Monday, January 5, 2009

The 30SecWineAdvisor's 2008 Picks

I have often referred to Robin Garr's electronic wine newsletter but for those who do not receive it, I am copying his top 2008 picks.

Wines retailing for more than $20
Mosby 2005 "Ossessione" Marche Rosso (Italy), $26. (Find it on
Emilio Lustau Palo Cortado "Peninsula" Sherry (Spain), $21.99. (Find it on
Wines retailing from $15 to $20
Francine et Olivier Savary 2006 Chablis (France), $19.99. (Find it on
Matteo Correggia 2004 "La Val dei Preti" Nebbiolo d'Alba (Italy), $19.99. (Find it on
Kunde Estate 2004 Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (California), $18.99. (Find it on
Hahn Estates 2006 Central Coast Meritage Red Table Wine (California), $17.99. (Find it on
Domaine Oratoire St. Martin 2005 Côtes du Rhône (France), $17.99. (Find it on
Pedroncelli 2005 Dry Creek Valley Sonoma County "Mother Clone" Zinfandel (California), $17. (Find it at California Wine Club)
A to Z 2006 Oregon Chardonnay (Oregon), $16.99. (Find distributors on the winery Website)
d'Arenberg 2007 "The Hermit Crab" Adelaide Viognier Marsanne (Australia), $16.99. (Find it on
Château de Villeneuve 2006 Saumur (France), $15.99. (Find it on
Domaine Alain Normand 2005 Macon La Roche Vineuse (France), $15.99. (Find it on
Daniel Gehrs 2005 "Unoaked" Santa Barbara County Chardonnay (California), $15. (Find it on
Wines retailing for less than $15
Bonterra Vineyards 2006 Mendocino County Zinfandel (California), $14.99. (Find it on
Bonterra Vineyards 2006 Mendocino County Cabernet Sauvignon (California), $14.99. (Find it on
Omaka Springs 2007 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand), $14.99. (Find it on
Vicentini 2005 "Terre Lunghe" Soave (Italy), $13.99. (Find it on
Fratelli Pala 2006 "Crabilis" Vermentino di Sardegna (Italy), $13. (Find it on
Château les Eymeries 2006 Bordeaux Blanc (France), $13. (Find it on
Huber 2006 "Hugo" Niederösterreich Grüner Veltliner (Austria), $13. (Find it on
Mas de Gourgonnier 2005 Les Baux de Provence (France), $12.99. (Find it on
Riondo non-vintage Veneto Prosecco (Italy), $12.99. (Find it on
Maison Lafage 2006 "Côte Sud" Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes (France), $12.99. (Find it on
Mionetto Valdobbiadene Prosecco Brut (Italy), $12.99. (Find it on
La Tour Boisée 2006 "Plantation 1905" Vin de Table Rouge (France), $12.99. (Find it on
Hayman & Hill 2006 "Interchange" Santa Barbara County "Reserve No. 22" White Blend (California), $12.99. (Find it on
Charles Smith Wines 2006 "Holy Cow" Columbia Valley Chardonnay (Washington State), $12.99. (Find it on
Peachy Canyon 2006 "Incredible Red" Paso Robles Zinfandel (California), $11.99. (Find it on
Chateau La Freynelle 2006 Bordeaux (France), $11.99. (Find it on
Montpezat 2005 Coteaux du Languedoc Palombières (France), $11.99. (Find it on
Foppiano Vineyards "Lot 96" California Red Wine (California), $11.99. (Find it on
Shoofly 2007 "Buzz Cut" Wine of Australia (Australia), $11.99. (Find it on
Baciami 2006 Albana di Romagna (Italy), $11. (Find it on
Cantine Riondo "Pink" Prosecco Raboso (Italy), $11. (Find it on
Domaine des Terres Falmet 2006 Cinsault Vin de Pays d'Oc (France), $11. (Find it on
Marchesi di Barolo 2006 "Maràia" Barbera Monferrato (Italy), $10.99. (Find it on
Laurel Glen 2006 "REDS" Lodi Red Wine (California), $10.99. (Find it on
Cellier des Dauphins 2005 "Prestige" Cotes du Rhone (France), $10.99. (Find it on
Red Heads Studio 2006 South Australia "Yard Dog" (Australia), $10.99. (Find it on
Michele Chiarlo 2006 "Le Orme" Barbera d'Asti (Italy), $10.99. (Find it on
Tiziano 2005 Chianti (Italy), $10.99. (Find it on
Domaine André Brunel 2005 Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Grenache (France), $10. (Find it on
Domaine La Tour Boisée 2005 Vin de Pays d'Oc Cabernet Sauvignon (France), $9.99. (Find it on
Bodegas Norton 2006 "Lo Tengo" Mendoza Malbec (Argentina), $9.99. (Find it on
Le Pavillon du Château Beauchêne 2006 Côtes du Rhône Rosé (France), $9.99. (Find it on
Catherine le Goeuil 2005 Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne "Cuvée Léa Felsch" (France), $9.99. (Find it on
José Maria da Fonseca 2007 "Twin Vines" Vinho Verde (Portugal), $9. (Find it on
Vinum Cellars 2006 "CNW Chard-No-Way" Wilson Vineyards Clarksburg Chenin Blanc (California), $8.99. (Find it on
Villa Pozzi 2007 Nero d'Avola Sicilia (Italy), $8.99. (Find it on
"Via Firenze" 2005 Chianti (Italy), $7.99. (Find it on
Cave de Montagnac 2006 Picpoul de Pinet (France), $7.99. (Find it on

Even with a shaky economy, there are many wines listed offering both quality and value.