This week I must confess I’ve been more concerned about enjoying wine that reading or writing about it. A little bit of writer’s block. Or maybe I’ve simply been unwilling to flog English grammar.
I did read a nice story by Matt Kramer of Wine Spectator Magazine “The $20 Challenge”. It was nice to see a wine writer writing about wines that us mere mortals can afford. Some writers idea of affordable is $50. Matt went back to his youth, did some inflation adjusting math and picked some winners at or below $20.00. Yes, my sweet spot. Unfortunately armed with Wine Searcher I went hunting for the recommended wines and found NOTHING! Which is one reason I gave up on Wine Spectator because I could never find any of the wines or at least the affordable ones anywhere near me.
So, with a party planned for Friday night and dinner planned for Saturday night I felll back on my one tried and true buddy TOTAL WINE.
First winner was Double Black a Zinfandel from Paso Robles. This was a $12 bottle that tasted like $25 and I kid you not! The color was BLACK. The aroma was dark fruit and spice. Flavor was of that same dark fruit and yes a little spice. Long satisfying finish. For me the nose was the thing that drew me into the wine. Others at the party agreed this was a winner.
Second winner was Monte Clavijo 2014 tempranillo-garnacha rose. I love rose wine. But this wine was selected for the ladies. At $8.99 a bottle this wine was batting well above its pay grade. It accomplish exactly what I wanted it to do great taste, food friendly low tannins. I enjoyed the last of the bottle with a bowl of venison chilli, and let me tell you the combo was fantastic. Again this was a Total Wine selection.
My recommendation is get to Total Wine before these are gone. If you don’t have a Total Wine you might be able to find these. Great taste, great value and a big hit at a party. Trust me you will be a hero.