Up to $8.00
Jacob’s Creek 2008 Cabernet/Merlot, Australia
Every year, this winery amazes the judges with great wines under $8. This vividly fresh, complex, multilayered expression of berry fruit, spice, pristine red fruit purity and a satisfyingly textured finish is as good as it gets with Provencal-style lamb, spicy pizza or really anything with green herbs and garlic.
Montpellier Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, California
Ripe plum, vividly fresh red fruit, a core of lush, chewy, ripe dried berries all finishing soft and easy on the palate. This inexpensive wine will certainly turn an everyday meal into a celebration.
Jacob’s Creek NV Sparkling Moscato, Australia
Here is a winery that has perfected the concept of mass producing quality. Ripe yellow grapes fill the nose like a walk in the vineyard at harvest time. Green apple and Bosque pear carry across the palate from the first sip to the last sizzling fruity drop continually refreshing the mouth. Enjoy it with fruit, rice pudding, or as an intermezzo.
$8.01 to $10.00
Motos Liberty Cellars 2009 Chardonnay, California
Clean, creamy, lemon vanilla smells greet while rich, mouth filling citrus flavors complete the picture. For less than $10, this wine delivers way over the top making it a great accompaniment to pounded chicken scaloppini with a caper-lemon butter sauce.
Eagles Landing Winery 2010 Marquette Maid Blues Fest Blueberry Wine, Iowa
This semi-sweet blueberry wine has a pretty light ruby color, an aroma of fresh berries and peaches. The pleasantly sweet finish culminates with berry jam. This wine will certainly work well with dessert, but would be equally enjoyable with a salad dressed with vinaigrette made with some of the same wine.
Mionetto NV Sparkling Moscato, Italy
From the blossoming pear and green apple essence and floral bouquet to the creamy sweet finish, it remains crisp, clean and light. Nowhere does it get cloying. One can consider this refreshing, fruity, low alcohol beverage “Breakfast Champagne!” Enjoy it with yogurt, fruit, smoked kippers or Eggs Benedict.
Jost 2010 Valley Roads L’Acadie /Frontenac Gris, Nova Scotia, Canada
Bright lemon with Loire-like limestone minerality in the nose flows into a generous, yet crisp, mid-palate finishing like a creamy Chardonnay. This is perfectly balanced to match with sushi, steamed crabs and other seafood.
Magnotta Equus Series 2009 Cabernet Franc Niagara Peninsula, Canada
Earthy pine needle notes. Soft, smoky textures and herbal finish. A fine example of Cabernet Franc which is gaining recognition from the cool climate region of Ontario. Pair with grilled assorted vegetables.
Forest Glen 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, California
Luscious plum and black currants on the nose, a lighter-styled Cabernet with crisp acids and succulent berries on the palate. This is a great wine for casual dining with a grilled steak, roasted lamb or game. Its subtle tannins make this a wine to enjoy now, no need to wait.
$10.01 to $13.00
Hyatt Rattlesnake Hills 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington
Wow! This fruit bomb is loaded with sweet oak, chocolate and cherry smells with cherry jam and sour candy flavors. The deep red color does not disappoint. On the finish, blackberries and very firm tannins suggest this baby will age a few years. Presently, its fat and fruity demeanor works great with grilled pork or beef and will probably be right at home with veal roast or boeuf bourguignon in a couple of years.
Rose Bank Winery NV Pomegranate Wine, Pennsylvania
Ruby red and tangy tart, huge fruity aromas followed by crisp fruit flavors and a mouth-filling finish. You might want to try this mixed as a pomegranate martini – just mix half and half with vodka and you have a new experience. This wine would go nicely with a crisp citrus and shrimp salad, or try it with an apricot-stuffed pork loin.
Sobon Estate Amador County 2009 Old Vines Zinfandel
This Zinfandel comes from unirrigated vines, picked in small bunches with small berries. The result being intense flavors, big bramble-berry nose, loads of fruit on the palate and firm tannins. Bottled in screw-cap, but with all the elements that say it will age nicely. From a vineyard that practices sustainable agriculture; solar power, natural pest control, etc. Perfect with grilled steak or a backyard BBQ.
Tabor Hill NV Cherry Wine, Michigan
Bing cherries from beginning to end. An exquisite balance of fruit, sweetness and acid fill and coat your palate. Perfect to marinate fresh berries and cherries and then pour over a bowl of home-made vanilla ice cream or enjoy with a piece of dark chocolate cake.
Acres of Land Winery NV Concord, Kentucky
Classic Concord with all the aromatic and juicy grape flavors. Lovely crisp acids balance the sweet finish very nicely making this a wine that can be served on several occasions – to just enjoy chilled on a summer afternoon, with a luncheon fruit salad, or ham and pineapple pizza. Lots of people try to make a Concord that’s not too sweet and doesn’t overpower foods; not many succeed but Acres of Land in Kentucky got it right.
