Great, affordable wines for your holiday celebrations
With Easter and Passover upon us most of us have planned our menus and now will consider the best wines to make our holidays the happiest. Here are five good, yet affordable, choices that are sure to please your family and friends.
1. Albarino Martin Codax 2008 (Spain) A delightfully crisp and light white wine, this is a perfect pre-prandial sipper and a brightly fruited companion for “tapas”, little tastes of olives, almonds and small grilled or marinated fish, that are all the rage and so simple and quick to prepare. $18.99 (riasbaixas.com)
2. Sauvignon Blanc Geyser Peak 2008 (California) A personal favorite. Easy to sip with direct, nicely balanced fruit and fresh lightly herbal nuances. Some sauvignons can be a bit austere but this one delivers very pleasing flavors. Don’t be surprised if this one earns a permanent spot in your fridge!
3. Vermentino di Massa Maritima, MaremmAlta”Lestra” 2007
(Italy) Straw-colored with an aroma of melon with a hint of lemon. The medium body and nicely balanced flavors make it a wonderful partner for grilled white meats and fish. A graceful wine from one of Italy’s more rugged emerging regions. $15.99 (domaineselect.com)
4. Zinfandel Weinstock, Lodi 2005 (California) Kosher wines don’t have to be sweet or simple as this wine proves. This lovely red is most probably from old vines which gives it extra richness and deep black berry flavor. This one will surprise an avid enophile for its balance and delight all with soft but firm tannins. Serve this with your brisket and you’ll see another reason why this night is different from the others. $19.99 (Weinstock Cellars, Healdsburg, Ca.)
5. Cotes du Ventoux Rouge, La Vielle Ferme 2007(France) A reliable, nicely fruited, well balanced red. A delicious choice for beef but especially lovely with roast lamb. Ripe flavors and a great price make it a very attractive wine for everyday enjoyment. $9.99 (vineyardbrands.com)