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The best wines we drank this past month.
Team Daily Sip cares about you. Really, we do. We care so much that, this month, we searched for some of the best wines available with low price tags. It turns out, it's not terribly difficult to be thrify and still drink great wine. With ease, all our wine picks clocked in under $25!
We're certain that any one of these wines is sure to please your palate as much as your wallet. Budgets can be tight, but the price tag should always be as easy to swallow as the wine.
Bernkasteler Badstude Riesling Kabinett 2009 ($22). This is a delicious winter white, mouthwatering yet crisp, with notes of poached pear, lychee and apple crisp. It's a perfect pairing for meaty oysters. Find the wine here.
Sula Brut, India NV ($10). I tried this sparkler from India's largest winery at a Chinese restaurant in Dehli on a recent trip, and I was pleasantly surprised by its freshness, vibrancy and crisp finish. If I had tasted it blind I probably would have guessed that it was a Cava from Spain. It was certainly a fun alternative to the bubbly I find more commonly in the U.S. Find the wine here.
Ransom Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2008 ($23).
It must've been at least a decade since I last tasted Ransom Pinot. And I have no excuse. The wine bursts with bright raspberry and cherry flavors, and has a big, mouthwatering, tangy rush of acidity on the finish. It paired beautifully with every item we ordered, from acorn squash to rabbit, to shrimp and grits to brussels sprouts. The critics say you can't go wrong with just about any 2008 Oregon Pinot, and that may be true. But this one is exceptional. Find it here.
HUSCH Late Harvest Gewurztraminer, Anderson Valley 2009 ($11). I enjoyed this wine during the cheese-and-fruit dessert course after a great meal. Fan of Gewurzt that I am, I was very pleased with the flavors of ripe melon and lychee, with a slight spice character. This is a very well rounded Gewurztraminer that is typical of the Anderson Valley. I recommend trying this wine now, since it has had a couple years to age. It was definitely worth the wait! Find the wine here.
Rickshaw Pinot Noir, Sonoma County 2009 ($15).
I tasted this standout at the Around the World in 80 Sips San Francisco event. For $15, this wine really delivers. It is very smooth, with a perfect amount of spice on the nose. Grab a bottle and you won't be disappointed. Find the wine here.
Xavier Flouret La Pilar, Mendoza 2006 ($15). This wine has intense, ruby-red color. The nose is very elegant with black fruit, violets and spices. On the palate there is big, black fruit, with really nice violet and spice undertones. The velvety tannins create a nice structure. There is a long, delicious finish--one of my favorites for the price! Find it here.
Parducci Sustainable Red, Mendocino 2007 ($11). This red blend is primarily Zinfandel and Syrah--and is absolutely tasty! The wine has beautiful, ripe berries on the nose and the palate, with an excellent spice that tickles the tongue. This is an, “Aw man, it's gone already?” kind of bottle. And for the price, you can't beat it.This bottle and I had a fantastic Tuesday night getting into season one of Mad Men and, let's face it, you need to be drinking when you watch this show...or you just feel left out. Find the wine here.
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