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Bargain Wines for Fall

Anciano 2012 Crianza
Varietal: Tempranillo
Region: Rioja, Spain
Price: $9.99

This is a great wine for fall flavors! This is a bright cherry red wine that is brimming with intense aromas of berry fruits enhanced by balsamic, vanilla, and spice. Smooth and rounded on the palate, with concentrated cherry, strawberry and red currant fruit flavors and a long, velvety finish. “Crianza” is one of three common aging designations of Spanish red wines; specifically, this wine has been aged for 2 years with at least six months in oak.

Anciano is an outer district of Rioja, where Tempranillo is king. Pair this lovely wine with roast lamb, chicken and other grilled meats, hearty casseroles, and mature cheeses.

Piccolo Fiore Bianco Di Sicilia
Catarratto, Chardonnay
Region: Sicily
Price: $7.99

New to the Co-op! Piccolo Fiore is a blend of the Sicilian varietal Catarratto and Chardonnay. It is a fresh, dry, full-bodied wine with the typical warmth of Sicilian whites: crisp and delicate with subtle floral aromas, minerals, and light peach flavors. Sicilian wines have a higher acidity, but are made to be easy on the palette. Pair with starters or salads, soups, fish, young cheeses, and pizza.


By: CV, The Wine Guy

CV, The Wine GuyCV is our resident wine guy and our newest cheese specialist. And he’s here to give you generous, succinct, friendly advice on wines (and cheese). CV is quick to say that he’s not a wine “expert” — he’s not the person to go to for fancy terminology — but he does know wine, and approaches it with robust energy and a desire to match wine with people, food, and experiences.