WINE PICKS OF THE WEEK: Go to Costco in New Hampshire and check out the Eroica Riesling from Washington State. This is a 92-point rated wine (Wine Enthusiast) selling for $16.69. Its orange aromas and clean, semi-dry taste will transport you to a resort island, where you’ll pine for scallops and crab or maybe a nice spicy Asian dish. It’s a leisurely sipper too.
Another Costco find is a 2011 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc at $14.99. This same brand was on sale at N.H. State Liquor outlets for $17.99 several weeks ago, and now you can get an additional $3 off. Crawford’s wine comes from Marlborough, New Zealand, the same location where the pricier Cloudy Bay is produced. By why pay more for the same quality taste: clean and fresh and full of tangerine aromas and citrusy tastes. Try this with pan-seared scallops, baked haddock and other white fish. Or sip it.
My third pick is Troublemaker, a red blend that is so ripe in fresh fruit and velvety dry on the finish that you’ll swear you were drinking a $50 bottle. When I sampled this wine from Paso Robles a month ago, it sold for $14.99. Unfortunately, it’s gaining a reputation. The price has climbed to $18.99 and you should load up before the next increase. It’s available at Tutto Bene in downtown Lowell.
Finally, there are many good bargain wines below $12. They contain quality juice and are made expertly by top wine-producers. I’m going on the hunt this weekend, following up on a list I’ve been compiling for weeks now. I’ll share this list with you next week. Do you have any you want to share?
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