Introducing the latest meme for the wineblogosphere (see last month's XL selection of 'best-wine-in-last-30-days + fab food pairings):
"Ten Buck Wine Gems"
I want to ask my wine amici to imagine themselves in their local wine shop..(cue harps and dreamy music)..
You check your wallet/purse/pocket/sock and discover all you've got is a ten dollar bill (or the equivalent thereof). The question is: What wine will give you the most bang for your ten bucks? Tell us what you would pick - and remember you've only got ten dollars to spend. You can go under, but not over (imagine how embarrassing that would be at the checkout register). For extra bonus points, tell us what food pairings your $10-vino shines with.
Once you've told the world about your ten buck wine gem, pass the question along to a fellow wine or food blogger. The aim here is to compile a big 'ol list of tasty, affordable wines for those days when we need a cheap gift, an accompaniment to Wednesday night's meatloaf, or we find a ten dollar bill in the front pocket of our favorite pair of jeans.
I'll kick things off by tagging Terence Hughes of Mondosapore - a great resource for Italian wine. Terry, tell us, what's your ten buck wine gem? Let me also ask for a chef's opinion - Chef M! Got a ten-dollar wine recommendation?
My contribution: Paul Cheneau Art Series Brut Cava, NV ($9). This little bubbly was only $8.95, which gives me about one dollar in change. I could create an instant party by purchasing a small bag of popcorn on the way home. Alternatively, Cheneau's Cava would greatly compliment my rediscovered joy of risotto.
Continue reading to track this meme's blogosphere voyage..
"Ten Buck Wine Gems"
Trio Cabernet Sauvignon * Shiraz * Cabernet Frac 2004 ($6.95)
- Chef Melissa of Panama Gourmet (AKA Cooking Diva). Melissa also created a recipe especially for this wine: Empanadas Chilenas con Salsa Chimichurri (tagged Chef Mark, Chef Vickie & Maria Luisa)
2004 Vina Alarba OVG, 2002 Kit Fox Foxy, 2003 Cuvee de Pena, 2003 La Legua, 2002/2003 Las Rocas Garanacha, 2001 Promessa Rosso Salento, 2004 Torres De Casta Rose, 2002 Red Bud Viognier
- Jens of Cincinnati Wine Garage