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.

  • Domaine de Chateaumar Perle de Rose 2015 (repeat – we drink it a lot)
  • Domaine Jacky Preys et Fils Touraine Cuvée de Fié Gris 2015
  • La Scolca Gavi 2015 White Label
  • Otto’s Constant Dream Sauvignon Blanc
  • Forged Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
  • Figuière Côtes de Provence – Signatures Magali 2016
  • Domaine du Crampilh Madrian 2012
  • Altocedro Año Cero Tempranillo 2013
  • Slight of Hand Cellars – The Spellbinder 2013
  • Domaine Pral Bourgogne Blanc 2014
  • Klinker Brick Albarino 2015
  • Château Peybonhomme-Les-Tours Côtes de Blaye 2014
  • Cooper Mountain Pinot Noir 2013
  • Cooper Mountain Chardonnay 2015
  • Montechez Limited Cabernet Franc 2013
  • Montechez Reserve Malbec 2014
  • Montechez Reserve Chardonnay 2015
  • Paris Valley Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
  • Amity Vineyards White Pinot Noir 2015
  • Chateau de la Chaize Brouilly 2012
  • Alamos Torrontes 2013
  • Remo Farina Valpolicella Ripasso 2012
  • Secret Cellars Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2013
  • Domaine Soleyrade Côtes du Rhône 2015
  • Tyrus Evan Ciel du Cheval Claret 2012
  • El Corazon Jumilla 2013
  • Domaine De La Madrière Vieilles Vignes Fleurie 2011
  • Picpoul de Pinet “Terre des Treize Vents” 2015 Domaine des Laurier
  • Jaffelin Crémant De Bourgogne Blanc De Blancs Brut
  •  Enrique Mendoza La Tremenda Monastrell Alicante 2014
  •  Clos Du Mont-Olivet Côtes du Rhône 2013
  • Kiona Lemberger 2013
  • Slingshot Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013
  • Starborough Sauvignon Blanc
  • J Wilkes Santa Maria Valley Pinot Blanc 2014
  • Lagar de Indra Albarino 2015
  • Corvidae The Keeper Cabernet Franc 2012
  • JCB No. 21 Brut Crémant de Bourgogne
  • Gerard Bertrand Cote Des Roses 2014
  • Christian Simon Chablis 2014
  • Elqui Carménère Syrah Malbec 2013
  • Elqui Carménère 2013
  • Domaine de Chateaumar Perle de Rose 2015
  • Domaine de Couron Cuvée Marie Dubois Syrah 2012 Côtes du Rhône
  • Domaine Albert Bichot 2012 Savigny Les Beaune, Burgundy
  • Albert Bichot Viré-Clessé Burgundy 2012
  • Bergevin Lane Calico Red 2012 Red Blend
  • Chateau Fuisse “JJ Vincent” Bourgogne Blanc 2013