This is a very important topic. We are talking about wine and the difference between those that are inexpensive and well priced vs. those that are just inexpensive. Not many everyday occurrences and missteps are worse than ingesting bad wine or having your guests join in. It can ruin their night and entire following day and isn’t each day a gift? Yes.
If you’re an “Indie” wine giver, this is like the guy in the room who introduces the crowd to a cool band they’ve never heard of. The sound isn’t “refined,” it’s fun, light and makes the party. Be the indie guy or girl in the wine department. Here are some sexy choices ranging from $14-$25.
Heron Pinot Noir 2009 California: $14-$16
Chelsea Goldschmidt 2009 Dry Creek Merlot Alexander Valley: $15-18
Goldschmidt is amazing and tastes like a $50 bottle. Don’t accidentally get the Cabernet. Big mistake. This label is named after his daughter. They also have a Hilary and Katherine label.
Torii Mor Pinot Noir 2008 Williamette Valley, Oregon: $20-$24
Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley: $17-21
Ok, I know I’ve inundated you with Pinots! Just love Au Bon Climat for the beautiful taste as well as packaging. I’m a sucker for the iridescent pink label. Very old Hollywood and girly.
Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon 07 North Coast, California: $17-20
Markham Merlot 2005 Napa Valley: $22-25
Markham is safe and appeals to a large demographic of pallets. However, safe doesn’t mean boring.
Do you have any “go to” indie wine gives? Love to hear and let me know what you think if you try any of the above mentioned. Have a wonderful, positive week!