Cheap Summer Wines That Taste Expensive
So it's Tuesday, but that doesn't mean its too early in the week for some vino. Especially with a bottle that costs less than $15 wine can be an inexpensive compliment to dinner (or sometimes a main ingredient). Without further ado, here are some affordable, well-rated (and Yummly taste-tested) wines and recipes to pair them with.
Vigilance, Sauvignon Blanc. Lake County vintage 2010 - rated 91 points by Wilfred Wong.
Tasting notes: This wine has a clean, light color. Fermented in stainless steel to enhance its fruity notes, this wine has a depth and richness of melon and citrus flavor with a zesty finish.
Recipe inspirations: Pair with fresh seafood dishes and salad greens.
[Green Beans and Iceburg Lettuce Salad with Prawns (from Salad Pride)
Challis Lane, Old Vine Zinfandel. California 2008 - rated 88 points by Wilfred Wong.
Tasting Notes: This wine is dark and full-bodied, with aromas of ripe stone fruit and berries. Toasted oak flavors carry through to the palate for a long, lingering finish.
Recipe Inspirations: Pair it with barbecue, from a grilled chicken skewer to a juicy burger.
[BBQ Chicken Burger (from Pass the Sushi)
McManis Family Vineyard, Petite Sirah. California vintage 2009 - winner of the Gold Medal, Best of Class 2011 San Francisco Chronicle
Tasting Notes: With a deep purple color, this wine is full of boysenberry and blueberry aroma. There are mocha notes in this Petite Sirah's flavor from four months of oak barrel aging. This wine is rich, big and juicy.
Recipe Inspirations: Try a big, bold dish to compliment this wine. Pair with a pot roast, rack of lamb or even a bold pasta dish.
[Grilled Lamb Chop, Greek Style (from Global Table Adventure)
Columbia Crest Grand Estates, Riesling. Columbia Valley 2008 - rated 89 points "Best Buy" by Wine & Spirits magazine
Tasting Notes: Smell delicate aromas of white fruits and orchard blossoms in this wine. A crisp acidic taste and vibrant fruity notes of apple, peach and orange zest are complimented by a hint of minerality.
Recipe Inspirations: Pair with a white-sauce vegetable or seafood pasta dish, citrus salad or salad greens.
[Pesto and Arugula Pasta (from a chow life)
Elena, Chardonnay. Sonoma County 2010 - rated 90 points by Wilfred Wong Tasting Notes: A light straw color, and taste of ripe fruit with a hint of minerality. This wine has a sturdy body and crisp finish.
Recipe Inspirations: Try a juicy, roasted chicken dish or even your favorite veggie pizza.
[Vegetarian Pizza (from Veggie num num)