
2006 Palazzo Cabernet Franc Napa Valley, California | $65 This Cab Franc has been billed as the California version of a Right Bank-style Bordeaux wine. Its serious aging ability combined with optimum steak pair-ablity makes it the perfect gift for any wino.
2008 Brewer-Clifton Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills, California | $70 w hit e
Napa Valley, California | $70 This winery held back the bulk of this vintage, and just released it. This is a great way to get a top-quality, mostly Cabernet-based wine with some age on it. Buy it as a gift—for yourself. You’re worth it!
2005 Clos du Val Merlot
Napa Valley, California | $50
Spring Mountain, California | $65 A true “mountain wine,” this wine is made from grapes grown at altitudes between 400 ft all the way up to 2200 ft. The result is a rich wine with blackcurrant and pepper flavors.
One of the top Chardonnay producers in California, this is a wine with crisp acidity and a whole lotta flavor. No buttery Chard here—think closer to Burgundy.
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How to Buy: Oregon has found its happy place, and that is growing all kinds of Pinot. From Pinot Gris to Pinot Blanc to its most popular, Pinot Noir, this state nails them all. The Columbia River Valley in eastern Washington is known for Cabernet, Merlot and Riesling, and they’re bringing young French winemakers in to help develop the region. When traveling the US, drop in to a local wine shop and see what’s available from local vineyards. Not only will you be surprised by the quality of the wine but you’ll be helping the regional economy and encouraging more domestic production of interesting wines. Support your local wineries!
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Overview: Not including California, there are over 3,000 wineries in this country, with at least one in every single state. From Alabama to Alaska, there are new wineries popping up every year, with growers determined to make the best wine possible within their unique region. Washington and Oregon are leading the charge by creating world class wines, but New York isn’t far behind. Newcomers like New Mexico, Virginia and Michigan are also pumping out prime bottles. There are even top quality producers in Massachusetts making wine so good you’ll think it comes from the well-known vineyards of France.
Major Grapes: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay
New Hampshire | $10
2006 Gordon Brothers Kamiak Cellar Select Cabernet-Merlot
This is authentic Normandy-style sparkling apple cider, with complex flavors and an alcohol content low enough for regular and consistent day drinking. You won’t regret trying it.
These guys continue to crank out one of the best Cab-Merlot blends for the money. Get this wine before all those Bordeaux buyers find out and the price doubles.
Columbia Valley, Washington | $12 r ed
NV Farnum Hill Semi-Dry Cider
2007 Travessia Vidal Blanc
Massachusetts | $13
Columbia Valley, Washington | $11 A lightly sweet wine with some spice to it. This Gewürztraminer has a sharper acidity than its European counterparts, which cuts down on sweetness, making it perfect for pairing with food or just sipping.
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2008 Hogue Cellars Gewurztraminer
This wine is made in downtown New Bedford, MA, with grapes grown in the Eastern part of the state. Its crisp, refreshing taste and decent body make this a great all-around white.
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2007 Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Blanc
2008 Charles Smith Wines Kung Fu Girl Riesling
White grapes that do well in Alsace tend to do well in Oregon, and this Pinot Blanc is no exception. Mineral flavors dominate with some light pear. Absolutely delicious.
Dundee Hills, Oregon | $13
NV Gruet Blanc de Noirs
2008 Torii Mor Pinot Gris Willamette Valley, Oregon | $16
Oregon produces a lot of Pinot Noir, and this guide lists quite a few. However, this is definitely a stellar bottle for the money. It’s the second label of the innovative and creative Owen Roe.
2008 Montinore Estate Vineyards Pinot Gris
2008 Broadley Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Oregon | $13 Year after year, this winery produces fabulous wine. They have recently converted to biodynamic farming and this wine, in particular, stands out with a balanced acidity and great fruit flavors.
A great lighter Pinot for a fair price, contribute a few bottles to the Turkey Day feast and you just might get out of doing the dishes.
Willamette Valley, Oregon | $20 r ed
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2008 O’Reilly’s Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Oregon | $14
2006 Hedges Family Estate Three Vineyards
Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are the same grape but different styles. Oregon produces the former: a medium bodied, fruit-forward wine with strong acidity. It’s turkey’s best friend.
A blend of Cabernet and Merlot from a family-run winery. If their label read “Napa Valley” this bottle would be three times more expensive. A great red for the money.
2008 Wine by Joe Pinot Gris
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Red Mountain, Washington | $20 re d
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Another great Pinot Gris from the Northwest. Flavors of ripe pear and aromas of honeysuckle will keep you drinking this wine well into the evening.
Oregon | $17 red
New Mexico | $14 Yes, they make wine in New Mexico and yes, it’s really frickin’ good. The winery was founded in 1987 by Gilbert Gruet, who had been making wine in Champagne, France since the 1950s. After a trip to the Southwest, he decided to take a stab at an American sparkler. The family follows the very stict Méthode Champenoise guidelines to create some truly impressive wines. The Blanc de Noir, made mostly from Pinot Noir grapes, is creamy with a bright acidity. One of the best bottles of bubbles for the money.
