While the convenience of buying my vino with my Honey Nut Cheerios would certainly be welcome, the same question arises when facing aisles of wine, no matter the setting: What should I buy? What are the best options in this super-convenient scenario? And are the prices competitive with better wine shops?
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The wine industry in Chile is far from new—Spanish explorers brought grapevines to the country as early as 1523, and wine has been made there for centuries. Here are my snapshots of harvest season in Chile, from 135-year old cellars to new coastal plantings.
As you move up the price ladder, wines made from Sauvignon Blanc become worthy of a special occasion, and perfect for pairing with savory fall foods. f you think Sauvignon Blanc is a just a throwaway thirst-quencher, a wine to please margarita-lovers, check out what we found in our high-end explorations. These are serious wines made with care.
For Sauvignon Blanc from France, you gotta know an AOC or two. We sampled some Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé to get you on your way.
We crave tangy New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, but NZ is not the only place making tasty wines from our beloved varietal. This week, we checked out a few more affordable examples from around the globe.
The New Zealand government is funding research into "new flavours" in Sauvignon Blanc, but we'd prefer to just let the flavors be. We recently tasted ten New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs that sell for $10 to $17, and were pleased with the results. For the most part these wines are enjoyable, with bright, refreshing flavors that are perfect for summer. They're a great accompaniment to grilled shrimp or rich curries, or just a giant bowl of chips and guacamole.
Sauvignon Blanc is the fresh, tart limeade of affordable wine—a thirst-quencher for gulping on the patio on a hot summer evening. It's bright, tangy, and tasty, especially with some salty chips and guacamole or a plate of grilled fish. Whether you're stocking up for a party or just watching your budget, you can find quite a few decent bottles that sell for under ten bucks. In fact, we found more than a case full.
The natural wine movement is growing, spurred by winemakers' concerns about the long-term viability of their land, the quality of their wine, and the protection of the environment. In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we chatted with Michael Honig about his efforts toward sustainability at Honig Vineyard and Winery in California, and taste-tested a few great natural wines to recommend.
This new monthly feature proves that drinkable and actually enjoyable wine can exist for south of ten bucks. Here are two suggestions (a red and a white) to get you started.
Last week, Serious Grape columnist Deb Harkness stopped by with a few good candidates for refreshing summer wines. Over on her own blog, Good Wine Under $20, she's got another suggestion—the 2008 Dry Creek Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, which "can hold its head up among zingy New Zealand bottlings, but has a bit more softness and is far less assertive."...
There is a price to pay for eclecticism: you can forget to drink the six grapes that provide the backbone for wine production throughout the world. These six "noble grapes"--Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir--have been cultivated all over the world and been made into distinguished, even legendary wines.
When I head to the store for summer wines, I keep "GRPS" (grapes without the vowels) in mind. It stands for Grenache, Rosé, Portugal/Spain, and Sauvignon Blanc, and these wine categories open up a world of tasty new options for summer get-togethers.