Every Day Sips – Wines under $25

Sparkling
2013 LLopart Leopardi Rose Brut Reserva Cava $20, Spain
Mionetto Prosecco Brut, $12, Italy
Gloria Ferrar Sonoma Brut $20, Sonoma
Roederer Estate Brut $20, Anderson Valley
Freixenet Cordon Negro Extra Dry Cava $10, Spain
Zardetto Brut Prosecco $14. Crispy fresh pear.
Paringa Sparkling Shiraz $16
The Chook Sparkling Shiraz $18
Bleasdale Sparkling Shiraz, The Red Brute $20
Lucien Albrecht Blancs de Blanc Cremant d’Alsace $18
Rose
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2014 Rose of Sangiovese $12 Coho salmon red with crispy fresh strawberry watermelon flavor.  Screw off the top and enjoy.
Sauvignon Blanc
2015 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc $12 An any time choice.  Screw off the top and enjoy
2014 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough $16
2014 Allen Scot Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc $12
2016 Omaka Springs Sauvignon Blanc $14
2016 Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc $16
2016 Babich Sauvignon Blanc Black Label $16
Lawson’s Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $16
Auntsfield Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc $18
Zephyr Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $18
Villa Maria 2016 Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc $18
2016 Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough $20
Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $24
2014 Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough $25
2015 Frog’s Leap Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc $12
Chardonnay
2012 Agnes & Didier Dauvissat Chablis $20
2013 Domaine William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux $20
Domaine Cedric & Patrice Martin Pouilly-Fuisse 2013 $24 A little pricey for everyday but had this with friends recently and loved its easy drinkability – especially with a selection of French cheeses.
2012 Landmark Overlook Chardonnay $20 Medium bodied and a consistent winner in my book. Pineapple and citrus.
Talbot 2013 Kali Hart Chardonnay, Estate Grown $16 Medium bodied and lively with melon. A little bit of oak.
2012 Mer Soliel Silver Unoaked Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands Monterey $20 Chablis-like with crispiness and minerality.
2013 Yalumba Series Y South Australia Unwooded Chardonnay $10 Fresh and peachy. Simple and easy to drink.
Sterling Napa Valley Chardonnay $17 Clearly a Napa Chard with rounded flavor and more full bodied style. A little oaky and buttery. A good choice for some seared scallops.
Martin Ray Chardonnay Los Carneros $20
Riesling
August Kesseler R Riesling Kabinett 2014 $16. Unscrew it an enjoy.
2013 Georg Albrecht Schneider Niersteiner Hipping Riesling Spatlese $15. Nice off-dry Spatlese for your brat!
2014 Dr Loosen Estate Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett $20. Great producer. Classic Kabinett profile.
2014 Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling Eroica, Columbia Valley $20
2014 Chateau Ste Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling $14
2015 Chateau Montelena Riesling $24
2013 Trimbach Riesling $20
Other White
2014 McManis California Viognier $10.  A simpler expression but a surprisingly tasty bottle at a great price.
Miner Viognier, Simpson Vineyard, Napa Valley $20 My personal ‘go to” is consistently yummy.  It bridges everyday and more
2013 Susana Balbo Crios Torrontes $14 “I’ll have a glass of white.”
2013 Fonteleoni Vernaccia di Dan Gimignano $12
2013 La Morimoreno Albarino $13
2012 Nisia Old Vines Verdejo $14
2014 Lima Loureiro Vinho Verde $8
2014 Weingut Stadt Krems Gruner Veltliner $13
2014 Kris Pinot Grigio Delle Venizie IGT $12
2013 La Scolca Gavi $15
2014 Gini Soave Classico $14. Lemony and zesty.
2015 Hugel Gentil $12
2012 Trimbach Pinot Gris Reserve $22
2014 Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Blanc Les Princes Abbes $15
2014 Emile Beyer Gewurztraminer Tradition $18
2014 Contini Pariglia Vermentino di Sardegna $14
Santo Santorini Assyrtiko 2015 $14
Nasiakos Moschofilero 2015 $16
Boutari Moschofilero $18

 

Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot
2012 St. Francis Merlot, Sonoma Valley $20 Drinkable and versatile… tastes like a chocolate covered cherry.
2013 Rodney Strong Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley $20 Tasty everyday Cabernet that’s full and ripe. One of my midweek Cabs.
2012 Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Calachagual Valley $17 Ripe and ready – my go to Chilean Cab.
2012 Columbia Crest “H3” Horse Heaven Hills Merlot, Columbia Valley $12 A lot of wine for this price. Horse Haven Hills is a subregion of the Columbia Valley putting out some outstanding wines. Black cherries and cocoa.  Easy to drink and versatile.
2013 BR Cohn Silver Label $20 Cassis and cherry cola.  Have a sip and listen to the Doobie Bros.
2013 J Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon Seven Oaks Paso Robles $15 Always there when you want it. Ripe and drinkable
2013 Errazuriz Cabernet Sauvignon Max Riserva $15 Valle de Aconcagua, Chile.  Black currant and spice.  Drink it.
2012 Chateau Cap de Faugeres Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux $18
2012 Chateau Bellevue Peycharneau Bordeaux Superieur $14
2012 Francois Thienpont Rouge Lalande de Pomerol $18
2012 Chateau Greysac Medoc Cru Bourgeois  $20

