It’s been way too long…
Let’s Talk Wine!
Surrounded by moving boxes and bubble wrap, I could sure use a glass of wine. Well, maybe not at 8 a.m. as I am writing this, but most definitely by the end of the day.
Has this ever happened to you?
Looking for a bottle of wine for dinner (or cocktail hour!), you head to you local grocery store or favorite wine store, step up to the shelves and your mind goes completely blank.
Too many choices!!!!
In times like this it is important to know a couple of reliable wines – names that you can remember and wines you can count on to always be good.
I’ve told you about The Prisoner which is my very favorite, reliable wine in the $35-40 range.
But Mo, are there reliable wines at lower price points?
I’m glad you asked.
First up: B Side Cabernet.
Honestly, I can’t believe I haven’t shared this wine with you before. My bad…
I have to give all the credit for this find to my sister-in-law, Kate. She discovered it at her favorite wine store and it has become one of her house wines which she is kind enough to have on hand every time I visit.
Don’t you love the name?
Harking back to the old 45 records which featured the A side – the chart topping song – and the B Side – the less well known but often hidden gem, the winemakers chose the name to describe their approach to the wine.
If the wines made by the Napa Valley “big guys”, the most powerful and well-known names, are the A Side, this wine is aptly named B Side.
As the winemakers say:
B Side reds are crafted with grapes sourced from the slightly-off-the-beaten-track vineyards along the valley’s eastern hillsides. They’re authentic originals: a little experimental and unexpected, crafted and perfected behind-the-scenes for those with a penchant for discovery.
At about $20-25 per bottle, B Side Cabernet brings delicious, classic Napa Cabernet flavor that won’t disappoint. Luscious dark fruits, a little chocolate, a little spice and nice full body are the hallmarks of the 2013 vintage. If you are a wine geek like me, you can read the full tasting notes here.
Love, love, love this wine!
Next up: Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon.
This wine comes from the Paso Robles area of California. You may be less familiar with Paso Robles as it does get overshadowed by its cousins to the north, Napa and Sonoma.
But keep an eye out for wines from Paso Robles. Wine Enthusiast called this area “a region to watch” when it named Paso Robles the 2013 Wine Region of the Year.
Liberty School Cabernet started out as the second label of the Wagner family’s Caymus brand using primarily grapes from Napa. But the Wagners started to become intrigued by Paso Robles and teamed up with the Hope family to source grapes for the Liberty School Cabernet from this region.
In the mid-90s, the Hope family bought the company and have since added a Liberty School Chardonnay and other wines to their collection.
Liberty School works with 50 or so family farms throughout the region. The result is a really nice, reliable Cabernet at a VERY nice price point.
The wine brings the berry and cherry notes you’d expect from a Cabernet. Although the body and finish are not what you would get from a $40 or $50 bottle of wine, at $10-15 per bottle the Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon shows pretty darn well! The tasting notes are here.
This wine is often included on lists of the best wines under $20.
While some of my pictures aren’t the greatest, I want you to be able to see the labels on the wine bottles so that the next time you are standing in the wine section and your eyes start to glaze over, maybe you will see one of these wines and say “Yes!!!”.
Thanks for stopping by,
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