Whenever I do a Q&A I get asked about my favorite wines, so I thought it would be fun to do a quick little list today. I am in no means a wine expert. I do think I have decent taste in wine (I grew up in a restaurant and my dad IS an actual real wine expert. So I think a little of that rubbed off on me from constantly being around nice wine.)
Nine of My Favorite Wines
I rarely drink white wine. I’m just more of a red wine girl. When I do drink white (it is nice in the afternoon and when it’s very hot!) I love a crisp (usually New Zealand) Sauvignon Blanc. My two favs are Oyster Bay and Prophecy. I don’t drink rosé much either (that changes when the weather warms up!) but when I do it’s usually Whispering Angel. Basic, I know… but really good!
We (my family) have always been big Josh Cellars people.
It’s affordable, easy to find, and really, really good! (I will note that I have been influenced by my family here- the owner Joe Carr is a friend of my parents and he was a regular at our family restaurant. So it was always around at our house on the Cape and now in Charleston but I buy it here too!). I always have a few bottles of the pinot and cab on hand. That’s probably my everyday wine. Not that I have wine everyday but you know what I mean. 😉
My most favorite wines (for more of a splurge) are always Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley in Oregon.
My sister and I went six years ago (photo diary/where we went in this blog post!) and that’s when I fell in love with Domaine Serene. The Evenstad Reserve is one of the best wines I’ve ever had… last year I treated myself to a case for my birthday and I have been savoring it… I actually still have two bottles left that I’m saving for a special occasion. For something a little more reasonable from the Willamette I also love Montinore.
And when I want something rich you cannot go wrong with a good French Bordeaux.
I discovered this wine (another splurge!) via Caudalie – it’s from their vineyard. It’s a little hard to find but it’s amazing. And a more recent discovery/obsession is Clarendelle. It’s under $20 and tastes like an $80 Bordeaux (the 2015 Bordeaux is my personal favorite – stock up if you find it!!!!)
PS – you should also check out my favorite orange wines!