Happy Wine Wednesday! Though I love the opportunity to enjoy a very good expensive bottle of wine, I am thrilled when a very good bottle of wine also is inexpensive, like each of these ready to be enjoyed any day of the week. #Cheers
Fresh and juicy, layering golden peach and apricot with strawberry and raspberry flavors, La Vielle Ferme Sparkling Rose ($15) from the Perrin Family. Famille Perrin has spent decades producing wines showcasing the terroir of their Rhone Valley home, as shown in this fragrant, mineral-rich sparkler. The Methode Champanoise bubbly shines as a lively aperitif to begin an evening with friends or be enjoyed throughout an entire meal.
In South Africa’s southern Cape Agulhas appellation, in the valley of the Uilenkraal River, incredibly close to the southern tip of the continent, with a maritime climate and sandstone and gravely rock-filled soils, sits Lomond Estate. Estate selections benefit from the close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Sea, ensuring the production of crisp, clean, lively wines. Bright and inviting, Lomond Sauvignon Blanc ($16) opens with notes of white flowers and citrus blossom, followed by melon, white peach, and green apple with a briny mineral note. This is perfect with spring salads, light pasta dishes, or baked white fish.
Round and creamy, Wente Vineyards Riva Ranch Chardonnay ($22) is the perfect roasted chicken or butter-poached shellfish wine that can warm you from within while maintaining a nice note of acidity to keep the palate fresh. Riva Ranch enjoys a long growing season filled with refrigerated sunshine from Monterey’s Arroyo Seco region, where the Wente Family has been growing cool-climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for over 60 years, allowing flavors to develop slowly while maintaining acidity. Creamy vanilla and toasted cedar notes open the wine, followed by layers of stone fruit, blanched almond, nutmeg, and allspice.
Easy approachability is the driving focus of Oregon’s Acrobat Wines. Crafted with the goal to produce the highest quality wines with an affordable price point. From sustainably grown Pinot Noir fruit from the hills of Western Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Umpqua Valley, and Rogue Valley, Acrobat Pinot Noir ($19) opens with a spicy note of clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon, melding with ripe red cherry, wild strawberry, and raspberries. Easy going and balanced, with subtle truffle and forest floor notes on the finish.