Wine Cents Value List – February 2011

– Contributed by Robert Stelmachuk, Sommelier, Chambar Restaurant

Helping you spend lots of money on wine is one of the easiest things I can do. But where’s the fun in that? Challenge me. Make me work for it. One of the things I love is making wine approachable and, more importantly, accessible to everyone. True, it’s important how a wine tastes. But what about how a wine makes you feel?

With this list, take the road less traveled. Offer your senses an adventure. Whether you need a bottle for a dinner party or simply to ease away your day, keep this list close in hand next time you’re shopping for wine. You’ll be glad you did.

Crios Torrontes – Cafayate, Argentina ($11)

Imagine waking up in a garden of Spring flowers with a Honeysuckle pillow caressing you. Immediate, ear to ear smiles. Rose petals and Lychee nuts galore. Dry.

Le Paradou Blanc Viognier – Ventoux, France ($11-$14)

This is like getting a Peach and Apricot pie to the face. Busting with fresh, expressive white flowers. Sublime.

Azul Vino Verde – Minho, Portugal ($11-$19)

Electric Boogaloo juice. Explodes with vibrant acidity, bay leaf, fresh Pineapple and Granny Smith apple skins.

Terradora Falanghina – Campania, Italy – ($17)

If sunshine had a flavor, this would be it. Bright, peach stones, lemon verbena, Crenshaw melon. Silky and ultra sexy!

Winery of Good Hope Chenin Blanc – Stellenbosch, South Africa – ($10-$14)

Chenin is the Four Wheel Drive of whites. It goes everywhere and does everything. Pears, lime sorbet, flint, minerals and bracing acidity.

Cabriz ‘Colheita Seleccionada’ – Dao, Portugal ($9-$11)

Sweet cherry pipe tobacco. Savory, warm, versatile. Like a Pinot Noir with a Superman cape. A must have in your arsenal.

Feudo Arancio Syrah – Sicily, Italy ($7-$12)

Like kissing an old Rockette. Worn & leathery yet oddly sexy. Dry tannins covered in dark berry fruit.

Ogio Primitivo – Puglia, Italy ($12)

Zinfandel via Italy. Leather, spice, stewed red berry. Savory. A wine that wraps around you with a hug.

Bodega Sur De Los Andes Bonarda – Mendoza, Argentina ($11-$17)

Blueberry fruit bomb with melted cherry nibs and chocolate. Bonarda is like an amped-up version of merlot.

Emotivo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo – Abruzzo. Italy ($11-$14)

Elegant espresso and cherry mix with roasted earth and chocolate shavings. Uncomplicated. In the good way.

 

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