Starting with the bubbly, the favorite this year was Albrecht's Rose. It is a Cremant from Alsace, which means they use the Champagne method but are not from Champagne. Translation? French, but cheap. About $16, and they also do a Blanc de Blancs, which is a little less festive, but also a little crispier. You will need at least two bottles anyway, so at these prices, why not buy both for New Year's Eve and 'compare'? Get the picture?
At #2, an Argentinian Malbec from Rutini, that we all agreed would go best with a steak (when I say 'all agreed', I mean that is what I thought, and then I belligerently badgered everyone until they all just agreed with me to shut me up-happens more than you would think. I mean, everyone knows I'm a pussycat. I answer politely when someone asks directions to the White House, and even demonstrate to tourists how to pluck their Metro card from the slot when they go through the 'handicap' turnstile-Just pull it out where you shoved it in! Now walk through. Walk, dammit! Jeez, some of us have jobs to get to. And hold on to your snotty kid. But I digest.) The Malbec was good, as I was saying, a real meaty food wine but also went down nice with some pumpkin pie and some cake from the neighbor (who happens to be from Argentina-coincidence? Perhaps...)
Tops was an awesome Chianti Classico that everyone loved (don't get me started). 'La Vendemmia' from Dievole (2007-I only mention the years, by the way, to annoy people-don't worry, no one knows what they mean). Classico means it is better than regular Chianti, and really worth the step up in price-just a few dollars more. The wine is made mostly from Sangiovese, a grape that the Italians have made love to insistently for years, until it has become their mistress. Not literally, of course. This wine was drunk with dinner, which consisted of cheesy potatoes, green bean casserole, pork loin, and a classic jello treat. Classed up the place to no end, and started us all on the 'classico' family story-telling that a few bottles of good wine can only help.
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