I have been so lucky in wine lately. I have hit upon several fantastic wines that I have been enjoying again and again and they are at a surprisingly good price. So with Halloween just around the corner, I thought I would share some of these good wines at scary great prices.
Since writing about this wine a few weeks back, I have enjoyed it several more times. I have also poured it for several friends to get their opinion. This is a blockbuster wine for just $15.99. It’s called Farmers of Wine and I have been buying it out when I can. The lady at the NSLC told me they under-estimated how well this wine was going to sell, and didn’t order enough in. It’s a blend of Primitivo (Zinfandel) and Negromara, and is just so easy to drink. This project is amazing and features grape growers, the youngest of whom is 66 years old and the oldest is 86 years old. These men know grapes and they know wine, and we get to experience the wealth of their knowledge through this amazing wine. Pick it up today if you can find it, it’s already hard to get!
A few weeks back I wrote about this wonderful Moma wine, from Umberto Cesari and I’ve had that one several times. A fantastic wine for just $19.99, it’s a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. So I recently had the opportunity to try one of its sister wines. The ‘iove’ from Umberto Cesari, is a blend of Sangiovese and Merlot. Very tasty, smooth, easy to drink and this wine has seen no oak. Aged 3 months in stainless steel and 3 months in the bottle, it was a good find. If you’re going to ask me to pick, I would have to go with the Moma though. I personally feel these grapes need to see a bit of oak to bring some complexity and smoothness. I would have to try it again though, because my friend and I shared this bottle of wine with steak and it was a little light for the steak.
For my white wine loving friends, this California Chardonnay from Clos du Bois is lovely and smooth and comes in under $20 again. Golden apple and butter flavors…sounds wonderful, doesn’t it. And it is.. And it’s a great deal of a wine.
And my wine of the week is a wine I had in a Greek restaurant last weekend….
AWESOME! The Le Poiane 2013 Valpolicella Ripasso was a dream in a bottle. I love Ripasso, its not as expensive as Amarone but it has all those awesome flavors. Valipolicella wine is ‘passed over’ Amarone skins and must (must is the seeds and skins) to savor some of those wildly delicious flavors. Grapes are hand harvested but I think what gives this wine great complexity is the fact that its aged in both casks and barrels. It brings to the table black pepper and spicy notes, and it went wonderful with our Greek meal of Spanakopita, Mousaka and a mushroom ravioli. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
This is me… LOL.. Wanting to go trick or treating for wine. Have a wonderful Halloween and be safe out there.
Till next week, Cheers