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Every Friday I suggest a wine that is rated 90 points or higher and costs less than $20.

Yes, I know it is actually Saturday. You know what, just for that you can make it two glasses!

Today’s wine comes to us from Calatayud, Spain for only $10. The Las Rocas Garnacha is an easy drinking, but distinctive red that reminds me of my days in Spain when wine was on every dinner table. Its a bit spicy up front, but finishes with some light fruitiness. Bonus: It has a beautiful deep purple color to it!

¡Salud!

las rocas

Every Friday I suggest a wine that is rated 90 points or higher and costs less than $20.

This week’s wine is an old favorite of mine.  I usually prefer Cabs, but this Merlot is wonderful.  In fact, this was one of the wines served at our wedding.  I found it yesterday at BevMo for $9.99 (Club Bev Price) and the sign said it was 91 points (though I have not been able to confirm that online).*

sterling vintners

At a winery once, I learned about the tannins in red wine, which are created by the skins of the grapes.  If I remember correctly, Cabernets in particular have a lot of tannins.  What is the taste of tannins? Well, I know it when I taste it, and apparently I am not the only one who finds it difficult to describe the taste of tannin.  Let’s just put it this way, tannins are what make a wine interesting. This wine has lots of tannins and it is everything a red wine should be.  This wine would be great with anything.  Try it with chocolate!

*One reader asked how the point system works. I will need to do a whole post on this one day when I have more time to research. In short, points are out of 100. As I understand it there are several different rating sources. I assume, like anything else, that the ratings are not always reliable. (In fact, I tried a red earlier this week that I decided not to recommend.) For now, I think the ratings are just a good way for those of us who are relatively new to the wine world to pick out a nice wine.

Every Friday I suggest a wine that is rated 90 points or higher and costs less than $20.

Well, this week I accidentally picked up a wine that is rated 89 points, but I’m glad I did. This week’s wine is Mason 2006 Sauvignon Blanc. Its available for $11.95 at http://www.napacabs.com.

Mason 2006 Sauvignon Blanc

Mason 2006 Sauvignon Blanc

This wine is sweet and citrusy. Perfect for a summer afternoon event, or just a glass on the porch with your sweetie. According to Megan Mason, her husband, Randy, makes “yummy wines.” I’d say she’s right!

By the way, the 2007 model of this wine is 90 pts.

Every Friday I suggest a wine that is rated 90 points or higher and costs less than $20.

Admittedly, I am no Miles. I can’t tell you about the soupcon of asparagus, the flutter of cheese or the blackberry undertones in a wine. But I can tell you what I like. I should also warn you that I have a bias towards reds.

This week’s wine is Four Vines 2006 Old Vine Cuvee Zinfandel California ($11.99 at BEVMO). This is probably not a great wine for those who tend to like whites or who are new to wine. But for all you red lovers out there, this is a great, strong and spicy wine that goes straight to your nose. This wine is best enjoyed on its own, rather than with dinner.

Cheers!

Four Vines 2006 Old Vine Cuvee Zinfandel California

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