I can’t believe that November is upon us already!  Thoughts of my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, are already in the forefront of my mind and the Christmas season will arrive before we know it.  But as for this upcoming weekend, you may need some suggestions to kick off a new month with deliciousness…in the way of some affordable wine which will pair with just about any meal or occasion!  Weekly, I post recommendations for your weekend wine choices, one white and one red, which are usually under $20. Two wines, one from the region of Tuscany in Italy and another from McMinnville, Oregon, were sent to me as samples and are profiled.  I know you will enjoy them as much as my guests and I did!

**2012 Youngberg Hill Vineyards Pinot Blanc –  You have heard of Pinot Gris, but have you had a wine of Pinot Blanc?  Youngberg Hill is doing a great job in producing wines which I thoroughly enjoy and this was no exception.  I shared this wine with friends at a recent gourmet dinner party gathering and their comments ranged from “clean” to “great citrus notes and snappy finish”.  They loved it and none had tasted a Pinot Blanc before this wine.  I found succulent aromas and flavors of pear and lime with a touch of grapefruit and a creamy sensation.  Although you can pair this dry, crisp, mouthwatering Pinot Blanc with so many dishes, our group enjoyed it with fresh salmon.  The cost of the wine is an incredibly affordable $18.  For more information about Youngberg Hill wines, their beautiful vineyard, and owner Wayne Bailey’s forward thinking winemaking philosophy, you may want to read my article.  Wayne Bailey is clearly living his dream!

**Bolla Chianti DOCG 2011 – Sent by Banfi Vintners, the Chianti exploded with strong cherry aromas.  Fruit on the palate included plums, red berries, and more of those oh-so juicy cherries along with some…smoke!   This Chianti of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo Nero will be a welcome complement to your dish of beef, veal, chicken, lamb, pastas, and spicy food.  Our family paired it with chicken smothered in organic pasta sauce and freshly grated Parmeggiano.  The cost?  A mere $8.99.  As one Chianti loving son-in-law stated, “This is a steal!”


Cheers to a beautiful weekend! ~ Cindy




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