It’s Wednesday and you are already thinking about your weekend plans and perhaps which wines to purchase.  On most Wednesdays, I post two recommendations for your weekend wine choices.  My occasional “Wine and Dine” articles suggest a recipe with wine pairings, but others (like this!) offer choices under $20 – one white and one red. Both wines were sent to me as samples for tasting and I’m happy to share that they are affordable and worth your decision to purchase and enjoy!

*2011 Soave Classico – I brought this wine consisting of 95%Garganega and 5% Trebbiano di Soave grapes from Veneto to the home of a friend’s Nonna and Nonno – some serious Italian cooks from Palermo, Sicily.  Paired with Nonna’s luscious vegetable frittata, I just loved the crisp acidity and ripe apple, pear, and melon tastes. Well balanced with that great snap and minerality which I love worked perfectly with Nonna’s homemade creation, but you can pair this wine with appetizers, seafood, salads…!  And the cost of $11.00 made Nonno suggest that he will be purchasing this wine, too!

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*2011 Line 39 Petite Sirah – As a matter of fact, Line 39 refers to the latitude where many of the most fantastic wines in the world are grown (just look at the map…in both Northern and Southern Hemispheres and yes, this info may be fodder for another blog post!).  I love that this particular wine at Line 39 celebrates good taste and a terrific value!  The aromas and flavors of dark, red fruits including bold cherries were nicely blended with medium tannins and acidity.  Line 39 Petite Sirah was paired at dinner with roasted chicken, mostaccioli with tomatoes and basil, and a salad with avocadoes from Cali’s Central Coast.  But you could grill a steak, too, and be perfectly happy! Cost?  Only $10.00!

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Cheers to the weekend! ~ Cindy

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