6 Wines to Drink This Week


The Wine Shop—Rocky Ridge Western

• 2012, Domaine Laroque, France $10

(I’m a sucker for value-priced gems from off-the-beaten-path regions. This 100% Cabernet Franc is from the Languedoc region of France. Historically, this region was known more for it’s massive output of wine than high quality, but that’s changing—and there are plenty of deals for those in the know. Pair this juicy, mid-weight red with everything from sausage and peppers to beef stew.)

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• 2013, Burgans, Albariño, Spain $12

(Vinous 90 pt., If you’ve ever been to one of my tastings in the spring or summer, then you’ve probably heard me rave about Albariño—it’s one of my favorite, off-the-beaten path white wines. This lip-smacking, medium-bodied Spanish gem is awesome even in this cooler fall weather. Serve it alongside everything from fish tacos to spicy Asian noodle salad).


 • 2014, Albert Brichot, Chablis, France $16

(3 words: Step. Back. Jack. This crisp, unoaked Chardonnay from Burgundy is just what the doctor ordered for lump crab salad, raw oysters or by the glass after a jog around the block. Oh, yeah—Despite what Mr. Rossi says, Chablis is a real place in Burgundy.)


 • 2009, Bodegas Abanico Cathar, Spain $15

(WS 92 pt., I love Spanish reds, especially when I can find deals from Ribera del Duero—IMHO a better spot for Tempranillo than Rioja. Anyhow, it’s hearty enough for your favorite grilled steak or thinly sliced smoked brisket. I’m also a fan of this wine with dark chocolate. Just sayin’. )


 • 2012, Chateau La Verrière, France $9

(WE 9o pt., A super-drinkable Bordeaux for under 10 bucks. This mostly Cab and Merlot blend hails from Bordeaux Supérieur, a region within Bordeaux. This wine packs a punch, but is surprisingly soft, which makes it ideal with everything from grilled, fully loaded burgers to grilled lamb chops. You can buy this by the case. Can’t go wrong.)


 • 2011, Famille Perrin, Côtes du Rhône Villages, France $11

(If there are any bottles of this left by the time I’m through, then I suggest you grab one or two for yourself. This is my go-to Thanksgiving wine. A traditional, full-bodied blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre, this dude can easily ride the rollercoaster of textures and flavors at any large gathering.)


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