Kathy’s Choice in Fine Wines 1/14/16
Here are two very good value wines well worth seeking out. The first one is easy to find, it’s at Costco. And did you know you don’t need a membership card to purchase alcohol there? That said, I don’t know if you can purchase anything else while you’re there, so it will pay to inquire with the people checking ID’s at the entrance. With the other Italian red, I was happy I stopped by Mosby Vineyards in Buellton to pick up this wine, and taste through their line-up for other great wines I know you will enjoy!
Ponzi 2014 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley
This consistently delightful white wine from Oregon is always a great value at Costco, and I’ve seen it in both the San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria locations. It’s tasty and refreshing in it’s zingy fruit and citrus flavors of pink grapefruit, sweet melon, and tart Pippin apples. With all of that going on, it manages to stay quite nicely balanced. It’s delicious alone, and a great choice with a lobster roll sandwich, tuna salad, fish tacos, or a grilled cheese panini with bell peppers and onions. They seem to have plenty around, but I wouldn’t wait too long since it’s at the fast-paced Costco where most good things sell out quickly. A very good buy, it’s only $10.99 retail. I always buy several bottles to keep some handy! Learn more about this excellent Oregon winery at www.PonziWines.com.
Mosby 2009 Dolcetto Santa Barbara County
Winemaker Bill Mosby, who began making wine in this region in the early 1970s, loves making Italian varietals. It keeps him in close to his family heritage. I love having these wines on hand whenever I’m making a hearty pasta with beef and mushroom ragu, it’s a perfect match. There’s no doubt about it with this impressive Dolcetto, which I paired with the aforementioned pasta dish last week. It would be equally notable with a killer meaty pizza, Italian style of course, or a T-Bone steak Florentine style. The 2009 was a ripe vintage but very nicely balanced with notes of dusky plums, black cherries, and blackberries all nicely woven with a thread of dried cranberry and herbal notes. It’s perfect acidity makes it the right match for acidic tomato-based sauces, or with a grilled steak or lamb chops. Like I noted, if you’re headed to Buellton, Solvang, or Lompoc, do make Mosby’s lovely winery estate a must stop on your itinerary. A rock solid deal at only $28 retail. Learn more at www.MosbyWines.com.