Thursday, March 12, 2009

Belated/early Wine Wednesday 2: update on wedding wines!

I have a confession to make: I haven't been drinking much wine lately.

One of the semi-irritating things about wine is the size it's bottled in -- too much for two lightweights like myself and Econo Boy to consume in a single evening, unless we're committed to vegging in front of the TV for the rest of the night. Given the amount of work we've both had to do lately, sacrificing entire evenings isn't something we can do regularly. Sometimes we like to have a glass apiece and cork the rest of the bottle for the next night, but the mileage on that varies wildly. Tannic red wines usually taste good the next day, but fruitier ones rarely survive the evening without turning vinegary.

Our saviors when I'm thirsting for some wine? Inexpensive whites. Since we chill them in the fridge, they seem to be more reliable the second day. We've recently been enjoying Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc, from New Zealand. This was a wine someone brought to our engagement party, and I found it both surprising and delicious -- richer than I normally expect from Sauvignon Blanc, with a lovely caramel hint around the edges.

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The price is a bit variable, but you should be able to find this widely-sold wine for around $11 or $12 a bottle.

Thus far, here are the front-runners for our wedding wines. We decided it was best to go in with 4 or 5 choices apiece for red and white, so that if prices have changed or there is a special sale, we can be flexible. The nominees are:

Hogue Cellars Pinot Grigio, Oregon (light, playful, charming)
Gimenez Riili Torrontes, Argentina (crisp, bright, yummy)
Las Brisas White, Spain (rich, floral)
Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand (slight caramel overtones, rich)

A Montepulcianno d'Abruzzo from Italy (dry, light, a great food wine)
Domaine des Rozets Coteaux du Tricastin, France (light, fruity, charming)
Xplorador Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile (spicy, tannic)
A Malbec from Argentina (usually full-bodied and fruity)

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