Fall for the Frugal Gourmet : Value wines of the season
It’s Autumn in South Florida and even though it’s 95 degrees in the shade entering November, we still have to start thinking about what we’ll be serving with Turkey and cranberry sauce on that 3rd Thursday of the month. There is something about this time of year that gets us thinking about food. “Turkey day” will certainly provide the epitome of most of our culinary fantasies with the colors and flavors of cinnamon, clove, pumpkin, apples and other Autumn favorites but the same thinking can be applied to the wines we drink. Our tastes change with the seasons from the ripe, fresh, lively flavors of summer to the spiced, earthy, savory flavors of Fall. Perhaps instead of a Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir we drink Gewurztraminer or even a hearty Syrah. You be the judge. This week we are rolling out a cornucopia of turkey and budget friendly wines to get you started with your holiday planning. First we’ll start with a Riesling from France’s Alsace region, a place where the average temperature even in the summer is below 70 degrees. Domaine Ehrhart’s Herrenweg Riesling is soft, dry and spicy…a perfect match for Turkey. We have always had an affinity for Australian whites and pioneer winemaker Peter Lehmann’s “Layers” White is the latest chapter. Try this eclectic blend with your honey baked hams. If white is the wrong color, then start with a pretty little Primitivo (or Italian Zinfandel) from Vinosia, a hot new producer from Salento on Italy’s SE coast. Still not rich enough? We’ve been drinking Nine Stones Shiraz for years and the latest vintage is bringing the serious “Thunder from Down Under”…classic Aussie Shiraz! Even the finickiest of you will have trouble picking apart this beauty Cab from the Napa Valley, Buehler Cabernet is a “best buy” in our minds and a perfect choice for roasted or braised meats.
HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING!
Tuesday November 3rd, 2009
No charge for tastings
Domaine Ehrhart “Herrenweg” Riesling 2006 Alsace, France
…attractive fusil, lime-fruited, and honeyed nose that could only come from an Alsace Riesling; a silken texture, discreet oiliness, and citric refreshment;
plus an intriguing finish suggesting citrus zest, salts, chalk, wet stones, and toasted pumpkin seeds.
BTG $7.50 Retail $19.99
Peter Lehmann “Layers” White Blend 2009 Australia
Spicy, refreshing and light in texture. A bit sweet, with pear, lychee and honeydew flavors in a restrained mix. Sémillon, Muscat, Gewürztraminer and others.
Wine Spectator 87 points
BTG $5.75 Retail $14.99
Vinosia Primitivo 2007 Salento, Italy
Readers looking for a tasty, value priced red will want to consider the 2007 Primitivo from Vinosia. A juicy, mouth filling red, the wine is loaded with fragrant
dark red fruit in a soft, seamless style showing no hard edges. This is a strong candidate for casual, informal drinking and would make a great house wine.
Robert Parker 86 points
BTG $5.25 Retail $13.99
Nine Stones “Hilltops” Shiraz 2007 Australia
Ripe and generous, this Australian red shows a minerally edge to its blackberry and cardamom flavors, remaining open and inviting through the long, deftly balanced finish.
Wine Spectator 90 points! “Smart Buy”
BTG $5..25 Retail $13.99
Buehler Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Napa Valley, California
Trim and balanced, with an elegant mix of cedary oak, nutmeg, dried currant and mineral notes. Medium- to full-bodied, this tapers off a bit on the finish,
but offers lots of complexity, balance and easy-drinking appeal. Wine Spectator 87 points
BTG $8.75 Retail $23.99