My, for the ongoing wine search here in Phoenix, 2012 was truly all over the board. But there were a few standouts, including new easy-to-drink party wines, some surprising whites, affordable dinner wines, big reds, and really savory Cabernets. So just in case you didn’t get around to tasting these, here’s a nicely linked roundup:
Keeping that pocketbook under control is always a big part of planning for get-togethers. Here are two great wines that not only do that, but are fine to drink before and after the food’s served:
Dominican Oaks Cabernet and Peterson’s Zero Manipulation Red Blend
Nice Big Reds
Even the French & Spanish wines made the scene here with the robust reds. As the international trend toward adding wines to the lineup that are just plain “tooth stainers” continues, we get to enjoy these mouth satisfying products. Here are seven. The first 3 are American and the second 3 are French and the third is Spanish:
Sextant Zinfandel, Peachy Canyon Zinfandels, Zichichi Zinfandel, Chateau Maris Syrah, Domaine de la Renjarde Red Blend, Dept 66 Granache, Matsu El Picaro.
No round of appetizers is complete without offering a white wine appealing to nearly everyone who is lining up at the counter. Here are a couple that do a great job in this department and are also sure to garner many positive comments:
Beringer’s Alluvium, Mondavi Napa Chardonnay
Like to spritz lots of lemon on that seafood? Then try these zesty white wines right along with. Wow, there were more choices of this style to pick from this year:
Ancient Peaks Sauvignon Blanc, Martino Old Vine PX, Rousseau Colombard
Affordable Red Dinner Wines
Often called “pass-arounds” these are just perfect for a family gathering at the kitchen table. Here are a few red wines to circulate among family and friends with big plates of pasta:
Tormaresca Niprica, Noceto Sangiovese, Bliss Schoolhouse Red
Classic Cabernets and Cab Blends
No big beef meal is complete without a robust Cabernet Sauvignon. These can be blended to be almost pure Cabernet and are also interesting when other grapes are added to the mix. These are more expensive, but if you like it luscious, these are sure to please:
Joseph Phelps Cabernet, Franciscan “Magnificat” Cabernet blend
Oops, where’re the Pinot Noirs? That’s next year!
Remember: Consume alcohol responsibly, and your 2013 will be all that it should be.
Happy New Year…