This upcoming week reminds us to give thanks for our blessings. I have many, most of them big blessings like great health and wonderful family/friends. On a less serious note, here’s my list of wines for which I am thankful.
Tropical Sauvignon Blancs
I love Sauv Blancs that offer a tropical profile (usually from in warmer climates). I don’t find cool climate Sauv Blancs with their green, grassy, herbal notes particularly appealing (but many do). Merry Edwards is my current fave Cali rendition.
Yes, I’m going to buck the trend of those shying away from these wines and put in a plug for a well-crafted Char with a voluptuous, velvety texture and other subtle nuances that stem from Malo-Lactic fermentation.
Wines with a great finish
While many concentrate on a big fruit forward wine that offers enticing aromas and a great palate, one of the most important things for me is a lengthy finish.
Wines that offer a great bang-for-the-buck
I don’t mind paying some serious money for a killer wine. That being said, my faves are those that provide killer price/quality ratios. One of the best producers for quality/price is Joel Gott (Napa Valley) who sources all of his grapes. His wines are in the 20 bucks range. Another great producer is Barrel 27 (Paso Robles) which offers off-the-chart-values for their well-crafted wine in the same price range.
Wines with fruits and minerals
I’m falling in love with subtle mineral nuances, especially if they are layered with fruits. Suggestions: Assyrtiko (a wine from the Greek island of Santorini), or Nero di Avola (from the Mount Etna region of Sicily).
I am so excited to learn about new varietals, especially indigenous varieties that aren’t available anywhere else. Look for the Torrontes (a white fruit-bomb) from Argentina, or Bierzo (a heavenly red) from Northern Spain. Be adventurous!