Posted On: 03/01/2011
Ironstone Cabernet Franc 2009, Lodi, Calif. Cab Franc is growing in popularity, but many are overly pricey. This 2009 is the best that I have had from Ironstone. Itís a $15 red thatís a flavorful marriage of the style of Cabernet Sauvignon with the softness of Merlot. Reach for it anytime youíre in the mood for Cab.
Casa Lapostolle Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Rapel Valley, Chile This first-class wine is from the family that makes the famed orange liqueur of France, Grand Marnier. Lapostolle makes some of the very top wines of Chile, but youíre not likely to find a better $15 Cabernet than this.
Antonio Sanguineti Chianti DOCG 2008, Tuscany, Italy One of the oldest and typically traditional wine styles is Chianti, even without the straw wrap. When I saw winemaker Antonioís picture on the label, I anticipated an interesting ride. This is a bright, fresh and quaffable $15 red Ė an everyday price for your everyday food.
1792 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon, Bardstown, Ky. This small-batch bourbon is aged for eight years in charred oak barrels. Itís rich, velvety and perfect for a Manhattan, Mint Julep or Bourbon Press.
Skinos Mastiha Spirit, Greece Pine and juniper berry dominate in this spirit that is distilled from the sap of mastic trees on the Greek island of Chios. Try Skinos ice-cold and neat or over ice with a twist of orange, lemon or tangerine.
Charbay Blood Orange Vodka, St. Helena, Calif. This recent release is among Charbayís first flavored vodkas made with organically grown fruit. Look also for Meyer lemon and pomegranate flavors.
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