When it comes to selecting an everyday wine, keep it simple, inexpensive and always be willing to try something new. Recently I discovered a Montepulciano D’ Abruzzo, a Sauvignon Blanc and a Beaujolais – all from unfamiliar producers. Let’s take a closer look at each wine.
The first wine is a satisfying Montepulciano D’Abruzzo from Carletto. The 2010 Montepulciano D’Abruzzo is a very fragrant wine, with intense aromas of cherries and spice. The wine is well balanced with a silky dry medium body, nice acidity and soft tannins. Dark fruit flavors of plum and spice on the palate, with earth notes on the wine’s long finish. Pairs well with grilled meats and hardy pasta dishes like homemade lasagna or stuffed shells. Priced around $ 9.00 dollars.
The next wine is a crisp and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc from Nicolas. The 2011 Nicolas Sauvignon Blanc, produced in the Cotes de Gascogne, southeast of Bordeaux France, is a classic Sauvignon Blanc. Wonderfully balanced and smooth, with crisp acidity and ripe peach, pear and apple flavors. Beautifully floral on the nose, crisp and refreshing on the palate and a pleasing mineral finish, make this wine truly delightful. Enjoy with seafood, shrimp tacos and summer salads. Priced around $ 11.00 dollars.
The third wine is delicious Beaujolais from Pierre Chermette. The 2011 Pierre Chermette Beaujolais is a very food friendly wine, showing classic Beaujolais charm and character. In the glass, the wine is a light ruby color with aromas of red berries and spice. Refreshingly dry on the palate, with abundant red fruit flavors, earth notes and a pleasing finish that completes the wine. Pairs well with a variety of dishes including BBQ, grilled meat or poultry and antipasto salads. Priced around $ 15.00 dollars.