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