2012 Larose Trintaudon Haut Medoc $20

2012 Blason d’Issan Margaux $25
Cameron Hughes Lot Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford $20
Pinot Noir
2013 Allan Scott Pinot Noir $15
2012 Albert Bichot Bourgogne Vieilles Vignes de Pinot Noir $16 Lovely entry level Burgundy
2013 Meiomi Pinot Noir $18 Fuller bodied offering with darker fuitiness. Very versatile, right down to the screwcap!
Syrah/Shiraz
2014 Woop Woop Shiraz $10
2013 Torbreck Woodcutter’s Shiraz $22
2013 Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz Viognier $17
Zinfandel
2012 Klinker Brick Zinfandel Old Vine $16 Here’s that spoonful of boysenberry jam.  Old Lodi vines about 80 years old average produce the big flavor. I keep hearing the CCR refrain, “stuck in old Lodi again” and that’s a good thing!
Other Red
2012 Michele Chiarlo Barbera d’Asti Le Orme $14
2014 Vietti Dolcetto d’Alba $20
2013 Damilano Nebbiolo d’Alba $20
Gunlach Bundschu 2012 Mountain Cuvee $15 Red blend that’s great for anytime
Layer Cake Primitivo 2011 IGT $14 Sourced from Puglia old vine Primitivo.
2012 Tenute Rubino Primitivo di Salento $18 Italian award winner described as an intense wine that likes food.
Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva 2011 $15
2012 Tormaresca “Neprica” Puglia $10 Mostly Negroamaro with some Primitivo and Cabernet.  Tormaresca has decent national distribution.
2012 Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo Salento $18
2012 Masseria Surani Primitivo Heracles $14
2013 Altos los Hormigas Malbec $11 Simple and straightforward
2012 Norton Privada $20 Always yummy and full bodied Malbec, Cab and Merlot blend.
2012 Terrazas Reserva Malbec $20 Consistently my personal favorite Malbec.
2011 Montes Alpha Carmenere $18 A little pricey but a flavor burst
La Posta Tinto $14 A “field blend” of Malbec, Syrah and Bonarda that’s ideal to have around the house.  Cheeseburger wine!
2012 San Felice Chianti Classico $15
2013 Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino $19
2011 Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva $19
2014 Evodia Old Vines Garnacha $10 Buy it!  Great for everyday if you like a pretty big but also softer red.
2009 Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva $20
2013 Castano Monastrell $8
2010 Hacienda Lopez de Haro Crianza $14
2009 Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Reserva $14 Winemaker’s favorite food pairing with this: Lamb chops grilled over dried vine cuttings.  How good is that!
2012 Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee $16. A blend of 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 8% Zinfandel and the rest small dollops of Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Malbec
2013 Coppola Black Diamond Claret $15. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc blend
2012 Guigal Cotes du Rhone $14. One of the consistently best value wines on the shelf with the classic taste that defines the region.
2012 Chateau Beauchene Cotes du Rhone Premier Terroir $12. Ripe fruit and nicely balanced.
2014 Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone $14.Bight and juicy, it’s very easy-going and ready to drink even as young as it is.
2014 Allegrini Valpolicella $15. Classic taste profile
2013 Bertani Valpolicella Ripasso Villa Novare $18. Had to include this – just had a bottle in Venice! Kind of tough to find at retail.
2013 Zenato Valpolicella Superiore $14. Red berries.
2011 Allegrini Palazzo della Torre $18.  This is a go-to wine for me – I love it and buy it frequently. Really drinkable and versatile with dried fruit flavor.
2013 Las Rocas Garnacha $10. Easy crowd pleaser
2013 Yalumba The Strapper Grenache Syrah Mourvedre $18. A mouthful from South Australia.
2014 Bodegas Borsao Garnacha $8. Parker description: exuberant
2014 Les Vignes Bila Haut Rouge M Chapoutier $14.  Great blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan from the south of France from one of the best Rhone producers.
2014 Evodia Old Vines Garnacha $8. I buy this all the time and just watched the Cubs win the pennant while sipping it with friends and enjoying Chicago-style Italian beef.  Doesn’t get much better than that!
Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 2011 $15. A bit more depth and texture due to 95% Grenache.
2013 Domaine Lafage Cuvee Nicolas $14. 100% old vine Grenache from France.
2012 Norton Malbec Reserva $16. “Offers a fruity aroma, with red and dark fruit flavors that are complex and woven together with fine tannins. Minerally midpalate, presenting some inviting peppery notes. Finishes with a flush of spice and brambly details. Drink now through 2018.” – Kim Marcus, Dec 31, 2014. Reviewed by: Wine Spectator – 90 pts
2012 San Felice Chianti Classico Riserva il Grigio $22. “A cool, sleek style of Il Grigio with mint, lavender and black-cherry aromas and flavors. Sweet tobacco as well. Full body with firm, fine tannins and a long, fresh finish. A wine with lovely texture and tension. Drink now.” – October 29th, 2015. Reviewed by: James Suckling – 92 pts
2009 Graham’s Late Bottled Vintage Port $24. “This is a smooth and rich wine, with generous fruit alongside spice and ripe, black plum fruit accents. Ready to drink, it shows surprising balance between a perfumed character and an unctuous palate.” – Roger Voss, 8/1/2015 Reviewed by: The Wine Enthusiast – 90 pts
2013 Klinker Brick Zinfandel Old Vine $16.“2013 Old Vine Zinfandel is a blend of 16 different vineyard blocks of old vine zinfandel vineyards with an average age of 85 years. With berries and spice on the nose, dark, sweet fruit fills the palate with just a hint of black pepper. This wine has a long, lingering finish.”
2014 Root 1 Carmenere $10
2015 Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Carmenere $10
2013 Chono Carmenere Single Vineyard $12
2014 Casas del Bosque Reserva Carmenere $14
2011 Montes Alpha Carmenere $20
2014 Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere $20
2012 Sella E Mosca Riserva Cannonau di Sardegna $15
Skouras St. George, Nemea $18
Gaia Agiorgitiko 2015 $20
Alpha Estate Hedgehog Vineyard Xinomavro 2012 $24

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