Descendientes De J. Palacios Pétalos 2010, Do Bierzo, Spain. $23.95 (675207)
Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of meeting and tasting with the artistic maker of these wines, Alvaro Palacios. His vibrant personality is contagious and his wines exude his raw passion. This wine is full of plush ripe fruit and fresh forest and it lingers in your mouth for minutes. Get some of these while you can, they will be sold out fast. A perfect wine for your favorite braised meat dish.
Canonica A Cerreto Chianti Classico Riserva 2007, Docg, Tuscany, Italy. $18.95 (275867)
Volpaia Chianti Classico 2009, Docg, Tuscany, Italy. $23.95 (953828)
I don’t care which one of these you buy, but you should buy one if you are lover of Chianti’s and eating red meaty sauces. They are obviously different, but both have a nice dark fruit and dried herb nose and cover your tongue nicely with a mouth watering finish. They will match perfectly with your meat lasagna.
Ewald Gruber Hundspoint Grüner Veltliner 2011, Weinviertel, Neiderösterreich, Austria. $17.95 (298299)
Grüner Veltliner is a perfect party wine. If you are new to it, its like a mix of Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s nose is sweet, yet herbaceous – It’s body has some viscosity, but is not too thick – and its finish is peppery and not too acidic. This wine mingles well with a wide range of food and will please many party people.