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Friday, January 23, 2009

Italy and Spain offer the best wine values

I might be alone on this one but I believe Italy and Spain offer the best wine values in the world at the present time. Find me a ten dollar California wine that drinks like a Colosi Nero d' Avola or an equally priced Aussie wine that drinks as good a some Bodegas Juan Gil Monastrell. (If you haven't heard of those wines I suggest you look em' up) Even France has better value for the buck right now! Find me a $30 dollar Pinot Noir from California or Oregon that drinks with an equally price wine from the Côte de Beaune. Now, before you go and say I'm crazy, try to remember I'm talking in general terms and I'm sure there are a few exceptions to what I'm saying. I'm sure there are a handful of great domestic wines that can compete on a qualitative basis with the wines I have mentioned. I just think that if you taste 100 random wines from Italy and Spain in the $10-$15 price point and then do the same with domestic wines (if you can find them) You'll see the relevance of what I'm talking about. There are just some really fantastic wines from Jumilla, Bullas, Rias Baixas, Rioja, Ribera del Duero ect... and they are so generously priced! Or check out the wines from Sicily, Valpolicella, Morellino di Scansano, or Montalpulciano di Abuzzo. Please prove me wrong with your suggestions!
 
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