What’s on the wine list?

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Briccontondo Barbera

Wine, with food or alone can be either a delightful pairing or disappointing oh well.  I am an explorer, willing to take a chance and let my heart pick from label design, vintner, or bargin worth trying. Oh, and I try not to spend too much per bottle, just in case I really like it and want more. What great wines can I find priced for regular folk, not a connoisseur, but seeking another palate pleasing good fix. Is it “drinkable now?” Really important, why wait!

On the wine list today are a few recently tried and worth sharing.

  • 2007, 2008 Fontanafredda Briccotondo Piedmonte Barbera– found this at Costco about a year ago and keep an eye out for more.  Sources include Bev Mo and World Market (Cost Plus) 90 points and a “Best Buy” designate, Wine Spectator : “Displays lovely plummy, chocolaty character. Full and silky smooth, this is packed with flavor. So delicious. Drink now.” (12/08) 90 points from Wine & Spirits Magazine: “A vibrant and youthful barbera with fresh plum and cherry flavors, this feels balanced and cool. An everyday red to enjoy with grilled sausage.” Prices range from 8.99 – 12.00
    Bonny Doon Vineyard
  • 2009 Vin Gris de Cigare – delightful pink wine, summer’s friend! Crisp, floral and hint of fruits. Bonny Doon Vineyward, a light pressing of the Noir.  Lucky local me, found at World Market at about 11.99. Or can buy from the vintner.  Bonny Doon Vineyards www.bonnydoonvineyards.com
  • Fortino’s Burgandy Reserve – One of my Dad’s favorite red table wines come from Fortino’s in Gilroy, CA.  The Burgandy Reserve, a blend and he identified it as a good ole “italian jug wine.” He would often buy a case and just enjoy. www.fortinowinery.com
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