I met Frank at the Wine Bloggers Conference this summer and I love his philosophy of drinking what you like. So often I find people get wrapped up in what everyone else is drinking when, really, you should explore wines and drink what it is that YOU like. My hope for this feature every Friday, and my posts in general, is to help you do that, too: See what others think about wines to give you ideas, but then encourage you to drink what YOU enjoy.
Here’s a little more about Frank:
“I got into wine in 2005, while I was working on an extended project in San Jose. After a couple of months commuting back and forth each week to and from Virginia, I decided to stay over a weekend and visit this place called Napa Valley with work colleagues that were also staying over a weekend.
“I was hooked and stayed in the area every other weekend for about six months. I remember Alder Yarrow’s Vinography being the first blog I read, then I got hooked on other blogs. I started DrinkWhatYouLike.com in 2008, as a way to chronicle my wine travels and tasting experiences (though I’ve not done a good job of that).”
So what does Frank like?
Frank’s Top 5 Wines to Enjoy:
One white wine under $20 and widely available in the US:
- A tie between Gruet Brut ($14) and Sokol Blosser Evolution White
Gruet Brut, at $14, the highest QPR sparkling wine in the US in my opinion — and from New Mexico of all places. When in need of just one glass of bubbles during the week, this is our go-to sparkling wine. Crisp green apple, grapefruit with hints of bread dough.
Sokol Blosser Evolution White. A blend of nine grapes. I recently tasted this in Oregon at the Wine Bloggers Conference.
One red wine under $20 and widely available in the US:
- Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Village 2010 ($11.50)
Without a doubt the Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Village 2010 (and, I liked 2009 and 2008 as well). What a bargain for $11.50 — our go-to Tuesday night wine. Subtle cherry, spice and mineral components. Low tannin, high acid. And if you haven’t tried this one yet, be sure to. You’ll easily find it… big distribution.
One splurge (whatever splurge might mean to you):
- Marcassin Vineyard 2005 Pinot Noir
No doubt on this one, we recently celebrated a special milestone and splurged — in a big way for me — by opening a bottle of Marcassin Vineyard 2005 Pinot Noir. Ethereal. (Any attempt at a review here would not be worthy of this wine)
…and two others of his own choosing (these may be either easy or hard to find):
- Matthiasson Napa Valley White (2010)
Matthiasson Napa Valley White (2010) is a tasty blend of Sauvignon blanc, Ribolla Gialla, Semillon, Tocai Fruilano. I first met Steve and Jill Matthiasson during a trip to Napa in 2008 just after starting the Drink What You Like blog. They invited my wife and I to their home for dinner and I was hooked on their wine, authenticity and home spun charm. Steve truly is one of the most talented vintners in California today.
- Annefield Vineyards 2010 Viognier
Viognier is best known as the grape of the Condrieu, but has found a home here in Viriginia, and is our signature state grape. Annefield Vineyards produces one of Virginia’s best examples of Viognier.
Have you enjoyed any of these wines? Do tell…
Looking for more suggestions? Check out the VineSleuth 5 Wines to Enjoy archives.
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