I know 2016 was a crazy year for most people but we live in a world filled with delicious wine which means there is always a reason to smile! One of my favorite things about being a sommelier is sharing the wines I love and discover with others. Enjoying new wine is something to be shared with the people around you and I hope that you guys are able to do that with these suggestions. If you end up trying one of these fabulous wines shoot me a message and let me know which ones were your favorites!
SOMMELIER TIP: A lot of wine retail shops have a ton of sales in January so this would be the time to stock up on some wine if you have the room!
- Louis Bouillot Cremant de Bourgogne “Perle d’ Aurore” Brut Rosé. This wine is great because it’s made in the same method as Champagne with only a fraction of the cost. Coming in at around $14 this wine has a complexity and finesse that can’t be beat. Notes of gentle strawberry with a zesty finish make this wine perfect for complimenting a ton of different dishes.
- Domaine Michel Barraud Macon Villages, Les Pierres Dorees 2014: White Burgundy anyone? White Burgundy is the ultimate French Chardonnay and is passed by most of the time because of its high cost. I was recently on the hunt for an affordable bottle which led me to the beautiful Macon Villages and Saint Veran. This wine will allow you to enjoy delicious White Burgundy without breaking the piggy bank. This is a complex buttery wine with bright citrus flavors. Pair this with a lemon glazed halibut and you’ll be in heaven.
- Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages: Beaujolais is an affordable, light red wine that pairs with a variety of dishes from light fish to red meat. Don’t let the cheap price of just $10 fool you. Duboeuf’s wine bursts with tart cherries and luscious berries. In my opinion this is flavorful, light red wine for an amazing value.
- Mascota Vineyards Unanime 2013: One day I will visit the beautiful vineyards of Mendoza, Argentina but until then I will rely on drinking its wonderful wine. This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and a touch of Cabernet Franc, running at the low price of $22. This complex wine bursts with notes of luscious blackberry, dark cherry, and chocolate on the palate. I have boughten this wine quite a number of times and still have yet to become tired of its silky, tannic taste. Give it a try!