Columbia Valley, Washington | $15 From the mouth of Charles Smith himself: “It’s just booze – drink it!” Strong apple and pear flavors make this dry Riesling go down all too easy. Pairs well with spring rolls, sashimi, and cute girls.
2008 Long Shadows Poet’s Leap Riesling
2007 Dominio IV Tempranillo Syrah Blend Technicolor Bat
Columbia Valley, Washington | $22
Willamette Valley, Oregon | $32 Bringing a little bit of Spain to the Norhtwest, this mostly Tempranillo wine is made from biodynamic grapes. It’s a big, fleshy fruit filled wine that commands copious amounts of lightly seared beef.
Crisp with flavors of apple and aromas of flowers, this slightly sweet Riesling is great for sipping with Thanksgiving dinner, scallops or even light pork dishes.
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2006 Anne Amie Winemaker’s Selection Pinot Noir
Washington | $25 Dr. Loosen Estates, from Germany, helped to make this delicious little Washington State sweetie. Orange, lime and a lot of crisp mineral flavors will help to get your sweetie in the sack.
Willamette Valley, Oregon | $35 red
2007 Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling
2005 Reininger Merlot Walla Walla Valley, Washington | $36
Massachusetts | $26 If we didn’t know any better, we’d think this wine came from France. But in fact, 100% estate grown Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Massachusetts go into this amazingly good East Coast sparkler.
2003 Westport Rivers Brut Cuvée RJR
2006 Spring Valley Vineyard “Uriah”
These guys produce some of the most innovative and delicious wines in the Northwest. A blend of Grenache and Syrah this is an incredibly dark and fruit-laden wine with an eerie label.
Why spend the big bucks on a Napa Valley blend when you can go to Washington and get the same quality for half the price?
Walla Walla, Washington | $50 re d
Forget what you thought about Merlot, this is the way it’s supposed to be. Blackberry with a touch of chocolate, bust this out to class up a pizza date or rock it with steak.
Columbia Valley, Washington | $28
2008 Owen Roe Sinister Hand
2006 Belle Vallée Grand Cuvée Pinot Noir
2007 Dobbes Pinot Noir Grand Assemblage Step up your Pinot game without going too crazy. Light and bright fruit flavors make this a wine you can always bust out for classy sipping.
Willamette Valley, Oregon | $28 r ed
One of the best all around Pinots for the money, it rocks nice berry fruit flavors and a little bit of that Oregon funk! Keep a bottle on hand for last minute dinner party invites.
Willamette Valley, Oregon | $56 A tiny, super-boutique winery in the Willamette Valley. It’s definitely a big, burly Oregon Pinot but there’s a little more sexiness to this one, more than justifying the price.
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Overview: A penchant to consume Flintstone-sized slabs of meat led Chile and Argentina to produce copious amounts of big, fat, juicy reds to drink with them. They hit the jackpot, realizing the long-forgotten French grapes - Malbec, Carmenere, and Tannat - would thrive in a dry, mountainous environment. South American wineries brought in top winemakers, imported stellar Y A U G URU grapes and spared no expense on technology se jo n sa to create world-class wines. Due to the canelones nearly perfect climate, few if any pesticides are needed so many wineries can farm DEO MONTEVI sustainably if not, organically.
How to Buy: Argentina is famous for Malbec and Chile is famous for Cabernet Sauvignon. While prices are increasing, these wines are still a good value and seem to get better every year. Look for the rising stars such as the floral, white Torrontes from Argentina, and Pinot Noir and Carmenere from Chile. The real underdog is Uruguay, which is gaining attention for Tannat, a long-forgotten red grape.
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2007 Montes ‘Classic Series’ Cabernet Sauvignon
2008 Altos Las Hormigas Bonarda Colonia las Liebres
Colchagua Valley, Chile | $9
Mendoza, Argentina | $9 Italian immigrants brought Bonarda to Argentina over a century ago. It’s less fashionable than it used to be, but still makes for a cool, earthy, inky wine with some grit to it.
“Holy crap!” That’s what we shouted after tasting this concentrated, fruit-laden Cabernet. Whether you’re downing steak, burgers or mushrooms, your meal will probably cost more than this amazing wine.
Major Grapes: Malbec, Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon, Torrontes, Sauvignon Blanc, Tannat.
2008 Gouguenheim Malbec
2007 Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon
A quality, juicy, fruit-forward Malbec for less than $10? Check. This is your everyday sipper, your quintessential BBQ guzzler and your party wine all in one.
Maipo Valley, Chile | $11 r ed
Mendoza, Argentina | $9
From the “cellar of the devil” comes good quality Cabernet for the money. It has good flavors of cherry fruit and is perfect for everyday drinking or backyard BBQs.
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Originally, this was one of the six allowed red grapes grown in the Bordeaux region of France. It was used sparingly because it was difficult to grow in the damp and chilly environment. The grape first made its way to South America during the mid 1800s, but was quickly confused with Merlot. Because it thrived in this drier climate and seemed to be immune to the pests that decimated France’s Merlot grapes in the late 1800s, vintners all over Chile inadvertently grew it alongside Merlot and bottled it as such for most of the 20th century. It wasn’t until a scientist ran DNA tests on the grape in 1994 that Chile realized it was actually making some pretty damn good Carménère.
