CV, the Wine Guy, knows a good bargin!
This week, CV The Wine Guy is giving us the scoop on three bargain wines that the Co-op frequently carries. The first two wines can be found stacked around the column that is just in front of the Bakery case in the Deli area. The third is at the column near the Deli to-go case (on your way to or from the cheese island). All of them are a steal at $7.99 each!
Bargain Red: 2012 Codice (pictured on the left)
Producer: Dominio de Eguren
Geographic Origin: Castilla (Vino de la Terra)
Varietal: Tempranillo (Spain’s most native grape type; good for full-bodied wines, with spicy red fruit flavors and aromas)
CV Says: Margarette is the wine representative that sells us this wine — she has wonderful wines at great prices. The bottle does not list the varietal, and really — that’s not necessarily important. Codice means tradition, or the codes, in Spanish. There are a lot of rules and regulations for wine making in all of the European countries. In Spain, in the last 10 years, the new generation of wine makers got permission to not follow those rules “to law”, or, at least, could ignore them without getting fined. It was decided that, as long as the new ideas were shared amongst the wine makers of a region, an individual wine maker could go off on their own. This has created a nice synergy in Spain; there’s a lot going on there. Some of the old funkiness that was carried on by tradition, maybe in a negative way, is gone. And that’s really been a positive thing. This bottle of wine has probably seen just a little bit of wood. It’s going to have lovely berry and cherry flavors to it. This is a bottle of wine that will go well with a simple meal — pastas, pizza, any kind of hearty sauce. It will hold its own. It’s not going to be dry in any sense; it’s going to have a fair amount of fruit on it. It’s a bottle of wine that pleases many.
Bargain White: Entre-Deux-Mers 2012
Producer: Château Moulin de Ferrand
Geographic Origin: Entre-deux-Mers is a large wine sub-region of Bordeaux in southwestern France. Its name translates literally as ‘between two seas’, although the ‘seas’ in question are in fact rivers – the Garonne and Dordogne, which form the area’s southern and northern boundaries, respectively.
Varietal Blend: Sauvignon Blanc & Sémillon, with a touch of Muscadelle. (Now, we’ll get to those varietals more in depthly in another post, but for starters, here’s a quick run-down. Sauv Blanc: you’ll hear this varietal described as having grassy, herbal notes, with a zippy, tart, refreshing flavor. Sémillon: known for growing in Entre-Deux-Mers, and known for being blended with Sauv Blanc and Muscadelle. Depending on where it’s grown, Sémillon can be zesty and palette-cleansing (like Sauv Blanc), or lemon- and oak-flavored (like Chardonnay). Muscadelle: a fairly unimportant grape, but useful in blends, as it produces light and aromatic wines with floral, peach, and honey notes.
CV Says: This is the classic, dry, white wine blend that comes from the Bordeaux region in France. This is cocktail party wine; this is aperitif wine. It’s what we like to call a “quaffer wine” — one that is inexpensive, pleasant, and fun to drink. It’s an everyday wine — one to enjoy simply and without pretense. You’ll notice bright tropical fruit notes, but it will not have that “mouthful of fruit” juiciness that you may get from other wines.
And, now, the surprise wild card of the week. Just as we were finishing up this post, Justin, our trusty, steadfast wine rep from Unique (a local wine distributor) arrived with a STEAL. So, let’s all make hay while the sun shines with the Hay Maker! Regularly priced at $11.99, it’s on sale now for just $7.99!!
Fresh-Pressed Bargain White: Hay Maker
Producer: Mud House Wines
Geographic Origin: Marlborough, New Zealand
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc (Sauvignon Blanc has put the New Zealand wine industry on the map as its bright fruits and (significant) tartness from the region’s gooseberries have become quite popular.)
Price: $7.99 (for a limited time!!)
CV Says: Drink this now! It’s zesty and fun and light on its feet. Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with light fish, shellfish, salads, and green vegetables. It’s also quite nice as an aperitif.