Just plain delicious
While we often select wines for this page based on seasonal menus, sometimes we choose our bottlings simply because they are over-the-top delicious and good values to boot. The first wine is the perfect intro to the charms of German Riesling (and you should try a bottle just to cheer their soccer team, sorry Argentina no Malbec this time), pour a glass nicely chilled and sit back and sip slowly, you will be entranced. The reds are equally sublime, just chill them to about 60 Fahrenheit to peak their flavors.
Urban Riesling 2013 – Nik Weis, owner and winemaker of Germany’s renowned St. Urbans-Hof Weingut has sourced the best quality wines from neighboring vineyards to produce this wine with traditional roots. Brilliant fruit and Mosel-slate mineral flavors, lively acidity, and ripe floral aromas. Delicious on its own, or a perfect accompaniment to light or spicy dishes. $9.98
Rio Madre Rioja 2012 – Made from 100% Grenache which is rarely used as the flagship grape in Rioja, usually limited to a blending role. This one shows the best qualities of this versatile grape with deep ruby color with purple edgings. Wild fruit flavors abound, intense and concentrated with plenty of tannin. Silky taste, excellent balance and a long finish with a nose that is elegant and complex. Serve with roasted meat dishes and/or spicy food.$12.99
Les Grimaudes 2012 – Marc Kreydenweiss, a well-known producer of Alsatian wines, has reached out to the Southern Rhone area in the 1990’s and now operates a bio-dynamic vineyard focusing on local grapes such as Carignan, Syrah and Mourvedre. This version is sleek and velvety filled with the aromas and fruit flavors typical for the Mediterranean coast. Delicious now it will easily drink well over the next three years. Enjoy with whatever you are grilling right now both meats and vegetables. $14.99