2006 Terra Andina Carmenere
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Elqui Valley, Chile | $13
Mendoza, Argentina | $13
2007 Kaiken Cabernet Sauvignon
San Juan Province, Argentina | $12
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While not known for their Cabernet as much as Chile, the growers on the Argentine side of the Andes can produce a killer bottle. This bottle has earthy flavors of dark fruit.
2007 Bodega Colomé Amalaya Malbec Blend
2008 Yellow+Blue Malbec A solid, tasty Malbec from an organic vineyard that’s shipped in an eco-friendly Tetra Pak, making it more efficient to ship and recycle. Yellow plus blue equals green. Get it?
Another great choice in the Malbec field. Bust out your BBQ, get the largest chunk of meat you can find, grill it, and wash it down with this wine.
Mendoza, Argentina | $13
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2008 Casa Lapostolle Sauvignon Blanc Rapel Valley, Chile | $12 Chile has been doing a kickass job of growing Sauvignon Blanc. It’s rounder and less acidic than its French counterparts, but not heavily oaked like most Sauvignon Blancs from California.
Made from 60% Carmenere and 40% Syrah, this wine brings intoxicating aromas of tobacco and chocolate that lead to knock-your-socks-off bold red berry flavors.
2006 Vistalba Corte C Malbec
2008 Dona Paula Los Cardos Sauvignon Blanc Mendoza, Argentina | $12 Argentina grows a plethora of different grapes and this Sauvignon Blanc stands as a nice, cool contrast to its well-known, heavy Malbecs. Refresh your palate and put some fish on the parilla with this one.
This wine is big and bold with a lot of fruit but maintains the earthy, grittiness that is characteristic of Carmenere. Dark fruit and red pepper flavors make this bottle too good to pass up.
2006 Falernia Carmenere Syrah Reserva
Salta, Argentina | $13 From the folks at Hess Collection comes a well balanced blend of Malbec, Cabernet, Syrah and Tannat. Throw in the fact that they use biodynamic farming practices and you’ve got a winner!
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2006 Valdivieso Cabernet Franc Single Vineyard Reserve
Casablanca Valley, Chile | $17
Colchagua Valley, Chile | $24 You don’t often see a Chilean Cab Franc. It’s a little burlier and certainly riper than others but damn it’s delicious. Bring this to a wino’s house and you’ll earn some street cred.
A rich and creamy Chardonnay with a crisp freshness. Only the yeast growing on the grapes is used during fermentation. Drink with lobster or scallops and cream sauce.
2005 Bodegas Carrau AMAT
2008 Catena Chardonnay
Andean North West, Argentina | $16 When you smell this wine, you think it’s going to be sweet because of the peach, watermelon and apple aromas. Surprise! It’s a very dry, crisp and refeshing wine and one of our personal favorites.
2007 Errazuriz ‘Wild Ferment’ Chardonnay
Mendoza, Argentina | $17
Chapeu, Uruguay | $43
A quality Chardonnay from the land of Malbec, this is a creamy wine with crisp apple and pear flavors. Replace your typical Cali Chard with this more affordable version.
2007 Carlos Basso Malbec Reserve
Flavors of white peach, honeydew and lychee collide on your palate in this crisp and tasty white. Great with summer salads, tomatoes and seafood dishes.
2009 Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontes
No one knows how or when the Torrontes grape came to Argentina, but recent DNA evidence suggests it’s closely related to the white grapes of Eastern Europe. Regardless of this grape’s mysterious history, it has become Argentina’s rising star. Torrontes grapes characteristically make for fruity, fresh, aromatic wines that fall somewhere between a dry Riesling and a Sauvignon Blanc. Drink liberally with grilled fish, oysters, or cheese plates, or just sip it outside on its own on a beautiful summer day.
San Juan Province, Argentina | $9
Mendoza, Argentina | $18 Bold and bordering on intense with deeply concentrated fruit, this is a kickin’ Malbec for when you want to take things up a notch. Drink with a lightly seared choice cut of beef.
First it was Malbec in Argentina, then Carmenere in Chile, but the next big success story out of South America is going to be Tannat in Uruguay. This heavily tannic but fruit-laden grape is making some truly remarkable wines and Bodegas Carrau is leading the charge. Complex and chewy wine with ripe red fruit aromas, this wine begs for slabs of red meat. It’s hard to find a wine this good for the price. Get ‘em now because the prices are going nowhere but up!
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Overview: In recent years, Australian wine producers have flooded the US market with cheap bottles of Shiraz decorated with everything from jumping marsupials to flightless birds. This is unfortunate, becuase it paints the land “Down Under” as a juicy, fruity one-hit wonder, when nothing could be further from the truth. The Aussies have been making wine for hundreds of years and are currently experimenting with grapes like Riesling, Verdelho, Tempranillo and Sangiovese. New Zealand, not far behind the Aussies, is consistently adding to its repertoire of super crisp, grapefruitladen Sauvignon Blancs, and the Kiwis are also throwing Pinot Noir and even Cabernet into the mix.
