Life is too short to not drink wine. With my Frenchie French lifestyle, I will admit I was given wine at an earlier age than what is so-called legal. In France, it’s the norm to offer children watered down wine so that they sit still for a four-five hour dinner. I’m not condoning illegal drinking here, just offering a cultural tidbit. The point is, I remember drinking such strong wines before my palette had matured, that I had to throw food in my mouth just to swallow it down.
Today, wine for me is like air. Alright, I suppose that’s quite dramatic, but you’d struggle to find a night when my meal is not accompanied by wine. And so I have started a collection chez moi and in the spirit of sharing, here are some great wines I recommend adding to your own collection! May your dinners be merry and filled with wine and sherry!
Seven Affordable but, Collection Worthy Wines:
- Goats in Villages Shiraz Pinotage & Goats do Roam Red. These are big wines for a killer price. This South African winery with a love for puns creates wines that can stand up to the big boys from France.
- Sebastiani Merlot. Just reading “merlot” you may be conjuring Paul Giamatti’s fabulous quote from Sideways, “I am NOT drinking merlot!” But I’m willing to bet he would drink the Sebastiani Merlot. It’s just so darn good.
- Peter Leyman Shiraz. What can I say, the Aussies really know how to do Shiraz (so much so that they changed the name of this Syrah grape to fit their own accent and the world followed their lead). This spicy Shiraz will age beautifully, its tannins simmering down to allow its fruit and earth undertones take the main stage.
- Francis Ford Coppola Claret. This wine tastes like blueberries. Not in overwhelming way, but in a mind-blowing kind of way. The longer it ages, the more elegant it will become.
- Vintage 2000 Bordeaux. Since it’s hard to ensure you could find the same affordable Bordeaux no matter what state you’re in, it’s safe enough to say that any affordable 2000 vintage Bordeaux will be a great addition to your collection. Bordeaux is the kind of wine that turns non-drinkers heads away so fast, they may as well run. It’s strong. It’s tannic. It’s big. Give it some time and it will become the French magic everyone talks about.
- Caymus One Conundrum. It was about time I added a white wine to the list. That said this is the only white I’ve ever tasted, that drinks like a red. It evolves on the tongue and thereafter, such big and changing flavors that you can’t believe it came from a white. It’ll only get better with time.
- Beaux Freres Oregon Pinot Noir. This guy usually scores really big with Wine Spectator, and the land it comes from happens to be perfect for this fickle grape. Age this baby and it’ll become liquid jewelry.
What are your favorite wines to enjoy at home?