What’s your favorite wine? It’s a question I’m often asked, and the answer is ’what’s your budget?’
There is a correlation between price and quality, BUT there are also some VERY good wines that don’t cost a lot of money…especially wines that work well with our summer heat
You’ve probably clicked-on HEB’s banner and watched my friend Ralph ‘the Wine Guy’ talk about ‘Special Selects’. These are always wines less than $15 a bottle, many less than $10, that are a great value.
Some of my other favorite bargain wines, especially this time of year, would be Louis Latour’s Valmoissine Pinot Noir. It’s about $11 a bottle and usually available at Central Market and Costco. It’s a light, fruity pinot noir that goes great with fish, chicken and lamb.
A fun summer wine that’s very EASY on your wallet is New Age from Argentina. At about $9 a bottle it’s the perfect white wine for our hot summer days. It’s slightly effervescent and wonderful served over ice with a slice of lime.
If you want a bit more serious white wine for summer, try Sauvignon Blancs. Some good ones include Geyser Peak, Estancia and Kendall Jackson – all for less than $13.
Another good summer wine – DRY Roses. Banfi’s Centine is about $10. Becker Vineyards makes a good one too. Serve these chilled – they’re perfect with hamburgers and work well alone. Speaking of hamburgers, if you want the secret ingredient Morton’s uses in their delicious burgers, I’ve got the recipe on my website … search ‘Mortons’. While you’re there sign up for my newsletter for special deals and invitations to our exclusive events.