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Good Value Holiday Wines

IMG_0997With Thanksgiving right around the corner, and Christmas soon to follow, let’s list some of the value wines we’ve encountered recently that would make good choices this holiday season.  A lot of these are a bit out of the ordinary.  None of these are super expensive however, topping out at around $40, and most are far less.  You can see them all on the Value List, and you can read the notes on them by clicking the wine.


2013 Castello D’ALBA Douro White (under $10, clean, crisp and excellent)

2012 Avia Sauvignon Blanc ($5.99 and ridiculously good for the money)

2013 Via Latina Alvarinho (very good and inexpensive.  Structure belies it’s price)

2013 Felines Jourdan Picpoul De Pinet – (unusual and excellent white – about $10 – $12)

2012 Recuerdo Torrontes – (absolute steal at $12)

2012 Colliano Cuvée White – (Slovenian value here at $16)

2012 Domaine de Vaufuget Vouvray – ($12, off dry and very nice white.  An easy drinker for sure.)


2007 Diamond Hill Vineyards Pinot Noir (local RI Pinot in the Burgundian style)

2006 Monte da Pestana Tinto (about $14 and very good.  Long and elegant)

2011 Colliano Cuvee Red – (more great value from Slovenia, also $16)

2010 Simonsig Redhill Pinotage (around $30 and absolutely fabulous, rich red)1002141935

2010 Marchesi Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva – (GREAT Chianti – and we don’t often say that- about $30)

2011 WALT Anderson Valley Pinot Noir – (can’t miss classic California Pinot – $40)

2010 Casey Flat Ranch Open Range Red (as well as the Estate Red from the same vintage)

Sparklers and Others:

Diamond Hill Cranberry Apple Wine (this just screams Thanksgiving and Christmas – we always have some)

2013 Albino Rocca Moscato D’Asti (about $16, simply delightful, light sparkler from Piedmont)

2012 Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rose (~ $22, classic method pink sparkling wine from South Africa)

– 2012 Villa Jolanda Brachetto d’Acqui (inexpensive, red, tasty and fun, about $10)

So grab a bottle or two or three and celebrate the season.  You don’t have to spend a lot.  Of course, if you are opening a bottle of Romanee-Conti, by all means invite me.

A votre sante!


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