Nova’s Top 5 Wines to Enjoy
One white wine under $20 and widely available in the US
- Susana Balbo Crios Torrontes –
This wine is a great value and SO easy to drink. For those who love the floral flavors of Muscat but want something drier. The exotic spiciness of Torrontes is really appealing!
One red wine under $20 and widely available in the US
- Souverain North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon –
(Disclosure: I am the Associate winemaker for this brand)
Souverain represents a great value and offers a ton of bang for the buck with these wines. Heavily based in Sonoma and Lake counties these Cabernets are much more concentrated and structured than one would expect for $14!
One splurge (whatever splurge might mean to you)
- Bollinger – La Grand Annee –
I LOVE vintage Champagnes! It’s always a splurge but it’s perfect for those really special occasions. The complexity of Bollinger really highlights to me the specialness of the region and they take such great care in the production of these wines. It really shows in the final quality.
Two others of your own choosing
- Emma Pearl Central Coast Chardonnay –
(Disclosure: I make this wine!)
I’ve got to throw my Chardonnay in this line up because it’s very easy to drink and is the perfect balance of spice and fruit! It’s complex enough for the aficionado but approachable enough for the casual wine lover. It’s the perfect brunch or dinner party wine!
- Thirsty Owl Wine Company Dry Riesling –
(Disclosure: I used to work for this winery but still love the wines enough to buy them!)
This is New York Finger Lakes Riesling at its best with super crisp acid and intense aromas of wet slate and key limes. If you haven’t tried a NY state Riesling I highly suggest doing so!
Easiest way to find this wine is to order it directly from the winery unless you live in NY. Tell them Nova sent you! 😉
Nova has been making wine for close to a decade throughout the US, most recently on the Central Coast and in Sonoma County of California. I had the pleasure of meeting her at the Wine Bloggers Conference last August. She shared a bit about Emma Pearl, her luscious chardonnay with me in this video.
Nova also blogs at www.novacadamatre.com, publishing vintage notes, trip experiences, tasting notes, and generally anything she thinks to write about. Click over and check it out….
And let us know what you think of her wine selections here, too.