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Capital News-Gazette (newspaper in Washington DC, Maryland, Baltimore and other cities on the east coast) recommended the Vermentino in a column on wines for Labor Day

Wine Etc.: Finding good wine at decent prices for Labor Day

 

Everyone is looking for a deal in wine, especially before Labor Day when the crowds are coming for one last blast of summer freedom.

There are a lot of choices on the market — boxed wines, jug wines, cheap imports — but you are better off to stick with known brands rather than take a chance on some fly-by-night group out to make a quick buck.

 

Inexpensive wines are made from cheap grapes. They either come from a less respected region of California (Lodi, for instance) with warm climates, or from countries that don’t have high labor costs. The wines are often blended to bolster varietal grapes like chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon. It is not uncommon, for instance, to see gewurztraminer used in chardonnay for its aromatics and round, spicy flavors. It is also common to find a touch of sweetness on these wines to give them more texture and to mask the acidity.

We recently tasted a few wines from well-respected producers who can make decent wine because they are well capitalized.

 

  • Aia Vecchia Vermentino 2013 ($12). Vermentino is the perfect grape to use in a spring/summer wine. Aged only in stainless steel, it sports a clean and refreshing character. Lots of aromatics with grapefruit and apple flavors.

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