Thirsty Monday through Friday?

February 2012
Written By: 
James Ginley

Try these simple but satisfying wines if you’re looking for a midweek winner




Zenato Pinot Grigio delle Venezie 2010
Italy, $10.99
The ever-popular Pinot Grigio grape is best when from northern Italy and Oregon, where it’s known as Pinot Gris. Aromatic, somewhat sweet, with medium-low acidity and appealing fruit. Goes well with quick meals like salads and other lighter dishes. An anytime white wine that won’t overpower the simplest food.


St. Francis Sonoma Chardonnay 2008
California, $12.99
Whole fruit clusters are pressed to enhance the fruit character, and secondary malolactic fermentation helps enrich the flavor and reduce the harshness of the young grapes. Oak aging adds to the fruit flavors of melon and apple.  Pairs well with creamy chicken dishes, pasta casseroles in white sauce and even macaroni and cheese.


Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel 2009      
California, $8.99
A super value wine that delivers big taste for little money. Small crops of this American grape make a concentrated flavor of raspberry and blackberry. Serve with any barbecue dish or grilled hamburgers for a midweek celebration.


Cotes du Rhone Le Grand Jas 2009
France, $9.99
A blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan, all sturdy Rhone Valley grapes. Ripe fruit and the full-bodied flavor of cherry makes a rich concentrated mix that complements meatloaf perfectly. Also good with stews and pot roast-hearty dishes for this time of year.


Terrazas Malbec 2008
Argentina, $9.99
With its grapes harvested from a vineyard 3,500 feet above sea level, this simple yet tasty red goes well with pulled pork and the shredded beef found in Mexican dishes like fajitas and chimichangas.  Intense fruit aromas of plum and raisin, with medium body and a spice finish. This wine pairs well with any spicy cuisine or exotic dish.


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