Tales from the Trellis 2014 Top Value Budget Wines with New Years Eve Sparkling Picks

31 12 2014

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My Top Value Wines of 2014

2014 was quite a year and filled with great memories. Throughout the year, I have enjoyed many excellent wines at really great prices and want to share the best wines at the best values with you.

I will start with my favorite, as it is the day and evening to open some sparkling wine! These are all the wines that come to my mind when I think back on the year and what I have ordered over and over. See the BOLD for best value in each category.

 

1) Sparkling Wine:

a) Top Cava: Raventos i Blanc de Nit Rosé and regular Brut bottling, Llopart Rosé 2009*

b) Top US Sparkling Wine: J vineyards: Cuvée 20, J Vineyards XB, Roederer Estate, Scharfenberger, Roederer Estate Le Hermitage 2004

c) Top French Sparkling Wine (not from Champagne): Pollo Club, Charles de Feré 

d) Top Prosecco: Adami Prosecco Garbel 13 and Adami Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut Bosco di Gica, Mionetto

e) Top Champagne: Pierre Gimonnet Belles Annees (hard to find), Veuve Clicquot yellow label, Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut

f) Top Other: For those that love extremely sweet and syrupy – Banfi Rosa Regale or Barefoot Sparkling Pinot Grigio

2) Chardonnay: 

a) Novellum (french) 2012/2013

b) Foxglove 2012

c)  Kendal Jackson 2012

 3) Shiraz:

a) MollyDooker the Boxer 2012

b) Schild Estate

4) Cabernet:

a) H3 (Horse Haven Hills) 2012 

b) Hall

c) Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Cabernet Sauvignon

5) Pinot Noir/Burgundy:

a) Meiomi 2012 and 2013

b) Leyda Classic and Leyda Las Brisas (single vineyard bottling)

b) Walt

6) Sauvignon Blanc:

a)  J Vineyards Russian River Valley

b)  Hall Triple T Bar T Ranch 2013

7) Zinfindel:

a) Bogle Phantom (blend of 4 varietals)

8) Italian reds:

a) Falesco Vitiano Rosso (blend) 2010

b) Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico 2011

 9) Italian Whites:

a) Bastianich Adriatico Pinot Grigio 2011

b)Santa Margarita Pinto Grigio 2012

10) Top Malbec

a) Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva 2011

b) Bodega Chakana Estate Selection Malbec 2012

11) Rose:

a) Charles and Charles

b) J Vineyards

c) Miraval 2013

My top pick for wine of the year – that provides the best value based on price vs. quality, is a TIE!

The Horse Haven Hills 21012 Cabernet from Washington State at $12 USD is an amazing wine that has tones of complexity and yet affordable to have every day.

The Leyda Single Vineyard Las Brisas from Chile (at $14.99 USD) is an outstanding value and taste like they are double the price.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year. I am grateful for your support and humbled by your following me here on talesfromthetrellis.com.

Peace, love and health to you all.

 

Steve from the trellis

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Valentine’s Day Sparkling Wine Suggestions Under $11 USD – Spreading the Love!

14 02 2011

 

 

Mionetto Prosecco on the Sill ©2011 TalesFromTheTrellis.com

Mionetto Prosecco on the Sill ©2011 TalesFromTheTrellis.com

Since today is Valentine’s Day, let me quickly suggest a few value-priced sparkling wines under $11 USD –  that bring a lot of quality for very little cost that I tasted blind, with my wife and mother last month (we are all avid sparkling wine fans). Champagne put you into a higher price point so we went with these international sparklers for this tasting.

Domaine Ste. Michelle from Washington and Charles De Fére-Reserve Blanc de Blanc from France, were the top two based on the comments and notes from the rest of the tasters with me. Barefoot Brut Cuvée and Yellowtail Bubbles Rose (YT was good for the price but a touch sweet and creamy-so those with a love for the sweeter style wines will love this). The new label is beautiful and the closure is amazing. It seals the bottle! At the bottom was Woodbridge by Mondavi-Brut – which I can not recommend at any price.

Also check the post about Riondo and Mionetto Proseco, both are excellent sparkling wine choices for today (or any day) as well!

Last year I posted this article about sparklers, have a look.

Have a happy and safe Valentine’s Day everyone, cheers! Peace, health and love today – and always.

Steve@TalesFromTheTrellis