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November 10, 2009

Don’t forget there’s other colors.

Filed under: classic Chablis,Costco wines,French Whites,good white wine,rose — Dex Wineslacker @ 4:13 pm
Three French beauties

Three French beauties

There are some great white and rosé wines out there that should not be overlooked.  Your fruit-bomb Shiraz from Oz may not be the one to match up with the jumbo scallops you just paid $18 a pound for.  Here are a few inexpensive bright spots on the market now.

Chateau de Fountgraves, 2007, Pic Saint Loup Rose (Coteaux Du Languedoc, don’t ya just love that French) picked up at Cost + (World Market – whatever).  A fine, fruity but dry rosé from an underrated appellation.  We don’t recall now, but in the Summer this was probably under $11.  Rosés are delightful and provided they are not too bland, as some are, a beautiful food wine.

Caves Des Perrières, Pouilly Fumé, from the Loire Valley, 2008, this minerally Sauvignon Blanc has been available regularly at Trader Joe’s for an astounding $9.95.  It is without the grassy taste typical of many Sauvignon Blancs and crisp, clean, fruity but dry.  The perfect accompaniment to those expensive scallops. Refreshing and delicious.

Chateau Rives-Blanques, 2005, Cuvée de L’Odyssée, Limoux Chardonnay.  Costco carries it for all of $15.99.  A captivating Chardonnay, without the cloying oak of California Chards.  This is clean and voluptuous, fantastic with soft cheeses.  The ‘slacker had it with a nice Camembert.  With fruit and a baguette, this is a luxurious lunch.  Don’t forget one of the ‘slackers all time favs frequently at Costco, along with other fine wine sellers, Le Chablisienne, the wine that takes back the reputation of real Chablis at a price we can afford, about $16.  Remember, Chablis is a place, not a grape.

Last, but far from least, a great buy in sparklers, at Whole Foods, for about $11, J.P. Chenet, Blanc du Blanc.  A tasty, not bland, sparkling wine from France, but not Champagne. Great any time, and would make a great New Years party wine at this price. And what a great bottle! Even a little depression on the side for your thumb; it’ll make your guests feel special. Happy 2010!  Terrific with a bird, with salads and light soups; also with cheeses.

You noticed these are all French? Well, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some whites and rosés from other places that are great too.  Germany, California, certainly Italy, New Zealand, Long Island and the Finger Lakes in New York.  But don’t miss out on these French lovelies at great prices and wide availability. Cheers!

January 19, 2007

Filed under: Costco wines,Italian Barbera,wine blogs — Dex Wineslacker @ 12:25 am

Costco hits again. It’s always a trip for the Wineslacker to visit Costco. Sometimes a bad trip. However, last Monday (Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, Thanks Martin.) during an afternoon visit to pick up another bottle of that French floozie, La Chablisienne, we happened to (hell, can’t resist) pick up an Italian rascal with a Costco rave planted above it. What could the ‘slacker lose? $7.99 to be exact. Marchesi di Barolo’s Maraia (Rascal) Barbera Monferrato. Well, they were effusive and we’re cheap. Happily, they were telling it like it is, as we’d say in the 70’s. Not a great bouquet, but that first mouthful; wow. Intense dried fruit. Pleasant finish, firm but balanced tannins… for the price, or actually for twice the price, a real bargain. Again, another really lovely Barbera. Simple, very pleasing, drinkable right now. Hearty, but not ball-buster at 13.5% alcohol. Buono!Always a scene, wandering around Costco with the diverse population explosions; huge shopping baskets, mobs of kids, going from cheap leather couches to odd appliances to mounds of shirts or jeans or velvet jackets; then running into bright eyed, single, middle aged men, with little paper lists in their fists and reading glasses perched on their noses. In the middle of the wine section, drooling. Right there with the Wineslacker.

We have to say, in the last few weeks, we’ve learned to look at the wine industry in a new way, with more respect for the older producers, especially the Europeans, through the eyes of two very experienced winos and bloggers, whom we think our readers will enjoy also; Eric Azimov on “The Pour” wine critic for the New York Times, and fiesty dancer, Alice Feiring, Wine and Travel columnist for Time Magazine. Check it out, dude.

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