I sampled wines from around the world at a Bottlenotes tasting at Crushpad in San Francisco a few days ago. I’ve narrowed down my favorites from the evening, to help you add some global flair to your wine rack.
To further help you add to your wine collection, Drink of the Week is giving away a gift card for the Bottlenotes online wine store and a free wine guidebook!
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M’hudi Pinotage 2006 (South Africa)
This is a bold red, heavy in mineral flavors. I have never tasted a wine like this. Its unique earthy flavors must come from the South African soil. This region is one to watch for wine lovers. All the fancy-pants wine people were describing it as Old World meets New World. I’m not sure what that means, but if it means that it is awesome, then I agree.
Ayala Brut Majeur NV (France)
This is Champagne with a capital “C,” since it is made in the Champagne region of France. The “NV” means it is made from wines from several different years to achieve a specific house style. In the case of Ayala, this house style means tart citrus and apple tastes balanced with nice dry finish. This is classic brut Champagne for about $35 — not bad for something from a real French Champagne house.
Watershed Awakening Chardonnay 2005 (Australia)
This bright and crisp chardonnay also has a hint of oaky flavor. For about $25, you get a premium-tasting wine at a fair price. It’s very balanced and has something for everyone — those who like it fruity, those who like it oaky.
Cucina Adelaide Barbera d’Alba DOC Le Mie Donne 2006 (Italy)
This is a solid red wine that would go great with an Italian dinner with rich tomato sauces and meats. Light in tannins with a high acidity, it is perfect for those who want a flavorful wine that can hold its own but won’t overpower.
Leave a comment with your favorite wine pick for a chance to win a $15 gift card for Bottlenotes’ online wine shop and a copy of “Guide to Wine: Around the World in 80 Sips” by Bottlenotes founder Alyssa Rapp. We’ll choose one lucky winner next week.
Update: This contest is now closed