In order to save you time and money, I’ve tasted hundreds of bottles and selected the highest quality, under-$15 wines that I could find. These wines will rotate on a regular basis, but what won’t change is my commitment to providing you with superb, yet affordable, wines that you can enjoy on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays without guilt! Each MTW will also include food pairing notes to make your shopping even easier.
Here is a sample of wines I have chosen for the month of May…
Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2017
I first tasted Mudhouse 19 years ago, the year the first vintage hit Australian shores and it immediately became a favorite. Very traditional Marlborough flavor profile with a backbone of grapefruit and layers of mouthwatering melon, citrus and passionfruit all crafted for your enjoyment. I’ve tasted every vintage since and it is so consistently impressive it’s impossible not to love. It rates 90 almost every year and this vintage is no exception. If you’re planning to eat Thai food or any spicy Asian food, this is the wine to pair with it! Absolute bargain at $12.99
Jean-Luc Colombo ‘Les Abeilles’ 2016
This is a delicious Cote du Rhone at a crazy price. This traditional blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre drinks so well it almost forced its way into MTW Wines. Les Abeilles quite literally means The Bees and is in recognition of the owner’s commitment to the preservation of bees across the planet. Aromas of ripe blackberries and blueberries are so inviting, savor the moment knowing your first sip will put a smile on your face. Mouthfuls of blueberries, red raspberries and spice coats your palate from top to bottom. Way too easy to drink and at $13.99 buy a case and invite some friends over. If you’re into ratings, Wine Enthusiast gave it 90 pts.
CáMaiol Giomé Red Blend- 2016
This wine comes from vineyards on the shores of Lake Garda stretching back into the Morainic Hills and takes advantage of the long hot summers and wonderful cooler breezes coming off the lake in the late afternoon. I was fortunate to visit this region decades ago and believe it is one of the prettiest places in Europe. No wonder the wines from this region are impressive.
Despite seeing no oak, this medium bodied wine has plenty of structure and attitude. This blend of Groppello, Marzemino, Barbera and Sangiovese is soft and approachable on the palate with the mouthfeel introducing you to impressive layers of dominate red fruits and subtle plum, blueberries and spices on a long finish. This is a wine light enough to drink through summer around the grill and big enough to match heavier Italian meat dishes. Absolute bargain at $13.99.
Click here to view online May’s selection of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday wines.
Peter Ryan, Wine Director
Vine & Table