The holidays are approaching and the gathering of family and friends will soon be upon us. First there will be the fall season when we fire the grill back up for backyard get-togethers; then on to Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s. What a great time of the year!
Along with all the excitement and festivities comes the added expenses of the season as well. More travel, more food, more drink and lots of gift giving can put a strain on finances, so here comes The Wineaux to the rescue!
Whatever you do, don’t sacrifice your palate to the dregs of bad wine. There is good wine out there at reasonable prices, you just have to find it. But now you don’t have to, I’ve done it for you. Today we will look at wines priced under $10. Not just any wine, but good frigg’n wine. Wines you will not be ashamed to share with your friends.
I’ve scoured all over the metrolina area, from south Charlotte to Lake Norman to Mooresville and areas beyond; searching for good frigg’n wine under $10. And I found it.
2013 Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc – This is a nice little wine that’s dry and crisp with great flavors and a long finish. It should pair well with fried chicken, bruschetta, Chinese food, sushi or a big salad.
2013 Excelsior Chardonnay – This South African wine, is crisp and light bodied with an almost creamy finish followed by just a hint of good oak. It should pair well with cheese, poultry and fish.
2013 Shoofly Pinot Noir – This little Aussie gem is racy on the palate sporting flavors of spice, raspberry and cherry with silky tannins. It might pair well with rabbit, duck, goose, pork or a big frigg’n turkey.
2011 Tilia Cabernet – Hailing from Argentina, this medium bodied Cab has ripe fruit, crisp acidity and a good long finish. Pairs with steak, ribs or burgers.
2009 Monte Antico Toscana – This is a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet. It’s a great value wine driven mostly by simple red fruit with notes of cherry and wild berry. Go Italian with this wine and pair with spaghetti, lasagna, pizza or most anything with red sauce.
2011 Excelsior Cabernet – This Cabernet has plum, oak, sweet fruit and ripe tannins on a nice clean finish. It claims to have and intense side to it but I did not get that when I first tasted it. However, after about a half an hour, the flavors did seem to intensify and open up more. Pairs with red meat, go for it!
Now to the last wine and definitely the best of the reds I tasted. Remember, these are $10 wines and even though the ones above taste much better, they don’t taste like a $25 bottle of wine. But this one does! You can get this wine for $7.99, but you’ll swear it costs 3 times that much.
2010 or 2011 Poggio San Pietro Rosso – At $7.99, this Italian wine will blow you away. It has a nice balance of fresh cherry, smooth tannins and a lingering finish. Pair it with anything you want to because this is good frigg’n wine!