Date: 18-Aug-2005 18:25
Author: Dale Williams, Dobbs Ferry, NY Email
Subject: some QPR wines
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Spain is probably first place I think of for budget reds. David B is on target with the Gotim Bru. I agree with the Castaņo Solanera, too, but like Castaņo's Hecula a bit better. Other perennial inexpensive favorites include the regular Borsao and the Vina Alarba- don't know about SC, but around here you can find those for about $5. If you dare a pink, the '04 Muga is a decent choice.
Loire: crisp Muscadets (Pepiere, Luneau-Papin) and Touraine Sauvignon Blanc (Octavie, Clos Roche Blanche)
Burgundy- most quite expensive, but things like Drouhin Macon can be nice inexpensive whites.
Some good Beaujolais & Languedoc stuff might be under $10,but not much.Ditto Alsace (Trimbach Pinot Blanc?), Bordeaux, etc.
Reds:Some Tuscan blends like Monte Antico and Santa Christina.Others are more versed in the southern Italians.
Whites: Anselmi San Vicenzo & Pieropan Soave brush $10.
US: I like Cline's regular Zin in most vintages, ditto their Red Truck red. Bonny Doon Big House. Three Thieves Zin. Rex Goliath 47Lb Pinot.
NZ : Cairnbrae or Babich SB.
Of course, availability of any wine is regional. I tried to list mostly wines with national representation.