By Jessica Yadegaran
Thursday, August 28th, 2008 at 12:43 pm in Uncategorized.
So, now that I’m a little obsessed with this trixter, Robin Goldstein, I decided to pick up his latest book, “The Wine Trials” ($14.95, fearlesscritic.com). It’s a guide to 100 wines under $15 that outscored $50 to $150 counterparts.
Among the Trader Joe’s usual suspects (Bogle, House Wine, Parducci, Rosemount, any Vinho Verde), Goldstein and his team of brown-bagging blind tasters uncovered a few gems for me. I was particularly interested in discovering Old World buys, since I know the New World value market pretty darn well. Good thing Goldstein ranks the wines in categories like “light, Old World reds under $15″ and “heavy Old World whites under $15.” It’s and easy and quick way to find exactly what you’re looking for in taste and price.
So find I did: Spain’s 2006 Campo Viejo Rioja Crianza ($9), which ranked #2 of 39 for Old World Reds under $15 is totally old school, super earthy and takes you away to rustic cobblestone streets. The blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Mazuelo pairs beautifully with lamb and duck.
Another eye opener: The 2006 Cave de Lugny Macon-Villages ($11) ranked #2 of 15 for heavy Old World Whites under $15 and it’s a steal given its elegance. It’s steely and complex (the opposite of overly oaked California Chardonnay) and reminds us what the grape is like — acidic, citrusy, flowery — when it’s not masked in imitation vanilla.