*This week you’ll be getting the 411 on some inexpensive wines and their easy, every day pairings.
Lunch at my preferred mom-n-pop Thai noodle shop went from seeking advice from a younger, hipster friend about social media to the reciprocity that she needed some advice as well. What does the budget strapped, just starting out, young professional (or any of us savers of an extra buck) with plenty of bills do for finding inexpensive wines… say for a quick take-out pizza or other typical any-day fare?
I think I have your answer. When it comes to pizza, your wine search should probably begin with what not to drink. Unless your local wine steward really knows their wines and your
tastes budget, avoid the go-to pairing of cheap Chianti. Cut-rate Chianti became overly acidic and fruitless about the same time Merlot become flabby and herbaceous – overnight. Both Chianti and Merlot were once shooting stars that streaked across the sky before getting lazy (quality plummeted) and flaming out. Something about laurel-sitting probably sums it up best.
Sure there’s still some fine Chianti finds for around $10; they’re just more rare and need some relationship building for you to get that introduction. In the meantime (of that wine steward romance), grab a bottle of Spanish Tempranillo. The Spanish juggernaut has an armada of choices that are unassumingly flavorsome and unashamedly economical.
I was in a local shop this weekend looking for some inspiration when finally I decided I was going to do what many wine initiates inevitably do (or at least what I did back in the 19$?’s) and that is to label shop. I could have dated myself here but that would’ve required some carbon.
Luckily, my shopping-by-label choice for “pizza wine” wasn’t all cover; it had some book to back it up. The Senda 66 may sound more like a Japanese filling station then a Spanish red wine, but it easily demonstrates both the quality and value that Tempranillo brings to the table. And although it’s not overly acidic, it still has enough to hold up to the tomatoes in a traditional red sauce pie.
Likewise, the Senda 66 Tempranillo manages to keep in line with the $10 budget conscious while offering plenty of red berry and cherry fruit. Something you’ll find magical with that star anise-studded Italian sausage, peppering your pie on pizza night.