Fri 21 Dec 2007
“Well, all right, F.K., this is more like it! I mean, those ‘Twelve Great Wines’ sound beyond fabulous (while people grow old until they’re drinkable), but they’re freakin’ expensive and, you know, we just want a nice case of wine to enjoy through the Yuletide season, a varied selection, a few wines for lunch or dinner or having people over for a bit of festivity.”
And here it is. I realize that trying to be all things to all people typically results in misfortune, but here’s the “Little Case of Wine That Could.” Trying to cover all the bases, or many bases, or some bases, damnit, I can’t read your mind, the choices (drawn from this year’s reviews on KoeppelOnWine.com) include a sparkling wine and a port and a rosé, four other bottles of white wine and five of red. Princes range from about $11 to $19; total cost, if you could find all the wines, would be about $176, depending on the store (minus case discount, plus tax). Remember that prices for individual bottles of wine can vary surprisingly from one store (or website) to the next. By country, the break-down is France, four; United States, three; and one each from Argentina, Australia, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Tis the season to be eclectic and globally-aware. Your local wine merchant will be able to make substitutions when these labels aren’t available, because, remember, every wine is not carried in every store. Even In New York or Chicago or L.A.
Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2006, Muscadet, France, $10-$12. (Imported by Louis/Dressner, New York.)
Angove’s Nine Vines Rosé 2007, Riverland, South Australia. $12. (Imported by Trinchero Vineyard, St. Helena, Ca.)
Paraiso Vineyards Riesling 2006, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County. $14
Domaine du Salvard Cheverny 2006, Loire Valley, France. About $14. 100% sauvignon blanc. (Imported by Robert Kacher, Washington, D.C.)
Bonny Doon Vineyard Ca’ del Solo Albariño 2006, Monterey County. $18. From Randall Grahm’s recent change to all bio-dynamic vineyards
Sparkling wine: Scharffenberger Cellars Brut (Non-Vintage), Mendocino County, Ca. 65% pinot noir/35% chardonnay. $19
Don Miguel Gascón Malbec 2006, Mendoza, Argentina. $12. (Imported by Gascón Wines, Haywood, Ca.)
Bodegas Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha 2005, Campo de Borja, Spain. $13. 100% grenache. (A Jorge Ordoñez Selection.)
Michele Chiarlo Barbera d’Asti “Le Orme” 2004, Piedmont, Italy. $14. (Imported by Kobrand, Purchase, N.Y.)
Chateau Mont-Redon Côtes-du-Rhône 2004, Rhône Valley, France. $15. (Imported by Kobrand, Purchase, N.Y.)
Potel-Avion Côte de Brouilly Vieilles Vignes 2005, Beaujolais, France. $16 (Imported by Frederick Wildman & Sons, New York.)
Dow’s Trademark Reserve Porto (Non-Vintage), Portugal. $17 What was once termed “vintage character porto” must now be called “reserve porto.” (Premier Port Wines, Inc., San Francisco).
I bet you can find some use for each and every one of these wines.
Enjoy (intelligently and responsibly, please) and have a happy and safe Yuletide season.