I can't believe I've never done a blog about one of my favorite things. Wine! So when I restocked the bar cart today I decided to share some of our everyday favorites. Here is our cart, filled to the brim in a corner of the dining room. Not bad for a $50 Craigslist purchase.
Atteca Old Vines 2008, a Garnacha from Spain. It's our go to wine to have with pizza. We've been buying this one since the 2005 vintage and each time you go from one vintage to another it is a little harsh so if you have the time (and money) try to buy enough so you can store it for awhile. Winespectator rated the 2007 vintage a 90 and had the following tasting notes:
Here is a new favorite everyday red we just had for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Olivares Altos De La Hoya 2008, a Monastrell from Spain.
Mostly we drink red wines but in the summer I love a good white, so refreshing on a hot day. This year I've been drinking whatever Gruner Veltliner I can get my hands on, which isn't much since there are only a few choices in the wine store. Hopler Gruner Veltliner 2008 from Austria. I couldn't figure out how to get that double dot-thingy over the o and the u so you'll have to use your imagination.All bottles shown are under $15. French and Italian wines tend to be my favorites but they get pricey. To find better prices without going too New World check out Spain, Chile, and Austria. Bottoms up!