Just a few weeks into 2009 and all of those resolutions are looking harder and harder to keep, especially the one about cutting back on the wine budget. In these hard times we need wine more than ever! Many of us will be trading evenings out with friends where wines by the glass or bottle can be pricey for quiet evenings at home with a more affordable bottle. Here are a few suggestions from the 2008 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition that will be kind to your new budget without having to sacrifice good flavor.
The Little Penguin, Pinot Grigio, South Australia, 2007…$8.00 – Gold Medal
This wine has a fragrance of lime, lemon and honeysuckle, is sweet on the tip of the tongue, soft body with light citrus flavors on the palate and a zesty finish. Perfect with shellfish or fresh salads.
Alice White, Chardonnay, South East Australia, 2007…$8.00 – Gold Medal
This is really a simple pleasant wine that is guaranteed to bring a smile. It has a pleasant nose reminiscent of white flowers and pineapple with citrus on the tongue and a bright fresh finish.
Redwood Creek, Merlot, California, 2006…$7.99 – Gold Medal
Flavors of black cherry, black berries, plums, baking spices, vanilla with a soft smooth finish and would go well with grilled meats. Pairs well with roasted red meats and meaty pasta dishes.
Fetzer Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Valley Oaks California, 2006…$8.99 – Gold Medal, Best of Class Award
Layers of rich explosive flavors, with black cherries, plums with a hint of chocolate and aromas of vanilla and spice. Pairs well with beef, lamb and pork.
Rosemount Estate, Shiraz, Diamond Label, South East Australia, 2005…$10.00 – Gold Medal
Full bodied, plenty of depth, ripe blackberries, bold spices with a long rich finish. Pairs well with pasta and grilled meats.