Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Wine Insiders Easter Gift Guide 2020

Wine Insider was created because they frustrated with how hard it is to buy a good bottle of wine without spending a fortune. The local grocery store just offered a wall of wine with no information and they couldn't tell if we were getting something that they like, or that was even worth their money. Online, they quickly discovered that if we wanted to get a good price, they would need to join a wine club with a bunch of hidden fees and give up the power to choose their own wines.

I got 6 bottles of wine and they were Abbazia Cuvée Prestige Brut Rosé ($12.99) the historic Abbazia winery made this light and delicate wine with refreshment in mind. Pour a glass and relish a foam of almost-creamy bubbles. Take that first sip and smile at flavors of raspberry and rose. Take a bite of fun food like fried chicken or risotto and then take another sip.

Veuve Marion Blanc de Blancs Brut ($12.99) from 100% Airen grape, this sparkling brut is a light color that truly allows its bubbles to shine. On the nose, expect notes of citrus and white fruit aromas. On the palate, expect a mineral taste with notes of grilled hazelnut and quinces. Standard for sparkling white wines, Veuve Marion Blanc de Blancs pairs best with aperitifs or a complete seafood meal.
2017 Spencer Family Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc ($14.99) is a pale straw color with green tinges. It’s clean on the nose with notes of lime, lemon, and geranium with hints of grass, daikon radish, and pink grapefruit. The palate is clean and refreshing, with an amiable, mouth quenching tartness, and a medium-long finish. Unlike other California Sauvignon Blancs, this light-bodied wine is restrained, with a very easygoing feel.
2017 Bardolay Chardonnay Pays d’Oc ($13.99) Fifth-generation French winemaker Frederic Garrabou conceived the Bardolay line of wine to evoke the time when Romans exported expertly made wines from the local ports in the South of France. 2017 Bardolay Chardonnay displays all the elegance and expertise of French winemaking that have been passed down through the generations. Made from 100% Chardonnay, this wine is golden yellow with greenish hints in the glass. The aromas are sophisticated and fresh, with notes of citrus, green apple, and thyme. The palate is juicy, rich, and well-balanced with a vivid finish. Enjoy this wine with hummus, blue cheese, chutney, or white meat.
2017 Mooncrest Sauvignon Blanc ($14.99) Fresh with aromas of melon, freshly cut grass, green apple, sweet citrus zest and fig, this zesty California Sauvignon Blanc complements foods with sharper flavors like fresh herbs, tomatoes and smoked fish.

2017 La Référence Chardonnay ($14.99) Produced by Bordeaux wine magnate Bernard Magrez, this 100% Chardonnay offers voluptuous aromas and an elegant, fresh, and lively palate. Serve it chilled with white meats, seasonal vegetables, and seafood.
My Opinion: These are all great wines for Easter and at affordable prices. The flavors will taste good with ham or turkey you have for a meal. I know I use a glass of white wine to based my turkey with and have been for years.
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