Wines That Won't Leave You in the "Pour House"
Can Rachael tell the difference between a $10 bottle of wine and high-priced vintage? Can you? And is a pricey bottle of wine really better than the five-buck version? Rachael's friend Joshua Wesson of Best Cellars puts Rachael's discerning taste buds to the test.
Want to have your own tasting? Try the champagnes and wines Josh used to test Rachael:
Chateau Montelena Chardonnay 2001 ($25.00) verses Francois Raveneau Premier Cru Chablis Butteaux 2002 ($100.00)
Veuve Clicquot Yellow label Brut ($40.00) verses Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Heredad ($20.00)
Francois Raveneau Premier Cru Chablis Butteaux 2002 ($20.00) verses the Casa de Campo Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 ($5.00)
*All prices are approximate suggested retail.
After the taste test Josh shares some of his favorite picks:
* Domaine Saint Pierre Brut NV. "It's a wildly fizzy, off-dry sparkler that's perfect for after a long day in the sun."
Crossroads Sauvignon Blanc. "This New Zealand white has super-ripe tangerine and gooseberry flavors that wash across the palate. It leaves the mouth literally swimming in a sea of lip-smacking fruit."
Hope Estate "Broke" Chardonnay. "This is a perfect wine for people who like rich, toasty, full-throttle Chardonnays. It's a big toasty, buttery wonder of a wine."
Lookout Mountain Merlot. "It's like a ripe Cabernet Sauvignon minus mouthfuls of tannis. This Merlot is a silky and scented with hints of berry and cherry."
Cooper Hill Pinot Gris. "This is a guilt-free Pinot Gris. It's a 100 percent organic white wine that's rich, citrusy and elegant."
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