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How to Buy: Pick your Aussie Shiraz with care, because there are a lot of mediocre bottles out there. Wineries with a strong track record, like Penfolds, D’Arenberg, Torbreck and Yalumba are always safe choices. Experiment with the newer wineries using unique grapes. Groove on New Zealand’s high quality, yet affordable Sauvignon Blancs and expand your palate by digging the cool climate Pinot Noirs and tasty Cabernet Sauvignons. Major Grapes: Shiraz, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir. 2008 3 Brooms Sauvignon Blanc
McLaren Vale, Australia | $12
Marlborough, New Zealand | $15
This is an inky and robust Shiraz that’s made for smoked ribs, burgers or other grilled goodies. The wine comes with various kitschy labels, making it a great gift.
This wine takes “crisp and refreshing” to the next level. Drink copious amounts with dozens of fresh oysters and you’ll feel like you died and went to heaven.
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2007 R Wines Strong Arm Shiraz
2005 Razor’s Edge Shiraz Mclaren Vale, Australia | $15
Marlborough, New Zealand | $13 If you like those classic grapefruit and grassy flavors from New Zealand Sauv Blancs, you might want to make this your new go-to. A great everyday wine for the cash.
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2009 Sileni Estates Sauvignon Blanc
A high-octane, kick-you-in-the-ass Aussie Shiraz, nicely priced in the “everyday” category. It’s peppery, juicy and a little chocolaty. Just the way it should be.
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2008 Torbreck Woodcutters Shiraz
South Australia, Australia | $15
Barossa Valley, Australia | $20
Perfect for pasta, grilled burgers or plasticcup afternoons on the patio, this serious drinkin’ wine ain’t no pansy. Keep a few bottles on hand for those impromptu Tuesday hangouts.
Taking it up a notch! This is a Shiraz you can drink everyday, but one you can also bust out for nice occasions. Its flavors are classy, yet remain big, fat and juicy.
2007 Angove’s Red Belly Black Shiraz
2007 Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon
Hunter Valley, Australia | $16
Coonawarra, Australia | $20
Aussie Viognier is hip stuff with a very floral nose of apricot and peach blossoms. The medium-to-full body makes it a great pairing with Asian food or summer BBQ.
Earthy flavors and strong tannins stand out with this well-balanced, mildly smoky wine. Bring this in tow and your Cabernet loving friends will love you!
2007 David Hook The Gorge Viognier
2008 Plantagenet Omrah Unoaked Chardonnay
2008 Momo Pinot Noir Marlborough, New Zealand | $20
Australian producers are now branching out from Shiraz: they’re now making lots of interesting and tasty whites. This crisp Chardonnay is a great example, with round flavors of melon and citrus.
N/V Taltarni Brut Rosé “Tache” Sparkling Wine
2005 Loan Semillon
Victoria, Australia | $20 sparkling
Barossa Valley, Australia | $17 This intense, full-bodied white comes from a certified organic winery in the Barossa Valley. The strong fruit on this dry wine helps it to pair well with food.
Earthy flavors and strong tannins make this well-balanced, mildly smoky wine stand out. Bring this to a party and your Cabernet loving friends will love you!
Western Australia, Australia | $16
NV Emeri Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc
2007 Tohu Pinot Noir Marlborough, New Zealand | $26
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Australia | $18 This Aussie sparker nips at your tongue with a fresh acidity and goes down almost too easy. Summer sipping with oysters? Yep! But you can drink this one anytime.
Made from classic Champagne grapes (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir), this pink bottle of bubbly is not only fun, but also delicious, with hints of strawberries and peach.
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This Pinot’s got da funk! It busts that earthy, mushroomy flavor that the grape is known for in Burgundy, with a great balance of acidity with cherry and cranberry flavors.
EVERYTHING ELSE Overview: In nearly every corner of the planet, people are growing grapes and making wine. From Ethiopia to China, South Africa to Mexico, wine is being produced everywhere. In this section we’ve pulled wines from regions you might expect and others that might surprise you. Don’t underestimate the power of a new “up and coming” wine region. It wasn’t too long ago that people were saying Napa Valley was a horrible place for grapes. On Our Radar: China has been busy planting a variety of grapes; we’ve heard good things about Mexican wine; Texas has a thriving wine industry; Indian wine is slowly becoming better and better; and Brazil is about to be the next major South American region. Keep your eyes peeled for the growing numer of offbeat bottles that are slowly appearing in wine stores and restaurants.
2007 MAN Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon
2007 Brampton Shiraz South Africa | $15
Spicy and ripe, this is a pretty kickass wine for less than $10. Fire up the BBQ and grill large slabs of meat while sipping on endless glasses.
South Africa | $9
It’s amazing how South Africa can crank out wines this good for so little money. Dry with raspberry and strawberry flavors, this is a wine to enjoy while hitting the BBQ or staying warm under a blanket.
Tozai Snow Maiden Nigori (300ml)
Japan | $15 /4-pack
Nigori sake is unfiltered and appears cloudy and milky but has bright flavors of banana, fruit and rice. This dry sake is best served cold with spicy food, Korean barbecue or spareribs.
