The weekend’s here…I’ll be fine…I’ll have a glass of wine.
Saturday, May 25th, is National Wine Day.
To celebrate this joyous occasion for wine lovers, I’ve got five wine selections that will tantalize your palate and won’t put a dent in your wallet.
Here are five of my faves for under $12:
Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon
Looking for the ultimate bargain Cab to go with that big, fat, juicy steak? My recommendation is Carnivor, which is available at Total Wine for $9.47 and Trader Joe’s for $10.99. Bold and smooth with hints dark cherry, blackberry jam and toasted oak, it’s a California wine from the Modesto area.
Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc
This New Zealand wine is high on my list when I want a fresh, crisp, vibrant Sauvignon Blanc. If you like tropical flavors like pineapple, Cantaloupe and citrus, you’ll love this wine. It goes great with grilled seafood or chicken. I buy it at Total wine for $8.97. I’ve also bought it at Trader Joe’s for $10.99.
I lived in Germany for a year and sampled lots of great rieslings. I can’t believe how good this German riesling (from the Mosel region) is and for the unbelievably low price of $5.49 at Aldi. Back in the late 1980s I shopped at Aldi in Germany long before this discount grocery chain put stores in the U.S. I gotta feeling they have a great connection to get this quality of wine for so cheap. It has a delightful fruity bouquet with hints of apricot and peach.
Radius Cabernet Sauvignon
This Washington State wine with hints of black cherry and toasty oaks is my go-to vino with apps like flat breads and bruschetta. It’s medium-bodied and is available at Total Wine for $10.99.
Pasqua Valpolicella Ripasso (Superiore)
If I’m having Italian, this wonderful full-bodied Italian red is a can’t miss. The winemakers use the “Ripasso” technique, which is a secondary fermentation of the wine on the dried skins of the grapes already used to make appasimento wines. It’s then aged in oak barrels for 8 months before being bottled. I get it at Trader Joe’s for the amazing low price of $9.99.