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Chateau Recougne Bordeaux Superieur – Smooth, Silky, and Rich

Everyday Glass is dedicated to finding the best wines money can buy for under $15 – wines that you should be proud to serve to guests or enjoy with a simple 30-minute dinner recipe. We try every wine that we sell to make sure you get only the best. This blog is a collection of our favorites.

Confessions of a young wine professional: I once was terrified of Bordeaux. It seemed expensive, old-fashioned, complicated, and too advanced for my unseasoned palate. I’m willing to bet that a lot of people feel this way.

Everything changed when I went to a Bordeaux seminar and actually tried some. I quickly saw the error of my ways, as I tried wine after wine that greatly appealed to me, most retailing for under $20. So don’t be afraid. Let’s get started.

2010 Chateau Recougne Bordeaux SuperieurA perfect entry point to the wines of Bordeaux is through Chateau Recougne’s Bordeaux Superieur. First of all, Bordeaux Superier is a classification for wines made with fruit from anywhere in Bordeaux, usually from old or special vines. This means a lower price for the consumer while the quality is maximized. Secondly, Chateau Recougne has been producing wine for over 400 years – and Robert Parker at one time called Recougne “the finest Bordeaux Superieur”. So in summary, entry-level Bordeaux made with choice grapes by a recognized producer. It’s a winning combination.

2010 Chateau Recougne Bordeaux Superieur – Bordeaux, France ($12.99) is 78% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is full-bodied yet oh-so-smooth, showing rich and ripe flavors of black plum, black currant, and spicy oak with a finish of black fruit and mocha. It’s an approachable style of Bordeaux that drinks easy enough even to enjoy without food.

Drink this wine because:
– Freshness, ripe fruit, and tannin are all in balance.
– It shows the very best of Bordeaux under $15.
– You’ll see why Bordeaux isn’t so scary after all.

Drink up and enjoy your daily glass!

Cheers,
Bauer Wines
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La Maialina Gertrude Rosso Toscana – Bright Fruit and Italian Leather

Everyday Glass is dedicated to finding the best wines money can buy for under $15 – wines that you should be proud to serve to guests or enjoy with a simple 30-minute dinner recipe. We try every wine that we sell to make sure you get only the best. This blog is a collection of our favorites.

Here’s a foolproof winter survival plan: make a huge batch of a rich pasta sauce (the kind with lots of Italian sausage, garlic, and onions) and freeze it in serving portions. Stock up on Gertrude, our wine du jour. Enjoy quick weeknight pasta dinners all winter long with a deliciously juicy and leathery Tuscan red.

La Maialina GertrudeLa Maialina is a notable producer of Tuscan wines, and their range under $15 is really impressive. Gertrude has been a longtime bestseller at Bauer’s year after year, so if you haven’t tried it yet, have no fear. For an everyday red that is full of Italian character, it’s a total score.

2011 La Maialina Gertrude Rosso Toscana – Tuscany, Italy ($12.99) is unmistakably Tuscan with aromas of rich red fruits and hints of earthiness and leather. Flavors of sweet cherry are nicely balanced by earth and spice, with a smooth and dry finish. A perfect pairing for quick pasta with tomato sauce.

Drink this wine because:
– There’s an adorable pig on the label (that’s Gertrude, and her story is on the bottle).
– You get a big Super-Tuscan style red for under $15.
– It’s an easy pairing for that amazing pasta sauce you made and froze.

Drink up and enjoy your everyday glass!

Cheers,
Bauer Wines
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Fortant Coast Select Chardonnay – French White Goes American!

Everyday Glass is dedicated to finding the best wines money can buy for under $15 – wines that you should be proud to serve to guests or enjoy with a simple 30-minute dinner recipe. We try every wine that we sell to make sure you get only the best. This blog is a collection of our favorites.

There’s no more classic white wine for winter than Chardonnay – it’s like ice skating on Frog Pond in the Common. So dutifully, we’ll tell you about one of our new favorites that could be a staple in your rotation during this season of unending coldness.

Fortant de France is a producer in Languedoc, a region in the South of France. They offer different levels of wines but mostly focus on Pays d’Oc, which is a category of non-appellation French wine that can range from “excellent value” to “unthinkably ghastly”. Fortunately, this Chardonnay passes muster in a big way (that’s why your trustworthy Bauer team tastes so many wines – to make sure it falls in the former category).

Fortant Coast Select Chardonnay2012 Fortant Coast Select Chardonnay – Pays d’Oc, France ($11.98, 2-for-$20) reminds us more of California than Burgundy, France’s famous home of this grape. Full and clean with fruitiness reminiscent of nectarines and tropical fruit, and the right amount of oak to give the wine a creamy texture without overdoing it. It finishes clean with lingering fruit flavors, and the whole thing is held together with nice acidity that makes you go back for another sip.

Drink this wine because:
– Pays d’Oc represents many excellent values in French wine.
– The lush creaminess and full texture of this wine stands up to winter chilliness.
– The tropical fruit notes in this wine will remind you of warmer places.

Drink up and enjoy your everyday glass!

Cheers,
Bauer Wines
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Raymond “R Collection” Cabernet Sauvignon – Delicious & Complex Black Fruit

Everyday Glass is dedicated to finding the best wines money can buy for under $15 – wines that you should be proud to serve to guests or enjoy with a simple 30-minute dinner recipe. We try every wine that we sell to make sure you get only the best. This blog is a collection of our favorites.

Another cold Boston winter is settling in, and our hearts long for big red wines once again. Starting with the basics, we’re thinking a simple and lovable California Cabernet Sauvignon a good place to look.

Raymond R Collection Cabernet SauvignonRaymond Vineyards has been a pioneering producer in Napa Valley since the 70s. The “R Collection”  is a selection of California appellation wines (so not their top-tier Napa Valley stuff), but when you have an iconic producer behind entry-level wines they tend have pretty impressive substance and depth. This Cab is a great example.

2013 Raymond “R Collection” Cabernet Sauvignon – California ($11.99) is built around a core of fresh fruitiness – cherry, black plum, and blackberry – with delicious notes of herbs and spice that balance everything nicely. Paired with a rich, silky texture and soft, long finish, this has quickly become one of our staff favorites for serving a crowd.

Drink this wine because:
– It’s rich, red, and perfect for winter.
– It’s made by a great producer of California Cabernet.
– This friendly style of wine serves a crowd with varied tastes.

Drink up and enjoy your everyday glass!

Cheers,
Bauer Wines
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