It’s April and the start of spring, so expect a mix of hot and cold weather (not yet Rosé season, but close).
How much should I pay for a good bottle of wine?
Many Somms agree the value curve is between $15-$25 for a good bottle of wine. This means that at the price point, you get a genuine expression of what a great variety is supposed to taste like, from the region of the world that it comes from, made by an actual person. This of course varies (Napa, Burgundy, and other prized zones can be more expensive). So premium location (and quality) wines drive up price considerably. The takeaway, in short, you don’t need to shell out big bucks for world-class wine, but you might be cutting corners at your local Trader Joe’s for serviceable sub-par alternatives.
Eminence Road Farm Winery (New York, USA)
2017 Pinot Noir from Seneca Lake Vineyard (~$23)
A New York wine from close to the Catskills
Delicious unfiltered natural wine (fermented with naturally occurring yeasts)
Lower alcohol Pinot Noir with cherry fruit and earthy finish
Drink on its own if you love reds or pair with nearly everything
(red meat to pinker fish like salmon)’
Domaine de la Pepière (Brittany, France)
2017 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie "La Pépiè (~$17)
Made with an obscure Melon de Bourgogne grape that has a mineral-driven profile which is relatively dry
Light and refreshing with wet stone, pear, tart citrus, almond and mineral flavors
A refreshing and idyllic wine for seafood, especially oysters or mussels, but might also be a pairing consideration for green salads which typically don’t go well with wines.
Antoine Sanzay (Loire, France)
2016 Saumur Champigny Rouge (~$26)
If you haven’t tried Cabernet Franc (one of the parents of famed Cabernet Sauvignon) from the Loire Valley, you should!
Very dark juice in the glass (relatively low alcohol) with hints of aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, violets and black / green pepper
Aromas of reindeer moss in this one and recommend pairing with richer, more soulful foods (pastas, pork tenderloins, beefs, gamey mushroom dishes).