The weekend is upon us and you may have your favorite, expensive bottle ready to open. But there is more than enough space on the wine bar to open a few bottles of wine under or around $20. It’s always fun for me to taste then suggest wines that are at or around that affordable price range. I hope you find the wines reviewed below interesting enough to purchase and pair with a Friday night dinner at home, with friends who drop by unexpectedly, a Sunday supper, or with a good book waiting for you on the back porch.
As the fall season moves forward many wine lovers switch from light white wines to richer reds. However, a crisp, refreshing white wine such as the Spain’s Terras Gaudo O Rosal 2013 has its place when paired with indigenous cheeses, nuts, light poultry dishes, or seafood. Pale gold with a hint of green, this blend of 70% Albarino, 20% Loureira, and 10% Caino Bianco grapes from Rías Baixas D.O. burst with aromas of beeswax, stone fruits, orange peel, and honeysuckle. On the palate, you’ll savor tastes of lemons, limes, more stone fruits, minerality, and honey. Bone dry with high acidity, the balance was what kept me pouring! With a creamy finish this wine was perfect paired with my autumn dinner of salmon, savory herbs and fresh vegetables baked in parchment. Cost is $24.
Cheers to another glorious fall weekend…and wine! ~ Cindy