House Reds 2006 Clos Siguier, AOC Cahors (France) $12.99 - Made from Malbec grapes. Inviting nose of spice and cloves. Medium bodied with good concentration of wild plummy flavors. Great value and very food friendly 2006 Solane Santi Valpollicella Classico Superiore Ripasso (Italy) $13.99 - Baked red cherries, coffee, smoke, spice and tiny hints of vanilla. Very well balanced and integrated wine. Smooth, generous, yet elegant. 2005 Quinta dos Aciprestes Tinto, Douro DOC (Portugal) $11.99 - Portuguese wines are making great headway all over these days, and are great value. Made from the traditional Port grape varieties, this wine has a vibrant, ripe red fruit character, yet shows restraint. Definitely a wine for the table. 2005 Montecillo Crianza, Viña Cumbrero, Rioja (Spain) $8.99 - Amazing value wine. Packed with ripe fruit, strawberry, cherry notes mingling with toasty vanilla. Medium bodied and very smooth.
House Whites 2006 Chateau du Champs des Treilles, Sainte Foy, Bordeaux Blanc (France) $13.99 - Biodynamic producer, extremely passionate about his vines and wines. The wine has an ethereal elegance, yet has great depth and length on the palate. Beautifully balanced with aromas and flavors of roses, stone fruit, pepper and a tangy piquant note. 2007 Albariño, Burgans, Rías Baixas (Spain) $12 - Albariño seems to be taking the U.S by storm. This one is great value. Refreshing with lots of ripe bright fruit, peach, nectarine, citrus and some floral notes. 2007 Funtanin, DOC Roero Arneis (Italy) $12 - From Roero in the northern Piedmont region, and made from the almost forgotten Arneis grape variety. Lovely pear, tangerine and melon fruit with notes of almonds and white flowers. Good viscosity, medium bodied. Works well on it own or with food. 2007 Lugano "San Benedetto, Zenato (Italy) $12 - Extremely pleasing and versatile wine. Delicate stone fruit with honeyed, exotic and mineral notes. For those who don't want to buy a full 12 bottle case of a particular wine, many stores still give the discount on a mixed case. Always ask. And when you bring the case home, try to store it in a cool, dry spot - around 50-55 degrees F and away from direct sunlight. The exact temperature is not as important as maintaining a steady even temperature. Wine suffers most when temperatures go up and down all the time. Enjoy scouting out the perfect house wine. It is great fun, even before you get to drink it. Until next week... Related: Wine: What Are You Drinking? (Image: Flickr member bignoseduglyguy licensed for use under Creative Commons)