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Recession Wine List

I watch a show on TV every Sunday morning and at the end of the show the host asks his guests “Tell me something I don’t know.” I watch the evening news week nights and basically this is what I am asking, in my mind, of the newscasters. Tell me something I do not know. So imagine my surprise a couple of weeks ago, when on the nightly national news, the newscaster tells his audience that the government issued a news release that said we are in a recession.

Now that it is official, and we can all talk about it, here in no particular order is my Recession Wine List. Feel free to e-mail this article to friends and people on your e-mail distribution list so it can get out to everyone. Maybe it will even make the national news.

Canyon Oaks – Chardonnay, Merlot, White Zinfandel, Cabernet, Zinfandel, Syrah, 750 ml for $3.99 - $5.00. The 1.5 liter sized bottle starts at $6.99. I wrote about Canyon Oaks in a previous article Hey Jim, what’s in YOUR cellar? . I really like the Zinfandel and the Merlot and they are good wines with plenty of fruit with a low amount of tannin. This is a great wine choice selection with a large Papa Murphy’s Classic Italian and a salad of Boston bib lettuce and a vine ripened tomato with Balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Four people can have a meal with a couple of pieces of pizza and a glass of nice wine for under $20.

Let’s not forget a good and inexpensive 2005 Bordeaux, from France and especially the 2005 – Bordeaux Grande Reserve de Beau-Rivage that I wrote about last spring, Grande Reserve de Beau-Rivage . I got a few extra bottles just last week from Geerlings and Wade online. Here is the link if you need it: Geerlings and Wade

Given the state of things, and depending on if you need a pick me up, you might want some bubbly from someplace other than France. I had very good luck from a nice Zardetto Prosecco from Italy. You can get it from Wine.com for around $12.50. I got my bottles for just under $12.00 on sale from a local liquor outlet. OR you might prefer some Cristalino Brut Cava from Spain. I liked this one brand so much that I purchased a case two years ago. It costs between $6 and $8 per bottle depending on where you get it – online or local.

We can’t leave a couple of the Italians off the list. I have gone back several times for a couple of bottles each of these two Sicilians from time to time since writing this review. Try this Delightful Sicilian Wine! . The red is $9 and the white is $7.

I picked up a nice Montes Classic Series Merlot 2006 from the D.O. Colchagua Valley, Chile when I was picking up my Heidsiech & Co Monopole Blue Top Champagne Brut for Thanksgiving. It was on sale for $7.99 and it was terrific. The color of the wine in my glass, the fruit with a little pepper taste, slight oak; well as I said, – it was terrific. I will be going back for more of this while I can get it for this price. The everyday price is $10.99 and with my 15% case discount will bring the price down to $6.79.

My idea for creating this list was to come up with a case where you could get two or three bottles of each selection and with a mixed case discount of between 10 and 15% bring down the price for the case to under $100.

I sincerely hope that you are doing O.K. and that things in your neck of the woods are alright. Watch for my article about switching to a career in the wine industry. If you need a hand or are looking for career possibilities in 2009, this might be up your alley.

All the best,

Jim Fortune, The BellaOnline Wine Guy

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