Kyoto Prefecture, Japan | $10
Brda, Primorski, Slovenia | $13
2009 Seven Sisters Vivian Sauvignon Blanc
Rich with flavors of honey and melon, this affordable, medium-bodied white is way too easy to drink. Think: a picnic of takeout Asian food while watching the sunset.
One of our all-time favorite Sauv Blancs, this grassy, crisp and mineral-laden wine goes well with raw vegetables, shellfish or a sunny day.
2007 Quattro-Mani Toh-kai
Western Cape, South Africa | $16 w hi te
This is the classiest, most delicious “wine cooler” we’ve ever tasted. Slightly sweet with light alcohol, this wine goes perfectly with beaches and bikinis (on or off).
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2008 Hamilton Russell Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc
2008 Domaine Clos des Rocher Pinot Gris
Walker Bay, South Africa | $17
Luxembourg | $21
South Africa’s version of a French Sancerre, this wine has strong mineral and chalk flavors. Drink with shellfish next to the ocean or just dreaming of it.
Sandwiched between France and Germany, Luxembourg makes wines very similar to Alsace. Lean, clean and brisk, give this wine a whirl and test your friends’ geography knowledge.
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Stellenbosch, South Africa | $17
2003 Carmel Zarit Cabernet Sauvignon
Juicy, smoky and spicy, Pinotage is made for massive BBQs with a stockpile of red meats. South Africa’s hometown hero, give this grape a try.
Believe it or not, Israel produces some pretty good wine. This one is kosher (but most aren’t) with mature, dark fruit flavors. This wine is too good for only holiday drinking.
Israel | $27 red
2006 M’Hudi Pinotage
2003 Kavaklidere Öküzgözü d’Elazig
2005 Mediterra Winery Mirambelo Peza, Crete, Greece | $30
Turkish reds are a lot like southern Greek wines: identifiably Mediterranean. This is very aromatic with lots of chewy tannins. Drink when a large piece of roasted meat is in play.
Ankara, Turkey | $18
From the island of Crete, this is made with the Kotsifali and Mandilaria grapes. Very tobacco-y, but the really intense red fruit pushes through. Requires a large piece of meat.
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Kanbara Bride of the Fox Junmai Ginjo (300ml)
Bekaa Valley, Lebanon | $34
Crisp and light, this traditional sake with a cute name explodes with flavors of nuts and ripe honeydew. Drink cold with seared tuna or avocado salad.
Niigata Prefecture, Japan | $18
2003 Royal Tokaji Wine Co. Red Label 5 Puttonyos
Santorini, Greece | $18
Hungary | $50
Greek wine kicks ass! While somewhat difficult to track down, these are really cool wines and worth the effort. Drink this crisp white with Mediterranean-style seafood dishes.
Mega-sweet and strong acidity make this wine liquid gold in your glass. $50 for a half-bottle is expensive, but this is one wine that is worth it. Dessert, dessert, dessert!
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2008 Domaine Sigalas Asirtiko /Athiri
You can still find bottles of this old white floating around. Lebanese wine is cool and definitely gaining in popularity. Expand your horizons and give this one a shot.
index Impress 2003 Kavaklidere Öküzgözü d’Elazig - $18 pg 44 2007 Telmo Rodríguez Dehesa Gago - $18 pg 21 NV Rosa Regale Brachetto - $20 pg 16 2005 Clos du Val Merlot - $20 pg 31 2008 Domaine Clos des Rocher Pinot Gris - $21 pg 44 2006 Valdivieso Cabernet Franc Single Vineyard Reserve - $24 pg 39 2006 Steininger Grand Grü Grüner Veltliner - $26 pg 25 2003 Bressan Pinot Grigio - $27 pg 17 2005 Lamblin et Fils Chablis Beauroy 1er Cru Beauroy - $28 pg 10 2006 Alain Burguet Les Pince Vin Bourgogne Rouge - $34 pg 11 2006 Alvaro Palacios Les Terrasses - $35 pg 22 1994 Kalin Cellars Cuvée LD Sonoma Chardonnay - $35 pg 30 2005 Reininger Merlot - $36 