Wine Picks

May Wines Under $10

This month, we are featuring two wines from Smoking Loon.

The Smoking Loon Chardonnay is wonderfully buttery and has notes of apple. It would pair well with chicken kebabs or a soft cheese.

The Smoking Loon Merlot is medium bodied with notes of leather, tobacco, and blackberries. It would also pair well with kebabs, but ones made instead with early summer vegetables or red meat.

Joey Bowling, Beer and Wine Manager
Beer and Wine Department

April Wines Under $10

This month, we are featuring a red and a white from Brancott Estates in New Zealand.

The Sauvignon Blanc has a very nice nose of lemongrass and citrus, with tangy flavors of grapefruit and stonefruit. It pairs very well with poultry or fish dishes, as well as spring yard work!

The Pinot Noir has aromas of plum and roses, with black cherry and licorice. It pairs excellently with either red or white meats, soft or hard cheeses, or your monthly book club.

Joey Bowling, Beer and Wine Manager
Beer and Wine Department

March Wines Under $10

March is looking like we'll be starting off with a little warmer weather, but it seems we'll still be seeing winter temperatures at least through the first week, so it's fitting that our "Wines for Under $10" are good choices to pair with warming foods. 

We are featuring two reds from Le Grand Noir.  The Pinot Noir is simple and clean, with a nose of red berries and plum, and flavors of earth, cherries, and black pepper.  This wine pairs well with pretty much any meal and its lighter style won't overpower other flavors.  The Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre is a Rhone-style red with bell pepper, black olive, and subtle spices on the nose, and flavors of smoke and black cherry.  This wine is a bit heavier and should be paired with steak, burgers, or sharp cheeses.

Joey Bowling, Beer and Wine Manager
Beer and Wine Department

February Wines Under $10

It’s February, and we’re all hopefully going strong on our New Year’s resolutions. Was one of yours to drink more organic wine? If so, you’re in luck! This month we are featuring Frey Organic Natural Red and White wines for under $10.

The red is medium-bodied, balanced, and smooth, with a bright garnet color. It is crisp and fruity on the finish. The white is bright, crisp, and dry, filled with pleasing flavors of ripe melon and pear. Both are perfect for a mid-winter dinner party or a cozy movie night at home with a loved one.

Joey Bowling, Beer and Wine Manager
Beer and Wine Department

January Wine Picks Under $10

This month we are featuring two Australian wines that have become crowd favorites here at City Market.  Banrock Station is a vineyard that is devoted to making great, affordable wine, all while giving back as much as they can to promote sustainability and conservation.  In the past ten years, they have donated almost $5 million to over 130 environmental conservation projects, spanning 13 countries.

Banrock Station Chardonnay is a fantastic example of an oaked chardonnay that is still crisp and refreshing.  The oak is very subtle, and imparts notes of sweet vanilla to the finish.  The body is medium to full, with flavors of peach, melon, and honeydew.  Banrock Station Shiraz / Cabernet Sauvignon is a very well balanced, soft, medium-bodied red.  This slightly peppery, lightly oaked blend boasts flavors of plum, raspberry, and blueberry alongside notes of sage and thyme.

Joey Bowling, Beer and Wine Manager
Beer and Wine Department

December Wine Picks Under $10

This month we are featuring two really fun wines out of South Africa.  Fair trade accredited, Goats do Roam was created by Fairview, makers of great wine and cheese, to provide fantastic wine at “value-for-money” prices.  The wines are both blends (a red and a white), consisting of French varietals that are smooth and drinkable.

Goats do Roam Red is ruby in color, with aromas of fresh picked berries, spice, and smoke.  The wine is medium bodied, and fruit forward, with a lightly oaked, soft finish.  Drink this alongside roast duck and root vegetables, or any cold weather comfort food.  Goats do Roam White boasts a floral nose that leads to flavors of apricot and pear.  A crisp, refreshing finish rounds out this very well balanced white.  Enjoy this while eating poultry, salads, or seafood.

Josh Downs, Beer and Wine Manager
Beer and Wine Department

November Wine Picks for Under $10

The holiday season is approaching fast, so this month we are featuring two fantastic wines at great savings so you don’t have to break the budget on a good wine for Thanksgiving dinner or as a gift.  Both wines featured this month are from the Plantagenet Vineyard in Mount Barker, Western Australia.  Plantagenet is one of the most trusted wine brands in Australia and there is good reason for it.

Hazard Hill Semillon Sauvignon Blanc is a lush and flavorful white.  Notes of guava and citrus on the nose lead to citrus zest, apple, and gooseberry in the body.  The finish is long and refreshing, with a good minerality.  Drink this alongside salads, shellfish, and poultry.  Hazard Hill Shiraz is dark and rich with notes of cherry, blackberry, and plum.  This savory wine is complimented by a peppery finish that lasts.  Enjoy a glass of this alongside red meats, stews, and other rich fall dishes.

Josh Downs, Beer and Wine Manager
Beer and Wine Department

October Wine Picks for Under $10

 

Fall is officially here, and what better way to enjoy it with a couple of fantastic wines from Bordeaux, France.  Both wines featured this month are from Chateaux de Legarde, which is the largest organic vineyard in Bordeaux, covering almost 450 acres.  The wines are also Non-GMO Project Verified, so you can feel good about drinking them!

Les Hauts de Legarde Blanc-Sec is primarily Sauvignon Blanc, giving it a bright floral aroma with notes of citrus, apple and pear.  This blend is well balanced with a slight minerality on the finish.  It is great when paired with seafood, especially grilled salmon, and salads.  Les Hauts de Legarde Rouge is a fruit forward blend, with notes of black currant and blackberry.  A slight smokiness carries you straight through to a lightly oaked finish.  It tastes great alongside pork, red meat, rich pasta dishes, and cheese.

Josh Downs, Beer and Wine Manager
Beer and Wine Department

September Wine Picks for Under $10

September in Vermont is a time of transition, and radical inconsistency.  Waking up to the season’s first frost and then wearing a t-shirt and shorts by noon is quite normal.  It is for that reason we are featuring two Argentinian wines this month that are perfect for any temperature, taste, or time of day.  

Tilia Torrontes features a beautiful floral nose, with hints of jasmine and magnolia.  It is a medium bodied white with notes of citrus, pear, and a crisp finish.  Enjoy a glass of this with sushi, shellfish, salad, or light pasta dishes. 

Vila Reserva Malbec offers a bold scent of cherries and raspberries, which leads into notes of plum and a mellow finish.  It tastes great served alongside lean red meats, and bold cheeses.  Malbec is also a great wine for those end-of-season barbeques!

Josh Downs, Beer and Wine Manager
Beer and Wine Department

August Wine Picks for Under $10

In August we are featuring a Portuguese white perfect for mid-summer and a Portuguese red to help ease the transition to cooler weather!

Blue Vinho Verde is light and crisp with tart green apple and white stone fruit flavors. Blue is a welcome addition to our great Vinho Verde selection, a perfect pairing for salads, fruity dishes or just enjoying some warm weather. Alandra Tinto is a nice summery red. The rich dark fruit is not heavy, and the earthy appeal pairs well with barbequed chicken, pork or veggies. It's also great with pizza!

Alison Miner, Beer and Wine Manager
Beer and Wine Department

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