Wines to Get You Through Isolation & Social Distancing
We've put together a list of everyday, ready-to-drink-now wines that are perfect whether you're pairing them for a dinner with self-quarantined household or having a Zoom happy hour with friends.
1. Domaine Boisson Cote-du-Rhone 2016
A very good value. It has character and layers of flavor going more in the direction of minerality. It's best with beef or lamb or hearty casseroles.
2. Sella & Mosca Cannonau 2018
A terrific wine from Sardinia and a perpetual favorite. Made from Grenache. Warm and intense with a complex bouquet of violet, rose, cherry and currant with elegant nuances of spice. Full, robust, warm and generous with a persistent, silky finish.
3. Confidencial Reserve Tinto 2016
This aromatic Portuguese blend of at least 10 different varieties is both juicy and rich. Fine tannins steal through the black fruits to give both a rich structure and density. The wine with its bright acidity at the end is ready to drink. 90 Points Wine Enthusiast.
4. Casa Santos Lima Portuguese Red Blend 2018
A wonderful full bodied blend. It's like a beef pot roast - hearty and rich with a nice peppery nose. 90 Pts. Wine Enthusiast.
5. Alhambra Malbec 2019
A single vineyard Malbec that is hand harvested and elegant with red fruits, a hint of cocoa and great acidity.
6. Gravel Bar Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
From Washington State, taking its name from the Graves region of Bordeaux known for its prime soil for the growing Cabernet Sauvignon. Black cherry, black olive, and chocolate mingle with vanilla, cedar, and toasted hazelnut. The finish is long-lasting, with a rush of flavors and elegant tannins embracing the palate. Not quite as fruit forward as similarly priced California Cabernets.
7. La Carraia Sangiovese 2019
A fruity, fine tannined red with cherry, light chocolate and vanilla aromas and flavors. Medium bodied with a creamy textured finish. A real deal.
8. Poppy Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
A great value from Paso Robles, this wine over delivers for the price. It is full flavored but with a sleek, lean body. Lots of great fruit but done deftly so that it's not just another fruity Cali cab where many fall at this price range.
5. Ermita San Felices Rioja Blanco 2018
A tasty, fresh and crisp white with bright acidity and a clean finish. Organically grown grapes. Great with seafood and a perfect aperitif.
6. Les Carisannes Sauvignon Blanc 2018
A Loire Valley classic showing aromas and flavors of citrus, fresh herbs, and minerals. It is lighter in weight and texture than Sancerre but has a similar character and could be called a baby Sancerre. An incredible value.
7. Rouviano Verdicchio Classico 2019
This white has a fresh, zesty nose with apricot and orchard fruit aromas, and a hint of white flower and citrus. The palate has minerality and texture with ripe stone fruit and grapefruit characters, refreshing lemon citrus acidity, a touch of salinity, and a crisp finish.
8. Borell Diehl Muller-Thurgau Trocken 2019
Dry, crisp and tart with loads of green apple, some mild acidity, and a lot of earthy mineral. Pairs well with Chinese food, Thai take out, and pizza - anything spicy. An amazing value from an off the beaten track grape. Comes in a liter sized bottle. Only 12.5% alcohol. Certified Vegan.
1. Basa Rueda 2019
A blend of Verdejo and Viura from Spain. Really juicy and mouth filling with great texture. Floral and herbaceous on the nose with flavors of citrus and pear. Hard to put down.
2. La Carraia Orvieto Classico 2019
Bright and crisp with citrus, peach and minerals. A perfect aperitivo.
3. Seaglass Sauvignon Blanc 2019
A classic Santa Barbara County Sauvignon Blanc with exhilarating aromas of lemon, lime, grapefruit and fresh cut grass. Clean and crisp with gooseberry, tangerine and a touch of minerality. Zingy acidity and a lightly tart finish.
4. Cantina del Taburno Falanghina del Sannio 2019
Crisp acidity enlivens flavors of Honeycrisp apple and blanched almond zest in this balanced, light- to medium-bodied white, with a touch of pink grapefruit. Juicy plumpness ending with a snap of chalky mineral on the finish. 90 Pts. Wine Spectator. One of our favorites.
9. Blanville Elixir d'Amour Chardonnay 2019
A delightful, terroir-driven Southern French Chardonnay that exudes robust flavors of baked apples & pear, alongside white flowers & earth. The blend contains 10% Roussanne. Organic & biodynamic.