There we were. Once again, several of us were just sitting around the general store in Central Florida waiting for the stagecoach to come in with the latest wine shipment. I had seen the April 2013 Food & Wine magazine with Ray Isle’s article about Italian wine values. (It came in on the last stagecoach). [...]
Always keeping an eye out for good cheap wine, extensive field research – yeah, tasting wine – has yielded 3 red wine bargains for you to look for. These are 3 nice red wines that are priced very well. And one is a 2011 from California, so there were some good wines from that vintage. [...]
Wine value is a relative term. It all depends on how much money you have and how important wine is to you. In most wine publications, wine value is something that is good and is priced under $20 to $25. Personally, I happen to believe you can find value for less than that.
In our constant quest for good wines cheap, the crack research staff (me) at Avoid Bad Wine found some gems. To be prcise, the gems showed up in my email inbox. A top-notch wine shop near my house (great job, Roger, Stephanie & Tish) had a tasting of 5 wines from Tilia in the Mendoza region of Argentina. According to the wholesaler’s rep, Tilia is a 2nd label from Catena, a high end producer of wines in Argentina.
Petite Sirah, not to be confused with Syrah, is a full bodied red wine. The first impression on one of big fruit flavors. It is dark, even opaque, and purple when young. You will mostly see Petite Sirah from California, although it is made elsewhere. Most do not show a great deal of mouth puckering tannin which is often seen in full bodied wines. Drinking Petite Sirah has been compared to putting on silk pajamas. That’s probably a little fanciful for me, but it is usually a wine with the right fruit flavors to go well with red meat. I had the pleasure recently of attending a tasting of 4 wines made from this grape.
Much of the best wine from Washington comes from the Columbia Valley AVA – American Viticultural Area. It is a huge area that runs from central Washington east toward Idaho at Lewiston and west along the Columbia River (Oregon border) to Columbia Gorge.