Good Taste: New Years Lez-o-lutions


Drink (or give) better wine, spend less money

When I lived in New York City, I spent some time with wine geeks of the highest order, and my awesome take-away from that experience was a list of the best cheap and cheerful wines. I’ve added my own over the years, and here they are:

Organic: CalNaturale’s Cabernet Sauvignon, in a TetraPak, mind you. $7 (and you get 30% more wine, as it comes in a liter size)
Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, $14
Chateau Bois de Lamothe Cotes de Duras (red), $6 and La Ferme Julien: red, white and rosé $6 (both available at Trader Joe’s)
Rosemount Shiraz, $8,
Les Violettes: Moillard Cotes du Rhone, $11
Kermit Lynch Cotes du Rhone, about $18 but currently $13

And now for sommelier Melissa’s recommendations:

Bubbly: “Fleury Carte Rouge Champagne. Just about as good as they come and only $40.”

If you’re looking to drop about $100 on a gift or special occasion bottle, she recommends
Dunn Cabernet from the Napa Valley — look for the Howell Mountain bottling.”

Fun flirty bottles: “My faves are Bitch Grenache from South Australia, $9 and Kitten with a Whip Dry Creek Valley Rosé.” only $12

“Going to a dinner party or throwing one? My money is on Prosecco, Gruner Veltliner, and Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. They’re affordable, pair remarkably well with food, and are unique enough to appreciate without being too cerebral. My picks are
Drusian Prosecco ($15),
Gruner Veltliner by ETZ ($12) and Domain Drouhin Pinot Noir ($35).”

So now that you’ve got some tips for a stellar year of better eating, drinking and cooking, tell me about your taste-based resolutions. And Happy New Year!

Candace is the co-editor of Dear John, I Love Jane: Women Write About Leaving Men for Women (Seal Press, 2010), and Ask Me About My Divorce: Women Open Up About Moving On (Seal Press, 2009). She is currently working on a memoir-with-recipes for Seal Press called Licking the Spoon. Candace is also the features editor at Mothering magazine, mama of two, and enamorata of smarty-pants Laura, her live-in recipe tester. Follow Candace on Twitter @candacewalsh.

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