pg 35 J.W. Burmester Porto 10 Year Old Tawny - $36 pg 21 2006 Domaine de l’Harmas Chateauneuf-du-Pape - $40 pg 11 2005 Beni di Batasiolo Barbaresco - $40 pg 17 2005 Bodegas Carrau AMAT - $43 pg 39 2004 Odysseus Vino Tinto - $45 pg 22 2005 Château d’Aiguilhe Côtes de Castillon - $45 pg 11 2005 Cedar Knoll Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon - $45 pg 31 2004 Arger-Martucci Odyssey - $50 pg 31 2003 Royal Tokaji Wine Co. Red Label 5 Puttonyos - $50 pg 44 2006 Spring Valley Vineyard “Uriah” - $50 pg 35 2006 Belle Vallée Grand Cuvée Pinot Noir - $56 pg 35 2006 Palazzo Cabernet Franc - $65 pg 31 2006 Barnett Vineyards Spring Mt. Cabernet Sauvignon - $65 pg 31 2005 Testamatta Bugia - $67 pg 17 2000 Cain Concept Library Edition - $70 pg 31 2000 Ayala Blanc de Blanc - $72 pg 11 Ramos Pinto 20 Year Old Tawny - $73 pg 22 2004 Vega Sicilia Alion - $80 pg 22 1997 Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil-sur-Oger - $300 pg 11
Turkey Wine 2007 Domaine des Terres Falmet Cinsault Vin de Pays d’Oc - $12 pg 7 2008 Yellow+Blue Malbec - $12 pg 38 2006 Falernia Carmenere Syrah Reserva - $13 pg 38 2007 Chateau La Gineste - $14 pg 8 2008 Wine by Joe Pinot Gris - $14 pg 34 2007 Casa de la Ermita Viognier Jumilla - $14 pg 19 2007 Fleur de California Chardonnay - $15 pg 26 2003 Alate Cosecha Tempranillo - $15 pg 19 2006 Gisselbrecht Gewurztraminer - $15 pg 8 2007 Fleur de California Pinor Noir Central Coast - $16 pg 27 2007 Poppy Pinot Noir - $16 pg 27 2004 Terre di Gioia Müller Thurgau - $16 pg 16 2008 Catena Chardonnay - $17 pg 39 2007 Errazuriz ‘Wild Ferment’ Chardonnay - $17 pg 39 2008 Freemark Abbey Viognier - $20 pg 29 2006 Domaine Catherine Le Goeuil Cuvée Léa Felsch - $20 pg 10
2008 Dr. Bürklin-Wolf Estate Riesling - $20 pg 25 2008 Long Shadows Poet’s Leap Riesling - $22 pg 35 2007 Belle Glos Meiomi Pinot Noir - $24 pg 29 2007 Chateau Montelena Potter Valley Riesling - $24 pg 29 2005 Poderi Aldo Conterno Masante Langhe Dolcetto - $28 pg 17 2006 Anne Amie Winemaker’s Selection Pinot Noir - $35 pg 35
New Year/Celebration NV Farnum Hill Semi-Dry Cider - $10 pg 33 NV Poema Brut Cava - $11 pg 19 NV Tenuta Santomè Prosecco - $12 pg 15 NV Mionetto IL Prosecco - $12 pg 15 N/V Domaine de Martinolles Le Berceau Blanquette de Limoux - $13 pg 8 NV Gruet Blanc de Noirs - $14 pg 34 NV Zardetto Prosecco Brut - $15 pg 15 NV 1 + 1 = 3 Cava Brut - $16 pg 22 NV Nino Franco “Rustico” Prosecco di Valdobbiadene - $17 pg 15 NV Emeri Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc - $18 pg 42 2008 Punkt Genau Sparkling Grüner Veltliner - $20 pg 25 2006 Gramona Grand Cuvée Cava - $20 pg 22 N/V Taltarni Brut Rosé “Tache” Sparkling Wine - $20 pg 42 NV Peter Brum Goldsparkler - $21 pg 25 2005 Domaine Carneros Brut Cuvée - $25 pg 29 2003 Westport Rivers Brut Cuvée RJR - $26 pg 35 NV Duval-Leroy - $30 pg 11 2002 Gloria Ferrer Royal Cuvée - $35 pg 30 2006 Alvaro Palacios Les Terrasses - $35 pg 22 NV Joël Falmet Brut Tradition - $42 pg 11 NV Jean Lallement et Fils Reserve Brut - $68 pg 11
Panty Remover 2008 Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling - $10 pg 24 Tozai Snow Maiden Nigori (300ml) - $10 pg 43 2008 Weingut Huber Hugo Grüner Veltliner - $12 pg 24 2007 Quattro-Mani Toh-kai - $13 pg 43 2008 Michele Chiarlo “Nivole” Moscato d’Asti (375 ml) - $14 pg 15 Saké2Me - $15 pg 43 2008 Charles Smith Wines Kung Fu Girl Riesling - $15 pg 34 2008 3 Brooms Sauvignon Blanc - $15 pg 41 2005 Masi Campofiorin Ripasso Rosso del Veronese IGT - $18 pg 16 2006 Balletto Russian River Pinot Noir - $19 pg 27 2008 Elio Perrone Bigaro Brachetto - $20 pg 16 NV Rosa Regale Brachetto - $20 pg 16 Warre’s OTIMA 10 Year Old Tawny Port - $20 pg 21 2008 Philippe Raimbault Sancerre - $22 pg 10 2007 Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling - $25 pg 35 2007 Vina Robles Petite Sirah, Jardine - $30 pg 29 NV Duval-Leroy - $30 pg 11 2005 Chateau RoumieuLacoste Sauternes (375 ml) - $35 pg 11 2007 Rombauer Chardonnay - $36 pg 30 2005 Tenuta di Trinoro Passopisciaro - $50 pg 17 2003 Nicolette Christopher Cabernet Sauvignon - $52 pg 31 1997 Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil-sur-Oger - $300 pg 11
