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Drink This Weekend Edition: Three Value Reds

January 3rd 04:01pm, 2014


The holiday spending hangover is here. While you experience pangs of regret over your empty bank account, you might as well have a glass of wine in your hand. In that spirit, we kept things simple this month with a small handful of value wines. Each pick greatly exceeds its price tag, and since much of the wine-drinking public gravitates towards reds in cold weather, we picked three great ones to sip as temperatures plummet. Cheers!

1. Chateau D’Oupia, Les Hérétiques, Vin de Pays de l’Hérault, France: $8

This is a perennial value favorite for us both. It’s also our favorite wine to stick in someone’s face and say “Guess the price!” Made from 40-plus-year-old Carignan vines, Les Hérétiques is a medium-bodied wine that delivers copious blue fruit aromas and flavors, as well as hints of black olive and garrigue. The palate is silky, and the acidity is well integrated, yielding a refreshing, highly-drinkable quality. Available at The Wine and Cheese Place.

2. Stephane Ogier, Syrah d’Ogier, 2011, Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes, France: $16

This is a nervy, vibrant, pure syrah. The color is ruby with violet inflections. The nose opens with beefy, iron notes, followed by tangy raspberry, blackberry and hints of smoke-laced damp earth. The wine is relatively linear and crisp on the palate, with more zesty berry, iron and smoke, plus hints of violet. The tannins are under control, and the acidity is quite firm, making this an excellent food wine. We can drink this all day and night. Available at Five Bistro

3. Tenuta delle Terre Nere, Etna Rosso DOC, 2011, Sicily, Nerello Mascalese/Nerello Capuccio blend, $23

When we talk about Sicilian wines, there’s one producer we always come back to: Tenuta delle Terre Nere. Both of us became acquainted with this wine before we became acquainted with one another, and we shared our first bottle together just after Christmas. We noted a lighter shade of red in the glass, but on the palate, it’s more medium-bodied with tannic structure that neither disappeared under nor overwhelmed burrata with tomatoes and a main course of Italian sausage.

Tart black cherry hits on the nose and front palate, with lots of thyme, black pepper, and a final sweep of intriguing eucalyptus. The finish is quite long and echoes the thyme with some tart red plum. This is a pretty, high-acid red that pairs well food, but don’t be afraid to drink it on its own. Available at Starr’s



By Daniels and Lauren Blake-Parseliti

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