This post has been a long time coming (and honestly took a long time to narrow down the list). If you know me, even for five minutes, you know that I am a wino, a white wino. But I taste and appreciate a lot of different kinds of wine. I enjoy wine in general, the process the way it can taste different from region to region, how many different kinds there are. I am pretty much set on whites, lately mostly sauvignon blanc is the staple but definitely can enjoy an unoaky white (that is the one thing I do not like - oak). For those that don’t know the oak taste comes from the fermentation process, if the wine is stored in an oak barrel for fermentation then the wine ultimately tastes like carrying degrees of the compounds found in the oak, one of which is vanillin (aka “vanilla”). Ok ok I had to google some of that but there ya go - fun fact for the day!
Here is my list of wines that I recommend; domestic and international, white and red (most you can get in DC but others can be shipped easily).
Joel Gott: Sauvignon Blanc: the cheapest option on the list. It’s an easy go to for a light white option that doesn’t break the bank.
Duckhorn: Sauvignon Blanc: light, crisp, refreshing and if you’ve ever been to the vineyard it makes it that much yummier.
Gavi di Gavi: Dry White: A little more like a pinot Grigio and slightly heavier than anything else on my list.
Mapuche: Sauvignon Blanc: A mid body white, easy to drink with a great dinner time wine (or if you’re just casually splitting a bottle with a girlfriend).
Christian Lauverjat: Sancerre: Light in the fruit, citrus and full bodied. And oh so yummy with a little seafood!
And the Reds (I admit that I needed some help on this one) ...
Bedell: Musee: A powerful red with tons of fruity bites.
Brunello di Montepulciano: Strong with an old wood taste but crisp.
Silver Oak: Cabernet Sauvignon: I’m not a big red person but love this one. It’s middle of the road but full.
Amarone della Valpolicella: Rich and grapes! An Italian favorite (and one in my house)!
Coppola: Red Blend: A medium-bodied red wine with aromas of cherries, plums, vanilla and cloves combined with flavors of blueberries, black currant, licorice and sweet oak.