Hopefully part of the entertainment of Sips will be discovering some new wines. I’ll regularly be offering up some wines to try that I am calling “My Sips.” They are just that – wines I’ve tasted and like. Nothing more. I am not trying to tell you to like them or to buy them, nor will there be any ratings or comparisons with one wine being somehow better than another. These wines are simply ones that I have enjoyed Everyday, or when Guests are over or when it’s fun to Splurge. And I’ll give you the price that I found them at retail, online or directly from a winery.
In that Everyday category my goal is to keep the wines less than $25, with most of them under $15. When I have a Guest Sip I move it up a notch, though of course that really depends on the occasion… and your friends! Basically Guest Sips are wines to bring out when you’re entertaining or getting together with friends, no special occassion necessary. And then when it is time to Splurge sometimes you just have to go for it – a special day, a real treat – however you want to define it. By the way, expect to see lots of different Sips over time… just because I may identify a particular Everyday doesn’t mean it’s the only one, rather it’s one choice out of many and the beauty of wine is the amazing variety of those choices.
There are a lot of ways to buy wine and different laws state to state can make it complicated and sometimes frustrating depending on where you live. I have the opportunity to find lots of choices at many different kinds of retailers. But I also seek out wine and buy online from retailers in other states and from wineries directly.
There are some really good online resources to use, starting with wine-searcher.com. Wine-searcher is an aggregator… plug in the name of a wine and you’ll get multiple results from around the country from big retailers to smaller specialty wine shops along with prices and direct links to buy. I have also bought online from different well known merchants like Zachy’s, K&L, Binny’s, BevMo and Morrell. All the links are below. Then there are the auctions. Hart Davis Hart is a premier wine auction house and winebid.com is another way to locate something special, case lots, collectables, etc.
The fact is it has never been easier to find the wine you want… And if all else fails then just head directly to the winery site. So I hope you enjoy my own “Sips” from time to time as much as I enjoy the continuing fun of discovering new wines and sharing them with friends – both in-person and as virtual sipping buddies!
Just for the heck of it, here are a few recent Sips of Pinot Noir from me to you.
2013 Meiomi Pinot Noir $18
Fuller bodied offering with darker fuitiness. Very versatile, right down to the screwcap! Basically a “second” wine from Belle Glos.
2012 Penner – Ash Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley $40
Lovely Willamette Pinot that leads with black cherry.
2012 Domaine A. F. Gros Chambolle Musigny $80
Ah, Burgundy. Delicious Pinot with complexity and just a hint of Burgundian earth under the lush raspberry flavor. I drank this young and loved it. Great structure and depth.