For the past couple of months, we’ve been touring the world of wine. We signed up for the weekly, introductory Wine Appreciation “mini course” at Northwestern University’s student center to start drinking wine like adults instead of college kids. Below is a regional run-through of what we learned, as well as descriptions of some of our favorite bottles, most of which cost under $15. This is by no means an exhaustive tour, but you have to start somewhere!
- Hold the glass by the stem so your hand doesn’t warm the wine.
- White wines in this price range are better when younger (more recently bottled).
- The term “estate bottled” means the grapes are grown and bottled by the same vineyard. This ensures quality.
- Reserve (or reserva) means the producers kept it back a year or so to age before distributing it. Drink them right away; there’s no need for extra aging.
- Gewurztraminer is the current trendy choice in white wine. It’s hearty and aromatic, and is one of the rare few that goes well with Asian cuisines (BYOB, anyone?).
- Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2008
- Bonterra Mendocino County 2008
- Turn Four Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2007
- Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc 2008, Washington
- Muscadet Henri Poiron 2008, Loire Valley
- Cotes du Rhone Jean-Luc Colombo 2007
- Santa Ema Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Reserve, Maipo Valley, Chile
- Terrazas Malbec, 2008 Argentina
- Yard Dog White Blend 2008 Australia
- Method Champenoise Gruet Blanc de Noirs
- Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Blue Top Champagne Brut
Grab some bottles and start tasting. Cheers!
–Tara and Karina for TKGO