I was thinking, as usual, about the bad news. I have some friends with Credit-Suisse, and I was thinking of them as I read that the Swiss bank is cutting 5,300 jobs.
But what about some good news? In these times of doom and gloom with the economy, I was thinking about the go-to wine I always buy when I am feeling the pinch when I am in the United States. I am talking about the $20 to $30 bottles that taste like $40 or $60 bottles. The wines that make you feel good but don’t make you get nervous about the price.
Many of you probably already share my choice, but the wine I always buy is Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma County, in any vintage. Of course, the 2007 is this year’s No. 10 in our Top 100. So, it’s hardly a secret. But I like all the vintages. I have never had anything but a delicious bottle. And it is usually around $20 in the supermarket or wine shop, and $40 in a restaurant. I love the bright and aromatic quality of the fruit with hints of chocolate and loads of berries. The tannins are integrated and balanced. It’s simply delicious.
In Italy, I usually look to recent vintages of Chianti Classico to give me very good quality for the money. You can get excellent bottles for similar prices as the Seghesio both in wine shops and restaurants. The latter, especially simple trattorias, usually sells its wines for the same price, or just slightly more, than the enoteca, or wine shops. I love the CC’s from Querciabella and Felsina at the moment, but there are many others.
I would like to start a list of wines that you recommend that is similar quality for the money so I can give them a try when I am in California over the holidays with my kids. I will use this as a guide to buy some of them, and then let you know what I think. So please post. We can all share. Thanks!