Rutherford Vintners 2008 Pinot Noir Napa Valley, California
Elegant red stone fruit aromas, earthy overtones of textured tart cherries, integrated with a silky spice and elegant finish. Pairing-pan seared salmon with sautéed buttered portabella and sun-dried cherries.
$13.01 to $16.00
Grady Family Vineyard 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi, California
Soft, ripe, cherry fruit aromas, spiced tannins and firm fruit finish from the up and coming Lodi region and a fine family operation. Pairing- roasted lamb with rosemary and roasted garlic.
Desert Hills Estate 2010 “Black Sage Beach” Gewurztraminer, British Columbia, Canada
The water white color belies the bright, crisp, refreshingly grapefruit-like aroma with mineral nuances and a long, sprightly finish. This wine is a great foil to sausages, ham, and sauerkraut.
Boathouse Vineyards 2010 Leelanau Pinot Gris, Michigan
This fine, briskly clean light-bodied white offers minerals and grapefruit on the palate finishing with a soft, juicy finish. Serve it with Fettuccini Alfredo or fresh lake fish in a citrus cream sauce.
Renwood 2008 Old Vine Zinfandel, Amador, California
Beautiful ruby color is pleasing to the eye. A complexity of raspberry rustic aromas, firm acidity, cocoa, barrel oak vanilla with fine tannins and prominent hint of spices all lead to an outstanding Zin. Pairing - BBQ pulled pork for fun and enjoyment.
Blustone Vineyards 2010 Un-oaked Chardonnay, Illinois
Fresh, crisp fragrances of fresh cut citrus and lemon zest fill the nose and tantalize the tongue. A marvelous balance of fruit and acidity, this little gem will go great with a Maryland-style crab cake.
Dr. Konstantin Frank 2010 Semi-dry Riesling, Finger Lakes, NY
Firm, crisp pear apples, perfumed aromas of texture spice apples balanced with zesty acidity. Another fine example of Finger Lakes Riesling from one of its premier producers. Pairing - any Asian dish.
Lake Chelan Winery 2009 Sweet Riesling, Washington
Round pear and fuji apple aromas, elegant fruit balanced with structure of acidity. Floral and candy. An excellent wine for the Riesling wine lover. Pairing – Jerk grilled chicken with pineapple cole slaw on a picnic.
$16.01 to $20.00
Cameron Hughes 2008 Lot 253 Howell Mountain Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, California
Sweet chocolate-like oak with layers of pure red fruit, herbs, earth, and cedar come up in the nose and persist throughout. A huge black fruit, wild berry and forest floor-like surprise hits the palate in the long, velvety finish. This wine will make your finest grilled steak or pork chops memorable.
Cameron Hughes 2008 Lot 218 Rutherford Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, California
Classy is the first thing one senses about this elegant Cabernet. Without being heavy, exotic nuances of blood orange, blackberry, and hints of coffee are packed into the expansive palate impression. The finish is equally fine with more depth than breadth. It will beautifully accompany veal chops or coq au vin.
J. Lohr 2009 Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir, Monterey County, California
Black cherry bouquet, firm red stone fruit complex with opulent layers of spice wood. Fruit balanced tannins and acidity. Pairing-grilled flank steak with a raspberry roasted red pepper coulis.
Gloria Ferrer NV Sonoma Brut, California
The slow, frothy mousse and fine effervescence, deliver creamy, toasty, nut-like nuances to all areas of the mouth. The long complex finish has a zippy crackle that would refresh the palate while enjoying bacon wrapped scallops and other salty or smoked seafood.
Koenig Vineyard 2009 Riesling Ice Wine, Idaho
Golden honey aromas, dried figs and apricots mid-palate with sweet herbal floral notes. Finishes with honey dry apricots. Pairings - all types of pates, sausages, stilton cheese and triple cream sorbets. You can’t go wrong with this beauty.
Daniel Gehrs 2009 Merlot, Central Coast, California
Plums, baby raspberries with hints of chocolate and leather captivate the nose and palate. A superbly balanced wine with a long, fruit filled finish. This is the perfect wine for a rack of lamb or a filet mignon, charcoal-grilled.
Turquoise Mesa Winery 2008 Mourvedre, Colorado
Toasted juniper berry powder aromas. Baked spice, floral black pepper, complex red fruit tannins. A grape variety used and a blending wine for years in Europe, but stands well on its own in Colorado. Pairing - grilled pork tenderloin with smoked paprika and arugula pesto.
