Better with wine


Joe's Wine of the Month, May 2016

If I were exiled to a remote island with an infinite variety of food but only one specific wine, this one would be it.

This is a list to help me remember what I liked so when I walk into my neighborhood liquor store (which isn’t actually in in neighborhood, but is close enough), I can show Ritchie, Brad, Sisco, Andrew or Mike my running list, and they can recommend new wines that I might enjoy. Because real, live people are better than algorithms.

We drink mainly in the $12-25/bottle category, so if you’re looking for super-fancy wine recommendations, you’ll have to look elsewhere. Also, if you’re looking for actual reviews and entertaining wine commentary, skip this list and instead pay a visit to Conrad over at The Wine Wankers (g’day!).

And yes, I would have a “Better with Chocolate” page, too; but I haven’t ever met dark chocolate that I didn’t like, so there’s no point keeping a list.

  1. Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
  2. Shooting Star Aligote 2014
  3. Domaine Jacky Preys et Fils Touraine Cuvée de Fié Gris 2015
  4. La Scolca Gavi 2015 White Label
  5. Otto’s Constant Dream Sauvignon Blanc
  6. Forged Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
  7. Figuière Côtes de Provence – Signatures Magali 2016
  8. Domaine du Crampilh Madrian 2012
  9. Altocedro Año Cero Tempranillo 2013
  10. Slight of Hand Cellars – The Spellbinder 2013
  11. Domaine Pral Bourgogne Blanc 2014
  12. Klinker Brick Albarino 2015
  13. Château Peybonhomme-Les-Tours Côtes de Blaye 2014
  14. Cooper Mountain Pinot Noir 2013
  15. Cooper Mountain Chardonnay 2015
  16. Montechez Limited Cabernet Franc 2013
  17. Montechez Reserve Malbec 2014
  18. Montechez Reserve Chardonnay 2015
  19. Paris Valley Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
  20. Amity Vineyards White Pinot Noir 2015
  21. Chateau de la Chaize Brouilly 2012
  22. Alamos Torrontes 2013
  23. Remo Farina Valpolicella Ripasso 2012
  24. Secret Cellars Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2013
  25. Domaine Soleyrade Côtes du Rhône 2015
  26. Tyrus Evan Ciel du Cheval Claret 2012
  27. El Corazon Jumilla 2013
  28. Domaine De La Madrière Vieilles Vignes Fleurie 2011
  29. Picpoul de Pinet “Terre des Treize Vents” 2015 Domaine des Laurier
  30. Jaffelin Crémant De Bourgogne Blanc De Blancs Brut
  31.  Enrique Mendoza La Tremenda Monastrell Alicante 2014
  32.  Clos Du Mont-Olivet Côtes du Rhône 2013
  33. Kiona Lemberger 2013
  34. Slingshot Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013
  35. Starborough Sauvignon Blanc
  36. J Wilkes Santa Maria Valley Pinot Blanc 2014
  37. Lagar de Indra Albarino 2015
  38. Corvidae The Keeper Cabernet Franc 2012
  39. JCB No. 21 Brut Crémant de Bourgogne
  40. Gerard Bertrand Cote Des Roses 2014
  41. Christian Simon Chablis 2014
  42. Elqui Carménère Syrah Malbec 2013
  43. Elqui Carménère 2013
  44. Domaine de Chateaumar Perle de Rose 2015
  45. Domaine de Couron Cuvée Marie Dubois Syrah 2012 Côtes du Rhône
  46. Domaine Albert Bichot 2012 Savigny Les Beaune, Burgundy
  47. Albert Bichot Viré-Clessé Burgundy 2012
  48. Bergevin Lane Calico Red 2012 Red Blend
  49. Chateau Fuisse “JJ Vincent” Bourgogne Blanc 2013