I first met Lisa at the Wine Bloggers Conference in Portland this summer, at a party in her suite. She was a gracious hostess, a lot of fun to talk to (and very insightful!) and, of course, shared delicious wine (two of which she suggests below). She also impressed me as to how dedicated and forward-thinking she is about her winery’s blog, The Journey of Jordan. She is a 15-year veteran in the wine industry, though, so she definitely knows her stuff. It was no surprise to me when that site won Best Winery Blog at the Wine Blog Awards later in the conference.
Lisa’s Top 5 Wines to Enjoy
One white wine under $20 and widely available in the US:
- Maison William Fevre Chablis “Champs Royaux” ($19)
William Fevre is one of Chablis’s most notable producers, and his entry-level Champs Royaux is one of the best value white burgundies I’ve found. It’s hard to find a white wine with such bright acidity and minerality for such a great price. Found at my local Beverages & More.
One red wine under $20 and widely available in the US:
- JCB Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Rose ($15)
Formerly known as Louis Boillot, I love the sleek new packaging from owner Jean-Charles Boisset – as well as the #69 he added to the package. He’s passionate about wine marketing and has a great sense of humor. Nice strawberry fruit. Great food wine. Think Thai salad, sushi, pizza. (Pink bubbly is as red as I get for under $20.)
One splurge (whatever splurge might mean to you):
- 2003 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley ($59)
This wine is just hitting its stride. It’s got a silky mouth feel and layers of blackberry and black cherry fruit. One of the best value library wines currently sold by Jordan—the current vintage, 2008, costs $52 and for only $7 more, you get a bottle that’s been aging in the winery cellar for an additional five years.
Disclaimer: Lisa works for Jordan. But I would agree this is a fantastic wine. –Amy
Two others of her own choosing (these may be either easy or hard to find):
- 2008 Jordan Chardonnay Russian River Valley ($25-$32)
Now available as a library wine at Jordan, 2008 is stunning right now. It’s got this beautiful stone fruit and mouth-watering acidity that makes you want to take another sip. If you can find it locally, buy every bottle. This wine will not disappoint. It’s a true example of a Burgundy-style Chardonnay from California—and proves how balanced Chardonnays age gracefully.
Disclaimer: Lisa works for Jordan. But I would agree this is also delicious. –Amy
- Franck Bonville Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs ($33)
The Champagne buyer for K&L Wine Merchants turned me onto this grower Champagne, and I can’t get enough of it. An amazing value. It’s like drinking Pierre Peters for half the price.
Have you enjoyed any of these wines? Do tell.