Each week we post our favorite bargain wines we had tasted during the previous week. These are wines that we had purchased from various stores on the San Francisco Peninsula. Each week our Vintage Wine Club suggests wine for this list. Here are the most interesting picks for January 30.
Matthieu Roux Pouilly Fuisse 2010 Costco Redwood City $9.99 – Joe’s Pick
How many of you have found a Pouilly Fuissé that was very tasty and authentic for under $10? This is a dandy-tasting Chardonnay from Cote D’Or in Burgundy, France. The flavors in this wine are pear and honey and the wine has gentle acidity in the mouth. Have this wine with a roasted chicken or a baked white fish. This wine also makes an excellent choice for an aperitif. This a wine that I will certainly buy again. 88 Points
DeLoach 2009 Cool Climate Vineyards Russian River Valley Zinfandel - Jim’s Pick
This is one of those wines that Cost Plus had at the sale price of $14.99. This has white pepper and berry fruit characteristics. It has an interesting aftertaste that you may or may not like. Best to describe it is a walnut character. The wine is a very decent Zin that matches with food. It is not too big or so fruit forward it drowns out the meal. 87 Points. DeLoach is a winery located in the Russian River Valley near Sebastopol on Olivet Road (See Wine Trail). It is owned by the Boisset Family of Burgundy Fame.
Mud House Pinot Noir K&L Wines $10.99 – Bruce’s Pick
This is the wine we did a Bargain Alert on last week. As of Monday morning, January 30th, I checked the inventory for this wine. For the Mud House Pinot there are 60 bottles available at the Redwood City store, 43 in San Francisco, and 25 at the Hollywood Store. If you missed our review last week of this excellent bargain wine you can read it here.
Nothing to Write Home About
Yalumba Viognier Eden Valley 2010
The Wine Spectator gives this wine 90 Points. I am going with an 84, and that means I did not care for this wine one bit. The wine is very floral, so much so that we found it overpowering. We also did not like the aftertaste of this wine. Costco carries this wine at many of their stores in the S.F. Bay Area.
Joel Gott 2009 California Cabernet Sauvignon $12.99 Costco Redwood City
California on the label means this a blend from vines from several areas of California. I think the wine is very decent but the one flaw is that it does not taste like a true Cabernet Sauvignon. You can do better with the likes of Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet for $11.
Cost Plus Wine Sale
Now until February 20 Cost Plus will have sale on many of their wines. Check the Cost Plus World Market website for your local ad. For Valentine’s Day, the Segura Viudas Brut sparkling wine is on sale for $7.99 a bottle. This is one of our favorite bargain sparkling wines.
Super Bowl Recipe
Thinking about Gaucamole for the Super Bowl. Forget the store bought Gaucamole. Make your own and it will be devoured in a many of minutes. Check out this old family recipe.