5 Wines You Need to Try

A Day in the Life of a “Wine Connoisseur” 

Wine experts, fledglings and amateurs, take heed: THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY SAYS DRINKING WINE IS GOOD FOR US! I am sure some of you have heard this news over the past several years with the myriad of studies that have surfaced focusing on some of our bad habits. In moderation, wine reduces our risk of heart attack and heart disease, reduces our risk of type 2 diabetes, lowers risk of stroke, cuts risk of cataracts, cuts risk of colon cancer, increases longevity and slows brain decline. (http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/8-health-benefits-of-drinking-wine).  Not only is wine now a beneficial diet factor, but it is an incredibly enjoyable drink and experience all in itself. Not only does wine vary in specs, but it serves as a conversation piece, a celebration staple, a meal companion, and simply but chiefly put- a sensory experience of grandeur.


Here are 5 incredibly affordable wines that I have tried and loved, enjoy!

  1. Old Soul Chardonnay

So, not only does it have a cool name and label, but it tastes great! I picked this one up at my local grocery store randomly and was glad I did. There is nothing better than a nice BIG glass of cold chardonnay, especially in warm weather on your back porch. This wine requires no fancy stemware or ball gowns. The winemaker sites the notes as succulent and crisp, highlighting the flavors of pear, tropical fruit and pineapple. They recommend this wine with chicken, salmon, tilapia, duck, pizza, green salad and pasta. This beauty comes from Lodi, California!

Old Soul Chardonnay

  1. James Bryant Hill Chardonnay

Yes- I know, another Chardonnay- what can I say, there is nothing better than a good Chardonnay! I discovered this wine thanks to a Christmas gift from a friend, I enjoyed it on our hotel balcony, fresh out of the ice chest, in Napa and let me tell you, it doesn’t disappoint! This particular Chardonnay comes from the central coast; this blend is crisp and refreshing, offering aromas of green apple, citrus, tropical fruit and a touch of vanilla. The winemaker recommends this wine with grilled seafood, roast chicken, risotto and salads. http://www.jamesbryanthillwines.com/product/Chardonnay2013?pageID=1E8D87A8-0D20-01D0-1B80-8C36D1FAEC24&sortBy=DisplayOrder&maxRows=2&

  1. Cordi- Estate Malbec- Sutter County

I may be a bit biased with this bottle because it comes from a winery in Sutter County, my hometown, but I will let you be the judge! This was a great holiday bottle of wine, my parents brought it over and it was perfect with our antithetical light snacks and heavy entrees, which for me- constitutes a five star rating.  “Cordi Winery is the first in Sutter County.  When Mother Nature toppled 65% of the almond trees previously planted on the property, the Cordi’s decided to make a dream come true.  The first vines were planted in June 2009 and wine made from the first harvest of those vines received a bronze award in the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.” I have it on good authority that any bottle at this winery won’t disappoint and may even be more delightful to enjoy while sitting on Cordi’s property, looking out at the beautiful Sutter Buttes.

  1. Ruffino Prosecco

If you haven’t had a glass of prosecco, you haven’t lived. I am a champagne lover, but I have to say- Prosecco is like the hot older sister version of champagne. Prosecco is made from “glera” grapes and are primarily made in specific provinces of Northeastern Italy. This specific prosecco comes from a winery that had its beginnings in 1877 in a town near Florence, Italy. This versatile bottle can serve as a cocktail additive or simply served on its own. The pairing suggestions are pizza, fish, shellfish or white meat dishes. ENJOY! http://www.ruffino.com/us/our-wines/prosecco

  1. Handsome Devil- Red Blend

How can you NOT buy a bottle of “Handsome Devil” when it’s staring straight into your soul on aisle 7 of the grocery store?! I bought this bottle for a family dinner we were hosting  at our home for my future father-in-law. I thought it served as appropriate and funny. It was a great buy; the guys drank it with their chicken and potatoes and had no complaints. This sexy little bottle comes from Napa, CA- “alluring fresh raspberry and vanilla aromas lead to a juicy cherry and berry jam flavors and whispers of spice and vanilla. This luscious wine is lively on your palate, with silkily-smooth tannins and a lingering finish.” The winemaker recommends this bottle with ribs, grilled lamb chips, and spaghetti Bolognese. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Petite Syrah form this devilishly delicious blend.


Handsome Devil Red Blend

Whether you prefer light or full bodied, high or low acidity, fruity, dry, American grown or non-domestic grapes, or TRULY if you have NO preference at all- There IS a bottle for you! No need to be well versed in the vast sea of wine characteristics. Keep it simple, open a bottle and try it. Someone once told me to select a couple bottles in your price range, try them alone, if you like one, try it with friends, if you still like it after that, stock up. The “experience of grandeur” is in part due to the uniqueness of each bottle but also due to the environment within which you sip and the company you share while doing so. So- drink up, doctor’s orders!


*Danielle shared this article as a contribution on YogiApproved.com

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