If I’m heading to dinner at a friend’s and want to bring something –or if I moved all weekend and want to enjoy several glass myself –here are a few of my stand-by wine picks that are easy on the budget and on the palate, and are readily available at most grocery stores for $12 or less:
RED – I don’t like the sensation of sucking on bark, so these are more fruit-forward and not oak-y.
- Menage a Trois Red – don’t get embarrassed, it’s just the name
- Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel
- Zaleo – Tempranillo – zero oak, young, a new find that makes me mellow
- Yellow Tail – Syrah – you’ve probably had this at a dinner party or bookclub
WHITE – I like crisp whites, not too sweet or buttery. I dig a little zing on my tongue at the end. Die, Chardonnay, die!
- Vinho Verde (any brand) – cheap, refreshing, soft carbonation, a green wine
- Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc – zesty, a little tang at the end
- Chateau St. Michelle Riesling – not too sweet, best very chilled
BUBBLES – I love bubbles — the lightness, the happy feelings. I could drink bubbles any time of day.
- Freixenet Cordon Negro Cava – good for sipping and mixing; classic happiness in a bottle
- Barefood ‘Bubbly Extra Dry’ Champagne – yes, it’s Barefood brand but delish
- Riondo Prosecco – these bubbles are smaller than a sparkling wine or true champagne, and more refreshing too.
“Bubbles! My bubbles!” – Bubbles the fish from Finding Nemo