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index Dessert Wine 2008 St. Antonius Kreuznacher Kronenberg Riesling Auslese - $13 pg 24 2008 Michele Chiarlo “Nivole” Moscato d’Asti (375 ml) - $14 pg 15 Warre’s OTIMA 10 Year Old Tawny Port - $20 pg 21 NV Rosa Regale Brachetto - $20 pg 16 2008 Elio Perrone Bigaro Brachetto - $20 pg 16 2005 Domaine des Baumard Coteaux du Layon - $25 pg 10 2005 Chateau Roumieu-Lacoste Sauternes (375 ml) - $35 pg 11 J.W. Burmester Porto 10 Year Old Tawny - $36 pg 21 2003 Royal Tokaji Wine Co. Red Label 5 Puttonyos - $50 pg 44 Ramos Pinto 20 Year Old Tawny - $73 pg 22
Kosher 2003 Alate Cosecha Tempranillo - $15 pg 19 2003 Carmel Zarit Cabernet Sauvignon - $27 pg 44
Organic or Biodynamic 2008 Montinore Estate Vineyards Pinot Gris - $13 pg 34 2007 Bodega Colomé Amalaya Malbec Blend - $13 pg 38 N/V St. Cosme Little James’ Basket Press - $15 pg 9 2005 Marc Kreydenweiss Perrières - $15 pg 8 2005 Loan Semillon - $17 pg 42 2005 Albert Bichot Pinot Noir - $18 pg 9 2008 Dr. Bürklin-Wolf Estate Riesling - $20 pg 25 2006 Domaine Catherine Le Goeuil Cuvée Léa Felsch - $20 pg 10 2005 Domaine Caillot Les Herbeux Bourgogne Blanc - $30 pg 11 2007 Dominio IV Tempranillo Syrah Blend Technicolor Bat - $32 pg 35 2006 Alvaro Palacios Les Terrasses - $35 pg 22 2006 Domaine de l’Harmas Chateauneuf-du-Pape - $40 pg 11
Unique 2007 Simonnet-Febvre Saint Bris - $12 pg 7 2007 Travessia Vidal Blanc - $13 pg 33 2007 Chateau La Gineste - $14 pg 8 2004 Alvear Fino en Rama - $16 pg 21 2004 Terre di Gioia Müller Thurgau - $16 pg 16 2003 Kavaklidere Öküzgözü d’Elazi? - $18 pg 44 2007 Palmina Dolcetto Santa Barbara County - $20 pg 29 2008 Domaine Clos des Rocher Pinot Gris - $21 pg 44 2008 Terrazze Retiche di Sondrio ‘La Novella’ Nebbiolo Blanc/ Chardonnay - $22 pg 16 2006 Valdivieso Cabernet Franc Single Vineyard Reserve - $24 pg 39 1998 Chateau Musar Blanc - $34 pg 44
2006 Castell del Remei Gotim Bru - $14 pg 19 2008 Cascina Bruni Barbera d’Asti - $15 pg 17 2006 7 Deadly Zins - $18 pg 27 2006 Dona Maria Tinto - $18 pg 21 2006 Clos la Chance ‘Ruby Throated’ Cabernet Sauvignon - $19 pg 27 2006 Donnafugata Sedara Nero d’Avola - $20 pg 16 2007 Manifesto! Cabernet Sauvignon - $20 pg 29 2003 Colle Dei Venti Barbera d’Asti - $20 pg 16 2007 Domaine de Jaume Altitude 420 - $20 pg 10 2006 Quinta dos Roques Touriga Nacional - $20 pg 22 2005 Descendientes de José Palacios “Pétalos” - $24 pg 22 2008 Owen Roe Sinister Hand - $28 pg 35 2007 Vina Robles Petite Sirah, Jardine - $30 pg 29 2007 Dominio IV Tempranillo Syrah Blend Technicolor Bat - $32 pg 35 2005 Hall Vineyards Merlot - $34 pg 30 2001 Villa Erbice Valpolicella Classico Superiore - $40 pg 17
Party Wine 2009 Casal Garcia Vinho Verde - $6 pg 18 2008 Gouguenheim Malbec - $9 pg 37 2008 Altos Las Hormigas Bonarda Colonia las Liebres - $9 pg 37 2007 Bodegas Borsao Monte Oton Garnacha - $10 pg 19 2008 Si Soave - $10 pg 13 2007 Altovinum Evodia Old Vines Garnacha - $10 pg 18 2007 Rosso Pesce - $10 pg 13 2006 Terra Andina Carmenere - $10 pg 38 2008 Hogue Cellars Gewurztraminer - $11 pg 33 2008 Espelt Corali Rosado - $11 pg 19 2007 Domaine Brunet Pinot Noir - $11 pg 7 NV Mionetto IL Prosecco - $12 pg 15 2008 Yellow+Blue Malbec - $12 pg 38 2008 Weingut Huber Hugo Grüner Veltliner - $12 pg 24 2006 Peachy Canyon Incredible Red - $12 pg 29 2007 Calvet Limited Release Sauvignon Blanc - $12 pg 10 N/V Domaine de Martinolles Le Berceau Blanquette de Limoux - $13 pg 8 2006 Erik Banti Carato - $13 pg 15 2007 Berger Grüner Veltliner (1L) - $13 pg 25 2007 Quattro-Mani Toh-kai - $13 pg 43 2008 Zenato Pinot Grigio - $14 pg 15 Saké2Me - $15 pg 43 2007 Angove’s Red Belly Black Shiraz - $15 pg 42 2007 Mönchhof Estate Riesling - $15 pg 25 2006 Oberon Sauvignon Blanc - $15 pg 26 2007 Brampton Shiraz - $15 pg 43 NV Peter Brum Goldsparkler - $21 pg 25
