February 18, 2006 / Sponsored Content / Red, White, & Bubbly

My Best Buys

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Did you ever go into a wine shop, ready to buy a good tasting bottle of wine and run into that dreaded “wine snob” attitude?

Well, we probably all have, and I just don’t understand it. If you went into a Ferrari dealership and let on that you didn’t quite understand how electronic ignition or fuel injection worked, no salesman would ever act snooty. They’d tell you to just get in, drive the car and enjoy, right?

That’s why I work hard at picking out my Best Buys every month: so you can just open a bottle, pour a glass and enjoy it, knowing that you got a great deal, too.

Every month I taste at least 200 wines, searching out the real values for you, and one way I bring them to you is in my Best Buys selection: four delicious wines that I sell for less that $10 each that taste like you paid more for them.

Sometimes, one may be a wine that usually sells for 3, 4 or even 5 dollars more, but I’ve bought a big enough order to bring down the price. Sometime one may be the end of a vintage, drinking well, but that the wholesaler needed to move out to make room for an incoming shipment.

What remains constant is that every one of these Best Buys is a wine that I drink myself. The write-ups are my own, too. I tell you what I think of the wines, and what you can expect from them. Terrific wines, great prices ... and no attitude!

Darrin’s Best Buys for February

Plaimont, Les Vignes Retrouvées Organically grown! Made from Gros Manseng, Courbu and Arrufiac, (rediscovered vines) grapes native to its home of Gascony, this crisp, dry white has plenty of citrus flavor and fresh, mouthwatering acidity. The nose is enchanting, with lovely fruit & florals.

Gran Solbiera, Ribeiro Ribeiro, in the northwest Spain on the Portugese border, is undergoing a winemaking Renaissance because of wines like this! Made from a blend of Treixadura (tastes like Albariño, at half the price!) and Torrontes, this refreshing white is an all-around seafood wine. Great with shellfish!

Condamine Bertrand, Coteaux du Languedoc from a family that makes some of the most highly regarded wines in Languedoc, this classic blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignane & Mourvedre is deep red with purple highlights. Flavors of red currant, plum and cherries, full bodied and silky in texture. Spicy, crystallized fruit aromas. You can taste the sunshine in your glass!

Cheapskate, Skinflint Please, don’t hold on to any preconceived prejudices about rosé wines! This one is nothing at all like the sweet “blush” soft drinks passing as wine. Made from a Bordeaux style blend of Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon, this is serious (and seriously good!) wine, made to be drink chilled with almost anything! Here’s proof that you don’t have to spend big to drink well!

This paid feature is prepared by Red White & Bubbly,
211 Fifth Ave. (between Union and President streets) in Park Slope. Phone (718) 636-9463.
“Fine wines, great spirits, no attitude!”
Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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