Party wines that won't bust your budget
W. Blake Gray
Friday, November 24, 2006
The wines below will impress your friends with your good taste, without forcing you to tap deeply into your gift funds.
When one bottle isn't enough, bring a quality 3-liter box of wine.
Banrock Station and Black Box Wines are two good brands that sell for about $15 to $20 for the equivalent of four standard 750-ml bottles.
The 2006 Banrock Station South Eastern Australia Chardonnay ($18) is nicely balanced between lemon tartness and vanilla smoothness, and it's interesting enough to drink on its own. And the bag-in-box format prevents the wine from oxidizing, meaning the wine will stay good as long as four weeks -- if you can keep the party going that long.
2005 Banrock Station South Eastern Australia Shiraz ($18)
2004 Black Box Wines Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon ($18)
Saturday, November 25, 2006
From the San Francisco Chronicle, W. Blake Grey offers a number of wine recommendations for holiday entertaining, including three in 3-liter boxes. See the full article here.