You know when you find something that is just the best and then you see that it’s also a great deal? That moment the heavens open up and on cue the angels start singing. Well, this wine produced by the legendary Asti Winery is just that. The nose is amazing and fragrant with dark, rich fruit. Juicy dark cherries and especially black currant stands out. There is some jam but it doesn’t overwhelm. The wine has good tannic structure and balance and finishes really nicely with rich chocolate and violet and vanilla notes. We bought a case. Yes, we did. $3.99
Yes, you read that correctly.
Go buy some, you can thank me later.
AOC Côtes du Rhône (France)wine (a blend of 50% Grenache from their estate Grand Prébois, adjacent to Beaucastel, and the rest Syrah and Mourvedre) shows a deep ruby color, a slightly narrow structure, and some leanness, but very good berry fruit, crushed rock minerality and licorice. You know that wine you’ve been looking for to make Coq au Vin and drink with your delicious dinner, without spending a lot of money? This is it! An amazing wine for the price, get it before it’s gone.$7.99
All of these Trader Joe’s Grower’s Reserve wines are a big, happy surprise. Not only is the price delightful but they are made from Organically Grown Grapes! The discovery of these wines has been so pleasurable and they are so unbelievably good, that you must run out and get one or all three!
Let’s start with the Merlot as it would be before the more intense wines in a tasting. Lovely and soft with rich cherry and dark skinned berry flavors, deepen to smooth tannic structure with a caramel chocolate finish. Great alone or with pork tenderloin, chicken dark meat and roasted portobella mushrooms. $4.99
If you like Petite Sirah this is going to make you smile and shake your head with wonder. It’s so good and the price is so ridiculously affordable that there is no reason not to have it on a daily basis. The color is a beautiful rich garnet and immediately on the nose is a fragrant dark beyy mix of blueberries, boysenberries and blackberries, with cacao, spices and flowers. Zesty tannins bounce off the sides of the tongue like pop rocks. Really nice long finish. Great with game meats, stews, and big cheeses. $4.99
Finally, the 2013 Zinfandel is a hit as well. It comes on strong with dark fruit and herbal fragrances. Then the full mouth is filled with the lushness of dried plums, and currents, the tannins are very nicely balanced, the wine stays structured and complex to the end. Wonderful with Italian food, pork chops, steaks and robust flavors. $4.99
Have to be honest here; did not like this wine. Tasted like it was concocted in a lab. There are notes of chocolate, dark fruit, but overall any of the natural flavors are masked be a decidedly chemical aftertaste. We returned it. $6.99
I love affordable. It also helps when affordable is delicious, juicy and has a lasting, spice blend and jam finish. They did Grenache right! If you are looking for something different, this is worth a try. We’re having it for dinner tonight with Lamb meatballs Moroccan style. $7.99
Presswork is a fine winery that allows you to savor really good wine for a fraction of the cost. Everyday drinking at its’ finest. If you tried the Grenache, now it’s time to move on to the bigger and bolder Shiraz. It‘s a Shiraz in the true Aussie style; very fruit forward and big on nose and flavor palate. It has the savory richness of a Syrah but with the ripeness of the fruit coming through. Very enjoyable wine. We had it with Chipotle pepper marinated chicken and it really held its’ own with the heat of the pepper. $7.99