$20.01 to $25.00
Surfrider 2009 Chardonnay, Central Coast, California
Here the perfect balance between ripe tropical fruit and malo-lactic fermentation nuances exude soft notes of cream and lemon chiffon while persistent acidity keeps it light and lively. It is certainly big enough to enjoy with roasted chicken with Tuscan herbs or deli-style lemon-pepper rotisserie chicken
Reeder Mesa Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Franc, Colorado
Dry red fruit aromas with firm oak textures followed by spicy, round fruit and a long, pleasing finish. Pairing - a juicy angus burger with sweet potato fries.
Alba Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Franc Heritage, New Jersey
This Cabernet Franc, aged 24 months in French Oak, displays rich, fruity complexities, crisp ripe flavors, excellent balance and a long lasting finish. It calls for grilled meats or those with robust sauces and would do nicely with rack of lamb or venison. It’s a big, sturdy wine and will age nicely for the next few years.
Napa Station 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, California
Fresh black cherry spice, floral aromas with sweet cigar, tart cherry and tight tannins on the finish. From a vintage that was stingy on its yield, but generous on complex quality. Pairing - grilled cheese, smoky bacon, and ripe tomato sandwich.
$25.01 to $35.00
Satori Cellars 2008 Petite Sirah Ha-Ha, Santa Clara, California
The winemaker claims that there is “nothing petite about this big baby; big color, big black-blue fruit, big texture” and he’s right! Plum, chocolate, currants and black pepper, the whole spectrum; loads of fruit on the palate and huge finish. Cries out for a big juicy steak.
Mission Hill Family Estate 2009 Reserve Vidal Ice Wine, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
A huge explosion of honey, resin, caramel and butterscotch emerges from the glass. Complex, heavily botrytised characteristics are magnified on the palate finishing long and rich with herbs, baked apple and chocolate nuances. This is a wine best enjoyed after dinner with a cup of coffee or a cigar.
Satori Cellars 2008 “Blue Hand” Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Clara, California
Cedar box earthy aromas with strawberry/rhubarb bouquet and fresh beets and rose petals. Pairing - spring mix salad with olive oil marinated porcini mushrooms, pecorino cheese, fresh balsamic strawberries and toasted pine nuts.
David Girard Vineyard 2007 Cada Rouge, El Dorado, California
Cherry cigar, tea leaf aromas. Sweet cherry, dense fruit, spice plum and chocolate on finish. A masterful Rhone-style blend of Syrah (48%), Grenache (26%), Mouvedre (15%) and Counoise (11%). Pairing - braised beef short ribs
$35.01 to $50.00
Dutcher Crossing 2007 Taylor Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma, California
Black plum aroma. Baked cherry fruit, spice leather notes layered with long silky tannins on finish. We understand the 2006 vintage sold out quickly and this beauty won’t last long at the winery. Pairing - pan-seared duck breast sliced with green onions and Chinese plum sauce.
Rideau Vineyard 2008 Iris Estate Grenache, Santa Ynez, California
Exotic wild red fruit essence greets the nose. The soft, fleshy texture with tea and cedar infused amethyst berries wonderfully excite the palate. Its long, lush, velvety finish is easy to like. This is the wine for duck; roasted or seared.
Dutcher Crossing 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma, California
This special bottling is in honor of founder Charles Frederick Mathy and entitled “Tribute to a Journey.” There’s a nice blend of oak and fruit on the nose, lovely red fruits on the palate, subtle tannins and a long, lingering finish. Part of the proceeds of the production go to melanoma cancer research. Honor the founder by enjoying this rich Cabernet with hearty fare, grilled meats or robust stews.
$50.01 to $65.00
V. Sattui Winery 2008 Morisoli Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa, California
The dense, black fruit aroma is not heavy, but still big with great depth. Likewise, this finely crafted wine’s palate is silky smooth with ripe jam and velvety texture emerging in the finish. This elegant, yet very substantial wine, is a perfect companion to veal spiedini or any roasted meat.
St. Supery 2006 Dollarhihide Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa, California
Black cherry fruit layered with velvet texture of plum skins and spice framed with great structured roundness and immense complexity. A superlby outstanding bottle of classic Cabernet with plenty of promised enjoyment for the future. Pairings - grilled cowboy ribeye steak, bone in.
Rosenthal, the Malibu Estate, 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Single Vineyard, California
Very limited production, only 12 barrels of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. A subtle blend of berries, chocolate and spices on the nose, loads of fruit on the palate and a lovely finish. Think of a dimly lit candle, a linen tablecloth, sparkling crystal, fine china, sterling flatware and a Chateaubriand. Nothing less would be worthy of this magnificent wine.
Perrier Jouet NV Blason Rose Brut, Champagne, France
The glorious bouquet of toast, earth, minerals, cocoa and raisins culminates in the generous mid-palate and stays firm and echoes for several seconds as the long creamy finish melts away. This is palate cleanser for rich foods such as foie gras, bone marrow, or seafood with beurre blanc.