Thursday March 6, 2014
A bright-eyed Bordeaux blend built on Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, the 2012 L'Ecole 41 Luminesce brings the sweet scent of apricot and citrus to the nose. Lively stone fruit and unmistakable minerality meet on the palate with a well-balanced, medium-bodied backdrop.
An understated elegance, engaging finish, and remarkable price point make this a wine to remember the next time you find yourself strolling the wine aisle scouting for a versatile, food-friendly white wine.
Thursday February 27, 2014
The 2012 Artezin Zinfandel from Menocino County rocks out with massive raspberry fruit wrapped up in spicy cinnamon and black pepper on the nose. The palate brings out extended fruit sequences ranging from juicy raspberry to dense plum with black pepper, black licorice and pumpkin pie spice playing a consistent jig on the background profile.
The innate tannin structure is well-maintained and offers a supple skeleton to support the fruit. Expect an engaging finish with solid balance.
Zinfandel makes its mark in foodie circles for its uncanny ability to pair with an impressive array of recipes. Primed to be a top pick red wine for backyard barbecues, chili cook offs, and an endless list of beef cuts and wild game, the Artezin Zin from Mendocino is no exception.
Sunday February 23, 2014
Finding good, cheap wine is not about pinching pennies, but about going outside of well-worn wine buying paradigms. Be willing to try wines from unknown regions or bottles made from unfamiliar grapes. Seek out a wine grape variety in one country and see how it shapes up from another nation.
Always reaching for red wines? Then give a slew of versatile, food-friendly white wines a serious swirl. Substitute similar wine styles for new grape varietals. By approaching wine buying from various angles, you will not only significantly broaden your palate, but you are sure to find plenty of well-priced wines along the way.
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Thursday February 20, 2014
Vivid pink colors and wildly flavorful, this engaging South African rosé from Mulderbosch brings intense aromas of strawberry, raspberry and roses to the nose. The palate busts out some significant red fruit, followed by delicious acidity and a bright, balanced profile.
A top pick wine for pairing with a wide assortment of foodie favorites, the Mulderbosch rosé is a go-to wine when looking for value and versatility.