Holiday Wine Gifts - Part I
1) Penfold Grange - Try 2006 Penfold Koonunga Hill Shiraz- Cabernet for about $7 at Costco.
Of course, these aren't exactly comparable but you can save about 98% and the wine is quite good. And it need to age - a wine for Ryan's cellar So if your man wants to start a wine cellar here's a good start at a reasonable price. Age about three years ( one to ten?)
2) Less expensive Bordeaux - Substitute Merlot or Cab from Red Diamond or Columbia Crest.
Buy it on sale at Safeway for about $7 and save almost half. These wines are fruitier and friendlier to the American palate.
3) Why spend upwards of $50 for a highly rated Malbec from Argentina, when you can buy 2007 Pascual Toso Malbec for about $7 at Costco? Actually, it was highly rated by the Wine Spectator.
4) Looking for something spiritual to replace the old materialism? Try the 05 Ruah from Desert Wind. This cosmic wine will only set you back about $12 on sale in Seattle at Pete's. Just think a glass of Ruah and you will be full of the cosmic spirit. This wine's got soul!
5) Discover Balboa Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet for only twenty bucks or so. Tom Glase and his partner were prescient in designing these consumer friendly wines at reasonable price just in time for the " worst recession since the depression." The Merlot is the friendliest and fruitiest, the Cab the biggest.*
6) A Fine Old English Claret - Try 2006 Basel Cellars Claret from Walla Walla. It's young, it's fresh, it's balanced, it's medium bodied, good fruit - just what a claret should be for about $20.*
Look for Part II in a few days.