I’ve been in a wine rut. Our travel this year hasn’t been wine focused, so we haven’t sampled very many new wines during tasting room visits. In looking at the wine we have around the house, most of it is higher end Washington wines and Oregon Pinot Noirs. While I love Pinots, it isn’t every random Wednesday that I want to open a more expensive bottle. And trips to the grocery store leave me wandering the wine aisles, not able to get excited about all of the wines I’ve had before, and uncertain about trying something new.
So I had an idea. I popped down to the local wine shop this afternoon and told the owner that I had a challenge for him, should he choose to accept. I have been pleased with all the recommendations he has given me before, so why not trust him again? The challenge? Put together a mixed case of wines I have never tried.
- Value wines – nothing over $15.00, closer to $10.00 is better
- No Pinot Noir (while I love them, we have plenty already)
- 8 or 9 reds, 3 or 4 whites.
That’s it – no other rules. If he offered it, and it fit within the parameters, it went into the case. Of course he accepted, because what wine aficionado wouldn’t? Here’s what I ended up with.
Scaia – 2013. This wine is a 60% Garganega, 40% Chardonnay blend; an Italian wine from the Veneto region. Garganega will be a new grape for my Wine Century Club efforts! – $10.99
Atteca – 2012 Old Vines Garnacha. This Spanish red is 100% Garnacha, and is the one wine I have tried. They were tasting it this afternoon, and I loved it. I’ll be curious to see what Jon thinks! – $14.99
Trentadue – 2012 Old Patch Red. This red blend from the North Coast of California is 85% Zinfandel, 6% Petite Sirah, 5% Carignane, and 4% Syrah. – $10.99
Oinos Les Cardères – 2012. This red blend from the Corbières region of France is 50% Syrah, 25% Grenache and 25% Carignan. – $11.99
La Playa Block Selection Reserve Red Blend Claret – 2012. Wow, that’s a mouthful for this red blend from the Colchagua Valley of Chile. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Malbec and 10% Cabernet Franc. – $11.99
Pelassa Mario’s – 2012. A red blend of 50% Barbera, 25% Merlot, and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Piedmont region of Italy. – $12.99
H-Henriques – 2011. This French wine from the Côtes du Roussillon region is 50% Carignan, 35% Grenache, and 15% Syrah. – $7.99
Gerald Talmard Chardonnay – 2013. French labels are hard… This wine is from the Mâcon Uchizy region in France. – $11.99
Torre Gajo Pinot Grigio – 2013. This wine is from the Delle Venezie region of Italy and comes in a 1000 ML bottle – extra! – $11.99
Linen Sauvignon Blanc – 2013. This Columbia Valley wine is produced by Bergevin Lane Vineyards in Walla Walla, WA. – $10.99
Scaia Corvina – 2012. We are going to try the Scaia white wine, so why not the red? This one also comes from the Veneto region of Italy and is 100% Corvina. – $10.99
Sagemoor Farms Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – 2013. This wine is produced by The House of Independent Producers (HIP); it is a second label for Hedges Family Estate in Benton City, WA. – $12.49
So there’s the line up. I can’t wait to start sampling.
Have you had any of these wines? Which one do you think we should open first?