We are fortunate to receive samples of wine from various wineries and agencies. In the last few weeks, we discovered three notable samples that sparked an interest. For example, we are passionate about wines from South Africa. Consequently, a sample of Sauvignon Blanc from that country grabbed our attention. We also opened a refreshing Albariño from Rias Baixas, and a gorgeous Rioja, also from Spain.
Our Recent Samples
Above all, we are very fortunate indeed to receive so many samples of wine from different countries. However, some stand far ahead of the others, whether they represent a special-occasion wine or a wonderful wallet-friendly wine. Here are our three recent samples, from South Africa and Spain. Their prices range from $18-$23.
Recent Samples: Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2021 ($18)
There’s nothing like a Sauv Blanc from South Africa. So, we were delighted to open this refreshing and outstanding white. Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2021 comes from Walker Bay, on the south side of the Western Cape. This a beautiful white wine that balances minerality and acidity from the ocean breezes and sunshine with a complex palate that represents fruit from clay-rich soil. Taste it and you understand why South Africa is earning a reputation for stunning, citrusy Sauv Blancs.
Marqués Cáceres Rias Baixas Deusa Nai Albariño 2021 ($19)
This Albarinô showcases amazing aromas and crisp flavors of zesty citrus, stone fruit, mineral notes and acidity that are the signature of wines from Rias Baixas, along the Atlantic coast of Spain. What better way to enjoy cool evenings than sipping an elegant white wine and dreaming of the warm beaches near where they began their long journey? Or pair it with scallops, smoked salmon, fish tacos, sashimi or spicy shrimp.
Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Gran Reserva 2011 ($23)
This is complex, layered, bold, and a perfect winter wine. Tempranillo (92%) is blended with Graciano (8%) into this classic Spanish Gran Reserva from an exceptional vintage in Rioja. Aromas of cinnamon, clove, berries and plums lead into flavors of blueberries, licorice and raisins. With 11 years on it, secondary dark chocolate notes enhance the rich fruit on the palate. Drink it now or put it away for another 10 years to see the nuances change with time.
In conclusion, we recommend these three standout wines from South Africa and Spain. They are available in the U.S., so be on the lookout.
Likewise, the three affordable wines range in price from $18-$23. You can pour any of them at your dinner table or give one as a holiday gift.
Margot and Dave