Monthly Archives: March 2013

  1. Great Wines for Under $10: Clerget 2011 Cotes Du Rhone

    If you’re looking for a wine to make your dry red drinkers happy over this holiday weekend, I suggest you try the Clerget Cotes Du Rhone for the astounding price of $6.99. This is a lighter bodied CDR but it is not too thin. The blend is the classic Grenache-Syrah combination. This wine has a good amount of sour cherry and plum notes with a bit of pepper and spice in a smooth, long finish.
    This may not be your first choice for Easter dinner if Ham is the main course, but it can work if you have guests who are dyed in the wool dry red drinkers. It will certainly work with roast leg of lamb, pork loin or Prime Rib. It will even go well with smoked kielbasa with horseradish. In other words this wine is quite versatile, and if you eat chocolate bunnies, peeps and jelly beans with the Clerget, more power to you!

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  2. Great Wines for Under $10: Pennywise 2011 Petit Sirah

    This wine has an ominous name because frankly, when I think of the name “Pennywise” I think of that really creepy clown in Stephen King’s IT. You know the one – (“They ALL float down here!”). Yep, THAT one. But this wine is far from being scary or clownish for that matter.
    The Pennywise 2011 Petit Sirah is a pleasant wine that is a bit softer than most Petit Sirahs. One of the first things you notice when you pour a glass is the intense, inky color. But don’t be mislead by the dark purple hue. This is not an over powering fruit bomb, nor a bite you back tannic monster. There is a small amount of Merlot in the blend to calm things down a bit. The tannins are soft, yet the fruit is bold with blackberry, plum and sweet cherry notes. There is a whiff of powdered chocolate and a hint of cinnamon.
    This wine will pair with well with a good number of dishes from Lamb to Lasagna. I had it with Liverwurst on rye bread, but it Is also very good

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  3. Great Wines for Under $10: Falesco Vitiano 2012 Rosato

    First off, I always sweat a bit about St. Patrick’s Day wine pairings. Generally, I tend to think beer, particularly Guinness (I personally prefer Scotch Ale) lends itself more to the traditional foods of the day. But I LOVE wine and it is my duty to find a good match for the quintessential St. Patrick’s Day feast: Corned Beef and Cabbage.

    I considered many choices from Syrahs and Zinfandels because of the peppery notes but I sense conflict. I thought Gewurztraminer because it would work well with cabbage and cut through the fat of the Corned Beef. Still, I felt I was missing something. Finally, I remembered tasting a Rose recently and thinking this is very delicious, balanced and bold enough to work with complex flavors. Why not with Corned Beef and Cabbage?

    The 2012 Vitiano Rosato is a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Aleatico. It has a gorgeous Pink Grapefruit hue. The notes are of fresh berries, particularly wild strawberries with a

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  4. Great Wines for Under $10: Los Nevados 2010 Malbec

    You’re in a hurry. You’ve had meetings all day and the kids had to be in 8 million places at once. You have to make a quick dinner that doesn’t involve pizza or the Colonel so you opt for Sloppy Joes. Now you just have to make a quick stop at Premier to pick up a good but inexpensive red that will go well with dinner and carry you through the rest of the night.
    The Los Nevados 2010 Malbec is a perfect answer to your dilemma. This Malbec has a beautiful, deep red hue and will capture your attention with the first sniff and sip of Raspberries, black pepper, nutmeg with a bit of earthy beets and plenty of licorice. There is so much more going on with this wine than the price would let you believe.
    The Los Nevados 2010 Malbec is a very versatile wine that will compliment a variety of dishes from Beefy Nachos, spicy pork chops to barbeque chicken pizza. And of course, it will be absolutely wonderful with sweet and spicy Sloppy Joe’s. But most importantly,

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  5. Great Wines for Under $10: Wagner Riesling Select 2011

    Recently we decided to feature New York State Finger Lakes Rieslings by displaying select ones from our inventory at our tasting center. It is no secret that New York produces some excellent Rieslings that rank up there with some of the best German varietals.

    Today I am featuring Wagner Vineyards 2011 Riesling Select. This is a very sweet style of Riesling, but this not a sugar delivery device. It is an honest to goodness Riesling that is vibrant, fragrant and complex without the “Kool-Aid” factor that is found in some cheap Rieslings. There are wonderful notes of Apricot, lemon-lime soda and a hint of spice. The finish is pleasantly crisp and lingers a bit longer than most. Enjoy this wine with grilled Mahi- Mahi with spicy, Pineapple Salsa.

    Drop in and pick up a bottle of the Wagner Vineyards 2011 Riesling Select for the terrific sale price of $8.99. You should also make a point of visiting Wagner Vineyards on Seneca Lake. It’s a breath taking spot in a

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