I’ve been in a rut the last few months with wine. Many of the wines I used to enjoy now taste like grape juice with alcohol, and the ones I do still really enjoy are slightly more $$$ than I’m willing to spend with any regularity.
So when I stumbled upon a wine blog called Dr. Vino, and one of the first posts I saw was about the relative scarcity of decent American wines under $10-12, I welcomed some new ideas.
Some that sound worth trying, based on reader comments:
- Laurel Glen REDS
- Estancia Cabernet
- Bogle Petite Syrah
- Red Bicyclette Syrah
- From the state of Washington: Pine & Post, 14 Hands, Snoqualmie, Chateau St. Michelle, Columbia, and Columbia-Crest (which I already like a lot and see as a tremendous value)
- Maison Joseph Druhon Beaujolais VillagesChateau St. Michelle Blanc de Noir
- Mirassou Pinot Noir
- Trinchero Sauvignon Blanc
- Niebaum-Coppola Rosso
- Cosentino Meritage “Novelist”
In general, I should get away from California, and try more from Washington, Oregon, Argentina, Chile, Spain, France, and South Africa. I know the Argentinian Malbec is very hot right now.
The flip side of this discussion, of course, is why so many American wines are so expensive. I believe marketing explains most of this. The U.S. wine market caters to both the snob and the simplistic, leaving the mid-grade consumer mostly un-served. Maybe that market just isn’t big enough yet, or maybe U.S. wine producers are missing out.
Either way, I now have a list of new wines to try! Life is good.