Caitlin’s Cocktails: Eight Great Wines

Who doesn’t love a good bottle of wine?

My sister, that’s who. (Hi Em!)

While wine is certainly an acquired taste, it’s my opinion that those who love wine, really love wine. There’s sort of no in between. When asked if you want a glass, there are two kinds of people- “meh” or “absolutely.”

I love wine, especially red wine. My suite mates in college used to make fun of me because half a glass in and I’m rosy cheeked, giggly, and then progressively more sleepy. However, I can also enjoy a glass of white, especially in the summertime, and it’s fun having some bubbly with my mom on a Friday after a long school week. Personally, I prefer wine with food, just because I try not to indulge on an empty stomach, but I also think it’s great to pour a glass while cooking a big meal.

Wine is a drink of occasion and I think it feels that way. To me, it feels celebratory. Below, I’ve listed four of my favorite reds, two whites, a bottle of Prosecco and a bottle of Champagne. They are all at slightly different price points, so a little something for everyone.

The Reds

Mirassou Pinot Noir. Fun tip, you can get this bottle for $7 at the New Hampshire Liquor Outlet on a good day! I like to have this wine in the house for anytime we just need to grab something decent and drinkable.

Z. Alexander Brown Cabernet Sauvignon. This bottle is one of my favorites, especially at its lower price point. A drier, bold cab. that goes really well with Italian food- typically it’s perfect for whatever we’re doing on Friday night.

Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano D’abruzzo. I literally walked into a liquor store and described this bottle to the guy behind the counter (because who can pronounce the name) and he said “oh, stick wine!” If you’re looking for a crowd pleasing blend, this one should be your go-to.

Belle Glos Pinot Noir Las Alturas. Ah, Las Alturas. The best of the best (in my humble opinion.) Ryan’s father introduced me to this bottle and boy, is it a good one. Bold and fruity, perfect in a large glass. If I could only drink one wine for the rest of my life, this would be it.

The Whites (And Sparkling)

Salmon Run Riesling. My grandparents live in Ithaca so I’ve had a lot of wine from the Finger Lakes. Their whites are especially crisp and I love that his Riesling isn’t too sweet. I think that sometimes Riesling can taste a bit syrupy but this one tastes very sharp.

Newport Vineyards Great White. Good ‘ol Newport Vineyard. This is their cheapest wine (find it at any RI liquor store for about $13) and the best to use in a white sangria! This year’s vintage is a bit more tart, almost like a lemonade!

La Marca Prosecco. Just a good, classic Prosecco for when you need something sweet and bubbly. I think it has a good balance between sweet and dry which makes it a favorite for anyone who likes a sparkling wine.

Louis Roederer Champange. My aunt and uncle got me this bottle for my twenty-first birthday and it is hands down the best Champange I’ve had. Granted, I haven’t drank a ton of Champange, but nonetheless, this one is my favorite. Perfect when there’s something to be toasted!

Your turn! What’s your favorite wine? Do you reach for red or white or sparkling? I hope that if you’re indulging, you’re being smart and responsible. All good things- in moderation. I also hope I’ve given you some inspiration for this weekend’s happy hour!

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