1994 Kalin Cellars Cuvée LD Sonoma Chardonnay - $35 pg 30
Winter Warmer 2006 Barbadillo Palomino Fina - $10 pg 18 2007 Dona Ermelinda Tinto - $10 pg 19 2007 Guidobono Nebbiolo - $12 pg 13 2007 Kaiken Cabernet Sauvignon - $13 pg 38 2006 Falernia Carmenere Syrah Reserva - $13 pg 38 2006 Vistalba Corte C Malbec - $13 pg 38 2006 Reverdito Michele Barbera d’Alba - $13 pg 15 2008 Irreverente - $14 pg 19
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Pizza/ Tomato 2007 MAN Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon - $9 pg 43 2006 Terra Andina Carmenere - $10 pg 38 2007 Bodegas Borsao Monte Oton Garnacha - $10 pg 19 2006 Peachy Canyon Incredible Red - $12 pg 29 2007 Chateau Trignon Côtes du Rhône - $12 pg 8 2006 Gordon Brothers Kamiak Cellar Select Cabernet-Merlot - $12 pg 33 2007 Domaine des Terres Falmet Cinsault Vin de Pays d’Oc - $12 pg 7
2006 Reverdito Michele Barbera d’Alba - $13 pg 15 2005 Marc Kreydenweiss Perrières - $15 pg 8 2008 Cascina Bruni Barbera d’Asti - $15 pg 17 2003 Alate Cosecha Tempranillo - $15 pg 19 N/V St. Cosme Little James’ Basket Press - $15 pg 9 2007 Maison Moillard Bourgogne Rouge - $15 pg 9 2007 David Hook The Gorge Viognier - $16 pg 42 2006 Topanga “Khroma” Cabernet Sauvignon - $16 pg 27 2005 Albert Bichot Pinot Noir - $18 pg 9 2004 Domaine la Croix Belle St. Chinian - $18 pg 9 2005 Masi Campofiorin Ripasso Rosso del Veronese IGT - $18 pg 16 2006 Steininger Zweigelt - $18 pg 25 2006 Dona Maria Tinto - $18 pg 21 2003 Colle Dei Venti Barbera d’Asti - $20 pg 16 2006 Donnafugata Sedara Nero d’Avola - $20 pg 16 2007 Palmina Dolcetto Santa Barbara County - $20 pg 29 2005 Chateau Clos Bourbon - $23 pg 10 2005 Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva - $25 pg 16 2005 Poderi Aldo Conterno Masante Langhe Dolcetto - $28 pg 17 2005 Hall Vineyards Merlot - $34 pg 30 2005 Reininger Merlot - $36 pg 35 2005 Tenuta di Trinoro Passopisciaro - $50 pg 17
2007 Hugel et Fils Gentil - $13 pg 8 2007 Quattro-Mani Toh-kai - $13 pg 43 2007 Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Blanc - $13 pg 34 2008 Montinore Estate Vineyards Pinot Gris - $13 pg 34 2008 St. Antonius Kreuznacher Kronenberg Riesling Auslese - $13 pg 24 2007 Domaine Gaultier Vouvray - $15 pg 8 2006 Gisselbrecht Gewurztraminer - $15 pg 8 2007 Trimbach Pinot Blanc - $15 pg 9 NV Zardetto Prosecco Brut - $15 pg 15 2008 Charles Smith Wines Kung Fu Girl Riesling - $15 pg 34 2008 Torii Mor Pinot Gris - $16 pg 34 2005 Loan Semillon - $17 pg 42 Kanbara Bride of the Fox Junmai Ginjo (300ml) - $18 pg 44 2008 Scholium Project Verdelho ‘Naucratis’ Lost Slough Vineyards - $20 pg 27 2008 Freemark Abbey Viognier - $20 pg 29 2008 Dr. Bürklin-Wolf Estate Riesling - $20 pg 25 2008 Arger-Martucci Iliad - $25 pg 30 2006 Figini Gavi di Gavi - $25 pg 16 2007 Kenneth Volk Malvasia Bianca - $25 pg 30 2007 Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling - $25 pg 35 2005 Chateau Roumieu-Lacoste Sauternes (375 ml) - $35 pg 11
Asian Food 2009 Jelu Torrontes - $9 pg 39 Tozai Snow Maiden Nigori (300ml) - $10 pg 43 2008 Weingut Huber Hugo Grüner Veltliner - $12 pg 24
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200+ wines to impress your date, pair with pasta, make your boss love you, throw a raging party and more!
Published on Nov 20, 2009
200+ wines to impress your date, pair with pasta, make your boss love you, throw a raging party and more!