Friday, November 19, 2010

A Dozen Budget Wine Picks

Sonoma-Cutrer VineyardsImage of Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards via Snooth

Loews Hotels’ team of sommeliers has put together a list of 12 suggested wines in the budget category along with approximate prices. Do you have a favorite wine under $20? Let us hear about it by leaving a comment.

WHITE WINES:

Paco & Lola, Albarino, D.O. Salnes Valley, Rias Biaxas, Spain: $18
Pale straw color; bright and youthful; fresh notes of citrus; green apples, peaches and floral notes; refreshing and crisp on the palate; the perfect sushi and fresh seafood wine.


14 Hands, Riesling, Washington: $11
Wonderful aromas of apple blossom and tangerine with a hint of wet stone. Flavors of fresh peaches and Granny Smith apples fill the mouth with racy acidity and a juicy finish. A perfect pairing for spicy Asian dishes, or before dinner as a cocktail.

Walnut Crest by Emiliana, Valle Central, Chile: $9
Light, clean and crisp with fresh citrus and grassy aromas on the bouquet. Flavors of pear, kiwi and melon dominate the taste of this dry, fruit forward style wine that finishes with a zesty twist of lemon and grapefruit.

Chasing Venus, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand: $15
This fun white is a classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with flavors of grapefruit and gooseberry followed by a crisp and lingering finish. Chasing Venus focuses on what New Zealand does best: Sauvignon Blanc. The fruit source is from the Comely Bank and the Griggs vineyards in the heart of the Marlborough region. Try it with grilled fish.


Sonoma - Cutrer, Chardonnay, Russian River, California : $22
The Russian River Ranches is packed with fragrant aromas of ripe pears, pineapple and acacia blossom - perfect compliments to its crisp and firm structure. On the palate, flavor notes of fresh red apple, peach, apricot and melon seems to go on forever with just a hint of oak, leading to a rich, long-lasting, perfectly balanced finish. A perfect complement to poultry, fresh sea bass or halibut - especially when finished with cream or butter - or rich, buttery cheeses like young Gouda.


RED WINES:

Pinot Noir, Irony, Monterey: $13
Aromas of ripe, red cherry, vanilla and undertones of earthy clove and mushroom.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Geyser Peak "Walking Tree", Alexander Valley: $28
Subtle aromas of luscious blueberry and blackberry that are refined and perfectly balanced with a long and elegant finish.


Zinfandel, Sanctuary "Mariah Vineyard": $24
Full bodied yet elegant with flavors of blackberry, black licorice, white pepper and exotic aromas of mandarin orange.

SPARKLING WINE:

Domaine Chandon Brut, Sustainable: $16
Fresh and lively with a hint of pear, fig and honeysuckle; recommended as an aperitif.

Poema Cava, "Penedes" Brut, Sustainable: $12
Excellent value for this sparkler from the northeastern region in Spain. Ripe peaches with creamy texture and an elegant finish.

CHAMPAGNE:

Taittinger, Sustainable: $35
Complex with a nice bouquet of peaches and tropical fruit with a dry finish.

Henriot Brut Souverain NV, Sustainable: $38
A fine crafted wine, dry and rich with apple and apricot flavor, cream and vanilla on the finish.

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